Pima County Young Republicans to Host Important Congressional Debate


All Four Republican Candidates Seeking to Fill Gabrielle Giffords’ Seat Attending

(Tucson, AZ) The Pima County Young Republican Club in partnership with the Legislative District 26 Republican Party is proud to announce a Congressional Candidate Debate this coming Monday, March 26 from 7:00-9:00 pm in the auditorium of Canada del Oro High School (CDO).

All four Republican candidates running to fill the open CD-8 seat previously held by Representative Gabrielle Giffords will be participating. This includes State Senator Frank Antenori, Jesse Kelly, Colonel Martha McSally, and Dave Sitton. The CD-8 Special Election will be an important bellwether with national implications going into the 2012 Presidential Election.

The debate will be simulcast live on radio station KVOI 1030 AM The Voice. Joe Higgins will act as debate moderator. Mr. Higgins is a local Republican entrepreneur, a former candidate for County Supervisor in District 1, and the host of “Wake Up Tucson,” a radio program on The Voice.

Other special debate sponsors include the Oro Valley Republican Women’s Club and the Pima County Tea Party Patriots.

The Young Republicans will conduct a Congressional Candidate Straw Poll at the debate for $2 per entry with a strict limit of one entry per person. Straw poll results will be announced the following day on the Pima County Young Republican blog at PimaYRs.blogspot.com. The Young Republicans will also be collecting early ballots for people who want to turn them in at the debate.

CDO High School is located at 25 W Calle Concordia, Tucson, AZ 85704. The auditorium holds up to 650 people, and a full crowd is expected. Doors will open at 6:00. Early arrival is suggested to ensure a seat.


Frank Antenori: The Best Choice for Arizona’s CD-8? Compare the Candidates

The latest from the Antenori for Congress committee:

Frank Antenori Wins Debate

Frank Antenori


TUCSON – Demonstrating a superior grasp of the issues facing southern Arizonans, the Antenori campaign tonight declared victory following the first debate of the Republican candidates seeking the nomination in the April 17th primary for the special election for Congress in Arizona’s CD-08.

“I truly like all the candidates in this race, but they all need some experience fighting and delivering for this community before we entrust them to deliver for us in the major league battles going on in Washington, DC,” State Senator Frank Antenori noted, following the debate held by the 388 Republican Club in Tucson.

Antenori, who has adopted the slogan “Results for a Change”, noted that none of his opponents have “cut one dime from a spending program, reduced the size of government, stopped a politician from spending money he didn’t have, or stand in the way of a tax hike”.

“We have had too many candidates say the right words only to morph into a politician that delivers nothing,” Antenori said. “This election is about who will go to Washington to get in the ring with Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to restore our economy and get the government off of our backs. We need experienced fighters, not rookies.”

Specifically, Antenori chided Jesse Kelly for his inability to attract independent voters in the last congressional election. “Southern Arizona voters are sophisticated and reluctant to take a chance on someone who has yet to prove themselves to this community,” the Senator said. “Kelly lost in a Republican district in a Republican year. We cannot afford to take that chance again.”

The Senator welcomed Jesse Kelly back to Tucson. Kelly has spent his time in Texas since losing the last congressional race. A noted absent from the debate was Martha McSally, who had been living in Germany and was in DC raising money rather in Arizona learning and speaking on the issues.

“I respect that both candidates had things to do in places far away from here, but while they were elsewhere I was fighting in the trenches of our State Legislature to eliminate a $3 billion deficit caused by politicians spending money they didn’t have,” Antenori said.

“We fixed Arizona’s budget despite intense opposition from politicians and special interest groups. We stood up to them and I’d love the opportunity to stand up to the politicians and special interest groups in Washington that are bankrupting our country,” Antenori said, noting that his third opponent – sportscaster Dave Sitton – was here but not involved or helpful in fixing Arizona’s budget.

“Dave is used to sitting on the sidelines calling the play by play. He hasn’t been in the game and when we could have used his help last year he was absent,” the Senator said.




Frank Antenori Releases Economic Priorities

Frank Antenori

CONTACT: press@antenori.com

Sitton’s Plan, Largely Copies Antenori Accomplishments 

TUCSON – The 10-point economic plan released late last week by Congressional candidate Dave Sitton in large parts mirrors the legislative accomplishments or positions taken at the state level by State Senator Frank Antenori, one of his opponents in the upcoming primary for Congress.

“If he supports what I do, then I don’t understand why he doesn’t just drop out and support me,” the Senator quipped.

“I don’t mind Dave advocating many of the same things I do or have done, but to call these original ideas is not accurate and is nothing more than a campaign stunt,” Antenori said. While my opponents in this race are spending their time trying to get their names in the newspaper, I’m working to cut spending, stop tax hikes, lessen regulation, and provide an environment to create jobs here in Arizona. And you know what? It’s working. Results are always better than talk.”

Frank Antenori is the only candidate that has proven results fighting for the people of southern Arizona. He has a record of shrinking government, reducing taxes, fixing the state’s budget crisis, and implementing policies that lead to job creation.


  • Antenori has fought to reform the tax code to make it simpler and fairer and has stopped tax increases on Arizona families. Neither Sitton, Kelly or McSally have stopped anyone’s tax increases.
  • Antenori fought to eliminate Arizona’s $3 billion state budget deficit and build a surplus which can be set aside to reduce debt. Neither Sitton, Kelly or McSally have cut one dime from a spending program or reduced anyone’s debt.
  • Antenori fought against passage of ObamaCare, voted to refer the HealthCare Freedom Act to the ballot to allow Arizona residents to opt out of ObamaCare (which was overwhelmingly approved by the voters), he voted to sue the federal government on behalf of Arizonans and has been calling for its repeal and replacement since its initial passage. Neither Sitton or McSally were part of the stop ObamaCare effort in Southern Arizona.
  • Antenori is a leader in fostering policies to encourage free market competition in Arizona in all industries, receiving numerous awards from Arizona manufacturers and several small business groups for his efforts. Neither Sitton, Kelly or McSally have assisted any of those efforts in the State Legislature.
  • As a battle tested Green Beret, Antenori has long been a supporter of our local military bases and has advocated on their behalf at the State level. Sponsoring and passing laws to stop encroachment and protect them from base realignment and closure (BRAC).

Antenori’s focus on restoring our economic competitiveness in Southern Arizona is:

  1. Restore economic freedom and stop the federal government from picking winners and losers;
  2. Stop runaway federal bureaucracies by requiring Congressional approval of any cost imposing rules or regulations;
  3. Provide a statutory sunset and review of all federal regulations;
  4. Reduce transportation and shipping costs for all businesses through an aggressive domestic energy production program;
  5. Accelerate federal depreciation of equipment; and exempt investments for R & D
  6. Reform the federal student loan program to better target assistance to courses that prepare students for jobs associated with the projected economic needs of the community;
  7. Restore the integrity of private lending markets through the phased withdrawal of federal involvement that has clouded the assessment of risk and stalled lending;
  8. Streamline federal approvals of all environmental permits and eliminate the endless bureaucratic and process delays that prevent legitimate projects from advancing;
  9. Put strict time requirements on federal agencies to review a permit application with a designation that applications are deemed approved if not rejected within the designated time period;
  10. End the federal government’s domination of Arizona land and allow the state to determine its best use;
  11. Create a national security exemption for domestic energy exploration;
  12. Provide a National Security Exemption to EPA for military installations and border infrastructure


Frank Antenori Receives Endorsement of Arizona 2012 Project

Frank Antenori



Tucson – Recognizing the “enthusiasm” of its Tea Party members for State Senator Frank Antenori in his race for Congress in CD-08, the Arizona 2012 Project, a prominent political action committee and tea party organization, today formally endorsed Antenori’s candidacy for Congress in the GOP Primary to be held on April 17th.

“Senator Antenori has played a key role in reducing state spending, shrinking state government, and enforcing laws to deter illegal immigration,” Ron Ludders, the Chair of the Arizona 2012 Project noted.

“Senator Antenori is, by all criteria, a supporter of the Tea Party movement and of a return to Constitutional governance. Above all, Frank Antenori is known for his fierce advocacy in the service of freedom,” Ludders continued.

In it’s endorsement, the organization issued the following statement: “Through its Political Action Committee, Saving Arizona’s Future, the Arizona 2012 Project Board of Directors – having taken note of the membership’s enthusiasm for the candidate- has voted to endorse the candidacy of Arizona Senator Frank Antenori for the U.S. Hourse of Representatives in Congressional District 8.”

Senator Antenori said that he was “humbled and honored to receive the support of so many people who love this country, love our freedom, and want to return to those principles that made America strong.”

Senator Antenori was re-elected to the Arizona State Senate with 61% of the vote in a district with only 43% enrolled Republicans, demonstrating a proven ability to attract support from independent voters.

Antenori is a decorated Green Beret, author, and project manager for a major company involved in developing technology for America’s defense. In his third year in the State Senate he was elected to a Leadership position and has worked to eliminate Arizona’s deficit spending and balance the state budget.

“Southern Arizona and America need results for a change,” Antenori said. “There are too many who run for public office and end up doing nothing or being effective. The challenges we have in this country right now demand people who can get things done. That’s why I’m running and why I appreciate the support from tea party supporters across Southern Arizona. There’s a job to be done and I’m asking for the opportunity to do it.”

For more information on Senator Antenori, please visit www.Antenori.com.


Frank Antenori Gets Nod from Southern Arizona Conservative All-Stars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2012

Tucson, AZ – “I am deeply humbled and appreciative of the support my colleagues from southern Arizona have given me since I announced my run for United States House of Representatives,” said State Senator and Republican candidate for Congress Frank Antenori. “We’ve stood side-by-side as we’ve fought to fix the state’s budget crisis, create new and better jobs, and find tough, but fair, solutions to the problem of illegal immigration. Even as I take this leap from state legislator to U.S. Congressman, I still look forward to continuing to work with my friends and colleagues from southern Arizona as wemake Arizona and America an even better place.”

Senator Antenori released the following members of the Arizona Legislators as official endorsements of his campaign for United States Congress:

Senator Gail Griffin (LD-25)
Senator Al Melvin (LD-26)
Senator Steve Smith (LD-23)
Senator Don Shooter (LD-24)
Representative David Gowan (LD-30)
Representative Peggy Judd (LD-25)
Representative Terri Proud (LD-26)
Representative David Stevens (LD-25)
Representative Ted Vogt (LD-30) 

“Frank Antenori is the leader in Washington southern Arizona needs right now,” said State Representative David Stevens. “Whether it’s health care, budget woes, the economy, or immigration issues, Frank is the experienced legislative leader that will find the innovative solutions to these problems. I’m honored to lend my endorsement to his campaign and know that southern Arizona will make the right choice and send Frank to Washington.”

A decorated veteran, published author, and defense and aerospace executive, State Senator Frank Antenori was first elected to the Arizona Legislature in 2008. He presently serves as the Majority Whip in the Arizona State Senate. He announced his candidacy for United States Congress on January 27, 2012 and is running on a platform of creating jobs and economic opportunity for southern Arizona, repairing the nation’s fiscal crisis, and curbing illegal immigration.

For more information about State Senator Frank Antenori and his candidacy for Congress, please visit www.Antenori.com.


Arizona State Senator Frank Antenori Statement on Resignation of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords


Tucson, AZ –  January 22, 2012 – Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has announced her intention to resign from the US House of Representatives during this week so that she can focus her full attention on her rehabilitation.

Her recovery to date has been nothing short of miraculous and I know that her courage, determination, and sheer will mandate that she will get better. Along with all Arizonans, I wish her Godspeed in her recovery and I will continue to keep her in my prayers.

In light of this recent announcement, I have been asked about the status of my Congressional Exploratory Committee. I will not make any announcement until Gabby has had the opportunity to complete the remaining things that she wishes to accomplish as a United States Representative this week.

At this time, the focus of attention in Southern Arizona needs to be honoring the Congresswoman’s service and the sacrifice she has made in service of her fellow Arizonans.


Small Business’ Top 10 Arizona Legislative Victories in 2011

By Farrell Quinlan

The 50th Arizona Legislature has boldly staked its claim to being the most pro-small business legislature in Arizona’s history. With issue after issue, legislators advanced measures to relieve the tax and regulatory burdens on the engines of our economic recovery, Arizona’s small businesses.  Even in instances where lawmakers mistakenly pursued bad policy, they did so with the right motive in mind—creating more jobs.

Here are 2011’s top ten legislative victories for the small business:

  1. Broad-based Business Property Tax Relief – Passage of then-House Speaker Kirk Adams’ “jobs bill” (HB 2001) included historic business property tax relief that when fully implemented will mean a 28 percent reduction in the business property tax assessment ratio over the preceding decade. Our business property tax burden was the fourth highest in the nation back in 2006 when we began to lower the Class 1 assessment ratio from 25 percent. When the 18 percent Class 1 ratio is realized in 2016, Arizona’s business property tax burden will have settled into the low- to mid-20’s ranking among the 50 states. Truly historic. Moreover, Governor Brewer’s courageous veto of SB 1041 upheld the principle of broad-based business property tax relief over the allure of constitutionally-dubious schemes that pick winners over losers in the tax code.
  2. Corporate Income Tax Rate Cut – The “jobs bill” was so monumental this session; it easily earns the top two positions on this list of small business victories. HB 2001 also slashes Arizona’s corporate income tax rate 30 percent to 4.9 percent when it’s fully phased in by 2017. We should not discount the enormously positive signal this sends to out-of-state enterprises looking to relocate to more business-friendly states. Our corporate income tax and business property tax rates are no longer in question due to our protracted budget crisis. Instead, Prop. 108’s protection against tax increases effectively locks in not only stable and predictable rates—it locks in significantly lower rates. That’s the best economic development tool we could create to spur the strong, broad-based economic recovery that we are all looking to achieve.
  3. Health Savings Account Incentives – House Majority Leader Steve Court’s HB 2556 creates income tax credits for small businesses for the premium paid on a high deductable health plan and for contributions to employees’ health savings accounts. 
  4. Local ‘Bounty Hunter’ Audit Ban – Sen. Steve Yarbrough’s SB 1165 reverses the emerging trend of cities contracting with ‘bounty hunter’ auditors on a contingent fee basis to audit businesses collecting sales tax receipts.
  5. City & County Regulatory Bill of Rights – Sen. Lori Klein’s SB 1598 establishes a Regulatory Bill of Rights to ensure fair and open regulation by local governments.
  6. Union Preference Prohibition – Rep. Michelle Ugenti’s HB 2644 prohibits state entities, counties, cities and towns from accepting federal money for a construction project if accepting it requires them to give a preference to union labor.
  7. Employer Protections & Labor Relations – Sen. Frank Antenori’s SB 1363 restricts unlawful picketing, trespassing and defamation by labor unions against a business.
  8. Tax Closing Agreements Reform – Rep. Jack Harper’s HB 2202 enhances the criteria for declaring an ‘affected class’ for the purposes of determining whether an extensive misunderstanding or misapplication of Arizona tax laws has occurred—thereby allowing for the abatement of past tax liability, interest and penalties.
  9. IRS Conformity Policy – Rep. Harper’s HB 2332 waives any interest or penalties for unpaid tax liability due when the state fails to conform to revised definitions in the Internal Revenue Code in time for the taxpayer to accurately file their annual tax return.
  10. Civil Appeal Bond Limits – Sen. Al Melvin’s SB 1212 provides some relief for businesses in civil lawsuits by limiting the amount of the bond that must be posted against a judgment during the appeals process.

Though this list could go on listing other wins in areas like workers’ compensation reform and returning solvency to our unemployment insurance trust fund, it should be noted that the 2011 session included its share of disappointments.

Sen. Antenori’s SB 1322 would have required most municipal services in Phoenix and Tucson that cost more than $500,000 to go through an open and competitive bidding process. Sen. Nancy Barto’s SB 1593 would have allowed healthcare insurers from any of the 50 states to issue their policies in Arizona under the same coverage terms as in their home state. Unfortunately, both were vetoed by Governor Brewer. The Legislature also failed to act on a referendum to increase the exemption amount on the business personal property tax, a job-killing tax that punishes small businesses for reinvesting in machinery and equipment to grow their businesses.

Still, these setbacks cannot diminish the 50th Arizona Legislature’s overwhelmingly positive record on small business issues. The 7,500 Arizona members of the National Federation of Independent Business thank Governor Brewer and our lawmakers for this session’s impressive achievements on behalf of small business and look forward to building on them next year.

 – Farrell Quinlan is state director for the National Federation of Independent Business in Arizona (www.nfib.com/az). 

Click here to access the NFIB/Arizona Voting Record to see how your lawmakers voted on these and other bills.

Paycheck Protection continues toward 2012 Ballot despite Arizona Chamber’s destructive meddling


The Arizona House Government Committee on Tuesday passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 1028 which, if passed, would ask Arizona voters to amend the Arizona Constitution to recognize employees’ fundamental right to protect their paychecks from political machinations.

SCR 1028, introduced by Senator Frank Antenori and 43 co-sponsors, states:

“An employee in this state shall be free from any employer deducting or facilitating the deduction of a payment from an employee’s paycheck for political purposes, unless the employee annually provides express written permission to make the deduction.”

The language is fair, reasonable and straight-forward—precisely the qualities of a constitutional amendment that the Arizona electorate rewards with their votes. SCR 1028 places its focus where it belongs, on the right of Arizona workers to decide whether they wish to participate in political activities.

As a ballot referendum, the grassroots conservative proponents of this fundamental employee right embrace the clarity required in a single-subject constitutional proposition. SCR 1028 does not discriminate between management and labor by treating the political fundraising of each differently. Moreover, SCR 1028 does not invite the legitimate charge of political favoritism by denying this amendment’s constitutional protections to one or more groups of employees. SCR 1028 is so evenhanded and nondiscriminatory; it passed the Senate with bipartisan support.

However, special interests are trying to hijack the legislation and risk its chances of victory on the November 2012 ballot. Worse, if their actions are successful would likely invalidate the proposition and void its fitness to appear on the ballot.

The assault on SCR 1028 took the form a failed amendment crafted by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry that would make an exception for “payments to a separate segregated fund maintained by an employer.”

The Arizona Chamber’s destructive and shortsighted amendment is designed to deny corporate political action committee contributors the same rights every other employee enjoys under SCR 1028. However, in addition to carving out Big Business PACs, such “separate segregated funds” present an enormous loophole that union bosses will use to continue to spend their members’ pay for political causes the employees do not support.

On policy grounds alone, it is a bad amendment and must not be allowed to be made to SCR 1028. But the amendment’s destructiveness goes deeper.

According to constitutional law expert Clint Bolick of the Goldwater Institute, “That exception would destroy the universality of the principle at issue. It also could expose the measure to an equal protection challenge under the United States Constitution.”

Also, by accommodating this one special interest’s shortsightedness, the entire paycheck protection effort will likely founder on the rocks of a single subject challenge in the courts. Such a single subject challenge should be fresh in our minds because it derailed what would have been Prop. 108 in 2010. That troubled effort required a desperately assembled Special Session at the last possible moment in August 2010 to re-refer a valid version of the Save Our Secret Ballot Anti-Card Check Referendum (Prop. 113).

Why would legislative leadership ever entertain risking the validity of another referral on the flimsy and self-serving meddling of a special interest? If a special interest like the Arizona Chamber cannot abide SCR 1028 without their carve-out then they should oppose the measure in the light of day and allow lawmakers to discern the value of the unaltered legislation.

Grassroots conservative supporters of a viable paycheck protection constitutional amendment should contact the bill’s sponsor Sen. Frank Antenori and all members of the Republican House Caucus and support the SCR 1028 WITHOUT AMENDMENT.

Please contact the following legislators and ask them to support SCR 1028 WITHOUT AMENDMENTS.

House GOP Caucus District Email Phone
Kirk Adams (Speaker of the House) 19 kadams@azleg.gov 602-926-5495
Cecil Ash 18 cash@azleg.gov 602-926-3160
Brenda Barton 5 bbarton@azleg.gov 602-926-4129
Kate Brophy McGee 11 kbrophymcgee@azleg.gov 602-926-4486
Judy Burges 4 jburges@azleg.gov 602-926-5861
Heather Carter 7 hcarter@azleg.gov 602-926-5503
Steve Court 18 scourt@azleg.gov 602-926-4467
Chester Crandell 5 ccrandell@azleg.gov 602-926-5409
Jeff Dial 20 jdial@azleg.gov 602-926-5550
Karen Fann 1 kfann@azleg.gov 602-926-5874
Eddie Farnsworth 22 efarnsworth@azleg.gov 602-926-5735
John Fillmore 23 jfillmore@azleg.gov 602-926-3012
Tom Forese 21 tforese@azleg.gov 602-926-5168
Doris Goodale 3 dgoodale@azleg.gov 602-926-5408
David Gowan 30 dgowan@azleg.gov 602-926-3312
Rick Gray 9 rgray@azleg.gov 602-926-5993
Jack Harper 4 jharper@azleg.gov 602-926-4178
Russ Jones 24 rjones@azleg.gov 602-926-3002
Peggy Judd 25 pjudd@azleg.gov 602-926-5836
John Kavanagh 8 jkavanagh@azleg.gov 602-926-5170
Debbie Lesko (Majority Whip) 9 dlesko@azleg.gov 602-926-5413
Nancy McLain 3 nmclain@azleg.gov 602-926-5051
J.D. Mesnard 21 jmesnard@azleg.gov 602-926-4481
Steve Montenegro (Speaker Pro Tempore) 12 smontenegro@azleg.gov 602-926-5955
Justin Olson 19 jolson@azleg.gov 602-926-5288
Frank Pratt 23 fpratt@azleg.gov 602-926-5761
Amanda Reeve 6 areeve@azleg.gov 602-926-3014
Bob Robson 20 brobson@azleg.gov 602-926-5549
Carl Seel 6 cseel@azleg.gov 602-926-3018
David Burnell Smith 7 dsmith@azleg.gov 602-926-4916
David W. Stevens 25 dstevens@azleg.gov 602-926-4321
Andy Tobin (Majority Leader) 1 atobin@azleg.gov 602-926-5172
Michelle Ugenti 8 mugenti@azleg.gov 602-926-4480
Steve Urie 22 surie@azleg.gov 602-926-4136
Ted Vogt 30 tvogt@azleg.gov 602-926-3235
Jim Weiers 10 jweiers@azleg.gov 602-926-4173
Jerry Weiers 12 jpweiers@azleg.gov 602-926-5894
Vic Williams 26 vwilliams@azleg.gov 602-926-5839
Kimberly Yee 10 kyee@azleg.gov 602-926-3024
SCR 1028’s Prime Sponsor
Frank Antenori 30 fantenori@azleg.gov 602-926-5683

See who else supports SCR 1028:

AMIGOS Supports SCR 1028
Alliance for Worker Freedom supports SCR 1028
National Taxpayers Union supports SCR 1028
NFIB supports SCR 1028

Senator Frank Antenori clarifies votes on immigration bills

Many have been asking about my recent votes on five immigration related bills in the State Senate, due to circulated misinformation. Since misinformation does a disservice to you, my constituents and supporters, I am sending this email to insure that your news is accurate. I also believe that you are entitled to know of the careful reasoning I applied to these and to all my Senate votes.

Emails and articles are circulating that I voted NO on all five bills. This is incorrect. The correct information is that I voted YES on three of the bills and no on only two.

The two no votes were based on the best information available from a number of sources. In short, I sincerely believe that SB 1308 (interstate compacts; birth certificates) and SB 1309 (Arizona citizenship) are unconstitutional.

If we as citizens believe in the U.S. Constitution and Federalism, we must then accept that the federal government operates under the enumerated powers found in Article I, Section 8 and under empowerment found in the Fourteenth Amendment. I hope you will read my complete rationale for the yes votes and the no votes by clicking here and opening my website.

My website can be found at http://www.vote4frank.com – at the website simply scroll down to Frank’s Blog.

There you will find a very thorough rationale on my votes. I believe that if you take the time to visit my website and read my account of the principle used to make these votes, you will see that my votes were thought out, followed the Constitution, and supported my constituents to the fullest.

If you prefer to go to the rationale on the no votes directly then click this link for SB 1308 (interstate compact; birth certificates)


or this link for SB 1309 (Arizona Citizenship)