A Priority for the Next Governor

NFIB/Arizona's Farrell Quinlan

NFIB/Arizona’s Farrell Quinlan

Three of Arizona’s five Democrat members of Congress last week joined all four of their Republican colleagues from the state to accomplish what a similar bipartisan majority in the Arizona Legislature did earlier this year: It loaded a badly needed shot in the arm for the small-business owners who generate almost every new job in the state and nation.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to make permanent a tax provision that would allow small businesses to write off up to $500,000 in new equipment purchases, and some improvements to real property, instead of depreciating the costs over time. H.R. 4457, titled America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014, would provide small businesses with expensing levels that are permanent, predictable and at a level adequate to their needs.

This change to Section 179 of the federal tax code, which overwhelmingly passed the House on a 272-144 vote, would prevent the expensing level to fall all the way to $25,000 in 2014, after being at $500,000 from 2010 through 2013. It also indexes the level to inflation. In addition, the House also passed a bill that eases the tax burden on small businesses that change from taxable C-corporate status to S-corporate status.

A quick sample of the small-business owners benefitting from the H.R. 4457 expensing levels would include:

  • Your local pizza shop owner who might want to install new ovens and countertops that cost $100,000. He could deduct these capital improvements the same year he makes them, instead of waiting for the current 39 years to get his full depreciation.
  • A farmer considering equipment purchases of $300,000 could do so with much more ease, knowing it could all be deducted the year she bought it, instead of only $25,000 of it the first year.
  • A contractor looking to buy two work vehicles costing $60,000 would be more inclined to do so. Under current law, only $35,000 could be deducted—spread over five years—instead of all of it immediately.

On June 12, Arizona Democrats Ron Barber, Ann Kirkpatrick and Kyrsten Sinema joined Republicans Paul Gosar, Trent Franks, Matt Salmon and David Schweikert in supporting this pro-jobs legislation. Congressmen Raul Grijalva and Ed Pastor, both Democrats, voted against H.R. 4457. The measure now goes to the U.S. Senate for its consideration.

Earlier this year, a similar tax relief act, House Bill 2664, passed the Arizona Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan majorities. The legislation sponsored by state Rep. J.D. Mesnard (R-Chandler) would have created an immediate state income tax allowance, similar to federal Section 179 expensing for qualifying business equipment investments valued up to $500,000.

In a tragic misreading of the needs of Arizona’s economy, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed HB 2664 because “the money would be better utilized” on her spending priorities. Undaunted, NFIB is committed to vigorously lobbying Arizona’s next governor and the new Legislature next session to finally realize our own $500,000 allowance to spur new job creation.

Last week’s strong bipartisan House vote to pass H.R. 4457 is very encouraging to small business, especially as demonstrated by the votes of Arizona’s congressional delegation. If Congress and the president do succeed in making it federal law, Arizona’s next governor must match it. If Washington fails, then establishing the small-business expensing allowance in Arizona’s tax code will be all the more critical.

Farrell Quinlan is Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business.

Arizona Democrats, Obama Supporters Trash Office of Congressman David Schweikert

Here’s a great example of the civility of the left in Arizona. These are photos taken of the front of Congressman David Schweikert’s office in which MoveOn members, the Arizona Democrat Party and Obama supporters left graffiti messages all over the congressman’s office.

SHAME ON THE LEFT AND DEMOCRAT PARTY OF ARIZONA. YOUR LACK OF CIVILITY AND TOLERANCE OF DIFFERING POLITICAL OPINIONS IS REVEALING AND DESPICABLE.

CLASSY DEMOCRATS, REAL CLASSY DEMOCRATS.

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Congressman David Schweikert discusses upcoming debt ceiling fight on CNBC

There is no one better able to discuss and debate our pending economic crisis than Congressman David Schweikert. Watch as he schools two CNBC business reporters on what’s really happening with the debt ceiling debate.

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Help AZ06′s David Schweikert – Sign the Petition Now!

Please sign the petition to put Congressman David Schweikert back on the House Financial Services Committee! Speaker John Boehner needs to hear from you now!

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Arizona Republican Party Chairman Tom Morrissey Reaffirms Support for Congressman David Schweikert

Arizona Republican Party

PHOENIX – Tom Morrissey, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, today issued a statement in support of Congressman David Schweikert after party leadership in Washington, D.C. removed Schweikert from his position on the House Financial Services Committee.

“Congressman Schweikert is not only a principled conservative but he is exceptionally qualified to continue his service on the Financial Services Committee.  In these particularly pressing times it is essential that our party use every available ounce of talent, experience and fiscal responsibility to lead our nation back into prosperity, and we are counting on every one of Arizona’s representatives in Congress to do just that.”

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Rep. David Schweikert, Arizona’s principled maverick, gets booted from critical committee

Wow! This interesting news coming out of Washington, D.C. Our very own Congressman David Schweikert is losing critical positions on committees because he’s too conservative on fiscal issues. Sound familiar? The same thing happened to Congressman Jeff Flake who was ahead of his time on earmarks.

Now would be a very good time to contact Speaker John Boehner and the Financial Services Committee and give them a piece of your mind. Be respectful, of course.

Politico:  Schweikert kicked off Financial Services Committee
This morning Congressman Schweikert learned there was a price to be paid for voting based on principle. That price was the removal from the House Financial Services Committee. 

The Hill: Schweikert dropped from Financial Services panel

Red State: The Purge of House Conservatives Continues
Maybe it’s because he’s intent on repealing Dodd-Frank.  Maybe it’s because he wants to use his committee assignment to advocate winding down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  Perhaps it’s because of his opposition to the $1 trillion farm bill.  Maybe it’s because he’s just too darn conservative to sit on an important committee.

Roll Call: Schweikert Booted from Financial Services Committee 
GOP leadership has removed Rep. David Schweikert from his spot on the Financial Services Committee for bucking the party line too often.  A person close to the situation said Schweikert was told that “his votes were not in lock step with leadership” as the reason for his ouster.

National Journal: Recalcitrant Republicans Lose Committee Spots
House Republican leaders, especially McCarthy, have been hamstrung by their relative lack of leverage over their own members. While whips in previous years have been able to wield influence over pet projects in a given member’s district, the lack of earmarks in this Congress has robbed party leaders of a stick to go along with a carrot to encourage falling in line.

Committee assignments are one of the few goodies left at leadership’s disposal. Robbing these three members of their committee slots can’t be explained away as something done to accommodate incoming freshmen.

Having known David Schweikert for 20 years, this will be a huge mistake for House leadership. David is known to be one of the smartest guys in Congress when it comes to fiscal issues.

David Schweikert: Vote No On Prop 121 and Prop 204

David Schweikert

Dear Friends,

Many of you have asked me what my thoughts are on Proposition 121 (open primary) and Proposition 204 (permanent sales tax increase) which are both on the November ballot. I wanted to take a few minutes and share with you my thoughts on each of these propositions.

Proposition 121

Proposition 121 would dramatically change elections in Arizona. This proposition would eliminate party primaries and instead conduct an open primary with the two candidates who receive the most votes advancing to the general election regardless of party. Proposition 121 has the very real potential to be disastrous for Arizona’s election system. Political parties would be stripped of their ability to conduct primary elections to choose their own candidates for office. Democrats could vote for Republicans and Republicans could vote for Democrats. This is troubling. I believe that political parties have every right to pick their own candidates and Proposition 121 would take that away.

Additionally, party affiliation would no longer be printed on the ballot. Candidates could choose whatever party affiliation they would like to appear on the ballot. I don’t need to explain how this is a recipe for chicanery and trickery where candidates would choose a party affiliation or title that may suit their own political interests- but that could also confuse voters.

Proposition 121 is bad policy that has the potential to do real damage to our system of electing candidates.

I am opposed to Proposition 121 and will be voting against it. I would encourage you to do the same.

Proposition 204 

Proposition 204 is a special interest funded effort to make permanent the 1 cent sales tax due to expire. If you remember, this was placed on the ballot in 2010 to assist in closing the state’s budget deficit. It was sold to voters as a temporary tax and many of the supporters of the temporary tax are now opposing Proposition 204.

If Proposition 204 were to pass, Arizona would have the 2nd highest sales tax in the nation. Simply put, this is bad for our economy.

I am opposed to higher taxes as a matter of principle. I believe government should live within its means and not continue to raise taxes and that’s why I am opposed to Proposition 204.

If you believe in smaller government and lower taxes, I would encourage you to vote no on Proposition 204. 

Thank you,

David

Seven Arizona Members of Congress Honored as Guardians of Small Business by NFIB

McCain, Kyl and 5 Arizona Congressmen earn perfect 100% scores

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 12, 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small-business association, today named 294 members of Congress as Guardians of Small Business for their outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 111th Congress.

NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised the Senators and Representatives for “standing up for small business.”

In announcing the winners of the coveted Guardian of Small Business award, Danner said, “Small-business owners pay close attention to how their lawmakers vote on the issues affecting their businesses. The Guardian award is a symbol of sincere appreciation from the small-business community for votes that supported their ability to own, operate and grow their businesses.

“Small-business owners are also known to show their gratitude or disappointment at the ballot box. This November, NFIB members will know that these members of Congress are true small-business champions.”

Guardian awards are given to U.S. Senators and Representatives who vote favorably on key small business issues at least 70 percent of the time.

The following NFIB Guardian Award Winners for the 112th Congress representing Arizona all scored 100 percent:

U. S. Senate

Sen. Jon Kyl   

Sen. John McCain   

(with 45 senators from other states)

U. S. House of Representatives

Rep. Jeff Flake

Rep. Trent Franks

Rep. Paul Gosar

Rep. Ben Quayle

Rep. David Schweikert

(with 242 representatives from other states)

EDITOR’S NOTE: To view How Congress Voted, which has the key small-business votes and voting percentages for each lawmaker, go to http://www.NFIB.com/hcv.

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NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s 350,000 members send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.

Schweikert: Ben Quayle Hearts Huckabees…and Tax Hikes

Friends,

For weeks you have heard my opponent and I talk about our record on taxes. I support keeping your taxes low. Ben Quayle voted to raise your taxes by $1,000.

Those are the facts, plain and simple.

However, my opponent wants you to believe he is a pro-growth candidate who supports low taxes.

Really?

Recently Ben Quayle accepted the endorsement of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Here’s what the Club For Growth had to say about Mike Huckabee’s record as governor: Mike Huckabee is a liberal.”

In fact, Huckabee’s record as governor was so abysmal, the Cato Institute ranked him among the worst of all governors (including democrats) for his continued insistence on raising taxes. Cato put it this way about Huckabee’s record: “[his] leadership has left taxpayers in Arkansas much worse off.”

To Ben Quayle’s credit, at least he is now consistent on where he stands when it comes to raising your taxes.

David

Schweikert Campaign: Believe What You Want Ben

Dear Friends,

Ben Quayle is quite fond of touting that he is the “number one” ranked conservative in the House of Representatives. His source for this is National Journal’s ratings. Now of course, he is free to say whatever he wants about his campaign and how he feels personally about his record. But don’t be fooled- we are all by now well aware of our opponent’s flawed character and trouble with the truth.

It’s well-known that the National Journal rankings are reflective of how a particular member votes with his or her party’s perceived position. Thus, it’s not surprising that Ben Quayle scores so well.

Remember, this is what Politico had to say about Ben Quayle:

“There’s Rep. Ben Quayle, an establishment favorite with the famous last name, who told voters in 2010 he would “knock the hell out of” D.C. but has spent his first year in Washington out of the spotlight, learning the ins and outs of the Capitol while becoming a favorite of leadership.”

So it’s not too surprising that he does well in a ranking of how members vote in accordance with party leadership.

David Schweikert has always been clear that he is in Congress to fight for our conservative values – your values – not leadership in Washington.

For a good explanation about the National Journal ratings that Ben Quayle likes to tout and what they really represent, here is what HotlineOnCall had to say about the National Journal ratings as they apply to Ben Quayle (note: HotlineOnCall is part of National Journal).

“Quayle’s House-best conservative rating reflects his relationship with leadership.

I think that sums it up pretty well.

Dan Caldwell
Campaign Manager, Schweikert for Congress

New Poll: Who will win the Republican nomination in CD-6?

Bossie: “Quayle Campaign Statement Desperate Attempt By A Desperate Campaign To Change The Narrative”

David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United, and Fritz Wenzel, President of Wenzel Strategies, made the following statements in response to the Ben Quayle campaign’s desperate vitriolic statement against a poll commissioned by Citizens United Political Victory Fund that showed Quayle down 13 points to David Schweikert:

“The Quayle statement released last night was a desperate attempt by a desperate campaign to change the narrative. The fact is Quayle is losing big. It is always a telltale sign that an establishment campaign is floundering when they attack polls and use over-the-top language like ‘liar’ in a statement. You would expect these kinds of desperate tactics from the Obama campaign – but not from a Republican in a GOP primary. Ben Quayle is on his last legs in a losing campaign.”

– David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United

“It’s not surprising when candidates who perform poorly in public opinion surveys attack those surveys, so while we at Wenzel Strategies are disappointed with the harsh language of the Quayle congressional campaign, we are not surprised. The Quayle campaign joins a growing list of candidates who have disparaged our work and who have gone down in flames, including out-going U.S. Senator Richard Lugar from Indiana. We don’t predict election outcomes. We simply measure public opinion at a given period of time, but this latest survey in Arizona shows Quayle is clearly losing the race to hold onto a seat in Congress.”

– Fritz Wenzel, President of Wenzel Strategies

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Schweikert In Solid Lead Over Quayle In Arizona’s 6th Congressional District Primary According To CUPVF Poll

Citizens United Political Victory Fund (CUPVF), the affiliated PAC of Citizens United, released a poll today conducted by Wenzel Strategies showing Congressman David Schweikert ahead of Congressman Ben Quayle in Arizona’s 6th Congressional District primary. The poll was conducted via telephone survey of likely Republican primary voters from July 24-25, included 794 respondents, and has a 3.45% margin of error. Toplines of poll click here. Polling memo click here.

Poll Results by Wenzel Strategies:

Ballot Test

  • Schweikert – 47.1%
  • Quayle – 33.9%
  • Not sure – 19.0%

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Poll: David Schweikert Leads Ben Quayle by Double-Digits in AZ06

First indication of how the race for Arizona’s 6th congressional district is forming.

The Hill has the story…

Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) has a 13-point lead over Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) in their member-vs.-member primary, according to a poll commissioned by Citizens United, a group backing Schweikert in the race.

Schweikert leads Quayle with 47 to 34 percent, according to the poll. The two will face off on Aug. 28.

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And, Roll Call also provides the following report:

Rep. David Schweikert led fellow Republican Rep. Ben Quayle by 16 percentage points in a recent Schweikert campaign internal poll. 

The two Congressmen are engaged in a blockbuster Member-vs.-Member race for Arizona’s 6th district that has caught the attention of Arizona Republicans. According to the survey from this past Sunday, 49 percent of respondents supported Schweikert, while 33 percent said they intended to vote for Quayle.

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Rep. David Schweikert Introduces Amendment to Dismantle Dodd-Frank

Washington, D.C. – Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ), Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises, introduced the Schweikert Amendment to H.R. 4078 that would halt all rule promulgation of Dodd-Frank. This amendment is the first introduced to dismantle Dodd-Frank that has seen a vote in the House of Representatives.

“Fresh off the second anniversary of Dodd-Frank, we are still waiting for the transparency, simplification, and safeguards that we were promised when this bill was introduced. Instead what we have is 2,300 pages, 400 new rule proposals, and 24,180,856 hours each year required for compliance.

“Every day, we discover new powers that unconstitutionally appointed bureaucrats and regulators have bestowed upon themselves. Dodd-Frank’s marketplace disturbances were endless then and they are endless now.

“The Schweikert Amendment is key to dismantling these suffocating, nonsensical regulations. I hope all of my colleagues realize this and support it,” said Rep. Schweikert.

BACKGROUND: This amendment will halt all outstanding promulgation of Dodd-Frank regulations by requiring costs to businesses be recognized in evaluating the bill’s “annual cost to the economy” guidelines.

By more specifically defining “annual cost to the economy,” the Schweikert Amendment will prevent the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from ignoring real costs borne by corporations due to new rulemakings.

Most significantly, the Schweikert Amendment also ensures that preparatory costs are part of that calculation, which would include actions companies have taken to prepare themselves for Dodd-Frank rulemakings that have cost them revenues. Those costs will now be a part of the calculations for “annual cost to the economy.”

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Ben Quayle: Do As I Say Not As I Do

Dear Supporters,

Our opponent started his campaign stating that he hoped this race would have “a tone that honors our party, our nation and the voters of the 6th district.”

Well that didn’t last too long.

Just this past weekend Ben Quayle threw mud at conservative David Schweikert with a negative mail piece arriving just a day after he bemoaned and warned of negative campaigning.

Pretty ironic huh?

I’d like to say we were shocked by his negative attacks. But as is often the case with our opponent, nothing he does really shocks us anymore.

Given the way the race has gone for him, we expect even more negative attacks from him and his campaign.

Needless to say, we continue to campaign hard as we move toward victory on August 28th. Pleaseconsider making a donation or volunteering your time to help ensure a victory for David on election day.

Sincerely,

Dan Caldwell
Campaign Manager, Schweikert for Congress

David Schweikert for Congress – Respected, Trusted, Conservative

David Schweikert doesn’t back down. One of the most respected conservatives in Congress, David Schweikert took on the big spenders, said “No” to more debt, and led the fight for real spending cuts…