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 8 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?

Arizona’s Bio-science research spurs economic growth and helps patients.

Here is just a 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]

Education: Should the State pay up?

September 29, 2014

If you’ve been tuning in to the election campaigns, you may wonder at claims that Republicans are guilty of “illegal” cuts to education and should PAY UP immediately!  Well – a little historical perspective might be helpful before you buy that line. [Read more]

Fixing School Funding

September 29, 2014

It is common knowledge that Arizona’s complicated K-12 funding system is in need of reforms that would serve students better.  Three bills last session were proposed to move us forward. 

First the good news –  the one that was signed into law: SB 1182 (school district overrides; bonds; information) addresses the problem of school districts inserting advocacy within the purpose statement in an election pamphlet. The bill requires the purpose statement to present factual information in a neutral manner. Advocacy for expenditures would be limited to where they belong–in the arguments section of the pamphlet and must include an estimated amount of property tax increase for specified properties in addition to other important info.

Unfortunately – for both taxpayers and schools, two other important bills didn’t pass in the 2014 session – [Read more]

The Recipe for a Prosperous Arizona

August 25, 2014

A STRONG ECONOMY and more…

Government doesn’t create wealth, but it can impede it.  Low tax and regulatory environments attract business investment and allow existing businesses to thrive, creating the jobs that provide stable state revenues for education, public safety and infrastructure.   Check out my record of promoting policies supporting a prosperous economic future for Arizona. [Read more]

July Update

July 30, 2014

Laws mean what they say – even Obamacare:  Last week’s D.C. Circuit Court ruled the administration cannot change the law to fit the circumstances, meaning the insurance subsidies folks are getting in 36 states, including Arizona, are illegal.  From here the question is almost certain to go to the Supreme Court.

  • Sen. Barto featured in Sunday Republic’s “What if” question of the week. Check out What if: The Supreme Court rules subsides can’t be used and other Obamacare news and what it means to the future of the law.
  • Was it or wasn’t it a tax hike?  Robert Robb says it is fair to call the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion a tax increase, which is one of the main reasons Legislators who voted against it hope to prevail in court.  The tax passed with only a majority of legislators voting aye, rather than the required 2/3 required by voters in order to increase taxes.  Arizona should expand the Medicaid program on our own terms and within Arizona’s budget constraints – not the Federal Government’s.
  • Is reporting rape worth the “hassle”?   Legislators joined the Arizona Life Coalition Thursday outside a Tempe Planned Parenthood to demand an investigation of a mandatory reporter that didn’t think so – and a rapist went on to commit other crimes.   See clips of the rally and other photos and Channel 3 coverage.
  • On the Border Crisis & Arizona.  Apparently Arizona licensed foster parents are being recruited to care for the unaccompanied minors illegally immigrating through the Rio Grande Valley over the next 12 months.  Unlicensed families are being recruited and offered an expedited licensure & training process, as well.  Lots of questions remain unanswered, like “whether this will affect the pool of available foster homes for Arizona’s children awaiting loving homes in our child welfare system?” and “why isn’t an expedited licensure process available for qualified homes for Arizona’s kids – is our crisis over?” and “are these families being paid hundreds of dollars more/child to care for these children than for those in DCS?”  So far – no answers.
  • Senate defeats Democrats’ bill to “overturn” Supreme Court decision protecting Hobby Lobby – thankfully, even the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate couldn’t pass such an anti-religious freedom measure!

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