Doctor fish like these are the kind of flesh-eating clients the Goldwater Institute takes on. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)

Phoenix Coyotes Could Have NHL Deadline, Flesh-Eating Fish Supporters Thrilled

The NHL reportedly has set an unofficial May 6 deadline to have a new financing for a deal in place to sell the Coyotes to Matt Hulsizer. Flesh-eating fish supporters, the Goldwater Institute, is reportedly in the rear-view mirror.

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Phoenix Coyotes Nemesis Goldwater Institute Swims With The Fishes...Literally

Wednesday, good friend of the Phoenix Coyotes relocation project, Clint Bolick of the Goldwater Institute, presented the most important oral arguments to be heard in the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One this session. As attorneys for Ms. Vong, a Gilbert area former spa owner, Bolick argued against the state government's right to regulate a nail salon's use of so-called "fish pedicures."

Yes, Bolick used his witty repartee to charm Presiding Judge Swann and Judges Irvine and Portley for why the spa's failure to file timely its appeal to the administrative proceeding was excused under the state and federal constitutions. With a charming opener stating that the state's "Motion to Dismiss was as toothless as the fish in question in this lawsuit," and a closing that the "fish just want to get back to work," Bolick prosecuted the rights of the working class that demands our state's resources.

And for this, more than one media outlet was in attendance. Heck, the national news has been covering this case for several weeks.

Why? Because as has become Goldwater's position recently, it's all about getting their name in the press and drawing attention to themselves as evidenced by the numerous press releases that GWI made about this fairly mundane case. However, after oral arguments, there was Clint on the steps of the Court of Appeals holding a press conference presumably for longer than his 30 minute oral argument lasted.

But that's how it goes in the wonderful world of GWI.

The case heard by Judges Swann, Irvine and Portley right before Bolick's charade involved whether an undocumented worker that was hired by a house flipper and injured performing work at one of the flipper's houses was entitled to receive worker's compensation.

In these fairly heady times of immigration debate in our state, this was a pretty meaty case, in my opinion. Number of media in attendance: 0. Number of stories you'll see about the arguments or the opinion when it gets drafted several weeks from now: probably none.

But, hey, Clint Bolick was on the news again today for Goldwater and that's a victory for them.


Winnipeg Mayor Says Phoenix Coyotes Not Moving North

The biggest supporters for the Phoenix Coyotes to fail is the fans and media of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They are absolutely salivating over the prospect of returning the Coyotes to the northern prairie from which they fled south in 1996. They thrill at every bit of negative information about the process and have become the Goldwater Institute's prime constituency.

It must have been extremely painful for the Winnipeg Free Press then, to report this latest blow to their small town hopes and dreams.

"Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz said he doesn't believe the Phoenix Coyotes will return to the franchise's birthplace," the WFP reported in a terse online story.

"Speaking to reporters outside his office this afternoon, Katz urged Winnipeg hockey fans not to believe every rumour they hear about the NHL's return."

It's hard to say how much a small town mayor like Katz really knows about the goings-on between the NHL and the team who currently resides in the 12th largest TV market in the country. Maybe Katz is just practicing the ancient art of "reverse jinx". Or perhaps he actually knows something of the good news that the rest of us are waiting (impatiently) to become official.

Editor's Note: We have every intention of leaving the image of flesh-eating fish on the front page of SB Nation Arizona as long as we possibly can. We do this as a reminder of the GWI lunacy and because we are fairly certain the opportunity to have such a picture on our site will not come around again.


Phoenix Coyotes Ownership Saga Now Has Unofficial Deadline From NHL

We knew that May would be the big do-or-die month for efforts to keep the Phoenix Coyotes from becoming the Winnipeg Jets or, it now seems, the Manitoba Moose. The battle lines are drawn, with entertainment-starved Winnipeg residents crying for a team while the players are publicly expressing their desire to stay in Phoenix. The Coyotes fans that filled the building to 71.4 percent capacity obviously want to keep their team in the 12th largest TV market in the country (including Canada). The NHL, fresh off a new TV deal with NBC, obviously agrees with the fans that keeping the team in Arizona is the best thing for the league.

The best, most reliable source of information for the past several years when it comes to the Phoenix Coyotes ownership situation and its dealings with the NHL has been the Phoenix Business Journal. The PBJ is now reporting that the NHL would like to have an answer by May 6 on the feasibility of selling the team to Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer.

The NHL reportedly won't make any kind of official announcement until late May or early June once the Stanley Cup Playoffs are over, but for their own purposes they want some kind of resolution in the next week to ten days.

There have been multiple reports that the NHL is working to find alternate financing for the current deal. The city of Glendale bond sale that was originally going to facilitate the transaction is now apparently dead thanks mostly to the interference from the Goldwater Institute. We are sure they, along with their Canadian supporters, are thrilled. There is no word yet on any cupcake or foot-nibbling celebrations.

Either a new source of funding will have to be arranged or the deal terms significantly changed. A change in terms, however, requires new approval from the Glendale City Council. 

The NHL may be willing to wait through that process if there's an agreement in place that looks like it has a chance of getting done. Otherwise, they will continue negotiations with True North Entertainment to sell the team back to Canada where they may be renamed the Manitoba Moose instead of the Winnipeg Jets according to the report.

It remains to be seen if the May 6 unofficial deadline will be real, but clearly the NHL can't let this drag on much past early June. Plans need to be made for next season and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov needs to know if he's going to have to play in Russian which he finds preferable to being signed to play in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.


Phoenix Coyotes Opposition By Goldwater Institute Dropped In Favor Of Flesh-Eating Fish

The Phoenix Coyotes fight to stay where the belong at arena in the city of Glendale took a strange turn with news that the Goldwater Institute has involved themselves in another "taxpayer rights" case. GWI is the prime roadblock to completing the deal to keep the Coyotes from having to move to Winnipeg which several players have decried as cruel and inhumane treatment.

One might think at this point that the Goldwater Institute has a fetish of sorts for such treatment or perhaps they really like feet...or fish that eat the dead skin off feet. Thanks to local radio hosts Roc and Manuch of 1060 am The Fan, we learned via tweet of GWI's latest crusade.

Later this week, the Arizona Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear a lawsuit filed by Goldwater on behalf of a Gilbert spa owner told by the state Board of Cosmetology in 2009 that she was no longer permitted to use her feet-feasting fish during pedicures. - The Phoenix New Times reported


A precious nugget from this latest GWI misadventure is a quote from attorney Clint Bolick. 

"Some people will view this as a fishy lawsuit. But it affects the economic liberty of every American. Too many small businesses have been destroyed by overzealous regulation. If we have anything to do with it, Cindy Vong's spa fish will not be one of them," Bolick said.

Bolick, fans of the Coyotes might recall, was the attorney famously busted for signing up on Facebook for a page that supports moving the team back to Winnipeg. The upside here for Bolick is that he can always fall back on his flesh-eating fish experience if the whole "public watchdog" thing doesn't pan out. We can't confirm that Bolick hasn't joined any foot-nibbling Facebook pages.

We also have no confirmation if GWI's Darcy Olsen tried to resolve this case with a gift of cupcakes...or maybe in this case dead foot skin would have been more her style.

Editor's Note: We can't confirm if GWI has dropped its opposition to the Coyotes deal but our standards for facts, honesty, and common decency have been lowered in order to speak to Goldwater on their level.

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