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.
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.
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
Saturday, July 20, 2013
For Immediate Release
July 18, 2013
Contact: Paul Layeux
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.
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
Monday, July 1, 2013
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.
PHOENIX – “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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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.