Committee Formed to Oppose Pearce Recall

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
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ed Phillips 480-648-5599
May 31, 2011 ed@edphillipsgroup.comor
  Matt Tolman 602-616-3749

Committee Formed to Oppose Pearce Recall;

protectanamericanpatriot.com Website Launched

The “Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall RC-04-2011” committee has been formed to actively fight the possible recall of Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce (R-District 18).  Organizational papers were filed Friday at the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.

The anti-recall Committee also launched a website today (www.protectanamericanpatriot.com) to help battle the recall effort and to collect donations.

Matt Tolman, Chairman of the “Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall RC-04-2011” Committee said: “We will not sit back and let out-of-state and out-of-district special interests attempt to use recall to harass and intimidate Arizona’s constitutionally elected officials. We will oppose this recall so that President Pearce and other officials can do the job for which they were elected.”

Senator Russell Pearce first served in the legislature in 2000.  He has enjoyed strong, continual support from his constituents in District 18 having been elected in all 16 of his primary and general elections. He was elected President of the Arizona State Senate in 2011. The recall is the latest in a series of attacks for his strong stands on border security and his work on balancing the state’s budget in the most difficult economic situation Arizona has faced since the Great Depression.

When told of the recall opposition effort, Pearce said: “I am so grateful that some of my friends have stepped forward to oppose this recall and defend the truth.  The personal, hurtful attacks by people who don’t even live in Arizona must stop. Working together we can bring Arizonans together and move our State forward.”

Tolman continued: “Our committee will raise all the funds needed to fight this misguided recall effort.  Outside special interests do not run Arizona government.  This is about defending the sanctity of our constitutional electoral system.  The people of District 18 support Russell Pearce and his strong defense of liberty and the constitution.”

Within the next few days, this Committee will file a complaint against the recall committee with the Secretary of State’s Office for non-disclosure of financial expenditures.

Donations to the “Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall RC-04-2011 Committee will be accepted from private individuals and corporations. Donations can be made through the website www.protectanamericanpatriot.com

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(NOTE:  Matt Tolman is available to schedule Spanish-speaking interviews.)

Paid for by Citizens Who Oppose the Pearce Recall RC-04-2011 

 

Statement by Senate President Russell Pearce on Recall Effort

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 31, 2011

“Today a group of outside interests filed petitions in an effort to force a recall election. This push is unlike anything we have seen in Arizona politics. Typically these recall efforts are created after some alleged malfeasance in office. That is of course not the case here. These outsiders don’t like my hard line on illegal immigration and my belief in balanced budgets, spending only the money you have. I am proud of my defense of liberty and the Constitution. The problem for these organizers is that my constituents support my policies and beliefs, and have shown that support in every election since 2000.

The next step in this process is for the Secretary of State’s office to verify signatures, and they have their work cut out. Recall organizers are already admitting they are turning in thousands of invalid signatures, so this campaign may die a quick death.

If they have gathered enough signatures, the good people of District 18 would go to the polls this November or March 2012. Our residents know they have a strong voice in the Legislature. I am confident the residents of the district will not be swayed by these outsiders, and will once again show their support for the hard work I do for them the taxpayers, traditional family values, defense of our Constitutional liberties and the state of Arizona every day.”

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Wright Files Signatures for Phoenix Mayor’s Race

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 31, 2011
CONTACT: Colleen Lombard

Over 3500 signatures submitted

PHOENIX, AZ (May 31) – Mayoral candidate Jennifer Wright today filed over 3500 signatures on verified Nominating Petitions with Phoenix City officials, making her eligible to run in the August 30th, 2011 mayoral election.

She said she had the signatures independently verified with a 78% verification rate and was “absolutely confident we have secured more than enough names to be in this historic race.”

“It’s always easy to say how overwhelmed a candidate is with the support being offered,” Wright said. “But in this case it is true. We started just three weeks ago, with little name identification, a few volunteers and only high hopes for this city’s future.

“Today, we enjoy broad-based volunteer support and a growing base of contributors,” she said.

Wright is campaigning on a platform to improve jobs and opportunities, increase safety and security, and ensure fiscal responsibility in city governance.

“I am the only conservative in this race and a true Tea Party Patriot,” she said. “I am giving the voters a clear choice – we can head down a new path of prosperity and security or we can continue with the failed policies of the past.”

Wright is a native of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from Marquette University, a law degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, nearly a decade of policy experience, and has worked in small businesses, large corporations, and nonprofit organizations. Wright is not only committed to the community, but has the skills and experience to get Phoenix back to business.

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Schweikert on Raising Debt Ceiling: “Right Now I Am A No”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 31, 2011
CONTACT: Rachel Semmel

REP. SCHWEIKERT DISCUSSES DEBT CEILING ON FOX NEWS: “RIGHT NOW I AM A ‘NO’”

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom this morning to discuss tonight’s vote on the debt ceiling. Below is the video and excerpts from the interview:

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SCHWEIKERT ON DEBT CEILING VOTE

“Right now I am a ‘no.’ Because I’m not sure I see enough movement to do those things that are necessary, whether it be the combination of the short term, mid-term, long-term. You have to do a whole series of systemic changes if you are going to save this country.”

SCHWEIKERT ON WHAT A ‘YES’ VOTE REQUIRES

“If you and I tomorrow put together a package saying, here’s what we are willing to cut immediately; over the next year; over the next 10 years. Layered on top of that, Senator Mike Lee and myself have a balanced budget amendment that I believe is the strongest, tightest of all of them because it avoids some of the gimmicks. You might start to put together a package that provides visibility for our citizens, but also the world market for them to know the United States is getting serious about dealing with its debt.

“The reality of it is we bleed $4.7 billion every single day. Every single day we borrow $4.7 billion. You are going to have to do everything. And you are also going to have to have an honest discussion about the entitlements. You hear us have the discussion about Medicare. Medicare hits a brick wall stunningly soon … This place is engaged in rhetoric instead of reality.

“We literally have to be in the trillions over the next decade. We are borrowing $1.6 trillion just this year. These folks that make the comments of ‘this is too hard, it’s too tough,’ they are not telling the truth to the American people about how dangerous this spiraling of debt is.”

SCHWEIKERT ON WHERE DEMOCRATS STAND ON DEBT CEILING VOTE

“You have 100 Democrats that apparently have signed a letter to Speaker Boehner saying ‘we want a clean debt vote.’ Fine, they are about to get their clean debt vote. But for everyone that will vote to raise this debt ceiling, I think they are being absolutely duplicitous and not telling the American people the truth. If you don’t tie a series of systemic changes in how we are spending our money, I believe the debt markets would crush us. They would start to raise our risk premium, raise interest rates if we were just to raise the debt ceiling without changes.

“Sunday, if you watched some of the talking head shows, how many times did you see the Democrat Member get up in front of the camera and say if we would just tax the rich or big oil? They are lying to you. Those together don’t even buy you three days of borrowing. What are you going to do with the other 362 days?”

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Many just talk; a few act. AZ Senator Ron Gould is among the few

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

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Many just talk; a few act

AZ Senator Ron Gould is among the few

By “Ben Franklin”, A m e r i c a n  P o s t – G a z e t t e
In the inexorable march of time past the vernal equinox, the desert sun takes its toll on all of us, as it pushes temperatures toward and over the 100 degree mark. Yes, it is a dry heat, but 5% humidity perform all too well as a desiccant, that drains the energy, and sometimes life, out of man, beast and plant alike as our bright sun rises higher and higher. Were it not for mechanical air conditioning, we humans would be hard pressed to live here in the Valley of the Sun during the warm months.

As with all things man made, sometimes air conditioners need repairs, and it seems, these breakdowns usually occur when our coffers are the most empty. Our state GOP has been running lean lately, and as luck would have it, the AC broke down at party headquarters not too long ago leaving the people who work there at the mercy of the weather.

Enter Senator Ron Gould, stage right. As soon as Ron found out there was a problem with the AC, he immediately went to see what he could do. Ron Gould, you see, is an HVAC contractor in Lake Havasu City. He did not have to volunteer. The man has more than enough to do considering his position at the legislature as well as his business, but like good conservatives everywhere, Gould stepped up to the plate without a second thought. This is the do-yourself attitude that built this nation and brought it to preeminence. How lucky we are that years of the entitlement mentality have not yet stamped out the can do spirit that made America great.

We at A m e r i c a n  P o s t – G a z e t t e salute Senator Ron Gould. Thanks to him, the good volunteers of the GOP can get back to what they do best, no longer in danger of resembling burgers on the “barbie”, medium-rare to medium-well. With more folks like Ron Gould, perhaps all of us Americans can get back to what we do best, and revive this country as the beacon of the free world.

Your health care doesn’t need a middleman

by Diane Cohen
Goldwater Institute

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the growing trend of “direct to consumer” lab testing, where people are able to order their own lab tests via the Internet without the need for costly doctor visits. Through a variety of labs available online, consumers can order tests ranging from checking cholesterol levels and blood sugar to a wide variety of more comprehensive testing.

The Journal article focuses on a woman who wants to closely monitor her cholesterol levels but has a high-deductible insurance plan. According to the article, she orders the tests herself using an online service that charges about $40 for the test, which, she states “cut[s] out the middleman.”

The labs post their prices on websites, fostering competition in the marketplace and enabling people to shop around for labs that best meet their medical and financial needs. These labs also complement health care savings accounts by giving patients affordable options and the ability to make informed choices about how to spend their health care savings.

With rising insurance rates, deductibles, and co-pays, these labs offer accessibility and discounted rates that provide an affordable and convenient way for consumers to take charge of their health care.

The free market can fill consumers’ need for affordable health care options. Efforts to contain health care costs should start with real reform, which would give Americans more liberty instead of government-imposed mandates such as Obamacare.

Diane Cohen is a senior attorney for the Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation.

Learn More:

Goldwater Institute: Top Medicare official predicts federal reform will hurt health care

Goldwater Institute: Coons v. Geithner (lawsuit challenging health care law)

Wall Street Journal: Worried about cholesterol? Order your own tests

Rep. Schweikert honors the troops on Memorial Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 30, 2011
CONTACT: Rachel Semmel

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) issued the following statement in honor of Memorial Day:

“We live in the freest, safest, and most prosperous nation on earth. However, this blessing has not come without a price.

“Our country has been born and bred through the selfless courage of our brave men and women in uniform. We are daily indebted to our armed forces, especially those troops from Arizona, who have fought and are continuing to fight to defend our freedom and protect us at home and abroad.

“Abraham Lincoln said it best when he addressed our nation’s defenders, ‘to you who render the hardest work in its support should be given the greatest credit…we cannot get along without your aid.’

“Joyce and I are honored to represent Arizona during today’s ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery for our first Memorial Day in Congress.

“With gratitude, we will remember all who have endured hardships, wounds, and even death so that our nation may live.

“I remain humbled and inspired by our soldiers and am committed to providing them with the resources and support they deserve. To all our troops I say, ‘thank you for your service.’”

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Supervisor Pete Rios’ Popularity Death Spiral

At the close of the Board Meeting last week, a Pinal County citizen stood to address the Board of Supervisors. As usual, Supervisor Rios told the citizen that he had only three minutes.

 The Pinal County citizen began by mentioning that over a year ago, State budget cuts and cost shifts could be anticipated. The citizen continued to respectfully address the Board of Supervisors. Suddenly, Pete Rios and fellow Supervisor David Snider started laughing and smiling at some inside joke, totally ignoring the citizen speaker. It was a display of utter contempt to and for a citizen of Pinal County.

Finally, the Pinal County citizen addressed Supervisor Rios directly: “Supervisor Rios, do you want to share with us what is so funny?”

Pete Rios immediately grabbed the gavel, pounding it furiously on the desk, yelling,” You’re out of order,” repeatedly. Spittle could be seen on Supervisor Rios’ quivering lips. Rios lost control. His behavior was bizarre and reflected badly on himself, the Board of Supervisors and Pinal County.

The Pinal County citizen stood his ground proudly. He had not disrespected the Mr. Rios or the Board. It was Pete Rios who brought disgrace upon himself and his fellow Board Supervisors.

Almost immediately, the Board of Supervisors meeting degenerated to a close and fellow citizens rush to congratulate not Pete Rios but Vince Leach, the honest citizen who called Pete Rios on his disrespectful behavior.

Leaving the Supervisors’ meeting room, I overheard a disgruntled citizen commenting about Pete Rios and his behavior, ‘These guys think they walk on water . . . until you flush it.”

Not Thelda Williams Truth Website Debuts!

It’s not difficult to see that Phoenix City Councilwoman Thelda Williams does not represent the views of her district.

This website is dedicated to informing the voters and residents of Phoenix Council District One about the out-of-touch voting record of Councilwoman Williams. Over the years, she has consistently voted against the interests of her district.

This site will detail her votes for more taxes, more spending, unions, special interests and more government.

Our goal is to make sure the voters are fully informed about Thelda Williams and empowered to make the right choice by voting her out of office and into retirement.

Visit Not Thelda Williams.

 

Tonight on the Alexander & Goldman Show: ALRA announces new radio show, Charlie Ellis for Phoenix City Council & Medicare bill fail

Tonight from 6-7pm on the Alexander & Goldman Show we will have Rey Torres and other members from the Arizona Latino Republican Association (ALRA) talk about their new radio show, which debuts next week and will run in the 7-8pm slot after our show on Saturday nights. Alice Lara and Rey have helped us greatly producing our show, and we hope to continue our close association with ALRA.

Charlie Ellis of ALRA is running for Phoenix City Council, District 5 (West Phoenix) and will join us to discuss his campaign. There will be a reception in my home for him this Friday from 6-8pm. Please join us and hear about his plans for Phoenix.

We will also discuss the Senate defeat of the GOP Medicare plan and if there’s time, the Supreme Court upholding Arizona’s employer sanctions law, and Obama’s remarks to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s about going back to pre-1967 borders and Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.

Last week’s show on why gas prices are so high and ASU’s illegal immigrant valedictorian is archived here.

Please call in at 602.508.0960 and let us know your thoughts. Tune in locally to KKNT 960 AM or listen live online at KKNT960.com, which you can access by clicking here. Click here to get weekly email updates on our upcoming shows.

McClusky: Tucson Bureaucrats Get A Car, Close A Pool

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 27, 2011
CONTACT: Sam Stone

Get a Car, Close a Pool

Tucson, AZ — While our current Mayor and City Council claim to serve the people of Tucson, evidence continues to pile up that the only people they really serve are themselves. While we’re cutting programs and closing public swimming pools, 26 City of Tucson employees continue to drive cars, fill their gas tanks and change their oil-all courtesy of the taxpayers of Tucson.

What’s worse is that these individuals are department heads and higher-ups, most of whom already make in excess of $100,000 per year, plus benefits. Not counting the gas and maintenance, the cost to Tucson taxpayers is about $161K per year. Add in the gas and maintenance and it’s easily a quarter million.

And what would it cost these individuals if they had to drive their own cars around on city business? Nothing. That’s because any individual who uses their personal vehicle for company business can deduct their mileage when they file their federal income taxes.

“Why are we closing swimming pools and leaving our streets full of potholes instead of asking these people to drive their own cars to work?” asked Tucson Mayoral candidate Shaun McClusky. “How can they look the people of Tucson in the face and say that a car allowance is more important than giving people opportunities for recreation and clean, safe streets?

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Sarah Palin ramping up for a Presidential campaign out of Arizona

I gave an interview to Arizona Family TV-3 this evening regarding Sarah Palin’s move to Arizona and the liklihood she will launch a campaign based out of Arizona. Here is the video clip from that interview:

Now my thoughts on an Arizona-based Palin Presidential campaign:

Geographically and climatically, Arizona is far different and more conducive for a nationwide campaign than Alaska would ever be. Arizona is a state that has very little to worry about climatically other than the heat and a rare shutdown of Sky Harbor’s runways over the blast-furnace temperature we experience during the summer. Where else can a national campaign set up home base and not have to worry about earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes or crippling weather? An Alaska-based national campaign that would have to run until next November would have serious challenges during the upcoming 2011 winter months.

It also makes sense geographically for Palin to base a federal campaign out of Arizona. We are one of the fastest growing states and Arizona has major transportation hubs, modern infrastructure and a technologically savvy community. We’re in a region of the country that is highly accessible to and from other parts of the country making travel more of a convenience rather than a challenge to a national campaign.

I also happen to believe that the Palin’s fell in love with Arizona during their multiple visits here over the last three years. Arizona is a great place to raise a family and be a part of a broader community. Ultimately, Americans move to places where they feel comfortable and I’m willing to bet the Palin’s feel very comfortable right here in Arizona.

Now the politics.

Arizona will have 11 electoral votes up for grabs in 2012. That makes Arizona a high priority campaign state. Arizona is also guaranteed NOT to have a home state favorite running for President in 2012. John McCain will certainly not run again and Jon Kyl has already decided to retire from politics (although I think he could be coaxed into taking a seat on the US Supreme Court). Unlike Texas or Florida where Rick Perry, Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush have been rumored as potential candidates, Sarah Palin would not have to worry about competing for the nomination against someone who has been prominent in Arizona politics for years.

I like to say that Arizona is also a crimson red Republican state with a independent maverick attitude. Arizonans are conservative but they have a discernible mistrust of government and especially the federal government. In 2010, Republicans swept all statewide seats and took super majorities in both the State House and Senate. That makes Arizona a comfortable spot for any conservative political leader and Sarah Palin fits that mold.

Palin also has a huge following here in Arizona among women, conservatives in general and a thriving Tea Party movement. Having spoken with many conservative grassroots activists over the last year, it’s obvious to me that she would have no problem building a hardcore base of support among the grassroots and party faithful. Many would be proud to adopt Palin as their own.

The other thing that Arizona has to offer a Palin campaign is organization and structure. There are several proven campaign networks and organizations already in place and no shortage of talented political strategists and operatives here in Arizona. I would not doubt that Palin would also call in some political endorsements including several from our congressional delegation whom she supported during the 2010 election cycle.

Finally, a bit of insider politics that could make an Arizona-based Palin campaign a real game changer. At a national level, everyone knows that Palin poses a competitive threat to Michele Bachmann. Here in Arizona, a Palin campaign poses a serious threat to Mitt Romney. During the 2008 Presidential Primary, Romney did very well in the East Valley especially with the LDS community. Having Palin stake out home territory here in Arizona would clearly lay down a challenge to Romney’s campaign not to take Arizona for granted.

Will Sarah Palin run? As I said in my interview, my source indicates that she is ramping up very quickly. She’s just launched a bus tour of several states including a stop in New Hampshire and she’s due to release a personal documentary that is sure to draw crowds, interest and likely donors. There’s so many things right with an Arizona-based campaign that it only makes complete sense that another Arizonan will venture into the fast and furious waters of presidential politics.

 

 

AZ Republic and liberal columnist denounce dropping Stapley prosecution

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, May 27, 2011

Republic: [Dropping the charges] was not vindication [of Stapley]
Columnist E.J. Montini: Prosecutor ought to pursue charges vs. Stapley

When the Arizona Republic and its most liberal columnist, E.J. Montini, who usually writes columns attacking Sheriff Arpaio, agree with us that someone is corrupt, then there is no doubt something is really, really wrong. Even the liberals at the Republic cannot sit back and ignore all the evidence piled up against Stapley. The Republic and Montini both wrote columns yesterday expressing disappointment that the criminal charges against County Supervisor Don Stapley were dismissed by Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores. Flores alleges that she had to drop the charges because the prosecution was botched, but Montini is having nothing of it. Why doesn’t Flores fix the problems and prosecute him herself? It’s pretty obvious to everyone observing that Stapley’s powerful connections are helping him skate.

Here are some excerpts from the articles:

Montini: “Prosecutor ought to pursue charges vs. Stapley”

This is not how the justice system is supposed to work, unless you live in Arizona.

Here, it’s normal.

It must be, because no one seems to be complaining.

The prosecutor looking into accusations against Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley says that he is probably a criminal but that she’s not going to prosecute him.

Stapley then declared his “long nightmare is over,” said he is “relieved and grateful” and, oh yeah, wants the county (that’s us) to give him $10 million.

Why not? It’s Arizona.

For more than two years, Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores has been reviewing an investigation of Stapley by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (under former head Andrew Thomas).

Stapley is suing the county for investigations he described this week as “abusive, indefensible, illegal attacks.”

In her review of the case, Flores said, among other things, “We cannot avoid the fact there have been significant sustained and pending findings of unprofessional and unethical conduct by major players.”

At the same time, however, Flores said, “We believe Stapley committed seven felony offenses for which we have sufficient evidence to go forward with prosecution.”

The allegations involve false swearing on financial-disclosure documents. Flores won’t pursue them because “the way in which the investigation and prosecution of Stapley progressed was fundamentally wrong, and to pursue further criminal actions against Stapley would be a miscarriage of justice.”

Then again, isn’t letting someone who’s suspected of crimes walk away a miscarriage of justice?

Particularly because doing so may help that suspect collect millions from a lawsuit?

“We are mindful this decision allows a suspect whom we believe to be guilty to go unprosecuted,” Flores wrote in explaining her decision.

Exactly. And what kind of message does that send?

In addition to the charges of false swearing against Stapley, Flores commented on the roughly $140,000 in (unregulated) campaign funds Stapley collected to win an uncontested, volunteer position with the non-profit National Association of Counties.

Reports indicate at least $86,000 was spent on personal items, including a fabulous family trip to Hawaii, and that some of the donors benefited from votes Stapley cast as a supervisor.

According to an article last year by The Arizona Republic’s JJ Hensley and Craig Harris, five donors who contributed $35,000 later did business with the county, while two others did business with the county and then contributed a total of $7,000.

One example included a $5,000 donation to Stapley from the Arizona Rock Products Association.

Within a month, Stapley moved to award a $1 million county contract for some of the association’s members who won a competitive bid.

Of that behavior, Flores said, “The pure depth, duration and nature of Stapley’s ‘gift’-related conduct is significantly of a more sinister nature than the reported conduct of elected officials involved in the Fiesta Bowl matter.”

But still no prosecution?

Flores said of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the County Attorney’s Office, “The vast record is littered with behavior so egregious that a reasonable person’s sense of fairness, honesty and integrity would be offended.”

I believe it would. I also believe that a jury of reasonable people would understand that the bad behavior of investigators didn’t cause (and shouldn’t excuse) the bad behavior of a defendant.

A person might even argue that suggesting jurors couldn’t separate the “egregious” actions of investigators from those of a criminal defendant would, to borrow a phrase, offend “a reasonable person’s sense of fairness, honesty and integrity.”

Arizona Republic Editorial: “This was not vindication”

By opting to drop all charges against Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley, Gila County Prosecutor Daisy Flores effectively has ended the legal case against the supervisor.

Stapley is correct that his “long nightmare is over.” Breathe easy at last, Mr. Supervisor.

But as Flores made abundantly clear, Stapley cannot claim anything remotely like “innocence.”

The only innocents in this long-running drama are the county taxpayers Stapley is suing for $10 million in damages.

As for the other seven charges, Flores concluded they had merit – in at least four of the felony charges, abundant merit.

Despite concluding in her review that “we believe Stapley committed seven felony offenses for which we have sufficient evidence to go forward with prosecution,” Flores found that, alas, “sometimes, the guilty are permitted to go free because of the way in which an investigation or prosecution was conducted.”

The charges against Stapley that Flores believed had merit involved a fund the supervisor created in 2004 to run for the executive committee of the National Association of Counties. Getting elected as an officer of the association would require no real campaigning. Stapley ran unopposed for an unpaid, volunteer position with a non-profit organization.

Yet, over four years, he collected nearly $140,000 for his “campaign” fund, a fund that would pay for furniture, a sound and video system, a $12,042 trip to Hawaii and, reportedly, hair transplants, among many other personal expenditures.

Relating the gambit to a more recent scandal involving dubious gifts and campaign contributions – the Fiesta Bowl mess – Flores concluded what Stapley did was far more “sinister”:

“While making no comment on the Fiesta Bowl matter itself,” Flores said, “the pure depth, duration and nature of Stapley’s ‘gift’ related conduct is significantly of a more sinister nature than the reported conduct of elected officials involved in the Fiesta Bowl matter.”

More disturbing was the list of individuals and organizations that responded to Stapley’s solicitation letters with contributions. Several of those contributors would benefit from votes Stapley cast as a supervisor. As Flores concluded, Stapley had found what he believed was an “end run around campaign-finance laws” designed to prevent just this sort of influence-peddling.

“It is absolutely inconceivable that Stapley would think that he had no duty to disclose tens of thousands of dollars worth of donations as gifts on his financial-disclosure statements,” she wrote.

Even by her decision to dismiss certain charges, such as the accusations of theft, Flores made it clear that Stapley’s behavior left the prosecutor feeling soiled: “Although Stapley’s personal use of the money was immoral and unbecoming of an elected Arizona public official, it was not illegal.” This is what Stapley considers vindication?

Along with numerous other county officials, Supervisor Stapley is pursuing a lawsuit against Maricopa County taxpayers, claiming he was “damaged significantly” by people those taxpayers put into office.

As Flores made abundantly clear, the case against Stapley went too far. But that is a far cry from saying he was innocent. And it certainly shouldn’t cause him to reap a big payday from taxpayers.

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Friday Poll: Whose your pick for Tucson Mayor?

This Friday’s poll will focus on the race for Mayor of Tucson.

Tucson is a tough municipality to get elected as a conservative. The current mayor, Bob Walkup – a Republican, was elected in 1999 and won re-election twice. He will not be seeking a second term.

This leaves the field to four candidates: Shaun McClusky, Jonathan Rothschild, Ron Asta and Marshall Home. Two other candidates, Jon McLane, a Green Party candidate, withdrew and threw his support behind Republican Shaun McClusky. Another candidate, Thomas Lombardi, a Democrat also withdrew from the race.

As we go to post this poll, we have some questions regarding the credibility of Marshall Home as a candidate. If anyone knows whether Mr. Home is still in the race or is not qualified to run, please let us know.

(The poll will remain open until next Friday and will limit repeat voting.)

Sheriff Babeu: Mr. President – Protect America First

May 26, 2011

Sheriff Paul BabeuPresident Obama says the border is more secure than ever, declared the border fence complete and said, “these people will never be satisfied, until we build a moat and put alligators in the moat.” We don’t need a moat or alligators in Arizona – we simply need the federal government to do their job and secure the border!

Last year, 219,300 illegal immigrants were apprehended in just one sector of Arizona and many with violent felony criminal records. The US Border Patrol estimates another 400,000 made it safely past them in Arizona and now reside in your community.

If the majority of regular illegal immigrants can sneak into America, what does this say about the ability of terrorist sleeper cells? The porous US/Mexican border is the gravest national security threat facing America. This is no longer just a political fight to stop Barak Obama from giving amnesty to over 12 million illegals, it’s also about protecting our nation from terrorist threats. Thousands of illegal entrants hail from State Department countries of interest–Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and others. In some cases, we have confirmed their troubling ties to terrorism. Yet for those we apprehend, how many today live amongst us?

If the border is secure, why did the feds post 15 Billboard signs in Pinal County warning American citizens; Danger – Public Warning – Travel Not Recommended, due to armed drug cartel smuggling? This is 70 miles into Arizona, where Homeland Security confirms that no fewer than 100 of our beautiful mountains have been repurposed as lookouts for the Mexican Drug lords.

America can secure the border if we replicate the success of what was accomplished in the Yuma Sector. The Yuma Sector has now attained a 96% reduction of illegal border crossings. The Senator McCain/Kyl 10-Point Border Security Plan is developed largely from the learned successes of the Yuma Sector during Operation Jump Start.

This plan calls for immediate deployment of 6,000 armed soldiers for a period of two years. While soldiers are deployed, the double barrier fence is completed with video surveillance, lighting, sensors and roads to support rapid deployment of US Border Patrol. Thirdly, fully enforce the law without any diversion option.

We need focus on the solution to secure our border, not on a path to citizenship or amnesty for 12 million. If President Obama were sincere, why did he not pass immigration reform in his first two years, when he had supermajorities in the House and Senate? Instead, in a purely politically and racially divisive manner, he says he’ll fight now when there is little hope of passage. The President has failed to fulfill his core constitutional duty to protect America.

President Obama led us to believe he would end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We’re no closer to leaving than when he made these false promises. He bombs Libya for humanitarian reasons and yet ignores the outcry of neighboring Mexico in their war against the drug cartels, which have claimed over 35,000 lives and nearly toppled their government. Mexico is America’s second largest trading partner and we share nearly 2,000 miles of porous border, which presents a far graver national security threat than anything we face in the middle east.

Mexico is not our enemy. The cartels are the enemy of Mexico and America. They have brought their violence here to America. Local Sheriffs can’t fight them alone. We can address this growing threat, or we can make jokes, laugh and believe the border is more secure than ever.

Respectfully,

Paul Babeu, Sheriff
Pinal County, Arizona
President, Arizona Sheriff’s Association
2011 National Sheriff of the Year

(Sheriff Babeu is also a retired Army Major and served as the Commanding Officer for Task Force Yuma)

 

 

 

Russell Pearce: Major Victory for Arizona and the American Worker

The U.S. Supreme Court has handed our great state a significant victory. It upheld our 2007 law penalizing businesses for knowingly hiring workers who are here illegally. No longer will companies be able to ignore the rule of law and hire illegal aliens, shutting out legal Arizona workers. With the highest unemployment in a generation, we must do all we can to get Arizona back to work, and this ruling means those here legally will not have to compete with the illegal crowd. That is great news.

In 2007, I sponsored HB 2779, the “Fair and Legal Employment Act”, because I knew something needed to be done to stop the profits-over-patriotism crowd. These companies ignored the law and hired illegals, because it was cheap labor, but certainly not cheap to the Arizona taxpayer. In the cost of $2.6 billion to educate, medicate and incarcerate illegal aliens. Now, with this Supreme Court ruling, the state has the clear right to require employers to verify work eligibility status of all new employees. The E-verify system puts the responsibility for verifying documents on the government, with 99.7% accuracy.

Now that our efforts have proven to not only be the right thing to do but to also be politically popular, you are seeing people who have fought us looking to claim credit. Then-Gov. Napolitano did sign HB 2779, but that’s not the whole story. She opposed this bill and just about every effort we made to crack down on illegal immigration, but the writing was on the wall. We were collecting thousands of signatures to put a tougher measure on the ballot. Napolitano had no choice but to sign this bill, to avoid that tougher law. All you have to do is look at her efforts as Secretary of Homeland Security to know that she believes in non-enforcement of our immigration laws.

The message is now clear to any business that is still considering hiring illegals. If you do so, you will face sanctions, and you could lose your license to operate. This is indeed a “death penalty” for those businesses that choose to hire those here illegally. Fewer illegals means more job openings for citizens looking for work. We are hoping to bring down the “help wanted” sign in our state.

 

Illegal aliens are getting the message that they are not welcome in Arizona. Tens of thousands of illegals have left the state since we began our efforts to crack down on illegal immigration. It is working, and our state’s taxpayers are paying less for emergency care at our hospitals and paying less for education at our schools. Our efforts are making a difference, and we will keep up the fight, with attrition by enforcement.

So what does this new ruling mean for the fate of SB 1070? I’d say it looks good. In his majority ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the employer sanctions law “falls well within the confines of the authority Congress chose to leave to the states.” That is at the heart of the fight over SB 1070, and Justice Roberts is making it clear a state has the right, and in fact the duty, to uphold and enforce federal laws. It is becoming pretty clear that the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold SB 1070.

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US Supreme Court rules for AZ

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
Thursday, May 26, 2011

 

US Supreme Court rules for AZ

States can yank licenses for companies that hire illegal aliens

By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
 
 8:34 AM PDT, May 26, 2011
 
The Supreme Court on Thursday gave Arizona and other states more authority to take action against illegal immigrants and the companies that hire them, ruling that employers who knowingly hire illegal workers can lose their license to do business.

The 5-3 decision upholds the Legal Arizona Workers Act of 2007 and its so-called business death penalty for employers who are caught repeatedly hiring illegal immigrants. The state law also requires employers to check the federal E-Verify system before hiring new workers, a provision that was also upheld Thursday.
 
The court’s decision did not deal with the more controversial Arizona law passed last year that gave police more authority to stop and question those who are suspected of being in the state illegally. But the ruling is likely to encourage the state and its supporters because the court majority said states remained free to take action involving immigrants.
 
Thursday’s decision is a defeat for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, several civil-rights groups and the Obama administration, all of whom opposed the Arizona law and its sanctions on employers. They argued that federal law said states may not impose “civil or criminal sanctions” on employers.
 
But Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said another portion of the same law made clear that states were free to use their “licensing” laws to punish employers. Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. formed the majority in Chamber of Commerce vs. Whiting.
 
The Arizona law upheld Thursday was signed into law by then-Gov. Janet Napolitano, who now serves as secretary of Homeland Security for President Obama.
 
In dissent were Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor. They said federal law prohibited states from imposing their own immigration-related rules on employers. Justice Elena Kagan sat out the case.
 
Soon after the Arizona employment law went into effect, lawyers for the chamber and civil-rights group sued, contending it was preempted or trumped by federal immigration laws. But a federal judge and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Arizona measure. The Supreme Court affirmed those decisions Thursday.
 
Roberts noted that eight other states had passed similar laws. They are Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
 
The other Arizona law involving police enforcement has been challenged – successfully, so far – by the Obama administration and civil-rights groups. They say enforcement of laws against illegal immigration is exclusively in the hands of federal authorities. A federal judge and the U.S. 9th Court of Appeals have put that Arizona law on hold. Gov. Jan Brewer said she planned to appeal the issue to the Supreme Court.

 

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