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I have been reviewing information regarding the 128th Street road designation. Based on the information I have been able to acquire designating 128th is counter to Scottsdale’s interests for … more
I would like to thank Steve Stratton for his year of service as chair of the State Transportation Board in 2021 and welcome incoming Chairman Jesse Thompson. I look forward to working alongside you and the board in 2022. more
It isn’t just puppies who can benefit from training! Dogs of all ages are capable of learning new behaviors or skills. Many dog owners think that after a puppy reaches a certain age you can’t break their bad habits or teach them new skills, which simply isn’t true. You just need to take the time to train them and have patience during the process. more
I was born White and I am sorry. My birth certificate even has blocks labeled “Color” for my parents; and the block lists “W” for both. I cannot even claim to be partly Black or brown. I am sorry for that because, for that reason, I cannot claim to be free of racism. more
With an Arizona Health Improvement Plan eye toward improving health across the state of Arizona, ADHS uses a community assessment process and partner engagement to build health improvement plans. In 2015, ADHS and community organizations unveiled the first 2016-20 Arizona Health Improvement Plan. more
The recent opinion piece authored by Mark Beauvais extolling the benefits of short-term rentals to Scottsdale should be read for exactly what it is: a puff piece written by the short-term rental … more

It’s astonishing to think that right this moment, there are 5.8 million Americans living with dementia. Arizona currently has the nation’s highest growth rate for the condition, with more than 200,000 cases predicted by 2025. more
As an avid football fan “by marriage” and out of desperation to have conversations with my spouse during the football season, observing women in various capacities in the NFL is a welcome change. more
The fight against human trafficking demands our attention. In well-appointed homes, on farms, in factories and in restaurants in the U.S., thousands of people, even children, work long days cleaning homes, picking crops, making products, washing dishes, busing tables and serving customers. more
This February the supermodels of the horse world will compete in the world’s largest Arabian horse show. The 67th annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, hosted by the Arabian Horse … more
Dec. 1, 2021 will go down as an important date in American history. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which was argued on the day, has the potential to rewrite abortion law in the United States. more
Entering the new year, Americans are increasingly divided. They clash not only over differing opinions on COVID-19 risk or abortion, but basic facts like election counts and whether vaccines work. Surveying rising political antagonism, journalist George Packer recently wondered in The Atlantic, “Are we doomed?” more
It was 1939, and Monroe Wingate was just 9 years old when his father returned home from a business trip with a little package of German stamps. Two of them depicted an eagle circling the world with a swastika. Hitler’s invasion of Europe was all over the news and the young boy knew he was holding a piece of history. more

With the Omicron variant spreading rapidly, Arizona has seen more COVID-19 cases in the past week than any other week of the pandemic. Alongside this increase, we’ve seen more people seeking care in hospital emergency rooms and more people seeking COVID-19 testing. more
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day — On this holiday, we celebrate one of the great civil rights leaders of the 20th century. The Rev. King challenged Americans to uphold the Declaration of Independence’s promise “...that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” more
Imagine two children on a playground. These kids play. They laugh. They are helping each other on the slides and sharing a sandwich for lunch. At 4 years old, these children — one Black and one White — see each other as they see themselves. more
This weekend we pause to honor the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to interpret his words calling upon America to see the content of the character before judging anyone’s person. On Feb. 23, 2020, a 25-year-old African-American man lay dead in the street of a predominantly White neighborhood near Brunswick, Georgia, killed by three White vigilantes. more
In 2020, a historic coalition of Arizona voters mobilized in support of then-candidate Joe Biden be-cause, in no small part, of his campaign pledges to protect our democracy, deliver for racial justice, and invest billions of dollars to support working people nationwide. more
As learning disruptions hit national headlines, again, school decisions are top-of-mind for many Arizona parents. While the circumstances are unfortunate, it’s not a bad time for families to be thinking about school choice options for next school year. more
Political fighting often brings out the worst in people. Today the tide of hate and division threatens all of us. As we commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the crisis in America gives us a prime opportunity to move from symbolism to substance to “...form a more perfect union, establish justice, and ensure domestic tranquility.” more

“I will never sell another piece of real estate,” said my son, Corey. “I regret selling my condo before buying my current house,” he added. more
Dear Speaker Bowers and Senate President Fann, we understand from recent media reports that the decisions announced last week regarding COVID-19 protocols in the House and Senate have not yet been finalized. As you discuss the final arrangements, we urge you to reimplement safety measures that will protect both members and the public and allow for all voices to be heard at the capitol. more
Arizona’s current drought is coming up on 15 years in length and has surpassed the worst drought in more than 110 years of official record keeping. Arizona’s water reservoirs are severely depleted, and according to the United States Drought Monitor, nearly 99% of Arizona is in some sort of drought. more
Protecting the Colorado River, providing drought relief and affirming the sovereignty of the Colorado River Indian Tribes — federal legislation enabling water leasing does all three. more
As Congress continues to consider the Build Back Better Act, meaningful drug pricing reform, including a provision allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices, is within our grasp. more
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