AZ Governor Candidate Al Melvin Signs “No New Taxes” Pledge

Melvin and Norquist

Sen. Al Melvin & Grover Norquist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan began a proud tradition of conservative candidates putting pen to paper and pledging to protect taxpayers by promising to oppose and veto any effort to raise taxes.

State Senator Al Melvin joined that tradition as a candidate running for Governor of Arizona when he signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge while on a recent trip to Washington, D.C.

“I have a long record of fighting for lower taxes while in the State Senate, and I have every intention of continuing that fight as Governor.” said Melvin, adding “Arizona’s economy is doing better than most other states largely because we have lowered taxes and created an environment where businesses can come and thrive. My goal is to make Arizona the most prosperous state in the country, and we will get there by freeing our taxpayers from their too high tax burden.”

“I want to congratulate State Senator Melvin for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The people of Arizona have clearly stated what type of leadership they want in Phoenix. They want leaders who offer real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and jumpstart the economy.” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

The third-term Senator has an ambitious agenda for Arizona that includes the eventual elimination of the state’s income tax. Melvin’s plan, and his conservative voting record, have helped him to attract conservative and Tea Party support from across the state.

Melvin serves as Chairman of the Commerce, Energy and Military Committee and founded the highly successful Mining Caucus and Tourism Caucus. He has had a long business career in international trade and transportation and received his MBA degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, AZ.

Melvin is a military veteran and graduate of the US Naval War College.

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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.

Leah Campos Schandlbauer Makes 9 Commitments to the 9th District

As we approach a primary that will decide whether Republicans will field a competitive candidate in this fall’s pivotal election, I wanted to share with you 9 commitments that I am making to Congressional District 9.

In Congress, I will:

  1. Work every day to be a voice and vote for life, economic freedom, and individual liberty
  2. Support pro-growth policies that create jobs and invigorate the economy
  3. Fight crony capitalism by ending subsidies to politically-favored businesses
  4. Vote to repeal and replace Obamacare
  5. Maintain open communication with constituents by hosting at least 12 town hall meetings every year in the 9th District
  6. Oppose all tax increases and work to reform our overly complex tax code
  7. Respond to all constituent requests and inquiries within 72 hours whenever possible
  8. Drive efforts to cut spending and add a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  9. Secure the border and modernize our broken federal immigration system

Too many people get elected to Congress and then seem to immediately forget why they ran for the office in the first place. I’m running to defend life, liberty, and free enterprise. Doing these things will require real spending cuts that will reduce the size of our government.

As we work toward these goals, it’s important to recognize that with our bloated federal government currently intruding into so many aspects of our lives, citizens often appeal to their representative in Congress for help navigating the bureaucratic morass. I will work everyday to provide the best possible service to my constituents. My office will be open, friendly and responsive.

These nine commitments will guide my actions while in office. As primary day approaches, I hope you will take a few minutes to talk to your friends, neighbors and family in CD 9 about this election. This district could send an Obama-supporting ally of Nancy Pelosi to Congress this fall, but with your help and your vote on August 28th, we can make sure this district is a voice and a vote for freedom.

About The Campaign
In Congress, Leah will defend our free enterprise system and work to balance the budget. She has been endorsed by Arizona Right to Life, Citizens United Conservative Victory Fund, CatholicVote.org, U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) and former ASU quarterback Andrew Walter. Congressional District 9 is a new seat that includes all of Tempe and Ahwatukee along with parts of Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Mesa, Scottsdale and Chandler.

About Leah
Leah served for more than a decade around the world as an operations officer for the CIA’s Clandestine Service. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and attended Rhodes Junior High School in Mesa and Seton Catholic High School in Chandler. Leah has four children with her husband, Alfred, a Foreign Service Officer currently serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. Department of State. A lifelong conservative and strong believer in the principles of economic liberty and limited government, Leah will be a voice and vote for freedom in Congress. For more information, please visit www.leahforcongress.com.

Will Congressman Jeff Flake Continue Relying on Special Interest Dollars?

Phoenix, Arizona - 106 days ago, Wil Cardon asked Congressman Jeff Flake to join him in pledging to put Arizona first.  He’s asking that both candidates work to keep this Senate race fair, balanced and without interference from Super PAC’s or third party groups. 

So far… NOTHING.

On June 4th, we learned that the DC special interest group, The Club for Growth, has spent and bundled more than $1 million dollars to help the Jeff Flake for U.S. Senate Campaign.

Enough is enough. 

Wil Cardon is calling again on Congressman Flake to stop relying on special interest dollars and sign the Arizona First Pledge.

Arizonans are asking why   

Congressman Flake hasn’t signed the Arizona First Pledge.

(Click Here to Read the Arizona First Pledge)

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Will Congressman Jeff Flake Continue Relying on Special Interest Dollars?

Phoenix, Arizona - 104 days ago, Wil Cardon asked Congressman Jeff Flake to join him in pledging to put Arizona first.  He’s asking that both candidates work to keep this Senate race fair, balanced and without interference from Super PAC’s or third party groups. 

So far… NOTHING.

On June 4th, we learned that the DC special interest group, The Club for Growth, has spent and bundled more than $1 million dollars to help the Jeff Flake for U.S. Senate Campaign.

Enough is enough. 

Wil Cardon is calling again on Congressman Flake to stop relying on special interest dollars and sign the Arizona First Pledge.

Arizonans are asking why   

Congressman Flake hasn’t signed the Arizona First Pledge.

(Click Here to Read the Arizona First Pledge)

 

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Wendy Rogers Signs Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge

“Time to cut up Washington’s credit card” 

 (Tempe AZ) Lt Col Wendy Rogers has signed the Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge. The pledge was a created by a coalition of over 40 conservative grassroots organizations who are calling on elected officials to support spending cuts and balancing the federal budget.

“Let’s face it,” said Rogers, “Our nation is broke and it’s time to cut up Washington’s credit card once and for all. I refuse to put my children and grandchild deeper into debt,” she continued. “Only by balancing the budget and finally controlling government spending is this going to happen.”

The original bill, which was approved by the House but rejected by the Senate, limited 2012 spending to $82 billion less than current spending levels, and it capped overall federal spending as a percentage of GDP, bringing it to less than 20 percent of GDP by 2017. The bill provided for a debt ceiling increase if and only if Congress sends a constitutional balanced budget amendment to the states for a vote.

The full text of the pledge reads:

I, Wendy Rogers, pledge to oppose any debt limit increase unless all three of the following conditions have been met:

Cut – Substantial cuts in spending that will reduce the deficit next year and thereafter.
Cap – Enforceable spending caps that will put federal spending on a path to a balanced budget.
Balance – Congressional passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — but only if it includes both a spending limitation and a super-majority for raising taxes, in addition to balancing revenues and expenses.

Lt Col Wendy Rogers is a 20-year career veteran of the United States Air Force and was one of the nation’s first female pilots in today’s Air Force. She owns a small business in Tempe with 10 fulltime employees. Lt Col Rogers is running for Congress from where she has lived for the past 15 years in Arizona’s newly created 9th Congressional District, which includes Tempe, and parts of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and Chandler. Campaign website is www.WendyRogers.org.

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Wes Gullett unveils needed pension reforms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 2011
CONTACT: Daniel Scarpinato

Calls for moving to 401K, ending double-dipping

PHOENIX – Mayoral Candidate Wes Gullett unveiled a bold set of needed reforms to Phoenix’s public pension system today, including a call to begin transitioning city employees to a 401K-style retirement plan in line with the private sector.

The Gullett plan also eliminates egregious abuses like “double dipping” and so-called “pension spiking.”

Phoenix’s public pension system has become an unsustainable and growing burden on taxpayers. Taxpayers spend nearly $100 million a year to cover the unfunded liability of the employee pension program – a price tag that is growing.

Included in the Gullett plan is the elimination of a deferred compensation plan, commonly known as a second pension, which costs taxpayers $40 million a year – almost enough to cover the cost of repealing the city’s food tax. Gullett has called for the repeal of that tax.

Gullett pledged to make pension reform a top priority if elected, stressing that the reforms are necessary to save taxpayers from ever increasing unfunded liabilities and to ensure city employees have a sound retirement plan.

“Our leaders should be accountable to us – not to special interest groups,” Gullett said. “Our pension system is broken, unsustainable and filled with abuses. In order to protect taxpayers – and to live up to the promises we’ve made – we must have the courage to confront this issue.”

The Gullett plan is two-tiered, protecting the pension of current retirees, while making future changes that limit the unfunded liabilities taxpayers will otherwise have to pay for.

The reforms include:

  • Beginning to transition the city from a defined benefit plan to a defined contribution 401K-style plan
  • Raising the retirement age by two years
  • Increasing employee contributions to be more in line with other cities
  • Ending “pension spiking”
  • Eliminating “double-dipping”

“None of these initiatives will be easy, but doing nothing is not an option,” Gullett said. “This plan forward will most definitely prompt the same scare-tactics and fear-mongering we always hear from those who would rather see our pension system go bankrupt. But I promise to have the courage as Mayor to fight for these reforms and make sure they happen. Taxpayers can’t afford the alternative.”

The Arizona Republic has reported heavily on the problems with the public pension system. The newspaper reported in an 8-part series last year: “Even as local governments and the state are slashing budgets, Arizonans are propping up public-pension systems that allow civil servants to retire in their 50s, receive annuities that can exceed $100,000 a year, and collect pensions while staying on the same job.”

A copy of the plan is available here.

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Arizona Taxpayer’s Action Committee Announces Endorsement of Jim Waring for Phoenix Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday August 1, 2011
CONTACT: info@arizonataxpayeraction.com

(Phoenix, AZ) – The Arizona Taxpayer Action Committee is pleased to announce the endorsement of former State Senator, Jim Waring, in the race for Phoenix City Council, District Two.

During his service in the Arizona State Senate, Jim Waring earned the title of ‘Champion’ and ‘Friend of the Taxpayer,’ a ranking bestowed by the Arizona Chapter of Americans for Prosperity, the largest grassroots taxpayer educational organization in the State of Arizona.

Shane Wikfors, Treasurer of the Arizona Taxpayer’s Action Committee, commented on the race, “Our expectations are high as we anticipate the difficult decisions ahead for the City of Phoenix but we believe Jim’s experience, wisdom and temperament will prevail in bringing sound fiscal sanity back to city governance.”

The Arizona Taxpayer’s Action Committee issued this critical endorsement days ahead of thousands of early ballots being mailed to Phoenix voters on Thursday, August 4th.

Candidates were asked a variety of questions related to tax rates, types of taxation, city budgeting, unions and the growth of city government. The survey is available online here.

“The race for District Two is the epitome of the battle between government unions and taxpayers,” Wikfors said. “We believe Jim Waring represents the interests of taxpayers and will hold special interest government unions in check,” he said.

The PAC is expected to make one final endorsements in the race for Phoenix Councils, District 3 and, in the mayoral and council races in Tucson.

The Arizona Taxpayer’s Action Committee (ATAC) is the largest taxpayer advocacy political action committee in Arizona. ATAC recently participated in and won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision eliminating the matching funds provision of Arizona’s “Clean Election” law.

For more information about the Arizona Taxpayer’s Action Committee, please visit www.ArizonaTaxpayerAction.com or email the committee at info@arizonataxpayeraction.com.

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Phoenix Councilman Bryan Jeffries makes “no perks – no pension” pledge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 27, 2011
CONTACT: Bryan Jeffries

PHOENIX – Phoenix District 2 City Councilman Bryan Jeffries today issues his “No-Perks – No Pension Pledge” that is a first in Phoenix government:

He has given up all city hall benefits, including the state elected official’s pension that comes with the job.

“These are tough times for Phoenicians. People are struggling with loss of income, jobs and even to make their mortgage payments. I have not taken any of the city hall “perks” that come with being a city councilman, and I am making sure Phoenix taxpayers are not paying for a pension for me,” Jeffries said.

Since taking office as the appointed replacement for the District 2 council seat vacancy, Councilman Jeffries has declined the health insurance, smart mobile phone and other “perks” normally allocated to each city council member. Since state law does not allow dropping out of the state elected official pension system, Councilman Jeffries has asked the City Manager to provide the bill for the city’s portion of the pension cost for him so he can write a check back to the city treasury.

“There’s a lot of follower-ship in politics today. My step is to set the bar for service on a citizens’ council and provide leadership by taking the step to save taxpayer money,” Jeffries emphasized.

Councilman Jeffries has already reduced the city council office expenditures by 67% since taking office. He has switched neighborhood meetings to Saturdays, using city fire stations for pancake breakfasts, meeting constituents during their off time.

“The pancake breakfasts allow families to come, meet their city hall representatives in their neighborhood, meet other neighbors, and I am doing it with either donations or out of my pocket, not the taxpayer’s money,” the District 2 councilman said.

Bryan Jeffries is the only Phoenix City Council member or candidate for Council to give back the perks and pension.

The “Jeffries Pledge” is”

I, Bryan Jeffries, as your City Councilman, recognize these are hard times for Phoenicians. People across our city have lost income, jobs, benefits and many are struggling to make their mortgage or rent payments.

I am giving back all the “city hall perks” – Phoenix taxpayers will not be paying for an elected official pension, health care, cell phone or other “perks” that Phoenix council members get. I am giving it back because during hard times, it sets the bar of leadership to simply do my part and help out.

I am not a career politician and I don’t need the elected official pension benefit. This is supposed to be a citizens’ council. It does not make sense to get more than other citizens have during tough times.

Each Council member and candidate has their own decision to make on the perks. This is how I will lead for District 2 neighbors.

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Arizona Taxpayer’s Action Committee: Phoenix, Tucson candidates, send us your survey/pledge!

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! All City of Phoenix and Tucson city council and mayoral candidates, we need your candidate survey returned to the Arizona Taxpayer’s Action Committee ASAP!

The survey can be accessed at this link: http://arizonataxpayeraction.com/documents/surveys/city/ATACCityCandidateSurvey2011.pdf

Thank You!

Peggy Neely Pledges to Repeal Food Tax

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14, 2011
CONTACT: Paul Bentz

Pullen: Neely the Best Candidate for Fiscal Reform

PHOENIX – Last year, Peggy Neely opposed the food tax and voted against the budget because of the lack of transparency. Today, Neely pledged to repeal the food tax – a move supported by former Arizona Republican Party Chairman and former candidate for Phoenix Mayor, Randy Pullen.

“Peggy Neely is the best candidate to promote fiscal reform,” said Pullen, “Employee pay raises have been given in a time of national and local austerity while city services have been cut. It is time for someone to shine a light on the budget process and make sure that City Hall is serving the taxpayers instead of themselves. Peggy is the right person to get the job done.”

“The food tax was proposed on a Monday and voted on a Tuesday,” said Neely, “Revenue was found to fill the budget hole before other alternatives were even offered. It is time to repeal the food tax and give Phoenix citizens an honest budget that protects the services that are important to our residents and lives within our means.”

Peggy Neely has proposed extensive budget reforms in her comprehensive policy plan titled “The Phoenix We Want,” which includes zero-based budgeting, finding efficiencies within all departments, regionalization of public services, and other cost savings.

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