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My Choices For The November 8th, 2016 General Election (Cheat Sheet)

September 15, 2016 1 comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Someone recently asked me for a condensed version (or cheat sheet) of my November 8th, 2016 general election recommendations that can be easily printed and taken to the polls. While I encourage everyone to research the candidates and issues on their own and come to their own conclusions, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to post my cut and dry recommendations for easy reference.

You can view my detailed take on the candidates here:

And my detailed take on the propositions here:

Here’s the quick overview:

Flagstaff Mayor — Jerry Nabours

Flagstaff City Council — Jeff Oravits, Charlie Odegaard, Karla Brewster

Coconino County Board District 3 — Christine Gannon

Coconino County Board District 4 — Janis Crosman

FUSD Board — Danielle Lawrence, Carole Gilmore

Coconino County Recorder — Write in “None of The Above”

Coconino County Assessor — Write in “None of The Above”

Coconino County Superintendent Of SchoolsWrite in “None of The Above”

Coconino County Treasurer — Write in “None of The Above”

Coconino County Attorney — Write in “None of The Above”

Coconino County Sheriff — Jim Driscoll

Judges — Write in “None of The Above”

State Senator Legislative District 6Nikki Bagley

State Representative Legislative District 6 — Write in “None of The Above”

Corporation CommissionWilliam Mundell

Congressional District 1Write in “None of The Above”

United States Senate — Write in “None of The Above”

President of the United States — Anybody But Hillary

Proposition 205 — YES

Proposition 206 — NO

Proposition 410 — NO

Proposition 411 — NO

Proposition 412 — NO

Proposition 413 — NO

Proposition 414 — NO




Coconino Community College Pushes For Another Tax Hike

May 4, 2014 2 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

In the “can’t take NO for an answer” category:

Buried in the business section of today’s Arizona Daily Sun is a notice for a May 27th public hearing on a proposed property tax hike for the Coconino Community College District. This news comes on the heels of voters soundly rejecting a CCC property tax hike last year.

While this current proposal is smaller than last year’s rejected tax hike, the message is loud and clear: if voters say no, find a way around them and raise taxes anyway.

It’s also worth pointing out that the proposed hearing will be held in Page where turnout and public comment promises to be very low. Intentional? You tell me. Below is the public notice in its entirety.

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Public hearing notice (click to enlarge).

Co-hosting The October 18, 2013 Joe Harting Show

October 19, 2013 Leave a comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Thanks to Joe Harting for inviting me to co-host the Joe Harting Show on The Big Talker 105.1 FM this week. We touched on a lot of issues from a liberty perspective from the local to the national level. You can watch the entire show below.

Rosa Koire speaks in Flagstaff – 6/5/2013 Video

June 26, 2013 3 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

The video of Rosa Koire (Democrats Against Agenda 21) speaking at the Cline Library at NAU on June 5th, 2013 has finally been made available and I am posting it below. The video quality is low but the audio is what matters and it’s fine.

It’s a long video but highly recommended! I learned a lot when I attended the presentation.

For more information on Rosa Koire, visit Democrats Against Agenda 21:

AZ Daily Sun Comes Under Fire From Councilman Oravits

June 23, 2013 2 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Flagstaff City Councilman Jeff Oravits wrote a scathing rebuke of the Arizona Daily Sun this morning on his blog in response to articles and editorials misrepresenting the City budget, among other things.

Oravits says:

“Many newspapers and the “mainstream media” wonder why their market continues to decline yet it’s so obvious. They used to report facts and news but are now by and large a mouthpiece for ideologue editors and producers who care little for facts or news so long as their agenda is pushed.”

Oravits closes his post by asking:

“Will newspapers like the Daily Sun ever get back to reporting the news based on facts and real journalism? Or will they go the way of the 8-track and the Dodo Bird and sink into oblivion.”

This reminds me of an article I published not too long ago about how the Daily Sun and other papers were actually writing articles and editorials trying to justify their very existence.

You know an industry has lost it’s relevance and credibility when they have to remind their readers why they should continue reading their “news” and propaganda editorials.

The public is expected to trust that the mainstream media is offering the full story with fair and honest reporting. This is rarely if ever the case with the Daily Sun.


A great example of the Daily Sun slant is the omission of important inconvenient facts in so many of their stories. In a recent article titled Medical Marijuana Legal At Last the AZ Daily Sun explains that medical marijuana is now legal in Flagstaff and they feature a local business serving medical marijuana to the community. What they don’t tell you is WHY or HOW medical marijuana is suddenly legal.

Medical marijuana is now legal in Flagstaff because Arizona voters chose to NULLIFY federal drug laws and pass a state law that flies in the face of the feds. The Daily Sun leaves this critical point out because they spent years railing against elected officials, Tom Woods, states’ rights groups and anyone else who dared use the term “Nullification”.

Here’s a quote from the Daily Sun from a March 23, 2013 editorial titled Federal Nullification Avoids Tackling Underlying Issues:

“We don’t doubt Senator Crandell’s sincerity in believing the federal government has overstepped its bounds by asserting sovereignty over the states on a number of issues. But the states do not have the power to nullify federal law, and it is up to the federal judiciary, not the states, to determine which federal laws are unconstitutional.”

Alright, that’s one opinion but they also say Medical Marijuana (is) Legal At Last. Nevermind all the federal drug laws against marijuana that are STILL on the books. Nevermind the fact the DEA could conceivably come crashing through the doors of this business at any moment in their wonderful “America, land of the free” way to cuff cancer patients and haul them to prison on federal charges.

Medical marijuana is not “legal” in Flagstaff. Arizona has simply decided that we will not obey federal laws that affect medical marijuana. This is nullification of law in it’s purest form. The Tenth Amendment Center puts it this way:

“Nullification is any act or set of acts, which has as its end result, a particular federal law being rendered null and void, or just plain unenforceable in your area.”

The Daily Sun admits that Flagstaff cops are now protecting medical marijuana businesses. I’d say that’s a perfect example of the nullification of federal law.

Sadly, the AZ Daily Sun assumes their readers are too stupid to ask how and why medical marijuana is now magically legal. I guess it’s legal because they say so.

FUSD Tax Override

In 2009 Flagstaff voters rejected a 10% tax override for the Flagstaff Unified School district. The AZ Daily Sun joined a chorus of voices suggesting that the reason the override failed was because of low voter turnout, lack of voter education and voter confusion.

When FUSD went back to the voters the next year with a 15% override and a well funded PAC to push their agenda the override passed. Those of us who complained about it passing were told that the voters had spoken and the naysayers should not question the outcome of the democratic process.

Talk about a double standard. If the vote goes against what the Daily Sun wants the voters are uninformed and a new election needs to take place. If the vote goes the way they want, how dare we question democracy and the will of the people.

Ballot Security

Last October I wrote an article about compromised election security at the County elections office. This article forced the AZ Daily Sun to pick up the story but in their articles they minimized the concerns and gave the County Elections office the benefit of the doubt.

The Daily Sun quoted then County Recorder Candace Owens saying:

“She has stated in her emails that the rules Wilson is accusing her staff of violating come from a statewide manual only designed to “guide” all users through the election process.”

What the Daily Sun never told their readers is that the Arizona Elections Manual, Pg 1 says:

“The Secretary of State’s Election Procedures Manual is required by ARS § 16-452. The procedures contained in this manual were developed after consultation with each County Board of Supervisors or officer in charge of elections and have been approved by the Governor and Attorney General. A violation of any of the provisions of this Election Procedures Manual is a Class 2 misdemeanor.”


Calls from the public for a further investigation by the paper were ignored.

I stopped buying the Daily Sun several years ago and it was one of the best moves I ever made. I encourage my readers to stop pouring money into the media propaganda machine. If you subscribe to a mainstream publication why not cancel your subscription?

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Two New immunizations Required For 6th Grade Kids This Year In AZ

June 12, 2013 2 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

This school year children starting 6th grade will be asked to get two new immunizations before they are allowed to attend classes. The new immunizations “required” by state law are a meningitis vaccine and Tdap booster.

What many parents in Arizona don’t realize is that they have the right to opt out of any immunizations for any reason simply by filling out a form and returning it to their child’s school.

You can find the Arizona Immunization Opt Out form here:

July 26, 2013 UPDATE: This week the previous exemption link was taken down from the State website. The new link to the document is almost impossible to find. Perfect timing for them to make it difficult to find right before school starts up and parents are looking for the form. Here’s the new link:

Don’t expect the Flagstaff Unified School District to inform you of your right as a parent to opt out. They have a tendency to do everything they can to keep parents in the dark about their rights. I have had members of the FUSD board get very angry at me for sharing this opt out information in the past.

Of course I would never want to tell parents what I think they should do with their children’s health decisions and immunization choices. I simply believe that all parents deserve to know their rights and the options available.

Do lots of research and make an educated decision.


SEDI Gives Your Tax Dollars Away…No Strings Attached?

June 11, 2013 Leave a comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Each year the City of Flagstaff gives $20,000 of your tax dollars to SEDI, the The Northern Arizona Sustainable Economic Development Initiative.

How does SEDI use those tax dollars? Well, according to the Daily Sun,  SEDI likes to give away no strings attached checks for $1,000 each to teachers who implement their goals in the classroom.

Is this how you want your tax dollars spent?

Someone with detailed knowledge of SEDI’s finances may point out that the money given away comes from other sponsors or revenue sources. Well that’s fine but if SEDI has funds to give away with no strings attached why do they still need our tax dollars?


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