Frank Antenori receives Southern Arizona Home Builders Association Endorsement

The Southern Arizona Home Builders Association, SAHBA, has endorsed Senator Frank Antenori’s candidacy for re-election to the Arizona State Senate stating “we strongly believe that you are the right candidate for moving Arizona and Pima County forward.”

Senator Antenori responds, “I’m honored to once again receive the support of an organization that represents the 375 businesses that are the true job creators in southern Arizona and promotes housing opportunities for all Arizonans.”

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Frank Antenori is the current State Senator in LD10 and is the Senate Majority Whip. Senator Antenori is a highly decorated Green Beret who served in the Special Forces in Desert Storm, Afghanistan, and Iraq. An Emergency Medical Technician since the age of 16, he has served as a Paramedic and a Paramedic Trainer over the course

of his 20 year military career. From 1996 to 2000 he worked alongside paramedics and emergency medical technicians in NY City under a program that allowed Military paramedics to train with civilian EMT’s. Frank is currently employed as an executive program manager in the aerospace industry. He is happily married to his wife Lesley for 19 years and they have two sons.

Frank Antenori: A Response to Patrick Gatti

By Senator Frank Antenori

This morning, while perusing the local left wing rag (Tucson Weekly), I came across an article titled “Congressional Dreaming” written by propaganda specialist Mari Herreras.  It was about the Congressional District 1 race; in particular, it was discussing the “underdogs” in the race.  The article was essentially your standard ho-hum political diatribe until I got near the end and read this gem: “He portrays himself as a warrior, but he was in the National Guard, which I consider to be of lesser quality than full Army.”

Now one might think this might have come from a military loathing lefty; if you thought that, you’d be wrong.  Imagine my surprise when I saw the quote attributed to Republican Congressional candidate Patrick Gatti of Show Low.

This comment would have really set me off if it had come from the left, but the fact that it came from a Republican has ticked me off even more.

In my 20+ years in the military I served in combat with many National Guard and Reserve soldiers.  One of them was SFC Daniel Romero; a fellow Special Forces soldier assigned to the 19th Special Forces Group (Colorado Army National Guard).  Dan and his fellow 19th Group soldiers fought alongside my unit, the 3rd Special Forces Group, in Afghanistan during Operation Anaconda.  Dan was killed in action on April 15th 2002.  I can tell you no one even noticed, let alone mentioned the fact that he was in the National Guard.  To us he was a brother, a fellow Green Beret, who like many before him, laid down his life for his country.  To imply that Dan was a “lesser quality” soldier because he was in the Guard is nothing short of a complete insult. He was one of this country’s most skilled and proficient warriors; above all, he was a patriot.

Since September 11, 2001, the Arizona National Guard has lost seven soldiers in combat.  To be clear, Arizona has lost seven of her finest sons and daughters fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan for our great country and our fine state. All were warriors and patriots, all were cut from the highest quality of American cloth.  To imply they were somehow “lesser quality” is disgraceful.

Every soldier, whether they be active duty, National Guard or Reserves, must meet the Army’s high qualification standards prior to being deployed; everything from physical fitness, combat skills, marksmanship, and Military Occupational Specialty (job) performance levels are evaluated.  These standards are so high that the Pentagon issued a warning in a 2009 report showing data that that 75% of the nation’s 17- to 24-year-olds are ineligible for Army service for a variety of reasons. Add in the washout rates during training, and that percentage grows even higher.  If anything, one can easily say that one must be of the highest quality to serve in the Guard and Reserve.

As far as I’m concerned the only one of “lesser quality” is Mr. Gatti who has demonstrated that he is ignorant of the skills and performance required to be in the Guard and Reserve, not to mention the contribution our Army National Guard and Reserves (a.k.a. Minutemen) have made to this country since the Army’s inception on June 14, 1775.  It is also pretty clear he does not deserve to represent anyone in Congress.

Senator Frank Antenori
Legislative District 30 (new Legislative District 10)

Maricopa Community Colleges Board Votes to Follow State Law

CONTACT: Mike Philipsen

Senators take action, get results Maricopa Community Colleges Board Decides to Follow State Law

(Phoenix)—- Members of the Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board last night voted 3-2 to keep tuition at levels set in March and scheduled to go into effect in July. This action negated an effort led by Board President Randolph Lumm to reconsider the March vote and continue to allow illegal aliens to qualify for in-state tuition. State law clearly bars community colleges from granting illegals in-state tuition.

Sen. Linda Gray learned from board member Debra Pearson that the MCC Governing Board was holding a special meeting Tuesday night, to consider backing out of a March tuition agreement that finally put the Colleges in compliance with Proposition 300. That is the proposition passed by more than 70% of Arizona voters in 2006, barring illegal immigrants from in-state tuition.

Sen. Gray moved quickly to write a letter to Attorney General Tom Horne, alerting him to the issue and raising questions about the legality of such a move by the Board. The letter was also signed by Senate President Russell Pearce and numerous Republican Senators and Representatives. In the letter, she included direct wording from Proposition 300.

A person who is not a citizen of the United States, who is without lawful immigration status and who is enrolled as a student at . . . any community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district is not entitled to tuition waivers, fee waivers, grants, scholarship assistance, financial aid, tuition assistance or any other type of financial assistance that is subsidized or paid in whole or in part with state monies.

Sen. Gray also asked the Attorney General about possible penalties a community college might face for classifying those not lawfully present in the United States as in-state students. With the vote of the Board last night, MCC will not face penalties, and the District is back in compliance with state law.



Sen. Gray: Maricopa Community Colleges Preparing to Violate State Law

CONTACT: Mike Philipsen

(Phoenix, State Capitol) —–It took more than four years for Maricopa Community Colleges to come in compliance with state law on illegal immigrants’ tuition, and now it looks like it may take just three months for the Board to reverse itself, and violate state law.

Sen. Linda Gray has learned the Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board will hold a special meeting Tuesday night, to consider backing out of a March tuition agreement that finally put the Colleges in compliance with Proposition 300. That is the proposition passed by more than 70% of Arizona voters in 2006, barring illegal immigrants from in-state tuition. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the District Support Services Center at 2411 W. 14th St. in Tempe.

“Voters made it clear nearly five years ago, that illegal aliens should not earn in-state status. The Board has dragged its feet for years, but finally, with the March vote, they decided to fully follow state law,” says Sen. Gray. “Now, even before the tuition schedule goes into effect on July 1, the Board is re-considering its action. That is unacceptable.”

The wording of Proposition 300 is clear on this issue. “A person who was not a citizen or legal resident of the United States or who is without lawful immigrant status is not entitled to classification as an in-state student….”

“Years ago, voters told these schools, “Don’t use state money to subsidize tuition for illegal immigrants. It is sad that more than four years later, we are still waiting for Maricopa Community Colleges to hear the voters, and even sadder that they are considering turning their back again on those voters,” says Sen. Gray.