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Obama is going to poison the well over immigration reform. Republicans are bent on putting poison pills in the Affordable Care Act. All this last election did was turn gridlock into hemlock.”
Disingenuous or dumb?
Another election season has come and gone. You might reasonably conclude that, once again, no ballot fraud occurred in Arizona, from the absence of any news accounts. But that’s almost certainly not true.
“Common sense tells us that a group that consumes virtually no vegetables and consumes 2 to 7 liters of milk daily and eat up to 4 pounds of meat every day must be very unhealthy, but the opposite is true. The Masai of Africa have no heart disease, diabetes or obesity.”
If this latest Ebola scandal doesn’t make undecided Arizona voters to chose a Republican slate, nothing will. Where to begin? The “Fast & Furious” gun-selling to Mexican drug cartels from the Democrat Department of Justice. The Democrat-controlled IRS tea party scandal. The Democrat State Department (with Hillary Clinton at the helm), The Benghazi scandal where three security officers and the ambassador to Libya were murdered while our trillion-dollar military sat on their hands. The Democrat-controlled Veterans Affairs hospital scandal. The Democrat-controlled National Security Administration, FBI, and CIA “Spying on every single American” scandal.
“Sen. John McCain says we need a czar to handle the Ebola response. As long as Congress continues to cut funding on public safety and disease research, we need a tax czar and get some of this offshore money to fight offshore diseases. This defunding strategy is getting old, and looks more like reckless endangerment as each day goes by.”
“It is not enough to take the temperature and ask questions of airline passengers arriving from African countries with Ebola … simply by the fact that there is a 21-day incubation period. A ban on travelers from these countries needs to be in effect until this disease is under control.”
“Sometimes the airplanes in Chandler are so loud and low, I feel like I am in a war zone.”
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a major architect of “Obamacare,” wrote a thought-provoking article in the Atlantic recently entitled “Why I Hope to Die at 75.” Although he graciously concedes the right of others to make different choices, this major health care policymaker insists that “families — and you — will be better off if nature takes it’s course swiftly and promptly,” with only palliative medicine provided to seniors over 75.
Q: Why are you running?
A: I am running for office because I think we need real leadership in Congress. On issues like immigration, national security and the economy, Kyrsten Sinema and the Obama administration have failed us, and things will not change until we change the type of people we send to Washington, D.C. Kyrsten Sinema said she ran for office to change things, but during her two years in Congress, she has done nothing but support government bureaucrats and stand behind the Obama agenda. Politicians like Kyrsten Sinema have increased the national debt, grown the size of government and supported higher taxes. Arizona deserves better.
Q: Have the issues at the VA been properly addressed? What else would you like to see done to help veterans in our area?
A: Steps have been taken to help alleviate the problems, but the problem is by no means fully addressed. There are still substantial waiting lists at VA hospitals across the country, and that is unacceptable. One of the things I would like to see happen is for the government to allow veterans to seek care at non-VA hospitals and have it covered by the VA if the VA cannot accommodate their request for care in a reasonable time frame. Too many veterans are waiting too long for care, and to me this seems like the most expedient solution. I was very disappointed with the way that Kyrsten Sinema chose to address this issue. During her campaign in 2012, she readily admitted that there were problems in the VA system and promised to work on them, but instead she did nothing when she got to Washington, holding hearings and giving in to bureaucracy instead of taking action. When the truth about the extent of the problem at the VA was brought to light, I was the first to call on the VA secretary to resign and propose solutions to the problem. Meanwhile, Kyrsten Sinema just asked for hearings and studies, waiting until the higher-ups in her party took a position before following their lead.
Q: What kind of effect has the Affordable Care Act had on Arizonans?
A: The Affordable Care Act has certainly failed to live up to its name. Instead of making health care more affordable, this short-sighted law has saddled taxpayers with additional debt while making care even harder to obtain. Obamacare has led to narrow-network insurance plans that offer very few choices and poor coverage. People who liked their insurance or doctors have not been allowed to keep them, despite the platitudes of President Obama and Kyrsten Sinema, and I think that voters across the district are beginning to see that we did not get the bargain we were promised from this law.
Q: What are your thoughts on the recent ruling and impending hearing about gay marriage in Arizona? And do you support the state’s ban on it?
A: I believe marriage is between one man and one woman.
Q: What can Congress do to spur job growth in our area? What industries would you target?
A: I think the best thing that Congress can do to spur job growth is to get government red tape out of the way. Free markets are the answer, but government intervention through unnecessary bureaucracy is holding our economy back. Government should not be in the business of picking economic winners and losers.
Calling her action “mean spirited” and a “mistake,” Fred DuVal promised Monday if he is elected to rescind the executive order by Gov. Jan Brewer denying driver's licenses to “dreamers.”
PHOENIX -- Calling her action "mean spirited'' and a "mistake,'' Fred DuVal promised Monday if he is elected to rescind the executive order by Gov. Jan Brewer denying driver's licenses to "dreamers.''
"Forty eight states allow dreamers to drive,'' the Democrat gubernatorial candidate said during a debate. "We should join the rest of the nation.''
But Republican Doug Ducey said during the hour-long event broadcast on KAET-TV, the Phoenix PBS affiliate, that he sides with Brewer's 2012 decision to deny licenses to the nearly 21,000 Arizonans who have been accepted into the federal government's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
"I am going to have respect and compassion for everyone,'' Ducey said.
"But I don't think anyone gets the privileges and benefits of hardworking Arizona families that are paid for by hardworking Arizona taxpayers,'' he said. "We're a nation of immigrants and we're a nation of laws.''
Other highlights in the fourth of the five debates the pair have agreed to include:
- Ducey, for the first time, said he would veto any bid by the Republican-controlled Legislature to repeal the expansion of Medicaid pushed through last year by Brewer, at least for the time being. Ducey said while he is opposed to "Obamacare,'' that program will fund Arizona's expansion for at least the next three years and he wants those dollars to keep coming.
- DuVal chided Ducey for refusing to publicly disclose the terms of what happened after he sold Cold Stone Creamery in 2007 and the buyers demanded arbitration because they said the company was worth only a fraction of what he claimed. Ducey has not disputed that the $80 million sales price had to be renegotiated to a fraction of that but said there's no reason to discuss it now because the buyers are now happy.
- Both candidates said they support more "transparency'' in campaign finance laws to require "dark money'' groups to disclose the source of their spending on efforts to influence elections. But neither laid out specific legislation they would support to accomplish that goal.
The issue of the driver's licenses stems from the Obama administration approving DACA. It allows those who arrived as children and were not yet 30 in 2012 to seek permission not only to stay but also to work.
But Brewer directed the state Motor Vehicle Division not to issue licenses to DACA recipients. She said they do not meet the requirements of a 1996 Arizona law which says only people "authorized'' to be in this country can get licenses.
Immigrant rights groups sued, with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals saying the DACA recipients should be licensed while the legal points are debated. But at this point none of that is happening as Brewer and the state have appealed.
DuVal said it's time to end the lawsuit.
"These dreamers are part of our community,'' he said.
"They've been raised here, they've been successful,'' DuVal continued. "They've served in the military or are going to school.''
He said it is in the state's interest to license them so they can contribute to Arizona's economy. And, if nothing else, he said it means they are more likely to have state-mandated liability insurance.
Ducey said he sees the issue from the perspective of "how we got here.''
That, he said, starts with the failure of the federal government to "do its first duty to Arizona'' to secure the border.
Ducey deflected a question by host Ted Simons who questioned whether the governor's move is divisive. Instead, he said the first priority has to be border security.
"And then we can deal with some of the other issues around immigration,'' Ducey said.
Nor would he directly answer the question of whether he thinks "dreamers'' should be deported.
"I'm for opportunity for all in our state and that's the type of governor I want to be,'' Ducey responded.
Libertarian Barry Hess, who has not been in prior debates, said that, like DuVal, he sees the issue in practical terms: A license is needed to get insurance.
"People are still going to drive, except they're going to drive uninsured,'' he said. "That's a big issue these days.''
Hess used his opportunity to interject his views into the ongoing debate about how Arizona should handle court rulings that lawmakers for years illegally ignored a voter-approved mandate to annually boost state aid to schools to account for inflation. DuVal wants to take a deal offered by schools to settle for $317 million increase in the base funding formula while Ducey wants to continue to appeal to look for a better deal.
By contrast, Hess wants to ask voters to repeal the entire funding formula.
"It's not about money,'' he said of education quality, calling the education system "bloated.'' He said a cheaper -- and better -- alternative would be more distance learning.
"You can get a far better education than the brick-and-mortar counterparts without the spreading of disease, without the spreading of bad behavior, without the logistics of security and all the other stuff that comes with these government schools,'' he said.
John Mealer, the candidate of the Americans Elect Party, used the opportunity to promote legalizing hemp -- a non psychoactive version of marijuana -- as a replacement for rubber and fiberglass and to create biofuels. But Mealer also said that, as far as he's concerned, Arizona should also legalize recreational use of marijuana and "tax it as we do alcohol.''
It won't eliminate ObamaCare in Arizona, and it's unlikely to keep the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing new air quality rules on power plants here. But proponents of Proposition 122 insist that the proposed state constitutional amendment will give Arizona the power to rein in future federal government overreach, and it would do it through the power of the purse.
A Chandler Republican lawmaker is off the hook on charges he destroyed two political signs during last month's primary, and it's not because prosecutors have concluded that Rep. Bob Robson did or didn't do what's alleged. It's just that the allegations don't fit the charges.
President Obama’s decision to delay his executive action on immigration until after the midterm elections exposes him as a bully and a tyrant. His goal is to take away the ability of the American people to influence their government.
The longtime funnyman has been making audiences laugh for nearly three decades, but that’s only a fraction of his repertoire. He’s also a film and television actor, co-owner of the Laugh Factory on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip, a philanthropist, chairman of the California Latino Water Coalition and a hardcore Republican who supported candidate Mitt Romney in the last presidential election.
“Ferguson police had armored personnel carriers, machine guns, sniper rifles, grenades, not to mention enough tear gas for World War III. All of this military hardware was possessed in the name of terrorism and not one terrorist was caught or killed. All that this military equipment does is cause deafness in elected officials and used only to combat the First Amendment.”
This morning, one of the Gilbert Public School teachers was going through the crosswalk. I stopped her and asked her what she thought of the Common Core.
Recently the Pima County GOP chair was quoted as saying about Arizona, “The real problem is low economic growth caused by federal regulatory policies, including the onerous Obamacare employer mandates looming over employers.”
I am a member of the fastest growing political party in Arizona, having recently become second largest in the state, and quickly threatening to become number one.
Republican State Rep. Bob Robson was cited Monday night for allegedly tampering with campaign signs after an incident that occurred near a Circle K store on Aug. 9.
Conservative Republicans furious with some members of their own party for supporting Gov. Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan are targeting a half-dozen lawmakers in next week's primary in a nasty intra-party battle.
Congressional hopeful Adam Kwasman formally disclosed Thursday he has a type of blood cancer but denied the timing of his press conference is political.
Gubernatorial hopeful Scott Smith hopes to revive his sagging campaign with what amounts to a last-minute endorsement from the state's top Republican.