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While Marana and Oro Valley officials say they like the energy and the basics of Gov. Doug Ducey’s message, they worry the budget lacks new taxes and takes from education and local municipalities.
At a ceremony in Phoenix today, Doug Ducey was sworn into office as Arizona's 23rd governor.
(BPT) - Henry Ford had three companies fail before he launched the game-changing Model T. Abraham Lincoln failed in business, lost multiple elections and had a mental breakdown before being elected the country’s 16th president. America is a land of second chances made good – which could explain the ongoing trend of more adults returning to college.
When the primaries ended in August, most candidates turned their attention to this week’s general election, but Ruben Gallego was looking farther down the road.
Arizona voters on Tuesday soundly rejected Proposition 304, which would have given Arizona lawmakers their first pay raise in 16 years.
Democrat incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick took the CD-1 seat after state house speaker Andy Tobin conceded.
According to the AP, Republican Mark Brnovich will become the state's next attorney general after he defeated Democrat Felecia Rotellini.
In a rematch of a razor-close 2012 congressional race, Democratic Congressman Ron Barber is in a fight for his political life against Republican challenger Martha McSally, a retired A-10 pilot who nearly beat him two years ago.
As the November General Election draws nearer, the field has narrowed in Legislative District 11 after House Rep. Steve Smith, now running for a state Senate seat in the same district, defeated Republican Scott Bartle, and Mark Finchem and Vince Leach topped Jo Grant in collecting two open House seats.
Americans don’t want someone else telling them how to educate their children.
During the Oct. 1 Oro Valley Town Council meeting, mayor and council incorporated a new 39-acre property and rezoned it, amended the town code for elections, and approved the programming components for Naranja Park.
As November approaches so does the General Election for Arizona candidates. Running the state senate seat in LD-9 is Democrat Steve Farley and also from the Democrat side are Victoria Steele and Randall Friese who are running for the House of Representatives for LD-9.
I just read an article is this week’s “Star” that basically points to the ability of Independent voters to select their ballot in the primary election as a problem to established party voter bases. And, oh my goodness what should we do about this? The article is captioned “State GOP troubled by open primaries”.
One of the primary allures of the Tucson climate is the seemingly endless amount of outdoor entertainment that can take place nearly year round. Games of golf, family picnics, hiking expeditions, and films underneath the stars have become community favorites in years past, but one local theater group is quietly bringing a much more educational twist to the list.
On Aug. 26, the Town of Oro Valley conducted its primary election. Previously, the town’s nonpartisan primary and general elections were held in March and May respectively and conducted as mail ballot elections. Due to a recent change in state law (HB 2826), the town is now required to consolidate its primary and general elections with Pima County’s partisan primary polling place election in August, and the general polling place election in November.
In recent weeks, I had the opportunity to interview the granddaughter of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Nina Roosevelt Gibson.
The editor in her “We Say” said that she was tempted to write a column during the primary election. This reader wished she had. During the primary there were a number of off the wall statements, and flip-flops by the candidates. Some of the statements by the candidates where Doug Ducey, in the Arizona Daily Star, said he wants to eliminate the personnel and corporate income taxes.
Democrats wanted to make college affordability a big political issue this year almost as much as NBC wanted David Gregory off “Meet the Press.”
In the Oro Valley primary election, incumbent Mayor Satish Hiremath was reelected over challenger Pat Straney.
Last week in the Oro Valley primary election, the two incumbent council members, Mary Snider and Joe Hornat, along with incumbent Vice Mayor Lou Waters were re-elected over challenger Don Bristow.
Arizona race for governor
In honor of sticking to not endorsing candidates during the election, I held off writing this column, although I was tempted throughout the primary election. However, the primary is over, several races have been decided , so here it goes.
The Oro Valley election is over and by a large margin (mandate type margin) the incumbents won. According to the latest numbers the margin of victory in the mayoral race was 2,550 votes. The challenger for a council seat fell short by 2,082 votes.
Like President Obama, County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry has shown that he will aggressively use his pen and phone to push his agenda. In his July feature, “Understanding transportation spending in Pima County”, Huckelberry penned an article telling us that yet again, he has no real solutions for our atrocious roads and no intention of using general fund money for our desperately needed road repairs. He has used his phone to contact our State legislators to request they raise our gas taxes. He has even sent letters to residents who have complained about the status of their roads, telling them to reprioritize their own spending because they spend too much on their cell phones and too little in gas taxes.