Archives for July 2013

Hon. Ken Blackwell endorses Steve Montenegro for Secretary of State

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PHOENIX – State Representative Steve Montenegro today announced that the Honorable Ken Blackwell had endorsed him for Secretary of State.

“The job of Secretary of State calls for someone with integrity and backbone.  The voters of Arizona would be very well served by Steve Montenegro, a proven conservative, and I wholeheartedly endorse him and support him.” wrote Blackwell in his endorsement.

“It is humbling to receive such kind words from such a great leader in our party.” said Montenegro in response.

Ken Blackwell served as Ohio’s Secretary of State from 1999-2007 and was the first African-American to be the candidate for Governor from a major party in Ohio when he was the GOP nominee in 2006.  He continues to be a major leader in conservative efforts and is currently on the board of the National Rifle Association, the National Taxpayers Union and The Club for Growth.  He is also the National Chairman at Pass the Balanced Budget Amendment.

In March of this year, and in response to the urging of nearly two dozen conservative leaders from around the state, Montenegro formed an Exploratory Committee to consider a run for Secretary of State.

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Sophia Johnson for Arizona House, District 19

For those who live in the West Valley, please support Sophia Johnson for the Arizona Legislature in district 19!

Please visit her website at SophiaforDistrict19.com

URAPC Response to Brewer’s Team

On Wednesday the Governor and her allies wrote a letter to Secretary of State Ken Bennett asking him to “offer an assessment of the long-term viability of the referendum application and the sample petition on which URAPC relies.”

The URAPC referendum application was accepted by the Secretary of State’s office on June 25th at 1:28 pm. The Secretary of State’s office issued referendum number, R-01-2014, which is on the bottom of every URAPC petition making URAPC the valid committee and ours the only valid petition to refer the Medicaid expansion and the associated bed tax to the 2014 ballot for a People’s Veto. The issuance of the number is the Secretary of State’s statement that the petition was accepted. That is the job of the Secretary of State’s office.

The rest of the letter is viewed by URAPC as an act of desperation and a continuation of the deceitful practices the opposition has chosen to utilize. The Secretary of State is not a lawyer and he does not issue legal opinions. The opposition admits to their deceit at the end of the letter when they ask the Secretary of State to write an assessment and then say that “the courts, rather than your office, must ultimately decide the legality of URAPC’s actions to date.”

They are hoping you will not read the lengthy legalize and instead be confused by semantics and insinuation by one of their high priced “legal guns.” If lawyers knew everything we wouldn’t need judges and juries now would we?

For the record, the URAPC attorneys reviewed the letter and found it laughable. URAPC attorneys will do their work in the courtroom and will not participate in the political circus of propaganda, chicanery and deceit led by the Governor and her team at Restoring Arizona. The Governors Team is free to continue their “pen pal” relationship with the Secretary of State. While they do that, URAPC will continue to gather signatures.

We thank the Secretary of State’s office for agreeing with URAPC in their official statement: “spokesman Matt Roberts said Wednesday that the office would not get involved.“These things fall out of jurisdiction of the Secretary of State’s Office,” Roberts said. “These would be for courts to decide.”

While URAPC appreciates the concern for our volunteers in the summer heat, we would like to note that just a few weeks ago they predicted we would be unable to find volunteers due to the 100 degree temperatures. Instead they now find themselves faced with a clipboard and pen equipped army at malls, restaurants, and shopping centers across the entire state of Arizona. Our opposition attempted to deceive the public with a “fake” petition drive but failed.  They couldn’t find enough people willing to take their money to gather signatures and convince the citizens of this state to help the health care industry become the largest corporate welfare recipient in history.

The letter from the Governor’s Team is just another failed attempt to confuse and discourage our volunteers; this is just the beginning. The arrogance is blatant. We may be lowly precinct committeemen, small businessmen, and hard-working taxpayers but we can read the Arizona Constitution which affords us the right to veto legislation. Throughout history when the people stand together they have prevailed against the arrogance of the elite and powerful, from the time of Goliath to the British Crown.

To our loyal and hardworking volunteers: Do not be distracted. These attempts are intentionally designed to stall principled conservatives from gathering signatures while you search for answers to erroneous questions. This is just the beginning of a well funded campaign to misinform and confuse, and its right out of the playbook of liberal Chicago style politics.

URAPC challenges you to instead help us show the elite, the establishment, and the arrogant, that our voices still matter in Arizona by raising your personal goal by another 200 signatures. If we can submit 200,000 signatures the chances of a court case will dwindle.

URAPC would like to request a letter of our own from Ken Bennett, not in the capacity of Secretary of State, but as soon to be gubernatorial candidate. We, the Principled Conservatives of Arizona, would like a letter stating where you stand on the Medicaid Expansion and the implementation of Obamacare in Arizona.

Christine Bauserman
Frank Antenori
Ron Gould

 Paid for by United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives R-01-2014

 

BREAKING: Environmentalists Holding Secret Meetings with SRP – Deal Imminent

We have learned Salt River Project has reached a backroom deal with radical enviros for a partial early shut down of the Navajo Station Generating Station to address so-called visibility issues at the Grand Canyon. The deal will cost a lot of jobs.

The secret deal was cut by what they call a Technical Working Group that apparently has been meeting for several months with EPA’s blessing. The Sierra Club did not like the discussion and they publicly stomped out of the room, but the even more radical Environmental Defense Fund stayed in. Seems they are hell bent on force-feeding a job killing deal to Arizona even though a Department of Energy study says there won’t be any visibility benefit at the Grand Canyon from more regulations. That’s because Canyon visibility is impacted by smog and car emissions coming from, you guessed it: California.

Just you wait. SRP will try to sell it to Arizona as the only compromise they can get. They will say that the well-funded extremists who are trying to shut them down have forced their hand.

It’s not true.

The truth is we need to stand up and tell Obama and the radical environmentalists to follow the law and make sure that the plant’s future is talked about in the light of day. We can’t ignore that NGS was a very public deal brokered by Congress decades ago to provide power for Central Arizona Project which pumps water across the state. Last we checked water is still essential to the state’s survival. And with this new “deal” water prices could triple, hurting our economy and families.

Most outrageous, is that some think appeasing the liberal activist agenda is more important than taking care of Arizona’s future.

Shame on SRP for caving in to these radicals, Arizona deserves better.

Submitted by an anonymous conservative activist.

Brewer and the Rogue Republicans versus Reagan and the PCs.

Brewer and the Rogue Republicans versus Reagan and the PCs.

Recently Governor Jan Brewer sent an email to “Fellow Republicans”. The drumbeat is old. She takes credit for every piece of legislation the conservative super-majority had to drag her kicking and screaming to sign. She continues a litany of the same old tiring message blatantly treating the precinct committeemen like uninformed, low information voters. Bolding words and underlining and underlining and underlining she once again goes on a tirade of how she only wants to help ensure that crony-capitalism rules the day in Arizona completely ignoring the fact that Obamacare in no way fits in the Republican Party platform. Invoking the words of Ronald Reagan she ignores his conservative message along with the message in the resolutions that every legislative district in Arizona, but one, passed.

Glaringly absent in the Governor’s repertoire is SB1070. SB1070 is the landmark legislation of Arizona that encompasses our true individualistic spirit and the Governor does not mention it once. State sovereignty exists in the fiber of every Principled Conservative but is lacking in the Governor. She has the audacity to claim that the super majority win in 2010 was due to her one cent sales tax increase, Prop 100, instead of the tireless work of the PC’s fueled by the energy of SB1070!

The Governor rants for 453 words attempting to justify why she had to shove Obamacare down our throats, completely ignoring Ronald Reagan’s simple statement, Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.

The PC’s question if she read the resolutions where they state, “Supporting the big government takeover of our health care system, even for a short term gift of federal funds, does NOT reflect the values of the Republican Party or the interests of the taxpayers of Arizona.”

She cannot win on the issues so she tries to bedazzle with facts and gloomy predictions of sickness and death when we believe in the Ronald Reagan idea that, “We should measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.

She predicts State ruin and attempts to bedazzle with facts throwing around “millions” and “billions” and attempts to differentiate between State and Federal taxes when all the Principled Republicans are asking is what happened to the Ronald Reagan idea, “The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.

The GOP PCs understand this and included it in their resolutions, “The long term and evolving costs of the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion will surely bankrupt Arizona just as surely as Obamacare will bankrupt the USA.”

She then proves that she has not lost her mastery of deceit by stating the fact that “Arizona’s Medicaid program is NOT Obamacare” when she knows full well that she is implementing the Federal Medicaid Expansion, aka Obrewercare and it IS Obamacare. Does she expect us to forget the emails, letters in the mail and herself in interviews telling us we have to accept “Obamacare as the law of the land?” We made it clear we understood this to be an untruth and we said, “The US Supreme Court explicitly ruled that each State is free to reject implementation of the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion and Insurance Exchanges.”

The PCs reject Brewer’s socialized medicine but embrace Reagan’s conservatism believing that “No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!

The PC’s could not have been clearer “We urge Governor Brewer, and all Republican legislators, to hold the line against enabling the socialist takeover of our health care system and insurance industry by rejecting the Medicaid expansion.”

When one reaches the end, one cannot help but wonder why this letter is addressed to Republicans when she has gone so far left that she is proving Ronald Reagan correct when he said, “The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”

So now she demands we “move on” and attempts to lay guilt on the heads of the PC’s she has tramped all over. Her arrogance would astonish if we had not recently witnessed her suspending the rules and rolling our conservative leaders. Governor Brewer, the 20% carries more weight if it entails throwing someone under the bus.

Let us not forget the ending of the Pima GOP resolution:

“Governor Brewer is correct that “elections have consequences”. She is wrong in believing that it means that we must roll over and forsake our core values as the Arizona Republican Party whenever Republicans lose a national race.”

“Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”

John Parker, Battle of Lexington, 1775.

 

Governor Brewer – you fired the first shot. The PC’s pleas to not fire fell on deaf ears. It is indeed time for you and your band of rogue republicans to “move on”.

 

Christine Bauserman

www.urapc.org

 

 

Lisa Anderson Endorses Trevor Hansen in Mesa City Council District 6 Race

I am endorsing Trevor Hansen for Mesa City Council in District 6.  He cares deeply about this community, and preserving its history.  In addition, he has the business background and experience necessary to move The City of Mesa toward the future.” 

Trevor HansenMesa, AZ – Trevor Hansen, Candidate for Mesa City Council in District 6 made another significant stride in his campaign today.  He received the endorsement of Lisa Anderson; CEO of Mesa Historical Society and resident of district 6.

I am endorsing Trevor Hansen for Mesa City Council in District 6.  He cares deeply about this community, and preserving its history.  In addition, he has the business background and experience necessary to move The City of Mesa toward the future.” said Lisa Anderson

Trevor Hansen has been working diligently to build a broad base of support for his campaign.  This includes earning the endorsement of citizens and community leaders throughout his district and the City of Mesa.  “I am honored to receive the endorsement of Lisa Anderson.  We share a great passion for history, one that I am dedicated to continue as I serve the City.”

For more information please visit Trevor Hansen’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/VoteTrevorHansen or his campaign website at www.votetrevorhansen.com

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Trevor Hansen has lived in Arizona since childhood and attended Dobson High school.  He has lived in Mesa for nearly two decades, and is an experienced strategic marketing and product development manager. He is currently the Director of Product Marketing for Thomas Reprographics.  Trevor and his wife Wendy have six children. 

AZPIA Files Lawsuit To Halt Betsey Bayless’ Misuse of Maricopa County Taxpayer Funds

Moves Violate Constitution, Benefit Another County,  and Jeopardize Support for Healthcare District

(MESA, Ariz.)  An increasingly influential public interest group, Arizona Public Integrity Alliance (AZPIA), has filed suit in Maricopa County Superior Court alleging that Betsey Bayless has or is about to illegally give away $10 million of Maricopa County taxpayer funds to a private entity.

Bayless is the CEO of the Maricopa County Special Health Care District (District), which does business under the name Maricopa Integrated Health Systems (MIHS).  AZPIA has had success impacting local politics and public policy and is now challenging Bayless’ misconduct.

The District infamously spiked Bayless’ salary last New Year’s Eve, from $375,000 to half a million dollars.  The spike occurred despite her pending retirement, drawing the ire of media and taxpayers alike.

“The New Year’s Eve salary spike was outrageous, but not illegal.  However, the subsequent activities by MIHS to flagrantly disregard its voter-approved mission and invest $10 million to displace an award-winning private sector provider of behavioral health services was the last straw,” said Pace Ellsworth with AZPIA.

In its bid proposal for the three-year contract to serve as the Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) for Geographic Service Area 6 which includes Maricopa and parts of Pinal County, MIHS promised $10 million for its joint venture with Southwest Catholic Healthcare Network (d/b/a Mercy Care), to form and fund the entity called Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care (MMIC).

“Taxpayers authorized the District to provide certain services within Maricopa County.  This isn’t one of them,” Ellsworth said. Furthermore, the District is actually proposing to use Maricopa County Taxpayer funds to serve parts of Pinal County.

“Obamacare is so distasteful because it crowds out the effectiveness and efficiency of the private sector for a government takeover.  And that’s what is starting to happen now with MIHS.  They must not be allowed to stray from their core mission and the trust taxpayers have placed in them,” Ellsworth said.  He also called the use of Maricopa County taxpayer dollars to benefit Pinal County healthcare “outrageous.”

“Maricopa County voters would never have taxed themselves knowing of these plans and abuses. And they won’t pass further support for the District if they insist on proceeding,” Ellsworth said.

AZPIA attorney, Chris LaVoy, said this is a  plain violation of Arizona law and a serious misuse of taxpayer funds.

“We are not only going to pursue this legal action, but we are considering recall actions against each of the voter-installed members of the District board who never told voters about this money grab.  Between the ridiculous raise provided the CEO and now this, we think voters will revolt against the very people who empowered these abuses,” Ellsworth said.

For a copy of the lawsuit filed by Chris LaVoy of Tiffany & Bosco, please contact Michael Scerbo.

For more information or to make a contribution please go to www.azpia.org or visit them on Facebook.

Americans for Prosperity Arizona Kicks Off Healthcare Tour in Flagstaff

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Please join the Arizona Chapter of Americans for Prosperity as we kick off our statewide summer tour, Preparing for Obamacare, on Wednesday, July 24th in Flagstaff!

Northern Arizona University College Republicans will host this special event on the campus of NAU at the Cline Library Assemby Hall beginning at 6 PM.

This tour stop will feature a viewing of the documentary Sick and Sicker followed by a discussion with a physician and public policy expert on Obamacare.

This is your opportunity to learn what to expect and how to prepare yourself and your family for the implementation of Obamacare.

The event is unpriced (free) and open to the public but seating is limited.

We encourage you to mark your calendar, make your reservations and bring a family member or friend to the event!

See you in Flagstaff!

Register

 

Jim Sharpe: Stop protecting bar disciplinary judge O’Neil and release public documents

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Distributed by C O M M O N  S E N S E , in Arizona
Saturday, July 20, 2013

Jim Sharpe: Why is crooked Bar Disciplinary Judge O’Neil being protected? 

O’Neil let his friend practice law in prison after he killed a woman in a hit-and-run DUI, while he disbarred Andrew Thomas for political reasons 

Here is a loose

Above the law
ABOVE THE LAW: No judge or attorney will dare take O’Neil on, since he has the power to take their license to practice law away.

transcript from the Jim Sharpe show Friday afternoon on KFYI:

We learned that judges are above the law when it came to the Andrew Thomas deal, but it goes beyond that. It’s the job of William O’Neil, bar disciplinary judge, to determine whether lawyers keep or lose their license. He sits on a 3-member panel, which is made up of an attorney from the State Bar, and a public citizen. They took away Andrew Thomas’s license. They never looked at the allegations Thomas had brought against public officials, even though the grand juries found them valid. They claimed that Thomas just didn’t like the way the judges were ruling.

There’s been some interesting goings on over the past few years with Judge O’Neil. There is a former friend of O’Neil’s who is trying to get the information out there. The story is convoluted, which benefits the wrongdoers. The average person doesn’t pay attention and the wrongdoers keep going.

There’s an attorney named Christopher Perry who hit an elderly couple while driving drunk, killing the woman, and he fled the scene. He was indicted by a grand jury, and was sentenced to only a year and a half in prison. Perry’s name appears on about 1,600 documents as an attorney- all while he was behind bars! If you or I had done what he did, we’d probably be doing 7 years behind bars. He served only a little over a year. You’d think his law license would have been taken away. But it wasn’t. This goes back to Judge O’Neil. He issued an order of stay on the suspension. People have been asking to see these orders, but they’re not being produced.

Perry held the loan on O’Neil’s mother-in-law’s home. That house was sold in a short sale in 2010, and purchased by a business partner of O’Neil’s, who then turned around and transferred a 50% interest to the judge! You or I have a short sale, we move out of the house, we lose the house. Well O’Neil’s mother-in-law has continued living in the house the entire time!

I have a string of emails here, there is an attorney who had her license taken away by Judge O’Neil, who tried to ask for these documents, but she was told they’re not part of Perry’s file!

I have been contacted by someone from the State Bar. Why does this private organization get to decide who gets to keep their law license? They’re a bunch of liberals who don’t like people like Andrew Thomas. Whereas people who kill little old ladies get to continue practicing law! The Arizona Supreme Court can pass along the authority to manage attorneys’ law licenses to anyone they want. They need to oversee this and make sure the right thing is done. No lawyer wants to jump into this, because the judge they’re going after could take away their law license! That’s what happened to Andrew Thomas. If you try to go after anyone in power who has control over your law license, they will take you out.

I don’t know why the governor’s office isn’t all over this. It’s starting to become clear that they’re preventing folks from putting the documents all together to stop them from figuring it all out. Come on, produce the documents that have been requested. People are trying to protect a judge that should not be protected. Enough is enough is enough. These people are supposed to be unbiased and judging cases. Put some confidence back in the legal system.

Listen to the show here, it’s the first 10 minutes.

We recommend concerned people contact your legislators about this situation, because clearly the State Bar and Arizona Supreme Court aren’t going to do anything on their own.

House Speaker Andy Tobin atobin@azleg.gov 602-926-5172
Senate Majority leader Andy Biggs abiggs@azleg.gov 602-926-4371

Rep. John Allen has indicated he would like to help out in this area, so you may want to contact him too – allen@azleg.gov 602-926-4916

Read our last five exposes on O’Neil here:

http://sonoranalliance.com/2013/07/13/radio-talkshow-host-jim-sharpe-shocked-that-nothing-has-been-done-about-az-bar-disciplinary-judge-oneil/
http://sonoranalliance.com/2013/07/08/corrupt-az-bar-disciplinary-judge-teaching-ethics-to-gop-lawyers/
http://sonoranalliance.com/2013/07/04/az-bar-disciplinary-judge-using-work-resources-to-investigate-political-opponents/
http://sonoranalliance.com/2013/07/03/bar-disciplinary-judges-unethical-short-sale-going-viral-makes-radio-show/
http://sonoranalliance.com/2013/06/21/az-bar-disciplinary-judge-walks-over-crooked-short-sale-michigan-judge-gets-prison/
 

 

 

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Dr. Art Laffer: E-Fairness Is A Pro-Growth Solution


Marketplace Press Release-1Study projects 1.5 million jobs in the next 10 years; Over 39,000 in Arizona

For Immediate Release

July 18, 2013

Contact: Paul Layeux

paul@colemandahm.com

Phoenix, AZ – Small business owners in Arizona welcomed a study conducted by economist Art Laffer and Donna Arduin that shows closing the online sales tax loophole has a myriad of benefits, including the potential to lower overall tax rates and jumpstart economic growth.  Laffer’s study suggests that passing e-fairness legislation like the Marketplace Fairness Act would create a tax system with fewer loopholes, a larger base, and lower rates for all taxpayers, which could lead to an increase in GDP of $563.2 billion and over 1.5 million jobs over the next 10 years.

“As a small business owner, I think a level playing field is essential, but Dr. Laffer’s study makes it crystal clear that this is something that will create jobs in Arizona” said Sole Sports Running owner Lance Muzslay in Tempe.  “It’s hard to argue with the possibility of adding over 13% to Arizona’s GDP while also helping Main Street businesses.”

The Marketplace Fairness Act received a bipartisan vote in the U.S. Senate on May 6, 2013, and similar legislation is already pending in the House of Representatives with over 60 bipartisan cosponsors.

Dr. Laffer’s findings support the efforts of a growing coalition of small business owners, governors and free market conservatives across the country who are urging the U.S. House of Representatives to act and to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act.

“The Laffer study shows we have a chance to not only correct the inequity of the current system, but also to boost economic growth by cutting taxes across the board” said Jim Mapstead of Accurate Signs & Engraving of Phoenix.

Click here to download a copy of the report.

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