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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.
Time to air some dirty laundry! These latest reports from several Republicans in Maricopa County. After reading these accounts, we wonder why anyone in their right mind would want to participate as an elected Republican party official?
We will post additional perspectives as we receive them.
I don’t normally get involved in the AZ Republican Party food fights but what happened at the EGC meeting last week is over the top. I feel everyone should know what is happening behind the scenes whether you are a PC or not.
Many of us who volunteer in politics are not in it seek attention to boost ourselves. Instead we realize the country under Barack Obama is deteriorating quickly. Our battle is all about America and electing candidates who will fight for conservative principles and get America back on track. We must continue to fight the good fight for our country and keep our eye on the big picture and the ultimate goal. However, we also should be aware of what others are doing to put obstacles in our way. This is the reason I need to share the recent chain of events.
And from Frosty Taylor’s MCRC Briefs:
Chins Are Still Wagging about Wednesday night’s Maricopa County Republican Committee’s Executive Guidance Committee (MCRC EGC) Donnybrook. The agenda didn’t list screaming, hollering, shouting matches, nor a failed attempt to pass a vote of no confidence resolution against chairman Tyler Bowyer– but that’s what EGC members endured. “It was just awful… just awful,” confided one attendee. Emotions ran high during nearly an hour of chaos that ended in a ‘vote of confidence resolution’ tally that favored Chairman Tyler Bowyer by 15-14…one vote. See 11-4-15-briefs Witnesses say EGC Board Second Vice Chairman Aaron Borders lead the charge against Bowyer, backed by First Vice Chairman Jeni White. Rumors have sprouted that Borders and White might be asked to resign at the December EGC meeting. Borders presented a two page, single-spaced resolution listing some 19 complaint allegations regarding Bowyer’s leadership/ management techniques ranging from lack of communication with the EGC members to misrepresentation of the EGC. Some says Bowyers opponents arrived with prepared ballots before the lengthy resolution was brought to the floor. Reports had circulated Wednesday morning that Bowyers opponents wanted a ballot vote because some thought a voice or hand vote would fail. Others say Bowyers opponents lost votes because of unprofessional behavior. Regardless of whose version you chose to believe, the whole episode is an embarrassment to the party. It’s apparent that Bowyer needs to knock off with some of his shenanigans, start communicating better with his members, improve his management skills and that a parliamentarian, a Sgt at Arms and a security officer need to be in attendance in December. Those prone to screaming and yelling need to try a calm, professional manner. Bully tactics turn off your fellow Republicans. Dems must be laughing their heads off.
And from former AZGOP Chairman Tom Morrissey:
MCRC Chairman Tyler Bowyer beat back another underhanded attempt by the establishment to take control of the party and stop the conservative momentum which is gaining ground thanks to the efforts of grassroots groups like the Tea Party and AzRA and as a result, now within our party. This was very reminiscent of the moves made against me when I was State Chair by the same contingent. The only difference this time was that they are more open as to who is doing what. But it is the same old, same old. The establishment believes that they and they alone have all the answers and the right to control the GOP. Fact is, that is not an absolute and the ground is moving under their feet and it’s not moving in their direction. They should take a close look at what just happened in Kentucky and Virginia (again). Their champions are going down because conservatism is no longer contained within the boundaries of a party it is now awake and has become the movement it must be, to turn this country around. We ALL make mistakes and Tyler is no exception, but his heart and principles are solid as he does the very difficult job of chairman. I made mistakes as well but in the end WE were extremely successful in the elections of 2012 despite the attacks on us by the establishment. Go Tyler! And Trump, Carson and Cruz!
And from the Arizona Freedom Alliance:
[Editor: To understand what is going on, you first need to know that the Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee has a less than cooperative Board. The Chairman is a conservative but three of the Board members are McCainiacs. It makes for very unhappy political bedfellows and a lack of political maturity. The inevitable food fight broke out at their last meeting. The following report is one attendee’s take on the events. From other reports, it appears this report is an accurate accounting of the evenings failed attempt at sabotage. The conservative Republicans have a lot of work to do and this nonsense is just a time-waster! No doubt the goal of the saboteurs.]
So, at the November 4, 2015 meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Committee (“MCRC”) Executive Guidance Committee (“EGC”) meeting, some members of the EGC brought a silly, out of order, motion to pass a silly resolution, which shall be deemed the “Great Silly Nothingburger Resolution of the Malcontents.” (Hint: To figure out the identities of these malcontents, follow the money – find out who are beholden to government, are allied with the “reach across the aisle” elected Republicans, or profit from government contracts.) These malcontents said in their proposed resolution, “Whereas in regard to the bylaws and the delineated duties, the objectives of the MCRC should be reflected in all actions of the Chairman in his representation of such in the ‘official capacity’ and within the countywide activities . . . .”
Agreed. The same applies to the rest of the EGC members.
Let’s look at their duties.
MCRC First Vice-Chairman: (Jeni White)
The duties of the MCRC First Vice-Chairman shall be to:
- Perform duties assigned by the MCRC Chairman or by the Bylaws of the MCRC,
- Perform the duties of the MCRC Chairman during an absence of the MCRC Chairman or in the event of a vacancy until the vacancy is filled.
See anything there about a duty to bring a motion for a resolution for a “Vote of No Confidence with Call for Independent Audit”?
Neither did I.
And while we are discussing “duties,” keep in mind that NONE of these “duties,” both those of the MCRC Chairman or the “lowly” precinct committeeman, are in any way forced by statute. Our Arizona Republican Party is entirely made up of unpaid volunteers. The AZ GOP Chairman can try all he might to “order” a “lowly” precinct committeeman to do this or that. Good luck with that. Because an elected or appointed PC is a voluntary participant in our AZ GOP and can do as much, or as little, as he likes with respect to the Party. He is only beholden to the Republicans in his precinct. Who can decide to not re-elect him (or, in the case of appointed PCs, elect him in the next primary).
This is not rocket science.
Moving on to the duties of MCRC Second Vice-Chairman: (Aaron Borders)
The duties of the MCRC Second Vice-Chairman shall be to:
- Perform duties as may be assigned by the MCRC Chairman or the Bylaws of the MCRC,
- Perform the duties of the MCRC Chairman during as [sic] absence of the MCRC Chairman and the First Vice- Chairman, and
- Be the liaison officer for the MCRC to the various Republican Clubs in Maricopa County.
See anything there about a duty to bring a motion for a resolution for a “Vote of No Confidence with Call for Independent Audit”?
Neither did I.
Nor do the duties of the Secretary include a duty to bring a motion for a resolution for a “Vote of No Confidence with Call for Independent Audit.”
The LD Chairs and Members At Large? They have no duties that would allow for the bringing of the Great Silly Nothingburger Resolution of the Malcontents. But the LD Chairs are to “Cooperate with the MCRC Chairman.” And all EGC members are to support the objectives of the Committee.
The Bylaws say the Duties of the EGC members include “Act[ing] collectively as an advisory and guidance group to the MCRC Chairman” and “Assist[ing] the MCRC Chairman with the specific responsibilities designated for each member of the MCRC Chairman.” And as to all of the above, besides the MCRC Chairman and the Treasurer, all of the rest of the members of the EGC “have, essentially, NO power to tell either the MCRC Chairman or the Treasurer what to do. Oh, they can ask, cajole, hint, “demand,” “direct,” or throw a temper tantrum and stamp their feet or hold their breath, but the real power lies in the hands of the Chairman and the Treasurer. Yet there they were, wasting everyone’s time, when they could have just emailed their “demands” to the Chairman. Silly.
Political party committees are not public bodies. They are not corporations. They are private voluntary associations of like-minded (in theory, based on the concept of having party platforms define a party’s values and objectives) persons. The elected and appointed members, precinct committeeman, are volunteers. Governed by bylaws.
Earth to the members of the EGC who supported this silly motion: The bylaws of political party committees, including those of the Arizona Republican Party, must give the Chairman and the Treasurer essentially dictatorial powers because, otherwise, without such powers, nothing will get accomplished.
As was reflected by the 60 or so man hours of time wasted by the EGC members on the silly motion.
Please, former tea partiers, please, newcomers, please, people with common sense: Think about this long and hard. And then think some more.
This is taught in 7th Grade Civics. I had such a course in public school. Perhaps some of the people supporting the Great Silly Nothingburger Resolution of the Malcontents did not have this advantage. Or, if they did, forgot what they learned. Regardless, it’s all just common sense.
If the Chairman and Treasurer of any given political party committee did not have such dictatorial power, virtually every action of the committees would be “committee-ed to death.” As was on display at the November 4, 2015 meeting of the MCRC EGC meeting. Let’s assume it took 2 hours to deal with the silly motion for the silly resolution. That means that 60 man hours (there are 30 voting members of the EGC) were spent on a silly motion and silly resolution rather than being expended on achieving these objectives:
The objective of the MCRC is to uphold the principles and policies as set forth in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Republican Party Platform. We will promote the political education of all Republican Party workers and loyalty to the Republican Party platform. We will also support the election of our party candidates who uphold the principles and policies as set forth in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Republican Party Platform.
(MCRC Bylaws, Article I – Object, Section 1 – Objective.)
From those pesky Continuing Bylaws of the Maricopa County Republican Committee that some members of the MCRC EGC apparently cannot quite seem to bring themselves to read and study.
And let us assume that, in addition to the 30 voting members in attendance in person or by proxy, an additional 20 Republicans attended the November 4, 2015 meeting. That’s 100 man hours lost to silliness. Who, exactly, is the leader of the proponents of the Great Silly Nothingburger Resolution of the Malcontents? Please come forward to receive the accolades you deserve as the prime mover behind the Great Silly Nothingburger Resolution of the Malcontents!
Yes, complaining about the Chairman who has violated no Bylaws provision, through a time-wasting motion for a baseless and substance-less resolution containing no facts but only allegations, and which has no binding effect on anyone, is such a great, great use of the time of the MCRC EGC members. (Um, that’s sarcasm, just in case you have not caught my drift.)
The MCRC PCs who brought the silly motion and voted for it apparently can’t quite grasp the duties of the members of the MCRC, as set forth in the Bylaws. (But then, how many of them have actually read the Bylaws, or had a copy with them at the meeting? Based on the silly motion they brought forward, I think I know the answer.):
The duties of PCs shall include, but not be limited to:
- Voting, in person or by proxy, at each and every district and county party election when qualified to do so,
- Assisting the Republican Party in voter registration,
- Assisting and encouraging Republican voters to vote on election days,
- Attending all District meetings,
- Working within the precinct from which elected,
- Creating enthusiasm and support for the Republican Party,
- Helping elect worthy Republican candidates,
- Recruiting and training leaders of the Republican Party, and
- Fostering loyalty to the Republican Party and promote its ideals.
- The PC shall provide the district, county, and state party offices with an email address, if they have one. District, county and state party offices may not allow email addresses to be used for any purpose other than internal party communications and shall not distribute an email address to anyone, including other PCs without the express consent of the affected precinct committeeman.
(I am going to make it hard – look this up.)
How did the bringing of the Great Silly Nothingburger Resolution of the Malcontents (the “Nothingburger”) “encourage[e] Republican voters to vote on election days . . . ?”
How did the bringing off the Nothingburger encourage MCRC EGC members to “Attend all District meetings . . . .?” Several MCRC EGC members left the meeting early in disgust over the bickering of the proponents of the Nothingburger.
How did the bringing of the Nothingburger “creat[e] enthusiasm and support for the Republican Party . . . ?”
How did the bringing of the Nothingburger further the MCRC EGC PCs’ goal of “Helping elect worthy Republican candidates . . . ?”
How did the bringing of the Nothingburger further the MCRC EGC PCs’ goal of “Recruiting and training leaders of the Republican Party . . . ?”
How did the bringing of the Nothingburger further the MCRC EGC PCs’ goal of “Fostering loyalty to the Republican Party and promote its ideals . . . ?”
How did the bringing of the Nothingburger further the EGC’s duty to “Act collectively as an advisory and guidance group to the MCRC Chairman?”
How did the bringing of the Nothingburger further the EGC’s duty to “Assist the MCRC Chairman with the specific responsibilities designated for each member by the MCRC Chairman?”
To ask these questions is to answer them. This silly, out of order, proposed resolution was brought by people who apparently can’t quite grasp that our Arizona Republican Party is comprised of volunteer precinct committeemen who are to work together, voluntarily. It is not “public.” It is not government. It is a voluntary association of, ostensibly, like-minded citizens who have registered to vote as a Republican and who want to work together to further the goals of the AZ GOP and, in the case of those in Maricopa County, the MCRC.
A motion that does not further the goals of the organization is out of order. Even if it had passed, the Great Silly Nothingburger Resolution of the Malcontents would be null and void.
Phoenix – The latest voter registration figures have been released and according to Secretary of State Michele Reagan, the number of registered voters has grown to 3,299,906, an increase of 47,219 since the last report in July.
Of the state’s 3.29 million voters, 34% are Republicans, 28% are Democrats and 36% have either registered with independent parties or not designated a party preference.
Libertarians and members of the Green party make up a little less than one percent of the state’s total registration while the Americans Elect Party has enrolled 500 voters since joining the state’s other recognized political parties in 2011.
“I’m pleased to see the number of registered voters increase by more than forty thousand,” said Secretary Reagan. “As the state gears up for an exciting 2016 election cycle, including a presidential election, I’m confident our registration totals will continue to grow.
“It’s important to remember, Arizona’s “open primary” provisions do not apply to the presidential preference election. In order to cast a ballot in the March 22nd election, “independents” must be registered with a political party by February 22, 2016. Our Voting Rights Ambassadors continue to travel the state connecting with schools, clubs and civic groups to educate voters on the process and encourage citizens to participate!”
PHOENIX (November 3) -- In the wake of tonight’s defeat of Issue 3 in Ohio — the ballot initiative seeking to legalize recreational marijuana — Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy released the below statements from its chair, Seth Leibsohn, and vice chair, Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk.
“By defeating marijuana legalization at the ballot, the citizens of Ohio have made a smart choice in the name of public health and the cause of protecting children,” Leibsohn said. “As the marijuana movement seeks to try to legalize marijuana in Arizona, what Ohio—a true bellwether state—has shown is that marijuana legalization is not, in fact, inevitable. The more people look at the new and more powerful strains of marijuana, the attempted creations of legalized monopolies to sell marijuana, the damage done to children accidentally ingesting marijuana edibles, the more people are turning away from making these newly dangerous substances more available. Legality is the mother of availability and availability is the midwife of use, especially childhood use. There is no good reason to make dangerous substances more available and Ohio helped show that to the rest of the country.”
“What Ohio has shown tonight is that when people get all the facts about today’s marijuana, they see a disturbing cascade of concerns—from higher potencies than we once knew to greater and greater damage done to the teen and adolescent brain,” Polk said. “Knowing all the facts and science about today’s marijuana, including that one in three users will have a clinical disorder, it is clear that legalization represents a tremendous problem for not only law enforcement and health agencies, but education and growth outcomes for our children. Turning away from the siren song of legalizing marijuana is not only smart but responsible, and we thank the people of Ohio for their strong dose of common sense.”
The Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy PAC was formed to actively oppose any initiative that would legalize the recreational use of the drug marijuana in the state of Arizona. Visit www.arizonansforresponsibledrugpolicy.org for more information.
Judge Unravels Illegal Activity by Prosecution That Ensured a Conviction of Renzi — But Will he Do Anything About it?
By Rachel Alexander
Reprinted from Townhall
Last Monday, Federal District Court Judge David Bury held an evidentiary hearing in Tucson to consider new evidence that prosecutorial wrongdoing took place during the criminal prosecution of imprisoned former Congressman Rick Renzi. Specifically, the judge considered whether the the FBI had offered money to the one “victim” Renzi had allegedly extorted, to change his testimony and make it unfavorable toward Renzi in order to ensure a conviction. As the hearing was ending and the shocking bribery exposed, Judge Bury told chief DOJ prosecuting attorney Gary Restaino he wrongly violated Renzi’s rights.
Who is Restaino and why was he so intent on convicting Renzi that he would violate the law? His wife, Leezie Kim, worked closely for former Arizona Democratic Governor Janet Napolitano, and Renzi had been rumored to be a potential contender against her for governor in 2006. In 2003, Kim took a sabbatical from Quarles Brady where she was an attorney to serve as the executive director of Napolitano’s Governor’s Citizens Finance Review Commission. She became the treasurer of Napolitano’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign and the treasurer of the Competitive Edge PAC in 2007, which was primarily started to support Napolitano.
Kim next became Napolitano’s general counsel in February 2008, and after Napolitano was confirmed as Secretary of Homeland Security, joined her in Washington as a deputy general counsel. Kim left Washington in 2010 after news reports indicated that she was involved in efforts to limit responses to politically sensitive Freedom of Information Act requests. In addition to these active roles, Kim also donated $400 to the Arizona Democratic Party in 2005 and $928 to Democratic candidates in 2008.
Like his wife, Restaino is also a staunch Democrat who has donated to numerous Democrats in the past, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Janet Napolitano and Felecia Rotellini. He contributed money to the Arizona Democratic Party, which turned around and sent out an attack mailer against Renzi prior to the 2006 election. This happened while Restaino was prosecuting Renzi.
None of this activity was ever disclosed to the defense. As anyone with a political pulse from Arizona knows, Napolitano has done more to promote Democrats and destroy Republicans than any elected public official in the state ever, much of it behind the scenes.
Renzi’s position all along is that he didn’t propose the federal land swap and would not have benefited from it — so there was no illegal activity. He simply thought it was a good deal for all the parties involved — even the Nature Conservancy had testified in favor of the land swap — and started to put the wheels in motion to make it happen. No good deeds go unpunished.
Last July, Renzi discovered that the government’s key witness, businessman Philip Aries, who was to participate in the land swap, had recently emailed Restaino inquiring when his money for cooperating against Renzi would pay off. Aries had been told he would receive a monetary reward for testifying unfavorably against Renzi. Renzi believes, and the evidence supports, that Aries initially was going to testify and possibly exonerate Renzi until the government promised him money, which is illegal without providing notice to the defense.
The government engaged in multiple illegal wiretaps of phone calls to Renzi, which were thrown out of the original trial. Ironically, in one recorded call, Aries admitted that it was he — not Renzi — who had proposed the land for the swap, known as the Sandlin property. Yet, during the trial, Aries curiously changed his tune, no doubt due to the promise of reward money, and testified that it was Renzi’s idea.
The hearing on Monday was full of contradictory statements — at a minimum, one or both of the two witnesses impeached themselves; at worst, they committed perjury. The primary FBI agent on the case, Dan Odom, kept denying that he offered Aries a payoff for testifying against Renzi. But Aries discussed in length during his testimony how money was offered to him — almost breaking down into tears as he discussed how he was going through a traumatic time in his life when he received the generous offer. Aries filed bankruptcy shortly afterwards, so it was pretty clear he needed the money.
Agent Odom admitted on the stand that he received promotions after his efforts persuading Aries to record phone calls with Renzi and testify against him. He also admitted that he thought Aries should be compensated for his extensive work recording conversations with Renzi and assisting with the case against him — which seemed to clearly contradict his statements that he never offered Aries any money.
In criminal cases where the prosecution has withheld favorable evidence to the defense, a new trial has been ordered. At a minimum, the jury should have been informed of this bias by the prosecution’s key witness and alleged victim. With the prosecution’s star witness thoroughly discredited as motivated by money, Renzi deserves a new trial.
Judge Bury suggested at the conclusion of the hearing that Aries’ credibility had already been called into question during the original trial, so it was less material now. If so, why was Aries allowed to testify to the jury at the original trial as the prosecution’s key witness? Regardless, in Horton v. Mayle, a recent case in this Ninth Circuit jurisdiction, the court held that some evidence of bias does not diminish the value of other evidence describing a different source of bias.
This case exemplifies the problem with our legal system: it is fraught with corruption. Federal judges have a cordial relationship with Department of Justice prosecutors and want to keep it that way. No one wants to get on the wrong side of the powerful DOJ, especially when the president is calling the shots and can have anyone targeted. A former manager at the DOJ told me about a year ago that attorneys there just dutifully and quietly took their walking orders from above, fully aware their bosses were instructing them to target people they didn’t like.
Compounding the problem in Renzi’s case is the complexity of the case. The left goes out of its way to target conservatives involved in complex business deals, because they know the average American (or juror) does not have the time nor knowledge to understand the facts in these types of cases. Use the phrases “white collar crime” and “public corruption” and everyone will start nodding, even if they have no idea what the facts are — it just sounds vaguely unethical.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a former U.S. Attorney for the DOJ, admitted during the third Republican presidential debate last week,
It has been a Justice Department that decided that they want to pick who the winners and losers are. They like General Motors, so they give them a pass. They don’t like somebody else like David Petraeus, they prosecute them and send a decorated general on to disgrace. It’s a political Justice Department.
While General Petraeus may have done an outstanding job as a general, in his personal morals, he failed, which may have put the country at risk. He was prosecuted for far less than Hillary Clinton is accused of. Renzi has suffered for too long in prison since February. Upon first glance, this seems like just any other criminal case. But once you start looking under the prosecutorial spin, the facts just don’t convict Renzi and certainly provide no justification for sending him to prison.
This special message was sent out from the Office of Governor Doug Ducey today:
Who says you can’t make government work?
We just did it here with the most far-reaching, high-impact education funding bill in our state’s history. News like this is too good not to share, so spread the word by forwarding this message along!
We’ve just passed, signed, and are ready to go with a bill that:
- Puts $3.5 billion into education to dramatically improve our schools.
- Increases per-student funding to $3,600 each year and gives educators the resources they’ve been asking for.
- Doesn’t raise taxes while maintaining our balanced budget.
- Provides relief from lawsuit abuse so funds go into classrooms, not attorneys’ pockets.
- Maximizes the State Land Trust by drawing a modest amount as a shrewd investment in our kids.
I’ll never forget the good friends and strong, loyal supporters who gave me this job and the accompanying charge to solve problems and get results. Your support was, is, and will always be a source of tremendous inspiration.
Thanks so much,
Governor Doug Ducey
P.S. Help me share our fast-breaking news. Tell your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues that we got something great done for Arizona’s future. And we’re not done by a long shot. In fact, we’re just getting started!
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.”