John Kavanagh

 

 
 
Arizona Republican Lawmaker Unwittingly Exposes Election Reform Scam
“We’re moving forward to do bills to correct problems that came up during the election that need to be solved, regardless of whether there was actual fraud or nonexistent fraud,” Kavanagh said."
Apr. 27, 2021
CNN's Brianna Keilar Has Testy Exchange With Arizona State Lawmaker Over Voting Rights Bill
"Kavanaugh took issue with Keilar calling the bill a "purge" and said she was "spinning the truth." "I am not spinning it, either," Keilar said. "Sir, you are not being honest and what you are saying doesn't even line up with what you have said about votes. You talked about quality votes over quantity, I think that is loud and clear.""
Apr. 23, 2021
White Patrician Elitist Rep. John Kavanagh Says ‘Everybody Shouldn’t Be Voting’
“There’s a fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans,” he said. “Democrats value as many people as possible voting [democracy!], and they’re willing to risk fraud [false!]. Republicans are more concerned about [nonexistent] fraud [Debunking the Voter Fraud Myth], so we don’t mind putting security [voter suppression] measures in that won’t let everybody vote — but everybody shouldn’t be voting."
Mar. 11, 2021
Center for Arizona Policy
2020 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Representative LD-23
Question 2: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 4: Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports’ teams.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 9: Protecting a parent's right to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues to help them reach their desired outcome.*
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs.**
Candidates' Position: Support.
This is in reference to the dangerous and disproven "Reparative Therapy".
**Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.

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Who Are The Republicans Attacking Arizona’s Education?
"Proposition 208 passed during the 2020 general election, and received 1,675,810 votes, with approximately 52% of the vote and also received more votes than President-Elect Joe Biden, or Donald Trump did this election ... Now, there is a group of Republican politicians that are teaming up with one another to find any possible way to undermine the education funding initiative–including a joint lawsuit attempting to challenge the constitutionality of the education-funding proposition. This Republican coalition to invalidate the Invest in Education initiative includes Republicans from both legislative chambers, and even statewide politicians.
Dec. 7, 2020

 

HB 2706 - Vote to pass a bill that prohibits transgender female students from participating in school sports, from kindergarten through college, in private and public schools.

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Battle Lines Drawn In Arizona Gay Discrimination Case
"The case centers on a Phoenix wedding invitation business that preemptively sued Phoenix over its non-discrimination ordinance, which includes sexual orientation. The business owners argue making invitations for same-sex weddings goes against their religious beliefs and the city’s law would force them to do that."
Dec. 24, 2018
Arizona ALEC Politicians - SourceWatch
Sep. 21, 2018
Center for Arizona Policy
2018 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Representative LD-23
Question 4: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 9: Protecting a parent’s right to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same– sex attraction or gender identity issues to help them reach their desired outcome.*
Candidates' Position: Support.
This is in reference to the dangerous and disproven "Reparative Therapy".

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Arizona Lawmaker's Proposal May Make It Harder To Enact Voter-Initiated Legislation
Jan. 4, 2018
Arizona Bill Punishes Even Peaceful Protesters When Events Turn Violent
"If the bill becomes law, prosecutors could seize the assets of protesters, even if they didn't participate in any violence. The bill would add rioting to the list of offenses that could be charged under Arizona's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization laws."
Feb. 23, 2017
Lawmaker Wants To Make It Easier To Deny “Unduly Burdensome” Public Records Requests
"State lawmakers are making a new bid to make it easier for public officials to deny requests for records they believe are “unduly burdensome or harassing.” The proposal by Sen. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, leaves in place existing requirements for records to be open to public inspection. And it spells out that those who are denied access can sue and recover their legal fees. But SB1019 adds a requirement that the records sought be identified with “reasonable particularity.” Potentially more significant, it provides public officials with the ability to claim that “the request for access to public records is unduly burdensome or harassing.”"
Dec. 24, 2016
Center for Arizona Policy
2016 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Senate LD-23
Question 4: Adding "sexual orientation," "gender identity," or "gender expression" to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 6: Prohibiting government from discriminating against an individual, organization, or small business based on their beliefs about marriage.*
Candidates' Position: Support.
Question 10: Implementing policies to allow students and faculty to use the restroom, locker room, and shower room that aligns with their gender identity.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.

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Roll Call: Who Supported Expanding Dark Money In Arizona?
Jul. 18, 2016
John Kavanagh, Arizona State Representative, Defends Transgender Bathroom Bill
"The Arizona state legislator who received national attention for promoting a harsh anti-transgender bill aimed at prosecuting transgender people for using a public restroom if their gender appearance didn't match the gender on their identification said yesterday that his effort is indeed “targeting” transgender people"
Feb. 2, 2016
Arizona GOPer Wants To Criminalize Filming Within 20 Feet Of Police
"Under Kavanagh’s bill, a first offense would result in a $300 fine while further violations could send offenders to jail for up to six months"
Jan. 8, 2016
Sen. John Kavanagh Is Lying To Your Face About The Education Budget
Mar. 6, 2015
Center for Arizona Policy
2014 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Senate LD-23
Question 9: Arizona’s voter-approved constitutional definition of marriage should be defended to the fullest extent legally possible.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in antidiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 15: Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs.*
Candidates' Position: Support
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.

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Crazy/Stupid Republican Of The Day — John Kavanagh
Dec. 10, 2014
John Kavanagh's Support Of SB 1062 And SB 1070, And His Offensive Remarks About Latinos
Mar. 3, 2014
Latinos Are Punch Line At Joe Arpaio Roast
"Arizona State Rep. John Kavanagh, a Republican from the Scottsdale area, had conservatives chortling with one joke after another about racial profiling, “rounding up Hispanics” and much more. For good measure, he mocked the controversy around SB 1062, the so-called religious freedom bill, taking a shot at Muslims in the process. And he mocked the federal monitor appointed to oversee Sheriff Arpaio’s operations after a judge determined that his department engaged in racial profiling and illegal detentions of Latinos."
Feb. 26, 2014

 

SB-1062 - SB 1062 was an Arizona bill to amend an existing law to give any individual or legal entity an exemption from any state law if it substantially burdened their exercise of religion, including Arizona law requiring public accommodation.

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Headlights:
  • It would allow anyone to assert a legal claim or defense of free exercise of religion in a legal proceeding, regardless of whether the government is a party to the proceeding.
  • It would allow private individuals and corporations to assert religious beliefs in a way that could lead to discrimination against gay and lesbian, and other, Arizonans. This bill could embolden people to discriminate against anyone who doesn’t share their beliefs or religious practices.
  • If SB 1062 were enacted, employers could impose their religious beliefs on employees and businesses could refuse to serve customers despite state and local laws requiring public accommodations—like restaurants and hotels—to serve all people.

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John Kavanagh Defends His Trips To Commie China And Azerbaijan
Jan. 23, 2014

 

SB 1178 - Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that authorizes an individual to use potential infringements of religious freedom as a claim or defense in a legal proceeding.
Highlights:
The proposed law would allow people to sue over an “impending violation” of religious liberty, (such as serving or treating a person perceived to be LGBTQ) as opposed to waiting until after the attack has occurred. It protects the practice or observance of all religions, including actions motivated by religious beliefs, against state and local laws or policies.

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Arizona Lawmakers Keep Pushing For Anti-Trans Bill
"After seven hours of testimony that stretched into Wednesday evening, an Arizona State House committee approved legislation that would bar transgender people from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity, reports the Associated Press. The state-level legislation seeks to override local antidiscrimination policies that already protect transgender people. The Arizona House Appropriations Committee voted 7-4, along party lines, to advance committee chairman Rep. John Kavanagh's Senate Bill 1045."
Mar. 28, 2013
Is John Kavanagh Arizona's Worst Legislator?
Mar. 20, 2013
Center for Arizona Policy
2012 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Representative LD-23
Question 9: Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 15: Protecting professionals from being required to provide services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.*
Candidates' Position: Support
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.

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HB-2780 - Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that exempts ranch dogs involved in shepherding or herding livestock from animal protection laws.
Highlights:
  • Defines “cruelty to animals” as certain actions including, but not limited to, the following:
    • Neglect or abandonment;
    • Failure to provide medical attention;
    • Infliction of unnecessary personal injury to the animal;
    • Torture; and
    • Killing the animal.
PLEASE NOTE:  A "Yes" vote would allow ranch dogs to be neglected or abandoned, killed and tortured. It would allow the  owner of a ranch dog to inflict unnecessary injury to the animal and not provide medical attention.

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AZ. Rep. John Kavanagh: Working Hard To Keep Us Stupid
"Kavanagh’s HB 2675 is just one more shot fired in the GOP’s war to privatize everything."
Feb. 27, 2012
Center for Arizona Policy
2012 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Representative LD-8
Question 9: Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 15: Protecting professionals from being required to provide services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.*
Candidates' Position: Support
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.

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Humpday Hall Of Shame: Arizona's John Kavanagh
Aug. 3, 2011
Arizona Rep Backpedals On Effort to Remove Sikh Man From 9/11 Memorial
"Earlier this year, Kavanagh introduced House Bill 2230, which would remove panels containing 11 phrases that Kavanagh considers offensive from an Arizona 9/11 memorial. Among the phrases proposed to be removed was the name of Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh man who owned a gas station in Mesa and was killed on September 15, 2001. His murderer, who is currently serving a life sentence, mistook Singh Sodhi’s turban for Arab garb and also fired at two other Middle Eastern targets that day. Kavanagh said he believed the memorial should be limited only to victims of the events of 9/11, not the aftermath"
Apr. 27, 2011
Sponsor Of Arizona Citizenship Bill Hopes It Prompts Lawsuit
"The Arizona state legislator who co-sponsored the latest immigration crackdown proposal -- to end citizenship for U.S.-born kids of illegal immigrants -- told CNN Friday that he hopes the legislation will provoke a lawsuit so that the U.S. Supreme Court "can end the controversy over the true meaning of the 14th Amendment's citizenship clause.""
Jan. 29, 2011
Arizona Bill Would Deny Citizenship To Children Of Illegal Immigrants
"John Kavanagh, a Republican state representative from Arizona who supports the proposed law aimed at so-called "anchor babies," said that the concept does not conflict with the U.S. Constitution."
Jun. 16, 2010

 

SCR-1042 - Vote to pass a resolution that proposes a constitutional amendment to allow only a union of one man and one woman to be recognized as a marriage in Arizona.

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Center for Arizona Policy
2006 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Representative LD-8
Question 7: Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Candidates' Position: Support.
Question 8: . Adding “sexual orientation” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in antidiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.

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