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Thursday, August 23, 2018

We sometimes refer to someone as “judgment proof.” They have many creditors chasing them with dozens of lawsuits. They keep nothing in their name, no bank accounts; they do all their business in cash. They hide their income; they do not worry about their credit rating. Why pay their creditors? They are “judgment proof.”

Friday, August 17, 2018

One of my favorite movie quotes is from the movie “Lord of the Rings”: “Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I found. It is small everyday deeds of ordinary folk to keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” ~ Gandalf

Friday, August 10, 2018

With each passing month, Peoria’s historical center comes a bit closer to its glory days. Old Town Peoria has a storied history dating back more than six decades to the marriage between agriculture and the railroad. Things have changed in the intervening years, and today we celebrate new beg…

There’s a crisis of integrity at the Arizona Corporation Commission and it’s time to elect commissioners who are willing to put ratepayers first. While the average Arizonan is working hard to keep food on the table and take care of his family, the only time he ever hears about the Arizona Corporation Commission is because of bad things: conflicts of interest, drugs and resignations that have plagued the Commission for nearly two decades. And utility rate increases.

Sixty years ago, my dad, Virgil Tolby, told me the world was going to hell in a hand basket. He said alcohol and loose women were the cause.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Years ago, while in the Air Force, I received an emergency notice that my father had passed away. For those of you who served our nation, you can appreciate the complications that were now presented.

The transition from high school graduate to new college student is an exciting milestone. Purchasing new electronics and moving away from home are typically part of the preparations for back to school. AAA Arizona also recommends an important step for college-bound students and their families to take before heading to campus: Review your insurance policies.

Did you ever get yourself into a difficult position by boasting? Hubris has been the ruin of many a poor man, hasn’t it? Today, I would like to share with you a supposedly true happening. I did a search on the truthfulness of this happening, but I could not verify it. But, as they say in West Texas, if it didn’t happen, it could have happened. If it could have happened, it should have happened. Therefore, because it should have happened, it did happen.  

Friday, July 27, 2018

Like the native desert plants that reach deep into the soil in search of water, my roots in this community run deep. Yes, I’m one of those rare individuals who can claim “Arizona Native” status. I was born in 1943 at the height of World War II to a mother who was also a native and a father w…

Have you ever been treated unfairly? Had someone take your property? How do you feel when someone pushes you around like a bully? Did you ever have someone lie about you or call you a bad name? 

Do you remember the movie “A Few Good Men” with Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise, with its famous line “You can’t handle the truth?”

As I write this article, I’m looking at a post I put on my Facebook page last night that people are responding to like crazy. The post says: “Aha for today — If you think you have blown God’s plan for your life, God has news for you … YOU’RE NOT THAT POWERFUL.”

Friday, July 20, 2018

Over the years, I’ve volunteered in classrooms, presented to city councils and knocked on more doors than I can count. All because I know that every child in our state deserves the opportunity to receive an excellent education. This fall, Arizona voters will have the chance to show that they agree by voting for candidates and issues that will support schools.

Most of us have heard about Amber Alerts. Have you heard of Silver or Blue alerts? Do you know the difference and when should you use them? Do you know what the requirements are to have them activated? Do you know how information is disseminated? Do you know what to do if you see a person who has an alert? Do you know if the programs are successful? Read on for the answers.

At a Saturday night tent revival, the preacher announced, “Anyone with needs to be prayed over, come forward to the front at the altar.”

Friday, July 13, 2018

I met with President Donald Trump at the White House last month to discuss the crisis happening at our border. Thousands of migrants are entering our country illegally, human traffickers are exploiting women and children and illicit drugs are being smuggled in and flooding our streets. As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, I have heard detailed accounts of these tragedies. At our meeting, President Trump and I agreed—we must secure our border.

I’m writing this column on a Friday night having earlier today completed a full calendar of civil traffic hearings in the Arrowhead Justice Court. Civil traffic hearings are probably the most common reason people set foot in a court of law, so I want to spend some time explaining to you how …

I was conducting an order of protection hearing in the Gila Bend court last week. The girlfriend had been issued an order of protection to prevent the boyfriend from contacting her or going to her home.

Friday, July 06, 2018
Friday, June 29, 2018

As we approach a new fiscal year, I am proud to report that we do so as a fiscally sound city and with a fully balanced budget that meets today’s demands, while planning for our best future.

You may remember my article last week. It was about a trip my wife, father and I took a few weeks ago. Because of some spoiled plans due to a forest fire in Durango, Colo., I decided to take some “roads less traveled” to get from Durango to Phoenix.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Last week, my wife, Becky, and my 94-year-old father took a driving trip. I had a ministry appointment in Durango, Colo. My father loves adventure. He is mentally sharp and always ready for an outing. And Becky is the road trip queen.

Sitting in the courtroom the other day, the following funny story came to mind. In a trial, the prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly elderly woman, to the stand.

Friday, June 15, 2018

As the City of Peoria Pine District Councilman, I understand that keeping in touch with my constituents is an important priority. I am visible in the community by attending HOA meetings, Block Watch meetings, civic and business events and I hold district events such as Movie in the Park nigh…

I think only my mom and two other friends still have flip phones; most of us now carry smart phones. One of the features that I did not particularly care for on a smart phone when they first came out was the camera. I could not imagine why I needed this on a phone. Now, I use the camera all the time on my phone and cannot imagine not having it. Most of us use the camera feature to take pictures of our family and friends. From the bench, I am seeing more and more people using this technology to document traffic accidents.

Where will you retire when you retire? Most of you may not be concerned about this right now. You are young. You are middle-aged. But, someday you will be as old as I am (sigh). My ‘ed-vice’ is think about it now. Here are some options in United States cities you can retire in.

Friday, June 08, 2018
Friday, June 01, 2018

Last September, President Trump set a deadline for the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a program that temporarily protected from deportation undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children. It’s now up to Congress to find a solution.

Recently, I had a request for a traffic hearing where the driver had caused an accident while changing lanes. During the hearing, the driver who caused the accident explained his vehicle was specially equipped with a feature called a “cross traffic indicator.” That feature indicates by a beeping sound and a flashing light if someone is in the blind spot. It is activated by turning the turn signal on. He was confident that because he had “paid extra” for that feature that there was no way anyone could have been in his blind spot without his knowledge.

Looking to make the switch from a gasoline-powered car to an electric vehicle? You are not alone. A recent AAA survey found that interest in electric vehicles is growing, with 20 percent of Americans saying they are likely to choose an electric-powered car as their next purchase, up from 15 percent in 2017.

Friday, May 25, 2018

On May 7, 2018, I was sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives to serve as the Congresswoman from Arizona’s 8th Congressional District. I am honored to serve as your Congresswoman and I thank the voters for putting their faith and trust in me. I promise that I will work hard every day for all my constituents in the West and North Valley.

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Years ago at my church, I shared a message called, “No Milk, No Manure.” I was tempted to call it “Poop Happens” but then backed off. Notice I didn’t use the other four-letter word I could have used.

Friday, May 18, 2018

The first week of May is considered juror appreciation week. If you have served on a jury, my personal thanks for your service to your community.

Friday, May 11, 2018
Friday, May 04, 2018

I can understand if most folks have never had an inclination to set foot in a courtroom unless they have personal or professional business to transact. That being said, it is a public building and the proceedings conducted within its four walls are, in most instances, matters of public recor…

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A city lease of buildings occupied by the Peoria Arizona Historical Society (PAHS) was terminated on July 23. Given this development, the city will be taking steps to ensure historic items within the facility are properly maintained.

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