Rep. Paul Gosar: The Truth About the Shutdown

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Dear Friend,

I know there are a lot of questions surrounding the federal government shutdown, but I wanted to write you today and give you a little background to tell you what is going on here in Washington, D.C.

How We Got Here

It is the duty of Congress to pass an annual budget which would include 12 funding areas.  Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate are supposed to pass the individual bills, and then both bodies come together, reconcile the differences, and send them to the President for his signature.  In the event that a full budget cannot be agreed upon by both bodies, Congress has historically relied on short-term fixes which keep the federal government operating under a temporary basis.

The latest of these budgets ran out on Monday and at midnight the federal government suspended operations for positions deemed non-essential.

My office is still running on a limited basis.  I am in D.C. attending meetings and briefings and taking votes to try to open up necessary services while maintaining the position that we can’t continue business as usual and move forward with Obamacare.

I was sent to D.C. to do the will of the people and you, the people, have asked me to stand my ground on your behalf.

Summary of Three Bills Passed and Sent to U.S. Senate

The House has sent the Senate three different versions of the legislation that would fund the federal government.  Here is a summary of each of those continuing resolutions:

September 19, 2013: this bill would have funded the government while permanently defunding Obamacare http://gosar.house.gov/press-release/rep-gosar-defends-americans-votes-keep-government-open-and-defund-obamacare

September 29, 2013: this bill would have funded the government while delaying the implementation of Obamacare for one year, and would have permanently repealed the medical device tax.  http://gosar.house.gov/press-release/rep-gosar-senate-don%E2%80%99t-run-out-clock-american-people

September 30, 2013: this bill would have funded the government while delaying  Obamacare’s individual mandate to purchase health insurance for one year and required all Members of Congress, all congressional staff, the President, Vice-President, and all political appointees within the administration to purchase their health insurance on the Obamacare exchange. http://gosar.house.gov/press-release/rep-gosar-votes-avoid-government-shutdown

Military Pay Protected by “Pay Our Military” Act

I was proud to vote for the Pay Our Military Act (H.R. 3210) prior to the government shutdown.

This bill protected the men and women of our armed forces from the shutdown by providing the money to pay the salaries and allowances to members of the Armed Forces (including active duty reserves and the Coast Guard) during any period in FY 2014 in which interim or full year appropriations bills are not in effect. Also, it provides the same authority to the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security to pay civilian employees and contractors engaged in support of the Armed Forces during the same period. This legislation was signed into law.

Miscellaneous Frequently Asked Questions

You may be wondering what happens to federal services during a federal shutdown.

You have probably noticed that the U.S. Postal Service has continued to deliver your mail.  They are not funded by the Congressional appropriations process.

Social security benefits, SNAP, and unemployment benefits will also continue.

Here are the answers for some of the most common questions via the Heritage Foundation (http://blog.heritage.org/2013/09/30/qa-what-happens-during-a-government-shutdown/)

Q: Would retirees and veterans get their benefit checks?

A: Yes, mandatory government payments such as Social Security and veterans’ benefits would continue to be paid. During a prior government shutdown in 1995, 80 percent of Social Security Administration employees kept working because they were considered “essential” to making benefit payments.

Q: Would national security be hurt by a shutdown?

A: No, national security, including the conduct of foreign relations by the President, is considered an essential function that would continue.

Q: Would food and drug safety be imperiled by a shutdown?

A: No, the federal government would continue to conduct testing and inspection of food, drugs, and hazardous materials, because these are considered essential for the safety of Americans.

Q: Would we still be able to travel?

A: Yes, the government has said during prior shutdowns that the air traffic control system and other transportation safety operations are essential to the safety of the country and would continue to operate. So air traffic controllers would keep directing air traffic at airports around the country, and you would continue to be searched by agents of the TSA when you board a flight.

Q: What happens to federal law enforcement activities?

A: During a shutdown, all federal law enforcement and border control functions continue to operate. So the FBI would continue to make arrests and conduct criminal investigations. The U.S. Border Patrol would continue to patrol the American borders. The federal Bureau of Prisons stays open, and convicted criminals are not released.

Q: Would there be any problems with the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department’s supervision of our financial system during a shutdown?

A: No, all activities essential to preserving the money and banking system of the U.S., including borrowing and tax collection, would continue. So the IRS would keep on collecting the tax revenues that help pay for the operation of the federal government.

Q: What if there is a natural disaster like a hurricane during a government shutdown?

A: Emergency and disaster assistance are considered essential to protecting life and property, so federal disaster assistance continues during a government shutdown.

Politics of the Shutdown

This evening, the House voted to approve the following bills:

H.J. Res. 70 -  Open Our National Parks and Museum Act – this bill provides immediate funding for National Parks and Museums including Grand Canyon National Park, the National Gallery of Art, the World War II Memorial and the Holocaust Memorial Museum.

H.J. Res. 71 - Provide Local Funding for the District of Columbia Act – this bill would let the District of Columbia spend its local money.

H.J. Res. 72 - Honoring Our Promise to America’s Veterans Act – this bill ensures the VA can continue to operate and provide services, and guarantees veterans disability payments, the GI Bill, education training, and VA home loans will not be disrupted by the shutdown.

H.J. Res. 73 - Research for Lifesaving Cures Act – this bill ensures the National Institutes of Health can continue their work.

H.R. 3230 - Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act – this bill provides pay and allowances for military personnel in the reserve component who are in inactive status.

Even though these are common-sense solutions that will alleviate burdens of the shutdown, Majority Leader Reid and President Obama say they will not support them.

I am doing everything possible to resolve this situation fairly and efficiently. I will keep you updated by Facebook and email with our progress.

As always, you can follow everything I am working on in Arizona and Washington, D.C. through my website (http://gosar.house.gov) on Twitter@repgosar, or through Facebook at Representative Paul Gosar.

Rep. Paul Gosar Introduces the F.A.U.L.T Act

Congressman Paul Gosar

‘Sending billions of taxpayer dollars overseas to hostile countries is unconscionable’   

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S (AZ-04) introduced the Foreign Assistance Under Limitation and Transparency Act or the F.A.U.L.T Act. This legislation is intended to limit foreign aid to five countries that undermine U.S. foreign policy objectives – Iran, North Korea, Syria, Egypt, and Pakistan. Rep. Gosar issued the following statement:

“Sending billions of taxpayer dollars overseas to hostile countries is unconscionable. Yet, only in Washington, D.C. does it make sense to pay other governments to undermine our foreign policy objectives.”

Rep. Gosar continued, “When countries like Iran, North Korea, Syria, Egypt, and Pakistan act like enemies rather than friends toward the United States and our allies, the time to cut them off from U.S. taxpayer dollars is now.”

Rep. Gosar previously introduced amendments to the last two Department of Defense Appropriations Acts that sought to ensure that foreign aid was not given to hostile international regimes and organizations.  He has introduced the F.A.U.L.T Act as stand-alone legislation in the hope to expand upon these principles and codify them into law.

ICYMI: Rep. Paul Gosar on C-Span’s Washington Journal Discussing Benghazi Hearings

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S (AZ-04) appeared on C-Span’s Washington Journal to discuss the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Benghazi Consulate attack.

Please click HERE or the image below to watch the interview:

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“There’s accountability in the private sector, but what we lack here is accountability in the public sector.”
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“This narrative that was put out was a deceitful lie that misled the American public.”
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“There is definitely a problem that we’ve got here. It’s not a matter of if, it’s just when, this is going to happen again and that’s why these hearings are so important.”

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:

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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.

AZPBS Airs CD-4 Debate Between Paul Gosar, Ron Gould & Rick Murphy

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Paul Gosar for Congress Releases New TV Ad “Effective”

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Paul Gosar is an effective leader for Arizona.

Paul Gosar was elected to Congress to change Washington. He opposed new taxes, voted to repeal Obamacare, and push through the largest spending cuts since World War II. That’s why he’s been endorsed by Gov. Brewer and the NRA.

is opponent Ron Gould used taxpayer money to fund his campaign was fined by the clean elections commission for not reporting expenditures. Paul Gosar the conservative we can trust.

Congressman Gosar Joins Colorado in Condemning Senseless Violence and Standing with Aurora

Washington, D.C.—Today, U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) released the following statement after joining the entire Colorado delegation in supporting and adopting Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s (D-CO) concurrent resolution, H. Con. Res. 134, to condemn the atrocious shooting that took place in Aurora, Colorado.

“The sadness touching the Aurora community stretches across the nation, yet we stand together in condemning this senseless act of violence,” said Congressman Gosar. “The victims and families impacted by the theater tragedy remain in my thoughts and prayers. The first responders, nurses and doctors who saved lives deserve our greatest thanks. To the community of Aurora, the nation stands behind you in coping and recovering. May justice be served, and may those who lost their lives always be remembered.”

The concurrent resolution condemns the heinous movie theater atrocity, thanks the first responders and other officials who offered their support to save lives, and honors the victims and the resilient community impacted by the tragedy.

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Congressman Paul Gosar Votes to End Business as Usual and “Audit the Fed”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) voted for the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, H.R. 459. This bill, which was introduced by Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) and co-sponsored by Congressman Gosar, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 327 to 98.

Congressman Gosar played an active role in advancing the “audit the fed” legislation to the House floor. In addition to being an early cosponsor of the legislation, he was instrumental in passing the legislation through the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

“The decisions made and executed by the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors affect the monetary policy of the entire nation, yet for too long these activities have been carried out in secret,” said Congressman Gosar. “Though the Federal Reserve is only a quasi-government entity, quasi-transparency is unacceptable to the American people. The continued secrecy surrounding the actions of the Federal Reserve is exactly the type of ‘business as usual’ my freshman class was sent to Washington to end, which is what makes today’s vote so important.”

The Federal Reserve Transparency Act would provide the congressional oversight, through the Government Accountability Office, to audit the monetary actions of the quasi-private Federal Reserve. Current law prohibits full congressional access and review of the Federal Reserve’s lending practices.

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Click Above to Watch My Opening Statement from Oversight and Government Reform

Current restrictions on GAO audits include the examination of any transactions made under the Federal Reserve’s open market operations and Federal Open Market Committee directives, any deliberations and discussions on monetary policy, or any agreements made with foreign governments and central banks. Since the 2008 financial crisis, the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet has tripled to $3 trillion dollars. The Federal Reserve Transparency Act, H.R. 459 will remove restrictions and require a one-time audit within 12 months of enactment.

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Rep. Paul Gosar Supports Legislation to End Energy Tax Subsidies

The Energy Freedom and Economic Prosperity Act Ends the Federal Practice of Picking Winners and Losers in the Energy Sector 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressmen Paul Gosar (R-AZ) announced he has cosponsored the Energy Freedom and Economic Prosperity Act (H.R.3308) introduced by fellow freshman Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS).  H.R. 3308 will reduce government interference in the energy sector by repealing all energy tax credits.

“The federal government has no business picking winners and losers in the energy sector,” said Rep. Gosar.  “Mr. Pompeo’s bill eliminates these wasteful subsidies while concurrently lowering taxes for job creators.  Our nation can create jobs and implement an all-of-the-above energy strategy without subsidizing any form of energy production.”

As one of the top watchdogs on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Congressman Gosar has fought to expose the Department of Energy’s mismanagement of the Management of Loan Guarantee Programs.  The investigations into Solyndra have made it clear that the Obama Administration ignored merit-based considerations in order to push a political agenda, leaving the taxpayer still on the hook for millions of dollars.

Additionally, Congressman Gosar has voted to end the federal government’s practice of picking winners and losers in the energy sector.  Last month, hevoted to eliminate the account used by the Department of Energy to issue its preferential loans and put the $1.45 billion in savings toward deficit reduction.  He also voted to block all future loans under Section 1703 of the Title 17 loan guarantee program.

Last week, Congressman Gosar introduced The Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act of 2012legislation that streamlines permitting for renewable energy projects on public lands, facilitates job creation, and reduces the deficit.  The Congressman knows our nation can put forth a bold all-of-the-above energy plan without subsidizing any form of energy production.

 

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Club for Growth Launches Attack Ad Against Paul Gosar in CD-4

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Rep. Paul Gosar and House Hold Holder in Contempt

Washington, D.C.—Today, U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S (R-AZ) released the following statement regarding the full vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. This vote is the result of continuous delays by Holder and the Department of Justice to release subpoenaed documents from the reckless Operation Fast and Furious.

Gosar said today, “Mr. Holder’s actions have shown his contempt for our constitutional rights, our border, Arizonans and all Americans and today Congress did its job by holding him in contempt. It is my hope today’s vote to sends a strong message to Attorney General Holder, President Obama and future bureaucrats that no one is above the law. After months of stonewalling, excuses and half truths Mr. Holder has run out of time and second chances.”

“The people of Arizona and throughout the United States and Mexico will be living with the consequences of Fast and Furious for years to come. Many have rightfully lost confidence in Attorney General Holder. Today’s vote further supports my Resolution of No Confidence (H.Res.490) in Mr. Holder which has the support of 114 members of Congress who each co-sponsored the measure.”

As the only member from Arizona on the committee for Oversight and Government Reform, Congressman Gosar has been a leading advocate for the victims of this horrible operation by demanding answers and justice. Gosar is the lead sponsor of H. Res. 490, a Resolution of No Confidence in the Attorney General which currently has 114 cosponsors.

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Congressman Gosar Votes to Get Big Government Out of The Way

Legislation will grow the economy, protect the environment and promote renewable energy production 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, DDS (R-AZ) voted for the Conservation and Economic Growth Act (H.R.2578) a package of 14 Natural Resources Committee bills that will create new American jobs, grow the economy, and protect the environment.

“Each of these bills has one thing in common; they get the Federal Government out of the way of Arizona’s families and businesses. I represent rural Arizona and over the past year I have met with thousands of people in my district who have asked me to stop the unnecessary government intervention in their lives,” said Congressman Paul Gosar. 

“These bills allow our ranchers to prosper, permit our Border Patrol to better protect our border, and give states more power in utilizing resources to support public target ranges. Unnecessary federal regulations are stifling job creation and slowing down progress throughout Arizona. I will continue to do whatever I can to free Arizonans from the grip of federal bureaucrats that are out of touch with our great state.”

The Conservation and Economic Growth Act includes three particular pieces of legislation that address the priorities of rural Arizonans.  Congressman Gosar has long advocated for these bills, helping navigate them out of the House Natural Resources Committee.

1) The “Grazing Improvement Act of 2012” (Title XI) (H.R. 4234) which will improves and streamlines the process for renewing livestock grazing permits. It also extends the life of permits to provide more certainty and stability to the livestock grazing community in the face of constant environmental legal challenges.  Read the full text of H.R. 4234, the “Grazing Improvement Act of 2012” here.

2) The “National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act” (Title XIV) (H.R. 1505): This bill is a common sense measure to improve border security by ensuring that Border Patrol has access to federal lands along the border and is not held back from doing its job by bureaucratic red tape. Read the full text of H.R. 1505, the “National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act” here.

3) The “Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act” (Title XII) (H.R. 3065): This bill supports recreational shooting by providing states greater flexibility to use their Pittman-Robertson funds to establish, expand and maintain public target ranges.  Read the full text of H.R. 3065, the “Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act” here. 

Read statements from law enforcement, recreation, farming and ranching organizations here. 

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Congressman Gosar Reacts to Obama Admin. Distortion of Facts

“The people of Arizona and America deserve better” 

PHOENIX, AZ –U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S (R-AZ) released the following statement today in response to the recently-discovered internal emails that suggest the Obama Administration deliberately overstated the environmental impacts of uranium mining to justify its 20-year ban on uranium development on one million acres of federal land in Northern Arizona:

“When the Obama Administration announced their one million acre land-grab earlier this year, I said their actions distorted the truth and outright denied the facts in order to push their big government agenda.  Nearly six months later, my committee has discovered documents that suggest the National Park Service had the scientific evidence, collected by the agency itself, detailing the reality of government deception.  

Today’s reports come at a time when residents of rural Arizona continue to face record unemployment and the need for jobs.  The Obama Administration’s ban should be reversed, and the people of Arizona should be allowed to move forward with these important economic development projects.  These mines could provide over 1,000 high-paying jobs, generate $29 billion in economic output, and would have many other indirect economic benefits that would revitalize our region. 

The people of Arizona and of America deserve better than junk science and political cover up.  They deserve a government that is responsible to the people and focuses on facts, not scare tactics and misinformation.  As a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, I will continue efforts to expose the Administration’s misinformation campaign and to work to spur economic development in Arizona.” 

On January 9th, 2012, the Obama Administration announced it would impose a 20-year ban on uranium mining on one million acres of federal land in Arizona—one of the most uranium-rich areas in the United States.  Internal emails obtained by the House Natural Resources Committee raise significant questions into the science used by the Obama Administration to justify its ban.  In the emails, scientists within the National Park Service discuss how the potential environmental impacts were “grossly overestimated” in the Administration’s record of decision and that the potential impacts were “very minor to negligible.”  More information on the House Natural Resources Committee’s findings can be found here.

Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) have introduced the “Northern Arizona Mining Continuity Act of 2011,” known as H.R. 3155.  The bill would reverse the Secretary of the Interior’s 20-year ban.

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Prescott Valley Mayor Skoog and Vice-Mayor Lasker Endorse Congressman Paul Gosar in CD-4

Prescott Valley Mayor Skoog and Vice-Mayor Lasker Endorse Congressman Paul Gosar for Re-Election in AZ-4

Prescott Valley, Arizona–Today, Mayor Harvey Skoog and Vice-Mayor Patty Lasker, Town of Prescott Valley, announced their joint endorsement of Congressman Paul Gosar’s re-election to the newly created Fourth Congressional District. The Town of Prescott Valley is located in Arizona’s First District which Congressman Gosar currently represents but after redistricting will be in the new Fourth District.

Mayor Skoog and Vice Mayor Lasker said, “We are proud to jointly give our endorsement to Paul Gosar, for his re-election in the newly created Congressional District Four. He is a proven leader in Washington and has always been available to address the concerns of the citizens. We look forward to his continued service.”

In response to the joint endorsement, Dr. Gosar stated, “I appreciate Mayor Skoog and Vice Mayor Lasker’s support of my re-election efforts. The commitment that Mayor Skoog and Vice Mayor Lasker have given to serving the residents of Prescott Valley with diligence and dedication is commendable. I have enjoyed working with both of them throughout my first term in congress and look forward to the opportunity to continue to do so.”

Mayor Skoog was first elected as Mayor of Prescott Valley in 1993 and served through 1998. Harvey later ran again and won the mayoral seat in November 2004 and has since won re-election twice. In July 2010 Mayor Skoog was appointed by Governor Jan Brewer to the Homeland Security Senior Advisory Committee for the State of Arizona. He also has serves on the Arizona League of Cities & Towns Executive Board and as the Chairman of the Greater Arizona Mayor’s Association.

Vice-Mayor Patty Lasker was sworn in as a Prescott Valley Town Council member in June 2009. Prior to her election Lasker was a nurse, small business owner and investment advisor. She retired to Prescott Valley in 2005. She graduated from the Citizen’s Academy and is one of the founders of the Prescott Valley Old Town Board.

Congressman Paul Gosar D.D.S. was elected in 2010 to serve Rural Arizona. Paul and his wife, Maude, have been small business owners for over 25 years and are the proud parents of three children. Gosar has focused his first term on bringing jobs back to the district, reforming health care, including the repeal of ObamaCare and reining in government spending. For more information, visit his website at www.gosar4congress.com

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Sheriff Paul Babeu holds strong lead in two polls

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 26, 2012
CONTACT: Chris DeRose

Gould, Gosar effectively tied

San Tan Valley – Two polls conducted in the past week show a commanding lead for Sheriff Paul Babeu in Arizona’s 4th Congressional District.

Public Opinion Strategies conducted a survey of likely voters for the Babeu campaign, to determine their choice for Congress. The results were as follows:

Paul Babeu – 31%
Paul Gosar – 23%
Ron Gould – 19%

Of those who “definitely” know their choice, Babeu has double the support of both Gould and Gosar.

Definitely Paul Babeu – 21%
Definitely Paul Gosar – 12%
Definitely Ron Gould – 10%

“Babeu is well positioned to win this race,” said Glen Bolger, founding partner of Public Opinion Strategies. Babeu has solid leads among “very conservative voters, Tea Party supporters, strong NRA supporters, and base Republicans,” said Bolger, whose memorandum on this poll can be downloaded here.

Gosar recently announced his candidacy in a district 50 miles from his house, abandoning a district with 70% of his current constituents, citing his “base” in Yavapai County. Bolger called his support there “underwhelming.”

Babeu strategist Chris DeRose said “If this is Gosar’s base, I’d hate to see the part of the district that doesn’t like him. Voters in this new district won’t like his liberal record any more than the one he’s running from.”

These findings dovetail an independent poll published in the Arizona Capitol Times Yellow Sheet. That poll recorded 29% for Babeu, 19% for Gosar, and 17% for Gould.

Public Opinion Strategies is the most trusted name in Republican polling. Founded in 1991, it counts as clients 80 members of the House of Representatives, 19 United States Senators, and 6 governors.

Download the Public Opinion Strategies poll results here.
Download the Yellow Sheet poll results here.

 

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Congressman Gosar Reacts 2012 to State of Union

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 24 2012
CONTACT: Apryl Marie Fogel

PHOENIX, AZ –U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, DDS (AZ-01) released the following statement tonight in response to President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address.

“Tonight, I watched the State of the Union address from Arizona after spending the day speaking with small business owners and constituents who are feeling the effects of President Obama’s failed policies. Again and again, the President ignores simple realities that big government and big spending are not the answer. I stayed out of D.C. in solidarity with the people of Arizona and across the nation who are fed up with this government.

I listened to Obama’s speech tonight hoping that he would provide solutions but instead he presented more of the same. The President continued to promote the discredited class warfare he has supported throughout his career.

Tonight, the President promised the creation of several new big government programs while continuing to ignore the problems we have with the already bloated federal government.

America needs solutions not finger pointing. Our economy is in dire straits. Solutions that weren’t mentioned tonight but are desperately needed include a fairer and flatter tax system to address the growing divide in our tax system.

We need an improved education system with school choice to allow parents to move their children out of failing schools and to provide young adults the opportunity to go into the workforce or higher education system ready for the challenges ahead.

The President discussed regulations but did not address the failed policies of his Administration that are stifling job growth, causing uncertainty in the market and are leading investors to hold onto their money and not promote private sector job growth.

The President briefly discussed immigration but he failed to mention a plan to secure our borders. I’m gravely concerned about the blind eye the President continues to turn towards accountability for the Department of Justice’s failed operation Fast and Furious. Obama failed here on a grand scale.

I hoped the President would take responsibility for the fact that our nation has been operating without a budget for 1,000 days. His lack of leadership and failure to hold the U.S. Senate to task has caused this problem. His lack of guidance or proper understanding of the crippling debt we have is perpetuating it.

We need solutions Mr. President and I’m disappointed in the lack of them presented in your State of the Union address. The true state of the union is that our great nation is facing an awful economy and limited solutions. We are $15+ trillion in debt. We have record sustained unemployment. Our nation is facing a record high misery index. The truth is this President has failed us.

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Congressman Gosar Expresses Dismay At Yet Another Obama Administration Job Killing Over Reach

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 9, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ –U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, DDS (AZ-01) released the following statement today following the announcement of the Obama Administration’s decision to withdraw approximately 1 million acres of federal land in northern Arizona from uranium mining:

“Today’s actions show that the administration continues to count on the distortion of truths and the outright denial of facts, to push their big government agenda. President Obama and Secretary Salazar are showing a clear indifference to the separation of powers and instead of leading our nation are being more divisive than ever. 

As the representative of a large portion of the Grand Canyon National Park, the preservation of this natural treasure is very important to me. I would not want any activity to be done that would threaten that vital aspect of our economy or the aesthetic beauty of the canyon that’s why the original buffer was put into place. 

In is important we realize that the rhetoric surrounding this issue focuses on facts, not scare tactics. The Administration’s land withdrawal is unnecessary to protect the Grand Canyon. The park currently has a land buffer. No uranium mine can exist within the park’s boundaries, or the park buffer. It is simply false and misleading to assert that if the land in the strip is not withdrawn, uranium mining will take place “in” the canyon or “in the park.”

I strongly believe cautious development with strong oversight under federal statue strikes the careful balance between economic activity and environmental protection and thus oppose the proposed arbitrary withdrawal.” 

In the 1980’s, former Arizona Congressman Morris Udall, now-Senator John McCain, and other Congressional leaders negotiated a compromise with the uranium mining industry, native Americans, environmentalists, livestock and other stakeholder groups which formed the basis for designating Arizona’s first wilderness areas as buffer zones around the Grand Canyon National Park. The withdrawal area being considered by the Department of Interior was specifically identified for uranium mining and was opened up for economic activity as part of that negotiated agreement.

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