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John McCain learned an invaluable crisis communication lesson during and after his Keating Five debacle. If you’re not part of the solution you are part of the problem. In other words, never be the status quo, especially when trouble hits.

It is an approach that has served McCain well. In a world of crisis communication “experts” he may be the best of all.mccain

The question now is, does McCain himself have a crisis as it relates to the Veteran’s Administration malfeasance in Phoenix that is now a national scandal?

After all, how does a United States Senator serving Arizona since 1986 not know what is going on in such an important federal operation? Did his office never get a constituent complaint? If not that would seem terribly odd, considering the level of purported malfeasance. Wouldn’t the office of a veteran and longest serving elected official in Arizona be one of the first people to contact for help? Did McCain or someone in his office drop the ball, or did they not?

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Cave Creek, Arizona – Republican candidate for Governor, Arizona businessman and education consultant, and former U.S. Congressman Frank Riggs today filed more than 10,400 signatures with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office to qualify for the ballot.riggs

In less than four months, the Riggs campaign collected almost double the 5660 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot. "No other candidate collected as many signatures in such a short period of time," Riggs' campaign manager Darcie Johnston said. "We thank all of our grassroots volunteers and supporters around the state who made this possible."

Riggs said. “There may be a big field in the Republican primary for governor, but I’m the proven, tested and trusted candidate for Governor. I offer a clear choice and new direction for Arizona. I will stop the 'Obamanization of Arizona' by repealing Common Core and rolling back the unsustainable expansion of Medicaid."

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Signature Count is More Than Twice The Number Required By Law

Republican candidate for State Treasurer Hugh Hallman yesterday filed more than 11,600 signatures with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office to officially qualify for the ballot.

Hallman filed more than twice the number of signatures required by state law — from every county in Arizona — making him the first candidate in the race to qualify for the ballot. The filing is yet another sign of momentum for a campaign that has already gained the support of dozens of prominent Republican elected officials and community leaders across the State.

“We’re very grateful to the more than 11,600 Arizona residents who signed our petition and helped ensure our campaign qualifies for the ballot,” Hallman said. “My commitment to Arizona residents is to ensure our state enjoys truly balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility in government, and we look forward to taking our message to voters over the course of the campaign.”

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Time flies.

It seems like yesterday we were talking about what we could do to bring the change we need to Phoenix.

For the last 28 months, we’ve been creating change – together.

- We’ve passed Arizona’s most sweeping anti-discrimination ordinance.
- Expanded access to health care to thousands more of our kids.
- Put anti-homelessness efforts at the forefront.

Now we’re creating an innovation-based, export-focused economy that will create good jobs over the long-term.

I’m more optimistic than I’ve ever been about our future – but we have to keep going.

That’s why I need your help.

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Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) released a statement following the passage of H.R. 4031, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014:

“I am proud to have cosponsored and supported H.R. 4031.  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) responsibility is to provide care and support for our nation’s heroes. Sadly, the recent reports and investigations indicate the VA has failed our veterans.” said Schweikert. “VA leadership must be held accountable and I believe this bill is a step in the right direction to restoring faith and trust with our nation’s veterans.”

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Thanks to all the friends and supporters who have contributed to my campaign! Wednesday night’s fundraiser was truly ‘like no other’. You could feel the energy and excitement as my campaign for Secretary of State continues to grow. We had food trucks featuring locally owned restaurants, live music from Arizona’s own School of Rock and most importantly over 100 supporters who turned out to help our campaign. Special thanks to former Governor of Arizona Jane Dee Hull, Hon. Betsey Bayless and the host committee for coordinating such a wonderful event.

My campaign has kicked into high-gear as we approach two months until early ballots are delivered. A week ago we filed over 8300 petition signatures to qualify for the ballot and last night’s event was a huge step in helping us reach our fundraising goal.

However, we still have a high mountain to climb. The next important date for the campaign is May 31 when campaign finance reports are due. It’s crucial we have a strong showing on that report so voters can see the strength of our campaign and our momentum as I continue to take my message on the road.

I am relying on you to help us achieve our common vision for Arizona. With your continued support we can forge ahead towards the Primary and General elections.

Thank you for your support!


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From The Desk Of Russell Pearce:

You know that bad feeling when November rolls around and you look at your ballot and you realize that while you could never support the Democrat on your ballot, you are going to have to hold your nose to vote for the Republican nominee? Now is the time to do something about that. It is Primary time, when we get to support the best conservative and send a message to our state and our Party that those who champion our beliefs earn our support. That is why I am sending you this email today... To introduce you to State Senator Al Melvin, the proven conservative candidate for Arizona melvin

For six years Al has been fighting for conservative values and casting real conservative votes: For Constitutional Carry, for SB1070 to fight illegal immigration, for SB1062 to protect religious liberties, for the largest tax cuts in Arizona history, against the ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion, and more. Al was also the author of the bill to stop Common Core here in Arizona. These weren’t easy positions to take, but Al took them on because it was the right thing to do.

In short, Al is the best conservative in the race for Governor, and he is someone you will get to feel good about supporting.

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Phoenix, AZ- May 21, 2014- Today, Shawnna Bolick, Republican candidate for Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28, received the endorsement of former U.S. Congressman John Shadegg.

"Arizona needs smart, principled, and sensible leaders, and that's why I enthusiastically endorse Shawnna Bolick for the State Legislature," stated Congressman John Shadegg. shana

“I am thrilled to have Congressman Shadegg’s endorsement,” exclaimed Bolick. “Congressman Shadegg served Arizona well during his tenure and I hope to bring the same level of constituent service to our legislative district once elected. Shadegg and I share many of the same conservative values including keeping government limited and reducing government waste. I can’t help but wonder what our country would look like today if Congressman Shadegg had been elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. I look forward to having Shadegg’s advice in solving state-federal issues.”

Shawnna Bolick has lived in Legislative District 28 for 13 years. Shawnna and her husband, Clint, have two children, Ryne (12) and Kali (9), plus their six year old rescued greyhound, Beary Goldwater, living in the shadows of Squaw Peak.


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(PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz.) Last week Michael Collins and his campaign to be Paradise Valley's next mayor received the biggest endorsement of all, an endorsement from Paradise Valley Mayor Scott LeMarr, who is not seeking another term in office. Now, five former mayors have endorsed Michael Collins. Former Paradise Valley Mayors Vernon Parker, Ed Winkler, Ron Clarke, Ed Lowry and Robert Plenge represent years of service to the people of Paradise Valley. They're also endorsing Vice Mayor Michael Collins in the Paradise Valley mayoral primary election August 26th.headshot 1 compressed

Collins said, "These former mayors have contributed so much to our community. They have shaped Paradise Valley, preserving its unique quality of life. I am proud to have their endorsements and hope to continue a tradition of quality leadership that our town has enjoyed for so long."

Collins has also secured the endorsements of all current Paradise Valley Town Council members.

Collins added, "Those who endorse me represent a group of people with diverse opinions but who share a desire to serve the public and our great community."

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Yesterday we turned in over 8,300 petition signatures from across the state of Arizona to become the first Republican to file for the position of Secretary of State!

This is only the first step to our victory in the August primary!

I want to give a special thank you to all who have circulated petitions, walked neighborhoods, and those who have signed. While this is a day to celebrate, we must also remember that the primary election is 3 months away and we have an incredible amount of work to do in a short amount of time.

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