Category Archives: Courts

Dark Money files challenge to Outlaw Dirty Money initiative to deny voters a say

The usual suspects from the “Kochtopus,” who have fostered Arizona’s culture of corruption for years, have filed a challenge to the Outlaw Dirty Money initiative to keep it from the ballot, and deny Arizona citizens their right to vote on regulating their corrosive dark money spending in our elections.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports, Suit filed to stop dark money ballot:

Officials of two organizations known for anonymous [dark money] spending on political campaigns filed suit late Thursday to keep Arizonans from voting on a measure that would make the practice illegal.

The lawsuit charges that some of the paid circulators for the “Outlaw Dirty Money” campaign did not register ahead of time with the Secretary of State’s office as required by law. GOP Attorney Kory Langhofer also said that out-of-state residents who were carrying petitions also failed to register.

Langhofer claimed several other violations of initiative requirements, including that some circulators were convicted felons who had not had their civil rights restored. That, he said, makes them ineligible to gather signatures.

Among the plaintiffs are Scot Mussi, executive director of the Free Enterprise Club, and Andrew Clark, state director of Americans for Prosperity. Both organizations have made repeated expenditures in Arizona elections both to support candidates of their choice and to oppose others.

More to the point, both say their groups do not have to disclose their donors. That is based on their status under the federal tax code as “social welfare organizations” which are permitted to spend up to half their revenues on elections without being considered campaign committees.

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Let the games begin! APS tries to keep the Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona initiative off the ballot

Here is a factoid to make the butt pucker of anyone who believes in democracy:

The state’s largest electric utility – APS – already has set aside close to $11 million to make elections this year come out the way it wants.

Is this what your monthly utility bill really goes to — subverting your constitutional right to a citizens initiative — and using your money to do it? Is this what the Founding Fathers really intended?

The Arizona Capitol Times reports, Utility’s parent company spends millions to sway elections:

New campaign finance reports show Pinnacle West Capital Corp., the parent company of Arizona Public Service, has put $7.53 million in its bid to keep voters from approving [the Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona initiative] which would require half of all power generated in the state come from renewable sources by 2030.

Matt Benson, spokesman for Arizonans for Affordable Electricity, the campaign committee set up by Pinnacle West, said it makes sense for the company, whose income is generated by ratepayers, to spend that kind of money.

But much of what Pinnacle West has spent so far has nothing to do with voter education but to keep the issue off the ballot entirely. It has paid $5.9 million to Arizona Petition Partners, part of what Benson said is an effort to go through the signatures submitted by Steyer’s group and see how many can be disqualified.

On this front, APS-backed group sues over clean energy ballot measure, claims 300K invalid signatures:

A group funded by the state’s largest utility is suing to keep a clean energy initiative off the ballot.

Arizonans for Affordable Electricity, a political action committee whose funding comes from Arizona Public Service Co. parent company Pinnacle West Capital Corp., claim proponents of the clean energy plan did not gather enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona, backed by San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer, turned in more than 480,000 signatures in early July, more than double the required 225,963 signatures needed to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot.

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Anita Malik hopes to defeat embattled Representative David Schweikert for the Congressional Seat in District Six this November.

Congressional District Six Democratic Candidate Anita Malik

In November, voters in Arizona and across the nation will go to the polls to elect new members to the House of Representatives and a third of the United States Senate. In this first election after the contest that thrust popular vote loser Donald Trump into the White House, Democrats will seek to build on the Congressional gains they achieved in 2016 and reach out to a surging group of enthusiastic voters who want a new direction for the country.

Needing 25 Representative seats, Democrats see this election as a major opportunity, with clear majorities rejecting the Republican program and Trump in particular, to gain control of the House for the first time since 2010. One of the seats Democrats hope to “flip” is the one occupied by Arizona Congressional Six Incumbent David Schweikert. Congressional District Six in Arizona includes all or parts of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Carefree Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Glendale, and Phoenix. Currently embattled in a political scandal that has seen the departure of his chief of staff, three Democrats are vying this year to be the candidate to defeat him this November. They are Anita Malik, Heather Ross, and Garrick McFadden.

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Russian operative arrested for influence operation in the NRA and GOP

Almost lost in Trump’s Surrender Summit on Monday is news that the Department of Justice announced it had arrested prominent Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina over the weekend, accusing her of setting up “back channel” lines of communication with the Kremlin in an operation that spanned from the months before Trump announced his candidacy in 2015 through February 2017, the month after his inauguration. What a Russian operative’s indictment reveals about the Kremlin’s attempts to infiltrate American politics and the NRA:

In the unsealed indictment, the department accused Butina of conspiring to infiltrate U.S. political groups and advance the agenda of the Russian government through her network of high-profile American contacts in politics and media.

Read the full Complaint and attached Affidavit.

The indictment includes the most explicit and detailed accusation to date against a Russian, working with the help of an American citizen, to influence the 2016 presidential election. It also provides new details about the Russian government’s attempts to curry favor among prominent Americans.

Notably, the charges are not being made by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing Russia’s attempts to meddle in the 2016 election. The investigation was carried out by the FBI’s field office in Washington, and Butina is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Justice Department’s national security division.

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Accused Rapist Yahya Yuksel Must Drop Out Now from CD2 Race

Disgraced candidate Yahya Yuksel refused to quit the CD2 race for Congress, ignoring an angry crowd of rape victims and other women.

Disgraced candidate Yahya Yuksel refused to quit the CD2 race for Congress, ignoring an angry crowd of rape victims and other women.

A 16-year old Tucson girl was upset because her parents were getting divorced, and she went to a friend’s house and got drunk. As she was passing out, Yahya Yuksel, a teen virgin who was ready with a condom, had sex with her even though she said, “no, I don’t want to.”

Flash forward to yesterday, when Yuksel — in a public display of narcissism — was confronted with the allegations of rape and a furious crowd of rape survivors and other women — and he refused to drop out of his race for Democratic CD2 Congress member. See Rape Allegation Surfaces Against CD2 Democratic Candidate Yahya Yuksel.

Back in 2007, the unnamed 16-year old girl regained consciousness and started crying. She told a friend who had listened in on the sex act that Yuksel raped her. He would later cover for Yuksel in a Sheriff’s interview. She finally told her parents who basically told her, “you should have known better.” It was only when she told her school counselor she had been raped that somebody finally believed her.

The counselor called 911. A Sheriff’s officer interviewed the girl, but the officer didn’t even bother to interview Yuksel, the alleged perpetrator, and closed the case. No charges were ever filed. Click to see the photos of the documents: PDF with legal motion, sheriffs report and court ruling.

We can imagine what the boys were saying about Yuksel’s first sexual success. How could Yuksel not know that the girl was telling people she had been raped? Certainly, the creep who listened in told Yuksel what she said.

Flash forward to March 2018 when Yuksel claims he discovered the police report. He was about to start a run for Congress and needed to get rid of the police report. He filed a “Petition for Clearance of Criminal Record” legal motion to cover up the offense. The motion said it would be “disastrous” to his campaign and even anticipated that the Sheriff’s report would be made public. Confronted with the bizarre motion, a judge denied it.

In an act of egotism, Yuksel announced his run for Congress last March, never having been elected to office before. It came to an end yesterday when he surprisingly refused to quit the race, and the crowd chased him out of the room with a shout of “Coward,” and chants of “Shame on You” and “You are done.”

Watch the videos of the disastrous event at As Crowd Chants “You Are Done” CD2 Candidate Yahya Yuksel Refuses to Quit Race for Congress. His campaign is over but the candidate and his advisors refuse to admit it.

Represent Me AZ revoked their invitation for Yuksel to appear at Thursday’s candidate forum and implored him to drop out of race.

It’s not about politics

This debacle is not about politics and who can win the primary. It’s about women that nobody would believe about being targets of rape, sexual harassment, and assault.

It’s about men who can’t keep their dick in their pants and take advantage of their power — or the drunkenness of a teenage girl — like President Trump, Harvey Weinstein, Anthony Wiener, John Edwards and other assholes.

Yahya — for the sake ignored victims of a sexual attack, for the sake of the voters in CD2, for the sake of the Democratic party, and for your own sake and future — get the hell out of the race for Congress.

 

 

 

As Crowd Chants “You Are Done” CD2 Candidate Yahya Yuksel Refuses to Quit Race for Congress

In a a shocking display of narcissism, Democratic CD2 Congressional Candidate Yahya Yuksel announced he will stay in the race despite rape allegations which he tried to cover up. An angry crowd of about 35 people chanted “You are Done” as he walked away with his campaign manager.

Read: Accused Rapist Yahya Yuksel Must Drop Out Now from CD2 Race

Casting himself as a victim in a case of rape allegations, he started by giving lip service to the #MeToo movement, and adding “Regarding the allegations, it’s deeply disturbing to me. It hurts. I could never ever force myself on someone.” Only in response to questions did he say he would stay in the race.

As he walked out of the room, a woman shouted “Coward” and the crowd began chanting “Shame on You. Shame on You.”

The event could not have been handled worse. It devolved into chanting and shouts as an audience of rape survivors and other women responded furiously. His mother Apameh Bashar and father Edip Yuksel tried to defend their son and shouting matches exploded.

Yuksel stood briefly in the hallway of his campaign offices and actually defended himself by saying, “I was a virgin,” regarding the rape allegations until he was led away by his campaign manager.

I am disgusted and disheartened by Yahya’s statement and his family and campaign’s performance here. He said he would talk to us, so I expect answers,” said Veronica Nicole who has led discussions about Yuksel on Facebook.

“I also expect people in positions of power and the media to demand answer to these questions. I will not stop until he steps down. Because he does not deserve to represent the women of this community,” she said.