CD-1 GOP Debate Now Online

Yesterday, the Mingus Mountain Republican Club sponsored a debate between the three Republican candidates running to replace Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick. Here are clips of the three candidates: Rusty Bowers, Paul Gosar and Bradley Beauchamp:

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PR: Mingus Mountain GOP Endorses Beauchamp at CD-1 Debate

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Mingus Mountain Republican Club Sponsors CD-1 Debate – Club Endorses Beauchamp

For Immediate Release: October 14, 2009

(Cottonwood, AZ) – The Mingus Mountain Republican Club sponsored the first CD-1 debate for Republican candidates seeking to unseat Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Flagstaff). The debate was held at Murphy’s Grill in Cottonwood on Wednesday, October 13, 2009 at 11:30 AM. The three candidates, Bradley Beauchamp from Globe, Paul Gosar from Flagstaff, and Rusty Bowers from Mesa, each were given 10 minutes for opening remarks. The audience then asked questions of the candidates for 40 minutes. Topics included the economy, the military, immigration, the role of the federal government, health care, and the Constitution.

The Mingus Mountain Republican Club endorsed Bradley Beauchamp for CD-1. Mingus Mountain Club President Dan McIlroy said, “Bradley is clearly the best candidate of the three. He knows the Constitution and has the ability to defend it in the halls of Congress. Our current representative seems to do the bidding of the Democrat leadership rather than listening to the citizens of the district. Bradley listens to the citizens and will never walk away from those citizens. Bradley is our choice for Congress.”

CD-1 is one of the largest congressional districts in the country, covering an area larger than the state of New York. CD-1 is made up of Apache, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Navajo, Yavapai, and western Pinal counties.

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Arizona Taxpayer Events – Tonight thru the 17th

Arizonans for Prosperity

It’s not too late to attend the Health Care debate tonight at Phoenix College! In fact, there are a number of events for taxpayer activists over the next few days. Here is the list for those who want to get involved and learn more. Just remember, if you don’t get involved, some liberal activist will!

Debate: “Health Care: Is More Government Involvement the Solution?”
Date: Wednesday, October 14 Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
City: Phoenix
Host(s): Phoenix College Business School
Ideological Orientation of Host(s): Neutral
Location: Phoenix College Bulpitt Auditorium, 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ
Map: www.pc.maricopa.edu/map/  (Park in the West parking lot.)
Contact: Beverly Jenkins, beverly.jenkins@pcmail.maricopa.edu, (602) 285-7681
More info: No RSVP necessary. Panelists supporting more government intervention in health care include Tara Plese, with the Arizona Association of Community Health Centers, and Dr. Leonard Kirschner, president of AARP Arizona. Panelists against more government involvement are Goldwater Institute economist Dr. Byron Schlomach and Phoenix surgeon Dr. Jeff Singer.

 Forum: “The Future of Health Care in America”
Date: Thursday, October 15 Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm
City: Tempe
Host(s): Network of Enlightened Women, Young America’s Foundation, Goldwater Institute, The Heartland Institute, AFP Arizona, and Consumers for Health Care Choices
Ideological Orientation of Host(s): Free-Market
Location: ASU (Tempe) Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom, #241 BC
Maps: Memorial Union: http://www.asu.edu/studentaffairs/mu/docs/MUmap_2008.pdf
Parking: http://www.asu.edu/parking/pdf/map_tempe.pdf
Contact: Margaret Zukas, Margaret.zukas@cox.net, (602) 540-8386
More info: No RSVP necessary. Panelists will include Goldwater Institute economist Dr. Byron Schlomach, Heartland Institute health care policy fellow Dr. Richard Dolinar, M.D., and ASU economics professor Dr. William Boyes. Round Table Discussion of the successes in free-market health care reform, the threats to innovation and choice in the proposed reforms, and the historical examples of the failures of government programs.

Tea Party: Taking America Back–Restoring the Constitution
Date: Friday, October 16 Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
City: Phoenix
Host(s): Coalition for a Conservative Majority, Liberty Caucus, CNC, AFP Arizona, et al
Ideology of Host(s): Patriotic/Free-Market/ Conservative/Libertarian/Constitutionalist
Location: Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Map: http://www.americansforprosperity.com/files/azcapitolmallparkingmap.pdf
RSVP: Robert Zuluaga, robertazccm@gmail.com More Info: http://www.ccmphoenix.org

Policy & Activism Forum: “Take America Back” Freedom Forum
Date: Saturday, October 17 Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
City: Phoenix
Host(s): Coalition for a Conservative Majority, Liberty Caucus, CNC, AFP Arizona, et al
Ideological Orientation of Host(s): Patriotic/Free-Market/ Conservative/Libertarian/Constitutionalist
Location: Phoenix Civic Center, 100 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ (Note: the Civic Center is very close to the Arizona Republic office—target of the Can You Hear US Now? Protest—see below.)
RSVP: Robert Zuluaga, robertazccm@gmail.com Info: http://freedomforum.ccmajority.com/

Media Protest: Can You Hear US Now? Media Protest
Date: Saturday, October 17 Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
City: Phoenix
Host(s): Greater Phoenix Tea Party, and other Tea Party groups
Ideological Orientation of Host(s): Patriotic/Free-Market/ Conservative/Libertarian/Constitutionalist
Location: Arizona Republic, 200 E. Van Buren, Phoenix, 85004 (Note: the Republic office is very close to the Phoenix Civic Center—site of the “Take America Back” Forum—see above.)
More Info and RSVP: www.greaterphoenixteaparty.com

For AFP Arizona’s full list of upcoming events, go to: http://www.americansforprosperity.org/files/azevents10-14-09.pdf

For updates on events, go to www.aztaxpayers.org, and scroll down to “What’s News”

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PR: Gosar Raised/Pledged $150,000 for CD-1 Challenge

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Arizona’s Former Dentist of The Year Launches Robust Bid to Unseat Ann Kirkpatrick in Congressional District One

Nearly $150,000 Already Raised and Pledged For Next Year’s Election

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2009. More and more rural Republicans are looking to a doctor to clean up the House. Well, actually a dentist. Dr. Paul Gosar announced today his campaign kick-off to unseat Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick in Congressional District One.

“Congress is an absolute mess. And more lawyers, lobbyists and career politicians are not the answer. More small businesspeople like myself are the answer. After all, how can Congress even begin to solve real world problems if those serving there are less and less a part of the real world?” Gosar asked.

The 24-year Flagstaff resident, dentist and small businessperson noted that of the 435 people in the U.S. House of Representatives, 170 are lawyers. In the U.S. Senate, that percentage climbs to 58%.

“Only an out of touch Congressperson would think an agenda with a dangerous health care plan, bailouts for Wall Street and General Motors, stimulus plans for liberal special interests not American taxpayers or small businesses and crushing budget deficits could be a recipe for re-election,” Gosar said.

“And in the case of Congresswoman Kirkpatrick I respect her desire for public service but besides her misguided policies, running out on constituents in Holbrooke wanting to talk about health care alone is enough of a disqualifier,” Gosar said.

“People will get to know they have no better friend on issues involving life and the constitution than me. However, to win this seat a Republican will need a broader agenda,” he said.

Such Gosar reforms will include:

*The Public’s Right To Know: No party in power should be allwed to ram legislation down the throats of the public or lawmakers without time for sufficient review and debate. Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s brazen attempts to bulldoze critical legislation like health care and energy taxes through the House of Representatives should not be tolerated, no matter which party one hails from. That’s why Gosar supports a reform to require a 72-hour waiting period before the introduction of a bill and when it can actually be voted upon.

*Balanced Budget Amendment: The Republican Party and United State Congress need to return to spending restraint. Deficits are out of control and unsustainable. It’s time to re-introduce a Balanced Budget Amendment to restrain Congress. Households don’t get to live beyond their means. States must balance their budgets. It’s time for Congress to do its part.

*Winning The War On Terror: Jimmy Carter showed the dangers of American weakness. Gosar is concerned President Obama is going down the same path. America must be strong and that means winning the War on Terror, especially in Afghanistan.

*Independent Congressional Ethics Review: Congress has proven unable to govern itself when it comes to wrongdoing by members of the body. That’s why an independent panel of former judges of law enforcement officials must be established to investigate and punish wrongdoing by Democrats and Republicans, Gosar said. “Current investigations such as those of Charlie Rangel and previously those of Republicans have in many cases become toothless and ineffective. Serving in Congress should be a point of pride for the American public not the butt of jokes,” Gosar said.

The 50-year old husband, father of three, bow hunter, outdoor and sports enthusiast has been traveling all over Congressional District One for the past several months. He said fundraising has gone very well, something he expects to continue through the election.

“We will have the resources, message, life story and endorsements to take this seat back for Republicans and Americans. And we will continue to release new details on our reform agenda for Congress,” Gosar said.

“Once we win this seat for Republicans we need someone with the energy and passion to govern it – and hold the seat moving forward. I believe I am that candidate. I do not have the baggage others may offer national Democrats to spoof their candidacies the day after the election with millions in television ads. Instead, I am just the small businessperson who got up off his couch and decided that enough is enough with what is being done by Congress to the American people,” he concluded.

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Dr. Gosar was the first of 10 children born in Pinedale, Wyoming. A graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, he moved to Flagstaff in 1985 to begin practicing as a dentist. He has since served as the President of the Northern Arizona Dental Society and Arizona Dental Association. In 2001, Dr. Gosar was recognized as the Dentist of the Year. Active in the community he has served as a Little League coach, Junior Basketball coach, a volunteer for the Pine Country Rodeo and an avid supporter and buyer of the 4-H program. He is married to his wife Maude and has three children.

For more information go to www.GosarForCongress.com.

Political Insiders Benefit from Program Intended for Disadvantaged

Goldwater Institute

Phoenix–A federal program intended to help disadvantaged business owners win contracts at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix is benefiting a small group of political insiders who are anything but disadvantaged.

The federal Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program (ACDBE or DBE) sets guidelines requiring minimum levels of participation by small businesses owned by minorities and women in airport concession contracting. At Sky Harbor, the City of Phoenix deals mainly with large national retailers, which are required to bring in disadvantaged businesses to meet their city-imposed goals for DBE sales. 

A three-month investigation by Mark Flatten, Goldwater Institute investigative reporter, shows that far from being disadvantaged, many of the DBE owners at Sky Harbor have a net worth in excess of $1 million and hold multiple city contracts, both on and off the airport. The investigation’s findings were released today in “High Fliers: How Political Insiders Gained an Edge in Sky Harbor Concessions.”

“The evidence is clear that this program as it’s currently run is broken,” said Mr. Flatten. “Small business owners who are not DBE certified have very little chance of getting a concession contract at Sky Harbor.”

Of the $52 million in sales attributed to disadvantaged businesses at Sky Harbor in fiscal year 2008, $15.4 million was generated by five DBEs owned by people active in politics, according to city records. And of the more than 140 individual concession storefronts at Sky Harbor, city records identify only two that are not operated exclusively by a master contractor or owned, at least in part, by a certified DBE. Both of those businesses are part of national chains.

Public records show one of the top beneficiaries of the DBE program is Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox. Ms. Wilcox entered into a joint venture with Host International in December 2004 to co-own a Chili’s franchise in Terminal 4.

In violation of federal and city guidelines, Ms. Wilcox did not bring any money to the partnership and had no real role in running the restaurant. Her primary responsibility was to maintain her status as a disadvantaged business owner so her participation could be counted toward meeting the DBE requirements set for Host by the city.

The Goldwater Institute recommends reforming how airport concession contracts are awarded. The recommended reforms include that contracts should be open for bidding on a regular basis; that the bidding process be completely transparent; and that contracts are awarded to small businesses based on objective criteria that do not consider the race or gender of the owner. The city could ensure even more competitive bidding by opening contracts for bidding one-by-one, instead of bundling them and awarding mega-contracts to one company.

“A regime of racial preferences in the awarding of government contracts is ugly enough. A regime of political preferences in the guise of helping small, disadvantaged businesses is even worse,” said Clint Bolick, director of the Goldwater Institute Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation and author of the recommendations included in the report. “Serious reform requires removing race and gender from the contracting process, and ensuring that merit, not political connections, is the foremost consideration.”

The Goldwater Institute is an independent government watchdog supported by people who are committed to expanding free enterprise and liberty.

Legislature should call the League’s bluff on impact fee lawsuit threat

By Nick Dranias
Goldwater Institute
 
The Arizona League of Cities recently threatened to file a lawsuit because the Arizona Legislature imposed a two-year moratorium on development impact fees during Governor Brewer’s special session. The League argues that the fee freeze is unconstitutional because it had nothing to do with the budget issues the special session was called to address. But the League’s challenge should fail because the fee freeze is no different than a targeted tax cut and no more out of place during the special session than a targeted tax hike.
 
Cities require developers to pay impact fees before allowing them to build large-scale developments. In theory, the fees protect residents from subsidizing new development by having developers pay for necessary public infrastructure and services, like roads and sewers. 

But too often, Arizona cities use impact fees, like Mesa’s “Cultural Impact Fees,” to force developers to pay for a spending wish list that has nothing to do with defraying the public cost of new development. In practice, impact fees are just special taxes on developers. And when developers pass them along to future homebuyers, who never had a voice in local politics, they amount to taxation without representation.

Given this reality, the fee freeze was certainly relevant to the budget issues of the special session. There is nothing arbitrary about the Legislature thinking a fee freeze, like a targeted tax cut, might improve the state’s budgetary outlook by triggering more development, more money in homebuyers’ pockets, more economic growth and consequently, more tax revenue. For this reason, the League’s threatened lawsuit shouldn’t pass judicial muster.

If a targeted tax hike would have been constitutional during last summer’s special session, so are targeted tax cuts like the impact fee freeze. Rather than submitting to threats of litigation, the Legislature should call the League’s bluff. Let the League file a lawsuit and then force it to prove impact fees for museums and visual arts centers are not taxes and that the goal is only to make development pay for itself.
 
Nick Dranias holds the Goldwater Institute Clarence J. and Katherine P. Duncan chair for constitutional government and is the director of the Institute’s Dorothy D. and Joseph A. Moller Center for Constitutional Government.