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- 1. Why I Support Jim O’Connor for AZGOP Chair, and Not Jonathan Lines
#1: My personal experience of Jim O’Connor has been extremely positive. First, he educated me on the serious problems associated with Rep. J. D. Mesnard’s National Popular Vote bill (HB2456), which he brought up during last year's legislative session. This was a complex issue, and Mr. O’Connor and I exchanged several emails and telephone calls in the process. I also did independent research. This resulted in an article that I published titled “Stop the National Popular Vote Compact in Arizona." Mr. O’Connor made a very impressive appeal before the House of Representatives against the National Popular Vote leading them to defeat that bill last session. He's prepared to do it again.
Second, as a member of the Mommy Lobby, I deeply appreciated Mr. O’Connor's leadership in LD23 in helping to pass HB2088, which protects students against surveys that gather private, personally identifiable information. He advised his representative in LD23, Heather Carter, "Our 444 Precinct Committeemen are reflecting the opinions of the 70,000 registered republican votes in our district overwhelmingly protecting the rights of parents and children. Please represent these and other republicans who desire to restrain government overreach." She voted in favor on reconsideration, and this bill passed. Mr. O'Connor has stood firmly in support of legislation that honors parental authority and rejects federal control of education in Arizona.Click here to read more
- 2. Pearl Harbor plus 75 Years
On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, an attack planned by Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese Marshal Admiral and commander-in-chief of the Combined Fleet during World War II, was carried out to demobilize the US Navy. See Pearl Harbor plus 75 Years.
You probably have family members in their 80s and older who remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they got the news: "We've just been attacked!" Some memories fade quickly. But not this one.
My mother remembers. She and my father had been married for less than a year. He was a sergeant in the Army Air Corp stationed at Chanute Field in Rantoul, Illinois. "It was a Sunday," she told me. They were visiting his parents on their farm in down state Illinois that day. My father and grand-father were driving around the countryside looking at the land, which is what farmers often did and probably still do, after church on a Sunday. They heard the news on the car radio. "It was a '40 Ford," Mom said. They returned immediately to tell my mother and grand-mother. "It was a total shock," remembers my mother. "It was scary." She and my dad returned quickly to their home. "From that moment on, he had to be in uniform until the end of the war."
The next spring, he shipped out to Seymour Johnson Air Field in North Carolina. Mom remembers that the base had been quickly constructed, using trees from the forest where the base was located. It was still being constructed when they arrived. She recalls that it was a training base for mechanics and pilots. My mother remembers that, throughout the war, she rarely saw pictures or got much word of what was happening. "We didn't have television." Mostly, she saw newsreels in the local theater. My father was eventually sent to India. "It took thirty days for him to get there. The ship had to zigzag across the ocean, to stay clear of submarines. He didn't know where he was going until he got there."
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese killed 2402 Americans, destroyed 188 planes and damaged 159. They sunk 4 battleships and damaged another 4. "The Pearl Harbor attack spurred America into World War II, leading ultimately to Allied victory over the Japanese in the East and Nazis and other Axis powers in the West. And the country promised never to forget this day of infamy." See Unforgettable photos from the Pearl Harbor Attack, 72 years ago today.
One of the battleships that was sunk was the USS Arizona. See photos below.Click here to read more
- 4. Please Reelect Jared Taylor for Gilbert Town Council
(Gilbert Watch welcomes this guest letter by Jared Taylor, who is currently serving as the Vice Mayor in Gilbert. He has lived in Gilbert since 1996 with his wife and three daughters.)
Over the last few years, Gilbert has been showered in recognitions. I’m running for re-election to build on our strengths, address our challenges, and keep Gilbert the best place to grow a family and build a business.
Here are a few of the recognitions our wonderful residents and Town have earned: 22nd Best Place to Live (Money Magazine, 2014); 2nd Safest City in the US (Law Street Media, 2016); Best City for Raising a Family (Move.org, 2016); 7th Happiest City in America (Zippia, 2016), and Top 5 Safest Cities to Build Your Startup (Tech.Co, 2016).
We couldn’t live in a better place at a better time. Who would have thought that Gilbert would have grown from “The Hay Capitol of the World” to one of the most successful cities or towns in the US?
My appreciation goes to the many wonderful residents and Town leaders who have made Gilbert so great.
While we have had tremendous success, we continue to need strong leadership to address the challenges we face.
Over the last few decades, a large part of Gilbert’s budget has come from construction sales taxes.Click here to read more
- 5. Lindblom and Lewis and their Questionable Endorsements
Jimmy Lindblom is running as a conservative against proven conservative, Warren Petersen, for the open Senate seat in LD12. LaCinda Lewis is running as a conservative against proven conservative Eddie Farnsworth and Travis Grantham for one of the House seats in LD12.
Lindblom's website cites Protecting Individual Freedoms • Limited Government • Local Control • Education Advocate • Business Friendly. Under the heading "Media", you will see several flyers, including one titled "Our Conservative Team for the State Legislature," which includes LaCinda Lewis as his team mate. (See below.)
Lewis touts Family - Education - Economy from a a "unique conservative perspective."
It’s hard to fathom why voters would believe that Lindblom and Lewis are conservatives. Conservatives abide by the Republican platform. They work very hard to stand up for and defend those principles. RINO’s and Democrats don’t. Why work hard when it's easier to vote for something that sounds good.
Lindblom and Lewis have listed many endorsements they have received from local leaders. Gilbert Watch took a look at some of those endorsements.Click here to read more
- 6. Meet The Candidates! Andy Biggs, Warren Petersen, Eddie Farnsworth, Travis Grantham, Jake Hoffman
Please attend a Meet the Candidates event on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Hosted by Rick & Jacque Gurney and Frank & Tricia Groe. To request the address, please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Andy Biggs is running for Congressional District 5 U.S. House of Representatives.
Rep. Warren Petersen is running for the Arizona Senate in Legislative District 12.
Rep. Eddie Farnsworth is running for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative 12.
Travis Grantham is running for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 12.
Jake Hoffman is running for Queen Creek Town Council
See below for a few articles and endorsements relating to these great conservative candidates.Click here to read more
- 7. Gilbert Watch Supports Warren Petersen for Arizona Senate
It has never been more important than now to elect solid conservatives with a voting record that backs up their rhetoric. So it is with Warren Petersen, who is running for Arizona Senate in LD12. As a state representative, he stood up for families and the unborn, for local support and control of education, and for the independent business person. His votes are testimony to his fight against overbearing regulations that hurt businesses and our economy. He has repeatedly protected our Second Amendment rights. Rep. Petersen is very knowledgeable about complex issues, and he knows how to protect the hard-working taxpayer from the big spenders at the Capitol.Click here to read more
- 8. Warren Petersen 2016 - Family, Freedom, Economy, Prosperity
Below are a few bills that Rep. Petersen introduced or sponsored that were signed into law:Click here to read more
- 9. McCain-Assisting PAC Misleads Voters about Conservative Opponent Kelli Ward
by Patrick O'Malley and Anita Christy
The Arizona Grassroots Action PAC has been running a negative ad about Kelli Ward for weeks on radio stations and FaceBook. The ad claims she failed to support our military with the funding needed to pay the troops. It also claims she sponsored a bill to prevent law enforcement in Arizona from cooperating with the feds to prevent terrorism.
Both claims are false.
Every year, Congress passes a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fund the military. A serious criticism of the 2013 NDAA was that it continued to include a provision that allows the military to detain individuals, including US citizens, indefinitely and without trial, as part of the war on terror.
Kelli Ward was a State Senator and couldn’t vote on the NDAA, but she was asked about the bill and specifically about the indefinite detention of individuals issue on a talk radio show. The show is Love, Guns, and Freedom with Luca Zanna, and the discussion about the NDAA with Kelli Ward is part of the December 1, 2013 show. That’s where the quote “I don’t support the bill” comes from. It was in response to a direct question about the indefinite detention provision.
In 2014, many brave conservatives joined Ted Cruz in opposing this tyranny for the same reason given by Kelli Ward. See Ted Cruz: Indefinite Detention Retained in NDAA 2014.
The second issue concerns Arizona SB1156 in 2014. Dr. Ward was the prime sponsor, along with 13 co-sponsors. The Grassroots Action PAC claims the bill would restrict Arizona law enforcement from cooperating with the feds to fight terrorism. Do you remember back when we found out the NSA was monitoring our phone calls? That it wasn’t just suspected terrorists' international calls like we’d been told? It was everybody’s calls all the time? And people were wondering what had happened to their Fourth Amendment protections from search and seizure? SB1156 stated that the NSA and other federal agencies that wanted cooperation from local law enforcement in their investigations and wanted to collect information in Arizona had to get a warrant. No cooperation without a warrant.
The AZ Grassroots Action PAC was organized in 2014 supposedly to support or oppose multiple federal candidates and is classified as an independent expenditure committee.
Not quite. According to an article in Politico titled McCain's big purge: