Websites indicate US Reps, Sens main money streams

November 22, 2014

D.C. lobbyists do the heavy lifting, saving home town folks the back aches

Most of us have ended up on congressional mailing lists. Issues large and small provoke the incessant emails warning of dire consequences unless we immediately cough up cash. The requests hit breakneck speed preceding elections and the release of quarterly reports, where a competitive showing is crucial to incumbents seeking reelection and desirous of quashing upstart challengers.

But how much do they actually need us? Are the home folks of either party the backbone of incumbent’s revenue streams?

As dedicated observers of the political scene, our interest was piqued as we stumbled onto MapLight, a newly launched site that promotes itself as “Revealing Money’s Influence on Politics.” Check out the golden links along the top of the home page.

There is an abundance of fascinating information here which we have just begun to examine. 

Among the items that provided a chuckle was this dual list (House and Senate) showing who gets the most money from the agricultural chemicals companies.

Who’da guessed John McCain, who is legendary for spreading manure, would be a top recipient of the fertilizer industry?

Take a minute to read the Research Guide and look into the navigation tools —- especially those that show the correlation between donations to politicians and the corresponding favorable votes they cast. It’s all there on “Contributions By Vote.” 

Money Near Votes” shows all contributions given within days, weeks, or months of a vote, and the effect of that dough on voting yes or no.

You’ll want to check out any House or Senate member here and see who their major donors are and how much they give. Incumbency pays well, which is why it’s so difficult to oust entrenched Washington players.

Another intriguing site revealing the political money trail is the Sunlight Foundation.  Its home page, Political Party Time, has this compelling intro:

“From the early hours of the morning until late in the evening, politicians are breaking bread and sipping cocktails with donors. Sunlight’s Party Time lets you know who’s fundraising and where.”

Not surprisingly, a good portion of the fundraising takes place in Washington, D.C.

 


GOP honcho Bruce Ash imitates threatening street thug

November 13, 2014

McSally promoting Ash menacingly calls for “kneecapping” Wooten supporters

When a conservative site such as Townhall goes after a Republican National Committeeman, it’s worthy of notice. This article provides the shocking details of the events leading up to the thuggish not-so-veiled threats issued by Tucson businessman and longtime activist Bruce Ash —- a man who should know better. 

The Arizona Daily Independent fills in the rest of the story, detailing that Ash actually called for violence against leading Southern Arizona afternoon drive time radio show host, James T. Harris.

The bad blood goes back to this year’s primary election when conservative Tea Party candidate Chuck Wooten ran in U.S. Congressional District  2, challenging GOP establishment candidate Martha McSally. The seat is currently held by Democrat Ron Barber. McSally won the primary and was the recipient of nearly $10 million in RNC funding. The general is still too close to call and will likely result in a recount.

Just days ago when Ash was a guest on Emil Franzi’s radio program, Ash called for violence against popular radio host James T. Harris and USAF Lt. Col (ret) Thomas Norris in the event that McSally once again loses the CD2  race.

Joanne Moudy writing for Townhall notes it all began when Franzi falsely accusing both men of supporting Barber (only Norris did so) and then jumping into a tirade about a hypothetical situation. “By the way, if McSally loses by less than 200 votes, I hope someone goes over there and hangs up a sign about Harris and that phony light Colonel (Norris) who was over there endorsing Barber.” In his best imitation of a street thug, Ash then suggested, “How about kneecapping the both of them…, which may happen….”

Listen to Arizona’s RNC National Committeeman Bruce Ash’s ill-advised words here. (Time mark 9:19)

McSally, who previously lost a close race to Barber in 2012, is a retired Air Force Colonel who was the first American woman to command a fighter squadron. She can well defend herself —- and in a more appropriate manner. As a Lt. Col. she sued the Department of Defense  successfully challenging the military policy that required U.S. servicewomen stationed in Saudi Arabia to wear the degrading Islamic body-covering abaya when traveling off base in the country.

Wooten responded saying “Ash needs to resign immediately —- because in the process of shredding virtually everyone in their path, particularly conservative Republicans who do not agree with them, they launched into a tirade that went really badly, really quickly. He is typical of the political thugs who have infiltrated what used to be a great political party.”


AZ Republic’s schoolyard bully tactics disgraceful

November 12, 2014

AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction election has been decided by statewide voters

It’s difficult to imagine that the accomplished winner of a statewide race could elicit such negatively, but the far-left Arizona Republic is flinging all the venom it can muster in the direction of Diane Douglas. Newly elected as state schools chief, the Rutgers University business/marketing grad and former President of the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board brings a wealth of knowledge and fresh vision to the job. 

The petulant daily newspaper attempts to marginalize her by repeatedly declaring her a “one issue” candidate. Unlike her liberal opponent who supports the federal overreach into America’s education system, Diane Douglas ran on opposing the scheme, echoing the views of citizens far and wide. Because of these views she warrants the multi-pronged and incessant whammies of columnist battering and editorial potshots. To the lefties at the newspaper, she is fair game.

Bottom line? Her ideas resonated with Arizona voters  She won.

The real problem for the newspaper is that Douglas is a conservative. Republicans took all of the state offices in the Nov. 4 election, but they are mostly tolerable to the left.

Conservative Diane Douglas has principles and determination mingled with a fair share of grit. But she doesn’t pass the leftwing Republic’s muster, so she is deemed worthy of a daily negative barrage of schoolyard-style bullying.

These embarrassing sore-losers passing themselves off as journalists deserve a corner seat with a pointed hat —- at the very least.


That gagging sound? Dem endorsing AZ Republic choking

November 9, 2014

Diane Douglas wins AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction race as final votes are tallied

After decades of watching its influence continue to wane, the daily newspaper still crows about its relevance when the exact opposite is the case.  The editorial board’s political endorsements, and repeated rehashes or “recaps” fell flat, with Republicans winning all statewide offices —- once again.  This substantive victory can’t be reduced to a fluke or simply part of the national wave of discontent aimed at Obama and his ilk, it is an echo of previous elections. Yet that doesn’t keep the remaining leftists still drawing paychecks despite massive and ongoing cutbacks, from hammering victorious conservatives.

Currently, the keyboard-armed hooligans are reeling over the triumph of Diane Douglas in the state Superintendent of Public Instruction race. Glibly describing Douglas as the “tea party candidate” in an attempt to marginalize her, the goons would have us believe she was an anomaly with no support, ignoring the endorsements of U.S. Reps. Trent Franks, Paul Gosar, Matt Salmon and David Schweikert and state Senate President Andy Biggs. Nationally syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, who has written extensively exposing Common Core, was an early Douglas supporter who also congratulated her on her primary victory

The harsh reality for the failing newspaper is that perennial Democrat candidates, wannabe-governor Terry Goddard, running for Secretary of State and Felecia Rotellini, trying yet again to win Attorney General, both lost —- big time. Jim Holway, one of their choices for the two open Corporation Commission seats didn’t make a blip on the election night radar, coming in dead last in a field of four. Now their focus is on the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The newspaper’s liberal heartstrings were plucked by leftist David Garcia, a committed Common Core educrat.

In order to explain away his defeat, the Arizona Republic engages in what it has crafted into a repetitive whammy art form. The tactic consists of editorials purporting to be news reports, actual editorials which berate and mock, and finally turning their snarling liberal columnists loose to gnaw at the dominant conservative.

None of it works. Arizonans have long been on to the charade. The newspaper is a farce. Regardless of its grinding angst, Republicans won again.

Though the Arizona Republic attempts to blame Democrat losses on “dark money” and outside spending, grassroots conservative Diane Douglas was wildly outspent by her Democrat opponent.  David Garcia had outside interests dump $802,000 into his campaign to Douglas’ $1,100, proving it was her anti-Common Core message, not his money that carried the day.

This Gallup Poll found that Americans prefer local school boards over implementation of the federal government’s Common Core scheme by a wide margin, 56% to 15%. Among those familiar with the federal overreach nearly a third say state government should have the greatest say on curriculum, opposing the federal program which wrests control from parents and local communities.

In 2012 Obama reminded Republicans he had won. Click here to see the best way to remind the Arizona Republic.


Maricopa County GOP Chairman A.J. LaFaro’s letter

November 7, 2014

In this open letter* to Arizona Republicans, Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) Chairman A.J. LaFaro announces his intention not to seek reelection to the post he has ably held for the past two years.  His strong, conservative leadership skills will be missed

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Finally…a race Vernon Parker might actually win

November 6, 2014

Vernon Parker has tossed his hat into several political rings, albeit for a nanosecond or two or with decidedly sour results. A former appointed mayor of Paradise Valley, Parker ran a strenuous weeklong campaign for Arizona Governor, before deciding to ditch that gig and run for congress in CD 9. That time he lost to radical leftist Kyrsten Sinema. Previously, Parker lost to problem-plagued, one-termer Ben Quayle. He even gave iffy consideration to running for AZ GOP state chairman. Each aspiration quickly vaporized or was stopped in its tracks. Along the way, Parker has had to fight more than simply ennui.

Now he announces, by way of this congratulatory missive to Legislative District 28 winners and losers alike, that he’s undertaking….hm-m poor turn of phrase there….embarking….on a new venture. 

This is one the perennial candidate can actually win.  It provides no opportunity for fundraising subterfuge, and requires neither signs nor mailers or even a campaign manager. This time it’s a straightforward leap into unsalaried altruism. Vernon Parker wants to lead Legislative District 28 as chairman. Though he’s also a McCain supporter, he couldn’t be any worse than the current chair who is rumored to give his morning devotions facing the McPenthouse near the corner of 24th Street and Camelback.

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Click letter to enlarge.


AZ election results, national embrace of GOP

November 5, 2014

Less than one-third —- 29.11% —- of Arizona voters managed to motivate themselves to vote, either by early mail-in ballots, or in person in Tuesday’s election. Despite the apathy in this decisive election, the votes were counted with the following results — Republicans are  shown in Red, Democrats in Blue, winners are in bold type. (I) indicates incumbent.

All statewide offices remain in the Republican column:

Governor: Doug Ducey

Secretary of State: Michele Reagan

Attorney General: Mark Brnovich

State Treasurer: Jeff DeWit

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Diane Douglas

State Mine Inspector: Joe Hart

Corporation Commissioners (2): Tom Forese, Doug Little

AZ Congressional races:

CD1:  Ann Kirkpatrick (I), Andy Tobin

CD2:  Martha McSally (R), Ron Barber (I) (McSally’s victory increases GOP delegation to 5)

CD3Raul Grijalva (I), Gabby Saucedo Mercer

CD4:  Paul Gosar (I), Mike Weisser

CD5:  Matt Salmon (I), James Woods

CD6:  David Schweikert (I), John Williamson

CD7:  Ruben Gallego, Other parties, no Republicans

CD8:  Trent Franks (I),

CD9:   Kyrsten Sinema (I),Wendy Rogers

 State House and Senate district results are available here.

Once again, Arizona voters have rejected liberal Terry Goddard’s efforts to emulate his single-term governor father, this time attempting to gain the office through the back door circuitous route often provided by the Secretary of State. 

Amid the statewide victories, comes the stellar news of Republicans picking up national governorships and taking control of the U.S. Senate, in a stunning repudiation of the failed Obama administration and its over-arching policies. In the House, the GOP won 246 seats, its largest majority since World War II.  Republicans have also swept state legislatures across the U.S.

Colorado, Iowa, Montana, South Dakota, Arkansas, West Virginia, and North Carolina have all moved from Democrat strongholds to the Republican column. Kansas and Georgia have held onto their contested seats. Still to be decided are Virginia, Alaska and Louisiana —- where a December runoff is scheduled.

As of Tuesday night, Obama had not issued a statement on this stinging snub. Unable to deal with the harsh reality of American voters venting their fury via the massive rejection of his disregard of the Constitution, Obama is off on another trip. He’s heading to China and Burma, with a side trip to Australia, where he’ll likely get in a few rounds of golf.


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