Liberal Hypocrisy in Academia Targets Condi Rice

Condi Rice Condoleeza Rice Rutgers University

Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice

by Bob Quasius – Liberals in academia are at it again! A year after Condi Rice accepted an invitation to speak at Rutger’s commencement ceremony, liberals launched a nasty smear campaign to humiliate Condi Rice, seeking to force Rutgers to withdraw the invitation.

How dare this intelligent and successful conservative black woman invade sacred liberal turf!

The Rutgers University administration bravely refused to buckle to pressure. However, in the end Condi Rice decided to put the graduating students’ interests ahead of her own, and bowed out gracefully. She showed us once again that she is a class act. Her statement from her Facebook page puts Rutgers liberals to shame:

“Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families. Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time. I am honored to have served my country. I have defended America’s belief in free speech and the exchange of ideas. These values are essential to the health of our democracy. But that is not what is at issue here. As a Professor for thirty years at Stanford University and as it’s former Provost and Chief academic officer, I understand and embrace the purpose of the commencement ceremony and I am simply unwilling to detract from it in any way. Good luck to the graduates and congratulations to the families, friends and loved ones who will gather to honor them.”

It’s not hard to see why Rutgers wold want Condi Rice as their commencement speaker. She’s an awesome speaker! Her commencement speech at SMU was both inspiring and uplifting, as all commencement keynote speeches should be.

It’s also not hard to see why she gracefully bowed out. Commencement is for the graduating seniors, not the speakers. At Princeton University she gave the commencement speech despite objections from liberals, and the result was noisy protests by hundreds.

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Noisy Protest at Condi Rice Speech, Princeton University , 2005

A similar speaking engagement at Boston University likewise drew protests, and one professor even quit.

What was Condi Rice’s offense?

Rutgers liberals demanded the university administration un-invite her in order to humiliate her. What was Condi Rice’s offense that merited public humiliation? The Rutgers Faculty passed a resolution demanding Rutgers un-invite Condi Rice, including phrases like:

“played a prominent role in his administration’s efforts to mislead the American people about the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the existence of links between al Qaeda and the Iraqi regime”, ”

“the lies thus promoted led to the second Iraq war, which caused the death of over 100,000 men, women and children, and the displacement of millions of others.”

“as a public institution of higher learning, should educate its students about past historical events, not pretend they never took place,”

“Rutgers “should not honor someone who participated in a political effort to circumvent the law.”

Did Condi Rice Lie About Iraq?

Condi Rice has often been excoriated by liberals for “lying” about Iraq, but did she really intentionally lie? In an interview with NPR in 2011 she admitted she was wrong:

“The intelligence was as clear as any intelligence I’ve ever seen and I’ve been in this business a long time. … When you had intelligence assessments that said Saddam Hussein has reconstituted his biological and chemical weapons and could reconstitute his nuclear weapon in a year if he got foreign assistance — by the end of the decade if he didn’t — I’ve actually never seen clearer indications than that.”

“The problem is, the intelligence wasn’t right.”

However, there’s a huge difference between repeating bad information from others and deliberately lying, as the Faculty resolution states. The National Security Adviser and Secretary of State don’t produce intelligence information; they consume intelligence produced by the intelligence community. Condi didn’t make up lies about Iraq and weapons of mass destruction; she repeated what she was told by the intelligence community.

Moreover, at the time there was certainly a credible belief that Iraq had WMDs as Saddam Hussein had used WMDs in the past, constantly obstructed UN inspectors, and constantly mentioned WMDs in secret communications with his leadership.

Apparently either Saddam Hussein himself believed he still had WMDs or he wanted others, principally the Iranians, to believe he still had a WMD stockpile. There are also credible theories Saddam’s WMDs were quietly sent to Syria for safekeeping.

Is Condi Rice a politician?

The Daily Targum, Rutgers student newspaper, opined those with ‘questionable politics’ should not be invited as commencement speakers. In fact the editorial said they don’t want politicians as commencement speakers at all. ‘Questionable politics’ is liberal doublespeak for “conservative” and moreover politicians are often invited as commencement speakers.

Where was the The Daily Targum and Rutgers Faculty when Elizabeth Warren and other liberals were commencement speakers? Elizabeth Warren is certainly a politician with baggage after misrepresenting herself as Native American to gain affirmative action benefits in academia.

Who gets to decide whose politics are questionable? Condi Rice is widely respected, and has often been prodded to run for public office. However, she’s adamant she doesn’t enjoy politics, explaining:

“I didn’t run for student council president. I don’t see myself in any way in elected office. I love policy. I’m not particularly fond of politics.

She’s widely admired in Republican circles and would have been a slam dunk as Mitt Romney’s running mate, but she wasn’t even on the list because she didn’t want to run. She’s willing to help Republican candidates in an advisory role, but she is totally disinterested in running for public office.

So Why the Controversy?

Controversy about commencement speakers is nothing new. A survey by the Young America’s Foundation found of the top 100 universities listed by U.S. News and World Report, 62 have selected liberal commencement speakers and only 17 selected conservatives (the ideological leanings of the rest was unclear). Clearly, not many universities are willing to invite conservative commencement speakers!

However, usually conservatives are targeted for protests, though there are exceptions. Obama himself was once targeted, not long after becoming president, but by students, not faculty.

Hillary Clinton has been a commencement speaker numerous times, but how often has academia complained? Hillary Clinton has been embroiled in numerous major scandals, such as Whitewater, turning $100,000 profit on a $1,000 commodities investment despite 1:250 million odds and no knowledge whatsoever of commodities investments. Add to this TravelGate, Vince Foster, and Benghazi and it’s plainly evident Hillary has monumental scandal baggage.

Now why don’t we hear Academics objecting to Hillary Clinton commencement speeches? Answer: she’s a liberal and so too are most academics. Rutgers in particular is a notorious  bastion of liberalism in a deep blue state. Ditto for Princeton and Boston University, the scene of other Condi Rice commencement protests.

The truth about Condi Rice

Condi Rice has enjoyed an extraordinary career in academia and in public service. She obviously is extremely bright, as evidenced by earning her PhD in international relations at age 21, despite all the disadvantages of growing up in Birmingham during segregation. She is probably one of our brightest ever Secretaries of State.

This quote reflects Condi’s outlook in life and awesome success despite her humble origins and status as a minority woman:

“The essence of America – that which really unites us – is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion – it is an idea – and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.”

There are no major scandals in Condi Rice’s past, and in the one legitimate are of criticism about the Iraq war she repeated information from others, and in my honest opinion she was misled. At least she’s honest enough to admit she was wrong. However it’s obvious she was misled.

So what? We’ve all been misled at some point in our lives. Does that make her any less of a success story? Not hardly! In truth, she’s a conservative and extremely successful black woman, and that upsets liberal notions of victimhood. It’s no coincidence conservative women and minorities often complain about the unduly harsh scrutiny and criticism they receive from liberals.

Can we get Condi Rice back as Secretary of State?

Sadly, since Condi Rice left office our foreign policy has been in full meltdown. Major wars are brewing in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Hillary Clinton and John Kerry are two of the worst secretaries of state in U.S. history. Hillary Clinton’s tenure was truly “amateur hour” at the State Department, and John Kerry is proving just as inept.

I would love to see Condi Rice back at the helm at the State Department. However, there’s not much chance Condi will return as long as our incompetent-in-chief, Barack Obama, is president.

Editor’s Note: reposted from Cafe Con Leche Republicans – original link.

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Bob Quasius is the president and founder of Cafe Con Leche Republicans.

Shawnna Bolick Receives Endorsement from Former Congressman Ben Quayle

Shawnna Bolick

Shawnna Bolick Receives Endorsement from Former Congressman Ben Quayle

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Phoenix, AZ- May 7, 2014- Today, Shawnna Bolick, Republican candidate for Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28, received the endorsement of former Congressman Ben Quayle.

“In politics, there are talkers and there are doers.  Shawnna is a doer and that is why I proudly endorse her candidacy for our legislative district.  I have seen Shawnna’s passion for education reform that will allow our students to reach their full potential.  She believes that all children should have access to a top notch education, because it is the key to a prosperous future.  This dedication was also evidenced when Shawnna successfully mobilized a broad coalition of parents at her son’s school that resulted in tens of thousands of dollars for classroom grants.  Shawnna’s keen ability to bring stakeholders together will be an enormous asset in our state legislature.  Arizona can lead into the 21st century, but we need to elect people like Shawnna to make that a reality.”

“It is an absolute pleasure to receive Mr. Quayle’s endorsement,” declared Bolick.  “Ben represented our Congressional district well during his brief tenure in DC.  After Ben was elected I worked with him and his office on issues that might affect charter school expansion and he came to the table prepared.  He truly understood the need for local autonomy and governance in our educational system. He also has a keen ear for small business needs and wasn’t afraid to take on President Obama.  We need more elected officials willing to protect the states from further federal overreach.”

Shawnna Bolick has lived in Legislative District 28 for 13 years.  Shawnna and her husband, Clint, have two children, Ryne (12) and Kali (9), plus their six year old rescued greyhound, Beary Goldwater, living in the shadows of Squaw Peak.

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Shawnna L.M. Bolick can be reached via email atinfo@bolickforarizona.com, or via cell at 602-842-1912.  For more information about her campaign please visitwww.BolickforArizona.com.

Sen. Judy Burges endorses Diane Douglas

For Immediate Release
May 1, 2014
From Diane Douglas
 

Top Conservative in AZ Senate endorses Douglas for Superintendent

Phoenix, AZ: State Senator Judy Burges has endorsed Diane Douglas for Superintendent of Public Instruction in Arizona.

Senator Burges stated, “The responsibility to educate our children is too important to hand over to the federal government. Diane Douglas is the only candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction who realizes that Common Core will weaken our public schools and that Common Core must be stopped in Arizona.”

Diane Douglas responded, “Senator Burges has been a fearless conservative leader in Arizona and we are excited to have her officially support our campaign. With her support and many concerned citizens, we will end Common Core in Arizona and replace it with high standards that work for our state.”

Diane Douglas is a candidate in the Republican Primary for Superintendent of Public Instruction. She served on the Governing Board of Peoria Unified School District from 2005 to 2012, and was president of the board in 2008 and 2009. For more information, visit www.DianeDouglas.com.

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Huppenthal can’t protect student privacy

For Immediate Release
April 29, 2014
From Diane Douglas

Veto of HB 2316 proves Huppenthal wrong on student privacy

Phoenix, AZ Governor Brewer’s veto of HB 2316 proves that Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal cannot deliver on his promise to protect student privacy.

At a candidate forum in SaddleBrooke, Arizona held on April 9th, Huppenthal assured the audience that the privacy of sensitive student information being gathered as part of Common Core would be protected through new legislation. His claim is clearly false in the light of the Governor’s veto of HB 2316.

“John Huppenthal is either naive or disingenuous when he falsely claims that the Common Core dossiers being assembled on our children will be kept private. If there is one thing we have learned from the Obama Administration, it is that the government can no longer be trusted with private information,” stated Diane Douglas, conservative candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction in the Republican Primary.

Douglas added, “I am disappointed that John Huppenthal is willing to collaborate with President Obama in building government files on our children. I am opposed to Common Core and I will not allow Arizona’s public schools to be turned into data gathering agencies for the Obama Administration.”

Diane Douglas is a candidate in the Republican Primary for Superintendent of Public Instruction. She served on the Governing Board of Peoria Unified School District from 2005 to 2012, and was president of the board in 2008 and 2009. For more information, visit www.DianeDouglas.com.

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Former Speaker Kirk Adams Endorses Shawnna Bolick for LD28

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Shawnna Bolick Receives Endorsement from 
Former Arizona Speaker Kirk Adams

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Phoenix, AZ- April 28, 2014- Today, Shawnna Bolick, Republican candidate for Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28, received the endorsement of former Arizona Speaker of the House, Kirk Adams.

“Shawnna exhibits all of the right qualities that encompass what a good public servant should possess: strong principles, a hearty work ethic and the ability to communicate with fellow travelers as well as her foes. Shawnna has been passionate about education reform long before she became a Mom. It is noteworthy that she wants each child regardless of zip code to have the opportunity to have the best education possible. Along her journey she has successfully reached across the aisle to promote school choice in this country even in Congressman Chuck Rangle’s congressional district.  She has what it takes to build relationships so Arizona’s future shines for years to come.”

“I am honored to have Speaker Adams’ endorsement,” stated Bolick.  “Kirk led Arizona to one of the largest permanent tax cuts in state history of which all of Arizona should be proud.  While serving Arizona, Kirk not only opted out of the elected officials retirement plan which I also intend to do, but he also authored initial steps in order to begin reforming public pension before it became a headlining issue to tackle.  Because of Kirk’s leadership Arizona was able to witness some much needed bold strokes in this arena and I hope to help further these necessary reforms.”

Shawnna Bolick has lived in Legislative District 28 for 13 years.  Shawnna and her husband, Clint, have two children, Ryne (12) and Kali (9), plus their six year old rescued greyhound, Beary Goldwater, living in the shadows of Squaw Peak.

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Shawnna L.M. Bolick can be reached via email at info@bolickforarizona.com, or via cell at 602-842-1912.  For more information about her campaign please visitwww.BolickforArizona.com.

Shawnna Bolick Receives Endorsement from Former Arizona legislator Amanda Reeve

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Shawnna Bolick Receives Endorsement from Former Arizona legislator Amanda Reeve

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Phoenix, AZ- April 8, 2014- Yesterday, Shawnna Bolick, Republican candidate for Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28, received the endorsement of former State Representative, Amanda Reeve.

“Shawnna’s energy, dedication, extensive policy background and desire to honorably represent our legislative district and State are the admirable qualities she will bring to the Arizona House of Representatives once she is elected.  From the many years of actively engaging in her community, her children’s public charter schools, and working on issues critical to Arizona, she values the importance of studying the policy, its potential impacts and evaluating all considerations before making an objective and informed decision.  Wanting nothing less than the best for her children and yours is the conviction that fuels Shawnna’s passion to work hard for Arizona and be a strong advocate for her constituents.”

“I am honored to have Ms. Reeve’s endorsement,” stated Bolick.  “Amanda was a great legislator who worked hard on behalf of her constituents and delved deep when considering policy.  She understood the importance of bringing together stakeholders to draft a sound bill.  Amanda also wasn’t afraid to read the bill and its implications before she became a co-sponsor and voted on legislation.  Amanda was a model state legislator and I will do my best to emulate her dedication to Arizona.”

Shawnna Bolick has lived in Legislative District 28 for 13 years.  Shawnna and her husband, Clint, have two children, Ryne (11) and Kali (9), plus their six year old rescued greyhound, Beary Goldwater, living in the shadows of Squaw Peak.

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Shawnna L.M. Bolick can be reached via email at info@bolickforarizona.com.  For more information about her campaign, please visit www.BolickforArizona.com.

Shame on ASU Professor Joe Skulan

Reprinted from The Blaze. This is absolutely horrific and demands accountability by ASU’s Administration.

What a Professor Emailed a Conservative Group Is So Vile, We Can’t Put It in the Headline

Editor’s Note: This post contains references to extremely vulgar language.

A former faculty member at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and current professor at Arizona State University, sent a vulgar email to a conservative political group Tuesday after the organization sent him a reminder to vote in an election.

Professor Joe Skulan sent a vile message to a conservative group Tuesday, according to an email obtained by TheBlaze.

Professor Joe Skulan. (Image source: University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Professor Joe Skulan. (Image source: University of Wisconsin, Madison)

According to the email obtained by TheBlaze, professor Joe Skulan replied to the Americans for Prosperity email by saying, “As soon as you finish wiping Kock [sic] c** off your ass, please take a moment to go f*** yourself.”

The Tuesday email sent by Americans for Prosperity, which is funded in part by conservative billionaires David and Charles Koch, did not encourage individuals to vote for any specific candidate, it only directed them to a government website providing instructions on how to vote in elections being held for municipalities and school districts across the state of Wisconsin.

The professor’s vulgar message to the conservative group — sent using his official University of Wisconsin email address — was first reported by Media Trackers, a website dedicated to media accountability and government transparency.

A representative for the University of Wisconsin said Skulan no longer works at the school, but forwarded a Facebook post with Skulan’s comments about the controversy.

“Had I known that my email would be read I probably would have been more specific: ‘Please, after removing the semen that the Koch brothers have deposited in your rectum, take a moment to refill your rectum with your own semen,’” he wrote, according to the Facebook post forwarded to TheBlaze by the University of Wisconsin.

“To be clear, my comment was metaphorical,” the post continued. “I have no particular reason to believe that the person at AFP who sent the letter (I forget his name) actually engages in anal sex with the brothers Koch or anyone else, and would not care if he did. The reference to sexual act was meant to imply that AFP and the Kochs have the same relationship to each other that a skanky prostitute has to a lecherous and pustule-ridden old man, or that, say, Tom Tiffany has to Chris Cline and Media Trackers has to its own sugar daddy/daddies.”.

“I admit the preceding comparison may not be entirely accurate,” the post concludes. “It implies that AFP employees are Koch wh*res, but it also is possible that they are Koch sluts — that they are willing participants in their perversion, not just people paid to be perverse.”

Skulan, who initially replied to an email inquiry, would not provide comment to TheBlaze.

According to Arizona State University’s official website, Skulan is an assistant research professor in chemistry and biochemistry.

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The University of Wisconsin, Madison, forwarded this screen grab of a Facebook post to TheBlaze, saying it was the professor’s response to the controversy. (Image source: Facebook via the University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Julie Newberg, a spokeswoman for Arizona State University, forwarded the school’s policy on diversity and free speech to TheBlaze, saying: “ASU is also strongly committed to academic freedom and free speech. Respect for these rights requires that it tolerate expressions of opinion that differ from its own or that it may find abhorrent.”

h/t to Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy)

 

LegisTraitors Drunk with Power Demand Increase in Deficit Spending

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Drunk with power, or simply dazed from visions of hundreds of thousands of campaign dollars dancing in their heads, Jeremy Duda from the Arizona Capitol Times, captures Heather Carter, Ethan Orr, Kate Brophy McGee, Doug Coleman, Rob Robson, and Jeff Dial leaving the House before the gavel to make their case to spend-increase-expand with money we lowly taxpayers have not even made yet.

Geez Louise Republicans! The budget you passed in the Senate only has a $400 million structural deficit. That is just not enough!  The Coalition of Corruption including these six and all the Democrats (again) want bigger government – more agencies – increased spending – and to expand on the expansion of last session.  If we are going to borrow money to pass a democrat budget then let’s go all the way!

No money into the rainy day fund. No money to buy back our buildings. No money to decrease our debt. Actually they are demanding that money is spent that does not exist.  In their power-induced-drunken-state the LegisTraitors are blind to the plight of Arizona taxpayers preferring to prioritize the interests of the crony capitalists who bankroll their campaign committees.

The amendments and increased spending requested by the Coalition of Corruption has been scored by the non-partisan JBLC to give Arizona a $1 Billion deficit by 2017. This is “recurring spending” meaning the spending will occur every single year.  

So another day and no budget for Arizona.  The taxpayers, small businessmen, and Principled Conservatives will have to wait and see who is offering what to whom before we will know what is being shoved down our throats this year.  Will there be a fundraiser with a gift-in-kind equal to the amount it takes to educate one child for half a year in a Charter School?

Will we see a new traitor or will the traitors have a traitor? And how much does a LegisTraitor vote go for?

The vote is tied at 30-30. It will be an interesting day.

Stay tuned.

Christine Bauserman
Chair, Alliance of Principled Conservatives

Shawnna Bolick Receives Endorsements from Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump and Commissioner Brenda Burns

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Shawnna Bolick Receives Endorsements from Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump and Commissioner Brenda Burns

Phoenix, AZ- March 26, 2014- Today, Shawnna Bolick, Republican candidate for Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28, received Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump‘s and Commissioner Brenda Burns‘ endorsements.

“Shawnna’s knowledge and expertise in critical policy areas affecting the State of Arizona are hard to come by,” stated Chairman Stump. “I know Shawnna has what it takes to be an effective legislator and a strong communicator. She is not only committed to understanding the big picture but is willing to delve into the weeds to craft sound public policy.”

“Shawnna is a strong fiscal conservative who will prioritize the needs of Arizona. Watching her raise her two children I know how important education and the future of the state are to her,” declared Commissioner Burns. “Shawnna is a quick study and eager to roll up her sleeves to find the right mix of pro-growth ideas benefiting the state. Arizona should be so lucky to have her willing to serve us in such a capacity.”

“I am honored to have Chairman Stump’s and Commissioner Burns’ endorsements. Bob and I are both students of public policy and understand that sound policy often means fine tuning the details. Brenda has always been a role model and someone I would like to emulate in leadership in the Legislature. I have a great deal of admiration for both Bob and Brenda,” said Bolick.

Shawnna Bolick has lived in Legislative District 28 for 13 years. Shawnna and her husband, Clint, have two children, Ryne (11 .) and Kali (9), plus their five year old rescued greyhound, Beary Goldwater, living in the shadows of Squaw Peak.

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Shawnna L.M. Bolick can be reached via email at info@bolickforarizona.com, or via cell at 602-842-1912. For more information about her campaign please visit www.BolickforArizona.com.

Shawnna Bolick Receives Endorsement from Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio

Shawnna Bolick

Shawnna Bolick Receives Endorsement from Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio

Phoenix, AZ- February 4, 2014- Today, Shawnna Bolick received Sal DiCiccio’s endorsement for Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28.  Bolick has helped Councilman DiCiccio on government and pension reforms over the past several years.

“So much of what we have achieved here in Phoenix—from pension reform to competitiveness to government transparency and accountability—has to echo at the state level or our gains will mean little.  We need smart, tough legislators who are willing to fight for the people who pay the bills.  As a tireless advocate for school choice, small business, and the taxpayers, Shawnna demonstrates on a daily basis that she has the vision and backbone we need at the State Capitol.  That is why I give my unqualified support to Shawnna Bolick, candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives in LD-28.”

“I am honored to have Councilman DiCiccio’s endorsement.  Sal and I both care about being most prudent with the taxpayer’s dollars.  We also believe taxpayers are adults and can handle the truth.  Together, we can effectuate necessary reforms from the local and state level to ensure Arizona is on sound footing,” stated Bolick.

Shawnna Bolick has lived in Legislative District 28 for over a decade.  She has worked for education-related non-profits since the late 1990s.  Shawnna and Clint, her husband, have two children, Ryne (11) and Kali (8 ½), plus their five year old rescued greyhound, Beary Goldwater, in the shadows of Squaw Peak.

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Shawnna L.M. Bolick can be reached via email at info@bolickforarizona.com, or via cell at 602.842-1912.  For more information about her campaign, please visit www.BolickforArizona.com.

Michelle Udall: Public Prayer, An Honored Tradition

Michelle UdallA few weeks ago, the Mesa School Board looked at their policy for prayer in public board meetings and recognized a need for a change.  Since then, they have sought legal counsel, listened to input from the community, and worked to formulate a more appropriate policy.  Beginning school board meetings with prayer is an honored tradition in Mesa, long upheld and appreciated by the community.  Likewise, the Supreme Court has noted that beginning public meetings of deliberative bodies with prayer is a part of the fabric of our society.  This valued tradition should be reincorporated into board meetings.  Doing so shows respect for the founders of our nation.

In Arizona, prayer has been a part of public meetings for more than 100 years.  In 1910, the Arizona Constitutional Convention was opened with an invocation and our State Legislature has opened with prayer since statehood.  Mesa City Council Meetings and Mesa School Board Meetings have also begun with prayer since their earliest beginnings.

An appropriate policy for beginning board meetings with prayer ought to show respect for the diverse perspectives of the community.  The opportunity to offer an invocation ought to be opened up to any and all faiths represented in the district.  The newly proposed policy will do so.  Such a policy provides the opportunity to invite members of the community who may not otherwise attend school board meetings.  They will have the chance to learn more about what is happening in Mesa schools and how they can get involved.  Greater community involvement in schools will benefit all students.

Beginning a meeting with prayer helps set the tone of the deliberations to follow.  It solemnizes the proceedings, encourages a sense of cooperation, and is a means of expressing confidence in the future and recognition for that which is worthy of appreciation in society.  Those who wish not to participate are always allowed to refrain.  Certainly there is a need for mutual respect for those of all faiths and beliefs.  School board meetings ought to be a place where tolerant, respectful behavior is modeled and promoted.

The founding fathers, authors of the Constitution, began their public meetings with prayer both before and after ratification of the Constitution.  The Supreme Court and our founding fathers recognize the value of elected officials seeking divine guidance and wisdom when making decisions that affect the entire community.  School board members ought to be as free as the founders to take advantage of such guidance and wisdom.  With the daunting task of educating the children of the community resting on their shoulders, they can use all the help they can get.  Heaven knows they need it!

Written by Michelle Udall, current Mesa School Board member.

Representative T.J. Shope Endorses Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

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Representative T.J. Shope Endorses Mark Brnovich

for Attorney General

 Today, Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich received the endorsement of Representative T.J. Shope, who currently represents portions of Pinal and Gila County in Arizona’s legislative district 8.

 “I’m proud to be supporting Mark Brnovich for Attorney General because his experience, matched with his level of integrity, is what Arizona needs,” Shope said. “As a member of the Coolidge School Board, Coolidge Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Legislature, I have seen at all levels how important it is to have someone who defends our rights and will stand up for what is right on all issues. Rural Arizona needs an Attorney General who represents all of Arizona. Mark Brnovich is the right guy for the job.”

Representative Shope is the current Vice Chair of the House Commerce Committee and is a member of the Agriculture and Water Committee and the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

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Mark Brnovich remarked: “Rep. Shope’s support is reflective of the momentum and growing support my campaign is receiving, particularly with younger voters in the Republican Party. Voters like T.J. recognize that our elected leaders need to be held to the highest ethical and integrity standards. I am so grateful for his support.”

Representative Shope joins Representatives Paul Boyer and Debbie Lesko, former legislator Linda Gray, County Attorney Bill Montgomery, and U.S. Representative Trent Franks in endorsing Mark Brnovich for Arizona Attorney General.

ABOUT MARK BRNOVICH

Raised in Arizona, Mark Brnovich is a graduate of Arizona State University. After law school, Mark prosecuted felonies in the Gang/Repeat Offender Bureau of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and worked as an Assistant Attorney General for Arizona and as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona. Mark also served his country as the Command Staff Judge Advocate for the 153rd Field Artillery Brigade of the Arizona Army National Guard for eight years. Mark met his wife Susan while both were working as prosecutors. They live in Phoenix with their two daughters.

 For more information, please visit www.Mark4AZ.com

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Representative Paul Boyer Endorses Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

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“He will lead by example and that is the type of leader we need as our next Attorney General.”

Recently, Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich received the endorsement of Legislative District 20 Representative Paul Boyer.

“I am endorsing Mark Brnovich for Attorney General because he has the experience and the real conservative values our state desperately needs,” said Representative Boyer. “I’m supporting Mark because I believe he will lead the fight to protect our constitutional rights and the conservative ideals I cherish. He will lead by example and that is the type of leader we need as our next Attorney General.”

Boyer, who has previously been endorsed by Arizona Right to Life and The Arizona Free Enterprise Club, is the current Vice-Chair of the House Health Committee.

Mark Brnovich remarked: “I’m honored to receive the endorsement of Representative Boyer and deeply respect the work he has done to protect school choice and advance the charter movement in Arizona.” Brnovich added that, “his commitment to the pro-life movement is unwavering.”

Representative Boyer joins Representative Debbie LeskoCounty Attorney Bill Montgomery, and U.S. Representative Trent Franks in endorsing Mark Brnovich for Arizona Attorney General.

ABOUT MARK BRNOVICH

Raised in Arizona, Mark Brnovich is a graduate of Arizona State University. After law school, Mark prosecuted felonies in the Gang/Repeat Offender Bureau of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and worked as an Assistant Attorney General for Arizona and as Assistant US Attorney for the District of Arizona. Mark also served his country as the Command Staff Judge Advocate for the 153rd Field Artillery Brigade of the Arizona Army National Guard for eight years. Mark met his wife Susan while both were working as prosecutors. They live in Phoenix with their two daughters.

For more information, please visit www.Mark4AZ.com or email mark@mark4az.com.


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Representative Debbie Lesko Endorses Arizona Attorney General Candidate Mark Brnovich

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“Mark lives the conservative values he talks about”

Recently, Legislative District 21 Representative, Debbie Lesko, endorsed Republican Arizona Attorney General candidate Mark Brnovich.

“As a conservative, I am proud to endorse Mark Brnovich for Arizona Attorney General. Whether it is protecting our Second Amendment rights or school choice, Mark lives the conservative values he talks about. He will lead by example and that is the type of leader we want as our next Attorney General.”

Representative Lesko has been a member of the Arizona Legislature since 2009 and is currently chair of the Ways and Means committee. She is married with three children and lives in Peoria.

Representative Lesko has been an advocate for conservative principles in the West Valley for a long time,” said Brnovich. “She is a consistent supporter of education choice and limited government in the legislature, and I’m proud to have her support.”

ABOUT MARK BRNOVICH:

Raised in Arizona, Mark Brnovich is a graduate of Arizona State University. After law school, Mark prosecuted felonies in the Gang/Repeat Offender Bureau of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and worked as an Assistant Attorney General for Arizona and as Assistant US Attorney for the District of Arizona.  Mark also served his country as Command Staff Judge Advocate for the 153rd Field Artillery Brigade of the Arizona Army National Guard for eight years. Mark met his wife Susan while both were working as prosecutors. They live in Phoenix with their two daughters.

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For more information, please visit www.Mark4AZ.com or email Mark@Mark4AZ.com.

Why Run For Office If You Don’t Know What You Believe?

H/T to one of our readers and Frosty Taylor and her Maricopa County GOP Briefs for clueing us in on Monday night’s LD13 showdown between incumbent State Representative Darin Mitchell and challenger Diane Landis up in Wickenburg.  The topic was Common Core and while Mitchell “spoke strongly” against Common Core, Landis “said she was still listening to both sides of the issue before taking a stand.”  This is similar to Landis’ current “I’m still learning” position on Medicaid Expansion.  Keep in mind the Expansion issue has dominated the headlines since January, the Legislative session dragged on weeks past the 100 day deadline to deal with the issue, yet nearly ten months later Diane Landis still does not know what she would have done about the issue.

What Landis does know is that she wants to be promoted from the City Council to the State Legislature and to do that she is running against conservatives Steve Montenegro and Darin Mitchell.  What Landis doesn’t know is how she would vote on issues that matter.  Congressman Trent Franks is fond of saying that there are two kinds of people who run for office – those that want to do something, and those that want to be something.  If Diane Landis doesn’t know what she wants to do, we can safely assume she is running for different reasons.

“The bus stops here!” Tempe Council’s culture of compliance

By Matthew Papke (Reposted from freeTempe.com)

Monday a transportation crisis was averted in Tempe Arizona.  Throughout the previous week and leading up to the first day back to school many parents were faced with the unease of not knowing how their children would get to class. Could this have been avoided? What led to this near disaster?

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A Bad Deal
In November of 2012 the Tempe City Council voted unanimously and without pubic debate to move Tempe’s bus services management contract from Veolia to Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA). In January the new transit agreement was signed without a minimum bus service requirement. This under sight is the reason for the near devastating Monday so many parents would have been affected by.

Culture of Compliance
Unlike our kitchen tables or work places, the Tempe City Council does not offer much in the way of discussion or debate. Speedily or perhaps hurriedly decisions are often voted on with super majorities in favor of almost every single measure that comes before the council. The RTPA contract was likely not read or fully understood by the Council for if it was it certainly would have had a clause to ensure minimum service requirements for our residents. It would seem they spent millions of your Tempe Tax dollars in minutes without READING THE FINE PRINT.

Council member Joel Navarro has been quoted as saying he was “Livid” at the lack of a minimum service requirement in the Tempe transit contract. “This is killing people,” Tempe City Councilman Joel Navarro said Friday. “We have tons of kids who take the buses to school. It can’t go to Monday.” The article went further on to state. “Navarro is livid that Tempe and Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority officials put out a bid for a transit contract that did not require the company to provide minimum bus service.”

While NAVARRO’s fervor is welcomed, we should remind him that on November 15th, 2012 Council members Navarro along with Robin Arredondo-Savage, Onnie Shekerjian, Shana Ellis and Corey Woods, all voted in favor of moving the management of Tempe’s transit needs from Tempe to a regional resource the Planning (RTPA), this vote occurred without any debate on November 15th, 2012 AND COSTS TEMPE RESIDENTS OVER $10 MILLION A YEAR.

In January Shana Ellis was quoted saying “Tempe’s priority is to provide connectivity to our residents, students and regional visitors while we also protect and enhance our transit network.” I wonder if she knew at the time the transit contract did not contain a minimum service requirement.

The Bus stops here!
Had the council been brave or knowledgeable enough to ask then what they were asking yesterday, in the middle of a crisis, Then perhaps the entire “HOW AM I GOING TO GET MY KIDS TO SCHOOL” fiasco could have been averted.

Matthew Papke is a graduate of Corona del Sol, a Marine and current resident of Tempe Arizona. Matthew is also a filed candidate for Tempe City Council 2014. Please send any questions or comments to Matt@freetempe.com

Maricopa GOP Chair Rallies LD Censures

To all Arizona County and LD Republican Committee Chairmen -
Below is the front page article of the July 15 Arizona Capitol Times. I want to express my appreciation to those courageous and principled County and LD Republican Committees who have already conducted votes of “censure” and/or “no confidence.”
Jan Brewer, the legislators and their crony capitalist friends that support ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion have betrayed Americans, Arizona Republicans and the Republican Party Platform.  Their lack of ethics, integrity and egregious acts are motivated by only two things – greed and the lust for power – at the expense of hard working tax paying Americans.
The law was expected to cost $898 billion over the first decade when the bill was first passed, but this year the Congressional Budget Office revised that estimate to $1.85 trillion.  Money that will have to be borrowed from the Chinese or printed in the backroom of the Federal Reserve.  Latest polls indicate a majority of Americans are opposed to ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion with an overwhelming majority of Republicans in opposition.
During the past six months, we did everything we could to make a solid argument against ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion, we tried to reason with these people and even tried to make them see the light.  Unfortunately, our lobbying efforts fell on deaf ears and without success.
During one of Ronald Reagan’s difficult political battles he said,
               “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”
I’m asking all the County and LD Republican Committees to make these people feel the heat by passing public censures for their actions.  They are elitists who think what they have done should be forgiven. They are mistaken.  We are not going to be able to defeat all of them, but we can defeat a majority of them in the 2014 Primary Election.
You can go to “MCRC Briefs” and get examples of public censures that have already been passed.  http://briefs.maricopagop.org/  Just type “censure” in the search field on the left.
Warmest regards,
 A. J. LaFaro
Chairman, Maricopa County Republican Committee
P.S.  Please encourage all of your PCs to keep up their daily efforts in getting petition signatures for www.urapc.org  Getting ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion on the November 2014 ballot will be historic for Arizona’s grassroots conservatives.