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O Canada!

Katie Whitchurch It’s winter again, the snowbirds are back and by this point I’m sure you have already noticed their presence on the freeways, in the malls and at the store. Unless you take a secret road to work or shop inside a secret mall, it’s impossible not to. There is more to the seasonal…

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U.S. Majority Whip Visits Arizona

Glenn Hamer I had the privilege last week to moderate a roundtable of businesspeople hosted by Arizona Rep. Ben Quayle and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California. It offered a look at the challenges businesses in Arizona and around the country are facing in this economy and provided welcome insight into how Congress is…

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Reflections on China

Glenn Hamer As I look back on the 10 days I just spent in Asia with a delegation from the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Arizona Technology Council, I’m more bullish about the prospects for a peaceful, prosperous world. I am also invigorated by the strength of the concept of the American…

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Mark Zuckerberg is my hero

Glenn Hamer Arizona’s senior senator stopped by the offices of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry last week. Whenever we get a chance to spend an hour or so talking about the tough issues facing our country with John McCain, it’s always a great reminder of how fortunate we are to call him our…

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On the brink

Glenn Hamer To say that these are a difficult times for the world economy is like saying that summer in Arizona can be a little on the warm side. Here are a few thoughts as I consider the rough seas we find ourselves in…  A Washington wake-up call I hope the downgrade by Standard and…

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Three percent withholding rule bad for business

Glenn Hamer Washington has an uncanny habit of passing laws without fully understanding their contents or grasping their long-term consequences. Think of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s oft-played sound bite referring to the health care overhaul, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the…

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