Tony Rivero: Cell Phone Carriers’ Back Room Deal Could Cost 10,000 Lives a Year

By Peoria City Councilman Tony Rivero

Tony Rivero

Peoria Councilman Tony Rivero

Many people would be surprised to find out that emergency dispatchers often can’t locate them if they dial 9-1-1 from a wireless phone. Earlier this year, the FCC proposed a rule to update their standards, which they estimate could save 10,000 lives a year. This proposed rule will help 9-1-1 professionals and emergency responders locate wireless callers more quickly and accurately.

While modernizing the existing FCC standards to correct these clear flaws in our current system seems like a no-brainer to law enforcement and public safety officials, the cell phone carriers are working on a backroom deal with the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO), a public safety trade association, to delay this lifesaving rule.

People call 9-1-1 because they are in desperate need of help. All too often, these individuals are in medical distress, a victim of a crime in progress, unsure of their location, or otherwise unable to communicate. The time lost as first responders try to locate callers often leads to tragic outcomes of those emergencies.  We cannot allow another insider deal to delay the FCC’s original proposed rule by years, costing thousands of additional lives.

While we have had so many technological advances in the way we communicate, our ability to find 9-1-1 callers has not kept pace.  Luckily, the technology to correct this problem exists today, and the FCC’s proposed rule outlines a realistic two-year path to location accuracy for all wireless 9-1-1 calls.

We’re accustomed to backroom Washington deals costing us taxpayer money, but the cost of thousands of lives is unacceptable.  We need to tell the FCC to stand firm and reject any carrier-backed deal that would delay or alter the provisions of this lifesaving rule as it was proposed, so our law enforcement officers and first responders can stop searching for callers and get back to saving lives.

Tony Rivero currently serves on the Peoria City Council and is a candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 21. Find out more about Tony at TonyRivero.com.

Arizona Conservative Club Makes First 2014 Endorsement

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(REPRINTED FROM PRESS RELEASE TO CLUB MEMBERS – July 27th, 2014)

2012 was our first cycle, and with everyone getting used to the concept of how our group worked we chose to endorse in just one race.  We endorsed Darin Mitchell as a challenger to incumbent, and uber-liberal, Russ Jones.  Jones was the incumbent, Jones had the money, Jones had a geographic base, and Jones had the outside establishment groups.  It turns out that our guy had the message and our guy got the votes!  Since then, Darin Mitchell has not disappointed in the Legislature.  He has been the #1 or #2 ranked conservative on most scorecards, including AFP and Goldwater Institute.  We would have done well just electing an average conservative instead of Russ Jones, but we hit a home run with Darin.

So the bar is set pretty high for 2014.  We plan on getting involved in two races this cycle and want to introduce you to our first endorsed candidate.
 

Steve Smith (LD11 Senate)

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This is an open seat race, in a safe Republican district, which means the primary will likely the occupant of the seat.  Currently, it is represented by conservative Al Melvin, who ran for Governor until earlier this year.  Melvin is supporting State Representative Steve Smith in this race and he is doing so for the same reasons we are.  Steve Smith exploded onto the political scene in 2010 when he upset Rebecca Rios in a lean-Democrat district.  Rios and her father (Pete) had represented the district for more than two decades and Smith’s victory was the upset of the year.  In 2012, the Democrat majority on the redistricting commission drew Smith into the same district as Melvin.  Smith deferred to Melvin’s seniority and ran as a team with Melvin and Adam Kwasman. Smith is now running for the open Senate seat and is being opposed by self-described moderate Scott Bartle, who admits he was recruited by State Senator Steve Pierce.  This race is the #1 battleground for control of the State Senate by the conservative and moderate factions, and it may play a deciding role in whether the Senate President remains Andy Biggs or if Steve Pierce can get his hands on the gavel again.  That alone would make the race a top race, but let’s look at Smith’s record and you’ll see why he deserves the support.

Steve Smith is the #1 ranked conservative legislator in the entire Legislature.  When your goal is to protect the conservative legislature, defending the most conservative legislator in the entire body is a no-brainer. Steve Smith has a 100% pro-life, pro-school choice, pro-taxpayer, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-Constitution, pro-border security voting record.  He has been named Champion of the Taxpayer, Guardian of Small Business, and he wrote the bill to allow for the collection of private funds for the construction of a border fence.  He has a pile of great endorsements including Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former Senate President Russell Pearce.  Smith is the real deal.

His opponent supports Common Core, is the District President of a “C” graded school district, and he supports the ObamaCare Expansion, its $2.8 Billion price tag, and the higher taxes it comes with.  He is soft on social issues as well and opposed Arizona’s efforts to protect religious liberties for cases like Hobby Lobby.

Ordinarily, an incumbent like Smith would be expected to largely look after himself, because he has a fundraising base, name ID, etc.  In this case though, the special interest lobbyists are filling Bartle’s coffers and Bartle is already the top legislative recipient of outside spending.  Smith will likely be outspent by at least a 3-1 margin, so our contributions will make a genuine difference in the outcome of this race.

WHAT TO DO NEXT?

We would invite you to visit Steve’s website HERE.   If you like what you read, we encourage you to click on Steve’s DONATE button and make a contribution.

Larger contributions are better, but we can still make a large statement by making a large number of contributions, even if they are individually small.  Steve is helped more by 500 contributions of $20 than by 20 contributions of $500, even though the math suggests otherwise.  Towards that end, if you like what you read and see about Steve Smith, GIVE SOMETHING! The amount you give matters, but Steve deserves to know that the conservative movement is supporting him, so please give something.

If you have any questions for Steve, use the Contact tab on his website.

FINALLY…

Spread the word!  Harness the power of email, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media and help to spread news of this endorsement to your conservative friends.  They can join our group at our website HERE or on Facebook. 

The Shocking Link Between Tom Horne and An Alleged Fast & Furious Co-Conspirator

Campaign finance reports occasionally reveal a donation or two that can place a political candidate in the awkward position of having to defend a donor. Oftentimes the candidate is unaware of the controversy until notified by a persistent pesky reporter or the opposing campaigns.

However, it’s also not often that a donor rises to the level of being at the center of what many believe is the biggest scandal of the scandal-plagued Obama administration.

Once such donation is to Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, who accepted a political contribution of $500 from Democrat Patrick Cunningham on February 13, 2014. If Cunningham’s name sounds familiar it’s because he was named as a co-conspirator in the Fast and Furious scandal.

The Chair of the House committee that investigated the Fast and Furious scandal, Congressman Darrell Issa, went as far as to say that “Mr. Cunningham may have engaged in criminal conduct with respect to Fast and Furious…” and that his refusal to testify before congress was a “…major escalation of the department’s culpability.”

Justice Department officials even claimed Cunningham misinformed them about Fast and Furious. The conservative local blog SeeingRed AZ previously covered the scandal here.

The Operation Fast & Furious “gun walking” saga placed hundreds of guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. The scandal had a distinct Arizona connection. The firearms were sold and bought in the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas, and ultimately one the guns was used to murder Arizona Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, the former Chief of Staff to former Governor Janet Napolitanoran the Fast and Furious operation. Burke eventually walked away from charges and resigned from his post despite his fingerprints being all over the scandal. Many considered Burke to be the sacrificial lamb for the Obama Administration.

Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa criticized the U.S. Attorney’s office including Cunningham and Burke for their obstruction in the case:

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office advised ATF that agents needed to meet unnecessarily strict evidentiary standards in order to speak with suspects, temporarily detain them, or interdict weapons,” Chairman Issa said. “ATF’s reliance on this advice from the U.S. Attorney’s Office during Fast and Furious resulted in many lost opportunities to interdict weapons.”

Advice and management from people like Dennis Burke and Patrick Cunningham.

Patrick Cunningham worked directly under Burke as the chief of the criminal division. Cunningham was called before Issa’s committee to testify, but ultimately he plead the 5th rather than incriminate himself, Burke, and members of the Obama Administration. Cunningham was allowed to resign his position and eventually he accepted a position working for HighGround Public Affairs in Phoenix. Ironically, HighGround now serves as a campaign consultant to Tom Horne’s re-election bid.

Cunningham provided the inaccurate (or false) information to Senator Grassley and the Justice Department that the ATF (which was overseeing the program with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona) never intentionally allowed the the guns to cross the border or knowingly allowed the sale of weapons to suspicious straw buyers. That was obviously later proven false and the Justice Department later took the unprecedented step of pulling the letter they sent to Congress.

While Tom Horne attacks his Republican opponent, Mark Brnovich, for a $120 donation made to a Democrat back in 2006, Tom Horne is actively soliciting donations from Democrats. Including a man who may share responsibility in the transferring of thousands of firearms into the hands of violent cartels during the operation.

Tom Horne is running on a message of border security and fighting back against Obama this cycle, but how can you truly trust Tom Horne to secure the border and fight the overreach of the federal government when he’s receiving financial support from the very people who were engaged in the Obama Administration’s Fast and Furious cover up?

Latest Poll Shows Doug Ducey Leading Pack by 11 Points

Reposted from Conservative Leadership for Arizona:

PHOENIX, AZ – This week Conservative Leadership for Arizona and Harper Polling conducted a poll of likely Republican primary voters in Arizona.  Results revealed that Arizona Treasurer and entrepreneur Doug Ducey leads the pack with 26%.  Christine Jones and Scott Smith are tied for second with 15%

Below is a comparison of the ballot test in all five polls Conservative Leadership for Arizona has commissioned:

April 10*   May 15*    June 5*    July 11*    July 30*

Bennett   15%        13%          12%        11%          12%

Ducey      9%          27%         28%         26%          26%

Jones      14%        12%          12%         22%         15%

Smith       6%          12%          16%         14%         15%

Thomas   6%           6%            5%           6%           11%

Riggs       1%           1%            2%           2%            5%

Undecided 45%     28%           23%        19%          16%

CLA Chairman Sean Noble said, “Our latest poll shows that while some candidates experienced bumps in their numbers, they have only been temporary.  As the election gets closer and Arizonans learn more about the candidates, Ducey’s lead over Smith and Jones has grown.  While there has been some rearranging of the orchestra, the first chair has been occupied by Ducey.”

For more information on Conservative Leadership for Arizona and to view the full poll results, visit www.conservativeleadershipaz.com.

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*Polls conducted by Magellan Strategies.

CLA AZ GOP Primary Topline Results — July 30, 2014

Did she really post that? Christine Jones on Obama Re-Election

Here’s another example of what not to post on social media – if you ever have aspirations to run for public office. This appeared the day after Barack Obama was re-elected.

At a time when Republicans were angry and in shock, it really didn’t matter to Christine Jones who got elected to President.

As they say, elections have consequences…

Jones on Obama

Scott Smith – Only Gubernatorial Candidate Who Supports Common Core

Of all the GOP candidates seeking the highly coveted governor’s seat, former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith doesn’t try very hard to hide is support for Common Core. Oh, sure, he’s fallen in line with the establishment’s politically correct makeover of Common Core’s name change. But he is on the record as being that one GOP candidate furthest on the left on Common Core and education in general. And he’s in good company and much aligned with those Republican legislators now in trouble for abandoning the Republican majority to support big government, democrat-supported policy shifts.

So why would a candidate who wants to win the GOP primary run furthest on the left from the rest of the pack? Maybe he’s received bad political advice. Or possibly Smith is so accustomed to running as an establishment candidate. Or perhaps he’s never run in an actual GOP statewide primary that requires firing up the base unlike a city election. One can only guess.

But the obvious observation is that Scott Smith is the more liberal candidate on education issues who is seeking the Republican nomination. And this stands out in his support for Common Core.

Here’s an excerpt from an answer he gave back in March at a Mohave County candidate forum when asked about his position on Common Core:

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One blatant revelation is Smith’s condemnation of Arizona’s performance in education. For someone running to replace a Republican Governor with a state education system headed by another Republican, this is simply bad form to indirectly blame Republican executive leadership.

But is what Smith says about Arizona’s education system even true? Is Arizona really at the bottom of the list on all education measurements? The answer is it depends on what you’re measuring, when you’re measuring and who you’re measuring. Anyone can jump on the National Center for Education Statistics website, plug in the variables and see where Arizona ranks. It’s not impressive but then again, it’s not dismal as Smith suggests. Arizona has made tremendous strides when it comes to education reform in the charter and school choice movement – and its helping to our rankings but more important, it’s helping our children.

But Arizona does have a problem as we’ve pointed out before. We’re paying a ton of money into the system and not getting a good return on our investment. For example, Arizona roughly spends $8,900 per pupil (2013 ADE financial reports). With average classroom size set at 25, $222,500 should be designated per classroom (in the most direct sense). We know that there are other costs but even considering non-classroom related costs, we’re talking about a lot of money that should be going to the classroom that simply is not. That needs to be fixed and Republicans have been working on that for years despite voracious attacks by teacher unions every single session.

Common Core will make matters worse – a lot worse. With a federally driven, top-down approach to educating students, one can imagine what another federal program will do to waste money, time and the lives of our precious children. Scott Smith wants Common Core and he wants the same old big-government approach to educating our children. AIMS was a disaster. No Child Left Behind was a mistake and now Common Core is trying to dig deeper into Arizona’s education system. If Scott Smith gets elected, it will be business as usual and the education establishment wants it and expects it. The next governor of Arizona needs to push back against the Obama’s Department of Education and reject Common Core. Scott Smith won’t do that and its the reason we want you to reject Scott Smith for governor.

Our question is, if all the national conservative organizations (listed below) oppose Common Core, why would any Republican candidate running for Governor in Arizona support it?

Heritage Foundation

CATO Institute

Heartland Institute

Goldwater Institute

Family Research Council

American Enterprise Institute

Americans for Prosperity

Concerned Women for America

RNC-GOP Resolution regarding Common Core

Did She Really Tweet That? Tweets Reveal Christine Jones’ Position on Issues, People

All these revelations about Christine Jones’ flip-flopping and pandering on border security and immigration got us wondering if Ms. Jones may have made public statements in the past on other issues or about individuals that may come back to haunt her?

So of course, we explored the usual places – Google search, online news outlets, social media, etc – and what we found on her Twitter feed was very eye-opening.

(Side note: Let this be a lesson for anyone seeking a political job - especially one in which your statements are written in electronic concrete and the court of public opinion tries the candidate.)

Now one would think that the lead counsel for a high-profile internet company would know better than to leave comments and her digital fingerprints all over the web – especially if the thought of running for a high profile public office ever crossed her mind.  Or, perhaps this lack of political online savviness reveals more about her not-ready-for-primetime capacity? Nevertheless, what we discovered contradicts what her campaign is trying to present to Republican voters.

Here’s what we found:

All along, we suspected that Christine Jones was not Tea Party material. That became evident in a series of tweets in which she ridiculed or jabbed at the movement or its leaders:

In this tweet, Jones is shocked that longtime establishment Republican Senator Richard Lugar is defeated by a Tea-Party-backed candidate (Richard Mourdock) in the Indiana GOP Primary:

Christine Jones on Lugar

Jones also let us know how she felt about former Alaska Governor, VP candidate and Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin when she tweeted this in response to another tweet:

Jones Palin

Jones’ tweet essentially ridicules Sarah Palin’s educational background and her capacity to lead.

In this next tweet, Jones tells us what she thinks about Ron Paul and his supporters:

Jones Ron Paul

And we know now that she is no fan of conservative talk show icon Rush Limbaugh when she affirmed Anderson Cooper’s shot at him:

Jones Rush

Then there’s Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio who she rolled her eyes when she tweeted this:

Jones Arpaio

And to add on to some prior posts, here’s what Jones said about Governor Brewer deciding on the fate of SB1070:

Jones SB1070

But wait! There’s more!

Did you know that as early as December, 2009 and January, 2010, Jones was advocating for repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and passage of gay marriage? Here’s a tweet in which she engaged John McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain in a conversation over same sex marriage.

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What flows out from the use of a Twitter handle reveals what flow forth from the heart of a potential gubernatorial candidate. Christine Jones is not who she says she is and conservative Republicans should heed the words tweeted from this candidate before she fools voters and leads Arizona in the wrong direction.

 

 

 

Christine Jones Exposed: Part 3

We’ve been warning you about Republican gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones through a series of posts on immigration.

First, we exposed her pattern of adapting her messaging to appease those to whom she is speaking. One of her recent political ads pontificated on and on about how she opposes amnesty but when cornered during a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce forum, she dramatically changed her message to say that our laws should find a way to allow millions of  illegal immigrants living in the shadows to come out of the dark and live in the light. (Read Part 1)

(Coincidentally, this message of people living in the shadows is nothing new. It’s been said by our senior senator over and over and over again.)

In part two, we revealed how Jones continued her double speak tour on immigration when she was caught on camera with Sheriff Paul Babeu contradicting her own political ad. She admitted that the bill she said she would send to President Obama was actually going to be paid by Arizona taxpayers. (Read Part 2)

Not to be outdone by her prior contradictions, we found another gaping hole in her latest statements. This time Christine Jones was caught on tape admitting that we have a Swiss-cheese type fence and we don’t need the great-wall of Mexico on our border. So much for finishing the fence. Watch the video below:

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Arizonans are left wondering what to believe about Christine Jones’ border security plan let alone, about the candidate herself.

Haven’t we had enough double-speak from politicians pandering for votes on the immigration issue?

2010 was the year of SB1070 which became a flash in the pan issue for many a candidate running for office. Could Christine Jones be trying to win an election by exploiting the fears over illegal immigration when in reality, she doesn’t really have the convictions or intentions to keep her word? Is she using the issue as a shiny object to distract voters from other issues important to Arizona. We think so and it’s why we’re sounding the alarm.

Arizona GOP Attorney General Debate Tonight!

Horne vs Brnovich

Tune in to Arizona PBS Channel 8 at 5:30 tonight as Mark Brnovich squares off against Tom Horne in the Attorney General debate.

Those watching can live tweet your thoughts, comments and cheers by using the hashtag #AZAG. And if you want to follow the candidates, their Twitter handles are @Mark4AG and @TomHorneAZ.

Rep David Schweikert Endorses Wendy Rogers in GOP Primary in CD-9

Wendy Rogers

David Schweikert(Tempe, AZ) – “I endorse retired Lt Col Wendy Rogers to represent Arizona’s 9th Congressional district. Wendy Rogers served a distinguished 20-year military career as one of the first 100 women pilots in the United States Air Force. She stands ready to serve again.” said Congressman David Schweikert. “Personally knowing Wendy Rogers, I can tell you she will work tirelessly to serve her district and do what is best for our country. As a veteran and a small business owner, Lt Col Rogers is the clear choice for a true leader – – the real, battle-tested type of leader we so desperately need in Congress right now.”

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Congressman Schweikert. He has been a mentor to me and a true champion of us Arizonans. He used to be my congressman – – now I will get the opportunity to serve alongside him in Congress to really get things done for Arizona.” said Wendy Rogers.

Wendy Rogers is the 5th generation in her family to serve as a career military officer. Her forebears comprise a decorated line of combat Army officers dating back to the Civil War. Lt Col Rogers served nearly half her career overseas to include a deployment to run the Bosnian Airlift in 1994. She and her retired Air Force officer husband Hal have two children and two grandchildren. Lt Col Rogers has made defending our veterans’ access to healthcare, education, and jobs one of her top campaign priorities.

Quiz: Match the Music Video with the Gubernatorial Candidate Campaign

I’m poking a little fun at the Arizona gubernatorial candidates by matching music (or commercial) videos with my take on their campaigns. So here goes. Try to match the music video with the gubernatorial candidate:

Which gubernatorial candidate is playing a high stakes game of political wannabe using her best poser face?

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One particular gubernatorial candidate could take a lesson from this rock icon. (And I bet he can even perform as well!)

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This gubernatorial candidate hails from the place where this commercial originates and says to speak the language of the fans. 

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This song is the theme for which former mayor’s gubernatorial candidate’s campaign? Hint: A tale of two cities.

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This gubernatorial candidate is so “hot” no one wants to stand near him!

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Finally, this gubernatorial candidate will be singing this on Tuesday night, August 26th.

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Tempe’s Private Little Fiscal Cliff

By Michael Gibbs

Lemmings

What Tempe Council believes

I can’t think of the right adjective to use. Discouraged? Shocked? Appalled? Dismayed? Incredulous? That’s how this week’s Tempe City Council candidate forum left me feeling.

At one point candidate Matt Papke responded to a question by expressing concern about the city’s finances. Several current members of the council dismissed the issue by telling the audience that, by law, the budget has to be balanced. The attitude went beyond nonchalant–they implied that the city’s debt is a GOOD thing.

When Papke showed that in the last ten years alone Tempe’s debt has increased three-fold to nearly three quarters of a billion dollars his opponents made fun of him and one even asked if he had a mortgage on his house. Another stated flatly that you cannot run a city without incurring debt.

It’s this kind of thinking that has driven the entire nation to a $17 trillion dollar deficit, the only difference being that Tempe doesn’t have a printing press in the basement to make more dollars! No wonder Tempe is digging an ever deeper hole despite having the highest property taxes in the valley–it’s run by a bunch of profligates with no regard for their fiscal responsibilities. The spendthrifts in Detroit must be very proud to have Tempe following in their footsteps.

The Voting Pattern of Michele Reagan

It is time to www.fightforarizona.com

Do NOT vote for Michele Reagan. She sold the Republicans out in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013.

It is time for all Republicans to take a stand and hold those we elect accountable.

Michele Reagan has a bad pattern that is not Republican and is not Principled

  • Michele Reagan voted to not notify a parent if their own child was to have an abortion.
  • Michele Reagan voted to teach sex education to kindergartners.
  • Michele Reagan voted FOR Obamacare Medicaid Expansion.
  • Michele Reagan voted to give entitlements to illegal immigrants by removing the Proof of Citizenship Requirement.
  • Michele Reagan voted for budgets that spent more money then she knew she had.
  • Michele Reagan voted in 2004, 2008, and 2013 with a handful of Republicans and ALL the Democrats for a Democrat deficit budget.

But she is really nice.  And she wants to be one step away from being the Governor of Arizona.

It is time to hold Republicans accountable.

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2013: Republican Legislative Districts and Counties CENSURED Michele Regan saying:

“we therefore disassociate ourselves from the governor and these legislators, and encourage other Republicans to likewise disassociate themselves from any of the above who may be candidates for any office in the upcoming 2014 elections, or any election thereafter, and affirm our withholding of support of all kinds.”

2006:  Michele votes to stop the notarization of parents when a child wants an abortion joining with 100% of the Democrat caucus and 2 other Republicans on HB 2666 – Notarized Parental Consent for Abortions.

2013: Michele voted for the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion. Then she voted against it.

Michele votes ‘YEA’ for Obrewercare, SB1492, joining 5 Republicans and all the Democrats, in the middle of the night, after Senator McComish makes a motion to suspend the rules, to stop Senate President Andy Biggs from trying to save Arizona from the train-wreck that is Obamacare.

Michele changes her reason for her vote but now she is saying, “I voted for the Andy Biggs budget.”

No she did not.  Andy Bigg’s budget was modified so badly that even he voted against it.

2009:  Michele sponsors a bill to teach sex education in the Kindergarten classroom, HB2544.

2008: In 2008 Michele voted for a deficit producing budget, ‘YEA’ with three Republicans, 100% of the Democrats, and Governor Napolitano on HB2209 to pass by a 31 YEA to 29 NAY vote.

(No Republican that voted for the 2004 or 2008 budget is serving in an elected office except for Michele.)

2004: Democrat budget: Michele voted ‘YEA’ with 14 Republicans for Democrat Janet Napolitano’s budget to raise the state budget more than a billion dollars.

Resolutions were passed by every district but one demanding her loyalty to Republican planks saying:

Do not sell out our Republican principles and the promise of 3 years funding that will benefit a few special interests at the cost of our State sovereignty and our core Republican values. We will adamantly oppose those who compromise our core values for short term political expediency.”

She sold YOU OUT.  Did you mean it?  Do NOT vote for Michele Reagan.

It is time for Republicans to hold those we elect accountable for their votes.

 www.fightforarizona.com

For a copy of this document to print out and distribute:  http://www.apcarizona.com/uploads/Reagan_Voting_Pattern.pdf
For a copy of the STATE BLACKLIST to distribute:  http://www.apcarizona.com/The_State_BLACKLIST.html

Jeff DeWit: When Your Money Is On The Line, Integrity Matters

Jeff DeWit

Phoenix – If a lifelong lawyer and career politician is willing to lie to voters in order to be elected as our State Treasurer, can we really trust him to take care of Arizona’s $13 Billion in investments?

“I am not a politician.  I have never run for public office prior to running for State Treasurer.  I have been full-time in the financial industry since 1992, becoming a fully licensed investment professional in 1993.  For over 21 years I have been a prudent custodian of the funds entrusted in my care, and am well regarded in the industry for the success I have had as a result of hard work and determination.

My opponent, Hugh Hallman, recently took material to many news outlets in the hopes that the press would publish false and misleading information right before early ballots are sent to voters, and by the time the truth would be revealed, voters would have already voted.  I appreciate the time that Capitol Times reporter Evan Wyloge spent with me to sift through the information, and I feel his and Hank Stephenson’s article fairly represents the situation.

I invite anyone with questions to read the complete article and the attached Take-Down notice my attorneys sent to the stations playing Hugh’s false and misleading advertisement. (Take-Down notice 2)

The bottom line is, never was it even alleged that insider trading ever occurred at the company I led as CEO for 14 years. Not one time.  With over 500 licensed professional exchange-member traders trading over a billion shares a month,ECHOtrade was known for being a top-tier firm of the highest ethical caliber.

Politics, however, seems to have its share of people with no ethics.  Unethical people who are willing to lie and smear the name of good people in order to move up to the next rung of their political ladder.  I have to say that I was warned about running against Hugh, and the tactics he would employ.  Many people told me that Hugh Hallman was known for doing whatever dirty tricks he could to smear his opponents, and he certainly has lived up to his reputation.  On the campaign trail I have witnessed him tell one group of people one thing, and another group the opposite just to appease each.  In the past, Hugh Hallman has proudly proclaimed that “the state’s Medicaid expansion is needed and that Common Core is good for Arizona students” and that he was instrumental “in creating, building and enhancing the very model by which STEM and the entire Common Core can be delivered universally, for all of Arizona’s student population.”  And yet in Republican meetings has said he is now against Common Core, but is a supporter of the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards (which many know is the exact same thing but with a different name).  Hallman has also sent mixed messages on varying other topics important to Arizona voters, to which he has taken much heat and it makes sense why he is trying to redirect the discussion away from his unpopular views and lack of a financial investing experience right before voters receive their ballots.

I now understand why more good people don’t run for office.  Politics can be a dirty business, in which some self-serving individuals are out to destroy anyone who opposes them. In a small way I understand Hugh’s attack.  I am the most qualified to be Arizona’s next State Treasurer and a threat to his political career ambitions.  Some view this and say, “welcome to politics.” But my thought is why do we have to accept this?  Aren’t we tired of this behavior and politics as usual?

One of the many things I have learned in my first campaign is that after a long time in office, many politicians seem to catch some sort of a communicable ethical disease which leads them to look out solely for themselves, and forget the will and needs of the people they represent.  Hugh Hallman appears to have been infected, and as a voter myself I hope to send him to be quarantined in the private sector for a dose of free market anti-venom.  And I hope he uses that time to take a long look in the mirror and realize that instead of lying about good hard-working people, the best way to improve Arizona is to protect taxpayers and promote policies that help our business community, bring in jobs, and grow Arizona’s economy.”


SigBlueJeff

 

*Take-Down Notices

DeWit – 2014 0724 – LT KFYI re Negative Ads

DeWit – 2014 0724 LT KAZM re Negative Ads

Rob Haney and Tom Morrissey endorse Andrew Thomas for Governor

A m e r i c a n  P o s t – G a z e t t e

Distributed by C O M M O N S E N S E , in Arizona

Saturday July 26th, 2014

August 20, 2013                                                         

 

Arizona’s Conservative Grassroots Leader Endorses Andrew Thomas

Says Only Andrew Thomas Can Be Counted on to Provide Strong, Consistent Conservative Leadership

 

Rob Haney, immediate past Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party, has issued a public letter of endorsement of Andrew Thomas in the race for Governor.  The Arizona Capitol Times has called Haney Arizona’s conservative grassroots leader.  

Rob Haney’s explanation of support will be handed out to voters at public meetings, gun shows and other venues throughout Arizona.  They express well the reasons behind the swelling conservative grassroots support for Andrew Thomas:

Why My Vote Is for Andrew Thomas for the Next Governor of Arizona

Seventeen years’ experience dealing with the “Top-Down” direction imposed nationally by the Republican Party elites and in Arizona chiefly by Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl, is why I support Andy Thomas for Governor.  Andy Thomas has a proven track record of supporting and defending the U.S. Constitution and the Republican Party Platform, and he carries the arrows and battle scars that come with that fight.  

I have served as a precinct committeeman, State and County Member-at-Large, two terms as Legislative District 11 Chairman and two terms as Maricopa County Chairman.  When I stood up and exposed elected Republican officials for not following the Republican Platform or the U.S Constitution, I was attacked by the McCain led Republican Establishment.  No effort was spared by this group to silence me and others who dared to challenge the McCain ruling cabal. This cabal consists of the politicians, Chambers of Commerce (business owners who depended on the cheap labor of illegal aliens to staff their operations while we pay through our taxes for their benefits), columnists, radio hosts, lobbyists, bloggers, the “Interfaith-Social Justice” liberal class, and the agenda driven liberal lawyer class.  

What I experienced was nothing compared to what the McCain cabal had in store for their primary targets: Senator Russell Pearce, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  These were the three stalwarts who stood for the “rule of law”, represented the Republican grass roots, and most significantly for the McCain surrogates, opposed the illegal alien invasion.  These three had to be stopped  or the rest of the country would be tempted to replicate the Arizona actions that addressed the illegal invasion.

Have you ever known a more direct campaigner than Andy Thomas?  I have not.  Andy tells you his core beliefs, what he represents and the actions he will take once in office to correct government failings.   Others will equivocate about the issues, lie about their true beliefs, and avoid addressing the issues once in office.  Andy Thomas will not prevaricate.  From my experience, I know who the good guys are in the Republican Party and who the bad guys are.  Andy Thomas wears the whitest of the white hats.  

In the Republican Party, we have a large quantity of “bipartisan” joiners with the Democrats.  We have very few fighters for the conservative side of an issue.  Even Rubio and Christie, who we believed were with us, have shown their true colors when they flipped using the “patented” McCain Flip-Flop.  We know that Andy Thomas is a fighter representing the base of the party and there will be no flip from him and his record proves it.   

It is clear to me that our judicial branch of government no longer fulfills the original intent of our Founders in interpreting the law while being the least powerful branch of government.  They are now not only the most powerful, but hold veto power over all conservative initiated legislation when their liberal friends in the ACLU file suit to stop conservative passed legislation. 

They wield this power with a liberal bent worthy of their liberal education and the liberal dominated American and Arizona Bar associations to which they belong.  Judges are selected from this liberal dominated class of lawyers.   It is no surprise to me that these lawyers attacked Thomas where they could dominate the proceedings.  It is also no surprise that everyone from the Maricopa County Republican Committee to conservative columnist Michelle Malkin to even liberal writers at the Arizona Republic denounced the attack on Andy Thomas.

A panel from the Arizona Bar pulled Andy Thomas’ law license.  However, the federal Grand Jury (which is so noted for the ease of securing an indictment on minimal evidence that the term “they would indict a ham sandwich” refers to the Grand Jury) which looked at the same case at the request of the Obama Justice Department refused to indict him or Sheriff Joe Arpaio for lack of evidence.  The Grand Jury is made up of the non-lawyer class and rejected as insufficient the same evidence the lawyer class used to pull his license.  What does that tell you about how out of touch, liberal and dishonest our courts have become?   What it tells voters is that Andy Thomas did nothing wrong and was falsely accused because he challenged the liberal judiciary on issue after issue.  With this simple and honest explanation, he can explain to voters what actually happened and win their support. 

The Republican and Democrat ruling class consider Thomas dangerous because they know that once elected he will keep his campaign promise to attack corruption by both the Republican and Democrat office holders.  The “cabal” will devote a great amount of money and effort to defeat him.  They have started with “He can’t win” (because of all the baggage from their charges).  The Republican establishment also stated that Senator Cruz of Texas was not able to win.  But he did, and now is our most effective conservative advocate in the U.S. Senate.   

Andy Thomas won the only straw poll in the race so far, by ten points over his closest competitor.  The poll was done by a web site that opposes Andy’s candidacy.  He is picking up signatures and $5 Clean Elections contributions from voters with amazing ease.  I know because I have been at the meetings collecting them for him. 

We are not going to reverse the slide into oblivion by the Republican Party by selecting the same type of liberal leaning, milquetoast Republicans for our candidates.  If we do, we will get promises to seal the border, enforce current immigration laws and oppose Obamacare.  But we would only continue to see their promises reversed and conservative principles abandoned while they surrender to Democrats yet claim victory through bipartisan legislation.  This legislation has always moved the political spectrum to the left.  Don’t you think fifty years of this process is enough? 

Which is easier to take, a dagger to the chest from a Democrat governor or one to the back from a McCain-supported Republican governor?  But there is another choice.  That is why I will vote Andy Thomas for governor, secure in the knowledge that our laws will be upheld.  You will recall that Andy supported legislation to force judges to deny bond to criminal illegal aliens, he followed the law and prosecuted employers who knowingly hired illegal aliens and he prosecuted illegal aliens as co-conspirators in human trafficking cases.

Do you really believe there are only 11 million illegal aliens in the country, that there is very little inflation, that the border has never been more secure, and that the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare will save us money?  Where do our leaders come up with this malarkey?  It is from all the people I described in the second paragraph.  Andy has assured me that he will faithfully consult the conservative grass roots of the party as he has in the past.  They have been ignored too long and the party has suffered enormously because of it.     

In our hearts, we all know that Andy Thomas would do the best job as governor.  Let’s make sure he gets there.  

                                                                           

Rob Haney                                                              

Immediate Past Chairman

Maricopa County Republican Party 

June 10

Immediate Past GOP Chairman Endorses Andrew Thomas

Tom Morrissey, Immediate Past Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, has endorsed Andrew Thomas for Governor.

Morrissey, who served as state Republican Party Chairman from 2008 to 2012, praised Thomas and urged voters to cast their ballots for him.

Morrissey said, “I support this great man and urged him to run for Governor.  Andrew Thomas is, by far, the leader we have been hoping would arise.”

“I am honored to receive this endorsement from Tom Morrissey, who was an outstanding and solid conservative during his time as Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party,” Thomas said. 

Morrissey’s endorsement adds to the list of Republican and conservative leaders and activists who have endorsed Thomas.  They include Rob Haney, Immediate Past Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party, Anna Gaines, nationally renowned leader of the fight against illegal immigration, and Andrew Costanzo, the floor leader of the Arizona Republican Party’s censure of John McCain in 2014.

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Bob Worsley Voted For Obamacare Medicaid And Lied To Me

We’re seeing a lot of ads supporting Bob Worsley in his re-election bid to the Arizona State Senate. The last campaign finance report shows that Senator Worsley had over $180,000 of cash on hand (the job pays $24,000/year). Those ads will continue to run covering up his record supporting Obamacare and the MILLIONS of taxes and costs it will require to keep Obamacare Medicaid running here in Arizona.

Because no one can compete with the kind of money being spent on a simple legislative race, I felt compelled to make my own political ad and post it here on Sonoran Alliance. While Bob Worsley rakes in tens of thousands of dollars from bundlers in the healthcare industrial complex and the chamber of commerce, all I have is my handheld camera and a blog.

Here is my very own “selfercial” explaining why I am voting against Bob Worsley for Arizona State Senate.

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For more information, please visit www.ObamacareBobWorsley.com.

I wrote this ad and I paid for it.

 

Chad Roche Responds to Baseless Accusations of Opponent

Repeated unsubstantiated allegations have been printed about me over the last few months. While I’ve ignored blatant lies, I’d like to clear the air a bit. My staff, many of whom support me, have volunteered their time off-the-clock but Arizona Supreme Court Rule 123(e)(1) states that employee payroll records are closed; after consulting with my attorneys, it was made clear that my office is prohibited from releasing them.

I’ve also been accused of violating campaign finance laws by buying signs and collecting signatures prior to organizing my campaign this year. Arizona state law (ARS 16-901) states that if a candidate spends our intends to spend less than $250 they do not need to organize a campaign or file anything. Prior to the end of March, I didn’t spend or intend to spend more than $250 because I didn’t have an opponent; I printed my petitions at home. As for the signs, prior to ordering my new signs on June 25, 2014 I used my campaign signs from 2010 (you can see them in the attached picture). Just for full transparency I’ve also attached a screenshot showing my purchase from Sav-on-Signs in Tucson for the re-election signs.

During a campaign, a challenger with no record, no experience, and no voting history can say anything they want to mislead the public.

I’m the ONLY life-long pro-life REPUBLICAN running for Clerk of the Superior Court and I ask for your vote! If you’ve got any questions about the completely false and unsubstantiated allegations being spread around about me.

Chad Roche SignSign Receipt