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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Arizona Named the Most Pro-Life State

Arizona Named the Most Pro-Life State

After a “comprehensive analysis of each state’s legal protections for human life from conception to natural death,” AUL’s legal team gave Arizona the highly coveted #1 ranking as the most pro-life state in the country. That is the state that provides women and their children the most legal protections. Arizona was closely followed by Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Kansas.

In 2017, AUL ranked Arizona as the #5 most protective state and was one of only four states named as AUL All-Stars, but this is the first …

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Call for AG Opinion on ABOR Authority

Call for AG Opinion on ABOR Authority

The Arizona Board of Regents has been in the news a lot lately, and so it will be for many months to come.

In the course of conducting due diligence regarding the authority of ABOR and the Legislature I asked the Arizona Attorney General to provide a written, informal opinion paper on what authority each body has, and where it comes from.  The request was made this past September as part of a larger effort to examine the restructuring of ABOR.

Yesterday’s press release…

Representative Mark Finchem Requests …

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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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“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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