Quiz: Match the Music Video with the Gubernatorial Candidate Campaign

I’m poking a little fun at the Arizona gubernatorial candidates by matching music (or commercial) videos with my take on their campaigns. So here goes. Try to match the music video with the gubernatorial candidate:

Which gubernatorial candidate is playing a high stakes game of political wannabe using her best poser face?

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One particular gubernatorial candidate could take a lesson from this rock icon. (And I bet he can even perform as well!)

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This gubernatorial candidate hails from the place where this commercial originates and says to speak the language of the fans. 

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This song is the theme for which former mayor’s gubernatorial candidate’s campaign? Hint: A tale of two cities.

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This gubernatorial candidate is so “hot” no one wants to stand near him!

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Finally, this gubernatorial candidate will be singing this on Tuesday night, August 26th.

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Most Recent Arizona Gubernatorial Ads

Here are the most recent gubernatorial ads for your review and comment. Note, production and airing for these ads is being paid for by money raised from donors, money from the candidate’s own pocket or from Arizona taxpayers through the Clean Elections system. Can you tell which?

Andrew Thomas - July 17, 2014
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Ken Bennett - July 16, 2014
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Christine Jones - July 15, 2014
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Scott Smith - July 15, 2014
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Frank Riggs - July 15, 2014
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Doug Ducey – July 8, 2014
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Fred DuVal – April 17, 2014
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Let us know what you think!

ICYMI: The Hugh Hewitt – Doug Ducey Ice Cream Social Interviews!

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Monday’s live broadcast with Hugh Hewitt and ice cream social with local elected officials was a huge success! I’m grateful to everyone who attended or tuned-in during the three-hour show to learn more about what I want to accomplish as Arizona’s next governor.

If you missed it, click the play button or bolded “click here” text below to listen to individual segments from your favorite elected officials.

CLICK HERE to listen to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker • CLICK HERE to listen to former Senator John Kyl • CLICK HERE to listen to Congressman Trent Franks • CLICK HERE to listen to former Congressman John Shadegg • CLICK HERE to listen to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery • CLICK HERE to listen to Arizona State Representative Paul Boyer • CLICK HERE to listen to City of Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio • CLICK HERE to listen to The Goldwater Institute’s Clint Bolick

I’d especially like to thank Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Congressman Trent Franks, former Senator Jon Kyl, former Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Arizona State Representative Paul Boyer, City of Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCicco and The Goldwater Institute’s Clint Bolick for joining me and Hugh on-air to discuss Arizona’s future and why they’re supporting my campaign.

There was no denying the enthusiasm at this event, for both Arizona’s future and my campaign. I’m confident that with your help, we will see success in August and beyond.

See you on the campaign trail,

Doug

A Lesson in Political Ads for Scott Smith

If you haven’t noticed yet, the statewide political ads are just getting started. And while we won’t see the first barrage of ads until mid-July when the early ballots go out, most statewide campaigns are just getting ready for production having enough time to hone their messaging and create that uniquely Arizona feel.

That is, unless you’re the Scott Smith campaign.

Today, the former Mayor of Mesa went up on air with a new ad called, “Crisis Demands Leadership.” In the press release announcing the ad, Smith touts his “record of experience and leadership in overcoming difficult challenges in the private and public sector.” We’ll have more on that record later but in the meantime, we want to straight up critique the ad on its production, political airplay and its content.

iStockVidSmith’s campaign obviously had difficulty overcoming a production challenge because they had to purchase a b-roll video file off an internet site that specializes in stock images and video. In the ad the viewer sees a nice Anglo family smiling as they sit surrounded by a luscious green park. There’s only one problem; the company that made the video footage is from Slovenia. So much for that uniquely Arizona feel. The campaign could have at least borrowed a family of Smith supporters and shot some footage at a local park for a nice local touch. Oops!

Then there’s the challenge of airing the ad statewide. Anyone who’s been around the Arizona political scene for anytime knows you can’t win statewide unless you win or break even in Pima County. The hard political reality is Tucson can make or break an election so you better show up and show some love in the Old Pueblo.

The challenge the Smith campaign cannot overcome here is that they’re not on the air on Tucson television. The last time we checked, the market for the four local affiliates in Tucson was relatively cheaper than the Phoenix market. So why no ads in Tucson? Could it be the financial challenge of not having the money? Or, maybe the campaign hasn’t yet cut an entirely different message that celebrates Smith’s weakness on immigration and his support for Common-Core a position that left-leaning Tucsonans could only appreciate.

Finally, the Smith campaign seems to have a problem overcoming the challenge of original ideas. Near the end of the ad, Mayor Smith holds up a pamphlet he calls “The Business Plan” – which he gives no details. Sound familiar? That’s right, sixteen days ago, Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey went on the air with his 2nd TV ad talking about his plan for Arizona, what he calls The Roadmap to Opportunity and Freedom. Ducey at least gives the highlights of his plan in the ad but Smith says nothing about his plan. Call Smith’s little flash of a plan a case of political copy-cat, it comes off as nothing more than catch-up pandering.

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Sadly, the Smith campaign does not appear to be ready for prime-time on a statewide election. Perhaps they felt rushed to get up on the air with something they thought would serve as a political placeholder. Regardless, the underlying problem of producing and putting up an appealing political ad with strong messaging may simply be symptomatic of a leadership dearth.

Sonoran Alliance’s Shane Wikfors on Sunday Square Off Asking Tom Horne to Exit AG Race

ICYMI, here is my recent appearance on TV-12′s Sunday Square Off discussing the Arizona Attorney General’s race and why Tom Horne should exit.

Special thanks to Brahm Resnik for having me on the show to discuss several political news items!

Andy Tobin on ACLJ, Jay Sekulow Live with Jordan Sekulow

 

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Maricopa GOP Chair Rallies LD Censures

To all Arizona County and LD Republican Committee Chairmen -
Below is the front page article of the July 15 Arizona Capitol Times. I want to express my appreciation to those courageous and principled County and LD Republican Committees who have already conducted votes of “censure” and/or “no confidence.”
Jan Brewer, the legislators and their crony capitalist friends that support ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion have betrayed Americans, Arizona Republicans and the Republican Party Platform.  Their lack of ethics, integrity and egregious acts are motivated by only two things – greed and the lust for power – at the expense of hard working tax paying Americans.
The law was expected to cost $898 billion over the first decade when the bill was first passed, but this year the Congressional Budget Office revised that estimate to $1.85 trillion.  Money that will have to be borrowed from the Chinese or printed in the backroom of the Federal Reserve.  Latest polls indicate a majority of Americans are opposed to ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion with an overwhelming majority of Republicans in opposition.
During the past six months, we did everything we could to make a solid argument against ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion, we tried to reason with these people and even tried to make them see the light.  Unfortunately, our lobbying efforts fell on deaf ears and without success.
During one of Ronald Reagan’s difficult political battles he said,
               “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”
I’m asking all the County and LD Republican Committees to make these people feel the heat by passing public censures for their actions.  They are elitists who think what they have done should be forgiven. They are mistaken.  We are not going to be able to defeat all of them, but we can defeat a majority of them in the 2014 Primary Election.
You can go to “MCRC Briefs” and get examples of public censures that have already been passed.  http://briefs.maricopagop.org/  Just type “censure” in the search field on the left.
Warmest regards,
 A. J. LaFaro
Chairman, Maricopa County Republican Committee
P.S.  Please encourage all of your PCs to keep up their daily efforts in getting petition signatures for www.urapc.org  Getting ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion on the November 2014 ballot will be historic for Arizona’s grassroots conservatives.

Senator John McCain Introduces Legislation for À La Carte Cable Consumption

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today introduced the Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013, which provides consumers the ability to buy cable channels individually, also known as “a la carte,” giving Americans more control over their viewing options and, as a result, their monthly cable bill.

Video of Senator McCain introducing the legislation HERE

The full text of the legislation HERE

Text of Senator McCain’s statement on the floor of the U.S. Senate introducing the legislation:

“Mr. President, today I am introducing the Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013. This legislation has three principal objectives: (1) encourage the wholesale and retail ‘unbundling’ of programming by distributors and programmers; (2) establish consequences if broadcasters choose to ‘downgrade’ their over-the-air service; and (3) eliminate the sports blackout rule for events held in publicly-financed stadiums.

“For over 15 years I have supported giving consumers the ability to buy cable channels individually, also known as ‘a la carte’ – to provide consumers more control over viewing options in their home and, as a result, their monthly cable bill.

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ICYMI: Rep. Paul Gosar on C-Span’s Washington Journal Discussing Benghazi Hearings

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S (AZ-04) appeared on C-Span’s Washington Journal to discuss the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Benghazi Consulate attack.

Please click HERE or the image below to watch the interview:

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“There’s accountability in the private sector, but what we lack here is accountability in the public sector.”
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“This narrative that was put out was a deceitful lie that misled the American public.”
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“There is definitely a problem that we’ve got here. It’s not a matter of if, it’s just when, this is going to happen again and that’s why these hearings are so important.”

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ICYMI: TUSK Representatives Discuss Solar Energy Choice in Arizona

Jason Rose of Rose, Moser & Allyn Public Relations and Court Rich of The Rose Law Group, discuss the monopolistic utility challenges to solar energy choice in Arizona on AZ PBS’ Horizon.

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Arizona Republican Icon Barry Goldwater, Jr. Gives Voice to Efforts to Save Arizona Solar Choice

Tell Utilities Solar Won't Be Killed

Effort To Stop APS From Killing Independent Solar In AZ Takes To Radio

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) Following in his father’s footsteps as a conservative trailblazer in Arizona, Barry Goldwater Jr. is standing up to utility monopolies to preserve Arizona’s rooftop solar industry.

The voice of T.U.S.K (Tell Utilities Solar won’t be Killed), Goldwater can now be heard valley-wide in a new radio commercial that urges energy consumers to stand up to Arizona Public Service (APS). Goldwater and T.U.S.K oppose efforts by APS to extinguish rooftop solar in Arizona by trying to eliminate a cornerstone policy called net metering.

To listen to the commercial click here. To learn more about T.U.S.K. visit www.dontkillsolar.com

Net metering ensures that customers with rooftop solar get fair market credit from APS for any extra power they return to the grid. Conservatives in Arizona have stood up for school choice and healthcare choice, and now they are standing up for energy choice.

If APS pulls the plug on net metering, thousands of jobs would be lost. Businesses would suffer. Schools that utilize net metering will be sending more tax dollars to APS. Consumers would pay more.

“Energy choice is the American way. It’s the Republican way. And it’s the way to energy independence,” said Goldwater. We can’t allow monopolies to end consumer choice by changing the rules at the Arizona Corporation Commission.”

Barry Goldwater Jr. served 14 years in Washington and amassed expertise in energy, the space program, aviation and defense and government procurement. Goldwater was particularly instrumental in all facets of energy policy and research and development, including authoring the Solar Photovoltaic Act.

T.U.S.K. believes that rooftop solar is similar to a charter school—it provides a competitive alternative to the monopoly. Monopoly utilities aren’t known for reducing costs or for driving business innovation, but the Arizona solar industry is. Solar companies have a track record of aggressive cost reduction in Arizona. The more people use rooftop solar, the less power they need to buy from the utilities. Energy independence for Arizonans means smaller profits for the utilities, so APS is doing everything it can to stop solar.

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Rep. John Kavanagh: Medicaid Expansion is a Massive Takeover of Health Care in Arizona

State Representative John Kavanagh appeared on Sunday Square Off with Brahm Resnik this morning standing firm against expanding Medicaid dependency in Arizona. Thank you Representative Kavanagh for standing for health care freedom, doctor-patient relationships and protecting Arizona taxpayers!

Congressman Jeff Flake Delivers Farewell Speech on House Floor

Congressman Jeff Flake, who has represented Arizona in the House of Representatives since 2001, delivers his farewell address on the House Floor.

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Thank you Congressman Flake for your service. We look forward to your continued service in the United States Senate!

“Hating Breitbart” – A Powerflul Movie that Explains Why We Lost in 2012

by Bob Price (re-posted with author’s permission from TexasGOPVote – original link. Author is the Texas State Director of Cafe Con Leche Republicans)

Hating Breitbart is a great movie about a great American patriot. Unfortunately it was released too late to help us understand what we were really up against in 2012. Governor Mitt Romney was not running against Barack Obama alone. He was also running against a liberal media that was determined from the beginning to re-elect the President they had installed in office in the 2008 election.

Hating Breitbart illustrates not just the bias of the liberal media, but the outright activism of the media. A point in case is the mythical Republican War on Women created by George Stephanopoulos during one of the Republican Primary Presidential Debates. Contraception was not and should not have been an issue in the 2012 campaign. But, Stephanopoulos created this myth that Republicans wanted to ban birth control and the rest of the media ran with it. This was not some kind of political fluke. It was, rather, a strategy implemented by the media to create and control the tone and content of the issues to be discussed in the election.

Abortion, likewise, should not have been a center issue for Republicans during this election. Granted, it is an issue of importance to people, and it should be a foundation of our platform and position, but this election should have been about jobs and national security. The media was not about to let that happen because those are losing issues for Obama. We followed their lead and let this be a promoted issue. The result – two stupid sentences from two Senate candidates – two lost Senate seats and a severely tarnished Republican brand.

There is no Republican War on Women. It is a myth created to drive a wedge between women and Republicans. If you want to understand where women are on politics, look at my interview with Debbie Georgatos and read her book, “Ladies, Can We Talk?”


Andrew Breitbart understood the media and its approach and tactics. After all, he had been one of them. But he saw the harm that was being done to our country and decided to do something about it. Breitbart went to war with the mainstream media and the Democrat propoganda machine.

When you watch the movie, Hating Breitbart, you will learn to look at the media in a different light. You will see how they are not only willing, but eager accomplices with the Democrats. Hating Breitbart illustrates this by showing how Breitbart dealt with Democrats and the media about the alleged issue of Tea Party member verbally assaulting black Members of Congress with racial slurs. It didn’t happen. There is no proof that it happened. But these Congressmen said it did, so the media ran with it. Evidence? We don’t need no stinking evidence!

All Republicans should see this movie. We need to learn and understand Democrat and liberal media strategies. We should learn their tools and use them against them. Radio talk show host Kira Davis has learned this and is using it very effectively to reach out to minority voters across the country.

In many ways, TexasGOPVote founder and publisher, John Stautner, shows much of the same warrior mentality as Andrew Breitbart. He is studying these tactics and teaching them to a small but growing army of bloggers and writers like me who will not sit back and allow the media to run unchecked.

Hating Breitbart - Times and Tickets

Hating Breitbart is a must see movie. To find show times at a theater near you, visit http://hatingbreitbart.com/theaters. Go see this movie and then join the army fighting the war against the liberal media.

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Robert Graham Releases Video Thanking Arizona’s Conservative Grassroots for Defeating Proposition 204 and 121

“Despite [. . .] disadvantages, we organized quickly, worked hard, and proved that when you have a clear message and you stand up for your principles, you can’t lose.” 

PHOENIX – Today, Robert Graham, candidate for Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, released a video thanking Arizona’s Conservative grassroots for their efforts in defeating Proposition 204 and 121.

The video highlights the tireless efforts of canvassers, callers, and volunteers in spreading the message that Proposition 204 and 121 were wrong for Arizona. To watch the video, click on the link here, or watch the embedded video below.

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To learn more about Robert Graham and his plan for Arizona’s Republican Party, please visit his website at www.GrahamForArizona.com or his Facebook page.

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ICYMI: Arizona Daily Wildcat throws support behind Paton for CD-1

Jonathan Paton

Today, the Arizona Daily Wildcat student newspaper threw its support behind Jonathan Paton for Arizona’s First District, citing Paton’s work on CPS reform and efforts to increase government transparency. The editorial also noted Kirkpatrick’s ineffectiveness during her previous term in Congress despite Democrats controlling the House, Senate, and Presidency.

The Wildcat is the daily student newspaper of the University of Arizona, the alma mater of both Paton and Kirkpatrick. Paton was the only Republican that the paper endorsed.

Arizona Daily Wildcat: Paton for Congressional District 1

His opponent, Ann Kirkpatrick, has greater recognition and has already served a term from 2008 to 2010. But during that time, Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate, and still proved to be ineffective at offering long-term solutions to control spending.

In 2009, Paton helped push “Kaity’s Law,” an effort that increased protection for domestic violence victims in dating relationships. In 2010, he led a series of hearings into Arizona’s Child Protective Services after the deaths of three children from Tucson, whose parents had been investigated by CPS. Paton offered his voice to victims whose own voices are too often minimized, and he supports greater transparency in government.

The Arizona Newspapers Association has twice given a Freedom of Information Award to Paton, an advocate of open government records.

Though we don’t agree with all of Paton’s political positions, he has proven himself to be a staunch supporter of government transparency. The Daily Wildcat endorses Paton for Congressional District 1.