VOL. 22  ISSUE NO. 3   |  january 20, 2016

By Linda Bentley | january 20, 2016

MCRC resolved to endorse anyone but McCain

Dr. Kelli Ward, the former Arizona State Senator who is challenging McCain in the primary, received a standing ovation

PHOENIX – During Saturday’s statutory meeting, elected precinct committeemen of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, representing over 710,000 registered Republican voters in Arizona, passed a resolution by a vote of 921 to 582 to support anyone but Sen. John McCain in the upcoming primary election.

The resolution will also be submitted to the Arizona GOP for a vote at their upcoming Jan. 23 meeting.

By Linda Bentley | january 20, 2016

Texas governor offers constitutional amendments to restore rule of law

AUSTIN, Texas – Gov. Greg Abbott unveiled his Texas Plan while delivering the keynote address at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Annual Policy Orientation.

As part of the plan, which Abbott says can be achieved through a Convention of States, he offered the following nine constitutional amendments that he says will restore the rule of law and return the Constitution to its intended purpose:

By Linda Bentley | january 20, 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 Mark Stevens | january 20, 2016

Cave Creek represented well in the Fiesta Bowl Parade

If you have ever wondered what our little town of Cave Creek means to other residents in the Valley of Sun, one just need to ride along in the 45th annual Fiesta Bowl Parade past 100,000 people as the official float entry for the Town of Cave Creek.

january 20, 2016

New Tucson Sector Chief takes command

TUCSON– Paul A. Beeson, newly appointed Chief Patrol Agent of Tucson Sector, takes command, looks to lead Tucson Sector into the future.

When Chief Patrol Agent Beeson took the oath in February of 1985, so began a career based on honor and service to country. With more than 30 years of experience, Chief Beeson has dedicated over half of his life to ensuring a secure, safe and protected border.

january 20, 2016

Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center reveals donor participation, support from northern desert foothills communities

CAVE CREEK – The Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center  reports that more than 150 individuals and organizations donated monies and resources to brighten the holiday season for children, families and seniors through its Adopt-a-Family program, according to the food bank’s executive director Pam DiPietro.

DiPietro says the food bank adopted 377 families representing a total of 1,289 people during the holidays. In addition, the food bank provided meals and fixin’ bags to supplement numerous families’ dinner needs during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

january 20, 2016

“Remembering Our Fallen” comes to AZCM

PHOENIX – Personal photos, a memento or two, all that is left for the families of those service members who have given their lives since 9-11. For them remembering is a way of life. For us, we should never forget.

“Remembering Our Fallen” is a memorial exhibit with personal photos; how the families wanted their loved one remembered. The memorial at the Arizona Capitol Museum January 13 through February 6 depicts those service members who called Arizona home and died from wounds suffered in the war zone while wearing our country’s uniform. 

january 20, 2016

Rep. Salmon applauds passage of Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement upon House passage of H.R. 3662, the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act.

january 20, 2016

Leader of Mexican drug trafficking organization sentenced to 11 years prison

PHOENIX – DEA has announced the sentencing of Carlos Ramon Castro-Rocha, 42, of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, to 11 years in prison.  Castro-Rocha, a former Consolidated Priority Organization Target (CPOT), a term designated as a reference to the highest-level drug traffickers, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess heroin with intent to distribute.

“The sentencing of Carlos Ramon Castro-Rocha sends a powerful message to drug traffickers that they cannot escape justice.  They will pay for the destruction they cause in our communities,” said Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman. 

january 20, 2016

The Institute for Justice calls on Arizona to reform its licensing laws

TEMPE – In his State of the State Address, Gov. Doug Ducey recognized that Arizona desperately needs to reform—and eliminate—barriers to entrepreneurship, especially its occupational licensing schemes. The Institute for Justice agrees. The Arizona Legislature and governor must reform—if not eliminate—numerous Arizona licensing schemes to get rid of needless occupational licenses and, for those licenses that remain, take steps to ensure that industry insiders do not control regulation through self-interested boards.

january 20, 2016

Senate to confirm judge who doesn't believe in private property?

FAIRFAX, Va. – Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning is urging the Senate to reject Third Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Wilhelmina Marie Wright in light of the fact that she wrote in the UCLA Law Review in 1990, "The failure of today's racial discourse is its reliance on the notion that property is neutral, that the deed to a suburban home is 'property' while the opportunity to move out of a slum is not":

january 20, 2016

Scottsdale approves continued evaluation of Desert Discovery Center concept

The Scottsdale City Council Jan. 11 approved creating a business plan and feasibility analysis for the Desert Discovery Center concept, long envisioned as a place for people to learn about the Sonoran Desert at the Gateway Trailhead to Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

The Council awarded the contract to Desert Discovery Center Scottsdale, Inc., a private group formed to advance the idea. Over the next 18 months, they will engage the citizens of Scottsdale and others to create a comprehensive concept analysis and business plan. Although budgeted in this approval, an architect will be selected through a separate action to create conceptual site and floor plans, and preliminary building designs.