AZ Republic heading for last roundup

September 13, 2014

Still trying to scalp readers as it rides off to the sunset

Raw evidence that the carcass of the extreme leftwing Arizona Republic is heaving its last breaths comes by way of the news of further pink slips amid what is cunningly referred to as “operational streamlining” involving approximately a dozen positions —- this time.

Newsroom positions will be renamed and employees will be subject to the humiliation of reapplying for their current jobs. As new hires, benefits will likely be delayed until a probationary period has passed, factoring in a cost savings to the newspaper and leaving any “rehired” employees in limbo.

The failing newspaper, rife with seemingly endless layoffs, cutbacks and increasing reliance on students from ASU’s liberal Cronkite School of Journalism, recently informed nearly two dozen community reporters they would need to work from their laptops at Starbucks and McDonald’s — which supply free WiFi — and consider their cars to be their offices.

As the newspaper’s brass pushes its reporters onto the streets, the subscription rates have just skyrocketed nearly ten dollars a month. Quite a deal if you enjoy having your intelligence routinely insulted and being relentlessly deluged with open borders and same sex issues.

Given its propensities, the future of the local Gannett holding has grown ever more bleak. We recently noted the “separation” of fading print assets from its broadcast and digital businesses. Gannett, which operates 82 daily publications including USA Today, is the parent company of that fattening agent of the anorexic pages of the Arizona Republic —- often referred to on this site as the Periódico de la República de Arizona, for its relentless pro-amnesty positions. It also owns KPNX-TV 12, the NBC affiliate in Phoenix. The mirror-image local entities have been housed in the same building since 2010.

Jim Romenesko details Gannett’s 16 job descriptions and salary ranges under the “Newsroom of the Future” parameter.  He writes, “each newsroom employee at each Gannett property must be in one of these positions. They are all digital-centric and aligned with Gannett’s new “Picasso” initiative, in which journalism is driven solely by metrics and journalists are expected to be marketers and ‘community connectors.’”

Unbiased reporting doesn’t exist at the Arizona Republic. The entire newspaper reeks editorial content. If you’re actually seeking untainted news, you’ve gone to the wrong place. And now you’ll have to shell out close to ten more bills each month for the insult.


John McCain suffers major memory lapse

September 7, 2014

John McCain has previously been the object of scorn and in larger numbers

In a collection of recent tweets from the past week, the daily newspaper has this gem from Arizona’s senior senator:

“First I was sanctioned by Vladimir Putin, then #ISIS labeled me “the enemy,” now Fidel Castro! Who’s next?!”

In an obvious memory lapse, McCain appears to have forgotten a “sanction” or two that preceded them all. Right here in Arizona, a state he visits infrequently, McCain was more than sanctioned. He was repeatedly censured by elected members of the party he claims to represent.

This past January elected GOP state committeemen representing Republican voters throughout Arizona assembled at their annual Statutory Meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party and voted overwhelming to censure McCain.

That vote came on the heels of a similar vote of censure by the Maricopa County Republican elected precinct committeemen. In a stern rebuke of his increasingly liberal positions and abandoning the Republican platform to join with Democrats on significant issues, the vote to censure McCain passed overwhelmingly — 1,150 in support with only 351 opposed. The ‘Resolution to Censure Sen. John McCain’ can be read here.

Other counties statewide joined Maricopa in expressing deep dissatisfaction with McCain. Apache, Cochise, Gila, Mohave and Santa Cruz counties all passed Censure Resolutions.

When it comes to dissatisfaction with McCain, no one knows him better than those he has repeatedly deceived for the past three+ decades. Arizonan Republicans were first in line imposing sanctions on John McCain by way of repeated censures.

Since the word ‘sanction’ has two distinct —– and opposite meanings —- the often confused McCain could mean he has the explicit or official approval of Putin, ISIS and Castro, rather than their attempts to limit him. Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s description of the word ‘sanction’ can be read here.


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.


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