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Just as the purpose of Obamacare was not to provide quality healthcare to more people (indeed, it achieved just the opposite), the strategy of climate change has nothing to do with the climate, hot or cold.
Senate Bill 1062 suddenly became a hot issue with emotional rants on both sides. An article in The Arizona Republic quoted Felecia Rotellini, Democrat, stating that, “SB 1062 is not about the free expression of religion. It is about discrimination. As a result, it undermines the heritage and values of our country and state – the preservation of liberty, justice and equality under law. . .”
At the Pinal County Board of Supervisors meeting, on Feb. 5, three Republican supervisors violated the County Merit System rules for promotions and reclassifications by doing an end-around Human Resources.
President Obama called income inequality as “the defining challenge of our time.” Really?
“We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it . . .,“ claimed Nancy Pelosi, in a fleeting lucid moment. The bill was passed. What was in it?
The Office of Internal Audit in Pinal County is under review by the Board of Supervisors. On Nov. 13, Supervisor Todd House criticized Chairman Steve Miller of conducting a “witch hunt” against Internal Auditor Kate Witek. Steve Miller did not respond to the attack.
Pinal County has a compelling logistics story to tell. First, think of Guaymas, Mexico. There are several deep-water ports on the west coast of the United States and Mexico.
Jill Broussard, Pinal County School Superintendent, is a wife, mother, coach and teacher. She also is the dynamic leader of the Pinal County School Office and Education Services Agency. She oversees the payroll of more than 6,300 teachers and educational staff over 20 public school districts.
Anthony Smith, Pinal County Supervisor, District 4, represents an area that covers SaddleBrooke, Arizona City, western Casa Grande and Maricopa, including everything in between these communities. Smith’s district resembles a giant “L” at the western and southern flanks of Pinal County.
Lando Voyles, County Attorney, Pinal County, encountered more than he expected upon taking office. First, he had to replace a culture that under his predecessor, James Walsh, placed an emphasis on plea bargaining, i.e., plea bargaining to the extent that over 60 percent of defendants, regardless of crimes committed, received probation.
Two individuals who were members of the Common Core validation committees refused to endorse the standards. Dr. Jim Milgram, Stanford University, was the only professional mathematician and expert on content on the review committee. He has a background in writing standards and evaluating international standards for leading countries. His review of Common Core standards resulted in his following conclusion:
Common Core is the current administration’s attempt to federalize K-12 education with a one size fits all curriculum. The takeover is occurring in violation of the Constitution and federal law. It is essentially the nationalization of compulsory education.
“Creating a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in this country is essential. The way we treat our friends and neighbors who are undocumented – by creating a mechanism for them to earn citizenship and move out of the shadows – transcends the issue of immigration status. This is a matter of civil and human rights. It is about who we are as a nation. And it goes to the core of our treasured American principle of equal opportunity.” Eric Holder, Attorney General (4/24/2013)
Representative Ron Barber’s opinion piece in the Arizona Daily Star (3/5/13) was just silly. Barber questions: “Are too many individuals and businesses putting solar panels on their roofs?” This is a classic straw man question to divert one’s attention from the real issue: are massive government subsidies for solar companies efficient and effective? Barber avoids the tough question
The Times of London rated seven of the top 10 universities in the world as American; eighteen of the top twenty-five world universities are American; and fifty-three of the top one hundred world universities are American. Higher education in America is considered the best in the world.
“Nothing influences student achievement more than the quality of the teachers, and nothing influences the quality of the teachers more than the quality of the principals.” John Chubb
This op-ed focuses on the topic of quality teachers by first declaring educational heresy: there is no correlation between teacher certification and quality teachers. John E. Chubb, Distinguished Visiting Fellow and member of the K-12 Education Task Force, Hoover Institute, wrote in his book The Best Teachers in the World – Why we don’t have them and how we could:
Pinal County, a Democratic county encumbered with a history of corruption, has been viewed by many as primarily a rural void between Maricopa and Pima counties.
Ann Kirkpatrick - The Arizona Republic and the Tucson Daily Star endorsed Jonathan Paton, not Ann Kirkpatrick. The Arizona Republic stated, in its Paton endorsement wrote, “For an hour, Kirkpatrick ridiculed, belittled, cut off and scolded her opponent in a manner that exceeded rudeness. We have seen more complete meltdowns in our board meetings but never one so unexpected . . . What sets them apart is composure. She lost hers during a significant test for endorsement. He did not.”
The federal government rules for Medicaid state that everyone has to have the same benefit package, regardless of health status or personal needs. In the private sector, one can choose from a number of benefit packages.
Ann-Eve Pederson, of the Arizona Education Network, recently was quoted as disputing the notion that there is no correlation between school funding and student achievement. Then Pederson is quoted as saying there is a minimum funding requirement and Arizona is below the minimum. Pederson did not say what that “minimum” is.This is the crux of the time-worn canard that Arizona is near the bottom in per pupil spending. Looking at per-pupil spending without accompanying qualitative data is a favorite ploy of the educational complex. So, let’s look at qualitative data in relationship to per-pupil expenditure
With the United States Supreme Court announcing its verdict on Obamacare in June, it is time to remind us of the adverse impact of this law on physician availability.
Character is essentially about saying and doing the right things. Far too often we see politicians failing in both areas.
At long last, On March 26-28, the United States Supreme Court is hearing what has become known as “Obamacare.” The case is the result of 26 states filing suits in federal courts, and differing opinions from several federal appellate courts.
What if Arizona K-12 and universities had a dedicated revenue stream of $100 million or more every year? What if this revenue stream was counter-cyclical to the routine boom-bust cycles of our economy? What if this revenue stream was not connected to property taxes?
The Pinal County Airport Economic Development (AED) Department is responsible for the development and management of two airports in the County. San Manuel Airport is a General Aviation Airport that is located in the town of San Manuel.
How many times have we heard someone say, “I’m not perfect but I’m basically honest.” It reminds me of an example provided during my ethics training of a man who had loaned $20,000 to each of three friends. The man told his friends that if he died before they repaid him, each of his friends were to put the payment in his coffin.
The Oracle School District is floating a $13 million bond request to its taxpayers in November (or October, if you have an early ballot) that carries a debt service of over $6.7 million, or over 51 percent, of the base bond. Total cost : $19.6 million.
The White House keeps calling for “shared sacrifice.” When the administration demands the rich “sacrifice” more through increased taxes, it ignores the fact that the rich and middle class are paying the highest amount of total taxes in the history of our nation. The top 50 percent of tax filers pay 97 percent of all federal income taxes.
There were three viable competing debt ceiling legislative proposals bubbling to the surface in Congress: (1) Cut, Cap and Balance, (2) the so-called “gang of six” bill, and (3) the Reid-McConnell bill. Here’s a recap.