Sheriff Touchy Can’t Handle Mockery of his Pansy Logo

Guest Opinion by Sam Stone

Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos is running for re-election after taking office a little over a year ago when his 79-year old boss – Clarence Dupnik – handed him the keys to the castle after 35 years at the helm. It was a apt promotion: Nanos had been reportedly running the office for his aging Sheriff for a number of years – proving conclusively that he could effectively maintain the bureaucratic bloat, insider favoritism, and mediocre results his predecessor had become known for.

Since taking office, Nanos has overseen at least one scandal: giving almost $20,000 to the niece of one of his detectives so she could buy the equipment to run for-profit cafes at their headquarters and the county jail.

He also defended the actions of deputies when they shot and killed decorated Marine veteran and father Jose Guerena – actions that resulted in a $3.4 million dollar settlement against Pima County.

All that, of course, while his Deputies get stiffed.

But none of that makes Sheriff Nanos mad. What really gets Chris Nanos mad? People mocking his pansy ass logo.

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After the first few, more people chimed in, including yours truly…

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That’s when Sheriff Touchy stepped in to regulate!

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I mean, good advice, I thought…

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And he did “like” it….

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But, no, Sheriff Touchy couldn’t let it go at that.

A couple of points:

  1. I think he’s referring (one sided-story) to the café. Maybe they had really, really good sandwiches. Or something.
  2. I wasn’t actually referring to his website, just his Pansy logo.
  3. If I was running his campaign, I’d probably be running for the hills right about…now…

Let’s hope Pima County voters do the same in November.

(In case you were wondering, Mark Napier, who narrowly lost to Sheriff Touchy’s boss in the last election, is vying for the office again.)

Thank You Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek

Reposted from HighGround Blog

By  J. Charles ‘Chuck’ Coughlin

The Crucible of Public Service

Steady, purposeful, compassionate, thoughtful, quiet, humble, kind, joyful, patient, dignified and… funny.

It is understandable that this past week, a momentous announcement took place. But it passed with very little attention. Announced the same day that several other elected officials grabbed the spotlight announcing their own plans, Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek announced his retirement from representing District Three on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for the past nineteen years.

Unfortunately, in today’s political environment, announcements like this are often followed by speculation that something else is afoot; that the elected is stepping down for some other troubling reason. That, of course, is not and has never been true, about Andy Kunasek.

During some of the stormiest of periods in Maricopa County government history, when the very foundations of the County government were being rocked by a County Attorney and a Sherriff who were clearly using their own powers to undermine the authority of the County Board of Supervisors, one man held STEADY: Supervisor Andy Kunasek. While the hint and fact of criminal prosecution from the hands of an unethical and now disbarred County Attorney were real, Andy Kunasek stayed calm and worked with his colleagues to steer the county ship into a safe harbor, avoiding outright disaster.

He acted in a PUPROSEFUL manner, being COMPASSIONATE to his colleagues, and was THOUGHTFUL in avoiding the hot political rhetoric which could have inflamed the situation further. He QUIETLY went about his business of building a governing consensus, in a HUMBLE way which did not seek attention or headline.

It is said that the crucible of public service, those hot contentious moments where everything in your soul says do A, but your character says do B, reveal your true character.

As a 30-year veteran of the elected politics in Arizona, I can say that I have personally witnessed such character in only rare circumstances: Matt Salmon supported the first Martin Luther King Holiday as a first time candidate for the State Senate in an overwhelming Republican conservative district in the East Valley. Attorney General Grant Woods chose to pursue the first hate crime statute in Arizona in 1991. Senator John McCain stood up for campaign finance reform when the Washington money machine was steadfast in its opposition. Governor Jan Brewer vetoed five straight Republican budgets before she had even been elected Governor – because she knew in her heart cutting that much from state government would jeopardize the health and welfare of our most vulnerable populations and damage Arizona’s hope for economic recovery.

While moments such as these reveal the underlying individual character, the equally important question is what do those events do to the person who has endured that crucible? Does it change them for the good or does it damage them and their ability to handle conflict over time? Do they become testy, short tempered, arrogant, and dismissive? Or do they become a better version of the person they were before the conflict?

Again, and without exception, Andy Kunasek stayed the Andy Kunasek I had always known; KIND, PATIENT, and DIGNIFIED.

Sure, the hair thinned and got grayer, the words came more slowly and the demeanor a bit more somber and mature. But, weeks and months later, the laugh was still there, the humor surfaced and the absurdity of political life mixed with those character traits and a newer, better version of the guy I knew before stood in front of me.

As he leaves his distinguished County service, all of my colleagues and I here at HighGround just want to say thank you. Thank you for your public service. Thank you for the self-sacrifice and the honor you bestowed upon everyone around you.

You bring out the best in all of us, you made us all better. Godspeed Andy Kunasek.

“Conservatives” for Higher Taxes

Seeing the recent posts regarding the MCRC meeting on Saturday, January 16th,   Mark Spencer was listed among the candidates running for Member at Large.  Additionally, it seems that he made the Arizona Republican Assembly (“AZRA”, read Phil Mason’s) slate of “conservative” candidates.

This is certainly a surprise, particularly when the self-proclaimed conservatives in the tightly controlled leadership of AZRA are foisting a big-government, big-taxer, big-spender as a “conservative” candidate for their AZRA members to vote on.

Someone (AZRA leadership) is pulling the wool over their memberships eyes.   This one could not be overlooked.

In 2010, the City of Phoenix and the notorious big-taxer, big-spender, extreme left wing liberal, Phil Gordon – then mayor – proposed adding a new 2% sales tax on food to the already overtaxed citizens of Phoenix.

Well Mark Spencer thought 2% was far to little.

According to the minutes of a special session of the Phoenix City Council from February 2, 2010:

p.1 The Council heard request to amend … the Phoenix City Code to impose a transaction privilege (sales) tax on food purchased for home consumption.

p.3 Spencer did not feel the 2 percent food tax would meet the needs of the current “crisis”.  Spencer thought PLEA’s position [note: Spencer is the immediate past president of the public employee union PLEA] would be a 2-year limited food tax at 4 percent.

Extreme-liberal Democrat Phil Gordon and his Agenda 21 supporters and staff continued to explain to Spencer how the 2% tax was more than sufficient to meet the current budget gap, but that was still not sufficient for Spencer:

p.4  Spencer agreed [with Phil Gordon] and noted the 2 percent would help even though it was a small amount.  He [Spencer] noted the 4 percent would have been better.

p.5 Mayor Gordon questions if he [Spencer] recommended adopting the 4 percent tax at this time.  In response to Mayor Gordon, Spencer agreed he would recommend 4 percent.

There are some Republicans who noted that Spencer was president of a public employee union of police at the time and was trying to support police.  That may be the case, but any conservative would know that the solution is not to raise taxes, but to reduce spending on non-essential services and shift the money to essential services.

In this case, not only did Spencer not promote the conservative solution, but he exceeded the wildest dreams of the extreme-left-liberal, pro-sanctuary city, Phil Gordon, by suggesting Phil DOUBLE his proposed tax on struggling Phoenicians’ food.

There are some Republicans who have noted that Mark Spencer has become a pastor  and as a “man of the cloth” he must be conservative.  Al Sharpton is also a “man of the cloth”.  That doesn’t make him a conservative.  There are many lefty pastors.

Republicans are being infiltrated by unionists and lefties who are sometimes used by organizations to build constituencies in order to advance agendas that are not conservative… while claiming to be conservative.  Pray for truth and use good discretion – DITAT DEUS.

 

 

 

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.”

Pinal County Attorney Voyles Teams Up With Sheriff Candidate Steve Henry

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Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles Announces Joint Campaign With Current PCSO Chief Deputy Steve Henry

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Over the past 7 years, Pinal County witnessed great and innovative changes in law enforcement. Those innovative changes finally fully effectuated with the election of Lando Voyles as the Pinal County Attorney. Those results came after Sheriff Paul Babeu and Lando Voyles ran and worked as the “Law and Order” team.

The partnership showed leadership, accountability and results. That partnership worked because of the strong team efforts between both the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) and the Pinal County

Attorney’s Office (PCAO). The leadership, accountability and results demonstrated itself in numerous ways. Sheriff Paul’s number one deputy and current candidate for Pinal County Sheriff, Chief Deputy Steve Henry, worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this happen.

LEADERSHIP

Steve Henry showed leadership in many ways that helped the efficiency of trial work at the Pinal County Attorney’s Office. Steve built significant relationships between the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and outside local, state and federal agencies. Those strong relationships partnered with the hard work and dedication of Pinal County Attorney, Lando Voyles, and PCAO to let all local agencies know that their hard work pays off through the convictions obtained. These relationships also turned the Pinal County Attorney’s Office into a viable alternative to the Federal Government.

Steven Henry’s leadership skills helped him successfully initiate, develop, and implement a major organizational change towards a community policing and intelligence based policing culture. Voyles used this plan to implement a vertical style prosecution that set in place direct accountability for charging and handling cases, resulting in quicker charging to conviction times and a decrease to tax payers, per case.

ACCOUNTABILITY

Henry organized the Professional Standards Unit into an internal mechanism that develops policy, procedure, and operations and continues to professionalize and standardize PCSO employees in best practices and legal based operations. Those same standards allowed Voyles’ attorneys to enter the courtroom with confidence and increase conviction rates, ensuring that our Pinal families remain safe.

Through streamlining operations, Henry maintained responsible police work and exceptional law enforcement services, despite the ever shrinking budget environment. Throughout this same time, Voyles first year in office saved almost a quarter of a million dollars from the budget granted PCAO, during his first full year in office. The second full year Voyles remained under budget by over four hundred thirty thousand dollars. Despite this, the case load increased to an all-time high as a direct result of the responsible police work of PCSO and the dedication of PCAO, as they work together using state of the art techniques and equipment to identify criminal conduct.

RESULTS

Relationships and enforcement strategies resulted in PCSO stepping in front as a national leader in Border Security and Drug interdiction. PCSO, under the direction of Sheriff Paul and Steve Henry, cross-deputized the United States Border Patrol (USBP), authorizing them to arrest suspects the same way that a sheriff’s deputy arrests. That cross-deputizing authority provided USBP the ability to seek out cartel scouts hiding on mountain tops, both on and off of Indian Reservations. Voyles successfully prosecuted each cartel scout, even those arrested on the Indian Reservations, based on the argument that they were committing a conspiracy to commit a crime within Pinal County.

Finally, Henry tripled the amount of volunteers and linked PCSO with numerous community organizations. Henry partnered PCSO with law enforcement agencies in education, crime suppression efforts, and intelligence sharing efforts. This partnership opened new headway in the investigation of child crimes. Voyles used these partnerships in creating the family advocacy centers in Pinal County. Voyles’ and Henry’s efforts, using outside partnerships and intelligence sharing efforts, dropped child crimes investigations from an average of 6 months and 12 interviews, per child, down to one day and one interview, per child.

These combined efforts dramatically changed the direction of law enforcement in Pinal County. The strategies and team work combined to make leading changes that Pinal County cannot afford to roll back. For all of the above reasons, Steve Henry and Lando Voyles hereby announce their joint candidacy for the year 2016, as the new “Law and Order” team and ask Pinal County to “Keep Law and Order”.

Sheriff Paul Babeu said, “Working together has paid off with improved safety, justice for victims and real consequences for criminals. Lando Voyles and Steve Henry will continue this strong partnership to protect our Pinal families and prioritize our safety.”

Steve Henry also commented by saying, “While government is broken at so many levels, this law and order team produces real and positive results for our Pinal County citizens. The county’s population continues to grow, yet we’ve taken an 8% budget cut to our operations. We must work harder and more efficient to ensure we don’t compromise service, staff training or fail to purchase needed equipment that would harm public safety.”

County Attorney Voyles said, “The core function of our government is public safety and justice. While our budgets have been reduced, I’m proud that efficiencies within our operation have produced surplus funds returned to the county general fund.”

 

MBQF Poll: Joe Arpaio Has 50/50 Chance Of Re-Election

Also, Tested was School Bonds, Pot Convention and Education Tax

(Phoenix, AZ) — MBQF, a public affairs and consulting firm, announced results of a recent survey dealing with the nationally known, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who could be facing his toughest re-election battle yet.  We also looked at several other current issues in Arizona, primarily within Maricopa County.

In the most recent automated telephonic survey of 559 high efficacy voters in Maricopa County, conducted on October 19, 2015, the survey calculates a 4.14% theoretical margin of error, plus or minus in percentage points, 95% of the time.

The survey asked several questions of voters.  The first was a basic re-elect question regarding Sheriff Joe Arpaio, “Looking ahead to next year’s election for Maricopa County Sheriff, do you think that Joe Arpaio should be re-elected, or do you think that it is time to give someone else a chance?”

Arpaio Re-Elect Question
Results
Should be re-elected
50.45%
Give someone else a chance
49.55%

Party Breakdown

Republicans
Democrats
Independents/PND
Should be re-elected
53%
48%
49%
Give someone else a chance
47%
52%
51%

The second question was phrased, “Recently, the Republican Party of Maricopa County has decided to oppose ALL 28 school district overrides and bond ballot initiatives come this November.  Arizona is one of the lowest ranked states in the United States when it comes to education.  Would you consider the Republican Party of Maricopa Counties stance on these bonds as obstructionist or as fiscal prudence?”

County GOP-No on all Education
Results
Obstructionist
41.50%
Fiscal prudence
39.36%
No opinion
19.14%

The third question was phrased, “Given what you know about Arizona’s education system, would you be willing to pay slightly more generally in taxes to invest in Arizona’s Education System?”

Invest in Education System
Results
Yes
46.33%
No
39.18%
Unsure
14.49%

The fourth question was phrased, “The Phoenix Convention center will be hosting the “Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo” at the end of this month.  Do you think that is a good idea or bad idea to host this event?”

Pot Expo – Good/Bad?
Results
Good idea to host event
36.31%
Bad idea to host event
29.52%
No opinion
34.17%

Michael Noble, consultant and pollster, issued the following statement:

“With Maricopa County voters split on whether America’s Toughest Sheriff deserves another four years, the data shows Sheriff Joe will have his toughest campaign ever.  Republicans, Democrats, and Independents are near evenly split.  In addition, a small plurality of county voters say they are open to paying more for education.  With most eyes focused on the Presidential election next November, Arizona voters have some big choices.”

For more information about this survey, or a summary of topline data and wording, please contact MBQF Consulting. The margin of error for this survey is +/-4.14%.

Steve Henry Announces Campaign for Pinal County Sheriff

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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. 

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.”

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

Say It Isn’t So, Joe

If this story is even partially true, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has finally jumped the shark.  Many conservatives around the state—and country—have held him up both as a hero in his law enforcement ardency and in his refusal to bow to the surrounding left-liberal commentariat and activists.  Over the past couple of years, he has made that job more difficult with some poor decisions, but now he is making it impossible.

Just last month he announced a new effort to go after street dealers of drugs, a la Giuliani and Bratton, including marijuana.  That is a good idea and did wonders for the Big Apple.  Knowing how problematic and crime-driving drug sales are, and how everything from marijuana to heroin is increasingly ending up in too many of our teens’ hands and brains, it is an even better idea for Arizona.   Now, however, he is a featured speaker at a fundraiser for a group supporting legalizing marijuana.  While the event seems to be billed as an educational event on how seniors can benefit from medical marijuana, the group sponsoring it is all over and all about legalizing recreational use as well, that is, legalizing marijuana.  And their promotional material seems to confuse those issues to boot.

People can have their opinions on this—we tend to side with the position that legalizing a product that more and more science is showing to be more and more potent is actually a bad idea.  We also note how marijuana legalization will actually be bad for law enforcement, generally, and how we can read by the week about new illegal grows and law enforcement seizures in places like Colorado and Washington where the black market is still thriving.  And we think it as close to horrific as can be that, yes, it’s still getting into the hands of our teens.

With all that said, just what is Sheriff Joe doing, and, moreover, what is he communicating?  We know from the Arizona Department of Health Services that “medical marijuana” is simply not something most seniors are interested in, with about five percent of such “card holders” being over the age of 71 (and the vast plurality of “card holders” being under forty).  Is the point to get more of them to use?  Is it to fundraise for legalization as the sponsoring group wants to do and issues reports on?

Sheriff Joe has had a long and noble career with both the DEA and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office—he should not be, at once, putting the brakes and accelerator on an issue he has committed his life toward, all the while sending mixed signals to our community, and helping fundraise for the opposite of what his Department says it is doing.  If he’s being used as a dupe, he should stop.  If he’s caving in on an issue he’s dedicated his career to, that’s another matter—but he should tell us clearly so we can all know just what it is he is up to.  And, if he’s simply not sure anymore, and jumped the shark, then he should resign.