Maguzzo has since taken off that reference to Stapley from his website, no doubt due to the criminal investigations into Stapley.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
We were appalled to see the article, "Republican Imposter Vernon Parker Runs for Governor of AZ" appear on the respected website Red State. The anonymous author cites Parker's acceptance of a minority bid contract as evidence that he is not a Republican, then proceeds to bash Republicans who support candidates because they're black. The author offers no further evidence that Parker lacks Republican credentials. Yet he (or she) jumps into a tirade that Republicans need to quit supporting black candidates because they're black.
Just because Parker accepted a government contract due to minority status does not discredit him as a Republican. It doesn't mean he agrees philosophically with the concept and would promote it. It isn't much different than accepting tax credits and deductions even though you philosophically disagree with the income tax.
For those who don't know him, Parker is a solid conservative. He is running on a platform challenging Governor Brewer's tax increase, and says his first goal when he enters office is to eliminate the corporate income tax. A devout Christian, he served as pastor of his church for two years when there was a need.
Parker is attractive and charismatic, and in addition to his experience (he is Mayor of Paradise Valley - he has more executive experience than Obama), people are drawn to him also because of that. Some n'er-do-wells may try and confuse this kind of attraction with liking him because of his race, which, ironically, creates a real disadvantage for minorities.
This article is disturbing. Republicans are never going to get rid of the stereotype that there are racists in the party when there are poorly disguised racist articles like this carried by major conservative publications.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
T'he recent article in the Republic about residents opposing a Mormon temple being built in their neighborhood is odd. For one, Mormon temples, like Catholic cathedrals, are beautiful. Secondly, it's not like putting a tattoo parlor or strip club in your neighborhood. The kind of people it is going to attract are probably going to be people you would feel safe around. The arguments against it - that it would stand out, that its lights at night would be too bright - are straw man arguments. Let's hope they're not really a front for religious discrimination.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Were hearing there are new counts including 93 felonies! The last time he was arrested, he was charged with about30 less felonies. ABC-15 has the full story.
Now that the true depths of ACORN's corruption has come to light, from voter registration to funding child prostitution, has anyone thought to investigate the paid ACORN protesters outside Sheriff Arpaio's office? They get a lot of media attention and cause a lot of irritation for people working in the area, and have accomplished nothing other than wasting taxpayer dollars which are funneled to ACORN. Arpaio is already investigating ACORN. Let's hope he follows the money to see where our tax dollars are going to fund these paid protesters.
Vernon Parker, Paradise Valley mayor and possible gubernatorial candidate, sues feds to clear his name
We're glad to see Vernon Parker has filed a lawsuit against the federal government for making false claims about him. If you've ever met Parker, you know he's a straight-shooter and above board. He is a former attorney for George W. Bush and has been pastor of his church. There are powerful forces at work that realize he has the potential to rise to higher office - even the Presidency - and those unscrupulous kinds of people will stop at nothing to prevent that from happening. Democrats are afraid that Republicans will nominate a charismatic, socially conservative African-American candidate for President.
Here are some excerpts from the Republic article -
Friday, September 18, 2009
This photo of the court tower construction is being circulated by the County Supervisors. They are gloating over the fact that taxpayers have been unable to stop construction of this mammoth tower during a recession.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
State Superintendent of Education, Tom Horne, has launched his official exploratory committee website for Attorney General.
The site is basically one page and allows individuals to make donations to the campaign. Horne will be running traditional based on his website’s fundraising information.
There are currently four candidates running for Arizona Attorney General including Democrat, David Lujan and Republicans, Sam Crump and Andrew Peyton Thomas.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
--In the Letters to the Editor section, an Editor's Response on the magazine's policy of printing pictures of same-sex couples announcing their marriages. p. 7
--An article on how three UA professors are trying to ban smoking worldwide. p. 9
--An article about Hispanics and college degrees (we don't have a problem with covering Hispanic news, but when it's done to the exclusion of all other races except politically correct races we see some bias and unfairness). p. 10
--An article about budget cuts and how plans to merge the ethnic programs into one program brought out protests from radical Hispanics, so the University president met with them and assured them that the plan wasn't finalized. p. 16
--An article called Sustaining Planet Earth, and Us, Too on promoting environmentalism. One faculty member, Diana Liverman, is featured in an article entitled Speaking of Caps and Trades, where her left wing environmental activism on behalf of the biased United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is praised. There is a special article about the UA's latest two (not just one) environmentalist departments focusing on climate change, the Sechool of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and the School of Sustainable Engineered Systems. p. 19-25
--Finding a Place, an article about Hispanics at the UA. Again, we have no problem with articles about Hispanics, but what about all the other groups at the UA? Christian organizations. Exchange students from other countries. Gifted kids who skip their last year or two of high school and go straight into college. Irish kids who came to the UA from Ireland to attend school here. We'll never see any of them featured. p. 26-28
--A profile of a guy named Lionel Lee Rombach who "lived the green life long before it became trendy." His profile is used to market the UA Foundation. Huh? That kind of an ad will just scare away half the grads who don't buy into the manmade global warming scare. p. 29
--A story about the film Laramie Inside Out, which exposes the God Hates Fags guy Rev. Fred Phelps. While that's nice to expose the guy, who pretty everyone agrees is a jerk, don't expect this magazine to ever run something exposing a fringe left wing radical like the Unabomber. p. 30-35
--Info and pictures of Intuit Art currently on display. Nice, but again, this is more promotion of politically correct ethnicities. I'm sure there are displays of Irish and English art that would never get a mention in this magazine. They may as well not even exist. p. 39
--A Visionary Leader and Consumer Advocate award given to a woman named Helen Niederehe Goetz. She was actively involved in the League of Women Voters, a left wing feminist organization. Don't think if her resume had said "Concerned Women for America" instead that she would have gotten this award. p. 57
If you find this disproportionate coverage of left wing causes offensive, feel free to send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Especially if you are a UA alum. And don't give them a dime until they cut out the bias and give alums a fair and balanced magazine.
Remember the $2.5 million "cactus flower" the City of Phoenix paid $2.5 million of your tax dollars for, as the country was entering a recession? At least 10 employees lost their jobs, and 1000 more were eliminated (probably a good thing to decrease the size of government, but when the economy picks up, the Democrats who run Phoenix will just hire them back, causing undue stress and wasted training). We took a look at it yesterday, and surprise surprise, it looks nothing like the picture on the City of Phoenix website. You be the judge, which picture did we take, and which is the fake amplified version? Seeing how mediocre it turned out, the cost is even less justified. Thanks, big-spender Democrat Mayor Phil Gordon. (click on the real photograph to see it close up - it's really that bad)
Thursday, September 10, 2009
One of our readers has compiled a list of the wasteful pork spending by the Maricopa County Supervisors, their power grabs with other county officials, and the current criminal investigations into them. We are happy to post it on our site and will update it as we receive new info. They must be held accountable and the public has a right to know what their money is being spent on and the way they are treating other county officials and agencies. When it comes time for elections, this list will be available so voters can make an informed decision as to whether they want these Chicago-style politicians reelected or not.Thomas: Put Stapley prosecutor on agenda
Supervisor Don Stapley arrested again on 93 felony charges
Thomas petitions high court to retain turf
Sheriff Arpaio sues Supervisors, jails' health care agency
Why are the Supervisors throwing a political party in the County building for the Mexican consulate?
Supervisors' attorney Tom Irvine in more trouble
Liberal Arizona Republic denounces Supervisors' spending on high-priced attorney Irvine
County Supervisors caught spending astronomical funds on separate outside legal counsel Tom Irvine
Legislature investigating Supervisors' spending at law enforcement unions' request
Supervisors successfully control the judiciary and court cases they're involved in by giving court its $340 million new tower
Did Supervisor Stapley get a free trip to Sweden to attend Al Gore's global warming award?
Excessive spending going on at County
Board of Supervisors Under Investigation by Dept. of Justice for past 5 months
Maricopa County Supervisors implement even MORE diversity efforts
Arizonans in Action: 347 Million Court Tower Boondoggle Drama Continues
Time for Judicial Reform - Superior Court in bed with Supervisors
County Supervisors: Do as we say, not as we do - Hypocritical expensive Clean Air campaign
AIA: $347 Million Court Tower Boondoggle Hurts Taxpayers
Two of five Supervisors under criminal investigation - time to clean house
Board of Supervisors stalling on mediation with other county elected officials to resolve disputes
ABC15 video exposing corruption by supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox
Dramatic new developments in ongoing Board of Supervisors investigation
Supervisors cut law enforcement funding, give money to Chicanos por la Causa and other non-necessary causes
Stapley sells out his Mesa constituents for $347 million court tower
PR: Board of Supervisors Nixes Funding Once More for Illegal Immigration Fight
More details emerge about Supervisors’ $347 million Taj Mahal court tower
Scandal increases: Investigation discovers conflict with Supervisors’ $347 million new court tower
Is the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors out of control?
County lobbyist is a big spender
Sheriff Arpaio says County Supervisors have a vendetta against him
Board of Supervisors revenge on County Attorney: We’ll fire your attorneys and hire our own shadow county attorney’s office
Channel 5 coverage of County Supervisors’ takeover of the County Attorney’s Office
County Treasurer Hos Hoskins may sue Board of Supervisors over extravagant $347 million court tower
$347 million Taj Mahal new court tower includes marble, travertine, decorative porcelain tile, wood floors
Maricopa Superior Court lays off 42 employees - but won’t cut a dime from Taj Mahal court tower
STAPLEYGATE: AZ Republic cheered Democrat AG Goddard for the exact same prosecution a few years ago
Tribune - Prosecutor: Stapley using office to duck charges
Thomas/Arpaio Sue Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
County Supervisors Vote to Cut Thomas, Violate State Law
Press Release: County Employee Blows Whistle on Judicial Bias
Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley Indicted on 118 counts
Dowling Sues Board of Supervisors
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors’ Power Grab: Treasurer's Office
Goddard’s partisan witchhunt against conservative Dowling ends in probation for minor misdemeanor
Goddard and Stapley: More expensive meth commercials - and the Republic advertises for me for free!
Despite severe budget problems, Maricopa County pouring money into AZ Meth public information campaign and Clean Air advertising
Is Sandra Dowling Innocent?
The Opinion The County and Arizona Republic Refuses to Print
David Smith, County Manager
Sheriff investigating County Manager
Supervisors want deputy county attorneys to swear a loyalty oath to unelected DAVID SMITH?
Would he take credit for a good rain? - Taking potshots at elected officials Maricopa: Worst Run County in America
Maricopa County Payrates - David Smith, County Manager, is highest-paid with $216,382
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
This is unbelievable. The County Supervisors continue to spiral out of control, trying to take over the offices of other county officials in power grabs, and are overspending their budgets by millions of dollars while forcing 15% cuts to law enforcement and other county agencies. Now, they are telling deputy county attorneys - who work for and report to the County Attorney, not the Supervisors - to take a loyalty oath to their unelected county manager, David Smith. Smith is currently under investigation by the Sheriff's Office. The loyalty oaths would require the deputy attorneys to consult with Smith instead of their bosses in the County Attorney's Office regarding legal issues! Even our SOLDIERS serving the country aren't required to take a loyalty oath to the president. This is bizarre because the Supervisors and their manager Smith are not the bosses of these employees, they are in a separate county agency, the County Attorney's Office.
County Attorney Andrew Thomas filed an objection in court, saying, "It was an obvious attempt to continue carving up the civil division and to amass power at the expense of the taxpayers," Thomas said. "And so far, they have gotten away with it."
In another recent power grab, the Supervisors set up their own "shadow county attorney's office," slashing the budget of the County Attorney's civil division by 1/3 and hiring away some of their employees. They hired a 35-year old green attorney to run their shadow county attorney office and are paying him around $175,000/yr - a lot more than even the County Attorney makes. It is obvious that the Supervisors are trying to dismantle the County Attorney's Office and put that office underneath them. But that's not the type of government we have. If the voters want a County Attorney that is appointed by the Supervisors, they can change the system of government. But so far they haven't, and they would prefer to elect the County Attorney, Sheriff, etc.
The question is, who do you want advising the county on civil issues? The County Supervisors (most of them are Republicans but they always side with the Democrats when it comes to spending and social issues like promoting diversity) and their manager David Smith, who have proven time and time again that they are spending out of control, or the County Attorney, who was elected to the position by the people and has a proven record of fiscal responsibility?
Monday, September 7, 2009
Or, How the powerful interests failed to bully the legislature into a tax increase
We've been hearing for awhile now that if Republican Governor Brewer didn't get her way - an 18% sales tax increase referendum sent to the ballot by the legislature - then she wouldn't run this next time around in 2010 for governor. Even if she had gotten it rammed through, she would never make it through a Republican primary. Big names like Dean Martin and Vernon Parker have already thrown their names out there, something they never would have done if they didn't have a chance against her. Sources have consistently reported that her campaign consultant, Chuck Coughlin of High Ground, was behind the bizarre GOP insistence on a tax increase, because the money could then be funneled to construction and transportation infrastructure projects to benefit his clients. His clients include AZ Dept. of Transportation, AZ Housing Ass., Maricopa County, and DMB Inc. (frequently in the general construction business for government). Odd, Association of General Contractors is no longer listed on High Ground's site as a client. Wonder if he took it down to hide it because of this post by Sonoran Alliance? Or this one? Coughlin tried to get a sales tax increase on the ballot with Napolitano's backing last year, the TIME initiative, but failed. According to Sonoran Alliance, the sales tax referendum this year was just a sneaky way to get that same sales tax increase for his clients on the ballot.
Coughlin's employee Paul Bentz, of the satire blog Arizona Report, did a lot of the behind the scenes work trolling the blogosphere trying to intimidate bloggers. He commented nonstop on Sonoran Alliance as the fake "Roger," attacking any writers there who criticized the tax increase. He started the website "Fix Arizona" which didn't focus on fixing much of anything except the pockets of High Ground's clients. Even after being outed on Sonoran Alliance, he continued to post under "Roger," claiming to be someone in a different industry in the East Valley - Bentz lives in Goodyear. (this picture of him used to be on the High Ground website up until recently, suddenly it was removed).
Now, Brewer has lost and made a lot of enemies on both the right and the left. A sore loser, she called the Democrats who opposed her tax increase "extremists," and also called some of the most principled Republicans in the legislature "extremists." Stalwart Republican legislators like Pam Gorman, Ron Gould, and Sam Crump held out to the end and refused to vote for the sales tax increase. How is that going to look when they run for political office in the future? "Held out against governor's sales tax referral" vs. "voted for governor's sales tax referral." If you think their position is going to hurt them in future elections, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you. If anything, it will help them sail through future Republican primaries.
Other Republican legislators caved one by one, strong-armed by the AZ Republican Party, which commissioned a push-poll to support Brewer's tax increase. Coughlin got one of his employees hired at the State GOP, Colin Shipley. The GOP refused to release the full results of the poll, because even the ginned-up poll wasn't that supportive. A Rasmussen poll released around the same time found that 65% of Arizona voters opposed the sales tax.
Republican legislators tried to work with Brewer, saying they would vote for her sales tax increase referendum if she would agree to a package of tax cuts and tax credits. Brewer wouldn't commit to any of them, and without some kind of guarantee that they couldn't just be rescinded in the future, which happens in politics about half the time, there was no incentive to take that gamble.
Now, the blogs and newspapers are attacking the few principled legislators who held out against the tax increase referendum. It's no surprise the liberal Republic is attacking them. But other conservative bloggers? Whose pockets are they in? We should be supporting conservative principles. Unless the tax cuts and credits were guaranteed for at least the next three years, it was a foolish gamble for Republicans to vote for the tax increase referendum.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Why are the Supervisors throwing a political party in the county building for the Mexican consulate?
This is a bit disturbing. We have heard from insiders that the County Supervisors are throwing a farewell party tonight at 5:30 pm in the lobby of the county administration building for the open-borders Mexican consul general to Phoenix. Carlos Flores Vizcarra is leaving Phoenix this month to become the consulate general in Raleigh, NC. Officials all over the county have been invited to attend the party.
Vizcarra has been an outspoken opponent against enforcing our nation's immigration laws. Why is the county throwing a party for someone who politically opposes the voters of Arizona?
In an attempt to undermine Arizona law Los Angeles lawyer Peter Schey, at the request of Carlos Flores-Vizcarra, Consul General of Mexico, has filed legal motions intended to thwart the prosecution of a "coyote" and 48 illegal immigrant conspirators arrested by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office on March 2, 2006.Vizcarra has also dismissed the Mexican government's comic book that provides directions for potential illegal immigrants to cross the border into the U.S.
He said the guide appeared to be only the latest attempt by the Mexican government to warn migrants about the dangers of crossing the border without proper documentation. The reality, however, is that many migrants will try to do so anyway, he said. "This is nothing new. It's a way to put it in very simple terms so people will understand the risks," Flores Vizcarra said. "The intention is out of concern for human rights. People are doing it anyway. We cannot ignore that there is a very big migration between our two countries, and people who are coming to work need to understand the risks.How much is being spent on this party, someone has to pay for the refreshments. Are taxpayers footing the bill? Why does this controversial political opponent get a party, and who gets to decide who gets parties and who doesn't? Us taxpayers pay for the county building, can we decide to have a party for someone like J.D. Hayworth funded by taxpayers in the county building?