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Convenient Contact Information For Your Elected Officials

January 31, 2015 Leave a comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Flagstaff Liberty Alliance recently posted a page with contact information for our elected officials. This is a good reference to bookmark and use often and I wanted to share it here.

Contacting your elected officials and letting them know how you feel about the issues you care about is a very important part of being involved in the political process. They need to hear your thoughts and concerns.

City of Flagstaff Council Members
council@flagstaffaz.gov

Coconino County Board of Supervisors

Liz Archuleta
larchuleta@coconino.az.gov
Matt Ryan
mryan@coconino.az.gov
Mandy Metzger
mmetzger@coconino.az.gov
Lena Fowler
lfowler@coconino.az.gov
Art Babbott
ababbott@coconino.az.gov

LD 6 State Representatives

Brenda Barton
bbarton@azleg.gov
Bob Thorpe
bthorpe@azleg.gov

LD 6 State Senator
Sylvia Allen
sallen@azleg.gov

Congressional District 1

Ann Kirkpatrick
http://kirkpatrick.house.gov/contact/email-me

United States Senators
Jeff Flake
http://www.flake.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-jeff
John McCain
http://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form

Thorpe AND Democrats Don’t Get The Irony

January 29, 2015 1 comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Arizona Dems are calling Bob Thorpe a hypocrite (and rightly so) for his support for a ballot measure that would require future ballot measures to pass by 75% if they conflict with Federal Law.

The irony there, of course, is that this law would have destroyed Prop 122 which Bob Thorpe was a big supporter of.

Where the Dems fail miserably and show their own hypocrisy is when they call people who support nullification of unjust federal laws “Neo-Confederates”.  After all, they are supporting the nullification of federal marijuana laws in the State of Arizona and elsewhere.

The irony works both ways. They would never call a supporter of Colorado’s marijuana legalization a Neo-Confederate. A little consistency on both sides would be nice once in a while.

For more on what the Dems are saying about Bob Thorpe read here:

http://blogforarizona.net/rep-bob-thorpe-doesnt-get-irony

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I was going to contact Bob Thorpe on Twitter and let him know my thoughts on his proposed ballot measure but he has blocked me once again (click photo to enlarge).

SB1017 Will Require Legislators To Disclose Financial Conflict Of Interest

January 20, 2015 2 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

A bill requiring legislators to disclose if they or their immediate family will financially benefit from a bill or resolution has been introduced by Senator Ed Ableser (D) in the Arizona Senate. SB 1017 requires that legislators not only disclose their financial conflict of interest but also have it published on the State website on their legislative page.

Failure to disclose a financial conflict of interest will result in a Class 1 misdemeanor.

It is surprising that something like this is not already a law in Arizona and even more surprising that our legislators do not have to recuse themselves when they vote on bills they will directly benefit from. I have a feeling that the people of Arizona will agree that this bill is very much needed. How the legislators feel about it, however, could be a completely different story.

Please contact your AZ legislators and tell them to support this bill. Contact info can be found here:

Arizona Senate:

http://azleg.gov/MemberRoster.asp?Body=S

Arizona House:

http://azleg.gov/MemberRoster.asp?Body=H&SortBy=1

Time For Coconino County To Stream And Post Their Meetings

January 20, 2015 1 comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

I have been asked by a couple people why I have not been as active on my blog as I used to be. For those who don’t know, I was recently elected president of the Flagstaff Liberty Alliance and that is where I have been focusing a lot of my writing energy.

Flagstaff Liberty Alliance has a blog with lots of articles written by myself and other FLA members. It can be found here:

http://flagstafflibertyalliance.com/blog/

One of the issues we have focused on in that blog is County transparency.

At the January Flagstaff Liberty Alliance meeting, the guest speaker was Coconino County Supervisor Art Babbott. During the discussion, someone asked Supervisor Babbott about the possibility of streaming and posting County Board meetings to the County website in the same way the City of Flagstaff posts their meetings.

Supervisor Babbot was not opposed to the idea and he encouraged our members to write the County Board and County Manager with our thoughts.

Since Coconino County covers such a large area, and since many County meetings are held in the middle of the day on a Tuesday, many people have a very difficult time making it to the meetings.

I have been advocating for transparency and openness on this blog for a very long time and I want to encourage everyone reading this to contact the County and encourage them to stream and post their meetings.

Making meetings more accessible and open to the public is common sense and something that people across the political spectrum can support.

If you would like to receive email action alerts and updates like the information above from Flagstaff Liberty Alliance, you can go to flagstafflibertyalliance.com and sign up for the email list.

Flag Council Votes Tuesday On Plastic Bag Ban

January 8, 2015 Leave a comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

On Tuesday, January 13th the Flagstaff City Council will be voting on whether or not to move forward with a plastic bag ban in Flagstaff. In previous posts I have talked about this coming up and now the date is officially set in stone.

The proposed ban will apply to “point of sale bags” which means all the bags you receive at the checkout counter will be illegal. Produce, dry cleaner and newspaper bags will be exempt. Businesses who don’t comply with the bag ban could receive up to $500 a day fines.

As longtime readers of my blog know, I strongly opposed this bag ban from the start. I was one of the two dissenting votes on the Sustainability Commission and argued that promoting recycling and educating the public about where to recycle bags would go a long way to help solve the bag litter problem.

Unfortunately, I was outvoted and the ban is now in the Flagstaff City Council’s hands.

If you believe you are responsible enough to reuse and recycle bags, then you know we don’t need to ban them. Please tell the Flagstaff City Council to vote NO on a bag ban.

I encourage everyone opposed to this ban to show up at the January 13th meeting at 6:00 PM and speak or fill out a comment card.

You can also contact the entire council by email here:

council@flagstaffaz.gov

daily sun

If the bag ban is approved, it won’t apply to the Daily Sun throwing their unsolicited garbage in my yard.

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