The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is wrapping up 2010 and getting ready to welcome 2011 as we prepare for the next legislative session.
Best Political Book of the Year: The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado (and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care)
Flameout of the Year: Meg Whitman
She spent $160 million on her campaign, but former E-Bay CEO Meg Whitman still lost to 1970’s rerun Jerry Brown in the California governor’s race. So much for California being on the cutting edge. This is the equivalent of America re-electing Jimmy Carter for president. But California’s goof can be Arizona’s good fortune. The next legislative session presents a great opportunity to pass a job-creation bill to show a clear distinction between the business environment of Arizona and our friends to the west.
The Don’t Be Gone Long Award: Rep. John Shadegg
The Hammer goes to retiring Rep. John Shadegg, who is leaving Congress after winning his first election as part of the historic freshman class of 1994. Rep. Shadegg has always stayed true to the values espoused in the Contract with America, even when many of his colleagues compromised their principles. Rep. Shadegg comes from a prominent political family. His father, Stephen Shadegg, was a close adviser to Barry Goldwater and wrote the still-influential How to Win an Election. Rep. Shadegg could write the sequel. You’ll be missed, Congressman.
All of us at the Arizona Chamber want to wish you and yours a safe and prosperous New Year. We’ll be back in 2011 to continue our advocacy for our state’s business community and working hard to make Arizona’s economy strong.