Recovering Phoenix Rising Though Old Tricks

Last month the Metro Program released its latest report card for the nation’s 100 largest metro economies, the MetroMonitor. The report, which evaluates economic performance through the third quarter of 2012, revealed that as the economic recovery continues to play out slowly across the country, some of the metros hit hardest by the recession are seeing surprising rebounds from their lows. The Phoenix, Ariz. metropolitan area epitomizes this trend. After a precipitous fall into the recession, the region is making notable progress.

Could Obama Win Arizona? Here's The Math.
October 14, 2012

A new poll shows Obama up by 2 points in Arizona, but could Obama really win the state?

Poet Laureates of Mars: Meet the NASA Team Behind Curiosity’s Twitter
August 09, 2012

Early Monday morning, NASA’s half-ton, nuclear powered Curiosity rover touched down on the surface of Mars. Minutes later, the rover tweeted, “GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!!” The Robot’s outburst prompted a retort from Stephen Colbert. “I don’t know who this Gale is, but gentlemen don’t kiss and tell,” he admonished on his Tuesday show. But Colbert had his facts wrong—Curiosity is no gentleman. I discovered as much when I contacted NASA to find out who exactly is responsible for Curiosity’s sassy and flamboyant personality on Twitter, which has already managed to attract 900,000 followers.

Angry at the Arizona Abortion Ruling? Blame Democrats Too.
August 01, 2012

On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge James A. Teilborg upheld an Arizona law banning abortions 20 weeks after a woman’s last period. The law, which was signed by Gov.

Confessions of an Ex-Mormon
July 13, 2012

A personal history of America’s most misunderstood religion

The Telling Details Of Jan Brewer's Body Language
January 26, 2012

Believe it or not, President Obama and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer don’t like each other very much—or so their acrimonious meeting yesterday would suggest. When the president landed in Phoenix for a post-State of the Union event, he was confronted by Brewer on the airport tarmac. Brewer brought up her recent book, Scorpions for Breakfast: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media, and Cynical Politicos to Secure the Border (foreword by Sarah Palin!), in which she criticizes Obama and accuses him of being “patronizing” during an Oval Office meeting.

Just Call Him Barack O'Tarmac
January 26, 2012

What is it with Barack Obama, contentious blonde political rivals and airport tarmacs? Obama's testy encounter yesterday with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer out on the blacktop at the Phoenix airport put me in mind of his famous showdown at Reagan National Airport with Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primaries.

High-Tech Industries Boost the Mountain West’s Recovery
December 16, 2011

High technology and advanced manufacturing centers are recovering strongly from the recession, reports Brookings’ latest quarterly Metro Monitor regional economic tracker, and the landscape of the Intermountain West reflects the trend perfectly.  There, Brookings Mountain West’s Mountain Monitor--a regional companion to the national readout produced in partnership with the University of Nevada at Las Vegas--reports that Utah’s three major metropolitan areas and Phoenix, Ariz.

Young Adults Choose 'Cool Cities' During Recession
October 31, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street crowd is seemingly ubiquitous across much of America. But it is not surprising that these groups, mostly made up of young adults, are congregating in cities known to be friendly to twenty- and  thritysomethings as confirmed by new Census data on migration.  It has already been established that rates of migration declined as the recession began and that places that grew the most during the fat part of last decade—both states and metropolitan areas—saw those gains begin to evaporate. But the American Community Survey’s new data for the years 2008 through 2010, inclusive, p

Daily Deadline: Exposing Scott Brown
October 10, 2011

Yes, we've decided to add a daily aggregation feature to this blog. Why? Because we hope you'll read it. Also, I'm a very slow blogger. On most days I have about ten items I'd like to write -- and I get to one or two of them, at best. For now, we're calling it "Daily Deadline," because we'll post it in the late afternoon. I'm still a newspaper reporter at heart and I'll always associate this time of day with deadlines.