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By Bolick for Arizona

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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:

THE PEOPLE OF SCOTTSDALE PROTECTED THIS LAND TWICE

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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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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