Archives for April 2010

Thomas Faults 4 Democrat AG Opponents For Opposing SB1070; Pledges Aggressive Defense In Court

Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas ONLY Attorney General Candidate Supporting Senate Bill 1070; Pledging Aggressive Defense Of Law

PHOENIX, ARIZONA April 26, 2010. There are five candidates for Arizona Attorney General but only one supports SB 1070, helped author it and will enthusiastically defend it in court.

“I am effectively running against four Democrats. The Republican in name only, Tom Horne, does not support this bill and it would be disingenuous for him to suggest he does while simultaneously advocating amnesty and citizenship for illegal immigrants,” Thomas said.

“SB 1070 will be fiercely challenged in the courts. It is imperative for Arizona to have an Attorney General that actually supports enforcingimmigration law,” he said.

Previously, Tom Horne proposed his own plan to give amnesty and citizenship to illegal immigrants. The East Valley Tribune reported on February 14, 2007 that Horne has a “plan” to grant American citizenship to illegal immigrants who meet certain educational requirements.  Similar positions for the other three liberals in the race are well documented.

“Tom Horne’s amnesty plan for illegal immigrants is a slap in the face to law abiding people around the world who have applied for visas and waited in line to immigrate to America legally,” Thomas said.

“Many families have sacrificed and been patient in their plans to immigrate to America so that they could do so the right way, procuring a visa and entering legally.”

During Thomas’ time in office, crime rates plummeted.  The 19 percent drop is more than twice the national rate of decline, in despite of an 11 percent increase in the county’s population during that time.  The illegal immigrant population has dropped by anywhere from 18 percent (Dept. of Homeland Security estimate) to 30 percent (Center for Immigration Studies estimate). Like the fall in crime rates, this dramatic decline in illegal immigration is far greater than the average in the rest of the nation.

Thomas has a track record of successfully defending illegal immigration crackdowns in our courts, including his successful efforts to prosecute illegal immigrants for conspiring to violate the state’s human-smuggling law and to defend Prop 200’s voter ID requirements and the employer-sanctions law, which he defended along with the Attorney General’s Office.

 

If elected Attorney General Thomas has pledged to expand that office’s prosecutions of illegal immigrants under the state’s human smuggling laws. The office is not currently pursuing such prosecutions.

Thomas’ office successfully prosecuted the Baseline Killer and Serial Shooting suspects.  During his tenure he has pushed for harsher penalties against child predators and, more recently, launched an innovative program to restore Gila River habitat and pursue charges against environmental pollution there.

Thomas is married with four children.  He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.  Prior to serving as Maricopa County Attorney, Thomas served as an assistant attorney general for Arizona, deputy counsel and criminal justice policy advisor to the Governor, special assistant to the Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, and a deputy county attorney.
To schedule an interview please contact Jason Rose.  For more information about Andrew Thomas, please gotowww.ThomasforArizona.com

 

PAID FOR BY THOMAS FOR AG

Glendale needs to protect taxpayers when considering Coyotes’ future

by Carrie Ann Sitren
Goldwater Institute
 
Glendale City Council members could use a cold splash of water – perhaps with the hockey ice from Jobing.com Arena – if they finalize a deal with potential new Phoenix Coyotes team owner Jerry Reinsdorf. Council members signed a non-binding agreement earlier this month to allow Reinsdorf to sell the team in five years if it doesn’t turn a profit. Why does that matter? Because the deal also potentially requires city taxpayers to pony up $165 million for the private sports franchise. It’s a lose-lose for taxpayers and hockey fans alike.

Surprisingly, the City rejected another deal proposed by Ice Edge Holdings, which would have asked fans to pay more of the Coyotes’ operating expenses through a ticket surcharge and parking fees. Ice Edge owners also committed to making Jobing.com Arena the team’s permanent home. The City could have signed agreements with both groups and continued negotiating, but it inexplicably gave Reinsdorf the nod and sent Ice Edge packing.

Reinsdorf insists the City guarantee up to $100 million to cover his losses and demands the right to abandon the arena lease after five years with no penalties. The other $65 million might come from taxpayer-backed bonds whose proceeds would be paid to the National Hockey League on Reinsdorf’s behalf. It’s the kind of one-sided deal Reinsdorf has been known to drive. In 1983, when he threatened to move the Chicago White Sox from Illinois to Florida if taxpayers didn’t build him a new stadium, Reinsdorf explained, “a savvy negotiator creates leverage.”

But Glendale has the leverage here, and it is time for council members to start exercising it. The City owns Jobing.com Arena where the Coyotes currently play. Although the NHL could make Reinsdorf the new team owner, the City can choose not to lease the arena to him if his demands are out of line, as they appear to be now. In fact, the City cannot lease to him if he requires a subsidy because that violates Arizona’s Constitution. Glendale officials need to let this savvy negotiator know that the interest of taxpayers, not billionaire sports team owners, is all the leverage they need.

Carrie Ann Sitren is an attorney with the Goldwater Institute Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation.

Republic pushes boycott of Arizona

So far the much talked about boycott of Arizona over SB 1070 just isn’t happening.  This hasn’t stopped the media from covering the topic excessively.  Our local paper is busy pushing the boycott too, as evidenced by their front page article today

The Republic really had to scrape the bottom of the barrel to cobble this story together.  They cite a meeting cancellation by the American Immigration Attorney’s Association, who are probably annoyed that their client base of illegal aliens is being deported.   They talk about officials from the City of San Francisco, as if anyone here cares what they think.  And of course there is open borders Spanish language newspaper La Opinion.  They also talk about a few facebook pages. 

None of this is at all surprising coming from these left-wing groups, but when you’re hot to gin up a boycott, they’ll have to do.  Maybe the Republic and media colleagues are so desperate to see this go somewhere because they think Arizona should be boycotted over the law, which they opposed, or maybe they’re just annoyed that nobody listens to them anymore.

Either way, there’s no mistaking the fact that this boycott business is not a grassroots movement but an invention of the media which, no coincidence, hates SB 1070.

 

http://www.azcentral.com/business/articles/2010/04/27/20100427arizona-immigration-bill-boycott.html

The End of Buz Mills’ Campaign

As one of our newest writers pointed out Saturday in a post exposing Buz Mills and his legal problems, today, Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jeremy Duda also exposes the past legal problems of the now gubernatorial candidate:

According to court documents, Mills bilked John Mortellite out of several million dollars by arranging the sale of OPM-USA, Inc. without telling Mortellite, then buying out Mortellite’s 10-percent share of the company for much less than it was worth. Mills and his wife, Sonja, owned 90 percent of the communications company.

It all started in 1997 when Mills began talks with American Tower L.P. to sell OPM-USA, which he ultimately sold for $105 million. But he bought out Mortellite for just $1.5 million, according to court documents, without telling him about American Tower’s offer or disclosing OPM’s full value. Mills even told Mortellite to extend a vacation for several weeks to keep him from finding out about the negotiations with American Tower.

When Mortellite returned from vacation, Mills fired him. Later, at an Aug. 1997 board meeting, Mortellite agreed to leave the company and take the buyout based on an incorrect assumption about the company’s value, according to court documents. Mills didn’t tell Mortellite about American Tower’s offer, even when Mortellite’s attorney asked at the board meeting whether OPM was involved in any pending transactions.

Mortellite filed suit in Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit, where a trial court judge ruled that Mills fraudulently induced Mortellite to sign away his shares of OPM.

An expose like this is oftentimes devastating to a major political candidate. During times like these when corruption can mean the end of a political career, Mills’ attempt to storm the 9th floor with the theme of not being a politician has fallen flat on its face.

Don’t be surprised to Mills’ campaign fumble and pull out of the game we call Arizona politics.

Luis Gonzalez to Host Secretary of State Ken Bennett

Please join Republican Secretary of State Ken Bennett for a fundraising reception

When: Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Where: University Club of Phoenix
Address: 39 E. Monte Vista Road, Phoenix, AZ (Map)

$140 – Maximum Individual Contribution
$280 – Maximum Joint Account Contribution
Payable to: “Committee to Elect Ken Bennett” (Seed Money Account)

If you are unable to attend, all contributions and completed forms may be mailed to:
90 E. Catclaw Street
Gilbert, AZ 85296

To contribute online, please visit: www.BennettArizona.com

Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas to address SB1070 TONIGHT AT MESA TEA PARTY

MESA TEA Party

Meeting with

Former Maricopa County Attorney

and Attorney General candidate

Andrew Thomas

Today Monday, April 26, 2010
6:30 – 8:30 pm

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Mesa Tea Party Monday speaker:

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas

 

Andrew graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991 and moved that year to Phoenix. He has served as an assistant attorney general for Arizona, a prosecutor for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, criminal-justice advisor to the governor of Arizona, and chief attorney at the Arizona Department of Corrections. He helped draft and campaigned for the Stop Juvenile Crime Initiative, which was approved by Arizona voters in 1996.

In 2002, Andrew was the Republican nominee for attorney general of Arizona. In that year’s primary election, he won all 15 counties. In 2004, Andrew ran successfully for Maricopa County Attorney. He was re-elected in 2008. Read More… http://thomasforarizona.com/Default.aspx

Jim Deakin, helping McCain get re-elected?

The countdown for candidates filing with the Election Services starts April 26th and the last day to file is at 5 p.m. on May 26. With this deadline in mind…one starts to think about the candidates running and who should “fold” up shop and decide where to shift their support to, etc.

John McCain has been losing his political foothold in Arizona since January of this year. He picked up 53% of the potential GOP Primary vote at that point, whereas Hayworth had about 31% support. Now THESE TWO are so close in percentages that it could go either way. On April 16th Rasmussen telephone polls reported McCain at 47% and Hayworth at 42%; realistically thats within the margin of error. Two percent (2%) of that same poll preferred some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) were undecided. I’m assuming that the 2%  who preferred another candidate were supporting Jim Deakin, aka the “other JD” and the self designated “Tea Party Candidate”.

Results of a GOP Straw Poll performed on January 16 had shown that Jim Deakin was leading all registered candidates and a subsequent press release claimed that he “was in a great position to perform probably the biggest upset in Arizona politics”. It is now April 26th and most non-politically active voters that I have talked to have still never heard of Deakin or the groups that have officially endorsed him. They have however heard of JD Hayworth and John McCain. [Read more…]

Smart Girl Politics Border Clean-Up Photos

To those who still don’t believe we have a border security AND environmental problem, here are the photos to prove it. These were taken by Cactus Bill on Saturday at the border near Bisbee.

Smart Girl Politics hosted a special border clean-up in honor and memory of Rancher Rob Krentz.

As you can see the illegal aliens who cross our border leave quite a mess behind.

See the rest of Cactus Bill’s photos here.

Clark Silver to Appear on LD-12 Senate Ballot


For Immediate Release: Sunday, April 25, 2010

(LITCHFIELD PARK, AZ) – Small-government conservative Republican Arizona State Senate challenger in Legislative District 12 Clark Silver has submitted the requisite number of nominating signatures and $5 forms to be on the August 24 primary ballot and receive public funding.  While Clark has submitted more than enough signatures to qualify for a position on the August 24th Republican Primary ballot, he will continue to visit with voters and collect additional signatures prior to the May 26th deadline.

Silver entered the race to give legislative district 12 voters a true small-government conservative choice in the Republican primary. His incumbent opponent has a more moderate voting record and has been weak on border security and illegal immigration. Clark Silver desires to give the constituents of LD-12 a reliable voice in the Senate whereas the incumbent’s most recent performance reflected missing 20% of the votes in 2009.

The incumbent has also voted to over-regulate business throughout his tenure in the House and Senate.  Clark Silver believes that placing burdensome regulations on the economy, especially in the middle of a downturn, is a recipe for a slow recovery.  He also supports reducing the business personal property tax to attract more businesses to Arizona to provide more jobs to the state’s suffering jobless.

Clark Silver is a realtor and a small businessman with an understanding of the burdens government places on businesses. He has served on a charter school board and is also running for the Agua Fria High School Board. Clark and his wife, Julie, have been married 16 years and have one daughter.

To read more about Clark’s views on issues go to www.ClarkSilverforSenate.com.

¿Did John McCain just lose Somos Republicanos?

Either John McCain compromised his principles or Somos Republicanos compromised theirs.

Arizona Hispanic Republicans React To SB 1070 And We View It As An Attack Against Our Civil Rights

For Immediate Release: Friday, April 23, 2010 – 1330 hours

Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Hispanic Republicans believe that it is unfortunate for Jan Brewer to support Pearce’s bill. The greatest leaders in our nation had courage, and we believe that Brewer made her decision in an effort to save her political career. Jan Brewer’s decision will mark today as the day in which Hispanic Americans will follow the footsteps of the Great Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Pearce and Brewer do not see the unintended consequences of their actions, and it appears that they were willing to make decisions that affect us at the cost of trampling on our Constitutional Rights.

We believe this party was founded by Abraham Lincoln, a man who was instrumental in doing away with evils towards people of color. We must never forget the price Abraham paid with his own life, and for that we at least owe a fight to bring this party back to our true roots. Later, the Republican Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. picked up Abe’s mantle and helped fight the injustice of racism. Republicans in that era fought to free blacks from slavery, which gave people of color freedoms and citizenship.

It is unfortunate that our own members of the Republican Party believe that we have to trample on our Constitution in order to “enforce our laws.” We believe that Pearce is easing the requirements for “probable cause” and his attempt in expanding our government. What Pearce’s bill proves is that he does not have the answer for illegal immigration within the confines of the American Constitution, and in fact he is not solving the problem by creating more problems.

We believe United States Hispanic citizens have a right to be safe in their person from illegal searches and seizures, and we believe Pearce’s efforts are violating that. SB 1070 is a direct slap in the face to Hispanic Americans who have fought and died for several American wars because this new law can be abused by authorities to pull us over with mere “reasonable suspicion”.

That said, and even though we are taking a stance against Jan Brewer and Russell Pearce’s law, we are ultimately holding President Obama accountable. Obama promised Hispanics that he would pass immigration reform within 90 days of his Presidency. Had Obama carried out his promises to Hispanics last year, the Hispanic community would not be experiencing the crisis we are experiencing right now. There has been recent criticism over our Senator John McCain because John McCain probably feels he cannot win the primary elections due to his previous stances on championing immigration reform and the consistent untrue attacks by Hayworth. It is understandable on why McCain believes he is in the fight of his life. For the record, Senator McCain has taken action in the past while Obama has not. McCain’s valuable experience contributed to Americans winning the Iraq war. The problem is this: There are more Latinos registered as Democrats in the State of Arizona that cannot vote for McCain in the primary elections and McCain wants to win. How can these hypocritical democrat leaders lay blame to the McCain when at the very least McCain has action to back his words? Why aren’t Democrat leaders holding Obama’s feet to the fire? Hispanics are more aligned with Republican values because of our social conservative values and our belief in the Creator; and if Hispanics want to make a real change to help change the face of our Party to bring it back to the Party of Abraham Lincoln, then I call upon all Latinos (Democrat and Independent) to register themselves as Republicans in order to bring it back to those roots.

Hispanic families are agonizing over this issue. Russell Pearce has not articulated a proactive approach to what will happen to American born children and their welfare as they are ripped apart from their parents. In fact, Russell Pearce believes that children born of illegal immigrants should not be declared as citizens.

Arizona Hispanic Republicans will not vote for Jan Brewer this year because we are holding her accountable for supporting a bill that violates the Constitution and our Civil Rights. I have sounded the alarm to all Republicans in this state that the passing of this bill is political suicide.

The State of Arizona already has a blemish because we were the last state of the Union to recognize Martin Luther King as an official holiday. Arizona Hispanic Republicans will write an open letter to our RNC Chair, Michael Steele, as he continues to consider where to hold our next 2011 GOP convention. We will caution our RNC Chair to consider the consequences of that because then it could be perceived as rewarding the state that implemented strong anti-Hispanic laws that has rattled our community and our Civil Rights.