March 19, 2019

ICYMI: SB 1460 will make a mess of online sales

HighGround has had the pleasure of working with both Ted Ferris and Peter Burns for many, many years. Both were instrumental in helping several gubernatorial administrations navigate the difficulties presented when recessions hit, and state and public ...

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February 19, 2019

A Whopping 96 Percent of Voters Agree

In the realm of politics, most issues are navigated with the “fifty-percent plus one” mentality – finding consensus among the number of folks that it takes to win an election.  The fact of the matter is, very few issues in this current political enviro...

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February 14, 2019

The Road Ahead

Quality transportation is critical to the future of Arizona’s economy and ensuring our ability to move people, goods, and services throughout the state.  We have fought for years to protect the HURF and ensure that our roads are adequately funded.  The...

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February 1, 2019

These boots were made for Senate?

By:  Barrett Coughlin

Until 1993, women couldn’t even wear pants on the Senate Floor. Now here we are in 2019 questioning Arizona’s first female Senator elect’s thigh-highs.

 After roughly four years in the New York fashion industry, I chose a more...

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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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