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January 2, 2017
County and State Party Candidates Should Not Seek Endorsements from Politicians

by Maricopa County Republican Committee Chairman Tyler Bowyer

Many have seen in recent weeks a few endorsements from Public Office Holders of Candidates for those who wish to serve in County and State Party positions. I want to make a statement and say this is absolutely wrong. One of the primary reasons that the Republican Party exists is to hold Elected Officials accountable. Having our Party Officeholders beholden to Elected Officials through endorsements and donations is precisely what's wrong with the GOP today. It should raise many red flags of Party Candidates who seek these endorsements as it is akin to the adage of the "Fox in the Henhouse." This is terrible judgment both on the part of the candidate and the elected official.

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Tags: Election, Republicans
January 2, 2017
Mr. Trump: Tear Down This Wall!

Which wall?

The laws, rules, regulations, executive branch and federal agency proclamations and issuances, memos, guidance documents, bulletins, circulars, announcements with practical regulatory effect, “significant” agency guidance documents, and thousands of other such documents that are subject to little scrutiny or democratic accountability, and that have stifled entrepreneurship, jobs, the economy, and innovation.  

That Wall.  Tear it down, Mr. Trump.

Of the 10 highest-ever Federal Register regulation page counts, Obama is responsible for seven. Obama keeps breaking his own record! 77,687 (2014); 78,961 (2012); 79,311 (2013); 80,260 (2015); 81,247 (2011); 81,405 (2010).; and 91,642 (2016).  That's an Atlas-back-breaking total of over 570,000 pages.  There are some "fact checkers" who quibble about number of pages versus number of regulations, blah, blah.  However, the point is this:  Americans are being strangled by regulations.

This is what the Regulatory Wall looked like in 2013, before Obama "hit his stride."  

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Tags: Bureaucracy, EPA
December 25, 2016
10 year old autistic girl Kaylee Rodgers singing 'Hallelujah'

The choir from Killard House School, Donaghadee, Northern Ireland, singing "Hallelujah."  Kaylee has autism and ADHD, and every child in the video has additional needs. 

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Tags: Christianity
December 24, 2016
The Babe in Bethlemen - Predicted 700 Years before Christ's Birth

From Days of Praise daily devotionals
by Dr. Henry M. Morris
Institute for Creation Research

“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” (Micah 5:2) 

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Tags: Christianity
December 23, 2016
"Nations Proclaiming the King of Kings!" for Christmas

International worship singers representing Israel, USA, Argentina, Japan, Germany, Netherlands, Taiwan, South Korea, France, Finland, and Brazil. 

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Tags: Christianity
December 23, 2016
Amira Willighagen - "O Holy Night" (St. Jacobs Church, The Hague) - Christmas Concert 2015

Amira performing for a 105-year old woman in the 2015 Christmas special of the Dutch TV program "Max Maakt Mogelijk." 

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Tags: Christianity
December 21, 2016
Charity Donation Ideas - 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, you have likely received many requests for donations.  There are many worthy charities and organizations, including your local church!  Gila Watch has some favorites for your consideration.

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Tags: Families, Constitution, Religious Freedom, Pro Life, Schools, Taxes, Bill of Rights, Education
December 12, 2016
Stop the National Popular Vote Compact in Arizona

"Democracy" has a nice ring to it: One Person, One Vote.  However, that's exactly what the Founders did not want: Majority (aka Mob) Rule. When Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded,  "A Republic, if you can keep it."  Ours is a Constitutional Republic, but only if we, the people, care enough to participate in keeping it.     

Our presidents are chosen through a combination of a popular vote and the Electoral College that represents the states.  Each state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for Senators.  This keeps a handful of the most populous states from dominating all the other states.  For example, Donald Trump won the popular vote in Arizona.  Thus, the Republican party's 11 Electors will vote for president.  Had Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, Arizona's 11 Democrat Electors would be voting for president. (In contrast, California has 55 Electors.) See below for two short videos:  Do you Understand the Electoral College? and The Popular Vote vs the Electoral College.

Unfortunately, there is a movement across America that is gaining traction called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.  It would distort the procedures of the Electoral College.  It would usher in the very "democracy" that the Founders did not want.  It is unconstitutional.  

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Tags: Constitution, Republicans, Arizona Legislature
December 5, 2016
Arizona's Common Core Rebrand is Just Lipstick on a Pig!

by Jennifer Reynolds, publisher of Arizonans Against Common Core

A Rebrand of Common Core is coming unless we stop it through our combined voices speaking against the proposed 2016 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics StandardsVery little has changed with these 2016 Standards and we will still have Common Core!

 
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Tags: AzMERIT, Common Core, Schools
November 12, 2016
Leonard Cohen, Rest In Peace

As written recently by Jonathon Van Maren, "For all his many faults, Cohen is nothing if not unblinking. His work shows a clear and progressively growing disillusionment with our throwaway culture’s crude approach to everything good and beautiful, and his words often smolder with contempt.

"In Diamonds in the Mine, for example, he mourned the transformative effect of the Sexual Revolution on people:

Ah, there is no comfort in the covens of the witch, 
some very clever doctor went and sterilized the bitch, 
and the only man of energy, yes the revolution's pride, 
he trained a hundred women just to kill an unborn child. 

"Such lines have attracted the ire of some of his feminist fans, who began to identify an anti-abortion ethic throughout his work. One pointed to Cohen’s The Story of Isaac, where he condemns those who 'stand above them now, your hatchets blunt and bloody':   

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Tags: Abortion, Pro Life
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