The town of Quartzsite which bills itself as “The rock capital of the world!” has been rocking and rolling with more than the rocks, gems and minerals upon which it’s built a reputation. Here is Quartzsite, Arizona Mayor Ed Foster as he recently appeared on Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano’s Freedom Watch.
Read the latest account of the ongoing political skirmishes in the Quartzsite News. At this point, that’s likely an accurate reporting source as the outlandish activity continues to unfold. Here in The Mineshaft, Mayor Foster writes a commentary in which he introduces Stewart Rhodes, a constitutional law specialist who is representing the mayor and Jennifer Jones, the woman who was arrested at a recent town council meeting despite being acknowledged and given the opportunity to speak by the mayor.
There’s a lot to digest, but think of this small Arizona community as a microcosm of the greater political arena. You may never have spent time in Quartzsite, but the issues there touch us all. Our First Amendment protections are a good place to start.
Not unlike the recall-crazed state capitol, the town has even scheduled a recall of its mayor on August 30, and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office has responded to Mayor Foster’s complaint regarding violations of the Open Meeting Law. There were previously allegations of unlawful restrictions to limit the choices of voters in a town council recall election, addressed here by the Goldwater Institute.
The state’s largest newspaper has even taken note, sending a reporter to the retirement community about 130 miles west of Phoenix. Even the daily thinks issues are heating up enough to cover.