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Today, I am proud to announce one of the biggest endorsements of our campaign: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas.
Please join us both for a tele-townhall tomorrow night at 7:15 by making a toll-free call to 877-229-8493, Pin: 112568.
Senator Cruz has been one of the most outspoken reformers of government at the national level. As the representative of another border state, the Senator knows just how critical that issue is. And he brings the same toughness standing up to Barack Obama that I will as Arizona's next governor.
Senator Cruz said of our campaign:
"The crisis at America’s border is a defining issue in the coming election, especially in Arizona. I'm supporting Doug Ducey for Arizona governor because he is the best candidate to help secure the border, protect the people, and enforce the law. He has the most serious and credible plan to address the border crisis.
PHOENIX (July 28, 2014) – Lawyer-lobbyist Christine Jones famously calls herself an “unapologetic conservative,” but her background says otherwise.
During the 2008-2012 election cycles, Jones donated nearly $6,000 to Democrat candidates running for Congress. She also gave $30,000 to the GoDaddy PAC, which in turn donated more than $81,000 to 23 Democratic Senate and House candidates over the same time frame.
“Apparently, it’s not enough for lawyer-lobbyist Christine Jones to mislead voters on her resume and border security plan, she’s also deceiving them about her so-called ‘conservative’ credentials,” said Melissa DeLaney, spokesperson for the Ducey campaign. “Christine Jones has donated thousands of dollars to liberal Democrats and she still calls herself ‘unapologetic?’ It would be laughable if it weren’t so alarming. If she doesn't apologize to true conservatives for her lies and deliberate attempts to mislead Arizona voters, then I guess she really is a phony.”
PHONY JONES IN HER OWN WORDS & ACTIONS
Calls herself an “unapologetic conservative”
“I’m an unapologetic conservative, and that’s the way I’ll lead”
But Jones directly donated $5,700 to three Democrats running for congress:
• Byron Dorgan, U.S. Senate (North Dakota) -- $2,300 net
• Voted YES on Obamacare
• Voted NO on prohibiting minors from crossing state lines for abortion
• Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security
• Voted NO on reducing federal overall spending by $40B
• Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`
• Voted NO on restricting class-action lawsuits
• Voted NO on education savings accounts
• Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence
• Rick Boucher, U.S. House (Virginia) – $2,400
• Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion
• Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record
• Voted YES on cap & trade (American Clean Energy & Security Act)
• Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide
• Mary Kim Titla, U.S. House (Arizona) -- $1,000
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We are being heard - we do NOT want Obamacare.
We started the Tea Party because we do NOT want Obamacare.
AZ legislative districts passed resolutions across the entire state saying 'we do NOT want Obamacare.'
We now have primaries against the majority of the LegisTraitors because we do NOT want Obamacare.
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Message from Sheriff Paul Babeu
Yesterday, about 100-150 protesters on each side - supporting and opposing the arrival of 40-60 unaccompanied juveniles from Central America being flown to Arizona - gathered in Oracle. These juveniles are arriving on our doorstep compliments of President Obama. The plan is for them to be indefinitely housed at a group home in Oracle.
Let me make something very clear: We have enough problems with the drug cartels and illegals in Arizona and don't need additional illegals sent to us by President Obama.
The federal government is completely out-of-control, and we need to hold them accountable. We need to raise $5,000 in the next five days to have the resources necessary to share the news of what’s really happening at our border with fellow patriots across Arizona and the nation. Will you donate $250, $100, $50, or more to help us reach that goal?
For weeks, the Obama Administration and their allies have fumbled with their immigration rhetoric. Promises of amnesty and open borders have gotten us to this point, and now the liberals in Washington, D.C. want to run away from this problem that they created.
We can’t let them off that easy.
Another GOP Governor Endorses
A few months ago, my campaign was endorsed by a conservative reformer, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Today, I'm proud to announce another Republican governor is supporting my campaign: Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana. Here's what he had to say:
“Doug Ducey has a proven track record of standing up for our conservative values and has a clear vision to grow Arizona’s economy, reduce taxes and promote true educational opportunity and reform for all. We need a committed conservative as Arizona’s next governor. That is why I am proud to endorse Doug Ducey for Governor.”
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Diane Douglas for Superintendent of Public Instruction
Dear Fellow American,
A third party group has released poll numbers for several statewide contests in Arizona and our race was part of their survey.
I am only 4 points behind Mr. Huppenthal but 42% of voters are still undecided. I received 27% support and Huppenthal received 31%.
We have not spent any money on advertising and we are only a few points away from someone who has been in government for 30 years - we can win this race!
The other bright spot from the poll was that 63% of voters agree with us that Common Core must be stopped. Only 15% of respondents support Common Core. That means once we get our message out to the voters, they are inclined to support us on our main issues by a 4 to 1 advantage.Read more
As Mitt Romney laid early plans for a 2008 presidential run he was spending a lot of time in Arizona. To raise money. And to pin rival John McCain down in his home state more than he would have liked.
Romney sought a key endorsement: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He got it. Arizona. Iowa. Whatever the Romney campaign needed “America’s Toughest Sheriff” was there. While Arpaio and McCain have hardly been close over the years going against your state’s U.S. Senator isn’t a political move without consequence.
Romney lost the primary to McCain in 2008, then became buddies with him. Nothing wrong with that. But there was a few years later when Romney treated Arpaio during his 2012 efforts like a leper, so as not to upset McCain.Read more
Scottsdale is the “West’s Most Western Town” but some neighbors (hardly all) want to stop that notion west of Scottsdale Road, along Cactus.
As we have written about before there is the place a renowned businessman and his wife hope to build an equestrian paradise on six acres called Rancho Paraiso.
It seems a natural fit for a community that has lost a few Stetsons in recent years. But some neighbors are actually opposing the first-class facility because 50 horses there would create too much “poop.” That’s not a joke. In an area dominated by horse properties that collectively stable hundreds of horses they are actually complaining about steaming nuggets.
That’s a little like someone living in the desert complaining about coyotes. Whoops, we already have one of those neighbors poignantly picked apart by this recent opinion piece in the Arizona Republic. Here is a link. Perhaps Seth Gortler and Todd Eden will oppose the McDowell Sonoran Preserve next.
More equestrian properties in Scottsdale are a good thing. Indeed, a massive horse property on Cactus east of the 101 called Sandspur Ranch is the anchor of that area. It has a whopping 205 horse stalls as opposed to the 52 proposed at “Najafi Ranch.” It’s been there for decades. And guess what? When it sought to expand in 1987 how many complaints were there? Zero. How many complaints are there about the property now? Zero.
How many complaints will there be about a premier equestrian facility like Rancho Paraiso after it opens? Zero. But that’s not what will happen to property values. They will rise. And Scottsdale’s western heritage will be enriched. Just as it has been with Sandspur Ranch.Read more
Many times we side with neighbors fighting the good and necessary fight against developer overreach.
But as we have opined already the bizarre activism by some neighbors against an enrichment of the Cactus Corridor defies common sense. But we do appreciate their reminding us of pop culture.
For across the street of one of the nicest equestrian ranches ever proposed in Scottsdale along Cactus just west of Scottsdale Road is this interesting abode. It best resembles the set of Sanford & Son.
See it for yourself. That any neighborhood wouldn’t want the promise and pending platitudes of Rancho Paraiso (we won’t refer to it as neighbors do as “Najafi Ranch” which is a not so subtle slur of the proponent’s Iranian heritage) to if nothing else distract from this community
zit is stunning.
And by all appearances the westerly way of Scottsdale’s Cactus Corridor needs reinvestment as Rancho Paraiso promises. The area has become a rude stepchild to the adults of the eastern Cactus Corridor. There horse country is beautiful and obvious. There one property four times the size of Rancho Paraiso anchors the area. Sandspur Ranch is their Wrigley Manson.
But a few irascible neighbors want to run it away. Bizarre, because within their midst – only one block from the site – is the Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
It’s there that indigenous birds, raptors and wildlife are repaired and sent back to their worlds. The operation’s noble work is why they are supporting the rehabilitation and recreation proposed at Rancho Paraiso. For horses. It’s odd that a neighborhood of horse properties would discriminate against equine, yet apparently have no problem with Liberty Wildlife.
Then again, perhaps they are more comfortable with shrieks and sounds emanating from wildlife refuge. Because that’s what they will get in the form of hundreds of kids at a new charter school on the six acres in question, if the refined ranch called is turned away April 5th.Read more
*Restaurant and bar impresario Mark Drinkwater is re-entering the business at Scottsdale & Lincoln in a building that used to house a breakfast joint and, after that, a failed Italian concept.
*Arizona Governor Doug Ducey raised money last week through the mail for southern Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally. This week he is doing it for Congressman Trent Franks at a reception in Phoenix. And rural Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar will be in the Northeast Valley this week too, raising dough at an event at Salt River Fields.
*We’re surprised recent polling shows Senate President Andy Biggs as close to former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith in a potential East Valley congressional race match-up. If the two do run against each other it will be one of the better GOP primary match-ups in recent memory.
*Judging from his latest attempt to skewer Phoenix Councilman Michael Nowakowski over a Phoenix land deal Arizona Republic reporter Dustin Gardiner seems more inclined to be an agent for a rival bidder than an objective, journalistic overlord. The real issues about the city real estate are real simple. Who is paying the most for the land? And do they have the track record and resource to pull it off? Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher made a controversial decision to quash the last bid process for a very important project toward downtown Phoenix’s continuing momentum. It’s hard to believe that Zuercher won’t preside over an impeccable process. Controversy over the plans to date will be child’s play if the top bidder is again upended by others looking to not be so kind to taxpayers.Read more
As Mayor Jim Lane said in his 2012 re-election campaign Scottsdale is the best city in America. Hyperbole took him one step further in last week’s State of the City when he called his community “the best city in the world.”
But even great cities have changes and challenges. For “The West’s Most Western Town” it has been to keep some cowboy in the community. Market forces and even things like estate taxes have displaced or removed such places as Rawhide, Greasewood Flat and Pinnacle Peak Patio. Yet, Scottsdale’s ultimate symbol of the West – its spectacular Sonoran Desert – has become the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Man-made outposts have retreated but its God given one has expanded. And after years of talk this Scottsdale City Council acted to create the nationally recognized Museum of the West.
To help preserve its cowboy culture Scottsdale wisely designated years ago the “Cactus Corridor” for horse privileges and ranches. It was smart then. It’s prescient now.
That’s why we’re confounded by the neighborhood opposition to an impressive new ranch just west of Scottsdale Road along Cactus. Proposed by renowned developer Francis Najafi and his wife Dionne it is an impressive affirmation of all things equestrian in the corridor. Rather than see cowboy country emigrate from the city this is a full-throttle immigration of it.
Speaking of immigration, neighbors conspicuously voice opposition to “Najafi Ranch.” We hope that’s not a Trump-like derogation of a person from Iran who came to this country speaking no English and who is now an American success story.Read more
After serving on the Scottsdale City Council nearly 3 decades ago when he basically saved the Cactus League from extinction Jim Bruner was elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
Well regarded and well liked Bruner was the prohibitive favorite for an attractive new congressional district. Then Jerry Colangelo got to thinking about bringing Major League Baseball to town. Then Colangelo tapped into a latent state law allowing the Board of Supervisors to authorize a county-wide sales tax to fund a new baseball stadium.
The public erupted in opposition, despite Colangelo’s monumental success with the Phoenix Suns at the time.
Bruner became the deciding vote. The choice was awful: fund a stadium and bring a new franchise to town or so alienate Republican primary voters that your congressional hopes would die. Bruner made the tougher choice. And the Valley has forever been enriched thanks to his selflessness.
But that wasn’t the end of Bruner’s civic service. Yes, he finished a distant third in that 1994 GOP primary but people like Bruner and their insatiable appetite for service and advancement are what propel communities forward.Read more
Among the many reasons for attending a college or university is problem solving. They teach it. And you’re supposed to learn it, directly and indirectly through maturation and matriculation.
Here in the Valley Arizona State University doesn’t just teach it, they lead by example.
When revitalization of the old Los Arcos Mall site at Scottsdale and McDowell Roads became intractable, in stepped ASU for what has become SkySong.
Downtown Phoenix can’t get beyond sports facilities and government buildings? No problem. ASU there expanded to create a new urban core vibrancy.
When Arizona’s most celebrated graduate school, Thunderbird, engaged in a high-stakes intramural scrimmage that threatened the existence of the celebrated problems ASU took over to keep the school flying high.Read more
*With the retirement of long-time Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek, Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates becomes the prohibitive favorite in the race to replace. It will be interesting to see if anyone of significance steps forward for what may be a fool’s mission.
*Celebrity pollster Frank Luntz will be making a Paradise Valley appearance this week at a fundraiser benefiting U.S. Senator John McCain.
*Weird and conspicuous that Scottsdale City Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield was the only member of the body not participating in Mayor Lane’s State of the City last week. It would be very bad form if she intentionally skipped it because her husband Bob has embarked on a long-shot challenge to Lane.
*Construction has started for the highly anticipated Postino’s in downtown Scottsdale. It will be located in one of the area’s most distinctive buildings, across from Scottsdale Fashion Square, in a building recently purchased by Valley billionaire Bill Levine.
*Backers of a possible third, first-class arena in the Valley may not appreciate what abandoning one in Glendale could mean to the market. The Phoenix area is already saturated with two top notch sports cathedrals not to mention an indoor football facility, numerous spring training stadiums, Wells Fargo Arena at ASU and even the old Madhouse on McDowell. Pricing between Talking Stick and Gila River Arena is already fierce for special events, concerts and the like. Without an anchor tenant and screaming businesses next door, Gila River Arena will be giving away the place creating business havoc for all of the area’s venues.
*Few local elected officials exude such class as Gilbert Mayor John Lewis. He’s a great catch for the East Valley Partnership, the organization he’ll soon be joining.
*The most powerful opinion piece of the week was this one by Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts. Here is a link. If you’ve never been to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center way out Northeast Valley way, go. There cares one of the most benevolent people in the Valley. She, and the property, are a last refuge for some of God’s greatest creations. Roberts’ article describes a NIMBY who will live in activist infamy. Fortunately, people like Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri are stepping up to ensure Dr. Evil aka as Dr. Gortler doesn’t get his way.Read more
We are fans of what Scottsdale Fashion Square is seeking to redevelop and stay relevant in a rapidly changing retail landscape. But it is a lot. While Mayor Lane and others have turned off the subsidy spigots for developers generous heights are another form of the same.
That’s why the Scottsdale City Council shouldn’t simply be acquiescent obligers. They should be part of an innovative approach to the sizable request.
Here’s an idea. Scottsdale’s Museum of the West has reinforced a general well-being for the largely western art galleries along downtown’s Main Street. The same can’t be said of the more contemporary ones along Marshall Way or elsewhere in downtown. Periodic arts events like Canal Convergence are good. Permanent, successful galleries are better. Unfortunately there are fewer of them in downtown today beyond Main Street.
This is where Scottsdale Fashion Square comes in. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA) is an interesting building but its size and location make it more cute than impressive.Read more
Today’s bombshell announcement that popular and principled U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon would not seek re-election is a political earthquake in Arizona Republican circles. Kudos poured in from diverse voices such as Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Kyrsten Sinema. All of the kind words are deserved.
Now attention will turn to Salmon’s possible replacement. Whoever wins the GOP primary in August will be the presumptive congressperson as the district is solidly trunk and tusk.
The silver medalist to Salmon the last time around, Kirk Adams, would be a formidable candidate. A former Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives and current Chief of Staff to popular Governor Doug Ducey, Adams has the brains, resume and money raising ability to go the distance. Senate President Andy Biggs will also be a top contender by virtue of his title and immediate backing by Salmon. He also has his own money by virtue of winning a sweepstakes contest – no joke. How much he is willing to spend remains to be seen. Add Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri and House Appropriations Chairman Justin Olson as impressive potentials too.Read more
Several weeks ago it seemed the demagogues were about to drive Scottsdale down by driving away the top school in the country and Scottsdale. Economic developers in other cities were frothing: if the best city in the Valley said bye-bye to BASIS would or should any company say hello?
Then Governor Ducey weighed in . . . and the Wall Street Journal . . . and late today Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Necessary legal threats were made. Mayor Jim Lane showed leadership, bringing together neighbors and school backers. Virginia Korte, once a skeptic, showed the temperament and prudence of a future Mayor. Councilwomen Klapp and Milhaven showed their usual, steely resolve. Even those acting supremely demagogic previously, Smith and Littlefield came around in the end leaving only the confounding Guy Phillips. He the supposed Tea Partier. He the supposed constitutionalist. As the lone vote against BASIS he ignored the law and in one issue transformed himself from Scalia to Sanders. Council candidate rival Dan Schweiker will surely make him feel the burn in the upcoming election.
But for tonight there’s reason to celebrate that Scottsdale didn’t ultimately fumble and the adults stepped forward to govern, as they usually do in Arizona’s most dynamic city.Read more
This weekend Canal Convergence returns to the Scottsdale Waterfront. It’s a wonderful concept and celebration of Scottsdale ingenuity at its best. Turning a non-descript waterway into a campus for capitalism and, periodically, the arts. For this we can applaud Scottsdale Public Art. For this.
But for two other reasons bureaucrats need to be held to account, or heads need to roll.
Several years ago Scottsdale City Councilwoman Linda Milhaven wisely spearheaded an appropriation to fund a dramatic new entry way to the Marshall Way arts district north of Indian School Road. It’s an area that has struggled in recent years as salons have replaced galleries and Main Street has exerted its primacy.Read more
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by Virginia Korte
I am running for re-election to the City Council because I respect our city’s past and all those who helped make Scottsdale so great – and, most importantly, I want to make sure we stay focused on our future.
Truthfully, some people think they can turn back the clock to what our city once was while ignoring what it can be.
Those people want to stop us from continuing to attract visitors who contribute to the city’s revenue and help keep our taxes down. They have also stopped us from investing in maintaining some of our most critical infrastructure, which ends up putting citizen services in jeopardy.
I am grateful that voters approved two bond questions last November to build new fire stations and replace 140 miles of deteriorating pavement on our streets. However, when the other four bond questions were rejected, it left our city with about $67 million in unfunded priority projects.Read more
By Ken Bennett
The Arizona Republic recently covered David Schweikert's bill which would build a 700 mile long fence on the Arizona/Mexico border. Representative Schweikert's bill hits Washington bureaucrats where it hurts - in their wallet.
Schweikert's bill will withhold funding from Department of Homeland Security's brand new headquarters building and suspend any senior employee pay increases and bonuses until the fence is complete. I commend David's courage and I stand with him in support of this effort. It's time we get serious about addressing illegal immigration and actually doing something about it.Read more
Queen Creek, AZ - Vice Mayor Julia Wheatley and Retired Fire Chief Van Summers to chair campaign.
Jeff Brown said "I’ve been so humbled and honored by the outpouring of support that I have received! As this campaign kicks off I am excited and looking forward to building on existing relationships, collaborating with new friends and neighbors and continuing the conversation that includes all the residents and business owners of Queen Creek. Our campaign is truly a collaborative effort… working towards implementing the collective vision of all stakeholders of the Town of Queen Creek.”Read more
By David Gowan
When I was first elected to Arizona House of Representatives, it didn’t take long for my principles to collide head on with the broken political status quo.
You see, this was back in 2009. Governor Napolitano had just left office, and my class of newly-elected conservative colleagues and I were eager to get to work on scaling back the state’s bloated budget and bureaucracy.
Those plans were quickly dashed though, when the liberal Republican leadership dropped its own pork-laden budget bill on our desks and demanded our votes.
We were told, in essence, to stand down. To set aside our principles and campaign promises, and go along with their plan. We were even threatened with retaliation if we refused.
But refuse we did, because it was the right thing to do for the people of Arizona. We held out and in the end we prevailed, achieving deeper spending cuts.
That’s how Arizona’s Liberty Caucus was born… and seven years later, I am tremendously proud to serve as one of its leaders and as the Speaker of the Arizona House.
Over time we grew our ranks to put an END to that broken political status quo in Arizona. And we’ve gotten tremendous things done in recent years, from balancing the state budget and cutting burdensome regulations to getting greater control over illegal immigration to protecting the Second Amendment and the rights of the unborn.
Now I am running for Congress to bring that same effective conservative leadership to Washington, D.C.Read more
By Marco Rubio
On Saturday night at the debate, I dropped the ball. I want you to know that will never happen again.
We are heading to South Carolina, Nevada and beyond. Make no mistake: We are going to win this nomination.
Throughout my life, I've known tough times. In New Hampshire last night, I told the story of how when I was young, at one point, my father lost his job as an apartment manager and my family had to move out of our Miami apartment, all in the same week. He had to move clear across the country to Las Vegas to look for work, and the job he finally found, after 20 years as a bartender who'd finally moved his way up a bit, had him starting from scratch again as a busboy.
I know how to come from behind. We're going to show America what leadership and a vision for a New American Century look like.
If you heard what Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton said last night, you know the stakes: If one of them wins this fall, they will keep up President Obama's efforts to change our country beyond recognition.Read more
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