By Cathi Herrod, President, Center for Arizona Policy
“Today, U.S. District Judge John Sedwick ruled narrowly that Arizona must recognize the marriage of two men who were legally married in another state. This decision was driven by politics, not constitutional law.
While the ruling is narrow, Judge Sedwick also stated in his order that Arizona probably would be required to permit same sex marriages despite the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman found in Arizona’s constitutional marriage amendment approved by the people in 2008 and found in Arizona law since statehood.
Arizona has become the latest victim of a politically driven judiciary.
The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the right of every state to define marriage, yet Judge Sedwick has joined the judicial stampede of other lower federal judges who have tried to override or ignore marriage laws based on no precedent other than their own political bias.
We all know this issue will ultimately end up before the U.S. Supreme Court. That Court has scheduled a September 29 conference to determine whether and which state marriage amendment cases to accept for review. A ruling likely will be issued by next summer.
Political and cultural winds may shift, but the foundational value and purpose of marriage between one man and one woman remains.
Regardless of how the courts rule, two truths will endure:
- No court will ever be the final arbiter of the definition of marriage. All those who say supporters of one man, one woman marriage are on the wrong side of history have a very short and narrow view of history. Just as the Roe v. Wade decision began the public policy debate about legalized abortion, so too the public policy debate about marriage has only just begun.
- The bonds between a child and their father and mother are irreplaceable. While many children tragically are not able to experience the joy and benefits of having a loving mom and dad, public policy should provide every opportunity to give children a mom and a dad, yet today’s decision is the first step that will block more children from that opportunity.
Center for Arizona Policy’s commitment to advocating for marriage and family is stronger than ever. No matter what a court may say, we will continue to work towards making Arizona the best state to raise a family.”
Arizona Parents can ‘Thank’ Kyrsten Sinema for Loss of Their Children’s Health Insurance Due to Obamacare
Wendy Rogers has released the following statement criticizing Kyrsten Sinema’s, the far left candidate for Congress, record on Obamacare:
“Kyrsten Sinema has been a longtime advocate of universal healthcare. She readily admits having authored parts of Obamacare. She routinely misled the people of Arizona by parroting the Obama administration’s talking points, to include the lie ‘if you like your doctor (or insurance plan), you can keep it.’ In 2009 before the vote on Obamacare, as a cheerleader for the Obama administration, Sinema perpetuated this lie to countless audiences while barnstorming across Arizona. Since then, however, thousands of Arizonans are suffering from the lie since they’ve now lost their insurance or their doctors from before the law was passed,” said Rogers.
“In a recent interview with The Arizona Republic, Robert Meyer, the CEO of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, said that 20 children are coming to his facility every day only to find that Phoenix Children’s Hospital is NOT covered by their insurance because of Obamacare. Previously, they may have had coverage which included Phoenix Children’s Hospital, but since Obamacare brought about the creation of ‘narrow network’ plans, now their choices are drastically reduced to only a select few facilities. Parents are left with a stark choice – either take their loved one somewhere unfamiliar or try to argue with their insurance company to receive out-of-network coverage for their sick child, something which Meyer notes ‘causes tremendous anxiety for the parents and families that are going through major crisis.’”
“Despite these terrible flaws, Kyrsten Sinema refuses to back down. Regardless, she voted against the repeal of Obamacare saying ‘the fundamentals of [the program] are good,’ . . . in the face of all the contrary evidence. At the very least, Kyrsten Sinema should go on record to say she was wrong for supporting Obamacare and spreading the Obama administration’s lie to Arizonans. Obamacare hurts families. I’m a mother – – it pains me deeply to see bad government policy continue to hurt children. Obamacare is wrong for our nation, and Kyrsten Sinema should be ashamed for supporting it.”
The Arizona Conservative is endorsing candidates for public office in the Grand Canyon State in advance of the November 4 general 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 will protect your constitutional freedom, or those who would expand government and take away more and more of your freedom, controlling more and more of your life? Your vote will impact every facet of American society and culture. Please make informed and intelligent decisions. Vote on values and principle, not on personalities and negative advertising. Compare what candidates actually say and how they have legislated previously; if you do this, you will find that many candidates from the party of CONTROL will not be as truthful.
|Governor||Doug Ducey||Fred DuVal|
|Secretary of State||Chris Campas, Terry Goddard|
|Attorney General||Mark Brnovich||Felicia Rotellini|
|State Treasurer||Jeff DeWitt|
|Supt. Of Public Instruction||Diane Douglas||Sharon Thomas, David Garcia|
|Mining Inspector||Joe Hart||Manuel Cruz|
|Congress-District 1||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||Steve Gallardo, Cesar Chavez|
|Congress-District 8||Trent Franks||Helmuth Hack|
|Congress-District 9||Wendy Rogers||Kyrsten Sinema|
House: Karen Fann
Senate: Connie Uribe
Senate: Kelli Ward
Senate: Sylvia Allen
House: Brenda Barton
Senate: Irene Littleton
Senate: Steve Smith
House: Vince Leach, Mark Finchem
Senate: Andy Biggs
House: Eddie Farnsworth, Warren Peterson
Senate: Don Shooter
House: Darin Mitchell, Steve Montenegro
Senate: Gail Griffin
House: David Gowan, David Stevens
Senate: Nancy Barto
House: John Allen
Senate: David Farnsworth
House: Kelly Townsend
SenateA Steve Yarbrough
House: J.D. Mesnard, Jeff Weninger
House: Jill Norgaard
Senate: Joseph Hobbs
Senate: Kimberly Yee
House: Paul Boyer
Senate: Debbie Lesko
House: Rick Gray
Senate: Judy Burges
House: David Livington, Phil Lovas
Senate: John Kavanaugh
House: Jay Lawrence, Michelle Ugenti
House: Rusty Bowers, Justin Olsen
House: Shawna Bolick
Senate: Gary Cox
By John Semmens – Semi-News — A Satirical Look at Recent News
“These thugs might think they’re cute filming the decapitation of their victims,” Kerry said. “But by putting their torts on record they have opened themselves to legal liability that will cost them billions in damages.”
“No country on Earth has better or more expensive lawyers than we do,” the Secretary boasted. “With skills honed from decades of tormenting corporate defendants in the courtroom, the plaintiffs’ bar will eviscerate ISIS’s defenses and use their own words and videos against them. Financial ruin and public humiliation for these goons is just a matter of time.”
Kerry invited observers “to compare our innovative and nuanced approach with the clumsy efforts of the Bush Administration’s so-called ‘war on terror.’ In our plan, instead of putting US troops at risk, all the heavy lifting will be done by lawyers filing suits and attaching liens to every asset ISIS possesses.”
According to Kerry, a side benefit of the Administration’s strategy to sue ISIS into submission is that “it allows us to conserve our resources to fight the greater threat of global warming. The massacres perpetrated by ISIS are a mere pin prick compared to the devastation that climate change will wreak on the planet. If we do not prevail in this greater fight Foley and Sotloff will be remembered as the lucky ones.”
ABC’s Good Morning America, co-host George Stephanopoulos called this “sue the bastards” strategy “amazingly ingenious. It opens an arena of conflict at which this nation excels. The skills ISIS has nurtured in beheading captives, raping women, and killing children will be completely useless against the hordes of attorneys we can deploy against them. I think the Administration has once again turned the table on its critics.”
Senator to Issue Report Absolving IRS
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich), chairman of the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is preparing a report that will absolve the IRS and Lois Lerner of any wrongdoing in the campaign to target and harass conservative political organizations.
“Those who have alleged that Lerner and the IRS took it upon themselves to conduct a vendetta against conservative organizations have it all wrong,” Levin alleged. “Evidence has emerged that the IRS was acting upon urgent requests from highly placed members of the government. Bureaucrats being responsive to the needs of the government is behavior we should be encouraging not punishing.”
The highly placed members of the government cited by Levin included himself and fellow Senators Richard Durbin (D-Ill), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tom Udall (D-Colo), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Al Franken (D-Minn), Michael Bennet (D-Colo), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore).
“When a Senator is on the other end of the phone or email, a public servant’s duty must be to assist in whatever way he or she can,” Levin insisted. “These requests must be expedited, not impeded by excessive attention to rules and regulations. It was not Ms. Lerner’s job to insert her judgment as a barrier to carrying out the wishes of the people who vote on the appropriations to fund the agency she works for.”
In addition to the procedural arguments raised in defense of the IRS, Senator Levin pointed out that “substantively, the organizations flagged by the Senators were reasonably suspected of anti-government views and activities. It was the IRS’ patriotic duty to interdict these organizations in whatever way it could in order to help thwart their attempts to undermine the President and his loyal supporters.”
UN Defends Refusal to Evacuate Non-Combatants in Gaza
In its efforts to minimize collateral damage in its campaign against Hamas terrorists who were launching rocket attacks against Israeli civilians, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) asked UN “peace keepers” in Gaza to help Palestinian civilians evacuate the combat zone. The UN refused this request.
UN spokesperson Penelope Ironside explained that “the idea that civilians should be removed from the battle zone conflicted with the explicit strategy of one of the contending sides. For us to have assisted in their removal would have compromised the UN’s position as a neutral party.”
“The conflict between Israel and Hamas is asymmetrical,” Ironside added. “Hamas cannot effectively oppose the IDF in head-to-head combat. Embedding its weapons in the midst of Palestinian civilians impedes the IDF’s path. For us to have facilitated the removal of these persons would’ve been tantamount to taking sides.”
“Secondly, the whole notion that civilians are merely innocent bystanders is not accepted by Hamas,” Ironside continued. “What Israel insists are innocent victims of their rocket attacks, Hamas sees as legitimate targets. Jewish women and children are illegally occupying Palestinian lands. Maybe the Hamas rocket attacks will make them leave.”
Biden Says Hoarders Are Retarding Economy
Citing a paper released this week by the St. Louis Federal Reserve, Vice-President Joe Biden blamed American consumers for the sluggish economy.
“The government is doing everything it can to try to stimulate the economy,” Biden contended. “The federal government is spending every dollar it can get its hands on. The Federal Reserve is manufacturing new dollars at an unprecedented pace. But consumers are just sitting on their cash.”
“Hoarding cash makes no sense,” the Veep argued. “The dollar’s purchasing power is being diluted on a daily basis by government policies. Spending your dollars before they lose even more value is what you should do.”
Biden dismissed concerns that people might be saving out of fear of losing their jobs, saying that “there’s no need for anyone to provide their own safety net. In fact, depleting all your assets and means of subsistence makes you eligible for the maximum amount of public assistance.”
“If private hoarding continues the government may have to implement a more vigorous escheatment process in order to put these idle funds to better use,” Biden suggested. “I mean, if people are just sitting on inactive balances in savings accounts the government has the need and the right to seize these funds and inject them into the flow of commerce.”
NY Board of Elections Cracks Down on Unauthorized Speech
Concerned that “unelected persons might defame elected officials,” the New York Board of Elections has declared that no one may criticize a sitting officeholder without first forming a “political action committee.”
Executive Director Todd Valentine asserted that “the notion that everyone is free to say whatever they want about members of the government is a misunderstanding of the concept of freedom of speech. If you’re talking about or to another private citizen you can say whatever you want. But if you want to criticize the governor, mayor, or a member of the legislature or city council you need to file with us.”
Those who engage in criticisms without gaining prior approval from the Board may be fined up to $1,000 per offense. If, for example, you pass out 50 flyers opposing the reelection of your current senator—you’d be liable for a potential fine of $50,000.
Valentine was unconcerned that the regulations might discourage some citizens from participating in public debate. “People who are serious about politics will make the effort to register as a political action committee,” he contended. “Those not willing to take this minimal step have no business getting involved. The era of unregulated rogue commentaries is ended in this state. It’s the least we can do for those who govern us.”
In related news, the University of Minnesota student newspaper apologized “for any embarrassment we may have caused Senator Franken for attempting to schedule a debate between him and his Republican challenger Mike McFadden. Senator Franken has rightly pointed out that as the state’s US Senator he should not be forced to demean himself by debating a person who is merely a private citizen. We can only hope that Senator Franken will forgive our youthful indiscretion on this sensitive matter.”
Firm Punished for Verifying Employees’ Residency
The Department of Justice has fined Culinaire International $20,000 for asking a prospective hiree to provide proof of legal residence.
“Demanding that employees show proof of citizenship or legal residence in this country is discriminatory,” Attorney General Eric Holder asserted. “It explicitly contradicts the President’s expressed wishes that all applicants whether in this country legally or not be treated equal.”
Holder brushed aside state laws that penalize employers for not verifying residency status as irrelevant. “The possibility that a state may sanction an employer for not conducting such a verification is not my concern,” Holder said. “The fact is Culinare violated our Administration’s policies. We cannot allow that infraction to go unpunished.”
A Satirical Look at Recent News
John Semmens is a retired economist who has written a weekly political satire column for The Arizona Conservative since 2005. He says working on his satires is one of the ways he tries to honor the liberties that our nation’s Founding Fathers tried to protect.
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Republican Party leaders just met in Flagstaff and elect Navajo County Supervisor Sylvia Tenney Allen as their nominee to run for the Senate seat vacated by the late Chester Crandell.
Senator Crandall ran unopposed for re-election to his Arizona Senate seat, but died in a horse riding accident recently.
Allen is a past Arizona legislator with sterling conservative credentials who has served Arizona well in the past. And she’ll do so again. We expect her to win the November election and urge voters to give her the victory.
By Rob Haney, former Executive Director, Maricopa County Republican Party Executive Guidance Committee
It is highly unlikely that there will ever be another clean elections candidate for governor. In addition to the Herculean task of raising 5,000 $5 contributions to qualify for funding from the Clean Elections Commission, the amount that the candidate would receive is only $760,000.00. This amount of money is woefully inadequate when three of your opponents are spending 5 to 10 million dollars each.
There will usually be a conservative spoiler who will come into the race as an unlikely candidate. Frank Riggs was a late entry into the race. The former conservative California congressman moved to Arizona in 2002 and had been absent from the political scene for twelve years. He established neither name recognition or a political record in AZ, but his entry split the conservative vote. The united conservative front former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas had hoped to build was destroyed before it had a chance to develop.
Millionaires frequently attempt to buy an office for which by experience they are not qualified to hold. The “Go Daddy” executive Christine Jones was such a candidate. Through a multimillion dollar media blitz, she hoped to overwhelm her opponents and carry the vote. However, two other millionaires with political experience, Ducey and Smith, matched her spending, and she ended up in third place. She maintained she was a conservative, but her record belied her assertion. She was a fund raiser for McCain and was caught in numerous misrepresentations about her conservative credentials such as her claim that she prosecuted a case when she was actually only a law student.
It is extremely unlikely that a true conservative will ever defeat a Republican Establishment supported and funded candidate. The voters are not discerning enough to work their way through the Establishment generated media blitz. Only the small percentage of well informed conservatives know that Governor Brewer can not be trusted to carry the conservative flag. She has destroyed any legacy she might have had with them through her tax increases, her backing of Obama Care through Medicaid expansion, and her backing of the federal take over of education through her support of Common Core among other apostasies. But among the general populace, the support of a liberal media has her leaving office with a favorable legacy.
The Arizona Conservative has, since 2012, warned voters about the liberalism and the veracity of now State Senator Bob Worsley. Unfortunately, unprincipled Republicans voted him in anyway. We have constructed a debate between what Sen. Worsley’s campaign materials (website and ads) have claimed about his beliefs and his record, and our advocacy of conservative principles. The results of this cyber debate speak for themselves. Read with interest below:
BOB WORSLEY: For all the talk about limited government, our legislature passed 500 bills last session alone. That’s big government, not small government.
THE ARIZONA CONSERVATIVE: Americans for Prosperity Arizona Chapter rated you a “Friend of Big Government.” You are also using your government position to push your wife’s music program.
BOB WORSLEY: A vote for Bob Worsley is a vote for commonsense conservative leadership.
THE ARIZONA CONSERVATIVE: Pure unsubstantiated rhetoric. Your campaign website lists seven issues of importance to you. Not one of them has anything to do with conservatism, and you didn’t even mention a single social issue. It is typical of Democrat candidates not to list social issues as important to their campaigns. In a cowardly way, you voted for the religious freedom bill, SB1062, and then when homosexual pressure groups protested against it, you retracted your support of the bill and ran for the tall grass, where you found two fellow RINOs hiding there with you. Have you ever attended a pro-life rally in your life? Are you viewed as a Reagan Republican? No and no. When you were on the board of directors of United Families International, headquartered in your home town of Mesa, you questioned its championship of conservative values. We know conservatives and we know conservative leaders. We have associated with them for years. And you’re not one of them.
BOB WORSLEY: It was time to use conservative principles as solutions, not purity tests.
THE ARIZONA CONSERVATIVE: So, by including conservative principles and purity tests in the same breath, you admit you are not a pure conservative then. Like you, Mitt Romney is not a conservative, but he tried to claim you are conservative when he endorsed you. Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) oppose conservative principles and just demand we all get along. Politically, you are just another liberal “Republican,” or RINO.
BOB WORSLEY: Free markets, limited government, liberty; these are timeless principles that elevate and unite.
THE ARIZONA CONSERVATIVE: This statement is correct. It’s just that your walk doesn’t match your talk. You actually helped erode liberty by caving in to the demand that Governor Brewer veto the religious freedom bill. You eroded liberty by supporting an Obamacare exchange. And by legislating for big government, you remove freedom from your neighbors and your employees, not to mention every other citizen in Arizona. Big Government statist lawmakers hurt Arizona, hurt its culture, and hurt children, working people, families, and senior citizens.
BOB WORSLEY: There’s no reason partisan bickering should get in the way of serving our citizens’ best interests. … “Elevate Arizona” is a philosophy. A way of thinking. An attitude. It permeates everything I do. Its closest synonym would be “uplift.” It was born out of the troubled times of 2010 and 2011, when civility and decorum among our representation seemed dormant. We needed to repair our image and heal the scars of divisive politics.
THE ARIZONA CONSERVATIVE: You’re pretty good at bickering with those you oppose, and you are no authority on civility and decorum. You sound like someone else we all know who called for people to use reasoned words in political debate. But you, like President Barack Obama, do not put your money where your mouth is. You called conservatives “extremists.” You called Arizona a “police state.” That kind of description fits North Korea — not Arizona. You called conservatives “haters.” You judge self-righteously. For an alleged “conservative,” you sure are good are demonizing conservatives with poisonous, hateful rhetoric. That’s rank hypocrisy. You need to repair your image and heal the scars of the division you have created.
The Arizona Conservative will continue to comment on Sen. Worsley’s Big Government statism in the future. In the meantime, share this cyber debate with friends who may have supported Worsley, to educate them.
Arizona Legislative Races (100 percent of precincts reporting)
District 1: Longtime lawmaker Linda Gray loses out to Karen Fann and Noel Campell in House; Steve Pierce unopposed in Senate
District 2: Daniel Estrella unopposed in Senate; John Ackerley unopposed in House
District 4: Connie Uribe unopposed in Senate; Richard Hopkins unopposed in House
District 5: Kelli Ward unopposed in Senate; Sonny Borrelli and Regina Cobb win in House
District 6: The late Chester Crandall ran unopposed in Senate, though he died in a recent horse-riding accident; GOP Senate candidate TBD; Bob Thorpe and Brenda Barton won in House
District 8: Irene Littleton won Senate; Frank Pratt and T.J. Shope in House
District 9: Ethan Orr unopposed in House
District 10: Mark Morrison unopposed in Senate; Tod Clodfelter and William Wildish in House
District 11: Steve Smith in Senate; Vince Leach and Mark Finchem in House
District 12: Andy Biggs unopposed in Senate; Warren Peterson and Eddie Farnsworth in House
District 13: Don Shooter in Senate; Steve Montenegro and Darin Mitchell in House
District 14: Gail Griffin unopposed in Senate; David Gowan and David Stephens in House
District 15: Nancy Barto in Senate; Heather Carter and just nine 9 votes separate John Allen and David Smith, with Allen leading, in House
District 16: David Farnsworth wins in Senate; Kelly Townsend and Doug Coleman advance in House
District 17: Steve Yarbrough unopposed in Senate; Jeff Weninger and J.D. Mesnard in House
District 18: Jeff Dial in Senate; Jill Norgaard and Bob Robson in House
District 19: Sophia Johnson in House
District 20: Kimberly Yee unopposed in Senate; Paul Boyer and Anthony Kern in House
District 21: Debbie Lesko unopposed in Senate; Rick Gray and Tony Rivero in House
District 22: Judy Burges unopposed in Senate; David Livingtson and Phil Lovas in House
District 23: John Kavanaugh in Senate; Michelle Ugenti and Jay Lawrence
District 24: Bill Follette unopposed in Senate; Lei Lani Cortez unopposed in House
District 25: Bob Worsley in Senate; Justin Olson and Rusty Bowers in House
District 26: James Roy unopposed in House
District 28: Adam Driggs unopposed in Senate; Kate McGee and 7 votes separating Mary Hamway and Shawna Bolick with Hamway leading, in House
District 29: Crystal Nuttle unopposed in Senate; Aaron Borders unopposed in House
District 30: Gary Cox unopposed in Senate; John Lyon and Michael Gidwani in House
(1,516 of 1,566 precincts reporting)
Doug Ducey 36.3% Scott Smith 22% Christine Jones 16.2% Ken Bennett 12.1% Andy Thomas 8.5% Frank Riggs 4.5%
Mark Brnovich 53.7% Tom Horne 45.8%
Jeff DeWit 44.6% Hugh Hallman 32.8% Randy Pullen 22.4%
Secretary of State
Michele Reagan 43.5% Justin Pierce 34.4% Will Cardon 21.7%
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Diane Douglas 57.6% John Huppenthal (incumbent) 41.6%
Arizona Corporation Commission (Two Advance to General Election)
Doug Little 28.7% Tom Forese 28.6% Lucy Mason 23.6% Vernon Parker 18.7%
State Mining Inspector
Joe Hart 99.4%
Congress District 1
Andy Tobin leads Gary Kiehne by 470 votes
Congress District 2
Martha McSally has clinched victory, with a lead of more than 20,000 votes over Chuck Wooten
Congress District 3
Gabriela Saucedo Mercer has won the nomination
Congress District 4
Paul Gosar ran unopposed
Congress District 5
Matt Salmon ran unopposed
Congress District 6
David Schweikert ran unopposed
Congress District 8
Trent Franks has clinched victory
Congress District 9
Wendy Rogers has defeated Andrew Walter