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Politics and Social Security


The issue: Unless Congress acts, the trust funds that support Social Security will run out of money in 2033, according to the trustees who oversee the retirement and disability program. At that point, Social Security would collect only enough tax revenue each year to pay about 75 percent of benefits. That benefit cut wouldn’t sit… Read More →

Prosperity Project educates businesses about election issues

October 5, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Politics | Small Biz

Last week I talked about jobs – the issue everyone should be talking about, but isn’t. Jobs and the economy are the number one issues for voters this election season. The majority of voters want to enter the voting booth armed with facts about the candidates on their ballot. They want to know how these… Read More →

Jobs report gives Obama a boost

Barack Obama,

President Barack Obama got much-needed good news Friday following his disappointing debate performance as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since he took office. Republican rival Mitt Romney said Obama still hasn’t done enough to create jobs. The figures announced by the Labor Department — 114,000 new jobs last month to bring unemployment… Read More →

Jobless rate falls below 8%


The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years and giving President Barack Obama a potential boost with the election a month away. The rate declined from 8.1 percent because the number of people who said they were employed soared by 873,000… Read More →

Arpaio far ahead in fundraising in sheriff’s race

September 30, 2012 by in Business News | Politics

Republican Joe Arpaio remains the leader in fundraising in the race for Maricopa County sheriff. The Republican incumbent raised $457,000 from Aug. 9 through Sept. 17 and had $3.8 million in his re-election campaign fund at the end of the period. The campaign for Democrat Paul Penzone says it raised $138,000 during that period and… Read More →

Libertarian Presidential Candidate Campaigns at ASU

September 26, 2012 by in Business News | Education | Politics

A crowd of nearly 100 amassed Wednesday afternoon to support Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson, who spoke during a campaign rally at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. Johnson, a former two term New Mexico governor, presents himself as a socially liberal and fiscally conservative candidate. Among his positions are legalizing gay marriage and marijuana, giving… Read More →

Hamer: Let’s talk about jobs

September 26, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Politics | Workforce

The main issue that every candidate from president to town council should be talking about this elections season – but isn’t – is jobs. Every public opinion poll cites jobs and the economy as the number one issue. Voters want to know what type of policies candidates are going to support that will get our… Read More →

Franks earns 2012 Wireless Consumer Hero Award

September 24, 2012 by in Business News | Mobile | Politics | Tech

The bipartisan, pro-consumer advocacy group, MyWireless.org, awarded Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02) with the 2012 Wireless Consumer Hero Award for his commitment to wireless tax relief for American consumers and businesses. Congressman Franks is one of the original sponsors of the bipartisan ‘Wireless Tax Fairness Act’ (H.R. 1002) and was instrumental in its passage in the… Read More →

Open Elections/Open Government initiative moves to the November ballot

September 6, 2012 by in Business News | Politics

The Arizona Supreme Court let stand a lower court decision, rejecting an appeal by a political committee seeking to prevent the proposed Open Elections/Open Government citizen initiative from going to the November ballot. “Five times now, we have been forced to go to court to defend the rights of Arizona voters to vote on this… Read More →

Schweikert, Sinema, Salmon, Gosar, Parker earn primary wins


In a bruising battle of incumbent congressmen, Rep. Dave Schweikert defeated Rep. Ben Quayle Tuesday as Arizona voters faced a scrambled political map during their late summer primaries. Redistricting pitted several veteran politicos against one another here, but the fight between Schweikert and the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle to represent Arizona’s 6th… Read More →

O’Connor House names new CEO


The O’Connor House (OCH) Board of Directors appointed Sarah Suggs Cheek as president and CEO. The nonprofit organization supports the legacy and vision of retired United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to promote civil dialogue leading to civic action. “Sarah’s extensive experience in marketing and fundraising will benefit the organization tremendously and allow… Read More →

Palin will serve barbecue in Gilbert during campaign stop

Sarah Palin

One well-known Republican will not be at the Republican National Convention. Instead, former GOP Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is starting the week in Arizona to campaign for her allies. KSAZ-TV reports that Palin is scheduled to campaign Monday, Aug. 27 for 5th District Congressional candidate Kirk Adams in Gilbert. The two say they will… Read More →

Arizona’s voter registration base down since June

August 21, 2012 by in Business News | Politics

Arizona’s voter registration numbers are down heading into the state’s primary election next week. The Secretary of State’s Office announced Monday that the state has slightly more than 3.1 million registered voters. That’s a decrease of more than 45,000 from the last report in June. Nearly all of the electorate is divided roughly into thirds,… Read More →

Arizona begins new fiscal year with revenue gain

August 21, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Politics

Arizona’s state government is beginning its fiscal year on a positive note. The legislative budget staff reports that tax collections in July totaled nearly $750 million. That’s about $16 million above the July revenue forecast when the state enacted its current state budget last spring and 6 percent above revenue collected in July 2011. The… Read More →

Trade official outlines importance of aerospace, defense to Arizona

August 17, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Politics | Tech

Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez will highlight the importance of aerospace and defense industry exports to strengthening the American economy and creating jobs during his “Made in America” tour stop in the Phoenix area, on August 21. Sánchez will discuss export opportunities with local aerospace industry leaders at a roundtable hosted… Read More →

Phoenix offers development assistance for small business


The city of Phoenix Planning & Development Department’s Office of Customer Advocacy (OCA) provides guidance and support to small business customers new to the development and permit process.  The OCA provides assistance with pre-project research, identifying plan submittal requirements, coordination between the design team and city staff, resolving technical issues and provides a central point… Read More →

Ruling allows sales tax hike to go on ballot


An initiative measure for a sales tax increase can appear on Arizona’s ballot this November despite a paperwork error that threatened to kill the proposal before it reached voters, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The brief order issued by a three-justice panel said it was enough that supporters of the initiative “substantially complied” with… Read More →

Female will moderate presidential debate

Candy Crowley
August 13, 2012 by in Business News | Politics

For the first time in two decades, a woman has been tapped to moderate a presidential debate. CNN’s Candy Crowley will moderate one of three October debates between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday. Jim Lehrer of PBS and Bob Schieffer of CBS News will moderate… Read More →

Who pays Obamacare’s tax hikes?


Who gets thumped by higher taxes in President Barack Obama’s health care law? The wealthiest 2 percent of Americans will take the biggest hit, starting next year. And the pain will be shared by some who aren’t so well off — people swept up in a hodgepodge of smaller tax changes that will help finance… Read More →

New commander takes over at Davis-Monthan Air force Base

August 10, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Politics

A new commander is set to take over Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Col. Kevin Blanchard has officially assumed command of the Tucson base. Blanchard just completed a yearlong assignment as the vice commander of the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. He succeeds Col. John Cherrey who left for a Pentagon assignment… Read More →

Valley CEO resigns over email offer

August 7, 2012 by in Business News | Green | Politics

The CEO of a Valley-based energy company has resigned after he offered to buy a Gilbert councilwoman’s vote. The Gilbert Town Council rejected a contract with Green Global by a 4-3 vote last week. On Monday, The Arizona Republic says Green Global CEO Mike Hoffman sent an e-mail asking Councilwoman Jenn Daniels to reconsider. The… Read More →

Scottsdale Area Association Of Realtors Hosts Candidate Forum


On Wednesday, August 8, The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors (SAAR) will feature a Scottsdale Candidate Forum with candidates for Scottsdale mayor and city council at the Chaparral Suites Resort from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.  This free event will serve as an opportunity for Realtors in the Scottsdale area to hear directly from the candidates on… Read More →

Goodyear Mayor Appointed To Defense Task Force

task force

The City of Goodyear announced that Mayor Georgia Lord will serve on the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) Defense Transition Task Force. The mission of the task force will be to determine strategies for cities to deal with reductions in defense spending and transition issues that they will likely face as the nation shifts from… Read More →

Mayor Elaine Scruggs Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Mayor Elaine Scruggs

Mayor Elaine Scruggs is the recipient of the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award for regional planning in Maricopa County. Scruggs received the award from the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) during its recently held 2012 Desert Peaks Awards ceremony in recognition for her 22 years of service exemplifying regional cooperation. “It has been my joy and… Read More →