Is Senator Kimberly Yee Feeling the Bern?

Is this GOP State Senator Feeling the Bern?

Source: American Action News

http://americanactionnews.com/articles/is-this-gop-state-senator-feeling-the-bern

An Arizona State Senator is pursuing a strange, populist course of action that puts her in camp with Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren- the sort of interest rate voodoo that helped create the financial crisis:

Arizona State Senator Kimberly Yee is not making any new friends among the free-market Republican crowd in Arizona. In a recent Senate hearing, Yee, who has been touted as a rising star in the party, held her fire after a long debate until the voting opened on a financial services bill in her committee. She then unloaded with full ammunition on the financial services industry and their free market principles.

“This bill just doesn’t feel right,” Yee proclaimed. “I am standing with the poor,” while attacking the well-funded groups who were supportive and their consultant class.

Yee went on to explain she has a “strong moral compass” and wants to protect people – that she would possibly consider a bill capping interest rates on loans in Arizona, a position which is specifically prohibited under federal law by Dodd-Frank.  By promoting rate caps, Yew veers left of the Obama Administration.

The issue at hand in last month’s Senate Commerce committee hearing was a proposed consumer lending bill known as Flexible Credit Loans, which would create a new credit product for up to $2500 over the course of a two-year loan term. Yee emphatically stated she could not back the measure before teeing off on its supporters with a blistering rhetoric.

The bill (and ones like it across the country), however, is supported by a broad base from left of center to the far right.  In Arizona, leading free market groups, the Arizona Free Enterprise Club and the Goldwater Institute have spoken out in favor of the legislation.

One conservative Republican interviewed on the subject off the record stated that they were quite surprised at Yee’s comments and mini tirade.  “She sounded more like Bernie Sanders than an Arizona Republican.  I’m not quite sure where all of that came from.”

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The Time To Rescue Sexually Abused Children Is Now!

By Paul Boyer

Thousands of children in Arizona are waiting to be rescued and it will not happen for most of them unless we act.

In Arizona, we know of 15,000 IP addresses (the Internet Protocol labels assigned to each computer device) belonging to people who are trading and downloading child pornography. A significant number of these videos and images consist of infants and young children being raped, tortured, and sexually abused. Some of them even include “how to” instructions on how a grown man can rape a three-year-old and groom him or her for years of abuse.

Statistically, 50 to 70 percent of those who download and trade child pornography are considered “hands on” offenders who are actively molesting and abusing children.  Meanwhile, 60-65 percent of the images intercepted in Arizona are of prepubescent children, while infants make up nine percent of victims.  Because of these very young ages, most victims cannot or do not report the abuse.

As the House Education Chairman, I care deeply about good education policy. But for the children who cannot sleep at night for fear of sexual abuse by child predators, no education policy, however well designed will help them. They desperately need law enforcement to rescue them from their abuser.

I have just introduced legislation that would enable the state to equip, train and hire 10 to 15 full-time investigators and forensic examiners for the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. House Bill 2517 has 79 co-sponsors and uses $5 million of state lottery money – $4.5 million to equip, train and hire full time investigators and forensic examiners, and $500,000 to help victims.

Every state that has passed similar legislation was experiencing budget struggles, and Arizona is no different.

Last year, we appropriated an additional $60 Million to create the new Department of Child Safety making it an $834 million funded agency after realizing there were 6,600 uninvestigated cases of children in harm’s way. With nearly three times the amount of uninvestigated cases of children being raped, tortured and sexually abused, how can we not act now?

National studies show the average offender has between 14 – 23 victims before law enforcement catches them, which is why ICAC investigations are so critical. While Arizona has tough sentencing laws for those who prey on children, there are currently only four full time investigators in the state to proactively look into this depravity, and just a handful of part-time investigators from various agencies.

Right now, those investigators are focusing on triaging leads to locate “hands on” predators. With hundreds of new leads of child pornography coming in every month, they cannot keep up with current leads. This means less than two percent of known child exploitation cases are being investigated. We need to act and we need to act now.

Let the 52nd Legislature be known as the one that acted swiftly to rescue kids when it was in our power to do so.

Republican state Rep. Paul Boyer represents Legislative District 20 in Phoenix and Glendale.

Arizona First in Nation to Pass Civics Education Initiative

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Large, Bipartisan Majorities Show Support for the First Step in a Rebirth of Civics Education

Phoenix, Arizona – With large, bipartisan majorities in the State Legislature, Arizona today became the first state to pass the Civics Education Initiative.  The Civics Education Initiative requires high school students, as a condition of graduation, to take and pass the USCIS Citizenship Civics Test – the test all new immigrants must pass before becoming citizens.

“Proud day for Arizonans as we become first in the nation, and lead the way to the bipartisan passage of the Civics Education Initiative in every state,” said Frank Riggs, President and CEO of the Scottsdale-based Joe Foss Institute, the organization promoting the legislation.

Beyond Arizona, eighteen other states are currently considering this critical legislation. North Dakota and Utah appear to be next in line, with legislators and supporters in those states eager to follow Arizona’s lead, with the North Dakota House of Representatives also passing the bill today by an astounding 85-1 margin.

The leadership of the Joe Foss Institute and the Civics Education Initiative would like to extend special thanks to Governor Ducey, prime sponsor Majority Leader Steve Montenegro (R-13), House Government and Education Committee Chairman Bob Thorpe (R-6) and the members of his committee, and Minority Leader Dr. Eric Meyer (D-28).

In the Senate, special thanks go out to Majority Leader Steve Yarbrough (R-17), Senate Education Committee Chairman Kelli Ward (R-5) and the members of her committee, Senator Barbara McGuire (D-8), and Senator Carlyle Begay (D-7).

“It’s a New Year, and a new day for students here in Arizona and across the country who will now have the basic tools they need to become active, engaged citizens,” concluded Riggs.

The bill passed the Arizona House by a vote of 42-17. In the Senate the results were similarly positive, with 19 for and only 10 voting against.

WATCH: A Video Message from The Joe Foss Institute to Governor Ducey 

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).

 

Arizona Legislators Ask Tom Horne to Bow Out of Attorney General Race

Thursday, nine Arizona legislators sent a letter to Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne to exit the Republican Primary and race for AG. Spearheaded by State Representative Paul Boyer, the letter expressed grave concern over Horne’s ability to lead and serve the public has been severely compromised by a number of legal, ethical and personal problems.

Eight of Boyer’s legislative peers also signed the letter affirming that “integrity matters in our elected officials and our elections.”

Boyer, who also authored the letter wrote:

Dear General Horne:

We write to express our grave concerns over the recent allegations leveled at you, your official staff, and your campaign.

We acknowledge the investigations into wrongdoing are not complete, but that in no way lessens the dark cloud of impropriety that hangs over you and your administration.

We trust that the authorities conducting these investigations will enforce the law to the best of their abilities. We also acknowledge this process will take time and that you have a right to your day in court. Your ability to lead and serve the public, however, has already been severely compromised.

We, the undersigned, have a responsibility to act in the best interest of our state and our party. We are convinced that if you continue in your campaign for re-election, both of these interests will be damaged.

For this reason, we take the difficult step of formally requesting that you withdraw from the race for Attorney General.

Integrity matters in our elected officials and our elections. We expect more from our Attorney General, the individual who is tasked with directing the Department of Law. Arizonans have a right to expect more out of the highest-ranking legal officer of the state.

Please do what is right for Arizona and for the Republican Party.

Sincerely,

Paul Boyer
Rick Gray
Warren Petersen
Nancy Barto
JD Mesnard
Karen Fann
Steve Yarbrough
TJ Shope
Kelli Ward

 

Here is a copy of the letter:

HorneLetter

 

Tom Horne Letter

The letter follows other high profile requests by members of the congressional delegation asking Horne to withdraw from the race. Last week, Congressman Matt Salmon called Horne and personally asked him to exit. The following day Senator Jeff Flake stated publicly that Horne should exit. Senator John McCain also stopped short from saying Horne should get out but did note that the AG should recognize his political situation and.

Over a week ago, this blog asked the Attorney General to drop out of the race.

Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee Targets Obamacare Republicans

Angry with Arizona legislators who voted for the Obamacare Medicaid expansion in 2013? So is the independent expenditure committee, Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee.

Recently, the Arizona PAC began targeting Republicans who went along with the key provision of Obamacare that now inflicts Arizona. Last month, the group began calling Republican voters in legislative district 15 where Republican Representative Heather Carter was elected. Carter who sponsored the bill on behalf of Governor Brewer was unashamedly supportive of Obamacare Medicaid and made every effort to push for the expansion during the 2013 session. Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee called into the district warning voters of Carter’s vote spurring a movement to toss Carter this year. Behind the scenes, the group is asking voters not to sign her petitions nor finance her campaign.

Obamacare11Saturday, ATAC began making calls in another district, this time in the far east valley’s legislative district 16 where it has its target set on state representative, Doug Coleman. Calls are also warning voters that Coleman voted for Obama’s expansion into Arizona. Precinct committeemen are being asked to not carry Coleman’s petitions.

This strategy will also take place in other districts where Obamacare-supporting Republicans reside. Earlier this week, ATAC released its 2014 Primary list which includes house and senate members running for re-election with primary challengers.

ATAC’s efforts will certainly cost money to run calls and send mailers into each of the targeted districts and it won’t be easy as all of the Obamacare-supporting Republicans have seen their coffers filled by the healthcare industrial complex on behalf of Governor Brewer. Anyone researching the flow of campaign money sees tens of thousands of dollars being given to those Republicans who supported Governor Brewer.

“This is about corporate cronyism,” said Shane Wikfors, ATAC’s treasurer. “We knew that the hospital industry and its lobbyists were going to protect Republicans who voted for the system giving the Arizona healthcare industrial complex millions of taxpayer dollars,” he said. “The sad thing is that Medicaid expansion will end up hurting people more than helping them as the hospital industry benefits.”

And while ATAC sees itself as a David in a battle against Goliath, the PAC which has been around since 2006 and even won a US Supreme Court case, sees 2014 as an opportunity to send a message that Arizona lawmakers are bound to serve taxpayers and not corporate interests.

ATAC is currently accepting donations through its website at ArizonaTaxpayerAction.com or via its donation portal.

Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee Primary List:

SENATE TARGETS
Jeff Dial – LD-18
Bob Worsley – LD-25
Adam Driggs – LD 28

HOUSE TARGETS
Doris Goodale – LD-5
TJ Shope – LD-8
Frank Pratt – LD-8
Ethan Orr – LD-9
Heather Carter – LD-15
Doug Coleman – LD-16
Bob Robson – LD-18
Kate Brophy McGee – LD-28

 

Michelle Udall: Public Prayer, An Honored Tradition

Michelle UdallA few weeks ago, the Mesa School Board looked at their policy for prayer in public board meetings and recognized a need for a change.  Since then, they have sought legal counsel, listened to input from the community, and worked to formulate a more appropriate policy.  Beginning school board meetings with prayer is an honored tradition in Mesa, long upheld and appreciated by the community.  Likewise, the Supreme Court has noted that beginning public meetings of deliberative bodies with prayer is a part of the fabric of our society.  This valued tradition should be reincorporated into board meetings.  Doing so shows respect for the founders of our nation.

In Arizona, prayer has been a part of public meetings for more than 100 years.  In 1910, the Arizona Constitutional Convention was opened with an invocation and our State Legislature has opened with prayer since statehood.  Mesa City Council Meetings and Mesa School Board Meetings have also begun with prayer since their earliest beginnings.

An appropriate policy for beginning board meetings with prayer ought to show respect for the diverse perspectives of the community.  The opportunity to offer an invocation ought to be opened up to any and all faiths represented in the district.  The newly proposed policy will do so.  Such a policy provides the opportunity to invite members of the community who may not otherwise attend school board meetings.  They will have the chance to learn more about what is happening in Mesa schools and how they can get involved.  Greater community involvement in schools will benefit all students.

Beginning a meeting with prayer helps set the tone of the deliberations to follow.  It solemnizes the proceedings, encourages a sense of cooperation, and is a means of expressing confidence in the future and recognition for that which is worthy of appreciation in society.  Those who wish not to participate are always allowed to refrain.  Certainly there is a need for mutual respect for those of all faiths and beliefs.  School board meetings ought to be a place where tolerant, respectful behavior is modeled and promoted.

The founding fathers, authors of the Constitution, began their public meetings with prayer both before and after ratification of the Constitution.  The Supreme Court and our founding fathers recognize the value of elected officials seeking divine guidance and wisdom when making decisions that affect the entire community.  School board members ought to be as free as the founders to take advantage of such guidance and wisdom.  With the daunting task of educating the children of the community resting on their shoulders, they can use all the help they can get.  Heaven knows they need it!

Written by Michelle Udall, current Mesa School Board member.

Rep Michelle Ugenti Proposes County Regulatory Reform

Scottsdale, AZ (Dec 16th, 2013) – In an effort to reduce the regulatory burden and reduce costs on Arizona businesses, Rep. Michelle Ugenti, R-Scottsdale, has introduced legislation that will create greater accountability of county government.

House Bill 2013 is loosely modeled after the Arizona Administrative Procedures Act which governs the process state agencies must follow when creating rules and regulations they impose on Arizona businesses.

Ugenti first introduced this legislation in 2012, at the request of many members of Arizona’s business community, to provide them with more certainty and greater input in the development of county regulatory policies.  As a result of that effort, in 2013 Maricopa County in conjunction with various stakeholders made several modifications to its regulatory process resulting in greater transparency, additional stakeholder input and expedited processes.

Last session Ugenti sponsored legislation to apply the model created by Maricopa County to the other 14 counties in Arizona.  Businesses all across the state should benefit from a process that is less complicated, less costly and more predictable.

“I am appreciative that the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors recognized the merits of what was being proposed and acted to improve their regulatory process for Arizona’s business.  They recognized the value in working with the regulated community to improve transparency, reduce costs and increase accountability.  This legislation is worth fighting for so that businesses all across the state receive those same benefits,” Ugenti said.

Many in the business community agree with her. The National Federation of Independent Business, a voice for small business, gave Ugenti’s voting record on business issues the highest score possible in 2011 and 2012, the most recent years available.  Others who have supported this legislation include the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and the Arizona Chapter of Associated General Contractors.

Republican Businessman Toby Farmer Gaining Momentum in LD13 Senate Announces First Wave of Community Supporters

Toby Farmer

(Buckeye, AZ) Today, LD13 Arizona State Senate Republican candidate Toby Farmer announced a first wave of endorsements and statements from community supporters. Farmer is the founder and principal of 1776 Capital, a private investment and holdings firm based in Buckeye. Farmer is challenging current State Senator Don Shooter in the August Republican primary.

“After speaking with hundreds of Republican voters in my district it became clear conservatives were looking for a candidate they could be proud of and support in the Senate Republican primary,” said Farmer. “The amount of support is incredible and I’m humbled by the wave of encouragement I’m receiving from voters and community leaders.”

What Others Are Saying About Toby

“Toby has the energy, intelligence and morals to get the job done right. Toby has the serious intent, positive attitude and ethical makeup that is much needed in state government.” – Litchfield Park Councilman Tim Blake

“I’m encouraged and excited when I see young, conservative, small business owners like Toby Farmer choosing to serve their community. Toby embodies the qualities and ethics needed to carry the core principles of our Party forward to the next generation of Republicans and tomorrows leaders.” – Former Arizona Speaker of the House Kirk Adams

“When I think of the caliber of individuals who need to serve in public office, spirited leaders like Toby Farmer immediately come to mind. I am confident in knowing that Toby offers the type of fresh ideas, principled dedication and leadership that state government cries out for in the current political climate. His commitment to his faith, family and community will likewise carry over into the quality and temperament of leadership we so desperately need in the Arizona Legislature. He has my unwavering support in his call to serve in the civic arena.” – Conservative Activist Shane Wikfors

More About Toby

Farmer’s roots run deep in district 13, which spans from Buckeye to Yuma. Both his grandfather and great-grandfather worked for the Wigwam Resort in the 1940s, and his great uncle, John Roach, is in the Arizona Farming and Ranching Hall of Fame. As the son of public school teachers, Farmer understands the importance of a quality education and of giving back to the community. As a legislator, Farmer plans to pursue a commonsense, conservative agenda in the state legislature.

For more information about Toby Farmer, visit www.FarmerAz.com.

Shawnna Bolick Launches Committee for Arizona House of Representatives in LD-28

“Arizonans come first. No more politics.”

Phoenix, AZ – September 17, 2013- This afternoon, Shawnna Bolick launched the “Elect Bolick for Arizona” committee for Arizona House Legislative District 28 (LD 28).

Today marks the 226th anniversary of the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution. The delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document that they had created. “In celebration of my love for the United States and as a citizen of such a wonderful country and adopted state, there is no better day to officially launch my campaign for Arizona State Representative than Constitution Day,” Bolick stated.

“I am blessed to have tremendous support from my family, friends, past supporters and new supporters who also want a more prosperous Arizona. With the right ideas and citizen legislators, we can ensure one of the most important lines in our Constitution remains ‘We the People.’ The way that this Nation is headed we need to come together and put her back on the right fiscal track. The best place to make that happen is stepping up to serve Arizona, in order to stop further Federal over-reach. More importantly, Arizona is at a crossroads. I believe in taking the road less traveled to help take back our state because it is imperative we maintain our state’s sovereignty, freedom and prosperity,” she said.

Bolick is most interested in running for the Arizona legislature in order to influence the outcome of strong pro-growth, limited government, and free-enterprise ideas. As a means to make Arizona more competitive, Bolick believes devising better low tax policies that provide economic opportunity will encourage a flourishing civil society.

Having worked in the education reform movement for the past 17 years, Shawnna believes her experience makes her the most qualified candidate to take on the district’s Democratic incumbent in the general election. “As a school board member of one of the nation’s top public high schools, I have the toolbox on what it takes to run schools most efficiently with proven results. Our kids deserve the best twenty-first century education and I want to help each child regardless of their zip code have the best educational outcome as possible,” commented Bolick.

Shawnna and Clint, her husband, have two children, Ryne (11) and Kali (8 ½), plus their five year old rescued greyhound, Beary Goldwater.

Follow Shawnna Bolick online at BolickforArizona.com,  Twitter and Facebook.