Arizona Conservative Club Makes First 2014 Endorsement

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(REPRINTED FROM PRESS RELEASE TO CLUB MEMBERS – July 27th, 2014)

2012 was our first cycle, and with everyone getting used to the concept of how our group worked we chose to endorse in just one race.  We endorsed Darin Mitchell as a challenger to incumbent, and uber-liberal, Russ Jones.  Jones was the incumbent, Jones had the money, Jones had a geographic base, and Jones had the outside establishment groups.  It turns out that our guy had the message and our guy got the votes!  Since then, Darin Mitchell has not disappointed in the Legislature.  He has been the #1 or #2 ranked conservative on most scorecards, including AFP and Goldwater Institute.  We would have done well just electing an average conservative instead of Russ Jones, but we hit a home run with Darin.

So the bar is set pretty high for 2014.  We plan on getting involved in two races this cycle and want to introduce you to our first endorsed candidate.
 

Steve Smith (LD11 Senate)

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This is an open seat race, in a safe Republican district, which means the primary will likely the occupant of the seat.  Currently, it is represented by conservative Al Melvin, who ran for Governor until earlier this year.  Melvin is supporting State Representative Steve Smith in this race and he is doing so for the same reasons we are.  Steve Smith exploded onto the political scene in 2010 when he upset Rebecca Rios in a lean-Democrat district.  Rios and her father (Pete) had represented the district for more than two decades and Smith’s victory was the upset of the year.  In 2012, the Democrat majority on the redistricting commission drew Smith into the same district as Melvin.  Smith deferred to Melvin’s seniority and ran as a team with Melvin and Adam Kwasman. Smith is now running for the open Senate seat and is being opposed by self-described moderate Scott Bartle, who admits he was recruited by State Senator Steve Pierce.  This race is the #1 battleground for control of the State Senate by the conservative and moderate factions, and it may play a deciding role in whether the Senate President remains Andy Biggs or if Steve Pierce can get his hands on the gavel again.  That alone would make the race a top race, but let’s look at Smith’s record and you’ll see why he deserves the support.

Steve Smith is the #1 ranked conservative legislator in the entire Legislature.  When your goal is to protect the conservative legislature, defending the most conservative legislator in the entire body is a no-brainer. Steve Smith has a 100% pro-life, pro-school choice, pro-taxpayer, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-Constitution, pro-border security voting record.  He has been named Champion of the Taxpayer, Guardian of Small Business, and he wrote the bill to allow for the collection of private funds for the construction of a border fence.  He has a pile of great endorsements including Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former Senate President Russell Pearce.  Smith is the real deal.

His opponent supports Common Core, is the District President of a “C” graded school district, and he supports the ObamaCare Expansion, its $2.8 Billion price tag, and the higher taxes it comes with.  He is soft on social issues as well and opposed Arizona’s efforts to protect religious liberties for cases like Hobby Lobby.

Ordinarily, an incumbent like Smith would be expected to largely look after himself, because he has a fundraising base, name ID, etc.  In this case though, the special interest lobbyists are filling Bartle’s coffers and Bartle is already the top legislative recipient of outside spending.  Smith will likely be outspent by at least a 3-1 margin, so our contributions will make a genuine difference in the outcome of this race.

WHAT TO DO NEXT?

We would invite you to visit Steve’s website HERE.   If you like what you read, we encourage you to click on Steve’s DONATE button and make a contribution.

Larger contributions are better, but we can still make a large statement by making a large number of contributions, even if they are individually small.  Steve is helped more by 500 contributions of $20 than by 20 contributions of $500, even though the math suggests otherwise.  Towards that end, if you like what you read and see about Steve Smith, GIVE SOMETHING! The amount you give matters, but Steve deserves to know that the conservative movement is supporting him, so please give something.

If you have any questions for Steve, use the Contact tab on his website.

FINALLY…

Spread the word!  Harness the power of email, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media and help to spread news of this endorsement to your conservative friends.  They can join our group at our website HERE or on Facebook. 

Rep David Schweikert Endorses Wendy Rogers in GOP Primary in CD-9

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David Schweikert(Tempe, AZ) – “I endorse retired Lt Col Wendy Rogers to represent Arizona’s 9th Congressional district. Wendy Rogers served a distinguished 20-year military career as one of the first 100 women pilots in the United States Air Force. She stands ready to serve again.” said Congressman David Schweikert. “Personally knowing Wendy Rogers, I can tell you she will work tirelessly to serve her district and do what is best for our country. As a veteran and a small business owner, Lt Col Rogers is the clear choice for a true leader – – the real, battle-tested type of leader we so desperately need in Congress right now.”

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Congressman Schweikert. He has been a mentor to me and a true champion of us Arizonans. He used to be my congressman – – now I will get the opportunity to serve alongside him in Congress to really get things done for Arizona.” said Wendy Rogers.

Wendy Rogers is the 5th generation in her family to serve as a career military officer. Her forebears comprise a decorated line of combat Army officers dating back to the Civil War. Lt Col Rogers served nearly half her career overseas to include a deployment to run the Bosnian Airlift in 1994. She and her retired Air Force officer husband Hal have two children and two grandchildren. Lt Col Rogers has made defending our veterans’ access to healthcare, education, and jobs one of her top campaign priorities.

Rob Haney and Tom Morrissey endorse Andrew Thomas for Governor

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Saturday July 26th, 2014

August 20, 2013                                                         

 

Arizona’s Conservative Grassroots Leader Endorses Andrew Thomas

Says Only Andrew Thomas Can Be Counted on to Provide Strong, Consistent Conservative Leadership

 

Rob Haney, immediate past Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party, has issued a public letter of endorsement of Andrew Thomas in the race for Governor.  The Arizona Capitol Times has called Haney Arizona’s conservative grassroots leader.  

Rob Haney’s explanation of support will be handed out to voters at public meetings, gun shows and other venues throughout Arizona.  They express well the reasons behind the swelling conservative grassroots support for Andrew Thomas:

Why My Vote Is for Andrew Thomas for the Next Governor of Arizona

Seventeen years’ experience dealing with the “Top-Down” direction imposed nationally by the Republican Party elites and in Arizona chiefly by Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl, is why I support Andy Thomas for Governor.  Andy Thomas has a proven track record of supporting and defending the U.S. Constitution and the Republican Party Platform, and he carries the arrows and battle scars that come with that fight.  

I have served as a precinct committeeman, State and County Member-at-Large, two terms as Legislative District 11 Chairman and two terms as Maricopa County Chairman.  When I stood up and exposed elected Republican officials for not following the Republican Platform or the U.S Constitution, I was attacked by the McCain led Republican Establishment.  No effort was spared by this group to silence me and others who dared to challenge the McCain ruling cabal. This cabal consists of the politicians, Chambers of Commerce (business owners who depended on the cheap labor of illegal aliens to staff their operations while we pay through our taxes for their benefits), columnists, radio hosts, lobbyists, bloggers, the “Interfaith-Social Justice” liberal class, and the agenda driven liberal lawyer class.  

What I experienced was nothing compared to what the McCain cabal had in store for their primary targets: Senator Russell Pearce, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  These were the three stalwarts who stood for the “rule of law”, represented the Republican grass roots, and most significantly for the McCain surrogates, opposed the illegal alien invasion.  These three had to be stopped  or the rest of the country would be tempted to replicate the Arizona actions that addressed the illegal invasion.

Have you ever known a more direct campaigner than Andy Thomas?  I have not.  Andy tells you his core beliefs, what he represents and the actions he will take once in office to correct government failings.   Others will equivocate about the issues, lie about their true beliefs, and avoid addressing the issues once in office.  Andy Thomas will not prevaricate.  From my experience, I know who the good guys are in the Republican Party and who the bad guys are.  Andy Thomas wears the whitest of the white hats.  

In the Republican Party, we have a large quantity of “bipartisan” joiners with the Democrats.  We have very few fighters for the conservative side of an issue.  Even Rubio and Christie, who we believed were with us, have shown their true colors when they flipped using the “patented” McCain Flip-Flop.  We know that Andy Thomas is a fighter representing the base of the party and there will be no flip from him and his record proves it.   

It is clear to me that our judicial branch of government no longer fulfills the original intent of our Founders in interpreting the law while being the least powerful branch of government.  They are now not only the most powerful, but hold veto power over all conservative initiated legislation when their liberal friends in the ACLU file suit to stop conservative passed legislation. 

They wield this power with a liberal bent worthy of their liberal education and the liberal dominated American and Arizona Bar associations to which they belong.  Judges are selected from this liberal dominated class of lawyers.   It is no surprise to me that these lawyers attacked Thomas where they could dominate the proceedings.  It is also no surprise that everyone from the Maricopa County Republican Committee to conservative columnist Michelle Malkin to even liberal writers at the Arizona Republic denounced the attack on Andy Thomas.

A panel from the Arizona Bar pulled Andy Thomas’ law license.  However, the federal Grand Jury (which is so noted for the ease of securing an indictment on minimal evidence that the term “they would indict a ham sandwich” refers to the Grand Jury) which looked at the same case at the request of the Obama Justice Department refused to indict him or Sheriff Joe Arpaio for lack of evidence.  The Grand Jury is made up of the non-lawyer class and rejected as insufficient the same evidence the lawyer class used to pull his license.  What does that tell you about how out of touch, liberal and dishonest our courts have become?   What it tells voters is that Andy Thomas did nothing wrong and was falsely accused because he challenged the liberal judiciary on issue after issue.  With this simple and honest explanation, he can explain to voters what actually happened and win their support. 

The Republican and Democrat ruling class consider Thomas dangerous because they know that once elected he will keep his campaign promise to attack corruption by both the Republican and Democrat office holders.  The “cabal” will devote a great amount of money and effort to defeat him.  They have started with “He can’t win” (because of all the baggage from their charges).  The Republican establishment also stated that Senator Cruz of Texas was not able to win.  But he did, and now is our most effective conservative advocate in the U.S. Senate.   

Andy Thomas won the only straw poll in the race so far, by ten points over his closest competitor.  The poll was done by a web site that opposes Andy’s candidacy.  He is picking up signatures and $5 Clean Elections contributions from voters with amazing ease.  I know because I have been at the meetings collecting them for him. 

We are not going to reverse the slide into oblivion by the Republican Party by selecting the same type of liberal leaning, milquetoast Republicans for our candidates.  If we do, we will get promises to seal the border, enforce current immigration laws and oppose Obamacare.  But we would only continue to see their promises reversed and conservative principles abandoned while they surrender to Democrats yet claim victory through bipartisan legislation.  This legislation has always moved the political spectrum to the left.  Don’t you think fifty years of this process is enough? 

Which is easier to take, a dagger to the chest from a Democrat governor or one to the back from a McCain-supported Republican governor?  But there is another choice.  That is why I will vote Andy Thomas for governor, secure in the knowledge that our laws will be upheld.  You will recall that Andy supported legislation to force judges to deny bond to criminal illegal aliens, he followed the law and prosecuted employers who knowingly hired illegal aliens and he prosecuted illegal aliens as co-conspirators in human trafficking cases.

Do you really believe there are only 11 million illegal aliens in the country, that there is very little inflation, that the border has never been more secure, and that the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare will save us money?  Where do our leaders come up with this malarkey?  It is from all the people I described in the second paragraph.  Andy has assured me that he will faithfully consult the conservative grass roots of the party as he has in the past.  They have been ignored too long and the party has suffered enormously because of it.     

In our hearts, we all know that Andy Thomas would do the best job as governor.  Let’s make sure he gets there.  

                                                                           

Rob Haney                                                              

Immediate Past Chairman

Maricopa County Republican Party 

June 10

Immediate Past GOP Chairman Endorses Andrew Thomas

Tom Morrissey, Immediate Past Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, has endorsed Andrew Thomas for Governor.

Morrissey, who served as state Republican Party Chairman from 2008 to 2012, praised Thomas and urged voters to cast their ballots for him.

Morrissey said, “I support this great man and urged him to run for Governor.  Andrew Thomas is, by far, the leader we have been hoping would arise.”

“I am honored to receive this endorsement from Tom Morrissey, who was an outstanding and solid conservative during his time as Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party,” Thomas said. 

Morrissey’s endorsement adds to the list of Republican and conservative leaders and activists who have endorsed Thomas.  They include Rob Haney, Immediate Past Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party, Anna Gaines, nationally renowned leader of the fight against illegal immigration, and Andrew Costanzo, the floor leader of the Arizona Republican Party’s censure of John McCain in 2014.

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Scott Smith Jeopardizes A Governor Brewer Endorsement

Those who attended the latest gubernatorial debate Tuesday night probably caught this damning revelation by former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith regarding the performance of the current chief executive, Jan Brewer. In this stunning revelation Mayor Scott Smith says he doesn’t believe that state government has really been reformed under Governor Brewer’s leadership.

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At a time when each of the candidates are hoping for a coveted endorsement from Governor Brewer, comments like this deserve to put an endorsement out of play and out of reach for Mayor Smith.

 

Bob Worsley Backed by Health Care Industrial Complex

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

Let me explain.

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

Well, the time to deliver is now.

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

Bob Worsley Mailer

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

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

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

That’s how corporate cronyism works here in Arizona.

East Valley Pro-Life Leaders Endorse Ralph Heap for State Senate

Every election year there are a number of candidates that proclaim themselves to be “pro-life” Many of these candidates are seeking
re-election so it is important to clarify what pro-life actually has meant to them by their past voting record.

As precinct committeemen in LD-25 and ardent pro-life advocates we are concerned that the voting public is being tragically misled by some candidates seeking re-election that continue to profess a pro-life stand but their voting records scream otherwise!

Planned Parenthood’s (the largest abortion provider in the Nation) latest annual report indicates it had a record year when it came to funding from the government, receiving a record $542 million in taxpayer dollars (an increase of $60 million last year) by way of MEDICAID reimbursements, government grants and contracts. This amounts to almost half of all Planned Parenthood’s budget.

Medicaid Expansion, regardless of how noble and caring this program appeared on the surface, in short, is nothing more than the linchpin of Obamacare
and as it gets fully implemented, the gates will open wide; Planned Parenthood to receive millions more. Therefore, common sense dictates the Medicaid Expansion under Obamacare in Arizona will increase funding to Planned Parenthood. And inevitably, as their funding increases so will abortions while real health-care services for all women will deteriorate!

The cost of abortions (to the babies and the taxpayer) is immoral and we must end it.

“Bad Morality makes Bad Policy” – therefore any representative that voted for the Governor’s Medicaid Expansion simply CANNOT profess to be a pro-life candidate in our estimation.

We are confident that Dr. Ralph Heap, when elected, will stand unwavering in the protection of all innocent life as his profession calls him to do; his first campaign priority to repeal Obamacare in Arizona!

He has our support as our State Senator!

Joe & Jinny Perron
Pro-Life Advocates
Precinct Committeemen – LD-25

NFIB Endorses 42 Legislative Candidates

Nine Newcomers Join 33 Incumbents as Small Business’ Choice

The political action committee of Arizona’s leading small-business association today announced its endorsements of 42 candidates for the Arizona Senate and Arizona House of Representatives.

NFIB/Arizona Leadership Council Chair Mark Giebelhaus and NFIB/Arizona State Director Farrell Quinlan flank LD18 House hopeful Jill Norgaard at the small business group’s Small Business Forum this week.

NFIB/Arizona Leadership Council Chair Mark Giebelhaus and NFIB/Arizona State Director Farrell Quinlan flank LD18 House hopeful Jill Norgaard at the small business group’s Small Business Forum this week.

“The legislative candidates endorsed by NFIB today are proven friends of free enterprise whom Arizona small-business owners can trust to place their responsibility to taxpayers first over the interests of bigger government and its enablers,” said Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

NFIB/Arizona Leadership Council member Jeff Fleetham and LD28 House hopeful Shawnna Shawnna Bolick at the small business group’s Small Business Forum this week.

NFIB/Arizona Leadership Council member Jeff Fleetham and LD28 House hopeful Shawnna Shawnna Bolick at the small business group’s Small Business Forum this week.

The principal standard used to evaluate incumbents was their voting records on 12 bills supported or opposed by the National Federation of Independent Business during the 2013-2014 legislative sessions. Endorsements for non-incumbent candidates were largely based on the quality of their answers on a questionnaire. These endorsements are formally issued by the NFIB/Arizona Save America’s Free Enterprise (SAFE) Trust, the organization’s political action committee, and represent the culmination of the pre-primary phase of the candidate evaluation process. There may be further endorsements in select legislative and statewide races after the August 26th primary elections.

NFIB/Arizona Endorsements in 2014 Legislative Primary Contests

For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.

Senator Al Melvin Endorses Doug Ducey for Arizona Governor

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Senator Melvin: ‘…I am confident that Doug is the very best choice for conservative voters’

PHOENIX (July 3) – State Treasurer Doug Ducey, conservative candidate for Arizona governor and former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery, today announced that Sen. Al Melvin has endorsed his candidacy for governor. Until recently, Sen. Melvin was also a gubernatorial candidate

“I ran for governor because Arizona needs a strong conservative to lead our great state. While my campaign has ended, my fight for conservative values continues,” Sen. Melvin said. “When I withdrew from the race I made it clear that I had no intention of playing spoiler or of even accidentally helping to elect a liberal Governor. I would put my shoulder to the wheel to elect the best possible conservative candidate.

“That is why I am endorsing Doug Ducey for governor. After traveling our state and sharing the stage with so many of our fine candidates, I am confident that Doug is the very best choice for conservative voters,” Sen. Melvin continued. “His background in the private sector, his work as state treasurer, and his fidelity to the principles upon which our country and party were founded separate him from the other candidates.

“I have also been impressed by his grasp of the issues concerning Southern Arizona, which, as you can imagine, is very near and dear to my heart,” Sen. Melvin concluded. “With our state and nation at a tipping point, Arizona conservatives cannot afford to divide themselves into so many camps that we end up losing at the ballot box. I am voting for Doug Ducey to be our next governor and I encourage every Arizonan to join me.”

“I am grateful to receive Senator Melvin’s endorsement today,” Ducey said. “The Senator is a man of strong character, a consummate gentleman and a consistent conservative. I am proud to call him my friend and am humbled to have his support.”

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About Doug Ducey:
Doug was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio and came to Arizona in 1982 to attend ASU, where he earned a degree in finance. After working at Procter & Gamble, Doug helped launch Cold Stone Creamery on its path to success. Alarmed by the state of the economy, and the massive spending and debt that government was incurring, Doug decided to make a positive difference by seeking public office, and in 2010, was elected as Arizona’s 32nd state treasurer. He has been endorsed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Congressman Trent Franks, Former Senator Jon Kyl, Former Congressman John Shadegg, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Mark Meckler and many others. For more information, please visit www.dougducey.com. You can also follow campaign updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dougducey or on Twitter at @dougducey.

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane Endorses Jay Lawrence for Arizona House

Jay Lawrence

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

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

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach Endorses Wil Cardon

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

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

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

Joe Farnsworth Endorses Dr. Ralph Heap in LD-25

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

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

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

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

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

We can make a difference at the local level.

I support Dr. Heap 100% .

Joe Farnsworth

Farnsworth Endorses Heap

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

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

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

- Shane Wikfors

Now, what about that endorsement?

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

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

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

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

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Tuesday June, 17 2014

CONTACT:  Scot Mussi: (602) 346-5061

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Congressman Matt Salmon Endorses Ralph Heap for State Senate

Dr. Ralph Heap

Dr. Ralph Heap

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

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

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

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

Jay Lawrence endorsed by U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon

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

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

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

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

Free Enterprise Club Endorses Jeff DeWit for State Treasurer

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Free Enterprise Club

Free Enterprise Club Endorses Jeff DeWit for State Treasurer


The Arizona Free Enterprise Club PAC today announced the endorsement of Jeff DeWit for State Treasurer. The conservative DeWit is in a tough 3-way Republican primary for the office against two other establishment candidates.

Jeff DeWit’s strong business background and conservative free market principles is what earned him the endorsement from the Club. “Jeff is the type of pro-growth, limited government candidate we need in the Treasurers office,” PAC spokesman Scot Mussi said.

Being a first time candidate, Jeff won’t be the establishments’ choice for the office, but his impressive experience in the financial sector makes him the most qualified for the position. “Simply put, there is only one person with the credentials and expertise to be Arizona’s next Treasurer, and that is Jeff DeWit.” 

 


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Rep Matt Salmon set to endorse Scott Smith for Governor

Sonoran Alliance has learned from a reliable anonymous source that gubernatorial candidate Scott Smith plans to roll out an endorsement by Congressman Matt Salmon sometime next week.

For many in the Republican ranks this comes as a shock because Salmon is a strong conservative who rightly opposes Obamacare and Comprehensive Immigration Reform, also known as Amnesty. The former Mayor of Mesa is strongly on record for supporting the Obamacare Medicaid expansion and Comprehensive Immigration Reform (Amnesty). He also opposed SB 1070.

Grassroots activists will likely be perplexed if not angered by the endorsement as Smith tries to re-invent himself using the conservative credentials of others.

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