Endorsements a Vote of Confidence

Endorsements a Vote of Confidence

As endorsements mount for my re-election I am given pause to consider that my positions reflect the concerns, wishes and priorities of the LD-11 constituency.  I’ve learned of the following endorsements over the last few weeks giving me encouragement that the cultural values I stand for align well with what my constituents want done.

Job Creator endorsements:

Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA),
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB),
Arizona Mining Association (AMA)
Arizona Trucking Association (ATA)

Public Safety endorsements:

Arizona State Lodge of he Fraternal Order of Police (AZFOP)
Arizona Police Officers …

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Teach Children To Love America, Not Hate It

Teach Children To Love America, Not Hate It

We endure a steady stream of propaganda from local news papers all the way up to “main stream” media decrying how bad America has been in the past and how bad it is today.  Yet, we see a never ending stream of immigrants from nations all over the world coming to America for two reasons.  One is to have a better life than the nation they hail from; the other is to turn America into a nation similar to the waste land they come from.

WHAT? “Raising Taxes by 80% Won’t Impact Economic Growth.”

WHAT?  “Raising Taxes by 80% Won’t Impact Economic Growth.”

Watching liberal academic justify social injustice is a cross between a comedy show and a horror movie.

What is most scary about the notion that “raising taxes by 80% won’t impact economic growth” is the sense of government entitlement to your property.  We’ve all heard the example of poor performance by government of a task that is done far better in the private sector (Veterans Administration, Social Security, and he list goes on), so why do ne’er-do-well liberals insist on the social injustice of confiscation to …

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Arizona Education Competition is Good Public Policy

Arizona Education Competition is Good Public Policy

The introduction of meaningful competition into any arena drives improvement whether the objective is to improve a product or a service.  Take for example the competition between Apple and Samsung, a constant battle over who can make a better device.  In the service industry we need only consider what businesses we prefer to patron and why.  The same has been proven to be true in education.

THE NATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS (NAEP) FOUND HIGH RANKINGS FOR ARIZONA PUBLIC EDUCATION

The National Assessment of Educational Progress operates …

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Enhanced Education Funding Passes the Arizona Legislature

Last night in a Special Session called by Governor Doug Ducey, we passed a set of three bills designed to enhance K-12 school funding.  The move has not been without controversy, caused primarily by the interpretation of the word “or” by a lower court, activist judge, who substituted the plain meaning of the word for that of another.  The substitution of definitions, resulted in a financial burden that would have bankrupted the state.

Webster’s Dictionary, recognized by K-12 school systems, universities, colleges and yes, …

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And You Thought Common Core Was Bad?

And You Thought Common Core Was Bad?

And you thought Common Core was bad?

Does it seem the Federal government isn’t listening to the governed?  Well, that’s because they aren’t.  From the Legislative branch to the executive branch, to the judicial and especially the 4th estate, the federal bureaucracy.  Education is a state matter, not a federal canvass to be painted upon at the whim of individuals seeking ultimate power over the people.  Education is not an enumerated power, it is in fact a state matter.

About 6 weeks ago parents, teachers and K-12 …

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HB 2190, Repeal & Replace CC Update

HB 2190, Repeal & Replace CC Update

On Wednesday, March 11 in open session of the 52nd Arizona Legislature, HB 2190, the bill to repeal and replace the Federally dictated program known generally as Common Core, but here in Arizona College and career ready standards, was passed by the House of Representatives on a vote of 34 to 24 with two members not voting.

Members had a spirited, transparent debate over the content and implications of the bill.

We saw crony capitalism on trial for the public to see….

At stake is the future of …

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Can Values Voters Seize Control of Their Government?

Can Values Voters Seize Control of Their Government?

The article below is reprinted in it’s entirety from WND because it is spot on analysis, it points to the serious problem we, the value voters have at hand.

The establishment GOP will not listen to the grass roots, values voters.  Why?  Because the GOP establishment actually believes it was their work that won the election for conservative Republicans November 2014.  What the GOP is missing is the votes for principled representation were not for “go-along to get-along” power brokering.

In my humble opinion, after the Christmas …

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Paying for Improved Educational Outcomes

Paying for Improved Educational Outcomes

Arizona residents for the most part have made a statement that they are taxed enough already.  With voter initiatives that cap taxation and earmark what specific taxes will pay for point directly to the frustration level of tax payers.  I also believe we are taxed enough already.

It is one thing to claim that if elected one will improve education and restore reason to the legislature, it is another thing to pay for it.  Arizona is in debt and has a structural debt projected for FY …

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1030 KVOI The Voice – Mark Finchem

1030 KVOI The Voice – Mark Finchem

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