Jeff Serdy for Mayor of Apache Junction

I’ve known Jeff Serdy for 10 or 11 years now and he is a sincere and caring person.  He wants what’s best for Apache Junction and wants it to grow in positive and productive directions.  A vote for Jeff Serdy IS a vote FOR Apache Junction.

Mark Hawthorne, Editor/Publisher Pinal County People

Rebuttal to article in AJNews by local businessman Jeff Struble

Rebuttal to Ed Barker’s April 18, 2016 Quepasa

http://www.ajnews.com/2016-04-16eEdition.pub/index.html#6/z

The only point Ed makes that I agree with is that America is on a great precipice of history. We, the citizens, are going to be making a choice this fall. Will we remain the strong leader for the world or will we continue down the path the democrat party wants to go? The path of entitlement, subservient and cowering to the will of other people and countries.

Mr. Barker took James Madison’s comments from the Federalist’s Papers #10 out of context. The words in the quote are written exactly as they are in the Paper. But, as always, without expressing the intent of the conversation Madison, Hamilton and Jay were having with the citizens to advocate for the ratification of the US Constitution. James Madison is credited with being the architect of the Constitution. Madison, as determined from his other writings, is a strict constitutionalist and believed in a small limited federal government.

In Federalist Paper #10 Madison was explaining the need to be a Republic, not a Democracy. He talked about factions being a needed constant in any society. People inherently will divide themselves in groups, “factions” that should not be legislated out by a government. All that a government should do is ensure that each faction’s liberty, freedom to act without punishment or retribution from others, will be ensured. Factions not only are formed from economic interests but for religion, locality and experiences.

Madison also said, “The protection of these faculties is the first object of government”. Just reading that without understanding the context of the whole Paper can lead you to think many things. So, I strongly suggest that you go and find the actual Federalist Paper #10 and read it. With the precursor that it is written in the language of the time. So you will probably need to read it a few times to get the meaning that is intended.

To sum up what I am saying, our government is not here to take care of our individual needs. It is here to take care of us collectively and to ensure that the liberties of the individual are not taken to benefit the needs of another individual.

Jeff Struble

Apache Junction

Teen helps Apache Junction shelter with mural

– A high school student went above and beyond when she was assigned a service project, turning a local animal shelter into a work of art.

It wasn’t long ago that Carlee and her boyfriend adopted their special pup Zeus from the Paws and Claws Care Center in Apache Junction. So when the high school student was assigned a service project, she knew just where to go make a difference.

“I came in, and I was talking to Jenny, I asked her if I could collect donations for her paws for Paws and Claws, she said to me what we really need is a mural,” said Carlee Fowler.

Since she’s not an artist herself, at first, the task seemed daunting, but not impossible.

“In my head I’m like ok, I don’t know how to paint, but my dad does, so I’ll talk to my dad, and I’ll talk to my teacher to see if my dad can help me with this project,” said Fowler.

Once permission was granted, Carlee and her crew got right to work.

“It’s amazing and what it does is it falls with our paradigm shift of a government shelter to our current environment of the Paws and Claws Care Center, instead of just a government shelter,” said Apache Junction Police Department Captain Arnold Freeman.

Capt. Freeman oversees operations at the center and says the mural adds excitement to the room among other things.

“It’s inviting, it’s more of a center where you can look at animals, you feel like you are here for the animals,” said Freeman.

As for Carlee, her masterpiece might be complete, but her work here at the shelter certainly isn’t.

“I’m hoping to get more donations for them, I would love to continue collecting for them and raising money for them, I’ll always be open to getting more donations from people,” said Fowler.

Carly says she wants to study veterinary medicine after she graduates from high school.

Source:  http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizona-news/118249654-story

Arizona Media Not Doing Its Job; Fails to Inform the People

PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 7. 2016) – Arizona media apparently has little interest in informing Arizonans about what is going on in their state legislature if it doesn’t fit its agenda.

Last week, the Arizona Tenth Amendment Center hosted a press conference in support of nine measures making their way through the state House and Senate that would serve to limit federal power and reestablish state control. Several state legislators showed up, but zero members of the media bothered to take advantage of an opportunity to learn about an important movement currently gathering momentum in the Arizona State Legislature.

The press conference highlighted nine bills pending in the Arizona Legislature that would serve to limit federal power in some way. Legislation addressing constitutional tender, the right to keep and bear arms, NDAA indefinite detention, presidential executive orders and asset forfeiture law reform were among those featured. These aren’t bills simply languishing in committees. Legislation to prohibit state cooperation with federal indefinite detention without due process, to define gold and silver as legal tender and to bar state cooperation with the enforcement of future federal gun control have all passed one chamber of the legislature.

But this apparently doesn’t count as news in the Grand Canyon State, and major media players don’t deem it an important responsibility to inform Arizonans about these initiatives. The Arizona TAC sent out some 50 invitations to members of the media.

Rep. Sonny Borrelli suggested the press might suffer from partisan bias, noting that the media has a long tradition of ignoring Republican efforts to inform the electorate while Democrats can garner media attention, “at the drop of a hat.”

Prominent Arizona activist Joel Alcott said it was no coincidence that the press ignored the event. He said that because these bills are among the most controversial before the legislature this session, it was a deliberate move to avoid lending them any additional credibility.

The press might not care about efforts to limit federal power, but Arizonans do. The proposed laws build on a state constitutional amendment passed in 2014 that enshrined the anti-commandeering doctrine in the Arizona constitution. The amendment explicitly affirms the state’s right to “exercise its sovereign authority to restrict the actions of its personnel and the use of its financial resources to purposes that are consistent with the Constitution.”

Since Arizona voters approved the measure, efforts to put it into action have stepped up with legislators introducing numerous bills.

Journalists love to talk about their responsibility to the people and opine about their integral role in democratic self-government. They sometimes even refer to themselves as the “Fourth Estate.” But in practice, it seems like nothing more than pious talk. In the real world, far too many media outlets have become shills for the status quo and left-leaning establishment politics. That may sound unfair, but the crickets at the Arizona TAC presser testifies to this truth.

Source:  http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/03/arizona-media-not-doing-its-job-fails-to-inform-the-people/

STATE OFFICIALS TO BE GUEST SPEAKERS AT SMRC

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The February 11, meeting for the Superstition Mountain Republican Club will host our elected State Senate and  Legislative officials in a Legislative Forum at the Justice Court, Roy Hudson Complex located at 575 N. Idaho Rd., in AJ.  Thursday, February 11, 2016 beginning at 6:30 p.m.   Senator David Farnsworth, Representative Doug Coleman and Representative Kelly Townsend will be featured in a forum that will focus on upcoming issues and how our officials are planning on dealing with them.  This will be an audience participation event with questions coming from the participants.  This will not be a campaign event.