Greg Stanton: Criminal case is out of your hands

February 28, 2011

Don’t be misled by the anorexic edition of this morning’s daily. Though slim as a rail, it is still chock full of mesmerizing items. Topping the list is the article detailing the desire of Phoenix mayoral candidate, Democrat Greg Stanton, to drop embezzling charges against his former campaign treasurer, Mindy Shields.

Mindy Shields is the daughter of Democrat operative, lobbyist and former fire fighter’s union boss Billy Shields. As the longtime treasurer of Greg Stanton’s political accounts, Mindy Shields admitted to the theft of $77,134 for personal use. When he realized he had been the victim of massive theft, Stanton said he hired an accountant to make sure the account was repaid. And wouldn’t you know? Most of the money has been mysteriously “restored.”

Now that the filched campaign donations have been repaid, Stanton wants the embezzlement case against the daughter of his powerful friend dropped. But criminal charges, once filed, are not contingent upon the victim’s change of heart — or in this case, a reevaluation of the impact on his future campaign fundraising. As a lawyer who worked for former Attorney General Terry Goddard, Stanton should know that.

Seeing Red AZ covered the intrigue last December, in a post titled: Is this a good idea? Dems in charge of other Dem’s money.

Phoenix City Council and Mayor’s elections masquerade as non-partisan events although they clearly are not. Any Democrat candidate with hopes of filling his campaign coffers doesn’t want Papa Shields as an enemy — even though he was “stunned and saddened” by the revelation regarding his sticky-fingered daughter.

Today’s daily reports that Mindy Shields is also suspected of submitting 12 false campaign reports with the Phoenix City Clerk’s Office. False reporting can be prosecuted as perjury. In November, a grand jury issued subpoenas for bank statements, canceled checks and other financial documents relating to the case.


U.S. Rep Trent Franks keynotes Maricopa County GOP Lincoln Day event

February 28, 2011

Save the date: Saturday, March 26, 2011

Read more about Congressman Trent Franks here.

The luncheon will be held at El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 North 40th St., Phoenix, AZ

Stay tuned for event details.


Sen. Scott Bundgaard, Aubry Ballard issue joint statement*

February 27, 2011

February 27, 2011

“We want to jointly apologize for allowing a private matter to interrupt the public – and especially for taking up the valuable time of law enforcement. The police officers who responded deserve thanks for their sensitivity and compassion.

We have cared for each other in the past; we wish the best for each other in the future. Like most relationships, ours has had some ups and downs, but it has always been based on our Christian faith and our respect for one another. With that in mind, we intend to go our separate ways now and put what happened Friday night and Saturday in the past.

Obviously, we’re both tired and embarrassed. Each of us would like to reclaim some privacy. We hope the media and the public can respect that decision. Thank you for your understanding.”

 – Sen. Scott Bundgaard and Aubry Ballard

* Issued through Rose+Moser+Allyn Public & Online Relations for Sen. Bundgaard and David Leibowitz for Aubrey Ballard.


Republic smears Sen. Scott Bundgaard, asks questions later — or never

February 26, 2011

Sen. Scott Bundgaard (R-LD4), the majority leader of the Arizona state Senate, participated in Dancing with the Stars Arizona 2011– a charity event benefiting the National Kidney Foundation on Friday night.  Leaving the event, Bundgaard and his girlfriend, Aubry Ballard, got into an argument regarding his dancing partner. 

Ballard, reported to be intoxicated, began throwing his clothing out of the car and onto the heavily trafficked expressway. While Bundgaard stopped the car to retrieve his clothing, Ballard attempted to commandeer his car and leave the scene.  As he tried to pull her from behind the wheel of his vehicle, they were spotted by an off-duty patrol officer who called for units to respond. Ballard was arrested and spent the night in jail.

Bundgaard was briefly taken into custody on suspicion of domestic violence that evening but was released.  According to reports, Ballard was booked into Maricopa County jail on a charge of assault and is awaiting her initial appearance.

Sen. Bundgaard’s statement can be read here. The Republic’s skewed report is available here.

Connie Cone Sexton and Kristena Hansen both labored on this report for the daily. Neither bothered to call Sen. Bundgaard for factual verification, as he points out in his press release.

He added, “I waive any and all ‘legislative immunity.’ If I did something wrong, charge me. I did not.”

Sen. Bundgaard has co-sponsored legislation challenging the claim of U.S. citizenship for children born in the state whose parents are residing in Arizona illegally, making him a juicy target for the pro-amnesty Arizona Republic.

UPDATE:

Since this news broke last evening,  the Republic has added to the original report, including a photo and statement from Bundgaard’s girlfriend, Aubry Ballard and adding information regarding Governor Brewer that is irrelevant to this incident. Reporter Mary K. Reinhart jumped onboard with the original two reporters to further sensationalize the story, ensuring prominent placement in the morning edition.


Another AZ teacher arrested: No child endangered — this time

February 26, 2011

Seeing Red AZ has often exposed the criminality of sexually exploitive teachers, who have betrayed the trust placed in them by students and their parents. This post provides just a few previous examples of what has come to be known as “the endless parade.’

Now Raul H. Castro Middle School music teacher Patrick Stephen Trejo, 25, has put a new face on sexual exploitation. Read this bizarre account as reported on ABC News 15. Trejo is pictured on the right. He was arrested by Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies in an undercover sting at a local hotel.

Here’s an example of the far left indoctrination teachers get from the NEA — one of the nation’s largest unions. Listen closely as the list of the group’s accomplishments are ticked off. You won’t hear a single word about students or standards. Certainly morality doesn’t factor into the equation.

UPDATE:

June 13, 2011:

Patrick Stephen Trejo the former Phoenix middle-school music teacher accused of conspiring to have sexual contact with a dog has been sentenced to one year of supervised probation. Trejo lost his teaching career as a result of his conviction in the bestiality case. He’s in the process of completing court-mandated counseling. Trejo and 47-year-old Keith D. Kiefer of Mesa were arrested in separate incidents in February. The men used the Internet to connect with dog owners who offered their canines for sex. Trejo and Kiefer were arrested after they agreed to meet a dog handler at a hotel. Kiefer was sentenced in June to two years of supervised probation


Phoenix: Chanting unionist bus drivers on “sickout”

February 25, 2011

Fiscal discipline is unheard of maxim for union members

No doubt buoyed by unionist demands in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana, Phoenix Valley Metro bus drivers are now protesting.  Marching and chanting “We want a contract,” forty of the city’s drivers are participating in a “sickout,” protesting this morning outside of a “Friends of Transit Event” where Phoenix’s Mayor Philly Gordon received an award. And wouldn’t you know? The City of Phoenix, itself, is part of the group making the presentation.

The daily reports that the dispute is between Veolia Transportation Services, which runs 33 city bus routes out of 99, and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433. The union is one of three unions representing Valley Metro bus drivers.

Last May 19, the daily reported that the City of Phoenix approved an agreement that will pay up to $27.5 million to end the city’s three-year contract with Paris-based bus contractor Veolia, including an additional $13.5 million over five years to the company’s pension plan and $2 million for accumulated sick leave for Veolia workers. The City of Phoenix then negotiated a new 5-year, $388 million contract with Veolia that began July 1, 2011.

Those familiar with this site are aware it is no fan of Mayor Gordon, his sanctuary-city policies, or deal-making misadventures. But times are tough. The drivers should be glad they’re working.  Lots of people aren’t.


Phoenix hosts National Tea Party Patriots American Policy Summit

February 25, 2011

The American Policy Summit will bring together the newly empowered grassroots Tea Party Patriots with leading experts, scholars, and political heavyweights.

Check out the impressive lineup of speakers at this weekend’s convention February 25 – 27, at the Phoenix Convention Center. (Map here.)

Among those addressing the crowd will be Andrew Breitbart, Herman Cain, Dick Morris, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Brent Bozell, former U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook, John Fund, AZ U.S. Rep. David Schweikert and local stalwart Republicans Senate President Russell Pearce and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Nationally syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt will be broadcasting live from the meeting.

The first-rate schedule also includes portions of the sessions to be broadcast — beginning at 7:00 p.m. tonight, Friday, February 25, on the Virtual Summit. Register here to participate without leaving home. 

Read their Mission Statement and Core Values here.


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