Doug Ducey's Flack Confirms Organized Crime Story

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey's spokeswoman, Melissa DeLaney, declined to comment Tuesday when I contacted her regarding this week's cover story on Ducey's hailing from an infamous Toledo organized crime family.

But Wednesday, she gave a statement to the Arizona Republic's Laurie Roberts, and I'm glad she did, because she essentially confirmed the information in the article, written by myself and Lance Williams of The Center for Investigative Reporting.

Check it out:

In the United States of America and in the State of Arizona, people know you and judge you based on your life, the way you have lived it and your accomplishments, not on the actions of relatives from previous generations. The New Times correctly reported that the information about past family members does not touch Doug Ducey's life or career. This has been a tough campaign where both candidates have had their careers vetted, which is entirely appropriate when seeking a very high office. Doug trusts the voters of Arizona to make decisions based on the life he has led and his vision to create greater opportunities as the next governor.

Gee, Melissa, did it take you a whole day to write that?

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Joe Arpaio Lies About Raising Cash off Birther Insanity, as Proven by The Joe Show (Video)

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Does Sheriff Joe Arpaio want people to see Phoenix filmmaker Randy Murray's critically-acclaimed film The Joe Show, which begins a week-long run today at Harkins Valley Art in Tempe and Harkins Arrowhead in Peoria?

Certainly, Arpaio helped pimp the flick in Hollywood when it played there earlier this year, clowning around with Wonder Woman and the Cookie Monster on Hollywood Boulevard for the cameras.

But as the film lands in his backyard, the octogenarian autocrat seems conflicted.

Blogger Mitch Martinson of Arizona's Politics caught Arpaio Tweeting that the doc was "a movie only my critics will love," while at the same time offering, "Hope supporters attend too."

Why, Joe, so they can learn what a big, corrupt media-hog you are?

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Doug Ducey Kisses the Koch Bros' Keisters, Claims Cold Stone Grew without Gub'mint Help

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Anything to do with the billionaire Koch bothers gets the liberals riled, just as anything to do with Benghazi, gun control or lefty billionaire George Soros sets Teabaggers aflame.

Don't get me wrong. Charles and David Koch's influence over the electoral process is a legit issue, but there's only so much left-wing raving over the Koch bros that one person can take, even if you're part of the left wing.

So the "revelation" by American Family Voice's YouTube channel The Undercurrent and The Nation that GOP gubernatorial nominee Doug Ducey attended a Koch brothers' shin-dig in June to pitch himself to them and their fellow billionaires is a bit of a yawner, considering Ducey's politics.

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Bill Montgomery's Islamaphobe Calls Local Reporters "Collaborators" Who Defend "Stealth Jihadis"

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As I mentioned in my column this week, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's Islamaphobic "expert," disgraced ex-FBI agent John Guandolo, recently accused Channel 12's Brahm Resnik and Fox 10's Mia Garcia of being "media collaborators," who "defend stealth jihadis." This, because of their coverage of Guandolo's coming to town on the taxpayer's dime.

Jeez, John-boy, what am I, chopped liver? I was the one who broke the story that you were coming to town, for cryin' out loud.

As Rodney Dangerfield was wont to say, "Death, where is thy sting?"

Guandolo, a serious wacko who thinks CIA director John Brennan is a secret Muslim, was recently flown to Tempe by Monty at public expense to lecture prosecutors and law enforcement officials on the "threat" posed by local mosques and practitioners of Islam.

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Russell Pearce Lies, Hos Hoskins Spins

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Recalled state Senate President Russell Pearce is one of those guys who can lie and then believe his lie, almost immediately after he's said it.

Problem is, he's a really bad liar. In fact, his lies remind me of that quote from the Old Testament, "Be sure your sin will find you out."

And like a boomerang, they always do, particularly in Pearce's case.

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Bill Montgomery's Anti-Muslim Seminar Results in Threats to Muslims, ADL Criticizes Training, Phoenix PD Will Not Participate (w/Updates)

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Please see the updates at the end of this post, which include comments from John Guandolo, the Phoenix Police Department, and the MCSO.

The backlash is building against Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's upcoming anti-Muslim training session, featuring Islamaphobic ex-FBI agent John Guandolo, who believes that CIA Director John Brennan is a secret Muslim.

The Phoenix Police Department has confirmed to me that it will not be sending any representatives to the controversial, day-long seminar, which is being held at a Tempe hotel on Friday.

Other law enforcement agencies may be getting cold feet too, including the MCSO, but that remains unconfirmed at present. (Note: MCSO has since confirmed non-participation, please see updates below.)

The Arizona office of the Anti-Defamation League sent Montgomery a letter last week critical of Guandolo, though the ADL says Montgomery has yet to respond to the letter.

And most troubling, Guandolo's involvement in the training already may have resulted in threats against local Muslims and Mosques.

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Russell Pearce's Boss Treasurer Charles Hoskins Responds, Pearce Replaced as First Vice Chair by a Woman

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Maricopa County Treasurer Charles "Hos" Hoskins has issued a response over the controversy surrounding his continued employment of recalled former state Senate President President Russell Pearce, who recently resigned his post as First Vice Chair of the Arizona Republican Party, following his controversial remarks on the forced sterilization of female Medicaid recipients.

Today, Hoskins, who is under pressure to fire Pearce from Pearce's $85,000-per-year job, replied to some questions I recently submitted via e-mail. Hoskins cc'd other members of the media as well.

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Russell Pearce Disses 47 Percent of Americans, Insults Legal Immigrants, Gets Ethnic Jokes from Working Buddies, All in County E-Mails

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As he already has demonstrated through his vile comments on the forced sterilization of female Medicaid recipients, recalled ex-state Senator Russell Pearce has complete contempt for the poor.

The outrage over these remarks, made by Pearce on his weekly radio show, recently forced Pearce's resignation as first vice chair of the Arizona GOP.

But Pearce still has his $85,000-a-year gub'mint job working for fellow Republican and Maricopa County Treasurer Charles "Hos" Hoskins. And Pearce has no problem letting Hoskins know what he thinks of poor folk, as he did on September 2, via his county e-mail address.

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Russell Pearce Resigns as AZ GOP's First Vice Chair Because of Sterilization Remarks

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Recalled ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce resigned Sunday night from his position as first vice chair of the Arizona Republican Party, following a bruising weekend during which congressional and statewide GOP candidates, among others, condemned remarks Pearce made September 9 on his weekly talk radio show.

In a press release issued by the Arizona Republican Party, Pearce formally submitted his resignation to state GOP chairman Robert Graham, saying he was doing so for the sake of the party.

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Doug Ducey, Martha McSally, Andy Tobin Join in Condemnation of Russell Pearce

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It was DC London's Sean Noble that got the ball rolling on Saturday, calling on fellow Republican Russell Pearce to "resign or be removed" from his position as first vice chair of the state GOP. This, in the wake of Pearce's hateful comments on the forced sterilization of female Medicaid recipients.

Then came more Rs today, padding down the same river: Arizona Attorney General hopeful Mark Brnovich, GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey, Congressional District 2 candidate Martha McSally, CD 1 Congressman-wannabe Andy Tobin.

Like Noble, McSally called for Pearce's resignation. The other candidates have not. Yet.

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