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‘Cripple Children’: Parents Protest Against Gov. Katie Hobbs’ Move To Scrap Key School Choice Program

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With signs reading “education for all” and “support for all students,” a coalition of about 150 parents protested Tuesday over newly-elected Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs’ plan to dismantle the nation’s largest school choice program, parents told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Hobbs’ executive budget released Jan. 13 called on state legislators to roll back the state’s expansion of its school choice program which currently makes Arizona K-12 students eligible to receive taxpayer-funded scholarships if they choose to leave or are already outside of the public education system. Education for All, a group of parents backing the state’s current school choice program, rallied against Hobbs’ announcement at the state capitol, voicing their concern that ending the program would strip their children of opportunities, parents told the DCNF.

“It would rip away essentially thousands of dollars that we as taxpayers already pay into the system, that is for our children already,” Stacey Brown, the organizer of the rally, told the DCNF. “It would mean that it would cripple some homeschoolers, it would cripple children who wouldn’t have had the opportunity otherwise to possibly go to a private school and to receive extra aid in areas that they need aid. It really, really, really, really would hinder Arizona as a whole and the leg up that we have compared to other states to provide and to produce excellent educated children. We truly want education for every child in Arizona, whatever that might be to fit their needs.”

Former Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey created the nation’s largest school choice program in July, making more than 1.1 million Arizona students in public and charter schools eligible to receive up to $7,000 in order to transfer schools.

Hobbs’ plan includes returning to the state’s previous school choice program which only provided taxpayer-funded vouchers to disabled children, students living on American Indian reservations and students attending low-performing public schools, Fox 10 reported. Under the previous program, just one-third of Arizona students were eligible, with about 11,800 students utilizing the vouchers, according to the AZ Mirror.

Since expanding the school choice program more than 45,000 students are currently enrolled, according to the Arizona Department of Education.

Bella Viner, an organizer of the rally and Arizona parent, has worked with Latino, African American and Hispanic students within the state’s school choice program to place them at the school that will best benefit them, she told the DCNF.

“Through this program, they are able to choose a better education and school that will concentrate on their needs, especially special-needs children,” Viner told the DCNF. “So they take away this program, they are going to take away the opportunity to have a better education in the future, to have a professional job and to be able to fulfill the dream that their family has come to this country for. Because we come to the United States for the American dream and we can not get out of poverty without a proper education.”

Due to a “high volume” of applications when the program opened, users received error messages, the Arizona Free News reported.

Save Our Schools Arizona, an organization that advocates for public schools, petitioned to put Ducey’s expansion of the school choice program on the general election ballot. The effort against the school choice program failed in September after the organization failed to collect enough signatures.

“For decades, Arizona’s public schools have gone chronically underfunded by our state leaders,” Save Our Schools Arizona said in a statement. “We applaud Hobbs for sweeping universal voucher funds and harmful results-based funding to add $198 million in addition base-level support. School districts will be able to use these desperately-needed funds to raise teacher pay and provide critical resources and extracurriculars for all 1.1 million Arizona students.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Kevin Gemeroy, an Arizona parent and member of Education for All, was able to take his son out of a remote learning environment and enter him into an education that best addressed his dyslexia, Gemeroy told the DCNF. Since, Gemeroy has advocated for the school choice movement to help students who did not have the same opportunities his son had.

“I’m so grateful for what happened to us but I’m so sad for the families that don’t have the ability to buy their way out of it,” Gemeroy told the DCNF. “And ever since I’ve been advocating for school choice. There’s too much at stake for the kids.”

Hobbs’ office did not immediately respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.

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Arizona Governor’s Plan To Undo Nation’s Largest School Choice Program Will Harm Students, Advocates Say

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Newly-elected Democratic Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs’ plan to undo the nation’s most expansive school choice program could affect thousands of students and families who are already utilizing the state’s voucher program, school choice advocates told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Hobbs’ executive budget released Jan. 13 asked state legislators to reverse the state’s expansion of its school choice program which currently allows all Arizona students in grades K-12 to receive taxpayer-funded vouchers if they choose to leave or are already outside of the public education system. The proposal would have a severe negative impact on Arizona families already utilizing the school voucher program to pursue other educational opportunities, school choice advocates told the Daily Caller News Foundation. (RELATED: The School Choice Movement Is Picking Up Steam Across The Country)

“It’s an assault on the families and the parents,” Steve Smith, Arizona State Director of American Federation for Children (AFC), a group working toward school choice, told the DCNF. “Especially now when education options are needed more than ever in the wake of COVID-19. You must let these these families flourish. These programs have been a lifesaver to so many and to take that away or even threaten to take it away, it’s just flat out wrong.”

In July, former Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law creating the largest school voucher program in the country, making more than 1.1 million Arizona students in public and charter schools eligible to receive up to $7,000 in order to transfer schools. Under the previous program, disabled children, students living on American Indian reservations and students attending low-performing public schools were eligible for the taxpayer-funded vouchers.

As of Jan 9., more than 45,000 students have enrolled in the state’s school choice program, according to to Faith Prep Arizona, a group that advises families using the school choice program. Originally just one-third of Arizona students were eligible for the program, with about 11,800 students enrolled, according to the AZ Mirror.

Through the program, students can receive up to $7,000, enough to potentially cover a private school education, according to AZ Free News. Upon the opening of the program application, the state’s Department of Education reported that due to a “high volume” of applications, users may receive an error message when applying.

Reversing the school choice program could affect thousands across the state who are already utilizing the voucher program, Amy Carney, Scottsdale Unified governing board member and deputy director of Building Education for Students Together, a group focused on parental rights in education, told the DCNF.

“It’s unfortunate that Governor Hobbs is so ideologically blinded that she doesn’t understand or care why over 45,000 children are already benefiting from Arizona’s newly expanded Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program,” Carney told the DCNF. “Instead of threatening to tear apart a program helping children across our state, our governor should try to listen and learn why this is needed and use the information to strengthen our local public schools to better serve the children in our local communities.”

Save Our Schools Arizona, an organization that advocates for public schools, tried to halt Ducey’s expansion of the program in September but failed to collect enough signatures to place the issue on the general election ballot. The state’s current school choice program is estimated to cost Arizona tax-payers more than $140 million in the 2024 fiscal year, according to Hobbs’ executive budget.

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Despite Obvious Fraud, Katie Hobbs Sworn In as AZ Governor

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The election steal is complete. Democrat Katie Hobbs took office on Jan. 2 as governor of Arizona, the first Democrat governor of the state since 2009. The private ceremony Monday at the State Capitol will be followed by a public inauguration on Thursday [Jan. 4], the Associated Press said. Meanwhile, legal challenges to the shockingly crisis-plagued Arizona midterm election have highlighted the scandals of an election that some argue, based on solid and widespread evidence of blatant fraud, is illegitimate.

It took over a week to count the votes in Arizona [a state with 80% mail-in voting] after an Election Day with astonishingly widespread printer issues and other irregularities, and Hobbs’s office pressured counties that hesitated to certify the election with a lawsuit and other threats of legal reprisals. Currently unsuccessful lawsuits from Lake and Arizona Republican Attorney General candidate Abe Hamadeh brought evidence of potentially election-altering irregularities.

During Lake’s election trial, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer testified to an apparent violation of state law on Arizona’s Election Day, while “the number of votes [Maricopa] county reported having counted mysteriously increased by nearly 25,000, a number greater than Katie Hobbs’ alleged 17,000-vote victory.” Despite the judge ruling against Lake, many still justly question the legitimacy of Hobbs’ election, and Lake is appealing the decision. The judge seemingly acknowledged the irregularities but claimed that they were not intentional misconduct. So I guess stealing an election and disenfranchising voters is okay if you had “good intentions”?

Katie Hobbs was Arizona’s Secretary of State during the 2022 election and thus was responsible for overseeing and certifying it. Besides pressuring Arizona counties to certify and ignoring election irregularities in 2022, Hobbs was also implicated in the 2020 election fraud scandal.

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Governor-Elect Katie Hobbs ‘Doesn’t Plan’ On Working With Arizona GOP Senate

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Governor-elect Katie Hobbs said she doesn’t plan on working with Arizona Senate Republicans.

The comments offer a stark contrast to Hobbs’ public promises for bipartisanship and a confidence that she can work well with GOP leaders.

Hobbs issued the remarks during the Democratic Governor Association’s (DGA) annual winter meeting at the beginning of December in New Orleans, Louisiana: an exclusive Ritz-Carlton Hotel confab with donors, lobbyists, and a handful of journalists.

According to The New York Times relay of Hobbs’ commentary, the governor-elect said that her communication with their leadership was strained to the point that she hadn’t and wouldn’t communicate with them.

Hobbs indicated she would be harsh to those constituents and political leaders who challenge the validity of her election. Hobbs also said that she wasn’t optimistic about finding common ground on voting issues.

“These people are claiming fraud when there is none, these people mounted an insurrection on the Capitol, they’re the ones who have broken the trust,” said Hobbs. “You can’t coddle these people that have been misled by the people they have upheld as leaders. These so-called leaders need to be held accountable.”

Yet over a week later, Hobbs publicized her meeting with State Rep. Ben Toma (R-LD27), speaker-elect, and State Sen. Warren Petersen (R-LD14), president-elect. Her public optimism on the meeting flipped from her DGA outlook. In November, Toma told The Arizona Republic that it was too early to know how the state legislature would work with Hobbs.

Hobbs’ DGA remarks followed controversies over her willingness to end the state’s 1901 abortion ban, universal school choice program, and Border Strike Force.

Hobbs will be sworn in next Thursday, Jan. 5 [today].

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Gov.-Elect Katie Hobbs to Scrap Arizona’s Position As Top State for School Choice

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When Katie Hobbs becomes Arizona’s next governor, she plans to utilize the support of teachers’ union lobbyists to undo the nation’s most expansive school choice program.

Hobbs promised on her campaign website she would be “addressing unaccountable expansion of school vouchers”:

Too often, Republicans have completely disregarded public opinion in an effort to defund our public schools. At every turn, they have moved to expand school vouchers without common-sense measures of accountability, with the clear intent to eventually do away with our local public schools. Arizona Republicans pressed forward with their latest attack on our schools by passing a law to expand school vouchers universally, a decision that 65 percent of Arizona’s voters readily rejected in 2018.

“Katie continues to oppose the universal expansion of school vouchers,” her campaign website stated. “As governor, she will work to roll back universal vouchers, which the legislature enacted against the will of voters this year. Vouchers should not have been expanded to provide an unaccountable means of enriching private schools and defunding our local public schools.”

Hobbs’ campaign promise is aligned entirely with the position of national teachers’ unions, which holds that allowing taxpayer funds to follow the child, and not the government school system, is a move to “dismantle public education,” as her website stated…..

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Kari Lake Discusses This Morning’s Court Hearing On Bannon’s War Room At TPUSA America Fest With HUGE Crowd Behind Her

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Kari Lake joined Steve Bannon’s War Room at Turning Point USA’s AmericaFest this afternoon, with hundreds of Patriots surrounding the War Room booth.

Lake’s interview began with the HUGE crowd chanting her name.

The Gateway Pundit reported on Kari Lake’s first major address since the stolen election last night at AmericaFest, where she promised never to give up on her fight to secure Arizona’s elections. In an epic troll on the Fake News Media and the Radical Left, Kari Lake declared, “I identify as a proud election-denying deplorable, and my pronouns are I won.”

The Gateway Pundit has written numerous reports on Kari Lake’s historic lawsuit to nullify and overturn the stolen Midterm Election or hold a new election free from conflicts of interest.

A Runbeck whistleblower revealed in Lake’s filing that HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of ballots had no chain of custody documentation. This is a shocking and massive violation of the law. Twenty-five thousand ballots were added to Maricopa County’s totals after election day with no explanation of why the number of remaining ballots could increase. Also, tens if not HUNDREDS of thousands of mail-in ballots with mismatched signatures were illegally counted in violation of Arizona law…..

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Arizona Senator Files Lawsuit, Seeks to ‘Nullify the Results’ of Maricopa County’s Election

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An Arizona state senator and several voters in Mohave County filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State and Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs and Maricopa County officials over the Nov. 8 midterm elections, drawing a rebuke from a Maricopa supervisor.

Backed by the Mohave Republican Party, the lawsuit was filed by Borrelli in the Mohave County Superior Court against, Hobbs, a Democrat who is the top election official in Arizona, as well as Maricopa Recorder Stephen Richer, Maricopa Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates, and other members of the board.

His lawsuit aims to “nullify the results” of the Nov. 8 gubernatorial election in Maricopa County, echoing similar legal challenge filed last week by GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake.

“Because of multiple systemic failures in the conduct of the election in Maricopa County, Arizona … the voting strength of residents in Mohave County, Arizona, was diluted and their constitutional rights were violated,” the suit said, in part.

Other than Borrelli, several unnamed Mohave County voters joined the lawsuit. The suit listed “Jane and John Doe, et al” as plaintiffs alongside the state senator…..

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298K Maricopa County Early Votes Didn’t Have Proper Chain of Custody

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In the latest news about the second massively fraudulent election in Arizona in the last few years (the 2022 midterm elections), “298,000 Early Votes Did Not Have The Proper Chain Of Custody” in Maricopa County, a violation of Arizona election law. I guess that’s why a recent survey of Arizona election workers, volunteer attorneys, and poll watchers found that 84% of Maricopa County respondents were “not at all confident” about the outcomes of the election. By the way, 225,171 “inactive” votes were injected “steroid-like” into Arizona’s election just before Nov. 8 as well.

The same chain of custody problem occurred in Georgia in 2020. Coincidence, I’m sure. Just like it’s a coincidence that Katie Hobbs (D) wrote the manual for the election Katie Hobbs certified and in which Katie Hobbs was “elected” AZ governor.

Nothing to see here. Your elections are entirely safe. Just like the Covid-19 vaccines…

WATCH the clip from Steve Bannon’s War Room for more details.

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Arizona GOP Seeks Investigation of Katie Hobbs for Pushing for Twitter Censorship

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Two days after the Arizona Republican Party requested an investigation, the state’s GOP attorney general isn’t saying whether his office will look into specific actions of Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs, a Democrat.

Hobbs, Arizona’s outgoing secretary of state, flagged certain tweets last year in her official capacity that Twitter then removed. Her interaction with Twitter was revealed in court documents released in a lawsuit brought by Missouri and Louisiana alleging collusion between the Biden administration and social media companies such as Twitter.

“Two days ago, a bombshell dropped that Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs pressured Twitter to remove posts while she was running for governor of Arizona,” Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward wrote in a Dec. 6 letter to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican.

“Yesterday, the same Katie Hobbs certified her own election and crowned herself governor following weeks of countless testimonies of voter disenfranchisement from poll workers and poll observers,” Ward wrote.

Ward said Brnovich should “immediately investigate the secretary of state over a government agency directing a private company, Twitter, to suppress free speech.”

The state GOP alleges the communication with Twitter was a violation of the First Amendment as well as federal and state law. A federal statute, 18 U.S. Code § 241, prohibits two or more people from agreeing to “injure, threaten, or intimidate” someone else from exercising his or her constitutional rights.

Hobbs narrowly defeated Republican Kari Lake, 59.3% to 49.7%, with a margin of about 7,116 votes, according to The Associated Press. Her inauguration as governor is set for Jan. 5.

The letter from Arizona’s Republican Party chair also references state campaign finance laws regarding illegal coordination or in-kind campaign contributions.

“It appears Secretary Hobbs, acting in her official capacity, using state resources, and at times in coordination with the Biden administration, asked Twitter to remove posts on her behalf,” Ward’s letter to Brnovich says. “It was at this point that she may have crossed the line into unlawful coordination.”

A Twitter spokesperson did not respond to inquiries from The Daily Signal for this report. A spokesperson for Hobbs in the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office also did not respond to The Daily Signal’s phone and email inquiries.

Brnovich’s office did not respond Thursday to several email and phone inquiries from The Daily Signal.

A two-term attorney general, Brnovich’s time in that office will come to an end Jan. 5. In another close Arizona race in an election fraught with controversy, the election for state attorney general remains undecided; a recount is expected to be completed by Dec. 31.

Brnovich has tackled issues involving Big Tech in the past. In 2020, his office sued Google, alleging that it illegally tracked the locations of users.

The emails revealed in court documents show that Hobbs’ office asked the nonprofit Center for Information Security to review two tweets posted by a Twitter account that had fewer than two dozen followers.

An email from the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office dated Jan. 7, 2021, a day after the riot at the U.S. Capitol, said of the flagged tweets: “These messages falsely assert that the Voter Registration System is owned and operated by foreign actors. This is an attempt to further undermine confidence in the election institution in Arizona.”

The Center for Information Security contacted Twitter, which removed both tweets.

The Arizona GOP also argues that Hobbs may have violated a state statute, 16-922, that says an act or expense is not allowed when there is “coordination with respect to an expenditure between a candidate or candidate’s agent and the person making the expenditure or that person’s agent.”

Because the email came from an “@azsos.gov” internet domain, Hobbs’ office, state Republicans allege this could be a violation of another statute, 16-192, prohibiting state offices, equipment, computer hardware, or telecommunications from being used to influence an election.

Ward’s letter to the state attorney general claims that it could be an unreported in-kind contribution under a third state statute, 16-1022.

The matter came to light because of a lawsuit filed by two other state attorneys general.

Missouri’s Eric Schmitt and Louisiana’s General Jeff Landry, both Republicans, filed a case called Missouri v. Biden in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The suit alleges that the Biden administration violated the First Amendment by directing social media companies to censor speech about COVID-19.

The suit also led to the recent release of a deposition from FBI agent Elvis Chan regarding FBI involvement with social media companies in the 2020 election, as well as a deposition from Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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Governor-Elect Hobbs Dictated Twitter Speech While Secretary of State

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Editors’ Note: Americans are learning more each day about the role of Twitter (thank you Elon Musk!!) in 2020 and 2022 election interference and the role of almost all social media platforms and search engines (especially FaceBook, Google and YouTube) as state actors and arms of the Democrat party. Note especially the sentence below about the Center for Information Security (CIS) ‘tapping’ Twitter to remove tweets by direction of Katie Hobbs. Also note that ‘CIS works with all 50 states in over 2,900 election offices nationwide’ and that CIS has received almost $200 million in federal grants since early in the Obama administration. Does this information explain or suggest that elections in America are no longer the critical instrument for citizens to be governed ‘by their consent’ as conceived by our Founders and the U.S. Constitution? 

 

Court filings reveal that Governor-elect Katie Hobbs dictated Twitter’s content moderation while serving as secretary of state.

According to the emails disclosed in court filings, Hobbs’ office asked the Center for Information Security (CIS) to review two tweets posted by an account with 21 followers. Within 30 minutes, CIS tapped Twitter to handle the issue, who promised to “escalate.” Twitter resolved the issue several hours later by removing both tweets.

“These messages falsely assert that the Voter Registration System is owned and operated by foreign actors,” complained Hobbs’ office. “This is an attempt to further undermine confidence in the election institution in Arizona.”

The exchange occurred last January, the day after the attack at the Capitol.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) told The Washington Post that they don’t interfere in election-related speech online. Instead, the government agency told the outlet that it deferred to CIS to engage in those issues.

In 2021, CIS shared through its Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing & Analysis Center (EI-ISAC) year-end report that it was “uniquely positioned to handle both cybersecurity and misinformation reports to protect election infrastructure.” The nonprofit disclosed that it created a communications hub — called the Situation Awareness Room (SitRoom) — to identify and address 2020 election threats with federal, state, local, and private partners.

CIS used its EI-ISAC to coordinate election officials, federal partners, and social media platforms.

“The success of these efforts in the 2020 election [Trump defeated?] established the foundation for expanded efforts on mis/disinformation reporting for future elections,” stated CIS.

CIS works with all 50 states in over 2,900 election offices nationwide.

CIS is a nonprofit founded in 2000; its president and CEO, John Gilligan, was formerly a senior intelligence and security advisor for the Air Force, Department of Energy, and White House Cyber Security Commission under the Obama administration. CIS has received around $196.5 million in federal grants since 2010 [beginning early in Obama administration], and nearly $3.7 million in federal agency cybersecurity contracts since 2005.

The coordination between Hobbs and Twitter was revealed in court filings for a case before the Louisiana Western District Court: Missouri v. Biden. At issue in the case is whether President Joe Biden and his administration violated the First Amendment by directing social media companies’ censorship of speech pertaining to COVID-19…..

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