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Does Free Speech Exist In America Anymore?

May 18, 2017 Leave a comment

Does free speech really exist in America anymore? You be the judge…

(Audio) Guest Co-Hosting The April 19th, 2017 Jeff Oravits Show

April 19, 2017 Leave a comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

I had a great time guest co-hosting the Jeff Oravits show on 97.1 FM, The Big Talker today. We discussed the roving Flagstaff City Council Meetings, taxes, the Federal Reserve, the 17th Amendment, downtown parking meters, war in Syria, concerns about North Korea and much much more. You can listen to the entire show here:

 

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Thanks to John Kistler for putting this picture together on “roving council meetings”.

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My son Adrian and I at a “No War With Syria” rally in 2013.

Is There Room For Pure Democracy In A Representative Form Of Government?

February 14, 2017 Leave a comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Arizona has a very progressive constitution that allows citizens to sidestep their representatives and pass their own laws. Currently, the Republicans in the legislature are trying to put a stop to this (mainly because they are terrified of legal weed). There are good arguments on both sides of this issue and the question “should pure democracy be allowed in a representative form of government” is a legitimate question.

Interestingly, Flagstaff’s progressives take both sides in this issue. I was once chastised by former Mayor Sara Presler for saying I would start the referendum process if a Property Maintenance Ordinance became law. She told me that I needed to respect our representative form of government by supporting the laws council passed.

Tonight’s Flagstaff City Council Meeting also comes to mind. There is a process in place for citizens and groups to put their own laws on the ballot and sidestep their representatives. Flagstaff Needs A Raise did it last year and Elevate Flagstaff is doing it now. Unfortunately for Elevate Flagstaff, their effort is running into possible roadblocks set by representatives on Council.

Would this whole thing be avoided if we did away with the citizen initiative process? A lot to think about. For now, here’s what the State Legislature is doing:

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/legislature/2017/02/10/wake-minimum-wage-vote-arizona-lawmakers-look-limit-ballot-initiatives/97581064/

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Flagstaff March Of Love Not Quite So Groundbreaking

January 29, 2017 Leave a comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Sometimes it is fun to take a little trip down memory lane. With the Women’s “March Of Love” bringing 1,500 people out in Flagstaff, a Democratic town, the left’s tea party is saying “the anti-Trump/GOP movement is becoming a force.”

But what about 2009 when over 1,000 people came out in Flagstaff to protest the Obama/DEM movement? This is what the left had to say back then:

“They’re just posturing because they’re upset that they lost the election,”

I personally am not a fan of the tea party in 2009 or the left’s tea party now but I will argue that bringing over 1,000 right leaning people out in leftist Flagstaff is a much bigger feat than bringing 1,500 left leaning people out.

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Over 1,000 people rallied against the policies of Obama in Flagstaff, AZ in August, 2009. Photo SOURCE.

Josh Collier Speaks About Liberty, Transparency and Fiscal Responsibility

June 21, 2016 1 comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Coconino County Board of Supervisors District 4 candidate Josh Collier spoke to Flagstaff Liberty Alliance about his platform of liberty, transparency and fiscal responsibility at FLA’s June 2016 meeting.

I live in District 4 and am happy to support and vote for Josh Collier. Check out his facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/josh4district4/  and be sure to give the video below a view.

Drone Bill Exempts Law Enforcement And Raises Concerns

February 16, 2016 1 comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

A bill introduced by Republican State Senator John Kavanagh seeking to regulate private drones easily sailed through the Senate Transportation Committee at the Arizona capital this afternoon. SB1449 should clear the Senate Judiciary Committee later this week and is quickly heading for a full vote in the State Senate in the coming days.

While there are some decent arguments on all sides of this bill, the biggest concern I have with it is that it exempts law enforcement from having to follow the same rules that drone hobbyists will have to obey.

The bill summary makes this very clear:

“Allows a law enforcement agency to operate an unmanned aircraft for an investigation or a search and rescue operation.”

Digging deeper into the details, this bill says that if you fly your drone over someone’s private property without permission you are committing a misdemeanor. If you film certain facilities (prisons, hospitals, water treatment plants etc.) without written permission you are committing a felony.

On the other hand, if law enforcement is flying over and filming your backyard (or any other place) for any reason, they get a free pass to do so.

Yesterday I was interviewed by Cronkite News (Arizona PBS) about this problem and today they published a paragraph about my concerns:

“It’s not just hobbyists who would feel the impact of new regulations. Elisha Dorfsmith, a Flagstaff resident and Flagstaff Liberty Alliance board member, said he opposes Kavanagh’s bill because it doesn’t explicitly prohibit law enforcement officers from using drones without a warrant.”

You can read the entire article here:

http://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2016/02/16/proposed-senate-bill-regulate-drones-prohibit-city-ordinances/

There are legitimate concerns that individuals may use drones to invade people’s privacy but many of these concerns are already covered under existing law. The bigger concern is passing laws that limit individual rights while exempting government from these same laws.

I would argue that government snooping is a bigger threat to my privacy than my neighbor flying his drone over my backyard.

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Liberty For Flagstaff: Elisha Dorfsmith

December 3, 2015 Leave a comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

NAU student Ashley Besing recently interviewed me about Flagstaff Liberty Alliance and put together a great video for a school project. Check it out here:

 

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