November 28, 2018

Arizona's Shining Star

Arizona’s bright copper star and yellow shafts of light lost some luster this morning with the news of our friend Congressman Ed Pastor’s passing. The flag’s depiction of an Arizona sunrise is an appropriate way to remember our friend – his constant op...

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November 21, 2018

2018 Observations and 2019 Thoughts

On the eve of a Presidential visit in August of 2017, HighGround commissioned a poll that showed President’s Trump approval rating in Arizona at 41.8%, and his Republican support at 74% and I wrote the following observation (see the post here):

“If th...

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October 30, 2018

Females Making the Difference: Hobbs and Hoffman Lead, Brnovich Bucks Trend

Hobbs and Hoffman lead GOP opponents each by 1 point; Brnovich leads by 8 points

PHOENIX (October 30, 2018) – In the same survey that showed Governor Ducey with a commanding 19-point lead and McSally a single point ahead, other Republican candidates ...

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October 29, 2018

Breaking: Senate Dead Heat and Dominant Ducey

McSally ahead by 1-point while Ducey cruising by 19 points in HighGround’s latest statewide survey

 PHOENIX (October 29, 2018) – With only a few days left until the recommended deadline to mail in ballots, the top two candidates in the race for the Un...

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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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