RIP: AZ Rep. David Burnell Smith

October 28, 2014

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It is with sadness we report that Republican former state Rep. David Burnell Smith has passed away at age 73.  Take time to read his fascinating biography.

Arrangements are pending. They will be announced here when they become available.

Update: We have been advised that the memorial service for Rep. David Burnell Smith will be private.

In 2006 Rep. Smith, then representing state Legislative District 7, was removed from his office by the unelected “Clean” Elections Commission.  A lawyer, Rep. Smith personally contacted the commission to inform them of a bookkeeping irregularity he discovered that took place during his 2004 primary campaign.

At the time, Rep. David Burnell Smith, a dedicated public servant and a true Southern gentleman, had the dubious distinction of being the only duly elected U. S. office holder so removed by a panel of unelected bureaucrats and an unelected administrative law judge. This quasi-governmental overreach occurred although criminal charges were never filed and no trial was ever held.

 Rep. David Burnell Smith lost by a mere 32 votes in the recent August 26, 2014 Primary Election.

Heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Rita and extended family.


RIP: David Gage, former Maricopa County GOP chair

September 24, 2014

We note with sadness the passing of David Gage, former chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party. He was elected to that post in 1971 at age 32. 

David was a respected lawyer who had an exemplary career and also devoted time to serving his community.

Time and place of the memorial service to honor his life can be found here.


JD Hayworth sends strong signal to conservatives in AG’s race

August 20, 2014

Hayworth joins Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Sen. Judy Burges and an impressive list of state Senators and Representatives, law enforcement professionals, NRA, former Senate President Russell Pearce, and Arizona’s conservative voters in supporting Attorney General Tom Horne

Dear Tom:

You have done a very effective job as Arizona’s Attorney General; that’s why I’m proud to endorse your candidacy for re-election.

Your insistence on truly protecting our Borders and opposing Amnesty for illegals has earned you the scorn of the Open Borders/ Establishment crowd.

I hope that Arizona Republicans won’t again be deceived by candidates who talk tough during the campaign season…only to slink back into working for Amnesty once safely re-elected.

Your consistent, conservative approach is greatly appreciated.

Good Luck in next week’s Primary Election!

Sincerely,

J.D. Hayworth

United States Congressman for Arizona

1995-2007


Missed the news about the news

August 16, 2014

Gannett’s print and broadcast divorce

This recent Gannett press release slipped under the radar as politics dominate in this pre-election period. But make no mistake, the “separation” of fading print assets from its broadcast and digital businesses, signals a split that no conciliation expert worth his/her salt would consider repairable. Gannett is the parent company of the Arizona Republic —- often referred to on this site as the Periódico de la República de Arizona, for its relentless pro-amnesty positions —- and KPNX-TV 12 in Phoenix. The mirror-image entities are housed in the same building.

Gracia Martore, president and CEO, said, “The bold actions we are announcing…are significant next steps in our ongoing initiatives to increase shareholder value by building scale, increasing cash flow, sharpening management focus, and strengthening all of our businesses to compete effectively in today’s increasingly digital landscape.

Translation: Print is dead, The fetid stench of decay assaults the senses.

When the Gannett chairman of the board then announces the company “has made huge strides in strengthening each of its businesses over the past few years, and the Board believes that the creation of two highly focused companies with enhanced financial and regulatory flexibility will accelerate growth and create additional value for our shareholders,” it’s clear concern for the shareholders exceed those of the dying newspapers.

The pull-down “Arizona” box under the map, provides an indication of a likely problem.  The now defunct Tucson Citizen is misspelled as Tuscon. When the mighty media giant Gannett can’t spell the name of its own holdings —- former or not —- it signals the dissolution is merely a formality. The love was gone when the subscriptions caved.


AZ Sen. Chester Crandell dies after apparent fall from horse

August 4, 2014

The White Mountain Independent reports on the unexpected death of state Sen. Chester Crandell earlier today —- Monday, August 4 —- while horseback riding near his Heber home.

The Arizona native was a Republican representing Legislative District 6. He worked in the education field for 30 years. The last 10 years he was the Superintendent of the Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology until his retirement. As a state legislator, Sen. Crandell was a strong voice representing the concerns of rural Arizona.

He will be missed.  Our most sincere condolences go out to his family. He and his wife, Alice, have 9 children and 36 grandchildren. 

Services are pending.


JD Hayworth interviews Sheriff Joe Arpaio

July 30, 2014

View repeats of today’s early morning J.D. Hayworth interview with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on America’s Forum —- at 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm, AZ Time —- Ch. 349, DirecTV; Ch.223, Dish; or right here on your computer at www.newsmaxtv.com. To view this orother interviews anytime, go to the newsmaxtv link and simply click on the words “View Archive” next to JD’s photo.  The embedded video is also included in this report: Joe Arpaio: Border Patrol Too Busy Changing Diapers.

 


Must see TV: AZ AG debate Sun. July 20, 5:30 pm

July 20, 2014

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This brief preview of “Politics Unplugged” gives a hint of the tone of the debate between conservative Attorney General Tom Horne and challenger, Mark Brnovich, recruited by establishment power brokers.  Sticking to his script, Brnovich talks about “allegations,” and continually talks over Attorney General Tom Horne.

In this TV 3 clip, Horne asks Brnovich, who has referred to himself as a “principled conservative,” why he “contributed to Pete Rios, the leading left-wing champion of illegal immigration, who actually had a bill to give licenses to illegals.” Brnovich refused to answer, saying “Tom doesn’t have anything else,“ and calling the charge “a red herring,” but never denying it. In fact, Brnovich was listed as a “top contributor” on this Project Vote Smart list.

Clumsily misgauging his audience, Brnovich touts the endorsement he received from Republicrat Gov. Jan Brewer —- which most conservatives would run from given her Medicaid Expansion —- falling in line with Obamacare, her veto of the mischaracterized SB 1062 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and push for a statewide sales tax hike in the worst economy in decades.

Watch the entire program this evening, Sunday, July 20, at 5:30 p.m. on 3TV (or 1003 HD Cable). Mobile users click here

If you missed it, Channel 3 has you covered.  The entire Attorney General debate can be seen here.

 

 


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