by Maria Syms
Thanks to all of you who took the time to take the quick issues survey last week! Your feedback means a lot to me so thank you again. Over the past week, more than 650 voters in Legislative District 28 took the issues survey. Improving Education was the top vote-getter with 29.2% of the vote followed by Creating Jobs.
As a mom to children who attend both public and charter schools here in LD28, I am vested in improving the quality of education for all. It is time to give Arizona children the best opportunity to reach their full potential. You can see the complete results below.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE FACING THE STATE OF ARIZONA TODAY?
Balancing The Budget = 2.1%
Creating Jobs = 22.9%
Eliminating Government Waste = 6.3%
Improving Education = 29.2%
Keeping Taxes Low = 12.5%
Reducing Crime = 8.3%
Securing The Border = 16.6%
Other = 2.1%
by Biggs For Congress
GILBERT - Today, the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police, representing over 9,000 members across the state, endorsed Andy Biggs for Arizona's Fifth Congressional District.
"Your endorsement by the F.O.P., one of Arizona's largest police organizations is based on your demonstrated support of significant public safety issues and reflects our beliefs that you best understand the difficult job faced by members of the law enforcement community", said John Orotolano, President of the Fraternal Order of Police, Arizona State Lodge.
"I am honored to receive the support and trust of thousands of Arizona police officers," Biggs said. "I am grateful for the sacrifices that they make everyday to ensure that our families and communities stay safe and secure. There are many public safety concerns facing our country, and I look forward to working alongside the members of our law enforcement in the U.S. House of Representatives to ensure that they are empowered to do their jobs to the best of their abilities."Read more
Dear District 3 Residents,
It is a pleasure to have been selected by the Phoenix City Council to serve as your Councilwoman. I have lived in the same area in Phoenix for 30 years and look forward to furthering the progress of District 3 and the city of Phoenix.
We are a special and unique community with diverse areas that include Moon Valley, Sunnyslope, North Mountain Business Alliance, North 32nd Corridor, Paradise Valley Mall, and our Phoenix Mountain Preserves. My role is to represent you, and as your new Councilwoman, I want to ensure that there is open communication between the council district and its residents.
As Councilwoman, my priorities include:
- Promoting economic development while ensuring fiscal accountability
- Serving the constituents of the City, in particular District 3
- Streamlining regulations for residents and businesses while not compromising public safety
By Congressman Matt Salmon
I invite you to take a moment to watch my video message about why I am supporting Andy Biggs to replace me as your next Congressman.
There are plenty of candidates who run for office to fulfill their lifelong ambitions or dreams – Andy Biggs is not one of them. Andy is running because he believes it is his sense of duty to fight for us in Washington.
I’ve known Andy Biggs for several years and I know he is the right kind of principled conservative that we need in Congress. Andy will continue the fight against the Washington establishment who just want to go along, to get along.Read more
By Korte Scottsdale
Everyone realizes the role arts and culture have played in building Scottsdale’s brand. Our city not only has a history of promoting arts and cultural activities, other cities attempting to expand their involvement in the arts measure themselves against Scottsdale.
Arts and culture contribute to our economic development by attracting businesses that create jobs. And, of course, the arts enhance our special quality of life that we all enjoy.
The topic of today’s email is the seldom-mentioned ways our art galleries, museums and ongoing cultural and entertainment events augment the education of our future generations.
Study after study consistently conclude the same thing: art programs and a community’s cultural opportunities help students improve their learning at every level of their education. Participation in the arts improves students’ reading and language skills. Students exposed to arts and culture even perform better in math. In addition, it has been proven that these types of opportunities also help develop our students’ “higher-order” thinking tasks.Read more
Candidate for AZ Corporation Commission Andy Tobin
Files Thousands of Signatures
Phoenix, AZ - Today, Andy Tobin, the former Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives and Governor Doug Ducey’s appointee to the Arizona Corporation Commission, filed 11,306 signatures to qualify for the ballot. The Tobin campaign filed nearly twice the necessary amount of signatures needed.
Tobin said the following, “During this campaign I have met with Arizonans from all across our beautiful state, and I am incredibly humbled by the support and words of encouragement that I have received. It is not a one-man job to collect 11,306 signatures, which is why I am so thankful for those who joined our team and spent countless hours helping me get my name on the ballot. Above all, I want to thank every single Arizonan who took the time to sign my petition - we could not have come so far without your support. Serving and protecting the taxpayers of Arizona has been my mission and my passion, and I look forward to continuing to serve you on the Arizona Corporation Commission.”
To learn more about Andy Tobin, his campaign for the Arizona Corporation Commission, or to make a donation, please visit www.andytobin.com.
Phoenix, AZ – Today, Republican Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates filed more than 2,000 nominating signatures for County Board of Supervisors, which is almost three times the 711 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.
“I am honored and humbled by the amount of support I have received since announcing my intent to run for the County Board of Supervisors,” said Gates. “I am looking forward to a spirited campaign as I work to gain the support of the voters of Maricopa County District 3.”
Additionally, Gates officially resigned his council position under Arizona’s “Resign to Run” law before filing his nomination paperwork.
“It is a bittersweet moment as I close one chapter of my life and open another,” Gates stated. “I am incredibly proud of all I have accomplished at the City of Phoenix with the help of so many including: my colleagues; city staff; the great residents of Phoenix and District 3; and of course my friends and family. Thank you for your advice and support.”
Gates, who has represented Phoenix Council District 3 for the past seven years, issued the following letter of resignation to Mayor Stanton:Read more
GILBERT (May 27) - Today, the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona announced their endorsement for Senate President Andy Biggs for Arizona's Fifth Congressional District.
Andy Biggs released the following statement:
"It is humbling to receive this support from the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona. Firefighters and paramedics across Arizona sacrifice so much to serve our communities, and their valiant efforts should never go without our constant expression of gratitude. I look forward to working from the U.S. House of Representatives with our first responders to ensure that residents in Arizona's Fifth District can continue to count on the best service and care from their public safety officials."
The Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona released the following statement:
“The Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona, representing 7000 Fire Fighters and Paramedics throughout Arizona, proudly endorses Andy Biggs for Congress. “
“Andy Biggs has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our public safety and has been a fierce defender of the principles that guide good governance as established in the Constitution of the United States of America.”Read more
FROM: J.P. Twist, Campaign Manager
TO: Interested Parties
SUBJECT: How We Won
It was January, and I had just watched a discussion on Channel 8’s Journalists Roundtable, where the panel predicted as high as a 70-some percent victory for Prop 123 on May 17. I almost fell out of my chair. If only they were seeing what I was seeing.
Our first poll around the same time told a totally different story. Just 50 percent ‘yes.’ This would be close to the very end, I remember thinking. The electorate was divided – not just on Prop 123, but on the broader discussion about education funding. Voters of both parties – especially in a low turnout special election and in a toxic political climate – were skeptical of pouring more money into anything to do with the government.
Getting voters the facts and explaining the details of a complicated and important policy proposal would be tough, but as we saw this week, not impossible. From our first poll all the way to Election Day, we knew this was going to have to be an aggressive, expensive campaign. A lot was on the line -- $3.5 billion in education funding over the next decade, the settlement of a years-long lawsuit, and immediate pay raises for teachers all over the state.
Through an intense campaign strategy that relied on constant data crunching, targeted voter turnout investments, an unconventional political coalition and messaging tailored to key constituencies that followed polling trends, Prop 123 has achieved victory.
Here’s how we did it.
WHERE WE STARTED
Despite conventional wisdom, Prop 123 was never a slam dunk. In fact, it never hit higher than in the low 50s in our tracking. It peaked at 53 percent in our April poll. But generally, it always hovered right around 50 percent.
The bottom line is that the race was always close. We knew we wouldn’t just win by chance. And we knew the dynamics of an initiative campaign: It’s a lot harder to get people to ‘yes’ than ‘no.’ If voters are confused, they just say ‘no.’ We always operated under the assumption that the ‘yes’ numbers in our surveys would be what we got, and the “no’s” and “undeciceds” would all ultimately all be ‘no.’
Polling research and focus groups told us a lot. Some said the proposal was too good to be true. “I want to know more,” one female Independent voter said in a March focus group, when the proposition had yet to garner much media attention. “It seems too good to be true.” Our opening ad addressed that – explaining the proposal in a way that was digestible and understandable.
But there were other dynamics at play that stared us in the face and we knew we needed to address.
“Likely voters” in this race differ dramatically from the larger electorate. More than half were over the age of 65. They are more Republican, with an 11-point advantage over Democrats. And they are more Anglo – 82 percent white.
Our universe were hyper partisan, primary-going voters – the very voters animating the unpredictability we are seeing in the presidential campaign. These voters, including Democrats, are extremely skeptical of government, politicians, traditional institutions and whether schools will use these dollars appropriately. The Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders factors were very much on our mind as this campaign unfolded.
For many, it was a tough sell to spend this amount of money without strings attached. Counter-intuitively, among both Democratic and Republican voters, the idea that the proposal was “bipartisan” and backed by leaders in both parties was reason enough to say “no.”
“It makes me suspicious,” one female Democratic voters said in our March focus group. “If both sides like it, there’s got to be something wrong with it.” This is the level of distrust that exists right now in the electorate – the negativism is almost unbelievable, and it got worse every month during the campaign.Read more
by Team O'Halleran
According to the National Park Service, the Grand Canyon National Park supports 7,400 jobs and creates more than $467 million for the local economy.
Protecting the Grand Canyon National Park is not only critical to preserving its majestic landscape, but to securing the economic benefits it provides for our community.
The Grand Canyon National Park provides visitors from across the globe an opportunity to enjoy beautiful scenery and fun recreational activities.
But let us not forget the financial stability the park generates for so many in our community.
Join us to advocate for the protection of the Grand Canyon National Park: