Fulton Brock Endorsed by Basha and Johnson

For Immediate Release: September 30, 2008
Contact: Jason Rose
 
Republican Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock Receives
Major, Bi-Partisan Endorsements from Eddie Basha and Paul Johnson

PHOENIX, ARIZONA, September 30, 2008: Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock may be a Republican, but two former nominees for Governor are endorsing his re-election as Maricopa County Supervisor.

Eddie Basha and Paul Johnson are two of the best known and most widely respected figures in Arizona politics. Both of them are urging voters to support Brock.

Brock’s district covers Ahwatukee, Chandler, Tempe, Queen Creek and parts of Mesa, Scottsdale and Gilbert.

“It is a privilege for me to endorse Fulton’s re-election to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors,” said Basha, Valley businessman and philanthropist. “I believe that he
has served with great distinction. He has shown fiscal responsibility and at the same time worked diligently to improve infrastructure and services to all of the citizens of Maricopa County. We need his continued leadership.”

“Under Supervisor Fulton Brock’s leadership Maricopa County government has been transformed from one of the most troubled to one of the best county governments in the country,” said Johnson. Johnson served as the former popular Mayor of Phoenix. “Sometimes it’s necessary to put party labels aside and recognize outstanding work, no
matter if there is a Republican or Democrat label next to their names. Fulton Brock’s service on the Board of Supervisors has been impressive. I want to encourage my fellow Democrats to support him. We need Fulton Brock’s leadership during these difficult economic times.”

Prior to Fulton Brock’s election to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in 1996, The Arizona Republic described the county as “a rotten pit, and essentially bankrupt to boot.”

Today, Maricopa County has been described by Governing Magazine as the “Best Run County in America.” It’s the largest county in the U.S. that is debt-free.

“I’ve always worked to find common ground with people on both sides of the political aisle. I think that’s how you arrive at the best solutions,” said Brock. “There is no better way to demonstrate my commitment to working with people across the political spectrum  than by having the support of two Arizona pillars like Eddie Basha and Paul Johnson,” Brock said.
 

Arizona Republic endorses Tim Nelson for County Attorney

ACLU TimThe Republic’s endorsement of ACLU Tim Nelson for County Attorney was so predictable that Andrew Thomas didn’t even bother interviewing with the Republic’s editorial board. Same with Sheriff Arpaio, knowing the Republic already had its mind made up to endorse their opponents.

The Republic’s endorsement of Nelson ran in Sunday’s Republic, and consisted of little more than repeating the Republic’s prior slanted reporting on Thomas. “By his own volition – by one embarrassing pratfall and misstep after the next – Thomas has made the case for his opponent this fall, Democrat Tim Nelson.” No, according to the Republic Thomas has made mistakes. According to the voters of Maricopa County, who he is accountable to, he has done an excellent job, with approval ratings comparable to Sheriff Arpaio and higher than Mayor Gordon and Governor Napolitano among voters who have heard of him. The voters know he has kept his campaign promises on illegal immigration, cracking down on sex crimes, and repeat offenders.

The Republic claims that Nelson won’t be as partisan as Thomas. How is that? Nelson has been a top-level legal advisor to Democrat Governor Napolitano not only at the Governor’s Office but at the Attorney General’s Office before that. He has done pro bono work for the left wing ACLU and is proud of it. That work included suing the City of Gilbert over declaring Bible Week. His campaign is funded by some of the biggest Democrats in the county, including far left Rep. Kyrsten Sinema. He is backed by numerous labor unions, including the AFL-CIO, SEIU and UFCW. On his website, he promotes issues commonly associated with the partisan left agenda – investigating racial profiling.

Even though over 70% of those voting in Arizona vote in favor of laws against illegal immigration, Nelson agrees with the far left and opposes prosecuting illegal immigrants for conspiring to smuggle themselves across the border. As an advisor to Governor Napolitano, Nelson has advised her to veto popular bills against illegal immigration.

Thomas is labeled as a partisan simply for upholding illegal immigration laws? Who is reflecting the will of Arizonans? Thomas. Who is representing the will of the far left Arizona Republic (which veered increasingly to the left beginning with Keven Willey in the early 2000’s and now is no less liberal than the New York Times with Randy Lovely at the helm) and the fringe left wing? Nelson. Nelson is showing no traction during his campaign against Thomas among the public, because Nelson doesn’t represent the average Arizonan.

The Republic claims that Arpaio’s crime suppression sweeps aren’t improving border security, but the paper fails to provide any evidence to back this up. In fact, the paper’s own articles have reported the opposite – that crime has been going down since Thomas took office and Arpaio began his crime suppression sweeps. In the first half of 2008, the Phoenix Police reported that every single category of crime recorded had decreased, with the violent crime rate dropping 8.5%, the lowest in the past 10 years. Homicides fell 25.7%, motor vehicle thefts plunged 29%, and aggravated assaults dropped 14.2%. Arson cases dropped 12% and property crimes fell 10.4%.

The Republic says that Sheriff Arpaio is chasing after “gardeners and assistant bakers.” Funny, I don’t remember reading about any gardeners or assistant bakers Arpaio has investigated. The Republic never let the facts get in the way of a good line! Arpaio is simply investigating reports of criminal activity as they are reported to his office.

Next the Republic criticizes Thomas for spending more money on outside counsel, instead of handling certain cases in-house. The Republic conveniently omits the fact that Thomas is saving the county money long-term, by hiring expert lawyers who have the resources to litigate time-intensive inmate lawsuits fully to conclusion, instead of settling them, which allows unresolved issues to be brought up again and again in future lawsuits. The Republic also ignored the fact that Thomas has saved the office money in other ways, by reducing the size of the office (there are less employees there now than when Thomas entered office in 2005, even though Maricopa County is one of the fastest growing counties in the country). This past year, Thomas returned $2 million in unused money to county coffers. That was conveniently omitted from the Republic’s editorial. I’m sure if Thomas had showed up for an editorial board interview and pointed this out, it would have still been omitted.

The editorial notes that some of Thomas’s campaign contributors were attorneys who do civil work for his office – but never notes that is common and there is nothing unethical about it, those same attorneys gave money to prior County Attorney Rick Romley. Nor does the article note that numerous criminal defense attorneys who currently oppose the office in court gave money to Tim Nelson’s campaign.

Thomas’s plead to the lead and other tough plea policies are stealthily criticized, “Nelson would treat his county attorneys as the professionals they are and permit them to use their experience and discretion when deciding whether to accept a defendant’s plea to a lesser crime.” Nowhere is it explained that giving this kind of discretion means going back to softer plea policies. Considering crime rates are finally falling all around the county in every area of recorded crime, going back to soft plea policies would be a mistake.

The editorial claims that Thomas’s tough plea policies result in more cases going to trial, “further burdening an already strained legal system.” This isn’t true. Thomas returned $2 million in funding this past year. And under his tenure, the average time it takes to prosecute a felony has shrunk from 87 to 37 days – even though Maricopa County is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. Other similarly sized counties take over 90 days to prosecute a felony. Under Thomas, the office has become smaller and more efficient.

Finally, and appropriately coming from a newspaper as dishonest as the Republic, the paper declares that Nelson is qualified since he directed “dozens of state attorneys from the Governor’s Office.” This is inaccurate. As counsel to the Governor, Nelson advised the Governor and her staff, not the dozens of other state agencies. Those state agencies are represented by the Attorney General’s Office as well as their own in-house attorneys. Not surprising that the Republic is using something completely wrong as a reason to support Nelson.

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County Attorney Candidate Tim Nelson Opposes Death Penalty; Fought Lethal Injection For Convicted Double Murderer; Nelson Fails To Disclose

ACLU lawyer Tim Nelson has been campaigning for Maricopa County Attorney for months. He says he’s tough on crime. He even says he’s for the death penalty. He has deceived just about everyone. Until today.

Jose Ceja brutally murdered a Phoenix couple. He shot the wife two times in the chest before dragging her to another room and shooting her four more times in the head. He shot the husband four times. He kicked the victims as they lay dead or dying. He later threatened to kill his own wife.

Ceja was convicted and sentenced to the death penalty.

Nelson volunteered to represent Ceja, and to fight his death sentence even though Ceja’s own wife wanted him put to death.

Nelson argued that Ceja had already endured “torture” by spending so much time on death row. He said the death penalty wasn’t warranted after Ceja had allegedly exhibited his “non-violent behavior by living without incident on death row,” and with “honor and dignity.”

This, despite Ceja’s wife reporting publicly that he had threatened to kill her from death row. This, despite Department of Corrections records listing 18 disciplinary actions for Ceja including “throwing objects” and “rioting.”

“There’s a reason Tim Nelson has received a record amount of contributions from lawyers representing Valley criminals. He’s one of them. And he’s deceived the public about his position on the death penalty,” County Attorney Thomas said.

“Whether it’s his ties to the ACLU, criminal defense attorneys, support for sweetheart plea bargains, opposition to illegal immigration crackdowns or advocacy for murderers like Jose Ceja there can be no doubt that my opponent is far more sympathetic to criminals than I,” Thomas said.

“Additionally, his sanctimonious and tardy interest in domestic violence issues is belied by his representation of a person committing heinous acts against women,” Thomas concluded.

Thomas said his campaign would prominently feature Nelson’s opposition to the death penalty in future advertisements, including his first one which he debuted at the Monday press conference.

Joining the Thomas press conference at the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association were:

*Duane Lynn — Duane’s wife Nila and another woman were murdered in Maricopa County at a homeowner’s association meeting about 8 years ago. He was also a highway patrolman with DPS for 20 years.

*Sally and Jim Goelzer — Sally’s brother was murdered in November of 1995. A man had tried to carjack him but failed. The perpetrator was found, and Sally’s brother was murdered pending trial.

*Michelle Macklin — Michelle’s sister Nicole Traxler was murdered in Scottsdale on Mother’s Day 2006 by Thomas Bliven as Nicole’s 12 year-old son hid in a closet. Bliven later killed himself. Thomas helped Macklin with a bill that passed in 2007 that makes prisoners who are convicted of offenses while incarcerated serve the sentences consecutively.

*Steve Rader—His son was murdered by his ex-wife’s boyfriend. The perpetrator was convicted.

Leaders and Sideliners

Today’s vote on the $700,000,000,000 “bailout” was a great illustration of true leadership in action.

Although our entire congressional delegation voted against handing the federal government more of our money to reward the irresponsible behavior and incestuous relationship between Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and their congressional supporters, the motives between our Republicans and Democrats could not have been clearer.

Republican Congressmen Rick Renzi, Trent Franks, John Shadegg and Jeff Flake all did the right thing.  They stood on principle and for the interest of their constituents. This was expected of them and they deserve our gratitude and appreciation.

Both Ed Pastor and Raul Grijalva are in “safe” Democratic congressional districts. They have nothing to worry about when it comes to getting re-elected. They obviously wanted a lot more in this bill and whey they didn’t get what they wanted, they voted against it They know that this bill will be back on Thursday or Friday and they’ll get their fully-loaded bill on the next vote.

That leaves Gabrielle Giffords and Harry Mitchell. Both freshmen Democrats are in districts where voter registration is tight and their respective races are even tighter. Both also have to explain votes they made earlier this year that expanded the power of GSE’s like Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to make costly financial mistakes.

But the picture becomes a whole lot clearer when we learn what really happened on the floor of the House today while the vote was taking place. According to an account reported by the Associated Press,

Still, a few lawmakers, among them freshman Democrat Harry Mitchell of Arizona, hung around in the well, potentially ready to switch. Registered as a “no,” Mitchell held a green “yes” voting card. Also from Arizona, Democratic freshman Gabrielle Giffords stood nearby.

One can only imagine what was going through the mind of Harry Mitchell has he held in his hands a vote for the bailout and a vote against the bailout.

It takes real courage and leadership to walk down to the well with only one vote on your mind. Somehow Mitchell’s comments reported earlier in the press doesn’t seem to reconcile with his meandering down at the well.

If there is one defining characteristic that both Giffords and Mitchell demonstrated today, it was a deficit in leadership. And that means there is only one solution for the voters this fall when it comes to this “political bailout” and that’s to place Gabrielle Giffords and Harry Mitchell on the sidelines where they belong.

David Schweikert on “Bailout” Bill

For Immediate Release: September 29, 2008                   
Contact: Lauren C. Barnett
                   
Statement from David Schweikert on “Bailout” Bill

Scottsdale, AZ – Candidate for Congress David Schweikert issued the following statement on the “bailout” bill which failed today in the House of Representatives.
David Schweikert stated, “Today’s vote proves that in these unstable financial times, Americans want fiscally-responsible leadership.”

Schweikert continued, “I offer solutions that will not bankrupt taxpayers.  We also need to stimulate the economy by keeping taxes low and cutting spending. Washington must learn to do more with less.  This will require discipline – but it must be done.  I’m ready to take this fight to Congress.” 

“Our current financial crisis stems from home values plummeting.  Arizona has been especially hard-hit by this reality.  That’s why I have been proposing mortgage tax credit in addition to tax deductibility to help homeowners and reduce foreclosures,” Schweikert continued.

Schweikert managed a $4 billion investment pool as Maricopa County Treasurer. Through his prudent investments, David Schweikert earned taxpayers over $300 million without losing a dime.  As Treasurer, David Schweikert also refused to invest in risky mortgage-backed bonds. 

“I understand families and businesses are struggling. We need leaders in Congress who can develop a solution, protect taxpayers and stimulate the economy.  Let’s get to work,” concluded Schweikert.

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Press Release: Tim Nelson Opposes Death Penalty

For Immediate Release: September 29, 2008
Contact: Jim Sharpe

County Attorney Candidate Tim Nelson Deceives Media, Public; Fails to Disclose That He Fought Death Penalty for Convicted Double Murderer

PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 29, 2008 – ACLU lawyer Tim Nelson has been campaigning for Maricopa County Attorney for months. He says he’s tough on crime. He even says he’s for the death penalty. He has deceived just about everyone. Until today.

Jose Ceja brutally murdered a Phoenix couple. He shot the wife two times in the chest before dragging her to another room and shooting her four more times in the head. He shot the husband four times. He kicked the victims as they lay dead or dying. He later threatened to kill his own wife.

Ceja was convicted and sentenced to the death penalty.

Nelson volunteered to represent Ceja, and to fight his death sentence even though Ceja’s own wife wanted him put to death.

Nelson argued that Ceja had already endured “torture” by spending so much time on death row. He said the death penalty wasn’t warranted after Ceja had allegedly exhibited his “non-violent behavior by living without incident on death row,” and with “honor and dignity.”

This, despite Ceja’s wife reporting publicly that he had threatened to kill her from death row. This, despite Department of Corrections records listing 18 disciplinary actions for Ceja including “throwing objects” and “rioting.”

“There’s a reason Tim Nelson has received a record amount of contributions from lawyers representing Valley criminals. He’s one of them. And he’s deceived the public about his position on the death penalty,” County Attorney Thomas said.

“Whether it’s his ties to the ACLU, criminal defense attorneys, support for sweetheart plea bargains, opposition to illegal immigration crackdowns or advocacy for murderers like Jose Ceja there can be no doubt that my opponent is far more sympathetic to criminals than I,” Thomas said.

“Additionally, his sanctimonious and tardy interest in domestic violence issues is belied by his representation of a person committing heinous acts against women,” Thomas concluded.

 

Thomas said his campaign would prominently feature Nelson’s opposition to the death penalty in future advertisements, including his first one which he debuted at the Monday press conference.

Joining the Thomas press conference at the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association were:

*Duane Lynn — Duane’s wife Nila and another woman were murdered in Maricopa County at a homeowner’s association meeting about 8 years ago. He was also a highway patrolman with DPS for 20 years.

*Sally and Jim Goelzer — Sally’s brother was murdered in November of 1995. A man had tried to carjack him but failed. The perpetrator was found, and Sally’s brother was murdered pending trial.

*Michelle Macklin — Michelle’s sister Nicole Traxler was murdered in Scottsdale on Mother’s Day 2006 by Thomas Bliven as Nicole’s 12 year-old son hid in a closet. Bliven later killed himself. Thomas helped Macklin with a bill that passed in 2007 that makes prisoners who are convicted of offenses while incarcerated serve the sentences consecutively.

*Steve RaderHis son was murdered by his ex-wife’s boyfriend. The perpetrator was convicted.

Pelosi’s Persuasive Plattitudes

With leadership like Nancy Pelosi, who needs supporters?

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Sign theft update

     Over the weekend we reported that anti Prop 102 and 105 allies were arrested tearing down Republican signs and installing their signs, a criminal offense in Arizona. It took us a while but we have photos of the actual signs put up in the Sierra Vista area that evening. It remains to be discovered if the sign sponsors were involved in the decision to tear down Republican signs in order to post theirs.

Short and to the point

We salute Congressman Flake for his insightful comments about the bailout plan and what actually casued the problem.

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