As Chairman of Transportation for the Arizona House of
Representatives, I feel compelled to weigh in on the decision from
the NTSB to recommend a complete ban on PEDs (personal electrical
devises) being used in the operation of a motor vehicle.
When it comes to the big-box stores and retailers, few decisions
are made without the marketing research to back it up. This leads
one to wonder, when exactly did research show retailers that the
American consumer wants to buy and prepare for a holiday months
ahead of time?
In 2000, Arizona voters wisely decided it was time to stop
Legislative incumbents from drawing their own districts and
unfairly guaranteeing their own re-election. We enacted an
Independent Redistricting Committee to return that power to the
people, ensuring that politicians have to work to earn our
Recently, Tucson City Council members Steve Kozachik and Karin
Uhlich proposed banning texting while driving in town limits. If
passed, Tucson drivers who deem it OK to multi-task by driving and
sending that all-to-important text could be fined hundreds of
dollars at a time.
As a member of the Arizona House of Representatives, I would
like to express my thoughts on the Independent Redistricting
Commission. For those who do not know, Prop 106 was a voter
approved ballot initiative that was passed in 1998 putting the
redistricting authority into the hands of an independent
commission. The heart of the initiative was to create an
independent body that would act in a non-partisan nature.
How many times have we heard someone say, “I’m not perfect but
I’m basically honest.” It reminds me of an example provided during
my ethics training of a man who had loaned $20,000 to each of three
friends. The man told his friends that if he died before they
repaid him, each of his friends were to put the payment in his
Most of the rhetoric we’ve heard from Republican Presidential
candidates can be boiled down to one theme. They want to take
government apart, piece by piece, and move its services over to the
private sector, where their rich contributors can make a
Most of you know a reasonable amount about Veterans Day. But how
much do you know about an organization that was founded in 2005 in
response to misguided, reprehensible protests at the funerals of
fallen heroes, the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR)?
As a desert community of just over 40,000 residents, the Town of
Oro Valley is a community in control of its own water supply. Not
having to depend on any other utility for the allocation of water
means we are not subject to handouts and cutoffs. We have control
over our growth and water resources.
One of Marana’s strongest assets as a community is that we have
created a culture of strategic planning. While we always make sure
the services we provide — police, water, parks and roads, for
example — are top-notch, we also take time to dream about the
town’s future and how we will grow to become a community known for
its extraordinary long-term vision.