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Gilbert & Queen Creek GOP Thanks Congressman Salmon For Exceptional Public Service

Gilbert & Queen Creek GOP Also Congratulates Senate President Biggs On Congressional Run

Gilbert, Arizona – The Arizona Legislative District 12 Republican Party, representing Gilbert and Queen Creek, expresses its deepest gratitude and appreciation for the career of principled public service Congressman Matt Salmon has given to the people of Arizona. While it is sad to lose a conservative warrior, like Salmon, in the U.S. House of Representatives, we are confident that Senate President Andy Biggs will immediately take up the fight to restore fiscal sanity in Washington, protect our borders and advocate for the heroes serving in our armed forces for Arizona’s fifth congressional district.

“Congressman Salmon has been a steadfast advocate for our community and has led the fight to protect and enhance the freedoms and liberty of Arizonans,” said Arizona Legislative District 12 Republican Party Chairwoman Mickie Niland. “We are incredibly grateful for all that Congressman Salmon has done for Arizona and very excited for Senator Biggs continuing on the legacy of constitutionally rooted service.”

“The level of passion and principled conviction that Congressman Salmon has brought to the House of Representatives during his tenure is truly one-of-a-kind and will long be remembered,” said Gilbert & Queen Creek GOP Vice Chairman Jake Hoffman. “There is no better representative of the people to follow in the footsteps of Congressman Salmon than Senator Andy Biggs. Senator Biggs’ unwavering commitment to the principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, free market prosperity, eradicating illegal immigration and the U.S. Constitution make him the right choice in 2016.”

Senate President Andy Biggs Announces Bid for Arizona’s 5th Congressional District

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Senate President Andy Biggs Announces Bid for Arizona’s 5th Congressional District

Seeks to replace Rep. Matt Salmon, who will serve as campaign chairman

PHOENIX (February 25) – Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs today announced he will run for Arizona’s 5th Congressional District. Biggs, a 25-year Gilbert resident, made the announcement following U.S. Representative Matt Salmon’s announcement earlier today that he is retiring from the office.

“I never envisioned running for Congress, but Matt’s decision to return home leaves a void that must be filled by the kind of strong, conservative voice that the people of Arizona’s 5th District have come to expect and that they deserve,” President Biggs said. “As a state legislator, and as Senate President, I have consistently demonstrated my ability to be a conservative leader who can build the necessary coalitions to pass meaningful reforms. I am ready to take my proven 14-year record to Washington and be that strong conservative voice for the East Valley.”

“My decision to leave Congress and return home was one of the hardest of my career. But I couldn’t be more pleased that Andy has decided to run for my seat and continue the fight to return our nation to the values that made it great,” Rep. Salmon said. “Andy’s record as a public servant is impeccably conservative. As a state legislator, he’s proven himself to be a tireless advocate for lower taxes and less regulation. As Senate President, he has proven his commitment to advancing legislation that will make government smaller, more efficient and more accountable to the people.”

President Biggs campaign for Arizona’s 5th Congressional District will focus on the following principles:

  • Fighting day and night to restore limited government, fiscal responsibility and pro-growth economic policies to the nation’s capitol;
  • Protecting the nation’s porous borders and working to solve the illegal immigration crisis;
  • Pledging to be a passionate advocate for the heroes who made enormous sacrifices while serving our nation proudly, as well as the men and women who wear a uniform today and defend our homeland.

“I am excited and grateful to kick-off my campaign with Matt as my Chairman. As a co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, he is a true champion for the conservative movement and has served his constituents with the highest esteem,” Biggs continued. “His leadership will be sorely missed, and I am honored to have his full support for my campaign.

“I look forward to meeting the voters of Arizona’s 5th Congressional district in the coming months, and continuing in Matt’s footsteps of fighting for conservative principles in Washington.”

“I’ve known Andy and his family for more than two decades, and his character is one of integrity and devotion,” Congressman Salmon concluded. “I am thrilled to chair his campaign and I am committed to doing everything I can to ensure he is successful in representing the wonderful people of Arizona’s 5th Congressional District.”

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About Andy Biggs
Senator Andy Biggs is an Arizona native and has lived in Gilbert with his family for the past 25 years. He is married to Cindy and they have six children. He is a retired attorney and is licensed to practice in Arizona, Washington, and New Mexico. The Senator has a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from BYU and a J.D. degree from the University of Arizona. He earned a M.A. in Political Science from ASU and has done additional graduate work there. Senator Biggs served Legislative District 22 in the State House of Representatives for eight years before being elected to the State Senate in November of 2010. Andy has earned the designation “Champion of the Taxpayer” from Americans for Prosperity for his cumulative service in the state legislature and has been honored numerous times by the Goldwater Institute as a “Friend of Liberty.”

 

View the original press release here.

POLL: Marco Rubio Surges Past Ted Cruz in AZ

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Trump has General Election Problem with GOP Base

(Phoenix, AZ) — MBQF, a public affairs consulting firm, announced the results of a recent survey concerning top tier GOP candidates for president of the United States of America.

The results from the survey show high efficacy primary Republican voters across Arizona represented by likely 2016 turnout models.

In the most recent automated telephonic survey of 736 high efficacy primary republican voters, conducted on February 22, 2016, the survey calculates a 3.61% theoretical margin of error, plus or minus in percentage points, 95% of the time.

The exact question was phrased, “Arizona’s Presidential Preference election will be held March 22nd. Which candidate, listed in alphabetical order are you planning on supporting?”

AZ GOP Presidential Primary 2016 – Feb 22nd, 2016 Results

Donald Trump – 34.8%

Marco Rubio – 22.7%

Ted Cruz – 14.1%

John Kasich – 7.1%

Unsure/Undecided – 21.3%

Michael Noble, consultant and pollster, issued the following statement, “The early primaries and caucuses have winnowed a 17-person field down to just 4 credible choices. Donald Trump maintains his consistent advantage from likely GOP voters. However, the poll shows what many have long discussed – Trump has a ceiling and cannot attract the wide swath of GOP voters.”

Noble added, “Donald Trump is on pace to win Arizona big in March, but would be an underdog to repeat that feat in November.”

For more information about this survey, or a summary of topline data and wording, please contact MBQF Consulting. The margin of error for this survey is +/-3.61%.

Arizona Historical Society Obstructing Science Education

Over 40,000 children visited the once top rated Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum in Phoenix every year. Most were brought by teachers or scout leaders to participate in structured earth science education programs. School busses arrived almost daily, and came from as far away as Yuma.

Then, the Arizona Historical Society gained control of it in 2010.  In early 2011, the AHS inexplicably locked the doors even as children were still scheduled for field trips. Every year since, the AHS has accepted and spent the full mineral museum budget, but has refused to operate the museum.

Now, Senate Bill 1440 would reopen the museum and restore the K-12 education programs by transferring all mineral museum assets to a state agency willing and able to operate the mineral museum. The AHS is now using public funds to hire lobbyists to oppose the bill. The AHS has no plans for the building, but does not want to allow others to reopen the mineral museum for students and teachers.

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Tonight! Conservative comedian Evan Sayet performs in Scottsdale

How Conservative Comedian Evan Sayet Competes With the Top Comedians

 Conservative comedian Evan Sayet is proving that conservatives can be successful in entertainment. Somehow he figured it out despite intense opposition toward conservatives in Hollywood. Last year, Evan Sayet started a national tour of his long running comedy show, The Right to Laugh, which did so well he’s now embarking on a return tour.

I attended his show last year when he came to Scottsdale, Arizona, and have never laughed so hard. Dennis Prager calls him “The funniest man in America.” Warning: I do not recommend bringing a progressive to his show if they don’t have a really good sense of humor. Evan’s style is sort of a cleaner version of Dennis Miller. What I personally enjoy about Evan is he is a true star, but he is also classy and nice. Can’t say that about many of the progressives in Hollywood.

Politichicks asked him why there are so few conservative comedians, and he explained,
There are a good many reasons, but first and foremost amongst them is that people in the entertainment industry make so much money at such an incredibly early age that they are totally isolated from reality. The majority of conservatives in America only became conservative once they entered the real world and tested the theories of their childhood against reality. The entertainer, if you’ve heard his name, has never had to enter the real world and thus he never grows up to become a conservative.

Read the rest of the article at Townhall 
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Hysterically funny conservative comedian Evan Sayet is back this Wednesday at Scottsdale’s Laugh Factory

If you missed conservative comedian Evan Sayet last year when he was in town, you can catch him this Wednesday in Scottsdale. I went last year and had a blast, he insults the left nonstop, reminds me a little of Dennis Miller. Click here to buy tickets, only $20 (there may be a two drink minimum but you can buy pop).

Please spread the word, conservative comedians are shunned by the mainstream media so he relies on us conservative activists to get the word out. We’ve gotta support our conservative entertainers!

I interviewed him last year here

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AZGOP Chairman Defends Rights of Precinct Committeemen to Vote in Election of Convention Delegates

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Robert Graham Countering Efforts of Former Local Party Official Seeking to Disenfranchise Precinct Committeemen
 
PHOENIX – This afternoon Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party expressed outrage today at the ongoing efforts by a former local Republican party leader, A. J. La Faro, who is trying to prevent thousands of Republican Precinct Committeemen from voting in upcoming party elections.
 
“Our local Republican activists are the most precious resource our party has, and it’s just sad to see someone try to keep them from voting in the election of our delegates to the Republican State Convention,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “Every one of our Republican Precinct Committeeman has the right to cast a vote for the delegates of their choice, and no one should disenfranchise our PC’s. As the twice-elected leader of the Arizona Republican Party, I am outraged and taking action to work with every local party chairman to ensure that every Precinct Committeeman is able to participate and cast a vote in these elections, and I absolutely will not let anyone take that right away from them.”
 
Republican Precinct Committeemen (PCs) are elected by Republican voters in each of Arizona’s nearly 1,500 voting precincts statewide. PCs gather each month to conduct party business, and state law permits them to vote by proxy if  unable to attend a particular meeting. PCs can provide a signed, witnessed (or notarized) proxy form to a trusted Republican from their precinct who is attending the meeting, and who may cast their vote for them. The practice assures each and every PC can vote on party business, even if unable to physically attend the meeting.
 
In typical party meetings about half the votes are cast by proxy. At the recent meeting of Maricopa County Republican PC’s chaired by Tyler Bowyer, for example, there were 1,006 present at the meeting and an additional 989 who voted by a proxy given to another member.
 
With significant meetings in the coming months being called throughout Arizona to elect delegates to the Republican State Convention, the right to vote by proxy is especially important.
 
“Our party is all about expanding activists participation, and we trust the chairmen of our local district and county parties to conduct these meetings as they always do and follow our standard party procedures, and I’ll help them do that,” Graham added. “There is no excuse for La Faro’s misinformation campaign and attempt to stop proxy voting, and no one should tolerate his outrageous attempts to stifle the voting rights of our PCs and interfere with our party’s elections process.”
 
The Republican Party State Convention, to be held on April 30, 2016 at the Mesa Convention Center, is where the state delegates elected by the PCs assemble to elect 55 delegates to be sent to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July, where the Republican Nominee for President is selected.

Does Your State Want to Replace Electoral College With Popular Vote for President?

Natalie JohnsonBy Natalie Johnson
(Reposted from The Daily Signal)

An 11th state looks ready to join a national movement to sideline the Electoral College and decide presidential elections by popular vote.

A bipartisan bill moving through the Arizona legislature aims to reallocate the state’s 11 electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the majority of votes on a national scale rather than the candidate who wins the state.

The legislation is part of a nationwide push called the National Popular Vote plan, an effort to create an agreement among states that vow to automatically elect the president of the United States using the national popular vote instead of the final vote count in each respective state.

Robert Hathorne, a Republican activist residing in Arizona, warns that the initiative would “fundamentally change America” by shifting the national political system from a representative democracy to a pure democracy.

“Majority rules was the greatest fear of our Founding Fathers; this is why ‘democracy’ is not written one time in the 4,543 words of the Constitution,” Hathorne told The Daily Signal.

The framers of the Constitution established the Electoral College to give smaller states a voice against larger states when selecting the nation’s leader. Electoral votes are delegated based on a state’s population. Rhode Island, for example, has four electoral votes, while California has 55.

A presidential candidate currently needs a majority of 270 of the Electoral College’s 538 votes to win the White House.

Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, said the National Popular Vote initiative seeks to breach the Constitution and likely would end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

“This entirely changes how the president is elected, and therefore, it affects the basic structure of the Electoral College and the Constitution,” von Spakovsky told The Daily Signal.

Advocates are working to secure support from enough states to reach 270 guaranteed electoral votes, which effectively would throw the outcome of presidential races into the hands of the popular vote.

So far, 10 heavily Democratic states—California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington—have joined the District of Columbia in signing such legislation into law.

Those states make up 165 electoral votes, meaning the initiative has reached roughly 60 percent of the 270 votes needed to reach its goal of sidelining the Electoral College. Arizona would make it 176. The pact won’t go into effect until enough states sign on to hit 270 votes.

Instead of amending the Constitution to eliminate the Electoral College, popular vote advocates are working around the challenging ratification process by going through the states.

Doing away with the Electoral College completely requires a constitutional amendment, meaning two-thirds of both the House and Senate would have to vote for repeal, and then another three-fourths of the states would have to ratify the new amendment.

The National Popular Vote initiative instead works on the state level through an interstate compact requiring far fewer states to support the new process and reach 270 electoral votes. In fact, that number could have been as low as 11 states.

Article I, Section 10 of the Constitution reads: “No state shall, without the consent of Congress … enter into any agreement or compact with another state or with a foreign power.”

Heritage’s von Spakovsky notes that the Supreme Court clarified this provision in the case Virginia v. Tennessee, ruling that only those interstate agreements that increase state power while diminishing federal power must be submitted for congressional approval.

If the National Popular Vote effort reaches its goal of 270 electoral votes, von Spakovsky predicts, the states that decided not to join the pact immediately will file a lawsuit and ultimately land the case in the Supreme Court.

Opponents of national elections by popular vote, including von Spakovsky and Hathorne, argue that the change would create incentives to commit voter fraud in single-party states and jurisdictions.

In deep-blue New York, for example, the incentive for voter fraud isn’t high, because residents know the state is going to elect a Democrat regardless. But if you move from a state-by-state voting system to a national one, von Spakovsky warns, the incentive to “stuff” voting boxes rises: Not only would a Democrat win New York, but he or she could win the national election.

“Why should as few as 12 to 15 states that make up 270 electoral votes rule over 35 other states?” Hathorne asked.

Proponents such as those working for FairVote, for example, argue that the Electoral College creates a “winner takes all” system that drives disparity between “swing” states, where candidates actively campaign, and “solid” states, which the organization says are largely ignored.

Advocates of a popular vote say the change would make every state significant during the election process.

Today, it’s possible for candidates to secure the White House without winning the popular vote across the nation.

In 2000,  George W. Bush won the presidency after the Supreme Court determined he had won Florida even though Al Gore, his Democratic opponent, won the majority of votes nationally. Bush edged Gore by five electoral votes.

The National Popular Vote movement sprung up in the mid-2000s following Gore’s contentious defeat. Through it, a candidate could win a plurality of the national vote and clinch the big seat.

The change “would make recounts an absolute nightmare,” von Spakovsky said, adding:

If electing a president is based entirely on who wins the national popular vote, if that were the 2000 situation, it would have forced a recount in the entire country because every single vote could’ve made a major difference.
In Arizona, the legislation enjoys broad support from both parties in both the House and Senate. But von Spakovsky says voters actually will lose influence if the state switches to the popular vote idea.

He said paid lobbyists, backed by enormous amounts of money, are feeding state legislators “false information” to advance the movement.

“The legislators who have signed on this are being fooled and are being foolish in voting for it,” von Spakovsky said.

Natalie Johnson is a news reporter for The Daily Signal and graduate of The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program. You can follow her on Twitter at @NatalieJohnsonn

VIDEO: What is Arizona’s Prop 123?

The first video by supporters of Prop 123 has debuted. Watch as parents and teachers explain what Prop 123 is and why they are supporting it on May 17th.