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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
By Scottsdale City Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp
There is little about City Council meetings that I cannot tolerate. I support freedom of speech and welcome people to come to the City Kiva and express their opinions about many subjects. My patience is very well established.
Fault me if you want, but enough is enough when a Satanist group, not even based in Scottsdale, wants to disrupt our meetings by giving an invocation to the entire Council meeting audience. And it is certain this will be a disruption.
The group applied to come to the meeting in April, then backed off when the city administration approved the request. It was obvious the group was just testing our response. We had a slight reprieve, until they came back with another request recently and were given July 6 as the date to be at the Council meeting.Read more
By Former Scottsdale City Councilwoman Betty Drake
Scottsdale, the “West’s Most Western Town,” is a place with a long tradition of welcoming and supporting the horse community. From its earliest days, there were horse ranches, horse shows, polo, rodeo, horse communities and horse trainers, many right in the middle of residential areas. Horses are part of Scottsdale’s image and culture.
Today, people lament erosion of the horse community in Scottsdale, as horse ranches leave and equestrian properties are subdivided. Areas of the city where traditionally horse ownership was high and local trails maintained are being eroded, with people moving in who block off the trails, do not own horses and often object to those who do.
The neighborhood where the Najafi Ranch is proposed has been a treasure for horse-lovers. Many people keep horses on their properties. There’s a community horse arena at Mescal Park and remnants of the internal trail system. Throughout the neighborhood, though, horse properties are being replaced with homes you could find anywhere in town. The area is in danger of losing its unique history and identity.
There have been many horse ranch and training facilities located within residential areas of Scottsdale. I have kept horses at some of these and have taken lessons at others over my 45+ years in the Valley, 30 of those years spent in Scottsdale. Look at Flying Fox Farm, Heitel Ranch, Jeffrey Wilms Training, and Camelot Farms. Looking along the Cactus Corridor.
Sandspur, at Cactus and 93rd Street, is a large facility that has been there many years, with arenas right next to single-family non-horsey homes. I boarded there and it was wonderful to be able to drive less than 10 minutes to ride. At one point it was rezoned as a subdivision but a horse-loving individual bought the property so the equine uses could remain. Other properties along Cactus have not been so lucky.
Pretty Penny Ranch was a large boarding and training ranch located in a residential area. When Pretty Penny announced that it was closing so the land could be turned into a subdivision, the horse community was up in arms.
Piece by piece. Property by property. The horses are being squeezed out of Scottsdale.
I’m a life-long horse person who just plain hates to see this happen. I can’t understand why the horse people aren’t storming the public hearings demanding that the Najafi Ranch be approved. Sure, 52 horses sounds like a lot on paper, but go look at a training barn with that many horses. It’s a reasonable number. It’s two barns.
I’ve known Francis Najafi for over 20 years. He’s a guy who does things right. There will be state-of-the-art dust control, fly control, construction and maintenance. As is typical of training ranches, a capable, professional manager will live on-property to assure that the highest standards are maintained. Najafi Ranch will be a magnificent, showcase facility, a considerable investment in our horse community and a statement that the City is committed to preserving Scottsdale’s signature horse culture.
Are all developer requests for rezonings good? Of course not. But nor are they all bad as Scottsdale’s current and former councilmembers Kathy Littlefield, Bob Littlefield and Guy Phillips often wax ineloquent.
Take this article in today’s Scottsdale Republic. The revitalization of McDowell Road has perplexed city planners and authorities for years. But progress is finally at hand. From SkySong to Fate Brewing Company to this new effort at 64th Street and McDowell to transform shuttered car dealerships into a mixed-use project. What an exciting time for the corridor.
The developer behind the Entrada plan and property is one of Arizona’s wealthiest individuals. He’s realizing as others have understood that this parcel, this area, is both blessed and underappreciated.
A quick shot west on McDowell takes you to the Loop 202. A bit further east is the 101. Across the street is Papago Park. And the Desert Botanical Garden. And the Phoenix Zoo. And the Papago Golf Course. Just further south is the old Phoenix Municipal Stadium and the new home of ASU baseball. Mill Avenue is a short drive away as is the energy of downtown Scottsdale. Be in the middle of it all isn’t a marketing slogan, it’s reality.Read more
*The property currently housing The Saguaro Hotel in downtown Scottsdale may be on the market
*His new Mission? Chef extraordinaire Matt Carter is said to be joining forces with Scottsdale restaurant and bar Hall of Famer Mark Drinkwater for a new venture at Scottsdale & Lincoln
*Want to live at the new Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley? The project’s first advertisements debuted locally last week
*With State Representative Justin Olson’s decision to challenge Senate President Andy Bigg’s run to replace retiring U.S.Congressman Matt Salmon it means Governor Doug Ducey will have all-new legislative leadership to deal with next year as Olson was the presumptive Speaker to be.Read more
By nearly all accounts Arizona State Senator Debbie Lesko is an impressive public servant. She takes on tough issues like pension reform. And she gets results. That’s why her peers are rightfully considering her along with Steve Yarbrough and John Kavanagh to succeed Andy Biggs as the next State Senate President.
She’s conservative without being crazy. All this being said her philosophical inconsistency on one matter is loco, though impressively supple.
Amidst the current legislative session we are glad to see her sponsoring legislation preventing cities from curtailing Airbnb rentals. After all, she argues, people should have the right to choose where they stay and homeowner’s likewise should be able to enjoy sharing economy property rights. Her mooring on the subject is surely related to her affinity for school and health care choice.
Yet, Lesko’s impressive fidelity to conservatively rooted choice breaks down when it comes to energy matters. There she untethers herself from consistency. On this subject she strangely travels to the likes of TEP and Arizona Public Service who have somehow convinced her to pay no attention to the ideological droids she would mostly look for when it comes to solar choice.
How does one argue for all the matters above yet sponsor a strangulation of Arizona solar via new legislation SB1417 as one of her measures does, at the same time she touts Airbnb or a statewide voucher plan?Read more
Every day we go to work to make money or make a difference. Those who work in our national parks, monuments and forests likely fall into the latter category. They are there to be the custodians of God’s creativity and grace. Getting to work at Grand Canyon National Park or the adjoining Kaibab National Forrest is the pinnacle, for many, of such dedication.
There, everyone from rangers to superintendents is reminded of what President Theodore Roosevelt once said about the area:
“In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world. I want to ask you to keep this great wonder of nature as it now is. I hope you will not have a building of any kind, not a summer cottage, a hotel or anything else, to mar the wonderful grandeur, the sublimity, the great loneliness and beauty of the canyon. Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.”Read more
He was so influential and impactful while head of the Scottsdale Cultural Council he was referred to as the “8th councilman.”
And judging by this recent article in the Phoenix New Times, Scottsdale needs someone like Frank Jacobson now. Big time.
We’re not as dour as the New Times. After all, Scottsdale’s public art program remains second to no Valley city. And emerging events like Canal Convergence – or this weekend’s Scottsdale Arts Festival -- remind us of Scottsdale’s artistic soul, and how it can be enriched further.
There’s no doubt Scottsdale remains a great arts city. But there’s also no doubt that online sales, recent economic challenges and even accusations that special events hurt galleries are challenging the city’s private and public cultural scene too.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
WASHINGTON, DC – Following Marco Rubio’s strong comeback in South Carolina, Conservative Solutions PAC, the Super PAC supporting Rubio’s presidential campaign, today released a new ad highlighting what is at stake in the 2016 presidential campaign, and why Marco Rubio is the conservative choice voters can count on. The ad will air in Super Tuesday states.
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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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