Archives for November 2013

Councilman DiCiccio Endorses Norgaard for Legislative District 18

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Today, Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio has endorsed Jill Norgaard for State Representative in Legislative District 18.

PHOENIX – Today, Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio has endorsed Jill Norgaard for State Representative in Legislative District 18.

“It is with great pleasure that I am endorsing Jill Norgaard for State Representative in Legislative District 18,” said DiCiccio “Jill will bring leadership, vision and integrity to this position and will represent the people of the district  well.  Join me in supporting Jill Norgaard for the Arizona House of Representatives.”

“I am honored to receive the support of Councilman DiCiccio,” said Norgaard. “I have been a long-time fan of his and have admired how he fights hard for the taxpayer. He is a steadfast conservative and I’m honored to have his endorsement.”

About Jill Norgaard

Jill is committed to reducing the size of government, advancing free market principles and working to make education in Arizona the best in the nation. She is an Engineer with a MBA, a former Vice President of a major Aerospace/Defense Manufacturing company and currently a small business owner. Jill is very active within her community holding various positions of leadership.

To learn more about Jill Norgaard and her plan for Arizona and Legislative District 18, please visit her website at www.JillNorgaard2014.com

Andy Tobin Announces Formidable Finance Committee

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Tobin Assembles Top-Notch Campaign Finance Team 

Andy Tobin today announced a powerful campaign finance committee that includes top conservative and business leaders from every corner of Arizona.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the powerful team we’ve built,” said Tobin. “This is the kind of powerhouse it’s going to take for us to defeat Ann Kirkpatrick and Nancy Pelosi, who are prepared to spend millions buying this district. With the help of this dynamic team of business, community and conservative leaders, we are ready to take this district back.”

Finance committee co-chair Jim Click added: “I’m proud to be part of this great team. Andy Tobin is the only candidate in this race who can defeat Ann Kirkpatrick, and we are ready to ensure he has the resources to take on the Washington, D.C. special interests who are hoping to buy this seat once again.”

Finance Co-Chairs

Wendy Briggs
Jim Click
Kevin DeMenna
John Kaites
Jim Norton
Steve Twist

Finance Committee

Michael Bidwill Lanny Hair Jeff Sandquist
Eric Crown Randy Kendrick Mark Smith
Marcus Dell’Artino Michael Low  Bobbi Sparrow
Tom Dorn Norm McClelland Marc Spitzer
Walter Dudley  John Munger Don Tapia
Kate and Dick Foreman Cody Ritchie Marilyn and Douglas Wall
Deb and Wes Gullett Ed Robson Barry Aarons

ABOUT JIM CLICK:

Jim Click Jr. is Chairman of the Board of Jim Click Automotive. Click started his work life selling cars for his uncle in Los Angeles where he was promoted to Sales Manager within 2 years. In 1971, Jim Click bought his first dealership in Tucson.

Click graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business. He was a scholastic All-American football player in 1966. He also was Tucson’s Man of the Year in 1982. President Bill Clinton honored him with the Presidents Award for the development of LINKAGES in 1999.

ABOUT ANDY TOBIN:

Andy Tobin is a dad, husband and small business owner who has devoted his life to job creation, public service, and advocating for conservative principles. Tobin has built successful careers in the real estate, banking and insurance industries, creating jobs and helping small businesses grow and expand.

Tobin has been elected four times to represent rural Arizona in the Legislature since 2007. As Speaker of the House, he has overseen the largest budget reductions in the history of Arizona and led the fight against ObamaCare in Arizona.

Tobin and his wife Jennifer have five children.

Leadership Institute in Arizona for Special Training Session – Tomorrow!

Here’s your chance to give the Organizing for America crowd some conservative competition in Arizona. Sign up today!

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Event: Lobbying & Communication Training
City: Scottsdale
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Time: 8:00 – 11:00 AM
Location: Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Address: 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale (map)
Cost: $10.00 (includes breakfast)
RSVP link: http://LeadScottsdale.eventbrite.com

 

After Training, please join us for the 2013 Heroes of the Taxpayer Award Luncheon at the same location!

taxpayer-heroes-luncheonJoining us will be Wall Street Journal Editor, Stephen Moore!

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Details:

Event: 2013 Heroes of the Taxpayer Award
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Address: 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
RSVP: http://JackalopeAward.eventbrite.com
More Details, click HERE.

 

Martin Sepulveda Receives Endorsement from Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny

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CHANDLER, AZ (Wednesday, November 13, 2013) — Martin Sepulveda, candidate for Arizona State Treasurer, today announced the endorsement of Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. Sepulveda’s goals as the state’s Chief Financial Officer are to prudently manage and protect the state’s investments and monies, advise Arizona’s elected officials on how to accurately manage over $13 billion dollars in funds and continue to create a business-friendly environment expanding Arizona’s future economic base.

“During our time together on the City Council, Martin was an integral part of ensuring we balanced our budget, had cash reserves and provided outstanding service to the residents of Chandler. Martin’s experience in the public and private sector make him the clear choice. I urge the voters of Arizona voters to join me in supporting Martin Sepulveda in his bid for State Treasurer,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny.

As the next Arizona State Treasurer, Sepulveda’s main priority for the office will be to manage and protect the state’s taxpayer investments and monies.

“It is an honor to have the support and trust of such a respected leader,” said Martin Sepulveda. “Mayor Tibshraeny’s contributions to the City of Chandler, the East Valley and the state of Arizona are invaluable. As State Treasurer, I will work tirelessly to protect the taxpayers’ money and promote sound and solid investments to sustain the economic recovery Arizonans are beginning to realize today,” said Sepulveda.

Republican Martin Sepulveda is a seventh-generation Arizonan who serves his country, state and community in many different capacities. He is a combat Veteran, accomplished businessman, community leader and devoted family man. Martin has been married to his wife Sheree for 30 years and has two grown children.

Who Does Kyrsten Sinema Stand With: Bill Clinton or Barack Obama?

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SinemaObama021709WASHINGTON – Former President Bill Clinton has joined the chorus calling on President Obama and Democrats in Congress to keep their commitment and ensure Americans can keep their current insurance plans. After President Obama admitted that his infamous “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it” claim is actually false, even some of Obama’s supporters have demanded answers from the administration.

It’s time for ObamaCare supporter Kyrsten Sinema to stop making excuses for President Obama, and explain what she is doing to fix this mess and give Arizona families answers as to why they can’t keep their current healthcare plan like Obama promised.

“Now, even Bill Clinton is calling out President Obama and Democrats in Congress for their broken promises,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “ObamaCare supporter Kyrsten Sinema has been part of the problem. While Arizona families are losing their healthcare coverage Sinema remains silent and refuses to acknowledge her responsibility in this ObamaCare mess.”

Kyrsten Sinema ObamacarePresident Obama Apologized Yesterday For His Misleading Healthcare Promise. “President Barack Obama offered an apology Thursday to those Americans who have been told they’re losing their health insurance plans, contrary to his promise that no one would be forced off a plan they wanted to keep.” (Jennifer Epstein, “President Obama: ‘I Am Sorry’,” Politico, 11/7/13)

Bill Clinton Said That President Obama Should Honor His Commitment to Those Who Want to Keep Their Health Care Plan. “Former President Bill Clinton said that President Obama should honor his oft-repeated pledge and allow people to hang on to health care plans that are being canceled as a result of the Affordable Care Act.” (Aamer Madhani, “Clinton to Obama: Let Americans keep canceled health plans,” (USA Today, 11/12/13)

Kyrsten Sinema Voted Against ObamaCare Repeal. (H.R. 45, Roll Call Vote # 154, 5/16/13)

Andrew Walter receives endorsement from the National Association for Gun Rights

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TEMPE, AZ – The National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) announced their endorsement of Andrew Walter, candidate for Congress in Arizona’s 9th Congressional District. Christopher Kuper, the director of federal legislation for the organization, stated “We at NAGR believe that Andrew will fit right in with the growing number of liberty-loving, pro-gun members of the House.”

In response to the endorsement, Mr. Walter stated “I’m honored to have the support of a grassroots organization that prides itself on protecting the rights of Americans. I believe in protecting the rights of responsible, law-abiding gun owners. Politicians will never be able to legislate into extinction the evil that exists in the human heart and in society writ large. I reject the notion that restricting law-abiding citizen’s Second Amendment rights will somehow reduce violent crimes perpetrated by the lawbreaker.”

About Andrew Walter

Andrew Walter is a native Arizonan and starred at quarterback for Arizona State University (ASU) where he earned a BA in Communication. Andrew was selected in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders and finished his career with the New England Patriots. Following his professional sports career Andrew earned his MBA from ASU, with an emphasis in finance. Andrew has had great success in the private sector as the Principal of Andrew Walter Holdings, a senior secured lending firm, and as a credit analyst for MidFirst Bank.

About the National Association for Gun Rights

The National Association for Gun Rights is the fastest growing gun rights group in America. NAGR was founded in 2001 as a 501(c) 4 civil rights advocacy organization designed to educate gun owners about state and federal legislation that affects their gun rights. NAGR assists the growing movement of statelevel grassroots gun rights organizations, as well as organizing grassroots lobbying on state and federal legislation.

Reflecting on the District 4 Council Race

By: Paul Bentz, reposted from HighGround blog

I’ve often said that the best part about campaigns is that they actually end and you know if you won or if you lost.  Needless to say, it’s also the worst thing about campaigns – particularly when you come up on the losing end.  Such is the case of Justin Johnson for Phoenix City Council.

First, let me say, Justin Johnson was the hardest working candidate that I have ever worked with.  He was the first one up in the morning and the last one out at night.  He was willing to talk to anyone and meet with whoever wanted to meet with him.  His willingness and dedication to knocking on doors, making phone calls, raising money is amazing.  He (and his entire family for that matter) has an uncanny special talent for hard work.  When he started the race, he had 6% support and he ended up earning first place in the August election.

Our internal polling had the Johnson campaign up by high single digits going into August.  The final tally, however, was much closer, and foretold of things to come.  What we found were several hundred West Phoenix voters who fell outside of the traditional participation model had made the run off much closer than anticipated.  

We adjusted our model accordingly and expanded the universe.  Once again, polling showed a lead for Johnson – confirmed not only by our internal polling, but also in the Lake Research Polling for the Independent Expenditure formed to bolster Pastor and attack Johnson.

We knew the run-off was going to be difficult – Congressman Pastor has deep roots in the community, extensive fundraising capabilities, and is probably the most liked official in all of Democrat politics.  The Democratic establishment lined up in uniform support for the Pastor campaign and went to work attacking his Johnson’s Democrat credentials (and you thought it only happened amongst Republicans).  As the Lake Research Polling suggested, the “IE needed to define her opponent quickly and aggressively.”  That they did.  The IE spent hundreds of thousands on mailers attacking Justin’s character and falsely aligning him with tea party interests.  

Despite all of that, Johnson still held a narrow lead.  

In the end, it came down to ballot collection.  As returns came in, a similar trend emerged that was reminiscent of the run off. Another massive increase in early ballots (over and above August turnout) was seen from West Phoenix precincts – 311% participation from Holmes, 167% participation from Culver/Marivue, 146% participation from Acuna/Lynwood/Riverside, 142% from Granda/Madrid and 162% participation in Hayden High/Isaac/Lewis.    
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To their credit, Johnson’s campaign took on the herculean task of trying to counteract that flood of ballots all the way to the end aggressively generating returns of their own.  They spent every moment turning out their voters and reminding their supporters to vote.  Their efforts are why turnout is up across the board from August.

IEs on both sides made things messy and certainly made it a much closer election.  However, in the end, with 30 days of early voting, the results may not come down to mailers, endorsements, or even party ideology.

As we have seen more and more in close election contests, the daily grind of strategic ballot collection (particularly in low efficacy partisan targeted areas) can spell the difference between a win and a loss. Independent voters still tend not to participate at anywhere near the levels of partisan voters, and most seem turned off by the entire process.

Paul Bentz is Vice President of Accounts & Strategy with HighGround Public Affairs Consultants.

NRCC To Ann Kirkpatrick: Now It’s Your Turn to Apologize

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Time For Kirkpatrick To Apologize For Continued Support Of Failed Law

WASHINGTON – Last night, President Obama finally apologized for promising Americans could keep their insurance plans, if they liked them. But that’s not the only apology that is necessary. It’s time for Ann Kirkpatrick to apologize for continuing to support a law that is hurting Arizona families.

Because Kirkpatrick is blindly standing with Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi on ObamaCare, she is ensuring that Arizona families see higher premiums and may even lose their current insurance.

“Ann Kirkpatrick should join the president in apologizing for the disastrous effects of ObamaCare,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Her support of this failed law has cost Arizona families dearly and it’s time she apologized.”

Ann Kirkpatrick Voted Against Repealing ObamaCare. (H.R. 45, Roll Call Vote #154, 229-195, 5/16/13)

President Obama Apologized Yesterday For His Misleading Healthcare Promise. “President Barack Obama offered an apology Thursday to those Americans who have been told they’re losing their health insurance plans, contrary to his promise that no one would be forced off a plan they wanted to keep.” (Jennifer Epstein, “President Obama: ‘I Am Sorry’,” Politico, 11/7/13)

President Obama: “Obviously, We Didn’t Do A Good Enough Job In Terms Of How We Crafted The Law.” (YouTube.Com, Accessed On 11/8/13)

Will The “Keep Your Health Plan Act” Save Us From Obamacare?

by Bob Quasius – I was content to learn this morning from The Hill that the House will schedule a vote  on the Keep Your Health Plan Act (H.R. 3350) for next week! Without this legislation, tens of millions of Americans seem destined to lose their pre-Obamacare individual or employer-based health insurance, through Obama’s administrative chicanery.

The Obama Administration Circumvented the Will of Congress with Administrative Regulations

In all the hoopla leading up to passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, or the “Unaffordable Don’t Care Act” Obama repeatedly made promises like these through 2012:

“We will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your doctor you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan. Period.” – Barack Obama, June 15, 2009

“Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.” – Barack Obama, September 9, 2009

A video from New York Magazine compiles video clips of Obama making this same “keep your health plan” promise 23 times from from 2008 to 2010, even as his administration crafted rules that all but precluded Americans from keeping their existing health plan!

Existing employer and individual healthcare plans were to be grandfathered, per the law passed by Congress.

However, insurance plans change constantly, often in response to regulatory changes at both state and federal levels. The Obama administration promptly wrote Obamacare rules that are tightly written so even the slightest change in an insurance policy makes it ineligible for grandfathering under Obamacare.

Around 19 million Americans are covered under individual insurance policies, and it appears the vast majority of these plans will be cancelled.

keep your health plan actThose unlucky enough to lose the insurance most are satisfied with are forced to purchase insurance that meets the high standards of Obamacare, including coverage for maternity, contraception, etc. If you’re a post menopausal woman who has an individual insurance plan without maternity coverage, you’re in for an unpleasant surprise because you’ll have to buy new insurance that includes coverage you don’t need!

Some employers with strong religious convictions, such as Hobby Lobby, are suing over the contraception mandate of Obamacare, and seem likely to drop health insurance rather than violate their religious convictions.

There are widespread reports that most covered by individual plans will now be forced to pay much higher premiums with much higher deductibles.

The Other Shoe Drops – Most Existing Employer Plans Are Not Grandfathered Either

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Kathleen Sebelius tells Congress employer health plans are subject to the same grandfathering restrictions that forced cancellation of millions of individual health plans

Kathleen Sebelius recently told Congress that the same regulations that essentially block grandfathering for individual plans also apply to employer-based plans. Since the vast majority of health insurance not provided by government is through employers, we can expect employers to pay substantially higher premiums. Many employers will simply decide to drop health insurance rather than pay much higher premiums, incurring the Obamacare penalties.

The Obama administration, despite the explicit language of Obamacare, has also decided to defer employer penalties for a year, further incentivizing employers to simply drop health insurance, which confirms the suspicions of many critics that Obama’s real agenda is replacing employer provided health insurance with single-payer, and that Obamacare is designed to fail, setting the stage for single-payer.

Single-payer is like “the holy grail” of liberalism, based on the deeply flawed notion that government can always make things better for us.

The Keep Your Health Plan Act

The Keep Your Health Plan Act, H.R. 3350, was introduced last week by Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman. As of today, co-sponsorship has grown to 88 members, but not a single co-sponsor has a “D” for Democrat after their name. It seems Democrats in Congress are ready and willing to follow Obama off a political cliff next November in mid-term elections. Like so many other worthwhile bills addressing Obamacare, it seems likely to pass the House, but will be ‘dead on arrival’ at the Democrat controlled Senate.

Millions more Americans will lose their health insurance, and given the deeply flawed rollout of Obamacare, it seems likely we will have more uninsured Americans next year than this year. There’s nothing affordable about the Affordable Care Act. Many Americans will simply decide its more economical to do without health insurance than pay much higher premiums, with deductibles so high they likely won’t benefit from having insurance unless they have high medical costs.

Guess what happens when health insurance is too costly for healthy people? They stop buying health insurance, leaving the insurance pool with more unhealthy people! Obamacare is predicated upon getting more healthy Americans insured, to help drive down costs for less healthy Americans, and particularly older Americans who naturally have more health issues!

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Bob Quasius is the founder and president of Cafe Con Leche Republicans