Advocates, officials spar over handling early ballots in Arizona

Tuesday, May 7, 2013,  By AJ VICENS

PHOENIX – In the run-up to last year’s general election, several political action groups worked to get residents of low-income and high-minority neighborhoods on Maricopa County’s permanent early voting list.
As Nov. 6 approached, those groups had thousands of volunteers knocking on doors to encourage people to mail back those ballots and, if voters couldn’t for any reason, offering to deliver ballots to the county.
“We’re in this to really be able to give a community a voice,” said Petra Falcon, executive director of Promise Arizona, a Latino rights group that mobilized one of the larger ballot-collection efforts. “Voting is the very first step to doing that.”
Falcon estimated that her more than 2,100 volunteers collected and submitted several thousand ballots and turned them in to the Maricopa County Elections Department. Citizens for a Better Arizona estimated that it collected and submitted at least 4,000 ballots.
Leaders of both groups say collecting and submitting early ballots is a way of addressing historically low voting rates among Latinos and other minorities. While state law allows early voters to drop off ballots at any polling place in their county if they can’t mail them back by election day, those leaders say minorities are less likely to do so because of work or because they feel that candidates don’t care about their concerns.
Randy Parraz, head of Citizens for a Better Arizona, said the goal is making sure someone who may not otherwise return an early ballot for any reason has his or her voice heard.
“It would end up in the garbage had we not sat with them, because they didn’t care that much because no one asked them for their vote” Parraz said.
To a top Republican lawmaker, however, it’s too easy for those who collect ballots to not do what they promise – destroying or failing to submit them, for example.
Sen. Michele Reagan, R-Scottsdale, chairwoman of the Senate Elections Committee, pushed this legislative session for Arizona to follow the lead of California and other states that have banned the practice or placed restrictions on how it can be done.
SB 1003 would bar those working or volunteering for third-party political organizations from collecting and submitting another person’s early ballot. A voter could still designate someone else to submit the ballot – a friend or spouse, for example.
As approved by the Senate, a violation would carry a felony charge.
“There is no other state that allows an individual to walk into a polling place with thousands of ballots,” Reagan said. “Not one other state. So if other states have restrictions, why is it so shocking that Arizona would chose to look at, have some restrictions too?”
It’s one of two election reform bills pushed by Reagan that have drawn the ire of civil rights groups and Democrats. The other, SB 1261, would allow counties to purge names from permanent early voting lists under certain circumstances and make it illegal for another person to alter a voter registration form without the registrant’s consent.
Both bills cleared the Senate on party-line votes but as of early May hadn’t received votes on the House floor.
The bills were a response to the November 2012 election, which drew national attention to Arizona because of the record number of provisional ballots cast and perceived delays in counting all the votes. Several Senate Democrats sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice in March asking for the Civil Rights Division to watch the legislation because they said it would disproportionately impact minorities who rely more on third-party political groups and are more likely to have recently signed up for permanent early voting lists.
Testifying before the Senate Elections Committee in February, Maricopa County Elections Director Karen Osborne said SB 1003 would help secure ballots. She noted that some voters, including two people in her office, reported people posing as county election workers coming to their homes, asking who they voted for and asking to take their early ballots.
“It is very, very difficult to understand why somebody would do that,” she said. “It can’t happen, it makes the public nervous.”
Tammy Patrick, Maricopa County Elections federal compliance officer, echoed that concern in an interview.
“Why are they asking for who somebody voted for?” Patrick said. “Does that mean that they’re not going to turn in the ballot? Does that mean they’re going to destroy it? Does that mean that they’ll wait and turn it in so it’s late if it’s somebody that they didn’t want to win?”
Many states allow some form of mail-in voting, and most of them have rules on who can submit another person’s ballot. In Alaska, for instance, a person must have power of attorney for an individual they’re submitting a ballot for. Colorado and Arkansas cap the number of ballots that may be submitted.
Reagan’s bill is based on a California statute that has barred anyone affiliated with political campaigns from returning mail-in ballots since 2001.
A bill similar to SB 1003 made it through the Legislature and was signed by Gov. Jan Brewer in 2011. Sponsored by Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, it would have required that anybody who delivers more than 10 ballots would have to provide a copy of his or her photo ID. That law never went into effect because the state withdrew it from a required review of proposed changes to Arizona’s election procedures by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Citizens for a Better Arizona, a political action group that helped lead the recall efforts of former state Sen. Russell Pearce, was perhaps the most successful ballot-collecting group during the November 2012 election season. The group collected more than 4,000 ballots, according to Parraz, the group’s leader. He said his volunteers were open with their support for Paul Penzone, a Democrat who ran against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
“For every person, we went up to and asked them, ‘Can we count on you to support Paul Penzone for sheriff?’ and if they said no, we didn’t collect their ballot,” Parraz said. “We left them alone. So we didn’t take ballots for Arpaio and throw them away, we just didn’t want their ballot.”
State Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, said in an interview that SB 1003 is unnecessary and, if it becomes law, would be tied up on federal court as he and opponents challenge it.
“It may not be the wisest thing to give your ballot to someone you don’t know, but that comes from voter education,” he said.
Doug Chapin, an elections expert at the University of Minnesota who studies election procedures, said that election administrators generally don’t seem to have a problem with third-party ballot collection.
“That’s something they’re relatively neutral on as long as they know what the rules are,” Chapin said. “If you are going to allow somebody to pick up a ballot, you want to make sure there’s some sort of proof of chain of custody.”
Chapin said that the debate over who can handle a voter’s ballot is more politically contentious than other election procedure debates.
“Limiting who can handle ballots, how many they can handle, and who can take them brings far more political, racial and ethnic baggage,” he said.
Gallardo said restricting ballot collection would hit low income and minority voters harder than other groups because the third-party political groups that do so primarily work in those neighborhoods.
“Mi Familia Vota, Promise Arizona, look at all the organizations,” Gallardo said. “They’ve targeted one area: low income areas, predominantly black and Hispanic … they have turned out a lot of black and brown voters to participate and now we have people who suddenly have a problem with how this is done.”
Rosa Romero, a 15-year-old Chandler high school student, said she spent many hours volunteering for the Adios Arpaio” campaign organized by Promise Arizona and Unite Here, a union representing hospitality workers. That included encouraging people to return early ballots and offering to submit them.
She said she ran into people who didn’t support what she was doing but found many more who did.
“I went to one lady’s house and she really thanked me for going to her house because she said if it wasn’t for me, that I picked up her ballot, she would have not voted,” Romero said.
Reagan said her bill wouldn’t prevent people like Romero or groups like Promise Arizona or Citizens for a Better Arizona from trying to engage low-income and minority voters. The bill is aimed at protecting people’s ballots, she said.
“This is all about the voters and making it better for them and their election system,” Reagan said, “and to make sure that their voters are counted and that they’re counted in a timely fashion.”

Governor Brewer to the PC’s.

Dear Fellow Republican,

When I assumed the Office of Governor in early 2009, the State of Arizona faced the largest budget deficit per capita in the entire country. We were saddled with a nearly $3 billion dollar deficit left behind by our former Democrat Governor as she fled Arizona to make a further mockery out of our nation’s border security. As I said at the time, it felt like I had arrived after a great big party was over, all the guests were gone, and someone handed me the bill and told me to clean up the mess!
With the help of the our Republican-majority legislature, we cleaned up the state’s fiscal house and put money away in our state’s Rainy Day Fund. Recently, the Legislature passed a budget that is balanced in Fiscal Year 2014 and keeps the state’s $450 million Rainy Day Fund intact. Our General Fund spending ($8.8 billion) increased marginally–just 3.4% compared to Fiscal Year 2013–making it one of the most conservative budgets in the entire country. Indeed, in addition to the Rainy Day Fund, we have a carry forward balance of $697 million! Through our hard work, we also have ensured that our state budget will be structurally balanced by Fiscal Year 2016 with a $100 million surplus.

I also kept my word and made sure that the temporary one-cent tax, which was supported by 64% of the Arizona electorate in 2010 as Proposition 100, stayed TEMPORARY. Keeping my word, I opposed Proposition 204 (last year’s attempt to PERMANENTLY extend the tax) and ensured that Prop 100 expired at the end of last May. Additionally, we passed effective election reforms to prevent fraud and have stood strong on the need to secure our border and enforce our nation’s immigration laws. When it comes to conservative leadership and fiscal responsibility, Arizona proudly remains a model for the rest of the country.

I remind you of these things because, while I know that some of you do not support my efforts to restore Arizona’s Medicaid program, it’s important to remember that I am governing all of this state with Republican principles. The bottom line for me as your Governor is this: Arizonavoters have TWICE approved making childless adults who earn less than 100% of the federal poverty level eligible for the state’s Medicaid program, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). When I took office in 2009, these program costs were soaring and eating away at our state’s General Fund obligations. Hospitals across the Arizona were facing bankruptcy because when citizens without insurance get sick, they still show up in our emergency rooms where hospitals are required to care for them.The question I had to resolve was how to cover these populations, as required by voter mandated state laws, for the least amount of state money.Under federal law, if Arizona expands our coverage by an additional 63,000 Arizonans (moving our eligibility level from 100% of the federal poverty level to 133%), the feds will pick up 100% of the costs for the first three years of the program. So over three years, rather than spend $1.3 billion of state funds to cover Arizona’s obligation–which would have covered fewer Arizonans–I decided to accept federal funds to protect our precious state resources. I also insisted that if the federal commitment changes, Arizona’s financial obligation will change as well. If federal reimbursement rates drop below 80% of the entire program costs, Arizona’s new law will AUTOMATICALLY TERMINATE. Just as we did in 2009, when the state was broke, we reduced AHCCCS enrollment. We are prepared to do that again if the federal government does not keep its word. Let me be very clear: if we had not found a way to restore coverage to those citizens required under state law, we almost certainly would have been challenged in court and been forced to restore this Arizona voter approved coverage. Such a ruling by the courts would immediately drain Arizona’s Rainy Day Fund and burden the General Fund for many, many years to come. Arizona’s Medicaid program is the most successful program in the country. Arizona’s per patient obligation is half that of other states that do not use our cost containment model (which was created by Republicans over 30 years ago). Arizona’s Medicaid program is NOT Obamacare. It is, in fact, a large part of the solution as the most efficient, cost-effective Medicaid system in the country. I have asked our Congressional delegation to ensure that other states adopt our cost-effective model of service as a way of bringing our burdening national debt under control (a copy of this letter can be seen at closing, I appreciate those of you who have supported me as I made this tough policy decision. And I respect those who disagree. But I cannot emphasize enough that kicking 63,000 Arizona citizens currently enrolled in AHCCCS off of health care–including those in the middle of cancer treatment–would have been disastrous for Republican’s chances at the polls in 2014.
As surveys have shown time and again, the citizens of Arizona overwhelmingly support my Medicaid restoration effort. I reminded many a Republican who disagreed with me over Prop 100’s temporary one cent tax in 2010 that we won two-thirds majorities in both houses of the Legislature just months later. It is my hope that our Party can reclaim those majorities in the fall of 2014. To continue efforts to potentially hurt and intimidate those who stood with me only puts Republican’s chances for electoral success next year back into harm’s way.

This may mean little to those in “strong” Republican districts, but with every statewide office currently in Republican hands, Democrats are looking for ways to tip the scales on a statewide level to increase Democrat turnout. Ronald Reagan often used the quote, “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent traitor.” As fellow Republicans, we agree even more than 80% of the time. We are allies. It is time to move on, work together for a united front in 2014 and focus on the key issues that face our state including the economy, quality education, and public safety. If we work together, I know we can once again sweep every statewide office and two-thirds majorities in both houses of our State Legislature just as we did in 2010.

Thank you for giving me the honor of your attention and for your dedicated service to our Grand Old Party and the Great State of Arizona!

Sincerely, Governor Jan Brewer

The Brewercrats who helped Governor Brewer in the hostile takeover of the Arizona State Legislators

The Brewercrats – Rogue Republicans
John McComish
Michelle Reagan
Adam Driggs
Rich Crandall
Bob Worsley
Steve Pierce
Jeff Dial
Bob Robson
Ethan Orr
Frank Pratt
Doug Coleman
Heather Carter
Kate Brophy-McGee
T.J. Shope
Doris Goodale

O-Brewer-Care : Surrendering Arizona to Obama

The Governor who once championed the plight of ranchers on her southern border has created a chasm equal to the landmark in the northern part of her state.

SurrenderBrewer’s ascent into the national limelight, with the passage of SB1070, is forever tainted by her rapid descent due to the surrendering of the state of Arizona to Obamacare. The Governor of the state that passed a legislative referral to the ballot to amend the Constitution of AZ to prohibit Obamacare and then turned around and sued the Federal government over the implementation of the program is now demanding her own party ignore its core tenets and embrace O-Brewer-Care.

The Republican Party disagrees.

The heroine of Arizona has self-inflicted a wound and it is becoming quite a natural wonder. Resolutions opposing O-Brewer-Care from County Chairs were followed by resolutions opposing O-Brewer-Care from County Executive Committees, followed by resolutions opposing O-Brewer-Care from Legislative Executive Committees, followed by resolutions opposing O-Brewer-Care from Legislative Districts.

These are her people. These are her elected Precinct Committeemen. This is the machine and the heart and soul of the Republican Party and it is being ripped out and stamped on.  Legislative Districts are at war. Resolutions, counter resolutions, and accusations of misrepresentation of intent are bubbling in the pot.

The Democrats cheer.

On the other side of the aisle the Democrats are tepidly cheering the surprising about face of the reputed solid conservative. 100% of the Democrat caucus is voting for O-Brewer-Care. Her traveling power-point presentations given by AHCCS personal are attended by Democrats and well represented are Progressives and Occupy members.

And in the middle a new group emerges – the Brewercrats. Crossover Republicans supported by and supporting Corporate Healthcare and in some cases, displaying greater fear of the Democrats than their supporters, a group of 5 Senators and 11 Representatives are standing with OBrewerCare and the Democrats. In a historic time with a Republican majority in every State seat and the Legislator, the Brewercrats have chosen to stand against their loyal supporters, watching in LD meetings while the hard-working precinct committeemen vote, often unanimously, for resolutions opposing the Governor’s plan.

The sides are formed. Corporate Healthcare joins with the Governor to lead Democrats and Brewercrats, running a full-fledged campaign with their eyes on the future and the hope to reap, according to some estimates, $2 billion. The other side is the Republican Party, Libertarians, nurses, doctors and small business owners who have passion, a demand to be heard and who view keeping the Republican tenet of limited government the ultimate goal.

The image of a strong, finger-waving-at-the-President leader gives way to a portrait of a puppet politician surrendering her state and turning her back on the wishes of her own people.


The Brewercrats

Throughout Arizona a crescendo is building in opposition to the Governor’s proposal to implement OBrewercare. Every legislative district but one, which refused to allow a vote, issued a resolution opposing the Governor’s proposal to sell the poor to billion dollar corporations.

Let this be clear: Governor Brewer and a highly-paid-political consultant are running Restoring Arizona and the mission is to implement Obamacare in Arizona.  You will have a new hospital bed tax.

SurrenderThe sides are formed. Corporate Healthcare joins with the Governor to lead Democrats and Brewercrats, running a full-fledged campaign with their eyes on the future and the hope to reap, according to some estimates, $2 billion.

The other side is the Republican Party, Libertarians, nurses, doctors and small business owners who have passion, a demand to be heard and who view keeping the Republican tenet of limited government the ultimate goal.

The image of a strong, finger-waving-at-the-President leader gives way to a portrait of a puppet politician surrendering her state and turning her back on the wishes of her own people.

Contact these Legislators and tell them : NO OBREWERCARE! NO NEW TAXES!

Gov. Brewer 602-542-4331 520-628-6580
Speaker Andy Tobin:                                                     602-926-5172

TJ Shope                                 602-926-3012
Karen Fann                               602-926-5874
Frank Pratt                              602-926-5761
Doris Goodale                602-926-5408
Jeff  Dial                            602-926-5550
Ethan Orr                           602-926-3235
Thomas Forese                             602-926-5168
Doug Coleman                    602-926-3160
Heather Carter                       602-926-5503
Kate Brophy-McGee       602-926-4486
Bob Robson                          602-926-5549

Senators – Voted “FOR” 
LD18 – McComish             602-926-5898
LD23 – Michele Reagan             602-926-5828
LD18 – Adam Driggs                   602-926-3016
LD16 – Rich Crandall                602-926-3020
LD 25 – Bob Worsley                602-926-5760
LD1 – Steve Pierce                   602-926-5584


AZ Governor & 6 Senators aligning with progressive socialists

From the Maricopa County Republican Committee Chairman:

Dear Arizona Republican State Representatives and Senators,

“Be careful about going down a road that you cannot come back out from. Be careful about accepting this federal program that once you are in you will not get back out of. You still have a choice to make an individual decision for the citizens of Arizona, and you have a choice to look to the west at California, or you can look to the east at Texas, and decide whether or not you want to go bankrupt as a society,” Whittle said.
Arizonans throughout the state heard Bill Whittle’s message loud and clear. I certainly hope you heard and agree with Mr. Whittle, and the millions of Americans who are against ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion. An overwhelming majority of Republicans here in Arizona and the U.S. oppose ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion – with the overall support by all Americans dropping to 35 percent (please see article below).

Even though Arizona’s U.S. Senators, Congressional Delegation, Republican National Party and Arizona’s Republican County and LD Committees are adamantly opposed to ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion, Arizona has a rogue Governor and a few state legislators who say they’re Republicans aligning themselves with the liberal Democrats and progressive socialists.

May 16, 2013, will be remembered as a “day of infamy” in Arizona’s history. Their egregious actions will have serious consequences. Their political careers are all but over and their days numbered.
I am asking all of you to vote no on any proposal to expand ObamaCare and Medicaid here in Arizona.
Voting no on any proposal is the right thing to do.

A. J. LaFaro
Chairman, Maricopa County Republican Committee

Facts on Obrewercare from Rep.Thorpe

Stop Obrewercare in Arizona.

Jeff Dial                            602-926-5550
TJ Shope                     602-926-3012
Frank Pratt                  602-926-5761
Thomas Forese             602-926-5168
Karen Fann                  602-926-5874
Doris Goodale         602-926-5408
Ethan Orr                        602-926-3235


From Representative Bob Thorpe, LD-6

Greetings fellow Arizonians:

When the voters passed Prop 204 in 2000, Arizona’s original Medicaid expansion was suppose to be paid for fully with tobacco money. In fact, the estimated costs and number of people on the program turned out to be four times greater (400%) than the estimates. We currently have about 1.3 million Arizonians on Medicaid (aka, AHCCCS), at a federal and state annual cost of about $8,000 per person and about  $1.3 Billion in costs to Arizona taxpayers.

Now Governor Brewer and the Democrats want to expand Obamacare Medicaid by another 400,000 people, which could cost Arizona hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars in just a few short years. Brewer has not asked the federal government if Arizona can keep our current Medicaid system in place unchanged, but has stated publically that we cannot.

Some facts about NOT doing the expensive Obamacare Medicaid expansion:

  • Our Congressmen, including Gosar and Schweikert, have stated that there is no federal money budgeted for the Obamacare Medicaid expansion
  • This is not an expansion of good healthcare, but it is an expansion of big government and higher financial profits for big healthcare companies, paid for with more borrowed federal debt (currently almost $17 Trillion) for our children and grandchildren to repay
  • There is no rush to implement the expansion, except for political reasons
  • Governor Brewer’s “circuit-breaker” to end the Obamacare Medicaid expansion (when the federal government stops funding it as promised) will not work; Arizona may be left holding the bill, and our state may become bankrupt if we are forced to pay for this expensive Obamacare expansion
  • The Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling stated that the federal government cannot force Arizona to expand Medicare and that it cannot punish us if we choose not to expand; so if HHS refuses to allow us to keep our current Medicaid system, we can sue the federal government and we will win
  • Medicaid is a poor delivery of healthcare, and does not have enough doctors for the current 1.3 million patients, let alone 1.7 million
  • Medicaid only pays our doctors about 60 cents on the dollar, so there are not enough doctors willing to take the reduced rates, and those that do typically must rush patients through the system
  • A much better delivery of healthcare for our poor (with better health outcomes) and better financially for our doctors would be the Federal Exchange program, where patients would have federally-subsidized private insurance, instead of a government-run healthcare system

Please ask everyone you know to help the Arizona State House Republicans defeat the big government spending and the expensive ($2+ billion per year) Obamacare Medicaid expansion that was passed in the Senate budget last Thursday.

We have at least 6 (or more) House Republicans that may vote with the Democrats for the expansion, so we need all the grassroots efforts that we can get (including a rally of folks with signs at the Capitol in Phoenix) in order to influence and pressure those members to vote with our conservative Republican caucus.

Please contact Governor Brewer and all of the House Republicans and leadership, but especially put the pressure on House Representatives:

Pratt, Shope, Carter, Brophy McGee, Coleman and Orr

Call their offices and send emails voicing your polite but steadfast opposition to big government expansion and spending and the expensive Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

This is truly an important, historic pivotal week for holding-back the Obama agenda here in Arizona, but we cannot do it without your help!!

Warmest regards,
Representative Bob Thorpe, LD-6
Serving the Fine People of the Great and Sovereign State of Arizona
Including Coconino, Gila, Navajo and Yavapai Counties

McComish Draws First Blood

From the AZ Republican Party resolutions:
Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”
John Parker, Battle of Lexington, 1775.

In a stunning late night move Republican Senators John McComish, Adam Driggs, Rich Crandall, Steve Pierce, Bob Worsley and last minute surprise Michele Reagan turned on the Republican caucus passing a pork-heavy-spend-expand-grow budget. Make no mistake – they drew first blood.

Senator John McComish voted 18 times with the Democrats.

There was nothing bi-partisan about the budget, nothing bi-partisan about the amendments and absolutely nothing bi-partisan about the Medicaid Expansion – simply the 6 Brewercrats gave the Democrats everything they asked for. An observer in the gallery observed the Democrats were “drunk with glee.”

The afternoon began with President Biggs proposing a budget that offered the Governor many of her spending increases including education but not including the Medicaid Expansion.

So John McComish put it on their for her releasing a frenzy of million dollar spending.

The AZ Capitol Times reported they “included $9 million for Child Protective Services, $875,000 for Navajo Technical College and funding for the Arizona State Parks Board and Arizona Arts Commission.” Senator Rich Crandall justifies making the cake and then fork-feeding it to the Democrats as a “challenge to get the 16 votes …. Biggs warned his colleagues that adding at least $57 million in spending over three years could blow up the entire spending package.”

So – you following this? The Democrats would only agree to pass the Medicaid Expansion budget if it also funded Adult Education, Arts, and the stupid State Parks Board! Not one compromise was extended to a Republican. President Biggs offered 11 amendments trying to keep the Expansion constitutional and in control of the legislator. All were voted down by the democrats and a mixture of the same 5 Senators. Senator Kelli Ward, the only elected physician, offered 7 amendments with justifications based on real life consequences – all defeated. The oh-so-delighted to discover the liberal out of control spending mindset was back in charge at the Arizona senate twittering press ramped up the personal insult slings at Ward.

If the Medicaid Expansion circuit breaker kicks in and the Federal Government stops paying Medicaid Expansion these additional programs and all this spending will not stop. This scenario is setting Arizona up for mountainous debt worse than 4 years ago. Do we want to live through all these cuts again?

Six Republican Senators turned on their own over and over and over again.
They turned on the precinct committeemen in Arizona.
They turned on those who walked and called and gave them money.
They turned on the 11 republicans in the room with them.
Then they went up to the Governor’s office for a pizza party before they dealt the final blow.
All while the Democrats celebrate the new plus four majority in the Arizona Senate.

Whats next?  It now goes to the House – we can and must stop it there.  Speaker Tobin is leading this battle and trying everything in his power to stop Obrewercare.  

The Governor’s popularity must move downward :
Call: Gov. Brewer   602-542-4331     (520) 628-6580         
Tell Speaker Andy Tobin to stay strong:       602-926-5172

There is a good chance to stop this in the House and if they can’t then put it on the ballot. This depends on stopping two of these.  They must support the republicans in Arizona.  WE elected them.

TJ Shope      602-926-3012                                
Jeff Dial         602-926-5550
Frank Pratt       602-926-5761                                      
Ethan Orr          602-926-3235 

Arizona Republican Legislative District 10 Conclusion:
While we applaud Governor Brewer’s decision to oppose the Obamacare Exchanges, we oppose her
support for the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. We must stop State implementation of both. We urge
Governor Brewer, and all Republican legislators, to hold the line against enabling the socialist takeover
of our health care system and insurance industry by rejecting the Medicaid expansion. Do not sell out
our Republican principles and our birthright of Liberty for a bowl of lentils and the promise of 3 years
funding that will benefit a few special interests at the cost of our State sovereignty and our core
Republican values. We will adamantly oppose all those who compromise our core values for short term
political expediency. Governor Brewer is correct that “elections have consequences”. She is wrong in
believing that it means that Republicans must roll over and forsake our core values whenever
Republicans lose a national race. This is our line in the sand.


Occupy Arizona? – Brewer & McComish Rally Progressives against the Legislators?

Just how desperate are Governor Brewer and political wizard Chuck Coughlin to force Obamacare on an unwilling Arizona? Dwindling resources, loss of votes, and lackluster public support seem to be a reason for the fraught Republicans to enlist the support of a Saul Alinsky based organization. What exactly do Brewer and Coughlin want the Occupy Wall Street types to do?

Arizona’s Republican Governor Jan Brewer graces the Industrial Areas Foundation website (under IAF in Action) attending an event at the Valley Interfaith Project and with her are Senate Majority Leader John McComish and Representative Heather Carter.

Occupy AZ?IAF was established in 1940 by Saul Alinsky and “trains community organizers in the tactics of revolutionary social change. It is a Chicago-based community-organizing network consisting of 59 affiliate groups and Valley Interfaith Project is one of those groups. “IAF is not a grassroots network; its local affiliates are created as the result of careful planning by its national leadership.”

So was this meeting with the Governor who signed SB1070 a “result of careful planning by its national leadership?”  What are they planning: the implementation of Obamacare in Arizona, which is second only to Texas as a leader in State rights, or the defeat of the republican majority in the 2014 elections?

Valley Interfaith Project proudly proclaims a Marxist mission defining itself as “a non-partisan organization of dues-paying member congregations, schools, unions and non-profits committed to building relational power through organizing people for sustainable social and economic improvement.”

At the meeting Senator John McComish states, “If you don’t have these kinds of gatherings, organizations lose momentum.” This is Republican leadership in our State Senate? The Majority Leader, a republican, is publicly spurning his party and the legislative district he is suppose to represent which happens to poll as the highest LD in Arizona at 78% as “less likely to reelect a legislator who votes for a hospital tax to fund the expansion of Medicaid.”

Senator McComish seems to forget that there is a constitutionally defined separation of the branches of government and he happens to be a leader in the legislative branch not the water boy of the executive branch. Brewer has plenty of highly-paid-lobbyist. Is it really necessary for McComish to be rallying protestors against his own legislators from a group holding the extreme opposite philosophy of the people who elected him?

The Valley Interfaith Project: opposes SB1070; wants to raise taxes to equalize society; claims to “continue to stand against local nativist attacks on families.” They want to reweave our public and social fabric” and in their “Strategy for Engagement” in their Economic Play theybelieve that institutions — congregations, schools, labor unions, among others–-play a crucial role in the development of public people.”

So why is the ragtag band of Brewer, McComish, and Carter enlisting the aid of a Marxist based community organizers?

To date a rumored $Obrewercare - FAIL750K has been wasted on a full-fledged campaign complete with TV ads and highly paid lobbyists to twist the arms of legislators. 100% of the Democrat caucus stand with the Governor who signed SB1070. But the support of the entire minority party and all the money and arm twisting has not only failed to bring Obrewercare to Arizona it has resulted in the loss of Republican votes. The Brewer/Coughlin plan is failing.

While Governors of states like Florida, with legislators rejecting Obamacare, are facing the fact there is a system of checks and balances and branches of government are indeed separate – Arizona’s Governor Brewer refuses to accept the fact that the public, including Democrats overwhelmingly reject Obamacare and any new taxes.


The Brewer Ruse – Offering AZ on a Silver Platter to Obama.

There is a ruse afoot. The highly paid political consultants are failing in their attempt to help Governor Brewer surrender Arizona to Obama so a deceitful plan is being hatched to secure a few votes. As Obamacare collapses on the national stage the Governor doubles down determined to make Arizona the victory of the year for the Democrats.

Arizona – land of SB1070 – leader of State Rights – what a trophy for the Democrats!

Obrewercare - FAILThe estimated whooping $750K provided by the Chamber and Hospitals to ram Obrewercare down our throats failed to bully the Legislators or change the mind of Arizonans. Two months of heavy handed intimidation of Republican county and legislative chairman, precinct committeemen, legislators, and weeks of TV ads saturating the public has resulted in the Governor losing 2 more Republican votes in the House and putting 5 votes from the FOR to “on the fence”.
Senate President Andy Biggs and Speaker Andy Tobin have maintained a stalwart stance defending the core Republican tenant of limited government and protecting the state from the train wreck that is Obrewercare. Last week the embattled Republican leadership hindered the Governor’s attempt to employ a downright rotten Nancy Pelosi parliamentary trick to bypass the normal legislative process – just to get her way.

So now Governor Brewer plots to give Arizona a deceitful amendment and utilizes yet another Obama skill: community organizing.

The Governor plans to add an “amendment” to Obrewercare that she knows the courts will rule as unconstitutional because they already have. The amendment will state that no money will go to Planned Parenthood. This is a cover for Pro-Life Representatives Boyer and Orr, and perhaps Pratt, Fann, Goodale and Mesnard to vote FOR Obrewercare. The problem is that the US Supreme Court just ruled that you cannot deny Federal money to go to Planned Parenthood.

Just in case this deceptive plan fails the governor has a backup plan. She is turning to a far extreme leftist organization for help since her highly paid political consultant is failing to deliver Arizona on a silver platter.

Yes you read that correctly. Valley Interfaith Project, VIP, proudly proclaims a Marxist mission defining itself as “a non-partisan organization of dues-paying member congregations, schools, unions and non-profits committed to building relational power through organizing people for sustainable social and economic improvement.”

Governor Brewer, Majority Whip John McComish, and top Brewercrat Heather Carter attended the VIP meeting to drum up support for Obrewercare! The Republican McComish relished his newfound community organizing role leading the way with rallying cries and inspiring phrases. McComish, who just this last week threw the precinct committeemen of Arizona’s star legislative district 18 under the bus, calling his PC’s an inconsequential minority, showed true leadership with his newfound socialist friends – passing out signs and calling for widespread community organizing.

Let it be clear – Governor Brewer and the newly minted Brewerlib, John McComish, are utilizing a Marxist group to community organize against their own party. Governor Brewer seems oblivious to the fact that she is handing the Democrats the victory of the year – Obamacare in Arizona


      Gov. Brewer 602-542-4331


Representatives who may use “ruse” language as cover
Paul Boyer 602-926-4173
Ethan Orr 602-926-3235
JD Mesnard 602-926-4481
Karen Fann 602-926-5874
Frank Pratt 602-926-5761
Doris Goodale dgoodale@azleg.gov602-926-5408
Jeff Dial 602-926-5550
Bob Robson 602-926-5549

LD18 – McComish – Majority Leader 602-926-5898
LD15 – Heather Carter 602-926-5503
Adam Driggs, Rich Crandall, Bob Worsley, Steve Pierce
Doug Coleman, Heather Carter, Kate Brophy-McGee.

Representative Forese has publicly stated he OPPOSES Obrewercare.