Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Who is behind the recall of Russell Pearce?

Great post by the folks over at Thoughts on Mesa:

Who is behind the recall of Russell Pearce?

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Salmon Denounces President Obama

Salmon Denounces President Obama’s Call for Israel to Return to Its Indefensible 1967 Borders
"As an ally it is wrong for us to advocate a policy that will jeopardize Israel’s security"

EAST VALLEY – Former Congressman Matt Salmon denounced President Obama’s proposal that Israel return to borders its famous former Foreign Minister Abba Eben, called "Israel’s Auschwitz line". Salmon says, "Until now, no US President has advocated Israel return to the 1967 borders – borders that the Prime Minister of Israel reiterated yesterday would put Israel’s security at risk. The President cannot say he will do nothing to undermine Israel’s security and then advocate a policy that the Prime Minister of Israel says would undermine Israel’s security."

Yesterday, President Obama outlined a Palestinian state based on Israel’s borders before the 1967 Six Day War, requiring Israel to give up control over all of East Jerusalem including the holiest sites of the Jewish people – the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. The President made clear in his speech that were Israel to try to retain these historical Jewish sites, Israel would have to give up land that has existed from Israel’s creation in 1949. Such a position has never before been advocated by a sitting U.S. President.

Salmon said, "It’s astonishing that the President is suggesting something that would break the written commitment given to Israel in 2004 by President Bush that specifically indicated that Israel could keep at least some of the territory that Israel won in the defensive 1967 war, territory that Israel vitally needs for its security. "This move not only puts Israel’s security at risk, it hurts U.S. interests as well."

Salmon continues, "President Obama is also doing it at a time when the Palestinian Authority has formed a union with the Bin Laden supporting Hamas. Such a policy thus destroys the momentum achieved by putting the terrorists on the defensive after the killing of Bin Laden. Telling a U.S. ally, Israel, to give more land to a Bin Laden supporting entity is just flat out wrong."

Salmon has been a long-time, strong supporter of a safe and secure Israel. When he was in Congress in 1999, at the time First Lady Hillary Clinton called for the establishment of a Palestinian State. Salmon then pushed a bill through the House that Congress would never recognize a Palestinian state unless our ally Israel agreed to it first.

Salmon concluded, "The day after the bill passed, Israel’s then-Prime Minister Netanyahu personally phoned me and told me I was a statesman and a hero for Israel."

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Statement from Governor Jan Brewer: Fiesta Bowl

Statement from Governor Jan Brewer
The Fiesta Bowl

“Wednesday’s announcement that the Fiesta Bowl will maintain its Bowl Championship Series standing is good news for supporters of the Bowl and great news for Arizona. The Fiesta Bowl is a signature Arizona sporting event and critical economic driver for our travel and tourism industry.

“It’s wonderful that the Fiesta Bowl will maintain its status. But it remains important that Bowl leaders continue to implement reforms and improve oversight so that the alleged financial and other improprieties of this episode are never repeated.

“In that regard, I’ll continue to work with a special panel I convened to assist the Fiesta Bowl in this effort. Our work is not yet complete. But word of the BCS’ endorsement is encouragement that the Fiesta Bowl is on the right track.”


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Former Congressman John Shadegg Endorses Matt Salmon

"[Matt] recognizes that growth of government constricts this nation's fundamental value of individual liberty."

EAST VALLEY – Former Congressman Matt Salmon announced today that Former Congressman John Shadegg has endorsed his bid for Congress. Shadegg was elected to Congress in 1994 alongside Salmon as part of the "Republican Revolution." He is a long-time fiscal conservative who has fought for lower taxes and against government waste. Shadegg was also a leading advocate in Congress and in the National Conservative Movement for limited government.

Shadegg said, "I worked with Matt Salmon for many years in Congress. He recognizes that growth of government constricts this nation's fundamental value of individual liberty. He is a solid conservative and I know he will fight to reduce government spending, bring federal tax relief to hardworking Americans, and re-establish state and individual rights. Courage is a rare thing in Washington and Matt Salmon has proven time and again he has it. He has proven that he will work to change Washington without Washington changing him. I support Matt because we need someone who knows his way around and won't be intimidated by the old bulls and the power elite. You won't need to bet on Matt because of his rhetoric you can count on him because of his actions."

"I am truly thrilled to receive the support of Congressman Shadegg," said Salmon. "He is a great statesman and was truly a model for fiscal responsibility while he served in Congress. I cherished the time I was able to serve with him and pledge to continue his commitment fiscal conservatism, lower taxes and limited government."

About Former Congressman John Shadegg
John Shadegg, a native Arizonan, grew up in the shadow of Barry Goldwater, one of our country's and Arizona's most revered statesmen. Shadegg's father, Stephen, was Senator Goldwater's campaign manger and speechwriter. From these two men, Shadegg learned that the most important thing in politics, and in life, is integrity. Throughout his fourteen years representing Arizona's Third Congressional District, Shadegg has remained true to his principles and acted in the best interest of Arizona and the nation, regardless of consequence.

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.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Kirk Adams Announces Impressive Finance Team for Congressional Campaign

Broad-based conservative coalition stretches across Arizona

Mesa, AZ – Kirk Adams announced an impressive finance committee today, releasing an extraordinary list of dozens of business, political and community leaders from all across the state who have committed to ensuring he represents the East Valley in Congress.

This stunning broad-based conservative coalition represents an array of prominent leaders who have built the Arizona of today. Even more striking is that the announcement comes just a week after the former House speaker jumped into the race.

These leaders join Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl in supporting Adams. Kyl is the campaign’s Honorary Chairman.

“I’m truly honored and humbled to have the support of so many individuals who have literally transformed the state with their leadership and hard work,” Adams said. “We have a long way to go, but such broad and tremendous support gives me great confidence that we are on our way to victory.”

Honorary Chairman

Finance Committee Members:

•Joe Abate
•Hon. Stan Barnes
•Dr. Craig Barrett
•Michael Bidwill
•Wendy Briggs
•Drew Brown
•Jim Click, Jr.
•Jerry Colangelo
•Jerry Coleman
•Beth & Chad Coons
•Majority Leader Steve Court
•Nan & Webb Crockett
•Eric Crown
•Hon. Bob Fannin & Dr. Lisa Fannin
•Anita & Ross Farnsworth, Sr.
•Michael Preston Green
•Amy & Derrick Hall
•Scott K. Henderson
•Paul Hickman
•Karen & Bob Hobbs, Sr.
•C.A. Howlett
•Mike Ingram
•Don Isaacson
•Ivan D. Johnson
•Hon. John Kaites
•Randy & Ken Kendrick
•John K. Mangum
•Norman McClelland
•Kelly & Jim Norton
•Dr. Eric Novack
•Suzy & Scott Perkinson
•D. Michael Rappoport
•Jordan Rose
•Heather & Dr. Paul Sandstrom
•Hon. Fife Symington
•Arizona Speaker Andy Tobin
•Steve Twist
•Dan Withers

About Kirk Adams:

•Adams, a husband, father and a small businessman, is a lifelong resident of the East Valley. After building a successful property and casualty insurance business, Adams was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006.

•After only one full term in the House and at age 35, Adams shocked the political world when he challenged and beat the incumbent Speaker of the House – making him the youngest Speaker in Arizona’s history.

•In his three years in the top leadership post in the House, pushed more than $3 billion in spending cuts through the House. Adams’ Jobs Bill resulted in the largest permanent tax cut in Arizona history. He even took on the public-employee unions, authoring and passing a top-to-bottom reform of the state pension system to free taxpayers from ever increasing liabilities. And as Speaker, Adams helped ensure the passage of SB1070 and make sure it was defended both in the court of law and against the liberal media and national boycott groups.

•Adams has pledged to bring the same conservative principles and tough decision-making he exhibited as Arizona Speaker of the House back to Washington to cut spending, shrink government and secure our border.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Arizona Highway Patrol Association to Honor 28 DPS Officers Killed in Line of Duty with Memorial Ceremony

Annual event will take place TODAY, May 2nd

(Phoenix, AZ) –The men and women of the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) will pay their respects to 28 Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers who were been killed in the line of duty. The Annual AHPA Police Officer Memorial Ceremony is scheduled for today at DPS’ main headquarters in Phoenix.

It is relieving to AHPA that they will not be adding another name to the memorial this year. However, other police agencies in Arizona, and countrywide, have recently experienced the loss of a hero. The names of 316 fallen police officers are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. In 2010, officer fatalities increased over 40% nationwide from the year before. In Arizona alone, law enforcement experienced a 500% increase in police deaths. Yesterday, the community lost a Buckeye police officer that was killed during an altercation.

Governor Janice Brewer, DPS Director Robert Holliday and AHPA President Jimmy Chavez will speak at the ceremony. Special performances by aviation professionals, Miss Arizona Kathryn Buckley, the Arizona music group Arrowheart and law enforcement bagpipers will add powerful sounds and visuals to the commemorative day. This annual memorial, that arrives one week before the nationally recognized Police Memorial Week, not only honors the officers, but also the sacrifices of their families. This ceremony is a solemn reminder of the dangers DPS officers face every day as they protect and serve the citizens of State of Arizona.

The ceremony will take place on today, 9:00 a.m. at the AHPA Police Memorial Statue located at 2102 W. Encanto Boulevard in Phoenix. To schedule an interview, to receive raw photos or video footage from the event or for further information, please contact Stacey Dillon by phone at 480-225-4809 or email stacey@psamedias.com. Interviews can be accommodated before and after the event, as well.
About the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA): Founded in 1958, the AHPA's mission is to promote the positive role of Law Enforcement Professionals, and to protect and secure rights and benefits for their members through effective representation with local, state and national governments. You can visit their website at www.ahpa.com.