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Friday, August 17, 2018

Craig Wismer currently serves as the Justice of the Peace for the Arrowhead Justice Precinct covering Sun City, Peoria and Glendale. I have had the fortune or misfortune, as it may be, to have experienced his justice and was able to see him in action on four different occasions and was so im…

Do you think God is watching our elected officials? Our country seems to forget that our foundation is — “In God We Trust” — in our government. I am a man of faith, I am sharing a few thoughts on candidates who still trust in God. Supporting those candidates that keep God in our country dial…

Call me crazy, but the one candidate’s signs still standing in Peoria near my home in Westgreen Estates are Woolbright for justice of the peace after the most recent monsoon storm Friday night. He has hammered his signs well with lasting strength and uprightness. Others have not and were blo…

The undersigned are officers and directors of the West Maricopa County Bar Association.  It is our position that Phillip Woolbright is not qualified to hold the office of a justice of the peace.

We, the present constables in the Northwest Valley, pen this letter of endorsement for Judge Craig Wismer as justice of the peace of the Arrowhead Court. Wismer replaced his current opponent, Phillip Woolbright, as the Arrowhead Justice of the Peace upon Woolbright’s removal from office.

Friday, August 10, 2018

What should we look for in local candidates running for elected office? These individuals represent us and make a statement about our community. Are the “big” elections important? Of course, and much attention and money is spent. The local elections are where our choice can really impact us …

The good people of the Arrowhead precinct can be proud of their Justice of the Peace Craig Wismer. I speak with the authority of a retired judge (20 years on the bench) who had the honor of working with Judge Wismer during the last years of my career. He is a good and decent man who has work…

The Arrowhead Justice Court is the place where justice begins. I believe the mission of the Arrowhead Justice Court should be to serve the people under its jurisdiction, by efficient and accessible administration of justice for all, and to treat all persons with integrity, fairness and respe…

It must be difficult to be a Republican representative in the current administration, which is fraught with scandal and incompetence; however, I must rely on my elected officials to be a voice that continues to speak out for justice.

Friday, July 27, 2018

This month, we celebrated Independence Day, and it was a great opportunity for me to reflect on what I love about America. My parents had to flee communist Romania in the 80’s because they were very successful in doing the jobs assigned to them by the Communist Party, but that presented a pr…

When Debbie Lesko says she wants to do something for education, alarm bells should go off.

Americans are casting about for something different from the two-party system that seems to have a stranglehold on our state and federal governments. In Arizona, currently a solid third of voters are registered as Independents. They want to see more non-partisan leadership that puts people first.

It is a terrible disservice to voters that you failed to include Independent candidate Kathy Knecht in your article about the LD 21 primary election. While it is true that she will not be on the primary ballot, she has already qualified for the general election and will face off against the …

Finding themselves increasingly annoyed with the persistence of their socioeconomic inferiors, Arizona’s 1 percent was at a loss to explain why supporters for InvestinEd won’t simply give up.

I had the pleasure of coaching youth sports with Craig Wismer long before I knew of his position as Justice of the Peace. Mr. Wismer never mentioned his position with the Court while we coached together.  It was six months after the season was over that I first discovered he was a judge for …

Councilwoman Vicki Hunt has brought people together in her district to ask for their input on how they envision improvements in Acacia District. Hunt walks life with her community and listens to what the families and business owners believe the city is doing right and those areas that need i…

In Maricopa County, the voter registration deadline for the Aug. 28 primaries is July 30. Everyone should make sure they are registered, and that their voter registration is up to date.

Councilmember Hunt’s sponsorship of book purchases for all six Acacia elementary schools provided books for two libraries, six new teachers and boxes of books to three schools. We are truly thankful for this partnership, which allows us to further our mission to promote literacy and learning…

Friday, July 20, 2018

We are writing this letter in support of Judge Craig Wismer who is running for re-election in the Arrowhead Justice Court. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

I have known Craig Wismer seven years. It was immediately apparent that Craig was a dedicated family man; while always dressed in professional attire, he never hesitated to sit on the floor and play with his son. Over the years through his actions, he has proven to be a kind and respectful p…

There is really no more logical choice who we have to vote for Arrowhead Justice Court judge than Craig Wismer, the incumbent. He has done a fine job by all accounts after being elected to the job after his now opponent five years ago was removed by the Arizona Supreme Court for a long list …

When I hear the name Craig Wismer, I immediately remember the genuine smile and cheerful “How may I help you” greeting of the young man who had a major role in Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl’s office.

Arizona public school students are still missing more than $700 million compared to a decade ago. This is a result of Arizona’s politicians creating a 28-year tax cut spree that took resources away from public schools and created the education problems we face today. Politicians may have cau…

It was an honor for me to be appointed to the Arizona state Senate to replace Debbie Lesko after she resigned to run for Congress. Once appointed, I had to hit the ground running since the legislative session had already begun. As your LD21 state senator, I have been working on several issue…

Friday, July 06, 2018

It was shocking to read that Maricopa County Sheriff Penzone will not enforce the “stupid motorist law.” I always thought the job description of “sheriff” stated something about enforcing all laws. Isn’t that why we elect law enforcement officers? Isn’t our government a “government of laws, …

I am completely appalled that politicians such as Jeff Flake, John McCain, and Debbie Lesko are not only not condemning children being held in internment camps in our country in cages, but that you are doing nothing about it at all.

If you want to think of me as an “underdog” because I’m pursuing a state Senate seat as an independent, I’m OK with that. History is filled with inspirational stories of unexpected champions who used work and wit; courage and character; energy and enthusiasm to accomplish amazing and importa…

Friday, June 29, 2018

This week, I read comments from two candidates for the Acacia Council District. Obviously, they’ve never met Councilmember Vicki Hunt. If they had, neither could give her a D rating, let alone the whole council a B rating. Peoria City Council is one of the most admired in the state by many r…

It is frightening that a man who has been found by a court to be a wife abuser felt he had so much power as a judge that he violated the order of protection against him now wants to try and regain the judgeship he was removed from for not only judicial misconduct but incompetence. Yet, that …

Friday, June 22, 2018

Mr. Woolbright tried to reduce government salaries (even his own) from $125,000 per year to $70,000. Many people in power beat him up, pushed him down, knocked him out. But he got back up and is just getting started.

To U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko, Arizona Sen. Rick Gray and Arizona Reps. Kevin Payne and Tony Rivero: Two weeks have passed and not one of you responded to either the emails or open letter I sent to the Peoria Times. I am concerned that you are ignoring the needs of your constituents and are unwi…

Friday, June 15, 2018

I am a 75-year-old veteran of this great country, I served in the Army from 1964 to 1967, and again from 1981 to 1996; I am confused and disappointed with Mitch McConnell’s refusal to do the work he was elected to do.

Friday, June 08, 2018

I am writing to you to voice my support for Mr. Craig Wismer’s re-election as Arrowhead Justice of the Peace. I have known Craig as a customer of my local business for many years. I can confidently say he is one of the most sincere and honest people I know. I once reached out to Craig in a m…

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” These powerful words were conceived by American suffragist Alice Paul. In 1923, she envisioned that the women of America would be guaranteed the same freedoms and rights…

Friday, June 01, 2018

An open letter to U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko, Arizona Sen. Rick Gray and Arizona Reps. Kevin Payne and Tony Rivero on Memorial Day 2018

Friday, May 25, 2018

I am shocked and dismayed that Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas has jumped in at the last minute to remove or minimize “evolution” throughout a draft updating Arizona’s K-12 science standards.

Friday, May 04, 2018

My name is Matthew Unsworth and I am a social studies teacher in the Glendale Union High School District. I wanted to share my correspondence with my district representatives, Sen. Rick Gray and Rep. Kevin Payne from this past week during the teacher walk-out. These men represent Legislative…

Friday, April 27, 2018

This impending walk-out is not just about a raise. When the general public sees Governor Ducey publically offer a raise and the teachers not accept it, it is easy to mistake what the #RedForEd movement is about and what is actually going on. Putting aside the fact that the 20-percent raise i…

Friday, April 20, 2018

The League of Women Voters of Northwest Maricopa County is very concerned about the potential impact of Commerce Secretary Ross’ announcement that the Census Bureau will include a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census. 

Friday, April 06, 2018

David Gordon, I will vote my conscience - for Debbie Lesko. Tipernini is pro-abortion, including late term, opposes the border wall, tax cuts, and her healthcare plan is an Obamacare retread. Obamacare caused my premiums, copays, and deductibles to skyrocket. Under her Medicare for all plan,…

Debbie Lesko is running for Trent Frank’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Arizonans should be very concerned about this development. Replacing Franks, resigning over sexual harassment, with Lesko, someone eager to rape the Arizona public education system, doesn’t sound like the be…

Friday, March 30, 2018

On Saturday, millions of people across the country and more than 15,000 here in Phoenix participated in the March for Our Lives. I am hopeful that this will finally bring about change that has failed to materialize after Sandy Hook, Pulse, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs and countless other tr…

For everyone who did not go to Luke Air Force Base over the weekend to see the incredible Luke Air Show, you missed one of the greatest performances of your life. The show was free. You paid a small parking fee, but this all-day show was priceless. Just the performance of the Blue Angels too…

Political pollution, coupled with the art of miss-communication to destroy freedoms, have now become the hallmark of PC types behaving in unreasonable ways, such as rioting in streets across the nation, sowing discord where they can to avenge grievances for the loss of power politically in t…

Friday, March 09, 2018

The Johnson Amendment affects all 501(c)(3) organizations, not just places of worship. So, naturally, a repeal will allow all 501(c)(3) nonprofits to donate to political parties as a tax deduction. We don’t need more money injected into politics under the guise of religious freedom.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Eighteen school gun shootings nationally in the first six weeks of this year.  That’s three per week, every week. And how many police officers have died already?  

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