ACLJ Takes Action Against Gilbert School

The American Center for Law and Justice took action in Arizona, sending a legal letter to an Arizona school district on behalf of our clients, providing our perspective on what the state’s constitution and laws require: “absolutely free” education and classroom access.

As we’ve told you, the ACLJ recently launched a new initiative to support and expand school choice and advance educational justice for all children. We must ensure that kids are not shortchanged out of educational opportunities due to the current health crisis.

With many schools remaining shuttered for the time being, the additional burden of at-home, virtual learning has been dropped squarely on parents’ shoulders. Households where mom and dad both work, or single parent families, are desperately trying to figure out how they’re going to juggle the two highest priorities in their lives – caring for their children and working to support them – simultaneously.

We’re trying to help them find solutions to care for their kids and provide them with adequate educational opportunities. What we didn’t anticipate was some public schools telling parents that while it’s not safe for their children to return to school due to the Coronavirus, they can come to the SAME BUILDINGS as a “childcare” center . . . for an additional fee.

Public schools in Arizona are doing just that. Multiple school districts in the state, including the Gilbert Public Schools (GPS) – made up of 39 individual schools from Kindergarten through High School – have notified parents that schools will not be opening as planned this fall, and their children must participate in virtual learning until on-campus learning is cleared to resume.

However, they are offering a temporary daily “childcare” service for students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade, held inside 9 of the district’s elementary schools, for a cost of $160 per child for the week.

That’s right: schools that have been deemed unsafe for students and teachers to attend for normal taxpayer-funded classes are somehow perfectly fine for childcare if you pay extra. If a family has three children, that’s nearly $500 out of pocket for one week, on top of the taxes they’re already paying that support these schools. And based on the last few months, it seems very likely the closures will continue to be extended, as will those fees.

But there’s even more to it than that.

The “GPS Childcare” program will occur in the Gilbert Public Schools classrooms, will have a “curriculum,” and will have “online coursework completion and support.” Whatever you call this – and we think it sure sounds like “school” or “education” – the net result on parents is the same:  they must pay for their child to have classroom access on school premises during school hours.

It’s not fair. And as we explain in our letter, it may even violate the Arizona constitution and statutory requirements.

Parents rely on schools to not only teach their children and give them access to necessary tools like computers and Internet access, but also to provide a safe place for them during the day. These Arizona schools know that, and we’re urging them to eliminate or reduce the fee for providing this critical service.

The ACLJ has already been contacted by over 1,300 individual families around the country for assistance as the new school year rapidly approaches. We are working to represent families, free of charge, to ensure that students are not left behind and that parents are given educational options – especially during this pandemic.

We are not demanding schools be reopened. If there’s a real danger, then they must remain closed until it is safe. However, our legal team is working with individual families to determine their needs going into the school year, and we will be reaching out to school districts and local governments – just like we did today – urging them to make accommodations. Our tax money goes to pay for these schools, for teachers’ salaries, for special education programs, for essential equipment like computers, laptops, and tablets, as well as Internet connectivity – things many American homes do not have. And countless children rely on the food service provided by their schools.

What we see happening in Arizona, offering those families childcare (or online education in the classroom) at an additional price, is unacceptable. Using the resources available to offer childcare during this tough time is one thing. But to take the people’s tax dollars, not provide the intended service, AND then demand more money to provide an alternative service is just plain wrong. It should stop immediately. Our legal team is reviewing the situation and will be prepared to take further legal action if necessary.

This moment in history requires creative solutions on everyone’s part. We’re having to think outside of the box as lawyers, but I also think school districts need to be thinking outside of the box as well.

We’re simply stating the obvious: if school districts are unable to provide traditional public education because of the pandemic, then they need to come up with creative alternatives (not charge more money) to help ensure that students come first and that parents have educational options and the resources they need to provide the best education for their children. At the end of the day, that’s what we should all want, what’s best for our children; and parents are the ones who are best equipped to make those decisions.

We applaud Gilbert Public Schools’ efforts to provide a solution. We just want to work with them to provide this kind of solution free of charge.

That’s at the heart of school choice, and it is something for which the ACLJ will continue to fight – for greater options for parents of students until every child has equal access to a quality education.

UPDATE 08.02.2020: The ACLJ has just sent a legal letter representing a second client to the same Arizona school district regarding this matter. We are calling for a response by Monday, August 3rd.

UPDATE 08.03.2020: The ACLJ just sent a third legal letter to the Gilbert Public Schools Superintendent, and now a letter to the entire school board, representing our clients. We have again requested a response by Monday, August 3rd ensuring that our clients’ children will not be charged extra to have classroom access during normal school hours.

UPDATE 08.04.2020: The ACLJ continues to negotiate with GPS on behalf of our clients. Today, we sent GPS’s attorney a letter in the hopes of resolving the issues so that our clients’ children may access the GPS classrooms free of charge during school hours for help with their online coursework.

McSally for Senate Campaign Challenges Mark Kelly to 7 Debates

Today the McSally for Senate campaign announced it would challenge Mark Kelly to seven general election debates.

“Now, more than ever before, it is important that Arizonans hear directly from the candidates running to represent them in the Senate,” said Senator Martha McSally. “Unfortunately, my opponent has largely refused to take hard questions and tell voters where he stands on the important issues that affect them. While he uses his Chuck Schumer-funded campaign account to run ads claiming to be an independent voice, Mark Kelly would be another trojan horse for the most radical Left policies that have now become mainstream in the Democrat Party. Arizonans deserve answers, and so I am challenging Mark Kelly to show up and accept each of these debates.”

DEBATE CHALLENGE:

  • The proposed debate plan includes 3 debates hosted in Phoenix and Tucson by The Arizona Republic, Arizona PBS and The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, KJZZ, and Arizona Public Media.
  • Another three Arizona debates would focus on and be hosted in the state’s rural communities: Yavapai, Yuma, and the Navajo Nation.
  • Because Arizona’s Senate race is expected to decide control of the Senate, we propose a national debate hosted by a national network and media outlet.
  • Due to Arizona’s early voting calendar, the first debate should occur no later than the second week of September.

The formal debate challenge will be accompanied by a social media campaign highlighting why Mark Kelly will avoid debates. CLICK HERE to watch “Missing Mark.”

Here are just some of the reasons Mark Kelly might be hiding:

  • Mark Kelly refuses to answer why he ripped off Arizonans by taking $15 million from taxpayers and, instead of hiring the hundreds of workers promised, laid people off instead. (Tucson Sentinel, 2/21/19; KGUN, 2/15/19)
  • Mark Kelly courted investment from Tencent, which is tied to the Chinese government, to start his business—a move that experts warn jeopardizes our national security. (RealClearPolitics, 7/9/20)
  • Mark Kelly has supported far-left positions, and even said would have voted for self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders. (AZ Family, 2/14/20)

2020 Arizona Primary Election Results

Republican Martha McSally easily defeated Daniel McCarthy Tuesday, claiming 76 percent of the votes cast. Just 49 percent of the votes are in, but this race is mathematically over. She will face off against leftist Mark Kelly, who was unopposed in the primary, in November’s general election.

In Congressional District 1, Tiffany Shedd is leading Nolan Reidhead by 10,347 votes. The winner will challenge incumbent leftist Tom O’Halleran, who has a comfortable lead over a challenger, in November. This seat would be a huge pick-up for the GOP in its attempt to restore order to the U.S. House of Representatives, currently misguided by Nancy Pelosi.

In Congressional District 2, Republican Brandon Martin leads Noran Eric Ruden by 6,131 votes.

Republicans running unopposed were Daniel Wood in CD 3, inncumbent Andy Biggs in CD 5, incumbent David Schweikert in CD 6, Joshua Barnett in CD 7 and incumbent Debbie Lesko in CD 8.

Incumbent Paul Gosar holds a commanding lead of 27,000 votes over Ann Marie War in Congressional District 4.

Dave Giles is up by nearly 14,000 votes on Sam Huang in CD 9.

State Senate

Long-time conservative legislator Sylvia Allen is in danger of losing the District 6 race to Wendy Rogers, who leads her by 4,754 votes.

In the District 15 Senate race, long-time lawmaker Nancy Barto is clinging to a lead of 935 votes over Heather Carter.

In Senate District 22, David Livingston is on his way to victory over Nguyen with a huge lead.

Michelle Ugenti-Ria is beating Alexander Kolodin by nearly 8,000 votes in District 23.

State House

Republican leaders include:

Quang Nguyen and Judy Burges in District 1.

Regina Cobb and Leo Biasiucci in District 5.

Walter Blackman and Brenda Barton in District 6.

Jim Parks and David Peelman in D7.

David Cook and Neal Carter (by 30 votes over Frank Pratt) in D8.

Michael Hicks and Mabelle Gummere in D10.

Mark Finchem and Bret Roberts in D11.

Travis Grantham and Jake Hoffman in D12.

Tim Dunn and Joanne Osborne (by 448 votes over Steve Montenegro) in D13.

Gail Griffin and Becky Nutt in D14.

Steve Kaiser and Jacob Wilmeth in D15.

Jacqueline Parker and John Fillmore in D16.

Jeff Wenninger and Liz Harris in D17.

Anthony Kern and Shawna Bolick in D20.

Kevin Payne (+2 votes) and Beverly Pingerelli in D21.

Frank Carroll (+158) and Ben Toma in D22.

John Kavanaugh and Joseph Chaplik in D23.

Rusty Bowers and Michelle Udall in D25.

Bill Loughrige and Marcus Siffuentes in D26.

Ken Bowers and Jana Jackson in D28.

Billy Bragg and Helen Fokszanskyj-Conti in D29.

President Trump’s Unparalleled Achievements

  • Almost 4 million jobs created since election.
  • More Americans are now employed than ever recorded before in our history.
  • We have created more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since my election.
  • Manufacturing jobs growing at the fastest rate in more than THREE DECADES.
  • Economic growth last quarter hit 4.2 percent.
  • New unemployment claims recently hit a 49-year low.
  • Median household income has hit highest level ever recorded.
  • African-American unemployment has recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Hispanic-American unemployment is at the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Asian-American unemployment recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Women’s unemployment recently reached the lowest rate in 65 years.
  • Youth unemployment has recently hit the lowest rate in nearly half a century.
  • Lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for Americans without a high school diploma.
  • Under my Administration, veterans’ unemployment recently reached its lowest rate in nearly 20 years.
  • Almost 3.9 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps since the election.
  • The Pledge to America’s Workers has resulted in employers committing to train more than 4 million Americans. We are committed to VOCATIONAL education.
  • 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future—the highest ever.
  • Retail sales surged last month, up another 6 percent over last year.
  • Signed the biggest package of tax cuts and reforms in history. After tax cuts, over $300 billion poured back in to the U.S. in the first quarter alone.
  • As a result of our tax bill, small businesses will have the lowest top marginal tax rate in more than 80 years.
  • Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
  • Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.
  • Opened ANWR and approved Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.
  • Record number of regulations eliminated.
  • Enacted regulatory relief for community banks and credit unions.
  • Obamacare individual mandate penalty GONE.
  • My Administration is providing more affordable healthcare options for Americans through association health plans and short-term duration plans.
  • Last month, the FDA approved more affordable generic drugs than ever before in history. And thanks to our efforts, many drug companies are freezing or reversing planned price increases.
  • We reformed the Medicare program to stop hospitals from overcharging low-income seniors on their drugs—saving seniors hundreds of millions of dollars this year alone.
  • Signed Right-To-Try legislation.
  • Secured $6 billion in NEW funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
  • We have reduced high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent during my first year in office.
  • Signed VA Choice Act and VA Accountability Act, expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.
  • Increased our coal exports by 60 percent; U.S. oil production recently reached all-time high.
  • United States is a net natural gas exporter for the first time since 1957.
  • Withdrew the United States from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord.
  • Cancelled the illegal, anti-coal, so-called Clean Power Plan.
  • Secured record $700 billion in military funding; $716 billion next year.
  • NATO allies are spending $69 billion more on defense since 2016.
  • Process has begun to make the Space Force the 6th branch of the Armed Forces.
  • Confirmed more circuit court judges than any other new administration.
  • Confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
  • Withdrew from the horrible, one-sided Iran Deal.
  • Moved U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
  • Protecting Americans from terrorists with the Travel Ban, upheld by Supreme Court.
  • Issued Executive Order to keep open Guantanamo Bay.
  • Concluded a historic U.S.-Mexico Trade Deal to replace NAFTA. And negotiations with Canada are underway as we speak.
  • Reached a breakthrough agreement with the E.U. to increase U.S. exports.
  • Imposed tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum to protect our national security.
  • Imposed tariffs on China in response to China’s forced technology transfer, intellectual property theft, and their chronically abusive trade practices.
  • Net exports are on track to increase by $59 billion this year.
  • Improved vetting and screening for refugees, and switched focus to overseas resettlement.
  • We have begun BUILDING THE WALL. Republicans want STRONG BORDERS and NO CRIME. Democrats want OPEN BORDERS which equals MASSIVE CRIME, including drug smuggling and human trafficking.

Unprecedented Judicial Nominations

In his first three years in office, Trump had successfully appointed a record 50 judges to the U.S. circuit courts of appeals. For comparison purposes, by the same point in their first terms, President Obama had appointed just 19 and President Bush 26.

With the cooperation of the Republican Senate, Trump also pushed the judges through far faster than his predecessors. After three years in office, Trump had already set a modern record for the appointment of appeals court judges.

Trump’s judicial juggernaut could not have succeeded without the cooperation of a Republican Senate majority. Mitch McConnell not only held open the Scalia seat in Obama’s last year and eliminated the Senate filibuster for Supreme Court nominees, but he also made the confirmation of appellate judges a Senate priority.

By the end of three years in office, Trump and McConnell had confirmed enough federal appeals judges to ensure that Republican presidents had appointed a bare majority of all federal appeals judges in the nation.

The 11th Circuit has 12 judges, seven of whom were appointed by Republican presidents after Lagoa’s confirmation on Wednesday. That count now includes five Trump appointees.

“This success – along with the record number of federal appellate judges President Trump has appointed to date – is a testament to the tangible impact the president has had in reshaping the federal judiciary with constitutionalist judges who are committed to the rule of law,” Carrie Severino, the chief counsel and policy director at the conservative Judicial Crisis Network, said in a tweet about Lagoa’s confirmation.

Trump has now named 10 judges to the 9th Circuit — more than one-third of its active judges — compared with seven appointed by President Obama over eight years.

“Trump has effectively flipped the circuit,” said 9th Circuit Judge Milan D. Smith Jr., an appointee of President George W. Bush.

If Trump were to win reelection, he would probably succeed in flipping most, if not all, appellate courts to conservative control.

Trump’s success with judicial appointments came about through the normal constitutional process. He may have chosen younger, more conservative judges. But here he followed closely the example set by President Reagan.

Reagan and Trump have been the two greatest American presidents in the past century-plus.

Seattle Mayor Blames Trump for Continuing Violence

By John Semmens — Semi-News — A Satirical Look at Recent News

Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) blamed President Trump for the bombing of the Police Department’s East Precinct, saying that “his demand for law and order is provoking these attacks. As every parent of a balky teenager knows the best way to get the behavior you don’t want is to forbid it. If you ignore it they will lose interest because the rush that comes from disobedience is gone.”

The mayor contrasted Trump’s lack of understanding with “the enlightened views of our City Council. We know our City. Our plan to abolish the police department is in line with how the people of Seattle want to live. But for this plan to work the threat of federal intervention must be ended. Once it is clear to protesters that there is no opposition to their authority they will realize that there is no longer any need for violence. They will be able to do whatever they want whenever they want without having to fear reprisals and the summer of love that we all hoped for can be achieved.”

Meanwhile, Seattle Police Sgt. James Lee reports that a van seized from the mob by city police outside the bombed precinct contained explosives, baseball bats, stun guns, bear and pepper spray, makeshift spike strips and gas masks. In all, 59 police officers were injured in the attack on the precinct, a nearby construction site, and a Starbucks coffee shop.

Durkan urged that “we not overlook the fact that this was a mostly peaceful protest. None of the police officers were killed. The precinct building wasn’t burned down. While the Starbucks was burned down, there are still many other coffee shops. The wrecked construction trailers can easily be replaced. Remember, 99% of the rest of the city was unscathed by these events. If we had been able to disband the police force ahead of this episode 100% of the city could have been left unscathed.”

Dejected Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best warned that “it appears that we truly are reaching the point of just sitting back and letting it burn. We can only hope that the innocent and the law-abiding can find a way to safely get out.” Alarmed by what this might do to city tax collections, the city council is said to be exploring measures to block any exodus of residents. Two of the most popular ideas are an embargo on all real estate property transfers and a simple confiscation without compensation of all private property.

In other “mostly peaceful” news, Andrew Duncomb was stabbed in the back while videoing a mob attempting to burn down the federal courthouse in Portland. Ellen Rosenblum, the Oregon Democrat Attorney General, blamed Trump and Duncomb for this crime. “First of all, if Trump’s federal goons weren’t there to oppose the mostly peaceful protesters there wouldn’t have been an opportunity for Duncomb to video anything. The courthouse could have been liberated or burned down as the protesters saw fit without anyone having to get hurt. Second, if Duncomb wasn’t there he wouldn’t have been within stabbing distance. And since he didn’t die, I’d have to classify the incident as mostly peaceful.”

China Tightens Screws on Hong Kong

The communist government of China took steps to increase its control over the residents of Hong Kong. First, it was announced that the United Kingdom passports held by an estimated three million residents will no longer be honored. Second, 12 pro-democracy candidates were removed from the ballot in the upcoming election.

Chinese ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming explained that “under our laws all resources belong to the collective. This includes the people. No one has the right to subtract himself from the collective without the permission of the governing authorities. The United Kingdom’s offer of refuge to persons trying to escape from their obligations to the collective is an act of piracy. By invalidating UK passports held by Chinese subjects we are merely defending our own property from thieves.”

Liu also defended the disqualification of the pro-democracy candidates, saying “democracy is a delusion imported from the decadent capitalistic nations. Only those who support the central government can be permitted to run in our elections. To do otherwise would encourage disharmony within the collective. This can never be allowed. Only persons who conform to the state’s positions and policies can be trusted to participate in our elections.”

Dems Berate Witness

After calling on Attorney General William Barr to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, Democrats unloosed a barrage of insults and accusations and refused to allow the witness to answer questions. The farce followed a repetitive pattern as each Democrat on the Committee would pose a loaded question, Barr would start to answer but be interrupted after a few seconds by the questioner’s shouts of “reclaiming my time.”

Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) defended the protocol, insisting that “a lying snake like Barr must never be given the chance to use a public forum to say things we don’t want to hear. We invited him here to confess to his crimes against America, not to listen to any professions of innocence. In this regard, I thought Rep. Jayapal’s query as to whether he has stopped violating the Constitution should have elicited a simple yes or no response. As soon as Barr deviated from that expectation we needed to cut him off and proceed to the next question.”

Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) asserted that “Barr’s attempts to talk while we were trying to reclaim our time were disrespectful, sexist, and racist. As a woman, I am tired of being interrupted. It’s my turn to interrupt. It’s sexist of Barr to not immediately shut up when he hears me say ‘reclaiming my time.’ I also noticed that none of the aides he brought with him were people-of-color. A public official’s staff should have the appropriate balance of persons by race and sexual identity. If it doesn’t that’s also racist and sexist.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cailf) was not at the hearing, nevertheless, she still characterized Barr’s behavior as “despicable. His snide question ‘since when is it OK to burn down a federal court?’ revealed his contempt for every Democrat in the room. How can there be any doubt that this man belongs in prison?”

Since one of the contentions of the Democrats badgering Barr was that President Trump has been unfairly interfering with “mostly peaceful” protests, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) showed a video of some of the violence taking place in several Democrat-run cities. This was juxtaposed against a stream of media talking heads using the phrase “mostly peaceful.” CNN’s Jake Tapper called on Jordan “to apologize for muddling our meme. It is not easy convincing viewers to not believe their own eyes. Many of us at CNN have been working long and hard to try to achieve this. Jordan’s exposé undermines a lot of this effort. He should be ashamed.”

Pelosi Alleges GOP Disdain for Working People

Frustrated by Republican opposition to the continuation of the coronavirus stimulation package provision that added a $600/week supplement to normal unemployment compensation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that “Republicans have disdain toward working people. They argue that when combined with the usual unemployment benefits the added $600 makes staying unemployed more remunerative than going back to work for many of our lower-wage employees. Well, duh. Who wouldn’t prefer leisure to work, especially if it comes with a bigger income.”

“Republicans act as if the 30 million currently unemployed is a bad thing,” the Speaker went on. “We call it a good first step toward the transformation of this country from capitalistic wage-slavery to socialistic redistribution of wealth. We’ve seen that with the generous unemployment benefits we’ve been providing over the last three months that tens of millions of former workers have been able to spend more time with their families doing fun stuff instead of having to work. We think this should be continued and expanded. Right now there are 125 million Americans still locked in wage-slavery. We should be fighting to free all of them.”

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wy) says “the speaker is living on Fantasy Island. Her $3.4 trillion COVID relief bill includes bailouts to state pension plans, payoffs to her political cronies, direct checks to illegal immigrants, and tax relief for a blue state bailout for high earners in California and New York. It will bankrupt the country and wreck our economy. If we’re going to have goods and services someone has to work to produce and provide them. Her notion that everyone can live off government checks is fiscal idiocy.”

Pelosi dismissed Barrasso’s contentions that the path she wants the country to take is financially impossible. “What our Republican opponents are concealing from voters is the government’s power to create as much money as needed,” she said. “Forcing anyone to work when the government can simply print enough money for everyone to live a life of leisure is just cruel. We think voters will see this and sweep the GOP out of the White House and Congress in the November elections.”

New York Dolts Wrangle Over Crime

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) blamed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) for the crime wave inundating his city. Just this past week shootings were up by 176 percent over the same week in 2019. Cuomo called this “intolerable” and pointed to de Blasio’s release of 1500 inmates from the Rikers Island jail as “the primary cause. Of those released, 13 percent were almost immediately re-arrested. This included seven people for gun charges and one for murder.”

The Mayor stood by his decision to release the inmates, calling it “an act of mercy aiming at saving the lives of men who might otherwise have died from COVID.” He went on to suggest that “it was the new state law requiring the release of those accused of crimes if they can’t afford to pay bail. Many of these released suspects went on to immediately commit other crimes.”

The Governor denied any responsibility and pointed out that “there’s a very real difference here. The state’s new no bail law merely frees persons accused, but not yet convicted of crimes. Under our system a person is innocent until proven guilty. It is unfair to let a person who can afford bail to go free, but not a person who can’t afford it. What the Mayor has done is release persons already convicted of crimes. Clearly, these are worse people than those who are not yet proven guilty.”

Both men agreed, though, that President Trump’s offer to send law enforcement assistance is unacceptable. “Bill may be a fool, but he is a fellow New Yorker,” Cuomo said. “And we New Yorkers stick together no matter what.” De Blasio generally concurred with Cuomo, averring that “Andy has always been an ass, but he’s a Democrat and I will stand by him rather than let Trump meddle in my City.”

Biden Team Sets Interview Rules

Campaign manager Greg Schultz says Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden “will be giving more interviews and participating in debates, but only under certain conditions. These conditions include submitting all intended questions in advance. We will review these to determine which ones deserve a reply. For those that do we will prepare notes that Joe can use to identify which person to call on during the broadcast portion of the interviews and what answer he should give.”

Schultz said a similar procedure will apply to any debates between the candidates: “the questions will be supplied in advance. Inappropriate questions will be stricken. Joe will be given written answers by our staff and coached on how to deliver them. If during the course of the debate his opponent should ask him a question, Joe will have the option of calling a friend or polling the audience for help with his answer. If his answer is deemed correct by the moderator his opponent will be required to donate $1 million to Joe’s favorite charity, which happens to be the Hunter Biden financial empire. Finally, if Joe survives the event, the moderators will declare him the winner and the media will be expected to confirm this judgment.”

Despite the claimed openness to interviews, the Biden campaign declined an invitation from Fox News’ Chris Wallace. Wallace issued the invitation after President Trump told him that he “wondered whether Biden could handle the same kind of tough questions you’ve asked me.” Schultz said “we’ve laid down the rules. Unless Wallace agrees to follow them he won’t get an interview.”

Mayors Want Congress to Bar Deployment of Feds to Cities

The six Democratic mayors of Chicago; Seattle; Portland; Albuquerque; Washington, D.C.; and Kansas City have sent a letter asking Congress to enact legislation barring the deployment of federal forces to their cities without their prior approval. The plea follows the Trump Administration sending law enforcement officers to help combat the rising urban unrest and crime that has followed the demonstrations protesting the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis last May.

The letter called the Administration’s actions “an egregious use of force that further erodes trust in government and undermines democracy” and pointed out that “if the law we are requesting had been in effect in 1860 there would have been no Civil War. Lest we repeat that tragic mistake in this era we urge that Congress expedite the passage of the protections we are requesting.”

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler expressed his frustration with “federal interference in my city. We’ve had nine weeks of nightly battles over the federal courthouse in Portland. The handful of feds Trump has sent are just enough to assure a standoff. If the feds had stayed away the protesters would’ve burned the building down by now and the nightly battles would have been over long before now. The sacrifice of this one building would have mollified the Antifa forces and allowed for a more peaceful summer in our city.” Wheeler says he “will be filing a lawsuit to compel the federal government to compensate us for all the damage these battles have done.”

University Revises Grammar Standards

Convinced that the normal standards of grammar are racist, the Rutgers University English Department is revising its grading policy for student essays. Under the new rules any written paper containing any one of the 26 letters of the alphabet will earn a “D” grade. If any of these letters spell out a legitimate word the paper will earn a “C” grade. If any of these words result in a coherent sentence the paper will earn a “B” grade. If a paper contains more than one coherent sentence it will earn an “A” grade.

The new standards have already been denounced by the Rutgers Students for Democratic Socialism as “rigid and oppressive. The notion that anyone should grade the expressed ideas of another person is tyrannical. The only just evaluation is that of the social collective. If the social collective is satisfied with the work the student should get an ‘A.’ If the social collective is not satisfied the student should be expelled. Anything less is unacceptable.”

CDC Says Keeping Schools Closed Is Unhealthy

CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told a House Select Subcommittee hearing that “there are significant public health consequences if schools do not reopen this Fall.”

“The belief that young people are safer at home than at school is not scientifically correct,” Redfield said. “The risk of COVID infection for the K through 12 student is far lower than the risk of having to do without face-to-face instruction. While the schools have been closed we’ve seen an increase in drug use disorder as well as suicide in adolescent individuals. We’ve also seen a rise in domestic abuse. On top of this many students depend on school for significant nutritional support. They won’t get this support if they are not allowed to go to school. I want to make it clear that it is not a trade-off between health and the economy we’re facing on this issue. Both health and the economy are damaged by keeping the schools closed.”

Subcommittee Chairman James Clyburn (D-SC) said he appreciated Redfield’s perspective, but assured him that “your focus is too narrow. Everything you say about the health of the children may be true, but you overlook the big picture. In that big picture it is clear that opening the schools would aid the reelection efforts of President Trump. In my view, the reelection of Trump would be more harmful than the temporary damages done by keeping children out of the schools. Sometimes we must make sacrifices for the common good. In this instance we are asking our youth to make some sacrifices for the next four months so we can save the country from another four years of Trump’s misrule. I think voters will agree with me on this and support the Democrats who hold fast for keeping the schools closed until after November 3.”

Satirical Look at Recent News

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Why I Can’t Support Biden

Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield made clear that “everybody who believes that Joe Biden should be president” is “welcome into this campaign.” That now includes Bob Avakian, the radical founder and leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party who just endorsed Joe Biden and instructed fellow communists to support Biden in the election. Avakian once faced serious charges of rioting and assault for protesting in favor of Chinese communist Mao Zedong’s bloody and brutal regime. Avakian also titled his memoir My Journey from Mainstream America To Revolutionary Communist. “Bob Avakian has taken the whole idea and conception of communism to another level,” one of his admirers once wrote.

Joe Biden opposes:

  • The sanctity of life, supporting abortion
  • criminal penalties for harming a pre-born child by persons committing a crime against the mother
  • notifying the parents of minors who obtain out of state abortions
  • the nomination of Robert Bork, Samuel Alito and John Roberts for the U.S. Supreme Court justice
  • Effective border security
  • School vouchers for children trapped in failing public schools
  • Voluntary prayer in schools
  • Photo ID for voting
  • Second Amendment and citizens’ right of self protection

Biden supports:

  • federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, which treats humans as disposable and which has never resulted in the treatment of a single disease, yet he wants federal funding expanded
  • human cloning
  • hate crime laws
  • the Equal Rights Amendment
  • free college tuition for all
  • gun control
  • sanctuary cities
  • social security for illegal aliens

Biden flip-flopped on:

  • Death penalty
  • Crime, was tough on it in 1990s, now considers it racist
  • No Child Left Behind

Miscellaneous

  • Exposed as plagiarist in college
  • Strongly supported by radical NEA
  • has an anti-family values voting record
  • agrees that Tea Parties are not “terrorists”

For more, read:

The Beltway Bidens: Creepy, crooked, and NOT just like us

Eight Things to Know About the Biden Family’s Culture of Corruption

Biden’s Corruption Problem

Joe Biden’s Corruption with China

Congressional District 9

 

 

Republicans

Democrats

Dave Giles 

    • We must secure the border and fix immigration policy.
    • I am sickened to see a $20 trillion national debt run up by an out-of-control national bureaucracy. Congress must shoulder the blame along with past administrations for the financial despair that we, our children, and our grandchildren now face. A course change is demanded, and I pledge to fight the reckless spending habits of the past. I reject the notion that pacifying lobbyists and special interests groups is a legitimate function of Congress. These lobbyists and members of Congress are determined to spend more of your hard-earned money. But what have they done to balance the budget? Balancing the budget and eliminating the national debt will be my top priority as a Member of Congress. I pledge to be a thorn in the side of wasteful spenders in Congress and vote against any attempt to borrow more money to accommodate bad spending practices.
    • This Congress and president must overhaul the ACA (Repeal & Replace) or see families and businesses suffer needlessly with higher premiums and rationed care. This is not how President Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi presented this program. Their negligence in adopting this poorly crafted plan is crippling our nation’s health care system. Premiums are skyrocketing and companies are abandoning the ACA. President Trump repealed the Obamacare mandate, thus reducing a portion of your tax. As your representative in Congress, I will work to return healthcare to the private sector companies such that it is competitive within a free market construct and is portable for an individual to keep their plan from job to job, location to location, across state lines, without penalty, leaving no one behind.
    • Favors U.S. energy independence.
    • Supports the Second Amendment.
    • Pro-life.
    • Supports the fair tax and repealing the death tax.
    • Favors parental rights over the education of children.

 

Sam Huang

  • His top priorities include:
  • Affordable healthcare
  • Relevant education
  • Infrastructure improvement
  • Immigration policy reform
  • Welfare policy reform

 

Nicholas Tutora

  • Our liberty is under attack from an unelected bureaucracy
  • Strong opponent of socialism
  • The current Democrat-controlled House of Representatives is not getting much done
  • Opposes the Democrats’ impeachment sham
  • Does not want the federal government involved in personal healthcare and we do not need a federal mandate
  • Disagrees with those who are dividing America by race
  • We the people are one American family
  • American children’s education should come first, ahead of educating illegal aliens

 

Greg Stanton

    • Pro-abortion
    • Opposes Second Amendment and favors gun control
    • Favors expansion of Obamacare
    • Favors citizenship for illegal aliens
    • Believes in unfounded global warming

 

Congressional District 8

Republicans Democrats

Debbie Lesko

  • The federal government must live within its means. Our future generations are going to be crippled with debt if the federal government cannot get its fiscal house in order. With our debt at over $21 trillion, we must act to preserve our national security and give our economy the stability it needs. I am also committed to cutting wasteful government spending. That is why I cosponsored H. Res. 149, which recognizes our national debt as a threat to our national security.
  • Every child in this country should have the opportunity to obtain an excellent education. That is why I sponsored H.R. 2263, the Make Education Local Act, so that more money goes towards our students and teachers. The federal government not be micromanaging education policy for the states. Each of the respective states know what is best and are laboratories of innovation. States and local schools, not federal bureaucrats, should determine how federal monies are spent so that more dollars get into the classroom.
  • The regulations and taxes of Obamacare have crippled the health insurance industry and increased premiums substantially for American individuals, families, and small businesses. Congress must achieve a complete repeal of Obamacare to help citizens regain the freedom to choose their own insurance company and plan at affordable prices.
  • In the time time since Congress passed and President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, Americans have already received over $4 billion in bonuses and increased pay. Small businesses are reporting record levels of optimism, which has allowed them to hire more employees and expand their operations. For the first time since we began recording unemployment data, there are now more jobs available than there are people looking for work.In Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, people are seeing an average reduction in their taxes of between $1,500 and $2,600. The tax cuts have provided a spark to our economy, simplified our outdated tax code, and increased the take-home pay of many Americans.Our economy has also benefited from a reduction of federal regulations. Light-touch policies to keep Washington out of small businesses have allowed them to thrive.
  • In Congress, I am dedicated to fully funding our military and making sure they have the best and most up-to-date equipment. We must invest in missile defense and do everything we can to win the war against ISIS, terrorist groups, and avoid nuclear match-ups with countries such as North Korea. I will continue to fight for Luke Air Force Base by ensuring our soldiers have the flight time and battle training they need for success. I introduced H. Res. 177 to recognize the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program as a critical component of America’s national security that Congress must continue to support. With over 40 original cosponsors, this bipartisan resolution reaffirms the F-35’s vital role for maintaining air superiority to preserve global security and stability.
  • We are experiencing an unprecedented national security and humanitarian crisis at our southern border. In Arizona, we see the effects of this crisis every day. Congress’ failure to work together to secure our border and fix our broken immigration system is unacceptable. I introduced six immigration bills to address some of the root causes of the border crisis. With the large influx of migrants crossing the border into America, these bills will reform our asylum system, increase the number of immigration judges and detention beds, and allow dangerous aliens to be detained. These six bills represent some of the immediate steps we can take to restore order at our border.
  • Medicare and Social Security are programs that working Americans have paid into for many years, and I am committed to protecting benefits for current enrollees and strengthening it for future generations. We must ensure that beneficiaries have health care coverage and prescription drug plans at reasonable prices. Congress must also keep its promise to those receiving Social Security benefits. Those that have worked hard and paid into the system deserve to know that it will be there for them. I also signed a letter urging House Leadership to fix the Medicare Part D Donut Hole and keep the cost of prescription drugs low.Most recently, I introduced H. Res. 59, a resolution recognizing Medicare and Social Security as important programs that must be protected for current enrollees. Social Security and Medicare are essential for senior citizens living on fixed incomes. Congress must fulfill its promise to our seniors
  • Our veterans risked their lives to defend our freedom; they deserve nothing but the best. I am committed to improving quality of care for our veterans and expanding choice and access in veteran’s care. I Introduced the VA Medical Center Facility Transparency Act (H.R. 1944) to increase public transparency with VA Medical facilities. H.R. 1944 requires each VA Medical facility to publish an annual report available to the public with their current performance, along with a plan on how to improve their quality of service for veterans.

Michael Muscato

  • Soft on the border; seeks to provide a mechanism for the undocumented to beat the system.
  • Wants to fully fund public schools that are already fully funded.
  • Wants a civilian climate corps.
  • Favors a no fossil fuel money pledge.
  • Supports the radical, population-control, pro-abortion Sierra Club.
  • Favors gun control.
  • Opposes free speech for corporations.
  • Big pro-union guy.

Congressional District 7 Candidates

Republican Democrat
Josh Barnett

 

  • For several decades now criminals have been using our southern border for not just drugs and weapons smuggling but also human trafficking. A lack of action has allowed for a true humanitarian crisis at our southern border.  Men, woman and children are falling victim to this as they attempt to enter America for a better life. I am looking to find real solutions to these problems and I have already begun working on bipartisan legislation that will work fairly and compassionately for America and the people.
  • All life is sacred and worth protecting.

·         I will work to reduce regulations and keep laws favorable to business for aspiring entrepreneurs, employers, and employees in Arizona. I will fight to reduce wasteful spending of your hard earned taxes and a balanced budget that will ensure prosperity for future generations.​

  • Supports the Second Amendment and will never trade away freedom for a false sense of security.
  • I will fight to prevent unconstitutional legislation, work to eliminate financial incentives that lead to government corruption, evaluate and propose elimination of or oversight to bureaucratic agencies and restore the 4th amendment to bring back checks and balances to our over-reaching and out of control judicial system. They need to remember that it is their place to represent and serve the people.

·         I am currently working with state legislators to assist in passing legislation that will restore due process in the family courts. We must stop parents from losing their rights and their children because of a bitter divorce or a financially incentivized child protection officer, medical provider or judge. As your Congressman, I will continue to fight for parents who have lost their children through government sanctioned kidnapping.

 

Ruben Gallego

 

  • Supports Planned Parenthood’s profits over human life.
  • Opposes constitutional school vouchers for students at private and religious schools.
  • Believes climate change is the greatest challenge to the world.
  • Opposes Second Amendment, favors gun control.
  • Supports gender-bending social engineering in the military.