Arizona Senator Lori Klein Endorses Robert Graham for Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party

Robert Graham
“I wholeheartedly endorse Robert Graham’s run for Chairman of our state Republican Party.”
PHOENIX — Today, Arizona Senator Lori Klein endorsed Robert Graham for Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. Klein, declared a “Champion of the Taxpayer” by the Goldwater Institute, led numerous conservative grassroots organizations prior to her tenure in the Arizona Senate.

“Robert Graham is an impressive young businessman who will bring a unique skill set to our state party,” said Klein. “He has the technological savvy that we need to provide the tools to grow our Republican base here in Arizona. His ability to organize and raise the funds necessary to support our grassroots is integral to bring forth our message of limited government and free market principles. His desire to empower the Precinct Committee people is essential to identifying good candidates that concur with our party platform. He understands the need to reform our tax code to grow the economy and diversify our markets here in Arizona, all conservative principles that I strongly believe are necessary for our future as a state. I wholeheartedly endorse Robert Graham’s run for Chairman of our state Republican Party.”

“Klein is an admirable conservative leader,” said Graham. “She has been involved in Arizona politics for many years, building successful conservative organizations wherever she goes. I am grateful for her endorsement and will work hard to be worthy of her support if I am honored to serve as your chairman.”

To learn more about Robert Graham and his plan for Arizona’s Republican Party, please visit his website at www.GrahamForArizona.com or his Facebook page. 

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About Robert Graham

Robert Graham is a conservative activist and AZ business leader. He was a leader in the fight against taxes and the destruction of our party system, successfully working with the grassroots to defeat propositions 121 and 204. Majority Leader David Gowan, Speaker Pro-Tempore JD Mesnard, Rep. Justin Olson, Rep. Steve Montenegro, Maricopa County Chairman Rob Haney, and numerous Arizona conservative leaders have endorsed Graham to lead the Arizona GOP.

Urgent! Help Save Arizona State Senate Bills 1202, 1203 and 1205!

State Senator Lori Klein presented Senate Bills 1202 (prohibiting partisan instruction in schools), 1203 (accountability and transparency in curriculum and materials) and 1205 (teaching language compliance with FCC standards). Seven Republican state senators have rejected the bills, but there is still hope: YOU!

By contacting the State Senators listed below and respectfully asking them to change their vote by 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29, there is still a chance to save these bills! When calling, also ask that members reconsider all three bills. It is important to do so! 

Sen. Linda Gray –      Phone Number: (602) 926-3376; Fax Number: (602) 417-3253; Email: lgray@azleg.gov
Sen. Adam Driggs  –  Phone Number: (602) 926-3016; Fax Number: (602) 417-3007; Email: adriggs@azleg.gov
Sen. John McComish  –   Phone Number: (602) 926-5898; Fax Number: (602) 417-3020; Email: jmccomish@azleg.gov
Sen. Paula Aboud  –  Phone Number: (602) 926-5262; Fax Number: (602) 926-3429; Email: paboud@azleg.gov
Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford  – Phone Number: (602) 926-5835; Fax Number: (602) 417-3027; Email: ocajerobedford@azleg.gov

Here is info on the bills:

SB1202: http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/50leg/2r/proposed/s.1202lk2.pdf
SB1203: http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/50leg/2r/proposed/s.1203lk.pdf
SB1205:   http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/50leg/2r/proposed/s.1205500.pdf

Senator Lori Klein’s Statement Regarding Handgun Incident

The following statement was issued by State Senator Lori Klein regarding the allegation that she intentionally pointed a handgun at Arizona Republic reporter Richard Ruelas on January 10, 2011:

Thank you for your inquiry, but I will not be giving any more interviews on this topic. It makes little sense to contribute to a media feeding frenzy that is driven by a few individuals who never miss the opportunity to advance an anti-2nd Amendment agenda.

What I will do is recap the events so that you can draw your own conclusions based on the events as they occurred.

I was asked to show the reporter my weapon so that they could take pictures of it. I ensured that the chamber was clear before displaying the weapon. That is basic gun safety and something that I do instinctively, just like virtually every gun owner.

The photographer, who was behind me at the time, asked me to show him the laser sight and I did so, turning it on and shining it on the wall in front of me (away from the photographer). During this demonstration, the reporter came and sat down in the sofa in front of me, placing himself in the line of the laser sight.

He noticed the light, then I noticed the light, then I turned it off.

I apologized and let him know that he was safe because I keep my finger out of the trigger guard. Again, that is basic gun safety. If he was uncomfortable as a result of this, he did not indicate any discomfort at that time. But I have learned several lessons that I will never forget. First, it doesn’t matter if a reporter or anyone else asks, I won’t be showing anyone my gun. It may help them take a better picture but my gun isn’t a fashion statement or accessory, it is a life-saving tool to keep me and my family safe. Second, if anyone wants to see a demonstration of any of my gun’s features, it will have to take place at a gun range. Such a demonstration would be of far greater value to them in any case as it would allow them to see more, do more, and better experience the enjoyment and security that hundreds of thousands of Arizonans enjoy as a result of our Second Amendment freedoms.

I hope this helps to answer any questions you have on the matter.

 

Small Business’ Top 10 Arizona Legislative Victories in 2011

By Farrell Quinlan

The 50th Arizona Legislature has boldly staked its claim to being the most pro-small business legislature in Arizona’s history. With issue after issue, legislators advanced measures to relieve the tax and regulatory burdens on the engines of our economic recovery, Arizona’s small businesses.  Even in instances where lawmakers mistakenly pursued bad policy, they did so with the right motive in mind—creating more jobs.

Here are 2011’s top ten legislative victories for the small business:

  1. Broad-based Business Property Tax Relief – Passage of then-House Speaker Kirk Adams’ “jobs bill” (HB 2001) included historic business property tax relief that when fully implemented will mean a 28 percent reduction in the business property tax assessment ratio over the preceding decade. Our business property tax burden was the fourth highest in the nation back in 2006 when we began to lower the Class 1 assessment ratio from 25 percent. When the 18 percent Class 1 ratio is realized in 2016, Arizona’s business property tax burden will have settled into the low- to mid-20’s ranking among the 50 states. Truly historic. Moreover, Governor Brewer’s courageous veto of SB 1041 upheld the principle of broad-based business property tax relief over the allure of constitutionally-dubious schemes that pick winners over losers in the tax code.
  2. Corporate Income Tax Rate Cut – The “jobs bill” was so monumental this session; it easily earns the top two positions on this list of small business victories. HB 2001 also slashes Arizona’s corporate income tax rate 30 percent to 4.9 percent when it’s fully phased in by 2017. We should not discount the enormously positive signal this sends to out-of-state enterprises looking to relocate to more business-friendly states. Our corporate income tax and business property tax rates are no longer in question due to our protracted budget crisis. Instead, Prop. 108’s protection against tax increases effectively locks in not only stable and predictable rates—it locks in significantly lower rates. That’s the best economic development tool we could create to spur the strong, broad-based economic recovery that we are all looking to achieve.
  3. Health Savings Account Incentives – House Majority Leader Steve Court’s HB 2556 creates income tax credits for small businesses for the premium paid on a high deductable health plan and for contributions to employees’ health savings accounts. 
  4. Local ‘Bounty Hunter’ Audit Ban – Sen. Steve Yarbrough’s SB 1165 reverses the emerging trend of cities contracting with ‘bounty hunter’ auditors on a contingent fee basis to audit businesses collecting sales tax receipts.
  5. City & County Regulatory Bill of Rights – Sen. Lori Klein’s SB 1598 establishes a Regulatory Bill of Rights to ensure fair and open regulation by local governments.
  6. Union Preference Prohibition – Rep. Michelle Ugenti’s HB 2644 prohibits state entities, counties, cities and towns from accepting federal money for a construction project if accepting it requires them to give a preference to union labor.
  7. Employer Protections & Labor Relations – Sen. Frank Antenori’s SB 1363 restricts unlawful picketing, trespassing and defamation by labor unions against a business.
  8. Tax Closing Agreements Reform – Rep. Jack Harper’s HB 2202 enhances the criteria for declaring an ‘affected class’ for the purposes of determining whether an extensive misunderstanding or misapplication of Arizona tax laws has occurred—thereby allowing for the abatement of past tax liability, interest and penalties.
  9. IRS Conformity Policy – Rep. Harper’s HB 2332 waives any interest or penalties for unpaid tax liability due when the state fails to conform to revised definitions in the Internal Revenue Code in time for the taxpayer to accurately file their annual tax return.
  10. Civil Appeal Bond Limits – Sen. Al Melvin’s SB 1212 provides some relief for businesses in civil lawsuits by limiting the amount of the bond that must be posted against a judgment during the appeals process.

Though this list could go on listing other wins in areas like workers’ compensation reform and returning solvency to our unemployment insurance trust fund, it should be noted that the 2011 session included its share of disappointments.

Sen. Antenori’s SB 1322 would have required most municipal services in Phoenix and Tucson that cost more than $500,000 to go through an open and competitive bidding process. Sen. Nancy Barto’s SB 1593 would have allowed healthcare insurers from any of the 50 states to issue their policies in Arizona under the same coverage terms as in their home state. Unfortunately, both were vetoed by Governor Brewer. The Legislature also failed to act on a referendum to increase the exemption amount on the business personal property tax, a job-killing tax that punishes small businesses for reinvesting in machinery and equipment to grow their businesses.

Still, these setbacks cannot diminish the 50th Arizona Legislature’s overwhelmingly positive record on small business issues. The 7,500 Arizona members of the National Federation of Independent Business thank Governor Brewer and our lawmakers for this session’s impressive achievements on behalf of small business and look forward to building on them next year.

 – Farrell Quinlan is state director for the National Federation of Independent Business in Arizona (www.nfib.com/az). 

Click here to access the NFIB/Arizona Voting Record to see how your lawmakers voted on these and other bills.