Maricopa GOP Votes Down Medicaid Expansion in Arizona

March, 2013

A RESOLUTION OF THE EXECUTIVE GUIDANCE COMMITTEE (EGC) OF THE MARICOPA COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE (MCRC) MARICOPA COUNTY, STATE OF ARIZONA

IN OPPOSITION TO

THE ARIZONA GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED EXPANSION OF MEDICAID (AHCCCS) IN SUPPORT OF OBAMACARE

WHEREAS, Arizona voters clearly expressed their will to reject implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the individual mandate by amending the Arizona Constitution in 2010 via the Arizona Health Insurance Reform Amendment, Proposition 106; and

WHEREAS, the “circuit breaker” clause is insufficient to prevent out of control escalation of enrollment and the long term costs will cause severe financial hardship on Arizona’s budget; and

WHEREAS, the “assessment” on hospitals is actually a tax and a disingenuous attempt to subvert Arizona’s Constitution and legislative process requiring tax increases receive supermajority approval in the legislature; and

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court ruled that each State may reject the expansion of Medicaid and Insurance Exchanges, the two cornerstones of Obamacare, without which it collapses; and

WHEREAS, the best method to honor Arizona voters’ wishes to reject Obamacare is for each State to refuse implementation and allow Obamacare to fail; and

WHEREAS, supporting a government takeover of Arizona’s health care system, even to secure large amounts of federal funds, does not reflect the values of the Republican Party or the interests of the taxpayers of Arizona.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Executive Guidance Committee of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, Maricopa County, State of Arizona, does affirm and declare our opposition to the Governor’s plan to expand Medicaid; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED by the Executive Guidance Committee of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, Maricopa County, State of Arizona, demands that the Arizona State Legislators uphold the rule of law set forth by Proposition 108 requiring a supermajority vote in this matter; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED by the Executive Guidance Committee of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, Maricopa County, State of Arizona, demands that the Arizona State Legislators stand with the people of Arizona in opposition to the Governor’s plan to expand Medicaid by defeating any bill to such ends.

Author: Eric Morgan, Chairman, LD22 Republican Committee

PASSED & APPROVED this 7th day of March 2013, by a vote of 26 (ayes) to 2 (nays) to 0 (abstentions) of the Executive Guidance Committee of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, Maricopa County, State of Arizona.

MARICOPA COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE

MARICOPA COUNTY, STATE OF ARIZONA:

A. J. LaFaro

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by: A. J. LaFaro, Chairman

Maricopa County Republican Committee

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Team LaFaro Elected to Maricopa County Republican Party Leadership

Congratulations to newly elected Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party, A.J. LaFaro and of course to his team! Here are the results from Saturday’s election:

County Chairman:
A.J. LaFaro – 1,179 (53.35%) | Lisa Gray – 1,030 (46.61%)

1st Vice-Chairman:
April Riggins – 1,128 (50.95%) | Paul Brierley – 1,086 (49.05%)

2nd Vice-Chairman:
Jose Borrajero 
– 1,254 (57.37%) | Rene Lopez – 932 (42.63%)

Secretary:
Jeni White – 1,256 (56.68%) | Colleen Lombard – 960 (43.32%)

Treasurer:
David Ludwig – 1,241 (56.46%) | Walter Dudley – 956 (43.49%

On the resolutions, all passed with the following results:

1B – Petition Circulators – 56.67%
2A – History Education – 76.06%
3C – Repeal 17th Amendment – 68.01%
5A – No amnesty for aliens – 73.65%
6A – State Sovereignty – 81.98%
7A – Don’t hire aliens – 77.43%
9A – No DREAM Act – 76.79%
Floor 2nd Amendment – 87.07%

Regarding the bylaws changes, the following bylaws changed with the necessary 2/3rd’s vote:

1 Art XI Severability – 80.53% – PASS
2 Art I intepretation of bylaws – 69.89% – PASS
3 Art II pc term of office – 54.29% – FAIL
4 Art II “Organization” meeting – 86.47% – PASS
5 Art II LD Chair quorum – 70.55% – PASS
6 Art II pc e-mail addresses – 55.16% – FAIL
7 Art II resign to run repeal – 61.14% – FAIL

Finally, we have posted Chairman LaFaro’s speech in entirety:

Good morning – 

I’m A. J. LaFaro and I want to be your next Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee.

During these past four months I’ve traveled thousands of miles, met thousands of wonderful people and lost several pounds – and for that I thank you. The journey has been arduous but fun and not without it’s bumps along the way. 

This morning, we’ve come to a fork in the road. 

You have two choices – you can turn to the left and vote for my opponent or you can turn to the right and vote for A. J. LaFaro keeping the MCRC an independent and unbiased voice of the people. 

Why should I be your next Chairman? 

I have the proven executive skills and talents to help lead the Maricopa County Republicans during these next two years. Challenging years to defend against the progressive socialists, liberal Democrats and the unions continued attempt to turn Arizona Blue. 

My executive leadership skills include being a good planner, organizer, communicator, team builder and a good listener. But more importantly – I’m pragmatic. The top priorities of the Chairman should be raise funds and be the public voice of the Maricopa County Republican Party. 

The Maricopa County Republican Committee is made up of twenty legislative districts. Each one a unique franchise. Your neighborhoods, communities, school districts and cities have personalities of their own just like the people we elect to represent us. 

My opponent says our party is broken and needs to be fixed. Her plan – not the peoples plan – speaks to a few vague issues that maybe symptoms but will never address the fundamental problem with our party.

The divisiveness and bitter in-fighting amongst our groups. 

We all call ourselves Republicans and under that umbrella we have people who are right of center all the way to far right. During my travels I’ve even met some left of center. 

There’s probably four groups we align ourselves with – the establishment, the conservatives, the Tea Partiers and the Ron Paul supporters. Each with unique ideologies and beliefs. Many are the same – some are not. 

If elected your next Chairman, I would immediately call for a détente of these four groups to come together, clearly identify our common and unique ideologies. 

I’m confident one strong common goal we all can agree on is to win elections. To beat the progressive socialists, the liberal Democrats and the unions continued attempt to turn Arizona Blue. 

We have a challenging task ahead of us these next two to four years as we fight for God, family and country.

You have the opportunity to elect Team LaFaro today – a stronger team with a much stronger message to help defeat our enemies. 

I’m asking for your vote and support for A. J. LaFaro, April Riggins, Jose Borrajero, Jeni White and David Ludwig so we can keep Arizona Red – Dark Red! 

Ronald Reagan once said: 

“Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.” 

In closing, I want to say may God bless you and God bless America!

Have Your Voice Heard and Your Vote Count!

By A.J. LaFaro

The Republican Presidential Preference Election is just around the corner. On February 28th, registered Republicans throughout Arizona will be going to the polls to vote for the person who may face Barack Hussein Obama for the next President of the United States of America.

The election is a closed primary and only voters who are registered or reregistered Republican on or before January 30th midnight will be allowed to vote in this historic event.

During Obama’s administration, our Country has faced monumental challenges – continued high unemployment, millions losing their homes, a reduced standard of living, a $15 trillion dollar increasing national debt and the first downgrade to America’s credit rating ever.

We’ve become a second rate nation in three short years and a sense of deep pessimism has gripped Americans with little hope for the future and little change in their pockets. Obama’s social and political experiments have failed miserably.

Considering the liberal Democrats, progressive socialists and organized labor, I seriously question if America’s enemies are really overseas.

If you are an Independent voter who wants to have their voice heard and their vote count, then take a few minutes and reregister Republican by January 30th midnight.

It’s convenient and easy to do online at www.azgop.org or www.servicearizona.com/webapp/evoter/selectLanguage

I look forward to seeing you at the polls on February 28th!

A. J. LaFaro
Chairman, AZGOP Statewide Voter Registration
Arizona Republican Party

A.J. LaFaro also serves as the Chairman of Legislative District 17 Republicans.

Rerun: Anti-tax activist, A.J. LaFaro, to lead District 17 Republicans

The Arizona Republic ran the following article on July 23, 2011. Strangely, it does not appear anywhere on the Arizona Republic or azcentral websites. We thought it was worthy to reprint.  (Credit to Dianna M. Náñez)

The Maricopa County Republican Committee has elected A.J. LaFaro, a Tempe resident who led the fight against raising the city’s property-tax rate, as Legislative District 17 GOP chairman.

The district covers most of Tempe and part of south Scottsdale.

LaFaro said he was inspired to become more involved in politics after a months-long, but unsuccessful, battle against the rate increase.

Last Month, the Tempe City Council unanimously approved raising Tempe’s property-tax rate to $1.79 from $1.40 per $100 of assessed valuation.

LaFaro said he hopes to inspire other District 17 Republicans to support GOP candidates who are fiscally conservative.

“We look for strong conservative Republicans who sincerely believe in the Republican ideals in regards to smaller government, lower taxes, lower fees,” he said. “And even individuals who may label or register themselves Republican … make poor public-policy decisions in their career.”

He added, “In my opinion, (Mayor) Hugh Hallman and (Councilwoman) Onnie Shekerjian … made a poor public-policy decision (voting for the rate hike).”

Council members have said they supported the rate increase because Tempe is required to provide sufficient funding to pay for existing debt.

Hallman and Shekerjian also have said that policy Tempe recently approved, which would protect against residents having to pay higher taxes, should property valuations increase, was essential to their support of the rate change.

LaFaro said Republicans’ frustration with their municipal, state and national-level representatives will bring them to the polls next year.

He bashed District 17 legislators David Schapira, Ed Ableser and Ben Arredondo, calling them “progressive socialist Democrats,” and singled out Arredondo for violating the public’s trust when he accepted gifts from the Fiesta Bowl.

Arredondo was a registered Republican until last year when he registered as a Democrat to run for a House seat.

A.J. LaFaro elected LD-17 Republican Chairman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14, 2011

Rob Haney, MCRC Chairman, on the left swearing in A. J. LaFaro (Photo credit: Chuck Kirkhuff)

(Phoenix) Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) is pleased to announce that Mr. A. J. LaFaro has been elected Chairman of LD17 (Legislative District 17).

LaFaro indicated he is honored to be elected Chairperson of LD17 and is committed to helping defeat Obama and Democrats at all levels of our government in 2012.

He said “unfortunately LD17 is currently represented by progressive socialist Democrats at the State level – David Schapira, Eddie Ableser and Ben Arredondo, but Republicans and many Independents are going to work hard to change that in 2012.“ He went on to say “all three men have betrayed the public’s trust, especially Arredondo with the tens of thousands of dollars in gifts he received from the Fiesta Bowl and Ableser for having the worst attendance record of a House member in the history of the State of Arizona.”

Republicans who live in LD17, Tempe and South Scottsdale who want to get actively involved in helping take back our country should contact the LD17 Republicans at http://www.d17r.org/contact

America can’t afford four more years of Obama!

The geographic area LD17 covers is most of Tempe and part of South Scottsdale.

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