Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Arizona's GOP CD1 and CD2 Victory Offices Launched Mobilize to Win

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I wanted share some fantastic momentum taking shape around the state. During my campaign I promised we would have great technology, improve our communications, successful fundraising and provide tools and resources to our Precinct Committeemen.
 
The promises are being fulfilled by an active donor community and a remarkable team at the AZ GOP.  We are seeing Chairmen and PCs across the state working to make a difference.
 
To support their efforts...we have launched two victory offices with the primary goal to turn out voters in CD1 and CD2.  These two offices are the first of many we will open across the state.  The offices have been officially open for two weeks.  They are equipped with cutting edge phone systems, data technology, canvassing tools and much more. The offices are high energy and we are receiving very positive feedback.
 
Take a look at the launch day VIDEO.  (Click Here)
 
watch video
 
What PCs across the state are excited about.
 
1)  Official Photo Name Badge for credentials at the door when canvassing.
2)  Phone and Tablet software for walking neighborhoods.
3)  Red Republican Action Team T-shirts.
4)  District and Precinct Cash Rewards for working the "Mobilize to Win" plan.
5) Pass along issue Fact Sheets -from the Action Hub.
 
The goal for all of us should be to defend our liberty. The freedom we experience as a state and nation is an inspired miracle.  We must fight to preserve this liberty and have the willingness to work.  If we work...we win!  The ground game is the battle field...lets get on the field and make it happen!!
 
Join the AZ GOP and your fellow Precinct Committeemen in an effort that will make a difference.  You will be emailed a schedule of walk days coming to a neigborhood near you.  Your participation is key for success.
 
Lets Mobilize and Win 2014!!
 
Highest regards, 
 
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Robert Graham
Chairman, Arizona Republican Party
robert.graham@azgop.org

Obama Chooses W.Neil Eggleston As Next White House Counsel

President Barack Obama has chosen W. Neil Eggleston, a Clinton administration veteran with experience representing government officials in oversight investigations, as his next White House counsel, the White House said Monday.

Eggleston, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, will succeed Kathryn Ruemmler, who has led the counsel's office for close to three years. Officials first confirmed her plans to leave last summer and return to private practice in New York, but she stayed longer at the president's urging

Amnesty for Illegals Can’t be Defended

Op-Ed

By Raynard Jackson
NNPA Columnist
I am totally perplexed by Republicans who advocate amnesty for those who entered the U.S. illegally.  We Republicans are supposed to be the party of law and order,  a party that stands on clearly defined principles. Let’s cut through the pompous rhetoric: The issue of amnesty is only about cheap labor.  All the other arguments are merely background noise. With the national unemployment rate just under 8 percent, how can you argue that illegals are doing jobs that Americans refuse to do?  With all the unemployed engineers (partly because of the shutdown of NASA’s Space Shuttle program), how do you justify increasing the number of H-1B visas?  The special visa allows companies to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations for up to six years. How can six years still be considered temporary? How do you explain to a kid in Virginia that he or she has to pay out-of-state tuition to attend the University of Maryland while but a student in the country illegally is allowed to pay in-state tuition?  Why should someone in the country illegally be able to obtain a benefit that even an American citizen can’t have? Aren’t these Republicans supporting discrimination against American citizens in their lust of the Hispanic voter? Linking amnesty to winning the Hispanic vote is not a winning or sensible strategy.  One has nothing to do with the other.  There is no unanimity within the Hispanic community on the issue of amnesty, therefore why are some operatives linking this issue to the future of the Republican Party? One can be against amnesty without being mean and nasty. But to equate supporting amnesty as a prerequisite to proving that you are not mean and hateful is an insult to our intelligence. As if this weren’t bad enough, can someone please explain to me the logic of any Black person supporting amnesty when the Black unemployment rate is in double digits? We can have honest disagreements on the issue of amnesty; but please don’t give me the perverted reasoning supporters of amnesty have been using:  “it’s an act of love,” “they are only looking for a better life,”  “it’s not their fault.” But these same proponents who want to justify ignoring the law based on some irrational, emotional tick refuse to apply the same empathy towards “Pookie” and “LaQueesha,” who  represent inner city America. When “Pookie” gets arrested for carrying a recreational amount of crack and get sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 20 years for a first time, non-violent offense, where are these Republican thespians advocating for an empathetic approach to law enforcement?  When  a Black woman in Florida fires a warning shot in the air to stop an abusive former husband from beating her and gets 20 years mandatory minimum, where are the Republican voices of empathy? If we are going to claim to be a nation of laws, then we can’t allow emotion to cause the unequal distribution of justice to continue.  If your basis for giving amnesty to illegals is “their intent”—they only want to make a better life; then how can you not apply the same logic to “Pookie” and “LaQueesha?”  Can you not make the same argument that they only want to make a better life for themselves and their families? Pro-amnesty Republicans sound like a bunch of liberals when they refuse to advocate for the enforcement of current immigration law because they claim to know the “intent” of the law breaker. These same pro amnesty members of the House and Senate have been relentless in accusing President Obama for not being trustworthy on health care (“you can keep your own doctor”), but are willing to work with and trust him on the enforcement side of the immigration debate. If you can’t trust Obama on healthcare, how can you trust him on immigration?   
Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.-based public relations/government affairs firm. He can be reached through his Web site,  www.raynardjackson.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @raynard1223. 
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Monday, April 21, 2014

AZ Phoenix Mayor Stanton: Make your voice heard

I appreciate that thousands of Phoenix residents have done the same.  Tomorrow, you’ll have one more chance, and I hope you’ll join me and City Manager Ed Zuercher at City Hall. 
Mayor Stanton’s Budget Hearing
Tuesday, April 22
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
First Floor Assembly Room
City Hall
200 W. Washington St., Phoenix 
Even if you can’t be there in person, you can still participate in these four ways:
 
1. Tweet me with a comment, and remember to use my handle: @mayorstanton
 
2. Post a comment on my official Facebook page (facebook.com/mayorstanton)
 
3. Send an e-mail to mayor.stanton@phoenix.gov with the subject “Phoenix Budget”
 
4. Watch live on Phoenix Channel 11
 
I’ll be reading your Tweets, Facebook posts, and e-mails regarding the budget in addition to listening to public comment throughout the hearing.  And remember -- use the hashtag #phxbudget on any comments, questions or ideas submitted through social media. 
 
Your input and participation in this process is important to reach a budget that works for all of us. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Greg

Please Note:  Due to space limitations, only the first 100 people will be allowed to sit in the Assembly Room, but all interested residents can still submit their comments for the public record or participate online.  Specific budget questions submitted will be responded to by City of Phoenix Budget and Research staff.

Federal Government Has Own Law Enforcement Agency

About the Federal Protective Service
The Federal Protective Service (FPS) is a federal law enforcement agency that provides integrated security and law enforcement services to federally owned and leased buildings, facilities, properties and other assets.

Read about a Day in the Life of the Federal Protective Service
Mission
The FPS mission is to render federal properties safe and secure for federal employees, officials and visitors in a professional and cost effective manner by deploying a highly trained and multi-disciplined police force. As the federal agency charged with protecting and delivering integrated law enforcement and security services to facilities owned or leased by the General Services Administration (GSA), FPS employs 1,225 federal staff (including 900 law enforcement security officers, criminal investigators, police officers, and support personnel) and 15,000 contract guard staff to secure over 9,000 buildings and safeguard their occupants. FPS provides comprehensive coverage for these facilities nationwide.
Protecting the critical infrastructure and key resources of the United States is essential to our nation's security, public health and safety, economic vitality and way of life. FPS protects one component of the nation's infrastructure by mitigating risk to federal facilities and their occupants.
FPS organizes its activities along three guiding principles: stakeholder service, technical expertise, and organizational excellence. Supporting these principles are immediate priorities that will allow FPS to meet its short-term goals and long-term strategic goals.
With nearly 40 years of law enforcement experience, FPS has established a physical security program to provide protection to GSA owned or leased federal facilities. From the installation of alarm systems, x-rays, magnetometers and entry control systems, to monitoring those systems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing uniformed police response and investigative follow-up, FPS is organized to protect and serve. The provision of contract protective security officer services, crime prevention seminars tailored to individual agency and employee needs, facility security surveys, integrating intelligence gathering and sharing, and maintaining special operations capabilities all serve to make FPS a world-class security force. What FPS does every day embodies the spirit of the Department and contributes to the achievement of Department goals and organizational excellence.
Primary Protective Services
·        Conducting Facility Security Assessments
·        Designing countermeasures for tenant agencies
·        Maintaining uniformed law enforcement presence
·        Maintaining armed contract security guards
·        Performing background suitability checks for contract employees
·        Monitoring security alarms via centralized communication centers
Additional Protective Services·        Conducting criminal investigations
·        Sharing intelligence among local/state/federal
·        Protecting special events
·        Working with FEMA to respond to natural disasters
·        Offering special operations including K-9 explosive detection
·        Training federal tenants in crime prevention and Occupant Emergency Planning
§ 102-74.365: The rules in this subpart apply to all property under the authority of GSA and to all persons entering in or on such property. Each occupant agency shall be responsible for the observance of these rules and regulations. Federal agencies must post the notice in the Appendix to this part at each public entrance to each Federal facility.
Leadership and Organization

The Federal Protective Service is headed by Director L. Eric Patterson.

The Left's Screw Up The Definition of Terrorism

A poster that pretty much sums up the way the Left corrupts language
(H/T Bookworm Room)
Perspective on the Bundy Ranch protest

Hair on Fire News Talk Radio Guest: Effie Carlson Candidate for AZ House LD23

April 22, 2014
Hair on Fire 4 P.M.- 5:00 P.M AZ Time. 

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E-Mail questions to: haironfire@q.com
CALL IN NUMBERS 1-347-857-4081
Host: Barbara Espinosa: Publisher of American Freedom by Barbara
and Maricopa County Republicans
Guest: Effie Carlson Candidate for AZ House LD23.
Effie Carlson was born in Scottsdale, in the heart Legislative District 23. Coming from a large family that encouraged individual thought and self-expression, she had no choice but to become a problem solver. Home-schooled until college, Effie graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in psychology.
Working to put herself through college, Effie learned the ins and outs of a small business, the effects of government regulations, and the benefits of a job well done. After graduating from college, she went to work for a behavioral health organization. Recognizing the organization’s priority should be patient care not paperwork, she developed a system to reduce administrative requirements by clinical staff allowing more time to be devoted to patients.
In 2006, Effie and her husband Andrew became first time parents to twin boys, Ethan and Quinn. With premature twins to care for, Effie desired a more flexible schedule which led to her being a Realtor for the first few years of their lives. Effie respected and enjoyed the trust of her clients during their important life decisions. Effie and Andrew completed their family with the birth of their daughter, Addie.
Effie used her proven knowledge and experience to form her business, Best Practice Management in 2008, providing a way for healthcare providers in private practice to run and maintain better businesses. She created and held seminars for private practitioners to operate their business and billing procedures more efficiently.
In addition to raising her family and running a successful business Effie has served as secretary to the Church Council of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, is the current Committee Chair for Cub Scout Pack 441 at Kiva Elementary School, and is the Fundraising Committee Chair for Kiva PTO. She sings as first soprano of Full Circle Women’s Choir, and also chairs the fundraising committee, allowing them to perform for non-profit groups such as Sojourner Center. Effie is also a website designer, providing pro-bono work for non-profits such as Glendale Stand-Up for Veterans Event 2013 and her church.

Arizona Loses-Supreme Court Denies Petition to Revive Arizona Immigration Law

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 21,2014 declined to revive a provision in an Arizona law that sought to criminalize the harboring and transportation of illegal immigrants.

The court's decision not to hear the state's appeal leaves intact an October 2013 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that found in part that the provision was trumped by federal immigration law. The harboring provision, part of Arizona's controversial 2010 immigration law, made it a criminal offense to encourage illegal immigrants to enter the state or to harbor or transport them within Arizona. Various groups that work with immigrants, including the Border Action Network, challenged the provision.
Arizona v. Valle Del Sol, U.S. Supreme Court, 13-806
 No. 13-806




Title:
Arizona, et al., Petitioners
v.
Valle del Sol, Inc., et al.
Docketed:January 8, 2014
Lower Ct:United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  Case Nos.:(12-17152)
  Decision Date:October 8, 2013

~~~Date~~~ ~~~~~~~Proceedings  and  Orders~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Jan 6 2014Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due February 7, 2014)
Jan 22 2014Order extending time to file response to petition to and including March 10, 2014, for all respondents.
Feb 7 2014Brief amicus curiae of Immigration Reform Law Institute filed.
Mar 7 2014Brief of respondents Valle del Sol, Inc., et al. in opposition filed.
Mar 24 2014Reply of petitioners Arizona, et al. filed.
Mar 26 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of April 18, 2014.
Apr 21 2014Petition DENIED.



~~Name~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   ~~~~~~~Address~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  ~~Phone~~~
Attorneys for Petitioners:
John BoumaSnell & Wilmer LLP(602) 382-6000
    Counsel of RecordOne Arizona Center
400 East Van Buren
Phoenix, AZ  85004
jbouma@swlaw.com
Party name: Arizona, et al.
Attorneys for Respondents:
Omar C. JadwatAmerican Civil Liberties Union Foundation(212)-549-2620
    Counsel of Record125 Broad Street 18th Floor
New York, NY  10004
ojadwat@aclu.org
Party name: Valle del Sol, Inc., et al.
Other:
Michael M. HethmonImmigration Reform Law Institute(202) 232-5590
25 Massachusetts Avenue, N. W.
Suite 335
Washington, DC  20001
litigation@irli.org
Party name: Immigration Reform Law Institute

Administration and Big Labor Desperation Escalates


by devilatourdoorstep
Activity by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Department of Labor (DOL) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as well as several of the largest labor unions, over the past two weeks evidences the Obama Administration’s growing anxiety as the mid-term election approaches. The Administration, facing loss of the Senate and ultimate control in both houses, continues to direct its agencies to pass union-friendly regulations and to impose its interpretation of current law to favor accelerated forced unionism. The Administration and Democratic Party represent a typical symbiotic relationship where they are co-dependent upon each other for future survival. The Administration needs union contributions and union foot soldiers to have any chance of maintaining a senate majority and making gains in the house during the 2014 mid-term elections (see Union Money in Elections). Conversely, Big Labor is finally recognizing and admitting that their declining membership is a major problem and they need the Administration’s help (see AFL-CIO admits declining membership a major problem).
In order to get the ball rolling, several pro-labor steps have been taken by OSHA, the NLRB and the Department of Labor (DOL). First, OSHA has reaffirmed its position that union officials may accompany OSHA inspectors on safety inspections in non-union facilities. This issue was reported in a previous blog, OSHA Opens New Door For Big Labor, and was more recently presented by the CEO of PJS on the Greta Van Susteren Show this past week, in CEO: How union organizers are targeting my non-union company. The union involved - the SEIU - used such tactics as part of its ongoing Corporate Campaigns to force a cleaning company in Houston to sign a Neutrality Agreement and achieve forced unionization through Card Check, as described in SEIU Uses Federal Inspections to Target Houston Small Business. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the SEIU is buying votes in polls and gaining naive media attention, from media groups like the Los Angeles Times, to support its attack on fast food companies as chronicled in Beware SEIU, Especially Bearing “Polls”.
Not to be outdone, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board is looking to limit the ability of business owners to relocate their businesses without approval of the union (see NLRB will limit ability of unionized business to relocate). This move is an obvious attempt to preserve union membership heading into the midterms while taking away the fundamental right of a free market society. On a bright note, House, Senate Leaders Introduce Legislative Response to NLRB Ambush Election Rule, which was approved by the House Education and Workforce Committee this past week
In a surprising move, the NLRB complains Walmart Black Friday protesters broke rules, went too far and must Cease and Desist! This decision was made by a local NLRB Region and is not expected to survive the pro-labor board in Washington D.C. Finally, the DOL, under the Administration’s direction, limited the reporting responsibilities of unions during the President’s first term. Labor unions, particularly the United Food and Commercial Workers continue to take full advantage of it by funding OUR Walmart, a "Worker Center” operation utilized to advance its Corporate Campaigns against Wal-Mart in an attempt to force Card Check and force unionize Wal-Mart’s workforce.
The UAW appears to be attempting to force Volkswagen into Card Check. This past week, an anti-union group said Volkswagen may ignore the election results and bring in the union, basically agreeing to Card Check. Additionally, Unable To Sell Unionization On Its Merits, The UAW Turns To Race, Rappers And An Actor For Aid, and the UAW Bosses Turn To Bovine Excrement Manufacturing. Despite the fact these tactics continue not to work for the UAW, the union has decided to continue to press the issue and to replace outgoing President Bob King with UAW Secretary Treasurer Dennis Williams who supports King's tactics. Once again The United Auto Workers Promote Failure. Isn’t the definition of “insanity” to repeat the same things over and over again, with the same failed results?
Finally, the question must be asked, is the unionization of college sports spreading? The answer appears to be both yes and no. Recent reports indicate that the University of Notre Dame could be next (see Notre Dame could be next front in union battle). However, it appears any progress on this movement will take a long time as Northwestern University has filed an appeal on the decision made by the NLRB administrative law judge finding college athletes to be “employees” (see Northwestern University Appeals NLRB Ruling on Athletes as Employees). Contrary to the judge’s finding, an Ohio bill says college athletes aren't employees.
Unions and the Democratic Party desperately need money as mid-term elections approach as discussed in It’s All About the Dues Money! Desperation is setting in despite the fact the Administration has aligned the federal labor agencies in big labor’s favor. The American people are beginning to wake up, and businessmen across the country are standing up to big labor’s Death by a Thousand Cuts Corporate Campaigns and saying “no” as chronicled by the PJS CEO and this Hilarious Car Dealership Outwitting Labor Union Tactics — And This Video May Just Be the Victory Lap where a Wichita auto dealership beat a union at its own tactics.

Desperation is setting in and it is only going to get uglier as the mid-term elections approach as discussed in Desperate Dinosaurs Show True Colors… Again! Brace yourself America!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Wishes From My Family to Yours

Is a spring festival that celebrates the central event of the Christian faith: the resurrection of Christ three days after his death by crucifixion?
 
{1} Easter is the oldest Christian holiday and the most important day of the church year. All the Christian movable feasts and the entire liturgical year of worship are arranged around Easter. Easter Sunday is preceded by the season of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting and repentance culminating in Holy Week, and followed by a 50-day Easter Season that stretches from Easter to Pentecost. The origins of the word "Easter" are not certain, but probably derive from Estre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring {2}. The German word Ostern has the same derivation, but most other languages follow the Greek term used by the early Christians: pascha, from the Hebrew pesach (Passover). In Latin, Easter is Festa Paschalia (plural because it is a seven-day feast), which became the basis for the French Pâques, the Italian Pasqua, and the Spanish Pascua. Also related are the Scottish Pask, the Dutch Paschen, the Danish Paaske, and the Swedish Pask. {3} The method for determining the date of Easter is complex and has been a matter of controversy (see History of Easter, below). Put as simply as possible, the Western churches (Catholic and Protestant) celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox. But it is actually a bit more complicated than this. The spring equinox is fixed for this purpose as March 21 (in 2004, it actually falls on March 20) and the "full moon" is actually the paschal moon, which is based on 84-year "paschal cycles" established in the sixth century, and rarely corresponds to the astronomical full moon. These complex calculations yield an Easter date of anywhere between March 22 and April 25. The Eastern churches (Greek, Russian, and other forms of Orthodoxy) use the same calculation, but based on the Julian calendar (on which March 21 is April 3) and a 19-year paschal cycle. Thus the Orthodox Easter sometimes falls on the same day as the western Easter (it does in 2004), but the two celebrations can occur as much as five weeks apart. In the 20th century, discussions began as to a possible worldwide agreement on a consistent date for the celebration of the central event of Christianity. No resolution has yet been reached. {4} Recent and upcoming dates {5} for Passover (Judaism), Easter (Western Christianity), and Pascha (Eastern Christianity) are: There is evidence that Christians originally celebrated the resurrection of Christ every Sunday, with observances such as Scripture readings, psalms, the Eucharist, and a prohibition against kneeling in prayer. {6} At some point in the first two centuries, however, it became customary to celebrate the resurrection specially on one day each year. Many of the religious observances of this celebration were taken from the Jewish Passover. The specific day on which the resurrection should be celebrated became a major point of contention within the church. First, should it be on Jewish Passover no matter on what day that falls, or should it always fall on a Sunday? It seems Christians in Asia took the former position, while those everywhere else insisted on the latter. The eminent church fathers Irenaeus and Polycarp were among the Asiatic Christians, and they claimed the authority of St. John the Apostle for their position. Nevertheless, the church majority officially decided that Easter should always be celebrated on a Sunday. Eusebius of Caesarea, our only source on this topic, reports the affair as follows:
A question of no small importance arose at that time [c. 190 AD]. The dioceses of all Asia, as from an older tradition, held that the fourteenth day of the moon, on which day the Jews were commanded to sacrifice the lamb, should always be observed as the feast of the life-giving pasch, contending that the fast ought to end on that day, whatever day of the week it might happen to be. However it was not the custom of the churches in the rest of the world to end it at this point, as they observed the practice, which from Apostolic tradition has prevailed to the present time, of terminating the fast on no other day than on that of the Resurrection of our Savior. Synods and assemblies of bishops were held on this account, and all with one consent through mutual correspondence drew up an ecclesiastical decree that the mystery of the Resurrection of the Lord should be celebrated on no other day but the Sunday and that we should observe the close of the paschal fast on that day only. {7}
With this issue resolved, the next problem was to determine which Sunday to celebrate the resurrection. The Christians in Syria and Mesopotamia held their festival on the Sunday after the Jewish Passover (which itself varied a great deal), but those in Alexandria and other regions held it on the first Sunday after the spring equinox, without regard to the Passover. This second issue was decided at the Council of Nicea in 325, which decreed that Easter should be celebrated by all on the same Sunday, which Sunday shall be the first following the paschal moon (and the paschal moon must not precede the spring equinox), and that a particular church should determine the date of Easter and communicate it

throughout the empire (probably Alexandria, with their skill in astronomical calculations). The policy was adopted throughout the empire, but Rome adopted an 84-year lunar cycle for determining the date, whereas Alexandria used a 19-year cycle. {8} Use of these different "paschal cycles" persists to this day and contributes to the disparity between the eastern and western dates of Easter. Over the centuries, these religious observances have been supplemented by popular customs, many of were incorporated from springtime fertility celebrations of European and Middle Eastern pagan religion. Rabbits and eggs, for example, are widely-used pagan symbols for fertility. Christians view the Easter eggs as symbols of joy and celebration (as they were forbidden during the fast of Lent) and of new life and resurrection. A common custom is to hide brightly colored eggs for children to find