Opposing Iran’s horrific actions

October 5, 2015

Rep. Rick Gray facilitated an effort in which 26 members of the Arizona Legislature expressed opposition to the Iranian regime and its appalling rise in executions and other horrific human rights violations.  The following letter was presented at a New York protest recently.  Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Howard Dean, John Bolton, many of our Generals and other military officers were in attendance – as well as many others.    [Read more]

Tracking Obamacare News

October 4, 2015

HMOs are in; choice is out – Get ready – Health plans are changing again!  But your physician may be left out of narrower networks. Oh, and premiums will be higher, too.

Medicare premium spike has its roots in another Obamacare failure – the states will be hooked for more costs, too, for seniors eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.  I Guess Obamacare didn’t lower Medicare costs as promised.

If you can’t use a hatchet, opt for a scalpel: reformations to AHCCCS – Like welfare reform in the ’90’s, Gov. Ducey’s plan can turn Medicaid Expansion into a catalyst for self-sufficiency.

This new lawsuit against Obamacare has legs – BIG (but under-reported) news! Courts ruled Congress has standing to protect the power of the purse from the President’s unauthorized spending to shore up insurance companies.

Why Obamacare could be heading to the Supreme Court – again – There’s that little thing called the Origination Clause…

Charles Krauthammer: Doctors Tire of Attacks on Profession – For many who are choosing to leave, Electronic Health Records are the last straw.

Can Hillary ‘fix’ Obamacare? – She thinks so – with a government balloon payment expanding the program.

Obamacare Costs & Cover-Up – How successful has the law really been?  From the Obamacare News Roundup by Jane Orient, M.D. [Read more]

Barto Panelist for October 13th “Morning Scoop”

October 4, 2015

What are you doing for breakfast next Tuesday, October 13th?  Join the HEALTH CARE discussion at Alexi’s Grill (3550 N. Central Ave)!   I will  join Rep. Randall Friese and Greg Vigdor, Pres/CEO of the Arizona Health Care and Hospital Association on the panel for this special ‘Morning Scoop’.

If you plan to attend, reserve your spot pronto.  The full buffet breakfast is free, but seating is limited.

Here’s the ‘scoop':  [Read more]

Free the Grapes

October 3, 2015

Arizona’s laws are strangling our homegrown wineries.  Here’s why I’m sponsoring legislation in 2016 to set the grapes free:

Currently, a “small” winery located in-state or out-of-state that produces
less than 8,412 cases (20,000 gallons) of wine per year may ship an
unlimited amount of wine directly to Arizona consumers.

But…there are at least 1,000 wineries in the U.S. that have successfully
grown their business beyond 20,000 gallons, including some in Arizona.

However, the only way wine lovers in Arizona can purchase wines from these medium-to-large
wineries is to actually visit the winery first!  And then they are limited to
receive only 2 cases of wine from that winery each year.  These 1,000
wineries produce more than 90% of the wine in the U.S.

These are unconstitutional restrictions according to the Arizona Free Enterprise Club.  See “Uncorking Consumer Choice: A case for direct wine sales”.

For nearly 10 years, wine shipments have been made directly to Arizona
consumers from hundreds of out-of-state small wineries.  But it’s time to give real
choice to Arizona consumers. Forty-two states and the District of Columbia
(soon to be 43 states) allow some winery-direct shipments; only Arkansas,
Rhode Island and Arizona require the consumer to visit the winery first,
and only four states have a “production cap,” including Arizona.

The time for replacing Arizona’s outdated and limited wine
shipping law is now.   
Read the recent AZ Republic article: Do you get wine shipped from out-of-state? That may be about to end. Here’s why.

The Politics in Your Tax Bill

September 23, 2015

Recently, Maricopa County Treasurer Hoskins included a political opinion piece letter in our property tax bills at taxpayer expense.  Concerned taxpayers should know that Mr. Hoskins’ editorial is filled with inaccuracies, omissions, and misleading statements concerning Prop. 117 and the specific protections in place for homeowners.  View the discussion here. [Read more]

A Prayer for the Judiciary

July 7, 2015

Father, we thank you for our protective system of government in the United States, designed so that even our courts and those who serve the people within them are subject to the Constitution as the highest authority – so that everyone from the small to the mighty might be both protected and held accountable.

We thank you for providing such a wonderfully clear example of how this works in your word when you established the principles by which the Priests would act as judges in Ezekial 44: 24. You said, “In a dispute they shall take their stand to judge; they shall judge it according to My laws and My statutes” – providing the very standards by which judges were to decide an issue – not according to what they thought was right at the moment or making up their own laws or regulations. [Read more]

Politics Unplugged hi-lights Pro-Life Law

July 7, 2015

Abortion Pill Reversal – Senators Barto and Hobbs debate the merits of recent legislation ensuring women are informed it may be possible to reverse the effects of the abortion pill and have a second chance to save the life of her unborn child  – not be kept in the dark regarding the option.  View the piece on Politics Unplugged here.

Also see my ‘Women should not be lied to’ post.

On Obamacare and Marriage

July 7, 2015

Obamacare & Marriage: What the Court got Wrong – Next question: Will those who disagree be free to openly say so?   This debate is far from over… Next steps?  Protect the rights of all citizens, churches, and faith-based and affiliated organizations to live and act according to their beliefs about marriage without government coercion, discrimination, or penalty.

A warning from Canada: same-sex marriage erodes fundamental rights – is this what America can expect?

Justice Scalia Warns that SCOTUS Majority Worse than the 1776 Brits – I say it’s time for Constitutional reform

One State Leads the Fight for Health Freedom – Arizona – yes, we can – beat Obamacare!

Seven Reasons why ‘Getting Government out of the Marriage Business’ won’t work – Sounds like a solution, but think again. [Read more]

Obamacare Lives thanks to politically-motivated court

July 7, 2015

Once again, the U.S. Supreme Court has bent over backwards to rule in favor of the Obama administration and keep “Obamacare” alive in Thursday’s decision regarding the latest challenge to the health-care law, King vs. Burwell.  Since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, leaders from around the country have tried to work with the feds to improve and mitigate the law’s impact on their citizens.

Unfortunately, many felt they couldn’t get the improvements they needed and have gone to court over the law, but the sad truth is that the court has regularly and consistently focused on a political agenda rather than following the law. [Read more]

Why we are the ‘Land of the Free’

July 4, 2015

May we all recommit to keeping it that way!  Enjoy this special video. God bless each and every man and woman serving our country, as well as their families.
And may God bless you and yours today – Independence Day.

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