Archives for July 2011

Rep. Quayle To Support Budget Control Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2011
CONTACT: Richard Cullen

WASHINGTON (DC) Congressman Ben Quayle (R-AZ) released the following statement in support of the Budget Control Act of 2011:

“I came to Washington with two main goals in mind: getting the economy going again and reducing the size and scope of government. I will vote for the Budget Control Act because I am committed to these goals. While it’s not perfect, the Budget Control Act is an important first step that puts in place structural spending reforms and cuts, requires passage of a balanced budget amendment, stands firm against tax increases and ensures that America pays its bills.

“Importantly, the Budget Control Act achieves our long-standing demand that spending reductions be greater than any debt ceiling increase. And unlike Senator Harry Reid’s plan, the reductions and caps are real.

“While we wait for this debate to progress, it’s important to remember how much the debate in Washington has shifted over the past few months. Until recently, the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats insisted on a clean debt ceiling increase devoid of any spending reductions. By standing firm, Republicans have forced Congressional Democrats and the White House to abandon that reckless demand. These efforts will ensure the debate over restoring fiscal sanity remains at the forefront.”

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John McCain, A Horde or Hobbits & The Tea Party Fallout

I’m going to try to remain as objective as I can in this post. After all, I’m only reporting what happened over the last 24 hours when our good friend, Senator John McCain, went all mavericky on the floor of the Senate by endorsing a Wall Street Journal article ridiculing the Tea party.  Here is the video clip that caused war to break out between Middle Earth and the “City of Satan.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2BCR7MEiMY

McCain’s remarks brought the conservative side of the GOP (isn’t that the majority?) to arms prompting swift responses from the likes of Sean Hannity who called McCain out on his remarks. McCain attempted to explain it away as follows:

From Glenn Beck:

And from former Tea Party Republican Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle:

One man in Washington, who chose Sarah Palin to be his VP running-mate and came to Nevada to campaign for me last year in the Senate race against Harry Reid, is now promoting attacks against Tea Party activists, ordinary American citizens, and fiscally conservative members of Congress — all of whom are adamantly opposed to continuing the deficit-spending strategies proposed by some congressional members and the president.

Ironically, this man campaigned for Tea Party support in his last re-election, but now throws Christine O’Donnell and I into the harbor with Sarah Palin. As in the fable, it is the hobbits who are the heroes and save the land. This Lord of the TARP actually ought to read to the end of the story and join forces with the Tea Party, not criticize it.

Former Tea Party Republican Maryland Senate candidate, Christine O’Donnell, also let loose on our senior Senator when she posted on her Facebook page:

I think that it is inappropriate to insult the judgment of the majority of Republicans in Nevada and Delaware and that the implication that nominating RINOs somehow means we win was irrefutably disproven by McCain’s own presidential candidacy debacle. After that nightmare, McCain had to veer right so fast he almost got whiplash from all his flip-flopping just to keep his Senate seat. It doesn’t help him to attack those conservatives and Tea Partiers who graciously gave him another chance to keep his job.

But perhaps everyone is wanting to know what McCain’s former running mate, Governor Sarah Palin, is thinking about the Senator’s remarks attacking the Tea Party, which is her strongest base.

Without injecting my own opinion – I’m only reading from the news accounts – I’d like to know what our readers are thinking.

 

Rep. David Schweikert on CNBC with Rep. Yarmuth discussing debt

In case you missed it, Congressman David Schweikert was on CNBC’s Power Lunch with Congressman John Yarmuth discussing the current situation with our national debt crisis.

Jim Waring Receives Endorsement of Sheriff Paul Babeu & Councilman Bill Gates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2011
CONTACT: Jim Waring

Phoenix, AZ – Jim Waring, Republican Candidate for Phoenix City Council, proudly announced today that his campaign has been endorsed by Sheriff Paul Babeu and Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates.

“Jim Waring has an unmatched record as a taxpayer watchdog and supporter of tough laws that have reduced drunk driving and domestic violence. As a veteran, I know that we’ve seldom had a better friend in public office than Jim Waring.” said Babeu. “Phoenix is by far the biggest city in Arizona. For our state to work, we desperately need Phoenix to work. I have worked hard to bring transparency and honest government to Pinal County, and wherever good candidates like Waring seek to do the same, they will have my support.”

Councilman Bill Gates had this to say, “Today I announced that I am endorsing Jim Waring for Phoenix City Council District 2. Jim has been a good friend for many years and will be a great ally to have at City Hall.”

“Sheriff Babeu and Councilman Gates are long time friends, and I am pleased to have received their endorsements. Councilman Gates and Sheriff Babeu are working hard to make the City of Phoenix and State of Arizona a better place. I look forward to working closely with Councilman Gates to make sure that we do what is right for the citizens of Phoenix,” said Waring.

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Jim Waring is the Republican candidate for Phoenix City Council in District 2. He previously served in the Arizona State Senate from 2003 – 2010, where he was named Champion of the Taxpayer for his efforts to reign in government spending and reduce waste. 

To learn more, visit JimWaring.com.

 

Jennifer Wright Garners More Endorsements from Leading Conservatives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2011
CONTACT: Michael Marshall

WRIGHT GARNERS MORE ENDORSEMENTS FROM LEADING CONSERVATIVES WHILE THE GREATER PHOENIX CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SNUBS WRIGHT FOR DEBATE

PHOENIX, AZ (July 28) – Mayoral candidate Jennifer Wright is pleased to announce the endorsements of several more conservative leaders, including Arizona State Senator Andy Biggs (R-22); Arizona State Representatives Judy Burges (R-4), Jack Harper (R-4), Carl Seel (R-6), and David Burnell Smith (R-7); John Corey Wentling, Chairman of Arizona Citizens Defense League; and Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, a.k.a. “Joe the Plumber.”

The additional endorsements signals ever-increasing momentum in the Wright campaign. In just a few short months, mayoral candidate Jennifer Wright has gone from virtual unknown to primary contender in the Phoenix Mayor’s race, with leading political pundits predicting Wright is poised to make it to the November run-off election.

At the same time, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has opted to exclude Wright from the August 15th televised debate they are hosting on KPHO, citing Wright’s failure to raise $50,000 by May 31. Wright entered the race on May 6, turning in her signatures to qualify for the ballot on May 30, and chose not to begin active fundraising until June, when she qualified for the ballot.

“While I respect the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s right as a private organization to select debate participants, I am deeply disappointed in the Chamber’s decision. Phoenix voters deserve to hear from all candidates who have qualified for the ballot in order to make an informed decision regarding the mayoral election,” stated Wright. “Money alone should not be a reason to exclude someone from a debate. This exclusion symbolizes everything that is wrong in politics, and everything society is fighting against on a local and national level.”

Today’s endorsements comes on the heels of the previously announced endorsements of Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce (R-18), former Congressman J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ), Arizona Senator Linda Gray (R-10) and the support from Arizona Freedom Alliance, a group comprised of 26 Arizona Tea Party organizations.

Campaigning on a platform of creating an environment where jobs and opportunities flourish, communities are safe and secure, and city government is run with fiscal responsibility, Wright has been hailed as the only true conservative in the race for Phoenix mayor.

A lawyer, economist, mother and activist with the Tea Party, Wright is seen by many as the most likely candidate to challenge the field of entrenched political interests running for the office of Mayor.

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Sheriff Babeu to endorse Waring, Gates for Phoenix City Council and Oppose DiCiccio Recall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2011
CONTACT: Chris DeRose

Supports bringing fiscal sanity and transparency to City Hall

Sheriff Paul Babeu announced today that he will endorse Jim Waring in Council District 2 and the re-election of Councilman Bill Gates in Council District 3. “I’ve been privileged to know these two exemplary public officials for years. Bill Gates has been a tireless voice on the council for fiscal sanity and public safety. Jim Waring has an unmatched record as a taxpayer watchdog and supporter of tough laws that have reduced drunk driving and domestic violence. As a veteran, I know that we’ve seldom had a better friend in public office than Jim Waring.”

Sheriff Babeu will also announce his opposition to the recall of Councilman Sal Diciccio. “Nobody has done more than Sal Diciccio to shine a spotlight on the practices at City Hall. He has been targeted for favoring a government of, by, and for the people — not of, by, and for the insiders. All Arizonans have a vested interest in keeping him right where he is — asking the tough questions and demanding the public get answers.”

“Phoenix is by far the biggest city in Arizona. For our state to work, we desperately need Phoenix to work. I have worked hard to bring transparency and honest government to Pinal County, and wherever good candidates like Diciccio, Gates, and Waring seek to do the same, they will have my support.”

The endorsement will take place on Thursday, July 28th, at the Arizona State Capitol at noon. Press and members of the public are welcome.

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Western Free Press Interviews Charlie Ellis, Phoenix City Council Candidate, District 5

Western Free Press’ Brad Zinn interviews Charlie Ellis, announced candidate for the Phoenix City Council from District 5.

Western Free Press is dedicated to generating public dialogue on Arizona’s most important issues and figures. 

Time to Speak Up!

90 Seconds to National Debt Crisis

Rep Schweikert: ‘The President still hasn’t put something on paper’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 27, 2011
CONTACT: Rachel Semmel

“The President still hasn’t put something on paper, pretends to be a genuine partner”

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, went on FOX News’ Happening Now with Jon Scott to discuss the disingenuous talk coming from the White House and the need to pass a solution that will curve our debt. Below is the video and excerpts from the interview:

ON PRESIDENT’S SO-CALLED “BALANCED APPROACH

“Some of the phone calls we had in our office are people are asking us to vote for the President’s plan. The President still hasn’t put something on paper yet, and yet they pretend like they’re actually being a genuine partner in this negotiation.”

“His plan is ethereal, it’s air. How do you score a speech? Look, my great frustration is from the White House. We’re seeing Campaigner-in-Chief, not someone that’s trying to put together a plan that’s good for this country because we don’t have a plan that’s on paper from him. How do you deal with that? Once again over here in the House we’re doing the heavy lifting. We have never gotten something from the Senate. We did our Cut, Cap and Balance, we also did a budget bill. We still get nothing from the Senate, we get nothing from the White House, and we’re taking the responsibility for actually doing the drafting and doing the heavy lifting around here.”

ON GOP ONLY CONTROLLING HALF OF ONE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT

“I need to even take that a bit further. A lot of us got elected both with Tea Party Conservatives, but even a number of moderate Democrats that understand we’re in real financial trouble. This is much more than raising the debt ceiling. Go back and read the Moody’s letter and the S&P letter. This is about the scale of our debt, and we do some crazy things in this country. Do you know we guarantee sovereign debt for Egypt? We have huge liabilities out there–monstrous. That’s the real battle. And I’m hoping that this, in some ways, is just the first salvo in saving us fiscally.”

ON THE PRESIDENT’S DEMAGOGUERY

“What he’s overstating is the consequences, the mechanics. And it would be a much more honest, genuine discussion not to walk in and say, we’re going to default. We’re not going to default. Default is not paying the interest on the coupons on the bonds we’ve sold. It would be a much more genuine and honest discussion if we talked about the one-third of Federal spending. One-third of this Federal Government that exists solely on borrowing. That actually, in many ways, a bigger, more honest and more difficult discussion.”

“One other thing, when the President goes up to a microphone and says, ‘the depreciation on jets, the taxing of all fossil fuels, or even the Bush/Obama tax extensions’… do you realize all those together, if they were eliminated, takes care of one-half an hour of borrowing a day? This is political theater that comes from the White House, not honest help.”

ON SPEAKER BOEHNER’S PLAN

“First off, with the Speaker himself. Look, I grew up around politics. Speaker Boehner is singularly one of the most impressive people I’ve met in my life. On the Boehner plan, I’m one of those leaning ‘no’ on the plan. I’m waiting to see the new scoring because it is about the math. We need to do something that’s genuine and honest, but much more. The markets like S&P and Moody’s are going to downgrade us unless we put together a package; that’s big enough. And even then, I’m fearful of anything that can get through the Senate because the Left is just apoplectic. We are going to get a downgrade. Now, for future discussion we should actually have a discussion on what that will really mean in the markets.”

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