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Taking Back America By Taking Back Our Schools

It takes a 2/3 majority vote in the Arizona Legislature to raise taxes. The public education spending lobby, frustrated by their inability to get the necessary votes, hatched a devious plan to get them.
You see, their plan is to cross the tax hike threshold by planting DIDs (Democrats in Disguise) in a few heavily Republican districts. Voters will be duped into thinking they are voting for a Republican fiscal conservative and then…..

Surprise! These same people will vote YES on all the proposed tax hikes.

boldened by passage of Proposition 100, a $3 Billion tax hike, the Arizona Republic and Citizens for Tax Justice ( claimed that Arizonans want to pay higher taxes but the elected representatives in the legislature weren’t listening.

As a remedy, Expect More Arizona ( created the Vote 4 Education campaign to implore candidates to vote for higher taxes for public education. Their website says nothing about better education, just higher taxes.

If successful, this group will turn the Arizona Legislature into a tax hike playground. Most of the DIDs are teachers and school board members who are registered as Republicans but carry the platform of the teachers union and the Democratic Party.

The Vote 4 Education DIDs generally filed their petition signatures close to the deadline, are running as traditionally funded candidates, had no prior visible involvement in Republican Party politics, were unknown to Republican activists, are involved in government run education, have endorsements from the infrastructure spending lobby, and received significant PAC donations after the campaign finance filing deadline so as to delay disclosure to voters.

Take, for example, Heather Carter, Republican House candidate in Legislative District 7. Carter has stated she was for Prop 100, against tax limiting Prop 13 Arizona, and for more taxpayer money for schools. She claims to have more than $20,000 in PAC donations and has teachers and union members working on her campaign, going door to door on her behalf.

Carter is a former PVUSD teacher and is currently involved with Teach for America in the education department at ASU. Her website shows endorsements from the Arizona Education Association teachers union, the Professional Firefighters of Arizona PAC, and the big government advocates at the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

Craig Barton, Republican House candidate in LD 7, is another Vote 4 Education supporter. Barton operates charter schools which depend on tax revenue to operate. If elected, Barton will be able to vote more money to his and other charter schools. Barton says he supports Prop 100 yet signed Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform ( pledge not to raise taxes.

Legislative Districts 6, 8, 10, 11, 21 and 22 have DIDs running for legislative seats. Additional districts are under review.

The Arizona Education Association claims 81% of its members believe the State Legislature is the biggest obstacle to achieving success in our schools. All they need is more of your hard earned money. They say the legislature is standing in the way of their “success”.

There are no studies to support the notion that more spending on public education leads to success.

Vote 4 Education is nothing more than a Vote 4 Higher Taxes. If you vote for one of their candidates you are moving us one step closer to a 2/3 majority in the legislature required to raise your taxes.


Wesley W. Harris 602-942-9281, 602-942-5327 (Fax) 602-432-2871 (Cell); Go to and sign up to be informed.

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Comment by Travis Dutson on July 24, 2010 at 7:43am
Who are the DIDs in LD22?
Comment by Harry Mathews on July 24, 2010 at 9:51pm
Laurin Hendrix, Steve Urie and Paul Howell are all DID's.
I believe that Petillo, Farnsworth, Townsend and Biggs, are all solid conservatives
Comment by shimauma on July 25, 2010 at 10:23am
I think that all the reps in the MESA schoolboard are DID's or why else would they continute to increase property taxes?
Comment by Harry Mathews on July 25, 2010 at 1:40pm
I agree! Except for Ben Whiting. I think he's really on our side. He is the newest member of the board. I think that he has to come out of his shell a bit and voice his opinions more strongly. Hopefully we can get some more conservatives in there, like Merrianne, who can bolster our cause. BTW, Merrianne did a great job yesterday at the Candidate Superbowl. I thought she was the best one out of the group!
Comment by james hallgren on July 25, 2010 at 9:29pm
Watch out for Farnsworth, before calling him a solid conservative; on his campaign signs, he is endorsed by a police union group called AZCOPS, which is part of the SEIU, and whose stated goal on their website, is to pressure state legislators to unionize all of both the public and private sectors; and to spread negative ads against any leigslators who won't go along with them...
Comment by Harry Mathews on July 25, 2010 at 9:37pm
We'll have to keep our eye on him.


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