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]

Barto Panelist for October 13th “Morning Scoop”

October 4, 2015

What are you doing for breakfast next Tuesday, October 13th?  Join the HEALTH CARE discussion at Alexi’s Grill (3550 N. Central Ave)!   I will  join Rep. Randall Friese and Greg Vigdor, Pres/CEO of the Arizona Health Care and Hospital Association on the panel for this special ‘Morning Scoop’.

If you plan to attend, reserve your spot pronto.  The full buffet breakfast is free, but seating is limited.

Here’s the ‘scoop’:  [Read more]

Victory for Free the Grapes

October 3, 2015

Arizona’s laws are strangling our homegrown wineries, but that is soon to change as SB 1381 was signed into law – Read Victory for Arizona’s Wineries  – And why I sponsored the legislation this year to set the grapes free:

Currently, a “small” winery located in-state or out-of-state that produces
less than 8,412 cases (20,000 gallons) of wine per year may ship an
unlimited amount of wine directly to Arizona consumers.

But…there are at least 1,000 wineries in the U.S. that have successfully
grown their business beyond 20,000 gallons, including some in Arizona.

However, the only way a wine connoisseur in Arizona can purchase wines from these medium-to-large
wineries is to actually visit the winery first!  And then he or she is limited to
receive only 2 cases of wine from that winery each year.  These 1,000
wineries produce more than 90% of the wine in the U.S.

These are unconstitutional restrictions according to the Arizona Free Enterprise Club.  See “Uncorking Consumer Choice: A case for direct wine sales”.

For nearly 10 years, wine shipments have been made directly to Arizona
consumers from hundreds of out-of-state small wineries.  But it’s time to give real
choice to Arizona consumers. Forty-two states and the District of Columbia
(soon to be 43 states) allow some winery-direct shipments; only Arkansas,
Rhode Island and Arizona require the consumer to visit the winery first,
and only four states have a “production cap,” including Arizona.

The time for replacing Arizona’s outdated and limited wine
shipping law is now.   
Read the recent AZ Republic article: Do you get wine shipped from out-of-state? That may be about to end. Here’s why.