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Flagstaff Passes Overreaching Party Ordinance

May 20, 2015 4 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

I was in attendance at last night’s Flagstaff City Council meeting where Flagstaff Liberty Alliance showed up to oppose the second reading of the City’s overreaching party ordinance.

Thanks so much to Councilman Jeff Oravits for his lone NO vote. Unfortunately it passed 6-1.

At the meeting, Flagstaff City Councilmember Celia Barotz dismissed FLA’s concerns and insisted that this language in the ordinance would only apply to trouble makers at a gathering. Interestingly, the Daily Sun interpreted the ordinance the same way Flagstaff Liberty Alliance did.

“If the amendments are approved any and all of the persons at the nuisance party could be cited and fined individually for the offense.”

Barotz and Flag PD insisted that the offenses in the ordinance that say “including but not limited to” would apply only to noise disturbances. Flagstaff Liberty Alliance was concerned that the “not limited to” language would give police unlimited reasons to cite event attendees. I strongly question Flagstaff PD’s argument. If this really is strictly about noise, then how can they list littering as one of the possible offenses? Last I checked, throwing plastic cups on the ground was not excessively noisy.

The Flagstaff Police Department also told attendees to trust them to use their judgement to enforce the law properly and only go after the bad guys. It reminded me of when the Flagstaff Police Department showed up to my house a few years ago because of a barking dog complaint. They knocked on my door and the dog barked from inside the house. They left us a warning saying that when they knocked the dog barked and if it happened again we would get a fine. How do you like that judgement? We had to get rid of our dog because you can’t keep a dog from barking inside your home when a cop knocks loudly.

The City who created the original ordinance that Flagstaff’s ordinance was crafted from was sued and the ordinance tied up in court. I expect the ACLU and others to push back against the City of Flagstaff on this one. Some of the language in the ordinance seems like it could infringe on people’s right to assemble.

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Josh Collier of Flagstaff Liberty Alliance speaks against the Party Ordinance at last night’s meeting.

Arizona Republicans Declare War On Liberty

May 17, 2015 2 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Not a single high profile Republican (from local office to the Governor’s office) in Arizona voiced public opposition or concern about HB2608, a bill that will limit third party choices on the Arizona ballot. It sailed through by party line with EVERY Republican in the legislature supporting it and the Governor happily signing it.

The passage of HB2608 was a clear declaration of war against every independent minded individual in Arizona and everyone who appreciates more than two choices on the ballot. This was especially an attack on Libertarians who were the reason Republicans worked so hard to pass this. They openly admit that they don’t want Libertarians on the ballot because Libertarians “steal Republican votes”. Yes, Republicans think they are entitled to your vote.

I would be lying if I didn’t admit that this is one of the most discouraging things that has happened since I started getting involved in Arizona politics a decade ago. One of those few moments where you want to throw your hands up and give up. The deafening silence from “liberty” minded Republicans makes it all the more discouraging. Nobody cares when the little guy is trampled…as long as it is not their team.

To all the Republicans who have started contacting me asking me to help with their campaigns in 2016, please stop. Unless you are willing to make this a campaign issue and call the GOP out on their corruption I will fight against you, campaign against you and vote against you. A war has been declared, independent minded people have been attacked and Republicans are now officially the enemy of liberty in Arizona.

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Cactus Cameras Come To Paradise Valley

May 8, 2015 4 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

For those wondering what former Flagstaff City Manager Kevin Burke has been up to since he left Flagstaff, he recently made national headlines and is currently featured in an article on the Drudge Report for the installation of license plate reading cactus cameras in Paradise Valley.

While Burke claims that these cameras are for public safety, they clearly track the movement of all residents and visitors alike and the plates are automatically processed through the police database.

Expect these to arrive in more towns around Arizona soon as the surveillance state pushes to monitor your every movement.

You can read the full story here:

http://www.fox10phoenix.com/story/28999731/2015/05/07/hidden-cact-eye-paradise-valley-installs-cameras-in-cactus

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