Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup: The Public May No Longer Criticize City Officials

Mayor Walkup, in sum and substance: “The Public May No Longer Criticize City Officials at Council Meetings.”

By Roy Warden

On September 07, 2011 the Tucson City Council fired City Manager Mike Letcher, whom Councilwoman Karen Uhlich called a “man of integrity” who was “hired to bring more transparency and openness to city government,” ushering in a new era in Tucson City Politics.

Regarding “transparency and openness to city government,” it only took a week for this new era’s true character to reveal itself.

In a breathtaking usurpation of power, Mayor Walkup, using terms such as “civility in public discourse,” effectively announced on September 13, 2011 that city policy now bans the public from offering any future criticism of Tucson City Officials at city council meetings, effectively suspending the First Amendment.

And 20 minutes later the Tucson Police Department enforced the new policy when, upon Mayor Walkup’s direct command, they stopped the public address of Tucson Activist Roy Warden, arrested him, and removed him from the council chamber.

“It is shocking, stunning,” said Warden afterwards in an interview with KGUN News.

“In one fell swoop, Mayor Walkup overturned 235 years of law, the First Amendment and the fruits of the American Revolution.”

On September 13, Warden began his address by reminding the council of the lawful relationship between government and the people, as set forth in the Arizona Constitution, with the purpose of government being to protect the individual rights of the people.

Warden then turned to the issue of City Manager Richard Miranda, City Attorney Mike Rankin, and the theft of more than half a million dollars of public funds to pay the punitive damages awarded by a federal jury against three Tucson City Officials, including Richard Miranda, in 2006.

It was at this point that Mayor Walkup cut him off.

When Warden tried to read the punitive damage standards set forth in Arizona case law, Mayor Walkup had the police arrest and remove him from the city council chambers.

Outside, TPD Officer Couch aggressively confronted Warden and told him: “Get out of here! You’re just a troublemaker!”

Warden says whether or not the Mayor and City Council has the authority to prohibit public speech they deem to be “uncivil” will be resolved via a Special Action he intends to file in Pima County Superior Court.

Then Warden plans to file a action against Mayor Walkup and Tucson City Attorney Mike Rankin in US District Court on the issue of civil rights violations, and damages.

“It’s remarkable,” Warden says.

“The Mayor had me arrested to prevent me from bringing to public view the theft of half a million dollars of public money,” Warden says.

“Now, by his own arrogance and outrageous conduct, he’s given me the power to make a federal case out of it.”

And now the video:

azvoterguide.com is Your Guide to the Phoenix City Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2011
Contact: Aaron Baer, 602.424.2525, ext 242, or 602.456.1792

AZVOTERGUIDE.COM IS YOUR GUIDE TO THE PHOENIX CITY ELECTION
WEBSITE GIVES STRAIGHT FORWARD ANSWERS ON WHERE THE CANDIDATES STAND

PHOENIX – Discovering where candidates for city offices stand on the issues is easier now thanks to the free online resource, azvoterguide.com. This nonpartisan service compiles survey results from city election candidates in Phoenix, Tucson and Prescott to give voters the clear information they need to be an informed voter.

Candidates indicate on their survey whether they support or oppose 15 statements on critical issues that face our city. Examples of these statements include:

  • Using city funds to support any organization that performs, promotes, or provides referrals for abortion.
  • Prohibiting fully nude performances and touching or tipping dancers in sexually oriented businesses.
  • Allowing private companies to compete with city government for contracts to provide city services.
  • Providing a “domestic partners registry” for unmarried, cohabiting homosexual and heterosexual couples.
  • Regulating the hours and locations of medical marijuana dispensaries

On azvoterguide.com, you can access copies of the actual surveys candidates filed out, and read the comments they wrote. You can download a pdf of the Voter Guide which compares the candidate’s responses here: http://bit.ly/pWhqQb

If a candidate decided not to respond, their phone number and email address is provided, and you are able to send the candidates a blank version of the survey for them to complete and return to Center for Arizona Policy: http://bit.ly/nyMi1B

You can also contact the candidates via Facebook and Twitter. Their usernames have been compiled here: http://bit.ly/n6SlrY

With as few as 10% of the voting population expected to turn out to vote on August 30, it is essential that voters get the facts about the candidates, then turn out to vote their values on Election Day.

For more information on the Voter Guide, visit www.azvoterguide.com. For information on Center for Arizona Policy, visit www.azpolicy.org or contact Aaron Baer, 602.424.2525.

Center for Arizona Policy promotes and defends
the foundational values of life,
marriage and family, and religious liberty.
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Republican Rick Grinnell Announces Bid for Tucson Mayor as Write-In

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2011
CONTACT: Kim Kimbriel

“Tucsonans deserve a choice, a chance to elect an experienced leader.” 

Long-time community and business leader Rick Grinnell announced on July 12th he has filed official documentation to run for mayor of Tucson as a Republican write-in candidate in the August primary election.

In making his announcement, Grinnell said he is asking voters to write him in as a candidate because “Tucson deserves a choice, a chance to elect an experienced leader who knows what it takes to ‘Move Tucson Forward.’

“I coined the phrase Move Tucson Forward in 2009 and organized the first forum that year to engage business and government representatives in joint discussions on how to transform our city into a thriving, welcoming business environment. Enhancing employment opportunities is what it will take to provide us with the resources to sustain our economy and to support the growing needs of our community.

“I am running for mayor because I believe in Tucson and am committed to making this vision a reality. With a strong economic and stable business environment we will be able to generate more jobs and take care of our families. We will walk our streets without fear because we will be able to hire more public safety personnel. We will have adequate resources to repair our streets. We will be able to enjoy many of the wonderful dining venues, arts and leisure activities that Tucson has to offer.

To accomplish these goals, Tucson needs experienced leadership. For over 20 years, I have served the city as an active participant in numerous civic, professional and community efforts to help improve the quality of life for all of our citizens. I have helped our people find jobs, mentored individuals and counseled businesses owners to help them grow. As a business owner myself, I fully understand the challenges and heartache when people share their stories. Business owners who have to tell their employees they have to close the doors. Builders who tell the construction crew to not come back because they won’t be building anything for a while. Or a big employer who has to restructure, cut salaries or cut people.

Tucsonans are frustrated with the City Leadership. They are eager and ready for a change in leadership that will give them opportunities for success and growth. I ask citizens of Tucson to write me in as a candidate for mayor, so I can help this great city of ours move forward towards a brighter future.”

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AZVoterGuide.com Now Includes City Election Update

Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) released the first edition of the 2011 City Elections Voter Guide on azvoterguide.com today. This non-partisan, free resource provides you with straightforward answers from the candidates about where they stand on critical issues for the August 30 election.

CAP surveyed every mayoral and city council candidate in Phoenix, Tucson, and Prescott to find out their positions on issues that they are likely to address if elected. The answers have been compiled in one place to make it simple for you to be an informed voter this year. Candidates also were able to include comments on their surveys, which can be downloaded at azvoterguide.com.

For thirteen years, CAP has surveyed individuals running for office in Arizona to provide you, the voter, with the information you need for upcoming elections. During the 2010 election season, CAP reached more than 500,000 people with this important resource.

Candidates who have not yet submitted their survey answers still have the opportunity to respond and have their answers included in the next edition. The contact information for those candidates is currently included in the Voter Guide. If you would like to know where those candidates stand, please contact them and ask them to respond to CAP’s Voter Guide survey. You can access the survey here.

City elections can have a significant impact on all Arizonans. It’s imperative for all Arizonans to register to vote, discover where the candidates stand, and then vote their values on August 30.

For more information, visit http://www.azvoterguide.com.

As Tucson candidates fall off ballot, Vogt is ready for November

As candidates for Tucson’s City Council and Mayor fall off the ballot one by one, candidate Tyler Vogt is clear to run against a long time incumbent who has been caught up in the Rio Nuevo debacle.

In an open letter to Tucsonans, Vogt writes, “I take this election and our city’s future as an imperative “must win” situation, both for my family’s future and our city’s longevity. I believe the citizens of Tucson will agree.” He continues, “Our city’s future is at stake and the citizens of Tucson cannot afford to have the city continue in decline as we are currently witnessing. The citizens of Tucson deserve to have a knowledgeable, motivated individual seeking to change our city’s course from the sunset of past failures to the dawn of Tucson’s prosperous future.

Vogt moved to Tucson in 2000 after serving in the United States Navy Reserve for 15 years. According to his website, “ He holds two degrees, a Marine Engineering degree earned from United States Merchant Marine Academy and an Electrical Engineering degree from Valparaiso University.”

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McClusky Withdraws From Tucson Mayor’s Race

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20, 2011

Based on information from a pre-trial hearing today, and at the advice of my attorneys, I am withdrawing from the race to become Tucson’s next mayor. A number of the signatures which I gathered were not properly witnessed by the gatherers, and based on that information I will not have the required number of petitions to qualify for the ballot. Therefore, as of today, I am withdrawing my petitions and candidacy for the Mayor’s race.

Unfortunately, Democratic Party Chairman Jeff Rogers and the local political machine he heads have chosen, and show every indication of continuing to choose, legal means to bully, intimidate and financially damage any and all candidates in these elections with the exception of their own hand-picked representatives, and to this point it’s clear that their tactics have succeeded admirably.

Regardless, the fact that I was not able to turn in a sufficient number of petitions is my fault. And I want to sincerely apologize to all my supporters for this mistake, I know many of you have worked hard to help my campaign, and I know this hurts you as much as it does me.

Tucson needs new leadership, and I hope that all of you will re-dedicated yourselves–as I am–to getting both Tyler Vogt and Jennifer Rawson elected to the City Council. Both Tyler and Jennifer are quality candidates who deserve your support.

Sincerely,

Shaun McClusky

McClusky: Democrat Party Seeks to Deny Tucson Voters A Choice in Mayor’s Race

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2011
CONTACT: Sam Stone

Tucson, AZ – Yesterday, Pima County Democratic Chairman Jeff Rogers announced that he will challenge the ballot status of Republican Mayoral contender Shaun McClusky and is looking to do the same to Independent candidate Pat Darcy. Rogers clearly believes that, if successful, his challenge will clear the way for fellow attorney and Democratic candidate Jonathan Rothschild to run virtually unopposed for the position of Mayor of Tucson.

In response, McClusky has already said that he is preparing his defense in court and is confident that Mr. Rogers’ challenge will fail. “I’m getting used to being sued by Democrats in this town,” said McClusky. “I kept the citizens of Tucson from having to pay an additional sales tax and they sued me, only to have their case thrown out in court. I’m confident that the judge in this case will also rule in my favor.”

“Does the Pima Democratic Party even believe in Democracy?” asked McClusky. “They clearly want to litigate this race instead of leaving it in the hands of voters who have so far clearly been unimpressed with the Democratic Party’s chosen candidate.”

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McClusky: Tucson Bureaucrats Get A Car, Close A Pool

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 27, 2011
CONTACT: Sam Stone

Get a Car, Close a Pool

Tucson, AZ — While our current Mayor and City Council claim to serve the people of Tucson, evidence continues to pile up that the only people they really serve are themselves. While we’re cutting programs and closing public swimming pools, 26 City of Tucson employees continue to drive cars, fill their gas tanks and change their oil-all courtesy of the taxpayers of Tucson.

What’s worse is that these individuals are department heads and higher-ups, most of whom already make in excess of $100,000 per year, plus benefits. Not counting the gas and maintenance, the cost to Tucson taxpayers is about $161K per year. Add in the gas and maintenance and it’s easily a quarter million.

And what would it cost these individuals if they had to drive their own cars around on city business? Nothing. That’s because any individual who uses their personal vehicle for company business can deduct their mileage when they file their federal income taxes.

“Why are we closing swimming pools and leaving our streets full of potholes instead of asking these people to drive their own cars to work?” asked Tucson Mayoral candidate Shaun McClusky. “How can they look the people of Tucson in the face and say that a car allowance is more important than giving people opportunities for recreation and clean, safe streets?

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Tyler Vogt: Open Letter to Tucson City Councilwoman Shirley Scott

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 24, 2011
CONTACT:  Vince Luongo

Tucson, AZ – Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dear Mrs. Scott:

I am writing to inform you that I have officially submitted my paperwork to run for City Council, Ward 4 in the 2011 Tucson City Election.

I offer you the opportunity to resign from this race with your dignity and your reputation intact. If you choose to remain in the race, you will be opting for a complete exhibition of your performance as a city council member. This information will be presented to the public without personal attacks. It is, after all, your record.

Our city’s future is at stake and the citizens of Tucson cannot afford to have the city continue in decline as we are currently witnessing. The citizens of Tucson deserve to have a knowledgeable, motivated individual seeking to change our city’s course from the sunset of past failures to the dawn of Tucson’s prosperous future.

I am that motivated individual and I take this election and our city’s future as an imperative “must win” situation, both for my family’s future and our city’s longevity. I believe the citizens of Tucson will agree.

Respectfully,

Tyler Vogt

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Tucson’s Mike Shaw video featured on Glenn Beck

Congratulations to Mike Shaw for having his video work featured on Glenn Beck’s show today. Beck was especially interested in Shaw’s revelation and coverage of former Colorado professor Ward Churchill who appeared in middle of the protest. Churchill, who was fired from the University of Colorado at Boulder because he referred to victims of the 9/11 attacks as “Little Eichmanns” was obviously in on the protests to orchestrate and organize the student protest.

Here is the video from Glenn Beck’s show:

Here is the video that Mike produced: