Looks like those of us who are tired of having our voices squeezed out by those on the far left and far right will have to wait to hear from the Arizona Supreme Court on whether “we the people” will get to vote on a historic measure that could end the partisan gridlock and dysfunction that plagues our government. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Mark Brain issued an injunction last week to keep the Open Government initiative off the November ballot. Looks like a small but artful minority has figured out a way to potect the status quo and undermine democracy. It was a bad week for good government.
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Bio: Paula Pennypacker has been a conservative and independent political activist since 1990. She is the founder and president of Scottsdale-based Just for Redheads Beauty Products.
A registered Republican, Paula is neither an ideologue nor a zealot. She is a broad-minded independent thinker with conservative economic beliefs and practical political ideas. She is interested in uniting, not dividing.
Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Paula was a popular political radio show host and a Republican candidate for mayor before relocating her business to Arizona in 1998. She lives in Scottsdale with her husband and 12-year-old son.
Paula’s personal and political motto -- "Only those who dare!" -- epitomizes the way she lives her life and conducts herself politically. She is not afraid to stand up to established or entrenched views and interests, even in her own party.
Her signature political issues are ending the war on drugs, ending welfare as we know it, tax and immigration reform, and weeding out waste and corruption in government.
She recently finished third in the 2010 primary election for state representative in District 8.