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Sticker Shock Drives Phoenicians Opinions Over Proposed Light Rail Expansion – Voters Favor Other Public Priorities
(Phoenix, AZ) — MBQF, a public opinion survey consulting firm, announced today the results of a recent public opinion survey conducted on March 5, 2015. Although the results from the automated telephonic survey show likely Phoenix City voters give initial grudging support toward a light rail and transportation expansion plan – Phoenix voters quickly reverse course once educated about the potential costs and a tax increase. Voters appear to remain skeptical over light rail for other priorities.
In the most recent automated telephonic survey of 580 likely Phoenix City voters, the survey calculates a 4.04% theoretical margin of error, plus or minus in percentage points, 95% of the time. 54.4% of respondents were women while 45.6% were men.
Almost two-thirds of respondents believe their tax-money should be prioritized elsewhere when asked, “NOW, do you feel the city of Phoenix should prioritize transportation and spend $33 Billion dollars over the next 35 years that includes a proposed light rail expansion or do you believe the $33 billion dollars could be best spent in other areas such as education, public safety, police and fire, and health and disability services.”
Press 1 if you believe that the light rail and transportation is the best investment 34.83%
Press 2 if you believe that the money would be best used for other public needs 65.17%
Michael Noble concluded, “When 2/3 of voters agree on a spending issue, policy makers ought to take heed. They are the type of numbers that are usually followed by a voter initiative.”
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 +/-4.04%.
Hello, we are doing a brief survey on current issues within the City of Phoenix. Some elected officials are considering spending tax dollars on transportation and we would like to ask your thoughts on these important issues. Your name was selected at random and your responses are completely confidential.
1. Are you aware that the City of Phoenix has proposed spending $33 billion dollars over the next 35 years to triple the ridership of the current light rail and expand the transportation system?
Press 1 if you are aware 71.9%
Press 2 if you have never heard of it 22.24%
Press 3 if you are unsure 5.86%
2. Supporters of this potential light rail expansion argue that the plan would also expand bus services and improve or fix the city’s aging street system. Do you agree or disagree with these priorities?
Press 1 if you agree 53.79%
Press 2 if you disagree 46.21%
3. Are you aware that if the proposed light rail transportation expansion is approved it would increase Phoenix sales taxes by 15% and cost $161 Million per mile to build and operate? Would this information make you more likely or less likely to support the transportation expansion?
Press 1 for More Likely 26.72%
Press 2 for Less Likely 63.45%
Press 3 if it makes no difference 9.83%
4. NOW, do you feel the city of Phoenix should prioritize transportation and spend $33 Billion dollars over the next 35 years that includes a proposed light rail expansion or do you believe the $33 billion dollars could be best spent in other areas such as education, public safety, police and fire, and health and disability services.
Press 1 if you believe that the light rail and transportation is the best investment 34.83%
Press 2 if you believe that the money would be best used for other public needs 65.17%
5. If you were running the City of Phoenix, please tell me what you personally believe is the most important public priority as a taxpayer. Would you invest tax dollars in Public Safety, Education, Disability services, expansion of the light rail or improvement of freeways/roads?
Press 1 for Public Safety 18.97%
Press 2 for Education 33.97%
Press 3 for Disability services 4.14%
Press 4 for expansion of the light rail 13.28%
Press 5 for repairing and improving current freeways and roads 19.48%
Press 6 if you are unsure 10.17%
6. Leading the charge for the light rail transportation expansion is current Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, while the primary opponent of the light rail transportation expansion is Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio. Based on this, whose leadership do you most trust with your tax money?
Press 1 for Greg Stanton 35.17%
Press 2 for Sal DiCiccio 37.59%
Press 3 if you have no opinion at this time 27.24%
7. Press 1 if you are Male 45.6%
Press 2 if you are Female 54.4%
Thank you for your time.
Recently, a small rally and memorial for fallen police officers was held in Scottsdale in the Scottsdale police headquarters parking lot. The event featured a reading of names of police officers and public safety officer who were killed in the line of duty.
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp and Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell were in attendance along with 75-100 police supporters. About a dozen anti-police agitators crashed the gathering.
To the shock and disgust of many, liberal agitators showed up wearing NAZI and communist uniforms as they shouted down police supporters trying to honor the lives of these deceased police officers.
Dennis Gilman, perhaps one of the most notorious leftist agitators and videographers in Arizona, also showed up at the event and interrupted the gathering attempting to provoke a violent confrontation. He is heard swearing profanities and even physically confronting a supporter. This is Gilman’s normal tactic of provocation in order to acquire a violent reaction on videotape. Gilman, later posted his version of the protest, labeling his video, “Pro Cop Rally Turns Violent.”
In his video footage, Gilman stages a false attack on himself in order to give the impression that pro-police supporters are assaulting him as he continues to videotape the “attack.” What you don’t see is what actually took place.
Gilman pushes his camera into the sign of a supporter and then starts swinging wildly at the sign holder while he throws profanities. Police on site have to step in to warn Gilman to back off from his assault on the sign-carrying supporter. All this is caught on video tape (first person) by Dennis Gilman and then posted on his YouTube account.
Surprisingly, Gilman’s colleague Ray Stern also filmed the “attack” which was also posted on the Ray Stern YouTube account. Those who follow leftist journos will recognize Ray Stern as a staff writer with the liberal Phoenix New Times. Here is his video (and yes, we captured it before it disappears from public views!)
It is clear watching Stern’s video that Gilman launched the provocation first by throwing a litany of profanities and then by pushing his camera into the sign. And Stern caught it all on tape!
But most disgusting was the behavior demonstrated by the anti-police protesters as the names of fallen officers were read during the memorial. As a woman uses the back of a pickup truck as a platform to announce the names of police officers, a protester is heard blowing an air horn to interrupt each name. This continues as anti-police protesters laugh, applaud and jeer the deaths of several police officers. At the end of the video as the name of Officer John Hobbs is read, what appears to be a young woman wearing a “FUCK POLICE” T-shirt yells, “Fuck John Hobbs because you have to arrest the black man!” Those familiar with the tragic death of Phoenix police detective John Hobbs will know that Officer Hobbs was killed on March 3, 2014 while attempting to arrest a white man who had a violent criminal history.
A word of caution to conservatives organizing or participating in these rallies. Be wary of leftist agitators seeking to provoke a confrontation for the purpose of capturing it on video. Leftist agitators are seeking to cause a violent reaction for the purpose of using it in a propaganda stunt. We also encourage attendees to bring cameras and film the event and those filming the event. Be mindful of personal space but hold your ground when charged.
This Saturday, another conservative rally is scheduled in downtown Phoenix with Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Gilman and his provocateurs are expected to be there attempting to cause an incident. If you plan on attending, do not be provoked and do not engage. And bring your cameras!
As part of last Saturday’s Maricopa County Repubilcan Committee Convention, a Presidential Preference Straw Poll was held and this year’s winner was Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Coming in second was Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and third was Ben Carson, whose supporters also went all out, setting up tables and hustling for votes among the GOP faithful.
Cruz’ victory wasn’t a surprise to conservative consultant Constantin Querard. “Ted Cruz does well with Republicans because he paints in bright colors and offers genuine contrast. He’s not afraid to speak the truth and his message of opportunity and optimism resonates with voters.” said Querard, who admitted to being a Cruz fan and whipping the vote for his preferred candidate in the straw poll.
Walker remains a conservative hero after passing several reforms in his blue state and then surviving a massive and well-funded recall effort.
Carson’s opposition to ObamaCare seemed to be his greatest selling point, although questions remain about his position on 2nd Amendment issues in particular.
Other candidates who performed well included Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, and Rand Paul.
The candidates and their vote totals were as follows:
Ted Cruz 66
Scott Walker 59
Ben Carson 49
Mitt Romney 43
Jeb Bush 30
Rand Paul 29
Mike Huckabee 16
Rick Perry 13
Allen West 10
John Kasich 7
Newt Gingrich 5
Bobby Jindal 5
Condoleezza Rice 5
Dennis Michael Lynch 4
Rick Santorum 4
John Bolton 3
Marco Rubio 3
Chris Christie 2
Susana Martinez 2
Sarah Palin 2
Mike Pence 2
Herman Cain 1
Mitch Daniels 1
Nikki Haley 1
Paul Ryan 1
John Thune 1
Here are the results of the straw poll conducted during the January 10th Maricopa County Republican Committee Statutory meeting. The poll gauged precinct committeemen support for the 2016 Presidential candidates and support for the Republican nominee to the US Senate (currently held by John McCain). Twenty-five poll sheets were provided to each of the 20 legislative districts to distribute to the first precinct committeemen to register. The poll was separate from the balloting for officers and resolutions.
2016 Presidential Candidate – Votes
Ted Cruz – 66
Scott Walker – 59
Ben Carson – 49
Mitt Romney – 43
Jeb Bush – 30
Rand Paul – 29
Mike Huckabee – 16
Rick Perry – 13
Allen West – 10
John Kasich – 7
Newt Gingrich – 5
Bobby Jindal – 5
Condoleezza Rice – 5
Dennis Michael Lynch – 4
Rick Santorum – 4
John Bolton – 3
Marco Rubio – 3
Chris Christie – 2
Susana Martinez – 2
Sarah Palin – 2
Mike Pence – 2
Herman Cain – 1
Mitch Daniels – 1
Nikki Haley – 1
Paul Ryan – 1
John Thune – 1
Kelly Ayotte – 0
Haley Barbour – 0
Carly Fiorina – 0
Peter King – 0
Tim Pawlenty – 0
Rob Portman – 0
Brian Sandoval – 0
Tim Scott – 0
2016 Senate Candidate – Votes
Matt Salmon – 106
David Schweikert – 66
Sarah Palin – 49
John McCain – 39
Trent Franks – 38
Write in – 34
Christine Jones – 13
Jan Brewer – 8
Write-Ins – Votes
Paul Gosar – 18
Claire Van Steenwyk – 3
Gabby Saucedo Mercer – 2
Ray Kouns – 1
Joe Arpaio – 1
Wendy Biggs – 1
AJ LaFaro – 2
Kelli Ward – 1
Bill Montgomery – 2
Steve Smith – 1
Susan Bitter-Smith – 1
Mickey Mouse – 1
FoxNews has posted an interview with outgoing Governor Brewer in which she assesses President Obama’s performance as a ‘failed president.’
In the interview, conducted by FoxNews correspondent William La Jeunesse, Brewer calls Obama a ‘very big disappointment’ and ‘thin-skinned.’
She recalls the January, 2012 encounter in which she and the President had words on the tarmac at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. During that confrontation, Obama voiced his objection to Brewer’s presentation of him in her book Scorpions for Breakfast. When Brewer asked Obama why the federal government continued to fail in protecting Arizona’s border, Obama rudely walked away from her. The desert dust-up video went viral and made Governor Brewer a hero with conservatives.
The interview further summarizes Brewer’s battle with the federal government and judges over SB1070 and issuing driver’s licenses to DREAMers.
When La Jeunesse brings up critics allegation of racism, Brewer responds, “Those of us born and raised in the southwest are not racists. Those people are our neighbors. We go to church with us. Their children go to school. They marry into our families. This has nothing to do with racism. The bottom line is the rule of law and what it is doing to our country.”
Brewer is also asked about states rights and her battle against Obamacare in the courts and weighs this against conservative criticism of her expansion of Obamacare’s Medicaid $2 billion program in Arizona. When confronted by La Jeunesse about the hypocrisy of taking a federal handout, she replies, “We have to have our hand out and accept those dollars because a lot of those things we’re delivering services for are mandated on the State of Arizona.”
Finally, the media clip features an assessment by long-time Arizona political journalist Howard Fischer who refers to Brewer as a “political animal.”
Here’s the entire interview:
I was not in attendance at tonight’s Maricopa County Republican Executive Guidance Committee meeting but it is being reported that the committee was threatened with a lawsuit if it stripped party voting privileges from 11 Republican precinct committeemen who publicly supported and advocated for the election of several Democrats during the General Election.
Who threatened to sue?
None other than the racist and loud-mouthed Barbara Espinosa.
Espinosa, a local loose-cannon, supported Fred DuVal over Doug Ducey in the General Election. She even referred to now Governor-elect Ducey as a member of a drug cartel.
She was joined by several other elected Republican precinct committeemen who also threatened to sue if their political party voting privileges were removed.
Many longstanding precinct committeeman believe that these politically traitorous precinct committeemen lost those privileges when they failed to perform their duties in accordance with Arizona Revised Statute 16-822 E and the 2014 Continuing Bylaws of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, Article VI, Section 5(B) – “Endorsement of Non-Republican Candidates (link).
Removing voting privileges applies only to party process and NOT to Constitutionally-protected voting rights. (They are not the same). In addition, only party officials have jurisdiction over how these privileges are defined and enforced. It is NOT a government matter and state law does not override a private party matter.
Unfortunately, with the bravado of a lawsuit threat on the table, the EGC quickly buckled and decided to take a pass on stripping these rogue PC’s of their voting privileges.
Now any elected Republican precinct committeeman can actively and publicly help a Democrat candidate to get elected without any ramification(s).
In other news from the EGC meeting, current Maricopa County Chairman AJ LaFaro decided not to seek another term. This means the seat will be open for any Maricopa County Republican Precinct Committeeman to seek in January, 2015.
As Election Day draws near, many conservatives are seeking information on how to vote for the judges. We’ve compiled a brief list of resources that will help prepare you in this important vote.
The first place to start is the Center for Arizona Policy website “AZVoterGuide.com.” This is a compilation of lists of the various judges up for retention along with links to their surveys. You will find everything from the Arizona Supreme Court Justices to the Superior Court Judges in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal Couties. It is quite an extensive list so plan on spending a little time reviewing the judges’ surveys.
Here’s a link to the AZVoterGuide.com site: http://azvoterguide.com/candidates/2014/judges/az/
We also receive recommendations from fellow conservatives like Representative Warren Petersen. Here is his list also making the rounds: (Thanks Rep, Petersen!)
**** My exception to this list is Gerald Porter – PLEASE VOTE FOR GERALD PORTER! ****
Vote YES on these judges:
Bailey, Cynthia J.
Blomo, James T.
Brodman, Roger R.
Crawford, Janice K.
Dunn, Boyd W.
Herrod, Michael J.
Hyatt, Carey S.
Ishikawa, Brian K.
Sinclair, Joan M.
Svoboda, Pamela Hearn
Viola, Danielle J.
Vote NO on these judges:
Aceto, Mark F.
Anderson, Aimee L.
Anderson, Arthur T
Barton, Janet R.
Bergin, Dawn M.
Brain, Mark H.
Brotherton, William L.
Cooper, Katherine M
Cunanan, David O.
Davis, Norman J.
Duncan, Sally S.
Fenzel, Alfred M.
Fink, Dean M.
Foster, Jr., George H.
Gama, J. Richard
Hegyl, Hugh E.
Hicks, Bethany G.
Howe, Randall M.
Johnsen, Diane M.
Kreamer, Joseph C.
Martin, David G.
Mroz, Rosa, P.
Myers, Samuel J.
Norris, Benjamin R.
O’Connor, Karen L.
Pineda, Suzanna C.
Porter, Gerald J.
Rea, John C.
Reinstein, Peter C.
Ronan, Emmet J.
Talamante, David M.
Thumma, Samuel A.
Warner, Randall H.
Welty, Joseph C.
Willet, Eileen S.
This list also matches a list being circulated by local conservative activist Sandi Bartlett. Thanks Sandi!
Sign up for phone banking for Wendy Rogers! This is our chance to win CD-9 so please reserve your spot at either the Tempe or Chandler locations.
Two new ads just launched in Arizona’s first and second congressional districts. The National Republican Congressional Committee posted these on their independent expenditure YouTube channel. We thought you’d appreciate them.
Also note that Republicans are now messaging a strong national security theme with voters.
First the AZ01 ad:
And the AZ02 ad: