Pinal supervisors ponder special border protection fund for PCSO
FLORENCE — Pinal County officials are considering creating a $100,000 contingency fund to reimburse the Sheriff’s Office for overtime, travel and other expenses related to protecting Arizona’s southern border, if called upon to do so.
Supervisor Kevin Cavanaugh, R-Coolidge, proposed the fund at Wednesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. He noted that Gov. Doug Ducey said in his state of the state address that he and other governors are making plans to actively protect the border.
Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer told the board creating such a fund would not be a simple process and would require budget amendments. He said if it’s something the board wishes to do, he asked that the board give direction to county staff to bring an item before the board for formal action.
Supervisor Mike Goodman, R-San Tan Valley, asked that the fund return for a vote on the board’s next regular agenda on Feb. 2.
The goal is to pay sheriff’s personnel for any special duties they’re called on to serve while the county awaits reimbursement from the state.
“In the meantime, I don’t think our people should go without and not be compensated, so this would allow us to bridge that gap,” Volkmer told the board.
“The concern is if there is an emergency or crisis, and they say ‘Get people there,’ knowing our sheriff, knowing the men and women who serve our community, they’re going to go down there,” Volkmer continued.
Noel Reck of Casa Grande was skeptical. He commented to the board that he agreed with Vice Chairman Jeff Serdy, R-Apache Junction, that sheriff’s personnel were needed at the Jan. 15 Trump rally in the interest of public safety.
“I would suggest that an audit of expenses incurred by the county for that rally should be instituted to avoid being stiffed, as has been the case for so many other cities and counties where these rallies have been held,” Reck said.
As for $100,000 to cover a potential sheriff’s mission to the border, “I ask why? At whose suggestion? Whose request?” Reck said the money could be better spent in Pinal County to analyze and address “the push-pull factors” that bring people to the border.
“Remember the Irish didn’t leave their homeland just for fun. They were pushed out, and then pulled in, just like many on the border today,” Reck said. He said immigration is a complex issue that won’t be solved by a foray into Pima County for the benefit of the American Sheriff Network.
“I’m sure there are many local agencies, dealing firsthand with the issues involved, that would love to partner with you and use this money in a far more productive manner,” Reck concluded.
Noel Reck is a teacher and a force for good in the community.
You saw it. We saw it. All of America saw it. My wife and I stood in horror and disbelief as we watched MAGA insurrectionists storm our nation’s Capitol — our only words, “Oh my God — this can’t be happening.” Our eyes filled with tears, our hearts broken, our worst fears realized: It could happen here; it was happening here. At our iconic Capitol building, we saw police beaten, windows broken, doors breached, offices and chambers desecrated — we heard chants of “Where’s Nancy?” and “Hang Mike Pence!” All of this made more abhorrent with the apparently pleased commander-in-chief calmly sipping Diet Coke while waiting over three hours before making even a half-hearted effort to stop the carnage!
Jan. 6, 2021, is another day that will live forever in infamy. For most of us, it represents an atrocity worse than Dec. 7, 1941, and Sept. 11, 2001. The attempted coup of Jan. 6 was inspired, planned and carried out by Americans against their own government. This was not an attack by foreigners who hate our nation, this was an act of unspeakable violence meant to destroy democracy’s most integral process: a free and fair election. For the first time in our history, the peaceful transfer of power as determined by American citizens came under siege by American citizens.
There’s no question that the Jan. 6 Insurrection was the direct result of what has become known as the “Big Lie” and “Stop the Steal” conspiracy theories. The violence at our nation’s most sacred symbol of democracy came about because Donald Trump refused to admit defeat in the 2020 election. It’s clear that every losing court case and failed attempt to coerce election officials to break the law caused the Trump team to pursue a more direct and violent course of action — even if it meant executing members of Congress and the vice president of the United States. To be clear, there was no evidence of election fraud or that any “Antifa” provocateurs were among the insurrectionists.
The Jan. 6 House Select Committee has gathered incontrovertible evidence via documents, email transcripts and testimony demonstrating the degree and depth of planning prior to the horrible event. Coordination between the top levels of Trump’s team and right-wing extremist groups took place well before the attack. As of Jan. 2, the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Three Percenters and the DC Brigade traded messages about bringing riot equipment. Trump himself along with Donald Jr., Steve Bannon and others invited Jan. 6 invaders to join in the “wild day” when “all hell would break loose.” In the immediate aftermath, both Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell publicly acknowledged Trump’s culpability in inspiring the insurrection. Now, however, they are among the deniers who want us to believe that the horror we witnessed was an innocent and peaceful demonstration conducted randomly by patriotic tourists.
Shamefully, Arizona is intimately tied to Insurrection Day. Gosar and Biggs were involved in the planning, QAnon shaman Jacob Chansley became its face, Mark Finchem attended and encouraged it in real time. Immediately after Congress reconvened that day, the entire Arizona GOP delegation voted to decertify our state’s election result. We spent many months watching Arizona GOP state senators conduct the most bizarre non-audit in election history! Even now, GOP elected officials and candidates continue the lying and conspiracy pandering. Many are encouraging violent behavior and even armed rebellion.
As we mark the one-year anniversary of one of America’s darkest days, the insurrectionist movement is far from defeated. Last week, the Associated Press, known for its nonpartisan and factual reporting, ran a story entitled “Slow motion insurrection — how GOP seizes election power. The article outlines how the GOP has changed election laws and turned vote counting and election certification over to partisan “Big Lie” believers. Here in Arizona, the GOP has already stripped the Democratic secretary of state of the authority to fight for election integrity, pushed for purging voters from the Permanent Early Voting List and attempted to give legislators the power to completely overturn election results based on their preference for a winner. There is no longer any room in the GOP for any candidate who isn’t radicalized. In other words, the insurrection is evolving but continuing today.
The planners and perpetrators are working hard to alter history and erase what we all witnessed — a violent and deadly attempt to destroy American democracy. Whether our nation survives depends on us, the American voters. We must stand united to ensure that another Jan. 6, 2021, Insurrection Day never happens again. No one can predict how Insurrection Day will be remembered by future American generations. As for now, you saw it, we saw it, all of America saw it and we must never forget!
The Build Back Better Act (BBB) is the product of months of hard work and negotiations from Democrats in Congress. Building on plans proposed by President Biden in the spring of 2020, progressives got to work fighting for key priorities to be included in the legislation. Unfortunately we’ve faced opposition from conservative Democrats who have watered down significant portions of the bill, and consistently attempted to derail the entire package.
In the face of conservative Democrats obstructing the passage of BBB, Progressives struck a deal to pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF), and in return got a written commitment from those conservative Democrats that they would vote for BBB.
Because the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) stood together to demand that the BBB, which contains a large portion of the Democratic agenda, move forward, we’ve finally seen the bill pass the House. This would not have been possible without the tireless organizing going on across the country to push our MoCs to make use of this Democratic Trifecta and deliver on their promises.
Read on to learn what is actually in the bill, how your MoC voted, and what needs to be done to get the BBB passed the Senate and signed into law!
WHAT IS IN THE 'BUILD BACK BETTER' ACT?
The Build Back Better Act is a package of badly needed public investments across the economy, designed to support children and families, historic investments in climate action, make health care more affordable, and provide deportation protection and work permits for many immigrants, all while taking steps to make our tax code more fair for working families.
While a number of urgent priorities were not included (we’ll cover those below), there are a bunch of provisions that we should celebrate - and fight to make sure they stay in the final version that passes the Senate. Here are some of the highlights:
That’s a lot! And we’re excited to see these provisions move one step closer to becoming law.
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PLEASE BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION TO THIS PANDEMIC
First I would like to thank Donald Hunt Sr. for all the hard work he put in as Chair of the Pinal County Democratic Party.
With Don’s resignation as Chair, just like every volunteer, PC, and member takes a step forward to become a leader, I now take another step forward like those that came before me and those that will follow me.
I understand the hardships rural communities face like the lack of medical care facilities, education, living in a food desert, and what it is like to live in a community where the only job in town is specific industry-driven, like our copper corridor area. I know what it is like to have to drive 30 miles to the nearest rural hospital, attend schools with leaky roofs, and be dependent on getting basic food staples from the local convenience store. I know these things because I have personally lived them.
As individuals we can make change, but as a team we can have a profound effect not just on our lives but the on the lives of every person that lives within Pinal County. It is going to take all of us working together to reach the goals we all have for the county and to address the local issues that matter to our neighborhoods, cities, and towns. Hope and passion are building blocks; because if we can give people hope, the passion that it creates will only drive us forward to build the team I know we can become.
As a team, let's create a little hope and let the passion we generate drive us towards our ultimate goal - Turning Pinal County Blue.
Chair, Pinal County Democratic Party
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