VOL. 22  ISSUE NO. 5   |  February 3, 2016

By Linda Bentley | February 10, 2016

Morningstar Road Properties sues Freemans over signs

CAVE CREEK – In November, Morningstar Road Properties, Inc., formerly Cahava Springs Corp., filed a complaint in Maricopa County Superior Court against Gerald and Janice Freeman who have refused to remove signs they have posted on Morningstar’s property at the entry to an easement that traverses Morningstar’s properties to access their home at the opposite end of the easement.

One sign reads: “Notice to prospective buyers, property owners using this private easement are liable for monetary contribution and support for maintenance. Arizona Law CV 09-0720. Information Call 480-488-7074.”

By Linda Bentley | February 10, 2016

Carefree expands scope for pumpkin artist for 2016

CAREFREE – Jim Van Allen spoke during Call to the Public on Tuesday evening to thank Vice Mayor John Crane and Councilman Bob Gearhart for assisting the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce during a recent event.

Tom Rawles said he had been invited by Mayor Les Peterson to participate in a committee to revise the town code. However, he wanted it to be on the record that he was not involved in the changes being proposed that evening as agenda item 16.

By Linda Bentley | February 10, 2016

School elections and funding transparency

PHOENIX – Rep. Jay Lawrence, R-Dist. 23, is the principal sponsor of HB 2551, which seeks to amend A.R.S. § 15-481 and 15-491 relating to school budget override and school bond elections.

HB 2551 would require election pamphlets to include a statement disclosing the total amount of per pupil revenue the school district received from all funding sources (federal, state and local) for all capital and noncapital expenditures for the fiscal year as reported in the most recent Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Annual Report.

February 10, 2016

Flake, Salmon introduce bill to establish new circuit court

Bicameral legislation would move AZ, NV, MT, ID, and AK out of overburdened 9th Circuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) have introduced the bicameral Judicial Administration and Improvement Act, a bill to move Arizona, Nevada, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska out of the oversized and overworked 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and into a newly-established 12th Circuit. Currently, the 9th Circuit covers 20 percent of the United States population, containing 13 district courts over nine states, as well as jurisdiction over the territorial courts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Each year the circuit hears over 12,000 appeals, making it four months slower than the average circuit court. In addition, Arizona has the busiest federal docket in the circuit, per capita.

February 10, 2016

Praise for 10 early cosponsors of Article One supplemental

FAIRFAX, Va. – Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today praised the 10 early cosponsors of the Consolidated Appropriations Amendments of 2016 offered by U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.):

"The surest, most effective way to stop Obama's continued usurpation of congressional authority is to defund those overreaching regulations and executive actions using Congress' power of the purse. Americans for Limited Government thanks Representatives Paul Gosar, Jeff Duncan, Mark Meadows, Glenn Grothman, Barry Loudermilk, Pete Sessions, Matt Salmon, Marlin Stutzman, Scott DesJarlais and Louie Gohmert for being early co-sponsors of Representative Ken Buck's Article One bill which defunds some of President Obama's most onerous executive overreaches.

February 10, 2016

Real unemployment rate 8.9 percent

FAIRFAX, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning issued the following statement in response to the latest jobs numbers published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

February 10, 2016

Secretary Reagan seeks comprehensive reconstruction of state election laws

Phoenix – In an effort to root out unlawful political spending while protecting legitimate non-profit groups and charities’ right to engage in the political process, Secretary of State Michele Reagan is asking the legislature for the tools she needs to hold so-called “convenience corporations” accountable.

February 10, 2016

Senate President Biggs on plan to restore JTED funding and establish reforms

“For several weeks, Senator Don Shooter has been leading an effort to restore funding to Arizona’s Joint Technical Education Districts (JTEDs), while at the same time establishing reforms to make sure money is flowing to strong courses and programs. In the past few days, the plan came together, and the Legislature has a responsible and effective restoration and reform package.