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.

ORGANIZATION SCORE RANK
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).

 

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.

www.fightforarizona.com

 

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.

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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

 

Obrewercare Loses in Court!  Do the Vocabulary Governor Brewer.

The State Court of Appeals ruled on April 22nd that the Arizona Principled Republican Legislators can sue to stop OBrewercare, Governor Brewer’s plan to bring the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion to Arizona.  The 36 Legislators say the process to pass Obrewercare is illegal.

Stop OBrewercare in Arizona!

Stop OBrewercare in Arizona!

Last year Governor Brewer called a Special Session and nine House republicans joined the Democrats to shove the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion down our throats.

The 36 Principled Republican Legislators sued because the people of Arizona have said that if you want to raise our taxes then we require a two-thirds majority not a simple majority.  (The AZ Constitution requires a two-third majority vote to raise taxes due to Proposition 108 passed in 2008.)  The Governor’s team tried to argue that the legislature itself decides if and when they want to follow which parts of the Constitution.  Brewer says that they decided they only needed nine republicans to cross over, or in her words, a majority, because they could not get a super-majority vote.

The courts have ruled that when the people pass a proposition requiring a two-thirds majority then you have to have a two-thirds majority.

Now the case can go to court.  The case itself is about if a tax is a tax because according to Brewer if she calls it a “fee” or an “assessment” then it is not a “tax”.  Because she says so.

Brewer also says that Medicaid Expansion is not Obamacare.

Brewer also says that Common Core is not Common Core anymore because she says.

To be clear, all that has been decided is that the case can go to court.

The Governor’s response to the ruling is interesting:  “Legislators can vote on a bill, lose on the bill, then take it to court and win.  That to me doesn’t make any sense.”

There you have it.  The Governor of Arizona does not understand that the courts exist as a check and balance to the legislative and executive branches of government.  The Governor who has sued her own legislative body is shocked that her tyrannical actions are questionable in court.

OBrewercare is alive in court.  Governor Brewer is being forced to follow the Arizona Constitution and the will of the people.  The will as the people intended it not the will of her advisors not the will of the greedy lobbyists and not the will of the crony capitalists.  Arizona needs to elect Principled Republicans in the Primary this August.

Fight for an Arizona Conservative majority in 2014

Join the Alliance.

Alliance of Principled Conservatives   –  www.fightforarizona.com

The Lie that is Michele Reagan

The Lie that is Michele Reagan

Senator Michele Reagan from Legislative District 23 is the most effective traitor to ever serve in the Arizona Legislator.  Michele can currently be found skipping through the state asking you to forgive her, again, for banding with a traitorous group of Republicans and voting, again, with the Democrats, and oh pretty please can you not add her name on that censure. Michele has been a traitor not once not twice but three separate times granting her the distinct status as “the traitor who has survived” and is now so emboldened by her ability to make excuses for rolling the Senate President and bringing Obrewercare to Arizona that she is asking for a promotion! She wants to be the next Secretary of State – yikes!

To prove that good silver-tongued politicians from Chicago are not solely confined to the Democrat party Michele is now running through the legislative district circuit spinning her vote for Obrewercare.  And just in case you want to try and argue her mastery of the “excuse” she delivers by changing her story for different LD’s proving her knack for being consistently inconsistent.

Michele’s LD23 version was reported in the Arizona Freedom Alliance, “I voted yes to be sure it passed and went to the House.  The House is much more conservative than the Senate and I expect them to strip the medicaid expansion out of that bill before sending it back to the Senate” Huh?  AFA calls this a tad convoluted and speculates that she was attempting to help secure a 2/3 majority.  But Michele is already spinning on over to LD18 with the line that it was a calculated parliamentarian move so she could make a motion to reconsider but the Governor messed it all up with the Special Session … O.K?  One itty bitty detail Michele, the motion to reconsider needs to be made before it leaves the body, so why didn’t you make the motion?

The validity of the excuse is tainted because not once, not twice, but THREE times Michele sided with a small drove of Republicans, and 100% of the Democrat caucus, in a hostile act against the Republican principle of limited government.

In May of 2004 Michele voted “YEA” with 14 Republicans for Democrat Janet Napolitano’s budget to raise the state budget more than a billion dollars. The Senate President at the time stated “The liberals defied every principle of the Republican Party. We had commitments, but this was betrayed by dishonest people. They worked behind the scenes with the governor.”

No Republican that voted for the 2004 budget is currently serving in an elected office except for Michele Reagan. 

In 2008 Michele willingly joined three Republicans, 100% of the Democrats and Governor Napolitano to deliver another deficit producing budget HB2209 by a 31 yes to 29 no vote.

No Republican that voted for the 2008 budget is currently serving in an elected office except for Michele Reagan.

So this May Michele, again, joins 5 Republicans and votes ‘YEA’ for Obrewercare, SB1492,  in the middle of the night after Senator McComish made a motion to suspend the rules to stop Senate President Andy Biggs from trying to save Arizona from the train-wreck that is Obamacare.

It is crystal clear – Michele voted for Obrewercare. Michele attended meetings where they plotted how they would force this down our throats.  Michele attended the pizza party the Governor threw on the 9th floor during a break.  And now Michele is again making excuses.

Just in case you want to fall for dear old Michele’s spell that convinces folks that RINO horn is really an elephant trunk then remember in April 2006 she voted, again, with 100% of the Democrat caucus and with 2 Republicans ‘NAY’ against HB 2666 – Notarized Parental Consent for Abortions. Nothing Republican there.  Then in 2009 she sponsors bill HB2544 to teach sex education in the Kindergarten classroom.  Nothing Republican there.

Michele with full purpose and intent has cast herself into the role of traitor.  Whatever character flaw you want to contribute to an elected official who will intentionally vote against the Senate President, the Speaker of the House, their own caucus and the wishes of the Precinct committeemen who walked for them, made phone calls for them, and who gave them money and then passed a resolution taking an unequivocal stand you cannot excuse this knife in all these backs. 

It is time for all Republicans take a stand and hold those we elect accountable for their votes.

Come on Republicans. Censure Michele Reagan and do not give her the opportunity to stab our Republicans in the back again.

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The Senate Brewercrats:

BILL STATUS VOTES FOR SB1492 – Third Reading

Member Name Vote Member Name Vote Member Name Vote
Ed Ableser Y Nancy Barto N David Bradley Y
Judy Burges N Olivia Cajero Bedford Y Rich Crandall Y
Chester Crandell N Adam Driggs Y Steve Farley Y
Steve Gallardo Y Gail Griffin N Katie Hobbs Y
Jack Jackson Jr. Y Leah Landrum Taylor Y Linda Lopez Y
John McComish Y Barbara McGuire Y Al Melvin N
Robert Meza Y Rick Murphy N Lynne Pancrazi Y
Steve Pierce Y Michele Reagan Y Don Shooter N
Anna Tovar Y Kelli Ward N Bob Worsley Y
Steve Yarbrough N Kimberly Yee N Andy Biggs N

 

AYES: 19   NAYS: 11   NOT VOTING: 0   EXCUSED: 0   VACANT: 0

 

UPDATE: Hospitals Paying Traitors for Their Yes Votes on OBrewercare

Monday’s, September 23′s, Yellow Sheet Report reported that the Friday, September 20 fundraiser thrown by the health care-industrial complex for their bought-and-paid-for legislators (Sens. McComish [LD 18], Pierce [LD1], Driggs [LD 28], and Worsley [LD 25], and Reps. Shope [LD 8], McGee [LD28], Carter [LD 15], Coleman [LD 16], Dial [LD 18], Goodale [LD 5], Orr [LD 9], Pratt [LD 8], and Robson [LD 18]) who voted to expand Medicaid rolls under Obamacare is expected to raise $350,000 meaning that the 13 Republican traitors for whom the event was thrown will receive almost $27,000 for their campaign warchests in exchange for their votes assuming the cash is split evenly.  The article states that the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association is holding another fundraiser for these traitors in roughly a month on October 23.  Assuming that this upcoming fundraiser collects as much as the one on September 20, the hospital-industrial complex will be halfway to fulfilling their promise to give turncoat legislators $100,000 for their campaign warchests.

To additionally show that this is a quid pro quo, note that the recipients of this campaign cash DIRECTLY matches the traitorous Republicans that voted to expand Arizona’s medicaid program under Obamacare’s provisions (HB 2010 in the First Special Session of the 51st Legislature).  Also, the Yellow Sheet reports that a lobbyist at the event stated that the fundraiser was to support those Republicans that voted for OBrewercare who would likely face primary opposition .  The unnamed lobbyist indicated that the hospital-industrial complex crony corporatists wanted to do “everything we can to assist them.”  In other words, the traitors lined the hospitals’ pockets, now, it’s time for the health care industry pay these corrupt politicans back by giving them the resources necessary to be nigh undefeatable in an election.

Keep an eye out, voters.  We could be seeing two additional fundraisers for these criminals and it will give them almost insurmountable cash to ensure that they are re-elected.  Not only did these people take money out of your pocket to line their own, but they are also trying to subvert your choice in who represents you.  You should be very angry.  Again, follow the money.  When their campaign finance reports come out, read them.  Learn exactly who is pulling their strings.  FINANCIALLY support their primary opponents!  Tell everyone you can about what you know about these criminals that are fleecing you.  Remember what you’ve learned when you go to the polls and urge your friends to do the same.

OBrewercare Traitors Get Paid for Their Votes

Tonight, those traitorous Republicans in the Arizona state legislature who voted for Medicaid expansion are getting paid for their yes votes on OBrewercare by the hospital-industrial complex. The Governor is hosting a fundraiser for Sens. Steve Pierce, John McComishAdam Driggs, and  Bob Worsley, and Reps. Heather Carter, Kate McGee, Doug Coleman, Jeff Dial, Doris Goodale, Ethan Orr, Frank Pratt, Bob Robson, and T.J. Shope at the home of hospital CEO Reg Ballantyne. This is, quite clearly, a quid pro quo: they’re getting paid off for their yes votes to swell the rolls of Medicaid recipients at the cost of not only sick people (via a bed tax), but the American taxpayer as well (via increased Medicaid payments from the feds to Arizona, then to the hospitals). There is no other way to characterize this as anything but legal corruption.  The Governor, the legislators, consultants Chuck Coughlin and Peter Burns, and the hospital-industiral complex donors should all be going to prison for a very long time for corruption.

To fully illustrate that this is a quid pro quo, harken back to Loren Heal’s article on the subject on FreedomWorks.org‘s website on June 13 of this year. In that article, Heal stated that in August of 2012, a “consortium of the state’s hospitals, insurers, and left-wing groups” hired consultant Chuck Coughlin of High Ground and socialized medicine proponent and leftist Peter Burns to ensure that Medicaid expansion, a part of Obamacare, was passed in Arizona. Coughlin, who is the Governor’s puppeteer, told Brewer to push for expansion. As if Brewer were a ventriloquist’s dummy sitting on Coughlin’s lap, she parroted what Coughlin told her to say in her State of the State address in January 2013: expand Medicaid as Obamacare directs. According to beforeitsnews.com, Rep. Warren Petersen stated that Coughlin held a fundraiser to show legislators that if they voted for expanding Medicaid under Obamacare, the hospital-industrial complex could help raise money to give them immense campaign warchests for their re-election efforts. Well, enough traitorous Republicans took the bait, voted for OBrewercare, and tonight, they’re getting their payoff. While the invite, sent out by Rep. Heather Carter, suggests a $500 donation for each legislator, rumor has it that the hospital-industrial complex donors have to have $6,500 to get in the door ($500 for EACH)! That’s how they plan on rewarding each one of these traitors with at least $100K for their 2014 campaigns.

Follow the money, people. This is corporate cronyism at its worst. Hospitals have used the power of government to take money right out of your pocket to line their own pockets. The perpetrators should be punished severely, but they likely will not be. If the failure to put Obamacare on the ballot is any indication, you are not mad enough at these criminals and they will have the warchests necessary to keep their seats and the low-information masses will re-elect them. Until you get angry enough to change things, expect more of this in the future. Call these legislators. Shame them (granted, they are shameless since their actions are so brazen)…but you’ve GOT to do more than shame them: you’ve GOT to collect signatures for their opponents, DONATE to their opponents, talk to your neighbors about how corrupt these corporate cronies are, and VOTE against them AND get your NEIGHBORS to vote against them too. If you’re NOT THAT angry, you’re not paying attention.

Give yourself an Obamacare / Medicaid Expansion Waiver

Who wants Obamacare?

Capitol Hill employees say “NO”.  Members of Congress and Hill Aides say “NO”.

IRS employees say “NO”.  IRS Employees Just Say ‘No!’ to Obamacare.

Teamsters Union says “NO.”  Union Bosses:’ObamaCare Will Destroy Health of Americans.

Brewer & the 15 Rogue Republicans say “YES”.

Join URAPC and say “NO.”  Sign the petition and give yourself a waiver.

Waivers are flying out of the Obama office for everyone BUT the Alliance – precinct committeemen, hard-working taxpayers and small business owners. Calling or writing your Representatives will not help you. This is you against your government – so help yourself and fill up a petition. Give a friend a petition.

Right now – this is your only power.  It is true – YOU and “We The People” can stop Obamacare and the Medicaid Expansion in Arizona.  When the signatures are validated – it stops.

The establishment has a different plan. They believe you should let the Medicaid Expansion go into effect in January and then they want you to work really, really hard to get Republicans elected in 2014 and then they want you to believe those Republicans will vote this all away.

I do not believe that.

And what about the next session?  What will happen then?

What will the Governor agree to just to get her education agenda passed?
Will Brewer call a “special session” put in new leadership and pass the Obamacare Exchanges?
Will Brewer run for Governor again?
Will Brewer offer amnesty to the illegals in AZ?

Who do you believe?

Give yourself a waiver – sign the petition.

www.urapc.org

 

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.

The Alliance of Principled Conservatives Stands for Founding Principles


In 1776 the British monarchy hired the Hessian mercenaries to terrorize the colonists in the New World. Ideas like “freedom” and “representation” were considered extreme and radical.

Today in Arizona we face a Governor willing to bypass the checks and balances put in place by our Founding Fathers. A Governor who purposely uses special privileges as a weapon against elected legislators. A Governor who is willing to subvert the spirit of the constitution, call a special session and suspend the rules just to force the largest socialistic takeover in U.S. history – the Obamacare/Medicaid Expansion – upon the people she was elected to serve.

She trampled on our rights. She took away our right to fair representation.  The end result of her actions will eventually lead to the full implementation of Obamacare which will force Arizonans to buy taxed tea ..oops.. I mean Federal health insurance.

Our Government is trampling on our freedoms at the National and State level.

The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives is also labeled “extreme” and “fringe.” URAPC has risen up with pens and clipboards in hand to stop Obamacare using volunteer grassroots Arizonans. So the Governor’s Team forms an opposing committee that throws around outrageous accusations that if URAPC is   “successful, there are a lot of people who are going to get harmed” and then threatening “we’re going to be as aggressive as possible to get out to the public.” 

  • They cannot win on the issues.
  • They cannot get a bill passed without suspending the rules, and threatening to remove the President and Speaker.
  • Now they are “aggressively” misleading a.k.a. lying to people to stop us from gathering signatures.

In spite of a well funded $150,000 campaign to stop the gathering of signatures the Alliance of volunteer Republican Principled Conservatives grows. 

Swelling the ranks are activists who have been discouraged by the lack of conviction, the lack of pride in the basic Republican tenets of limited government and individual responsibility, and the courage to stand and say “that is wrong get out of the tent.”

URAPC is committed to maintaining the deep individualist spirit of Arizona and restoring freedom from an obtrusive government by leading the way to Veto Governor Brewer’s Medicaid Expansion.

Join us today and fill out a petition today!

www.urapc.org

Rep. Paul Boyer: Budget Process Was Not “Democracy In Action”

As a legislative liaison for an agency of the executive branch, I witnessed numerous budgets from their initial framework through the finished product, including negotiations and committee hearings. I was also a House majority staffer, where I helped outline and communicate several state budgets. It was shocking and frustrating to have my first budget as a state legislator be the least transparent in recent memory.

It is unprecedented for the Legislature to pass a budget without an Appropriations Committee hearing and public input. That happened here. It is also unprecedented for a sponsor to refuse to answer a single question on budget bills in his or her name. That happened here.

Further, our Committee of the Whole, which includes all members, gathers to debate and shape bills. That did not happen here. In our case, the only debate that mattered convened behind closed doors with the governor and a handful of lawmakers who made a deal to pass the governor’s Medicaid expansion.

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The Gov. Jan Brewer’s legislative cadre consists of 24 Democrats and nine Republicans in the House. They passed what is arguably the largest federal takeover of Arizona’s economy in state history with her Medicaid-expansion plan. They accomplished this through suspending House rules, refusing to answer questions and prohibiting public testimony.

We repeatedly asked the budget sponsor, Rep. Frank Pratt, R-Casa Grande, to answer questions on the 654 pages of budget bills and amendments in his name. He refused to answer a single question, later saying he wanted to keep the budget process as short as possible.

The governor’s spokesman had the audacity to call these actions “democracy in action.” It’s unnerving to suggest suspending the rules, refusing public input, pushing a budget through without an Appropriations Committee hearing, passing amendments with no time to read them and refusing to answer questions, democracy in action.

Supporters argue this violation of the process was acceptable because they believe the Medicaid expansion is good policy. Regardless, we should always respect the process. We have three branches of government, not two.

While the legislative and executive branches may not always agree, it is critical we have mutual respect and honor the integrity of the process. That did not happen here.

The public still needs to know what impact this budget and massive government expansion will have on our economy.

Does this budget spend more than we bring in? For example, the governor said her budget spends $15 million less over three years than the conservative House budget. However, she does not include her hospital bed tax in this equation and actually counts that against new spending, which is actually $286 million higher than our budget.

If the state Capitol is truly the people’s house, then the people have a right to know what the Legislature is proposing before we pass it.

Arizonans sent us here to discuss and debate what we pass publicly so all Arizonans know how the Legislature is spending their tax dollars.

And that wasn’t all of it. The Governor’s legislative caucus was ready to push out her Medicaid expansion and her budget in one day until the Rules attorney told them couldn’t without 2/3rds (40 Members), an Arizona Constitutional requirement and they only had 33 votes.

They were also prepared to remove the Speaker and the President if Leadership didn’t do what they wanted. One freshman legislator was quoted as saying they would remove Speaker Tobin if “he didn’t play nice,” when the entire time we all knew they had a vehicle to get Medicaid expansion up to the Governor (SB 1057) and we just put our conservative House budget on the Appropriations agenda for that Thursday. Given they had 33 votes, they could’ve easily added whatever they wanted to what we passed out of Appropriations, i.e. none of this was necessary. They still could have pushed for everything they wanted without violating the process and giving Arizonans a chance to weigh in and know exactly what they were passing. Most of the Governor’s legislative caucus didn’t even know what they voted for.

Not to mention President Andy Biggs found out about the Special Session from a reporter as he was driving home. I was with House Leadership when we found out about the Special Session that began at 5pm on Tuesday after it had already begun.

Representative Justin Olson from his floor testimony was correct. The Governor and her legislative cadre have promised entitlements we will never be able to pay for. And the core, necessary services government is obligated to provide will suffer as a result, along with every other legislative priority.

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Republican State Representative Paul Boyer, represents Legislative District 20, which covers parts of Phoenix and Glendale. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

American Commitment Thanks Arizona’s True Conservatives

American Commitment released the following video showing footage of the true conservatives in the Arizona House of Representatives standing up to a Machiavellian move by Governor Brewer, the entire Democrat delegation and nine rogue Republicans.

Sonoran Alliance also thanks the conservatives in the House who understand the horrific long-term fiscal impact that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion will have on the State of Arizona, long after Governor Brewer makes her exit from public service. These men and women cannot be held responsible for the damage that this bad law will have on Arizona citizens. They stood their ground and for that, we are grateful.

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Washington Examiner: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer rams through Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion

Reposted from the Washington Examiner for all the blind followers or corporate cronyists of Governor Brewer.

By Philip Klein
Senior Editorial Writer

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, working with Democrats against members of her own party, rammed through a vast expansion of the Medicaid program under Obamacare through the state legislature, putting federal taxpayers on the hook for billions of dollars in health care spending.

Despite claiming to oppose President Obama’s health care law, Brewer embraced one of the law’s most expensive provisions — a Medicaid expansion — in January, under the influence of lobbying from the hospital industry.

Brewer then spent the past several months trying to coax reluctant members of her own party to back the measure. When that failed, she called a special session of the state legislature, and formed an alliance with Democrats to ram the bill through the state House at 3:40 am this morning.

As a result of the lawsuit that Arizona was a part of, the Supreme Court ruled that states must be given the option of whether or not to accept the expansion of Medicaid that was part of the health care law. It is expected to pass through the senate.

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Rep Warren Petersen: Why Conservatives Oppose Expansion of Obamacare

Warren PetersenThe battle over the Arizona expansion of Obamacare resembles the fight between David and Goliath. The pro-expansion team has millions of dollars, powerful lobbyists, support from all Democratic legislators, most if not all of the media and a few Republicans who have defected to their cause.

You’ve probably heard radio ads, watched commercials on ESPN or received a full page glossy mailer promoting their “conservative plan.” The only problem is that conservative legislators do not support it.

Here are a few reasons why.

We don’t fall for optical illusions. When the pro-expansion team bused in 300 people to their last rally, we knew that their support was a charade. When they say 63,000 people will lose coverage, we knew that it was not true. Those currently on Medicaid will still have coverage with or without the expansion. Even if it was true, they could get insurance from exchanges with any minimum wage job. We know that it is money and not compassion that is driving this train. A train that Harry Reid (U.S. Senate majority leader) said will wreck without the appropriation of more federal funds.

We stick to the facts and know that the budget put forth by Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs will not drain the rainy day fund or kick people off Medicaid. It does, however, include a request to renew our federal waiver. The pro-expansion team has said the waiver has been denied when, in reality, it has not. Cutting and pasting a web FAQ directed to 50 states is not the same as formally submitting your plan and receiving a denial letter. Ironically, this is the same argument the Democrats made when we last requested a waiver. They said we couldn’t get it, but we did. Will they deny that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled you can’t coerce people into expansion?

Another fact is that expansion doesn’t deal with health care of poor children. We are talking about a select group of adults of whom many have incomes above the poverty level. We are not talking about disabled people who cannot work. They have and will continue to have Medicaid coverage.

We have learned from history that we can afford to wait a year with or without the waiver as Arizona was the last state to implement Medicaid. We waited about 20 years and now it consumes one of every four dollars we spend. Obamacare is going to implode, which even the pro-expansion team admits. When it does, the expansion will go with it. It would be foolish to add onto something that is unraveling prior to implementation.

We know the numbers don’t add up. Conservatives don’t raise taxes on hospitals as a gimmick to draw down federal funds and they don’t put hundreds of thousands of people on a welfare program that will cost billions. Billions will be added to the national debt of which some will be used to fund abortions. Fortunately, half of the states have now refused the expansion. They took advantage of this rare opportunity to cut federal spending.

We believe in the American dream, which depends on every able bodied American to contribute and work. As mentioned before, a minimum wage job qualifies a person for health care exchange coverage. This will increase wealth and allow further contributions to society. Ours is a society that has been the most prosperous in the world because it promises that people can keep what they earn. Nations that guarantee benefits others have earned fail. Conservatives understand that and know that expansion is nothing more than massive growth of the welfare state and a direct threat to our long-term economic health.

Warren Petersen serves the citizens of Legislative District 12. He and his wife and children reside in the Town of Gilbert. For more information, visit his Facebook page.

The “People’s Veto” – Stop Obrewercare in Arizona.

Additional information is available at: www.urapc.org

On Tuesday former Arizona State Senators Frank Antenori and Ron Gould formed a committee named “The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives,” or URAPC. The committee was formed for the purpose of stopping Obamacare and its associated Tax on hospital stays. Defeating Governor Brewer’s ill conceived and unconstitutional legislation must be referred to the ballot so it can be vetoed by the people of Arizona.

The Republican Precinct Committeemen of Arizona, united in their effort overwhelmingly passed resolutions opposing the Governors proposed expansion of Medicaid (AHCCS), a key component of Obamacare stating:
“The Voters of Arizona clearly expressed their will to reject implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) when they voted to amend the Arizona Constitution via Proposition 106 in 2010. The State of Arizona cannot afford to be saddled with the costs of implementing this federal program, AND the People of Arizona do not support Obamacare, assisting in the implementation of Obamacare, or subsidizing the Federal Government’s implementation Obamacare with State funds.” The PC resolutions continued to explicitly reject hidden tax increases and new entitlement programs.

Upon hearing of these resolutions, Governor Brewer openly mocked and ridiculed precinct committeemen, small businessmen, and the hard working taxpayers that voiced opposition to her efforts. As a result, they have formed an alliance to thwart the axis of Corporate welfare recipients, greedy lobbyists, and rogue Republican legislators, led by the Governor.

The alliance true to the independent spirit of Arizonans is motivated and committed to having their voices heard by collecting the required signatures to send this critical decision to the voters of Arizona.

AFP-Arizona Action Alert – Bring Your Sleeping Bag?

Americans for Prosperity - Arizona

ACTION ALERT – Thursday, May 23, 2013

To all Arizona Taxpayers and Health Care Freedom Fighters:

You can put away your sleeping bag, for now.

But be sure to pull out your cell phone… 

Earlier this week, as I planned this action alert, I was going to suggest to diehard grassroots activists that you bring your sleeping bags and camp out at the Arizona Legislature tonight for what I thought would be the last night of the 2013 legislative session. Bad things often happen to good bills in the middle of the night, and bad bills you thought were dead often come back to life on the last night of session. And sometimes, a handful of vigilant activists and a handful of pro-taxpayer Legislators can successfully sound the alarm against shenanigans in the wee hours.

After last Thursday’s disastrous floor session in the Senate, it looked as if Governor Brewer’sproposed expansion of Medicaid under ObamaCare was destined to pass in some form this week.

But after conversations yesterday with several House members, we believe that no action on the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion is likely until next week. Good news: Thanks in large part to grassroots pressure from taxpayer activists, resistance to the expansion is still very strong in the Republican majority.

KEEP UP THE PRESSURE!

The next big battle will be in the House Appropriations Committee, probably next week. Please contact your Legislators (especially House members), and urge them to vote NO — early and often — on the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion. You can email them by using our ACTION LINK. Phone numbers for House members are available here (don’t waste your time calling the ones with “D” in the third column).

Handy URL for our email action page: http://tinyurl.com/nomedicaidexp

For Liberty, Tom

Tom Jenney
Arizona Director
Americans for Prosperity
www.aztaxpayers.org

NFIB Poll: Small Business Strongly Opposes Expanding Medicaid

NFIBforwebSurvey reveals Arizona entrepreneurs’ deep skepticism of federal funding promises

PHOENIX, Ariz., May 14, 2013 — In a poll released today by their leading association, small-business owners overwhelmingly oppose the high-stakes effort at the Arizona State Capitol to expand Medicaid coverage to all Arizonans at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level as envisioned by the federal healthcare law.

The recent survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB/Arizona) found 79 percent of Arizona small-business owners opposed to the proposed eligibility expansion for the state’s Medicaid program, also known as the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System or AHCCCS.

Eighteen percent support the Medicaid expansion proposal with less than 3 percent saying they are undecided.

NFIB Medicaid Poll ResultsThe controversial Medicaid proposal, a centerpiece of Gov. Jan Brewer’s legislative agenda, is principally backed by hospital systems and opposed by key legislative leaders like Senate President Andy Biggs and conservative activists.

The political impasse over Medicaid expansion has stalled the Legislature’s work on the state budget for the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2013.

“Small businesses in Arizona clearly feel they are under siege by the Obamacare law, with its harsh employer mandates, new taxes and pervasive uncertainty,” said Farrell Quinlan, the Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business. “Our survey found that Arizona’s small-business owners continue to strongly oppose expanding AHCCCS eligibility, because they have no faith in the federal government’s promises to pay for adding hundreds-of-thousands of Arizonans to our Medicaid rolls. Our small-business owners know Washington is more than $16 trillion in debt and Congress will be under increasing pressure to cut the biggest drivers of federal spending – entitlements like Medicaid.”

NFIB/Arizona’s May survey on Medicaid expansion reaffirms small business’ sentiments against expanding Medicaid found in a prior survey conducted before Governor Brewer announced her support for the policy change during her State of the State Address in January.

NFIB Medicaid Poll Results 1/13 and 5/13

In that poll, 77 percent opposed the expansion with 13 percent favoring it and 10 undecided.

“It’s instructive that after months of intense promotion and expensive radio and television advertising campaigns, pro-expansion forces have utterly failed to move the support needle with Arizona small business owners,” said Quinlan. “The public’s attitudes have clearly hardened on Obamacare and the fundamental transformation of health care occurring in the United States.”

Respondents to NFIB/Arizona’s survey were also given the opportunity to provide an open-ended answer on the Medicaid expansion issue and implementation of Obamacare in general. The majority viewpoint is best summarized by one respondent’s declaration: “Arizona won’t be able to afford AHCCCS expansion when Washington realizes America can’t afford Obamacare.” Another opponent expressed his profound ambivalence over the decision before Arizona lawmakers: “Either choice is going to be tough and expensive, but to trust the federal government is a mistake. I do not feel that they will make good on their promise to cover the expenses.”

A Medicaid-expansion supporter wrote: “As I understand it, the expansion goes away if/when the federal money goes away. That is the only reason I am supporting it now. When Obama doesn’t want to pay for it anymore, neither should Arizonans.” Another supporter exclaimed: “Believe we are trapped. If O C [Obamacare] stays this seems like the only way to go. But we must have the 90 percent funding from the Feds.”

The latest poll was conducted May 6 to May 13, 2013, as an online and fax-returned survey with 375 Arizona small-business owners responding. The prior poll mentioned above was conducted November 9, 2012 to January 4, 2013 consisting of 449 Arizona small business owners responding. Both polls tested the same question though the set-up explanations of what proponents and opponents say about the policy proposal were updated and expanded in the latest survey. The online version of the May survey can be viewed here.

NFIB routinely surveys its members to determine the organization’s public policy position on issues at the federal and state levels. Due to the overwhelming and consistent results of the two surveys, the upcoming votes by the Arizona Senate and Arizona House of Representatives on Medicaid expansion have been identified as ‘key votes’ eligible to be used on NFIB/Arizona’s legislative score card for the 2013 session.

Commemorating its 70th anniversary, the National Federation of Independent Business is the nation’s leading small-business association with 350,000 members nationwide and 7,500 in Arizona. NFIB has offices in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends its views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.