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Ah, I see the Pearce dead-enders continue to follow their defeated and disgraced leader even after having his clock cleaned by Jerry Lewis.
Mr Pearce, never known for his humility or graciousness is making the rounds and spitting out his narcissistic whiny rant to any media outlet that will print it. The difference now is instead of being in the "news" section, it's in the Opinion section. And we all know about Opinions.
And, as Mr Pearce continues to wallow in his fantasy world, so do his followers.
Get over it. HE LOST. He is out.
If the brown skinned bogeyman is as pervasive, intrusive and deadly as you morons make it to be the citizens of the State will see it and agree with you. So, you should have a lock on the next elections.
Do us all a favor. Support your candidates. Show them the support you and Pearce's campaign staff showed him. Heck, those guys were wimps, you all can mount a campaign 100x better, right? I mean, look how well you did for Mr Pearce!Nov 12, 2011
Masterrogue666 writes of the Cortes issue: "Was it a trick? Yes, but it was found to be LEGAL."
Ummmm...no. No, it wasn't.
There was no finding in either direction as the venue was due to a civil complaint.
Judge Burke stated that he believed Ms Cortes had presented herself as "genuinely interested in running". At the same time, he also found the claims made by her and those "running" her campaign to be "highly improbable". And, to clarify, highly improbably translates as "lying" and that extends to committing perjury.
So, on one hand I commend you as you are the first Pearce supporter who I've seen publicly admit that the Cortes candidacy was a "trick", not legitimate and designed solely pull votes away from Lewis. On the other hand, I strongly suggest you read up on Burke's decision. And, bear in mind, that Burke denied Cortes' request to dismiss the suit.Nov 1, 2011
Oh, and that rpromise? At the close of session, Mr Pearce had sponsored or co-sponsored no less than 5 bills directly related to illegal immigration.
And every single one was defeated. Despite a Republican supermajority.
Well, at least it appears his fellow R's in the Senate recognized his lie to them and appropriately rewarded him for breaking his promise to them.
Be nice if the voters of LD18 do the same.Nov 1, 2011
I find it useful to read the article prior to commenting.
If you'd like to do that, you'll find the answer to your question on the timing of the recall.
I'd also like to think that those who supported Pearce by voting for him last November might be holding him to a promise he made in late November. It was a promise he made to his fellow R's to secure needed votes and be elected Senate President. It was a promise he echoed to his constituents in LD18 and all citizens of Arizona. A promise that in exchange for their vote for him as Senate President that he would "not sponsor or be involved with any legislation pertaining to illegal immigration...it's time for someone else to carry that water...I intend to focus on the issues important to Arizonan's and why they re-elected me: the jobs and the economy. My focus on these issues will be like a laser."
So, there you have it. Mr Pearce promised all of us he'd focus on jobs on the economy and leave illegal immigration out of it. And what did we get? A bill to Nullify Federal laws and mandates (that he ran up twice)...Sponsorship for a birther bill...A bill naming the Colt Single Action Army revolver the official State gun. When we finally did see a jobs bill, it was hardly anything but. Nothing effective immediately to help get Arizonan's back to work...well, nothing at all that promises to put Arizonan's to work. But, it does promise lots of tax breaks to Corporation in Arizona. Tax breaks to the tune of $600M starting in 2014 (read; $600M less tax revenue for the State). The same year we realize the loss of the .01 special sales tax that's worth about $800M to our tax coffers.Nov 1, 2011
Mr Biggs writes: "When our caucus voted for Russell to become Senate president...."
However, Mr Biggs omits noting that in order to procure the necessary votes to win the seat, Mr Pearce PROMISED his caucus members, LD18 voters and Arizona residents that if elected Senate President he would not sponsor or co-sponsor ANY immigration related legislation. He stated he "would let others carry the water, it's their turn" and that his reason for doing so was "to focus on the issues important to Arizonan's; the economy and jobs".
At the close of the session, Mr Pearce had sponsored and/or co-sponsored no less than 6 immigration related bills. ALL WERE DEFEATED, despite a supermajority and because of No votes from several fellow Republican legislators.
And his focus on the economy result? 1 Jobs bill. A jobs bill which did nothing to put people back to work now. Or next year. Or the year after. In fact, it does not assure people of any jobs. In fact, the bill's provisions do not fully kick in until 2014. What it does do, however, is ASSURE corporations of generous tax breaks. To the tune of $600M a year. In other-words, a LOSS of $600M per year in state tax revenue.
Nice of Mr Pearce to give his corporate sponsors something to look forward to in 2014 while doing nothing for a State with 300,000 people looking for work.Oct 26, 2011
Mr Biggs writes: "President Pearce promised voters a truly balanced budget, and he delivered with a package that balanced the books without crippling state agencies. I know how hard he worked to make it happen, because I was right there alongside him, at many of the discussions leading up to the budget plan. President Pearce is a former Appropriations chair, who knows the state budget back and forth, up and down. His experience is invaluable, and all Arizonans are benefitting from it."
Russell Pearce has been in the State Legislature since 2003. Russell Pearce and his supporters have continually pointed out the budget issues and shortfalls that took place during his tenure in the Senate and placed that blame squarely on the shoulders of former Governor Napolitano. Those shortfalls continued under Governor Brewer as well.
Throughout all of those years, Russell Pearce held the position of Chairman of the Appropriations committee in either the House or Senate. Republicans also, in each of those years, controlled both the House and the Senate, Republicans also held, in each of those years, the positions of Senate President and Speaker of the House.
Yet, suddenly, Mr Biggs feels it is right and good to absolve Mr Pearce of the budget issues of the previous years (including the novel solution of selling our state's legislative buildings, adding $1.5B to overall state debt) and praise him for a "balanced budget" that only became balanced by removing many costs from State level to County and City level?
Sorry, Mr Biggs. Mr Pearce has shown no ability to balance the state budget in his 8 years of holding office and holding the Approps Chair title in both the House and Senate (a position that is intimately involved in the budget process). He has shown a great ability to immensely increase general fund spending, cut education spending and increase Corrections spending.
Oct 26, 2011
You did create your name out of pure sarcasm, right RationalHuman?
It was known long before Cortes filed that Lewis was in the race. Filing date means little and shows the level of straws to which you have to grasp at. There's a one day difference with Cortes filing first. But, the Court has acknowledged that it was Pearce supporters that put her up to it. So, let's call a spade a spade, shall we; Pearce supporters filed 1 day before Lewis.
And no, you don't need to disclose your motives when running for office. But, you do need to disclose your finances while running.
All in all, the scrutiny she was placed under prior to an election pales in comparison to what she would have received had she been elected to office.
It's better that she acknowledge her inability to deal with it now, rather than later when we all would have to pay for it.Oct 6, 2011
Oh, this should be rich.
Will there be a citation made out by the AZ SoS office to
Mr/Mrs Tooth Fairy, c/o East Valley Tea Party?Sep 30, 2011
To add onto RationalHuman's "thoughts"...
Those points beg the question...why would any self respecting Tea Partier associate with her? Let alone be her campaign chairman and finance her campaign as Greg Western, prominent member of the East Valley Tea Party and ardent Russell Pearce supporter did.
Why would Dan Grimm, Pat Oldroyd, Lester Pearce and his daughters solicit signatures for Ms Cortes, when she clearly sees immigration in a different light?Sep 29, 2011
Obviously, the Ethics committee will drag their feet regarding Pearce and all other legislators over the Fiesta Bowl scandal...unless they vote against these bills.
The only hope would be that the Feds and IRS investigations can be cranked up to rid Arizona of the pox called Russell Pearce.Apr 5, 2011