By Amy Silverman
By Olivia LaVecchia
By Monica Alonzo and Stephen Lemons
By Chris Parker
By Michael Lacey
By Weston Phippen
The hearing has prompted an inquiry into signage for Cortes by the Arizona Secretary of State, and the City of Mesa now has taken the insulting, cynical, and illegal signs down.
Cortes was forced out of hiding, and the conspirators were made to swear to tell the truth, even if they failed to follow through.
Also, Ryan and Wright's tireless pro bono work has put an acetylene torch to the pants of every lazy journalist in town.
Suddenly, all the news outlets are hot on the trail of Arizona's prince of political sleaze, Constantin Querard, who many believe is the greasy eminence behind Cortes' illegitimate candidacy.
Channel 12 has revealed that Querard, a Pearce operative, was soliciting shill candidates as early as this spring. Channel 15 has shown up on his doorstep, only to have no one answer, like at Cortes' house in weeks past.
If this state had a real attorney general, instead of showboater Tom Horne, Querard would be the subject of an AG probe, as he has been in the not-too-distant past.
But Arizona, on every level, lacks a prosecutor willing to pursue such obvious corruption as what we all saw on display during Ryan and Wright's last evidentiary hearing before Judge Burke.
So Ryan's the best we've got at this point. Reporters can dig, but, sadly, we cannot subpoena witnesses and private records. Even if nothing else is exposed in Burke's courtroom, the Ryan-Wright gambit has been an unmitigated success.
Asked about Tsontakis' fantasies of legal triumph, Ryan, as is the way of the Irish, recounted a joke:
A hen, belonging to one Irish farmer, leapt the fence into another's yard. Ownership of the bird became a matter of dispute. So the first farmer challenged the second to a game of kick-the-groin, with the winner getting the chicken.
The first farmer launched the initial salvo, dropping his neighbor to the ground in writhing pain. When the fellow recovered, he said, "Now it's my turn."
"Nah, keep the damn bird," said the other. "I never wanted it anyway."
Ryan smiled. Tsontakis owns a clucker all right. But Ryan got the pleasure of the first kick.
Is this law Racist? Does it specify brown people?Are the people who agree with this law racist?Are those who want this law enforced racist?The law says nothing of little "brown" people but it explains what is illegal entry. It's not very hard to understand. Why is this law "broken"? Why can it be selectively ignored?Illegal alien includes all people who entered illegally, could be Croation, Russian, Chinese, Irish, Canadians and yes even Mexicans. No one single race or people is referenced in the law. Under Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, "Improper Entry by Alien," any citizen of any country other than the United States who:Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact; has committed a federal crime.Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison. Additional civil fines may be imposed at the discretion of immigration judges, but civil fines do not negate the criminal sanctions or nature of the offense.These people cost Pheonix and surrounding cities hundreds of millions to support the education, health and welfare of these illegal immigrants. A landscape worker paid by cash (no taxes) and his wife (a stay at home mom), have been here for 16 years and had 7 children born in the US. Who do you think paid for her medical bills???
My grandmother immigrated from sonora mexico. She first had to learn to speak english have 1000 dollars per person that she brought here. This was in the early 1900's Cortes does not even have the learning english part, wonder what else she's holding back? Uncle Joe check her out,Please~
She is not what I consider a hispanic in fact she's an embarrassment to the entire mexican and hispanic community!!
She should publicly apologize to the citizens of mesa for making a mockery and trying to play the system with all her lies,I wonder what she was planning to do if she was elected, make tamales for russells family?
Sherrif Joe is one of a few law enforcement individuals who understands a simple fact: "illegal immigrant" = an individual who is not in the United States legally. Being that the "illegal immigrant" has broken our (and Barrack Hussien Obwama's) Federal Immigration Laws and entered the United States through illegal means, he / she is subject to a crime and as such, he / she is subject to deportation. Is that difficult to understand?
I think we all knew then as we all know now that Cortes is a bumbling idiot. I mean, to pull an MCSO shurf stunt (the whole "I know nothing" episode in Judge Burke's courtroom last week) goes to show that Cortes is as clueless as her promoter, Pearce. The same can be said of her former "campaign" manager, Greg Western.
Pearce has learned really well from his hero and mentor, the Flaccid Fool of MCSO, on how to rig elections. Pearce also has learned to pull the MCSO shurf card when it suits him. His claims that he doesn't know who's behind Olivia's "campaign" are ludicrous.
Pearce has proven how corrupt and mentally sick he truly is. He tried to rig an election, his stances on healthcare, education, the criminal illegals, etc. are atrocious. He failed to extend unemployment insurance for 30,000 people. I could go on, but I think readers get the point.
The smartest thing Cortes has done so far is to drop out of the race. Now, if her hero and mentor Pearce could develop a brain hemisphere along with two brain cells to rub together and do the same, I think Arizona would be a lot better off.
Jerry Lewis for LD18 Senator.
Wow! A hispanic female enters a political race and you bigot racists call her a Sham, Bumbling Idiot, and who knows what else. Where is the reports on the failed Parraz instrumenting a recall for a district he does not live in.
That b1t&*%$# is a traitor helping a racist bastard. Who knows how much she is getting paid for. Don't be ignorant. Just because she is Latina " prey to God she is not Mexican" you are defending her. Maybe you are getting paid too.
You are intellectually dishonest. You know she is a sham candidate, yet you are feigning indignity and making sarcastic claims on racism. By the way, read the court's ruling: "The court finds that Pearce supporters recruited Cortes, a political neophyte, to run in the recall election to siphon Hispanic votes from Lewis to advance Pearce’s recall election bid. The court finds that without the support Cortes has received from Pearce supporters, particularly Western, the chair of the East Valley Tea Party, she would have had no chance of qualifying as a candidate in the recall election or organizing and running any kind of a political campaign." Don't be such a shameless hack.
Where to begin with this one?If a hispanic female got on the ballot as a legitimate candidate, that would be cause for celebration. This woman is a tool of Pearce's, plain and simple, and was recruited by Querard on behalf of Pearce to be exactly what she is: a sham. There is no way that can be disputed. As for Parraz, that statement is really grasping. Pearce is senate president, so EVERY Arizonan has a stake in this. The fact that Parraz doesn't live in LD18 has no bearing on his pursuit of a recall. And don't forget, most of Pearce's support has come from "out of state" interests.Try to be a bit more informed before spouting.
Is lying in court under oath not a crime anymore? I wonder. If this hearing set for Friday proves that Pearce supporters lied about knowing who paid for petition criculators and campaign signs, will we see crminal charges or at least contempt of court against every individual who took advantage of Olivia Cortes and duped her into this recall election? The poor woman is being made a fool, and she thinks she is helping some cause. Even if Cortes truly believes she is trying to help get the latino voice out there, she really is just a diversion.
Lets not poing fingers directly at the Republicans. The Tea Party started out as something new and different, that has turned into a bunch of nuts that think they can cheat their way into office.They are like Germany in the early 30's. A small group using whatever power they can muster to gain control of a larger group.
The moral bankruptcy of RuSSell Pearce and his Tea Bagger cohort has never been so evident as in this farce. It is quite obvious that Pearce, his family and the East Valley Tea Bagger goobers recruited this poor woman to dilute the vote. LD 18 voters have a clear choice: to reject the insult to their intelligence that Pearce and his backfiring political machine have subjected them to or to continue to support a corrupt coward who claims to be a "patriot" but whose actions reveal him to be a vile hypocrite wrapped in an American flag.
Let's get the stupid and crooked mormons out of our politics. That is why they were ran out of Missouri, politics, stealing chickens and women.
Laughting's Mormon bashing sounds like Pearce.
Laughting, stupid is as stupid does, and you're looking like an example.
Laughting at Republicans....If you're going to make "bash" a group of people at least learn how to spell and use correct grammar first. It's kind of hard to take someone seriously when their own name isn't even spelled correctly. "Laughing" does not have a "t" and they were "run" not "ran" out of Missouri,..Also Mormons has a capital. You might also want to brush up a little on history. I would also watch calling people "stupid" when your own bulb isn't burning so bright.
Here's a little history to brush up on. Joseph Smith founded the MORmON (how's that for capitalization?) cult to provide justification for his lust for little girls. Get your temple undies in a wad over that one.
Are my spelling and grammar acceptable to you?
From now on I will refer to MORmONS as the "Cult of Sklar"
follow your own advise. How do you make bash a group of people? or did you mean bash a group of people?you should have looked over your post before identifying yourself as an equal of the posting party. Ignorant as the original comment, you are not burning so bright yourself
We never should 've let the Irish into this country or our law schools. This is what happens. If it's not the mormons, it's the Irish Catholics. Report and deport them all. They are all drunks.
In terms of mental illness, you fit right up there with Pearce, mbsanchez, Bobby, the MCSO shurf, and a bunch of other miscreants. Do us all a favor and go back to the mental institution from which you escaped.
And what's wrong with bein' a drunk, I'm askin'? Are ye wantin' to put all the liquor stores out of business during these dark and dreary economic times? Do ye not know then that the only thing worse than a drunken Irishman is a sober one?Lift high your glass then to strong drink, Sinn Fein, potatoes and passage in steerage to America!
When's the last time you pulled your head out of your ass? It looks like it might be time for you to do it again. Dumbass teabagging wench!