Take The Quiz! Who Said It?

Who Said It!

It’s time to have a little fun and see if our readers can tell the difference between Fred DuVal and Scott Smith. We’ve pulled a number of quotes from or about each candidate on issues important to Arizonans. We’ll post the issue followed by the quote and then let the readers guess who said it. (And no using Google search to cheat!)

COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM

A. “…we cannot continue with a broken system that keeps millions of people living in the shadows of our communities.”

B. “he supports driver’s licenses for young immigrants awarded work permits under a new Obama administration program. He also praised the U.S. Senate’s Gang of Eight for working on comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

DREAMERS

A. “My first action as governor will be to rescind Gov Brewer’s Executive Order against driver’s licenses for Dreamers.”

B. “The federal government’s half-steps on immigration are not doing us any favors, taking us further from the goal. These side discussions, such as the driver’s licenses discussion, are a distraction. The end game is a fair and just immigration process that includes allowing our DREAMERS to become legal.”

SB 1070

A. On Gov. Brewer “I think she got 1070 wrong…

B. “It’s not exactly the law I would have written.”

COMMON CORE

A. “I believe (Arizona’s) College and Career Ready Standards (Common Core) accomplish these objectives, and I support their implementation.”

B. “I fully support Common Core and applaud Governor Brewer’s efforts to ensure the implementation of these vital standards despite opposition from some members of her party.”

C. “And what we have proposed here, whether you call it common core or ready achievement or whatever, I don’t care the label you put on it, we have to do it. …”

D. “Rather than a top-down, one-size-fits-all, Washington, D.C. approach to education, Common Core is a perfect example of how states can lead the way on improving education.”

OBAMACARE MEDICAID EXPANSION

A. “It would be a terrible mistake not to expand Medicaid on federal dollars.”

B. “I supported the governors Medicaid restoration because she did what was best for Arizona.”

TAXES / BUDGET

A. “After the massive cuts to K-12 schools, defunding all-day kindergarten, and ending the once-cent sales tax that funds our children’s schools, the last thing the folks at the Capitol should do is to set another tripwire on our children’s road to opportunity.”

B. “Nothing is more frustrating than seeing a state legislator cutting spending without raising taxes.”

ENVIRONMENT

A. “It’s the Senate’s turn to pass energy-climate legislation.”

B. “I welcome the opportunity to join with 1,000 of my peers in this truly bipartisan effort to improve not only the environment, but our communities and our nation.”

POLITICAL LEANINGS:

A. “…a self-described moderate, said serving in the House would be a “wonderful opportunity to reach across the divide.”

B. “He will allow himself to be called a progressive, but takes pains to note the lowercase ‘p’…”

 

Feel free to post your answers in the comments!

Conservative Leaders Support Diane Douglas


Diane Douglas

Diane Douglas, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, released an endorsement list containing some of the most conservative members of the legislature. Her endorsements also includes former legislators who served with and know John Huppenthal. This is significant because they worked with Huppenthal and yet they are endorsing Douglas.

The most recent poll for the superintendent’s race showed Douglas ahead by 11 points right before early voting. Voters do not seem to be buying Huppenthal’s baseless attacks. Douglas is also doing an effective job of responding with her spirited radio ads.

Here is the list of conservative leaders who have endorsed Douglas for Superintendent.

Senators

Judy Burges (LD 22)
David Farnsworth (LD 16)
Rick Murphy (LD 21)
Frank Antenori (LD 30, former)
Jack Harper (LD 4, former)
Lori Klein (LD6, former)
Thayer Verschoor (LD22, former)

Representatives

Adam Kwasman (LD 11)
Darin Mitchell (LD 13)
Carl Seel (LD 20)

 

Hear John Huppenthal and Diane Douglas Debate Arizona Education

Huppenthal-Douglas

On August 5, John Huppenthal (incumbent) debated challenger Diane Douglas for the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Arizona Department of Education.

It was a lively debate, with both candidates touting their record of support for local control of education and their opposition to federal control and meddling. Each challenged his/her opponent’s actual commitment to these principles.

Common Core, College & Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), Race to the Top, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) Testing, school choicecost controls, ethnic studies, and student data gathering were among the topics debated.

Full video at this link.

Toby Farmer Promises to Donate Legislative Salary to Teachers

Toby Farmer Teachers

Today, Buckeye small business owner and Republican candidate for Senate District 13 Toby Farmer promised to donate the proceeds of his entire legislative salary to teachers during his first term if he is elected in the November 2014 election.

Farmer, who has long stated that he is running for office because he believes in public service, has also been a strong proponent of business owners giving back to the community.

“As the son of two public school teachers, I know what these teachers go through,” said Farmer. “They’re underpaid, underappreciated, and it seems like they are receiving less support from the legislature every year.”

“We’ve got teachers spending money out of their own pockets on school supplies,” said Farmer. “The fact that the state is even considering a pay raise for legislators while teachers struggle is unconscionable.”

Farmer announced that he would donate the entire proceeds of his yearly salary to teachers in his district in both Yuma and Maricopa counties every year of his first two-year term if elected by voters this November. Arizona legislators are paid $24,000 per year.

While the exact process has not been determined yet, Farmer noted that the nomination process would require community, student, and parent involvement from constituents in the district.

“We have all been impacted by teachers in our lives and I know looking back, I wish I could say “thank you” to all of them,” said Farmer. “I want to be a conservative and compassionate voice for the education community at the legislature. This is one small way I can show my commitment to the real heroes in our community.”

Diane Douglas responds to false attacks

In a desperate bid to cling to power, John Huppenthal is now just making stuff up about his primary opponent Diane Douglas. Diane has been, is and always will be opposed to Common Core. Huppenthal is falsely claiming she supported Common Core. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is not the first time Huppenthal has struggled with telling the truth. Hopefully it will be the last time he does so as an elected official.

Diane Douglas
Here is Douglas’ statement from yesterday.

“My primary challenger recently sent out a mailer that is a complete fabrication. His claims about my positions on the issues are completely false!

I cannot stop Mr. Huppenthal from lying about his record but I will not allow him to distort my record.

  • I have never supported Common Core and I never voted for it when I served on the Peoria School Board.
  • I have never supported, endorsed, or donated to any Democrat candidate.
  • I have always been an outspoken and ardent support of parents’ right to choose the best education for their children including district, charter, private, and home schooling. Parents must be actively involved in deciding what is best for their children.

Mr. Huppenthal has been in government for 30 years. He may feel it is acceptable to lie and distort the truth but I do not. I am asking for your vote so I can restore honesty and decency back to the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.”

 

Scott Smith – Only Gubernatorial Candidate Who Supports Common Core

Of all the GOP candidates seeking the highly coveted governor’s seat, former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith doesn’t try very hard to hide is support for Common Core. Oh, sure, he’s fallen in line with the establishment’s politically correct makeover of Common Core’s name change. But he is on the record as being that one GOP candidate furthest on the left on Common Core and education in general. And he’s in good company and much aligned with those Republican legislators now in trouble for abandoning the Republican majority to support big government, democrat-supported policy shifts.

So why would a candidate who wants to win the GOP primary run furthest on the left from the rest of the pack? Maybe he’s received bad political advice. Or possibly Smith is so accustomed to running as an establishment candidate. Or perhaps he’s never run in an actual GOP statewide primary that requires firing up the base unlike a city election. One can only guess.

But the obvious observation is that Scott Smith is the more liberal candidate on education issues who is seeking the Republican nomination. And this stands out in his support for Common Core.

Here’s an excerpt from an answer he gave back in March at a Mohave County candidate forum when asked about his position on Common Core:

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One blatant revelation is Smith’s condemnation of Arizona’s performance in education. For someone running to replace a Republican Governor with a state education system headed by another Republican, this is simply bad form to indirectly blame Republican executive leadership.

But is what Smith says about Arizona’s education system even true? Is Arizona really at the bottom of the list on all education measurements? The answer is it depends on what you’re measuring, when you’re measuring and who you’re measuring. Anyone can jump on the National Center for Education Statistics website, plug in the variables and see where Arizona ranks. It’s not impressive but then again, it’s not dismal as Smith suggests. Arizona has made tremendous strides when it comes to education reform in the charter and school choice movement – and its helping to our rankings but more important, it’s helping our children.

But Arizona does have a problem as we’ve pointed out before. We’re paying a ton of money into the system and not getting a good return on our investment. For example, Arizona roughly spends $8,900 per pupil (2013 ADE financial reports). With average classroom size set at 25, $222,500 should be designated per classroom (in the most direct sense). We know that there are other costs but even considering non-classroom related costs, we’re talking about a lot of money that should be going to the classroom that simply is not. That needs to be fixed and Republicans have been working on that for years despite voracious attacks by teacher unions every single session.

Common Core will make matters worse – a lot worse. With a federally driven, top-down approach to educating students, one can imagine what another federal program will do to waste money, time and the lives of our precious children. Scott Smith wants Common Core and he wants the same old big-government approach to educating our children. AIMS was a disaster. No Child Left Behind was a mistake and now Common Core is trying to dig deeper into Arizona’s education system. If Scott Smith gets elected, it will be business as usual and the education establishment wants it and expects it. The next governor of Arizona needs to push back against the Obama’s Department of Education and reject Common Core. Scott Smith won’t do that and its the reason we want you to reject Scott Smith for governor.

Our question is, if all the national conservative organizations (listed below) oppose Common Core, why would any Republican candidate running for Governor in Arizona support it?

Heritage Foundation

CATO Institute

Heartland Institute

Goldwater Institute

Family Research Council

American Enterprise Institute

Americans for Prosperity

Concerned Women for America

RNC-GOP Resolution regarding Common Core

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.

Princeton University Condi Rice

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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