City of Phoenix election results – 2015

August 25, 2015

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Today, Tuesday, August 25, 2015, was Election Day in the City of Phoenix. Staggered council seats and Mayor‘s race are being decided along with Propositions 101, 102, 103 and 104. Council members in Districts 1 (Thelda Williams), 3 (Bill Gates), and 7 (Michael Nowakowski), are all running unopposed. Only District 5 councilman Daniel Valenzuela, a Democrat and former firefighter union boss has a Republican challenger, Felix Garcia.

The election is virtually a closed shop contrivance, intentionally scheduled to coincide with late August scorching heat, rather than in conjunction with regularly scheduled fall elections which would produce greater voter turnout as well as cutting costs.  The intent of the scheme is to maintain the liberal status quo, union control and sanctuary city policies by suppressing a greater voter turnout.

The unofficial City of Phoenix election results can be viewed HERE.


Phoenix Councilman urges “No” vote on ALL Props

August 21, 2015

Prop. 104 authorizes recklessly squandering $31.5 BILLION in taxpayer money on boondoggle

As Phoenix residents prepare to cast their ballots in the Aug. 25, 2015 city election, we suggest they read the Guest Commentary written by District 6 Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio

Printed in the Thursday edition of the East Valley Tribune, DiCiccio’s in-depth review of ballot Propositions 104, 103, 102 and 101 mirrors the conclusions Seeing Red AZ arrived at when assessing them.

Unfortunately, DiCiccio stopped short of endorsing Anna Brennan in the Phoenix Mayor’s race. It should be a no-brainer since current Mayor Greg Stanton supports the Propositions DiCiccio opposes. We are not so reticent. Three weeks ago, on Aug. 3, we headlined our post, “Phoenix election: Vote NO on Props, YES for Brennan.”

 This is a crucial election, with far-reaching and exceedingly costly consequences that will double the city transit tax over 35 years and spend $31.5 billion on the unaccountable light rail expansion — which is actually used by less than ONE PERCENT of Phoenix residents. Just EIGHT PERCENT of the money will be allocated for street improvements, although the ubiquitous signs dotting Valley roadways claim the money will address Phoenix streets. The words “light rail” are oddly MIA.

Take control of your future and that of your children and theirs. Authorizing $31.5 billion for over three decades into the future to be spent by unknown and unaccountable people is beyond recklessness.

Those unionists, Chambers of Commerce, ethnic and  gender-based special interest groups plus political insiders who expect such submission from Phoenix voters obviously regard us as fools.  

Prove them wrong! 

If you have not already mailed in your early ballot, voting centers for this election will be open for three days. Any city voter residing in Phoenix can use any one of the 29 voting centers to cast a ballot.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24

6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25 (Election Day)

Early voting locations for this important election are listed here. Additional questions? Call: 602-262-6837.

The unions and liberal special interests are casting their ballots. We need to make getting our own voices heard a priority in this vitally important election.


Mayor Stanton: More botched financial disclosures

August 5, 2015

Greg Stanton’s ongoing pattern of questionable filings

The daily reports that for the second time in a month Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has had to amend his financial disclosure reports. The first case involved his lack of disclosure relating to campaign fundraising. The second involves his personal financial disclosure forms. 

According to the newspaper, in both instances the errors have persisted through several years’ worth of filings. Stanton’s statement falsely claimed he and his wife, Nicole, have no personal investments or retirement accounts. He made the same claim in at least five separate disclosure forms going back to his 2011 campaign for mayor.

This is not Stanton’s first rodeo. During his first mayoral race, we reported he had serious problems with campaign funds, his thieving campaign treasurer and her union boss father. Stanton, not wanting to alienate his powerful friend Billy Shields, desperately wanted to get the embezzling charges dropped against his former campaign treasurer, Mindy Shields. His efforts were in vain. She pled guilty to a felony.  Papa Shields’ firefighter’s union endorsed Stanton’s opponent.

In another stunning recent example, a report Stanton’s campaign filed earlier this summer incorrectly listed the amount of money he had raised and spent. The report said he had raised $528,000 total through the May 31 deadline. His campaign later said his correct fundraising total was $985,900. A campaign spokesman said an amended report would be filed in early July, although the corrected report had not been filed by the time the newspaper’s report was printed this week.

The newspaper account states Stanton’s spokesman Robbie Sherwood called the ongoing inaccuracies “unintentional oversights,” and said Stanton didn’t realize what he was required to report in the section related to personal investments and retirement accounts. “The mayor filled the form on his own without an attorney’s review and will update all of his incorrect forms,” Sherwood said.

Since both Greg Stanton and his wife Nicole are lawyers, that explanation falls just a tad short of the mark.


Phoenix election: Vote NO on Props, YES for Brennan

August 3, 2015

Phoenix will officially hold its city election Aug. 25, 2015  The ballot includes the race for mayor, four of the eight city council seats and five propositions.

There is a pretence of the offices being non-partisan, which is a charade of major proportions — fooling no one. Greg Stanton, running for his second term as mayor received a congratulatory call on his 2011 victory from Barack Obama and Janet Napolitano. Last week, a month preceding  Election Day, the leftwing Arizona Republic blew him a fawning kiss in a presumptuous  editorial titled, “Stanton’s second act.”  Stanton is so sure of himself, as of this date, he has not bothered to put up campaign signs.

We support Republican Anna Brennan. She’s a long shot in a city that hasn’t elected a Republican mayor in two decades. But so was conservative David Brat who spectacularly toppled House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last year, after being outspent $5.7 million to $231,000.

The editorial was notable for admitting, Stanton “was lifted to office on the shoulders of public sector labor unions, especially police and fire.”  Therein lies a significant part of the puzzle as to why liberals like Greg Stanton get elected in the nation’s sixth largest city in a red state.

Voter turnout is notoriously low during August in Phoenix. Many residents have not yet returned from their summer vacations, contributing to the abysmally low voter participation. The solid voting blocs are those reliable unions who “lifted Stanton on their shoulders”: police, fire fighters and unionized teachers. Stir into that mix other City of Phoenix employees, and the outcome becomes obvious as special interest groups disproportionately skew the vote to the left.

General participation would be greater and the costs lowered if city elections were consolidated with state and federal elections rather than off-year stand-alones. Keeping them as they are is doubtless part of the status quo strategy.

Three of the four city council candidates, those in districts 1, 3, and 7 are unopposed incumbents. Only first-term council member Daniel Valenzuela, a Democrat and former firefighter union boss faces an opponent. Felix Garcia is the Republican in the District 5 race.

The five propositions are numbered 100, 101, 102, 103 and 104. In reading the 104-page yellow “publicity pamphlet,” issued by the City of Phoenix, we focused on the “arguments in support and opposition” to the measures.  With the exception of Prop. 104 which has arguments in opposition, the others are notable for their support by city insiders, unionists, Democrat state legislators, former mayors and Chamber of Commerce members.  We strongly urge a NO vote on them all, some of which are slickly worded in an effort to deceive. The city is not in favor of actual pension reform and desires unfettered control over its purse strings.

Americans for Prosperity answers the questions and exposes the fallacies about Arizona ballot Proposition 104. SRAZ urges a NO vote against doubling the city transit tax over 35 years and spending over $31 billion on the unaccountable light rail expansion. Notice all of the campaign signs in support and none in opposition?  That alone tells who has the money and benefits from the expansion. The Arizona Free Enterprise Club recently released its study on the Phoenix Transit Plan Tax Hike, which debunks many of the claims made by the tax increase proponents.


AZ Republic boorishly calls Phx election a month early

July 27, 2015

Mayor, City Council Districts 1, 4, 5 and 7, and four Propositions will be on the ballot

If you’re one of the few remaining readers of the Arizona Republic, you might have felt a bit like Rip Van Winkle Sunday morning. Although the Phoenix City Election is scheduled for Aug. 25, the newspaper has already called the mayoral race in a presumptuous editorial titled, “Stanton’s second act.”  When he was elected in 2011, Greg Stanton received a joint congratulatory call from Barack Obama and Janet Napolitano.

The newspaper dismisses 2016 challengers as “unknown,” finding them not worthy of mention in the lengthy opinion piece. We support Anna Brennan, who clearly has an uphill battle —-  as did conservative Prof. David Brat who toppled House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, after being outspent $5.7 million to $231,000.

Although the mayor and council purport to be politically unaffiliated, it’s a foolish guise. Even the leftwing newspaper referred to Greg Stanton as a “progressive,“ the preferred terminology of liberals trying to sound forward thinking. The editorial was notable for admitting  “he was lifted to office on the shoulders of public sector labor unions, especially police and fire.” The editorial bemoans what it references in these words, “Stanton has been afforded few opportunities to reward his political benefactors.”

There are countless problems that affect Phoenix. First and foremost, Stanton presides over a Sanctuary City. The Republic gives him accolades in this bizarre manner, “If this mayor is famous for nothing else, it is his efforts to refashion Phoenix as a walkable town.” Seriously.

It’s not by accident that liberals like Greg Stanton get elected in the nation’s sixth largest city in a red state. Voter turnout is notoriously low during August in Phoenix. Many residents have not yet returned from their summer vacations, contributing to the often 20+ percent participation. The solid voting blocs are those reliable unions who “lifted him on their shoulders“: police, fire fighters and unionized teachers. Stir into that mix other City of Phoenix employees, and the outcome becomes obvious as special interest groups disproportionately influence the vote to the left.

General participation would be greater and the costs lowered if city elections were consolidated with state and federal elections rather than off-year stand-alones. Keeping them as they are is doubtless part of the status quo strategy.

Americans for Prosperity answers the questions and exposes the fallacies about Arizona ballot Proposition 104. SRAZ urges a NO vote against doubling the city transit tax over 35 years and spending over $31 billion on the unaccountable light rail expansion. Notice all of the campaign signs in support and none in opposition?  That alone tells who has the money and benefits from the expansion. The Arizona Free Enterprise Club recently released its study on the Phoenix Transit Plan Tax Hike.

Take time to arm yourself with the facts. Prop. 104 deserves a NO vote. Find your City Council District here.

There are four Propositions on the ballot, 100, 102, 103 and 104 which is discussed in this post. Watch for those related to union pension spiking and reforms in future reports. 


Tillman resigns local NAACP top job, unusual replacement named

December 31, 2014

After nearly three decades as president of the Maricopa County Branch of the NAACP, Rev. Oscar Tillman is retiring.

In the news account of his torch passing, the 69-year old Tillman was quoted as saying, “I’m an old-school person who knows when to let someone else step up to the plate. Somebody else gave me that chance.”

For that reason we imagined a young black leader would have been chosen to lead the organization. Instead, his replacement will be Donald Harris, a local lawyer, with a libertine bent. At age 76, Harris is seven years older than the retiree. He is also white.

That fact should be enough to drag Al Sharpton protégé, Rev. Jarrett Maupin, II, out to hurl racially charged insults. Instead he was busy with a Tuesday press conference to announce his latest campaign, “Black Lives Matter,” which Maupin says ‘addresses the violence of systemic racism in America and Arizona.” Maupin says, “Black communities throughout America suffer untold violence at the hands of aggressive police. His not-so-veiled threat, “We are counting down to the Super Bowl, but who’s counting down to the next police killing? There are consequences.”

In January 2013, covering the Phoenix City Council race we noted that race-baiter Maupin reprehensibly referred to then-candidate Kate Gallego, a Harvard grad with an MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, as “a white political patsy.”  He also called her “a power-hungry white…who not is openly campaigning as white.”

Maupin, who we still expect to hear from regarding the Harris appointment to the local NAACP post, momentarily dipped his toe into the congressional race in 2014, to replace retiring CD-7 Democrat Congressman Ed Pastor. But Maupin would have been unable to vote for himself due to a felony conviction.

Kate Gallego, the subject of Maupin’s vile invectives, had the last laugh.  She won the District 8 council seat and her husband Ruben has been elected to congress in the same race Maupin had a yen for. Both Gallego’s are Democrats.

As to Donald Harris, who has served on the NAACP executive board, the Gamma-Rho Chapter of the U of A Kappa Sigma fraternity has this bio of the Brooklyn-born Democrat. In 2004, the Phoenix New Times gave the loose cannon lawyer some less than flattering coverage during his unsuccessful bid for County Attorney. He had previously been a short timer heading that office in the 1970’s when he was appointed interim county attorney to complete the term of Moise Berger, who resigned.

Just days ago we posted, NYC officers murdered, Maupin crawls out of Phx rat hole. Of particular significance is the comment from ‘State Delegate,’ following the post, containing a letter from Rev. Clyde Bowen, Chairman of the Arizona American African Republican Committee (AAARC). exposing Maupin —- referred to by Rev. Bowen as “Kid Sharpton.”


Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia ousted

December 18, 2014

It  has now been confirmed that Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia has been relieved of his duties for insubordination after holding a press conference despite being ordered not to do so by Phoenix City manager Ed Zuercher.  According to Vice Mayor Jim Waring, Garcia  will be replaced by Phoenix Police Assistant Chief Joe Yahner as a search for a replacement chief is conducted.

Garcia has come under fire recently, and was the subject of a vote of ‘no confidence’ by the police union for his handling of a case involving a Phoenix Officer said to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, who later committed suicide.

KTVK News 3TV provides coverage of the story here.


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