Arizona has a mandatory minimum of 15 years for a $20 rock of crack. That means we are paying over a $1 million to house a drug addict. This state had better wake up to the fact that we are run by deluded, get-tough-on-crime social conservatives — not fiscal conservatives. They make a living out of turning us all in to criminals and our cities into war zones. Another $50 million was budgeted for prisons last session. More prisons and tougher sentences? Follow the money. School building as opposed to private prison building? That seems way beyond the current level of political consciousness.
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Bio: Paula Pennypacker has been a conservative and independent political activist since 1990. She is the founder and president of Scottsdale-based Just for Redheads Beauty Products.
A registered Republican, Paula is neither an ideologue nor a zealot. She is a broad-minded independent thinker with conservative economic beliefs and practical political ideas. She is interested in uniting, not dividing.
Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Paula was a popular political radio show host and a Republican candidate for mayor before relocating her business to Arizona in 1998. She lives in Scottsdale with her husband and 12-year-old son.
Paula’s personal and political motto -- "Only those who dare!" -- epitomizes the way she lives her life and conducts herself politically. She is not afraid to stand up to established or entrenched views and interests, even in her own party.
Her signature political issues are ending the war on drugs, ending welfare as we know it, tax and immigration reform, and weeding out waste and corruption in government.
She recently finished third in the 2010 primary election for state representative in District 8.