Pro-Life Voter Warning on “Republican” Primary Candidates

Prior to an election I always like to vet candidates on a number of issues including life, liberty and other rights enshrined in our Constitution. The sanctity of life – protecting innocent human life – has always been the top issue for me because if a candidate or elected officials waffles on life, it reveals where they stand on all other rights.

Part of my vetting process looks at whether or not the candidate filled out certain surveys, their answers, public statements, their involvement on the issues and even who is pushing for their election. I also look at who is donating to their campaign and what people and organizations who are opposed to my values are saying about the candidates.

Because of my involvement in the Pro-Life movement for many years, naturally I look at who Planned Parenthood or other high profile pro-abortion organizations and individuals have said about certain candidates. By looking at the donations of “true believers” in a cause, one should get a sense of the value system of the recipient. It would be akin to looking at the donations of Wayne LaPierre. You wouldn’t expect him to donate to an anti-2nd Amendment candidate.

One particular organization and its people I’ve looked at is the Arizona WISH list. WISH stands for Women In the Senate and House. Their fundamental goal has always been to elect “pro-choice” Republican women as the GOP version of EMILY’s list (the Democrats pro-abortion women’s group).

On their national board of directors sat an Arizonan named Deborah Carstens. Although it doesn’t appear that AZ WISH is active or that she currently serves on the national board of directors, Carstens continues to remain active in elections through her donations primarily to candidates who have declared themselves to be “pro-choice” or refuse to state their position on the sanctity of life. These have typically been Republican candidates who define themselves as more moderate but tend to vote liberal on social issues.

Because I have my suspicions on a handful of candidates, I decided to check out a few resources to clarify their positions and to see if Carstens had donated to their campaigns.

Here’s what I found:

Scott Smith was the only gubernatorial candidate to receive a donation from Carstens in the amount of $500. Scott Smith also took the most liberal position on abortion of all the GOP candidates (survey)

Michele Reagan has received a total of $1,250 from Carstens as the only Republican candidate for Secretary of State. Reagan also avoided answering questions on the Center for Arizona Policy voter guide.

Carsten also donated $160 to Terry Goddard, the Democrat running for Secretary of State and $250 to Felecia Rotellini the Democrat candidate for Attorney General. Neither Democrat responded to the Center for Arizona Policy questionnaire – which is very typical of Democrat candidates.

When it comes to state legislative races, Carstens has donated to Republican incumbents and challengers.

In LD-11, Jo Grant received $150 from Carstens in her house race. On CAP’s survey, Grant to answer the question on abortion.

Diane Landis running for House in conservative district 13, also received a donation of $100 from Carstens. Surprisingly, Landis did answer the question on CAP’s survey.

No surprise, Heather Carter pocketed $500 from Carstens in her re-election bid in LD-15. Carter dodged filling out the CAP survey altogether.

Effie Carlson received $100 as a challenger in the LD-23 house race. Carlson did respond to the CAP survey but with qualifiers.

Finally, Kate Brophy-McGee in LD-28 took at $270 donation from Carstens in her house re-election race. Brophy-McGee also evaded the CAP survey.

Another quick check for pro-life endorsements revealed that none of these candidates were endorsed by the Arizona Right to Life PAC.

One interesting pattern among the incumbents who are running for re-election is that they also supported the Obamacare Medicaid expansion vote in 2013. And one may recall that an amendment was attempted on that bill that would have prohibited tax dollars from going to abortion providers. That amendment failed thanks to these incumbents – Carter, Coleman & Brophy-McGee (see vote).

For those of you who remain committed to electing candidates who will protect innocent human life, hopefully this has been informative and an exercise in how to cross-reference candidates and their supporters. Please use this information wisely as you vote in the Primary Election.

Bob Worsley Backed by Health Care Industrial Complex

The latest campaign mailer from Bob Worsley is a classic example  of  political quid pro quo. Those Republicans following the contest for the state senate in LD-25 probably received Worsley’s mailer in the last day touting the support of the healthcare industrial complex.

Let me explain.

Last year during the debate on the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, a minority of Republican legislators abandoned principle and joined with every Democrat in the Arizona Legislature to pass the federal program. Despite weeks of warnings and citizen lobbying, this cadre of Republicans were promised “protection” and big dollars by the Governor and the healthcare industrial complex.

Well, the time to deliver is now.

Worsley’s piece shows him surrounded by medical professionals (which we don’t have a problem with). But what is very revealing is a quote by Peter S. Fine (see below).

Bob Worsley Mailer

Fine is the President and CEO of Banner Health. With the passage of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, access to the billions of dollars in taxpayer dollars was granted to Arizona hospitals. Part of that legislation also included giving the head of AHCCCS authority to establish a bed tax for Arizona hospitals. This is all part of the Medicaid funding scam that the State of Arizona works out with the federal government and Arizona hospitals. Here’s a video to explain how the scam works:

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Let’s just say that Arizona hospitals such as Banner have a lot to gain by the new Obamacare Medicaid expansion here in Arizona.

Is it any wonder then that the President and CEO of Banner Health Care would be lending his support to Bob Worsley?

That’s how corporate cronyism works here in Arizona.

Most Recent Arizona Gubernatorial Ads

Here are the most recent gubernatorial ads for your review and comment. Note, production and airing for these ads is being paid for by money raised from donors, money from the candidate’s own pocket or from Arizona taxpayers through the Clean Elections system. Can you tell which?

Andrew Thomas – July 17, 2014
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Ken Bennett – July 16, 2014
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Christine Jones – July 15, 2014
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Scott Smith – July 15, 2014
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Frank Riggs – July 15, 2014
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Doug Ducey – July 8, 2014
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Fred DuVal – April 17, 2014
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Let us know what you think!

Wendy Rogers Raises Over $138K in the Second Quarter of 2014

Wendy Rogers

More than $380K Cash on Hand

Tempe – Today Lt Col Wendy Rogers (ret), Republican candidate for Congress (AZ-9) reported her campaign raised $138,367.90 during the 2nd quarter on her financial report. This helped increase her total cash on hand to $387,346.69.

“We have picked up astounding momentum. Everywhere I travel, volunteers clamor to get onboard. More and more supporters drop into campaign headquarters on a daily basis to get involved, because they not only want to be a part of something special, but also a refreshingly well organized campaign.” says Rogers. “Our campaign indeed is remarkable. Over 1,300 people have donated to us. We cherish that. I honor every donation we’ve received,” Rogers continued.

Building on amazing success from prior quarters, Wendy Rogers has continued to amass resources and endorsements needed to win the seat. The Republican primary election for Congressional District 9 will be held on August 26th, 2014.

A 5th-generation military officer, Lt Col Wendy Rogers (ret) spent her career serving her country as one of the first 100 women pilots in the Air Force. For the past 17 years, she and her husband have met payroll as job creators in their own business, have raised two children, and now have two grandchildren.

To learn more about Wendy visit: www.wendyrogers.org

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.

Darryl Jacobson Barnes for Justice of the Peace

Darryl Jacobson Barnes for Justice of the Peace

Tempe Council Candidate Matthew Papke Leads The Pack In Cash On Hand

On the verge of the deadline to file for Tempe City Council tomorrow – Wednesday, May 28th – the number of candidates who have qualified for the ballot (pending any challenges) has increased to four. The list now includes left-wing activist Lauren Kuby, current council member, Robin Arredondo-Savage, Ernesto Fonseca and independent conservative activist, Matthew Papke. Both Kuby and Papke qualified for the ballot early in the process.

While Kuby may be the current favorite among liberal political circles, her latest campaign finance report reveals she is running third place when it comes to cash on hand. Slightly ahead of her is Arredondo-Savage who is seeking re-election and obviously holds an incumbent advantage.

But what is most surprising is the fundraising capacity of Matthew Papke who dwarfs his rivals with cash on hand. The non-establishment political newcomer has apparently caught lightning in a bottle raising a total of $65,742 since entering the race from a widespread base of support. According to his latest finance report, he currently has nearly $50,000 cash on hand.

What’s even more interesting is that this former US Marine is flying below the radar of both local reporters and the Republican establishment – probably because all eyes are focused on the ninth congressional district, statewide races and the multitude of legislative races.

Papke, who recently became a new father, is well-invested in the community having grown up in Tempe and now working among fellow Tempeans. His platform includes reducing the level of crime in Tempe – currently, the highest in the east valley; balancing the city budget and eliminating the tax on food (Mesa is the only east valley community with no tax on food).

Other candidates seeking the three available seats include current council member Shana Ellis, former legislator David Schapira, Republican Dick Foreman and Ernesto Fonseca.

Here are the current cash on hand tallies in the City of Tempe Council race:

Matthew Papke:    $49,034
Robin Arredondo-Savage:    $31,350
Lauren Kuby:    $30,030
Shana Ellis:    $25,124
David Schapira:    $7,232
Dick Foreman:    $3,441
Ernesto Fonseca:    $550

Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee Targets Obamacare Republicans

Angry with Arizona legislators who voted for the Obamacare Medicaid expansion in 2013? So is the independent expenditure committee, Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee.

Recently, the Arizona PAC began targeting Republicans who went along with the key provision of Obamacare that now inflicts Arizona. Last month, the group began calling Republican voters in legislative district 15 where Republican Representative Heather Carter was elected. Carter who sponsored the bill on behalf of Governor Brewer was unashamedly supportive of Obamacare Medicaid and made every effort to push for the expansion during the 2013 session. Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee called into the district warning voters of Carter’s vote spurring a movement to toss Carter this year. Behind the scenes, the group is asking voters not to sign her petitions nor finance her campaign.

Obamacare11Saturday, ATAC began making calls in another district, this time in the far east valley’s legislative district 16 where it has its target set on state representative, Doug Coleman. Calls are also warning voters that Coleman voted for Obama’s expansion into Arizona. Precinct committeemen are being asked to not carry Coleman’s petitions.

This strategy will also take place in other districts where Obamacare-supporting Republicans reside. Earlier this week, ATAC released its 2014 Primary list which includes house and senate members running for re-election with primary challengers.

ATAC’s efforts will certainly cost money to run calls and send mailers into each of the targeted districts and it won’t be easy as all of the Obamacare-supporting Republicans have seen their coffers filled by the healthcare industrial complex on behalf of Governor Brewer. Anyone researching the flow of campaign money sees tens of thousands of dollars being given to those Republicans who supported Governor Brewer.

“This is about corporate cronyism,” said Shane Wikfors, ATAC’s treasurer. “We knew that the hospital industry and its lobbyists were going to protect Republicans who voted for the system giving the Arizona healthcare industrial complex millions of taxpayer dollars,” he said. “The sad thing is that Medicaid expansion will end up hurting people more than helping them as the hospital industry benefits.”

And while ATAC sees itself as a David in a battle against Goliath, the PAC which has been around since 2006 and even won a US Supreme Court case, sees 2014 as an opportunity to send a message that Arizona lawmakers are bound to serve taxpayers and not corporate interests.

ATAC is currently accepting donations through its website at ArizonaTaxpayerAction.com or via its donation portal.

Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee Primary List:

SENATE TARGETS
Jeff Dial – LD-18
Bob Worsley – LD-25
Adam Driggs – LD 28

HOUSE TARGETS
Doris Goodale – LD-5
TJ Shope – LD-8
Frank Pratt – LD-8
Ethan Orr – LD-9
Heather Carter – LD-15
Doug Coleman – LD-16
Bob Robson – LD-18
Kate Brophy McGee – LD-28

 

The Official Yuma Police Report for Arizona Senator Don Shooter

While we’re airing our dirty laundry among Republican candidates, we though you’d like to review the official Yuma police report on State Senator Don Shooter. This is probably one of the reasons why Senator Shooter continues to lose support in his race for re-election.

Don Shooter Police Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also thought you might want to peruse Don Shooter’s latest campaign finance reports (January 31 Report). Here’s the list of his major PAC donors:

PAC Date Amount
AZ Dental Political Action Committee 01/02/13  $1,736.00
Salt River Project PAC 12/31/12  $1,200.00
Pinnacle West PAC 12/19/12  $1,000.00
Cox Arizona Political Action Committee Fund for Effective Leadership 01/02/13  $   500.00
Realtors of Arizona Political Action Committee 01/03/13  $   500.00
Arizona Lodging & Tourism SuperPAC 01/08/13  $   500.00
Arizona Technology Council State PAC 10/22/2013  $   450.00
Western Growers PAC AZ 10/28/2013  $   440.00
ASCPA 11/5/2013  $   440.00
Encore Capitol Group, Inc Political Action Committee 11/13/2013  $   440.00
Motorola Solutions, Inc. Political Action Committee 12/20/12  $   430.00
Az Acre Pac Grand Canyon State Electric 12/19/12  $   424.00
Wells Fargo Bank Arizona 12/20/12  $   424.00
Wells Fargo Bank Arizona 12/20/12  $   424.00
Health Government 12/27/12  $   424.00
ASCPA 01/02/13  $   424.00
Arizona Dairymen PAC 01/07/13  $   424.00
Freeport McMoran Arizona PAC 01/08/13  $   424.00
Arizona Fairs Industry PAC 01/08/13  $   424.00
Arizona Leadership Fund 01/08/13  $   424.00
Arizona Technology Council State PAC 01/08/13  $   424.00
Fennemore Craig Citizens for Prudent Government 01/08/13  $   424.00
Beer and Wine Distributors of Arizona PAC 01/09/13  $   424.00
Arizona ALFA Assisted Living PAC 10/28/2013  $   400.00

 

Rumors are that the Obamacare pro-Medicaid expansion industry and Governor Brewer is helping fundraise and finance his re-election campaign. Unfortunately, those revelations won’t appear until the June 30th report in several months.

This race is going to get uncomfortable for the incumbent as it probably should but as most campaign posts on Sonoran Alliance, this is where the mud flies.

Toby Farmer Calls on Don Shooter to Provide Proof of Suspicious Campaign Expenses

Toby Farmer

Toby Farmer Calls on Don Shooter to Provide Proof of Suspicious Campaign Expenses

Yesterday, Republican candidate for Arizona State Senate legislative district 13, Toby Farmer, criticized reported campaign expenses in Senator Don Shooter’s most recent campaign finance filing. The Arizona Republic recently uncovered troubling items in Shooter’s finance report, which includes:

● More than $18,000 in travel related expenses including fuel, mileage reimbursement, auto repair, and lodging.

● Over $15,000 in legal fees, including $10,100 in fees directly related to his three misdemeanor charges for barging into his grandson’s classroom and confronting a school teacher last year.

● Nearly three quarters of the $43,000 Shooter raised last cycle came from lobbyists and other special interests who have business at the State Capitol.

The Arizona Republic also uncovered that in addition to his $24,000 per year taxpayer salary, Shooter collected another $8,029 directly from taxpayers as part of his reimbursement for commuting to the Capitol to conduct legislative business. This amount is on top of the more than $18,000 he transferred from his campaign account for fuel and mileage reimbursement.

“The contents of Don Shooter’s campaign finance report are extremely troubling,” said Buckeye businessman Toby Farmer, who is challenging Shooter in the Republican Senate primary. “Senator Shooter appears to be transferring personal campaign contributions from lobbyists and special interest groups and lining his personal pockets by collecting both mileage reimbursement and gas money in addition to mileage reimbursement from the taxpayers of Arizona.”

If the Arizona Republic is correct, Senator Shooter would have driven over 30,000 miles in the last campaign cycle according to the legally binding reports he filed with authorities. Remarkably, that’s enough mileage to travel around the globe one-and-a-half times.

“Remarkably, when I speak with voters in his district in Maricopa County, no one seems to know who Don Shooter is,” said Farmer. “Mr. Shooter owes the taxpayers of Arizona and the voters of my district an explanation and proof of what he is spending this substantial amount of money on.”

Earlier this year, Don Shooter notoriously made headlines when he told a local television reporter that he wouldn’t give up free tickets from lobbyists to events like the Fiesta Bowl unless the taxpayers of Arizona gave him a pay raise.

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For more information on Toby’s campaign, please visit: www.FarmerAZ.com.