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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Desert Discovery Center and a Venetian Blind | Phoenix New Times

Someone mentioned the “Canals of Scottsdale” project in a Facebook comment this morning pertaining to the Desert Discovery Center controversy. Boy, did that kick off a little trip down memory lane. I moved to Scottsdale shortly after a grass roots effort¬†had crushed this silly “Venice in the Desert” idea at the ballot. Here’s a little […]

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Scottsdale’s incumbent mayor quotes Einstein…but like the mayor, it’s a fake.

In an effort to explain a political flip-flop wherein he first opposed a citizen vote on a massive, expensive, and unwanted commercial intrusion into a billion-dollar, taxpayer-funded nature preserve before he supported citizen input (only after it was clear it wouldn’t have council majority support anyway, I might add), Scottsdale’s embattled incumbent mayor, Jim “Shady” […]

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Lane’s Big Tax Lie

In a campaign press release yesterday, embattled incumbent Scottsdale mayor Jim “Shady” Lane crowed that “Tax Rates Are Low.” In addition to refuting that claim based on what I know about our situation with property tax rates versus total tax collected, I did a little more digging on the general subject of Scottsdale taxes. What […]

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