Friday, July 31, 2009
From what we hear, the July 29th tax & budget deal may be falling through. If it does, that won't necessarily be a bad thing, assuming:
1) no tax increases are enacted or referred to the ballot;
2) the state can't find more than $1 billion in one-time proceeds from asset sales and sale-leaseback schemes;
3) the state can't figure out how to legally or effectively bond; and,
4) the above three conditions result in the Legislature and Governor having to cut $1.5 billion out of the General Fund in the coming months.
Here is a tentative scoring rubric for that kind of no-deal scenario:
Here was our tentative scoring rubric for the elements of the July 29th plan:
The legislators who received 100% scores are:
SENATE: ALLEN (Sylvia), Burns, Gorman, Gould, Gray, Harper, Huppenthal-maybe (had two missed votes), Leff, Melvin, Nelson, Pearce, Pierce, Tibshraeny-maybe (missed a vote), Verschoor & Waring
HOUSE: Adams, Antenori, Ash, Barnes, Barto, Boone, Burgess, Court, Crandall-maybe (had a missed vote), Crump, Driggs, Goodale, Gowan, Hendrix, Kavanagh, Lesko, Mason-maybe (had two missed votes), McComish, McLain, Montenegro, Murphy, Nichols, Pratt, Quelland-maybe (had two missed votes), Seel, Stevens, Tobin, both Weiers, Williams & Yarbrough.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Another indication that enforcement has played a role in the decline is that the illegal immigrant population began falling before there was a significant rise in their unemployment rate.
Washington is not listening to us
We need to speak louder until they do
To Arizona Taxpayers and Tea Partiers (from Americans for Prosperity:
The Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity is joining allied organizations on Saturday, August 8th to hold protests at the offices of members of Arizona’s Congressional delegation to tell them to keep their HANDS OFF OUR HEALTH CARE!
AFP Arizona activists will join Arizona Tea Party, 9-12 Project Arizona, Smart Girl Politics, Tea Party Patriots, and thousands of citizen activists in Code Blue protests around the state, beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 8th.
Code Blue is asking activists to attend protests at the offices of their Congresspersons and Senators and at the office of the AARP. For locations, see the Code Blue flyer.
AFP Arizona recommends that activists focus their efforts on the offices of U.S. Reps. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Pima County), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Prescott/Flagstaff) and Harry Mitchell (D-Scottsdale/Tempe). Those three members have serious concerns about the initial versions of the Obama-Pelosi-Kennedy “reform” plans.
The current plans would result in massive new taxes, failure to control costs, and potentially a single-payer, Canadian-style system of government-directed health care (under which Washington bureaucrats would decide which doctors you can go to, and which medical procedures you can and can’t have).
Giffords, Kirkpatrick, and Mitchell are under intense pressure from President Obama, from their hard-left colleagues in Congress, and from radical activist groups that want to destroy what remains of America’s private health insurance system. We need to make sure that Giffords, Kirkpatrick and Mitchell hear loud and clear from grassroots supporters of health care freedom!
To sign up for a Health Care Tea Party, please take the following five steps:
1) Decide which Congressional office you wish to visit on August 8th. The offices are listed on the Code Blue flyer.
2) Reply to this email (or write to firstname.lastname@example.org) to let AFP Arizona know which office you plan to visit.
3) Let your local Tea Party organizer know which office you’re going to, by signing up at www.arizonateaparty.com.
4) Get talking points, policy updates, and ideas for signs at: http://joinpatientsfirst.com/
5) Email and call your friends and family members, and urge them to join us on August 8th.
This is the fight of the decade for American liberty. Now is the time to take a stand.
President Obama and the leftists in Congress wanted to hurry up and complete the national government’s takeover of American health care--before the public got a chance to find out what was in the legislation. We are grateful to report that the legislation does not look like it will go to a final vote until after the August recess. That means we have a very limited window to act.
The same people who have taken over private banks and much of the auto industry now want to take over even more of the health care sector. The same people who make you wait in line at the Post Office want to create a system in which you will have to wait weeks, months, or even years for life-saving or life-improving medical services. The same kind of people who run America’s very expensive and very ineffective public schools claim that they will (somehow) maintain quality and control costs in the health care sector.
Some of the central planners in Washington want to give government the power to say which doctors you can go to, and which medical procedures you can and can’t have. President Obama is not sure whether the government should have allowed his own grandmother to get a hip replacement. Imagine how Washington bureaucrats will treat YOU!
We must take a stand NOW to protect elderly patients, to maintain the high quality of health services in America, and to preserve the essential doctor-patient relationship. Government has already distorted US health insurance markets by making private health insurance too expensive for many Americans, and by making American workers dependent upon on employer-provided insurance. But if you think things are bad now, wait until government completes its takeover of the medical sector. We must STOP the rapid march of socialist health care!Tom Jenney
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
and the team at
Copper State Consulting Group
invite you to a fundraiser for
Phoenix City Council
September 8, 2009
5:00 – 7:00 pm
3033 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85012
[SE Corner Central and Earll]
Please RSVP to Crystal Caballero at 602-339-0813 or
Please make checks payable to:
Friends of Bill Gates
P.O. Box 82485
Phoenix, AZ 85071
Maximum contributions are $410 per individual or $820 per couple.
Please see attached contribution form.
Paid for by Friends of Bill Gates
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
A New York Nurse is forced
to do the unthinkable.
New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital considers itself to be “nationally recognized as providing the gold standard of patient care.” They pledge a “spirit of professionalism, clinical excellence and compassion.”
Those promises drew Cathy Cenzon-DeCarlo – a Christian nurse with a passion for patient care. However, Mount Sinai does not get a “gold standard” for how it handled her sincerely held religious beliefs.
When Cathy objected to assisting with a late-term abortion, she learned a tough lesson – the “right to choose” movement doesn’t apply to her.
Learn more about Cathy’s story and how – with your support – this case could set the precedent for the right of Christians to freely live out their faith in the workplace.
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