Debbie Moak and Seth Leibsohn discuss the adverse effects of legalizing Marijuana for recreational use in Arizona. Both Debbie and Seth appeared on Newsmaker Sunday with John Hook.
Here is the video:
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Debbie Moak and Seth Leibsohn discuss the adverse effects of legalizing Marijuana for recreational use in Arizona. Both Debbie and Seth appeared on Newsmaker Sunday with John Hook.
Here is the video:
On Wednesday, Wendy Rogers called for her opponent, Sheriff Paul Babeu to drop out of the race for Arizona’s first congressional district. Shocking new allegations of abuse at a boarding house in Massachusetts run by Sheriff Babeu were detailed in an expose Tuesday night by ABC 15.
“Today I call on Sheriff Babeu to do the right thing. Step down from this race. You are an embarrassment to the Republican Party, the state of Arizona, and our nation. We deserve better,” said Rogers.
On the tape, Sheriff Babeu can be heard comparing the school’s treatment of children to boot camp. Rogers, a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, had this to say, “I went through military officer training. It built camaraderie, instilled honor, and made me the professional I am today. My fellow veterans and I will not stand for Sheriff Babeu’s twisted attempt to justify cruelty to children.”
Rogers further explained, “Sheriff Babeu’s views are also completely at odds with what I have come to know as a foster parent and clinical social worker. No child is hopeless. All children need and deserve compassion and understanding.”
The Babeu campaign today released a statement saying, “These allegations prove nothing new.” In response Rogers said, “His own campaign website touted his executive experience from having led this school as a qualification for elected office. He held this as evidence of experience, while he knew EXACTLY what this school did. He has lied to the voters about this, and continues to do so, even as this horrifying evidence comes to light.”
The AZMedia tried to bury an important fact regarding the sickening story of a 3 year old girl that was discovered duct-taped, in a garbage bag, and covered in feces after she was offered up for sex to a stranger.
In paragraph twenty (yes TWENTY), the local MSM begrudgingly admits that Francisco Javier Rios-Covarrubias is here illegally — oh, he’s also a homosexual tranny who frequently sought out anonymous gay sex.
Neighbors of Rios-Covarrubias described him as a man who liked dressing in women’s clothing. An apartment complex manager says he only lived in the community for a few months.
Rios-Covarrubias faced a Maricopa County Superior Court judge Tuesday to answer to charges of kidnapping, sexual conduct with a minor, felony child abuse and sex trafficking. The judge did not find sufficient evidence on the latter charge.
Rios-Covarrubias was denied bail because he is in the U.S. illegally, he also has been placed on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold.
Read the full (sickening) story here
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:
Law & Order Team Vigilant for the Holidays – Keeping families safe in Pinal County from DUI related incidents
(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.”
by Rachel Alexander
Reprinted from Townhall
The case of the corrupt prosecution against imprisoned former Congressman Rick Renzi continues to explode with new evidence of wrongdoing – literally every few weeks something else comes out. It is beginning to look like Fast and Furious as more information pours out implicating the government.
As I’ve explained previously, the crux of the case against Renzi was he had proposed a federal land exchange that allegedly would have benefited himself. Evidence came out during the trial and especially afterward revealing this wasn’t true. The FBI offered to give money to the government’s key witness/”victim,” Philip Aries, to change his story and say the land exchange was Renzi’s idea. The DOJ prosecutor, Gary Restaino, whose wife worked closely under Janet Napolitano, never disclosed this information to the defense.
As more evidence came out about this collusion in July, U.S. Federal District Court Judge David Bury granted a hearing to consider a new trial. I attended the hearing, where I met several of Renzi’s 12 children, who have developed into impressive young adults, sure of their dad’s innocence. I was shocked by what I heard as Aries and the main FBI agent repeatedly contradicted each other’s testimony on the witness stand. How can you convict someone based on that?
The prosecution offered Renzi a deal right before the trial where he would have only done 10 months in prison if he would just lie and plead guilty to a small public corruption charge of failure to properly disclose his financial interest. If Renzi didn’t accept it, he was looking at possibly more than 35 felony charges and over 150 years in prison. Renzi prayed and fasted for seven days, drinking only water and asking God for wisdom. At the end of the fast, his son had to help assist him so he could eat. After eating, decided he could not accept the deal.
His children recall him telling them he would rather die than get up in court and lie that he ever misused his public office. He could not in good conscience allow a despicable deal which would have covered up the truth – that the South African former president of a foreign-owned mining company, Resolution Copper Company, named Bruno Hagner, along with a corrupt FBI agent, took out an innocent U.S. Congressman. Renzi would rather let the world know the truth, even if it meant a life behind bars.
Ever since I started writing about the corruption in this case beginning in July, people all over the country are finally hearing what really happened and are emailing me information that even Renzi’s defense team was unaware of. Someone in Colorado told me a couple of weeks ago that Aries’ father Frank has a history of sleazy real estate deals – yet more evidence it was Aries who had proposed the land exchange, not Renzi.
The Phoenix New Times described real estate developer Frank Aries in 1990, “Aries, who drove a Rolls-Royce, lived in a $1.6 million home in the ritzy Broadmoor district of Colorado Springs and liked to brag about the multimillion-dollar sailboat he had his eye on, was not a man who thought small.” The article explains how he connived $240 million from Western Savings & Loan to invest in a real estate project in Colorado Springs that had little chance of surviving,
Aries’ willingness to pay top dollar for raw land in a time of economic uncertainty and Western’s blind faith in the bet-it-all principles of Sun Belt real estate are straight out of a financial fairy tale…The remarkable loan agreement he worked out with Western saw to it that he wasn’t personally responsible for a dime of the money. At last word, the 56-year-old Aries was making plans to sail “probably all over the world…As Aries sails off into the sunset, Western Savings is now under the control of the government’s thrift bailout agency, the RTC. The taxpayers will pick up the tab.
Yet what may be the most alarming new piece of information is the role former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, powerful Democrat Bruce Babbitt from Arizona, played in the land exchange. Aries’ proposal to Renzi at their first – and only – meeting contained a document that contained a footer revealing it had been drafted from the computer of Babbitt’s current law firm. It included the “Sandlin property,” something the prosecutors had claimed was Renzi’s idea to include in the exchange all along to make it look like he was setting up the exchange to benefit himself. At that meeting, Aries even boasted to Renzi that the entire proposed land exchange – which included the Sandlin property – “met Babbitt’s gold standard.” Why would Renzi not feel comfortable at that point, with a former powerful Democratic Secretary of the Interior approving of the exchange? If including the Sandlin property was so wrongful, why did Babbitt give it his approval?
The problem is, what judge is going to risk taking on and implicating Babbitt in all this? The Babbitts are one of the most powerful, longstanding families in Arizona, heavily tied into the Democrats who control much of the legal system.
This sordid prosecution also ties back to the powerful Keating Five – another powerhouse Renzi was facing. Ron Ober, campaign manager and chief of staff for former Arizona Democratic Senator Dennis DeConcini – who successfully escaped anything but a mere wrist-slap finding against him for his role in the scandal due to his immense power and influence – was hired as a lobbyist to represent the Resolution Copper Company to procure the land exchange through Renzi. Ober was also a friend of Charles Keating, Jr. Keating served four and a half years in prison, but Ober managed to distance himself and escape any tarnishing from that association.
Ober told Renzi that if he didn’t agree to push through the land exchange, RCC would go to Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe instead, which would make Renzi look bad since the land exchange was located in Renzi’s district. Ober asked him if there were any other properties that should be included in the land exchange, and Renzi suggested he speak with The Nature Conservancy, the military officials at Fort Huachuca and Senator McCain’s office – all of who had told him that they wanted to see the Sandlin property included in the next land exchange in order to save the Fort and the San Pedro River. In fact, the court record shows that many supported including the Sandlin property in the exchange, including two mayors from Sierra Vista, the chair of the Cochise County Supervisors, the Fort Huachaca 50 business council and a host of other officials from around the state. The alfalfa farmer using the Sandlin property was draining massive water from the land. Renzi finally reluctantly agreed to the land exchange, but he still had concerns about allowing a foreign-owned company run by a South African to buy out a significant amount of Arizona’s resources. Renzi also revealed verbally to RCC and on his public financial disclosure statements that Sandlin was a former business associate and that Renzi would recuse himself if that was an issue.
Ober and the powerful, connected Democrats working with him representing RCC then started getting pushy, demanding that Renzi ram through the legislation on their timeline. They never liked Renzi from the start, not wanting a Republican to get the credit for a land exchange that would benefit so many parties – including Native Americans, the Fort Huachuca military base, and the Nature Conservancy – and finally turned against him. They secretly decided to scrap the deal and just went through the motions, setting Renzi up for a fall by pretending that he had proposed the land exchange – namely the Sandlin property inclusion – since they had figured out Sandlin loosely owed Renzi money and they could say that Renzi had set it up to benefit him so Sandlin could pay him back. Eventually Renzi discovered they even had a name for the plot to take him down, “Operation Eagle.”
The reality is, Sandlin easily could have paid Renzi back the money at any time from all of his real estate holdings. He owned free and clear a property that was worth in excess of $5 million which would have been simply to obtain a 20 percent loan from.
But the powerful Democrats who controlled the governorship and much of the legal system weren’t going to risk a chance that Renzi might eventually run against Janet Napolitano for governor or continue on his successful path as a Republican who even Democrats liked. Evidence came in discovery during the trial that RCC had gone to Janet Napolitano and told her that the deal must be killed or it would help Renzi, who had become a #1 target of Democrats. No one doubts at this point that Napolitano was calling the shots, telling Restaino through his wife to continue the prosecution against Renzi no matter how trumped up.
I’ve still never met Rick Renzi. But the more I investigate this case, the sicker I get to my stomach.
What is now beyond doubt in the Renzi case is that a foreigner from South Africa named Bruno Hagner, who lived in Arizona, developed and executed a plan called Operation Eagle to take out an innocent U.S. Congressman. This former executive of RCC and his conspirators should be investigated by an independent counsel. All electronic records where Hagner discusses Operation Eagle should be investigated and turned over to Renzi’s attorneys. There also needs to be an electioneering investigation into Hagner and the the DOJ employees named in a memo from the Justice Department who were targeting Renzi and leaking information deliberately about the FBI investigation to hurt Renzi’s reelection chances.
Just like Fast and Furious, now that the criminal activity continues to leak out, it is time for a reexamination of the entire land exchange and prosecution – maybe it’s time for a congressional investigation. Otherwise the process of how we elect our representatives will never be safe from foreign predators.
It has now been since July that Judge Bury was made aware of this new information. Will he stand up to the powerful corrupt interests, or will he let an innocent man sit in prison?
By Seth Leibsohn and Sheila Polk
As Arizonans prepare for a public debate on legalizing marijuana, we encourage a close look at Colorado — the first state to fully legalize recreational use and sale of marijuana – and Ohio, the most recent state to defeat it.
Ohio—a key bellwether state—defeated legalized marijuana this week by a margin of 28 points. What Ohio made clear is that when the facts about today’s more potent and dangerous marijuana are aptly communicated and exposed, there are no good reasons left to make it both legal and more widely available – and it loses.
Perhaps recent news in Colorado is what informed Ohioans. For example: legalization advocates claimed it would help put an end to the black market and illegal sales. In just the last month in Colorado, however, we witnessed the contrary. To wit:
October 28: Officers find 6,400 illegal marijuana plants in southern Colorado forest.
October 9: 32 busted in big Colorado illegal marijuana cultivation crackdown.
October 6: DHS suspends 7 cross country runners.
October 8: Manitou Springs police: Mustangs boys’ soccer marijuana issue handled by school.
As Chief John Jackson of the Colorado Association of Police Chiefs said on 60 Minutes earlier this year, “I can resoundly say that the black market is alive and doing well.”
The largest of these raids, also last month, found 20,000 marijuana plants, 700 pounds of dried weed, and more than 30 guns. Among those arrested were Honduran, Mexican, and Cuban nationals. Clearly, instead of putting an end to the black market, legalization in Colorado has created a magnet for it as legality and availability drive sales and consumption.
As just this one month in Colorado also reveals, the notion that we can solve an international drug cartel program by legalizing a dangerous product that harms our youth is, quite simply, a fraud.
As noted above, high-school marijuana use—including by those on athletic teams—is also a major problem and growing concern. Why? As explained in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors just last month: “[A]s marijuana has become more accessible and adults have become more tolerant regarding marijuana use, adolescents perceive marijuana as more beneficial and are more likely to use if they are living in an environment that is more tolerant of marijuana use.”
Legalizing an intoxicating substance for adults will not keep it out of the hands of our youth—which is why 77% more of Arizona’s youth use alcohol than marijuana today. Making marijuana like alcohol means more adolescents will use more marijuana…just like they do alcohol. And it’s critical to note that today’s marijuana is not the same as it was in decades past—it’s at least five times more potent, practically an entirely different drug.
One month in Colorado is, of course, not the whole story; we recommend reading September’s Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Report. This report documents that, since legalization in Colorado, marijuana has been associated with such social fallout as increased homelessness, school suspensions and expulsions, and traffic deaths.
It couldn’t be clearer: Arizonans should not want this for its families and communities, and we certainly do not need it.
Seth Leibsohn is the host of The Seth Leibsohn Show on 960am/KKNT. Sheila Polk is the Yavapai County Attorney. Respectively, they are the Chair and Vice-Chair of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy.
Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles Announces Joint Campaign With Current PCSO Chief Deputy Steve Henry
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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|
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|
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|
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?|
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%.
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.