Archives for May 2015

Rep Paul Boyer: Common Core won’t make your dreams come true

No education standards, however well crafted, can teach a student how to use their minds well. Only a teacher can help accomplish this.

Yet Common Core supporters tell us the new education standards in English, language arts and math will give future generations hope, ensure access to a high-quality education and prepare students for wherever their dreams will take them.

Paul BoyerSupporters of Common Core also tell us Arizona can opt out of the standards whenever we want, we will not have to shoulder the cost of implementation and the standards will not impact curriculum since they are separate.

They are wrong on all three counts.

Administrators and teachers tell us how many millions of dollars we have invested in implementing Common Core and training teachers, so how could Arizona possibly consider opting out and adopting our own standards, thereby maintaining our state sovereignty in education policy?

In June of 2010, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted the Common Core standards in exchange for $25 million in Race to the Top money. Normally when Arizona hands over policy control in any given area, we receive a favorable dollar-for-dollar match — two dollars for every one we put in or a three to one match. Instead, Arizona received a one to six match where even supporters of the new standards have estimated a price tag of over $150 million for the initial implementation.

The Arizona School Board Association and Arizona Association of School Business Officials estimate $48 million for teacher training, $96 million for curriculum aligned to the new standards and $13 million for the assessment.

Yet supporters still insist schools will maintain their curricular freedom. If so, then why is Arizona being told we must spend nearly $100 million we don’t have on Common Core-aligned curriculum? Aren’t standards and curriculum separate?

Nor does this include a nearly $25 million estimate in future costs to the state for additional hardware and software necessary to implement the new one-size-fits-all test that every Arizona student must take.

It gets worse.

If Arizona decides to offer our own test or a menu of tests that is more in line with the curriculum we are actually teaching in our classrooms, the federal government will threaten us with the loss of $582 million based on a 50-year-old law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

I support reasonable standards of achievement, but they are not enough on their own. What matters most is the quality of learning that occurs in the classroom: teaching that inspires and fosters student learning.

With an increased emphasis on specialization of education in K-12 along with a heavy emphasis on informational texts, the new assessment will force teachers to teach to the test, since their teacher evaluations and school letters grades are based on it, thus further chipping away at curricular freedom. This means our curricular decisions will be directed by decisions made in Washington, D.C., not Arizona.

Supporters can look very hard for the word “education” in the U.S. Constitution but they’d come up empty. It’s not in there. This means education policy should be reserved to the states.

Instead of having to spend this money on implementing federal standards, Arizona ought to reverse course and instead focus our time, talent and treasure on placing excellent teachers in every classroom.

At a recent town hall, a supporter of the standards told me we sent man to the moon with public education. She is correct. And we managed to do it without Common Core. We did it with excellent teachers.

State Rep. Paul Boyer chairs the House Education Committee. He is also a high school teacher.

POLL: Sheriff Paul Babeu Early Favorite in AZ01 Congressional Race

MBQF

Immigration, fiscal issues dominate voter concerns, says Noble

(Scottsdale, AZ)—Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu claims a strong lead among Republicans in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District according to a poll conducted by consultant and pollster Mike Noble.

In a survey of 687 likely Republican primary voters, 17.3% say they would vote to nominate Babeu if the primary were held tomorrow. Former State House Speaker Andy Tobin trails Babeu with 10.1% followed by businessman Gary Kiehne at 7.5%.

With no announced Republican candidate in the race, 64.9% of respondents say they are undecided.

“If he were to run, Sheriff Paul Babeu would be a formidable candidate, both in the primary and general elections,” said MBQF principal Mike Noble. “He has a proven ability to raise money from a donor base that extends far beyond Arizona’s borders, high name ID, regularly on national news and voters appreciate his ongoing efforts against the Mexican drug cartels, against human trafficking, against illegal immigration, and as a leading advocate for job creation and balanced budgets in Pinal County and across Arizona.”

“Less than a year ago Tobin and Kiehne spent over two million dollars and campaigned aggressively in CD-1 and if you combine their numbers they would merely tie Sheriff Paul Babeu.” Noble added.

The poll, the first public survey of likely Republican primary voters in Arizona’s 1st District of the 2016 cycle, also found voters to be highly engaged on the issues. One-fourth of voters (25.4%) said fiscal issues, such as taxes, the budget, jobs and unemployment, were the top issues by which they would decide their vote next year in the Republican congressional primary. Another 25.7% said immigration issues, including border security and amnesty for illegal aliens, were the top issues that would ultimately determine how they voted.

Values issues (protecting life and defending marriage) placed a distant third among likely primary voters as their top defining issue, selected by 12.3%. Health care issues such as Obamacare and Medicare/Medicaid were picked by 10.4% of respondents as their top issue. Rights issues (guns, privacy, property) were selected by 5.9% of respondents. And 8.0% said defense issues (terrorism, military, veterans) were the single defining issue that would determine their vote next year. Just 11.9% said they were undecided or didn’t know.

Methodology: This automated survey was completed by MBQF Consulting on May 26, 2015, from a sample of likely Republican voters from CD-01 who first answered they were “likely” or “very likely” to vote in the 2016 congressional elections in Arizona. The sample size was 687 completed surveys, with a MoE of +- 3.71

Catch conservative comedian Evan Sayet next Wednesday in Scottsdale

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

Wednesday,  May 20, 2015

Evan Sayet: Proving to the nation that conservatives can do comedy

MRCTV

By Dan Joseph

 

This week, Late Show host David Letterman retired.  Letterman was a funny guy.  But he was also an unabashed liberal who often ferociously attacked his conservative guests while gushing over prominent liberal politicians and media figures.

Of course, it’s been obvious for quite some time that comedy-whether on television, in film or in the stand-up world-is dominated by liberal voices.  But, conservative comedian Evan Sayet is about to change that.

Sayet is a pioneer of conservative stand-up comedy and he’s about to bring his no-holds-barred brand of humor to venues across the country.

The tour opens on May 27th in Phoenix, Arizona and includes stops in Chicago, Boston, New York and Phoenix with a whole host of shows in other cities to be announced soon.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Sayet, he made a huge splash with a speech he gave to the Heritage foundation entitled “How Modern Liberals Think.” The video has garnered nearly 1 million views across the Internet and it turned Sayet into one of the most respected political comedians in the country.

Sayet is hilarious, yes.  But, he wants people to understand that his new show is not just for laughs.

“This is more than just a night of ‘yuks,’ Sayet told MRCTV.  Rather, it is an important conservative event with important and powerful conservative values espoused through wit and humor.”

For those of you who are still not sold as to whether conservatives can be just as funny (if not more funny) than the leftists who rule the airwaves on late night television and fake comedy news programs, check out a few of Sayet’s clips.  You’ll be singing a different tune once you get a taste of what he has to offer.

Click here and here for clips of his show.

 

 

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Presidential Field Thoughts

It’s been a long time since I’ve actually posted so I’m jumping back on the horse with an easy post about presidential politics.

It’s still very early in the season and not all candidates have announced but here are a few of my own thoughts from where we stand right now:

1. Governor’s Jeb Bush and John Kasich make the establishment pick. Bush from Florida and Kasch from Ohio could possibly ensure two key pickup states. Not at the top of my list but like Romney, the GOP would probably settle for this team.

2. Dr. Ben Carson is running to be the next Surgeon General – where he really belongs at one of the most important bully pulpits.

3. Governor Scott Walker: A great reform governor but does he have the gravitas to push to the head of the pack? My biggest worry for Walker is that he becomes the 2016 Tim Pawlenty. He’s also one of my favorites.

4. Senator Marco Rubio: My top choice at the moment. Young, Latino, great communicator, he could be the right person given the changing demographics. Besides, who said young junior senators couldn’t become President?

5. Hillary Clinton: Doomed. TOO MUCH BAGGAGE. BUT, I want her to win the nomination. She has to win the nomination because the extreme left has no choice and feel obligated to give her the nomination.

6. Martin O’Malley: Someone who could snatch victory from the jaws of Hillary. Still an extremely left Democrat but the candidate running his mouth on “equality” issues. Republicans should be concerned.

7. James Webb: The one Democrat Republicans should fear the most. If the Democrats wanted to put a statesman-like candidate up, they’d nominate the former senator from Virginia. His military and political career stand above any of the Republicans currently in the field. He also comes off as moderate to many in the middle. Republicans better hope he doesn’t win the Democrat nomination.

 

Fallon on Hillary’s Hypocrisy

Fallonism

Courtesy Patriot Post

Taken for a Ride – No on Prop 104

Taken for a Ride - NO on 104
Committee to educate public on $31,500,000,000 Phoenix Transportation Plan
(Phoenix, AZ) — Today, the Taken for a Ride – No on Prop 104 committee publicly announced its formation to oppose the $31,500,000,000 sales tax (Transaction Privilege Tax) that will be put before voters on August 25, 2015.  The sales tax, which was approved to go before voters by Mayor Greg Stanton and several city council members, is calculated to give Phoenix, Arizona one of the highest sales tax rates in the United States.

Explaining why he is chairing the “No” committee, United States Army Veteran Matthew Kenney said, “When I returned from the battlefields in the Middle East, my hometown of Phoenix led the country in kidnapping and poverty.”  Kenney said he was staggered to learn, “At a time when my commute times are below the national average, Phoenix’s murder, robbery, assault and overall crime rates were on the rise (latest 2012 statistics).  Phoenix leaders have lost their focus – it’s about badges not buses — they are getting it wrong.”

Once touted as one of the “best-run” cities in the country, Phoenix, Arizona has seen a troubling decline since the new Mayor was sworn in, in 2011.   In discussing Phoenix’s rapid decline, Taken for a Ride Consultant, Mike Noble said,  “Phoenix was most recently a city in the black and now finds itself trying to tax itself out of the red. No society in the history of the world has taxed itself into prosperity regardless of the types of jobs you intend to create.”

In what many are calling a generational tax, Proposition 104’s language is very unclear according to election observers and legal scholars who are considering challenges.  Mike Noble said, “Hiding $31 Billion from taxpayers reminds me of underhanded politics– Politician’s generally rue the day that they try to slip one by the taxpayers.”

Matthew Kenny added, “Phoenicians and small business owners will have to shoulder a 31.5 billion dollar tax burden and the mayor cut a deal with big business excluding purchases above $10,000 from the proposed new tax, where is my deal Mr. Mayor?”
Chairman, Matthew Kenney concluded, “31 billion dollars will buy every man, woman and child living in Phoenix Arizona today, a smart car…. Out of the goodness of Phoenix taxpayer’s hearts, we could also purchase a smart car for every man woman and child who lives in Tucson Arizona.  This is just bad policy, we should vote no on Prop 104.”

Matthew Kenney served 6 years as an infantry officer in the United States Army and fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.  Matthew resides in Phoenix, is married to his lovely wife, Brittany, father to his daughter Eden and they expecting one more addition to the family in several months.

Ethics attorneys: Judge Snow must recuse himself from Sheriff Arpaio’s case

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

Saturday,  May 2, 2015

NYU Law Prof: Sheriff Arpaio did nothing unethical by hiring private investigator to talk to biased judge’s wife and family

Other ethics attorneys all concur: Snow must recuse himself from the case over allegations his wife reportedly made that he is biased against Arpaio

Judge Murray Snow, reportedly of the Snow family from Arizona that has demonstrated a powerful, longstanding history of political activism aiding illegal immigrants, and destroying anyone in their way.

If you’ve been following this story, you’ve heard in most of the so-called mainstream media that Sheriff Joe Arpaio unethically hired a private investigator to look into allegations the wife of the judge handling the case against him says he is biased against him. A NYU law professor says otherwise.Arizona Public Media, one of the fairer local news sources, ran this:According to testimony from Arpaio and his chief deputy, the sheriff got a Facebook message in August 2013. It was from a woman who said she had heard Judge Murray Snow’s wife make comments that the judge hated Arpaio and didn’t want him to be re-elected. According to the sheriff, his lawyer hired a private investigator to talk with her and her family further.That had many wondering, was that ethical?

“Yes, it was appropriate. Lawyers have to protect their clients,” said Stephen Gillers, a law professor at New York University who studies judicial ethics.

“If this lawyer believed that there was some evidence of personal animus on the part of Judge Snow toward his clients, then investigation within certain bounds is entirely appropriate,” Gillers said.

 

Chad Snow

Chad Snow, reportedly one of Judge Snow’s relatives whose family has made it a priority to attack anyone who dares to combat illegal immigration.

 

We talked to some attorneys who practice ethics law, and they agreed. We also asked them if Judge Snow is required to recuse himself from the case due to the alleged statements by his wife as well as Arpaio hiring a PI, and they unanimously agreed he must according to judicial ethics rules, but none of them dared go on the record due to fear of retaliation by Snow. One candidly told us they believe Snow was assigned to this case to “make sure Joe goes down” and will not recuse himself for any reason, he’s in this to win it and to “destroy Joe.”

 

Another attorney who only spoke to us off the record, said Snow and his Arizona family (apparently the Snow who founded the town Snowflake) have long family ties to illegal immigrant sympathizers, which is why he was selected to handle this case against Arpaio. One of them is reportedly a relative, attorney Chad Snow, who was the co-chair on the recall effort against Senator Russell Pearce. Snow is most well-known for publicly calling a Latina a b*** for simply disagreeing with his politics. He reportedly became radicalized serving on a mission in his youth to Spain.

 

With a long, extended family history sympathetic to illegal immigration, to the point of radical activism, why hasn’t this man recused himself???

 

How’s that for a “justice” system?

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