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Is there a Democrat in Arizona today that doesn’t embrace just about any call for a fee or tax hike to aid a pet interest?

Our television screens this week suggest Fred Duval falls right in line. While serving on the Arizona Board of Regents, the group that governs Arizona’s universities, Duval supported increasing tuition on the backs of students a whopping 99%. duval

His excuse? Legislative Republicans dealing with the Great Recession made him do it.

C’mon Fred. Even using your own math that university budgets were cut in half by the State Legislature, your tuition hikes were double this amount.

Is Duval actually suggesting spending cuts shouldn’t have been made to universities which were among the most extreme beneficiaries of former Governor Napolitano’s largesse?

And it was a REPUBLICAN Governor, Jan Brewer, who led the fight for the largest tax increase in state history to mitigate the Great Recession on state government.

No, Duval was just acting as a classic liberal in raising tuition beyond any reasonable level, beyond any cuts to higher education at a time when state government had to whittle away. And Duval will suffer for it as the political commercials continue, ultimately ending his hopes for Governor.

So what does this have to do with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton? A lot.

As a Phoenix City Councilman and as a candidate for Mayor Stanton felt more like a Bill Clinton Democrat than a Nancy Pelosi one. Yet, since running an impressive campaign for Mayor, Stanton has towed party orthodoxy. Perhaps his aspirations fear a more difficult primary for higher office in the future if he is not an liberal adherent. After all, former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman showed the challenges of winning a primary having once served as Mayors, as Paul Johnson did before him.
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But this makes for bad policy and relegates taxpayers as mere subjects to advance oneself in the political game.

Having already flip-flopped on the City of Phoenix food tax, he was opposed to it as a candidate before embracing it as Mayor, Stanton is now strangely quiet on charging new fees for those using City of Phoenix parks like Squaw Peak and Echo Canyon.

This is real simple Mayor. It’s a terrible idea. Just because you can tax doesn’t mean you should.

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No rest for weary voters. The Republican Governor’s Association is already up with attack ads against Arizona Democratic nominee for Governor Fred Duval. While the primary messaging focuses on Duval’s obscene support for huge tuition hikes on Arizona students, the word “lobbyist” to describe him is used several times. As sagacious political operative Matt Benson opined earlier this week via Twitter that will be Duval’s first name by the time this campaign is over. It has long been his trade after all. duval

But Republicans looking to advance the lobbyist line need not rely solely on their own party. In fact, their best spokesperson may come in the form of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a Democrat.

During his run-off election in 2011 Stanton faced Republican Wes Gullett, a “lobbyist.” And Stanton was never shy about laying wood to Gullett’s profession.

Indeed, there is a treasure trove of quotes, assertions and really an arching philosophical narrative from Stanton as to how and why a lobbyist would be inappropriate as the Mayor of Phoenix.

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Friends,

On Tuesday, we secured the Republican nomination for Secretary of State and move on to face perennial statewide candidate Terry Goddard. We must defeat him - which is why I am asking you to contribute 100 dollars to my campaign today. Any contribution received will help to buy more television advertising, mailers, and yard signs. I can’t do this without your help.
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Although we are a red state and every major statewide office is occupied by Republicans, this campaign will not be a cakewalk. Which is why our campaign needs your contribution today! The primary election was grueling and depleted our resources and now it is time to restock and defeat my democratic opponent.

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Dear Friends…

In this Tuesday’s primary election, Scottsdale citizens gave me the third highest total for any candidate! While I am personally grateful and humbled by this result, I actually consider each of these a vote for Fiscal Integrity, Citizen Vision and Accountability in local government.

I could not have achieved this extraordinary result in so short a period of time without the tireless efforts and enthusiastic support of each of you. Together, we have overcome some daunting challenges in getting where we are today:

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The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, celebrates a great night for candidates who support educational choice. Ten out of the 11 candidates the American Federation for children supported won their primaries, with the 11th race still too close to call. Three of the most important races include Sen. Carlyle Begay, D-Ganado, and Reps. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills and Steve Smith, R-Maricopa who all prevailed in their primary races. The results mark a continued track record by the American Federation for Children (AFC) to serve as the voice for parents who want more elected officials who support providing educational choice options for Arizona children.

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So new technology is perplexing some National Park Service officials as they wrestle with how to manage the use of photography drones at its natural cathedrals.

Here in Arizona, the Grand Canyon State, the policy for our natural wonder shouldn’t be complicated at all. A resounding no to their use ought to be the answer.
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Imagine going into the Sistine Chapel and being subjected to the irritating buzz of drones. Well, the Grand Canyon is God’s Chapel. And when one visits there an inherent right to irritate and endanger with whiz bang technology does not come with the entrance fee.

Some years ago the National Park Service was wise to restrict air tours to certain corridors so visiting and hiking the canyon didn’t have to resemble a trip to Sky Harbor Airport.

Tourism has been enriched. Access to these travel options has been maintained.

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From Hugh Hallman campaign

NOTE: After receiving the letter referenced in this release, the DeWit campaign pulled the video and posts with the accusations against our campaign from their web site and YouTube site. However, DeWit has yet to retract his false statements.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hallman Campaign Demands DeWit Retract Accusations About Signs, Remove Doctored Video From Internet; Possible Litigation For Defamation/Libel

PHOENIX, Arizona (August 22, 2014) —Republican State Treasurer Candidate Hugh Hallman’s campaign today sent a letter to candidate Jeff DeWit demanding he retract false, defamatory and libelous accusations about Hallman concerning campaign road signs.

The letter demanded that DeWit also remove a doctored video from the internet purporting to show Hallman putting up a road sign in front of one of DeWit’s signs, when Hallman was actually taking down a sign instead in response to an “anonymous” complaint — a clear “gotcha” technique designed to defame Hallman and his campaign for State Treasurer.hallman pic

The text of the letter sent by Hallman’s attorney to DeWit’s attorney is as follows:

Recently Jeff DeWit posted on his website a statement accusing Hugh Hallman personally of committing a crime, which not only is false, it constitutes defamation and libel per se. Further, Mr. DeWit later posted a video that concludes in an attempt to show Mr. Hallman erecting one of his campaign’s signs to block one of Mr. DeWit’s campaign signs. That “conclusion” is false.

As has now been reported, Mr. Hallman’s campaign received an anonymous phone call complaining about one of Mr. Hallman’s signs blocking the sign of “another” Treasurer candidate. Mr. Hallman heard the message in the presence of three campaign volunteers who will testify to these facts. Mr. Hallman concluded that the continuous interference with his campaign signs had become significant enough that he would investigate this instance personally. He was joined by one of the campaign volunteers.

When Mr. Hallman and the volunteer arrived at the noted location, they examined the situation, took pictures of the signs and then proceeded to remove Mr. Hallman’s campaign sign to eliminate any issue and despite that it appeared to Mr. Hallman that his sign clearly had been manipulated by a third party.

It should not have come as a surprise that one or more individuals associated with Mr. DeWit’s campaign were discretely “present” to video tape and photograph Mr. Hallman and the volunteer when they arrived at the location to address the anonymous complaint. It also is no surprise given prior misstatements by Mr. DeWit about Mr. Hallman that Mr. DeWit’s campaign has created and released a video that has been manipulated to make it appear that Mr. Hallman was erecting rather than removing the sign in question.

There appears to be significant effort exerted by Mr. DeWit’s campaign to capture and then doctor the video and photographs created by the DeWit campaign. That the manipulated video created a false impression and conclusion is demonstrated by, among other things, the “tease” aired by Channel 3 news on August 21 at 6:00 p.m. The effort and coordination that clearly took place by Mr. DeWit’s campaign to create this false impression demonstrates that it was done knowingly and with malice. This, too, amounts to libel and, given the number of parties likely involved, it amounts to conspiracy to commit defamation and/or aiding and abetting defamation.

Accordingly, please immediately cause Mr. DeWit to retract his statement, remove the video from the web, and issue an apology for making the false statements claiming Mr. Hallman personally has engaged in criminal activity.

Furthermore, please consider this a demand that any and all documents and communications of any kind among Mr. DeWit, members of his campaign and any third party be preserved in anticipation of litigation on this matter. You have an obligation to see to it that any and all evidence regarding this matter, as well as any and all evidence reasonably calculated to lead to evidence in this matter, be preserved. Such items include, but are not limited to, emails, texts, phone call logs, voice mail messages and any other document or communication, whether in paper or electronic format.

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Shawnna Bolick received Congressman David Schweikert’s endorsement for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28.
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“Shawnna Bolick is exactly what Legislative District 28 needs,” stated Congressman Schweikert. “Shawnna is principled, articulate and an advocate for education and a balanced budget. She cares about people, as reflected recently when she helped neighbors navigate the Veterans Administration. I am proud to endorse Shawnna as a fighter for taxpayers.”

“I am honored to have the endorsement of my sitting congressman,” exclaimed Bolick. “Like Congressman Schweikert I want to reduce the size and role government play in our everyday lives. I look forward to finding common sense solutions while helping Congressman Schweikert put a halt on government mandates as we unleash a pro-growth agenda at both levels of government.”

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Through all the fights, all the criticism, all the lawsuits, they still come. A parade really. Especially this year, when many thought the Sheriff of Maricopa County was on the decline.

It must be rewarding to the octogenarian. Sheriff+Joe+Arpaio

All of the 2014 candidates for Arizona governor wanted his endorsement. Doug Ducey got it. And is showcasing the Sheriff on television. By himself. And with Jon Kyl.

Embattled Attorney General Tom Horne is doing likewise. His thinking? If anyone can save me, it’s Arpaio.

Even State Treasurer candidate Randy Pullen has the crime fighter doing radio ads for him, even though his nexus to the office is remote to say the least.

So how and why does Arpaio maintain such an aura?

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