Archives for May 2011

Arizona Senate: U.S. Supreme Court Supports Arizona Law on Illegal Immigration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 26, 2011
CONTACT: Mike Philipsen

Court Backs “Fair and Legal Employment Act”

(Phoenix, State Capitol) —The U.S. Supreme Court this morning upheld an Arizona law that penalizes companies for knowingly hiring illegal aliens and requires firms to use the E-verify system.

The law came out of HB 2779, the Fair and Legal Employment Act, sponsored in 2007 by then-Rep. Russell Pearce, now Senate President.

“Arizona was the first state in the country to enact legislation to prevent illegal aliens from working. Now, the highest court in the land has given its legal authority to this law. Arizonans should be proud,” says Pres. Pearce.

Then-Gov. Janet Napolitano signed the bill into law, but that was only because of the threat of a tougher initiative going to the ballot. “Make no mistake, Gov. Napolitano did NOT support this legislation, and serving in the Obama administration, she has been fighting us all along the way. Now that a huge majority of Arizonans are behind this, she is trying to rewrite history, and suggest she is a strong supporter. We know the truth,” says Pres. Pearce.

In his ruling for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts said the employer sanctions law “falls well within the confines of the authority Congress chose to leave to the states.”

“That is an important statement. That sends a pretty clear signal to me that we are headed for U.S. Supreme Court support for SB 1070, as well,” says Pearce. “This is a huge victory for America and the American worker. It is a defeat for the open-borders, profits-over-patriotism crowd. It is a death penalty for employers who continue to hire illegals and displace American workers.”

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Tyler Vogt: Open Letter to Tucson City Councilwoman Shirley Scott

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 24, 2011
CONTACT:  Vince Luongo

Tucson, AZ – Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dear Mrs. Scott:

I am writing to inform you that I have officially submitted my paperwork to run for City Council, Ward 4 in the 2011 Tucson City Election.

I offer you the opportunity to resign from this race with your dignity and your reputation intact. If you choose to remain in the race, you will be opting for a complete exhibition of your performance as a city council member. This information will be presented to the public without personal attacks. It is, after all, your record.

Our city’s future is at stake and the citizens of Tucson cannot afford to have the city continue in decline as we are currently witnessing. The citizens of Tucson deserve to have a knowledgeable, motivated individual seeking to change our city’s course from the sunset of past failures to the dawn of Tucson’s prosperous future.

I am that motivated individual and I take this election and our city’s future as an imperative “must win” situation, both for my family’s future and our city’s longevity. I believe the citizens of Tucson will agree.

Respectfully,

Tyler Vogt

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www.Vogt4Tucson.com

 

 

Video: Mayor Scruggs on the Phoenix Coyotes

Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs discusses the city’s challenging effort to keep the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team stationed in Glendale.

World Bank Study: Freedom Boosts Economies

by Byron Schlomach, Ph.D.
Goldwater Institute

In a happy coincidence, I saw a new World Bank study on entitlements and economic growth on the same day a lawsuit against cuts to Arizona’s Medicaid benefits was filed. The World Bank study provides evidence that while reinstatement of the Medicaid benefits might help some right away, in the long run it would likely hurt us all economically, including the people the lawsuit seeks to help.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit want to restore Medicaid spending on adults with incomes above the federal minimum and up to the poverty level. Arizona has covered these individuals under a voter initiative passed in 2001. A tobacco tax was supposed to cover the expense, but it has never come close to funding the population covered by the initiative, requiring general funds to make up the difference. The legislature reduced this expense in an effort to balance the state’s budget.

The World Bank study looks at 100 nations over the last 30 years. It finds that economic and political freedoms, where individuals decide how to earn and spend their money, boost economic growth. Entitlements—tax-supported benefits like health care and welfare—either do not enhance economic growth or negatively affect it.

The lesson is that while social spending might be based on good intentions, entitlement programs can harm both those who make social spending possible and the recipients. As the author of the World Bank study put it, “For developed countries, [the study’s results] suggest that prioritizing economic freedom over social entitlements could be an effective way to reform the welfare state and make it more sustainable and equitable in the long run.”

In other words, deregulation, low taxes, and limited market interference make a society more prosperous, which ultimately reduces the need for social spending.

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

Learn More:

Goldwater Institute: Put Arizona on a Real Budget: New Spending Limit Can Restore State’s Fiscal Health

World Bank: On the Relevance of Freedom and Entitlement in Development

KTAR: Lawsuit challenges AHCCCS cuts as unconstitutional

PCSO Participates in Multi Agency Tactical Detail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2011
CONTACT:  Tim Gaffney

Florence, AZ – The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Team attached with U.S. Border Patrol’s “BORTAC Team 5” has completed another operation to deny, degrade, disrupt and dismantle drug and human trafficking operations in Pinal County. The latest detail ran from May 11th – 13th and 18th – 20th. The operation was focused in the Vekol Valley area.

Participating in the detail were law enforcement members from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Department of Public Safety, U.S. Border Patrol Tucson and Yuma Sectors, Bureau of Land Management, Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Enforcement and Removal Operations, CBP Office of Air and Marine, Tohono O’odham Police Department, Gila River Police Department, Eloy Police Department, U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Arizona and the Arizona National Guard.

During the six day operation agencies combined arrested 60 suspects, the seizure of 5,433 pounds of marijuana, $115,630 in cash, and 4 firearms. In addition, 5 stolen vehicles were recovered, 7 suspects were prosecuted federally and 38 suspects were prosecuted at the state level. Below are some examples of the cases we were involved with.

May 11th at 1:40 a.m. a group of 12 people were spotted carrying backpacks believed to be containing Marijuana just south of Interstate 8. The group was followed to a location approximately 30 yards south of Interstate 8 where they stopped underneath some brush.

Pinal County SWAT and BORTAC Team 5 moved in and engaged the group. Part of the group was taken into custody under trees at that location along with 10 backpacks of marijuana. Several of the suspects fled south from that location and were captured with the assistance of air support. A total of 10 suspects were apprehended, along with a total of 10 marijuana backpacks (492 lbs), along with a solar charger and other electronic items used for counter surveillance. The suspects and marijuana were turned over to GIITEM for investigation and prosecution.

May 11th at 3:00 a.m. a passenger truck with a flatbed trailer was seen stopped on the south shoulder near milepost 154 on Interstate 8. The driver was observed acting suspiciously, and was observed taking an item from a parked semi trailer at that location and loading it onto his trailer. The truck with the trailer then got back on Interstate 8 and began to travel eastbound. A traffic stop was conducted on the truck on Interstate 8 east of Montgomery Road by AZDPS, Pinal SWAT and Bortac Team 5. The driver was later identified as Hector Armando Quiroz (age 49 of Bonita, California). He was questioned, and subsequently admitted stealing a large crate from the parked semi trailer.

The owner of the semi trailer arrived back at his trailer while this was taking place, and contact was made with him by AZDPS. The semi trailer owner advised that the crate taken contained a turbine worth approximately $100,000. AZDPS then escorted the semi driver to the location of the stop. The semi trailer owner recovered the turbine at the scene of the stop. Quiroz was turned over to PCSO Patrol, and they took the theft case and prosecution on the Quiroz.

May 12th at 11:00 p.m. a group of 8 individuals was observed walking north approximately 3 miles south of Interstate 8 . These 8 individuals walked to I-8, and crossed over the interstate. Pinal SWAT, BORTAC Team 5, and Pinal K-9 moved in to apprehend these individuals, with air assistance. The subjects all fled northwest from that location.

At 2:30 a.m., one of the 8 individuals was apprehended and turned over to Border Patrol. The remainder of the individuals was unable to be located.

May 13th at 8:53 p.m. AZ DPS was involved in a pursuit with a vehicle which was reported stolen out of Glendale. The pursuit ended near Arizona City, and the driver fled on foot. The driver was apprehended by PCSO after a short fight with the deputies. The driver was turned over to AZ DPS for charging.

May 13th at 11:13 p.m. a truck was observed traveling “blacked out” south of Interstate 8. The vehicle was tracked to a location, where it was parked and a driver and passenger were seen “brushing up” the vehicle and leaving it. The driver and passenger were then seen “bedding down” approximately 100 yards from the vehicle.

With the assistance of air, Border Patrol Agents moved in on the driver and passenger, and one of these subjects was taken into custody. Pinal SWAT with BORTAC Team 5 moved in on the vehicle, a 1999 Ford F250, and secured it. The subject in custody was turned over to GIITEM for prosecution. The registration on the vehicle came back to a false address, and the vehicle was seized. The vehicle was a “supply” vehicle used to re-supply scout locations with food, etc.

May 18th at 10:35 p.m. units spotted bodies loading into a car on I-8 east bound. The vehicle then proceeded eastbound on I-8. Pinal SWAT members set up ahead of the vehicle to deploy spikes if needed, and AZDPS initiated a traffic stop. Gila River PD and Pinal SWAT/Bortac Team 5 backed up the DPS unit. The vehicle contained 4 Hispanic males believed to be “scouts”. These subjects were turned over to AZDPS GIITEM and Border Patrol for prosecution.

May 19th at 8:40 p.m. ICE Detention saw multiple subject loading “packs” into a large truck that was also accompanied by two small sedans. These vehicles traveled east on I-8 from that location. With the assistance of ICE and Air, units were able to catch up to the vehicles. A high risk traffic stop was conducted by Gila River PD, BORTAC Team 5 / PCSO SWAT, ICE Agents and AZDPS GIITEM on all three vehicles at approximately milepost 158 on I-8. The passenger of the truck fled, and was quickly apprehended by BORTAC Team 5 K-9. All occupants (total of 8 bodies) were taken into custody, and it was discovered that the cab of the truck had 8 bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 174 lbs.

May 19th at 9:45 p.m. the air unit advised that it had located bodies south of I-8 between Russell Rd and Murphy Rd.. Pinal SWAT and BORTAC Team 5 moved into the location with the assistance of air. No bodies were discovered, and it is believed that the heat signatures were residual from bodies that had been in that location, but made it out before ground units could move in.

May 19th at 10:32 p.m. Pinal SWAT and BORTAC Team 5 had a “blacked out” Ford truck pass one of our elements near Stanfield Road. After passing our personnel, the vehicle immediately fled at a high rate of speed west of Stanfield Rd., and into the desert area. Ground units were unable to maintain a visual on the truck as it traveled further south west into the desert area. Pinal/Bortac attempted to track the vehicle, but eventually lost sign as it traveled toward the gas pipeline road.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “These multi agency details have a much greater impact than just in Pinal County. Pinal County is the number one pass through county in America for drug and human trafficking because of the roadways and terrain. The cartels of Mexico have between 75 to 100 lookout posts through this known drug and human smuggling corridor. They use these high vantage points to ensure their loads, whether they are humans or drugs, make it through. Some of these loads stop in Phoenix but many of them are sent throughout the United States. I appreciate the assistance provided by all of these law enforcement agencies to disrupt the cartels activities. We need this continuous law enforcement presence to help protect America until the border is truly secured.”

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Clint Bolick on Freedom Watch

Goldwater Institute litigation director Clint Bolick joined Judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox Business Network’s Freedom Watch to discuss his new book Death Grip, about the need for more economic liberty.

Cave Creek’s recent move respects the voters

by Christina Kohn
Goldwater Institute

Thanks to a new agreement signed by the Goldwater Institute and the Cave Creek Unified School District, the tax dollars of district residents are safe for now. In April, the Goldwater Institute sued the district because it decided to spend bond money on projects not approved by the voters. In its agreement with the Goldwater Institute, the district promised to delay spending the funds until a judge determines whether the expenditures are legal.

At issue is whether districts can spend bond money on projects voters have not approved. In November 2000, Cave Creek District voters approved a $41.6 million bond program for the primary purpose of constructing new schools. After building two elementary schools, the district had $13 million left over, which it decided to use on other projects instead of spending it on other approved purposes or paying off the bonds. To give the school district legal cover, the legislature passed a special law allowing certain school districts to redirect bond money from voter-approved projects to projects school board members prefer.

The Goldwater lawsuit challenges the deal on two grounds. First, the district breached its contract with voters. Second, the new law violates the Arizona Constitution’s special law clause, which prohibits governments from passing laws that don’t apply equally to all.

Courts in five other states – California, Nebraska, Texas, Florida, and West Virginia – have recognized that contracts between a government and voters in a bond election must be protected. Arizona courts should likewise uphold this contract between the Cave Creek voters and the school district.

Christina Kohn is an attorney with the Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation.

Learn More:

Goldwater Institute: Friedman v. Cave Creek Unified School District

Goldwater Institute: Promises, promises: Cave Creek School District violates contract with voters

Arizona Republic: Cave Creek district renovation projects to begin in March

SCOTUS telegraphing an outcome on Arizona Immigration Laws

SCOTUS Blog has a post today, “Tea leaves from 2010,” suggesting that Chief Justice John Roberts will be writing the opinion on the December case, Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting.

That’s a good sign for those advocating in support for Arizona’s recent immigration laws, including SB 1070.

According to Marty Lederman who writes today’s post:

I think it’s a fair bet that the Chief has kept the Arizona case for himself. It’s an important federalism case in its own right, perhaps especially the aspect dealing with the federal E-verify program; and of course the decision could have a significant impact on the fate of the Ninth Circuit’s recent holding that sections 2(B) and 6 of Arizona’s more recent immigration-related law, S.B. 1070, are preempted—a decision that could be before the Court as soon as next Term (depending on whether there is any en banc review).

There are obviously several questions to be answered in this case including the primary issue of federalism but given Robert’s inclination to support the arguments supporting Arizona, which were observed during arguments, this latest assignment of opinions likely bodes well for Arizona law and citizens.

Tonight on the Alexander & Goldman Show: Gas Prices and ALRA on ASU’s illegal immigrant valedictorian

Tonight from 6-7pm on the Alexander & Goldman Show we will discuss gas prices, why they have remained high, and how to fix them.

During the first part of the show, we will interview Rey Torres from the Arizona Latino Republican Association (ALRA) about an ASU’s valedictorian, an illegal immigrant.  We will also discuss the DREAM Act, which Harry Reid reintroduced last Wednesday to the Senate.

Last week’s show interviewing national security expert Tom Trento about radical Islam and ALRA member Rudy Pena about Newt Gingrich running for President is archived here.

Tune in locally to KKNT 960 AM or listen live online at KKNT960.com, which you can access by clicking here.

Friday Poll: GOP Presidential Picks

It’s mid May, 2011 and we thought it would be a good time to take the temperature of the GOP Presidential Primary race again. This time, there are officially announced candidates as well as a few who have officially bowed out.

The poll will remain open until next Friday so be sure to share it with your friends online!

To add a little wackiness to the poll, here’s a little graphic we thought we’d include.