Over the past few years, America has seen the face of elections change drastically. Unfortunately, some of these changes give unbalanced power to outside third party groups to dramatically and negatively impact the outcome of local elections. Exactly one week ago, I asked Congressman Flake to join me in a quest to keep the U.S. Senate primary race unfettered, unencumbered and balanced by attempting to eliminate the negative interference from Super PACs or other third party groups. I call this initiative the Arizona First Pledge.
The Arizona First Pledge offers common sense solutions that would hold both Congressman Flake and me accountable if any third party groups campaign on our behalf. It pledges that if any Super PAC or third party group interferes in this race, Congressman Flake or I must pay 50 percent of the total amount spent on our behalf by the third party to the charity of our opponent’s choice. It has been one week, and Congressman Flake has yet to respond. While I am still holding out faith that Jeff will put the voters of Arizona first over his Washington insider buddies, I encourage you to support this idea which protects Arizona voters. The election for our next U.S. Senator must be about the citizens of Arizona and their issues and not the interests of lobbyists, special interest Super PACs and Washington big money. Please join me in asking Congressman Flake why he won’t put Arizona voters first and sign the pledge. We have only a few months left in the primary race. It is time Jeff puts the Washington politics aside and focuses on Arizona.
Psychologists have a term for people who are terrified of working: ergophobia. And right now, it appears that Senate Democrats have a mean case of it. Moments before the chamber engaged in what appeared to be actual governing, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called it off. Just as Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) was piecing together a plan for fiscal year 2013, his party pulled the plug on the debate that had been scheduled for this week. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) didn’t know the plan had been scrapped until he was at his desk writing amendments to Conrad’s budget. That’s when he saw Sen. Reid on television declaring that the mark-up had been cancelled. He was followed by the Budget Chairman himself, who had the unenviable job of disavowing a process that he initiated. “This is the wrong time to vote on the floor,” Sen. Conrad told reporters after his run-in with Sen. Reid. “I don’t think we will be prepared to vote before the election.”
The GOP was stunned. After three years of failing to perform its single most important duty–passing a budget–the Senate was back on the path of financial sloth. “Chairman Conrad’s stunning announcement, forced on him by his party, is a defining moment in 2012 and a national embarrassment for a Senate majority that is unable to meet the great challenge of our time,” Sen. Sessions fumed. “They have forfeited their claim on leadership.” I suppose Senate liberals are concerned that if they actually pass a budget, they’ll have to stick to it. Not to mention that they’d prefer to keep their actual plan–an unpopular mix of raising taxes and spending–under wraps. “The leader doesn’t want the fingerprints of Senate Democrats on a budget,” Rich Lowry writes on NRO. “What possible upside is there in telling the public, in some detail” that your solution to America ‘s financial crisis is expanding government and hiking taxes?
And, to the Left’s great delight, they don’t need to pass a bill that raises taxes–they can wait until January 1 and let the calendar do it for them. That’s when the Bush cuts expire, and the country wakes up to the single biggest tax increase in U.S. history. The reality is, the President could use his leadership to muscle a budget through, but he seems to believe that it’s easier to do nothing and blame conservatives for the mess. Of course, one has to wonder what kind of campaign slogans the Left is planning after this debacle. “We do nothing better than the other guys?” Or, Jennifer Rubin’s idea, “Give us another chance to avoid doing our job?“
Jesse Kelly, who barely lost the Arizona Congressional District 8 race to Gabby Giffords two years ago, has won the Republican nomination in a special primary to replace the retired congresswoman. Kelly won 35 percent of the votes Tuesday to best three GOP opponents. He will run against Ron Barber, Democrat nominee, in the June 12 election for the right to serve out the remainder of Giffords’ term. Rep. Giffords retired this past winter because of the serious injury she received in the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting massacre in Tucson.
Here’s more on who Jesse Kelly is, taken from his website biography:
Kelly is an Iraq War veteran with a commitment to restoring the fundamental qualities that make America great. He and his wife have two boys.
Jesse works as a project manager for the family construction business in an enterprise that takes him across the southwest region of United States. In his managerial capacity, he accepts responsibility for completing multi-million dollar projects–on time and within budget. Through his work, he understands how to schedule and balance human resources, time, and money. He has also seen firsthand that Southern Arizona families struggle to keep food on the table in this stagnant economy. That must change.
Prior to joining the family business, Jesse served in the United States Marine Corps. During his four years in the military, he led a squad in the Mortar Section of the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was honorably discharged in 2004.
His run for congress embodies three principles: lowering taxes, strengthening the economy, and fostering a climate that allows businesses to grow, which in turn will provide more jobs for Arizona families.
Jesse and Aubrey Kelly live in Marana, Arizona, where they have chosen to raise their sons. The family attends Tucson’s Alive Christian Fellowship Church.
OBAMA SAID:It will help us close our deficit. (Obama speaking on the so-called ‘Buffett Rule, his proposed capital-gains-tax increase)
THE TRUTHAccording to the Congressional Budget Office, Obama’s Buffett Rule will raise $3.2 billion per year. That’s what the federal government currently borrows every 17 hours. So in 514 years (the year 2526) it will have raised enough additional revenue just to pay off the 2011 federal budget deficit. If the federal government confiscated the total wealth of the Forbes 400 richest Americans, it comes to $1.5 trillion, or less than the Obama budget deficit for a year.
I’ve done more for Israel’s security than any president ever.
Republicans are responsible for my jobs bill not passing
Democrats rejected Obama’s jobs bill
The fence between U.S. and Mexico is “Practically Complete”
Department of Homeland Security says fence 5 percent complete
The rich don’t pay their fair share.
The wealthiest 5 percent pay 58.66 percent of the taxes, and the top 10 percent pay 70.5 percent of the taxes (2009).
“Reform will also rein in the abuse and excess that nearly brought down our financial system. It will finally bring transparency to the kinds of complex, risky transactions that helped trigger the financial crisis.”
The law signed by President Obama exempts the SEC from disclosing records or information derived from “surveillance, risk assessments, or other regulatory and oversight activities.” Given that the SEC is a regulatory body, the provision covers almost every action by the agency, lawyers say. Congress and federal agencies can request information, but the public cannot.
The jobs bill is paid for.
There is no guarantee that programs that will increase annual deficits in the near term will be paid for in the long term.
Obama said he “will not rest” until the oil leaking from a ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was stopped.
In the next several days, Obama welcomed the college basketball champion to the White House; Obama and Biden posed for photos with the U.S. World Cup Soccer team; Obama traveled to Chicago; went golfing with Joe Biden; played golf again; and spent a weekend on Mount Desert Island.
We have run out of places in the US to drill for oil.
There is plenty of oil that we can get closer to our shores and on land, but Democrat lawmakers have pushed companies off the coast and into deeper waters making it more expensive and dangerous to harvest energy.
On Arizona Law 1070: Now suddenly if you don’t have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you can be harassed, that’s something that could potentially happen.
The Arizona law mirrors the federal law which is not being enforced. Obama is not suing the federal law.
“We began by passing a Recovery Act that has already saved or created over 150,000 jobs.”
This assertion is flawed on several levels. At the time of this statement, the U.S. had lost more than 1.2 million jobs since Obama took office, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even if Obama’s stimulus bill had actually saved or created as many jobs as he says, that number is dwarfed by the number of recent job losses.In Arizona’s 15th congressional district, 30 jobs have been “saved or created” with $761,420 in federal stimulus spending. At least that’s what the Web site set up by the Obama administration to track the $787 billion stimulus says. There’s one problem: there is no 15th congressional district in Arizona; the state has only eight districts. And ABC News found many more entries for projects like this in places that do not exist. Fraud and abuse of government spending associated with the Recovery Act are rampant.
Obama says he is a Christian and believes in “collective salvation.”
Salvation is not a “collective” act. Salvation is a personal act by individuals who separately declare faith in Jesus in Christ. There is no mention in the Bible one can only become a Christian unless someone else does also.
“We now have over $9 trillion of national debt we are gonna have to pay back. It’s irresponsible.”
Obama is responsible for $5 trillion of the national debt.
The health care debate will be covered live on C-SPAN.
The House and Senate created a law through private meetings without C-Span cameras, as promised.
The 2012 GOP budget plan will take health care away from Down syndrome children.
False. And 90 percent of Down syndrome preborn children in America are killed by abortionists. The abortion industry consistently contributes to the campaigns of Obama and Democrat candidates for office.
I will cut the deficit in half by end of my first term.
The deficit increased every year under Obama.
Under Obama’s government medical rationing law, he said no federal funds will be used for abortion.
There are no promises in the bill preventing federal funding of abortion.
“We have launched a housing plan that will help responsible families facing the threat of foreclosure lower their monthly payments and refinance their mortgages. It’s a plan that won’t help speculators or that neighbor down the street who bought a house he could never hope to afford, but it will help millions of Americans who are struggling with declining home values.”
The Obama administration has not come up with a way to ensure that the bailout money only goes to those who got into trouble.
I am not somebody who promotes same-sex marriage, but I do believe in civil unions.
The Windy City Times, a homosexual paper, reported Obama filled out a questionnaire in 1996 and said: “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”
Americans making less than $250,000 a year will receive a tax cut, Obama promised in 2008.
The first violation of this promise was the signing of the Tobacco Tax into law. The second violation came with the health care bill. Both raised taxes.
Obama is cancelling the Bush tax cuts — resulting in the largest tax increase in American history, January 1, 2013.
Obama denied a close relationship with Bill Ayers, a former terrorist.
From 1995-1999, Obama led an education foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), and remained on the board until 2001. The group poured more than $100 million into the hands of community organizers and radical education activists. The CAC was the brainchild of Bill Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground in the 1960s. As CAC chairman, Obama was lending moral and financial support to Ayers and his radical circle. Among other feats, Ayers and his cohorts had bombed the Pentagon, and he has never expressed regret for his actions. Obama’s first run for the Illinois State Senate was launched at a 1995 gathering at Ayers’s home. Ayers parents financed portions of Obama’s education.
Obama said he never heard controversial remarks by Rev. Jeremiah Wright in the church he attended for 20 years.
Obama did indeed know of Wright’s radical sermons and he fully endorsed them. Obama only separated himself from Wright after weeks of pressure and even then said that he didn’t know or hear any radical sermons while he attended the church. Wright also performed the wedding ceremony for Barack and Michelle Obama.
My father served in World War II.
This is a blatant lie.
Obama said he won the 2008 Michigan presidential primary.
Obama was not on the ballot in Michigan.
Obama was never associated with ACORN.
Obama funneled $800,000 to ACORN for their 2008 General Election operations and then lied about it. Obama organized Project Vote activities in Chicago, in 1992 and has trained ACORN operators.Obama as ACORN’s lawyer, sued Illinois in 1993, to weaken voter registration law.Obama as ACORN’s lawyer, sued Citibank in 1994 (Buycks-Roberson case, above), to force them into giving subprime loans to home buyers with poor credit ratings, setting the stage for the mortgage meltdown.Obama promised in 2007 to let ACORN and related groups “help us shape the agenda” of his presidency, by meeting with them after the Nov. 4 election. What is their agenda? “Helping low income people?” In some ways, at least temporarily, but see below.When Obama met with ACORN leaders while campaigning for president in 2008, he reminded them of his history with ACORN and his beginnings in Illinois as a Project Vote organizer, a nonprofit focused on voter rights and education. He said he knew personally the “work you do” and “I’ve been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career.”In 2011, The Obama Administration gave ACORN spinoff organizations $729,849.
Obama said he did not know Tony Rezko, a convicted felon..
After his election to the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama approached Tony Rezko, then under active federal investigation, as he sought a way to buy a house.
Under Obamacare, Medicaid will not be cut.
HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services testified that cuts to Medicaid would “jeopardize access” for millions of seniors.
Obama said he did not support a single-payer health insurance plan.
In a 2003 videotaped interview, Obama said: “I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care plan.”
Obama denied for months that the GOP had a health insurance reform plan.
Republicans offered numerous proposals. And Obama later backtracked and claimed he included many of the Republicans’ proposals in his own plan!
Domestic oil production is up under this administration.
The government’s director of the Bureau of Land Management, Bob Abbey, testified to Congress on this very point: Oil production is actually down 14 percent on federal property and down 17 percent offshore from a year ago.The Congressional Research Service report confirms this: In 2011, production on federal property declined by an average of 275,000 barrels per day.
“Ultimately, I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a (Obamacare) law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
The Supreme Court has invalidated more than 150 federal laws in part or in whole.
By John Semmens: Semi-News — A Satirical Look at Recent News
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) says she is confident she will regain the gavel when Democrats sweep the November elections.
“Just looking at the top of the ticket has to give every Democrat a sense of optimism,” Pelosi crowed. “On the GOP side we have Mitt Romney—a man who virtually imprisoned his own wife, kept her from seeking gainful employment and used her to breed five children—all sons, mind you. Are women going to vote for this kind of misogynist or are they going to appreciate that before he was president Senator Obama helped his wife get a $300,000 no-show job in addition to gifting her with two lovely daughters?”
“If the comparative life stories of the presidential candidates don’t sway female voters the policy differences ought to,” Pelosi argued. “Democrats have a long record of championing women’s rights. Republicans tout marriage and family as the foundation of our social structure. Democrats have freed women from this trap by ensuring that they can still have children without having to marry a man, that the financial support they need is there for the taking from the generosity of the government.”
“Free food, clothing, and shelter isn’t all we Democrats have given to women,” Pelosi went on. “Thanks to Secretary Sebelius, the government has now mandated free birth control for every woman. And President Obama has appointed two women to the Supreme Court. No other president has done that.”
Pelosi admitted to being buoyed by polls showing that Democrats are favored by 65% of female voters. “The path to government of, by, and for women is clear,” Pelosi said. “Voting for President Obama is a no-brainer. However, he can’t do it alone. We need Democratic majorities in Congress to ensure this transformation won’t be blocked. If women unite to vote their interests the Democratic Party will be running things from here on.”
In related news, according to official records, women on the White House staff are paid 18% less than men. This is okay, though, according to White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew because “most of the men have more years of experience. There’s also the issue of job performance. You can’t just make a gender to gender comparison and conclude that somebody’s getting unfair treatment.”
Ironically, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act passed by a Democratic majority Congress in 2009 requires exactly that comparison and conclusion. Whether this Act will be enforced in this instance is unknown.
Heroic Effort Saves Plant
Over $200,000 in federal stimulus funds were used to relocate one manzanita bush from a highway median in San Francisco. This feat was undertaken even though the normal practice is simply to bulldoze unwanted vegetation in the path of roadway expansion.
“Every life is precious,” explained Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) in whose district the expenditure was made. “Just because the same plant can be bought from a commercial nursery for under $20 doesn’t mean we should wantonly kill one merely because it is unwanted. Luckily, we were able to find it an adoptive home.”
The plant’s new home will be somewhere in San Francisco’s Presidio. It’s precise location is being kept secret to prevent gawkers who want to see the $200,000 bush from possibly trampling it to death.
While some may perceive that this escapade is another in a long list of wasteful government expenditures, Pelosi pointed out that “the $200,000 in spending helped support employment in my district, which is exactly what the stimulus bill was supposed to do.”
Abortion Lobby Assails Movie
The NARAL Pro-Choice America organization lashed out at the film “October Baby” for its message and methods.
“Movie-goers need to be aware that this film is out-of-step with mainstream America,” NARAL spokesperson Adora Slaughter contended. “It implies that carrying a baby to term is THE right choice. It conceals the fact that one-in-four pregnancies is terminated by abortion. The notion that one-in-four women might be making the wrong choice flies in the face of Secretary Sebelius’ determination that women have the right to make this choice and that insurers must cover it regardless of any psuedo conscientious objections.”
“On top of the film’s heavy-handed propaganda, the producers are donating a portion of the profits to fund crisis pregnancy centers,” Slaughter added. “Cleverly named so as to attract those whose pregnancies pose a problem, rather than helping these women dispose of the problem, these crisis centers seek to divert women’s choices toward the pro-life option.”
“So, here we have an unbalanced, one-sided message in the film that portrays the choice not to abort as somehow morally superior to a decision to terminate a pregnancy—despite the fact that protecting a woman’s right to choose has been the law of the land for nearly 40 years,” Slaughter complained. “Then the proceeds from ticket sales are dishonestly compounding the offense by covertly financing a point of view with which many theater patrons may disagree.”
NYC Mayor Says Common People Unqualified to Defend Selves
Using the Trayvon Martin shooting as a springboard, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg renewed his push for stronger gun control laws.
“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy we should at least come to grips with the fact that the average American cannot be trusted with firearms,” Bloomberg asserted. “I mean, if George Zimmerman weren’t carrying a gun would he have had the nerve to serve in the neighborhood watch? Probably not. But even if he did, isn’t it likely he would’ve kept his distance from a person he described as ‘suspicious?’”
As Bloomberg sees it, “we need to replace the antiquated and barbaric concept of ‘self-defense’ with a more civilized approach. Weapons should be restricted to trained professionals. If only the police had guns there’d be a lot fewer unwarranted shootings. Trayvon would still be alive and so probably would Zimmerman, albeit, perhaps a bit more battered and bloodied. After all, it’s not so easy to beat a person to death.”
Bloomberg dismissed charges of hypocrisy—he himself is accompanied by armed bodyguards wherever he goes—as “off target.” “I’m not saying that people don’t need protection,” Bloomberg said. “That’s what the police are for. If a person thinks he needs more protection than the police can provide he should be free to hire qualified professionals, as I have done for occasions when I’m not traveling with the bodyguards supplied by the City.”
In related news, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that President Obama will not be making further comments on the Trayvon Martin case. “The President has already made his views known,” Carney told reporters. “Now it is up to the Florida authorities to see to it that Zimmerman is appropriately punished. Attorney General Holder will be monitoring events to ensure that this happens.”
President and Billionaire Agree on Taxes
Both President Barack Obama and billionaire investor Warren Buffett agree that they both ought to be taxed more. Both currently have the option of paying more than they owe. However, both decline to do so.
“While it’s true that I, or any other taxpayer, for that matter, could voluntarily contribute more of his or her income to the government, that’s not the point,” the President insisted. “Voluntary contributions leave the discretion up to the individual. Whether a person paid more would be a matter of personal choice.”
“What I am trying to establish is the principle under law that certain people must be made to pay more,” Obama continued. “If Warren and I were to voluntarily fork over more money it would dilute the political pressure in support of a higher tax rate. If people see that rich guys willingly give more they may feel less enthusiastic about the need to force them to pay more.”
“When you come right down to it, we are fighting the misconception that whatever money a person may have is his to do with as he pleases,” the President added. “We are trying to build a new America where the good of the whole supersedes the interests of anarchic individualism. The notion that what one gives to society is optional contradicts our mission of transformation.”
Ease of Vote Fraud Fails to Faze Attorney General
Project Veritas’ demonstration of how easy it is to vote in someone else’s name failed to inspire concern at the Attorney General’s office. The demonstration involved sending a scruffy, young, white man to 61-year-old Eric Holder’s polling place to see if poll workers would give him Holder’s presidential primary ballot. Despite the young man’s lack of photo ID he was offered the ballot.
Holder called the demonstration “a stunt that doesn’t prove anything. No fraudulent vote was cast. The only harm that was done was to people’s confidence in the integrity of the ballot. Maintaining this confidence is the key to preserving civil order. If too many people start to doubt the legitimacy of elections we’re in for real trouble. Fortunately, Project Veritas has very little credibility with the reputable media.”
Arizona continues to have some of the worse corruption in America according to a recent national survey. We recently received a grade of D. After what’s just happened, we deserve an F. The reason is, Arizona after what happened yesterday has become Mexico. People in this community need to understand what happened yesterday when my law license was terminated. Let’s recap. Powerful politicians twice indicted for corruption have gone free. Others who blocked investigations and prosecutions retaliated against law enforcement and demolished county government to protect themselves escaped justice. Insiders who knew how the system works and how to work the system have had a field day. Honest prosecutors have been unjustly smeared and punished. The rule of law is no more in this county. We will never know all the corruption cases that aren’t filed and the criminals that go free because of what’s happened. But the chilling effect on prosecutors is clear: Public safety and clean government inevitably will suffer. They already have.
Look at all the corruption scandals that have happened recently in Arizona while the rule of law has basically been repealed in Maricopa County. We had the U.S. Attorney who resigned in disgrace. We had the criminal chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office plead the Fifth Amendment before Congress. You don’t see 50 front page stories about that. I have never pled the Fifth, I have answered every question under oath I’ve been asked. Tom Horne, people are aware of that investigation that has just begun. We have the firings after the court tower corruption scandal came out. We have the golf tournament scandal, which the Arizona Republic has reported. Now Don Stapley is enmeshed in an FDIC lawsuit which involves some of the original counts we first filed against him.
And consider this, and this is extremely important: In the Fiesta Bowl scandal, not one politician has been charged. They charged all the employees, but not one politician. Not Grant Woods, not Gary Husk, who is a politico. And the reason is the chilling effect of what has happened in the case that came to fruition yesterday. We now have a constitutional crisis as prosecutors and members of the executive branch are being targeted by the judiciary and other branches for blowing the whistle on corruption and misconduct in the judiciary. That is essentially what has happened to me. As county attorney, I took on many powerful special interests and corrupt individuals who retaliated with a witchhunt targeting my law license. Unless we want Arizona to become as corrupt as Mexico, the people of Arizona must take back their government. At this point, only the people of Arizona can make things right.
I will soon announce an effort to seek voter approval for reforms to fight corruption and improve our government. I will have more to say in my forthcoming book as well. I wish to thank the Republican Party and many others for their public support. This fight now shifts to the court of public opinion, a fair court.
FOLLOW-UP RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS
The Supervisors fired my first two sets of attorneys, then refused to fully fund my third set. The presiding judge who made the decision to disbar me should have recused himself, since he had ruled against me in a prior matter. It is not that we didn’t have evidence in the racketeering complaint, the judicial panel did not want the believe the evidence because it implicates senior judges and other friends of the Board of Supervisors. The evidence is there according to prominent seasoned lawyers in my office and elsewhere. Robert Driscoll is a prominent lawyer with the Justice Department. I had the senior charging attorney in my office say they committed crimes. I had another senior prosecutor who said so. She said she was joking later on the stand, but I don’t know what kind of person jokes about charging an innocent person with a crime. Those are facts. We had Bob Barr, who is former US Attorney, he thought there was probable cause to charge Judge Donahoe. And a detective from the County Attorney’s Office in a response to a direct question from Judge O’Neill, said that he thought there was probable cause. So Judge O’Neill was impeached by his own question!
I’ve not been contacted by the FBI. Everybody in that room ultimately concluded that there was probable cause to charge Judge Donahoe, and that’s what you do in law enforcement, you discuss whether or not you have charges. So for me to go to law enforcement professionals to decide whether to charge someone with a crime is a conspiracy? Then there are 40,000 conspiracies a year in this county because there are 40,000 felony cases. It’s absurd.
Some of the other county attorneys around the state were embarrassed by what came out. The Yavapai County Attorney’s Office couldn’t find the guts to prosecute these cases.
We’ve reached a point where prosecutors can’t do their job without fear of being second-guessed and having criminal investigations dropped every time you call Washington. As a result of what happened yesterday, our system of justice has been destroyed. There will no longer be candid conversations about the strengths and weaknesses of controversial cases in prosecutors’ offices. You’ll have prosecutors who will be afraid to bring charges against people who can reach out and touch them in courts and the State Bar.
Other men far greater than I have gone to jail in defense of principles they believed in; they would not cowtow to corruption. People like Gandhi, people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., people like Solzhenitsyn, people like Thomas Moore. They stood for something. There are some things worth fighting for. And somebody has to clean up this town. And I’m going to stand firm.
Regarding the perjury charge against me, that is one of the most outrageous assertions. I didn’t even know that level of detail in the case. We have a State Bar and judiciary who are very angry about corruption in their ranks being exposed. Lawyers in the state are afraid of them, so I brought in experts from outside of the state, Bob Barr, Bob Driscoll.
I’ve stated my case. I did my job. A lot of powerful people didn’t like that. And they got even. But the loser is the people of Arizona. And that’s why I’m going back to the people. This is not going to be settled by the Supreme Court of Arizona or any court, it’s going to be settled by the people of Arizona, and I’m going to go to the people of Arizona and seek reforms. Finally we can deal with the corruption in this state.
By Cathi Herrod, President Center for Arizona Policy
It has been a big day for pro-life legislation at the Capitol today. A number of Center for Arizona Policy-supported bills were passed by the Legislature.
The highlight of the day was when the state House passed HB 2036 by a 37-22-1 vote. This bill, called “The Mother’s Health and Safety Act”:
Prohibits abortion after 20 weeks because of the safety risks to the mother and the pain endured by the preborn child.
Ensures women have an ultrasound at least 24 hours prior to an abortion.
Establishes an informed consent website which details the facts about fetal development, risks of abortion, and services available.
Requires doctors performing surgical abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility.
This bill will now be transmitted to Governor Brewer for her signature. She has until Monday to sign the bill.
It is imperative the governor hears from you to support this bill! Take one minute to send her a quick message supporting HB 2036 and thanking her for her strong pro-life track record.
A number of other pro-life, pro-family bills were passed by the Arizona Legislature this week:
HB 2627 — removes abortion providers from the list of organizations that can qualify for the Working Poor Tax Credit. This bill is also on its way to Gov. Brewer for her signature.
SB 1359 — prohibits so-called “wrongful life” lawsuits against medical professionals for misdiagnosing or not diagnosing a birth defect of a preborn child, which, if known, would have led to the child being aborted. This bill passed the House and is awaiting a final vote in the Senate before heading to Gov. Brewer.
SB 1009 — requires that schools present childbirth and adoption as the preferable alternative over abortion. This bill is heading to Gov. Brewer for her signature as well.
HB 2774 — affirms the religious liberty of churches by clarifying the statutes that exempt churches from property taxes. This bill has passed the Senate and is heading back to the House for a final vote before going to the governor’s desk.
In the wake of a lawsuit filed by Alliance Defense Fund attorneys, Maricopa Community College officials have made policy changes to respect the free speech rights of visitors to the Arizona system’s campuses.
The ADF lawsuit, filed in December 2011 on behalf of Mesa resident Ryan Arneson, argued that charging fees, requiring an insurance payment, and demanding a two-week advance notice is unconstitutional. The policy changes led to a settlement in which the college district will also pay Arneson’s attorneys’ fees.
“Free speech can’t come with a price tag and a burdensome waiting period,” said ADF Litigation Staff Counsel Jonathan Scruggs. “Maricopa Community Colleges has done the right thing in changing its policy so that it respects free speech rights protected by the First Amendment. Christians visiting public college campuses shouldn’t be deterred from expressing their beliefs because of cumbersome, unconstitutional policies.”
The lawsuit came about after Arneson was unable to express his Christian beliefs on the campus of South Mountain Community College because of the college system’s burdensome requirements. ADF attorneys originally wrote to MCC officials about the problem in May of last year.
At the beginning of 2010, Arneson inquired of an official at South Mountain Community College as to what he must do in order to peacefully share his faith on campus by handing out literature and speaking with willing passers-by as he had done in two previous years without incident. Unlike in previous years, the official instructed Arneson to abide by the college’s solicitation policy even though he is only an individual wishing to engage in individual expression.
The policy required private individuals and groups alike to pay a minimum $50 fee, pay for insurance, and submit a request form and proof of insurance 14 days prior to visiting campus. The revised policy drops those requirements and now only requires two days notice prior to visiting a campus.
Chris Stovall of Phoenix, one of nearly 2,100 attorneys in the ADF alliance, served as local counsel in the lawsuit, Arneson v. Maricopa Community College District, filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.