Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Arizona's Common Core Education Standards Bites the Dust-Repeal Defeated

Arizona Common Core: Still in place thanks to these four Republicans.March 30, 2015 Common Core bites the dust after months of slowly moving through the legislature, a bill to repeal Common Core education standards came to the floor of the Arizona state Senate.
Bill HB2190 had already cleared the state House by a vote of 34-23 in favor, and made its way out of several committees in order to finally make it to the Senate floor.
With 13 ayes, 16 nays, and one Member not voting. The vote failed, Because four Republicans had the courage to vote their convictions, State Senators Jeff Dial, Adam Driggs, Steve Pierce, and Bob Worsley voted to keep the standards that were approved by the legislature in 2010.

Republican Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Signs Abortion Bill and Medical Malpractice into Law

Governor Doug Ducey has signed SB 1318 into law
Portion Crossposted from Common Dreams
'This is unacceptable and not how safe medical care of any kind is provided,' says women's health advocate
"This law will force abortion providers to give patients information about medical abortion care that is unsubstantiated and not supported by evidence—even abortion opponents admit there is no medical proof to support this information," said Vicki Saporta, president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation. "This is unacceptable and not how safe medical care of any kind is provided."
The LA Times reported that State Sen. Katie Hobbs, a Democrat who voted against the legislation, said the provision "requires medical professionals to commit medical malpractice."
"This is junk science. It is quack medicine," she said Wednesday. “There is absolutely no evidence anywhere in any peer-reviewed journal that supports this as a valid medical procedure."
Arizona's SB 1318 also bars insurance companies from providing abortion services to women who purchase medical coverage through the federal health-care exchange, except in cases of rape, incest, or where the woman's life is endangered.
In a statement, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey said the legislation "protects Arizona taxpayers" by ensuring public funds are "not used to subsidize abortions."

Arizona already has severe abortion restrictions in place. According to the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks abortion policies around the country, a woman must receive state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage her from having an abortion and then wait 24 hours before the procedure is provided. Counseling must be provided in person and must take place before the waiting period begins, thereby necessitating two separate trips to the facility.
On top of that, a woman must undergo an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion and the provider must offer her the option to view the image. The ultrasound must be provided at least 24 hours before the abortion.

In addition, the use of telemedicine for the performance of medication abortion is prohibited. Medication abortion must be provided using the FDA protocol, thereby preventing the use of a more common, simpler evidence-based regimen.

The bill, backed by the Center for Arizona Policy, is another win for the organization president Cathi Herrod and her campaign to tighten the state’s abortion restrictions. She sent out a news release bearing a photograph of Ducey signing the measure.

Breaking News: The Ambush is Upon Us

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by devilatourdoorstep
On March 31, 2015, President Obama vetoed the Congressional Bill that would have reversed the Rogue NLRB's Ambush Election Rule.

Unbelievably, and likely in support of unions, this was not reported on national media yesterday. This could create havoc for businesses, who will be unprepared for the mass onslaught of unionization when this rule goes into effect on April 14, 2015. 

Businesses need to prepare now! You can be sure that unions are already staking out non-union businesses and employees across the nation. When the clock strikes midnight on April 14, 2015, you can expect to see mass union election petitions all across the country!

This information was confirmed by the Labor Legislative Aid to a prominent Member of Congress in the following statement:

President Obama vetoed S.J.Res. 8 this morning.  Considering that the measure originally passed on party lines, it is highly unlikely that Congress will have the votes to override the President’s veto.

This is an urgent request that all Americans call their  Senate Representatives and demand they override the veto! Democrats and Republicans alike must work to fight the Ambush Election Rule in order to save employees across the country from threats, intimidation, and ultimately forced unionization!

The blog below further explains the detrimental effects that this ruling will have on American businesses and employees! Read more of this post

Iran Nuclear Talks Extend Beyond Deadline


Council on Foreign Relation
International negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 powers went into overtime (Al Jazeera) on Wednesday after missing a self-imposed midnight deadline to reach a framework agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program. Amid mixed messages and hints of optimism, significant hurdles (NYT) remain between the parties over uranium enrichment, the restrictions imposed on Iran's nuclear research, and which sanctions against the country would be lifted and when. Washington signaled that if a political deal is not reached, the United State will not wait (WaPo) until June 30 to walk away from the negotiating table. As nuclear talks press on, Iran called (WSJ) on the Saudi-led coalition to cease their air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen and urged all parties involved in the conflict to hold political talks.
ANALYSIS
"Longtime observers of U.S.-Iran relations believe that both governments have invested so much political capital in these negotiations over the past 18 months that they cannot afford to allow them to fail. For Obama, an Iran nuclear agreement would be a crowning foreign policy achievement, while for Iranians, a deal would bring a welcome injection of oxygen to an economy choked by sanctions, low oil prices and government mismanagement," writes Barbara Slavin for Al Jazeera America.
"But even if an agreement is reached, four decades of hostility between Iran and the United States will not be erased overnight. A number of observers have cited shared interests between the U.S. and Iran in defeating Islamic State or in a stable Iraq. President Rouhani and his team would like to build on those shared interests, but Ayatollah Khamenei will continue to seek a major regional role for Iran—a goal that puts Iran in competition with the U.S. in the Middle East," writes Haleh Esfandiari in the Wall Street Journal.
"This process of engagement is a significant achievement of the Obama administration, even if the nuclear accord unravels. Iran is now a diplomatic and political factor in regional and world politics, for better or worse. The right U.S. strategy was to prevent this rising Iran from getting nuclear weapons, not to pretend that it didn’t exist," writes David Ignatius in the Washington Post

Obama Ends Egypt Arms Freeze

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Via Council on Foreign Relations

U.S. President Barack Obama lifted (Al Arabiya) a freeze on weapons deliveries to Egypt on Tuesday, announcing that the United State would resume full military aid and continue to support the annual $1.3 billion in aid to Egypt. The freeze had been imposed after the 2013 military coup that ousted the country's elected government.

Stop Illegal Drugs Entering USA- CLOSE THE BORDER

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03/31/2015 02:11 PM EDT
TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales arrested three Mexican nationals in connection to two weekend smuggling attempts involving a combined $280,000 worth of hard drugs. Nearly 20 pounds of meth were...
03/31/2015 02:08 PM EDT
TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican national and a U.S. citizen during separate marijuana smuggling attempts March 29 through the Port of Douglas. CBP officers at the Port of Douglas located a compartment...
03/31/2015 02:06 PM EDT
YUMA, Ariz. – Wellton Border Patrol agents assisted by a Yuma sector detection canine encountered and arrested five illegal immigrants in two separate weekend incidences near Gila Bend.  Agents observed the subjects carrying several bundles of...
03/31/2015 12:50 PM EDT
HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a woman from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico after discovering $187,680 worth of alleged cocaine concealed within a...

USA Spending Web Site-Arizona 2015

STATE SUMMARY:ARIZONA

Total Funds Awarded - 2015

$19,682,634,336

Total Number of Transactions - 2015

26,436

Total SubAward Funds - 2015

$106,727,404

Total SubAward Transactions - 2015

477

CONTRACT, GRANT, LOAN, AND OTHER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AWARDS

# of AwardsAmount
Contracts10,957$2,024,297,693
Grants2,497$5,772,245,218
Loans2,349$3,950,579
Other Financial Assistance10,633$11,882,140,847

TOP COUNTIES

County
Funds Awarded
1. Maricopa$8,638,211,934
2. Pima$1,499,989,758
3. Pinal$355,558,754
4. Yavapai$318,188,732
5. Mohave$282,442,867

TOP CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS

Congressional District
Funds Awarded
1. N/A$6,079,017,293
2. 90$5,194,892,632
3. 04$4,116,898,236
4. 07$1,293,237,288
5. 03$1,178,968,901

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Who Will You Fool Today?

APRIL FOOL
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April Fools' Day (sometimes called April Fool's Day or All Fools' Day) is celebrated every year on the first day of April as a day when people play practical jokes andhoaxes on each other. The jokes and their victims are known as "April fools". Hoax stories may be reported by the press and other media on this day and explained on subsequent days. Popular since the 19th century, the day is not a national holiday in any country, but it is well known in Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil and the United States.
The earliest recorded association between 1 April and foolishness can be found in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales (1392). Some writers suggest that the restoration of 1 January as New Year's Day in the 16th century was responsible for the creation of the holiday, but this theory does not explain earlier references.
Origins
The custom of setting aside a day for the playing of harmless pranks upon one's neighbor is recognized everywhere.[1] Some precursors of April Fools' Day include the Roman festival of Hilaria,[2] the Holi festival of India,[3] and the Medieval Feast of Fools.[4]
In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392), the "Nun's Priest's Tale" is set Syn March bigan thritty dayes and two.[5] Modern scholars believe that there is a copying error in the extant manuscripts and that Chaucer actually wrote, Syn March was gon.[6] Thus the passage originally meant 32 days after March, i.e. 2 May,[7] the anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia, which took place in 1381. Readers apparently misunderstood this line to mean "32 March", i.e. 1 April.[8] In Chaucer's tale, the vain cock Chauntecleer is tricked by a fox.
In 1508, French poet Eloy d'Amerval referred to a poisson d’avril (April fool, literally "April fish"), a possible reference to the holiday.[9] In 1539, Flemish poet Eduard de Dene wrote of a nobleman who sent his servants on foolish errands on 1 April.[7] In 1686, John Aubrey referred to the holiday as "Fooles holy day", the first British reference.[7] On 1 April 1698, several people were tricked into going to the Tower of London to "see the Lions washed".[7]
In the Middle Ages, New Year's Day was celebrated on 25 March in most European towns.[10] In some areas of France, New Year's was a week-long holiday ending on 1 April.[2][4] Some writers suggest that April Fools' originated because those who celebrated on 1 January made fun of those who celebrated on other dates.[2] The use of 1 January as New Year's Day was common in France by the mid-16th century,[7] and this date was adopted officially in 1564 by the Edict of Roussillon.

Just following up on Bill SB 1339

Lela Alston: Experience. Integrity. Leadership.
Thursday I told you about my strong opposition to Senate Bill 1339 and today, it will likely be going to a final vote. Not only did this bill already fail once in a committee, a similar law was just repealed last year after over 80,000 Arizonans signed on to stop it in its tracks.
There’s a reason why it’s been difficult to get this law through: it criminalizes people that are trying to help their community. If this bill becomes law, you could become a felon for turning in more than 2 ballots. People shouldn’t face jail time for assisting their neighbor or friend to vote.
I will be offering an amendment to this bill today to make two simple changes: reduce the crime to a class one misdemeanor and allow people to help their friends, family and neighbors as long as they sign a ballot affidavit to attest to their assistance.
With my amendment we can still address the fear of voter fraud that proponents of this bill cite while also ensuring we aren’t making criminals out of our teachers, community leaders and those that are simply trying to provide a helping hand.
Lela Alston
Lela Alston
Lela Alston: Democrat • District 24

House of Representatives

SB 1339

public records; unduly burdensome requests

Sponsor: Senator Shooter


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Committee on Appropriations
 
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Overview
SB 1339 stipulates that it is a defense to any action with regard to a public records request if the request is unduly burdensome or harassing.
Summary of the Proposed Strike-Everything Amendment to SB 1339
The proposed strike-everything amendment to SB 1339 limits who can collect another person’s voted or unvoted early ballot.

History

Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) § 16-541 requires all elections in Arizona to provide for early voting. All qualified electors may vote by early ballot if they make a request to the county recorder, or other officer in charge of elections of the political subdivision in which the voter is registered, to early vote within 93 days of the election. Early voters must sign an affidavit declaring that the ballots they submit are marked by the voter or by those who assisted the voter in marking their selections. After sealing their ballot in the envelope, early voters or their agents may mail the envelopes to the county recorder or other officer in charge of elections of the political subdivision in which the voter is registered or deposit it at any polling place in the county (A.R.S. §§ 16-541, 16-542, 16-547, 16-548).
A.R.S. § 16-1005 prescribes a Class 5 felony for the following ballot abuses:
Ø  Knowingly marking a voted or unvoted ballot or ballot envelope with the intent to fix an election.
Ø  Offering or providing any consideration to acquire a voted or unvoted early ballot.
Ø  Receiving or agreeing to receive any consideration in exchange for a voted or unvoted ballot.
Ø  Knowingly soliciting the collection of voted or unvoted ballots by misrepresenting oneself as an election official or an operator of an official ballot repository or ballot drop off site.

Provisions

1.      Prohibits a person from collecting more than two voted or unvoted early ballots during a two-year election cycle, unless the person is any of the following:
a.       The voter’s family member.
b.      The voter’s household member.
c.       The voter’s caregiver.
d.      A candidate.
e.       A candidate’s spouse.
2.      Prescribes a Class 6 felony for knowingly violating this Act.
3.      Defines family member as a person related to the voter by blood, marriage, adoption or legal guardianship.
4.      Defines household member as a person who resides at the same residence as the voter.
5.      Defines caregiver as a person who provides medical or health care assistance to the voter in a residence, nursing care institution, hospice facility, assisted living center, assisted living facility, assisted living home, residential care institution, adult day health care facility or adult foster care home.
6.      Makes a technical change.
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10.  Fifty-second Legislature
11.  First Regular Session        2          March 23, 2015
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Arizona: State Preemption Bill Expected for House Vote This Week, Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill


Today, the state preemption bill, Senate Bill 1291, passed through the House Committee of the Whole with a friendly amendment and is expected for third reading by the full House of Representatives sometime this week.  As previously reported, Senate Bill 1291, introduced by state Senator Steve Smith (R-11), will improve the state firearms preemption law to ensure consistency throughout the Grand Canyon State.  This is done by providing a mechanism to declare unlawful regulations null and void in addition to providing penalties for knowing and willful violations by localities.  SB 1291 is a much-needed protection and will ensure compliance with existing state law.  Please contact your state Representatives today and politely urge them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 1291.
Yesterday, House Bill 2527, introduced by state Representative Anthony Kern (R-20), was signed by Governor Doug Ducey (R).  As previously reported, HB 2527 makes a technical correction to the Arizona Revised Statute by adding the word “transfer” to the existing language.  By making this addition, the statute now prohibits any agency or political subdivision of the state from enacting or implementing any law, rule or ordinance relating to the possession, transfer, or storage of firearms other than the state legislature.  HB 2527 was sent to Governor Ducey after passing the House of Representatives with a 35 to 23 vote, and the Senate with an 18 to 10 votePlease contact Governor Ducey and thank him for signing into law House Bill 2527.
Unfortunately, House Bill 2320 was defeated by the Senate Committee of the Whole yesterday with a 14 to 15 vote.  HB2320, introduced by state Representative Brenda Barton (R-6), makes changes to existing law by allowing those with a valid permit to carry concealed at public establishments or events where certain security measures are not in place.  This bill passed the House of Representatives with a 33 to 25 vote as well as the Senate Government Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee. Source