Hear 5-Minute Stump Speeches from 29 Arizona GOP Candidates!

uvs140316-001Here’s a chance to see and hear from no less than 29 Arizona elected-office candidates, all in one place. It’s like speed-dating for politicians(!).

On March 15, 2014, the Sun City West Republican club sponsored a well-run Candidates Forum in which each candidate packed all he/she could in a 5-minute appeal to Arizona voters.

The full article and videos are at this link.  You can hear them all or use time sliders to pick the candidates of your choice. Included, in order of appearance, are:

Michael Jeanes, candidate, Arizona Clerk of Courts
Sandra Dowling, candidate, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
Clint Hickman, candidate, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
Elbert Bicknell, candidate, Maricopy Country Health Care District #4
Jean McGrath, candidate, Marcopa County Community College District #4
John Heep, candidate, Marcopa County Community College District #4
Bonnie Katz, candidate, Arizona Corporation Commission
Lucy Mason, candidate, Arizona Corporation Commission
Diane Douglas, candidate, AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction
Jeff Dewit, candidate, Arizona State Treasurer
Randy Pullen, candidate, Arizona State Treasurer
David Livingston, candidate, AZ Representative LD22
Phil Lovas, candidate, AZ Representative LD22

Judy Burges, candidate, AZ Senate LD22
Clair Van Steenwyk,
candidate, US House of Representatives
Trent Franks,
candidate, US House of Representatives
Tom Forese,
candidate, Arizona Corporation Commission
Mark Brnovich,
candidate, AZ Attorney General
Tom Horne,
candidate, AZ Attorney General
Michele Reagan,
candidate, AZ Secretary of State
Justin Pierce,
candidate, AZ Secretary of State
Christine Jones,
candidate, AZ Governor
Al Melivn,
candidate, AZ Governor
Alice Lukasik,
candidate, AZ Governor
John Molina,
candiate, AZ Governor
Frank Riggs,
candidate, AZ Governor
Scott Smith,
candidate, AZ Governor

For the full article, click here.

Congressman Trent Franks on the 41st Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Today was the 41st anniversary of the horrific unjust human rights violation we call Roe v. Wade. Since January 22, 1973, 55 MILLION unborn children have been lost to the violent act of abortion – the act that destroys the sacred bond between mother and child.

One of the most prominent leaders on this issue has been Arizona’s Congressman Trent Franks.

Twenty-three years ago, I met Trent in the cultural conservative movement and he was as passionate on this issue then as he is now. And I think I can honestly and accurately say that his passion for the sanctity of life has been contagious to tens of thousands of Arizonans.

Congressman Franks now carries the torch of leadership in the Pro-Life Movement – a distinguished honor once carried by others like the late Honorable Henry Hyde.

I write this post from a personal perspective. Congressman Trent Franks is one of my heroes because he inspired me to stand up for those who have no voice.

May we tarry on for the greatest cause of our lives – the sacred honor of protecting innocent human life.

May God bless you Trent.

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Representative Paul Boyer Endorses Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

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“He will lead by example and that is the type of leader we need as our next Attorney General.”

Recently, Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich received the endorsement of Legislative District 20 Representative Paul Boyer.

“I am endorsing Mark Brnovich for Attorney General because he has the experience and the real conservative values our state desperately needs,” said Representative Boyer. “I’m supporting Mark because I believe he will lead the fight to protect our constitutional rights and the conservative ideals I cherish. He will lead by example and that is the type of leader we need as our next Attorney General.”

Boyer, who has previously been endorsed by Arizona Right to Life and The Arizona Free Enterprise Club, is the current Vice-Chair of the House Health Committee.

Mark Brnovich remarked: “I’m honored to receive the endorsement of Representative Boyer and deeply respect the work he has done to protect school choice and advance the charter movement in Arizona.” Brnovich added that, “his commitment to the pro-life movement is unwavering.”

Representative Boyer joins Representative Debbie LeskoCounty Attorney Bill Montgomery, and U.S. Representative Trent Franks in endorsing Mark Brnovich for Arizona Attorney General.

ABOUT MARK BRNOVICH

Raised in Arizona, Mark Brnovich is a graduate of Arizona State University. After law school, Mark prosecuted felonies in the Gang/Repeat Offender Bureau of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and worked as an Assistant Attorney General for Arizona and as Assistant US Attorney for the District of Arizona. Mark also served his country as the Command Staff Judge Advocate for the 153rd Field Artillery Brigade of the Arizona Army National Guard for eight years. Mark met his wife Susan while both were working as prosecutors. They live in Phoenix with their two daughters.

For more information, please visit www.Mark4AZ.com or email mark@mark4az.com.


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Congressman Trent Franks Endorses Mark Brnovich for Arizona Attorney General

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“Mark will serve with honor, distinction, and integrity.”

U.S. Representative Trent Franks, the dean of Arizona’s House delegation, today endorsed Republican Attorney General Candidate Mark Brnovich.

“During this trying time in our history, when the foundations of our nation are being eroded by the highest echelon of our national government, it is vital for states to elect leaders who understand and deeply embrace the core ideals that birthed America,” said Rep Franks. “This is especially true of those entrusted with the power to enforce our laws. That is why it is my honor to endorse Mark Brnovich for Arizona Attorney General.”

“As Arizona’s Attorney General, Mark Brnovich will protect the rights of all Arizonans, and Mark will serve with honor, distinction, and integrity. He will defend our shared values and stand up for the vulnerable. I am confident he has what it takes to fight the increasing federal overreach and protect Arizona’s state sovereignty.”

“Trent Franks is a powerful national voice for conservative principles,” said Brnovich. “His commitment to defending the family and the most vulnerable members of our society has been unmatched in this state. I am thankful to call Congressman Franks a friend and proud to count him as a supporter of my Republican candidacy for Arizona Attorney General.”

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ABOUT MARK BRNOVICH:

Raised in Arizona, Mark Brnovich is a graduate of Arizona State University. After law school, Mark prosecuted felonies in the Gang/Repeat Offender Bureau of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and worked as an Assistant Attorney General for Arizona and as Assistant US Attorney for the District of Arizona.  Mark also served his country as Command Staff Judge Advocate for the 153rd Field Artillery Brigade of the Arizona Army National Guard for eight years. Mark met his wife Susan while both were working as prosecutors. They live in Phoenix with their two daughters.

U.S. House passes H.R. 1797: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

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Yesterday, by a vote of 228/196, the U.S. House passed H.R. 1797. The bill bans abortions from after 20-weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth. “We are proud that Arizona’s own Trent Franks (AZ 8th) sponsored this bill and that Representatives Gosar (AZ 4), Salmon (AZ 5) and Schweikert (AZ 6) voted in support of it,” noted Jason Walsh, Executive Director of AZRTL.

The House Republican conference summary of H.R. 1797 stated, “Medical advances in recent decades have provided a greater understanding of the development of unborn children and their capacity to feel pain at various stages of growth. The legislative findings in H.R. 1797 demonstrate that unborn children react to touch by eight weeks after fertilization and respond to painful stimuli after twenty weeks. Surgeons routinely administer anesthesia to unborn children before performing surgery to prevent them from rigorous movement in reaction to the surgery”

“We are dismayed that Representatives Kirkpatrick (AZ 1), Barber (AZ 2), Grijalva (AZ 3), Pastor (AZ 7) and Sinema (AZ 9) did not have either the courage or conviction to defend the most defenseless and weak humans among us, the unborn,” remarked Walsh. “Apparently, these representatives do not have the moral and intellectual integrity to vote to protect humans 20 weeks and older from the brutality of elective abortion. Their constituents need to know about their callous vote on H.R. 1797, and we intend to get the word out prior to the 2014 election.”

Congressman Trent Franks Endorses Robert Graham for Arizona Republican Party Chairman

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“As Chairman of Arizona’s Republican Party, Robert will unite our party and raise the necessary funds for future Republican victories in this state.”

PHOENIX — Today, six-term Arizona Congressman Trent Franks endorsed Robert Graham for Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. Franks, who represents Arizona’s 2nd (soon to be 8th) Congressional District, is consistently ranked as one of the “most conservative” members of the U.S. House of Representatives, receiving high marks from Club for Growth, Gun Owners of America, and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council. Congressman Franks was recently appointed to chair the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice for a second term.

Speaking on his endorsement of Graham, Franks said, “Robert Graham is a staunch defender of the Constitutional foundations of this nation. He is pro-life, he is committed to protecting the traditional family, he believes in a strong national defense, and he is an outspoken opponent of big government. Robert is also an exceptional business leader. As Chairman of Arizona’s Republican Party, Robert will unite our party and raise the necessary funds for future Republican victories in this state. I hope all my fellow Republicans can join me and my family in supporting Robert Graham for Chairman.”

“I am thrilled to have Congressman Trent Franks’ endorsement,” said Graham. “For decades, Congressman Franks has tirelessly worked to defend Arizonans’ rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I am thankful for his example of leadership, for his counsel, for his friendship, and for his support.”

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. 

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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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.

Rep. Trent Franks Decries Obama Hypocrisy on Judicial Activism

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02), commented today on President Obama’s recent Rose Garden remarks on judicial activism:

“Liberal Democrat Presidents, of which Barack Obama is one, have done for judicial activism what Stonehenge did for rocks. Indeed, without judicial activism and blatant constitutional overreach, the left would have almost no policy precedence to hold up to the world.

“Far left judicial activists are the only appointments Barack Obama has made to the Supreme Court. For him now to attempt to preempt and intimidate the Court from protecting the most basic kind of American freedom by accusing them of judicial activism is an arrogant hypocrisy that should take America’s breath away.

“If the Supreme Court upholds, as fully constitutional, the ObamaCare mandate requiring all American citizens to buy government prescribed and controlled healthcare management, both the Constitution and American freedom itself will be fundamentally abrogated, and left-wing governments like the Obama administration will be then completely unfettered to force Americans to do almost anything.”

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Congressman Franks is serving his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a member of the Judiciary Committee, where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and a member of the Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law. He is also a member of the Armed Services Committee, where he serves on the Strategic Forces Subcommittee and the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities.

 

Congressman Trent Franks Endorses Steve Chucri for County Supervisor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 25, 2012
CONTACT: Tyler Hudgins

Mesa – Today, Steve Chucri for County Supervisor is happy to announce the conservative endorsement of Arizona Congressman Trent Franks. An experienced, active and senior GOP leader in Arizona for over 25 years, Congressman Franks currently represents the citizens of Congressional District 2 and is well known for his conservative Reagan Republican voice and principled defense of truth and integrity in the halls of the United States Congress.

A passionate advocate of personal responsibility and free enterprise, Congressman Franks’ endorsement follows the key endorsements of U.S. Congressman and former Maricopa County Treasurer David Schweikert, as well as Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane.

I have known Steve Chucri for over ten years, and I firmly believe that Steve will help get county government back on track by defending truth, protecting the enduring value of life, cutting government waste, reducing taxes, fighting through bureaucracy, and ending needless regulation. I look forward to his staunch conservative leadership that our county desperately needs,” stated Congressman Franks.

Congressman Franks works tirelessly for the people of Arizona, an example of servant leadership that I wish to follow. The Congressman’s endorsement and support of my campaign is truly an honor,” said Chucri.

Chucri became President & CEO of the Arizona Restaurant Association (ARA) in 2002. Under his leadership and strong work ethic, the restaurant industry in Arizona has enjoyed substantial growth and is a nearly $10 billion industry.

As President and CEO of the ARA, Chucri represents business owners and sees firsthand how the actions of local, state, and federal governments can positively or negatively impact restaurants and other small businesses in Arizona. Although he is not a career politician, Chucri’s experiences as a businessman, husband, and father give him invaluable insight into the needs of his community and ensure that, as County Supervisor, he will always place service to citizens before personal political gain.

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NFIB: Thanks to Congress for Keeping NLRB in Check

NFIB Key Votes Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act to protect small employer rights

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 30, 2011 — The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) released the following statement by Senior Vice President for Federal Public Policy Susan Eckerly regarding today’s vote on H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act. The legislation was proposed in response to the National Labor Relation Board’s (NLRB) recent proposal on “ambush” elections and its decision in Specialty Healthcare to allow micro-unions, and is strongly supported by the NFIB.

“The NLRB is at it again. In an attempt to circumvent Congress—after it prevented the passage of card check legislation—the NLRB proposed the ‘ambush election rule,’ condensing the time period in which employers and employees have to prepare for a union election, so undermining the rights of both. And in its latest effort to blunt employer rights, the Board ruled in favor of so-called micro-unions, allowing unions to organize mini-bargaining units throughout a business. Unfortunately, the NLRB fails to realize that its pro-union actions will only create more uncertainty for small-business owners at a time when the country needs them to be creating more jobs.

“Fortunately, Congress has responded. In passing this bill, the House has demonstrated its understanding and concern for the unique demands that the NLRB’s irresponsible actions would place on small business. It is always a challenge for small business owners to keep current with new regulations and labor laws, especially in the current economic environment. It is the responsibility of our lawmakers to ensure that our nation’s job-creators are given the tools they need to succeed—not overwhelmed with rules and prohibitions that suppress growth and hiring. With so many small-business owners identifying economic and political uncertainty as their primary concern, NFIB is pleased that with its vote today, Congress has taken steps to renew small-business confidence.”

NFIB is the nation’s leading small-business advocacy organization, representing 350,000 small businesses around the country.

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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 powerful network of grassroots activists 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 is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.

Reps. Trent Franks, Paul Gosar speak out in press conference on ‘Fast & Furious’

WASHINGTON, DC — Today over a dozen members gathered to demand accountability and transparency from Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice for the failed and flawed gun running operation “Fast and Furious”. After months of evasive answers by this administration and those in charge of this program nearly 40 members of the U.S. House, some of whom are participating today, have called for Attorney General Holder’s resignation.

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Rep. Trent Franks Reaffirms ‘In God We Trust’ Resolution

Reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States and supporting and encouraging the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions.

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Rep. Trent Franks Speaks on the Wireless Tax Fairness Act

Before the passage of H.R. 1002, the Wireless Tax Fairness Act, of which Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02) is the lead Republican sponsor in the House, he took to the House Floor to encourage his colleagues to support the bill.

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Rep. Franks Remarks on the Wireless Tax Fairness Act

Before the passage of H.R. 1002, the Wireless Tax Fairness Act, of which Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02) is the lead Republican sponsor in the House, he took to the House Floor to encourage his colleagues to support the bill.

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Rep. Trent Franks Supports H.R. 1904 – Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act

Later this week, the full U.S. House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 1904, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act. H.R. 1904 facilitates the development of an underground copper mine that will create new American jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy and minerals and generate revenue for federal and state treasuries. In addition, the measure would bring high-value conservation lands into federal stewardship.

Specifically, H.R. 1904 would authorize a land exchange in Southeast Arizona, opening up the third largest undeveloped copper resource in the world and in exchange for lands encompassing endangered species, sensitive ecosystems, recreational sites, and historic landmarks. The mine will provide for over 3,700 jobs equating to $220.5 million in annual wages. According to a recent economic study, the total economic impact of the project is estimated to be over $61.4 billion, nearly $1 billion per year, and another $19 billion in federal, state, county and local tax revenue.

Just as relying on foreign oil imports threatens national security, relying on foreign copper suppliers threatens U.S. industry. The United States must use domestic resources to meet that growing demand and this legislation is a major step in the right direction. The project could produce enough copper equal as much as 25 percent of the current U.S. demand.

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Congressman Trent Franks Endorses Eric Frederick for Phoenix City Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 18, 2011
CONTACT: Eric Frederick

PHOENIX – Last night, October 17th, Arizona Congressman Trent Franks endorsed Eric Frederick at the Arizona Republican Legislative District 4 Monthly meeting. Eric Frederick is running for Phoenix City Council against incumbent Vice Mayor and Councilwoman Thelda Williams.

Congressman Franks said, “Eric Frederick’s private sector experience sets him apart and will be a priceless asset in office. Phoenix desperately needs a leader like Eric that is willing to reform the way the city does business. His values and strong business knowledge will allow him to fight for the residents of Phoenix.”

Eric Frederick responded to the endorsement by saying, “I am honored to have Congressman Franks’ endorsement. Congressman Franks has seen the way politics as usual is in Washington and how devastating it can be. I am glad he believes I am the leader that can take on Thelda Williams and her Phoenix insider friends.”

Congressman Franks serves Arizona’s second congressional district. He was first elected in 2002 and has served since then.

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Rep Franks: Obama Should Give Iran Ultimatum on Nukes; Military Action Should Be An Option

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 12, 2011
CONTACT: Ben Carnes

VIDEO: Franks Says Obama Should Give Iran Ultimatum on Nukes; Military Action Should Be An Option

Phoenix, AZ — Speaking on the House floor tonight, Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02) addressed the foiled Iranian-backed plot to attack numerous locations on American soil. Franks noted the attack indicated in the clearest possible terms that Iran has the intent to attack America and is rapidly seeking a nuclear capability with which to do so, stating that the Obama Administration should at long last “make it unequivocally clear to Iran and to the entire world that we will do everything necessary, including direct military intervention, to prevent this rogue nation from gaining nuclear weapons with which to threaten either the United States or our allies.”

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