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Arizona Teacher: I’ll Believe It When I See It

The following is is the view of a teacher in Arizona with 15+ years of experience, one who has worked in multiple capacities in the Cave Creek Unified School District. The following are his words regarding the recent proposal from Governor Ducey in the face of the #RedForEd movement for more realistic salaries in Arizona school districts (nearly the lowest in the United States). Okay Education supporters, get ready for the real fight. You've kicked in the door. You haven't crossed any threshold yet. As a former budget analyst to two AZ Governors, here is some food for thought: 1. From what I've read, the current proposal from Ducey gives you 1% last year, 9% starting July 1, 2018, 5% starting July 1, 2019, and 5% starting July 1, 2020. By law, the Governor and Legislature cannot … [Read More...]

Signs of Corruption – Arizona’s 8th District

The Debbie Lesko FEC investigation explained People are sick and tired of corruption, real and perceived, in Washington and local politics. Lesko Background Debbie Lesko is a politician running for congress from Arizona’s 8th district in a special election to replace Trent Franks. Her campaign is currently under investigation by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for an allegedly illegal money transfer. Most voters aren't privy to the nuances of election finance laws, and this author has successfully filed campaign finance violation complaints resulting in fines. So, this article will attempt to explain the complaint against Lesko's campaign so voters can be more informed about the … [Read More...]

Halo Smart Smoke and CO Detector

The Halo Smart Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm is a hard-wired connected smoke and carbon monoxide detector. It has a rechargeable backup battery the manufacturer claims will last for ten years. If you need a battery ONLY detector, these units will not work for you. The Halo and Halo+ (with weather alerts) use visual alarms, a LOUD beeper, and a clear voice warning to let you know if you have a smoke or carbon monoxide problem. The units are compatible with Samsung SmartThings hubs and with the Lowes Iris home automation systems using a ZigBee protocol connection. The Halo is equipped with both photoelectric and ionization sensors to more quickly detect dangerous conditions. … [Read More...]

Reality Hits You Hard, Bro

Let's get the title reference out of the way, click here for the YouTube where an Arizona resident reminds us that, sometimes, reality hits you hard, bro. The realities that hit you hard in this matter are convoluted but not complex. Aggressive Council Moves The City of Glendale City Council voted 5-2 to negate an existing contract with the Coyotes at a contentious June 10, 2015 special City Council meeting which had been scheduled one day earlier. Reasonable people recognize scheduling a voting meeting and giving your business partner one day's notice to prepare as an extremely aggressive move, especially given one of the two councilmembers supporting the Coyotes was out of … [Read More...]

Fear is Personal and Real

Social media is abuzz with people dismissing fears expressed by others concerned with where the next Presidential regime will take the United States and how it will affect them. Protesters marching the streets of cities across the country are being characterized as babies, wimps, whiners, and sore losers. The list of reported racist incidents after Trump's victory continues to grow. Some of these incidents are probably not directly related, some may be manufactured or fictional, and some may be overblown. But, it's a long list. Nationwide Angst An incident at an International Baccalaureate middle school in Michigan where, in the presence of adult supervisors, seventh grade children … [Read More...]

Debbie Lesko an Education Supporter? Not so much.

Republican Debbie Lesko is running to replace her friend, disgraced US Representative Trent Franks, in the House of Representatives in an April 24 special election. Lesko enjoys the luxury of an extremely conservative District 8 that voted for the current president by a 21 point margin. Lesko’s Moderate Democrat Opponent Her opponent, Dr. Hiral Tipirneni […]