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Monday I announced my campaign for President, and ever since, I've been under constant attack.

Will you chip in $5 -- or even $35 -- to help me fight back?

You see, the liberal media has called me every name in the book -- attacking me for everything from announcing my campaign at a Christian university to listening to country music.

I want you to see a few of the headlines and just how truly desperate the Left is to discredit and destroy me:

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The United States Supreme Court's refusal to hear the challenge against Wisconsin's Voter ID law this week is a victory for common sense, democracy, and the one-person, one-vote principle that anchors our democracy.

When voters cheat and try to cast multiple ballots, it hurts everybody. It cheapens our elections, throws the results into doubt, and tarnishes our democracy.

If you agree, please stand with my conservative grassroots campaign. Your contribution of $10, $35, $50, $100, $175, or even $250 will put you in the front ranks of the growing movement that is doing its utmost to get Wisconsin -- and our nation -- back on track.

Americans feel like we are fighting for our lives. Obama-style Big Government has infiltrated every corner and cranny of our lives. From the government takeover of healthcare to micromanaging our economy, Americans are suffering from too much government. By supporting my campaign, you will say in a loud, clear, conservative voice that Big Government's days will soon be over.

The Liberals' love of Big Government knows no bounds. But every day, conservative leaders prove that small, smart, limited, and Constitution-based government works much better. As Governor of Wisconsin, I took on the Big Government Labor Bosses and we won. Our Walker Administration took on the Democrats' overspending, overtaxing, overregulating, and over-borrowing and we won. Every time the Obama-Clinton Liberals tried to pull us in the Big Government direction, we pushed back hard. And we won

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The Fight for Educational Choice!

AFC is pleased to announce James Carville and Mary Matalin as keynote speakers during the 2015 National Policy Summit May 18-19 in New Orleans, Louisiana!

As residents of Louisiana, Carville and Matalin have seen firsthand the power of educational choice in New Orleans. The husband-wife duo will discuss the importance of choice and challenging the status quo to generate the best outcomes for students.

Register for the 2015 National Policy Summit today to secure your seat at the Summit and to hear from this dynamic duo.

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By Sal DiCiccio

Teachers vs Trains: 22,222 new teachers is how much just $1 Billion of the $33 billion transit tax could fund

 

Results of a newly released poll show the majority of the public is aware of a $33 Billion boondoggle tax, but also believe that funding education is a higher priority than the gargantuan cost of one mile of rail ($161 million/mile). Having a liberal Mayor and liberal majority on the Council does not bode well for the future of fiscal responsibility in the City of Phoenix.

"Those who want to increase funding for K-12 education should oppose the City of Phoenix's rush to the ballot for an increase in its sales tax for transportation...K-12 education should get first dibs on a sales tax increase, even if how and when a proposal might arise is uncertain. Phoenix should stand down." - (Robert Robb, Arizona Republic, 3/1/15)

 Here are the poll results in their entirety: Poll

(Question 6 on a head to head has me 2 points ahead of Mayor Stanton)

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From my family to yours,

Sal DiCiccio
Phoenix City Council
District 6

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Over the past several months I’ve spent a fair amount of time with governors from both parties.  The advice from all of them has been consistent:

"No matter what, get your state’s budget balanced first. Once that’s accomplished then you can tackle everything else.”

Working with the Arizona Legislature we did that this week, passing a budget that puts us on the path to structural balance for the first time since 2007.

It wasn’t easy.  We made real reductions to government spending and accomplished permanent decisions that reform government – rather than just biting around the edges.

Not only will we have a leaner government; we’ll have a better one, more accountable to the taxpayers.

And we did all this WITHOUT raising taxes.

Naturally, the spending lobby and special interests don’t like it. They just assume government gets bigger and spends more.

I happen to believe government shouldn’t spend money that doesn’t exist.

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Governor Scott Walker will sign legislation to make Wisconsin a "Right to Work" state, prohibiting employees from being forced to join a union against their will. It's the right thing to do for job creators and employees alike.

But you know how it is: It threatens the power the Big Government Labor Bosses crave and they are going to come after him with everything they've got.
These are the same union bosses who mounted a multi-million dollar recall race against Governor Walker in 2012. As much as they did to crush him then, now, they will do even more. We are once again rallying help from conservatives across the country. Please stand with Governor Walker with a contribution of $10, $35, $50, $100, $250, or whatever amount is right for you today so that he has the resources to fight back and respond with the truth.

Governor Walker is a conservative champion. He is a bold reformer who dares to take on the Big Government Labor Unions and he wins. He has taken the reins of power away from the bosses and put the taxpayers back in charge.

The results are there for all to see: more jobs ... lower taxes ... a balanced budget ... effective government. What bothers the Big Government Labor Bosses the most is that Governor Walker says what he means, does what he says, and gets great results.

Now the attacks he will face will be unlike anything you have ever seen before and he needs your help more than ever.

Show him you support his "Right to Work" effort all the way. Help him move Wisconsin -- and America -- forward. Your financial leadership is critical, Jason. Please make your contribution right now for $10 or $100 or even $1,000.

Anything you can do would be a big help and greatly appreciated.

Team Walker

P.S. Enacting big bold reforms takes guts. Taking on the Big Government Labor Bosses takes courage. Governor Walker knows that making Wisconsin a "Right to Work" state is the right thing to do. Tell him you agree with a generous contribution today.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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*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.

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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. 

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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. lg

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. 

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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.

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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. PrettyWoman_293Pyxurz

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. 

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There are few nicer people in Scottsdale than Kathy Littlefield.  Or as irascible as Bob Littlefield.  Scottsdale should not be their guinea pig and allow Bob to serve as Mayor (he’s a longshot candidate) while Kathy serves as a Councilwoman.  The plethora of open meeting law violation possibilities and other legal problems would likely be long while civic tempers grow short at the weirdness their ways would mean for the city.   But that doesn’t mean their collective efforts in other areas can’t be applauded.

Take what they did for the struggling residents of the Wheel Inn Ranch Trailer park.  As reported by the Scottsdale Independent the couple along with Councilman Guy Phillips and others stepped up for some people who needed it most. 

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Old people like to drink too.  That was manifested in Scottsdale for many years at a place called Chances Are.  There it sat on Miller Road, just south of Camelback and across from a lot of residences.  It became to septuagenarians in the area what Studio 54 once was to the Big Apple.

Back then we didn’t hear many complaints about bars in that part of town.  Maybe that’s why city leaders wisely called for siting more bars and clubs in an “Entertainment District” east of Scottsdale Road, not too far from Chances Are.  Such would leave  downtown neighborhoods to the west of Scottsdale Road more for dining establishments.  The locale of places like Jetz, Stix, Planet Earth, The Works and Anderson’s Fifth Estate would be no more.   It seemed to be wise planning.  And everyone signed on.

Then something impressive happened.  Small business people started creating compelling places for younger people like Axis, Radius, El Hefe, Maya, W Hotel, Martini Ranch, Maloney’s, DJs and many others just where the city wanted them.  Scottsdale’s Entertainment District started resembling the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego.  The planning worked.  Too well for some as it turned out.

Soon the calls to revoke permits and deny more small businesses in the area occurred.  It’s as if they were Soviets, not Smith as in Adam.  We don’t want to be sleepy or sensational so let’s just be injudicious. 

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We have opined before that one of Scottsdale’s great strengths over the years has been an enduring, mature governing majority. While Scottsdale’s political schizophrenia often yields a Littlefield or Zraket it doesn’t usually flush sanity or common sense when decisions come to the dais.

This can be difficult when neighborhood unrest is significant. But it’s in those times having a council consisting of accomplished individuals makes all the difference. Scottsdale isn’t Glendale. They know having succeeded in business and life what it takes to move an organization forward. And despite political turbulence from time to time keeping the ship steady and prosperous is more important to the community’s quality of life than being a lurch for a loud, micro-minority.

The upcoming decision on Rancho Paraiso is a case in point. West of Scottsdale Road and along Cactus a new ranch is being proposed on six acres. Keep in mind this is an area of horse properties. Keep in mind it would hardly be Scottsdale’s largest ranch. Keep in mind the neighbors closest to the site including Arizona Diamondbacks’ legend Luis Gonzales support Rancho Paraiso. At a time of Scottsdale recently losing Greasewood Flat, Pinnacle Peak Patio and other “western” elements the case on its surface has all the making of an easy, unanimous council vote. Indeed, it SHOULD be a unanimous vote.

Yet, a separate contingent of neighbors despite living amongst horses don’t want more of them. The whole thing is odd.

But in the governing tradition mentioned above Scottsdale City Councilwoman Linda Milhaven has been attempting to mediate a compromise. She’s tough, she’s independent and she has a particular view of what drives Scottsdale forward. Voters must like her approach. She was rewarded as the top vote getter in the 2014 city council elections despite being targeted with negative advertisements.

Backers of the ranch proposal are well known Phoenicians. And when it comes to superb equestrian facilities this isn’t their first rodeo. They can be seen at the couple’s Promontory community in Park City.

At the suggestion of a neighbor who used to be an opponent but who is now a supporter the applicant has significantly reduced the number of horse stalls for the ranch to 48 with an additional requirement that it only be allowed to gain that number if it is fulfilling all promises, and is in compliance after one year. Until then the number of stalls is 38. Sounds pretty reasonable since there are much larger ranches east of the 101 on the Cactus Corridor. New stipulations have also been agreed to at the request of other neighbors.

But in a middle finger flip to Milhaven and the spirit of compromise some neighbors have responded with requests that look something like it was proffered by the Castros in Cuba not common sense near Cactus.  

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What the Thunderbirds are to the Waste Management Phoenix Open the Charros are to Scottsdale spring training.

They put on great events and raise ridiculous sums of money for local charities.  They are civic service at their best. Dennis-Pic

That’s why we were pleased to read this story recently in the Scottsdale Independent about Dennis Robbins becoming the new executive director of the Charros.

If there were ever a person to match the organization’s benevolence it would be the former Scottsdale City Councilman. Look up “good guy” and there you will find Robbins’ picture.  Scottsdale may have lost a councilman when he was surprisingly defeated in the 2014 elections but it just gained a lot more.

In fact, we can’t think of a better fit, unless it’s baseball and beer, something Robbins will help oversee now at Scottsdale Stadium every March.

 

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There is nothing more important to our economy than building an education system that prepares every child for success.  That’s why I support Proposition 123 – an important next step to strengthening our schools.

Watch this video to learn more about what Proposition 123 will do to strengthen our schools and invest in our children’s education:

You can follow the campaign @YesProp123 or www.yesprop123.com.

When it comes to education, let’s put partisan politics aside and do what’s right by our kids.  Let’s lift our economy and strengthen our schools by voting yes on Proposition 123.

Sincerely yours,

Greg Stanton

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PHOENIX — Congressman Matt Salmon today endorsed Proposition 123 citing the stability it will give teachers and students over the next 10 years. 

“Supporting Proposition 123 is a no-brainer.  By getting more money to our public schools without raising taxes, Prop 123 fulfills the mission of the land trust and builds on the successes we’ve already experienced,” Congressman Matt Salmon said. “This initiative will provide $3.5 billion for our schools and our students over the next 10 years — that’s money and stability they need. Join me in voting yes on May 17.” 

"This initiative is thrilled to have Congressman Salmon's endorsement," Sharon Harper, chairman of the Let’s Vote Yes for Arizona Schools said. "Getting this money to our teachers and students is absolutely crucial to the public education system in the state of Arizona. Our students and teachers need stability, and putting $3.5 billion into public schools over the next 10 years gives them that. This is a win-win for Arizona, we're putting money into schools without raising taxes." 

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By Let's Vote Yes For Arizona's Schools

PHOENIX — District One legislators Steve Pierce and Karen Fann today endorsed Proposition 123 citing the initiative's solution to getting public school districts money they need now without raising taxes.

“Through using our Arizona State Land Trust for its intended use, we will start rebuilding and providing our education system with an immediate fix,” State Senator Steve Pierce said. “Without depleting the Trust, and without raising your taxes, we will successfully give our schools the money they need to continue educating Arizona’s children. Join me in voting YES on Prop.123.”

“I encourage you to vote YES on Proposition 123,” Representative Karen Fann said. “Without raising taxes, we will be able to invest $3.5 billion over the next 10 years into our schools to help Arizona students achieve a better education.”

"Proposition 123 is the best solution for getting much needed funding to our schools now," Sharon Harper, chairman of the Let’s Vote Yes for Arizona Schools said. "This initiative will help not only schools in Maricopa County, but provide resources to districts across the state so they can hire more teachers and give outstanding teachers long-deserved raises. I'm thrilled to have Senator Pierce and Representative Fann on board and voting YES on May 17."

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By Tucson for Romney

Dear Friend,

If you have already voted in the Arizona 2016 Republican Presidential Primary, you can ignore this email.

I am surprised that I am dusting off this email address, but after listening to Mitt Romney and watching what has happened, I felt it time to make a suggestion to my many friends.

Like you, I have been wondering how to make my vote count.

Arizona is a Winner-Take-All state, meaning whoever wins the popular vote will receive all 58 of the delegates.  There is no splitting of the delegate votes in Arizona.  It appears that means the vote will come down to one of two candidates.

I am waiting for March 16th, the day after the Ohio Primary to make my final decision.

If you still have your ballot, and if Mr. Trump is the front-runner, I encourage you to vote for the Number Two candidate on March 16th as an early ballot voter, or on March 22nd at the Arizona polls.

As Governor Romney has said, we are voting for the leader of the free world, and either Senator Cruz, Senator Rubio, or Governor Kasich will be an excellent choice.

Thank you.

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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.

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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.

Please join the team today and show your support for John's campaign.

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!

Sincerely,

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Former Governor of California
JohnKasich.com

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