More Candidate Recommendations!

Because I refuse to vote early (anything could happen between early ballot drop date and election day), I am posting my recommendations for several local races.

Maricopa County Community College At-Large

John B. Heep
Tracy N. Livingston
Johanna Haver
Jean McGrath
Augustine Bartning

Mesa Schools Governing Board Members

Dan B. Hink
Jenny Richardson

Gilbert Schools Governing Board Members

Ron Bellus
Dawn Brimhall

EVIT District 3

Robert Towe Covington

EVIT District 7

James Candland

Arizona Democratic Party Dirty Halloween Trick Could Backfire on Kyrsten Sinema

Arizona Democratic Party Dirty Trick Could Backfire On Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in 2014 After Libertarian Voters Wanted Her Recalled In 2013

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Recently, the Arizona Democratic Party (ADP) launched a dirty trick in time for Halloween that comes with no treat for Libertarian voters.  The ADP strategy could have worked a couple of cycles ago, but maybe not this time – particularly when Libertarian Mike Shipley filed recall papers against her last year.  Though the Secretary of State spokesman  said he would not order a recall election in Sinema’s case because the congresswoman is not bound by the state’s recall law, the Libertarian group still wants to invalidate her seat.  In light of the controversial mail out by the ADP, Shipley said: “Don’t underestimate Libertarians because we are here to stay.”

Political dirty tricks happen within both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, but the ADP has sunken to an all new low this time.  It appears ADP’s arrogance with regard to Congressional District 9 underscores their belief that CD9 voters are politically under educated.

According to AZ Central:

“Obviously we prefer Kyrsten Sinema,” said Quinlan. But “our calculation is there are probably a lot of conservative voters who realize (Gammill) is a far more consistent conservative than Wendy Rogers. … We’re pretty much taking (Gammill’s) positions directly from his website and sharing them.”

We implore key swing independent voters of Arizona (now largest voting bloc) to teach Rep. Kyrsten Sinema a lesson specifically in Congressional District 9.  We also implore Sinema’s Latino and Chicano Democratic voting constituents to vote anyone but Sinema and recall to their memory her flip flop on immigration Carlos Galindo exposes repeatedly on his national political talk radio program.  Galindo is a former liberal now registered independent voter of Arizona.

Galindo wrote:

It appears Andiola’s recent departure from Sinema’s employ may have been a forced departure, based on pressure that was placed on Sinema and her congressional office for hiring a staffer who is supportive of an Immigration “advocate” who spews anti-USA rhetoric. Just as important, according to sources, Andiola was a $50,000 a year congressional office staffer allegedly mooching for money to take a trip to Washington with her mom. See screenshot below. 

ADP’s DJ Quinlan is banking on his perception of naïve Republicans believing Powell Gammill is more “conservative” than Wendy Rogers when in fact, Libertarian candidate Powell Gammill is for open borders.  It is also well known how Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema flip flopped on the immigration issue; where she gets tough on immigration on one day — while reversing her view on another day.  Unfortunately and the problem we have with Sinema is voters will not know what they will get with her in light of her many reversals and stances to include criticism with regard to her  exploiting veterans and Latinos.

Make no mistake, our group to include independent registered women, Chicanos, and Latinos want legal immigration reform.  We do not want to be used as political footballs, and while the ADP gave Sinema a free pass to the SB1225 regard, our informed community will not give her one nor will we allow her to forget it.

Originally posted on Somos Independents.

Kyrsten Sinema’s Chickens Come Home to Roost!

Wendy Rogers

Sinema’s chickens come home to roost: Defense Officials Say 20 to 30 Former Gitmo Detainees Have Joined ISIS and Other
Syrian Terrorist Groups

(PHOENIX, AZ) – Today, Fox News reports that DoD officials suspect 20 to 30 individuals, who were formerly detained at the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay, now have joined ISIS and other groups fighting in Syria.

“Clearly, Kyrsten Sinema has put our country in danger. Congress must show strength and resolve to our enemies. When liberals began talking about closing Guantanamo Bay, our country rightly became worried about recidivism. Now it has come home to roost. Terrorists who were in our custody are now joining an organization that has been threatening our nation, once again putting them in a position to do harm to America. Kyrsten Sinema and her allies have created this harmful contingent, and they lack the courage to fix it,” said James Harris, spokesman for the Wendy Rogers campaign.“The facts are irrefutable. Kyrsten Sinema voted to allow terrorists to be transferred to American soil and tried in U.S. courts.  Sinema also voted against an amendment that would have eliminated funding for the release or transfer of individuals held in Guantanamo Bay.  Even in the face of mounting danger from ISIS, Sinema has stood by these votes. The question is – will Sinema stand by her whimsy now that former detainees have joined ISIS and are once again threatening our nation?  Kyrsten Sinema has weakened our nation. It’s time to send a military veteran to Congress who gets it – that would be Lieutenant Colonel Wendy Rogers.”

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Mesa Activist: Vote NO on all Mesa Bond Issues

Longtime City of Mesa activist and watchdog Gene Dufoe presented this excellent case why Mesa voters should vote NO on all the City of Mesa bond issues. It’s lengthy but well worth the read to become informed.

On Monday, Oct. 5, I spoke at the City of Mesa Council meeting for 3-minutes on why $580,000,000 Utility Revenue Bonds should not be approved at the election on November 4.  The earlier article, as well as this article, are available on the http://votesmartmesa.com/ website.  The earlier article also appeared in the Gilbert Watch on August 22, 2014.  The complete update follows:

A look at why the concentration on the City of Mesa’s Utility Bonds, we need to look at the City of Mesa Budget: FY2014-15 Auditor General Schedules A-G: Schedule A Summary of Estimated Revenues and Expenditures to find why. http://www.mesaaz.gov/budget/ Documents/FY_14_15/Schedule% 20A_Summary%20of%20Estimated% 20Revenues%20&%20Expenditures. pdf

Looking at Interfund Transfers In (Out), we discover Transfers (OUT) of $(173,606,136) for the ENTERPRISE FUND and Transfers (IN) of $85,429,615 to the GENERAL FUND AND $92,164,059 to the DEBT SERVICE FUNDS.  The ENTERPRISE FUND is the business portion of the City of Mesa operations, i.e., the various utility operations run by the city.  This withdrawal from the ENTERPRISE FUND is taking more than $173 million of the current profits of the various utility funds and using it mostly for the current operations of the GENERAL FUND and the DEBT SERVICE FUNDS.  Note that the Property Tax Revenues of $33,440,000 also boosts the DEBT SERVICE FUNDS.  The result is the City of Mesa is taking current funds from the Enterprise Fund to spend immediately.  They are not using that money to responsibly maintain the infrastructure required by Enterprise Fund operations.  Instead, they are asking the residents of Mesa to mortgage our future (and also having our children and grandchildren) to make many of these needed infrastructure improvements with revenue bonds that will last through the year 2044.

The earlier paper discusses how the Utility Revenue Bonds are paid from the revenues i.e., the monthly water, waste water, electric, natural gas, and solid waste (garbage) utility bills, so they do not effect the direct tax burden.  However, paying utility bills comes out of the same pocket as paying any other bill.  This year’s City of Mesa rate increases on July 1, 2014, over the prior year are as follows:

•  Electric rates increased by 2%,
•  Natural Gas rates increased by 3%,
•  Water rates increased by 7%,
•  Wastewater rates increased by 7%, and
•  Solid Waste rates increased by 6.9%.

The Secondary Property Tax also increased from $22,105,000 last year to $33,440,000 this fiscal year.  That is an average 51% increase per household.

The only other City of Mesa Interfund Transfers (OUT) is $(7,038,653) from the IMPACT FEE FUNDS and the only other Transfers (IN) is $3,051,115 to RESTRICTED FUNDS.  Impact fees are assessed for new construction and are intended to go toward building the infrastructure for that new construction; however, the City Council has voted to use impact fees to bolster the General Fund and satisfy Debt Service.

According to Ryan Wimmer of the Mesa’s Office of Management and Budget, on July 1, 2014, the authorized, but not yet sold, bonds total $219,668,000 of which $72,213,000 are Utility Revenue Bonds.  A total of $580,000,000 is on the November 4, 2014, ballot is divided as follows:

•  Water System Revenue Bonds-$315,700,000;
•  Wastewater System Revenue Bonds- $178,200,000;
•  Electrical System Revenue Bonds-$27,000,000; and
•  Gas System Revenue Bonds-$59,100,000.

The bonds shall be payable solely from the revenues of the City’s utility systems, bear interest not exceeding 10% per annum and pay principal over not more than 30 years from the date issued.  The last utility revenue bonds, Series 2014, were for only 24 years.  If these utility revenue bonds are funded in the same manner as those previously authorized and sold, these bonds will be repaid over the coming years with interest-only payments for the most of the years of the bonds with the principal be paid in the last year or two of the bond life.  This will mean that the total interest repaid will be significantly more than the initial bond principal.  All of this when the Enterprise Fund is currently making a profit of more than $173 million annually.

From the “Moody’s assigns Aa2 rating to City of Mesa, Arizona’s Utility Systems Revenue Bonds, Series 2011” dated 13 May 2011, the following is quoted, “In fiscal 2010, $84.4 million was transferred from the Utility (Enterprise) Fund to the General Fund revenues.  Near term transfer amounts are forecasted to remain stable at $83.6 million.”  However, that did not happen as will be discussed in the next paragraph.  Since that time:

The Secondary Property Tax has increased from $14.1 million in FY10/11 to over $33 million in FY2014/15,

The Enterprise Fund transfer to the General Fund and Debt Service has increased from $83.6 million to over $173 million in the current year,

The stated bond indebtedness has increased from $1,354,816,963 on July 1, 2011, to $1,710,800,000

That is an increase of nearly $356 million in debt in three years.  And the City of Mesa, still has $219,668,000 of taxpayer-approved bond authorization, not yet sold, and now the City of Mesa is requesting approval for an additional $580,000,000 in Utility Revenue Bonds.  If the four  Revenue Utility Bond issues pass and considering the already approved bonds, not yet sold, that will be an addition to the current debt of nearly an additional $800 million.

In summary, since July 1, 2011, the debt of the City of Mesa has ballooned from nearly $1,356 Million ($1.356 Billion) to nearly $1,932 Million ($1.932 Billion) and we are being asked to approve $580 Million in new revenue bonds for a total indebtedness of 2,512 million ($2.512 Billion) or nearly double that we owed in July 2011.

Not only will that be an a major increase of the debt, but combining the lengthening of the bond life with the current City of Mesa approach to the repaying of Utility Revenue Bonds with interest-only payments for the first twenty-nine or thirty years and then paying the BALLOON principal payment(s) in the last year or two of the now 30-year bonds, the utility rates will continue to dramatically increase.  Note that the life of the Revenue Utility Bonds have increased from 18 years in 2009 to 24 years in 2014 and now 30 years for the new bonds to be voted on in November 3, 2014.

In a economy growing better than three years ago, the City Council is not properly protecting the interests of the City of Mesa residents.  Now, the City Council and Mayor Giles, as the newly-elected mayor, needs a wakeup call.  Note that Mayor Giles, earlier served in the City of Mesa City Council from 1996 to 2000.

We strongly urge a NO VOTE on all four of the bond issues.  It is time for the City of Mesa to cut all but the absolutely essential services and for repayment schedules to be part of any future bond authorizations and get back to pay-as-we-go management.  We need to pay for the City’s needs without drastically increasing taxes or utilities.

Gene Dufoe, interested citizen of Mesa

Mr. Dufoe is a retired Boeing engineer/manager who possesses the following degrees:  BSAE, MSAE, and an MBA with an emphasis in Finance.

How to Vote on Arizona Judges

As Election Day draws near, many conservatives are seeking information on how to vote for the judges. We’ve compiled a brief list of resources that will help prepare you in this important vote.

The first place to start is the Center for Arizona Policy website “AZVoterGuide.com.” This is a compilation of lists of the various judges up for retention along with links to their surveys. You will find everything from the Arizona Supreme Court Justices to the Superior Court Judges in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal Couties. It is quite an extensive list so plan on spending a little time reviewing the judges’ surveys.

Here’s a link to the AZVoterGuide.com site: http://azvoterguide.com/candidates/2014/judges/az/

We also receive recommendations from fellow conservatives like Representative Warren Petersen. Here is his list also making the rounds: (Thanks Rep, Petersen!)

**** My exception to this list is Gerald Porter – PLEASE VOTE FOR GERALD PORTER! ****

Vote YES on these judges:

Bailey, Cynthia J.
Blomo, James T.
Brodman, Roger R.
Crawford, Janice K.
Dunn, Boyd W.
Herrod, Michael J.
Hyatt, Carey S.
Ishikawa, Brian K.
Sinclair, Joan M.
Svoboda, Pamela Hearn
Viola, Danielle J.

Vote NO on these judges:

Aceto, Mark F.
Anderson, Aimee L.
Anderson, Arthur T
Astrowsky, Bradley
Bales, Scott
Barton, Janet R.
Bassett, Edward
Bergin, Dawn M.
Brain, Mark H.
Brotherton, William L.
Brutinel, Robert
Cooper, Katherine M
Cunanan, David O.
Davis, Norman J.
Duncan, Sally S.
Fenzel, Alfred M.
Fink, Dean M.
Foster, Jr., George H.
Gama, J. Richard
Granville, Warren
Hegyl, Hugh E.
Hicks, Bethany G.
Howe, Randall M.
Johnsen, Diane M.
Kreamer, Joseph C.
Martin, David G.
Mroz, Rosa, P.
Myers, Samuel J.
Norris, Benjamin R.
O’Connor, Karen L.
Pineda, Suzanna C.
Polk, Jay
Porter, Gerald J.
Rea, John C.
Reinstein, Peter C.
Ronan, Emmet J.
Talamante, David M.
Thumma, Samuel A.
Warner, Randall H.
Welty, Joseph C.
Willet, Eileen S.

This list also matches a list being circulated by local conservative activist Sandi Bartlett. Thanks Sandi!

AZ Judicial Commission recommends not retaining two judges – but are they right?

A m e r i c a n  P o s t – G a z e t t e

Distributed by C O M M O N S E N S E , in Arizona

Wednesday,  October 29th, 2014

Two judges not recommended due to “temperament,” vague criteria

Disgruntled attorneys who lost cases in front of them likely big part of the reason for poor reviews

Contributed by a reader

 

In the past, the Arizona Judicial Commission has rarely recommended not retaining any judges – which is obviously greatly flawed, considering all the judicial activism and political targeting that goes on. The commission is run by leftist busybodies tied to the State Bar, so this is no surprise. It contains attorneys/judges like Robert Carter Olson, considered one of the crookedest judges in the state.

 

Note that virtually all of the judges receive a unanimous YES from all 29 members of the commission. What does that tell you? They’re not thinking independently; everyone is scared to death of voting against a judge because of the risk of retaliation.

 

Let’s look at the commission’s history. The last time the commission actually recommended not retaining one judge, it was the wrong decision.The full story behind their recommendation not to retain Judge Crane McClennan has been covered by the conservative website azjudgesreview here and here. What it came down to was left-wing criminal defense attorneys didn’t like him.

 

This year, the commission is recommending not retaining Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Benjamin Norris and Pima County Superior Court Judge Catherine Woods. Let’s look at the evidence. Both judges received poor marks for “temperament” and “communications.” Not even the vague word “ethics.” They are being accused of not having the right personality. Are you kidding??? What about factors like judicial activism, targeting or favoritism, the real things that matter?

 

Let’s look a little closer at their background and qualifications. Woods was appointed by Governor Brewer in 2011 – ok, probably a Republican, that makes sense why she’s on their hit list. She is a juvenile judge. Nothing in her bio jumps out to us as a problem, in fact it’s fairly impressive. The commission lists nothing other than that against her. Tellingly, their opinion is based on the fact that 21 out of 106 attorneys returned scores of 60 to 88% about her temperament, etc. Just TWENTY-ONE attorneys. What you’re not hearing is that of the 7 out of 89 litigant witnesses who returned surveys about her, ALL SEVEN gave her 100% scores. That’s right. Who do you believe, some attorneys who may have represented the losing party in a case in front of her, or witnesses who likely have nothing to gain financially or professionally?

 

It sounds to us like the good ole boys club looking out for the good ole boys club. The busybody attorneys on the commission are looking out for their buddies – Democrat attorneys – who lost their cases in front of this Republican judge.

 

Next, let’s examine the other attorney the commission recommended not to retain. Norris was appointed in 2008 by Napolitano and has been a family law judge. A quick google search reveals that he appears to be biased against fathers in custody cases. The votes against him are worse, 35 out of 93 attorneys returned surveys rating him from 59% to 84% in various areas. 42 out of 398 litigant witnesses returned surveys rating him from 86% to 96%. Four attorneys rated him as unsatisfactory when it came to fairness towards gender.

 

Based on a more objective analysis that takes into account a conservative political perspective, we’d recommend retaining Woods and not retaining Norris. More GOP recommendations on voting for judges can be found here. With such a lack of real information about judges, the system needs to be changed to electing judges, not appointing them with low-information retention elections.

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NRCC: Not Happy With Obamacare? Blame Kyrsten Sinema!

Although released earlier this year by the NRCC, this ad is as relevant today as it was in March. As your premiums and deductibles increase while your coverage decreases, remember who Arizona’s biggest champion of Obamacare was – Kyrsten Sinema.

This election, there is a much better choice. Vote for Wendy Rogers on Election Day!

David Garcia’s Obama Connection

This election cycle, every Republican is trying to link every Democrat to President Obama.

In David Garcia’s case, he made the link for himself. Yesterday, Friday, Oct 24, Garcia sent out the following tweet.

David Garcia is supported by Obama

The tweet links to this piece by Trevor Gervais, a former student in the Peoria School District. Innocent sounding enough. That is until someone posted this on Twitter and linked to this article.

Trevor Gervais Obama activist David Garcia

Turns out Gervais was a regional field director for the Obama campaign and even worked in the White House for a while.

David Garcia has struggled to cut through the barrage of campaign ads and message this year. He has wasted lots of time talking about how smart and educated his is and lots of time criticizing the Republican nominee. Finally, he turned to an Obama operative to bail him out.

Trevor should have disclosed his vast political involvement in his letter attacking Douglas. But he didn’t and Garcia was only too willing to link to his bias letter to the editor.

For the real record of Diane Douglas’ record of leadership on the Peoria School Board, read this letter in the Peoria Times.

Credit to DernDawn (@noprezzie2012 on Twitter) for discovering Garcia’s Obama connection.

 

Video: Ballot Stuffing is Legal in Arizona

By now, you’ve all seen the video of the Randy Parraz associate walking a box of completed ballots into an early voting location. Did you know there is no law on the books regarding who or how many ballots can be submitted?

The question everyone should be asking (in addition to who was the allegedly obscene ballot stuffer) is how or where did someone obtain so many ballots?

The answer is simple. Community organizers collected the ballots.

How is this done?

The most common practice is to sign up whole neighborhoods for early ballots like a farmer sowing seed in a large field. Once the ballots arrive, community organizers go into the field door to door harvesting the virgin ballots sometimes exchanging an item of value and a promise of political favorism.

Another harvesting method that has been observed is to throw a community event with food, music and political speeches. The entry “fee?” Bring your unmarked ballot. Entry and food is granted and the voter turns over their ballot.

With a fresh harvest of unmarked early ballots, community organizers and union members will gather in private where they fill out the ballots in mass identical fashion, seal them, scribble a signature on to the envelope and pack a crate ready for delivery to the nearest early voting center.

Republicans don’t vote this way because many see the privacy and individuality of their ballot as a sacred right rather than an exercise in mass political production.

Watch for more battles to be waged over how we vote. Republicans will push for strengthening voting integrity while Democrats will move to allow voters to print out their ballot on your home computer.

Just another front on the battle lines for freedom and the rule of law.

 

Phone Bank for Wendy Rogers!

Sign up for phone banking for Wendy Rogers! This is our chance to win CD-9 so please reserve your spot at either the Tempe or Chandler locations.

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