On Automatic Voter Registration

On Automatic Voter Registration

I have received hundreds of emails recently allegedly from knowledgable individuals.  Actually the emails are all identical in content.  Many of the people who I respond to had no idea the email was sent in their name.  In reality, these folks who registered with an entity were enrolled in an automatic email (spam) campaign.

I remain unconvinced that automatic voter registration is the answer to increased voter participation.  Until we address voter apathy we will not see increased participation.

I can think of no more certain way …

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“Vast Right-wing Conspiracy” Returns

“Vast Right-wing Conspiracy” Returns

The fake news media once again demonstrates its failure to engage in what is commonly called investigative journalism.  Instead the so-called “reporters” are working overtime to construct that favorite go-to straw man, the “vast right-wing conspiracy theory,” made popular by Hillary Clinton while trying to explain Bill’s philandering.

Now the actors with a script -who have replaced reporters and journalists- of the legacy media industrial complex are peddling the story that “far right” and the far left are at each others throats, and that they are …

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Bias In The Media? Yer Kidd’in

Bias In The Media? Yer Kidd’in

How About A Little Integrity?
In his recent recent Op-Ed, Abe Kwok of the Arizona Republic stated the following:
 
“At the Capitol, lawmakers who so championed ESAs, such as Sen. Debbie Lesko, have been less enthusiastic about authorizing money for oversight that the law entitles and silent about the opaque inspection of the program”
 
There was one small problem with Abe’s statement, it was blatantly inaccurate.  Abe has been asked to correct his statement publicly to reflect the fact that the legislature did indeed take into account the …

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Thank You Men of Honor!

Thank You Men of Honor!

A thank you note…

To you, the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, you have long since gone but the legacy that you created still stands today, even if a little battered and bused, even if a little altered by the well-meaning but not so bright.  I write to acknowledge your sacrifice, your leadership and your honor in delivering to us the opportunity to live free and in liberty.  I write to say thank you!
 

I know that five of you signers were captured by the …

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Where Does It All Go?

Where Does It All Go?

The Fiscal Year 2018 State of Arizona Budget totals over $9.86 Billion and taxpayers are funding a lot of priorities.  The highest among them is Education.

Budget Basics
Each year, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee Staff publishes an Appropriations Report, which includes summary information on the most recently enacted budget and agency-by-agency details.  The Report reads like a book including both numbers and descriptions of what the Legislature intends to see happen with the appropriations that are authorized on behalf of the Taxpayers.  In this book, you …

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Conservative Republican Bret Roberts files for LD11 House

Bret Roberts, who currently serves as Constable in the City of Maricopa, has filed campaign paperwork for the LD11 House seat that Vince Leach will be leaving to run for Steve Smith’s State Senate seat.

Roberts is a conservative Republican whose business and law enforcement background will come in handy as he works to make Arizona as prosperous and safe as possible.

“The goal is a state with a robust economy, a steady stream of employers moving in, and our existing employers growing.  We want strong schools …

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Free Enterprise Club Award

Free Enterprise Club Award

 The Arizona Free Enterprise Club today released highlights from our 2017 Legislative Scorecard, featuring the top performers of the 2017 Legislative Session.  In preparing the scorecard, the Club conducted a thorough review of all legislative action and key votes taken by lawmakers this session.

Overall there were 9 House Members and 7 Senators that scored an A+ on the Club’s report card for having a perfect voting record. Legislators that received a perfect score on the Club’s 2017 report card included:

House of Representatives

• Eddie Farnsworth …

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Why Does NGS Matter?

Why Does NGS Matter?

The Navajo Generating Station (NGS) is an important component in the generation of what is called “base-load” electricity.  Base-load is that electricity generated when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining.  It is the energy that is always at the ready when we have hot summers and want the air conditioning on, that keeps our manufacturers manufacturing, and it is that energy that pushes water uphill in Arizona.

The article below is reprinted from the Navajo-Hopi Observer, link at the bottom.

The coal-fired Navajo …

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Arizona Recognized As Top State for Economic Competitiveness

Arizona Recognized As Top State for Economic Competitiveness

PHOENIX (June 8, 2017) – Large-scale economic development projects in key industries, ranging from aerospace to finance to manufacturing, have earned Arizona top recognition from two prominent trade publications.

In the Site Selection magazine 2017 Prosperity Cup, Arizona was ranked the #1 most competitive state in the mountain region, and Area Development Magazine has awarded Arizona a 2017 Gold Shovel Award as the top state in economic development in the five-million to eight-million population category.

Arizona topped seven other mountain region states— Nevada, Utah, Colorado, …

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On This Day In History

On This Day In History

Many of you may have learned about my reverence for history and the project that I launched this year in the opening days for he 53rd Arizona Legislature.  Each and every day, under a point of personal privilege I rose for an “On this Day in History” moment, which came to be appreciated by the members of both caucuses.  I have long been enamored with the quote, “Lacking the light of history the soul is destined to walk in darkness.” (unknown, n.nd.)

Today is such a …

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