Republicans’ Near Sweep Of County Offices Changes Face Of Pinal Politics

Although ballot tabulations are not yet final, Republican candidates staged a near sweep of county and state offices in Pinal County last week, indicating the face of county politics has changed drastically in the last few years. For the first time, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors will be controlled by a Republican majority; four of five county supervisors winning seats on the newly expanded board in last week’s election are Republicans. 
Paul Messigner, president of the San Tan Republican Club announced recently that Will Cardon will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the San Tan Republican Club. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, May 17. The meeting will be held at the sheriff’s substation meeting room at the intersection of Gantzel and Combs roads.
You have the rest of this week to vote in the primaries! Any registered voter can vote early until August 24.  Contact your County Recorder’s Office (520-866-6830) to find an early voting location in your community. You just have to be in line by 5:00 on Friday.
  Babeu refuses to turn over county computers to feds for inquiry into on-the-job politicking   The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is investigating Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and several of his top aides for their possible involvement in unlawful political activity. The federal agency has issued two subpoenas after the Sheriff’s Office refused to turn over two laptop computers. Records show the subpoenas were issued April 10 during an investigation of possible violations of the Hatch Act.
The following profiles were provided by each candidate to the AJ News.  Profiles included are for both the Democrat Primary and the Republican Primary. There are two (2) candidates on the Democrat ticket - Glenn Millsaps & Kevin Taylor. There are four (4) candidates on the Republican ticket - Derek Arnson, Paul Babeu, Tom Bearup and Jack McClaren.
Also leads with $240,664 banked in Quarter 4 San Tan Valley - Despite a 68 day exploratory committee without a final district, Sheriff Paul Babeu led all Arizona House candidates in fundraising as well as money netted in Quarter 4.
Two officers file suit, say Sheriff’s administration “swept case under the rug” Two Arizona law enforcement officers filed a lawsuit last week against Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, saying his administration pulled strings to release and clear the record of a man who assaulted and injured the officers. Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Officer Hugh Grant, one of the officers filing suit, says the sheriff’s department’s administration was “going to sweep this case under the rug from day one.”
  Babeu Leads While Gosar Misleads Sheriff Paul Babeu announced over the weekend that he raised just over $144,000 in the first quarter of 2012 for his campaign for Congress, putting him well ahead of his nearest opponent. Since announcing his candidacy last October, Babeu has never trailed in fundraising.
Scott and Cara Prior, residents of Apache Junction, are both running for the Arizona State Legislature. Democrat Scott Prior has been in the LD16 Senate Race since January of 2012, and Cara Prior, also a Democrat, is now a Write In Candidate for the LD16 House of Representatives. Mrs. Prior decided to run as a write in candidate, as there are two Representative seats available and only one Democratic candidate, Matthew Cerra.  
As of January 17th, 2012, San Tan Valley has new Congressional and Legislative districts. The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission released their final maps of the new districts across Arizona. All of the numbers and border lines have changed. The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission worked hard last year to establish new lines. Much controversy was stirred up over whether the lines were fair, whether Colleen Mathis, the chair of the Commission was doing a good job or not, and over the legal efforts by Governor Brewer to replace her.
Last week, our government proved without a doubt that it is dysfunctional. When few disgruntled legislators can strike fear in the hearts of their own colleagues, we are rapidly moving towards anarchy. When George H. W. Bush banded together a coalition of the willing to stand up to Iraq when they attacked Kuwait, his argument was, we must respect and follow the “Rule of Law”.  
Saturday afternoon on March 3rd, thirty-five migrant rights activists converged on Sheriff Paul Babeu's Pinal County Jail in Florence, Arizona. This was the fifth monthly vigil meeting at the jail to bring attention to the conditions under which immigration detainees are being held.Members of the Arizona Detention Working Group (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Arizona-Detention-Working-Group/280858511963997) are calling for the cancellation of the contract the Pinal County Jail has with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
“The Supreme Court’s decision today on SB1070 illustrates that we, as a nation, still have a long road ahead in resolving the issue of immigration. But in Arizona, we must take the opportunity to create legislation that is progressive in a humanitarian approach and deals specifically with the economic needs of our state.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, is the day of the general election that will decide the U.S. presidential race, the U.S. congressional races, state races, county races, and local races such as school district and fire district governing board seats.
Pinal County Sheriff's Candidate, Tom Bearup will hold a press conference on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 beginning at 10am.  The press conference will be held at Peart Park, 350 E 6th Street, Casa Grande, Arizona.
On July 17th, 2013, I issued a call to arms for Pinal County to support the petition drive to place HB2305 on the 2014 ballot. Well today we learned that approximately 146,000 signatures were submitted to the Secretary of State to 1) stop this odious bill from being enacted and 2) placing the bill on the ballot for the people to defeat next November. When petitions were passed out to the Pinal County Precinct Committeepersons, they did not hesitate to take on the challenge of knocking on doors, setting up tables and having community gatherings to collect signatures. What seemed like a tremendous task upfront was quickly reduced to just business as usual for the volunteers. It also became very apparent that, We Are Not Alone!!!

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