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  • Thursday , Feb 1 , 2018

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Robbins for Pinal County Assessor

The Close Enough String Band performs at the arboretum on Sunday, Nov. 11.

I want to personally thank you for allowing me the opportunity to visit with you during this year’s campaign season.

This has been a long season and I know the campaign literature and information can become cumbersome.  I have always believed in the democratic process and the right of citizens to choose their leaders to represent them.  When leaders are chosen by the people, it should be a humbling experience for the candidate.

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Rios Responds to Espinoza

This letter is in response to candidate Mary Espinoza's letter of July 18th, on the Florence Copper Project. After stating some of her reasons for opposing mining in Florence, she concludes by trying to speak for me.

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RIOS RESPONDS TO BABEU

Cholla

Letter to the Editor,

As much as he wants to run away from it, Sheriff Paul Babeu does not have a balanced general fund budget (he will likely be over by one million this year). In fact, this will be the second year in a row that he will have exceeded his general fund budget. 

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Sued because her yellow water appeared on TV!

The Hughes Family

A campaign has been created to help Emily Hughes and Christian Hughes, a San Tan Valley, Arizona couple who have been sued by their local water utility company (Johnson Utilities) for defamation of character.  The lawsuit is for more than $100,000 for fines to Johnson Utilities as well as legal fees and supposed damage to owner George H. Johnson's reputation. 

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Students are directly impacted by forced budget cuts

I moved to San Tan Valley in 1992. I was nine when I started at J.O. Combs Elementary. I am twenty nine and have taught in the Combs District for eight years. Teaching for a year in my old classroom brought back memories which reminded me of my past and solidified my reasons for teaching.

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SRP needs to provide vision, advance energy efficiency

While spring has sprung, here in the Val­ley it is beginning to feel more like summer. And with hundred-degree days around the corner, many of us are beginning to think about where we will take refuge from the heat and how high our electric bills will climb.

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SRP needs to answer questions before raising rates

Passengers line up for service at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

While it would be hard to find anyone who wants to pay more on their electric bill, SRP’s proposed rate increase is particularly hard to stomach since it falls short of providing de­tails necessary for the SRP Board to make an informed decision.

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Sheriff’s race

Apache Junction author Jean Groen and her prickly pear pickin’ accomplice Robert Lewis offer their popular annual class, “How to Juice a Prickly Pear,” at 10:30 a.m.

Paul Babeu’s faltering attempt to retain a place on the public payroll must be feeling the heat. Obviously unnerved by the fact that the Mesa Police Association has endorsed my candidacy for sheriff, Tim Gaffney, Babeu’s communications director, attempted by slander, innuendo and blatant misrepresentation to derail this very significant endorsement by a major law enforcement agency.

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Sheriff Paul Babeu, a closet liberal

In Arizona and throughout America, whether it’s a local election or electing the President of the United States, conservatives are always complaining about liberal views.  

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Sheriff Paul Babeu's Response to Supervisor Rios' Request for the Sheriff to Resign

The Glenn Family - L –R: Ze’Etta, A’Vanti, Mia and Anthony Glenn

Rios: It's Time to be Honest

During the past three years, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office has seen reforms which have resulted in improved law enforcement service to Pinal families.  Unfortunately, Chairman Pete Rios continues to spread misinformation.  Mr. Rios has a past history which shows his hostility towards law enforcement,  including on December 29th, 1996 when he was intoxicated, called his wife a "whore" and slapped her in the face in front of deputies of the Gila County Sheriff's Office.  Not only was Mr. Rios not arrested for the incident, he attempted to use his position as a state senator to get out of the charges; he then made a complaint on the deputies who were only doing their job.  This complaint was much like the complaint he made against the Hayden police officer and Chief of Police last year after he was stopped for speeding and failed to obey the orders of a police officer.  Both complaints made by Rios were full of false allegations and both were later unfounded.

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Sheriff Paul Babeu and Prosecutor Lando Voyles in response to CA Walsh statement

Derek Arnson - Pinal County Sheriff Candidate

Sheriff Paul Babeu and prosecutor Lando Voyles responded sharply to Jim Walsh's expected defense that everything is just fine at the County Attorney's Office.   

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Senator Jon Kyl Endorses Paul Gosar

Today, Senator Jon Kyl offered his full support and endorsement of Congressman Paul Gosar in the race for Congressional District 4.

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Secession

Those who wish to secede from these United States should not, as a matter of principle, use or take advantage of any government entitlements now offered by this “imperfect” government they wish to leave. That means no Social Security, no Medicare, no Medicaid or any other largesse the government offers. 

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The second amendment needs to be re-defined for the modern times

It is my notion that the right to bear arms is very similar to the right to smoke; they both have a cancerous effect that contributes to the decay in modern society. We as a society can continue to ignore and look the other way with temporary fixes that give the appearance of seriousness; however, the reality is: there are too many guns in the US; and our too-many-guns are being turned on us.

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The Office of Sheriff

The most important responsibility of the Sheriff is keeping the peace, not inciting fear in citizens.

The Sheriff must realize the negative consequences of sharing confidential and sensitive Law Enforcement information to non Law Enforcement personnel or any person that doesn’t have a need to know. This is not the way to build trust, especially with Federal, State, County, and Municipal Law Enforcement Agencies.

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The most dangerous game

A video of a Pinal County Sheriff’s Officer recently shooting a suspect who had his back turned and his hands in the air is shocking and stunning. It was an execution, plain and simple.

The shooting occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in broad daylight around 1 p.m.  after a chase involving PCSO deputies and the suspect, identified as 40-year-old Manuel Longoria of Mesa.

Longoria was driving a vehicle reported stolen. It turned out to be his sister’s car.

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The Mental Health System in Arizona is Broken

The Yates family - Desharrah, Frank and Simira - browse through the J.O. Combs Unified School District Food Bank’s clothing selection, where they found some tops and pants for little Simira.

Tuesday morning Channel 5 news profiled a mother who wrote the recent blog titled “The Anarchist Soccer Mom.”

Her article poignantly detailed and defined what parents and siblings live and deal with when a family member is mentally ill and the lack of available assistance. This brave parent came forward as a voice for all those families.  I was shocked and dismayed by the response to this family’s quest to elevate the urgency of mental health reform by National Alliance on Mental Illness representatives. The NAMI spokesman led viewers to believe that help is readily available and completely diminished this very important fact, THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM IN ARIZONA IS BROKEN AND REQUIRES A SIGNIFICANT AND MEANINGFUL OVER HAUL.

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The Medical Marijuana Dilemma

Supervisor Anthony Smith

In 2010, Arizona voters approved Proposition 203, a medical marijuana measure, by a small margin of 50.1 percent to 49.9 percent.

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The Difference Between Clean and Dirty Politics

This is an election year and we are seeing more than our share of dirty politics.

What is the difference between clean and dirty politics?

Dirty politics involved libelous comments against a person’s character, intending to do harm, knowing the reader will not discern the truth with critical thinking.  

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The circus of the Republican Presidential Primary

Now that we have suffered the circus of the Republican Presidential Primary provided for us, we must endure the next round, which will be provided by the Republican and Democratic primary's for Sheriff in Pinal County.  Those that are running in this primary range from knowing nothing about law enforcement to some with a little experience.

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