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  • Recall effort against Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio fails

    05/31/2013 11:51:22 AM PDT · by upchuck · 23 replies
    LAT ^ | Fri, May 31, 2013 | Cindy Carcamo
    Despite a recent court ruling that the department run by Maricopa County’s top cop used racial profiling in his quest to crack down on illegal immigration, a recall effort against Sheriff Joe Arpaio has failed. On Thursday, members of Respect Arizona and Citizens for a Better Arizona -- who launched the recall effort against Arpaio -- failed to gather the necessary 335,000 valid voter signatures by the 5 p.m. deadline. The aim was to force a recall election. Activists behind the recall effort would not say how many signatures they were short. Randy Parraz, president of Citizens for Better Arizona,...
  • Liberal State Bar Spends Three Years Going After Lawyer For Being Conservative Blogger

    06/17/2013 8:11:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    RightWingNews ^ | June 17, 2013 | John Hawkins
    Everyone has now heard stories about conservatives who’ve been punished by “non-political” agencies like the IRS for their beliefs, but it happens at the state level, too. Back in 2011, I wrote about Rachel Alexander, who was targeted by the liberal State Bar of Arizona for having the audacity to work with other conservative lawyers to fight corruption in the state. Rachel Alexander was collateral damage in a liberal fight to ruin her former boss, then-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Thomas attempted in 2009 and 2010, with the help of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, to stop corruption by some judges and...
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s 'Posse' Trains to Defend Phoenix-Area Schools Against Gunmen

    05/11/2013 9:15:16 AM PDT · by montag813 · 4 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 05-11-2013 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona Three weeks after the shooting in Sandy Hook, CT, when politicians were using the murders as an excuse to grab the guns of law-abiding Americans, one lawman was calling instead for school kids to be defended. Maricopa Country, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio denounced efforts to ban guns, saying "bad guys will always get their guns", and that gun control "never solves the problem". So on January 9th the Sheriff announced he would deploy 500 armed volunteers to patrol outside 59 schools in metropolitan Phoenix.  Joe's 3,000-strong “Posse”  has participated in the many “immigration sweeps” the Sheriff...
  • Arid-Headed Water War Breaks Out Between L.A. and PHX

    03/21/2013 12:21:43 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 9 replies ^ | March 20, 2013 | Wayne Lusvardi
    The word arid has two meanings: insufficient rainfall to grow trees or dull and boring. The second meaning seems to characterize the level of intelligence that’s on display in the recent media water war that has broken out between the major newspapers in Los Angeles and Phoenix. This e-water war was provoked by William deBuys’ op-ed article in the March 14 Los Angeles Times, “Phoenix’s Too Hot Future.” The Phoenix-based Arizona Republic newspaper retorted on March 15 with an editorial, “Los Angeles More of a Water Vacuum than Phoenix.” DeBuys is the author of the book: “A Great Aridness: Climate...
  • “Respect Arizona” Wants to Remove Sheriff Joe Arpaio

    02/01/2013 4:57:13 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 22 replies
    Hispanically Speaking News ^ | Friday February 1, 2013 | Hispanically Speaking News
    A bipartisan group in Arizona will try to oust controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a recall election. “We believe he has not done justice. Sheriff Arpaio has not taken responsibility for his acts, he has done a lot of harm to the Hispanic community, the county has paid millions of dollars in lawsuits filed against him,” Randy Parraz, a member of Respect Arizona that is pushing the recall effort, told Efe. Arpaio, 80, was first elected in 1992 and since then has been reelected six times. Nonetheless, his popularity has tumbled among voters in the county, which includes...
  • List of Sheriffs Saying ‘NO’ to Obama Gun Control

    01/21/2013 1:52:09 PM PST · by AuntB · 34 replies
    CSPOA ^ | Jan. 21, 2013 | CSPOA
    Sheriffs have risen up all over our great nation to stand up against the unconstitutional gun control measures being taken. The following is a list of sheriffs and state sheriff’s associations from all over our great nation who have vowed to uphold and defend the Constitution against Obama’s unlawful gun control measures. I applaud these public servants for their courage and conviction. I would encourage other Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers to add their voices to the growing numbers of faithful protectors of our freedom. List of State Sheriff’s Associations 1. Utah Sheriff’s Association List of County Sheriffs 1. Sheriff...
  • National Unions Spending Millions to Defeat Sheriff Joe Arpaio ('Adios Arpaio' Campaign)

    10/24/2012 11:10:50 AM PDT · by montag813 · 13 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 10-24-2012 | John Hill
    Here they come again. California unions are once again meddling in Arizona politics on behalf of illegal aliens, and against the interests of their own American workers. The deceptively-named "Campaign For Arizona’s Future" - which was funded by the national mega-labor unions AFL-CIO and UNITE HERE is spending millions to try and defeat Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The group, which calls its campaign "Adios Arpaio", is mostly comprised of the same Los Angeles-based activists which protested in 2010 after the passage of S.B. 1070. They claim to have registered over 36,000 - mostly Hispanics - in Maricopa County, AZ to...
  • Rally set to protest Arpaio's Tent City

    06/23/2012 10:55:48 AM PDT · by yorkie · 28 replies
    More than 1,000 critics of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio are expected to gather Saturday night for a rally to call for the closure of the sheriff's complex of canvas jail tents. Organizers say conditions in Arpaio's "Tent City" complex are inhumane. The sheriff has said he doesn't see any problems with housing inmates in tents and often points out that some members of the U.S. military live in tents.
  • AZ sues over Mexico waste flowing into US [toxic waste crossing the border too]

    05/29/2012 7:52:02 AM PDT · by kevcol · 8 replies
    KPHO ^ | May 26, 2012 | Dawn Alexander
    NOGALES, AZ (AP) - Arizona officials say the state is suing the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission for state permit and Clean Water Act violations caused by allowing untreated industrial wastewater to cross the U.S. border from Mexico at Nogales. The Nogales International reports that the lawsuit, filed Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court, alleges that the IBWC has failed to implement a program to keep industrial waste from entering domestic sewage, which has resulted in illegal levels of cadmium, cyanide and ammonia nitrogen entering Arizona. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality says it will ask the court to...

    04/24/2012 1:28:18 PM PDT · by hope · 26 replies
    (Phoenix, AZ) Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio ordered parts of the maximum security 4th Avenue Jail be placed on indefinite lockdown as racial tensions rise – tensions brought on by orders from the Mexican Mafia chieftains who appear to be trying to control the downtown jail. Arpaio’s move to lockdown the jail aims to protect not only officers but inmates as well. According to the Sheriff’s jail intelligence unit, super max Mexican Mafia inmates housed in the closed custody unit of the 4th Avenue jail are putting out orders to all Hispanic inmates to refuse to be housed with black...
  • Cold Case Posse - Obama's Birth Certificate Investigation - Sheriff Joe Arpaio MCSO (Video)

    03/10/2012 12:50:18 PM PST · by Smokeyblue · 79 replies · 1+ views
    The Tea Party Tribune ^ | March 04, 2012 | The Tea Party Tribune
    The Tea Party Tribune was welcomed to record this "Historic Press Release" video for the Cold Case Posse and other investigative entities. ..
  • FBI Seizes Computers of Portland Blogger For Allegedly Posting Sheriff Death Threat

    02/24/2012 3:22:45 AM PST · by Cindy · 6 replies ^ | February 23, 2012 | n/a
    "FBI Seizes Computers of Portland Blogger For Allegedly Posting Sheriff Death Threat" SNIPPET: "If you're going to target the police, guess what happens next."

    01/12/2012 3:52:13 PM PST · by Tigen · 29 replies
    MCSO: PRESS RELEASE ^ | 1/4/12 | Press Release
    SHERIFF ARPAIO MEETS TODAY’S D.O.J. DEADLINE PROMISES TO CONTINUE FULL COOPERATION WITH INVESTIGATION BUT WILL NOT COWER AT THREAT OF LITIGATION (Phoenix, AZ) In a letter authorized by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, attorneys for the Sheriff tell DOJ officials in no uncertain terms that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will continue to cooperate with the federal government’s “racial profiling” investigation. But the letter also states reciprocal transparency is critical and demands full cooperation from the Justice Department to provide, in writing, information and facts which can prove, or disprove, the findings made public in a surprise press conference on...
  • Another F&F weapon used in the killing of an American law enforcement officer?

    01/09/2012 12:08:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 1/9/12 | Dutchman 6
    From Doug Ross we have "Remember the good old days when we had a real media?" To which piece we find this comment from Duke C: I would like to comment on the shooting of a Maricopa Deputy Sheriff Sunday morning 4am, north of Phoenix, AZ. The no comment policy of the AZ Central newspaper prevents readers from expressing thier views and suspicions on this tragic event. The 50 year old father of 2, died when his body armor was penetrated by an AK 47 bullet. Eric Holder and the DOJ are holding their breath that this weapon is not...
  • Maricopa County Deputy Sheriff responding to a burglary call at a medical plaza shot and killed.

    01/08/2012 8:08:22 AM PST · by Glennb51 · 12 replies
    FATAL OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING 3648 W. ANTHEM WAY. Units on scene of a FATAL officer involved shooting in north Phoenix. Deputy was responding to a burglary call at a medical plaza and shot. After being transported to the hospital, the deputy passed away from his injuries. Suspect also pronounced deceased following his injuries. Sheriff and Highway Patrol tactical units actively clearing the area
  • Arizona's controversial Sheriff Arpaio set to endorse Rick Perry

    11/26/2011 6:47:47 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 118 replies ^ | November 26, 2011 | By From NBC's Carrie Dann
    NBC News has confirmed with a source familiar with the matter that Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, will endorse Rick Perry this week. Arpaio will campaign with Perry in New Hampshire this week, the source said. The Arizona sheriff is known as a vehement backer of tough immigration laws and was a vocal supporter of his own state's controversial enforcement laws. Perry critics have described him as soft on immigration since the Florida debate, when he called opponents "heartless" for deriding his policy of in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants in Texas. .
  • Arizona church is house of prostitution, police say

    09/11/2011 4:17:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies · 1+ views ^ | September 10, 2011 | Michael Martinez
    (CNN) -- A church called the Phoenix Goddess Temple has been accused of being a house of prostitution, and a six-month undercover investigation has resulted in the arrests of 20 women and men who worked there, Phoenix police said Friday. Authorities are still searching for 17 more people -- all of whom have been indicted -- in connection with the prostitution enterprise, said Sgt. Steve Martos, a Phoenix police spokesman. The 20 people arrested so far have been charged with prostitution or other offenses, police said. During a Wednesday search of the Phoenix temple and two church-related sites in nearby...
  • Citizens line up for jobs after Sheriff Joe’s raids

    04/04/2011 5:17:51 PM PDT · by South40 · 38 replies ^ | March 19, 2011 | Dave Gibson
    On Friday [March 4, 2011], Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio raided four Phoenix-area Pei Wei restaurants, in search of more 100 illegal workers, many of whom were allegedly using stolen Social Security numbers. The raid turned up dozens of illegal aliens, and as a result, Pei Wei bought a full page ad in the local paper—seeking new, legal hires. On Monday [March 7,2011], people were lined to apply for those jobs that people such as Sen. John McCain continuously tell us “Americans won’t do.” Among the job applicants was Jacquelyn Paul, who has a master’s degree and has owned her...
  • Gov Brewer Protects RINO and Disses GOP AG Candidate Horne

    10/26/2010 5:47:50 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | October 26, 2010 | Howard Levine
    Governor Brewer's campaign chairman, Grant Woods, has endorsed Democrat Attorney General candidate Felicia Rotellini over Republican Tom Horne. Woods, a long-time RINO, gave Tom Horne's willingness to enforce SB1070, a landmark illegal alien law, as his primary reason for his betrayal of Tom Horne and the Republican Party. According to sources within the Arizona Republican Party, Tom Horne is disgusted by Grant Woods endorsing the Democrat in the AG race and is annoyed with with Jan Brewer because she is keeping Woods as her campaign chairman. Other sources in the Republican Party indicated that top state party leaders have asked...
  • Maricopa County GOP Website Alleges Massive Voter Fraud in Arizona and Colorado

    10/25/2010 7:15:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies · 1+ views
    First Things ^ | October 24, 2010 | Jim Hoft
    On Friday it was reported that the Yuma Recorder’s office was checking the 3,000 last minute voter registration forms turned in by the far left Mi Familia Vota organization. The recorder’s office found that already more than 65% of the registrations were invalid due to the registrant not being a citizen, wrong/invalid address, false signature, etc. Mi Familia Vota is a SEIU sub-organization. It is just as “non-partisan” as ACORN was before documented fraudulent behaviors finally killed it.Yuma County is located in Arizona’s 7th District. Currently, far left Arizona boycotter Rep. Raul Grijalva is caught in a tight race with...
  • President Obama, You're Not Fooling All of Us On Immigration

    09/02/2010 2:29:13 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | September 02, 2010 | John R. Lott Jr.
    President Obama thinks that by recently signing a new bill spending $600 million to beef up border enforcement he will look tough on illegal aliens. But decisions such as today’s lawsuit by the Justice Department against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to stop his policies regarding illegal aliens shows where the administration’s policies are really headed. The bill Obama signed, which authorizes the hiring 1,500 new border personnel, the deployment of a pair of unmanned reconnaissance drones, and replacing some bases along the border is valuable, but it hardly undoes what the president has done up to this point. With...
  • Letter from a border war

    08/01/2010 3:00:33 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies · 3+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 31, 2010 | MAUREEN CALLAHAN
    PHOENIX — The most dangerous place in Arizona right now, the day after a federal judge knocked down the key parts of SB 1070, the state’s proposed anti-illegal immigration bill, is between Joe Arpaio and a camera. Arpaio, the 78-year-old sheriff of Maricopa County (population 3.9 million) has cultivated a reputation for himself as the last true lawman of the West. He’s written two books, the last called “Joe’s Law: America’s Toughest Sheriff Takes on Illegal Immigration, Drugs, and Everything Else That Threatens America.” He has reintroduced chain gangs. He houses convicts in “Tent City,” where inmates remain exposed to...
  • Arpaio on 16th immigration sweep; takes out the ‘big gun’

    07/16/2010 8:11:33 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 74 replies · 2+ views ^ | 07-16-2010 | Aurelia Fierros
    The Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio launched its 16th crime and immigration sweep in a stretch of desert in the southwestern U.S.-Mexico border, on Thursday. Snip ............ Arpaio ordered the deployment of a powerful belt-fed .50 caliber machine gun to be on site during the operation to ensure deputies' safety, as there have been recent reports of violence in the desolate desert areas.
  • Liberal Activist Judges in Arizona Allow Fraud

    06/30/2010 4:11:06 PM PDT · by az4vlad · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | June 30, 2010 | Andrew Thomas
    Maricopa County officials have voted to retain a mediator to approve payouts to themselves of frivolous claims against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Such blatant self-dealing by government officials was made possible by Arizona's judiciary - including some of the judges now seeking millions of dollars in greedy, undeserved payouts.       As part of his campaign for Attorney General, which includes a promise to seek judicial reform, Andrew Thomas noted today that the $46 million fraud on the taxpayers now occurring in Maricopa County is the result of an unaccountable state judiciary.   Today's...
  • 93 arrested so far in Arpaio's latest sweep

    04/30/2010 6:53:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 44 replies · 1,212+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | JACQUES BILLEAUD
    Two-thirds of the 93 people arrested during the first day of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's latest crime and immigration sweep were believed to be illegal immigrants. The two-day sweep is being run in an area of west Phoenix with a high number of "drop houses" where smugglers hide immigrants who have been sneaked into the country. It's the 15th sweep that Arpaio has conducted since early 2008. During the sweeps, deputies flood an area of a city _ in some cases heavily Latino areas _ to seek out traffic violators and arrest other alleged lawbreakers. Critics say deputies racially...
  • Arpaio gets inmates moving on electricity-generating cycles

    04/06/2010 2:22:07 PM PDT · by traumer · 43 replies · 1,095+ views
    (Eric English) (Eric English) PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is implementing a new inmate program at Tent City Jail called “Pedal Vision.” The program uses inmate-powered cycles to generate electricity for televisions. Reports say Arpaio’s recent visit to Tent City inspired the idea, when he saw that many of the inmates were overweight. The stationary bikes are customized so that as an inmate pedals, a connected television is powered once the cycle generates 12 volts of electricity. One hour of pedaling equals one hour of television viewing for the inmates, according to Arpaio. Arpaio said the inmates will...
  • Judge Finds Grounds to Sanction Arizona Sheriff's Office

    02/14/2010 4:34:31 PM PST · by antidemoncrat · 13 replies · 1,078+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2/14/10
    A federal judge has found grounds for sanctioning an Arizona sheriff's office for its acknowledged destruction of records in a lawsuit that accuses deputies of racially profiling countless Hispanics in immigration patrols.
  • Video: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Holds His Own Against CNN's Rick Sanchez

    10/19/2009 2:47:31 PM PDT · by careyb · 35 replies · 2,478+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/19/09 | Joe Arpaio
    Fresh off of the Limbaugh smear, Rick Sanchez tries to bite off more than he can chew again. He compares Arpaio to Bull Connor, but it doesn't work.
  • Beyond Illegal Immigration: An Agenda for the GOP

    02/23/2009 5:53:23 AM PST · by az4vlad · 5 replies · 399+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | February 22, 2009 | Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas
    Elections refresh and cleanse our political system. They ratify or overturn the policies of public officials. In the same stroke, they flush out of office those who stray too much from the will of the people.Among those candidates and parties that don't fare well, elections force introspection and reform.While Republicans enjoyed some notable successes in Arizona in 2008, we were not nationally what we would term the "prevailing party." And so it's appropriate for the GOP to check and update its inventory of ideas and policies while the losses of last year still sting. Illegal immigration rightly will continue...
  • Media: Republican prosecutor bad, Democrat prosecutor good

    01/05/2009 4:58:33 PM PST · by Fenix Guy · 4 replies · 461+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | January 3, 2009 | Mike Anthony Scerbo
    Two years ago, Democrat Attorney General Terry Goddard prosecuted Republican state Treasurer David Petersen for doing the exact same offense with which Board of Supervisor Stapley is charged by Republican County Attorney Thomas. Which prosecutor has the Arizona Republic gone on a rampage against denouncing? Read about Arizona's biggest current political scandal. The Republic's recent editorial criticizing County Attorney Andrew Thomas for prosecuting the 118-count criminal indictment against Supervisor Donald Stapley is a masterpiece of intellectual hypocrisy and flip-flops.The Republic claims that Thomas' office is prosecuting Stapley for "minor acts of carelessness." Our office strongly disputes this characterization. Regardless, the...
  • 2 immigrants dead; others detained at AZ military range

    08/24/2008 4:13:44 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 26 replies · 283+ views
    ABC15, Phoenix ^ | 8-24-08 | staff
    The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office reports that at least a dozen undocumented immigrants have been detained after wandering near a US Air Force Base in southwestern Arizona Sunday. Sheriff's deputies are working with border patrol agents and DPS officers in an effort to locate five to seven more undocumented immigrants who are believed to be in the area of the Barry M. Goldwater Range about 13 miles south of Gila Bend. Two undocumented immigrants have died, likely from dehydration, according to MCSO. The range, which is active with armed military aircraft, has been shut down as authorities search for other...
  • Striking Changes in Arizona as Illegal Immigrants Flee the State

    05/16/2008 9:02:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 254+ views
    The Loft (GOPUSA blog) ^ | May 15, 2008 | Rachel Alexander
    Since Arizona’s local law enforcement began enforcing illegal immigration laws and an employer sanctions law went into effect, illegal immigrants have been fleeing the state in large numbers. The effects have been far-ranging. Commuters are reporting fewer vehicles on the freeways, shortening their rush-hour commutes. What had become a serious transportation problem in Arizona is losing its urgency. English Learner Language (ELL) students started dropping out of school. This helped end a confrontation between the state legislature and a liberal federal judge who had ordered the state to spend more money on ELL classes. Fewer illegal immigrants are using hospital...
  • New Times leaders arrested by deputies (Arpaio's Deputies)

    10/19/2007 5:14:08 AM PDT · by radar101 · 32 replies · 97+ views
    East Valley Tribune ^ | 19 OCT 2007 | Gary Grado, Nick Martin,
    In a rare move late Thursday, Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two leaders of the largest alternative newspaper chain in the nation, Villiage Voice Media, because of a story published earlier in the day by the company-owned Phoenix New Times. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the executive editor and CEO, respectively, of Village Voice Media, were arrested at their homes on suspicion of violating grand jury secrecy, said sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Paul Chagolla. The two, who together started New Times in 1970, were the authors of Thursday’s cover story revealing that a special prosecutor, retained by the county attorney’s office,...
  • Sheriff won't end hot line on migrants

    07/27/2007 10:48:40 AM PDT · by CHEE · 21 replies · 733+ views
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | July 28, 2007 | Associated Press
    The county sheriff said he won't disconnect a hot line he created for people to report information about illegal immigrants that has been decried as promoting ethnic profiling. ADVERTISEMENT Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio stressed Wednesday that deputies would investigate people only if authorities had probable cause.
  • Sheriff to Bar Illegals from Visiting County Jail Inmates (Sheriff Joe Alert!)

    07/27/2007 8:11:22 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 74 replies · 1,725+ views
    KTAR ^ | 7/27/2007 | Bob McClay
    Sheriff to Bar Illegals from Visiting County Jail Inmates July 27th, 2007 @ 6:49am by Bob McClay/KTAR The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is developing system designed to keep illegal immigrants from visiting county jail inmates. Sheriff's deputies would do background checks on every one who comes for a jail visit. "We will be looking at some type of procedure where we identify illegals coming into the jail. They won't be able to come in." When someone comes to the jail to visit an inmate, they're required to show ID. Arpaio says the background check will be completed before their next...
  • Sheriff urged to close immigrant hotline (Illegals In Panic)

    07/26/2007 7:07:02 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 66 replies · 2,465+ views
    AP and Yahoo News ^ | 26 July 07 | None
    PHOENIX - Latino leaders and faith-based organizations want Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to disconnect the hotline he created for people to report information about undocumented immigrants, saying it raises the chance of racial profiling. But Arpaio said Wednesday that he won't disconnect the hotline and stressed that deputies would investigate people only if authorities had probable cause. The hotline began last Friday and has received about 300 messages, which include tips about family and friends, employment, day laborers, drop houses and crank calls. Arpaio said officials are analyzing the tips and officials have not acted on any of the...
  • Arpaio seeks immigrant control deal with feds

    11/24/2006 5:02:39 AM PST · by radar101 · 4 replies · 371+ views
    East Valley Tribune ^ | 24 NOV 2006 | Sarah N. Lynch
    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said on Wednesday he is close to striking an agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement that would allow some of his officers to enforce federal immigration laws. Arpaio told the Tribune of his future plans the same day a group of activists announced they had filed a federal classaction lawsuit against Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas accusing them of wrongfully using the state’s anti-smuggling law to enforce immigration. In recent months, Arpaio and ICE representatives have been meeting to negotiate the conditions of an agreement. Arpaio said he wants about 200 of his deputy...
  • Hayworth holds out for final count ( 250,000 ballots not counted yet )

    11/09/2006 6:43:11 PM PST · by george76 · 107 replies · 4,320+ views
    East Valley Tribune ^ | November 9, 2006 | Paul Giblin
    J.D. Hayworth, who ended up on the short end of the vote count on election night, refused to concede defeat in his re-election bid for Arizona’s 5th Congressional District on Wednesday. the six-term Republican said he planned to wait out the final count. Election officials said more than 250,000 ballots cast in Maricopa County have yet to be counted. They were unable to immediately determine how many of those ballots were from the 5th district, which includes Scottsdale, Tempe, Ahwatukee Foothills, Fountain Hills and surrounding areas.
  • Arizona sheriff (Joe Arpaio) wants illegal immigrants to sing in English

    10/28/2006 8:53:17 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 56 replies · 1,501+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 25, 2006 | JACQUES BILLEAUD
    PHOENIX — An Arizona sheriff known for his tough jail policies is offering basic English classes to inmates who don't speak the language. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the language barrier has caused problems for his jail officers and even prompted complaints from English-speaking prisoners. "They are in the United States, and they should start speaking English," said Arpaio, who is known for making inmates wear pink underwear and take part in old-style chain gangs in striped uniforms. Arpaio said the inmates are so eager to learn English that there's a waiting list for the two-week courses, which began...
  • Court Upholds Arizona County’s Use of Unique New Statute to Prosecute Illegal Immigrants

    06/14/2006 3:40:03 PM PDT · by az4vlad · 22 replies · 1,413+ views ^ | June 14, 2006 | Rachel Alexander
    The federal government may not be doing much when it comes to illegal immigration, but Arizona’s Maricopa County Attorney and Sheriff are. The top two criminal law enforcement officials in Arizona have teamed up to arrest and prosecute illegal immigrants crossing the border into Arizona using a new state human smuggling law, and the courts agree. Arizona is the first state in the nation to pass a law against human smuggling. Following the legal advice of Maricopa County’s tough on crime prosecutor Andrew Thomas, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio began arresting illegal immigrants under the new law and referring them...
  • Maricopa County Attorney News Release: Interference by Mexico Protested (pdf file)

    05/10/2006 5:01:15 PM PDT · by az4vlad · 36 replies · 2,292+ views
    Maricopa County Attorney's Office ^ | May 9, 2006 | Andrew Thomas
    INTERFERENCE BY MEXICO PROTESTED Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas Asks State Department to Intervene In a letter of protest to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, County Attorney Andrew Thomas today accused the government of Mexico of interfering in the internal affairs of Arizona by attempting to void Arizona’s Human Smuggling statute, which was enacted by a bipartisan majority of legislators and signed into law by Governor Janet Napolitano. In an attempt to undermine Arizona law Los Angeles lawyer Peter Schey, at the request of Carlos Flores-Vizcarra, Consul General of Mexico, has filed legal motions intended to thwart the prosecution of...
  • Race-based DUI Courts are not Colorblind Justice

    01/16/2006 8:08:09 AM PST · by az4vlad · 21 replies · 900+ views ^ | January 15, 2006 | Rachel Alexander
    Almost 43 years after Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, “separate but equal” still exists in Maricopa County, Arizona.Under the guise of multiculturalism, the Presiding Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court, Barbara Mundell, has set up separate race-based courts for defendants convicted of aggravated DUI’s. Defendants who speak Spanish are sent to their own Hispanic court, which is conducted by Judge Mundell in Spanish. Prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation officers, and members of the public must ask for headphones, if available, to have the proceedings translated into English. Very little is recorded, so it...
  • Phoenix Area Residents to Pay New Property Tax (healthcare tax)

    07/15/2005 2:59:42 PM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 11 replies · 544+ views
    Maricopa County residents will start paying a new property tax this fall The Maricopa Special Health Care District Board last month approved the maximum $40 million levy, which means a typical homeowner could see about $26 in additional taxes for a $200,000 home.

    06/30/2005 7:03:57 AM PDT · by Sen Jack S. Fogbound · 35 replies · 6,737+ views
    Email | Unknown | AP Press, Others
    HE IS THE MARICOPA ARIZONA COUNTY SHERIFF AND HE KEEPS GETTING ELECTED OVER AND OVER. THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY: Sheriff Joe Arpaio (in Arizona) who created the "tent city jail": He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them. He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jails. Took away their weights. Cut off all but "G" movies. He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects. Then he started chain gangs for women so he wouldn't get sued for discrimination. He...
  • Joe Arpaio is putting Dogs in Jail. (my title)

    06/10/2005 9:39:56 PM PDT · by Robert_Paulson2 · 85 replies · 1,646+ views
    An Arizona Newspaper and Local Radio station | 5-10-2005 | summary of article vanity by robert
    Joe Arpaio is putting Dogs in Jail. Jack Gillum wrote an article for the The Arizona Republic Which we are not allowed to post in whole or in part. so heres my summary of a very interesting story that you should take a look at... Sheriff Joe Arpaio's is opening one of Maricopa's County jails for the housing of dogs and cats, scheduled for euthanasia. He has moved inmates from the jail years ago to outdoor tents, in the 115-120 degree heat, and is using that same space to house the dogs and cats. The sheriff says the dogs and...
  • Cons Pretty in Pink Clink (Sheriff Joe Arpaio parades perps in pink, civil-libertarians seethe)

    04/21/2005 6:44:44 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 46 replies · 10,016+ views
    The Sun [UK] ^ | April 21, 2005 | Unattributed
    Convicts were forced to march to a new top-security jail — wearing just pink underpants and flip-flops to deter escape bids. Prison bosses reckoned the 700 hardmen would be too embarrassed to go on the run in gay-style garb. Muscle-bound, tattooed thugs were linked with pink handcuffs for the two-mile hike. And when they reached the new clink in Phoenix, Arizona, one con had to cut a pink ribbon to open it. Tough Sheriff Joe Arpaio said: “I put them on the street so everybody could see them. They can see this is what happens to people who break the...
  • Recall Joe! (AZ Sheriff)

    02/11/2005 4:45:18 PM PST · by hsmomx3 · 17 replies · 1,204+ views
    PhxNewTimes ^ | BY JOHN DOUGHERTY
    That's what a group led by the well-connected family of one of Arpaio's own injured deputies is working to see happen. Yeah, he won still another term in the November general election, but there's reason for hope that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's days in office may be numbered. This just in: A recall committee that includes several prominent defense attorneys and the founders of the political action group Mothers Against Arpaio plans to launch a Recall Joe Arpaio campaign to coincide with a PBS television special critical of the sheriff scheduled to air in early March.
  • (Caution, language) AZ Sheriff Arpaio Refuses To Transport Pregnant Inmates To Abortion Clinics

    12/01/2004 1:31:30 PM PST · by F16Fighter · 106 replies · 4,581+ views ^ | October 17, 2004 | Lauryn
    Anyone BUT Joe Arpaio On Friday the AP reported on the frightening state of female inmates' access to reproductive rights. In particular, a case in Phoenix, Arizona has been drawing national attention. Turns out that the anti-choice Sherriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, is refusing to transport pregnant inmates to abortion clinics unless they obtain a court order. He claims that he doesn't "run a taxi service from jail to an abortion clinic and back," and feels that he should have the right to stop these women from accessing abortions. (Did I also that this is the same asshole who...
  • UK blogger takes on 'toughest sheriff in US'

    10/26/2004 4:54:37 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 54 replies · 1,522+ views
    BBC News ^ | October 26, 2004 | Chris Summers
    A British stockbroker in jail in the United States has been lifting the lid on a controversial prison regime through a compelling weblog. He forces inmates to wear pink underpants, puts women on chain gangs and brags that it costs more to feed the guard dogs than the prisoners he oversees. No surprise then that sheriff Joe Arpaio is often called America's "toughest sheriff". But while his hardline tactics have won him plenty of admirers among the voting public of Maricopa county, Arizona, they have outraged human rights campaigners. Now, as sheriff Arpaio seeks re-election to his job, few would...
  • Phoenix: County health system hemorrhaging money ($129 million and counting)

    05/06/2004 10:18:48 AM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 22 replies · 196+ views
    AZ Tribune ^ | By Jennifer Ryan, Tribune
    Maricopa County’s health system has lost as much as $129 million because of severe financial miscalculations and a broken computer billing system, county officials revealed Wednesday. The shortfall will be paid by taxpayers. State auditors and former administrators at the Maricopa Integrated Health System failed to spot the money drain, despite warning signs that the system was headed for financial turmoil, said David Smith, the county’s administrative officer. "This isn’t how it should be working," Smith said. Consultants estimate that the health system has lost between $82 million and $129 million over the past several years. County officials say they...