Saturday, May 17, 2014

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Mayor Smith was Student Body President of Kino Junior High School and Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona
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AZ Rep Trent FRANKS, 42 COLLEAGUES FILE COURT BRIEF TO OVERTURN OBAMACARE FOR VIOLATING ORIGINATION CLAUSE


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ 8th Dist.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, was joined by 42 of his colleagues yesterday in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans, LA in the case of Steven Hotze, M.D. v. Kathleen Sebelius, a case which arose in a Texas federal court and which raises the issue of whether Obamacare violates the Origination Clause of the Constitution because it originated in the Senate instead of the House as required for all bills raising revenue. Obamacare contains 17 tax provisions raising approximately $500 billion in taxes, including the individual mandate to purchase health insurance, which the Supreme Court ruled could only be constitutional, if at all, under Congress’s power to tax.
The 30-page congressional brief traces the historical foundation of the Origination Clause demonstrating that the chamber closest to the people and elected every two years has the sole power to originate revenue raising bills. Last fall, Congressman Franks and his colleagues filed a similar brief in the related case of Sissel v. HHS in the D.C. Circuit which was heard last week and which Mr. Franks attended.
Congressman Franks issued the following statement: “If the Senate can introduce the largest tax increase in American history by simply peeling off the House number from a six-page unrelated bill, which does not even raise taxes, and pasting it on the 'Senate Health Care Bill,' and then claim with a straight face that the resulting bill originated in the House, then the American 'rule of law' has become no rule at all.”
In addition to pressing his case in the courts, Congressman Franks is the sponsor of House Resolution 153 with 56 co-sponsors, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Obamacare violated the Origination Clause. Last week, Franks also held a contentious hearing on the topic before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, which is available to view here.

The amicus brief was drafted by Washington, D.C. attorneys Joseph E. Schmitz, jschmitz@jespllc.com, former Inspector General of the Department of Defense, Paul Kamenar, paul.kamenar@gmail.com, constitutional lawyer and Supreme Court practitioner, and Jacki Pick, former counsel to the House Subcommittee on the Constitution.

Arizona Rep. David Schweikert Announces Inaugural STEM Competition Winners

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Scottsdale, Ariz.,May 16, 2014— Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) released a statement following the announcement of the 2014 STEM Competition Winners of the 6thCongressional District.
“It was great seeing students and schools take advantage of the business and technology experts available in the community,” said Schweikert. “I was very impressed with the response we received for our first year and the skill it took to create each App.
“Thank you to all of the teachers, advisors, and judges that supported the students. I look forward to next year’s competition.”
Award Recipients:
First Place
Brianne Sprehe and Yohaly Castelo
Paradise Valley High School
Solution Calculator
Second Place
Robert Dodge
Paradise Valley High School
GPA Calculator
Third PlaceJames Marlar and Danny Duong
Paradise Valley High School
Painty Pad
This year marked the first year for the Congressional App Challenge Coalition’s annual competition, ‘House Student App Challenge.’ Following the style and breadth of the Congressional Art Competition, the House Student App Challenge promotes Computer Science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education by recognizing and incentivizing our nation’s young programming talent.
The competition ran from early February through the middle of this month. Advisors from complimentary fields were invited to workshops hosted by the district office for student Q/A, collaboration sessions. Judges were invited from STEM fields to serve as assessment to the students’ video applications.
Judges included: Hamid Shojaee, Founder of Axosoft.com; Caleb Barclay, Co-Founder of Blinktank LLC; Lisa Glenn, Director of Programs for New Global Citizens; Matt Yanez, Software Engineer; Arnold Brenner, Co-Founder of the Arizona Science Club. Advisors included: Brad DeSandro, Patent Attorney at Desandro Law Group PLLC; Rebeca Rodriguez, Founder of Xplore Box; Joe Michels, President and CEO of Software Ops.
Learn more about the competition and this year's winners online, here.
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Friday, May 16, 2014

Candidate for US Congress Andy Tobin: Join me and Governor Romney




I am thrilled to announce that on Wednesday, May 28th, Governor Mitt Romney will be headlining a fundraising luncheon in Paradise Valley, AZ to benefit my campaign for U.S. Congress. I am honored to have his support.

I look forward to spending some time with you and discussing the important issues facing our nation. I invite you to join me for this special event. Tickets to attend the lunch are $500 per person. Lunch with a photo opportunity is $2,600 per person.  For more information or to RSVP, please contact Michelle at michelle@thehydeco.com.

To win this race, I need your support. I hope you will join me and Governor Romney on May 28th.  

Please stay tuned for campaign news at www.AndyTobin.com.

Thanks!





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New poll shows momentum


Mark Brnovich Leading in New Poll Among Arizona 
GOP Primary Voters


A new poll released today by Magellan Strategies of likely Arizona GOP primary voters shows that political challenger and former prosecutor Mark Brnovich is now leading incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne in the August Republican primary. 33% of the respondents are supporting Brnovich compared to 32% for Horne, while 35% are undecided.
The polling results are consistent with previous internal polling that has shown Brnovich within single digits of the turmoiled incumbent.

The poll also shows that Tom Horne’s favorability ratings have dropped as allegations of illegal activity continue to swirl around his conduct and that of his campaign. 49% of GOP primary voters have an “unfavorable” opinion of Tom Horne, compared to 24% who have a “favorable” opinion of him.

“This poll reflects what we’ve known all along,” said Ryan Anderson, Brnovich’s campaign manager. “Republican primary voters are looking for an alternative to the scandal-plagued tenure of Tom Horne. Horne’s support has hit a ceiling and the only remaining question is how low can he fall? In contrast, Mark Brnovich has momentum and his support is growing.”
He continued: “We have focused almost entirely on a grassroots campaign and earned media and the results are paying off. Republican voters have not only found an alternative in Mark Brnovich, but they’ve rallied around a more qualified candidate who can actually win this November.”

The Magellan Strategies poll was conducted March 13-14 among 760 likely Arizona GOP primary voters. The MOE is 3.55%.
To learn more about Mark Brnovich, visit www.Mark4AZ.com. To view a copy of the poll, click here.

We made it! Michele Reagan Candidate for Secretary of State

Yesterday we turned in over 8,300 petition signatures from across the state of Arizona to become the first Republican to file for the postion of Secretary of State!

This is only the first step to our victory in the August primary!

I want to give a special thank you to all who have circulated petitions, walked neighborhoods, and those who have signed. While this is a day to celebrate, we must also remember that the primary election is 3 months away and we have an incredible amount of work to do in a short amount of time.

Will you help me become the next Secretary of State of Arizona?

Are you able to join our team and walk your neighborhood, call your friends, or display a yard sign? Every little bit will propel us to victory in the August primary, and help us build momentum to win in November! Early ballots will be sent to voters in just 76 days!

Thank you for your continued support!

Michele
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Arizona House Republican Caucus--2014 Legislative Wrap Up

2014 Legislative Wrap Up

The Second Regular Session of the Fifty-first Legislature had many public policy achievements. I believe it is important that we share these successes with you, many of which, unfortunately, did not receive the attention they deserve. The Legislature allocated $9.2 million for the construction of a new State veteran home in Yuma in the 2015 budget. This effort along with a veteran home completed in Tucson in 2011 highlights the Legislature’s commitment to keeping Arizona one of the friendliest states for veterans. The Yuma home will provide services to the 20-thousand veterans living in southwestern Arizona.
In addition, the Legislature increased funding to the Department of Public Safety with the intention of funding pay increases to our public safety officers. A pay raise has been long overdue and is needed to retain and reward these officers for the courage and sacrifice they demonstrate each day on the job.
The Legislature created and passed harsher penalties for human trafficking and crimes associated with child prostitution. This legislation keeps Arizona at the forefront of protecting those most vulnerable in our society by punishing the perpetrators that organize and promote these despicable crimes.
Together with my fellow legislators, much has been accomplished. Although there is still much more that needs to be done, I take comfort knowing the legislative accomplishments listed below keep Arizona on a fiscally stable path, broaden opportunities for everyone and protect those in need.
God bless you and thank you for the opportunity to serve,
Andy Tobin


K-12 EducationFor fiscal year 2015, the General Fund budget increases education funding by an additional $189 million, which excludes a 2014 supplemental of $47 million. In total, more than $235 million was added to K-12 education for the year. This increase followed restoration of more than $200 million for education in fiscal years 2013 and 2014. With the adoption of the 2015 budget, the K-12 education portion of the General Fund budget is only $150 million lower than its 2007 peak of $3.96 billion which was reached under the previous administration.
RESTORING K-12 FUNDING
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Notes: Figures do not include funding for capital improvements and all-day K.
Higher EducationThe 2015 budget provided additional funding to Arizona State University (ASU) and Northern Arizona University (NAU) of $27.5 million to bring their funding in line with University of Arizona (UofA). The additional funding marks the third year of a five-year plan to achieve parity among the three universities, bringing the plan to its completion two years early. In addition, the 2015 budget appropriates $3.5 million for U of A’s Cooperative Extension Program, adding 28 full-time employees, and $6.2 million for Community College STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math). On top of this, the budget allocated additional operating funds for each university:
Arizona State University $2 Million
University of Arizona $2 Million
Northern Arizona University $500,000





Child Protective ServiceThe safety of Arizona’s children has been, is and will remain a main focus and responsibility of the Legislature. The Office of Child Welfare Investigations (OCWI) which uncovered the 6,500 uninvestigated cases began operations in January . The portion contributed by the General Fund, as shown below, to Child Protective Services (CPS) has increased each year since fiscal year 2010, and exceeds by nearly $100 million the high point reached during the previous administration.
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Notes: Figures compiled by JLBC from CPS and related source documents. DES reported to JLBC fiscal year 2010General Fund spending at $175 million, not $142 million, but the lower figure was chosen to keep source documentsconsistent. The General Fund figures are from the DES’s budget submittal. 2015 General Fund figures include $5 millionfor replacement of computer system (CHILDS), and $20 million for establishing independent agency outside of DES. The General Fund contribution to CPS shown above provides for the cost of operating CPS, funding for OCWI, as well as funding for general support services which includes programs that help families stay together. Child Protective Services is funded through a mix of federal and state dollars. 

Tax Policy/Commerce/Work ForceHB 2272 – Renews the angel investment tax credit to help business startups attract angel investor capital.
HB 2377 – Indexes the tax brackets for inflation in TY 2015. Arizona does not currently adjust our tax brackets for inflation.
SB 1413 – Creates an exemption for electricity sold to manufacturing or smelting operation from TPT and use tax. Arizona is one of the few states that taxes electricity on manufacturers.
SB 1484 – Creates a corporate and individual tax credit for investment in new renewable energy resources if the power will be used primarily for manufacturing. Taxpayers can get up to $5 Million in credit with a program cap of $10 Million.
Human Trafficking (HB 2454)This legislation  broadens and clarifies the penalties associated with human trafficking and child prostitution, so that the harshest penalties are imposed on perpetrators of these kinds of crimes and Arizona remains at the forefront of the fight against human trafficking. Specifically, it broadens the definition of human trafficking to include racketeering and increases penalties for drawing a child into prostitution. Prior to this legislation, victims were treated like the criminals who coerced them into prostitution. It also prescribes an additional aggravating circumstance to the crime of child prostitution if the victim came from a shelter for runaway youth, foster children, homeless persons or abused persons. Finallly, this legislation establishes the human trafficking victim assistance fund.
Victims’ Rights (HB 2626)Establishes the Victims’ Rights Enforcement Fund and prescribes an additional $2 assessment collected by the courts for criminal offenses and certain civil penalties. The legislation gives nonprofit organizations additional resources to provide legal services to crime victims, and helps victims of crime protect their constitutional rights.
Commerce with MexicoIn March 2014, a  delegation made its second trip to Mexico City to broaden Arizona’s economic ties with Mexican businesses and government officials – the first bipartisan trip occurred in September 2013. The March trip included state university officials, Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Arizona Commerce Authority, officials from the tourism and technology sectors as well as city of Phoenix officials, who are collaborating to re-open a trade office in Mexico City. The FY 2015 budget appropriates $300,000 to create a trade and investment office in Mexico City, Arizona’s largest trading partner. Over the last 10 years Arizona’s commerce with Mexico has more than doubled, reaching more than $14 billion as of 2013, according to the US Census Bureau.
Veterans Homes (2015 Budget)The 2015 budget appropriates $9.2 million to assist in the construction of a 60 to 90 bed Veterans Home in Yuma. By placing a State veteran’s home in Yuma, the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services will be able to further advance its plan to provide services to the estimated 20,000 veterans in and around the Yuma region. This home follows the new Tucson State veteran facility opened Nov. 11, 2011.
Currently, there are only two veterans facilities in  Arizona – one in Phoenix and one in Tucson. The Arizona Department of Veterans Services had considered building such a home in Flagstaff, Kingman or Yuma – eventually deciding Yuma needed the facility the most.
DPS Increase (2015 Budget)An increase of $3.3 million was appropriated  to the Department of Public Safety  in the 2015 budget and carried through budget years 2016 and 2017, for a total increase of nearly $10 million of the next three years.
Highway User Revenue Fund (2015 Budget)The 2015 budget marks the beginning  of the restoration  of the nearly $120 million in HURF revenues that have been diverted in previous  years . Communities, especially rural ones, can expect additional funding in 2015 to perform deferred road maintenance and needed improvements. Specifically, the 2015 budget restores $30 million  to HURF And an additiotnal $30 million in 2016. By 2017, the budget  restores $60 million to HURF, for $120 million over the three-year period. Rural communities are particular sensitive to HURF, and $120 million over the next three years will help communities rebuild their infrastructure and  will create jobs in rural areas of Arizona.
Breast Cancer Notification (SB 1225)Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in females in the United States, according to a report published by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Nationwide, breast cancer kills nearly 40,000 women annually. In Arizona, more than 3,500 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Beginning October. 1, 2014, health care facilities that perform mammography examinations are required to include a notice to women stating the accuracy of test results is reduced as tissue density increases. SB 1225 heightens early detection efforts, when the cancer is likely to be smaller and confined to the breast. Since 1989 early detection efforts have helped to save more than 2.8 million women.
Teenage Suicide Prevention (HB 2605)This bill allows certified teachers and administrators to count suicide awareness and prevention training programs as continuing education credits. In Arizona, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-19. Educators play an important role in recognizing the warning signs and knowing what to do to support students and their families.
Cancer treatment costs (HB 2078)Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, insurers who provide coverage for cancer treatment medications will be required to charge the same copayment, deductible or coinsurance amount for patient-administered cancer medications as it charges for medications administered by a health care professional. Although cancer drugs taken orally and administered by the patient  can be as effective as other cancer drugs administered by a health care professional, patients have been paying more out of pocket for them. Moreover, patient-administered cancer drugs allow a patient to remain at home rather than going to a hospital or clinic for every treatment.
Terminal Patient Right to Try Act (HCR 2005)If approved by the voters at the ballot this November, terminally-ill patients will have access to experimental drugs that have not yet been fully vetted by the Food and Drug Administration. It  also prohibits a state agency from taking action against a physician or health care institution that prescribes an experimental drug in accordance with standard medical practices.
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New poll shows our momentum! Mark Brnovich AZ AG Candidate

Mark Brnovich Leading in New Poll Among
Arizona GOP Primary Voters
We’ve got great news! A new poll released today by a reputable national polling firm shows that I am leading in the polls for attorney general against incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne.

The poll among likely GOP primary voters indicates 33% of the respondents are supporting me, Mark Brnovich, compared to 32% who are supporting Horne, while 35% are still undecided.


The poll also shows that Tom Horne’s favorability ratings have plummeted following his scandal-ridden past two weeks with 49% of GOP primary voters now having an “unfavorable” opinion of Tom Horne, compared to 24% who have a “favorable” opinion of him.


Folks, momentum is on our side and voters are rallying around the campaign across the state. We have focused almost entirely on a grassroots effort and your hard work is paying off. Early voting is right around the corner and I need your help to not only win this primary but to win the November general election against the liberal Democratic nominee.


We’ve got a very important fundraising deadline coming up at the end of this month and I’m asking you to please donate whatever you can to help continue this momentum. Can you help me get my message out to the 35% that are undecided and let them know that they have a credible alternative this August?




Please visit my website at www.Mark4AZ.com to learn more about my campaign or find me on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Mark4AZ.com.  To view the poll, click here.


Sincerely,



Mark
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This week's wrap-up, Candidate AZ Governor Doug Ducey

It’s always great to end the week on a high note, and for the Ducey campaign this week was no exception! On Wednesday, we announced that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker – a standout conservative and noted reformer – endorsed my campaign for governor. I couldn’t be more proud of earning his endorsement.
Yesterday, we were the first campaign to roll out a policy plan. Called The Arizona Roadmap to Opportunity and Freedom, it provides a framework for policy solutions on issues like economic growth, government waste and reform, education, border security and immigration, safety and health care. If you haven’t seen it yet, please take a look and tell me what you think.
Finally, I was honored to be mentioned in Kim Strassel’s column in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. In what she calls “the GOP’s ‘Trade-Up’ Election,” Strassel identifies an emerging trend across the country where grassroots activists are looking for reform-minded candidates. More from the story:
“Arizona’s crowded GOP gubernatorial primary on August 26 – no accident – includes several Republicans with business backgrounds who are running on sweeping economic platforms. They include Doug Ducey, the former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery, who in 2012 led the successful fight against a ballot initiative that would have made permanent an Arizona sales tax hike.”
Changing minds and beating the odds are concepts that I embrace. As your governor, I intend to lead Arizona with those leadership qualities at the forefront of every action and decision, and to bring a reform-minded work ethic to the executive office.
As you can see, we have great momentum leading into the summer. Please share this week’s good news with your friends and family by using the buttons below, and help me spread the word about my campaign.
Have a great weekend!

Doug

NEWCOMER NECK AND NECK WITH LONG-TIME POLITICIANS

Phoenix - May 16 - The Magellan Strategies poll released today proves that Jeff DeWit is a serious contender for the office of State Treasurer. A successful CEO and Investment Professional with no political resume, who only began campaigning in February, is already neck and neck with two long-time politicians.

“This confirms what our campaign has been sensing, we are building great momentum and I couldn’t be more pleased,” stated DeWit. “Voters are looking for true fiscal conservative business leaders, who will protect our taxpayer dollars and I’m the candidate in this race that fits that bill. While I have a lot of work to do, I look forward to earning the trust and support of all Arizona voters.”
Jeff DeWit is a political newcomer and is running against two long-time politicians. Mr. Hallman, who for much of 2013 was running for Governor and then decided to switch to the State Treasurer race, was previously an elected official for 12 years who is currently ranked by Americans for Prosperity as a “Champion of Big Government.”  The other, Mr. Pullen, has been involved in party politics for years and previously ran for the Mayor of Phoenix twice and lost.  Both of Mr. DeWit’s opponents also supported the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion in Arizona, an issue that has not resonated well with Republican voters.
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Poll results. If the Republican primary election for Treasurer were being held today for who whom would you vote if the candidates were Jeff DeWit, Randy Pullen, and Hugh Hallman?
Jeff DeWit           10.1%
Randy Pullen       9.6%
Hugh Hallman      12.2%
Undecided           68%


We are in a great position to win this race!  Would you help us continue to get the word out by donating to our campaign. Every dollar helps! Can you give $5, $10, $20 or even $50 today? 

I would greatly appreciate your help!  Together we can do this!


 

Grand Opening - Bennett for Arizona Governor

You are invited to the GRAND OPENING of Bennett for Governor Headquarters!

Join us tomorrow, to celebrate and kick-off the campaign!

May 17, 2014
9:00 am

7000 E. McDowell Road, Suite 102
Northeast Corner of McDowell Road and 70th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

 


Light breakfast snacks, beverages, and a campaign kick-off celebration!
 
Invite your friends and neighbors to meet and support Ken!

 

People, Not Politics.

       

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mitt Romney Says: Andy Tobin A true Arizona Conservative.

In case you missed it, Governor Romney sent a very kind letter to his Arizona supporters on my behalf. I wanted to make sure that you received it from me. Please take a look at the message below. Thank you for your continued support.

Andy
Despite the dysfunction in Washington and the myriad of problems our nation faces, I still believe in America . . .

 . . . and I believe when our leaders in Washington match the resolve of our people, the American comeback will begin.  

That’s why I was thrilled when my friend Andy Tobin announced he was running for Congress.  He is a battle-tested conservative who has the courage and resolve we desperately need in Washington but he’ll need our strong support to win.

Andy was with me every step of the way during my campaign for President in 2012 and played a key role in my campaign’s success; now it’s my turn to help him.

Ted, you have been one of my strongest allies and I hope you’ll join me in support for Andy Tobin’s campaign for United States Congress in Arizona’s First Congressional District.

Click here to join his team with a contribution of $35, $50, $100, or $250 and help Andy take his common sense Republican message right to the voters.

Taking on a Democrat incumbent who has lost this seat once before, Andy Tobin is our best chance to reclaim this seat for the Republican Party.

Thanks to a strong business background and an unwavering commitment to conservative principles, Andy’s six-year record in the Arizona Legislature is impressive.  Under his leadership, Arizona passed the largest tax cuts in state history while simultaneously passing the largest spending cuts.

He authored -- and passed – Arizona’s ban on partial-birth abortion. While the President and the liberal media were attacking Arizona over immigration, Andy stood strong for secure borders. He has led the fight against ObamaCare in Arizona -- going as far as suing the federal government over it.
He’s ready to take the fight for our conservative values all the way to Washington.
Please stand with me in support of Arizona’s campaign today with a contribution of $35, $50, $100, $250.  

Washington needs Andy Tobin.

Mitt Romney

P.S. Due to redistricting, the First District is considered significantly more competitive for Democrats so Andy Tobin really needs your generous support to take on an incumbent with the full backing of Washington’s liberal establishment.

AZ AG Horne Responds to Polk's Refusal to Respect Findings of Neutral Administrative Law Judge

Tom Horne - Attorney General
Horne Responds to Polk's Refusal to Respect Findings of Neutral Administrative Law Judge
"This case was brought to an independent judge who could weigh all the facts, and listen to all the witnesses. She came to the very clear conclusion that no campaign finance laws were broken.

This should have been the end of it, but a county politician has foolishly ignored the ruling of an independent judge. She will undoubtedly lose on appeal.

In the meantime, Attorney General Horne will continue the job he was elected to do and fight the Obama administration's liberal activist policies, prosecute drug cartels and stand up for Arizona."
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ICYMI: AZ US Rep Matt Salmon op-ed with Senator Mike Lee on Head Start Reform

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A New Head Start
By Mike Lee & Matt Salmon - May 15, 2014
National Review


The federal program doesn't work – it's time to distribute its funds to the states and let them experiment.

Thomas Jefferson once wrote that "the preservation of freedom and happiness" depends upon "the diffusion of knowledge among the people." President Jefferson rightly understood that education is the cornerstone of a free and prosperous society — a principle that is as true today as it was in the late 18th century. Indeed, in our high-tech, globalized economy, a solid education is the great equalizer of opportunity and an essential ingredient for upward economic mobility.

Yet at the same time, education costs are spiraling out of control, straining state and local budgets. And with all the mandates handed down from the federal government, it is becoming increasingly difficult for communities to provide high-quality educational opportunities for all children. Reform is needed now more than ever.

There is much work to be done at every stage of learning, from pre-kindergarten to post-graduate. One area where reform is most overdue: early-childhood education for the nation's most underprivileged children.

Of the 69 federal early-childhood education and child-care programs, Head Start, which was designed in 1965 to specifically assist underprivileged children, is one of the oldest. And with an operating budget of more than $8 billion per year, it's also the most expensive. Unfortunately, despite the best of intentions, 50 years of empirical data has shown that Head Start has consistently failed to fulfill its promise of improving educational outcomes. According to a 2012 study by President Obama's own Department of Health and Human Services — published the Friday before Christmas to avoid attention — whatever benefits children gain through the program disappear by the time they reach the third grade.

Producing meaningful improvements in the cognitive, social, and behavioral skills of these children is not a matter of appropriating more taxpayer dollars — that's what we've been trying for decades.

The data is clear. We know that the current Head Start program doesn't work. But it is possible that the money it currently wastes might still be put to good use, once freed from that failed bureaucracy.

Real reform doesn't just cut big government; it fixes broken government to create opportunities for parents, educators, and local policymakers to design educational programs to meet the unique needs of their communities.

With this in mind, we recently introduced legislation in the House and Senate to eliminate the federal Head Start bureaucracy and repurpose its full $8.6 billion budget to the states to spend on pre-K education for low-income children. Without increasing the budget by a dime, our Head Start Improvement Act would provide states with the flexibility to administer the programs and provide technical assistance, oversight, research, and training. The states would establish their own programs and designate eligible pre-K entities, including both public and private preschool establishments, to receive grants.

Empowering state and local governments to tailor programs that will meet the unique needs of the families in their communities will not only improve individual educational outcomes, but also foster an innovative early-childhood-education system that encourages the 50 states to learn from each other's successes.

Continuing to fund the status quo perpetuates a pattern of failure. We owe it to our nation's future and our children's potential to break this cycle.

— Mike Lee is the junior senator from Utah and Matt Salmon represents Arizona's fifth congressional district.

The Ducey Roadmap for Arizona

I get the question all the time on the campaign trail:  “What’s your plan if you’re elected governor?”
This week we’ve answered that with the release of our “Arizona Roadmap to Freedom and Opportunity.”  It’s a 12-page booklet filled with specifics about what my priorities as governor would be.  You can view it in PDF form at our website.
We address policy solutions in the “Roadmap” for issues including economic growth, government waste and reform, education, border security and immigration, and safety and health care.
It’s as detailed a set of policy prescriptions as I’ve seen, and I’m proud of our campaign and our policy team for pulling it together.
Please take time to look at it.  More importantly, if one of your friends asks, “Where does he stand?” then you can steer them to the website or share using the links below and say, “Check out his agenda for yourself!”
Thanks,

Doug

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mark Brnovich AZ Candidate For AG Breaking news

Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk just announced that she is moving forward with charges against Tom Horne, who she believes illegally acted during his 2010 campaign by coordinating with an outside committee.


Polk wants Horne to return approximately $400,000 in illegal contributions. She believes it is “more than probable” that Mr. Horne illegally acted during his 2010 campaign based on the evidence. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery also came to the same conclusion as Polk last year.


The announcement comes on the heels of another scandal that broke last week where a former employee of Tom Horne’s recently quit her position after accusing the attorney general of illegally conducting campaign activities out of the Attorney General’s office. The former employee claims Tom Horne encouraged and requested taxpayer-funded government employees to do campaign work on state time. If true, this is a blatantly illegal abuse of government resources.


Since my campaign began, I have consistently emphasized the importance of integrity and character in our Attorney General. Integrity was summed up by C.S. Lewis as doing the right thing, even when no one was watching.

Tom Horne has consistently demonstrated that he continues to fail to live up to the expectations for a public official--especially our Attorney General. He continues to get headlines for the wrong reasons on a consistent basis, costing taxpayers not only money, but compromising our values and our state╩╝s reputation.

I pledge to you that I will never embarrass you or our state. I will get headlines for the right reasons. I am the only Republican candidate who can win the race this November, and I need your help.

Help us get our message out and help us restore integrity to the Office of the Attorney General.

Candidate Rep David Schweikert Campaign Pancake Breakfast This Saturday!

Friends of David Schweikert
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Phoenix Mayor and Council Cut Police/Families


Councilman Sal DiCiccio requested that Phoenix quit talking about hiring more police and put forward a plan to start hiring police officers.

In a letter (see below for copy) sent this morning to Mayor Stanton, the City Council and city of Phoenix management, Councilman DiCiccio requested a plan be in place in the next 60 days to hire more police.

His letter is an attempt to get Phoenix to start the process of strategic planning and provide a starting point for the other elected officials

“We have all heard a lot of talk from politicians regarding the need to hire more police officers. Now is the time to start acting on that talk by putting a plan in place. Nobody has come forward to start this action,” said Councilman DiCiccio. “By putting a plan in writing, it becomes a promise – a commitment – to citizens and to our Police Department. The idea of raising taxes or increasing fees is not an option since whatever Phoenix takes in new revenue will not be managed correctly as we have seen with the city budget, mismanagement with the property tax and the political theatrics from the meeting last week, where police and their families were subjected to a disappointing political maneuver. Phoenix must focus on strategic functions and make a determination of what our City’s mission is and what is or is not in line with achieving that mission.”

My best to you and your family, 



Sal DiCiccio
City of Phoenix
Councilman, District 6
602-262-7491
council.district.6@phoenix.gov 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Statewide Conservative Leaders Back Randy Pullen for AZ State Treasurer

Randy Pullen for Arizona Treasurer
Business Background and Conservative Track Record Make Pullen Best Choice for State Treasurer
(Phoenix, AZ) — Following the recent announcements of key endorsements from Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Randy Pullen announced today another round of endorsements of conservative leaders from across the state.

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Brenda Burns said, “Randy will bring a conservative, common sense approach to the Treasurer's Office and his deep cache of experience in finance is precisely what Arizona needs.  That is why I support Randy Pullen for State Treasurer.”
Maricopa County Treasurer Hos Hoskins added, “As Maricopa County Treasurer, it has been an honor to serve as a watchdog for county taxpayers.  I am confident that Randy Pullen is the best person to be Arizona’s next State Treasurer and will be a conservative steward of our hard earned taxpayer dollars.”

Commissioner Burns and Treasurer Hoskins are joined by Senate President Pro Tem Gail Griffin, Senator Judy Burges, Senator Al Melvin, Senator Chester Crandell, Senator Don Shooter, Representative Bob Thorpe, Mohave County Supervisor Steve Moss, Pinal County Assessor Douglas Wolf, Former Senate President Russell Pearce, and Former Senator Karen Johnson.
“I am honored to earn the support of these Arizona leaders who have helped navigate our state through tough times and truly made it a better place,” said Randy. “I look forward to working with them to build upon the work they have already started”
For a complete list of Endorsements visit RandyPullen.com
About Randy Pullen
Randy Pullen is a CPA and businessman who served as Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party from 2007 to 2011, and Treasurer of the Republican National Committee from 2009 to 2011. When elected, he will be the first State Treasurer in the last 12 years with an MBA in Finance and a CPA.
As Chairman of the AZGOP, Pullen oversaw the landslide victory in 2010 helping Republican candidates capture every statewide office.  That same year, the voters elected Republican super majorities to both houses of the Arizona legislature – the first time that has ever happened.
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Arizona Rep. David Schweikert Hosts Round Table on EPA Water Rule

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Scottsdale, Ariz., May 12, 2014— Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Environment for the House Science, Space, and Technology committee and House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power member, Rep. Paul Gosar, D.D.S. (R-AZ) will join for a local round-table to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to expand the definition of “navigable waters of the United States.’
The local roundtable is to be held on Monday, June 2, 2014 and is titled: “The EPA’s Unauthorized Usurpation of State and Tribal Water Rights: Cleaning up the Clean Water Act.”
This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Monday, June 2, 2014

“The EPA’s Unauthorized Usurpation of State and Tribal Water Rights:  Cleaning up the Clean Water Act”

Time: 10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
Location: Arizona State Capitol
Senate Hearing Room 1
1700 W Washington St
Phoenix, AZ 85007


BACKGROUND:
On March 25, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released a proposed rule that would assert Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction over nearly all areas with any hydrologic connection to downstream navigable waters, including man-made conveyances such as ditches.
In early May, 2014, Chairman David Schweikert joined House colleagues in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Department of the Army Secretary John McHugh for the proposed draft rule defining ‘waters of the US’ to be withdrawn and returned for further analysis and revision. The full letter can be read here.
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Chairman Schweikert is the author of the Secret Science Reform Act and a strong advocate for transparent data, evidence, and scientific research. The Secret Science Reform Act, H.R. 4012, prohibits the EPA from proposing regulations based on science that is not transparent or reproducible.