Ted Cruz, Matt Salmon Win Straw Polls at Maricopa County Republican Election

Here are the results of the straw poll conducted during the January 10th Maricopa County Republican Committee Statutory meeting. The poll gauged precinct committeemen support for the 2016 Presidential candidates and support for the Republican nominee to the US Senate (currently held by John McCain).  Twenty-five poll sheets were provided to each of the 20 legislative districts to distribute to the first precinct committeemen to register.  The poll was separate from the balloting for officers and resolutions.

2016 Presidential Candidate – Votes
Ted Cruz – 66
Scott Walker – 59
Ben Carson – 49
Mitt Romney – 43
Jeb Bush – 30
Rand Paul – 29
Mike Huckabee – 16
Rick Perry – 13
Allen West – 10
John Kasich – 7
Newt Gingrich – 5
Bobby Jindal – 5
Condoleezza Rice – 5
Dennis Michael Lynch – 4
Rick Santorum – 4
John Bolton – 3
Marco Rubio – 3
Chris Christie – 2
Susana Martinez – 2
Sarah Palin – 2
Mike Pence – 2
Herman Cain – 1
Mitch Daniels – 1
Nikki Haley – 1
Paul Ryan – 1
John Thune – 1
Kelly Ayotte – 0
Haley Barbour – 0
Carly Fiorina – 0
Peter King – 0
Tim Pawlenty – 0
Rob Portman – 0
Brian Sandoval – 0
Tim Scott – 0

 

2016 Senate Candidate – Votes
Matt Salmon – 106
David Schweikert – 66
Sarah Palin – 49
John McCain – 39
Trent Franks – 38
Write in – 34
Christine Jones – 13
Jan Brewer – 8

Write-Ins – Votes
Paul Gosar – 18
Claire Van Steenwyk – 3
Gabby Saucedo Mercer – 2
Ray Kouns – 1
Joe Arpaio – 1
Wendy Biggs – 1
AJ LaFaro – 2
Kelli Ward – 1
Bill Montgomery – 2
Steve Smith – 1
Susan Bitter-Smith – 1
Mickey Mouse – 1

Salmon Wins National Columnist’s ‘Profile In Courage Award’ for Cowardly Boehner Vote

BOOTJanuary 6, 2015 will go down as the largest betrayal of the Arizona Tea Party since its rise in 2009.   As expected, John Boehner was re-elected as Speaker of the House but what was not expected was that every Arizona Republican, minus Rep Gosar, would roll over like beaten dogs in yesterday’s vote.  Another sad take-away from yesterday’s vote was that Tea Party darling David Schweikert was officially diagnosed with ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ yesterday—  we at Arizona Informer wish David a speedy recovery and a long, peaceful retirement from public office.

One particularity odd moment in yesterday’s vote was Matt Salmon’s cowardly tactic of waiting to see how the wind blew prior to casting his vote (for Boehner) on a second call. The tactic, panned on social media, has now been picked up by several national Conservatives including Iowa radio host and Iowa Caucus king-maker Steve Deace at Conservative Review.  Steve Deace describes Salmon’s move as the following:

“…Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t hand Matt Salmon a profile in courage award for waiting until the second time through the roll call to finally vote for Boehner as Speaker, once it was clear he had the votes. The people of Arizona haven’t seen such bravery since Pat Tillman…”

OUCH!

Salmon’s despicable move was a finger in the eye of the Arizona PCs and Conservative activists who spent the last few days burning up the phone-lines locally and in DC explaining their opposition to another 2 years under Speaker Boehner.  Earlier this week we declared that Reps Franks, Schweikert, and Salmon were at ‘a time for choosing‘, and today we have that answer.  Boehner’s Three Stooges have chosen power and NRCC cash over the will of their own constituents.

The only request we have for Representatives Salmon, Franks, Schweikert, and McSally (a lost cause from the start) is stop begging us for money and to call Speaker Boehner to knock on doors and make calls for you come 2016.  We understand today that we dedicated conservative grassroots activists are of no value to you.  The feeling is now mutual.  We’re just glad that everything is now in the open.

And to Representative Paul Gosar, THANK YOU!  We’re at the ready whenever you need us.

Read Steve Deace’s piece at Conservative Review

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Now, what about that endorsement?

Bad EndorsementsApparently, last week’s posting here on Sonoran Alliance regarding an upcoming endorsement of Scott Smith by Matt Salmon drew the attention of a Yellow Sheets reporter. Because an endorsement of this size and caliber is sure to create a wave in both directions, someone at the Arizona Capitol Times contacted the office of Representative Matt Salmon to confirm the affinity between Salmon & Smith. When the Salmon staffer was asked whether the rumor was true, they would only confirm that such an endorsement would not occur this week – but did not deny that an endorsement was forthcoming.

What apparently was to make a big splash now looks like it will be nothing more than a little ripple for supporters of Scott Smith.

Alternatively, the splash among longstanding supporters of Congressman Matt Salmon may actually be bigger as Salmon finds himself reconciling his support for an Obamacare-supporting, amnesty-sympathizing, Common Core-embracing gubernatorial candidate in Scott Smith.

Congressman Salmon probably needs to hear from his constituents and asked to reconsider such an irreconcilable difference before its too late. As we all know, elections have consequences.

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.

Congressman Matt Salmon Endorses Ralph Heap for State Senate

Dr. Ralph Heap

Dr. Ralph Heap

(Mesa, AZ) Conservative Ralph Heap, candidate for the Republican nomination for State Senate in LD25, announced he has received the endorsement of Congressman Matt Salmon.

“Ralph Heap is a principled conservative and a leader,” said Congressman Salmon.  “As our next State Senator, I have no doubt that Ralph will be on the front lines in the battle to repeal big government policies such as the expansion of Obamacare and the federal takeover of our local education system.  He understands that policies like these are little more than liberal attempts to expand the size, cost, and reach of government in Arizona.

“Ralph’s commitment to limited government and freedom are exactly what the voters of Legislative District 25 want from their next State Senator,” continued Salmon.  “I’m proud to give Ralph Heap my strongest endorsement for State Senator.”

Dr. Ralph Heap was born and raised in Arizona and is a longtime resident of Mesa.  He is an orthopedic surgeon with his own practice based in Mesa.  In his spare time, he volunteers his medical skills around the world for those less fortunate.  He and his wife Denise are the proud parents of three children and proud grandparents of seven grandchildren.

Jay Lawrence endorsed by U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon

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Conservative Republican Jay Lawrence gathered yet another major endorsement of his campaign to fill the seat of term-limited State Representative John Kavanagh, this time from U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon.

Matt SalmonIn making his endorsement, Congressman Salmon had this to say about Jay Lawrence:  “I have known Jay Lawrence for a lot of years and I don’t think there is anyone who cares more about Arizona than Jay.  He will make an outstanding legislator because he loves Arizona and its people, and because he is guided by solid conservative principles.”

“I have been a fan of Matt Salmon’s for many many years, so to have his endorsement in turn is really an honor.” said Lawrence, adding “If Washington D.C. had more Congressmen like Matt Salmon, the world would be a better place.

Congressman Salmon’s endorsement is now added to a list that includes the Arizona Police Association, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, Fountain Hills Mayor Linda Kavanagh, former Fountain Hills Mayor Jerry Miles, Dr. C.T. Wright, former State Senate President Russell Pearce, State Representative John Kavanagh, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Rep Matt Salmon set to endorse Scott Smith for Governor

Sonoran Alliance has learned from a reliable anonymous source that gubernatorial candidate Scott Smith plans to roll out an endorsement by Congressman Matt Salmon sometime next week.

For many in the Republican ranks this comes as a shock because Salmon is a strong conservative who rightly opposes Obamacare and Comprehensive Immigration Reform, also known as Amnesty. The former Mayor of Mesa is strongly on record for supporting the Obamacare Medicaid expansion and Comprehensive Immigration Reform (Amnesty). He also opposed SB 1070.

Grassroots activists will likely be perplexed if not angered by the endorsement as Smith tries to re-invent himself using the conservative credentials of others.

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Rep Matt Salmon Endorses Emilena Turley for Queen Creek Town Council

Queen Creek, AZ-  U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon endorsed Emilena Turley in her race for Queen Creek Town Council today.  

SalmonTurley“I am excited to endorse Emilena Turley for Queen Creek Town Council.  She has the right blend of business background, conservative values and real world experience that are needed  now in the council.  She will be a great asset to the town, and to the people and families that call Queen Creek home.” said Representative Matt Salmon 

As the campaign moves into the summer, Emilena Turley’s campaign will continue to meet voters, and spread her message of business growth, fiscal responsibility, open communication and family values.  “I am honored to receive Representative Salmon’s endorsement, he is a leader that I look up to, and his support of my race means so much,”. said Emilena Turley. 

For more information please visit Emilena Turley’s website at www.emilenaturley.com

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Emilena Turley was born in Chandler, Arizona in 1972 and graduated from Mountain View High School in Mesa.  She attended Phoenix College and received an AAS in Legal Secretarial Studies.  Emilena is currently an independent paralegal, where she works with attorneys throughout the East Valley.  Emilena is married to Aaron Turley, a software engineer and together, they have 8 children.  Emilena and her family moved to Queen Creek in 2010 because they love the small town feel and tight knit sense of community that it offers.

Arizona Legislators Ask Tom Horne to Bow Out of Attorney General Race

Thursday, nine Arizona legislators sent a letter to Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne to exit the Republican Primary and race for AG. Spearheaded by State Representative Paul Boyer, the letter expressed grave concern over Horne’s ability to lead and serve the public has been severely compromised by a number of legal, ethical and personal problems.

Eight of Boyer’s legislative peers also signed the letter affirming that “integrity matters in our elected officials and our elections.”

Boyer, who also authored the letter wrote:

Dear General Horne:

We write to express our grave concerns over the recent allegations leveled at you, your official staff, and your campaign.

We acknowledge the investigations into wrongdoing are not complete, but that in no way lessens the dark cloud of impropriety that hangs over you and your administration.

We trust that the authorities conducting these investigations will enforce the law to the best of their abilities. We also acknowledge this process will take time and that you have a right to your day in court. Your ability to lead and serve the public, however, has already been severely compromised.

We, the undersigned, have a responsibility to act in the best interest of our state and our party. We are convinced that if you continue in your campaign for re-election, both of these interests will be damaged.

For this reason, we take the difficult step of formally requesting that you withdraw from the race for Attorney General.

Integrity matters in our elected officials and our elections. We expect more from our Attorney General, the individual who is tasked with directing the Department of Law. Arizonans have a right to expect more out of the highest-ranking legal officer of the state.

Please do what is right for Arizona and for the Republican Party.

Sincerely,

Paul Boyer
Rick Gray
Warren Petersen
Nancy Barto
JD Mesnard
Karen Fann
Steve Yarbrough
TJ Shope
Kelli Ward

 

Here is a copy of the letter:

HorneLetter

 

Tom Horne Letter

The letter follows other high profile requests by members of the congressional delegation asking Horne to withdraw from the race. Last week, Congressman Matt Salmon called Horne and personally asked him to exit. The following day Senator Jeff Flake stated publicly that Horne should exit. Senator John McCain also stopped short from saying Horne should get out but did note that the AG should recognize his political situation and.

Over a week ago, this blog asked the Attorney General to drop out of the race.

Matt Salmon asks Tom Horne to exit AG race, Will others follow Salmon’s lead?

Matt Salmon

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne must dread the vision of seeing his caller ID display the phone number of a member of Arizona’s congressional delegation.

One of those calls occurred this afternoon. It was Congressman Matt Salmon.

Salmon was the first in what I would expect to be several calls from high-ranking Republicans and party officials asking the embattled Attorney General to withdrawal from the race. It’s another version of a political landslide – when you lose the vote of confidence of the political establishment.

At this point, we don’t know whether Senator John McCain, Senator Jeff Flake, former Senator Jon Kyl or Congressmen, Gosar, Schweikert or Franks have made that same call.

Like many other Republicans, I would hope those calls happen soon.

Regardless, I applaud my Congressman Matt Salmon for making the first public call.

It’s never an easy thing to talk a candidate out of a race. It’s even harder to convince an incumbent and fellow Republican to withdraw from a high stakes race. Candidates usually have an abundance of money, ego, divine inspiration or an amalgam of all of the above holding them back from making a political humiliating move. The more pressure they feel from their elected peers, the more political reality penetrates their psyche and it becomes an act of sacrifice rather than humility.

A united congressional delegation and the revoked unwritten endorsement by the state party chairman would have that very effect in the case of Tom Horne.

Republicans are supposed to hold to higher ethics because that’s just the inherent nature of a party that respects moral and ethical absolutes. It’s expected of us and its why Republicans suffer tremendous backlash when someone makes a mistake. We’re the party of higher standards and we have an obligation to self-regulate and discipline our ranks.

Then there’s the political reality that Republicans will lose the Attorney General’s seat to a rambunctious and capricious Democrat only to bring her closer to the Governor’s office. Some of us remember all to well the 1998 Primary in which John Kaites and Tom McGovern beat each other up so badly it paved the roadway for Janet Napolitano to take the office of AG and eventually Governor. Let’s be politically smart this time and save the state from another political dark age.

We all owe Congressman Matt Salmon tremendous gratitude for looking into the future and having the courage to make that tough call to Attorney General Horne. Let’s hope others will also see into the future far enough ahead and set us on a path that avoids political disaster.

Thank you Congressman Salmon!