Newt Gingrich – the Enviro-Liberal – Again!

The last I reported on Newt Gingrich we caught him shilling for Al Gore and Al Gore’s green enviro-wacko initiatives, having made a commercial with Nancy Pelosi.

Well, as the Gipper used to say, “Here we go again.”

This time we catch Newt shilling for Ethanol “clean fuels.”  Not just shilling, but he was hired as their lobbyist!

This “industry” is subsidized by taxpayers on two sides – direct subsidies to growers – and an ethanol “surcharge” at the pump, as ethanol costs more than plain gasoline, meaning you pay more at the pump to buy it.  Additionally, for that extra charge you get lower gas mileage and, ironically, produce more particulates per mile due to that lower gas milage (burning more material in your engine for the same gas mileage as you would burn with just plain gas.)

Seriously, are there still conservatives out there who think Newt is one of us?

How many times does he have to flaunt his globalist-elitist enviro-wackoism before you take him off your “conservative hopefuls” list?  Does he need to come over to your home and flash his “green” card credential or show you his membership card in the Council on Foreign Relations?

Please, scratch him off your “conservatives” list once and for all.

Teaparty, y’all!

Supervisor Wilcox vindicated by corrupt cabal of conflicted characters

A m e r i c a n  P o s t – G a z e t t e

Distributed by C O M M O N  S E N S E , in Arizona

Friday, January 28, 2011

Wilcox suing County for $4.75 million over prosecution, claims it hurt her restaurant business
In reality, her restaurant had major ignored health violations including a terrible score of 69 where 0 is the best score

Corrupt County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox
Corrupt County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox

Sonoran News
by Linda Bentley
January 20, 2011

PHOENIX – On Jan. 18, Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores announced her office will not pursue the public corruption charges against Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox initiated last year by former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Wilcox was indicted on charges of forgery, false swearing, and perjury, in addition to 18 felony conflict-of-interest counts, as well as failure to disclose a $450,000 loan from the Community Bank of Nevada in 2005.

After a judge determined Thomas’s office had a conflict of interest in prosecuting the case, it was transferred to Flores’ office for review.

Wilcox and her husband Earl filed a notice of claim against the county for $4.75 million in May, stating this investigation was devastating to their family over the past two years.

In a television interview Tuesday Wilcox said it was a day of gratitude, “We have been vindicated. Everything has been cleared.”

When asked about what kind of damages she suffered as a result of this two-year long investigation, Wilcox stated, “Our restaurant, people were scared to come to El Portal,” the restaurant owned by Wilcoxes.

People may have been scared to go to the Wilcoxes’ restaurant, but it probably had nothing to do with the corruption charges and most likely had to do with the ongoing abysmal health department inspections consisting of repeated major violations beginning in March 2008.

By March 2009, the inspection yielded the warning: “Due to repeated, severe, and/or numerous violations noted on this inspection, legal action is being initiated. Failure to permanently correct violations noted on this inspection may result in probation and/or closure of your establishment.”

They were warned again in June after the worst inspection ever recorded against El Portal, with a score of 69 (restaurateurs strive for a score of zero), eight major violations and three repeat major violations.

Several of the violations noted were to be corrected prior to the next inspection. However, when the inspector arrived on Nov. 9, 2010, he noted the doors were locked and he was unable to gain entry.

The inspector tried again on Nov. 15 but the doors were still locked. He noted in his report, “Left a message on the front door requesting information as to whether they are still operating and what hours of operation are. Made an inquiry at neighboring business and was told they haven’t opened in at least a couple of months.”

Wilcox went on to say in her TV interview, “We knew that we had done nothing wrong. We knew that when an independent prosecutor could look at it – Daisy Flores being that prosecutor – that she would evaluate and look at everything and see that there was nothing wrong. And that’s what she decided.”

Independent? Not so fast.

If the case was transferred out of Maricopa County due to any sort of conflict, when it arrived at Flores’ office, the conflicts quadrupled.

Let’s start with the conflicted cast of characters beginning with Peter McKinn, the Top Rank boxing promoter, who wrote a bad $5,000 check to Ramon “Yori Boy” Campas in March 2004. The check, as we previously reported, was never made good, but McKinn and his coconspirators, which included Wilcox, concocted a fraudulent scheme that included a forged cash receipt for $5,000 accompanied by a falsely sworn affidavit signed by McKinn’s associate supposedly signed by Campas’ trainer Joe Diaz.

McKinn, who has since admitted to manufacturing false evidence against Diaz, conspired with Wilcox, who used her position as chair of the boxing commission and as Maricopa County supervisor, to not only cause Diaz to lose his boxing license instead, but to have the charges against McKinn dismissed.

While Wilcox used her appointed and elected offices to help cover up McKinn’s crimes, her husband Earl Wicox, used his position as special assistant to Governor Janet Napolitano and as husband of a Maricopa County supervisor, who sets the judicial budget, in an attempt to influence a judge to dismiss the criminal charges against McKinn, a long-time friend of the Wilcoxes.

And, because Napolitano was apprised in writing of these acts and did nothing, Diaz says she was a co-conspirator in the scheme to frame him and prevent McKinn from being charged for his crime.

On Nov. 18, 2010 McKinn entered into a plea agreement, pleading guilty to issuing the bad check and attempting to cover it up. His sentencing is coming up on Feb. 7.

Diaz has long questioned why McKinn’s criminal charges were transferred to the Gila County Attorney’s office. After all, McKinn issued the check in Phoenix. Diaz said he was told by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office there was a conflict of interest because Wilcox is a county supervisor.

While all this was going on, a bar complaint was lodged against Thomas, a Republican accused of being politically motivated in filing charges against Wilcox, Supervisor Don Stapley, a superior court judge and others, oddly, engaged the services of Attorney Ernest Calderon, a Democrat.

It turns out Calderon is also representing Flores and her husband Dr. Timothy Trent. Calderon filed a notice of claim on their behalf on Nov. 17, 2009 for $2.4 million against the Globe Unified School District after the governing board terminated Trent’s contract as district superintendent.

While Wilcox proclaimed on the news that Flores was an “independent prosecutor,” on April 6, 2005, Governor Janet Napolitano’s office issued a press release to announce Napolitano’s “appointments to Arizona Boards and Commissions during the month of March.”

The list of those appointed to Napolitano’s Latino Advisory Board included, Flores, Wilcox and Calderon.

Also noteworthy is Wilcox, a 28-year public official hails from Superior, a stone’s throw from Globe, Flores’ home town. Both towns are in Gila County. Calderon is from Morenci, just across the San Carlos Indian Reservation from Globe, in Greenlee County.

On Tuesday, newly seated Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery stated, in response to the Wilcox public corruption matter, “Absent any additional evidence, I do not intend to request further review of this matter by an outside investigatory or prosecuting agency.”

It would appear funneling both McKinn’s and Wilcox’s cases to Gila County was deliberate, where Flores, who has sat on an advisory board with Wilcox, and who is using the same attorney Thomas engaged while he prosecuting the Wilcox corruption charges, is not just a casual appearance of conflict of interest but highly conflicted.

Flores has already indicated in McKinn’s case, because he is a first-time offender, he could be eligible for probation.

And, in dismissing the other underlying charges, which included conspiracy, it would appear Flores will be letting Wilcox off the hook again.

If the conspiracy charge is dismissed against McKinn, can Wilcox still be considered a coconspirator?

Was Flores’ plea agreement with McKinn engineered as such for that purpose?

Diaz said he firmly believes it was.

court judge and others, oddly, engaged the services of Attorney Ernest Calderon, a Democrat.

It turns out Calderon is also representing Flores and her husband Dr. Timothy Trent. Calderon filed a notice of claim on their behalf on Nov. 17, 2009 for $2.4 million against the Globe Unified School District after the governing board terminated Trent’s contract as district superintendent.

While Wilcox proclaimed on the news that Flores was an “independent prosecutor,” on April 6, 2005, Governor Janet Napolitano’s office issued a press release to announce Napolitano’s “appointments to Arizona Boards and Commissions during the month of March.” The list of those appointed to Napolitano’s

Advisory Board included, Flores, Wilcox and Calderon.

Also noteworthy is Wilcox, a 28-year public official hails from Superior, a stone’s throw from Globe, Flores’ home town. Both towns are in Gila County. Calderon is from Morenci, just across the San Carlos Indian Reservation from Globe, in Greenlee County.

On Tuesday, newly seated Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery stated, in response to the Wilcox public corruption matter, “Absent any additional evidence, I do not intend to request further review of this matter by an outside investigatory or prosecuting agency.”

It would appear funneling both McKinn’s and Wilcox’s cases to Gila County was deliberate, where Flores, who has sat on an advisory board with Wilcox, and who is using the same attorney Thomas engaged while he prosecuting the Wilcox corruption charges, is not just a casual appearance of conflict of interest but highly conflicted.

Flores has already indicated in McKinn’s case, because he is a first-time offender, he could be eligible for probation.

And, in dismissing the other underlying charges, which included conspiracy, it would appear Flores will be letting Wilcox off the hook again.

If the conspiracy charge is dismissed against McKinn, can Wilcox still be considered a coconspirator?

Was Flores’ plea agreement with McKinn engineered as such for that purpose?

Diaz said he firmly believes it was.

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Pseudo Republican Hispanic Group Seeks to Recall Senator Russell Pearce

She’s back…

Today, Dee Dee Blase of Somos Republicans filed paperwork forming a political committee to recall State Senator Russell Pearce. The committee, using the name Arizonans For Better Government, is based out of a P.O. Box based in Scottsdale (document). Senate President Russell Pearce serves in Legislative District 18 which only covers west Mesa. A total of 7,756 valid signatures must be collected by May 27th in order to force the recall for the ballot.

Today’s committee announcement was probably in the works as Somos Republicans anticipated legislation forcing clarification and enforcement of the 14th Amendment. That legislation was introduced today and likely triggered the recall. As much as Senator Pearce has been on the forefront of efforts to tighten illegal immigration law, he is not the prime sponsor on the legislation. Instead, Senator Ron Gould and Representative John Kavanagh are the prime sponsors along with multiple co-sponsors. No recall efforts have been launched against either Gould or Kavanagh.

At the heart of the legislation is the Fourteenth Amendment, Section 1 which states the following:

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

The operative clause in that section is “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” Many anti-illegal immigration advocates believe that birthright citizenship should not be determined based on one’s GPS location at the moment of birth.

Blase is no stranger to confrontational politics. On the Somos Republican website, visitors will find constant verbal attacks on conservative Republicans such as congressional candidate Janet Contreras, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and Governors Jan Brewer and Sarah Palin.

Recall campaigns are extremely difficult to win first, in obtaining the number of valid signatures and second, through winning in the election process.

Having worked in west Mesa legislative campaigns, I believe this effort will fail and may actually be more of a public relations stunt to bring exposure to Somos Republicans cause.

Good luck Dee Dee but I will be supporting the efforts of Senator Pearce and the Arizona Latino Republican Association.

ALRA Special 2nd Amendment Event with Alan Korwin

The Arizona Latino Republican Association kicks off the Año Nuevo with renowned gun rights expert and author, Alan Korwin.

Date: Saturday, January 29, 2011
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Garcia’s Restaurant
Address: 2212 N. 35th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ (map)
Cost: $16 (buffet includes drink)
RSVP: alicelara@hotmail.com
Official Website: http://latinogop.org/

Here is a recent video clip of Alan on CNN

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AHCCCS transplant data appears to show only 10 mortalities out of 129 transplants performed between 2005-2008

Submitted by Steven Daglas of Arizona 98.

This group has also submitted a proposal for 26 Funding Solutions which can be found here.

Just came across the following AHCCCS transplant data.  I have not seen this reported anywhere yet.

The data appears to indicate excellent survival rates for most of the transplant patients, but I have not had a chance to run this by a medical professional yet.

This is not an official statement, but primarily seeks to lend some additional context.

Note: Liver transplant mortality records for 2006 were apparently not kept or have been lost by AHCCCS.

You’ll find the original data and links to the source material below in a simple table format:

AHCCCS Historical Transplant Success Rate for AHCCCS Members > 21 years old
HEART TRANSPLANTS – CYE 2005 – CYE 2008 2005 2006 2007 2008
Transplants 12 15 10 4
Mortality 3 2 0 0
Survival 9 13 10 4
AHCCCS Transplant Survival Rate 75% 87% 100% 100%
Source: http://www.azahcccs.gov/ reporting/Downloads/ Transplant/HeartTransplants_ CYE05-08.pdf, page 1
LIVER TRANSPLANTS – CYE 2005 – CYE 2008 2005 2006 2007 2008
Transplants 8 18 14 15
Mortality 3 post transplant Not reported 1 0
Survival 5 ? 13 15
AHCCCS Transplant Survival Rate 63% ? 93% 100%
Source: http://www.azahcccs.gov/ reporting/Downloads/ Transplant/LiverTransplants_ CYE05-08.pdf, page 1
LUNG TRANSPLANTS – CYE 2005 – CYE 2008 2005 2006 2007 2008
Transplants 1 single lung (SL);

2 double lung (DL)

6 DL 4 DL 4 SL; 1 DL
Mortality 1 in 2007 0 0 0
Survival 2 6 4 5
AHCCCS Transplant Survival Rate 66% 100% 100% 100%
Source: http://www.azahcccs.gov/ reporting/Downloads/ Transplant/LungTransplants_ CYE05-08.pdf, page 1
PANCREAS – KIDNEY SIMULTANEOUS TRANSPLANTS,
PANCREAS AFTER KIDNEY TRANSPLANTS AND
PANCREAS RETRANSPLANTS – CYE 2005 – CYE 2008 2005 2006 2007 2008
Transplants 2 Pancreas after Kidney (PAK);

3 Simultaneous Pancreas/Kidney (SPK)

1 PAK;

4 SPK

2 SPK 1 PAK;

2 SPK

Mortality 0 0 0 0
Survival 5 5 2 3
AHCCCS Transplant Survival Rate 100% 100% 100% 100%
Source: http://www.azahcccs.gov/ reporting/Downloads/ Transplant/ PancreasTransplants_CYE05-08. pdf, page 1

A Message from Robert Graham

Robert Graham for Arizona

January 24, 2011

Dear Friends, Supporters and Fellow Conservatives,

First and foremost my wife Julia and I wanted to thank everyone for their overwhelming support and faith in my ability to lead the Republican Party in the State of Arizona. We would also like to congratulate Tom Morrissey for his victory as AZGOP Chairman. This experience has humbled our family and has increased our growing love for those valiant souls working so hard to protect our God-given freedoms in this blessed nation.

We have witnessed and participated in an historic movement to return to the principles and values which made this great nation. TEA Parties and other conservative activist groups lead the charge in defending our freedoms. Their efforts are tireless and never ending. Transparency, participation and accountability are hallmark outcomes as we fought and continue to fight to secure the blessings of liberty.

We must not forget the purpose, goal and privilege our forefathers bestowed upon us when drafting the Constitution of the United States of America.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” – Preamble, Constitution of the United States of America

Voters define election outcomes, including disappointments, victories, success and failures. Regardless of whether your candidate won or lost, do not lose your enthusiasm, your commitment or your courage to keep up the fight against those so willing to erode the fabric of this great nation.

As I said in my speech… “We stand for something and what we stand for is the complete opposite of our liberal opponents. I didn’t say Democrats. I said liberals because liberalism is the disease we are fighting and you can be sure that liberals don’t just exist in the Democrat Party.”

Even in the Preamble of the Constitution, the goal is stated “…form a more perfect Union.” With unity around the correct values and principles we will find strength to defend. We will find momentum to succeed and we will find courage in numbers.

To build this great party we must:

  1. Invite everyone who believes in Freedom.
  2. Invite everyone who believes in the Constitution.
  3. Invite everyone who believes Personal Responsibility.
  4. Invite everyone who believes Life is sacred and the Family is supreme.
  5. Invite everyone who believes our Rights are God-given.

With this momentum we must renew our determination to restore the Republican values to the White House. Do your best to support your newly elected Republican state leaders. The best leaders will learn from you and grow from your examples. Don’t dilute your effort with the pride of this outcome. It is time to renew our commitment and go to work.

We love and respect all of you. We have promised my commitment and we will work to build the party, increase transparency and raise the bar of accountability. The Grahams are not going anywhere!! Let us work together to build our party. Furthermore, let us make every effort to find victory for our values in the upcoming elections.

God bless you and God bless America.

Our love and prayers to everyone,

Robert & Julia Graham

McCain Obama’s 2012 Campaign Manager?

Tipping my hat with a thanks to Seeing Red for bringing this excellent analysis to our attention.  Following the events of last Saturday, I felt it was especially necessary to re-post this article “Obama 2012 Campaign Manager: John McCain” as published in “The American Thinker”.   Author Jeannie DeAngelis kicks a field goal from 65 yards out straight and true.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/01/obama_2012_campaign_manager_jo.html

It’s clear as 2012 approaches that a similar blueprint of calling attention to a failed presidency could help unseat Barack Obama from the Oval Office.  Yet rather than continue to turn up the heat to accomplish that goal, one particular politician appears to be confused about what side of the aisle he should sit on.  That politician is…yes, you guessed it: that poster child of bipartisanship, the always civil and moderate John Sidney McCain.

Thanks Johnny!

House Bill 2534 and Senate Bill 1136: PAChyderm Coalition opposes unlimited casino gambling

by Don Goldwater

The PAChyderm Coalition has been a consistent opponent of unlimited casino gambling in our state and a consistent advocate for private property rights.  We want to make it abundantly clear that we have not and will not waver from those fundamental positions, regardless of outside influences within or without the Party.  In this case, a red herring has been inserted into the argument trying to bridge a gulf too wide by connecting these two issues as if one conflicts with the other.

House Bill 2534 and Senate Bill 1136 are clearly structured to support the above positions.  The argument that passage of these bills will somehow reduce private property rights is simply false.  These Bills consist of five simple sentences written in unambiguous, layman language.  Let’s go to the core of the issue by looking at the specific language:

A.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this article:

1.  A city or town located in a county with a population of more than three hundred fifty thousand persons may annex any territory within an area that is surrounded by the city or town or that is bordered by the city or town on at least three sides if the landowner has submitted a request to the federal government to take ownership of the territory or hold the territory in trust.

2.  The annexation of territory pursuant to this section is valid if approved by a majority vote of the governing body of the city or town.  The annexation becomes immediately operative if it is approved by at least two-thirds of the governing body of the city or town.

B.  For the purposes of this section, “submitted a request to the federal government” means the landowner has made an application to the federal government as required by a specific federal statute or regulation.

Unfortunately, the position taken by Rep. Farnsworth goes against states rights and Arizona’s right to self determination and supports federal supremacy (Department of Interior) that have chosen to subvert the will of Arizonans who approved Prop. 202 in 2002 and to subvert the Gila River Land Replacement Act signed President Ronald Reagan.

The property rights this bill addresses are special rights that are not available to any other property owner in our state.  None of us can convert private land into a sovereign nation and then build a casino in violation of the IGRA and the Gila River Replacement Act.  The foundation of these acts go specifically to preventing the placement of Las Vegas style Casino gambling within a city.  Of utmost importance is the fact that twenty three tribes signed the Indian Gaming Compact and only one tribe has used surreptitious means to violate the rules they gave their oath to support.

If the Tohono O’Odham Tribe is successful in their action to violate the Compact, you can be sure that Las Vegas style gaming casinos will appear down the street from a school near you, thanks to future actions by one of the other 22 tribes that up-to-now have honored the Compact, but will feel justified in following the above unlawful actions.

The PAChyderm Coalition strongly urges you to contact your state senator and state representatives and respectfully advocate for their support for this important legislation.  If you do not know the direct line for your legislator, you can call the Capitol Switchboard, 602-926-5999, and ask for them by name.  The e-mail address uses the following format:  the initial of their first name followed by their last name followed by @azleg.gov.

The path to jobs is not through the red ribbon

by Byron Schlomach, Ph.D.
Goldwater Institute

Since 2007, Arizona has lost 300,000 jobs, more than 10 percent of total employment. So it’s understandable our elected officials are anxious to bring more jobs to the state. Governor Jan Brewer and other state officials want to create a Commerce Authority armed with $25 million for grants to businesses as enticements to locate here. They often point to the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) as a model. A close look at the TEF, though, raises questions about how effective it really is.

The TEF makes grants to private companies to encourage them to locate in Texas. From 2004 to 2010, Texas gave $412 million to various enterprises ranging from a mattress company to Frito-Lay to Facebook. According to state statistics, these giveaways directly “bought” 54,269 jobs, which means each of these jobs cost Texas taxpayers an average of $7,600, assuming these jobs would not have been created anyway.

Making the model especially popular among politicians is TEF’s claim that a single $2 million grant resulted in a $3.5 billion investment in oil refinery expansion. This stretches credibility when Texas is already a top refining state and $2 million is a mere drop in a $3.5 billion bucket.

At $7,600 per job, $25 million would buy fewer than 3,300 jobs when we need 100 times that many. But that’s not a call to increase the fund budget. With a 2012 deficit of $1.1 billion, we simply can’t afford this. Not to mention that the money for the fund would come from tax revenues paid by businesses who are already here. Nothing like forcing people to subsidize their competition…

Arizona would do well to follow Texas’s most effective economic development policies, including a reduction in income taxes, elimination of excessive business regulations, and more use of our natural resources. Those policies might not come with ribbon-cutting ceremonies that allow elected officials to take credit, but they do bring jobs.

Dr. Byron Schlomach is director of the Goldwater Institute’s Center for Economic Prosperity.

Learn More:

Texas Comptroller: An Analysis of Texas Economic Development Incentives 2010

Texas Governor: Texas Enterprise Fund Grant Listing

The Economist: America’s Future: California v Texas

Filmmaker Bob Bowdon to Speak in Phoenix About Education Reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 25, 2011
CONTACT: Tom Jenney, (602) 478-0146

Cartel viewing helps Arizona kick off National School Choice Week

When: Tuesday, January 25, 6:00 to 8:30 pm

Where: Goldwater Institute, 500 E. Coronado Road, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Who: Bob Bowdon, Director of “The Cartel”
Tom Jenney, Arizona director, Americans for Prosperity

What: The Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity, in partnership with the Education Action Project Foundation, is hosting a viewing of The Cartel (www.thecartelmovie.com) for National School Choice Week (January 23 – 29, 2011) (www.schoolchoiceweek.com). The Cartel is an award-winning documentary about corruption in public education and the promise of school choice. Cartel director Bob Bowdon will be present to talk about the making of the film and about the future of school choice in America. AFP Arizona Tom Jenney will update guests on the status of school choice legislation in the current legislative session. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided. Please arrive early, as the film will begin at 6:15.

RSVP: http://schoolchoiceweek.com/Event/afparizona

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Bruce Ash on the Recent GOP Election

Here is the latest audio clip of National Committeeman, Bruce Ash, on the recent election for Arizona Republican Party Chairman.

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Guest Opinion: Sheriff Dupnik recall effort is confident

Reprinted from The Cholla Jumps (HT to James Kelly)

The effort to recall Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik is gaining strength and the leaders of the effort have great confidence in its accomplishment. The executive director of Americans Against Immigration Amnesty, Dan Baltes has over 4,000 members locally in Pima County. He told me that over 200 volunteers are ready to hit the streets with the petitions to gather the necessary signatures to force a recall. “We have businesses in Tucson who have offered to have the petitions at their place of business for customers to sign and approximately 200 Pima County Registered Voters who have volunteered to gather signatures. We also have 200 signs being sent to Tucson to be used for the recall effort.”

January 28th, a protest is planned at the Pima County Sherriff Office Headquarters. Local TEA Party activists have organized the event.

I brought up a couple of issues that were discussed by a number of people this last Saturday at the Arizona GOP state convention.

Why not just put a war chest together to help the conservative candidate win in 2012?

“It’s important to do it now while the issues that brought Dupnik to national attention are still fresh. We believe the momentum is with us to do it now as opposed to waiting two years.”

Will you have the support of the GOP leadership?

“It doesn’t really matter, this crosses party lines. I have received hundreds of e-mails in support of the recall from Democrats and Independents alike. This will be grassroots will of all the people of Pima County and as the momentum builds I think we will see local party leaders supporting the effort.”

Will this be a sustained effort for the long haul or is it just a publicity stunt?

“We are in it for the long haul; I wouldn’t go out with a national appeal for support and then just abandon the whole thing. Ultimately it will be the signatures of the people of Pima County that bring it to fruition but they should be encouraged that so many people nationally will support them.”

Is there anyone waiting in the wings to run for the office presently?

“ Some people have shown interest but it will up to the people of Pima County.”

Mr. Baltes will be on Fox and Friends Monday morning discussing the recall effort. A Facebook page called Recall Sheriff Dupnik states its purpose as “Sheriff Dupnik has abused his position as the top law enforcement officer of Pima County, potentially endangering the case against the perpetrator of attempted assassination of Congresswoman Giffords, and the murder of (as of now) six people.”

An interesting side note: the State Senate in Phoenix may decide to hold hearings on the impeachment of Sheriff Dupnik. Senate staff is seeking names of credible sources to subpoena them to testify. (This is a strong possibility from an unimpeachable source in the Senate). The crux of the investigation will be on if the Sheriff follows his own rules of conduct and if he has purposely muddied any aspect of the overall investigation of the murders and assaults that took place in the Safeway parking lot on January 8th.

Pima County Sheriff’s Department Rules and Regulations:

Chapter 7, Section XXII, see pg. 62

“No member, while acting in an official capacity, shall make any oral or written statement to the media, which presents a personal opinion or point of view.”

(source: http://pimasheriff.org/about-us/rules-and-regulations/ )

A correction to TCJ’s column is below from Dan Baltes,

“I will be in Tucson for a scheduled press conference at 2:00 January 28 to officially announce the kickoff of the recall . I do plan on dropping by the protest to introduce myself and give them petitions but we are not organizing the protest.”

“Sheriff Dupnik abandoned his oath, potentially compromised an ongoing investigation of a mass murder and disparaged the good people of Pima County. His actions warrant a forceful, immediate and a clear message to be sent to him and any other elected official that voters will not tolerate statements such as those made by the Sheriff. In this case a recall is both warranted and appropriate”.

“The recall effort itself is non partisan (AAIA is a non partisan rule of law organization) and as with anything, once the effort gains momentum, there will be those who will join in and support it”.

“We have heard from some imminently qualified people who are considering a possible run against Sheriff Dupnik should his recall be successful. Let’s not put the cart before the horse however. Our first order of business is a successful recall effort. There will be plenty of time for candidates to decide if they wish to run in and eventual recall election”.

Mr. “Smith” vs the elite

A m e r i c a n  P o s t – G a z e t t e

Distributed by C O M M O N  S E N S E , in Arizona

January 23, 2011

A single vote seals the deal

Tom Morrissey is elected Chairman of AZ GOP by wide margin

 
Jimmy Stewart could not have outdone the grassroots in Saturday’s Arizona GOP party election. In the famous 1939 movie, “Mr. Smith goes to Washington”, Stuart played the part of every man – one of us – a hard working, play by the rules guy who got elected to Congress and upset the establishment by being honest and outspoken in a plain, folksy style.
Just as in the film, our real life opposition candidates are part of the establishment elite, endorsed by the ruling class of Washington, and firmly rooted in the top-down structure favored by the purveyors of the big tent theory and tacit, open border ideology. They were eloquent and polished. Morrissey was direct and folksy, but his down to earth message resonated with the swelling ranks of increasingly sophisticated people, many from the strengthening Tea Party movement. They know the code words and voted accordingly.
Sometimes real life trumps fiction. When the original conservative candidate, Bruce Ash, had to step down for reasons of health, the Tea Party and grassroots were left with nobody to represent them. Tom Morrissey agreed to run, but had only 72 hours to put together a campaign and implement it.
Not only did Morrissey win, he took the first position with increasing margins during each successive ballot. The third time around, Morrissey won as he topped the minimum vote-threshold by a single vote. His nearest competitor trailed far behind, nowhere close to the minimum number of votes required to take the chairmanship. Were it not for that one vote, the state meeting would have been thrown into yet another round of voting, but that solitary vote saved the day.
There is a lesson in all this. We the people have to stay energized and engaged in the politics of our nation. There is nothing less to lose than liberty itself if we fail, and failure is not an option. We owe it to the Founding Fathers and all those who have fallen in battle fighting to preserve our freedom. Fight we must and fight we shall until our ship of state is once more upright with all sails unfurled, sailing at flank speed. The Tea Party has risen to the cause and will lead us forward into the bright sunshine of tomorrow. We thank you.
God bless America.
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Speaker Adams: Setting the Standard for Arizona Pension Reform

The vast majority of Arizonans don’t realize just how much of their tax money pays for the pensions of those who work for the government. Arizona has one of the most generous retirement systems in place. That’s why you will often see lawmakers retire from the legislature only to run for a judicial position like justice of the peace or a statewide office – both types paying more than the meager $24,000/year the legislature pays.

With the budget crisis continuing to loom over a return to economic prosperity, one Arizona lawmaker is taking a very personal and professional step in reforming the system of elected Arizona’s multi-faceted retirement system.

Meet Kirk Adams, Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Arizona Legislature. Speaker Adams has chosen to withdraw from this system and forgo receiving his pension. He believes that it’s time to send a message that those who work for the government need to sacrifice and set the example. Adams also believes that Arizona’s government pension system is sitting on a financial bubble and it’s only a matter of time before that bubble bursts.

We’ll let Fox 10 Phoenix show the interview that aired on Sunday:

GOP House Speaker Withdraws From Retirement Plan: MyFoxPHOENIX.com

Off to the Races!

 

Romney Wins New Hampshire Republican Straw Poll

Results

35% Mitt Romney

11% Ron Paul

8%  Tim Pawlenty

7%  Sarah Palin

5%  Michelle Bachman and Jim DeMint

Tom Morrissey wins Arizona Republican Party Chairman

With 677 votes (676 votes required), Legislative District 20 Republican activst, Tom Morrissey has won the seat of Arizona Republican Party Chairman.

In the intial round of balloting, Morrissey managed to outpace Ron Carmichael by only 8 votes but that margin grew as Republican State Committeemen entered a second round of voting.

By the end of the second round, former Pinal County Chairman Marty Hermanson trailed in last place out of four candidates. His second-round loss cut him out of further balloting.

Conservative businessman and former gubernatorial candidate Robert Graham remained in third place in all three round of voting and was never able to close the gap.

Upon the announcement, Morrissey supporters cheered wildly as Carmichael supports began to leave the meeting. Ron Carmichael gave a brief concession speech in which he thanked supporters and called for unanimous acclimation in the election of Tom Morrissey.

Other candidate who won include Linda White as Secretary and Timothy Lee as Treasurer.

Morrisseys next challenge will be to raise money, hire staff and recruit volunteers to continue Republican success heading into 2012.

Congratulations to Tom Morrissey as the new Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.

PRESS RELEASE: HB2424 Legislation Introduced to Reform Probate Court

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 20, 2011

Arizona could become National leader with new laws

 January 19, 2011-Phoenix, ARIZONA – Following multiple reports of devastating abuses involving Arizona probate court,   Arizona State Representative David Smith (R – Carefree) sponsored legislation that would make Arizona the nation’s leader in judicial probate reform.  House Bill 2424 seeks to remedy rampant financial exploitation and abuses by Arizona’s probate court-ordered fiduciaries and others in the court system. The concerns over probate abuses have been widely documented in the media and in a report to the United States Senate submitted in September 2010.

When asked about his motivations, Representative Smith shared in an interview with the Arizona Republic’s Laurie Roberts: “I was concerned about the articles I read in the paper, some of the abuses that you point out.  In fact, I knew some of the people involved in one case.”

Sherry Lund, who is advocating for HB2424 said, “We are fighting for probate reform so no other Arizona family will suffer from the horrific abuses in the current system.  Such reform is overdue and new laws are the solution.”

HB2424 will become the national standard for probate reform.  The current draft includes:

  • Improving oversight of probate court system by establishing an advocacy panel appointed by the Governor, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and President of the Senate. 
  • Allowing wards, or their families, to request a change of fiduciary annually.
  •  Protecting financial interests of persons in probate by “capping” certain fees while requiring the court to establish a fee schedule for others.
  •  Developing stronger fiduciary accountability by requiring a monthly accounting of expenditures.
  •  Ensuring the civil liberties and wishes of the ward are upheld and respected.
  •  Implementing stricter qualifications for probate judges.

 One of the key pieces of the new bill is the ability to replace the court appointed fiduciary annually. The case of Marie Long has been one of the most egregious stories of exploitation. When Mrs. Long was placed under the care of a court appointed fiduciary she had a $1.3 million estate, yet it was completely depleted within 4 years leaving her penniless and dependant on the state.    When asked about the provision to allow for a change of fiduciary, Jon Kitchel, attorney for Marie Long said if it includes trustess, “Unquestionably, she’d still have her money.”

Laura Knaperek, who is working on behalf of victims of probate abuse said on the bill being introduced, “At the end of the day, probate court is about families.  If abuses are occurring in the probate system, families are suffering.  This legislation is an important first step towards protecting families.  I’m very honored to work for HB 2424 with Representative Smith and the other co-sponsors.”