Shawnna Bolick Announces for State Representative in Arizona LD-28

“We need conservative, free market leaders willing to step up and put their constituents first over politics.  As a policy person that would come easy to me.”

Phoenix, AZ– June 18, 2013- Last night, Shawnna L.M. Bolick opened an exploratory committee “Elect Bolick for Arizona” for Arizona House Legislative District 28 (LD 28).

There has been a drumbeat of support for me to step up from members across all factions of the Arizona Republican Party since the beginning of this calendar year after key failed votes, from reforming paycheck protection to expanding Education Savings Accounts.  Bolick’s “fire in the belly” was ignited last week when her fellow Republican state legislators did not allow public input or civil discourse among their colleagues and closed off debate over the Medicaid-expansion budget bill that was crafted in closed door meetings.

“As a proponent of a full transparent, limited government this rubbed me the wrong way.  My knees wouldn’t bend at the will of the powers-that-be while bypassing an important part of any public policy budget process through civil discourse.”

“Both elected Republican legislators representing LD28 voted with the Democrat also serving in the Arizona House failed to give reasons why they supported Governor Jan Brewer’s Medicaid-expansion bill during Brewer’s special session.  I believe the voters in LD 28 deserve not only a voice from a common sense citizen legislator but one who sides with full transparency and I want to give our voters that choice.”

In the weeks ahead, the Elect Bolick for Arizona exploratory committee will launch its website www.BolickforArizona as well as focus on its social media strategy.

Shawnna and Clint, her husband, have two children, Ryne (11) and Kali (8 ½), plus their five year old rescued greyhound, Beary Goldwater.  Bolick has worked on behalf of school choice for more than 17 years and continues to help in elevating key education reform ideas both at the state and national level.  As an undergraduate at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School she worked in an inner city magnet high school where her true passion for education reform caught fire.  During graduate school, she worked at The Heritage Foundation on its “No Excuses” campaign which focused on elevating high-performing principals whose practices allowed children to excel regardless of income level.  She also spent time working for conservative leaders as U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) and now Governor Rick Perry.  As a school choice supporter she organized the BASIS Phoenix’s Boosters program during its inaugural year raising more than $30,000 to help support teachers and classroom activities and presently serves on the BASIS Scottsdale School Board.

American Commitment Thanks Arizona’s True Conservatives

American Commitment released the following video showing footage of the true conservatives in the Arizona House of Representatives standing up to a Machiavellian move by Governor Brewer, the entire Democrat delegation and nine rogue Republicans.

Sonoran Alliance also thanks the conservatives in the House who understand the horrific long-term fiscal impact that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion will have on the State of Arizona, long after Governor Brewer makes her exit from public service. These men and women cannot be held responsible for the damage that this bad law will have on Arizona citizens. They stood their ground and for that, we are grateful.

Thomas Grier Announces Campaign for Arizona House in Legislative District 16

“We need true conservative leaders who are willing to tackle complex issues. The time for ineffective leadership is over; it is time for legislators who are not only conservative but also capable of building successful conservative coalitions.”

MESA – Arizona conservative businessman and attorney, Thomas Grier, announced today his intention to run for the Arizona House in legislative district 16.

“Encouraged by family and friends, I have decided to run for the Arizona House. Arizona is an amazing state, with limitless potential to influence the national dialogue,” said Grier. “We need true conservative leaders who are willing to tackle complex issues. The time for ineffective leadership is over; it is time for legislators who are not only conservative but also capable of building successful conservative coalitions.”

Grier has broad support across the district, and looks forward to building upon an already growing grassroots campaign. Grier added: “I believe that Arizona’s best days are still to come if we stay true to the conservative principles engrained in the land of Barry Goldwater.”

“Thomas Grier is not only a good person, but an exceptional leader and business mind,” said former Arizona Speaker of the House Kirk Adams. “The state and district are in need of talented conservative leaders more than ever, I am confident that Thomas will make a huge difference for conservatism and Arizona families.”

In the next few weeks, the campaign’s official leadership team and website redesign will be announced. For more information, visit Thomas Grier’s Facebook Page or sign up for email updates at


A resident of Arizona since childhood, Thomas Grier grew up in Mesa, went to high school and college in Tempe, and married a 2nd grade teacher born and raised in the East Valley. Thomas Grier graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University and attended The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Thomas works as the Associate General Counsel for The Keating Group, Inc., a national insurance agency headquartered in Phoenix. He is married to the wonderful Lisa Lewis Grier and has two amazing children, Riker James Grier and Olivia Madison Grier.

State Representative Adam Kwasman fights against Obamacare Medicaid Expansion in Arizona

Thank you State Representative Adam Kwasman for standing up to Obamacare and Governor Brewer and for conservative principles and the rule of process in the Arizona Legislature!

Diane Landis files for Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 13

Diane Landis

PHOENIX (May 29, 2013) –Diane Landis, current City Councilwoman from Litchfield Park, has filed paperwork to run for the Arizona House of Representatives for Legislative District 13.  An Arizona native, Diane Hathaway Landis was born in Nogales, Arizona to a pioneer ranching family.  A Certified Public Accountant and Financial Planner, she is a small business owner and active community volunteer.

Diane is running because she says, “I want someone to watch out for me, the little guy.  We must keep government under control.  We need to focus on job creation, education, and public safety.”

Diane served in the George H. W. Bush administration as the White House Liaison for the US Department of Veterans Affairs then returned home to Arizona, where she has resided for more than 20 years.  She also serves on the WESTMARC Board of Directors, Maricopa Association of Governments Human Services Coordinating Committee, is Board President of the Southwest Lending Closet, has been active with Special Olympics and is a graduate of both West Valley Leadership and the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series.

“Our state is in a fragile recovery right now. I’m not sure how anyone can fix the budget if they don’t understand it.”  As a CPA and financial planner, Diane is uniquely qualified in areas of finance. “I understand the importance and consequence of good financial planning – not just for individuals but for our state.”

Diane Landis currently lives in Litchfield Park with her husband Dick, a retired Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) officer. Her deep roots in Arizona have also included time spent living and working in Yuma, an integral part of LD 13.

Bipartisan AZ Lawmakers Submit Letter to EPA Regarding Proposed Rule for Navajo Generating Station

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Submit Comments to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regarding Proposed Rule for Navajo Generating Station
Letter Urges EPA to Convene Public Hearings Throughout Arizona Given Dramatic Adverse Impacts of the Proposed Rule


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX (May 28, 2013) – Today, a bipartisan majority of the Arizona House of Representatives will file the attached letter with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld. The document urges the agency to conduct broad public hearings throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area and rural areas during the EPA’s public comment period for its proposed regional haze rule for the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) in Page, Ariz..

21 Republicans and Sixteen Democrat Members of the Arizona House of Representatives signed the letter signaling a strong, bi-partisan opposition to the proposed rule. The sweeping nature of the EPA’s proposed rule, the legislators argue, would have significant adverse impacts on Arizona families, tribes, businesses, agricultural interests and other key industries in the state through increased energy and water rates. There also is enormous risk to the Arizona’s economy as thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in lost economic activity will impact the state every year. Public hearings are needed throughout the entire state to ensure a transparent process that reflects broad stakeholder engagement and input on the rule.

“The Navajo Generating Station provides affordable energy and water to Arizona. It’s disconcerting that its operation might be undermined—or worse, shut down altogether,” said House Speaker Andy Tobin. “If implemented, EPA’s rule would drive up water rates, jeopardize jobs, and severely damage Arizona’s economy.”

The EPA’s proposed rule rejects the detailed Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) proposal submitted by NGS’s operator, Salt River Project, and would instead impose the installation of additional technology controls that could cost as much as $1.1 billion. Incredibly, the rule would yield no perceptible visibility improvement at the Grand Canyon, according to the government’s own study. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) concluded “the body of research to date…is inconclusive as to whether [installing additional controls] would lead to any perceptible improvement in visibility.”

NGS provides energy to the Central Arizona Project (CAP), which makes renewable, affordable water available to 80 percent of Arizona’s residents—45 percent in Phoenix alone. If NGS shuts down, or has to install these costly controls, it would result in a potential doubling or tripling of water rates throughout the state. Likewise, 3,400 skilled jobs and an estimated $20 billion in economic activity over the next three decades could be in jeopardy if NGS is forced to shut down due to the rule.

“The EPA must convene multiple public hearings in geographically diverse areas of the state so the agency can begin to understand firsthand how its proposed rule will harm the livelihood of Arizona families, businesses, and communities,” said House Minority Leader Chad Campbell. “All of us have a stake in this debate, and my colleagues from both sides of the aisle urge EPA to expand its study of the issue and ensure Arizonans’ voices are heard.”

The full letter is attached.  Signers of the letter include: 

Andy Tobin, Speaker of the House
David Gowan, Majority Leader
Rick Gray, Majority Whip
J.D. Mesnard, Speaker Pro Tempore
Brenda Barton, LD 6
Paul Boyer, LD 20
Heather Carter, LD 15
Doug Coleman, LD 16
Jeff Dial, LD 18
Karen Fann, LD 1
Doris Goodale, LD 5
Debbie Lesko, LD 21
David Livingston, LD 22
Kate Brophy McGee, LD 28
Justin Pierce, LD 25
Ethan Orr, LD 9
T.J. Shope, LD 8
Steve Smith, LD 11
Bob Robson, LD 18
Bob Thorpe, LD 6
Kelly Townsend, LD 16

Chad Campbell, Minority Leader
Bruce Wheeler, Minority Whip
Albert “Ahbihay” Hale, LD 7
Lela Alston, LD 24
Mark Cardenas, LD 19
Andrea Dalessandro, LD 2
Juan Carlos Escamilla, LD 4
Rosanna Gabaldon, LD 2
Lydia Hernandez, LD 29
Jonathan Larkin, LD 30
Stefanie Mach, LD 10
Juan Mendez, LD 26
Martin Quezada, LD 29
Andrew Sherwood, LD 26
Victoria Steele, LD 9
Macario Saldate, IV, LD 3


AFP-Arizona Action Alert – Bring Your Sleeping Bag?

Americans for Prosperity - Arizona

ACTION ALERT — Thursday, May 23, 2013

To all Arizona Taxpayers and Health Care Freedom Fighters:

You can put away your sleeping bag, for now.

But be sure to pull out your cell phone… 

Earlier this week, as I planned this action alert, I was going to suggest to diehard grassroots activists that you bring your sleeping bags and camp out at the Arizona Legislature tonight for what I thought would be the last night of the 2013 legislative session. Bad things often happen to good bills in the middle of the night, and bad bills you thought were dead often come back to life on the last night of session. And sometimes, a handful of vigilant activists and a handful of pro-taxpayer Legislators can successfully sound the alarm against shenanigans in the wee hours.

After last Thursday’s disastrous floor session in the Senate, it looked as if Governor Brewer’sproposed expansion of Medicaid under ObamaCare was destined to pass in some form this week.

But after conversations yesterday with several House members, we believe that no action on the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion is likely until next week. Good news: Thanks in large part to grassroots pressure from taxpayer activists, resistance to the expansion is still very strong in the Republican majority.


The next big battle will be in the House Appropriations Committee, probably next week. Please contact your Legislators (especially House members), and urge them to vote NO — early and often — on the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion. You can email them by using our ACTION LINK. Phone numbers for House members are available here (don’t waste your time calling the ones with “D” in the third column).

Handy URL for our email action page:

For Liberty, Tom

Tom Jenney
Arizona Director
Americans for Prosperity

Jeff Weninger Launches Exploratory Committee for State Office Run

Chandler City Councilman Jeff Weninger today filed the necessary paperwork with the Secretary of State to form an exploratory committee for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 17.

Weninger is serving his second term on Chandler Council and previously served as Vice Mayor.  He also currently holds a Republican Precinct Committeeman seat in District 17.  In addition, Weninger has run five successful valley restaurants as co-owner for the last 17 years.

Weninger’s decision to form an exploratory committee is largely due to the numerous requests he has received from Republican leaders within the state, including Representatives J.D. Mesnard and Tom Forese, and Senator Steve Yarbrough, who currently represent the district.  Jeff has the support of all three legislators.

Representative J.D. Mesnard said, “Jeff has long demonstrated his commitment to our community in his professional endeavors and through his service on the Chandler Council.  He has the right principles and I’m excited about the chance to serve with him in the House.”

“I am thrilled at the prospect of Jeff filling my seat in the Legislature as I look at pursuing other opportunities,” said Representative Tom Forese.  “In addition to being a husband, father, business owner, and public servant, Jeff is a proven leader.”

Senator Steve Yarbrough emphasized that Jeff has been a strong conservative voice ably representing the values of East Valley residents as both a family man and a businessman.  “He will be a great addition to the state House of Representatives,” Yarbrough said.

“I am honored to have the support of so many respected Republican leaders, particularly those who have been faithfully serving this district,” Weninger stated.  “I am looking forward to hearing from the citizens in District 17 as my family and I explore this important decision on running for the State House.”

Jeff is a life-long Republican and has lived in the East Valley for 20 years.  He and his wife Janet have three children and reside in Chandler.

Arizona House Ethics Committee to take up Rep Daniel Patterson Investigation

196 days ago, Sonoran Alliance called for the Arizona State House Ethics Committee to conduct an investigation on the behavior of LD-29 State Representative Daniel Patterson. That hearing will finally take place next Tuesday – exactly 200 days from our initial call. (Read Agenda)

Not knowing who finally conceded to this request for the investigation, this blog expresses its appreciation to that person for finally allowing these hearings to take place.

Where this will lead, is still to be determined but we believe that an indictment is likely to ensue by law enforcement authorities any day.

The frustration in all of this should be obvious. Everyone was quick to jump on Republican State Senator Scott Bundgaard over an incident that took place alongside State Route 51 last February, but no one dared raise the same complaint (except this blog and The Three Sonorans) over State Representative Daniel Patterson.

There was a blatant double standard.

Next Tuesday, Daniel Patterson will finally be in the hot seat and if Republicans want to be intellectually consistent in their practice of governance, they will need to prove to Arizona that justice is not only blind but that it’s courageous.

Arizona House Solidarity with State of Israel

CONTACT: Rey Torres


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX (January 26, 2012) – Speaker Andy Tobin will introduce a House Resolution to demonstrate that the Arizona House of Representatives stands in solidarity with the State of Israel.

The resolution will highlight the characteristics and challenges that both Arizona and Israel face. Some of the points of common interest reflect that:

Israel has a right to secure and defensible borders and has the right to be free from rocket attacks on its schools and homes that have averaged one rocket every seven hours over the past five years

Israel and the United States have a shared interest in seeing the end of global terrorism since many of the same forces that threaten Israel also threaten the United States, especially the threat of Iran in producing a nuclear weapon and that when we strengthen Israel’s security, we are strengthening America’s security

Israel and Arizona are trading partners, a relationship we seek to enhance, sharing developments and cooperating in partnerships in education, technology, agriculture, medicine, solar energy, telecommunications, homeland security and numerous other fields and we recognize Israel’s contributions to the world including the development of the cell phone, armor to protect American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan and even a new bandage that was used to help save the life of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Speaker Tobin stated, “There is no more natural friendship among nations than between that of the people of the United States and the people of Israel.”