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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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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