PR: Timing is Everything: Mayor Vernon Parker Announces New Reform Items for Arizona


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Timing is Everything: Mayor Vernon Parker Announces New Reform Items for Arizona

OCTOBER 21, 2009. He’s defied the odds all his life and now he’s proposing a reform agenda to help Arizona do the same.

On September 23rd before hundreds announcing his exploratory campaign for governor, Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker called for eliminating the state’s corporate tax to attract jobs and allowing community colleges to offer 4-year degrees to create more access to the state’s higher education system. And he’s subsequently called on the Governor’s Office to reduce its own spending, as that office is asking of everyone else in state government.

Now, Mayor Parker is announcing a new round of reforms to improve the quality of life for Arizonans and the future of the state.

“Career politicians seem to operate in myopic bubbles or too easily entertain indentured servitude for special interests. That’s why we need someone from outside the usual group of suspects to get Arizona back on her feet with ideas big and small,” Parker said.

Specifically, Parker says:

*We cannot continue to pursue the same failing education policies of the past decade. “We must explore innovative ways to recruit quality teachers and strong school leaders—individuals who demand the same high expectations of all students regardless of socio-economic background,” Parker said. “The key to finding quality teachers is removing the artificial barriers to teacher certification by exploring new pathways to expedite placing committed teachers in the classrooms and by eliminating tenure.”

“Performance and results should be the measure for teacher retention, not tenure,” Parker said.

*Moving Arizona’s primary election date back from September to May. According to Parker the current primary around Labor Day discourages turnout and protects incumbents. Arizona voters deserve a more robust debate about issues and the candidates that dramatically impact our state; and

*A statewide ban on texting while driving. “I’m not sure whether driving after drinking too much is more difficult or texting while driving. But I don’t really care. They are both irresponsible and should be banned,” Parker said.

“Republicans will not beat a career politician like Terry Goddard with another one from the GOP. We need a fresh voice, new message and someone who can fight on Terry’s turf rather than he on ours,” said Parker.

Unlike some considering the race for governor, Parker has been a clear, outspoken opponent of Governor Brewer’s call for a major tax increase. Believing instead that a combination of growing jobs by attracting business to Arizona and intelligent budget cuts are the best alternative. Parker is not afraid to make cuts, having cut Paradise Valley’s overall budget by 25 percent and the Mayor and council’s budget by 54 percent.

Parker said additional components of his reform agenda will soon be released.


Parker, 49, is the current mayor of Paradise Valley, Arizona. He has previously served the administrations of George H.W. Bush, George Bush, as an Assistant Secretary for the $90 billion United States Department of Agriculture, small businessman, and as a pastor for two years at a small non-denominational church in Paradise Valley.

Parker has the most compelling life story of any candidate emerging for Governor. Raised by his grandmother in a severely underprivileged neighborhood, Parker was able to escape the drugs and violence through love, education and the commitment of family.

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  1. Brewlitano says

    Last I saw, as of Oct. 5th DSW was not on Vernon Parker’s payroll (yet). What’s the status there now?

  2. Hey… This:

    “Parker, 49, is the current mayor of Paradise Valley, Arizona.”

    Why is he the “current” mayor?

    “My name is Vernon Parker and I stand before you today, September 23, 2009 to ask for your support to be the next Governor of the State of Arizona.”

    Isn’t he in massive violation of “resign to run”? There’s zero ambiguity that opening statement. In fact, the YouTube video on his home page says: “Vernon Parker annoucement speech for governor”, not “Vernon Parker announcement speech on creation of gubenatorial exploratory committee”.

  3. Hey the Klute, why don’t you actually read the law before making your really smart comments.

  4. 1: Parker has not formally announced.

    2: He is an appointed – not elected – mayor.

  5. John,

    Thanks for taking time out from building your top-down capitalist Utopian pyramid. How’s that going, by the way? Are the masses begging you to come back, Shane, come back?*

    You’re probably referring to the unpaid nature of the PV mayoral office… Then why does Vernon keep calling it an “exploratory campaign”? Seems like someone’s hedging his bets.

    * – Reference to the classic Western, not DSW.

  6. DGN:

    Point A is up for debate.

    Point B is irrelevant:

    A. Except during the final year of the term being served, no incumbent of a salaried elective office, ***whether holding by election or appointment***, may offer himself for nomination or election to any salaried local, state or federal office.

  7. TK, utopias are a concept of really smart progressives such as yourself (I guess your clif notes didn’t explain that part). You know – central planning by really smart, incorruptible bureaucrats will take care of the idiot masses and greedy capitalists and we’ll all live happily ever after. How’s that going – by the way.

    And if sales of her 50 year old book are any indication, then yes, the masses are begging me to come back.

    Parker can call his campaign a dead cat rather than “exploratory campaign” – who cares. He is an unpaid mayor. So therefore, he is not in “massive violation” (as you so eloquently put) of the resign to run law.

  8. “You know – central planning by really smart, incorruptible bureaucrats will take care of the idiot masses and greedy capitalists and we’ll all live happily ever after. How’s that going – by the way.”

    I know you think you’re making a point, but really, just type “blah blah whatever I heard on Glenn Beck today blah blah” and it’ll carry equal weight with me.

    “And if sales of her 50 year old book are any indication, then yes, the masses are begging me to come back.”

    And by that measure, I guess they’re also expecting to be able to enroll in Hogwart’s, and that there’s a clan of sparkly vampires in the Pacific Northwest. I guess everyone wants to believe in magic.

    “Parker can call his campaign a dead cat rather than “exploratory campaign” – who cares.”

    Apparently someone who’s running the campaign. Be neat to find out why they’re using that language.

    “He is an unpaid mayor. So therefore, he is not in “massive violation” (as you so eloquently put) of the resign to run law.”

    So, again, why not just drop the pretense?

  9. Wow Klute, you really picked apart my statements with really smart logic and reason. That Glen Beck comeback really knocked the legs out of my statement, and the Hogwarts … well its obvious you got lost a few posts back.

    You brilliantly ask why Parker isn’t in “massive violation” of the resign to run law, and then when you actually look up the law and realize what an idiotic question that is, you change the topic to “pretense” (and not even in a subtle or clever way).

    “Pretense”? Really? Do you even know what the word means? What would be the pretense to be dropped? That Parker’s campaign stop pretending to not be in violation of a law they can’t be in violation of? Wow – bravo Klute. Keep the brilliance coming.

    I look forward to your next clumsy deflection and shallow, nonsensical comebacks.

  10. klute – so-called exploratory committees don’t have the same contribution restrictions as a campaign committee. doubtlessly, this is why the pretense will be maintained for the time being

  11. John,

    I gave them the exact amount of logic they deserve. Everyone wants to believe in a Randian bong-hit fantasyland and escape this opressive Stalinist-Hitlerian reality because a bunch of jagoffs are buying “Atlas Shrugged”. You got me there, boy-howdy.

    Let me be clear on this: Ayn Rand is the J.K. Rowling of the tea-bagger set, and I give her as much credibility as the author of the series of books about a boy wizard.

    True, I didn’t know that the mayoralty of PV was an unpaid position, and that just made me wonder even more why Vernon Parker is calling it an exploratory committee. Fortunately, Todd was able to answer the question, and it makes a whole lot of sense. Especially for a lightweight like Vernon Parker, who’s going to need every red cent to eke out a respectable showing in his run for governor… probably because he’s going this to set a stage for another run for a state office in 2012.

    So, to sum up:

    1. No, I didn’t know PV mayor was unpaid.
    2. Which answered the answer to “resign to run” question.
    3. Which led to a question about why VP was still calling it an “exploratory committee”.
    4. Which Todd answered.
    5. Wrapped up in that was me mocking your belief in the right-wing version of “The Secret” (perhaps a better analogy than the Harry Potter or Twilight series).
    6. And ended with me mocking Vernon Parker’s candidacy.

  12. So Vernon Parker isn’t “hedging his bets,” is he?

    And I’m glad you give one fiction author the same credibility as another fiction author. Thanks for sharing (?).

    If it will help you not get side-tracked into some bizarre obsession with Atlas Shrugged, I will try and use a different name next time. In addition to enjoying a fine piece of FICTION (imo), fans of the book believe in the capitalist principles it demonstrates, not the “bong-hit fantasyland” of “Galt’s Gulch.” So try and criticize the capitalist principles it represents, not some non-existent point you fabricated out of thin air.

  13. Nope.

  14. Klute,

    “Shane” does translate to “John” from Irish. I also got the double reference.

    Glen Beck’s name is actually “Glenn.”

    I am still not taking compensation from the Parker Exploratory Committee.

  15. The most important point that should be made here is that we are spending roughly $10.5 Billion out of the general fund on K-12 education – by far, the largest expenditure in our budget (and that does not include federal monies and higher education).

    The next Governor needs to derive a plan to make Arizona a seedbed of economic prosperity. Arizona needs to attract California business out of their hell hole of a overtaxed and over regulated business climate and expand our tax base not our tax rates.

    We need to take advantage of our incredible climate for energy production – Yes, more nuclear and solar.

    And yes, there are better ways to educate our children without the cost of government bureaucracies and teacher unions.

    There is no reason why our largest employers should be state and federal government.

    The next governor of Arizona needs to show – not tell us – what the State of Arizona can be and then govern.

  16. So one of Parkers plans to save K-12 education in this state is to make it easier to become to teacher because that’s how you get the real quality devoted leaders by lowering standards… Could someone explain that one to me…

    Also I love the end of the press release the next governor needs to show us-not tell us… How do you show us unless you implement the policy first… So it seems he will have to break a campaign promise already by telling me before he shows me

  17. Speaking of K-12 ed, do we really need all day kindergartens and elementary school Assistant Principals?

    On the economic theoretical front…shall we wean Klute off Beatrice and Sidney Webb?

    Or for that matter euthanize Paul Samuelson?

  18. DSW,

    “‘Shane’ does translate to “John” from Irish.”

    Did not know that! See, learn something new everyday.

    “I also got the double reference.”

    Unintentional. Wait, in this instance, are you actually “John Galt”?

    “I am still not taking compensation from the Parker Exploratory Committee.”

    Just to clarify, that’s not a sticking point for me… For the record, I hope Vernon makes a go of it – it’ll be a feather in the cap for the GOP that party that once held Rehnquist and Mecham as the standard bearers now rejects those biases.

  19. The plan isn’t to “lower standards” to get more qualified teachers – it is to remove artificial bureaucratic hurdles that do nothing to ensure understanding of their subjects or the ability to teach them.

    I have known several professionals with real world experience who, having made their mark in their chosen field, looked to bring their knowledge and experience to students – only to be turned away because they lacked “teaching credentials”. Most recently a multi-Phd’d friend who had worked as a real life rocket scientist at NASA and had made a tidy fortune on some gismo he invented. Having his monetary needs covered and feeling that his scientific knowledge was worth sharing he applied to teach in high schools here in AZ . . . and was turned away.

    Those classes are reserved for teachers with a minimum of education & no experience with implementing the theories at all. Our students are suffering

  20. Klute:

    What’s behind your obsession with race?

    And how do you know what Rehnquist and Mecham’s biases were?

  21. “Show not tell” is about vision. What do we want this state to look like in 5 years, 10 years, 25 years?

    I surely don’t want to see our state turn into a New York, California or Chicago political environment. I believe people want to live in a safe, affordable, small-business friendly environment where they can raise their children and expect their children not to move away. Where the “dependent class” is kept to a minimum and where the private sector and non-profits help people and not give them handouts.

  22. Carlist,

    You’re kidding right?

    Ev Mecham was an embarrassment to the state and the nation… Perhaps you find it acceptable to call African-American children “pickaninnies” or that MLK doesn’t deserve a holiday.

    As for Rehnquist, he wrote a memo supporting “Whites Only” elctoral primaries in Texas and in Phoenix, he fought passage of ordinance permitting blacks to enter stores and restaurants. In 1964, Justice Rehnquist appeared before the Phoenix City Council voicing opposition to the city’s proposed public accommodations ordinance. Additionally, he wrote a letter criticizing the council’s decision to the Arizona Republic after the ordinance was passed. Can send you the citation of that if you’d like.

    Or perhaps you’d like to see this little slice of the perception pie, circa ’91 of how Black America viewed Arizona?

    No, no, you’re right. Arizona’s got a fine history with race relations. Ev Mecham was a funk soul brother.

    And as for my “obsession” with race, understanding that much of America’s history is intertwined with the race connection, and pretending that everything’s peachy-dandy doesn’t make it so (as recent examples of a Justice in the Peace in Louisiana and another comment by the city manager in Lake Havasu show).

  23. DSW,
    General fund spending on k-12 is roughly half of the figure you cite. Where are you getting your info?

  24. Vox if this person who made all this money and is so smart cared so much he would take these basic classes pass with flying colors and teach.

    If he didn’t wanna sit through a basic class it says to me he didn’t care enough to do it and maybe shouldn’t be teaching anyway.

  25. So johnny – let me get this straight. You’re saying that Steve Jobs should be forced to take the numerous teacher certificate classes necessary to teach entrepreneurship, or Derek Jeter to teach baseball, or Jay Leno to teach comedy, or Emeril Legasse to teach cooking classes. Really? OK. I get it.

  26. The fact that you think it is just a matter of sitting through basic classes shows how little you understand the bureaucratic stranglehold on public education.

    He spent several months trying to get the certification worked out and jumped through all the hoops he could stand. He finally took another engineering job and moved his family back to CA. Arizona lost more than just a great teacher by driving them away.

    In PA several years back (I lived near there long ago) they were so desperate for teachers they began a program of “emergency certification” which allowed college graduates to get quickly certified. Even then the teachers union was kicking up a stink – despite the fact that they didn’t have the bodies to fill the classrooms – so I doubt it is still in place.

    Surely, AZ could make the knowledge a person has and their willingness to share it more important than whether they have completed ridiculous certification courses.

    (BTW, this isn’t new. I have a “sister” [she was from Vietnam, evacuated during the war, long story] who is an amazing artist. She studied to be an art teacher, long ago, and taught locally for quite a while. She loved it and her students loved her. Eventually the district decided that in order for her to continue teaching, she needed her English certification – which she got. Two years later, they decided she needed her math certification – which she didn’t. She figured science would be next, then maybe geography..all so she could continue teaching art. She went on to become quite a successful artist, but what a loss to the students here in Phoenix)

  27. One of these days when people are really serious about education and not using it as a volleyball in the game of gotcha…we will have a legitimate conversation that starts with what we want to accomplish, then go to what would that look like, then figure out the most cost effective way to do it. As long as educational dialogue starts with money…it will always be about money and not outcomes. All the rest of the statistics, monetary claims, and pros and cons of whatever system is under the light, is smoke and mirrors that keeps us from ever making true progress.

    Teacher certification does not guarantee anything, removing the limits do not either unless there is standards to meet. Either way, it is about the skills of the provider and not what a piece of paper might say.

    Last thing…y’all know I have been supportive of Brewer…have been. That she could not clear her schedule to show her respects for a fallen soldier, a member of the Arizona National Guard of which she is the Commander-in-Chief, made me and lots & lots of others start looking for a candidate.

  28. DSW,

    Sounds like you know a lot about the show us not tell us strategy… Maybe yo wrote it for parker?

    Just be honest and admit the whole show us not tell us is a dumb statement that sounds nice but doesn’t mean anything. Anyone can tell us their vision. But until you implement the policies and SHOWN how it works you haven’t done anything. The statement is pure crap because every politician is telling us how things should be in their vision. But it doesn’t really mean much of anything

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