County vote opens door on outdoor marijuana grow

A split vote by the Pinal County Board of Supervisors approved a text change that will pave the way for a Casa Grande dairy to grow marijuana.

Sidewinder Dairy, owned by Sean Dugan, is planning to cultivate marijuana for medical use. The issue divided politicians and farmers alike.

“I’m a very strong supporter of farmers and their quest and freedom to grow the crops that they choose,” District 3 Supervisor Anthony Smith said.

Smith requested two compromises to the proposed amendment before he, District 3 Supervisor Stephen Miller and District 5 Supervisor Todd House voted to approve the ordinance.

The original proposal was for growing marijuana on 10 acres and to be reviewed after two years. As approved, the allowable acres-per-site was diminished to five acres, with the operation to be reviewed after one year.

The proposal of Sidewinder Dairy as a marijuana cultivation site must come back before the board. The ordinance approved Wednesday allows the outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana with a special use permit and adds larger setbacks from residential areas.

The county’s planning commission, on a 9-1 vote, had recommended denying the amendment. County Attorney Lando Voyles sent in a letter in opposition, as did Maricopa’s Peggy Chapados.

During Wednesday’s meeting of the board, several residents spoke in opposition, and several others had their names entered in support.

Sharon Boyd of the Coolidge Youth Coalition said she came from a farming lineage of cotton, corn and watermelons. “We grew crops to feed people. We grew crops to clothe people. We did not grow a drug,” she said. “We would have starved before we would have grown marijuana.”

She said she did not want the county to have the new logo: “Marijuana, the crop that saved Pinal County.”

After the planning commission vote and a work session with the Board of Supervisors, county staff met with the Dugan family and their agents and came up with the third alternative for the requirements. Though the ordinance has countywide implications, the Rose Law Group, representing Sidewinder, played a major role in hammering out the details.

“It’s not about medical marijuana; it’s about private property rights,” Jordan Rose said. She said the ordinance was only a minor text change. Sidewinder, she added, would be an “hourly surveilled, night-vision operation.”

The plan is for 10-foot walls. The growers would be required to give the sheriff’s office three-days notice of any harvest or transportation of the product.

Smith said he wanted to keep a close watch on it because the “experimental nature of the cultivation.”

House, who engaged in a brusque exchange with Casa Grande Alliance Chairman Thomas Anderson, called it “a grand experiment” because marijuana cannot grow well above 80 degrees.

“Whether you like it or not, medical marijuana has been voted on and is the law of the land,” House said.

He said those who worry about the impact on children should classify potatoes as a drug because of obesity issues from eating french fries.

Both sides produced petitions with signatures representing hundreds of people.

Smith said he did not vote for the legalization of medical marijuana, but the supervisors “were forced into this situation by the voters.”

District 1 Supervisor Pete Rios, who ended up voting against the amendment along with Chairperson Cheryl Chase, also said public sentiment had swung in favor of medical marijuana.

“It’s an industry that’s out there, and the train has left the station,” he said. “We’ve lost the battle on medical marijuana. That’s why it makes it difficult for those in elected office to try and stop a train.”

Chapados said she did not agree. She said that stand was an attempt to pass the buck back to the voters. “The voters approved the use of medical marijuana, not the cultivation of it or the location,” she said. “That was on the Board of Supervisors.”

She said the issue initially was about allowing 217 times greater than state statute required as a maximum, going from an enclosed building to a 10-acre farm. “Don’t try to push that back on the voters,” she said.

Chapados said the board had more research and vetting to do on the issue.


McParty time: Frosh class femmes frolic

The following is from Seeing Red AZ  02/19/15  Keep a close eye, folks.  It doesn’t look good.

Joni Ernst, the newly elected Republican U.S. Senator from Iowa blew into office with an impressive record. A former state senator, she campaigned as a conservative and won praise for her service as a company commander in Kuwait and Iraq. She soundly defeated an incumbent Democrat Congressman running for the senate seat.

Now we find her name oddly linked with John McCain’s for a swank Phoenician resort fundraiser to benefit McCain’s 2016 reelection campaign. Right up there with wife Cindy are freshman U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-CD2), Cheryl Flake, and the previously unknown in political circles, Angela Ducey —- wife of Arizona’s newly elected governor Doug Ducey —- a McCain and Flake confidant.  The men stumped the state together in the final hours prior to Election Day ginning up votes for Ducey. “We’ve go a lead, but we can’t take that for granted,” McCain said. His possessive words indicated a strange ownership role.

For those keeping track, just a few more dots to connect.


Rose Law Group Reporter’s Top 10 Ultimate Bucket List Things To Do In Pinal County


James Garner and Sally Field in “Murphy’s Law,” filmed in 1985 in Florence, Ariz.

The Arizona Republic has been running a series in its local editions of “Ultimate Bucket List Things To Do” in various cities in Maricopa County. Here’s our’s for Pinal County.

  • Check with the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce to find out how you can see a bedroom of a home in the city where a scene from “50 Shades of Grey” was filmed.
  • See the empty immigrant detention cells at the Pinal County Jail.
  • Take in Picacho Peak, where Navy Seal snipers train.
  • Travel to the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine with some mining equipment, then tell your friends you dug up some nuggets.
  • Take photos of a cigarette butt in the Pinal County Historical Museum in Florence flipped away by movie star James Garner during the filming of “Murphy’s Romance.”
  • 9. Visit the proposed site of the Union Pacific Red Rock railyard and listen to the crickets.
  • Attend county supervisor meetings to hear Sheriff Babeu tell the sups they’re full of i
  • Check out the drone farm at Pinal Air Park.
  • Visit the cotton field near Casa Grande which is growing red and navy blue plants used for U of A football uniforms.
  • See the Casa Grande Ruins and ask the tour guide if Brian Williams was there during construction.



The battle in Arizona between newly elected state superintendent Diane Douglas (R) – who won her race on an anti-Common Core platform – and newly elected Gov. Doug Ducey (R) is illuminating the divide between conservatives who want local control of education and establishment politicians who espouse – whether openly or not – the nationalized standards.

In a press release from Douglas’ office following Ducey’s claim on Thursday that Douglas acted illegally when she fired two Arizona State Board of Education administrators the day before, Douglas shot back that the Governor is colluding with proponents of Common Core and “his corporate cronies” to undermine her campaign to abandon the controversial education initiative in Arizona.

“Governor Ducey has refused to take calls or meetings with me personally since his swearing in,” Douglas stated in the release. “Clearly he has established a shadow faction of charter school operators and former state Superintendents who support Common Core and moving funds from traditional public schools to charter schools.”

Douglas continued:

It is no surprise that his office supports retaining two liberal staff who have publicly stated they will block all efforts to repeal or change Common Core and backs the newly elected President of the Board of Education who is a charter school operator and stands to profit from the Governor’s policy of pushing through AzMerit to lower school scores so that more students can be removed to charter schools.

I swore to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the State of Arizona with my hand upon the Bible. I take that oath very seriously and will continue to do so. I also promised the voters of the state to replace Common Core and will not falter in my best efforts to keep my promise, regardless of whether the Governor honors his campaign rhetoric to do the same.

As AZCentral reported, Douglas terminated Board of Education Executive Director Christine Thompson and Assistant Executive Director Sabrina Vazquez.

Rebecca Gau, director of the pro-Common Core lobbying group Stand for Children Arizona charged that Douglas’ move was “political” because the state superintendent has not been happy with the Board of Education’s continued work on the state’s new standardized assessment, known as AzMERIT, which is aligned to the Arizona College and Career Standards – a “rebrand” of the Common Core standards.

In her January 21 State of Education address, Douglas stayed true to her campaign pledge to eliminate Common Core by criticizing the standards in her state that are, in fact, the Common Core–just renamed with a “local flavor” title.

“Our Arizona state standards were discarded and replaced with the unproven Common Core standards,” Douglas said in her address before the state’s House Education Committee, according to

Douglas described Common Core as “a de facto mandate, only to be renamed Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards,” and called the initiative “the latest fad, top-down approach or cure-all sold as the solution for student achievement.”

As Breitbart News reported in February of 2014, the notion of simply “rebranding” or renaming the Common Core standards to draw attention away from their increasing unpopularity was advertised by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R).

Speaking at a meeting of the Council of Chief State School Officers, one of the organizations that created and owns the copyright to the Common Core standards, Huckabee said the name “Common Core” had become “toxic,” and he urged state superintendents and education bureaucrats to “rebrand it, refocus it, but don’t retreat.”

Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) used an executive order to purge the name “Common Core” from the standards, referring to them, instead, as Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards.”

Similarly, the Common Core standards have been rebranded in states such as Iowa, Florida, and Indiana.

In her address, Douglas also said of the AzMERIT test, “The name is the only thing Arizonan about the test.” She added that the test was created and put to use in only 21 weeks and called upon Ducey and the state legislature to “stop the madness and put our children first.”

The AzMERIT will be taken by about one million third through eleventh-graders in the state.

Douglas said the poor quality of education in Arizona (ranked 47th in the nation) must be dealt with in a different “collaborative” way.

Board of Education President Greg Miller expressed “surprise” at Douglas’ dismissals and that the state education department would be involved in firing Board of Education staff.

According to AZCentral:

Arizona law states the schools chief may “direct the work of all employees of the board who shall be employees of the department of education” and “direct the performance of executive, administrative or ministerial functions by the department of education or divisions or employees thereof.

Regarding Ducey’s claim that Douglas’ dismissal of the two Board of Education staffers was illegal, Douglas reportedly fired back, “Does the Governor also believe he controls all other elected officials created by the state Constitution? If so, the next ballot should only have one office to vote upon.”

Soon after Douglas’ election in November, a PAC was organized to oust her.

Maxwell Goshert, treasurer of the Coalition to Recall Diane Douglas, said he predicted the group would ultimately achieve a recall of Douglas within a year.

Though during Ducey’s campaign he used anti-Common Core rhetoric to gain popularity, he subsequently appointed to his new subcommittee on education Common Core proponent Lisa Graham Keegan, who endorsed Douglas’ challenger and referred to Douglas as someone who was “promoting a sort of a paranoia.”

Additionally, Ducey included in his new education subcommittee Matthew Ladner, a close associate of Common Core champion Jeb Bush.


LEAKED EVIDENCE: Sen. John McCain Involved In Major Islamic Conspiracy To Establish Islamic State

Recently revealed conversations between the Pentagon and the Gadhafi regime in 2011 show that then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was serving the Muslim Brotherhood by pushing a false narrative to justify the removal of Muammar Gadhafi, as has reported. With the help of corroborating evidence, we’re closer to proving that Republican Senator John McCain was likely just as invested in facilitating the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya as Hillary was. Before getting to the evidence that implicates McCain, let’s work backward from the Benghazi attacks.

Any discussion about what happened in Benghazi on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks usually includes the topic of weapons shipments to Syrian rebels via Turkey. According to a book written by a former Navy SEAL and Green Beret, the man who would eventually become CIA Director oversaw that operation from the White House:

(Deputy National Security Advisor) John Brennan also ran a highly compartmentalized program out of the White House in regard to weapons transfers, and Stevens would not have been trusted with that type of information. Stevens likely helped consolidate as many weapons as possible after the war to safeguard them, at which point Brennan exported them overseas to start another conflict.

According to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) report completed last August and then released the Friday before Thanksgiving, the mission in Benghazi didn’t involve physically collecting and shipping weapons to Syria but the CIA clearly knew who was. As reported, this amounted to a distinction without a difference:

…From the Annex in Benghazi, the CIA was collecting intelligence about foreign entities that were themselves collecting weapons in Libya and facilitating their passage to Syria. The Benghazi Annex was not itself collecting weapons.

One thing that can be certain is that after the removal of Muammar Gadhafi in 2011, weapons in Libya were being rounded up and shipped to Syria’s rebels. These logistics constitute transitioning from the end of one operation – regime change in Libya – and the beginning of another – regime change in Syria.

Thanks to an explosive three-part series published by the Washington Times, replete with substantiated audio recordings, readers get to see how the weapons got into Libya in the first place and who supported it.

The third installment serves as a stand-alone piece in this regard and even references a lengthy document / manifest of weapons being shipped into Libya:

Libyan officials were deeply concerned in 2011, as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was trying to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power, that weapons were being funneled to NATO-backed rebels with ties to al Qaeda, fearing that well-armed insurgents could create a safe haven for terrorists, according to secret intelligence reports obtained by The Washington Times.

The reports included a 16-page list of weapons that Libyans supposedly tracked to the rebels from Western sources or their allies in the region. The memos were corroborated by a U.S. intelligence asset familiar with the documents as well as former top Gadhafi regime official Mohammed Ismael.

“NATO has given permission to a number of weapons-loaded aircraft to land at Benghazi airport and some Tunisian airports,” the intelligence report said, identifying masses of weapons including tanks and surface-to-air missiles.

A major player when it came to the weapons shipments into Libya in 2011 has been revealed as a major supporter of Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood terrorists. Once again, we see that regime change in Libya in 2011 served the Muslim Brotherhood agenda:

In a separate conversation with Dennis J. Kucinich, an Ohio Democrat serving in the House, Gadhafi’s eldest son, Seif, told the congressman that Libyan intelligence had observed Qatar, a major U.S. ally in the region, facilitating weapons shipments. Qatar has steadfastly and repeatedly denied arming the rebels.

“The Qataris have spent more than $100 million on this, and they have an agreement with the rebels that the moment you rule Libya you pay us back,” Seif Gadhafi told Mr. Kucinich in a conversation recorded in May 2011.

Such a stance by Kucinich – who resisted calls for regime change in Libya – was both welcome and rare. In 2003, he rubbed elbows with Bassam Estwani, chairman of the notorious hornets’ nest for Muslim Brotherhood-inspired terrorism, the Dar al-Hijrah mosque, as reported. Estwani sits on the Board of the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), which seeks the removal of Bashar al-Assad. The Executive Director of SETF is a man named Mouaz Moustafa, who previously served in the same capacity on the Libyan Emergency Task Force (LETF), as also reported.

Moustafa and McCain are quite familiar with one another, as are Estwani and Moustafa.

Perhaps the most explosive paragraph in the article involves a Libyan intelligence report showing Qatar sending “…tanks, missiles, truck and military advisers to the rebels”. When coupled with where McCain was and what he was promoting at the time, we see a Senator whose behaviors and words reflected almost exactly, an agenda shared by Hillary Clinton (note the dates in bold):

“On 15th of March the ship loaded with arm[s] arrived to the seaport of Tobruk. On 4th April 2011 two Qatari aircraft laden with a number of tanks, [ground-attack] missiles and heavy trucks was arranged. On 11th April 2011 a number of boats departed Benghazi for Misrata, the shipment comprised assistance including SAM-7 [anti-aircraft] missiles. On 22nd April 2011,800 rifles were sent from Benghazi to Misrata,” the report said.

That year, the annual U.S.-Islamic World Forum (US-IWF) – an event co-sponsored by the nation of Qatar and the Brookings Institute – was held in the U.S. for the first time, from April 12-14. Prior to that, it had been held in Doha, Qatar. McCain attended the 2011 edition and was part of a panel. In this bizarre excerpt, McCain referred to the Arab Spring as a “seismic event” he was thrilled to be a part of and said he hoped it would spread to Russia and China:

Keep in mind the aforementioned paragraph from the Times article. Note that on April 22, 2011, hundreds of rifles were “sent from Benghazi to Misrata,” according to the report. Something else happened on that day. McCain was in Benghazi – with U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and told an Al-Jazeera reporter that the Libyan (Muslim Brotherhood) rebels were his “heroes” on the same day they were receiving weapons:

Little more than one year later and just 90 days before the Benghazi attacks, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) sent a letter to the Inspector’s General office of the State Department. In that letter, Bachmann raised legitimate concerns about the Muslim Brotherhood connections of very close Hillary Clinton adviser Huma Abedin. It was John McCain who further implicated himself in the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood by defending Abedin and denouncing Bachmann, as has reported.