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 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
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]