Please Sign Petitions Online

Please help your favorite candidates get enough petition signatures by the May deadline to get onto the ballot.  It’s easy.  Click on the following link. Some candidates are still able to accept online signatures.  Gila Watch supports Kelli Ward (U.S. Senate), Rep. Paul Gosar (U.S. House of Representatives), Sen. Sylvia Allen (Arizona Senate), Rep. Bob Thorpe (Arizona House of Representatives), Frank Riggs (Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction), Kimberly Yee (Arizona Treasurer), Jim O’Connor (Arizona Corporation Commission), and Justin Olson (Arizona Corporation Commission).  

You will need your Driver’s License Number. 

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Diane Douglas: Arizona’s Queen of Common Core

by Jennifer Reynolds, Creator of Arizonans Against Common Core and member of Mommy Lobby AZ

The second rebrand of Common Core is no more than Lipstick on a Pig.  Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas continues to travel around the state in 2018 on the campaign trail telling crowds that she “Stopped Common Core” as part of her 2014 campaign promise. This is far from the truth! Common Core was Rebranded a second time on December 19, 2016 when the 2016 Arizona English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Standards were adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) with an 8-1 vote.  See Arizona State Board Of Education Approves Rebrand Of Common Core Standards and State Board Of Education Ignores Governor, Parents And Own Policy

SBE member Jared Taylor was the only vote opposing the adoption of these standards and he stated, “The bottom line is that I am very disappointed that we kicked the parents to the curb and ignored the will of the voters when they elected Diane Douglas. Yet she led the way today; we just renewed Common Core.”

Comments from Mommy Lobby,  Arizonans Against Common Core, Opt Out AZ
IGNORED by Supt Douglas, ADE, SBE Exec Director, Gov. Ducey’s Educ. Policy Director

Mommy Lobby AZ (ML)Arizonans Against Common Core (AACC), and Opt Out AZ reviewed the 1st and 2nd drafts of the 2016 Arizona ELA and Mathematics standards and submitted our comments directly to Superintendent Diane Douglas, as well as to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) Standards Staff, Carol Lippert and Suzi Mast; the former State Board of Education (SBE) Executive Director,  Karol Schmidt; and Governor Ducey’s Education Policy Director,  Dawn Wallace numerous times in 2016.

Comments Compiled by Parents and Teachers
IGNORED by Arizona Legislators, SLAPPED DOWN by Supt. Douglas

 
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Open Letter to Dr. Bob Branch, Clueless About K-12 Classrooms

Dear Dr. Branch,

Several parents were shocked to read your comments in the 1-18-18 briefs.  It’s obvious that you don’t understand what is really going on in Arizona’s classrooms —which is very disappointing, since you are a candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction.   

You have a massive misunderstanding on the recess issue.  The traditional three 15-minute recess has been eliminated in most schools across the state.  Many schools are down to one 10-minute recess per day, and some have no recess at all!  These are not college students.  They’re young children! They need to move!  Studies have shown that physical activity improves academic performance.  Americans are well known for their creativity and ingenuity —unlike China where academics are all that matter.  We foster entrepreneurs and inventors in the USA.  Recess promotes these desirable American characteristics.  Recess is correlated with improved student behavior in the classroom. Recess also promotes social skills and helps kids learn how to deal with bullying —which is the opposite of giving them “comfort lamas and safe places,” as you stated.

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Chairman Morris to Payson RoundUp: No GOP “Feuding” in Gila County

Follows is a September 2017 letter written by Gary Morris, Chairman of the Gila County Republican Committee, to the Editor of the Payson Roundup newspaper.  It seems that this newspaper, like many others across Arizona, despise Republicans and will do all possible to defeat them.  In this case, Arizona Sen. Sylvia Allen is the target.  

Editor:

The Roundup recently published a front-page story titled “Feuding factions in GOP” about disagreements between State Senator Sylvia Allen and Navajo County Republican Committee Chairman Steve Slaton. It was placed at the top of the front page fold (a position generally reserved for only BIG stories).

I’m a bit confused as to why a small story in a town 100 miles away would be pertinent, or of interest, to Roundup readers to rate such an important “headline” position — except for a political punch.

Could it be that the Roundup’s true intent was to discredit REPUBLICAN State Senator Sylvia Allen? Or to also discredit any Republican candidate, committees, or clubs in Gila County?

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U.S. Rep. Dr. Paul Gosar and U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Kelli Ward to Speak in Payson March 2

Please join your fellow Republicans at the Lincoln Day Dinner, hosted by the Gila County Republican Committee, on Friday, March 2.  The social hour with cash bar opens at 5 PM followed by dinner at 6 PM.  This event will be held in the Mazatzal Casino’s Ballroom, Highway 87, Mile Marker 251, Payson.  Guest speakers begin their presentations at 6:30 PM. Both Rep. Paul Gosar and U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Kelli Ward have been confirmed as speakers.  Other candidates and elected officials have also been invited to speak.   A Q and A period following presentations will give attendees the opportunity to ask questions.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet other elected officials and candidates.

The buffet dinner will include breast of chicken in mushroom wine sauce, baked cod, salad, vegetable, bread, dessert, and a beverage.  Tickets are $50 each and may be purchased by clicking HERE.

U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar
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Frank Riggs: The Only Candidate with a Record for Fighting to get the Feds out of K-12 Education!

An opponent of Frank Riggs, who is running for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, is promising to "get the federal government out of state education."  That rhetoric sure sounds good.  However, it’s doubtful that Frank’s opponent knows much about the federal government’s role in Arizona, or how to get it out of the state without jeopardizing our rural communities and our most vulnerable student populations.  

Frank Riggs knows that K-12 education is primarily a responsibility of state and local government. In fact, former Congressman Riggs is the only candidate with an actual record and legislative history of fighting to restore state and local control in K-12 education.  But he also understands the truth about the federal government’s involvement in K-12 education, and where the money is, how it’s spent, and what it will take to replace those federal dollars.  

Here’s Frank Riggs in his own words:  

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Arizona K-12 School Finance Statistics: Why does Arizona Rank #49 in Per Pupil Spending?

You’ve heard that Arizona ranks 49 in per pupil K-12 spending. On its face, it sounds disgraceful.  But that doesn’t mean it’s causal to education outcomes.  It also doesn’t mean that Arizona is stingy.  There is much more to the story.  The Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA) has put together a 9-page document titled Arizona K-12 School Finance Statistics: Providing Context to a Complex Measurement, that provides factual information relating to the reasons and fallacies surrounding the commonly argued narrative that Arizona doesn’t fund K-12 education adequately. 

Summary

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HAVE YOU CONSIDERED Evidence Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

By Julie Von Vett and Bruce Malone
Published by Search for the Truth 

As stated on the cover of HAVE YOU CONSIDERED Evidence Beyond a Reasonable Doubt,  “For over 200 years, the American judicial system has upheld a standard so strong that a person’s very life can be ended based on this level of confidence.  It is a verdict supported by evidence that is ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’… This book is the third in a series of unique devotions presenting evidence for every day of the year that demonstrates it is beyond ANY reasonable doubt that we have a Creator."

Topics cover Anatomy, Biblical Accuracy, Biology, Botany, Christian Truth, Geology, God’s Design, History, and  Paleontology.  Below are eight summaries from 365 more detailed daily devotionals  covered in this extraordinary book.

January 25:  Again and again, archeology confirms that the Scriptures are true.  The Bible tells of slings and stones being used as deadly weapons.  David used them when he killed Goliath (1 Samuel 17), and 700 Benjamites used slings and stones and never missed (Judges 20:16).  So, what have archeologists discovered?  They now recognize that the ancient armies’ most important weapon was the sling.  See Ancient Slingshot Was as Deadly as a .44 Magnum  and Slings and Stones.  

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