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 AG Horne: Setting the record straight

August 14, 2014

The following message, sent out in an email to supporters by Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is titled, “Stand With Us.” What makes it particularly compelling is that it cogently lays out the stark differences between incumbent Horne and his establishment recruited opponent. It’s definitely worth your time:

As your Attorney General, I’m proud of our accomplishments over the past four years. We’ve fought federal overreach, and won. We’ve dismantled drug cartels, protected women and children from the horrors of human trafficking, and helped homeowners during the mortgage crisis.

Quite frankly I’m fed up. I’m fed up at my primary opponent and his establishment allies at the distortions and outright lies they have leveled against me and the great people that work at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. I think it’s very telling that my opponent has shown that he is willing to say and do anything to win an election. He’s sold out to the establishment more than once. While I continue to be an independent and impartial Attorney General, he’ll be the lapdog of the open borders, special interest crowd that is funding his campaign.

Let’s look at the facts, while I have fought to secure the border and have beaten the Obama Administration in court on SB 1070, Mark Brnovich has been a senior fellow at a think tank that has advocated amnesty and open borders. He’s also donated to the campaign of Pete Rios who is one of the premier open border advocates in the state. While I have spent the last fourteen years serving the public, Mark has found a way to double dip. While he was supposedly serving the public as a prosecutor, he was also a lobbyist for private prisons. I’m still unclear on why this wasn’t a conflict of interest. While it may not have been illegal, it surely is very unethical.

This primary election couldn’t be more important. I’m the clear conservative in the race. That’s why Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Senator Gail Griffin, Senator Judy Burges, Representative David Gowan, and former Senate President Russell Pearce have all endorsed my campaign. I’m endorsed by two major law enforcement organizations (Highway Patrol Association and Correctional Peace Officers Association), where my opponent is endorsed by none. I’m also the only Arizona statewide candidate endorsed by the National Rifle Association. By contrast, my opponent is endorsed by the liberal Arizona Republic.

It’s time to make a choice and spread the word. You can choose an independent Attorney General who has a proven track record of fighting to protect all Arizonans or you can choose the candidate that has sold out to liberal, special interest. With only two weeks left before the August 26th Primary, you can stand with me by clicking the link and making a generous contribution to my re-election. No amount is too small and every dollar goes a long way to ensuring that we have a tough and thoughtful Attorney General.

Sincerely,
Tom Horne
Attorney General

If you approve of the job Attorney General Tom Horne is doing, help him get reelected.  It matters.


AZ Court of Appeals upholds campaign finance disclosures

August 12, 2014

The leftist Arizona Republic newspaper shows no constraints when it comes to hammering political conservatives. The latest one in their sights is Arizona’s Attorney General Tom HorneIf there is a topic they can contort to include Horne, the daily’s multi-pronged gang springs into attack mode to unleash their liberal venom in unison, employing opinion crafted as news reports, editorials, columns and biting political cartoons.

When Horne wins major cases he personally argues, the news is met with clenched-jaw stoniness. His victories are marginalized when those cases are heard and won in the U.S. Supreme Court. When he is vindicated by virtue of a judge’s ruling, there is a deafening silence followed by derision of the decision.

His numerous achievements while serving the people of Arizona as Attorney General go unmentioned.

The Arizona Daily Independent provides the latest evidence of the blatant bias. A report titled “Lawsuit against Rotellini results in Court of Appeals ruling,” reveals that Attorney General Tom Horne has won a victory against a high-dollar, “dark money” supporter of his Democrat challenger Felicia Rotellini.

Just days before the 2010 General Election, the deceptively named Committee for Justice & Fairness (CJF) an independent expenditure group, spent approximately $1.5 million running attack ads against then-Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne as he ran for  State Attorney General.

On Thursday, the Arizona Court of Appeals decided in favor of full disclosure in the matter of Committee for Justice & Fairness (CJF) v. Arizona.

The Court of Appeals, Division One ruled that CJF qualified as a political committee that must comply with Arizona’s political committee registration and disclosure requirements. Judge Lawrence Winthrop wrote the opinion (read it here) for the three judge panel.


Thinking about mailing in your early ballot?

August 9, 2014

Cincinnati, Ohio, residents captured this video of a U.S. postal worker discarding boxes of mail into a garbage dumpster earlier this week.

If you’d prefer to personally drop off your early ballot, the Secretary of State’s Office lists the contacts to each of Arizona’s County Recorders websites. Although there should be early voting locations with secure ballot drop boxes available through 7:00 pm on Election Day, not all counties had links advising of their locations.  Call your recorder and find out where you can securely deposit your early ballot. 

We have several options to have our voices heard. Mail-in ballots must be received at the Recorder’s office by Thursday, August 22. Primary Election Day is August 26. That is the day to vote in person at your assigned neighborhood polling place.

Real Clear Politics lists the various polling and projections with the full range of Republican candidates and how they would fare against the Democrat in the 2014 race for Arizona Governor.

 


Law enforcement agencies support AZ AG Tom Horne

August 7, 2014

Correctional Peace Officers and AZ Highway Patrol note AG’s accomplishments

Both the Correctional Peace Officers Association and the Arizona Highway Patrol Association have given their full support and endorsement to Attorney General Tom Horne in the upcoming Primary Election.

Horne has done a tremendous job restoring the Attorney General’s office to a frontline crime fighting agency. Whether it’s dismantling drug cartels, fighting human and underage sex trafficking, prosecuting identity thieves, or protecting women, children, and seniors, the office is far more effective and responsive now than when took it back for Republicans nearly four years ago.

In 2010, the Correctional Peace Officers Association endorsed Horne’s Democrat opponent. Although she’s running again, they have now given their unequivocal endorsement to Tom Horne’s re-election.

In the  organization’s letter of support, Kevin McClellan, Executive President, stated, “Among the solutions that Tom Horne has demonstrated as Attorney General, are partnering with other law enforcement agencies to take down drug cartels, increasing consumer protection, bringing in $2 billion to help Arizonans affected by the mortgage crisis, and serving as co-chair of the Coalition to Protect Arizona Children from Trafficking and pushing legislation for those who sell underage girls.”

In its endorsement, the Arizona Highway Patrol association’s President, Jimmy Chavez, stated “The Arizona Highway Patrol Association has had a long and positive working relationship with Tom Horne. Throughout his tenure as the Attorney General for the state of Arizona, as well as his service in the Arizona Legislature, Tom Horne has continually demonstrated his staunch support for public safety. The Arizona Highway Patrol Association has chosen to endorse Tom Horne in the Republican Primary for Arizona Attorney General.”

To see the both letters, click here. To contribute to AG Horne’s reelection, click here.


LD 25 Senate race’s clear choice: Vote Ralph Heap

August 6, 2014

Dr. Ralph Heap is the conservative choice —- Worsley’s history is colluding with liberals

Two candidates are running under the Republican banner for the single state senate seat in Mesa’s Legislative District 25. Although they both claim to be conservatives, the facts tell a different story.

The incumbent Bob Worsley has shown himself to be a Democrat collaborator who joined with five other AZ Senate Republicrats —- Adam Driggs, John McComish, Steve Pierce, Michele Reagan, and Rich Crandall —- and the unified Democrats.  Their betrayal resulted in passage  of the unconscionable and unsustainable Medicaid Expansion, a key element of Barack Obama’s signature health care scheme. 

In its endorsement of Worsley, the far-left Arizona Republic newspaper lavished praise on his deceit, calling him “one of six courageous lawmakers who bucked the party to do what was right for Arizona.” 

Challenging Worsley is Ralph Heap, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon.  His issues page tells the unequivocal story of where he stands on the matters of importance to the grassroots, Constitutional conservatives in the district. As a physician, he has a deep understanding of the myriad  problems connected with the multibillion expansion of Medicaid which his opponent recklessly and irresponsibly supported. Heap is pro-life, pro-Second Amendment and committed to limited government and lower taxes.

A tour of the Secretary of State’s public campaign finance reports tells where Worsley gets his support. His donor list is heavy with lobbyists, unionists, utility company, big pharma and health care execs. The pro-illegal labor Chamber of Commerce and immigration lawyers are contributors, along with a fair share of Democrats. It’s not much of a surprise to see  Cindy Hensley McCain’s Hensley/Anheuser-Busch Co. executives Robert Delgado and Doug Yonko among Worsley’s donors.

We first covered Bob Worsley in March 2012 with Worsley’s new pals at Periódico de la República de Arizona and then again in June 2012 with this post, Bob Worsley: Hypocrite-in-Chief.

Compare Dr. Ralph Heap’s informative website to the mumbo-jumbo dished by Worsley, who inanely declares, “We need to repair our image and heal the scars of divisive politics,” as he promotes his “vision” #ELEV8AZ which includes “more apples, more sunshine, more ethics, more music…less hatred and less government.” Considering that he irresponsibly supported massive government overreaches Worsley’s words are all the more shallow and glib.

Ralph Heap’s campaign is being out raised by the extremely wealthy and politically connected Worsley who founded Sky Mall. Heap’s donation site is here.

This election is crucial. Time is short.

H/T This post was written in response to an August 4th suggestion from commenter Barbara Parker. We wish to thank her for the nudge.


Reelect Tom Horne: The AG Arizonans can depend on

August 3, 2014

Tom Horne’s new TV ad clearly delineates the differences between conservative Attorney General Horne and his establishment recruited challenger. Watch it. Then check out Tom Horne’s campaign website to see his impressive list of conservative endorsements.

This page gives an in-depth analysis of Horne’s proven achievements on behalf of the citizens of the state of Arizona as our Attorney General. We need to return this quality man to office.

This telling PBS debate excerpt puts the incumbent AG and his challenger Mark Brnovich into sharp perspective, exposing the opponent as unprepared for office. Attorney General Tom Horne listed his accomplishments while in office, arguing that giving a promise is cheap, but you can tell best what someone will do from what they’ve actually done. His opponent proved that he was not prepared for the job of Attorney General, saying nothing about his achievements or what he plans to do if elected. He chose instead to attack Tom Horne.

At one point exasperated  moderator Ted Simon, asked the unprepared challenger: “Are you running to be Attorney General, or just against Tom Horne?”

Support Tom Horne in his reelection effort.


SRAZ’s first round of endorsements

July 21, 2014

Endorsements for statewide offices 

The crazy season is upon us again. Snail mail and email boxes are filled with messages either extolling the virtues of candidates or raking them over the coals  Some proudly declare the senders, others go to great lengths to conceal their Identities. Robocalls “reveal” disreputable candidates. Sometimes the candidates themselves plead with the call recipients not to believe the negatives being hurled at them. Scandal, real or manufactured, to coincide with the election, takes center stage. Regardless, early voting begins on schedule —- July 31, 2014.

Under the Words, IMPORTANT NOTICE, the Secretary of State’s Office provides three detailed lists of acceptable valid forms of identification required at the polls. Voting at your kitchen table? Rest assured no one will ask you to produce anything to ensure the ballot is being cast by an authorized voter.

The date of the Primary Election is August 26, 2014, seemingly contrived to keep late vacationers —- Republicans? —- away from the polls in the scorching Arizona summer. 

With this backdrop, we have prepared this statewide endorsement list for your perusal. Few will come as a shock to those who regularly read this site.  The overriding factors we considered revolve around adherence to Constitutional principles and protecting our great nation against invasion. As conservatives, we have previously expressed disappointment in the amnesty-leaning positions publicly taken by Republican incumbent members of the go-along-to-get-along congress, causing trust in them to wither.  A link is provided to each candidate’s website.

CONGRESS:

Dist 1: Adam Kwasman

Dist 2:  Chuck Wooten

Dist 3: Gabby Saucedo Mercer

Dist 4:  Paul Gosar

Dist 5:  Matt Salmon

Dist 6:  David Schweikert (no campaign site, no issues page)

Dist 7: No Republicans running

Dist 8: Trent Franks (no mention of illegal immigration on issues page)

Dist 9:

GOVERNOR:

Frank Riggs

SECRETARY Of STATE:

Wil Cardon

ATTORNEY GENERAL:

Tom Horne

STATE TREASURER:

Randy Pullen

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION:

Diane Douglas

STATE MINE INSPECTOR:

Joe Hart

CORPORATION COMMISSION:

Tom Forese

Doug Little


Americans join forces to push back against invasion

July 16, 2014

Amnesty politicians and dictatorial president need to hear America’s voice

Leo Hohmann of WND reports Hundreds of cities fight back against ‘invasion. His article includes a transcript clip from Tuesday’s Rush Limbaugh intro detailing stories about the successful pushback against the hordes of illegals taking place across America.

“Here’s what you do not know,” Limbaugh said.  “There are towns all over America standing up to this invasion, just like they did in Murrieta, California.  You’re not hearing about it, however, and I am here to tell you why you’re not hearing about it.  Westminster, Maryland, is a town standing up to it, just like Murrieta, California, did. Oracle, Arizona, is standing up to it.

“In Nebraska they’re going to stand up to it when they find out. The governor is fit to be tied,” Limbaugh continued.  “Upper Michigan, same thing. There are towns all over America standing up to this.  There are protests happening, but they’re not being covered.”

But the mother of all protests promises to be Friday and Saturday. It’s dubbed the National Day of Protesting Against Immigration Reform, Amnesty & Border Surge, and it’s gaining support by the hour, said William Gheen, president of the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC and one of 11 sponsors. The main organizers are ALIPAC, Overpasses For America and MakeThemListen.com, Gheen said.

“Right now it’s looking like we’ll have a little more than 300 protest rallies large and small across the country. Our goal is to unify Americans of all races, political parties and walks of life against the Obama-inspired illegal immigrant invasion,” Gheen said. “At last count we had 257 communities signed up, but that was two hours ago. We’re expecting more than 300 and updating the event list every two hours.”

Gheen said he’s hoping to send a message to “amnesty” politicians in both parties. He wants to counteract the recent surge of illegals at the southern border with a “surge” of his own.

“We’re hoping to get an American surge that will manifest in protests and the defeat of more Eric Cantor-type Republicans that still have GOP primaries and the Democrats in November that support Obama and his amnesty plans,” Gheen told WND.

ALIPAC includes a list of cities participating in the July 18 -19 national protest.

Get involved. Have you had enough of dictatorial governance by “a pen and a phone” bypassing the U.S. Constitution and congressional authority? Let your voice be heard. Our nation is eroding before our eyes. There won’t be an opportunity for a  “do-over.”


AZ AG Horne blasts ACLU for defending I.D. theft for illegals

July 15, 2014

Arizona Attorney General is working on behalf of the citizens of the state of AZ

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne recently issued a statement criticizing the American Civil Liberties Union for filing a lawsuit —- Puente Arizona —- against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and others, which would seek to render unconstitutional Arizona’s law creating the crime of aggravated identity theft for stealing another person’s identity for the purpose of obtaining employment.

Shockingly the radically leftwing ACLU wants to make an exception to the statute for those in the United States illegally.

Horne stated: “We have been working hard to fight identity theft, a serious problem in Arizona, and the idea that laws to fight this problem are unconstitutional is absurd.”

The Attorney General said, “My office works hand in hand with the Arizona Identity Theft Coalition, which is dedicated to creating public awareness about identity theft and training law enforcement officers on how best to respond to identity theft victims.”

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office’s role in the coalition is to promote cooperation among members, create and maintain training materials, outreach tools, and victim assistance services to better serve identity theft victims.

Help Tom Horne continue the crucial fight to protect Arizona’s citizens.

 


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