VOL. 22  ISSUE NO. 2   |  january 13, 2016

By Linda Bentley | january 13, 2016

Kelli Ward – the Constitution, small government, personal responsibility

CAVE CREEK – Dr. Kelli Ward, the emergency room physician and former Arizona State Senator who recently resigned to campaign full time against Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., visited Sonoran News last week.

Ward said “Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) was the last straw,” that prompted her to run.

As far as health care goes, Ward said patients should always come first and we need to preserve the patient doctor relationship.

By Linda Bentley | january 13, 2016

Puerto Rico as portal for immigration fraud

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Back in 2009, Puerto Rico enacted a new law in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to address the fraudulent use of Puerto Rican birth certificates to illegally obtain U.S. passports, Social Security benefits, other federal benefits and services, and to commit other types of identity theft and fraud.

The new law called for issuing new, security-enhanced certificates beginning July 1, 2010.

By Linda Bentley | january 13, 2016

Buffalo Chip to open Saturday for Green Bay Packers game

CAVE CREEK – On Tuesday, after the health department gave the Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse a great inspection, owner Larry Wendt announced the Chip will be open for the Green Bay Packers game on Saturday.

The Buffalo Chip, known as Lambeau Field West, burned to the ground on Thanksgiving Day, but left the back patio and barbecue area intact.

By Linda Bentley | january 13, 2016

AZ Wine seeking extension of premises without a premises

‘Making a difference in someone’s life is what the Caring Corp is all about’

CAREFREE – During review of the consent agenda for the Jan. 5 council meeting, Councilwoman Melissa Price asked to pull two items.

She questioned a couple entries listed in the December 2015 paid bills.

Price then questioned the application submitted by Ray Klemp and AZ Wine Company for an extension of premises to serve alcohol at 100 Easy St., Suite 3, Jan. 22 – 24, noting AZ Wine doesn’t appear to be an active business at that location.

january 13, 2016

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey appoints Goldwater Institute’s Clint Bolick to serve as Arizona Supreme Court Justice

PHOENIX - Governor Doug Ducey put his stamp on the on state’s highest court with his appointment of Goldwater Institute’s Clint Bolick to the Arizona Supreme Court. Bolick will replace retiring Justice Rebecca Berch. He was among seven candidates recommended to the Governor by the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments.

“I’m proud of the many victories for freedom we have achieved at the Goldwater Institute over the past eight years,” said Bolick.  “I am deeply honored by Gov. Ducey’s appointment from a highly distinguished group of nominees, and am excited to bring my experience in constitutional law to the Arizona Supreme Court.”

january 13, 2016

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Citizen’s Academy invitation

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol, San Luis Port of Entry, and Air and Marine Operations are hosting an integrated U.S. Customs and Border Protection Citizen’s Academy.

This program is designed to provide Yuma County business, civic, religious and community leaders, as well as interested residents, an inside look at how CBP secures the border at and between ports of entries in southwestern Arizona. Participants will become familiar with CBP’s mission and each component’s distinctive roles and responsibilities to secure America’s borders. Participants will tour the border and have an opportunity to volunteer in interactive demonstrations, such as tracking, search and rescue, self-defense, firearms tactics, and inspections for prohibited agricultural items.

january 13, 2016

CBP Officers seize $2.4M in drugs since Christmas

TUCSON, Arizona – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested four U.S. citizens and two Mexican nationals for alleged attempts to smuggle almost 3,400 pounds of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Billy Morgan, 28, of Inglewood, California, for further inspection of his Ford Mustang on Jan. 3. A CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs that turned out to be nearly 29 pounds of meth worth approximately $86,000.

january 13, 2016

Cubans on the Rio Grande

How the U.S. can stop this rapidly growing illegal flow

WASHINGTON, DC — Last week Costa Rica wwas airlifting to El Salvador the first group of the estimated 8,000 U.S.-bound Cubans, who were stranded when Nicaragua closed its border to them. Once in El Salvador, the Cubans will be able to make their way through Mexico (which has promised them safe passage) to the Rio Grande, where they plan to take advantage of the "wet-foot/dry-foot" policy that gives U.S. residence to all Cuban illegal aliens.

january 13, 2016

Rep. Salmon Applauds IRS Sudden Reversal on Attempts to Intimidate Charitable Donors

Withdrawal of Proposal Comes After Salmon Introduced Bill to Bar Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement upon hearing that the IRS planned to withdraw a proposed rule that would have chilled charitable contributions and allowed IRS intimidation of donors.