Virginia Korte: Horse Troughs and Horse Hockey

In a recent example of press release journalism in the Scottsdale “Independent,” Virginia Korte is quoted: “Putting horse troughs in front of downtown stores is not going to keep Scottsdale the ‘West’s Most Western Town.’” That one dishonest statement sums up Korte’s sincerity about the so-called “Community Conversation” about the future of Scottsdale she’s proposing. […]

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Trees v Forest

My posting schedule will be a little less vigorous now that the election drama has pretty well played out. There are a lot of ballots left to count, but most of the big races are essentially decided. But for those of you who may stumble across this in years to come and wonder why Scottsdale […]

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Lane, Klapp, and Burple

OK, one last post for the day and then I have to get back to revenue-generating labor. Many of us citizen-advocates and even a few folks on the Dark Side of Scottsdale politics have snickered at the stumbles of Jim “Shady” Lane’s floundering mayoral reelection campaign. His original, almost-unreadable red, white, and blue signs were […]

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Campaign finance law-violating Realtors are at it again

A few days ago, the Scottsdale city clerk notified 2016 candidates that the National Association of Realtors out of Chicago had donated a staggering $72,000 to their favorites in our city election: An Independent Expenditure Notification form has been filed with this office by the National Association of Realtors Fund.  The notification reports independent expenditures […]

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Scottsdale jail employees demoted, police commander suspended after investigation | 12NEWS.com

Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell seemed blindsided by the revelation that [former City of Mesa police lieutenant Rick] Van Galder [who had been convicted in Gilbert of super-extreme DUI and sentenced to three days in jail] was allowed out of his [Scottsdale] cell, had food delivered and his wife visit, and was even given a […]

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Department of Translation: “Divisive”

For those of you who haven’t heard of Dan Schweiker, he’s a recent carpetbagger from Paradise Valley running for Scottsdale City Council with a ‘nuggets of nothingness’ campaign (shades of Virginia Korte). Dan hopes you’ll vote for him because he’s a nice guy and because his name is very similar to another ‘tea’ guy, David […]

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