Monday, April 21, 2014

Prosecutor’s Targeting of Gun Range Exec Enters 15th Year

Marcus Carter has always generously let me shoot his guns at no charge.
Marcus Carter has always generously let me shoot his guns at no charge.

It has been three and a half years since I first covered the case of a Washington State prosecutor targeting Kitsap Rifle & Revolver Club (KRRC) Executive Officer Marcus Carter. Unbelievably, Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney Russ Hauge, a Democrat, has still not stopped his witch hunt, even though his waste of millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money for almost 15 years has resulted in no convictions against Carter. As someone who has been targeted for years by zealous, well-connected prosecutors because of my conservative political views, I have taken a keen interest in this case.

Elected prosecuting attorneys are connected to powerful members of the State Bar, judges and other government officials. Hauge also is a former president of the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. While most judges generally won’t side against Carter – evidenced by the 15 judicial decisions in his favor because the charges are so ridiculous – they are hesitant to question or discipline one of their own. 

It all appears to stem from an incident that happened at KRRC back in 1999. Hauge originally was a guest instructor on the law for the personal protection classes. At the same time, he was involved in a high-profile prosecution of a man who used a gun in self-defense. After the jury unanimously found the man innocent, Hauge insisted on taking up two classes trying to justify the poor decision to prosecute and wasted resources in such a clearly justifiable case of self defense.

Read the rest of the article at Townhall

Saturday, April 19, 2014

National Review on Mark Brnovich: A Yugoslavian Mother’s Son

Mark Brnovich
Kathryn Jean Lopez 
‘Have you heard of the Little Sisters of the Poor?”
Earlier this month, all eyes were on Arizona, as a fight over a religious-liberties question morphed into a shoutdown about civil rights. Asked about it on a radio show, Mark Brnovich, a lifelong Arizonan, focused on a group of religious sisters who serve the elderly poor.
A former prosecutor, Brnovich, who is Eastern Orthodox, pointed to the Little Sisters to try to focus our civic attention on religious freedom. They are self-sacrificial women ensuring that the vulnerable are not cast aside and left alone. They are religious sisters who are among over 300 plaintiffs in 94 cases currently suing the Department of Health and Human Services over its Obamacare mandate that requires employers to provide health insurance that covers abortion pills, contraception, and sterilization. In the case of the Little Sisters, they qualify as a religious group under Obama-administration definitions, but still are mandated to provide their employees insurance coverage that violates their consciences. They are facing a choice that no one should be forced to make: either agree to a type of insurance that they believe is immoral, or face crippling fines, or get out of the business of serving the poor.

Read the full article at National Review

Friday, April 18, 2014

Building Lasting Momentum; Recap of Bolick Endorsements

Shawnna Bolick

Building Lasting Momentum

April 17, 2014
Our campaign has been diligently reaching out to our fellow Republican neighbors in Legislative District 28 to listen to concerns affecting the future of Arizona.  Each and every day we are greeted with positive enthusiasm for our strong message of growth, prosperity and opportunity.
Voters agree that a strong education system encourages a better workforce with more highly skilled jobs for our high school and college graduates.  As an individual who had an awesome public school education I also know that education shouldn’t be a one-size-fits all model.  Instead, one that works best allows parents the right to choose how to best educate their children.
Working for a better tomorrow has also encouraged the support of many of our fellow Republicans from across the state.  I am thrilled to have the support from so many wonderful current and past elected officials who continue to further Arizona to a more prosperous future.
This is what my fellow Republicans have had to say about why they are supporting me for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28:
“With so many serious challenges facing the State of Arizona, her bold ideas in education reform and steadfast common sense are two things I admire most about Shawnna.  She has the potential to help lead Arizona into a brighter future – one that is more self-reliant, and one that holds to its independent values that I love so much about this state.  Shawnna’s pro-growth, free market, and fiscal conservative ideas are the ones this state needs to get our fiscal house in order.  She will bring a fresh, yet bold and principled leadership the Republican Party lacks.”
– Former U.S. Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr.
“Shawnna’s knowledge and expertise in critical policy areas affecting the State of Arizona are hard to come by.  I know Shawnna has what it takes to be an effective legislator and a strong communicator. She is not only committed to understanding the big picture but is willing to delve into the weeds to craft sound public policy.”
– Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump
“Shawnna is a strong fiscal conservative who will prioritize the needs of Arizona. Watching her raise her two children I know how important education and the future of the state are to her.  Shawnna is a quick study and eager to roll up her sleeves to find the right mix of pro-growth ideas benefiting the state.  Arizona should be so lucky to have her willing to serve us in such a capacity.”
– Arizona Corporation Commissioner Brenda Burns
“As a former State Senator I know how important it is to have elected officials who truly represent the people of Arizona but more importantly, listen to its citizens. Shawnna not only has the passion to help lead Arizona, but she is a do-er who is not afraid to engage with her neighbors. I believe Shawnna is prepared to make tough decisions no matter how big the challenge.  I predict Ms. Bolick will be a linchpin in the Legislature in halting the federal government’s encroachment and I look forward to working with her to help advance sound fiscal policy that benefits all Arizonans.  These are just a few reasons why I believe she is the right person to represent Legislative District 28.”
– Vice Mayor of Phoenix, Jim Waring
“So much of what we have achieved here in Phoenix—from pension reform to competitiveness to government transparency and accountability—has to echo at the state level or our gains will mean little.  We need smart, tough legislators who are willing to fight for the people who pay the bills.  As a tireless advocate for school choice, small business, and the taxpayers, Shawnna demonstrates on a daily basis that she has the vision and backbone we need at the State Capitol.  That is why I give my unqualified support to Shawnna Bolick, candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28.”
– Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio
“Shawnna understands the importance of improving government efficiency. Her past public policy experiences at the federal and state levels will help her hit the ground running once she’s elected to office. Her background is steeped in free market and civil society solutions coupled with the need to bring prosperity to the state of Arizona by rolling back the regulatory system and lowering taxes. We are in desperate need of electing common sense individuals willing to roll up their sleeves to find savings to taxpayers. It’s not an easy job and I think Shawnna is the best choice in Legislative District 28 and I look forward to helping her get elected.”
– Arizona House of Representatives Majority Whip Representative Gray
“Shawnna’s energy, dedication, extensive policy background and desire to honorably represent our legislative district and State are the admirable qualities she will bring to the Arizona House of Representatives once she is elected.  From the many years of actively engaging in her community, her children’s public charter schools, and working on issues critical to Arizona she values the importance of studying the policy, its potential impacts and evaluating all considerations before making an objective and informed decision.  Wanting nothing less than the best for her children and yours is the conviction that fuels Shawnna’s passion to work hard for Arizona and be a strong advocate for her constituents.”
– Former Arizona House of Representative Amanda Reeve
But I still need your help.  We have quite the momentum, but in order to run the best campaign we need your financial assistance, too. Your donation today will help me continue spreading our positive message as we crisscross the district.
Please visit my website today and make a donation of $25, $50, $75, $100, $150, or $250 or more to help me reach April’s fundraising goal.
Thank you for your continued support!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mark Brnovich for Attorney General special event at Scottsdale Gun Club

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You are invited to a reception honoring
Mark Brnovich
Republican Candidate for Attorney General
Hosted by Kevin Neal
Join us for light appetizers and test your sharp-shooting in the range!
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 6:00 – 8:00 PM
The Titanium Room, Scottsdale Gun Club
14860 N Northsight Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Suggested Contribution: $150 per person
Please RSVP to Amilyn Pierce at or 602-708-8980 or Jenna Brouk or 480-226-7596.

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