Friday, April 24, 2015

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


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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.
Sector
Fiscal Year 2014
Fiscal Year 2015
% Change
Big Bend Sector
105
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.
Sector
Fiscal Year 2014
Fiscal Year 2015
% Change
Big Bend Sector
39
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)
Sector
FY2015
Rio Grande Valley
41,357
Southwest Border
58,213
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.
Sector
Fiscal Year 2013
Fiscal Year 2014
% Change
Big Bend Sector
125
256 105%
Del Rio Sector
2,135
3,268 53%
El Centro Sector
434
662 53%
El Paso Sector
744
1,029 38%
Laredo Sector
3,795
3,800 0%
Rio Grande Sector
21,553
49,959 132%
San Diego Sector
656
954 45%
Tucson Sector
9,070
8,262 -9%
Yuma Sector
247
351 42%
Southwest Border Total
38,759
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.
Sector
Fiscal Year 2013
Fiscal Year 2014
% Change
Big Bend Sector
102
176 73%
Del Rio Sector 711 4,950 >500%
El Centro Sector 365 630 73%
El Paso Sector 298 562 89%
Laredo Sector
1,688
3,591 113%
Rio Grande Sector 7,265 52,326 >500%
San Diego Sector 1,576 1,723 9%
Tucson Sector
2,630
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
Sector
Other Than Mexicans
Rio Grande Valley
192,925
Southwest Border
252,600

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 NGOLiaison@cbp.dhs.gov.

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: http://eCorp.azcc.gov
 
            “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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxUugL8JqOo&feature=youtu.be
 
            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.
 

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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.

Aircraft Drops Drugs From Sky Over Gila Bend Arizona

04/22/2015 12:26 PM EDT
YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 500 pounds of marijuana, worth in excess of $270,000, during two weekend incidents. Agents working at the Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations Center detected an...
04/22/2015 12:21 PM EDT
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis arrested a 21-year-old man from San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, and a 15-year-old from San Luis, Arizona, during separate weekend smuggling attempts...
04/22/2015 12:16 PM EDT
TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Mexican women during separate weekend attempts to smuggle marijuana through the Port of Douglas. Officers arrested Thania Lizeth Gamez-Ballesteros, 26, of Agua Prieta, Sonora,...
04/22/2015 12:06 PM EDT
TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Mexican nationals and two U.S. citizens during separate weekend smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales. Officers at the Mariposa Commercial facility referred a 28-year-old man...
04/22/2015 06:19 PM EDT
TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested Kimberly Rojo-Chavez, 21, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, after finding 10 packages of cocaine in her Chevrolet sedan Tuesday. A narcotics-detection canine...
04/22/2015 04:44 PM EDT
PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge seized $136,905 worth of alleged marijuana that was discovered within a commercial shipment being imported to the United States. “Our...
04/22/2015 06:14 PM EDT
SALTON CITY, Calif. – Wednesday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler and seized more than one pound of cocaine concealed on her person at the Highway 86 checkpoint. The incident...
04/22/2015 01:26 PM EDT
JAMAICA, N.Y. — An arriving passenger at John F. Kennedy International Airport tried to ‘sneak’ past U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers, but was stopped in his tracks. On April 7, CBP officers stopped Mr. Thenga Adams who arrived on a...
04/21/2015 09:07 AM EDT
Fabens, Texas – Another busy weekend for U.S. Border Patrol Agents took place in west Texas and New Mexico after they seized 230 pounds of marijuana and arrested a convicted sexual offender of a minor. On April 19th, Agents in Fabens utilized night...
04/21/2015 07:03 PM EDT
OASIS, Calif. – On Tuesday, a joint effort between U.S. Border Patrol Agents from two different Sectors and the Office of Air and Marine halted an attempt to smuggle more than 150 pounds of narcotics into the U.S. via ultra-light aircraft (ULA). At...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Appoints Lisa Atkins State Land Commissioner

PHOENIX - Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Lisa Atkins as commissioner of the Arizona
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State Land Department, an agency that manages approximately 9.3 million acres of Trust land across Arizona.
  
"Lisa has a keen and extensive knowledge of public policy, particularly when it comes to land management issues facing Arizona," said Governor Ducey. "This expertise, coupled with her strong business background and commitment to economic growth, will be immensely valuable to the department, to our administration and to the future of our state."  
Ms. Atkins currently serves as vice president for public policy at Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL), a leading business organization focused on improving the economic vitality and quality of life in the Phoenix region and throughout Arizona. 
Prior to joining GPL, Ms. Atkins served for more than 20 years as chief of staff for former Arizona Congressman Bob Stump, advising primarily on issues related to land, water and military, and formerly as executive director of the County Supervisors Association of Arizona. 
Ms. Atkins presently serves as an elected member and board president of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District (Central Arizona Project) and also is an appointed co-chair of the Arizona Military Affairs Commission.
She is an Arizona native and a graduate of the University of Arizona. 
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Kevin McCarthy The Leader's Daily Schedule - 4/23/15

Leader's Daily Schedule
THURSDAY, APRIL 23RD
On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected 12:30-1:30 p.m.
One Minute Speeches
H.R. 1731 - National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul / Homeland Security Committee)
The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
Reps. McCaul / Ratcliffe Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Reps. Katko / Lofgren / Eshoo / McClintock Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Jim Langevin Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Joaquin Castro Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Reps. Castro / Cuellar / Doggett / Hurd / Smith (TX) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Will Hurd Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Mick Mulvaney Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Janice Hahn Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Reps. Jackson Lee / Polis Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
Special Order Speeches

News: AZ Solar Installs Plummet In SRP Area, New Records Show

Not a Typo. Only 75 Residential SRP Customers Have Signed Up For Solar Since The Imposition Of A New Solar Tax
Drastic Reductions Belie Predictions To The Contrary

(PHOENIX) The conservative belief that higher taxes harm productivity and the economy has certainly been borne out by the Salt River Project’s $50 a month tax on new rooftop solar customers. Since the tax went into effect only 75 residential customers have signed up for solar in the utility’s service area according to SRP’s review of its records from December 8, 2014 to April 15, 2015 and pursuant to a public records request.
Prior to the tax there were about 500 residential solar installations per month in the SRP service area. Had that pace continued there would have been more than 2,200 solar installs instead of 75 between December 8th and April 15th.
SRP starting imposing the $50 a month fee on new residential rooftop solar customers on December 8, 2014. SRP’s Governing Board formally approved it February 26th despite massive opposition from ratepayers. In fact a poll taken prior to the vote showed 80% of those surveyed in SRP’s service area opposing the tax.

The decision basically makes going solar too confusing and too costly. The miniscule number of new solar customers is proof.

In December, the Arizona Republic stated in an editorial that, “Claims that SRP's proposed rates would doom the solar industry are specious, certainly at this early point.”  Now that the solar tax has been in effect for several months, the solar industry’s predictions have been proven correct.

TUSK chairman Barry Goldwater said, "I have repeatedly stated that the quickest way to kill an industry is to tax it and regulate it. If it was SRP’s goal to leverage its advantage as a monopoly to force a competitor out of business, then it accomplished its mission much to the detriment of its ratepayers and the local economy. And I am embarrassed to say the proposal was supported by some in the Arizona Republican Party.”

To learn more about T.U.S.K. visit www.dontkillsolar.com. T.U.S.K. believes that rooftop solar is similar to a charter school—it provides a competitive alternative to the monopoly. Monopoly utilities aren’t known for reducing costs or for driving business innovation, but the solar industry is. Solar companies have a track record of aggressive cost reduction. The more people use rooftop solar, the less power they need to buy from the utilities. Energy independence means smaller profits for the utilities, so they are doing everything they can to stop the spread of independent solar.      


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Rick Perry If I Run In 2016 I'll Put My Leadership Against Anyone's-Video

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry visiting his roots in West Texas, spending time in Iowa, and discussing his dedication to conservative principles while serving our country.

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