Jeff Flake on Paul Ryan, Ryan Budget, Department of Education

AZ Family TV-3′s Dennis Welch reports on US Congressman and US Senate candidate, Jeff Flake, and his response to the VP pick of Paul Ryan.

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Obama Recruited Richard Carmona As Part of Democrats’ Election-Year Ploy to Sway Latinos

PHOENIX – As federal immigration authorities in Arizona begin today to implement the Obama Administration’s new “deferred action” immigration plan, Arizonans should be reminded that in addition to suing Arizona for enforcing immigration laws, the Obama Administration also previously injected itself into Arizona’s political landscape when Barack Obama personally called Richard Carmona to urge him to run for office and become one of Arizona’s U.S. Senators. Arizona Republican Party Chairman Tom Morrissey yesterday called Obama’s plan to sway Latino voters a “sad campaign ploy.”

In June, Obama announced a new policy to allow young illegal immigrants that meet certain criteria to apply for temporary “deferred action” or an exemption from deportation from the federal government.

“Congress already rejected this half-hearted immigration reform, so President Obama did an end-run around Congress to buy time to get more Democrats like Richard Carmona elected,” said Tim Sifert, spokesman for the Arizona Republican Party. “Obama and his Democrats have a record on immigration that is as bad as their record on jobs and the economy, and simply putting another Democrat like Richard Carmona in the mix is not the solution.”

BACKGROUND:

President Barack Obama & Democrat Leader Harry Reid Personally Recruited Richard Carmona

“On September 23, President Obama called Richard Carmona to encourage him to run,” said one Democratic strategist. (Alexander Burns, Obama courts Ariz. Senate candidate, may contest state ‘heavily’, Politico, 10/06/11)

Carmona is one of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s favorite candidates and was personally courted by President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to get into the race. (David Catanese, Bivens clears the way for Carmona, Politico, 3/27/2012)

Obama personally called Carmona and asked him to run, and Carmona told The Hill in February that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (Wash.) were also among those who reached out to court him. (Josh Lederman, Democrat Bivens drops out of Arizona Senate primary, clearing way for Carmona, The Hill, 3/27/2010)

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Meghan McCain does AZPBS’ Horizon for her latest book tour

Meghan McCain appeared on Arizona PBS’ Horizon recently promoting her new book, America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom.

What may come as a shock to conservatives and libertarians is her call for federal regulation of the internet (7:28) over anonymous posts.

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Apparently, Meghan’s father initially was not happy about the title of her book.

You can order your copy here.

The 2012 Legislative Report Card is out

The annual Goldwater Institute Legislative Report Card scores Arizona lawmakers on their support of principles of limited constitutional government. Each piece of legislation is assessed in one of four categories for whether it expands liberty consistent with the Arizona Constitution, or restricts liberty.

This report card assesses 517 votes. Average scores were 56 percent in the House and 59 percent in the Senate, indicating that slightly more votes upheld liberty than undermined it. These scores are respectively 23 percent and 20 percent higher than the scores first reported in 2003. The increase reflects a long-term trend of improvement in voting patterns. Education scores, in particular, were sharply higher in both major parties this year. The highest overall score was Sen. Steve Smith’s 76 percent. Rep. Eddie Farnsworth received the highest score in the House, which was 73 percent. These high scorers received overall grades of A-. As in 2011, not a single legislator in this year’s report received an overall score of A or higher.

Beyond the individual legislator grades, this report card includes an assessment of each bill’s impact on the status quo with “high impact,” “moderate impact,” and “incremental impact” categories. It reveals a significant narrowing of the difference in voting patterns between the major political parties with respect to high-impact bills as compared to prior years. This year the difference between the parties with regard to high impact bills was only 37 points; in 2011, by contrast, the difference was a dramatic 71 points. No such dramatic narrowing of scores occurred with regard to moderate or incremental impact bills.

The 2012 Legislative Report Card also compares traditionally funded and publicly funded candidates. As with all previous years, the source of campaign funding appears to have no significant impact on voting behavior.

The report card is not an absolute measure of a legislator’s merit and does not constitute any endorsement. It is meant to be a tool for general research and for accountability, helping voters assess the work of their elected representatives.

To read the report and to see how your legislators did, click here.

Jonathan Paton’s pledge: Preserve and protect Medicare and Social Security

First step is repealing ObamaCare, which cut more than $700 billion from Medicare

Jonathan Paton is reiterating his pledge to preserve and protect Social Security and Medicare, a program Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick voted to cut by more than $700 billion to fund ObamaCare.

“I pledge to the voters of Congressional District 1 that I will work to preserve and protect Medicare and Social Security,” Paton said. “I oppose any legislation that makes changes to benefits or care for those at or near retirement, that cuts benefits or that privatizes either program. Seniors have paid into these programs for years, and we must fulfill our promise to them. That starts with repealing ObamaCare and its more than $700 billion in Medicare cuts, which I completely oppose.”

Ann Kirkpatrick’s vote for ObamaCare in 2010 cut more than $700 billion from Medicare, according to the latest report from the Congressional Budget Office. By raiding Medicare, Kirkpatrick pushed the program closer to bankruptcy, not only putting Medicare in danger moving forward but also impacting benefits for current seniors. In Arizona, more than 900,000 seniors rely on Medicare.

ObamaCare also instituted the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a panel of unelected and unaccountable federal bureacrats who will make decisions about seniors care and benefits.

“The only way to stop these cuts and put seniors back in control of their health care decisions is to repeal ObamaCare,” Paton said. “Ann Kirkpatrick and Barack Obama have put seniors benefits in jeopardy. Their plan is bankrupcy. I pledge I will work to preserve and protect Medicare and Social Security benefits for seniors, like my own father who relies on this care.”

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Leah Campos Schandlbauer Makes 9 Commitments to the 9th District

As we approach a primary that will decide whether Republicans will field a competitive candidate in this fall’s pivotal election, I wanted to share with you 9 commitments that I am making to Congressional District 9.

In Congress, I will:

  1. Work every day to be a voice and vote for life, economic freedom, and individual liberty
  2. Support pro-growth policies that create jobs and invigorate the economy
  3. Fight crony capitalism by ending subsidies to politically-favored businesses
  4. Vote to repeal and replace Obamacare
  5. Maintain open communication with constituents by hosting at least 12 town hall meetings every year in the 9th District
  6. Oppose all tax increases and work to reform our overly complex tax code
  7. Respond to all constituent requests and inquiries within 72 hours whenever possible
  8. Drive efforts to cut spending and add a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  9. Secure the border and modernize our broken federal immigration system

Too many people get elected to Congress and then seem to immediately forget why they ran for the office in the first place. I’m running to defend life, liberty, and free enterprise. Doing these things will require real spending cuts that will reduce the size of our government.

As we work toward these goals, it’s important to recognize that with our bloated federal government currently intruding into so many aspects of our lives, citizens often appeal to their representative in Congress for help navigating the bureaucratic morass. I will work everyday to provide the best possible service to my constituents. My office will be open, friendly and responsive.

These nine commitments will guide my actions while in office. As primary day approaches, I hope you will take a few minutes to talk to your friends, neighbors and family in CD 9 about this election. This district could send an Obama-supporting ally of Nancy Pelosi to Congress this fall, but with your help and your vote on August 28th, we can make sure this district is a voice and a vote for freedom.

About The Campaign
In Congress, Leah will defend our free enterprise system and work to balance the budget. She has been endorsed by Arizona Right to Life, Citizens United Conservative Victory Fund, CatholicVote.org, U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) and former ASU quarterback Andrew Walter. Congressional District 9 is a new seat that includes all of Tempe and Ahwatukee along with parts of Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Mesa, Scottsdale and Chandler.

About Leah
Leah served for more than a decade around the world as an operations officer for the CIA’s Clandestine Service. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and attended Rhodes Junior High School in Mesa and Seton Catholic High School in Chandler. Leah has four children with her husband, Alfred, a Foreign Service Officer currently serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. Department of State. A lifelong conservative and strong believer in the principles of economic liberty and limited government, Leah will be a voice and vote for freedom in Congress. For more information, please visit www.leahforcongress.com.

Travis Grantham: Time to End Washington D.C.’s Business as Usual

Tempe – Travis Grantham candidate for Congress in Arizona’s 9th Congressional District released his third radio ad today titled, “Business as Usual.” The ad calls to end Washington D.C.’s continuous failed policies.

“One of the biggest problems in Washington D.C. is the entrenched business as usual mindset. Business as usual is not working for anyone in America except for the Washington D.C. special interests. Budget increases are not paving a way to economic recovery but the Democrats in Washington D.C. are adamant about continuing their policies that have clearly stymied growth and prolonged unemployment.” 

“Federal Agencies and Departments should be rewarded not punished for cutting budgets. They should be turning back dollars each year – not wasting our money to justify their next budget increase. Throughout the campaign I have been clear that I support repealing Obamacare, I will fight the out of control spending and I will attack this root problem by fighting to end the practice of “use it or lose it” when it comes to spending our money. It’s time to push restart. It’s time to send non-career politicians to Washington D.C. who will support policies that will help revive our great Republic. ” 

Click here to hear the radio ad.

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RNC Releases Graphic “Mr. President, We Have A Few Questions”

WASHINGTON – The Republican National Committee is out with a new graphic “Mr. President, We Have A Few Questions” that includes 10 questions that President Obama needs to answer. It has been nearly eight weeks since he has taken questions from the White House press corps, yet he’s had time to jet around the country raising money for his campaign. When will President Obama take responsibility for the economy and his staff’s behavior and quit dodging the tough questions?

“America faces tough challenges with high unemployment and exploding debt, yet President Obama hasn’t answered questions from the White House press corps in nearly eight weeks,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. “His administration is also embroiled in controversy and his campaign will not own up to the outrageous rhetoric being peddled by the Obama Super PAC and Vice President Biden. Why won’t President Obama take questions? Does he have something to hide? The American people deserve answers.”

Ron Barber Slashed Medicare to Pay for ObamaCare

Even After Historic Electoral Losses, Arizona Dem Continues to Prioritize Government Healthcare Takeover Over Preserving Medicare

WASHINGTON — Obama’s deputy campaign manager recently boasted that his party did in fact cut over $700 billion to Medicare in order to fund their government healthcare takeover. How can Ron Barber proudly campaign in Arizona while ObamaCare threatens seniors’ access to their hard-earned healthcare coverage and puts 15 unelected bureaucrats in charge of their healthcare decisions?

“Ron Barber ensured the devastating impact of his massive government takeover of healthcare by voting to keep $741 billion in cuts to seniors’ Medicare,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. “Just like when House Democrats lost their majority in 2010, this November will be another referendum on Democrats like Ron Barber who have chosen to run with ObamaCare.”

The latest CBO estimate for ObamaCare’s Medicare cuts are $741 billion – $240 billion more than they first estimated. (“Estimates for the Insurance Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act Updated for the Recent Supreme Court Decision,” Congressional Budget Office, July 2012)

Obama’s party touts devastating cuts to Medicare in order to pay for their healthcare takeover:

“‘On top of the savings we’ve already achieved. You know I heard Mitt Romney deride the $700 billion cuts in Medicare that the president achieved through health care reform,’ said [Obama’s deputy campaign director Stephanie] Cutter.” (Daniel Halper, “Obama Campaign Defends President’s $700 Billion Cuts to Medicare,” The Weekly Standard, 8/12/2012)