Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NEWS: World's Top Polo Players Coming To Scottsdale In October; Tickets On Sale For USA's Biggest Event

New Match-ups, New Polo Stars, New Title Sponsor
Top Polo Talent From Around the World to Star at Fourth Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower
America’s Most Attended Polo Event Returns to WestWorld of Scottsdale on Oct. 25 & 26; Tickets Now On Sale; U.S. Polo Association Joining Festivities
(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) - The first and second times were thrilling.  The third time was a charm.  The fourth time is shaping up to be the best yet.
We’re talking about one of the Valley’s most spectacular social occasions and an event that has gone from a bold experiment in fusing a sport on the rise with a region’s love of exotic cars.  In four years it has become one of Arizona’s signature events and has caught the attention of the United States Polo Association.  We’re talking, of course, about the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower.  And tickets are now on sale, especially for those concerned about getting the best seats available at www.thepoloparty.com.
From the top college player in the country, the top players in America, the best female polo players on the planet to the only gay polo league in existence, the talent and appeal of the 2014 version of the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships is already shaping up to be exceptional.  And, as always, the event will feature previews of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and Phoenix International Raceway.
It all gets started on Saturday, October 25, when gates open at 11:00 a.m.  The lineup features what will be the top women’s team in the world during 2014 featuring professional female polo players Sunny Hale, Sarah Wiseman and Paola Martinez, and the top professional gay polo player in the world, Caroline Anier (France), on the Women’s World All-Star Team.  Hale is considered the best female player in the U.S., Wiseman (of Great Britain) one of the best in Europe and Martinez (of the world’s top polo country Argentina) one of the best in South America.  They will take on the reigning event champions, the Clogau Wales Polo Team, which last year defeated the U.S. Military Team, and which plays with Princes Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry, in a “Battle of the Sexes” match.
Earlier on Saturday the Arizona Polo Club will take on the Gay Polo League team.  The Gay Polo League, based in Florida, is the world’s only organized gay polo league and will be making its first appearance at the event.
An All-Star match between Saturday’s top players will take place alongside the USPA Governor’s Cup on Sunday, October 26, commemorating the United States Polo Association’s decision to hold its Annual Meeting in conjunction with this year’s event.
Sunday’s action will showcase Julio Arellano, the top polo players in the U.S. and Patrick Uretz of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, the top college polo player in the country.  A new addition Sunday will be a memorable brunch in the Rolls Royce Champagne Lounge. Both days will also introduce skills challenges, as occurs at the NBA All-Star Game, before matches commence each day.
“I am extremely excited about participating in such a great event with a wide variety of players,” said Arellano.  “It's a unique idea.  It will be my first polo experience in Arizona.  I can’t wait.”
“It is with great honor that the Clogau Wales Polo Team will return to the Scottsdale Polo Championships to defend the Molina Cup we won in 2013,” said Ricky Cooper of the Clogau Wales Polo Team.  “We have a number of high profile games across the world this summer but none compare with the experience, friends and scale of Scottsdale.  This is an event unrivaled in the U.S., Asia and Europe in terms of attendance and atmosphere and to return really is our pleasure.  Be proud of what Scottsdale has created.”
With a new infusion of polo talent comes a new round of sponsors, as well as some previous ones.  Bentley Scottsdale is the new title sponsor and meshes perfectly with the grace and beauty of the Sport of Kings.  Heineken is also back as the Presenting Sponsor with its “Red Star Corral” that entertains guests before, during and after the matches.
The event will also welcome back the Arizona Porsche Concours d’Elegance, Ferrari and Lamborghini clubs and over 200 impressive versions of automotive horsepower, creating the best Arizona car party until Barrett-Jackson.
A new addition this year will be a “Dog & Pony Fashion Show” with Paradise Valley’s Applewood Pet Resort, and big name entertainment after the matches.
Last November, the Scottsdale Polo Championships drew the biggest crowd in the country for a polo event with approximately 12,442 fans enjoying the four-match showdown at the annual Polo Party.  This year, with an expanded event schedule and an amped-up polo lineup including the sport’s top players and more vendors, more sponsors, and more horsepower, America’s most-attended polo event is expected to draw up to 15,000 polo fans and revelers to WestWorld of Scottsdale.  With the breathtaking backdrop of McDowell Mountains and beautiful white tents lining the field, the Polo Party will again be a weekend destination for both local residents and tourists, and a social event like no other.
Tickets, tables and tents ranging from $15 to $5,000 are now on sale.  For more information please go to www.thepoloparty.com.

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NEWS: Nationally Renowned Larsen Art Auction Relocating To Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championship


One of the MOST Interesting Art Auction Venues in the Country
The Larsen Gallery Announces the Relocation of the 2014 Larsen Art Auction to the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships Saturday, October 25th
Watch the world’s best polo players while bidding on spectacular artwork at the LIVE Larsen Art Auction
(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) – It is the perfect marriage – contemporary fine art and fast paced polo. Going once, going twice – art lovers will be sold on the new venue for the 2014 Larsen Art Auction.
On Saturday, October 25th Larsen Gallery, a national leader in the secondary art market for more than 20 years and the largest contemporary fine art gallery in Scottsdale will host the LIVE 2014 Larsen Art Auction inside the Omni Scottsdale Wine and Spa at the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower held at WestWorld of Scottsdale.
The 2013 Larsen Art Auction had more than 400 registered bidders from 40 states and 12 countries. The Larsen Art Auction is currently accepting consignments for this year’s auction. You can view a listing of artists, register to bid and get other INFORMATION at www.LarsenArtAuction.com.
Festivities begin Friday for art lovers. Registered bidders are invited to attend a private Preview Party on Friday, October 24th in the Omni Scottsdale Wine and Spa Lounge. A temporary art gallery will display more than 200 paintings and various artwork to be auctioned the next day.
The 2014 Larsen Art Auction will be held LIVE on Saturday at the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships in the Omni Scottsdale Wine and Spa Lounge from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This year the Larsen Art Auction features celebrity auctioneer Jason Brooks whose resume includes the Discovery Channel’s Auction Kings and the Rachael Ray show. 
Surrounding the art, bidders will also have the chance to see some of the best polo ever played in Scottsdale. 
The 2014 lineup features the top women’s team in the world showcasing professional female polo players Sunny Hale (USA), Sarah Wiseman (UK) and Paola Martinez (Argentina), and the top professional gay polo player in the world, Caroline Anier (France), on the Women’s World All-Star Team.
The Women’s team will take on the reigning event champions, the Clogau Wales Polo Team, who just last year defeated the U.S. Military Team, and plays with Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry, in a “Battle of the Sexes” match.
On Saturday, fans will also see the Arizona Polo Club take on the Gay Polo League team. The Gay Polo League, based in Florida, is the world’s only organized gay polo league and will be making its first appearance at the event.
Then come back for an All-Star match between Saturday’s top players as well as the USPA Governor’s Cup on Sunday, October 26th. The Governor’s Cup commemorates the United States Polo Association’s decision to hold its Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships.
Sunday’s action will showcase Julio Arellano, the top polo player in the U.S. and Patrick Uretz of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, the top college polo player in the country.  A new addition Sunday will be a memorable brunch in the Rolls Royce Champagne Lounge. Both days will also introduce skill challenges, as it occurs at the NBA All-Star Game, before matches commence each day.
The event will also welcome back the Arizona Porsche Concours d’Elegance, Ferrari and Lamborghini clubs and over 200 impressive versions of automotive horsepower, creating the best Arizona car party until Barrett-Jackson. Also brand new at this year’s event, Paradise Valley’s Applewood Pet Resort will host the 1st Annual Canine Couture Fashion Show on Saturday and features the appearances by the winner of the Westminster Dog Show.
For more information on the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships or to purchase a table or tickets please go to www.thepoloparty.com.
The Larsen Gallery is currently seeking consignments and bidders for October’s LIVE Art Auction. A ticket to the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships automatically registers guests to bid. Visit www.larsenartauction.com for more information. The Larsen Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or by appointment and located in the heart of Scottsdale’s fine art district at 3705 N. Bishop Lane.

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Maricopa County GOP Chair A.J. LaFaro Wants His Own Cult

In the MCRC's daily newsletter, LaFaro recently promised that he and his minions will be drawing up a list of GOP committeemen who have committed treason by "endorsing and supporting non-­Republicans."
These enemies of the people will be subject to retaliation, according to LaFaro, who promises to remove their voting rights as PCs and censure them in accordance with MCRC bylaws.
But LaFaro may end up choking on that plug of tobacco.
Longtime Republican activist and blogger Barbara Espinosa, who supports DuVal for governor, immediately returned fire, noting that she has given more than $30,000 to Republican candidates over the years. Though, this election cycle, she's donated $1,000 to DuVal. BLE Correction it's $2,000.00 to DuVal and to Paula Pennypacker $500.00
Espinosa mercilessly ridiculed LaFaro's threat in her blog American Freedom by Barbara, pointing to a legal opinion offered by Republican Rick Romley, when he was county attorney, that the county GOP rule cited by LaFaro conflicts with state law.
"From Republicans' point of view," she told me recently via e­mail, "if a drug cartel lord ran for office and had an R next to [his or her] name and a minister ran and had a D next to his, I'm supposed to support the Republican."
She concluded: "Not a snowball's chance in Hell will I fall in line."
Espinosa, from Texas originally, has crossed swords with LaFaro and the county party before -- and won.
Earlier this year, after she purchased a handful of domain names featuring the words "Maricopa County Republican Committee," LaFaro accused her of "criminal activity" in an online screed, and the MCRC threatened to sue her.
But Espinosa ultimately won the tussle, both because LaFaro's accusation was bull and because she had the cash to go to court if necessary, unlike the county GOP.
Don't get me wrong, A.J., your antics are hella amusing to write about.
But if I were you, pardner, I wouldn't be messin' with a rich lady from Texas.
Unless you like the feel of her boot on your backside.

Major Funding For Vote Yes On Prop 487 by Arizona Free Enterprise Club and Anonymous Contributors

Paid for by Citizens for Phoenix Pension Reform in Support of I-1-14 and in Support of the Ballot Measure. Major funding by the Arizona Free Enterprise Club, Action Now Initiative, Liberty Initiative Fund.
Real Prop. 487 issue: Who takes the investment risk?
Arizona Republic
By: Robert Robb
September 30, 2014

There's a good debate to be had about Proposition 487. Unfortunately, the opponents are choosing not to have it.
Prop. 487 would change the retirement program for new City of Phoenix workers from a defined benefit to a defined contribution system. Under a defined benefit system, workers are guaranteed a portion of their final salaries, in public systems usually around two-thirds, as a retirement benefit. Under a defined contribution system, taxpayers put a certain amount of annual pay into something similar to a 401(k). The retirement benefit depends on what the employee contributes and how well the investments do over time.

The question of whether a defined benefit or a defined contribution plan is more appropriate for public employees is as much philosophical as it is practical or actuarial. And the question is who should take the investment risk.

In a defined benefit plan, taxpayers guarantee the benefit and thus take the investment risk. If investments do worse than expected, taxpayers have to make up the difference. In a defined contribution plan, what taxpayers owe is fixed. The investment risk lies with the employee.

There are, however, also practical issues. Most public employee defined benefit plans are seriously underwater and straining government finances. Certainly that's the case with Phoenix's.

The Phoenix retirement plan only has assets to cover, based upon assumed market performance, about 64 percent of benefits owed. The unfunded liability is north of $1 billion. The cost of the program to the city has been escalating rapidly.

In addition to requiring new hires to enter into a defined contribution program, Prop. 487 would ban spiking (artificially boosting the pensionable salary with ancillary benefits) and other supplementary pension programs.

Proponents and opponents dispute whether the near-term effect of Prop. 487 would be to save the city money or cost it more. In reality, there's no way to know. Knowing that requires knowing what the stock market will do over the next 20 to 30 years. And despite the pretenses of actuaries, that's unknowable.

But two things are knowable. First, if there is a near-term cost, it is because switching to a defined contribution program for new hires requires the unfunded liability of the defined benefit program to be dealt with rather than kicked down the road.

And that raises an equity question. Opponents of Prop. 487 want to keep new hires in the defined benefit system so they can help pay off the unfunded liability for current workers and retirees. But that's not how these systems are supposed to work. If past city governments and workers contributed too little, why should new hires have to contribute more to compensate? Shouldn't the cost of that past mistake be more broadly socialized?

Second, it is knowable that passage of Prop. 487 will, over time, reduce and ultimately eliminate taxpayer risk for the performance of the stock market.

There are legitimate arguments against Prop. 487. There may be transition costs. Some contend that public employment is intended to be more secure than private-sector employment, so it is appropriate to shield public employees from investment risk regarding their retirement.

Rather than make these arguments, however, the city and its labor unions have gone into cahoots in a pettifogging campaign of misdirection.

The City Council adopted ballot language stating that passage of Prop. 487 would prohibit the city from contributing to the retirement system for police and firefighters. Public safety employees aren't in the city retirement program. They are part of a separate state system.

Prop. 487 plainly says it doesn't apply to cops and firefighters. No fair interpretation of its operative provisions would find that it does. And it would be superseded by state law if it did. It's a non-issue.

More recently, the pettifoggers are claiming that Prop. 487 might jeopardize public safety death benefits. Again, it categorically excludes cops and firefighters. It also only applies to retirement benefits. No judge in the history of jurisprudence, going back to the days of Hammurabi, would hold that dying is the same thing as retiring.

For voters, the issue presented by Prop. 487 should be straightforward: Do they think taxpayers or public employees should have the investment risk for the latter's retirement income?
American Freedom by Barbara Has NOT received any monies to post this information,it is a courtesy post.

Texas-Former US House Marjority DeLay Could Get Back In The Political Game

Texas Court Backs Decision Reversing DeLay's Convictions

Siding with a decision made a year ago by a lower appeals court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday refused to reinstate money-laundering convictions against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
In an 8-1 decision, the state's highest criminal court backed a Texas 3rd Court of Appeals decision that reversed DeLay's 2011 convictions on money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The court had ruled there was not enough evidence to prove that DeLay’s actions were criminal.
"We agree with the court of appeals that, as a matter of law, the State failed to prove facts to establish that the appellant committed either the object offense of money laundering or the inchoate offense of conspiracy to commit the same," the criminal appeals court ruled.
The Travis County district attorney’s office accused DeLay of funneling corporate contributions to candidates in key Texas legislative races, in violation of state law that forbids corporate money from state political races. He was convicted of conspiring with two aides, John Colyandro and Jim Ellis, to transfer corporate contributions raised by the former congressman's political action committee, Texans for a Republican Majority PAC, also known as TRMPAC, through the Republican National Committee.
DeLay was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison but had been free on bail as he appealed the ruling. He has decried his prosecution as the “criminalization of politics.”More Texas Tribune

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Barbara Espinosa and Sean Noble to be Speakers at The Mesa Republican Womens Club on "Dark Money"

The Pros and Cons of 501c4 Independent Expenditure Funds

I have been invited to participate in a forum on the Pros and Cons of Campaign Independent Expenditures (AKA 501(C) 4 at The Mesa Republican Womens Club
I will be speaking on the con side of the issue and Sean Noble referred to as the “Prince of Dark Money Groups” will be speaking on the pro side. It should be interesting, come join us. be

Meeting
Thursday, October 2nd
11:30 - 1:00 p.m. 
Lunch at 11:30 am
Business portion at 12:00 noon

New Location:  
Stonebridge Manor Reception Center
4000 E. Palm Street, Mesa

Barbara Espinosa is the publisher of American Freedom by Barbara, Maricopa County Republicans and Talk show host of Hair on Fire.

Sean Noble is a founding partner of DC London, Inc., which provides political, public relations, and public affairs consulting services.  and Chief of Staff  to Congressman John Shadegg and now is said to be the  The Dark Money Man for the Koch Brothers 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Urgent Meeting For All Phoenix City Retiree-Save The Date

TUESDAY....OCTOBER 7th, 2014 .... 1pm, Washington Activity Center

  • URGENT MESSAGE TO ALL CITY OF PHOENIX RETIREES – IT IS TIME TO RALLY ALL FELLOW RETIREES WHETHER YOU ARE A COPRA MEMBER OR NOT!

SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE ...........

  • City Councilman Tom Simplot and Retired Budget Director Cathy Gleason will speak at a Special COPRA Meeting – On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, From 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Washington Activity Center, located at 2240 West Citrus Way, Phoenix, Arizona. Cross Streets 23rd Ave South of Glendale
  • Tom Simplot and Cathy Gleason are co-chairs of the Phoenix Citizens for Pension Responsibility. They will discuss the negative impact proposition 487 will have on our pensions, give you the facts, and tell you what we can do to assist in the defeat of this disastrous initiative.
  •  You must plan to attend this meeting!
  • There is more at stake than your MERP Check!
    Click Here to see Prop 487 Fact Sheet

  Your monthly MERP check is at stake...this helps to defray the cost of a portion of your Health Insurance!
American Freedom by Barbara Has NOT received compensation to post this information,it is a courtesy post.

@RobertSGraham AZGOP Chair Arizona Republican Lobbyist @FredDuval In Good Company

Robert Graham AZGOP Chairman has made such deal out of Fred Duval having been a lobbyist, I did a little reseach and Lo and Behold he's in really good company with Arizona Republicans.
73 Democrats and 85 Republicans
Arizona Lobbyist
Democrat
Inactive 3100667
DUVAL (D)
FRED
PHOENIX
AZ
602-230-2355
Inactive 3101794
MCCAIN (R)
JOHN R
PHOENIX
AZ
602-248-8482
King of DarkMoney
Groups 3607748
NOBLE (R)
SEAN
PHOENIX
AZ
602-820-4600
SHADEGG
(R)
JOHN
PHOENIX
AZ
602-257-5204
SMITH (R)
SCOTT
PHOENIX
AZ
602-542-1444
Inactive 3600355
PULLEN (R)
RANDALL L
PHOENIX
AZ
602-957-7770
SOS 
BENNETT(R)
KENNETH C
PHOENIX
AZ
602-234-8100
BURNS (R)
ROBERT (BOB)
PEORIA
AZ
602-469-0799
Inactive 3608695
DRIGGS (R)
ADAM
PHOENIX
AZ
602-926-3016
Inactive 3603963
SALMON (R)
MATT
WASHINGTON
DC
602-300-5243
Candidate for AZ AG 3606801
BRNOVICH (R)
MARK
PHOENIX
AZ
602-771-4263
The story begins in 1989, as Namibia was on the cusp of independence. Flake, then the executive director of a group called the Foundation for Democracy in Namibia, moved there to monitor the fledgling nation’s transition away from South African apartheid rule. On the House floor in 2004, he described that experience as the rare chance “to see a country draft its first constitution and actually look to the future with hope and optimism.”
He came back to Washington in 1990 and launched a consulting firm, Interface Public Affairs; he signed up the Rossing uranium mine, one of the new nation’s economic drivers, as a client. As its advocate in Washington, Flake undertook to “help introduce the corporation and its citizenship activities,” according to Justice Department records, and “to promote the image of the client.”

"Prince of Dark Money" Sean Noble on Brahm Resnik Sunday Square Off-Vido

The Republican Governors Association and Sean Noble’s American Encore have reported spending a combined $2.5 million against DuVal, and American Encore has reported spending another $650,000 on Ducey’s behalf in the general.


Poor In America

Infographic by Kelsey Harris/The Daily Signal