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Shawnna Bolick received Congressman David Schweikert’s endorsement for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28.
“Shawnna Bolick is exactly what Legislative District 28 needs,” stated Congressman Schweikert. “Shawnna is principled, articulate and an advocate for education and a balanced budget. She cares about people, as reflected recently when she helped neighbors navigate the Veterans Administration. I am proud to endorse Shawnna as a fighter for taxpayers.”
“I am honored to have the endorsement of my sitting congressman,” exclaimed Bolick. “Like Congressman Schweikert I want to reduce the size and role government play in our everyday lives. I look forward to finding common sense solutions while helping Congressman Schweikert put a halt on government mandates as we unleash a pro-growth agenda at both levels of government.”Read more
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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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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Many times we side with neighbors fighting the good and necessary fight against developer overreach.
But as we have opined already the bizarre activism by some neighbors against an enrichment of the Cactus Corridor defies common sense. But we do appreciate their reminding us of pop culture.
For across the street of one of the nicest equestrian ranches ever proposed in Scottsdale along Cactus just west of Scottsdale Road is this interesting abode. It best resembles the set of Sanford & Son.
See it for yourself. That any neighborhood wouldn’t want the promise and pending platitudes of Rancho Paraiso (we won’t refer to it as neighbors do as “Najafi Ranch” which is a not so subtle slur of the proponent’s Iranian heritage) to if nothing else distract from this community
zit is stunning.
And by all appearances the westerly way of Scottsdale’s Cactus Corridor needs reinvestment as Rancho Paraiso promises. The area has become a rude stepchild to the adults of the eastern Cactus Corridor. There horse country is beautiful and obvious. There one property four times the size of Rancho Paraiso anchors the area. Sandspur Ranch is their Wrigley Manson.
But a few irascible neighbors want to run it away. Bizarre, because within their midst – only one block from the site – is the Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
It’s there that indigenous birds, raptors and wildlife are repaired and sent back to their worlds. The operation’s noble work is why they are supporting the rehabilitation and recreation proposed at Rancho Paraiso. For horses. It’s odd that a neighborhood of horse properties would discriminate against equine, yet apparently have no problem with Liberty Wildlife.
Then again, perhaps they are more comfortable with shrieks and sounds emanating from wildlife refuge. Because that’s what they will get in the form of hundreds of kids at a new charter school on the six acres in question, if the refined ranch called is turned away April 5th.Read more
*Restaurant and bar impresario Mark Drinkwater is re-entering the business at Scottsdale & Lincoln in a building that used to house a breakfast joint and, after that, a failed Italian concept.
*Arizona Governor Doug Ducey raised money last week through the mail for southern Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally. This week he is doing it for Congressman Trent Franks at a reception in Phoenix. And rural Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar will be in the Northeast Valley this week too, raising dough at an event at Salt River Fields.
*We’re surprised recent polling shows Senate President Andy Biggs as close to former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith in a potential East Valley congressional race match-up. If the two do run against each other it will be one of the better GOP primary match-ups in recent memory.
*Judging from his latest attempt to skewer Phoenix Councilman Michael Nowakowski over a Phoenix land deal Arizona Republic reporter Dustin Gardiner seems more inclined to be an agent for a rival bidder than an objective, journalistic overlord. The real issues about the city real estate are real simple. Who is paying the most for the land? And do they have the track record and resource to pull it off? Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher made a controversial decision to quash the last bid process for a very important project toward downtown Phoenix’s continuing momentum. It’s hard to believe that Zuercher won’t preside over an impeccable process. Controversy over the plans to date will be child’s play if the top bidder is again upended by others looking to not be so kind to taxpayers.Read more
As Mayor Jim Lane said in his 2012 re-election campaign Scottsdale is the best city in America. Hyperbole took him one step further in last week’s State of the City when he called his community “the best city in the world.”
But even great cities have changes and challenges. For “The West’s Most Western Town” it has been to keep some cowboy in the community. Market forces and even things like estate taxes have displaced or removed such places as Rawhide, Greasewood Flat and Pinnacle Peak Patio. Yet, Scottsdale’s ultimate symbol of the West – its spectacular Sonoran Desert – has become the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Man-made outposts have retreated but its God given one has expanded. And after years of talk this Scottsdale City Council acted to create the nationally recognized Museum of the West.
To help preserve its cowboy culture Scottsdale wisely designated years ago the “Cactus Corridor” for horse privileges and ranches. It was smart then. It’s prescient now.
That’s why we’re confounded by the neighborhood opposition to an impressive new ranch just west of Scottsdale Road along Cactus. Proposed by renowned developer Francis Najafi and his wife Dionne it is an impressive affirmation of all things equestrian in the corridor. Rather than see cowboy country emigrate from the city this is a full-throttle immigration of it.
Speaking of immigration, neighbors conspicuously voice opposition to “Najafi Ranch.” We hope that’s not a Trump-like derogation of a person from Iran who came to this country speaking no English and who is now an American success story.Read more
After serving on the Scottsdale City Council nearly 3 decades ago when he basically saved the Cactus League from extinction Jim Bruner was elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
Well regarded and well liked Bruner was the prohibitive favorite for an attractive new congressional district. Then Jerry Colangelo got to thinking about bringing Major League Baseball to town. Then Colangelo tapped into a latent state law allowing the Board of Supervisors to authorize a county-wide sales tax to fund a new baseball stadium.
The public erupted in opposition, despite Colangelo’s monumental success with the Phoenix Suns at the time.
Bruner became the deciding vote. The choice was awful: fund a stadium and bring a new franchise to town or so alienate Republican primary voters that your congressional hopes would die. Bruner made the tougher choice. And the Valley has forever been enriched thanks to his selflessness.
But that wasn’t the end of Bruner’s civic service. Yes, he finished a distant third in that 1994 GOP primary but people like Bruner and their insatiable appetite for service and advancement are what propel communities forward.Read more
Among the many reasons for attending a college or university is problem solving. They teach it. And you’re supposed to learn it, directly and indirectly through maturation and matriculation.
Here in the Valley Arizona State University doesn’t just teach it, they lead by example.
When revitalization of the old Los Arcos Mall site at Scottsdale and McDowell Roads became intractable, in stepped ASU for what has become SkySong.
Downtown Phoenix can’t get beyond sports facilities and government buildings? No problem. ASU there expanded to create a new urban core vibrancy.
When Arizona’s most celebrated graduate school, Thunderbird, engaged in a high-stakes intramural scrimmage that threatened the existence of the celebrated problems ASU took over to keep the school flying high.Read more
*With the retirement of long-time Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek, Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates becomes the prohibitive favorite in the race to replace. It will be interesting to see if anyone of significance steps forward for what may be a fool’s mission.
*Celebrity pollster Frank Luntz will be making a Paradise Valley appearance this week at a fundraiser benefiting U.S. Senator John McCain.
*Weird and conspicuous that Scottsdale City Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield was the only member of the body not participating in Mayor Lane’s State of the City last week. It would be very bad form if she intentionally skipped it because her husband Bob has embarked on a long-shot challenge to Lane.
*Construction has started for the highly anticipated Postino’s in downtown Scottsdale. It will be located in one of the area’s most distinctive buildings, across from Scottsdale Fashion Square, in a building recently purchased by Valley billionaire Bill Levine.
*Backers of a possible third, first-class arena in the Valley may not appreciate what abandoning one in Glendale could mean to the market. The Phoenix area is already saturated with two top notch sports cathedrals not to mention an indoor football facility, numerous spring training stadiums, Wells Fargo Arena at ASU and even the old Madhouse on McDowell. Pricing between Talking Stick and Gila River Arena is already fierce for special events, concerts and the like. Without an anchor tenant and screaming businesses next door, Gila River Arena will be giving away the place creating business havoc for all of the area’s venues.
*Few local elected officials exude such class as Gilbert Mayor John Lewis. He’s a great catch for the East Valley Partnership, the organization he’ll soon be joining.
*The most powerful opinion piece of the week was this one by Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts. Here is a link. If you’ve never been to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center way out Northeast Valley way, go. There cares one of the most benevolent people in the Valley. She, and the property, are a last refuge for some of God’s greatest creations. Roberts’ article describes a NIMBY who will live in activist infamy. Fortunately, people like Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri are stepping up to ensure Dr. Evil aka as Dr. Gortler doesn’t get his way.Read more
We are fans of what Scottsdale Fashion Square is seeking to redevelop and stay relevant in a rapidly changing retail landscape. But it is a lot. While Mayor Lane and others have turned off the subsidy spigots for developers generous heights are another form of the same.
That’s why the Scottsdale City Council shouldn’t simply be acquiescent obligers. They should be part of an innovative approach to the sizable request.
Here’s an idea. Scottsdale’s Museum of the West has reinforced a general well-being for the largely western art galleries along downtown’s Main Street. The same can’t be said of the more contemporary ones along Marshall Way or elsewhere in downtown. Periodic arts events like Canal Convergence are good. Permanent, successful galleries are better. Unfortunately there are fewer of them in downtown today beyond Main Street.
This is where Scottsdale Fashion Square comes in. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA) is an interesting building but its size and location make it more cute than impressive.Read more
Today’s bombshell announcement that popular and principled U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon would not seek re-election is a political earthquake in Arizona Republican circles. Kudos poured in from diverse voices such as Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Kyrsten Sinema. All of the kind words are deserved.
Now attention will turn to Salmon’s possible replacement. Whoever wins the GOP primary in August will be the presumptive congressperson as the district is solidly trunk and tusk.
The silver medalist to Salmon the last time around, Kirk Adams, would be a formidable candidate. A former Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives and current Chief of Staff to popular Governor Doug Ducey, Adams has the brains, resume and money raising ability to go the distance. Senate President Andy Biggs will also be a top contender by virtue of his title and immediate backing by Salmon. He also has his own money by virtue of winning a sweepstakes contest – no joke. How much he is willing to spend remains to be seen. Add Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri and House Appropriations Chairman Justin Olson as impressive potentials too.Read more
Several weeks ago it seemed the demagogues were about to drive Scottsdale down by driving away the top school in the country and Scottsdale. Economic developers in other cities were frothing: if the best city in the Valley said bye-bye to BASIS would or should any company say hello?
Then Governor Ducey weighed in . . . and the Wall Street Journal . . . and late today Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Necessary legal threats were made. Mayor Jim Lane showed leadership, bringing together neighbors and school backers. Virginia Korte, once a skeptic, showed the temperament and prudence of a future Mayor. Councilwomen Klapp and Milhaven showed their usual, steely resolve. Even those acting supremely demagogic previously, Smith and Littlefield came around in the end leaving only the confounding Guy Phillips. He the supposed Tea Partier. He the supposed constitutionalist. As the lone vote against BASIS he ignored the law and in one issue transformed himself from Scalia to Sanders. Council candidate rival Dan Schweiker will surely make him feel the burn in the upcoming election.
But for tonight there’s reason to celebrate that Scottsdale didn’t ultimately fumble and the adults stepped forward to govern, as they usually do in Arizona’s most dynamic city.Read more
This weekend Canal Convergence returns to the Scottsdale Waterfront. It’s a wonderful concept and celebration of Scottsdale ingenuity at its best. Turning a non-descript waterway into a campus for capitalism and, periodically, the arts. For this we can applaud Scottsdale Public Art. For this.
But for two other reasons bureaucrats need to be held to account, or heads need to roll.
Several years ago Scottsdale City Councilwoman Linda Milhaven wisely spearheaded an appropriation to fund a dramatic new entry way to the Marshall Way arts district north of Indian School Road. It’s an area that has struggled in recent years as salons have replaced galleries and Main Street has exerted its primacy.Read more
In baseball a successful team needs good starting pitching and a good closer. That’s how we view this editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal. We started opining on the matter weeks ago. But we can’t think of a better closing editorialist than the Wall Street Journal to lay bare what is now a national embarrassment for the city. Hopefully, Scottsdale’s governing adults will end the ridicule Tuesday rather than allow our fine city to become a further laughingstock and defendants in a major lawsuit.
Issues with neighbors can be worked out. Turning your back on the #1 charter school in America, the law, Governor Ducey, rumblings from the Attorney General’s Office, state lawmakers and the overwhelming constituency for a flagship BASIS campus? That’s how closers, and top cities, blow leads and their reputations.
We don’t typically tout more government. But Scottsdale is of the size and scope that more is needed. And it would be one of the best reforms the city has ever adopted. Here’s why.
Last we checked members of the Scottsdale City Council were paid $24,000 per year while the Mayor gets $36,000. They are supposed to be “part-time” jobs. Yeah, right.
Scottsdale is a big, thriving, complicated city. It does not have a district system. That means it’s pretty much up to everybody to work on everything. Big-time development projects. Contracts for major events. Pensions. Law enforcement. Budgets. Our heads hurt just writing this. Imagine if we had to govern it.
We left off an important job description: constituent service. Nowhere is this more important than at the local level, the government closest to the people. Potholes. Speed bumps. Barking dogs. Garbage service. Code enforcement. Litter. Landscaping. Do the requests of and constituent complaints to municipal officials ever end?Read more
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
By Bill Gates
Dear Friends and Supporters:
Yesterday, I announced my intention to run for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to fill the vacancy left by retiring County Supervisor Andy Kunasek. During his time on the Board, Andy has been a great public servant, role model, and friend. Please join me in thanking him for his selfless public service to our district and our community.
I am excited about the opportunity to continue serving the great residents of District 3 and I hope you will support me as I run for County Supervisor for District 3. In the coming days and weeks, there will be more information on my campaign. In the meantime, please see my press announcement from yesterday below. Additionally, please visit my website at www.billgatesaz.com to donate to my campaign.
As always, thank you for your continued support.
Bill GatesRead more
Tom Chabin, Bill Mundell to Hold Kick-Off Press Conference
Thursday, Feb. 25 at 11am
Phoenix (Feb. 23, 2016) – Two widely respected, longstanding Arizona public servants, Tom Chabin and Bill Mundell, will kick off their race for seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission and begin their battles to restore integrity and conflict-free governance to the public body.
Media is encouraged to attend the press and public event Thursday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. at Grant Park, 701 S. Third Avenue in Phoenix.
“Arizona deserves better. As a former chair of the Commission, I know how important it is to have commissioners who are not beholden to the very utilities they’re elected to regulate,” said Mundell. “We will not take money from lobbyists, PACs or other special interests - that’s why we are running as Clean Elections candidates.”
“The words integrity and service are often overused in today’s political arena,” said Chabin. “But when it comes to the commission that ensures fairly priced electricity, clean water and safe access to natural gas, those words haven’t been considered often enough.”
The public servants are frustrated with the influence of dark money and special interests on the commission.
“We thought we had retired from politics,” added Chabin. “But we just can’t sit and watch what is happening at the Commission and not do something. It’s an outrage that through the use of 'dark money’ one utility can literally buy its regulators. We are not for sale. Someone has to speak up for consumers.”
Chabin and Mundell have served the residents of Arizona for decades in a variety of roles, positions and appointments. Below are their brief biographies, and additional information is available at www.TomChabinforCorporationCommission.com and www.BillMundellforCorporationCommission.com.
Media contact: Stacy Pearson at 602-577-6888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Read more
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