Olson, Biggs, Stapley – Career Politicians Seeking Arizona’s CD-5

There’s no doubt for Republicans that 2016 will be a year that favors outsiders running for office. Career politicians are out, conservative non-politicians are in.

That certainly is the situation in several Arizona political races and especially in the East Valley.

With the exception of one candidate, Arizona’s 5th Congressional District is crowded with career politicians – though you would never know it based on the rhetoric of the candidates.  In reality, this club of career politicians has a combined total of 38 years in politics!

Let’s look at the messaging of each of these candidates.

Posted all over Justin Olson’s campaign website is the theme that Washington politicians are the problem and he is not one of them. He even claims not to be a career politician and qualifies the statement by stating he hasn’t spent 10, 12 or 14 years in office (a comparison to two of his Primary opponents). Here’s what he doesn’t tell you. Justin Olson was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. By the end of this year, he will have been in office a total of six years. Instead of pursuing a fourth term (Arizona’s Constitution limits legislative office to four terms or eight years per chamber), Olson has decided to jump for the open congressional seat of retiring Matt Salmon. This ambitious and risky move to pursue a federal office has career politician written all over it and it’s why we label him as a career politician. One other note. Olson also takes on lobbyists on his website but fails to disclose that he received almost $27,000 in campaign contributions from PAC’s and special interest groups during his 2014 campaign.

This ambitious and risky move to pursue a federal office has career politician written all over it

Andy Biggs is also running on the anti-establishment theme. On his website, Facebook page and Twitter feed , he tries to make the case he’s a political outsider taking on ‘the establishment.’ One of his press releases even touted an endorsement by Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan who stated Biggs would “challenge the Washington establishment.” His website is littered with endorsements from Arizona politicians, Washington insiders and unions.

Andy Biggs has also been working the Arizona political system for almost 14 years. Even before he was elected to the Arizona Legislature, Biggs was part of Matt Salmon’s inner circle during Salmon’s unsuccessful gubernatorial bid in 2002. That same year, he also ran for political office and was elected to the Arizona House. He was term limited out of the Arizona House in 2010 but jumped over to the State Senate in 2011. He’s been there for almost six years. Total time as a career politician -14 years.

Don Stapley has embraced his inner politician and has no problem expressing public displays of that form of affection.

Then there’s Don Stapley. Throughout Stapley’s messaging, he is proud of being a career politician. His campaign ad boasts about coming from a family of politicians. And of course, he dotes over his 18 years as a Maricopa County Supervisor. Stapley does rail against regulations by the federal government but unlike the other two aforementioned candidates, Don Stapley has embraced his inner politician and has no problem expressing public displays of that form of affection.

Given the current political times, it’s doubtful that Stapley’s strategy will be a path to victory for the nomination but what else will work for a man who dodged seven felony charges because the judge believed political motivations tainted the case?

Altogether, Olson, Biggs and Stapley bring a total of almost four decades of politics to the CD-5 race.

Even with all the unpredictability of the 2016 elections, there is one constant. Voters will no longer tolerate or elect career politicians – a problem that Justin Olson, Andy Biggs or Don Stapley cannot seem to hide or evade.

Chris DeRose Announces Endorsements for Phoenix City Council

Chris DeRose

Republican Leaders Endorse Chris DeRose for Phoenix City Council DiCiccio, Waring, Schweikert, Stump, Forese, Montenegro, Montgomery throw support behind DeRose’s campaign

PHOENIX (JUNE 7) – Seven Arizona elected officials today announced their support for Chris DeRose’s campaign for Phoenix City Council, District Three. DeRose is running to replace Councilman Bill Gates, who is running for Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

Endorsements announced today include: Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring; Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio; Congressman David Schweikert; Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump; Corporation Commissioner Tom Forese; House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro; and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

“I’ve known Chris for many years,” Councilman Jim Waring said. “As a felony prosecutor, school board member, and on the village planning committee, he’s demonstrated his commitment to making Phoenix a stronger and safer community and I look forward to serving with him on the City Council.”

“I’m honored to start my campaign with the support of so many leaders who have aggressively watched out for taxpayers and worked to ensure public safety,” Chris DeRose said. “I am committed to these principles and look forward to sharing my enthusiasm and dedication to this community on the City Council.”
City of Phoenix, District 3 includes the neighborhoods of Sunnyslope, Moon Valley, and northeast Phoenix. In 2012, it was carried by Mitt Romney by 53-44 percent and in 2014 by Governor Doug Ducey 50-43 percent.

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About Chris DeRose: Chris DeRose is a major felony prosecutor who has tried more than 40 cases on appeal and argued twice in the Arizona Supreme Court. DeRose has prosecuted homicides, crimes against children, and criminal street gangs. DeRose is also a New York Times bestselling author of three books and an American historian. A former Constitutional Law professor, DeRose was selected by his students as the 2014-2015 Professor of the Year. From 2010-2015, DeRose served as a board member of Phoenix Collegiate Academy, a 2nd-12th grade school creating “a seamless path to college” for a 90% Title I student body. Also from 2010-2015 DeRose served on the Village Planning Committee. From 2008-2009 he served on the Neighborhood Blockwatch Oversight Committee. In 2014, he was named a “Top 40 Under 40” leader in the valley by the Phoenix Business Journal.

Christine Jones – The Best Choice To Upgrade Congress

Congress needs more individuals who understand and know how to apply technology effectively and safely.

Within just the last 25 years, we have seen the number of computers on the internet explode from under 500,000 to now about two billion. It’s phenomenal and its only going to increase and advance at a faster pace.

In many ways the laws we live under are still trailing the science and technology – in some cases by decades. That has to change. Our lawmakers and especially our Congress needs an upgrade.

Case in point: the use of aerial drones for a variety of reasons including entertainment, commerce or public safety. Just within the last year, local, state and the federal government have been rushing to accommodate their use while balancing privacy, commerce and public safety. We need individuals who can look forward and catch our laws up with science and technology.

Christine Jones is that person and its one reason why she’s the best qualified candidate to send to Congress from Arizona.

Christine understands the vastness and capabilities of technology but she also grasps the rate of change it is having on the culture and our laws.

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Christine Jones testifying before Congress.

As the General Counsel for one of the fastest tech companies, Go Daddy, she was on the cutting edge of integrating technology and the law. She has testified numerous times before Congress advising and educating those writing our laws on how best to do so. She has played a key leadership role in making the Internet safer for children and industries.

Christine Jones is also the founder of the Internet Registrar Summit which brought international Internet business leaders together on an annual basis to establish an industry best practices that advocated for laws and guidelines for conduct and usage. Through her leadership, she has played a key role in establishing the Internet as a safe, secure and stable place for all users and especially children.

Voters in Congressional District 5 should look ahead to the future. Sending someone to Congress who knows how to marry the law with an ever-changing world of technology would raise the level of expertise in updating our laws. Christine Jones is the right person to serve in that leadership role and it’s why we need to elect her to Congress in November.

 

Jones for Congress Announces Endorsements by East Valley Elected Leaders

Christine Jones

(Gilbert, AZ) – Today, conservative business leader Christine Jones announced a round of endorsements from several East Valley municipal leaders. Council members from Chandler, Gilbert and Queen Creek all issued endorsements for Jones who is seeking the congressional seat in their communities. The list includes:

  • Chandler City Councilman Kevin Hartke, 2011 – present
  • Gilbert Town Councilwoman Brigette Peterson, 2014 – present
  • Gilbert Town Councilman Jorday Ray, 2011 – present
  • Queen Creek Town Councilman Jeff Brown, 2008 – present

In the announcement, Councilman Ray stated, “The East Valley needs someone like Christine Jones who knows how to create jobs and grow the economy.” Ray added, “I am also honored to play an important role as her campaign manager.”

Queen Creek Councilman Jeff Brown said, “Christine is a proven conservative leader who we can trust to do what she says. She has my full support because I know she knows how to get things done.”

Councilman Kevin Hartke of Chandler commented, “Christine Jones has deep ties to our community and she understands our needs and frustrations. I know she will represent the district, the East Valley and Arizona well.” He added, “I’m endorsing Christine because she brings a set of fresh eyes to problems that are not being solved or resolved.”

Finally, Gilbert Councilwoman Brigette Peterson noted, “Christine knows what’s important when it comes to our families and education. I put my full faith and trust in her to serve our communities well.”

On receiving each endorsement, Jones remarked, “I am truly humbled to have such heartfelt support from leadership across the district.” She concluded, “The East Valley has been an important part of my life.”

AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham to Support Donald Trump for Republican Nominee

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From First Vote to Last at Republican National Convention, AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham Voting for Trump

PHOENIX – This morning Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party announced that based on the results of the March 22 Presidential Preference Election and the successful completion of the April 30 Republican State Convention, he is fully supporting Donald Trump as the party’s nominee for President of the United States. As a delegate to the Convention, he will cast any and all of his votes for Donald Trump.

“As Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party I support the will of the majority of our party’s voters who voted to support Trump by a two-to-one margin. So the choice is clear: Arizona Republicans support Trump, and I enthusiastically join them. As a delegate I will support their will with every one of my votes for Donald Trump to be our party’s nominee,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham.

Saturday’s Arizona Republican State Convention was packed with Republicans supporting of multiple candidates, and more than 800 competed to become one of Arizona’s delegates to the National Convention. Each of Arizona’s 58 delegates is bound to Trump in the first round of voting but unbound after the first vote if no candidate receives a majority.

“Donald Trump’s Arizona Chairman Jeff DeWit and the Trump campaign worked hard to capture the majority of delegates. Given the slate vote counts, if the national delegate at-large elections were a one-to-one match between Trump and Cruz or Trump and Kasich, Trump would have been the clear winner retaining the majority of delegates,” added Graham.

Kyrsten Sinema Praises Matt Salmon, Endorses Andy Biggs?

Matt Salmon & Kyrsten SinemaNothing short of a political lovefest took place at the annual East Valley Partnership luncheon today. Held at EVIT and sponsored by APS, the event features an annual discussion by congressional leaders who represent the east valley.

Both retiring Republican Congressman Matt Salmon and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema delivered their reports with each praising the other during the conversation. At one moment, Sinema became teary over Salmon’s retirement from the House.

But what was most revealing was Sinema’s announcement that she was looking forward to sitting in the same seat next year alongside Andy Biggs.

Perhaps a little presumptuous a statement by someone like Kyrsten Sinema who sees herself as someone who moves gracefully among the political elite?

Without actually saying the word, it was essentially an endorsement of the east valley politician who is running to succeed Matt Salmon.

One thing is clear, it takes career politicians like Kyrsten Sinema to know other career politicians like Andy Biggs. After all, they’ve been both working the system for years.

 

Gov Ducey: Why Vote For Prop 123? Some Teachers Have More Kids Than Books​

Vote Prop 123

By: Governor Doug Ducey

This week, Arizonans will receive early ballots in the mail for one of the most important policy initiatives of this election cycle – the passage of Proposition 123 to increase funding for public schools in Arizona.

As many in our state know, there has been a dark cloud hanging over Arizona’s budget when it comes to funding education.

Our kids have needs today

Voting “yes” on Prop. 123 will settle a years-long lawsuit and put $3.5 billion into our K-12 public schools over the next 10 years without raising taxes. It’s time to stop paying lawyers and start paying teachers.

I’ve visited schools all across our state, and the message is clear. Our kids have needs today, and our educators need more resources to do their jobs.

Prop. 123 is a fiscally responsible, historic first step towards giving our students and teachers the resources they need. It puts money back in the classroom. And it doesn’t raise taxes. I know it sounds almost too good to be true: If this doesn’t raise taxes, how are we paying for it?

How it works

What many don’t know is that Arizona has a something called the State Land Trust – a fund with assets that have been set aside and invested for decades specifically to benefit education. This plan ensures we are managing the trust responsibly while putting the money to use for the purpose it was intended: funding our K-12 public schools.

So how does it work?

When Arizona became a state, the federal government granted our founders nearly 11 million acres of state land. Every time we sell a piece of that land, proceeds go into the Land Trust where the money is invested and earns interest. The trust has been growing rapidly in value – nearly doubling in the past five years. And now it is valued at more than $5 billion.

Currently, only 2.5 percent of the trust is distributed to schools every year. We can do better. A “yes” vote on Prop. 123 will increase the distribution rate to 6.9 percent for the next 10 years. That means we will be able to use more of this money for its intended purpose: funding our schools.

We haven’t ignored future needs

But this plan also takes into account the needs of future generations. An analysis done by the non-partisan Joint Legislative Budget Committee shows that even with the higher distributions if Prop 123 passes, there will be more than $6 billion in the Land Trust in a decade. That’s a billion dollars more in the trust after 10 years, even while we are increasing funding to education.

And let’s not forget: Arizona still has 9.2 million acres of land worth approximately $70 billion that are yet to be sold and fund the trust.

The bottom line is that passing Prop 123 ensures the long-term health of the trust, while injecting an infusion of resources into classrooms that have needs today.

When there are more kids than books

I’ve met with teachers and parents across the state, and they’ve made it clear — while reforms are important, right now they need resources to provide the excellent education all our children deserve.

Too often, I hear stories of teachers and parents spending part of their paychecks to ensure there are supplies in the classroom – even basic necessities like pens, pencils and paper. This is unacceptable.

Just a few weeks ago, I met a fourth-grade teacher named Maddy Sporbert who was volunteering for Prop. 123. She told me that she wants Prop. 123 to pass because right now she has 34 students in her class, but only 25 textbooks.

She was spending spring break — her vacation — getting out the vote for Prop. 123 to ensure her students have enough textbooks next year. She needs us to vote “yes.”

Good teachers are fleeing our state

Eighth-grade science teacher Paul Strauss told me that in his many years of teaching he’s seen countless dedicated teachers leave the profession because it is so hard to support a family on a teacher’s salary in Arizona.

We know teachers are fleeing our state or leaving the profession because of a continued lack of funding for education. Voting “yes” on Prop 123 will allow us to reverse that trend and start paying teachers what they deserve. In fact, school boards across Arizona have committed that boosting teacher salaries will be their number one priority if Prop. 123 passes.

Many districts even have two budgets: one if Prop. 123 passes, and one if it fails.

If it fails, that means more litigation and less certainty for our teachers and students.

Please join me, Mayor Greg Stanton, a bipartisan coalition of legislators, countless community and business leaders, teachers and parents in voting “yes” for Prop. 123 on May 17.

Former U.S. Congressman Frank Riggs Endorses Proposition 123

Former U.S. Congressman Frank Riggs Endorses Proposition 123

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 12, 2016

Former U.S. Congressman Frank Riggs Endorses Proposition 123

PHOENIX — Former U.S. Congressman Frank Riggs today endorsed Proposition 123 because the initiative is a conservative, innovative solution to funding our K-12 public schools.

“I think Proposition 123 is the best, conservative solution out there to providing increased, stable funding for Arizona’s K-12 public schools,” Frank Riggs, Scottsdale businessman, former U.S. Congressman and nonprofit CEO, said.  “It will put $3.5 billion into our K-12 schools without raising income taxes, money to address critical education needs, promote classroom teaching and learning, and recruit and retain talented educators.  Please join me in voting ‘YES’ on Prop 123 on May 17; it’s innovative, it’s creative and it’s exactly what we need to support our teachers, students and Arizona’s future.”

“As a former United States Congressman, member of the House Education Committee and a small business owner, Frank Riggs knows exactly the situation Arizona faces right now,”  Sharon Harper, chairman of the Let’s Vote Yes for Arizona Schools said. “He understands that we need to fund our schools and keep teachers from leaving the state to give Arizona’s kids the future they deserve. That’s why need we need to vote YES on May 17.”

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Supervisor Denny Barney Endorses Andy Biggs’ Congressional Campaign

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Marks 28th endorsement for the Senate President

PHOENIX (March 9) – Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney today announced his endorsement of Andy Biggs. His support joins 27 other elected officials and more than 60 East Valley Grassroots leaders.

“I have been fortunate to know Andy for many years and can attest to his solid character,” Denny Barney said. “As an elected official and Senate President he has always been responsive to any issue that has crossed his desk. He has also shown an ability to build a strong consensus on issues important to taxpayers such as tax reform, pension reform, and working to protect the life of the unborn. Andy Biggs is the type of leader the East Valley needs in Washington. He has integrity and is a proven conservative. I am proud to endorse his candidacy for U.S. House of Representatives.”

“Denny Barney has poured out his heart and soul for the East Valley, and I am so excited to received his endorsement,” Andy Biggs said. “Denny’s service at the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has paid great dividends for our side of town, and I know that he will continue to accomplish great things for the East Valley. I look forward to partnering with him in the future to bring even more opportunity to the East Valley.”

Other endorsements for Biggs include: Congressman Matt Salmon; Congressman Trent Franks; Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio; Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery; Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCicci; senators Sylvia Allen, Nancy Barto, Judy Burges, Debbie Lesko, Gail Griffin, Steve Yarbrough, David Farnsworth, John Kavanagh, Steve Smith, Jeff Dial, Kimberly Yee, Don Shooter; representatives John Allen, Sonny Borrelli, Jay Lawrence, Paul Boyer, Warren Petersen, Eddie Farnsworth, Frank Pratt; Gilbert Vice Mayor Jared Taylor; Gilbert Councilman Victor Peterson; and Queen Creek Councilwoman Emilena Turley.

Governor Doug Ducey: I’m Voting Yes on Prop 123

The committee Let’s Vote Yes For Arizona Schools, In Support of Prop 123 released the following ad today featuring Governor Doug Ducey explaining why he supports Prop 123.

In the ad, Governor Ducey provides reasons how and why Arizonans should support public teachers. Passage of the proposition will provide $3.5 Billion directly into our public schools over the next 10 years without raising any taxes. This money will be used to invest into teachers to reverse the trend of teachers leaving Arizona due to low compensation.

Governor Ducey, the father of three sons, knows firsthand the impact that great teachers have on a child. That’s why he’s supporting Prop 123 on May 17th.