Sheriff Arpaio speaks out against photo speed cameras

Some excerpts from the KTAR article –

Arpaio weighed in on the issue while appearing on News/Talk 92-3 KTAR’s “Jay Lawrence Show” Sunday.

The sheriff said it’s up to attorneys to decide the legality of photo radar, but, “I like to stop people. You can’t spot a dead body in a truck or marijuana or anything else. I like my deputies to give warnings. I don’t like a stupid machine to give you a ticket.”

AZ Dept. of Transportation caught wasting $1000s if not more on an unnecessary airplane

ADOT Board member Delbert Householder flew aboard the plane more than 200 times in the last 5 years, more than twice the number of times any other board member flew

Good investigative reporting from Channel 15 exposing a pathetic waste of taxpayers’ money on unnecessary air travel over the last five years by the AZ Dept. of Transportation. No wonder the state is in a record deficit. Where was oversight by Governor Napolitano? Or did she tacitly approve of this?

Some excerpts –

The Arizona Department of Transportation has grounded its plane just one week after the ABC15 Investigators requested copies of all flight logs, passenger logs and costs associated with the state owned aircraft.

A review of the department records by ABC15 reveals ADOT officials have spent hundreds of thousands of tax dollars flying to board meetings, ribbon cuttings, and award ceremonies in Arizona.

Fuel costs alone totaled more than $560,000 for five years of flying.

Our review of ADOT’s own flight logs revealed more than 2,600 flights in the last five years.

ADOT’s logs revealed 9 flights to pick up board members for a single meeting in Sedona, 12 flights for a meeting in Lake Havasu, and 13 flights for a board meeting in Kingman.

ADOT Board Chairman Delbert Householder has flown aboard the plane 200 times in the last five years, more than twice the number of flights as any other board member.

The logs also show a state-run charity was given free reign to use ADOT’s plane. In the last 2 years, the charity flew 45 times at the taxpayer’s expense. ADOT’s own policy requires other state agencies pay to use the plane, but the charity was not charged for a single flight.

Calling on Republican Women…We need you!

Republican Ladies, if you ever wanted to be more involved in the issues at your local level or state level,here is a great opportunity to learn more about the ins and outs of our great state. Grooming Republican women to take on leadership roles at all levels is what this program is all about. Arizona needs you! Consider applying today.

What is the Dodie Londen Series? When was it founded and why?

In 2007, Christine J. Toretti launched the Winning Women: Leadership for the New Century initiative in Arizona to engage more women in the party as voters, donors and leaders. A resident of Tucson, Arizona, Christine J. Olson, CEO of S.W. Jack Drilling Co. and Pennsylvania’s GOP National Committeewoman, accepted the challenge to spearhead this effort in Arizona and established the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series in January 2007.

The Dodie Londen Series is an annual training program for Republican women in Arizona that prepares women to be more effective leaders in government, politics, and in the community. Participants each have a goal to increase their level of involvement in public life as party leaders, elected or appointed officials, as grassroots activists, and/or as community leaders.

Each year a class of talented women representing all regions of Arizona will participate in intensive training sessions over the course of nine months to gain information, tools and skills to enhance their civic and political participation. This executive training program for Republican women is modeled after the successful Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series, which began in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2002 and the Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series founded in the state of Indiana in 1990.

How much time do class members spend with the Dodie Londen Series?

Class members participate in 9 required training sessions beginning in October and concluding in June of each year. Class members travel to different parts of Arizona to attend a training session each month. Each month, the Dodie Londen Class gathers in Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff and other parts of Arizona for a one-day training program. Class members typically arrive on Thursday evening for an optional networking dinner and spend Friday from 8am to 4pm participating in a training session. There are two exceptions to this type of schedule. The state government session is scheduled when the legislature is in session. Also, during the month of May, the Dodie Londen Class meets in Washington, DC for 2 ½ days from Tuesday evening through Thursday evening for a federal government session. This session is a national meeting of all state programs.

How much does the Dodie Londen Series cost a class member?

When accepted to the program, class members pay a one-time $150 participation fee. Some class members have paid this fee personally while others have had this fee paid by their employer or local Republican committee. Additionally, class members are responsible for travel costs to and from the monthly training sessions including parking. The Dodie Londen Series pays for hotel accommodations, meals and other program costs.

How are participants chosen each year for the Dodie Londen Series?

Class members are chosen through a two-tier selection process. First, applicants must submit a written application due May 1st. The selection committee comprised of advisory board members select finalists from a review of the written applications. Finalists are offered a personal interview with members of the selection committee. Interviews take place in late May of every year. For an application or more information, contact Bernadette S. Comfort, executive director at 520-609-6347.

Who was Dodie Londen?

One of Arizona’s grandest ladies and certainly the Grand Dame of the Arizona Republican Party, AZ-TV Chairman Dodie Londen was born May 31, 1930 on a farm near Holdredge, Nebraska. She graduated from Barnes Business School in Denver, Colorado and went to work in Denver as a secretary. In 1951, she married Jack Londen and in July of 1962 they moved their family of six to Arizona.

Through her selfless service to her church, charitable organizations and the Republican Party, Dodie will be remembered as a world-class leader, mentor and friend. Dodie’s political activities and accomplishments are legendary.

As the first woman ever to serve as Chairman of the Arizona Republican party, Dodie used her professional leadership, wisdom and kindness to lead the party to unprecedented prominence and national respect. Her legacy of financial stability and open door policy will serve the Republican Party for years to come. As one political reporter wrote, “She did more to unite the GOP than anyone else in decades…a tough act to follow.”

She served as the Treasurer and Program Chairman for the National Federation of Republican Women and President of the Arizona Federation of Republican Women. She was active in numerous political campaigns and counted President Ronald Reagan as a close friend. With all of her political achievements, she considered being a precinct committeeman one of her most important political positions.

Dodie once said, “I believe an individual should be judged by his or her record of commitment, performance and achievement.” Even by those high standards, Dodie truly achieved greatness!

Location of Nappy’s speed cameras amidst construction is a deadly lawsuit waiting to happen

The folks at azspeedcameraslocations are ticked off over Nappy’s movable speed cameras on the 101, and rightly so. No one knows what the speed limit is along that stretch of the 101 around the 51 interchange, because it’s constantly changing from mile to mile during the stretch under construction. So someone slamming on their brakes to dip down to 45mph to avoid a ticket is going to cause a nasty accident. Looks like an expensive lawsuit waiting to happen. There’s a bit of irony there – Nappy’s use of your money to fund her spending addiction is going to result in even more of your money being spent when the state has to settle the first fatality from a recklessly placed speed camera. The price of greed. Considering the state has already admitted the speed cameras all over state highways have nothing to do with public safety but are only a revenue generator, with virtually all of the revenue going to the private company running the cameras, not state coffers, we agree with azspeedcameraslocations that they should be eliminated and replaced with real police officers. The real danger on our highways is drunk drivers, and with fewer police officers on the highways, drunk drivers aren’t going to be stopped; even if they’re speeding by the time the speeding ticket catches up with them in the mail, it’s too late for their victims.

Traffic commutes shortening for Valley drivers due to crackdown on illegal immigration

As a result of Arizona’s new employer sanctions law and tough enforcement of local immigration laws by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas, Valley drivers are noticing their work commuting times have substantially decreased. Illegal immigrants are fleeing the state in droves, mostly leaving for states and cities with sanctuary city policies like Maryland and San Francisco. Arizona motorists who once sat in traffic for an hour on their way to work on the I-10, I-17, 101, 202 and 60 are reporting as much as a 50% decrease in commute times. One man said that his 7am commute on the I-17 used to be all stop-and-go, getting him to work at 8am. Now, if he leaves at 7am he is at work by 7:30. Another man reported that his commute from the West Valley on the I-10 into Phoenix used to take him close to 1 1/2 hours. Now, it’s rarely over 45 minutes.

So, the next time you’re driving to work or returning home and pleasantly surprised at how quickly you got there, thank our legislators for passing the employer sanctions law, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio for enforcing our laws. The significant decrease in neck and back pain for those of us who suffer from it in stop-and-go traffic has been a blessing.

Summers in Tucson.

     Tucson makes Top 10 – as a summer destination.

     I think they are on to something. June was a little warm but the rain and clouds have kept temps under control.