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Beneath Him

Losing a city council election, as David Smith did in November, did not infringe on his admirable service to Scottsdale. Ironically, it only reinforced it.  Running for office takes guts and displays a passion for community unmatched by few.  Smith has served the community he has called home for decades as City Treasurer and as a [...]

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Guest Editorial: Scottsdale’s Brand Shows Its Strength with Fashion Square, Kierland Commons Performances in Age of Amazon

By Recker McDowell — First quarter numbers from mall owner Macerich (NYSE: MAC) show the strength of the Scottsdale market — even as retailers and shopping centers grapple with the age of Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN). Macerich owns close to 50 malls across the U.S. Kierland Commons, which sits in Phoenix but has a Scottsdale address, [...]

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Guest Editorial: Arlene Chin and Tempe’s Path on Growth, Traffic and Development

Staff Report — Arlene Chin has been picked to replace Kolby Granville on the Tempe City Council. Chin will finish out Granville’s term that ends in 2020. Chin has indicated she’s not intending on running for reelection in 2020. It is important to get to know Chin, her background and what dynamic she will add [...]

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Virginia Korte, Suzanne Klapp Show True Leadership, Put Community Over Politics When It Comes To Scottsdale Bond Measures

By all indications, Virginia Korte and Suzanne Klapp are both running for Scottsdale mayor next year. But the two councilors are putting that likely rivalry aside and are both strong backers of three Scottsdale bond measures on this year’s November ballot. Klapp and Korte are putting community before politics in backing the bonds which fund [...]

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Guest Editorial: Why Mark Brnovich Strikes Gold with Nunchucks Twitter Video

By Recker McDowell Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s Twitter video showing off his mad nunchakus skills and celebrating the state lifting its ban on the martial arts gear has gone a bit viral. “Clearly, my years of martial arts training paid off. Pulled my old nunchaku out of storage … like riding a bike #WayofTheDragon,” [...]

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Scottsdale City Councilmembers Determined To Help Get A Critical Bond Measure Passed

By Councilman Guy Phillips, Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp, Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield The City Council recently came to unanimous agreement to call a general obligation bond election on November 5, 2019 on three questions, with 58 capital projects totaling $319 million. The three of us served earlier this year on the Council’s Capital Improvement Projects subcommittee with [...]

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Guest Editorial: Trump’s Bid & Democrats 2020 Hopes Could All Hinge on Metro Phoenix

By Recker McDowell Maricopa County could be the national bellwether for the 2020 elections and whether Democrats can deny President Donald Trump a second term. That could make the metro Phoenix the 2020 equivalent of previous bellwethers such as Florida’s Interstate 4 corridor between Tampa and Orlando and Macomb County, Michigan near Detroit. Those regions [...]

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Guest Editorial: Fox Nation Comes to Scottsdale; Will Trump, McCain Feud or AOC Dominate?

By Recker McDowell Get ready to drink the Kool-Aid or start grinding your gears. Fox News is bringing its Fox Nation streaming service to Scottsdale for its ‘Inaugural Summit’ on Tuesday. The March 14 event is at the W Hotel. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the 7 p.m. event. Fox Nation features conservative and [...]

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Scottsdale Leaders Across Political, Business, Neighborhood Spectrums Come Together for Inclusive Bond Campaign; Steering Committee Named, Scottsdale Firefighters donate $10,000

A politically and geographically diverse group of Scottsdale leaders came together Wednesday, May 8th, for the first meeting of a unified campaign in favor of new bond measures for public safety, parks and key infrastructure improvements. For The Best Scottsdale: Vote Yes On Questions One, Two and Three has named its initial steering committee for [...]

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Guest Editorial: James Beard Winner Shows Downtown Scottsdale’s Culinary Chops

By Recker McDowell Charleen Badman is a bad-ass chef.  She also shows how legit the food scene is in Old Town and downtown Scottsdale. The heart of Scottsdale is not just about the bar district, clubs and expensive shops and galleries. Badman just won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southwest for [...]

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