Thursday, January 14, 2021

BREAKING: Rep. Biggs' Defamation Threat Against Former Opponent BOMBED By Greene's Counsel (READ Pithy Lawyer Letter)

When faced with an unthreatening letter from an attorney claiming you defamed a Congressman at the heart of last Wednesday's mob violence at the U.S. Capitol, a pithy retort referencing the downfall of the Third Reich may be in order.

Counsel for Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs (R-CD "the fighting Fifth") sent Democrat Joan Greene a letter referencing several of her tweets and posts after the Electoral College votes were done being counted by Congress.

When Greene noted the intimidation attempt on Twitter Monday, Chandler attorney Tom Ryan jumped at the opportunity to respond to a colleague he knows well (Kory Langhofer). He did not mince words.

"I could set forth a point-by-point refutation of your letter, but I see it as not helpful. Instead, I provide you with one of my favorite stories of WWII. On December 22, 1944, U.S. Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McCauliffe and the troops of the 101st Airborne Div. were near Bastogne, France*. A German Panzer division believed it had surrounded the Americans. The Germans sent a letter to Gen. McCauliffe demanding the Americans surrender. Gen. McCauliffe sent back a simple response:

To the German Commander,
N U T S !
The American Commander

I cannot improve upon Gen. McCauliffe's response and provide the same to you." 

No, there will not be a defamation suit.

Tom Ryan Ltr to Kory Langhofer by arizonaspolitics on Scribd

*Ryan tells Arizona's Politics he has one regret about the letter. "Bastogne is in Belgium, not France."

Disclosure: I have provided legal representation to Greene.


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BREAKING: Judge Refuses To Issue Injunction Stopping "Invest In Ed" Surcharge From Going Into Effect, Knocks Down Major Argument Against It

In an interim victory for the proponents of Prop. 208 ("Invest In Ed"), Superior Court Judge John Hannah refused to slap an expedited preliminary injunction against the income tax surcharge that will help fund Arizona schools.

Republican leaders of the both the State House and Senate have teamed up with the Arizona Free Enterprise Club and other opponents of the measure passed by voters in November to sue the state to overturn it. They had asked for an accelerated ruling on their preliminary injunction request because the Legislature was about to begin a new session and would have to consider a new budget.

MORE DETAILS - and the Judge's OPINION - can be found at Arizona's Law (our sister site)!


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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

BREAKING: Arizona, Impeachment - State's Delegation Votes Party Line As 10 Republicans Help Impeach, 232-197

(This is a developing story. Please check back for videos, votes, etc.)

Arizona's delegation votes party line on impeaching Donald Trump for his role in last week's mob violence. 

10 Republicans did cross the aisle to indict the President, and the final vote is 232-197.

Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs (R-CD5) was the first of Arizona's delegation to speak on the floor during today's historic impeachment debate. He expressed his "morbid curiosity" (transcript below)

(Transcript, Biggs: IT IS WITH A MORBID CURIOSITY THAT I WATCHED THE BEAST ATTEMPT TO DEVOUR PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AGAIN. THE CRAVING TO CRUSH PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS NEVER BEEN SATISFIED. NOT THROUGH INVESTIGATIONS, NOT THROUGH FALSE ALLEGATIONS, AND NOT EVEN THROUGH AN IMPEACHMENT THAT WAS WHOLLY WITHOUT MERIT. AND THE TIMING OF THIS IMPEACHMENT MAKES LITTLE SENSE. YOUR CANDIDATE, YOUR CANDIDATE WILL TAKE OFFICE IN A FEW HOURS AND PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL RELINQUISH THE LEVERS OF POWER TO PRESIDENT-ELECT BIDEN. BUT YOUR CRAVING WAS NEVER A BIDEN VICTORY, NOR WAS IT EVEN A TRUMP DEFEAT. YOU BELIEVE THAT YOUR HUNGER WILL BE FINALLY SATIATED BY IMPEACHING THIS PRESIDENT WITHOUT COMPLETION OF HIS FULL TERM OF OFFICE. YOU DON'T MERELY SEEK VICTORY, BUT YOU SEEK OBLITERATION OF YOUR INDEMNIFY SILLS. THE THIRST FOR TRUMP'S DESTRUCTION WILL NOT BE SLAKED, HOWEVER, EVEN IF YOU'RE SUCCESSFUL TODAY AND WERE THE SENATE TO CONVICT PRESIDENT TRUMP. YOURS WILL BE A PURIC VICTORY, FOR INSTEAD OF STOPPING THE TRUMP TRAIN, HIS MOVEMENT WILL GROW STRONGER FOR YOU WILL HAVE MADE HIM A MARTYR. SURELY YOU'RE AWARE OF THIS AND THAT IS WHY YOUR ALLIES IN THE MEDIA SEEK TO SENSOR CONSERVATIVE VOICES. YOUR CHUMS THAT SIT ON THE BOARDS OF CORPORATE AMERICA, YES, THE SAME COMPANIES THAT THE LEFT VILIFIES, PROMISE TO STARVE REPUBLICANS FROM RECEIVING THEIR P.A.C. DONATIONS. BUT I BET THE GROUNDSWELL OF SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS POLICIES WILL NOT GO AWAY. YOU SEE, THE MOVEMENT HE STARTED IS BASED ON BUILDING AN INCREDIBLY ROBUST ECONOMY, ON A FOUNDATION OF LOWER TAXES AND FEWER REGULATIONS THAT HAS THE WONDERFUL EFFECT OF PUTTING MORE PEOPLE TO WORK THAN EVER. IT IS BUILT UPON A STRONG MILITARY THAT IS EXTRICATED FROM ENDLESS WARS, BORDER SECURITY, AMERICA-FIRST TRADE AGREEMENTS, MIDEAST PEACE AND STABILITY. THOSE ARE THE THINGS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. YOUR FOUR-YEAR APPETITE WILL BE TEMPORARILY ASSUAGED. WHILE YOU WILL NO DOUBT CONTINUE TO CHASE AFTER LEADERS OF THIS MOVEMENT. BUT YOUR APPETITE WILL BE UNFULFILLED. I URGE YOU, PLEASE DO NOT, I'M MIXING METAPHORS HERE, ATTEMPT TO DOUSE THE REMAINING EMBERS OF THIS MOVEMENT WITH GASOLINE. NO ONE WANTS THAT. I URGE YOU PLEASE TO RECONSIDER THE RECKLESS ACTION IN WHICH YOU ENGAGE TODAY.)

Here is Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-CD8), saying that this impeachment is "dangerous":

(Transcript, Lesko: I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RESOLUTION, AT A TIME WHEN OUR COUNTRY NEEDS UNITY IT IS CONCERNING THAT MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES HAVE BEGUN IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST A PRESIDENT WHO HAS SEVEN DAYS LEFT IN OFFICE. ALL LEGAL CHALLENGES HAVE BEEN EXHAUSTED. CONGRESS HAS CERTIFIED ELECTORS OVER OBJECTIONS AND JOE BIDEN WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS INDICATED HE WILL PEACEFULLY TRANSFER TO PRESIDENT-ELECT BIDEN NEXT WEEK. SO WHY PURSUE IMPEACHMENT JUST ONE WEEK BEFORE HE LEAVES OFFICE? I HAVE HEARD MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SAY THEY HAVE TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE HE IS TOO DANGEROUS TO STAY IN POWER YET THEY KNOW THAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE SENATE TO REMOVE HIM BEFORE HIS TERM EXPIRES. SO WHAT IS THE POINT? THIS MOVES AND SETS A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT FOR OUR NATION. IF CONGRESS IS GOING TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT, IT MUST NOT ONLY BE DONE AFTER INTENSE DEBATE AND DELIBERATION, NOT RUSHED THROUGH AT THE 11TH HOUR TO MAKE A POLITICAL POINT. THIS IMPEACHMENT ATTEMPT IS DANGEROUS FOR OUR COUNTRY AND HAS FAR REACHING IMPLICATIONS FOR OUR FUTURE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.)

Finally, here is Democrat Greg Stanton (D-CD9), saying "we can't move forward without accountability":



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