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Vince Leach, a SaddleBrooke resident, has served on an advocacy group for the SaddleBrooke residents, worked for Arizona Corporate Commission and has been actively involved in politics as an activist and supporter in the county government and state legislature. He is running for the first time for an elected office this year. Leach has decided to run in order to be more involved and active in resolving community and state issues. The top three priorities if Leach were elected are improving education to increase job growth, lowering taxes and lowering regulations.
The five Republicans running in District 11’s House and Senate races naturally had a lot to agree on when meeting for a debate at Pima Community College last week.
The ballot set to run in the August Primary Election took shape in Arizona on May 28, as candidates worked to submit the required signatures to officially run.
The Republican candidates running for the state’s top seat had few differences on major issues. The GOP candidates attended a forum at the Desert View Performing Arts Center in SaddleBrooke May 14.
The tape is slowly being stripped away as each new advertisement appears on television, and yes, we all know that in the months to come, the gloves will come off in the political arena.
The latest controversy surrounding the ill-advised passage of HB 1062 shows how out-of-touch with reality the Republican-led Arizona Legislature has become.
After a week of controversy, protests and debate, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Wednesday night.
Arizona gained national attention again last week when the legislature decided they needed to “protect religious freedom” by allowing businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians.
A bill being viewed by some as discriminatory and by others as a protection of religious freedom will go before Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday.
PHOENIX – Several GOP bills to roll back or forbid Arizona’s switch to the Common Core State Standards would harm efforts to create a more competitive workforce, business leaders said Thursday.
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan began a proud tradition of conservative candidates putting pen to paper and pledging to protect taxpayers by promising to oppose and veto any effort to raise taxes.
All constituents, Democrat, Independent or Republican are invited to join Senator Al Melvin as he addresses current and relevant Legislative District 11 and Arizona State issues. LD 11 Representatives Steve Smith and Adam Kwasman have been invited to attend, as well as Pinal County Elected Officials: Sheriff Paul Babeu, District 4 Supervisor Anthony Smith, Assessor Douglas Wolf, County Attorney Lando Voyles, Recorder Virginia Ross, School Superintendent Jill Broussard, and Clerk of the Superior Court Chad Roche. The County Officials who are able to attend may briefly address important issues within their respective offices. Question and answer period will follow.
The front page of today’s (June 19) Explorer certainly offered a study in contrasts between two men. First, there was the heartwarming feature story about the retirement of Safeway manager Mike Hennings, whom I don’t know but who sounded like a really compassionate, dedicated individual. On the other hand, there was the article about the new state budget and Medicaid expansion plan. Sen. Al Melvin was quoted bemoaning the fact that 15 rational Republicans had the audacity to seek a compromise with Democrats so the state could expand health care coverage to the needy at basically no cost to the state. (The federal government would pay for the bulk of the cost, with Arizona hospitals—who supported the expansion—picking up the rest.)
The June 26th issue of the Explorer included a Thelma Grimes editorial that was both factually inaccurate and rhetorically overheated. It took to task 35 State Senators and Representatives (all Republican) while singling out by name two of the three who represent LD11 (Rep Kwasman and me). Our crime was to oppose the implementation of ObamaCare via an expansion of Medicaid and to protest the manner in which it was done.
In the recent controversy at the state capitol, a group of Republicans felt they were treated unfairly. They felt that by Gov. Jan Brewer calling a special session and forcing them to approve a budget they had in hand for five weeks was wrong.
While Gov. Jan Brewer and select members of the Arizona Legislature celebrated the signing of the $8.8 billion budget for the 2013/2014 fiscal year on Monday, others were not as happy as plans continue to stop the Medicaid expansion through the ballot box.
Before ending the 151-day session on Thursday, the Arizona Legislature made it where constituents to have to start paying taxes on what they buy from catalogs and on the World Wide Web.
After forming an exploratory committee to consider running for governor, Sen. Al Melvin, R-District 11, is confident that his bold ideas could lead him to the state’s top position in 2014.
Last month my organization, the Arizona Free Enterprise Club, launched a statewide campaign to raise awareness of the continuing problem of corporate welfare and special interest handouts being pursued at the state legislature. In particular, we want voters to be informed when their lawmakers are more interested in helping out politically-connected industries and lobbyists than hard-working taxpayers.
The GOP race is becoming a crowded field as Sen. Al Melvin, R-District 11, has announced that he is forming an exploratory committee.
Those who know me, know that I have worked hard to limit the size of government, balance our state’s budget, and get our state’s economy growing again. They know that I had signs made up that read “Jobs are Job #1” and had them distributed to my colleagues in the Arizona Legislature. And they know that I have had to battle against liberal candidates and groups every two years as part of this struggle.
The opinions against David Safier and the partisan column by Senator Al Melvin show how much work must be done to restore our State to a Democratic form of government, a Republic, a government of, by and for the majority of the people. That is what David Safier was celebrating. I am at a loss to identify anything Senator Al Melvin has voted for to help Pima County residents. He is proud to carry out the agenda of his Republican friends in Phoenix. We voted for a tax increase to be used for education. Melvin voted to put the money in the General Fund. When Melvin talks of schools, he is talking about private schools, which can be owned by individuals for a profit. It they fail, the owner can keep all the school capital assets paid for by tax monies. Melvin also voted to deny Pima County its share for the Regional Transportation Authority money and to allow the recall of the Rio Nuevo development funds. Using his “hit woman”, Terry Proud, Melvin so intimidated the Redistricting Board, that he assured his re-election by getting an 11 to 16 point advantage against other candidates for his job.
This article is in reply to a recent Special to The Explorer written by Jo Holt published in the Feb. 20 issue of the paper. Because Arizona has had two balanced General Fund budgets in a row, our state is ranked number one in the nation for business startups. We went from 46th to number four in private sector job creation. We are 10th in overall great business climate compared to California which is ranked 50th. During the past four-year recessionary period, we never let K-12 public school per pupil funding go below $9,000 (federal, state plus local funding). We mortgaged the Senate, House and Executive buildings in order to protect K-12 education funding. The north side of Tucson has four outstanding public school districts in Catalina Foothills, Amphi, Marana and Flowing Wells. We have more charter schools per capita and more school choice than any state. We have open enrollment between public school districts, tuition tax credits and a great home school program.