During the Wed, January 30th Pinal County Board of Supervisors’ meeting, County Attorney Lando Voyles presented a reorganization proposal that will cost about $1 million dollars this fiscal year. In a 3-2 vote, the proposal was approved. Chairman Steve Miller and Supervisor Pete Rios voted NO and Supervisors Todd House, Cheryl Chase and Anthony Smith voted YES.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is upset with the president. He sent a letter basically telling the president that he did not agree with his proposed gun legislation and would not be following them if passed.
“Surprise I haven’t received a response by the president or anyone on his administrative staff,” Babeu said.
In the letter, dated Jan. 16, the sheriff tells the president, “it’s not the gun that’s at fault but rather the criminals who use them.”
The Superstitions 9.12 Tea Party Patriots (http://superstition912teapartypatriots.ning.com/) met for their regular weekly meeting on Thursday, January 24th, 6:30 pm at the Feedbag Restaurant in Apache Junction. Judy Novalsky, group founder, opened the meeting with Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance and thanks to members who are military veterans.
Judy spoke briefly on Congressman Gosar’s meeting held last Saturday morning at the Cowboy Church (1460 East Broadway in Apache Junction) graciously offered for use by Pastor Sherry Clark and John Fillmore. Representative Gosar was informative and straight-forward in outlining the current situation in Washington and the near-disaster situation of our Federal Government’s finances. Judy then advised of several upcoming events including the 40 Days for Life Kick-off Rally, a panel on the Educational Future of American Children, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors meeting, the Apache Junction Unified School Board meeting, speakers coming to the Red Mountain Tea Party in East Mesa in the next few weeks and other events. All specifics are listed on the Superstition 9.12 Tea Party Patriots website.
Kelli Caplette advised members of efforts to set up a debate between the City Councilmen candidates for the March election (http://www.ajcity.net/). It’s not a sure thing due to the relatively short time before early ballots go out February 12th however, if it can be done, one of the needs is questions for the candidates. Members can provide questions they would like the candidates to answer by sending them to Kelli. Judy presented a letter written by Mark Hawthorne requesting Sheriff Babeau to confirm he would uphold Pinal County citizens 2nd amendment rights if Federal agents were sent to take their weapons. The letter was met with enthusiastic affirmation and will return in final format for signing at the next Tea Party and the Superstition Mountain Republican meeting (www.ajsmrc.com).
Barbara Cobb, Apache Junction Fire District Board member (http://www.ajfire.org/Boards.html), talked about the training session the Board members attended last Thursday in Lake Havasu. The training was on how to be an effective Fire Board member and involved attendees from many different Fire Departments. The session covered the legal liabilities and limits on the power of a Board and then discussed the significant power of a Board within the state statues of how the Board must function. Barbara was pleased to realize, despite the issues facing the Apache Junction Fire Board past and present, that the AJFD is in good shape compared to the problems facing many other boards. Charlie Fox, also a Fire Board member, added there are over 50,000 fire departments in the country but only 180 are certified and AJFD is the only certified Fire Department in the state of Arizona.
Bill Bish spoke about current issues and the Constitution including the failure of Congressional leadership to insist on Constitutional adherence and the meaning of the term natural born citizen. Bill cited the 1875 Supreme Court case, Minor v. Happersett, which states ” all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives, or natural-born citizens …”. Current state legislation concerning requiring the Pledge of Allegiance from all students and an oath of Constitutional support from graduating high school students was debated with concern that it would be violating free speech and may be the wrong approach to creating informed citizens. This led to discussion on the need for Constitutional and Civics courses in schools. Judy passed out a list of state legislators for our area (Senator Rich Crandall and Representatives Doug Coleman and Kelly Townsend) including contact information and lists of bills they are sponsoring or co-sponsoring this legislative session as well as how to track on-going changes during the legislative session. Beth Hallgren gave an informative speech on the current legislative session including the fast tracking of Common Core educational standards despite many questions about procedure and intent in the program. She advised everyone to study the issue and contact their legislatures on the many problems with the program. Beth also talked about Governor Brewer’s stance on expanding Medicaid and the dangers of the state getting more involved in the Affordable Care quagmire to get federal government money with loaded with entailments. Meeting was adjourned. – PLH
Superstitions 9.12 Tea Party Patriots supports limited federal government with adherence to the Constitution, individual freedom and responsibility, free markets and returning political power to the states and the people. Everyone is welcome to come, listen and participate. If you would like to know more, please leave a message to be contacted.
FLORENCE – Since arriving from California in 2000, Todd House has made it a point to be active in his community. From the Kiwanis Club to Paws 4 Life, the new District 5 Supervisor has been busy helping residents in and around the Apache Junction area.
“I think it is important for everyone to be involved,” House said. “For me it is very rewarding and volunteerism has given me the opportunity to meet a lot of people. To have a voice in this community, or anywhere across this great nation, people must give a little bit of themselves to any project that interests them.”
Prior to his election to the Pinal County Board of Supervisors, House was elected to the board of the Apache Junction Fire District where today he is still serves as its chairman. He also serves in the same capacity for the Superstition Mountain Base Coalition.
President Judy Novalsky called the meeting to order and, after Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance, she thanked outgoing officers Charlie Fox (President), Anne Fessler-Butts (Vice-President) and Art Fessler-Butts (Treasurer) as well as Kelli Caplette (past and current Secretary) for their excellent service to the SMRC.
Judy reminded everyone Tuesday, February 12th is the Republican Precinct Committeeman Day at the Capital and added that Thursday, February 7th is the proposed date of the Superstition 911 Tea Party Patriot’s Trip to the Capital. Judy announced that Mark Hawthorne will continue as the SMRC Club Webmaster. Mark spoke briefly about the website and took the opportunity to congratulate Kelli Caplette on her fabulous work on the Superstition 911 Tea Party Patriot’s blog and website (http://superstition912teapartypatriots.ning.com/profiles/blog/list ).
Arizona State Representative Steve Smith is requesting feedback on what people would like to see addressed in this legislative session. Mark requested the club write Representative Smith to request the State Legislature use Tenth Amendment nullification of any federal laws enacted to confiscate firearms from the people of the state of Arizona should the Federal Government try to bypass the Second Amendment. He also advised he would like to see the club write Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeau to confirm he would support the citizens of Pinal County against any Federal attempt to confiscate their firearms.
Judy advised members that the Club application forms are being revised and a new non-voting, by invitation, position is being considered for standing guests who are not Republicans but of like mind. This will require reviewing and amending Club Bylaws. There was some spirited discussion of what this would entail. Treasurer Jerry Weatherford gave his report on finances and Charlie Fox gave a succinct review of some procedural issues that occurred at the Pinal County Statutory Meeting and how perception can cause error in action.
Charlie also requested that members pray for Reuben Garcia, a MCSO Deputy who was shot while on duty and Art Fessler-Butts requested prayer for his son, Adam, who is going to India to work on a humanitarian project. Judy re-emphasized the need to start electing conservatives to all levels of government and introduced the evening’s speaker.
The Speaker for the evening was John Fillmore, former Arizona legislator, businessman in the East Valley and past President of the SMRC. John spoke briefly on events of the last year and present, especially in the US Congress, but his main thesis for the night was What Do We Do Now? Echoing Judy’s comments, John said what we do is work on getting good conservatives elected, support them in office and tell them when they are going off course. In addition, we develop methods to get the truth of the conservative message to people despite the apathy of the media in the United States. John and others are working hard to develop methods to do this and promote worthy candidates.
Anyone interested in attending or joining the SMRC can find information on the club website (www.ajsmrc.com). – PLH
This is National News but it sure does apply to us here in Pinal County too.
The President of the United States Took the Oath of Office, but does anyone really know what is stated? Under Article 2 Section 1 paragraph 8 of the Constitution of the United States the President’s Oath of Office goes as follows;
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”
Citing safety and liability, most Southeast Valley municipalities are cool to hot-air balloons.
While Chandler and Tempe prohibit hot-air balloonists from launching or landing in their parks, preserves and other natural areas, Gilbert and Apache Junction allow it, provided the user obtains a permit. Mesa and Queen Creek do not address ballooning specifically in code, although Mesa allows contemporaneous flight of five or more balloons from an established airport or landing field pursuant to a Federal Aviation Administration permit.
The Superstitions 9.12 Tea Party Patriots (http://superstition912teapartypatriots.ning.com/) met for their regular weekly meeting on Thursday at 6:30 pm at the Feedbag Restaurant in Apache Junction. Judy Novalsky, group founder, led the meeting.
There were a good number of attendees for the tail end of the holidays, and they were enthusiastic to get back to work. Despite the chaos on the national political scene, conservatives have had a good year in Pinal County. The County Board of Supervisors and Executive Officer positions have a majority of conservative Republican holders for the first time in Pinal County’s history (http://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Government/Pages/Home.aspx). Conservative Republicans hold a majority of the five seats on the Apache Junction Fire Board (http://www.ajfire.org). An excellent candidate for Apache Junction Unified District School Board (http://www.ajusd.org/) passed away unexpectedly during the election (rest in peace, James) but others are considering running in two years as well as for the Central Arizona College (CAC) Governing Board (http://www.centralaz.edu/Home/About_Central/Governance.htm). Having demonstrated it is possible to find good candidates and support them in winning office, the group will continue to do so as well as encourage citizens who want to be involved in considering the myriad of Boards, Districts and Panels that support the municipal, county and state governments with volunteer members. It is also vital to support and provide feedback to those who hold office. The next election is in two years and the time to start working is now. Judy requested member suggestions regarding speakers, topics and events and spoke about on-going plans for a ‘Day at the Capital’ for members to journey to Phoenix and learn more about how our state government and legislators do their work as well as how citizens can become involved.
Todd House, newly elected Supervisor-District 5, (http://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/BoardofSupervisors/Pages/District5.aspx) spoke about his experiences the last few days. The swearing-in ceremony, held on January 3, 2013 at the Pinal County Courthouse in Florence in front of a standing-room only crowd, was the formal start of the Supervisors terms of office. Steve Miller, Supervisor-District 3 was named Chairman by unanimous vote and Anthony Smith, Supervisor-District 4, was named Vice-Chair. Todd startled the staff by returning after the ceremony while everyone else was scattering for lunch to request the keys to his office so he could start working. They had not quite expected the ‘hit the ground running’ attitude that came in with Todd and the other new candidates and the next two days were a whirl of keys, badges, and updating materials, much of which is still in progress as office holders and staff work through a new learning curve together. Fritz Behring, County Manager (http://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Government/Pages/CountyManager.aspx) has been extremely helpful facilitating timely responses. Todd also spoke about the some of the current and upcoming issues for the Board of Supervisors (as they work through their own training program), which include appointments to various civic boards and panels including the Planning and Zoning Board, updating the antiquated IT and communication systems in the county offices, creating civil working relationships with other government offices at the county level as well as state and municipal agencies, reviewing the county employee system and looking at policies to draw economic activity to Pinal County in a way that benefits both the businesses and the citizens of Pinal County.
Judy continued with information from Barb Cobb that Roadhaven Resort (http://www.roadhaven.com) is having Glen A Walp, author of Implosion at Los Alamos, (http://www.implosionatlosalamos.com/), as a speaker on Tuesday, January 29 at 7:00 pm in the Recreation Hall of Roadhaven Resort. Mr. Walp will also have his books for sale at the event. Brenda Gifford suggested in this same vein that people check out My Country Versus Me. Jeff Struble provided copies of a synopsis of the “Fiscal Cliff” bill recently passed by Congress which will be posted on the group web site. Jeff advised the multitude of adjustments and changes to be accommodated could push back the ability to file tax forms to early February. Meeting was adjourned. – PLH
Superstitions 9.12 Tea Party Patriots supports limited federal government, individual freedom and responsibility, free markets and returning political power to the states and the people. Everyone is welcome to come, listen and participate. If you would like to know more, please leave a message to be contacted.