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By The Goldwater Institute

Partisan gridlock in Congress is often the rule, but there are the occasional and notable exceptions. In the recent spending bill, lawmakers successfully repealed the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)—one of the most extreme examples of consolidated, unchecked government power in American history. As the only organization to have challenged IPAB in court, we’re celebrating the elimination of what columnist George Will called “the most anti-constitutional law ever written.”

Enacted eight years ago as part of the Affordable Care Act, IPAB was created as a cost-saving mechanism for the Medicare program for the nation’s elderly, but its authority was far broader. The unelected Board wielded unprecedented power to write healthcare rules that would automatically become law without a vote of Congress, signature of the president, notice to the public, or review by the courts.

Some fiscal conservatives are now lamenting the fact that, by repealing IPAB, Congress has removed important checks on uncontrolled Medicare spending. This is an issue that should not be ignored. True, the Medicare program is in desperate need of modernization and financial overhaul, and IPAB would have been a tool to control those costs. But the costs to our Constitution would have been far greater. Those doubting the dangers that IPAB posed should consider the following:

IPAB’s authority was not limited to Medicare. IPAB had much broader powers to make law governing both government and private healthcare—whatever the Board considered “related to the Medicare program.” IPAB’s toolbox was vast: It could enact price controls and even levy taxes. And those decisions would have been free of any meaningful checks or balances.

IPAB’s power was consolidated in one individual. Some viewed Congress’s repeal of IPAB as premature—after all, neither President Obama nor Trump had appointed any members to the Board, and it had not yet taken any actions. But lack of membership was only more cause for concern. So long as IPAB remained unstaffed, the Secretary of Health and Human Services alone wielded the Board’s vast powers.

IPAB’s decisions were not subject to judicial review. IPAB’s so-called “recommendations” would have automatically become law, without review by Congress or the courts. In other words, the ACA left unaccountable bureaucrats free to make decisions that could affect public and private healthcare for millions of Americans.

IPAB had the power to ration care. Many mistakenly believed that IPAB was prohibited from rationing healthcare. But what constitutes rationing? The ACA never defined “rationing care”—instead, it left the Board to define rationing however it wished, and it prohibited patients and doctors from turning to the courts for protection if the Board stopped them from receiving or delivering care. In other words, IPAB put bureaucrats in charge of deciding what type and how much medical care people should receive. That system would have deprived patients of access to needed care—increasing centralized decision making at the expense of individual healthcare decisions.

The U.S. Constitution gives the lawmaking power to Congress alone because legislators are responsible to their constituents and checked by the other branches of government. No agency can be rendered exempt from democratic processes and the rule of law. That is why Congress should be lauded for repealing the unchecked and unprecedented consolidation of bureaucratic power.

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PHOENIX – State Treasurer Jeff DeWit announced yesterday during the State Board of Investment meeting that the Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund, also referred to as the Schools’ Trust Fund, has hit a record market value of more than $6 Billion.

Even with increased distributions totaling more than $793 million to Endowment beneficiaries, which is more than three times that of any previous treasurer, the endowment has grown in excess of $1 billion during Treasurer DeWit’s tenure.

“Credit for this achievement goes to the dedicated work of Senior Portfolio Manager Tim White who has managed the fund for nearly 20 years, along with the rest of the investment staff, and the members of the State Board of Investment,” Treasurer DeWit said.

Treasurer DeWit, who is chairman of the State Board of Investment, also noted that the Treasurer’s office reached another milestone in January with the month ending value of all investments at $15.85 Billion, an all-time high for assets under management.

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By Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers

Last week I received a call from the media asking me to comment on Congressman Trent Franks’ pending resignation and wanted to know if I would be forming a committee to run for that office.

To say the least, I was stunned. But even more than that, I was forced to look at the possibility of going to Washington, D.C., and how that would affect the city, my family and friends. It made me look deep inside myself.

I was shocked at the hundreds of calls, e-mails, text messages, and the sheer number of folks stopping and asking; maybe asking isn’t the right word - pleading for me to run for Congressional District 8. My phone battery has been dying the last few days from lengthy calls from people wanting me to represent them in D.C. It’s been overwhelming to say the least. But maybe even more surprising to me are the folks who have been brutally honest with me, telling me NOT to go to D.C.

It’s been pointed out to me that just five years ago, our fine city had a BBB bond rating (basically junk bonds). It was also pointed out to me that five years ago, we had many pending lawsuits and less than zero dollars in our savings account. Staff was looking for employment in other cities, meaning we were losing talented and skilled people - what I have referred to as brain drain. We had an Interim Police Chief, Interim City Manager, library hours cut, parks not receiving water, leaving grass dying and no outlook for the future.

The Chamber of Commerce was kept at arm’s length. Millions and millions of dollars was being paid to fund professional hockey, and a professional football franchise that was being disrespected by city staff. Our roads were getting worse by not doing necessary preventative maintenance. We were the second-most financially strapped city in the United States, second to Detroit, Michigan, (and that city went bankrupt.) And there were other morale busters.

Fourth of July fireworks display – cancelled.

The Fire Parade—cancelled.

The city had done everything possible – except fix the problem.

That was then.

Most recently, our city received an AAA bond rating. This is the strongest sign that our city is back on track and headed in the right direction financially. It has not been easy, but we’ve made difficult decisions and the city has turned around.

In the area of quality of life, friends are telling me that with my leadership, we have a very successful Fourth of July fireworks display that is much larger, but not paid by the taxpayers. Yes, I restarted it, but not alone - by working with Jeff Teetsel, a principal at Westgate.

We just had the Fifth Annual Hometown Christmas Parade. Yes, I started that, also. Now, it has large sponsors, such as our own Sanderson Ford, and a committee of nearly 35 members. It’s not a city event, but the city has become a big partner in helping it succeed for our residents. It is the largest parade in Arizona.

I’m reminded that five years ago, we had no program for our veterans. This past September, we held our Fifth Annual Glendale Stand Up for Veterans event. I started that, recognizing that someone who signs a paper saying that they will give their life for their country deserves the full attention of all, to ensure that they are not forgotten and looked after.

One very good friend of mine told me that I’m the only person he knows that can take a problem for some, and turn it into a fun event that helps so many.

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by Team Ducey

Friend --

Arizona public schools are helping students make real educational gains.

A recent New York Times article analyzed school districts across the country to determine whose students were learning the most between 3rd and 8th grades. They found three of the top 20 public school districts in the nation are in Arizona.

Students in the Chandler, Peoria, and Washington Elementary School Districts are showing more than 5 years' educational growth between 3rd and 8th grades, with #2 ranked Chandler students gaining nearly six years of learning in 5 years' time.

We're making real, measurable progress in education, closing gaps and bringing students up to grade level.
Want to see how your district stacks up? Read the article.

There's still plenty of work to do improving our Arizona schools, and Governor Ducey is committed to doing it. But things are moving in the right direction for our students, parents, teachers, and principals to ensure that every child has the opportunity for an excellent public education in our state.

If you think people ought to know about the progress we're making, post this story on Facebook, tweet it out, or simply forward this email to a friend.

Thank you!
Team Ducey


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PHOENIX – State Treasurer Jeff DeWit presented Arizona State Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee the 2017 Hero of the Arizona State Treasurer’s Office award for her sponsorship of SB 1448 this past session.

“The changes made in this legislation will lead to many millions more in earnings from the investments in our office,’’ Treasurer DeWit said.

“Majority Leader Yee’s knowledge of the Treasurer’s office from here prior employment here was critical in getting this legislation unanimously approved this year,” DeWit said. “She truly understands the role the State Treasurer of Arizona serves in protecting taxpayers.”

The wording of the award is as follows:

Whereas, SB 1448 was sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee during the first regular session of the 53rd Arizona Legislature;

Whereas, SB 1448 was unanimously approved by the Arizona State Senate and the Arizona House of Representatives;

Whereas, SB 1448, was enacted as Chapter 277, Laws 2017, and became law on August 9, 2017;

Whereas, Majority Leader Yee worked tirelessly for the successful passage of this legislation;

Whereas, SB 1448 changes Arizona Law that will benefit the investing of taxpayer funds by the State Treasurer of Arizona;

Whereas, Majority Leader Yee’s knowledge of the Treasurer’s office from her prior employment in the office was critical in the passage of this legislation leading to increased earnings for taxpayers;

Whereas, Majority Leader Yee truly understands the role that the State Treasurer of Arizona serves in protecting taxpayers;

Whereas, those changes will lead to many millions more in earnings from investments by the Treasurer’s Investment Management Division, while maintaining our conservative investing approach;

I hereby declare, in the capacity of Treasurer for the State of Arizona, Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee as the 2017 Hero of the State Treasurer’s Office.


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Former chief deputy: If Sheriff Paul Penzone was serious about making a safe community, he'd seize more drugs, arrest more people - and actually enforce the law.

By Jerry Sheridan

Paul Penzone’s My Turn (”Where we're taking the sheriff's department after Joe Arpaio,” Aug. 6) was entertaining. His criticism of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, however, is unwarranted.

I don’t have space to explain Arpaio’s defense here. Suffice it to say he is appealing. Police unions throughout the state, representing more than 18,000 police officers, endorsed Arpaio against Penzone in the last two elections.

Read entire guest editorial here

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By: Scottsdale Pinetop

A simple vote by the Scottsdale City Council may seem like a small step for progress. But when trying foster improvements between government and businesses, it can make all the difference in the world. This week, the City Council voted correctly to approve a $30,000 matching fund agreement with the Scottsdale Gallery Association in an attempt to re-brand and showcase Old Town Scottsdale.

In a place that embraces innovation and creativity, it’s no surprise that art is found on nearly every street corner in Scottsdale. The Scottsdale Gallery Association has spent years improving the arts district to become the unique place that it is today. It hosts numerous events including the weekly Thursday Night Art walk – which stands as the longest running event of its kind in the U.S.
However, the Gallery Association often does not receive the attention and assistance it deserves.
For the past few years, local enthusiasts have expressed their anger that the City of Scottsdale tends to promote big private galleries and often neglects the needs of smaller ones. So they decided to take action. Last year, fellow artists came together to create the 2018 Visitor’s Guide that illustrates all elements of downtown Scottsdale.

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By: Scottsdale Pinetop

Every strong campaign needs a good slogan. For President Trump it was “Make American Great Again.” For World War II Army recruiting it was “I Want You.” A catchy slogan can help win elections or bring people together under a single cause. But if done wrong, it can send the wrong message.

That’s what happened last week to Scottsdale’s Economic Development Department when their “Saguarbro” campaign took a huge hit at the South by Southwest Technology Convention in Austin, Texas.

Throughout the convention, members from the Scottsdale Economic group distributed merchandise that included an image of a saguaro with a man’s head. Underneath it was the sentence “A dude or dudette who is part of the sharp, creative workforce in trendy Scottsdale, Ariz.”

As humorous as it was, the slogan didn’t sit well with many of the attendees. Many called out the campaign for being demeaning to the thousands of successful women in business. Critics of the “bro culture” have often referenced the sexist nature of the technology industry in general. This campaign appeared to be adding fuel to the fire.

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By: Scottsdale Pinetop

More bright yellow and lime green bikes appear to be popping up everywhere in the Valley. The City of Scottsdale piloted the bike share program in early November and it has now extended to Mesa, Tempe and potentially Paradise Valley – taking on a life of its own.

Bike share programs provide residents and visitors with a new and practical way of getting around downtown Scottsdale without relying on the convenience of Lyft or dealing with the pains of parking. These bikes are available through the use of the company’s smartphone app where customers pay $1 per 30 minutes of riding. Once the ride is done the customer locks the bike, making it available for the next rider.

With the influx of winter visitors and Spring Training attendees, these bikes are becoming increasingly popular. But not everyone is on board with the program.

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By: Scottsdale Pinetop

In the political world, there are only two reasons to visit New Hampshire in the middle of March – snow and New Hampshire is the first state to vote in a presidential primary.

When politicians head to New Hampshire, it tends to raise eyebrows. That’s exactly what happened for Senator Jeff Flake last week when it was announced he would be attending the New Hampshire Institute for Politics’ “Politics and Eggs” breakfast.

Evidence suggests that Flake is beginning to tease the idea of a presidential run.

In September, Senator Flake released his personal memoir “Conscience of a Conservative” that defended his political philosophies, criticized the Trump Administration and expressed his concerns for the future of the Republican Party. Shortly after the book’s publication, Flake announced that he would not be running for re-election in 2018. To many this was political suicide.

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By Scottsdale Pinetop

Low salaries have many teachers seeing red. Arizona educators have decided to send a message that the current status quo for school funding is unacceptable.

Arizona administrators, educators, parents and students have now joined the West Virginia teacher’s movement by wearing red to school and urging others to do the same.

What first started as a small online grassroots effort, #RedforEd has now become a full blown social media movement of angry Arizona teachers demanding change from state leaders.

Over the years, parents and teachers have become outraged by the state’s sluggish response to the teacher crisis that has forced many educators to leave the classroom – even out of the state. But is anyone really listening?

For the Arizona State Legislature, it seems like pay-raise decisions are nearly impossible to pass. While individual school districts have the final say in deciding teacher salaries, schools remain funded by the state government. This leaves many schools left in the dark when creating annual school year budgets. 

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It was like watching Godfather III.  That’s how disappointing this weekend’s Canal Convergence was at the Scottsdale Waterfront.

For years the unique display of art had been trending as one of the city’s great emerging events.

But this past weekend did Scottsdale Public Art forget to let anyone know what could previously be called a spectacle was actually going on?  Apparently so because the crowds were but a fraction of previous years.  What’s so perplexing about the scant spectactors and utter lack of energy was the City of Scottsdale’s major investment of tourism tax dollars into the event last year.  With more resources and good February weather the opposite result should have occurred.  

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Many of us remember Bob Schuster as an editor for the East Valley Tribune. Bob is retired, but he is offering some sage advice to the current generation of writers and editors at the Arizona Republic. In a letter to the editor, Bob takes the Republic to task for the way it is covering the school choice issue and an apparent bias in favor of school choice opponents.

Here is that letter as it appears in the Republic:

The media are showing their biases again in schools debate

By Bob Schuster, Mesa

Could we please get more even-handed coverage of Proposition 305, the school voucher referendum on the November ballot?

If the editorial board opposes the expansion of school choice to parents who prefer a private education for their children – including at religious-based schools – then please keep those opinions where they belong: on your Editorial pages.

Instead, we’re greeted by regular diatribes on page 3 – a “news” page – by Laurie Roberts decrying “dark money bazillionaires” wanting to rob public schools of badly needed dollars to help fat cats send their kids to fat cat private schools.

Then on another “news” page, reporter Yvonne Wingett Sanchez tells us that Save Our Schools, which is trying hard to kill Prop. 305, is a “grassroots” group.

Sounds like David versus Goliath.

Actually, there are several Goliaths on each side, just as there are lots of “grassroots” regular folks on each side.

Gov. Ducey long has advocated expanding school choice in Arizona, and it’s not surprising he has close ties with the Koch brothers, who also back school choice and have the deep pockets that help sell the school-choice message.

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There is a fascinating debate occurring in Paradise Valley.  It’s the ultimate trash talk.  In other words, should the tony town move to a single provider of trash or continue with the existing system of some 5 providers?

As Mayor Michael Collins has observed things must be pretty good when this is the subject de jour.

Interestingly, it’s an argument that’s largely been settled across  America and Arizona.  About 90% of cities and town use a single provider because the economies of scale result in lower rates, fewer trucks,  less pollution, less noise and overall a more coherent approach to sanitation.

Yet, Paradise Valley has never adopted such a reform largely in the name of “limited government.”

So, as commentators of “Smart Opinion. Mostly Right,” let’s look at that philosophical approach a bit more.

First, HOAs in Paradise Valley, including those lived in by Councilman Paul Dembow and others, most often use one trash company because by pooling their homeowners they have greater buying power.  And besides a lower rate they can negotiate they also get less truck impact on their community.

So why is it OK for HOAs to have this ability but the other 80% of individual homeowners cannot?  Why can’t and shouldn’t they be able to pool together, like HOAs, to create maximum buying power for lower rates and a better overally environmental impact?  Right now there’s no way to do that in Paradise Valley.  Under the proposed change they would.

Pooling is at the heart of the Republican approach to health care. The more companies and individuals can join together the more ability they have to negotiate better packages, including across state lines.

So when it comes to limited government Republicans in our nation’s capitol adopt the approach Paradise Valley is considering when it comes to health care.  So why not trash PV GOP?

Opponents of a single-hauler system also talk a lot about choice.  That is, homeowners should be able to choose any provider they want when it comes to trash service.  We get and appreciate that point of view.  But people don’t get such a selection when it comes to ambulance service, photo radar, towing or police and fire service.  That train has already left the station.  But when it comes to the current proposal what choice is really lacking?  Residents can still get once or twice a week trash, multiple cans and recycling.  In fact, town staff has even negotiated MORE choices with the future service to also provide things like Christmas tree disposal, household hazardous waste and shredding that aren’t currently available for most.  So the issue really isn’t “choice?” It’s whose name is on the truck.  Let us repeat that.  It’s whose name is on the truck.  This is a key point that has been made by former Councilwoman Jini Simpson.  And in the end, is the name on the truck a philosophical mooring more important than lower costs, fewer trucks and all the other quality of life benefits a reformed system would provide? Do any of us really care who made the school bus or who operates it so long as children get safely to school?

This leads us to former Paradise Valley Town Councilman Dan Schweiker.  At a town event earlier this week he stunned the audience by announcing his support for the change.  In stints previous on council Schweiker was single hauler’s biggest opponent. But he now believes town staff has injected sufficient and substantial choice into service.  Schweiker’s opinion culiminated an event where some 90% of those in attendance also stated support for single-hauler.  But it was Schweiker, along with former Mayor Ed Winkler’s support, that became the exclamation mark on the topic.  Going into the meeting one could have waged a better bet that Donald Trump would give up Twitter than Schweiker his opposition to single-hauler.

And that leads us to another Great Scott! moment.  In his 2016 campaign for Paradise Valley Town Council Scott Moore had this to say in the Paradise Valley Independent about a possible change away from the town’s trashy approach to a single hauler.

“This solution keeps us out of the trash business and helps reduce daily noise, reduces safety concerns and helps minimize our annual asphalt and street maintenance costs by having less trucks on a daily basis. Residents are expected to see a reduction in fees based on the size of the contract with the town.All  of this could be accomplished without creating more overhead or government.”


But after receiving a few emails generated by a special interest garbage hauler that didn’t even bother to bid on the contract Moore seems to be singing a different tune. JFK wrote a book called “Profiles in Courage.” Moore should read it lest he wants moore cost, moore pollution, moore noise, moore accidents, moore wear and tear on the roads and moore failure on this topic to be his legacy with it.

Arizona, and Paradise Valley, are great places because one can pretty much wear flip flops all year long. But that doesn't mean they can't be a fashion faux paus in the winter, especially now for Moore, as they are so politically unbecoming.

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There’s a member of the Town Council in Paradise Valley named David Sherf.  A successful hotel consultant he’s the kind of person who exudes ethics when you meet him. The kind of person any community from Buckeye to Arizona’s toniest town would want to have on its governing body.

Sherf didn’t find politics.  It found him.  Originally appointed to the Town Council he went outside his comfort zone to run and win election to the post to which he was appointed.

He didn’t long to stay, instead deciding not to seek re-election.  But then Maria Syms resigned her council spot after an impressive run for the Arizona House of Representatives.  Sherf became a logical replacement, even though a well-known politician named Andy Kunasek wanted the gig.  But we’ll get to that relevancy later on.

Sherf again offered himself for service, gaining the appointment over Kunasek.

Not bound by the standard calculus of a politician, Sherf set off on an emancipated path, including solving, finally solving, the only thing Paradise Valley doesn’t organize real well:  trash service.

Anyone would and should feel grateful to live in 85253, until one has to experience the orgy of trucks and trash that flail away at the community’s quality of life, day in day out, morning after morning.

It’s not just a comedy of errors. It’s an erratic and highly unusual approach to local governance not shared by the vast majority of communities in Arizona, or America.

Noise.  Pollution.  Higher costs.  Ripped up roads.  More accidents.  Libertarians love it in much the same way they argue for lackadaisical anything.

But not Sherf.  He, and other councilmembers, have brought forth a proposal to end the mayhem with a semblance of community order.

But vested special interests don’t like it.  The companies and beneficiaries of the chaos have engaged in a deceitful campaign designed to spook Sherf and others from abandoning their interest in bringing some order to the galaxy. Fortunately, Sherf has stood tall and stood on the side of the taxpayer and quality of life.  He’s stood on the side of a proposal that would see the Road Warrior-like system of gas guzzling vehicles in town reduced to a single provider.  A single provider the town negotiated with through a competitively bid process to ensure that the vast majority of residents see their rates drop from an average of about $50 per year, with some even seeing rate cuts of 50% of more.  And few if any would see rates increases including HOAs or individuals as the winning bidder has pledged to honor existing rates or better deals for the life of its contract with the Town.   Additionally, ates are set for seven years with only a 3.5% annual increase.  So much for the monopoly means higher rates argument.

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Nothing beats sitting at a ballpark on a sunny day, watching your favorite team with a hot dog and ice cold beer in hand. This has become a symbolic scene in American culture and a tradition Peoria Sports Complex celebrates as it kicks off its 25th year.

In 1994, Peoria Sports Complex became the first dual-team spring training facility in the country and with it an economic surge for the West Valley.

According to recent statistics, 67% of tourists stated spring training as their primary reason for visiting Arizona, according to a study conducted by the Cactus League Baseball Association. Arizona welcomed over 1.7 million fans last year alone. And, the economic impact to Arizona in 2015 alone was $809 million. 

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While U.S. Rep Martha McSally has not formally announced her campaign for the Senate seat, being vacated by Jeff Flake, another strong indication of her pending candidacy came last Thursday when a fellow Republican announced she is launching a campaign for The Congressional District 2 House seat.

Lea Marquez-Peterson’s long speculated campaign for Congress is a go. And that’s a great thing for the Arizona GOP.

Since redistricting, District 2 has been a top target for both Republicans and Democrats. In the past two decades, being a moderate has been the key to winning in McSally’s district, often flipping back and forth between the two major parties.

Marquez-Peterson is the next formidable candidate to shake up the 2018 election.

She’s called southern Arizona home for about 40 years and she’s been a Republican all of her adult life.

She has a high profile in the Latino community serving as CEO and President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

She offers a combination of conservative ideals while giving a voice to minority communities. That combination will play well in District 2, and is a direction we hope the Republican Party will head more in general as opposed to the nationalist tilt of late.

Over the years, Marquez-Peterson has become a close ally of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and some speculate she’ll have support from GOP power players such as car dealer Jim Click.

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As emerging cases of sexual harassment and sexual assault dominate national and local news, the dialogue is shifting towards victims’ inability to discuss abuse, commonly citing confidentiality agreements as the problem. However, Arizona may hopefully be positioning to change this.

State Representative Maria Syms, a Republican from Paradise Valley, is saying enough is enough.

Last week Syms proposed legislation that would make confidentiality agreements regarding sexual harassment and sexual assault essentially ‘unenforceable’. Confidentiality agreements, also referred to as the ‘sexual predator loophole’, prevent victims from speaking out against their abusers.

By addressing confidentiality agreements, the state is sending a message to sexual predators that officials and institutions can’t buy their way out of criminal responsibility by silencing victims through contracts.  

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by Shawnna Bolick

Phoenix, AZ- March 12, 2018- Today, a group of like-minded education reformers endorsed Shawnna Bolick for an open seat in the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 20. Here is what they had to say about candidate Bolick:

"We need elected officials who will put parents first over bureaucrats. Shawnna Bolick has been a passionate voice for parental school choice for over two decades. Her dedication to ensuring parents maintain control of their school children's curriculum is paramount. I know Ms. Bolick will represent parents well once she's elected to the Arizona Legislature."
~ Jared Taylor
Member, State Board of Education
Gilbert Town Councilman

"In order for Arizona to prosper we need to return to the founding principles of our country - individual liberty, fiscal responsibility and free enterprise. Shawnna Bolick is dedicated to these principles and she has common sense. If we are going to win this battle over fiscal responsibility, we need more citizens like Shawnna serving in the Arizona Legislature.”
~ Jean McGrath
current Member of Maricopa Community College District's Governing Board, District 4
former Central Arizona Project Board of Directors
former Arizona legislator

“I heartily endorse Shawnna Bolick for the Legislative District 20 State House of Representatives because of her conservative philosophy and experience in all areas of education. Her contributions to the legislative decision-making would resolve long-standing problems we now face. She knows her stuff!”
~ Johanna Haver
current Member of Maricopa County Community College Governing Board, District 3

Bolick stated, “I am thankful for our continued support for our legislative run. I have gotten to know these fine individuals through my community involvement. I got to know Mr. Taylor while serving on the Arizona State Board of Education’s Standards Committee and value his insights.” She added, “from Kindergarten to the community college level I believe we can give the power back to the consumer and away from the bureaucrats trying to control each and every decision meant for parents, teachers and students.”

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By Virginia Korte

The lack of a robust public transportation system in our city is one of the reasons the new bike share program is an overwhelming success – which, I believe, is a creative way to address our mass transit shortcomings.

Citizens’ participation in the program is nothing short of amazing. In just the first three and a half months since it was initiated, there have been approximately 110,000 what the bike companies call “rides.” In fact, during the Parada del Sol Parade earlier this month, they tracked about 4,000 rides.

It’s these kinds of statistics that have made Scottsdale one of the most successful markets in the country for bike share, according to the bike companies.

Admittedly, the rapid success of bike share has created several challenges. But none of them are insurmountable. While it’s the responsibility of the bike companies to ensure that bike share works efficiently, our city staff is working closely with the companies to make sure the program meets our community’s standards and expectations. 

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By Bolick for Arizona


Shawnna Bolick Earns Strong Support from Arizona Legislators

Phoenix, AZ- February 23, 2018- Today, Shawnna Bolick received over a dozen endorsements for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 20.

"I am honored to have the early backing of so many fantastic sitting members of the Arizona Legislature," stated Bolick. "I very much look forward to tackling the toughest issues facing Arizona, ensuring we leave Arizona in a better place for future generations to come," exclaimed Bolick.

The following members of the Arizona House of Representatives and Arizona Senate have endorsed Shawnna Bolick today:

Representative David Stringer, Prescott (LD-1)
Representative Mark Finchem, Tucson (LD-11)
Representative Travis Grantham, Gilbert (LD-12)
Representative Darin Mitchell, Goodyear (LD-13)
Representative Jeff Weninger, Chandler (LD-17)
Representative Jill Norgaard, Phoenix (LD-18)
Representative Anthony Kern, Glendale (LD-20)
Representative Kevin Payne, Peoria (LD-21)
Representative Ben Toma, Peoria (LD-22)
Representative Jay Lawrence, Scottsdale (LD-23)
Representative Maria Syms, Paradise Valley (LD-28)
State Senator Warren Petersen, Gilbert (LD-12)
State Senator Rick Gray, Sun City (LD-21)

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Phoenix Initiative, Co-Chaired by Councilman DiCiccio and Former Congressman Chaffetz, on Track to Make August Ballot

February 13, 2018


PHOENIX - Responsible Budgets, a Phoenix ballot initiative being supported by Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio and former U.S. Congressman Jason Chaffetz, announced today that they have now gathered more than 13,000 validated signatures, and are on track to turn in over 32,000 signatures – far more than the 20,510 needed – in time to place Responsible Budgets on the ballot this August.

With pension costs for cities soaring nationwide, and with Phoenix recently being named one of cities with the worst pension deficits, now is the time to act," said Councilman DiCiccio. "It’s just like your credit card, the longer you let that balance keep building up, the more it costs to pay it off." DiCiccio continued, "Pretty soon these deficits are going to start taking away our ability to pay for things like street maintenance, public transportation, libraries, police and fire – the stuff that really really matters to our citizens. Responsible Budgets is a major step in heading off that disaster."

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A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Gateway Trailhead

By Solange for Scottsdale

Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve is the largest urban preserve in the nation! As a Councilwoman, I will ensure that a Desert EDGE/DDC in the Preserve requires voter approval.

After all, the Preserve came into being at the ballot box and voters should have the final word on any major changes involving the Preserve.

I think Scottsdale voters will decide to keep the Preserve.... preserved.
If that is the decision, we should celebrate with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Preserve’s Gateway Trailhead with a small plaque that reads:


Which may cause some to wonder, "How did this land get protected the first time?" And, "Who is 'Carla' anyway?" Let me share a bit of history.....

Carla, famously with no last name, was one of the first people to dream of a McDowell Sonoran Preserve and then ACT on it! She devoted over a decade of her life, inspiring leaders and fellow citizens to join her in an effort to preserve a large swath of arguably the most expensive and beautiful desert in all of Arizona. Scottsdale voters supported the vision and approved multiple tax hikes to acquire and protect the land forever. The creation of the Preserve is almost as miraculous as the desert it encompasses and our community has a miracle maker named Carla to thank! 

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Race Already Has A Stalwart Candidate In Steve Smith


Republican Wendy Rogers Announces Congressional Run to Unseat Tom O'Halleran

Flagstaff, AZ - Wendy Rogers, a conservative entrepreneur and retired Air Force officer who supported Donald Trump in the primaries, announces her run for the United States House of Representatives in the 1st Congressional District of Arizona.

A copy of the announcement video can be found on Wendy Rogers' Facebook Page.

A full text of her speech is below:

"Good afternoon, I’m Wendy Rogers . . . a conservative Republican.

I come to you now, running the race to serve as your congresswoman for Arizona's 1st Congressional District . . . in Sedona, home of our current Democrat congressman.

Thanks to President Trump, our nation, and its economy are reviving. Yet there is more to do and I want to help!

We must repeal Obamacare for the sake of our nation’s health and resolve illegal immigration, which threatens national security. We must build the Wall and end sanctuary cities once and for all. Respect for the rule of law has eroded. Our nation’s very identity and history are under attack, with liberals trying to erase Columbus, Washington, and Jefferson.

It’s up to us to protect the most vulnerable - our unborn and the elderly; as well as our very own families with our God-given right to keep and bear arms under the 2nd Amendment. Our strained, but steadfast, military is our last bulwark. America’s veterans are precious. I swore my life’s oath to secure the United States against "all enemies, foreign and domestic". I will do this again as your congresswoman.

As a 5th generation career military officer, I was privileged to serve as one of the Air Force‘s first women pilots. I’m now a successful business entrepreneur.

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