McCain backtracks on amnesty & it’s not even 2016

August 24, 2014

Trust the untrustworthy McCain at your own peril

Under the headline, “McCain retreats on immigration reform,” the daily runs this report and video clip from McCain’s interview with Brahm Resnik on KPNX 12 News’ Sunday Square Off,* which aired this morning at 8 a.m. 

The entire Sunday Square off show can be viewed here.

McCain was interviewed on the growing ISIS threat, in which he also bears culpability. Check out the deplorable photos under the link. They were posted on GOP the Daily Dose and show McCain secretly meeting last year with the head of ISIS and those he called “brave fighters risking their lives for freedom.”

Resnik: Let’s move to immigration real quick. I heard you on the radio the other day saying, “There’s no reform now, immigration reform, without complete control of the border. Have you stepped back from where you were a year ago?”

McCain: “We need to assure the American people that the border is secure.  People in AZ are so cynical about the promises that have been made about a secure border.  Doing the right things and spending the right money, we can have a 90 percent effective control of the  border within two years.”

Resnik: “So that comes first?”

McCain: “I think it’s going to have to.”

Resnik: “So this changes the discussion?”

McCain: “To a certain degree.”

 *Channel 12 and the Arizona Republic, both Gannett enterprises, are housed in the same building.


Huppenthal requests $1million to “embrace” illegal kids

August 22, 2014

John Huppenthal, the wildly erratic state superintendent of public instruction, is requesting the federal government pony up $1 million for educating the illegal alien children being housed in Arizona. They are among the tens of thousands who have flooded into the United States from Central America.

On Wednesday, Huppenthal sent this letter to Obama’s education secretary Arne Duncan asking for the financial aid, which he calculates at the rate of 202 students x $5,082 per student.

“We want to be positioned to do the best job we can to embrace those children,” he said during a press conference. “But, at the same time, we want to send a notice out that we expect to be compensated for those students.”

Huppenthal, who previously claimed conservative credentials as a candidate, has cozied up to Obama’s educrat point man Arne Duncan. This press release from Huppenthal was from chummier times as the alleged Republican trumpeted the fact that he was escorting liberal Duncan around the state.

Instead of doing the job he was elected to do, Huppenthal has spent a great deal of his taxpayer paid work time posting anonymous, insulting comments on blogs —- including Seeing Red AZ —- first denying his actions and then giving a tearful apologetic press conference. Watch the CBS TV 5 coverage in which he admitted his actions.

Now, rather than protecting Arizona’s Constitutional requirement for local control of our district schools, Huppenthal is shamefully pushing policies intended to cede control of every facet of our education system to federal bureaucrats as he promotes the disastrous federal overreach once known as Common Core. Hoping Arizona’s citizens wouldn’t notice, Huppenthal and Gov. Jan Brewer conspired to rename the unpopular federal overreach which suddenly morphed into “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards.”

Conservative syndicated columnist, Michelle Malkin who has devoted the past two years to sounding the alarm on Common Core, supports Diane Douglas in Tuesday’s primary election. Read her endorsement.


Blatantly false claims against AG Horne disproved

August 20, 2014

Falsehoods misrepresented as fact in widely distributed emails

Many of us are recipients of a quasi-blog publication to which none of us have subscribed and there is no comment section.  Still we mysteriously receive it and its often skewed version of facts, constructed to promote a specific political agenda and sent out under the improbable name of “azstatesmen.”  The messages are reposted on a another well-read Arizona blog.

Just days ago the emailed message was titled “Tom Horne refuses to enter gay marriage debate.” The writers accuse Arizona’s conservative Attorney General of  “refusing to file a brief in court defending traditional marriage.” The dishonest contrivance continues with the assertion that “Horne is a RINO on everything except illegal immigration, and even there he’s a Johnny-come-lately who has been barely active.”

These dishonest smears cannot stand.

Fortunately, Frosty Taylor, a retired but still working journalist, with standards galore is in charge of the Maricopa County Republican Committee MCRC Briefs —- sent out on a daily basis. Frosty is relied upon as a steadfast beacon of integrity.

Take a few minutes to read the truth as posted on (MCRC) Briefs and available here, where the links indisputably clarify the issue:

Setting the Record Straight: Tom Horne Refutes Allegations that he “refuses to enter gay marriage debate,” as circulated by American Post-Gazette this week: “This is total fabrication,” Horne said. “There are two challenges in Federal District Court as to Arizona’s constitutional provision that marriage is between a man and a woman and I am defending both of them. In one, I have filed a pleading in which you can read our arguments in favor of the constitutionality of Arizona’s prohibition of same-sex marriages.

See http://www.electtomhorne.com/traditionalmarriage/  There is a case to which the state was not a party dealing with a divorce.  We recently received notice of that because the constitutionality of the provision is an issue, and we decided to intervene to defend the constitutionality of Arizona’s prohibition of gay marriage.  We never refused to intervene, and in fact, decided that we would intervene.

In the Hawaii case they refer to, the Court said, at paragraph 15: “The question before this Court is not whether the State of Arizona allows same-sex marriage or divorce, but whether the laws of the State of Arizona allow a marriage, lawfully entered into in another state, between two persons the foreign state formally recognized at the time of the marriage as male and female, to be dissolved.”   “Where ever the constitutionality of the ban on same-sex marriage has been at issue, I have actively defended Arizona’s ban. The Post-Gazette story is a malicious lie, as you can verify by reading the pleading at http://www.electtomhorne.com/traditionalmarriage/. Then click on http://www.electtomhorne.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Connolly-59-DF-Response-to-MSJ-1.pdf 

Seeing Red AZ addresses the allegation that Attorney General Horne is a “Johnny-come-lately” to immigration issues. Read Chaos erupts over TUSD’s review of ethnic studies program. Horne was out in front and taking heat for his strong pro-American views during his two terms as AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction from 2003 to 2011. He was even burned in effigy by his illegal supporting detractors. As Attorney General so-called DREAMers protested outside his office after he sued a Phoenix-area community college to stop it from charging in-state tuition to illegals. 

Facts are pesky things.  They can be substantiated. Deliberate deception does more harm to the messenger than the one being maligned.

 


Billionaire elephant slayer picks pachyderm to assist

August 19, 2014

Christine Jones’ benefactor ginning up her campaign war chest

As primary election campaigns slide into the final stretch, the governor’s race gets more pedal to the metal in the form of a mega amount of hard cash being infused into the gubernatorial coffers of Republican hopeful Christine Jones.

GoDaddy.com founder Bob Parsons, who sold his company for a cool $2.25 billion in July 2011, added yet another $1 million into an effort to help Jones, his company’s former corporate lawyer. She hasn’t been a piker, either. Jones donated $758,000. to her own campaign on Aug. 12.

Parsons, a controversial elephant killer, made the hefty donation to Better Leaders for Arizona, an independent campaign committee that supports Jones while zoning in on attacking another contender, Doug Ducey. The GOP primary is heavy with candidates: Ken Bennett, Doug Ducey, Frank Riggs, Scott Smith, Andrew Thomas, and Jones are all vying for the state’s top job. State Sen. Al Melvin dropped out June 23, after being unable to gain traction.


Below-the-belt politics? Nathan Sproul lurks nearby

August 18, 2014

The side-by-side signs are head turners. Appearing on street corners around the Valley, they could be the source of whiplash for many driving by. They are also the source of disgust, since they exemplify politics at its worst.

So who would be behind the reprehensible signs slamming two Republican candidates for the office of state treasurer? The reasonable assumption would be a political rival of the opposing party. Then we remember, the upcoming election is the primary. The only challengers at this point are within the same political party.

Given the circumstances, it doesn’t take long for the name Nathan Sproul to emerge.

Sproul, the former executive director of both the Arizona Christian Coalition and the Arizona Republican Party, eventually opened Sproul & Associates, a political consulting firm. After the his name became toxic he switched to the more reputable sounding Lincoln Strategy Group, but the sliminess remained. Sproul is a pro-amnesty McCain ally who, among his other notorious schemes, has previously defended a tawdry independent expenditure campaign as a “battle for the heart and soul of the Republican party.”

In this latest despicable venture into the intra-party primary, Open Secrets reveals Sproul has teamed with Tucson auto dealer and high-dollar McCain donor and bundler, Jim Click, to form the high-minded sounding “Preserve America’s Future.” The two are listed as top contributors, with political operative Sproul running the show, and registered with the AZ Secretary of State’s Office on Aug. 7.

Nathan Sproul is listed on competing GOP treasurer candidate Hugh Hallman’s campaign website as one of his supporters, on a list that looks like a Who‘s Who in McCainville, with a few surprises thrown in. Connect the dots. As this post points out the link is always McCain.

Sproul is far more than merely a supporter. He actually recruited Hallman.

The daily covers the sleazy tactics Sproul has employed to aid Republicrat Hugh Hallman’s desperate campaign, using distortions and outright lies about both the exceptionally well-qualified Randy Pullen, whom we have endorsed, and Jeff DeWit. Neither man should be subjected to these squalid tactics.

Sproul is quoted as saying his committee will disclose its donors during the next reporting period. The next campaign finance reports are due Aug 22, just 4 days before the Aug. 26, Primary election.

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Libertarian spoilers in key GOP senate races

August 15, 2014

As Americans who are paying attention are all too aware, it is imperative for the GOP to regain control of the U.S. Senate. With Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid playing hand-in-glove with a president who disregards congress as irrelevant and has repeatedly made good on his vow to use the power of executive actions to bypass the Republican-controlled House, the urgency of winning the midterm senatorial elections is undeniable 

But Republicans face a substantial problem, and it isn’t coming from the left. Game-playing Libertarians present a new wild card, with the potential of gumming up these vital elections by siphoning votes in crucial races from Republican candidates.

A key 2014 race is in New Hampshire, where Libertarian candidate Gardner Goldsmith is complicating Republican former senator Scott Brown’s bid to unseat Democrat incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Brown trails Shaheen by 10 percentage points (42 – 52) with Goldsmith taking 2 points and 9 percent of voters still undecided, according to most recent polling.

Although Goldsmith’s 2 percentage points might appear too small to decide the race, politicos contend New Hampshire voters have a history of supporting independent candidates, which means that Goldsmith could take a hefty chunk of the undecided vote and decisively block any hope of a Brown victory.

North Carolina is also dealing with a Libertarian spoiler. Sean Haugh a perennial candidate, open-borders supporter and pizza delivery guy is attempting to throw ice water on Republican plans to defeat Sen. Kay Hagan, considered one of the most vulnerable Democrat incumbent senators.

This Aug. 7, 2014 Rasmussen survey shows Thom Tillis edging Hagan 45-to-40 percent, with Haugh taking 6 percent of the vote, though other polls show Haugh hitting 11 percent. The odds of the Libertarian winning are nil, but his ability to botch the election is formidable. Those odds increase should he qualify for the senatorial debate series which begin Sept. 3. 

The Libertarian Party goes to great lengths to mask its spoiler image, oddly claiming it has broader appeal.  “Gay marriage, less taxes, there’s overlap there,” Libertarian Party President Wes Benedict recently claimed in a Fox news report. “From a marketing perspective, we want to distinguish ourselves from Democrats and Republicans. But we do want to attract voters from both sides,” he admits.

This Washington Post July report provides an overview of Libertarian efforts to swing control of the U.S. Senate away from the GOP.

Here in Arizona, Sen. Jeff Flake and Attorney General challenger Mark Brnovich run as Republicans but have roots deep in Libertarian soil. Both have worked for the Libertarian — not Republican — Goldwater Institute.  It should come as no surprise that Flake supports Brnovich’s candidacy.


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.


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