Friday, September 19, 2014

Doug Ducey AZ Candidate For Governor Disses U of A Student Forum-They Are Ticked

Republican candidate Doug Ducey not attending forum, students upset
Cross Posted By Adriana Espinosa
With the election of a new Arizona governor rapidly approaching this November, Republican candidate Doug Ducey has confirmed he will not attend the Gubernatorial Forum, and students are upset.
The Associated Students of the University of Arizona is hosting a gubernatorial forum on Sunday as part of its “Your Voice, Your Vote” campaign and has invited all four candidates running for the governor’s seat of Arizona; only three of the four have confirmed.
After sending out formal invitations this past July, confirmed candidates attending are Libertarian Barry Hess, John Mealer for Americans Elect and Democrat Fred DuVal.
Doug Ducey declined the invitation in July due to “scheduling conflicts,” according to Issac Ortega, ASUA president.
His decline has left UA students frustrated and upset that he is not attending.
Sara Mattio, a regional development senior, questioned whether Ducey’s absence at the forum is a way for him to ignore issues of higher education after using higher education issues as a platform for his campaign.
“It’s a good time for him to step up and bring up these issues that surround higher education,” Mattio said. “His absence from this debate says that he doesn’t want to do that.”
Students have tried multiple times to reach Ducey by calling his offices in attempts to get him to attend the forum, but have been unsuccessful.
“Ducey is running his campaign on funding higher education and putting it as a priority,” said Jose Guadalupe Conchas, a political science senior. “Commitment without currency is counterfeit.”
Conchas said that without a Republican party nominee in attendance, the atmosphere of the debate will not be the same.
“If gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey expects young voters to take his educational plans seriously, then he needs to come to the [UA] and stand in front of students directly to talk about his higher education goals,” said Zachary Brooks, president of the Graduate and Professional Student Council, in an email statement.
With recent tuition increases and university budget cuts, Mattio believes the situation is steadily worsening. Students are eager to ask the candidates questions regarding higher education and have their issues addressed, and the lack of his presence hurts his party.
“This debate is supposed to be a space for all parties to be represented and to create a non-biased environment for the UA, Tucson and Arizona community overall to be informed on the [gubernatorial] candidates,” Conchas said. More at the: The Daily Wildcat

Fred DuVal Supports Education Opponent Ducey Says he Would Appeal Judge Ruling To Pay $317 Million in Restitution To Schools-Video

Business and education leader Fred DuVal is the only candidate we can trust to work across the aisle and move Arizona forward.

Governor Jan Brewer said she would appeal the decision on school inflationary funding by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper to avoid payment of restitution of $317 million to Arizona’s school districts. Ducey has said that he would continue the appeal if elected. “I wouldn’t comply with it.  I would appeal it.” [Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission Debate, 7/21/14].
So Ducey is on the record as opposing paying restitution to Arizona’s school districts already ordered by the Arizona Supreme Court. Dicey Ducey would continue the tradition of our Tea-Publican lawless legislature and governor pissing away your tax dollars on attorneys fees and costs defending their unlawful and unconstitutional actions in court — while shortchanging our public schools.

260 Year Old St Andrews Golf Club Votes to Admit Female Members

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland —The Royal and Ancient Golf Club voted overwhelmingly to admit its first female members.
When my Texas family and I visited Scotland, Joe and I played golf at St Andrews it was windy and cold but we preservered so we could say we had been there done that.
We were not aware that women were not allowed as members, we roamed around the grounds and club house at leisure. We made it a stop on our driving tour of Scotland because of the golf course and found a quaint town with winding streets and shops. We weren't aware that St. Andrews was a college town and is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, founded in 1413. The town has a lot of history and was well worth our side trip. be

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake Vote to Arm and Train Sryian Rebels

The House passed the bill to arm Syrian rebels and sent it the Senate, the wasting no time in passing the bill today and it's on the way to the President's desk.
The US Senate on Thursday easily approved a $1 trillion government-funding bill H.J.RES.124
hat gives President Obama new authority to battle the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).President Obama’s controversial proposal to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels in effort to defeat the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Senators passed the legislation with a 78-to-22 vote. It now goes to Obama to sign into law.The 22 senators who voted against using American tax dollars to arm the Syrian rebels. Below is a comprehensive list of the naysayers: *12 were Republicans
  1. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)
  2. Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska)
  3. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
  4. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
  5. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
  6. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.)
  7. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.)
  8. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)
  9. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
  10. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
  11. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)*
  12. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)*
  13. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)*
  14. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)*
  15. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.)*
  16. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.)*
  17. Sen. MIke Lee (R-Utah)*
  18. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)*
  19. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)*
  20. Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho)*
  21. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)*
  22. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)*

John Kavanagh AZ Senate Candidate LD23 Makes Sexist Comment to Opponent Paula Pennypacker-Audio

At the Fountain Hills Tea Party debate  on 9-18-14  John Kavanagh Arizona LD23 senate candidate a member of the audience reported Kavanagh said: he has been a consistent conservative since he was 16 and didn't go through a mid life crisis and become a liberal.

Listen to 49 minutes of debate
Comment was aimed at his opponent former Republican Paula Pennypacker who changed her registration last year to Democrat .. the women gasped, the men looked nervous and somewhere Russell Pearce smiled. Source
From the audio the "tea party audience was anything but polite or cordial, asking off the wall questions and basically being argumentarive toward Paula.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Do They Think We Are Idiots?

The title of this article is apropos when one considers the false accusations and attacks being utilized by “Big Labor” as the Unions Flex Muscles as Midterms Approach. Such tactics were inevitable based on those used in recent elections and the fact control of the U.S. Senate is at stake, which is imperative for the President and Big Labor to maintain majority if there is any hope to achieve Big Labor’s goal of eliminating the secret ballot election and replacing it with the forced unionization method of Card Check. Even at a casual glance, however, the new tactics would cause even the most gullible to take pause and say, “Really?”
In recent weeks, Big Labor’s campaigns of intimidation and misinformation have risen to new heights. This is highlighted by the recent headline “Unions say they'll get even with Scott Walker,” for passing popular laws restricting collective bargaining agreements and dues collection in Wisconsin (see Collective Bargaining is a Privilege, Not a Right). Such tactics are typical big labor strategy, as chronicled in The Devil at Our Doorstep, which clearly exposes the SEIU’s Death by a Thousand Cuts Corporate Campaign to use intimidation and misinformation to achieve its goals!
Unions accuse corporations of have an unfair advantage, stating that they have more money to spend on election candidates. The truth, however, is that Unions are Outspending Corporations on Campaign Ads Despite Court Ruling.
Once again, Big Labor is relying on the fact that a large percentage of the population that is naïve to their cause, and is therefore easily misled and too busy to investigate the facts. However, based on big labor’s latest tactic it appears the Gasping Dinosaurs may be carrying these assumptions a bit too far. Despite the fact Union Members are Not Happy with Their Leader’s Political Spending -- and it has been well documented ( see IRS turns a blind eye to unions’ political expenditures) that approximately 90% of union donations go to democrats while they outspend corporate donors significantly -- big labor is now attempting to humiliate (see The New Union Organizing Tool, Embarrassment) those who disagree with their agenda and their politics. An example can be seen with the Koch Brothers, whom Big Labor is attacking by discourage people from doing business with their companies. Believe it or not, a new AFL-CIO Ad Introduces the 'Koch Sisters' to Counter the Billionaire Brothers.
Perhaps most unbelievable is how Big Labor not just misuses its members’ dues for its own political agenda but believes it can continue to exploit its own power and its membership’s naiveté. The following e-mail was sent to members of the SEIU and was forwarded to me by one of its disgruntled members:
Would you throw away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you weren’t getting wet?
No, you wouldn’t. But that’s exactly what the Supreme Court did a year ago when they gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), the most important and successful civil rights law ever enacted by the U.S. Congress.
The right to vote is at stake. SIGN THE PETITION and tell Congress to restore strength to the Voting Rights Act

Rick Romley Former GOP Maricopa County Attorney Endorses Felecia Rotellini for Arizona Attorney General

Former GOP Maricopa County Attorney calls Rotellini “uniquely qualified”

Press Release
PHOENIX—Former Maricopa County Attorney Richard M. Romley, a Republican, has joined a growing list of supporters to endorse Felecia Rotellini for Attorney General.  Romley issued a statement saying he is proud to support Rotellini and enthusiastically endorses her candidacy:
“Her extensive experience as an Assistant Attorney General prosecuting complex criminal cases has proven that she is a dedicated, experienced, tough and ethical prosecutor.  She is uniquely qualified and will protect the interests of all citizens from those that would prey upon us. She has shown that she is an advocate on behalf of victims of crime and the most vulnerable in our community, our children and seniors.
Additionally, as an Assistant Attorney General handling civil matters and as the Director of the Department of Financial Institutions, Felecia has proven that she will defend Arizona and its citizens and will not be influenced by special interest groups.
One may ask, “Why is Richard Romley, a lifelong Republican and officeholder, supporting Felecia Rotellini?”  It is because I believe that partisanship has no place in law enforcement. What is important is that we elect an Attorney General we can be proud of and who will not allow a personal or political agenda to impact decision making.  I also believe that it is time to end ideological saber rattling, mudslinging and empty rhetoric and to think of what is good for our State.  Felecia Rotellini is good for our State and whom we need during these difficult times.
I urge all Arizonians to join with me and Vote for Felecia Rotellini. She will restore dignity to the Attorney General’s Office, which it so richly deserves, and will serve our State well.”
 Romley served as Maricopa County Attorney from 1989-2004 and again in 2010.  During his distinguished career, Romley received more than 100 awards and honors.
“I’m grateful to have the support of such an outstanding public servant and prosecutor like Rick Romley,” said Felecia Rotellini.  “He is one of the most respected members of the legal community and I am humbled and honored by his support and endorsement."

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Arizona Conference of Police and Sheriffs and Arizona Correctional Peace Officers Association Endorse Fred DuVal for Arizona Governor’s Race

Jim Parks, AZCOPS Exec. Dir., Fred DuVal, Ed Neidkowski, AZCOPS Pres.
PHOENIX, ARIZONA, September 16, 2014 – Arizona Conference of Police and Sheriffs (AZCOPS) with input from their more than one hundred local member associations, and Arizona Correctional Peace Officers Association (AZCPOA) representing thousands of state law enforcement employees, announce today their dual endorsement of Fred Duval for Governor of Arizona.

“Fred DuVal is committed to helping rebuild and fill the many vacancies in law enforcement and corrections left by the recession and massive budget cuts to these state law enforcement agencies and local governments. He has vowed to help us protect our hard-earned pensions and stop privatizing our state prisons and education. We believe he is the best candidate for the job.” said Ed Neidkowski, AZCOPS President.

“We need a Governor who will be looking out for the best interests of our state employees.” adds Tixoc Munoz, AZCPOA Executive Director. “Our members care about quality of life; including healthcare, education and job security. Our members, and the people of Arizona, deserve representation that benefits the majority, not a select few.”

Both organizations will be working together to inform and educate their members about the importance of voting for pro public employee candidates like Fred DuVal in the upcoming November general election.

“I am honored to receive the endorsements of these well-respected organizations.” says DuVal. “I look forward to working closely with AZCOPS and AZCPOA to improve public safety, law enforcement issues, and making sure our state’s sheriff's deputies and public employees are able to live comfortably after retirement. As governor, I will do my best to make sure their voices are heard.”

About AZCOPS: AZCOPS believes that all Arizona public safety employees (sworn or civilian) should be provided with fair wages and benefits, consistent with their professional status and the important public safety service they provide to their communities. AZCOPS will work aggressively toward making this goal a reality through dialogue with political leaders at the local, state and national level; and the pursuit of collective bargaining rights for Arizona public safety employees.

About AZCPOA: AZCPOA was formed in 1999 by Correctional Staff who believe all State employees deserve equal and fair representation. Unless you belong to a Union, DOC will always have the last word on what is best for you.  In 2011 ASEA joined our organization and we now proudly represent the State Hospital, DES, Health Services, School for the Deaf & Blind & Industrial Commission. We have grown to represent Thousands of State employees.

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113th Congress The Leader's Daily Schedule - 9/18/14

Kevin McCarthy - Majority Leader
Leader's Daily Schedule
On Thursday, the House will convene at 9:00 a.m. and recess immediately. The House will meet at approximately 9:45 a.m. for the purpose of receiving, in a joint meeting with the Senate, the Honorable Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine. The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:00-2:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

H.R 2 - American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act (Closed Rule, Two Hours of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Lee Terry / Natural Resources Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee / Judiciary Committee / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
Special Order Speeches
House Armed Services Committee hearing on “The Administration’s Strategy for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)” (Thursday, September 18th, at 11:15 a.m.)

Foreign Affairs Committee “The ISIS Threat: Weighing the Obama Administration’s Response” (Thursday, September 18th, at 11:30 a.m.)

Republicans Outnumber Democrats on Voting For to Aid Syrian Rebels

The Syria measure, adopted 273-156, is a compromise between Republicans who wanted a debate over a broader war authorization and Democrats who worry it will draw the U.S. into a ground war similar to those in Iraq and Afghanistan. How your representative voted HERE

Latest Title: Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015 
Sponsor: Rep Rogers, Harold [KY-5] (introduced 9/9/2014)      Cosponsors (None) 
Related Bills: H.RES.722 
Latest Major Action: 9/16/2014 House floor actions. Status: Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 722 . 
Latest Action: 9/16/2014 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - Pursuant to clause 1(c) of Rule 19, further consideration of H.J.Res. 124 is postponed.
HJ Res 124 was voted on 9-17-14 and now goes ro the Seante