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9-13-14 MCRC Briefs

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Briefs Editor   Frosty Taylor    repcomm@cox.net

Web Master   John Strasser

 

September 13, 2014

 

·       Arizona Schools Are NOT Underfunded: They’re Mismanaged! Arizona K-12 funding ranks 14th (top 28%) in the nation based on per capita income.  The main problem is that the District Bureaucracy has taken more and more of the funding out of the classroom and then blamed the legislature.  Every year the Auditor General releases a report - Dollars to the Classroom - and the latest clearly states the following:

"Between fiscal years 2001 and 2009, Arizona's total operational spending per pupil Increased 47% before decreasing 5% between fiscal years 2009-2013.  Arizona’s state-wide average classroom dollar percentage in fiscal year 2013 was 53.8 percent, the lowest percentage in the 13 years our Office has been monitoring district spending.  Each year since fiscal 2004, districts have Decreased the Percentage of their Resources they allocated to the Classroom. "   The main cause of the decrease in the latter years was the major recession in 2009.  In fact, according to the NEA, funding to K-12 nationally decreased by 4.3% in 2009.  http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/NEA-Rankings-and-Estimates-2013-2014.pdf

The net INCREASE of 41% in funding per pupil between 2001 and 2013 is a tremendous investment by the Legislature and the Arizona Taxpayers in K-12 Education.  However, that huge investment has been wasted by applying more and more of those funds Outside the Classroom.  In fact, the percentage of taxpayer funds allocated to the classroom is now 8% below the national average, due to the Decisions made by the Administrators.

One reason for the perception of low funding is that over 80% of the land in Arizona is owned by the federal government and state trust lands.  That is in violation of the Arizona Statehood Enabling Act and must be corrected in 2015.  Property taxes are a primary source of funding for K-12 education, the fact that only 20% of the land in the state is taxable exacerbates the problem.  Across the board, the states that fund K-12 at a higher dollar amount generally have no federal land carve outs and consequently have more private property to spread the funding requirements.

In closing, it is mandatory that we hold the School District Administrations Responsible for Their Decisions that are the prime impact on Larger Class Sizes and teacher pay scales. Targeting only legislative appropriations is a simplistic approach that does not deal with the major contributing factors for the perceived problem. - - Phil Mason, long time GOP activist, consultant, and walking encyclopedia on Arizona politics.

 

·       Grassroots Republicans aren’t real happy with the RNC and the AZGOP for making no effort to help CD3 candidate Gabby Saucedo-Mercer retire incumbent Dem Raul Grijalva .  RNC reportedly says “she’s too conservative” but if she can raise $150,000 cash on hand, they they’ll support her.  So far, it’s has been Grassroots Republicans who have come to the aid of this gracious, knowledgeable lady.

 

·       Prayer Cover Is Being Requested For The Crisis Relief International (CRI) Workers who are now in the direct path of the ISIS who are beheading Christians as they gain more control in the Middle East. According to Sean Malone who leads CRI, "We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food too. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated it's staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!"

 

·       The Sun City West Republican Club will meet at 8:30 am, Sat., Oct 4 at the SCW Foundations Bldg (Quail Rm), 14465 R H Johnson Blvd, Sun City West, AZ. Coffee/donuts at 8 am, $2 donations to cover costs.  Speaker: Congressman Trent Franks, who serves on the Armed Services and the Judiciary Committees and is and Chairman of the Missile Defense Caucus and Congressional Electromagnetic Pulse Caucus. The Club for Growth honored him with the Defender of Freedom Award.  The 60 Plus Organization honored him with the Guardian of Seniors' Rights Award and the U S Chamber of Commerce honored Congressman Franks with the Spirit of Enterprise Award. Franks will take questions from floor after his presentation.

 

·       Congressman Matt Salmon will be participating in a Youth Town Hall hosted by the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at 2 pm, Oct 15 Glendale Community College Student Union, 6000 W  Olive., Glendale. It is free and open to the public, and Q&A will follow his presentation.

 

·       Today Robert Graham criticized Democrat Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona’s CD 1 for flying the Flag of Mexico during her parade in Eloy, Arizona this morning. “Arizona voters already know Kirkpatrick has been doing a poor job representing her constituents while she continues to support Obama’s failed policies, but flying the Flag of Mexico alone with no sign of the Flag of the United States is offensive and hurtful not just to our veterans but to every American,” said Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. Kirkpatrick (@Ann_Kirkpatrick) tweeted out images of her official parade float which appear to have cropped away much of the Mexican flag, but other images of the float clearly show the Mexican flag displayed prominently, according to Graham. Expert: Obama-Plans-To-Devastate-Black-Workers  'He knows exactly what he's trying to do, and he's doing it for political reasoning'.

 

·       A Reader Has Pointed Out the Dem Gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal’s poster was on that same float.

·       LD28 Candidate Shawnna Bolick: In the dark of the night having the "opposition" remove your campaign signs from your own front yard is truly low ball politics.

 

·       During Her Tenure In The Legislature, Judy Burges has earned the designation of “Champion of the Taxpayer” from Americans for Prosperity, “Spirit of 76 Award” from Pachyderm Coalition as the highest ranking legislator, and honored by the Goldwater Institute numerous times as a “Friend of Liberty”.  Besides, that she’s one heck of a nice lady.

 

·       Dennis Michael Lynch Returns’ from 7-9 pm, Oct 4 at the Virginia Piper Theater, Scottsdale Civic Center mall, organized by DML Present & Liz Alcorn Committee. $20 per ticket. VIP reception on Oct 3 - $60 each. RSVP: http://dennismichaellynch.eventbite.com  or call Jim O’Connor at 602-538-9387 for tickets.

 

·       A J LaFaro’s Ballot Propositions Recommendations: Go to http://maricopa.arizonagop.us/page.php?t=Ballot_Propositions

 

·       The Deadline For To Register For The General Election Is Oct. 6.  Early voting begins Oct. 9. Register online here.

 

·       AZ Federation of Republican Women (AzFRW) is "leading the way"  for conservative women across Arizona with educational programs, interesting and dynamic speakers, campaign schools,  leadership training, scholarships and many opportunities to make a difference.   We register voters, meet candidates, get to know the issues and truly make a difference for our state and country.  The Arizona Federation is comprised of 27 clubs located across  Arizona and growing!   To find a club in your area, please click on the Arizona Clubs page. – AZFRW President Mary Williams.

 

·       The Tucson Republican Women’s Club 30th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon and Fashion Show will be held at noon, Sat., Sept 20 at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E Broadway, Tucson, AZ 85711.  Bring a guest. Past Presidents will be exhibiting their scrapbooks. Clothing for Fashion Show from Plaza Palomino 2930 N. Swan Rd. #120.  $30 per ticket.  Reservations required. RSVP: Chairman Caroline Straub at 722-7447 or cmstraub1@cox.net

 

·       The Crossroads Of The West Gun Shows are scheduled from 9 am – 4 pm, Sun., Sept 14 at the Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road, Tucson.

 

·       All Precinct Committeemen (PCs) from the past term elected or appointed that did not run for PC are no longer PC's. The only PCs the Legislative Districts (LDs) and MCRC have are the ones elected in the August 26 Primary. That said, ALL current LD  Executive Officers retain their office until the LD organizational meetings in November and December when the new elections are conducted.  In essence LD officers complete their term of office they were elected to. – MCRC Chairman A J LaFaro

 

·       ATTN Teachers:  Do You Have Wildlife Education Resources or programs that you want to share with the public? The Arizona Game and Fish Department is hosting a Wildlife Education Resource Fair in conjunction with its annual Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center Open House from 10 am – 3 pm, Nov 22 and 23. Exhibit space is free and will include an 8 foot table and chairs. Space is limited! If you are interested in showcasing your resources, complete This Application Form and submit it via email to eproctor@azgfd.gov.   Download the Event Flyer.

 

·       Nationally Syndicated Columnist Mychal Massie traveling to Scottsdale to spend two days with Dr Lyle Rapacki, who has agreed to arrange for Massie to speak to large groups while he is in town – Oct 20 and 21. Any conservative group wishing to feature Massie at a large gathering should contact Rapacki at lyle@sentinelintelligenceservices.com  Massie has appeared on FOX News and Hannity, publishes the Daily Rant, and has been a pastor. 

 

·       MCRC Chairman A J LaFaro:  Here is the Maricopa County Precinct Election Report - a PDF file and a great reference tool.  The "Voted" and "Voter" files for Maricopa County should  be available early next week.
 
http://recorder.maricopa.gov/electionarchives/2014/08-26-2014%20Final%20Precinct%20Report.pdf

 

·       Destroying Political Signs is a Class 2 Misdemeanor  (ARS 16-1019 –political  signs http://www.azleg.gov/ars/16/01019.htm )  if caught  and prosecuted. If you see someone destroying or messing with Republican political signs for candidates in the General Election in Maricopa County, please photograph them and take the photos to the victims or send them to MCRC Chairman A J LaFaro aj_ml@hotmail.com  

 

·       Reminder To Those Who Didn’t Win Their Primary Races:  Primary Election Loser Campaign-Signs-Must Be Removed-By Sept 11    The deadline is past, but there are a still a few signs out there.  Those still in the races can leave the primary signs up through the general election.

 

·       The AZGOP Victory office, 10050 W. Bell Road, Sun City, AZ 85351 is open. Phone 623-977-4532.  Office hours are from 9am-5 pm, Mon-Fri and from 10 am-2 pm, Sat. Volunteers are encouraged. Voters are welcome to drop by to pick up GOP information, candidate literature, etc.  Office managers - Phyliss and Peter Lee  623-583-5987 or mdcyclist@live.com

 

·       Congressman Paul Gosar: Throughout the month of August, I had the opportunity to travel all across the fourth district and meet with Arizonans from all walks of life. I had some great conversations and town halls listening to problems that many people are facing but more importantly I listened to the solutions and ideas that many of you offered to fix these problems. It’s amazing sometimes how simple these solutions can be when you use common sense (something sorely needed in Washington DC). I always say this everywhere I go: “the solutions to the challenges our country faces are not going to be solved by bureaucrats in Washington, but rather by hard working folks on the front lines of our economy”. I heard from an overwhelming number of you that Washington must act to create a better environment for job growth, fix our immigration crisis and continue to cut waste, fraud and abuse from government spending. As I return to Washington I will remember your comments and commit myself to developing solutions to fix these important problems.

o   On Thursday, August 28th, I met with local business owners in our San Tan Valley office for our "Meet-Your-Neighbor" Business event.

o   Nothing I love more than spending time with my wife at the Payson Rodeo.

o   I was in Lake Havasu City for the Grand Opening of a new Goodwill.

o   Met with Jim Salscheider, Lake Havasu Marine Association President and CEO and presented him with the Congressional Record Recognition for LHMA's recent accomplishments.

o   I visited the Kingman Regional Medical Center, speaking with medical students and physicians in the Emergency Department.

o   I had a wonderful time touring the Bullhead City Boy and Girls Club with my friend Daisy Solis Esquer. Daisy was one of the 1st place winners for my 2014 Easter Card Competition this past Spring..

o   I met with the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association, one of the leading public policy advocates for Arizona's growing tourism industry. They represent over 35,000 rooms statewide and 400+ members including hotels, B&B's and related industry partners.

o   I met with the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association, one of the leading public policy advocates for Arizona's growing tourism industry. They represent over 35,000 rooms statewide and 400+ members including hotels, B&B's and related industry partners.

o   I toured the Hart Prairie Preserve to take a tour and saw how forest thinning is helping to make our state safer from catastrophic wildfires and our forests healthier

o   I toured the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central Arizona campus which includes an Early Learning Center, Therapy Services and a Day Treatment Therapy for children and adults. UCP serves children and adults through comprehensive and innovative services designed to enable “Life Without Limits”. Since its inception in 1952, UCP has been committed to change and progress for people with disabilities and strives to ensure their inclusion in every aspect of society.

o   I had a productive town hall with the Apache Junction Tea Party. This great group is engaged in the important issues of today.

o   This past Saturday I participated in the opening precession of the Prescott Valley Healing Field of Northern Arizona. It was a special opportunity for all of the Northern Arizona community leaders to come together to show unity and support for the families who suffered the loss of loved ones in the tragic and horrific attack on the US on September 11, 2001.

o   Yesterday, I held a town hall with the Association of Mature American Citizens in Apache Junction to discuss important issues facing the senior citizens of Arizona.

o   Additionally, yesterday I was wearing an orange tie to show support of St. Mary’s Food Bank. One in seven Arizona seniors chooses between buying food and medicine each month. You can help at St. Mary’s Food Bank by joining me in wearing orange to spread the word and visitwww.StMarysFoodBank.org to take action. 

We live in an amazing district and state! I am so grateful to have the best job in the world representing a special community of patriotic and passionate Americans looking to build a stronger and more prosperous nation. I look forward to meeting more of you throughout the year. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/repgosar   twitter page: https://twitter.com/RepGosar

http://gosar.house.gov/contact-me

 

 

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SEPT 15 EVENTS

·       The Sun City Republican Club resumes meetings at Sundial Center on Sept 15 - the 3rd Monday - for pizza at 6:30 pm. Meeting at 7 pm. The Sun Dial Center is located at 14801 104rd Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351. Republicans welcome.  Contact: wbcrist@cox.net

 

·       The Arizona Project will meet at 6:30 pm, Mon., Sept 15 to listen to GOP Primary Clerk of the Superior Court candidate Amada Stanford at 3375 E Shea Blvd #2.. She won with 55% of the vote upsetting her former boss, incumbent Republican Chad Roche. Stanford will run unopposed in the November 4 general election and be sworn into office in January. Contact: Ron Ludders  602-677-1496.

 

·       Young Americans For Liberty will host speaker Shane Krauser, who will address Constitutional Rights  at 5 pm, Sept 15 in the Student Union at  Glendale Community College.  Contact: gtskidmore@hotmail.com

 

SEPT 16 EVENTS

·       A Meet And Greet For LD28 House Candidate Shawnna Bolick and LD18 House candidate Jill Norgaard at 4:30 pm, Tues., Sept 16 at Macayos, 4001 N Central, Phx. Co-hosts – Kelli Ward, Rick Gray, JD Mesnard, Amanda Reeves, Karen Fann, Darin Mitchell, Steve Montenegro, Paul Boyer, David Livingston, Justin Olson, Phil Lovas and Brenda Barton.  RSVP: info@bolickforarizona.com  or info@jillnorgaard2014.com

 

·       An Adult Program On Suicide will be held at 5 pm, Sept 16 at Palomino Library in Scottsdale. "You Matter" - Suicide Awareness and Prevention for Teens and Parents .

 

·       LD2 Senate Candidate Daniel Estrella and LD2 Chairman Sergio Arellano will address the Pima County Republicans at 11:30 am, Tues., Sept 16 at the Sabbar Shrine Temple, 450 S. Tucson Blvd – Lunch $11.

 

·       A Meet And Greet For LD28 House Candidate Shawnna Bolick is scheduled  from 8-9:30 am, Sept 16 at the  Terra Java Coffee House & Bake Shop, 3619 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018 organized by Jose Borrajero

 

·       The 2014 Homeless Veteran Stand Down starts at 9 am, Tues, Sept 16 and runs through 3 pm,  Wed, Sept 17at Tim’s Toyote Center, 2101 N Maint St.,  in Prescott Valley.  See flyer HERE. District staff will be in attendance. Congressman Paul Gosar’s staff and various veteran's organizations will also be in attendance to support homeless veterans with housing issues, employment opportunities, healthcare and mental health services. An overnight stay is provided. More information can be found at www.arizonastanddown.org.

 

·       The Fountain Hill AZ Tea Party will meet at 6:30 pm, Sept 16,(3rd Tues)  at the Fountain Hills Unified School District Learning Center, 16000 E Palisades Blvd. (Palisades Blvd. & Golden Eagle Blvd.) featuring Jonathan Paton, former AZ State Rep and advocate for YES on 122 -- an amendment to the AZ Constitution seeks to protect state sovereignty. Incumbent Sen candidate John Kavanagh and Dem Sen candidate Paula Pennypacker (former Republican) will face off in a forum. Free admission.Contact:Richard Rutkowski  info@fhteaparty.org  or www.fhteaparty.org

 

·       The Surprise Tea Party will meet at 6:30 pm, Sept 16 at the Sun City West Foundation Plaza, 14465 West RH Johnson Blvd. with LD 22 Sen. Judy Burges and LD22 Rep Phil Lovas and David Livingston to discuss Proposition 122, Arizona State Sovereignty Amendment; Proposition 303, Arizona Terminal Patient's Right to Try; and Proposition 304, Arizona State Legislator's Salaries . The group will meet again Oct 7 and Oct. 21. www.surpriseteapartypatriots.com

 

·        ‘Freedom Fires Live’ will feature AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham on Sept 16. A debate between Dr. Carl Goldberg and Dr. Zuhdl Jasser is scheduled Sept 23. The group meets every Tuesday evening at 6:30 at at the Burke Basic School, 131 E Southern Ave., Mesa. Cost: $2 (17 and under are free). FreedomFires.com.

 

·       The Daisy Mountain Tea Party Patriots will meet at 6:30 pm, Tues, Sept. 16 at the Anthem Civic Center Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, Anthem, AZ 85086. Speakers: Floyd Brown from the Western Center for Journalism and Lance Hurley of the Founding Fathers Ministry.  In honor of Sept. 17th, U.S. Constitution Day, Hurley will preform Patrick Henry's famous speech "Give me Liberty". Contact: Vera Anderson veraanderson41@gmail.com or phone: 602-821-4675.

 

SEPT 17 EVENTS

·      LD28 House Candidate Kate Brophy McGee And Sen. Incumbent  Adam Driggs will hold a fundraising reception at 5 pm, Wed., Sept 17 at Alexi’s Gill, 3550 N Central Ave., Phx. Contact: KateMcGee.com

 

·       The Republican Women of Prescott  will meet at 11 am, Sept 17 at the

Prescott Resort, 1500 E. Hwy 69, in Prescott. $17 per plate. RSVP:  Elsie Tyree (928) 778-0235 or tyree200@msn.com or Pam Calhoon (928) 778-7157 or pjcalhoon@hotmail.com.   www.RWOP.info

 

·       District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll is the speaker for the 6:30 pm, Wed., Sept 17 Eastside Republican Club scheduled in the Bear Canyon Library, Community Room, 8959 E Tanque Verde, Tucson.

 

·       The Verde Valley Republican Women  will meet at 11:30 am, Sept 17 at the Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa, 2250 West State Rte 89A, Sedona, AZ  86336.  RSVP @ fireluge@gmail.com or (928) 284-4248.

 

·       A Holocaust Film Will Be Shown during the 8 pm, Sept 17 open house at the Freedom Library in Yuma to celebrate Constitution Day. Local holocaust survivors will also speak. The purpose of the program is to remind people that honoring the constitution would prevent another such horrific event.

 

·       Pima County Supervisors Ray Carroll will address the Eastside Republicans at 6:30 pm, Wed., Sept 17 at  Parralee Schneider, 250-5073 & pmstucson@aol.com

 

·       The House & Senate Victory Committees are hosting a 2014 Republican Legislative Candidate Reception from 5-7 pm, Sept 17 at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix. Tickets are $250 per person / Table Sponsorships are available. Please contact Andrea Evans at AndreaTylerEvans@gmail.com for more information.

 

·       The Palo Verde Republican Women will meet at 11:30 am, Sept. 17 at the Grayhawk Golf Club, 8620 E Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale. Lunch $25, Social 11 am. Speaker - Cochise County Sheriff  Mark Dannels will address the southern border issues. PVRW member  border.  PVRW member Peg Cottle will give a slide presentation of her three month stay at Fisher House while her son, a double amputee, was recovering.  State Treasurer candidate Jeff DeWit will auction off original art -  proceeds go to Fisher House.  RSVP contact Edith Stock: pvrwlunch@gmail.com or call 480-298-7818 (C).

 

SEPT 18 EVENTS

·       The Chino Valley Pachyderm Coalition will meet at 5:30 pm, Sept 18 at the BonnFire Restaurant, 1667 S. State Route, Hwy 89, Chino Valley. Order off menu.  RSVP:  Sue Goodchild (928) 636-7355 or sgcater@aol.com.   Seating Limited.

 

SEPT 19 EVENTS

·       Michael Francis, Will Rousseau And Bob Branch are hosting a fundraiser luncheon for gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey at noon Fri, Sept 19 in the Red's Bar and Grill at  Wigwam Resort, 300 E Wigwam Blvd.,  Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. Suggested Contribution $500/pp. Business Casual Attire. RSVP by Thur, Sept 18 to Kelly Molique 480-213-5910  Kelly@lovasco.com or Corinne Lovas at 623-218-6616  corinne@lovasco.com .  Please make checks payable to: “Ducey 2014” and mail  to:Ducey 2014 Attn: Corinne Lovas; 6740 W. Deer Valley Road, Ste. D107, PMB 205, Glendale, AZ 85310 Phone: (623) 218-6616 Email: Corinne@lovasco.com

 

SEPT 20 EVENTS

·       LD22 PCs Glenn And Marie Haynes Will Hold A Private ‘Meet And Greet’ for Dusty Trail precinct committeemen with LD22 incumbents Sen Judy Burges and Reps Phil Lovas and David Livingston, along with Maricopa County Community College District Board Member at Large John Heep in the Corte Bella Country Club Social Hall at 9 am, Sept 20. Limited seating. RSVP required. Dusty Trail PCs should RSVP to MeetSept20@aol.com or leave a message with your name and phone number at 310-418-3645. 

 

 

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·       Former Scottsdale City Council Candidate Bob Littlefield: First, I want to thank you all for your support and help in my campaign for State Representative. Unfortunately, I did not win.The theme of my campaign was that citizens want government that is less ideological and more pragmatic. They want government that delivers the services they need (such as public safety and education), while keeping their taxes low by delivering those services efficiently and not wasting tax dollars on unnecessary spending such as special interest subsidies.  Unfortunately, in what came to be a low turnout election, ideology trumped pragmatism. My other challenge was that, while I ran a positive campaign, my opponents and their supporters did not return that favor. For instance, they spent a lot of dark money on hit piece mailers that I simply did not have the money to counteract. They used this tactic against a number of legislative candidates around the state and, again, in a low turnout election negative campaigning worked. So, I will reflect on the lessons of this campaign to learn how I can do a better job of communicating my message to voters and of motivating them to turn out to vote to support that message. On the bright side, my wife Kathy advanced to the November General Election for Scottsdale City Council. She would be a positive voice for the residents of Scottsdale and I encourage you to support her campaign. You can find out how on her web site at www.kathylittlefield.com.  Again, thank you for your support.

 

·       LD1 Sen incumbent Steve Pierce: EPA Guidelines: A Calamity in the Making - For months, we heard the resounding warnings about how new Environmental Protection Agency regulations aimed at power generation could affect Arizona consumers and businesses. Now that the agency’s proposal has officially been released, it is clear that these warnings were not in vain, for the guidelines EPA put forth will leave our state and our country on the brink of economic calamity.
     Arizona has had a front-row seat to EPA’s ongoing assault on affordable energy. Yet again, we find our state facing more overreaching and punitive regulations from the Obama administration and Washington, D.C., which yield no benefit but will cause energy costs to skyrocket and the reliability of our power grid to suffer. The EPA has already forced the shutdown of a number of coal-fueled power plant units in Arizona, and now it appears the agency is coming after the rest.
     Arizona relies on a balanced mix of sources for our electricity. Last year, base load generation sources like coal, nuclear and natural gas made up more than 90 percent of our electricity supply, with intermittent sources like solar comprising the remainder. Under EPA’s most recent proposal, Arizona would be required to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 52 percent, the second most stringent reduction requirement of any state.
     It is unclear how EPA set these standards, and even experts are puzzled by the more than 1,600-page proposal and its nebulous justifications. What is clear is that Arizona will have to cut coal use significantly, which will fundamentally alter the energy makeup of our state and leave Arizona ratepayers paying the price for EPA’s costly, politically driven plan.
     How and why does EPA expect Arizona to reduce CO2 emissions by 52 percent? Through increasing electricity from intermittent, higher-cost renewable energy by 100 percent, increasing electricity from natural gas – which Arizona would have to import from other states – by 95 percent, and eliminating the use of coal to generate electricity. Again, why? With a plan like that, even EPA admits that energy prices will increase and jobs will be lost because of its proposal. Analyses of carbon reduction proposals similar to that of EPA’s predict that electricity prices for Arizona ratepayers could increase by as much as 31 percent, and that as many as 9,000 jobs per year could be lost in Arizona and throughout the Southwest.
     My colleagues and I passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 1022 earlier this year to declare state primacy over the federal government on this issue. Knowing that these regulations would soon be upon us, we wanted to ensure that we made it clear to the Obama administration that we would not stand for the same costly policy making we have witnessed from this White House and its team of unelected agency bureaucrats.
     We believe Arizona is best positioned to make decisions about what Arizona needs, and it is important that we lead, not be led, in crafting energy policy that stands to have such an enormous impact on our residents and businesses. EPA’s proposal is unworkable in every way. There is nothing to fix, nothing to “work out;” it is simply the wrong approach with little consideration for the cost and reliability impacts.
     Now, I urge my colleagues, including the Department of Environmental Quality and the Arizona Corporation Commission, to represent the people of Arizona and do their part in getting EPA to withdrawal this senseless proposal. I trust the resolution adopted by the state Legislature will be used as a springboard to protect our state’s families and businesses from EPA’s overreaching regulations—before it’s too late.
Pierce’s opinion piece ran in the Capitol Times

 

 

·        America On The Edge   It is a dangerous time for America. The threats at home and abroad are very serious, but we are being led by individuals who place politics ahead of national security, to the peril of every American.

 

·        Yahoo-Will-Publish-Documents-From-Secret-Spy-Court-Prism-Case: Says-Us-Threatened-$250k-Fines

·        Us-Confirms-ISIL-Planning-Infiltration-Of-U-S-Southern-Border   McCain voices concerns border is not secure

·        Texas-Police-Arrest-Muslim-Terrorist-Wearing-ISIS-Body-Armor

·        'ISIS Terrorist' Crosses Canadian Border On Lake Erie Into The US 

·        Marshmallow-Roasting-Instructions-By-The-US-Government

·        MX President Disagrees With TX Guard Deployment

·        James-Foleys-Parents-Threatened-With-Jail-By-Obama-Administration

·        Apache & Navajo-Counties-Tally-More Ballots-Than Voters

·        VA-Rips-Sinema-Ad On Vets-Suicide

·        Russell Pearce On Welfare Recipients  If You Want… Get A Job

·        Independents Surge Turns Out To Be Just A Trickle   Robert Robb

·        Congressman-Matt-Salmon-To-Lead-Congressional-Hearing-On-Marine-Jailed-In-Mexico

·        Arizona Candidate Andy Tobin Gives GOP's Weekly Radio Address

·        From-Women-For-Fred-Duval To AZGOP Graham Speeches

·        AZ-Fact-Check: Duvals-Work-Lobbyist

·        Fact-Check: Bipartisan-Support-For Common-Core

·        Border Patrol Agents Seize $1.1M In Marijuana

·        Coyote Takes Long Nap In Scottsdale Man's Fireplace

·        Owners, Renters Blame HOA For Flooding

·        Customs-Border-Agents-Not-Disciplined-Investigations-Continue

·       Report: CBP-Wasted-Millions-Ajo-Housing-Agents

 

SEEING RED AZ

·        AZ Republic Heading For Last Roundup

·        Frustration Abounds In LD 28 As RINOs Reign

·        Jeff Flake, NM Dem: Senate Refugees From Reality

SONORAN ALLIANCE

·        Ceci Velasquez Exposed As Not Ready For Elected Office

GILBERT WATCH

·        Why Is Independence So Frightening To Some People?

ESPRESSO PUNDIT

·        Left And Lefter

·        Linda Valdez, Call Your Office.

·        Speaking Of Carnage

FLOYD REPORTS

·        Here’s How Barack Obama Has Become The Thing He Hated Most

WESTERNFREEPRESS

·        CIA-Now-Admits-That-President-Obama-Is-A-Radical-Islamic-Enemy-Of-America

VINE OF LIFE

·        Vetting Obama (Pt 2)

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER

·       President-Trying-Save-Collapsed-Presidency

·        The Problem with Obama's ISIS Strategy.

WILLIAM-KRISTOL

·        Kerry Shows 'We're Pulling Our Punches' On ISIS

·        ‘American Leadership At Its Best’

DICK MORRIS

·        Cut Off ISIS Funding

PAMELA GELLER

·        The Islamic State Beheads Another Hostage, British Aid Worker David Haines  -- Savages

·        Australia: Elite Private School Muslim Girl Shot And Dismembered Waging Jihad In Syria

·        Texas: Muslim Manager Throws Out Veteran From Subway Restaurant For Service Dog

·        Obama’s JV Team Now Controls Area Larger Than UK With Upwards Of 40,000 Muslim Fighters

·         Infidel Writer In Dubai: “Black And White: How Muslims See Women And Sex”

·        German Muslim Calls Upon Western Muslims To Join The Jihad In Syria

·        “Stop The Islamization Of My High School”

·        Despite Blacks Enslaved By Muslims Across The World, Maxine Waters Calls Americans Bigots For Opposing Sharia Law

·        Obama’s Unwilling Un-Coalition

·        Hamas Reveals Jihadi Character On Arabic Twitter Account

·        UK: 7-Year-Old Shot By Father After Mother Rejects Islam

·        Video: Pamela Geller On Hannity Discussing The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL)

·        Pleading Muslim: Colorado Arvada Teen, Shannon Conley, Pleads Guilty To Helping The Islamic State

·        Bill-Maher-Video-Claim-Islam-Like-Religions-Just-Naive-Plain-Wrong

·        Police-Give-Sweden-Changed-Forever-Will-Live-Shootings

·        Report-Islamic-State-ISIS/ISIL-Split-Woman-Two-Cars-Bury-Non-Muslims-Alive

·        Four-New-Jihadist-Groups-Planning-Islamic-Caliphate---Malaysia-Indonesia-Singapore-Thailand-Southern-Philippines

·        Obamas-Big-Speech: Islamic-State-'Is Not Islamic'

ARIZONA FREEDOM ALLIANCE

·        Bolick & Norgaard Joint Event - 1

·        Propositions On The 2014 Ballot

 

 

AZGOP   azgop.org/blog/ 

·        Arizona_Republican_Party_Bylaws

EBOLA ALERTS 

·        Liberian Doctor: Blames U.S./West For Engineering Ebola “These Citizens Do Not Deserve To Be Used As Guinea Pigs!”

·        Ebola Survivor Donates Blood To Treat Infected Doctor

·        What Virologists Are Not Saying Publicly: Ebola Virus Hyper-Evolution Is Unprecedented… Could Go Airborne

MARINE SGT. ANDREW TAHMOORESSI  (Jailed In MX)

·        The-Only-Person-In-Mexico-Who-Cant-Get-Into-America

·        Andrew-Tahmooressis-Imprisonment-Something-We-Should-Be-Ashamed 

BERGDAHL

·        Bergdahl In 'Holding Pattern,' Attorney Says

BENGHAZI

·        Greta: White House Pressured Fox News To Back Down On Benghazi

·        Prosecutors-Need-Time-Prepare-Case-Benghazi-Suspect-Wanna-Bet-Ultimately-Walks

IMMIGRATION/BORDERS/ILLEGALS

·        Mexican-President-Mad-Perry-Deploying-Natl-Guard-TX-Border

·        Illegal Aliens In The Us Get Passport & Social Security Numbers In One Day – Legals Must Wait

·        Amnesty With Open Borders Equals National Suicide

·        We The People: Militia Members Plan To Block Bridges Going Into Mexico

·        Follow Along With Us Border Marine Unit That Tamped Down Illegal Crossings On Colorado River

·        Ray Stevens Song: Come To The USA

·        Remember 1986

·        AZ Border Defenders     Updated Daily

·        AZborderdefenders  - Hidden Cameras

·        Need2No    Border News Watch  

MILITARY/VA/VETERANS

·        Two-Retired-Colonels-Arent-Buying-What Obama-Is Selling Tired Of Obama’s Isis Weakness, And They Just Eviscerated Him…"A Fundamental Problem Is President Obama Wants To Do..."

·        Former General Says Obama Administration Has Mishandled ISIS And Misunderstood War

·        Military Source: ISIS Hostages Dispersed After Revelation Of Foley Rescue Mission

·        Obama Rejected “Best Military Advice”

·        Inspector General Caves And Whitewashes VA Report In Final Draft

·        “Offensive:” Officer Barred From Entering Daughter’s School In Uniform

·        Now Veterans Have Another Bizarre Reason To Be Enraged

·        “Offensive:” Officer Barred From Entering Daughter’s School In Uniform

CAMPAIGNS/ELECTIONS

·        Republicans May Lose Opportunity To Gain Congressional Seat In Florida

DEMS/LIBS

·        Jimmy-Carter-Out-Of-Office-But-Still-Getting-Into-Hot-Water

·        A Legacy Of Failure

·        "Frankly, I Don't Know What It Is About California, but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office. I'm not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close. When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we're Number One. There's no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on 'Macbeth'. The four of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of blab. You don't know if you should condemn them for their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form words." -- Columnist Burt Prelutsky,Los Angeles Times

MEDIA

·        Oops: Obamas-WH-Flak-Directly-Contradicts-Boss

·        Bill Maher Destroys The Idea Of A "Moderate" Islam

·        Obama Mouthpiece Jay Carney Had A Really Rough Night

·        ABC-NBC-Skip-Foley-Mom-Bashing-Appalling-Obama-Response

·        Greta: White House Pressured Fox News To Back Down On Benghazi

·        13 Years After 9/11, The Media, Beltway & Academia Refuse To Admit Islam Was Behind Terrorist Attacks

·        On MSNBC: Revenge Is Legitimate Basis For ISIS’ Foreign Policy, But Not For US

SARAH PALIN

·        Sarah Palin Family Involved in Drunken Brawl at Snowmobile Party

·        Thrilla-Wasilla: Palin-Speaks-Blames-Obama-Bar-Brawl    Obama Blames Bush, Palin Blames Obama

DR. BEN CARSON

·        Islamic-State's-Convert-Or-Die-Doctrine

·        Carson-Schools-Jesse-Jackson-On Worn-Out-Policies-Of-The-Do-Gooders-That Havent-Helped-The-Black-Community

BILL/HILLARY

·        Hillary Clinton Exposed For Misleading Americans On Benghazi

·        Iowa-Dems-Say-Clintons-Visit-Won't-Overshadow-Harkin's Steak Fry

·        Hillary-Spent-Summer-Hamptons-Asking-Friends-About-Income-Inequality

·        Obama-Clinton-Celebrate-20-Years-Of-Americorps

BIRTHER CONTROVERSY

·        See-The-Document-Expert-Presented Document Expert Presented More Obama Forgery Evidence At NY Supreme Court

TERRORISTS

·        Terrorism Didn’t Stop When Osama Bin Laden Was Killed

·        Jihadist-Revenge-Murder-American-Teen-Proof-Domestic-Terrorism

·        James Foley's Mother 'Appalled' By U.S. Government Handling Of Case”      

DEPT OF JUSTICE/HOLDER

·        Infuriating! Eric Holder's At It Again...

FEDERAL

·        The Fed Continues To Blow Smoke And Keep Americans In The Dark

·        Feds Spent Millions Studying Drunken Monkeys

·        When Government Targets Truckers, Everything Becomes More Expensive

COURTS

·        Court Reinstates Wisconsin Voter ID Law

SCANDALS

·        Government-Arresting-People-For-Anti-Obama-Facebook-Posts

CONGRESS

·        Bill-Making-English-Official-Language-US-Gaining-Big-Support-In Congress

·        Dem Congressman Admits Obamacare Doubled Costs

·        Senate Rejects Amendment To “Fix” Citizens United

·        Maxine Waters: Americans Are Bigots For Opposing Sharia Law

·        Landrieu-Travel-Report-Raises-More-Questions-Than-It-Answers

ENERGY

·        Wind Turbines But No Power  The Highly Touted, Government-Subsidized, Unreliable, Intermittent And Expensive "Alternative Power" Schemes Currently In Vogue Are Nothing But A Phenomenal Waste Of Money

EDUCATION

·        School Bans 9/11 Tribute Shirt

·        School Denies Chapstick To Student With Bleeding Lips

·        California School District Has A Tank…To Protect The Children, Of Course

·         School Bans ‘Offensive’ Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches

·        “Offensive:” Officer Barred From Entering Daughter’s School In Uniform

·        The Insane Reason This Girl Was Forced Out Of D.C. Public Schools

·        Police Tackle Female High Schooler For Using A Cellphone In School

COMMON CORE/AGENDA 21

·        Agenda 21 Simplified – The Standardization Of Common Core

WHITE HOUSE/OBAMA

·        Oops: Obamas-WH-Flak-Directly-Contradicts-Boss

·        Flashback: Bush Warned Of Iraq Turmoil 7 Years Ago

·        Former Secret-Service-Agent-Says-Obama-Is-Gay-And Muslim

·        If Obama Lies About Small Things, What Is Keeping Him From Lying About Everything?

·        White House Has No Idea If We're At War Or Not

·        Obama Admin Threatened Families Of Beheaded Journalists For Trying To Get Their Sons Back

·        Obama’s “Iraqization” Of America

·        Obama-Clinton-Celebrate-20-Years-Of-Americorps

INTERNATIONAL

·        See-You-In-Hell-Boys: Kurdish-Female-Commandos-Dream-Of-Storming-HQ-Of-ISIS-Who-Fear-Being-Barred-From-Heaven-If-Killed-By-Women

·        Breitbart-London: Entire Leadership Of ISIS Opposition Wiped Out By 'Unexplained' Explosion

·        UK Islamic Imam Refutes Obama: Terrorizing The Enemy Is Part Of Islam & Islamic State Is "Pro-Life"

·        Evil: Another Isis Beheading Video Released, This Time As A Warning To ‘America’s Allies’

·        The Syrian Rebels That Obama Is Trying To Arm Against ISIS Have Signed Non-Aggression Pact With Isis

·        Pope Francis Says We’re In The Middle Of A ‘Piecemeal’ World War 3, Calls WW2 A ‘Failure’

·        Liberal Culture Keeps Girls In Bondage To Muslim Sex Slave Ring   Young Girls (Some As Young As 11) Kept In Bondage To A Sexual-Slave Ring Run Out Of Rotherham, Uk

 

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