Former Mayor of Sedona Endorses Tobin

Andy Tobin

Former Mayor of Sedona Endorses Tobin

Colquitt cites Andy’s conservative credentials and family values

Endorsements haven’t stopped pouring in from all over Arizona’s vast 1st Congressional District. Momentum, energy and support are clearly behind Andy Tobin’s campaign as he continues to visit every corner of the district building his grassroots network of passionate volunteers and supporters. Former Sedona Mayor Pud Colquitt (2004-2008) is the latest elected official to join the more than 30 others to voice support for Tobin’s mission to repeal ObamaCare and return Arizona’s 1st Congressional District to its conservative values.

Andy Tobin is my choice for Congress in rural Arizona,” said former Mayor of Sedona Pud Colquitt. “Andy is a common sense conservative candidate with vision. Whether he’s fighting against ObamaCare or supporting concealed carry, he always brings conservative values to the table. He has a family, including five children and retired parents. He understands the challenges facing Arizona’s 1st Congressional District because he faces them himself everyday. There’s nobody else in this race who has the proven conservative record to affect change in Washington on behalf of rural Arizona. That’s why I am endorsing Andy Tobin for Congress.”

“When we return this district to its conservative values, it will be thanks to great folks like Mayor Colquitt,” said Tobin. “I feel honored that our growing network of supporters is entrusting me to take the solutions we have implemented here in Arizona to Washington on their behalf. I will continue to put the taxpayers, families and businesses of rural Arizona above politics. I will continue to protect Arizona from ObamaCare, overbearing government regulations and government intrusion into our lives.”

ABOUT ANDY TOBIN:

Andy Tobin and his wife of 28 years, Jennifer, are the proud parents of five children- three daughters and two sons. Tobin is a small business owner who has devoted his life to positively affecting his community through job creation, public service and advocating for conservative principles. Tobin’s focus has been on creating sustainable jobs, helping small businesses succeed, building a stronger middle class and putting Arizona back on track. While serving as Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Tobin drastically cut government by 25 percent, balanced Arizona’s budget and presided over the largest tax cuts in Arizona’s history, saving Arizona taxpayers millions of dollars.

Tobin has fought for your family’s freedoms, your prosperity and your community for the past six years while serving in the Arizona Legislature. He continues to lead the fight to stop the implementation of the disastrous ObamaCare. As your Representative in Congress, Andy Tobin will represent your voice, and lead the charge in fighting for you against the wasteful spending, government intrusion, and out-of-touch insiders that are taking away your freedoms.

Join Andy Tobin today!

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For more information, please contact Tobin for Congress Campaign Manager Craig Handzlik at press@andytobin.com or 928-275-1417.

Conservative Grassroots Leaders Jennifer Wright and Shane Wikfors Endorse Arizona AG Candidate Mark Brnovich

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Recently, 2011 Phoenix Mayoral Candidate Jennifer Wright endorsed Republican Mark Brnovich for Arizona Attorney General.

“Now, more than ever, we need an Attorney General who knows and understands not only the U.S. Constitution, but the Arizona Constitution. We need an AG who will fight against federal programs, like ObamaCare. We need someone whose background includes not only prosecuting criminals, but has served as the director of the Goldwater Institute’s Center for Constitutional Government. And, we need someone who talks the talk AND walks the walk. Friends, we need Mark Brnovich.”

East Valley conservative activist and grassroots leader Shane Wikfors also endorsed Brnovich for Arizona Attorney General.

“As someone who places tremendous value on character and experience, I am excited to endorse Mark Brnovich to be Arizona’s next Attorney General. Mark possesses the conservative principles and personal integrity necessary to represent and advocate for Arizonans against an overbearing assault from Washington, DC. As a prosecutor, Mark has always demonstrated a commitment to justice, fairness, and judicial integrity. I also admire and respect his dedication to protecting our cultural and faith-based values. I wholeheartedly endorse and support Mark Brnovich as our next Attorney General of Arizona.”

Of the endorsements, Mark had this to say, “Jennifer Wright and Shane Wikfors have been steadfast advocates for conservative principles in the valley for a long time. Their support is invaluable and I look forward to working with them to help restore integrity and character to the office of Attorney General.”

ABOUT MARK BRNOVICH:
Raised in Arizona, Mark Brnovich is a graduate of Arizona State University. After law school, Mark prosecuted felonies in the Gang/Repeat Offender Bureau of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and worked as an Assistant Attorney General for Arizona and as Assistant US Attorney for the District of Arizona. Mark also served his country as Command Staff Judge Advocate for the 153rd Field Artillery Brigade of the Arizona Army National Guard for eight years. Mark met his wife Susan while both were working as prosecutors. They live in Phoenix with their two daughters.

Toby Farmer Announces Candidacy for District 13 House Seat

Toby Farmer for House

BUCKEYE, Ariz. – Today, conservative businessman Toby Farmer announced his candidacy to represent district 13 in the Arizona House of Representatives.  Farmer is the founder and principal of 1776 Capital, a private investment and holdings firm based in Buckeye.

“Running for public office was never something I planned to do, but as a father, husband, and small business owner, I have become more and more concerned with the direction this state is heading,” said Farmer.  “District 13 voters need someone who understands the impact of the decisions made in our state capitol, someone who will fight for the principles of limited government.”

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.  At age 21, he started a scholarship program that helped underprivileged students attend college.

As a legislator, Farmer plans to pursue a commonsense, conservative agenda in the state legislature.

“It is time for our leaders to pursue solutions that are fiscally responsible so our children will have a future full of opportunity and growth,” Farmer said.  “As your representative, I will focus on balancing the budget and ending policies that hinder job growth and stifle Arizona’s small businesses.”

More About Toby Farmer

Farmer lives in Buckeye with his wife of five years, Missy, and their two sons.  The Farmers are expecting their third child in August, and they attend Christ Church of the Valley.  Farmer earned his J.D. from the Phoenix School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from Hardin-Simmons University.  He worked for the San Carlos Apache Nation as a law clerk and is a former Ronald Reagan fellow at the Goldwater Institute, a conservative think tank.  In addition to running 1776 Capital, Farmer owns Seed and Co., a provider of luxury kitchen products, and Toby Farmer Films.

 

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It’s the Morning After the First Debate, and I’m Giddy

Wow!  I’m giddy.  I was surprised and thrilled by Gov. Romney’s performance in last night’s debate (Oct. 3).  I watched the debate with 7 other Conservatives, time-delayed by a Tivo box so that we could halt the action and toss in our own comments.

Several of us were apprehensive at the outset, but by the end of the debate we had worked ourselves into a frenzy of excitement, shouting “Yes! Yes! Yes!” as he pounded home those key points that free-market, limited-government, fiscal-responsibility Conservatives have been trumpeting for years.

Now I have to confess.  I had no idea that Gov. Romney had this in him.  Sure, he’d had some brief flashes on the campaign trail, and his style turned for the better after naming Paul Ryan as his VP.  But like many Conservatives, I feared the Governor was just the next-in-line Establishment Republican candidate — doomed to be another gracious loser.

I’m still absorbing what I saw & heard, and I’ll have to go through the whole debate again, but I do remember Romney’s first home run of the evening (for me) when he pointed out the immorality of the debt we are piling on the backs of our children.  As I’ve written in the past (herehere, and here for example), we are effectively selling them into a modern-day version of debt bondage.  At last we have a candidate who leads with that point against all those “compassionate” Democrats, the people who supposedly “care”.

As for Obama’s own performance, a repeated interjection among my friends was “He’s flailing, he’s flailing!”.  Time and again he reached back for his standard campaign talking points, sometimes well off-topic, and he was visibly shell-shocked when Romney put them down emphatically, with compelling refutation points, nicely bulleted and driven home like nails in a coffin (puns intended).

If you can watch the debate again, keep an eye on Obama’s upper jaw near his left ear as he stares down at his podium.  One of our friends spotted it first.  You’ll see a light spot come and go as he visibly clenches and unclenches his teeth. This man is used to adulation and acquiescence, not reasoned confrontation.  Bound up in his Leftist ideology and surrounded 24/7 by sycophants and a fawning, collaborative media, he was totally unprepared to defend his indefensible record. He spent much of the evening staring down at that podium as if being scolded by his school master.

Obama will be better prepared at the next debate, and Romney will have to guard against over-confidence.  But I’m no longer worried.  Obama’s hand is incredibly weak — almost everywhere, he’s holding a pair of deuces against Romney’s full house.  And Romney’s better at the game — much better.

Of course, the election ain’t over ’til it’s over, and the Obama machine, the Great American Left, and the Democrat Media Complex won’t go gently into the night.  But we have ourselves a candidate in Mitt Romney, and I have a new-found confidence that he and his staff might just run this campaign right across the finish line going away, and leading by several lengths.

Then, the long hard path to recovery begins.

[This article cross-posted from WesternFreePress.com]

Arizona Proposition 204 is Bad Policy

Arizona Proposition 204

Arizona Proposition 204 is bad policy. A close look at the fine print in Proposition 204 reveals the true purpose of the initiative.

The measure creates 14 separate carve outs for special interest groups, creating a grab bag of taxpayer funded giveaways. While special interests are getting enriched, Arizona families will see a $1 Billion dollar PERMANENT tax increase. If passed, Arizona will become the second highest sales tax state in America, just behind Tennessee, a state with no income tax.

But, how does Proposition 204 reward politically connected groups? The device is a list of “designated funds” that would dictate how the money is spent. Students and teachers in the classroom are barely in the equation.

Arizonans need only to read the ballot language to see that Prop 204 is more about “pet projects” and less about improving the state’s education system.

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STATE INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING 
ARTICLE 1. ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR STATE INFRASTRUCTURE

28-9301. State infrastructure fund

A. THE STATE INFRASTRUCTURE FUND IS ESTABLISHED CONSISTING OF LEGISLATIVE APPROPRIATIONS, FEDERAL MONIES, PRIVATE GRANTS, GIFTS, CONTRIBUTIONS, DEVISES AND MONIES DEPOSITED IN THE FUND PURSUANT TO SECTION 42- 5029.02. MONIES IN THE FUND ARE CONTINUOUSLY APPROPRIATED TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR THE PURPOSES PRESCRIBED IN THIS SECTION AND ARE EXEMPT FROM THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 35-190 RELATING TO LAPSING OF APPROPRIATIONS.

That’s why Doug Ducey, Arizona’s State Treasurer said, “Prop 204 is genuinely bad policy. It makes a permanent, billion-dollar-a-year spending commitment; it provides for no oversight as to how the money is spent; and it makes no reforms that actually improve accountability or the quality of education. Prop 204 amounts to just throwing money at a problem and hoping that somehow, magically, things will just get better.”

Out of the $1 billion collected every year, only $125 million would go to the state’s general fund for “inflation adjustments” for K-12 education. Then the spending begins to disburse $875 million to the initiative’s pet projects through the designated funds.

  • The largest share, $500 million, goes to something called the quality education and performance fund to assist K-12 schools with “assessment and accountability” rules. Sounds good right? But the ballot language specifically uses the word “may use the monies.” There is no guarantee that they will be used effectively, again no oversight or accountability, just words on a page.
  • The state infrastructure fund gets $100 million for road-building and public transportation.
  • The family stability and self-sufficiency fund receives $100 million to support families living below the poverty level.

That takes care of $700 million projected for the designated funds. The first fund feeds bureaucratic record keeping. The second supports contractors and transportation subsidies. The third funds a social services program outside the purview of education.

The rest of the money — $175 million – goes to fund areas that again lack accountability and oversight.

To fund the $1 billion a year initiative, taxpayers will be forced to pay a one-cent increase in the state’s sales tax rate. The initiative forbids the Governor and State Legislature from any participation in spending the funds.

In fact, Prop 204 prevents the Auditor General, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee or the Governor’s Office from doing any performance audits on how the money raised is to be spent. So much for sunshine and accountability.

If Arizona wants long-term education reform, Proposition 204 is not the answer. Proposition 204 is just too taxing on Arizona families.

To learn more, please visit VoteNoOn204.com or Vote No on 204′s Facebook Page.

Are the Democrats Sensing Defeat? Ask Chris Matthews.

Are any of you Conservative news junkies sensing what I’m sensing?

Namely –

It seems the Leftist media are finally sensing defeat in November.  And I mean really sensing it. The willful self-deception that they’ve cultivated for so long is crumbling.  Their messiah is false.  He’s failed.  And rather miserably at that.  And he may well take the party down with him in just a few weeks.

Why do I think they’re sensing defeat?

One of their media princelings, Chris Matthews, the bloviating, spittle-spewing host of MSNBC’s Hardball, shifted rather abruptly into defensive alibi mode on the August 31 edition of his show, less than 24 hours after Mitt Romney’s RNC acceptance speech.  Matthews began slathering blame on “Republican opposition” for Obama’s failure, this time including a freshly announced conspiracy, ostensibly hatched “in secret” back in 2009, to oppose the President’s policies.

Short memo to Chris:  The opposition opposes.  That’s what they do.  Especially when your messiah sets about to do what he’s done. And every minority party seeks to regain the majority.  It’s nothing personal, okay?

But more importantly –

What Obama failure are you talking about?  So now Obama has failures?  Are you now implying he’ll lose the upcoming election?  Are you seeking to lay off the blame for that in advance?

Sheesh.  This is quite a shift for a mawkishly liberal, self-delusional, sycophantic, Obama camp follower like you, no?  Has that 2008 tingle up your leg migrated to a 2012 chill up your spine?

What happened?  Did you watch the RNC speeches that your network wouldn’t air?  Were you frightened by the depth of the Republican bench?  (If so, eat your heart out, pal.)    Did you mentally compare Paul Ryan to Joe Biden and suffer a panic attack?

I occasionally enjoy your show for its unintentional humor, but the sea change in your August 31 show was positively delightful.  Please do it again on your next show.  Please.  As the RNC mystery guest said: Go ahead. Make my day.

2nd Annual Patriot Dinner Banquet with Bill Whittle, Tammy Bruce, Krista Branch, and Shane Krauser: Please Join Us!!

The Scottsdale Plaza Resort
7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Arizona
Saturday, October 22nd, 2011
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Business/Cocktail Attire

Silent Auction/Cocktails/VIP Reception 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Dinner and Evening Program 6:30 – 9:00 pm

For more information about the banquet, our featured speakers , and to purchase tickets: http://arizonamainstreamproject.org/#q=Events

VIP TICKETS

Premier seating, access to VIP Reception and photo opportunity, signed copy of Bill Whittle’s “What We Believe” DVD, signed copy of Tammy Bruce’s “The New Thought Police,” and signed copy of Krista Branch’s latest CD

$150 (Before Sept. 30th)     $175 (After Sept. 30th)

RESERVED TICKETS

$75 (Before Sept. 30th)     $100 (After Sept. 30th)

STUDENT TICKETS  ~ $50

TABLE SPONSORSHIPS

Complimentary advertisement in event program for businesses, organizations, or campaigns with table purchases made by Oct. 8. Full 5 x 7 ad given for VIP table purchase, and a 1/2 page ad given for a reserved table purchase.

Washington VIP Table (10 guests)

Premier seating, access to VIP Reception and photo opportunity, signed copy of Bill Whittle’s “What We Believe” DVD, signed copy of Tammy Bruce’s book “The New Thought Police,” and signed copy of Krista Branch’s latest CD

$1200 (Before Sept. 30th)     $1500 (After Sept. 30th)

 Jefferson Reserved Table (10 guests)

Reserved seating for dinner and evening program

$600 (Before Sept. 30th)     $750 (After Sept. 30th)

 Madison Table (10 students) ~ $500

Sponsorships for speakers are available:  Call Honey Marques, Executive Director, by phone at 808-283-3661 or by email at honey@arizonamainstreamproject.org or more information and to make contribution.

 

Matt Salmon’s Union Connections

By Jean Valjean

Reposted from Western Free Press.

Matt Salmon seems to be playing both sides of the political fence. Salmon apparently is a Phoenix union supporter but a self-described “conservative” in Arizona’s East Valley.

Matt Salmon’s website home page welcomes you with this quote:

“Your financial support will help ensure my message of smaller government, fiscal responsibility and less taxes reaches every voter.” – Matt Salmon

Furthermore, Salmon markets himself as a “conservative.”

If this is true, why is Salmon, a supposed stalwart of conservatism, endorsing liberal union activist Claude Mattox for Mayor of Phoenix?

Matt Salmon’s firm, Upstream Consulting, represents government unions, specifically public employee unions in Arizona. These unions endorse Claude Mattox for Mayor of Phoenix. Salmon then endorses Claude Mattox. In turn, Salmon receives money from the unions. In addition, Salmon gets more ammunition against his primary opponents, specifically Kirk Adams.

Why? One reason is the unions hate Kirk Adams for spearheading pension reform in Arizona. Adams’ pension reform was the most ambitious in the country, targeting the public safety unions that Salmon represents. In fact, Arizona is on the union’s target list of states to “fight back” against.

This provides a unique solution for the unions and Matt Salmon. Salmon gets to capitalize on privately raising money from the unions, coordinating attacks on Salmon’s more anti-union primary opponents, while claiming he has nothing to do with the unions. The unions also get a more “friendly” candidate by eliminating old enemies.

While Kirk Adams was trying to pass pension reform and getting government sector spending in control with universities and unions, Matt Salmon was lobbying against these things. During Salmon’s lobbying tenure, he picked battles with the Goldwater Institute over corporate welfare, protected government public safety unions, and fought to protect ASU’s government gravy train.

Matt Salmon is receiving money from other union players. The list includes ex-union boss Billy Shields and union spokesman David Leibowitz.

Once again, why is Salmon endorsing union candidates and receiving union money? Why is Salmon suggesting he is a symbol of “smaller government” when there is no bigger symbol of “Big Government” than public-employee unions and their political candidates? Does Salmon really believe in these union backed candidates and issues or is it just “politics?” Do we want to reward politicians who take on political risks or those who take advantage of them?

This is a big issue that deserves more transparency and answers.

Rights of Crime Victims, Seminar presented by Steve Twist, Tuesday, Aug. 9th

INVITES YOU TO ATTEND

SEMINAR ON RIGHTS OF CRIME VICTIMS

PRESENTED BY

STEVE TWIST, LAWYER

Steve Twist serves as Vice President and General Counsel for Services Group of America, in Scottsdale, Arizona. SGA is one of the largest privately held companies in Arizona. He is Past Chairman of the Board of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is the former Chief Assistant Attorney General of the State of Arizona. He was the primary author of the Arizona Criminal Code, Title 13, Arizona Revised Statutes, which the Arizona Legislature adopted in 1977.

Steve has worked to promote crime victims’ rights for more than 30 years, providing assistance to Congress, statelegislatures, tribal governments, and local organizations in drafting, passing, and implementing victims’ rights statutes and amendments. He currently serves as President (and founder) of Arizona Voice for Crime Victims; and Vice President for Public Policy for the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). He is a 2003 recipient of the President’s National Crime Victims Service Award. He also teaches victims’ rights law at the Arizona State University College of Law, where he is a founder of the school’s Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project—a project providing free legal representation to crime victims seeking to protect their legal rights.

Topics of discussion include:

History of the role of crime victims at the founding of our nation…Recent history and the role of President Ronald Reagan…Current challenges faced by crime victims…The need for citizen action

 Date: Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Via Linda Senior Center
Address: 10440 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale (map)

Refreshments served

Cost: $10 per person

Payment can be made on-line at www.ArizonaMainstreamProject.org or at the door!  

Beauchamp Endorsed by National Border Patrol Council

BEAUCHAMP ENDORSED BY NATIONAL BORDER PATROL COUNCIL

Bradley Beauchamp, candidate for Congress is Arizona’s First Congressional District, has officially been endorsed by the National Border Patrol Council’s largest sector, Local 2544. Along with their endorsement of Mr. Beauchamp, the Border Patrol Council endorsed Bradley’s plan to secure our border.  This endorsement puts the Border Patrol on a long list of Arizona law enforcement leaders that are supporting Beauchamp, such as Mohave County Sheriff Sheahan and Yavapai County Sheriff Waugh.

On Tuesday, Brandon Judd, President of the National Border Patrol Council’s Local 2544, sent an official letter of endorsement to the Beauchamp for Congress campaign. President Judd wrote, “On behalf of the nearly 3,000 rank and file men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol in the Tucson Sector, it is my pleasure to endorse you in the Republican Primary for Congressional District 1 in the U.S. House of Representatives. Your no-nonsense approach and belief that our nation was founded on checks and balances afforded in our Great Constitution will be a refreshing change in a political climate controlled by special interests and the interests of self-serving politicians.  We hope you will accept our endorsement and our best wishes in your primary campaign.  We are confident you will win the primary and we look forward to working with you in the future.”

Bradley Beauchamp was proud to have the endorsement, saying, “I am honored to be endorsed by the brave men and women who do all they can to protect our borders.  In Congress, I will work tirelessly to make sure these great patriots have all the tools necessary to keep our southern border safe and secure.”

A copy of the letter can be found HERE, and a copy of Beauchamp’s plan to secure our border can be viewed HERE.

Bradley Beauchamp was born and raised in Arizona. He worked his way up from washing dishes in a café and laboring in a turquoise mine to becoming a schoolteacher, successful attorney and most importantly, a defender of the Constitution.

Bradley Beauchamp graduated from Northern Arizona University and began teaching government and civics in Globe, Arizona. After several years in the classroom, and desiring to study the Constitution more in depth, he was accepted into the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Upon graduating, he returned to Globe to practice law in the small towns and rural communities of Arizona. He is endorsed by many Republican leaders in Arizona’s First Congressional District, including Andy Tobin, Steve Waugh, Charles Christensen, Bobbi Peterson, John Rhodes, Terri Kibler, and Rick Fernau.

For more information, please visit www.bradleybeauchamp.com.