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Goldwater Institute says two vote against individual liberties
A conservative think tank says some of Tempe's state legislators aren't making the grade.
A recent legislative report card released by the Goldwater Institute gave the Arizona Senate an average ranking of D+ and the House of Representatives an average ranking of D.
Two Tempe Democrats were on the lists of the five lowest-ranking ranking senators and representatives. Sen. Harry Mitchell received an F ranking, and Rep. Meg Burton Cahill received an F-.
Republican legislative leaders earned only marginal marks, and no Democrat received higher than a D-grade, from the Goldwater Institute in its analysis of 191 votes during the 2003 Arizona legislative session.
Not surprisingly, the fiscally and economically conservative Goldwater think tank gave the highest marks on its 2003 legislative scorecard to fiscal hawks such as state Sens. Thayer Verschoor and Jack Harper and House Majority Leader Eddie Farnsworth.
Compare the candidates
The Star's election reporters Rhonda Bodfield and Hipolito R. Corella have done a six-day series to examine the candidates and their stances on issues in the gubernatorial and congressional races.
For a time, it didn't seem that Arizona leaders had to worry too much about economic development.
The state saw unprecedented growth and job expansion. Budget surpluses were the norm.
P.J. O' Rourke pokes fun at terrorists, U.S. government
Beef and sacred cows arrived equally skewered at the [Phoenix-based] Goldwater Institute's luncheon Thursday as political satirist P.J. O'Rourke flayed terrorists, pork barrel spending and the World War II generation.
The best-selling author's discussion at the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix launched the conservative think tank's speaker series. About 250 people attended the event.
"He's well-loved, even by people who don't love him," said Darcy Olsen, executive director of the Goldwater Institute.
PHOENIX – The Goldwater Institute’s annual Legislative Report Card was released today, taking into account 375 votes during the first session of Arizona’s fiftieth legislature.
Now in its ninth year, the report card is a citizen-friendly tool for evaluating state legislators’ votes and their impact on individual liberty.
In his blog Ideas, Santa Clara University economist David Friedman (yes, he's Milton's son) wrote about the cost of eyeglasses. He was curious why a new frame and set of lenses costs less than $10 online, but five times that amount or more at most stores.
A few weeks ago, the Phoenix City Council agreed to give Thomas J. Klutznick Co. $100 million for building a high-end shopping center. Backers of the deal say failure to subsidize retail would send developers to other cities or to Arizona's Indian reservations.
With a total sales tax of 8.1 percent, Phoenix has the highest sales tax rate of competitor cities. It may very well be true that Phoenix is losing business to neighboring cities. Poor tax policy has that effect.
What could Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and City Council members have been thinking when they authorized a $100 million tax subsidy for CityNorth, a private development planned for northeast Phoenix?
We may never know, but businesses planning to expand or relocate have become expert at conning government officials into thinking they wont come but for government incentives. The take nationally comes to $50 billion yearly, according to Alan Peters and Peter Fisher of the University of Iowa.
If you wonder when looking at a restaurant menu whether the bacon cheeseburger or the garden salad would be more heart healthy, help from the government may be on the way.
A bill has been introduced in the legislature requiring chain restaurants to list levels of calories, trans fats and sodium for all items on their menus. The theory is that with burgeoning rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, the government should mandate that restaurants supply info on what's bad for us.
The British Pop band Naked Eyes was ahead of its time. Its 1983 hit song "Promises, Promises" sums up the Governor's health insurance proposal:
You made me promises, promises
Knowing I'd believe
You knew you'd never keep.
Governor Napolitano wants to enroll an additional 100,000 children in the states Medicaid program. No one begrudges children accessing health care, but there are better plans in the private sector.