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Out of the Death Star: County needs to snatch victory from defeat on World View

So there's a whole lot more of this Pima County-World View-Goldwater Institute legal mess to wade through. Or the county could simply declare victory and move on. While the supervisors were in a closed-door meeting getting geared up to keep the fight going, I was on the phone with Goldwater finding a way out of this imbroglio. ... Read more»

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Feb 8, 2017, 5:10 pm
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Blake recommends an appraisal war instead of a day in court to clarify an existing law’s application to the County’s business?  What a formula for disaster.

First, the judge in the initial case got her legislative intents mixed up, at least according to the respective accounts of her verdict.

Second, getting into this crazy kind of a bidding war would only generate more political and probably legal headaches for the County.

Third, it’s time to call out the Goldwater Institute as a highly partial actor when it comes to Arizona’s future, not a friendly collaborator in justice. GI, in the employ Maricopa’s Republican political and business “mafia”—big donors all—works to keep the rest of Arizona down while Maricopa scoops up the largesse of private deals and state-government giveaways. 

Goldwater Institute doesn’t meet the IRS test for a tax-exempt designation.  That is has one is just another bit of legal legerdemain. 

Rather than cutting a deal with this organization of legal assassins for hire, it would be so much more rewarding for an investigator to run down the facts and demonstrate that for all its posturing, the Goldwater Institute is a partisan player that primarily benefits one political party and one community of business people, thus jeopardizing its 501(c)3 status. 

It would cost little, a lot less than a court case, to enlist all those jurisdictions and public interests that have been hurt by the Goldwater Institute in a group complaint to the IRS, thus forcing the Goldwater Institute to rethink its smug approach to partisan politics—supposedly conservative, actually Putinesque—and simply bow out of the World View and other cases that serve as examples of its poor judgment.

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Feb 9, 2017, 7:29 pm
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Desert Sunrise,
Thanks for reading but the county has said the rent exceeds market rate.

That’s why I wrote right up top:

Start the bid process right now and – if the rent price reflects market value as well as County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry says it does – Goldwater’s lawyers will let the case drop,

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