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A district court in Phoenix has thrown out a lawsuit by the NAACP attacking Arizona law prohibiting race-based and gender-based abortions.
The law was passed as the Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Pre-natal and Nondiscrimination Act by the Arizona Legislature in 2011. The law invokes Class 3 felony charges for anyone who:
- Commits an abortion due to the race of the child or a parent.
- Uses force or the threat of force to intentionally injure or intimidate anyone for the purpose of coercing a race-selection or gender-selection abortion.
- Solicits or accepts money to finance a sex-selection or gender-selection abortion.
U.S. District Judge David Campbell ruled the law is constitutional, the NAACP lacked standing and failed to show injury suffered by anyone due to the law.
This lawsuit shows once again how liberal the NAACP is and that instead of defending the innocent lives of pre-born minority children it would fight against the fact that disproportionate numbers of minorities are aborting their children. In fact, many abortion factories are located in minority neighborhoods.
Where’s Waldo? Forget that. Where’s Rich Crandall?
It’s always a challenge to keep up with the elusive and well-traveled Crandall. But he’s just turned up in Cheyenne — as the new director of the Wyoming Department of Education. He’s been there in that position since August 5. But YOU, Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer, are footing the bill for his health insurance until August 31.
Don’t be surprised. Crandall has issues with ethics avoidance.
Crandall first came on our radar by serving a few terms in the Arizona Legislature. Last year he was AWOL from the legislature very often. In fact he only voted on one-third of the bills that came up for a vote in the 2012 session. Why? Well, he took a part-time job in another state and couldn’t be troubled to devote his full attention to the Arizona Senate.
There were numerous problems with Crandall’s legislative tenure in Arizona, including:
- Crandall frequently voted with – and raised funds with – Democrats rather than Republicans.
- In thug-like fashion, Crandall threatened State Rep. Brenda Barton and warned her not to introduce any education bills this coming session. With disciplinary action from the Senate looming, he apologized. But his character had been displayed when he made up a story to defend his family’s illegal tampering with a Fillmore campaign sign. In violation of state law.
- Crandall voted against good GOP bills attempting to curb illegal immigration five times.
- Crandall voted in support of big unions.
- Crandall has a record of voting against the Second Amendment.
- Fearing a loss to Russell Pearce in another legislative district, Crandall carpetbagged over to Legislative District 16 to challenge Rep. Fillmore for the Senate seat.
- Crandall has voted against the taxpayers, rightfully earning a taxpayer advocacy group’s RINO label.
Voters had a chance to remove him in last year’s Republican Primary. But Crandall, former school board president in Mesa, had a lot of favors to call in, and his friends helped him defeat conservative John Fillmore by some 600 votes. Crandall turned mud slinging and the politics of personal destruction into an art form with his filthy campaigning and negative direct mail war on Fillmore.
In November, Crandall was re-elected to the Arizona Senate — even though he was living in Utah at the time! We’d been calling him Utah’s ambassador to the Arizona Senate. There ought to be a law against living out of state and serving in the Arizona Legislature. But there apparently isn’t. And now we are thrilled to be done with the RINO representation of Legislative District 16.
In his “Meet the Director – A Conversation with Richard Crandall,” article on the Wyoming Department of Education website, Tom Laycock started out with what should have been a warning for Wyoming parents: “Not many in Wyoming know much about the new Wyoming Department of Education Director, Richard Crandall.” We in Arizona know plenty — plenty that should alarm citizens who deserve ethics and professionalism, not to mention a high-ranking official’s undivided attention.
Laycock continued: “But one thing is clear — he has some sort of allergy to sitting still.” Truer words were never spoken. Or written.
Because Crandall can’t seem to focus on where he’s supposed to be. The interview with the Wyoming group didn’t even take place in that state. It happened in Salt Lake City.
Crandall told Laycock he was frustrated with factions within his own party in the Arizona Legislature. He did not tell Laycock that he and fellow RINOs had created those factions and the disharmony with the conservative-base GOP lawmakers. He called good Republican legislation “bad.” And “It was at that point I decided to retire from the Senate this summer and pursue my dream job as a state school chief.” Crandall is a big advocate of the highly controversial Common Core education program, so Arizona should count itself lucky that Common Core has one less proponent in our state.
So where has Crandall been since his hiring? He was headed for Kansas City, Cheyenne, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Phoenix, and Milwaukee in coming weeks. Perhaps in pursuit of yet another “dream job”? It wouldn’t surprise anyone in Arizona if Crandall’s new gig in Wyoming turned part-time, too.
Now that our Crandall problem is over at last, we call on the Maricopa County Supervisors to select Fillmore, a veteran lawmaker until his primary loss last year, to serve out Crandall’s vacated term and return ethics and full-time representation to a previously disenfranchised electorate.
By Tom Jenney, Americans for Prosperity, Arizona Chapter
As you probably know, Governor Jan Brewer, with the help of Democratic legislators and 14 Republicans, managed to force the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion through the Legislature. (That battle is not over. Click here to take action.) And almost nothing was done during the 2013 legislative session to curb the power of government employee unions.
But the 2013 session did bring some good news for taxpayers. Several bills supported by AFP-Arizona were passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor, and several of the bills we opposed were blocked. More info is available at this link, but below is a quick summary.
HB 2608 — This bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Phil Lovas and was a key policy priority of House Speaker Andy Tobin, is an important first step in the reform of government employee pensions. HB 2608 converted the Elected Officials Retirement Plan (EORP) from a defined benefit plan to a defined contribution plan.
HB 2045 — This bill mandates that health care providers make some cash prices available to their consumers. By doing so, the reform will introduce greater price competition to health care in Arizona, help to prevent some fraud and over-billing, and let the market guide consumers toward better health care choices. Thanks to the efforts of Sen. Nancy Barto, this reform was included in the AHCCCS payments overhaul bill sponsored by Rep. Heather Carter.
While a bill increasing local bonding authority and property taxes (HB 2399 — Rep. Heather Carter) passed and was signed by the Governor, a bill creating new local taxing districts (HB 2456 — Rep. Phil Lovas) was successfully blocked.
AFP-Arizona will soon publish its 2013 Legislative Scorecard (the 29th annual scorecard put out by AFP-Arizona and the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers). On the Scorecard, you will be able to see how your Legislators performed on these bills and dozens of others. Grassroots Education Events in July
On July 25, our sister organization, AFP Foundation-Arizona, will co-sponsor an all-day Scottsdale simulcast of the Western Conservative Summit, with live presentations by Arizona Congressmen Trent Franks, Paul Gosar and Matt Salmon. And on the evening of July 31, AFPF-Arizona will celebrate Milton Friedman’s birthday with a panel discussion on Common Core. (Click on the links to register.)
For Liberty, Tom
Tom Jenney Arizona Director Americans for Prosperity www.aztaxpayers.org email@example.com
By Cathi Herrod, President, Center for Arizona Policy
Another legislative session has come to a close, and once again, Arizona lawmakers had the opportunity to vote on pro-life, pro-family legislation.
Center for Arizona Policy’s Family Issues Voting Record is now available online for you to discover how your state legislators voted.
After accessing the Voting Record, please take time to share this important resource. It’s vital that your friends and family discover how their legislators voted on these important bills.
While this session had significant challenges, CAP was able to continue its record of success in promoting life, marriage and family, and religious liberty in public policy. Here is a recap of the session:
- Another successful session: In total, nine CAP-supported bills were signed into law this year. Since the organization’s founding in 1995, 123 CAP-supported bills have become law – 60 in the last 5 years alone!
- Medicaid: The most hotly debated issue of the legislative session was whether or not to expand Medicaid to childless adults up to 133% of the Federal Poverty Level. While Medicaid typically falls outside of CAP issue areas, the proposed expansion meant more dollars and patients to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood who also provide Medicaid services.
CAP worked with lawmakers to address this issue, though ultimately, no efforts to prevent further funding of the abortion industry under Medicaid expansion were successful.
- Vetoes: We’re grateful for Governor Brewer signing the nine CAP-supported bills into law this session. Sadly, she vetoed three CAP-supported bills, including two religious freedom bills, SB 1178 and HB 2446, along with a school choice measure, HB 2617.
- Coming Back Next Year – These three vetoed measures will be back next session, along with SB 1069, which brought abortion clinics up to par with every other medical facility by allowing for warrantless, unannounced inspections and took measures to prevent taxpayer funding of abortion under the Medicaid expansion. SB 1069 did not receive a vote in either house.