Joe Arpaio Downplays MCSO's Being Dropped from Federal Military Equipment Program

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is downplaying the federal government's decision to drop the Sheriff's Office from a program that allows local law enforcement agencies to obtain military surplus gear.

Arpaio's office issued a press release stating MCSO would be fine without the weapons and equipment obtained through what's known as the 1033 program. Arpaio claims the move is a swipe at him personally, although the Department of Defense says MCSO's termination in the program is due to the agency losing nine firearms.

"The Sheriff suspects that the termination after the two-year suspension, all of a sudden [and] just before a congressional meeting about the 1033 program, might be political," MCSO Lieutenant Brandon Jones tells New Times.

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Arizona Latino Leaders Announce Support for Same-Sex Marriage

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Latino leaders Carlos Galindo-Elvira, Edmundo Hidalgo, Steve Gallardo, Eva Montelongo, Dolores Huerta, Danny Ortega, Mark Mazon, and Alessandra Soler at the announcement yesterday.
Latino leaders from across the state kicked off National Hispanic Heritage Month by announcing their support for marriage equality.

The central Phoenix gathering was organized by Why Marriage Matters Arizona, a coalition founded a year ago by the ACLU of Arizona, Equality Arizona, Freedom to Marry, and the Human Rights Campaign. The event coincided with the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15.

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Russell Pearce and Hos Hoskins Get Sacks of Rice and Beans from Protesters

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Ramiro Luna drops off rice and beans for Hos Hoskins and Russell Pearce.
Recalled ex-Senate President Russell Pearce doesn't seem to be putting in long days at the office in his new job with the Maricopa County Treasurer.

For the second day in a row, protesters showed up to the office demanding that county Treasurer Charles "Hos" Hoskins fire Pearce for comments Pearce made on his radio show, calling for the sterilization of women on Medicaid, and only sacks of rice and beans for those who need government assistance to feed themselves and their families. And for the second day in a row, the protesters were told Hoskins and Pearce were out of the office.

"Why is [Hoskins] never at work?" Citizens for a Better Arizona organizer Ramiro Luna asked an employee at the treasurer's office. "If any of these people miss a day at work, they'll be fired."

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"Vindication" for Jay Dobyns, Ex-ATF Agent Who Infiltrated Hells Angels, After Court Ruling

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A federal judge blasted the ATF in a recently released ruling that described how the agency mistreated an Arizona ex-agent who had infiltrated the Hells Angels.

Jay Dobyns, sued the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in 2007 for failing to handle death threats against him following his undercover work against the notorious, legendary biker gang.

Quoting Shakespeare and comparing Dobyns' case to a Franz Kafka story, Judge Francis Allegra of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims blasted the ATF in his ruling but gave Dobyns only a fraction of the $1.7 million he'd sought.

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Phoenix Area Faces Threat of More Rain, Flooding

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More rain is expected to hit Arizona this week, bringing with it the possibility of more flooding in the Phoenix area.

National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Woodall tells New Times a flash-flood watch will be in effect from tomorrow morning through Thursday afternoon, although there are indications that Phoenix won't be the hardest-hit by the latest storms.

"Right now, it looks like the biggest threat for widespread heavy rain is going to be over southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico," Woodall says. "Now, that doesn't mean we can let our guard down [around Phoenix] . . . We could still have a chance for heavy rain and a flooding threat here in the Valley 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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Hos Hoskins' Office Filled With Protesters Demanding the Firing of Russell Pearce

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Matthew Hendley
Protesters filled the office of Maricopa County Treasurer Charles "Hos" Hoskins yesterday, demanding the firing of Russell Pearce.

Pearce, the recalled ex-state Senate President, recently landed an $85,000-a-year gig with the treasurer's office -- a job that calls for Pearce to promote a program that provides assistance to low-income seniors.

Meanwhile, Pearce has bashed government programs that help the poor on his radio show, and just this weekend resigned from his post as the first vice chair of the Arizona Republican Party for his draconian proposal for reforming welfare programs.

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South Phoenix Light Rail Expansion One Step Closer Thanks to Federal Grant

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A map of the light rail expansion lines. This proposed South Phoenix line is the gray striped line with "TBD" as the date of completion.
Phoenix's Public Transit Department scored a federal grant that city leaders see as a big step toward expanding light rail into South Phoenix.

The South Phoenix expansion is still in the planning stages, but the $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation allows the city to get started on things like environmental assessments and engineering of the proposed 5-mile expansion down Central Avenue to Baseline Road.

"These kinds of projects require a lot of financial support, and for us to get this from the U.S. Department of Transportation means they consider it to be a viable and valuable project," city spokesman Matthew Heil tells New Times.

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Gila River Indian Community Federal Lobbying Tab Reaches Nearly $11 million

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An artist rendering of the Tohono O'odham Nation's proposed West Valley casino

The Gila River Indian Community has spent nearly $11 million in federal lobbying since 2009, the year its sister tribe, the Tohono O'odham Nation announced its plans to open a West Valley casino.

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community joined GRIC in its battle to block the casino, and it has dropped nearly $2 million on federal lobbying.

That's almost $13 million dedicated to lobbying in Washington, D.C. to stop the Nation from opening its doors to the West Valley Resort, a casino which has already broken ground on a swath of land near 91st and Northern avenues.

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10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Phoenix

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There's a lot you probably don't know about Phoenix, even if you've lived here for a while.

Check our picks for 10 things you probably didn't know about the city:

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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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Mark Brnovich Condemns Sterilization Comments by Russell Pearce (w/Update on Doug Ducey and Others Joining Chorus)

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Please see update on Doug Ducey and others joining the chorus of condemnation below.

Republican candidate for Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued a statement on Sunday condemning remarks made by the Arizona GOP's first vice chair Russell Pearce, in which Pearce proposed the coerced sterilization of female Medicaid recipients.

Calling the remarks "cruel" and "unrepresentative" of the Arizona Republican Party, Brnovich likened Pearce's comments to the "horrors of communism," noting that his mother fled communist Yugoslavia in the 1950s.

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Sean Noble, GOP Strategist, Calls on Russell Pearce to Resign for His Remarks on the Coerced Sterilization of Women

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Influential GOP strategist Sean Noble of the consulting firm DC London is calling on recalled, former state Senate President Russell Pearce to "resign or be removed" from his position as the Arizona GOP's first vice chair because of Pearce's remarks advocating the coerced sterilization of female Medicaid recipients.

"There's nothing conservative about [fascism]," Noble stated via his Twitter account on Saturday. "Pearce doesn't represent Republicans. He must resign or be removed."

Pearce's grotesque remarks came during one of his regular weekly radio broadcast on KKNT 960 AM, while he railed about government programs such as Medicaid.

"You put me in charge of Medicaid," Pearce told one caller, "the first thing I'd do is get [female recipients] Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations. Then, we'll test recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job."

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Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week

In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.

Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:

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Bill Montgomery Works to Free Prisoner Ray Chatman, Who Killed Man in 1970

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Ray Chatman has been behind bars since 1970, when he was convicted of killing a Circle K clerk in a robbery at age 17.

He was supposed to spend the rest of his life in prison, but he'll soon get out because of efforts by prosecutors at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, who determined he was eligible for release.

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Jetpack Created by ASU Student Jason Kerestes Pushes Runners Along Faster

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Arizona State University engineering student Jason Kerestes' jetpack won't let its wearers fly -- but running like the wind may be the next best thing.

Kerestes, a graduate student and welding expert, is the "mastermind" behind the 4MM project, a combined effort by ASU and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to create a machine that assists soldiers who need to run somewhere really fast.

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Bill Montgomery's Anti-Muslim Instructor John Guandolo Calls for Indictment of ACLU for Writing a Letter (w/Updates)

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Note: Please see update below.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's desperate attempt to gin up controversy and milk the just-passed anniversary of 9/11 by employing a controversial ex-FBI agent to teach cops and prosecutors about Muslim extremism has taken a wacky turn.

John Guandolo, the ex-FBI agent who reportedly left the bureau after admitting to an inappropriate sexual relationship with a confidential informant according to several outlets, fired back in his blog today against the ACLU of Arizona and local Muslim groups that are calling on Montgomery to cancel a scheduled a September 19 training session, in which Guandolo is a featured participant.

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Glendale Group Says it Submitted More Than 13K Signatures Against the Casino

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A group calling itself "Glendale Citizens for Voice and Choice" reportedly turned in more than 13,000 signatures on a "petition protesting the way the Glendale City Council approved the gaming Casino at 91st Avenue and Northern without notice to the citizenry."

We reached out to Timothy Schwartz, a spokesman for the group, and he mentioned on the phone that group members agreed not to talk to the media beyond a press conference held about noon.

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Exposed: Anti-Casino Signature Gathering Campaign Misleading Some Glendale Residents

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The Tohono O'odham Nation has broken ground on its West Valley resort-style casino.

Just as soon as the Glendale City Council voted to support the Tohono O'odham Nation's efforts to build a casino near the city limits, an effort got under way to collect signatures to try to stop it.

The group calls itself Glendale Citizens for Voice and Choice and has embarked on an effort to overturn the council's support. It's expected to announce later today that it's gathered thousands of signatures of residents who oppose the casino.

New Times, which has written numerous articles about the Nation's fight to open its casino doors, received various complaints from Glendale residents that individuals collecting signatures to thwart the casino are misleading potential signers.

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