Archives for September 2013

Shawnna Bolick Launches Committee for Arizona House of Representatives in LD-28

“Arizonans come first. No more politics.”

Phoenix, AZ – September 17, 2013- This afternoon, Shawnna Bolick launched the “Elect Bolick for Arizona” committee for Arizona House Legislative District 28 (LD 28).

Today marks the 226th anniversary of the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution. The delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document that they had created. “In celebration of my love for the United States and as a citizen of such a wonderful country and adopted state, there is no better day to officially launch my campaign for Arizona State Representative than Constitution Day,” Bolick stated.

“I am blessed to have tremendous support from my family, friends, past supporters and new supporters who also want a more prosperous Arizona. With the right ideas and citizen legislators, we can ensure one of the most important lines in our Constitution remains ‘We the People.’ The way that this Nation is headed we need to come together and put her back on the right fiscal track. The best place to make that happen is stepping up to serve Arizona, in order to stop further Federal over-reach. More importantly, Arizona is at a crossroads. I believe in taking the road less traveled to help take back our state because it is imperative we maintain our state’s sovereignty, freedom and prosperity,” she said.

Bolick is most interested in running for the Arizona legislature in order to influence the outcome of strong pro-growth, limited government, and free-enterprise ideas. As a means to make Arizona more competitive, Bolick believes devising better low tax policies that provide economic opportunity will encourage a flourishing civil society.

Having worked in the education reform movement for the past 17 years, Shawnna believes her experience makes her the most qualified candidate to take on the district’s Democratic incumbent in the general election. “As a school board member of one of the nation’s top public high schools, I have the toolbox on what it takes to run schools most efficiently with proven results. Our kids deserve the best twenty-first century education and I want to help each child regardless of their zip code have the best educational outcome as possible,” commented Bolick.

Shawnna and Clint, her husband, have two children, Ryne (11) and Kali (8 ½), plus their five year old rescued greyhound, Beary Goldwater.

Follow Shawnna Bolick online at BolickforArizona.com,  Twitter and Facebook.

Congressman Matt Salmon Statement in Remembrance of September 11th Attacks

Washington—Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement in remembrance of the September 11th attacks in the United States of America and in Benghazi, Libya.

“Today, we take a moment to observe the anniversary of the horrific attack on the United States of America that shook the very soul of our nation. Twelve years ago, we were hit, but not defeated. As Americans always do, we stood back up with strong resolve to move forward. Let us remember the brevity of life, the presence of evil in this world, and the strength we see in America’s heroes. We are grateful for their countless acts of courageous service and sacrifice.

“On this day, we also remember the four American service members and diplomats struck down by terrorists one year ago in Benghazi, Libya. We must continue to pursue justice in their name.

“As our nation moves forward from these tragic events, we resolve to never forget and to never stop sacrificing for those values that matter most—life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. May God continue to comfort the families of the victims and heroes, and may God continue to bless the United States of America.”

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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Congressman Matt Salmon Responds to President’s Speech on Syria

Washington—Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, released the following statement in response to President Obama’s address to the nation on Syria:

“Tonight, the President had one more prime opportunity to convince Americans why they should support his plan on Syria. Instead, Americans are left with more confusion and more questions that remain unanswered on what he hopes to accomplish. At a time when the leader of the free world should be leading the charge to build coalitions of other nations, this Administration has sadly exported the duties of diplomacy to Russian President Vladmir Putin. After tonight’s speech, I remain opposed to military intervention in Syria, and I remain disheartened by the lack of leadership coming from this White House.”

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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Wendy Rogers: Congress should vote ‘no’ on Syria

By Lt Col Wendy Rogers (ret)
Republican for Congress

As a fifth generation officer in America’s military, and one of the Air Force’s first 100 women pilots ever, I spent nearly half of my 20-year active duty career overseas. Being devoted to the defense of our great nation and to free people everywhere, I offer the following advice to President Obama and Congress without equivocation:

First, never let the enemy know what we are thinking. And second, never put American troops into harm’s way with an objective short of total victory.

Concerning Syria, both of these rules have been egregiously broken. And for our Congress, now tasked with voting on whether or not to authorize military action, the only responsible vote is no.

The president has put America into a box by declaring a red line that cannot be crossed. Now that the red line has been crossed, he is turning to Congress. He has put us into the untenable position of having committed to a response, so now asks the Congress to decide whether we really should punish Syria for crossing that red line.

To date, more than 1 million Syrians have fled their homes or been made homeless by the bombing. They are part of one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world today. President Obama’s proposed “shot across the bow”, now before Congress to consider, will not alleviate the massive hunger or medical crisis in Syria. In fact, as a career military officer with thousands of pilot hours over foreign countries, I can assure you what Congress is considering will be as ineffective as last year’s $85 billion cut was to reduce our $16 trillion national debt.

While Congress dithers in Washington, and the president continues to vacillate, there are important issues that we, the American people must consider:

First, the situation on the ground is terribly risky. The so-called rebels who comprise the resistance against President Assad are strongly backed by fundamentalist Islamic groups, including Al Qaeda. A previous proposal to send large shipments of military aid to these groups effectively would have been arming the very terrorist groups which target America and our allies.

Second, if these groups were to succeed in overthrowing the Assad regime, there is no guarantee his successor would be any less cruel, any more humane, or any more reasonable with Western powers. As Libya and Egypt have demonstrated, sometimes the devil you don’t know is worse than the devil you do.

And third, what would be the result of military action? As being debated by Congress, would it be a limited military engagement on the order of air strikes against Syria’s air force? What would a strike accomplish? And under any of these scenarios, do we have a coherent and cohesive exit strategy to bring our brave servicemen and women home?

So far, we have heard very little about the real risks involved for our troops, little discussion of a worst-case scenario, and almost no direct answers linking Syria’s crisis to America’s national security. As the pundit and columnist Charles Krauthammer wisely opined, “The problem is not that [President Obama is] not selling his strategy, it is that he doesn’t have a strategy, and that’s the reason everybody, left, right and center has no idea what he’s doing.”

Without clear answers to these questions, and without a compelling reason, why should precious American lives be risked just to fire an ineffectual “shot across the bow”? Until these questions are satisfactorily answered, the only responsible vote in Congress on this action should be no.

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Lt Col Wendy Rogers, USAF (ret) is the Republican candidate for Congress in Arizona’s 9th District, including communities in Phoenix-Sunnyslope to Arcadia and Ahwatukee, as well as south Scottsdale, Tempe, west Mesa, and west Chandler. Find out more about Wendy Rogers at www.WendyRogers.org

MBQF Launches Public Opinion Survey Service – Electric Deregulation Top Issue for Maiden Release

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Public Policy and Public Education Objective of Service

(Scottsdale, AZ) — MBQF Consulting founder and CEO Mike Noble today announced his objective to provide a quarterly service to inform and enlighten Arizonans on the public policy issues being debated in Arizona and around the Nation. Noble, who is not representing or retained by either side of Arizona’s Electric Deregulation debate being considered by the Arizona Corporation Commission, indicated that future topics would concern issues being considered by the Arizona legislature, the Congress of the United States, as well as multiple ballot initiatives.

“Arizona voters are some of the most engaged in the nation,” Noble said. “By helping identify voters public policy attitudes to decision makers and key stakeholders, we are ensuring their concerns are more clearly understood. It helps enhance the quality of discourse in our state and brings more people to the table.”

MBQF surveyed 516 high efficacy Arizona voters between August 5th and 7th, 2013. Voters were given a summary explanation of the deregulation issue, and then asked whether they supported, opposed or were undecided about electric deregulation. Issue explanations were randomized to present the question in a different order to each half of respondents.

Among Arizona high efficacy voters, 32% of respondents say they support deregulation, 41% say they oppose it, and 27% remain undecided. Republicans are split nearly evenly, with 35% supporting deregulation to 38% who oppose it, and 27% still undecided. Just 26% of Democrats support deregulation, while 45% oppose and 28% remain undecided.   Independent voters showed 34% support, 42% oppose and 24% remain undecided.

“A lesson we take from this is that no side in this debate has really gained any huge dominance over the other,” said Noble. “As is so frequently the case, influence rests with the undecided voters, and that puts all the more pressure on the companies and the stakeholders in this debate to develop new and more convincing arguments to reach Arizona citizens.”

For more information about this survey, or a summary of topline data and wording, please contact Mike Noble at the number above. Included in this survey were 516 autodial responses with rotating samples to ensure issue fairness. The Margin of Error for this survey is +/-4.3% at the 95% confidence level.

Stop Pension Spiking / Sign Online Petition

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613 Days and Growing…

The number of days since Mayor Stanton promised he would end pension spiking and after 613 days not one single public meeting or public vote has been scheduled.  “It’s time to end pension spiking, it’s time to keep the promise to end it and it is time to schedule a public meeting and vote. So we now need to go directly to the voters to put the pressure on the politicians” said Councilman Sal DiCiccio.

The online petition can be found at  http://StopPensionSpiking.com

After six letters and a request for a personal meeting with Mayor Stanton, Councilman Sal DiCiccio launched an online petition hoping to get a public meeting and a vote to end pension spiking.

DiCiccio, a staunch opponent of the practice, has maintained pension spiking is in direct violation of the Arizona Constitution.  In every communication to the Mayor’s office, he has requested a public discussion and vote so the public can know where the Mayor and Council stand on the practice.  Pension spiking has contributed to Phoenix’s $2.4 billion unfunded pension liability.

The Goldwater Institute recently filed a lawsuit against Phoenix to end the practice.  Delaying council action puts Phoenix in legal jeopardy.

“I figured after seven attempts to contact the Mayor it was time for a new approach. Hopefully, this petition will get his attention. 613 days without a public discussion or vote is no longer acceptable. Everyday wasted is another day taxpayers are left footing the bill for extravagant pension packages. It is time to schedule a vote.” said Councilman DiCiccio.

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Will Mark Brnovich Challenge Tom Horne in Republican Primary for Attorney General?

The Arizona Capitol Times is reporting that State Gaming Director Mark Brnovich  submitted his resignation to Governor Brewer on Tuesday, September 3, possibly paving the way for a run as Attorney General in the Republican primary. Brnovich would challenge current embattled incumbent Tom Horne.

Brnovich was appointed to the position in 2009. He has extensive law enforcement experience including stints in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, US Attorney’s Office and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. He also worked as an attorney at the Goldwater Institute.

Brnovich (reportedly pronounced “burn-o-vich”) may  be Tom Horne’s worst nightmare. A well-respected conservative with more than a decade of prosecutorial experience, rumors are already flying that Brnovich is being supported by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

Whether Brnovich runs or not, most pundits agree that Tom Horne cannot win re-election given recent controversies regarding his personal and public life.

Horne is currently being investigated for illegally coordinating with an independent expenditure committee during the 2010 campaign, and is also facing a civl suit from a former employee. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery flat out stated that Tom Horne had “broken the law.” In late 2012, the FBI revealed details of their multi-month investigation, including allegations thatHorne was engaging in an extramarital affair with a coworker.

The AZ Capitol Times is also reporting that Brnovich reserved the website address www.mark4ag.com on August 23. Which is probably a much better choice than “www.brnovich4ag.com.”

More from the Arizona Republic: 
Brnovich, a Republican, confirmed to The Arizona Republic he is considering a bid to be the state’s top attorney. If he runs, he would take the unusual step of challenging an incumbent in his own party — GOP Attorney General Tom Horne — in a primary election.

“I am seriously considering running for attorney general becuase I believe Arizonans deserve an attorney general with integrity, commitment and experience to do the right thing for the right reasons—not for personal or political reasons,” Brnovich said.

(Reposted from Western Free Press)

The Face of the Opposition to URAPC

The opposition to URAPC was given $30K recently to block the efforts of volunteer grassroots principled conservatives.  And what are these volunteers with the United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives doing?  Gathering signatures.  They are even bringing their children along to teach them how to be an active participant in their state political process.  The right to petition your government is a fundamental right after all.

These volunteers are now facing paid petition blockers.  Chad Willems ran the “FAKE” petition drive for the Governors Team but for the last two weeks no one from URAPC has seen a “FAKE” petition.  They have seen the man in these pictures and in this video. They have experienced uncouth, foul, disgusting behavior in locations Brewer Thug 6across the state.

Racist insults fly.  A Guatemalan immigrant grandmother was called a “brown skin” in Tucson just yesterday.

Listen carefully to the video for “who doesn’t like black people .. sign up” “you are the same people who crucified Jesus” and in the end the young girl, who hangs her head throughout the video hoping to not be noticed, saying “he is scary”.

Shame on Restoring Arizona for resorting to such heartless measures.

More pictures available, including the “Giving the Brewer Finger” are available at:

http://urapc.org/Updates.html.

 

 

Tea Party Patriots Joins URAPC to stop Brewers Surrender of Arizona to Obamacare.

 

The Tea Party Patriots join the Alliance!  The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives is proud to announce the Tea Party Patriots have joined our effort to fight the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion in Arizona.

The Alliance has captured the attention of the nation with the herculean effort of the grassroots army to defeat Governor Brewer’s ill conceived and unconstitutional legislation so it can be referred to the ballot and vetoed by the people.

You can join URAPC and the Tea Party Patriots in this historic effort to defeat Governor Brewer’s Obamcare Medicaid Expansion by signing a petition or making a donation.
Join the Alliance at URAPC.ORG for updates and to receive information.

Contact Christine Bauserman, Frank Antenori, or Ron Gould at info@urapc.org or 520-235-2234.

 

 

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