Archives for March 2008

Wishin and Hopin

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Our official Howard Dean theme song.

Chairman Pullen responded to the DNC’s wishful press release that Senator McCain will not do well in the West. As head of the state Republican Party Pullen was right to focus on Arizona. We will take it a step further and make the bold prediction that McCain will not only take Arizona in November but also Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and both Dakotas. I realize the head of the DNC is from Vermont so I have prepared a map of the state in which a liberal Northeaster U.S. Senator has little to no chance. Certainly New Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada will be in play but the whole Rocky Mountain West? Dream on! But who are we to tell the Democrats what to do. I hope they poor tons of resources into all of the Rocky Mountain States. Please Chairman Dean make this the year that the Dems win Utah.

Speaking of the Arizona Republican Party check out their cool new web site.

Must have been open bar at Nixon’s

The drinks were really flowing if anyone thinks they are going to get a McCain cabinet like that. AZ Political Intel has the results of the poll. Inside sources indicate a McCain cabinet will look much more like this:

VP – Rob Portman
Sec. of State – Christine Todd Whitman
Sec. of Treasury – Carly Fiorina
Sec. of Defense – Lindsey Graham
AG – Jon Kyl

Governor’s minions lobbied hard to kill CPS reform bill.

     Last week we wrote about several Democrats who voted against one of the CPS reform bills. Thanks to a public records request, Laurie Roberts at the Arizona Republic has details on the efforts by the Governor’s office to kill the bill while voting was taking place. Mike Haener and Susie Barr were sending electronic messages to legislators instructing them to vote against the bill.

NB: Hopefully Channel 12 will have some more video of Governor Napolitano channeling Evan Mecham like she did last Wednesday. Sources indicate that Roberts will have more details on the CPS voting incident in Wednesday’s paper.

Puff interview piece promoting Goddard by Arizona Republic

Funny how Goddard continues to issue booklet after booklet about consumer fraud amidst the billion dollar state budget deficit and the Republic continues to look the other way, even promoting Goddard’s constant self-promotion using consumer fraud (doesn’t that seem a bit weird?). That’s the problem when you have a Democrat in an office that is not supposed to be about spending, like law enforcement. They will always find ways to spend extra money. The Republic chooses to ignore his wasteful spending, because they would like Goddard to become Governor in 2010.

We’ve decided to reproduce the article below, an interview with Goddard on aztalk Live Talk:

1. What are some of the ways the Attorney General’s Office is battling consumer fraud through education?

Check out all the guides, booklets, pamphlets and videos I have published to educate the public. You’ll see that I have produced more than any law enforcement official in the country. And I’ve only been in office since 2003. It’s a pretty impressively long list. My name recognition in Arizona is finally as high as Sheriff Arpaio’s.

2. How many cases of consumer fraud occur in Arizona? How many cases result in arrests and convictions?

I’m not sure because not all of them are prosecuted by my office. Depending on the type of fraud, they may be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the city prosecutors, or the county prosecutors. If you add all those up, the amount my office prosecutes probably looks minuscule. We mostly only prosecute white collar consumer fraud, a small fraction of fraud cases.

3. Moving to other topics, what’s the Attorney General Office’s role, if any, in the employer-sanctions law?

Hopefully none. As a strong Democrat, I have always believed that illegal immigration should be handled by the federal government, not state and local governments. The one time I attempted to get involved and seize the money from wire transfers going to Mexico, the court struck it down as unconstitutional. I’ve learned my lesson. I prefer to follow the lead of Governor Napolitano and avoid prosecuting illegal immigration as much as possible. I’ll sort of talk tough, but do as little as possible – that’s the way to get elected as a Democrat in this state.

4. Are things getting better or worse in terms of crime and crime fighting in Arizona?

A couple of local police agencies have recently released figures showing that crime is finally starting to decrease in Arizona. However, that’s probably because local law enforcement has started arresting and deporting illegal immigrants, which includes a lot of criminals. I don’t think you can fairly say that crime is going down because of that. If you take the illegal immigrant factor out, maybe crime levels are really the same. These law enforcement agencies like to take credit for reducing crime by deporting illegal immigrants, but that’s not really reducing crime.

5. Jerry Nasenbeny of Sun City West asks: I live in a senior community. I understand that the Registrar of Contractors may be of help resolving a dispute between a contractor and a homeowner, but after reading your (Viewpoints) article in the paper, am I to understand that your office will also step in if the dispute is not resolved? I’m in a situation where I feel the contractor is stalling, and I’m close to seeking help. Which route should I go?

Generally I like to refer most complaints to other offices if possible, because that saves our office money, and honestly, since I’ve spent so much money publicizing myself lately (2 more guides within the last month or so), and the state is in the middle of a billion dollar budget deficit, we’re sort of short on resources right now. So for this complaint, I’m going to refer you to the state Registrar of Contractors. Good luck. If that doesn’t work, try the Better Business Bureau, they’re really nice folks. Tell them I sent ya.

SCOTUS Denies Arpaio

The US Supreme Court has denied an appeal by Sheriff Joe Arpaio who has fought transporting female inmates to abortion mills. For several years, Sheriff Arpaio has fought the ACLU in its effort to force Maricopa County taxpayers to pay for transporting inmates to the local abortuary. Today’s rejection of a lower court case now requires the county sheriff to participate in the killing of an unborn baby. This case illustrates the importance of electing a President who will nominate Justices who will protect innocent human life.

For the record.

Napolitano campaign commercial.

I hope that Governor Napolitano does not try to blame the current budget crisis on tax cuts. The record clearly shows that she touted her support for tax cuts when she ran for re-election in 2006. The ad is full of other great lines. Here is another ad from 2006.

Evan Carl Rowan* kept a gun in his house.

     Daniel Scarpinato has an excellent look at the firearms issue as it relates to the CD 8 election. The article correctly portrays the reality that Tim Bee is a stronger supporter of the right to keep and bear arms but Gabrielle Giffords has been careful to not come across as anti gun despite some of her past actions and statements. The difficulty in defeating Giffords is encapsulated in this sentence.

Giffords is also in the early stages of drafting legislation that would require the U.S. Forest Service to set aside federal land for public shooting ranges.

     Giffords has accomplished nothing on the issue but she is working on writing some legislation. How do you peg someone as anti-gun when they are kind of, maybe, trying really hard, definitely thinking about helping on the issue? This is her modus operandi. She is always working on the issue so her opponent can never completely define her as for or against something. She has perfected the method with her approach to a permanent checkpoint along I-19. She is still putting together public forums on the matter.

     Many Republicans say this is the best year to defeat Giffords. With her style it may take a little longer than 22 months for the voting public to catch on to her look busy while doing nothing approach to public service.

     While well written, the article in the Star would have been more interesting if it had added the view of Independent Candidate Derek Tidball of the issue of gun rights.

     *Carl Rowan was an out spoken supporter of gun control who kept a gun in his Washington D.C. home. He used it to shoot a teenager who jumped the wall and was swimming in his pool.

Easter Bunny arrives in Oro Valley.

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The annual Oro Valley Easter egg hunt was a huge success. The Easter Bunny made a dramatic arrival by helicopter before an audience of excited children.

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Thank you to the Oro Valley Police Department and Golder Ranch Fire Department for a great event.

Do Tucson area Dems oppose openness in government?

     An Arizona Daily Star article by Daniel Scarpinato details the opposition of most Southern Arizona Democrats to house CPS reform bills. House Bill 2454 would open the files on children who die while their case is under investigation by CPS. This openness is essential to finding the weaknesses in the system and implementing improvements for the benefit of the next child in need of intervention. The process was even delayed so that the bill could be improved to protect privacy of surviving children and to preserve the integrity of any ongoing investigations. That did not prevent most Tucson Democrats from voting against the bill.

     A former critic of the process, Steve Farley (28,) voted for the bill. Seven other local Democrats, David Bradley (28,) Linda Lopez (29,) Manuel Alvarez (25,) Olivia Cajero Bedford (27,) Phil Lopes (27,) Tom Prezelski (29,) and Nancy Young Wright (26) voted against the reforms.

     Why the opposition to reform? Linda Lopez is employed by CPS contractor La Frontera. Her vote against reform is explained by her well-documented conflict of interest. David Bradley has is in a similar situation as the CEO of La Paloma Family Services. His conflict of interest was exposed by Espresso Pundit. Our sources indicate that the Governor’s office exerted significant pressure to vote against the bill. For loyal partisans like Alvarez, Cajero Bedford, Lopes, and Prezelski it was probably not too difficult to go with the flow. With a safe seat in Central Tucson it is surprising that Steve Farley went against the Governor. Good for him for showing some independence and common sense. Nancy Young Wright may have made the biggest error. She was appointed to he seat in 26 and her lack of support for government reform may not play well in the nominally Republican district. Now that the Governor’s spokesperson is talking nice about the bill the Democrat house caucus is not amused. Look for more party friction if the Governor signs the bill.

     This protection of the status quo and lack of openness in government comes on the heals of the Governor’s press conference where she unloads on the Treasurer for informing the public about the current situation. No wonder Espresso Pundit thinks things are not all bad for Republicans in 2008.

Is the Napolitano Administration hiding public funds?

On Wednesday the Governor said that Arizona State Treasurer Dean Martin did not understand the financial position of the government because he was not aware how much state agencies were holding in reserve. Turns out these agencies are required to report these reserves to the Treasurer’s office. Looks like Janet has painted herself into a corner. KTAR has a short article on the issue:

Byron Schlomack with the Goldwater Institute says the state treasurer has to know about all of the state’s money, including reserves, otherwise the governor is breaking the law.

We’re talking about a much bigger issue here than just two politicians fighting. We’re talking about whether taxpayer money is going to be spent in a smoke-filled back room or in the open. We’re talking about the integrity of the state, says Scholmack.

For background information on the budget visit the Goldwater Institute web site.