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.

Hugh Hewitt: Memo to the States’ Governors and AGs on The Decision On Obamacare’s Exchanges: Go Churchill Or Go Home

By Hugh Hewitt
So brilliant needed to be reposted from Townhall.com.

With the president mobilizing for a barnstorming tour in support of massive tax hikes and to, in effect, overturn last week’s vote to keep the House in GOP hands and the gavel in John Boehner’s –details here on the president’s plan– the GOP is getting organized in the House and laying down markers.

The media is focused on speculation about the “big deal” and the various scandals, but a huge story is brewing that few are watching.

The deadline for the most important political and legal decisions of the near term is being made in every state: Whether or not to establish a state health insurance exchange pursuant to Obamacare. The original deadline for each governor to decide was this Friday, but HHS has graciously given the states another month to decide which poison to pick: Subservience via establishment of a puppet exchange or takeover of the state’s insurance business via a big foot federal health exchange. The rules the feds have dictated the states must follow in making their choice are here.

Yesterday, Governor Robert Bentley of Alabama announced that Alabama would not be establishing the exchange or expanding Medicaid. The latter is not surprising, as the expansion will quickly eat away at state budgets.

But Bentley’s position on the exchange –he joins at least Alaska, Florida and Texas in just saying no– is very welcome and hopefully a model for other Republican governors who must by law indicate their decisions on the exchange set-up by mid-December. Other states ought also to study the example set by Oklahoma, and sue to overturn the Hobbesian choice on exchanges being forced on them.

Only one state lawsuit against the forced choice on health exchanges has been filed –by the Sooners’ AG, and the amended complaint is here– and the national opposition to Obamacare should be looking for other governors to say no and other attorneys general to file similar challenges to the health exchange jam down.

The amended complaint of the State of Oklahoma argues in crucial part:

 

II. The New Claims 

8. In addition to that claim, Plaintiff raises new claims seeking declaratory and injunctive relief with respect to final federal regulations (the “Final Rule”) that were issued under Internal Revenue Code Section 36B, as added by Section 1401 of the Act, while proceedings in this action were stayed. The Final Rule was issued in contravention of the procedural and substantive requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act (“the APA”), 5 U.S.C. § 702; has no basis in any law of the United States; and directly conflicts with the unambiguous language of the very provision of the Internal Revenue Code it purports to interpret.

9. More specifically, Sections 1311 and 1321(c) of the Act allows States to choose to establish an “American Health Benefit Exchange” to operate in the State to facilitate execution of the Act’s key provisions. If a State elects not to establish an Exchange under Section 1311, Section 1321(b) authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services to create an Exchange to operate in that state.

10. Under the Act, this choice has important consequences for the State’s people and the State’s economy, because health insurance premium tax credits for low-income employed individuals and employer obligations under the Act both depend on which alternative the State chooses. If the State elects to establish its own Exchange, the Federal Government will make “advance payments” of premium tax credits to insurance companies on behalf of some of the State’s residents to subsidize health insurance enrollment through the State-created Exchange, but the payment of the subsidy for even one employee triggers costly obligations on the part of the employer that would not be triggered in a non-electing State, placing the electing State at a competitive disadvantage for jobs and job growth.

11. The Act leaves this policy judgment to each State and provides a mechanism for each State to choose the alternative it thinks is better for its people. The Final Rule upsets this balance by providing, contrary to the Act, that qualifying taxpayers are eligible for premium tax credits and “advance payments” if they enroll for health insurance through the Exchange where they live, regardless of whether it is a State-established Exchange or an HHS-established Exchange. Thus, if the Final Rule is permitted to stand, federal subsidies will be paid under circumstances not authorized by the Congress; employers will be subjected to liabilities and obligations under circumstances not authorized by Congress; and States will be deprived of the opportunity created by the Act to choose for itself whether creating a competitive environment to promote economic and job growth is better for its people than access to federal subsidies.

12. Oklahoma has not established or elected to establish an Exchange, and does not expect to do so. As a result, under the plain terms of the Act, employers in Oklahoma should not be subject to the Employer Mandate because of a determination that an Oklahoma resident employed by the employer in Oklahoma is entitled to advance payment of a premium tax credit because of enrolling for coverage through an Exchange established by HHS to operate in Oklahoma. However, the Final Rule purports to make such an individual eligible for a premium tax credit based on enrolling for coverage through an Exchange established by HHS to operate in Oklahoma, with the result that an Oklahoma employer employing such an individual will be exposed to liability under the Employer Mandate under circumstances not provided for under the Act. Thus, Plaintiff seeks declaratory and injunctive relief declaring the Final Rule invalid.

 

This is a narrow argument aimed at a specific rule, but there are other arguments to make, including the damage done to federalism when, upon saying no, the enormous supertanker of Obamacare sails into a state’s legal harbor via the federal exchange and smashes all the docks and other ships, displacing not merely the opportunity to run an exchange but destroying countless other state-administered relationships and regulatory balances.

States have to defend themselves against the giant takeover of states’ powers and duties by Obamacare. The decision to “just say no” so has to be taken by mid-December. Encourage your governor to say no and to sue alongside of Oklahoma, perhaps engaging one of the country’s leading experts on structural federalism like Georgetown’s Randy Barnett or my own colleague at Chapman John Eastman to make the arguments to preserve the state’s legislative integrity and their independence from D.C. Not only is this the right way to proceed for a state intent on protecting its citizens from an ever-expanding federal government, it may also present the Supreme Court with a second bite at the Obamacare apple via a different set of issues not dependent on the “is the penalty a tax” debate.

Some states are tired of the fight and their law departments not eager to spend another year battling the DOJ.

But that isn’t their choice. That choice belongs to their governor and their attorney general. Those who don’t choose to fight now cannot expect conservatives to fight for them in the future. Go Churchill or go home.

The status of states’ decision-making on the exchanges is reviewed on a state-by-state basis here.

The left is attempting to declare the Obamacare fight over. It isn’t. It is a 15 round fight. Conservatives won rounds when they elected Chris Christie, Bob McDonnell and then Scott Brown after the debate was begun. The left won a round when the law passed was passed, and it won a round when the Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate, but conservatives won in that opinion as well, on Medicaid and on the reach of the Commerce Clause.

The left scored a knock-down with the president’s re-election, but the fight isn’t over if the conservatives opposed to the law get up off the canvas and fight on. Oklahoma has, and some states have joined them, though not yet in the courts. They should, and soon. Obamacare was nightmare before the election, and it is a nightmare still. The president’s re-election was manifestly not about Obamacare, and the decision is not final and won’t be until every good argument is made and every opportunity given the Supreme Court to review the law in full.

Even if the legal fight should fail, it is important for federalism that many states pass on becoming puppets of the feds via the state exchanges. The fiasco-in-waiting of the federal exchange should be on the president’s head, with blame not easily shifted to bungling governors. The president broke it, so he should buy and operate it.

But only after every argument has been made, and the Supreme Court offered the opportunity to rule on the law as a whole.

Congressman Gosar Town Hall TONIGHT

The Arizona Energy Forum cordially invites you to a Town Hall Forum featuring:

Congressman Paul Gosar (AZ-01)
Tuesday, May 1st
6:00pm-7:30pm

Prescott Resort & Conference Center
1500 State Route 69
Prescott, AZ 86301

Also speaking:

Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog

Come listen to Congressman Paul Gosar speak about national energy
policy, rising gas prices, and other issues affecting our community.

This forum is free and open to the public.

For more information or to RSVP, please call Paul Layeux at 602.955.2186
or email arizonaenergyforum@live.com.

The Arizona Energy Forum is a bipartisan coalition of Arizona citizens that support energy
policies that protect our nation’s energy and economic security, hearby protecting American jobs, and keeping energy prices low for American families.

Congressional Virtual Townhall on School Choice

Rep. Quayle on Finding Common Ground on Pro Growth Tax Reform

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This video was created as part of YouTube Town Hall, answering the question “GOVERNANCE: Why has partisan bickering taken hold in Congress? Compromise is necessary for the benefit of the American people. Do you have to always vote along party lines? Can we learn to compromise again?”. To view the debate and choose the side, please visithttp://www.YouTube.com/YTTownHall.

Rep. Quayle to Participate in Town Hall Discussion on Energy Issues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 18, 2011
CONTACT: Richard Cullen

Media Advisory: Rep. Quayle Participates in Town Hall Discussion Focused on Energy Issues

WHAT: Congressman Ben Quayle (R-AZ), a member of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT), participates in a town hall discussion hosted by the Arizona Energy Forum
WHEN: Wednesday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
WHERE: Camelback High School
ADDRESS: 4612 North 28th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85016
PARTICIPANTS: Congressman Ben Quayle (R-AZ), Rep. Kate Brophy McGee (LD11 Energy Committee), Troy Hyde, Chair of the Arizona Energy Forum

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Town Hall Meeting with GOP Presidential Candidate Speaker Newt Gingrich


7:00 pm-8:30 pm (doors open at 6pm)

Radisson Phoenix City Center
3600 N. 2nd Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona
Sedona A & B
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This event is FREE and open to the public.

Co-Hosted by 

Fountain Hills AZ Tea Party
Daisy Mountain Tea Party Patriots
Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots
Arizona Republican Party 

Contact Susan Leeper if you have any questions at 480-998-5022

Rep. Schweikert in YouTube Town Hall: “Fair Trade Is Anything But Fair”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 26, 2011
CONTACT: Rachel Semmel

Washington, D.C. – Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) today announced his participation in YouTube’s latest town hall. The questions, submitted by a YouTube audience, are answered by Members of Congress in both Houses and of each party. Viewers are encouraged to vote for the response they most agree with. In this town hall, Schweikert discusses the myth of fair trade.

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Rep Schweikert to Host Listening Session With Scottsdale Mayor Lane Tonight

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 26, 2011
CONTACT: Rachel Semmel

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Congressman David Schweikert will host a Listening Session today with City of Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane:

Constituents are invited to stop in to speak with the Congressman and Mayor during the open forum discussion.

Town Hall with David Schweikert and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane 

When: TODAY Monday, September 26, 2011
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Scottsdale Mustang Library
Address: 10101 North 90th Street, Scottsdale, 85258 (map)

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Rep. Schweikert Announces Listening Tour with Scottsdale, Mesa Mayors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 2011
CONTACT: Rachel Semmel

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Congressman David Schweikert announced today that he will host two Listening Sessions next week. He will host one with City of Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and one with City of Mesa Mayor Scott Smith. Please circulate and share the times and locations for next week’s events:

Constituents are invited to stop in to speak with the Congressman and Mayors Lane and Smith respectively during their open forum discussions.

Town Hall with David Schweikert and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane
When: Monday, September 26, 2011
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Scottsdale Mustang Library
Address: 10101 North 90th Street, Scottsdale, 85258 (map)

Town Hall with David Schweikert and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith
When: Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Mesa Utility Building, Community Room
Address: 640 N. Mesa Drive, Mesa, 85201 (map)

Senator McCain Town Hall in Gilbert

Senator John McCain attended a town hall in Gilbert today. When asked about his recent statement on the Tea Party, this was his response:

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Rep Schweikert to host listening session with Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman – Tonight

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2011
CONTACT: Rachel Semmel

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Congressman David Schweikert announced last week that he will host a Listening Session with City of Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman today.

Constituents are invited to stop in to speak with the Congressman and the Mayor during their open forum discussion.

Listening Session with David Schweikert and Mayor Hallman

When: Today, Thursday, June 9, 2011
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Pyle Adult Recreation Center
655 E Southern Avenue, Tempe, 85282 (map)

 

Trent Franks to Introduce Seniors Financial Security Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 13, 2011
CONTACT: Ben Carnes

May 18th: Trent Franks to Introduce Seniors Financial Security Act at Sun City Senior Center

Sun City, AZ — On Wednesday, May 18th, Congressman Trent Franks will be introducing the Seniors Financial Security Act at Banner Olive Branch Senior Center in Sun City, AZ. The Seniors Financial Security Act aims to reduce the tax burden on senior citizens by excluding Social Security benefits from seniors’ taxable income.

Introduction of Seniors Financial Security Act in Sun City

What: Introduction of the Seniors Financial Security Act
When: May 18th, 2011 at 10:45 AM
Where: Banner Olive Branch Senior Center
Address: 11250 N. 107th Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351 (map)

For further information or to schedule an interview in advance, please contact Ben Carnes at ben.carnes@mail.house.gov or, by phone, at 202-579-0005.

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Congressman Franks is serving his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a member of the Judiciary Committee, where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and a member of the Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law. He is also a member of the Armed Services Committee, where he serves on the Strategic Forces Subcommittee and the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities.


 

Rep. Schweikert Announces Community Listening Sessions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2011
CONTACT: Rachel Semmel

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Congressman David Schweikert announced today that he will host two Listening Sessions next week. Please circulate and share the times and locations for Monday’s event:

Constituents are invited to stop in and speak with the Congressman at either listening session for a one-on-one pre-scheduled appointment as well as an open forum discussion.

Listening Session with David Schweikert

When: Monday, May 16, 2011
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PT One-on-one sessions by appointment only
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. PT Open forum discussion
Where: City of Scottsdale, Appaloosa Library
Address: 7377 E. Silverstone Drive, Scottsdale, 85255 (map)

Listening Session with David Schweikert

When: Thursday, May 19, 2011
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PT One-on-one sessions by appointment only
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. PT Open forum discussion
Where: Riverview Toyota
Address: 2020 W. Riverview Auto Drive, Mesa, 85201 (map)
*Please use the west parking lot, immediately behind the auto dealer.

For a one-on-one appointment please call the District Office at 480-946-2411. If you are having difficulties with a federal agency, casework assistance will also be available.

Members of the press planning to attend, please RSVP to Rachel.Semmel@mail.house.gov. For more information on these events, please contact Jesse Hernandez. He can be reached at Jesse.Hernandez@mail.house.gov or at 480-946-2411.

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ICYMI: Rep. Schweikert in the Washington Post

Congratulations to Congressman Schweikert on an article in the Washington Post on Tuesday written by Philip Rucker.

I’m writing this post to give you the opportunity to show your support for David or to at least give him your opinion. For those of us who worked on David’s campaigns, watching him finally serve is a huge reward knowing he now gets to make the hard decisions we entrusted him with. I for one, certainly don’t envy being in his position but like many others, I do trust him to do the right thing for this country. Unfortunately, we’ve run out of money and patience. Democrats and some Republicans have run out of basic economic common sense and alarmingly, we are all running out of time.

Here’s an excerpt from that article:

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — On his 104th day in office, Rep. David Schweikert stepped before about 60 of his constituents here and, like an economics professor, flipped through one scary chart after another to hammer home his point: America faces a tidal wave of debt.

Then he asked for a show of hands: If you were a freshman congressman like him, would you vote to raise the government’s debt limit?

Two hands went in the air.

He got the same reaction at another town hall meeting, and he expects it again at a tea party forum later this week.

Schweikert, a Republican, isn’t sure if he’d raise his hand, either.

This is his dilemma: He knows Congress has little choice but to raise the amount of money the government can borrow to prevent the economic havoc sure to follow if the United States defaults on its loans. He also knows doing so is deeply unpopular — not only among his conservative base, but among some moderates and liberals, too.

“I desperately want to vote ‘no,’ ” Schweikert said at the town hall. “I also desperately don’t want [the economy] to crash.” (continue reading)

 

 

Rep Schweikert Announces A Community Listening Session

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2011
CONTACT: Rachel Semmel

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Congressman David Schweikert announced today that he will host a Listening Session next week. Please circulate and share the time and location for Wednesday’s event:

Constituents are invited to stop in and speak with the Congressman at the Tempe Police Hardy Substation for a one-on-one pre-scheduled appointment as well as an open forum discussion.

Listening Session with David Schweikert
When: Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. MT One-on-one sessions by appointment only
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. MT Open forum discussion
Where: Tempe Police Hardy Substation
Address: 8201 South Hardy Drive, Tempe, 85284 (map)

For a one-on-one appointment please call the District Office at 480-946-2411. If you are having difficulties with a federal agency, casework assistance will also be available.

Members of the press planning to attend, please RSVP to Rachel.Semmel@mail.house.gov. For more information on these events, please contact Jesse Hernandez. He can be reached at Jesse.Hernandez@mail.house.gov or at (480) 946-2411.

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Congressman Quayle to host Town Hall tomorrow night

An invitation from Congressman Ben Quayle…

Congressman Quayle to host a Town Hall on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Please join Congressman Ben Quayle for a Town Hall to discuss matters of importance to the constituents of the Third Congressional District.

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Thunderbird High School Auditorium
Address: 1750 W. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix, AZ 85023

Please feel free to share this invitation widely with family, friends, neighbors, and anyone who may be interested in attending this upcoming Town Hall.

If you have any questions, or if you require special assistance, please contact Congressman Quayle’s office at (602) 263-5300 so that proper accommodations can be made.