Issues

Where Lori Stands on the issues

State Senator on gun control plan: This is a slippery slope when it comes to freedom

Phoenix (Jan. 17, 2013) – In a recent interview on KSAV, the Phoenix Fox affiliate, Lori explained the ramifications of the recent restrictions on gun ownership proposed by the Obama administration

 

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Sen. Lori Klein (R-6) spoke with Western Free Press’s Brad Zinn on 3/1/11

 


 

TAXES: I oppose increasing taxes on Arizona’s hardworking families or businesses. As I promised during the 2010 election, I have been working to reduce our tax burden so we can get our economy growing again and get our employers hiring again. As your legislator I held the line and kept my word to balance the budget without new taxes, successfully turning Arizona’s $3 Billion deficit into a $600 Million surplus. I also helped pass Arizona’s Jobs Bill, which will attract new jobs and employers to Arizona. We need to get government out of the way and offer businesses an environment where they can be certain they are making smart decisions by investing in Arizona’s future.

PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS AND PUBLIC LANDS: As a board member of the Orange Coalition, a grassroots Private Property Rights organization, and as the former Executive Director of Proposition 207 that, in 2008, gave Arizona the best private property rights law in the country, you can count on me to look after your rights and to protect you from any government efforts to encroach on your property rights. I will also fight to eliminate burdensome regulations and to better manage our public lands.

LIFE & FAMILY ISSUES: I am 100% pro-life and pro-family. I believe that we need to protect life at every stage, and promote adoption and abortion alternatives to encourage a culture of life. I believe in marriage between one man and one woman and that the family is the fundamental building block of society. I also voted for and spoke in favor of HB 2625, which protects religious employers from being forced to violate their beliefs and pay for abortion-inducing drugs and contraception.

SECOND AMENDMENT: Our Constitution is clear, yet politicians continue to try to ignore, “Shall Not Be Infringed. ” I have a 100% pro-second amendment voting record and I will continue to protect and restore your right to legally keep and bear arms, without exception.

OUR CONSTITUTION & ARIZONA'S STATES RIGHTS: I have the most conservative voting record of any legislator in the district and you can count on me to always protect our U.S. and Arizona Constitutions. I will also continue to work to reassert our state’s rights as defined in the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. UNFUNDED MANDATES: I have consistently opposed and will continue to fight any unfunded mandates forced on Arizona by our federal government.

HEALTH CARE: I have a long record of fighting to protect our personal health care rights, and I will continue to do so. In 2010, I was a strong supporter of Proposition 206, which protects all Arizonans by ensuring that individuals will always have the right to pay for private health insurance and will not be forced against their will to participate in a government-sanctioned health insurance scheme like ObamaCare. Your right to choose your doctor and your healthcare is fundamental and should not be infringed upon. At the State Capitol, I will continue to fight ObamaCare.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: I believe we must enforce our laws, secure our border at all costs, and prohibit sanctuary city policies. I oppose amnesty for illegal aliens and support legislation that prohibits those here illegally from receiving any taxpayer funded benefits. I support the good work that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, former State Senator Russell Pearce and others are doing to protect our state, in spite of the massive failures by our federal government to do the same. Click here to view my Fox News interview regarding the impact of illegal immigration on Arizona's schools.

LAW ENFORCEMENT: Government’s first purpose is to provide for the protection of its citizens. I will continue to stand behind our law enforcement and our first responders and ensure they have the support they need.

EDUCATION: I am a staunch proponent of both public education reform and parental choice in education. Arizona’s is now #1 in the nation in charter schools and in 2011 we successfully expanded programs like tuition tax credits and Empowerment Scholarship Accounts. I was proud to be a part of the fight to allow ALL parents, no matter their income level, the ability to choose the best education for their child. We need to encourage and reward our excellent teachers with merit pay and bonuses based on student achievement and academic gains from year to year. I also believe that we need to make sure that our tax dollars are going to the teachers and the classrooms, rather than a top-heavy bureaucracy. I will continue to fight to ensure that whether it’s in a traditional public school setting or in one of our state’s many charter schools, Arizona’s children are receiving the best education possible. We must not settle for anything less!

 

Lessons Learned

A couple of years ago, on my way home from an event, I was pulled over for speeding. The officer asked me if I had had anything to drink that night. I had two glasses of wine so I said "yes" and agreed to take a breathalyzer test. I wasn’t terribly concerned because I had consumed the glasses over a long period of time and I felt fine.

So you can imagine how I felt when he said that my blood alcohol content was at .08—the legal definition of a DUI. Stunned, shocked, and embarrassed just to start. As the mother of three teenaged boys, I always had imagined how I would handle it when the call came from them in the middle of night. Now I was the one making the phone call. It turns out that losing fifty pounds and being in ketosis, as well as having a slower metabolism is not a good combination if you are going to drink wine, even with dinner.

It only took me a short while to realize that as embarrassing as this was, I was actually quite lucky. I might not have felt impaired, but the limit is set at .08 for a reason, and the evening could very well have ended tragically for me, my family, or even someone else’s family.

Since that night, I’ve used the event to warn and teach my friends and family about the importance of not having even that first drink if you know you will be driving later on. Get a designated driver or order the iced tea.

Some people are surprised by my willingness to talk about this event, but what good is learning a lesson the hard way if you can’t share it and help others with the lesson learned? For more information on the dangers of drinking and driving, please visit www.drinkinganddriving.org, and for information on how to talk to your kids about alcohol/drugs, please visit www.theantidrug.com.