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Mesa takes heat over record $580 million bond request     Critics say the city could’ve avoided the large bond request if utility revenue didn’t support other city services Mesa has used utility revenue for other city services for decades to make up for not having a primary property tax City officials say they typically …

23% Tax Increase

Why I do not support the Mesa Question 1 which is a massive 23% tax hike My opponent supports raising Mesa sales tax by 23%.  This must be approved by voters and will be on the November ballot.  There are primarily three reasons why I do not support raising the Mesa sales tax from 1.75% to …

40 Arizona Public Schools Earn A+ School of Excellence Award

40 Arizona Public Schools Earn A+ School of Excellence™ Award   The 2016 A+ School of Excellence winning schools and principals are: Andersen Jr. High School, Chandler (Chandler Unified District), Jim Anderson Brinton Elementary School, Mesa (Mesa Unified District), Dr. Patricia Estes Canyon Springs STEM Academy, Phoenix (Deer Valley Unified District), Tricia Graham CAVIT (Central …

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Arizona go Democrat for the First Time in 20 Years?

By Philip Rucker June 18 at 8:53 PM PHOENIX — If there is one place where the dramas and subplots of Campaign 2016 collide, it is across the sprawling and scorching desert state of Arizona. Here lives Donald Trump’s restive base of white voters unsettled by the country’s social transformation and fired up to dismantle …

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Banner Health raises $40M for Alzheimer’s care

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 1:00 am Staff Reports PHOENIX — After five years of fundraising, Banner Health has met its goal of collecting $40 million in donations for its Alzheimer’s care facility. About 3,000 individuals and companies contributed to the campaign, which launched in 2011, and proceeds will go directly toward the Phoenix-based Banner …

Boeing wins U.S. Army helicopter deal $1.5 billion of work coming to Mesa

Boeing wins U.S. Army helicopter deal worth $1.5 billion The Boeing logo is seen at their headquarters in Chicago, in this April 24, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/JIM YOUNG/FILES Boeing Co (BA.N) on Thursday said it had won a U.S. Army contract valued at about $1.5 billion to remanufacture 117 AH-64D Apache helicopters to the new …

Can Trump Be Stopped

Billionaire real estate investor and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump easily swept the Nevada Republican caucuses on Tuesday. The Nevada win showed that Trump can prevail in caucuses, where organization is key to turning out voters who are willing to spend hours engaged in the caucus process. Until now, Trump has only won in states …

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  Original article from cultofmac.com – http://www.cultofmac.com/267750/apple-wants-arizona-governer-veto-gay-discrimination-bill/ Apple Wants Arizona Governer To Veto Gay Discrimination Bill Apple confirmed to CNBC late on Monday that it has asked Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto the controversial religious freedom bill SB1062.Apple is the latest company to urge Brewers to veto the bill, which critics have suggested will allow …

Equal Pay for Equal Work

Did You Know That Women Are Still Paid Less Than Men?   On average, full-time working women earn just 78 cents for every dollar a man earns. This significant gap is more than a statistic — it has real life consequences. When women, who make up nearly half the workforce, bring home less money each …

Error on Maricopa County ballot

Maricopa County elections officials got the title of a ballot measure wrong in the Spanish-language version of the May 17 ballot. This could lead to greater taxpayer costs and potential litigation. (Photo: The Republic) Maricopa County elections officials are scrambling to correct an error on the Spanish-language ballot for the May 17 special election. The ballot, …

Firefighter Saves American Flag From Scene of Devastating Fire in Phoenix

  A massive third-alarm fire fanned by powerful winds erupted at a recycling plant in Phoenix on Tuesday night, according to Phoenix TV station KPHO. The fire broke out around 4 p.m. at the Arizona Pacific Pulp & Paper plant, the station reported. Huge flames could be seen shooting into the sky, and black smoke pouring …

George Zimmerman sells gun that killed Trayvon Martin for $120,000

Glendale Councilman

  On Dec. 17, 2014, Glendale City Councilman Sammy Chavira received a cheery email from his friend Ruben Gallego, who had just been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Gallego and his wife invited him to attend Gallego’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., via an email sent from Gallego’s campaign account to Chavira’s personal account. …

Hastert gets a measly 15 months for raping 5 boys

CHICAGO — Former House speaker Dennis Hastert, who less than a decade ago stood second in line to the presidency, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison Wednesday for a bank fraud case linked to allegations he sexually abused teen boys more than 30 years ago. Federal Judge Thomas Durkin called Hastert, 74, a …

Income and Wealth Inequality

One of the biggest issues in America today is wealth inequality. We live in one of the richest nations in the world but it does not matter because the majority of the wealth is concentrated into a few hands. Wealth inequality is not only one of the great economic issues of our time but also …

Is Ducey Trying to Stack the Supreme Court?

Who knew Republican Gov. Doug Ducey was such a fan of Democratic icon Franklin Roosevelt? Almost 80 years after the former president tried to stack the U.S. Supreme Court in his favor, it appears that Ducey is trying to do the same with the Arizona Supreme Court. His shills in the Legislature are even using …

Is the PSPRS Pension Bankrupting Mesa and Other Municipalities?

Who’s watching out for our public safety workers?  Is the PSPRS pension bankrupting Mesa and other municipalities? Why are none of the politicians and leaders of PSPRS watching out for the beat cop and firefighter who risk their lives every day to protect us?  Our leadership has bankrupt their pension and if elected I would …

Jeff Dewit Prop 123

I read this article today in the Arizona Republic.  Do you agree with Jeff DeWit that we need to vote no on Proposition 123?  

Legalize Marijuana Add $113 million in Tax Revenue

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that Denver is one of the fastest growing cities amongst the 50 biggest cities in the United States.  With a population of 682,545 and being the 19th largest city this is an amazing feat.  It is time for Arizona to work on closing our major budget issues by legalizing and capitalizing …

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Mesa officer charged with murder in shooting of unarmed man at hotel

A Mesa police officer will face a second-degree murder charge stemming from the fatal shooting of an unarmed Texas man at a hotel in January. Officer Philip “Mitch” Brailsford is accused of firing five shots at Daniel Shaver at a La Quinta Inn & Suites on Jan. 18 after responding to a report of a …

Mesa PD: Five men arrested after trying to pay for sex with 16-year-old teen in undercover sting

Mesa property-tax rates

Most SE Valley property-tax rates drop, but not in Mesa   WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO? City taxes are only a small portion of residents’ full property-tax bill. Here’s a breakdown of where the money typically goes, using a Mesa home for an example. Percentages might vary with other communities: Article continued below… K-12 SCHOOL …

Mesa Threatens Candidate with Lawsuit WashingtonPost

Obama Chooses Merrick Garland for Supreme Court

Obama Responsible for Trump?

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Senate passes KidsCare, sends measure to Ducey

Senate passes KidsCare, sends measure to Ducey By: Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services May 5, 2016 , 7:12 pm By a 16-12 vote, the state Senate passed the KidsCare health insurance program today, sending it to Gov. Doug Ducey. The vote came less than a day after the House revived the measure and approved it. …

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summer electric assistance sea program

What is the SEA Program? It is a pilot program limited to Mesa Electric Service Area customers only. It is intended for electric customers with annual household income of less than $27,000 to assist with higher electric bills during the summer months. Provides up to three months of summer electric assistance (July, August, and September …

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Vote NO on Prop 123

When two billionaires write checks for a million dollars each I know there is a problem. I hope you will join me and vote NO on prop 123. Arizona is 50th in the nation for education spending per pupil. It is time for the Arizona legislature to fix this problem and not raid our state …

Who are the current Mesa City Council Members and Mayor?

Who are the current Mesa City Council Members and Mayor? Mayor John Giles                         Councilmember Dave Richins                         Councilmember Alex Finter                         …

Women’s Issues

Women working full time, year round in the United States were typically paid only 79 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts in 2014. For women of color, the gaps are even larger. This fact sheet provides details about the wage gap measure that the Census Bureau and the National Women’s Law Center …