Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone’s jail drug crisis reaches epic proportions 

May 28, 2023

12News is once again reporting on the ongoing drug crisis occurring in the Maricopa County jails. This Feb.16, 2023 graphic report leaves little to the imagination.This April 7, 2023 report concerned seven female inmates now recovering after overdosing on fentanyl. Over 170 MCSO jail inmates were taken to the hospital for overdose or drug-related incidents in 2022.

Penzone, a democrat elected in 2016, weakly claims the type of drugs and how they were obtained is still under investigation. His immediate predecessor, Republican Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who housed overflow inmates in surplus military tents, was elected to an unprecedented six four-year terms. Bleeding heart liberals protested, though the tents had large air coolers. Arpaio correctly noted that the tents were used to house our military in the Middle East without the aid of cooling fans. Penzone resisted being compared to Arpaio, since he always fell short of the popular sheriff. As a top federal official with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Mexico, the Middle East, Central and South America as well as in the United States including Arizona where he headed DEA, Joe Arpaio spent three decades fighting narcotics trafficking worldwide.

Over 170 MCSO jail inmates were taken to the hospital for overdose or drug-related incidents in 2022. For these conditions to exist within the jails exemplifies the need to replace Sheriff Penzone.

Currently there are two announced Republican 2024 challengers to Paul Penzone: Frank “Mike” Crawford and Jerry Sheridan. Both Crawford and Sheridan have filed statements of interest. Visit Jerry Sheridan‘s campaign website. This is Mike Crawford’s campaign website.


AZ Supervisor Bill Gates blames Trump supporters for his PTSD

May 9, 2023

Are you what has derogatorily been referred to as “an election denier?” If so, according to this report in the Daily Beast, you are responsible for driving Maricopa County Board of Supervisor’s District 3 member Bill Gates to therapy.


Republicrat Gates has revealed that he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after what he terms were “relentless threats and harassment from election deniers” — using leftist code for Trump supporters.

The complete interview appeared in the left-leaning, subscription only, Washington Post, which has never endorsed a Republican presidential candidate. The WaPo was established in 1877 as a four-page organ of the democrat party and has never veered far from its roots.

Supervisor Gates, too old for whining at age 51, claims he has been targeted by a Trump-obsessed fringe that drove him to the brink, causing his family to retreat to a vacation spot. He further alleged he became so filled with anger and sadness that his wife made him go into therapy, and now has developed coping mechanisms for dealing with conspiracy theorists.

Gates, who has a law degree but never enters a courtroom, works as Director of Distribution for Ping Golf. He ought to take his new “coping mechanisms,” a cup of hot cocoa and his tinker toys and give up trying to portray himself as a grown-up.

AZ U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs introduces bills defunding partisan NY DA Alvin Bragg

April 15, 2023

Arizona U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-CD5) has introduced two bills to defund the Soros-funded Manhattan District Attorney following the sham indictment of President Donald Trump. Although Biggs specifically represents Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, his voice resonates with all Arizona conservatives.

Take the time to read “Congressman Biggs Introduces New Legislation to Defund Weaponized and Lawless Manhattan DA Office.” It does double duty since it educates while making us proud. The concise but powerful bill, bearing Biggs’ name can be read here.

George Soros, the radical leftist billionaire, who has long been on a mission to fund and elect like-minded district attorneys, gave $1 million to a political action committee that later supported Bragg. The Washington Examiner headlines its report, “George Soros denies boosting Alvin Bragg despite a verifiable $1 Million donation to left-wing PAC.” Politico exposed Soros’ “then-quiet overhaul of the U.S. justice system” back in 2016. His successes served to embolden him and his like-minded family aimed at undermining and ravaging our justice system — one election at a time. The New York Post recently headlined, “George Soros spent $40M getting lefty district attorneys, officials elected all over the country.”

Soros focused on the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, the third largest public prosecutorial agency in the nation, serving nearly four million residents in the fourth largest county in the United States. His sights were set on ousting then-Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who Gov. Doug Ducey appointed to the Arizona Supreme  Court, a position that permanently removed Montgomery from Soros’ clutches.

The U.S. currently has 70 Soros-backed “social justice” prosecutors. This map, courtesy of Law Enforcement Legal Defense, details where Soros-funded district/county attorneys have been elected. Pay attention. These lawless officials will preside over chaos and increased crime.

Elections? We don’t need no stinkin’ elections*

November 11, 2022

If memory serves correctly, there was an election in Arizona last Tuesday. Today is Friday, and still there are no clear cut winners in the majority of races. We are repeatedly told we live in a technological era where information is easily accessible…all, that is, except our election results.

In the classic movie, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” movie buffs will remember the line, “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges.” *

Arizonans, waiting days for the election results understand the frustration as we witness the ineptitude of Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, whose office’s Elections Division is responsible for administering all elections in the state, and certifying their results. Currently running for governor, Hobbs, who childishly refused to debate Republican Kari Lake and got away with the scam, appears to have a conflict of interest. The blame game is exacerbated as Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, whose duties include digitally recording documents, is also responsible for administering the Maricopa County Elections Department, which conducts all national, state and county wide elections.

The problems are exacerbated by the internal strife between Richer and the members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors jockeying for supremacy, though attempting to show cohesiveness as seen in this video taped press conference yesterday —  presented as Election Update November 10, 2022. The losers are the voters of Maricopa County. Supervisor Bill Gates, the board’s chairman blames the “two” political parties, the coming weekend and the Veterans Day holiday. He also makes it clear he is no fan of fellow Republican Kari Lake, who has rightfully questioned the process. These barely moving numbers are shocking.

Breitbart reveals Maricopa County poll worker disparities, as dems outnumber Republicans

September 15, 2022

GOP underrepresented while Republicrat Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer sits on his thumb

As we approach the November General Election, there are valid concerns detailed in this Breitbart News report titled, “Maricopa County Under Fire for Appointing More Democrat than Republican Poll Workers.” Be assured you won’t find this information in the pages of the failing, Hillary-endorsing, Arizona Republic newspaper, whose circulation has continued to plummet — losing 21,249 daily subscribers between 2018 and 2021 as reported by Statista.

The information contained in Breitbart’s revealing report is crucial for voters who rely on the concept of election integrity. Many of us remember when Helen Purcell was the Maricopa County Recorder, reliably overseeing state and federal as well as city, town and district elections for nearly three decades. Maricopa is the largest of Arizona’s fifteen counties and the fourth largest county in the nation — even larger than six states. Election integrity was never in question.

Today, we have every right to be wary. Read the Breitbart report to get a full picture of the underlying shenanigans that give us reasons for concern. This is hard-core politics at its grittiest. The AZ GOP must remain vigilant. Our current county recorder, Stephen Richer, a former democrat masquerading as a Republican, barely squeaked into office by 50.1 to 49.8%. Last year, anti-Trump Richer, in a revealing turn-of-phrase, announced he was creating PAC to back “pro-democracy” Republicans — otherwise known as RINOs — Republicans In Name Only. The donor list can be viewed here.

The PAC will run independent expenditure campaigns infusing cash into RINO primaries for legislative and county races of candidates who “acknowledge the validity of the 2020 election and condemn the events of January 6, 2021 as a terrible result of the lies told about the November election,” according to a press statement announcing the committee’s formation.

The Arizona Independent News Network headlines its comprehensive report, “Richer’s PAC Finance Report Renews Questions About Conflict And Funding.” We were fooled once. Repeating that mistake will have dire consequences. Acquainting yourself with the facts is worth the short time it takes to read the two news reports. 

Dying AZ Republic hastens its own demise with Elvia Diaz promotion, & Update

May 23, 2022

In another trendy “first” promotion, the failing local newspaper, has decided the reliable way to stay relevant in a world that has abandoned hard copy newspapers peddling left-wing, day-old news, is to insult their remaining readership.

According to an announcement, Elvia Diaz is now heralded the “first Latina” to serve as editorial page editor since the newspaper was founded 132 years ago. Omitted is the fact that she came here as an illegal alien who used our system to leave the fields where her family picked crops to obtain a taxpayer subsidized college education which enabled her to vent her anti-Republican spew. She cut her teeth at the Republic’s Spanish language publication, La Voz.

The announcement boasts, “As director, Diaz will edit The Republic’s Viewpoints section, opinion columnists and guest writers, set the board’s agenda and, working with the executive editor and the board, shape The Republic’s institutional voice.” She is foolishly praised for “expanding outreach to underserved communities,” none of whom read an overpriced, English language newspaper.

Bounced from that position to make room for this radical replacement is Phil Boas, who used his post to denigrate his own father-in-law, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was running for reelection after serving the people of Maricopa County for an unprecedented 6-four year terms. Thanks to Boas’ efforts a George Soros-financed democrat replacement now leads the Sheriff’s office* in the fourth-most populous county in the United States — besides being a border state.

Don’t mistake Diaz for a benign entity. She is an equal opportunity venom spewer, even reaching down into her bag of hatred to blast venomous anti-Semitism in a vile, contrived, and unrelated, border comparison.

And Phil Boas? In a face-saving gesture, he’s going to become a “columnist,“ to be published on the pages on which he served as chief editor for two decades, the last 10 as editorial director. Leftwing E.J. Montini is past retirement age and Boas is a family man with a mortgage to pay.

* As reported in Law Enforcement Today.


Job security reigns supreme. Boas’ first column following his demotion, is dutifully anti-Trump. He’s undergone a political epiphany.

Problem plagued MC Attorney Allister Adel dead at 45

May 1, 2022

In a shocking turn of events, the family of former Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel, who resigned under pressure March 21, has announced her death from unspecified “health complications.” She was a wife and mother of two young sons.

Adel was heralded as the first woman to lead the nation’s third largest prosecutor’s office, when she was selected by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, prior to her election. Not disclosed were the myriad personal problems that she repeatedly sought treatment for on an ongoing basis, frequently leaving the office for extended periods of time. When she was there, her focus was often diverted from prosecution of criminals to diversity and inclusion.

On April 20, 2022 the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors announced the appointment of eminently well-qualified Rachel Mitchell, an office veteran, Mitchell who was the chief deputy and then served as interim Maricopa County Attorney when then-county Attorney Bill Montgomery was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court.

Allister Adel’s untimely death is a dreadful tragedy. It also stands as a memorial to political correctness gone awry.

MC Attorney’s Office pro Rachel Mitchell sworn in, signaling a return of professionalism

April 21, 2022

Board of Supervisors appoints experienced career prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to complete the term of disgraced Allister Adel

Residents of Maricopa County, the nation’s fourth largest and fastest growing county, have watched in horror as the prosecutor’s office has devolved from a respected office to a floundering and demoralized agency with the appointment and then election of Allister Adel, who brought her multitude of personal problems to the job where she rarely showed up due to her ongoing in-and-out-of-state residential treatment for alcohol abuse, depression and an eating disorder.

Adel brought one qualification, the newly elevated double X chromosomes, that placed her at the top of the list for consideration when then-county attorney Bill Montgomery was gifted with a seat on the newly, and unnecessarily expanded Arizona Supreme Court by Gov. Doug Ducey.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors announced the appointment of Rachel Mitchell as Maricopa County Attorney in this April 20, 2022 news bulletin. But it’s not over for the well-qualified office veteran Mitchell who was the chief deputy and then served as interim Maricopa County Attorney following Montgomery’s move. After an August GOP Primary with two other declared candidates — who would do us all a favor by sitting this race out — she’ll face a democrat running for the position in the November 22 General Election. The winner will serve as county attorney through 2024.

Allister Adel’s letter of resignation, dated March 22, 2022, ends the unprecedented and pathetic saga. which has been ongoing and worsening as we pointed out in the following posts:

June 22, 2021:   Diversity, inclusion go off the rails at MC Attorney’s Office

Sept. 13, 2021:   MC Attorney Allister Adel finally admits truth, seeks treatment

Oct. 25, 2021:    MC Attorney Adel announces it’s a great time to be a criminal

Feb. 8, 2022:      MC Attorney Allister Adel: Absurdity of “firsts” superseding finest

Feb. 16, 2022:    Embarrassing MC Attorney Allister Adel digs in her wobbly heels

March 17, 2022: Incompetent MC Attorney Allister Adel should be disbarred

March 22, 2022: In another “first,” Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel resigns

In another “first,” Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel resigns

March 22, 2022

Bowing to public, internal and high level political pressure from the governor and attorney general, bungling Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel has finally announced her resignation, effective Friday, March 25, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.

She stands as a tribute to “firsts.” Adel was heralded as the first female county attorney when she was appointed in 2019 to a vacancy created when her predecessor Bill Montgomery was selected to fill one of two newly created seats on the Arizona Supreme Court. Adel, a Republican, was elected to the post in 2020.

Allister Adel is also the first elected Maricopa County Attorney to resign the position, which occurred following being under a cloud of unparalleled damaging personal and professional behavior.

Unwilling to accept responsibility, she denigrated the prosecutors and supervisors at the nation’s third largest prosecutorial office, following the mishandling of nearly 200 criminal cases, while she was absent more than on the job, due to repeated in-and-out-of-state residential treatment programs for alcoholism, depression and eating disorders.

Reports of her interacting with administrative deputies while slurring her words during teleconferencing and being drunk on the job underscored the chaos of her time as county attorney, with all five division chiefs signing a letter calling for her to resign.

At long last, Allister Adel has stopped digging in her heels and acquiesced to multiple calls for her to resign. Previously, Adel bizarrely dropped 15 felony cases charging Black Lives Matter protesters with being part of a gang after they engaged in violence against police officers.

She responded by inviting them to quit if they didn’t like her style. Fortunately they prevailed and she’s leaving at the end of the week.

Incompetent MC Attorney Allister Adel should be disbarred

March 17, 2022

She’s referred to demands for her to step down as “a distraction” while failing to file nearly 200 criminal cases that have now been dropped

AZ Gov. Doug Ducey has joined the chorus of voices demanding accountability from Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel on mishandled cases. The admitted alcoholic with acknowledged anxiety and eating disorders spends more time away from the nation’s third largest prosecutor’s office than in it. Prior to her 2020 election, she was appointed by the Board of Supervisors in 2019 to fill a vacancy created when then-County Attorney Bill Montgomery was appointed to an unnecessarily expanded Supreme Court.

Though her credentials were slim, she filled the newly critical plumbing qualifications and was heralded as the first woman to hold the office, though barely squeaking in with 50.9% to her female opponent’s 49.0% when she ran. Among those who endorsed her were members of the same County Board of Supervisors who appointed her.

Adel has relapsed frequently and spent an inordinate amount of time in residential treatment facilities both in and out of Arizona. After falling on Nov. 2, 2020 election night and hospitalized for a brain bleed, she was unable to assume office full time until spring. Slurring her words while attempting to telecommunicate with staff, she blamed her difficulties on having a “couple of sips of wine.”

Despite numerous calls for her to step down, and the loss of confidence in her capabilities detailed in a letter signed by five division chiefs — the majority of whom are women — she refuses to budge, sending out this odd communiqué, dated February 15, 2022:

Team MCAO,

You’ve likely seen news reports today describing a letter I received from some of our division chiefs asking me to resign. I do not want these reports to create any uncertainty for you about the future of this office. As I said in the media statement [not included here on SRAZ], I have no plans to resign. While I am disappointed, I will not allow this distraction to deter the good work you are doing in the office. I applaud your service and look forward to continuing to work with you to serve this community.



A leftist masquerading as a Republican, her focus is diversity and inclusion with leniency toward criminals, previously dropping charges against violent anti-police rioters. Most recently she missed a filing deadline, allowing nearly 200 criminals to avoid prosecution and their victims seeing no accountability for the crimes perpetrated against them. To no one’s surprise, this incompetent alcoholic blamed the prosecutor’s supervisors rather than accepting responsibility for her inaction as Maricopa County Attorney. Though there is a link to the MCAO’s 2021 annual report on its website, it doesn’t work — much like the county attorney — who uses trendy equivocal language, saying she “reaches out” rather than contacts and talks about her “issues,” refusing to call them problems. Using Allister Adel’s preferred terminology; her “issues” have reached epic proportions and are negatively impacting the law-abiding residents of Maricopa County. It’s time for her to go.

With her blatant inability to lead the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, the AZ State Bar can and should cut to the chase and disbar her. There are at least 200 grounds.