The Conservative's Corner
The AZ Republic has endorsed my campaign for Secretary of State. In fact, they said “it was an easy call”. Please read their endorsement here:
Reagan has acted like secretary of state for years
Editorial board, The Republic | azcentral.com
Our View: State Sen. Michele Reagan has a long track record of election-law reform, which best prepares her for this office.
The traditional duties of an Arizona secretary of state, such as keeping essential records and overseeing elections, seem so quaint these days. So anachronistic.
Election-related duties are more tied now to hot-button political issues pitting the interests of the parties against each other.
Keeping a list of voters who automatically receive early ballots, for example, once may have been an apolitical housekeeping matter.
But don't tell that to the Republicans and Democrats fighting over whether to cleanse the list of people who don't vote early.
Likewise, the secretary of state is at the center of the debate over "dark money," the money spent by all-but-anonymous organizations.
The office should be an honest broker for developing policies to bring transparency to such groups. Again, that has become a fierce partisan battle that can compromise the office if the elected secretary of state lets it.
And then there is a history of Arizona secretaries of state ascending unexpectedly to the governor's office. That is a consideration when weighing whom voters should favor.
In the Republican primary race for secretary of state, one candidate is well suited for the job under these modern-day qualifications. Another may have the intellectual chops to grow into the job. A third does not belong in the race.
The top-rung candidate of the three Republicans vying to be secretary of state is Michele Reagan.
It is an easy call.
As a state senator from Scottsdale, Reagan made reform of campaign-finance disclosure laws and election law a top priority.
In 2013, Reagan put together a sensible, serious-minded package of election-law reforms with the help of all 15 Arizona county election directors, Democrats and Republicans alike.Read more
Phoenix, AZ - Senator Michele Reagan, candidate for Arizona Secretary of State, received another high-profile endorsement to her campaign from Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. Over the years, Michele and Sheriff Babeu have worked diligently on a number of high-priority issues in Pinal County. Senator Reagan played a key role in securing additional law enforcement funding for Pinal County deputies. Sheriff Babeu and Michele also sought solutions to ballot bundling efforts in Pinal County to protect state and local elections.
"Michele and I met at the State Capitol six years ago and have had a strong friendship ever since. She has always been a willing supporter of addressing issues facing Pinal County and has a proven record of getting things done. Over the years, I've had the privilege to work with Michele on a variety of issues ranging from increased funding for law enforcement border security efforts to protecting our elections by eliminating ballot bundling. She is the only candidate with the relevant experience and leadership to head the Secretary of State's Office and I am proud to support her campaign," said Sheriff Babeu.Read more
T.U.S.K. Takes To Airwaves Opposing Arizona Corporation Commission Candidate Doug Little; Lover of Tax Hikes, Lapdog For APS
(PHOENIX) He was one of the very few echoing Arizona Public Service’s call to tax Arizona’s rooftop solar energy choice out of existence last November before the Arizona Corporation Commission. Now, he’s even supporting a new property tax on leased rooftop solar equipment supported by only 5% of Republican primary voters. The new tax would hurt existing and future users such as seniors, schools and churches. And now he – the unqualified, Republican tax hiking Doug Little – wants to join the Arizona Corporation Commission.
Being supported by hundreds of thousands of dollars from the APS utility he would be charged with regulating, there can be little doubt that when the monopoly says jump, Little will do so. When they ask him to fetch new rate hikes before the commission, he will query how far they want him to run, and raise? When they quietly try to recapture the millions they have spent on political activity over the past 18 months? No problem.
“While a very serious matter, sometimes a little humor can be just what is needed to convey a very important message that should concern every Arizona Republican,” Barry Goldwater, Jr. said. He is the Chairman of T.U.S.K. the group behind the television advertisement. The organization formed in early 2013 in response to APS proposals to place massive new taxes on rooftop solar in Arizona.
TUSK’s television advertisements started airing Sunday. Here is a link. As it noted at its formation, the group is backed by contributions from rooftop solar companies with smaller amounts from Arizonans that have contributed to the cause.
Only after being scolded by Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Burns last year did APS reveal how much ratepayer money it had spent to kill solar in Arizona. It amounted to at least several million dollars. APS has continued the practice in 2014 utilizing numerous dark money organization to hide its contributions in order to benefit its hand picked candidates, Tom Forese and Doug Little.
“Republicans don’t need or deserve a liberal lapdog and tax-hiking disciple of the monopoly that seeks to hurt the thousands of seniors, schools, churches and others that have made solar an important energy choice,” Goldwater, Jr. said.Read more
Paradise Valley's Leaders Agree: Vote Jerald Bien-Willner for Paradise Valley Town Council
Dear fellow Paradise Valley Resident:
It's no secret that Paradise Valley is an exceptional place to live. And it's due to the fact that we have a rich tradition of talented volunteer leadership on our Town Council and Town boards — individuals who have worked diligently to improve our quality of life.
I'm proud to have the endorsement of several of those individuals who have made such a difference in our community, including:
• Mayor Scott LeMarr
• Councilman Paul Dembow
• Councilman David Sherf
• Councilwoman Lisa Trueblood
• Former Councilman Dan Schweiker
And all of my colleagues on the Planning Commission:
• Planning Commission Chairman Rick Mahrle
• Planning Commissioner Tom Campbell
• Planning Commissioner Pat Hurley
• Planning Commissioner Dolf Strom
• Planning Commissioner Jon Wainwright
• Planning Commissioner Jeff Wincel
I am proud to announce the support of former Arizona Governor Jane Hull. Here's what she had to say:
"As a former Arizona governor, I know what it takes to lead this great state. Doug Ducey’s experience in the private sector, his leadership in defeating Prop 204 and his love for this state shows me that he, too, has what it takes to be this state’s next governor. Join me and help elect Doug Ducey as Arizona’s next governor."
Governor Hull's endorsement is especially important to me because she has been a trailblazer for this state. I would be honored to follow in her footsteps.
The Phoenix Business Journal wrote an article today about the former governor's endorsement which you can view by clicking, here.
Thank you for your continued support!
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