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Arizona race for governor: Next stop, White House?

By Daniel Scarpinato

Arizona has long had an outsized spot on the national political stage, and that will likely put our next governor right smack in the middle of a pretty big spotlight.

Since 1964, we’ve had four prominent figures from our state run for president. Our political leaders often find themselves household names: John McCain, Sandra Day O’Connor, Jan Brewer. From SB1070 to the recent debate over SB1062, Arizona has been at the tip of nearly every major national issue of the last four years.

And our footprint is likely to increase.

We are growing in population and influence. When my parents moved here in 1978, our state had only six presidential electoral votes. Today, we have 11. In the next decade, we’ll probably have even more.

Recently, we haven’t been viewed as a competitive presidential state, but we could be. Bill Clinton won Arizona in 1996. The Southwest is where it’s at for future presidential elections.

All that makes the stakes extremely high in this year’s race for governor.

Why? Because our state’s next chief executive will have the opportunity to funnel these political realities into a national platform that could be significant for themselves and for us.

Think of it this way: Only 50 men and women in our entire country of 315 million people are executives of states.

Reporters who cover the yearly gathering of the National Governors Association will tell you that they can count on one hand the number who are impressive. Hence, governors – even of itty-bitty states – are instantly seen as credible contenders for leader of the free world. Think Howard Dean (from Vermont, the second-smallest state in America) or Sarah Palin (from Alaska, which has fewer residents than metropolitan Tucson).

So why haven’t recent Arizona governors been the subject of such speculation? For many reasons, but one big one: In the last 25 years, only two governors came to office elected in their own right. One resigned early (Fife Symington) and the other left to work for Obama (Janet Napolitano). The two who inherited the office – Jane Hull and Jan Brewer – made clear they were at the tail-end of their careers.

What am I getting at here?

Of the major gubernatorial candidates – Republican and Democrat – the median age is only 54. If the eventual victor is smart, competent and stays out of trouble, he or she could easily be a player on the national scene. And don’t even be surprised if you hear his or her name tossed out for President or Vice President.

Arizona congressman-turned-presidential candidate Mo Udall once joked that “Arizona is the only state where mothers don’t tell their children they can grow up to be President.”

That was back before the Brady Bunch was even in reruns, but four decades later, a new crop of Arizona moms are still waiting for that opportunity.

(Editor’s Note: Daniel Scarpinato is a native Tucsonan, former political reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, and current National Press Secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee in Washington, D.C.)

Darryl Jacobson Barnes for Justice of the Peace

Darryl Jacobson Barnes for Justice of the Peace

Rep Matt Salmon Endorses Emilena Turley for Queen Creek Town Council

Queen Creek, AZ-  U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon endorsed Emilena Turley in her race for Queen Creek Town Council today.  

SalmonTurley“I am excited to endorse Emilena Turley for Queen Creek Town Council.  She has the right blend of business background, conservative values and real world experience that are needed  now in the council.  She will be a great asset to the town, and to the people and families that call Queen Creek home.” said Representative Matt Salmon 

As the campaign moves into the summer, Emilena Turley’s campaign will continue to meet voters, and spread her message of business growth, fiscal responsibility, open communication and family values.  “I am honored to receive Representative Salmon’s endorsement, he is a leader that I look up to, and his support of my race means so much,”. said Emilena Turley. 

For more information please visit Emilena Turley’s website at www.emilenaturley.com

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Emilena Turley was born in Chandler, Arizona in 1972 and graduated from Mountain View High School in Mesa.  She attended Phoenix College and received an AAS in Legal Secretarial Studies.  Emilena is currently an independent paralegal, where she works with attorneys throughout the East Valley.  Emilena is married to Aaron Turley, a software engineer and together, they have 8 children.  Emilena and her family moved to Queen Creek in 2010 because they love the small town feel and tight knit sense of community that it offers.

Lawsuit Filed Alleging Forgery By Candidate Toby Farmer

Farmer and the Rotary QuestionsAccording to a lawsuit filed today in the Superior Court of Arizona, the candidate petitions filed with the Secretary of State’s office by Republican candidate for State Senate Toby Farmer, contained a large number of forged signatures.

Candidates are required to obtain signatures from registered voters in their district in order to qualify for the ballot.  In Toby Farmer’s case, the petitions that he swore contained legitimate signatures actually contained large numbers of forged signatures.  Exhibits to the lawsuit include sworn affidavits from the voters purported to have signed the petitions.

The petitions carrying the forged signatures were circulated by Toby Farmer himself.  Farmer signed an affirmation on the back of each page containing forged signatures swearing that each name was signed in his presence.

The backgrounds of those whose identities were stolen ranged from senior citizens to college-aged kids.  It is unclear at this time how or why they were targeted by Farmer’s campaign.

Farmer also forged signatures for voters who no longer lived in Arizona, but who were still on the voter rolls.  In some cases he forged signatures where the homes listed were vacant and lender-owned.

The matter is expected to be heard in a week or so and the entire matter will also be turned over to law enforcement for prosecution.  At least one signer also indicated a desire to press charges themselves.

This is just the latest ethical breach by Farmer in his campaigns for office, although it is admittedly the most serious.  Farmer’s 2012 campaign for the State House of Representatives also ended early after his petition signatures were challenged.  In that case, Farmer dropped out of the race the day he was due in court, thereby short-circuiting the process and ending the case.  Farmer filed to run for the State House again in 2013 and abandoned that bid to run for State Senate instead.  Farmer later claimed that his 2013 House run was his first campaign for office, until court documents from 2012 re-surfaced.

Ironically, Farmer’s campaign website lists his #1 priority as “Leading with Integrity”.

NFIB Arizona weighs in on latest economic report

Congress can help where Arizona fell down

PHOENIX, Ariz., June 10, 2014Today’s release of one of the nation’s most trusted economic surveys casts in sharp relief how pervasive our political leaders’ inattention to small-business job creation is, according to the Arizona state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, America’s voice of small business.

As it does very month, NFIB releases its Index of Small Business Optimism, which measures the pulse of the nation’s largest employer group—Main Street entrepreneurs. Although the index rose to its highest level since 2007, the underpinnings of a strong economy are still not seismically sound.

“What stood out for me in the latest optimism index was Arizona’s missed opportunity to spur capital spending and new job creation by our own small businesses when Governor Brewer vetoed House Bill 2664 earlier this year,” said Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director for NFIB. The bill, which passed the Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan majorities, would have created an immediate state income tax allowance for qualifying business equipment investments valued up to $500,000, similar to federal Section 179 expensing.

Indeed, in summarizing the latest optimism index, economist William Dunkelberg, its author, noted, “May’s numbers bring the Index to its highest level since September 2007. However, the four components most closely related to GDP and employment growth (job openings, job creation plans, inventory and capital spending plans) collectively fell 1 point in May.”

“Shifting capital spending into a higher gear is essential to a full and sustainable economic recovery,” said Quinlan. “Now, even though Arizona’s capital expensing vehicle stalled, Congress can turn on the ignition of job creation by passing H.R. 4457, the Small Business Tax Relief Act, when it comes up for a full House vote Thursday.

H.R. 4457 would allow small businesses to immediately deduct on their federal taxes the full value of equipment in the same year the investment is made, instead of depreciating the investment over time. This simplifies accounting and frees up cash to be reinvested and grow the business.

“The job-creation user’s manual is pretty straightforward and easy to follow,” said Quinlan. “If business owners have an incentive to invest in more equipment, they will need to hire more employees to meet the increased sales that equipment will generate. But I worry H.R. 4457 may face a similar grim fate in Congress as House Bill 2664 suffered in Arizona, despite everyone—Democrats, Republicans, business and labor—favoring it, a tragic misreading of the economy’s weakness will lead to continued inertia and another missed opportunity.”

Despite broad, bipartisan support, small-business federal expensing fell from $500,000 to $25,000 this year because previous extensions were temporary. H.R. 4457 would provide small businesses with expensing levels that are permanent, predictable and at a level adequate to their needs.Click here to read a letter 154 business associations signed and sent to Congress.

NOTE: The NFIB Research Foundation has collected Small Business Economic Trends data with quarterly surveys since 1974 and monthly surveys since 1986. Survey respondents are drawn from NFIB’s membership. The report is released on the second Tuesday of each month. For almost 40 years, NFIB’s Index of Small Business Optimism has been one of the nation’s bellwether economic barometers, used by Federal Reserve, chairmen, congressional leaders and presidential administrations.

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For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.

Arizona House Members Endorse Tobin

Andy Tobin

June 10, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Arizona House Members Endorse Tobin

“Andy Tobin never wavers in his conservative values.”

Tobin’s fellow legislators at the State Capitol show an outpouring of support for his campaign today, citing his integrity, honesty and battle-tested conservative values.

“Throughout my legislative career I have always respected Andy Tobin as a fair, thoughtful and diligent legislator,” said Arizona State Representative Tom Forese. “Together, we cut taxes in Arizona, cut state spending, fought for secure borders, fought to protect life, fought to protect 2nd amendment rights and fought against ObamaCare. It is for these reasons, and many more, that I endorse Andy Tobin for Congress in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to stand behind Tobin as he takes on the challenge of restoring Arizona to its conservative values.”

“As Speaker Tobin’s seat mate for the past four years, I have seen first-hand how much Andy cares about and advocates for the people he represents,” said State Rep. Karen Fann. “Andy has been tirelessly fighting for conservative values in Arizona for years. Whether he’s fighting against federal government overreach and ObamaCare or fighting for the unborn and our 2nd Amendment rights, Andy Tobin never wavers in his conservative values. Arizona’s 1st Congressional District needs a conservative fighter like Andy to represent their voice in Washington. Tobin is the right candidate at the right time for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District.”

“I support Andy Tobin for Congress,” said State Rep. Debbie Lesko. “Andy has always been a no-nonsense conservative legislator at the State Capitol.  He has a solid track record of fighting for the people of Arizona and especially for the interests of rural Arizona.  I encourage anyone who believes in limited government, individual freedoms and 2nd Amendment rights to support Andy Tobin.”

“Andy Tobin has always put the people he represents before his own interests,” said Arizona State Representative Paul Boyer. “His integrity, honesty and steadfastness is unmatched in the legislature. There is no question in my mind that Tobin will represent Congressional District One in Arizona with the same zeal he has shown as Speaker. I am proud to endorse Andy Tobin for Congress. I would encourage everyone to support his campaign and join his team.”

“Andy Tobin is a fair, honest and effective conservative representative for the people he represents,” said Arizona State Rep. Borrelli. “His record of fighting against ObamaCare, protecting life, securing our borders and protecting 2nd Amendment rights is exactly what Arizonans need in Washington. I am proud to endorse Andy Tobin for United States Congress in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District.”

ABOUT ANDY TOBIN:

Andy Tobin and his wife of 28 years, Jennifer, are the proud parents of five children- three daughters and two sons. Tobin is a small business owner who has devoted his life to positively affecting his community through job creation, public service and advocating for conservative principles. Tobin’s focus has been on creating sustainable jobs, helping small businesses succeed, building a stronger middle class and putting Arizona back on track. While serving as Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Tobin drastically cut government by 25 percent, balanced Arizona’s budget and presided over the largest tax cuts in Arizona’s history, saving Arizona taxpayers millions of dollars.

Tobin has fought for your family’s freedoms, your prosperity and your community for the past eight years while serving in the Arizona Legislature. He continues to lead the fight to stop the implementation of the disastrous ObamaCare. As your Representative in Congress, Andy Tobin will represent your voice, and lead the charge in fighting for you against the wasteful spending, government intrusion, and out-of-touch insiders that are taking away your freedoms.

Join Andy Tobin today!

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For more information, please contact press@andytobin.com or 928-275-1417

 

Doug Ducey, Bill Montgomery conduct tele-townhall on federal immigrant dumping in Arizona

Earlier this evening, I was able to call in to a tele-townhall on the important and urgent issue of immigrant dumping in Arizona. The tele-townhall was hosted by gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey and also included Maricopa County Attorney, Bill Montgomery. Approximately 3,000 individuals also joined in on the call.

The issue of immigrant dumping began last week when the federal government began busing illegal border crossers from Texas to Arizona and other locations. What is especially disturbing is that many of these immigrants are unaccompanied minors and women and small children.

Many of these individuals are being dropped at the Greyhound Bus depot in Phoenix in the middle of the Arizona heat. (Breitbart’s Brandon Darby wrote a feature article about this last week.)

Tonight’s call with State Treasurer Doug Ducey and MCAO Bill Montgomery revealed that the Obama administration is the driving force behind the immigrant dumping taking place. Montgomery even went as far as to describe the situation as a humanitarian crisis in the making. Because many of these immigrants are being dropped off in the heat of summer, Montgomery explained how under normal Arizona law this type of offense (abandoning a minor under 16) would be prosecuted as a class 4 felony child abuse.

Doug Ducey affirmed Montgomery’s claim that this was a humanitarian crisis developing and that President Obama had created yet another “national scandal” that it was not willing to take responsibility for.

Both Ducey and Montgomery were adamant in their charge that the federal government was not acting in the best interest of the immigrants, taxpayers, law-abiding citizens or the State of Arizona.

Several callers asked question during the call including Diane in Mesa who wanted to know how much illegal immigration was costing Americans. Another caller asked why or what the Governor could do. One caller asked about the response of Republicans to which both Ducey and Montgomery agreed that faith-based organizations can and are playing a role in addressing the immediate need to help.

Given Arizona’s inherent geographical location, this issue is not going away anytime soon and both Montgomery recognize that. But Doug Ducey remains committed to border security and putting pressure on the federal government to enforce existing laws and empowering Arizona to fulfill its role.

As Arizona’s next Governor, I am confident that Doug Ducey will mount a proper response to federally-manufactured crisis like this while advocating and soliciting humanitarian assistance from Arizonans who understand the need to enforce the law while being compassionate to those in need.

To send a message to the Obama Administration on this issue and others, please sign the petition Stop Obama!

Sylvia Tenney Allen Endorses Kwasman in CD1

Supervisor Sylvia Tenney Allen – Dist 3
Former State Senator – Dist 5
Press Release –

Endorsement for Representative, Adam Kwasman for Congress

It’s time for me to speak up about who I am supporting for our Congressional District 1 race. We have three Republican candidates. It’s easy to see that Andy Tobin has been chosen by the establishment as the “anointed one,” but that doesn’t make him the “right one.” I have worked with Mr. Tobin at the capitol, and I know firsthand that he plays the political games I’m tired of.

Gary Kiehne’s background in oil and ranching gives him a good perspective on a few important issues, but my choice for our next Congressman is State Representative Adam Kwasman.

Adam is a young man, 31 years old, who is full of energy, passion and fire. He never stops, he never backs down. He believes in what he says and what he does, and he has the courage to face the beast. We need the smart, vibrant young people of his generation to save this country from the catastrophic debt that is crushing us, from the excessive regulations that kill industry, and from the unceasing attacks on our individual liberties.

Adam loves the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He loves the traditions of his fathers. His integrity and his character are rooted in a thousand years of history and a devotion to Godly principles. I have heard Adam pray, and his prayer warmed my heart.

Adam’s grandfather was the first of his family to be born in America. His great-grandparents had come from Ukraine when they arrived in America they only spoke English in their home because “now we live in America.”

Adam was born and raised in Tucson. He works as an economist, consulting for financial advisors, forecasting how our tax, regulatory, and legal framework affect economic growth. He earned his B.A. (cum laude) from Tulane University and an M.A. in economics from George Mason University. We need economists in Washington who understand the dangers of government debt and the foolishness of printing more and more money.

Adam’s fight for Constitutional liberty began while working at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies. He knows and loves our Constitution and the governing principles our nation was founded upon. He will not play political games. He will stand on principle.

This election cycle, I am looking for someone a cut above the typical political candidate – someone stronger, smarter, and more solid. I’m tired of the usual polished, packaged, glib candidate whom we elect over and over again and who then goes to Washington and breaks our hearts. I am looking for an Adam Kwasman.

Don’t tell me he can’t win. He can if you vote for him. Don’t tell me he can’t raise enough money. He can if you donate to him at www.adamkwasman.com.

We can have a strong statesman in D.C. who will represent us – the people. We can have a congressman who will fight for our issues, who will uphold the Constitution, and who will resist the giddy allure of the Washington elite. We can have someone with a wise understanding of the proper role of government who will be guided by principle, not pressure from special interests. We can have Adam Kwasman. Join me in supporting Adam Kwasman, our next CD1 Congressman.

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Andrew Thomas leads by more than 2-to-1 in Maricopa GOP poll

A m e r i c a n  P o s t – G a z e t t e

Distributed by C O M M O N S E N S E , in Arizona

Sunday June 8th, 2014

Despite misleading news articles, Andrew Thomas doing extraordinarily well in race

Grassroots conservatives solidly backing Thomas

Here are the results of the 40 people, including 24 MCRC EGC members and 16 attendees, according to Chairman A.J. LaFaro.

GOVERNOR:

Andrew Thomas: 16

Ken Bennett:   7

Frank Riggs:   7

Doug Ducey:  5

Christine Jones:  2

Scott Smith:  0

Al Melvin:      0

U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, not in the governor’s race, garnered a single write-in vote.

SECRETARY of STATE:

Wil Cardon:  19

Justin Pierce: 15

Michele Reagan: 4

ATTORNEY GENERAL:

Mark Brnovich: 19

Tom Horne:  17

TREASURER:

Jeff DeWit:  26

Randy Pullen:   9

Hugh Hallman:  4

SUPERINTENDENT of PUBLIC INSTRUCTION:

Diane Douglas:  35

John Huppenthal:  4

CORPORATION  COMMISSION:

Doug Little:  35

Tom Forese:  32

Vernon Parker: 8

Lucy Mason: 1

MINE  INSPECTOR:

Joe Hart (Uncontested)

 

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Arizona Navajo County Republicans Oppose Andy Tobin

Navajo County Republicans Oppose Andy Tobin as the
Republican 
Nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Navajo County, AZ –– Navajo County Republicans are dedicated to supporting candidates and policies that promote the ideals of individual liberty, limited government, and free markets. As such, the Navajo County Republican Committee of Arizona passed a resolution on May 21, 2014 opposing Andy Tobin as the Republican nominee for Congressional District 1. Andy Tobin has ignored the conservative platform of the Republican Party, his oath to defend the United States and Arizona Constitutions, and the principles of the Navajo County Republican voters.

Andy Tobin authored and supported specific legislation to enact Medicaid expansion and the further growth of the Affordable Care Act in Arizona. Andy Tobin recently presented his own new plan that would permit Arizona to increase approximately 300,000 to the rolls of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) as part of Arizona’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Andy Tobin has voted for the unequal tax subsidization of favored large private corporations, and has been publicly referred to as the “Corporate Welfare King of Arizona” by fellow Republicans. Andy Tobin has also voted for Common Core standards (HB 2425), which limits the educational freedoms of both parents and their children.

Committed unionist Andy Tobin, who has been reported as previously receiving financial aid from organized labor unions, has routinely opposed sensible reforms directed towards both public and private sector labor unions, that have needlessly subjected Navajo County taxpayers with the burden of increased costs and taxes that are the direct result of organized union activities. The inflated benefits and salaries that public labor union employees receive are passed on to taxpayers through the legislative enactment of higher taxes, while similar inflated benefits and salaries that private sector labor union employees (and union bosses) receive, are also passed on to taxpayers through inflated consumer goods and services.

The Navajo County Republican Committee is the third Republican leadership organization in the state of Arizona to recently take action against Andy Tobin. The Executive Guidance Committee of the Maricopa County Republicans passed a resolution opposing Andy Tobin for his “lack of support of key Republican principles by withholding key legislation and the misuse of the Republican Victory Fund,” and the Pinal County Republicans also passed a similar resolution against Tobin.

The Navajo County Republican Committee is an active organization dedicated to registering Republicans to vote, assisting to recruit and retain Precinct Committee workers, and electing principled Republican candidates to office. The Committee works to spread the message of Liberty and Freedom, to shift the Republican Party back to the adherence to the rule of law and the United States Constitution, and to build a grassroots network of citizens who champion our country’s Founding principles.

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