Which Republican will win today’s Special Primary Election in CD-8?

CD-8 Candidate Dave Sitton Raises Concern over Arizona HB 2549

April 3, 2012 (Tucson, AZ) – In response to Arizona HB 2549, a bill that critics believe violates First Amendment speech rights on the Internet, Arizona Congressional Candidate Dave Sitton encouraged the legislative conference committee, where the bill now sits, to either kill the bill, or to more narrowly define the bill to make it Constitutional.

“I understand that the intent of the bill was to protect certain people from being stalked or threatened and there are laws on the books that already do that. It is obvious, however, that the language of the bill goes much further, and could criminalize behavior that the bill was not intended to address. Most people have been annoyed at times by what they have read on the Internet, but there are definite First Amendment protections for this type of speech that this law puts into jeopardy.”

Sitton believes that more narrowly defining the scope of the bill to one-on-one communication such as text messaging or emails sent to a private email account would go a long way to making the bill both constitutional and effective in the manner intended by the legislators.

In reference to State Senator Frank Antenori, who voted for the bill, and is also running for the Republican nomination in the Arizona Eighth Special Election, Sitton encouraged Antenori to show a little more care and diligence before voting, stating “One of the biggest reasons why congress and elected officials remain unpopular is because they tend to rush through bills without understanding the effect that they may have outside of the intent of the drafters.”

For more information visit www.davesitton.com 

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Frank Antenori Overwhelmingly Wins Vote After CD-8 GOP Debate

Frank Antenori

TUCSON – In a straw poll of attendees following last night’s debate in Oro Valley, State Senator Frank Antenori was selected as the preferred candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress in CD-08 with more than 40% of the vote.

The winner of the poll, largely decided by voters who indicated at the beginning of the debate that they had not yet selected a candidate, was announced this morning on KVOI’s Wake Up Tucson program.

“There is a difference in this race,” Antenori said. “The other candidates all say nice things but not one of them has actually had a measurable impact on improving the economy by reducing the size and cost of government like I have.”

Antenori says he has “proven” his ability to “earn the support of Republicans, Independents, and conservative Democrats through his blunt spoken style, relentless advocacy for government reform and liberty. He was re-elected in the last election by over 60% of the vote in a district with only 43% Republicans.

“In America, one earns the right to be promoted based on performance. I am asking the voters for a promotion based upon my performance,” he said. “The other option is to pass over someone who has delivered for one who just walked in off the street.”

The results of the straw poll are as follows:

Frank Antenori – 48 Votes – 40%
Martha McSally – 30 Votes – 25%
Dave Sitton – 22 Votes – 18%
Jesse Kelly – 19 Votes – 16% 

Early voting is underway now and in-person voting for the primary will occur on April 17th.

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PIMA COUNTY YOUNG REPUBLICANS HOST IMPORTANT CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE TONIGHT

All Four Republican Candidates Seeking to Fill Gabrielle Giffords’ Seat Attending 

(Tucson, AZ) The Pima County Young Republican Club in partnership with the Legislative District 26 Republican Party is proud to announce a Congressional Candidate Debate tonight, Monday, March 26 from 7:00-9:00 pm in the auditorium of Canada del Oro High School (CDO).

All four Republican candidates running to fill the open CD-8 seat previously held by Representative Gabrielle Giffords will be participating. This includes State Senator Frank Antenori, Jesse Kelly, Colonel Martha McSally, and Dave Sitton. The CD-8 Special Election will be an important bellwether with national implications going into the 2012 Presidential Election.

The debate will be simulcast live on radio station KVOI 1030 AM The Voice. Joe Higgins will act as debate moderator. Mr. Higgins is a local Republican entrepreneur, a former candidate for County Supervisor in District 1, and the host of “Wake Up Tucson,” a radio program on The Voice.

Other special debate sponsors include the Oro Valley Republican Women’s Club and the Pima County Tea Party Patriots.

The Young Republicans will conduct a Congressional Candidate Straw Poll at the debate for $2 per entry with a strict limit of one entry per person. Straw poll results will be announced the following day on the Pima County Young Republican blog at PimaYRs.blogspot.com. The Young Republicans will also be collecting early ballots for people who want to turn them in at the debate.

CDO High School is located at 25 W Calle Concordia, Tucson, AZ 85704. The auditorium holds up to 650 people, and a full crowd is expected. Doors will open at 6:00. Early arrival is suggested to ensure a seat.

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Intimidation by traffic camera profiteers won’t stop reforms

Reposted from Arizona Daily Independent

A Tucson “newspaper’s” trumped up Ticketgate won’t stop Frank Antenori from reforming traffic camera enforcement.

State Senator Frank Antenori told the Tucson listening audience of the popular Jon Justice radio show last week, that legislators are now backing away from traffic camera enforcement reforms in order to avoid being targets of smear campaigns conducted by reform opponents.

The news of Antenori’s red light ticket made headlines in a local paper, at the same time Antenori was pushing his popular legislation to reform traffic camera practices.

Antenori told Justice’s listening audience that he “screwed up” when he tried to claim legislative immunity for a red light traffic ticket he received in 2009. Antenori called the push for the news story by the profiteers of the traffic cameras, the worst form of intimidation of legislators he had seen.

Antenori said he spoke to a reporter who confirmed that the story’s timing was intentional.

Just this week, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 8-4 on HB 2557. The law changes the broader definition of intersection to one that says the intersection starts at any painted “stop” line or at the first crosswalk line. This will most likely result in fewer tickets and less revenue for the camera operators.

HB 2557 would bring Arizona into conformance with 38 other states.

The hard hitting, investigative reporters of the Star ignored the tickets of his opponents in their CD8 Ticketgate, and focused solely on the tickets of Antenori. For the record:

Sitton
Sep-04 Tucson Local charge
May-99 Tucson Failure to produce evidence of financial resp, expired registration
Feb-04 Tucson Local charge
Dec-05 Tucson Local charge
Nov-06 Phoenix Local Charge
Oct-07 Tucson Local Charge
Aug-08 Tucson Fail to stop for red light (photo radar)
Feb-09 Tucson Local charge
May-09 Tucson Failure to stop for red light (photo radar)
Jun-09 Tucson Local charge
Jul-09 Eloy More than 65 mph in 55 mph urban area
May-10 Tucson Local charge
May-10 Tucson Local charge
Mar-11 Tucson Local charge

Kelly
Sep-05 Tucson 1) Local Charge, 2) Registration in a county other than residence, 3)Emissions violation
May-10 Marana Speed excess 15mph in a school zone
May-10 Marana Local charge
Jul-10 Marana Local Charge
Dec-10 Tucson Failure to stop for a red light (photo enforcement)

McSally
Aug-99 Santa Cruz County Sued for annulment
Apr-02 Tucson Improper light on license plate, red tail lamps required (fix-it ticket)
Jul-02 Tucson Local Charge

Barber
Sep-03 Tucson Local Charge
Oct-04 Tucson Driving without registration
Aug-10 Tucson Local Charge

Antenori
Jun-06 Tucson Local Charge
Jun-07 Tucson Local Charge
Apr-08 Tucson Local Charge
Feb-12 Scottsdale Local Charge

Pima County Young Republicans to Host Important Congressional Debate

PIMA COUNTY YOUNG REPUBLICANS

All Four Republican Candidates Seeking to Fill Gabrielle Giffords’ Seat Attending

(Tucson, AZ) The Pima County Young Republican Club in partnership with the Legislative District 26 Republican Party is proud to announce a Congressional Candidate Debate this coming Monday, March 26 from 7:00-9:00 pm in the auditorium of Canada del Oro High School (CDO).

All four Republican candidates running to fill the open CD-8 seat previously held by Representative Gabrielle Giffords will be participating. This includes State Senator Frank Antenori, Jesse Kelly, Colonel Martha McSally, and Dave Sitton. The CD-8 Special Election will be an important bellwether with national implications going into the 2012 Presidential Election.

The debate will be simulcast live on radio station KVOI 1030 AM The Voice. Joe Higgins will act as debate moderator. Mr. Higgins is a local Republican entrepreneur, a former candidate for County Supervisor in District 1, and the host of “Wake Up Tucson,” a radio program on The Voice.

Other special debate sponsors include the Oro Valley Republican Women’s Club and the Pima County Tea Party Patriots.

The Young Republicans will conduct a Congressional Candidate Straw Poll at the debate for $2 per entry with a strict limit of one entry per person. Straw poll results will be announced the following day on the Pima County Young Republican blog at PimaYRs.blogspot.com. The Young Republicans will also be collecting early ballots for people who want to turn them in at the debate.

CDO High School is located at 25 W Calle Concordia, Tucson, AZ 85704. The auditorium holds up to 650 people, and a full crowd is expected. Doors will open at 6:00. Early arrival is suggested to ensure a seat.

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200 Local Small Businessmen and Businesswomen Support Dave Sitton

March 21, 2012 (Tucson, AZ) – A list of an additional 100 local small businessmen and businesswomen supporting Tucson businessman Dave Sitton was released today, bringing the total number of businesses supporting him to 200 and affirming that he has the trust and support of the business community. On March 1st, when Sitton released his 10 Point Plan for Jobs and Our Economy, he also released a list of the first 100 local small businessmen and businesswomen supporting him. In just three weeks, that number has doubled confirming Sitton as the candidate with the long-term ties to and involvement with Tucson’s business community.

“Our economy is driven by small and medium sized enterprises, representing the backbone of our free market system and employing tens of millions of people,” Sitton remarked. “I’m grateful to have the support of so many of our community’s small businesses which run our economy. The names you see on the list are names you know. They’re names you’re familiar with. They’re names you trust because you grew up with them. To have them step up to the plate and put their names out in public supporting my candidacy means a great deal to me. I have been a small business owner and a central component of my campaign is about job creators and the growth of our economy. When elected, I pledge to do all that I can to give small businesses the support they need so that they can grow their businesses, create more jobs and continue to make the American economy the envy of the world,” Sitton concluded.

For more information visit www.davesitton.com

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Tucson Businessman Dave Sitton Achieves “On the Radar” Designation

March 19, 2012 (Tucson, AZ) – Businessman Dave Sitton has achieved the “On the Radar” designation from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) it was announced today. The designation, the second step in the NRCC’s “Young Guns” program, gives congressional candidates encouragement to build up their campaigns to meet additional benchmarks which will allow them to win. The achievement of the “On the Radar” designation means that the Sitton campaign has met certain financial and organizational standards. Dave is one of three candidates to have received this designation in this election.

“We are extremely pleased to have been designated by the NRCC with the status of ‘On the Radar’ for their ‘Young Guns’ program,” stated Dave Sitton. “This designation is really recognition that we have been prepared, both financially and organizationally, with a plan for winning since day one. And while we met the criteria some weeks ago, we’re pleased to see this recognition now.”

The NRCC issued its own release: “We are looking forward to working with Dave Sitton, who has already proven himself by meeting rigorous benchmarks in the ‘Young Guns’ program that will position his campaign for victory,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX). “Dave Sitton’s dedication and experience enables him to advocate effectively for pro-growth policies and fight the failed status quo in Washington. This will stand in stark contrast to the Obama-Pelosi record of spending, borrowing and taxing that Arizona families and small businesses know has failed.”

For more information visit www.davesitton.com

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Tucson Businessman Dave Sitton Takes Issue with Ron Barber’s Policies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2012
CONTACT: Jennifer Humphries

March 5, 2012 (Tucson, AZ) – Businessman and candidate for Congress Dave Sitton today released the following statement taking issue with the policies Democrat Ron Barber intends to campaign on in the race for Arizona’s congressional district 8:

“Last week Democrat candidate Ron Barber conducted an online chat with the Arizona Daily Star. I echo the sentiment he shared during this discussion about ‘welcoming robust debate in this special election.’ There were several key issues raised in this chat that I disagree with. I’ll discuss one now.

When asked about Social Security, Barber wrote, ‘The current Social Security Trust Fund is solvent well into the 2030’s.’ Barber’s position is complete wish-casting. Last year when our country was engaged in the debate to raise the debt ceiling, President Obama threatened to stop sending seniors their Social Security checks, claiming, ‘there may simply not be the money in the coffers to cover this.’

Clearly, not even President Obama believes that Social Security is safe. Barber’s claims that ‘The current Social Security Trust Fund is solvent,’ is only believable if you think Congress won’t spend the money for other purposes. Who believes that? This administration’s economic policies continue to drive America further into debt.

The first step toward preserving Social Security and honoring the commitments we have made to our seniors and disabled is to fix our economy. I am the only candidate with a plan for jobs and the economy. You can read my plan here. Please also look over the list of the first 100 businessmen and women who are supporting my campaign.

Southern Arizona is at a critical crossroads and needs a representative with the ability and understanding to protect, develop and grow our community. As a small businessman I understand intimately that without growth our community and nation will suffer. I am not willing to stand by and allow that to happen. Please join with me in creating workable solutions to the tough problems facing southern Arizona and America today.”

For more information visit www.davesitton.com

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Frank Antenori Releases Economic Priorities

Frank Antenori

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2012
CONTACT: press@antenori.com

Sitton’s Plan, Largely Copies Antenori Accomplishments 

TUCSON – The 10-point economic plan released late last week by Congressional candidate Dave Sitton in large parts mirrors the legislative accomplishments or positions taken at the state level by State Senator Frank Antenori, one of his opponents in the upcoming primary for Congress.

“If he supports what I do, then I don’t understand why he doesn’t just drop out and support me,” the Senator quipped.

“I don’t mind Dave advocating many of the same things I do or have done, but to call these original ideas is not accurate and is nothing more than a campaign stunt,” Antenori said. While my opponents in this race are spending their time trying to get their names in the newspaper, I’m working to cut spending, stop tax hikes, lessen regulation, and provide an environment to create jobs here in Arizona. And you know what? It’s working. Results are always better than talk.”

Frank Antenori is the only candidate that has proven results fighting for the people of southern Arizona. He has a record of shrinking government, reducing taxes, fixing the state’s budget crisis, and implementing policies that lead to job creation.

Facts:

  • Antenori has fought to reform the tax code to make it simpler and fairer and has stopped tax increases on Arizona families. Neither Sitton, Kelly or McSally have stopped anyone’s tax increases.
  • Antenori fought to eliminate Arizona’s $3 billion state budget deficit and build a surplus which can be set aside to reduce debt. Neither Sitton, Kelly or McSally have cut one dime from a spending program or reduced anyone’s debt.
  • Antenori fought against passage of ObamaCare, voted to refer the HealthCare Freedom Act to the ballot to allow Arizona residents to opt out of ObamaCare (which was overwhelmingly approved by the voters), he voted to sue the federal government on behalf of Arizonans and has been calling for its repeal and replacement since its initial passage. Neither Sitton or McSally were part of the stop ObamaCare effort in Southern Arizona.
  • Antenori is a leader in fostering policies to encourage free market competition in Arizona in all industries, receiving numerous awards from Arizona manufacturers and several small business groups for his efforts. Neither Sitton, Kelly or McSally have assisted any of those efforts in the State Legislature.
  • As a battle tested Green Beret, Antenori has long been a supporter of our local military bases and has advocated on their behalf at the State level. Sponsoring and passing laws to stop encroachment and protect them from base realignment and closure (BRAC).

Antenori’s focus on restoring our economic competitiveness in Southern Arizona is:

  1. Restore economic freedom and stop the federal government from picking winners and losers;
  2. Stop runaway federal bureaucracies by requiring Congressional approval of any cost imposing rules or regulations;
  3. Provide a statutory sunset and review of all federal regulations;
  4. Reduce transportation and shipping costs for all businesses through an aggressive domestic energy production program;
  5. Accelerate federal depreciation of equipment; and exempt investments for R & D
  6. Reform the federal student loan program to better target assistance to courses that prepare students for jobs associated with the projected economic needs of the community;
  7. Restore the integrity of private lending markets through the phased withdrawal of federal involvement that has clouded the assessment of risk and stalled lending;
  8. Streamline federal approvals of all environmental permits and eliminate the endless bureaucratic and process delays that prevent legitimate projects from advancing;
  9. Put strict time requirements on federal agencies to review a permit application with a designation that applications are deemed approved if not rejected within the designated time period;
  10. End the federal government’s domination of Arizona land and allow the state to determine its best use;
  11. Create a national security exemption for domestic energy exploration;
  12. Provide a National Security Exemption to EPA for military installations and border infrastructure

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