Gilbert Watch Blog

June 22, 2016
Let's Put a Real Schmuck in Office!

Here's a great way to help Frank Schmuck beat RINO Jeff Dial in the Aug. 30 Primary.  Please join your neighbors in LD18 (includes Ahwatukee, and parts of Chandler, Mesa, and Tempe) in a Volunteer Support event this Saturday, June 25, from 7:00 am - 10:00 am.  See details following this note from Jim O'Connor.  

For those of you who remember the Republican House & Senate sell outs who voted with the dems in support of Governor Brewer’s Medicaid Expansion (AKA Obamacate in AZ) in the summer of 2013, the name Jeff Dial may ring a bell. He was then serving in the House and the following year got elected to our State Senate. He continues to be a rogue republican, and not a good one.

This August we have the best opportunity ever to rid our state senate of this faker. Please join me this Saturday morning and meet and hear from Frank Schmuck who is challenging Dial for that Senate seat.  Frank enjoys the endorsement of the Arizona Republican Assembly (AZRA) as well as my own personal endorsement. Even though you may live in a different district than Dial's LD 18, his votes affect all of us statewide.

So if you are only up for making calls on Frank's behalf, mailing out literature, or helping with a small donation, do come join me this Saturday.

Jim O'Connor
8001 E Del Joya Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
602-538-9387 cell
jwo@ronnoco3.com

(GW NOTE:  Jeff Dial was also one of the "Republicans" who refused to acknowledge parental authority, when he voted NO to the Parental Opt Out Bill (SB1455).  He also voted to keep Common Core (HB2190).   

Invitation to Volunteer Support for Frank Schmuck

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Tags: Arizona Legislature, Elections, Medicaid Expansion, AzMERIT, Common Core
June 17, 2016
Andy Biggs: Conservative for Congress

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Tags: Congress, Constitution, American Values, Elections, Common Core
June 17, 2016
Congressman Matt Salmon Endorses Andy Biggs

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Tags: American Values, Congress, Constitution, Common Core, Elections
June 6, 2016
Rep. Bob Thorpe's Letter Regarding Transgender Bathrooms

Recently, Gilbert Watch published Arizona Joins Texas in Lawsuit to Stop Federal Overreach.  Arizona joined this lawsuit following a letter from Arizona lawmaker Representative Bob Thorpe (R-LD6).  Rep. Thorpe has provided the letter to Gilbert Watch, as well as the data for how the State, Local and Federal education funds break down for 2014-2015.  

Dear Arizona Superintendent of Schools Diane Douglas and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich:

Legislators have been receiving numerous complaints from constituents who are very concerned with the threatening tone of the May 13, 2016 letter from U.S. Attorney General Lynch and U.S. Department of Education Secretary King.

The letter coerces our nation’s K-12 public schools and colleges to ensure that transgender students must be allowed to use the gender designated restrooms, changing rooms and locker facilities of their choosing, not necessarily that of their biological gender. It has been estimated that approximately 0.3% of U.S. individuals identify themselves as transgender.

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Tags: Educational Malpractice, Schools, Taxes, Arizona Legislature, Bureaucracy, Constitution
June 1, 2016
Arizona Joins Texas in Lawsuit to Stop Federal Overreach

In response to a letter from Arizona lawmaker Representative Bob Thorpe (R-LD6), Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas announced that Arizona will Join Texas in a Lawsuit to Stop Federal Overreach.  Co-signers of Rep. Thorpe's letter included Sen. Sylvia Allen (R-LD6), and Representatives Brenda Barton (R-LD6)Paul Boyer (R-L20)Karen Fann (R-LD1)Mark Finchem (R-LD11)Anthony Kern (R-LD20), and Vince Leach (R-LD11).  (Please express your thanks to Bob Thorpe and the other legislators who signed his letter, as well as Mark Brnovich and Diane Douglas.  See email addresses below.)

The COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF concerns the May 13, 2016 "Joint Guidance" issued by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education relating to requiring public schools that receive federal funding to allow transgender students to use whatever restroom or locker room they wish, based on how they identify their gender.  

The threat to withdraw federal funding from any school that doesn't comply is very clear in this sentence: "Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, schools receiving federal money may not discriminate based on a student's sex, including a student's transgener status."

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Tags: Educational Malpractice, Bureaucracy, Schools, Education, DOJ, Obama, Taxes
June 1, 2016
U.S. Department of Education's Major Accomplishment: Staggering Illiteracy

Zero Hedge recently published an article titled Department of Education - Our Work Here is Done.  A few items from that article include:

The Department of Education was created in 1979 and now has an annual budget of $73 billion, with 5,000 government bureaucrats roaming its hallways.  See U.S. Department of Education Budget Fact Sheet

After 37 years and trillions of dollars "invested" in our children, here is a short list of some "achievements":   1) There are six million students in the California school system, and 25% of those students are unable to perform basic reading skills.  2) 50% of adults cannot read a book written at an eighth grade level.  3) 45 million adults are functionally illiterate and read below a 5th grade level.  4) 3 out of 4 people on welfare can't read.  5) 20% of Americans read below the level needed to earn a living wage.  6) School dropouts cost our nation $240 billion in social service expenditures and lost tax revenues.  7) 3 out of 5 people in American prisons can't read.  8) Approximately 50% of Americans read so poorly that they are unable to perform simple tasks such as reading prescription drug labels.

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Tags: Education, Educational Malpractice, Schools, Taxes
June 1, 2016
Georgia ACLU director resigns over transgender fight

Liberal compassion towards transgenders ends when.....it negatively affects THEIR kids.

"Maya Dillard Smith, the head of Georgia’s ACLU chapter, stepped down this week in protest of the civil rights group’s challenge of a controversial North Carolina law that critics see as discriminatory to transgender people."

“I have shared my personal experience of having taken my elementary school age daughters into a women’s restroom when shortly after three transgender young adults over six feet with deep voices entered,” she writes. “My children were visibly frightened, concerned about their safety and left asking lots of questions for which I, like many parents, was ill-prepared to answer.”

Want to know why those guys used that bathroom?  Because they can.  

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Tags: Educational Malpractice, Bureaucracy, Schools
May 30, 2016
Memorial Day Tribute | Mansions of the Lord | Hillsdale College
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Tags: American Values, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Religious Freedom, Bill of Rights
May 30, 2016
Memorial day 2016 | Why Americans need to celebrate Memorial day 2016 with full devotion

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Tags: American Values, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Religious Freedom, Bill of Rights
May 19, 2016
Alert! Please Help Itasca Small Defeat Bob Worsley for Senate in LD25!

Itasca Small, a long-time supporter and activist for states rights; local control over education and stopping Common Core; and defending our State Superintendent's constitutional powers over education in our state; is running for State Senator against Bob Worsley (R-LD25 Mesa).  Ms. Small has spent countless hours at our State Capitol educating our legislators on the proper role of government and on restoring local control over education in our public schools. Please click HERE to see her pledge and HERE to read her background on why she would like to serve her constituents in LD25.

This is our opportunity to rid LD25 of Bob Worsley who has long been a supporter of more federal involvement in our schools and Obamacare, and who continues to fight against all of our efforts to rid our state of Common Core!   He does not understand states rights and the importance of pushing back against the continual overreach from the federal government.  (See below.)

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Tags: Elections, Common Core, Illegal Aliens, Medicaid Expansion, Arizona Constitution, Arizona Legislature
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