Civics Literacy 2.0

February 12, 2018

Americans are civically illiterate. Here is what studies* confirm:

  • only 36% could name all three branches of government
  • 85% did not know the meaning of the “the rule of law.”
  • 82% could not name “two rights stated in the Declaration of Independence.”
  • 75% were not able to correctly answer “What does the judiciary branch do?”
  • 71% were unable to identify the Constitution as the “supreme law of the land.”
  • 68% did not know how many justices are on the Supreme Court.
  • 57% could not define an “amendment”
  • 63% could not name one of their two US Senators.
  • 8 in 10 cannot name even one of the federal government’ powers
  • 6% couldn’t even circle Independence Day on a calendar

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“The most predictable financial crisis in history”

December 21, 2017

It’s no secret the federal government is bankrupt – but what would a financial meltdown look like for the United States?  Who will be hurt first and worst?  How will it affect national security?  And what can states do to head it off?  Watch Ken Cuccinelli’s compelling video presentation from this December’s Legislative conference in Nashville.

Ken is the President of the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) and former Virginia Attorney General.

State #28 – Wisconsin!

November 10, 2017

Welcome, Wisconsin – the 28th state to pass a resolution calling for a Balanced Budget Amendments convention.  Now only six more states are needed to attain the requisite 34 states necessary for the amendments convention.  Exciting times for Americans concerned about the future fiscal health of our nation. Read the Wisconsin news piece and a plethora of news, photos and video coverage of the Phoenix BBA Planning Convention in September.

Repeal Already!

August 25, 2017

Frustrations abound since the Senate’s monumental failure to pass a repeal bill.  My piece on the subject, “Arizona is ready for Repeal and Replace,” appeared in the Arizona Capitol Times and on the Senate Republican blogsite:

We can’t stop now, Arizona. We need to continue the conversation about repealing the disastrous health care system called the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare. While dialogue about a bipartisan effort to draft a new bill may be the feel-good news of the moment, it must be known that this kind of effort will end up propping up the current law and further entrench the current failing system of Medicaid. [Read more]

On tax reform, the 4 Amigos may be right

July 17, 2017

On tax reform, the 4 amigos may be right! – Merry Christmas, America!

Confirmed! First Liberty Volunteer Attorney Appointed as Federal Appeals Judge – As 2017 closes, the U.S. Senate breaks an all-time record.

The Court chooses politics over common sense – more Medicaid money crowds out education & other needs .

Ariz. Supreme Court deals blow to taxpayer rights – “Classic case of taxation without authorization.” Christina Sandefur.

Four Questions about Alexander-Murray – is it “regular order”? Abortion coverage?

Arizona is Ready for Repeal and Replace – my recent editorial piece. [Read more]

Politics & Culture

July 4, 2017

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Sen. Barto honored by health care group

May 24, 2017

Senator Nancy Barto is being honored with the 2017 State Award for Excellence by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The AANP is the country’s largest professional organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties.

Senator Barto is being recognized for her hard work on scope of practice issues for certified nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) and nurse midwives. She sponsored SB 1336 (nurse anesthetists; prescribing authority; limitation), which defines prescribing authority and medication orders for CRNAs. [Read more]

Adobe Mountain – Notification Bill Signed!

May 19, 2017

When the Dept. of Corrections began housing released homeless sexual offenders at the Adobe Mountain Juvenile Corrections facility in North Phoenix last summer, it didn’t take long for the  neighbors in the area to catch wind of them.  The problem was, with little or no warning before the facility had been repurposed (from a secured to an unsecured facility), there was nothing for the community to do but voice their safety concerns after the fact.  And they did!  Parents Julie Read and Ann O’Brien organized hundreds of parents and business owners in the area to stop the DOC’s actions and have them reversed.  After a time their coordinated efforts paid off.

But the community didn’t stop there.  [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]

Obamacare News

July 7, 2016

The Doctor’s computer will see you now –  what MACRA did and its results. [Read more]

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