State Bar terrorizing conservatives‏

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

State Bar reneges on promise not to charge conservative attorney hundreds of thousands of dollars of out-of-state attorneys fees 
Denies ever promising conservative attorney they would not seek attorneys’ fees – yet we’ve got the email to prove they did!  

We’ve been following the attacks on Sheriff Arpaio the last few years, including the left going after his attorneys. The left successfully got the Arizona State Bar to disbar former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his deputy Lisa Aubuchon, even though the Obama Justice Department cleared Thomas and Arpaio of any wrongdoing. Now, the State Bar is coming after Thomas and his deputies personally for the costs of prosecuting them.The State Bar went out and found expensive out of state attorneys to prosecute Thomas and his deputies, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars. Really? They couldn’t find one attorney of the thousands of attorneys in Arizona who could have prosecuted them? Does anyone believe actually believe that?

We obtained pleadings that were recently filed regarding the allocation of costs. During settlement proceedings, one of the two special out of state prosecutors, John Gleason, assured Andrew Thomas’s attorney in an email, attached, that the attorneys’ fees and out-of-state costs would not be assessed against him.

Now, the other out of state prosecutor, Jamie Sudler, has filed a pleading with the Arizona Supreme Court stating that the assurance does not apply, even to the lower level attorney Lisa Aubuchon. He wrote in his pleading, “Respondent Aubuchon’s reliance on that email, if sincere, was misplaced and not warranted.”

Utterly amazing the nerve to treat them differently than other attorneys who are prosecuted by the Bar! Other attorneys prosecuted by the Bar aren’t assessed hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional legal costs for out of state attorneys! This is a clear violation of due process if we’ve ever seen one, unequal treatment under the law. If Aubuchon had realized the Bar would renege on its promise not to charge attorneys’ fees and out of state costs, she probably would have taken the settlement offer!

This is nothing more than a personal, political vindictive attack on Thomas and his deputies. They have already lost their licenses to practice law. The State Bar is out of control on a jihad against conservatives and it is time to stop the corruption. We here at American Post-Gazette will continue to keep you informed about this as information trickles in. The legislature needs to reform the State Bar, NOW. 
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State Bar terrorizing conservatives

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, November 6, 2013

State Bar reneges on promise not to charge conservative attorney hundreds of thousands of dollars of out-of-state attorneys fees 
Denies ever promising conservative attorney they would not seek attorneys’ fees – yet we’ve got the email to prove they did!  

We’ve been following the attacks on Sheriff Arpaio the last few years, including the left going after his attorneys. The left successfully got the Arizona State Bar to disbar former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his deputy Lisa Aubuchon, even though the Obama Justice Department cleared Thomas and Arpaio of any wrongdoing. Now, the State Bar is coming after Thomas and his deputies personally for the costs of prosecuting them.

The State Bar went out and found expensive out of state attorneys to prosecute Thomas and his deputies, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars. Really? They couldn’t find one attorney of the thousands of attorneys in Arizona who could have prosecuted them? Does anyone believe actually believe that?

We obtained pleadings that were recently filed regarding the allocation of costs. During settlement proceedings, one of the two special out of state prosecutors, John Gleason, assured Andrew Thomas’s attorney in an email, attached, that the attorneys’ fees and out-of-state costs would not be assessed against him.

Now, the other out of state prosecutor, Jamie Sudler, has filed a pleading with the Arizona Supreme Court stating that the assurance does not apply, even to the lower level attorney Lisa Aubuchon. He wrote in his pleading, “Respondent Aubuchon’s reliance on that email, if sincere, was misplaced and not warranted.”

Utterly amazing the nerve to treat them differently than other attorneys who are prosecuted by the Bar! Other attorneys prosecuted by the Bar aren’t assessed hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional legal costs for out of state attorneys! This is a clear violation of due process if we’ve ever seen one, unequal treatment under the law. If Aubuchon had realized the Bar would renege on its promise not to charge attorneys’ fees and out of state costs, she probably would have taken the settlement offer!

This is nothing more than a personal, political vindictive attack on Thomas and his deputies. They have already lost their licenses to practice law. The State Bar is out of control on a jihad against conservatives and it is time to stop the corruption. We here at American Post-Gazette will continue to keep you informed about this as information trickles in. The legislature needs to reform the State Bar, NOW. 

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Stop Pension Spiking / Sign Online Petition

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613 Days and Growing…

The number of days since Mayor Stanton promised he would end pension spiking and after 613 days not one single public meeting or public vote has been scheduled.  “It’s time to end pension spiking, it’s time to keep the promise to end it and it is time to schedule a public meeting and vote. So we now need to go directly to the voters to put the pressure on the politicians” said Councilman Sal DiCiccio.

The online petition can be found at  http://StopPensionSpiking.com

After six letters and a request for a personal meeting with Mayor Stanton, Councilman Sal DiCiccio launched an online petition hoping to get a public meeting and a vote to end pension spiking.

DiCiccio, a staunch opponent of the practice, has maintained pension spiking is in direct violation of the Arizona Constitution.  In every communication to the Mayor’s office, he has requested a public discussion and vote so the public can know where the Mayor and Council stand on the practice.  Pension spiking has contributed to Phoenix’s $2.4 billion unfunded pension liability.

The Goldwater Institute recently filed a lawsuit against Phoenix to end the practice.  Delaying council action puts Phoenix in legal jeopardy.

“I figured after seven attempts to contact the Mayor it was time for a new approach. Hopefully, this petition will get his attention. 613 days without a public discussion or vote is no longer acceptable. Everyday wasted is another day taxpayers are left footing the bill for extravagant pension packages. It is time to schedule a vote.” said Councilman DiCiccio.

Survey Shows Immense Support for the Referendum on the ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion

 

The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives released the results of a statewide survey conducted last week that shows immense support for the referendum on the ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion. The statewide survey shows that 69% to 70% of respondents continue to reject Governor Brewer’s plan to implement the ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion in Arizona.

The survey asked:

Do you believe that the voters should have the opportunity to vote on the Obamacare / Medicaid Expansion in the 2014 election?

  • (30%) No
  • (70%) Yes
  • (0%) Unsure

The survey also shows that regardless of political affiliation, income, or gender people in Arizona believe elected representatives should participate in any law they impose upon the people with an extraordinary 97% positive response to the question:

Do you agree that Congress and their employees should be on the same plan as taxpayers?

  • (02%) No
  • (97%) Yes
  • (01%) Unsure

The Governors attempt to ignore the facts that Proposition 204 was a vote on how to spend the tobacco fund and a population increase to 100% versus her 2013 Medicaid Expansion bill that is funded by new taxes and increases the population to 133% is rejected by a consistent 69% to 70% of those surveyed.

The survey was conducted from August 19-21, 2013 with on online survey and 541 respondents. The heavily Republican response shows that 72% oppose ObamaCare, 69% reject a tax increase to pay for it, and 70% reject a repeat of the 2010 cuts to education, roads, or public safety.

The numbers reveal a steady pattern consistent with the poll conducted in April of this year by Magellan Strategies, proving once again that Arizona voters reject participation in ObamaCare including the Medicaid Expansion.

URAPC presents the survey as evidence that the referendum will experience the same resounding victory that occurred with the overwhelming passage of Proposition 106 in 2010. The survey clearly shows the Governors attempt to ignore the copious differences between her 2013 Medicaid Expansion and the 13-year old Proposition 204 is rejected by the majority of Arizona voters.

The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives continues its mission to unite the voters in Arizona to defeat Governor Brewer’s ill conceived and unconstitutional legislation so it can be referred to the ballot and vetoed by the people of Arizona.  The Governor and Restoring Arizona continue to openly mock and ridicule

the Precinct Committeemen, Small Businessmen, and Hard Working Taxpayers that have taken up pen and clipboard to thwart the alliance of Corporate welfare recipients, greedy lobbyists, and rogue Republican legislators. URAPC grows as those committed to having their voices heard by collecting the required signatures to send this critical decision to the voters.

 

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Jim Sharpe: Stop protecting bar disciplinary judge O’Neil and release public documents

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Jim Sharpe: Why is crooked Bar Disciplinary Judge O’Neil being protected? 

O’Neil let his friend practice law in prison after he killed a woman in a hit-and-run DUI, while he disbarred Andrew Thomas for political reasons 

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Above the law
ABOVE THE LAW: No judge or attorney will dare take O’Neil on, since he has the power to take their license to practice law away.

transcript from the Jim Sharpe show Friday afternoon on KFYI:

We learned that judges are above the law when it came to the Andrew Thomas deal, but it goes beyond that. It’s the job of William O’Neil, bar disciplinary judge, to determine whether lawyers keep or lose their license. He sits on a 3-member panel, which is made up of an attorney from the State Bar, and a public citizen. They took away Andrew Thomas’s license. They never looked at the allegations Thomas had brought against public officials, even though the grand juries found them valid. They claimed that Thomas just didn’t like the way the judges were ruling.

There’s been some interesting goings on over the past few years with Judge O’Neil. There is a former friend of O’Neil’s who is trying to get the information out there. The story is convoluted, which benefits the wrongdoers. The average person doesn’t pay attention and the wrongdoers keep going.

There’s an attorney named Christopher Perry who hit an elderly couple while driving drunk, killing the woman, and he fled the scene. He was indicted by a grand jury, and was sentenced to only a year and a half in prison. Perry’s name appears on about 1,600 documents as an attorney- all while he was behind bars! If you or I had done what he did, we’d probably be doing 7 years behind bars. He served only a little over a year. You’d think his law license would have been taken away. But it wasn’t. This goes back to Judge O’Neil. He issued an order of stay on the suspension. People have been asking to see these orders, but they’re not being produced.

Perry held the loan on O’Neil’s mother-in-law’s home. That house was sold in a short sale in 2010, and purchased by a business partner of O’Neil’s, who then turned around and transferred a 50% interest to the judge! You or I have a short sale, we move out of the house, we lose the house. Well O’Neil’s mother-in-law has continued living in the house the entire time!

I have a string of emails here, there is an attorney who had her license taken away by Judge O’Neil, who tried to ask for these documents, but she was told they’re not part of Perry’s file!

I have been contacted by someone from the State Bar. Why does this private organization get to decide who gets to keep their law license? They’re a bunch of liberals who don’t like people like Andrew Thomas. Whereas people who kill little old ladies get to continue practicing law! The Arizona Supreme Court can pass along the authority to manage attorneys’ law licenses to anyone they want. They need to oversee this and make sure the right thing is done. No lawyer wants to jump into this, because the judge they’re going after could take away their law license! That’s what happened to Andrew Thomas. If you try to go after anyone in power who has control over your law license, they will take you out.

I don’t know why the governor’s office isn’t all over this. It’s starting to become clear that they’re preventing folks from putting the documents all together to stop them from figuring it all out. Come on, produce the documents that have been requested. People are trying to protect a judge that should not be protected. Enough is enough is enough. These people are supposed to be unbiased and judging cases. Put some confidence back in the legal system.

Listen to the show here, it’s the first 10 minutes.

We recommend concerned people contact your legislators about this situation, because clearly the State Bar and Arizona Supreme Court aren’t going to do anything on their own.

House Speaker Andy Tobin atobin@azleg.gov 602-926-5172
Senate Majority leader Andy Biggs abiggs@azleg.gov 602-926-4371

Rep. John Allen has indicated he would like to help out in this area, so you may want to contact him too – allen@azleg.gov 602-926-4916

Read our last five exposes on O’Neil here:

http://sonoranalliance.com/2013/07/13/radio-talkshow-host-jim-sharpe-shocked-that-nothing-has-been-done-about-az-bar-disciplinary-judge-oneil/
http://sonoranalliance.com/2013/07/08/corrupt-az-bar-disciplinary-judge-teaching-ethics-to-gop-lawyers/
http://sonoranalliance.com/2013/07/04/az-bar-disciplinary-judge-using-work-resources-to-investigate-political-opponents/
http://sonoranalliance.com/2013/07/03/bar-disciplinary-judges-unethical-short-sale-going-viral-makes-radio-show/
http://sonoranalliance.com/2013/06/21/az-bar-disciplinary-judge-walks-over-crooked-short-sale-michigan-judge-gets-prison/
 

 

 

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Dr. Art Laffer: E-Fairness Is A Pro-Growth Solution


Marketplace Press Release-1Study projects 1.5 million jobs in the next 10 years; Over 39,000 in Arizona

For Immediate Release

July 18, 2013

Contact: Paul Layeux

paul@colemandahm.com

Phoenix, AZ – Small business owners in Arizona welcomed a study conducted by economist Art Laffer and Donna Arduin that shows closing the online sales tax loophole has a myriad of benefits, including the potential to lower overall tax rates and jumpstart economic growth.  Laffer’s study suggests that passing e-fairness legislation like the Marketplace Fairness Act would create a tax system with fewer loopholes, a larger base, and lower rates for all taxpayers, which could lead to an increase in GDP of $563.2 billion and over 1.5 million jobs over the next 10 years.

“As a small business owner, I think a level playing field is essential, but Dr. Laffer’s study makes it crystal clear that this is something that will create jobs in Arizona” said Sole Sports Running owner Lance Muzslay in Tempe.  “It’s hard to argue with the possibility of adding over 13% to Arizona’s GDP while also helping Main Street businesses.”

The Marketplace Fairness Act received a bipartisan vote in the U.S. Senate on May 6, 2013, and similar legislation is already pending in the House of Representatives with over 60 bipartisan cosponsors.

Dr. Laffer’s findings support the efforts of a growing coalition of small business owners, governors and free market conservatives across the country who are urging the U.S. House of Representatives to act and to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act.

“The Laffer study shows we have a chance to not only correct the inequity of the current system, but also to boost economic growth by cutting taxes across the board” said Jim Mapstead of Accurate Signs & Engraving of Phoenix.

Click here to download a copy of the report.

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Maricopa GOP Chair Rallies LD Censures

To all Arizona County and LD Republican Committee Chairmen -
Below is the front page article of the July 15 Arizona Capitol Times. I want to express my appreciation to those courageous and principled County and LD Republican Committees who have already conducted votes of “censure” and/or “no confidence.”
Jan Brewer, the legislators and their crony capitalist friends that support ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion have betrayed Americans, Arizona Republicans and the Republican Party Platform.  Their lack of ethics, integrity and egregious acts are motivated by only two things – greed and the lust for power – at the expense of hard working tax paying Americans.
The law was expected to cost $898 billion over the first decade when the bill was first passed, but this year the Congressional Budget Office revised that estimate to $1.85 trillion.  Money that will have to be borrowed from the Chinese or printed in the backroom of the Federal Reserve.  Latest polls indicate a majority of Americans are opposed to ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion with an overwhelming majority of Republicans in opposition.
During the past six months, we did everything we could to make a solid argument against ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion, we tried to reason with these people and even tried to make them see the light.  Unfortunately, our lobbying efforts fell on deaf ears and without success.
During one of Ronald Reagan’s difficult political battles he said,
               “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”
I’m asking all the County and LD Republican Committees to make these people feel the heat by passing public censures for their actions.  They are elitists who think what they have done should be forgiven. They are mistaken.  We are not going to be able to defeat all of them, but we can defeat a majority of them in the 2014 Primary Election.
You can go to “MCRC Briefs” and get examples of public censures that have already been passed.  http://briefs.maricopagop.org/  Just type “censure” in the search field on the left.
Warmest regards,
 A. J. LaFaro
Chairman, Maricopa County Republican Committee
P.S.  Please encourage all of your PCs to keep up their daily efforts in getting petition signatures for www.urapc.org  Getting ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion on the November 2014 ballot will be historic for Arizona’s grassroots conservatives.

Bar disciplinary judge’s unethical short sale going viral, makes radio show

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Distributed by C O M M O N S E N S E , in Arizona
Monday, July 1, 2013

You can get away with anything if you're the judge over all the attorneys in the state.

You can get away with anything if you’re the judge over all the attorneys in the state.

Radio talk show host Jim Sharp fed up with officials ignoring Bar disciplinary judge’s unethical behavior
Among other unethical behavior, Judge O’Neil permitted a DUI offender who killed a woman to continue sleazy real estate legal work from prison

We broke this story a week and a half ago, and now it is getting legs, as respected Phoenix talk show host Jim Sharpe covered it last Friday on his show. The State Bar’s disciplinary judge William O’Neil has been engaging in clearly unethical behavior for years, and no one will touch him because they’re scared of him and his power. His former friend Mark Dixon is now speaking out about the corruption. Mark wrote the story for us here.

In a nutshell, O’Neil facilitated a short sale of his mother-in-law’s house while she was still living in it, through a straw man, who then transferred the home back to him. A judge in Michigan who did a similar short sale was sentenced to prison for one and a half years! The attorney who assisted O’Neil with this, Christoper Perry, killed a woman in a DUI hit and run. O’Neil provided cover for him and allowed him to continue to practice law all while in prison, where who knows how many more unethical short sales he performed.

Meanwhile, O’Neil stacked his disciplinary panel with cronies, to guarantee the outcomes the State Bar told him to make, regardless of the acts. Although the disciplinary panels are supposed to have panelists from different counties, O’Neil stacked many of his panels with his Pinal County neighbor and friend Robert Gallo. Gallo was described as being from Maricopa County to throw everyone off.

Complaints have been made to various agencies to no avail; this man is above the law, serving to punish the enemies of the State Bar and reward his friends through his power. Listen to the Jim Sharpe show here, the part about O’Neil starts about 16 minutes in. Maybe people are starting to wake up. If you look at O’Neil’s disciplinary calendar, it is empty the entire summer, after a lot of activity through May.

 

State Representative Steve Montenegro on the Supreme Court’s decision re: Voting Rights Act

Montenegro-Logo---SOS2PHOENIX – “Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a victory, not just for Arizona, but for our nation.  It is proper recognition that we, as a country and as a people, have made tremendous progress over the last fifty years.  It also works towards ending the discriminatory treatment of states like Arizona that have been forced to beg the permission of a more often than not hyper-partisan Justice Department to make even the simplest of revisions or improvements to the elections process.

Elections should be blind to matters of race, color, ethnicity, and sex.  Today’s decision is a small but important step towards that day when racial gerrymandering ends, and all Americans are treated as independent thinkers, each entitled to their own unique opinion and viewpoint of the world, without being forced together with others simply because they share a skin color or ethnicity.”

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Toby Farmer Announces Candidacy for District 13 House Seat

Toby Farmer for House

BUCKEYE, Ariz. – Today, conservative businessman Toby Farmer announced his candidacy to represent district 13 in the Arizona House of Representatives.  Farmer is the founder and principal of 1776 Capital, a private investment and holdings firm based in Buckeye.

“Running for public office was never something I planned to do, but as a father, husband, and small business owner, I have become more and more concerned with the direction this state is heading,” said Farmer.  “District 13 voters need someone who understands the impact of the decisions made in our state capitol, someone who will fight for the principles of limited government.”

Farmer’s roots run deep in district 13, which spans from Buckeye to Yuma.  Both his grandfather and great-grandfather worked for the Wigwam Resort in the 1940s, and his great uncle, John Roach, is in the Arizona Farming and Ranching Hall of Fame.  As the son of public school teachers, Farmer understands the importance of a quality education and of giving back to the community.  At age 21, he started a scholarship program that helped underprivileged students attend college.

As a legislator, Farmer plans to pursue a commonsense, conservative agenda in the state legislature.

“It is time for our leaders to pursue solutions that are fiscally responsible so our children will have a future full of opportunity and growth,” Farmer said.  “As your representative, I will focus on balancing the budget and ending policies that hinder job growth and stifle Arizona’s small businesses.”

More About Toby Farmer

Farmer lives in Buckeye with his wife of five years, Missy, and their two sons.  The Farmers are expecting their third child in August, and they attend Christ Church of the Valley.  Farmer earned his J.D. from the Phoenix School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from Hardin-Simmons University.  He worked for the San Carlos Apache Nation as a law clerk and is a former Ronald Reagan fellow at the Goldwater Institute, a conservative think tank.  In addition to running 1776 Capital, Farmer owns Seed and Co., a provider of luxury kitchen products, and Toby Farmer Films.

 

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