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  • Thursday , Feb 1 , 2018

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Letter to the Editor: What's going on with Arizona's formerly-Grand Old Party

aWhat's going on with Arizona's formerly-Grand Old Party? Time for its genuine friends to organize a crisis intervention. Some concerning examples follow:

  • Perpetuating the Big Lie that Donald Trump won Arizona's presidential election, exemplified by submitting fake Electoral College documents.
  • Declaring the traitorous January 6 insurrection as "legitimate political discourse." Sort of like calling the reputed crucifixion of Jesus a therapeutic body stretching exercise.
  • Enacting extremist voter suppression laws that will effectively reduce participation by Arizona voters from all political parties.
  • Unanimous Republican congressional voting against American Rescue Plan funds designed to help recovery from disastrous pandemic-caused economic losses suffered by Arizona consumers, businesses, and government at all levels. Followed by Republican officeholders distributing those funds without noting the Democratic Party alone appropriated the critically needed funds, over total opposition votes by Republican members of Congress.

Mr. Chairman, confusion and questions continue In today's Board of Supervisors agenda:

  • Seeking taxpayer funds to reduce impaired driving behaviors, funding County Narcotics Task Force and border drug smuggling interdiction while the Sheriff seeking these funds heads a household that includes an illegal drug using driver who avoided a bench warrant arrest for failure to appear, but has been eventually convicted.
  • Seeking Coronavirus emergency funding by the Sheriff who publicly and cynically proclaimed he would not enforce public health protective policies within his own Department's personnel as they intermingle with vulnerable members of the public.
  • Seeking approval of 14 unquestioned consent agenda items, that today alone totals over $1M in taxpayers funds for a Sheriff whose far-ranging financial transactions raise realistic concerns of intermingled public funds with self-promoting political groups. The same Sheriff whose activities have been under investigation by Arizona's Attorney General according to an AG public announcement.
  • Seeking swift federal funding by Arizona's congressional delegation for semiconductor manufacturing without asking Arizona's Republican Members of Congress to reconsider their documented opposition to the legislation that created this funding.

Many confusing questions but little opportunity thus far for taxpayers seeking accountability.

Mr. Chairman, it's embarrassingly time for Pinal County's Board of Supervisors to demand accountability by these self-aggrandizing Republican officeholders.

Finally, I remind you Supervisors of the pending public request to schedule confidence-building County Department accountability sessions with our taxpayers.

This was a request made in anticipation of learning how much our County is spending on unaudited questionable projects including those listed above, and the as-yet unreported County expenses for the former President's political rally in Pinal County promoted by the publicity-driven Sheriff.

Members of the Board, I support your efforts in seeking financial help for our County, but please demand explanations and accountability from those office holders whose actions raise fiduciary doubts about these seemingly vital programs.


This statement was written and presented by Pinal County resident Roberto Reveles at the February 23, 2022 Pinal County Board of Supervisors meeting.

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alan j biancardi on Saturday, 26 February 2022 01:55

Typical liberal. You want to blame Republicans for all that is wrong without looking hard in to lefts agenda and wasteful spending of tax payers money. BBB has so many holes in it for special interest groups and lining their own pockets. I do agree that real Americans need to band together to get the democrats out of office before we lose our country and I for one will gladly stand up in that fight. We will see come November assuming everyone plays fair.

Typical liberal. You want to blame Republicans for all that is wrong without looking hard in to lefts agenda and wasteful spending of tax payers money. BBB has so many holes in it for special interest groups and lining their own pockets. I do agree that real Americans need to band together to get the democrats out of office before we lose our country and I for one will gladly stand up in that fight. We will see come November assuming everyone plays fair.
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