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Eddie Maddock: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

SedonaEye.com columnist Eddie S. Maddock begins 2018 with a political eye on change.

Sedona AZ (January 1, 2018) – Turning the calendar page to January of any new year also revives the process of old procedures to be dealt with in the months ahead. As we proceed to assess our own financial and personal situations, government jurisdictions at all levels commence to do the same. Budgets, schedules, appointments, priorities, etc. must be reviewed, adjusted, and updated to accommodate different situations, circumstances, conditions and changing times.

As the wheels of change continue to turn within our own lives that same ongoing process occurs within local city, county, and state governments. A year ago the passage of SB 1487 was a hot topic, and although approved and subsequently challenged, it remains intact although for some unknown reason legislators are hesitant to pursue that course of action when asked to do so. And why is that? Well, perhaps only The Shadow Knows.

Among other bills which the State Legislature will consider when it convenes this January is yet another controversial proposal.

Presently a Republican state lawmaker, Rep. Jay Lawrence of Scottsdale, is sponsoring House Bill 2032. If approved it would require municipalities to print a candidate’s national party affiliation next to their name on the ballot in races for mayor and city or town council. Current policy, of course, does not indicate the political affiliation of candidates opting for the position of City/Town Mayor or a seat on the Council.

Now this came about because apparently there is some concern with potential candidates who perhaps aren’t exactly forthright about their political preferences, thus allowing the opportunity to mislead their underlying intentions while pursuing election to office. A clear cut disclosure of political affiliation up front would most assuredly allow for constituents to more clearly understand the nature of the people for whom they may or may not be voting.

But of course the League of Arizona Cities and Towns is concerned about the proposal, as it seems any type of jurisdiction which might encourage State Legislators to enforce State Statutes that regulate cities and towns is unappealing to them. The League’’s purpose for existing appears to lean forcefully towards protecting officials of municipalities when they overreach well defined state confinements under which they were granted independent jurisdiction in the first place. Generally speaking, it seems very clear the League has little to no regard for citizens living within the commonly abused jurisdictions of an incorporated area. Based on objection they have displayed for other bills such as SB1487, it certainly indicates that is the situation.

Those opposing the bill, including the League of Arizona cities and Towns, fail to see what bearing the declaration of political affiliation would have on municipalities. An Arizona Republic article, Dec. 26, 2017, cites the following:

Ken Strobeck, executive director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, said the bill is concerning for multiple reasons. For starters, he said, the primary job of local elected officials is service delivery. They make sure police officers are on duty, garbage gets picked up on time and streets with those pesky potholes get fixed. ‘We don’’t need to organize on party lines because the services that we deliver don’’t have any kind of partisan angle to them,’ Strobeck said.”

Now that’’s an interesting concept. Arizona Cities and Towns actually believes that?  Wow! Those folks thinking that way surely must not know much about Sedona politics.

With the ongoing controversy of perceived dysfunctional local government, would the addition of a candidate’s national political affiliation really make a difference one way or another? How long does it take a voter to figure out whether an elected official leans right or left once they are elected? And would advance knowledge really matter?

They are all capable of campaigning on promises made to those who offer support, morally and financially. Once elected the never ending pledge of being financially responsible seems to fly the coop. City Limits magically disappear along with specific State Statutes as they are thus completely ignored. Maybe the reason is because none are aware the responsibilities of the locally elected should be restricted to tending to road and safety conditions as viewed by Arizona League of Cities and Towns and not funding each and every nonprofit that appears before them, seeking money for special interests of selected affiliates commonly defended as being “related to the arts” but not necessarily beneficial to the public in general.

Would it be, perhaps, more worthwhile if some sort of House or Senate Bill were considered to redefine the purpose of incorporated areas and, more specifically, remind those in charge exactly what the major responsibilities encompass beginning  but not ending with City Limit constraints and providing and maintaining adequate infrastructure and other vital services in THAT area. That does NOT include paying outside interests to use City owned facilities and/or fund each and every nonprofit in the Verde Valley, over and above a questionable “service” contract with a regional Chamber of Commerce, particularly without benefit of competing bids – Requests For Proposals.

Would the ability to identify a candidate’’s national political affiliation really change anything?

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65 Comments

  1. JJ says:

    All the takers believe they are smart. Spewing out garbage to muddy the waters. No confusion here. I spoke to members of the county supervisors. They want to hear more. Everyone should file complaints with both counties. That is the only way to make possitive change. Make your voices heard. The state does not control cities. The counties do.

  2. Tony Tonsich says:

    I don’t think it matters what party you are a member of. The Democrats and Republicans are two sides of the same team, the uniparty. No matter who is elected nationally nothing changes.

    I’m going to run for Mayor of Sedona.

    Most of the readers of the Sedona Eye know where I stand.

    I want to try and move Sedona back to the town many of us fell in love with years ago. I want to help future residents fall in love with Sedona as we did.

    I need your help. We can change things.

  3. @m mallon says:

    @M Mallon

    Love it ….anyone that speaks out agaisnt you haters “must be on the take”…you so funny and predicatable..

    Whaaaaa

  4. Ann P thompson says:

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  5. @tony T says:

    Yea ok Tony T.

    Can’t wait till you get crushed (Deleted by editor)

  6. MaryC says:

    “Yea ok, Whaaaa, anyone who speaks out against you, you so funny and predicatable, Can’t wait till you get crushed.”

    I wonder who the “haters” might be? ;)

    One thing is for sure, English and complex thought are not their strong points !

  7. steve Segner says:

    Tony please give us address to mail ck ,I want to give you $$$ just so I show up as supporting you on the state reports, now that you have said you are running you will need to file with the state.
    We can also see all the people on the Sedona eye that support you and there names and address. I know they will give you huge ck’s of $10 or $15.

  8. Eddie Maddock says:

    Learning of potential candidates for future elections is always of interest, and I appreciate such notifications if my columns provide the opportunity.

    However, please, if you must start bashing those individuals, kindly do it elsewhere unless, of course, at some future time I decide to submit an appropriate article relating to the specific subject.

    In fact, depending on the individuals under siege, there’s another source in Sedona where, based on selected past elections, they would oblige those desiring to engage in character assassinations.

    Thank you,
    Eddie Maddock

  9. ATTN STEVE SEGNER says:

    Your name has once again been pirated. See comment above dated Jan. 9th, 10:52 AM. (with reference to your previous disclaimer almost one year ago stating the appearance of your name henceforth would no longer be authentic.)

  10. Wake Up says:

    Wake up – yeah – wasted words on the evil energy emitting from city hall, city council & staff. think of nothing but servicing greed mongers, ignoring residents. Don’t think so? then observe ill winds blowing thru Sedona as surrounding areas are gifted with a really precious commodity – RAIN!! Even your precious appendage chamber of commerce cannot buy that as a much needed and NECESSARY product development. you sit in your ivory tower, servicing evil and you are rewarded with the same – EVIL. No rain and you preach sustainability as you encourage more and more contrary activities in direct opposition. Phonies – ALL OF YOU. Same as snakes – speak with forked tongues but bite the hands of those that fed you. The dunces who voted for incorporation. Soon the 30 year anniversary of the death of Sedona Schnebly (incorporation) will be commemorated but not with joy but as a mourning of the demise of her heritage. If the ship doesn’t sink it will be destroyed in flames. Just wait. Take your glory to the great beyond. some legacy . YEAH.

  11. Tony Tonsich says:

    @ steve Segner

    Thank you for you support.You will receive my address to send your check for $$$ to support my campaign as soon as I have things set up.

    Thank you.

  12. JJ says:

    @eddie
    Red Rock snooze.

  13. Food For Thought says:

    A handful of rain (Pennies from Heaven) is far more valuable than the millions of dollars the City Council foolishly wastes annually. For example, the Chamber of Commerce, for starters.

  14. JJ says:

    Tony T for mayor. Sedona needs to get rig of the parasites Jen- Steve- Council- City government over paid Parasites. We pledge anything and everything it takes to squash the vermin.

  15. @Wake Up says:

    Your words are sad but true. It’s painful to even watch council meetings these days. Decisions are prearranged. Listening to idle words like how they’ve cut funding as much as they can. Oh really? What about the millions given annually to the chamber of commerce, Vice Mayor Martinez? And the other perks to non profits? Contract with Red Earth Theatre? Don’t tell us you can’t reduce the 55% kick-back from the bed tax and don’t tell us that funding couldn’t be used for traffic projects. If there’s any truth to the rumor about you running for mayor, it’s yet another slap in our faces, discrediting your pre-election pledge to be fiscally conservative. Phony lip service doesn’t cut it any more. Practice what you preach and cease and desist making decisions to dishonor the memory of Sedona Schnebly and discredit the integrity of why Sedona incorporated in the first place. PLEASE~~~~

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