BREXIT: Independence Day, Bill Whittle

"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation….And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor." The 56 Representatives of the United States of America who signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 

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Common Core Symposium – 10/30/2013 – 1 PM – Arizona Senate – Hearing Room 1

Please attend this very important symposium.  Four panelists will be giving presentations on why they disapprove/approve of Common Core including:  Jonathan Butcher (Goldwater Institute), Dr. Sandra Stotsky (Leading expert on Common Core/University of Arkansas), Jared Taylor (Heritage Academy) and John Huppenthal (Superintendent of Public Instruction). See attached flier for further details. Please forward this post and this Common Core Symposium flyer to your email list. 


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VIDEO: 10/30/2013 Common Core State Standards Symposium

Thanks to Carol Clesceri for obtaining this video.

On October 30, 2013, four panelists gave presentations on why they disapprove/approve of Common Core including:  Jonathan Butcher (Goldwater Institute), Dr. Sandra Stotsky (Leading expert on Common Core/University of Arkansas), Jared Taylor (Heritage Academy) and John Huppenthal (Superintendent of Public Instruction).

Click HERE for the video of this important forum on Common Core, which affects all of Arizona’s students, teachers, parents, and residents. 

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Congressional Hearing on IRS Abuse and EPA Overreach: Mesa, Aug. 22.

On August 22, from 3:30 – 7:30 pm, please attend a Congressional Hearing on IRS Abuse and EPA Overreach. The hearing will be held at the Mesa Arts Center (Virginia G. Piper Repertory Theater) at 1 East Main Street.  Here is a link to the event flyer.  

The public is encouraged to attend and speak.

Paul Gosar (AZ-04) stated, "It is important, now more than ever, that we hold this intrusive government accountable. Please join us and let us know how you feel about the IRS’s illegal targeting of conservative organizations and the EPA’s unlawful actions."  

Paul Gosar (AZ-04) will be joined by Congressmen Matt Salmon (AZ-05), David Schweikert (AZ-06) and Trent Franks (AZ-08).  The purpose is to take testimony from constituents in regards to problems or concerns they have with the IRS or EPA.  Witnesses will also offer testimony on the impact a closure of the Navajo Generating Station would have on Arizona.  These issues not only impact Arizonans, but also affect Americans across the country.  

Attorney General Tom Horne and State Representative Brenda Barton will offer testimony. Representatives from Tea Party groups, industry associations, and businesses will testify as well.

According to Rep. Paul Gosar (CD4), "Salt River Project, operator of Navajo Generating Station, recently announced it would shut down 33 percent of the plant with an agreement that will likely shut the entire plant by 2044. The dismantling of the electric plant is due to the Obama Environmental Protection Agency’s unnatural fixation with destroying the coal industry. President Barack Obama stated publicly that he will see to it that coal plants are taxed or regulated out of existence. The president is now using the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to attack carbon fuels."

Read more here:  Obama’s EPA to Blame as your Energy Costs Rise. 

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The War on Coal

by Patrick O’Malley
Precinct Committeeman (LD12)

The war on coal is not over and writing your Congressman is not enough. Obama’s EPA is fighting this war for him, and so far they’ve managed to keep the issue out of Congress by using new EPA rules and executive orders.

The prime target in Arizona is the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) in Page which generates 90% of the electricity used by the Central Arizona Project (CAP).   CAP is the major water supplier for Tucson and all the cities in the Phoenix area, plus all the farms in between. Mohave power plant is already gone; shutting it down made more sense than complying with new EPA regulations. Coronado, Cholla, and Apache power plants are also targeted.

The owners of NGS recently revealed their grand plan to comply with EPA demands without spending a billion dollars. They will shut down part of the plant, so they don’t produce as much pollution. They won’t produce as much electricity either, but that’s somebody else’s problem.

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My Experience Last Week in the Arizona Legislature

by Arizona Representative Kelly Townsend (LD16)

One of the most offensive things about last week wasn’t the fact that some R’s are really D’s and want more socialism, (we already knew that).  It was that they voted to use the rules in a way that has never been done before. 

Where’s your Apology Doris Goodale to the "Far Right"?

"Suspend rules" applies to emergency legislation that we couldn’t have foreseen earlier in the session.  If you need to submit a bill after the deadline, then vote to suspend the rules with the blessing of the leadership.  However, this caucus voted to suspend as many rules as possible in spite of the leadership.  In fact, they threatened to vote out the leadership and replace them with theirs if they didn’t cooperate.  Although Doris Goodale claimed it was a "crazy rumor" put out by the "far right" and an example of what they had to put up with on a daily basis from us, the Arizona Capitol Times verified this on their website.  See "Jan Brewer, Coalition Called off Plan to Oust GOP Leaders."   Apologies are generally accepted, Doris.


The Governor thought that by threatening leadership and suspending the rules, she would get her expansion Tuesday night (June 11, 2013) by making us work into the wee hours.  She later found out that there are AZ Constitutional rules she must follow, and all we could do was the first read Tuesday.  She had to wait three days by law for the entire process. 


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