Scott Smith’s Pursuit of Big Pay Raises

At a time when millions of Arizonans have struggled to make ends meet through the Great Recession, there’s one gubernatorial candidate who’s been indifferent to the plight of his paycheck-to-paycheck neighbors.

Former mayor of Mesa Scott Smith, whose net worth still remains undisclosed (although we know it’s well over $100K), pushed hard twice while mayor of Mesa to increase his pay and the pay of his fellow council members.

Prior to the increase, the charter for the city of Mesa locked in the mayor’s compensation at $33,600/year with a $1,800/year vehicle allowance and $960/year phone allowance. To change that compensation, the mayor and council are required to vote rather than send the issue to voters.

Smith made the first push to increase his salary on December 10, 2012 during a regular session of the mayor and council. In the video, Smith argues for increasing his pay and not to reject the recommendations of an independent commission.

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During that first attempt, he asks the council to support him for the 118% pay raise and allowance increase of 122%. As the video shows, Smith’s temperament reveals a man on a mission to make more money as mayor.

If you haven’t worked out the math yet, the 118% pay raise would take the mayor’s salary to $73,300/year and the vehicle allowance to $6,600/year. Keep in mind, this is for a part-time mayor and council.

During the first attempt, the vote fails with Smith visibly upset that the council turned down his request.

One year later, On December 9, 2013, Smith makes the push to hike his salary once again using the same commission recommendations. He chides the council, “it was right a year ago and it’s right now.” This time Smith is successful in pressuring the council to raise his and their pay.

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The Mesa Charter is amended with the new and outrageous increases but what the average citizen never sees (unless they watch the December 9, 2013 video) is that the mayor and council also voted to make themselves eligible for benefits “consistent with those provided to executive level City employees.” So now in addition to the pay raise, Mesa’s mayor and council are now receiving the same benefits as senior city management.

Mesa Mayor & Council Compensation Footnotes

One comment that sticks out during the debate, is that Smith notes that Mesa is the 38th largest city in the country and its mayor and council deserve to be compensated as such.

Given Mesa’s population is ranked between Tucson and Chandler, we reviewed their compensation rates to see if Mesa ball parked itself proportionally on elected official compensation rates.

Tucson, which is the second largest city in Arizona, compensates its mayor at $42,000/year. Chandler, ranked as the fourth largest city, pays its top elected executive $49,500/year. Mesa ranked third, is well above the Arizona cities above and below it by $23,800.

But we also took it a step further and looked at Mesa in terms of its population ranking among other US cities. Just above Mesa is Kansas City, Missouri which pays its mayor $123,156/year. Right below Mesa, is Virginia Beach whose mayor makes $10,000/year. Quite a variation but more like comparing apples to oranges.

Finally, we reviewed 2012 US Census data to see what the average median income is for the city of Mesa. According to this latest data, the average family in Mesa earns $47,256/year.

For the mayor of Mesa to relentlessly push for a dramatic pay raise during a time when many Mesa citizens remain in financial hardship due to reductions in salaries, hours or even job loss, anyone can see that Smith’s crusade to raise the mayor and council’s salary was not the right thing to do.

Arizona voters are worried that this style of governance will be more of the same business-as-usual. Conservatives reformers are trying to put an end to runaway spending, backroom union deals and corporate cronyism. Scott Smith’s style of management proves he’ll push the former and disturbingly his own self-interest no matter what it cost the citizens he’s supposed to serve.

The Voting Pattern of Michele Reagan

It is time to www.fightforarizona.com

Do NOT vote for Michele Reagan. She sold the Republicans out in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013.

It is time for all Republicans to take a stand and hold those we elect accountable.

Michele Reagan has a bad pattern that is not Republican and is not Principled

  • Michele Reagan voted to not notify a parent if their own child was to have an abortion.
  • Michele Reagan voted to teach sex education to kindergartners.
  • Michele Reagan voted FOR Obamacare Medicaid Expansion.
  • Michele Reagan voted to give entitlements to illegal immigrants by removing the Proof of Citizenship Requirement.
  • Michele Reagan voted for budgets that spent more money then she knew she had.
  • Michele Reagan voted in 2004, 2008, and 2013 with a handful of Republicans and ALL the Democrats for a Democrat deficit budget.

But she is really nice.  And she wants to be one step away from being the Governor of Arizona.

It is time to hold Republicans accountable.

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2013: Republican Legislative Districts and Counties CENSURED Michele Regan saying:

“we therefore disassociate ourselves from the governor and these legislators, and encourage other Republicans to likewise disassociate themselves from any of the above who may be candidates for any office in the upcoming 2014 elections, or any election thereafter, and affirm our withholding of support of all kinds.”

2006:  Michele votes to stop the notarization of parents when a child wants an abortion joining with 100% of the Democrat caucus and 2 other Republicans on HB 2666 – Notarized Parental Consent for Abortions.

2013: Michele voted for the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion. Then she voted against it.

Michele votes ‘YEA’ for Obrewercare, SB1492, joining 5 Republicans and all the Democrats, in the middle of the night, after Senator McComish makes a motion to suspend the rules, to stop Senate President Andy Biggs from trying to save Arizona from the train-wreck that is Obamacare.

Michele changes her reason for her vote but now she is saying, “I voted for the Andy Biggs budget.”

No she did not.  Andy Bigg’s budget was modified so badly that even he voted against it.

2009:  Michele sponsors a bill to teach sex education in the Kindergarten classroom, HB2544.

2008: In 2008 Michele voted for a deficit producing budget, ‘YEA’ with three Republicans, 100% of the Democrats, and Governor Napolitano on HB2209 to pass by a 31 YEA to 29 NAY vote.

(No Republican that voted for the 2004 or 2008 budget is serving in an elected office except for Michele.)

2004: Democrat budget: Michele voted ‘YEA’ with 14 Republicans for Democrat Janet Napolitano’s budget to raise the state budget more than a billion dollars.

Resolutions were passed by every district but one demanding her loyalty to Republican planks saying:

Do not sell out our Republican principles and the promise of 3 years funding that will benefit a few special interests at the cost of our State sovereignty and our core Republican values. We will adamantly oppose those who compromise our core values for short term political expediency.”

She sold YOU OUT.  Did you mean it?  Do NOT vote for Michele Reagan.

It is time for Republicans to hold those we elect accountable for their votes.

 www.fightforarizona.com

For a copy of this document to print out and distribute:  http://www.apcarizona.com/uploads/Reagan_Voting_Pattern.pdf
For a copy of the STATE BLACKLIST to distribute:  http://www.apcarizona.com/The_State_BLACKLIST.html

Danny Ray’s Campaign Piece Provokes Questions on the Gubernatorial Race

Yesterday I was visited by a member of Danny Ray’s campaign team here in northeast Mesa and was provided with this piece of campaign literature.

Danny Ray for Mayor Mesa

Of course, I’ve watched the voters of Mesa authorize the mayor and council to take the city deeper into debt through bond elections – against my advocacy and wishes.

But what really provoked my interest was who has been in leadership over the years approving increases in the budget and amount of debt.

Having been the former Communications & Outreach Director for AFP-Arizona, I jumped over to the local government scorecard put out by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation – Arizona to refresh my memory on how the City of Mesa scored. Here’s a screenshot of their performance from 2008-present:

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As you can see, no one on the current council scored anywhere close to taxpayer-friendly. This confirms what Danny Ray has been campaigning on but it also reveals something about the former mayor and his effort to get a promotion to Arizona Governor.

While I like the fact that Danny Ray seems to be an anti-establishment candidate, I’m now wondering just who took Mesa in the direction its currently going and how that might be injected into the gubernatorial race.

Just sayin’

Did Heather Carter Vote to Raise our Taxes?

By Jose Borajero

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Shortly, the Arizona Supreme Court will be ruling on whether the Medicaid tax imposed by the Democrats, aided and abetted by Representative Heather Carter and eight other Republicans in the House of Representatives is really a tax or something else, like a fee. The only question that will be resolved by the court is whether that move was legal or not. It will not determine whether it was good or bad. We all know that the mere fact something is legal does not automatically make it good, or desirable.

Whether we call it a tax, or something else, like a fee, an assessment, a contribution, an investment, or any of a myriad euphemistic terms that big government advocates use to disguise taxes, the fact remains that Heather Carter voted for bills that increase the amount of money that moves from the pockets of the taxpayers to the pockets of the government.

That fact is reflected in the results of the legislator evaluations done by three conservative leaning organizations.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP): This organization routinely keeps track of how legislators vote on issues having to do with economic matters, like taxation, spending, education, etc. (scorecard)

Goldwater Institute: These folks evaluate legislator performance across a wide variety of subjects, including tax & budget, education, constitutional government, and regulation.

National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB): This is a watchdog group for small businesses, which account for the vast majority of jobs in this country. They evaluate legislators on whether or not their votes enhance small businesses ability to operate in free and open market. (scorecard)

Currently in Arizona, we have 17 Republicans in the Senate and 36 Republicans in the House of Representatives, for a total of 43 Republican legislators. Let us see how Heather Carter was scored by all three organizations.

ORGANIZATION SCORE RANK
Americans for Prosperity – 48%  or 39th out of 43
Goldwater Institute – 61% or 35th out of 43
National Federation of Independent Businesses – 75% or 43rd out of 43

Conclusion: Heather Carter is a friend of Big Government and an enemy of the tax payer. People should keep that in mind when deciding whether to vote for her or for her challenger(s).

 

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

Free Enterprise Club

 

News Release

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

 

Mayor Jack Hakim and Mayor Harvey Skoog Endorse Mark Brnovich

 

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Mayor Jack Hakim and Mayor Harvey Skoog Endorse Mark Brnovich

 

Today, Bullhead City Mayor Jack Hakim and Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog endorsed Mark Brnovich for Attorney General.

Mayor Jack Hakim remarked:

“Having a sit down with Mark Brnovich and posing a number of questions to him, I found candidate Mark Brnovich to cut through the chase and respond without hesitation. I believe that Mark has the values, credentials and experience needed as Arizona’s next Attorney General.”

Mayor Harvey Skoog commented:

“After much consideration concerning the office of the Arizona Attorney General, I have decided to give my full support to candidate Mark Brnovich. This is a time of growth, fiscal challenges, and diverse political issues. He offers the knowledge, work ethic, and dedication that brings him to the forefront of handling and overseeing the State of Arizona’s legal concerns.”

“The next Attorney General must represent all of Arizona. From Bullhead City to Sierra Vista, and Yuma to Prescott Valley,” said Brnovich. “I pledge to all of our Arizona communities that when I am Attorney General I will personally engage with them to address the issues they face.” Brnovich added, “The Attorney General should fight for all of Arizona, not just Maricopa County.” 

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To learn more about Mark’s campaign, please visit www.Mark4AZ.com

Former Legislator Amanda Reeve Endorses Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

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Former Legislator Amanda Reeve Endorses Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

Today, Republican candidate for attorney general Mark Brnovich received the endorsement of former State Representative Amanda Reeve. Reeve remarked:

“Integrity in character, intelligence in reasoning, passion in morality, fairness in representation, and value in actions…these are the characteristics of a great Attorney General.  As its chief legal officer, Arizona needs these qualities in its Attorney General to fight for the rights of its citizens, protect the state and businesses from overzealous federal agencies; and provide guidance to the legislature and state agencies in the drafting and implementation of constitutional laws and sound rules. Mark Brnovich is this Attorney General and it is my great honor to endorse his candidacy.”

During her tenure in the Arizona House of Representatives, Reeve served as Chair of the House Environment Committee, and as member of the Energy & Natural Resources, Higher Education & Innovative Reform, Military Affairs & Public Safety, and Transportation & Infrastructure Committees. She is well-versed in Environmental and Natural Resources litigation and regulatory matters, as well as a vast array of other complex litigation and policy issues.

Mark remarked, “I am grateful for Amanda’s support. She is a well-respected policymaker – from her time spent as a State Representative to her current position where she researches, drafts, and advocates for issues important in the lives of Arizonans, including the environmental issues we face. I am encouraged by the diverse group of individuals supporting my campaign.”

Former Representative Amanda Reeve joins a quickly growing list of support, including that of former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, U.S. Representative Trent Franks, former State Senators Linda Gray, Barbara Leff, Dean Martin, and Kathleen Dunbar, County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Representatives Debbie Lesko, Paul Boyer, T.J. Shope, Brenda Barton, John Allen, Nancy Barto, Karen Fann and Warren Petersen, Mayor Tom Shope, Len Munsil, former Congressman David McIntosh, and more than 120 grassroots leaders throughout Arizona in endorsing Mark Brnovich for Arizona Attorney General.

For more information, please visit www.Mark4AZ.com

 

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Representative Warren Petersen Endorses Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

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Representative Warren Petersen Endorses Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

Today, Mark Brnovich, candidate for Republican attorney general, announced that he has received the endorsement of State Representative Warren Petersen. Petersen represents Arizona House District 12 in the East Valley.

“We need a constitutional conservative who understands the importance of states rights in the Attorney General’s office,” said Representative Petersen. “Mark Brnovich is the candidate to answer this call and has the experience to take on the tough issues. Local leaders need a voice who will stand up for them and Mark is the candidate to do just that. I’m proud to support Mark Brnovich for Attorney General.”

Representative Petersen joins other Republican legislators including Senator Nancy Barto, Representative Paul Boyer, Representative Debbie Lesko, Representative T.J. Shope, Representative John Allen, Representative Brenda Barton, and Representative Karen Fann in endorsing Mark Brnovich. Former legislators Dean Martin, Linda Gray, Kathleen Dunbar, Amanda Reeve and Barbara Leff have also endorsed Mark over his Republican primary opponent.

Mark Brnovich remarked:

“I want to thank Representative Petersen for endorsing me in the Republican primary. He and other legislators have demonstrated a great deal of courage by endorsing a challenger who is taking on an incumbent. My pledge to Warren and to the rest of the legislature – from both sides of the aisle – is to not embarrass them or selfishly pursue my own political self-interests.”

 

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


LegisTraitor Season Opens in the Republican Primaries

Primary Season opens in Arizona with the Alliance of Principled Conservatives fielding candidates against the censured incumbent Republicans committed to turning the state purple with Obamacare Medicaid Expansion, Common Core, and out-of-control spending, a.k.a. the LegisTraitors.

The war within the Republican Party is not a new war.  Ronald Reagan did not start this war nor did he end this war in the 1980s. Ever hear of Rockefeller? Rockefeller is now RINO and Reagan’s name is interchanged with Goldwater and when starting this conversation you will hear mutterings of George Mason and his admonishment that the rights given to the federal government never surmount those given to the people.  We are equally inspired by the war cry of ‘Freedom’ in the movie Braveheart as we are with the Bible and Moses pleas “Let my people go.”

The Republican Party in Arizona is today’s battleground.

Governor Brewer has formed team Coalition of Corruption consisting of 15 LegisTraitors and all the Democrats.  Team color is purple. They are attacking our Party planks of individual liberty and state sovereignty

The Alliance of Principled Conservatives is fighting back fielding Principled Conservatives to take out the LegisTraitors and restore a true Republican majority.

We have a simple requirement:  vote like a Republican.

Ten sitting incumbents are facing primary challengers.  Two surrendered when faced with the reality of the grassroots assa
ult and wisely decided not to run for re-election.


LD  Good Guys – Vote ‘YES’                           

8 – Darla Dawald
15 – David Burnell Smith joins John Allen
16 – John Fillmore joins Kelly TownsendColeman Primaried
28 – Shawnna Bolick
18 – John King and Jill Norgaard
25 – Ralph Heap
18 – Tom Morrissey

LegisTraitor Black List
T.J. Shope and Frank Pratt
Heather Carter
Doug ColemanBrophy McGee Primaried
Kate Brophy-McGee
Rob Robson
Bob Worsley
Jeff Dial
(Tom Morrissey’s campaign announcement led to the surrender of John McComish.)

Four of the LegisTraitors are not running in 2014. Robson Primaried
- Michelle shame-to-the-name-Reagan wants a reward for her treachery with a promotion to Secretary of State.
- Rich Crandall moved and was replaced by good guy David Farnsworth (who we must re-elect).
- John McComish quickly surrendered when faced with primary candidate Tom Morrissey.
- Doris Goodale conceded her health could not withstand the grassroots assault and surrendered.Dial Primaried

All our Principled Conservatives need and deserve your help!

 

 

    Arizona is worth Fighting For. 
Join the Alliance of Principled Conservatives to fight for a conservative majority in 2014.

www.fightforarizona.com

 

The War for Arizona – Brewer forms “The Coalition of Corruption “

Arizona is a conservative state full of fiercely patriotic citizens who prize individual rights, limited government, and fiscal sanity.  A friend recently surmised that Arizona may also be one of the most corrupt States due to the fact that we find ourselves at the mercy of a finger wagging Governor and 15 legislators who sold out Arizona to the Obama agenda.

The conclusion that Arizona is a conservative corrupt state is because in the 2013 legislative session Governor Jan Brewer led the 15 Republican Legistraitors to form a corrupt coalition with 100% of the Democrats in passing liberal progressive policies that harm economic growth and hand the state of Arizona over to the Federal Government.  They passed the OBrewercare Medicaid Expansion, Common Core, and then increased taxes and spending by hundreds of millions of dollars leaving the Arizona budget with a structural deficit of 400 million dollars.

And they were rewarded with a campaign chest full of money.

The 15 LegisTraitors were each given donations averaging $35,000 each at a special fundraiser for those special republicans who voted for Brewer in that special session. And then they turned around and had a second fundraiser in October. They believe that all this money will ensure their re-election.

Many of the legislators in this Coalition of Corruption are in legislative districts with double-digit Republican majorities.

The fall of 2013 brought cries of defense and a chorus proclaiming “they” would not do it again – not in an election year.  Well they did.  The 2014 session solidified the coalition of corruption and they sat smirking with their arms crossed in committee meetings demanding and receiving a budget with a half a billion dollar structural deficit.

 There is absolutely no reason that a heavily Republican district should have a Republican in Name Only (R.I.N.O.) in the State Legislature.

The Alliance rejects all excuses for these traitors and the victim mentality that we must elect those with an ‘R’ beside their name.  We fully intend to fight for Arizona and for the election of principled conservatives.

Powered by audacity and conviction the grassroots throughout Arizona have stood up to criticism and belittlement and they have primary candidates for nine of the LegisTraitors.

We started with 15 LegisTraitors.

Three are not running in 2014.  Michelle shame-to-the-name-Reagan desires a reward for her treachery with a promotion to Secretary of State.  Rich Crandall moved and was replaced by good guy David Farnsworth (who we must re-elect).  John McComish quickly surrendered when faced with primary candidate Tom Morrissey.

Ten candidates have stepped up to serve David Burnell Smith, Darla Dawald, John Fillmore, Sam Merano, Shawnna Bolick, John King, Jill Norgaard, Ralph Heap, Tom Morrissey, and John Kavanagh.

The Republican Primary Season begins in Arizona. The Chamber of Commerce, corporate welfare recipients, and crony capitalists have well funded candidates running against grassroot candidates fueled by the passion of Republican principles and the belief in state sovereignty.

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War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.  John Stuart Mill