Final push before the Election – then we celebrate!

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 PropositionsCheck 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

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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]

AZ Legislators Oppose Billion $ Tax Increase

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]

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?

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

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November Ballot Propositions

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]