Pro-Immigrant Republicans React to AZ Election Results: AZ Turning Purple!

Phoenix, Arizona – National pro-immigration GOP group Cafe Con Leche Republicans today reacted to Arizona’s election results.

Nationally, the election results show the Republican Party needs to fundamentally change the way the GOP engages with Hispanics, who overwhelmingly voted for Obama, especially the tone on immigration. According to a Pew Research polls, 62% of Hispanics are center-right ideologically, yet Mitt Romney received 23%, barely one third of that. Just eight years ago President Bush received over 40% of the Hispanic vote.

Mitt Romney received bad advice and focused messaging to Hispanics on the economy and largely ignored immigration. However, as Marco Rubio said “It’s very hard to make the economic argument to people who think you want to deport their grandmother.

In 1994 California Gov. Pete Wilson jumped on the anti-illegal immigration Proposition 187 bandwagon to bolster his flagging reelection poll numbers. Proposition 187 drove legions of conservative Hispanics from the GOP, and the GOP has not been competitive in statewide races in California ever since.

Arizona has been the scene of some of the harshest rhetoric on immigration, and this week’s election results show many Arizonans, especially Hispanics, reject extremism on immigration, and while they want secure borders, they also want practical and humane solutions to our broken immigration system.

For a ‘deep red’ state, this week’s results show that extremism on immigration is hurting the Republican Party in Arizona. Normally Arizona’s U.S. Senate seats are ‘safe’ for Republicans because Arizona is a very conservative state, but Jeff Flake received a bare majority, just 50.01%, in his U.S. Senate race against a Democratic candidate with considerable personal baggage.

It is rare for Libertarian candidates anywhere to receive more than 1% of the vote, but in Arizona many Libertarian candidates received well over 1% in competitive three-way races, while the Libertarian presidential candidate received 1.29% in Arizona versus 0.9% nationally. Here are the Libertarian Party unofficial results in competitive three-way races in Arizona from the Arizona Secretary of State web site:

U.S. Senate 4.38%
Congressional District 1 – 5.88% (Republican Jonathon Paton lost to Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick, 48.49% – 45.54% due to Libertarian vote)
Congressional District 3 – 4.37%
Congressional District 4 – 3.7%
Congressional District 6 – 3.29%
Congressional District 9 – 6.35% (Republican Vernon Parker lost to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, 47.81% – 45.71% due to Libertarian vote)
Legislative District 8 Senator – 4.9% (Republican Joe Ortiz lost to Democrat Barbara McGuire, 48.68% – 46.32% due to Libertarian vote)

Libertarian party values and positions are much closer to conservatives than liberals, and it is apparent many conservatives voted Libertarian in protest against the Arizona GOP’s heavy tilt into extremism in recent years. In Congressional districts one and nine, and senator from LD 8, it is apparent the Libertarian candidate siphoned enough votes away from the GOP candidate that the Democrat won the election!

It would be easy to attribute the Libertarian protest vote to other reasons, but in the 2010 election Libertarian Andrea Garcia won 9% of the vote against Russell Pearce, one of Arizona’s most notorious immigration extremists, the second highest ever for any Libertarian candidate in a competitive three-way race. Andrea Garcia was a GOP activist for many years, before moving to Mesa and finding an unwelcome climate in the GOP there, and switching to Libertarian.

Another Republican activist for many years, Blanca Guerra, left the GOP and ran as a Libertarian, in large measure due to the hostility she encountered. Blanca was one of Cafe Con Leche Republican’s founding members, and initially ran as a GOP candidate for CD 3 before leaving the GOP (and Cafe Con Leche Republicans) to run as a Libertarian. In reviewing election results for CD 3 over a period of years shows candidates with more extreme views on immigration lose by larger margins.

A welcome exception to Arizona’s trend towards purple is Bob Worsley’s election as Senator in LD 25. Bob Worsley is a conservative Mormon, who has been pastor in a predominately Hispanic Church, spent years overseas as a missionary in Latin America, and has sensible views on immigration and understands immigration and Hispanics. Not surprisingly, he won handily against his Democratic opponent, and also handily defeated Russell Pearce in the GOP primary.

It’s time for a wave of change in the Arizona GOP. Arizona is clearly turning purple, and a high percentage of Hispanics, Arizona’s fastest growing demographic is voting Democrat, despite generally conservative values. We’ve lately heard rumors that Russell Pearce may become Arizona’s next state chairman. In our opinion, electing Russell Pearce as Arizona GOP Chairman would be catastrophic for the GOP. If anything Pearce should step down as First Vice-Chair, as he is one of the most polarizing figures in Arizona politics today. It’s time to return the Arizona GOP to the Party of Lincoln, following Reagan’s “big tent” model rather than shrinking the GOP base into something more of a ‘pup tent.’


About Us – Cafe Con Leche Republicans is a national organization of Republicans who welcome “New Americans”, defined as immigrants and family of recent immigrants. Our mission is to make America and the GOP, more welcoming to “New Immigrants” through political activism, “in-reach” and education within the Republican Party, and lobbying government to adopt more immigrant friendly policies. We also seek to bring more conservative and moderate “New Americans” to the Republican Party. These efforts will strengthen the GOP, and lead more Republicans to embrace welcoming policies for immigrants and their families. We have members nationwide, with chapters in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, and California. Our members and leadership are predominantly Hispanic, though we define ourselves by mission and guiding principles, not ethnicity, and we welcome all who share our goals. Our leadership is 100% Republican.

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Arizona independents and moderates: 5 final thoughts on Kyrsten Sinema [ @KyrstenSinema AZ09 ]

With liberals voting for Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and conservatives voting Vernon Parker, the question for moderates and independents is: which way should we go?

Here are 5 final thoughts on the race.

1. It’s the Economy, Silly.

Just two recessions ago, Kyrsten Sinema proposed more than $2 billion in NEW state taxes … DURING the recession. NO ONE supports raising taxes in a recession – it is well-known to make recessions WORSE.

Then, this past June, she proposed ending ALL the current tax relief set to expire December 31. This with our economy growing at a paltry rate of under 2% annually. (The world’s second-biggest economy, in China, is growing at 8% annually, and they are worried it’s not growing faster.)

She either does not understand basic economics, or lets her liberal ideology cloud her judgment. Either way, her policies would doom our struggling economy.

Vernon Parker’s entire campaign has been about restoring economic growth. Reducing job-crushing regulations. And changing our tax policies to reward US job creation.

He gets it. So on the economy, the choice is clear.

2. Foreign and defense policy.

The self-anointed “experts” say independents and moderates “don’t care about” foreign policy or our national defense. That is ridiculous. On these important issues, the differences are stark.

In June 2000, most of us were rolling our eyes as the Green Party called for a FIFTY PERCENT CUT in defense spending over 10 years. Just 4 months later, Kyrsten Sinema WENT TO WORK FOR THEM.

In the ensuing years, she OPPOSED removing the Taliban in Afghanistan, even though they were protecting the al Qaeda terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11.

She OPPOSED killing Osama bin Laden.

She called for the CLOSING OF LUKE AIR FORCE base.

She said she supported “world disarmament.” Because the bad guys would never cheat on such things, right?

And she was NOT a friend of our steadfast ally, Israel.

Suddenly, after winning her primary this Fall, she said none of that mattered anymore because she has relatives serving in the military!

Sorry. It DOES matter.

Vernon Parker has a long and consistent record supporting a strong national defense, and is a champion of Luke Air Force base.

Our nation’s security matters, and on this issue, it is not even close. Vernon Parker deserves your vote.

3. A 60-day Moderate.

Kyrsten Sinema has been a moderate for 60 days. For the TWO DECADES leading up to Fall 2012, she was a highly vocal, extremely consistent Far-Left, Liberal activist and community organizer.

Yes, people can change. Ronald Reagan began as a Democrat. But there is ZERO reason to believe in Sinema’s radical moderate makeover for the last 60 days. Just look at HER OWN WORDS on the matter.

Asked in 2005 why she ran as a Democrat in 2004 after losing as a Green, she replied:

“Well, you saw the results from the first campaign, didn’t you? Nothing about my political beliefs changed, nothing about my ideology changed. It was a practical decision.”

She elaborated on that in her 2009 how-to book for liberal activists:

“[In the fall of 2008, after a candidate debate,] a constituent came up to me and said, ‘Sinema, you don’t even sound like a liberal anymore.’ … As we parted ways, I told the voter that I believed in all the progressive values that I’d always held dear, but I’d finally learned to talk about [them differently.]” (pp. 16-17)

She also wrote in that book:

“Research in an electoral campaign is very simply the polling and focus-group work that strategic campaigns engage in …. When you conduct good research, you will learn how to frame your message (that’s fancy for ‘how you talk about something’)….I’ve become a huge fan of research.” (pp. 165-66)

Everything she has said in this general election campaign has been polled and focus-group tested to OBSCURE her true, liberal beliefs.

But as she admitted in candid moments in her book and in past interviews, she is the same extreme liberal she has always been, she just knows not to admit it anymore.

Vernon Parker is the same guy he has always been. Common-sense conservative. Problem-solver. Works with both Democrats and Republicans. Has not forgotten his roots – he came from a tough urban area. He knows education made it possible for him to escape his environment and give his children opportunities that he now wants ALL AMERICANS TO SHARE IN.

Sinema is a Trojan Horse candidate, trying to sneak into Congress before you realize she is the same radical she has been for 20 years.

Until she is straight with voters, or explains HOW she suddenly woke up a moderate 60 days ago – was she hit over the head at a 2012 Labor Day Parade? – she is simply not a wise choice for Congress.

4. Leeches.

We could, perhaps, forgive her attacks on moms, and calling them “leeches,” IF she had apologized. Instead, she went from outright denial, to later claiming it was a joke. Pretty offensive joke. But it clearly was not a joke. It was her far-Left beliefs slipping out in what she felt was a friendly interview.

But it turns out this was NOT the only time she attacked work at home moms. In an interview with Phoenix’s ‘N Touch magazine, she said:

“I feel we are regressing in our society. There is this rebirth of the idea that a woman should be at home and shouldn’t be working.”

Stunning. Sinema believes home-based women are not working, and moms who work from home to raise their kids represent society “regressing.” I know her views are common among liberals, but it is still shocking to see it so starkly in print.

5. Her sudden resume gap.

Finally, Kyrsten Sinema is not just running from her liberal policy views. She is running from her own bio. People who run from their own biography make me suspicious, and should make you suspicious also.

Just a few years ago, Sinema stood at a convention for liberal bloggers and boasted that she is a “criminal defense attorney who represents murderers.”

Then, this spring, as she geared up for her Congressional race, she quietly changed her law license status to “inactive,” and once she won her Democrat Primary, she wiped her criminal defense work off of her campaign bio entirely.

Now, I’m not going to snow you: I am troubled by her proudly representing killers. I’ve always sided with the victims.

But it’s certainly her right to do so, and it is part of our legal system.

Bottom line: if you are going to make your money working for murderers, at least be woman enough to defend it. Don’t do it for six years then pretend you’ve just been a “social worker” all that time.

I see no similar “resume gap” in Parker’s bio.

On Tuesday, vote Vernon Parker for jobs, economic growth, national security, and fundamental integrity about who he is and what he believes.


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Democrat Kyrsten Sinema trashes all of Arizona, not just ASU students, to impress out-of-state liberals [ @KyrstenSinema ]

While the Sinema campaign is in heavy spin mode following release of a video showing Sinema mocking the intellectual capabilities of ASU students – the last thing ASU graduates need employers hearing in the weak Obama Economy – a closer look at her past statements demonstrates that she has a record of criticizing all Arizonans when speaking to out-of-state liberals.

Yes, she regularly trashes the state to score points with fellow liberals, up until she reinvented herself as a moderate after this year’s Democrat Primary.

Take her 2009 book for left-wing community organizers, Unite and Conquer. The book, her how-to for liberal activists, included this blue meat for her political allies:

“Arizona is usually near the top of the list in stuff like teen birth rate and high school dropout rate and auto theft rate, but never are we first in something good….” (p. 61)

Attacks like this helped her become a frequent guest on MSDNC, but undercut her “moderate” post-Primary makeover. Nor was this a one-time gaffe. The next year, she told the liberal Washington DC newspaper Politico:

Arizona has “become the laughing stock of the nation.”

She added:

“The vast majority of Arizona is not native born and we have this very large metropolis in Phoenix of people who are from someplace else. Most people don’t feel rooted in the community.”

Don’t you just love her liberal condescension? People who chose to move to Arizona from across the country aren’t “rooted” in the state.

She also did an interview at the left-wing Netroots Nation 2010 where she warned out-of-state liberals not to be like Arizonans:

“Be careful: because if you’re laying down on the job, then your state could turn into Arizona pretty quickly.”

These attacks on the great state of Arizona may explain why she is so hot to get to Washington, DC, where she no doubt believes people are more sophisticated and more like her.

Sinema certainly loves the DC Beltway. As a State Legislator, she actually introduced a bill pushing for the DC Beltway to get a vote in Congress!

That just seems weird until you learn that it is a cause celebre in fringe-Left circles.

You see, until she won her primary this year, she had been an extreme liberal for decades. She even worked for Ralph Nader in 2000 against Al Gore because she believed Gore was too moderate. (I’m not joking – read the link.)

She has trashed Arizona, ASU students, and even Al Gore for not being extreme enough for her tastes.

But YOU get the last laugh on November 6, when you vote for Vernon Parker and force Sinema to face her worst nightmare: staying in Arizona without the ability to damage it from afar with her liberal policies.


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County Attorney Bill Montgomery Calls On Kyrsten Sinema to Release Client List

“Kyrsten Protects Criminals, Vernon Protects Families” 

Phoenix, AZ – Maricopa County‘s top law enforcement officer, County Attorney Bill Montgomery, is demanding that Democratic Congressional candidate Kyrsten Sinema support her claim to having been a criminal defense attorney and reveal which cases she worked on.  Over the course of her career, Sinema has claimed to have worked for murderers and other violent criminals but refuses to say which ones.

In a 2006 interview, Kyrsten Sinema boasted about her work as a “criminal defense attorney who represents murderers.”    Shawn Macomber, “The Marginalized Mainstream,” The American Spectator, June 14, 2006.

Montgomery is joining Vernon Parker and the entire Arizona Republican Party in demanding Sinema release her client list to support her claims and reveal just who she stands with.

“Democrat Kyrsten Sinema claims to have made a career out of protecting criminals.  She shouldn’t hide who she has defended now just because she is running for office.  Arizona families deserve to know the whole truth so why is Sinema keeping who she claims to have defended a secret.  Vernon Parker has the support of national victims rights groups because he is committed to protecting law-abiding citizens.  I look forward to working with him when he gets to Congress,” said Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County Attorney.

*On Wednesday, the National Organization of Victims of Juvenile Lifers spoke out against Kyrsten Sinema’s “extreme and alarming record on victim’s rights” and gave their support to Vernon Parker.  

Kyrsten Sinema Mocks Arizona State University

Vernon Parker

“It’s a Party School”

Phoenix, AZ – In the world of politics and campaigns, it’s not surprising that mud gets thrown around. Usually it’s between candidates. But now Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has a different target – students at the state’s largest university, ASU.

In a recent video, Sinema ridicules Arizona State University calling it, “a party school”. She goes on to say that because ASU students like to party, they rarely show up prepared to the classes she teaches. She concludes by suggesting that the students are so stupid they don’t realize Wikipedia is not an appropriate source of citation.

Don’t believe it? We didn’t at first – until we saw it with our own eyes. Check it out for yourself – click here to see how Kyrsten Sinema really feels about students at ASU.

The question now: If Ms. Sinema feels this way about one of her largest group of supporters, how does she feel about all voters in CD9?

Do you really want someone who mocks you to be your voice in Washington?

*Vernon Parker sent the following letter to Michael Crow.

October 30, 2012

Michael Crow
Office of the President
Arizona State University
PO Box 877705
Tempe, AZ 85287-7705

Attention: Michael Crow

Dear Michael Crow,

My campaign has discovered a recording you need to see. In this appalling video, my opponent Kyrsten Sinema, is on record mocking students at ASU. She refers to your university as “a party school” and suggests that your students are so stupid that they don’t realize “Wikipedia is not an appropriate citation source because they believe if they read it on the internet it must be true.”

You can find the video at this YouTube link,

If Ms. Sinema has the audacity to mock students at such a prestigious university as yours, what else is she capable of? If that’s how she feels about ASU students, what does she secretly think about voters? Should she really be the person to represent ASU’s interests in DC?

As you know, education is the reason I’m here today. I put myself through college and law school with the help of my family and student loans. I believe protecting and improving education is paramount and will be one of my top priorities in Washington.

Thank you for your time. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this further.


Vernon Parker
Vernon Parker for Congress

VOTER GUIDE: Democrat Kyrsten Sinema on Taxes, in Her Own Words [ @KyrstenSinema ]

Democrat congressional candidate and criminal defense lawyer Kyrsten Sinema served for six years in the State House under Republican control, and one year in the State Senate under Republican control. She complained throughout those years that Arizona families were undertaxed. She even called Arizona “our tax-starved state.” Fortunately, Republicans would not let tax increase bills be voted on during her years in office, denying her a chance to raise your taxes. (Now, like a guy who kills his parents then pleads for mercy as an orphan, Sinema boasts she did not vote for tax increases, after complaining for years that the GOP would not act on her tax increase demands!) She must think Arizona voters are stupid … or perhaps leeches. Let’s look at her own words.

Here is Sinema’s state tax increase plan as provided to the Arizona Republic. Note that each one of her ideas would devastate entire sectors of the state’s economy:

[R]aising taxes is more economically sound than cutting vital social services …. In Arizona, there are a number of techniques that we could use …. Broadening the sales tax to include services, closing exemptions on sales tax items, reinstating the state property tax, and eliminating tax credits are just some of the strategies to create a more broad revenue stream to fund Arizona’s important programs. I do not support irresponsible pledges to “not raise taxes” … our tax-starved state relies on.

We are a starved budget in a recession…. As mentioned above, I advocate broadening the sales tax to include taxing personal and business services, such as telemarketing, auto repair, and hair and manicure services. This alone would generate roughly $565 million to the state budget per year. I support restoring the sales tax to items currently exempted, such as health club memberships. By restoring the sales tax by closing these exemptions, the state’s revenue would increase about $1.4 billion per year. I support expanding the sales tax to include Internet sales…. I advocate eliminating tax credits such as the education tax credit … and the enterprise zone tax credit.

Wow: by her own calculations, in a failing economy, she is demanding $2 BILLION annually in new state taxes, and that’s not even counting her plan to reinstate the state property tax. She is virtually alone in America in calling for tax increases during a recession.

Separately, she promised to “greatly increase” capital gains taxes on families and “greatly increase” corporate taxes. [“Kyrsten Sinema – Political Positions,” Project Vote Smart 2006.] America already has the highest corporate taxes in the world, which helps drive jobs overseas. Even Barack Obama said he is open to reducing the corporate tax rate. What’s more, guess what happens when corporate taxes are increased? Companies raise their prices. So this is a hidden way for liberal Democrats to stick it to the middle class to fund their pet projects: raise taxes on businesses, and the higher retail prices that result are seldom linked back to the politicians who caused it.

But there’s more! Sinema wrote a bill to create a new, 25-CENT TAX on EVERY plastic bag you use at a supermarket, convenience store, fast food restaurant and other retail establishment – even including dry cleaner bags. She’d also nail you with a 15 cent tax for every paper bag. That’ll teach those work at home moms she calls leeches!

She also opposed a 2008 Arizona ballot initiative to ban all real property sales or transfer taxes, and another one to make it harder to raise taxes or increase government spending by requiring initiatives to pass by a majority of all registered voters. She called them “stinkers” and organized a group to oppose them. [“Unite and Conquer: How to build coalitions that win—and last,” by Kyrsten Sinema (2009), p. 67.]

What about federal taxes?

In June of this year, Sinema said we should let all the Bush-Obama tax relief expire this coming January, which would be a $5.4 TRILLION tax increase over 10 years. Even her Democratic primary opponents were flabbergasted by this job-killing promise. Fellow Democrat Andrei Cherny wrote:

“this is not the time to be raising taxes on the middle class. Just recently, one of my opponents, Kyrsten Sinema, vowed to repeal the Bush tax cuts in total …. This speaks to her values and approach and I think it is the wrong way to deal with a middle class that is getting battered.”

The Sinema tax increase would nail every middle class taxpayer in America and drive our teetering economy off a cliff. US economic growth in 2012 under President Obama is less than 2% (by contrast, growth in China is around 8%). Her tax increase would send us back into recession.

Finally, consider all her massive promises of more and bigger government programs: where will she get the funding for all of them? As a member of Obama’s health care taskforce, she already helped craft his healthcare takeover bill, Obamacare, which includes a $716 BILLION cut to Medicare over the next 10 years. She can’t pay for all her promises by raiding Medicare — she’ll need to jack up taxes, including on working families and job-creators. That’s bad news for all of us.

Kyrsten Sinema has been quite candid about her plans to raise your taxes. Will you let her? The clear choice for Arizona is Vernon Parker.


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Rep. Artur Davis Endorses Vernon Parker for Arizona CD9

Artur Davis is a former Democrat Congressman from Alabama. He caused quite a stir when he changed his registration to the Republican Party, and he delivered an outstanding speech at the Republican National Convention.  Davis is an eloquent spokesman for conservative priniciples that used to be held by all Americans, but which Democrats have largely abandoned.  You can hear more about his inspiring story at this link.

In the video below, recorded October 23rd, Rep. Davis endorses Vernon Parker, former mayor of Paradise Valley, for Arizona Congressional District 9 Representative.  Parker is another rising star within the Republican Party who is running against a self-described “Prada Socialist” with many questionable ties.  CD9 voters could hardly have a clearer choice.

More than just an endorsement, Davis’ remarks also deliver some important messages about the need to change the view that minorities have about the Republican Party.

FACT CHECK: Sinema Lies About Breast Feeding Moms Legislation; Taking Credit for Jonathan Paton’s Bill

Phoenix, AZ – Today the Vernon Parker campaign called on Kyrsten Sinema to immediately pull her blatantly false television ad claiming she sponsored legislation to protect breast feeding moms.

Sinema’s Claim: “It was Sinema’s legislation that protected breastfeeding mothers like us from indecent exposure laws”

FACT: HB 2376 was introduced by Jonathon Paton and Tim Bee. To see the actual bill click this link:

“Shame on Kyrsten Sinema for taking credit for someone else’s work. She should immediately apologize for lying about her record and apologize for calling stay at home moms leeches. Then she should take down this deceptive television commercial and finally come clean about her record,” said Alyssa Pivirotto, Parker Communications Director.

Small Business Backs Parker in Arizona’s Newly Formed 9th Congressional District

NFIB cites candidate’s strong positions on small business issues

PHOENIX, ARIZ., October 17, 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today announced its support for former Paradise Valley mayor Vernon Parker in the 9th Congressional District race.

Vernon Parker

“Vernon Parker is very clear that the new federal health care law damages the economy and takes an especially heavy toll on small businesses,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB Vice President of Political and Grassroots.  “We’re encouraged by his pledge to repeal the law and, more generally, to reduce the scope and power of the federal government over decisions that are more appropriately made by small businesses and their customers.”

Parker faces former state legislator Kyrsten Sinema, whose voting record on small businesses was very disappointing.
At the start of every legislative session, NFIB ballots its members to identify their positions on key issues.  The organization then tracks the votes of every member of the Legislature and applies a simple score from zero to 100 percent (the best).  As a legislator, Sinema voted with Arizona small businesses only 26 percent of the time.

“Small businesses in Arizona need an advocate in Washington who will stand with them through the tough issues,” said NFIB Arizona State Director Farrell Quinlan.  “Kyrsten Sinema doesn’t have a strong record on the issues that concern our members and they believe that Vernon Parker will be a much more reliable ally in Washington.”

Parker’s endorsement comes from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust (SAFE), the association’s political action committee, and is based on positions regarding key small-business issues including health care, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues.

Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will encourage its members in Arizona to help turn out the small-business vote for Vernon Parker this coming Election Day.

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NFIB is the nation’s leading small-business advocacy 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 about NFIB is available online at