AZSOS Michele Reagan: Remembering Pearl Harbor, 75 Years Later

The Arizona Capitol Museum presents:

Remember Pearl Harbor, 75 Years LaterUSS Arizona Memorial

WHAT: 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, U.S. entry into WWII
WHERE: Arizona Capitol Museum, 1700 W. Washington Street, Phoenix
WHEN:  December 7, at the Arizona Capitol Museum
WHY: Special presentation of rare artifacts, for a solemn occasion

In remembrance of the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, the AZCM is unveiling its special collection of rarely seen USS Arizona artifacts, including a never before displayed U.S. Flag rescued from the USS Arizona.   In addition, for one day only, the Capitol Museum will display several unique items including a 1918 seaman’s diary; brass and silver Navy bugle; 1940 handmade USS Arizona baseball team pennant and a historic piece of the U.S.S. Arizona itself.

Also on December 7th the AZCM will premiere its collaboration with the Google Cultural Institute.  This ongoing partnership provides the museum with a permanent online portal to showcase the gems of our collection, starting with the USS Arizona Silver Service and many other artifacts from the collection. Viewable online at: Google.com/culturalinstitute (content unavailable until Dec. 7)

The Arizona Capitol Museum is in some ways a home away from home for members of the Pearl Harbor and World War II service community.  The museum is the only place outside of Hawaii with artifacts and permanent exhibits, including the ship’s silver service, dedicated to the USS Arizona, and its loss on December 7, 1941.

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan: Arizona General Election Results Now Official

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Secretary of State, AG and Chief Justice certify results

Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan today issued the official canvass of results for the 2016 General Election.  The Secretary was joined by Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Chief Justice Scott Bales for the formal certification.

Secretary Reagan reported 2.6 million Arizonans voted in the general election, making it the highest number of ballots cast in state history.  While there were a historic number of votes, turnout was about average at 74% ranking 6th highest in Arizona history.

1. 1980 – 80.1% Reagan – Carter
2. 2008 – 77.7% Obama – McCain
3. 1992 – 77.2% Clinton – Bush
4. 2004 – 77.1% Bush – Kerry
5. 2012 – 74.4% Obama – Romney
6. 2016 – 74.2% Trump – Clinton

Demographically, women made up 55% of Arizona’s electorate while 18-24 year olds made up 6%.  The average age of the Arizona voter is 55.

Early balloting continues to grow and the rising number of provisional ballots has finally been stopped.  The general election saw 73% of the electorate vote by early ballot, up from 54% in 2012.  While the number of early voters continues to increase, the issuance of provisional ballots declined by 80,000 since the 2012 general election.

“The reduction of provisional ballots is extremely good news, as it shows us our voter education efforts are working,” said Secretary Reagan.  “In the last three presidential elections, the issuance of provisional ballots had increased every year.  This particular election seems to indicate a new positive trend and I hope it continues.

“Running four statewide elections this year was extremely challenging for election administrators around the state.  Some things went well, and we uncovered a number of things we’d like to improve.  Finally, I’d like to thank our counties for their diligence to process and tabulate ballots as efficiently as they do.  While we will continue to explore options to get to results faster, we will always prioritize accuracy over expediency.”

Read press release online.

You can also view the official election canvass here.

Bill to streamline and consolidate campaign finance laws passes state Senate

Phoenix, AZ – A bill to allow the Secretary of State’s office to crack down on illegitimate, unlawful political spending has passed the Arizona Senate.

“I’m pleased our campaign finance bill (SB1516) to root out unlawful political spending has passed the Senate,” said Secretary Reagan.  “Hopefully, If the bill passes the House and is signed into law by the Governor, our office will finally have the tools necessary to go after fly-by-night “convenience corporations” who show up in Arizona on Tuesday and start spending money on Friday in our elections.”

“The ability to differentiate between bad actors and perfectly legitimate companies exercising their basic right to speak is historic,” continued the Secretary.  “It’s concerning to many that institutional groups like the Cattlemen’s Association, Planned Parenthood, Chamber of Commerce or Sierra Club would have to hand over the personal information of their members and supporters to a government agency. These provisions strike the right balance between holding wrongdoers accountable and protecting legitimate not-for-profits from big brother tracking the issues and causes they support and deciding what political speech they wish to regulate.

“In conjunction with our revolutionary, soon-to-be-released campaign finance reporting system, citizens will better able to educate themselves about the connections between the people who write checks and the politicians that cash them.”

Sponsored by Senator Adam Driggs, SB1516 is a comprehensive rewrite of Arizona campaign finance law.  While provisions related to anonymous political spending are extremely important, the legislation also provides a clear, concise set of policies and procedures where citizens can easily find and understand the rules by which they can engage in political activity.

SOS Michele Reagan Refers AZGOP Complaint to AG Mark Brnovich

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan has pushed forward a complaint to the Attorney General Mark Brnovich regarding a complaint filed by the Arizona Republican Party related to a political committee headed by former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson. The complaint alleges that Johnson’s political committee, “Open Nonpartisan Elections” or ONE, violated reporting requirements when it failed to report a $10,000 political contribution from Jeff Covill.

Secretary Reagan also did not find reasonable cause regarding other political contributions and expenditures received and made by a parallel 501(c)4 organization registered under the same name. That complaint alleged that the non-profit organization was involved in electioneering when it received a $100,000 donation from Open Primaries and hired the Phoenix-based political firm HighGround. Donations and expenditures $10,000 or greater are required to be reported within 24 hours of receipt.

The matter now proceeds to the Attorney General’s Office where it will be litigated.

To read Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s letter of reasonable cause, click here.

SOS Michele Reagan: Grand Canyon State home to nearly 3.3 million voters

Phoenix – The latest voter registration figures have been released and according to Secretary of State Michele Reagan, the number of registered voters has grown to 3,299,906, an increase of 47,219 since the last report in July.

Of the state’s 3.29 million voters, 34% are Republicans, 28% are Democrats and 36% have either registered with independent parties or not designated a party preference.

Libertarians and members of the Green party make up a little less than one percent of the state’s total registration while the Americans Elect Party has enrolled 500 voters since joining the state’s other recognized political parties in 2011.

“I’m pleased to see the number of registered voters increase by more than forty thousand,” said Secretary Reagan.  “As the state gears up for an exciting 2016 election cycle, including a presidential election, I’m confident our registration totals will continue to grow.

“It’s important to remember, Arizona’s “open primary” provisions do not apply to the presidential preference election. In order to cast a ballot in the March 22nd election, “independents” must be registered with a political party by February 22, 2016.  Our Voting Rights Ambassadors continue to travel the state connecting with schools, clubs and civic groups to educate voters on the process and encourage citizens to participate!”

The latest voter registration figures compiled by county, congressional district and legislative district are available on Arizona.Vote, this link http://bit.ly/1ku1CAg or by calling 1-877-THE-VOTE.

Michele Reagan Announces Leadership Team

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Secretary-elect Michele Reagan announces leadership team
Deputy SoS, Election Director, Chief Financial Officer and Communications Director named

Scottsdale – Arizona’s 20th Secretary of State Michele Reagan has announced the members of her incoming administration.  The new leadership team consists of Lee Miller as Deputy Secretary of State, Eric Spencer as State Election Director, Liz Atkinson as CFO and Matt Roberts as Director of Communications.

“It was important to me and my transition team to place highly-regarded and experienced professionals in positions of leadership within my administration,” said Secretary-elect Reagan.  “Each one of them has an exceptional skill set that will help implement my vision for improving one of the most important offices in state government.”

Lee Miller, tapped as Deputy Secretary of State, will oversee day-to-day operations of the Department of State, the Secretary of State’s office and its numerous divisions, including the State Library, Archive and Public Records Division.

Mr. Miller’s professional career began working as an attorney for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation investigating financial fraud in the banking and savings and loan industries.  That work evolved into senior management positions with commercial and residential securities trading firms from coast to coast.

A noted election law attorney, Mr. Miller has provided consultation and analysis for numerous political campaigns and organizations including the Citizens Clean Elections Commission and pro-bono work for the Arizona Republican Party.

“Lee has a unique blend of legal, political, business and management experience which will make him a tremendous asset within the administration,” said Reagan.  “Combined with his expertise in government affairs and lobbying, he will be able to run the Department of State efficiently and effectively.”

Eric Spencer, an election and political law attorney for Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. was selected to serve as the State Election Director.  Spencer will oversee the Election Services Division, which is responsible for voter registration, campaign finance, candidate, lobbyist and elected official filings.

Before joining Snell & Wilmer in 2007, Eric was a Captain in the United States Army and served as an Infantry Platoon Leader in Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 4th Infantry Division.  His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Infantry Badge.  Mr. Spencer graduated magna cum laude from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science, and went on to receive his J.D. from Duke University School of Law and M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

“The only thing more impressive than Eric’s career in law is his service to his country,” continued Reagan.  “There are only a handful of people in Arizona qualified to serve as State Elections Director, and I’m delighted to have Eric on our team.  We share a passion for our system of elections and we will work diligently to make it even better.”

Liz Atkinson returns to the Secretary of State’s office after serving as Administrative Division Director of the Department of Weights and Measures.  She previously worked at the AZSOS from 2006 to 2008 as the Advance Directive Coordinator under then Secretary of State Jan Brewer.  Ms. Atkinson is a Certified Public Accountant Candidate and holds an M.B.A. in Accounting and Graduate Degree in Financial Analysis from the Keller Graduate School of Business.

As CFO, Ms. Atkinson will be directly responsible for monitoring expenditures of the Department of State and assist with all human resource issues and staff management among other duties.

“Liz was the ideal candidate for the CFO position,” the Secretary-elect said.  “With her experience in state government and knowledge of the AZSOS, she will be a vital component of the administration from day one.  From all accounts she is an absolute rockstar and I’m really excited to have such a qualified person watching over the books and making sure we are spending the taxpayers’ hard-earned money wisely.”

Matt Roberts will continue in his role as Director of Communications, managing media inquiries and the dissemination of information from the Secretary of State’s office.

Before joining the AZSOS in 2011, Matt worked for the Arizona Republican Party as Communications Director and previously served two New York State Senators where he was responsible for office operations and communications.

“Matt’s experience working with the media is vital as we continue to promote the actions of the office,” said Reagan.  “His continued effort to provide information to the public through an enhanced communication effort will only improve Arizonans confidence in the 2nd highest elective office.”

Full bios will be available on www.azsos.gov after the inauguration.

Michele Reagan Releases First All-Spanish Ad

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Friends,

I am very excited to share with you that our campaign has released our first Spanish language television commercial of the campaign – narrated by State Representative Lydia Hernández of Legislative District 29.

The all-Spanish language ad, which is being broadcast on Univision and cable television this week, is part of a Hispanic voter outreach program launched by my campaign. In the commercial, Representative Hernández highlights the need to have a Secretary of State with a track record of working on bipartisan solutions and passing legislation benefitting Arizona’s diverse population.

The Secretary’s Office is one which must protect the integrity of each and every voter in the State of Arizona. The practice of ballot harvesting occurring in Arizona is manipulating peoples’ voice and their vote.

In addition to the commercial, my reform plan also available in Spanish on my website.  I want the Hispanic Community to know they play an equally important part in our democratic process under a Reagan administration.

Watch the commercial now, in English or in Spanish:

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Scottsdale Sign Thief Caught On Camera!

Watch as a sign thief is caught red-handed by hidden camera as he steals three candidate yard signs. The signs were posted on private property with the consent of the owner. The theft occurred in Scottsdale.

The campaigns of David Schweikert, Michele Reagan and Shawnna Bolick are probably not happy.

We’ve learned that police did contact the perpetrator and he does have a court date.

Let this be a lesson to all those contemplating a little sign thievery. You may be caught on camera!

A Governor and Three Candidates to Yuma

There’s a rumor going around that Wednesday’s trip by Governor Brewer and three statewide candidates who she has endorsed was piggybacked on to official business – paid for by Arizona taxpayers.

What has given this rumor legs is modern technology.

According to two sources, Michele Reagan, one of the three candidates sent out a tweet including a photo of her on a plane with an official state seal in the background. Once the photo was tweeted it was quickly deleted.

Brewer’s trip to Yuma was covered by local Yuma media.

Holly Sweet of the Yuma CBS affiliate, KSWT reported that Brewer had official business with Yuma city hall before heading to a political rally at the Kress Ultra Lunge with Scott Smith, Randy Pullen and Michele Reagan – all candidates who she has endorsed.

Christy Wilcox also reported on the visit:

http://youtu.be/jfQRUbRBS3w

The Yuma Daily Sun also covered the event which included a number of photos.

The Governor’s official website also posted nothing about an official visit to Yuma on her public calendar.

All this begs the following questions:

If media reported Governor Brewer making the trip as a meeting with Yuma City Hall, why would that visit not be listed on the official calendar?

Did Governor Brewer, Scott Smith, Michele Reagan all travel together to Yuma?

Did all three candidates travel with Governor Brewer together aboard an official government or chartered plane to Yuma?

If all three candidates traveled to Yuma with the Governor on an official state plane or chartered plane, will their campaigns reimburse the taxpayers of Arizona?

Is Governor Brewer lending the weight of her office to assist those candidates she has endorsed?

Finally, were there any members of the media who traveled with the Governor or the three candidates to and/or from Yuma?

We hope each of the campaigns and the Governor will clear up these questions.

 

Pro-Life Voter Warning on “Republican” Primary Candidates

Prior to an election I always like to vet candidates on a number of issues including life, liberty and other rights enshrined in our Constitution. The sanctity of life – protecting innocent human life – has always been the top issue for me because if a candidate or elected officials waffles on life, it reveals where they stand on all other rights.

Part of my vetting process looks at whether or not the candidate filled out certain surveys, their answers, public statements, their involvement on the issues and even who is pushing for their election. I also look at who is donating to their campaign and what people and organizations who are opposed to my values are saying about the candidates.

Because of my involvement in the Pro-Life movement for many years, naturally I look at who Planned Parenthood or other high profile pro-abortion organizations and individuals have said about certain candidates. By looking at the donations of “true believers” in a cause, one should get a sense of the value system of the recipient. It would be akin to looking at the donations of Wayne LaPierre. You wouldn’t expect him to donate to an anti-2nd Amendment candidate.

One particular organization and its people I’ve looked at is the Arizona WISH list. WISH stands for Women In the Senate and House. Their fundamental goal has always been to elect “pro-choice” Republican women as the GOP version of EMILY’s list (the Democrats pro-abortion women’s group).

On their national board of directors sat an Arizonan named Deborah Carstens. Although it doesn’t appear that AZ WISH is active or that she currently serves on the national board of directors, Carstens continues to remain active in elections through her donations primarily to candidates who have declared themselves to be “pro-choice” or refuse to state their position on the sanctity of life. These have typically been Republican candidates who define themselves as more moderate but tend to vote liberal on social issues.

Because I have my suspicions on a handful of candidates, I decided to check out a few resources to clarify their positions and to see if Carstens had donated to their campaigns.

Here’s what I found:

Scott Smith was the only gubernatorial candidate to receive a donation from Carstens in the amount of $500. Scott Smith also took the most liberal position on abortion of all the GOP candidates (survey)

Michele Reagan has received a total of $1,250 from Carstens as the only Republican candidate for Secretary of State. Reagan also avoided answering questions on the Center for Arizona Policy voter guide.

Carsten also donated $160 to Terry Goddard, the Democrat running for Secretary of State and $250 to Felecia Rotellini the Democrat candidate for Attorney General. Neither Democrat responded to the Center for Arizona Policy questionnaire – which is very typical of Democrat candidates.

When it comes to state legislative races, Carstens has donated to Republican incumbents and challengers.

In LD-11, Jo Grant received $150 from Carstens in her house race. On CAP’s survey, Grant to answer the question on abortion.

Diane Landis running for House in conservative district 13, also received a donation of $100 from Carstens. Surprisingly, Landis did answer the question on CAP’s survey.

No surprise, Heather Carter pocketed $500 from Carstens in her re-election bid in LD-15. Carter dodged filling out the CAP survey altogether.

Effie Carlson received $100 as a challenger in the LD-23 house race. Carlson did respond to the CAP survey but with qualifiers.

Finally, Kate Brophy-McGee in LD-28 took at $270 donation from Carstens in her house re-election race. Brophy-McGee also evaded the CAP survey.

Another quick check for pro-life endorsements revealed that none of these candidates were endorsed by the Arizona Right to Life PAC.

One interesting pattern among the incumbents who are running for re-election is that they also supported the Obamacare Medicaid expansion vote in 2013. And one may recall that an amendment was attempted on that bill that would have prohibited tax dollars from going to abortion providers. That amendment failed thanks to these incumbents – Carter, Coleman & Brophy-McGee (see vote).

For those of you who remain committed to electing candidates who will protect innocent human life, hopefully this has been informative and an exercise in how to cross-reference candidates and their supporters. Please use this information wisely as you vote in the Primary Election.