The Discussion Our Nation Needs to Have

I had “50-yard-line” seats at the Mesa Center for the Arts for the Presidential Debate this week. The conversation finally turned to a rarely discussed but very critical topic – the family and the economy.

With the eyes of the nation on the Arizona debate, the four candidates shared why our nation’s future is at risk when 40% of children are born out of wedlock.

We all must realize – this is not just a “social” issue – it’s an economic issue.

Our nation’s economy is only as strong as our families. For far too long public policy and our culture has weakened the family by attacking marriage and stifling any honest conversation about the importance of intact homes composed of a married mom and dad with children.

President Ronald Reagan described the three major interests of our nation as a three-legged stool: a strong economy, a strong foreign policy, and strong families. We need all three in order for our country to endure.

Call to Prayer

Marriage between a man and a woman is lifegiving, and a majority of Americans understand this.

Yet marriage is under constant assault. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled the California marriage amendment was unconstitutional. In Washington State, a bill was signed into law to completely redefine marriage. The New Jersey legislature passed legislation to do the same, but Governor Christie vetoed it. Maryland’s legislature recently passed similar legislation, and their governor has vowed to sign the bill.

The attacks are coming from all sides. In response, Alliance Defense Fund has called for a National Pray for Marriage Day this Sunday, February 26. This prayer guide offers suggestions to pray for a restoration of marriage in America. While there is much work to be done to protect marriage in America, we must always remember to go to the Lord first, because only He can bring us victory. Take time this Sunday to pray for marriage!

Legislative Victory! First CAP-supported Bill Heads to the Governor

SB 1047, which increases the amount individuals can receive in tax credits for donations to School Tuition Organizations to $500, and married couples to $1,000, is on Governor Brewer’s desk! These new scholarship dollars are solely designated for children on waiting lists who attend public schools and want to go to the private school of their parents’ choice.

Governor Brewer has 5 days to act on this bill. Be sure to follow our Facebook page and Bill Tracker to get the latest updates.

Have you ever been to the State Capitol?
We’ve hosted a number of Inside Looks at the Capitol since session began to give CAP supporters a peek into our daily work and how it is making Arizona a better place for families. These one-hour tours are free and allow you to interact with me and some of the other members of the CAP team. I hope you can join us and bring a friend on March 6 or March 21. The tours run from noon-1:00 p.m. You must RSVP in advance by emailing insidelook@azpolicy.org.

Arizona’s Presidential Preference Election Ballot Order Determined

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 10, 2012

Phoenix – At a public meeting held this morning in Phoenix, Secretary of State Ken Bennett certified the candidates and determined their respective ballot position for the upcoming Arizona Presidential Preference Election on February 28, 2012.

The Republican and Green parties were the two—of Arizona’s five— recognized parties who chose to participate in the Presidential Preference Election (PPE). Notably, “open primary” provisions do not apply to the PPE. In order to vote the elector must be registered with a participating party. Additionally, there is not any rotation of names on the ballot. The order decided today is the order in which each party’s candidates will be listed on the ballots around the state.

“Our office has certified 29 candidates for the upcoming PPE, and this morning we determined their respective position on the ballot,” said Secretary Bennett. “I’m glad that we had so many of the candidates or campaigns present to participate in the event.”

Participants drew their position by selecting a number from a historic trophy that was given by the employees of the New York Navy Yard to the U.S.S. Arizona at the launching of the ship on June 19, 1915.

The Secretary of State’s office certified 23 Republicans and 6 Green candidates but rejected over twenty candidate nomination papers. Of those rejected, only a handful successfully refiled.

“We were unable to accept over twenty nomination papers for a variety of reasons. In some cases, we rejected candidates who indicated they were not members of the party from which they were seeking the Presidential nomination. For others, incomplete paperwork was a common error. The requirements to be placed on the PPE ballot are straightforward and prescribed by state statute. Our office is required to accept complete and authentic nomination paperwork by the deadline. During the three week filing period, we work with candidates to rectify mistakes, but we strictly adhere to statutory deadlines.

“It’s our understanding that ballots will start being printed this evening so they can be mailed to military and overseas voters this weekend. Any delay jeopardizes their ability to participate in the PPE, and runs afoul of federal law.”

For an official listing of the ballot order, visit www.azsos.gov/upcomingelections.

The last day to register to vote in the PPE is Monday, January 30th at midnight. Early voting begins February 2nd and the last day to request an early ballot is on February 17th. The Secretary of State’s office will perform its official canvass on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.

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2012 Predictions Anyone?

Happy New Years!

It’s that time again for political predictions!

This year, I’m self-limiting myself on predictions due to my unique position and the likelihood that whatever I say will probably anger several of my Republican friends.

Instead, I’m opening up predictions to our readers.

If you’d like to submit your safe predictions or an out-on-a-limb prediction and have it appear in the body of this post (with your name), email it to me at sonoranalliance@gmail.com. Otherwise, feel free to post it in the comments.

For starters, I’ll throw a few questions out to get things going:

  1. Who will win the US Senate race? Who will win the Republican and Democrat nominations?
  2. Who will win the Arizona Presidential Preference Election on February 28th?
  3. Who will win each of the Congressional Districts?
  4. Will Republicans retain a supermajority in both Houses of the Legislature?
  5. Will Sheriff Joe Arpaio be re-elected?
  6. Will Arizona media outlets survive another year?
  7. What will be the biggest political story for 2012?
  8. What will be the biggest political shock of 2012?

Have fun gesticulating, speculating, prognosticating and pontificating!

NEWS ALERT: Romney Pulls Ahead in Arizona

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 21, 2011
CONTACT: Chad Willems

PHOENIX, AZ – The Summit Consulting Group is pleased to release top line results from a live telephone survey of 600 likely Republican Presidential Preference voters statewide. The survey was conducted September 19th and 20th and has a margin of error of ± 4%.

The Key Findings:
Now, if the Feb 28th Presidential preference primary were held today and the Republican candidates were (ROTATE): Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, for whom would you vote?

Mitt Romney 31%
Rick Perry 25%
Michele Bachmann 5%
Herman Cain 5%
Newt Gingrich 4%
Ron Paul 3%
Jon Huntsman 2%
Rick Santorum >1%
UNDECIDED 24%

Summary:
While this is our first Presidential Preference survey for the 2012 election, it appears Arizona Republican voters have narrowed their choices down to two top contenders. Clearly this race is now between Governors Perry and Romney. Governor Romney has visited the state multiple times while Governor Perry has yet to make a visit to the Grand Canyon state. Rep. Bachmann has visited Arizona twice in the last six months, most recently for a private campaign fundraiser as well as a meeting with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Nearly 8 in 10 respondents (77%) identified their political ideology as “conservative,” nearly 20% as “moderates” while the remainder self-identified themselves as “liberal” Republicans.

This survey was not commissioned by any of the candidates but is only part of an ongoing series of public opinion surveys on topics of political interest Summit will be conducting throughout the election cycle.

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Arizona Republican Party Statement on GOP Presidential Debate in Arizona

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 2, 2011
CONTACT: Thayer Verschoor

Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Republican Party Chairman Tom Morrissey released the following statement today regarding Arizona’s role in a Republican Primary Presidential debate in Arizona:

“The Arizona Republican Party shares and supports Governor Jan Brewer’s goal to ensure that Arizona voters are heard loud and clear during the presidential nomination process. So, I was pleased to learn that the Republican National Committee has preliminarily granted Arizona an RNC-sanctioned debate among GOP candidates, preferably in December 2011.

The Arizona Republican Party will shortly submit to the RNC an official application for this debate and will be coordinating with the Governor regarding other arrangements for this exciting opportunity. Morrissey continued, “I am grateful to Governor Brewer for her leadership in this process. All Arizonans can look forward to this debate, which will give our voters an up-close look at the candidates and make certain that issues critical to Arizona and the Southwest are addressed in a serious and substantive manner.”

For more information regarding The Arizona Republican Party and its role in this important event, please contact Thayer Verschoor at (602) 957-7770.

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Will History Rhyme for Barack Obama in 2012?

I am really starting to get a sense that we may see a repeat of this historic event as we continue into the 2012 Presidential race.

Let’s face it. President Obama has failed.

His public policy agenda was completely mis-prioritized with Obamacare. He can no longer pursue Keynesian economics to fix the economy. He has run out of leftist options, he’s losing leftist support and he’s running out of time.

Many are now arguing that President Obama does not know what to do.

As his legacy falls apart, Democrats are starting to panic and quietly call for someone like Hillary to prepare. (After all, Democrats love to tout the Bill Clinton economy.) Even the DraftHillary.com site is active.

And with the economy getting ready to possibly triple-dip, the list of Republican candidates is growing.

Every high profile Republican leader is probably having their adviser whisper in their ear, “this may be your only chance to run.” And why wouldn’t they buy into that political prompting? Now Congressman Paul Ryan, Governor Chris Christie and others are seriously considering. Governor Perry was a “no-go” up until a few months ago and now he’s pedal-to-the-metal in the race.

So don’t be surprised if  we see some dramatic changes in the course of the 2012 Presidential race similar to what happened in March of 1968. Just remember, history doesn’t repeat itself, it simply rhymes.