Congressman Gosar Town Hall TONIGHT

The Arizona Energy Forum cordially invites you to a Town Hall Forum featuring:

Congressman Paul Gosar (AZ-01)
Tuesday, May 1st
6:00pm-7:30pm

Prescott Resort & Conference Center
1500 State Route 69
Prescott, AZ 86301

Also speaking:

Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog

Come listen to Congressman Paul Gosar speak about national energy
policy, rising gas prices, and other issues affecting our community.

This forum is free and open to the public.

For more information or to RSVP, please call Paul Layeux at 602.955.2186
or email arizonaenergyforum@live.com.

The Arizona Energy Forum is a bipartisan coalition of Arizona citizens that support energy
policies that protect our nation’s energy and economic security, hearby protecting American jobs, and keeping energy prices low for American families.

Arizona Capitol Times Using a Conservative Voice On Their Capitol Roadshow

Finally, a Tucson civic event where a conservative gets a leading voice.

On Friday, the Arizona Capitol Times is taking its informative Capitol Roadshow on the road to Tucson. Headlining one of the discussion panels is campaign consultant Constantin Querard, a staunch pro-life conservative. Querard is part of the discussion: Budgeting, Redistricting and the upcoming elections.

Because he represents so many Republican candidates, Querard should have a lot of insight into the coming election. Other insiders and media figures will be on hand to talk about what’s going on at the Legislature.

Details of the Roadshow are below. This is an event worth checking out.

Tucson Capitol Roadshow Press Release

Conservative Bloggers Voice Support For Marketplace Fairness Act

Conservative Bloggers Voice Support For Marketplace Fairness Act

Consensus continues to grow regarding the need for e-fairness legislation as two prominent conservative bloggers recently voiced their support for the Marketplace Fairness Act. Neil Stevens’ post over the weekend on the conservative blog RedState explains how he’s come around on the idea of e-fairness legislation.

From Neil Stevens’ post on RedState:

“Also, we’re back to discussing the Marketplace Fairness Act. As we’ve discussed before, this is a bill that would give Congressional approval to an interstate compact between the states to collect sales tax across state lines, requires member states to harmonize their tax rules to fit in with the interstate system. The bill is gaining Congressional support this time around. In theory I’m fine with this. It’s Constitutional and it’s reasonable. I disagree with Overstock.com’s complaints of complexity, because the compact imposes restrictions on the way the states can tax items, and also creates mechanisms to ease collection of the taxes.”

In yesterday’s post on Hot Air, Jazz Shaw goes even further – saying he’s no longer “on the fence” about the Marketplace Fairness Act – especially after yet another conservative voice, Maine Governor Paul LePage (R), declared his support for it.

From Jazz Shaw’s post on Hot Air:

“As I’ve stated before, I was on the fence about this one for a long time. Even leaving aside the “taxes are bad” thing, anything which could impede online commerce just strikes a sour note with many of us. I had also considered the possibility that maybe this could be worked out at the state level, but a recent attempt in Illinois to do just that produced… nothing. But after sifting through all of the pros and cons, I have to admit that it may be time to just get it over with and do this.

The reason? Like it or not, fiscal conservatives must, at a minimum, believe in a level playing field. Equality of opportunity, not results… remember? After looking over the new Ryan Plan Part 2, I’m reminded that as we tighten our belt at the federal level, more and more things will need to be pushed back down to the states. Each of them will have to manage their budgets as they see best, and for the majority of them a state sales tax is part of their revenue stream. While it may be depressing, the feds need to provide each of them a chance to compete evenly…”

It may be time to just bite the bullet and pass this legislation.”

COINS Act Advocates Special Interest

On July 25, 2011, Representative David Schweikert (R-AZ) introduced HR 2635, the COINS Act of 2011 to the House of Representatives. The bill proposes a switch from the dollar bill to the dollar coin, but unlike previous attempts to implement this change, the COINS Act mandates the removal of all dollar bills from circulation as well as the circulation of the Presidential dollar coin. Advocates of this act claim the switch from the dollar bill to the dollar coin would save the US $5.6 billion over thirty years…seems like a win-win situation right? Wrong.
Like most initiatives proposed in Congress, advocates of the COINS Act have alternative motives for passing this bill—the mining industry. The dollar coin’s strongest supporters, Schweikert, Senator Jon Kyl, and former Representative Jim Kolbe, also happen to represent the state of Arizona. Schwiekert’s constituency in Arizona is one of the nation’s most profitable mining states, producing over 65% of the nation’s total copper output and raking in over $9.2 billion direct and indirect funds for the state. The elements of the dollar coin, which is 88.5% copper, 6% zinc, 3.5% manganese and 2% nickel, are all mined and exported from the state of Arizona.

While these figures alone are no cause for concern, the variable prices of these metals are. The numbers put forth by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) surrounding the projected savings by the COINS Act neglect to mention how the price of the metals used to make them have increased substantially over the past ten years. The price of copper per pound hit a record high of $457 in February of this year, over a 700% increase from the price per pound in 2001, and the price continues to fluctuate but has yet to fall below $350 since January 2008. Comparatively, the price of zinc has risen by over 100% in the past ten years and nickel by over 250%.

The supporters of this bill are not looking to save American taxpayers money; they are looking to boost Arizona’s economy. This act proposes a change that would allegedly save taxpayers billions over the course of thirty years, but what has been left in the dark are the inconsistencies associated with the bill. Even without considering the costs of producing, transferring, distributing, storing and managing dollar coins, the GAO estimate shows the dollar coin would cost the government and taxpayer’s money in the first four years and would not break even for at least the next 10 years.

This bill is an obvious attempt to help the already thriving mining industry that provides Schweikert’s constituents with $2.6 billion in personal incomes, $6.15 billion in business sales and $468 million in state and local government income. By eliminating the dollar bill, Schweikert will bring a stimulus to his state at the expense of the federal government and American citizens. Thus far this bill has flown under the guise that it will help to bring the country out of debt when in reality it will do nothing but hurt the government, businesses and citizens for the next ten years. The dollar coin has been pushed before and has failed to catch on, and with good reason—they are inconvenient, expensive and an utter waste of Congress’s time.

 

Quayle Town Hall tomorrow night

COINS? NO WAY!!

Typically, legislation presented by our fine Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) gathers almost instantaneous praise from his conservative supporters.

However, he has put his reputation as an expert “numbers guy” in Washington at risk by introducing the Currency Optimization, Innovation and National Savings Act, or COINS.

The COINS legislation calls for an end of $1 paper bill production in order to increase the circulation of a $1 coin. Schweikert touts this as an investment that will save big bucks for the government in a few decades, But this just isn’t the case. It will not save money. The Congressman failed to mention that the government would actually lose money during the first four years of implementation, and that if Americans reject the $1 coin (as they have before- think Susan B. Anthony, Sacagawea, etc.), those losses will likely never be regained.

There has been a $1 presidential coin in circulation for several years, and it has been rejected by the American people so much so that there is an estimated $1 billion worth of them sitting in the Federal Reserve’s vaults.

In addition to Schweikert’s efforts, talk about COINS has been circulating within Congress’ new Super Committee as a potential money saver for the federal government. For now, the conversations about $1 coins are rudimentary; hopefully it will stay this way.

It is painful to imagine the Super Committee spending any time debating $1bills vs. $1 coins. And it would be disappointing if the organization charged with immediate deficit reduction for the country would give this serious consideration. The fact is coins are not a money saver.

The American people have made it clear time and time again how strongly they feel against the implementation of $1 coins. Congressman Schweikert and The Super Committee should take note.

Congressman Schweikert – we appreciate the effort, but this proposal is a stinker.

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Great For Arizona Economy

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

This week’s debt ceiling debate, not surprisingly, has us all focused on policing government spending.  And one suggestion that’s been circulated is to slow production of certain defense projects, such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  That conversation takes place at a time when Arizonans anticipate Luke Air Force Base will be the training home for the aircraft. There are already suppliers and experts in our state working on it, and we need the jobs and economic development that a large squadron multi-role stealth aircraft would bring.
Arizona’s congressional delegation must stand for high-rate production of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The aging F-16 squadron at Luke already shrunk from 185 fighters six years ago to now 138 – with the base’s population slipping down to 7,400 personnel from the original 8,000. That’s fewer jobs, meaning diminished wages and decreased revenue for the state.
We can’t turn this around with more F-16s. They’re outdated and, frankly, enemy technology is fast catching up with them.  We need next-generation technology to keep our men and women safe.
The F-35 project brings nearly $90 million in economic impact from the work of 19 suppliers based here in the state.  So, full production would bring more jobs at Luke, and more jobs throughout Arizona.  And that’s just the tip of it.
Several years ago, an independent study discovered that Luke AFB alone was bringing in $2.2 billion annual revenue for Arizona.  There’s nothing chump about that kind of change. Included is an economic engine from nearly 100,000 retired military personnel living around the base and the many businesses, schools and community institutions in surrounding metropolitan areas that depend on that income for its existence.
So, supporting the F-35 is, in reality, supporting the state and growing jobs. Projections estimate that the initial base construction phase for the F-35s would generate $125 million by itself.  Again: more jobs.
We could talk all day about the F-35 as the most advanced multi-role stealth combat aircraft in the world.  And it doesn’t hurt to mention how much we need it to maintain our global air superiority (would you believe that some of our aircraft are nearly 30 years old??).
But, we really need our representatives in Washington to hear this loud and clear. Simply put, this is all beneficial for Arizona―with the extra-added bonus of protecting our country and people in uniform. We need to get the F-35 here, benefit from the job growth, train the pilots and get this aircraft in full flight.  That’s a no-brainer Arizonans can’t afford to take chances on.

Former U.S. Congressman John Shadegg Endorses Ron Carmichael for Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party

PHOENIX, AZ:  Former U.S. Congressman John Shadegg announced his endorsement of Ron Carmichael for Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.  Shadegg recently retired after serving his 8th term in Arizona Congressional District 3.

“I’ve known Ron Carmichael for many years and am pleased to endorse him for Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party,” Shadegg said.   “Ron is a solid conservative who will work to build a stronger, more unified Party.  At this point in our Nation’s history, we as Conservatives must work harder than ever to preserve the freedoms that make this country great.

Ron knows how important the fight for freedom is. He also knows that we cannot win without the hard work of our grassroots supporters and the financial support of our donors. It is critical as we go into the 2012 election that we unite to elect conservative Republicans from the Courthouse to the White House.  Ron understands this challenge.”

Former Congressman John Shadegg joins U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, Arizona Speaker of the House Kirk Adams, 2010 Congressional nominee Ruth McClung, as well as a large number of district chairman, county chairman, and former state chairman in endorsing Ron Carmichael.

Ruth McClung Endorses Ron Carmichael for Arizona Republican Party Chairman

TUCSON, AZ:  2010 Republican Congressional nominee Ruth McClung endorsed Ron Carmichael as the next Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.  McClung cited Ron Carmichael’s plan to provide strong support to Republican candidates across the state.

“Looking forward to 2012, our Party will face a momentous election.  Although I believe Marty Hermanson is a great candidate, I endorse Ron Carmichael for State Chairman,” McClung said.  “Ron has decades of experience but is also willing to listen to new ideas. I found it refreshing to hear that he plans to organize help at the statewide level for candidates who have won their primaries. I am particularly aware of the importance of this help because it was a critical element that was lacking in my campaign against Raul Grijalva. I believe he will be a unifying force within the party and will help us complete the work begun in 2010.”

Ron Carmichael has been a resident of Arizona since 1964, and has served as a district chairman, precinct committeeman, state committeeman, campaign advisor, and chairman for numerous candidates.  Ron was also a Young Republican State Chairman and Chairman of the Young Republican National Convention Committee.

Arizona Speaker of the House Kirk Adams Announces Endorsement of Ron Carmichael


Following the path of Senator Jon Kyl and countless district and county chairman, Arizona Speaker of

the House Kirk Adams has announced his endorsement of Ron Carmichael as the next Chairman of the

Arizona Republican Party. As leader of the Arizona House of Representatives, Kirk Adams has long been

an advocate of conservative values and policies.


“I am proud to support Ron Carmichael for Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party,” Speaker Adams

said.  Ron is committed to a wen-funded grassroots effort in recruiting and electing Republicans across

Arizona, and brings the leadership necessary to add to our Republican majorities in the Arizona

Legislature. “

Since moving to Arizona in 1964, Ron has held many positions within the Arizona Republican Party,

including district chairman, precinct committeeman, state committeeman, campaign advisor, as well as

chairman for numerous Republican candidates.