Friday, January 30, 2009
I have an answer --
it's time to support your Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL).
These guys are doing what most of us cannot do ourselves.
They are down at the legislature pushing GOOD gun bills
and killing the bad ones. They are influential, and get results.
In Arizona, they're more important than NRA, GOA and all the rest.
I mean that, it's true, they're making it happen.
Do you want results on behalf of your right to keep and bear arms or not?
Part of AzCDL's power comes from the alerts they send you,
so you can email the legislators and apply pressure.
You want to do something?
I'm in business to tell you what the laws are.
AzCDL is in the business of making the good laws happen.
I don't lobby. They do. This is what you need as a gun owner.
Please please send them a membership fee
and get on their alerts list. Do it before tomorrow.
They have a lot of bills underway.
Here are two of the latest:
SB 1243, clarifying when "Defensive Display" of a firearm is justified,
has 18 co-sponsors. This bill is similar to an AzCDL-requested bill filed
last year that PASSED in the Legislature but was vetoed by our former
anti-rights Governor. Defensive display includes:
-- Verbally informing another person that you have a firearm available.
-- Exposing or displaying a firearm in a manner that conveys you mean to
-- Placing your hand on your firearm while it is holstered or in a pocket,
purse or other means of containment.
HB 2439, with 22 co-sponsors, provides for an alternative 3-hour CCW
course, dealing only in legal issues, for qualified individuals who can
show proof of prior firearms training, such as:
-- Completion of an NRA pistol course.
-- Completion of pistol related courses at the college level, or at places
like Front Sight or Gunsite.
-- Completion of certain law enforcement training.
-- Current military service or an honorable discharge.
-- A competitive rating or ranking in an organized shooting competition.
-- A CCW permit from another jurisdiction that required training or
testing to obtain.
Stay tuned! When critical legislation comes before committees, we will
notify you via these Alerts.
Is that excellent or what?! This is what you and I need. Do you want to be
a part of this? You can, go to their website and join in.
http://www.azcdl.org. Tell your friends.
The alerts they send include the emails of the legislators -- it's easy as
cake, you do it from your own home -- you REALLY make a difference. They
even include sample messages if you don't want to compose it yourself.
You'd be amazed. When the public (that's you) starts banging on a
legislator, even just a couple dozen of us, they tell their colleagues
they're getting 'flooded' with calls and emails. When a few hundred do it,
it's a tsunami and they respond. And we have good people in both state
houses now and a governor who will sign these bills.
Help make it happen. Don't wait till later. http://www.azcdl.org. At least
take a look. Even if you're flat broke or a tightwad like me, that website
will charge you up.
Best news of all -- "Constitutional Carry" bill
AzCDL introduced a "Constitutional Carry" bill. That means you can carry
openly OR concealed, without getting government permission first! The CCW
permit remains in place if you want one for reciprocity or the easy
shopping rules, but simple legal possession of your private property (a
firearm) will no longer be a crime. You need to look at their website for
details, and support these guys if you're serious about gun rights. This is
Oh, did I mention they have a restaurant-carry bill under way too?
P.S. I know them all personally, they're good people, and hey, they like
my political-parody band The Cartridge Family (we've played their annual
meeting more than once). How much can you ask for?
Sign up for my future alerts on my home page:
The more Americans learn about the pork-barrel deficit spending bill passed by the majority in the US House of Representatives, the less they like it. By this point, you have probably heard that the bill would give $335 million to the CDC to fund such things as sex workshops. And you’ve probably heard that the bill would give $4.19 billion to the left-wing political activist group ACORN.
The rest of the $819 billion package may not be as sensational, but it’s just as bad. Any short-term stimulus that comes from this federal spending spree will soon result in higher taxes, price inflation, slower economic growth, and worse long-term fiscal distress.
Please go to www.nostimulus.com and encourage Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain to do everything they can to stop the onward march of spendthrift insanity in Washington.
And since you’ve been drawn in by the word “sex” in the subject line, I want to report some good news from the Arizona Legislature. Your legislators are putting in long hours in a Special Session to balance the FY 2009 budget, which was a billion out of balance when Captain Napolitano and her allies passed it back in June, and which is now at least $1.6 billion in the red.
Congratulations are in order for the majority on Rep. John Kavanagh’s House Appropriations Committee, which voted earlier this evening to zero out the Arizona 21st Century Fund, a corporate-welfare slush fund that costs Arizona taxpayers $25 million a year. At a time when the Legislature must reduce spending for K-12 education, there is no excuse for corporate handouts.
The vote was an amendment to the main budget bill, which seeks to reduce state general fund spending by over $500 million. Rep. Rick Murphy (R-Peoria) moved the amendment. (You may remember Rick—he was the chairman of the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers in 2004, before he was elected to the Legislature.)
Originally, the House was planning to cut only $7.5 million from the 21st Century Fund, but some conservative stalwarts engaged in some behind-the-scenes wrangling to get the fund zeroed out. Among those deserving some special thanks from taxpayers:
Rep. Frank Antenori (R-Green Valley, SE Tucson)
Rep. Judy Burges (R-Surprise/Sun City)
Rep. Sam Crump (R-Anthem)
Rep. Doris Goodale (R-Mohave County)
Rep. David Gowan (R-Green Valley, SE Tucson)
Rep. Laurin Hendrix (R-Gilbert)
Rep. Nancy McLain (R-Mohave County)
Rep. Steve Montenegro (R-Goodyear/Avondale)
Rep. Frank Pratt (R-Pinal County)
Rep. Carl Seel (R-Anthem)
Rep. David Stevens (R-Cochise County)
Rep. Jerry Weiers (R-Goodyear/Avondale)
The Legislature may pass a revised FY 2009 budget tomorrow. Let’s hope they do it soon. The longer they wait, the more money is spent by agencies and departments.
More updates available at http://www.americansforprosperity.org/arizona/blog.
Americans for Prosperity
(Arizona Federation of Taxpayers)
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Check Out These Upcoming
Pro-life Training Seminars
Dear Pro-life Friends,
If you want to learn how to graciously present the pro-life message to your friends, family, or students at our JFA university outreaches (pictured left), then register for one of these great upcoming seminars:
TEMPE - Saturday, January 31st Justice for All Seminar at the Arizona State University MU Ventana Ballroom from 12:00 - 5:30pm.
CAREFREE - Saturday, February 7th AZ Right to Life Seminar hosted by me! 9:00am - 3:00pm at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church.
To register for the JFA seminars call 800-281-6426 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To register for the AZ Right to Life seminar call 602-285-0063 or email email@example.com
Hope to see you at one of these great events! (which include lunch for a nominal fee)
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
DATE: Thursday, February 19th
TIME: Refreshments at 5:00 PM ; Program begins at 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Faith Lutheran Church 801 E. Camelback Rd., East of 7th Street on Camelback Rd.
That means they will be spending your tax money to go down to the Legislature and agitate in favor of taking yet more of your tax money. (Talk about taxpayer-funded lobbying!) The alternatives to budget reductions are either tax increases in the short term, or borrowing, which will deepen Arizona’s structural deficit and eventually result in heavy tax increases, with interest.
Meanwhile, ASU’s PR office has produced a chart showing that the proposed budget reductions would reduce the state government subsidy for a full time student by about $3,000 a year:
Taking the estimate at face value, ASU has a point: to keep the subsidy the same in real terms as it was in 1989, today’s subsidy would have to be about $6,900. By 2007-2008, with heavy pushing from Napolitano and Crow, it had risen to $7,976. According to ASU, the proposed budget reductions would cause the subsidy to fall to $4,902 per full-time student per year.
But the relevant question is, Should students become more dependent on government over time? Or should students become less dependent on government over time?
Dr. Matt Ladner of the Goldwater Institute makes a similar point in a recent email titled “Eating Crow”: http://www.goldwaterinstitute.org/AboutUs/ArticleView.aspx?id=2498
Meanwhile, AFP Arizona is trying to put the proposed state budget cuts into perspective, with two new charts we have posted on our blog page:
The first chart puts the proposed reductions in the context of total government spending in Arizona. The second chart puts the proposed reductions in the context of total state spending—government and private—for the services in question.
Tax-takers in Arizona will be in for some tough trade-offs over the next couple of years—especially those whose budgets are not voter-protected. But it’s nowhere close to the end of the world.
Americans for Prosperity
(Arizona Federation of Taxpayers)
Arizona News Platoon is Live!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2009
CONTACT: Juliana Johnson
(312) 575-9500 (office)
(847) 691-9278 (cell)
On Monday, January 20th the Arizona News Platoon will be joining four other state Platoon sites. The website, www.Arizona.NewsPlatoon.com, will work to promote local government transparency and accountability, provide a news platform for local activism networks, and aggregate the top news stories happening across the state.
In wishing the News Platoon the best of luck with the launch, Senator Sylvia Allen (AZ-5) stated, “As you know the supporters of the liberal movement poured billions of dollars into this last election and so the conservative message had a hard time getting to the voter. Also the internet played a very important role in the victory of President Elect Obama. We as conservatives must get up to speed in this communication and battle for the heart and soul of America. Arizona proved that when the voters could hear the conservative message, they voted for that candidate. Blogs are an important part of getting the message out.”
Senator Ron Gould (AZ- 3) also supports #dontgo and stated, “Blogs play a very important part in getting the conservative message out to the people. I have used blogs myself to end run the controlled media and shine the light of truth on insider plans to increase taxes.”
The News Platoons are a product of the #dontgo Movement (www.dontgomovement.com) which uses web-based strategies and tactics to advance free-market values. Its mission is to develop a fifty state strategy of blogs and internet social networks that would activate more free market conservatives in their communities leading into the 2010 elections.
Encourage a friend to give for the first time
and their donation will be DOUBLED!
Some dedicated Ministry Friends of the Alliance Defense Fund are extending a great offer to your friends. If they donate to ADF for the first time, that gift will be doubled.
You already support the work of ADF, now we need you to extend your influence. If your friends donate for the first time, their gift will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000.
Take this opportunity to spread the word about preserving religious freedom in this country.
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Monday, January 26, 2009
AFP Arizona Calls Federal Deficit Spending Packagea “Dangerous Temptation” for State Politicians
The Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP Arizona) today urged Arizonans to use an online petition to oppose the trillion-dollar stimulus package put forth by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Obama Administration.
“The so-called stimulus package would not only harm the long-term economic health of the country,” said AFP Arizona director Tom Jenney. “It would also provide a dangerous temptation for Arizona’s politicians in the short term, by allowing them to avoid making some of the tough budget reductions necessary to truly balance the state budget.”
Resistance to the federal bailout is weak in the Arizona Legislature, where members are struggling to close a $2 billion budget deficit for the fiscal year that ends June 30th. Even the budget plan put out by the Legislature’s fiscally conservative appropriations chairmen, Sen. Russell Pearce (R-Mesa) and Rep. John Kavanagh (R-Scottsdale/Fountain Hills), conceded the political reality that Arizona would likely take a projected $800 million in federal grants over two years, if those grants are offered to the state.
AFP Arizona urged Arizonans to visit www.nostimulus.com and sign AFP’s national “No Stimulus” petition, which tells President Obama that expanding government and growing debt are not productive reactions to the nation’s economic troubles. By visiting the website, online activists can also learn facts about the Congressional spending proposal, contact their legislators, and write to local media.
“We have experimented with large-scale expansions of government in the past, and each one coincided with economic failure,” said AFP president Tim Phillips. “We cannot simply tax, borrow and spend our way to prosperity.”
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens in support of restraining state and federal government growth, and returning government to its constitutional limits. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org
The Arizona Gun Owner's Guide
Do you remember the Forest Service meetings several years back? The
announced purpose was to improve and enhance outdoor shooting in the
National Forests, the main place everyone used to go.
The actual result was closure of more than 80,000 acres to shooting -- all
the places near Phoenix metro (they're all listed in The Arizona Gun
Owner's Guide) that people had used for decades. The details are posted
Now the Bureau of Land Management is holding hearings on the use of Table
Mesa Road off I-17 for outdoor marksmanship ("officials" like to call it
"wildcat shooting" to denigrate outdoor marksmanship; never use their
derogatory phrase, and scold them if they do).
This is one of the few remaining outdoor spots for target practice
anywhere near Phoenix metro, and it gets a lot of use. I'm the first to
recognize there is some crossfire across some of those hills and knolls.
How to manage it all is complex. Keeping it open should be everyone's
I plan to be there if I can (I have some other commitments). If the future
of shooting sports and government encroachment on your rights is important,
join other marksmen who will be at the hearing, described below in an NRA
posting. Permission to circulate this note is of course granted (and
Sign up for future alerts on my home page:
BLM "Planning" the Future of Target Shooting at Table Mesa!
BLM "Planning" the Future of Target Shooting at Table Mesa!
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is developing a recreation plan for
Table Mesa, a site north of Phoenix that receives heavy recreational use
from target shooters and off-highway vehicle users.
In recent months, NRA has sent emails to our Arizona members about this
planning process and the importance of participating in it to ensure that
the interests of shooters are addressed in the plan. A number of NRA
members have participated in a clean up of Table Mesa and in preliminary
meetings about the plan.
The next set of meetings will be held on Tuesday, February 3 from 6 - 8
p.m. at the Deer Valley Senior Center, located at 2001 W. Wahalla Lane in
Phoenix. Another will be held Tuesday, February 17 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the
same location. (Take the 19th Ave. exit south 1 block off Rt. 101.)
If you target shoot at Table Mesa or want to ensure that access to federal
lands for target shooting is protected, please attend one of these public
meetings and stay tuned for upcoming events at BLM's website for Table
Mesa: http://www.tablemesarecarea.com. Please look at the map on the web
page showing areas proposed for closure and areas proposed for opening and
be prepared at the meetings to discuss whether these alternatives work and
if there are other alternatives that need to be addressed. [I couldn't find
these on a quick look.]
"We publish the gun laws."
4848 E. Cactus, #505-440
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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(This is our address and info as of Jan. 1, 2007)
If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you're reading this in English, thank a veteran.
"No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing
because he could do only a little."
The NEW 2009 Traveler's Guide to the Gun Laws of the 50 States
is now available: http://www.gunlaws.com/travel.htm
Check out Dave Kenik's excellent book Armed Response:
Second Amendment Night at the Bison Western Museum
Wed., Feb. 4, 2009, 6-9 PM, $15
16641 N. 91st St. (S. of Bell, E. of 101)
Featured speaker: yours truly
Arizona Libertarian Convention
Sat., Jan 31, 2009, All day (+ hospitality suite the night before)
Radisson Hotel Airport North
427 N. 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008
N. of Van Buren on 44th St.
Partial or full attendance with meals, from $25 to $98
Sure, this party has its shortcomings (don't they all),
but their philosophy toward freedom and rights is
the best thing going, much to learn from them,
many like-minded people will be there.
An important only-once-a-year event, with
some very heavy-duty speakers and attendees.
The Arizona Breakfast Club
Sat., Feb 7, 2009, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Coco's Restaurant, 4514 East Cactus Road, 602-953-9155
N. side of Cactus, W. of Tatum Blvd.
All you can eat bacon-and-eggs type breakfast, $11.
An informal breakfast gathering of freedom fighters
now in its 39th year, a nice way to start the day,
thought-provoking speakers and chat, I plan to be there.
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Babeu thinks the cameras dumb-down law-enforcement. "I've never yet seen a photo-radar camera arrest a drunk driver or arrest a person with a warrant, see if somebody has insurance or just simply give directions to somebody," he explains.
But there is another, and more important, reason why Babeu opposes the cameras: the introduction of a profit incentive in law-enforcement. The cameras' "main purpose," he says, "is to create money for the government." He worries that such a relationship creates a corrupting influence, where revenue rather than safety or law-enforcement is the overriding priority.
Speed-enforcement cameras are not the only such influence. The widespread practice of civil asset forfeiture likewise creates perverse incentives for law-enforcement officials where police agencies get to keep the proceeds from property supposedly involved in crimes. Abuses of that power in such circumstances are legion.
Enforcing the rule of law is the central function of government. That power is given to government in order to ensure that law-enforcement is objective and neutral. The temptation to concentrate limited police resources on activities that generate revenues is a natural one that ought to be avoided. Separating law-enforcement from the profit motive is central to the rule of law.
Babeu calls himself a "strict constitutionalist." It's a nice perspective to have in a law-enforcement official-and for those of us committed to the rule of law, an essential one.
Tuesday, February 3
7:30 a.m. Doors open
8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Program
500 E. Coronado Road
Phoenix, AZ 85004
For details, please visit http://www.goldwaterinstitute.org/events/eventdetails.aspx?id=174.
Policy Forum on the Coming Constitutional Crisis with University of Chicago Law Professor Richard Epstein
Wednesday, February 4
5:00 p.m. Doors open
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Program
500 E. Coronado Road
Phoenix, AZ 85004
For details, please visit http://www.goldwaterinstitute.org/events/eventdetails.aspx?id=175.
Speaker Series Luncheon with Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey
Tuesday, February 17
11:00 a.m. VIP Reception and Photo Opportunity
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
Westin La Paloma
3800 E. Sunrise Drive
Tucson, AZ 85718
For details, please visit http://www.goldwaterinstitute.org/events/eventdetails.aspx?id=173.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The Phoenix Lawyers Chapter and the Phoenix School of Law student chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy invite you to join us for an hour with Professor Epstein who will discuss the crossroads of eminent domain and defamation law—and his recent interaction with both in the State of Texas.
When: Wednesday, February 4 12-1pm*
(Directions available here)
Details: Lunch is included and general admission is free;
Up to 1 hour of Arizona CLE credit may be available, and there is a $5 charge for CLE credit.**
The courtesy of an RSVP is appreciated so we may plan accordingly. RSVP and any questions, contact Kasey Higgins (firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-557-8300) and please specify whether you would like to receive CLE credit.
*NOTE: Professor Epstein will begin speaking promptly at 12pm. Please show him and the other guests your courtesy by arriving a few minutes early to get your food and find a seat.
** We will not be able to accept credit cards, so please bring cash or a check (made out to the Federalist Society) if you plan to obtain CLE credit
Jennifer M. Perkins, Staff AttorneyInstitute for Justice