Arizona House Committee Passes Measure to Effectively Nullify EPA Rules

Today, an Arizona state House Committee approved a measure that would require the state to block unilateral EPA agency rules over “nonnavigable intrastate waters or waterways,” an action that would make them nearly impossible to enforce.

Introduced by Rep. Brenda Barton (R-Payson), House Concurrent Resolution 2037 (HCR2037) directly challenges and would effectively nullify in practice new rules over in-state waters issued unilaterally in 2014 by the EPA. Citing new authority in the state constitution passed by voters under Prop 122 last fall, the legislation would withdraw critical state enforcement and material support for enforcing such rules. It passed the House Rules committee today by a vote of 5-2.

If approved by the legislature, HCR2037 would bypass the Governor’s desk and go to a vote of the People. It reads, in part:

Section 1. A. To preserve the checks and balances of the constitution of the united states, this state hereby exercises its sovereign authority:

1. To prohibit any federal agency or official from enforcing any federal regulation that purports to regulate nonnavigable, intrastate waters or waterways within the boundaries of this state unless that regulation is clearly and manifestly authorized by an act of congress.

2. To prohibit this state, its agencies and all of its political subdivisions from using any personnel or resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with any federal action or program that purports to regulate nonnavigable, intrastate waters or waterways unless a showing is first made in the courts of this state without deference to any administrative determination and based on clear and convincing evidence that such regulation is absolutely necessary to the exercise of powers expressly delegated to the federal government by the constitution of the united states.

The issue at hand is that the EPA and the United States Army Corps of Engineers lack the authority to enforce proposed rules published in the Federal Register titled “Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

According to the Federal Register, the proposal would involve the following:

The agencies propose to define ‘‘waters of the United States’’ in section (a) of the proposed rule for all sections of the CWA to mean: Traditional navigable waters; interstate waters, including interstate wetlands; the territorial seas; impoundments of traditional navigable waters, interstate waters, including interstate wetlands, the territorial seas, and tributaries, as defined, of such waters; tributaries, as defined, of traditional navigable waters, interstate waters,1 or the territorial seas; and adjacent waters, including adjacent wetlands. Waters in these categories would be jurisdictional ‘‘waters of the United States’’ by rule—no additional analysis would be required.

While interstate waters appear to be a target of the proposed rule, another section was written so broadly that virtually all waters will be under its reach:

In addition, the agencies propose that “other waters” (those not fitting in any of the above categories) could be determined to be “waters of the United States” through a case-specific showing that, either alone or in combination with similarly situated “other waters” in the region, they have a “significant nexus” to a traditional navigable water, interstate water, or the territorial seas. The proposed rule also offers a definition of significant nexus and explains how similarly situated “other waters” in the region should be identified.

Should the legislature and People of Arizona pass HCR2037, any attempt by the EPA to establish authority over nonnavigable intrastate waters will be met with resistance and an effort to block such moves.

In addition, passage would ensure that the state doesn’t use any resources to assist the federal government in such activities. As approved by Arizona voters in Nov. 2014, Prop 122 is now part of the state constitution creating a mechanism to withdraw all state support for federal programs outside the scope of the constitution….

By Michael Boldin – Tenth Amendment Center –

Arizona Internet Attack Was Beta Test for Martial Law

At approximately noon on February 25, 2015, the Internet went down in a wide swath ranging from just north of Phoenix stretching to Flagstaff., Arizona. Internet service was restored the following day around 1pm local time.

The very first reports I received about the outage, coming out of Wickenburg and Prescott, was that the ISP from Century Link went down because a car crashed into a transformer. Shortly after that, reports stated that a construction crew hit a power line causing Internet service to go down. From the Phoenix media, we now know that this was the work of “vandals” who discovered where cables, buried several feet underground,were located in the midst of rough terrain. These “vandals” subsequently cut through the Internet cables which were inches to a foot thick and this was the cause this massive outage.

The event had a crippling effect on local communities from central to northern Arizona.

-911 service and the communications of first responders were taken down.
-Point of sale debit/credit card transactions could not be initiated due to the outage.
-ATM’s did not work.
-Banks were not able to access their computers and were forced to issue paper receipts for any deposit.
-All cell phone providers were inoperable except for Verizon Wireless.
-Most cable companies were not able to carry programming (e.g. Phoenix TV stations) due to the takedown of live streaming. The same was also true for many radio stations.

In short, businesses, schools and personal lives were totally disrupted. Yet, the national coverage afforded to this major event was negligible as I discovered after calling friends and colleagues from across the country to gauge their reaction. As of yesterday afternoon, most people had not heard about this event. I am not surprised as similar events transpired in both Florida and Oklahoma, AT THE SAME TIME! Steve Quayle shared….”We dropped internet here in NW Oklahoma (outside Woodward) about mid-day yesterday as well. It happened twice….”

The media has been very uniform in describing this act as the work of “vandals”….the implied use of the word “vandal” is designed to indicate that whomever attacked these cables, presumably owned by Century Link, were amateurs who were engaged in some kind of prank. As I investigated further, it became clear that this was a well-coordinated and well planned attack by persons with expertise related to the attack. Further, whomever did this had to have had specialized equipment to cut through these cables. The simple act of just finding where these cables were, required specialized knowledge….

I reside only seven miles south of the impacted area. I have learned from some locals that accessing the sight of the crime is not possible. Security personnel, without any identifying insignias, were in place and were turning unauthorized people back. I have been told that this was not a typical crime scene and until late yesterday afternoon, this had become a highly secure area.

….[T]here are two programs designed to round up people who are viewed as a danger to the status quo. The two operations are labeled “Operation BOA”, as in boa constrictor, and “Operation Lightening Strike”. I have some operational details, but at this point they are still sketchy. Suffice it to say that Operation Lightening is the 3AM round up of all perceived dissident journalists and even some local politicians. This will be accomplished on a single night of terror. Operation BOA is a more deliberate process and will focus on more non-media threats such as outspoken veterans, gun rights activists, etc.Martial law will not be called martial law…. Both Steve Quayle and I agree that we are witnessing the introduction of the “Red List” strategy. What happened in Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma was a martial law preparation beta test designed to simultaneously take down communications. Why would DHS want to take down communications? When the Red List roundups begin under Operation Lightening Strike, the powers that be do not want to allow their intended round up targets to be able to warn each other. Further, the crash of the ATM’s and point of sale transactions limits one’s ability to go on the run.

What happened over a three state region was not the actions of “vandals”. This was a highly coordinated and sophisticated attack upon certain aspects of our grid designed to take down communications and commerce…. in preparation for martial law. The only question which truly remains is how far away are we from complete implementation of this operation?

By Dave Hodges – The Common Sense Show –

Arizona House Votes to Ban Common Core

An Arizona House committee voted yesterday in favor of legislation that would eliminate Common Core school standards, marking the Grand Canyon State’s first serious move toward doing away with the federally-imposed curriculum.

On Wednesday, a House education committee voted 5-2 in favor of House Bill 2190, a bill prohibiting the adoption and implementation of Common Core standards.

“Notwithstanding any other law, the State Board of Education may not adopt and the Department of Education may not implement the Common Core standards, the state’s College and Career Ready Standards, or any other standards or assessments that are aligned with standards or assessments proposed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers,” the bill’s text reads. “Any actions that were previously taken to adopt or implement standards or assessments that conflict with this section are void on the effective date of this section.”

The Arizona State Board of Education adopted the Common Core federal standards in 2010, but as in other parts of the nation they’ve proven unpopular with parents and many conservatives who claim the curriculum is too costly and another way for the federal government to wrest control of education from the state.

Arizona State Superintendent Diane Douglas (R) recently ran on an anti-Common Core platform, and won, exemplifying the state’s discontent with the caustic standards.

By Adan Salazar – Prison Planet.com –

Child Porn: Huge Child Sex Trafficking Ring in Arizona

Investigators say child-pornography victims are getting younger, and the abuse is becoming more violent.

In Arizona, we know of 15,000 IP addresses (the Internet Protocol labels assigned to each computer device) belonging to people who own computers, cellphones and other electronic devices trading and downloading child porn.

A significant number of these videos and images consist of infants and young children being raped, tortured and sexually abused. Some of even include “how to” instructions on how a grown man can rape a 3-year-old and groom him or her for years of abuse.

Every one of these pictures and videos is a crime scene. But the vast majority of these leads will never be investigated, and most of these victims will not be rescued.

While Arizona has tough sentencing laws for those who prey on children, there are only four full-time investigators in the state to proactively investigate this depravity, along with a handful of part-time investigators from various agencies.

A full-time investigator can only handle 25 to 30 cases a year. It’s extremely stressful for these investigators, seeing videos of kids being raped with the knowledge they are unable to get to a fraction of what’s really out there.

Fifty to 70 percent of perpetrators who download and trade child pornography are considered “hands on” offenders who actively molest and abuse children, according to data from the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children task force and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Sixty to 65 percent of the images intercepted in Arizona are of prepubescent children, and 9 percent of all victims are infants. Because of these very young ages, most victims cannot or do not report the abuse….

By Paul Boyer – Arizona Republic –

Medical Kidnapping In Arizona Abounds

Since Health Impact News started publishing stories from families telling about their horrible experiences with medical kidnapping, we have had more families contact us from Arizona than almost all the other states combined.

But one case stands out from all of them in terms of the depth of the corruption in the medical system, and child protection services, within the state of Arizona. Award-winning investigative journalist Jennifer Margulis looked into one civil rights case that is currently in the 9th Circuit Court, and found what appears to be a tangled web of corruption and deception in Arizona that will shock you. Read the story of the Darrell and Leanna Smith, and how they lost 2 of their 3 children when Leanna questioned doctors in what appears to be a medical malpractice case. Their family was destroyed, and they are still in the midst of years of legal battles. How many other families in Arizona….

By Jennifer Margulis – Health Impact News –

Arizona told to stop prosecuting job-seeking illegals

Bit by bit, the federal judiciary is tearing out the legal ground from under “America’s toughest sheriff.

First, a federal appeals court said it was illegal to deny bail to immigrants in the country illegally. Then, on Monday, an Arizona federal judge blasted a state law that stretched the crime of identity theft to include everyone from forgers to people simply seeking employment without valid documentation.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was using that law to justify workplace raids, more than 80 since the Arizona Legislature passed the law in 2008. Those raids rolled up nearly 800 men and women, charged with felonies for seeking employment while they were in the country illegally. It was unclear how many of them were convicted or deported.

But federal law explicitly says seeking employment is not a crime, no matter a person’s immigration status. A group of immigration rights organizations sued Arizona, the county and Arpaio.

On Monday, the plaintiffs prevailed, at least for now.

Number of immigrants deported from U.S. dropped sharply in the last year.

U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell in Phoenix ordered an immediate halt to the state’s enforcement of identity theft laws that penalize immigrants in the country illegally for seeking employment. Campbell said the Arizona law is at odds with corresponding federal statutes.

“These laws were one piece of a tool kit that Sheriff Arpaio used to terrorize immigrant communities,” said plaintiff’s attorney Jessica Karp, “and that tool kit is being taken apart.”

By Nigel Duara – Los Angeles Times –

Church asks for end to policy rating value of speech

In a long running legal struggle, an Arizona church is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to determine if religious speech is less important than political or other forms of speech.

Good News Community Church in Gilbert, Arizona, rents space where it can meet for weekly services. The church uses temporary signs for its meeting place, but the city’s sign code requires that the church’s signs be much smaller than others – and the church is only allowed to erect its signs on Saturday night and then take them down on Sunday. Political signs and business signs are treated differently.

Under Gilbert city ordinances, a political sign can be up to 32 square feet, while a sign for events of a church or other nonprofit can only be six square feet. Alliance Defending Freedom represents the church, and attorney Jeremy Tedesco explains the basis for the church’s case.

“Politicians can’t set up a system to give themselves nearly unlimited speech while practically silencing private citizens who operate a church,” he tells OneNewsNow.

According to statements from the town of Gilbert, the city follows a free-speech test allowed by some courts to determine the value of different kinds of noncommercial speech and the correspondent level of government protection deserved. An appeals court had earlier used that test to evaluate Good News Community Church signs as less valuable than other signs.

“It’s unconstitutional to allow the nearly year-round display of giant political signs, but then turn around and tell churches they can only have tiny signs up for a few hours in the middle of the night,” he explains. “The government simply cannot restrict religious speech based on an indefensible argument that it is less valuable than political speech.”

By Charlie Butts – One News Now –

McCain purging Tea Party from Arizona GOP

Sen. John McCain has orchestrated a major purge of Arizona Republican Party officials who backed his embarrassing censure earlier this year.

According to Politico, McCain’s team has been working to reshape the state party, knocking hostile Tea Party-aligned members from local GOP offices and replacing them with allies ahead of the senator’s 2016 re-election bid.

Two years after losing to President Barack Obama in 2008, McCain overcame one primary challenger in 2010, but has found himself at odds with the Tea Party swell, notably calling Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz “wacko birds” last year….

The Arizona Republican Party made its feelings known 10 months later with a censure resolution that specified that he has “associated with liberal Democrats.”

“It’s very clear what’s going on,” Schwartz told Politico. “Look, John McCain has prominence and money and influence and because of that he thinks he can ramrod us.”

LaFaro likened McCain’s actions to “ethnic cleansing.”

“For John McCain to have been so vindictive in his actions … It’s just amazing,” he said. “It’s been all-out war.”

It’s not over for McCain opponents, however: They still hold a majority of precinct committee slots in the state and appear to be readying a counterstrike.

“They think it’s over,” Schwartz told Politico. “But the fat lady hasn’t sung.”

By Madeleine Morgenstern – The Blaze –

McCain Trying To Give Tonto Nat’l Forest To Rio Tinto

I think at a certain point one has to understand that globalization amounts to treason. These greedy Vichy politicians we have in Washington need to be removed before they hand over everything in the country that isn’t nailed to the floor.

This is Tonto National Forest. It is yours. It is this country’s fifth largest forest and has on average 5.8 million visitors annually. It was set aside as a national forest back in 1905 in order to protect its watersheds around key reservoirs used by the people of the communities around it which include Phoenix, Flagstaff, Prescott, Snowflake, Winslow and the Fort Apache Reservation. “The forest produces an average of 350,000 acre-feet of water each year” feeding into Theodore Roosevelt Lake and the Salt River which bisects the national forest running east to west. In 1955 Eisenhower used Public Land Order 1229 to protect parts of Tonto National Forest from the mining industry that wanted to despoil it for profits. There’s copper in them there hills and therefore, there’s gold. Thanks to that and the work of conservationists over the decades, without a doubt, it is one of the most beautiful unspoiled areas this nation has left… and Sen. John McCain wants to give it to a British mining company by using the latest version of the NDAA to do it.

Located in Tonto National Forest is a unique spot known as Apache Leap. This is the location of one of the most heroic and beautifully inspiring stories of our shared heritage in this burb we call ‘Merica… and yet far too few even know it exists. I’ll let Survival Solidarity explain.

“In the midst of an 1870 battle, US Calvary forced Apache warriors to the edge of a cliff. With the taste of defeat in their mouths standing eye-to-eye with their possible captors’, more than 80 Apache warriors escaped, leaping off the cliff and through the air to their deaths. These days at the base of that mountain chunks of obsidian can be found. They are known as the tears of the Apaches. Apache Leap, that battlefield of the past is once again the stage for a war against accelerated colonization.” Survival Solidarity

The Apache warriors chose death rather than to submit to their occupiers and watch from some reservation as their land and culture slowly died around them. There’s a lesson to be learned there.

This is the Tonto National Forest and it and the heritage behind it, belongs to you. But maybe, not for much longer.

Sen. John McCain is trying his best to hand over the mining rights, for free mind you, to a British and Australian company called Rio Tinto and their subsidiary called Resolution Copper.

But Rio Tinto and Resolution Copper have spent millions lobbying Congress and donating to lawmakers, according to data from federal election records and the Center for Responsive Politics. And according to opponents of the deal, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and backers in the House are trying to attach the deal to must-pass legislation — most likely the National Defense Authorization Act, which comes from the Armed Services Committee that McCain will chair starting in January. Huffington Post

Over at the Huffington Post, you will find that they seem to have a problem with the fact that Iran and China both have subsidiary interests in Rio Tinto and seems to be the big hangup they have with the traitorous action of Sen. McCain.

By Scott Creighton – American Everyman –

Study: Arizona most corrupt state in US

Arizona is the most corruption-ridden state in the nation, a Harvard study said.

According to the Harvard study said Arizona had the highest instance of illegal corruption — “private gains in the form of cash or gifts by a government official, in exchange for providing specific benefits to private individuals or groups” — when surveying nearly 1,000 reporters.

To determine the most corrupt states, the authors had reporters rank the instances they see illegal corruption in the different branches of government on a one (least) to five (most) scale. Arizona did not fare well in any ranking, especially the executive and legislative branches, where reporters said they see “very high” instances of corruption….

When it came to legal corruption — political or campaign donations in exchange for benefits to a specific group — Arizona didn’t fare much better. Legal corruption was very common in the legislative branch, moderately common in the executive branch and slightly common in the judicial branch.

By KTAR.com –

Two Sisters Medically Kidnapped By State Of Arizona For Research?

By F. Peter Brown- WesternJournalism.com –

Two preteen sisters, Kayla and Hannah Diegel, have been taken from their parents’ custody by Child Protective Services and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The sisters are being used without parental consent for genetic research. They have a rare form of genetic mitochondrial disorder. They have been fed in the past using feeding tubes. The feeding tubes allowed them to thrive.

However, the state has ordered the removal of the feeding tubes, which has caused Kayla, 12, to lose 25 percent of her weight, and Hannah, 10, to lose 17 percent. Kayla Diegel now has less than three percent body fat.

While the mother fears for her daughters’ lives, she has been ordered by a court not to to talk and to remove all discussion of the case from the internet and social media.

 
Continue Reading