Gilbert Mayor John Lewis Endorses Steve Chucri for Maricopa Supervisor

Steve ChucriScottsdale (July 18) — Today, Gilbert Mayor John Lewis endorsed Steve Chucri’s re-election for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Mayor Lewis has served as Gilbert’s Mayor since 2009, and he and his wife have both lived in the town for thirty years.

“As Mayor of Gilbert, I have worked extremely hard to foster working relationships with the elected officials who also represent our town,” Lewis said. “Steve Chucri has gone above and beyond to work with us and to ensure that our constituents receive the attention and service that they deserve. I am proud to stand with Steve Chucri and endorse him for re-election to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.”

“I’m thankful for this endorsement from Mayor Lewis,” Chucri said. “It has been a privilege to work alongside him and I look forward to continuing to provide the best possible service to Gilbert in the years ahead.”

###
About Steve Chucri:
Steve Chucri is a native Arizonan who was born and raised in Mesa, but his family’s Arizona roots started in the mining town of Morenci. His family taught him the values of faith and trust, essential elements to running an honest and transparent business. In addition to serving on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, he is also President and CEO of the Arizona Restaurant Association, the key voice for the $11.5 billion restaurant industry in Arizona. Representing restaurants on a multitude of industry issues while maintaining small business success has proven to be one of his top strengths. Chucri resides in Paradise Valley with his wife of 17 years, Christine, and their two young sons.

Christine Jones Releases New Campaign Video, ‘Grassroots’

Christine Jones for Congress

(Gilbert, AZ) – Monday, the Jones for Congress campaign released its latest digital video in the GOP race for Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District.

The video, called “Grassroots,” shows Christine Jones and members of her grassroots team meeting with voters across the district. Jones, who narrates the video, reaffirms the sentiment of citizens who are tired of career politicians and want a conservative business approach in Washington.

Jordan Ray, the campaign manager for the Christine Jones campaign said, “Everywhere Christine and the campaign go, the response has been amazing. The citizens of this district want a conservative business leader and not another career politician to represent them.” Ray added, “Grassroots support for the campaign continues to grow as more people learn about Christine’s experience building a successful business and creating thousands of jobs here in Arizona.”

View the video HERE or click on the image below:

###

Christine Jones is the former interim CEO of Great Hearts Academies. She was a Republican candidate for Governor of Arizona in 2014. Prior to running for office, Christine served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Go Daddy Operating Company, LLC for more than a decade. Christine and her husband, a retired Air Force officer, have been married for 29 years. He teaches at a high school in Chandler.

Guest Opinion: Recreational marijuana? The price is too high

Seth Leibsohn

Seth Leibsohn

Advocates say we need to regulate pot like alcohol in Arizona, but their measure doesn’t even do that.

If insanity is repeatedly doing the same thing and expecting different results, no word better describes the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Arizona.

Colorado and Washington, the first states to do this, have seen increases in teen use of marijuana, traffic fatalities and emergency room visits (including of toddlers) — all tied to marijuana. In Denver, home of most of the pot shops, more than one in three 11th- and 12th-graders are now regular marijuana users, an increase of 20.5 percent from two years ago, according to the latest Colorado youth survey.

Big protections for pot industry

Sheila Polk

Sheila Polk

Arizona should expect similar results, especially since this 20-page initiative is chock full of protectionism for the marijuana industry. Written by out-of-state lobbyists and Arizona marijuana-business owners, it creates two new government agencies, including a seven-member commission with three members mandated to come from the marijuana industry so they can “regulate” themselves.

This initiative gives current medical-marijuana dispensaries a virtual monopoly on retail stores and cultivation. This is not simple legalization, but increased government protecting special interests to the detriment of everyone else.

The initiative would legalize hashish as well, opening the door to high-potency marijuana candies. The marijuana of the 1970s had potency levels of less than 1 percent. Colorado’s marijuana edibles have potency levels of 60 percent.

Stiffer penalties for alcohol than pot

The proponents’ claim that this initiative regulates marijuana like alcohol is disingenuous. The alcohol industry doesn’t dream of being treated as lightly as this initiative would treat marijuana. At every opportunity to advance public safety, the initiative protects marijuana use instead:

  • Using marijuana under the proposed initiative becomes a legal right. Someone who shows up for work drunk can be disciplined or fired based on an alcohol test. But under this initiative, showing up for work impaired by marijuana would be shielded from discipline until after the commission of an act of negligence or malpractice.
  • Any driver with a blood alcohol content over 0.08 percent is legally drunk. The Arizona law would prohibit a THC limit from ever being set.
  • Penalties for a minor using a fake ID to buy marijuana would be far lower than for his friend who uses a fake ID to buy alcohol. Same for someone selling marijuana to a minor using a fake ID.

The experiment in Washington and Colorado shows how disastrous this proposal is.

  • Fatal accidents involving drivers who recently used marijuana more than doubled in Washington in the year after legalization.
  • The rate of people going to Colorado emergency rooms with marijuana-related symptoms rose 44 percent from 2012 to 2014.
  • Employers there report having to hire out of state for a sober workforce.

No amount of cash can justify this

Just as in Arizona, marijuana’s apologists in Colorado and Washington said they wanted to keep marijuana away from children. It didn’t work out that way there and it won’t be different here.

And this is why that matters: Marijuana is “addicting, has adverse effects upon the adolescent brain, is a risk for both cardio-respiratory disease and testicular cancer, and is associated with both psychiatric illness and negative social outcomes,” according to the American College of Pediatricians.

At what cost? According to the Arizona legislative budget staff, expected revenue from legalizing marijuana could put $30 million into our education system, barely 0.33 percent of what Arizona now spends.

Now balance that minimal amount against the costs of treatment, tragic loss of life from traffic fatalities, workplace accidents, or the lost potential of young brains harmed by marijuana. No amount of money can justify that.

This law would contribute nothing positive to Arizona. Instead it exacts a tremendous cost, all to benefit a handful of marijuana-industry insiders. Arizonans do not need this and will not be able to afford it. The price is too high.

Seth Leibsohn chairs Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy. Sheila Polk is the Yavapai County Attorney and vice chair of ARDP. Email them at info@ardp.org.

Colonel Wendy Rogers Shatters Own Record with Q2 Fundraising

Wendy Rogers

(Flagstaff, AZ) – Lt Col (ret) Wendy Rogers demonstrated impressive momentum in her second quarter fundraising. Rogers raised nearly $210,000 from a diverse group of nearly 500 total donors. She also has over $275,000 cash on hand as the August Primary Election approaches.

“We are winning. Our momentum builds daily. We’ve drawn increasing support from all over the country because voters want more operational military veterans in Congress. National security and the border are prime concerns,” Rogers stated. “Hardworking Americans vote for me with donations to make America great again,” she said.

Last week, two sisters of Colonel Rogers’ opponent, Paul Babeu, endorsed Rogers. Both Lucy Babeu and Veronica Babeu Keating went public in their support for Rogers as they criticized their brother, Paul Babeu, for being unfit to hold office. The Babeu sisters continue to release documents and video footage which expose their brother for having lied about his role as head of a Massachusetts boarding school that eventually was shuttered due to multiple reports of child abuse. In January, Colonel Rogers demanded that Sheriff Paul Babeu drop out of the race when new video footage surfaced.

###

Lt Col (ret) Wendy Rogers was one of the Air Force’s first women pilots. She and and her husband Hal are both retired career US Air Force officers. Since 1997, they’ve owned a home inspection business covering four counties spanning northern to southern Arizona. Colonel Rogers is a businesswoman, teacher, social worker, mother and grandmother. She and Hal own their retirement home in the midst of where they do business in Flagstaff, Arizona.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY – That Time McCain Defended Syrian Islamists as No Different Than American Christians

Soon to be octogenarian McCain has been running National Security ads attacking Kelli Ward and touting his track record as an ‘expert you can trust’ on issues regarding the military and America’s defense.  In the clip below, the Liberal John McCain is discussing how he bailout out Obama by supporting Obama’s and Hillary’s plan to arm the Syrian Islamists and aiding the terrorist organization The Muslim Brotherhood.

He then goes ballistic at Brain Kilmeade in defense of Muslim Brotherhood Islamists and states that shouting ‘ALLAHU AKBAR’ is the same as your Christian grandmother (whose likely younger than McCain) thanking God.

Watch the clip for yourself:

YouTube Preview Image

Is McCain really a man you can trust especially the day after yet another terrorist attack inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood’s creation, the Islamic State?

Another Babeu Endorses Wendy Rogers in AZ-1

Wendy Rogers

Another Babeu Sister Endorses Colonel Wendy Rogers For Congress

(Flagstaff, AZ) – Today, Veronica Babeu Keating joined her sister, Lucy Babeu, to endorse Lt Col (ret) Wendy Rogers, in the race for the Republican nomination in Arizona’s First Congressional District. Veronica Babeu Keating and Colonel Rogers released the following statements regarding Veronica’s endorsement:

Veronica Babeu Keating’s Statement on Endorsing Lt Col Wendy Rogers:

“Getting involved in a political campaign was not something I ever saw myself doing,” said Veronica Babeu Keating. “Especially one involving my brother Paul. However, the stakes are too high. I just had to take a stand to do the right thing,” she continued.

“I admire my sister Lucy for coming forward to speak out against our brother – – to finally stand up to him. Paul thinks only of himself and his political career at the expense of others. He does not care about the people whom elected officials are called to serve. As his siblings, Lucy and I know firsthand how unfit he is to serve. The people of Arizona must know, too.

“Arizona deserves and must demand the best from its leaders. That is why I am very proud to join my sister in endorsing Colonel Wendy Rogers to be the next congresswoman to represent Arizona’s First Congressional District,” Veronica Babeu Keating concluded.

Lt Col Wendy Rogers’ Statement Upon Receiving the Endorsement:

“I am honored to have the endorsements of Veronica Babeu Keating and Lucy Babeu. Arizonans across the district continue to unite behind our campaign because they want their candidate to take the fight to the Democrat nominee in November and actually win.”

State Rep Kelly Townsend: Sen Andy Biggs’ Leadership Style Punitive

Yesterday, State Representative Kelly Townsend revealed a dark side of Senate President Andy Biggs. During a guest opinion on Sunday Square Off, the two-term legislator from Arizona Legislative District 16 disclosed that Biggs’ leadership style was to punish lawmakers who refused to get in line with his political agenda and leadership.

Townsend tied the comments to her 2015 House vote in which the legislature voted to limit Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) – a vote she regrets. Townsend herself, is a widow with children representing a district adjacent to the district represented by Biggs.

In her comments, she stated, “I think it’s important to remember whose bill this was. This was our senate president’s bill. Part of that decision is the fact that [Biggs] has very well trained us. He’s punitive in his nature, and if we didn’t follow along, we would suffer the consequences.”

The interview, which is posted on the 12 News website, also posted the following comments:

When pressed further about her disagreements with Biggs, Townsend accused the 14-year state legislator and current congressional candidate of fostering a culture at the state capitol she described as “a heavy-handed, top down, ramming things through in the middle of the night approach.”

“It is a culture many of us are trying to change,” Townsend said.

The article continues:

Townsend also accused Biggs of refusing to communicate with her and preventing bills she sponsored from progressing through the legislature for two years. Townsend said she believed Biggs’ actions were payback because she gave a radio interview in support of a bill Biggs opposed in 2013.

“[In 2013] He would refuse to meet with me. He didn’t answer any of my calls or texts. He killed all my bills. Finally I cornered him and asked for a conversation, and he said I should have never called into the radio station in the first place to talk about that bill,” Townsend said. “When it comes to leadership, Biggs, I don’t know he knew how to be a leader. Anyone can be punitive and act like that. But in terms of being a leader, it takes more than just being a jerk.”

This revelation draws into question Biggs’ temperament and leadership style as the potential nominee for Arizona’s 5th Congressional District.

Biggs’ spokesman, Adam Deguire, the former Chief of Staff to Congressman Matt Salmon who is now part of the political hand-off arrangement between Salmon and Biggs, acknowledged Biggs’ unpopularity with the mainstream media on issues such as TANF.

Senator Andy Biggs has not made an appearance on Sunday Square Off since February 27, 2011 and failed to show up last week for a debate on KAET’s Horizon.

Here is the video clip from Sunday Square Off:

Babeu Endorses Wendy Rogers in AZ-1

Wendy Rogers

Lucy Babeu Endorses Colonel Wendy Rogers for Congress

(Flagstaff, AZ) – Thursday, Lucy Babeu, sister of congressional candidate Paul Babeu, announced her endorsement of his opponent in the race, Lt Col (ret) Wendy Rogers.  Lucy Babeu and Lt Col Rogers released the following statements regarding the endorsement:

Lucy Babeu’s Statement on Endorsing Lt Col Wendy Rogers:

“I have always believed there are three things which should be held dear and above all else – God, country, family – in that order,” said Lucy Babeu. “Unfortunately, my brother, Paul Babeu, has not lived up to honoring those same principles,” she continued. “The decisions my brother, Paul, has made throughout his life are not the makings of someone who represents the values of our congressional district, our state, or our country – and I cannot sit idly by in good faith.”

“It is not an easy thing to go against family, but it is the right thing to do, because I must put the good of our country first. In this campaign, I firmly believe that the right choice for Arizona and our country is Colonel Wendy Rogers. Colonel Rogers is a person of immense character, who has served our country honorably as a career officer in our Armed Forces, and will do so in Washington, D.C. as our representative of Arizona’s 1st Congressional District,” Babeu concluded.

Lt Col Wendy Rogers’ Statement Upon Receiving the Endorsement:

“I welcome the endorsement of Lucy Babeu. We are a campaign built upon a broad base of voters from all walks of life who have one goal in mind – to strengthen our nation and serve the people of Arizona.”

###

Christine Jones Statement on CD-5 Debate

Christine Jones for Congress

(Gilbert, AZ) – Tonight, conservative business leader Christine Jones participated in a live televised debate sponsored by Phoenix PBS affiliate, KAET TV-8. Following the debate, Jones released the following statement:

“This was an important debate for citizens of the district to see because it showed a clear contrast between a proven conservative business leader and individuals who have spent their careers working in politics. Citizens should be fully informed about all the candidates when they vote in this Primary Election and I believe my qualifications, credentials and values will best serve the citizens of CD-5.”

Jones added, “On behalf of the campaign, I would like to thank Ted Simon and the team of Horizon for hosting this essential debate. I also want to thank Representative Justin Olson and Supervisor Don Stapley for taking the time to attend and engage in a healthy and informative discussion on issues important to Congressional District Five.”

Christine Jones & Ted Simon

Christine Jones & Ted Simon

###

Christine Jones is the former interim CEO of Great Hearts Academies. She was a Republican candidate for Governor of Arizona in 2014. Prior to running for office, Christine served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Go Daddy Operating Company, LLC for more than a decade. Christine and her husband, a retired Air Force officer, have been married for 29 years. He teaches at a high school in Chandler.

How State Bars Are Taking Down Conservative Attorneys

Arizona bar disciplinary judge William O’Neil

Reposted from Townhall
By Rachel Alexander

State bars across the country have become havens for the left in recent years, increasingly used to target conservative attorneys. With deep pockets — due to the exorbitant amount of dues they charge attorneys in order to practice law — it is impossible to fight back once targeted. More than half of state bars are mandatory, which means they are unavoidable if you want to practice law. This is very disturbing, considering many of these states have right-to-work laws. Why are attorneys required to join a union?

Arizona has one of the most corrupt state bars in the country. Many attorneys have lost their jobs, reputations and livelihoods, in large part due to the Arizona bar’s disciplinary Judge William O’Neil. Arizona is a conservative state, but the left controls the legal system here. They have put in their guy O’Neil, a Democrat, who apparently does whatever they say. He particularly seems to go after conservative attorneys. And even if he just suspends a conservative attorney for a brief period of time, he usually finds some technical reason to never let them back into the practice of law.

It has started to hurt business in Arizona, since fewer people are risking becoming attorneys in the state, as word about his draconian rulings has spread. One frivolous bar complaint?  Your entire career could be destroyed. Several sites have popped up exposing the Arizona bar recently, including Working for a Better Bar and Judges Gone Wild. Legislation has been introduced over the last two years to reduce the bar’s power and make it non-mandatory.

Hardly anyone dares to stand up to O’Neil — because he can ruin any attorney or judge, as the disciplinary judge over all licensed attorneys in the state.

Let’s compare how Judge O’Neil treats conservative attorneys vs. his cronies, such as fellow judges, when it comes to bar complaints. Jeffrey Moffatt, who doesn’t even practice law in Arizona but is a member of the Arizona bar, ran for Congress in California as a Republican this past year. Some woman in New Mexico complained to the New Mexico bar and the California bar that he had asked her for a nude photo. She was not a client; at most a prospective client. The New Mexico bar properly dismissed the complaint since it had nothing to do with the practice of law and she wasn’t a client.

Moffatt had emailed her on October 28, 2013. She filed a complaint with the California State Bar a few days later. Since Moffatt was not licensed with that bar, it was referred to the Arizona bar, but rather untimely — one and a half years later. The California bar has its own history of corruption, known for ignoring complaints. Arizona Bar Counsel filed a complaint against Moffatt over two years later, on November 9, 2015.

Soliciting nude photos — akin to prostitution — is a criminal misdemeanor. In Arizona, the statute of limitations for filing a criminal complaint for prostitution is one year, so the complaint was filed against Moffatt after the period had tolled.

What is even more disturbing about this, is that Moffatt never got a criminal trial; he never had jurors decide his case, as is required by the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Instead, the state bar ignored his right to due process, and ruled on what should have been a minor criminal issue.  

The Arizona bar implicated him under ethical rule 8.4(b), which had been quietly modified recently to make it a criminal violation.

8.4(b) now says in pertinent part that a lawyer may not “commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.”

This ethical rule is blatantly unconstitutional, and I hope Moffatt challenges it all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. What jury determined that Moffatt had committed a crime? This ethical rule and its precedent with Moffatt should frighten any attorney —  I hope organizations like the ACLU are looking at this.

But Judge O’Neil disbarred Moffatt. That’s right, he didn’t just censure him, give him probation or a suspension. He threw the book at him as if he was some criminal. He ignored that the statute of limitations had passed to prosecute him.

There are plenty of Arizona attorneys who behaved much worse sexually than Moffatt, but because they were connected or “did what they were told” and hired the “right” counsel to represent them in disciplinary proceedings, they didn’t get much more than a wrist slap from Judge O’Neil. One victim of O’Neil’s on another matter told me that insiders told him to hire some overpriced law firm O’Neil favors for $20k and that would get him off the hook. He didn’t, and so now his law license is indefinitely suspended, with $100k hanging over his head.

One of these key attorneys who has gotten many attorneys off the hook, who I’m told is one of the most corrupt attorneys in Arizona, Scott Rhodes, boasts on his website, “In 2011, the Arizona Supreme Court appointed Mr. Rhodes to serve on its Attorney Regulation Advisory Committee. This Committee makes recommendations regarding attorney examination, admissions, reinstatement, disability and the lawyer discipline process.” Rhodes has a long history of connections to the state bar and the biggest Democratic-controlled law firms in the state.

TED ABRAMS

In contrast to Moffatt, look how O’Neil treated his fellow judge Ted Abrams. O’Neil merely suspended him for two years and barred him from being a judge. Here is Abrams’ extensive history of sexual harassment, as reported by The Arizona Republic:

During a 14-month period, the judge sent the unidentified public defender at least 28 voicemails and 85 text messages, many of which were sexually suggestive (at least one was, he admitted, “obscene,” and described a sex act he wanted to perform on her), repeatedly pressured her for sex, made slurping noises and at one point fondled her buttock. In response, the public defender said she wasn’t interested, repeatedly told him that it would be inappropriate for them to have a relationship because he was a judge, she worked in his courtroom and he was married. She called him him “crazy and disgusting.”

Abrams, 47, also had a sexual relationship with another attorney, a private defense lawyer who appeared in his court, and he sent sexually explicit e-mails to a third attorney, an assistant city prosecutor who appeared in his court.

The state bar brief said the judge “victimized a young lawyer for his own personal gratification and when she did not enjoy, welcome or otherwise relent to his constant requests for sexual contact, he berated and humiliated her from the bench during a jury trial.” The victim also said Abrams told her that it would not be good for her career if she rejected his advances. After the short suspension, it appears that he is about to be reinstated to the Arizona bar.

FRED ACKEL

Fred Ackel, another judge, was punished by the Arizona Supreme Court for his sexual misbehavior with a mere censure. Not even suspension, probation, etc.

A litigant who appeared in front of Ackel to stop a man from harassing her, was — ironically — so disturbed by the judge’s constant sexual remarks and attempt to have a romantic relationship with her, that she started tape recording him. His comments about sex were extraordinarily vulgar. Perhaps most disturbing, he told her in regards to the man harassing her, “If I have to raise some more hell, I’ll have him arrested.”

The court said in its opinion, “We agree with the Commission that Ackel’s conduct toward Randall constituted willful misconduct.” The court also noted that he’d had six prior complaints — and one they considered an aggravating factor, where he had called a female attorney during a pretrial conference “darling,” and commented on her legs. In fact, the court found a second aggravating factor, “Ackel’s regular use of endearing terms toward and physical contact with women.”

In contrast, Judge O’Neil admitted in his opinion that a mitigating factor in Moffatt’s case was the “absence of a prior disciplinary record.”

CHARNA JOHNSON

Charna Johnson is an attorney who was found to have had sex with a client, as well as channeling the dead to communicate to clients. The bar also reported, “Johnson represented her client in a divorce proceeding and drafted a will, leaving all the assets for herself.” Despite the fact that “Five aggravating factors were found: prior disciplinary offenses, dishonest or selfish motive, submission of false evidence, refusal to acknowledge the wrongful nature of conduct and substantial experience in the practice of law,” Johnson was merely suspended for one year.

MATTHEW SCHULTZ

Attorney Matthew Schultz admitted he had a sexual relationship with a client, and was just suspended for one year.

ROBERT STANDAGE

Government attorney Robert Standage, unlike Moffatt, actually did send sexual images and videos to an existing client. He was already on probation for a previous incident, but Judge O’Neil merely suspended him for two years. His attorney — no surprise — was Scott Rhodes.

Arizona Bar ethical rule (ER) 1.8(j) was cited in most of these cases. It says, “A lawyer shall not have sexual relations with a client unless a consensual sexual relationship existed between them when the client-lawyer relationship commenced.”

Moffatt never even had an attorney-client relationship with the woman who complained about him. He merely asked her for a nude photo. Unlike most of these other attorneys, he did not pursue a sexual relationship after hiring a client or when he was involved with them in the legal system.

Judge O’Neil allowed an attorney friend of his who had killed a woman while drinking and driving to continue practicing law in prison. This same attorney had helped O’Neil out with an unethical short sale of his mother-in-law’s property, where she got to continue living in the house but got all the debt paid off.

Judge O’Neil suspended my license for six months and won’t let me get it back until I’ve paid $101,500 — the cost of the trial against not just me but my two superiors. Extortion, anyone? The Bar brought in pricey lawyers from out of state, including one who may be impersonating a lawyer.

This is nothing more than disparate treatment. Moffatt is being targeted because he was a Republican running for office, as well as an out-of-state solo practitioner without the deep pockets of a big-firm attorney, so the Arizona bar thinks he’s an easy target. The abuse needs to stop, state bars need to become voluntary associations only. Whatever happened to equal treatment under the law and justice for all?