Friday, May 29, 2015

United States Chamber of Commerce Supports AZ Senator John McCain for Re-Election

I wanted to share the great news that my campaign for re-election as your U.S. Senator has the support of the Friends of the United States Chamber of Commerce.
I'm proud to know that our business owners and entrepreneurs - the people who really make Arizona and America work -- have put their trust in me. Below are some excerpts from their press release today:


"Few leaders have done more to break through the gridlock in Washington and fight for common-sense solutions than Senator John McCain." 

"When it seems impossible to get anything done in Washington, it's Senator McCain who refuses to settle for the status-quo. He has never stopped fighting for Arizona families and Arizona jobs." 

"McCain is fighting to protect our country, rein in the regulatory state, and tackle wasteful spending." 

"He has the courage to govern -- something that's rare in Washington today. We can't say the same about Democrat Representative Ann Kirkpatrick who announced this week that she's challenging McCain in 2016. Her liberal record of voting with Nancy Pelosi 90% of the time is clearly out of step with Arizonans."


I'm honored to have the support of the Friends of the United States Chamber of Commerce and grateful for their kind words.

I would also be honored to earn your support of my efforts and thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,



John McCain
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Arizona Capital Times Celebration of Best of the Capital

Join us for the 9th Annual Best of the Capitol celebration


Best hair? Best dressed? Best lobbyist?
Best power couple? Best after-hours hangout?


Come find out at the 9th Annual Best of the Capitol celebration
where we will recognize the five honorees in more than 20 categories and
reveal the overall winner in each category, as voted by the readers of Arizona Capitol Times.

9th Annual Best of the Capitol celebration
 
Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres
Tuesday, June 23
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  Phoenix Art Museum
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CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND PURCHASE TICKETS

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For sponsorship information contact
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Phoenix Art Museum parking directions: Parking lot is north of Coronado Road (the road immediately north of Phoenix Art Museum). Walk south through "Hall of Mirrors" breezeway. Head west through the garden and enter through Chase Lobby.

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Notice to Scottsdale Residents COX in Neighborhoods at Night This Summer

COX Communications working in neighborhoods late nights and early mornings
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Beginning this week until mid-August, COX contractors will be doing work inside their existing pedestal boxes that are located in residential front and side yards, in alleys, and in areas along commercial buildings throughout the entire city, one area at a time.  The work is being done between midnight and 8am, Monday through Friday, to minimize service disruption to Cox customers.
 
·       COX is placing door hangers at homes in areas that they will be working to inform the residents about the project in their neighborhood.
·       Technicians will have lights from their trucks and localized lighting around their work area.
·       Each technician will have an ID badge and their vehicle will have a magnetic sign with the contractor company’s name indicating that they are a contractor for COX. 
·       COX will schedule the work in alleys to minimize conflicts with Solid Waste trucks; however, if a COX vehicle is blocking the alley, the technicians will move their vehicle to allow the Solid Waste truck access to the alley.

For questions and comments contact the Neighborhood Resources department at (480) 312-3111 during regular business hours, or email Neighborhoods@scottsdaleaz.gov.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Anheuser-Busch Stops Beer Production to Provide Water for Texas, Oklahoma Storm Victims

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Cans of emergency drinking water produced at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Cartersville, Georgia. This batch is going to the American Red Cross to help people affected by severe weather in Oklahoma and Texas.Anheuser-Busch

Beer giant Anheuser-Busch stopped production at its Georgia brewery this week to instead produce drinking water for those affected by a deadly bout of historic flooding and storms in Texas and Oklahoma.
Anheuser-Busch said it had stopped beer production at its Cartersville brewery in Georgia late Wednesday night to produce 50,000 cans of water for the American Red Cross.
"Right now our production line is running emergency drinking water instead of beer," Cartersville brewery manager Rob Haas told NBC News.

Former Republican Speaker Of House Dennis Hastert Charged with Evade Currency Transaction Reporting Requirements And Making False Statement To The FBI

Former Speaker Of The United States House Of Representatives Charged With Structuring Cash Withdrawals To Evade Currency Transaction Reporting Requirements And Making False Statement To The FBI
CHICAGO — The former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives was charged today with structuring the withdrawal of $952,000 in cash in order to evade the requirement that banks report cash transactions over $10,000, and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his withdrawals.

The defendant, JOHN DENNIS HASTERT, 73, of Plano, Illinois, was charged with one count each of structuring currency transactions to evade Currency Transaction Reports and making a false statement to the FBI in an indictment returned by a federal Grand Jury. 

He will be ordered to appear for arraignment on a later date in U.S. District Court.
According to the indictment, in 2010, Hastert agreed to provide Individual A $3.5 million in order to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against Individual A.   From 2010 to 2014, Hastert withdrew a total of approximately $1.7 million in cash from various bank accounts and provided it to Individual A. 

Beginning in approximately July 2012, Hastert started structuring his cash withdrawals in increments of less than $10,000 to evade the filing of Currency Transaction Reports (“CTRs”), which banks are required to file for cash withdrawals in excess of $10,000.  In December of 2014, when questioned by the FBI regarding his structuring of cash withdrawals, Hastert falsely stated that he was keeping the cash.

The charges were announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Robert J. Holley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Stephen Boyd, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division.
   
Each count of the indictment carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.
The government is being represented by Assistant United States Attorneys Steven Block and Carrie Hamilton.

The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert Indicted On Federal Charges



WASHINGTON — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Charged with Bank Fraud, Lying to FBI.
The Justice Department has indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert on reporting evasion charges and lying to the FBI as part of an effort to conceal paying off the victim of “prior bad acts.”
In an indictment handed down in the District Court of Northern Illinois, the Department of Justice and IRS charged Hastert, 73, with illegally transferring funds in an effort to avoid detection by the IRS, a scheme known as “structuring. ”In the indictment, Hastert is accused of agreeing to pay one individual $3.5 million.

AZ Representative Debbie McCune Davis: ‘It’s been a year, are Arizona kids safer?’

Legislator calls for faster access to critical reports on child safety

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX During the meeting of the Arizona Legislature’s Child Safety Oversight Committee, Rep. Debbie McCune Davis, D-Phoenix (District 30), renewed her call to agency officials and the governor to provide more timely access to information critical for the assessment of the Department of Child Safety’s ability to protect children.

“We are coming up on the one-year anniversary of the creation of the Department of Child Safety,” McCune Davis said. “And we are still hearing truly upsetting reports. For us to best identify and correct any lingering issues that may be jeopardizing the safety of Arizona children, we need an accurate accounting of the situation the department is facing.”

McCune Davis acknowledged the importance of the assessment tool, known as a dashboard, which the committee is developing to measure the progress of the agency based on semi-annual reports. She added that critical information is also needed on a monthly basis.

She and House Democratic Leader Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley (District 28), recently sent two requests to the governor and to the Department of Child Safety director requesting monthly reports to help legislators and the public gain a complete understanding of urgent and critical situations affecting thousands of children. The legislators requested 25 items be reported monthly.  During the hearing, McCune Davis asked the department to prioritize reporting the following 10 items from that initial list:

  • Number of abuse and neglect reports
  • Caseload average per full-time employee
  • Number of children entering foster care
  • Number of children leaving foster care
  • Total number of children in foster care (including unlicensed kinship placements)
  • Total number of families receiving in-home services
  • Percentage of the children entering foster care who are placed in congregate care
  • Total non-active cases
  • Net change in the number of foster homes
  • Number of children sleeping at emergency sites and offices           
“Monthly reporting is a way for us to measure the department’s progress. It is vital for the public and for legislators to know that the department has the resources necessary to protect children,” McCune Davis said. “It’s been a year, are Arizona kids safer?”
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18 CAMO-WEARING MEN CAUGHT WITH 659 POUNDS OF Marijuana

Via Phoenix New Times
The U.S. Border Patrol caught 18 camo-wearing men trying to smuggle 659 pounds of marijuana in backpacks last week through the desert near Gila Bend.
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Fourteen of them landed in the Maricopa County Jail's mugshot section, where they stood out for their makeshift uniforms. These guys, no doubt connected to some Mexican drug cartel, know how to dress for success. Everything might have turned out fine but for the efforts of border authorities and their high-tech equipment.
Eighteen Camo-Wearing Men Caught With 659 Pounds of Pot
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STATEMENT BY SASC CHAIRMAN JOHN McCAIN ON AIR FORCE CERTIFICATION OF SPACEX FOR DEFENSE SPACE LAUNCHES

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Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the Air Force’s certification today of SpaceX as a provider for defense space launch contracts:

"The certification of SpaceX as a provider for defense space launch contracts is a win for competition. Over the last 15 years, as sole-source contracts were awarded, the cost of EELV was quickly becoming unjustifiably high. I am hopeful that this and other new competition will help to bring down launch costs and end our reliance on Russian rocket engines that subsidizes Vladimir Putin and his cronies."

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SENATORS McCAIN AND REED CALL FOR STANDARDIZED TRAINING FOR UAS PILOTS


Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jack Reed (D-RI), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter today regarding standardized training for pilots of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). A recent GAO report highlighted insufficient training, inconsistent standards, and critical manning shortfalls in this critical mission area. “We urge you to focus senior leaders in the Department on these issues, and develop and implement a coherent UAS organizational, manpower, and training strategy to ensure our combatant commanders get the highly trained and proficient operators of these systems they need to protect our warfighters and defeat our adversaries,” Senators McCain and Reed wrote. The text of the letter appears below.

Dear Secretary Carter,
We are all aware that unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are an essential element in America’s warfighting arsenal.  However, a recent GAO report highlights insufficient training, inconsistent standards, and critical manning shortfalls in this critical mission area.  Despite years of effort to expand the Air Force’s unmanned combat air patrol capacity, the service has continually fallen short of its own manpower projections.  The Air Force currently estimates a shortfall of nearly 400 MQ-1/9 aircraft pilots to sustain the regular Air Force requirement of 1,200 pilots.  That “shortfall” may in fact be somewhat misleading as there is a distinct possibility the Air Force requirement may be understated.  These pilot shortages have constrained training and placed extreme strain on the existing community of pilots and sensor operators.  The Army has attempted to mitigate similar shortages by lowering training standards to increase availability of instructors in the field.  This action, coupled with pulling enlisted UAS pilots off-task to perform unrelated additional duties, has resulted in UAS pilots receiving insufficient flying training and causing negative impacts on UAS unit readiness levels.
We are disturbed that the Department of Defense has no standardized training program for UAS pilots and personnel.  The continued lack of consistent and uniform training standards is simply unacceptable.  In addition to collecting critical intelligence, the Department’s UAS programs carry out sensitive strike missions that should require high standards and specialized training.  We urge you to focus senior leaders in the Department on these issues, and develop and implement a coherent UAS organizational, manpower, and training strategy to ensure our combatant commanders get the highly trained and proficient operators of these systems they need to protect our warfighters and defeat our adversaries.   We look forward to your response.
We thank you for your cooperation in this matter and for your continued service to the Department and our Nation.

Sincerely,

John McCain
Chairman
Senate Armed Services Committee

Jack Reed
Ranking Member

Senate Armed Services Committee