VIDEO: What is Arizona’s Prop 123?

The first video by supporters of Prop 123 has debuted. Watch as parents and teachers explain what Prop 123 is and why they are supporting it on May 17th.

Outraged, Lt Col Rogers calls on Sheriff Babeu to exit AZ-1 Congressional Race

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On Wednesday, Wendy Rogers called for her opponent, Sheriff Paul Babeu to drop out of the race for Arizona’s first congressional district.  Shocking new allegations of abuse at a boarding house in Massachusetts run by Sheriff Babeu were detailed in an expose Tuesday night by ABC 15.  

“Today I call on Sheriff Babeu to do the right thing. Step down from this race. You are an embarrassment to the Republican Party, the state of Arizona, and our nation. We deserve better,” said Rogers.  

On the tape, Sheriff Babeu can be heard comparing the school’s treatment of children to boot camp.  Rogers, a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, had this to say, “I went through military officer training.  It built camaraderie, instilled honor, and made me the professional I am today.  My fellow veterans and I will not stand for Sheriff Babeu’s twisted attempt to justify cruelty to children.”

Rogers further explained, “Sheriff Babeu’s views are also completely at odds with what I have come to know as a foster parent and clinical social worker.  No child is hopeless. All children need and deserve compassion and understanding.”    

The Babeu campaign today released a statement saying, “These allegations prove nothing new.”  In response Rogers said, “His own campaign website touted his executive experience from having led this school as a qualification for elected office.  He held this as evidence of experience, while he knew EXACTLY what this school did.  He has lied to the voters about this, and continues to do so, even as this horrifying evidence comes to light.”

Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours Announces Re-Election Bid

Jerry Nabours(Flagstaff, AZ) – Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours has drawn petitions to run for re-election in 2016. Mayor Nabours was first elected in 2012 and again in 2014. The mayor’s term is two years.

Nabours says, “The last four years I have worked full time to represent Flagstaff with professionalism and integrity. My underlying goal is always to enhance the quality of life for Flagstaff residents.” Pointing to past successes, Nabours says, “Through my relationships with state officials the City has been able to secure a future water source, get substantial funding for forest thinning and start the process for a Veteran’s assisted living facility. During the last four years I have learned a lot and made many friends, always looking out for Flagstaff.”

Among the most challenging issues now facing Flagstaff, Nabours cites traffic and housing. He says “NAU has grown by thousands of students in the past four years and the Board of Regents is projecting more. That is our reality. The more we ignore the situation the less housing is available for non-student residents. We need creative solutions to solve both housing and traffic and I am working on both.”

Nabours serves on the executive committee of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns and is Vice-chair of the Greater Arizona Mayor’s Association. He is a retired lawyer and has lived in Flagstaff for 40 years. He is married and raised two children in Flagstaff.

The city election will be held in conjunction with county, state and federal offices on November 8th. City elections have no party designation. Nabours is a registered independent. The mayor is paid $36,000 per year.

Lt Col (ret) Wendy Rogers Launches Campaign for AZ01

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(Flagstaff, AZ) – Lt Col (ret) Wendy Rogers announced her candidacy for the first congressional district of Arizona today. The retired US Air Force pilot and conservative Republican business owner pledged to fight for conservative values, stronger national security and a restoration of the “culture of service” in Washington, DC.

“This is a campaign for the people and the values of AZ-1,” Rogers stated. “As a dawn-to-dusk, hardworking candidate, I plan to travel to the voters, so I can listen first-hand to them on their very doorsteps. I am passionate about taking their messages and stories back to Washington so they are heard,” she said. Arizona’s 1st Congressional District is roughly the size of the state of Georgia. Col Rogers, who owns her own small aircraft, will fly into all parts of the district.

Rogers noted, “For the past 150 years, my family has carried on a legacy of service to our country during times of danger. I strongly believe we need leaders in federal government who have firsthand working knowledge overcoming military and security challenges, especially during this dangerous era as America faces terrorist groups like ISIS.” She continued, “I also believe Washington DC appallingly lacks a ‘culture of service’. Politicians forget it is they who work for us, the American people, not we who work for them. Electing more career politicians is not the way to fix this.”

For her mission, Col Rogers unequivocally states, “I am running for Congress because I am called to serve and have been gifted with unique qualifications to accomplish the mission to make America safer and restore the “culture of service” in our government.”

Rogers’s congressional priorities will be to:

  • Strengthen our national security and border security;

  • Defend Arizona landowners and small businesses from federal overreach and return federally-controlled land to the state of Arizona;

  • Safeguard our water and mineral rights and our international treasure, the Grand Canyon;

  • Stand up for farmers, ranchers, our 2nd Amendment rights, and the rural way of life;

  • Protect the rights of veterans, retirees, and the Native American population;

  • Put an end to the culture of cronyism and corruption in Washington.

Lt Col (ret) Wendy Rogers and her husband Hal are both retired career US Air Force officers. Since 1997, they’ve owned a home inspection business covering four counties spanning northern to southern Arizona. Col Rogers is a businesswoman, teacher, social worker and grandmother. She and Hal own their retirement home in the midst of where they do business in Flagstaff, Arizona. Please visit WendyRogers.org for more information.

POLL: Maricopa County Voters Say Raise Age to 21 to Buy Tobacco, Keep Coyotes in Glendale

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Poll also shows voters want Arizona Coyotes to stay in Glendale

(Phoenix, AZ) — Only adults 21 and over should be able to buy tobacco products, according to a new poll of Maricopa County voters.

Of the 584 respondents to a poll conducted Dec. 29 by MBQF Consulting and Marson Media, 72 percent said they support increasing the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. Just 28 percent oppose the move.

The poll also found Maricopa County voters prefer the Arizona Coyotes remain in Glendale, 55-45. And finally, Maricopa County approve of Indian tribes opening Las Vegas-style casinos off traditional reservation land by a margin of 45-39.

“It is clear among all political stripes that voters want to increase the legal age to buy tobacco to 21,” said Barrett Marson, CEO of Marson Media. “As cities in Maricopa County consider these proposals, they can move forward knowing voters support the move.”

Mike Noble Added, “What was interesting was that support to increase the legal age was basically the same between Republicans, Democrats and Independent voters.”

Despite spotty attendance performance throughout its years in Glendale, voters don’t support moving the Arizona Coyotes to a downtown Phoenix or East Valley location, the poll found. The team has said it will explore a move to a new arena downtown or could build an arena on the Salt River Pima Indian Community near Scottsdale.

“The Coyotes are locked in a battle with Glendale but voters actually prefer the team stays in the Gila River Arena,” said Mike Noble, CEO of MBQF Consulting.

As for Indian gaming, county voters appear OK with tribes opening casinos off of traditional reservation land. The Tohono O’odham recently opened a casino near Glendale though it lacks table games like blackjack that are at other casinos.

“Voters don’t mind Indian casinos in the metropolitan area even if they are operated by tribes far away,” Marson said.

In the automated telephonic non-partisan survey of 584 high efficacy voters, conducted on December 29, the survey calculates a 4.06% theoretical margin of error, plus or minus in percentage points.

For more information about this survey, or a summary of topline data and wording, please contact Mike Noble or Barrett Marson.

Steve Henry & Lando Voyles: Drive Hammered, Get Nailed

HenryVoylesBannerLaw & Order Team Vigilant for the Holidays – Keeping families safe in Pinal County from DUI related incidents

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(Florence, AZ) — Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles and Steve Henry announced a new coordinated DUI enforcement effort during the holiday season.

Steve Henry stated, “Every year PCSO makes a push during the holiday season to keep impaired and drunk drivers off the road.  Nothing is worse than one of our officers being called to a scene where a drunk driver has severely injured or killed another fellow citizen.  Since 2012 we have arrested just over 840 of these impaired individuals during these coordinated efforts.”

Pinal County is spread out and travel time is much higher compared to more metropolitan areas like Phoenix.  More distance means more chance of an impaired driver causing harm or property damage.

County Attorney Lando Voyles stated, “Just this year alone the Pinal County Attorney’s office has a 98% conviction rate on 401 charged DUI cases.  This is made possible to continued cooperation between PCSO and the County Attorney’s office.”

Steve Henry & Lando Voyles stated,  “We have been on the front lines of enforcement and our number one goal is to keep our fellow citizens and families of Pinal County safe.  That is why it is critical we elect qualified leaders to continue keeping Pinal County a safe place to live, work and raise a family.”

They also added, “Please be extra cautious this holiday season, do not drive impaired and if you do plan on drinking please designate a driver.”

AG Mark Brnovich Files Petition to Remove Commissioner Bitter Smith From Office

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Phoenix, AZ – Attorney General Mark Brnovich today filed a Petition for Special Action to remove Arizona Corporation Commissioner (“Commissioner”) Susan Bitter Smith from office. The Petition filed this morning in the Arizona Supreme Court is the result of an ongoing investigation regarding an alleged violation of a conflict of interest statute. The Attorney General’s Office alleges Bitter Smith is ineligible to hold office because of her conflict of interest as a registered lobbyist and executive for a trade association of cable companies regulated by the Arizona Corporation Commission (“Commission”).

“Arizonans deserve fair and impartial regulators,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “We filed this case today to protect the integrity of the Commission and to restore the faith of Arizona voters in the electoral process. Arizona law clearly prohibits a Commissioner from receiving substantial compensation from companies regulated by the Commission.”

On September 2, 2015, the Attorney General’s Office (“AGO”) launched an investigation into Bitter Smith after receiving a formal complaint against her. The AGO investigation found Bitter Smith receives over $150,000 per year for her trade association work, on top of her $79,500 salary as a Commissioner.  Arizona State Statute 40-101 prohibits Commissioners from being employed by or holding an official relationship to companies regulated by the Commission. The law also prohibits Commissioners from having a financial interest in regulated companies. Section 40-101 promotes ethics in government and prevents conflicts of interest.

Bitter Smith is the executive director and designated lobbyist for the Southwest Cable Communications Association, a trade association for cable companies in Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. She is also registered as a lobbyist for two affiliates of Cox Communications. The other members of the trade association regulated by the Commission are affiliates of Comcast, Suddenlink, and Time Warner.  Bitter Smith’s salary constitutes 40-percent of SWCCA’s budget. She works as a “CEO” over all of SWCCA’s operational aspects and as its designated and only lobbyist.

The Commission regulates many public utilities in Arizona, including local telephone providers. Because cable companies or their affiliates offer telephone service, often as part of a “bundle” with television and Internet, they are regulated by the Commission. Commissioners are representatives of the people, elected to office with specific constitutional and statutory duties. They must be free of conflicts both at the point of election and during tenure in office. Bitter Smith’s conflicts existed at the time of her election in 2012 and continue to exist today, therefore, she cannot remedy them and must be removed from office.

For a copy of the Petition for Special Action, CLICK HERE.

For a look at the exhibits attached to the Petition, CLICK HERE.

Poll: Trump Impact On Republican Chances In 2016

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Trump nomination cuts GOP motivation, and turns many GOP voters against other Republican candidates

(Phoenix, AZ) — MBQF, a public affairs consulting firm, announced the results of a recent survey commissioned by Insight Consulting, an Arizona firm, concerning GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and the effect his nomination by the Republican Party would have on voters in Arizona.

The results from the survey shows the results a Trump nomination would have on high efficacy Republican and Independent/PND primary voters across Arizona represented by likely 2016 turnout models.

In the most recent automated telephonic survey of 818 high efficacy voters, conducted on November 25, 2015, the survey calculates a 3.43% theoretical margin of error, plus or minus in percentage points, 95% of the time.

Michael Noble, who conducted the poll explained that “this poll isn’t about whether Trump wins if he is the nominee; it’s about what effect a Trump nomination by the Republican party would have on other Republican candidates.  We wanted to look into the ‘down ballot’ effect Trump as the Republican nominee would have on the 2016 elections.”

Paul Walker, who commissioned the poll issued the following statement: “The 2016 election, like all elections, is about turning out voters – making them motivated to go to the polls or cast early ballots.  Today, Republicans are 91.4 percent “very motivated” to vote next year; Democrats are 83.8 percent “very motivated”; but a Trump nomination changes the numbers.  30.5 percent of high efficacy Republicans become less motivated to vote next year with a Trump nomination, and 20.5 percent become unlikely to support other Republican candidates.  We lose if our voters stay home, and we lose badly if 20.5 percent of high efficacy Republican voters vote against other Republican candidates for other offices.”

Michael Noble explained that Trump’s effect on Independent and PND voters would make Republican campaign strategy much more complex: “A Trump nomination costs Republicans their own support – but it increases the chances of picking up Independent voters.  A Trump nomination makes 50.9 percent of Independent/PND voters more likely to vote next year; while 28.45 percent become less motivated – so you have a net 20.5 percent increase in Independent motivation to vote.  But again, 30.5 percent of Republican voters become less motivated.  So it’s a net loss for Republicans.  Furthermore, Independents are not a homogenous block, obviously.  Many issues effect their votes – so Republican candidates will have less of the GOP base, and would have to chase Independent votes harder: That means campaign messaging and tone have to appeal to more Independents to make up for the loss of GOP support.”

Noble explained that Independents become slightly more likely to support Republicans if Trump is the Republican nominee: “When we asked whether they become more or less likely to support other Republican candidates for other races, 39 percent of Independent/PND voters said more likely and 29 percent said less likely. So there’s an opportunity there, but Republican campaigns will have to have a very different approach to the 2016 election with Trump carrying the Republican banner.  And with 30.5 percent of Republicans becoming less motivated, and 20.5 percent voting against their own party’s candidates in other races, well… The outlook isn’t good.”

Walker added: “While the Trump effect on Independent voters is complicated, the effect on high efficacy Republicans is not; it’s hard to win when nearly a third of your base is less motivated, and it’s nearly impossible to win when 20.5 percent of your base says they are less likely to support other Republicans for other offices.”

For more information about this survey, or a summary of topline data and wording, please contact MBQF Consulting. The margin of error for this survey is +/-3.43%.

Gov. Ducey’s Republican Education Plan Earns Support of AZ Democratic Party Leader

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Ducey Plan Solves One of Arizona’s Oldest and Most Politically Controversial Issues: Education Funding
PHOENIX – This morning Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party congratulated his counterpart, Arizona Democratic Party Chairwoman Alexis Tameron, on her announcement yesterday of her support of Gov. Doug Ducey’s Education Funding Plan. The measure, Proposition 123, will be on the ballot in May of 2016. If approved by voters it will increase K-12 funding by $3.5 billion over the next ten years.
 
“Governor Ducey is a true leader, and he’s put together a plan to address one of Arizona’s most difficult and controversial issues without putting more pressure on hardworking taxpayers,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “Even the Democrat leadership knows a great leader with a great idea when they see one, and we’re happy to see more and more Democrat Party leaders acknowledge the hard work of our Republican legislature and Governor Ducey, and saying publicly they’re voting for it.”
 
“I want to thank the Chairwoman for publicly announcing her support,” Graham added.
 
Governor Ducey’s plan highlights are here:
 
 
Governor Ducey’s remarks upon signing the legislation to refer the plan to the ballot are here:
 
 
Arizona Democratic Party Chairwoman Alexis Cameron’s remarks, broadcast on 12 News’ “Sunday Square Off” on November 8th, will be available here:
 

SOS Michele Reagan: Grand Canyon State home to nearly 3.3 million voters

Phoenix – The latest voter registration figures have been released and according to Secretary of State Michele Reagan, the number of registered voters has grown to 3,299,906, an increase of 47,219 since the last report in July.

Of the state’s 3.29 million voters, 34% are Republicans, 28% are Democrats and 36% have either registered with independent parties or not designated a party preference.

Libertarians and members of the Green party make up a little less than one percent of the state’s total registration while the Americans Elect Party has enrolled 500 voters since joining the state’s other recognized political parties in 2011.

“I’m pleased to see the number of registered voters increase by more than forty thousand,” said Secretary Reagan.  “As the state gears up for an exciting 2016 election cycle, including a presidential election, I’m confident our registration totals will continue to grow.

“It’s important to remember, Arizona’s “open primary” provisions do not apply to the presidential preference election. In order to cast a ballot in the March 22nd election, “independents” must be registered with a political party by February 22, 2016.  Our Voting Rights Ambassadors continue to travel the state connecting with schools, clubs and civic groups to educate voters on the process and encourage citizens to participate!”

The latest voter registration figures compiled by county, congressional district and legislative district are available on Arizona.Vote, this link http://bit.ly/1ku1CAg or by calling 1-877-THE-VOTE.