January 22, 2019

ICYMI: Don't let foes undo 3 public votes and 20 years of planning

In case you missed it, there is a very important op-ed in today’s Arizona Republic from Doug Pruitt, former chairman and CEO of Sundt Construction, regarding the latest efforts by the anti-transit crowd to game the system and thwart the will of the vot...

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January 11, 2019

Moral and Social Context of Capitalism

At HighGround, we often find clarity and solace in these difficult times within the columns written by David Brooks from the New York Times.  In this latest piece, “The Remoralization of the Market,” he extolls the virtues of capitalism, but also discu...

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January 2, 2019

Proposed Initiative Seeking to Stop Voter Approved Light Rail in Phoenix Challenged in Court

Lawsuit Focused on Misleading Description and Illegally Gathered Signatures 


“This light rail opposition group has had ample opportunity to have their voices heard through three campaigns and hundreds of public stakeholder hearings.  They have lost...

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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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