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July 28, 2014
Can Frank Riggs Rescind Common Core on Day 1? You bet he can!

Anyone who has heard candidate for Arizona Governor Frank Riggs speak or has studied his website knows that he has emphatically and repeatedly promised to rescind Common Core on Day 1.  (Note:  The name Common Core State Standards was cosmetically renamed by Gov Brewer "Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards.")   

A recent, widely distributed document titled "2014 Arizona State Candidate Review" posted by Arizona Freedom Alliance on July 13, 2014 stated:  "But the primary thing we don't like (about Frank Riggs) is that in every speech we have heard (many), he says “on day one, I will stop Common Core” and the crowd goes wild!  The only problem is that we are told he would have no authority to do that, even with an executive order.  It remains to be seen whether that is a promise he can keep."  (I added the bolding.)  

The AFA stands in strong support of Christine Jones for Governor.  I normally agree with and support the stands taken by the AFA.  However, this assertion is based on hearsay with nothing factual to support it.  Plus, it's incorrect. 

Frank Riggs knew before he made his assertion that he was standing on firm ground.  When the defining moment arrives, would a Governor Jones be too misinformed, timid, and fearful to rescind Common Core?    

Here are the facts:

The MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) (see pages 60-63) states, "The effort is voluntary for states" and concludes "the undersigned state leaders agree to the process and structure as described above and attest accordingly by our signatures below."  It was signed in January 2010 by two state leaders:  Governor Jan Brewer and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne.  (This was long before the standards were even finalized.)  

While it might have taken Jan Brewer and Tom Horne to bring us Common Core, Arizonans are not bound by the decision of these former state leaders.  As Frank Riggs has stated, "The basic principles of contract law prevail.  The current Governor cannot bind her successor, and her authority expires on the day she leaves office.  If one party withdraws (rescinds the predecessor's signature), the contract (MOA) is invalidated.  A new Governor has every right to rescind the Agreement, with or without anyone else's signature."

Frank Riggs has made his position crystal clear.  Would Christine Jones assign staff to dig through the bowels of these "agreements and understandings" looking for bits of evidence to support why she can't rescind it?  Which will it be?  Find evidence to support getting out of Common Core?  Or find reasons to dither and remain chained to it?

The problems with the MOA aren't limited to questions about its repeal.  There are multiple problems with this "agreement," which have been analyzed at length in Mercedes Schneider's Edublog post Exiting the Common Core Memorandum of Understanding.

Here are a few points.  (Bold highlighting is mine):

1.  The CCSS MOU includes no provision for exiting CCSS. 

2.   It also includes no wording in which states are bound to CCSS if the original signators no longer hold the positions of governor and state education superintendent.

3.   Since the CCSS MOU fails to include language binding states to CCSS if such states receive RTTT money (no doubt excluded so that USDOE might maintain it is not “forcing” states to accept CCSS in order to receive RTTT money), then even states that received RTTT money are able to exit CCSS and challenge any USDOE pressure to return RTTT money. If CCSS is truly not federally forced, then it will not pursue states choosing to be “state led” right out of CCSS.

4.   Regarding those two signatures on each state’s CCSS MOU:

If both signators no longer hold the positions of governor and state superintendent, then the MOU cannot bind each state. 

There is no need for legislative action to dispose of CCSS. In such cases, the current governor or state superintendent can formally declare a state’s exit from CCSS. USDOE has no legal recourse, and neither does a non-signator governor nor non-signator superintendent who might push to keep CCSS.

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Tags: Common Core, Frank Riggs
July 25, 2014
Would your Candidate Support Life, Marriage and Family, Religious Freedom?

The Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) surveyed the candidates running for federal and state offices.  CAP promotes and defends the foundational values of life, marriage and family, and religious liberty. 

Find out how the candidates answered the questions.  Simply Click on the link ArizonaVoterGuide.Com.  Fill in the blanks in order to immediately obtain your personalized voter guide, and click on each number to see the survey question, and how candidates responded.  

The results might surprise you.  Candidate for Governor Scott Smith's answers are a good example.  He would support adding "sexual orientation," "gender identity," or "gender expression" to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in anti-discrimination law.  (Question #11.)

Remember the battle against Medicaid Expansion?  The Center for Arizona Policy was cited in the following passionate statements made by Steve Smith, who was a Republican respresentative from LD11 at the time (not to be confused with Scott Smith).  Steve explains that the expansion of Medicaid would also increase the number of abortions.  Scott Smith, candidate for Governor, supports Medicaid Expansion.

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Tags: Abortion, Pro Life, Scott Smith, CAP, Christian Persecution
July 23, 2014
Upcoming Payson Events!

Submitted by Shirley Dye.

Thursday, July 24, 2014.  6:00-8:00 pm. Payson Tea Party.

Three candidates for Gila County Superior Court Judge will be featured, including Steve Burke, Chuck Walker, and Tim Wright.  Also speaking will be Mayoral candidate Randy Roberson and Payson Council candidates Su Connell and Fred Carpenter, as well as Star Valley Council candidate Andy McKinney.  Other local candidates will present their platforms in future weeks.  The meeting will be held at Tiny’s Family Restaurant 600 East 260, Payson.  Members and guests are invited to arrive early to order dinner and socialize.  

Saturday, July 26, 2014.  10:00 am.  Gila County Republican Committee Meeting.  

Please attend this meeting and bring a guest!  The meeting takes place at the new Payson Republican Headquarters, 719 S. Beeline Hwy (across from Courthouse).  It's a gorgeous building!  Please let your friends know that the Payson Republican Headquarters is open 9am - 6pm Monday through Friday.  You can pick up literature and yard signs on all the candidates to share with friends.  You can make donations, get copies of voter lists and maps of neighborhoods.  Call the early mail in voters and encourage them to fill out their ballots and mail them in.  Anyone can make calls from the HQ or home to help get out the vote.  Call Shirley at 928-468-1131 if you have questions.  

Important!  The terms of the previously elected and appointed PCs for the past two years will expire August 29.  52 PCs completed their nomination and signature pages to become newly elected PCs for the next two year term.  We need to appoint another 75 or so PCs in the few months to fill all precincts and qualify to elect another 30-40 State Committeemen right after the November Election.  There are openings in all precincts except two.  If you would like to be re-appointed or become a new PC please let us know.  Also, Please identify folks in your neighborhoods who might become PCs and let Shirley Dye or Gary Morris know so we can get them applications.

Monday, July 28, 2014.  11:30 am.  Rim Country Republican Club.

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Tags: Payson TEA Party, Andy McKinney
July 23, 2014
AMERICA Coming to Payson Friday, July 25!

Dinesh D'Souza's film AMERICA will be showing at the Sawmill Theater in Payson beginning Friday, July 25.  Show times are 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, and 7:30 pm.  The film should remain in the theater for about a week.  If the film does well, it could be held over longer.  The Sawmill Theater is located at 201 W. Main (SW corner of Highway 87 and Main St.)  The phone number of the box office is 928-468-7546.

Here is the trailer of the film.  (Of historical note is that George Washington wrote a letter to his brother John stating:  "I had 4 Bullets through my Coat, and two Horses shot under me, and yet escaped unhurt.")  See George Washington to John Augustine Washington, July 18, 1755.  

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Tags: Constitution, Declaration of Independence, American Values
July 23, 2014
Please Help Bob Thorpe with his $5.00 Contributions!

Our Republican Representative Bob Thorpe (LD6) has done an excellent job fighting for us against expanding ObamaCare in Arizona, and against onerous regulations.  He sponsored bills that would help us take back our lands and protect our property rights.  He worked hard to help us gain local control of our schools.   We need him in the legislature to do battle for us again.

Please click HERE to print out a Clean Elections $5.00 Contribution form, complete and send directly to Bob Thorpe at the address on the form.  Please print out extra forms and ask friends to donate $5.00 also.

Or, go to www.azsos.gov/equal/.   Answer the initial questions.  Follow prompts.  Then, scroll down to Robert Thorp and click to make your $5.00 donation.   For each $5.00 donation, Clean Elections will give Bob $133.00.  

You can also send Bob up to $160.00 in seed money directly.  Make checks out to “Bob Thorpe” and mail to 490 Lake Mary Road, Flagstaff, AZ   86001.  Please also provide your name, address, occupation and employer on a separate piece of paper.  Phone numbers and email addresses are always welcome too. 

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Tags: Bob Thorpe
July 22, 2014
Sen. Jeff Sessions Slams Bill Gates for Laying off Americans in Favor of Foreign Nationals

Bill Gates, brilliant billionaire entrepreneur, who has plugged nearly $200 million into promoting the Common Core State Standards because he knows how to run America's educational system, just did the following: 

He co-authored an op-ed in the New York Times calling for more visas for skilled tech workers, while at nearly the same time Microsoft fired some 18,000 people.  The lay-off has also affected an unknown number of contract workers.

If there is a tech labor shortage, one would expect to see higher wages used to attract workers.  That isn't what's happening.  Salaries have remained flat.  What is happening is that the tech giants want more foreign nationals to take those high tech jobs.  Why?  Cheap labor.  

Sen. Jeff Sessions recently slammed Bill Gates for demanding more guest workers while Microsoft lays off Americans.

Candidate for Governor Scott Smith is another one who believes the big corporation myth about the "high tech labor shortage."  He wants to bring in engineers and other high-skilled workers from other countries.   See Mesa Mayor Fears Congress Won't act on Immigration.  

As stated in Bill Gates Under Fire for Immigration Stance After Microsoft Lay-offs:

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Tags: Common Core, Congress, Schools
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