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- July 31, 2014
- Gilbert Watch and Gila Watch - Republican Choices in the Primary
Unlike the Democrats, Republicans don't dictate to other Republicans whether or not they can run in the Primary. It's a blessing and a curse. It's a blessing because we are so darned independent and supportive of each others' right to run for office as we choose. It's a curse, because primaries get very ugly as Republicans beat up on each other, and even lie. Also, the votes can be so diluted, we end up electing someone who won with only 18% of the vote. Or we end up with a RINO (Republican In Name Only.)
Some of those "R's" strut and preen during the Primary about how "conservative" they are, until the moment they are elected. Then they refer to the conservatives whose favor they curried during the campaign as "far right wing extremist, Tea Party, racist ideologues."
Follows is a list of preferred Republican candidates vying against other Republicans for contested seats. They have been vetted by Gilbert Watch and Gila Watch. You will see some blanks. That's because we haven't had the time to vet all the candidates. If you click on the name, you will be taken to the candidate's website. In some cases, you can find articles written about the candidate and their Republican opposition by searching the candidate's name on the Gilbert Watch or Gila Watch Home Page. Please also refer to a list of Research Sources at the end of this list that provides additional information, including articles on candidates who do NOT deserve your vote! They might campaign on conservative principles, but their actions and votes prove otherwise! This includes: Scott Smith, Michele Reagan, John Huppenthal, Bob Worsley, and many who voted with the Democrats in the dead of night to expand Medicaid eligibility. These people were censured by virtually every Legislative District in Arizona. Here's one such censure: A Resolution of the Arizona LD25 Republican Precinct Committeemen To Censure the Governor and 15 Legislators. Some of these legislators, such as Michele Reagan and Bob Worsley, went on to vote to keep Common Core in Arizona.
SECRETARY OF STATE
SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
ARIZONA CORPORATION COMMISSION
LD01: Noel Campbell (vote for just 1)
LD08: Darla Dawald
LD08: Wayne Bachmann
LD11: Mark Finchem
LD11: Vince Leach
LD13: Darin Mitchell
LD13: Steve Montenegro
LD14: David Gowan
LD14: David Stevens
LD15: John Allen
LD15: David Burnell Smith
LD16: John Fillmore
LD16: Kelly Townsend
LD18: John King
LD18: Jill Norgaard
LD20: Thurane Aung King
LD20: Carl Seel
LD23: Jay Lawrence
LD23: Michelle Ugenti
LD25: Justin Olson
LD25: Do NOT vote for Michelle Udall
LD28: Shawnna Bolick
Gila County Superior Court Judge
Gilbert Town Council
Mesa Town Council
Mayor: Danny Ray
Queen Creek Town Council
Tempe City CouncilClick here to read more
- July 29, 2014
- Matt Papke Fights Against Tempe's Fiscal Cliff
by Michael Gibbs
GOP State Committeeman LD20
Tempe Political Observer
I can't think of the right adjective to use. Discouraged? Shocked? Appalled? Dismayed? Incredulous? That's how this week's Tempe City Council candidate forum left me feeling.
At one point candidate Matt Papke responded to a question by expressing concern about the city's finances. Several current members of the council dismissed the issue by telling the audience that, by law, the budget has to be balanced. The attitude went beyond nonchalant--they implied that the city's debt is a GOOD thing.
When Papke showed that in the last ten years alone Tempe's debt has increased three-fold to nearly three quarters of a billion dollars, his opponents made fun of him and one even asked if he had a mortgage on his house. Another stated flatly that you cannot run a city without incurring debt.
It's this kind of thinking that has driven the entire nation to a $17 trillion dollar deficit, the only difference being that Tempe doesn't have a printing press in the basement to make more dollars! No wonder Tempe is digging an ever deeper hole despite having the highest property taxes in the valley--it's run by a bunch of profligates with no regard for their fiscal responsibilities. The spendthrifts in Detroit must be very proud to have Tempe following in their footsteps.Click here to read more
- July 28, 2014
- Can Frank Riggs Rescind Common Core as Governor on Day 1? You bet he can!
Anyone who has heard candidate for Arizona Governor Frank Riggs speak or has studied his website knows that he has emphatically and repeatedly promised to rescind Common Core on Day 1. (Note: The name Common Core State Standards was cosmetically renamed by Gov Brewer "Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards.")
A recent, widely distributed document titled "2014 Arizona State Candidate Review" posted by Arizona Freedom Alliance on July 13, 2014 stated: "But the primary thing we don't like (about Frank Riggs) is that in every speech we have heard (many), he says “on day one, I will stop Common Core” and the crowd goes wild! The only problem is that we are told he would have no authority to do that, even with an executive order. It remains to be seen whether that is a promise he can keep." (I added the bolding.)
The AFA stands in strong support of Christine Jones for Governor. I normally agree with and support the stands taken by the AFA. However, this assertion is based on hearsay with nothing factual to support it. Plus, it's incorrect.
Frank Riggs knew before he made his assertion that he was standing on firm ground. When the defining moment arrives, would a Governor Jones be too misinformed, timid, and fearful to rescind Common Core?
Here are the facts:
The MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) (see pages 60-63) states, "The effort is voluntary for states" and concludes "the undersigned state leaders agree to the process and structure as described above and attest accordingly by our signatures below." It was signed in January 2010 by two state leaders: Governor Jan Brewer and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne. (This was long before the standards were even finalized.)
While it might have taken Jan Brewer and Tom Horne to bring us Common Core, Arizonans are not bound by the decision of these former state leaders. As Frank Riggs has stated, "The basic principles of contract law prevail. The current Governor cannot bind her successor, and her authority expires on the day she leaves office. If one party withdraws (rescinds the predecessor's signature), the contract (MOA) is invalidated. A new Governor has every right to rescind the Agreement, with or without anyone else's signature."
Frank Riggs has made his position crystal clear. Would Christine Jones assign staff to dig through the bowels of these "agreements and understandings" looking for bits of evidence to support why she can't rescind it? Which will it be? Find evidence to support getting out of Common Core? Or find reasons to dither and remain chained to it?
The problems with the MOA aren't limited to questions about its repeal. There are multiple problems with this "agreement," which have been analyzed at length in Mercedes Schneider's Edublog post Exiting the Common Core Memorandum of Understanding.
Here are a few points. (Bold highlighting is mine):
1. The CCSS MOU includes no provision for exiting CCSS.
2. It also includes no wording in which states are bound to CCSS if the original signators no longer hold the positions of governor and state education superintendent.
3. Since the CCSS MOU fails to include language binding states to CCSS if such states receive RTTT money (no doubt excluded so that USDOE might maintain it is not “forcing” states to accept CCSS in order to receive RTTT money), then even states that received RTTT money are able to exit CCSS and challenge any USDOE pressure to return RTTT money. If CCSS is truly not federally forced, then it will not pursue states choosing to be “state led” right out of CCSS.
4. Regarding those two signatures on each state’s CCSS MOU:
If both signators no longer hold the positions of governor and state superintendent, then the MOU cannot bind each state.
There is no need for legislative action to dispose of CCSS. In such cases, the current governor or state superintendent can formally declare a state’s exit from CCSS. USDOE has no legal recourse, and neither does a non-signator governor nor non-signator superintendent who might push to keep CCSS.Click here to read more
- July 26, 2014
- KFYI Beats up John Kavanagh
by Patrick O'Malley
Precinct Committeeman LD12
On Monday July 21, 2014 Barry Young was out and the substitute host on KFYI’s Nearly Famous Barry Young show was Barry Markson. This was not a surprise. The surprise was that Monday was "beat-up-John Kavanagh-on-education day." Not just for a minute or two, this went on for 30 minutes, and there was a special surprise guest.
John Kavanagh is a strong conservative Republican Representative from LD23 and the head of the House Appropriations Committee. He has been a champion of quality education in Arizona. This year he’s running for the State Senate for LD23. Markson didn’t directly quote John Kavanagh on education, but "paraphrased" his statements. These included “we’re still giving education too much money” and “lots of kids are too stupid to go to college.”
Then he launched on the majority of the Legislature, especially the part he calls “the whacko fringe” for failing to follow the State Constitution Article 11 Section 6 regarding the universities where he missed the part where it says “the instruction furnished shall be as nearly free as possible.” He also referred to the court case (Kromko vs AZ Regents) where it was determined that the Legislature gets to decide what nearly free as possible means, but he disagrees with that decision. Therefore, according to Markson's wisdom, the Legislature is not following the Constitution.
I lost track of how many times he called out John Kavanagh by name and blamed him for raising the price of tuition at four year schools by underfunding education. He didn’t call out anybody else by name.
Markson seems to be out of touch with higher education. First he believes automotive technicians are ready to start work when they graduate from high school. Apparently he’s not aware of the two year programs at community colleges to prepare them for entry level jobs and the need for ASE certification to rise in the business.Click here to read more
- July 25, 2014
- Would your Candidate Support Life, Marriage and Family, Religious Freedom?
The Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) surveyed the candidates running for federal and state offices. CAP promotes and defends the foundational values of life, marriage and family, and religious liberty.
Find out how the candidates answered the questions. Simply Click on the link ArizonaVoterGuide.Com. Fill in the blanks in order to immediately obtain your personalized voter guide, and click on each number to see the survey question, and how candidates responded.
The results might surprise you. Candidate for Governor Scott Smith's answers are a good example. He would support adding "sexual orientation," "gender identity," or "gender expression" to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in anti-discrimination law. (Question #11.)Remember the battle against Medicaid Expansion? The Center for Arizona Policy was cited in the following passionate statements made by Steve Smith, who was a Republican respresentative from LD11 at the time (not to be confused with Scott Smith). Steve explains that the expansion of Medicaid would also increase the number of abortions. Scott Smith, candidate for Governor, supports Medicaid Expansion.Click here to read more
- July 22, 2014
- Sen. Jeff Sessions Slams Bill Gates for Laying off Americans in Favor of Foreign Nationals
Bill Gates, brilliant billionaire entrepreneur, who has plugged nearly $200 million into promoting the Common Core State Standards because he knows how to run America's educational system, just did the following:
He co-authored an op-ed in the New York Times calling for more visas for skilled tech workers, while at nearly the same time Microsoft fired some 18,000 people. The lay-off has also affected an unknown number of contract workers.
If there is a tech labor shortage, one would expect to see higher wages used to attract workers. That isn't what's happening. Salaries have remained flat. What is happening is that the tech giants want more foreign nationals to take those high tech jobs. Why? Cheap labor.
Sen. Jeff Sessions recently slammed Bill Gates for demanding more guest workers while Microsoft lays off Americans.
Candidate for Governor Scott Smith is another one who believes the big corporation myth about the "high tech labor shortage." He wants to bring in engineers and other high-skilled workers from other countries. See Mesa Mayor Fears Congress Won't act on Immigration.Click here to read more