Friday, August 29, 2014

AZ GOP Robert Graham's Hypocrisy on Political Action Committee's (PACS)

It’s OK for Robert Graham to have had a Political action Committee (super pac)..
Americans for Responsible Leadership, based in Phoenix, Arizona.
Americans for Responsible Leadership  was formed in July 2011 and listed three directors in its filing with the Arizona Corporation Commission: Robert Graham of Phoenix, Steve Nickolas of Scottsdale and Eric Wnuck of Scottsdale.
Phoenix-based media company Riester, is a consultant for both the Prop. 121 campaign and for Arizona’s Proposition 204, an initiative that would create a one-cent-per-dollar sales tax to benefit education. He is no stranger to ARL or its colorful chairman, Robert Graham.
It’s OK for #Doug Ducey to have a Political Action Committee (PAC)
Ducey is chairman of the Arizona Leadership Fund. The PAC was created in mid-2012 and as of the latest report filings has collected more than $92,000 in donations. It has given nearly $35,000 to candidates, the vast majority of it in early 2013 
It’s not OK for Fred Duval to lend his name to a political Action Committee (PAC), while working in President Bill Clinton’s administration
Fred DuVal was a director in Si Se Puede PAC, “My involvement was saying yes to lending my name and nothing after that,” he said.

"Arizona voters especially need to know the full extent of your activities with Si Se Puede PAC, which appears to be nothing more than a personal slush fund for former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson,” said Robert Graham,Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.

Now that Robert Graham has determined that Arizona voters need to know about Fred DuVal, will he make public his involvement in Americans for Responsible Leadership and the lawsuits that followed?
Or Doug Ducey’s Arizona Leadership Fund and the contributions given to Arizona politicans who later endorsed him? be

Robert Graham AZ GOP Chairman Wants To Label Democrat Fred Duval-Lobbyist

AZ GOP nominee #Doug Ducey can’t be labeled a lobbyist, but he certainly has on his policy advisory team three high profile lobbyist.

Former AZ Senator Jon Kyl
Jon Llewellyn Kyl is a former United States Senator from Arizona, where he served as Senate Minority Whip, and the second-highest position in the Republican Senate leadership. He currently works in the lobbying group at the law firm Covington & Burling


Cathi Herrod is a lobbyist and president of Center for Arizona Policy, a conservative, Phoenix-based non-profit organization founded in 1996. 

Former U.S. Congressman John Shadegg, Ducey's top healthcare advisor, called Governor Brewer's expansion of Medicaid a 'Ponzi Scheme' and suggested that we should ‘get rid of Medicaid' and 'should not have a single government-run healthcare program, period.' Government-run healthcare programs that Arizonans rely on today include Medicare, Veterans Administration healthcare, and Medicaid."
Mr. Shadegg consults on matters related to energy, healthcare and healthcare reform, as well as telecommunications.  He also focuses on a variety of issues in state and federal trial and appellate courts, in state legislatures and Congress, and before regulatory agencies.

It’s OK for a Republican to have three policy advisors that are lobbyist, but it’s not OK for Democrat Fred DuVal to have Texan T. Boone Pickens for a client.

It’s OK for Republican #Doug Ducey to tout selling ice franchises as a qualification to be Arizona Governor: but it’s not OK for DuVal to be vice president at Clean Energy Fuels (Nasdaq:CLNE) and is responsible for creating strategic partnerships that help individuals and businesses—specifically large haulers, trucking companies, airport, transit, taxi, refuse and school vehicles—transition to natural gas fuel.

AZ GOP Robert Graham Demands Transparency of Democrat Fred DuVal, But Not #Doug Ducey

Graham expects see through transparency from Democrat candidate Fred Duval, but not demanding it of the Republican nominee. 
Ask Doug Ducey to get permission from those involved in the Kahala vs Cold Stone Creamery arbitration to un-seal the documents Also demand Ducey release all of his financial information, not parts of it. Ask #Doug Ducey about his arrest record.
Robert Graham Arizona GOP Chairman: sent a second letter to the Democrat nominee for governor of Arizona asking for more information about the nominee’s career as a lobbyist. Excerpt:
Yesterday, I sent a letter requesting that you disclose more details about DuVal and Associates and the millions you earned in lobbying fees from large corporations that you never disclosed. Voters also have the right to full disclosure on the Republican candidateas well. Specifically, I think Arizona voters are entitled to know: 
·       Who you worked for, including large corporations, trade associations and non-profit organizations?
·        Robert: Would you provide this information from RG Capital?
·       How long you worked for them?
·        Robert: Would you provide this information
·       What they paid you?
·        Robert: Would you provide this information?
·       What services you provided for them?
·        Robert: Would you provide this information?

An attorney has a fiduciary responsibility to their client and their information is protected by client privilege. The GOP demands are second rate cheap shots and not befitting Arizona politics. be

Wishing ALL A Safe and Happy Labor Day Weekend

The Labor Day Weekend Starts after work today
.labor Day
Labor Day is annually held on the first Monday of September. It was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations' strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times. Many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events.
What do people do?
Labor Day is a day of rest or the last chance for many people to go on trips before the summer ends. For students, it is the last chance to organize parties before school starts again. In some neighborhoods, people organize fireworks displays, barbecues and public arts or sports events. The football season starts on or around Labor Day and many teams play their first game of the year during Labor Day weekend.
Traditionally, people did not wear white clothes, particularly shoes, after Labor day. However, this custom is slowly dying out. More and more people now wear white all year round, rather than just in the summer. Similarly, it is the custom to wear a straw cowboy hat from Memorial Day until Labor Day, then a felt one until Memorial Day comes around again.
Public life
Labor Day is a federal holiday. All Government offices, schools and organizations and many businesses are closed. Some public celebrations, such as fireworks displays, picnics and barbecues, are organized, but they are usually low key events. For many teams, it is the start of the football season. As it is the last chance for many people to take summer trips, there may be some congestion on highways and at airports. Public transit systems do not usually operate on their regular timetables.


The first Labor Day was held in 1882. Its origins stem from the desire of the Central Labor Union to create a holiday for workers. It became a federal holiday in 1894. It was originally intended that the day would be filled with a street parade to allow the public to appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations. After the parade, a festival was to be held to amuse local workers and their families. In later years, prominent men and women held speeches. This is less common now, but is sometimes seen in election years. One of the reasons for choosing to celebrate this on the first Monday in September was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

Kudos To Linda Valdez, AZ Central columnist For Setting Governor Brewer Straight On Fred DuVal

Fred Duval Election night

Governor Jan Brewer has her facts wrong about Fred DuVal.
She's quoted in this morning's Arizona Daily Star saying: "Fred is a liberal . . . He's been brought up as a liberal."
This is simply not true.
I knew Fred's father. I worked with Merlin K. "Monte" DuVal the last year of his life on his memoir: "A Doctor's Legacy."
Monte DuVal was not a liberal. He worked in the Nixon administration, for crying out loud. He was a Republican most of life before becoming an independent.
As founding dean of the state's first medical school at the University of Arizona, Monte DuVal was among those giants in Arizona's past who saw a future in this desert state and worked hard to accomplish great things. That's what he taught his kids.
He had integrity, decency and intelligence. Not to mention a work ethic that could make a bee drop in exhaustion. There are few men for whom I have more respect.
But he wasn't a liberal.
And I can't stay silent while Jan Brewer tries to insult his son on false pretenses.
Let's be perfectly clear: I am a liberal. I'm proud of it. Read More
Fred DuVal is Candidate for Arizona Governor

Grant Woods (R) Knows Your Political Party Registration Doesn’t Mean You Have To Fall In Line

There comes a time that some soul searching is needed and decide if your party’s nominee has the best qualifications to lead your state. 
Woods Video Supporting DuVal
Republican Grant Woods has done that by supporting Democrat Fred DuVal for Arizona’s governor. Fredrick Allen DuVal  Bio.
DuVal’s is the son of Merlin K. "Monte" DuVal who’s memoir: "A Doctor's Legacy." Monte DuVal worked in the Nixon administration. He was a Republican most of life before becoming an independent. He was the founding dean of the state's first medical school at the University of Arizona.
Grant Woods served as attorney general of Arizona from 1991 until 1999. A Republican, Arizona attorney general; one of the top trial lawyers in the United States, member of International Academy of Trial Lawyers; received multiple record verdicts for Arizona and the United States; voted by peers top attorney general in the country in 1994; led Civil Rights committee and Supreme Court committee for National Association of Attorneys General; first Republican to sue tobacco companies and key negotiator of the states' settlement which is the largest in history; founder of Mesa Boys and Girls Club, renamed as Grant Woods Boys and Girls Club; founder of Mesa Education Association; founder of Mesa Arts Academy; one of founders of Phoenix Children's Museum; screenwriter; columnist; songwriter; AP talk radio host of the year for the Grant Woods Show. Winner of top awards from Children's Action Alliance, Chicanos Por La Causa, Salvation Army, American Lung Association, American Heart Association.

Forget about that political party registration and weigh your choices and make the choice that’s best for you and Arizona. be

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AZ GOP Wants to Know Who Fred Duval's Clients Are-Here You Go

If you really wanted to know instead of making a mountain out of a mole hill Google the question, he doesn't have any of his records sealed that I have found. Please stop gutter politics and support the Republican candidate with positive information to voters. "Dark Money Groups" on both sides will roll in gutter enough for both parties. be
Via BizJournal Apr 6, 2012
Fred DuVal is pretty well-known — and well-liked — in Arizona’s business, higher education and political circles for his work with the Arizona Board of Regents and his forays into state politics.
DuVal was with ABOR — the group that oversees Arizona’s three public universities — from 2006 until this year, serving as chairman during the state’s recent budget crises.
But less well-known in Arizona is that he has a national consulting business, DuVal & Associates, that specializes in political, economic and business consulting. His most notable client is billionaire Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens, which makes DuVal a go-to guy on national energy issues.
His work also has put a trio of Arizona consultants at the center of Pickens’ push for more domestic wind farm developments, and to create federal tax breaks to get trucking companies to switch over to natural gas engines.
Heather Lauer, CEO of Phoenix-based social media consultancy Villageous LLC, and Tom Synhorst, managing partner of Washington lobbying firm DCI Associates, also are key advisers to Pickens. Synhorst lives in Scottsdale and commutes to Washington.
Almost all of DuVal’s consulting work is outside his home state.
“I prefer to keep my professional consulting work and civil and political life separate, and (I’m) blessed that I can,” he said.
DuVal, 57, was an aide to former President Bill Clinton and still has close ties to Clinton and his wife, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He counts Democratic governors and other elected officials as well as current candidates for office among his clients.
DuVal offers strategic advice, media and political consulting services, and he helps his political and business clients navigate public policy and legislative mazes.

Arizona trio

Synhorst, Lauer and DuVal are at the forefront of Pickens’ push for changes to energy policy that encourage more development of wind farms and tax credits to encourage trucking companies to switch their fleets over to natural gas engines.
The latter is the current impetus of Pickens’ energy push nationally and in the West. DuVal said commercial trucks account for about 10 percent of vehicles on the road, but 30 percent of the demand for fuel. Natural gas can reduce trucks’ fuel consumption by 15 percent, according to Pickens’ energy group.
Pickens’ plan also calls for development of more natural gas refueling stations along truck routes to facilitate the changeover. DuVal is working with
Phoenix-based Swift Transportation Co. on the idea. He said it has bipartisan support in Congress, but has failed to pass because Democrats and Republicans haven’t come to terms on a larger energy bill that includes a natural-gas component.
The Arizona trio meets with Pickens, 83, at his Texas home base or at Swift Aviation Group’s hangars at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Pickens’ wife, Madeline, owns Del Mar Country Club near San Diego, and they have a home in Rancho Santa Fe; so he sometimes meets with DuVal, Lauer and Synhorst on his way there from Texas.
DCI also does public relations work. Its clients include every U.S. president since Jimmy Carter.
Pickens was Lauer’s first client, which has brought big benefits to her company. She worked at DCI before starting her own business in Phoenix in 2008.
“It’s definitely been a big help. It’s something people recognize,” she said, adding most of her work is outside Arizona, but she’s trying to change that.

Hard to brief

DuVal said having a big-name client such as Pickens helps his consulting business grab attention from potential prospects. It also has allowed DuVal, a Democrat, and DCI, generally a Republican-leaning firm, to collaborate on bipartisan efforts.
“He brings his formidable intellect, gravitas, work ethic and passion to work every day,” DuVal said of Pickens.
Lauer said Pickens, who’s worth $1.4 billion according to Forbes, is more media-friendly and genuine than many political candidates and other public figures.
But DuVal and Synhorst acknowledge working for an old-school Texas oilman comes with some challenges.
“He is hard to brief. He already knows more about more things than everyone in the room,” DuVal said.
Here in Arizona, DuVal is well-liked for his ABOR tenure and his friendly demeanor. Jaime Molera, a Republican lobbyist for ABOR, said DuVal improved universities’ engagement with business leaders during his tenure with the regents. Molera said having business support for state universities is important to those institutions’ economic impact and helping them avoid drastic budget cuts.
Attorney Greg Patterson, a former state lawmaker and vociferous conservative critic of Democrats and the news media, had nice things to say about DuVal.
“I’ve known Fred for many years, and I think he has done a great job as a regent,” said Patterson, who was appointed to ABOR last month by Gov. Jan Brewer.

WE DID IT! Jeff DeWit Wins Primary For AZ State Treasurer

We started this journey in January and it's been an amazing experience traveling across the great state of Arizona, meeting so many of you and sharing my vision for the office of State Treasurer.  As a businessman and financial professional wanting to serve and make a difference I am honored to have been elected as the Republican nominee for State Treasurer.

To all of our family, friends both new and old, volunteers and well-wishers, we are so blessed to have you all in our lives and from the bottom of my heart I say THANK YOU.

The next step is the General election and early ballots will be mailed in 4 weeks.  It looks like a write-in Democrat candidate made the ballot in the Treasurer race.  I would appreciate your continued support, and thank you to everyone who has embraced my campaign.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gosar Urges Algenol Biofuels CEO to Build Facility in Arizona

''Arizonans welcome thousands of jobs and an $800 million investment"
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) spearheaded an Arizona Delegation letter to Algenol Biofuels' CEO Paul Woods urging the company to select Arizona as a location for a new commercial facility, which will create nearly 3,000 construction jobs and 800 direct jobs. Rep. Gosar's letter was signed by several members of Arizona's House delegation, including: Reps. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), Ron Barber (D-Ariz.), Ed Pastor (D-Ariz.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.). Such overwhelming bipartisan support demonstrates the Arizona delegation is serious about bringing businesses and jobs to the Copper State.

"We are intrigued that Algenol Biofuels is able to offer a cost-competitive biofuel which competes with any other commercially available fuel, and believe locating a facility in Arizona could open a bountiful production area for this fuel source. Arizona’s unique topography includes abundant amounts of carbon dioxide, sunlight, algae and saltwater, all of which are important to producing viable and sustainable biofuels as you know. There is also a natural market for Algenol products in Arizona, and proximity to the huge California fuels market," the letter reads.

After the letter was delivered, Rep. Gosar said, "Arizonans strongly support innovative companies and will welcome Algenol Biofuels as well as thousands of jobs and an $800 million investment. I was honored to lead the effort to encourage this promising company that utilizies state-of the-art technology to build a new facility in Arizona. Part of the reason I was elected was to bring high-quality, good-paying jobs to our state. I will continue to do whatever I can to stimulate our economy and provide hard-working Arizonans with more opportunities for employment."

Click HERE to read the full letter.