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Left wing 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirms $975,000 settlement to corrupt Maricopa County SupervisorEven the other county supervisors – who are mostly corrupt themselves – voted against her awarding herself money for “stress” over being prosecuted for filing false financial forms and voting on a grant to Chicanos por la Causa which was a conflict of interest considering they’d given her a loan at a great interest rate.
UNBELIEVABLE……Read the story here. Must be nice to be powerful and connected. The rest of us little people would be in prison.
Shawnna Bolick Receives Endorsement from Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Phoenix, AZ- May 12, 2014- Today, Shawnna Bolick, Republican candidate for Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28, received the endorsement of Maricopa County Supervisor, Steve Chucri.
“Shawnna will be a prominent voice for families and business across Arizona,” said Supervisor Chucri. “She is dedicated to K-12 education policy and knows what it takes to make sure our children have opportunities to receive the best education. As a county supervisor, I understand the value of working with individuals in our State Legislature who are not only passionate, but understand the need for a common sense approach when it comes to regulatory burdens, smart tax policy and making Arizona competitive. Shawnna will represent the Arizona taxpayer well and I look forward to working with her once she is elected.”
“I am honored to have Mr. Chucri’s endorsement,” stated Bolick. “Steve and I share many conservative beliefs including the need for more government efficiency, transparency and accountability at all levels of government. Steve is a hard worker and a terrific public servant who uses common sense to resolve problems. Together, I know being prudent with our constituents’ limited resources will further help us tackle streamlining the permitting and regulatory processes in order to create the best business climate. I look forward to working with Steve to further these efforts at the local and state levels. As an active communicator I believe we will also make a great team.”
Shawnna Bolick has lived in Legislative District 28 for 13 years. Shawnna and her husband, Clint, have two children, Ryne (12) and Kali (9), plus their six year old rescued greyhound, Beary Goldwater, living in the shadows of Squaw Peak.
Liberal Arizona Republic finally exposes corruption of AZ Bar disciplinary judge who disbarred Andrew Thomas
Reporter uncovers cronyism and coverup goes all the way to the top – the AZ Supreme Court!
Divorce case stirs ethics allegations about judge
A m e r i c a n P o s t – G a z e t t e
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Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Disbarred Deputy Attorney under Andrew Thomas exposes corruption of AZ State Bar
Names names, reveals former Bar president Ed Novak’s unethical role in targeting political enemies
|AZ Bar Association v. Lisa Aubuchon Part 1|
Ed Novak, the guy behind all the corruption
her have only to had one bar complaint against her in her 20+ years of practicing law as a senior prosecutor. She has received multiple awards from law enforcement agencies and victims services. Her division awarded her trial attorney of the year.
On March 15, 2014, the Sun City West Republican club sponsored a well-run Candidates Forum in which each candidate packed all he/she could in a 5-minute appeal to Arizona voters.
The full article and videos are at this link. You can hear them all or use time sliders to pick the candidates of your choice. Included, in order of appearance, are:
Michael Jeanes, candidate, Arizona Clerk of Courts
Sandra Dowling, candidate, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
Clint Hickman, candidate, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
Elbert Bicknell, candidate, Maricopy Country Health Care District #4
Jean McGrath, candidate, Marcopa County Community College District #4
John Heep, candidate, Marcopa County Community College District #4
Bonnie Katz, candidate, Arizona Corporation Commission
Lucy Mason, candidate, Arizona Corporation Commission
Diane Douglas, candidate, AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction
Jeff Dewit, candidate, Arizona State Treasurer
Randy Pullen, candidate, Arizona State Treasurer
David Livingston, candidate, AZ Representative LD22
Phil Lovas, candidate, AZ Representative LD22
Judy Burges, candidate, AZ Senate LD22
Clair Van Steenwyk, candidate, US House of Representatives
Trent Franks, candidate, US House of Representatives
Tom Forese, candidate, Arizona Corporation Commission
Mark Brnovich, candidate, AZ Attorney General
Tom Horne, candidate, AZ Attorney General
Michele Reagan, candidate, AZ Secretary of State
Justin Pierce, candidate, AZ Secretary of State
Christine Jones, candidate, AZ Governor
Al Melivn, candidate, AZ Governor
Alice Lukasik, candidate, AZ Governor
John Molina, candiate, AZ Governor
Frank Riggs, candidate, AZ Governor
Scott Smith, candidate, AZ Governor
For the full article, click here.
Breaks Yet another Fundraising Record
PHOENIX, AZ – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s re-election campaign today announced their fundraising haul for 2013. The Elect Sheriff Joe Arpaio committee raised more than $3.5 million in the last twelve months, setting another record for a county race.
The committee collected over 78,000 contributions, totaling $3,550,100.87. Based on these figures, the average contribution was approximately $45.00.
The overwhelming majority (99.5%) of the contributions received were under the old limits of $450 per person before the Arizona Supreme Court upheld the new limits of $5,000 per person.
Chad Willems, Arpaio’s campaign manager, stated, “We continue to be blown away by the depth and breadth of support for Sheriff Joe. These numbers tell the story that the Sheriff and his policies are more popular than ever.”
Arpaio said, “I am so grateful for the outpouring of support from so many generous people. It emboldens me to know that my supporters are there for me especially when faced with a recall election and being maliciously targeted by the federal government just for doing my job.”
He continued, “Every four years, my supporters encourage me to run for Governor. Based on these fundraising numbers and knowing I could be competitive, I will have to give it serious consideration.”
Sheriff Joe Arpaio was re-elected to a sixth term in November 2012.
Scottsdale, AZ (Dec 16th, 2013) – In an effort to reduce the regulatory burden and reduce costs on Arizona businesses, Rep. Michelle Ugenti, R-Scottsdale, has introduced legislation that will create greater accountability of county government.
House Bill 2013 is loosely modeled after the Arizona Administrative Procedures Act which governs the process state agencies must follow when creating rules and regulations they impose on Arizona businesses.
Ugenti first introduced this legislation in 2012, at the request of many members of Arizona’s business community, to provide them with more certainty and greater input in the development of county regulatory policies. As a result of that effort, in 2013 Maricopa County in conjunction with various stakeholders made several modifications to its regulatory process resulting in greater transparency, additional stakeholder input and expedited processes.
Last session Ugenti sponsored legislation to apply the model created by Maricopa County to the other 14 counties in Arizona. Businesses all across the state should benefit from a process that is less complicated, less costly and more predictable.
“I am appreciative that the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors recognized the merits of what was being proposed and acted to improve their regulatory process for Arizona’s business. They recognized the value in working with the regulated community to improve transparency, reduce costs and increase accountability. This legislation is worth fighting for so that businesses all across the state receive those same benefits,” Ugenti said.
Many in the business community agree with her. The National Federation of Independent Business, a voice for small business, gave Ugenti’s voting record on business issues the highest score possible in 2011 and 2012, the most recent years available. Others who have supported this legislation include the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and the Arizona Chapter of Associated General Contractors.
I have continued my pledge to eliminate nonessential spending and the resulting burden on the taxpayers with my most recent suggestion at the December 3, 2013, Board of Supervisors meeting.
Agenda Item 15, Resolution 2013-109 authorized the issuance of $58 million in Certificates of Participation debt (COPs) to fund additional construction on the Public Service Center (previously known as the Pima County Justice Court/City of Tucson Municipal Court Complex). Certificates of Participation debt may be issued with only a Board of Supervisors majority vote - voter approval is not required.
In the 2004 bond election, voters approved $76 million for the “so called” Pima County Justice Court/City of Tucson Municipal Court Complex. Since this election, County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry has stated the $76 million would only cover the shell construction of this courthouse. Voters weren’t aware they would eventually have to pony up more cash to pay for interior finishes.
The City of Tucson had agreed to contribute $18 million to the construction; however, without a signed Intergovernmental Agreement, the Tucson City Council chose to withdraw from the project in November 2012 – eight years after the bond election. This left Pima County to make a choice:Cancel the project or go it alone. The Board chose to move forward with the project despite the added burden of bearing all construction costs. I presented my argument to my fellow board members suggesting the County should lease the additional space to an outside party versus investing more taxpayer dollars in the courthouse.
My argument to the Board was it would be wiser to lease the remaining area to an outside entity to provide their own improvements which could be a winning scenario for the taxpayers. This option would have allowed for the interior improvements to be completed at the cost of the tenant and at the same time Pima County would have increased revenue by leasing the excess space at the current market rate.
Despite my argument, the Board majority voted to use the building as collateral for an anticipated amount of $58 million in COPs. In effect, the Board authorized borrowing an additional $58 million on top of the $22 million previously invested from the General Fund in 2011 thereby overrunning the original bond amount presented to voters by $80 million.
This is more than a 100% overrun of the original bonded amount voters approved for this court complex.
Pima County will now repurpose the space to house the Pima County Assessor, Treasurer, Recorder, and Constables. The issuance of these additional COPs will fund all interior tenant improvements for the remainder of the courthouse along with parking facilities.
I voted against this Resolution to issue more debt. My argument is the movement of County offices to this facility is not necessary or prudent at this time and any additional space improved should be leased at market rate.
Pima County currently has more than 3.5 times the debt of all other counties in the State of Arizona combined as of November 21, 2013.
Supervisor Ally Miller represents District 1 on the Pima County Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Miller began her term on January 1, 2013.