United States Congressman Trent Franks, Representing Arizona’s 8th District
Congressman Trent Franks is a conservative, Reagan Republican, and is currently serving in his seventh term in the United States Congress. Trent serves on the House Judiciary Committee where he is Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, serving as the Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities and a member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee. Trent Co-Chairs the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Caucus as well as the Congressional Caucus on Adoption and the International Religious Freedom Caucus.
He is the Chairman of the National Security Working Group for the Republican Study Committee, taking the lead among the conservative members of Congress on issues relating to national security. Trent co-chairs both the Missile Defense and the Electromagnetic Pulse Caucuses; he leads efforts to reduce national security vulnerabilities in our electric energy grids and to increase America’s missile defense capability against all enemy missile threats including those potentially launched by jihadists seeking to bring nuclear terrorism to America. Trent firmly believes the foremost responsibility of our federal government is to provide for our nation’s common defense. He is also a staunch advocate of Israel, serving as the co-chairman of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus.
Trent has spent most of his life working on children’s issues and trying to build a better future for all children. Trent was the author and principal proponent of the Scholarship Tax Credit which was upheld in the Landmark Supreme Court decision Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn in 2011. This policy is now in nine states and has provided billions of dollars from the private sector for hundreds of thousands of scholarships to provide a better education for American children.
Before he was elected to Congress, Trent served in the Arizona Legislature as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Child Protection and Family Preservation where he was a prime sponsor of nationally recognized bills designed to protect children and the family, including the “Child Obscenity and Pornography Bill” (which survived major challenges in the U.S. Federal District Court) and the “Dangerous Crimes Against Children Bill” which gave Arizona the strongest child protection laws in the nation.
Trent was later tasked by the Governor of Arizona to provide oversight for all of Arizona’s state programs for children when he became the Cabinet level Director of the Arizona Governor’s Office for Children. He also served as Chairman of the Arizona State Children’s Cabinet as well as Chairman of the Inter-Agency Study Committee on Children and AIDS.
Trent founded and served four and a half years as Executive Director of the Arizona Family Research Institute which is a non-profit organization associated with Dr. James Dobson’s “Focus on the Family” for the purpose of advocating and advancing public policy to protect children and families in Arizona. Trent and his wife Josephine worked as Sunday School teachers for the one and two year olds in their Church Preschool Department for nearly 22 years. Because of his lifelong commitment to Children and Children’s issues, Trent was nominated “Children’s Champion” by Arizona State Legislators.
Trent is a rare leader who still believes that people and principles should be at the center of political discourse in America. Trent believes the purpose of government is to protect the lives and Constitutional rights of the people. He works very hard in Congress for smaller government by cutting government waste, taxes, bureaucracy, and regulation. He believes in personal responsibility, strong national defense, free enterprise, protecting the innocent, and in the timeless truths and principles of the United States Constitution. Prior to coming to Congress, Trent was a small business owner. After struggling to have children of their own for more than two decades, Trent and his wife Josie are now the deeply grateful parents of two precious Gifts of God; seven-year-old twins, Joshua Lane and Emily Grace.
After the horrific murders in Las Vegas in October of 2017 Congressman Trent Franks did not follow along with many other Legislators in calling for new laws and new restrictions on Citizens’ Constitutional Rights. In a reply to his Constituents, Representative Franks replied with the following words:
Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding the right to bear arms, as promised by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. I appreciate your thoughts on this important issue and appreciate the opportunity to respond.
The Second Amendment to the Constitution clearly states, “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” It was included–right after the First Amendment that protects free speech–to ensure the right of citizens to oppose a tyrannical government. The amendment does not restrict the use of certain arms, magazines, or clips; rather, it is broad in its scope. If you do not misuse your right to the weapon, you do not have to be monitored or restricted by the government.
Many pundits in the media and throughout the country have called for stricter gun laws. All of these voices miss the point entirely: the people behind gun tragedies should be held responsible for their reprehensible actions. The rest of the law-abiding citizens should not have to have more of their liberties taken away from them due to a madman’s assault on human lives. Rather, we should attempt to detect these mentally unstable individuals at an earlier time with hopes of keeping weapons out of their hands. But that should be the extent of further government interference.
It is not the government’s place to meddle and handicap law-abiding citizens-especially in an area where the Constitution has already explicitly made its case. Citizens should also be encouraged to become proficient in the weapons they own. Criminals have always preferred and will continue to prefer unarmed victims. Prison surveys indicate when a criminal considers breaking into a home, the greatest deterrent, in his mind, is the fear that his intended victims might be armed.
I have co-sponsored legislation like H.R.38 The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which alters the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.
Our country is blessed with freedoms unlike any other nation in the history of humankind, and we must defend these freedoms at every turn. I am deeply committed to the right of America’s law-abiding citizens to own and bear arms. Our Second Amendment is a freedom I have and will continue to fight to preserve.
Finally, it is interesting to note that before most great tyrannies and genocides occurred in the world, the citizens of those lands were first disarmed. We must keep a watchful and wary eye toward anything that would take the United States down that same path.
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Kelli is an osteopathic physician and politician who has served as the Chair of the Arizona Republican Party since 2019.
She also served in the Arizona State Senate from 2012 to 2015.
Republican Dr. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City is a former Arizona state senator who, during her two terms in the state legislature, established a proven track record of passing legislation that supported small businesses, preserved the Second Amendment, decreased the size of government, addressed the opioid crisis, protected vulnerable Arizona students, and fought Common Core. She was one the most effective leaders in the Arizona State Senate during her final year in office, getting 19 separate bills through the legislature and to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.
Dr. Ward is running in 2018 to fill the open U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. Jeff Flake. She is a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump and a true advocate for the America First agenda.
Dr. Ward earned her BS in psychology from Duke University, her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and her master’s degree in public health from A.T. Still University. She lives in Lake Havasu City with her husband and fellow doctor, Mike Ward, along with their three children –Cameron, Katie, and Nick, plus little dog, Rosie.
As an Arizona State Senator, Dr. Ward, was one of the most committed Conservatives in the legislature and introduced the Arizona Fourth Amendment Protection Act, which would “ban the state from engaging in activities which help the NSA carry out their warrantless data-collection programs, or even make use of the information on a local level.” Respected Conservative website Breitbart.com calls her “a rising star.”
Dr. Ward is smart, determined, energetic, personable and dedicated to service to the citizens of Arizona. She is exactly what Arizonans need in these difficult times —someone fresh, bold and exciting and honest to the core.
Mayor Kenn Weise, Avondale, AZ. Kenn says of his commitment to his job and to his constituents: “As Mayor I take an oath to uphold not only the Constitution of the State of Arizona but also the Constitution of the United States.”
Kenn Weise is a 30 year resident of Arizona, and a proud west-sider. He has been married to Shari for 23 years, and together have 2 incredible daughters, Lauren 21, and Delaney 19. He has lived in Avondale, AZ since 1997, and has sat on the board of directors, and the board of elders for Trinity Lutheran Church and School.
Kenn has served on the Avondale City Council since 2006, and has served a 2 year term as Vice Mayor.
He has been serving as Mayor since 2014. Kenn also serves on the Mayors Roundtable on Education, the Maricopa Association of Governments Transportation Policy Committee, and on the MAG Regional Council.
Kenn is also a corporate sales manager for the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, AZ. He spends time away from both jobs working on his 1983 Mazda Rx7, mountain biking, and listening to Jimmy Buffet songs.
Michael Maharrey serves as the national communications director for the Tenth Amendment Center.
Hailing from Lexington, KY., he’s extremely proud that his home state originated the Principles of ’98, laying the groundwork for state nullification of unconstitutional acts.
Michael is the author of three books. Our Last Hope – Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty, makes the historical, philosophical and moral case for nullification. Smashing Myths: Understanding Madison’s Notes on Nullification digs deep into James Madison’s views on nullification, focusing on his writing’s later in life. Finally, Michael joined Tenth Amendment Center executive director Michael Boldin in penning Nullification Objections: Dismantling the Opposition, a book that takes apart the common objections to nullification one at a time.
The Tenth Amendment Center is the nation’s leading source for constitutional education and nullification activism.
While the establishment left and right continue to expand federal power, our goal is straightforward: Follow the Constitution: Every issue, every time. No exceptions, no excuses.
TAC works towards this goal in two ways: education and activism. We seek to teach people about the original meaning of the Constitution. And, we lead powerful grassroots coalitions to use nullification as a means to block federal overreach.
The 10th Amendment to the Constitution Of The United States Of America, is the section of the Bill of Rights that basically says that any power that is not given to the federal government is given to the people or the states.
Sal Bracale is a RMEF Life Member and one of the co-chairs of the PHOENIX chapter Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Sal is an avid outdoorsman and hunter who gives back by donating his time to wildlife and conservation.
Sal is a native Arizonan and grew up hunting and fishing with my family. As a father, Sal plans to pass along his passion for the outdoors to his children in the same way his parents did with him.
One of Sal’s favorite things to do is to introduce others to the sport of hunting and shooting especially archery.
Theme: Your Vote / Matters
Hour #1 Guests:
– Trent Franks – United States Congressman Trent Franks, Representing Arizona’s 8th District. Congressman Trent Franks is a conservative, Reagan Republican, currently serving in his seventh term in the United States Congress. Trent is a rare leader who still believes that people and principles should be at the center of political discourse in America. Trent believes the purpose of government is to protect the lives and Constitutional rights of the people.
– Kelli Ward – is running for the US Senate Seat currently held by Senator John McCain, and previously served as an Arizona State Senator where she was one of the most committed Conservatives in the legislature – and has gained the endorsement of Gun Owners Of America, a Pro-2A group.
– Kenn Weise – As Mayor of Avondale, AZ Kenn takes very seriously his oath to uphold not only the Constitution of the State of Arizona but also the Constitution of the United States.
Hour #2 Guests:
– Michael Maharrey – is an author and also serves as the national communications director for the Tenth Amendment Center, where they seek to teach people about the original meaning of the Constitution. They lead powerful grassroots efforts to use “nullification” as a means to block federal overreach.
– Sal Bracale – is a RMEF Life Member and one of the co-chairs of the PHOENIX chapter Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Sal is an avid outdoorsman and hunter who gives back by donating his time to wildlife and conservation.
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