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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.

(Audio) Guest Co-hosting the January 18th, 2017 Jeff Oravits Show

January 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 yesterday. We discussed Trump’s inauguration, democracy, living wage and much much more. Check out the full audio of the show here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/r5ewg7k14x6oly2/Oravits%20jan%2018.mp3?dl=0

On the show it was mentioned that I live tweet the Flagstaff City Council meetings. You can follow those tweets at:

https://twitter.com/dorfsmith

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Is Coral Evans Misleading on Property Taxes?

November 4, 2016 1 comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Is Coral Evans misleading when it comes to property taxes? Check out the latest video by Stephen Pelligrini and let me know what you think:

 

Local Food Discussion On The Oracle Inn Podcast

October 1, 2016 Leave a comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

I was happy to join the Oracle Inn Podcast tonight for a discussion on the many aspects of local food and urban farming. Topics covered included local rules and regulations, challenges to local food production, food education and competing with large corporations. You can watch the entire show here:

Flag Council To Reconsider RV/Boat Parking Restrictions

September 22, 2016 2 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

On February 16, 2016 the Flagstaff City Council voted unanimously to approve ordinance 2016-07 which contained sweeping changes to the Flagstaff Zoning Code. Among those changes were new restrictions on RV, boat and trailer parking which put major limitations on where you could park on your own property.

Much like Flagstaff’s recently passed Party Ordinance and rejected Property Maintenance Ordinance, residents were told that citations would only be issued on a complaint driven basis and only gross offenders would be targeted. What the City conveniently left out is the busybody element that always goes along with these types of laws.

We have one guy going around our neighborhood complaining about everyone.” Writes Susan McCullough, founder of the facebook group Flagstaff RV/Boat/Trailer Code Breakers & Friends, a group dedicated to making changes to the ordinance.

“You can park in your backyard or interior side yard (between houses, but not on the street side of your house). The front of the rig must be behind the front of your house. Even if you have a paved driveway specifically for your rig, you are not allowed to park it there.”

McCullough joined with concerned neighbors and other Flagstaff residents and was successful in getting a FAIR (Future Agenda Item Request) on the October 4th City Council agenda. At the October 4th meeting, at least four council members will need to support moving this request forward in order for the City to revisit the RV/Boat parking part of the City Code.

If you have an opinion on this ordinance, you can contact the entire Flagstaff City Council at council@flagstaffaz.gov

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An illegally parked RV in Flagstaff.

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:

https://flagliberty.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/authoritarians-vs-representatives-my-take-on-the-2016-general-election-candidates/

And my detailed take on the propositions here:

https://flagliberty.wordpress.com/2016/09/07/do-it-for-the-children-my-take-on-the-2016-general-election-ballot-initiatives/

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

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