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The candidates for the Mesa City Council and the mayoral race won’t have to run again in November as one candidate from all four races received more than 50 percent of the vote during Tuesday’s primary election.
In Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” the narrator speaks of his instability caused by the fever dream of the jungle this way: “(It) was the playful paw-strokes of the wilderness, the preliminary trifling before the more serious onslaught which came in due course.”
Past generations of Americans defied the odds to achieve the right to participate in the political process — overcoming menacing threats of violence, arrest, and coercion, all to earn the right to vote. As United States citizens, we pride ourselves on living in a country that has become the standard-bearer of democratic values worldwide. But a troubling pattern has taken hold, threatening this distinction for generations to come.
Gov. Jan Brewer will get a chance to stop some Republicans from trying to undermine the financing for her expansion of Arizona's Medicaid program.
Doug Ducey apparently walked away with the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday, beating out five other contenders.
Chandler voters will have one familiar face returning to the city government this January and might see a second after Tuesday night's primary.
Does anyone really know what happened in Ferguson? I certainly don’t. The media reporting devoid of any investigative journalism has done virtually nothing to clarify things. Regardless of what the alleged unarmed teenager Michael Brown did or didn’t do, he is entitled to a fair trial, not an execution. The arresting officer Darren Wilson is also entitled to his day in court instead of “mob rule” even after emptying his entire magazine into this kid. Although I have no clue as to who is innocent or guilty, I can only conclude the following. First, disproportionate force by the police may have been used to stop Michael Brown. Second, law enforcement is excessively militarized and we live in a police state. The militarization of law enforcement greatly fueled the flames of community outrage. The bureaucrats know this and are using this outrage to justify further militarization. Third, there appears to be little leadership or accountability at any level of government. Watching local politicians and law enforcement pass the buck to county officials, the county to the state, and finally the state to the federal government was absolutely pathetic. What good are these ineffective officials if they can’t do their job and follow the Constitution as we pay them to do? Clearly, you are correct, Gov, Nixon; the whole world is watching you and your fellow public servants. And thus far, all of you are failing miserably.
Gilbert Mayor John Lewis collects an autograph from Student Council President Jacob Sarmiento as Assistant Superintendent Bryce Anderson, Governing Board President Venessa Whitener and Superintendent Denise Birdwell look on during a Centennial Elementary School celebration.
John G. Sperling, who overcame learning problems early in life and went on to found the for-profit University of Phoenix, has died, company officials said Sunday. He was 93.
“Call them what you want, Snowbirds or Staybirds. But the ones that live here more than six months and drive on their home state license plates are breaking the law here in Arizona. Oh and by the way, they are already flocking here this year, in case you haven’t noticed.”
(Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of stories about “snowbirds” in the Valley of the Sun).
The city of Mesa needs approximately 40 volunteers to paint a veteran’s house as part of its 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.
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Doug Ducey and Christine Jones are occupied in convincing Arizona that “immigration” is the only issue facing our Grand Canyon State. Both candidates desire to let President Obama know their personal feelings, and one (Christine Jones) thinks she can simply send the president of the United States an invoice to pay for a fence and more border patrol agents. The endorsement of Joe Arpaio ranting for Doug Ducey — a son of a police officer with no political background — indicates that the “Go Daddy Mama” and the “ice cream man” should not lead our state. On the other side of the fence, stands tall, a quiet gentleman, Scott Smith, who was Mesa’s long-term mayor; a leader served with excellence. This is what he did for Mesa as mayor: improved and revitalized Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport; in our worse economic recession, gathered the Chicago Cubs to remain in Mesa — in as much constructed a new baseball stadium; increased funding for Mesa’s metro rail system, linking to other transfer points for the East Valley; and negotiated with Apple to take over a new facility employing hundreds of new jobs. Smith was elected by President Obama to chair as president of the Conference for Mayors. Scott Smith is a proven leader; Arizonans can rest at ease while Smith governs our state. I moved into Mesa in 2008 — the worst time in our economy. Since I am able to see the improvements in Mesa, that leads me to believe a man such as Scott Smith will satisfy every requirement as Arizona’s next governor.
Lost in all the big statewide races in Arizona's primary election are hard-fought congressional battles in which Democrats are trying to clinch a Phoenix-area seat and Republicans are vying for the chance to unseat Democratic incumbents in three districts.
Five hundred years ago there was a group of Christians living in Europe known as the Anabaptists. These are not to be confused with today’s Baptists, though the groups do share points of common history. The name Anabaptist was not so much a description as it was a condemnation.
Jodi Arias has returned to court seeking a delay of her planned Sept. 8 penalty phase retrial.
Tucson and the state's 18 other charter cities can have their local elections pretty much when they want, no matter what state legislators say, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled.
You won’t find many Dr. Seuss books in the hands of high school students. But the books’ messages can inspire for a lifetime, like this one: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
The Arizona Technology Council took its donation back from Gov. Jan Brewer's political action committee after she used its cash to try to defeat a legislative candidate it supports.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rates the relative quality of the private plans that are offered to Medicare beneficiaries through the Medicare Advantage program. CMS rates Medicare Advantage plans on a one- to five-star scale, the highest quality being five stars. This star rating provides an overall measure of the plan’s quality and is an indication of the quality of care, access to care, responsiveness, and beneficiary satisfaction provided by the Medicare Advantage plan. This means that the higher the star rating a plan receives, the more likely you are to receive the care you need, when and where you need it - and most of all, you are more likely to be satisfied with your plan.
A whole new community is springing up in the southeastern part of Mesa and drawing a lot of attention. The Eastmark development, managed by DMB Associates Inc., is increasingly active and a lot more is going on there than Valley residents may realize.
Officials tell ABC15, the owners of the 23 dogs that died at the Green Acre facility plan to file a civil lawsuit at the end of the month.
“Are we fighting a war on terror or aren’t we? It is time to fight or go away.”
NEW YORK — Travelers, prepare to pay more for your flight.