VIDEO: Senator Jon Kyl to Endorse Steve Chucri for County Supervisor

Maricopa County – Today, the Steve Chucri campaign is releasing a video endorsement from Sen. Jon Kyl stating why he believes Steve is the right candidate to get county government back on track.

In the clip, Sen. Kyl stated, “Steve gets along with people you can’t not like Steve Chucri, and it’s because he is a very genuine person who is sincere about solving problems.”

“Sen. Kyl has done so much for the great state of Arizona, and it’s an honor to have the endorsement of a true statesman,” said Chucri.

Sen. Kyl joins Congressman Jeff Flake, Congressman Ben Quayle, Congressman David Schweikert, Congressman Paul Gosar, Congressman Trent Franks, Senate President Steve Pierce, Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek, Gilbert Mayor John Lewis, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, and Paradise Valley Mayor Scott LeMarr in endorsing Steve Chucri.

Chucri has served as the President & CEO of the Arizona Restaurant Association (ARA) since 2002. Under his leadership and tireless work ethic, the ARA and restaurant industry has enjoyed a substantial growth in sales in what will amount to a ten billion dollar industry in Arizona this year alone.

As President and CEO of the ARA, Chucri represents business owners and sees firsthand how the actions of local, state, and federal governments can positively or negatively impact restaurants and other small businesses in Arizona. Chucri’s experiences as a businessman, husband, and father have given him invaluable insight into the needs of his community and ensure that, as County Supervisor, he will always put people before politics.


Kirk Adams Campaign Releases New Video Featuring Sen. Jon Kyl

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 2nd, 2012
Contact: Chad Heywood

Kirk Adams Campaign Releases New Video Featuring Sen. Jon Kyl 

East Valley, AZ – Honorary Campaign Chairman, Senator Jon Kyl recently held an event for Kirk Adams and it was recorded into a web video, which the Kirk Adams campaign released today.

“Some folks go back to Washington, and they change,” Kyl said, “We need folks like Kirk in Washington; these are really difficult times as you know and Kirk has the experience, he’s got common sense, he’s practical but he’s idealistic in a conservative way.”

Kirk Adams shook up Arizona’s state Capitol, and the conservative reformer will do the same in Congress.

A rising star in the Republican Party, Adams joined the state House in 2006 and was soon frustrated by the unwillingness and inability of Republicans in the Legislature to stand up for conservative principals. He launched a long-shot campaign to oust the veteran Speaker of the House and shocked the Republican establishment when he won Speakership at only 35 years of age.

Adams put the House back on a fiscally responsible track. Tackling some of the most challenging issues in Arizona history, Adams demonstrated true political courage and aggressively pushed his conservative reform agenda.

A native Arizonan and small business owner, Adams lives in Mesa with his wife JaNae and their six children.


Statement by Senators McCain and Kyl on the Arizona Redistricting Commission

MEDIA CONTACTS: Andrew Wilder (Kyl) / Brian Rogers (McCain)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl today issued the following statement regarding Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission:

“We had hoped that the work of the Independent Redistricting Commission would be a fair process. It is clear that instead it has been political, which is very disappointing and must be corrected.”


Jon Kyl endorses Wes Gullett for Mayor

Says Gullett is committed to job creation 

PHOENIX – Wes Gullett is proud to announce the endorsement of Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, the latest addition to a broad, bipartisan coalition aimed at cleaning-up Phoenix City Hall.

“Cities can do a lot to provide a climate in which businesses can create jobs and put people back to work,” Kyl said. “Wes Gullett is committed to that goal and that’s why I support him for Mayor.”

“Jon Kyl is a statesman who has committed his career to making Arizona a better place and America a safer and more prosperous place,” Gullett said. “I’m truly honored to have his support in our effort to create jobs and clean-up City Hall.”

Gullett has won the support of a leaders including: U.S. Senator John McCain; Arizona Governor Jan Brewer; former Republican Congressman John Shadegg; Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio; Phoenix City Councilman Tom Simplot; Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman; businessman and former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Eddie Basha; businessman, former Phoenix mayor and former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Paul Johnson; former Republican Governor Fife Symington; Republican Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump; attorney and former Mayoral candidate Jennifer Wright; and many others.


Senator Jon Kyl: Stemming the Tide of Red Ink

By Senator Jon Kyl

On August 22, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero announced that Spain would be the latest European country to adopt strict limits on budget deficits and debt. Zapatero, leader of Spain’s Socialist Party, quickly secured backing for the proposal from the opposition conservative People’s Party, which means the budget limits will likely pass through Spain’s parliament by a huge bipartisan margin.

Spain’s move comes in the wake of a wider European movement towards greater fiscal restraint spawned by Germany. In 2009, with a similar wide coalition of conservatives and leftists, the Germans passed the so-called “debt brake”– a constitutional amendment that prohibits a deficit greater than 0.35 percent of GDP (to put this in perspective, our deficit as a percentage of GDP has grown to nearly 25 times as large under President Obama).

Other European economies are now following Germany’s example. France and Italy, for instance, have also proposed similar ideas in recent weeks. With Greece just a short train ride away, these countries now understand the dangers of runaway deficits and debt.

It is about time we enacted something similar here in the United States. For free-spending Europe to be more aggressive on fiscal responsibility than us says less about how far Europe has come than how far we’ve fallen. Indeed, our fiscal position has become very dire. The federal government is now borrowing more than 40 cents of every dollar it spends. Our $14.6 trillion debt will continue to grow at a quickening pace and threaten our economy, our jobs, and the American way of life itself – unless we do something now to stop it.

I personally favor a mechanism to cap spending at a set percentage of GDP. Federal spending today is about 24 percent of GDP, well over the historical average and far more than we can afford as a nation. A more responsible level would be 18 percent. But there are other ways to get at this problem. For instance, as part of the legislation passed in early August to end the impasse over the debt ceiling, Republicans insisted on including a provision that will force Congress to vote on a balanced budget amendment by the end of the year. Congress should support it so that the states, through their legislatures, could vote on it.

In the 1990s, the balanced budget amendment came within one vote of the two-thirds margin necessary for passage. This year, Republicans in the Senate are unanimous in support of this common-sense idea, and some Democrats may support it as well.

Recent polling shows support for a federal balanced budget amendment hovering around 75 percent. It’s hard to think of another major policy issue with such broad support across political dividing lines.

At the same time, it’s unfortunate we even need such an amendment. Ideally, elected leaders should simply govern responsibly by making government live within its means. Yet, realistically, we know that will not always be the case.

To be sure, digging out of this fiscal crisis will be difficult – we cannot solve this with one cut, one bill, or even a constitutional amendment. It will take dedication and years of fiscal discipline, but we can get there.

Our European allies are showing us that traditional adversaries on the left and right can come together to enact sensible limits on deficits and debt. While every country will take its own way forward, some with better ideas than others, here in the U.S. it’s past time for us to act in a bipartisan way.

Sen. Jon Kyl is the Senate Republican Whip and serves on the Senate Finance and Judiciary committees. Visit his website at or his YouTube channel at


Wil Cardon Makes Arizona Senate Run Official

It looks like the contemplation phase is over. Wil R. Cardon, President and CEO of the Cardon Group, a real estate investment firm, has decided to make his bid for Jon Kyl’s Senate seat official.

Cardon’s primary opponent will be U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, who has already had a strong fundraising quarter and appears to be in a strong political position for the race.

“No one will outspend me or outwork me in this campaign,” says Cardon of his campaign for U.S. Senate. This might be true but Cardon will have a difficult road to victory….

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Western Free Press Interviews Kirk Adams, Candidate for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District

Western Free Press’ Brad Zinn interviews Kirk Adams, former Arizona Speaker of the House and prospective candidate for Congress. Kirk Adams is running in Arizona’s 6th Congressional District, which is currently held by Jeff Flake who is running for Jon Kyl’s Senate seat. Adams has been endorsed by retiring Senator Jon Kyl.


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Arizona Congressional Republicans Call For Rapid Action To Assist Wallow Fire Recovery Efforts

Andrew Wilder (Kyl)
Brian Rogers (McCain)
Hannah Loy (Gosar)
Ben Carnes (Franks)
Richard Cullen (Quayle)
Rachel Semmel (Schweikert)
Genevieve Frye Rozansky (Flake)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican members of Arizona’s congressional delegation today sent a letter to U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell urging him to request alternative arrangements for federal regulatory compliance in order to expedite clean up and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the Wallow Fire.

“Destruction from the Wallow Fire has exposed large areas in Eastern Arizona’s Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests to the risk of additional damage,” the members of the delegation said, explaining the reason for their letter. “Time is of the essence, especially with the arrival of the monsoon season, in acting to protect life and property, and to reduce the risks for further damage to the environment.”

“While the reviews prescribed in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) might be desirable in certain, less urgent circumstances, we believe the existing procedures are incompatible with the current exigencies faced in the aftermath of the Wallow Fire.”

Council on Environmental Quality regulations permit “alternative arrangements” for NEPA compliance in order to provide flexibility in emergency situations. The members of the delegation who sent the letter believe that the Wallow Fire situation conforms to the very circumstances contemplated for such alternate arrangements, and have urged Chief Tidwell to exercise this option.

The text of the letter to Chief Tidwell follows below and is also attached in PDF form:


July 20, 2011

The Honorable Tom Tidwell
Chief, U.S. Forest Service
Yates Building, 5th Floor
201 14th Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20250

Dear Chief Tidwell:

We write to urge you to request from the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) “alternative arrangements,” pursuant to Section 1506.11, for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (40 C.F.R §1500 et seq) to respond to the Wallow Fire.

As you are well aware, the Wallow Fire in Eastern Arizona has burned for more than 40 days, across more than 538,000 acres of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests and into neighboring New Mexico. The fire is now the largest in Arizona’s recorded history. The damage to the national forest is still being assessed, but it is known that that the fire has killed or severely damaged a large number of trees. The volume of dead and dying trees increases the fuel load for future high-intensity fires, and provides ideal conditions for insect and disease outbreaks. The exposed soil and the arrival of the monsoon rains present an immediate risk of flooding and debris flows that threaten lives, property, water quality, and valuable natural resources throughout the burned area. The State of Arizona has declared a state of emergency and county and local officials have declared the situation a disaster.

Given the post-fire conditions in the Wallow Fire area, swift action is needed by the Forest Service to protect human life and property and mitigate further damage to timber resources and the environment. There is not sufficient time to follow all of the procedures for environmental review under the NEPA of all the actions that will be needed to respond. The alternative arrangements regulation was put in place for circumstances such as this one. As you know, alternative arrangements do not waive the requirements to comply with the NEPA, but instead establish alternative arrangements for compliance in emergencies.

Having seen the devastation for yourself, we are hopeful you will agree that the circumstances of the Wallow Fire warrant the application of alternative arrangements. The communities affected by the Wallow Fire cannot afford needless delays.


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Arizona Senator Jon Kyl discusses the debt crisis, default and raising taxes

Senator Jon Kyl appeared on ABC’s This Week on Sunday to discuss the debt ceiling, spending, raising taxes, balancing the bidget and the Republican solution to solving our national economic crisis. Here is that video:

Thank you Senator Kyl for your hard work in bringing  a solution to this crisis.

Kyl-McConnell Statement on Deficit Reduction Meetings

CONTACT: Andrew Wilder

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl and U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following joint statement today regarding the deficit reduction meetings and the White House and Democrats’ insistence on tax hikes and new spending:

“The White House and Democrats are insisting on job-killing tax hikes and new spending. That proposal won’t address our fiscal crisis, our jobs crisis, or protect and reform entitlements. And a bill with new spending and higher taxes would fail with bipartisan opposition – as it should. President Obama needs to decide between his goal of higher taxes, or a bipartisan plan to address our deficit. He can’t have both. But we need to hear from him.”