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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Real Leadership for Veteran Medical Care

Real Leadership for Veteran Medical Care

After over 2-years of hearings and investigation I am pleased to announce that Governor Ducey agreed with the House and Senate signing HB-2513 into law. Titled “hyperbaric oxygen therapy; veterans; fund,” the law establishes a $25,000 seed money fund to assist with setting up the payment mechanism for veterans care.

KVOA, News 5 in Tucson ran a special report recently on what the treatment does, and the local provider title, “Arizona moves forward with hyperbaric oxygen treatment for veterans.”

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been experienced by many …

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Notes from the Capitol: 7 April 2018

Notes from the Capitol: 7 April 2018

HB-2456, commonly known s the Rio Nuevo District Extension was signed by Governor Ducey.

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Representative Mark Finchem (R-11) today praised Governor Ducey for signing the Rio Nuevo extension into law.

HB 2456, which was sponsored by Representative Finchem, extends funding for the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District until its scheduled dissolution in 2035, prohibits future bonding, authorizes money paid to Rio Nuevo to be used for debt service on existing bonds and contractual obligations, requires proceeds from the sale of property to be …

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Tax Code Questions: Conform and Reform

Tax Code Questions: Conform and Reform

For the first time in over 30-years, the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has, made  significant changes to the federal tax code.The changes make the national tax code, more friendly to new investment activity and job creators, largely by making the tax code less distortionary with respect to free-market decisions made by thinking business owners.

According to the ASU Center for the Study or Economic Liberty, “For Arizona to take full advantage of those provisions, however, policymakers will be required to “conform” the state …

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Report from the Capitol: 20 February 2018

Report from the Capitol: 20 February 2018

Rio Nuevo Update…

A press release was made contradicting misinformation and disinformation that has been circulating around the Rio Nuevo District extension to 2035. For more information, click the link Press Release.

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Report from the Capitol: 14 February 2018

Report from the Capitol: 14 February 2018

The opening of the session…

On January 8th, the Second Session of the 53rd Term of the Arizona Legislature opened with a State of the State address where the Governor detailed what he wanted to see addressed. Within short order, the Legislature adjourned and went into special session to address the opioid crisis that has plagued America and Arizona for several years. Once that legislation was passed, it was off to the Governor for signing, on January 26th, https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2018/01/arizona-joins-together-pass-opioid-legislation.  Unfortunately, that activity suspended the normal business …

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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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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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The Mindset of Socialism; Whistle Blower!

The Mindset of Socialism; Whistle Blower!

The susceptibility of “the proletariat” is key to political control of a political block.  If you want proof you need look no further than the facts presented in the ground breaking film Runaway Slave by Reverend CL Bryant.  Socialism creates imbalance then uses the imbalance to apply divisional politics.  Will the States stand to protect the civil rights of The People from tyranny?  If they don’t, who will?

Six trivia questions to see how much history you really know.  Be honest, it’s revealing. If …

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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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