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3/19/2014 6:00:00 AM
'Obamanization' of Arizona led Riggs into race
Former congressman running for governor
KIM STEELE/Miner
Frank Riggs addresses the audience at the Dambar Monday. He is running for governor.
KIM STEELE/Miner
Frank Riggs addresses the audience at the Dambar Monday. He is running for governor.

Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - Frank Riggs isn't embarrassed to admit he embodied the conservative beliefs of the Tea Party long before it formed and became a political force across the nation.

Riggs, 63, a Phoenix businessman and former U.S. Congressman, recently threw his hat in the ring for the state's top seat. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said this month that she would not seek a third term. The state constitution forbids governors from serving more than two terms in a row, including partial terms. Brewer has been governor since 2009.

Riggs, who spoke Monday to the Kingman Republican Men's Club, is promising to end what he calls the "Obamanization" of Arizona by working with the state Legislature to repeal Medicaid expansion and Common Core. He also pledged to stop the overregulation of rural Arizona, balance the state's budget, defend and secure the border with Mexico and fight the Affordable Care Act.

"I decided to run for governor because I just got fed up with the direction our state and country are going in," said Riggs, describing himself as pro-life, pro-family and pro-guns. "We are at a breaking point. I have a lifetime of experience and I'm in a position to be able to give back again. I'll be a visible and accessible governor, representing rural Arizona as we stop the 'Obamanization' in our state."

Riggs said he supports legislation to withdraw Arizona from Common Core, which took effect last year. The national Common Core standards were created by a consortium of experts from 46 states, including Arizona, to toughen up standards for math, English and writing from kindergarten through 12th grade. The Arizona Common Core standards were adopted by the state Board of Education in 2010 without input from the Arizona Legislature.

He also favors rolling back the expansion of of Arizona's Health Care Cost Containment System, known as Medicaid, to serve individuals and families at up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level. The ACA expanded Medicaid eligibility in Arizona to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. Brewer fought a hard-won battle with her own party members to see the expansion pass.

And Riggs is worried about what he calls the looming fiscal plight of Arizona. Riggs served as a U.S. Congressman for three terms, beginning in 1990, and was a leader in the Republican Congress that forced then-President Bill Clinton to sign legislation balancing the budget and cutting taxes for the first time in a generation. He owns Duncan Development, a Phoenix business that assists charter schools as they obtain financing and facilities.

"The next governor is going to inherit major fiscal challenges," said Riggs. "The sales tax increase has expired and we've run out of one-time gimmicks like borrowing long against state-owned buildings and pledging lottery revenues to pay for annual operating costs. We've cut to the bone. ...We need truth and transparency in budgeting, and major tax and spending reforms, to address the growing fiscal crisis."



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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Article comment by: Kingman Dweller

@Yet Another Wing Nut- By the ramblings in your post, I would have to agree that your Letter to the Editor name fits like a glove. Your shotgun approach to smear this candidate tries to play on all the buzz words without ever providing one bit of truth to back it up. And we wonder why our country is in such a mess.

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014
Article comment by: Moderately Independent

Sure would be nice if some commentors here, (no matter what "side" they're on), could stay on topic since this is about a STATE governors race, instead of spewing their opinions on national politics, as there are plenty of opportunities to do so elsewhere.

How about it KDM, think we could have a discourse revolving around the issues that a article, topic or letter is written about instead of devolving into other issues and getting off topic? Sure would make for a cleaner and more condensed comment section which I think would ease the burden on your staff. And yes, I know that I've been guilty of this discretion but I promise I'll reform if everyone else does!!! If you think hard about it you may find that this procedure may even improve your bottom line if you implement it properly.


Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Schmo:

Carpetbagger? You mean, like Hillary Clinton who moved to New York from Arkansas so she could run for office there?

I heard Mr. Riggs speak and I do believe he said his wife is a native Arizonan and perhaps that is why they moved to AZ.

Bill Clinton was NOT a native New Yorker so they were not moving there to be back in Bill's home state. In fact, Hillary detested Arkansas, thought the people were slow, dull witted dopes. She could have stayed in Arkansas and run for office but she could hardly wait to get out of there. HER OWN WORDS.

Hillary, of course, is a Chicago woman. No surprise there. Never met a Chicago politician that wasn't a complete crook.

I doubt she will even run, is doing nothing for now which leaves everyone else hanging....wondering what THEY should do.

Frankly, it's rude and a power thing. If she is not running, let the others know so they can gear up Hillary. Run or not, she will NEVER be POTUS. A poll just showed the ONLY reason anyone would vote for her is because she's a woman.

Her ability got about 5-10%. She is only a legend in her own mind.


Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

"And another dour-faced GOP'er......."

Funny, when I think of "dour-faced", it's democrats like John "Lurch" Kerry, and Elijah cummings that come to mind.

LOL


Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Rand Paul spoke to far left wing Berkeley today....received numerous standing ovations.”

Let me see if I understand this. You have said time and time again that college students are all stupid and ignorant with no actual concept of the real world and California colleges lead in the category of really stupid young people.

So based on your shared knowledge of college students then one can only surmise that those who gave standing ovations to the current head clown shoe of the GOP’ers and TEA-you knows indeed prove your point.

Thank you for sharing.


Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“The Tea Party will take the November election, just like 2010. We will keep the House and take the Senate.”

Yeah, and Willard the Money Hider was going to be president. Usual goofy nonsense with no basis in fact. BTW – you do know there is no TEA-you know Party in Arizona, right? And actually the best thing that can happen for America is that the GOP’ers/TEA-you knows win big in ’14 and continue with their nonsense. That means in ’16 Mrs Clinton will take the presidency, the Democrats will take the House and Senate and we will finally be done with stupid righties.

“Again, obama will soon be irrelevant, ignored and insignificant.”

AGAIN? The only “again” we know of is that Obama was re-elected by the American people – “again.”

For over five years you have spewed your invectives against our president and yet he continues to work successfully at undoing the damage left over by the only convicted criminal ever appointed to the White House.


Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Article comment by: Moderately Independent

Well said T C.

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Article comment by: desert flower

Linda Athens...I couldn't have said it better myself. So far, all of his beliefs fall right in line with mine. At this point, he's got my vote. We need another conservative! Many people from other states applaud what Gov. Brewer is trying to do/or has done for our state.

Someone asked why we'd want to repeal CC. There are many reasons...but one main reason is that most grade levels will be required to teach their students standards that they are not developmentally or intellectually ready for. Government involvement is not the answer.

Good luck Mr. Riggs. Most likely I will be voting for you!


Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Article comment by: T C

I continue to be dumbfounded by the "family values", "pro-life" crowd that is fighting to the death to deny health coverage to FAMILIES, which SAVES LIVES. No one has been able to explain it to me.

Appeals to our common humanity falls on deaf ears. In what religious tradition is that acceptable. The economics are getting clearer and clearer with health care inflation at its lowest level since 1996. What about self-interest? Do people really believe that the health of their neighbors has no impact on themselves? What about the people encountered at the store who have undiagnosed and untreated contagious illness? What about the lost time from work when untreated illness becomes worse?

The vehemence with which the super-wealthy oppose health care for everyone is stunning and the sheeple that carry their water are deluded.


Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Article comment by: DENISE BENSUSAN

Will America wake up and see the stupidity in all this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Article comment by: Molon Labe

After reading through the comments I have to wonder if they weren't all written by the same person who cant stand the idea of another good conservative as Governor of AZ. We here in Kingman are mostly conservative and we like it that way in politics. One must wonder why a liberal would want to live here at all.

If this is one person or even 2 or 3 people with similar beliefs they are a loud vocal minority in this are. I bet most of them don't even live in Kingman which makes one wonder why they even post messages in the Miner at all.

As for the candidate his beliefs fall in line with mine so he is definitely a good contender for the position.


Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Rand Paul spoke to far left wing Berkeley today....received numerous standing ovations.

He told them what we Conservatives already know, our privacy is being invaded.

If you have a cell phone he said, you're being listened to, you have no privacy. He is going back to DC to form a committee to go against the invasion of our privacy. Standing o's again.

The Tea Party will take the November election, just like 2010. We will keep the House and take the Senate.

Again, obama will soon be irrelevant, ignored and insignificant. Like the flu, you just have to wait until he goes away, then start undoing the damage.


Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Article comment by: Joe Schmo

Let’s see if this guy has a chance in getting the Arizona Teapublican nomination for governor:

Tea Partier, check.

Charter school promoter, check.

Against raising academic standards in our public schools, check.

Against lower income people and their children having health insurance, check.

Carpetbagging former congressman from California. Ooops….I doubt he advertises that little piece of information.


Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Article comment by: Moderately Independent

Scott Smith is starting to look good on the Republican side compared to this character, Ducky Ducey, Birther Bennet, the Go Daddy girl and others!

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Article comment by: Linda Smith Athens

Well, there you have it. Mr. Riggs brought out all the left wing nuts in one fell swoop.

That, of course, means they are scared to death of him so we know he has to be considered as the next governor.

Incidentally, WHERE did he say he wanted the poor to "die quickly?". Did I just miss that or what?

Funny, not a one of these nuts have even mentioned that obamacare is already killing us, killing jobs, throwing Dr's out of work, obama's EPA regs have destroyed whole businesses and obama now has us in to so many trillions of dollars in debt, it is unsustainable meaning to the dull witted, no way to ever get out of it.

Raising minimum wage and over-time also kills full time jobs. Even the poor homosexual cook at the White House had to quit this week saying he can't take anymore of the demonization of cream, eggs, sugar, butter.

One of the finest pastry chef's around, Laura Bush hired him, now Mooochelle and her insane food rules have driven him out of his job.

To copycat libs, Moochelle, unlike Laura, is apparently a homophobe.



Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Article comment by: L J

Another republican running for office another "no" vote by this independent voter.

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Article comment by: Tea for the Rich

Another rich guy who wants us all the think Arizona has no working poor families.

And since everyone in the state is wealthy, why would we need a law that helps people get medical and addiction care?


Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Article comment by: nice try

Most folks agree with all the things he would do. The one that does not agree is living in the white house (or vacationing in hawaii), until we get rid of people there that file law suits when we try to defend ourselves from invasion across the boarder we are helpless.

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Article comment by: Yet another wing nut

So here we have yet another wing nut seeking high office promising to benefit the 1% with tax cuts, while the message to the poor is "die quickly." Typical Republican mindset. It really makes me wonder how anybody that makes less than $250,000 a year could ever consider voting for these people.
And repeal Common Core? Why? So you can push Intelligent Design as a worthwhile scientific endeavor? It isn't. If you want to teach your kids that science and math are tools of the devil, be prepared for them to be living in your basement the rest of your life. I wouldn't hire them. A McJob is all they can ever hope for.

Good luck Mr. Riggs. I won't be voting for you.


Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Article comment by: THE TEA PARTY IS ON KOCH

"a Phoenix business that assists charter schools as they obtain financing and facilities"

Pray tell who is financing the building of charter schools in this State? Could it be the taxpayers?

Show us the money trail!!


Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Article comment by: Trained Observer

a leader in the Republican Congress that forced then-President Bill Clinton to sign legislation balancing the budget "

Makes him sound like a real hero doesn't it? Not really. Ask him what is is going to do to encourage job growth in AZ without damaging the environment? Does he have any practical ideas such as high schools that teach trades (plumbing, HVAC, automotive)? What will he do to encourage businesses to move to place like Kingman where the railroad, airport and I-40 are all close together? Will he do anything to help people get out of poverty or will he just pay lip service to bashing people that are somehow different from him? Will he just bring up false flag style issues like the war on religion etc. or will he do anything to assist the ordinary citizen that wants a job, decent roads to drive on and not be taxed to death?


Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

And another dour-faced GOP'er tosses his hat in the ring, hoping to continue to wrong-headedness of the party that has made our state a laughing stock.



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