Mayor John Lewis Endorses Kirk Adams for Congress

EAST VALLEY – Gilbert Mayor John Lewis has endorsed Kirk Adams for Congress. Regarding his support, Lewis said, “We have two good men running to represent the East Valley. I have had the privilege of working with Kirk Adams the past few years and seeing his focus on economic development and bringing jobs to Arizona. His jobs bill and focus on tax cuts have been helpful to Arizona’s recovery. I appreciate his energy and focus on fiscal responsibility and business development.”

Kirk Adams said of Mayor Lewis. “I am grateful to call Mayor Lewis a friend. He is one of the finest men I know both in politics and in life. He is a collaborator who brings people together, and knows how to promote Gilbert and the East Valley’s interests. I am grateful to have his support.”

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About Kirk Adams
Kirk Adams is son of Linda and Dave Adams. He is a life long resident of the East Valley. Kirk is a husband, father, and small businessman with 20 employees. After joining the state House in 2006, he became so frustrated by the unwillingness and inability of Republicans in the Legislature to stand up for their conservative principles that he launched a long-shot campaign to oust the veteran Speaker of the House. Adams shocked the Republican establishment and political class, winning the Speakership at only 35 years of age.

Adams turned the tide in the House and put Arizona back on the path to fiscal responsibility with an aggressive agenda of reform, courageously taking on some of the most challenging issues in Arizona. His campaign is endorsed and chaired by Senator Jon Kyl.

Adams, a lifelong East Valley resident, lives in Mesa with his wife JaNae Soelberg Adams and their five children.

To learn more visit http://www.youtube.com/kirkadams

Schweikert on Bloomberg discussing Jamie Dimon Testimony

Rep. Schweikert went on Bloomberg TV to discuss Jamie Dimon’s testimony to the U.S. Committee on Financial Services.

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Congressman Gosar Votes to Get Big Government Out of The Way

Legislation will grow the economy, protect the environment and promote renewable energy production 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, DDS (R-AZ) voted for the Conservation and Economic Growth Act (H.R.2578) a package of 14 Natural Resources Committee bills that will create new American jobs, grow the economy, and protect the environment.

“Each of these bills has one thing in common; they get the Federal Government out of the way of Arizona’s families and businesses. I represent rural Arizona and over the past year I have met with thousands of people in my district who have asked me to stop the unnecessary government intervention in their lives,” said Congressman Paul Gosar. 

“These bills allow our ranchers to prosper, permit our Border Patrol to better protect our border, and give states more power in utilizing resources to support public target ranges. Unnecessary federal regulations are stifling job creation and slowing down progress throughout Arizona. I will continue to do whatever I can to free Arizonans from the grip of federal bureaucrats that are out of touch with our great state.”

The Conservation and Economic Growth Act includes three particular pieces of legislation that address the priorities of rural Arizonans.  Congressman Gosar has long advocated for these bills, helping navigate them out of the House Natural Resources Committee.

1) The “Grazing Improvement Act of 2012” (Title XI) (H.R. 4234) which will improves and streamlines the process for renewing livestock grazing permits. It also extends the life of permits to provide more certainty and stability to the livestock grazing community in the face of constant environmental legal challenges.  Read the full text of H.R. 4234, the “Grazing Improvement Act of 2012” here.

2) The “National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act” (Title XIV) (H.R. 1505): This bill is a common sense measure to improve border security by ensuring that Border Patrol has access to federal lands along the border and is not held back from doing its job by bureaucratic red tape. Read the full text of H.R. 1505, the “National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act” here.

3) The “Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act” (Title XII) (H.R. 3065): This bill supports recreational shooting by providing states greater flexibility to use their Pittman-Robertson funds to establish, expand and maintain public target ranges.  Read the full text of H.R. 3065, the “Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act” here. 

Read statements from law enforcement, recreation, farming and ranching organizations here. 

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Wil Cardon Announces Support from the Students for Wil Coalition

Phoenix, Arizona – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Wil Cardon is proud to announce support from the Students for Wil Coalition. The group is made up of dozens of ASU students led by Chairman Nasser Kompani. Kompani is a native Arizonan born to parents who both legally emigrated from Iran in pursuit of the American dream. Nasser is a pre-law student involved in numerous groups on campus including, ASU Students for Mitt, Political Science Honors Society, Campus Recreation Student Advisory Board and ASU Game Day Spirit Committee.

The Students for Wil Coalition is backing Wil, in large part, because of his plan to get the economy back on track and get Arizonans back to work. In the past few years it’s become more and more difficult for recent college grads to find jobs. But the group believes Wil’s business experience and acumen will change that. For his part, Wil is proud to have Nasser, and all the students, on his team. He’s excited that his conservative message of creating jobs, securing our border and protecting families resonates with the younger generation of Arizonans.

About Wil Cardon:

Wil is a business owner, a fifth-generation Arizonan, a father of five and a true conservative who is willing to step away from his successful business ventures to serve the people of Arizona. He grew up in a family business where as a young man he worked on the construction crew and made change at the family’s gas stations. He went to both Brigham Young and Stanford for his undergraduate degree and earned an MBA from Harvard. He came back to Arizona to be a part of the family business where he has created hundreds of jobs over the past 20 years – a debt free business that has thrived by investing in our community.

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Lake Havasu City Mayor Mark Nexsen Endorses Dr. Kelli Ward

Lake Havasu City, AZ – Dr. Kelli Ward, candidate for the Arizona State Senate in Legislative District 5, announces the endorsement of Lake Havasu City Mayor Mark Nexsen. Dr. Ward continues to gain momentum as she receives key endorsements throughout the District such as Kingman Mayor John Salem, the Lake Havasu Police Officers Association and the Mohave Republican Forum.

“I am proud to endorse Dr. Kelli Ward for the office of Arizona State Senator, LD5”, stated Mayor Mark Nexsen. “Kelli fully understands the issues that are facing our cities and towns. She has the leadership qualities and keen analytical sense to understand and solve the issues facing our state. I look forward to casting my vote for Dr. Kelli Ward on August 28, 2012.”

Dr. Ward is honored to receive the endorsement of Mayor Nexsen. She shares Mayor Nexsen’s strong belief that the best government is the government closest to the people and that the state should not shift its responsibilities to balance its own budget to counties and cities. “I believe that the endorsements of our local city leaders like Mayor Nexsen are far more important than distant organizations that may not have the same priorities that we have in Mohave and La Paz Counties. I am dedicated to improving our economic development and bringing additional good paying, skilled jobs to our district. I value my relationship with our local leaders and look forward to working with them to improve the opportunities afforded the residents of LD5.”

Dr. Kelli Ward is a conservative Republican candidate from LD5 and lives in Lake Havasu City, AZ with her husband, Dr. Michael Ward, and their three kids Katie, Cameron and Nick. She is a family physician with additional experience in small business, corporate administration, medical education, health policy and public health. She is a mom, Rotarian and military spouse.

Quayle Introduces Bill to Stop Obama’s Immigration Power Play

Ben Quayle

PHOENIX, AZ- On Monday, June 18, Congressman Ben Quayle introduced the “Prohibiting Back-Door Amnesty Act of 2012”. This bill prohibits the Department of Homeland Security from picking winners and losers and blatantly ignoring our laws.

“President Obama’s decision to alter our nation’s immigration laws undermines border security and our entire immigration system. It is disappointing that the President of the United States is so desperate that he has to launch backdoor amnesty orders in an attempt to pander to voters.”

“The American people want their border secured and that must be accomplished now, as I have insisted for two years. The president has refused to honor that plain duty of his office, and now seeks to exercise power he does not have for his own political purposes. His first obligation is to the Constitution, and all of the American people, and not to his re-election calculus.”

“My bill, the ‘Prohibiting Back-Door Amnesty Act of 2012’ will nullify the immigration policy changes outlined by President Obama and Secretary Napolitano. In addition to stopping these policy changes, the bill will also prevent any similar executive overreaches from occurring. It’s time to send a clear message to the President that his clear disdain for our nation’s laws and reversal on border security enforcement will not be accepted.”

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Congressman Ben Quayle was the first to introduce legislation to counteract Obama’s immigration edict. He continues to gain attention for his leadership on the issue of immigration enforcement and border security. The immigration enforcement advocacy group “Numbers USA” recently granted Rep. Quayle an ‘A’ grade, ranking him the highest in the Arizona delegation.

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Pro-Abortion Group Endorses Richard Carmona

After Shedding His Pro-Life Beliefs, Democrat Richard Carmona Gets Endorsed By A Pro-Abortion Group
President Obama Personally Recruited Carmona & Then He Became Pro-Abortion

PHOENIX – While he was Surgeon General, Richard Carmona personally opposed abortion, but after being recruited by President Barack Obama, Carmona suddenly became pro-choice and today Planned Parenthood a far-left liberal organization endorsed him.

In fact, Carmona who has never said anything in support of abortion until this past January, cited abortion as one of the main reasons he was running for the U.S. Senate.

As Fox Tucson reports:

“I looked at some of the issues I have a passion for, the issue of immigration, the issue of women’s rights, things like that these things resonated with me more closely with the Democratic party.” (“Carmona Making Rounds After Announcing Senate Candidacy,” FOX Tucson, 1/18/12)

“One phone call from Barack Obama, and Richard Carmona is suddenly a pro-abortion Democrat with the backing of Planned Parenthood,” said Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert. “Today’s endorsement is yet another reminder that Carmona will be a reliable vote for the far-left’s agenda in Washington.”

BACKGROUND …

Richard Carmona “Personally” Opposed Abortion When Nominated For Surgeon General

Cincinnati Enquirer In 2002: “Dr. Carmona Personally Opposes Abortion.” “Both men were widely praised, but could face resistance in the Senate: Dr. Carmona personally opposes abortion; Dr. Zerhouni advocates stem cell research. The Senate should resist narrow-focus litmus tests and quickly evaluate both men on their qualifications.” (Editorial, “Nominees – Top Medical Posts,” The Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/28/02)

“As He Navigated The Thorny Confirmation Process To Become Surgeon General More Than Nine Years Ago, Richard Carmona’s Position On Abortion Appeared To Be In Line With The Bush Administration.” (David Catanese, “Scrutiny On Carmona’s Abortion Stand,” Politico, 11/17/11)

Then HHS Secretary Thompson Said Carmona Shared The Same Philosophy As President Bush When It Came To Abortion. “Tommy Thompson, then Health and Human Services secretary, said Carmona’s views on the issue had been vetted and told the Arizona Republic the nominee shared the same philosophy as President George W. Bush, who opposed abortion.” (David Catanese, “Scrutiny On Carmona’s Abortion Stand,” Politico, 11/17/11)

Then President Obama Personally Recruited Carmona To Run For The U.S. Senate & Weeks Later He Was Pro-Abortion

“Through A Statement, Carmona Tells Politico He Supports A Woman’s Right To Choose — A Position That That Would Contradict Public Claims Made By The Bush Administration As They Were Cobbling Together Support For His Nomination.” (David Catanese, “Scrutiny On Carmona’s Abortion Stand,” Politico, 11/17/11)

And Carmona Cites Abortion As One Of The Main Reasons He Was Running

Carmona Cited Immigration And Abortion As Reasons To Decide To Run As A Democrat. “I looked at some of the issues I have a passion for, the issue of immigration, the issue of women’s rights, things like that these things resonated with me more closely with the democratic party.” (“Carmona Making Rounds After Announcing Senate Candidacy,” FOX Tucson, 1/18/12)

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Congressman Flake Amends Agriculture Spending Bill to Limit Farm Subsidies to Wealthy Individuals

Government Cannot Afford to Give Subsidies to Individuals Making More Than $250,000 a Year

Washington, D.C. – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today successfully amended the agriculture appropriations bill to prohibit Title I farm subsidy payments for individuals with an adjusted gross income (AGI) of greater than $250,000 annually.

“The federal government cannot afford to hand out subsidies to people who clearly earn enough income to stand on their own,” said Flake. “Giving federal farm subsidies to wealthy individuals is simply indefensible.”

Congressman Flake successfully added similar language to the FY2012 agriculture appropriations bill, but the language was stripped on the House Floor.

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Wil Cardon: Congressman Flake & President Obama: Advocates for Amnesty

Congressman Flake says he does not support comprehensive immigration reform.

BUT…

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In 2007, Congressman Flake co-sponsored a bill promoting comprehensive immigration reform which included amnesty for illegal immigrants. (H.R. 1645)

Sounds a lot like President Obama’s decision to grant amnesty to more than 1 million illegal immigrants…

See For Yourself:

To read President Obama’s latest amnesty plan, click here.

To read Congressman Flake’s STRIVE Act, click here.

To read Wil Cardon’s plan to secure our borders and enforce our country’s rule of law, click here.

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Vernon Parker Campaign Releases Top Line Results of Internal Poll

Tempe, AZ – Today, the Vernon Parker campaign released the top line results of its internal polling. The poll was conducted by American Viewpoint, one of the most widely-respected public opinion research and strategic message consulting firms in the United States. Founded in 1985 by Linda DiVall, the company has established a national reputation for outstanding quantitative and qualitative research in politics, corporate affairs, public policy and government relations. The survey was conducted June 3 and 4 amongst 300 likely Republican primary voters, including a 15% cell phone sample, with a 5.7% margin of error at the 95% confidence level.

Initial Ballot Test:

  • Vernon Parker 21%
  • Wendy Rogers 12%
  • Martin Sepulveda 8%
  • Travis Grantham 4%
  • Lisa Borowsky 2%
  • Leah Campos Schandlbauer 2%
  • Undecided 48%

“These results suggest what most people have known all along, Vernon Parker is the front runner in the race for the Republican nomination to Congress. Added with his strong base line support and key endorsements by President Bush and Mayor Hugh Hallman we expect to continue to increase our vote share,” concluded Brian Murray.

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Superintendent Huppenthal Announces $5M Federal Grant Award to Upgrade Statewide Data System

(Phoenix, Ariz.- June 19, 2012) Superintendent John Huppenthal announced today that the Arizona Dept of Education (ADE) was awarded a $5 million federal grant to advance the development of Arizona’s statewide longitudinal data system. This funding will help the state and its school districts improve students’ academic achievement by enhancing Arizona’s ability to make data driven education decisions.

Specifically, this grant will be used for the development of a dashboard for ADE’s longitudinal data system, providing consolidation and visualization of data that now is randomly and chaotically embedded in a variety of current IT configurations.

“Nothing is more important than the success of our students and this grant will help create a holistic picture of student progress,” said John Huppenthal, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “This funding will provide one more piece of the puzzle in our ultimate goal of an integrated data system that serves the needs of administrators, teachers, parents and students long into the future.”

Since taking office in 2010, Superintendent Huppenthal has made it a priority to address the failing statewide Student Accountability Information system (SAIS) which has been a significant problem for over a decade. SAIS has caused an enormous burden on our school districts, requiring them to spend countless hours and imposing an enormous human resource burden to reconcile errors generated from ADE’s failing IT system.

Over the last two years, ADE has developed partnerships with the Governor’s office, county superintendents, districts and charter schools , community colleges and the universities to build an efficient technology system that will improve accountability by tracking student academic progress.

Together with funds allocated by the Arizona legislature, this grant will help lay the groundwork for replacing the state’s longitudinal data system and give schools more timely information on student enrollment and academic achievement. Aligning with the Governor’s Arizona Education Reform Plan, it will assist our Arizona’s educators by responding to the increasing demands for timely and actionable data across all K-12 schools and throughout Arizona’s diverse, school choice education landscape.

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More Evidence That Health Insurance Drives Up the Cost of Care

By Byron Schlomach, Ph.D.

The Los Angeles Times recently published the price based on payment type for a CT scan at eight hospitals in Southern California. As you can see, cash prices ranged from 6 to 68 percent of the average charge; and insurance prices were 48 to 84 percent of the average charge.

This table is further evidence that using health insurance paid for by employers to insulate patients from the cost of their health care is actually causing health care costs to go up. This year, Senator Nancy Barto sponsored a bill to require hospitals and doctors in Arizona to make cash prices available to patients, a reform the Goldwater Institute has been advocating for three years. This isn’t the sort of regulation we normally champion, but because there is no true market in health care forcing a little transparency would ultimately benefit consumers by lowering prices.

Unfortunately, after making it through the Arizona Senate, the bill was stymied in the House Judiciary committee due to opposition from insurance companies, hospitals, and doctor organizations. One has to wonder why hospitals, doctors, and insurance companies wouldn’t want patients to know the cash price of a medical procedure.

The Obama administration is right about one thing when it comes to health care: we are all likely to be patients. If the federal health reform law is struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court there will be a window of opportunity to advance policies that will actually lower health care costs, like having honest cash prices available to patients.

Dr. Byron Schlomach is the director of the Goldwater Institute’s Center for Economic Prosperity.

Learn more:

Goldwater Institute: Removing the Middleman: What States Can Do to Make Health Care More Responsive to Patients (PDF)

Los Angeles Times: Many hospitals, doctors offer cash discount for medical bills

Arizona State Legislature: Senate Bill 1384

Arizona State Legislature: House Judiciary Committee Hearing, March 13, 2012

Congressman Flake Refuses to Answer Wil Cardon’s Debate Challenge

Phoenix, Arizona – 14 days ago, Wil Cardon’s campaign sent a letter to Congressman Flake challenging him to a head-to-head debate.

So far… NO RESPONSE.

Wil Cardon believes debates are the best way for voters to understand the distinct differences in the candidates and to make the best decision in August. But, apparently the Flake campaign doesn’t agree. Spokesman Andrew Wilder called Wil’s debate challenge “predictable, clunky P.R. stunts”. (Dan Nowicki, “Cardon Wants to Debate Flake One-on-One,” The Arizona Republic, 6/6/12,www.azcentral.com/ )

In the past several months, there have been numerous candidates forums across the state. Wil has participated in many of them. Congressman Flake, however, has ducked many of them, sending a surrogate to read a letter instead. Now that the race has become so competitive, Wil wants a head-to-head debate with Congressman Flake. Unlike a candidates forum, this kind of debate allows for the two principal candidates to interact with each other – it’s an important difference that allows voters to contrast the candidates.

Arizonans deserve to know all they can about the candidates to make the best decision in August. But, it seems Congressman Flake disagrees. 

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