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September 24, 2018

Arizona's 'blue wave' is real, but it's not what you think

From the Arizona Republic

By:  Paul Bentz, Senior Vice President - Research & Strategy

The August 2018 Primary Election had “record” turnout and the “blue wave” is real.  Both of these statements are true, but to borrow a famous line from Inigo Montoya...

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August 26, 2018

A life of perseverance. A life well lived.

Hon. John S. McCain

By:  J. Charles Coughlin

My father was born in Boston and attended Dartmouth and Michigan law after World War II. He was a corporate labor lawyer in Detroit, Michigan from the late 1950’s until his retirement in the late 1990’s.  Ou...

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July 24, 2018

Ground Control to Major Tom: Slow down & do little things well

I returned about 10 days ago from a blissful vacation and retreat in Vancouver as well as the Brew Creek Centre outside of Whistler, British Columbia.  My wife, Patricia, and I had a great retreat with twenty or so new friends.  It was led by Donny Sta...

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June 18, 2018

A Funny Thing Has Happened

Here at HighGround, we have been keeping track the direction of the State of Arizona (or what we euphemistically call Arizona’s “Happiness Index”) since 2009.  Back then, we were plunged deep into those dark and cold economic days:  30% of the State bu...

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May 24, 2018

A 1 Quarter of 1% Sales Tax = 65 New Police Officers & 45 Fire Fighters

Dale Crogan, President of the Mesa Firefighters Association and Nate Gafvert President of the Mesa Police Association contributed their “My Turn” column published in today’s AZ Central. Mesa, now the 36th largest city in the nation, larger than Kansas ...

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April 3, 2018

Grading the #RedforEd Messages

By:  Paul Bentz

Education has consistently been the top issue facing the State of Arizona since 2014 and survey after survey shows that vast majorities of voters think schools are underfunded and teachers are underpaid.  Clearly, this issue is coming ...

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March 29, 2018

Lesko's Going to Win CD 8 - Just Do the Math!

There is a great deal of media speculation surrounding the upcoming election in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District on the unpopularity of the President and the effect that may have in this special election and the upcoming General Election cycle.

Du...

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March 19, 2018

Thank You Joe Woods

In 1986, after a stint as John McCain’s Finance Director for his first U.S. Senate campaign, I found myself unemployed and not wanting to return to my native Midwest with my tail between my legs.  Early in the Spring of 1987, there was a job opening fo...

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March 1, 2018

MIHS Announces Big Win for Taxpayers and Community Health

A little over three years ago, the voters of Maricopa County overwhelmingly passed Proposition 480 to support Maricopa Integrated Health System in their efforts to provide outstanding trauma services, operate the Arizona Burn Center, expand help for th...

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February 16, 2018

Rural Water and the CAP Board

Arizona has an accomplished history of managing our State’s precious water resources.  The history is long: beginning with the founders of the Salt River Valley Water User’s Association, the first Federal Reclamation project in the West (when Arizona w...

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