Monday, April 27, 2015

It's Over Loretta Lynch Sworn in As New US Attorney General

(CN) - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch was sworn in Monday by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to become the first female black woman to lead the nation's Justice Department.
     Biden called Lynch, whom the president nominated five months ago, "incredibly qualified" and a "first-rate, fair-minded prosecutor."
     "This is an incredible moment," he added.
     Lynch then swore her oath to the office on a Bible. The crowd rose and applauded.
     "Well, here we are," she joked, before going on to praise her parents, husband and her sorority for their support.
     "It has been the honor of my live and the privilege of my profession" she said, adding that she was "honored beyond words as we continue the core work of our mission: the protection of the American people."
     President Barack Obama nominated Lynch in November to succeed Eric Holder, who announced plans to resign in September 2014.
     The Senate Judiciary Committee first confirmed Lynch in February and the full Senate approved her last week by a vote of 56-43.
     Disputes in the Republican-controlled body involving an unrelated sex-trafficking bill account for the five-month delay.
     "Ladies and gentlemen, it's about time," Biden said, poking at the partisan delay. "It's about time that Loretta Lynch is being sworn in."
     "We got tired of this," he said of the five-month delay, "but you showed such grace and such humility."
     As the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, Lynch led several high-profile terrorism trials.
     She vowed to continue her efforts to fight terrorism.
     The Harvard Law School graduate first held the title as Brooklyn's top prosecutor from 1999 to 2001; she took the title back in 2010.

Arizona Senator John McCain VOTED NO on Loretta Lynch Appointment for US Attorney General

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Earlier this week when the Senate was asked to vote on confirming Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General of the United States, I voted no.

During her confirmation hearing before the Judiciary Committee, Ms. Lynch stated her belief that the President's recent executive actions on immigration were "reasonable" and "constitutional."

My Friend, I could not support anyone to be the highest law enforcement official in America who supports the President's clearly unconstitutional actions. That's why I cast my vote "NO."

The job of the U.S. Attorney General is to represent the people of the United States and to "do justice." It is not to serve as a cheerleader or policy advocate for the president - that is what Loretta Lynch's comments show that she would be.

The security of our nation depends on the steps we take today. You can count on me to always fight for a better, stronger, safer America.

It has been the great honor of my life to work for our shared values in Washington. Thank you for your commitment to our nation and your continued support. I am most appreciative.


John McCain
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Have Blacks Declared War on Themselves?

By Raynard Jackson
It seems hardly a week goes by without another report of a seemingly innocent, unarmed Black male being killed by the police.  I have written several columns about this issue and have received harsh criticism for writing them.

You have had recent killings by the police of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner in New York, Oscar  Grant in Oakland, Ezell Ford in Los Angeles and now Freddie Gray in Baltimore, just to name a few. 

In many instances, police are shown to be guilty of using excessive force against Blacks; but based on the way local and state laws are written, an overwhelming amount of deference is given to the police.  The legal standard in most cases to justify using deadly force is “a reasonable fear for one’s life.”  Legally, that is an extremely low bar to meet.

So, Blacks must come to terms with this simple adage of the streets, “it’s not what you know, but what you can prove.”  Most Americans will confess that that many of these policemen are out of control; but based on the law, the police can easily justify their actions. 

This issue is easy to deal with; it‘s just a matter of getting consensus regarding what changes need to be made legislatively.

The more complicated issue that no one seems to want to deal with is the issue of what I call “Black culpability.”  What is it that we, as Blacks, are doing to create an environment where Black lives are so devalued that we are viewed as expendable?

Here is an excerpt from a column I wrote last year during the Ferguson uprising.
“For the past 30 years, we have created images of Blacks in the most negative of lights. For those who would say it’s just music, it’s just a movie, it’s just a reality TV show; I say now there is just another Black body lying in the streets of America.
Before you go to war, the first thing that is needed is to create a psychological operations campaign (psy-ops). This is a tactic that the military uses to marginalize its targeted population so that when the troops are sent in to destroy this group, there is no public outcry.
Just look at how the U.S. military vilified and demonized former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and terrorist Osama Bin Laden before we set out to kill them. Upon their deaths at the hands of the U.S. military, the American people cheered because we had devalued and marginalized them before the American people.
I can’t help but ask the Black community, have we unleashed a psy-ops campaign on our own people?
In the horror movie series Frankenstein, Dr. Frankenstein did not set out to create a monster; but rather he was a scientist playing around in his laboratory. As a result of this experimentation, he created a monster that neither he nor society could control.
In a similar manner, one could argue that Blacks, specifically in Hip-Hop, have experimented in the laboratory called a recording studio; and by exercising their First Amendment Right of freedom of speech and expression through music, they have created their own version of Frankenstein.
In the beginning, like with Frankenstein, people marveled at this new creation and people were willing to pay to see and hear it. There was “Rappers Delight,” there was “The Message,” and there was “Fight the Power.” Then, the imagery and lyrics took a twisted turn under a perverted interpretation of the First Amendment called “keeping it real.”
Now, the establishment, especially the police, had become the enemy. Hip-Hop became a counter-culture movement that turned into a monster that could no longer be controlled. Women became “bitches and hoes,” men became hyper-sexualized thugs who were only out to force themselves on your daughters and to “get rich or die trying.” When rap music started, it was a verbal extension of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s in the spirit of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; it was about the uplifting of our community and providing a voice to those often without a voice.
Then in the 1990s, rap took a more militaristic tone with the creation of “gangsta rap.” This too, was a verbal extension of the Civil Rights movement; but more in the spirit of Malcolm X on steroids. These artists represented those in the “hood” who felt trapped and abused by the system. They felt like no one cared about them and that life was about the here and now – immediate gratification; so screw the future. They wanted to “get theirs now.” They wanted to live fast, even if it meant dying young.
This ultimately led to the “thug” culture, personified by hit movies like Scarface, New Jack City and Carlito’s Way; each glorified the criminal lifestyle.
Then you had the crack epidemic of the 1990s with the violence that it brought into the hood. All these factors combined to create a narrative that Black life was worthless and Black youth brought no value to society.”
So again I ask the Black community, what have we done to make our lives so worthless in the eyes of the public?  I think this is a conversation worth having.
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It’s All About Perception!

Recently, the “Fight for Fifteen” demonstrations at McDonald’s and Wal-Mart stores across the country have sparked empathy in the news coverage by the main stream media. The liberal coverage of these outlets portrays employees as being taken advantage of and in need of increased wages and benefits. As with most things in life, it is prudent to do the research to make sure we have all the facts, and that they are presented honestly and concisely. It is imperative we don’t rely on our political leanings and that we not have the proverbial “wool pulled over our eyes.” Every American, should re-check the position or “window” from which they the view things, as succinctly demonstrated in the following.
The Window from Which We Look
A young couple moves into a new neighborhood.The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside."That laundry is not very clean", she said. "She doesn't know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap." Her husband looked on, but remained silent.

 Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.
About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband,"Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this."

 The husband said, "I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows."

And so it is with life. What we see when watching others it depends on the purity of the window through which we look! 
“Fight for Fifteen” and the so called “Work Centers” that are championing this cause — providing their own version of training and assistance — are nothing more than union fronts where Union Bosses Use Fast-Food Workers For Personal Gain. Unions are pouring millions of dollars into these “Work Centers” as a method of unionizing the fast food workers across America! It is unfortunate and despicable that The SEIU’s Support for Wage Hikes are based on Self Interests and that these Protest Organizers Pay Consulting Fees, however, even more astonishing is that the SEIU has funneled $15 million into the Fight for $15 campaign! This sleight of hand by the SEIU and other unions demands that we check the purity of the window from which we view the true intentions of these unions and this Administration. Even some of the union members are cleaning windows as demonstrated in Union Members Are Getting Tired of the Anti-Walmart Campaigns.
Essentially, these worker centers are union branches. Labor Unions are organized as 501(c)(5) entities, and as 501(c)(5) entities they cannot receive tax-deductible contributions. However, many Worker Centers are organized as 501(c)(3) charities, which means they can receive tax-deductible donations and they are not accountable to the workers they claim to represent.
In other words, they are conduits for labor unions in disguise. They provide the labor unions with benefits which they could not otherwise independently receive. Labor unions are a dying breed, they are nothing more than Gasping Dinosaurs trying to avoid extinction, and the worker centers are proof!
Another benefit to the “Fight for Fifteen” demonstrations is that they serve to Deflect Attention from the Rogue NLRB and its attempt to establish Card Check through Regulation vs. Legislation with the new ambush election law, designed by this Administration to allow unions to rapidly force unionize employees and employers across the country, further described in Reprise: Beware the Ambush! It is nothing more than a payback to the union bosses for political contributions and votes!
The bottom line is, while America's top labor union bosses raked in millions in 2014 for their own pockets and to press their political agendas, it has become apparent that Millennials don’t want to join unions! They are waking up to the fact that Labor Unions’ True Motivation comes from the Dues Money. Union bosses want to line their own pockets and promote their political agendas! Subsequently, union bosses are waking up to Why 78 Million Millennials Are Choosing Non-Union Jobs and are desperate to invent ways to force unionize them in order to survive, which is what the “Fight for Fifteen” is truly all about!
It is time for all Americans to wake up and see big labor’s intentions through a crystal clear window and not through distorted, long held political viewpoints or beliefs. Big labor and its claims are all about perception not reality! They could care less about these employees! When Will Congress and the Main Stream Media Wake Up and unmask this misperception and protect the freedoms of all Americans from this Administration and the SEIU's Persuasion of Power?

Saturday, April 25, 2015

America's Borders are Poreus Drugs By Land and Air

04/24/2015 05:49 PM EDT
PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a 28-year-old man from Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico after discovering $286,960 worth of alleged cocaine within the...
04/24/2015 05:40 PM EDT
EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector arrested six convicted sex offenders, two Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang members and seized more than two tons of marijuana throughout the past week. The sex offenders were...
04/24/2015 06:00 PM EDT
LAREDO, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo Port of Entry this week seized a load of cocaine hidden in the tractor of a driver enrolled in the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program. “CBP extends front of the line...
04/24/2015 02:16 PM EDT
JAMAICA, N.Y. — U. S. Customs and Border Protection Officers ‘bagged’ an arriving passenger at John F. Kennedy International Airport for the illegal importation of cocaine into the United States. On April 9, CBP officers stopped Ms. Segunda De La...
04/24/2015 12:10 PM EDT
CALEXICO, Calif. —Wednesday, approximately 20 miles west of downtown Calexico, U.S. Border Patrols agents assigned to the El Centro Station seized a 1997 Ford Expedition and more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana from a failed drug smuggling attempt in...

Friday, April 24, 2015

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake Votes Yes to Approve Pro Partial Birth Abortion AG Loretta Lynch

Ten Republicans today joined Senate Democrats to approve the nomination of pro-abortion Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch. The Senate has had Lynch’s nomination pending for weeks but it has been held up because Senate Democrats were filibustering a bill that helps sex trafficking victims because they want funds in it to pay for abortions.

Lynch is the nominee to replace pro-abortion Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder, who is pro-abortion and who used his post in the Obama administration to target pro-life people, announced in September he would step down from his position when a replacement has been confirmed.
The Senate, by a 56-43 vote, confirmed Loretta Lynch to become the 83rd attorney general and first African-American woman to the position.

Sens. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Susan Collins (Maine), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) joined Senate Democrats in approving her nomination.

During her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lynch admitted to pro-life Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina that she once signed onto a brief the Planned Parenthood abortion business submitted in its legal battle to overturn the Congressional ban on partial-birth abortions. The Supreme Court eventually sided against Planned Parenthood and upheld the ban on the gruesome abortion procedure.

Lynch signed on to an amicus brief in the Partial Birth Abortion case before the Supreme Court where she served as an amici in favor of Planned Parenthood.  She argued that the ban against the killing of partially born children was “unconstitutionally vague and threatens the integrity of the criminal justice system.” She defended the pro-abortion position against the ban saying the definition of a “living fetus” is “hopelessly vague.”
On April 18, 2007, the Supreme Court announced its opinion in Gonzales v. Carhart, holding that the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act was constitutional. The ban has stopped as many as 15,000 such abortions. More

Arizona Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio Admits Hiring PI to Spy on Federal Judges Wife

     PHOENIX (CN) - Sheriff Joe Arpaio admitted Thursday to knowing his former counsel hired a private eye to investigate the wife of the federal judge overseeing the civil contempt hearing against him.
     In a departure from questions about Arpaio's detaining and transporting undocumented immigrants with no state charges, U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow asked "America's Toughest Sheriff" if he ever investigated Snow or his family members.
     Arpaio told Snow that his former attorney, Tim Casey, hired the investigator after he received information that Snow's wife commented in a restaurant that her husband "wanted to do everything to make sure [Arpaio was] not elected."
     "The results were that he confirmed that your wife was in that restaurant," Arpaio told Snow. "He talked to the witnesses and confirmed that the remark was made."
     Snow's line of questioning referred to a Phoenix New Times article claiming that Arpaio had hired an investigator to look into whether Snow and the U.S. Department of Justice were conspiring against him.
     Arpaio told the judge there was no evidence of such a conspiracy.
     Arpaio's repeated comments to the media that he would keep running the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office the way he had done it for years, despite a court order to stop detaining and transferring undocumented immigrants without state charges, again came under fire.
     "Did you take your oath of office so lightly?" asked plaintiffs' attorney Stanley Young, after showing Arpaio a news clip in which the sheriff claimed the crackdown on his office was "just politics."
     "I didn't know all the facts of the court order," Arpaio, now in his sixth term as sheriff, told the packed courtroom. "It really hurts me after 55 years to be in this position. So I want to apologize to the judge, I should have known more of this court order. It slipped through the cracks."
     Arpaio, 82, and four of his former and current officers face civil contempt charges accusing them of failing to deliver data to the court and failing to train deputies not to make unconstitutional stops.
     Arpaio told the court that the statements he makes in media interviews and news releases do not always reflect the opinion of his office.
     "Sometimes I was the voice of my own opinion, not necessarily the opinion of my office," Arpaio told judge.
     Attorney Young didn't buy it.
     "You're now hoping that the benefits of violating the court's order will end up, and at the end of the day, outweighing the costs of violating that order for you," Young told Arpaio. "Do you think that you're going to get away with your violations of this court's order?"
     "That's not for me to say," Arpaio responded.
     Young rehashed Wednesday testimony from Lt. Brian Jakowinicz, who told the court that Arpaio ordered him to transfer undocumented immigrants to U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement or U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
     "I don't give orders. I might have a suggestion," Arpaio responded.
     "You always merely suggest things to your subordinates in your office?" Young asked. "Since they serve under the sheriff, they should do what you tell them to do."
     "I'm very flexible," Arpaio said.
     The contempt hearing continues Friday in Phoenix Federal Court.

Report Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Children

04/07/2015 12:37 PM EDT
Beginning last year and specifically in the last few months, CBP has seen an overall increase in the apprehension of Unaccompanied Alien Children from Central America at the Southwest Border, specifically in the Rio Grande Valley. While overall border apprehensions have only slightly increased during this time period, and remain at historic lows, the apprehension and processing of these children present unique operational challenges for CBP and HHS. Addressing the rising flow of unaccompanied alien children crossing our southwest border is an important priority of this Administration and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Secretary Johnson has already taken a number of steps to address this situation.
Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Children (0-17 yr old) Apprehensions
Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2014.
Fiscal Year 2014
Fiscal Year 2015
% Change
Big Bend Sector
194 85%
Del Rio Sector 1,414 710 -50%
El Centro Sector 278 270 -3%
El Paso Sector 469 536 14%
Laredo Sector 1,792 1,156 -35%
Rio Grande Sector 19,258 9,093 -53%
San Diego Sector 425 509 20%
Tucson Sector 4,660 2,881 -38%
Yuma Sector 178 298 67%
Southwest Border Total 28,579 15,647 -45%

Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions*
Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2014.
Fiscal Year 2014
Fiscal Year 2015
% Change
Big Bend Sector
136 249%
Del Rio Sector 1,518 627 -59%
El Centro Sector 220 252 15%
El Paso Sector 201 201 0%
Laredo Sector 1,379 626 -55%
Rio Grande Sector 13,750 9,673 -30%
San Diego Sector 872 855 -2%
Tucson Sector 1,628 1,199 -26%
Yuma Sector 223 342 53%
Southwest Border Total 19,830 13,911 -30%
U.S. Border Patrol Southwest Border and Rio Grande Valley Sector Other Than Mexicans
Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015)
Rio Grande Valley
Southwest Border
Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year
Fiscal Years 2009-2014; Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015)
Country FY  2009 FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015
El Salvador 1,221 1,910 1,394 3,314 5,990 16,404 2,788
Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 17,057 5,465
Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 18,244 1,549
Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 15,634 5,572

Family Unit Apprehensions Encountered by Fiscal Year*
Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015)
Country FY 2015
El Salvador 3,313
Guatemala 4,537
Honduras 3,418
Mexico 2,193

*Note: (Family Unit represents the number of individuals (either a child under 18 years old, parent or legal guardian) apprehended with a family member by the U.S. Border Patrol.)
Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Children (FY 2014)
11/14/2014 03:10 PM EST
Beginning last year and specifically in the last few months, CBP has seen an overall increase in the apprehension of Unaccompanied Alien Children from Central America at the Southwest Border, specifically in the Rio Grande Valley. While overall border apprehensions have only slightly increased during this time period, and remain at historic lows, the apprehension and processing of these children present unique operational challenges for CBP and HHS. Addressing the rising flow of unaccompanied alien children crossing our southwest border is an important priority of this Administration and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Secretary Johnson has already taken a number of steps to address this situation.
Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Children (0-17 yr old) Apprehensions
Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2014 to date (October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2014) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2013.
Fiscal Year 2013
Fiscal Year 2014
% Change
Big Bend Sector
256 105%
Del Rio Sector
3,268 53%
El Centro Sector
662 53%
El Paso Sector
1,029 38%
Laredo Sector
3,800 0%
Rio Grande Sector
49,959 132%
San Diego Sector
954 45%
Tucson Sector
8,262 -9%
Yuma Sector
351 42%
Southwest Border Total
68,541 77%

Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions
Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2014 to date (October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2014) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2013.
Fiscal Year 2013
Fiscal Year 2014
% Change
Big Bend Sector
176 73%
Del Rio Sector 711 4,950 >500%
El Centro Sector 365 630 73%
El Paso Sector 298 562 89%
Laredo Sector
3,591 113%
Rio Grande Sector 7,265 52,326 >500%
San Diego Sector 1,576 1,723 9%
Tucson Sector
3,812 45%
Yuma Sector 220 675 207%
Southwest Border Total 14,855 68,445 361%

U.S. Border Patrol Southwest Border and Rio Grande Valley Sector Other Than Mexicans
Fiscal Year 2014 through September 30
Other Than Mexicans
Rio Grande Valley
Southwest Border

Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year
Fiscal Years 2009-2013; Fiscal Year 2014 through September 30
Country Fiscal Year  2009 Fiscal Year 2010 Fiscal Year 2011 Fiscal Year 2012 Fiscal Year 2013 Fiscal Year 2014
El Salvador 1,221 1,910 1,394 3,314 5,990 16,404
Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 17,057
Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 18,244
Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 15,634
CBP Partners with Non-Profit Organizations to Accept Children’s Books and Blankets for Unaccompanied Minors
08/01/2014 03:29 PM EDTU.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today a partnership with non-profit organizations and its plan to accept donations in support of the humanitarian situation in the Rio Grande Valley.  Non-profit organizations can support the children and families in CBP facilities by donating books and blankets.  For more information on how to donate, and specific item descriptions, please contact the CBP NGO Liaison at

CBP Addresses Humanitarian Challenges of Unaccompanied Child Migrants07/21/2014 11:09 AM ED
Border Patrol agents from Eagle Pass, Texas rescue a woman and her daughter from the Rio Grande River. The El Salvador citizens were struggling to stay afloat when spotted by agents, who deployed flotation devices and pulled them from the water.
Border Patrol agents from Eagle Pass, Texas rescue a woman and her daughter from the Rio Grande River.
 (Photo by Border Patrol Agent Carl Nagy)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is dealing with multifaceted humanitarian and security issues as tens of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children have been arriving at the Southwest U.S. border.The most immediate problem: Caring for the children. As of mid-June of this fiscal year, CBP had apprehended more than 52,000 children at the border.

 Approximately three-quarters of them originated from El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras after traveling for weeks through Mexico.“They’re arriving exhausted and scared, in need of food and water,” said CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. “Our agency and the Department of Homeland Security have mobilized to address this situation in a way consistent with our laws and our American values.”DHS and the Department of Health and Human Services are coordinating with the Department of Defense to house and process the children.

The federal partners are locating additional facilities as needed.DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson on July 1 announced the immediate deployment of approximately 150 additional Border Patrol agents to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, where the largest numbers of unaccompanied minors are arriving. The added personnel will help process the influx of children and uphold CBP’s work securing the border.

“I have seen CBP employees respond to these difficulties with professionalism and compassion,” said Commissioner Kerlikowske. “They’ve made heroic efforts with these children; rescuing them and caring for them in the most humane and compassionate way. I am extremely proud of their dedication and of how they have risen to this challenge.”

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Arizona Corporation Commission Launches eCorp, A Site Providing Enhanced Services for Business

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PHOENIX, AZ – In its ongoing effort to make it easier to do business in Arizona, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) is launching eCorp, a site that will provide a new user experience for the Corporations Division database, known as STARPAS. The new eCorp website is easier to navigate, and will make information more readily available to the public. The updated site can be found at:
            “This is one more step in our important ongoing work to make the Corporation Commission's processes more user friendly,” said Chairman Susan Bitter Smith.
New features include:
·       A simplified search layout with a single search screen instead of multiple ones;
·       Access to forms and online filing through task-based categories;
·       A Services page for quick access to available services such as online Certificates of Good Standing, annual report email reminders, and records requests;
·       Compatibility with multiple browsers and devices (PC/tablet).
With eCorp, the Commission’s database is now accessible from a variety of browsers, such as Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, Safari and Chrome.  In addition, the site scales the layout to function optimally on the device used, thereby facilitating navigation on mobile or tablet devices.
            For a video tour and tutorial of the site, you can visit:
            All corporations and LLCs doing business in Arizona must file their business entity documents with the Corporation Commission. There are approximately 198,145 corporations and 643,498 LLCs registered to do business in our state. Last year, the Commission received 373,067 business filings.
            Other advancements the Commission has made in the last year to provide greater public interactivity are: public comment and public “Request to Speak” features, live video streaming from the Commission’s Tucson hearing room (streaming video from the Phoenix offices had previously been available), online filing of complaints for utility consumers and for Securities matters, tutorial videos,  and an overhaul of the Commission’s website.


Arizona Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio Blames his Officers and Attorney in Contempt Hearing

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Courthouse News Service
PHOENIX (CN) - In his contempt hearing Wednesday, Sheriff Joe Arpaio admitted he violated a federal court order on immigrants but blamed his officers and attorney for it.
     Arpaio and four of his former and current officer face civil contempt charges of arresting and transferring noncriminal immigrants, refusing to provide data to the court and failing to train officers not to make unconstitutional stops.
     "The oath that you took to enforce the law includes orders of the court that applies to you," plaintiffs' Stanley Young told Arpaio.
     "Sheriff, you acknowledge and appreciate that you have violated the court's orders and that there are consequences for those violations."
     Arpaio admitted it, saying that because he is "the leader of this office, and I take the responsibility."
     The admission came as no surprise, since Arpaio and Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan admitted violating the order in a March court filing in an attempt to cancel the contempt hearing.
     "I didn't have the knowledge of all the facts of that order," Arpaio told Young, before repeatedly saying, "I delegated this court order to my subordinates and also to my counsel that represented me."
     Young used Arpaio's symbiotic relationship with the media against him, calling the sheriff out on a number of press releases his office issued, detailing his stance on immigration laws.
     A Dec. 30, 2011 statement quoted Arpaio as saying "I will continue to enforce illegal immigration laws."
     That came just seven days after U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow issued a preliminary injunction ordering Arpaio and his Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to stop transporting undocumented immigrants unless state charges had been brought against them.
     Arpaio's interest in media attention was raised earlier in the hearing when the court heard testimony from Lt. Brian Jakowinicz, who said Arpaio told him to transfer undocumented immigrants to U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement or U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
     Jakowinicz - then a member of Arpaio's now-defunct human smuggling unit - testified that he'd attended a meeting with Arpaio where the sheriff told him that if ICE refused to take undocumented immigrants that weren't charged with state crimes, "You call the Border Patrol. I'm the sheriff; I want you calling Border Patrol."
     Jakowinicz said Arpaio had a vested interest in the unit because "it resulted in media attention."
     Jakowinicz said he initially had concerns about joining the unit because of what he had heard in the news about its involvement in alleged violations of civil rights. He said contacted Chief David Trombi about his concerns, and about the court's 2011 injunction.
     "He mentioned that the legal aspects of it were behind me, that it wasn't going to be a concern, that it had all been worked out," Jakowinicz said. "[He said] it was a good time to learn what was going on."
     Michele Iafrate, an attorney for Arpaio, questioned Jakowinicz's understanding of the preliminary injunction when Arpaio commanded him to contact Border Patrol.
     "At that time you believed that was valid despite the preliminary injunction, right?" Iafrate asked.
     "I had no reason to believe that what we were doing was wrong," Jakowinicz responded.
     At the beginning of the hearing Wednesday, defendants' attorneys brought up their concerns again about Iafrate's representation of both Arpaio and former defendant Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in light of the 9th Circuit ruling last week that Maricopa County should be substituted for the Sheriff's Office as a defendant.
     Tom Liddy, an attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, excused himself from Tuesday's hearing for fear of ethical violations, as he represented both Arpaio and Maricopa County.
     "If your position is that there is a conflict, then we are going to address that right now," Snow told Liddy.
     "The vast majority of the information I have about this case I have no problem sharing with Ms. Iafrate and Mr. Walker," Liddy responded. Robert Walker is an attorney representing the county.
     Snow has not yet accepted Liddy's request, and ordered him to brief Iafrate and Walker on a couple of depositions for which they were not present.
     "While I haven't always accepted your opinions, you've been an ardent supporter of the sheriff's position," Snow said after weighing Liddy's request.
     "I'm not going to immediately request your motion to withdraw. I have stated several times that I think the position that the county has taken in various ways is an odd one and that is partly because we have an odd system of government in Arizona." Arpaio is slated to testify again for much of Thursday's hearing.