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Deck the halls with local art during the Phoenix Artists Guild Art Exhibit and Sale at the Gallery Glendale at Westgate, 9380 W. Westgate Blvd., from 3 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 29.
PHOENIX (AP) — New campaign-contribution limits added up to millions of additional dollars for some candidates in Arizona's election last month.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona voters have given Republicans another four years to lead the state, rejecting Democratic efforts to win statewide offices for the first time this decade.
Republican state treasurer Doug Ducey won the governor's office by a wide margin, beating Fred DuVal after a campaign that saw the Democrat fail to gain traction as he was hammered by nearly $8 million in negative ads paid for by outside groups.
Ducey takes over from retiring Republican Gov. Jan Brewer in January, but he will be faced with an immediate budget crisis as the state expects a budget deficit exceeding $1 billion.
Republican state Sen. Michele Reagan was elected secretary of state, making her the state's top elections official and the first in line to become governor if Ducey is unable to continue in the job. Mark Brnovich won the attorney general's race, Republican Jeff DeWit becomes the new state treasurer after an uncontested race, and two Republicans beat their Democratic opponents for the regulatory body known as the Corporation Commission to the secure the near GOP sweep of top statewide offices.
The lone statewide office that remained too close to call Wednesday — superintendent of public instruction — was being led by Republican Diane Douglas over Democrat David Garcia.
That left Democrats who had looked at the midterm elections as a way to grab a statewide constitutional office considering how they came up short.
Democratic Party spokesman Frank Camacho said the party's grassroots organizing efforts mainly fell short and its candidates lacked the fire to inspire young people. The exceptions were Ruben Gallego, who won the 7th Congressional District seat of retiring Rep. Ed Pastor, and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema's win in the 9th District.
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick won her sprawling rural 1st District as well. Democratic Rep. Ron Barber was locked in a tight race with retired Air Force pilot Martha McSally in southern Arizona's 2nd District.
But statewide elected offices were nearly out of reach for Democrats, who last held one before the 2010 general election.
"You see how they can inspire young folks," Camacho said. "We just have to go out there, identify them and get them ready for state, local or national office. We have to give voters a reason to vote for Democrats."
Ducey's easy win came as Republicans gained across the nation, taking control of the U.S. Senate and solidifying their control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Ducey, the 50-year-old former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery, portrayed himself as the inevitable winner in the final weeks of the campaign, buoyed by heavy spending on his behalf by outside groups and strong Republican turnout in early voting. He emerged from a bruising six-way primary in August in the race to replace Gov. Jan Brewer and went on to outspend DuVal in the general election by a hefty margin.
He'll take office in January and face a fiscal crisis caused by lower-than-expected tax revenue and a court order that could put Arizona on the hook for up to $2.5 billion in new education spending. The state faces a projected deficit of $1.5 billion in the current and next budget years amid promises from both candidates to cut taxes.
"I'm grateful for the privilege you have given me, for the trust you have placed in me, and I pledge my best efforts as the governor of this great state," Ducey said in a victory speech. "Whether you voted for me or you voted for someone else, I intend to be governor for all and work to create opportunities for every single Arizonan."
Ducey thanked his campaign staff, his wife, Angela, his three sons, and his opponent, Fred DuVal, calling him "a good man."
DuVal, in a concession speech at the Democrats' election-night headquarters in Phoenix, also thanked his supporters, and he said he had called Ducey to offer his congratulations.
"A registration disadvantage and clearly a bad national environment were hard enough to overcome. But we were also reminded that unlimited money is a powerful thing in politics — and is not a healthy thing," DuVal said.
He took a swipe at the massive amounts of outside spending used to attack him in the race from outside groups. Ducey and Duval each spent about $2.2 million in their general election campaigns, but Ducey has benefited from $7.9 million in outside spending compared with about $1 million for DuVal.
"I would like to call and congratulate the other big winners tonight, but frankly the other big winners are undisclosed, unknown and out of state," DuVal said.
Voters are across Arizona are casting ballots for statewide, congressional, local races and initiatives in what is shaping up to be a high-stakes election. Here is a look at what people in various locations are saying about their votes and the election:
I wish to rebut Mr. Romley’s plea to elect Doug Ducey for governor. (East Valley Tribune, Oct. 12). He does not speak for me and many other veterans.
The next month promises to bring out lots of mud, baseless accusations and partisan attacks as we move toward the Nov. 4 election. Despite the polls, the campaign for governor should even not be close.
Calling her action “mean spirited” and a “mistake,” Fred DuVal promised Monday if he is elected to rescind the executive order by Gov. Jan Brewer denying driver's licenses to “dreamers.”
PHOENIX -- Calling her action "mean spirited'' and a "mistake,'' Fred DuVal promised Monday if he is elected to rescind the executive order by Gov. Jan Brewer denying driver's licenses to "dreamers.''
"Forty eight states allow dreamers to drive,'' the Democrat gubernatorial candidate said during a debate. "We should join the rest of the nation.''
But Republican Doug Ducey said during the hour-long event broadcast on KAET-TV, the Phoenix PBS affiliate, that he sides with Brewer's 2012 decision to deny licenses to the nearly 21,000 Arizonans who have been accepted into the federal government's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
"I am going to have respect and compassion for everyone,'' Ducey said.
"But I don't think anyone gets the privileges and benefits of hardworking Arizona families that are paid for by hardworking Arizona taxpayers,'' he said. "We're a nation of immigrants and we're a nation of laws.''
Other highlights in the fourth of the five debates the pair have agreed to include:
- Ducey, for the first time, said he would veto any bid by the Republican-controlled Legislature to repeal the expansion of Medicaid pushed through last year by Brewer, at least for the time being. Ducey said while he is opposed to "Obamacare,'' that program will fund Arizona's expansion for at least the next three years and he wants those dollars to keep coming.
- DuVal chided Ducey for refusing to publicly disclose the terms of what happened after he sold Cold Stone Creamery in 2007 and the buyers demanded arbitration because they said the company was worth only a fraction of what he claimed. Ducey has not disputed that the $80 million sales price had to be renegotiated to a fraction of that but said there's no reason to discuss it now because the buyers are now happy.
- Both candidates said they support more "transparency'' in campaign finance laws to require "dark money'' groups to disclose the source of their spending on efforts to influence elections. But neither laid out specific legislation they would support to accomplish that goal.
The issue of the driver's licenses stems from the Obama administration approving DACA. It allows those who arrived as children and were not yet 30 in 2012 to seek permission not only to stay but also to work.
But Brewer directed the state Motor Vehicle Division not to issue licenses to DACA recipients. She said they do not meet the requirements of a 1996 Arizona law which says only people "authorized'' to be in this country can get licenses.
Immigrant rights groups sued, with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals saying the DACA recipients should be licensed while the legal points are debated. But at this point none of that is happening as Brewer and the state have appealed.
DuVal said it's time to end the lawsuit.
"These dreamers are part of our community,'' he said.
"They've been raised here, they've been successful,'' DuVal continued. "They've served in the military or are going to school.''
He said it is in the state's interest to license them so they can contribute to Arizona's economy. And, if nothing else, he said it means they are more likely to have state-mandated liability insurance.
Ducey said he sees the issue from the perspective of "how we got here.''
That, he said, starts with the failure of the federal government to "do its first duty to Arizona'' to secure the border.
Ducey deflected a question by host Ted Simons who questioned whether the governor's move is divisive. Instead, he said the first priority has to be border security.
"And then we can deal with some of the other issues around immigration,'' Ducey said.
Nor would he directly answer the question of whether he thinks "dreamers'' should be deported.
"I'm for opportunity for all in our state and that's the type of governor I want to be,'' Ducey responded.
Libertarian Barry Hess, who has not been in prior debates, said that, like DuVal, he sees the issue in practical terms: A license is needed to get insurance.
"People are still going to drive, except they're going to drive uninsured,'' he said. "That's a big issue these days.''
Hess used his opportunity to interject his views into the ongoing debate about how Arizona should handle court rulings that lawmakers for years illegally ignored a voter-approved mandate to annually boost state aid to schools to account for inflation. DuVal wants to take a deal offered by schools to settle for $317 million increase in the base funding formula while Ducey wants to continue to appeal to look for a better deal.
By contrast, Hess wants to ask voters to repeal the entire funding formula.
"It's not about money,'' he said of education quality, calling the education system "bloated.'' He said a cheaper -- and better -- alternative would be more distance learning.
"You can get a far better education than the brick-and-mortar counterparts without the spreading of disease, without the spreading of bad behavior, without the logistics of security and all the other stuff that comes with these government schools,'' he said.
John Mealer, the candidate of the Americans Elect Party, used the opportunity to promote legalizing hemp -- a non psychoactive version of marijuana -- as a replacement for rubber and fiberglass and to create biofuels. But Mealer also said that, as far as he's concerned, Arizona should also legalize recreational use of marijuana and "tax it as we do alcohol.''
96 W. Boston St.
(480) 779-8080 or PaletasBetty.com
Paletas Betty specializes in handmade paletas, a traditional Mexican popsicle made of fresh fruit and cream. The business also offers a specialty drink called Agua Vita made of white tea blended with fresh fruit.
3111 W. Chandler Blvd.
(480) 792-1300 or TheCheesecakeFactory.com
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Cold Stone Creamery
3163 W. Chandler Blvd.
(480) 722-7767 or ColdStoneCreamery.com
3155 W. Ray Road
(480) 268-7249 or Culvers.com
Democrat Fred DuVal and Republican Doug Ducey sparred on several issues during their first gubernatorial debate Wednesday in Chandler.
AT&T is offering students from Arizona State University and other schools heading back to class free ice cream on Saturday.
The Citizens Clean Elections Commission on Thursday threw out separate complaints alleging collusion between two gubernatorial candidates and independent groups trying to defeat their foes.
Every night, my phone rings with electoral candidates making promises. My mail box is full of fliers trying to scare me with how wrong their opponent is. What I’m not seeing is the candidates stating how they will vote on issues that actually affect the lives of children and families in our state. Arizona ranks 46th in the nation on overall conditions for children, but unfortunately, this does not seem to be a priority for our elected officials. The best predictor of Arizona’s economic future is how our children are being treated today. It’s time for someone with courage, and a real heart for our children to be elected to shape Arizona’s future. We really need to ask each candidate: “How will you be the voice for children and make sure they have the opportunity to succeed?”
The mud-slinging in the Republican gubernatorial fray has gotten so bad that party Chairman Robert Graham has told the contenders to just cool it — or risk electing Democrat Fred DuVal in November.
Every time I hear Arizona State Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey boast of his business background I start having flashbacks of wealthy businessman and ex-governor Fife Symington. Symington who had the cash to buy the election and failed to understand that while government can learn from business, it’s not a private sector enterprise.
As we approach the primary election, Arizona is in an envious place right now. Of the six Republicans running for the governor’s office, each of the four front-runners arguably have the credentials to become a good governor for our state.
The questions were about improving Arizona's economy.
Mayor Scott Smith concluded months of speculation by announcing his intent to run for governor on Jan. 9.
My wish for a new year? Plenty, mostly good health and happiness for my family and yours.
State Treasurer Doug Ducey has filed paperwork to explore a run for governor.
You don't have to head to the ball park to get this perk of being a baseball fan. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Cold Stone Creamery have partnered to launch D-backs Dugout Delight, an ice cream specially made for the state's major league baseball team.
Editor’s note: This is part four of a continuing summer series on the proposed South Mountain Loop 202 Freeway.
Hey kids: get “caught” wearing a helmet by Queen Creek firefighters and you just might get some free Cold Stone Creamery ice cream.
The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University will recognize some of Arizona’s best businesses for creating jobs, boosting our economy and treating customers right with the 2013 Spirit of Enterprise awards. Past winners include Cold Stone Creamery, China Mist, Ollie the Trolley and Total Transit (Discount Cab), as well as rapidly growing businesses, such as GlobalMed and WebPT.
Backpacks filled with essential supplies are being collected to help the homeless in the Valley.