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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Realtors and the so-called “Independent”

I want to share one follow-on point to my earlier article today on the dark money injected into Scottsdale politics by the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors and the Chicago-based National Association of Realtors. This point merits its own article. As you know, I’ve been increasingly frustrated with the objectivity of the “journalism” coming out […]

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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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Jason Rose, Local PR Hound, and Lawyer Wife, Jordan, Pay Cash for $3.4 Million PV Mansion | Phoenix New Times

In the “must be nice” category, local public relations guru Jason Rose and his wife, local attorney, Jordan, made the paper this morning with their new home purchase. Topping the list of this week’s priciest home sales in the Arizona Republic’s real estate round-up is the Roses’ acquisition of a $3.4 million, 5,385-square-foot beauty on […]

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Throwback Blowback

Taking a page out of the Jason Rose playbook (“He supported it before he opposed it”), the editor of the “straight and unbiased” Scottsdale Independent, Terrance Thornton, posted a Throwback Thursday Facebook reference to a ScottsdaleTrails article I wrote years ago regarding his ascension to his current position: Terrance Thornton Throwback Thursday: cool to see […]

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Who is Jarrett Maupin? Man behind Phoenix’s police protests is a rights leader — and a paid political consultant

A federal felon is friends with Scottsdale mayor Jim Lane’s campaign PR manager? No surprise. Maupin was treated like a client at the firm [Rose+Moser+ Allyn], said Stacy Pearson, a former employee at the Rose agency who is now with the left-leaning political firm Strategies 360. She recalled at least one meeting where Maupin met […]

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