Committee Formed to Oppose Pearce Recall

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
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ed Phillips 480-648-5599
May 31, 2011 ed@edphillipsgroup.comor
  Matt Tolman 602-616-3749

Committee Formed to Oppose Pearce Recall;

protectanamericanpatriot.com Website Launched

The “Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall RC-04-2011” committee has been formed to actively fight the possible recall of Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce (R-District 18).  Organizational papers were filed Friday at the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.

The anti-recall Committee also launched a website today (www.protectanamericanpatriot.com) to help battle the recall effort and to collect donations.

Matt Tolman, Chairman of the “Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall RC-04-2011” Committee said: “We will not sit back and let out-of-state and out-of-district special interests attempt to use recall to harass and intimidate Arizona’s constitutionally elected officials. We will oppose this recall so that President Pearce and other officials can do the job for which they were elected.”

Senator Russell Pearce first served in the legislature in 2000.  He has enjoyed strong, continual support from his constituents in District 18 having been elected in all 16 of his primary and general elections. He was elected President of the Arizona State Senate in 2011. The recall is the latest in a series of attacks for his strong stands on border security and his work on balancing the state’s budget in the most difficult economic situation Arizona has faced since the Great Depression.

When told of the recall opposition effort, Pearce said: “I am so grateful that some of my friends have stepped forward to oppose this recall and defend the truth.  The personal, hurtful attacks by people who don’t even live in Arizona must stop. Working together we can bring Arizonans together and move our State forward.”

Tolman continued: “Our committee will raise all the funds needed to fight this misguided recall effort.  Outside special interests do not run Arizona government.  This is about defending the sanctity of our constitutional electoral system.  The people of District 18 support Russell Pearce and his strong defense of liberty and the constitution.”

Within the next few days, this Committee will file a complaint against the recall committee with the Secretary of State’s Office for non-disclosure of financial expenditures.

Donations to the “Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall RC-04-2011 Committee will be accepted from private individuals and corporations. Donations can be made through the website www.protectanamericanpatriot.com

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(NOTE:  Matt Tolman is available to schedule Spanish-speaking interviews.)

Paid for by Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall RC-04-2011 

 

Statement by Senate President Russell Pearce on Recall Effort

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 31, 2011

“Today a group of outside interests filed petitions in an effort to force a recall election. This push is unlike anything we have seen in Arizona politics. Typically these recall efforts are created after some alleged malfeasance in office. That is of course not the case here. These outsiders don’t like my hard line on illegal immigration and my belief in balanced budgets, spending only the money you have. I am proud of my defense of liberty and the Constitution. The problem for these organizers is that my constituents support my policies and beliefs, and have shown that support in every election since 2000.

The next step in this process is for the Secretary of State’s office to verify signatures, and they have their work cut out. Recall organizers are already admitting they are turning in thousands of invalid signatures, so this campaign may die a quick death.

If they have gathered enough signatures, the good people of District 18 would go to the polls this November or March 2012. Our residents know they have a strong voice in the Legislature. I am confident the residents of the district will not be swayed by these outsiders, and will once again show their support for the hard work I do for them the taxpayers, traditional family values, defense of our Constitutional liberties and the state of Arizona every day.”

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Wright Files Signatures for Phoenix Mayor’s Race

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 31, 2011
CONTACT: Colleen Lombard

Over 3500 signatures submitted

PHOENIX, AZ (May 31) – Mayoral candidate Jennifer Wright today filed over 3500 signatures on verified Nominating Petitions with Phoenix City officials, making her eligible to run in the August 30th, 2011 mayoral election.

She said she had the signatures independently verified with a 78% verification rate and was “absolutely confident we have secured more than enough names to be in this historic race.”

“It’s always easy to say how overwhelmed a candidate is with the support being offered,” Wright said. “But in this case it is true. We started just three weeks ago, with little name identification, a few volunteers and only high hopes for this city’s future.

“Today, we enjoy broad-based volunteer support and a growing base of contributors,” she said.

Wright is campaigning on a platform to improve jobs and opportunities, increase safety and security, and ensure fiscal responsibility in city governance.

“I am the only conservative in this race and a true Tea Party Patriot,” she said. “I am giving the voters a clear choice – we can head down a new path of prosperity and security or we can continue with the failed policies of the past.”

Wright is a native of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from Marquette University, a law degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, nearly a decade of policy experience, and has worked in small businesses, large corporations, and nonprofit organizations. Wright is not only committed to the community, but has the skills and experience to get Phoenix back to business.

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Schweikert on Raising Debt Ceiling: “Right Now I Am A No”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 31, 2011
CONTACT: Rachel Semmel

REP. SCHWEIKERT DISCUSSES DEBT CEILING ON FOX NEWS: “RIGHT NOW I AM A ‘NO’”

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom this morning to discuss tonight’s vote on the debt ceiling. Below is the video and excerpts from the interview:

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SCHWEIKERT ON DEBT CEILING VOTE

“Right now I am a ‘no.’ Because I’m not sure I see enough movement to do those things that are necessary, whether it be the combination of the short term, mid-term, long-term. You have to do a whole series of systemic changes if you are going to save this country.”

SCHWEIKERT ON WHAT A ‘YES’ VOTE REQUIRES

“If you and I tomorrow put together a package saying, here’s what we are willing to cut immediately; over the next year; over the next 10 years. Layered on top of that, Senator Mike Lee and myself have a balanced budget amendment that I believe is the strongest, tightest of all of them because it avoids some of the gimmicks. You might start to put together a package that provides visibility for our citizens, but also the world market for them to know the United States is getting serious about dealing with its debt.

“The reality of it is we bleed $4.7 billion every single day. Every single day we borrow $4.7 billion. You are going to have to do everything. And you are also going to have to have an honest discussion about the entitlements. You hear us have the discussion about Medicare. Medicare hits a brick wall stunningly soon … This place is engaged in rhetoric instead of reality.

“We literally have to be in the trillions over the next decade. We are borrowing $1.6 trillion just this year. These folks that make the comments of ‘this is too hard, it’s too tough,’ they are not telling the truth to the American people about how dangerous this spiraling of debt is.”

SCHWEIKERT ON WHERE DEMOCRATS STAND ON DEBT CEILING VOTE

“You have 100 Democrats that apparently have signed a letter to Speaker Boehner saying ‘we want a clean debt vote.’ Fine, they are about to get their clean debt vote. But for everyone that will vote to raise this debt ceiling, I think they are being absolutely duplicitous and not telling the American people the truth. If you don’t tie a series of systemic changes in how we are spending our money, I believe the debt markets would crush us. They would start to raise our risk premium, raise interest rates if we were just to raise the debt ceiling without changes.

“Sunday, if you watched some of the talking head shows, how many times did you see the Democrat Member get up in front of the camera and say if we would just tax the rich or big oil? They are lying to you. Those together don’t even buy you three days of borrowing. What are you going to do with the other 362 days?”

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Many just talk; a few act. AZ Senator Ron Gould is among the few

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

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Many just talk; a few act

AZ Senator Ron Gould is among the few

By “Ben Franklin”, A m e r i c a n  P o s t – G a z e t t e
In the inexorable march of time past the vernal equinox, the desert sun takes its toll on all of us, as it pushes temperatures toward and over the 100 degree mark. Yes, it is a dry heat, but 5% humidity perform all too well as a desiccant, that drains the energy, and sometimes life, out of man, beast and plant alike as our bright sun rises higher and higher. Were it not for mechanical air conditioning, we humans would be hard pressed to live here in the Valley of the Sun during the warm months.

As with all things man made, sometimes air conditioners need repairs, and it seems, these breakdowns usually occur when our coffers are the most empty. Our state GOP has been running lean lately, and as luck would have it, the AC broke down at party headquarters not too long ago leaving the people who work there at the mercy of the weather.

Enter Senator Ron Gould, stage right. As soon as Ron found out there was a problem with the AC, he immediately went to see what he could do. Ron Gould, you see, is an HVAC contractor in Lake Havasu City. He did not have to volunteer. The man has more than enough to do considering his position at the legislature as well as his business, but like good conservatives everywhere, Gould stepped up to the plate without a second thought. This is the do-yourself attitude that built this nation and brought it to preeminence. How lucky we are that years of the entitlement mentality have not yet stamped out the can do spirit that made America great.

We at A m e r i c a n  P o s t – G a z e t t e salute Senator Ron Gould. Thanks to him, the good volunteers of the GOP can get back to what they do best, no longer in danger of resembling burgers on the “barbie”, medium-rare to medium-well. With more folks like Ron Gould, perhaps all of us Americans can get back to what we do best, and revive this country as the beacon of the free world.

Your health care doesn’t need a middleman

by Diane Cohen
Goldwater Institute

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the growing trend of “direct to consumer” lab testing, where people are able to order their own lab tests via the Internet without the need for costly doctor visits. Through a variety of labs available online, consumers can order tests ranging from checking cholesterol levels and blood sugar to a wide variety of more comprehensive testing.

The Journal article focuses on a woman who wants to closely monitor her cholesterol levels but has a high-deductible insurance plan. According to the article, she orders the tests herself using an online service that charges about $40 for the test, which, she states “cut[s] out the middleman.”

The labs post their prices on websites, fostering competition in the marketplace and enabling people to shop around for labs that best meet their medical and financial needs. These labs also complement health care savings accounts by giving patients affordable options and the ability to make informed choices about how to spend their health care savings.

With rising insurance rates, deductibles, and co-pays, these labs offer accessibility and discounted rates that provide an affordable and convenient way for consumers to take charge of their health care.

The free market can fill consumers’ need for affordable health care options. Efforts to contain health care costs should start with real reform, which would give Americans more liberty instead of government-imposed mandates such as Obamacare.

Diane Cohen is a senior attorney for the Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation.

Learn More:

Goldwater Institute: Top Medicare official predicts federal reform will hurt health care

Goldwater Institute: Coons v. Geithner (lawsuit challenging health care law)

Wall Street Journal: Worried about cholesterol? Order your own tests

Rep. Schweikert honors the troops on Memorial Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 30, 2011
CONTACT: Rachel Semmel

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) issued the following statement in honor of Memorial Day:

“We live in the freest, safest, and most prosperous nation on earth. However, this blessing has not come without a price.

“Our country has been born and bred through the selfless courage of our brave men and women in uniform. We are daily indebted to our armed forces, especially those troops from Arizona, who have fought and are continuing to fight to defend our freedom and protect us at home and abroad.

“Abraham Lincoln said it best when he addressed our nation’s defenders, ‘to you who render the hardest work in its support should be given the greatest credit…we cannot get along without your aid.’

“Joyce and I are honored to represent Arizona during today’s ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery for our first Memorial Day in Congress.

“With gratitude, we will remember all who have endured hardships, wounds, and even death so that our nation may live.

“I remain humbled and inspired by our soldiers and am committed to providing them with the resources and support they deserve. To all our troops I say, ‘thank you for your service.’”

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Supervisor Pete Rios’ Popularity Death Spiral

At the close of the Board Meeting last week, a Pinal County citizen stood to address the Board of Supervisors. As usual, Supervisor Rios told the citizen that he had only three minutes.

 The Pinal County citizen began by mentioning that over a year ago, State budget cuts and cost shifts could be anticipated. The citizen continued to respectfully address the Board of Supervisors. Suddenly, Pete Rios and fellow Supervisor David Snider started laughing and smiling at some inside joke, totally ignoring the citizen speaker. It was a display of utter contempt to and for a citizen of Pinal County.

Finally, the Pinal County citizen addressed Supervisor Rios directly: “Supervisor Rios, do you want to share with us what is so funny?”

Pete Rios immediately grabbed the gavel, pounding it furiously on the desk, yelling,” You’re out of order,” repeatedly. Spittle could be seen on Supervisor Rios’ quivering lips. Rios lost control. His behavior was bizarre and reflected badly on himself, the Board of Supervisors and Pinal County.

The Pinal County citizen stood his ground proudly. He had not disrespected the Mr. Rios or the Board. It was Pete Rios who brought disgrace upon himself and his fellow Board Supervisors.

Almost immediately, the Board of Supervisors meeting degenerated to a close and fellow citizens rush to congratulate not Pete Rios but Vince Leach, the honest citizen who called Pete Rios on his disrespectful behavior.

Leaving the Supervisors’ meeting room, I overheard a disgruntled citizen commenting about Pete Rios and his behavior, ‘These guys think they walk on water . . . until you flush it.”

Not Thelda Williams Truth Website Debuts!

It’s not difficult to see that Phoenix City Councilwoman Thelda Williams does not represent the views of her district.

This website is dedicated to informing the voters and residents of Phoenix Council District One about the out-of-touch voting record of Councilwoman Williams. Over the years, she has consistently voted against the interests of her district.

This site will detail her votes for more taxes, more spending, unions, special interests and more government.

Our goal is to make sure the voters are fully informed about Thelda Williams and empowered to make the right choice by voting her out of office and into retirement.

Visit Not Thelda Williams.

 

Tonight on the Alexander & Goldman Show: ALRA announces new radio show, Charlie Ellis for Phoenix City Council & Medicare bill fail

Tonight from 6-7pm on the Alexander & Goldman Show we will have Rey Torres and other members from the Arizona Latino Republican Association (ALRA) talk about their new radio show, which debuts next week and will run in the 7-8pm slot after our show on Saturday nights. Alice Lara and Rey have helped us greatly producing our show, and we hope to continue our close association with ALRA.

Charlie Ellis of ALRA is running for Phoenix City Council, District 5 (West Phoenix) and will join us to discuss his campaign. There will be a reception in my home for him this Friday from 6-8pm. Please join us and hear about his plans for Phoenix.

We will also discuss the Senate defeat of the GOP Medicare plan and if there’s time, the Supreme Court upholding Arizona’s employer sanctions law, and Obama’s remarks to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s about going back to pre-1967 borders and Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.

Last week’s show on why gas prices are so high and ASU’s illegal immigrant valedictorian is archived here.

Please call in at 602.508.0960 and let us know your thoughts. Tune in locally to KKNT 960 AM or listen live online at KKNT960.com, which you can access by clicking here. Click here to get weekly email updates on our upcoming shows.