Commissioner Bob Burns Wants APS To Control Your Thermostat

Commissioner Burns would like APS to have access into your home to be able to adjust your thermostat.  He’s up for re-election. Is this the representation you want?

Arizona Corporation Commission Clean Elections Debate – Monday, August 8, 2016

Frank Schmuck Questions Jeff Dial’s Military Record in Political Ad

Conservative Republican Frank Schmuck released a new digital ad today questioning the military service of Jeff Dial. Dial is seeking reelection to the Arizona State Senate in Legislative District 18.

The ad references Dial’s admission that his military service was characterized as “unsatisfactory participation” due to his weight, but the Schmuck campaign cites military regulations for an accurate definition.

According to regulations, “unsatisfactory participation” is due to “disobeying military orders” or not showing up for duty or “Absence Without Leave” or AWOL.

Earlier this week, the Schmuck campaign asked Jeff Dial to release his DD-214, the official document issued by the Department of Defense certifying release of discharge of active military service.

Dial has refused to release his DD-214 and instead has only provided a DD 256, which only certifies completion of a term as a reservist. The DD Form 256 is not used to determine if someone is a veteran in part because it can be purchased online with no verification of military service required and because active dates of service must be listed to qualify.

Dial and Schmuck will square off in the August 30th Primary Election.

Links:

http://www.military-certificates.com/Cert_Army_Honorable_discharge.htm

http://www.cem.va.gov/hmm/discharge_documents.asp

Don Stapley – Documented to have been a skunk

Earlier this week the Jones for Congress campaign released the following video:

The two articles mentioned in the video come from the Arizona Republic and question the ethics of former Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley.

The first article is fairly damning to Stapley who accepted $140,000 in dark money contributions in order to secure a national non-profit position. Some of the individuals and businesses benefited from votes Stapley made as County Supervisor.

Supervisor Don Stapley used money he took from businesses and individuals to buy expensive personal items, and some of those donors benefited from votes he cast as a Maricopa County board member, records examined by The Arizona Republic show.

Donors from 2004 to 2008 gave about $140,000 to an unregulated campaign fund Stapley had created when he sought an uncontested, volunteer position with the non-profit National Association of Counties (NACo). At least $86,000 was spent on personal items, including a Hawaii trip, luggage and a Bang & Olufsen video and sound system, banking records indicate.

Stapley says he committed no crime and there were no rules requiring disclosure or restrictions on how the money could be spent. Donors said the contributions were unrelated to Stapley’s votes in favor of contract proposals or land-use changes they had before the board.

But ethics experts and a former county supervisor said Stapley’s actions were inappropriate. Under the county’s ethics policy, his solicitation and acceptance of major gifts from those doing business with the county would be grounds for dismissal were he an employee instead of an elected official. And had he sought the money for a regulated election campaign, state law would have prohibited him from using contributions for personal use.

“It’s an ethical issue,” said Tom Freestone, an East Valley icon and longtime Stapley friend who is a former county supervisor. “If you are going to raise money just so you can spend it on yourself, you should declare it a little charity. You shouldn’t vote on something, because it can be construed as a bribe. It used to be people would run with honor.”

 Stapley used a letter written by a land-use attorney to explain to donors that their contributions were legal and they would not be identified.

Stapley, who earns $76,600 annually as a supervisor and represents the East Valley, was first elected in 1993. The Republican began asking for money for his NACo bid in December 2004, when he told donors in a letter he needed more than $150,000 for a “national campaign.”

Steven A. Betts, then a land-use attorney who advised GOP politicians on campaign finance, wrote an opinion a few months earlier saying Arizona campaign-finance laws didn’t apply to the NACo campaign. Stapley used the letter to assure donors that there were no giving limits and that they would not be publicly identified.

About 50 friends, lobbyists and big businesses gave amounts ranging from a few hundred dollars to $25,000, and Stapley nearly met his fundraising goal. Records show five donors who gave a total of $35,000 later did business with the county, while two did business with the county and then gave a combined $7,000.

Donors said they wanted to help Stapley land an influential national position.

“We wanted him to win,” said Rusty Bowers, government-relations director for the Arizona Rock Products Association, which gave Stapley $5,000 in April 2005. “He needed support, and it was totally legal.”

Less than a month later, Stapley moved to award a $1 million county contract for some of the association’s members who won a competitive bid.

Similarly, Stapley took part in a unanimous Board of Supervisors vote to extend a $184,450 contract for Millett Family Properties for office space. He had received a $2,000 contribution from Millett six months earlier. Millett could not be reached.

So how did Stapley evade the ethics of taking gifts? An ethics policy that applies to all county employees did not apply to Don Stapley.

Maricopa County has an ethics policy for its 13,000 employees. They are prohibited from using their positions for personal gain and from soliciting or accepting gifts. They also aren’t allowed to vote on a contract or service in which they have an interest.

The policy, however, does not apply to Stapley or other board members because, according to Elizabeth Yaquinto, county workforce management and development director, supervisors technically are not employees.

The ethics policy was approved unanimously by supervisors in 1997.

While it does call for elected officials to maintain “unquestionable standards of high personal integrity,” supervisors must only “aspire” to follow the policy, County Manager David Smith said.

The county has cited a violation of ethics as one of the reasons to fire 51 employees and suspend 30 others since 2005, when Stapley received most of his financial gifts.

Other county supervisors declined comment on Stapley’s actions. But Freestone, the former county supervisor, was blunt in his criticism.

Freestone said elected officials never should take gifts, especially large ones, from those they govern, and he said there should not have to be “laws to tell us what is right and wrong and what is decent.”

Read the full article by JJ Hensley and Craig Harris HERE.

The second article cited in the video is an opinion piece written by conservative Arizona Republic columnist Bob Robb. In his column Robb calls Stapley a skunk for his political machinations as a county supervisor and how he used his office for personal gain.

During the ruction, it became public that Stapley set up a fund ostensibly to run for office in the National Association of Counties. Contributors to it were people who do business with the county.

However, Stapley instead spent a majority of the funds on personal stuff for him and his family. In other words, he leveraged his elected office for personal enrichment.

Stapley wasn’t charged with a crime. But he was pretty much documented to have been a skunk.

A sensible person would have taken the settlement money for the Arpaio-Thomas abuse and retreated from public life. Instead, Stapley says he’s just the man to represent the East Valley in Congress.

Read the full column by Robert Robb HERE.

Don Stapley Mugshot

Don Stapley Mugshot

Three years have passed since Don Stapley left office and he probably thinks the stench of his prior problems has faded in the memory of voters. Now he’s running for a higher office that requires the utmost of personal and professional ethics to serve. We don’t believe in rewarding bad behavior especially for career politicians who can’t distinguish ethical boundaries and conflicts. We just hope the voters get a whiff of what’s happening in CD-5 before it’s too late.

Frank Schmuck Releases DD-214, Demands Jeff Dial Release His Military Records

Frank Schmuck for Arizona Senate
There has been some discussion regarding the military service of my opponent in this primary race. Articles have been written questioning and challenging his military service record. To put things in perspective and provide contrast, I am releasing my military records to the public. The public has a right to know the character and quality of my military service, just as they have a right to know the character and quality of my opponent’s claimed service record. I am providing links to my DD Form 214 and DD Form 215 along with another link to my Officer Performance Reports (OPR’s). The DD Form 214 is a transcript of your military service.

Unfortunately, my opponent has refused to release his records numerous times to the Arizona Republic and at the request of Veterans who live in his district.

My opponent may tell you he has an “Honorable Discharge” however, the form he cites, a DD Form 256 (kind of like a certificate) is UNACCEPTABLE proof to employers, mortgage lenders, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the Arizona Department of Veterans Services and any Veteran Service Organization, like the American Legion, VFW etc. for Veteran status, to get a loan, to obtain a Veteran license plate or to achieve membership into their organization.

One may certainly say that one has an “Honorable Discharge” based on a 256 certificate, but that does not allow one to say, “I am a Veteran.”  Someone could go to basic training and advanced individual training and then stop going to one’s reserve unit and eventually receive an “Honorable Discharge” certificate, but that would not make one a Veteran.  The title “Veteran” is reserved for those who have a certain number of days of active duty service, not training.

The true test of a “Veteran” is the DD Form 214/215.  My opponent has admitted his DD Form 214 is marked as “Uncharacterized.” Why does he refuse to release his DD Form 214? What is he hiding? My opponent has also admitted to “Unsatisfactory Participation,” which military regulations define as disobeying a direct military order or Absent Without Leave (AWOL).

Analysis of records  appear to prove that my opponent signed up for Army Basic Training (NOT Service) and afterwards failed to show for duty, shirking nearly 8 years of service, by his choice. Thereafter, for my opponent to say he is “very proud of my country, and stand by my eight years of service in the military” is an insult to every Veteran who has served, and all the families of Veterans who lost their lives and sacrificed for their loved one.

Two military experts, at the request of the Arizona Republic, reviewed my opponent’s record. A US Navy Seal and Stolen Valor Team Member, Captain Larry Bailey, has stated, “the idea that he [Dial] is a veteran is ‘laughable.’

A Brigadier General with a career of expertise in military records has said, “it is odd that Dial could get an honorable discharge given his military record.” He went on to say, “He’s not somebody I would stand next to and say I’d go to combat with this guy.

If my opponent truly “served” from 1996 to 2004 then why did he not campaign as a Veteran in 2004; yet in 2008 began campaigning as a Veteran? If he had already done 7 or 8 years of service by then wouldn’t he know he is Veteran?  See the Citizens Clean Elections Commission Candidate Statements – Jeff Dial
 The public has a right to know that falsely portraying your military service is an offense on this country and when done for gain (as in the case of an election and employment), may be punishable not only in the court of public opinion but in a court of law. Every voter is a juror and all you need is a preponderance of evidence to convict in this case, but doesn’t this seem beyond even a reasonable doubt? Jeff Dial appears to have misled the public about his military service or lack thereof, and the public deserves to know all the facts.
Will you call (602) 926-5550 and ask Jeff Dial to release his records including his DD Form 214?

Respectfully,

Frank Schmuck
Candidate for  Arizona State Senate
Legislative District 18
Representing Ahwatukee, and parts of
Chandler, Mesa and Tempe

Note: The DD Form 214 is a transcript of an individual’s military service and is  “a document of the United States Department of Defense, issued upon a military service member’s retirement, separation, or discharge from active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States. The DD Form 215 is used to correct errors or additions to a DD Form 214 discovered after the original had been delivered and/or distribution had been made. It is distributed in the same manner as the DD Form 214.” The DD Form 256 is NOT an acceptable form of proof for qualifying someone as a “Veteran.” For more visit: http://www.cem.va.gov/hmm/discharge_documents.asp

Governor Mike Huckabee Endorses Christine Jones for East Valley Congressional Seat

Conservative business leader Christine Jones landed a significant endorsement Tuesday evening when the campaign released a video of Governor Mike Huckabee endorsing her campaign for Congress.

The former Arkansas Governor and Republican Presidential candidate produced a personal video message from his office that he made public through the Jones campaign Facebook page on Tuesday evening.

In his message, Governor Huckabee speaks glowingly of his friend Jones and advises voters to beware of Washington elitists who are afraid of Jones because she can’t be bought. “She’s my friend. She’s someone I know, someone I trust and someone I believe that when you send her to Washington, you’ll know, you have someone who’s fighting for you, not someone fighting just to keep the special interest and the status quo alive and well,” Huckabee remarks.

Christine Jones welcomed the endorsement stating, “I am truly honored and humbled to have the support and endorsement of my friend Governor Huckabee. He understands why DC insiders and special interests try to keep out conservative problem solvers like me: I want to fix Washington’s problems, they want to maintain the status quo.”

According to recent polls, Jones is leading in the GOP primary against her three opponents. Voters are currently casting early ballots as Primary Election day approaches on August 30th.

Visit Christine Jones website for more information.

View Governor Mike Huckabee’s video message below.

Was Congressman Matt Salmon’s Staffer Politicking on Taxpayer Time?

Every member of Congress and their staff is constantly reminded – especially during election years – that using official government time and resources for partisan politicking, is strictly forbidden.

It’s a simple rule. Don’t spend your time and don’t use taxpayer-paid computers, phones, etc to engage in election activities. Taxpayers don’t want staff working to elect or defeat while they’re on the taxpayer’s dime.

So why would a member of Congressman Salmon’s staff spend time politicking on official time?

The following screenshots were obtained from Facebook and show Salmon staffer Lee Huff making political posts in support of Salmon’s hand-picked successor, Andy Biggs.

In the first screenshot, we see Lee Huff on Facebook sharing a post to an Andy Biggs political event. The post was made Wednesday, July 27th at 12:28 PM. Lee Huff works for Congressman Matt Salmon, who works for the taxpayers of CD-5.

L Huff 072716The next screenshot shows a post from Thursday, July 28th at 10:14 AM from Gilbert, Arizona. Congressman Salmon’s office is located in the heart of downtown Gilbert. Lee Huff resides in Mesa. The content of the post is an attempt at a negative association of Christine Jones with Barack Obama. It is clearly electioneering at 10:14 in the morning from Gilbert, Arizona.

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The final screenshot shows Lee Huff on Facebook posting on Tuesday, August 2nd at 2:29 PM from Gilbert. This time, the post is an effort to drive web traffic to a dark money-sponsored organization’s website that is trying to mislead voters about Christine Jones.

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The question I have is who does Lee Huff work for? Is it Congressman Matt Salmon? Is it Matt Salmon’s heir-apparent, Andy Biggs? Or, is it the taxpayers who pay his congressional staffer salary?

Perhaps Lee Huff was off the clock? Maybe using a little vacation time? Maybe he frequents Gilbert coffee shops? I think he has some explaining to do to us watching this election and to his boss, the US taxpayers.

Winkle for Mesa … In Tempe?

You would think that when you’re running for a local office that you would hold your events in the district, right? Apparently, Ryan Winkle who is running for Mesa City Council in District 3 would disagree!

Winkle is hosting an event that he’s calling a “Community Celebration,” in Tempe. Is that a slap in the face to the voters in Mesa’s 3rd District? We think so… That is the equivalent of someone running for the Phoenix City Council who campaigns in San Tan Valley. It just does not make sense!

Maybe he’s confused about what district and city he is actually going to represent?

Winkle, we know you’re young and naive, but if you’re running to represent people then please run in the district you’re aiming to represent. You are not running for Tempe City Council. The people of Mesa deserve better and deserve to know that you care about them and the issues facing the community. Evidently, you do not.

Solar Money Buying the Election for Bob Burns?

The past few years have seen an explosion of outside money to aid campaigns. Outside money is not new to politics and has been around since the dawn of democracy. What is new, however, is that much of it can be spent without knowing who is funding it. In the fights over election spending in Arizona, a lot has been made of outside money that the utilities may have given to aid Corporation Commission candidates. The Commission regulates utilities, so it seems to be a fair question. In the newspapers’ zeal to find out everybody’s sources except their own, (which they conveniently feel a 1st amendment right to do) they have launched some serious charges against local utility companies. What they haven’t done is given the same level of scrutiny to solar companies who have used outside money to aid pro-solar commission candidates.

Recently, Chris Mayes, Janet Napolitano’s spokeswoman and a Napolitano appointee to the Corporation Commission, has been leading efforts by solar companies to spend millions of dollars to aid the already largely subsidized solar industry. Voters should be wary when they see mail and hear calls from Mayes and solar dark money so that they don’t fall for the attacks on the current commission or commissioners. The current commission supports Arizona’s renewable energy mandate, which requires the utilities to use a mix of renewable energy already for distribution to Arizona homes. However that does not seem to be enough for the solar industry that wants to make profits off of government tax credits and federal dollars. Conservatives shouldn’t be deceived by claims made by solar alleging that those who want the market to decide the best energy sources are somehow anti-solar. Solar is already a part of the energy mix and will continue to be prevalent for quite some time. How much it should be subsidized by other rate payers is the real question before voters this November. Should a small percentage of solar users get tax credits and raise the cost for other energy users? Voters will weigh in August and November on these critical issues.

Washington Insiders Engage in False Advertising Against Christine Jones

You may have seen or heard political ads attacking Christine Jones over comments she made regarding Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. A Washington insider group cherry-picked comments from her social media, intentionally took them out of context and twisted them into a hit and run political commercial.

This group is now spending hundreds of thousands of dark dollars in false advertising to attack Jones under the mantra of guilt by association. This political insider group wants the average viewer to believe that Christine Jones is a Democrat-sympathizer whose loyalty to the Republican Party is in doubt.

Nothing could be further from the truth. These political ads are false.

Voters in Congressional District 5 should know that Christine Jones is a lifelong Republican who oftentimes tells voters that she went out of her way to visit the DMV on her 18th birthday to register as a Republican. She’s been loyal and dedicated to the GOP for nearly three decades.

For those who do their homework on Christine Jones, they’ll note that she committed to support the nominee of the Republican Party months ago. They’ll also note that as recent as two weeks ago, she blasted Hillary Clinton on multiple charges including, the email scandal, the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Speeches and Hillary’s failure and cover-up of the Benghazi murders.

If you really want to check Christine Jones’ commitment to defeating Barack Obama, all you need to do is check the Federal Election Commission records. You’ll see that she donated $55,000 of her personal money to the 2012 Mitt Romney Victory Fund. That’s what’s referred to as “putting your money where your mouth is.”

How much did Christine Jones’ opponents donate to the Mitt Romney Victory Fund in 2012? According to FEC reports, zero dollars. That’s Z-E-R-O.

The truth is that Washington insiders are seeking to hand-pick a career politician to succeed outgoing Congressman Matt Salmon. They’re spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to smear a lifelong, loyal conservative Republican who has a proven record of fiscal accountability and effectiveness.

This election, don’t fall for the dark money false advertising by the Washington elite. If all they’ve got is a few tweets taken out of context, they’ve got nothing.

A 30-year commitment to conservative principles means something and shouldn’t have to compete against a 30-second distortion. Christine Jones is a true conservative Republican who won’t be bullied by political insiders and will fight for you in Congress.

Bob Burns: The Third Democrat for the Corporation Commission

The news is out! Have you heard? Bob Burns who currently serves on the Arizona Corporation Commission–and is running for re-election this year–is now working with the Democrats! The two liberals, William “Bill” Mundell and Tom Chabin, have been searching for their third musketeer and they finally found him in Bob Burns.

It seems as though Bob Burns has taken a liking to being a career politician and doing whatever it takes to stay at the top no matter whom he hurts in the process. In the meantime, who suffers? Arizona taxpayers, ratepayers, and businesses, of course. Evidently, Mundell and Chabin did not have to look far and wide across Arizona to find someone who voted like a Democrat and fought against Arizona businesses for his own agenda. (If you’re not following along, we’re still talking about Bob Burns here.)

Frankly, this is just downright disappointing and a slap-to-the-face to Republicans who voted for Bob Burns when he first ran for the Arizona Corporation Commission. What is even more disheartening is that Mundell and Chabin come with some pretty serious baggage of their own. Mundell, a career politician, was fired from being Registrar of Contractors (ROC) during Governor Ducey’s first month in office. Mundell is also a turncoat recently changing from Republican to Democrat to try and win a seat in office. Evidently there is a trend going on here… As for Chabin, he is just clueless and is running hoping that outside solar dark money buys him a seat. When he was asked about his thoughts on Arizona’s energy efficiency levels, Chabin said that simply he did not know. That’s right, he doesn’t know.

Downright disgrace. From Bob Burns running on a slate with liberal Democrats, to Mundell’s ineptitude at the ROC, and to Chabin’s ignorance about issues affecting the Commission, we cannot allow this slate to win. How can we trust these three anti-business liberals to sit on Arizona’s fourth branch of government and represent taxpayers to their best abilities? It is simple: we cannot trust them, and we must not elect them.