Election season has begun, and it has never been more important to vote than now. In almost every race and ballot measure there is stark contrast between a God-honoring vote, and one that would put people in power who do not hold to the same Biblical and moral values we do.
While I can’t provide detailed analysis for every state, I can say this with utmost confidence: the Republican party platform is the ONLY platform that aligns with Christian values, and here is their Commitment to America. Not every Republican is as conservative as we wish, but we would be hard pressed to find a Democrat that will be a better choice than the Republican counterpart, so “pull the red lever” up and down the ballot for Republican candidates.
In Arizona, I have personally met almost every candidate for national and statewide office. There are no exceptions to the “vote Republican” rule. The differences are stark and the choice is a no brainer if Biblical values are important to you.
Regarding ballot measures, please be certain you understand the initiative before voting on it! Many ballot measures in Arizona are ambiguous and confusing, so let’s briefly look at each one of the statewide measures and offer endorsements:
- Proposition 128: Allows the legislature to amend a measure if it is found to contain language that is unconstitutional. This results in initiatives being well-researched and well-written. Vote YES.
- Proposition 129: Limits legislative initiatives to one subject, preventing the inclusion of multiple other pet projects in order to pass them. Vote YES.
- Proposition 130: Provides certain classes of people (including veterans and widows/widowers) property tax relief. No endorsement, though lean YES.
- Proposition 131: Provides for election of a Lt Governor in Arizona, resolving the dilemma of an opposite party Secretary of State replacing a Governor if/when the Governor is not able to fulfill a term. Vote YES.
- Proposition 132: Requires 60%, rather than 51%, legislative vote to increase taxes. Vote YES.
- Proposition 209: Though this sounds like a “helpful” initiative to protect people from medical debt, BE CAREFUL HERE. It is pushed hard by liberal Healthcare Rising Arizona and out-of-state money (CA unions). It does not prevent predatory medical pricing, but claims to limit interest charged on debt. While interest on debt may be limited, costs of services could be increased to line the pockets of medical providers. Not the right solution. Vote NO.
- Proposition 210: In litigation and removed from the ballot.
- Proposition 211: MOST DECEPTIVE PROPOSITION ON THE BALLOT. While it appears to unmask “dark money” donors, media, big tech and unions would be exempt from the requirement, obviously favoring one party (Democrat), and endangering the other (Republican) by putting donors at risk of retaliation. Very important: Vote NO.
- Proposition 308: Allows illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition, meaning Arizona taxpayers will foot the bill. Very important: Vote NO.
- Proposition 309: Requires voter ID when voting in person or by mail. We all must all have ID to drive, board a plane, open a bank account, stay at a hotel, rent or buy a house, pick up a prescription or even walk into Costco. Voting should be no different. Very important: Vote YES.
- Proposition 310: Establishes a fire district safety fund via a small (1/10 of 1%),20-year tax increase. While I support our men and women in fire departments, I am not convinced this is the best solution. First, fire districts are already funded by property taxes. Adding a sales tax could open the floodgates for others to look to get a piece of the sales tax pie as well. AZ sales tax is already high. Accountability of funds already received is crucial, as is seeking funding from the area of service rather than from other districts who may be acting responsibly. I’m not opposed to finding way to help fire districts legitimately in need, but not convinced this is the right solution. No endorsement, though lean NO.
Organizations in many states provide voter guides, but make sure those organizations share your values. In Arizona, the most trusted voter guide is produced by the Center of Arizona Policy.
iVoterGuide is a trusted voter guide nationwide, including some judges and propositions in some areas.
Please vote….and vote your values!