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Phoenix, AZ- March 26, 2014- Today, , Republican candidate for Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28, received Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump's and Commissioner Brenda Burns' endorsements.
"Shawnna's knowledge and expertise in critical policy areas affecting the State of Arizona are hard to come by," stated Chairman Stump. "I know Shawnna has what it takes to be an effective legislator and a strong communicator. She is not only committed to understanding the big picture but is willing to delve into the weeds to craft sound public policy."
"Shawnna is a strong fiscal conservative who will prioritize the needs of Arizona. Watching her raise her two children I know how important education and the future of the state are to her," declared Commissioner Burns. “Shawnna is a quick study and eager to roll up her sleeves to find the right mix of pro-growth ideas benefiting the state. Arizona should be so lucky to have her willing to serve us in such a capacity."Read more
By David N. Smith. 2014 Candidate for Scottsdale City Council
Last week, I became involved in a citizen initiative to save Scottsdale…pretty exciting stuff!
What it really involved was appealing to the Scottsdale City Council not to sell the historic little church building that now functions as the Community Design Studio.
You see, the city has a problem:
Depreciation in city assets continues at a pace of $100 million per year. But, because the Bond Election was defeated last year, there is very little new money for capital reinvestments. To his credit, City Manager Fritz Behring challenged his staff to find ways to consolidate employees into fewer city buildings. He believed some city buildings could be emptied, then sold to raise a token amount of money for new capital expenditures; the Community Design Studio was one of three buildings identified through this exercise.Read more
You’ve probably heard Doug Ducey say that one of the top lessons he took from his private sector career is the importance of building coalitions. As he often says, “If I’m only hearing one side of the story, I’m not doing my job.”
The Ducey 2014 team takes that lesson to heart. Nowhere is that better illustrated than today’s announcement of endorsements from both Congressman Trent Franks and Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio.
Each brings a unique perspective to the governor's race. Councilman DiCiccio has won over even the Arizona Republic in his fight for pension reform and defense of taxpayer dollars at the city level. Rep. Franks is a broad-spectrum conservative, staunch advocate of school choice and longtime West Valley leader.Read more
Raleigh, N.C. – PPP's new Arizona poll finds not only that voters in the state agree with Jan Brewer's veto of Senate Bill 1062, but that they also for the first time support legalizing gay marriage in the state.
Only 22% of Arizonans say they support Senate Bill 1062, compared to 66% who opposed it. Opposition to the bill is bipartisan with majorities of Democrats (11/86), independents (18/64), and Republicans (34/51) alike against it. For the first time in our polling we find that a plurality of Arizonans support gay marriage. 49% are in favor of it to 41% who are opposed, a net 9 movement in favor of gay marriage in the state since November of 2011 when there was 44/45 opposition to it. Voters under the age of 45 support it 55/36 with seniors the only age group against it at this point.
“Arizona’s a pretty good representative of how the nation is moving on gay issues,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “They don’t support new laws discriminating against gays- they support new laws giving them full equality.”
Moving on to the Governor's race for this year, it looks pretty wide open for both the Republican primary and the general election. The leader for the GOP nomination is 'undecided' at 34%. 5 candidates have measurable amounts of support at this point- Ken Bennett at 20%, Christine Jones at 16%, Scott Smith at 12%, Andrew Thomas at 9%, and Doug Ducey at 6%. Al Melvin, John Molina, and Frank Riggs all register at 1% in the poll.Read more
By Peter Roff
There’s a battle underway in the West to determine who Arizona’s next governor will be. Among the crowded field of Republicans vying for the nomination is one who is already being talked about as a potential national leader, the kind of politician that can restore the public confidence in the GOP who, if he wins, will soon become one of those “names you know” whose future potentially involves some time in Washington.
Elected state treasurer in 2010, Doug Ducey has spent the last four years building a reputation for competent, consistent, conservative leadership on a range of issue. He was first attracted to politics by the same passions that generated the activism of the tea party: concerns about rising government indebtedness, reckless, out-of-control spending, rising taxes and the size and scope of government.
What made him unique was his business background, which served him and the people of Arizona well. As an entrepreneur, Ducey and a partner grew the Cold Stone Creamery ice cream shop from a single store to a chain with nearly 1,400 locations nationwide by the time they sold the business in 2007.
He’s not been afraid to take on difficult tasks, one of which involved his state’s Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund. Upon taking office he discovered that the fund, which takes the funds generated anytime state lands are sold, with 93 percent of the annual returns used to fund K-12 education, was not operating to its maximum potential.Read more
The nefarious tactics used by Arizona Public Service (APS) to eliminate an Arizona rooftop solar industry over the past year (Arizona Republic APS, solar companies clash over credits to customers; New York Times: On Rooftops, a Rival for Utilities) have been well documented by others.
One of those stories (Huffington Post: Arizona Solar Policy Fight Heats Up) even described the utility’s chief lobbyist Jessica Pacheco booking a room at the Phoenix Country Club for the son of Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce, presumably to curry favor with him. The son, Justin Pierce, is running for Arizona Secretary of State but considered a long-shot. Unless. Unless Arizona Public Service routes money through various organizations as it did during last year’s solar debate to provide a boost to Justin Pierce’s struggling campaign.Read more
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