After the election the GOP is all about the Keystone strokes

One of the interesting facets of neo-conservative behavior because the election is exactly how they are far louder, and unified, in supporting the mandates of the oil, gas and coal industry compared to they were prior to the election.

In fact, Sen. Mitch McConnell could barely restrain themselves for a day after the election prior to he started chatting up the “power revolution,” which was, in fact, an power counter-revolution paid for by such members of the oligarchy as the Koch brothers. Such conservative media outlets as FOXnews, the Christian Science Monitor and, big surprise, the Houston Chronicle, likewise gushed regarding the so-called mandate as if they were members of a group called Gasohaulics Anonymous.

A conspiracy? Not exactly, however an orchestrated confession? Yes, quite.

While the politics of fear — ISIS, ebola and immigration — stoked the reptilian hind brain of the republic — a few hundred million campaign dollars to get hold of Keystone passed was merely the rate of doing business for a few of the worst polluters on earth. These polluters are attempting to disguise just what has actually been described as a billionaire carbon bomb.

With the lame duck Congress barely in a week, the Home jumped right on approving the permit.

As reported this past spring, “The Keystone XL pipeline isn’t merely regarding oil and gas companies. It’s likewise regarding the Koch brothers and their vast influence over the Republican party. That influence extends also to Canada’s oil sands.”

The Washington Information reports: a subsidiary of Koch Industries, owned by bros Charles and David, is among the land’s largest lease holders.

Here’s that would certainly reward from Keystone XL:

●Cenovus power (Canada) 1.57 million (involves rights to an air weapons range)

●Athabasca Oil Corp. (Canada) 1.56 million

●Koch (U.S.) 1.12 million to 1.47 million

●Canadian Natural Resources (Canada) 1 million

●Suncor (Canada) 986,000

“According to the Washington Post, “The link between Koch and Keystone XL is, however, indirect at best. Koch’s oil production in northern Alberta is “negligible,” according to industry sources and quarterly manuals of the provincial government. Moreover, Koch has actually not reserved any kind of space in the Keystone XL pipeline, a process that usually takes place prior to a pipeline is built. The pipeline likewise does not run anywhere near Koch’s refining facilities. And TransCanada, owner of the Keystone routes, says Koch is not expected to be among the pipeline’s customers.

Still, the activist group that is publicizing the figures regarding Koch holdings in the oil sands – the Worldwide Forum on Globalization – is arguing that Koch will certainly reward indirectly. The IFG contends that the Keystone XL pipeline will certainly develop competition among rail and others pipelines and reduced transportation costs for every one of oil sands producers, bolstering profit margins and making added reserves economically viable.”

This isn’t happening in a vacuum, however there you are scratching your heads. Maybe some search terms may help: Cholla Electricity Plant, Navajo Generating Station, Peabody Energy, Koch Industries, Keystone Pipeline, cheaper gas, coal industry in trouble. It’s every one of regarding a flood of dark cash percolated to the surface in the form of just what these politicians are now saying. It’s a Citizens United flood that doesn’t discriminate, a saturation strategy to buy any kind of politician across the gerrymandered nation that will certainly serve the oil and gas industry. They are out in force now championing the wishes of their masters.

And they could care much less if the pipeline crosses every significant tributary, and every significant aquifer, west of the Mississippi River.

Lessons learned from an election lost

We can easily all breath a sigh of relief. Election season 2014 has actually passed. Yes, election season. It’s that special time of year as soon as the uninformed ( voters ) collide along with the well financed or no money VS dark money. For all you animal lovers out there, merely believe of it as a rumble between sheep and vultures .I have actually always encouraged people to participate in the process by voting . Don’t vote – don’t complain was my favorite refrain. I ought to admit that this election season I was forced to think of the disturbing opportunity that my vote may be insignificant, that it might not make a difference especially in a political landscape awash in dark money. Yup, the big boys ( vultures ) outdid themselves this season. They mailed out dark money financed propaganda faster compared to Scottsdale city officials approved apartment communities and bars. Of course, some of the folks responsible for all those dark money mailings are additionally supporters of multi family developments and bars. Just what were – the odds?

In previous election seasons there seemed to be much more candidates that gave you a reason to vote. Some actually seemed to care about residents opinions and the future of the city far much more compared to their own political aspirations and agendas. It is a sad state of affairs as soon as you refuse to vote just because you are so repulsed by the candidates and their stands on the complications that you would certainly prefer to have actually Satan represent you. I ought to say that nothing shocks me after my brief foray in to the sordid globe of local politics and activism yet even I , a person whose cynicism knows no bounds, was amazed at the lengths dark money groups went to to smear and discredit their opponents. The blatant misrepresentations contained in these dark money hit pieces were laughable yet the consequences could have actually been serious. The 2 groups responsible for these half truths and distortions did not feel obligated to disclose the names of some of the folks responsible for these smear campaigns. It was obvious that they were supporting the pro development faction at City Hall. Apparently the Mayors commitment to transparency doesn’t extend to those that support his pro development agenda. Don’t practice – Just what I preach. Of course, the candidates that were the beneficiaries of this dark money never bothered to repudiate the actions of these groups and didn’t seem to discover the extra cash unpalatable either. Actions speak louder compared to words anyway. Maybe we can easily use that slogan next election season on mailers financed by legitimate citizen groups. Even the Scottsdale Republic, your official source for non news< felt obligated to comment on the egregious behavior of dark money groups. ought to have actually been a refreshing modification of pace for the 2 reporters they have actually left. Actual news , potential misconduct – all that stuff you wanted to gone light on as soon as you were a fresh faced journalism student.. Somehow I don’t believe your parents mortgaged their residence and took out student loans so you could write about creative mac and cheese recipes and Scottsdale Meals Truck Caravans. Really. Page 2 , Scottsdale Republic, October 31 2014. I’m confident that the Republics failure to report on these dark money groups would certainly have actually earned them an even worse reputation compared to they currently delight in – in some circles.

In spite of my finish and total disgust at the lack of respect local officials have actually shown for long time residents and their wishes, I decided to shake off my dark mood and vote quite compared to join the ranks of the disgruntled non voters. You see , I did not want the forces of darkness financed along with all that dark money to prevail. If you ever felt that your vote didn’t matter ( and that hasn’t ) , take a gander at some of the local and national election results. Razor thin margins of triumph separated candidates in lots of races. In Scottsdale for example, the margin of votes separating candidates Kathy Littlefield and Dennis Robbins was closer compared to the space separating apartment dwellers in some of the lots of luxury sardine cans I mean apartment communities that litter our local landscape. Yes, this was an election that needed voter participation, an informed electorate and the ability to turn a blind eye to the much more harmful and odiferous aspects of the political process. . In various other words, it was time to get a pair of boots, hold your nose and dive in along with eyes wide open, recognizing that you might not get hold of every little thing you wanted. At the fairly least you may be able to stay away from the bad guys from getting every little thing they wanted – like your neighborhood. Note : Watch for my upcoming masterpiece, an epic and nod to comedian David Letterman entitled , ” Top 10 signs a developer may want your property ” It’s an informative piece that gives the standard hood dweller tips on how to identify the tell tall signs that may mean your hood is marked – for death. . I am confident I can easily rely on some of you to forward this to interested parties. I need a staff.

And so, on election night I joined the ranks of the few, the proud, the disillusioned voters that were huddled around their TVS and mobile devices hoping to get hold of a check out Kim Kardashians latest nude selfie/shameless piece of self promotion ? Oh wait. No – election results. Did our dreams come true or would certainly our worst nightmares become reality? The battle lines had been clearly drawn. The ” merely say GO ” camp/pro development VS the ” merely say no “camp. The third group lands somewhere in the middle. I refer to them as the ” Go slower gang ” Yes, the ” noisy minority ” as the dark money group referred to them versus the well financed ” majority “. Guess what? The noisy minority votes. that knew. Apparently some that were misguided enough to ask for my assistance actually took it this time. as soon as asked that I believed they must vote for, I told them as I always do to do their own homework yet a good rule of thumb was to support the guy/gal that was the target of attack campaigns. There is a reason some shadowy group is spending big bucks to discredit them and buy an election.

Politics doesn’t tend to encourage a positive outlook yet I recognize the value city officials and the Republic Newspaper places on all points ” positive ” so I’ll offer it a try. The electorate was fairly positive. They seem to prefer the go slow crowd. They prefer a much more balanced approach to development/redevelopment complications and want a much more citizen driven council agenda – not a developer driven agenda. Live along with it. . Yup- all that dark money spent and only one of the three candidates these groups were so shamelessly promoting was – elected. Sometimes you don’t get hold of Just what you pay for yet you sure get hold of – Just what you deserve. Gee I wonder Just what their ROI/return on investment was? Wonder that could calculate that for us. I know. Lets ask former City Treasurer and now Council Member elect David Smith. He’s good along with numbers. Perhaps he can easily calculate it for them – unless he’s busy building pyramids/schemes. Yet yet another bogus claim made versus your man by dark money foes.

On yet another note< I ought to admit I was simultaneously confused and amused by council candidate Jennifer Petersons assertion that Scottsdale ought to morph from a city of no in to a city of go. Hmmmm. Enable me to pause as I try to recall any apartment project or bar proposal the city has actually denied during the last 5 year developer inspired reign of terror. The only feasible method we could become any much more a city of ” go ” would certainly be to remove all that traffic calming that so impedes our progress or defeat a few of those ” classic ” no go trolleys that must have actually been retired months ago. Or perhaps we could have actually developers sit on the council dias and eliminate the middle man. Oh – wait. Never mind.

Now that the election dust has actually settled, most of the campaign signs have actually been vandalized, the bullets I mean ballots have actually been counted- What’s the message? That may depend on that you ask. The paper appears to feel there is a clear division in the city between growth and slow growth advocates. It is obvious that residents expect the future vision for the city to be driven by their agenda and desires and not $ signs and developer dreams.. Some may wish to ponder the opportunity that that slim margin of votes Mr Robbins lost by could have actually been the result of that noisy minority. They prefer not to be insulted – or misled. I believe these election results demonstrated the residents desire for – balance . .lots of are not firmly aligned along with either camp. They want to see a much more balanced approach to development, an approach that is far much more thoughtful and creative. It doesn’t take any skill to overpopulate an area and blanket every square inch of available land ( and some that isn’t available ) along with multifamily housing and bars. Oh – I know the forces of darkness claimed in their mailers that all these apartments won’t make any traffic or crime. Invisible – traffic. Reminds me of a T shirt I purchased in Rocky Point. It listed the 10 stages of Tequila on the front. By stage 10 you are not only invisible yet bullet proof. Claiming that all these apartments will certainly make little traffic makes as much sense as saying ” Hey, I was merely diagnosed along with Ebola and I’m going to Disneyland, – bowling , a wedding. Oh – wait. That actually happened.

Allow me to share some final thoughts.

– people get hold of their news from a variety of sources , not merely the newspaper. It does seem, however, that we need a much better source for local news since the Scottsdale Republic appears to be preoccupied along with all points – trivial. The dumbing down of the electorate is not a lofty goal.

– We actually elected 4 people to the council. 4 for 3 seats. along with Kathy Littlefield you get hold of Bob Littlefield. A 2 fer – 2 for the price of one..much more bang for the buck. Wonderful ROI. Does anyone actually believe Bob Littlefield will certainly be content to sit on the sidelines and become a home husband?

– Voters understand that these apartments are not being built for the middle class or seniors as promoted by one of the dark money mailers. Most of the communities being built are billed as luxury, exclusive along with rents to match. They are designed to appeal to the young , single, upscale demographic some on council prefer to replace existing residents with. Residents need to remain vigilant. These folks have actually no problem bull dozing existing middle class hoods to make method for upper class housing.

– There appears to be a variety of citizen groups yet they aren’t cohesive. appears there might be some turmoil in the activist ranks after one activist/citizen group committed the unpardonable sin of endorsing candidates prior to seeking approval from – headquarters. Well. I for one was happy to see some folks display a little independence. That’s the beauty of living in the USA afterall. Activist groups must realize that everyone is entitled to their opinion – and their vote. That doesn’t mean they are unworthy to breath the same air you do. Perhaps you can easily kiss and make up prior to next election season. After all, you may need to heal that council split produced by three yes votes and three ( ? ) no votes. We all know where the Mayor stands.

Are there signs of chance in a political system dominated by dark money and unresponsive to residents? These election results contain a glimmer f hope. Two from Three – ain’t bad. I am going to put a positive spin on these election results. Some may not be happy along with the outcome yet there’s a little something for everyone to love – or hate. Linda Milhaven is a durable advocate for the pro development camp. Kathy Littlefield ( and her husband ) are long time advocates for the – various other camp. David Smith? Well, if he isn’t busy building pyramids he may offer some much called for balance.

The theme song for this election season? Hey Big Spender. The moral? Big money – no votes or for you long time supporters of Scottsdales faux western image – Big hat – No cattle.


MC Companies Breaks Ground on 224 New Apartment Homes in Peoria AZ

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Position at Santana Village will certainly contain 224 units totaling roughly 218,496 rentable square feet in 16 two-story apartment buildings, plus another building along with a leasing office and a health and fitness center. Located simply off 77th Avenue in Peoria, AZ, the property is situated on 15.166 acres

The property will certainly supply four distinct floor plans consisting of one bedroom/one bathroom, two-bedroom/one bathroom and three bedroom/two bathroom units. The floor plans range in size from 782 square feet to 1,165 square feet along with an standard size of 975 square feet. Special design features contain island kitchen, upgraded appliance package, quality interior products along along with walk-in closet. The building has actually an efficiency rating of a 91.2%.

“In maintaining along with our value include investment philosophy, The Position at Santana Village will certainly give its residents along with an affordable option along with comparable floor plans and amenities to that of various other communities charging considerably better rents, providing the type of quality investment our partners expect from MC.” says Tanner Bickelhaupt, Director of Investor Capital for MC Companies.

Peoria, AZ is simply mins away from the 60 and the 101 freeways. MC chose Peoria since the quality of life is among the highest in Arizona, ranking the city among the Top 100 Areas to Live according to Cash Magazine. From the exceptional school district to the several recreational opportunities, the residents of Santana Village will certainly delight in all of Peoria has actually to supply in the just Brand-new apartment community planned in the area.

MC Companies Suffered Improvement Group has actually made and operated over 20,000 units in Arizona over the last 30 years, and every investment has actually been successful regardless of market cycles. The MC Group has actually been functioning on the Improvement of this project over the last two years.

About MC Companies:

MC Companies is a genuine estate investment, development, construction, and management business specializing in the multifamily properties and commercial markets. MC Companies has actually completed over $300 million in multi-family and commercial value-added transactions due to the fact that 1985.


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Securus Installs Largest Corrections Video Visitation Project In The United States for Maricopa County, Arizona

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DALLAS, Nov. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Securus Technologies, a leading provider of civil and criminal justice technology solutions for public safety, investigation, corrections and monitoring, announced today that it has actually completed construction, testing, and successful cutover of the nation’s largest video visitation platform that involves over 600 in county state-of-the-art terminals.

“Securus, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, and the Maricopa County Government completed this installation flawlessly – it represents the largest single deployment of a corrections video visitation platform in the United States,” said Richard A. (“Rick”) Smith. “The two organizations worked with each other over an extended period of time to modification the means video visitations are conducted in a positive way. The Securus Video Visitation System will certainly enable anyone from anywhere on the planet to visit any sort of inmate in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s jails, including those housed at Tent City.”

“This visitation technology will certainly dramatically boost jail security and efficiency by changing the means visits occur between incarcerated inmates and their friends and family members. They now can easily visit a jailed inmate from the comfort of their homes via a straightforward internet connection,” said Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. “Numerous of those incarcerated in the Maricopa County jail system are not from the immediate location – so this system allows them to connect to inmates from ANYWHERE in the world, let me repeat – from ANYWHERE in the world!  That is a huge benefit for those families that have actually a person in jail here and that wish to reach out to them – that communication is vital to them, to inmates and all society – no matter where they are,” said Arpaio.

“Securus installed the video platform at no expense to Maricopa County taxpayers – that was an vital threshold issue for me and Securus came through for us by making an investment that exceeded $2.4 million AND the system will certainly eventually yield revenue for the Inmate Services Fund (ISF) as well. ISF provides educational programs for inmates – and along with that education, the inmates have actually a much better opportunity of being productive members of society and not returning to one of our jails. That improvement in recidivism spares us your hard earned cash – and I adore that,” said Arpaio.

About Securus Technologies
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and serving much more compared to 2,600 public safety, law enforcement and corrections agencies and over 1,000,000 inmates across North America, Securus Technologies is committed to serve and connect by providing emergency response, incident management, public information, investigation, verification, communication, write-up management, inmate self-service, and monitoring products and services in order to make our globe a safer place to live. Securus Technologies focuses on connecting exactly what matters™. To learn much more Regarding our full suite of civil and criminal justice technology solutions, please visit

About Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office employs over 3,400 people and represents the third largest sheriff’s office in the United States. The office is led by Sheriff Joe Arpaio – already know by All of as “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” a name provided to him or her by the media.  Sheriff Arpaio was very first elected to the placement in 1992 and has actually been reelected to an unprecedented 6 (6) four (4) year terms.  Sheriff Arpaio has actually implemented Numerous unique programs for the county that decrease costs at the same time boosting security and reducing recidivism.

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Amtech Systems to Announce Fourth Quarter Financial Results on November 20, 2014

TEMPE, Ariz., Nov. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Amtech Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASYS), a global supplier of production and automation Units and related gives for the manufacture of solar cells, semiconductors, and sapphire and silicon wafers, today announced that it will certainly host a conference call to review the Company’s economic outcomes for the Fourth quarter ended September 30, 2014 on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm ET

Executive Chairman J.S. Whang; President and CEO, Fokko Pentinga; and Executive Vice President & CFO, Brad Anderson will certainly review economic outcomes and take questions complying with the ready remarks.

The dial-in details for the live conference are as follows:

  • USA toll free:               1-877-317-6789
  • Canada toll free:           1-866-605-3852
  • International:                1-412-317-6789  

A live webcast of the conference call will certainly be readily available in the investor relations section of the Company’s website at:

A telephone replay will certainly be readily available 1 hr after the end of the conference via November 28, 2014 at 9:00am ET. The dial-in details for the replay are as follows:

  • USA toll free:             1-877-344-7529
  • International:              1-412-317-0088
  • Conference code:       10056297

About Amtech Systems, Inc. 
Amtech Systems, Inc. manufactures capital equipment, consisting of silicon wafer handling automation, thermal processing devices and related consumables maximized in fabricating solar cells, LED and semiconductor devices. Semiconductors, or semiconductor chips, are fabricated on silicon wafer substrates, chopped from ingots, and are portion of the circuitry, or electronic components, of lots of product and services consisting of solar cells, computers, telecommunications devices, automotive products, consumer goods, and industrial automation and regulate systems. The Company’s wafer handling, thermal processing and consumable product and services currently handle the diffusion, oxidation, and deposition actions maximized in the fabrication of solar cells, LEDs, semiconductors, MEMS and the polishing of newly chopped silicon wafers.

Amtech Systems, Inc.
Bradley C. Anderson
Chief economic Officer
(480) 967-5146


Investor Relations
Patty Bruner
(480) 201-6075



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