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A former Apache County sheriff who pleaded guilty to a felony charge in 2007 and resigned from office has now been hired as an investigator for the county prosecutor.   Brian Hounshell pleaded guilty to a charge of soliciting the misuse of public funds and 10 other public corruption charges were dropped. He was placed on three years probation and ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution and perform 1,000 hours community service.   He was hired this week by Apache County Attorney Michael Whiting, who told the Arizona Republic that he was the best man for the job.   Whiting also has hired former deputy Hugh Lynch, who was convicted of perjury in the same case.

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About a dozen people carrying guns, including one with a military-style rifle, milled among protesters outside the convention center where President Barack Obama was giving a speech Monday - the latest incident in which protesters have openly displayed firearms near the president.

Gun-rights advocates say they're exercising their constitutional right to bear arms and protest, while those who argue for more gun control say it could be a disaster waiting to happen.

 

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Daniel Heller

Obama tainted our beautiful state once again today with his presence and another one of his endless campaign speeches. (Yes, “campaign.” Considering his lack of real governmental experience, the man really doesn’t know how to stop.) This time it he was trying to appeal to veterans by doing what all good socialists and hack salesmen do: promise everything plus the moon...for free! He spoke late this morning in downtown Phoenix at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention at the Convention Center. Nothing new here (aside from his being in Phoenix). Big deal. Hope and change. Yada yada.

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AzCentral.com

Maricopa County sheriff's deputies on Wednesday stormed into a county building, seized control of a computer system and threatened to arrest county employees if they tried to stop them, according to county officials.

County management responded by asking a Maricopa County Superior Court judge for a temporary restraining order against the Sheriff's Office.

The system, which provides access to law-enforcement databases, is the subject of a lawsuit between the Sheriff's Office and the Board of Supervisors. 

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Arizona Republic

The Sheriff's Office took control of the Integrated Criminal Justice Information System from county employees on Wednesday. The system links the county's criminal-justice agencies to state and national databases that hold criminal records, court dates, probation and personal information, and other records.

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    Phoenix 3TV tracks me down from the givemeliberty.org and wethepeople.org sites and wants to interview me about the incident surrounding William Kostric, who was openly carrying a gun, where the so-called President Obama, who was scheduled to speak. The Media is in an uproar over this man exerci

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AZCentral.com

 More than 2,000 commercial properties in Maricopa County have received 90-day foreclosure notices since Jan. 1, representing $6.3 billion in real-estate loans on which the borrowers have failed to make payments. That number is staggering when placed in contrast with the average commercial foreclosure rate over the past decade, which has been practically zero. The problem, sparked by property-value declines and a paucity of refinancing options, has produced a steady flow of distressed commercial properties onto the market, with a heavy emphasis on small and midsize office and retail centers.

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AzFamily.com

An Arizona state senator resigned from her leadership post Tuesday, citing philosophical differences with other Republican leaders on taxes and spending.

In an e-mail announcing her resignation as Senate majority whip, Republican Sen. Pamela Gorman of Anthem says she finds raising taxes during a recession is the wrong thing to do.

Gorman, who is retaining her position as a state senator, is an opponent of Gov. Jan Brewer's proposal for a sales tax increase. Gorman says the tax issue is tearing apart the Republican caucus.

The Arizona Legislature returned Tuesday afternoon to its special session focusing on closing a state budget deficit estimated at more than $3 billion. 


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CameraFRAUD

An automated ticketing machine was rendered inoperable over the weekend, CameraFRAUD has learned. The Redflex device, located on the AZ-51, appears to have been covered with black spray paint ("freedom mist?") Arizona’s beleaguered “photo enforcement” cameras have been rendered inoperable with post-it notes, silly string, sledgehammers, pick-axes, spray paint, large rocks, spare tires, as well as two acts of God .

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The Arizona Court of Appeals has thrown out the conviction of Harold Fish and chastised the judge who tried the case. Mr. Fish has been released from custody into his family's joyfully waiting arms, while he awaits final resolution of his case.   Fish was the retired school teacher who shot a man who charged at him swinging his arms and yelling threats in a forest outside of Payson. Fish was convicted of second degree murder in 2006, in a trial many thought was grossly unfair, and has spent the intervening three years in an Arizona state prison. He had no prior criminal record of any kind. The Appeals Court ruled, among other things, that Fish should have been allowed to introduce evidence of his homeless attacker's violent past and the vicious histories of the man's dogs which triggered the event.   The case was tried under an old abusive standard, quietly slipped into law without review in 1996 by state prosecutors. This forced a self-defense c

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AZ Central

Call it a sign of desperate times: Legislators are considering selling the House and Senate buildings where they've conducted state business for more than 50 years.

Dozens of other state properties also may be sold as the state government faces its worst financial crisis in a generation, if not ever. 

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CameraFRAUD

The lunatics at Redflex are in charge of the insane asylum of photo enforcement as DPS backs away from a public relations nightmare. Over 3,600 people were inexplicably set for the same court date in Phoenix, prompting an angry response from those who actually appeared and mounting frustration from court administrators. Judge Rachel Carrillo told ABC15: “The clerks are completly overworked, very stressed. We have people very angry at our counters, some theatening. We are trying to get Redflex to work with us and not do what they did today.”

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CameraFRAUD

The automated ticketing scheme ran by Redflex mailed out over 3,600 “notices” to individuals demanding that they appear for court this morning and CameraFRAUD estimates that less than 100 people actually showed up. (If thousands of “tickets” are mailed out in the desert, and no one responds, does the State’s cash register still make a sound?)

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3,600 Photo Radar Tickets have been set for court... on the SAME DAY at the SAME PLACE. Please consider showing up to hand out the Constitution, wave some signs, collect signatures... ANYTHING! Source email sent out to county workers: "This email is to notify you that West McDowell Justice Court at the Downtown Justice Court Building at 620 West Jackson is anticipating up to 3,600 individuals to appear Monday morning (July 27, 2009) in response to Photo Radar tickets. Court Security will have additional security staff on site to assist with getting individuals in the building and through security as quickly as possible as well as trying to keep the crowds under control. If the building reaches a capacity issue, individuals will be directed to wait outside in a uniform fashion or return closer to the court time."

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Capitol News Services

When the state House convened Monday, only 26 lawmakers were present. That is less than half of the 60 people who are elected to serve.

More to the point, it is less than the 31 required for a quorum.

That didn’t stop House Speaker Kirk Adams from gaveling the body into session and voting on a procedural motion. So how did he get away with it?

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All anti-rights bills defeated, some pro-rights bills died All anti-rights bills defeated, some pro-rights bills died Basically, the state of Arizona  did very well if you're a rights supporter. by Alan Korwin, Author The Arizona Gun Owner's Guide, Gun Laws of America   Waiting until the last possible moment, Arizona governor Jan Brewer on July 13 signed all eight gun-related bills enacted by the state legislature in 2009. Two crucial bills, Constitutional Carry and penalty reduction for discreet carry without a permit, failed passage at the last minute and didn't make it to her desk. The eight bills signed into law, which will become effective on Sep. 30, 2009 (except SB 1242, effective immediately),

At least 14 gun-related bills were introduced this year, with the few anti-rights bills repudiated early in the session and defeated. One other pro-rights bill died at the end, the effort to reduce required classes to three or four hours f

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