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At 2:30 pm., Feb 3, The Phoenix City Council will take up the issue of the Invocation by a Satanic Worshiper that is scheduled for its Feb 17 meeting. Protest Organizers Opposing the Feb 17 Satanic invocation should be in line at the council chamber doors over an hour prior (1:30 pm) to the start of the Feb 3 meeting. Contact Wes Harris at 602-942-9281, 602-432-2871 (cell), wwharris@msn.com or go to publicmeetings/city-council-meetings

The Arizona Donald Trump Team is looking for volunteers to work phone banks and distribute campaign material. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Thayer Verschoor at tverschoor@donaldtrump.com or 602 703 0266.

ATTN CANDIDATES: Plans are underway for the Sun City West Republican Club “Candidates Forum” that will feature national, state, and LD22 candidates running in 2016. Candidates are asked to contact Forum Chairman Jan Martinson at jlmart15102@aol.com or 623-546-3753 for a spot on the agenda. Put “Candidates Forum” on the subject line. The even twill be video taped so you can use it for promotion. No charnge for candidate participation. It’s an opportunity for candidates to speak to at least 200 people at one time. For details call Martinson at 623-546-3753

The Central Republican Women of Phoenix will host Intelligence and National Security Expert Dr. Lyle Rapacki sentinelintelligenceservices.com/ at their 6:15 pm, Thurs., Feb 4 dinner at the Hilton Phoenix Suites, 10 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix. Social at 5:30 pm. Rapacki will address issues facing the nation from terrorism. Cost $30. All reservations must be dinner reservations. RSVP to Jan Webb aznani@cox.net or 602-318-1010 no later Sun, Jan 31, whether attending or not attending. A reservation made is a reservation paid. Cancellations must by made by Feb 1 to avoid being charged. Contact: info@crwop.org (602) 252-6300. Parking is available at Phoenix Plaza Parking Garage adjacent to the hotel.  Entry to the garage may be accessed on the west side near the hotel entrance on East Thomas Road, as well as 2nd Street on the east side and West Catalina Drive on the north side.  Visitor parking spaces are marked and access to the ground level is available via stairway and elevator.  Present your parking garage ticket to the front desk for validation for complimentary parking.  Valet parking is also available at the hotel for $16.

The Arrowhead Republican Women will host Az Speaker of the House David Gowan at 11:30 am, Feb 10 at the Briarwood Country Club in Sun City West. Adults only, no jeans. $20 luncheon reservation – required to attend. Reservation deadline 5 pm., Feb 5. Food options - burger or salad trio. RSVP at http://arrowheadrw.weebly.com/luncheons You WILL receive confirmation within 24 hours. If you do not call Lezlee at 602-354-5224.

LD20 Activist Wes Harris: Councilman Sal DiCiccio has informed me that beginning this year the City Council meeting time was changed from 3:30 to 2:30 PM.  You may recall that prior to the election of our current Mayor, the Council voted to move the time to 5:30 so more citizens could more easily attend.  Apparently this administration does not feel the need for us to be there so they have made it more difficult by changing the time to be insensitive to working citizens and also upped the cost and time length of parking meters down town.  That said, please also note that there is heightened security (the TSA techniques) so you will need to get down town about an hour early (1:30) in order to get in line for the security check.

One more word about City Government...given the continued low turnout at the polls for city elections (held in August in off years) we have the government we deserve...one that could care less about what we think.  If this latest move on top of forcing us to open our restrooms to trans genders coupled with a $35.5 Billion bond debt we all will have to pay for  light rail that is used by less than 10% of us, we all most start focusing on what this runaway government is doing to us.  It starts here and now! – Harris 602-432-2871 (cell), wwharris@msn.com

Senate President Andy Biggs will update the Grand Valley Republican at 5:30 pm.,(doors open at 5 pm), Mon., Feb 1 at 408 N. Sacaton St. #11, Casa Grande. (across from the museum of Casa Grande). Parking available north and south of the building. $5, includes coffee/snacks. Biggs, a retired attorney, served as the old LD22 Representative for eight years, before he was elected to the senate in 2010  in new LD12. Biggs earned the d "Champion of the Taxpayer" from Americans for Prosperity, numerous Goldwater Institute “Friend of Liberty” and the Guardian of Small Business Award from NFIBRSVP: Sandy Knapp sjknapp1229@outlook.com or 412-973-3853

Remember the Bus in the Night with Refugees on a Secret UPS Plane? Here is the follow-up on that video. secret refugees funnelled in

Federal agents seal off occupied Oregon refuge after leaders arrested, one killed in shootout leaders-of-armed-group-occupying-oregon-wildlife-refuge-arrested-one-killed-in-shootout

An Interesting Tidbit Came Floating In this afternoon from very reliable source that reveals the top 42 salaried positions in the Maricopa County Community College District. The note reads: “Only 11.9% of the top administrators are registered Republicans and 76.1% are registered Democrats. The Democrat Employment Agency (DEA) has to keep the Chancellor to protect their self-anointed employment agency. So much for the idea the current administration has not played politics!”

The Grassroots Tea Party Patriots will meet at 6 pm., Wed., Feb 3 at Denny’s Restaurant, 2717 W Bell Road to hear Doug Ardt and Barbara Blewster of the John Birch Society on “Trade Agreement Why It’s Harmful to American” and a Con Con – “Why Not Have It.”

The Sun Lakes Republicans will meet with Constitutional attorney Shane Krauser to address constitutional education at 6:30 pm., Tues., Feb 9 in the Arizona Room at Sun lakes Country Club, 25601 S Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes, AZ 95249. Also meet US Senate candidate Alex Meluskey. Contact Chr Mike Tennant, 480-802-178. www.slgop.org

Charles and Jennifer Hill of Chandler are hosting a 5:30 pm., Wed., Feb 19 evening of wine tasting and charcuterie fundraiser in honor of US Senate candidate Dr. Kelli Ward. $20 donation at the door. RSVP to Jennifer Hill jleonhill1970@yahoo.com

Newly Announced CD1 Candidate Wendy Rogers has called for CD1 Candidate Pima Sheriff Paul Babeu to withdraw from the congressional race based on a recent ABC broadcast that reports mistreatment of students at a school he was in charged before he moved to Arizona. Babeu denies the accusations.

CD1 candidate Sheriff Paul Babeu isn’t letting some bad publicity spoil his congressional race. His campaign literature reads: “We only have a few more hours until the end of the month, and we’re still $1,312 away for our monthly goal.We’ve built incredible momentum since the New Year, but we need to hit our goal to show the broad depth of our support.” we’re the campaign to beat in this election. “With so much at stake — defeating the liberal agenda in DC, securing our border, and fighting for our conservative values — we can’t afford to hesitate. It's time to send a Sheriff to Washington...”

Congresswoman Martha McSally: Nancy Pelosi and the Obama-Clinton Democrats are desperate to take back Congress, double-down on their foreign policy of apology and appeasement, and further hamstring America's military to pay for even more Big Government.
That's why they've made ME one of their top 2016 Election targets — and my already difficult re-election challenge even greater. They know how close they came to defeating me last time — just 167 votes short of a Democrat victory — and they want nothing more than to send me and my strong stand for America's safety, security, and a well-supported military out of Congress. As a retired Air Force Colonel, combat pilot, veteran of 6 deployments to Afghanistan, and the Middle East, and former national security advisor on Capitol Hill, I have the first-hand experience to lead on America's security and work with a new GOP White House to reverse the failed Obama Democrat policies which embolden our enemies, demoralize our allies, and put our people at risk. But first I have to win re-election —
and without your difference-making support, that may not happen.

The Arizona Republican Assembly (AzRA) has established a Speakers Bureau of highly qualified members who are available to speak to conservative clubs and community organizations, including Republican Clubs, AFRW Chapters and AzRA Chapters. The current speakers and their topics are:

     Dr. Vicki Alger - Education Policy; Standards;   ESA's; etc  E-mail:  Vicki@vickialger.com 

      A J LaFaro - Ballot Harvesting; Close the Primary   E-mail: aj_ml@hotmail.com

      Phil Mason - K-12 Education Finance   E-Mail:  Gopphil@aol.com

     Dan Schultz - PC Recruitment   E-Mail: dan@djschultzlaw.com

Additional speakers who will address critical issues facing Arizona will be announced soon. If you know a strong conservative who either is already an AzRA member or who believes in AzRA principles who could be a candidate for the Speakers Bureau, please contact Executive Director Phil Mason at: gopphil@aol.com.

Arrowhead Republican Women’s First Vice Chairman Jan Martinson is asking for volunteers to help with the ARW jewelry table at the Feb 20 “Candidate Corral” at Pioneer Village. Contact Martinson at 623-546-3753.

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.

In Conjunction With AZGOP Treasurer Jonathan Lines and under the guidance of AZGOP Compliance Director Timothy Lee, the AZGOP will conduct two Basic Training Sessions in 2016.

· Robert’s Rules of Order Training Session: Hosted by National Committeewoman Sharon Giese, AZGOP presents a Mandatory Training Session on Robert’s Rules of Orders for all County Chairmen and Legislative District Chairmen between 9 am-12:30 pm., Sat., Feb 27. The instructor is Al Gage. Any extra seating available for the Robert’s Rules Session will be assigned on first registered, first served basis.

· AZGOP Bylaws Session: Hosted by Joe Abate, Counsel to AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham, an open training session for all interested in the nuances and mechanics of putting together GOP Bylaws will be held from 9am-12:30 pm., Sat., March 12 under the instruction of Mike Peck.

Both Sessions will include materials and training from top recognized participating Parliamentarians and Rules Experts. Both sessions will be held at the AZGOP Headquarters, 3501 N. 24th Street, Phoenix, AZ. A light Continental breakfast will be offered. Contact Compliance Director Timothy Lee at: 85008phx@gmail.com or (602) 518-5860.

AZGOP Treasurer’s Training Session : If you are interested in Training for GOP Treasurer’s, let Lee know at 85008phx@gmail.com

Corporation Commission Candidate Frank Riggs is collecting signatures as a Clean Election candidate, requiring $5 contributions on his web site (www.riggsforaz.com). Contact: riggsforaz@gmail.com 480-437-1032.

LD13 House Candidate Ray Kouns needs help gathering petition signatures to get on the ballot. You can sign on line at the www.azsos.gov Contact Kouns at 928-685-3284 or at rkouns@tabletoptelephone.com

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Senator Jeff Flake: “Despite the charade of budget gimmicks and phony offsets, there's no hiding that Washington's spending habit is actually getting worse. If the nation is ever going to get its fiscal situation under control, Congress absolutely must get serious about making tough choices to cut spending. My number one priority in the Senate -- I'm determined to reverse the unsustainable cycle of spending and debt so that a new headline, proclaiming smaller budget deficits and shrinking spending projections will have to be written.

Volunteers needed: Candidate Corral 2016 coordinator Nina Marlowe is asking for about 30 volunteers to help with the Feb 20 Candidate Corral scheduled at the Pioneer Living History Village. Marlow needs people to help with parking and busing handicap people from their car to the front of the three stages set up for candidates presentations. She also needs set-up and tear down volunteers. Contact Marlow at 602) 541-1436  cell nmarlowCBL@gmail.com

The Arrowhead Republican Women’s Membership Tea is scheduled at 11 am, Wed., Feb 3 at the home of Gherrie Routzahn, 15506 W. Ballad Dr., Sun City West, 85375. Lunch buffet will be served. Special guests - AzFRW President Loraine Pellegrino and Past NFRW President Rae Chornenky. RSVP to Arlene Goldblatt, amgold60@yahoo.com or 623-583-7738.

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus announced a fundraising total of $105.6 million in 2015, completing the most successful fundraising year without a sitting Republican president in RNC history. The party raised $10 million in December and has $18.7 million cash on hand.“Our record-breaking fundraising total is a testament to America’s enthusiasm to return a Republican to the White House,” Chairman Priebus said. “Our success is made possible by so many willing to support our efforts and have enabled us to be the only organization with staff and resources in every battleground state, solely focused on the general election.  Our fundraising consistently outpaces the Democratic National Committee, and will give our nominee an important advantage over the Democrats heading into the general election race later this year.”
Fast Facts:

Total raised in December 2015: $10 million

     Total raised cycle-to-date: $105.6 million
     Total cash on hand: $18.7 million
      Percentage of donations $200 and under in December 2015: 98%
      Average donation in December 2015: $96
Debt in December 2015: $1.8 million
RNC vs. DNC in 2015: $105 million vs. $76.5 million
Fundraising Advantage over the DNC since 2013: $73 million

AZRRT Update By Jose Borrajero    Please include proper credit when reproducing all or any part of this material. Please forward this to all like-minded individuals in your contact list. Make sure to remove e mail addresses and use only the Bcc: line to forward message

160130-0630 – AZRRT – NPVC SPECIAL UPDATE: Most of you are aware that bill HB2456 has been introduced in the AZ House of Representatives, aimed at making AZ a party to a National Popular Vote Compact. That bill is scheduled for a hearing in the House Elections Committee on Monday Feb. 1. Most of you are also aware that you can help defeat this scheme by registering an official opinion against it via the Request to Speak program of the AZ Legislative Information System (ALIS/RTS). As of 6 am, Sat Jan. 30, the number of folks that have rendered such an opinion was only 7. If you wish to take action to help defeat this scheme, there are some steps that you may take:

Issue an official opinion. You do this by going to the legislature’s ALIS/RTS page at https://apps.azleg.gov/Account/SignOn?ReturnUrl=%2f If you are not sure how to do it, get step by step instructions at https://www.dropbox.com/s/j93kqzlvdlwlwxb/RTS-Instructions.doc?dl=0

Contact legislators directly. If you do not already have the information you need, you can obtain a full roster that includes contact information and committee assignments at

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9ymrgc8338dncjs/AZLEG-ROSTER-2016.xls?dl=0

160129-1705 - AZRRT CALL TO ACTION By Jose Borrajero: The following table contains legislative bill(s) that are coming up soon for action in our state legislature. Please contact everyone in the “who to contact” column and ask them to vote yes or no, depending on your wishes.

160129-1705 - AZRRT CALL TO ACTION  By Jose Borrajero: The following table contains legislative bill(s) that are coming up soon for action in our state legislature. Please contact everyone in the “who to contact” column and ask them to vote yes or no, depending on your wishes.

BILL #

 

SHORT TITLE OR WHAT THE BILL DOES

(1)

WHO TO CONTACT

(2)

WHERE

(3)

DATE

(3)

TIME

(3)

VOTE

(4)

HB2054

 

debt limitations; net assessed value NOT A DEBT LIMITATION BUT A DEBT LIMIT EXPANSION

 

HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS

HHR-3

MON 2/1

2:00 PM

N

HB2482

 

empowerment scholarships; expansion; phase-in.

 

HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS

HHR-3

MON 2/1

2:00 PM

Y

HB2456

 

national popular vote; interstate agreement HUGE POPULATION CENTERS WOULD CONTROL PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

 

HOUSE ELECTIONS

HHR-4

MON 2/1

10:00 AM

N

HB2481

 

schools; primary property tax rates EXPANDS THE ABILITY OF BOARDS OF SUPERVISORS TO INCREASE PROPERTY TAXES

 

HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS

HHR-3

MON 2/1

2:00 PM

N

HB2083

 

multiple committees; exploratory committees; repeal

 

HOUSE ELECTIONS

HHR-4

MON 2/1

10:00 AM

?

HB2151

 

tax credit; teachers' school supplies A BETTER IDEA, TAKE THE $400 FROM THE MILLIONS WE TAXPAYERS SEND TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS YEARLY

 

HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS

HHR-3

MON 2/1

2:00 PM

?

HCR2009

 

independent redistricting commission; elected membership

 

HOUSE ELECTIONS

HHR-4

MON 2/1

10:00 AM

Y

Footnotes:

(1) It is impossible to provide an adequate description in such limited space. For more information on any       bill, click the bill number to access the AZLEG page dealing with that bill. If that does not work for you, go to http://azleg.gov/ and enter bill number on the upper right hand corner of the main page.

(2) For a roster of legislators, including committee members and contact info, go to

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9ymrgc8338dncjs/AZLEG-ROSTER-2016.xls?dl=0

(3) When a bill is scheduled to be heard in committee, the location, date, and time are provided. Otherwise the fields are blank

(4) Indicates our recommendation. Y = favor, N = oppose. ? = no consensus or not enough information.

Additionally, if a bill is scheduled to be heard in committee, make sure you submit your comments via the “Request to Speak” ( ALIS / RTS ) program at https://apps.azleg.gov/Account/SignOn?ReturnUrl=%2f

If you need instructions on how to use the ALIS/RTS program, go to: https://www.dropbox.com/s/j93kqzlvdlwlwxb/RTS-Instructions.doc?dl=0

The latest results of actions on bills that we are watching, as reported on www.azleg.gov, are as follows:

 

BILL #

SHORT TITLE or

WHAT THE BILL DOES

 

WHERE

RESULTS (*)

HB2023

 

delivery; early ballots; limitation

Anti Fraud Measure

HOUSE ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

P-4-2-0

SB1017

 

municipal service access cards; requirements

 

SENATE PUBLIC SAFETY, MILITARY AND TECHNOLOGY

P-5-1-0

SB1017

 

municipal service access cards; requirements

 

SENATE GOVERNMENT

P-4-3-0

HB2111

 

zero-based budgeting

Previous years budget levels may not be used as base

HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS

P-9-5-0

HCR2010

 

application; Article V convention

 

HOUSE FEDERALISM AND SATES RIGHTS

P-5-3-0

HCR2014

 

convention; amendment; balanced federal budget

 

HOUSE FEDERALISM AND SATES RIGHTS

P-5-3-0

HB2224

 

private firearm transactions; prohibited encumbrances

 

HOUSE JUDICIARY

P-4-2-0

HB2115

 

public employees; misappropriation; penalty

 

HOUSE GOVERNMENT AND HIGHER EDUCATION

P-6-2-0

HCR2023

 

proposition 105; legislative authority

 

HOUSE GOVERNMENT AND HIGHER EDUCATION

P-4-3-0

HB2512

 

pension contributions; expenditure limit exemption

 

HOUSE GOVERNMENT AND HIGHER EDUCATION

HELD

SB1242

 

attorney general; initiation of action

 

SENATE JUDICIARY

P-7-0-0

SB1269

 

school tax credit; classroom supplies

 

SENATE EDUCATION

P-6-0-1

HCR2037

 

early childhood literacy; school monies

 

HOUSE EDUCATION

HELD

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

FEB 1

The Lincoln Republican Women’s Club will be putting the US senate candidates – incumbent John McCain, and challengers Dr. Kelli Ward, Alex Meluskey and Clair Van Steenwyk “in the hot seat” during a 6 pm., Feb 1 dinner forum at The New McCormick/”Millennium” Resort - Scottsdale-McCormick Ranch, 7401 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85253-3548 (Between E. Cheney and E. McCormick Rds, on the East side of Scottsdale Road). Spouses invited. 5:30 meet/greet. 6 pm mtg, 6:20 pm dinner, 7 pm, forum. $35 per person. Reservations Required . Deadline Thur, Jan 28. Check made out to “LRWC” to Patricia Kaufman, 7436 E. Tuckey Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 . Call 480-368-2777 or email patiamiam@gmail.com

LD20s Presidential Forum is scheduled at 7 pm, Mon., Feb 1 at the Washington School District Office, 4650 W Sweetwater, Glendale. Social at 6:30. Contact: Naomi Kruse, naomirkruse@gmail.com

The Arizona Project will meet at 6:15 Pm., Mon., Feb 1 At 3375 E Shea Blvd, Phx., to discuss the latest FOX News Presidential Debate, the Trump Veteran Fundraiser And The Iowa Caucus Results.

FEB 2

The Daisy Mountain Tea Party Patriots will meet at 6:30 pm., Tues., Feb 2 meeting at the Anthem Civic Building 3701 W. Anthem Way, Anthem, AZ 85086. Contact: Vera Anderson at: veraanderson41@gmail or 602.821.4675.

The Surprise Tea Party Patriots will host US Senate Candidate Alex Meluskey at 6:30 pm., Tues, Feb 2 in the Grand Canyon Room at the Sun City West Foundation Plaza, 14465 W R H Johnson Blvd, Sun City West, AZ 85375. Contact: John Madeira jmadeira@gmail.com or jmadeira@surpriseteapartypatriots.com

The Pima County Republican Club Meeting will feature US senate candidate Dr Kelli Ward at 11:30 am, Tues., Feb 2 at the Shriners Hall 450 S Tucson Blvd, Tucson, AZ RSVP Contact: Carolyn Leff events@kelliward.com 1-928-230-0633

FEB 3

The Annual Arrowhead Republican Women Membership Tea is scheduled between 11am-1 pm, Wed., Feb 3 at the home of Gherrie Routzahn, 15506 W. Ballad Dr., Sun City West, 85375. Lunch buffet will be served. Special guests AzFRW President Loraine Pellegrino and past NFRW President Rae Chornenky. Open to all ARW memberships. RSVP To Arlene Goldblatt amgold60@yahoo.com or 623-583-7738.

The Grassroots Tea Party Activists meet at 6:30 pm every Wednesday evening at Denny’s Restaurant, 2717 W Bell Road, Phx. Contact: www.grassrootsteapartyactivists.com/grtp@grassrootsteapartyactivists.com

US Senate Candidate Dr. Kelli Ward will chat with supporters at Dickie’s BBQ Pit, 7850 N Oracle, Tucson on at noon, Feb 3. Contact: Carolyn Leff at 1-928-230-0633. events@kelliward.com See dickie_s_bbq_pit

FEB 4

The Arizona Republican Lawyers Association (AzRLA) will meet Feb 4 with Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates to kick off the groups seventh anniversary at a yet to be disclosed location. Contact: azrepublicanlawyers@gmail.com

“Coffee with Sen Candidate Kelli Ward” is scheduled at 9:30 am., Feb 4 at the Caffee Luce Coffee Roasting Company, 943 E University Blvd., #191, Tucson, AZ 85719.

FEB 6

The Sun City West Republican Club will meet on Sat., Feb 6 at the SCW Foundations building (Quail Room) 14465 R.H.Johnson Blvd, Sun City West. Former LD5 Senator Dr Kelli Ward will address the group on her campaign against US Senate John McCain. Doors open at 8 am with coffee and donuts; the general meeting at 8:30am. $2 donation which helps with the room rental. Contact: Publicist Jean Goncalves 623-214-8010.

Legislative District 14 will meet at 9:30 am., Sat., Feb 6 in the Benson City Council Chambers 120 W. 6th Street, Benson, AZ. Contact: Maureen Tozzi, Secretary - LD14

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Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas shared her thoughts on the release of the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) Educator Retention and Recruitment Task Force’s second report on the state of Arizona’s teacher shortage.

“All of my efforts as Superintendent are driven by the idea that Arizona children should leave school with the knowledge they need to determine their future, achieve their goals and be successful citizens,” said Douglas. “Unfortunately, without highly effective teachers in every classroom we will always fall short of that goal. My hope is that by working together, we can use this report to end the teacher shortage and give our students the best education system in the nation.”

The Educator Retention and Recruitment Task Force, which is composed of ADE staff, school and district personnel and other education stakeholders, was established to identify issues causing the shortage of teachers and to share ways we can all work together to address the problem.

Included in the latest report are in-depth analyses of four critical factors that relate to strong educator retention and recruitment. These include economic impact; salaries, experience and quality; professional learning; and promising practices. Also discussed are several projects and efforts at the Arizona Department of Education that will support schools in their retention and recruitment efforts.

Educator retention and recruitment was a key component of Superintendent Douglas’ AZ Kids Can’t Afford to Wait! Plan, which was released on Oct. 1, 2015. The plan included proposals for increased teacher salaries, enhanced preparation programs and strengthened teacher mentoring structures.

LD21 SenDebbie Lesko’s Legislative Update - Our legislative session started on Jan 11, the governor released his budget proposal on Jan 15, and I’ve introduced legislation to help my constituents and the state.

1. The State Budget: The Good News: After years of struggling with structural deficits, we are headed in the right direction. We have gone from a deficit of $3 Billion in the depths of the recession to a positive cash balance of $600 Million, plus we put away $460 Million in a Rainy Day Fund.

The Cautionary Tale: The state’s non-partisan budget analysts caution that we should increase ongoing spending by a maximum of $26 Million if we want to stay structurally balanced in future years.  Thus, calls for huge spending increases to replace cuts we made during the recession will put us back in the same spot we were before.

2.  Pension Reform Legislation: After a year of meetings with stakeholders, we have reached a deal to reform the police and firefighter pension system to make it sustainable for the employees and to protect the taxpayers. I hope to report successful passage of the bill.  If passed, Arizona will lead the nation in pension reform.

3. Child Safety Legislation: I sponsored SB1142 to protect children and to help the Department of Child Safety reduce their backlogged cases.  As of December, there were still 14,000 cases unresolved and we do not know if the children involved are safe or not.  The legislature gave the agency $45 Million over the last two years to eliminate the backlog and it is still not done. My legislation requires the Department of Child Safety to outsource the backlogged cases to professional private providers.  The legislation has the support of virtually every senator.  Lesko/CBS 5 HERE.

4. Photo Radar Legislation: I am sponsoring SB1241 to prohibit photo radar cameras on state highways. There are only two left in the state.  One on Grand Ave and Primrose in El Mirage and the other in Star Valley near Payson. -- Contact DLesko@azleg.gov or 602-926-5413.

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· Oregon Shooting And Your Local Sheriff's Responsibilities In Protecting Against The Feds

· The Bloom Is Off The Ruse

· Electoral College is Critical because... **ACTION**

· Tax Increase Alert

· Ben Carson Calls For GOP Debate Reform

· From The Wall Street Journal This Morning

· Unedited FBI Video Of The Killing Of Lavoy Finicum

AMERICAN FREEDOM BY BARBARA

· Arizona-Native-American-Caucus

· Immigration-And-Nationality-Act-Of-1952

· Why-Ted-Cruz-Believes-He-Is-Natural Born Citizen

· Ted-Cruz-Touts-Religion-But-Doesn’t Tithe

· Ivanka-Trump: Find-Your-Iowa-Caucus Location Video

· Trumpmatized-By-Dr-Ada-Fisher

· 22-Hillary-Clinton-Emails-Declared-Top Secret

· The-Des-Moines-Register-Declares-GOP Debate 'Rough Night For Cruz'

ARIZONA REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLY (AzRA)

· MCCCD Board Shenanigans Continue

· Modern Day Republican Benedict Arnold

ESPRESSO PUNDIT

· Special Shout Out....

· Into the Sunset

· Notice This!

· Speaking of Crossing the Line...

· Great Move....

· Keeping it Classy at the Star

· We'll Always have China....

· EJ Montini and the Girls at the Republic....

· Mixed Bag

· You Can't Call Kavanagh the "Bad Boy"

RUSSELL PEARCE

The State Budget Is Making Some At The AZ Republic Unhappy

PAMELA GELLER

· UK: Three Muslims Gang-Raped Non-Muslim Teen Girl In Bathroom Of Hotel Where They Were Celebrating EID

· Muslim Migrants With Weapons Riot At Swedish Refugee Center After Being Denied Candy

 

REPUBLICAN PARTY OF MARICOPA COUNTY MaricopaCountyGOP.com

AZGOP azgop.org/blog/

· Arizona_Republican_Party_Bylaws

RNC/GOP

· RNC-Chairman-Hillary-Is-Untrustworthy-To-Be-President-Due-To-Emailgate

ILLEGALS/IMMIGRATION/BORDERS/AMNESTY

· Mothers-Targeted-In-Immigration-Raids-And-Still-Detained-Pen-Letter-To-President-Obama

· Remember 1986

· Borderland Beat

· AZ Border Defenders Updated Daily

· Need2no Border News Watch

SECOND AMENDMENT, FIREARMS

· Cash-Flowing-In Nevada’s-Battle-Over-Gun-Background-Check-Measure

· Now Among Largest Firearms Investors, Soros In Gun Control Scheme To Dump Stocks: “I’m Very Much Against Guns”

· Gun Grabbers In Virginia Blindsided – Forced To Re-Recognize Concealed Carry Permits From 25 States

REFUGEES

· UK: Three Muslims Gang-Raped Non-Muslim Teen Girl In Bathroom Of Hotel Where They Were Celebrating EID

· 40% Germans-Want-Merkel-Quit-Over-Refugees

· 10-Yr-Old-Boy-Repeatedly-Raped-Male-Muslim-Migrants-Swedish-Cops-Trying-Rescue-Boy-Chased-Away-Video

· Denmark-17-Year-Old-Girl-Faces-Charges-After-Fending-Off-Muslim-Rapist

· Muslim Refugee Found Guilty Of Anal Rape, Not Being Deported

· Muslims-Starve-Woman-Before They Fed Her, Then Tell Her What She Ate

FBI/CIA/INTELLIGENCE

· Why The FBI Is 'Super Pissed Off' At The Obama White House For 'Weighing In' On Hillary

DEPT OF JUSTICE

· FBI And DOJ Furious With Press Sec. Josh Earnest Over Hillary Statement

MILITARY/VETERANS

· Retired Gen. Petraeus Will Not Be Demoted: Report

· Special OPs Commander Demands Pentagon Stop Exposing Operations

· Army Command Recommends Green Beret Be Kicked Out For Confronting Afghan Child Rapist

· U.S. Navy Sends Warship Near Contested South China Sea Island, China Says ‘Very Serious Provocation’

· Pentagon Tells White House: More Troops In Iraq, Syria Needed To Fight ISIS

· Liberal Idiot Disrespects Marine Asking For Military Discount : Never Expected This To Happen

· U.S. Missile Cruiser Forced From Strait Of Hormuz After Warning From Iran Destroyers

· Russian Fighter Conducts Dangerous Intercept Of U.S. Recon Jet

JUDGE JEANINE PIRRO

· Watch-Judge-Jeanine-Destroy-Hillary-And-Her-Conspiracy-Cover-Up

CONGRESS

· This-Senators-Stand-Against-Executive-Power

FEDERAL

· Feds Propose Removing ‘He’ And ‘She’ From Regulation To ‘Avoid The Gender Binary’

DONALD TRUMP

· Trump Responds To Cruz Challenge To Debate: I’ll Debate Once A Judge Rules You’re Eligible To Run

· Flashback: Trump-Saved-NY-Veterans-Day-Parade

· Trump-Gives-$100k-To-Group Training Dogs To Help Vets

BILL AND HILLARY

· Clinton Spokesman Dodges When MSNBC Asks if Campaign Is Strapped for Cash

DEMS/LIBERALS

· South Carolina Democrat Withdraws Support for Hillary Clinton

· Even Nancy Pelosi thinks Bernie Sanders is Insane!

PLANNED PARENTHOOD

· Forensic Analysis Confirms Planned Parenthood Undercover Videos Were Not Manipulated

· This Mainstream News Video Shows Emergency Responders Saving A “Dummy” After Planned Parenthood Shooting

EDUCATION

· Marine Father Furious At Daughter’s High School When They Forced Her To Convert To Islam…

DEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

· DHS Couldn't Track 500,000 Illegal Foreign Nationals Who Overstayed Their Visas In 2015 - Many From Terror Nations

SECRETARY OF STATE

· FBI And DOJ Furious With Press Sec. Josh Earnest Over Hillary Statement

WHITE HOUSE/OBAMA

· Obama Finally Invites Ryan To White House

· Bolton: ISIL, Iran To Exploit Obama’s Final Year As Closing Window Of Opportunity

· Obama Ignored Colorado Mine Spill - Condemns Flint Disaster

· Obama, Concerned About Religious Freedom, Will Visit Mosque This Week

· Obama To Visit Baltimore Mosque To Show Support For Muslims

INTERNATIONAL

· Obama Administration Orders Labeling Of Israeli Goods

· French President Won't Be Meeting With Iranian Leaders After They Demand Wine Be Taken Off Menu

· Nine Americans Among Terror Suspects Arrested By Saudis

· ISIS Chiefs In Libya Living In Fear Of A Mystery Sniper?

· Report: Sirte Residents Ecstatic As Secret Sniper Picks Off ISIL Commanders In Libya

· U.S. Missile Cruiser Forced From Strait Of Hormuz After Warning From Iran Destroyers
Russia Publicly Endorses Talks With OPEC On Oil Output Cuts

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