The Conservative's Corner
by Rick Santorum
Yesterday, I officially announced my candidacy for President of the United States.
And now, I need YOUR help to take back America!
If you're ready to join me, will you please pitch in a generous financial gift right now to help me kickstart my campaign?
I believe that it's going to take a fearless, unapologetic, conservative leader to stand up to Hillary Clinton and win back the White House in 2016.
And I believe I am that leader.
As a United States Senator, I spent many years fighting passionately for conservative solutions to our nation's problems and policies that foster and strengthen working families.
And as the leader of one of the nation's largest grassroots organizations, Patriot Voices, my passion has only grown.
Unfortunately, the Obama-Clinton agenda has undone much of what we've fought for, and hard working Americans are paying the price.
But this doesn't have to be the end of the story. Together, we can take back America and build a brighter future!
Please pitch in whatever you can right now.
Our nation is hurting right now.
Working families are more heavily burdened than ever by excessive government intrusion, regulation, and bureaucracy.
Our national debt has skyrocketed at an unprecedented and dangerous rate as a result of Barack Obama's left-wing policies.
Our stature on the world's stage is embarrassingly weak. Our allies - and our homeland - are in grave danger from ISIS and other radical Islamic terrorist organizations.
And our freedom to practice our faith is under vicious attack in our communities, in our states, and even nationwide.
I'm prepared to answer the call and tackle every one of these challenges. I am determined to bring this nation back from the brink.
But I'm going to need your help to do it. Will you please pitch in a generous gift to help me launch this campaign right now?
This is going to be a long and grueling campaign.Read more
Improvements to Ariz. Tuition Tax Credit Scholarships await Governor’s signature
HB2483 and HB2153 offer accountability measures and expand the Corporate Tuition Tax Credit programs
PHOENIX (March 31, 2015) — The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, applauds the Arizona Legislature for passing educational choice bills which increase transparency among School Tuition Organizations (STOs) and expand the Corporate Tuition Tax Credit program to include donations from small corporations. HB2483, sponsored by Rep. David Livingston, passed the House this afternoon with a 41 to 19 bipartisan vote. The legislation requires STOs to report on their websites the amount of money awarded to low-income families through private school scholarships. HB2153, sponsored by Rep. Justin Olson, passed the Senate with a vote of 16 to 13. This bill brings parity for small businesses (S-Corps) to have the ability to donate to the state’s Corporate Tuition Tax Credit program which funds STOs.
“We applaud Reps. Livingston and Olson, as well as all of the legislators who voted in favor of improving this crucial scholarship program, which helps Arizona’s high-risk and low-income students,” said Kim Martinez, American Federation for Children communications associate. “The Corporate Tuition Tax Credit program brings opportunity to children who could never afford to attend private school otherwise. Adding more accountability and expanding the funding pool helps secure the program for current and future recipients.”
HB2483 requires School Tuition Organizations to disclose on their website and through Department of Revenue reports, how much money they are in fact using to scholarship low-income children. This transparency allows corporate donors to see which STOs are helping disadvantaged children the most and how much money they are actually giving in low-income based scholarships.
HB2153 allows S-Corps to receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for contributions to school tuition organizations. This provides many Arizona small businesses with the opportunity to donate to STOs if they so choose and receive the same tax benefit as large corporations.
School Tuition Organizations are required by law to distribute 90 percent of the corporate tax credit donations they receive in the form of scholarships to low-income children.
HB2483 and HB2153 now go to Gov. Ducey for consideration.
The Arizona Federation for Children is a state affiliate of the American Federation for Children.Read more
Monday I announced my campaign for President, and ever since, I've been under constant attack.
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:Read more
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 wonRead more
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.Read more
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)
(Question 6 on a head to head has me 2 points ahead of Mayor Stanton)
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In 2011 Auburn played Oregon for the college football national championship. The game might have been occurred in Glendale but Scottsdale was the city overrun with events, tourists and shoppers. At Scottsdale Fashion Square. Along the Arizona Canal where ESPN staged. And on an empty lot next to Olive & Ivy that was the site of concerts, special events, college bands, rallies and people that fed into our shops, galleries and restaurants.
Fast forward to 2017. It was hard to notice much of a Final Four impact in Scottsdale, unless you were in one of the nightclubs at 1am. Not that such partying is a bad thing. And there’s no doubt the city’s hotels got a lift too.
But for anyone that took in some or all of college basketball’s biggest showcase the energy for the mega event was indisputably in downtown Phoenix and Glendale.
That’s because the property that allowed Scottsdale to so successfully host activities in 2011 was developed into one of the city’s biggest eyesores – a mustard apartment complex -- years subsequent. History could have been different. There were voices that encouraged the city to acquire the property. It would have been expensive. It would have been tough. But that’s what vision often requires.
We can all lament but that disserves Scottsdale. For when tourists have a great time in your downtown they become ambassadors for life, sycophants for the Southwest’s best city. So, are there solutions? Perhaps.
One is the Scottsdale Civic Center, which beautifully hosts an arts festival and the Scottsdale Culinary Festival but appears to be ill-suited for more. Some have argued for reworking the beautiful outdoor mall. It’s time. And that could or perhaps should involve relocating the Scottsdale Center for the Arts and/or the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art to elsewhere in downtown to make more room for events that fill up rooms.
Second, Scottsdale Fashion Square is set to ask for aggressive development heights. We are sensitive to their requests because of the economic significance the mall plays for the Scottsdale treasury. But it can be fairly asked of anyone asking for height, how does it benefit the community? Well, protection of the economic asset just mentioned is one, but useful open space would be another.Read more
It was a great movie, La La Land that is. But it’s not a place we desire to see members of Scottsdale’s governing body go.
In the past we’ve been great fans of David Smith. Business experience. Financial acumen . Good person. A balanced understanding of those things that made for Scottsdale’s uniqueness.
Who wouldn’t want someone like that in the policy mix for “the best city in America” as Mayor Jim Lane likes to say?
But lately Smith seems more like Ryan Gosling in the almost Academy Award winning movie than the person that resonated with the Scottsdale electorate in 2014, gaining votes from many perspectives.
Indeed, he’s become the chief critic of Scottsdale’s thriving bar and restaurant scene. Asiding the meritlessness of his arguments Smith would be wise to review the results of candidates who virulently campaigned against the area the past few election cycles.
But it was another recent diatribe that makes us wonder if City Hall misfit Mark Stuart has body snatched Smith’s brain.
Last week the Scottsdale City Council wisely delayed taking down the large tent at WestWorld in the face of new information that the tent was actually making money, taking it down would be very costly for taxpayers and that serious questions remained about whether it could be done in a way so as not to hurt major WestWorld events like Barrett-Jackson, Good Guys car show and others.
Yet, Smith’s attitude was taxpayers be damned. The events, some of which pump $167 million per year into the city be damned. New information be damned.
Take it down no matter the cost and consequence because one person in DC Ranch has made it his quest.
Even Guy Phillips and Kathy Littlefield rejected Smith’s logic. Phillips in particular is becoming an underappreciated champion for the city’s tourism industry.Read more
On May 6th the race for the Kentucky Derby resumes. For two of the most exciting minutes in sports jockeying will abound during the run for the roses.
But in Paradise Valley a different kind of race has already begun, almost two full years ahead of when Mayor Michael Collins will pass the baton to his successor.
That’s because Collins took the highly unusual step of announcing so early that he would not again be seeking re-election. Typically, elected officials like to wait on such announcements to maintain as much of their standing and leverage for as long as possible. But Collins is no typical politician and he showed great integrity alerting the community he intended to abide by his two mayoral term pledge.
And that leads us to who might replace his big shoes. Unlike when former Mayor Scott Lemarr stepped away and Collins was such a prohibitive favorite no one ran against him, 2018 is likely to be entirely different. So let’s look at the potential field:
*Current Councilman Mark Stanton. Twice elected to council, a proven vote getter and someone who serves with a smile.
*Current Councilman Paul Dembow. No one wants the job more but no one has more political baggage. Can he overcome it? Time could be his friend if matters concerning the Paradise Valley Police Department get cleared up, or not.
*Current Councilman Jerry Bien-Willner. The favorite of at least one former Mayor the question is whether he has the moxy to be in that political caste system? At a time when most everyone in Paradise Valley is happy with the community’s direction it could be that a steady, cautious hand may appeal to the electorate rather than a salesman.
*Former Councilwoman Pam Kirby: She’s never lost an election. Twice elected to the Town Council and twice to the Scottsdale School Board. Kirby’s decision may be more a matter of who else gets in the race as to her jumping in early.Read more
On January 7, 2014, we raised the question of why, in this age of Phoenix political correctness, Mayor Stanton wasn't staying true to his roots, and fighting to rename Squaw Peak Drive. Here’s a link.
Well, it looks like he's finally found time. And stirred up a lot of controversy based on this recent front page article in the Arizona Republic.
Don’t look for this controversy to go away soon as residents clash with City Hall over the name change. Whatever your opinion, at least you can say you heard it here first.
To orchestrate an amazing comeback in the Super Bowl, as Tom Brady did, one doesn’t acquiesce to the rote. Quarterbacks have to call new plays on the spot, based on the information and defense they are seeing.
In Scottsdale, our quarterbacks are the City Council. And some time ago they made a decision to deconstruct the “Big Tent” at WestWorld used by Barrett-Jackson, Good Guys and numerous other shows because of one complaint by a significant contributor to Bob Littlefield’s mayoral campaign, and numbers provided by city staff that turn out to now be erroneous, to put it kindly.
Indeed, a City Council majority based its decision on representations that the Big Tent was actually costing Scottsdale money (lacking event revenue to cover its costs) and that decommissioning the structure would only cost $700,000.
Neither assertion turns out to be true, thanks to the persistence and due diligence of new Scottsdale City Manager Jim Thompson.
Indeed, the tent is actually making a chunk of change for the city and the charge to taxpayers wouldn’t be $700,000 as originally relayed but $2.6 million!
As one city insider put it, what firefighters, police officers or other cuts will be needed to accommodate this quixotic request?
And if math were not sufficient how about logic?Read more
A community spawned by the likes of William Rehnquist, Sandra Day O’Connor and Barry Goldwater is bound to be something special. But a quick review of the tony township’s current in-box isn’t just special, it’s extraordinary.
*A new version of the beloved Mountain Shadows hotel is set to open March 7th, along with an equally loved “Short Course,” the renamed links next door.
*The Ritz-Carlton is moving ground further east on Lincoln, promising yet more luxury and more resort and residential choice, not to mention a huge new influx of tax revenue for town coffers.
*And then there is the recently announced expansion of the best small hotel in Arizona one of the best in America, The Sanctuary Resort. The property is the embodiment of all that is right with Paradise Valley. Beautiful views. Sensitive footprint. Remarkable setting. Successful. Distinct.
Times are so good in Paradise Valley that Cullum Homes, the metropolitan area’s #1 Custom Home Builder as ranked by the Phoenix Business Journal, is having the biggest party in town tomorrow to showcase its impressive The Village at Mountain Shadows. The aptly named “7Cs Party” will host hundreds on site and feature caviar, cigars, cars, champagne, couture, car bars and the people responsible, Rod & Kim Cullum.Read more
Yesterday was Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane’s birthday. It was also his annual State of the City address, attended by a record 460 people.
That’s a testament to his leadership, and the landslide election victory he had in November.
But the most surprising part of his speech wasn’t his dedicatory remarks about the “best city in America,” it was in the way he concluded his speech. He did so with two forceful pronouncements that he intends to pursue a public vote on the controversial Desert Discovery Center as well as one to create a hybrid district system. Under this proposal Scottsdale would see its six at-large council seats shrink to three with others being elected from a specific southern, central and northern district. The three other councilmembers would continue to be elected at large, as would the Mayor.
On the heels of presiding over the best candidate campaign in Scottsdale since Robert Pettycrew’s in 1994, and after smashing nemesis Bob Littlefield, it would be easy for Lane to forget some of these key planks of his re-election campaign. After all, it’s his last term, leaving him unencumbered. But that’s not the kind of person he is.Read more
Partnership between ASU, Scottsdale's Desert Discovery Center to produce research, exhibits about local environment
There's nothing new about Arizona residents looking for sustainable ways to live in the desert, but a recent United Nations report has made the matter a worldwide concern.
Because of climate change, the UN says that by 2030 almost half of the global population will be living in "areas of high water stress," and that without intervention as many as 700 million people could find themselves displaced.
Enter ASU and its partnership with Scottsdale's future Desert Discovery Center, aimed at creating an expansive research center to teach "a global audience to value, thrive in and conserve desert environments."
"When people think of research they think of a classroom," said Sam Campana, executive director of the center and former Scottsdale mayor. "It's our goal not to have a classroom, but a living laboratory where people are out doing work that is important to those who live here and to anyone in an arid environment."
Aside from research, the center will have a public face, and ASU has been working with design firm Thinc to create a series of exhibits to address "what I can see, what I can't see and what does all of it mean?" Campana said. In total, it will create an experience that shows how we can be more in tune with our environment.
Thinc, according to its website, has become known for a "holistic approach" that "combines great design and execution with broad insight into the organizational, cultural and physical contexts surrounding a project." The firm has worked with museums, science centers, zoosand aquariums.
The center's research will come as the global population grows "mainly in regions that are already experiencing water stress and in areas with limited access to safe drinking water," according to the UN in a 2014 study.
Research collaborations could include water quality, use and supply, as well as climate-change adaptation and urbanization.
Other areas of focus will include soil-crust research, desert species, the intersection of open-space preserves and people.
"There are things going on in the desert that are in the deep in the crust, and they're teeming with life," said Duke Reiter, executive director of University City Exchange. "But without this research and a sophisticated guide, at both at a macro and micro scale, it would be impossible to see. Only the university could bring this component."
Researchers, brought in by ASU, will study desert-life sustainability, "an important step in preserving and understanding this land," said Duke Reiter, whose exchange tracks university's academic and research assets to apply them "for the greater good."
Desert Discovery Center leaders are clearing hurdles as they await approval from the city of Scottsdale.
"If you look at ASU's design's aspirations, this university takes its commitment to their community, applied research and sustainability very seriously," Reiter said, "which is what makes this is a great venue and leaves no reason for us to not be involved in this."
There are gadflies at City Halls. Every town or city has one, two or more. And then there are gadflies. Like big gad, horse flies. They don’t come any uglier or smellier than Mark Stuart in Scottsdale.
It’s not that he’s anti-establishment. Nothing much wrong with that. It’s that he’s in La La Land. But his music isn’t pretty. And typically lands in the dark, conspiratorial realm of the Art Bell coin.
And it’s not that he’s anti-Desert Discovery Center. So are we.
But as he approached the podium during a Scottsdale City Council meeting on Tuesday night his intentions were clear, and in violation of the law.
One cannot use government resources to proselytize about a political campaign. And that’s exactly what Stuart was attempting to do at a government run meeting, broadcast on public television.
He was warned not once, not twice but multiple times not to proceed by Mayor Jim Lane on the advice of the City Attorney. Stuart ignored all polite requests by Lane. Indeed, the mayor went to extraordinary lengths to explain that this law applies not just to those that wish to electioneer to oppose the Desert Discovery Center but to those that support it too. To coin a Fox News phrase, Lane’s approach was fair and balanced.
But Stuart didn’t want to adhere to the law. When given every chance to adhere he chose to disrupt. The Scottsdale Police Department could not have been more courteous and conscientious in escorting him out of the Kiva.
For anyone to suggest that Stuart is a martyr or this was Lane again being disrespectful to the anti-DDC position is preposterous. We either have laws, or we don’t.
The rhetorical thugs behind their DDC opposition, so thoroughly discredited by the city’s recent election results as well as insight such as this , don’t understand this. But the responsible, reasonable majority of Scottsdalians do. But don’t take our word for it, take Councilmembers Guy Phillips and Kathy Littlefield. Usual Stuart sympathizers on matters, they didn’t raise a finger or word to aid Stuart. Because even they knew no martyr was in their presence, just a goofy gadfly.Read more
One of the great Scottsdale stories of 2016 was the undeniable vibe that southern Scottsdale and her neighborhoods were an area on the move.
Its strengths have long been known – proximity to Scottsdale’s thriving downtown and nearby freeways, a surging SkySong, new breweries – and the marketplace in the form of new families and residents started to respond.
Mayor Jim Lane put a profound emphasis during his 2016 re-election on this turnaround. Here again the marketplace responded, voting to re-elect him in the southern city by wider margins than 2012.
But to continue the resurgence a critical part of the area must be addressed: public schools. It’s a fair question to ask if improvements aren’t made can southern Scottsdale continue its revitalization? Yes, charter schools can step in to address some voids. But ultimately it’s up to the backbone of the public education system to deliver, or not. A case in point is central Phoenix and the Madison school district. There, good schools equated to more families which in turn has created a mecca of cool and culinary where that didn’t exist previously.
That’s why it’s so gratifying to see south Scottsdale’s high school, Coronado, asking for help. CORONADO SUCCESS A COMMUNITY PRODUCT. And that ASU and the Scottsdale Charros have stepped up to the challenge should be applauded.
The Scottsdale Unified School District, of which Coronado is a part, has a relatively new leader, Denise Birdwell. The essence of leadership isn’t just to find a way through or around walls when necessary. It’s also being able to recognize that outside voices and resources may be necessary to scaling them and solving problems. This isn’t a matter of not being too proud to beg. It’s one of Birdwell being prideful and mindful of her position, seeking new ways of wisdom to students are successful not squandered.
We wish them all good luck.
If and when these capable leaders turn Coronado’s challenges into opportunities it won’t only be good news for the young minds there, it will be a catalyst to continue SoSco’s upward trajectory.Read more
Plans are underway to tap the further potential of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Click here for more info. This is smart planning by city staff and Mayor Jim Lane and the City Council.
But these plans should not languish. They should be funded as soon as they’re completed.
Home to the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, arts festivals, Sunday concerts and souls that are enhanced every time they walk one of the city’s great municipal creations, the area can and should be more to help downtown.
With downtown Phoenix, Salt River Fields, a resurgent WestWorld, Tempe Town Lake and even Glendale seizing more festivals and special events Old Town needs an enhanced events venue.Read more
Michael Collins is the Mayor of Paradise Valley. He likes to get things done. He’s about the destination, not the journey. So are most of the rest of the people serving on the Paradise Valley Town Council. It’s a town of the accomplished. It’s also a town started by the likes of O’Connor, Rehnquist and Goldwater.
With historic names like that it might seem odd to argue the tony town’s end of history. But it may be at hand.
Consider that Mountain Shadows is rising again. Indeed, the hotel at its heart will re-open March 7th thanks to the enterprise of locals Scott Lyon and Bill Nassikas, and a very wise Town Council that paved the way for it all, unanimously, just several years ago.
Then there is the large swath of land at Lincoln and Scottsdale Road that’s been the home to dozens of acres of creosote for ages, but soon it will be an economic and luxury engine that is the Ritz-Carlton and associated residences.
Not too far away is a property that used to be a struggling stepchild of Paradise Valley resorts: The Cottonwoods. But just a few months ago it was reborn as the Andaz, an emerging hotel brand the world over. What they did to transform the tired property rivals that taking place at Mountain Shadows.
Even the town’s Bermuda Triangle, a bedeviling 4 acre parcel along Scottsdale Road north of Cheney Estates, appears ripe for resolution thanks to local residents Geoffrey Edmunds, Rod Cullum and a thoughtful approach by all including the Town of Paradise Valley and the Marriott Corporation. Underappreciated flood control problems may be resolved as part of the proposal too.
And mobile phone service is getting better as well!
So what’s left to do in Paradise Valley?
Well, it would be nice if the Smoke Tree Resort could smoke the peace pipe with someone, anyone to finally redevelop its chunk of land near AJ’s. Besides that however the police department has more resources to do a better job (except when it might be favoring certain councilmembers) and the town’s finances are in very good shape.Read more
by Team O'Halleran
According to the National Park Service, the Grand Canyon National Park supports 7,400 jobs and creates more than $467 million for the local economy.
Protecting the Grand Canyon National Park is not only critical to preserving its majestic landscape, but to securing the economic benefits it provides for our community.
The Grand Canyon National Park provides visitors from across the globe an opportunity to enjoy beautiful scenery and fun recreational activities.
But let us not forget the financial stability the park generates for so many in our community.
Join us to advocate for the protection of the Grand Canyon National Park:
by Friends of John McCain
Phoenix, AZ— Today, National Right to Life endorsed John McCain for the United States Senate. John McCain has fought for policies to protect the unborn and has a 100% voting record on pro-life issues:
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of National Right to Life, an organization that promotes respect and dignity of every individual human being, born or unborn," said John McCain. "As a lifetime pro-life supporter, I have fought to defend the rights of all human life and I will continue this fight in the U.S. Senate."
"All voters who are concerned with the right to life and with the protection of the most vulnerable members of the human family should vote to return John McCain to the U.S. Senate, so that he can continue to work to advance vital pro-life public policies," said Carol Tobias, President of National Right to Life.
Other national pro-life advocates praised the endorsement of John McCain:
“Senator McCain is steady and unwavering friend to unborn children and their mothers and we are proud to have him on the side of life. He is a good listener, strategic thinker, and helpful ally in our fight to advance the right to life and protect the conscience rights of pro-life Americans.” – Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of Susan B. Anthony List
by Bill Gates for Arizona
Phoenix, AZ – Today the Bill Gates for County Supervisor campaign announced the endorsements of Senator Adam Driggs (R-28), Representative Kate Brophy McGee (R-28), Representative Phil Lovas (R-22), Representative Paul Boyer (R-20), Representative Anthony Kern (R-20), and Representative Heather Carter (R-15).
"I have known Bill Gates for years. He is a hard worker, a man of integrity and someone I call a friend," said State Representative Kate Brophy McGee. "I am proud to endorse Bill for Maricopa County Board of Supervisor. He has proven to be a steward of the taxpayers’ money at the City and I know he will do the same at the County."Read more
SAYS BLACK VOTERS BEING WOOED, BLACK VOTES IN PLAY FOR NOVEMBER
Rev. Maupin's Statement Below:
"As an advocate for Civil Rights, I have an obligation to endorse a candidate for the U.S. Senate that will bring much needed jobs, affordable housing, and infrastructure dollars to Phoenix and other urban areas in Arizona. In this year's November election, that candidate will be John McCain,
"I am endorsing John now, before the general election, because there is urgent work to be done, in the now, to reach out and secure the votes of Black Arizonans and others before November's contest,
"This endorsement is not about Republican vs Democrat, Right vs Left, or Old vs New. This endorsement is about Right vs Wrong. McCain is right for Arizona and his opponents - in his party primary and in the general election - have proven that. How? By taking Black voters for granted and refusing to articulate in a meaningful way how they intend to address poverty, housing, education, employment, and criminal justice issues that disproportionately impact Black Americans. McCain, on the other hand, is actively engaging Black leaders to find policy solutions and creative ways to bridge the racial divide and level America's uneven economic and social playing fields,Read more
By Yes on Prop 123
PHOENIX — Former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl today announced his endorsement of Proposition 123, citing the need for a fiscally responsible plan to help fund Arizona’s public schools.
“Proposition 123 is a common-sense solution that would inject $3.5 billion into Arizona’s K-12 public schools without raising taxes,” former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl said. “It’s a fiscally sound, responsible plan that is badly needed to help students and teachers achieve in the classroom. I strongly encourage you to join me, and many other conservatives in voting YES on Prop 123.”
“Our teachers and students need resources in the classroom,” Sharon Harper, chairwoman of the YES on Prop 123 campaign said. “This is a fiscally responsible plan that puts money in the classroom now. It’s a conservative solution, it’s an innovative solution and it doesn’t put Arizona’s fiscal future in jeopardy. Let’s do what’s right for Arizona — vote YES on Prop 123.”
Prop 123 is a ballot measure that settles a years-long lawsuit and puts $3.5 billion into Arizona’s K-12 public schools over the next 10 years without raising taxes. The proposition goes to the ballot on May 17.Read more
By Let's Vote Yes for Arizona Schools
More than 20 school districts are waiting on approval of Prop 123
PHOENIX – For Arizona teachers, many of whom have not received a pay raise since before the Great Recession, passage of Proposition 123 means a needed and necessary pay raise this year.
So far, more than 20 Arizona school districts have released or passed provisional budgets that include pay raises for teachers. But those raises will evaporate in most communities without the guaranteed dollars that Proposition 123 provides.
“School boards across the state are struggling to attract and retain good, quality teachers,” said Tim Ogle, executive director of the Arizona School Boards Association. “School board members around Arizona have indicated that if Proposition 123 passes, teacher raises will be the first line item in their budgets and the first item on their agendas to pass. But, without the dollars that Proposition 123 brings, teachers will continue to receive unacceptably low pay for the work they’re doing to educate our kids and we will continue to see teachers flee Arizona for other states. At the end of the day, the only way to improve education in Arizona is with a high-quality teacher in the classroom.”
“Teacher pay in Arizona is embarrassingly low,” said Andrew Morrill, president of the Arizona Education Association. “Many, if not most, teachers in Arizona have gone six or seven years without even a nominal increase in their pay, hence our teacher shortage crisis. If Proposition 123 doesn’t pass, it’ll send a message to our teachers that we don’t appreciate or respect the work they’re doing to educate our kids, and they’ll continue leaving Arizona for higher paying teaching positions in other states or leaving the profession altogether. Prop 123 is the first step to get teachers in nearly all districts a raise this year, and keeping them in Arizona.”
“Arizona teachers have gone too long without getting the compensation they deserve,” said Sharon Harper, chairwoman of the Let’s Vote Yes for Arizona Schools, in support of Prop 123 campaign. “Let’s pass Proposition 123 so we can stem the tide of teachers leaving our schools and our state. The infusion of these dollars will get money in the classroom this year. If we do nothing, this will be the equivalent of a pay cut to teachers in Arizona.”Read more
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