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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 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
Friends was one of the best and most successful television comedies of all time. No one can say it didn’t have a great run. From Phoebe Buffay to Chandler Bing the characters became a staple of American life.
Chandler, Arizona has also had a great run. It is among Arizona’s most successful cities. From Jay Tibshraeny to Jack Sellers it has been led by Mayors and members of the City Council who have largely made effective policy decisions.
But just as Matthew Perry seemed askew in roles post-Friends so too was it odd to see stories like this one last year in which a well-connected developer and lobbyist conspired to sink a business’ aspirations in the Price Road Corridor. In any entitlement case there are typically good reasons to approve or reject an application but in this case the political games engineered by a nearby developer merely sinking to quash competition seemed more reminiscent of the dark hallways at the Arizona State Legislature than the home of Intel.
Fortunately, Chandler has a chance Thursday night to indicate it still is a city that’s headed in the right direction and that it rises above the politics of self-interest for the community interest.
On Thursday, a $500 million expansion of a successful, existing business park is on the docket. Behind the scenes the same actors of a nearby, subsidized office building are again trying to undermine a competitor. But this time they’re not just picking on an aspiring Korean businesswoman. They are playing with fire. For the project is quietly being considered by Fortune 500 companies surveying the Valley for new digs. And speaking of surveys word is that one over the weekend of likely Chandler voters showed a whopping 85%-7% support for the project that could bring as many as 15,000 jobs and millions in new tax revenue for Chandler and local school district. Proposition 123 may have squeaked by Tuesday night but public schools still need lots of help. These are some of the reasons why the “Park Place” expansion is one of the most anticipated commercial developments in Arizona.Read more
The Arizona Republic recently featured an impressive “land bridge” near Oro Valley, Arizona to facilitate highway crossings for wildlife and reduce car accidents with them. Here is a link.
It prompted an idea. Why not pursue something similar in Scottsdale for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve which is bisected by Dynamite Boulevard?
It would be far less costly than the proposed Desert Discovery Center (DDC), and enrich the refuge.
The DDC is a specious proposal that seems more supported by inertia than merit. The burden is on proponents to generate the necessary public support for the project, as preserve advocates once did in early 1990s. Currently, that doesn’t exist. Nor does a compelling policy rationale for magnifying the development footprint at the proposed Gateway location.
The city’s construction of trailheads and exhibits at hiking points in the McDowells was so superbly done with so few footprints in God’s desert sands that they have effectively become a desert discovery center unto themselves.
Precious tax dollars should be used for completing the preserve and enhancing that which is already within via things like a land bridge.
Put another way, does anyone go to the Grand Canyon because of the visitor center? No, they do so because of the majesty. And so it will always be, and should be, with the McDowell Sonoran Preserve where tourism officials should understand that better marketing of God’s great gift will be far more impactful than marketing towards a redundant facility that seeks to interpret that which people can see for themselves, unadulterated.Read more
After losing the Republican nomination for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2014 Bob Littlefield found himself without a political title for the first time since 2002.
He couldn’t stand it. So he’s running for Scottsdale Mayor against a former friend and ally. He’s running despite his wife also serving on the Scottsdale City Council at the same time. And he’s running despite being on every side of every issue from density and heights to the Desert Discovery Center to taking money from special interests and lobbyists.
So complete is Littlefield’s hypocrisy on just about every issue in Scottsdale that his acolytes appear to be resulting to rumor mongering in their quixotic quest to displace the popular and reform-oriented Mayor Lane.
The latest is suggesting that Lane would only serve two years if voters elected him for his final term as Mayor later this year because he wants to run for Treasurer? Nice try.
That scenario is no more plausible than Littlefield being elected and then running anew for the Arizona House of Representatives. But don’t take our word for it. Lane’s commitment to his final term is easily confirmed. Just call his office. See what he says.Read more
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane will be seeking a third and final term this August. The finality has to do with the city’s term limits restriction. Three terms is all one gets to serve consecutively on the City Council or as Mayor.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will not be seeking a third term, even though he would win easily. That’s because Phoenix restricts the Mayor to serving but two terms.
Which is better policy? 2 or 3? Or maybe a single six year term like Mexico’s President has? Or no term limits at all.
It doesn’t matter who you are being an effective Mayor of a large city like Phoenix or a multi-faceted one like Scottsdale takes time. Stanton has hit his stride. Downtown Phoenix is one of the most talked about places in the Southwest. He’s collaborating with Republicans on key education measures. In short, Phoenix is a city on the move, like Scottsdale.Read more
The proposed Desert Discovery Center is one of those ideas that’s been around a long time. Like wine, some think this is cause to savor the idea further. Once envisioned as something like an environmental Disneyland it has morphed into something more akin to a duplicative Desert Botanical Garden.
Some on the Scottsdale City Council like Linda Milhaven, Virginia Korte and Suzanne Klapp join many in the local tourism industry and strongly support the project.
Mayor Jim Lane has supported studying the matter further with no commitment to the final project, a position similar to Councilmembers David Smith and Guy Phillips.
Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield opposes the project even though her husband Bob, a failed state legislative candidate last cycle now running for Mayor, supported the project in 2008.
There’s support, opposition and caution but few would disagree the plan is controversial.Read more
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
By Let's Vote Yes For Arizona School In Support of Prop 123
PHOENIX — The Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA) today endorsed Proposition 123 citing that the initiative would resolve a longstanding education lawsuit in the state and get money to school districts now while protecting taxpayers.
“The Arizona Supreme Court’s decision in the Cave Creek lawsuit exposed taxpayers to extraordinary financial liabilities just as the state budget was recovering from the Great Recession,” Kevin McCarthy, president of the Arizona Tax Research Association said. “Prop 123 settles this lawsuit in a manner that is fair to taxpayers as well as Arizona K-12 schools. The use of the State Land Trust to assist in funding the settlement provides state policymakers ample time to develop a multi-year plan to absorb these costs into the state budget in 2026.”
“The Arizona Tax Research Association’s endorsement reinforces our pitch to voters that we are protecting taxpayers while ensuring K-12 public schools have stability over the next decade,” Sharon Harper, chairman of the Let’s Vote Yes for Arizona Schools said. “Proposition 123 is the solution we need to fund our schools now to ensure teachers and students get the resources they need to succeed.Read more
By Arnold Schwarzenegger
I'm proud to endorse my good friend John Kasich for President of the United States.
John knows that leadership is about serving people and he has a record of getting results. That's exactly what's needed in America right now.
He not only led the effort to balance America's budget for the first time since men walked on the moon, but he turned a $8 billion budget shortfall in Ohio into a $2 billion surplus.
Our country faces tremendous challenges right now but John knows, like I do, that it is still the greatest country in the world - no matter what anyone else says. He's offering real, common-sense solutions to our greatest challenges.
It's time to roll up our sleeves and do our part. Join me today and support John Kasich for President of the United States!
Former Governor of California
By Virginia Korte
As you probably know, my family has deep roots in Southern Scottsdale – for most of 30 years we operated a Chevrolet dealership on the corner of Scottsdale and McDowell Roads.
I have taken a special interest in helping revitalize the area and am proud of the progress being made -- including the springing up of new businesses and the sprucing up of older neighborhoods. The restoration of Southern Scottsdale has been remarkable.
It is an ongoing process. So I want to express my appreciation to those who are investing in improving the area. Thank you for all that you are doing.Read more
"We need leaders like Andy in Congress who will work to secure our borders and uphold our immigration laws."
PHOENIX (March 2) – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio today announced his endorsement of Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs for Arizona's Fifth Congressional District.
"Andy Biggs has stood for conservative principles each and every day he has served in the Arizona Legislature," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said. "We need leaders like Andy in Congress who will work to secure our borders and uphold our immigration laws. I know that Andy Biggs won't ever compromise his beliefs, and that is what makes him a perfect replacement for Representative Matt Salmon. I trust that the voters of Congressional District 5 will back the only true conservative in this race, and I'm very proud that Andy answered the call to give voters that true conservative to support. Please join me in supporting Andy Biggs for the United States House of Representatives."
Arpaio's endorsement follows endorsements for Biggs from Congressman Matt Salmon, Congressman Trent Franks, Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio, and Senators Sylvia Allen, Nancy Barto, Judy Burges, Debbie Lesko, Gail Griffin, Steve Yarbrough, David Farnsworth, John Kavanagh, and Steve Smith.
"Arizona primary voters have a great respect for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's endorsements, and I am honored to have received his support for my candidacy," Senator Andy Biggs said. "He has set an incredible example for Arizona elected officials, standing for the rule of law and against unenforced federal immigration laws. I hope to work with him in the years ahead to uphold our laws and to strengthen our border enforcement."Read more
|By Governor Doug Ducey
I'm voting YES on Prop 123 on May 17 because it's vital to ensuring Arizona's teachers and students have the resources they need to succeed in the classroom.
This initiative puts $3.5 billion into Arizona's public K-12 schools over the next ten years WITHOUT raising taxes.
When it comes to public education, Arizona has some great stories to tell. Voting YES on Prop 123 means future Arizona students can keep writing those Arizona success stories.
WATCH the video above to learn more about why I'm supporting Prop 123 and join me in voting YES on May 17.
Governor of Arizona
PS - Learn more about Yes on Prop123 and how you can support it at www.YesProp123.com.
By Virginia Korte
Sustaining Our Scottsdale Way of Life
I am a consensus builder – because I believe the best outcomes are created when people come together and agree on a course of action.
That means making sure everyone has a voice in the decision-making process, no matter what the issue.
One of the things that makes our city so great and sets it apart from many other places is our ability to share our ideas with one another. Citizens are able to not only take part in shaping our short-term objectives, but also participate in planning ahead to determine the best ways to achieve our long-term goals.
As we focus on the future, one of the most important topics is the role transportation issues play in growing our economy and sustaining our Scottsdale way of life.Read more
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