Preventing a “Gosnell” in Arizona

April 13, 2014

I can describe in one word why HB 2284 – the Women’s Health Protection Act – is needed in Arizona:  Gosnell.

In case you do not recall, police found shocking evidence of inhuman activities going on behind the scenes in that Pennsylvania house of horrors including infanticide, incredibly disturbing health hazards such as prolific blood spatters, baby body parts in jars in refrigerators & cat urine stench.  The Gosnell trial also revealed that minors and untrained and unlicensed staffers had been assisting in the abortions.  All of this went on for decades due to a lack of oversight - including inspections.

In Arizona, abortion clinics are the only health care institutions exempt from unannounced health inspections.   But do we have reason to believe there are problems?  YES – absolutely yes.  Here are two:   [Read more]

Common Core – Should we be concerned?

April 13, 2014

Common Core standards are being implemented in Arizona.  In Arizona, they are called Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards.  And yes, Parents, educators and Legislators ARE concerned.

Are the CC standards internationally benchmarked?  Who is behind the CC?  Why did the only educators on the 30 member Validation Committee refuse to sign off on the CC standards?  Get up to speed – Watch the recently released documentary, “Building the Machine”. [Read more]

Public schools don’t work for every child

April 13, 2014

Courts uphold Empowerment Scholarship Accounts!

On October 1st the Arizona Court of Appeals upheld Arizona’s landmark Education Savings Accounts 3-0,  again denying a request from teachers’ unions to strike down this school choice program and affirming  that public education isn’t for everyone.  And in March the Arizona Supreme Court upheld the ruling – delivering a major victory to parents & students.

Adopted in Arizona in 2011, ESAs allow parents to direct their education tax dollars from a scholarship account designed to pay for private school tuition, online classes, educational therapies, tutoring, college tuition, and more for their children.  Eligible children include students in failing schools, with special-needs, and those adopted out of the state foster system.   This decision ensures that families who are relying on this innovative educational opportunity can continue to do so. [Read more]

Health Care Costs: Ask and you shall receive

March 22, 2014

Now that health care providers must disclose their cash prices upon request, you can be a better consumer and compare as you pay your out of pocket costs -  Read the press release:

Transparent Health Care Prices -

(Phoenix, State Capitol)—In addition to continuing rising costs of health care, another concern for patients in Arizona is the wildly different costs of the same procedure, depending on where you go for the procedure. Now, a new law is calling attention to these varying costs. [Read more]

2014 Session – Opening Week

February 2, 2014

The first week of the 2014 session was action-packed, but before we get there – today we commemorate the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.  How much do you know about his “I have a dream” speech? Check out other important African-Americans in our nation’s history: Neglected Voices. Now for the highlights of Opening Day and the week’s issues:

Opening Day

  • Starting the session right – with prayer. The Center for Arizona Policy again organized their (early morning) annual prayer event at the Capitol.  I am grateful to everyone of you and the many pastors, including mine, who attended and who regularly pray for me and all elected officials in Arizona.
  • Special Guests.  Along with my husband, Joe, Troop 616 scout, Alex Murr, and his mom, Heather, were my special guests for Opening Day ceremonies.  It was an honor to host this bright aspiring space explorer.
  • Inspiring Keynote.  Cardinals kicker Jay Feely “kicked off” the 2014 Senate session with an inspiring message on staying focused amidst failure.  Here’s a shot of my husband, Joe, with Feely and Cards owner Michael Bidwell. [Read more]

Nancy in the News

November 26, 2013

Help candidates with online petition signatures

October 24, 2013

Every election season candidates must gather petition signatures to qualify for the ballot – hundreds of them are required.  And in case an opponent challenges them, candidates try to collect a few hundred more signatures to ensure they are all valid.

Now it is easier  to support candidates running for office by signing their petitions.  You can sign them securely online.

Check it out and while you’re at it, if you reside within Legislative District 15, please sign mine.

Click here to find the link.  Thank you for your support!

Unsure of your district?  Find it here.

 

Obamacare News & Comment

October 24, 2013

Rand Comes Clean: Exchanges only enrolled 1.4 million previously uninsured - Yep.  Read the real numbers.

Health Overhaul Delayed Further - ’til Oct. 2016 - that’s right before the election!

Another Part of ACA Delayed for a Year - How many more ‘delays’ will there be?

Full List of Obamacare Tax Hikes - Get ready…more of them come due in 2014.

Obamacare’s Looming Land Mine - Bankrupt patients will blame the providers, not the government who imposed the law.

Does Obamacare Discourage Marriage? – You bet.  Obama: “Fundamentally changing” America one institution at a time.

The Administration that coordinated the Obamacare website will soon coordinate your health care, too.  - How? Thru ACOs - liberals’ expression of faith [Read more]

Is Your Doctor Qualified? Ariz. Medical Board issues

October 24, 2013

As a patient you ASSUME your doctor was properly vetted before he began practicing medicine in Arizona and treating your family.  That may not be the case.  A recently released 192 page Ombudsman investigative report substantiated that the AMB’s Executive Director Lisa Wynn and Deputy Director Amanda Diehl knowingly disregarded 28 licensing rules and statutes resulting in 2,041 physicians’ licenses granted in Arizona over an 18 month period without proper vetting of their credentials – and thousands more renewing their licenses.  Credentials like physicians’ medical education, hospital employment, if they had any disciplinary actions pending and more.

You can thank the whistleblowers.  [Read more]

Why repeal?

August 19, 2013

Why sign the petition to repeal the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion in Arizona?

  • Expanding Medicaid in the states is the largest piece of Obamacare.
  • Qualifying the petition effort puts the new taxes and Medicaid expansion ON HOLD until voters decide in Nov. 2014
  • In last summer’s ruling, the Supreme Court gave states the choice whether to expand Medicaid to the levels the Obamacare law prescribes.  Like every other Republican-controlled state, Arizona should choose not to entrench the harmful law in our state.
  • This expansion will increase abortions in Arizona.   Read how here.
  • This expansion of Government health care benefits the hospitals who stand to make BILLIONS from our tax dollars. [Read more]

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