Did Heather Carter Vote to Raise our Taxes?

By Jose Borajero

Heather Carter

Heather Carter

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.

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.”



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.” 


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



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.”



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.



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.


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


Shawnna Bolick Receives Endorsement from Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek

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Shawnna Bolick Receives Endorsement from 
Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek


Phoenix, AZ- May 20, 2014- Today, Shawnna Bolick, Republican candidate for Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28, received the endorsement of Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Andy Kunasek.

“Shawnna has worked tirelessly to bring national and corporate resources to Arizona to help low-income kids gain a better education,” exclaimed Supervisor Kunasek.  “Her drive and leadership are necessary to promote higher educational standards and a better educated workforce. I’m confident Shawnna is the right person for the job because she is very committed in working with local officials to further streamline the permitting process and attracting high skilled jobs to Arizona.  Shawnna would be a terrific addition to the Arizona Legislature because she firmly believes in keeping taxes low and improving government efficiency – the right combination to attract and retain employers.”

“I look forward to working with Supervisor Kunasek when I am elected,” stated Bolick. “His leadership during the Great Recession enabled the Board of Supervisors to rise above politics and be a good steward of our taxpayer’s resources.  A fiscal and responsible government closest to the people helped Andy during these trying times without seeking tax increases.  He continues to serve us well each day and I’m thrilled to have his endorsement.”

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.


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

Former State Representative Kathleen Dunbar endorses Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

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Former State Representative Kathleen Dunbar endorses

Mark Brnovich for Attorney General


Today, Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich received the endorsement of former State Representative and Tucson City Councilwoman Kathleen Dunbar.

“As a former elected official, I understood that I was held to a higher standard every day I walked out my front door. We need an Attorney General that believes the same and Mark Brnovich is that person. Mark will bring ethics, character, and principles to the Attorney General’s office and discontinue the current administration’s embarrassing behavior,” said Dunbar.

“Mark is a vibrant and experienced prosecutor who will take charge as Attorney General. We are in a critical time of American History and we need statesmen to defend our states rights. Please join me in supporting Mark Brnovich for Attorney General,” said Dunbar.

Kathleen Dunbar served seven years in the Arizona State Legislature and four years on the Tucson City Council. While in the legislature, she served as the Vice Chairman of the Commerce Committee.

“Kathleen is a person that understands what serving the people of Arizona really means. I think it is important to hear from people like Kathleen that served with my primary opponent in the Arizona State Legislature. I’m honored to have Kathleen’s support and grateful to have her advice.  I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Arizona as our next Attorney General,” Brnovich said.

Former State Representative Dunbar joins U.S. Representative Trent Franks, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Representatives Brenda Barton, Debbie Lesko, Paul Boyer, and T.J. Shope, former State Senators Linda Gray, Barbara Leff and Frank Antenori, Arizona Christian University President Len Munsil, former State Treasurer Dean Martin, Coolidge Mayor Tom Shope, Chandler City Councilman Jeff Weninger and national and local conservative leaders like David McIntosh, Shane Wikfors, Jennifer Wright in addition to more than 70 grassroots leaders in endorsing Mark Brnovich for Arizona Attorney General.



Mark Brnovich Leading in New Poll Among Arizona GOP Primary Voters

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Mark Brnovich Leading in New Poll Among Arizona
GOP Primary Voters

A new poll released today by Magellan Strategies of likely Arizona GOP primary voters shows that political challenger and former prosecutor Mark Brnovich is now leading incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne in the August Republican primary. 33% of the respondents are supporting Brnovich compared to 32% for Horne, while 35% are undecided.

The polling results are consistent with previous internal polling that has shown Brnovich within single digits of the turmoiled incumbent.

The poll also shows that Tom Horne’s favorability ratings have dropped as allegations of illegal activity continue to swirl around his conduct and that of his campaign. 49% of GOP primary voters have an “unfavorable” opinion of Tom Horne, compared to 24% who have a “favorable” opinion of him.

“This poll reflects what we’ve known all along,” said Ryan Anderson, Brnovich’s campaign manager. “Republican primary voters are looking for an alternative to the scandal-plagued tenure of Tom Horne. Horne’s support has hit a ceiling and the only remaining question is how low can he fall? In contrast, Mark Brnovich has momentum and his support is growing.”

He continued: “We have focused almost entirely on a grassroots campaign and earned media and the results are paying off. Republican voters have not only found an alternative in Mark Brnovich, but they’ve rallied around a more qualified candidate who can actually win this November.”

The Magellan Strategies poll was conducted May 13-14 among 760 likely Arizona GOP primary voters. The MOE is 3.55%.

To learn more about Mark Brnovich, visit www.Mark4AZ.com. To view a copy of the poll, click here.