August 04, 2022
Happy Thursday! We're so close to the weekend we can taste it. It tastes like happiness.
Today's weather: A high of 101 with some more stretches of cloud cover like we saw yesterday.
Today's newsletter is 816 words — a 3-minute read.
1 big thing: Lake declares victory
With about 186,000 votes left to count, Kari Lake declared victory yesterday in the Republican primary for governor, while rival Karrin Taylor Robson stayed mum throughout the day.
Driving the news: Lake leads Robson by less than 2 percentage points, but the remaining ballots, which are largely early ballots that were dropped off at polling places on election day, are expected to expand her lead.
Of note: The Associated Press hasn't yet called the race.
The intrigue: Despite a bruising campaign in which she and Robson constantly attacked each other, Lake urged her rival to join ranks with her.
Yes, but: Despite surging into the lead after initially trailing on Tuesday night, Lake repeated her baseless claims that there had been fraud in the primary election.
- "We outvoted the fraud," she said.
- Lake and her campaign attorney refused to provide evidence of fraud or cheating, instead pointing to other election problems, particularly issues with polling places in Pinal County that ran out of ballots for in-person voters on Tuesday.
Looking ahead: Lake has been a vociferous proponent of the false allegations that the 2020 election was rigged against President Trump.
- When asked whether she would continue raising the issue in the general election, she said, "I'm not going to change who I am. I'm not going to change. Because I won doesn't mean I'm going to now pivot and try to be a Democrat."
Meanwhile: Robson's campaign declined to comment on Lake's victory declaration.
2. 🙅 Don't California our Arizona home prices
Arizonans love to blame California transplants for all of our problems, but this time we may be onto something.
- Out-of-towners moving to Phoenix in the first half of the year had 13% more to spend on a home than locals, according to a new analysis by real estate company Redfin.
- The average maximum budget of newcomers was $805,257 compared with $713,378 of locals.
Why it matters: Home prices have climbed by more than 50% in the past two years, at least in part because of the influx of people moving to metro Phoenix and the shortage of supply.
- Many newcomers are keeping their out-of-state jobs and working remotely, often at higher salaries than what Phoenix employers pay.
Driving the news: Our hot housing market is cooling off a bit, but "the share of homebuyers moving to different parts of the country has not," Redfin deputy chief economist Taylor Marr said in the analysis.
And while metro Phoenix prices don't exactly feel affordable to many of us locals, they're still much lower than in many big cities up and down the East and West coasts.
Zoom in: Local listing agent Heather Morales of Homie tells us 80% of her listings that go under contract are from out-of-state buyers moving to Arizona.
Zoom out: This isn't just an Arizona problem. Phoenix had the seventh highest budget difference between local and out-of-town buyers, according to Redfin.
- Philadelphia had the largest spread, with newcomers able to pay almost 40% more than locals.
3. Chips and salsa: An extra side of news
🚔 Arizona Cardinals receiver Marquise Brown was arrested on criminal speeding charges yesterday. He reportedly was driving 126 mph in the southbound Loop 101 HOV lane. (Arizona Sports)
🏠 A judge ruled that Kevin Robinson, who began renting a home in Ahwatukee in October, meets the residency eligibility requirements for Phoenix City Council's District 6. (AZfamily)
🗳 A dozen precincts in Pinal County ran out of ballots because of "unprecedented" demand for in-person voting.
- This comes after the county mailed out 60,000 misprinted ballots in July. (AZfamily)
🧹 ICYMI: Arizona's Trump-backed candidates are poised to sweep their primary races. (Axios Phoenix)
4. 🤤 1 hidden gem to go: Nana's Kitchen
👋 Jessica here: Vegan soul food? Those are three words I didn't expect to hear together, let alone drool over. But here we are.
State of play: My fiancé is a vegetarian, which means I have tried just about every fake meat product on the market. And as a meat lover, I think that leaves me uniquely positioned to discern which ones don't suck.
Driving the news: Enter Nana's Kitchen. The menu at this restaurant in a nondescript Chandler strip mall packs a giant plant-based punch.
What to order: The Best Crispy Chik'n Sandwich was truly one of the best real or fake chicken sandwiches I've ever had.
- The "meat" was encased in a delicious, crispy breading, coated in a spicy honey sauce and topped with coleslaw.
- I also tried a few bites of the plant-based ribs, which had great texture and a yummy BBQ sauce.
Don't forget the sides: The Twisted Corn on the Cob is deep-fried and covered in chipotle and cream sauces. It's delicious, if a little glutinous.
- The mac & cheese is awesome to the point that I really don't know if I believe it's vegan.
Pro tip: Pack your patience. Nana's tiny dining room can fill up quickly and the kitchen hasn't quite figured out how to speed up its processes during busy periods.
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💈 Jeremy finally took his 2-year-old son to get a much-needed haircut.
😴 Jessica was too tired from a late primary night and early morning to come up with an outro. Check back tomorrow!
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