Goldwater takes on costly union business at Phx City Hall

May 28, 2012

Valley unions pay police millions to lobby while removing officers from duty

Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper is expected to issue an opinion late next week regarding whether the city of Phoenix should temporarily suspend the practice of funding “release time” for police officers to conduct union business. Phoenix and other Arizona cities spend millions of dollars every year to pay employees to perform union work on city time. The case is Cheatham and Marcus Huey v. City of Phoenix.

The request for a preliminary injunction is part of a lawsuit brought by the Goldwater Institute (GI) against the city of Phoenix and the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association union (PLEA). Goldwater attorney Clint Bolick’s take on the unsavory and costly practice can be read here.

The GI case challenges the city’s contract with the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, which provides an estimated $900,000 in annual release time for police union work, including lobbying. The provisions take six full-time officers off the streets — giving them full pay, benefits, and overtime for union work — in addition to providing thousands of additional release-time hours for the union to dole out at its discretion. Altogether, more than 40 police officers can be released from some or all of their law-enforcement duties by the union.

The Goldwater Institute contends that beyond endangering public safety, the release time is an unconstitutional subsidy, violating the gift clause of the Arizona Constitution by using taxpayer money to fund salaries of union and labor association leaders who represent city employees. Goldwater filed the complaint in December 2011.

During the hearing Friday, Bolick pointed out that the city couldn’t quantify the direct benefits it receives for what it spends on release time for the officers who conduct union business. The gift clause requires the city to prove it receives direct, tangible benefits from money it gives to a private entity, he said. Bolick also said the city didn’t have a clear way of tracking how union officers spend their release time.

“The union has hijacked the city’s treasury to fulfill its responsibilities,” Bolick said.

Despite the pending lawsuit, earlier this month the Phoenix City Council approved a new two-year labor contract for PLEA. The contract, set to begin July 1, continues the indefensible “release time” practice.

Did you feel the pang of a sharp thumb in your eye from your council member?  If not, it’s because the council aims to keep such information under wraps.

Memorial Day 2012

May 28, 2012

“Forever young in our memories”

Today is the day set aside to honor our fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our many freedoms. They, along with their families, deserve our deep respect and gratitude.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has a fact-filled site with a treasure trove of historic information regarding the observance of Memorial Day. Take a moment to read this message from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki.

We invite you to listen to this haunting rendition of “Taps” played by the U.S. Marine Band.

This year we are asking you to visit the Wounded Warrior Project. These valiant and dedicated men and women — still with us — who have given so much for us, could use our help now.

Just got wind of JD in the Windy City tomorrow

May 27, 2012

Tune in tomorrow — Monday morning — (Memorial Day) and catch J.D. Hayworth on WLS in Chicago.

7:00 – 9:00 am Arizona and Pacific Time / 9:00 -11:00 am, Central.

Listen LIVE here.


Obama drives NAACP support of same-sex unions

May 27, 2012

Nat’l group would never defy membership if another president proposed such a move

Pastor Derek McCoy, executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, criticizes the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for its recent endorsement of same-sex “marriage,“ calling it “unfortunate” and a clear signal that the association is “out of step” with its constituency, according to this CNS News report.

Pastor McCoy makes a good point, since only 39 percent of black Americans support “gay marriage” while 49 percent oppose such unions, according to an April 2012 Pew Research poll.

But such facts haven’t dissuaded the NAACP, which announced on May 19 its support for “marriage” between homosexuals. The group coyly calls it “marriage equality” in an attempt to claim it as a civil-rights issue.

It is not.

Mychal Massie clearly defined the differences in Homosexuality Is Not a Civil Right. The driving force behind the new-found support is clear. It came a mere 10  days after Barack Obama announced that he supports “gay marriage.”

Both McCoy and Massie are black.

Concerning the NAACP announcement, Pastor McCoy said, “Clearly, they’re out of step with their constituency and their base.” He attributed the NAACP’s announcement as a response to declining membership, and a “political calculation” that ultimately will backfire on the association. Pastor McCoy called Obama’s recent support for “same-sex marriage” an “absolute political maneuver” and a “financial move,” but also pointed out the Obama administration’s track record of promoting and endorsing homosexuality.

“His agenda has been clear in his administration in terms of taking down the Defense of Marriage Act, removing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and any other political objective which I think demoralizes the family,” said McCoy.

He added that the family is the “core of society” and the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman supports the institution of family.

Hail to the Chief….of the “Choom Gang”

May 26, 2012

Barack inhaled…and then some

Buzz Feed’s Gavon Laessig provides a comprehensive overview via excerpts from the latest book on Barack Obama.

This one is a doozy — complete with numerous photos of a doobie smoker, who not only inhales, but demands car windows be rolled up so none of the smoke is lost. In his own 1995 autobiography, Dreams From My Father, he writes of his cocaine use (“maybe a little blow”), boldly stating he had not tried heroin simply because he did not like the pusher who was trying to sell it to him.

Even the most fervent liberal supporters of the 44th President of the United States will feel queasy reading the excerpts from David Maraniss’ Barack Obama: The Story.

An accomplished marijuana enthusiast in high school and throughout college Obama was deeply immersed in an elaborate drug culture. He inhaled. A lot. The book comes complete with testimonials from young Barry Obama’s school chums, a group that went by the name “the Choom Gang.”

Choom was slang for smoking marijuana.

Maraniss concludes his chapter on Obama’s high school years with a telling note Obama had written in his high school yearbook in a section reserved for students to give a line or two giving thanks to those who helped along the way

Obama wrote this: “Thanks Tut [his grandmother], Gramps, Choom Gang, and Ray for all the good times.”

Maraniss notes: “Ray was the older guy who hung around the Choom Gang, selling them pot. A hippie drug dealer made his acknowledgements; his mother did not.”

Birther, schmirther: Adam Kwasman gets it right

May 25, 2012

Amidst all of the hubbub regarding Barack Obama’s actual place of birth, search for an authentic birth certificate and hurling of words — made up and otherwise — such as birther and embarrassment, comes a great one-liner.

Adam Kwasman, a Republican legislative candidate was asked to weigh in on the issue of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s probe intended to verify Obama’s birth place. This was his response:

Kwasman said Arpaio will “find the President was born in Soviet Russia, because that’s where his policies come from.”

We can’t wait for Kwasman to slice through the rhetoric when he takes the LD 11 House seat in the Arizona State Legislature. With his pithy wit, he’ll be a welcome addition.

Check out this district map.  You may be fortunate enough to have him represent you in the upcoming session.

Ron Barber: Spins on Obama

May 25, 2012

Staggering ineptitude revealed for all to see

Less than twelve hours after refusing to answer a simple question posed by Jesse Kelly, regarding whom he would support for president, Democrat Ron Barber reversed his position.

Ron Barber’s cringe-worthy political clumsiness during Wednesday night’s CD 8 debate is mind-boggling. USAToday reveals the task for cleanup was left to his spokeswoman Jessica Schultz, who issued a statement citing Barber’s support for Obama. That was preferable to facing media and having to defend her candidate.

Barber is a man clearly in need of a script. Answering impromptu questions is obviously beyond his limited abilities.

Score 10 for conservative Jesse Kelly, zip for undecided Barber. The rest of us?  We have whiplash from trying to keep up with the blur of Barber’s quickly changing positions.

Get it right Friday morning with J.D.

May 24, 2012

Early risers can catch J.D. Hayworth’s wit and wisdom tomorrow morning on Washington’s conservative talk radio WMAL. Listen from 6:00 – 9:00 am, Arizona and Pacific Time. (9:00 am – Noon, ET.)

Live broadcast HERE.

Hey Dummy! Watch Jon Stewart to wise up

May 24, 2012

Liberal study finds comedy show viewers better informed than FOX News watchers

Well wouldn’t you know? A study conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind has concluded that FOX News viewers are less knowledgeable on political issues than people who only listened to leftwing NPR, watched the alphabet network biased Sunday morning talk shows or the supposedly comedic “Jon Stewart‘s The Daily Show” — all with a reliable leftward slant.

Fairleigh Dickinson University is a private New Jersey institute with campuses located in Canada and the United Kingdom.  Most telling is the fact that the school has been formally recognized by the United Nations as an NGO by the UN Department of Public Information.

What’s that, you ask? “A non-governmental organization selected to participant in and a witness to an increasingly global civil society,” is their gooblygook answer. But you get the drift. Further, in 2009, the university became the first college to receive special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Since 2002 the university has hosted more than 150 United Nations ambassadors and officials as part of their U.N. Pathways Forum.

The United Nations has provided a forum for despots and mass murderers.  Its members consistently vote against and condemn the United States and our allies, yet we are expected to fund this forum devoted to the extinction of freedom, and the hope of liberty. 

Given the choice, we’ll continue to get our news “Fair and Balanced” from FOX

Jeff Flake shifts again: Suddenly tough on Iran

May 24, 2012

Perfecting McMaverick repositioning

U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Flake has done another politically adroit about-face. This latest one is on the issue of tougher sanctions against Iran. Throughout his six terms, Flake had been a staunch opponent of sanctions, repeatedly voting against such penalties on Iran, Cuba and other rogue nations. Flake reveled in his prominence among a handful of members of Congress to oppose such actions.

But since declaring a senate bid he’s flipped on his long-held position — even praising the Senate when it voted for more stringent sanctions earlier this week. Tacking right while campaigning  to appeal to conservative primary voters is an angle he has learned from his mentor, John McCain. Six-year senate terms give plenty of time to recommit to Libertarian views without having to answer to the voters.

Just last year, Flake was one of only eight U.S. Reps. to vote against stronger sanctions. In both  2006 and 2007 he cast identical votes. 

Flake’s epiphany on the issue has suspiciously coincided with the declaration of his senate candidacy. Jeff Flake not only signed onto this tough Iran sanctions bill in May, he voted in favor of it as recently as December 2011.

Then after the Senate passed the measure on Tuesday, the cunning Flake actually praised the action in this statement: “Limiting the Iranian regime’s access to the capital it needs to produce nuclear weapons is a necessary action to be taken. We need to send a strong signal to Iran in advance of the Baghdad negotiations tomorrow that their actions to develop nuclear weapons won’t be tolerated. Putting a choke hold on Iran’s financial resources could avert disaster for Israel and the rest of the Middle East.”

Flake’s Iran votes have emerged as a campaign issue since conservative Republican businessman Wil Cardon, his serious opponent in the upcoming senate primary, pointed out that Jeff Flake once worked as a lobbyist and a registered foreign agent representing Namibia and a uranium mine there partially owned by Iran.  Flake has since received $100,000 in contributions from mining interests.

Last October Flake voted for HR 1904, authorizing a 2,300 acre land swap in Arizona that would give a Namibian uranium mining firm access to copper in our state. The company, Rio Tinto, is the majority owner of the mine in which Iran has a 15 percent stake. Nimble contortionist Flake voted against a measure that would have barred firms doing business with Iran from access to U.S. copper.

In his home district, U.S. Rep. Flake positions himself as a conservative.  In Washington D.C. he partners with Luis Gutierrez, one of the most ardent radical liberals in congress. Gutierrez actually commends Flake for helping “to turn more red states blue.” But when he was on a multi-state tour in favor of the Amnesty/DREAM Act, which they both championed, Jeff Flake stayed far away from his colleague as he rabble-roused in Phoenix

This is an association the home folks would never understand.