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Can You Afford a Democrat Governor?

Can you afford Fred DuVal for four years as governor of Arizona?

Can your family budget endure the higher cost of living that comes with Democrats in office?

Are you ready to hand over more of your constitutional freedom to a Democrat?

Are you ready to experience less control over your own life?

Are you ready to pay higher taxes?

Are you willing to let a Democrat governor get between you and your doctor?

And endure even more regulation of and interference with your personal life?

And kiss your vacations good-bye?

Is our state government still not big enough yet?

Fred DuVal is a member of the Party of Control, which wants to exert greater and greater control over your personal life. The Party of Control could not care less about the Constitution and your freedom; it will do whatever it can get away with.

DuVal is running for governor this fall. Don’t let him win. Stay free.

The Republican Party will Achieve Unity when …

Unity. It’s the elusive quest for Republican leaders locally and nationally.

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said in a radio interview at last week’s Conservative Political Action Committee convention that he’s seeking unity in the party.

And just recently I read a blog by the outgoing leader of the Republican legislative district in Scottsdale. He listed the accomplishments of his time as district chairman, thanked those who had helped him, and expressed regret at his inability to gain party unity.

To these men’s credit, they tried to do the impossible. Anyone striving to achieve unity in the GOP — at any level — is biting off more than he/she can chew.

The big stumbling block, which they don’t seem to articulate publicly, is the sanctity of human life. Party base Republicans defend it. The official Republican platform recognizes it.

But pro-abortion Republicans will not honor the pro-life plank of the GOP platform. It’s as invisible to them as the Constitution is to Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and B. Hussein Obama.

Respect for life and a lack of respect for human life are diametrically opposed positions. They are completely irreconcilable.

Pro-life voters will never vote for abortion supporters. Abortion advocates do not vote for pro-life candidates.

In fact, it was abortion-advocate RINOs in Scottsdale who put Janet Napolitano in office as governor several years ago. They refused to vote for the conservative candidate, Matt Salmon. Napolitano over-performed in the Scottsdale legislative district more than any of the other 29 districts in Arizona.

It was around the time of that 2002 governor’s election between Salmon and Napolitano that I attended the monthly RINO meeting in Scottsdale. And it was scary. Leftist RINO state Senator Randall Gnant stood up and railed against Salmon. Now state Senator Michele Reagan was stumping for increased gambling in the state. The RINO chairwoman praised state Rep. Carolyn Allen — a self-described Planned Parenthood activist — as a “model” lawmaker.

I went home that night shaking my head, and I wrote a blog titled “Wasting Away again in RINOville: Searching for My Lost GOP.”

But the RINOs say we have to have a big tent! Well the pro-abortion Republicans would rather stand in the rain than stand with pro-life Republicans under the big tent.

So, good luck to all you Republican leaders thinking you’re going to bridge that rift over the issue of human life. But a word to the wise: if you do not stand for the sanctity of human life, all else is moot. As long as presidential candidates think they can do the soft-shoe shuffle away from the life issue — yes, you John McCain, Mitt Romney and Bob Dole — Republicans will not control the White House, will not control judicial nominations. You leaders must begin at the proper starting point, the GOP platform section on “The Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life”:

Faithful to the “self-evident” truths enshrined in the Declaration of ndependence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. We oppose the nonconsensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from people with disabilities, including newborns, as well as the elderly and infirm, just as we oppose active and passive euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Republican leadership has led the effort to prohibit the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion and permitted States to extend health care coverage

to children before birth. We urge Congress to strengthen the Born Alive Infant Protection Act by enacting appropriate civil and criminal penalties on healthcare providers who fail to provide treatment and care to an infant who survives an abortion, including early induction delivery where the death of the infant is intended. We call for legislation to ban sex-selective abortions – gender discrimination in its most lethal form—and to protect from abortion unborn

children who are capable of feeling pain; and we applaud U.S. House Republicans for leading the effort to protect the lives of pain-capable unborn children in the District of Columbia. We call for a ban on the use of body parts from aborted fetuses for research.

We support and applaud adult stem cell research to develop lifesaving therapies, and we oppose the killing of embryos for their stem cells. We oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. We also salute the many States that have passed laws for informed consent, mandatory waiting periods prior to an abortion, and health-protective clinic regulation. We seek to protect young girls from exploitation through a parental consent requirement; and we affirm our moral obligation to assist, rather than penalize, women challenged by an unplanned pregnancy. We salute those who provide them with counseling and adoption alternatives and empower them to choose life, and we take comfort in the tremendous increase in adoptions that has followed Republican legislative initiatives.

In conclusion, we need Republicans who will fight the Party of Control Freaks tooth and nail over important issues — starting with life and moving on from that crucial starting point.

Senator Ted Cruz Speech at CPAC

Al Melvin Courageously Supports Religious Freedom in Arizona

Republican candidate for governor Al Melvin issued the following news release on the religious freedom bill which Gov. Jan Brewer needs to sign soon:

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), also known as SB1062, protects  the rights of every Arizonan to work and live according to their faith.  It  prohibits punishing someone because of their faith.  It is common sense, it is good law, it was carefully crafted, it was supported by more than 90% of the Republicans in the Legislature, and I strongly urge the
governor to sign the bill. ­ Al Melvin, speaking on SB1062.

Melvin spoke at a GOP candidate forum on Saturday and was the only candidate for governor to support SB1062.

“I was disappointed how fast my fellow Republican candidates for governor caved to the media and liberal pressure,” Melvin said. “Each of them offered excuses, but none of them were willing to stand up and publicly fight to protect the religious liberties of Arizonan citizens and businesses. said Melvin, adding They need to look past the media-driven hysteria and look at the  bill itself.  It is only two pages long and there is no excuse for them not to know better.”

Melvin went further, urging each of his opponents to reverse course and support the bill.  “We all make mistakes, but real leadership means being able to admit when you are wrong
and correcting your course.  You don’t have to spend 30 years in the Naval Reserves as I did to know how important course correction is.”

SB1062 modifies Arizona¹s existing protections and brings them into line with the federal religious freedom act.  Furthermore, SB1062 added language to ensure additional protection against the frivolous use of religious beliefs as a defense against behavior that might be considered discriminatory.

The extremists on the left are using the same hysterical language they did when they opposed SB1070.  But SB1070 turned out to be right for Arizona, the hysterics were proven to be nothing more than simple fantasy designed to whip up opposition, and the Arizona Legislature and Governor Brewer were both vindicated for  passing and signing it. My hope is that Arizonans will rally to fight for this bill by contacting the Governor and asking her to sign it.  If she does not, then I hope they will rally to my campaign so that we can elect someone
who will sign the bill in 2015.

Melvin serves as chairman of the Commerce, Energy and Military Committee and founded the highly successful Mining Caucus and Tourism Caucus. He has had along business career in international trade and transportation, is agraduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY and received his MBA degree from Thunderbird-School of Global management in Glendale.  Prior to his election to the Senate, he taught college level courses as an adjunct, in economics, international business and management.

Melvin is a military veteran and graduate of the US Naval War College. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service as Squadron Commander of COMPSRONTWO, then the
largest ship squadron in the US Navy (14 ships) basedat the island of Diego  Garcia in the Indian Ocean. In 1999, after 30 years in the US Naval Reserve,  he retired as a Navy Captain, the equivalent of afull colonel.

He is a member of the VFW, American Legion, Military Officers of America and other military related organizations.  Sen. Melvin is a life Member of the NRA National Rifle Association).  He is a member of the Elks, Rotary and Knights of Columbus, and he remains a proud Eagle Scout (class of 1961).

Al and his wife Kou reside in SaddleBrooke in Pinal County, just north of Tucson and attend Santa Catalina Catholic Church in Catalina.

Cross off Ken Bennett and Scott Smith from Governor’s Race


The left-stream media are reporting Governor Jan Brewer’s closest advisors are telling her to veto the religious freedom bill. This is an attempt to buffalo the governor and intimidate her to the point of succumbing to the radical homosexual agenda. If the report true, this explains the basic problem dogging the Republican Party — not only in Arizona, but nationally as well. So-called ”RINOs — Republicans In Name Only” — who do not believe in the party’s philosophy are willing to compromise with the Party of Control and move the culture backwards. Brewer must overcome these unwise messages and messengers and protect Christians in Arizona from the extremist homosexual agenda — which seeks to destroy the concepts of marriage and family and severely punish anyone who disagrees with them. The Arizona Legislature acted wisely to pass a bill to protect Arizonans from the ruinous legal attacks that are hurting Christians so badly in other states.  Traditional value Arizonans vastly out-number the radicals many times over, but the extremists have the left-stream media and make the most noise. These bullies must not prevail; they must be defeated. We said it yesterday, and we’ll say it again today: SIGN THE BILL, GOVERNOR BREWER.


With a crowded field of eight Republicans running for governor, we can cross off two names for consideration of endorsements by The Arizona Conservative. Scott Smith, mayor of Mesa, and Secretary of State Ken Bennett are off our acceptable list. Both oppose religious freedom in Arizona.

Three state lawmakers also confirmed that they never deserved your support or an endorsement from The Arizona Conservative: Bob Worsley, Steve Pierce, and Adam Driggs. All of them voted for religious freedom in Arizona, then in a display of cowardice in the face of pressure by radical homosexual activists and extremist left-stream media, have expressed regret with their votes. Were they wrong when they voted for religious freedom? Or when they opposed it? How can you trust them in the future or know if they mean what they say and say what they mean? Will they ever stand behind their votes? Will they ever stand for anything?

Arizona deserves better. And the voters will find better in November. For now, five more have self-declared themselves undeserving of your vote.

Governor Brewer: Sign the Bill Now

Dear Governor Brewer:

Do the right thing and sign Senate Bill 1062. Protect those who disagree with the homosexual agenda — which is the majority of your constituency. Homosexuals only make up 1 percent of our population, but their pressure groups are monopolizing left-stream media hoping to intimidate you to get their way.

If they get their way, Arizona loses in many ways.

Failure to sign this bill will subject many, many Arizona business owners to abuse from homosexual activists and activist courts — including fines that can easily bankrupt small business owners and subject families to welfare subsistence.

Equally bad, failure to sign the bill will greatly damage the First Amendment’s free exercise of religion.

And disastrously, Arizonans would be subjected to compelled government speech. They would lose the freedom to disagree with things they find morally objectionable.

Nondiscrimination policies would trump the First Amendment and Arizonans would lose their rights of conscience. They would be forced to agree with the homosexual agenda’s radical plans to destroy marriage and family.

Furthermore, this part of the homosexual agenda’s attempt to re-define marriage in Arizona. It is part of their effort to qualify a ballot initiative to overturn our 2008 state constitutional marriage amendment.

Religious freedom and the homosexual agenda cannot co-exist. The First Amendment and discrimination policies cannot co-exist.

Protect Arizonans from undue punishment. Keep the government out of small business owner’s affairs.

Don’t forget this: 85 percent of Americans polled side WITH Elaine Huguenin, the New Mexico artist who declined to glorify a same-sex commitment ceremony and stands to suffer business-crippling fines. She and her husband have received death threats and all kinds of abuse from leftists and homosexual activists. Don’t let this despicable stuff happen here.

Sign the bill today. Protect our culture of freedom. Do not bow to the radical demands of radical people and the left-stream media.

If you’re fearful of the nasty ruckus the homosexual activists will cause … and if that is what is delaying your decision, sign the bill sooner rather than later. These left-wing fear-mongerers will raise a ruckus no matter when you sign the bill. Fascists will always try to punish people who disagree with them. So don’t delay.

Sign the bill today.

Ronald Reagan would have signed the bill last week. This is no time to go wobbly, governor.

For freedom,

The Arizona Conservative

Three Arizona Democrats Flee From Prior Obamacare Support

Barber, Kirkpatrick, Sinema Supported Obamacare, Now Want to Delay Effects Until After Reelection

PHOENIX – Robert Graham, chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, called out three Arizona Democrats in Congress for their efforts to blatantly postpone full Obamacare implementation until after their reelection. The three signed a letter to President Obama last week asking for delays until 2015 — after the November elections later this year in which all three Democrats are at very high risk of losing their seats to Republican challengers.

“These three cowards are afraid to admit they supported this faulty legislation, and now they want to run and hide their mistakes from voters,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “You can’t fix the fundamental flaws of Obamacare — it would be like treating the symptoms instead of the disease — and the self-serving tactics of these liberal Democrats shirking their responsibility for this disaster is something voters deserve to hear about before they vote in November.”

Graham noted the three are following the national trend of congressional Democrats, who as a party gambled heavily on the Obamacare passage and are suffering the consequences of the now-failed implementation. Many of those House Democrats lost their seats in 2010, and in 2014 the full force of the Obamacare train wreck will motivate voters to replace them with Republicans.

“Arizona voters are in a unique position with these three competitive seats to voice their firm opposition to Obamacare by sending Republicans to Congress who will fight for taxpayers, small businesses, and families looking forward to a more prosperous future,” Graham added.

Multi-Millionaire Worsley Hits up Constituents for Money, Calls Conservative Opponent ‘Extremist’

Arizona Senator Bob Worsley (R-Mesa) — the man who called Arizona a “police state” — is now boiling over because someone has the gaul to run against him in the Republican Primary later this year. That opponent is Dr. Ralph Heap, a Mesa doctor, and a conservative who spoke at the East Valley Tea Party meeting Feb. 10th. It appears that anyone opposing Worsley is now labeled an “extremist” by the senator, who said:

Some of you may know that I will be facing an opponent in the upcoming Republican primary election for the Arizona State Senate in Legislative District 25 – Mesa.  This individual was recruited to challenge me, and will fight to return extreme policies to our State.  It was these policies that compelled me to run for office in the first place.  I ran on a platform promising to “elevate” Mesa and the dialogue at the State Capitol.  I’m proud to announce that we have made great progress!

As we have reminded Worsley before, if he wants to identify “extreme policies,” he should look at the Democrats’ side of the aisle.

The strident Worsley is a freshman senator and amnesty advocate. He denounced his 2012 primary opponent, Russell Pearce, who is an advocate of the rule of law and border enforcement. And because Arizona’s legislature has acted to protect the southern border, Worsley called Arizona a “police state.” Worsley’s money, influence, and negative campaigning felled the long-time patriot Russell in the 2012 primary. And Mesa misses Pearce’s solid representation.

But there is more Worsley news. The multi-, multi-millionaire is hitting up his Mesa constituents to support him, a multi-millionaire, in his re-election campaign. When in fact the cost of running for legislature is pocket change for a man of Worsley’s immense wealth. Worsley made his fortune on SkyMall, the in-flight catalog, and numerous other investments. He owns a mansion in Mesa and a huge cabin in the White Mountains, with logs trucked in from British Columbia.

Freedom vs. Control? Whom will You Elect in 2014?

The Arizona Conservative has officially begun tracking candidates for public office in the Grand Canyon State in advance of November‘s elections. Voters have two choices: candidates who will champion FREEDOM for the individual and those who will push policies that deny and reduce personal freedoms – the candidates of socialism and excessive government CONTROL of your life. Whom do you want in office? Those who respect your constitutional freedom, or those who would expand government and take away more and more of your freedom? Your vote will impact every facet of American society and culture.







Andy Thomas, Al Melvin,

Fred DuVal
Secretary of State Will Cardon Chris Campas
Attorney General Mark Brnovich Felicia Rotellini
State Treasurer Hugh Hallman
Supt. Of Public Instruction John Huppenthal Sharon Thomas, David Garcia
Mining Inspector Joe Hart Manuel Cruz
Congress-District 1 Adam Kwasman Ann Kirkpatrick
Congress-District 2 Martha McSally Ron Barber
Congress-District 3 Gabriela Saucedo Mercer Raul Grijalva
Congress-District 4 Paul Gosar Mikel Weisser
Congress-District 5 Matt Salmon
Congress-District 6 David Schweikert
Congress-District 7 Ed Pastor
Congress-District 8 Trent Franks Helmuth Hack
Congress-District 9 Vernon Parker, Wendy Rogers, Andrew Walter Kyrsten Sinema
 Arizona Senate-District 25  Ralph Heap  Bob Worsley

Watch for continued updates and additional choices in the weeks and months ahead.

You Know McCain’s True Stripes when Democrats are Praising Him

It should tell you everything you need to know about liberal U.S. Senator John McCain when Democrats are praising him and Republicans are censuring him.

If you hadn’t heard by now, the Maricopa County Republican Party recently censured McCain for his leftward lean. Various groups in McCain’s own Republican Party in Arizona have been censuring and expressing displeasure with McCain since 2005. It’s nothing new. But look what the Democrats’ candidate for governor, Fred DuVal is saying about McCain:

“Moments ago, John McCain was censured by the elected leaders of Arizona’s Republican Party. What an outrageous response to the good work Senator McCain did crafting a reasonable solution to fix our broken immigration system.

The displeasure with McCain has noticeably risen. Last year, the Rocky Mountain Poll reported …

67 percent of Arizonans now opine that Arizona needs to elect someone to the U.S. Senate with new ideas and interests. Only 21 percent now believe that John McCain deserves another six year term. This view is shared across the state in that the proportion saying they would prefer a new U.S. Senator reaches 72 percent in Maricopa county, 67 percent in Pima county and 58 percent in the rural counties. Further, 61 percent of those are registered Republicans and 67 percent call themselves politically conservative hold the same view.

In recent days, Republican committee members of Santa Cruz County, Maricopa County, Apache County, Cochise County, Gila County, and Mohave County all passed censure resolutions against “Lefty” McCain. That’s a stinging indictment and reflective of mounting grassroots disenchantment with McCain over the past several years. It’s no wonder McCain and his shadow, Sen. Jeff Flake once again dissed the GOP by boycotting the recent state party convention.

We endorse any solid conservative who runs against McCain in his next bid for re-election. During that campaign, he needs to be held accountable for his unsupportable efforts on behalf of the homosexual agenda and the gun control leftists.


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