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]

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]

Expect performance – Get performance!

June 17, 2014

You might have missed the great reading progress made by Arizona students reported in the Arizona Republic.  It wasn’t painted in the most positive terms by its author.  The news that “Fewer than expected fail 3rd-grade reading” should be cause for celebration.  Why wasn’t it? [Read more]

Disclosure beyond the “Happy-gram”

April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Governor signs bill that could save lives of many Arizona women

(Phoenix, State Capitol)–Governor Jan Brewer has signed SB 1225 into law.  This bill, sponsored by Senator Nancy Barto of Phoenix, would require health care providers to tell women if they have dense breast tissue.  This, according to Senator Barto, will allow women to make the most informed decision possible when screening for breast cancer, and likely save many lives. [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]

They’re trying to say “I love you”

August 28, 2012

…but government RULES keep getting in the way.  State agency rules.

More than 13,000 children await permanent homes in Arizona.  At the same time, willing parents are turned away because they have not immunized their own children - many for medical reasons.   What’s wrong with this picture? [Read more]

Verify the “Jungle Primary” Vote

August 18, 2012

You may have heard of the shenanigans the “Top -2 Primary” ballot initiative would cause if it becomes law in Arizona.   It’s an incumbent protection plan primarily (no pun intended) and virtually guarantees that no third party candidates would ever make it to a general election ballot.  And that’s just the beginning of sorrows.

So why the push now for an Open Primary system in Arizona?  The short answer is, promoters believe the current Legislature is too conservative and this will moderate the candidates.  Will it?  Doubtful. Read Robert Robb’s “Top – 2 Primary: No Magic Pill for Moderation.” [Read more]

Doctor Wrong on Health-Care Law

July 11, 2012

Most Americans would agree with Dr. Leonard Kirschner that the federal  health- care law is not perfect; they’d likely say it’s a disaster (“Health-care  law does good,” Letters, Thursday).

Because insurers were forced to allow individuals under 26 to stay on their  parents’ policies and implement no-exclusions for children with pre-existing  conditions, at least 34 states are no longer offering child-only policies,  leaving many without affordable coverage at all and families with higher  premiums. [Read more]

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