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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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Follow me on  Facebook ,  Twitter  and now  Instagram .

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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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.  littlefield at desk

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. 

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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. 

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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. IMG_7265

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. 

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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. Scottsdale-Sign-547x198

*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. 

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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. 

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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.html 

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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.
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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. 

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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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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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