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.

Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey Explains Why Arizonans Should Vote NO on Prop 204

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Watch as Arizona State Treasurer details why Arizona voters should vote NO on Proposition 204 – the $1 BILLION permanent sales tax increase that funds special interest and more big government.

AZ01′s Ann Kirkpatrick Remains in “Bunker Mode”

Jonathan Paton

Jonathan Paton appeared on Fox 10′s Newsmaker Sunday program with respected newsman John Hook yesterday to talk about the race for Arizona’s First District and the issues that are important to the voters, such as job creation. Hook is widely respected in Arizona and nationally, having been invited to interview President Obama.

Jonathan hoped to get the chance to appear with Ann Kirkpatrick. She refused. As John Hook explains in the opening, Kirkpatrick refused to even be interviewed separately. She wouldn’t do an interview via Skype or Phone. She’s also turned down requests from other television stations, as many of you know.

You can see the opening of the show where Hook talks about his invitation here:

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To watch the entire interview here.

FOX 10 News – Phoenix, AZ | KSAZ-TV

Here is what Jonathan Paton had to say about Kirkpatrick’s continued refusal to talk to the voters on camera:

“One of the basic roles of a member of Congress is to actually communicate with real live people. I can’t imagine why Ann Kirkpatrick refuses to be interviewed on camera, except that she knows her plan to continue supporting Obamacare and trillion dollar deficits isn’t what the voters want. No wonder she doesn’t want to talk about her plans on camera.” — Jonathan Paton

Election Records Don’t Back Up Richard Carmona’s Claim that He Voted in 2010

Jeff Flake

Pima County Recorder says it didn’t happen as Carmona recalls

PHOENIX – The 2010 election was an important election with much at stake for the state and nation. Democrat Richard Carmona claims he voted, but election officials in Pima County say he didn’t. Indeed, records prove that he sat out both the primary and general elections.

“If you’re asking people for your vote in this election, then I think people should expect that you take your franchise as a voter seriously,” said Jeff Flake.

And records further show that Carmona has a pattern of skipping primary elections. Carmona’s response has been to say: “I think it’s very disingenuous when I’m an independent to cite me for not voting in primaries. I mean it just doesn’t happen.”

“’It just doesn’t happen?’ Apparently Dr. Carmona, who registered himself as a Democrat a year ago, remains unaware that independents have been allowed to vote in primaries since the law was changed back in 1998,” said Andrew Wilder, communications director for Flake for Senate. “It strikes me that someone seeking to serve in the United States Senate should be better informed.”

Click the image below or this link to watch the report by Phoenix television station 3TV

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Stay up to date on Richard Carmona’s campaign to be a rubber stamp for Democrats’ liberal agenda in Washington by visiting www.RubberstampRich.com.

For more information on Jeff Flake and why he’s running for the U.S. Senate, please visit his website at www.JeffFlake.com.

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Jeff Flake is the clear choice to replace Senator Kyl

Special to the White Mountain Independent
October 9, 2012

There’s an old adage that in Washington there are workhorses and there are show horses.

Arizona is on the verge of losing the consummate workhorse when Sen. Jon Kyl begins his well deserved retirement at the end of his term. Considering all that Sen. Kyl has done for our state, it is almost unfair to ask his replacement to attempt to fill his shoes.

But when assessing the two candidates seeking to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate, Rep. Jeff Flake is the clear choice.

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is proud to join with the country’s strongest advocate for the free-market, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in endorsing Jeff Flake for Senate. Our two organizations are committed to supporting policies that strengthen our economy and grow jobs. In this race, there is no one better on issues relating to jobs and the economy than Jeff Flake.  

The decisions we face this election are important ones, for our state and the entire country. Earlier this month our national debt surpassed $16 trillion. The Bush-era tax cuts are set to expire in January, which would represent the largest tax increase in the history of the United States. And as a result of sequestration, an additional $500 billion dollars of automatic cuts will occur to our national defense, an action that could cost the nation over one million jobs. Many economists are saying that as a result of this coming “fiscal cliff” our fragile economy could head into a potentially deep recession. The American taxpayer can’t afford on-the-job training in the U.S. Senate.

Throughout his career, Flake has always stood up for Arizona taxpayers, bucking party leadership when it was addicted to earmarks and the irresponsible pork-barrel spending that followed. Senator John McCain has been railing against this egregious spending for years. Now, because of their leadership, earmarks are largely a thing of the past, a testament to these two Arizonans’ ability to bring points of view as disparate as Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell together.

Stopping earmarks is not some small symbolic victory. Without our tax dollars going to bridges to nowhere in the backwoods of Alaska, they can be used for legitimate reasons in places like Arizona.

For example, Flake supports Interstate 11, which would connect Phoenix and Las Vegas, the two largest metro areas not connected by an interstate. He understands such projects are critical to our state’s ability to staycompetitive in our second century. That’s why he’s positioning Arizona to win the jobs of the future by supporting our state’s drive to be designated as a test location for unmanned aerial systems.

And he’s pushing back against an over-reaching federal bureaucracy, especially the EPA, an agency whose heavy hand puts Arizona jobs at risk. Congressman Flake made the Arizona Chamber the first stop in his recent statewide issues tour to talk with business leaders about the negative effect over-regulation has on their bottom line and how it hampers their ability to add jobs.

It’s because of Flake’s pro-growth agenda that he was recently recognized by the National Association of Manufacturers with its Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. America’s job creators know they can count on Jeff Flake.

These are serious times and they call for a serious lawmaker.  We know where Jeff Flake stands on the top issues of the day facing Arizona businesses from taxes, to health care, to regulation. Jon Kyl’s departure from the Senate is a blow to our state. But electing Jeff Flake in November will be to our benefit.

Glenn Hamer is the President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

http://www.wmicentral.com/opinion/editorials/jeff-flake-is-the-clear-choice-to-replace-senator-kyl/article_e37daf62-119c-11e2-9fdd-0019bb2963f4.html

Congressman Sam Steiger (1929-2012)

Arizona PBS’ Horizon aired a brief tribute to former Congressman Sam Steiger on Monday. Steiger passed away on September 26th and was well known among many in the political world as one of Arizona’s more colorful politicians. Here is the video clip featuring Arizona Capitol Times reporter, Don Harris, who once covered Steiger while at the Arizona Republic.

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No New Taxes, No on 204 Releases First Television Ad, “Temporary”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

No New Taxes, No On 204

October 4, 2012

No New Taxes, No on 204 Releases First Television Ad, “Temporary”

PHOENIX – Today, the No New Taxes, No on 204 committee released its first television advertisement titled, “Temporary.” The special interest groups that promised voters that the temporary sales tax increase would expire are now looking to create a permanent $1 billion a year tax increase making Arizona the second highest sales tax state in the nation. Arizona families were promised a temporary tax and can’t afford to fund special interest projects in a still struggling economy.

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Script For “Temporary”:

VIDEO TEXT: SPECIAL INTERESTS ARE BACK…PROP 204

VOICEOVER: “The special interests are back…with Prop 204”

VIDEO TEXT: MAKES “TEMPORARY” TAX INCREASES PERMANENT 

Proposition 204

VOICEOVER: “Prop 204 makes those “temporary” tax increases permanent.”

VIDEO TEXT: RAISES TAXES $1 BILLION A YEAR

Arizona Legislative Council, 8/23/12

VOICEOVER: “Prop 204 raises taxes one billion dollars a year.”

VIDEO TEXT: NOT TO SUPPORT STUDENTS

TO FUND BIGGER BUREAUCRACY

NO REAL EDUCATION REFORM

Proposition 204

VOICEOVER: “Not to support students, but to fund bigger bureaucracy…with no education reform…”

VIDEO TEXT: NO GUARENTEE MONEY WILL EVER REACH THE CLASSROOM

VOICEOVER: “…and with no guarantee the money will ever reach the classroom.”

VIDEO TEXT: GIVES ARIZONA SECOND-HIGHEST SALES TAXES IN THE U.S.

The Tax Foundation, 7/31/12

VOICEOVER: “Prop 204 would give Arizona the second highest sales taxes in the US.”

VIDEO TEXT: VOTE NO ON PROP 204

CHECK THE FACTS AT: VOTENOON204.COM

VOICEOVER: “Check the facts for yourself, and vote no on Prop 204.”

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Paid for by No New Taxes, No on 204. Major funding by Americans for Responsible Leadership, Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company, the Arizona Free Enterprise Club, and the Arizona Chapter of NAIOP