Friday, June 27, 2014

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane Endorses Jay Lawrence for Arizona House

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Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane Endorses Jay Lawrence for Arizona House

(SCOTTSDALE)– In yet another major endorsement, Republican Jay Lawrence announced today that he has earned the support of Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane. Lawrence, who is seeking an open seat in Legislative District 23, plans to succeed State Representative John Kavanagh in the Arizona House.

In his endorsement, Mayor Jim Lane noted:  “Jay Lawrence has been a tremendous servant to the private sector for many years. Now that he’s made the commitment to serve the public, he has my full support to represent and advocate for the best interest of Scottsdale, the District and the State. I know Jay is dedicated to Arizona and he will serve our community well. I also believe we are electing a gentleman with impeccable conservative credentials who will do the right thing by his constituents and the State of Arizona.”

Mayor Jim Lane, who has been a Scottsdale resident for over 40 years, also remarked on his friendship with Lawrence, “I’ve been a fan and friend of Jay Lawrence for many years and look forward to cheering him on in this next chapter of a very successful career. It will also be a pleasure working with him on issues to make Scottsdale and Arizona an even better place to live.”
Mayor Lane’s endorsement now joins fellow Legislative District 23 mayor, Fountain Hills Mayor Linda Kavanagh, along with U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon, Dr. C.T. Wright, LD 23 State Representative John Kavanagh, and others.  For a complete list of endorsements, please visit

To read more about Jay Lawrence and his campaign, please visit his website at

Walk with us on July 5th

Frank Riggs for Governor

Want to walk with us in the Prescott July 5th parade?

This will be a great day of celebrating our nations' birth and Frontier Days, and we're looking forward to putting together a great group of friends and supporters to join us!

Information about when and where to meet is below and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our Coalitions Director, Doug Nickle, at

We'll see you on the 5th!

Frank Riggs

WHAT: Presott July 5th Parade
WHEN: July 5th at 7:30am (Staging)
WHERE: Float Number 22 - Staging Area 1W -- In front of Bella Home Furnishings -- 115 W Willis St -- Prescott, AZ, 86301

Final hours!

I wanted to drop a quick line because the end of the fundraising quarter is coming up and we could really use your help--and today is Andy’s birthday.

Andy has been all over the district, listening to voters and talking to them about his proven, conservative record on securing the border, cutting taxes, creating good paying jobs and keeping the government off our backs.

Washington needs to change and the way we do that is by retiring Ann Kirkpatrick once and for all—but we can’t do it without your help.

Andy is the only battle-tested, conservative candidate who can defeat Ann Kirkpatrick in November.

Could you help us by contributing $10, $25 or $50 or more today?

This is our last filing deadline before the Primary on August 26th, so any amount can help us on the road to victory.

See you on the campaign trail!

Bill Cortese
Campaign Manager
P.S. Join me in wishing Happy Birthday to Andy by making a contribution of $10, $25, $50 or more today.  Andy is the battle-tested, conservative that can defeat Ann Kirkpatrick in November and we can't do it without your help.  Thank you in advance for your support.

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Ken Bennett Candidate For AZ Governor: All Politics is Local

Ken Bennett for Governor

All politics is local. This famous adage illustrates a principle most politicians know to be true. Elected officials who best understand their constituency's simple and everyday concerns will enjoy an accomplished public service career.
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Nearly 30 years ago, I began my public service career on the Prescott City Council where we dealt with everything from parks to potholes.  In my experience, nothing gets people involved with their government faster than issues that impact their quality of life.
Serving in local government can be extremely rewarding and give you a great sense of pride working to improve your community.  But ask any local government official what their biggest source of frustration is and they’ll likely tell you it’s our state government.
For years on the Prescott City Council, I was on the receiving end of unfunded state mandates and harmful sweeps that inhibit local decision-making and made it difficult for our cities and towns to deliver the services their citizens need. While I understand difficult decisions had to be made during the economic downturn, I believe these decisions represent a broken promise to our local communities. Please take a minute to watch the video included in this email.
As your next Governor, I will fight any attempts to lessen local control and push back against harmful sweeps and mandates - just as I did as Senate President.
I think it’s time we elect someone who understands that all politics is local, and won’t balance the state’s budget on the backs of our local governments.
I will be that Governor.

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What's Coming Up:
  • Fri June 27 - AZCOPS Endorsement - Tucson
  • Sun June 29 - 1st Anniversary Memorial of Yarnell Hill Fire - Yarnell
  • Mon June 30 - Fraternal Order of Police Endorsement - Phoenix
  • Tue July 1 - Rim County Regional Chamber of Commerce - Payson
  • Tue July 1 - Hispanic Chamber Gubernatorial Forum - Phoenix
  • Thur July 3 - Campaign Rally - Heroes, Harleys and Hot Rods - Bennett for Governor HQ
  • Fri July 4 - July 4th Parade - Flagstaff


Salmon for Congress
Caroline May

June 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — "Let's face it: I've been a thorn in leadership's side," says Arizona Republican Rep. Matt Salmon, sitting at his desk in the Rayburn House Office Building.

Earlier that day, Salmon had just been named by Speaker John Boehner to a special "working group" on the crisis at the southern U.S. border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied children are streaming into the country with hopes that President Obama will grant them amnesty.

Salmon is the most conservative member of the new group, and his selection by Boehner is surprising, to say the least, given that the Arizonan has been a leading critic of House leadership.

"Probably nobody was more shocked than me, but I was pleasantly surprised," Salmon says.

On the other side of the ledger, the group includes Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a passionate advocate for a comprehensive immigration bill, and Rep. John Carter (R-TX), who negotiated for years with liberal Democrats, including Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), to craft an immigration bill that never saw the light of day.

Leading the new group is Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX). Its other members include House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michal McCaul (R-TX), and Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM).

"They put some independent-minded people on there," Salmon says. "At least they didn't stack it up with a bunch of 'yes people [for Obama or Boehner]'" he adds. "I'm glad to see that."

With his selection to the working group, Salmon is emerging as something of a conduit between Boehner and the right flank of the GOP conference on the issue. Last October, Salmon told an audience he had met privately with the Speaker, who vowed that the House wouldn't enter a "conference committee" on the Senate "Gang of Eight" immigration bill, widely denounced by immigration hawks.

The formation of the working group comes as the border crisis is deepening.

Since October, more than 52,000 unaccompanied minors have been detained crossing into the United States through the southwest border – the vast majority of whom have been from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador – a 99 percent increase over last year.

"The humanitarian crisis will not be fixed; it will be exacerbated if we don't deal with the border enforcement part, with the law part of it. If we don't deal with that, the waves will just keep coming," Salmon tells me.

Earlier this month, Salmon visited the detention center in Nogales, Arizona – where the government is housing hundreds of illegal immigrant unaccompanied minors. What he found, the Arizona Republican says, is that all the 140 Customs and Border Patrol officers at the center have been taken off the border to take care of the children.

"These border cops, as I call them, are just as frustrated as anyone because they're not allowed to do their job. Their hands are tied, and one of the reasons their hands are tied, especially with the unaccompanied minors, is because of our existing laws on trafficking – human trafficking," he says, referring to a Bush-era law that requires unaccompanied minors from countries not contiguous with the United States to receive an immigration hearing.

"The problem is guys like me believe these waves are going to keep coming if we don't, through our actions, send a really clear and unambiguous message that there is no amnesty for these children and that they will be processed back to their countries as quickly as possible," he adds, noting that on average, seven years elapse before unaccompanied minors receive a court hearing.

As the matter has worsened, a major debate has erupted in Washington over whether President Obama's unilateral amnesty for illegal aliens brought to the U.S. as minors, colloquially called "DREAMers" in reference to the "DREAM Act," a proposal to do the same, has caused the influx.

Salmon cites Obama's Rose Garden announcement of the unilateral amnesty – called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – as a beginning of the problem.

"I think he thought he was doing a really compassionate thing," Salmon says. "The question that I asked these CBP guys, nobody could answer, but just wonder, is 'for every child I see here' – and there were 1,250 children there in these cages – 'for every child that's there, how many didn't make it?'"

"If we don't clarify that there is no amnesty and that they will be processed immediately, there will be no deterrent, and the waves will keep coming," he says, stressing that the crisis is as much a law enforcement issue as it is humanitarian.

"More children will die, more children will end up in slavery, and more children will be in cages. How is that compassionate?" he asks.

One proposal Salmon is reviewing would give additional flexibility for CBP to immediately process children for removal, instead of keeping them in the United States for immigration hearings. Salmon asserts that the long periods between their initial detention and court hearings are a major problem.

"We've got to change that. And hopefully the President will be incentivized, because of the humanitarian crisis, to work with us to close that problem, fix that problem in the law so that they can be processed quickly and not be here seven years," he states.

"If you made that much in a year – if you spend $8,000 to get a child to America, only to have that child come back the next week, would you do it again? And what would you tell your friends who were thinking of doing the same thing? 'Don't do it. You're wasting $8,000. You're wasting a year of your income.' So that is the only thing that is going to stop this," Salmon says.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

News Release: More Support For Bob Littlefield's Campaign For the Arizona House of Representatives

SCOTTSDALE (Thursday, June 26, 2014) – Scottsdale City Councilman Bob Littlefield is pleased to announce that the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association has designated him a "Tourism Champion" in recognition of his support of the tourism industry, which contributes so much to Arizona's economy. Also, Arizona Nurses Association PAC has endorsed Littlefield for the Arizona House of Representatives.

More information is available on Littlefield’s web site at  

AZ Medical and Nurses Association Endorsements

Just when I think our campaign can’t get more exciting, it does! There is so much going on - endorsements, meeting voters, door hangers, signs, hooray!

I was honored to receive endorsements from The Arizona Medical Association and The Arizona Nurses Association.

We continue to meet more and more supporters, from families at Peter Piper Pizza, the LD 23 meeting and senior center events. Get some friends together and I would love to meet you for coffee or a happy hour!

Have you heard about Thunderclap? It's a crowd sourcing tool that I am using to remind everyone to get out and vote in the primary election. Help spread the word by signing up. Click here to learn more.

We need your help to keep the momentum strong! Can you put some door hangers on your neighbors' doors or make some calls from home? How about a yard sign?  Let us know which works for you.

Have you seen the sample ballot from the Arizona Republic? Spend 10 minutes learning about all of the candidates that will be on your primary ballot on August 26 – survey responses and even video introductions!  

Upcoming events

You are invited to two upcoming fundraising events:

  • Friday, June 27, 2014 - 4:30-6:00 pm (tomorrow) - click here to see more details.
  • Thursday, July 8, 2014 - 5:30-7:00 pm - Cocktails with the Candidate - Hosted by Kelly Hart, Lisa James and Courtneay Odden, Equestrian Manor, Scottsdale. 
  • Voter calls and evening walks occur weekly. Contact if you have a few hours this week. Calls can be made from home.

Last Call

Join us June 28th

The Honorable Betsey Bayless Endorsed My Campaign

I’m honored to announce another Arizona female political icon has endorsed my campaign for Arizona Secretary of State.  The Honorable Betsey Bayless has deep Arizona roots and a career that spans over forty years in public service.  Her distinguished career includes serving as assistant director of the Board of Regents, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and as the Secretary of State.  Her leadership and connection to Arizona have left a lasting legacy for Arizona women to follow and I am excited to have her support.

“As a former Arizona Secretary of State, I can confidently say Michele Reagan is the one candidate who has a firm understanding of the duties of the Secretary’s office.  That has been evidenced in the bills she has championed to make the office run more effectively, efficiently and reliably.  Michele has also worked with County Election Offices throughout Arizona to learn what can be done to improve our election process.  I have known Michele for many years; her determination and strong character make her the perfect fit to be the next Secretary of State.”
- Betsey Bayless

To see my entire list of endorsements, please visit my campaign website at

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
6-9 PM
Bennett for Governor Headquarters
7000 E. McDowell Rd., Suite 102
Scottsdale, AZ 85257

Family Fun on the Eve of Independence Day!
People, Not Politics.

We don't need to send Joe Biden to Guatemala for a photo op-AZ Governor Candidate Scott Smith

Scott Smith for Governor 2014
Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and AZ Governor Candidate: Calls For Expedited Removal Hearings For Illegal Immigrants; Calls Out Obama Administration For Risking Children's Lives, Betraying National Security, "Empowering Coyotes, Cartels, Organized Crime"
Expedited Removal Hearings would send unaccompanied minors, illegal adults home ASAP, end "mixed message" to would-be border crossers

MESA—Mayor Scott Smith, Republican candidate for Arizona Governor, today called on the Obama Administration to immediately end its use of parole hearings to keep illegal border crossers in the United States indefinitely, instead calling on the President and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson to use the Expedited Removal Hearings process to speed up the removal of the more than 90,000 illegal immigrants who have crossed the American border since October.

"We need to stop putting children's lives at risk. We need to stop betraying the security of our country and we absolutely need to end the mixed message President Obama and Secretary Johnson are sending to border crossers streaming across the Mexican border," said Smith. "The Expedited Removal Process is legal and humane – and it will put an exclamation point on securing the American border.

"The Obama Administration needs to stop empowering the coyotes, cartels and organized crime syndicates who traffic in human beings. We can't allow criminals to continue to profit by luring tens of thousands more children and families by giving them false hope. These predators are victimizing would-be border crossers, and the Administration is aiding and abetting that crime. We need to send an unequivocal message not to leave your homeland. If you cross into this country illegally, you will be removed just as quickly as you got here, no matter who you are."

Expedited Removal Hearings, a streamlined alternative to the much slower parole hearing process preferred by the Obama Administration, allows for the faster removal of illegal border crossers deemed inadmissible for entry into the United States. The process, said Smith, should be used to remove the more than 50,000 unaccompanied children and 39,000 adults who have surged across the Southwest border in the past seven months.

"This crisis will continue so long as our border policy is, 'If you make it over the U.S. border, you will be allowed to stay in this country indefinitely.' That's empowering the coyotes and criminals to sell false hope to kids and poor families all over Central America," said Smith. "We don't need to send Joe Biden to Guatemala for a photo op. We need to send a strong message by returning the thousands who were lured to cross our border by criminals. That's the statement we need to make, and we need to make it today."