Archives for December 2015

Recall Douglas Officially A Miserable Failure

After all the hype, help from the AZMedia and AZ’s organized Left, the Recall Douglas has failed to garner even 10% of the roughly 450,000 signature needed to recall AZ Superintendent of Schools, Diane Douglas.

Read the story here

 

Warren Petersen, Jim Waring to Push for Pension Abuse Prohibitions

Recently, Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring and State Representative Warren Petersen appeared on AZFamily’s Politics Unplugged with Dennis Welch to discuss the problems associated with Valley Metro.

In January, Rep. Petersen will introduce a bill to prevent civil servants who engage in misconduct from receiving any taxpayer-funded benefits.

Legislation like this is needed after Valley Metro CEO Steven Banta misappropriated funds during the course of his job before leaving with his pension.

Here is the video from that appearance:

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SOS Michele Reagan Refers AZGOP Complaint to AG Mark Brnovich

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan has pushed forward a complaint to the Attorney General Mark Brnovich regarding a complaint filed by the Arizona Republican Party related to a political committee headed by former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson. The complaint alleges that Johnson’s political committee, “Open Nonpartisan Elections” or ONE, violated reporting requirements when it failed to report a $10,000 political contribution from Jeff Covill.

Secretary Reagan also did not find reasonable cause regarding other political contributions and expenditures received and made by a parallel 501(c)4 organization registered under the same name. That complaint alleged that the non-profit organization was involved in electioneering when it received a $100,000 donation from Open Primaries and hired the Phoenix-based political firm HighGround. Donations and expenditures $10,000 or greater are required to be reported within 24 hours of receipt.

The matter now proceeds to the Attorney General’s Office where it will be litigated.

To read Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s letter of reasonable cause, click here.

Arizona Media Members Make Their 2016 Predictions

Everyone likes political predictions and these longtime media political reporters are no exception.

Barely edging out the competition on 2015 predictions, Capitol Media Services’ Howie Fischer returns alongside Steve Goldstein of KJZZ and replacing the recently retired Doug MacEachern is Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts.

In the first eight minutes of the segment, Ted Simons reviews the panel’s 2015 predictions tallying up a win for Howie Fischer with 9 points to MacEachern and Goldstein’s eight points.

The remaining 18 minutes, Roberts, Goldstein and Fischer deliver their 2016 predictions. Here’s a summary of what they expect to happen in Arizona and national politics over the course of 2016:

  1. Republican Presidential Nominee?
    Roberts: Marco Rubio
    Fischer: Ted Cruz
    Goldstein: Jeb Bush
  2. Democrat Presidential Nominee?
    Goldstein: Hillary Clinton
    Fischer: Hillary Clinton
    Roberts: Hillary Clinton
  3. Who wins the Presidency?
    Fischer: Whoever the Republican is unless it’s Trump
    Goldstein: Jeb Bush
    Roberts: The Republican nominee unless Trump runs as an Independent
  4. What will be the final number of electoral votes?
    Roberts: 287
    Fischer: 295
    Goldstein: 276
  5. Who wins the US Senate race in Arizona?
    Goldstein: John McCain
    Roberts: John McCain
    Fischer: John McCain
  6. What will be the congressional delegation party breakdown?
    Fischer: 5-4 Republican
    Goldstein: 5-4 Republican
    Roberts: 6-3 Republican
  7. Will Donald Trump win a state primary?
    Goldstein: Yes, Trump will win South Carolina
    Fischer: Yes, several state primaries
    Roberts: No
  8. Who will win in Arizona’s Congressional District 1?
    Goldstein: Paul Babeu wins GOP nomination; Tom O’Halleran wins Democrat nomination & General Election
    Fischer: Babeu wins GOP nod; O’Halleran wins Dem not and ultimately CD-1 seat
    Roberts: O’Halleran wins Dem nomination; Gary Kiehne wins the seat for Republicans
  9. Will Democrats take over the US House?
    Fischer: No way
    Roberts: No way
    Goldstein: No way
  10. Will Republicans keep the US Senate?
    Goldstein: Yes
    Fischer: Yes
    Roberts: Yes
  11. How many initiatives on the 2016 Ballot?
    Fischer: Three
    Goldstein: Four
    Roberts: Five
  12. Will Marijuana make it on the ballot and pass?
    Roberts: Yes, but it will not pass
    Goldstein: Yes, but it will not pass
    Fischer: Yes, but it will not pass
  13. Will the May Special Election Education Funding Referral pass?
    Fischer: Yes
    Goldstein: Yes
    Roberts: Yes
  14. What will the winning percentage be for the education funding referral?
    Roberts: 72%
    Fischer: 66.666%
    Goldstein: 64%
  15. When will the Arizona Legislature adjourn sine die?
    Fischer: May 26
    Goldstein: May 4
    Roberts: April 22
  16. What will be the Republican – Democrat breakdown in Arizona Legislature?
    Goldstein: 36-24 House; 18-12 Senate
    Fischer: Returns to status quo before Begay switched parties
    Roberts: 34-26 House; 17-13 Senate
  17. Does Sheriff Joe Arpaio win re-election?
    Goldstein: Arpaio wins re-election
    Fischer: Arpaio wins again
    Roberts: If David Gonzalez runs in the General Election, he will beat Arpaio
  18. Will the Arizona Diamondbacks make the playoffs?
    Goldstein: Yes
    Roberts: Yes
    Fischer: No
  19. Will the Phoenix Suns make the playoffs?
    Fischer: Only to the first round
    Goldstein: No
    Roberts: No
  20. Long Shot / Sure Thing Predictions:
    Goldstein Sure Thing: At least one former Arizona Corporation Commissioner will run for the seat with an announcement in January.
    Goldstein Long Shots: Doug Ducey as a finalist for VP on GOP ticket (out of final 3) and, Diamondbacks will make playoffs because they will fire Chip Hale and replace him from above with Tony La Russa.
    Fischer Sure Thing: Supreme Court will reject challenge to Arizona redistricting letting it stand.
    Fischer Long Shots: Kelli Ward gets 35% of the vote in GOP US Senate Primary and, Jeff Flake is appointed as US Ambassador to Cuba.
    Roberts Sure Thing: Public schools will remain underfunded while the Legislature gives another tax cut.
    Roberts Long Shot: No member of the ACC on the 2016 will be re-elected. Doug Ducey will seek to reform “dark money.”

Watch the entire episode to get the full details and reasons for their predictions.

POLL: Presidential Pick

Steve Henry & Lando Voyles: Drive Hammered, Get Nailed

HenryVoylesBannerLaw & Order Team Vigilant for the Holidays – Keeping families safe in Pinal County from DUI related incidents

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(Florence, AZ) — Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles and Steve Henry announced a new coordinated DUI enforcement effort during the holiday season.

Steve Henry stated, “Every year PCSO makes a push during the holiday season to keep impaired and drunk drivers off the road.  Nothing is worse than one of our officers being called to a scene where a drunk driver has severely injured or killed another fellow citizen.  Since 2012 we have arrested just over 840 of these impaired individuals during these coordinated efforts.”

Pinal County is spread out and travel time is much higher compared to more metropolitan areas like Phoenix.  More distance means more chance of an impaired driver causing harm or property damage.

County Attorney Lando Voyles stated, “Just this year alone the Pinal County Attorney’s office has a 98% conviction rate on 401 charged DUI cases.  This is made possible to continued cooperation between PCSO and the County Attorney’s office.”

Steve Henry & Lando Voyles stated,  “We have been on the front lines of enforcement and our number one goal is to keep our fellow citizens and families of Pinal County safe.  That is why it is critical we elect qualified leaders to continue keeping Pinal County a safe place to live, work and raise a family.”

They also added, “Please be extra cautious this holiday season, do not drive impaired and if you do plan on drinking please designate a driver.”

Dwain Returns with a Tribute to Donald Trump

Heeee’s back!

Our friend Dwain, from Mullets Over America, brings us his latest creation “Make America Great Again” ’bout the general awesomeness of Donald J Trump.

Special thanks to Public Integrity Alliance and Mr Citrus Valley for creating this ‘lil beauty.

Sen Sylvia Allen: Common Sense is Needed! (On Refugee Policy)

Senator Sylvia Allen

Senator Sylvia Allen

These are dangerous times in Arizona and across the world. The terror in Paris and San Bernardino are reminders that evil can appear anywhere, and anytime. One of the terrorists in Paris entered Europe embedded in a group of Syrian refugees. One of the killers in California entered the United States under something called a “fiancé visa’, after being radicalized. No matter what precautions we try to take in the U.S. to keep our citizens safe, it seems there will always be criminals and terrorists able to avoid detection.

That’s why I support Governor Ducey’s effort to be sure that Arizona has a say in who is brought here.  It will be Arizona taxpayers who will need to help fund these refugee families, and it will be Arizona families who will be harmed if terrorists fall through the vetting cracks and end up in our state.    It is Governor Ducey’s responsibility to protect the health, welfare and safety of Arizona’s citizens.

America is a welcoming country, and it will continue to be, but we also must use vigilance and common sense when we determine who can enter our great country. When it comes to Muslim refugees, we should not only base our decision on what is best for us, but what is also best for them.

Many Muslims live under Sharia Law.  Islam is a political system as well as a religious system and Sharia Law is at the center of that system.  Our Constitutional form of government is in direct opposition.  Would they not be happier in a country that better reflects their beliefs?   Balancing compassion with common sense would tell America that we should help relocate these refugees in other Muslim countries.

Glenn Beck, through his charity Mercury One, has just relocated 149 Christian refugees from Iraq to Slovakia.  Thousands of Americans donated to Beck’s charity to fund the relocation.   Since the US is not allowing Christian refugees (why aren’t we???), Beck found a country who would take them. Close to 500 refugees had been planned for relocation, but the United Nations and the European Union put heavy pressure on Slovakia to stop taking the Christian refugees.

In 1980, my Tenney extended family sponsored a Hmong family.  That program required fellow Americans to take responsibility in finding housing, employment and all their other needs.   The family we helped was a father, mother, three girls and a grandmother.  They lived at my mother’s house, and I helped get the girls into school and found a job for the father.   These refugees were being targeted because the father had fought on the side of America in the Vietnam War.  The Communist governments that took over South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia swept through those countries, killing millions.  Today, this family lives in California, and the girls have all graduated and are good productive citizens.  It was very rewarding for me to help this family.  I am not against helping people in need.

Common sense is needed.   Our lives, as well as the lives of the refugees, depend on it.

Senator Sylvia Tenney Allen
President Pro Tempore, Arizona State Senate

Rep Warren Petersen: Punish Public Officials Who Abuse Taxpayer Monies

Warren PetersenIn case you missed it, Representative Warren Petersen held a press conference on Monday preempting a bill he plans to introduce that will punish public officials who wrongfully misallocate tax dollars and then try to grab pension, severance pay or other benefits on their way out of public service.

Petersen’s bill comes in response to Phoenix ValleyMetro’s CEO Stephen Banta resigning with an annuity of $265,000 after he was exposed using taxpayer dollars to for lavish expenses.

Representative Petersen released the following statement:

I want to thank you for coming out today.  Recently there has been a lot of coverage about the scandal that has occurred at Valley Metro.  Apparently an employee has misappropriated sacred taxpayer dollars.  While this has received a lot of attention, this is certainly not the first case of this in the state of Arizona.  There have been various incidents over the years of public officials using public funds to enrich themselves rather than serve the public good.  Clearly there is neither a sufficient deterrent nor oversight in place to prevent such malfeasance.  Worse we have learned all too often that those who are caught and terminated, leave with lavish payouts, annuities, pensions and other benefits.  

Termination from a high position in government should not be like winning the lotto.  Rewarding someone for bad behavior can only encourage more of the same.  This is unacceptable and the current way of doing things has change.  It is for this reason that I will be working with council member Dicicio and introduce legislation to prevent this from happening in the future.  What I will be proposing is that any public employee who is caught misappropriating tax dollars shall be ineligible for any severance pay, annuity, pension or other benefit.  Furthermore to add a layer of oversight and accountability I will make sure that any taxpayer will have standing in such an event.  The problem with the oversight of a 30 member board is this.  When 30 people are responsible for something, nobody is responsible.  All too often a watchdog citizen or journalist will do a much better job than a 30 member board.  We believe this will be a strong deterrent for malfeasance and a merited penalty for those who violate the law.  

We only hear about the people who are caught.  There is no doubt that there are many who go unpunished.  If there is no punishment we are just going to have faith that people will do the right thing for the sake of doing what’s right.  And there are plenty of people who are doing the right.  This legislation is not for them nor anything they need to worry.  However those who are engaged in illicit behavior will soon have something to cause them to think twice before they squander taxpayer funds.

Petersen was also joined by Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio during the press conference. DiCiccio has been a longtime reformer fighting and exposing corruption in city government.

Dial “D” for Disappointing

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Dear Arizona Taxpayer:

You may not know Arizona state Senator Jeff Dial.  But his disappointing record on fiscal policy issues affects you and your family. CONTACT DIAL NOW to TAKE ACTION.  Or join AFP-Arizona’s field teams (info below) as we go door-to-door in Dial’s district, letting taxpayers in his district know about his record:

— Senator Dial voted against Governor Doug Ducey’s fiscally conservative balanced budget.  His failure to support the budget almost caused the state to spend millions of dollars we can’t afford.

— Senator Dial single-handedly blocked passage of the Truth in Spending budget transparency bill, by not even allowing the bill to be heard in his committee.

— Senator Dial scored 47 percent on AFP-Arizona’s 2016 Legislative Scorecard, earning him the designation of “Friend of Big Government.”

— Senator Dial’s cumulative score on the Legislative Scorecard is 51 percent, earning him the designation of “Needs Improvement.”

The 2016 legislative session that begins in January will give Senator Dial another chance to get it right and vote for fiscally conservative policies.   Tell Senator Dial to stop listening to the teacher unions and the Big Spenders and start listening to the hard-working taxpayers in his district.

Use THIS LINK to TAKE ACTION and contact Senator Dial.

To join our field teams for door canvassing action in Dial’s district (Ahwatukee/Tempe/West Chandler), contact Leslie White atlwhite@afphq.org

For Liberty & Prosperity,

Tom Jenney
Arizona Director
Americans for Prosperity
tjenney@afphq.org

Paid for by Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s largest free-market grassroots organization.  To get on our email list and help us encourage Senator Dial do the right thing, contact us at infoAZ@afphq.org or (602) 478-0146.