Archives for October 2015

Steve Henry Announces Campaign for Pinal County Sheriff

Steve Henry

PCSO CHIEF DEPUTY TO SEEK OPEN SHERIFF SEAT
Steve Henry Announces Campaign to Fill the Big Shoes of Sheriff Paul Babeu

(San Tan Valley, AZ) — Steve Henry, the Pinal County Sheriff Office Chief Deputy, announced today that he would be running to fill the impending open Sheriff’s position.

With the recent news that current Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu will be running for the open 1st Congressional District their will need to be a strong and capable person to fill those shoes.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Over the last 7 years we have accomplished so much here at the Pinal County Sheriff’s office and I could not have done it alone.  Chief Henry has been with me every step of the way as we have enforced the rule of law, raised the standards at PCSO and aggressively fought the drug cartels.”

Pinal County is a major pass through county in Arizona for drug smugglers due to Arizona’s natural landscape and given that Pinal County is larger than the state of Connecticut it faces many challenges to law enforcement.

“Providing fast response times in such a large County is an organizational challenge and whoever takes over for me when I leave needs to have the experience to get the job done,” Babeu said. “As I go off to take the fight in Congress for stronger border security and the rule of law I do not want to undue all the good we have done at PCSO since I was elected.  Chief Henry has my full support for his run for Sheriff and I could think of no one more qualified and able to continue to do all the good things we started on 7 years ago.”

Steve Henry stated, “Sheriff Paul Babeu is a friend and we have accomplished great things together.  I can think of no one else in Pinal County that has given so much back to the community and impacted peoples lives in such a positive way.  I have no doubt he will make a great Congressman, until then, I plan to continue the great work we have started.”

Steve Henry lives in San Tan Valley with wife Sally and two teenage children. One of his daughters is married to an active duty Marine and they live at Camp Pendleton.

Steve Henry has a long and distinguished career in Public service and law enforcement.  Prior to becoming the Chief Deputy of the Pinal County Sheriff’ Office in 2009 where he oversees a staff of 700 employees and volunteers with a budget of $44 million, Chief Henry served in various specialized and leadership positions in municipal and county law enforcement agencies including assignments in Patrol, Field Training, SWAT, Gang Enforcement, Internal Affairs, Community Services, Special assignments with the Bicycle Unit and Traffic Unit and recruiting unit. Chief Henry holds numerous certifications to include Hate and Bias Crime Investigations, General Instructor, Fire Arms Instructor, Court certified expert witness in Criminal Street Gangs, to name just a few. Chief Henry also served as an enlisted member and as an Officer in the United States Army, Chief Henry has the experience and training to meet the diverse challenges law enforcement faces in today’s society. Combining his Master Degree in Educational Leadership with specialized leadership training from the FBI National Academy and the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Chief Henry is a force in bringing innovative and new programs forward that promote public safety.

Chief Henry is currently a Board Member of the Pinal County Drug Coalition, a Board Member for the Arizona Governors Office of Highway Safety DUI Commission, adjunct member of the Arizona Legislature Border Security Committee, past Vice-President and member of the Pinal County Law Enforcement Association and is a member of numerous other organizations. Chief Henry’s awards are too numerous to list but they include the Eagle Scout award, Police Medal of Honor, two Meritorious Service awards, and the Sheriffs Exceptional Leadership Award. 

Senator Steve Smith Named Chairman of Sheriff Paul Babeu Congressional Campaign

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Paul Babeu announced Wednesday he has named Arizona’s leading conservative legislator State Sen. Steve Smith as the sheriff’s congressional campaign chairman.

Smith, who represents a legislative district that covers a significant amount of the Congressional District 1, said he supports Babeu because of his unmatched record on combating illegal immigration and drug smuggling.

“Pinal County and all of Arizona has been blessed to have Paul Babeu fight to stem the tide of illegal immigration through our beautiful state and aggressively combat the drug cartels,” Smith said. “Sheriff Paul is an oath keeper, who does exactly what he promises and we need patriots like him in Washington.  I am proud to support Paul and help send a Sheriff to Congress.”

Babeu, the two-term Pinal County sheriff, is running for the open CD1 seat.

The Goldwater Institute and Arizona Conservative Coalition both ranked Smith as the top conservative legislator and Americans for Prosperity named Smith a “Champion of the Taxpayer.”

“I am honored to have Steve on this campaign and can think of no better champion for rural conservative values,” Babeu said. “His expertise and advice will be invaluable as we look to replace a liberal Democrat in CD1.”

Poll: Who Should Be The Next Speaker Of The House?

Center for Arizona Policy: Abortions Decrease 3.7% in Arizona

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Statement from Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod

PHOENIX – “Arizona leads by example in the national effort to protect the health and safety of women and preborn children – and the numbers again prove it.

The recently released Department of Health Services annual abortion report shows that 501 fewer abortions were performed in Arizona in 2014 as compared to 2013, a decrease of 3.7%. Since 2011, there are now 1,500 fewer abortions performed annually for a decrease of 10.7%! This is encouraging news to everyone who values life, and it is also a testament to what the thriving pro-life movement in Arizona has been able to accomplish.

We continue to see that through strategic public policy and a commitment to loving and serving women with pregnancy resource centers, we can save lives.

Although this is yet another encouraging report, it is clear that the abortion rate in Arizona remains too high. Women considering an abortion deserve better. Our efforts to safeguard women and to ensure that every preborn child has the right to pursue life, liberty, and happiness are far from over.

The shocking videos from the Center for Medical Progress, exposing the barbaric quests of Planned Parenthood executives to sell baby body parts, further prove that we still have a long way to go to ensure that every life is protected and respected. I am more resolved than ever to do what is necessary to protect women and preborn babies from the dangerous and deadly practices undertaken by Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion lobby.”

Center for Arizona Policy promotes and defends the foundational values of life, marriage and family, and religious freedom. For more information, visit azpolicy.org.

Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot: ‘Feds Refusing to Prosecute Illegals’

By Olaf Ekberg
(Reposted from The American Mirror)

Yuma County, Arizona Sheriff Leon Wilmot is tired of his county’s taxpayers paying to recapture illegal immigrants because of the federal government’s refusal to enforce the law.

“If you are not going to do your job and we have to do it for you, you should be paying us,” Wilmot tells KYMA.

leon-wilmotWilmot says his department has arrested illegal immigrants for drug smuggling and identity theft, but the U.S. District Attorney “fails to prosecute them.” The sheriff says the feds’ inaction is costing Yuma County taxpayers about a million dollars a year.

The Sheriff’s Office has made more than 150 arrests since last October, and 13 illegals in the last week alone for fake passports.

Wilmot says it has cost about $950,000 over the last year to house illegals in the county jail. That amount has increased to $980,000 and so far, there’s no word from the District Attorney about whether the feds will help cover the cost.

“They think it’s better served by the local authorities. Our point on that is you’re costing us an arm and a leg to do your job,” says Capt. Eben Bratcher, according to The Republic.

Illegal immigration prosecutions in Arizona were down 15% between July 2014 and July 2015, according to data compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

To Bratcher, that means more drug smugglers and immigrants who use false identification are getting off the hook too easily.

“We don’t believe that letting these people go is doing anything to protect our border,” he says.

Bratcher says local authorities have been charging illegals for crimes based on state statutes. “He gave the example of a man who was caught transporting 30 pounds of methamphetamine at a border crossing but whom federal prosecutors declined to pursue,” according to the paper.

Marc Rosenblum, deputy director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the non-partisan Migration Policy Institute, says fewer arrests and less resources “could contribute to the decline in prosecutions.”

Congressman Trent Franks On NAU Shooting, US House Leadership

Here is the latest video from Congressman Trent Franks on the NAU shooting. Congressman Franks also addresses why leadership in the US House is changing and what is pushing those changes in leadership. Congressman Trent Franks opposed Kevin McCarthy’s intention to seek House Speaker as a member of the House Freedom Caucus.

Franks points out that the Senate filibuster has been the elephant in the room when it comes to what is driving a change in the next Speaker of the House.

Congressman Paul Gosar On The Fight To Stop The EPA Water Grab

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Rep. Gosar: Huge Victory in the Fight to Stop the EPA’s Lawless Water Grab

“Today’s decision is another massive blow to an administration that continues to run roughshod over the rule of law and disregard our nation’s checks and balances”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after a federal appeals court issued a nationwide stay blocking the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule resulting from a lawsuit filed by 13 states, including the state of Arizona:“As federal courts around the country continue to limit the Obama Administration’s lawless, overreaching regulations, the bureaucratic minions forcing these policies down our throats should take notice. No president or D.C. bureaucrat is above our Constitution. For the good of our country, I pray that this misguided effort to illegally push an ideologically-driven agenda, will continue to be thwarted by our judicial system. Furthermore, those who are knowingly violating the law to impose job-killing regulations by executive fiat should be held accountable. Today’s decision is another massive blow to an administration that continues to run roughshod over the rule of law and disregard our nation’s system of checks and balances.

“WOTUS is a job-killing, overreaching new regulation that would be a dream killer for future generations and result in significant job losses as well as considerable harm to our economy. This terribly flawed Washington mandate contradicts prior Supreme Court decisions and seeks to expand agency control over 60% of our country’s streams as well as millions of acres of wetlands that were previously non-jurisdictional. The fight to stop this regulation will not be easy, but I am committed to protecting the American people from this blatant executive water grab and will continue to fight this overreach at every opportunity.”

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Background:

From the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit: “A stay allows for a more deliberate determination whether this exercise of Executive power, enabled by Congress and explicated by the Supreme Court, is proper under the dictates of federal law.”

On March 25, 2014, the EPA and the Corps released a proposed rule that would assert Clean Water Act jurisdiction over nearly all areas with even the slightest of connections to water resources, including man-made conveyances.

On May 1, 2014, Congressman Gosar and 230 of his colleagues sent a letter to Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the EPA, and John M. McHugh, Secretary of the Army, urging them to withdraw the proposed rule. The full text of that letter can be found HERE.

On January 28, 2015, Congressman Gosar introduced H.R. 594, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act. This legislation has the support of 185 bipartisan cosponsors. Click HERE to read more about the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act.

On May 12, 2015, the House passed H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, by a vote of 261-155. This critical legislation requires the EPA and Corps of Engineers to formally withdraw the agencies’ proposed rule that would redefine WOTUS and any subsequent final rule. Congressman Gosar joined the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Bill Shuster in introducing this bill. Click HERE to read more.

Congressman Gosar has also inserted funding riders into appropriations bills, blocked a democrat amendment that tried to strip one of his WOTUS riders and voted at least five different times for legislation that has passed the House to block WOTUS.  In July 2015, he berated EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and submitted revelatory evidence into the Congressional Record from senior Army Corps of Engineer employees which expressed serious legal and scientific deficiencies with the final draft of the WOTUS rule.

More than 200 organizations and local municipalities have publicly declared their opposition to the proposed WOTUS rule.

On numerous occasions, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy broke the law by lying to Congress in order to try and impose WOUTS by regulatory fiat. On September 11, 2015, Congressman Gosar introduced H.RES.417 to initiate impeachment proceedings against Administrator McCarthy for these crimes. You can learn more about his efforts to remove Administrator McCarthy from office by clicking HERE.

Who is responsible for raising your property taxes?

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Dear Arizona Taxpayer:

Maricopa County Treasurer Hos Hoskins made headlines with the policy letter he included with recent property tax bills for Maricopa County residents.  (Note for those living outside of the “Great State of Maricopa”: this does apply to you, as well.)   Hoskins has re-opened an interesting policy debate about the extent to which property tax burdens have been shifted from business property taxpayers to residential property taxpayers (or vice-versa, depending on your point of view).  We have included some links below about that debate.

Setting aside the debate about the burden shift, Hoskins made a claim that is very counterproductive to the efforts of property taxpayers to fight for tax relief.   Multiple times in his letter, Hoskins made the following claim: “Voicing your opinion to anyone other than your legislators will change nothing.”

That claim is highly misleading.

Consider just a few examples from your property tax bill.  If you look closely, you will see several line-item levy amounts from several different local government taxing authorities: your K-12 school districts, your community college district, your city government, your county government, and multiple special taxing districts.  Each of those taxing districts have authority, completely independent of the state Legislature, to raise (or more rarely, lower) your property tax levy.

(Note: Always focus on the levy, which is the actual number of dollars you must pay, rather than the rate.  If local officials brag to you that they have lowered property tax rates, hold onto your wallet and ask them what is going to happen to your actual levy.)

Many Arizona school districts and municipalities have put budget override and bond measures on your November 3 ballot.  If passed by voters, those measures will increase your property tax bill.  Those measures were not placed on your ballot by the Arizona Legislature.  They are on your ballot, and driving up your tax bill, at the sole discretion of local elected officials.  Your school district board members are under no legal (or in our opinion, moral) obligation to try to push for an override.

For example, Phoenix Union school board members could have decided that spending $9,627 per student  (in current expenditures, not counting capital and other costs) is enough.  Even without the override, Phoenix Union will spend more than $9,000 per student – enough money to put two teachers in every classroom of 25 students and pay each of those teachers $75,000 per year.   Instead of trying to raise taxes via an override, the Phoenix Union board members could cut excess administration and other waste.  See our Phoenix Union flyer HERE, and contact us at bwitbeck@afphq.org if you want us to send you a flyer for your own school district.

We as citizens and taxpayers must hold the local officials in our cities, counties and school districts accountable for the dollars they choose to spend.  See AFP’s Local Government Scorecard to learn more about holding your local officials accountable.

Back to the interesting debate on the business-residential property tax levy shift…  For a defense of the shift and Proposition 117 (which passed in 2012), go here for the response of the Arizona Tax Research Association to the Hoskins letter.  Or go here for Senator Debbie Lesko’s response.

Boaz Witbeck
Arizona Policy Analyst
Americans for Prosperity

David Gowan 1st CD-1 Candidate to Sign “Stop Common Core” Pledge

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Proven Conservative & Constitutional Republican Signs Eagle Forum Pledge

Phoenix, AZ (October 8th, 2015) – Arizona Speaker of the House David Gowan became the first candidate in the race for Congressional District One to sign the Eagle Forum’s “Stop Common Core Pledge.”

“For me, this was an easy pledge to make because it was nothing more than a continuation of my history of opposing Common Core, no matter what it was called.” said Gowan.

The pledge commits its signers to opposing Common Core and limiting or eliminating various aspects of Common Core such as data collection, directed vocational training, and nationalized assessments.

“The Federal Government has no Constitutional authority when it comes to education, and Common Core represents nothing more than the next step in the federal takeover of our schools.” said Gowan, continuing “I believe that control of the schools ought to be a local matter, and I will fight against any efforts to give control to bureaucrats thousands of miles away from Arizona.”

Internal poll: Babeu opens with commanding lead

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Just two days into his campaign for Congressional District 1, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu boasts a substantial lead against his competitors according to an internal poll released Thursday.

The poll, conducted Wednesday, surveyed 484 Republican primary voters. Babeu was the choice of 43 percent of respondents. Former Secretary of State Ken Bennett garnered 11 percent while businessman Gary Kiehne received support from 9 percent of respondents. Businessman Shawn Redd and House Speaker David Gowan followed with 2 percent each. A third of voters were undecided. The poll had a margin of error of 4.45 percent.

After a high profile campaign rollout, the poll also found Republicans overwhelmingly approve of Paul Babeu. Sixty-eight percent viewed Babeu somewhat or very favorably. Just 14 percent saw him in an unfavorable light. And only 18 percent had no opinion.

When it comes to issues that are important to voters, immigration led the way. Nearly a third of respondents said immigration and border security was their No. 1 issue. Another 20 percent said the economy and budget issues were a top issue. Defense and veterans issues were the top concerns of 11 percent of respondents. Nine percent of voters said gun and property rights and another 9 percent said values and marriage were the most important issue.

“Paul Babeu is well-known in the district having served seven years as Pinal County sheriff and appearing on numerous local and national news programs,” campaign spokesman Barrett Marson said. “This poll shows he’s not only well known but he is liked throughout the district and is positioned to take the Republican primary in August.”

Paul Babeu, 46, was first elected Pinal County Sheriff in 2008 and was voted by his peers as the 2011 Sheriff of the Year. A 20-year veteran of the Army National Guard, he served in the Iraq War and commanded 700 men in the Yuma Sector during Operation Jumpstart.

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