By Elisha Dorfsmith
Flagstaff Unified School District is preparing for yet another tax override vote and that means voters should start preparing for another round of scare tactics and fear mongering from the district.
Today’s edition of the Arizona Daily Sun lays out the details of the plan in an article titled FUSD readies return to voters. In addition to an override vote next year, there are plans for several bond measures to be on the ballot.
As some of you know, I helped lead the charge against the last override and even though it ended up passing, those of us who took a stand were able to educate voters about the waste and irresponsible spending in the district. Now, more than ever, people are watching the district closely and questioning their mismanagement.
As we head into the 2012 election cycle, please keep the following in mind:
A few months ago, a friend of mine who is a teacher in the district posted the following in a public forum:
“The Director of Budget also mentioned that another override would again be voted on in 2012. After trying to pump up faculty and staff to get more community members registered to vote so it passes easily, I asked him if the district was prepared to push to get the override on the ballot again as soon as possible (like was done last time around) if it were to be voted down in 2012. He laughed off the suggestion and said Flagstaff historically passes overrides. Last time around people just weren’t paying attention.”
FUSD is working hard behind the scenes to make sure voters pass this override and that means we will have to fight even harder to make sure it fails. As the election gets closer I will be reviving my PAC against the override, encouraging voters to write the paper explaining why they are opposed to another override, and going door to door asking voters to vote no. I hope you will join me.
In the meantime, please consider joining the Flagstaff Residents Against the FUSD Override Facebook Page.
02-16-2012 UPDATE: Today’s edition of the Arizona Daily Sun shows that FUSD lost 622 more students this year. With enrollment way down, staff reduced, and schools closed, why does the district need another tax override?
People are leaving the district because FUSD is spending money on distractions rather than education. Why should we reward them with more money to mismanage?
03-01-2012 UPDATE: FUSD is really going overboard with the fear mongering in today’s edition of the Arizona Daily Sun. This would be hilarious if it wasn’t so pathetic and predictable.
By Elisha Dorfsmith
Flagstaff Farmers Market appears to be the most recent small business to run afoul of the city’s schizophrenic and oppressive policies. I stumbled across this post from the Flagstaff Farmers Market Facebook page this morning:
“We bought our old farm truck after consulting with the city our intent to use it to help promote our business. We were told as long as we moved it daily and used it in our business it would be alright to park it out front. Now they’re saying we can’t park it out front anymore!!!! I love it when our wonderful government changes the rules just because they can! We’re struggling as a business to survive this recession and the truck really did help us. Anyone want to buy an old truck?”
City gives green light and then says no to this truck at Flagstaff Farmers Market.
By Elisha Dorfsmith
After being told by the City of Flagstaff that incentives were needed to bring a Dodge / Chrysler dealership to town, we now find out that the dealership will be coming regardless. Today a Dodge / Chrysler banner was spread across the former Mazda building as workers prepared for a grand opening.
Last month, after outrage and pressure from the public, the city did an about face and decided not to approve the incentive. Apparently the dealership feels that it is still worthwhile for them to open in Flagstaff without the $384,000 tax deal.
Keep this in mind the next time the city says that they have to offer special treatment to a company in order to bring them to town. The city should not be in the business of trying to pick winners and losers. If they want to be business friendly they should be equally friendly to everyone.
The market knows more about what Flagstaff needs or doesn’t need than our council and mayor ever could.
Coming to Flagstaff without special treatment.
By Elisha Dorfsmith
With thousands of views, hundreds of comments and countless shares on social networking sites, I am happy to say that I have officially made it to 100 posts on the Flag Liberty Blog.
Over the past 15 months I have tried to offer insight and information from a liberty perspective on as many issues and topics as possible. Thanks to everyone who has read, commented, critiqued and shared my articles.
If you have not done so already, please consider subscribing to the Flag Liberty Blog. When a critical issues arises we need as many people as possible tuned in and ready to spread the word at a moments notice. When you subscribe, you will receive an email update whenever a new blog is posted.
If you read through my older posts you will notice that many are even more relevant today than when I first wrote them. For example, my warning about “Top Two” is becoming a very real possibility for Arizona. As I type, volunteers across AZ are collecting signatures to put this terrible measure on the ballot.
The Arizona Daily Sun has written several editorials supporting “Top Two” including this one in today’s paper. Once again, it is up to the alternative media to push back. We need to start educating the public about this now or Arizonans are going to be fooled just like the people of California and Washington were. California and Washington will never have a third party candidate on a general election ballot again. We cannot let the duopoly win here in Arizona.
Many of my readers started reading my blog for the education articles. I sincerely apologize for slacking off in that area in recent weeks. Campaigning, teaching, working and political activities have taken up the majority of my time. As soon as things slow down I plan to attend and report on school board meetings again.
In the meantime, I encourage you all to start attending city council, school board, county and other meetings and report or blog about them. We desperately need a network of people shining the light on our elected officials while holding their feet to the fire.
If you have a local liberty oriented blog, please let me know and I will be sure to link to it in the blog section of flagstafflibertyalliance.com
Pausing for a picture while door to door canvassing.
By Elisha Dorfsmith
As Ron Paul 2012 bumper stickers show up on cars all over town, people have been contacting me on a daily basis asking how they can get involved in the local grassroots campaign. The enthusiasm and support that I am seeing around Flagstaff is incredible. We are gaining momentum and supporters with each passing day.
On November 30th, CNN will be holding a Republican debate at the Mesa Arts Center. With the Republican candidates coming to Arizona, I think we can expect to see a surge of interest in the Ron Paul campaign. I wanted to give you all a heads up on a few important issues for Flagstaff and Arizona Ron Paul supporters. Please share this information with your friends and family.
Register As A Republican
Many Arizona residents do not know that we have a closed presidential primary. Lots of Independent and unaffiliated voters will be very disappointed on election day when they go to their polling place and realize that they cannot vote for the Republican presidential candidate of their choice.
If you want to vote for Ron Paul in the February 28 Republican primary you MUST be registered as a Republican. The deadline to register is January 30th. You can register quick and easy online HERE or visit your county registration office. Coconino County residents can find the Coconino County Elections Office at 110 E. Cherry Avenue in Flagstaff.
Arizona For Ron Paul 2012 recently created a facebook event for us to share with our Arizona friends to remind them that they have to register Republican if they want to vote for Ron Paul in the primary. If you’re on facebook, please share this event with everyone you know in AZ. You can find the event page HERE.
I would love to see Ron Paul 2012 campaign signs all over Northern Arizona as the primary election gets closer. On the 11/11/11 Veterans Day money bomb I will be buying more signs from the campaign store and I encourage you to do the same. Items bought at the campaign store count as donations. You can find the signs HERE.
During the 2008 campaign, Flagstaff Ron Paul supporters had several run-ins with code enforcement. The City thought that it was just a couple people putting up Ron Paul signs so whenever there was a complaint it was usually directed at my wife and I. Little did they know that dozens of people all over town were taking the initiative on their own without any organization and putting up signs wherever they could find a good spot. At one point I even received a call from the police who were launching a criminal investigation into illegally placed Ron Paul signs. Needless to say, lots of signs were confiscated and a lot of time and money went to waste.
This time around I would like to see Ron Paul signs everywhere possible but I’d like to see them stay put rather than be taken down within a couple days by code enforcement. The good news is that the rules have eased a bit since the last election so we should be able to cover all the strategic locations with minimal trouble.
State law allows campaign signs to be placed within 60 days of the February 28th primary election. So legally you can start putting signs up on December 31st.
Arizona recently approved H.B. 2500 which allows campaign signs in right-of-ways and other locations formerly restricted by many cities including the City of Flagstaff. Local code enforcement has confirmed with me that the new state law trumps city rules and that they will not be taking down signs in the newly approved locations.
As of the writing of this post the City of Flagstaff has not updated their website to include the eased restrictions in H.B. 2500. The city website does provide information on the size and type of campaign signs that are allowed. Keep in mind that the signs sold at RonPaul2012.com meet all of the city requirements. City of Flagstaff campaign sign rules can be found HERE.
While I’m not a fan of the state telling homeowner associations what to do, the state recently passed a law requiring HOAs to allow campaign signs. I am happy that I will now be allowed to put up a Ron Paul 2012 sign in my yard. My HOA rules forbade campaign signs in the past.
The Flagstaff Ron Paul grassroots have been very active in the Ron Paul 2012 campaign. So far we have canvassed several precincts, had entries in two parades, handed out literature and bumper stickers in Heritage Square, held countless sign rallies at Flagstaff City Hall and had a booth at the Coconino County Fair. If you would like to stay updated on grassroots campaign events as they come up, please consider joining the Ron Paul 2012 Flagstaff, AZ facebook page. If you are not on facebook, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org asking to be added to the mailing list and we will keep you updated that way.
UPDATE: The above mentioned Arizona debate was rescheduled for February 2012.
Flagstaff Ron Paul supporters take part in the 2011 NAU Homecoming Parade.