Russell Pearce Receives "Unemployment Check," and He's Gonna Need It

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A little dose of the reality in store for Russell Pearce...

Even though I'm on deadline for this week's column, I couldn't miss today's action by the Russell Pearce-recall group Citizens for a Better Arizona, during which organizer Randy Parraz attempted to deliver to the state Senate President his first ever (to my knowledge) unemployment "check" dated December 5, 2011. That would be after the likely date of Pearce's impending recall election.

And it is impending, and may well happen in November instead of March, as many had anticipated. The numbers Parraz revealed to the press, before walking into the state Senate building with about 50 CBA-ers, were tantalizing.

I confirmed these, by the way, with Maricopa County Elections Director Karen Osborne, whose office is still counting the 16,949 signatures on Pearce recall petitions that the Arizona Secretary of State's Office turned over to the county, per state statute, on June 3

Of those, 9,942 have been checked, according to Osborne. She said 6,067 signatures have been deemed valid, so far. The rest of the checked sigs, or 3,875, are invalid.

This is positive for the recall effort for two reasons. First, it means the county is on schedule to complete its validation process before its August deadline. This, Parraz contends, could ensure a November recall election, given the other deadlines involved.

Second, it means that around 61 percent of the sigs checked are turning up valid. If that trend continues for the remainder of the count, more than 10,000 signatures will be found to be legit, well past the statutory requirement of 7,756 signatures needed to force Pearce's recall.

I should point out that CBA submitted 18,315 sigs to the SOS's office, but the SOS tossed a couple of thousand. Parraz told me that he will challenge the fact that some of the John Hancocks were put aside.

He says they are being discounted for niggling problems, such as not having the year "2011" next to the person's name, even though the date is otherwise correct and the year appears on the official petition sheets.

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Randy Parraz of CBA: A man on a mission...

As I pointed out in my recent column, despite the chattermonkeys in the local Fourth Estate pooh-poohing the entire effort and predicting its failure, there will be a recall election. It may indeed be in November, and Pearce is as vulnerable as he's ever been, particularly following the Republican Legislature's bonehead move of adjourning without approving an extension in unemployment benefits for jobless Arizonans.

Phoenix journos, and I use that term loosely,* such as the Arizona Guardian's Dennis Welch, the assorted nobodies at the Capitol Times, and hack loser Howie Fischer, will all have to eat their words. Know why? Because I plan to serve each verb and adjective up to them, fricasseed.

Fischer was present today, mocking CBA's presence at every turn, suggesting that the action was only newsworthy if Parraz got arrested. This, though Parraz was not breaking the law by entering the Senate with other CBA members.

At one point, I told Fischer he should bug off if he thought there was nothing to report. When of the recall, he stated, "I'll believe it when I see it," I had this retort:

"When you see it, and you will see it, will that finally shut you up?"

The veteran sycophant had no reply. Nor did he to most of my other verbal attacks, which I applied whenever he insulted the assembled citizenry, many of whom happened to be Pearce's constituents from Legislative District 18. 

You see, there is a Capitol press corps to which Fischer and these other reporters belong. This means they are in close contact with the Legislators every day, and woe be it to them if they should step too far out of line.

It's an exclusive little club, and when I asked state Senate Sergeant at Arms Joseph Kubacki who could join, he replied that the Legislature was not considering additional applicants. Though, he offered, anyone with press credentials could go onto the state Senate floor.

Which essentially proves my contention that this lame cabal of scribblers is in cahoots with the political status quo and will never adequately challenge it.

In any case, Parraz & Co. went to the second floor of the state Senate building, but were denied access to the politicians who presumably represent them. A security guard called Pearce's office, but he was too busy to come out, natch. The security staff guy reluctantly called the office again, to inquire if anyone from Pearce's staff would come out and take the "check."

Capitol police showed up, and Arizona Department of Public Safety plainclothes officer J. Gentry Burton kept a watchful eye on the proceedings. But other than ask the delegation to move away from the elevators, they did nothing.

The CBAers decided to wait for a little while to see if Pearce or anyone else would emerge from hiding. But after about a half hour or so of kibitzing, they called it quits.

Parraz thanked everyone for coming, and noted that it was a "very somber time in Arizona," what with all the economic hardship, and a state Legislature indifferent to the needs of those suffering the brunt of it. He also observed the way they had all been treated while visiting an assembly established and paid for by them, state taxpayers.

He admitted they did not have an appointment with Pearce, though many from CBA had tried to call the Senate President's office to make such an appointment. Still, he stated that lobbyists and others with business at the Capitol often did not make appointments, but simply waited in the hallways, attempting to buttonhole Legislators.

"You come in here, play by the rules, and get looked at kind of weird, like...asking them to make a phone call [to have Senator Pearce come out] is asking them to do too much for you," he said of the state Senate employees.

"[Or] to have a staff person just meet you and say, `Thank you for coming, yes, I'll take that back to the Senator,'" he added. "We can't even get that kind of decency out of the President of the Senate.

"Someone like [Pearce] is too extreme. [People say] why is the recall gaining traction, why is that being successful? Because this kind of behavior should not be tolerated by anyone, whether you're a Republican, an Independent, or a Democrat."

There was a tense moment when the Sergeant at Arms initially refused to take the "check" from Parraz's hand, telling him to leave it on the security desk. But Parraz didn't budge, and Kubacki eventually relented and took the paper for later delivery to Pearce.

The Capitol should have been filled with citizens today, angry over the Legislature's ineptness and the state Senate President's intransigence. And there were some others there, including one fellow from a local veterans association, who was worried that the lack of action on unemployment would mean more vets on the street.

But other than CBA and a few other folks, there was no one there to challenge the politicians. So-called "progressives" in this burg talk a big game, but the only people achieving results right now are in Parraz's group. Word to the Dems: speeches are not enough. Look to Wisconsin, AZ Ds, and learn a tough lesson.

*Note: Unlike the others, Welch has serious journalistic chops. And I actually like him on a personal level. That doesn't mean he's not full of it on the Pearce recall. He is. I just want to help him see the error of his ways. Fischer, on the other hand, is a committed hack, and will never rise above that rank. 


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FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

Come here to get the facts that we never see elsewhere. Keep up the good work Stephen. We appreciate your courage and tireless efforts to keep the public informed.

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

Come hear to get the facts that we never see elsewhere. Keep up the good work Stephen. We appreciate your courage and tireless efforts to keep the public informed.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

These kind of insulting antics are exactly what I would expect from Mister Parraz and his activists.  They have already achieved their goal of forcing a recall effort and they still feel the need to engage in this kind of childish attention-whoring?  I have a word that Mr. Parraz and his followers aught to look up, it is called Hubris.  While they are sitting around patting themselves on the back for a job well-done Pearce is silently garnering support.  Do you think it is just an accident that the man has been in office for 20+ years?

You Pearce haters are out of touch with reality.  It would be a miracle if a quarter of all those who were pressured into signing these recall petitions actually show up to vote.  Just you wait and see this whole recall is going to go down as a huge waste of time and a terrible embarrassment for all who are involved when it is said and done.

Jason
Jason

Pearce is indeed facing a recall. 8,239 signatures have been deemed valid by the Maricopa County Recorder's Office.

Excellent work Randy and Chad. Now this fool is really going to need those unemployment checks...

azcentral.com...

Windsor712
Windsor712

Stephen,

Other than Howie's quip to you yesterday, I don't think any of these so-called hacks said the recall would not happen. I think they predicted Pearce would not lose the recall election. That's a big distinction. I hope you point that out in future rants about the press at the capitol. BTW, you should get a press pass at the capitol. No reason you shouldn't. But, I really think your anger is misguided. I'm not sure the relationships between the power structure down there is as cozy with the press as you think it is. Quite the contrary, actually.

Djpetetaylor
Djpetetaylor

After visiting this issue on other press sites, I firmly believe that there is a boiler room-esq set-up with a bunch of right wingers that type away bashing Obama, the unemployed, and anything that goes contrary to their wingnut agenda.  They may not even live here.  I say this because I would see many pro-Democrat posts and then several hours later see a swarm of pro-Republican posts.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Stephen, This was well worth setting your deadline to the side!

Venonacables
Venonacables

The routing number on that check is the routing number of the Tampa branch of the Chase Bank.

Crusty
Crusty

What a waste of time.  Russell Pearce is a LDS member in good standing.  And the church thinks Russell Pearce is doing a fine job.  LDS members have a  HIGH voting turnout and there are many many in Mesa.  Russell has 0% chance of getting recalled.   It's about as simple a math problem as you will find.  However, the Libtards have trouble when it comes to numbers as they'll soon find out.

Jason
Jason

Pearce pulled a stunt just like this with the AHCCCS people.

Pearce knew that people were in need of organ transplants and refused to pass a budget with the transplants covered. So far, at least 2 people have died as a result of him playing politics. 

I highly suggest he get his corrupt fat ass down to the Senate building and get these benefits passed before MORE people die, this time of hunger. This isn't a time for politics. This is a time for humanity.

BTW, did anyone read in the Valley & State section of the Arizona Republic what Pearce said about the benefits?

"I want to see immediate relief for businesses. We need jobs now." Note the last two words of the first sentence.

I can't wait until this mentally unstable, delusional old fool is fucking recalled and booted.

  

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

Riiiiiight, I guess that explains how all of these conservative politicians keep getting elected in this state.  Last time I checked Arizona is as red a state as you are ever going to see, it stands to reason that in a state as conservative as is ours a few are going to occasionally stumble across the New Times propaganda and take umbrage.

Bobby
Bobby

Oh, I know Americans shouldn't "bash" President Obama. They shouldn't be allowed to have an opinion about him at all.

Bobby
Bobby

Crusty, I heard Utah is going the way of California. We didn't get these problems overnight.Any state that pretends it can deal with illegal immigration by allowing it, is a highly deluded state, like California.for example.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Crusty, I'm the recall Chairman and a member of the LDS Church.  While the Church does not take stands on political issues, they did issue a proclamation earlier this year in support of the Utah Compact that was conspicuously opposed to the views espoused by Mr. Pearce. 

Most members of the LDS church see Mr. Pearce as an embarrassment.  He's not as popular in LD18 as he thinks. 

Bobby
Bobby

I don't care about Pearce personally. He does kind of look like a prick. But here's the thing with me. There is so much crap going on with people violating immigration law, including politician after politician, right up to the White House, that I welcome even pricks who will enforce our laws. I can't be clearer than that.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Rus_SELL PeARCE, even his name says it all, his ass is owned by the corporate world, the people are just commodities to be used.

Bobby
Bobby

Chad, Utah, for whatever reason, is going the way of California.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Bobby, what exactly has he done to "enforce our laws"?  Shut a Subway sandwich shop down for 2 days?  (That's the sum total of "employers sanctioned" under the 2007 Employer Sanctions law)  SB1070 never went into effect because it was mostly unconstitutional. 

If Pearce has done such a great job of running off all of the mexicans who were taking our jobs, why do we still have 9.3% unemployment?  The bottom line is, his legislation has done nothing but ruin our economy, cost our state millions to implement and defend, and paint our state as an intolerant, dangerous backwater. 

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Bobby,

I agree with a lot of what you are saying.  I just believe that Russell Pearce is not introducing legislation that will cure or even begin to cure the immigration problem.  It just passes it off to the next year so he can run again with the same one trick pony.  

I would appreciate Pearce a lot more if he would introduce well thought out legislation with clear and measurable goals in mind that was in response to actual statistical information that defines the immigration problem such that a piece of it can be effectively solved. 

Citing false statistics and legislation that purportedly responds to false statistics and still fails to even address the false statistics that Pearce uses.  This makes no sense to me and the effect is meaningless.  

I don't care what he looks like.  I like the concept that he pushes illegal immigration issues.  I don't like that he misses the mark and uses false information to justify and guide it.  The results are trivial at best, negative at worst.

I think he looks like a prick as well.  I used to think that New Times only picked Pearce pictures that appeared he was having a major constipation issue.  But then I see pictures elsewhere and it is a universal appearance for him.

 

Jason
Jason

Exactly. That's why he and House Speaker Andy Tobin want corporate tax cuts before they will even consider reactivating the unemployment benefits, even though history has shown that the cuts do NOT create job growth.

I e-mailed Jan Brewer telling her I have a proposal that can shut even Pearce up. It reactivates the unemployment benefits, creates jobs, stimulates the Arizona economy, lowers the state's 9.3% unemployment rate, and forces tax cuts that Pearce wanted to start in 2013 to start now. We'll see if Jan responds.

In other sick old man (that would be Pearce) news-- No surprise here--Sal Reza has sued Pearce for his removal from the Senate building earlier this year. According to azcentral.com, Pearce was served with the notice of claim, and it's from U.S. District Court. It alleges 1st, 4th, 6th, and 14th Amendment violations. It does not specify how much money was requested to settle, but the taxpayers will be left to foot the bill regardless.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

And Arizona is completely controlled by the "most extreme right," so what's your point?

Tina
Tina

I'm sure Pearce would like to "enforce the laws" he sponsors to his liking, but at present he just sponsors them as a legislator, not an "enforcer."  The employer's sanctions law which he  credits himself with is even void an enforcement mechanism written into it.  Brilliant, Pearce. 

Bobby
Bobby

I understand you Gerry, but what drives politicians in California now, is sucking up to the people here illegally. I hate to say it, but when it comes to illgal immigration, Mexican politicians in California support it 100 percent. When legal Californians resist, it's labled hate, nativism, and so on. Nevermind that California's sanctuary city policies mean that drug dealers, and every form of criminal can live in a suburb or city, and not be questioned by police for clues about their legal standing. It's easy to say people shouldn't be focused on emotions or hate, but people give way to stresses brought on by some of these policies. When crime, drug dealing, home invasion robberies, tax usurpation, gangs, every kind of problem created by a breakdown of the law happens, and Californians, react, then the leftists that run California come out and attack the citizens, rather than the problems the citizens are facing. Again, I hope Arizona doesn't meet this fate. I'm not kidding.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Bobby,

The way to prevent that is by electing intelligent and effective leaders that know how to solve problems and prevent problems while planning for the state's future.  We have not done that.  I don't know how AZ will do so.  Some are, but some are just rhetoric focused like Pearce and are driven by emotion and hate rather than reason, strategy, and tactics.

Bobby
Bobby

If you really believe that, and are living it, I can't argue. I just know that so many problems involving people illegally entering this nation from all over the world, don't bother our leaders in the slightest. It's a shame, because wer'e losing our respect as a nation and becoming a laughing stock to our enemies and even friends. California has been totally taken over by leftists of the most extreme kind, and to have that same thing happen to a state like Arizona, would be horrible.

Coz
Coz

Damm Bobby, nice to see you can have an intelligent conversation without being the total dick we've all gotten used to.

Nice job !

Bobby
Bobby

Thanks for the info on a part of Arizona reality.

Jason
Jason

Update:

I submitted my proposal to House Speaker Tobin for review about 5 minutes ago. I really want to see those 45,000 people get that direly needed federal money. I am hoping he likes my proposal.

I was actually surprised to hear from House Speaker Tobin because I e-mailed Senator Pearce with the exact same proposal and did not get a response from him.

Jason
Jason

Update:

I e-mailed House Speaker Tobin at 8:30 this morning telling him about my proposal to get the benefits extended.

Within the hour, at 9:19, Tobin e-mailed me back asking me to send him a copy of the proposal to review.

I included some changes to the proposal, which includes what Governor Brewer wanted, as well as what both Tobin and Pearce wanted. Let's hope that Tobin agrees to sponsor and introduce my proposal.

Jason
Jason

Thanks. Now the issue is getting Jan to call another special session of the Legislature to introduce and debate my proposal.

Pearce and Legislative Republitwits don't want to reactivate the unemployment benefits because:

*There's too much fraud. They can't prove that there is fraud. My proposal introduces a provision that says that the underemployed/unemployed MUST look for work at LEAST 5 days per week and certify weekly that they did indeed look for work.

*The benefits add to the federal deficit. Um, when the feds are spending something like $10 BILLION per month in Afghanistan, money that could be used to help our economy, injecting $17-$20 million/month is like chump change.  

*It's a disincentive to work. People were laid off or fired because of the economy, through no fault of their own. Now they are down on their luck with finding work, even at a McDonald's. The economy won't pick up with people like this working for me.  

I have never come across such a group of cold-hearted people who are so inhumane as to deny people, including THEIR OWN constituents, the ability to pay for their home, food to eat, etc.

When I was in the Army, we had 7 values we had to live by. They spelled the word "leadership" though only 7 of the letters were used.

L--LoyaltyD--DutyR--RespectS--Selfless ServiceH--HonestyI--IntegrityP--Personal Courage

Those are the 7 core Army values. As you know, NONE of our legislators exhibit any of these.

I still can't wait to see Pearce and the rest of the Legislature booted. Then the angry mob with pitchforks and torches can run them out of town.  

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