Great Expectations for 2015

January 8, 2015

Ahhh…2015!  The New year always comes with hopes and expectations.  And after the November elections, our political hopes loom even larger.   Here is what I’m hoping – and will be working for this session at the Capitol.

  • Fiscal restraint.  Arizona’s budget picture is bleak for sure, but Gov. Ducey’s commitment to grow the economy without dinging taxpayers is something I can get behind.  He gets it!  [Read more]

Gilbert’s textbooks still don’t comply

January 4, 2015

Gilbert’s governing board made a decision – not to decide.

Remember back in October when Gilbert’s Governing Board voted to take action ensuring their textbooks comply with state law? (see the background here) Well, now apparently it isn’t nearly so urgent to honor that vote and the law.

It is not only troubling that Gilbert parents can’t trust their school board to act upon a prior board action, but unconscionable their students will continue to learn – in Science class - that ending life through abortion-causing contraception is natural and preferable to childbirth and adoption, as the latter concepts are omitted – which is contrary to state law. [Read more]

Government isn’t supposed to work this way

January 3, 2015

 

The “business” of government regulation is booming – and it’s crushing real businesses.

In the last two weeks of 2014 the Obama administration enacted over 1,200 new regulations  – and the President is poised to unleash another 2,375 in 2015.

Yes, we’re still the financial capital of the world with a GDP of $16.7 trillion last year, nearly a quarter of the global total, but we’re falling further behind every year and regulators have a lot to do with it.

According to Forbes.com, “The U.S. ranks 18th in Forbes’ ninth annual ranking of the Best Countries for Business, down four spots from last year. It marks the fifth straight year of declines since 2009, when the U.S. ranked second.”

Government isn’t supposed to work this way.  Let’s change it!

Which is why I’m sponsoring the Regulation Freedom Amendment this session: [Read more]

Obamacare: “Grubered” by its own architect

November 8, 2014

Obamacare’s State of Crisis - Jonathan Gruber – the law’s chief architect, boasted publicly that the act was structured to let the administration “squeeze the States to do it”​—​to set up exchanges themselves.  There’s no denying its intent.

Healthcare for me, possibly not for Thee - We know about the IPAB, Dr. Jason Fodeman warns of the roles of PCORI and VBPM.

ACA Goes to Rewrite - Good news/bad news: If the Supreme Court tolerates the administration’s rewrite of  Obamacare, what law won’t be at risk for a rewrite based on political convenience?

Democrats Loved Jonathan Gruber..before they forgot who he was - What it took to get the bill passed – the video.

The Coming Medical Ethics Crisis - How ACO protocols strip doctors of their Hippocratic Oath promise to patients. [Read more]

Final push before the Election – then we celebrate!

October 29, 2014

Things to know and ways to help before the big day next Tuesday.  Your vote will make a difference!  And your involvement can make or break a tight race, too.   My race is wrapped up (thank you again for your support!).  I have no general election opponent, but others are pretty tight.

  • Judges?  These are my picks for a YES vote: Robert Brutinel, Cynthia Baily, James Blomo,  Boyd Dunn, Roger Brodman, Janice Crawford, Michael Herrod, Carey Hyatt, Brian Ishikawa, Joan Sinclair, Pamela Svoboda, Danielle Viola.
  • Need info on the PropositionsCheck this out.
  • Phone bank for Ducey for Governor – Sign up for a shift to call undecided voters here.  4455 E. Camelback Rd. Suite E 260  Phoenix, 85018
  • Get out the vote party for Michele Reagan for Secretary of State:  Thursday, Oct. 30 at 4:00 p.m.  LD 23 office – 7047 E. Greenway Pkwy, #250, Scottsdale
  • Election Prayer:  This Sunday, November 2nd  from 2-5 p.m. at the State Capitol  and at Pureheart Christian Fellowship at 6:30 p.m.
  • Election Night Celebration at the HYATT downtown and stop by Suite 322 – where I will be joining Congressman Trent Franks.  Festivities begin around 7:00 p.m.
  • CAP Post Election Wrap-up with Hugh Hewitt:  Friday, November 7thClick here for more info.

Are your public school’s textbooks lawful?

October 25, 2014

 

Gilbert’s aren’t – but will be soon now that the Gilbert School Board voted to have their science/biology books come into compliance (Read Townhall news coverage).

Some may remember that in 2012 Arizona passed a law I sponsored (SB1009) that gives preference, encouragement & support to childbirth & adoption over elective abortion in our public schools.   Nonetheless, efforts to openly flout the law continue.  Last January, for instance, the Tempe Unified School District ALMOST adopted a Planned Parenthood sex education curriculum that did not adhere to the law, but when 240 concerned parents showed up to support the law, they backed off somewhat and only adopted part of it.  Alliance Defending Freedom and other groups got involved, as well.

Here’s what’s happening in Gilbert:  Recently I learned from an involved parent that five out of the seven BIOLOGY and SCIENCE textbooks used in Gilbert Public School District are not law-abiding either. [Read more]

AZ Legislators Oppose Billion $ Tax Increase

October 16, 2014

STATEMENT BY LEGISLATORS OPPOSED TO PROPOSITION 480
The undersigned members of the Arizona Legislature oppose Proposition 480 for three basic reasons: cost, growth of government and uncertainty due to the many changes in the health-care delivery system. [Read more]

Education candidates – about more than Common Core

October 1, 2014

Candidates run for office for many reasons – not just to replace Common Core.  Consider these candidates and their views on a host of issues before you vote:

Diane Douglas, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction:  You know Diane’s stance against Common Core in Arizona, but did you know what else Diane will do when she’s elected?  [Read more]

Bio-Science: Thriving Business in Arizona

October 1, 2014

Ready for some good news about our economy?

Bio-science industries are thriving in Arizona – spurring economic growth and helping patients.  For starters, here are the Bioscience companies and organizations just within DISTRICT 15: 

Chromosomal Laboratories, Inc.; DNA Consultants; ErrorTec; John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital; Mayo Clinic Hospital; Noraxon; Pinnacle Transplant Technologies; PsyPharma Global; Science Care 

And for a difference slice of the picture, check out these numbers RE venture capital and job creation in Arizona:  

  • $182 million in NIH funding in 2013;
  • NIH grants awarded: 414
  • to obtain research and venture-capital for start-ups:  43 from Arizona’s 3 universities from 2010-2013;
  • Arizona is home to 1219 bioscience business establishments
  • NIH awarded $48 million to AZ companies from 2004-2009
  • Venture capital firms invested additional $289 million during that period
  • Annual wages averaging $71,277 compared to avg private sector of $35,702
  • Clinical trials leading to breakthroughs for patients:  colorectal cancer, heart disease, alzheimer’s (‘brain pacemaker’), valley Fever and infant pneumonia

[Read more]

November Ballot Propositions

October 1, 2014

Proposition 480: Blank check or a shot in the arm for Arizona?

Have you noticed the new hospitals being built in the valley over the past 10 years?  Why are we doubling down on a taxpayer – funded hospital that competes with them?  It makes no sense to increase taxes on small businesses that have seen their taxes rise 30% between 2009 and 2013 and are barely recovering from the recession.  Read this piece from the experts at the Arizona Tax Research Association - Arizona’s taxpayer watchdogs.  Further reading: Vote No on Prop. 480;  it’s expensive and unwise and Vote No on 480

Proposition 487:  Pension Reform or shenanigans? [Read more]

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