By Suzanne Sharer
Talk about a war against women! Currently ground zero is right here in my own back yard as Arizona is once again front and center when it comes to so called “human rights” vs. right and wrong! Women’s rights have just taken a giant step backward in the city of Phoenix this past month with the passing of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton’s infamous “Bathroom Bill”. This bill does nothing more than degrade women while putting us into dangerous situations and stripping us of our dignity and the respect we deserve. When was it; about two weeks ago that the left came out with some absolutely brilliant maneuvers to stop rapists? Now women are being legislated into questionable situations in the name of “civil rights” to where they have just made it easier for rapists and deviants to have easy access to women and children. Sadly it appears that Stanton has put special interests and a radical political agenda ahead of the personal safety and concerns of the ladies who grace his city. Grown men will now be allowed into girls/women’s restrooms in our parks and public places in the name of sexual equality and human rights.
The false argument; By passing a an expansion of the city’s human relations ordinance, known as the Bathroom Bill, much to the dismay of the mayor and his supporters, we are supposed to believe that under the guise of “prohibiting discrimination” on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, this new law will not have any devastating consequences for our churches, religious organizations, businesses, and families.
All I can say is move over Mayor Bloomberg it appears that Mayor Stanton of Phoenix is going to give you a run for your money when it comes to making false arguments on behalf of the ridiculous legislation you are putting out there! Oh and by the way this article isn’t even covering Stanton’s absurd gun “buy back” program that he just revealed! I can’t wait to touch on that soon! I truly hope people won’t rally behind that brain trust as women will need their guns locked and loaded now more than ever just to use a public restroom in the city of Phoenix!) Stanton has made his position clear. He is taking the City of Phoenix on a serious left turn at the risk of women and children, pandering for the dollars he feels the LGBT community will bring him. Now anybody who wants to wear women’s clothing will not be prohibited from entering into the girls/women’s bathrooms of our schools, parks and restaurants as well as our place of worship and any other public places in the name of prohibiting discrimination, tolerance and of course let’s not forget the mighty dollar in that forward thinking America.
If tolerance is so important in this new age of forced acceptance I have to ask the question; where is the tolerance for those of us who find this bill offensive to our rights? I find it very objectionable as a woman and as a mother to a beautiful young girl that I am being told I must be accepting of men who want to identify themselves as women, giving them more of a right than I have! Legislating people into uncomfortable and dangerous situations by telling them they are being narrow-minded of others rights if they disagree is not a step towards a future I feel we should be embracing! If you have an innocent young daughter would you want her exposed to a man irrespective of whether he may think of himself as a woman using the public restroom? Does how he feels on the inside change what is on the outside? There are clear physical differences that need to remain separate and regardless of how a person “feels”! I believe we need to base our decision on common sense and the fact that men and women have physical differences that need to be kept separate and private when it comes to these situations for everyone’s comfort and security not just those of the minority who are screaming the loudest.
Aside from all the problems this creates for women and young girls, local business’s and church’s now have to be concerned with being cautious not to violate these new “rights” if they wish to avoid any legal action that can now be taken against them by the passing of this new bill simply for standing up for their own ethics. Essentially what Stanton is saying to Phoenicians is that with the passing of his new “bathroom bill” the good people of Phoenix no longer have the right to speak out in defense of their morals or can use their judgment on an issue of common sense and public safety, now that we are living in a kinder more forward thinking society based on these new “human rights” given to us via Phoenix City Council.
What strikes me as odd is how Mayor Stanton put such urgency to this bill under a veil of media silence. With so many other more pressing issues that actually involve public safety, Stanton panders more to special interest groups that make public safety even more of an issue! If it wasn’t for a few media outlets such as Mike Broomhead of KFYI who dedicated some very valuable and insightful time on this subject during his radio show last week, most of Phoenix would not even be aware of what has just transpired. It appears that Stanton who made a promise to be transparent is getting a failing grade at this much like our current President. You can bet this bill was fast tracked through the city council to avoid media and public scrutiny to prevent the large outpouring of opposition it deserves! You can find some good links to read what is in the bill here on Mike Broomhead’s page; http://www.kfyi.com/pages/broomhead.html?article=10955139
After all is said and done what astounds me the most is the total lack of respect and the disregard for the comfort and safety of the women of Phoenix! The left flippantly states that it makes no difference which way the feet are facing in the stall but I couldn’t disagree more…First off it this is what they believe then why are we having this discussion? Second, I am 5’4” and weigh 112 lbs. What chance would I have if cornered in a secluded restroom by a man who weighs twice as much as me and much stronger? What chance do women really have, our mothers, sisters, wives and daughters? What are you going to worry about more, the so called “civil rights” of transgendered men to have access to women’s restrooms or the safety of your loved ones now exposed to any deviant who wishes to put on a dress?
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Word out of Kingman in Mohave County is that Robert Graham owned the room in the debate against Doug Little.
Doug Little arrived to the event late. Present were about 30-40 people which is a great turnout for a GOP candidate’s debate. Newly-elected Senator Kelli Ward was also in attendance.
Graham completely worked the room – talking to everyone before the lunch-meeting started.
Doug Little didn’t appear to move around the room that much only talking to a few people. Graham passed out shirts, buttons, flyers, yard signs and palm cards while Little made an effort to cover up Graham’s flyers on the tables with his own flyers.
Little spoke first. Graham spoke second. When Little launched into his speech, he attacked Graham’s age arguing that he thought Graham was too young to be Chairman. Little also attacked Graham for fighting for the defeat of a tax increase initiative in California - never mind the fact that Graham was extremely active supporting Arizona congressional candidates AND the effort to defeat the Open Primary initiative and Prop 204. Somewhere along the road, Little forgot to hold to the candidate agreement of staying above the negativity.
When Graham spoke, his ideas and vision were well received throughout the room. Compared to Doug Little, Robert Graham’s remarks, vision and ideas were night and day.
When both candidates took questions, someone asked about their thoughts on the United Nations. Little responded first and said that he did not believe that the US should withdraw from the UN. Most people in the room were shocked. Graham’s response to the same question was the opposite. That resulted with the entire room erupting in applause. (Little tried to take back his comments during the applause.)
When the debate adjourned, Little didn’t stay more than fifteen minutes while Graham remained until the last person departed.
It certainly appears that Graham has locked up Mohave County Republicans!
Don’t miss the next Arizona Republican Party Chairman debate tomorrow night – Tuesday, January 22 – to be held in Chandler at Tri-City Baptist Church located at 2211 W. Germann Road, Chandler. Debate starts at 7:30 PM. Be there if you care about the future of the Arizona Republican Party!
Sonoran Alliance has endorsed Robert Graham for Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.
Arizona parents, taxpayers and other concerned citizens are invited to an important event about the future of education policy in America. As part of National School Choice Week, the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity Foundation is hosting an expert policy panel on Monday, January 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road (just north of Indian Bend). (RSVP information below.)
We have some important ground to cover in this policy discussion, including these topics:
• Of the recent school choice programs that have passed—Education Savings Accounts in Arizona, vouchers in Indiana, parent triggers in California, etc., which are the most important for children?
• Can school choice programs take credit for recent successes in US education?
• What are the biggest challenges to school choice today?
• How can we ensure that school choice successes are not derailed by government intervention?
• How can we ensure that children in traditional district schools are not “left behind” by school choice reforms?
• What special efforts must be made to meetthe needs of students who live in poverty?
• What are the effects of high-stakes government tests on students and teachers?
Our expert panelists will answer these questions and identify the best paths forward to improve our children’s education:
Jason Bedrick, Visiting Scholar, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute
Jonathan Butcher, Education Director, Goldwater Institute
Anthony Cody, Education Blogger, Teachers Lead and Education Week
Matthew Ladner, Senior Advisor, Foundation for Excellence in Education
To attend this event, RSVP to Bill Fathauer at 480-332-0477 or email@example.com. Please tell Bill if you are bringing any guests, and please give him your name, email address and best phone contact. We look forward to seeing you on January 28!
For Liberty, Tom
Americans for Prosperity Foundation
On the Arizona Illustrated Debate, on October 18th David Bradley, who is running for the LD10 Senate, shows blatant hostility to the veteran and business community in Southern Arizona.
The very first question posed to Frank Antenori and David Bradley was “Has the state done enough to stimulate the economy and grow jobs?”
Senator Antenori articulated the successes of the 2010 legislative sessions, “The government doesn’t create jobs, the private sector creates jobs. We create the conditions for success and I think we have done it.”
David Bradley reveals his hostility towards veterans and job creators by responding, “The notion that government doesn’t create jobs is interesting when you have somebody who gets three paychecks, all government related in some fashion, in terms of retirement from his military service, as a state employee and the entity that he works for has government contracts that fund much of their work.”
Frank did not let this insult to his veteran constituents, personal friends and soldiers that he fought beside, and the largest employer in Southern Arizona go unopposed and unanswered,
“The narrative is being created by my opponent and his allies is that somehow being a member of the armed services, I spent 20 years in the military, and if you want to equate a “government check” as you would get from sort of a welfare handout of some kind to a check that you get sitting on the side of a mountain in Afghanistan chasing al-Qaeda and the Taliban I dare you to make that association.”
“To say that I am living off the government is an insult to the members of this community that served in the military and that work in the Aerospace Defense Industry that are huge contributors to our national defense and economy and it is insulting that they continue to make that association.”
Frank was personally targeted by the “Independent” Redistricting Committee and the democrats. They do not want him to return to the Capitol. LD10 has a Democrat registration advantage but Frank Antenori has proven he cares about the people of Southern Arizona and is willing to take the political hits that sometimes come with doing the right thing.
Jonathan Paton appeared on Fox 10′s Newsmaker Sunday program with respected newsman John Hook yesterday to talk about the race for Arizona’s First District and the issues that are important to the voters, such as job creation. Hook is widely respected in Arizona and nationally, having been invited to interview President Obama.
Jonathan hoped to get the chance to appear with Ann Kirkpatrick. She refused. As John Hook explains in the opening, Kirkpatrick refused to even be interviewed separately. She wouldn’t do an interview via Skype or Phone. She’s also turned down requests from other television stations, as many of you know.
You can see the opening of the show where Hook talks about his invitation here:
To watch the entire interview here.
Here is what Jonathan Paton had to say about Kirkpatrick’s continued refusal to talk to the voters on camera:
“One of the basic roles of a member of Congress is to actually communicate with real live people. I can’t imagine why Ann Kirkpatrick refuses to be interviewed on camera, except that she knows her plan to continue supporting Obamacare and trillion dollar deficits isn’t what the voters want. No wonder she doesn’t want to talk about her plans on camera.” — Jonathan Paton
It has become fashionable to bash Arizona’s SB1070 law among those who seek to profit by promoting racial and ethnic discord. But it is hard to imagine a sitting president of the United States stooping down to that level. Yet, that is what President Obama did during the October 16th debate. In that debate, about 1 hour, 1 minute and 17 seconds into the debate, he said the following:
“He called the Arizona law a model for the nation. Part of the Arizona law said that law enforcement officers can stop folks because they suspect that maybe they look like they might be undocumented workers, and check their papers. You know what, if my daughter, or yours, looks to somebody like they are not citizens, I don’t want to empower someone like that.”
But Arizona’s SB1070 calls for just the opposite. Section 2-b reads, in part, as follows:
“A law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may not solely consider race, color or national origin in implementing the requirements of this subsection except to the extent permitted by the United States or Arizona constitution.”
It is hard to imagine that the president was not aware of such a key provision of our law, especially considering that his administration opposed it all the way to the Supreme Court, where it was upheld.
The president owes an apology to the people of Arizona for having made such a gross mischaracterization during a nationally televised debate.
Arizona Latino Republican Association (ALRA)
Jose Borrajero, Communications Director
Wow! I’m giddy. I was surprised and thrilled by Gov. Romney’s performance in last night’s debate (Oct. 3). I watched the debate with 7 other Conservatives, time-delayed by a Tivo box so that we could halt the action and toss in our own comments.
Several of us were apprehensive at the outset, but by the end of the debate we had worked ourselves into a frenzy of excitement, shouting “Yes! Yes! Yes!” as he pounded home those key points that free-market, limited-government, fiscal-responsibility Conservatives have been trumpeting for years.
Now I have to confess. I had no idea that Gov. Romney had this in him. Sure, he’d had some brief flashes on the campaign trail, and his style turned for the better after naming Paul Ryan as his VP. But like many Conservatives, I feared the Governor was just the next-in-line Establishment Republican candidate — doomed to be another gracious loser.
I’m still absorbing what I saw & heard, and I’ll have to go through the whole debate again, but I do remember Romney’s first home run of the evening (for me) when he pointed out the immorality of the debt we are piling on the backs of our children. As I’ve written in the past (here, here, and here for example), we are effectively selling them into a modern-day version of debt bondage. At last we have a candidate who leads with that point against all those “compassionate” Democrats, the people who supposedly “care”.
As for Obama’s own performance, a repeated interjection among my friends was “He’s flailing, he’s flailing!”. Time and again he reached back for his standard campaign talking points, sometimes well off-topic, and he was visibly shell-shocked when Romney put them down emphatically, with compelling refutation points, nicely bulleted and driven home like nails in a coffin (puns intended).
If you can watch the debate again, keep an eye on Obama’s upper jaw near his left ear as he stares down at his podium. One of our friends spotted it first. You’ll see a light spot come and go as he visibly clenches and unclenches his teeth. This man is used to adulation and acquiescence, not reasoned confrontation. Bound up in his Leftist ideology and surrounded 24/7 by sycophants and a fawning, collaborative media, he was totally unprepared to defend his indefensible record. He spent much of the evening staring down at that podium as if being scolded by his school master.
Obama will be better prepared at the next debate, and Romney will have to guard against over-confidence. But I’m no longer worried. Obama’s hand is incredibly weak — almost everywhere, he’s holding a pair of deuces against Romney’s full house. And Romney’s better at the game — much better.
Of course, the election ain’t over ’til it’s over, and the Obama machine, the Great American Left, and the Democrat Media Complex won’t go gently into the night. But we have ourselves a candidate in Mitt Romney, and I have a new-found confidence that he and his staff might just run this campaign right across the finish line going away, and leading by several lengths.
Then, the long hard path to recovery begins.
[This article cross-posted from WesternFreePress.com]
FreedomWorks for America Celebrates Grand Opening of Mesa, AZ Victory Office with “Presidential Debate Watching Party”
WHAT: FreedomWorks for America activists will join local Arizona Tea Partiers and other allies in the limited-government movement for a “Presidential Debate Watching Party” in honor of the grand opening of the FreedomWorks for America’s Mesa, AZ victory office on October 3rd, 2012 at 5:30pm MT. Volunteer activists will join together to watch the debate between President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney, following the debate activists will participate in voter training and planning activities to increase fiscally conservative voter turnout in their respective districts.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012, beginning at 5:30pm MT.
WHERE: FreedomWorks for America’s Mesa Victory Office | 1818 East Southern Avenue, Ste. 2A | Mesa Arizona, 85204
WHY: FreedomWorks for America believes that the only sure path to responsible spending reform and pro-growth economic policy is to regain a Senate majority of fiscally conservative Republicans and to retire President Obama in November. Unlike traditional Super PACs which exist to produce expensive advertising buys, FreedomWorks for America was created to develop tools to empower local activists to create a winning ground game that will transform grassroots conservatism into lasting political change this November.
For more information, please visit www.FreedomWorksforAmerica.org.
ICYMI: Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery appeared on KAET’s Horizon Monday night to debate Paul Johnson on Proposition 121 – The “Top Two” Primary initiative.
This video presentation should give you all you need to know why you should vote AGAINST Prop 121.
County Attorney Montgomery did a fantastic job taking apart Paul Johnson’s arguments.
Visit the Save Our Vote AZ website here.
Visit the Save Our Vote AZ Facebook page here.
Follow Save Our Vote AZ on Twitter here.
Watch as Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey reveals the truth about Proposition 204 and why Arizona voters should vote AGAINST this initiative.
This is a permanent and forever annual $1 BILLION sales tax increase to Arizonans. This will do NOTHING to guarantee help to students and teachers in the classroom.
Please join the NO on 204 Campaign here.
Follow NO on 204 on Twitter here.
Like the NO on 204 Facebook page here.
Tempe – Auggie Bartning, candidate for Arizona State Senate in legislative district twenty-four, released the following statement today regarding his expectations of the debate with state senator Katie Hobbs this evening.
“I look forward to debating Katie this evening. We all know our state faces problems but I will be providing solutions to these problems that are burdening Arizonans. Tonight’s debate will exemplify the differences between my opponent and me. We both recognize the issues that are facing our state. However, there are two different paths the people of LD24 can choose in order to successfully fix our state’s problems. Hopefully the constituents will walk away tonight with a better understanding of whom will best represent their will in Arizona’s LD24.”
Information for tonight’s debate:
September 25, 2012
The debate begins at 5:30PM
A.E. England Building at the Civic Space Park
424 North Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Auggie Bartning is a Republican running for Arizona State Senate in the twenty-fourth Legislative District.
Congressman Flake Ignores Wil’s Debate Challenge
Flake Also Refuses Independent Debate Invite
Phoenix, Arizona – 51 days ago, Wil Cardon’s campaign sent a letter to Congressman Flake challenging him to a head-to-head debate.
So far… NO RESPONSE.
But wait… there’s more.
Congressman Flake flat out refused a debate invitation from the AZ Republic/KPNX-Channel 12 – a news organization that had plans to report on and televise the debate statewide.
Why is Congressman Flake Running Scared?
It’s become evident that Congressman Flake is afraid to discuss his past of lies, flip-flopping and supporting a liberal agenda in DC.
But his refusal to debate Wil Cardon hurts Arizonans.
In the past several months, there have been numerous candidates forums across the state. Wil has participated in many of them. Congressman Flake, however, has ducked many of them, sending a surrogate to read a letter instead. Now that the race has become so competitive, Wil wants a head-to-head debate with Congressman Flake. Unlike a candidates forum, this kind of debate allows for the two principal candidates to interact with each other – it’s an important difference that allows voters to contrast the candidates.
Arizonans deserve to know all they can about the candidates to make the best decision in August. But, it seems Congressman Flake disagrees.
Watch as Retired USAF Col. Martha McSally and Mark Koskiniemi (pronounced Kos ki nee mee) debate on Arizona Public Media’s Republican CD-2 Primary Forum. Website link