Here's the List of Arizona State Senators Who Didn't Want to Ban Lawmakers From Getting Free Tickets to Special Events

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Last year, people were creating a stink after it was discovered that some Arizona legislators got tickets and trips to sporting events thanks to the Fiesta Bowl.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery explained in December that none of the politicos would face charges, saying prosecutors were unable to "find evidence leading to criminal liability for those investigated."

He did say, however, that the probe identified "areas where Arizona law does not meet legitimate public expectations for transparency."

Now, there's a bill in the Legislature that offers "comprehensive election law amendments," and Democratic state Senator Steve Gallardo offered seven floor amendments to that bill yesterday, several of them addressing things that went down in that Fiesta Bowl fiasco.

Each of the amendments was rejected on a voice vote, but Gallardo called for a roll-call vote on one of the amendments -- a proposal to ban legislators receiving any kind of tickets to special events.

More likely intentional than not, Gallardo's successful motion for a roll-call vote on the amendment put the senators' votes on the record.

"I would believe that this would be something that would send a nice message to the people of Arizona that legislators...are not going to these special events, but we're going to be focusing on the priorities of Arizona and looking after the constituency of the state of Arizona," Gallardo said while explaining his amendment.

When the roll-call vote was approved, Gallardo said there's no need for legislators to get these tickets, and if you really want to go to these things -- like sporting events -- buy tickets like everyone else.

"It makes us look like we're here not to do what's good for the state Arizona," he said.

Gallardo's amendment failed by a vote of 13-16.

Here's who voted "no"(thereby putting a well-deserved target on their backs, as in: We're watching you):

  • Sylvia Allen
  • Frank Antenori
  • Nancy Barto
  • Andy Biggs
  • Judy Burges
  • Rich Crandall
  • Adam Driggs
  • Linda Gray
  • Lori Klein
  • John McComish
  • Al Melvin
  • Rick Murphy
  • John Nelson
  • Don Shooter
  • Steve Yarbrough
  • Steve Pierce

Gallardo's other amendments included limits to candidate contrubutions collected by lobbyists, disallowing legislators from accepting free food and drinks from lobbyists, banning lobbyists from contributing to candidates, prohibiting legislators from promoting themselves with taxpayer-funded public-service announcements, allowing audits of finance reports from independent-expenditure committees, and making it a felony for candidates to coordinate with independent-expenditure committees.

Senators Allen and Gray rose in opposition of a couple of Gallardo's amendments, with Allen saying a few times that these weren't problems with the law, but rather "the moral integrity of the individual."

Video of the proceeding can be found here.


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lampoon
lampoon

They pulled all my comments about Thomas. They are cowards, afraid of free speech. They sure love Pearce Thomas and Arpaio, complete nuts.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

I know why these amendments lost.

Because the corrupt Republicans that create the majority know that they will continue to get free passes from the MontyPug for accepting the free tickets. It's just corrupt Republicans covering other corrupt Republicans' asses. 

Pearce should know all about the Fiesta Bowl fiasco, given he took more than $40,000 in free tickets from the Fiesta Bowl, and then said he'd look for his cancelled checks... Hey Russ...any luck finding those cancelled checks?  

Here's an idea; Make the decision whether or not to accept tickets from the Fiesta Bowl a voter-approved state constitutional amendment. This way here the VOTERS decide whether or not you idiots at the state Capitol deserve free trips.

pszymeczek
pszymeczek

Surprised that Gail Griffen voted Yes.  Or did she not vote?  Antenori doesn't surprise me at all.  We need Pat Fleming to replace both of them in the new LD 14. 

wherewasi
wherewasi

I was a little confused by the 13-16 vote.  That's 29 and there are currently 30 reps.  I assumed Gallardo did not vote since he introduced it, to come up with the 13 who were not listed as having voted against it.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Sylvia Allen (R), Frank Antenori (R), Nancy Barto (R), Andy Biggs (R), Judy Burges (R), Rich Crandall (R), Adam Driggs (R), Linda Gray (R), Lori Klein (R), John McComish (R), Al Melvin (R), Rick Murphy (R), John Nelson (R), Steve Pierce (R), Don Shooter (R), Steve Pierce (R), and Steve Yarbrough (R).

The above are the Senators who voted against curtailing their ability to receive freebies.  I'm betting they also have voted to deny benefits to the poor and unemployed.  Freebies only go to those who have "earned it" - hah!  Notice how many have a (D) after their name!

Now, for the list of Senators who apparently voted for tight restrictions on gifts to politicians:

Paula Aboud (D), Oliva Bedford (D), Ron Gould (R), Gail Griffin (R), Jack Jackson Jr. (D), Leah Taylor (D), Jerry Lewis (R), Linda Lopez (D), David Lujan (D), Robert Meza (D), Michele Reagan (R), David Shapira (D), and Steve Smith (R).

Print this list and keep it handy at voting time!!

Coz
Coz

Appears 90% of the freeloaders are Republicans, doesn't surprise me one bit.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Hey, who knew that at least 5 Republicans would actually develop a pair of brain cells to rub together? 

It appears that Gould is doing what he can to get himself elected to Congress. He's currently in the running against Gosar and the Babbling Bald Idiot.

I knew Lewis would support the bans. Remember that this is the guy who took on Pearce and sent Pearce packing.

The other three are just covering their asses politically. 

pszymeczek
pszymeczek

I love Paula Aboud.  She's a really decent person.  (Yes, I've met her in person.)

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

"Senators Allen and Gray rose in opposition of a couple of Gallardo's
amendments, with Allen saying a few times that these weren't problems
with the law, but rather "the moral integrity of the individual."

This becomes a problem with the law when we have a legislature in which very few members have any moral integrity.

Marcy
Marcy

Sylvia Allen doesn't think we should make things a crime because the act is just one that reflects on someone's "moral integrity"?

It's she and her fellow legislators rate poorly on the moral integrity scale so it's time to make it clear that they shouldn't take bribes in the form of free tickets or they'll end up in jail.

I think Sylvia just likes all the goodies she gets bribed with and wants them to keep on coming.

Coz
Coz

Can't fix stupid.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Steve Gallardo was on the list of legislators who took advantage of the free tickets.

wherewasi
wherewasi

I would like to believe that there might be one or two politicians who are intelligent and ethical enough to move from a position of "it must be okay if everyone else is doing it" to "it is really not ethical, and shouldn't be done".

I'm not saying that is the case with Gallardo, but I have more respect for him than I do for the 16 who voted against it.  The usual suspects are all there:  Biggs, Barto, Burges, Crandall, Klein, Yarbrough, Pierce...

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Crandall's not that bad.

He's an idiot for voting against the bans on the Fiesta Bowl tickets for sure, but he was also smart enough to help put a stop to narcissistic, corrupt and mentally sick Pearce's reign of terror on Hispanics when he voted against all 5 of Pearce's omnibus immigration bullshit bills. 

wherewasi
wherewasi

Yes, I'll give him that.

Keep me fair and honest.

Coz
Coz

Then he is not better than the rest of the slimeballs.

Coz
Coz

What Arizona really needs is an open hunting season on Republicans with no maximum quota.

Rob
Rob

I'm sure the right wing blogs will be jumping all over this.

Or, maybe not.

wherewasi
wherewasi

LOL.  "Or, maybe not."

You notice how much coverage Sonoran Alliance gave Olivia Cortes, the DOJ's report on Arpaio's office that was released in December, Marty Atencio's death, etc.

But they're BIG on Pearce and BAN's "buy-cott" of New Times.  What a bunch of old fools over there.

BTW Rob, I assume you're the same Rob that posts there.  If I'm right about that, Kudos!  You annoy the hell out of "Conservative American" and anyone who does that gets an A in my book!

Rob
Rob

'Tis me, wherewasi.  Sadly though, no longer.
It seems I've now been banned though no notice or explanation given.
Never violated any rules or terms and kept things clean...
Those were some fun times with ConAm.

It also seems that Shane is getting pretty heavy handed with the censoring as 99% of all posts that don't agree with their views have been disappearing over the last few days.
It is his blog and he's free to do what he wants with it, but allowing those nuts to keep reassuring each other with their ignorant and, quite often, bigoted rants will only serve to deepen their delusion.

As Wikfors is the Director of Communications for the AZGOP, I must believe that all the stuff posted there is endorsed and approved by the AZGOP.  It's well known that it's his site and he makes no secrets about it.  If anyone has any illusions as to where the AZGOP is and where it's headed, a few minutes spent on SA will clear them up and open their eyes.  The sad thing is, there's a lot of good Republicans out there who don't subscribe to that brand of lunacy and ignorance but these fools drown them out.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

I LOVE your avatar on azcentral.

Yes indeed the Old Fool is next... 

Lampoon
Lampoon

It is full of some really paranoid whackjobs.

Rob
Rob

 And, shockingly, Wanumba went right into a different subject and avoided that altogether pretending like nothing happened.

Classic.

Rob
Rob

 She is something else.  But, sadly, typical of the SA loyal.
I just can't get over how, in a state that's been GOP dominated for over 1/2 a century, everything - and I mean everything - they don't agree with is a "liberal plot".  Just where are all these liberals coming from?

I do envy your posting ability and do hope Shane allows you to continue posting.  I'd just started up on there when you and Shane had your kerfuffle.  I've always enjoyed your post.

You'll also catch me on azcentral when time permits...vivalafiesta....

wherewasi
wherewasi

As I posted in response to Wanumba:

Well, perhaps the MCSO would like to investigate these alleged cases of sexual abuse of Latino children.“IF” there are any victims…I’m quite certain that an attorney can’t do anything to help them until the perpetrators have been arrested and charged.But perhaps that also is “inconvenient” since our Sheriff is far more interested in Obama’s birth certificate. But, hey, illegal is illegal, right?

wherewasi
wherewasi

Isn't this a hoot?

Sarah has reading comprehension issues!

Rob
Rob

 You gotta appreciate the sheer hypocrisy of these nuts.

They're so upset about VVM "exploiting" Latino children that they're urging business to boycott....But not a word about the 400+ sex cases involving Latino children that Arpaio blew off.  Or, when they do dare to speak of it, the answer is..."so what, they're illegals".

Rob
Rob

 Well played "Mr. Romley"...LMFAO!!!!

Let's see how long they stay up.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Oh, yes, he owns it and makes no excuses or apologies.  You should have seen him go off on me the first time I posted over there (with an opinion quite different from his) and he didn't know who I was.  If it had been face to face instead of online, I would have been reaching for my pepper spray!

wherewasi
wherewasi

Oh oh.  Well, then I guess I'm about to be deleted and banned.  Quick - go read my comments on the "Russell Pearce Responds to Bob Worsley attack" before I am banished from the garden in shame.  LOL.

Phoenix Justice
Phoenix Justice

The Republicans in the Arizona Legislature aren't going to kill the "Geese" with their "Golden Eggs".  That's why it needs to be done at the ballot box and with a Constitutional Amendment.  I wrote about reforming the Arizona Legislature on my blog last night.

http://phoenixjustice.blogspot...

Coz
Coz

At least now everyone knows who not to vote for, among others.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

it's really easy in AZ. DONT VOTE FOR The morons with an R next to their name, 
* caps for emphasis 

Phoenix Justice
Phoenix Justice

 I wouldn't have voted for any of those listed anyway.  There votes today just give me another reason not to.

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Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 Your written gibberish reminds me of how a local governor speaks.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

AZSCAM taught the legislators how to do it.  It was a training exercise for the current crop of corrupt politicos.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

This is how "The Good Ole Boys" do it Son.  I say "SON".

This scandal is worse than AZSCAM because the legislators were not "enticed" by an undercover agent of the government.  This was just business as usual in our wonderful State of Arizona legislature. 

I hope these asshats roast in hell.

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