Trump Administration Puts Education Over Testing

“Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said students need to focus on staying healthy and continuing to learn during closures. Neither students nor teachers need to be focused on high-stakes tests during this difficult time,” DeVos said. “Students are simply too unlikely to be able to perform their best in this environment.”

For the full article visit, Education Support. It was nice to hear from Education Secretary that she and President Trump are more interested in facilitating education in place [which seems to follow the whole shelter in …

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US Treasury Notification

US Treasury Notification

The United States Treasury has made notification to the Arizona House of Representatives on what the COVID-19 Economic Stabilization Plan is likely to include.

 STAGE THREE PROPOSAL 

Key Terms 

I. APPROPRIATION TO THE EXCHANGE STABILIZATION FUND FOR SPECIFIED USES 

A. Airline Industry Secured Lending Facility ($50 billion) 

• This provision would appropriate an additional $50 billion to the ESF and authorize use of those funds for secured lending to U.S. passenger and cargo air carriers 

• Treasury Department to determine appropriate interest rate and other terms and conditions 

• Secured …

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HCR-2039 An Equal Voice Measure

Many of the readers of my posts here know by now that I am a constitutional scholar and hold in high regard, the framers of our beloved Constitution for the thought that they put into our founding documents. They indeed anticipated a form of tyranny brought to the People by the majority position.

James Madison in Federalist 10 spoke to the very issue before we face today in the form of concentration of power. To check the “tyranny of the masses” I’ve introduced HCR-2039, which if …

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This informative recap of the work that your State Representatives and Senators are engaged in can get sifted, filtered, analyzed, interpreted, and even twisted into something that doesn’t come close o what actually happened. Get past all of that and receive timely information directly from the newsmakers themselves, not the newsfakers.

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Hold On, Aren’t The People Are The Victims Here?

Hold On, Aren’t The People Are The Victims Here?

M.D. Kittle writing for The Daily Caller reported on January 11, 2019 that, “conservative groups that had been targeted by Lois Lerner at the Internal Revenue Service were receiving settlement checks.” But wait a minute, was it not the People who were the victims here? Many questions remain in the minds of the People, but the courts seem to have left out a penalty to the actual perpetrator.

Internal Revenue Service Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner(C) is sworn in before testifying to the House Oversight …

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Proof Why Donor Privacy is Important

Proof Why Donor Privacy is Important

The Free Enterprise Club hits the nail squarely on the head. The political arena is now inhabited by thugs and activists who have every intention of ignoring common decency, civil debate and who are willing to employ every intimidation tactic there is. Their objective is to shame and to shut rational thinkers out of the debate of ideas. The Arizona Supreme Court ruled on the law, as written, and did so narrowly so as to demonstrate that laws matter. If society rejects those laws, then …

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Initiative Intent: Cleaning Up Clean Elections

Initiative Intent: Cleaning Up Clean Elections

Initiative Intent, just like legislative intent, can become a source of confusion.

Proposition * is a referral to the ballot, by the Legislature, of a voter protected statute that authorizes the Citizens Clean Election Commission and the process for government funding for people who wish to run for office. Many claim the intent of the law was to directly fund candidates and their effort to get elected.

Unfortunately, there are always those who seek to put definitions to a point beyond their reasonable limits. The issue in …

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Arizona Technology Council Endorsement

Arizona Technology Council Endorsement

PHOENIX, June 24, 2018 – To help provide a comprehensive overview of Arizona Legislature candidates who can affect the technology industry, the Arizona Technology Council has released its 2018 endorsements. The support of these candidates is based on the most recent two-year voting records of incumbents, written responses to a survey and interviews of new candidates.

In a related move, the Council in a few weeks will publish its 2018 Vote TechSmart, a biennial voters guide that will offer details of its official endorsements of candidates …

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“Capital is a Coward”

“Capital is a Coward”

A favorite quote of Thomas Friedman (2006) is, “capital is a coward, not loyal and not patriotic.” It’s a favorite of mine because it is a context setter. The quote is from a book Friedman authored titled, “Thank You for Being Late, An Optomist’s Guide for Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.” Why this is an important context setter will be evident in a moment.

From roughly 2000 to 2008 Arizona experienced a boom, like many other states there was an environment of, as Alan Greenspan …

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Violent Crime and Public Policy Responses

Violent Crime and Public Policy Responses

Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) has been a very effective organization. “MADD was incorporated on September 5, 1980, the mission or purposes of MADD as stated in its Articles of Incorporation were “To aid the victims of crimes performed by individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to aid the families of such victims and to increase public awareness of the problem of drinking and drugged driving,” (MADD Web site, 2018). MADD learned a valuable lesson during their first 4 years and then changed …

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