United States Senator
The candidates for Senator are the Republican Jeff Flake, Democrat Richard Carmona and Libertarian Marc Victor. This is the seat that has been vacated by Republican John Kyl retiring. Jeff Flake is a congressman in Arizona.
Flake got the seat after the prior congressman voluntarily term limited himself after three terms. Flake promised to do the same but changed his mind at the end of his third term and decided to run for a fourth. Given some of his positions during his time in congress he actually seems to be one of the more reasonable Republicans.
Richard Carmona served in the Bush Administration as the Surgeon General, however, he was disillusioned by the Bush Administration's deference to politics over science. Carmona had been asked by Republicans to run for a congressional district but declined. He is running as a Democrat for the Senate seat.
Marc Victor is a Libertarian candidate for Senate. Arizona has a strong libertarian community. Victor appears to be on the strong end of Libertarian freedom values. Seeing the existence of income tax as an issue, however the isolationist foreign policy and anti drug war policies are sensible and note worthy. Victor's policies on immigration are also interesting.
In conclusion I am probably going to vote a straight Democratic ticket as I believe the current Republicans are unfit to govern. Flake doesn't seem that bad, and in a less confrontational political environment I might entertain him closer.
Congressional District 9
The candidates are Republican Vernon Parker, Democrat Kristen Sinema and Libertarian Powell Gammill. Parker is a councilman in Paradise Valley. There is not much information on Parker however the issues page on his website are boiler plate Republican policies of which I disagree with nearly all of them. Sinema has served in the Arizona House and Senate. She has been an advocate for women's issues. The issues on her website are more personal to Arizona than Parker's which are national Republican issues. Powell Gammill's website looks to be a frontpage creation. He probably needs a slicker presentation.
State Senator District 24
The candidates are Republican Augustine Bartning and Democrat Katie Hobbs. There is not much on the internet about Bartning. He appears to be a young guy and the issues on his webpage are more progressive than the national republicans. Hobbs is a one term state representative trying to move to the state Senate. Her issues page says, "The extremist politics that have taken over Arizona our hurting our state. Katie Hobbs is focused on continuing her fight against the Tea Party and Governor Brewer's horrible policies." I am no fan of Tea Party policies, whether Bartning will vote for along party lines or with a Tea Party faction is hard to determine. Russell Pearce who pushed much of the Tea Party state agenda has been voted out through a recall election. Either way, it is safer voting for Hobbs in this instance.
State Representative District 24
There are candidates for the Republican, Democratic and Green parties for the house in this district. Which is great. The ballot also requires voting for two candidates as each district has two members. They appear to be first two past the post.
When you get to the state levels some candidates do not even have a wiki page. Republican, Brian Kaufman, does not. From his web page he appears to be a young guy with the standard state level Republican issue list. The Democrats have two candidates, Lela Alston who is a former Senator and Chad Campbell who is the current minority whip. Campbell's official page has gone walkabout and is pointing to a default godaddy page, but Alston's points to a liberal on the green side of things. The Green candidate is Gerard Davis who's official website is a wordpress site. A good choice I thought. The two Democrats will be getting my vote here. The Republicans have majorities in the upper and lower house in Arizona. Since I think Democratic policies are better than Republican ones in the state, they are my preferred choice.
Phoenix Eats Out
is the restaurant review site for Phoenix
and Old Town Scottsdale
which lists the modernist and contemporary restaurants, taverns and bars in the greater Phoenix area.
This is the list of the most popular restaurants pages from phoenixeatsout.com that have been viewed the most;
My personal favourite restaurants in Phoenix are AZ88
, Humble Pie
, Orange Table
, The Vig
and others coming close behind. View the complete list with the photo-journalistic style images on phoenixeatsout.com
Arizona is an outdoor state and has lots of hiking in the city and around the state. Phoenix is unusual for most cities in having several large mountains in the center of the city with great hiking. Anyone who comes to Phoenix has to do the Echo Canyon trail on Camelback
and the Summit Hike on Squaw Peak
or Piesta Peak. The views of the city, suburbs and surrounding mountains are wonderful from Camelback and Piesta Peak.
For more experienced hikers there is the McDowell Mountains in North Scottsdale that has several difficult and strenuous hikes in Tom's Thumb
and Bell Pass
. Alternatively, you can hike the highest mountain in Arizona. At 12,600 feet Humphrey's Peak
is a long and difficult hike.
Between 2004 and 2009 this site, southsearepublic.org
, was a constitutional blog based on scoop which focused on Australian and global constitutional issues.
One of the strongest aspects of it was the development of constitutions by those involved in the blog. These constitutions are the outcome:
The constitutions were built using principles from Montesquieu's separation of powers, the enlightnment's universal political rights and the ancient Athenian technology of sortition and choice by lot.
South Sea Republic started in 2004 as an Australian constitutional blog in 2004 based on scoop software. It was an immigrative outgrowth of Kuro5hin. The archives for each year since then;
The articles are ordered by views.
I am an Australian living in the United States as a permanent resident.
I am a software developer by trade and mostly work in Java and jump between middleware and front end.
I originally worked in the New York area of the United States in telecommunications before moving to Washington DC and
working in a mix of telecommunications, energy and ITS. I started my own software company before heading out to
Arizona and working with Shutterfly. Since then I have joined a startup in the Phoenix area and am thoroughly enjoying myself.
I do a lot of photography which I post on this website, but also on flickr. I have a photo-journalistic website which lists
the modernist and contemporary restaurants in phoenix. I have a site on the Australian Flying Corps [AFC]
which has been around since the 1990s and which I unfortunately
lost the .org URL to during a life event; however, it is under the www.australianflyingcorps.com
The AFC website has gone through several iterations since the 90s and the two most recent are Australian Flying Corps Archives(2004-2002)
Australian Flying Corps Archives(2002-1999)
which are good places to start.