Saturday, May 24, 2014

History of Memorial Day

Honor Our Military Past and Present-

Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered.[1] The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May,[2] was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union andConfederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.[3]It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave innational cemeteries.
Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountains. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with kinfolk and others. There often is a religious service and a "dinner on the ground," the traditional term for a potluck meal in which people used to spread the dishes out on sheets or tablecloths on the grass. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the "memorial day" idea.[4]
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.[5]

History of the holiday

The practice of decorating soldiers' graves with flowers is an ancient custom.[6] Soldiers' graves were decorated in the U.S. before[7] and during the American Civil War. A claim was made in 1906 that the first Civil War soldier's grave ever decorated was in Warrenton, Virginia, on June 3, 1861, implying the first Memorial Day occurred there.[8] Though not for Union soldiers, there is authentic documentation that women in Savannah, Georgia, decorated Confederate soldiers' graves in 1862.[9] In 1863, the cemetery dedication at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was a ceremony of commemoration at the graves of dead soldiers. Local historians in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, claim that ladies there decorated soldiers' graves on July 4, 1864.[10] As a result, Boalsburg promotes itself as the birthplace of Memorial Day.[11]
Following President Abraham Lincoln's assassination in April 1865, there were a variety of events of commemoration. The sheer number of soldiers of both sides who died in the Civil War, more than 600,000, meant that burial and memorialization took on new cultural significance. Under the leadership of women during the war, an increasingly formal practice of decorating graves had taken shape. In 1865, the federal government began creating national military cemeteries for the Union war dead.[12]
The first widely publicized observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War was in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865. During the war, Union soldiers who were prisoners of war had been held at the Charleston Race Course; at least 257 Union prisoners died there and were hastily buried in unmarked graves.[13] Together with teachers and missionaries, black residents of Charleston organized a May Day ceremony in 1865, which was covered by the New York Tribune and other national papers. The freedmen cleaned up and landscaped the burial ground, building an enclosure and an arch labeled, "Martyrs of the Race Course." Nearly ten thousand people, mostly freedmen, gathered on May 1 to commemorate the war dead. Involved were about 3,000 school children newly enrolled in freedmen's schools, mutual aid societies, Union troops, black ministers, and white northern missionaries. Most brought flowers to lay on the burial field. Today the site is used asHampton Park.[14] Years later, the celebration would come to be called the "First Decoration Day" in the North.
David W. Blight described the day:
"This was the first Memorial Day. African Americans invented Memorial Day in Charleston, South Carolina. What you have there is black Americans recently freed from slavery announcing to the world with their flowers, their feet, and their songs what the war had been about. What they basically were creating was the Independence Day of a Second American Revolution.”[15]
However, Blight stated he "has no evidence" that this event in Charleston inspired the establishment of Memorial Day across the country.[16]
On May 26, 1966, President Johnson signed a presidential proclamation naming Waterloo, New York, as the birthplace of Memorial Day. Earlier, the 89th Congress adopted House Concurrent Resolution 587, which officially recognized that the patriotic tradition of observing Memorial Day began one hundred years prior in Waterloo, New York.[17] According to legend, in the summer of 1865 a local druggist Henry Welles, while talking to friends, suggested that it might be good to remember those soldiers who did not make it home from the Civil War.[citation needed] Not much came of it until he mentioned it to General John B. Murray, a Civil War hero, who gathered support from other surviving veterans.[citation needed] On May 5, 1866, they marched to the three local cemeteries and decorated the graves of fallen soldiers.[citation needed] It is believed that Murray, who knew General Logan, told Logan about the observance and that led to Logan issuing Logan's Order in 1868 calling for a national observance.[citation needed]

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Andrew Walter: Lessons from the Phoenix VA

Professionals at the Phoenix Veterans Administration Hospital allegedly knowingly and willfully delayed treatment, misled and maltreated our nation’s veterans which led to the avoidable deaths of 40 veterans.

This infuriates me and it should infuriate every American.

After first learning of the scandal at the Phoenix VA Hospital I have advocated for an earnest pursuit of truth so those responsible will be held to account for their malfeasance.

This situation illuminates an important truth: our government can’t even take care of the 6.5 million veterans who fought to defend the very existence of this nation.

How then, can people expect our government to deliver quality health care to over 330 million Americans?  Evidence and experience clearly suggest a centralized approach to health care cannot work.

Today’s VA Health System is tomorrow’s ObamaCare.

The VA Health System is pure government-run single-payer health care, and it’s an utter disaster.  This system shows us that government-run health care is not compassionate or humane, it’s barbaric and corrupt.

In this single-payer system human beings aren’t shown the dignity or respect they deserve.  Moms and dads, sons and daughters are maltreated or, worse, left to die waiting for treatment.

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema advocates for this type of inhumane, government-run health care system.  She believes in the public option, despite all the evidence, misery, and heartbreak that it causes for patients and families.

America’s health system before ObamaCare was dysfunctional.  But ObamaCare left all the dysfunction in place and built an edifice upon the unstable foundation thereby exponentially magnifying the previous underlying problems.

I agree with Sen. John McCain that veterans deserve to have another health care choice apart from the VA.

Quality health care for our nation can be secured by repealing ObamaCare and replacing it with patient-centered health reforms that put you in control of your health care, not a government bureaucrat.

If ObamaCare remains the law of the land, then it will assuredly metastasize into the devastating cancer that is the VA Health System today.  Our veterans and the American people deserve better.

About Andrew Walter
Andrew Walter is a native Arizonan and starred at quarterback for Arizona State University (ASU) where he earned a BA in Communications.  Andrew was selected in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders and finished his career with the New England Patriots.  Following his professional sports career Andrew earned his MBA from ASU, with an emphasis in finance.  Andrew has had great success in the private sector as the Principal of Andrew Walter Holdings, a senior secured lending firm, and as a credit analyst for MidFirst Bank.

It WAS an event like no other!

Thanks to all the friends and supporters who have contributed to my campaign!  Wednesday night’s fundraiser was truly ‘like no other’.  You could feel the energy and excitement as my campaign for Secretary of State continues to grow.  We had food trucks featuring locally owned restaurants, live music from Arizona’s own School of Rock and most importantly over 100 supporters who turned out to help our campaign.  Special thanks to former Governor of Arizona Jane Dee Hull, Hon. Betsey Bayless and the host committee for coordinating such a wonderful event.

My campaign has kicked into high-gear as we approach two months until early ballots are delivered.  A week ago we filed over 8300 petition signatures to qualify for the ballot and last night’s event was a huge step in helping us reach our fundraising goal. 

However, we still have a high mountain to climb.  The next important date for the campaign is May 31 when campaign finance reports are due.  It’s crucial we have a strong showing on that report so voters can see the strength of our campaign and our momentum as I continue to take my message on the road. 

I am relying on you to help us achieve our common vision for Arizona.  With your continued support we can forge ahead towards the Primary and General elections.
Thank you for your support!
PS - Find more photos from the event on my Facebook Page,

Another great week

It’s been another great week for the Ducey campaign! I’m energized by support from a growing list of elected leaders across the state. This week I was honored by the endorsements of Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, Scottsdale City Councilman Dennis Robbins, Arizona State Representative Warren Petersen and State Senator Steve Yarbrough -- and we'll have more to announce next week.

In case you missed the email sent earlier this week, Ducey yard signs are ready and available for your home. If you’d like to have one delivered to your home by our wonderful team of volunteers, please email our political director, Anson Clarkson at by tomorrow morning. You can also drop by campaign headquarters and pick one up:

4455 E. Camelback Rd.
Suite E-260
Phoenix, AZ 85018

As we forge ahead into the summer months, know that I am thankful for your support. I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail.

Have a great weekend!


Hugh Hallman Files More Than 11,600 Signatures To Qualify For Arizona State Treasurer’s Race

Signature Count is More Than Twice The Number Required By Law

Republican candidate for State Treasurer Hugh Hallman yesterday filed more than 11,600 signatures with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office to officially qualify for the ballot.
Hallman filed more than twice the number of signatures required by state law — from every county in Arizona — making him the first candidate in the race to qualify for the ballot. The filing is yet another sign of momentum for a campaign that has already gained the support of dozens of prominent Republican elected officials and community leaders across the State.
“We’re very grateful to the more than 11,600 Arizona residents who signed our petition and helped ensure our campaign qualifies for the ballot,” Hallman said. “My commitment to Arizona residents is to ensure our state enjoys truly balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility in government, and we look forward to taking our message to voters over the course of the campaign.”
Conservative leaders have praised Hallman’s combination of experience and expertise as the ideal mix for the office of State Treasurer. A full list of endorsements is available at
“Arizona needs continued conservative leadership in the Treasurer’s office,” said U.S. Senator Jeff Flake. “Hugh Hallman has a track record of fiscal responsibility and a commitment to conservative principles that will serve Arizona well. I strongly urge Arizonans to support Hugh Hallman for State Treasurer.”
“I have enjoyed working with Hugh Hallman over the years on issues important to Maricopa County residents, and have been impressed with his leadership,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. “Hugh understands how to address complex issues faced on the local and state level and to find solutions that are in the best interests of Arizona residents. With his focus on fiscal responsibility, he would be an ideal choice for State Treasurer.”
“I’ve worked with Hugh Hallman while he served the people of Tempe as their mayor, and while he served the region as Treasurer and Chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments.  The amount of energy and expertise he brings to his public service is exceptional,” Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane said.

“We need the kind of responsible, effective leadership Hugh Hallman will provide as State Treasurer,” said Len Munsil, former Republican gubernatorial candidate and another leading conservative voice. “Hugh has shown through his work in Tempe and on regional issues that he truly understands the role of government and how to oversee taxpayer dollars in a responsible way.” 

“We work closely with the State Treasurer’s Office on the funding we need to make sure Lake Havasu City’s government is run effectively,” Lake Havasu City Mayor Mark Nexsen said. “Having someone like Hugh Hallman, a former Mayor who understands the importance of fiscal responsibility, in this office would be a tremendous asset for Arizona residents.”
Hugh Hallman is a Republican candidate for Arizona State Treasurer. He is the immediate past Mayor of Tempe, a position that relied upon his background as a public servant, economist and attorney to shape policies that work for the people of his community. He also served as Chairman of the Maricopa Association of Governments during the final year of his second term as Mayor, where he played a leadership role in regional issues.
Hugh is a longtime community volunteer and lifelong resident of Arizona, where his family settled in the 1860s. In 2009, he became Headmaster of Tempe Preparatory Academy, now one of the State’s best public schools. He has a successful track record as an attorney, educator, economist and civic leader.

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Grassroots support Mark Brnovich for Arizona AG

Republican Grassroots Support Mark Brnovich 

Wednesday, Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon called on my primary opponent to get out of the attorney general’s race. I appreciate Congressman Salmon’s principled stand and his call to put the good of the party ahead of my opponent’s personal pursuits.

In his statement, Congressman Salmon noted, "When someone is so mired in conflict ... it's time to move on and whether you're innocent or guilty, it's time to think what's best for the people." 

And yesterday, Senator Jeff Flake called for my opponent to not seek re-election: "I'm not saying he should resign, just that he should not seek re-election."
My primary opponent responded with an assertion that he still has the support of grassroots conservative Republicans across Arizona and that he will not back down. Traveling around the state, meeting with so many of you, we know that we have the support of the grassroots. To date, my campaign has been publicly endorsed by over 70 Republicans grassroots leaders from across the state, including:
  • Len Munsil, President of Arizona Christian University
  • Randy Kendrick
  • The Honorable Frank Antenori, former State Senator
  • The Honorable Dean Martin, former State Treasurer
  • The Honorable Linda Gray, former State Senator
  • The Honorable Barbara Leff, former State Senator
  • The Honorable Kathleen Dunbar, former State Representative & Tucson City Councilmember
  • Michelle Arnett, Mohave County GOP 2nd Vice Chair; Vice President of the Colorado River Republican Women’s Club
  • Ray Sweeney, Maricopa County Member-at-Large
  • Vince Manfredi, City of Maricopa GOP Chair
  • Richard Mihalik, Congressional District 1 Member-at-Large
  • Mickie Niland, CD 5 Member-at-Large & LD 12 Chair
  • Daniel Grimm, CD 5 Member-at-Large
  • Haydee Dawson, CD 5 Member-at-Large
  • Laddie Shane, CD 6 Member-at-Large
  • Shirley Dye, LD6 Republican Activist
  • Marcus Huey, CD 8 Member-at-Large
  • Bill Baxter, CD 9 Member-at-Large
  • Sean McClusky, LD10 Republican Precinct Committeeman
  • Lori Oien, LD10 Republican Precinct Committeeman
  • David Henderson, LD15 GOP Chair
  • Jerry Clingman, LD16 GOP Chair
  • Sandi Bartlett, LD17 GOP Secretary
  • Bert Moll, LD17 GOP Recording Secretary
  • Angi Stamm, Legislative District 17 2nd Vice Chair
  • Jeni White, Immediate Past LD18 GOP Chair
  • Kevin Payne, LD 21 GOP Chair
  • Teresa Wright, LD21 1st Vice Chair
  • Eric Morgan, LD22 GOP Chair
  • Paul Whetten, LD25 GOP Chair
  • Charlie Ellis, LD29 GOP Chair
  • John Wilson, LD29 GOP 1st Vice Chair
  • Aaron Borders, LD29 Republican Activist
  • Jared Gorshe, Arizona Federation of College Republican
  • Lilia Dashevsky, Arizona Teenage Republican Chair
  • Dylan Lefler, President, Northern Arizona College Republicans
  • Carlos Alfaro, President, Arizona State University College Republicans
  • Steven Lee, Vice President, Arizona State University College Republicans
  • Zoey Kotzambasis, President, University of Arizona College Republicans
  • Nathan Brown, ASU College Republican Treasurer
  • Susan Cohen, Prescott Republican Activist
  • Pam Miller, Prescott Republican Activist
  • Bill Feldmeir, Yavapai County Republican Activist
  • Anita Christy, Gilbert and Payson Republican Activist
  • Donna Alu, President of Tucson Republican Women; LD 9 GOP Chair
  • Nancy McLain, President of the Colorado River Republican Women’s Club
  • Sylvia Cole, Social Secretary of the Colorado River Tea Party Patriots
  • Dr. Laurence Schiff, M.D., President of the Kingman Republican Men’s Club
  • Donna Johnson, 1st Vice President of the Yuma County Republican Women’s Club
  • Landis Aden
  • Shane Wikfors, Conservative Activist
  • Jennifer Wright, Conservative Activist
  • Chad Kirkpatrick, Conservative Activist
  • Lisa Askey, Chandler
  • Susan Hicks, Gilbert
  • Debbie Smith
  • Mary Baumbach
  • Loraine Pellegrino
  • Billie Orr, Prescott
  • Pam Jones, Prescott
  • Phyllis Robinson, Prescott
  • Nettie Lamerson, Prescott
  • Pam Calhoon, Prescott
  • Steve Rutherford, Prescott
  • Sue Rutherford, Prescott
  • Myra Nathenson, Prescott
  • Steve Nathenson, Prescott
  • Robb Witt, Camp Verde
  • Mal BarrettSr., former Chair of Yavapai County Republican Party
  • Doyle Scott, Past 2nd Vice Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee
  • Barry Denton, Immediate Past President of the Yavapai County Republican Men’s Forum
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Goldfish Ban

Even the Goldfish was surprised when Mayor Stanton & Council voted to ban him! Phoenix has much larger fish to fry than goldfish.


#1 - Mayor Stanton voted to increase his own office budget and voted to cut Police Officer pay.
My Solution: Lead by example and reduce budget costs to maintain police pay.

#2 - City of Phoenix is 500 Police Officers short. Attrition will remove at least another 100 officers off of our streets by next year. Mayor Stanton has no plan to keep up with attrition.
My Solution: I sent a letter to the Mayor on my plan to hire more -- to date no response. 

#3 - Water Rate Tax Increase. Mayor Stanton fought hard to create a new tax on your water bill and to keep the PR budget fully funded. Taking $9.5 Million from you and your family. The PR budget alone is $3.2 million.
My Solution: Councilmen Bill Gates, Jim Waring and I made a proposal to cut PR, lobbying, travel, dinning, and unnecessary vacant positions preventing this new water tax.

#4 - The budget has no plan to repair the credit rating of the City of Phoenix or fix the structural deficit.
My Solution: The City Manager is moving forward with a strategic plan and zero based budgeting focusing on core functions. Councilmen Bill Gates and I have been pushing this proposal and the city is now moving this plan forward.

Thank you for your help and support!

Sal DiCiccio
Phoenix City Councilman, District Six

AZ AG Tom Horne Protecting Arizona's Children from the Dangers of Human Trafficking

Tom Horne - Attorney General
My office has been working for three years to end trafficking of young and vulnerable teens in Arizona.

The Arizona Attorney General's Underage Sex-Trafficking Coalition was formed in 2011 to raise public awareness, educate the community and to advocate to affect chance in local, regional; even federal laws, as it relates to human trafficking.

My office drafted legislation, which ultimately passed, that greatly increases the penalties for those who pimp underage girls.

One of the ways to impact this is to follow the money trail. Our youth; and they are mostly female, are being victimized by abusers who sell their "victims" for financial gain.

Victim advocates and members of law enforcement know there are many aspects to this problem; such as child pornography, drugs, misuse of technology.

These girls are not only from poverty-stricken areas, but from every socio-economic background. The coercion of a vulnerable individual by these menacing predators must be stopped.

I am working to raise awareness of the force, fraud and coercion that is an integral part of sexual exploitation. Traffickers and those who prey on our children are masterful at deception and gaining trust online and in public places. Children who are most vulnerable are those without adult supervision.

I am coordinating strategies to stop human trafficking, training law enforcement and working to create awareness to improve overall public safety. By acknowledging the correlation between trafficking and people coming to Arizona for conventions and sporting events, we can begin to combat the sexual exploitation of our children.
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Arizona Law Enforcement Agencies Demand Kiehne Apologize and Exit Race

May 22, 2014
Law Enforcement Agencies Demand Kiehne Apologize and Exit Race
Kiehne compares Arizona Officers to Nazi SS Agents on National Peace Officers Memorial Day.
The pressure for Gary Kiehne to apologize for comments made about Arizona Law Enforcement personnel and to bow out of the race for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District continues to mount. Yesterday, the Arizona Highway Patrol, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police have all issued statements of condemnation. Demands for an apology and a swift exit from the race for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District come on the heels of Kiehne’s comments comparing law enforcement personnel assisting in the evacuation efforts during the 2011 Wallow Fire to Nazi SS Agents who would “shoot you or me without thinking about it.”

“The Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA), who represent Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers and civilians that assisted in the 2011 Wallow Fire, are outraged at comments made by GOP District One candidate Gary Kiehne in a recent interview. According to Rebekah L. Sanders of the Arizona Republic, an interview was conducted on Thursday May 15th, 2014, on National Peace Officers Memorial Day, comparing Arizona police officers to Nazis who would ‘shoot you and me.’ The association feels the comment was hateful and demands an apology.” “The day we celebrated the lives of officers that were killed in the line of duty was the same day [Gary Kiehne] decided to attack our profession,” states Sgt. Jimmy Chavez, President of the AHPA.  “Not only was it a hateful comment, it was an attack on all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities safe.”

On Tuesday, the Arizona Police Association condemned Kiehne’s statements, demanded an apology and asked him to leave the race. Earlier in the week, Kiehne came under fire for insensitive comments he made about mass shootings and Vietnamese refugees.

The Arizona Republic story can be found here.
Kiehne’s comments can be viewed here.


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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mayor Scott Smith Files More Than Enough Signatures for Arizona's Gubernatorial Republican Primary Election

Scott Smith for Governor 2014
Mayor Scott Smith for Arizona's Gubernatorial Republican Primary Election filed nearly twice the required number of signatures needed to qualify, turning in more than 10,500 signatures come from all 15 counties at the secretary of state's office.
PHOENIX — Mayor Scott Smith filed his petition signatures today to officially become a candidate in the Arizona Gubernatorial Republican Primary Election. Over 10,000 signatures were filed, collected in only five months since the Mayor declared his candidacy.
"I am thankful for the Arizonans who believe in my positive vision of a better Arizona," said Mayor Smith. "By leading and making tough choices, I turned a floundering homebuilder into an Arizona success story, employing more than 350 people and helping countless families realize the American Dream. I took that same CEO's focus on results to the City of Mesa, where we balanced our budget, slimmed our workforce and made city government work for our residents."
Said Smith: "As I've traveled throughout our state and listened to voters, it's become clear that Arizona needs leadership focused on high-wage careers, an outstanding education system that demands high standards for our children and lean, efficient government. I've done it before in Mesa and I know we can do it for Arizona."
To learn more about Mayor Smith and to follow his campaign, visit his campaign website,
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Medicaid Restoration is at risk

Scott Smith for Governor 2014
Governor Brewer, legislators and the business community came together to do the right thing for Arizona last year. The hard work done by so many is in jeopardy as every Republican candidate for Governor except Mayor Scott Smith opposes Medicaid Restoration.

Here is Doug Ducey in his own words:

"I spoke out against Medicaid expansion."
Doug Ducey, March 12, 2014
Mohave Republican Forum

"The expansion of it was a mistake."
Doug Ducey, April 10, 2014
East Valley Precinct Committeeman Forum

Doing what is right for Arizona was a mistake?

Here is what Governor Brewer said last week about Medicaid Restoration:

"should the implementation of the Medicaid Restoration Plan be prevented, it would throw approximately 150,000 Arizonans (and climbing) off of health insurance, thereby preventing them from receiving critical, cost-effective healthcare through our model AHCCCS program; defy the will of the Arizona voters, who have twice voted to require Medicaid eligibility for all Arizonans at or below one hundred percent of the federal poverty level; threaten the viability of our state's rural and safety net hospitals; and decimate our state budget, undermining our ability to fund critical areas including child safety, education, public safety and services to Arizona's most vulnerable populations."

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Go away, Gary Kiehne

In case you missed it, over the last few days, one of our opponents, Gary Kiehne really went off the rails. He made national news for turning mass shootings into a partisan issue, and was shamed into publicly apologizing for his horrific remarks.

That led to the revelation that he compared Vietnamese refugees to illegal immigrants.

But the worst thing he’s said so far came during an interview with the Arizona Republic when he compared law enforcement officers assisting with the evacuation of the 2011 Wallow Fire to Nazi SS agents. I’m not exaggerating.

Yesterday, the Arizona Police Association called on Kiehne to apologize and get out of the race. Still no response.

Gary Kiehne is now a national embarrassment. We can’t let Kiehne use his millions to buy this primary, or else Ann Kirkpatrick will be a Congresswoman for life -- and Nancy Pelosi will be one seat closer to the Speaker’s gavel.


Craig Handzlik
Campaign Manager
Andy Tobin for U.S. Congress

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Support Ken Bennett for AZ Governor this week!

Show your support for Ken this week by attending one (or more) of these upcoming events.  For more information, and to find out how you can support Ken , please contact the campaign at  

May 21, 2014
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Odle Management - 10 year Anniversary Celebration    

Odle Management
9937 East Bell Road
Scottsdale, AZ

May 23, 2014
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Phoenix Rotary
Guest Performance
Phoenix Country Club

2901 N. 7th St.
Phoenix, AZ 

May 25, 2014
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Flag Retirement Ceremony
Desert Christian High School
7525 E. Speedway
Tucson, AZ

May 26, 2014
8:30 am - 9:30 am

Memorial Day Observance
Citizens Cemetary
Prescott, AZ

May 26, 2014
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Memorial Day Observance
Surprise Radiant Church
15522 W. Paradise Lane
Surprise, AZ 

People, Not Politics.


Candidate AZ State Senate Jeff Swaerz, Yard Signs! Get Yours Today!

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for State Senate LD23

Glad and sad news

First off, today I can say I'm the proudest candidate for the Arizona House in District 6! Why you ask? Thanks to the work of the Barton Brigade, we now have over 800 signatures to file so I may run for re-election. This is so overwhelming and I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your hardwork and more importantly your trust!

This great news is what drives me to fight for you. One of the issues I have fought for since day one at the Capitol is protect Arizona's natural beauty for generations. It breaks my heart to see Oak Creek Canyon burn especially since this is only the start of the fire season.

My legislation this year was to appropriate $20 million to cleaning our state lands of the fuel load. Unfortunately it was reduced to only $1 million and the rest went to expand government agencies that are not doing their job. This is one of many issues that I want to go back to the Capitol and fight! I never forget my district and times like this remind us all what we are fighting for. Let's continue to work together and stand for District 6!

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