By Sal DiCiccio
Phoenix City Council
Here is the real story behind the latest move to raise your property tax:
Phoenix politicians secretly knew they were going to raise your property tax. For the past several years they have been purposely draining the fund that pays for capital projects and used those monies for merit and longevity raises. Merit increases are pay raises and longevity increases are bonuses.
Politicians use fancy words to confuse the public that they are supposed to serve.
There were two big lies you've repeatedly been told. One, that employees took pay cuts. This is not true. Every year since the Great Recession they were given pay raises and bonuses. What they did was cut the increase in pay. Most government staff continued to receive higher compensation.Read more
By Matt Salmon
For the past three years, I've enjoyed meeting so many of you, both in Washington and around the beautiful East Valley. Unfortunately, this great honor brings with it a heavy price tag. Spending so much time in Washington, D.C. means I get to spend very little of it back home with my beautiful wife Nancy and my beloved children and grandchildren.
Over these past three years, I've learned that's just too great a sacrifice to make, and so it's with a heavy heart that I must announce I will not be seeking reelection this November.
I wrote an opinion piece about this in the Arizona Republic this morning – I invite you to read it so you understand a little more about why I came to this difficult decision.
I look forward to spending my remaining months in office making sure your interests are represented and any problems you have are quickly dealt with.
It's been an absolute privilege to serve you. Nancy and I will forever be grateful for all your support.
READ MY OP-ED
"Why I'm leaving Congress"
The Goldwater Institute has been the driving force in the Right To Try movement, which seeks to allow dying patients with no other options to access investigational medicines. The Right to Try has already become law in 24 states with bipartisan support. But some opposition remains. The primary argument against the Right To Try is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration already has an effective alternative for dying patients called Expanded Access, more commonly known as compassionate use.
Now, a new investigation by the Goldwater Institute shows that terminally ill patients rarely have the opportunity to even apply for compassionate use. The complicated and time-consuming process strongly discourages doctors and researchers from working with patients to try treatments that might save their lives. Each year, only about 1,200 terminally ill patients in America will even be able to submit an application for compassionate use. This year, nearly 600,000 Americans will die of cancer alone.
Please read our investigative report “Dead on Arrival: Federal ‘compassionate use’ leaves little hope for dying patients": http://goldwaterinstitute.org/en/work/topics/healthcare/right-to-try/dead-on-arrival-federal-compassionate-use-leaves-l/.Read more
By Christina Sandefur
Executive Vice President, Goldwater Institute
Vice President for Litigation, Goldwater Institute
Private property is a fundamental human right. It is the guardian of all other rights. You cannot have freedom of press or religion if you cannot own a printer or a church. That's why the U.S. Constitution refers to private property more than to any other right.
If we cannot be free to own, use, buy or sell property, then we cannot be free at all.
Today, we are excited to announce the release of a new report that highlights what the Goldwater Institute is doing to protect this pillar of freedom through the Property Ownership Fairness Act. Building on a decade of success in the state of Arizona, our report encourages other states to adopt this model legislation as the most effective means of stopping government from taking away your property rights.
We will discuss the report and our new book, Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in the 21st Century, during a live Internet presentation today from the Cato Institute, starting at noon Eastern Time (9 a.m. Pacific time). Please join us by clicking here: www.cato.org/live.Read more
By South Carolina Senator Tim Scott
Our nation’s future is on the line this election. We must nominate a strong conservative leader who will fight at all costs for our country and put our citizen’s needs before their own.
We need the person that can defeat Hillary Clinton next fall to be our nominee.
That’s why today, less than three weeks before the all-important primary in South Carolina, I’m standing up for and endorsing Marco Rubio.
I spent a lot of time thinking and praying over this decision. This is an important election, and I did not take this decision lightly.Read more
Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio is warning that the satanist group wants to ban all prayer; that is their ultimate goal. He added that he is concerned that if the Phoenix Mayor and City Council sneaks a last-minute proposal to ban all prayer and replace it with a moment of silence as demanded by the satanist group, they'll be handing the satanists a big win.
"The goal of the satanic group has always been to ban all prayer. If the Mayor and Council were to give into the satanists; then they would be granting them their wish," Councilman DiCiccio said.
The Councilman began expressing his concerns last week that the ultimate plan of the Mayor and Council was to secretly move the prayer ban at the last minute making it impossible for the public to have the input on the decision.
"Should a prayer ban be successful in Phoenix you will see a ripple effect extending to other cities in the state," the Councilman added. "This will be just one more step in a social engineering for political correctness for Phoenix. It will be an embarrassment if Phoenix leaders end up on the same page as the satanist group."Read more
This week, the liberal media finally got what it was looking for: the scandalous story that’s going to stop Marco’s momentum.
It’s a 1,644 word bombshell from the Washington Post: When he was 18, Marco got caught in a public park after it closed.
I’m not going to go into the other embarrassing details (because there aren’t any).
The problem: Marco is getting an amazing reception on the trail, but many in the media would rather dig up fake “scandals” like this.
So we’re coming clean about Marco’s other offenses.
Marco’s survived $22 million in attacks from the Establishment already, but more is coming.Read more
“For All The Republican Talk…One Republican Presidential Hopeful Has Actually Done Something…”
WASHINGTON, DC – Conservative Solutions PAC, the Super PAC supporting Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign, today released a new television advertisement highlighting steps taken by Marco Rubio to end ObamaCare. Rubio has saved taxpayers $2.5 billion and threatened the law's long-term survival by ending a bailout of the insurance industry. The ad, entitled “Some Republicans,” will air in both Iowa and New Hampshire. To watch the video click here.
V/O: On ObamaCare, some Republicans gave up.
Some talked tough, but got nowhere.
“For all the Republican talk about dismantling the Affordable Care Act, one Republican presidential hopeful has actually done something…”
(Onscreen: The New York Times, Dec. 9, 2015: “For all the Republican talk about dismantling the Affordable Care Act, one Republican presidential hopeful has actually done something…”)
By Governor Doug Ducey
Who says you can't make government work?
We just did it here with the most far-reaching, high-impact education funding bill in our state's history. News like this is too good not to share, so spread the word by forwarding this message along!
We've just passed, signed, and are ready to go with a bill that:
• Puts $3.5 billion into education to dramatically improve our schools.
• Increases per-student funding to $3,600 each year and gives educators the resources they've been asking for.
• Doesn't raise taxes while maintaining our balanced budget.
• Provides relief from lawsuit abuse so funds go into classrooms, not attorneys' pockets.
• Maximizes the State Land Trust by drawing a modest amount as a shrewd investment in our kids.
I'll never forget the good friends and strong, loyal supporters who gave me this job and the accompanying charge to solve problems and get results. Your support was, is, and will always be a source of tremendous inspiration.
Thanks so much,
Governor Doug Ducey
P.S. Help me share our fast-breaking news. Tell your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues that we got something great done for Arizona's future. And we're not done by a long shot. In fact, we're just getting started!Read more
By Darcy Olsen
President, Goldwater Institute
If sharing the right ideas and principles with our fellow Americans were sufficient, the battle for liberty would have long ago been won. In today’s media age, however, we know that engaging storytelling and strong visual elements are essential to winning hearts and minds. To that end, we redesigned our magazine, Liberty in Action, to appeal to a national audience through storytelling, strong visual elements and narrative voice that inform and inspire readers. With these changes, we are proud to announce that today the Goldwater Institute has won a Gold "Ozzie" Award for Overall Design. The FOLIO: Awards honor the best in editorial (Eddie) and design work (Ozzie) in the magazine publishing industry. The sponsored event is considered the largest awards program of its kind.
This accomplishment is meaningful to us because it means we have successfully reached beyond the “choir” to capture the hearts and minds of Americans of all kinds. With your support, we will continue to send out engaging stories that advance the Freedom movement.Read more