Arpaio's colorful legacy in doubt

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

It appears many of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's most colorful law enforcement gimmicks could soon be history. 

Maricopa County Sheriff-elect Paul Penzone on Friday questioned the need for some Arpaio signature policies. 

"The pink underwear, the pink handcuffs and green bologna, anything that has a color attached to it, that's from Dr. Seuss, I'm not so sure that has great value," Penzone said during a taping of 3TV's Politics Unplugged. 

Penzone is still unsure if he'll keep Tent City open once he takes office at the beginning of the year. But he said he would take a hard look at it. 

The former Phoenix police officer also said he would conduct a financial audit of MCSO and make those findings available to the public. 

Also, the sheriff-elect said he would end one of Arpaio's most controversial endeavors -- the investigation into Obama's birth certificate. 

During a recent legal deposition, Arpaio said he was still looking into the authenticity of the document. 

"No it's not going to continue and let's be honest it's been going on for four or five years now or longer it's nonsense as far as dollars that have been spent there have been resources wasted," Penzone said.

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Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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