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Will this self-important goon ever go away?

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
Friday, September 24, 2010

It’s All About Grant

Grant Woods has yet again proven he is not a conservative let alone a principled conservative.  He is supporting ultra liberal Felicia Rotellini over Republican Tom Horne in the Attorney General Race.

Woods is opposed to SB 1070 and has made a career out of bashing Republicans.  Woods is entitled to his views – which always seem to be based on what’s in it for Grant Woods.  But, don’t insult our intelligence Grant by clinging to the conservative label.

When Woods was called a liberal for supporting Rotellini his response was to invoke his honorary chairmanship of Governor Brewer’s campaign to prove he is a true Republican.  I’m sure Governor Brewer, who has endorsed Tom Horne and is riding the wave of support for Russell Pearce’s handiwork – SB1070, really appreciated that.  Indeed, she should be furious with Woods and immediately remove him from her campaign.

Those who know Grant Woods know it’s always about Grant.  In typical Woods fashion he recently issued a press release to let us all know he would not be running for Mayor.   

Republicans who know what’s going on saw it as a big mistake for Brewer to agree to have Woods and Mary Peters, who proves the Peter Principle (no pun intended), as her honorary co-chairs.  You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that Brewer’s chief political consultant Chuck Coughlin arranged these self-serving honorary do-nothing appointments with the hopes it will benefit him down the road.   

Here is a link to a great story in the Tucson Citizen.

http://tucsoncitizen.com/in-the-aggregate/2010/09/24/grant-woods-leads-rinos-for-rotellini/

 
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Raul Grijalva in Los Angeles raising money from radical Hispanic activists

In case you missed it, Congressman Raul Grijalva was recently in Los Angeles to raise money from “many long time Latino community and political activists.”

The San Fernando Valley Sun reported today that one of the activists present was Rodolfo “Rudy” Acuna.

In the article, Acuna is quoted:

Raul Grijalva is the most progressive legislator in the country and is under attack by the right wing. Just last week one of these zealots contributed one million dollars to defeat him because of his leadership in fight SB 1070.

SFVS further reported:

Acuna said the fund raiser proves that Californians supports the fight against racism in Arizona and will support courageous politicos such as Grijalva. “He is fighting our fight,” Acuna said. Acuna’s book “Occupied America” has also been targeted for removal from Arizona classrooms along with recent legislation passed in Arizona to ban ethnic studies classes.

Who is Rodolfo “Rudy” Acuna other than a good friend of Raul Grijalva?

Acuna wrote a book entitled, Occupied America: A History of Chicanos, which is currently at the center of controversy in Southern Arizona school districts where it has been taught until the Governor and Legislature passed a law (HB 2281) prohibiting the indoctrination of students through ethnic and race-oriented studies for specific ethnic groups. Acuna’s book would be removed from the curricula under the new law.

Rodolfo Acuna recently appeared on a segment of Democracy Now in which he called Arizona lawmakers and the Governor xenophobic for wanting to stop the teaching of his book which asserts that The United States invaded Mexico. Here is the video clip from Democracy Now:

In another video clip, Acuna sits down with The Nonprofit Network and challenges Arizona officials calling the Arizona law “draconian.” In this clip Acuna unleashes on Arizonans and elected officials calling Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Senator Russell Pearce a Nazi!

Watch in the following video clip as Acuna calls Governor Brewer a “loser” and the Republican party, racists! At 2:30 into the following clip, Acuna says that Arizona is heading for violence insinuating a race war in our state.

I find it irreconcilable that Raul Grijalva who claims to have backed away from his call for a boycott of Arizona is now in Los Angeles raising money from Hispanic activists who support a radical agenda.

Perhaps Grijalva should resort back to his original position against Arizona and her citizens in order to be consistent with “putting his money where his mouth is?”

The race for CD-7 in Southern Arizona is closer than the pundits think. Three recent polls show Ruth McClung in a dead heat with Grijalva and with revelations of Grijalva tapping Hispanic activists for money, it could only get worse for Mr. Grijalva.

Let’s help get Ruth McClung elected in her race against Raul Grijalva. Visit her website right now and make a donation to her campaign and let’s sent Grijalva to a place he feels more “at home!”

Arizona economy will grow with highways and freight trains

by Byron Schlomach
Goldwater Institute

Arizona’s economy seems to be headed for a long, gradual recovery. Policymakers have the opportunity now to set the stage with thoughtful decisions about what kind of infrastructure will support future economic growth.

A recent story in the Arizona Republic described a luncheon sponsored by the Salt River Project and the East Valley Partnership to discuss future infrastructure needs. It is clear from the story that many policymakers understand that additional transportation options will be key to Arizona’s prosperity.

The state’s almost 7 million people are relatively isolated by geography. The nearest large metropolitan areas to Phoenix are hundreds of miles to the east and west. That means we have to make it convenient and inexpensive to move goods and the raw materials to make goods into and out of our state, whether by rail or by truck.

Fortunately, two years ago the Arizona Legislature foresaw these needs and reformed the state’s public-private partnership law to make it easier for private investors to help fund new highways.

Arizona isn’t as well positioned with rail, but we could be. Policymakers could make it easier to get freight through the state by approving projects such as the Union Pacific rail line expansion that has been held up for years in a public relations battle.

There is also the danger of infrastructure policy heading in the wrong direction. One option discussed at that luncheon was high-speed passenger rail. Robert Poole of the Reason Foundation has done a good job of explaining its shortcomings: the vast expanse of the United States and a lack of passengers willing to pay the true cost of high-speed rail means taxpayer subsidies would have to be much larger than Arizona can afford.

We need transportation infrastructure options with benefits to the economy that clearly outweigh the costs. The way to achieve this is to make sure users pay for most of the construction and operating expenses. Roads and freight rail meet these criteria. High speed rail, on the other hand, would be taxpayer-subsidized forever and would offer limited economic benefit.

Byron Schlomach, Ph.D., is an economist and director of the Center for Economic Prosperity at the Goldwater Institute.

Why ask Why??

 

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

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

 

 

Yvonne Wingett, reporter for the financially troubled Arizona Republic, has once again hit a discordant note with another of her infamously vituperative articles. Ms. Wingett, frequently called “Wingnut”, discusses a conflict between the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and certain other elected officials who she criticizes for running up legal bills for lawsuits against the board.

“Wingnut” seems to accurately describe the alleged journalist who acts as a PR agent for elected officials who not only are not up to the job, but work actively against the public interest.

The Board of Supervisors has enthusiastically championed the expenditure of about one third billion dollars on a courthouse project that nobody needs, and whose vital records have been hidden away and locked up preventing public scrutiny. In fact, this board has done so many things that are over the line, they have practically invited the lawsuits against them.

Ms. Wingett said not a word about that, but excoriated those who have been forced to defend themselves against this ruthless Board of Supervisors whose hands have been caught in the cookie jar too many times. The Board has repeatedly attacked several departments that have cried foul over the handling of the court house fiasco, and the slashing of much needed budgets.

Of course, there is nothing new here. This news is so old, it has cobwebs growing on it, but Ms. Wingett soldiers on, perhaps goaded by an overly enthusiastic editorial staff at her gradually eroding organization. If Ms. Wingett has a firm grasp of the obvious, and would like to do us all a service, she should look into why.  

What is the root cause of all this conflict?  If she really digs just a little she might find that the BOS has let their top dog, David Smith, assume way too much authority.  He makes no effort to work with the other elected officers and constantly interferes in their business either by withholding support or trying to take over.  

David Smith leaves behind him a trail of bad decisions and very suspicious behavior. There is not a hint about that from Ms. Wingett who actually gives support to Smith’s misdeeds by skewing the truth. Maricopa county has become notorious for government by the most unscrupulous or unsuitable people. It is sad that journalism has ceased to exist as a profession, now ranking at a level normally reserved for another human occupation that we usually call the oldest of all professions.

I Think I’m Seeing A Pattern In Raul Grijalva

I was looking on Raul “The Boycotter” Grijalva’s website today, and I noticed a very interesting pattern.  Let’s see if you can pick up on it.

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Friday September 17, 2010

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva today congratulated five tribes in the Seventh District for receiving Department of Justice (DOJ) grants through this year’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) program. The grants total $3,287,766 and come from a variety of DOJ offices dedicated to different law enforcement, victim awareness and public safety missions.

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Friday September 17, 2010

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva today congratulated the University of Arizona and the Arizona Department of Health Services on newly announced grants of $299,200 and $100,000, respectively, from the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Friday September 17, 2010

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (CIS) Office of Citizenship has awarded a $100,000 grant to Pima Community College to expand services for legal permanent residents seeking citizenship. The competitively awarded grant is part of a program in 27 states and the District of Columbia funded through the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2010.

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Wednesday September 15, 2010

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva today hailed the Department of the Interior (DOI) announcement that oil and gas companies must permanently plug any Gulf of Mexico wells that have been idle for at least five years. The announcement comes after Grijalva wrote an August 2 letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar calling attention to idle rigs in the region and prompting Salazar to push responsible companies to dismantle outdated rigs using local labor.

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Wednesday September 15, 2010

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva today congratulated the Arizona Office For Children, Youth and Families and Catholic Community Services Of Southern Arizona (CCS) on their newly announced $2,672,988 grant and $338,000 grant, respectively, from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.

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Wednesday September 15, 2010

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva today highlighted the $211.8 million Arizona is set to receive as part of the recently passed $10 billion measure to save teacher jobs nationwide. The federal funding is expected to save about 4,000 teacher positions around the state, according to Department of Education information.

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Tuesday September 14, 2010

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva today congratulated Arizona on receiving a $235,829 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to improve HIV/AIDS testing and reporting services statewide. The total includes $145,567 for expanded testing aimed at prevention and early detection and $90,262 to improve health test reporting between public and private labs.

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Friday September 10, 2010

Each year, I have the privilege of nominating five individuals to each of our nation’s Military Academies. In order to represent Southern Arizona fairly, I rely on a diverse group of individuals to promote applications and encourage interested students to learn more about this prestigious opportunity.

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Friday September 10, 2010

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva today congratulated the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) on its new $1.9 million grant for diabetes treatment and the Colorado River Indian Tribe (CRIT) on its new $70,000   for reducing motor vehicle injuries. Both grants come from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Thursday September 09, 2010

Arizona received approximately $45.4 million yesterday from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), which the state can use to purchase foreclosed homes at a discount and rehabilitate or redevelop them. The money was authorized by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Did you catch it?  Looks like the ONLY thing The Boycotter is good at is…..spending your money.  And this represents only one week.

So if you are down with endless federal grants sucking the life [and money] out of your checkbook, vote for Raul come November.  If you are tired of his greedy fingers in your pockets,  it’s really time to check out Ruth McClung.

Democracy for America Praises Raul Grijalva for Boycott of Arizona

Sonoran Alliance has obtained an email by the national progressive organization, Democracy for America, praising Raul Grijalva for his effort leading the boycott against Arizona:

What is ironic and hypocritical about this email is that this national group as late as last Thursday was praising Grijalva who supposedly reversed his position on the boycott against Arizona! Oh really? Then why would Grijalva tell constituents in his district one thing at the same time he is raising money out of state by telling donors another thing???

One final note is that the email reveals that this national organization believes that Grijalva is in “the fight of his life” over this race.

Here is that email:

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From: Jim Dean <info@democracyforamerica.com>
Subject: Raul Grijalva
Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010, 12:21 PM

http://www.democracyforamerica.com/?akid=208.337179.XDt3hn&t=3
DFA members won a big fight in New Hampshire on Tuesday when progressive Ann McLane Kuster beat Blue Dog Katrina Swett in the Democratic primary. Our joint phonebombs with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee generated over 18,000 get-out-the-vote calls to voters in Kuster’s district and now another corporate Democrat — who still supports tax cuts for the wealthy, still supports her mentor Joe Lieberman, and who actually called herself a Sarah Palin Mama Grizzly — has been defeated thanks to your hard work.

But the fight to make sure progressives win in November is only just beginning. Republicans and the big corporations that prop them up are targeting specific progressive leaders across the country in their campaign to take back the House of Representatives and they’ve set their sights on Rep. Raul Grijalva.

Congressman Grijalva is a progressive champion that not only fought with us for stronger Wall Street reforms and the Public Option every step of the way, he also fought for progressives back home in Arizona after the state government passed a well-publicized, bigoted, racial profiling law early this year. Raul had the guts to call on tourists and businesses to boycott Arizona to pressure a change in the law.

His reward for bold leadership? Republicans and corporations have vowed to beat him. As Chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congressman Grijalva has stood up for us time and again — it’s time we stand up for him.

Contribute $5 right now to help a progressive champion fight back against corporate attacks.

It’s easy to see why Republicans are threatened by Congressman Grijalva — he’s a fighter. He doesn’t cave when the right-wing attacks or when lobbyists pressure him.

Now, with Republicans and their corporate sponsors waging war on Social Security, Congressman Grijalva is organizing progressives in Congress to not let it happen. He won’t just hold the line for no cuts to Social Security, he’s going on offense and demanding Congress strengthen it.

Traditionally, Congressman Grijalva hasn’t had to fight too hard to keep what is typically a Democratic seat in Arizona. But thanks to his bold progressive leadership and effective caucus organizing, he’s facing the toughest challenge of his career. Raul is one incumbent that progressives can’t afford to lose.

It’s time for us to back him up with the full strength of our people-powered organization. Contribute $5 now to help him fight back against the corporations trying to tear him down.

Raul Grijalva has fought for us time and again — now he’s in the fight of his life. Contribute $5 today and defend a progressive champion.

Thank you for everything you do.

-Jim

Jim Dean, Chair
Democracy for America

New health care law forces affirmative action on medical schools

by Diane Cohen
Goldwater Institute
 
President Barack Obama’s new health care law doesn’t just radically transform our nation’s medical system; it contains provisions that require discrimination on the basis of race.

It starts at page 516 of the more than 2,000 page law, in a section that allows the Obama administration to give grants and contracts to training hospitals and medical schools. In awarding this federal money, the law requires the administration to give preferences to hospitals and schools based on the racial makeup of their student body. Moreover, hospitals and schools who receive these federal funds must engage in race-based student recruitment as well.

In several letters to Congress, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission called on Congress to reject these discriminatory provisions and consider “proven methods of improving health care outcomes.” But the Civil Rights Commission said forcing medical schools to use race-based admissions policies assumes differences in the health of people from different races are caused by a shortage of doctors from those races. This misdiagnoses the problem, the Commission said, pointing to studies that show health care disparities do not result from a lack of medical professionals of particular races.
 
Further, the Commission stressed that congressionally-mandated affirmative action is likely to be thrown out as unconstitutional.

Certainly, attracting talented people to medicine is a worthy goal. But individuals should not be singled out and given special benefits based on their race to reach that goal. Likewise, the Obama administration should not force hospitals and schools to recruit students based on race to obtain federal money.

There is something we can do right here in Arizona to ensure equal treatment under the law. The Goldwater Institute is working in federal court to strike down the entire health care bill. Also, Arizona voters will consider Proposition 107 during the Nov. 2 general election. Called the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative, Prop. 107 offers an amendment to the state constitution that forbids race-based policies for any taxpayer-funded agency or program. The citizens of Arizona have the power to say “yes” to equal opportunity for all Arizonans, and “no” to unfair and unlawful policies that focus on anyone’s race or ethnic background.

Diane Cohen is an attorney with the Goldwater Institute Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation.

JD Hayworth on CNBC’s “Viewer Outrage”

Here is a video clip from this morning featuring former Congressman, JD Hayworth advocating for the TEA Party position. The clip was called “Viewer Outrage: Can the TEA Party Fix the Economy?” Watch as JD runs circles around his leftist opponent, David Callahan.

Cities can boost business with more freedom

by Nick Dranias
Goldwater Institute

Despite the struggling economy, many local governments continue to make it harder for businesses to survive. Just as Maricopa County’s “pool police” have decided to kick the distressed hotel industry while it’s down, the City of Phoenix has lowered the boom on real estate development businesses by raising fees for building permits, plan review, and other development services by 27 percent. These counterproductive practices underscore that reforming how government regulates business is crucial to any revival of Arizona communities.

Instead of hitting real estate development with higher permitting fees, Arizona cities should waive such fees for a while. Another positive step would be to adopt new zoning rules that allow a larger variety of uses in empty industrial and commercial districts without special approval from city hall. Mayor Curt Pringle adopted these policies in Anaheim, Calif., after he was elected in 2002, and hundreds of millions of dollars of new development followed.

Likewise, former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith ended needless regulation and generated tens of millions of dollars in new economic activity by applying four basic principles: (1) the cost of a regulation should be no greater than the value of the benefit created for the community;  (2) regulations must be written to ensure the imposition of the minimum possible constraints upon the community; (3) regulations must be simple, fair and enforceable; and (4) local regulations should not exceed federal and state standards unless there is a compelling and uniquely local reason.

If Arizona local governments are serious about pulling communities out of the Great Recession, they need to reassess policies and do away with those that impede business, job creation and freedom.

Nick Dranias holds the Clarence J. and Katherine P. Duncan Chair for Constitutional Government and is director of the Joseph and Dorothy Donnelly Moller Center for Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute.

Prop 203 is NOT what the Marijuana Policy Project wants you to think it is!

Prop 203 is NOT what the Marijuana Policy Project wants you to think it is!

The Marijuana Policy Project, a national pro-drug lobby, spends millions of dollars to persuade voters to falsely believe that “medical” marijuana initiatives like Prop 203 allow only those with life-threatening medical conditions to use marijuana. Don’t be fooled! The Marijuana Policy Project’s advertising campaign is completely dishonest.

Marijuana is NOT good medicine!

The American Medical Association, American Cancer Society, American Glaucoma

Society, and National Multiple Sclerosis Society all have rejected marijuana as medicine.  Based on scientific research, these top medical societies concluded that marijuana’s many health risks preclude its use, especially when there are safer medications that work as well or better.  An FDA-approved marijuana extract, Marinol, is one of those medications.  The Marijuana Policy Project wants marijuana, not medicine.

Up to 98% of the people getting “medical” marijuana will have

NO SERIOUS ILLNESS!

In “medical” marijuana states, a few unscrupulous doctors (there is no requirement that a “doctor” be an M.D.) recommend almost all the marijuana, handing out cards to anyone with $150.  In San Diego, three-fourths of all “medical” marijuana patients are under age 40 and 12 percent are teenagers.  Only 2% have HIV, cancer or glaucoma — the illnesses Prop 203 is supposedly for.  The Marijuana Policy Project is just using people with cancer to play on our sympathies.

The very large amounts of marijuana that will be available suggest

DRUG TRAFFICKING, not medicine!

Marijuana cardholders can purchase 2.5 ounces (approximately 200 joints) from a dispensary every two weeks or grow 12 plants (yielding approximately 36 pounds per year) if they don’t live near a dispensary. Caregivers can have five times those amounts! One person can’t consume the amounts allowed, so what can be expected to happen to the excess?  And, nothing in Prop 203 prevents a cardholder from buying marijuana from sources other than dispensaries.

Marijuana users will make life MORE DANGEROUS and MORE COSTLY

for the rest of Arizonans!

One study found regular marijuana-smokers 9.5 times more likely to be in serious or fatal car accidents.  In Montana, deadly car crashes went up 25% after “medical” marijuana became law.  Since passing “medical” marijuana laws, marijuana-related fatal car accidents in California have doubled!

States with “medical” marijuana laws have the highest rates of teen drug use in the nation.  Research shows that teens who smoke marijuana regularly have trouble learning, get worse grades, are less likely to finish school, and as adults, earn less money.  Increased availability and false claims by pro-drug advocates that marijuana is harmless (and even good medicine) can be blamed for increased teen use.  Prop 203 even specifically allows children (with parental permission) to get marijuana cards.  No age limit!  In Montana, the youngest marijuana cardholder is two years old!

Dispensaries and “indoor grows” are CRIME MAGNETS

and will NOT be subject to meaningful regulation!

Prop 203 gives the Department of Health Services responsibility for issuing marijuana cards to “patients” and “caregivers” and licenses to “dispensaries,” to anyone who meets basic requirements. So if someone has a marijuana recommendation for a hangnail, DHS must give him a card.  And Prop 203 allows criminals, including felons, to be caregivers and dispensary owners.

State officials can’t inspect dispensaries unless prior warning is given, and they can’t inspect the marijuana itself.  In contrast, State officials can inspect a restaurant and the food itself without warning of any kind!  Although patients can grow their own marijuana if they live more than 25 miles from a dispensary, there are no provisions for inspection of these “indoor grows.”

In other “medical” marijuana states, dispensaries and “indoor grows” have brought gang-related activities, drug trafficking, assaults, burglaries, murders, and other crimes to neighborhoods. The Drug Enforcement Agency warns that large-scale drug trafficking “hides behind” laws like Prop 203 in other states. Sheriff Baca of Los Angeles recently said that as few as 3% of dispensaries are legitimate.  The rest are criminal enterprises.

Oh, and don’t get comfortable that a dispensary won’t be in your neighborhood.  The Marijuana Policy Project included a specific provision in Prop 203 to allow delivery to your neighbor’s door!

Marijuana users will be EXEMPT FROM EXISTING LAWS

that protect Arizonans!

Under Prop 203, a marijuana cardholder can’t be charged with DUI just because he has marijuana components in his system.  The State must prove that the components appear in “sufficient concentration to cause impairment.”   The problem is that, unlike blood/alcohol ratios, there is no test to prove impairment of a marijuana user!

Employers will not be allowed to fire or discipline marijuana cardholders for drug use.  Imagine a workplace where employees show up for work after smoking marijuana, putting other employees and the public at risk and there is nothing an employer can do about it!  Insurance rates will increase, productivity will decline and workplace safety will suffer.

Under Prop 203, landlords can’t refuse to rent to a marijuana cardholder.

So tenants can smoke on leased property and grow marijuana in the house, and landlords can’t object, even though “indoor grows” blight neighborhoods, cripple property values and create hazardous waste dumps.

Prop 203 is a prescription for disaster!  Vote NO on Prop 203!

Why would Arizona legalize a substance that does vastly more harm than good? Taxpayers will be footing the bill for the increased costs of healthcare, insurance, and substance abuse treatment facilities.  Society itself will foot the inestimable bill for the damage to our youth.  Prop 203 will bring more drug abuse, more deadly car crashes, higher insurance rates, and lower workplace productivity.  It will strain law enforcement and cost the state millions.

Prop 203 was written by the Marijuana Policy Project, which makes no secret (on its website, anyway) of its goal to legalize marijuana across the country.  Arizona is #14 in MPP’s legalization puzzle.  Let’s show the Marijuana Policy Project they picked the wrong state!

Keep AZ Drug Free, a ballot opposition committee

By Carolyn Short, Chairman

Ed Gogek, M.D., Steering Committee member

Doug Hebert, Steering Committee member

www.keepazdrugfree.com