elections

Charter school headmaster apologizes for political statements on Prop 204

Last week I wrote about an email blast sent to the parents of students at Veritas’ Archway Classical Academy by Headmaster Erik Twist, encouraging them to vote No on Prop 204. Arizona law prohibits public schools, which includes charter schools, from using public resources to try and influence an election. The email was a last …

Don’t write off Lilia Alvarez

In the races for Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, most believe the winners have already been decided. But don’t tell that to Democrat Lilia Alvarez who has raised impressive funds in a heavily tilted Republican district. Alvarez may be young, but she’s also incredibly savvy. She was one of the main forces in the successful …

Head of popular charter school crosses the line, uses public resources for personal politics

Erik Twist, Headmaster of Veritas Archway Classical Academy in Phoenix, recently sent an email blast to the school’s parents explaining his opposition to Proposition 204. Prop 204 seeks to permanently extend the one-cent sales tax to fund public education, which includes charter schools like Veritas. In the email Mr. Twist rattled off a number of …

Sheriff Arpaio’s Willie Horton moment

If you’re old enough, you may remember this infamous Willie Horton ad from the 1988 presidential election between George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis. Many people credited this ad for helping Bush turn the conversation in the campaign and win the presidency. And as attack ads go, this one was definitely one of the best. …

Lucky for Tom Horne, he’s not a police officer

If Attorney General Tom Horne were an Arizona police officer, he’d lose his job. Actually, he never would have had the AG job in the first place. As pointed out by Bill Richardson, a retired Mesa cop and columnist for the East Valley Tribune, Horne’s past legal problems, which include a lifetime sanction from the …

Who’s afraid of Sheriff Arpaio? Not Devin Fleenor

Pardon my French, but it takes balls to take on Joe Arpaio without an army of supporters behind you. So when a virtual unknown, a local artist, decides to self-fund a commercial attacking Sheriff Arpaio, you gotta wonder, “what was he thinking?” He wasn’t thinking about himself, that’s for sure. Instead, he was more concerned …

Parents don’t let parents vote for Joe Arpaio

She was walking home from a friend’s house that night with another teenager, a boy who lived in her neighborhood. She was 14; he was 16. The two were acquaintances and had been at the friend’s house with several other teens. No doubt, this girl assumed she was safe. But without warning and in the …

Can a ‘Top Two’ primary moderate Arizona politics?

That’s the message we’re hearing from the Open Government initiative supporters. These folks believe Independents will have greater opportunities to win elections while extremists, those leading by ideology instead of policy, will be forced to moderate in order to appeal to the general population versus their party’s base. In a ‘top two’ primary, everyone, regardless …

Let’s help Laurie Roberts “DeKook the Capitol”

Many of us have concluded that our state Capitol is filled with extremist legislators who value craziness instead of intelligence. And now it seems some of our local reporters agree. This past weekend, Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts published an article requesting help for “an election-year search for a Legislature that actually lines up with …