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Tom Milton

About Tom Milton

Tom Milton served on the Phoenix City Council from 1998 until 2002, representing North Phoenix. He is the former managing partner of Kaasa, Milton, & Reithmann, a firm that specialized in state and municipal candidate and issue campaigns in Arizona. He is currently a partner in the consulting and lobbying firm of Bilsten & Associates.

The Importance Of The 2012 New Hampshire Primary

2012 New Hampshire Primary
January 11, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Politics

Although the New Hampshire Primary is scheduled to be held on the second Tuesday in March, it hasn’t been held in March since back in the ’70s. New Hampshire is proud to hold the first Presidential Primary Election every four years. By state law, the New Hampshire Secretary of State has the authority to schedule… Read More →

Mitt Romney Wins Iowa Caucus, Rick Santorum Close Behind

Mitt Romney, Iowa Caucus
January 4, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Politics

Last year was a busy year for the Republican candidates for president; it seemed as if they had a thousand debates. There was all the talk about who was running and who wasn’t. Polls began showing Governor Mitt Romney as the front runner, and then a series of other candidates rose up to Romney’s level… Read More →

Zombies Vs. Vampires: Which Side Are You On?

Zombies Vs. Vampires: Which Side Are You On?
October 27, 2011 by in Events | Executive Lifestyle

I like zombies. Something about the walking dead has appealed to me since I was a kid. They are the working class of the monster realm. I have found that a gender gap exists when it comes to zombies. Guys tend to like them, and girls prefer vampires. Zombies and vampires are both undead and… Read More →

Political Demonization of Phoenix Labor Unions

Labor Unions, City of Phoenix
October 5, 2011 by in Columnist Spotlight | Politics

It’s Wrong To Demonize Labor Unions As The Sole Source Of Pain To Taxpayers September 11, 2011 was the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Almost 3,000 innocent people lost their lives during those terrorist attacks. 411 of those killed were emergency workers. Stop and think about that for a minute. 411 people died because after the… Read More →

Auto-Dialer Attack On Wes Gullett And Family, Mattox’s Response

Mattox's response to attack on Wes Gullett
August 17, 2011 by in Business News | Politics

Claude Mattox’s statement regarding the attack on Wes Gullett: In the strongest possible terms, I condemn the actions of the individual or organization responsible for the deplorable attack on Wes Gullett and his family this afternoon.   To say there is no room in politics for this type of behavior is a given. This is… Read More →

Politicians Need To Travel, But They Also Have To Be Aware Of The Pitfalls

Political junkets

In light of the Fiesta Bowl scandal, we can expect a higher level of scrutiny when it comes to our elected officials and their travel. People will be very fixated on our politicians’ trips abroad and the reasons for them. This isn’t a new issue, but it is an issue that sometimes goes unnoticed and… Read More →

Loving To Hate Politicians Is An Old Sport

Politicians at Work
February 2, 2011 by in Columnist Spotlight | Politics

We love to hate our elected officials.  It seems like the American system of representative-democracy is based off of a cycle where we elect leaders and then become disillusioned with them. There is a logical reason why this happens. A local television station in the Phoenix area has a commercial promoting what their news team… Read More →

A Great American Tragedy: Gabrielle Giffords the target

U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot at a grocery store during a constituent event in Tucson.
January 9, 2011 by in Events | Politics

We live in a great country.  We have a stable government.  We have incredible wealth when compared to so many other parts of the world.  I don’t know about you, but I often take these things for granted.  When I go to bed at night, I don’t worry about enemy rebels overrunning my home. I… Read More →

Arizona Politics 2010: The Year That Was SB 1070

Arizona Flag
January 5, 2011 by in Columnist Spotlight | Politics

It’s the start of 2011. This is usually when everyone writes top 10 lists for the year just past. I was going to write a “top 10 political stories of 2010 column,” when it occurred to me that was the year of one main significant political story. Oh, there were plenty of important political happenings.… Read More →

Arizona Gains One House Of Representatives Seat From The 2010 Census

Arizona Gains Seat House of Representatives
December 27, 2010 by in Politics

It all starts with the census! The American Constitution mandates that every ten years our federal government must run a census. Once the census is complete, there is a massive political trickle-down effect. The first and most obvious result of a new census is changes to congressional representation. There are 435 seats in the U.S.… Read More →

Is the City of Phoenix Being Mismanaged?

Downtown Phoenix Skyline
December 1, 2010 by in Columnist Spotlight | Economy | Politics

These are tough times! Given the rotten economy it isn’t hard to be a pessimist about everything, and government seems to top the list. The November elections saw Congress shift to the Republicans, and yet America as a whole still seems to lack confidence that they are going to make things much better. A recent… Read More →

AZ 2010 Midterm Election Analysis

Polling Station

The best day to be the President of the United States has got to be Inauguration Day. You take the oath of office. You give a speech that the whole world stops to listen to and it is guaranteed to be recorded in history the moment you give it. It is all processionals, parties, and… Read More →

Update: A Proposition Primer For Election Day – Tom’s Picks

Voting Booth
October 21, 2010 by in Columnist Spotlight | Politics

Editor’s Note: With less than a week to go before Election Day, AZNow.Biz’s political columnist, Tom Milton, has revealed his recommendations on the 10 propositions on the ballot. As he says, “You’ll notice, I don’t like many of them.” Election Day is almost here. If you are like me, you are probably already tired of… Read More →

Midterm Elections Are Never Fun For A President

Midterm elections
October 6, 2010 by in Columnist Spotlight | Politics

Every four years, the United States of America has a presidential election. More Americans turn out and participate in the presidential elections than the lesser recognized midterm elections. The midterm elections occur in the two-year gaps between the presidential elections. In many ways, these midterms are just as important. While presidents get four-year terms, all… Read More →

We Need Immigration Reform, Not Immigration Hype

Immigration
September 15, 2010 by in Columnist Spotlight | Politics

SB 1070. It has been a few months since it passed, making Arizona the focus of so much national attention. As I have listened to Arizona, the entire country, and even some international Latina singers debate the issue, I have found ironies on both sides. First, on the pro-SB 1070 side: Republicans (especially Arizona Republicans… Read More →