Hat tip to Harry Mitchell Watch for putting up the latest political ad by conservative Republican, David Schweikert. This ad signifies that the 2010 General Election ad campaign is officially off to a start. Watch as Harry Mitchell runs from a citizen reporter wanting to know if he will follow through with his opposition to the Pelosi-Obama healthcare bill. Harry runs off and as we know, broke his promise and voted for it.
Phoenix–Like countless enterprising American immigrants before her, Cindy Vong came up with an inspired business idea.
Ms. Vong, a licensed nail technician who owns LaVie Nail Salon in Gilbert, last year opened a second business called Spa Fish Therapy. The therapy, which is popular in many Asian countries and in other states, uses small Garra Rufa fish imported from China. The fish nibble on the customers’ feet, removing dead skin and providing a relaxing experience in a safe, sanitary environment. Clients paid $30 to plunge their feet into a clean tank filled with fish.
Everything was going swimmingly until an inspection by the Arizona Board of Cosmetology. The Board, which is comprised primarily of members of the profession, decided that the fish were performing pedicures and thus subject to the Board’s regulatory control. Because fish cannot be sterilized, the Board ordered Spa Fish to close, which cost Ms. Vong a substantial financial investment and lost business, leading her to lay off three employees.
The Goldwater Institute Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional litigation today filed a lawsuit against the cosmetology board, charging that the order exceeds the Board’s jurisdiction and violates Ms. Vong’s freedom of enterprise under the state and federal constitutions.
“The Board knows nothing about spa fish therapy, so its reaction is to shut it down,” declared lead attorney Clint Bolick. “The Board’s action is more about protecting cosmetologists from competition than it is about protecting consumers against anything except wet feet and smooth skin.”
“For the couple of months I was allowed to perform the treatment it was very popular” Cindy Vong recounts. “People came from all over, other states, Scottsdale, Tucson. All small businesses should have the freedom to step outside the box and be creative.”
“Some people will view this as a fishy lawsuit,” Mr. Bolick added. “But it affects the economic liberty of every American. Too many small businesses have been destroyed by overzealous regulation. If we have anything to do with it, Cindy Vong’s Spa Fish will not be one of them.”
For more information on Vong v. Sansom and other Goldwater Institute lawsuits visit www.goldwaterinstitute.org/litigation. The Goldwater Institute is an independent government watchdog supported by people who are committed to expanding free enterprise and liberty.
by Mark Flatten
The operators of Tucson International Airport have scrapped the use of racial preferences in awarding concession contracts. That is in sharp contrast to efforts by the City of Phoenix to preserve race-based programs at Sky Harbor International Airport.
The Goldwater Institute reported in October that the Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) program at Sky Harbor has allowed lucrative airport concession leases to go to a small group of political insiders. The owners of companies deemed “disadvantaged” are often little more than a name on the lease, brought in to meet requirements for participation by minority and woman-owned businesses that are set by Sky Harbor officials.
Among the biggest beneficiaries of the program at Sky Harbor is Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, owner of a DBE-certified business which is part owner of a Chili’s restaurant franchise in Terminal 4.
Airport operators in both Phoenix and Tucson suspended their use of “race-conscious” methods after a 2005 federal court ruling required detailed disparity studies to justify using race as a factor in awarding concession contracts. If airport operators cannot meet their goals through race-neutral means, they can resort to “race-conscious” preferences based on race and gender, if they can prove those methods are necessary to offset the effects of discrimination.
Even though Tucson did not attempt to preserve the preference program it had been using before the court ruling, it still has a goal that 16 percent of airport concession sales will be attributed to firms owned by minorities and women. But airport operators will achieve that goal without resorting to preferences that take race or gender into account, according to Paula Winn, spokeswoman for the airport authority.
Phoenix, on the other hand, has gone to great expense to justify the preference program at Sky Harbor. Phoenix officials commissioned a disparity study in 2007 that to-date has cost taxpayers more than $600,000. The study results are due in December. While the study has been underway, Phoenix extended leases issued while race and gender preferences were in effect.
Regardless of the study results, on the 2010 election ballot Arizona voters will have their say in whether or not government offices can use race and gender preferences in contracting.
Mark Flatten is an investigative reporter for the Goldwater Institute.
My apologies for missing this announcement and I even live in Chuck’s district!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 26, 2009 – Thanksgiving Day
(Mesa, Arizona) Arizona State Senator Chuck Gray announced today that he will not seek re-election to the State Senate in 2010.
Thanking God, family and his many supporters, Gray expressed his feelings saying, “I am not a career politician. I am a husband and father who served his state and community and is now preparing to return to private life for a time.”
Senator Gray has served almost 18 of the last 20 years in public service. Leaving the family construction business at the age of 32, Gray served as a Mesa police officer from 1990 to 2000. In 2002 he was elected and in 2004, re-elected to the Arizona House of Representatives. Gray was appointed to fulfill Senator Marilyn Jarrett’s term in the Senate at her passing. Gray was then elected to the Senate in 2006 and re-elected in 2008.
Gray praised his parents for instilling in him a deep reverence for the Constitution and the principles of freedom. He then commented, “From serving as a freshman in the House of Representatives to serving as Majority Leader in the Senate, I hope that I may have repaid in some small way the debt I owe to those who sacrificed so much to establish this free nation.”
Gray concluded, “In consultation with my wife and others and after much prayer and lengthy consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for re-election to the Arizona Senate this fall.”
“To those who second guess this decision, I simply say; America has always cherished the values of God, country and family. I hold those same values. While I will spend more time focusing on God and family, I will still be involved in country. I am not through with politics. You will see me in the future.”
“Business opportunities have now presented themselves that cannot be ignored. I owe it to my family to provide for them the fulfillment of the American dream that we all hope for. I have thoroughly enjoyed these many years in public service and my family has been supportive and patient. Now is the time to act on behalf of my family and our goals for the future. But, I will always champion the cause of freedom.”
“The voters have exhibited great trust and faith in me. It has been an honor and a privilege of the highest magnitude. To the citizens who elected me; Thank you! You are the best boss ever. I will fulfill my term of office and continue to fight to secure the blessings of liberty that make this nation great and good. May God continue to bless Arizona and this nation.”
And here’s what the Arizona Republic’s Mary Jo Pitzl is reporting:
Crandall exploring for seat Gray is leaving
Rep. Rich Crandall is likely to contend for the state Senate seat from east Mesa that Chuck Gray is vacating.
Crandall announced a Senate exploratory committee, noting that Gray does not intend to seek re-election. Gray, R-Mesa, was not immediately available for comment. It’s a bit of a surprise that Gray is not seeking another Senate term — he has a campaign committee in place and last amended his report a year ago, according to records in the Secretary of State’s office.
As Senate majority leader, Gray has had a rocky year in the state Senate (who hasn’t?) and has not gelled well with the reconfigured leadership team.
Gray is in his second and a half term in the Senate; he moved to the upper chamber from the House in 2006, filling the vacancy created by Sen. Marilyn Jarrett’s death.
Crandall is in his second term in the House and chairs the House Education Committee. A move to the Senate is tempting, especially since the Senate Education Committee chairmanship will be open after 2010, as current chairman John Huppenthal is term-limited.
Hmmmm… This is so very tempting…
Our Nation Depends On It
by State Senator Russell Pearce
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! As author of Proposition 200; “Arizona Taxpayers and Citizens Protection Act,” that passed by over 1 million voters in 2004. It was intended to do three things.
(Thanks to Attorney General Goddard and Former Governor Napolitano the 3rd provision was not implemented. It was a back door veto of the people’s vote.)
Proof of citizenship to register to vote: The U.S. Constitution established more than 200 years ago that only citizens may vote. The initiative requires everyone equally to prove that eligibility as does Title 7, Section 12 of the Arizona Constitution. Thanks to Proposition 200, ACORN’s efforts of voter fraud were thwarted here in Arizona.
Photo I.D. When voting: Photo I.D. Is required to cash a check, apply for welfare, sign a lease, or get a rental card at a video store.
Proof of eligibility to receive non-federal mandated public benefits: The initiative would require everyone to provide proof of eligibility equally. The Urban Institute studied this extensively in 1994, the University of Arizona in 2001, and estimated such costs to vary widely in the tens of millions of dollars.
To make matters worse, we have a financial crisis in Arizona and are cutting services to citizens and yet the cities are demanding that illegal aliens receive taxpayer benefits.
There is currently a battle raging in this country that will determine whether our nation enforces its immigration laws and secures its borders or becomes victim of its enemies. We are a Nation built upon the “Rule of Law” and either we stand up for the principles that our Founding Fathers gave us to ensure lasting Liberty, enshrined in a Constitution that protects those liberties or we destroy all that is sacred and the end result will be a nation who commits suicide. Illegal immigration is the Trojan Horse and we must secure our borders and enforces our laws.
“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”. This prophetic speech in that Henry was warning his countrymen that if they were not prepared to fight for their liberty, the only alternative was to live in “chains and slavery.”
THE TIME HAS COME TO FIGHT. FIGHT TO KEEP GOD IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. FIGHT TO KEEP GOD IN OUR NATIONAL MOTTO. FIGHT TO KEEP THE TEN COMMANDMENTS ON PUBLIC DISPLAY. FIGHT TO RETURN PRAYER TO THE CLASSROOMS. FIGHT AGAINST ABORTION, FIGHT AGAINST PORNOGRAPHY, FIGHT TO SECURE OUR BORDERS, FIGHT TO PRESERVE THE RULE OF LAW, FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT, AND (IN THE WORDS OF WINSTON CHURCHILL) NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP!
AHCCCS has exploded to $5 billion annually, more people enrolled in AHCCCS than in K through 12!!! Hospitals in trouble financially (in 2003, 77 border hospitals filed bankruptcy), crime impact (majority of violent crime involves illegal aliens), neighborhoods in trouble, drug trafficking, home invasions, our election process violated, and I can go on.
We must have responsible policies to protect our citizens. That is our job. The average taxpayer bears the burden of our bloated welfare system. It jeopardizes the integrity of our elections. Our number one responsibility is to protect the rights and liberties of the Citizens of this great Republic.
As long as we have a welfare state, in consideration of the fact of Federal abdication of their responsibility to protect our borders, we (Arizona) must necessarily resort to ‘self-help’, and let the shirkers and the cowards be darned.
We are a nation of immigrants, but immigrants originally settled every nation in the world; this cliché confuses facts with wisdom. When the Statue of Liberty was erected in 1886, there were less than 65 million Americans. We did not have the Bloated Welfare system we have today. We did not have those coming to America demanding “free” stuff as we do today. We did not have “Public” education at a huge cost to taxpayers that we have today.
It is said that immigration is important because there are “jobs that Americans won’t do.” This probably never was true, but this cliché has now become a job-destroying and wage-lowering philosophy where employers use both unskilled and “increasingly) skilled immigrants to hold down wages and obtain cheap labor at the expense of American workers and the “left” benefits from the increased political base by luring them here and allowing/encouraging them to get addicted to government programs.
Why should “Illegal Aliens” have the right to “Free” taxpayer/citizen benefits?
Impact of Illegal Immigration:
Illegal immigrants cost American taxpayers $68 Billion annually in federal programs in 2002. Studies estimate that amnesty would increase that three fold.
$311 Billion in uncollected taxes (Barron’s study)
$200 Billion annually in lost American wages. Native-born American men lost an average of $1700 in wages in 2000 due to US immigration policy (Harvard University)
FAIR study (Federation for American Immigration Reform):
This is the 6th largest population of illegals in the country and 222% higher than the 1990 figure and according to Time Magazine (not a conservative publication) over 3 million will cross illegally through the Arizona border this next year alone!!!
Arizona hospitals spend $150 annually on illegals’ care. Some rural hospitals have had to downscale or close (2003 77 border hospitals filed for bankruptcy)
Health department in Cochise spends 1/3 of its budget on care for illegals
Maricopa County Hospital loses over $2 million weekly on uncompensated care (largely due to illegal aliens).
Feds owe $25 million in uncompensated SCAAP costs just in Maricopa County, (1/3 of our federal prisons are illegal aliens)
Arizona spends $1 billion annually to educate illegal immigrant students
Over half of all AHCCCS births are from illegal mothers 1/3 of children in Arizona have immigrant parents
Other problems include: congested freeways, damage to environment from trash and unwanted trails, crowded housing, crime and poverty.
By some estimates 60% to 80% of the violent crime in Arizona is involving illegal aliens; i.e. Homicides, drug trafficking, home invasions, car jackings, gang activity, etc.
The Zogby, Roper, Lou Dobbs and Pew polls show over 80% of Americans do not want amnesty given to illegals. They want enforcement.
IN VIOLATION OF THEIR OATH OF OFFICE
This year, over three million illegal aliens crossed over our borders against the laws set forth in our Constitution and Federal immigration mandates. These laws are specific. They demand arrest and deportation for anyone within the United States of America without lawful entry. For anyone hiring an illegal alien, these laws provide fines of $10,000.00 per illegal hired and up to five years in prison.
Additionally, our elected officials from mayors to our President work against American citizens in what history will report as the single greatest “invasion-without-guns” takeover of a nation in history. “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican form of Government, and shall protect each of them against invasion.” Article IV Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution.
“A person (including a group of persons, business, organization, or local government) commits a federal felony when she or he: assists an illegal alien she/he should reasonably know is illegally in the U.S. or who lacks employment authorization, by transporting, sheltering, or assisting him or her to obtain employment, or encourages that illegal alien to remain in the U.S. by referring him or her to an employer or by acting as employer or agent for an employer in any way, or knowingly assists illegal aliens due to personal convictions.” Federal Law- Section 8 USC 1324. If you suffered a horde of people overrunning your home or community, you would call the cops and have them arrested. Not so with illegal aliens! By lack of law enforcement, illegals recognize the open invitation to illegal entry. The benefits of lawbreaking exceed their wildest dreams.
Undocumented Immigrant is a euphemism that suggests the problem with immigrants is the lack of documentation. ACTUALLY, they are citizenship-deficient; in the same way that a residential burglar is key deficit.
I want to be a city manager. I know nothing about the job or what it entails. And who cares? All I know is want to have get one of these sweet severance packages that city mangers receive when they get kicked to the curb. Like this one.
Firing City Manager John Little may have brought some political peace to Scottsdale City Hall, but terminating his contract came with a price. Little’s employment contract granted him a severance package worth six months of his total compensation, which included wages, vacation time and other benefits. The cost of Little’s severance comes to more than $120,000.
Here is the breakdown of Big John Little’s package:
- Six months’ wages: $95,004
- Six months’ vacation accrual payoff: $10,962
- Six months’ auto allowance: $3,600
- Six months’ deferred compensation: $11,400.48
- Six months’ medical, dental and life insurance coverage: $2,411.64
- TOTAL $123,378.12
Are you PO’d yet? No? the story gets better.
It is cheaper than what it cost when then-City Manager Jan Dolan left in early 2008. Dolan received $160,000 as part of her voluntary separation agreement. Little’s separation is not the first time this year the city paid to get rid of a charter officer. It cost Scottsdale $105,200 to pay off former City Attorney Deborah Robberson’s contract.
Down the road in Tucson, we have a similar story to tell. When Tucson’s City Council fired city manager Mike Hein last year, he too received a six month severance package.
The City Council voted 4-3 this afternoon to remove City Manager Mike Hein from office. The vote came after an approximately 20-minute, closed-door meeting to conduct his annual performance evaluation. The motion was approved with no public discussion. Hein, who was paid more than $200,000 annually, left the meeting immediately following the vote saying he had no comment. His employment contract guarantees him six months severance pay.
Still not mad? OK try this out. Time to pour salt in the wound. They hired this guy back!
Former Tucson City Manager Mike Hein has been hired to head up the county’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Hein will make $110,000 a year in the new position.
Hein, Tucson’s city manager since April 2005, lost the job in April when the City Council voted 4-3 to fire him. He received six months’ severance pay. He was arrested in September in Oro Valley on a charge of DUI.
So I want to be a city manager. It obviously does not matter to anyone in the state how you perform. They are going to reward you handsomely, no matter what. Nice work if you can get it.
Arizona’s budget situation has become national news. The following article is excerpted from The Los Angeles Times:
Arizona struggles with budget crisis
The Legislature faces a nearly $2-billion deficit, which rises to $3 billion next year. It’s one of 35 states with ongoing budget problems, and experts say its plight is second only to California’s.
Arizona Republican state Sen. John Huppenthal, standing, talks with Senate President Bob Burns during the Legislature’s fourth special session in four months. (Ross Franklin / Associated Press / November 19, 2009)
By Nicholas Riccardi
November 27, 2009
Reporting from Phoenix - When the Arizona State Senate broke into disarray last week during its fourth special session in four months to deal with this state’s seemingly perpetual budget crisis, Senate President Robert “Bob” Burns told his colleagues: “It amazes me we’re having this much trouble. This is the easy part.”
It took until Monday for the GOP-controlled Legislature to pass $300 million in spending cuts, ones they had already approved in June but which were vetoed by the state’s Republican governor, Jan Brewer.
Even so, Republican lawmakers still argued among themselves over how to close what is a relatively small part of the state’s deficit. Looming on the horizon is a nearly $2-billion gap that remains in this year’s $10-billion budget. Next year the deficit rises to $3 billion.
In percentage terms, Arizona’s deficit is nearly as big as California’s, and although the state may lack a movie-star governor, there has been no lack of drama in Phoenix for several months.
The state has put its Capitol buildings on the block to raise money. It is trying to privatize its prisons, and some legislators are talking about a four-day school week. This month, the Pew Center on the States ranked Arizona as having the second-worst budget crisis in the nation, just behind California.
“There are actions they can take, but none of them are easy or pleasant,” said Dana Naimark, president of the Children’s Action Alliance, a local group fighting budget cuts.
Noting that legislators have already cut more than $500 million since February, she worried that the state is already reeling from reduced services. “It’s very disturbing, going backwards on so many fronts,” she said.
Most states need to have budgets in place each July 1, when the fiscal year begins. But with the economy in the tank, many states are watching new deficits pop up as tax receipts plunge and more and more people demand social services to alleviate their own financial woes.
Arizona and California — which still faces a deficit of $20 billion — are only two of the most extreme examples. Thirty-five states are still scrambling to balance their books for the current fiscal year.
“We’re seeing this in several states across the country because the revenues continue to drop faster than projected,” said Sue Urahn, managing director of the Pew center.
Arizona’s revenues are 16% lower than projections made as recently as this summer. Unlike California, the state grew rapidly this decade. Legislators, awash in tax money, cut taxes and expanded government.
But that growth was fueled by booming real estate. Now Arizona has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation, and its economy has ground to a halt.
For months, Brewer battled with members of her party, arguing that an emergency tax hike was needed to save vital programs. But conservative Republicans refused to raise taxes, saying it would devastate Arizona’s already weak economy.
This summer Brewer vetoed cuts in education and social services, insisting that the Legislature live up to a deal to place a penny sales tax hike on the November ballot. But the referral to the ballot failed by one vote, and Brewer signed cuts into law this week.
On Monday, Brewer and GOP legislative leaders are scheduled to meet to discuss how to get a possible tax increase on a future ballot. Kim Sabow, a spokeswoman for the governor, said the delay has been because “every single Democrat and a handful of GOP extremists have prevented solutions from passing — choosing only to vote ‘no’ instead of being responsible for participating in solutions that have a chance of passing.”
The budget battle has so far been an all-Republican affair. The GOP holds commanding majorities in both houses of the Legislature. Democrats, who have voted against every major budget bill, complain that Brewer would not negotiate with them until days before the July 1 budget deadline.
“She has been unwilling to work with the Democrats to get her proposal through,” said David Lujan, minority leader of the House of Representatives. “The problem’s so big we can’t cut our way out of the crisis. We have to raise revenue.”
Steve Pierce, majority Senate whip, said the state may be able to come up with ways to raise money — by cutting taxes. He said that cuts in business taxes may raise tax revenues…
Pierce said Arizona would have to find a new way to govern itself. “We’re going to have to redo government here,” he said. “There are good programs that were created in the past that we just can’t afford anymore.”
He floated the idea of cutting both the government workweek and the public school week to four days, and of violating the minimum funding levels the state needs to meet in K-12 education and healthcare to qualify for stimulus funds.
Burns, the Senate president, said that lawmakers would be unable to take decisive action until voters gave them direction. “We need to let the voters tell the Legislature what is your choice,” he said. “Do you want taxes or what some people call ‘draconian cuts?’ ”
Of course, putting that question on the ballot would require another special session of the Legislature, possibly as soon as December.
“This year, it doesn’t seem like it’s ever going to end,” Burns said. “It just keeps going.”
Politics on the Rocks is proud to announce our annual Christmas Party event on Thursday, December 3rd 6:00 PM at the Intercontinental Montelucia Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley, Arizona. We look forward to seeing everyone at our final event of 2009. The Montelucia is always in the Christmas spirit because of the atmosphere, people, and Christmas lights all around.
We would like to thank everyone for making Politics on the Rocks the largest and fastest growing Republican & Conservative networking group in Arizona and in the Southwest. Please come celebrate this accomplishment with us on December 3rd at the “Kasbah” bar located within the Intercontinental Monteclucia Resort. Bring a friend, date, work colleague, or fellow Republican/Conservative to “Rock the Kasbah.”
In 2010, we have many national and local politicians scheduled to speak. Please stay tuned each month for details.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the Intercontinental Montelucia Resort & Spa at the “Kasbah” on Thursday, December 3rd 6:00 PM.
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The event will also feature a Media Presentation by nationally recognized publicist Kinsey Schofield
Scottsdale, Arizona – Republican Professionals’ free networking event is happening at the classy and edgy SUEDE Lounge Thursday, December 3rd from 6-8pm in Scottsdale with Congressional candidate David Schweikert.
With the 2010 election campaigns in full swing, Republican Professionals is proud to present United States Congressional candidate David Schweikert as this month’s featured guest speaker. Mr. Schweikert is the former Maricopa County Treasurer and former Chair of the State Board of Equalization. Along with those accomplishments, Mr. Schweikert also served two terms in the Arizona State House of Representatives. He holds an MBA from the ASU W.P. Carey School of Business and a B.A. from ASU with a focus in finance and real estate.
Also joining the party will be Kinsey Schofield who is a publicist, writer, event planner. Ms. Schofield specializes in guerrilla marketing and social media. She has worked as a Fashion and entertainment contributor for Arizona’s largest entertainment weekly, AZ Weekly Magazine, and has appeared multiple times on ABC 15’s Sonoran Living, Fox 10 News, E! News, and MTV.
Hosting this exciting event is the popular chic Euro-Asian restaurant and lounge Suede. The event starts at 6pm and given the popularity of past events and the buzz generated by our previous VIP guests, such as John Munger and Kathleen Lewis, Republican Professionals highly encourages you to RSVP early at www.phxrp.com. As always, newcomers are welcome.
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