Archives for March 2013

New Republican, Business Organization Forms To Save Solar in Arizona

T.U.S.K.: Tell Utilities Solar won’t be Killed
Group chairman Barry Goldwater Jr.: ‘Republicans want the freedom to make the best choice and the competition to drive down rates’ 

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — A new force is organizing to ensure solar remains viable in Arizona. To show backing for the solar industry and to stave off attempts by Arizona Public Service to extinguish the independent rooftop solar energy market in Arizona, a new organization has announced its formation, T.U.S.K.—Tell Utilities Solar won’t be Killed. It will be dedicated to keeping the solar industry in Arizona and help the state’s business owners, homeowners and schools to keep their energy costs lower and to provide more energy choice for state taxpayers.

T.U.S.K. will work to educate the public about the threats posed by the efforts of the utility monopoly. If the threats come to fruition, thousands of jobs in Arizona will be lost. In fact, a recent study by Elliot D. Pollack & Associates found that the solar industry has created 16,000 jobs for Arizonans.

Like school choice and health care choice, solar choice holds great promise for Arizona, and should be an important part of the Republican agenda, according to well-known Arizona Republican and former U.S. Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr.

Goldwater, who is supporting T.U.S.K. and its efforts, said: “As a son of Arizona, I know we have no greater resource than our sun. Republicans want the freedom to make the best choice and the competition to drive down rates. That choice may mean they save money and with solar that is the case. Solar companies have a track record of aggressively reducing costs in Arizona. It’s crucial that we don’t let solar energy—and all its advantages and benefits it provides us—be pushed aside by those wanting to limit energy choice. That’s not the Republican way and it’s not the American way. Energy independence is what we should all stand up for and that’s what I intend to encourage.”

Goldwater served 14 years in Washington and amassed expertise in energy, the space program, aviation and defense and government procurement. Goldwater was particularly instrumental in all facets of energy policy and research and development, including authoring the Solar Photovoltaic Act. Besides serving as chairman of the new organization, Goldwater will be advising the group on policy, politics and engage in substantial outreach for the solar industry.

T.U.S.K. also believes that rooftop solar is similar to a charter school—it provides a competitive alternative to the monopoly. Monopoly utilities aren’t known for reducing costs or for driving business innovation, but the Arizona solar industry is. Solar companies have a track record of aggressively reducing costs in Arizona. The more people use rooftop solar, the less power they need to buy from the utilities. Energy independence for Arizonans means smaller profits for the utilities.

T.U.S.K. backs net metering, a successful policy in 43 states that gives property owners fair credit for the solar they deliver to the grid. Net metering is the latest target by APS to curtail competition. In simple terms, it’s like the rollover minutes on your cell phone bill. Net metering is one of the most important policy tools that elected officials have to empower homes, businesses, schools, and public agencies to invest private capital to install solar on their property. Eliminating net metering would amount to a tax hike on hundreds of Arizona schools that are saving millions of dollars by installing solar to decrease their electric bills. Local taxpayers would be left to pick up the tab if schools are no longer able to save this money. It also will waste energy being generated by the rooftop systems.

The state’s leading providers of rooftop solar are backing the organizational efforts with pending support from a diverse coalition upset at what APS is attempting to convince the Arizona Corporation Commission to do.


Judge prosecuted by Arpaio and Thomas to be awarded $1.27 million from County Supervisors for stress

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 27, 2013

We are not making this up
Supervisors continue to award millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money to their cronies for “stress” over the crooks being prosecuted

Who else would like to join Mary Rose Wilcox?When is the gravy train going to end? We can only hope a couple of the new Maricopa County Supervisors put an end to this madness. It is about to be the eighth and largest award the Supervisors will have awarded to their crooked friends for “stress” over being prosecuted. Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox got the other supervisors to award her $975,000 of taxpayers’ money for “stress,” which fortunately is being appealed by the County Treasurer’s Office. Former Supervisor Don Stapley got his secretary awarded $500,000 over her “stress” for having a sheriff’s deputy ask her questions about Stapley’s sleazy business dealings. We’ve documented many of these crooked settlements here.  You can read more here. There are still several outstanding lawsuits against the county over this. The victims of the Supervisors, prosecutor Lisa Aubuchon and Chief Hendershott, had their jobs destroyed when they attempted to stop the corruption. Each has a lawsuit against the county now. Those are the only lawsuits we believe are valid. The rest of them need to be THROWN OUT!Contact the Supervisors and tell them to stop the gravy train NOW!
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Jeffrey M. Vath – Freedom Fighter – Rest In Peace

Jeff Vath

Arizona conservatives lost a freedom fighter last night.

Jeffrey Vath, aka Tony GOPrano, passed away surrounded by his wife, Mary Anne and family.

Jeff and I certainly had our political differences but we were also brothers at arms on a number of issues important to Arizona.

As we say goodbye to this giant in the conservative movement, please keep Mary Anne and Jeff’s family in your prayers.

We will miss you Jeff.

Fight on from the Kingdom of Heaven!

Chief Justice Roberts: Meet Obamacare!

Liberals on the Supreme Court and in Congress refused to heed warnings as they brazenly imposed President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) on the American people. Example:

“Our doctors have told us to be prepared for the worst because right now we can hardly find a doctor.”

Under a cloud of controversy, Obamacare has now entered its third year.

In its 2012 decision on Obamacare, the U.S. Supreme Court based its ruling on a convoluted interpretation of law. In a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts voted alongside liberal justices to clear the way for the implementation of Obamacare. Roberts’ overriding concern was if the individual mandate to force Americans to buy medical insurance should be labeled a tax or a fine. Human loss and suffering were inconsequential. The human toll could not be factored in based on legal constricts placed on the court. Decisions are to be based on law and not emotion. Regardless and predictably, the leftist jurists’ ideology of applying social justice, a primary tenet of socialism, infused their decisions. Conservatives on the bench voted against the individual mandate, which would force Americans to purchase medical insurance under coercion whether by a tax or fine, as unconstitutional.

Obamacare Chief Justice Roberts Obama

Chief Justice Roberts and President Obama

Soon after its passage, Obamacare began claiming casualties. Front-line victims became early warnings of the pain and suffering — the desperation — to come. Few in seats of power took heed. Obama and Congress had, after all, exempted themselves from the medical nightmare they created along with a swath of their political cronies and supporters. Supreme Court justices remain exempt as well. Question: Why exempt themselves? What is it that they are afraid of?

Mid-2010, Americans were beginning to experience the creeping effects of socialized medicine. During a radio interview, a caller who identified himself as a life-long Democrat told me of the particular form of hell that he and his young paraplegic wife were going through due to Obamacare. The caller wanted to warn fellow Americans. His wife was already being abandoned by her doctors who feared cuts in reimbursements. Doctors pointed to mandated cuts in Medicare monies being shifted to fund Obamacare. What follows in a limited transcript of my on-air interview with the caller about his wife’s ordeal.


Our doctors have told us to be prepared for the worst because right now we can hardly find a doctor. We’re not in a small town, and when we go to find a new doctor for a new problem, a podiatrist or specialty doctor of any kind, we go through many, many, many, many names before one finally decides to take us. They tell us upfront that you are going to probably end-up being billed the 20% because we [the doctors] know that we don’t get reimbursed for that and they’ve changed their paperwork. You used to be able to pick up the phone and call any doctor and they say come on in, we take Medicare, we take QMB – now I spend two and three days trying to find one doctor with other doctors helping me to find a doctor that would accept the program. Through the Bush time, we thought GW was the worst thing that had ever happened to America. But, we were able to keep everything we had. Nothing was affected, our health plan was not affected, the doctors were not affected, nothing happened to us badly. Well, now since Obama has taken over we can no longer . . . (Voice cracks.)

The caller explained further, that in desperation, he took his wife to a clinic. Clinic doctors informed him that they were not qualified to treat his wife, nor could they admit patients to a hospital. Frantic, he recruited the help of others in his continued search to find a qualified doctor who would accept their Medicare/Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program. Eventually, he said, a 74-year-old doctor, in semi-retirement, finally agreed to treat his wife.

As a result of that call, I have investigated first-hand accounts and concerns of those who provide medical care to our mentally and physically disabled and to our seniors. Medical care providers expect the human toll, from warehousing patients to loss of life, to be extensive. Obamacare results in fewer doctors available to middle and lower income patients. Corruption is embedded in Obama’s Affordable Care Act as it fosters breeding grounds for less skilled and less ethical doctors and clinics to run Obamacare mills based on quantity of patients and not quality of care.

A recent interview I did with an emergency room doctor disclosed traumatizing choices that doctors are already being forced to make. An experienced emergency room doctor found himself trapped between admitting two critically ill patients or adhering to newly applied government regulations. His hospital’s funding was under new government-imposed financial guidelines. Costs were to be lowered by turning away short-term, repeat Medicare patients. The doctor explains that he is now caught in a regulatory vice:

As more and more are added to the Obamacare rolls, there will be less and less access. People will get sicker and yes, people will die because of it. I had a sick and sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach today after both of these incidents.

Facing the prospects of turning away dying patients or facing a hospital reprimand for admitting them, this doctor chose patient care over job security. The doctor expects to retire in a few years.

Former top aide to Obama, Jeffrey Crowley, helped design how Obamacare is being implemented. Crowley openly admits that there are serious flaws saying, “We know it’s going to be messy.” “Messy?” Is that what President Obama, liberal Democrats and socialists on the Supreme Court call the heartache, suffering and sorrow that is already being faced by Americans and their families? Chief Justice Roberts and his liberal jurists on the high court have torpedoed the American economy along with the American health care system making the pain not just medical, but financial? Workers nationwide complain that their paychecks have been hit with the first-round of Obamacare taxes resulting in less take-home pay. It is just the beginning.

The latest Rasmussen Reports survey reveals that a 54% majority of Americans expect the U.S. healthcare system to get worse over the next four years. Benjamin Domenech of Health Care News reports that the latest Kaiser/Harvard survey found, “Obamacare’s Unpopularity Grows in New Poll.” The survey reports that the disapproval of Obamacare “was mostly driven by an increase in opposition from the politically significant independent voters — the survey found 57% of independents opposed the law, up from 41 percent last month.” The House of Representatives currently has the authority to defund the administrative arm of the Affordable Care Act and effectively nullify Obamacare. Having been given that authority by the American people, the latest polls indicate that they should use it – and then expand sales of personal medical insurance into the free-market to be sold at competitive rates across state lines.

Further analysis by Sharon Sebastian on YouTube: Click here.

Sharon Sebastian ( is a columnist, commentator, author, and contributor to various forms of media including cultural and political broadcasts, print, and online websites. In addition to the heated global debate on creation vs. evolution, her second book, “Darwin’s Racists: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow,” highlights the impact of Social Darwinism’s Marxist/Socialist underpinnings on the culture, the faith and current policy out of Washington. Critics are calling Darwin’s Racists, “Incredibly Timely” and “A Book for our Times.” Sebastian is a featured guest on broadcasts nationwide on topics ranging from politics, the economy, healthcare, culture, religion and evolution to Agenda 21’s global green movement. Sebastian’s political and cultural analyses on a wide range of national and global events are published nationally and internationally. Website: “Darwin’s Racists – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” may be purchased at:,, and at bookstores online and worldwide. Listen to Sharon Sebastian’s analysis on YouTube: Click here.

Reposted from Cafe Con Leche Republicans with permission – original link.

New County Supervisor Clint Hickman donated to Kyrsten Sinema and David Lujan

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 26, 2013

Supervisor who replaced Max Wilson gave money to far left Democrats in 2008
THIS is who Governor Brewer forced the supervisors to choose as a replacement?

We told you in a previous email that Clint Hickman was a very bad choice for a Maricopa County Supervisor replacement. Now we have discovered even more reasons why. If you go to the Secretary of State’s website, and do a search under Contributors for Clint Hickman’s donations in 2008, you will discover these: He gave $130 each to these far left Democrats, who are considered some of the most radical Democrats in Arizona.

It was a mistake to appoint someone this cozy with the left to the Board of Supervisors, which needs to be cleaned out of corrupt leftists like Mary Rose Wilcox. There were plenty of real conservatives who had applied for the position who were passed over for this Brewer contributor.  Get read for a bruising primary fight next election!

Committee Date Amount Report
* COMMITTEE TO RE-ELECT DAVID LUJAN 01/11/2008 $130 2008 June 30th Report
* COMMITTEE TO RE-ELECT KYRSTEN SINEMA 01/11/2008 $130 2008 June 30th Report

Congressman Matt Salmon: Medicaid Needs Reform, Not Expansion

Matt Salmon

First bill repeals Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, gives states more flexibility 

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Matt Salmon (AZ-05) introduced his first piece of legislation in the 113th Congress. Salmon released the following statement regarding H.R. 1404, The Medicaid Expansion Repeal and State Flexibility Act:

“Today, I’m honoring my pledge to fight with everything I have to eliminate Obamacare before it causes more damage to our economy. 

“My first step in this fight addresses Medicaid expansion at the federal level. 

“One of the big-ticket items included in Obamacare was a provision that essentially bribed states to expand their Medicaid eligibility requirements to 138% of the poverty level, and to have the Federal government pay for 100% of the expansion.  As with most other aspects of Obamacare, unwanted strings are attached. 

Obamacare only covers the full cost of this expansion for the initial years, but leaves the onerous federal mandates to stay.”  

“Medicaid needs reform, not expansion.” 

“Instead of more federal mandates, I support giving States the maximum flexibility to provide services to their most vulnerable populations.  My bill strikes the Medicaid expansion from Obamacare, and provides this flexibility without the strings attached. 

“I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to repeal this and more of Obamacare’s harmful federal policies.”

Additional Information:

  • Since the creation of Medicaid in 1965, the focus of this program has been on providing health care to vulnerable low-income individuals.
  • Under current law, the Medicaid expansion is expected to cost Federal and State governments over $500 billion dollars from 2014-2019.
  • Currently, Medicaid provides health care to over 60 million Americans and consumes a growing portion of State and Federal budgets.
  • By adopting the Medicaid expansion to cover up to 138% of the federal poverty level provided in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), states will be expanding Medicaid to a different population of able-bodied adults, the vast majority of whom are single and without dependents.
  • Adding more people to the already distressed system only further exacerbates Medicaid’s underlying problems.

Click here to read the text of H.R. 1404

Click here to view a video message from Rep. Salmon on H.R. 1404.


Attorney warned Mark Dixon that Bar disciplinary judge would try to “take him down” for exposing corruption

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 26, 2013

Mark Dixon sends legislature another Bar complaint he’s filed regarding Bar Disciplinary Judge O’Neil
Dixon’s assigned CPS attorney told him in writing that O’Neil and the establishment would try to stop him and take him down for exposing the corruption

From: Mark Dixon []
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 10:41 AM
To: Eddie Farnsworth (; John Allen (; Kelli Ward (
Subject: FW: State Bar complaint Kent Volkmer


It is my understanding that there is difficulty in finding attorneys to come forward regarding the State Bar and William J. O’Neil.  Please review the following complaint and how it directly applies to the problems I am asking you to address.


Thank you,

Mark Dixon



From: Mark Dixon []
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 10:21 AM
To: ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘
Subject: State Bar complaint Kent Volkmer


Arizona State Bar,  Board of Governors,


I am forwarding this complaint to you due to my low expectations by the management of the Arizona State Bar.  Without going into detail there is a severe problem within our judicial and legal system which has, in essence, destroyed my family.  I will ask you to read the enclosed complaint and ask any questions you have, I am an open book.  So far the violation of my rights have been completely ignored along with my right to due process in this case and several others.


My involvement in this started with the seizure of my dog by Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputies for my ex-wife.  Thru the process of discovery it was uncovered that William J. O’Neil provided protection/instruction to do this wherein my ex-wife arranged and assisted in O’Neil getting a $300,000.00 loan.  There is no associated court case for this action, no warrant, no order of the court, just an absolute abuse of power.  To be specific this act was done thru the good ole boy network  and all you have to do is use the old adage.  If you want to know what motivates people to do unethical and illegal things  just follow the sex and follow the money.


I filed a judicial complaint 12-231 against O’Neil and he was found innocent on all counts.   Interesting thing though, George Rimmer only posted the cover letter to the complaint, not the complaint itself.  Every allegation in the complaint is true and accurate, if only there were just a little investigation done.


I have been targeted as a crazy person among many other things, well if any of the hearsay and slanderous accusations are true, arrest me, charge me, indict me but someone give me my due process and make things right.


Again I will sit down with anyone, any organization, local, state or federal agency, who will look at the evidence.  The evidence and documents speaks for itself if someone has the courage to follow thru with justice.


This same scenario has happened over and over and over to many others but the system beats them down thru a fictitious system of due process, well it is past time to hold people accountable and clean up the system.



Mark Dixon




From: Mark Dixon []
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 9:37 AM
To: ‘
Cc: ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘‘; ‘
Subject: State Bar complaint Kent Volkmer


March 19, 2012


Arizona State Bar Association

Maret Vessella

Chief Disciplinary Counsel

4201 N. 24th Street, Suite 100

Phoenix, Arizona 85016-6266


Re:  complaint against attorney Kent Volkmer,

Ms. Vessella,


Although your website prefers individuals to initiate complaints by phone, my complaints are being submitted in writing so there will be no misunderstanding as to the allegations and charges being made.  By the nature of the complaint and the individuals involved it is prudent to have a documented record to avoid any misunderstandings or misstatements.


In 2011 I was granted sole custody and decisional making authority over my daughter and adopted teenage son by Pinal County Superior Court and the Hon Kevin D. White.  I began having problems with my daughter and in November 2011 she “ran away” and subsequently was picked up by the Mesa Police Department at which time, under the instruction of CPS, I refused to take custody of her in the hopes of her getting help from the system, these instructions came directly from CPS.  Soon after, Mr. Kent Volkmer with Cooper & Reuter LLP and President of the Pinal County Bar Association was assigned to represent me in the associated dependency case JD201200006.  Early on in the proceedings I was found NOT IN NEGLECT .  My daughter’s mother was found in neglect.  The Hon. Kevin D. White ordered family reunification and a specific set of criteria which were to be followed.


Shortly after, a hearing was scheduled for Monday, May 14, 2012.  I was called by a confidential informant at CPS and told not to go to the hearing.  The AG in the case, along with CPS employees, were going to do their best to incite me to lose my temper in hopes that I would be found in contempt of court.  If that didn’t work, I was informed that there were going to be several Pinal County Sheriff Deputies there to arrest me for discharging a firearm while putting down a horse at William J. O’neils house as I am a prohibited possessor.  O’Neil asked me to put down and bury the horse.  According to the informant, O’Neil had offered statements that this had occurred.  I did bury a horse at O’Neil’s house but the horse was shot by a Mesa police officer.  O’Neil did not know this because he was not present.  This was all orchestrated in order to silence me from exposing O’Neil and his activities.


On Thursday, May 24, 2012 another hearing was held where again CPS through Stefani Veal offered false testimony, under oath, about communication with me and missed appointment related to those communication.  Ms. Veal and CPS also ignored the reunification orders of Judge White as they went about doing the bidding of O’Neil and others, using my daughter to attempt to silence me.


Mr. Volkmer then went about gathering the transcripts of the hearing, and issued a subpoena to CPS requesting all communications between CPS and myself.  The CPS response to the subpoena was only half hearted and many vital communications, damning to CPS, were left out.


On September 11, 2012 I received this email:


I tracked down the emails.  I will be scanning and sending them to you shortly.  It looks like you caught them with their hand in the cookie jar.  As you stated, there were never any emails about the july 5th psych eval.  She completely made up the emails and the fact that a psych eval was even scheduled.  If you can, I need you to request from Dr. Silberman a list of any and all appointments that his office had scheduled for you.  If need be, once I get the transcripts, I can give you the exact date they said you had missed an eval.  I believe that date was July 5, but I cannot be sure right now. 


My next step is to draft and file a motion for transcripts.  Once I get those, I will then file the Order to Show Cause.


I havent heard anything about any other things involving you.


I will keep you updated.

            Best Regards,

Kent P. Volkmer

Cooper & Rueter, LLP

PO Box 15005

Casa Grande, Az  85230-5005

(520)  836-8265

Fax:  (520) 421-0916


On November 2, 2012, after a long runaround, the transcripts were finally were received.  Shortly after this, communications between Mr. Volkmer and myself came almost to a halt.  In one conversation, in December, Mr. Volkmer informed me that he was leaving the firm, Cooper & Rueter to start his own practice and was taking this case with him and would get the Order to Show Cause filed in early January.


In regards to my exposure of William J. O’neil, Mr. Volkmer offered this opinion.



I read the affidavit.   With the exception of some gramatical issue, it reads well.  You sure are putting your neck on the chopping block.  Frankly, I agree with you disclosures and ultimate position, but you need to be prepared to deal with fall out.

I would expect O’neill to come out and blast you.  I would also expect the “establishment” to try to bring you down.  As long as you are willing to confront them, you can submit it.  I expect the attorneys to clean it up and correct a few errors and then send it back to you to be signed. 

Finally, realize that everyone will be questioning your integrity and calling you a liar.  Be prepared to provide copies and supporting documentation to back up your statements.  

Best Regards,
Kent P. Volkmer
Cooper & Rueter, LLP
PO Box 15005
Casa Grande, Az  85230-5005
(520)  836-8265
Fax:  (520) 421-0916″

Mr. Volkmer has failed to properly and timely pursue work in my case as my attorney.  He has failed to respond to me.  He has failed to file an order to show cause or protect my parental rights in my case.  I was warned by Mr. Volkmer that CPS and the Courts will try and stall, do nothing, waiting for my daughter to turn 18 so they can just bury the case in closed files.  Well “they” have taken a great role in destroying my family.

The only plausible explanation that Mr. Volkmer would abandon me at this would be directly due to pressure from William J. O’Neil and the “establishment.”  Even the judge in this case has a vested interest in not having CPS found in contempt of court, his future appointment to the court could be at stake.


Not at all what i said.  I said that i had heard that birch will likely ask & listen to o’neil when making the appointment of presiding judge.  If that happens, people think he will nominate White, as White was his Protoge.  Never heard anything about promises.  Never heard anything about that being used as leverage.  It was simply a conversation a number of attorneys had when speculating about who out next presiding judge would be.  Not the first time that i heard the rumor/speculation.  Doesn’t mean anything at this point & wouldnt even become relevant for another year.


In regards to the transcripts, i will ask today & let you know what I need to do.


—–Original Message—–

Date: Thursday, October 04, 2012 7:04:10 am

To: <>

From: “Mark Dixon” <>

Subject: tell me what you think asap please




Last night you said you herd at the courthouse O’Neil promised White the presiding judge because Berch was going to let him pick the next presiding judge.  Do you think this is an attempt by O’Neil to get White to throw me under the buss, do you think anyone would come out and openly admit it, could I put this in as an additional complaint to the commission on judicial conduct?


Please let me know exactly how much money I need to bring down for the transcripts and also please get them ordered today.  If you can persuade them to put a rush on it do it even if it costs a little extra.


Get back to me asap plz.




CPS, thru its agents, lied under oath and with the assistance of the AG’s office did their utmost best to have me found in contempt of court on several occasions.  Mr. Volkmer has, in the past, been a very valuable ally.  He did a very good job representing me until his own career and livelihood were jeopardized by what I believe are threats from members of the Arizona State Bar and the Arizona Supreme Court Presiding Disciplinary, Judge William J. O’Neil.  He would only abandon me to save his family, his livelihood, his carrear and himself. I believe Mr. Volkmer to be a good and honest man who has been threatened and intimidated by the “establishment” and William J. O’Neil, the Arizona Supreme Court Presiding Disciplinary Judge.

Simply put, an Order to Show Cause hearing would expose O’Neil’s influence and the extreme abuse of power.  Mr. Volkmer has either been intimidated into submission or has become part of the problem, either way he has failed in his duties as my counsel and seriously harmed my case by his inaction and neglect. Now it is time for the Arizona State Bar to take stock of its stated mission and do the right thing.  From the State Bar website.

The State Bar of Arizona ensures that Arizona citizens have equal access to legal services of the highest quality and to a system that affords prompt and fair resolution

All the accusations I have stated are fully documented, along with many others.  My right and request is that a full and unbiased investigation be initiated and the individuals involved in the acts which have resulted in the destruction of my family be brought to justice and exposed for the cowards they are.  A lot of innocent and well-meaning people have been hurt already but those who are truly guilty of wrongdoing keep getting away with their acts thru the use of threats and intimidation.  Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, stop the corruption and start making the judicial system work for the people.




Mark Dixon


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Gary Nelson: Right On Crime, Right On Justice


By Gary Nelson

Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” – George Washington

I once heard a story about a couple who bought a large, aggressive dog with the intent of protecting their family from criminals. Tragically, however, the dog attacked one of their young children and nearly killed her, scarring her for life. Ironically, the very thing they hoped would protect them proved to be the source of violence far worse than they were ever likely to suffer at the hands of a criminal. The protector became the perpetrator, and their worst fears became reality.

The United States finds itself in a similar predicament today. Our vicious dog is a justice system which has become the most punitive in the free world. The “tough on crime” paradigm that has dominated our justice system for the past three decades has brought about the criminalization and incarceration of a radically disproportionate number of our citizens. We created it to ensure our safety, yet it now threatens greater societal harm than we ever imagined.

The perceived need to “crack down” on crime has resulted in severe punishments for crimes involving everything from assaults with firearms to personal use of drugs. Mandatory minimum sentences and “three-strikes” laws have drastically restricted judicial discretion, denying judges the ability to custom-fit sentences according to the circumstances of the offense or the needs of the community.

As a result, the United States of America imprisons a larger proportion of its population than any other civilized nation, including Cuba, China, & Iran. The number of Americans incarcerated has increased 400% since 1980, and it is estimated that over 30% of young adults now have criminal records.

The “Land of the Free” was rapidly becoming the “land of the imprisoned.” Recently, however, many have begun to understand that this trend has to change.

The implications for our nation’s future are profound. People with criminal records, including those only charged with misdemeanors, have an extremely difficult time finding work. The vast majority of employers will flatly refuse to hire anyone with a record. It is becoming increasingly clear that our over-dependence on punitive justice is creating a vast army of unemployable citizens destined to be dependent on government, or more crime, for their livelihoods.

As a veteran law enforcement officer and lifelong political conservative, I have come to believe that we conservatives have made a serious mistake in supporting the expansion of governmental power that is the inevitable consequence of “tough on crime” policies. We have embraced an approach to justice that has resulted in exponential increases in spending on corrections, courts, and police, as well as the criminalization and vocational incapacitation of 1 in 33 Americans. We have acquiesced to the erosion of individual liberty and the expansion of government power through over-regulation of nearly every aspect of our lives.

It is time for a return to a truly conservative, and American, model of justice. We must break our addiction to “crack-downs” and “get-tough” legislation, and move towards a restorative model of justice that provides real opportunities for the offender to return to productive citizenship.

It is for this reason I am pleased to be affiliated with Right On Crime, a campaign dedicated to “fighting crime, restoring victims, and protecting the taxpayer.” Endorsed by prominent conservatives like Grover Norquist, Marc Levin, and William Bennett, as well as eminent criminologists John DiIulio and George Kelling, Right On Crime is leading the way in returning our system of justice to a cost-effective,    restorative direction. If you are concerned about the future of our nation and want to see “justice” once again be the focus of our legal system, I encourage you to visit and get involved.

Mark Kelly for Dog Catcher

Sub headline: A Boy and His Dog

Politicos in Southern Arizona have been speculating for a few months that Mark Kelly might run for his wife’s former congressional seat in 2014.

(Warning: Profanity and disturbing images of Mark Kelly’s adventures.)

Mark and Gabby have been in front of the cameras promoting gun control through their newly formed Americans for Responsible Solutions. Shortly after rolling out the new initiative, Kelly was spotted actually buying an AR-15 for himself – or not. The transaction was actually cancelled by the gun store because it appeared Kelly was not purchasing the rifle for his personal use, a violation of federal law.

The AR-15 story was still going strong when this video pops up on the internet. The news report claims the dog belongs to his daughter. She does not have anywhere near the control over the animal that Kelly has.

The hypocrisy of liberals is that they want women to pee and puke while being raped while members of the left get to go around buying the very gun they seek to ban and they can own dogs that kill furry little animals that the rest of us are suppose to protect.

Net Metering: A Win-Win For Everyone

I was quite surprised by the spirited and even vociferous response to last week’s post regarding the issue of net metering and solar energy competition in Arizona. It even captured the attention of several members of the Arizona Corporation Commissioner who made their objections indirectly know to me and those following the debate over APS’ effort to bring about an end to net metering. From conservative, liberal and independent ideologues, the online comments, posts, emails and calls were remarkably supportive of consumer choice.

In case you missed it, subsidies to the solar industry are ending in Arizona over the next few months. For taxpayers, that’s a good thing. But I would also argue the ACC policymaking doesn’t go far enough. Republicans should be just as vehement about ending other energy subsidies, regardless of the source, which will ultimately usher in a thriving and more competitive energy market.

Many, like me, are trying to understand why a state rich in abundant sunshine is finding resistance in securing energy choice among those who were elected on a platform of competition and choice?

Republicans have long held that choice, diversity and competition in the energy marketplace moves us toward energy independence, wise stewardship of the environment and consumer freedom and sustainability. Choice in education is a prime example of this very philosophy that has brought student achievement and parental involvement. Why would we not apply the same logic toward energy policy?

In fact, here is what the 2012 Republican Party Platform – updated last August – says about the Republican vision on energy:

Unlike the current Administration, we will not pick winners and losers in the energy marketplace. Instead, we will let the free market and the public’s preferences determine the industry outcomes. In assessing the various sources of potential energy, Republicans advocate an all-of-the-above diversified approach, taking advantage of all our American God-given resources. That is the best way to advance North American energy independence. 

We encourage the cost-effective development of renewable energy, but the taxpayers should not serve as venture capitalists for risky endeavors. It is important to create a pathway toward a market-based approach for renewable energy sources and to aggressively develop alternative sources for electricity generation such as wind, hydro, solar, biomass, geothermal, and tidal energy. Partnerships between traditional energy industries and emerging renewable industries can be a central component in meeting the nation’s long-term needs. Alternative forms of energy are part of our action agenda to power the homes and workplaces of the nation.

As a result of the feedback of last week’s opinion piece, I feel it necessary to expand and even advocate for a recalibration on an inconsistent Republican policy makers hold on this topic.

Yes, the GOP has been a steadfast and principled advocate for free market policies – especially when it comes to stopping the spread of the healthcare industrial complex known as Obamacare or the vast left-wing manipulation of public education. We argue with passion that we need more health care choices. We argue for charter schools and tuition tax credits.

So why then would we allow the elimination of consumer-based choice in the form of alternative energy options by policy makers in league with the monopolistic maneuvers of utility corporations?

Please don’t misunderstand me when it comes to the whole issue of corporate welfare and subsidies to certain pockets of the energy marketplace. I fully oppose government poking its nose in the role of picking winners and losers, eliminating consumer choice all at the expense of taxpayers.

That’s why I argue the point of protecting net metering – a policy that allows consumers to produce their own energy with the excess amount to be supplied back to “the grid” a win-win for everyone.

Some time within the next 90 days, APS is expected to push the Arizona Corporation Commission to eliminate this practice thus taking away the primary mechanism and incentive for taxpaying consumers to pursue energy sustainability and efficiency. This makes no sense at all other than re-erecting a barrier of protection for utility monopolies.

Will opinions like this continue to provoke fierce debate between those vying to consume, provide and blur the distinction between both roles? That’s guaranteed. But let’s remember one thing. Our state Constitution was written to protect the rights of Arizonans. With the right Republican leadership in place, energy choice, independence and consistency can thrive in Arizona.

Let the debate continue!