Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas tonight from the Alexander and Goldman Show on KKNT!

Update: the show is now available here. Tonight on the Alexander and Goldman Show I will be discussing Obamacare with Brian Symes and James Allen. We will be analyzing the recent court decision striking part of it down, and comparing it to Romneycare in Massachusetts. Is Romneycare any better? Will the Supreme Court strike Obamacare down? We also have an update from Jesse Hernandez from the Arizona Latino Republicans. Listen tonight from 6-7pm Arizona time (MST) on AM 960 KKNT in Phoenix or live online at Will be available a few days later on our website,

Friday, December 24, 2010

Arizona Planned Parenthood Pumps Tax Credits for Donations

Planned Parenthood Arizona is promoting tax credits intended for organizations that assist poor state residents for donations that would benefit the abortion business.
In a promotional released last week, the southwestern abortion organization issued a fundraising appeal taking advantage of a federal tax rebate.
“Your generous donation can be applied to the Arizona Working Poor Tax Credit,” it says. “What this means to you is that, in addition to a federal tax deduction, if you itemize your deductions and you contribute to Planned Parenthood in Arizona, you may be eligible for a dollar-for dollar state tax credit.”
The tax credit, the abortion business says, can return “up to $200 for an individual filer and up to $400 for a married couple filing jointly.”
According to the Arizona Department of Revenue, the tax credit is designed “for contributions that provide assistance to the working poor.”
“Services is defined as cash assistance, medical care, child care, food, clothing, shelter, job placement and job training services or any other assistance that is reasonably necessary to meet immediate basic needs and that is provided and used in this state,” it says.
The fundraising appeal was posted on the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona web blog, which is the political arm of Planned Parenthood Arizona, which makes the tax credit-based appeal appear even less likely to meet the criteria for which it was intended.  The ADR web site providing a list of qualified recipients merely lists “Planned Parenthood” as eligible.
The PPAA web site specifically indicates it “promote[s] a political agenda” that involves “educating voters, public officials and candidates for office.”
Jill Stanek, a pro-life nurse and blogger, noticed the tax credit and said pro-life groups should work towards making sure it can’t be applied to an abortion business.
“This is a pro-abortion tax loophole pro-lifers should strive to close, if possible,” she told
ACTION: Contact your elected officials to ask that Planned Parenthood be removed from the tax credit list. Also contact the Arizona Department of Revenue here.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

AZRTL: St. Joseph's Loses Catholic Standing over Terminated Pregnancy

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St. Joseph's Hospital Loses Catholic Status Over Terminated Pregnancy
Phoenix, AZ - December 21, 2010 - Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, declared today that St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Centercan no longer be considered Catholic. The Bishop stated that the Hospital and Catholic Healthcare West, had failed to comply with the Ethical and Religious Directives of the Church.

The issue stems from an incident last year, where St. Joseph's Hospital elected to terminate the pregnancy of a seriously ill pregnant woman because they considered the pregnancy put the mother's life at risk. Hospital officials have stated that they terminated the pregnancy to save the mother's life.

Sister Margaret McBride, who sat on the hospital's ethics panel and allowed the abortion to take place, was excommunicated from the Catholic Church for her participation. Catholic Church doctrine considers that when the baby's life is specifically targeted for termination, such an act is considered an abortion. The Church does not consider it an abortion when anunborn child dies as an indirect result of any other medical efforts to assist the mother.

According to the Bishop, this abortion was not the only reason for his decision.  Recently, he had learned that for more than seven years CHW has committed numerous violations of the Catholic Church's Ethical and Religious Directives for Healthcare.

Arizona Right to Life acknowledges the difficulty of this decision and our hearts and prayers go out to the family who lost their child.  While we realize that this decision may be divisive, we praise and support the stance taken by Bishop Olmsted and the Catholic Church that promotes life and values the lives of both mother and child during the pregnancy.

Click Here to read Bishop Olmsted's Statement.
Arizona Right to Life is the state's oldest, largest and strongest pro-life organization, commited to Preserving, Protecting and Promoting the Sanctity of Life from conception to natural death.

Learn more about Arizona Right to Life by visitng www.
calling our office at 602-285-0063 or emailing  


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A majority of voters supported Prop. 107; it's not racist

 The City of Tucson's blatant 7 percent bid preferences are now over.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Tonight on our KKNT Alexander & Goldman Show: The omnibus spending bill and tax cut bill

Tonight on our KKNT 960 Alexander and Goldman Show we will be discussing the failed omnibus spending bill and the tax cut bill that was just signed into law. We will tell you all about both bills, including which Congressmen were responsible for loading the spending bill with earmarks - you will be surprised how many were Republicans. Fortunately it did not pass due to a lot of Tea Party opposition, instead a smaller compromise bill to keep the government from shutting down passed.

We will then discuss the tax cut bill that Obama signed, extending the Bush-era tax cuts for two years. It's not as good as it seems - there are tax breaks for ethanol and the clean air industry in there, and for NASCAR!

Joining us to analyze will be Daniel Mitchell from the CATO Institute, an economist with expertise in tax reform and supply-side tax policy.

We will also have a brief update from the Arizona Latino Republican Association, and Robert Karnes with The American Drive. Robert is organizing a drive-in through Washington, D.C. to send Congress a message that we will hold them accountable to repealing Obamacare.

Listen live from 6-7pm Arizona time (MST currently) tonight on or wait for the upload in a couple of days to

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

CAP: Resignation Of Louis Araneta From The Commission On Appellate Court Appointments

Header Right Breaking News
Resignation Of Louis Araneta From The Commission On Appellate Court Appointments

Commissioner Louis Araneta has officially resigned from the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments. 

"Yesterday, I called for Commissioner Araneta to resign from the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments because of comments he made last week citing an applicant's Christian faith as a disqualification for service on the Independent Redistricting Commission," said Cathi Herrod, Center for Arizona Policy President. "Today Commissioner Araneta resigned.

Public officials, whether serving by appointment or election, are accountable for their statements and actions. Today's resignation by Commissioner Araneta preserves a critical principle central to our government:  that religious faith and service should not be and is not a disqualifier for public service. Denying or challenging a person's ability to participate in public service because of their Christian faith is contrary to the ideal of religious liberty secured by the United States Constitution."

Monday, December 13, 2010


Header Right Breaking News
 A member of the Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments is being called to resign after citing an applicant's Christian faith as a disqualification for the Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC). The IRC is charged with nominating 25 people to sit on the five-person body that will be drawing the new legislative and congressional district lines.

According to news reports and observers who attended the commission's public hearing on December 8 in which the commission reviewed applications, Commissioner Louis Araneta voiced concerns with applicant Christopher Gleason. Araneta spoke out against Gleason's application because it included "strong religious overtones" saying "there should be a separation of church and state."

"Not only did Mr. Araneta completely mischaracterize Mr. Gleason's application, but it is unconscionable that a person's religious beliefs are seen as a disqualifying bias. Not one commissioner challenged Mr. Araneta's comments against Mr. Gleason," said Cathi Herrod, president of Center for Arizona Policy.

The only mention of Gleason's Christian faith on his application is his membership on the board of 4-Tucson, a Christian community service organization.

"The IRC is designed to be a nonpartisan, independent body," said Herrod. "Mr. Araneta's remarks and the Commission's silence reveal a bias against people of certain religious beliefs.  Mr. Araneta should step down immediately, and the commission should issue an apology to Mr. Gleason for their silence."

What is perhaps most troubling about the Commission's religious bias is that the Commission is the same group that nominates judges for Arizona's appellate courts. It's deeply disturbing that those individuals charged with selecting judges would say that faith in Jesus Christ is a disqualification for public service.

The Appellate Court Commission provides the governor with a list of judicial candidates in much the same way as they provide a list of candidates for the IRC.

Saturday's KKNT Alexander & Goldman Show with guests Israel Ortega and AZ Latino GOP discussing the DREAM Act

Last Saturday evening we interviewed Israel Ortega from the Heritage Foundation and Alice Lara and Jesse Hernandez from the Arizona Latino Republican Association about the DREAM Act. We also discussed "Somos Republicans," which appears to be a  one-woman organization claiming to speak for Republican Latinos. In reality, the main purpose of her organization appears to be to bash conservative Republicans, including conservative Latinos.  Listen to the show here

Statement by Speaker Kirk Adams regarding discriminatory screening of applicant for IRC on the basis of faith

PHOENIX – “Last week, an applicant for the Independent Redistricting Commission was blocked by the Commission onAppellate Court Appointments, apparently because of his religious faith.  In an open meeting, a Commissioner opposed the application of Christopher Gleason for the sole reason that his application indicates he is a man of faith.  Nothing was done to address this outrageous and offensive attack on Mr. Gleason’s faith.  The Commission then proceeded to vote to prevent Mr. Gleason from reaching the other legislative leaders and I for consideration for an appointment to the Independent Redistricting Commission. 

I am shocked and alarmed that a Commissioner of a constitutional commission, acting in an important constitutional proceeding, would openly oppose an applicant because his application appeared too religious.  It is totally unacceptable to suggest that candidates for public service in Arizona must check their faith at the door. 

I call upon the Commissioner in question to apologize and for the Commission to reconsider the application of Christopher Gleason. This incident smacks of an unconstitutional ‘religious test’ for public service.  The members of the Commission must address this issue immediately.  It must be made crystal clear that the applications of all Arizonans will be given fair, merit-based consideration; and that no other applicants who appear before the Commission will ever again be targeted for their faith.”  

CONTACT: Paul Boyer

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tonight on our KKNT Alexander & Goldman Show: The DREAM Act

Israel Ortega
Tonight on the Alexander and Goldman Show we will be discussing The DREAM Act with Israel Ortega from the Heritage Foundation and their Spanish language website, During the second half of the show we will interview Jesse Hernandez and Alice Lara from the Arizona Latino Republican Association to get their thoughts on the DREAM Act and the renegade sham Republican Latino organization Somos Republicans. Listen from 6-7pm to hear the inside scoop on what the DREAM Act is really about, whether it will pass, and who supports it. Senators Kyl and McCain? The DREAM Act would provide a path to citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants who came to this country illegally, instead of penalizing them by making them return to their country of origin first. McCain and Kyl have supported "comprehensive immigration reform" in the past, which ended up including the DREAM Act. Listen locally in Phoenix to AM 960 or listen live over the web at

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Tonight on our KKNT Alexander & Goldman Show: Internet censorship bill & Wikileaks

Tonight on the Alexander & Goldman Show we will be discussing COICA, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act being considered in the Senate. Prominent conservatives on the web have come out opposing it, since their petition here.  We will also discuss the leaked national security documents being disseminated by Wikileaks. Listen in from 6-7pm at AM 960 KKNT or online at to find out what's really going on! Call in at 602.508.0960.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sal DiCiccio: What government pensions are costing your family

The columns below that appeared in the Arizona Republic show what you and your family pay every year for government excesses. Read the facts for yourself to see what you’re paying and what it’s going for.
The more people who know about this, the more likely it is to be addressed, so please forward this on to as many people as possible. See below full article or to open the link later please click HERE.
Your voice matters; speak out against excessive pensions
If you have been reading the Republic’s series by Craig Harris on the sorry state of pension management in Arizona, you probably are upset and angry. You should be.
For the past 18 months, I have been exposing government excesses and Phoenix’s high labor cost – our No. 1 expense. In case the obscenely generous payouts reported in articles haven’t shocked you, here are more numbers that slam home the dangerous trend:
  • $200 million – what you pay for employee pension and retirement every year (and growing)
  • $17,000 – pay increase employees have received on average compared to five years ago
  • $100,000 – Current average annual cost for all 15,000 Phoenix employees, fully compensated (and growing).*
  • $16,666 – New employee incentive bonus approved
  • $270 million – Increase in employee cost over past five years – with about the employee count.
*Source: Phoenix Budget and Research Department Five Year History of Employee Costs
Now, also consider what you pay to keep this going:
  • $100 million – new taxes/fees imposed on you this year alone (and growing)
  • 40 percent – water rate increase over 5 years — $30 million more this year alone (and growing)
  • $3 million – 2010 sewer rate increase
  • $50 million – food tax passed with only 24 hours notice
  • Plus scores of new and hiked fees on small businesses, growing so frequently that the city had to come up with a process to handle them.
Instead of addressing the high labor cost, Phoenix has shuffled workers to other departments. It issued passionate statements about municipal sacrifices to make the budget work – when in fact only 15 people were let go while most got raises or pension increases.
At the same time, it has cut programs, locations, hours, services, transit routes while delaying or killing projects for citizens. That includes libraries, senior centers, after school programs, neighborhood bus routes and more.
I think the city is in a fiscal crisis and is heading down the same path as General Motors, Bell, California, Detroit and Greece if it doesn’t deal with labor costs, which are driven by pension and benefits. Before the articles, the city refused to even look at it. The outside examination recently recommended is good, if it’s real and not simply a delaying tactic until the stories blow over.
I’ve long maintained that Phoenix needs to do two things to pull itself out of this fiscal death march:
1) Competitively bid out non-strategic areas (excluding police and fire) so employee groups and private sector compete 
2) Pay employees commensurate with the private sector. That could save nearly $300 million.
You’ve seen public officials respond to these pension stories. Pressure and public scrutiny works. If you hold their feet closer to the fire than labor groups do, they will change things. Your voice matters most. Use it.
Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio represents District 6, which includes Ahwatukee, Arcadia, Biltmore, East Camelback and North Central. He can be reached or 602-262-7491, or go to
Pension deal should outrage every Arizona taxpayer.
Please click HERE to read Laurie Roberts column in the Republic on pensions.
Sal DiCiccio
Phoenix City Councilman – District 6
(602) 292-7491

Federalist Society co-sponsoring SB 1070 panel

The Federalist Society, Phoenix Lawyers Chapter is pleased to co-sponsor a panel discussion with the Arizona Labor and Employment Relations Association and the American Constitution Society regarding the impacts of Senate Bill 1070 on Arizona Employers. The panel includes esteemed guests Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, and bill author Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State-elect.
This event may qualify for two hours of CLE credit and the ALERA has offered to extend the member price of $35 to Federalist Society guests. For more information, see the email below and you can register online here.
From: ALERA []
Subject: SB1070: The Impact on AZ Employers

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Professional Development Program Series
SB 1070:  The Impact on Arizona Employers

Senate Bill 1070 (SB1070) was signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer on April 23, 2010. This program will center on the impact SB1070 will have on commerce and on labor and employment in Arizona and the likely impact on the businesses that engage in commerce in Arizona.

Presented by:

Mayor Phil Gordon, City of Phoenix  
Gordon was elected Mayor of Phoenix on September 9, 2003, with 72 percent of the vote. He was re-elected in September 2007, with 77 percent of the vote. In 2008, Gordon was named the Best Mayor in North America by the London-based World Mayors Project. Currently, he serves as chairman of the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Task Force on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. In August 2010, Mayor Gordon was appointed to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Local Government Advisory Committee for a two-year term.  Mayor Gordon has also built a stronger international presence for global opportunities in business and investment. His recent "bridge building" business and development trips have included Dubai,Saudi Arabia, Israel, Canada, China, Japan and Mexico.


Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State-elect
Professor Kobach received his bachelor of arts degree with highest distinction from Harvard University in 1988. He graduated at the top of his class in the Harvard Government Department. In 1988, the British government awarded him a Marshall Scholarship, which took him to England for post-graduate study. In 1992 he received his doctorate in Political Science from Oxford University. In 1995 he received his J.D. from Yale Law School. While at Yale, he taught undergraduates in the Yale Political Science Department, and in 1994 he won the Prize Teaching Fellowship, an award based on student nominations and faculty review. He is Senior Counsel at the Immigration Reform Law Institute, a Washington, DC-based legal advocacy organization that represents U.S. citizens in immigration-related cases across the country.  Professor Kobach is the principal author of SB 1070.

Steven Gonzalez, Assoc. Prof./Director of Experiential Learning
Professor Gonzalez is a member of Phoenix School of Law's founding faculty.  He teaches Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Federal Indian Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Property, and is Director of Experiential Learning, including the mediation and Hybrid clinics.  He is admitted to practice in Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and U.S. District Courts for Arizona, Colorado, and the Western District of Michigan.  He served five times as an accredited consultant at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (2004-09).  He is a frequent guest on local television and talk radio.  He was a Commissioner on the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Race and Ethnic Diversity, chaired the Arizona State Bar Committee on Women and Minorities, and serves on the Maricopa County Bar Association Diversity Committee and is a member of Los Abogados, Arizona Hispanic bar association.

Moderated by:

Nicholas J. Enoch, Esq. - Lubin & Enoch, P.C.
Rose McCaffrey, Esq. - Sherman & Howard L.L.C.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Phoenix School of Law - Conference Center
4041 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85012 (
Map)602- 682-6800
COST: $35

If you would like to pay by check, make payable to  "ALERA" and mail to:
ALERA, c/o Miguel Rodriguez, 2600 N. Central Ave., Suite 1800, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Franks Urges Egyptian Gov't to Ensure Ongoing Freedom of Recently Released Blogger

Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) has joined Representatives Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Emmanuel Cleaver (D-MO) in sending a letter to the Egyptian Ambassador to the U.S. welcoming the release of Egyptian blogger Abdel Kareem Soleiman Amer and calling on the Egyptian government to ensure Mr. Soleiman and others in Egypt are guaranteed the freedom to express themselves in the future, especially on matters of religion and politics.

Franks commented that, “The Egyptian Government tried to sentence Kareem without fair warning but soon realized that the world would not allow them to ‘get rid of him’ that easily.” Franks continued, “If the Egyptian government shares our country’s commitment to human freedom and democracy, then I sincerely hope they begin to take appropriate steps to amend the laws plaguing their society that stifle the freedoms of expression and religion and allow people like Kareem to express themselves freely.” Franks also added, “The Egyptian government’s actions are deeply misplaced. Bloggers are not threatening democracy there, religious extremism is. Until the Egyptian government does something to address the issues Kareem and others have raised, rising Islamic extremism will continue to threaten indigenous religious communities in Egypt and the country’s own national security.” Franks added, “I am deeply troubled that over four years since Kareem raised these concerns nearly nothing has been done to reign in Islamic extremism at Al Azhar University or bring to justice those responsible for attacking the Christian community at Al Kosh, while more bloggers have been imprisoned and more attacks on the Christian and other religious minority communities have taken place.”

Mr. Soleiman was sentenced to four years in prison on charges of blasphemy and criticizing the president. More specifically, Mr. Soleiman’s sentence rested on comments he made on a personal blog criticizing the government’s response and handling of an attack on the Christian community at Al Kosh and for his criticism of the rising Islamic extremism at Al Azhar University.

Upon first learning of Mr. Soleiman’s imprisonment four years ago, Franks wrote to the Egyptian Ambassador in Washington on Mr. Soleiman's behalf, after which Mr. Soleiman's initial trial was postponed; Mr. Soleiman later received a sentence much shorter than the ten years most human rights advocates anticipated he would receive.

In addition to the attached letter, Congressman Franks also sent a letter with colleagues to US Ambassador to Egypt, Margaret Scobey, calling on the U.S. Embassy to remain engaged in this case and to work with the Egyptian government to address ways to improve the legal justice system in order to provide greater protection for the freedom of religion and expression in Egypt for all people.

AZRTL: Call your Senators and Stop Abortions on Military Bases

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The Lame Duck Strikes!!! Senate To Vote on Defense Authorization Bill which May Allow Abortions on Military Bases Both Domestically and Abroad!!
As we expected the Democrats are moving fast and hard to pass legislation before the balance of power shifts in January.  A vote is expected today or tomorrow on a Defense Authorization Bill, which has several different versions, one of which contains language to allow Abortions on Military bases.  We must act now!!!
Help us protect our little ones by NOT allowing this Senate to use our military to do them deadly harm.  Call or email your Senators today to urge them to vote NO on the Defense Authorization Bill, if it contains the language regarding abortion.

Click Here to email Senator John McCain or call: 202-224-2235

Click Here to email Senator Jon Kyl or call: 202-224-2207
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

AZ Latino GOP Christmas Party

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

On Wednesday, December 8th ALRA will be having a Happy Hour/Feliz Navidad/end of the year gathering at Padre's Modern Mexican Cuisine from 5:30 PM to? Padre's (602) 277-1749 is located at 1044 East Camelback Road, Phoenix.  Please stop by and bring your conservative friends! Contact Alice Lara 602-276-3959 or Rey Torres for more info.

ALRA member Alberto Acereda will be attending the forum - we know he will represent ALRA well.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL POLICEALRA member Art Olivas who leads LLITPP - Latino Legal Immigrant Tea Party Patriots invites all tea party patriots to a rally to show support for the Phoenix Police Department on Saturday, December 11th 10:00 AM at the State Capitol parking lot.  The march will be to the Police department on 7th Avenue and Washington and then back to the state Capitol.  There will also be a food drive so gather up your canned goods etc. If you have any questions, please contact Art at 602-268-9758. 

ALRA Chairman Jesse Hernandez appeared yesterday on Las Vegas NPR radio station News 88.9 KNPR debating the proposed Dream Act.  He reports there should be a podcast up soon.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

And in the spirit of the holiday season....

AZ Latino GOP responds to proposed DREAM Act legislation

Phoenix, AZ - Few issues in politics provide an opportunity for almost all parties interested to agree. Such is the case with the military service clause of the dream act. It is unthinkable that we, as a nation of immigrants, would not extend full citizenship to any and all qualified foreign nationals who honorably serve in any branch of the U.S. armed forces. There is no greater demonstration of fealty and genuine patriotism than risking your life in the service of your country. However, it is also unthinkable to equate honorable service in our country’s military to successfully graduating from a university. The latter is an endeavor, however noble it might seem, purely rooted in self improvement which yields no predisposition of loyalty to this country or its laws.

Therefore, it would seem that coupling these two criteria as conditions of receiving citizenship or legal status of any kind is just one more gimmick attempting to pull at the heart strings of congress while trying to legitimize a criminal act (illegal presence in the United States). Proponents of the dream act, as written in the current senate bill, would do well to honor the service of all that serve in the armed forces of our country and drop the gimmick of those who want one more way pay to get around the law.

It is a disservice to our international students who put forth the effort to come to the United States through legal channels for their education and pay out of country tuition while those here illegally get a free ride. If we are to remain a nation of laws we should not reward or encourage illegal status as access to our institutions of higher learning.

Contact: Arizona Latino Republican Association
Jesse Hernandez, Chairman <>   (602) 549-9296