Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Spirit Airlines coming to Gateway

Allegiant Airlines now has a neighbor as Spirit Airlines announced new service to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport today.  This is more great news for the former Air Force base as it lives a second life as a commercial airport and a hub for science and development. 

The move also sets up some competition for Allegiant as both airlines will offer service from Mesa to Las Vegas.  This will hopefully push comepetition at Sky Harbor Airport as well, driving the prices of the U.S. Air and Southwest flights back down to more reasonable levels.

This is another big step to help Gateway develop into a major reliever airport similar to the ones you see surrounding LAX.  More airlines will help the Gateway airport expand and attract more passengers.    

Monday, December 5, 2011

Oakland A's Approached Mesa

Great opinion piece in the Arizona Republic about how the Oakland A's could help fill the space at Hohokam.  The biggest takeaway from the article is the fact that Oakland approached Mesa and not the other way around.  Indeed, it would be ideal to attract another team from Florida and make it an even 16 here in the valley. 

We believe that will eventually happen.  However, that may be a few years down the road.  Until that time, the focus is going to be on the teams in town - specifically the A's and the Brewers who train in Phoenix.  Both are looking to move, and in all likelihood, both will move out of Phoenix.  So, there is likely to be some "stealing" talk out there.

That is why it is important to establish early that the A's came to Mesa.  The City didn't go out shopping.  Hopefully, this will turn out well and Mesa will have two teams generating revenue and attracting tourists.  However, like the editorial says, if this strikes out, there is still a chance to attract a team from Florida.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Club for Growth PAC Endorses Salmon

Club for Growth PAC Endorses Salmon 
Club for Growth President Chris Chocola:  “Matt Salmon will be an excellent replacement for Jeff Flake in the house and we are excited to support his candidacy.”

EAST VALLEY – Club for Growth PAC today announced that it is endorsing former Congressman Matt Salmon.  The Club for Growth is one of the nations leading organizations in advocating for lower taxes, limited government, less government spending, and free trade.
   
“The Club for Growth PAC strongly supports returning Matt Salmon for Congress,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Matt will bring rock-solid conservative principles to Congress and he’s also a courageous veteran who will certainly play a leadership role for the new generation of pro-growth Congressmen. Matt Salmon will be an excellent replacement for Jeff Flake in the house and we are excited to support his candidacy.”

"I'm honored to receive the endorsement of Club for Growth today,” said Matt Salmon.  “The Club for Growth is one of America's leading conservative organizations advocating for the principles of smaller government, lower taxes, and economic freedom.  These are the very same principles I have always fought for in my career and will continue to fight for in Congress."

About Club for Growth
Club for Growth is a national network of thousands of pro-growth Americans, from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom. We work to promote public policies that encourage a high growth economy and a swift return to America's founding principles primarily through legislative involvement, issue advocacy, research, training and educational activity.
   
The primary tactic of the separate Club for Growth PAC is to provide financial support from Club members to viable candidates to Congress who believe in pro-growth policies, limited government, low taxes and economic freedom, both in Republican primaries and general elections.

About Matt Salmon
Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge.  A proud conservative, Salmon was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office.  He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life.  He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Top National Elected Official” award.

Matt Salmon has received endorsements from Arizona Congressman Trent Franks, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, South Dakota Senator John Thune, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49), Mayor Scott Smith (Mesa), Mayor Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler), Mayor Hugh Hallman (Tempe), Mayor John Insalaco (Apache Junction),  Mayor Gail Barney (Queen Creek), former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, Arizona State Senate Majority Leader Andy Biggs (LD22), State Senator John McComish (LD20), and State Representatives Eddie Farnsworth (LD22), Jeff Dial (LD20), and Bob Robson (LD20).

Conservative Chandler City Council Leaders Endorse Kirk Adams

Conservative Chandler City Council Leaders Endorse Kirk Adams
Two conservative leaders throw support behind Adams

East Valley – Jeff Weninger and Kevin Hartke, two conservative Chandler City Council leaders endorsed Kirk Adams for congress.

Councilman Hartke, a pastor and community leader, has a reputation of integrity and sound values. Councilman Weninger, the owner of 5 successful restaurants was the top vote getter in last year’s election and is widely respected for his rational and principled leadership.

“Kirk Adams has a proven track record of breaking government’s spending addiction,” said Councilman Hartke. “His courageous leadership is critically needed in Washington D.C.”

“As a small business owner, I have firsthand knowledge of the challenges facing our economy. Washington is out of touch with the real world,” stated Councilman Weninger. “Kirk is a business owner himself and has always been an advocate for small business. He understands what it takes to be successful. He will fight the Washington machine and play an vital role in generational shift occurring among the conservatives in congress.”

Adams thanked the lawmakers for their support. “These great conservatives leaders have stepped forward to serve our communities in the private sector and public office,” said Adams. “They serve for all the right reasons and are truly principled leaders. I’m honored to have their support.”

Adams is a husband, father, and small businessman. After joining the state House in 2006, he became so frustrated by the unwillingness and inability of Republicans in the Legislature to stand up for their conservative principals that he launched a long-shot campaign to oust the veteran Speaker of the House. Adams shocked the Republican establishment and political class, winning the Speakership at only 35 years of age.

Adams turned the tide in the House and put Arizona back on the path to fiscal responsibility with an aggressive agenda of reform, courageously taking on some of the most challenging issues in Arizona.

Adams, a lifelong East Valley resident, lives in Mesa with his wife JaNae their five children.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Oakland A's Negotiating with Mesa

Great news!  It looks like there is a chance that Hohokam won't sit very long without a tenant.  The Oakland A's announced today that they have opened negotiations to move in when the Cubs leave for their new facility.  Nothing is formal at this point, but it does give Oakland the ability to negotiate exclusively with Mesa.

There is a chance that the Cubs would move out after the 2013 season and the A's wouldn't move in until 2015.  However, the year gap might be helpful for any moving and rennovations.  Between the ASU move to the Cubs facility and this news, Mesa is definitely on the winning end of some major sports victory that will help bring revenue and people into the City. 

This leaves Phoenix with only one team - the Brewers who play in Maryvale.  Most people believe that it is only a matter of time before they move as well.  That would leave Phoenix with no teams and Mesa with two!

This is more great news for Mesa.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving - Shop Mesa

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  Remember, if you are going out to seek those "Black Friday" deals tomorrow, remember to do your shopping in Mesa.  Keep your tax dollars in town.

Salmon racks up back to back endorsements

Two days in a row, the Salmon campaign announced several legislative endorsements:
Longtime East Valley Legislators Stand with Salmon 
Biggs, Farnsworth Tout Salmon’s Conservative Record and Experience

EAST VALLEY – Former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District Matt Salmon announced today that his campaign received the endorsements from two more prominent East Valley legislators:

Senate Majority Leader Andy Biggs (R - LD 22)
State Representative Eddie Farnsworth (R - LD 22)

State Senator Andy Biggs stated, “Our nation is facing a critical period and we need leaders who will stand up and demand reduced wasteful spending and return our nation to a path of fiscal responsibility.  Matt Salmon has done this before in Congress and he has the knowledge and experience to get things done again.”

State Representative Eddie Farnsworth added, “Matt Salmon has a proven track record of fighting for conservative values. Arizona needs representation in Congress they can depend on and there is no one more qualified for the job than Matt Salmon.”  

Former Congressman Matt Salmon stated, “I continue to be humbled by the growing support from East Valley leaders that my campaign is receiving and I am thrilled to have Andy and Eddie as the latest additions to my team. They are without doubt two of Arizona’s finest and most respected legislative members and continue to serve East Valley residents with honor and integrity.”



LD 20 Legislators Back Salmon’s Return to Congress 
McComish, Robson, Dial Become Latest East Valley Leaders to Support Salmon

EAST VALLEY – Former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District Matt Salmon announced today that his campaign has received the endorsements from all three state legislators in Legislative District 20:

State Senator John McComish (R-LD 20)
State Representative Bob Robson (R-LD 20)
State Representative Jeff Dial (R-LD 20)

State Senator McComish stated, "As a longtime business leader in Arizona, I can speak with certainty that Matt Salmon has the right vision and experience to advance pro-business legislation in Congress that will get our employers hiring once again. Matt understands that growing our local economy and putting more Arizonans back to work begins by enacting federal policies that cut taxes and reduce burdensome regulation on businesses. I’m proud to join Matt Salmon’s team.”

State Representative Robson added, “I have been a longtime supporter of Matt Salmon and I know firsthand that his record is tested and proven to the core. Now more than ever, we need leaders in Washington who have the experience and courage to hit the ground running and make the tough decisions that are necessary.”

State Representative Jeff Dial said, “Congress has a spending problem and we need someone in Washington to hold them accountable. Matt Salmon is the right person for the job. Matt has experience on cutting our government’s wasteful spending, slashing our budget deficits and restoring balanced federal budgets. I’m excited for his return to Congress.”

Former Congressman Matt Salmon stated, “The constituents of Legislative District 20 are fortunate to have these three leaders as their state government representatives, and I am fortunate to have their support for my campaign. I continue to be humbled and honored to receive such strong support among East Valley leaders and I look forward to working with all of them as their representative in Washington.”

Friday, November 18, 2011

Republic has a new system

The Arizona Republic has a new publishing system and not everyone is happy about it.  It also appears that they will be employing a new commmenting system as well which will be interesting to see what it does to the tenor of the dialogue. 

As we know, the newspapers have turned to make the stories more and more extravagant because it gets people tune in and argue within the comments and more people to pass the story around.  More return commenters and people seing a story means more ad views which means increased ad sales.

A national journalist recently said reporters and talk show hosts "don't have to be right, they just have to be interesting."  That is why you get so many stories about illegal immigration, mormonism, and the like.  People have heated opinions.  That is also why there was so much attention on the Pearce recall.  It was a polarizing topic with two heated sides and the flames were fanned by the media selling ad space. 

We're guessing that the biggest winners in the whole battle is the media sales guys who just saw their christmas bonus go up. 

Kirk Adams releases new campaign video with key supporters



East Valley – Kirk Adams for Congress today released its first in a series of video testimonials by Arizonans who support Kirk Adams. The video, approximately one minute and 30 seconds in length, acts as a trailer for the upcoming video series, which will feature a veteran, a teacher, a firefighter, a mother, and a college student. Each individual offers a unique perspective and explains how Kirk Adams’s political courage, personal integrity, and conservative principles have had a positive impact on them and why he’s the right choice in 2012.

“It’s so refreshing to have somebody involved with government that’s actually been on the road walked the walk, rather than just watched it and talk the talk,” observes U.S. Air Force veteran Chris Ames.

“We do what’s best for kids…it’s not what’s best for a union or association. Kirk has that perspective, what’s best for our country, what’s best for our kids,” adds Venessa Whitener, former teacher and current Higley school board member.

“I’ve been a city firefighter for 5 years—knowing that my pension probably wouldn’t be there based on the funding levels is very disheartening,” says firefighter Chris Tiller, “[Kirk] was able to actually draft something, come up with a solution to a problem that I felt very personal about.”

“I’m worried just like every other American mother should be worried. Kirk doesn’t come from an old Washington family, he doesn’t come from a lobbyist background or someone who’s been in the mix,” notes Gilbert Vice Mayor and mom Jenn Daniels.

“Kirk Adams represents a new and kind of exciting faction of the Republican Party,” ASU Student Body President Joshua Hoyt affirms, “The young conservatives like Eric Cantor and Marco Rubio who are committed to conservatism, but bring a kind of youth and life to the Republican Party.”

Adams is a husband, father, and small businessman. After joining the state House in 2006, he became so frustrated by the unwillingness and inability of Republicans in the Legislature to stand up for their conservative principals that he launched a long-shot campaign to oust the veteran Speaker of the House.

Adams shocked the Republican establishment and political class, winning the Speakership at only 35 years of age.Adams turned the tide in the House and put Arizona back on the path to fiscal responsibility with an aggressive agenda of reform, courageously taking on some of the most challenging issues in Arizona.

Adams, a lifelong East Valley resident, lives in Mesa with his wife JaNae their five children.

Senator Tom Coburn Endorses Salmon for Congress

"There is no question that Matt Salmon has the principles, courage and experience to lead the fight in Congress for our shared conservative ideals and help put America back on the path to prosperity."
EAST VALLEY – Former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District Matt Salmon announced today that his campaign has received the endorsement from Senator Tom Coburn (OK). Senator Coburn released the following statement regarding his support for Matt Salmon:

“I am proud to endorse Matt Salmon’s campaign to return to the U.S. House of Representatives. When I served with Matt in Congress, I knew that he would always do the right thing and stand strong in the battle to reduce the size and cost of government and wasteful spending. There is no question that Matt Salmon has the principles, courage and experience to lead the fight in Congress for our shared conservative ideals and help put America back on the path to prosperity.”

Former Congressman Matt Salmon stated, “I am truly honored to receive the support from my good friend Dr. Coburn. He kept his pledge to serve only three terms in the House, just as I did, and is now leading the charge in the U.S. Senate to restore fiscal responsibility to our federal government. You will not find a stronger advocate for limited government and a more principled conservative in Washington than Dr. Coburn, and I look forward to working with him to get our country back on the right track.”

About Senator Tom Coburn, M.D.Tom A. Coburn, M.D. was elected to the U.S. Senate on November 2, 2004. Dr. Coburn and his wife, Carolyn, a former Miss Oklahoma, were married in 1968 and have three children and five grandchildren. They are members of First Baptist Muskogee.

Dr. Coburn's priorities in the Senate include reducing wasteful spending, protecting your liberty, balancing the budget, improving health care access and affordability, protecting the sanctity of all human life - including the unborn - and representing traditional, Oklahoma values. As a citizen legislator, Dr. Coburn has pledged to serve no more than two terms in the Senate and to continue to care for patients.

As a senator, Dr. Coburn has offered more amendments than any of his colleagues. He has offered amendments to eliminate funding for the "Bridge to Nowhere," the "Woodstock Museum" in New York and countless other special interests earmarks sponsored by members of both parties.

Prior to his election to the Senate, Dr. Coburn represented Oklahoma's Second Congressional District in the House of Representatives from 1995 through 2001. He was first elected in 1994, then re-elected in 1996 and 1998, becoming the first Republican to hold the seat for consecutive terms. Dr. Coburn retired from Congress in 2001, fulfilling his pledge to serve no more than three terms in the House.

About Matt SalmonMatt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge. A proud conservative, Salmon was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office. He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life. He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Top National Elected Official” award.

Matt Salmon has received endorsements from Arizona Congressman Trent Franks, former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, South Dakota Senator John Thune, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) Mayor Scott Smith (Mesa), Mayor Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler), Mayor Hugh Hallman (Tempe), Mayor John Insalaco (Apache Junction) and Mayor Gail Barney (Queen Creek).

Monday, November 14, 2011

Republic: February debate really a better deal for Mesa

Like we said last week, there is a lot to be excited about moving the Mesa Presidential Debate to February.  Our argument about the relevance in relation to "Super Tuesday" is front and center in this editorial from the the Arizona Republic Southeast Valley editorial board

They make two good points that we hadn't mentioned before:  1) the extra time to plan.  2) the marketing of Mesa to cold weather areas.  Both are great points which will help the debate be a better community event and put Mesa in an even more favorable light.

This is a great opportunity for Mesa to shine.

Change in climate?

The recall defeat of Russell Pearce has people wondering if there is an impending change in the political climate.  From the article, people have jumped to several conclusions including the surge of the latino vote, the rejection of the tea party, a statement against negative politics, a shift in the view on immigration, a call for a change in the primary process - the list goes on and on. 

The fact is, there is a large number of factors and outcomes that will come from the that election.  The difference is, the change isn't from the election, it will be from what people do with this election.

As we said before, the Democrats are going to use that election as the rallying cry to mount their comeback.  You can see that again within the article where the Democrat party chairman see's this vote as "a sign."  In fact, Democrats issued a memo outlying their plans for next year and how they are going to use their win as a spring board.

Don't be surprised if  Mesa is part of their plan - especially with parts of West Mesa currently being drawn in the new downtown Phoenix "competitive" district that the Democrats have their eyes on.  

Save the diving lady!


The effort to restore the neon "diving lady" to the Starlite Motel in downtown Mesa is still about $20,000 short.  The icon was damaged a little over a year ago in a heavy storm.  Now, the Mesa Preservation Foundation group is taking the restored neon pieces on tour to help raise funds.

There are many things that have changed over the years here in Mesa, but we should find ways to maintain our tradition.  Though we were never huge fans of trying to save the train in pioneer park, this icon is something that should be preserved.

To learn more about the diving lady or to donate to the preservation, click here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mesa Presidential Debate pushed back to Feb 22

It was announced yesterday that the Presidential Debate to be held at the Mesa Arts Center has been moved from November 30th to February 22nd.  At this point, it is not clear on how big of an impact it will have in putting Arizona's issues on the national stage. 

On the bright side, this gets the Mesa debate out of the mass of debates that has created a bit of fatigue out there.  On the disappointing side, many Arizona voters will have already voted by early ballot by the time the debate takes place.

Based on the back and forth nature of the race so far, this debate has the potential to be incredibly important - taking place two weeks prior to "Super Tuesday" which happens on March 6th (see the schedule).  The ideal scenario is that the debate could come down to two (or potentially three) candidates who have split the Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida primaries and are going head to head to build momentum coming out of Arizona and into Super Tuesday.

There is a slight possibility that the race has already been determined by February 22nd.  If that's the case, this move would be a disappointment but would still put be a great opportunity to showcase the Mesa Arts Center and what else Mesa has to offer.

Democrats begin to mount comeback

A year ago, it looked as if Democrats across the state and across the nation were down and out.  They lost every statewide office and had record losses in the legislature.  It seemed that the Democrat victories of 2008 were quickly eroded by a Republican tidal wave - headed by the tea party.  Now, it appears that the pendulum to begun the swing back.

Nationally, Democrats made gains at the ballot box and in the issue department, hailing the repeal of a collective bargaining ban in Ohio and a strict abortion ban in Mississippi.  Locally, Democrats made gains in both Phoenix and Tucson, the state's two largest cities. They also cheered the successful recall of Russell Pearce.

With these wins, we wonder if they will return to their efforts to make inroads in Mesa.  For those who haven't done the math yet, Mesa is now the largest city with Republican mayor and elections are up next year.  In addition, the Democrats have already threatened a recall election on Rich Crandall (see also Vote Dem). 

Don't be surprised if its a concerted effort to increase participation and help Obama's efforts to win Arizona in 2012.  As we said before:

"Don't be surprised if the GEMDEM group that was born out of the 2008 Presidential Election will be humming with activity when the 2012 election comes around. Don't think that Team Obama isn't already strategizing for his re-election, because they most certainly are."

Congressman Darrell Issa Backs Salmon for Congress

“With our nation currently facing so many daunting challenges, we need more experienced and proven leaders like Matt Salmon in Congress.”
EAST VALLEY – Former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District Matt Salmon announced today that his campaign has received the endorsement from Representative Darrell Issa (CA-49). Congressman Issa released the following statement regarding his support for Salmon:

“I strongly support former Congressman Matt Salmon’s return to Congress. Matt is a principled conservative and he was instrumental in passing policies that strengthened our economy, created private sector jobs and balanced our federal budget. With our nation currently facing so many daunting challenges, we need more experienced and proven leaders like Matt Salmon in Congress. I know he’ll be a strong ally in my efforts to hold our government leaders accountable and reform our government.”

Former Congressman Matt Salmon stated, “Congressman Issa is one of our country’s strongest conservative patriots and I am grateful for his support. As Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Congressman Issa is leading the charge to keep our government leaders accountable to the public.  From my first day back in Congress, I will join his fight to shed more light on the ongoing Fast and Furious investigations and bring accountability to those responsible for this troubling scandal.”

About Rep. Darrell IssaCongressman Darrell Issa represents the people of California’s 49th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, a seat he has held since 2001.  As a fiscal conservative committed firmly to low taxes and free markets, Issa has opposed the rise of out-of-control government spending and fought tirelessly for the responsible, transparent use of taxpayer dollars.  He’s pushed to achieve more whistleblower protections for those who report waste, fraud and abuse in the federal bureaucracy.  And he’s offered substantive reform initiatives to open up government so that Americans know what’s happening in Washington and can become more democratically engaged in the day-to-day oversight of their government.

As a Congressman and leader in California grassroots politics, Issa has championed the cause of smart, efficient government, and has pushed legislation to balance the federal budget and promote transparency across the federal bureaucracy. In 2003, Issa was the architect behind the successful popular uprising to recall former Democratic California Governor Gray Davis. Congressman Issa and his wife Kathy live in Vista, CA.  They have one son, William, and celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2010.

About Matt Salmon
Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge.  A proud conservative, Salmon was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office.  He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life.  He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Top National Elected Official” award.

Matt Salmon has received endorsements from Arizona Congressman Trent Franks, former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, South Dakota Senator John Thune, Mayor Scott Smith (Mesa), Mayor Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler), Mayor Hugh Hallman (Tempe), Mayor John Insalaco (Apache Junction) and Mayor Gail Barney (Queen Creek).

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Election Day in LD18

Don't forget to cast your vote in the LD18 recall election today if you haven't done so already.  It will be interesting to see how the vote turns out tonight with so much negativity and back and forth on both sides.  Will people show up to vote or will they stay home? 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Did Adams and Crandall endorse Jerry Lewis?

Well, it looks like Kirk Adams and Rich Crandall have endorsed Jerry Lewis in his run against Russell Pearce.  Or have they?  What they have done is tip-toe the fine line of the "non-endorsement" - bashing Pearce supporters but falling short of throwing their support behind Lewis.

Yesterday, Kirk Adams attacked Pearce supporters for their tactics.  Setting aside for a moment the irony of Adams saying "Contrast and negative campaigning will always be part of politics" after just completeing a push poll against his opponent, the most interesting thing is that Adams attacks Pearce's supporters without attacking Pearce.  Similarly, he defends Jerry Lewis - but doesn't offer up an endorsement.

Previously, Senator Rich Crandall took a similar approach decrying dirty politics in an editorial but came short of endorsing Lewis.  However, yesterday, he complimented Adams on his stance and then grouped himself in with other who have and have not endorsed Lewis.  Maybe this new aggressive tone is because there is a potential that Crandall may have to go head to head with Pearce.

So the question remains, did Adams and Crandall endorse Jerry Lewis?  That's the beauty of the "non-endorsement." It allows them to sit on the fence and play to both sides.

Both Adams and Crandall have a problem.  They both tout a track record on immigration that relies heavily on the passage of SB1070.  On his website, Adams says, "As Speaker of the House, I passed SB 1070 and made resources available to defend it in the courts."  On his website, Crandall says, "I am very disappointed that the Obama Administration decided to sue Arizona to stop SB 1070" and goes on to talk about how he will defend the bill. 

Who was the champion of SB1070?  Russell Pearce. 

So, Adams and Crandall don't want to risk their immigration cred so instead, they decry "dirty politics" and other platitudes which help Lewis but in their mind "technically" keep them neutral in the race.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mesa Lands Presidential Debate November 30

Great News.  Mesa has landed the Republican Presidential Debate slated to be held in Arizona on November 30th.  This is a great opportunity to showcase the Mesa Arts Center and what else Mesa has to offer.

As we said before, Mesa is the bedrock of Republican conservatism in the valley and much more likely to vote for any of the GOP nominees than Tempe or Phoenix.  It is welcome news that Governor Brewer and Republican leaders realized that fact.

Mesa has received national attention in recent years, with Obama making a speech as well as McCain/Palin.  Here is hoping that this can bring even more positive attention to the City and allow the nation to understand some of the major issues facing the southwest including: immigration, housing, mortgages, healthcare, transportation needs, and changes in business and development.

Similarly, we still maintain that the federal government could learn a thing or two about balancing their budget by following Mesa's lead.

Mayors Scott Smith and Jay Tibshraeny Endorse Salmon for Congress

Mesa and Chandler leaders praise Salmon’s record of supporting East Valley cities

EAST VALLEY – Former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District Matt Salmon proudly announced today that his campaign received the endorsements from two more prominent East Valley Leaders:

Mayor Scott Smith – City of Mesa
Mayor Jay Tibshraeny – City of Chandler


Mesa Mayor Scott Smith stated, “Matt has a proven track record of supporting East Valley cities and understands firsthand how overbearing federal regulations and policies have a direct effect on local government.  This district is home to the region’s most dynamic economic engines such as Gateway Airport, Falcon Field, and Boeing and Matt understands how municipal and federal governments can work together to create jobs and economic opportunity for Arizona citizens. I am proud to join Matt’s team.”

Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny added, “Matt Salmon has shown time and time again he has the principles and courage to get the job done in Washington.  Matt was an integral member of a Republican-majority Congress that balanced a federal budget for the first time in over a generation, and I know he’ll lead the fight to do it again.  The problems that our nation faces are daunting and Matt’s experience in Congress will allow him to hit the ground running and get to work on finding the solutions.” 

“I am honored to have the support from two of the East Valley’s most innovative and respected leaders in my bid to return to Congress,” said Salmon. “I know how critical it is to have strong working relationships with our local leaders and I plan to work closely with all municipal leaders in my district. Mayors Smith and Tibshraeny have made the tough decisions necessary to balance their city budgets, while maintaining the critical services their constituents require.  I pledge to make the same tough decisions back in Washington in order to get our country’s financial house back in order.”

With a population of over 430,000 residents, the city of Mesa is currently the 3rd largest city in Arizona and the 38th largest in the nation, encompassing the majority of congressional district six.  Mesa is home to the Apache Helicopter production facilities in addition to the former Air Force Research Labs at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.  Chandler is currently the 4th largest city in Arizona and is home to the Intel Corporation, Microchip Technology and Freescale Semiconductor.
Mayors Smith and Tibshraeny join East Valley mayors Gail Barney (Queen Creek), Hugh Hallman (Tempe) and John Insalaco (Apache Junction) in supporting Salmon for Congress.

About Mayor Scott Smith
As a first-time political candidate, Scott Smith was elected Mayor of Mesa, Arizona in May of 2008. As a strong proponent of regional solutions, Mayor Smith serves in key roles on many local, state and national boards and committees. Most recently, Smith was elected as the Second Vice President of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM). He will become the organization's president in 2013 and the first Arizona mayor to serve as president of the organization. Mayor Smith earned a degree in Accounting from BYU, and MBA and JD degrees from Arizona State.  He and his wife Kim have been married for more than 30 years and have three children and three grandchildren.

About Mayor Jay Tibshraeny
Mayor Jay Tibshraeny began his unprecedented 5th term as Chandler’s Mayor in January 2011 after serving eight years in the Arizona State Senate from 2003-2011. He originally served as a member of the City Council from 1986 to 2002 as Councilmember, Vice Mayor and as Mayor.  He was first elected Chandler Mayor in 1994, and served in that capacity for four consecutive terms through 2002. Mayor Tibshraeny is a small businessman and a citrus grower. He completed 12 years in the Chandler Public School System and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Arizona State University. He and his wife Karen have one daughter, Lauren.

About Matt Salmon
Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge.  A proud conservative, Salmon was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office.  He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life.  He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Top National Elected Official” award.

Matt Salmon has received endorsements from Arizona Congressman Trent Franks, former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, South Dakota Senator John Thune, Mesa Vice-Mayor Scott Sommers, Mesa Councilmembers Dave Richins, Dennis Kavanaugh and Christopher Glover, and Chandler Councilmembers Rick Heumann and Jack Sellers.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Changes coming to Mesa

This extended economic slowdown means that more changes are coming to Mesa.  This doesn't necessarily mean bad news.  As we have said in the past, Mesa has found a lot of creative ways to reuse and reinvent shopping centers and other underused buildings.  Let's hope this trend continues. 

First, the Broadway Palm theater will soon make some changes.  Struggling to compete with other venues including the Mesa Arts Center, the theater is looking for ways to attract customers and survive.  Part of the challenge is that it is anchoring a shopping center that is also struggling.  So which comes first, the theater goers who become shoppers or the shoppers who become theater goers?

Also, here is an update on the Fiesta District.  The ofter talked about district still have several plans in the works, though as we have said before, the "branding effort" has been less than impressive.  Sadly, the high end condos that were explored have completely evaporated and will be replaced with a police station.  The financial savings is good for the taxpayers, but won't add to the "vibe" like the condos would have.  There is still work to be done on the Fiesta District, but it looks like everyone is keeping their eye on the ball. 

Man and Woman of the Year Nominations

Don't forget, it is that time of year again to nominate a Mesa Man and Woman of the year.

From the Arizona Republic: 

"Although the award committee's website, www.citizensofhteyear.org, has not been updated for 2011, the nomination form and instructions still apply to this year's nominating process. Nominations, with supporting documentation, should be sent to: Dr. Sally Downey, EVIT, Man and Woman of the Year Selection Committee, 1601 W. Main St.,Mesa, AZ 85201 Information: Sally Downey at 480-461-4150."

Friday, October 28, 2011

Get a FREE Child ID Kit Tomorrow!

Media Advisory

Mesa, AZ – Many children are reported missing every day.  The Arizona Masonic Foundation for Children is sponsoring their annual “EZ Child ID Kit” event tomorrow – a quick, easy way to ensure parents are equipped to supply the vital information required from the Amber Alert System.

WHAT: “EZ Child ID Kit”
WHEN: Tomorrow, Saturday October 29th, 2011
TIME: 1pm – 6pm
COST: FREE
WHO: Children of all ages are welcome.  Parents or guardians needs to be present to sign a consent form prior to obtaining the free services.
WHERE: Target, 1135 S. Gilbert Road, Mesa, AZ 85204

DETAILS: Contact Information, fingerprints, photos, video interview and DNA swabs are collected from each child in minutes.  EZ Child ID Kit scans all 10 fingerprints in a matter of seconds.  The parents receive two ID cards and a CD ROM.  All files are permanently deleted after each child has completed the kit.

VISUALS & INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Children conducting video interviews and taking photos, parents and their reactions to news of children that have recently gone missing, and much more… 

According to the Arizona Masonic Foundation for Children, every day 2000 children are reported missing.  Every year, 200,000 children are taken by family members and 58,000 children are victims of non-family abductions.  “The key to recovering missing children is quick action by parents and law enforcement,” states Mike Lay from the Arizona Masonic Foundation for Children.  “This easy child identification kit aids in the reporting time if a child goes missing.”

To schedule interviews or for more questions, contact Jermey Larkins from Target at 480 926 3443 or email Jeremy.Larkins@target.com.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Kirk Adams Launches "Push" Poll

Yesterday, we mentioned that we heard from someone that there was a poll going around promoting Kirk Adams.  We asked about it yesterday on twitter and have since received confirmation from two other sources who were also called with the pre-recorded survey.

All three reports are virtually the same.   They reported receiving an auto-poll paid for by the Kirk Adams campaign asking a series of questions. Here is the general order:

 - Are you likely to vote in the race for Congress?
 - Who are you going to vote for:  Kirk Adams or Matt Salmon?
 - Knowing that Matt Salmon has not lived in AZ the past several years but in DC as a lobbyist, does this change your opinion of him?
 - Now, knowing this information, who are you going to vote for:  Kirk Adams or Matt Salmon?
 - What is your age?
 - What is your gender?
 - What is your religious affiliation?

A "push poll" is described as "a form of telemarketing-based propaganda and rumor mongering, masquerading as a poll."  Do you see the push poll question tucked right there in the middle?  The Adams campaign has been trying to promote the lobbyist issue for awhile, but now they are taking it to a new level by broadcasting it in the form of a "poll."  Are they seriously trying to label Matt Salmon as some sort of carpet-bagger?  Didn't he grow up in Mesa?

So the question is: why are they doing this?  Is it because fundraising isn't as going as well as they had hoped?  Are they trying to put out survey "results" that show the race is closer than the 30 point lead that Salmon announced?  Do they think something like this would actually work?

Another question: what value will they find in the religious affiliation question.  How is that going to impact this race?

We are still 10 months from this election, if Adams is already doing this, where does he go next?  

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

It's Official - Randy Parraz supports Jerry Lewis

The group that paid for the Russell Pearce recall are now spending money to help get Jerry Lewis elected.  The recall group, spearheaded by Randy Parraz, spent $6,500 to help Lewis, after spending an undisclosed sum to place Pearce on the ballot. 

And that, in a nutshell, is the problem.

Jerry Lewis just can't escape Randy Parraz.  We have said from the beginning that he would be taking on the recall baggage.  Lewis has tried to keep the group at arm's length and disassociate himself with the recall effort.  Time and again, he has decried the recall and said that he is running for the "right reasons."

Everyone looked the other way while the recall committee cleared the way for a one on one for Lewis against Pearce.  It's going to be harder for them to look away when the committee starts spending money to directly support Lewis.    

Someone in Congress is Interested in Mesa Part 2

Just like that, we here at Mesa Issues received a visit from an old friend.  Three visits in fact.  All it took was a story about Jeff Flake failing to represent his district, and suddenly, the U.S. House of Representatives is visiting the website.  See for yourself.


Now, there is no guarantee that these visits are in fact from Flake's congessional office, but the last time we had regular visits from that domain was when we were writing about Flake's brother, Kevin Gibbons (see Someone in Congress is Interested in Mesa).

Since Flake has spent very little time in Mesa and even less time talking to constituents, perhaps reading blogs should be considered the next best thing. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Jeff Flake Fails Aerospace in Arizona

Experts say that the state needs a coordinated effort to expand and be competitive in the aerospace industry.  We agree that more can be done to bring people together for a coordinated strategy to help use all of the tools available to help Mesa and the State be a national leader in aerospace and defense.  With Mesa taking over the Air Force Research lab and the Arizona Aerospace Institute at Gateway, the pieces are there to make a strong effort.

However, there is one part of the article that seemed far off base.  In the article, one of the experts claimed, "We have not done a good job coordinating with our federal delegation."  They claim that the failure is in not keeping the congressional delegation "in the loop."  The reality is, Mesa doesn't really have congressional representation in Washington. 

Jeff Flake's "hands-off"  approach to serving his constituents natually leaves him out of the loop.  He is not concerned with helping anyone in his district and wouldn't engage in any coordinated effort to participate in bringing aerospace to Arizona for fear it might besmirch his "no pork" reputation.  Therefore, the result is that state and local leaders are forced to go it alone or seek help from other members of Congress.  The result from the outside is that local leaders are keeping congress at arms length when, in fact, the absolute reverse is true.

As we have said before, Jeff Flake is the reason that Arizona is a donor state. Flake’s crusade against earmarks all but guarantees that Arizona remains a donor state. Like sending money to Washington and only getting 80% back to Arizona? Then, Flake is your guy. He has been asked to support Arizona businesses and projects – and time and again he hides behind his anti-earmark stance. When was the last time you heard Jeff Flake talking about jobs, helping the State out in the Medicaid fight with the federal government of defending the State against attacks from the left on immigration? That’s right, Jeff Flake is a libertarian. That’s fine, but that’s not what we need in the US Senate. He has not done a single thing to bring a job to Arizona.
 

Democrat Groups Take Aim at Pearce - Support Lewis

The Sonoran Alliance has the latest post card to hit LD18 mailboxes reminding voters that Cortes is off the ballot.  It looks suspiciously like an "official" piece of communication from the clerk, but if you look closely, you find that it is actually from "Citizens United for Progress."

That same group is already under fire for failing to file the appropriate disclosures.  Their previous work has already been called "deceptive" and now they are sending out mail that looks official.  See for yourself:

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mesa Loses Tourism Leader

From the Arizona Republic - "Cactus League stalwart Robert Brinton, who helped cement the Chicago Cubs' future in Mesa and played a pivotal role in the league's survival and growth into a top tourism draw, died unexpectedly Friday."

Make sure to read the entire article.  It is really amazing what this man meant to the Cactus League and to Mesa.  It is tragic that he was so instrumental in helping the Cubs stay in Mesa and now he won't be around to see them move into the new facility.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Occupy Mesa?

Very interesting.  Earlier today, we had someone send us a couple of very revealing pictures.  Take a look below. 

This first one is from a protest back in March.  Notice that his sign is very anti-Republican.
 


Now, check out this second picture, here is the same guy at the Occupy Phoenix march last week.  You can't miss that trademark cowboy hat.  And do you see who is next to him?  A Jerry Lewis supporter.  A Jerry Lewis supporter standing side by side with the anti-Republican protestor.

Now, here is the same Jerry Lewis supporter with the rest of the Occupy Phoenix crowd.

What's next an Occupy Mesa rally?  It is clear that the anti-Republican, anti-Pearce crowd is behind the recall.  Now they have turned their support to Jerry Lewis. 

Meanwhile, Jerry Lewis is trying to paint himself as a conservative Republican, but he can't separate himself from those backing the recall.  We would doubt very many LD 18 voters marched in the Occupy Phoenix parade.

Lewis releases campaign finance report

Just found this update from Sonoran Alliance.

Jerry Lewis has released his campaign finance reports.  You can read them for yourself by clicking here.

Meanwhile, what is not in any report is the money being spent to fight against Russell Pearce including the money spent by Randy Parraz and his supporters to fund the recall election.  That is also not to mention the 4 mailers against Pearce which have been deemed "deceptive."

Voters may never know how much actual money is being raised and spent in this recall race.

More East Valley Leaders Stand with Salmon

Mesa and Chandler City Councilmembers Tout Salmon’s Record and Experience

EAST VALLEY – Former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District Matt Salmon announced today that his campaign received the endorsements from three more East Valley leaders. Salmon’s campaign announced the following endorsements:

Christopher Glover – Mesa Councilmember
Rick Heumann – Chandler Councilmember
Jack Sellers – Chandler Councilmember
  
Mesa Councilmember Christopher Glover stated, “Congressman Salmon is exactly the type of conservative patriot we need in Washington during these challenging times. He has experience dealing with the most pressing issues at the state and federal levels and you can always count on him to do what he says he is going to do. I am proud to be a part of his team.”

“Matt Salmon showed his courage and principles during his previous time in Congress and I know he will take these same qualities to Washington when he returns,” said Chandler Councilmember Rick Heumann, “Matt will help get the budget back in order – not just shift the burden, and I have full confidence in his ability to lead and accomplish great things for the East Valley and Arizona communities.”

Chandler Councilmember Jack Sellers added, “As a long-time businessman in the East Valley, I trust in Matt Salmon’s proven record of fighting for balanced budgets and working to create a business-friendly climate. As our congressman, Matt will be a great partner to businesses in Arizona and advocate for polices that will get our local companies hiring again. I look forward to returning Matt to Washington.”

Former Congressman Salmon stated, “I am grateful for the growing support I continue to receive from our municipal leaders in the East Valley. They understand firsthand the local issues that affect their communities on an everyday basis, and I am eager to help them face these challenges and assist them in whatever way I can in Congress.”

Councilmembers Glover, Heumann and Sellers join East Valley mayors Gail Barney (Queen Creek), Hugh Hallman (Tempe) and John Insalaco (Apache Junction), Mesa Vice-Mayor Scott Somers, and Mesa Councilmembers Dave Richins and Dennis Kavanaugh in supporting Matt Salmon for Congress. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Five Questions

The Arizona Republic is doing profiles of people in the community with their new 5 Questions series.  So far the profiles have been very interesting.  We're not sure if the program is going to focus exclusively on women, but the three profiles so far have all been female. 

Here's hoping that they do a few more.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Kirk Adams Conspicuously Missing

The videos from the Russell Pearce rally are now online.  There are a whole series of speakers who showed up in support of Pearce, including CD6 Candidates Chuck Gray and Matt Salmon:

Chuck Gray



Matt Salmon


Did you notice who is missing?  Kirk Adams.  Former Speaker Kirk Adams who worked with Pearce while he served as the Senate President.  Now, he is staying away.  No wonder why some people have noticed and called him out on it.

Who is behind the Russell Pearce recall?

The mystery continues.  First, the voters of LD18 have no real idea who paid for the recall of Russell Pearce in the first place.  While Jerry Lewis tries to separate himself from Randy Parraz, there is no real way that he can as long as the recall backers remain in the shadows. 

Now, another (or the same, who knows) recall group is using a front to attack Russell Pearce with campaign mailers.  The group "Citizens United for Progress" is supporting Lewis and attacking Pearce - but it turns out they may not have filed the appropriate disclosures.  If this was against Pearce backers, this would be a multi-day story.  Since it favors Lewis, watch it fade away quickly.

Taxpayers protected in Cubs Deal

The Arizona Republic is complimenting the City of Mesa for their handling of the Cubs deal and their efforts to protect the taxpayers.  It is indeed a good deal that will keep the Cubs in Mesa for at least the next 30 years and perhaps even 20 more.  Fifty years from now, who knows what Spring Training will look like, but for now, one of the city's largest economic engines is staying put.

The editorial couldn't help itself but put in a parting shot about the Riverview shopping complex across the street.  For some reason, the media likes to put down Riverview while praising Tempe Marketplace which basically put most of Mill Avenue out of business.  The question is, would the Cubs stadium be at Riverview if not for the shopping center?  The largest complaint  about Hohokam (besides that its next to a cemetary) is the fact that there is no retail nearby.  Without Riverview, the closest retail would be in Tempe.  Keeping the Cubs money in Mesa should be our biggest priority and with that, the Cubs deal makes the Riverview deal even better.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Jerry Lewis launches commercials

Jerry Lewis has also launched a series of ads which are starting to appear on television.  His campaign still lacks very many specifics - so the strategy appears to do very little to differentiate himself from Pearce and instead just go with the "I'm a nice guy" strategy and hope that it is enough to win the day.

MCC Coach Indicted

It looks like former MCC Coach Carl Hargrave turned his coaching gig into a lucrative cottage industry.  From marking up football camps to taking kickbacks to hand out scholarships, the Coach was finding ways to pocket a few bucks here and there in addition to his coaching salary.  Yet another mess for the community colleges to clean up.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Release: Jerry Lewis is Failing Our Kids

Mesa, AZ – Today, Senator Russell Pearce’s campaign responded to his political opponent’s assertion that he is a “school reformer.”
The Arizona Department of Education recently released their evaluations for Arizona’s schools. Under their new “A-F School Accountability Letter Grade System,” two schools that Jerry Lewis manages are receiving only a “C” and “D” grade.

It is important to note that according to Wednesday’s Arizona Republic, the new grading "formula puts more weight on how much students improve and less on their level of performance".

The two schools that received such poor improvement grades under Jerry’s “reform” include the Children’s First Academy of Tempe (C grade) and Children’s First Academy of Phoenix (D grade).
Under this system a “failing” school is given a “D” grade when it is actually failing during the grading period. Only after three “D” grades in consecutive grading periods is the school actually assigned an “F”.

“Jerry Lewis runs around the district talking about his record of improving
schools. However, this report tells a different story,” stated Chad Willems, Pearce’s campaign manager.

Willems continued, “Interestingly, the Tempe school is the same one in which Jerry Lewis admitted he stole donated items for homeless children and gave to a friend to sell at a garage sale. Perhaps Jerry took more than just donated clothes and an entertainment center for the homeless kids. Looks like he stole their schoolbooks too.”

Paid for by Patriots for Pearce

Resort coming to Riverview

It's first come first served to the spot near the new Cubs spring training facility.  Waveyard is still given a chance to use the property, but now they have some competition.  Motivated competition at that - if the Cubs can attract a resort, they will get more time to develop their Wrigleyville concept.  While we hope that Wrigleyville happens sooner as opposed to later, its good to see that Mesa is doing what it can to drive amenties near the ballpark.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Early Voting Starts today

Early voting starts today in the LD 18 recall race.  The Arizona Republic seems content to squeeze every last bit of juice out of this story by keeping it on the front pages.  This time, its an indepth look at the changing demographics of LD18.

What is interesting is that the face of the District will change again with the upcoming redisticting process.  In fact, next fall, Senators Pearce and Crandall may end up in the same district with Lewis on the outside looking in.  You think that Pearce vs. Lewis has been contentious - imagine what Pearce vs. Crandall would look like. 

Senator Crandall is almong the handful of legislators who have not stood up in support of Pearce because Pearce supported Crandall's opponent in the Primary.  Crandall's former LD19 seatmate Former Speaker Kirk Adams has also failed to appear on the list of those supporting Pearce - raising questions from fellow lawmakers.

Cubs update

A lot of news coming from the Chicago Cubs organization.  First, it looks like they have a new General Manager.

Second, the City of Mesa has released the agreements for the spring training facilities and the deal surrounding the Wrigleyville development.  The Wrigleyville portion agreements are very interesting in that they give the Cubs ownership the first crack at developing the areas around the stadium.  However, they are set as such that they won't be able hold it indefinitely without developing it.

So, unlike some of the other new stadiums which are smack in the middle of undeveloped areas, hopefully this means there will be stuff to do surrounding the stadium in a relatively short amount of time.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Recall Election Update

Just as we predicted, the Russell Pearce recall has taken center stage this month with both sides going back and forth over several issues.  In fact, the Arizona Republic has taken the time to profile both candidates on the front page of the Valley and State section with Jerry Lewis yesterday and Russell Pearce today.

That, of course, didn't stop them from issuing an endorsement before the profiles had been completed.  In what should be a surprise to no one, the Republic has endorsed Jerry Lewis.  Has the Arizona Republic ever endorsed Russell Pearce?

Lewis, however, has a few troubles of his own.  In addition to trying to separate himself from the likes of Randy Parraz, Lewis must also content with allegations that he was taking items intended for homeless kids and giving them away for personal gain.  He also compared Arizona to "Alabama 1964" which you can draw your own conclusions about.

Meanwhile, both camps have taken to the airwaves with an independent group bashing Pearce:



And Pearce defending his track record:

Why not Mesa for GOP Debate?

Less than two weeks ago, Governor Brewer announced that Arizona will be home to a GOP debate on December 1st. The location has yet to be determined, but one could guess that they are probably leaning towards somewhere like Gammage in Tempe or some place downtown. Our question is, why not Mesa? Mesa is the bedrock of Republican conservatism in the valley and much more likely to vote for any of the GOP nominees than Tempe or Phoenix.
Obama and the Democrats get that, that is why they come to Mesa time and again. Will the GOP leaders be smart enough to follow suit or will they take Mesa for granted?



Governor Brewer: Arizona GOP and CNN to Partner for Republican Presidential Debate

Forum to Highlight Southwestern Issues, Give Arizona Voters Up-Close Look at Candidates
PHOENIX – Governor Jan Brewer announced Thursday that an agreement has been reached with CNN for the network to produce a major debate in Arizona featuring candidates seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2012.

The nationally-televised debate will be conducted and aired at 6 p.m. local time (8 p.m. ET) on December 1.

“I’ve been in politics a long time, but I can’t remember a more critical election than this,” said Governor Brewer. “When it comes to some of the hallmark issues facing our country – whether illegal immigration, the housing crisis or the ongoing power struggle between the states and federal government – Arizona is at the forefront. These are national issues, certainly. But Arizonans live and breathe them.

“So, I’m thrilled that the Arizona Republican Party and CNN have reached agreement on a debate, and optimistic that when the candidates come to Arizona, they’ll meet our voters and offer meaningful solutions to the problems facing our state and nation.”

CNN’s participation ensures that the Arizona presidential debate will be viewed worldwide, thanks to the global, 24/7 reach of CNN and CNN.com. The debate will be aired live from Arizona on CNN, and globally on CNN International, CNN en Espanol and CNN Radio.

“Arizona is a key state that will play a pivotal role in helping Republicans choose their presidential nominee,” said Sam Feist, CNN Washington bureau chief and senior vice president. “CNN is honored to provide voters in Arizona and around the country an opportunity to hear the GOP candidates present their vision for the future.”

CNN is highly-respected for its political coverage, and in 2008 won a Peabody Award – the highest honor in television journalism – for its presidential primary coverage, including production of debates. CNN has already hosted two Republican presidential debates this year, partnering with WMUR television and the New Hampshire Union Leader in June and the Tea Party Express earlier this month.

Preparations are ongoing for Arizona’s Republican presidential debate, including the selection of an appropriate venue to host the festivities. The State of Arizona will incur no costs as part of the production of this event.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Kirk Adams launches website

Kirk Adams has finally launched a website.  You can view it at http://www.kirkadams2012.com/.  He launched it with the accompanying video:


The video looks very pretty, but we aren't really sure what it says.  A guy running for Congress likes the Constitution and the American flag?  You don't say!

It also looks like they have a few kinks to work out because the astute folks over at Seeing Red noticed that his video also builds Name ID for his opponent Chuck Gray.  Oops!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Jerry Lewis enters race against Russell Pearce

About two weeks ago, there was speculation that those who oppose Russell Pearce had found someone to run against him. Turns out they found their man and his name is Jerry Lewis. There are two others in this race, who may turn out to be potential spoilers, but in the end this race really boils down to Lewis vs. Pearce.

We still wonder if he knows what he is getting into, but at this point, hopefully someone sat him down and told him how this kind of race was going to be. Well, there is already a little bit of trouble to contend with. Jerry Lewis admitted that he voted for Kevin Gibbons in 2008 and for a write in for 2010.

So, its clear that this guy has been voting against Pearce for awhile now. No matter how friendly he acts or how much he tries to hug Pearce, his track record says otherwise. He is using this special opportunity to take out someone he doesn't like and he doesn't agree with. Remember that when he starts talking about how much he respects Pearce.

Another question: did he write Kevin Gibbons in again, or someone else in 2010? You may recall that Kevin Gibbons was Jeff Flake's brother-in-law who ran against Pearce in 2008. Gibbons was a lawyer who ran "Immigration without barriers" and was backed by the people who pushed a bogus employer sanctions initiative which would actually weaken the law. So, are those the same types of people who are going to line up behind Lewis?

This is going to be an interesting race. With very little else going on this November, the eyes of Arizona (and other parts of the country) will be on this race.

Salmon Holds Commanding 30 Point Lead

Opponents in Dead Heat for 2nd Place Among Likely Primary Voters

EAST VALLEY – Former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District Matt Salmon today announced his campaign to return to Congress holds a commanding early lead in the race for the Republican nomination. In a recent survey conducted by top Arizona polling firm, Arizona Opinion, Salmon received a 30 point advantage over his closest competitor:


If the Republican primary election to choose a candidate to represent this area in the U.S. House were held today, for whom would you vote? [Rotate] Matt Salmon, Kirk Adams, OR Chuck Gray?

38.3% Matt Salmon
8.3% Kirk Adams
6.5% Chuck Gray
47.0% Undecided, Refused

The scientific survey (attached) of 400 likely primary voters in the current Congressional District 6 was conducted over July 18-19. Nearly 92% of those surveyed said they were certain to vote in next year’s primary election.

Dr. Margaret Kenski, President of Arizona Opinion, stated, "Certainly this poll indicates that Matt Salmon begins his campaign with a significant advantage over his opponents. Salmon is in a strong position to earn the support among those who remain undecided and increase his lead towards the all-important 50 percent level."

"As I continue to meet with people throughout the community, I have been humbled by the overwhelmingly strong support my campaign has received," said Matt Salmon. "The results of this survey reflect what I have been seeing and hearing every day. There is still much more work to be done, but it is clear that we need to change the direction that our country is headed by sending the most experienced and principled leaders back to Congress. I look forward to sharing more about my track record of reducing spending, balancing the budget, and fighting for conservative values."

About Arizona Opinion

Arizona Opinion is an Arizona-based consulting firm with survey and other data-based research and focus groups and experience dating back to 1978. Located in Tucson, the firm has conducted research for organizations, campaigns, and candidates for all levels of state, local, and municipal government.

Dr. Margaret Kenski has served as a pollster for the Arizona Republican Party, Congressmen Mo Udall, Jim Kolbe, and Jeff Flake, Senator Jon Kyl, Governors Jane Dee Hull and Fife Symington, and numerous other state and local candidates and ballot proposition committees. Kenski has also conducted survey research on ballot measures and proposed legislation for such diverse entities as the Beer and Wine Distributors of Arizona, Intel, Qwest, and the Arizona State University Foundation.

About Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge. A proud fiscal conservative, Salmon was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office. He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life. He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Top National Elected Official” award.

Matt Salmon has received endorsements from Arizona Congressman Trent Franks, former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, East Valley mayors Gail Barney (Queen Creek), Hugh Hallman (Tempe) and John Insalaco (Apache Junction).

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Get To Know Russell Pearce - Biography

How much do you know about Russell Pearce? Mesa Arizona Now! has an extensive write up:

Born on June 23, 1947 as one of thirteen children in Mesa, Senator Russell Pearce is a fifth-generation Arizonan on both his mother's and his father’s side. His family has long served the public interests of Arizona and its people. His Great, Great Grandfather Harrison Pearce built the Pearce Ferry on Lake Mead. His Great Grandfather James Pearce founded Taylor Arizona in the 1860’s. His Great Uncle Joe Pearce was one of the original Arizona Rangers serving from 1901-1909.

Pearce’s youth was tough. His family was poor and his father was an alcoholic without a steady job which caused the family to move from one squalid rental home to another. Pearce recalled in an Arizona Republic article that his father “was a good man, but he was very weak. He wasn’t the kind of dad, or husband he should have been. Pearce describes his mother as “a saint”. He does not ever remember going to bed she was not still up working or getting up that she was not already up working. Her integrity, do-it-yourself attitude, and sense of personal responsibility influenced Pearce’s core political beliefs. In an Arizona Republic article Pearce recounts how as a child, upon returning home one afternoon with his family, they discovered groceries left by a good Samaritan. Despite the helpful and necessary gift, Pearce’s mother refused to let her children touch the groceries, explaining, “it was her job to raise her family”. Consistent with that belief, though they could have used the help, his mother “never took a penny from government or anybody else.”

Click here to read the rest.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Does Pearce challenger know what he is getting into?

Channel 12 is reporting that a challenger has been found to run against Russell Pearce in the LD 18 Recall Election. What is interesting is Channel 12 characterized his potential run as "a product of a search by Mesa residents." See for yourself.

That doesn't really appear to be true. This recall election is the product of Pearce opponents who do not like his policies. How is that the appropriate use of a recall election? Isn't that what regularly scheduled elections are for? How is this not considered some sort of trickery?

More to the point, is anyone who would be willing to face Pearce ready to handle all of the baggage that comes with this recall? Thoughts on Mesa did a good job exposing the recall committee, but the bigger point is, no matter how "conservative" the candidate is, he or she is going to have to defend the records of the people who made this election happen.

By default, whoever runs against Pearce stands with Randy Parraz. How is a conservative mormon going to stand with Parraz who is ardent supporter of gay marriage? Not even civil unions, mind you, Parraz wants full fledged gay marriage.



Didn't the church actively promote marriage amendments in California and Arizona?

How is a candidate going to talk tough on immigration, when his supporters are proponents of the DREAM act?



How is the candidate going say that he is a fiscal conservative when his supporters have deep union connections?

There has been a lot of talk about who the ideal candidate would be to take on Pearce - they want a conservative, mormon male who is tough on immigration. Someone who can be "Pearce light" but without the national attention. The candidate will try to decry the recall and humbly say that they share the same values, just with a different approach.

The problem is their approach is all wrong because the recall is wrong. There will be no ability to do the "wrong" thing for the "right" reasons. To run in the recall election means you endorse what the recall election stands for. It means you endorse what the recall committee stands for. It means that you support trumping the election process and targetting people you don't agree with.

If you are wrong about the recall, how can you be trusted on anything else?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Conservative legislators endorse Kirk Adams

All Legislative District 21 lawmakers throw support behind Adams

East Valley — Kirk Adams is proud to announce that he has won the endorsement of three conservative East Valley lawmakers: State Senator Steven Yarbrough and Representatives Tom Forese and J.D. Mesnard.

The three lawmakers all represent Legislative District 21, which includes Chandler, Queen Creek, Gilbert and Mesa. They join a growing list of conservative leaders who are supporting Adams in his bid for Congress.

Senator Yarbrough, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said: “Speaker Kirk Adams is a gifted and effective leader. He is truly a man of integrity. We served in House leadership together and he will bring expertise, experience, courage, and wonderful family values to Congress. We need him there!”

Representative Forese, chairman of the House Higher Education Committee, said: “America is at a crossroad. Our leadership will determine whether our country continues to lead the world or whether we fade into obscurity. Kirk Adams is an honest, smart and hardworking conservative. He has spent the last 5 years putting Arizona in the right direction. Now it’s time to send him to Washington.

Representative Mesnard said: “There are four reasons why I’m supporting Kirk Adams for Congress: his values, his virtue, his vision and his victories. As Speaker of the Arizona House


of Representatives, Kirk modeled all four when tackling critical issues like balancing the budget, creating jobs, and reforming the state retirement system — the very issues that also need addressing at the national level. That’s what makes Kirk Adams the perfect candidate to send to Washington and represent our community.”

Adams thanked the lawmakers for their support: “These three men have provided great conservative leadership for our community and I’m honored to have their support. They join a growing grassroots movement that’s growing stronger by the day.”

A husband, father and small businessman, after joining the state House in 2006, Adams found himself so frustrated by the unwillingness and inability of Republicans in the Legislature to stand up for their conservative principals that he launched a long-shot campaign to oust the veteran Speaker of the House.

Adams shocked the Republican establishment and political class, winning the Speakership at only 35 years of age and one full term in office – making him the youngest Speaker in Arizona history.

Adams led the House back in a conservative direction with an aggressive reform agenda, taking on some of the most challenging issues in Arizona history – issues others were afraid to address because of the potential political fallout.

A native Arizonan, Adams and his wife JaNae live in Mesa and have five children.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Pearce Recall moving forward

Looks like the recall of Russell Pearce is moving forward. Seems like more and more these days, recall has become the weapon of those who cannot find a way to agree. In this case, they are basically recalling the Senate President because they don't agree with his policies on immigration.

Isn't that what regular elections are for? Now, instead the taxpayers are on the hook for a special election. If the recall fails, the committee should be on the hook like they do with frivolous law suits.

So now, the question is, who will be brave enough to run against Russell Pearce? This is going to be a very divisive race, and we predict that the media will place a lot of attention on it because it will be one of the only things going on. Expect a series of articles on Pearce in their typical unflattering style.

Perhaps its time to bring back the bloggers round table like we did back during Pearce vs. Gibbons.

East Valley Mayors Stand with Matt Salmon

City leaders believe in Salmon’s vision for job creation, growth and prosperity

EAST VALLEY – Former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District Matt Salmon announced today that three East Valley Mayors have endorsed his bid to return to Congress. Salmon announced the following endorsements for his campaign:


Mayor Gail Barney – Queen Creek
Mayor Hugh Hallman – Tempe
Mayor John Insalaco – Apache Junction

Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney stated, "Leaders from East Valley cities need a Congressman they can count to represent our local interests in Washington. Matt Salmon has proven that he is a man of his word and I know I can always trust in him to support the town of Queen Creek."

"I’ve known Matt for several years," said Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, "and there is no one more qualified and more prepared for the job. Matt has a record of supporting policies that cut irresponsible government spending and produce economic growth, and he is exactly the type of leader we need in Washington to get our country’s financial house in order."

Apache Junction Mayor John Insalaco added, "I am proud to endorse Matt’s campaign to return to Congress. As a Mayor, I know the tough budget decisions that need to be made and I am confident in Matt’s ability to make the same tough decisions in Washington, so we can get our economy moving in the right direction."

Former Congressman Salmon stated, "I am honored to receive the endorsements from such exemplary East Valley Mayors. From my first day in Congress, I pledge to work day and night to promote policies that will generate economic prosperity and jobs for every East Valley city."

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Conservative Gilbert leaders endorse Kirk Adams for Congress

Local leaders praise Adams’ ability to make the tough decisions to shake-up Washington and get America back on track.

GILBERT, AZ – Kirk Adams is proud to announce the latest additions to his growing conservative coalition: Gilbert Vice-Mayor Jenn Daniels and Council Members Eddie Cook, Ben Cooper and Jordan Ray.

“Kirk Adams is a rising leader for conservatives,” said Vice-Mayor Jenn Daniels. “He has proven that he is willing to make the difficult choices to solve our generational challenges. Kirk represents the values that families of Gilbert hold dear. He will be a strong, conservative leader for our community.”

Councilman Jordan Ray said: “Kirk Adams is just what our country needs in Congress. Kirk has a record of standing up for families and conservative values. As an East Valley small businessman, Kirk has a vested interest in making sure our community is successful. More than anything, Kirk has proven he has the guts to make the tough decisions to reform Washington.”

Adams welcomed these East Valley leaders to his growing coalition.

“I’m honored to have the support of Vice-Mayor Jenn Daniels and Council Members Eddie Cook, Jordan Ray and Ben Cooper. Our campaign continues to gain strength everyday. With the support of these respected community leaders, we are one step closer to shaking-up Washington.”

Kirk Adams is a rising star in the Republican Party, and a conservative reformer who shook-up Arizona’s state Capitol and will do the same thing in Congress.

A husband, father and small businessman, after joining the state House in 2006, Adams found himself so frustrated by the unwillingness and inability of Republicans in the Legislature to stand up for their conservative principals that he launched a long-shot campaign to oust the veteran Speaker of the House.

Adams shocked the Republican establishment and political class, winning the Speakership at only 35 years of age and one full term in office – making him the youngest Speaker in Arizona history.

Adams led the House back in a conservative direction with an aggressive reform agenda, taking on some of the most challenging issues in Arizona history – issues others were afraid to address because of the potential political fallout.

A native Arizonan, Adams and his wife JaNae live in Mesa and have five children.

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Kirk Adams Fundraiser

Thoughts on Mesa has an interesting post on the Adams/Salmon race that is worth a read. Part of their update included a YouTube from a recent Adams fundraiser - the video has now been subsequently removed and then replaced. Here it is below:







Don't know all of the faces in this slide show, but we would guess this is more meant for insiders. At least we hope so, taking pictures at a fundraiser doesn't do much to give feeling of being "among the people." In the end, it looks like the "credits" at the end are the most important part of the video. They look conspiciously like endorsements wrapped up in a thank you.

This is more about the fact that it appears that the who's who of the East Valley are starting to divide on this one. It is starting to feel like an American Idol finale.

Things Bad at the Tribune?

We got an email from the East Valley Tribune begging us to register for Daily Deals. If we do, we might win a TV! It wasn't that long ago that you could get real news from the Trib and it acted as a nice counter measure to the Republic. Now, its just a tabloid hawking deals and giving day late news.

Mesa City Council Members Support Matt Salmon

Half of City Council Members endorse Salmon’s Bid to Return to Congress

EAST VALLEY – Matt Salmon, former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s sixth Congressional district announced today that three members of the Mesa City Council have endorsed his campaign for Congress. Salmon’s campaign announced the following endorsements:
Vice Mayor Scott Somers – District 6
Councilman Dave Richins – District 1
Councilman Dennis Kavanaugh – District 3

Vice Mayor Scott Somers said, “Matt Salmon knows the importance of Gateway Airport, not only to the City of Mesa but to the East Valley region. He will do what’s right to ensure its success and long-term growth. He is committed to getting results – not sitting on the sidelines.”

"Mesa and the East Valley have a 21st century economy and need a representative in Congress who understands the diverse businesses that make us successful" said Dave Richins, who represents Northwest Mesa in Council District One. "Matt Salmon has that experience and will fight to support the needs of the City of Mesa and all of Arizona."

Councilman Dennis Kavanaugh of District 3 added, “I first met Matt Salmon at Mesa Speaks back in the 1980’s in Prescott and I supported him in his very first run for the Legislature. He did a great job in Congress for us and was very responsive to the needs of the city. He is honest, ethical and a true man of his word. He has never been a divisive ‘name-caller’ which is refreshing these days.”

Former Congressman Salmon stated, “I am proud to call Mesa my home. I am honored that these members of the Mesa City Council believe in me and know that I will protect and promote the hard work they are doing to maintain Mesa’s reputation as a great place to work and to do business.”