Larkin & Lacey; from Heroes to Victims to Heroes Again, and then Trump Happened

It is not possible to talk about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey without tying their story to one Joe Arpaio. It is as if the three have a destiny together. However, the former two names cannot be cooked in the same pot as the third one.

There are times when life proves us wrong for things we’ve held to be right for a long time. Joe Arpaio had served the Police Department for 24 years. He had been re-elected six times. Yet, signifies a man with little respect for a segment of the community he sought to protect. He had got away with a lot of malicious and unlawful actions.

That was before he came face to face with the power of the pen; thanks to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The two gentlemen are renowned proprietors of a newspaper called New Times and experienced journalists. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

Mr. Arpaio was convicted of contempt of court charges in July 2017; although according to Larkin & Lacey, that was the least the law could do to a man who had made away with so much crime, including abductions and murders by abusing his power as Sheriff of Maricopa.

However, justice was yet to meet another debacle in the form of a recent pardon of the long-serving convicted Sheriff. The action by President Trump lets the cat out of the bag. So, Larkin & Lacey now know who really wants to persecute the Latin American people and other immigrant minorities in the South.

Political Expedience

According to Larkin & Lacey, the legal system has failed. He observes that it is hard to understand how a person who had committed so much crime and abused his office could be set free. He further faults the legal system for only focusing on the contempt of court offense as opposed to the myriad crimes that the former Sheriff had committed.

It will be recalled that Mr. Arpaio was a vocal supporter of president Trump back in the day when he ran the anti-Obama campaign in which he claimed that Obama was not born in America and that he was not an American.

The chickens seem to have come to roost. President Trump has returned the favor to his ardent supporter in matters exclusion. It is an embarrassment to the American dream, but it is a reality that all Americans, particularly the immigrants might have to live with for a while.

The Phoenix Arrests

The New Times reporters Larkin & Lacey lived in Phoenix back in 2007. They had been uncompromisingly running editorials about the Sheriff’s wayward actions and his corrupt regime in Maricopa. They had unearthed many scandals that were still unresolved by the police. Read more:  Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Twitter

Suddenly, the two popular journalists saw armed goons from Arpaio’s police department, a group formed and named the Selective Enforcement Unit force their way into their apartment and arrest them. They had come to mete out revenge against the journalists for covering the evils of their boss.

It is from those arrests that Joe began to discover that his long stint at the helm of the police department was coming to an end.

Larkin & Lacey successfully sued the Sherriff and were awarded over $3 million. They decided to use the money to start Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund; an organization that provides assistance to people subjected to ill-treatment by the authorities, by virtue of their race, economic status or origin.

Dick DeVos has Been Fighting for Change & Will Help Betsy do the Same

The DeVos family is well-known in Michigan since they have been a very active family in the state. The Devos family was instrumental in the fight against unions since they wanted employers to have more power over their employees. This family also made it their mission to fight the public school system in order to give parents more choices, and they also won this battle.


Dick DeVos, specifically, has been quite active in Michigan. For one, he helped halt the construction of a multi-purpose sports arena in Grand Rapids. This fight took place back in 1991 when young Dick was on his way to becoming the CEO of Amway Corp. He did not want the city to be plagued with a useless arena that would end up becoming an eyesore much like the convention center in Detroit that is not used much beyond hosting a few some sporting events.


DeVos had a bigger vision for Grand Rapids that involved embracing art and education over sports. This was the reason he ensured the construction of the Grand Rapids City Market, where local farmers and artisans could sell their products to the public. He also made sure that the Michigan State University medical school was built in Grand Rapids, encouraging the growth of students in the city.


It took a few years, but his efforts transformed Grand Rapids from a small town into a sprawling city with many bright spots for Michigan. One of Dick’s greatest achievements was marrying Betsy DeVos, and the two became one of the richest families in the state. The two are deeply religious and quite conservative, which is obvious by their constant battle against unions or public education. The two believe in privatizing education and ensuring that employees have little power in the workforce.


Still, as instrumental as this family has been in the politics of Michigan, the two were not really known to the world, until Donald Trump came along. The inexperience and unhinged President of the United States appointed his wife, Betsy, to become the Secretary of Education for the United States. It was a role that she took happily, even though she did not have much experience. Of course, some people in the country did not like the choice, especially because it seems she likes to talk down public schools.


Things got worse for Betsy after appearing on live television for her congressional hearing. It was obvious that she did not know much about public education, which only tarnished her reputation. Even worse, she defended guns in schools by pointing out that bears might one day rise up and attack a school. Yes, it seems that the DeVos name garnered national attention after that televised interview, but it was not positive attention. America’s first impression of the DeVos family will not likely change any time soon.


There is no doubt that Betsy is going to continue the fight for her right to lead the role the President placed her in, and Dick is going to be there to support. Dick knows a thing or two about humiliation and defeat. In 2006, Dick ran for governor of the state as a Republican only to lose to Jennifer Granholm.


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We Need To End Citizens United

Since the 2010 Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United v. F.E.C. allowing corporations, labor unions, and other associations the same rights under the first amendment as private citizens, the entire field of political finance has been thrown on its head. Now, through untracked and unchecked Political Action Committees large corporations and the billionaires who profit from them can dole out unlimited amounts of money straight into the pockets of any politician willing to do their bidding. The unfair advantage of the ultra-rich being able to hold political influence over the rest of the citizens is a direct blow to the heart of what democracy is supposed to stand for in the United States.

This is where End Citizens United comes in. Started in 2015, this Political Action Committee is on a mission to reverse this democracy-killing court decision and get big money out of politics. They rely solely on grassroots donations from United States citizens to elect pro-reform candidates who will work to reform the campaign finance structure in America. Current projections for the 2018 midterm elections place these donations at $35 million! Americans are tired of corporations telling politicians how to vote and want their congressmen representing them again.

Read more: Democratic PAC End Citizens United names ‘Big Money 20’ targets for 2018

End Citizens United has put together the “Big Money 20” list of politicians who are known to serve the needs of special interests groups over those of their constituents. These special interests represent big tobacco, Wall Street, big oil, pharmaceutical companies, and others who fill the coffers of any politician they can to gain influence and increase profits. They are the reason why we need real campaign finance reform in America.

Probably the most known offender on the Big Money 20 is “Lying” Ted Cruz. When it comes to choosing big money donors over the constituency, Cruz is at the top of the heap. He has consistently been an advocate of money in politics whether it is opposing common sense campaign finance reform, accepting contributions from more than 8 super PACs during his presidential run, or voting to cut taxes for the rich, Cruz flaunts his love for big money in politics and even thinks “money absolutely can be speech.”

To battle against this blatant special interest pandering, End Citizens United is proudly endorsing Beto O’Rourke for U.S. Senate. Beto is a Texas native who, after finding success co-founding a software business, transitioned into politics representing Texas’ 16th congressional district in 2012. In the 2016 elections, Beto put his money where his mouth is by being just one of six House members to refuse PAC donation money. He has been a staunch supporter of campaign finance reform, including co-sponsoring the “Democracy for All Amendment” that would overturn the Citizens United decision. Beto is a candidate who represents all Texans.