Friday, January 30, 2015

Governor Doug Ducey Announces Tony Bouie Arizona State Lottery Director

PHOENIX - Governor Doug Ducey has appointed Tony Bouie director of the Arizona State Lottery. 
"Tony brings to our administration a strong and tested history in leadership roles," said Governor Ducey. "Whether directing corporations, managing people and budgets, overseeing successful business development or coaching teams, he has proven himself an extremely effective and reputable leader. He will be instrumental to the State Lottery's mission and is a welcome addition to this administration." 
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Bouie served as chief operating officer for Parkinson Wellness Recovery; founding member and senior director of Solavei consumer services company; senior consultant with Blue Stone Strategy Group; defensive graduate assistant and assistant football coach for the University of Akron; Chairman and CEO for Halo Cups, Inc.; manager of Roadway Express; and commodity specialist for Avnet, among other roles.
In addition, Mr. Bouie played professional football for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1995 to 1999. He also is a former elected precinct committeeman and elected state committeeman, and has served on the National Football League Players Association Board of Directors; Arizona Alumni Board; Leukemia and Lymphoma Society National Board of Representatives; Ridgeline Academy Charter School Board and more.
Tony Bouie holds a Bachelor of Arts in media arts and a Master of Arts in language, reading and culture from the University of Arizona; a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University; and a Master of Sports Administration from the University of Akron, in Ohio. 

Bombshell-Arizona Doug Ducey Administration Against Transparency Removes Visitors Log

Governor Ducey who won his governorship on a wave of “dark money” (anonymous donors) and only 36% of the vote has now removed the visitors log for the 9th floor.
Ducey does not want the public to know who is coming to meet with him. Proving Ducey is amenable to keeping secrets from the public.
Earlier this week, the visitor’s log that had been on the 8th floor of the Executive Tower through multiple governors quietly disappeared. In the Capitol Times Yellowsheet, where the story broke, a Ducey spokesman defended the lack of transparency. Ducey’s flack said ditching the visitors log would make the office “more efficient” because the logs weren’t always accurate.
Of course the logs will be replaced with nothing, and there’s no other way for media to track visitors so, yeah, that’s technically more efficient. Points for the clever spin.
Attorney Dan Barr, who works with the First Amendment Coalition and other Arizona media clients, said it looks especially bad for Ducey to pull down the shades on the public after he benefited so heavily from anonymous dark money groups to get elected.
“Here’s a guy who was successfully propelled into office by outside dark money,” Barr said. “We don’t know who donated to these groups or their real agenda, and now we don’t know who he’s meeting with. It’s important to know who has access to the Governor’s office. Imagine the uproar if the White House stopped keeping logs about who has access to the West Wing.”
The “efficiency” bug seems to be catching around 1700 W. Washington. On Tuesday House Speaker David Gowan pushed through a controversial rule change to selectively shut the public and media out of caucus meetings.

As they say, sunlight is the best disinfectant. To encourage Gov. Ducey to be transparent and let the public know who has access to his office, please call him at 602.542.4331.

My Announcement from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Mass e-mail received this morning from Sheriff Joe. Sorry Sheriff I don't sign mass e-mails and unable to contribute any monies, paying for my grandsons college. be
Friend, as one of my most loyal supporters and friends over the years, I wanted you to hear it from me first.
After much thought, prayers and talks with my loving wife, Ava, I have decided to run for re-election for Sheriff.
But, Friend, I can only run if I have your backing.
Will you please sign this pledge right now to signal I have your support?

Stand with Joe

This campaign is not going to be easy. In fact it will probably be the toughest campaign I have ever run. My opponents (of which you and I know there are many) would love nothing more than to see me defeated. As "America's Toughest Sheriff," I've been pushing back against radical leftist, law enforcement-bashing demagogues for years and now is their opportunity to take me down.
That's why I'm asking you to put down what you are doing right now -- click here - and let me know if I still have your support by signing your personalized "I STAND WITH JOE" re-election support pledge immediately.
I also need your financial support. Fighting the recall battle last year severely drained my campaign account. I hope after you sign your name, you will make a secure online contribution to my campaign.
I know I have counted on you many times before, and it is because of your loyal support that I have been able to win campaigns in the past and look to this next campaign with victory in our sights as well.
Simply put - I cannot win this election unless I have your support.
Sign the pledge for your support of my re-election campaign below today.

Stand with Joe

As you are aware, going up against Barack Obama's political machine, Hollywood leftists and their millions as well as a hostile local and national media is extremely expensive, which is why I need your financial support.
<<<< The Obama Justice department has been rolling out lawsuit after lawsuit to take me down.
<<<< The Democrats and left-wing fringe groups drained my campaign resources with a costly re-call election smear campaign that came dangerously close to defeating me, but with your support we prevailed.
<<<< Rampant, UNFOUNDED charges of racism and racial profiling in my office.
<<<< Al Sharpton, George Lopez, Linda Ronstadt and a gaggle of other celebrity lefties are using their Hollywood megaphone to slander my name and reputation.
<<<< A hostile national and local press corps that actually gets the weather right more than anything they report about me.
<<<< This time, the radical left is especially angry with me because I'm suing President Obama over his reckless amnesty proposals.

Stand with Joe

Friend, we've seen what they will do to take me down, and I have no doubt that this is going to be the toughest re-election battle of my career. And it's why I need to ensure I have your continued support.
As I take this next step towards running for re-election, I hope to have you by my side.
- Sheriff Joe
P.S. I have dedicated my entire life to serving our country. From the U.S. Army to a police officer to working as a DEA officer around the world to Sheriff, I've put my life on the line to ensure our laws our enforced. The respect for the Rule of Law is greatly being diminished in this country and I will stand by and let that continue. Please join me today!
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Senate Approves keystone Pipeline 62-36

The Senate has passed legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline with a 62-36 vote.

Nine Democrats joined every Republican in supporting the bill that would yank the decision on the $8 billion pipeline from the president, who plans to veto the measure.

First, House Republican leaders must decide whether to vote on the Senate bill or begin talks to merge it with their version of the bill that was passed earlier this month.

Neither Obama Nor Republicans Have Vision

Raynard Jackson
By Raynard Jackson 
NNPA Columnist
Last week I thought Stevie Wonder gave a great State of the Union Speech. Oops, did I say Stevie Wonder, I meant to say President Obama. But like Stevie Wonder, I couldn’t see the America the president was describing in his speech. Listening to Obama, you would have thought that America, especially Blacks, had full employment. 

But according to the Labor Department, the national unemployment rate is 5.6 percent and 10.4 percent for Blacks – nothing to brag about in either case. The Hispanic unemployment rate is 6.5 percent. Well, this stands to reason since Obama has bent over backward to address issues uniquely impacting Latinos, but has done nothing to address the myriad of pathologies negatively affecting the Black community. Am I really the only one who has noticed that the Black unemployment rate is almost twice that of the Hispanic community? If not, why does no one seems to be angry? 

How ironic it is that the first Black president has done more to help every other community more than his own – Hispanics, illegals, homosexuals, etc. When Obama began talking about the obstructionist Republicans, I thought he was talking to an all-Black audience. He was condescending, arrogant, dismissive, and professorial in his lecture to Republicans. Listening to Obama, you would have thought the Democrats had just won a resounding victory in the November elections. 

While Obama has failed Democrats and Blacks, Republican leaders in Congress have proven that they are equally blind to the needs of their followers. They have done absolutely nothing to inspire confidence within the rank-and-file of the party. They have caved on bedrock issues, including homosexuality, amnesty for illegals, and foreign labor at the expense of American workers just to name a few. If Republicans are going to be “Democrats light,” why settle for a knockoff when we can have the real brand? It is becoming more difficult to distinguish the Republican leadership from the Democrats because Republicans are too busy trying to be liked instead of standing up for the party’s beliefs based on a core set of principles. For example, Obama wants to mandate paid leave for those who have a baby or adopt. While this sounds good and all touchy feely, can someone explain to me what is the rationale or legitimate role for government intervention on this issue? 
I thought Republicans believed in keeping the government out of our lives. Republicans are so obsessed with trying to garner the female vote that they lose sight of their principles. All they need to do is to explain that based on a Republican view of the world, the government has no legitimate role to mandate that an employer provide certain benefits. It is up to the employer to do what he or she deems is in the best interest of the company and its workers. If the employer is on the wrong side of a given issue, the marketplace will make it known through good employees leaving for a better company that will give them all the perks they feel they deserve. 
This is a real-world example of a practical “conservative” principle in action. Having a child is strictly a personal, private issue and there is absolutely no role for the government in this area of one’s life. Having a child is a responsibility, not a right. 

If you can’t afford a child, you should delay child birth until you can afford it. Obama wants to increase minimum wage. He said, “If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $ 15,000 a year, go try it. If not, vote to give millions of the hardest-working people in America a raise.” Well, maybe these “hardest-working” people should have worked harder to reach for some birth control to avoid having kids. Minimum wage was never meant for adults; it was created to give high schoolers their first job to prepare them for adulthood. On the surface, offering a free community college education sounds like a great idea. But how is it going to be paid for? Will Congress allot new money or merely re-direct what’s already in the pot, meaning other programs will suffer. It’s quite obvious that Obama doesn’t care that this program will further destroy Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). 

Obama has done more to harm HBCUs than any president in modern history. On the other hand, Republicans have been among the staunchest supporters of HBCUs. Why haven’t they stepped up on this important issue? Is this how they “reach out” to African Americans? And what about Obama’s point about equal pay for women? He said, “That’s why this Congress still needs to pass a law that makes sure a woman is paid the same as a man for doing the same work. 
Really. It’s 2015. It’s time.” Obama should clean up his own home before pointing to dirt in others. The Washington Post reported last July that males get paid 13 percent ($10,200) more than women in the Obama White House. Even when it comes to politics, both Obama and Republicans are short-sighted.   
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, You can also follow him on Twitter at @raynard1223. - See more at:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Over 40 Dogs Vanish From Small Texas Town-Where Did They Go

DECATUR, TX (Wise County)—In a small town in north Texas over forty dogs have gone missing since December and there is only one clue linking all of the disappearances together.
"There’s no physical evidence so far, and the only apparent clue is a strange car that someone reported the same day a dog went missing in the neighborhood. But police say they still don’t have any suspect descriptions or specific vehicle details."
So forty dogs are missing from Wise County, and none of the occupants have any idea how it happened. Some speculate dog fighting rings, but most have no idea and no leads — other than a “strange car.”
The search has led them to the Wise County Facebook Page for Missing and Lost Dogs.
Decatur is a city located in Wise County, Texas, United States. It is the county seat. Decatur is part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex and is located twenty-five miles northwest of Fort Worth and forty-five miles northwest of Dallas. Wikipedia
Area7 sq miles (18.13 km²)
Population6,261 (2013)

Breaking News: Case Against Former Governor Perry to Proceed Arrest Video Of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg

Case Against Former Gov. Perry to Proceed

Gov. Rick Perry speaks to reporters on Aug. 16, the day after a grand jury indicted him on two felony counts related to his veto of public integrity unit funding.

by Terri Langford * Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout

A judge on Tuesday rejected former Gov. Rick Perry’s attempt to throw out a two-count indictment against him, saying it's too early in the case to challenge the constitutionality of the charges.
Updated from Perry Indictment
Perry was indicted on August 15,2014 over allegations he abused the power of his office by threatening to veto funding for the state’s public integrity unit unless Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who had pleaded guilty to drunken driving, resigned. The public integrity unit, which is charged with investigating and prosecuting state corruption, is housed within the Travis County district attorney's office.
Lehmberg, a Democrat, refused to step down. Perry later made good on his threat, vetoing the approximately $3.7 million per year budgeted to fund the unit.

Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg Drunk Driving Arrest Dash Cam

Published on Apr 23, 2013
Travis County Sheriff's Deputy's conduct a roadside sobriety test on Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg.
Press Release
Statement by Tony Buzbee, Lead Counsel on Governor Perry's Legal Team
AUSTIN – Texans for Rick Perry released the following statement today in response to the Travis County court ruling:
“Governor Perry acted lawfully and properly exercised his power under the law as Governor to protect the public safety and integrity of government. Continued prosecution of Governor Perry is an outrage and sets a dangerous precedent in our Democracy. America’s commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law is at stake in this case, which is why we will immediately appeal this decision to the Third District Court of Appeals.” 
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry will deliver a statement regarding the Travis County Court’s ruling. The governor will be joined by members of his legal team.
Wednesday, January 28
11:00 a.m. – Austin

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Governor Abbott Statement on Prosecution of Governor Perry
Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement regarding the decision to allow legal proceedings against former Governor Rick Perry to move forward:
“The Texas governor is endowed by our Constitution with the authority to veto legislation, and it is outrageous and inappropriate that a Governor would be prosecuted for exercising that authority. The continued legal proceedings against Governor Perry conflict with the authority granted to all Governors by the Texas Constitution, and I trust they will be ultimately resolved in a manner consistent with the Constitution.”

"Fraud On The Court." David Codrea breaks most important ATF scandal story since Fast and Furious.

A note from Mike Vanderboegh at Sipsey Street Irregulars: Folks, this is the most important ATF scandal story since Fast and Furious. Please distribute it to all your email lists, post it on "gun rights blogs" and forward it to your congresscritters with the demand that they look into this. David has been working on this story behind the scenes for almost two weeks, waiting for the documents to be released. Spread it around. It will be another blow against the empire. 
The tone set by Attorney General Holder at Justice and ATF Director Jones is one established at the very top of the Obama administration.
 Judge alleges ‘fraud on the court’ by government attorneys in Dobyns case
Commenting on revelations about Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Department of Justice (DOJ) actions in the case of retired agent Jay Dobyns against his former employer, attorney David Hardy equated them with “a BATF and DOJ Watergate... or worse,” Friday. Noting that actions taken over a civil lawsuit evidently have included concealing evidence, secret threats against witnesses, and surveillance of attorneys and witnesses, the new information lends further credence to Dobyns’ allegations and appears to show government lawyers engaged in a criminal conspiracy.
Commenting on revelations about Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Department of Justice(DOJ) actions in the case of retired agent Jay Dobyns against his former employer, attorney David Hardy equated them with “a BATF and DOJ Watergate... or worse,” Friday. Noting that actions taken over a civil lawsuit evidently have included concealing evidence, secret threats against witnesses, and surveillance of attorneys and witnesses, the new information lends further credence to Dobyns’ allegations and appears to show government lawyers engaged in a criminal conspiracy.
“For people like me, who have sympathized with Dobyns but tried to reserve judgment about his case, the documents push us further into the retired agent’s camp,” Tim Steller of the Arizona Daily Star admitted. “You can’t read the few filings that have been unsealed in the case without wondering why the Justice Department is going to such extremes and spending so much on what is, at base, a relatively minor contractual dispute that could have ended years ago.”
Dobyns gained fame after infiltrating the Hells Angels and writing about his experiences in the New York Times bestseller, “No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner-Circle of the Hells Angels.” He has since been the subject of numerous reports focused on retaliation he has been subjected to for coming forward with information exposing official wrongdoing. He was also instrumental in providing background information on management personalities and practices involved in the Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalking” scandal.
Dobyns had sued his employer for failure to properly investigate an arson attack that destroyed his home and endangered his family, and for reneging on protection agreements over death threats he received, after the bureau withdrew his cover identity following the Hells Angels case. In September, Senior Judge Francis M. Allegra of the United States Court of Federal Claims awarded Dobyns $173,000 and denied government royalty claims against Dobyns for his book, seemingly providing an end to a prolonged six-year ordeal until the government challenged that ruling in the 11th hour. In a move surprising to many case-watchers, the judge then voided his own judgment, provoking speculation but no answers as to why.

Kevin McCarthyThe Leader's Daily Schedule - 1/28/15

Leader's Daily Schedule
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:15-11:15 a.m. 
One Minute Speeches
Complete Consideration of H.R. 351 - LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Johnson / Energy and Commerce Committee)
Special Order Speeches

Republicans Audition Their Dog And Pony Show For Koch Brothers Millions For 2016 Elections-Audio

The Koch Brothers held their 3 day winter Freedom Partners Summit at the Ritz Carlton in California this past weekend.
From left, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Marco Rubio of Florida.(Photo: Desert Sun file photo)
The summits are attended by their allies (anonymous donors) and Republican wannabe presidential candidates. The events offer donors access to Koch strategists and top lawmakers.
Republican wannabe presidential candidates auditioning for the moohla were Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida appeared together for a policy discussion AUDIO. The three senators participated in a Sunday night forum — which was live-streamed to select media outlets in a step toward transparency at the traditionally secretive seminars. It had some of the trappings of a presidential debate, and was moderated by ABC’s Jonathan Karl, who wrapped up the event with a question on the role wealthy donors should play in politics, giving the senators a chance to defend and praise the Koch’s and other donors present in the room. Another likely candidate, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, also was on hand.

Freedom Partners' twice-as-large 2016 budget was included in a Monday briefing that Freedom Partners officials offered a record 450 allies and donors who attended the weekend summit.
The Koch Brothers have told their allies that the groups they support plan to spend $900 million to influence the 2016 elections. If they started the money flowing today it would mean spending around $1.36 million a day, every day, from now until November 8, 2016. That’s $56,899 per hour, and $948 per second.
The mega dollars to be spent in the 2016 election that will be spread across 17 allied groups in Freedom Partners the Koch-backed network that include Americans for Prosperity, the millennial-targeting Generation Opportunity and the Hispanic-wooing Libre Initiative. Taken together, the Koch-endorsed groups make up a political machine that raises and spends more than any outside network in politics - and more than the official Republican and Democratic campaign committees.
The stunning sum from Freedom Partners, Koch-endorsed groups make up a political machine that raises and spends more than any outside network in politics — and more than the official Republican and Democratic campaign committees.
But unlike the RNC, DNC and Candidates, the Koch collection of organizations is mostly made up of nonprofit groups that do not disclose their donors.
Charles and David Koch, billionaire industrialists who built Koch Industries into the second largest privately held corporation in the United States, do not pick up the tab alone. The twice-a-year summits typically end with Koch advisers urging like minded donors to pledge to open their checkbooks and support their campaigns.
Background: American businessman, philanthropist, political activist, and chemical engineer. He joined the family business Koch Industries, a conglomerate that is the second-largest privately held company in the United States, in 1970. He became president of the subsidiary Koch Engineering in 1979, and became a co-owner of Koch Industries, with older brother Charles, in 1983. He is now an executive vice president.[7]
Koch is an influential libertarian, having financed and run on the 1980 U.S. Libertarian Party presidential ticket and founded Citizens for a Sound Economy. In 1984 he broke with the Libertarian Party when it supported eliminating all taxes and Koch has since been a Republican.[3]:
Koch has contributed to several charities including Lincoln Center, Sloan Kettering, a fertility clinic at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the American Museum of Natural History's David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing.[8] The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, home of the New York City Ballet was renamed the David H. Koch Theater in 2008 following a gift of 100 million dollars for the renovation of the theater. Condé Nast Portfolio described him as "one of the most generous but low-key philanthropists in America".[9] He and his brother Charles have also donated to political advocacy groups, including Americans for Prosperity,[3] and to political campaigns, mainly Republican.[10] He is a survivor of the USAir Flight 1493 crash in 1991. Koch is the fourth richest person in America as of 2012,[11] and the wealthiest resident of New York City as of 2013.[12] He is the ninth-wealthiest person in the world, as of 2014.[13]