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Flagstaff Council Considers Changes To The City Charter

October 28, 2014 1 comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

At tonight’s Flagstaff City Council work session, the council was introduced to a long list of proposed changes to the City Charter that were recommended after several months of work by a Charter Review Committee. Recommended changes by the committee include everything from term limits to districts to changing the Mayor’s term from two to four years.

The committee also worked to address another big issue that I have discussed multiple times on my blog. As today’s edition of the Daily Sun reports:

“It also recommended prohibiting the mayor or councilmembers from serving on the board of any institution or charity that receives money from the city.”

While this seems like a no brainer, City staff is not recommending that the Council move this amendment forward.

At the work session, Councilmember Coral Evans voiced her concerns and opposition to this change. Evans currently sits on the board of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association which receives money from the City and pays her a salary.

Other council members were silent on the issue.

The list of changes will be coming back to council and many of the changes will be discussed in detail. Others will be pushed to the side. With staff not recommending this change, it is possible that it will simply go away.

I encourage my readers who live in Flagstaff to contact the Flagstaff City Council and ask them to make this one a priority. Council may disagree with this change personally but they need to send it to the voters and let the people have the final say.

You can contact the Flagstaff City Council here:

http://www.flagstaff.az.gov/index.aspx?nid=1406

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Why Republicans Have No Credibility

October 21, 2014 Leave a comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Maricopa County Republican Party Chairman A. J. LaFaro is once again accusing Democrats of voter fraud (paving the way for the return of HB2305) and this time he claims he has proof…the perfectly legal practice of mass ballot collection.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not a big fan of mass ballot collection, a practice where political parties and special interest groups pick up voted ballots from early voters and get them to elections office. BUT, both parties do it and to call it fraud is a big mischaracterization. Nobody has ever been able to prove that fraud has taken place during mass ballot collection in Arizona.

LaFaro goes on to say that the person returning the ballots said “go f*** yourself, gringo” when confronted. Maybe he did (and I wouldn’t really blame him for it) but if I had to guess I would say LaFaro is exaggerating a bit to make it more of a racial issue. That always gets Republicans riled up during election season.

Meanwhile, Republicans have been quite busy with their own mass ballot collection. But you won’t hear A. J. LaFaro playing the fraud card here:

AZGOP Ballot

Republicans lose all credibility when they cry fraud when Democrats do something that they themselves do.

Tom Woods Announces Release Of New Book “Real Dissent”

October 7, 2014 Leave a comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Yesterday I was happy to receive word that the new Tom Woods book Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion will be released on October 14th. This book will have a forward by Ron Paul and promises to be another Tom Woods masterpiece.

Those who have read his books know that Tom Woods is one of the most articulate writers in the Liberty Movement today. I am really looking forward to picking up my copy.

You can pre-order the Kindle version HERE.

UPDATE: The paperback edition can be ordered HERE.

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