Mandatory Mail-in Ballots?

Op-Ed: Mandatory Mail-In Ballots Just Another Opportunity for Fraud
Published in The Western Journal April 27, 2020

Much has been made of the need for mandatory mail-in voting. It is an attempt to force Arizonans, indeed all Americans, to vote in a less secure manner. This is just one example of how voters lose their voice by mailing in their ballots. Mail was taken from rural mailboxes in 2018 and discarded along the road. It appears that someone was looking for checks to steal.

Photo Credit: Bill Kerr

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Shut-down Show-down

People are eager to return to work after 4-weeks of government-imposed shut-down of business. Questions swirl around the briefing that Governor Ducey gave Arizonans yesterday (4/22/20) and how Arizona business and residents have been asked to sacrifice for the objective of improving public health. The statistical review made little mention of societal, economic, or social impacts of our States response to the CCP Virus.

It was clear that the original goal has been altered, from flattening the curve with focus on reducing pressure on critical care …

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4/14/20 Whitehouse Update

4/14/20 Whitehouse Update

State, Local, and Tribal Leaders –

On Wednesday, April 15, at 3:00 PM Eastern Time (note time change), please join Senior Administration Officials for a briefing call on COVID-19 (coronavirus). The focus of this week’s call will be to provide pertinent updates on COVID-19 response and coordination efforts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act guidelines development and implementation from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and how Federal-State-Local-Tribal social resources and programs …

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Voting Alternatives – 2020

Voting Alternatives – 2020

Voting Alternatives – 2020 Primary & General Elections

Due to the coronavirus, already existing alternatives to voting at a polling place in the upcoming primary election and possibly the general election may be utilized more than ever. The best alternative is to mail your ballot, but you can complete it at home and present it at your polling place too. This can be accomplished by being on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) or requesting an early ballot. Emergency Voting Centers are also an option. They …

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Public Education’s Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Public Education’s Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

As a member of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), I receive a number of briefings every day from various sources. This one is of particular interest as we see the strategies of public education shift to focus on maximizing opportunities that serve students, not brick and mortar institutions.

by Jorge E. Casares 4/8/2020

K-12 Education 

In response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), governors and legislatures have mandated statewide closure of at least 124,000 public schools in 48 states and every U.S. territory. (Map: Coronavirus and School Closures – Education Week)

School Meals

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Honeywell To Produce Over 6 Million N95 Masks For Arizona

Honeywell To Produce Over 6 Million N95 Masks For Arizona

PHOENIX⁠ — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the state has secured a new agreement with Honeywell to produce over 6 million N95 masks for the state of Arizona over the next 12 months. Upon production of the masks, the Arizona Department of Health Services will deliver them to county health departments for further distribution to health, safety, and emergency response workers.The agreement follows a Monday announcement by Honeywell that it is adding manufacturing capabilities in Phoenix to produce N95 face masks in support of response efforts to the novel …

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4/1/2020 Whitehouse Briefing

4/1/2020 Whitehouse Briefing

State and Local Elected Officials –

We applaud State, local, and tribal leaders for implementing community mitigation efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). To keep the momentum going, today – Tuesday, March 31 – President Donald J. Trump announced the extension of the Coronavirus Guidelines for Americafor an additional 30 days through Friday, April 30th. The recommendations are simple to follow and will continue to have a resounding impact on public health.

30 Days to Slow the Spread (Español)

The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (WH IGA) will continue to share …

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Budget Adds $50 Million For COVID-19 Response

Budget Adds $50 Million For COVID-19 Response

PHOENIX⁠ — Earlier today, Governor Ducey signed a bipartisan state budget agreement, that I voted for, which adds $50 million for Arizona’s COVID-19 response — dollars to assist Arizonans needing eviction assistance, struggling small businesses, our food banks and our homeless population.The budget also fully funds essential services—such as child safety and public safety—while completing the 20×2020 teacher pay raise and adding new dollars for schools and resources to repair prison locks. Governor Ducey issued a signing letter along with today’s budget package. In it he said:“I …

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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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Whitehouse Briefing

Whitehouse Briefing

State and Local Elected Officials –

Today, President Trump took two significant actions to continue the Administration’s whole-of-government, all-of-America approach to combatting COVID-19 (coronavirus). First, the President signed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package to provide relief to American families, healthcare workers, small businesses, and State/Tribal/Local governments. Second, President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum directing General Motors to produce ventilators to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Below, please find additional information and helpful resources.

President Donald J. Trump Signs the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act …

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