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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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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.
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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.
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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
Noted anti-establishment reformer and Arizona native, U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, endorsed my campaign for governor. Here's what he had to say:
“America needs strong leaders who are willing to stand up for conservative ideas and values at every level of government. It takes real leadership to stand up to special interests and push for conservative reforms. Doug Ducey is one of those leaders and that is why I am proud to endorse his candidacy for Governor of Arizona.
"Doug has shown courage, vision and leadership on a wide range of issues. He fought relentlessly against tax increases and is committed to shrinking the size and cost of government while eliminating privileges for special interests. Leadership is what leadership does, and what Doug has done as a leader has earned conservatives' respect and earned our support.
"His commitment to conservatism, his background growing a small ice cream company to a nationally recognized brand and his record defending Arizona taxpayers make him well suited to lead Arizona for the next four years. I believe that conservative governors like Doug Ducey will lead the way towards a stronger, more prosperous America.”
What a week for Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane. If there was ever a time he proved his mettle and wisdom on key issues, and why voters should keep him at the helm of Arizona’s best city, this was it.
*He voted for new, for-sale housing on McDowell Road, continuing the momentum for the corridor and next “it” area in the Valley;
*He’s leading Scottsdale’s effort to lend a boost to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in far north Scottsdale as a neighbor’s effort try to shut down the refuge for mountain lions, bears, jaguars and the creatures and critters of Arizona. Maricopa County will vote on the matter in early June. Lane has crafted a resolution for the City Council to vote on May 17th lending the city’s full weight to the county’s consideration.
*He said no to a renewed effort to get light rail into Scottsdale’s transportation plans.
*Top Valley business leader and Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill along with former NFL defensive end and current Scottsdale pastor Andre Wadsworth are hosting a fundraiser for Lane tonight.
*He joined with Litchfield Park’s Mayor to warn on today’s Arizona Republic editorial page about the dangers of allowing more casinos into Valley neighborhoods, like the loophole that was used to put one in Glendale.Read more
Over the weekend Arizona Republic readers might have noticed a letter to the editor from David Ortega. He waxed ineloquent, as history most often records his commentaries, about the inadequacies of Proposition 123. There are good arguments on both sides of that issue, though many more in support. This is not meant to be judgment on them. Only on Ortega.
For he noticeably signed his letter “former Scottsdale City Councilman.” Dude, that was over a decade ago and we’re really not sure why such a title would qualify him any more than anyone else to opine about contemporary education policy.
What is it with people who can’t let go of such identity? It’s like the Grandpa who threw a no-hitter in high school and can’t stop telling the family about it every holiday dinner.Read more
Just a couple of months back Scottsdale almost had a lot more than proverbial egg on its face. It almost had a whole carton making its mug unrecognizable.
That’s when some on the Scottsdale City Council were actually considering not allowing the BASIS charter school to relocate and expand its presence on Shea Boulevard. Fortunately, Mayor Lane, Suzanne Klapp and Linda Milhaven led the charge, and with assists from Governor Ducey and Attorney General Brnovich everyone else but Councilman Guy Phillips came along for the ride.
Imagine if the right decision wouldn’t have been made by Scottsdale and then these national school rankings by U.S. News & World Report came out? http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/blog/business/2016/04/basis-charter-schools-take-top-spots-on-us-news.htmlRead more
It’s always good to invoke Star Trek, especially when it comes to Bob Littlefield. Because his campaign for Scottsdale Mayor seems to be from outer space. And his campaign, in the unlikely event it is successful, would boldly take he and wife where no man has gone before: a husband and wife team on the Scottsdale City Council.
We’re sure, no positive, absolutely certain that the Arizona Attorney General would NEVER, ever, never ever, come knocking at Scottsdale’s door because of open meeting laws violations.
But that’s not why we opine now. It’s to reveal the game Bob Littlefield plays with south Scottsdale, and how he preys on their disenfranchisement only to stab them in the back to serve himself.
Take for example his ambulance chasing opposition to Entrada, the most important project proposed in south Scottsdale in years. It would transform the ghost town of car dealerships on the northeast corner of 64th Street and McDowell into a terrific new gateway for the area with mixed-use development. It’s the private sector finally responding, without government subsidy, to what many of us have been saying all along. South Scottsdale is a hidden jewel and the next neighborhoods in the Valley to go through a revitalizing “it” moment. But that doesn’t serve Bob’s purpose. He wants people to stay angry at the city because it’s the only way he gains votes. He certainly can’t win a contest of ideas or congeniality. Indeed, he was the city councilperson when serving to refuse to sign a civility pledge.Read more
Transforming the 32-acre Margaret Hance Park in central Phoenix to something more akin to Central Park is the best planning idea in the Valley today. Read about it here.
We hope the “Hance Park Conservancy” is one day regarded like the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy in Scottsdale. There, volunteers and fundraisers alike act as stewards for one of the great preserves any city in America has created.
Both are in the spirit of the great Robert Moses who over decades let New York breathe a little easier with his expanse of recreational amenities and planning imagination.
We hope someone like him will emerge in Phoenix now to see that a great idea doesn’t sit on a drawing table. It has happened before. Not too long ago it was believed Indian School Park would emerge as that great, good Phoenix place. But it certainly hasn’t evolved so.Read more
There used to be a popular soap opera called As The World Turns. The same title could apply to the prologue unfolding for the 2019 Mayor’s race in the City of Phoenix.
Due to term limits popular incumbent Greg Stanton will not be able to seek re-election. But former City Councilman Tom Simplot has made it known he wants the job, as does embattled current Councilman Michael Nowakowski.
Last year Simplot sympathizers sought to damage Nowakowski over questions involving a downtown Phoenix land deal. They viewed him as their greatest threat. And while Nowakowski has recovered somewhat with news of downtown Phoenix’s grocery store unicorn finally landing, there’s no doubt his future prospects have been wounded. But Simplot’s camp may regret his struggles.Read more
Former Scottsdale City Councilman Bob Littlefield and failed Republican candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives thinks Scottsdale is a terrible place to live and be. Just listen to him. When he’s not sounding Area 51 he makes Scottsdale sound like Blythe. If you think our community Hades Bob is your guy.
Now he’s running for Mayor. We’re sorry to spend so much time of late on Littlefield but we’re a little like comedians blessed by Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. The content is just so rich, so long, so hypocritical.
Take for example Littlefield’s raison d’etre. It’s that the little guy can’t get a break in Scottsdale, notwithstanding that the city was just recognized as a great place to start a business. But for Bob’s magnificence the struggling would never have a voice. You’d think he had even started Vista del Camino, although like many things that run contrary to his narrative he had nothing to do with it. You’d think he’d be embarrassed carrying on his message after having participated in the most outrageous evisceration of Scottsdale citizen rights in the past two decades; that being when he enacted an “emergency clause” to stop a public vote on the densest project in city history at the Scottsdale Waterfront.
Scottsdale has some great historians within its midst that often take the time to write about our history, and its application to our future.
But it doesn’t take a historian to remember when Littlefield’s hypocrisy was on full display yet again.
Let us take you back to late 2005 and early 2006. Facing his first re-election test Littlefield engaged in political skullduggery to deep six a citizen activist from challenging him. His deceit (and that of others) became the topic of a stinging Scottsdale Republic editorial critique that can be reviewed HERE.Read more
*Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is showing a lot of resilience as he tries to become the Republican nominee in Arizona’s First Congressional District. That’s according to a new poll out this week albeit by his own pollster. In boxing terms we’re going to find out what kind of chin Babeu has when the pointed attacks about his private life get leveled this year. But what’s underappreciated is what kind of outside help Babeu may get in return from socially liberal Republicans looking to install the first openly gay Republican in Congress.
*Speaking of Congress, former Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley announced a run for seat of retiring Congressman Matt Salmon. If Stapley won he might have the distinction of having the best (or worst) toupee in DC.
*Bob Littlefield is a bad bet for Mayor of Scottsdale. Guy Phillips is a better bet for City Council. Guy would be wise to be his own guy and not side-saddle with Littlefield whose collapse during his 2014 race for the Arizona House of Representatives is now part of local legend.
*Tom Simplot is amassing a formidable armada for his expected run for Phoenix Mayor in 2019.Read more
Through three terms and twelve years on the Scottsdale City Council there stood Kathy Littlefield, next to her office holding husband Bob. Never one to interrupt, never one to take the limelight from him.
But as Bob realized term limits were approaching in 2014 he decided he couldn’t live without a political title. He ran for the Arizona House of Representatives. At the same time Kathy decided to enter the Scottsdale City Council race. The thinking went she would replace him and he would gain import anew at the State Capitol. Power couple!
But something strange happened along the way. Bob got trounced in the Republican primary because he’s not much of a Republican. And Kathy won a council seat by just dozens of votes.Read more
In making our point here we certainly don’t mean to imply the Scottsdale City Council to be the Seven Dwarfs. Indeed, many of them stand tall to make the city the envy of the country. Many of them would be standouts on any city council.
But when Bob Littlefield served on the same City Council until being defeated several years ago as a Republican candidate for the State House of Representatives there’s no doubt he was Grumpy. And that was OK. Scottsdale is best served when there is a variety of opinion on the dais.
Now he wants to be Mayor. But when it comes to being such can anyone really picture Bob Littlefield espousing at a State of the City? Negotiating with a new company to land within our midst? Watching Milli Vanilli at the Milan Opera House might be more likely.
Bob’s not just Grumpy. He can be downright mean. Like the time he bludgeoned local pastor Andre Wadsworth during council remarks.
It’s not that a Scottsdale Mayor shouldn’t have a temper. Sometime one is needed to light a fire under bureaucrats or play hardball in negotiations. But Littlefield is just so foreign to the happy warriors that have occupied the office.
Whether one agreed or disagreed with Herb Drinkwater, Mary Manross, Sam Campana or Jim Lane just to name the more recent ones they served with a smile and a sobriety, unlike Littlefield who would do so with scorn and more lubriciousness.Read more
Over two decades ago you couldn’t escape local news about Maricopa County government. When it wasn’t teetering on the edge of bankruptcy it was in the crosshairs of a fierce debate over a proposed sales tax to fund a new baseball stadium for Jerry Colangelo. Bob Mohan was making a big name for himself skewering pro-stadium politicos on KFYI and Supervisor Wilcox even got shot in the butt by a troubled taxpayer.
Is history repeating itself? The county is certainly back in the news in a big way.
First, was the Presidential Primary Election voting fiasco. Then there was the brush back pitch from the Diamondbacks about funding a new stadium, or paying sufficiently to refurbish this one.
Tomorrow however they get an easier one. As outlined today on the editorial pages of the Arizona Republic (here is a link) one of the more benevolent uses within its jurisdiction is the Southwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center just east of Scottsdale. There a wonderful woman has cared for animals that can’t care for themselves, just as she has for 22 years. And there a neighbor who moved in just several years ago is trying to shut them down. His name is David Seth Gortler and he’s proving himself to be the clown prince of NIMBYs.
Fortunately, Gortler is a party of one. A worldwide petition will be presented to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Wednesday with over 185,000 signatures, and climbing. The petition encourages its 5 members to grant the approvals that will remove the hardships and uncertainty caused by Gortler’s litigation and hypocrisy.
At a time when Maricopa County is facing fierce criticism there is no better opportunity to earn back some kudos, and justifiably so, than standing up for one of the finest causes in the Valley today.Read more
We don’t bemoan any working boy in the public affairs world. But when an outlet proves to be as open to conversion as the Sonoran Alliance has of late on energy policy it is a bit conspicuous, if not obviously a case of promiscuous politics.
You see, it was once upon a time that Sonoran Alliance talked of “crony capitalism” not as a critique of solar companies but that Arizona utilities were abusing their monopoly status to squelch competition from these emerging tech companies. The blog wrote about utilities then, much as its contributors do about Uber, or as Ted Cruz might describe the nation’s capital: a cartel in need of some challenge. After all, solar companies don’t enjoy nearly the subsidies utilities do, most especially the biggest subsidy of all: monopoly status. We could opine further but there’s really no need as there is really only one dynamic in this debate to highlight the blog’s hypocrisy: money. Taxi drivers and utilities occupy the same intellectual property yet one has sufficient money to interrupt traditional behavior, and one does not.
So when the Sonoran Alliance starts paying attention to Arizona Corporation Commission hearings in Lake Havasu City and criticizing ratepayers there revolting against the Canadian utility monopoly’s plans to lighten everyone’s wallets (Here is a link) we thinks it’s not too hard to imagine what’s going on.
To further enforce our point it would be easy to make reference to a movie, say something like Pretty Woman. But that would be too easy, like Julia Roberts’ character was. After all, she ended up being likable and informative, like Sonoran Alliance has been until late. In fact, Vivian Ward was particularly insightful about Philip Stuckey. Readers will recall him as Richard Gere’s sidekick who was overbearing, ruthless and obnoxious. Come to think of it that sounds a lot like Arizona’s utilities today. Just as they found a way to fend off Arizona Republicans once upon a time like Brenda Burns, Bob Burns and even Gary Pierce who wanted to introduce more choice into Arizona electricity markets, they are now attempting a 1-2 punch with “demand charges” and solar tariffs to again knock out any semblance of competition.Read more
Tom Chabin, Bill Mundell to Hold Kick-Off Press Conference
Thursday, Feb. 25 at 11am
Phoenix (Feb. 23, 2016) – Two widely respected, longstanding Arizona public servants, Tom Chabin and Bill Mundell, will kick off their race for seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission and begin their battles to restore integrity and conflict-free governance to the public body.
Media is encouraged to attend the press and public event Thursday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. at Grant Park, 701 S. Third Avenue in Phoenix.
“Arizona deserves better. As a former chair of the Commission, I know how important it is to have commissioners who are not beholden to the very utilities they’re elected to regulate,” said Mundell. “We will not take money from lobbyists, PACs or other special interests - that’s why we are running as Clean Elections candidates.”
“The words integrity and service are often overused in today’s political arena,” said Chabin. “But when it comes to the commission that ensures fairly priced electricity, clean water and safe access to natural gas, those words haven’t been considered often enough.”
The public servants are frustrated with the influence of dark money and special interests on the commission.
“We thought we had retired from politics,” added Chabin. “But we just can’t sit and watch what is happening at the Commission and not do something. It’s an outrage that through the use of 'dark money’ one utility can literally buy its regulators. We are not for sale. Someone has to speak up for consumers.”
Chabin and Mundell have served the residents of Arizona for decades in a variety of roles, positions and appointments. Below are their brief biographies, and additional information is available at www.TomChabinforCorporationCommission.com and www.BillMundellforCorporationCommission.com.
Media contact: Stacy Pearson at 602-577-6888 or email@example.com.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
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