Kevin Thompson Announces Re-Election Bid for Mesa City Council

Four years ago I announced my bid to run for Mesa City Council District 6. What a ride it has been!

My passion is serving the community, and I am grateful for the trust the citizens of Southeast Mesa continue to place in me. Without a doubt it is the most challenging and rewarding job I’ve ever had.

Kevin Thompson Family

Today, I proudly announce that I am seeking re-election for another four-year term to represent the voters of District 6.

We’ve accomplished a lot during the past three years, particularly in the areas of economic development. When I first ran for office, I promised to focus on working to bring quality jobs to Mesa. I can’t take credit for all of the growth we’ve experienced, but I continued the vision that was set in place before me, and I’ve challenged the departments within our City to do it better, more efficiently, and more effectively than anyone else. You can’t say you’re open for business if your actions don’t show it. We’ve instilled confidence in the business community and the development community, and our district continues to shine as a model for the entire City.

In just three short years since I’ve entered office, Chandler-Gilbert Community College expanded their campus at Mesa Gateway, Gateway Polytechnic was built at Bella Via, and Eastmark has become the fastest growing community in Arizona. Apple announced their Global Command Center with a $2 billion dollar investment, Dignity Health constructed a new hospital, DuPont Fabros announced plans for a giant data center campus, Niagra Bottling is bringing 50 jobs along with a $76 million dollar investment, and EuroContempo is bringing jobs and a $10 million dollar investment to Ray Road. We’ve also seen incredible growth in our industrial sector including an expansion of CMC Steel, a new facility from Matheson Tri Gas, an expansion from Fuji at their Pecos plant, and a new Metso repair facility. Not to mention we are now home to the largest Fry’s Marketplace in Arizona, a new Courtyard Marriott, and scores of new restaurants.

All of this growth however, does not mean I will serve as a rubber stamp. I continue to ask questions to insure our tax dollars are spent in a fiscally responsible manner and challenge proposals that do not have taxpayers best interests in mind. How much does it cost? Where is the money coming from? Who benefits? Are there alternatives? I will continue to ask these questions because I owe it to you and I owe it to my family. After all, like you, I’m still a resident and taxpayer of Mesa.

Regardless of whether you voted for me before, I’m hopeful that, over the past three years, I’ve instilled your trust and gained your confidence. There’s a lot left that I want us to accomplish as a District and a City, and I would greatly appreciate your support.

Vote “Thompson” for Mesa in 2018.

More Fake News: Frosty Taylor promotes whacky conspiracy theory about party finances, gets smacked down by party treasurer

By Calamity June

Earlier this week, Frosty Taylor published yet another conspiracy-laden post about Arizona Republican Party Finances. Using the same lies and innuendo, she suggested that the party was attempting to sideline duly elected treasurer Bob Lettieri and prevent him from doing his job.

Foil HatIn fact, she made this assertion without even ATTEMPTING to reach out to Treasurer Lettieri…to find out if her story was true.

And what prompted this baseless and vile accusation? The fact that Chairman Jonathan Lines, in consultation with the treasurer himself, has brought on a new team to ensure 100% compliance at the state party.

Oh, the horror!

To his credit, Mr. Lettieri, who actually ran against the Lines slate at the January State meeting, immediately responded to Frosty’s post, setting the record straight:

Red Curve is not replacing me as Treasurer for I am irreplaceable. Joking aside, the focus of the time I spend at the AZGOP office is to review information not to perform accounting functions. The more accurate and reliable the information I work with makes the reporting I am responsible for more timely and reliable. It is critical that the required FEC and State reporting be timely and accurate to prevent penalties for late and inaccurate filing.  While in the process of reviewing the accounting information I have made recommendations that improvements were needed for me to have more reliance in the information I needed from accounting. Thus, changes, have been made that will result in improvements to both the quality of accounting information and meeting required filing deadlines. Red Curve was hired with my concurrence as Treasurer base on careful consideration with Chairman Lines and Matthew Kenny. 

Lettieri concludes:

Please contact me with your concerns or if you need additional information about RedCurve. I believe that the AZGOP is making great strides to demonstrate transparency and these posts are counterproductive to our efforts to bring unanimity to the Party.

But of course, Frosty won’t do this. Why? Because she is dishonest. She’s not a journalist or a reporter. She’s a rabble-rousing hater. Her aim is to lie, to tear down, to berate, and to destroy the institutions of the party. Instead of clearing up any confusion with a simple phone call, she attempted to create controversy and confusion.

Nice try, Frosty. Despite your best efforts, you’ve once again been called out for your lies. Despite running on opposite slates, Chairman Lines and Treasurer Lettieri are working together to further the goals of the party and win elections.

And not even your fake news site can take that fact away.

Bridger Kimball Announces for Arizona’s LD-11 House Seat

Bridger Kimball

Former Maricopa City Councilman Bridger Kimball Announces Bid for the Arizona House of Representatives in LD11

Maricopa, AZ –  Recently, Bridger Kimball filed paperwork with the Arizona Secretary of State’s office to officially kick-off his campaign to fill the open house seat of Arizona’s legislative district 11. 

Kimball is a military veteran having served in the United States Marine Corps until his service was cut abruptly by a significant non-combat injury which led to an honorable medical discharge.  

Kimball is also a small business owner where he serves as president of the popular Rangemasters Shooting Range (d.b.a. Caswells Shooting Range).

In 2012, Kimball was elected to the City Council of Maricopa where he learned the value of being a public servant and working with others to make Maricopa a great place to live and raise a family.

“All my life I have wanted to serve whether it was in our nation’s military, community or government,” said Kimball. “Arizona has always been my home where, if elected, I will fight to improve our education system, protect 2nd amendment rights, support small businesses and honor our military veterans.”

Kimball is an Arizona native and was born in Mesa and has been residing in the city of Maricopa since 2003 with his wife Mary and their two amazing children, Keegan, 13, and Liam, 11.

‘Republican’ Briefs, Anything But Republican, Has Become Conspiracy Ranting Post

By Calamity June

There is a scene in the off beat comedy, “So I Married and Axe Murderer,” when the lead character’s mother refers to a supermarket tabloid as “the paper” giving it an air of authority and credibility. Amused, her son responds, “mom, I find it interesting that you refer to the Weekly World News as ‘the paper.’”

Which brings us to another fictional publication that far too many people still read as facts, instead of the fake news that it really is: Frosty Taylor’s Republican Briefs.

As we’ve chronicled before, Frosty spends her days not supporting republican candidates, or advancing conservative principles. Instead, she is a clearing house for bizarre conspiracy theories, gratuitous attacks on GOP office holders, and outright lies. She gives voice to anyone with a grudge, and while she fancies herself a journalist who covers Republican politics, what she really provides is a cesspool of gossip and tabloid trash.

And that was before this weekend.

On Saturday, Frosty printed what can only be described as a convoluted, deranged rant, suggesting that “smart meters affect the human heart.’ This delusional, conspiracy-laden thought should not be encouraged, or given voice in a Republican magazine. We can only wonder if Frosty will next focus on chem trails or vaccines. Either way, she does a disservice to her readers…at least those she has left.

Then on Sunday, Frosty printed, verbatim and without seeking comment, a vicious attack on Arizona GOP Chairman Jonathan Lines. Even worse, she hides behind the words of Navajo county Chairman Steven Slaton, who has done a horrendous job recruiting PCs (he has fewer than 20) and mobilizing Republicans, seems to have time to hurl lies about our State GOP.

At issue is Chairman Lines Memorial Day visit to the World War II Memorial in Hawaii. Frosty and Chairman Slaton use this trip to honor our heroes by suggesting that the chairman used party funds to make the trip. They did not ask the chairman directly, or ask anyone at party headquarters whether or not this is true. It’s easier just to make the suggestion, without bothering to ask for comment.

Frosty and Steven Slaton may not believe in fairness or full disclosure, but we do…so we asked the chairman whether he used party funds for his trip to Hawaii: “Absolutely not. I was invited by a close friend of mine, and I wanted to represent the party with communities that have historically been ignored by our party. I offered to write my friend a personal check for the expense…he refused,  and picked up the cost of my trip himself. At no time did I ever consider using party funds for this activity. Any insinuation to the contrary is a lie.’

Seems pretty clear to us.

Slaton and Frosty also seem to take issue with a number of other AZ GOP activities, none of which are in the least bit controversial or out of the ordinary. Chairman Lines has already explained the legal debt that he inherited (and is working hard to pay off without impacting the party’s operating budget) along with requesting non-disclosure agreements from any staff or officers who come into contact with sensitive financial information. Perhaps Frosty and Slaton would prefer it if the party ledger were made available to anyone, including democrats!

There’s a reason that the vast majority of party activists now get their news from the GOP daily newsletter, ignoring the daily dose of gossip and lies from Frosty Taylor.

But to those who continue to open the Briefs, perhaps this will be the final straw for you…there’s just no reason to click on the link.

AZGOP: Kick Rocks, Kirkpatrick

PHOENIX (May 26) — The Arizona Republican Party today launched a petition in response to the petition being circulated by Arizona democratic operatives who want to draft Ann Kirkpatrick in Arizona’s second congressional district.

Kick Rocks Kirkpatrick

“It completely blows my mind that Arizona democrats think this is even remotely a good idea,” said Arizona Republican Party Communications Director Torunn Sinclair. “We all know how 2016 turned out for Ann — it was ugly — and when you break down the numbers to be CD-2 specific, it’s bad. Arizona voters spoke loud and clear — they don’t want her representing them. She already walked out on her constituents in her congressional district once. She doesn’t need to do it again by carpetbagging to Southern Arizona. She should stay home and hang up her boots permanently.”
The 2016 CD-2 vote counts were as follows:
McSally: 179,806
McCain: 153,649
Kirkpatrick: 143,620

Arizona Business Owners React to Hearing in U.S. House Ways and Means Committee

Americans for Affordable Products

Hearing Showcases Border Adjustment Tax Based on Academic Theory, Not Real-World Reality

Scottsdale, AZ – Local business owners throughout Phoenix are sharing their reactions on the U.S. House’s recently-concluded Ways & Means Committee hearing focused on the border adjustment tax.  Anthony Cantelmo, owner of Fifth and Ford Cigars, said “The Border Adjustment Tax will cripple my business here in Scottsdale.  I cannot absorb a 20% increase in costs for the items that I import, which is everything. I’ll have to make some very painful decisions—scale back business, let employees go or close my doors. None of these are desirable. I hope that the committee will reconsider this proposal and think of the small business owners like myself.”

John Arterburn, owner of Ace Hardware in Scottsdale, also had a strong reaction to the hearing, saying “The committee wants tax reform that’s based on fairness and simplicity. The Border Adjustment Tax provides neither. Everyone will be touched one way or another by the price hikes it will impose.”

Jim Mapstead, owner of Accurate Signs and Engraving, released the following statement, saying “Retail accounts for 20 percent of the jobs in the U.S. That’s a big chunk of the economy to hit with a 20 percent price hike on the cost of doing business.  There must be a better way and hopefully the Ways and Means Committee is looking at alternatives.”

Americans for Affordable Products is a coalition of job creators, entrepreneurs, business leaders and consumers united against higher prices on everyday necessities. To learn more, please visit:

www.KeepAmericaAffordable.com.

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Wanted: Maricopa Republicans to Protect Election Integrity

By Gina Swoboda

I met with a member of Recorder Fontes’ community outreach staff today to get a better understanding of the changes they are making.

The Democrats are very active and fully funded and have been volunteering in droves, recently doubling their County PCs from 759 to 1500.

We have in my opinion, a great need to get Republicans signed up to volunteer to be part of the process to ensure integrity within the system.

The County Recorder’s office requires ‘opposing’ parties to participate on Citizen Boards.

These are the people who look at the mail in ballots and cross check each other’s work. One person will usually be a Democrat, and with low GOP participation, the cross checker will be a Green or Libertarian.

We really need Republicans on these boards. Fontes’ office is limiting the duration of the shifts, they will no longer be 12-15 hours long with people sleeping in their cars.

Poll watchers are absolutely still needed, but I think that, in light of the changes we are seeing, it is imperative that we get Republicans inside the process.

****There will be a volunteer orientation on Saturday, June 10th from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at the downtown ballot processing facility on the corner of Lincoln and 3rd Ave. (not the main office building near sheriff’s dept.).  There will be an opportunity to hear what they are doing and volunteer if desired.****

Details as provided by the Recorder’s office:
Orientation Program-  the Recorder’s Office is initiating on June 10th, Saturday from 10:00-Noon.  In our efforts to professionalize and legitimize roles for those who are interested in helping the Recorder’s election efforts by; registering voters, helping at election sites, and as citizen board members, we have defined a  program for everyone to attend.

High level overview to include:

  • A Volunteer Orientation Program – which everyone will need to attend once (first one is June 10th.)
  • 4 levels of exceptional volunteer work will be available

Thank you,

Gina Swoboda
LD23 PC, Maricopa Precinct

Martha McSally Making A Difference to Fix Failed Healthcare

By Southern Arizona Sam

Martha McSallyThe so-called “Affordable Care Act,” better known as Obamacare, has been a disaster any way you look at it.

First, it promised to bring down the cost of healthcare for middle class Americans. Wrong: premiums and other out of pocket costs continue to sore.

Second, President Obama promised people that if they liked their healthcare or their doctors, they could keep them. As we all know that has proven to be false as well.

As with most complicated federal programs, Obamacare created more red tape, more bureaucracy, created higher costs, and created shrinking healthcare options. With less competition, costs seem poised to sky rocket even further.

The political facts demonstrate that the American people, and certainly Arizonans, are opposed to Obamacare. First, in 2010, Republicans took the majority of the House in one of the largest electoral shifts in American history. Then in 2014, they reclaimed the Senate. Both did so on a platform of fixing, repealing, or replacing Obamacare.

With just weeks to go before the 2016 Presidential election, in states like Arizona, many people received notice that they were going to lose their healthcare in 2017. The plan simply didn’t work for many insurance companies and doctors. Obamacare promised coverage and yet many Arizonan’s were two months away from losing coverage.

The new Republican healthcare alternative has had its detractors but here are the facts about the bill.

  1. It will create more competition in the marketplace. This will give consumers more options and lower costs.
  2. It will allow people with pre-existing conditions to have healthcare.
  3. It will provide a stable transition so that people can keep coverage as they move to the new plan.

In Arizona, we should applaud Congresswoman Martha McSally, Congressmen Trent Franks, Paul Gosar, and David Schweikert for supporting this bill. It is a promise kept to voters and shows a real recognition that the current healthcare system is unsustainable and unworthy of the greatest nation in the world.

Congresswoman McSally should garner special mention for her leadership. She is getting criticized for her vote but she is doing what she promised the voters she would do. She also fought for the interests of ALL Americans by adding an amendment to eliminate healthcare exemptions for members of Congress. 

We should be very proud of our Congresswoman McSally and those Republicans who stood up for lower health care costs for all Arizonans. We applaud her service to her constituents.

Failed Chairman Cries Wolf to Frosty’s Fake News

By Calamity June

Tom Morrissey

Tom Morrissey

Four years ago, Tom Morrissey walked out of the AZ GOP office for the last time. In his wake, he left the party in a massive financial hole, missing equipment stolen by former staff, and ethical questions swirling regarding alleged kickbacks and improper use of Republican Party funds.

When Morrissey attempted a comeback two years later in a bid to become Maricopa County GOP chairman, he finished 3rd in a 3-person race.

It is hard to imagine a worse messenger on the issues of transparency and financial disclosure. Remember when Tom Morrisey’s state party used to pay thousands of dollars in “consulting fees” to a towing company owned by a party staffer that Morrisey had claimed to fire?

And yet, on Thursday, Morrissey ran to possibly the only outlet in Arizona that has any interest in what he has to say: The Republican Briefs, better known as Frosty’s Fake News.

The substance of Mr. Morrissey’s attack is largely irrelevant, but here it goes. Morrissey is shocked…SHOCKED…that the Arizona GOP is keeping sensitive financial information private by requesting non-disclosure agreements from anyone in possession of proprietary documents.

This is standard operating procedure. It protects the party. It protects GOP donors. And it protects the signers, who can operate with confidence knowing that the documents they have access to will be kept in the strictest of confidence from those that might use the information for nefarious purposes.

While Morrissey’s attacks are baseless, and the clear rantings of a failed chairman who was unable to execute even the most basic tasks of a Party leader, the real shame, as usual, goes to Frosty Taylor, and her misguided and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to impugn the integrity of Chairman Jonathan Lines and his professional team at the AZ GOP.

While Frosty’s #FakeNews gives unfettered access to every personal attack, unfounded rumor and bald faced lie, she’s been remarkably silent when it comes to supporting Republicans and attacking Democrats.

While Lines and the GOP have relentlessly pointed out the thousands of dollars accepted by liberal Kyrsten Sinema from known sex-traffickers, and Ruben Gallego’s hypocritical attacks on GOP rock-star Martha McSally, Frosty’s Fake News has chosen instead to train fire on fellow Republicans.

As we’ve said before, perhaps she’d be more comfortable working for the Democrats…she’s probably the best ally they have.

Republicans Pass Budget That Raises Teacher Pay by $1,000 Above Inflation

Republicans Pass Budget That Raises Teacher Pay by $1,000 Above Inflation and Invests Over $300 Million in New K-12 Spending

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Speaker J.D. Mesnard (R-17) and Senate President Steve Yarbrough (R-17) this morning applauded passage of a budget that increases teacher pay by an average of $1,000 and adds over $300 million for K-12 education.

“Republicans in the Legislature and Governor Ducey have worked hard to craft a budget that reflects Arizonans’ top priority: education,” said Speaker Mesnard.  “This budget includes a $1,000 raise beyond inflation for public school teachers, over $300 million in new K-12 spending, a massive investment in university research facilities and infrastructure, and dozens of other provisions that boost education funding.”

“Conservative budgeting over the past few years put extra money in our state coffers,” said President Yarbrough.  “With that, this year we boosted teacher paychecks, provided funding for school repairs and the construction of six new schools, targeted tens of millions of dollars to schools getting results, guaranteed yearly funding for university building projects and provided an additional $30 million to repair our roads.  We also delivered a broad-based tax cut and left the state with a structurally-balanced budget.  I’d say the people of Arizona are better off because of this state budget.”

Highlights of the budget:

·         In addition to inflation and growth increases, directs $68 million over two years for an average $1,000 raise for public school teachers.

·         Appropriates $62.9 million for new school construction projects.

·         Provides $37.6 million for Results-Based Funding for K-12 education.

·         Offsets the impact of Prop. 206 on the developmentally disabled community by directing $45 million to the Department of Economic Security and AHCCCS.

·         Demonstrates a commitment to rural transportation by appropriating $30 million to the Highway User Revenue Fund.

·         Appropriates $27 million to provide debt service to allow universities to construct new facilities through bonding that could exceed $1 billion in value in future years.