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Sheriff Joe launches re-election campaign

In an email to supporters today, Sheriff Joe Arpaio wrote:

image[A]s one of my most loyal supporters and friends over the years, I wanted you to hear it from me first.

After much thought, prayers and talks with my loving wife, Ava, I have decided to run for re-election for Sheriff.

Naturally, since it was a fundraising letter, he can’t do it without lots of money. It will be an uphill battle against an array of daunting forces:

Al Sharpton, George Lopez, Linda Ronstadt and a gaggle of other celebrity lefties are using their Hollywood megaphone to slander my name and reputation.

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71 Responses to Sheriff Joe launches re-election campaign

  1. avatar
    alg January 29, 2015 at 11:35 pm #

    And….a universe shatters while guts wrench…

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    Andrew Vrba, PmG January 29, 2015 at 11:59 pm #

    The people of Maricopa county were dumb enough to elect him this many times. They’ll probably re-elect the sagging sack of crap until he finally keels over.

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    Lupin January 30, 2015 at 2:14 am #

    As much as I despise the old felon, he certainly has that right, and if the local voters are sh*t-*at*ng morons and reelect him, they truly deserve what they get.

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    Donnie Corbin January 30, 2015 at 2:36 am #

    Not only No but hell NOOOOOO!

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    RanTalbott January 30, 2015 at 3:05 am #

    Hmmmm, does anyone know whether he’s allowed to use campaign funds to pay legal bills, for, say federal contempt of court cases?

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    ArthurWankspittle January 30, 2015 at 5:23 am #

    RanTalbott:
    Hmmmm, does anyone know whether he’s allowed to use campaign funds to pay legal bills, for, say federal contempt of court cases?

    I’m sure that line can be blurred for you.

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    Lupin January 30, 2015 at 5:30 am #

    Why do I think that money raised by gullible birthers in expectation of the Universe-Shattering Day is going to fuel this gravy train — and likely will continue to do so.

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    alg January 30, 2015 at 8:04 am #

    Lupin:
    Why do I think that money raised by gullible birthers in expectation of the Universe-Shattering Day is going to fuel this gravy train — and likely will continue to do so.

    Because he’s Joe Arpaio – the toughest Clown in America.

    http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/bae4bb0b039c8c4e5041bc2c86bb5d5e6ab47e86/c=2-0-1199-900&r=x404&c=534×401/local/-/media/Phoenix/Phoenix/2014/12/03/635532441942640263-benson.jpg

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    javacrucian January 30, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    Enter the campaign team of Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong-Un

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    Pete January 30, 2015 at 11:54 am #

    It’s official, then. Arpaio and Zullo are going to string the birther suckers along for another two years.

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    JD Reed January 30, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    RanTalbott: Hmmmm, does anyone know whether he’s allowed to use campaign funds to pay legal bills, for, say federal contempt of court cases?

    Apparently at least in Texas a public official can use campaign funds to pay legal bills, as former Gov. Rick Perry is doing so to fight his indiictments.

  12. avatar
    Curios George January 30, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    Did the fund raising letter mention the birth certificate investimagination? If not, Birthers and Tea Party types are too ignorant to figure out that they’ve been played for suckers.

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    donna January 30, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

    Sheriff Arpaio to run for re-election in 2016

    http://www.abc15.com/web/knxv/news/state/sheriff-arpaio-to-run-for-re-election-in-2016

    Do I have your support?

    If I do, I’m asking you to sign your name to my re-election support pledge right now.

    http://www.reelectsheriffjoearpaio.com/pledge/2/index.php?efn=&eln=&ezi=&ema=jenea@abc15.com

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    Dr. Kenneth Noisewater January 30, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    Wow so we’re going to learn how many people trashed his junk mail yeah should be pretty interesting John

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    Curious George January 30, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

    Did the fund raising letter mention the birth certificate investimagination? If not, Birthers and Tea Party types are too braindead to figure out that they’ve been played for suckers.

  16. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy January 30, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

    Not a hint.

    Curios George: Did the fund raising letter mention the birth certificate investimagination?

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    Dr. Conspiracy January 30, 2015 at 5:31 pm #

    A major point made in the documentary, “The Joe Show,” is that Arpaio’s margin of victory has been steadily declining.

    In the last election Arpaio had to spend around $8 million to defeat an opponent who spent in the hundreds of thousands.

    Andrew Vrba, PmG: The people of Maricopa county were dumb enough to elect him this many times. They’ll probably re-elect the sagging sack of crap until he finally keels over.

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    Dave B. January 30, 2015 at 5:44 pm #

    Meanwhile, here in Pima County, Sheriff Dupnik says he’s had enough.

    http://blogforarizona.net/pima-county-sheriff-clarence-dupnik-announces-retirement/

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    Pete January 30, 2015 at 7:58 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy: A major point made in the documentary, “The Joe Show,” is that Arpaio’s margin of victory has been steadily declining.

    In the last election Arpaio had to spend around $8 million to defeat an opponent who spent in the hundreds of thousands.

    Hence the need for the birther suckers, and their cash.

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    Andrew Vrba, PmG January 30, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    A major point made in the documentary, “The Joe Show,” is that Arpaio’s margin of victory has been steadily declining.

    In the last election Arpaio had to spend around $8 million to defeat an opponent who spent in the hundreds of thousands.

    Maybe the people who keep voting for him aren’t spring chickens either.

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    Keith January 30, 2015 at 11:42 pm #

    Dave B.:
    Meanwhile, here in Pima County, Sheriff Dupnik says he’s had enough.

    (Which is halfway through the 2nd half as I type this)

    http://blogforarizona.net/pima-county-sheriff-clarence-dupnik-announces-retirement/

    What are you doing posting on this blog when you should be getting ready for the game tonight?

  22. avatar
    Donnie Corbin January 31, 2015 at 12:05 am #

    No they are not spring chickens just rich winter residents that U.S. Senator John McCain and Sheriff Joe Arpaio are milking for money and votes. The winter residents were told to be in AZ for the elections of those two so the winter residents come to AZ 30 day prior so they can register and vote for those two and then they run back to their home state to vote in the elections there. Or they use their absentee ballots and register to vote in their home state afterwards.

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    CarlOrcas January 31, 2015 at 1:23 am #

    Donnie Corbin:
    No they are not spring chickens just rich winter residents that U.S. Senator John McCain and Sheriff Joe Arpaioare milking for money and votes. The winter residents were told to be in AZ for the elections of those two so the winter residents come to AZ 30 day prior so they can register and vote for those two and then they run back to their home state to vote in the elections there. Or they use their absentee ballots andregister to vote in their home state afterwards.

    Who told them this?

    I lived in Arizona for most of the last 60 years and don’t EVER recall hearing anything about winter visitors being allowed to vote.

    What you describe is illegal.

  24. avatar
    Donnie Corbin January 31, 2015 at 1:27 am #

    How long do you have to be in the state and registered to vote?

  25. avatar
    Donnie Corbin January 31, 2015 at 1:34 am #

    Well? How long?

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    Rickey January 31, 2015 at 4:03 am #

    Arizona law requires that a voter be a resident of Arizona for at least 29 days prior to registering, so a snowbird from Michigan could come to Arizona the first week of October and register to vote in time for the November election.

    However, Arizona’s voter registration form requires that you disclose if you are registered to vote in another state. When you make that disclosure, Arizona notifies the Board of Elections in your prior state that you are now registered to vote in Arizona, and your prior state will drop you for its voter rolls.

    If you are registered to vote in another state and you fail to disclose it, you have committed a Class 6 felony.

    Anyone who votes in more than one state on Election Day, whether in person or by absentee ballot, is breaking the law.

  27. avatar
    Donnie Corbin January 31, 2015 at 4:16 am #

    Want to tell me what is stopping a voter after voting in an Arizona election after the voter registered for it and the following day return to the voters home state and reregistering to vote there. As in the case put to me. During U.S. Senator John McCain and Sheriff Joe Arpaios reelection I was to be in Arizona and vote for them next reelection is 2016 and vote in my home state during the other years. By registering there. OR LEAVE!

  28. avatar
    Keith January 31, 2015 at 4:29 am #

    Donnie Corbin: I was to be in Arizona and vote for them next reelection is 2016 and vote in my home state during the other years. By registering there.

    It is voting in two different states in the same election cycle that is illegal. If you register in Arizona – legally – your registration in your home state will be canceled. To then vote in your home state, you would have to pass the residency requirements there and re-register which would cancel your Arizona registration. If you voted early in Arizona in order to be back home in time to satisfy the residency requirement (if that is possible), then at least one of your votes is illegal, and as Ricky says a Class 6 felony.

    You cannot – legally – be registered to vote in two different places at the same time.

    If you are talking about different years, what is wrong with that, other than the immoral concept of it all? People move around all the time in America, should they be disqualified from voting just because they moved a couple of times? Moving just for the sake of voting in a electorate where someone needs propping up is stupid and expensive – unless you are on the Koch’s payroll maybe? I know of a couple of people who would like to know about that if so.

    Are you angling for yet another level of voter registration? Perhaps you want a NATIONAL voter ID card? Maybe a bar code tattooed on your shoulder?

  29. avatar
    Donnie Corbin January 31, 2015 at 4:32 am #

    I was told to leave if I didn’t vote for McCain or arpaio. I left!

  30. avatar
    Donnie Corbin January 31, 2015 at 4:33 am #

    So was that this Koch guy

  31. avatar
    Donnie Corbin January 31, 2015 at 4:35 am #

    They were all disabled navy veterans

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    Donnie Corbin January 31, 2015 at 4:38 am #

    The birds are here every year they can just vote one year in Arizona for McCain and arpaios election or McCain can send them all absentee ballots as he did for the birds in florida.

  33. avatar
    JPotter January 31, 2015 at 9:09 am #

    I thought he was “too old” LAST time???

    Methinks he clings to power because he knows that his eventual replacement will uncover many skeletons, many shenanigans, and that the re-emergence of a normal sheriff’s dept. operation will destroy his “legacy”. All but his diehard supporters will realize his reign was a farcical bad dream.

    If he loses, the paper shredders will be working double shifts! Department hard drives, servers my have some trouble 😉

  34. avatar
    Andrew Vrba, PmG January 31, 2015 at 9:53 am #

    As one would expect, desperation is keeping the Gerbil Report inmates from putting two and two together. Right after Joe announces he’s up for re-election his unofficial mouth piece does the “The investigation is still going! Honest!” spiel.

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    CarlOrcas January 31, 2015 at 11:07 am #

    Donnie Corbin:
    I was told to leave if I didn’t vote for McCain or arpaio. I left!

    By whom?

  36. avatar
    Donnie Corbin January 31, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

    The people around me

  37. avatar
    CarlOrcas January 31, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

    Donnie Corbin:
    The people around me

    Who? (Again)

    When?

    Where?

    Why?

  38. avatar
    Dave B. January 31, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    The only way I ever know there’s a game is I can’t go down 6th Street.

    Keith: What are you doing posting on this blog when you should be getting ready for the game tonight?

  39. avatar
    Dave B. January 31, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    I’d just stop hanging out at that bar.

    Donnie Corbin:
    Want to tell me what is stopping a voter after voting in an Arizona election after the voter registered for it and the following day return to the voters home state and reregistering to vote there. As in the case put to me. During U.S. Senator John McCain and Sheriff Joe Arpaios reelection I was to be in Arizona and vote for them next reelection is 2016 and vote in my home state during the other years. By registering there. OR LEAVE!

  40. avatar
    Rickey January 31, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

    Donnie Corbin:
    Want to tell me what is stopping a voter after voting in an Arizona election after the voter registered for it and the following day return to the voters home state and reregistering to vote there.

    The voter will not be allowed to re-register in his or her home state because the home state will have been notified that the voter just registered to vote in Arizona. It is illegal to be registered to vote in multiple states for the same election cycle. It is illegal to vote in two different locations in the same election cycle.

    If a voter does it and gets caught, the voter will be charged with a felony.

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    Rickey January 31, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    Donnie Corbin:
    I was told to leave if I didn’t vote for McCain or arpaio. I left!

    How would “they” know how you voted, unless you told them?

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    Donnie Corbin January 31, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

    You didn’t address the whole paragraph!

  43. avatar
    Donnie Corbin January 31, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

    And the other “W” is “Wait”!

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    wrecking ball January 31, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    JPotter:
    I thought he was “too old” LAST time???

    Methinks he clings to power because he knows that his eventual replacement will uncover many skeletons, many shenanigans, and that the re-emergence of a normal sheriff’s dept. operation will destroy his “legacy”. All but his diehard supporters will realize his reign was a farcical bad dream.

    If he loses, the paper shredders will be working double shifts!

    i’ve had the exact same thought.

  45. avatar
    Curious George January 31, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

    Here’s another example (excerpt below) of how Sheriff Arpaio utilizes other people and other sources to get his real message out to the public that he won’t include in his mailings sent under his name. According to Doc, there is no mention of the birth certificate investigation in Arpaio’s recent announcement emailed to his supporters informing them that he is running for reelection and requesting more money. But leave it to Western Center for Journalism to serve as Joe’s water boy. The message is loud and clear. He’s a cagey old codger, that’s for sure.

    “One of the ways Sheriff Joe has gone up against Obama is in his dogged pursuit of the truth regarding the president’s birth certificate, the authenticity of which the Arpaio “posse” has repeatedly questioned.”

    Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/heres-what-sheriff-joe-just-said-that-will-have-obama-and-his-liberal-attack-dogs-howling-mad/#gfVQx9sh766fJiIV.99

  46. avatar
    Notorial Dissent February 1, 2015 at 12:18 am #

    I suspect that the Shurf can’t afford to let anyone get a good look at the books or what he’s been doing the last few/lotta years, anymore than the Sheriff’s department can really afford for an outsider to start poking around their internal workings. I suspect, that even in AZ, people can go to jail for a lot of what they have been doing the last few years.

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    Curious George February 1, 2015 at 8:59 am #

    Donnie Corbin
    January 31, 2015

    “You didn’t address the whole paragraph!”

    Are you suggesting that you were among a group of people who were actively solicited by either campaign camp to travel to Arizona to simply vote for McCain & Arpaio ? As CarlOrcas has said, please give us more details.

  48. avatar
    Curious George February 1, 2015 at 9:20 am #

    “After much thought, prayers and talks with my loving wife, Ava, I have decided to run for re-election [in 2016] for Sheriff.”

    How much thought and prayer went into this decision when Arpaio already promised to run for reelection in 2016 as reported back in 2012? (See last few sentences in the linked article.)

    This fellow is one, very slippery politician.

    http://archive.azcentral.com/news/politics/free/20121029preliminary-results-favor-arpaio.html

  49. avatar
    Andrew Vrba, PmG February 1, 2015 at 11:00 am #

    Anyone wanna take a stab at which excuse birthers will use for why Shurfjoke won’t be using his Superbowl appearance to “expose the usurper”? I’m sure the faithful A&Z will come up with something to shield themselves from reality. Maybe he’s having to make sure he dotted all the is and crossed all the ts. 😉

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    Arthur February 1, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

    Andrew Vrba, PmG: Anyone wanna take a stab at which excuse birthers will use for why Shurfjoke won’t be using his Superbowl appearance to “expose the usurper”?

    He’s only got one major legal hurdle to overcome, and he doesn’t want to waste his one shot before he’s absolutely read to convict.

  51. avatar
    Donnie Corbin February 1, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

    No they were Arizona NAVY veterans that was excited about their prodigal son!

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    CarlOrcas February 1, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    Donnie Corbin:
    No they were Arizona NAVY veterans that was excited about their prodigal son!

    Your messages would be easier to follow if you used the quote back function….just like I did here.

    Now…..more questions for you to ignore and evade:

    When and where did these “Arizona NAVY veterans” do this?

    Also, out of curiosity, why did you decide to participate in a clearly illegal act?

  53. avatar
    Donnie Corbin February 1, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

    Because I am a bad guy just ask my mama

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    CarlOrcas February 1, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

    Donnie Corbin:
    Because I am a bad guy just ask my mama

    A child…..in other words.

  55. avatar
    Donnie Corbin February 1, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    Retired U.S. Military and Civil Service

  56. avatar
    Donnie Corbin February 1, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

    And what are YOU trying to hide? By wanting private conservations!

  57. avatar
    CarlOrcas February 1, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

    Donnie Corbin:
    Retired U.S. Military and Civil Service

    That doesn’t make your conduct any less childish.

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    CarlOrcas February 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

    Donnie Corbin:
    And what are YOU trying to hide? By wanting private conservations!

    If that is addressed to me……………..it’s clear you don’t understand. There are no private conversations on this blog.

    Asking you to use the quote back mechanism simply makes it possible for people to understand who and what you are responding to.

    It’s also polite. Ask mama. She’ll explain to you how important it is to be polite to other people.

  59. avatar
    Donnie Corbin February 1, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

    You are right I am just a baby and a trouble maker just ask Joe. Ain’t that right joe?

  60. avatar
    Rickey February 1, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

    Donnie Corbin:
    You are right I am just a baby and a trouble maker just ask Joe. Ain’t that right joe?

    Because you refuse to use the quote function, it is impossible to figure out to whom you are responding and what point you are responding to.

    It’s simple. Click on (Quote) in the note you are responding to and then write your response.

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    Andrew Vrba, PmG February 1, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

    Donnie Corbin: Retired U.S. Military and Civil Service

    If anything that makes you MORE accountable for what you say and do.

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    Curious George February 2, 2015 at 11:59 am #

    “It will be an uphill battle against an array of daunting forces:

    Al Sharpton, George Lopez, Linda Ronstadt and a gaggle of other celebrity lefties are using their Hollywood megaphone to slander my name and reputation.”

    This is really amazing. The self anointed “Toughest Sheriff In America” is overwhelmed by Linda Rondstadt??????

  63. avatar
    Curious George February 2, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

    Looks like there are some concerns for Team Arpaio.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/lawyers-for-arizona-sheriff-joe-arpaio-hope-to-dodge-contempt-charges-in-racial-profiling-case/

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    The Magic M (not logged in) February 3, 2015 at 4:55 am #

    Andrew Vrba, PmG: Maybe he’s having to make sure he dotted all the is and crossed all the ts.

    Zullo: “It appears we have made an honest mistake. For the last two years, we were trying to cross the i’s and dot the t’s when it should’ve been the other way around. Obviously, now that we’ve been alerted of this mistake, the investigation can go forward swimmingly. We may have more chorus-and-verse shattering evidence ready to be released in March. Some March. Not necessarily this one.”

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    Keith February 3, 2015 at 6:56 am #

    Curious George:
    “It will be an uphill battle against an array of daunting forces:

    Al Sharpton, George Lopez, Linda Ronstadt and a gaggle of other celebrity lefties are using their Hollywood megaphone to slander my name and reputation.”

    This is really amazing. The self anointed “Toughest Sheriff In America” is overwhelmed by Linda Rondstadt??????

    Sure. She’s a Latina, and she’s got Parkinson’s. That’s a dangerous combination don’t you know.

  66. avatar
    Rickey February 3, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

    Keith: Sure. She’s a Latina, and she’s got Parkinson’s. That’s a dangerous combination don’t you know.

    And she’s from Tucson.

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    CarlOrcas February 3, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

    Rickey: And she’s from Tucson.

    And her brother used to be the police chief.

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    donna February 3, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

    Lawyers For Joe Arpaio Seek Meeting In Racial Profiling Case

    Lawyers for embattled Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio have asked a federal judge to order a settlement conference as they seek to ward off possible contempt charges stemming from a 2007 racial profiling case, court documents showed on Monday.

    Lawyers asked U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow for the closed-door conference to narrow “the issues before the court” over violations of judicial orders by Arpaio and his office in the high-profile case involving profiling of Latino drivers.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/03/joe-arpaio-racial-profiling_n_6603122.html

  69. avatar
    CarlOrcas February 3, 2015 at 6:34 pm #

    donna: Lawyers For Joe Arpaio Seek Meeting In Racial Profiling Case

    Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall for that meeting?

    Maybe one of our real lawyers can tell us how these things normally go.

    I can’t imagine anything but “Yes, your honor, we’ll do exactly what you want….immediately!” will work with Snow at this point.

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    Keith February 3, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

    Rickey: And she’s from Tucson.

    CarlOrcas: And her brother used to be the police chief.

    And her Great-Grandfather, Friederich August Ronstadt was born in Germany, and came to Tucson from Mexico in 1854 – the same year as the Gadsden Purchase.

    I’m not sure if he crossed the border, or the border crossed him, but I bet you dollars to donuts that he didn’t wait in no immigration queue!

    Fred was a carriage builder and mechanic and founded one of the greatest hardware stores in the country. He was a musician and passed the music tradition down to his family. His son founded Tucson’s first professional orchestra, “Club Filarmonico Tucsonense”, his granddaughter, Louisa Espinel, became an internationally acclaimed vocalist, as did Linda (Louisa’s niece), of course.

    Both Louisa published a songbook titled ‘Canciones de mi padre’ (Songs of my Father) and Linda used that name on a record in honor of their family each in honor of their father and their musical legacy.

    The Ronstadt family is a very important Tucson pioneer family.

    Linda Ronstadt Reveals What Life is Like After Singing Silenced by Parkinson’s Disease

    video is an hour long but it is quite interesting.