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Never-Trump-Ringleader-Plots-3rd-Party-Challenge Bill Kristol launches Twitter war: 'Is it Sasse-Coburn 2016, or Coburn-Sasse 2016?' “…It's looking more and more like the Republican elites in Washington will have to be talked down off the ledge, now that Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee of the party.”
Paul-Ryan-Spoils Trump's Victory By Withholding Endorsement House Speaker Paul Ryan took the extraordinary step of saying he isn’t ready to support Donald Trump, and Trump fired right back, igniting a spat that pits one of the nation’s most popular and prominent Republicans against his party’s presumptive nominee.
Trump Punches Back: I'm Not Ready To Support Ryan's Agenda Donald Trump says he’s not ready to support House Speaker Paul Ryan’s agenda — a pointed counterpunch after Ryan criticized the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. “I am not ready to support Speaker Ryan's agenda,” Trump said in a statement. Read the full story here
Ryan Fans GOP Civil War Over Donald Trump Paul Ryan on Thursday pressed presumptive nominee Donald Trump to do more to unify the party. But the Speaker’s latest public break with Trump has started tearing Republicans apart. Members of the #NeverTrump movement and Trump’s biggest critics on Capitol Hill cheered Ryan’s remarks on CNN that he could not in good conscience endorse or support the bombastic New York businessman at this time. Read the full story here
Mitt-Romney-Skips-Republican-Convention Mitt Romney joined the list of prominent Republicans who won't attend the convention in Cleveland. His decision means the party's last two presidents (George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush) and its last two nominees (Romney and John McCain) won't be on hand. How significant are their decisions? The New York Times' Alex Burns tweeted this comparison: "Imagine if Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry and Ted Kennedy all declined to show up at the 2008 Dem convention. That's Cleveland 2016."
Speaker-Ryan-Says-Not-Ready-To-Support-Trump - Latest Party Tension Ryan and Republican Establishment and Other So Called Conservatives Blast Trump As They Plan a Coup To Nullify People's Republican Primary Vote at RNC Convention In July: “House Speaker Paul Ryan, in a television interview on Thursday, said he's not yet "ready" to support or endorse Donald Trump – marking the latest flare-up with the party as the presumptive Republican nominee quickly finds himself engaged in a two-front battle on the road to November.Hillary Clinton's juggernaut campaign operation already is hitting him hard, but the billionaire businessman still faces resistance from some Republican critics. While several former primary rivals have come around to his campaign, some GOP figures are outright opposing his nomination. Others, like Ryan, are equivocating. Ryan, asked Thursday if he'd back Trump, said: "I'm just not ready to do that at this point." Continue Reading...
LD11 Rep Mark Finchem: Hand full of so called Republicans voted against parental authority yesterday and the affirmation of parental rights. The bill, HB2088 will come back up for reconsideration today. We were 1 vote short of passage when Shope, Pratt, Robson, Carter, Boyer and Coleman voted against their caucus and the bill. republicans-deny-parents-informed-consent-rehearing-today
Former LD2 Chairman Don Woolley: It saddens us that the Arizona House voted against SB 1377. Why in the world would an elected official of this state oppose Grant's Bill? Grant Ronnebeck died at the hands of an illegal immigrant felon, on probation by a judge, and this bill would have righted some of that wrong. It is just shameful and mind boggling. We apologize to Grant's parents and family, for all of us. And in particular, we want to point out one of several Republican who joined the Democrats in stopping this bill, Chris Ackerley, LD2. We supported Chris through thick or thin in his first two campaigns. We are done doing that now, he has violated our trust and his oath to the people of Arizona, to protect Americans/Arizonans and legal immigrants. A personal phone call asking him to reconsider and change his vote was ignored. He does not care about the voters who elected him, only the politics of the moment. Doing the right thing evaded him, You never lose when you are right. He lost today, and so did the state. See illegal-immigrant-crime-punishment-strengthened-in-arizona-with-sb1377
US Senate candidate Dr Kelli Ward: “This morning, the news broke that John McCain — behind closed doors at one of his big money fundraisers — said that Donald Trump would hurt his chances for re-election. That’s right — not his DC double-speak or his constant compromises on border security or failures on the VA scandal, but the person chosen by the people of our party would hurt his chances. On the heels of one of his former advisors coming out in support of Hillary Clinton, it’s obvious that McCain and the DC Establishment are ready to turn their backs on the will of the people in order to protect their stranglehold on us. We shouldn’t be surprised. But we should stand up and fight back. stand with me against Hillary Clinton and her favorite senator. Together, we’ll rid DC of the Establishment hacks that have had control for far too long. Now is the time to show John McCain, once again, that he can’t run away from the will of the people anymore.”
Former Maricopa County Republican Chairman A J LaFaro: AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham was true to form at the AZGOP State Convention in Mesa on April 30, 2016. Graham, the Cruz/Kasich supporters, the RINO establishment and their bought and paid for parliamentarian wove a web of political deceit, manipulation and intrigue Machiavelli would have been proud of. Their collusion allowed them to "stack the deck to steal the delegates" from Mr. Trump. I guess there really is something to be said for karma given Cruz and Kasich got destroyed in Indiana three days later and Mr. Trump will be the GOP nominee for President. Rumor on the street is many of the delegates and alternates are having second thoughts about going to Cleveland. Especially the 89 Cruz/Kasich/RINO Establishment delegates and alternates from Arizona. I think it's hilarious these people have to pay $4,000+ to go to Cleveland and support Mr. Trump on the first vote and only vote, and throughout the entire National Convention. Maybe Graham will give them their money back. Or they could start a GoFundMe page.
Republicans And Democrats Backing Presidential Nominees discover steep cost of attending this summer …For delegates, the cost of participating in the nominating process can run into the thousands of dollars. They often have to pay for travel to the conventions, hotel rooms, meals and incidentals. State parties may also require delegates to pay fees for participation. delegates-Turn-To-Gofundme-To-Pay-Way-To-Conventions
The Surprise Tea Party Patriots will meet at 6:30 pm., Tues., May 17 in the Grand Canyon Room of the Sun City West Foundation Plaza, 14465 W R H Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, AZ 85375 with Maricopa County School Supt candidate Jana Jackson and Arizona legislators Sen Judy Bruges and Reps Phil Lovas and David Livingston. Contact: John Madeira email@example.com
The Grassroots Tea Party Activists will meet at 6 pm., Wed, May 11 with Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash at Denny’s Restaurant, 2717 W Bell Road, in Phoenix to discuss rules for the national GOP convention in July in Cleveland select the party Presidential ticket nominee. Ash is the RNC Rules Committee chairman and was re-elected to another term as Arizona’s RNC committee representative during the April 30 AZGOP convention in Phoenix.
The Western Pinal County Chapter of The Arizona Republican Assembly (AzRA) will meet at 6:30 pm., Mon., May 9 at 408 N Sacaton St., #2 in Casa Grande. (SE corner of W Florence Blvd/N Sacaton St.) with Pinal County Attorney candidate Kent Volkmer and US Senate candidate Clair Van Steenwyk. Contact: Sec Jason Hayes 202-394-7202 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Lawsuit-Uncovers-More-Hillary-Emails-Withheld-From-State-Dept Judicial Watch today released new State Department emails (one batch of 103 pages, the second of 138 pages) that again appear to contradict statements by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department and that she did not use her clintonemail.com system until March 18, 2009. Judicial Watch recently released Clinton State Department emails dating from February 2009 that also call into question her statements about her emails..
McCain On Tape: Trump Damages My Reelection Hopes - 'If Donald Trump is at the top of the ticket,' the senator says in a recording obtained by Politico, 'this may be the race of my life.'
Arizona Citizens Defense League Update: We thank everyone who contacted the Republican Senators who joined the Democrats to defeat SB 1257 in the Senate Final Read vote. SB 1257 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would allow armed CCW permit holders to enter state and local government facilities if the extent of their security is a “no weapons” sign. Despite receiving over 1,300 of your emails, none of the Republicans who voted against SB 1257 asked for a reconsideration vote and the time limit has passed to do so. By now most of you have received Senator Pierce’s reply that the bill was unacceptable to him. The text of his message and our reply are below. Senator Pierce has since contacted us and explained that his email reply was written by a staffer working off talking points and the message may have come across harsher than intended. We appreciate his candor. Senator Pierce’s email: “Thanks for the email and taking the time to forward the AZCDL call for action. It's not accurate as to how this happened. Just who it was that allowed the House to amend it, diluting the bill to the point that is not acceptable. On March 3, 2016 we all voted to send this bill to the house. 18 Senators voted for it. Again, while it was in the House, it was amended taking the teeth out of the bill. Now it is not what we voted for. Your paid lobbyists allowed it to be stripped down to what it is now. I cannot support such a weak bill.”
AzCDL’s Reply To Senator Pierce: “Just so we're all on the same page, the bill was amended in the House to include an exception for the Maricopa County Integrated Health System, i.e. The Maricopa County Hospital. We opposed the amendment as an unneeded redundancy, until Gretchen Martinez and Christina Coriere from the Governor's staff called me personally and requested that we withdraw our opposition to the amendment. We did so as a favor to our supposedly pro-2nd Amendment Governor. Rest assured, we will not be making that mistake again.
That was the only change the House made to the bill language. Please do not insult my intelligence by implying that it weakened the bill substantially when the bill already contained an exemption for the state hospital, language you voted in favor of. Feel free to vote however you like, but accept responsibility for the consequences. Thank you for your time”.- Dave Kopp, President, Arizona Citizens Defense League, Inc.
It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again: In 2015, Senator Pierce joined with the Democrats to defeat a bill substantially similar to SB 1257. His reasoning last year was that the financial burden on state and local governments to meet the entirely optional security requirements was excessive. In 2015 the legislation was too burdensome but in 2016 the legislation isn’t strong enough. That’s a real head scratcher. – Dave Kopp. Contact: AzCDL
AzCDL: Some good news:
· HB 2338, the AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit the governing boards of educational institutions from banning firearms on public rights of way, such as city streets and sidewalks that happen to pass through campuses, passed out of the Senate today, May 5. It will soon be sent to the Governor.
· HB 2524, the AzCDL-requested bill that would establish an interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements that are more restrictive than existing federal law, also passed out of the Senate today. It too will soon go the Governor. Contact: AzCDL
Sen John McCain on the Obama White House’s refusal to confirm that Charlie Keating IV, the U.S. service member from Phoenix, killed fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), lost his life on a combat mission: “This week another brave American service member was killed fighting the terrorist army of the Islamic State. This loss was a tragic reminder of the service and sacrifice of those who volunteer to defend our nation and the urgency of the fight to destroy ISIL as it plots attacks against the United States and our allies. But the White House chose to go out of its way to parse words and emphasize that though the Navy SEAL was killed in combat, he was not on a combat mission. This obfuscation is part and parcel of President Obama’s doublespeak. The President tells the nation we are at war with ISIL, but proceeds at every turn to minimize any American role in fighting and winning that war. The men and women fighting and dying in the war against ISIL deserve better from their commander-in-chief.”
Herman Cain: Would-Anyone-In-This-Party-Be Interested In Stopping Hillary? “…Hillary Clinton would be such a disastrous president, the Republican Party should be united like never before in its resolve to supports its nominee, no matter who it is, in order to ensure this woman never becomes president.
But the GOP has never been more divided, with everyone from party regulars to conservative intellectual types vowing not to support Donald Trump if he is the nominee, because . . . they don’t like him! And because their egos have been bruised by the fact that Trump – and not the candidates they preferred – appears at the brink of clinching the Republican nomination.”
Intelligence, Behavioral Analysis and Threat Assessment Specialist Lyle Rapacki: The US Military Academy at West Point, our Nation’s premiere service academy, continues to undergo change and transformation the likes no military could ever withstand. Senior Officers are now under orders to provide “lactating stations and times” away from training, sensitivity and politically correct forums. I wonder if preparing cadets for combat leadership is still a priority; is learning to lead men into combat where there is no political correctness is still an order of the day. The cadets graduating will become commissioned Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army, and are to be prepared to lead in combat where bullets and bombs do not seek political correctness. Will they be prepared to make the tough choices that sometimes have no fairness connected to them?
What the hell has West Point come to? I don’t see the likes of a cadet George Patton, Dwight Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, and an Omar Bradley or more modern-day warriors who stood in the gap between the coming wolf and the sheep. So very much depends on these cadets joining the “Long Gray Line” of those who have gone on before them and served gallantly, quietly, with courage and dignity, and died for the nation they took an Oath of Commissioning to Serve and Protect against All enemies, foreign and domestic.
The Military Academy never condoned racism. Our Nation has spent decades toiling to right the wrong of racism and bigotry. The change and transformation we have been witnessing these past seven and a half years has crippled much of the previous success in correcting these wrongs. New wounds have been sliced with old wounds and scars reopened. Enough! The cadets and midshipman of our service academies represent our best and brightest, a real hope for our country’s future, and insurance for our country’s values, ideals, traditions, culture, and beliefs to continue for future generations to enjoy and embrace. The recent photo of these cadets make me sad; worried not assured for our future readiness to defend our country. Again…I pray I am wrong. See photo racism-within-west-point
The Chips N Salsa Show www.ChipsNSalsaShow.com 8pm Fri., May 6 edition with George Ortiz and Alice Lara will feature US Senate candidate Dr. Kelli Ward. www.1100KFNX.com Call in with your questions 602 277-KFNX (5369)
The 4 pm., Chips N Salsa Show Sat, May 7 edition will feature Jana Jackson, candidate for Maricopa Superintendent of Public Instruction, with George Ortiz, Alice Lara and Loops Munguia broadcasting live on www.CentralCityradio.com
Obama commutes sentences of 58 prisoners President Obama commuted the sentences of 58 federal prisoners convicted of drug crimes, the White House announced Thursday. Eighteen of the inmates were serving life sentences, mostly on crack or cocaine related charges. Most will be released on Sept. 2, but some will be freed early next year. Read the full story here
LD23 House candidate Robert (Bob) Lettieri is asking voters in his legislative district to go to the Secretary of State’s web site to sign his nominating petition. Go to www.azsos.gov/equal Select Elections which is the category under Michelle Reagan’s picture. Select sign a candidate’s petition - which is the sixth item of the left. Select the box on the left - “Sign a Candidate Nominating Petition” and click and it will take you to the authentication page. A driver license is required. Contact Lettieri at firstname.lastname@example.org 602-316-5962
Trump Tells Vicente Fox: “Get Your Money Ready Because You’re Going to Pay for the Wall” The Donald has a message for the former Mexican President Despite Vicente Fox apologizing to Donald Trump yesterday, the presumptive Republican candidate remained defiant, telling the former Mexican President, “Get your money ready because you’re going to pay for the wall.”
Top-US-Intel-Official-ISIS-Can-Stage-Europe-Style-Attacks-In-US: ISIS has the capability to stage a Paris-style attack in the US using local cells to strike in multiple locations and inflict dozens of casualties, according to the Obama administration's top US intelligence official. Read the... »
Activist Stephen Sivigliano : The medical world and the compliant press keep asking how to prevent or control the spread of the zika virus. They say they don't know. How the h**l can they not see the solution when it's staring them right in the face? It's no different than an experienced hunter not knowing how to shoot an attacking grizzly when he has a .50 caliber elephant gun in his hands. The solution is so obvious and simple, it boggles my mind that they are unable or unwilling to recognize it. The eventual prevention of this and a long list of other killer diseases, can be spelled out in just 3 letters...DDT! DDT is the safest, most effective and environmentally safe mosquito killer ever made. It was unjustly branded as an evil killer of eagles, fish, cute bunny rabbits, and humans by one lone environmental gifted writer. Single-handedly, Rachel Carson convinced William Ruckleshouse (the first EPA director) to ban DDT even though his entire staff and the foremost environmental scientists told him not to. The result of this travesty...100s of millions of people, mostly children, were killed by mosquito caused diseases. Where is the outrage, and why is he not in prison where he belongs? An angry Stephen
Arizona Supt of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today celebrated the Arizona Legislature’s final passage of Senate Bill 1239, which creates a Seal of Biliteracy to help recognize the achievements of multilingual students. “This bill’s successful passage is a victory for students in Arizona who deserve recognition for their accomplishment in learning more than one language,” said Douglas. “I commend Senator Carlyle Begay for his leadership on this bill and the many parties who helped transform a concept from my AZ Kids Can’t Afford to Wait! plan into a reality.” The Seal of Biliteracy recognizes students who have attained proficiency in English and one or more world languages prior to high school graduation by affixing a seal on their high school transcript and diploma. “I entered office with a goal to open doors for students and the Seal of Biliteracy does just that,” said Douglas. “This legislation incentivizes our students to focus on mastering a language beyond English and steers our state in the right direction as we work to establish Arizona as leader in world languages.” Currently 17 states have approved a statewide Seal of Biliteracy. Last year Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) became the first district in Arizona to offer a Seal of Biliteracy. Forty-one graduating seniors in Cactus Shadows High School’s Class of 2015 received a Seal of Biliteracy, “Not only did the Seal of Biliteracy provide me with personal gratification, but it was also a useful and easy tool to show my language proficiency to employers, university admissions offices and university language department chairs,” said Dominique Reichenbach. Reichenbach earned seals for her proficiency in Spanish, French and Mandarin. The Seal of Biliteracy was one of the proposals in Douglas’ AZ Kids Can’t Afford to Wait! Plan, which was announced on Oct.1, 2015. Douglas also called for increased and improved world language instruction in lower grade levels and second language graduation requirements as an approach to establish Arizona as a leader in world languages.
The Republican Club of Sun City will meet at 7 pm, Mon, May 16 with Chips N Salsa Show on KFNX 1100 Independent Talk s how hosts Alice Lara and George Ortiz (LD19 Chairman) in the Sundial Recreation Center’s East Hall, 14801 N 103rd Ave., Sun City. US senate candidate Dr. Kelli Ward will address her priorities - Secure the border, balance the budget, shrink government and repeal Obamacare. 6:30 pm social, 7 pm program. Contact: Peter Lee 623-583-5987 or email@example.com
Registration Is Now Open For The First-Ever AZ Game And Fish Dept Wildlife And Outdoor Recreation Summer Camp for children between the ages of 8-14. Camps will be held from 8 am-3:15 pm., June 13-16 and June 20-23 at the Department's Hirsch Conservation Area at the Avery Shooting Facility in north Phoenix. Each session will include hands-on science experiments, fishing, kayaking, archery, air rifles, wildlife encounters and more. Co-sponsored by Wildlife for Tomorrow. Registration is $150 per session per child. Too register: Summer Camp website.
LD20 has announced their meeting dates through July 2016. They are May 16, June 16 and July 11. Contact: 11 LD20News@gmail.com
Congresswoman Martha McSally will hold a Congressional field hearing at 10 am., Mon., May 9 in the Council Chambers at the Sahuarita Town Hall Building, 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way, Sahuarita, AZ 85629. The hearing will cover the challenges and threats Southern Arizonans face living near the U.S.-Mexico border, highlighting testimony from local witnesses representing a wide spectrum of perspectives including law enforcement, Border Patrol Agents, ranchers and border residents, local government, and humanitarian organizations. "For us living along the border, this is a big safety issue,” said Dan Bell, whose family owns a ranch near Nogales and is testifying on Monday. “We are put in positions where we are encountering cartel activity on our lands with the nearest help often miles away. I know this is the case across Southern Arizona.” Panelist will address “Life on the Border: Examining Border Security through the Eyes of Local Residents and Law Enforcement.” Panel 1 will consist of Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels, Douglas Mayor Danny Ortega, National Border Patrol President Art Del Cueto. Panel 2 includes Frontera DeCristo Corrdatinor Mark S Adams. ZZ Cattle Corporation President Dan Bell and Animas/Hachita New Mexico Rancher Judy Keeler.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has launched a series of wildlife-related webinars designed specifically for teachers. Webinars typically last about an hour and you earn a certificate for your participation. The latest Webinar will be offered:
· Thurs, May 12 @ 7pm: Aldo Leopold in the Southwest - Aldo Leopold is considered the "father" of science-based wildlife management. His ideas were fostered by his time exploring Arizona and the southwest. Take a virtual journey in his footsteps and learn about a free GIS-based tool for your classroom. Content is geared toward high school teachers. Register: http://tiny.cc/leopoldwebinar.
US Sen Candidates Dr. Kelli Ward, Alex Meluskey, and Clair Van Steenwyk are available to speak at events or to groups. To schedule:
· Ward, Contact Carolyn Leff at 928- 230-0633 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Arizona National Delegation has been assigned to the Doubletree by Hilton Cleveland South Independence for the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Hotel’s website http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ohio/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-cleveland-independence-CLEHSDT/index.html . Arizona’s delegation representative will receive more detailed information about the hotel assignment in the near future, including the reservation process. For immediate questions, contact Enid Mickelsen, Vice Chairman Committee on Arrangements at 801/520-0166 or Betsy Gehring, Director of Delegate Services, at 216/263-2123
ATTN Republicans: Go to the Arizona Secretary of State Website www.azsos.gov/equal to sign candidate petitions for the 2016 ballots and contribute $5 to clean elections candidates. Candidates can get one-half of their signatures and $5 contributions via the website. This saves candidates a lot of time and shoe leather.
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Jana Jackson, candidate for Maricopa County Supt of Schools will be on the 2 pm., May 7 Ron Harder radio show http://www.centralcityradio.com/
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The Cobre Valley Republican Club will have a booth between 10 am-10 pm at the May 7 Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Holy Angels Church in. Contact:
The Hwy 69 Republicans will meet at 6 pm., Mon., May 9 in a new location – the VFW Mingus Mountain Post 10227 Br & Grill at 2375 N 5th St in Prescott Valley - to hear Yavapai County Assessor incumbent Pamela J Pearsall and county assessor candidate Judd Simmons. 4:30 pm social.
Maricopa County Sheriff Candidate Marsha Hill will be speaking to LD28 on Tues., May 10 at the Madison School District HQ, 16th Street and Missouri, Phx.
The Sonoita/Elgin Tea Party will host a Prop 123 forum at 6 pm., Wed., May 11 in the Elgin School Community Room. Panelists include LD2 representatives Chris Ackerley and Rosanna Gabaldon.
Scottsdale City Council incumbent Virginia Korte will be featured at a “Dialogue with Virigina, hosted by Patricia Kaufman and Joanna Hagan between 5:30-7 pm., Wed., May 11 at Kaufman’s home, 7436 E Tuckey Lane, (Lincoln Place, guard gate) RSVP: Kaufman email@example.com
The Arrowhead Republican Women will meet with author and Amendment/firearms expert Alan Korwin at 11:30 am., Wed., May 11 at the Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave. Reservations required. $20 per person. Membership is open to Republican women registered to vote in the state of AZ. Associate memberships are available for Republican men registered to vote in AZ or Republican women registered to vote in another state. RSVP to Lezlee Alexander at 602-354-5224 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.arrowheadrw.weebly.com - Luncheons tab.
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Congressman Trent Franks: Last week the House Armed Services Committee marked up the National Defense Authorization Act, the single piece of legislation the committee considers each fiscal year. Franks offered several amendments to the legislation. Several of his amendments passed and were added to the NDAA for FY17, which will be debated on the House Floor later this month.
- Electromagnetic Pulse Protections - To increase and improve efforts to harden our critical infrastructure against electromagnetic pulse, Franks introduced an amendment directing the Department of Defense to determine the needs and current capabilities to harden DoD microgrids against EMP. The amendment requires the DoD to assess three test locations and EMP hardening technologies then brief Congress on the projected costs of hardening those three test sites. This amendment passed.
- Space-Based Missile Defense - To shorten the response time to missile threats from our enemies and take advantage of “the ultimate high ground,” Franks introduced an amendment directing the Missile Defense Agency to design, research, develop, evaluate, and build a test bed for a space-based ballistic missile interceptor layer. This defense layer would focus on boost-phase interception to decrease response time to any missiles launched against the United States. This amendment passed.
- Assisting the Kurds - In order to bolster our fight against ISIS, Franks introduced language stating it is the Sense of Congress the U.S. should provide arms, training, and appropriate equipment directly to the Kurdistan Regional Government. Instead of creating new funding, this amendment mandates 33% of the $50 million that has already been budgeted for support of minority groups in the Overseas Contingency Operation funding to the Kurdish Peshmerga. This language was added to the NDAA.
- Hypersonic Boost-Glide and Maneuvering Missile Defense - Franks introduced an amendment directing the Missile Defense Agency to establish a program to counter hypersonic boost-glide and maneuvering ballistic missiles. Such missiles have been successfully tested by China and Russia and it is time the United States is fully equipped to defend itself against such weapons. The amendment passed.
- National Missile Defense Policy Update - Franks’ National Missile Defense Policy Amendment updates the 1999 policy language to be “capable of defending the territory of the United States, allies, deployed forces, and capabilities against the developing and increasingly complex ballistic missile threat”. This update reflects current missile defense capabilities and threats to our national security. This amendment passed.
U.S. Senator John McCain on the passing of former U.S. Senator Bob Bennett (R-UT): “I join the people of Utah and the entire nation in mourning the passing of former Senator Bob Bennett. I had the distinct honor of knowing Bob for many years from our work together in the Senate. Throughout his tenure, Bob was recognized as a quiet and fiercely loyal leader, winning him the respect and appreciation of representatives on both sides of the aisle. A devoted family man, strong conservative and pragmatic legislator, Bob led a life of integrity and always put the interests of Utah and the nation before that of his own. Cindy and I send our prayers and condolences to Bob’s wife Joyce, and their six children and 20 grandchildren during this difficult time.”
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Senator Sylvia Tenney Allen - Budget - Part 2: I still see the need for improvement. I would rather reform our welfare programs to help people become self-sufficient, not just receive a monthly check. I feel we need to down-size our budget. As I was going through the pages of the “feed” bill, I saw over 30 Boards and Commissions we fund. I support reform of some of these Boards, having them move to the private sector and have their own associations manage them. I am grateful that we have very little pork in our budget, but two examples are listed below. We are helping to pay debt service to the Phoenix convention center of $20.5 million each year which past Legislators committed our state General Fund until 2030. Rio Nuevo multipurpose facility district in Tucson is another debacle that we are committed to fund at $10 million for 4 more years. I have voted twice to stop these payments. Next year, the budget will have $1.5 million going each year for the next 30 years to the Department of Tourism for advertising the Phoenix International Raceway. I voted no. I don’t support these types of appropriations. Over all, I am pleased with our budget. I thank Senate President Andy Biggs for his leadership and example of staying within our revenue bounds and trying to stop the growth of government while still funding the State’s Constitutional requirements. In the end you must have the votes to pass any budget, and it’s an interesting process to watch, one I plan to write a book about. Thank you to all the Arizona taxpayers for your generous support of government, and thank you to all the true conservatives in the Legislature who each year holds the bottom line.- Senator Sylvia Tenney Allen, President Pro Tempore, 602-926-5409, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007
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