Poll: Republican Primary for Governor

Senator Al Melvin Endorses Doug Ducey for Arizona Governor

Doug Ducey

Senator Melvin: ‘…I am confident that Doug is the very best choice for conservative voters’

PHOENIX (July 3) – State Treasurer Doug Ducey, conservative candidate for Arizona governor and former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery, today announced that Sen. Al Melvin has endorsed his candidacy for governor. Until recently, Sen. Melvin was also a gubernatorial candidate

“I ran for governor because Arizona needs a strong conservative to lead our great state. While my campaign has ended, my fight for conservative values continues,” Sen. Melvin said. “When I withdrew from the race I made it clear that I had no intention of playing spoiler or of even accidentally helping to elect a liberal Governor. I would put my shoulder to the wheel to elect the best possible conservative candidate.

“That is why I am endorsing Doug Ducey for governor. After traveling our state and sharing the stage with so many of our fine candidates, I am confident that Doug is the very best choice for conservative voters,” Sen. Melvin continued. “His background in the private sector, his work as state treasurer, and his fidelity to the principles upon which our country and party were founded separate him from the other candidates.

“I have also been impressed by his grasp of the issues concerning Southern Arizona, which, as you can imagine, is very near and dear to my heart,” Sen. Melvin concluded. “With our state and nation at a tipping point, Arizona conservatives cannot afford to divide themselves into so many camps that we end up losing at the ballot box. I am voting for Doug Ducey to be our next governor and I encourage every Arizonan to join me.”

“I am grateful to receive Senator Melvin’s endorsement today,” Ducey said. “The Senator is a man of strong character, a consummate gentleman and a consistent conservative. I am proud to call him my friend and am humbled to have his support.”

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About Doug Ducey:
Doug was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio and came to Arizona in 1982 to attend ASU, where he earned a degree in finance. After working at Procter & Gamble, Doug helped launch Cold Stone Creamery on its path to success. Alarmed by the state of the economy, and the massive spending and debt that government was incurring, Doug decided to make a positive difference by seeking public office, and in 2010, was elected as Arizona’s 32nd state treasurer. He has been endorsed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Congressman Trent Franks, Former Senator Jon Kyl, Former Congressman John Shadegg, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Mark Meckler and many others. For more information, please visit www.dougducey.com. You can also follow campaign updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dougducey or on Twitter at @dougducey.

Arizona Republican Party Presents Awards Highlighting Underachieving Democrats

Democrats Deserve Spotlight on Election Manipulation, AZGOP Uses Satire to Direct Voter Attention
 
PHOENIX - While last night’s awards presented by Arizona Capitol Times at the “Best of the Capitol 2014” were for professional achievement and in some cases for fun, today Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham issued a few awards of his own to a carefully selected group of Democrat candidates and organizations.
 
“We all know that hard work in a campaign will be rewarded with a well-deserved victory, but it’s important to have a public acknowledgement that so many Democrat candidates are just out there ignoring voters and just taking it easy,” said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. “in contrast, Republicans are engaging voters as they compete for the GOP nomination for all of Arizona’s top offices, while the Democrats have only managed to field one candidate, or even no candidate, for these important positions.”
 
 
Graham’s first award goes to the Arizona Democratic Party, and it’s called the Irony in Action Award.
 
“Democrats talk about having ‘responsible public servants’ and ‘stewardship’ but they’re apparently not interested in fielding a candidate for State Treasurer, a job that involves oversight of $12 billion worth of Arizona’s assets,” Graham said.
 
His next award went to the three Democrats running for Governor, Secretary of State, and Attorney General. None of the three are competing for their party nomination, leaving voters no choices and rendering the Democrat Primary ballot useless. The award is called the Lawnmower Award because that’s what’s used to clear a field. And once the field has been cleared, it means any potential Democrat opponent simply forfeited.
 
“The Democrats have disenfranchised voters by having party elites, not regular citizens, pick and choose their candidates behind closed doors. Campaigns and elections are supposed to be about competition, contrast, and choice — but the Democrats in Arizona have no interest in that,” Graham said.
 
The third award is called the Gold Coin Award and is presented to Terry Goddard.
 
“This award goes to the candidate that lost three times when he ran for governor, then announced he was interested in being Attorney General, but then later on he apparently flipped a coin and decided to run for Secretary of State, Graham added.
 
As a fourth award Graham issued the Speak Your Mind Award for having either the courage or bad judgment to say something really dumb during a big, important meeting, where it will be recorded in the official minutes.
 
“This award winner is Carolyn Warner, the Arizona Democrats’ National Committeewoman, who said during a major post election meeting in 2012 that Democrat Party leaders should ‘quit spending money on white men.’
 
 
Fifth and final award is the Photoshop Award. Like the Democrats’ Primary Election, there was no competition for this award and DuVal wins it by default.
 
“This is the guy who Photoshopped a picture of himself where he added a beard, costume, and Mexican beer to make himself look Hispanic. Enough said,” Graham added.
 
No one is sure if Warner’s comments contributed to DuVal’s attempt to change his ethnicity.
 
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Will Democrat Ron Barber Reimburse Taxpayers after Using His Office for Campaign Purposes?

Barber Should Use Campaign Funds to Repay Taxpayers Victimized By His Abuse of Mail Privilege
 
PHOENIX – Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, demanded today that Democrat Ron Barber reimburse the federal government for the taxpayer money he spent on his reelection campaign.  Graham noted that Barber reportedly has more than $750,000 in campaign funds available – funds that should be used to repay the government for using federal funds for his personal campaign.
“Taxpayers deserve ethical representatives who will be good stewards of our nation’s government and take special care to use our taxpayer dollars wisely,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “But because of people like Ron Barber, voters in southern Arizona and beyond are suffering the embarrassing consequences of his ethical lapses.”
 
Graham noted that Barber could take the initiative and reimburse the government for the taxpayer funds used to support his reelection efforts when Barber sent out a campaign flyer, but he still intends to ask the Speaker of the House John Boehner to have the U.S. House Committee on Ethics investigate whether Barber’s actions merit disciplinary action.
The Committee recently convened to investigate eight members of Congress — including Raul Grijalva of Arizona and Charlie Rangel of New York — who had been arrested by police in October after repeated warnings against obstructing others and “blocking passage” during a protest in Washington, DC.  Rangel had been investigated previously by the Committee and found guilty of 11 charges relating to his finances, which led Congress to vote to censure him and require him to pay restitution in 2010.  In October the Committee deemed their proceedings resolved after the Grijalva and Rangel paid a fine to have the protest charges dropped.
“Americans are just sick and tired of this kind of unethical behavior in Congress, and it’s hitting close to home now that a second Democrat from Arizona is having trouble with his ethical conduct,” Graham added.
The Committee on Ethics of the U. S. House of Representatives has published their rules prohibiting members from using official resources for campaign and political purposes here.

AZGOP: Another Reason Arizona Democrats Can’t Find Candidates

Is GOP Dominance Responsible for the Democrat Party’s Failure to Field Candidates?
 
PHOENIX – After listening to the Democrat’s only candidate for governor of Arizona call in to a Phoenix radio station from the East Coast this week, and hearing him trying to defend his candidacy, Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham suggested that the state’s Democrat leaders apparently have given up trying to compete with Republicans in the state’s top race.
“With the election less than a year away, the Republican candidates are criss-crossing the state, holding debates and engaging voters,” said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.  “But the Democrats’ only candidate is hopping between New York City and Washington, D.C. to get his marching orders from his liberal allies in the White House.”
 
Steve Goldstein, host of “Here and Now” on KJZZ in Phoenix, asked DuVal on the air this week why even DuVal’s friends think he’ll have a difficult time overcoming his Republican opposition. Goldstein brought up DuVal’s prior failed congressional bid in which he came in fourth place in the Democratic primary. The host also asked DuVal that given the strong Republican majorities in the Arizona legislature, how he would “pivot” as a Democrat on the issues.  DuVal’s response was “Semantics do matter.”
 
“There is no competition within the Democrat Party, their ideas and their candidates aren’t being vetted and tested — their single candidate for governor isn’t even listening to Arizona voters because he’s campaigning out of state — and voters are getting less and less interested and even further disengaged as this trend continues,” Graham added.  Graham previously described DuVal as “uninteresting” to which DuVal responded by sending Graham a case of beer.
 
Republicans hold a five percentage point advantage in voter registration and enjoy an eight point advantage in voter turnout, and every elected statewide officer in Arizona is a member of the Republican Party.

New Poll Shows Competitive Republican Primary Race, Approvals

Susquehanna Polling & Research Poll Finds Bennett in the Lead

Phoenix, AZ, DEC. 10, 2013—Current Secretary of State and former Senate president Ken Bennett is the early favorite in the upcoming Republican primary for governor, according to the latest poll from Susquehanna Polling & Research. He leads with 20% of the vote in a potential 6-way primary against State Treasurer Doug Ducey (8%) and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith (6%), who is still an undeclared candidate. Both Christine Jones, former GoDaddy attorney and Andrew Thomas, former Maricopa County attorney, have 4% of the vote each. Al Melvin, a current state senator from Tucson is last at 2%, while 53% remain undecided.

The following points include key findings from the poll, which was conducted from November 27th to December 4, 2013:

  • “Given the high undecided, it’s still way too early to predict a victory for anyone,” Jim Lee, President of Susquehanna Polling & Research said. However, because Bennett is the favorite with the Latter Day Saint (LDS) community and the tea party, his support will be harder to crack than other business and establishment type candidates. On the other hand, both Ducey and Jones are expected to raise millions of dollars to increase their statewide name ID (not including IE’s), while Bennett is relying on public funds. To their advantage, both Ducey and Bennett have experience running a statewide race. However, there is also a chance they will split the conservative vote, opening the door for Jones. “In a six-way race with at least four of the six considered formidable, whichever candidate gets 25% to 35% of the vote could be the winner in a low turnout type election typical of primaries,” Lee said.
  • Regardless of who wins the primary, two potential matchups of GOP candidates against presumptive Democratic nominee Fred DuVal shows both Bennett and Ducey with small leads over their Democrat opponent. Bennett leads DuVal 38-33, while Ducey leads DuVal 36-33. Both Bennett and Ducey do equally well against DuVal with Republicans, at 64-10 and 60-9, respectively. One of DuVal’s advantages could be the absence of a contested primary and the ability to harness resources, while a competitive and hotly contested GOP field could produce a damaged GOP nominee. “Nonetheless, the closeness of both races show that the governor’s race next November could be very competitive regardless of whom the nominees are,” Leslie Kelly, Regional Director of Business Development said.
  • Another question that may give insights into the race is the poll’s right direction/wrong track question. Currently, 49% say Arizona is headed in the wrong direction, while 39% say the state is on the right track. This negative result could suggest a sentiment for change, or some discontent with the status quo which potentially benefits DuVal and/or the Democrats if they campaign as agents of change with a new direction for the state. Republicans say the state is going in the right direction by a 51-36 margin, while Democrats lean “wrong” track by a 66:20 or better than a 3:1 margin. Independents are nearly divided (42-49 in favor of wrong track).

Methodology

This poll was conducted by Voter Survey Service, a division of Susquehanna Polling and Research in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Completed interviews were conducted November 27-December 4, 2013 with 600 registered voters, all of whom have vote history in past general elections (i.e., G2012, G2010 and/or G2008). Calls are made from a voter registration list purchased from our telephone list vendor, Labels & Lists, specializing in updated voter registration records for the state of Arizona. The sample frame was a landline telephone sample, with mixed modality including interviews conducted via live telephone agents using our professionally-trained survey research staff from our telephone call center in Harrisburg, as well as interviews conducted with automated polling software. Interviews are conducted randomly using probability-based sampling designs and closely monitored to ensure a representative sample of Arizona’s electorate is achieved based on geography, gender, age, party affiliation and other demographics; results are sometimes statistically weighted to account for either non-response or coverage bias. This poll was not paid for by any political party, candidate for public office or other group and was conducted mainly for public
dissemination and internal analysis.

The margin of error for a sample size of 600 interviews is +/-4.00% at the 95% confidence level.

© Susquehanna Polling and Research, Inc. is a nationally known survey research and polling firm for both candidates for public office (GOP only) as well as various corporations, association clients and media outlets. Voter Survey Service (VSS) is a division of SP&R and conducts surveys in more than a dozen states including Pennsylvania, Arizona, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Colorado, Missouri, Iowa, West Virginia and others. SP&R recently served as the pollster for Mayor-elect Don Guardian in his historic upset victory in the 11/5 mayoral election in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
More information about our firm can be found at www.susquehannapolling.com.

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AZGOP: Democrat Ron Barber Confirms His Indecision

But He Later Issues a Correction 

PHOENIX – Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, was not surprised that Democrat Ron Barber of Arizona’s Congressional District 2 announced today that he changed his mind this week and will be, in fact, running for reelection.

“Today we’re hearing more proof that Ron Barber has a problem making decisions, and that’s bad for the people of his district,” said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. “He shied away from telling voters who he supported for President, he’s painfully ambiguous about Obamacare, and he’s clearly having trouble planning out even just the next few months of his career.” 

Fortunately for the people of Arizona’s CD 2, there is a solution to this Democrat’s wavering — in the form of the Republican nominee who will be prepared and ready to represent them in Congress. Whether Barber suffers the wrath of voters incensed with the failures of Obamacare, those frustrated with the stagnating economy, or those fed-up with federal government’s inability to control the porous southern border or their district, it’s clear that the Republican nominee will be a clear favorite in 2014.

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez Helps Raise Over $50,000 for Arizona Republican Party

PHOENIX – Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, and a crowd of supporters welcomed Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico to a gathering at the home of Lynn and Jack Londen in Phoenix last night. The event raised over $50,000 for the Arizona Republican Party’s campaign for victory in 2014, and showcased one of the nation’s most popular Republican governors.

“We were honored that Governor Martinez accepted our invitation to come and meet us all and speak to those of us who have been watching her lead her state and support our Republican principles at the state level,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “Governor Martinez is not only our nation’s first Latina governor, she’s a rising star in the Republican Party because she’s an effective chief executive, a true conservative, and an inspiring and engaging leader.” 

Graham thanked the Chairman’s Circle of the Arizona Republican Party, consisting of a group of business and community leaders who participated in the event, and expressed his gratitude to Lynn and Jack Londen as well as the Host Committee members for supporting the event.

Chairman’s Circle: Jane and Bruce Ash, Lee Benson, Barbara and Jim Chamberlain, Vicki and Jim Click, Beth and Chad Coons, La and John Dawson, Marilyn and Jerry Hayden, Randy and Ken Kendrick, Ed Robson

Host Committee: Maryglenn and Rich Boals, Dorde “George” Cedic, Nan and Webb Crockett, Karen and Michael Preston Green, Donnell and Alan Heywood, Don Isaacson, Ann and John Kaites, Michele Larson, Sharon and Michael Lechter, Jeff Lindsey, Lynn and Jack Londen, Hon. Vernon Parker

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Arizona Republican Party Commemorates 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

PHOENIX – Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, issued the following statement in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, a historical speech given by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 to dedicate the Gettysburg National Cemetery after a brutal battle during the Civil War.

“Lincoln’s speech was brief but profound, and it is a solemn reminder that our nation is constantly being tested.  He reminds us that the first principle of our nation’s founding is the perpetual challenge to increase our freedom.  As the founder of the Republican Party, Abraham Lincoln boldly proclaimed that the work of the nation he presided over was still unfinished.  And while we have made great progress in these 150 years, the unfinished work of expanding our freedom and recognizing our equality with each other still remains.  I implore all Arizonans to join me in our party’s efforts to take up this challenge, to do everything in our power to fight for our liberty and celebrate the principle that all men are created equal.”

Handicapping the Arizona Governor’s Race

Arizona PBS’s Horizon just featured a segment featuring ASU pollster Bruce Merrill discussing the current lineup and prospects seeking the office of Governor in 2014. For the most part I agree with Merrill’s assessment on the candidates but I think I’d like to point out some factors that the respected pollster may have overlooked.

First, here’s the interview with Ted Simon:

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If I were to break out the GOP gubernatorial race into three tiers, this is what it would look like. (For the purpose of full disclosure, I do not have any of these candidates as clients.)

First Tier:
Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith

Second Tier:
Secretary of State Ken Bennett
Christine Jones
Former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman

Third Tier:
State Senator Al Melvin
Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas

Assessing the first tier of candidates, both Ducey and Smith are extremely formidable candidates with perhaps the best consulting firms/teams in Arizona running their campaigns. I like to refer to this race as a battle between the House of Noble and the House of Coughlin.

DC London is run by former Chief of Staff to Congressman John Shadegg, Sean Noble – one of the most disciplined, organized and well-connected consultants in the business. House of Coughlin is run by Governor Brewer’s closest advisor and strategist, Chuck Coughlin who founded and oversees Arizona’s HighGround firm. As noted, Noble and Coughlin are two of the best Republican consultants in the state of Arizona. Both their firms are ready to lock horns in the governor’s race with teams that will make the Republican primary battle very exciting to watch.

Both Doug Ducey and Scott Smith are also strong leaders in their respective arenas. They know how to campaign effectively and are very good with audiences. They also have the capacity to bring a lot of money to the table for their teams. On the GOP spectrum, Ducey draws out support from the grassroots while Smith tends to identify with the establishment.

At the present, Ducey’s assertiveness for this race has been a little below the radar while Smith’s team has been actively taking advantage of opportunities to boost the mayor’s profile. We saw this recently in Smith’s election as President of the US Conference of Mayors. This makes sense from Smith’s perspective since his profile is highest in the east valley and Ducey has already obtained statewide name recognition.

This race will be very tight as money, leadership style, likability and their respective teams are evenly matched.

Looking at the second tier, I would have to place Secretary of State Ken Bennett at the top of this tier, although he has the chance to bounce into the first tier given an effective campaign team. Bennett has run for statewide office before although he really didn’t have any competition. Anyone who knows Ken Bennett knows him as one of the nicest elected officials they’ve ever met. But his chivalrous soft-spoken demeanor is often seen as a lack of assertiveness. To jump into the first tier, he will need ditch some of the nice-guy persona and get a little more assertive.

Christine Jones’ biggest challenge is that no one knows who she is. Whoever she hires as her team will need to do a lot of catching up making the rounds. If she is counting on raising money from the political establishment, this will be tough because most of the cash is flowing to the upper tier. She will have to put a lot of her own money into the race to boost her profile and prove credibility as a candidate. When I first heard her name mentioned for a statewide office, my suggestion was to see her run for Attorney General because a Christine Jones vs. Felecia Rotellini matchup would keep that seat in the hands of Republicans.

Hugh Hallman also remains in the second tier primarily because of the challenges of statewide name identification and the challenge of fundraising in a crowded field. Hallman is one of the smartest policy guys and that may come off as being too wonky, geeky and not strong enough leadership. He is well liked but running for Governor is not like running for the 8th most populous city in Arizona,

Jumping to the third tier, it’s accurate to say that both Senator Al Melvin and former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas have no path to victory whatsoever.

Senator Melvin is one of the nicest men you will ever meet but his time in the Arizona Legislature has branded him with the image of the grandfatherly citizen legislator. He has never run for statewide office and the money, energy and team it requires to mount such a campaign is out of reach.

Finally (and this is difficult to write), Andrew Thomas has no chance of winning the nomination short of the entire Arizona judiciary system being indicted for corruption. If Thomas had only remained in the office of County Attorney and successfully beat the judiciary system, he might be invincible. Unfortunately he now has one of the highest political radioactivity levels when it comes to former elected officials. This will doom his campaign.

Having managed a statewide campaign, I will tell you that it is a tremendous amount of work that requires millions of dollars. Money does make the difference in races and candidates who assert themselves early through money, endorsements and profile take the advantage. Watch for this race to be far more exciting than it was in 2010!

 

Shane Wikfors is the creator and editor of Sonoran Alliance and President of Red Mountain Consulting & Development. He has been active in Arizona campaigns, grassroots politics and non-profit issue advocacy for over 23 years. You can read more about him at ShaneWikfors.com.

AZGOP Chairman: Legislative Process Must Performed Legitimately

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PHOENIX – Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, issued the following statement regarding this week’s activity at the Arizona Legislature:

“I serve as the elected Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, with over a million voters strong in our state. 

“I also stand with those hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who voted for Republican candidates, knowing that Republicans support fiscal responsibility. I understand that everyone is under a lot of pressure here today. Many of you have not slept in a few days. We all agree there’s a lot at stake. However, I cannot overstate how disappointed I am with the parliamentary maneuvers that have played out over the past few days. Last year, our Republican legislative majority elected a Senate President and Speaker of the House empowering them to provide leadership consistent with the Republican Party platform. Vested in them is a constitutional responsibility to originate and craft a budget for the legislature to send the Executive branch. To their credit, they have worked long and hard to that end for over 100 days. 

“I now call on all Republican legislators to restore the legitimate process that respects the authority that was given to the duly elected Republican House and Senate leadership. Let’s also make sure that, as we close out the First Regular Session of the 51st Legislature, we support the remaining conservative core pieces of legislation and amendments that define the contrast between our party and that of the left. I understand that each member of the legislature comes from a different district with different constituencies. But I also want to be very clear that each and every Republican who ran for office did so representing our party. As Republicans, we should stand united in the cause of promoting limited government, respect for life, defense of our Constitution, strict adherence to transparent governance and full support of legitimate parliamentary procedures that allow our leadership to do the job they were elected to do.”

Aaron Borders: Republicans and the Blue Collar Worker

I want to open this article with a simple, yet profound, statement from President Reagan “You can’t be for big Government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy.”

When I talk to Blue Collar workers I have found many of them do not spent much time following politics. They rarely know how government works from the federal level down to local government, yet they have a common thread as they often tell me, “Republicans ONLY care about the Rich.” It always breaks my heart to hear this because I know that it is the furthest thing from the truth; yet, a lot of the Blue Collar workers I meet truly believe this from the bottom of their hearts.

I could go back and explain how we got to this point, and I used to try. However, I find that I usually lose them as I dig into American political history. Lets face it, unless you’re really plugged into politics, a 10 minute dissertation is way too painful to the average “non-political” Joe.

This is where our challenge lies. How do we educate, but not lecture? How do we be informative, but not come across as combative, arrogant and preachy? How I have started talking about Republican economics is simply to tell of my Blue Collar struggles and their paycheck.

Long ago in Ohio I worked with my cousins and friends in the construction field and I found that it was a trade that would suit me. Soon after, I started to work for a masonry company and went to masonry school to be a brick, block and stone mason. A few years later I started working for a General Contracting company, and started to make the best money of my young life. One afternoon the boss asked me to work a Saturday to help keep a project on track and enticed me by saying, “I will pay you time and a half!” I jumped on the opportunity.

A week or so later I went to grab get my check so I could take my young wife out to dinner to make up for the prior Saturday. When I opened my check, it was smaller then my normal checks. I thought there must be some mistake and went to speak with the HR department. Betty-Joe from HR sat me down and listened to my bewilderment for a few minutes before finally cutting me off. She calmly explained it to me, “Aaron, I know this is hard to understand, but you made too much money this week. It pushed you into a higher tax bracket, and so you have to pay a higher percentage in taxes then you normally do, making your check smaller.”

I had taken economics in school and thought I understood government taxes, but that day solidified my realization that I deserved the money I worked for, not the government. I have always believed that taxes were the ultimate win-fall for the government, but now I knew how unfair the system was. I had worked hard, negotiated my wages, put in extra time, yet now that I had worked one day more the government needed more of my money. I remember thinking, that was MY money, MY time and I earned it; not the Government.

From then on whenever my foreman asked me to work on Saturday, I always said that I had prior plans, and couldn’t. This in turn, made the projects we were building take longer, stalling the projects opening and thus slowing the growth of the economy in our small town.

There was no financial gain for me to work harder, so why would I; especially since the additional work actually accounted for a loss to my paycheck. If I would have gotten the paycheck with the extra money instead of extra taxes; my wife and I would have supported a local restaurant, tipped the waiter/waitress a little bit more, and probably spent a little more money at the store. All of that was taken out of the local economy, because I refused to work harder to earn less.

As I moved through my life and I became a business owner. I found this reasoning also applied to business. With a normal business plan, a business strives to reaches different levels of success in order to reinvest into its self. Whither it is more efficient tools, a larger facility, or more employees; a business is reaching for higher benchmarks. During this struggle to grow, they always have to account for the constant draining of funds being pulled away from the business via the government and taxes. This constant draining is a roadblock that every determined job creator has to jump over to be successful.

Democrats try to put blinders on low-income employee to say, “the other guys can afford to pay a little higher taxes.” However, many times the ‘other guy’ in this statement is their employer or a corporation that with the ability to keep a bit more of THEIR profit could hire more employees. Just like when I couldn’t spend MY money on MY family with MY earnings, a company getting a higher tax bills can not spend or invest their money in their company, through pay raises (to the Blue Collar Workers), new equipment, or new employees.

These financial hurdles and roadblocks hurt Blue Collared Workers yet, the Democrats consistently want to raise taxes on income and businesses that directly impact Blue Collar Workers. The Democrat Party says it’s a huge supporter of the “little guy” and the “Blue Collar Worker” but then their economic plan completely rejects this point. Anyone who wants people and businesses to pay more, because of their hard they work cannot say they want everyone to succeed. This makes the Democrat platform either completely disingenuous or completely inept to basic capitalistic principles.

When I tell this story to Blue Collar workers, I watch as they put it into perspective and see the basic logic and reasoning. Many Democrat candidates demonize corporations, big business and “the Rich.” In all actuality they are really demonizing every worker who wants to work hard to succeed for their family. Every worker should be able to work hard to support their family and every corporation needs to work hard to reinvest into itself. This is how Republicans view the economic development with tax cuts in order to spur economic growth.

President Ronald Reagan implemented this strategy when he cut taxes across the board and created a boom in the economy in the 1980’s. He so eloquently said, “A rising tide floats all boats.” When I try to start with this quote, I am always accused of defending the “rich guy.” But when I start the story from the beginning, I find that this quote is a great closer because by then nearly all my Blue Collar friends have realized that Republicans are actually the party for the hard working Blue Collar workers, not the Democrats.

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About the Author: Aaron Borders is a Financial Specialist and business owner in Arizona. Aaron was a Journeyman Mason and partner in a General Contracting and Construction business prior to the 2008 market crash. He got the proper education in order to help families and businesses with their Risk Management and Financial needs. He lives in Litchfield Park with his wife Shelly and three little boys, with a baby girl due in Sept. Aaron Borders is also a candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 29. For more information on Aaron, please visit his website at www.AaronBorders4AZ.com.

Republican Gubernatorial Candidates: Who Do You Like?

Arizona Republican Party Raises $225,000 Saluting Arizona’s Republican Lawmakers

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PHOENIX – Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham today thanked the nearly 400 attendees at last night’s GOP Legislative Salute that raised $225,000 for the State Party. Keynote speaker Frank Luntz urged those in attendance to remember that the GOP’s strength comes from our authentic commitment to protecting taxpayers, our long-term approach to challenges, and our insistence on holding our government leaders accountable.

“What made this event so successful is the combination of our supporters working together, uniting behind our common goals, and sharing in our plans for victory in 2014,” said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. “We’ve proven in the short time since the last election that we’re newly energized, we’re committed to the mission of our Republican platform, and last night was a true demonstration there are tremendous resources now available to help us win.”

Governor Brewer spoke to the audience and received a standing ovation, and she thanked Chairman Graham for his leadership. Governor Gregory Mendoza of the Gila River Indian Community presented the AZGOP’s Lifetime Achievement Award to U.S. Senator Jon Kyl. Kyl retired early this year after a lifetime of service to the GOP, our state, and our country. The event featured a special tribute in honor of Speaker of the House Andy Tobin and Senate President Andy Biggs which can be viewed here.

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The Arizona Republican Party also released the following video as part of the salute:

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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

________________________________________

by: A. J. LaFaro, Chairman

Maricopa County Republican Committee

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A Reason for Conservatives to Cheer?

According to the Arizona Capitol Times’ Yellow Sheet, a group of nearly 20 conservative leaders from across Arizona have written a letter to State Representative Steve Montenegro urging him to explore a campaign for Secretary of State.  While liberal State Senator Michele Reagan has long coveted the job, there has not been a conservative candidate mentioned, related to the SOS race, that has elicited any real excitement among the grassroots of the AZGOP.  If Montenegro were to run, that would all change very quickly.  Montenegro is in his third term and has been a real fighter for conservative issues.  His scores from taxpayer groups, pro-family groups, libertarian-leaning groups like the Goldwater Institute, and conservative groups are always among the very best, and he has been a leader on issues like border security, fiscal restraint, the defense of human life, our 2nd Amendment rights, and more.  With so much of the national Republican Party looking for credible Hispanic candidates, a candidate like Montenegro might not only be attractive to Arizona conservatives, but Republican party stalwarts across the country.  We will try to get a list of the signers and will update this post as soon as we get them.  In the meantime, check out this clip of a younger Steve Montenegro (starts at 1:40) speaking at the first Arizona Tea Party back in 2009, and consider that this is him as a rookie, after just a few months in office!

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Robert Graham wins Arizona Republican Party Chairman post

Congratulations to newly elected Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, Robert Graham!

Graham won the biennial contest with nearly 70% of the vote against little known Doug Little who offered very little threat and caused plenty of confusion leading up to today’s election.

Robert Graham actually entered the race in September, 2012 racking up endorsement after endorsement. From Senators McCain and Kyl to the rest of the congressional delegation to a plethora of state legislators, party elected officials and a phalanx of grassroots organizations, Graham’s unifying momentum was unstoppable heading into the final contest.

As we prepare for the upcoming election cycle, Robert Graham will bring new and energetic leadership to the Arizona Republican Party with his strong background in fundraising, strategic planning and commitment to deploying the latest campaign technology.

I am proud to be one of Robert Graham’s earliest and biggest supporters. He has my full support and I pledge to help him in moving our party forward and victorious!