Embryos, the Legislature and the Courts

March 6, 2018

In Vitro Fertilization – IVF – is a growing industry and many couples struggling with infertility are using it as a remedy.  Some couples, like Ruby Torres and her husband, for a variety of reasons, create embryos years before they are ready to bring them to birth.  In the Torres’ case, before they were ready to use them,  the couple divorced and they – and their embryos – ended up before the Courts in a dispute over who held their future.  Here’s their story and why SB 1393 was ‘born’.   [Read more]

Floor speech on Florida shooting

February 23, 2018

February 14, 2018, a day that is celebrated each year by expressions of love and affection for those we hold dear, became a day instead marred by anguish and sorrow as we watched in disbelief the High School students in Florida walked in single lines, hands held above their heads, and were escorted by police to safety away from a terrify scene. A deeply troubled man took the lives of 17 innocent children that day – and their families, friends, and teachers will never be the same, their lives have been changed forever. Valentine’s Day will now become a painful anniversary for so many. [Read more]

“Doing Something” about school violence

February 19, 2018

Calls to “do something” after another horrific school shooting are intensifying – as they should.  But any plan of action should actually work – otherwise, what is the point?  Lawmakers in Arizona actually are “doing something” to stop violence committed by those with untreated mental illness – one of the main contributors to so many of these attacks. [Read more]

Politics & Culture

July 4, 2017

[Read more]

‘End-of-Life’ Conscience Protections

April 3, 2017

Getting to the bottom of the opposition to SB 1439 – has unwittingly revealed the obvious need for SB 1439.  Opponents weren’t against SB 1439 as much as they were opposed to the conscience protections already in law! [Read more]

Quick Quips on Culture

August 29, 2016

[Read more]

Obama’s bathroom ‘guidance’ – about more than bathrooms

May 25, 2016

Since the Obama administration’s latest ‘guidance’ mandating every school in America comply with new transgender bathroom and locker room, etc. policies – or risk losing federal funds – many concerned citizens have called my office, wondering what Arizona is going to do.  There is really only one right response….
[Read more]

“The BIGGER The Government, the smaller the citizen”

April 22, 2016

Oft repeated by radio talk host Dennis Prager, the phrase describes well where we are today in America  

We’ve lost our way.  The limited government our founders and early Americans envisioned is nothing like what we see today where Washington wields unquenchable control over our lives – usually in the name of the public’s welfare or safety.  Its redistributionist ways not only crowd out spending for government’s fundamental purposes, like defense, education and infrastructure, but stifle Americans’ freedoms and ability to innovate.   [Read more]

Anosognosia. Do the Seriously Mentally Ill know it?

January 4, 2016

Anosognosia – “lack of insight” or “lack of awareness” – is believed to be the single largest reason why individuals with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder do not take their medications”.  It frustrates their families  – and is often devastating to the mentally ill.

Once a person is stabilized and released from 24 hour supervision, he/she often does not have enough insight into his/her own condition to recognize the need to stay on the medication – and out of trouble, homeless or in prisonSo they often refuse treatment*, leaving families to fight with the system to get them the care they need.

This is a big problem.   But it isn’t the only problem.  [Read more]

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]

Next Page »