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So did you hear the one about American Traffic Solutions “generously” donating 63 backpacks filled with school supplies to a local charity? Taking a page out of the tobacco industry’s playbook, ATS appears to be desperately trying to change the public perception of their company’s dangerous and unpopular product: automated ticketing. The “donation,” which we optimistically value to be worth about $2000 (at $31 a bag), is an amazing accomplishment considering the $50 million dollars Goldman Sachs pumped into the firm last fall (after being bailed out by the taxpayers).

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Thelen Paulk

A friend called me last night to tell me about a publiction on the front page of The Foothills Focus. It's a tale of our time in a poem. The Foothills focus is a north valley community news paper serving Anthem, Black Canyon City, Carefree, Desert Hills, Cave Creek, New River, North Phoenix, North Scottsdale, and Tramonto.

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East Valley Tribune

A Mesa detective who shot and killed a 15-year-old girl at the end of a car chase on May 28, fired his weapon to protect his partner, according to a police report.  The car had heavily tinted windows and Detective Nathan Schlitz fired five to six rounds through the driver's side window.

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 The Arizona Department of Public Safety office that processes permit applications for licenses to carry a concealed weapon has already cut its staff in half in an attempt to comply with directives to save money during the tax revenue downturn. Now, the potential shutdown of the state government threatens to shutter the office all together. Let's get an insider's point of view.

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From A group campaigning to eliminate photo enforcement in Arizona has forced Paradise Valley to admit that it has been shortchanging drivers. A volunteer with the group Camerafraud discovered the city used illegally short yellows at the intersection of Tatum Boulevard and McDonald Drive. The motorist was mailed a red light camera ticket for allegedly entering the intersection just 0.2 seconds after the light had turned red. “I was nailed with a ticket at an intersection that left me very perplexed because I didn’t think I was going to get a ticket,” David K. wrote on June 16. “I thought I was close enough to the intersection to pass the limit line before the light turned red. Well, I thought wrong because the duration for the yellow light on a 40 MPH speed limit road was only three seconds…” …Altogether, 1063 motorists issued red light camera tickets between May 6 and June 16 will receive refunds if paid or have their citations canceled. Most have not p

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Thayer Verschoor, R-(eally?) Gilbert was the lone wolf in attempting to reverse a proposed ban on automated ticketing that has been working its way through the State Senate. Verschoor should know better than any legislator how unpopular photo enforcement is with constituents: his hometown of Gilbert is the only major city in the East Valley to not use the revenue-enhancing systems on their streets and roadways. So why did he do it? We have no idea, but you’re welcome to contact his office and ask. Post the response you get, if any, in the comments section below. Thayer Verschoor Phone: (602) 926-4136 Fax: (602) 417-3220

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10th Amendment Center

Right on the heels of a successful state-by-state nullification of the 2005 Real ID act, the State of Arizona is out in the forefront of a growing resistance to proposed federal health care legislation.

This past Monday, the Arizona State Senate voted 18-11 to concur with the House and approve the Health Care Freedom Act (HCR2014).  This will put a proposal on the 2010 ballot which would constitutionally override any law, rule or regulation that requires individuals or employers to participate in any particular health care system.


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Arizona Republic

The majority opinion sent a strong message to lower courts by questioning why schools and states should remain under the direction of federal courts for so many years.

The Court of Appeals "improperly substituted its own policy judgments for those of the state and local officials entrusted with the decision," Alito wrote.


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AZ Central

Lawmakers have balked at Gov. Jan Brewer's request to refer a temporary sales-tax increase to the ballot because they don't approve of tax increases. But they're moving along a bill to refer another tax hike to the ballot.

What makes one tax referral different from another? Baseball, apparently.

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PAUL DAVENPORT / Associated Press Writer

[There is a danger that people would realize how useless Law enforcement is ED] Law enforcement officials on Thursday said public safety would be put at risk by proposed legislation that would allow Arizonans to carry concealed weapons without state permits and allow those with permits to take concealed weapons to schools when picking up and dropping off students.

State Sen. Sylvia Allen, the bill's sponsor, said public safety would be enhanced, not diminished, if her bill becomes law, particularly in the state's urban areas.

One of several gun-rights measures advancing in the Legislature, the bill would replace the current misdemeanor for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, with one prohibiting use of a concealed weapon for violent or other serious crimes.

The bill (SB170) proposed by Allen of Snowflake and

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Redflex seems to be running out of gas— literally and figuratively. The photo radar vendor is facing the possibility that it’s biggest co-conspirator in crime and cheerleader-in-chief, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, may be forced to “review” the contract due to a possible state government shutdown.

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Cochise Liberty Alliance begins a new twice-monthly meeting format on Monday June 22nd with guest speaker Ernest Hancock, the Libetarian candidate for Arizona Secretary of State in 2006. Mr. Hancock runs the Freedom's Phoenix website ( and aids grassroots activists in the Phoenix area. He was responsible for designing the Ron Paul Revolution logo and gave speeches at the huge Ron Paul rallies in Washington DC. He will be speaking on his recent trip to Jekyll Island, GA with the We the People Foundation and giving us pointers for political action in our communities. Cochise Liberty Alliance meets at 6:30 pm on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of every month at 203 N Huachuca Blvd, Huachuca City (in Fountain Plaza next to WW Pizza). Free refreshments, literature, and DVDs provided. Visit CoLA's website or call Karen 508-9403 or Joy 266-4795. Come talk politics with us!

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Daniel Heller/

On Monday those quirky black-robe sporting Justices on the Supreme Court refused to hear arguments from a coalition of Native Americans, environmentalists, the Sierra Club and people who hit the bong consistently and successfully through law school regarding the fate of Arizona’s beloved Snowbowl...

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Arizona Daily Star

The fedgov's push includes freeing overtime funds for local police & county sheriff's deputies to help conduct inspections. Nogales police & Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies have already been trained, & Pima County sheriff's deputies were receiving training last week to conduct random, unannounced southbound inspections