SB 1070: NY Times concedes not all AZ Hispanics in lockstep

October 31, 2010

In an article titled Arizona immigration law divides Latinos, too, the New York Times spotlights the views of a couple of the many Hispanic immigrants who are in favor of Arizona’s law addressing illegal immigration.

The report focuses attention on Efrain Sotelo and state Rep. Steve Montenegro.

An Arizona lawmaker, Montenegro, who emigrated from El Salvador, was a co-sponsor of the bill and voted in favor of the law known as SB 1070. He serves as an assistant pastor at the Surprise Apostolic Assembly.

Sotelo, a process server, is a Mexican-born immigrant, who thinks his adopted state has been unfairly maligned since the law passed. “I’m a Hispanic, and I don’t have any issues walking the streets,” he said. “They make it seem like the police or sheriff are out there checking everyone’s papers, and that’s not so.”


Dems facing upcoming elections aren’t afraid; they’re “very afraid”

October 31, 2010

Noel Sheppard of NewsBusters exposes the hypocrisy of the left as they pompously opine that “future historians will probably look back at the 2010 election as a catastrophe for America.”

 It’s not even Halloween eve and the liberals are already spooked.  This commentary is definitely worth your time.


She’s ba-a-ck: Mayor Philly Gordon rehires girlfriend’s business partner

October 30, 2010

Taking over the City Hall reporting duties from Scott Wong, Lynh Bui is doing a fine job of cutting edge reporting. This desk has been dependable in getting to the core of issues and not slavishly pumping up the lame-duck liberal and extremely flawed Phoenix Mayor, Philly Gordon.

Here Bui reports on the rehiring of controversial aide, Sue Lindmeier.

Seeing Red AZ has previously written about Lindmeier, a “consultant” at MullanyWunder, the consulting and fundraising firm co-owned by Gordon’s girlfriend, Elissa Mullany and Lindmeier’s sister, Cate Wunder.

Lindmeier has acknowledged being paid privately by Gordon last year to manage the renovation of his Phoenix home. On occasion she would confirm appointments and meet with home-renovation contractors during city work hours, but said she puts in more than her required 20 hours a week in the Mayor’s Office.

Among her duties at City Hall are managing the mayor’s calendar, booking his endless travel arrangements, submitting his travel reimbursements and coordinating Phoenix’s bid to land a national political convention in 2012.

Marchelle Franklin, Mayor Philly’s co-chief of staff says bringing Lindmeier back on the payroll would be a cost saving, since a current employee is leaving to be deployed in Iraq, allowing them to pick up Lindmeier’s old contract: $4,000 a month for 80 hours of work.

Franklin said Lindmeier left to pursue other career opportunities but offered to return after learning about the departure of the other employee.

How thoughtful.

Despite the controversy in the past, Franklin said, it made sense to bring Lindmeier back. “It’s hard to get someone to come work in the mayor’s last term when they know they won’t have a job at the end of 13 months.”

They could always hire on as comedy writers for Jay Leno.


And the good news is….the AZ GOP’s got the mo

October 30, 2010

According to an advisory issued this week by Secretary of State Ken Bennett, the Arizona Republican Party added more than 12,000 voters between the end of July and the latest report, giving the state GOP 1,131,802 active, registered members.

The state Democrat Party grew by nearly 1,700 members, with the party now claiming 1,002,937 active, registered voters. The state Libertarian Party added 239 registered voters, giving it 24,382 in Arizona, and the Green Party added 235 of its own. As of the latest report, the Arizona Green Party had 4,820 active, registered voters.

In all, including the nearly 29,000 who registered without declaring a party preference, that translates to 43,542 Arizonans who have joined the voter rolls since the end of July — with more than 3.14 million voters now registered for state’s General Election. Check out the complete report here

Welcome to all of the newly energized voters who will exercise their constitutional rights this coming Tuesday, November 2 — if they haven’t already done so by early ballot.  How fortunate we Americans are!


Revelation! There ARE beheadings in AZ

October 29, 2010

Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the popular SB 1070 into law, was roundly criticized for stating that headless bodies were found in the Arizona desert. Her comments emphasized the fact that ruthless Mexican drug cartels stop at nothing to send their message.

It appears her statements have been vindicated.

The body of Martin Alejandro Cota-Monroy was recently found — not in the desert — but in an apartment in Chandler, a community outside of Phoenix. He was stabbed and beheaded, with his severed head a couple feet away. One man suspected in the killing has been arrested, and a manhunt is under way for three others.

“If it does turn out to be a drug cartel out of Mexico, typically that’s a message being sent,” according to a Chandler police detective. “This person was chosen to be executed. It sends a message to other people: If you cross us, this is what happens.”

Myway News reports that decapitations are a regular part of the drug war in Mexico as cartels fight over territory. Headless bodies have been hanged from bridges by their feet, severed heads have been sent to victims’ family members and government officials, and bags of up to 12 heads have been dropped off in high-profile locations. 

More than 28,000 people have been killed in Mexico in drug-related violence since December 2006.


AZ Prop. 111: Vote NO if you support SB 1070

October 29, 2010

As readers of Seeing Red AZ are aware, this site does not put forth a list of election recommendations, although we do advocate on behalf of various conservative candidates and issues. For those desirous of such a definitive list we often suggest following recommendations from specific conservative sites. 

When it comes to Proposition 111, however, one of those highly esteemed go-to sites took a pass and gave no position, choosing to remain neutral on that single issue. The organization has its own reasons for taking that tact, which we accord them.

However, we view this Constitutional Amendment as an extremely important proposition and one that has far-reaching and potentially devastating consequences.

Prop. 111 calls for the creation of the office of Lieutenant Governor to replace our current Secretary of State. But, it is far more than an innocuous name change.  The proposition requires a tag-team of candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor.  This has everything to do with line of succession and plays directly into the hands of the Democrats who demeaned current Republican Governor Jan Brewer as the “accidental governor” when she ascended to office after their liberal heroine, veto-queen Janet Napolitano abandoned them for a post with Barack Obama.

Was the term “accidental governor” bandied about when Republican Evan Mecham left the governor’s office in the hands of Democrat Rose Mofford? Of course not. This is a one-way street piece of work that comes with tar and feathers concealed by the malcontents offering it.

Don’t be confused.  For those of us who are among the 71 percent of Arizona voters who support SB 1070, remember that it was signed into law by the “accidental governor” so despised by the liberals among us.  We don’t need tag-team candidates.  Let’s continue to have people run on their own merits. That is what the process is and should be about.

Seeing Red AZ urges a NO vote on Prop. 111.


27-year-old hoodlum: At least the daily didn’t call him an “artist”

October 29, 2010

But the AP report does diminish Joel Delgado’s thuggish, criminal activity by benignly terming it “tagging.”

Wonder if the reporter would be so blasé if the ruined property was his/her own?

But even the AP’s appalling report was preferable to the garbage pumped out by New Times’ Stephen Lemons, aptly tagged as the Feathered Bastard. He thinks graffiti is an art form that enhances a city.

Thankfully, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office does not agree.


Arizona named as one of “Slaughterhouse Five”

October 28, 2010

Arizona Democrats are in serious danger, a prospect that is sure to evaporate the party’s gains in the state over the past four years.

Obama’s dismal 40 percent Arizona approval rating isn’t helping, a number traced in part to the administration’s decision to sue the state over its controversial immigration law.

The DCCC has significantly scaled back its TV advertising time for Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, a disconnected freshman waging an uphill bid to retain a conservative-minded, northern Arizona-based seat, where Dr. Paul Gosar is evidencing robust support. The DCCC, meanwhile, is dropping big bucks — more than $800,000 as of Monday afternoon — in an effort to protect sophomore Rep. Harry Mitchell in his difficult rematch against 2008 GOP foe, conservative David Schweikert, according to a POLITICO report aptly titled “Slaughterhouse Five.”

Left-wing groups are also rushing to the aid of Democrat Rep. Raul Grijalva, the fourth-term radically liberal congressman who unexpectedly finds himself in a dogfight against Republican Ruth McClung after urging a boycott of the state over the immigration law. The labor-backed America’s Families First is dumping more than $260,000 in an effort to defend Grijalva against the serious onslaught presented by McClung.

According to the report, Pelosi clone Gabrielle Giffords is listed as only “slightly better positioned to emerge victorious,” noting that her cash reserves, certainly not her liberal voting record, are what she’s counting on as her ace-in-the-hole. They write: Tucson-based Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who, as of mid-October, held a nearly $1 million cash-on-hand lead over tea-party-backed Republican Jesse Kelly, who knocked off the GOP establishment favorite in the September primary.

We at Seeing Red AZ counter that while its true money is the necessary engine driving the political train, this election season’s enormous reserve of energized voter discontent should not be discounted. Expect to see major changes in Congressional races statewide as a Republican tsunami rushes the shore.


Political former Justice O’Connor errs on apology

October 28, 2010

Instead of apologizing for disruptive post-midnight robocalls to Nevada voters, Sandra Day O’Connor should have apologized to Arizonans for her vote as a panelist on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this week in which she saw no merit in our state’s voter approved requirement of citizenship in order to register to vote.

The 80-year-old former Supreme Court Justice should take her retirement as seriously as she does her leftward bent and stay out of infringing on the vote of the people of Arizona who overwhelmingly passed Proposition 200 in 2004. She also should decide if she wants to engage in politics or keep wearing that black robe. She can’t have it both ways.

In a statement of denial — oddly issued through the Supreme Court — she says she did not authorize use of her recorded statement as she engages in Nevada’s politics. Her voice was heard in 50,000 late night recorded telephone calls made to that state’s voters in which she supports a ballot measure to change the way Nevada’s judges are selected. Yet she defends her involvement in the campaign to amend the state constitution to reduce the role of citizens in the choice of judges. O’Connor, who is listed as the honorary chair of the campaign, has appeared in a biased television commercial on behalf of the Question 1 measure on which Nevadans will vote this Tuesday.

O’Connor is clearly in violation of Canon 5 of the Conduct for United States Judges which clearly states that “A judge should refrain from political activity.”

Although O’Connor was elected to her position on the Arizona Superior Court before her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, she has traveled the country to criticize election of judges.


Supervisor Fulton Brock’s statement about his wife’s arrest and CONTINUING UPDATES

October 27, 2010

Using the services of Jason Rose and the public relations firm of Rose+Moser+Allyn, Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock released this statement today regarding his wife:

“My life and that of my family’s was upended last night. Police officers arrested my wife of twenty-eight years and the mother of our three children. She was informed that she was being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year old. Even with this statement I am not sure how to express what such a shocking emotional punch to your heart and family feels like. I am stunned. My children are flabbergasted. You think you know someone after 28 years and I need answers as much as police officers do. I want so much to believe these allegations are not true, but if they are, I am appalled and crushed. I am a religious man. I ask all to pray for our family and those involved so that justice may best be served.”

– Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock

The newspaper’s account of the charges brought against 48-year-old Susan Brock, can be read here. She is being held without bond on two counts of molestation of a child and two counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

UPDATES:

UPDATE:  November 11, 2010

Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock To End Marriage

–STATEMENT–

 “I have filed paperwork to end my marriage of 28 years.”

UPDATE: December 30, 2010 Another Press Release from Fulton Brock via his flacks regarding his wife Susan, their daughter and his wife’s friend. We have reprinted the presser as it was received, including typos.

Jason Rose / Rose+Moser+Allyn Public & Online Relations  

STATEMENT BY MARICOPA COUNTY SUPERVISOR FULTON BROCK ON THE ARREST OF WIFE’S FRIEND AND HIS DAUGHTER TODAY

 (PHOENIX, ARIZ.) – “Shocked and devastated are not words sufficient to describe the news this day or what has transpired over the past two months. In October, my wife of 28 years was arrested and charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a minor.

Now, my daughter has been arrested, pending charges.

She is being accused of having a relationship with the same young man when she was 18.

I have filed to divorce my wife. I cannot divorce my daughter.  She is my blood. I will always be her Dad.  And she needs one now more than ever.

All families are challenged. But no family should ever be challenged this way whether it be ours, or that of the victim and his family.

Justice demands answers and cooperation.  

Nothing can ever make this situation right other than raising awareness so other families can avoid such sorrow.  As a person of faith I  ask for your continued prayers.”

–Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock

UPDATE: AZ Republic, December 31, 2010:

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/12/30/20101230chandler-susan-fulton-brock-supervisor-wife-sex-case-daughter-arrested.html

UPDATE: January 25, 2011

Susan M. Brock, 48, pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted sexual conduct with a minor, a Class 3 felony and Dangerous Crime Against Children.

Though originally indicted on charges of committing 15 sex acts with the boy, starting in 2006 when he was 13, the plea bargain dismissed 12 counts and reduced the severity of the remaining three.

Brock faces prison time for one count, as well as lifetime probation, registration as a sex offender terms and other restrictions.

In sentencing set for mid-March, Brock faces a presumptive sentence of 10 years on one count of attempted sexual conduct with a minor, according to Pinal County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem Hank Gooday. She could be sentenced to anywhere from seven and 15 years.

In addition to registering as a sex offender, Brock must renew her driver’s license yearly to enforce the registration and pay up to $1 million in costs to the Chandler Police Department.

 A complete report is available here.

UPDATE: January 27, 2011

The latest news report details that Susan Brock and her husband Fulton Brock, met with the local president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the parents of the victim  more than a year before she was arrested, according to a Chandler police report.

Between the October 2009 meeting and her October 2010 arrest, Brock committed 15 more illegal acts involving her teenage victim, according to the indictment. She was also charged with committing 13 acts before the involvement of church officials, who did not report the crime to police, according to police reports.

Arizona LDS spokeswoman Cindy Packard said when local church officials became aware of the sexual relationship between Susan Brock and the victim in October, “these leaders were instrumental in getting the matter reported to law-enforcement authorities.”

Kim Farah, spokeswoman for the national church in Salt Lake City, would not identify the leaders by name, but police records indicate the matter was actually reported by the victim’s father — not the church.

Chandler Sgt. Joe Favazzo said the investigation was continuing and that police would seek charges against anyone who had information about the crime but failed to report it.

UPDATE:  March 27, 2011

KTVK TV 3 reports that Rachel Katherine Brock, the 21-year-old daughter of Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock has been re-arrested on additional felony charges involving minors.

She was first arrested in December for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a boy who was 15 years old at the time. Her mother, Susan Brock, is in jail for her alleged sexual involvement with the same teenager.

Supervisor Fulton Brock issued a statement through his spokesperson that says, in part, “The heartbreak continues. I have learned my daughter has been re-arrested. My goal was always to lead my family in living a life of doing right and following God’s laws. The accusations about my daughter and her mother these past months have been heartbreaking and disappointing.”

UPDATE: May 6, 2011:

More recently, as facts revealed the full extent of the Brock family involvement in the sexual abuse and cover-up, Seeing Red AZ called for Fulton Brock’s resignation from the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Read more here. We titled this Supervisor Fulton Brock: What did he know, when did he know it?

UPDATE: December 8, 2011

Probation only for child molester Rachel Brock

The repulsive Brock saga of a mother/daughter duo of child sexual predators has been covered ad nauseam. Mother Susan, daughter Rachel and Maricopa County Supervisor dad Fulton, are not worthy of more words or time. Lying Fulton, who claimed shock when the news first broke, was in fact fully aware of the disgusting events and participated in LDS church-sanctioned counseling sessions that were held tight to the vest and never reported to authorities by those charged with dispensing morality to their congregants. It was later revealed he attempted to hide evidence of the ongoing sexual crimes committed by his wife and daughter against the young son of a family friend. Upstanding dad has made a point of staying out of the courtroom during any of the proceedings.

 Molestor mom is now serving a 13-year sentence prison sentence. And the lovely Rachel? The daily reports she has been sentenced to 10 years probation with one year deferred jail time for sexually abusing the same boy her mother molested. A Chandler detective who investigated the case reported that Fulton had lied to police about evidence and also recommended that Mormon bishops be prosecuted for failure to report the boy’s complaints to authorities.

Here’s an overview, if you’re interested.


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