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· Early This Week, The Republican Party Lost A Great Patriot In Passing Of Margot Wittenburg. Many of you saw Margot in one of her finest hours- as Chairman of the MCRC raffle - at the Maricopa County Lincoln Day luncheon. Through her efforts, the Raffle was an overwhelming success as with anything Margot set her mind to accomplish. She was well-known in LD1 and previously in LD7. As previous Chairman of LD 7, I have always been able to rely on Margot’s support and hard work to bring a project to success. When asked for assistance, the answer was always an overwhelming “Yes.” Margot has shown through her many years of Republican activism - at all levels - an example of the strength of the Republican Party and a testimony by her involvement for our conservative principals. Margot will be greatly missed. We send our prayers to Captain Russ Wittenburg for comfort and peace. -- April Riggins, Maricopa County Republican Committee 1st Vice Chairman
· Last Week MCRC Chairman A J Lafaro Put Out An Alert About “Emily” – a college aged gal who has been frequenting conservative meetings with her handy-dandy camera, recording commentary to be allegedly used against conservatives by the Dems later this fall. Emily is a short, dark haired operative who works for American Bridge 21st Century - a progressive socialist organization. AmericanBridge or http://americanbridgepac.org/ “Emily” has been kicked out of several GOP/LD/club/conservative group meeting since the first of the year, so her new strategy is to set up her camera on a tri-pod as though she is part of an official organization of the media. Seems she is now focusing on two leading gubernatorial candidates at the moment. Keep an eye peeled for her. If you see her, please photograph her and send the video/photos to LaFaro at email@example.com … And be sure to immediately alert the meeting chairman. GOP meetings are not subject to Arizona's Open Meeting Laws per a written legal opinion from the Office of the Arizona Ombudsman in January, 2013. http://www.azleg.gov/ombudsman/
· Food For Thought: “All Republicans should ask Republican candidates their position on the Republican Party Platform. If you get a ‘deer in the headlights’ stare you might understand how we can sometimes be so confused by their positions on issues,” quipped LD19 PC Joe Hobbs – a Maricopa County Republican Committee Member – At-Large. “We are trying hard to pay attention to their core values in the debates and there are a number of candidates who seem to be ‘Totally Unaware’ of Republican values. Some of the candidates seem to have dropped out of the sky with big bags of money and have declared themselves Republicans without understanding hardly anything that we can support. Hollow campaign promises will not fool us again. You are RINOs and you are not welcome here. Our Republican Party Platform is the only true definition of what a Republican really is. It written by grass roots Republican activists from all 50 states. It defines us. It is our benchmark. It defines our DNA. I absolutely will not support any Republican candidate who does not understand and support the Republican Party Platform – all of it! See RNC_Platform
· More than 1 Million Early Ballots For The Primary Election for voters affiliated with a recognized political party go into the mail begining July 31, 2014. Recognized parties include Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or American’s Elect. “Independent voters make up the largest group of voters in Arizona; and it is important for them to know they can vote in the Primary Election,” said Secretary of State Ken Bennett. “Both independent and partisan voters have the choice of voting by mail or at the poll on Election Day, August 26.”
To vote by mail, contact the County Recorder for the county of legal residence and request an early partisan ballot. If voting at an early voting location, an independent voter may make his or her party ballot selection at the poll. For early voting locations and availability, contact the County Recorder’s office.
The last day to request an early ballot for the Primary Election is August 15, 2014. Vote, sign, seal, and send the primary ballot no later than August 22, 2014. If you vote by mail, do not vote again in person. Also, for security reasons, only give your ballot to your postal worker. Should you miss the mailing deadline, you may drop your ballot at an early voting location or with your County Recorder. For locations and availability, contact the County Recorder’s office. “If you wouldn’t trust a person with your money,” said Bennett, “I recommend not trusting him or her with your ballot.”
For those voters voting on Election Day, Aug 26, know your correct polling location, as voting locations may change from election to election. Check location online www.azsos.gov, and click on the Voter View icon or call 1-877-THE VOTE or in the Phoenix Metro Area 602-542-8683. The Voter View portion of the website is compatible with smartphones and tablets.
· Get Out The Vote With The CD3, LD19, SD5 Republican Candidates In Warner Precinct. Walk with: Gabby Saucedo Mercer for CD 3, Joseph Hobbs for LD 19 State Senate, Sophia Johnson for LD 19 State House and Mark Riddles for SD 5, Sat, Aug 2. Meet at 8:30am at the Bank of America on the southeast corner of Avondale Blvd/Buckeye Road and walk from 9am to Noon. Bring water, sun screen, and an extra friend. Wear patriotic, comfortable clothing and a hat. Don't worry if you have never done this before, we will team you with someone who has. RSVP to Andrew Costanzo at, firstname.lastname@example.org or 480 677-0697 or to LD 19 Chairman, Cherie Scott, email@example.com.
· Reports came this afternoon that Sheriff Richard Mack would be joining Ammon Bundy, son of Cliven Bundy of the Bundy Ranch in Nevada, in a speaking engagement regarding the BLM at the Grassroots Tea Party Activists gathering at Brand New Church in Phx.
· And Speaking Of BLM, Wickenburg Mayor John Cook advised the Wickenburg Republican Club Monday evening that the City of Wickenburg is appealing BLM’s attempt to close down Box Canyon near Wickenburg. Box Canyon is the local play grounds for young folks who enjoy the outdoors, a stream to play in and the company of their friends. BLM isn’t popular out Wickenburg Way this summer either.
· LD23 House Candidate Effie Carlson reports that her campaign signs on “Pima Road are being defaced with paint saying RWNJ or "right wing nut job". They are also removing the signs and poles.” If anyone has information regarding this vandalism; call her at 602-717-9811. . See ARS 16-1019 – political signs http://www.azleg.gov/ars/16/01019.htm
· District 4 Maricopa County Supervisor Candidate Sandra Dowling will be a guest on Shane Krauser’s Liberty Story talk radio show at 1 pm, Thurs July 31st in Phx. 1100KFNX.com or 1100 AM.
LD19 Write-In Senate Candidate Joseph Hobbs will be featured at the LD19 ‘Meet And Greet $5 qualifying contribution drive’ from 6-8 pm, Fri., Aug 1 at 3609 N 127th Drive., Avondale. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
· LD23 Candidate For The House Of Representatives Jay Lawrence will appear on the Russell Pearce Show Saturday 5:30 on THE PATRIOT KKNT radoio, 960 AM.
· Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Denny Barney: This past May, for the first time in almost 44 years, Maricopa County dust levels met the federal standards. The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the county’s dust plan, finally allowing the county to be on the path toward achieving “attainment” status. Significantly, the EPA was persuaded to make allowances for the summer “haboobs” and other “exceptional events” unfamiliar to Washington and outside human control. With the potential of facing billions of dollars in lost transportation funding and other sanctions if we do not comply, county programs such as the often unpopular holiday “No-Burn” campaign have been an important part of the plan to increase public awareness and reduce air pollution. It’s important that we continue to push back on regulations but also take the time to thank county officials who have worked hard, in coordination with state, local, and outside entities to make this progress. And I’m pleased that after so long, Maricopa County gets out from under the federal thumb, at least a little.
· A ‘Meet & Greet Over Tacos’ is scheduled at 5:30 pm, Mon, Aug 4 at the home of Bill & Debbie Cheatham, 5202 E Turquoise Ave., Paradise Valley, in honor of LD25 House incumbent Justin Olson, LD15 senate candidate Nancy Barto, and LD28 House candidate Shawnna Bolick. $45 per person or $75 per couple. RSVP: Lilia Dashwvsky 6002-918-3411 or email@example.com
· Meet Incumbent Gilbert Town Council Candidates Victor Petersen, Jordan Ray, and Eddie Cook and Rep Warren Petersen at 7 pm, Sat., Aug 9 at a reception at the home of Grant and Amy Peterson, 2531 E Libra St, Gilbert.
Enjoy A Hot Dog With Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio And CD1 Candidate Adam Kwasman at 6:30 pm, Thur., July 31 at the home of Donald and Della Kwasman, 7265 N Cathedral Rock Road, (in Cobblestone) Tucson. 6 pm briefing/photo op - $500 each. BBQ with Joe - $35 per person or $50 per couple. RSVP to Lynne at (605) 321-6224 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
· Maricopa County Board of Supervisors District 1 an open position on the Maricopa County Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC). The CDAC advises on matters concerning the Community Development Block Grant program, including fair housing and housing affordability issues affecting low/moderate income people. If interested, call (602) 506-1776.
· The Central Republican Women of Phoenix will meet at 6:15 pm, Thur., Aug 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4000 N. Central, Phx. 5:30 pm – social hour. Speaker: Border chaos expert Jeff Prather, heard regularly on the James T. Harris KQTH’s talk show http://www.1041kqth.com/podcast/harris/267740901.html Dinner $22. RSVP TravelingTina@cox.net
· A ‘Wine & Cheese’ Reception For Scottsdale City Council Candidate Michael Auerbach is scheduled at 5:30 pm, Thur., Aug7 at 16074 N 78th St., #B-104, Scottsdale with special guest Mayor Jim Lane. Donations welcome. RSVP: Michael@auerbachforcitycouncil.com or 480-492-7553.
· The Arizona Chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP) “National Day of Action to stop government Overreach’ is scheduled Aug 2 in an effort to stop President Obama and his allies in Congress from increased regulations that will lead to higher energy bills, stifle economic growth and destroy jobs. To participate in:
· Neighborhood Walks in Flagstaff Contact: Karen MacKean - Coconino, Apache, Gila, Graham & Eastern Pinal County email@example.com (480) 220-9450
· Neighborhood Walks in Maricopa City Contact: Leslie White - Deputy State Director firstname.lastname@example.org 480.290.2286
· Neighborhood Walks from Vail to Sierra Vista Contact: Karen Schutte - Pima & Cochise County email@example.com (520) 240-2058
· Gubernatorial Candidate Frank Riggs will be hosted at a “Pie & Coffee” Meet & Greet at 6 pm, July 31 at Cobre Valley Republican Club headquarters, 424 N Broad St., Globe. Contact: Chr Judy Alexander
· The Republican Party of Chandler, Sun Lakes and Gilbert are planning a will host a LD17 fundraiser for Chandler Council Candidates Terry Roe, Kevin Hartke, and Rene Lopez is scheduled at 7:30 pm, Thurs., Aug 7 at at El Zocalo, 28 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler, AZ 85225. $250 suggested donation. RSVP Dr. Shadow Asgari at 480-0250-2105 or firstname.lastname@example.org
· Check out the Alliance of Principled Conservatives Black List here
· The Pinal County Tea Party and AZ Conservative Coalition will jointly host a AZ Secretary of State primary election debate at 6:30 PM on Mon, Aug 4 at the Legacy Suites, 540 N. Cacheris Ct, Casa Grande, located ½ mile west of I-10 on Florence Blvd. Candidates include Wil Cardon and Justin Pierce. Michele Reagan declined. Contact is Stephen Kohut, PCTP (520-241-5034, email@example.com).
· A Constitutional Studies Seminar is planned from 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Aug 9 at the Liberty Arts Charter School, 3015 S Power Rd, Mesa, AZ 85212. Cost: $10 (covers the seminar guide) Taught by Lester Pearce. RSVP to: Spencer Pearce 480-593 4540 pearce_spencer@Hotmail.com Mara Benson 480-215-6658 firstname.lastname@example.org or Pam Walton 480-323 6446 email@example.com
· Gov Jan Brewer Has Appointed Lori Horn Bustamante To The Maricopa County Superior Court. Since 2011, Bustamante has been a Commissioner for the Maricopa County Superior Court presiding over conservatorships, guardianships, mental health matters, and personal representative appointments for decedent estates. She currently handles approximately 35 to 70 cases per week. Previously, her career included being a sole practitioner with the Law Office of Lori Horn (2006-2011); a trial attorney with Allstate Insurance Company (2001-2006); and a Deputy County Attorney with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (1997-2001). She has been appointed by Governor Brewer to replace outgoing Judge Harriet Chavez.
· Michel Auerbach’s City Council Campaign Signs will be delivered to you by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your address.
· LD 30 Candidate for Senate Gary Cox needs $ 5 Clean Elections Contributions. He is also calling for volunteers to make phone calls. Contact: Gary Cox at 623-696-8854. Gary will provide a call list. www.garycoxforsenate.com secure online $ 5 Clean Elections https://www.azsos.gov/apps/eps/qc/CCECVoterAuth.aspx
· State Treasurer Candidate Jeff Dewit will be interview at 12:30 pm, Fri., Aug 1 Pinal Power Players by host Douglas Wolf, Pinal County Assessor at WWW.KQCKLIVE.COM. The host is Douglas Wolf, Pinal County Assessor.
· Congressman Trent Franks And Politics On The Rock is coordinating a free rally with former Gov Mike Huckabee at 5:30 pm, Sat., Aug 2 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253. Huckabee will address the crowd and play his famous bass guitar. photo ops with Huckabee - $250. RSVP trentfranks.com/huckabee/ RSVP for a photo to Charles@politicsontherocks.com. There will be a dinner with the Governor after the rally. For more information on the private dinner email Jessica Lycos at Jessica@essexorange.com or call 480-686-5076.
· “As Chairman Of The Arizona Republican Party it is important for me to thank Congressman Trent Franks. Rep. Franks has been remarkable in his willingness and commitment to the Arizona Republican Party. Organizing the “2014 Victory Rally” with special guest Governor Mike Huckabee is one shining example of his devotion and commitment to conservative principles.” - Robert S. Graham, Chairman AZ GOP
· Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Denny Barney: Beginning this fall, Arizona State University (ASU) students will have an opportunity to apply for a Maricopa County internship. The Maricopa County Leadership and Education Advancing Public Service program (MCLEAPS) allows accepted students to receive a paid stipend, a waiver of the semester’s tuition, and academic credit toward a qualifying degree. This program is a great chance for students to get real world public sector experience and helps county departments, who have had to cut back in recent years, deliver top notch service to the community. For more information on this program, go to copp.asu.edu/mcleaps
Volunteers are welcome to stop by the New AZ GOP West Valley Victory Office at 10050 W Bell Road #26, Sun City or contact office coordinators Phyllis And Peter Lee 623-977-4532 Mdcyclist@Live.Com
· Important Election Information :
· July 31 - Early voting begins
· Aug 20 - Early voting ends (Ballots not mailed by the 20th might not be counted right away and should be taken to the polling place.)
· Aug - 26 - Primary Election Day
· Congressman David Schweikert: Speaking tonight on the House floor, Schweikert announced his support for the border proposal that will be voted on tomorrow by the House of Representatives. “If you’re actually from Arizona, this isn’t a new issue. We’ve been living with the challenges of immigration policy for decades now and the amount of the border responsibility my taxpayers have had to take on is tremendous. Tomorrow, we’ll have a piece of legislation to step up and deal with parts of the border crisis. It’s not a half-of-a-loaf, it’s not a quarter-a-loaf, it’s not an eighth-of-a-loaf, it’s sort of the heel of a loaf but at least for those of us in Arizona, I believe it does a handful of things we’ve been demanding,” he said:
Here are key facts about the bill, courtesy of the House Appropriations Committee:
· Makes changes to a 2008 law to expedite the return of unaccompanied minors to their home countries by treating Central American children the same as those from Mexico.
· Prohibits the Interior and Agriculture secretaries from limiting the activities of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents on federal public lands within 100 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.
· Provides funding for National Guard troops at the southern border
· Pares down the president’s $3.7 billion request to $659 million, which is fully offset by cuts and recessions to existing funds, and specifically targets all funding toward addressing the most immediate needs at the border.
· Provides additional resources for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and CBP operations aimed at securing the border, increasing detention space, and expediting the processing and deportation of unaccompanied children and families.
· Increases the number of temporary immigration judges to enhance the capacity of the immigration court system, allowing the courts to process more cases and reduce the lengthy wait periods between detention and removal.
· Prioritizes repatriation assistance to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador from within existing foreign aid funding to facilitate the return and reintegration of children in their home countries.
· Expresses the Sense of the Congress that unauthorized migrants should not be housed on military installations unless certain conditions are met.
· Contact Your Congressman. Let them know what you think about the illegal immigration surge, how they are voting various issues, the bills they are pushing/sponsoring, how they treat their constituents, etc. Remember – they work for you!
· Sen John McCain R 202-224-2235 mccain.senate.gov
· Sen Jeff Flake R 202-224-3421 flake.senate.gov
· Rep Ann Kirkpatrick (D1) 202-225-3361 kirkpatrick.house
· Rep Ron Barber (D2) 202-225-2542 barber.house.gov
· Rep Raul Grijalva (D3) 202-225-2435 grijalva.house.gov
· Rep Paul Gosar (R4) 202-2225-2315 gosar.house.gov
· Rep Matt Salmon (R5) 202-225-2635 salmon.house.gov
· Rep David Schweikert (R6) 202-225-2190 schweikert.house.gov
· Rep Ed Pastor (D7) 202-225-4065 house.gov/pastor
· Rep Trent Franks (8) 202-225-4576 franks.house.gov
· Rep Kyrsten Sinema (D) sinema.house.gov
JULY 31 EVENTS
· CD2 Candidate Chuck Wooten will highlight the Brown Bag Lunch Series at noon, Thurs., July 31 at the Green Valley Village, Suite 70, I-19 Exit 65-Continental Road.
· A Casa Grande Candidates Debate is scheduled between 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Thurs., July 31 at the Central Lutheran Church-324 N. Sacaton St., Casa Grande featuring Clerk of the Court Candidates Chad Roche and Amanda Stanford, Casa Grande Justice of the Peace Court 2 Candidates Roger Valdez and John Ellsworth and Legislative District 8 Candidates Harold W. Vangilder, T.J. Shope, Frank Pratt, Wayne Bachmann, Carmen Casillas, Darla Dawald, Irene Littleton, Barbara McGuire and Alan Pease. Open to the public. Sponsored by the Casa Grande Dispatch.
Americans For Prosperity presents Economist Dr. Milton Friedman at 6 pm, Thur., July 31 at the Oro Valley Country Club, 300 Greenock Drive, Oro Valley. Also speaking: Dr. David Schmidtz, Dir. UofA Center for Philosophy of Freedom. Tickets: www.afpffriedmantucwson.eventbrite.com
CPA Rex Pope Will Address School Tax Credits at the 6 pm, Thur., July 31 Colorado River Tea Party meeting. email@example.com
AUG 1 EVENTS
· LD19 Is Hosting A ‘Meet And Greet $5 qualifying contribution drive’ for LD19 write-in SENATE candidate Joseph Hobbs from 6-8 pm, Fri., Aug 1 at 3609 N 127th Drive., Avondale. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
AUG 2 EVENTS
· Author and national columnist Joanne Moudy will address the Sun City West Republican Club at 8:30 am, Sat., Aug 2 at the SCW Foundations Building (Quail Room) 14465 R H Johnson Blvd., Sun City West. Doors open at 8 am – coffee and donuts. $2 donation to cover expenses. Moudy is an Ambassador for Alliance Defending Freedom with a focus on the sanctity of life issues - primarily discussing how Common Core & Planned Parenthood are linked together and undermining the innocence of our children in public schools. She is also an acclaimed author just having written a new thriller, "The Tenth" which is getting rave reviews on a national level. She will make her presentation and then open the floor to questions. Contact: 602-421-8877.
· Politics On The Rocks Is Hosting A Free Rally With Gov Mike Huckabee And Congressman Trent Franks at 5:30 pm, Sat., Aug 2 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253. Huckabee will address the crowd and play his famous bass guitar. Photo opportunities are available with Huckabee for $250. RSVP for a photo at Charles@politicsontherocks.com. For information on the private dinner with the Governor after the rally contact Jessica@essexorange.com or call 480-686-5076.
· A Victory 2014 GOP Rally And Dinner With Gov. Mike Huckabee and Congressman Trent Franks is scheduled from 5:30-9:30 pm, Aug 2 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Scottsdale Road/Indian Bend Road., Scottsdale. 5:30 pm rally. 7 pm photo session, 7:30 pm, VIP Reception, 8 pm dinner with Huckabee. The rally is free. There is a charge for the rest of the events. RSVP by July 25 to Jessica Lycos 580-686-5076 email@example.com or Radha Hirsch firstname.lastname@example.org 602-510-2384.
· The Heritage Academy Is Offering A Constitution Training Course for new teachers and all interested persons from 9:30 -11 am, Aug 2, 9, 16, 23 and Sept 6 at 32 South Center Street, Mesa. Contacts: Sarah Rowse 602-301-3008 or Verl Farnsworth 480 204-0964.
· Arizonans Against Common Core Forums are scheduled from 9-11 am, Aug 2 at the Brand New Church, 1827 W Grovers Ave., Phx. and from 6-9 pm at the Burke Basic School, 131 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. Speakers include Dr. Sandra Stosky, leading expert on Common Core, Gubernatorial candidate Frank Riggs and Supt of Public Instruction candidate Diane Douglas. Contact: Jennifer Reynolds email@example.com
· Arizonans Against Common Core will host a gathering of leading experts on the issue from 6-9 pm, Aug 2 at Burke Basic School, 131 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. Speakers will include Dr. Sandra Stotsky, Dr. James Milgram, Mr. Ze'ev Wurman, Ms. Diane Douglas, and Mr. Frank Riggs. Arizonans Against Common Core is raising $1800 in donations to pay for travel costs for Dr. Stotsky, Dr. Milgram, and Ze'ev Wurman.
· CD8 Congressman Trent Franks Is Hosting A ‘Victory 2014 GOP Rally’ with Mike Huckabee (FOX News) and Arizona Congressmen Paul Gosar, David Schwiekert and Matt Salmon on Aug 2 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N Scottsdale Road., Scottsdale. Photos ops with Huckabee $250. RSVP by July 25 to Jessica Lycos firstname.lastname@example.org 480-686-5076 or Radha Hirsch email@example.com 602-510-2384.
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WHAT CANDIDATES ARE SAYING:
· Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Bennett: With 1.3 million people on AHCCCS, Arizona’s next Governor will need a detailed plan and the experience necessary to deal with the rising costs of healthcare in the Grand Canyon State. The best aid we can provide is to help people help themselves. Along with providing opportunities for employment, the Medicaid and AHCCCS systems themselves need to be re-designed. That’s why I’ve proposed the 5-5-5 Plan. First, we must create enough high-paying jobs to move 5% of current AHCCCS enrollees to a health plan provided by their employers. Second, we can reduce the cost of AHCCCS by 5% by eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse. Finally, we will convert 5% of enrollees to a pilot program using Health Savings Accounts. When Arizonans find themselves in hard times, we should provide temporary aid. However, too many recipients are thinning the resources available to those truly in need. As we improve the economy and restructure AHCCCS and Medicaid, we will see the number of Arizonans in need drop significantly. Please review our comprehensive 9 point plan to move the state forward at www.BennettArizona.com/plan.
· Incumbent Attorney General Candidate Tom Horne: Last week I participated in the first televised debate with my primary opponent in the race for Attorney General. As you will see from this edited, five-minute clip, my opponent was asked a simple question about donations he made to the leading open border advocate in our state, and evaded them each time. Taking his deceitful campaign one step further, my opponent sent an email out after the debate stating I would not appear in the same room with him to debate. We all know that is laughable, and the station that hosted the debate, 3TV, has confirmed that it was their request and decision. I welcome your feedback to this debate, and encourage you to share the facts with at least 5 of your friends. As always, I am grateful and thank you for your continued support. To contribute to AG Horne’s reelection, click here.
· Gubernatorial Candidate Frank Riggs: In a crowded field, I'm the clear conservative choice. I'm the only candidate with both military and law enforcement experience: as a military police supervisor and Army veteran, and as a police officer and deputy sheriff. I'll make public safety and securing the border my top priority. As a former school board president, education nonprofit CEO, and national leader of the school choice and charter school movements, I'll protect local control in K-12 education by repealing Common Core on Day One.As a U.S. Congressman, I helped expose corruption at the House Bank and Post Office, balance the federal budget, reform welfare, and kept my term limits commitment. My voting record earned me the highest ratings of both National Right to Life and the NRA. I will bring the principles of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, free markets, secure borders and personal responsibility to the governor's office, and I will stand for state sovereignty against the ever-expanding federal government. Arizonans deserve a proven, conservative leader with a record to back his promises and the courage to make the right decisions. I will be accountable and accessible to the people and will always put Arizona’s needs first!
· Gubernatorial Candidate Christine Jones: Earlier this week, Christine Jones hosted a telephone townhall with hundreds of thousands of Arizonans to set the record straight on every attack being leveled against her by Doug Ducey and his establishment friends. The response to the tele-townhall was extremely positive, and many people thanked Christine for her transparency and willingness to address the attacks head on. In case you missed the tele-townhall, I encourage you to read the Arizona Republic's recap of it below. You can also click here to listen to a few of the messages our office received after the call. With less than four weeks until Election Day, Christine's conservative vision is resonating and we feel the momentum growing every day. Given the onslaught of petty attacks against Christine, it's obvious our opponents also feel the growing enthusiasm for our campaign. I hope you can join us at one of our upcoming events and see for yourself why Christine should be Arizona's next Governor. In fact, if you're in Tucson, join us today for our 25th Second Amendment Event and Early Voting Kickoff Rally!
· Gubernatorial Candidate Scott Smith released his Education Plan for Arizona last night. Smith's plan lays out his strategy for creating and maintaining a world-class education system that focuses on what happens in the classrooms. "As the son of a 35-year Schools Superintendent, I've seen first-hand how a great education system can provide economic opportunity for Arizonans. Every child deserves an exceptional education. My plan creats an education system that promotes great teachers, early reading proficiency and making sure children are prepared for high-quality, high-wage careers. I'll make sure our schools and classrooms have the resources to prepare our children to compete in a global economy," he said. The plan (1) Great Teachers: By recruiting, respecting, rewarding and retaining great teachers, parents will have confidence their children are learning from the best educators in the country. (2) Early Reading: Statistics show that children who read well by the end of 3rd grade are four times as likely to graduate from high school. Reading proficiency at a young age is a must for every child in Arizona. (3) Career Readiness: For high-wage jobs to come to our state, businesses must know that Arizona has a highly educated work force. With higher standards and an increased focus on specialized skill training, the next generation of Arizonans will be equipped and prepared for high-wage jobs. By championing a strong public school system, including impressive charter schools, attracting five private universities to launch campuses in Mesa, and supporting partnerships to smooth transitions to postsecondary options, Mesa became a widely respected city for its education prowess. Smith's Education Plan
· CD2 Candidate Martha Mcsally: Just a reminder that early voting ballots for the primary election are being sent out tomorrow. This is a great chance to get your vote in for Martha early (and tell your friends and neighbors to get their votes in for Martha too)! To request an early voting ballot:For Pima County, click here. For Cochise County, please call the Cochise County Recorder's office at: (520) 432-8350. In 2012's primary election, early voting comprised 75% of the total vote, and there's no doubt it will play a huge role this election. That's why this weekend we are having our first get-out-the-EARLY-vote weekend. We'll be going door-to-door to talk to voters and remind them to turn in their ballots as soon as possible, and we'd love to have you join us. We will be meeting up at our Tucson office Saturday at 9:30 am, but if you can't make it then, we'll have shifts going out all day, so feel free to come by whenever you can. 4400 E Broadway Blvd., Suite 510, Tucson, AZ 85711. As we put together our get-out-the-EARLY-vote plan, we'll need volunteers who can put up signs, serve as poll watchers, and join our Election Day operations legal team. Please email me at Matt@mcsallyforcongress.com or call at 520-488-4610 to sign up. Thank you so much for all that you do and I hope to see you this weekend!
· Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Bennett: As the former CEO of a fuel distribution company, Ken Bennett understands our state must have a balanced approach to meet its energy needs. That’s why one essential component of his comprehensive 9-Point plan details his vision to ensure Arizona’s energy future. For more than 75 years, Bennett Oil marketed gasoline and diesel fuels, and under Ken’s leadership, was one of the first companies in northern Arizona to offer alternative fuels such as Bio-Diesel and E-85. “My experience running the business taught me we need an ‘all of the above’ approach to meeting our energy needs,” said Secretary Bennett. “Any responsible energy plan must include the development of traditional and renewable resources” said Secretary Bennett. “This means aggressively cultivating nuclear, wind, solar, hydro, natural gas, and other energy sources beyond their current levels.” Highlights of the plan include the reduction of bureaucratic red tape, eliminating tax hikes on clean energy, and a commitment to fund strategic energy initiatives at Arizona’s research universities. “As Governor, I’ll work to ensure that Arizonans have more choices in terms of their energy use – including the right to produce one’s own power,” said Bennett. “All too often, entrepreneurs stand ready to provide customers with new options for meeting their energy needs, but have only limited ability to access energy markets. In order to spur innovation, it’s crucial that entrepreneurs be able to compete on a level playing field with traditional energy providers.” Secretary Bennett’s comprehensive 9-point plan is available for review at www.BennettArizona.com/plan.
· CD2 Candidate Martha McSally: Retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally released the following statement after the House's passage of the Veterans, Access, Choice, and Accountability Act: "This bill is a definite step in the right direction to improving our VA health system, and I'm glad to see that veterans who've been waiting for care will have access to it immediately. To ensure veterans never have to suffer like this again, we'll need leaders in Congress who understand our VA health system and will hold the Administration accountable to implement the long-term fixes needed. Congressman Barber has proven he's ineffective and the wrong person to be looking out for our veterans. He's known about issues at the VA for seven years, yet has failed to take any meaningful action, and he voted to balance the budget on the backs of Southern Arizona veterans. As a veteran myself, I've personally received excellent care at the Southern Arizona VA and will use that experience and close ties with the veterans community to fight for our veterans and ensure care is consistent across the country." Sources: Barber admits he has known about a systemic problem at the VA for seven years (Youtube, 5/26/2014). Barber votes to cut retirement benefits for veterans (H.J.Res59, Roll Call #640, 12/12/2013).
· Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Bennett: No one deserves our respect and support more than our veterans. My wife’s father served in World War II and Korea, and I have brothers-in-law who saw combat in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. It has been a privilege to be involved with numerous veteran and military projects and to establish countless meaningful relationships with veterans across the state. That’s why it’s so appalling to see the failings within our VA system. We must ensure this gross incompetence and neglect of our veterans never happens again. Our next Governor must have an established relationship with our congressional delegation to ensure our veterans get the help they need. If the VA falls short, we as a country and state have a duty and obligation to our veterans that their healthcare issues are addressed expediently and they are provided the level of care they earned and deserve. Please take a moment and review my comprehensive 9-point plan to move our state forward at www.BennettArizona.com/plan.
· Chandler City Council Candidate Terry Roe: Early voting begins this week. Watch for your ballot in the mail. We have done a great deal to prepare, and I think it's fair to say that we are in a good position to win! You are invited to a meet & greet for Chandler Council candidates, Roe, Hartke, and Lopez at El Zocalo in Chandler. Scheduled for August 7th at 7:30PM. For more information please check out the link. Send me your address and I will deliver a Roe 4 Chandler yard sign to your home. This really makes a difference. Take a few seconds and track down Roe 4 Chandler 2014 and SHARE a post with your Facebook friends. This is modern day grassroots campaigning and you help make the difference. Join me for an early morning sign waving event. Pick any morning to show up from 6AM to 8AM. I have the locations. I appreciate your company. This country, this state, this community cannot succeed without an engaged voting public. "We the People" not me the people is the message. Thank You for your support. Thank You for all you do!
· CD9 Candidate Andrew Walter: We can't thank our volunteers enough for an outstanding job on Super Saturday! In a single day, we called over 2,000 CD9 primary voters. Can you help us maintain this momentum? This Saturday will be Family Saturday. Bring your closest friends and family to the office to help us reach voters who will have received their early ballots! Andrew's family will be joining us and we will have volunteer activities for kids as well. Below are the ways you can help Andrew on Saturday, or during the week if you can't make it. Please let us know how you can help.1. Phone calls, in the office or from home 2. Knocking on doors 3. Lit dropping 4. Write a Letter to the Editor 5. Recruit your friends and family to join you. Details for our Saturday morning walk, as well as our office hours, are listed below. Thank you for your continued support, and please let us know how you can help this week with early ballots hitting mailboxes in two days. Sat. am walk: 9-11 am. Meet at Kyrene de la Mariposa School, 50 E. Knox Rd., Tempe, 85284. Bring water, sunscreen, hat.
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· “Hillary Clinton Insists That She Donates Fees For Giving Speeches At Colleges And Universities But Still Has Not Released Documents To Back Up Her Claims.” (Liz Kreutz, “Under Fire For Hefty Fees, Clinton Has Not Released Records Of Donations,” ABC News, 7/9/14)
· Clinton Has “Offered Nothing But Silence” In Response To Follow-Up Questions Requesting Documentation Of Her Donations. “In an interview with ABC News’ Ann Compton Friday, Clinton defended the high-dollar fees she charges for speaking at universities by saying the money goes to charity through the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation she controls with her husband, former president Bill Clinton. But Clinton, in response to specific follow-up questions, has offered nothing but silence.” (Liz Kreutz, “Under Fire For Hefty Fees, Clinton Has Not Released Records Of Donations,” ABC News, 7/9/14)
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