You may know society is doomed when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you; [and] when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice.Read more
Itasca Small is an official write-in candidate running against Bob Worsley in LD25. Ms. Small is a long-time supporter and activist for Arizona’s sovereign rights, local control over education, and stopping the Common Core machine. She is pro-Bill of Rights, Parental Rights, and Individual Liberty. She is against the misuse of tax dollars, including subsidizing corporate welfare and taxpayer-paid entitlement programs, such as ObamaCare (Medicaid Expansion). Her campaign slogan is "Liberty Begins in our Own Backyard! SMALL for small government!"
Itasca is not a passive observer of the Arizona Legislature; rather, she has spent hundreds of hours at our State Capitol as a citizen lobbyist, defending both our U.S. Constitution and Arizona Constitution, and.educating legislators on the proper role of government.
I have known and worked with Ms. Small on many occasions. She is unapologetically passionate about her convictions. Yet, she is always open, respectful, and gracious when responding to differing views. Her humility is refreshing. See her article titled Arizona Standards Committee Working on a Faulty Premise.
States Ms. Small, "I am not a natural speaker. But God gives me the words, and, in spite of my aversion to public speaking, live audiences are usually inspired by my message. I’m thankful that God helps me to do as well as I do."
If you want a candidate who will be faithful to her Oath of Office, please write in Itasca Small for Arizona Senate (LD25).
In this short video clip from a meeting in November, 2015, she spontaneously and passionately speaks to some issues relating to Common Core.Read more
Itasca Small will be speaking at the AzRA (Arizona Republican Assembly) East Valley Chapter Meeting on Tuesday, August 2. The meeting is at the City of Mesa Fire Station 201, 360 E. 1st Street, Mesa. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and adjourns at 8:30 p.m.
Itasca will be at the Mesa Republican Women’s Luncheon on August 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting is held at 1900 E. University Dr., Mesa, AZ 85213, Northwest corner of University Dr. and Gilbert Rd. Riviera Plaza.
Ms. Small has been invited to Marlene Hinton’s home on Sunday, August 7. It is open to anyone who wants to come. Marlene typically invites a couple of candidates in each of the main races to come represent themselves and answer questions. Please call 480-205-5178 for the address.
For more information on Itasca Small, please read Itasca Small for Arizona Senate (LD25): DEFEAT Bob Worsley! also Bob Worsley’s Anti-Parent Votes.Read more
As the publisher of both Gilbert Watch and Gila Watch, I believe it’s extremely important to share with readers of both blogs the inspiring stories of our young people.
Republican Legislative District 12 announces our third recipient of the John Galt Youth Award: Caitlin Marble. Caitlin is employed by Snow Property Services. She is responsible for her spending money and clothes. She is also saving for college and will attend BYU after graduation from Highland High School. Caitlin is the second oldest of eight children and chief babysitter while her mother teaches violin lessons. She is First Chair and President of the “Strolling Strings.” Caitlin also volunteers with Special Olympics and the Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome. She is very active in church activities, always leading with a positive attitude. The award was presented at the Republican LD12 district meeting on June 12, 2014 by District Chairman Mickie Niland. Caitlin’s parents and siblings were in attendance to support her achievement. We are very proud of Caitlin and all her accomplishments.
Pictured with Caitlin are her parents Greg and Jennifer Marble, LD12 Chairman Mickie Niland and First Vice Chair Jason Mick.
Who is John Galt?
What would John Galt do in our present circumstances? The producers in Ayn Rand’s classic novel Atlas Shrugged escaped the looters by relocating to mythical Galt’s Gulch. Where is Galt’s Gulch today? Where can ordinary, law-abiding, taxpaying citizens go to escape the looters? We are the government’s milk cows, their ATMs, their checkbooks. Those being carried in the wagon outnumber those who are pulling it. Congress refuses to defund the very agencies that are crippling us. The Left calls us every insulting, degrading name imaginable. Yet, we are the engine that supports most of them.
…hypothetically…there was a day, a certain day, when all the producers across America called in sick? Also, on that day, the producers bought ….nothing, and they didn’t make up for it later. They simply "cut back"?
What would happen?Read more
Socialism: People lined up for bread.
Capitalism: Bread lined up for people.Read more
Don’t think for a minute that your Council members aren’t passing these codes "at the recommendation of Town/City staff." They are.
The November 7, 2013 Town Council Meeting provided Gilbert Watch with the saddest and most telling evidence to date that proves that 4 out of 7 Town Council members have lost their ability to represent their constituents, unless those constituents are the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Alliance, SRP, Town Officials, and neighboring jurisdictions. These Council members include Mayor John Lewis, Vice Mayor Ben Cooper, and Council members Jenn Daniels and Jordan Ray.
They approved one of the largest increases in regulations on private property and on the building industry, in Gilbert history. What is truly disappointing is that they did this in spite of having received months of evidence from private citizens for why the Council should not approve these regulations. It is also remarkable that the Council is preparing to approve the next round of codes, as dictated by the ICC (International Code Council) for 2015.
Three Council members opposed passage of the Codes: Victor Petersen, Jared Taylor, and Eddie Cook. Council member Victor Petersen favored an option which would have allowed passage of only those codes that would have reduced regulation. Council member Eddie Cook read many of the code books! Jared Taylor has articulated very well, and often, the critical difference between consumer choice versus government mandate.
Each of these three Council members deserve a Thank You from Gilbert citizens! Victor.Petersen@gilbertaz.gov, Jared.Taylor@gilbertaz.gov, and Eddie.Cook@gilbertaz.gov.
Over the last ten years, the ICC (International Code Council) has morphed into an organization that has forced builders all over America to comply with building codes that no longer address honest, urgent safety issues. Rather, these ICC codes force everyone to become captive consumers of products that the ICC mandates through its "codes." The obscene proliferation of these codes also forces builders and everyone in the building and construction industry to comply with an ever increasing time-consuming bureaucracy. More bureaucrats and more training are needed to ensure they consistently interpret the codes.
Just like the ICC, 4 members of the Gilbert Town Council have morphed into facilitators of Big Government tyranny. When you watch them reason and justify their rationales, they "sound nice." But what exactly are they doing? They are pushing centralized government. They do not trust the citizenry.
Their actions prove that they do not care about the damage they are doing to families and homeowners who are forced to pay thousands of dollars more than necessary for their homes. They do not care about the grief these codes have caused self-employed citizens who work in the construction industry who must adhere to these mandates. They do not understand Free Market principles. They reject the notion that these people are experts in their fields. They do not care that many of them have closed their businesses. They reject clear evidence that the Free Market reacts quickly to changing conditions, and that it’s the government-imposed codes that are slow to change.
Gilbert Watch has reported on the ICC codes for months. Gilbert citizens and self-employed business people have been emailing and speaking out to the Council for months. They have been meeting with Town Staff, and supplying tons of research.
At the Nov. 7 meeting, there were 6 citizens who spoke in opposition; 24 citizens had sent letters; there were 19 citizens in the audience who were in opposition but did not speak; and 16 people who were in opposition who submitted their names to a list. That’s 65 citizens documented in the Minutes of the meeting. And it doesn’t count more citizens who showed up to the meeting.
The Council gave more credence to the representative from the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, the representative from the Small Business Alliance, and the representative from SRP (Salt River Project). In fact, I doubt seriously if the members of these organizations have much first-hand experience dealing with these onerous codes.
There was one citizen who spoke in favor of all the codes, including the Green and Energy Codes. A quick search revealed that he’s a Democrat and a member of Sierra Club.