VOL. 22  ISSUE NO. 18  |  May 6, 2016

By Linda Bentley | May 4, 2016

New creative concept to conserve 4,000 acres

Although USACE would ultimately need to approve the MB, Betts said the meetings have gone very well and they are very optimistic

CAVE CREEK – Call to the Public brought Bob Morris, a member of the Water Advisory Committee, to the podium to condemn staff’s recommendation for a 14 percent hike in water rates as well as spending $50,000 for a water rate study, which he called premature.
He said staff has no objectives and still can’t certify the town’s utilities are efficiently run.
He said, “I do not support a study … garbage in garbage out.”

By Linda Bentley | May 4, 2016

Target facing massive boycott while stocks tank over transgender policy

‘Inclusivity is a core belief at Target. It’s something we celebrate’

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – On April 19 Target announced, “[W]e welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity … Everyone deserves to feel like they belong,” responding to a law passed in North Carolina that shot down a Charlotte ordinance providing special protections to LGBT people in places of “public accommodation.”

By Linda Bentley | May 4, 2016

Ninth Circuit vacates preliminary injunction against identity theft law

Puente claimed the identity theft laws were unconstitutional and sued Arpaio and Montgomery in an attempt to repeal the laws

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – On Monday a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel made up of three Clinton nominees, vacated the preliminary injunction granted by U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell, a George W. Bush nominee, reversed the court’s findings regarding the merits of the plaintiffs’ facial preemption claim, dismissed an appeal by the Maricopa County Attorney, and remanded the case brought by Puente Arizona, an illegal alien advocacy group, along with individual illegal aliens against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery challenging provisions of Arizona’s identity theft laws.

By Liam Morales | May 4, 2016

Cactus Shadows’ Caitlin Bickle to try out for 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship

Cactus Shadows High School Basketball standout Caitlin Bickle is one of 35 athletes to accept an invitation to attend trials for the 2016 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team. Trials will take place May 26-30 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “I am ready physically but mentally I have to be ready because it’s up in higher altitude,” Bickle said.

May 4, 2016

Babeu files nearly double amount of nomination signatures required

CASA GRANDE –  Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu became the first Congressional District 1 candidate to file his signatures to qualify for the August primary ballot.

CD1 GOP candidates must submit 1,196 signatures to qualify for the ballot and Babeu submitted nearly twice that amout - 2,206 signatures.

“I am honored so many people signed my petitions,” Babeu said. “This campaign is about the people of CD1. Their support is humbling.”

May 4, 2016

Groundbreaking planned for Food Bank & Resource Center

CAVE CREEK – A groundbreaking is planned for Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center. According to executive director Pam DiPietro, the event is the official kickoff for the expansion of the food bank’s Cave Creek headquarters. The public is invited to attend.

May 4, 2016

Border Report

TUCSON, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents working at the I-19 checkpoint Tuesday night arrested a woman found with heroin, valued at almost $116,000, on her body.

After agents referred a Ford sedan to the secondary inspection area, the driver and a female passenger, Brisseth Karina Gallardo-Ruiz, exited the vehicle for an immigration inspection. Agents then discovered that Gallardo-Ruiz, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen, was concealing two packages of heroin with a combined weight of 6.65 lbs. Gallardo-Ruiz will be presented for prosecution on narcotics-smuggling charges.

May 4, 2016

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam protects confidential tax records from political disclosure in bill

FAIRFAX, Va. – Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in support of legislation by U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) that will protect the confidential tax information of supporters of non-profit, tax-exempt groups from politically motivated disclosures by government officials:

"The proven politicization of both the Internal Revenue Service and state and federal Justice Departments make it imperative that Congress take action to deny these political prosecutors from the means to intimidate and potentially destroy their adversaries.  One simple step is the elimination of the IRS requirement that donors to non-profit, tax exempt organizations be disclosed to the IRS at all.