Rep. Daniel Patterson In His Own Words

Daniel PattersonSonoran Alliance intercepted the following email message from Arizona State Representative Daniel Patterson to his Democrat colleagues:

Colleagues — The allegations against me are lies. I have not been arrested, charged, served or invoked immunity.

It seems I am being blackmailed by a person with bad mental health problems and a violent criminal history I only recently realized the severity of. When I asked this person to please consider moving out of my house, to protect my daughter, she went in to [sic] a rage. She attacked me, but I never hit her.

The truth will come out. You should not rush to judgment, please.

Members, I ask you please to call me to discuss my side of the story, the truth.

Then there is this little tidbit from The Yellow Sheet Report:

ETHICS COMPLAINT ‘POLITICALLY MOTIVATED’

Patterson also struck back at his caucus for calling for his resignation and filing an ethics complaint – moves that Patterson said were politically motivated. “Sometimes, they have a lynch mob mentality in politics. People want to elevate themselves by throwing someone else under the bus,” he said. Although he said on multiple occasions that he doesn’t hold anything against his colleagues and that he likes and respects Campbell and Hobbs, he said that he suspects they are trying to bolster their own political image at his expense. Campbell’s call for him to step down, he said, was driven by the fact that he was “one of the more independent members of the Democratic caucus, and some of the Democratic Party bosses in Phoenix don’t like that. Maybe they’re hoping to replace me with a yes-man who will toe the party line.” Hobbs, meanwhile, was seeking a cause to build her Senate campaign around: “Katie has always been a crusader on these types of issues. Maybe this is something she thinks will help her in her Senate campaign.” But, ultimately, he said, he works for his constituents, not his party leaders. Patterson attended the floor session today, but was only present to record his attendance. During the multiple COW calendars, he was not on the floor, but he returned for the third reading of bills.

 

First: The Wake-Up Call

On Wednesday, the Arizona Senate delivered a wake-up call to all Arizonans who value religious liberty. Religious liberty – a first freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment – is in jeopardy. The Arizona Senate failed to pass CAP-supported HB 2625that would amend current state law and stand against the Obama administration’s federal health care mandates, both of which compel employers who provide health insurance to pay for abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptive drugs even in violation of sincerely held religious beliefs.Proposed by our friends at Alliance Defense Fund and Arizona Catholic Conference, HB 2625 is crucial to protecting the religious freedom of faith-based organizations and employers that have a religious objection to contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs, by simply allowing them to be exempt from the intrusive government mandate. The legislation does not block anyone from getting these medications. The debate centers on who will pay for it.

I’ve repeatedly said that CAP does not take a position on family planning or birth control. We do, however, take a very strong position in support and defense of religious liberty. Neither the government nor an individual should be able to compel anyone to violate his or her religious beliefs, and HB 2625 seeks to ensure that this does not occur.

Stand With Us For Religious Freedom
Yesterday Senator Nancy Barto moved to reconsider the HB 2625 vote, meaning that the Senate can vote again on the bill at a later date. Take time today to stand with us by taking the steps outlined in our Action Alert.

Now: the Praise Report – 4 Major Victories!
  • HB 2036 Passes Senate – The same Arizona Senate passed major, life-affirming legislation to prohibit abortions past 20 weeks and strengthening Arizona’s informed consent requirements. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 20-10 and now awaits a final House vote before going to Gov. Brewer.
  • HB 2626 to expand Arizona’s empowerment scholarship accounts program is on the Governor’s desk.
  • HB 2712, a bill to protect minors from harmful content on school and public library computers is also on the Governor’s desk.
  • HB 2770 to protect the religious liberty of university professors passed the Senate 21-9 and awaits a final House vote.

Things are moving fast – follow all the legislative action on our Facebook page or our Bill Tracker.

Dr. Tackett in Tucson!
On April 21, Dr. Del Tackett, creator of Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project, will be in Tucson for an exclusive CAP event at Victory Worship Center. Come explore God’s unique calling for you to engage to meet needs in the community around you and discover the specific opportunities you have to make a difference right where you live. Click here for details and to register.

A Movie Worth Seeing!
Take time this weekend to see the latest life-affirming movie, October Baby, now showing in 6 AZ theaters. This movie is the powerful story of a young woman in search of hope for the future, and what she finds is that life can be so much more than what you have planned.

CD-8 Jesse Kelly on Sean Hannity’s Great American Panel

Congratulations to CD-8 Congressional candidate Jesse Kelly for his recent appearance on Sean Hannity’s show.

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Kirk Adams Tells Another Whopper

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
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Adams receives $5000 donation from McCain’s PAC         

2 weeks later, he tells a Tea Party he doesn’t know whether McCain is supporting him – then throws a fundraiser with McCain

Do we need another liar in Congress?
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Marco Rubio Endorses Mitt Romney

At this point in the Primary, does anyone doubt this Republican Party ticket?

Romney Rubio "Believe in America Again"

 

FDIC sues over risky land loan to Stapley

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, March 27, 2012

FDIC lost $5.5 million on “unsafe and unsound” loan given to Stapley        

Loan was listed on 2009 County Attorney indictment against Stapley

More corruption involving lame duck Maricopa County Supervisor Don “the Don” Stapley, this time involving a loan he was being investigated for by Sheriff Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Stapley lied about his assets in order to obtain this unscrupulous loan. Arpaio and Thomas tried to prosecute him for lying about his assets on financial forms. It is unfortunate Stapley was able to fend off prosecution, it ends up costing taxpayers more now that another government agency has to take up the slack and follow through.  We heard that the FBI was at county offices yesterday. No wonder Stapley has announced he is not running for reelection, nor for any other office. The Phoenix Business Journal article is below.

“Stapley was accused of inflating his assets and lying about his real income by Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office investigators to obtain loans from Silver State and Mortgages Ltd.    , including the $5.5 loan detailed in the FDIC lawsuit against the Silver State bankers.”

Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley tied to Silver State Bank loan

Phoenix Business Journal

by Jennifer Johnson

March 24, 2012

 

Earlier this week, the Phoenix Business Journal wrote about four former Silver Statebankers who were sued by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.    for making risky land loans to developers.

The lawsuit describes more than a dozen loans made to six developers that involved what regulators described as unsafe and unsound underwriting practices. In an interesting twist, one of the developers was Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley.

The $5.5 million Stapley loan described in the FDIC lawsuit was relatively small compared to borrowers such as Las Vegas developerThomas Jurbala, who told ProPublica he received about $100 million in loans from Silver State over a decade. Stapley and entities he owned also received other loans from Silver State, but only one $5.5 million loan is cited in the FDIC lawsuit against the four Silver State bankers for unsafe and unsound banking practices.

FDIC LOSSES

Stapley has not been accused of any wrongdoing, but the FDIC said it lost more than $5.2 million on the $5.5 million loan he received in September 2006.

This loan is interesting because in 2009, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office indicted Stapley on 27 separate felony counts-and one of those counts is linked to Stapley’s $5.5 million Silver State Bank    loan.

Investigators from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office accused Stapley of initiating a complex scheme to defraud banks into lending him millions of dollars so he could develop high-end residential properties.

The loan matter is just a chapter in the highly charged dispute between Stapley and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio that included the East Valley supervisor being arrested in a county parking garage and ended with two rounds of indictments and charges against him being dropped. It shows some of the complicated, convoluted and sometimes questionable lending and real estate business practices that permeated the Arizona marketplace during the last land boom and bust. Indictments brought against Stapley by Arpaio and former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas were dismissed or dropped.

In the second round of indictments, Stapley was accused of inflating his assets and lying about his real income by Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office investigators to obtain loans from Silver State and Mortgages Ltd.    , including the $5.5 loan detailed in the FDIC lawsuit against the Silver State bankers.

Stapley is an East Valley Republican who was briefly in the race for Arizona’s new 9th Congressional District but dropped out earlier this month.

STAPLEY PROJECTS

Back in 2006, Stapley and entities he owned were involved in developing two separate projects: 19 custom homes in Gilbert, known as the Sonterra development, and 17 custom homes in Queen Creek, known as the Paseo de Pecans development. To finance the projects, Stapley and companies in which he had an ownership stake, borrowed from Mortgages Ltd. to buy undeveloped land for the projects. Most of the Mortgages Ltd. loans were meant to be a short-term bridge until more conventional financing, with lower interest rates could be found.

In September 2006, Stapley’s company, Arroyo Pacific Partners LLC, along another entity, Tangelo Avenue Investments LLC, took out the $5.5 million Silver State loan to pay off a previous Mortgages Ltd. loan.

According to court documents, the Silver State loan officer who gave Stapley the loan, Tim Kirby, based the value of the loan on the estimated value of the finished development project, rather than the raw, undeveloped land.

In the boom years, bankers weren’t concerned about basing the loan values on undeveloped land because appraisals were steadily rising. The problem was that Stapley’s Sonterra project was never finished – and he ultimately walked away from the project shortly before the bank failed in July 2008.

Regulators said the lack of improvements on the Sonterra development site should have been a major red flag for the Kirby. That’s because almost all of the $5.5 million Silver State loan was being used to pay off the previous Mortgages Ltd. loan on property that already was worth much less than the appraisal value.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office investigators raised questions about how Stapley was able to borrow millions from Silver State and Mortgages Ltd.

On Stapley’s taxes filed for 2005, the year prior to when he received the $5.5 million loan, he reported a loss of $73,000 on his $60,000 salary.

That’s where this saga takes another bizarre twist.

WOLFSWINKEL DEAL

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office investigators interviewed Kirby to find out why he had approved multiple loans to Stapley, despite knowing about Stapley’s 2005 tax statement. Kirby told investigators Stapley’s attorney had given him documents describing options agreements between Stapley and companies owned by Arizona land baron Conley Wolfswinkel and Wolfswinkel’s family.

Stapley agreed to plege his options income as a personal guarantee on at least one Silver State loan.

Lawrence Rollin, an attorney at Udall Law Firm LLP in Tucson, who has worked with the Wolfswinkel family, said companies owned by Wolfswinkel and Stapley brokered three deals for land options on undeveloped parcels in Pinal County.

In August 2003, Stapley’s company, Arroyo Pacific, purchased a 200-acre parcel in Pinal County from an entity owned by the Wolfswinkel family. Stapley granted the Wolfswinkel company the option to repurchase the property for the same price within the next two years. According to bank records obtained through a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office search warrant, Arroyo Pacific Investments was paid about $180,000 in options payments from Wolfswinkel between August 2003 and May 2004.

In June 2004, Stapley’s Arroyo Pacific sold 160 acres back to Wolfswinkel for $1.5 million. Stapley earned an additional $113,387 commission on the sale. Wolfswinkel then resold the same 160-acre plot for $4.4 million. The next month, Wolfswinkel purchased the remaining 40 acres from Stapley for $1.9 million. Stapley pocketed another $5,616 in commission.

Stapley then used his profit to broker two additional options deals with Wolfswinkel on two 70 and 80 acre parcels of land in Pinal County. Stapley earned thousands of dollars on the options payments from Wolfswinkel, which he then pledged as a personal guarantee for his Silver State loans.

SILVER STATE LOSSES

According to indictment court papers, one month before Silver State was closed by the FDIC, Stapley informed the bank he was walking away from his Sonterra development project. In July 2008, the bank failed, and now more than three years later, the FDIC says it lost $5.2 million on Stapley’s loan.

Questions remain about whether regulators were able to seize that options income when the bank failed, or if Stapley got to keep that income when he walked from his Sonterra development project.

The FDIC said it does not comment on pending litigation.

Even though the FDIC says it lost $5.2 million, an independent special prosecutor found there was insufficient evidence to prove that Stapley engaged in a scheme to defraud Silver State or to prove that it had suffered direct harm as result of his actions.

That is little confusing, because Silver State bank failed when developers such as Stapley began to default on loans the bank had made. Stapley’s loan was a drop in the bucket compared to many of the much larger loans the bank had made. As large uninsured depositors found about the bank’s troubles, they began to pull funds at lightening speed.

Stapley may have had an inkling the bank was troubled, but he definitely knew his own project was troubled. In March 2008, he sold his interest in the loan to Tangelo Investments. That left Tangelo Investments, not Stapley, on the hook when he walked from his development project.

Stapley deferred comments to his attorney, Merwin Grant, who said he was confused by why I was asking about the $5.5 million Silver State loan to fund Sonterra. Grant, who incidentally also is Stapley’s attorney in his fight against Maricopa County, said he could only comment on Stapley’s lawsuit against the FDIC.

That is the final bizarre twist in this convoluted tale.

After walking way from his Sonterra development project, Stapley turned around and sued the FDIC as a receiver for Silver State bank. One would think it would be the other way around.

Stapley alleged that Kirby had made numerous mistakes when he described the property and options that were pledged as loan collateral for another separate loan he received to fund his Paseo de Pecans development. Furthermore, Stapley alleged that his other development, Paseo de Pecans, failed because that separate loan, was never fully funded. That lawsuit was ultimately dropped, and Stapley and the FDIC paid their own court costs.

It’s hard to know what really happened in all of this minutia, except that the FDIC says it lost $5.2 million as a result of a loan Stapley originally received. But this is worth writing about for one reason: the complicated back story behind the Stapley loan illustrates the challenges and the complicated web regulators are up against in trying to recoup lost money for the deposit insurance fund. The FDIC mostly targets bankers, not developers for their unsafe and unsound banking practices. But the Stapley loan and the public records available offer a peak behind the curtain into how developers were operating during the boom times. This developer just happened to be the Maricopa County Supervisor.

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Wil Cardon: Congressman Jeff Flake Continues to Waste Money for Travel

Phoenix, Arizona – A recent study by CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, found that Congressman Jeff Flake has no shame when it comes to the amount of government money he is willing to waste. Phoenix’s KPHO-TV highlighted the study’s findings in which Congressman Flake has reimbursed himself $20,000 for travel, meals and other expenses. In a time when our country faces over $15 trillion of debt and 14 million Americans are unemployed, Congressman Flake thinks we should be footing the bill for his extravagant congressional lifestyle. When KPHO-TV reached out to Congressman Flake for an answer on why he finds it appropriate to waste $20,000, the sixth term congressman had no response.

Arizonans can’t afford Congressman Flake!

In case you missed it…

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Study: Some AZ Reps. Use position to benefit themselves

PHOENIX (CBS5) – Do you ever wonder how much money your lawmakers give to groups?

A new study spells it all out for the United States House of Representatives.

Of Arizona’s seven representatives, only three are mentioned in the study.

The group behind it is CREW, or Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

It decided to look into how many U.S. representatives used their positions to benefit themselves or their families.

The group claimed the answer is more than half.

People like Rep. Ron Paul, who’s campaign paid more family members than any other representative, the study said.

You’ll also see Congressman Jeff Flake, Ben Quayle and Ed Pastor mentioned.

Quayle seems to be the lightest offender in the report.

It said he gave $250 to his dad’s company for facility rental and staffing services.

The report claimed Flake reimbursed himself nearly $20,000 for travel, meals and other expenses.

Then there’s Rep. Ed Pastor.

According to the report, his wife and nephew used to work with Chicanos Por La Causa, and CREW claimed Pastor has earmarked more than $1.8 million to the group from 2008 to 2010.

The report also said Pastor gave his daughter a big one up on the competition getting her a job at South Mountain Community College.

It said Pastor earmarked nearly a million dollars in 2008 and 2009 to the school’s ACE program and steered over a million dollars in federal grants to the program four months after his daughter was hired.

Coincidentally, her salary was at the very top of the pay scale.

CBS 5 News reached out to Quayle, Flake and Pastor for this story.

The only one who responded was Pastor.

His office said he has declined to comment.

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Frank Antenori Overwhelmingly Wins Vote After CD-8 GOP Debate

Frank Antenori

TUCSON – In a straw poll of attendees following last night’s debate in Oro Valley, State Senator Frank Antenori was selected as the preferred candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress in CD-08 with more than 40% of the vote.

The winner of the poll, largely decided by voters who indicated at the beginning of the debate that they had not yet selected a candidate, was announced this morning on KVOI’s Wake Up Tucson program.

“There is a difference in this race,” Antenori said. “The other candidates all say nice things but not one of them has actually had a measurable impact on improving the economy by reducing the size and cost of government like I have.”

Antenori says he has “proven” his ability to “earn the support of Republicans, Independents, and conservative Democrats through his blunt spoken style, relentless advocacy for government reform and liberty. He was re-elected in the last election by over 60% of the vote in a district with only 43% Republicans.

“In America, one earns the right to be promoted based on performance. I am asking the voters for a promotion based upon my performance,” he said. “The other option is to pass over someone who has delivered for one who just walked in off the street.”

The results of the straw poll are as follows:

Frank Antenori – 48 Votes – 40%
Martha McSally – 30 Votes – 25%
Dave Sitton – 22 Votes – 18%
Jesse Kelly – 19 Votes – 16% 

Early voting is underway now and in-person voting for the primary will occur on April 17th.

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Matt Salmon releases new ad, “Proven Leadership” in CD-5 race

Matt Salmon: “Proven Leadership”
Video highlights Salmon’s unparalleled conservative record, principled leadership in Congress

EAST VALLEY – In the race for Arizona’s 5th Congressional District, only one candidate has an unparalleled track record of supporting conservative values in Congress and putting principles over politics: Former Congressman Matt Salmon.

Former Congressman Salmon has a longstanding conservative record of cutting wasteful spending, balancing budgets and demanding fiscal responsibility. He has been honored by the Citizen’s Against Government Waste as a “Watchdog of the Treasury” and “Taxpayer Hero” for his proven record of fighting to reduce the size and cost of government. By honoring his term limit pledge, and taking on his own party’s leadership when they failed to uphold conservative ideals, his public service record has consistently demonstrated his integrity and principles.

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“Matt Salmon has the proven leadership we need in Congress,” said Gary Pierce, Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission. “He was instrumental in balancing the federal budget for the first time in a generation and did it without raising taxes or increasing debt. He has been honored time and again for his conservative track record and has an A+ rating from the NRA, and a 100% voting record from Right to Life. We can count on Matt to do what is right in Congress because he’s done it before.”

“Proven Leadership” Transcript:

[Voiceover]

Conservative Matt Salmon

In Congress, he was recognized as a leader in cutting wasteful spending and shrinking the size of government.

A leader in protecting taxpayers.

A leader in standing up for conservative values.

Matt Salmon made a term limit promise to his constituents – and he kept it.

The type of principled leader we need today.

Endorsed by America’s leading conservatives.

Matt Salmon doesn’t need to make campaign promises, because he’s already done it.

Smaller government, protecting taxpayers, getting our economy back on track.

That’s conservative Matt Salmon.

The proven leadership we need in Congress.

About Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge. A proud conservative, Salmon was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office. He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life. He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Top National Elected Official” award.

Matt Salmon has received the endorsements from Arizona Congressman Trent Franks and David Schweikert, former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Mayors Scott Smith (Mesa), Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler), Hugh Hallman (Tempe), John Insalaco (Apache Junction) and Gail Barney (Queen Creek), fourteen (14) Arizona state senators and fifteen (15) Arizona state representatives. Salmon has also been endorsed by South Dakota Senator John Thune, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49).

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Jerry Colangelo Endorses Vernon Parker in CD-9 GOP Primary

Momentum growing for Vernon Parker in race for CD-9

Today, Arizona business leader Jerry Colangelo announced his support for Vernon Parker in the race for Arizona’s 9th Congressional District. Parker who recently announced for Congress continues to build momentum and a wide range of support for his bid to represent the new District.

“Arizona has the opportunity to elect a leader who transcends politics,” said Colangelo. “The American dream lives on through Vernon Parker. He will be the champion Arizona business leaders and citizens need to get this economy back on track.”

Colangelo joins the many other Valley notables to endorse Parker’s campaign, including Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, Paradise Valley Mayor Scott LeMarr, Paradise Valley Vice Mayor Mary Hamway, former State Representative Mark Thompson, Paradise Valley Councilmembers Michael Collins, Paul Dembow, Lisa Trueblood, and Dan Schweiker.

“I am honored to have Jerry Colangelo’s support,” said Parker. “He’s an Arizona business icon and an innovator who has changed Arizona’s destiny. I look forward to working with him and other business leaders to enact pro-growth reforms to get Arizona’s residents back to work.”

Parker, 52, is a rising star in the Republican Party. He is current councilman and former mayor of Paradise Valley. Raised by his grandmother in a severely underprivileged neighborhood, Parker was able to escape his environment through love, education, and hard work.

For more information about Parker or his campaign, visit www.vernonparker.com.

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Rep. Ben Quayle Legislation Wins Committee Passage

WASHINGTON (DC) – Congressman Ben Quayle issued the following statement after his bill, the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2012 (H.R. 3862) passed out of the House Judiciary Committee. H.R. 3862 would increase the transparency and fairness of federal rulemaking by allowing public input and requiring notice when activist groups seek to impose new rules and regulations on the public through lawsuit settlements with regulatory agencies–a process known as sue-and-settle regulation.

“The Obama Administration’s regulatory onslaught has done more than saddle America’s small businesses with thousands of new rules and regulations. It has also opened the door to pro-regulation environmental and other interest groups to use sue-and-settle agreements to impose even more, and harsher rules. To make matters worse, this is being done behind closed doors with little or no public input. 

“I’m grateful that the House Judiciary Committee has taken action on this bill and passed it on for a vote of the full House. The real world consequences of backroom regulation are great. Arizonans’ electricity costs may soon increase by 20% as a result of a regulation created through the “sue and settle” process. It’s time to restore transparency and fairness to federal rulemaking, and slow the onslaught of sue-and-settle regulation.” 

Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith praised Rep. Quayle’s work on the bill and congratulated him on committee passage:

“I thank Mr. Quayle for his introduction of H.R. 3862 and congratulate him on its passage by the House Judiciary Committee. America’s small businesses and job creators need relief from the flood of new regulations and red tape made in Washington. A heavy contributor to the burden of new regulation is the use of consent decrees and settlement agreements to force federal agencies to issue new rules. This bill makes sure that those to be regulated have a fair opportunity to participate in the resolution of litigation over the regulatory process. And it provides needed transparency on the ways agencies conduct their business.”

BACKGROUND ON HR 3862

An avalanche of federal regulations is burying America’s job creators. The Small Business Administration recently estimated the annual federal regulatory burden to reach $1.75 trillion—equal to $15,586 per year for each U.S. household. According to a recent Gallup survey, “small-business owners in the United States are most likely to say complying with government regulations . . . is the most important problem facing them today.” Yet the Obama Administration’s current regulatory agenda has 3,118 regulations in the pipeline, 167 of which will have a major impact on the economy—on top of 1,010 regulations already completed, including 45 with major impacts.

A critical, growing driver of the regulatory onslaught—particularly environmental regulation like EPA’s Utility MACT and Greenhouse Gas rules—lies in consent decrees and settlement agreements that force new regulations to be promulgated. In what is known as “sue-and-settle” regulation, pro-regulatory interest groups often sue agencies that have not yet promulgated rules authorized or required by statute. In these cases, plaintiffs and the agencies agree behind closed doors to fast-moving deadlines for new rules, then propose consent decrees and settlement agreements that back the deadlines with judicial authority. These decrees and settlements often blindside states and regulated entities that will be affected by the new regulations, provide little time for public notice and comment or assessment of small business impacts, and short-circuit White House review of costs and benefits. Even the text of proposed rules is sometimes pre-negotiated by the sue-and-settle parties—foreordaining the regulations under which everyone else will have to live.

H.R. 3862, the “Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2012,” introduced by Rep. Ben Quayle (R-AZ), contains strong reforms against collusive sue-and-settle regulation, including terms that:

  • force agencies to inform the public and Congress of all sue-and-settle consent decrees, settlement agreements, judicial complaints, and attorneys’ fee awards;
  • prohibit sue-and-settle parties from proposing consent decrees and settlement agreements until intervenors have had a chance to enter the case and participate in settlement negotiations;
  • require decrees and settlements to go through public notice and comment before they can be filed with the court;
  • allow public commentors presumptive amicus curiae status when the parties move the court to approve the decrees and settlements;
  • require the court to consider the agency’s competing mandatory duties before approving a decree or settlement;
  • assure that the decree or settlement allow sufficient time and procedure for the agency to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act and other applicable statutes and executive orders that govern rulemaking; and
  • make it easier for subsequent administrations to seek modification of sue-and-settle consent decrees due to obligations to fulfill other duties or changed facts and circumstances.

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Landmark Lawsuit Into Second Day of Oral Arguments

Arizona state director of named plaintiff says he’s confident Supreme Court will rule in NFIB’s favor.

PHOENIX, Ariz., March 27, 2012 — Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, the named plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit, NFIB v. Sebelius, said today he’s confident the U.S. Supreme Court will agree with and rule in favor of NFIB, Arizona and 25 other states challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare.

“When we filed this lawsuit two years ago, some people called it frivolous, and there are plenty of people today who claim it’s doomed to fail, but we’re convinced the Supreme Court will agree, just as lower courts have, that the individual mandate requiring everyone to buy health insurance is unconstitutional,” Quinlan said.

“The issue here is whether Congress can force individuals to buy health insurance,” he said. “Under the health-care law, most people will be required to buy health insurance starting in 2014. If they don’t, they’ll have to pay a penalty.”

In what some media are calling the most significant court case since Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, the U.S. Supreme court yesterday heard the first of three days of oral arguments in NFIB v. Sebelius. Ordinarily, the court allots only one hour for oral arguments, but it’s set aside six hours over the three days to hear the case brought by NFIB, Arizona and 25 other states.

“Congress has no authority to make people buy anything,” Quinlan said. “They can’t force people to buy health insurance the same as they can’t force people to floss their teeth or eat their peas. Despite heroic efforts to obscure this fact, Congress clearly overreached by imposing this health-care law. It’s difficult to think of another case where the federal government’s intrusion into people’s lives has been so blatant and egregious.”

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NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.

Please join us for a Seminar on Child Sex Trafficking

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Seminar on Child Sex Trafficking

Join Bill Montgomery, Maricopa D.A. and Starbright Foundation Directors Lori Regnier and
Michael Chalberg, in a discussion of what legislators and law enforcement is doing to crack
down on child sex trafficking; and what you as a community can do in the prevention, intercession
and recovery for these young victims of these crimes who cannot speak for themselves.

Bill Montgomery was elected Maricopa County Attorney in 2010 on a pledge to fight crime,
honor victims’ rights, and protect and strengthen our community. Recognizing that violent
child sexual predators cannot be rehabilitated, Bill has been an outspoken advocate for life
sentences for these offenders. He also supports GPS monitoring for other convicted child
molesters, and Internet sting operations to capture child predators before they get the chance
to victimize our children. His goal is to let would-be child predators know they will find no
safe haven in Arizona.

Lori Regnier is a volunteer for Shepherds Care Ministries where she helps survivors of
sexual abuse. Lori has 2 years of experience in security/protection. Also, as the President of
Child Enrichment Programs, Inc., Lori strived to help underprivileged youth in our valley
and their families in need. She has expanded her interest in the wellbeing of children to the
Starbright Foundation where she pledges to be a positive role model and will assist in
rescuing endangered children from abusive situations. Recently in 2011, Lori was chosen as
one of Arizona’s “Top 30 Women of Courage” for making a positive change in the lives of
children and families in Arizona.

Michael E. Chalberg is pastor and cofounder of Shepherds Care Ministries and has served in
Christian ministries for the last 30 years. These last 17 years in Pastoral Counseling have
revealed the need for a more focused ministry to help the children trapped in ongoing sexual
abuse through human trafficking across our nation. He founded Starbright Foundation with
fellow volunteers to fight against this rising problem. He hopes to increase public awareness
of child sexual abuse and trafficking through education to generate community involvement
in the prevention of this growing social problem.

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Scottsdale Bible Church Room E210 (Main Campus)
Address: 7601 E. Shea Blvd.,  Scottsdale, AZ

Doors open at 6:00 pm (meet and greet)

Refreshments served

Cost: $10 per person

Payment can be made at the door.  Our online paypal service is temporarily down.

Please RSVP to honey@arizonamainstreamproject.org or 602-425-7267 if attending.

For additional information or questions, email Honey Marques, Executive Director at honey@arizonamainstreamproject.org or call 602-425-7267

Arizona Capitol Times Using a Conservative Voice On Their Capitol Roadshow

Finally, a Tucson civic event where a conservative gets a leading voice.

On Friday, the Arizona Capitol Times is taking its informative Capitol Roadshow on the road to Tucson. Headlining one of the discussion panels is campaign consultant Constantin Querard, a staunch pro-life conservative. Querard is part of the discussion: Budgeting, Redistricting and the upcoming elections.

Because he represents so many Republican candidates, Querard should have a lot of insight into the coming election. Other insiders and media figures will be on hand to talk about what’s going on at the Legislature.

Details of the Roadshow are below. This is an event worth checking out.

Tucson Capitol Roadshow Press Release

Conservative Bloggers Voice Support For Marketplace Fairness Act

Conservative Bloggers Voice Support For Marketplace Fairness Act

Consensus continues to grow regarding the need for e-fairness legislation as two prominent conservative bloggers recently voiced their support for the Marketplace Fairness Act. Neil Stevens’ post over the weekend on the conservative blog RedState explains how he’s come around on the idea of e-fairness legislation.

From Neil Stevens’ post on RedState:

“Also, we’re back to discussing the Marketplace Fairness Act. As we’ve discussed before, this is a bill that would give Congressional approval to an interstate compact between the states to collect sales tax across state lines, requires member states to harmonize their tax rules to fit in with the interstate system. The bill is gaining Congressional support this time around. In theory I’m fine with this. It’s Constitutional and it’s reasonable. I disagree with Overstock.com’s complaints of complexity, because the compact imposes restrictions on the way the states can tax items, and also creates mechanisms to ease collection of the taxes.”

In yesterday’s post on Hot Air, Jazz Shaw goes even further – saying he’s no longer “on the fence” about the Marketplace Fairness Act – especially after yet another conservative voice, Maine Governor Paul LePage (R), declared his support for it.

From Jazz Shaw’s post on Hot Air:

“As I’ve stated before, I was on the fence about this one for a long time. Even leaving aside the “taxes are bad” thing, anything which could impede online commerce just strikes a sour note with many of us. I had also considered the possibility that maybe this could be worked out at the state level, but a recent attempt in Illinois to do just that produced… nothing. But after sifting through all of the pros and cons, I have to admit that it may be time to just get it over with and do this.

The reason? Like it or not, fiscal conservatives must, at a minimum, believe in a level playing field. Equality of opportunity, not results… remember? After looking over the new Ryan Plan Part 2, I’m reminded that as we tighten our belt at the federal level, more and more things will need to be pushed back down to the states. Each of them will have to manage their budgets as they see best, and for the majority of them a state sales tax is part of their revenue stream. While it may be depressing, the feds need to provide each of them a chance to compete evenly…”

It may be time to just bite the bullet and pass this legislation.”

WANTED! Re-Election of Representative Brenda Barton!

FRANK ANTENORI TOUTS “A” RATING FROM THE NRA

Frank Antenori

Best rating of any candidate in the race 

Tucson – State Senator and candidate for U.S House of Representative Frank Antenori touted the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) “A” rating of his candidacy for Congress today. Senator Antenori is the only candidate to receive a true “A” rating from the NRA. His rivals in the GOP primary race all received an “AQ” rating.

The NRA describes the “A” rating as: “Solidly pro-gun candidate. A candidate who has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office or a candidate with a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues.”

The “AQ” rating is described as: “A pro-gun candidate whose rating is based solely on the candidate’s responses to the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire and who does not have a voting record on Second Amendment issues.”

“This is another instance where results matters, and I’m the only candidate in the race that has stood up for Arizona’s gun owners, hunters, and sportsmen throughout my time in the Arizona Legislature,” said Senator Antenori. “While my opponents may be able to fill out a questionnaire the correct way, I have a proven record of sponsoring and supporting legislation that is Second Amendment friendly. I’m also an avid hunter and sportsman and a Life Member of the NRA.

“If the people of Congressional District 8 send me to Washington, I will be a staunch defender of the right to keep and bear arms and fight the Obama Administration and the left on any attempt to infringe upon that right.”

While the NRA does not award “A+” ratings in open seat races, such as this special congressional election, Senator Antenori was rated “A+” by the NRA as an Arizona State Senator.

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