Frank Riggs: The California Congressman Who Wants To Be Arizona Governor

Bartles and Jaymes called. They want their congressman back!

Frank RiggsThere’s one candidate in the race for Governor who claims to be an Arizona conservative but his political dossier reveals otherwise.

Frank Riggs may have relocated to Arizona in 2001 but the astute voter can clearly detect the odor of California politics emanating from the former congressman. Perhaps it’s just sour grapes.

Riggs, who tried to run for Arizona Governor in 2006, quit his exploratory bid when he realized he failed to meet Arizona’s residency requirement for the race.

Sound familiar?

Riggs pulled the same quitting maneuver in California – twice! When a Democrat state senator challenged him in his congressional re-election, Riggs quit and decided to run for the U.S. Senate instead. But then he dropped out of that race too, blaming his lack of fund-raising prowess and the long commute between northern California and D.C. (Tony Perry, “Riggs’ Money Woes Kill Longshot Bid for U.S. Senate,” Los Angeles Times, 4/10/1998)

But quitting his political races at the slightest nudge of a challenge is not the only indicator of Riggs’ lack of preparedness and commitment.

The former congressman also had a problem keeping his promises. According to the same article, “Riggs spent considerable time in his first term deflecting criticism that he reneged on a promise to turn over his congressional pay increase to charity (he ended up sending half to charity) and another pledge not to take contributions from the oil and timber industries” (read article). Why Riggs held on to the other half of his pay raise, and broke his promise to reject big industry cash, is open to speculation but it may be another indicator that the congressman simply had a problem handling money.

The same Los Angeles Times article stated that Riggs violated federal campaign finance laws and only dodged being penalized because the statute of limitations had run out: “A Federal Elections Commission audit of his 1990 campaign found that he had violated election law by improperly bankrolling his campaign with corporate money and loans from his mother, father and sister that exceeded contribution limits.” When honest people are desperate for cash, they usually buckle down their expenses and find ways to earn extra money – not bend the rules as a means of financial survival.

Frank Riggs House BankingKeep in mind, this is the same Frank Riggs who paraded himself alongside six other freshmen Republicans in 1992 as the “Gang of Seven.” You remember these crusaders. They took on the infamous House banking scandal that embroiled fellow members of Congress who had overdrawn their House checking accounts. There’s only one problem: if you’re going to place yourself on an elite pedestal, you’d better be above reproach yourself. It was later discovered that Riggs also bounced several checks as part of the scandal. Ouch!

But it must be noted that Riggs not only didn’t mind burdening others with his financial problems, he also doesn’t mind burdening small business with increased costs by voting to raise the minimum wage not once, not twice, not even three times. Congressman Frank Riggs voted for legislation to raise the minimum wage four times. That’s four opportunities Riggs missed to stand up for small business and free market economic principles. Today, of course, he claims to be an advocate for small businesses and free enterprise, which directly contradicts previous support for increasing the minimum wage. Can you say flip flop?

But wait, it gets worse! During one term of Congressman Frank Riggs tenure, he managed to sneak $35 Million of pork into bills to benefit his district. That’s right. All told, Congressman Riggs brought home the bacon in the form of university buildings and a harbor dredging project(read article). Doesn’t quite sound like the congressman who only two years earlier, signed on to the Contract with American opining about fiscal prudence and balanced budgets.

But even when Congressman Frank Riggs bothered to show up for work and vote (he missed a higher-than-average number of roll call votes, according to GovTrack), his conservative rating was mediocre at best. According to VoteSmart and the American Conservative Union, Riggs scored a lifetime conservative rating of 76%. To put that in perspective, Riggs’ lifetime conservative score was lower than every one of Arizona’s Republican delegation at the time – including Jim Kolbe.

And when Riggs makes bad votes, they’re not just minor swerves to the left – they’re major over of the cliff calamities. Take the January 12, 1991 vote authorizing President Bush to use force in Iraq in accordance with US Security Council Resolution 678. Congressman Frank Riggs was one of three Republicans in the US House who voted against it. Arizona has already had its handful of unprincipled Republicans. She cannot afford another one – especially in the Governor’s office.

Anyone who performs a political credit check on Frank Riggs will easily discover that he scores far below the caliber Arizonans demand in their next governor. When our neighbors to the west leave California, they usually come here for a good reason – to leave behind the liberal California policies, values and bureaucratic regulations and red tape that strangled their businesses and finances. But, based on his record, Frank Riggs wants to bring those mediocre values to Arizona’s government. Republican voters in Arizona are smart and can sniff out the scent of a faux conservative. They should turn up their noses to candidates like Frank Riggs who cannot reconcile their rhetoric with their record.

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane Endorses Jay Lawrence for Arizona House

Jay Lawrence

(SCOTTSDALE) – In yet another major endorsement, Republican Jay Lawrence announced today that he has earned the support of Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane. Lawrence, who is seeking an open seat in Legislative District 23, plans to succeed State Representative John Kavanagh in the Arizona House.
 
In his endorsement, Mayor Jim Lane noted:  “Jay Lawrence has been a tremendous servant to the private sector for many years. Now that he’s made the commitment to serve the public, he has my full support to represent and advocate for the best interest of Scottsdale, the District and the State. I know Jay is dedicated to Arizona and will serve our community well. I also believe we are electing a gentleman with impeccable conservative credentials who will do the right thing by his constituents and the State of Arizona.”
 
Mayor Jim Lane, who has been a Scottsdale resident for over 40 years, also remarked on his friendship with Lawrence, “I’ve been a fan and friend of Jay Lawrence for many years and look forward to cheering him on in this next chapter of a very successful career. It will also be a pleasure working with him on issues to make Scottsdale and Arizona an even better place to live.”

Mayor Lane’s endorsement now joins fellow Legislative District 23 Mayor Linda Kavanagh (Fountain Hills), along with U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon, Dr. C.T. Wright, LD 23 State Representative John Kavanagh, and others.  For a complete list of endorsements, please visit www.LD23JayLawrence.com.

ICYMI: The Hugh Hewitt – Doug Ducey Ice Cream Social Interviews!

Ducey

Monday’s live broadcast with Hugh Hewitt and ice cream social with local elected officials was a huge success! I’m grateful to everyone who attended or tuned-in during the three-hour show to learn more about what I want to accomplish as Arizona’s next governor.

If you missed it, click the play button or bolded “click here” text below to listen to individual segments from your favorite elected officials.

CLICK HERE to listen to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker • CLICK HERE to listen to former Senator John Kyl • CLICK HERE to listen to Congressman Trent Franks • CLICK HERE to listen to former Congressman John Shadegg • CLICK HERE to listen to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery • CLICK HERE to listen to Arizona State Representative Paul Boyer • CLICK HERE to listen to City of Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio • CLICK HERE to listen to The Goldwater Institute’s Clint Bolick

I’d especially like to thank Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Congressman Trent Franks, former Senator Jon Kyl, former Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Arizona State Representative Paul Boyer, City of Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCicco and The Goldwater Institute’s Clint Bolick for joining me and Hugh on-air to discuss Arizona’s future and why they’re supporting my campaign.

There was no denying the enthusiasm at this event, for both Arizona’s future and my campaign. I’m confident that with your help, we will see success in August and beyond.

See you on the campaign trail,

Doug

Arizona Republican Party Presents Awards Highlighting Underachieving Democrats

Democrats Deserve Spotlight on Election Manipulation, AZGOP Uses Satire to Direct Voter Attention
 
PHOENIX - While last night’s awards presented by Arizona Capitol Times at the “Best of the Capitol 2014” were for professional achievement and in some cases for fun, today Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham issued a few awards of his own to a carefully selected group of Democrat candidates and organizations.
 
“We all know that hard work in a campaign will be rewarded with a well-deserved victory, but it’s important to have a public acknowledgement that so many Democrat candidates are just out there ignoring voters and just taking it easy,” said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. “in contrast, Republicans are engaging voters as they compete for the GOP nomination for all of Arizona’s top offices, while the Democrats have only managed to field one candidate, or even no candidate, for these important positions.”
 
 
Graham’s first award goes to the Arizona Democratic Party, and it’s called the Irony in Action Award.
 
“Democrats talk about having ‘responsible public servants’ and ‘stewardship’ but they’re apparently not interested in fielding a candidate for State Treasurer, a job that involves oversight of $12 billion worth of Arizona’s assets,” Graham said.
 
His next award went to the three Democrats running for Governor, Secretary of State, and Attorney General. None of the three are competing for their party nomination, leaving voters no choices and rendering the Democrat Primary ballot useless. The award is called the Lawnmower Award because that’s what’s used to clear a field. And once the field has been cleared, it means any potential Democrat opponent simply forfeited.
 
“The Democrats have disenfranchised voters by having party elites, not regular citizens, pick and choose their candidates behind closed doors. Campaigns and elections are supposed to be about competition, contrast, and choice — but the Democrats in Arizona have no interest in that,” Graham said.
 
The third award is called the Gold Coin Award and is presented to Terry Goddard.
 
“This award goes to the candidate that lost three times when he ran for governor, then announced he was interested in being Attorney General, but then later on he apparently flipped a coin and decided to run for Secretary of State, Graham added.
 
As a fourth award Graham issued the Speak Your Mind Award for having either the courage or bad judgment to say something really dumb during a big, important meeting, where it will be recorded in the official minutes.
 
“This award winner is Carolyn Warner, the Arizona Democrats’ National Committeewoman, who said during a major post election meeting in 2012 that Democrat Party leaders should ‘quit spending money on white men.’
 
 
Fifth and final award is the Photoshop Award. Like the Democrats’ Primary Election, there was no competition for this award and DuVal wins it by default.
 
“This is the guy who Photoshopped a picture of himself where he added a beard, costume, and Mexican beer to make himself look Hispanic. Enough said,” Graham added.
 
No one is sure if Warner’s comments contributed to DuVal’s attempt to change his ethnicity.
 
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State Senator Al Melvin’s Statement On Withdrawing From Governor’s Race

Al Melvin

“Our Cause Is More Important Than Any One Person”

Citing his campaign’s pace in collecting $5 contributions, and certain that Clean Elections funding would not be received in time for the start of early balloting, State Senator Al Melvin has formally withdrawn from the race for Arizona Governor, filing the required documents with the Arizona Secretary of State. His official statement is below:

“I had planned on having more time to decide my campaign’s future, but I was alerted by the Secretary of State’s office that while Maricopa County’s deadline to withdraw was June 27th, the remaining counties had their own early deadline and a decision had to be made by today. So after prayerful consideration with my wife and closest advisors and supporters, I filed the necessary documents with the Secretary of State’s office to formally withdraw from the race.

This was a difficult decision but one that I am at peace with. It was difficult because I believe so passionately about the principles we were campaigning for and because, as other candidates can attest to, you feel a tremendous responsibility to not let down your supporters and all those who have contributed time and treasure to the effort. At the same time, I am at peace with the decision because in spite of our efforts we were not going to be able to win the race, and no one who believes in our shared conservative values wants to see conservatives split the vote and allow a liberal to claim our party’s nomination.

Our cause is more important than any one person. For that reason it is time to end this particular campaign. But this is not the end of our fight for secure borders, high Arizona education standards instead of Common Core, tax relief, Texas-style Tort Reform, Universal School Vouchers, an energy policy that addresses Arizona’s long-term needs and economic health, and more. I look forward to seeing everyone on the campaign trail soon, and for years to come.”

A Lesson in Political Ads for Scott Smith

If you haven’t noticed yet, the statewide political ads are just getting started. And while we won’t see the first barrage of ads until mid-July when the early ballots go out, most statewide campaigns are just getting ready for production having enough time to hone their messaging and create that uniquely Arizona feel.

That is, unless you’re the Scott Smith campaign.

Today, the former Mayor of Mesa went up on air with a new ad called, “Crisis Demands Leadership.” In the press release announcing the ad, Smith touts his “record of experience and leadership in overcoming difficult challenges in the private and public sector.” We’ll have more on that record later but in the meantime, we want to straight up critique the ad on its production, political airplay and its content.

iStockVidSmith’s campaign obviously had difficulty overcoming a production challenge because they had to purchase a b-roll video file off an internet site that specializes in stock images and video. In the ad the viewer sees a nice Anglo family smiling as they sit surrounded by a luscious green park. There’s only one problem; the company that made the video footage is from Slovenia. So much for that uniquely Arizona feel. The campaign could have at least borrowed a family of Smith supporters and shot some footage at a local park for a nice local touch. Oops!

Then there’s the challenge of airing the ad statewide. Anyone who’s been around the Arizona political scene for anytime knows you can’t win statewide unless you win or break even in Pima County. The hard political reality is Tucson can make or break an election so you better show up and show some love in the Old Pueblo.

The challenge the Smith campaign cannot overcome here is that they’re not on the air on Tucson television. The last time we checked, the market for the four local affiliates in Tucson was relatively cheaper than the Phoenix market. So why no ads in Tucson? Could it be the financial challenge of not having the money? Or, maybe the campaign hasn’t yet cut an entirely different message that celebrates Smith’s weakness on immigration and his support for Common-Core a position that left-leaning Tucsonans could only appreciate.

Finally, the Smith campaign seems to have a problem overcoming the challenge of original ideas. Near the end of the ad, Mayor Smith holds up a pamphlet he calls “The Business Plan” – which he gives no details. Sound familiar? That’s right, sixteen days ago, Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey went on the air with his 2nd TV ad talking about his plan for Arizona, what he calls The Roadmap to Opportunity and Freedom. Ducey at least gives the highlights of his plan in the ad but Smith says nothing about his plan. Call Smith’s little flash of a plan a case of political copy-cat, it comes off as nothing more than catch-up pandering.

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Sadly, the Smith campaign does not appear to be ready for prime-time on a statewide election. Perhaps they felt rushed to get up on the air with something they thought would serve as a political placeholder. Regardless, the underlying problem of producing and putting up an appealing political ad with strong messaging may simply be symptomatic of a leadership dearth.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach Endorses Wil Cardon

Wil Cardon SOS

“It’s clear that Cardon has the courage and commitmentto stand up to the Obama adminstration”

(Mesa, AZ)  Conservative businessman Wil Cardon has picked up the endorsement of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.  As Kansas Secretary of State, Kobach has been a national leader for the implementation of measures to improve the security and integrity of voting.  Secretary Kobach is also the lead attorney in the case of Kobach and Bennett v. Election Assistance Commission, in which the Kansas and Arizona secretaries of state sued the federal government to preserve the states’ right to demand proof of citizenship when voters register.

“It’s clear that Wil Cardon is committed to continuing the battle to protect the integrity and security of our elections,” said Kobach.  “Wil has the courage and commitment to stand up to the Obama administration and ensure that Arizona will continue to be able to require proof of citizenship to register to vote.  Arizona and Kansas have drawn a line in the sand against unconstitutional federal interference in the voter registration process.  I’m confident that Wil will continue the fight.”

One Team, Three Voices. LD6 Legislators to embark on Town Hall Tour.

Town Hall Tour Barton

Joe Farnsworth Endorses Dr. Ralph Heap in LD-25

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

As a small businessman for over 30 years, I am always looking for a true conservative who will maintain the principles of lower taxes and smaller government that are paramount in continuing to run a small business and create jobs for the community. When I find that person I want to tell people about him or her and do what I can to help  them in this difficult and very important endeavor. That person is Dr. Ralph Heap.

With all of the new challenges we face from Obamacare,  local and state taxes, immigration and a whole host of other pressing issues, I feel very strong about having someone like Dr. Heap representing me and my family who I know will not continue to take us down the path of less freedom and more government regulations and higher taxes.

Dr. Heap has proven to be honorable in all of his business dealings and consistent in all of his moral and political convictions.

Now Dr. Heap is wanting to give back  in the political arena as he has done in his medical career and his church and civic responsibilities by helping the less fortunate here and abroad with years of donated medical attention and in his church and other civic service.

Dr. Heap is doing the hard part by running for state senate, now we need to help him help us by getting the word out and donating to his campaign.

We can make a difference at the local level.

I support Dr. Heap 100% .

Joe Farnsworth

Farnsworth Endorses Heap

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Editor’s note: Dr. Heap’s primary opponent, Bob Worsley, voted for Obamacare for Arizona when he voted for the Medicaid Expansion (a provision of the Affordable Care Act).

During a legislative district meeting when I asked Senator Worsley whether he would support the Arizona Constitution’s Proposition 108 – which requires a 2/3 vote in both houses – before voting for Medicaid Expansion, he said that he would support the requirement. When it came time to vote for Medicaid Expansion in a kangaroo-legislative session, Senator Worsley voted against the Constitutional requirement. He lied to me and the entire legislative district.

This is the reason I am supporting Dr. Ralph Heap for State Senate. 

- Shane Wikfors

The Arizona Blacklist – 2014 Elections

Alliance of Principled Conservaties

The Arizona Blacklist – 2014 Elections

 

PHASE I – Goodbye LegisTraitors

In the 2013 legislative session Governor Jan Brewer led 15 Republicans a.k.a. the Brewercrats to join with 100% of the Democrats in passing liberal progressive policies that harm economic growth.  They passed Medicaid Expansion, Obrewercare, Common Core and then increased taxes and spending by hundreds of millions of dollars giving Arizona a budget with a structural deficit of 400 million dollars.  They refused 48 Republican offered compromises.

Most of the Brewercrats are in heavy Republican districts where it is extremely difficult for a Republican to lose in the general election.  Five of the six traitorous Senators are in “strong Republican” districts with double-digit Republican leads meaning they are not even competitive in the general election. Four of the nine Representatives have double-digit leads.  Twelve of the traitors are in districts considered non-competitive because they have over a 4% republican voter registration.

We do not accept the excuses for these traitors, we reject the victim mentality, and we are fighting for Arizona.  

The grassroots has fielded conservative candidates across the state to defeat the LegisTraitors and keep Arizona Red.

The status of the 15 LegisTraitors:

  • 3 – No Primary
  • 3 – Gone, Surrendered, moved, running for State Office
  • 9 –have Primaries

PHASE II – NO Thanks Future Brewercrats

The LegisTraitors fight back and have fielded candidates to continue their campaign to turn Arizona Purple with establishment candidates.  Heather Carter, Kate Brophy-McGee, Jeff Dial, and Rob Robson are actively fundraising and campaigning to elect new members to continue to shove the Obama-agenda down our throats.  Yes it is true.  Sitting legislators are trying to replace incumbent candidates in their own party.

PHASE III –Leave the Bubble Blank

Not Voting is a Vote. The grassroots did not field candidates against three of the LegisTraitors. Leave the bubble blank and let your voice of complaint be heard.  Referred to as an “undervote” it is indeed a vote and is often referred to as  “none of the above”.

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Alliance of Principled Conservaties

The Arizona Blacklist – 2014 Elections

PHASE I

Goodbye LegisTraitors

LD25 (S) Bob Worsley
LD15       Heather Carter
LD8         Frank Pratt
LD8         T.J. Shope
LD16       Doug Coleman
LD28       Katie Brophy McGee
LD18       Rob Robson
LD18 (S) Jeff Dial

LD16 (S)   Moved – Rich Crandall
LD18 (S)   Surrendered – John McComish
LD 5           Surrendered – Doris Goodale
LD 23(S)   Michele Reagan – Running for SOS

PHASE II – NO Thanks Future Brewercrats

LD28     Mary Hamway
LD18     David Phineas
LD23     Effie Carlson
LD23     Bob Littlefield
LD13     Diane Landis -running against incumbents
LD20     Bill Adams  – running against incumbents
LD11      Jo Grant
LD14     Susan Syfert  – running against incumbents
LD20 (S)  Justin Henry
LD11 (S)   Scott Bartle
LD23 (S)  Jeff Schwartz

PHASE III – Leave the Bubble Blank

LD9           Ethan Orr
LD1 (S)     Steve Pierce
LD28 (S)  Adam Driggs

The Good Guys – Candidates Fielded by the Grassroots to take out the establishment candidates

LD25         Dr. Ralph Heap
LD15         David Burnell Smith, John Allen – VOTE 2
LD8           Darla Dawald – SINGLE SHOT
LD16         John Fillmore, Kelly Townsend – VOTE 2
LD28         Shawnna Bolick – SINGLE SHOT
LD18         John King, Jill Norgaard   - VOTE 2
LD18(S)    Tom Morrissey
LD16(S)    David Farnsworth
LD23         Jay Lawrence, Michelle Ugenti – VOTE 2
LD13         Steve Montenegro, Darin Mitchell – VOTE 2
LD20        Paul Boyer, Anthony Kern – VOTE 2
LD11         Vince Leach, Mark Finchem – VOTE 2
LD14         David Gowan, David Stevens – VOTE 2
LD20(S)   Kimberly Yee
LD11(S)    Steve Smith
LD23(S)   John Kavanaugh

 

 

Paid for by Alliance of Principled Conservatives

 

 

Now, what about that endorsement?

Bad EndorsementsApparently, last week’s posting here on Sonoran Alliance regarding an upcoming endorsement of Scott Smith by Matt Salmon drew the attention of a Yellow Sheets reporter. Because an endorsement of this size and caliber is sure to create a wave in both directions, someone at the Arizona Capitol Times contacted the office of Representative Matt Salmon to confirm the affinity between Salmon & Smith. When the Salmon staffer was asked whether the rumor was true, they would only confirm that such an endorsement would not occur this week – but did not deny that an endorsement was forthcoming.

What apparently was to make a big splash now looks like it will be nothing more than a little ripple for supporters of Scott Smith.

Alternatively, the splash among longstanding supporters of Congressman Matt Salmon may actually be bigger as Salmon finds himself reconciling his support for an Obamacare-supporting, amnesty-sympathizing, Common Core-embracing gubernatorial candidate in Scott Smith.

Congressman Salmon probably needs to hear from his constituents and asked to reconsider such an irreconcilable difference before its too late. As we all know, elections have consequences.

Free Enterprise Club PAC Endorses Shawnna Bolick and Jill Norgaard for the House

Free Enterprise Club

 

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Tuesday June, 17 2014

CONTACT:  Scot Mussi: (602) 346-5061

 

Free Enterprise Club PAC Endorses Shawnna Bolick and Jill Norgaard for the House

 

Phoenix, AZ – Today the Arizona Free Enterprise Club announced our first legislative endorsements for the 2014 election: Shawnna Bolick and Jill Norgaard for the House of Representatives. Both candidates are conservative outsiders facing a crowded primary election in August.

“Shawnna Bolick is the type of free market advocate we need at the State Legislature,” Executive Director Scot Mussi said.  “Her limited government principles and willingness to take on the establishment will make her a valuable edition at the House of Representatives.”

“Jill Norgaard is going to provide District 18 voters with an opportunity to support a real conservative in the election,” Scot Mussi added.  “She is a fighter that will defend liberty and economic freedom at the legislature.”

 

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The AZFEC is a 501(c)(4) policy and advocacy group not affiliated with any other organization.  For more information visit www.azfree.org

 

A Priority for the Next Governor

NFIB/Arizona's Farrell Quinlan

NFIB/Arizona’s Farrell Quinlan

Three of Arizona’s five Democrat members of Congress last week joined all four of their Republican colleagues from the state to accomplish what a similar bipartisan majority in the Arizona Legislature did earlier this year: It loaded a badly needed shot in the arm for the small-business owners who generate almost every new job in the state and nation.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to make permanent a tax provision that would allow small businesses to write off up to $500,000 in new equipment purchases, and some improvements to real property, instead of depreciating the costs over time. H.R. 4457, titled America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014, would provide small businesses with expensing levels that are permanent, predictable and at a level adequate to their needs.

This change to Section 179 of the federal tax code, which overwhelmingly passed the House on a 272-144 vote, would prevent the expensing level to fall all the way to $25,000 in 2014, after being at $500,000 from 2010 through 2013. It also indexes the level to inflation. In addition, the House also passed a bill that eases the tax burden on small businesses that change from taxable C-corporate status to S-corporate status.

A quick sample of the small-business owners benefitting from the H.R. 4457 expensing levels would include:

  • Your local pizza shop owner who might want to install new ovens and countertops that cost $100,000. He could deduct these capital improvements the same year he makes them, instead of waiting for the current 39 years to get his full depreciation.
  • A farmer considering equipment purchases of $300,000 could do so with much more ease, knowing it could all be deducted the year she bought it, instead of only $25,000 of it the first year.
  • A contractor looking to buy two work vehicles costing $60,000 would be more inclined to do so. Under current law, only $35,000 could be deducted—spread over five years—instead of all of it immediately.

On June 12, Arizona Democrats Ron Barber, Ann Kirkpatrick and Kyrsten Sinema joined Republicans Paul Gosar, Trent Franks, Matt Salmon and David Schweikert in supporting this pro-jobs legislation. Congressmen Raul Grijalva and Ed Pastor, both Democrats, voted against H.R. 4457. The measure now goes to the U.S. Senate for its consideration.

Earlier this year, a similar tax relief act, House Bill 2664, passed the Arizona Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan majorities. The legislation sponsored by state Rep. J.D. Mesnard (R-Chandler) would have created an immediate state income tax allowance, similar to federal Section 179 expensing for qualifying business equipment investments valued up to $500,000.

In a tragic misreading of the needs of Arizona’s economy, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed HB 2664 because “the money would be better utilized” on her spending priorities. Undaunted, NFIB is committed to vigorously lobbying Arizona’s next governor and the new Legislature next session to finally realize our own $500,000 allowance to spur new job creation.

Last week’s strong bipartisan House vote to pass H.R. 4457 is very encouraging to small business, especially as demonstrated by the votes of Arizona’s congressional delegation. If Congress and the president do succeed in making it federal law, Arizona’s next governor must match it. If Washington fails, then establishing the small-business expensing allowance in Arizona’s tax code will be all the more critical.

Farrell Quinlan is Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business.

Congressman Matt Salmon Endorses Ralph Heap for State Senate

Dr. Ralph Heap

Dr. Ralph Heap

(Mesa, AZ) Conservative Ralph Heap, candidate for the Republican nomination for State Senate in LD25, announced he has received the endorsement of Congressman Matt Salmon.

“Ralph Heap is a principled conservative and a leader,” said Congressman Salmon.  “As our next State Senator, I have no doubt that Ralph will be on the front lines in the battle to repeal big government policies such as the expansion of Obamacare and the federal takeover of our local education system.  He understands that policies like these are little more than liberal attempts to expand the size, cost, and reach of government in Arizona.

“Ralph’s commitment to limited government and freedom are exactly what the voters of Legislative District 25 want from their next State Senator,” continued Salmon.  “I’m proud to give Ralph Heap my strongest endorsement for State Senator.”

Dr. Ralph Heap was born and raised in Arizona and is a longtime resident of Mesa.  He is an orthopedic surgeon with his own practice based in Mesa.  In his spare time, he volunteers his medical skills around the world for those less fortunate.  He and his wife Denise are the proud parents of three children and proud grandparents of seven grandchildren.

Will Kyrsten Sinema break her silence on Lois Lerner’s “lost” emails?

Will Sinema Help Uncover the Truth Behind the IRS Scandal or Will She Help the Administration Cover Up Another Scandal?

Kyrsten Sinema

Kyrsten Sinema

WASHINGTON – Last week, the IRS sent a letter to the House Ways and Means committee explaining that they lost Lois Lerner’s emails from January 2009 to April 2011 due to a “computer crash.” These “missing emails” demonstrate the lengths the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats will go in order to cover up the IRS’ effort to target tax-exempt conservative groups based on their political beliefs.

Sinema’s silence solidifies the fact that she has become a Washington insider and is out of touch with Arizona taxpayers. Instead of demanding answers and holding the IRS accountable, Sinema is helping the Administration cover up a scandal in hopes of political support for her re-election.

“First Lois Lerner refused to comply with Congressional investigations and now her emails are ‘missing’. That just doesn’t pass the smell test,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Kyrsten Sinema has the opportunity to protect Arizona taxpayers from being wrongfully targeted by holding the Administration accountable and condemning the IRS officials responsible for this scandal.”

IRS claims Lois Lerner’s e-mails are lost due to a computer crash.

(Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, The IRS claims that Lois Lerner’s e-mails were wiped out by a ‘computer crash’, The Washington Post, 6/15/14)

Criminal Complaints Filed Re: Toby Farmer’s Forged Signatures

Criminal complaints have been filed today with both the Arizona Attorney General’s office and the Maricopa County Attorney’s office in the matter of the forged signatures filed by Republican candidate for State Senate Toby Farmer.

The forged signatures are at the center of a lawsuit against Farmer and his campaign that will be heard this coming Monday at 1 pm. The lawsuit will determine the validity of the signatures as well as the consequences to Farmer and his campaign for submitting them. Arizona law states that “all petitions that have been submitted by a candidate who is found guilty of petition forgery shall be disqualified and that candidate shall not be eligible to seek election to a public office for a period of not less than five years.”

Each forged signature represents a Class 1 Misdemeanor and carries a potential maximum penalty of a $2,500 fine and up to six months in jail.

In this case, Toby Farmer was the circulator of pages that contained forged signatures, according to affidavits from voter purported to have signed. It also contains signatures purported to be from voters who no longer live in Arizona. It also contains signatures from voters that Farmer claims to have collected at their homes, even when the home is empty and lender-owned. Another victim was in Florida as part of a charity bicycle ride to raise money for people with disabilities, yet Farmer claimed to have collected his signature at his mother’s home in Buckeye.

Farmer signed an affirmation on the back of each page containing forged signatures swearing that each name was signed in his presence.

As mentioned previously, Farmer’s campaign website lists his #1 priority as “Leading with Integrity”.

Jay Lawrence endorsed by U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon

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Conservative Republican Jay Lawrence gathered yet another major endorsement of his campaign to fill the seat of term-limited State Representative John Kavanagh, this time from U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon.

Matt SalmonIn making his endorsement, Congressman Salmon had this to say about Jay Lawrence:  “I have known Jay Lawrence for a lot of years and I don’t think there is anyone who cares more about Arizona than Jay.  He will make an outstanding legislator because he loves Arizona and its people, and because he is guided by solid conservative principles.”

“I have been a fan of Matt Salmon’s for many many years, so to have his endorsement in turn is really an honor.” said Lawrence, adding “If Washington D.C. had more Congressmen like Matt Salmon, the world would be a better place.

Congressman Salmon’s endorsement is now added to a list that includes the Arizona Police Association, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, Fountain Hills Mayor Linda Kavanagh, former Fountain Hills Mayor Jerry Miles, Dr. C.T. Wright, former State Senate President Russell Pearce, State Representative John Kavanagh, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.