SRAZ’s state legislative endorsements

July 31, 2014

Last week we provided our list of conservative endorsements in Arizona’s statewide races.

Today we’re looking at the state legislature.  Each legislative district has two House seats and one Senate seat. Districts with uncontested primaries or races with no actual conservative candidates, have been left blank.  There are also candidates for whom we have too little information to render an opinion.  You do not have to vote for two in the House if there is just one conservative candidate.

The overriding factors we considered revolve around adherence to conservative, Constitutional principles and protecting our great nation against invasion.

Early ballots will be mailed out today, July 31. The date of the Primary Election is August 26, 2014, when you can actually go to your polling place. Locate it here.

STATE HOUSE:                                STATE SENATE:  (bold type)  

LD1   Noel Campbell

LD2

LD3

LD4                                                     /Connie Uribe                                                             

LD5   Sonny Borrelli, Sam Medrano / Kelli Ward

LD6   Brenda Barton, Bob Thorpe /  Chester Crandell

LD7

LD8   Darla Dewald                   / Irene Littleton

LD9  

LD10                                             /  Mike Morrison

LD11   Mark Finchem, Vince Leach  / Steve Smith

LD12   Warren Petersen, Eddie Farnsworth / Andy Biggs

LD13   Darin Mitchell, Steve Montenegro / Don Shooter

LD14   David Stevens, David Gowan /  Gail Griffin

LD15   David Burnell Smith

LD16   Kelly Townsend, John Fillmore / David Farnsworth

LD17

LD18                                      / Tom Morrissey

LD19

LD20   Carl Seel / Kimberly Yee                             

LD21                                   / Rick Murphy

LD22   Phil Lovas, David Livingston / Judy Burges                

LD23   Michelle Ugenti, Jay Lawrence / John Kavanagh

LD24

LD25   Rusty Bowers, Jerry Walker / Ralph Heap

LD26

LD27

LD28

LD29   Aaron Borders

LD30                                  / Gary Cox


How badly do you want a taco?

July 30, 2014

Unsavory McCain alliances taint taco fest

Republicans in state Legislative District 28 are in a tough spot.  They have a choice between sending RINOs or a Democrat to the Arizona House of Representatives. Attempting to differentiate one from the other is a fool’s errand. The same holds true for the district’s state senator, immigration lawyer Adam Driggs.

To aid and abet the election of yet another RINO, Sen. Nancy Barto (LD 15) and Rep. Justin Olson (LD 25) are lending their names and presence to a “Meet and Greet” taco soiree on behalf of LD 28 House candidate Shawnna Bolick. Her coup establishment endorsers Jeff Flake and the ubiquitous Bill Montgomery are otherwise ocupado.

On her campaign website, Bolick contends “our legal immigration system has been broken for decades,” and “we must restore a work-based immigration system…..”

During her failed 2010 campaign Bolick had the endorsement of Doug McDucey, now a gubernatorial candidate and the fast food mogul Jason LeVecke, an illegal labor profiteer.

And the salsa on the frijoles? The festivities are at the Paradise Valley home of Bill and Debbie Cheatham. Republican insiders will remember Bill Cheatham as the McCain choice poised to topple Rob Haney as Maricopa County Republican chairman. But a conservative tsunami rocked the GOP 2011 meeting when conservative Haney, with a massive show of support, trounced Cheatham 1281 – 575

Shawnna Bolick was a prime supporter of Bill Cheatham’s, handing out anti-Haney fliers at that meeting.

On the taco invitation, which we’ve chosen not to post, Shawnna says she’s hosted many meet-and -greets throughout this election cycle, but she just “wants to see you once more.”

Here’s hoping she gets her wish.


Montgomery’s conflict of interest undergirds legal filing

July 29, 2014

The Arizona Daily Independent reports on the blatant conflict of interest exhibited by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery as he engages in campaigning for Attorney General Tom Horne’s challenger, Mark Brnovich  —- even as he uses the vast power of his office to personally target Horne.

According to the news account, sources are reporting that based on Montgomery’s relationship with Brnovich, a request for a restraining order will be filed by attorneys for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Although a video featuring a sincerely enthusiastic Montgomery has been removed from Brnovich’s campaign website, a statement of support remains on the candidate’s homepage.  

Given that Montgomery, who has become a close McCain and Kyl ally, was instrumental in recruiting Brnovich to challenge conservative Attorney General Tom Horne, his actions rise past the level of unseemliness.

Read more about the perspective temporary restraining order, permanent injunction pleading here.

Visit Tom Horne’s campaign website. Be sure to check out his impressive achievements while in office. Arizonans need this good man to continue his work on our behalf.


Ch. 3 debate producer disputes Brnovich’s claim

July 26, 2014

“Integrity” Mark Brnovich claims to possess takes a hike in favor of desperation, campaign expediency

From MCRC Briefs July 24:  AG Candidate Mark Brnovich’s July 21 Promo Statement ‘untrue’ that, “…Mr. Horne would not appear in the same room as us for the debate” for the Sunday night Attorney General candidate debate, according to the show producer.  

Sybil Hoffman, executive producer of the Channel 3 Sunday evening debate, said, “That is not true.”  Hoffman said that the station put the candidates in different rooms to video the debate. “Neither candidate asked for a separate room. The decision was entirely that of the station,” Hoffman said.  

Incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne also said that it was the station’s decision to video the candidates in separate rooms.

Included in Brnovich’s July 21 fundraising promo were these words he knew to be untrue: “We were disappointed that Mr. Horne would not appear in the same room as us for the debate, but we look forward to future opportunities to demonstrate to voters who is best suited to represent voters this November in the general election. Please take some time to watch the debate and decide who you want fighting for you and your conservative values in the Attorney General’s office.”

Engaging in outright deception when campaigning on “conservative values” is risky business.

Seeing Red AZ covered the debate highlights here.  Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is the conservative in this race. Mark Brnovich is the inept McEstablishment recruit.

 


Diane Douglas surging within days of early voting

July 23, 2014

Republic endorsement of Democrat a winner for GOP Douglas

Diane Douglas, conservative candidate for AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction is on a roll. First Douglas captured the attention and the endorsement of syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, who has devoted the past two years to exposing the massive education fraud known as Common Core. Malkin describes Diane Douglas as “principled, clear-thinking, and bold.”

As if on cue, this week’s edition of the Weekly Standard features a cover story by Andrew Ferguson detailing the “Rotten to the Common Core” scheme.

Arizonans have come to expect the leftwing radicals at the Arizona República newspaper to push their own agenda, which consists of itching to replace Republicans with liberal Democrats. The promotion of Obama’s favored takeover of local control, marginalizing parental involvement is right up their alley.

A case in point are the ridiculous side-by-side editorials which ran Tuesday. One, appropriately placed on the left, touts the “Dems’ No. 1 candidate for state schools chief.” The brass of the editorial board is so thick they even advise him to hire his primary opponent! Abutting that absurd spew is a mirror image editorial for the same office on the Republican side. This dog-bites-man endeavor actually declares the “GOP lacks a good choice.”   

To principled conservatives an endorsement from the leftist Arizona República would be a negative to run from.

We’ve been had by the now toxic Republicrat John Huppenthal, who is imploding before our very eyes. He ran as a conservative and ended up not only proudly announcing his statewide travels with Obama’s educrat czar Arne Duncan, but colluding with Gov. Brewer to flim -flam furious parents by deviously changing the name of the scheme, re-branding it “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards,” via this executive order.

Diane Douglas is a welcome face on the political horizon.  She is warmly received at appearances throughout the state. The Arizona Daily Independent titled its coverage, “Douglas takes Huppenthal to the mat during GOP AZ Superintendent of Instruction Debate.”

If you missed the recent debate, watch it here.

This new ad is inundating conservative talk radio in the days preceding the arrival of early ballots. Douglas is making tracks and clearly knows the issues.  She deserves our votes.


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


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.

 

 


Riggs mocked for staying fit, silence on Flake’s ego trip

July 19, 2014

“A tough guy for a tough job”

Gubernatorial candidate Frank Riggs’ latest campaign ad juxtaposes a few seconds of shots of the 62-year-old former U.S. Congressman working out as it lists his numerous credentials qualifying him for Arizona’s top office.

Leave it to the leftist Arizona Republic newspaper to use the ad to ridicule Riggs, in a bit of tripe titled, “I’m too sexy for my shirt.”

Riggs, also an army vet, a former police officer and a deputy sheriff, begins the pitch with “Arizona needs a strong governor,” and tags his commercial with “Sure it’s a tough job, and I’m just the guy to do it.”

Speaking himself rather than using a paid voice-over announcer, he says, “Big changes take hard work. As governor I’ll protect public safety….Finally secure our border….I’ll fight federal overreach and the Obamatization of Arizona ….by repealing Common Core on Day One and stopping Medicaid Expansion. And I’ll fix the state budget and get our economy growing again.  Sure it’s a tough job….and I’m just the guy to do it.

The same newspaper went silent in 2009 when then-congressman Jeff Flake, in his 40’s at the time, took a solo vacation on a deserted Pacific island with only his tripod and camera to keep him company. He sent shirtless photos of himself to the immediate world and got a pass.

We covered the preening Flake, when he didn’t cover himself —-  and the local newspaper looked the other way. The egocentric Flake even sent his pics to the liberal Washington Post. His shirtless adventure was covered in a Reason magazine piece cleverly titled, Rep. Jeff Flake goes on island vacation, catches crabs, and he milked his beefcaking on in this televised interview.

Hypocritical double standards exist at the amnesty pushing Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic). Republicrat Jeff Flake is solidly onboard with their leftwing agenda, so don’t look for objective reporting.


21 dead dogs inconsequential as Flake connection gets cover-up

July 17, 2014

Sen. Jeff Flake’s son and daughter-in-law, Austin and Logan Flake, in charge of kennel when heat related deaths occurred, not even worthy of mention in Arizona Republic

The Arizona Republic newspaper never ceases to amaze. The reliably left-wing disseminator of sap and pap does have a soft spot for a few Republicrats. Case in point?  Today’s coverage of the exhaustive search of the Gilbert kennel where 21 dogs died miserable heat-related deaths. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deputies have served search warrants and collected evidence in the ongoing investigation, including parts of the air conditioning unit and even sending tissue samples to the University of Arizona and the University of Michigan. 

The dogs, crammed in a small room overnight at the Green Acres Dog Boarding facility, were found June 20. Initially the home-based kennel owners Jesse Todd and Maleisa Hughes, who were out of town at the time the deaths occurred, lied to the pet owners about the circumstances surrounding the deaths of their family dogs, saying the dogs “ran away.” A veterinarian performing necropsies on the pets said the deaths were not inconsistent with suffocation, though further testing will be done to determine the exact cause.

 Sheriff Arpaio, whose affection for dogs is well known, created an Animal Crimes Investigations Unit over a decade ago and to this day, it remains one of the only units of its kind in existence inside a law enforcement agency. Here is the MCSO’s initial press release on this horrific crime and another unrelated case that occurred earlier this month. That man, responsible for the heat related death of his own one-year-old dog, has been arrested and booked into jail.

Today’s newspaper report fittingly continues to the back of the Valley and State section, just above the obituaries. 

Omitted entirely from the report is the fact that the animals were under the care of the Hughes’ daughter Logan and her husband, Austin Flake, the son of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake. The two not only have refused to talk to investigators, directing them to contact their lawyer, but they left town as soon as her parents, the kennel owners returned.

When the atrocious deaths were first reported, the Arizona Republic took to editorializing against Sheriff Arpaio with these words,”But Maricopa County’s flamboyant sheriff needs to focus on the facts, not the drama. This high-profile connection should not matter,” the editorial opines, “but it will raise public interest and attract enhanced scrutiny. Such are the wages of politics.”

It’s clear such are also “the wages” of a reporting shutdown on pertinent facts.

This is the FOX News raw interview footage with the arrogant Maleisa Hughes, who declared that the kennel provided “awesome care.”

Seeing Red AZ reported on the Republic’s biased coverage in this post: AZ Republic uses dead dogs to bash Arpaio, give pass to Flake. Obviously, nothing has changed.


Bolick exposes “Shameless self-promotion?”

July 14, 2014

In a “My Turn” column in the daily newspaper, the Goldwater Institute’s Clint Bolick engages in a virtuous-sounding charade, expressing outrage over mailers sent to constituents by members of congress using the franking privilege. (History and background of the practice dating to 1775 can be read in this Congressional Research Service report.)

Hypocrisy reigns in Bolick’s commentary, which aptly contains the words “Shameless self-promotion” in the title.  His wife, Shawnna Bolick, just happens to be running for a state House seat in Legislative District 28, and the publicly generated by his 2-page outrage is as good as a mailer without the costs incurred by postage —- the very issue he rails about.

The sub-header reads, “Fiscal conservatives should eliminate practice.”  In taking on the franking system, Bolick lobs a few shots at members of the Arizona Congressional delegation, naming GOP U.S. Reps. Matt Salmon and David Schweikert as offenders. He gratuitously throws radical leftist Kyrsten Sinema into the mix for an appearance of balance.

And what a surprise. The white-horsed rider in Bolick’s exemplar is none other than McCain doppelganger Jeff Flake, who coincidentally served as executive director of the Goldwater Institute from 1992 to 2000.  This is how Tracy Thomas former Goldwater Institute Chairman described Flake as he endorsed his senate opponent in 2012. It is Flake, alone, Bolick notes, who has repeatedly sponsored bills to rein in franking.

Can we expect Flake to sponsor a bill to rein in columnists with unique surnames from gaining free exposure for their candidate spouses? Not likely.  especially in the far-left Arizona Republic that cheerfully published two separate reports castigating Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio—- and written by none other than Clint Bolick. Both were printed simultaneously on the Goldwater site and have since been removed.

Clint Bolick and presidential aspirant Jeb Bush have co-authored a book which is founded on the notion of work-based visas “vastly expanded beyond the current numbers,” and a path to citizenship for guest workers and the so-called DREAMers. These unpopular models disregard the unchecked illegal invasion taking place in the United States and the massive unemployment among our own citizens.  Regardless of her campaign rhetoric, Shawnna Bolick’s agenda will surely mirror her husband’s. Watch him and listen closely.

Additional background is contained in these posts:

Dec. 3, 2008:  The Goldwater Institute did not issue biased report in a vacuum

Dec. 12, 2008:  A tale of two mavericks

May 22, 2009:  Clint and the Daily: Cozying it up in left field

March 6, 2010:  Shawnna Bolick and her friends

March 31, 2010:  Goldwater Institute, AZ Republic: A match made in heaven?


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