November 8, 2014
ObamaCare 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.
NYT: 14% is good enough to call O-care a success - Why 6 of the 7 criteria they use are debatable and the big issues are ignored. Surprised?
Obamacare Costs & Cover-Up – How successful has the law really been?
The AZ Republic asks Sen. Barto and Blue Cross Blue Shield to weigh in on the question, What if the Supreme Court rules Obamacare subsidies can’t be used in federal exchanges? Why the latest court decision challenging the IRS runaround the law may be the greatest threat to the law & the linchpin that drives Congress to open up the law to reforms that Americans need and want – alternatives based on a strategy of Freedom. [Read more]
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 Propositions? Check 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 7th. Click here for more info.
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]
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]
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:
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
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]
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]
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]
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]