Bill Montgomery’s REAL(ly) strange friends

March 21, 2014

Republican pretenders blow their cover

A group calling itself theReal Arizona Coalition,” claims it is inclusive, broad-based and represented by a respected and multicultural array of the state’s community, faith and business leadership organizations. These people, we’re advised, represent many thousands of other individuals throughout Arizona.

It’s a pitch that sounds more like a threat than a promise. Then comes, what the used car salesman at the shoddy downtown lot calls the “big closer.” The Real Arizona Coalition’s “Real Solution,” it turns out, is the “SANE Approach to Federal Immigration Reform.”

The first clue is the hackneyed old saw that our immigration system is broken. In fact the system isn’t broken at all.  What has collapsed is the will of the political establishment to push back against the vast illegal invasion of our country. The group has every trite response, including repeatedly telling us “we need federal immigration reform for a 21st century economy.”

Worse is the Real Arizona Coalition’s admission that its goal is for Arizona’s Congressional delegation to support the SANE federal immigration platform that advances such an economy. Its intent is “to move beyond issues focused only on enforcement and toward solutions that address the underlying problems with our current immigration system, while respecting the historic and ongoing contributions of immigrants. The ability to obtain citizenship must be addressed by Congress with discernment and fairness, and we have great hope that our elected officials and the American people can find and support a reasonable solution — even if it means engaging in compromise.”

Still blinking?  Go ahead and read that doozy of a goal again. It’s worth remembering as you wade through the rhetoric that the deceptive premise is to engineer congressional action to gift American citizenship to those who disrespect our laws, march through our cities making demands and issuing threats, refuse to assimilate and promote Reconquista or re-conquering the Southwestern U.S. for Mexico in our public schools. Omitted are the vast array of negative impacts on our citizens in terms of the devastation of jobs lost to illegal workers, the high costs of providing benefits and combating increased crime.

Although this list consists of the usual cast of left-wingers —- Democrats, lukewarm Republicans, ethnic advocacy groups. and organizations including the Democrat Party, there are a few surprises in the form of Republican establishment types who deceptively campaign as conservatives. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, whose job it is to enforce the law, is keeping mighty strange company these days. For him and the others of his ilk to engage in a process that suborns the interests of their constituents to those of the lobbyists and party elites whose favor they hope to curry is beyond disappointing. Also tucked in among the horde of liberals are RINOs Kirk Adams, gubernatorial candidate Scott Smith, and Lucy Mason who is currently running as a team with Vernon Parker for two vacancies on the Arizona Corporation Commission. They are all ready to sell their souls to the McCain wing of the party to advance their own political aspirations.

It’s no secret the Congressional Republicans the Coalition is diligently recruiting intend to pull a fast one on voters who oppose amnesty. The plan is to delay a vote on an amnesty bill until after the deadline passes for primary challenges across the country. That allows Republican lawmakers whose constituents adamantly oppose these provisions to wait until there are no primary challengers —- and then vote against the voters’ interest.

Don’t be conned. The “Real Arizona Coalition” stands exposed as REAL(ly) extreme Arizona liberals, regardless of which political tags they opt to use.

AZ CD7: Race boils down to race — and sex

March 7, 2014

Democrats’ unseemly spectacle

Democrat U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor‘s recent announcement that he would not seek reelection has had an unexpected ripple effect on the political landscape. As the panoply of congressional candidates increases daily, so do the oddities. Not only is the district declared a democrat stronghold, but it also is the sole purview of Hispanics.

Another faction has declared the soon-to-be-vacant seat the purview of homosexuals. Kyrsten Sinema, a self-identified bisexual, as well as a radical leftist, was elected last cycle to represent the newly crafted CD 9. That district is not as safe a stronghold for Sinema as CD 7, causing her to strongly consider abandoning her current seat for Pastor’s. She previously switched parties from the now-decertified Green party to Democrat, so likely considered a district change not such a major shift.

That brought on a flurry of opposition from a group of 15 Hispanic self-appointed ‘leaders’ warning her to stay put and not invade their territory — or words to that effect. Here are a few of them sent Sinema‘s way:

As your friends, we feel compelled to directly tell you that the recent political rumblings and rumors having you switching congressional seats to run in Congressman Pastor’s seat, troubles us and the Latino community in general, greatly. Latinos represent 30 percent of the population in Maricopa County. In some areas within congressional district 7, the percentage of Latinos is much higher. Currently, there are several Latinos and Latinas who have declared themselves candidates to replace Congressman Pastor.

The candidates’ names are immaterial for this dialogue. What is important is that they are Latinas and Latinos.”

Democrat political consultant Mario Diaz, a signer of the letter was quoted as saying, “I just want to make sure that this playing field is fair and that the rules to the game aren’t changed in mid-stream, and Kyrsten Sinema coming over to this district with a million dollars in her purse really changes the rules of the game.”

Pressured to stay put in CD 9, Sinema has decided not to seek the seat being vacated by Pastor.

Race, which the integration movement of the 1950’s sought to make irrelevant, rears its head again. These days the issue is front and centered by the minorities themselves, building alliances against one another and seeking separatism.  Kate Gallego, a newly elected member of the Phoenix City Council was brutalized by black race baiters for being a  a “white sham candidate in brown face,” “an interloping political puppet,“ and “a power-hungry white…who not is openly campaigning as white.” Former councilman Calvin Goode wrote a despicable letter to the editor against her candidacy and advocating contrived raced-based districts.

Gallego won despite hateful allegations that her ethnicity would render her incapable of representing all of the citizens of the district. Her husband, state Rep. Ruben Gallego, an “authentic Hispanic,”  is now among those announcing their candidacy in CD 7.

To insure his viability in this peculiar race, State Sen. Steve Gallardo, quickly rushed to disclosed his homosexuality — a surprise to few. Rather than being a negative, such revelations burnish his appeal in the odd world of Democrat politics and will likely ensure him a warm spot in the heart of the homosexual promoting Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic).

Such is life on the left.

Open letter to AZ’s U.S. Reps. considering amnesty vote

January 29, 2014

The New York Times reports that U.S. House Republican leadership is “offering a broad framework for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws and will call this week for a path to legal status” for illegal aliens who have systematically invaded our nation, while blatantly disregarding our laws, borders and national sovereignty.

Here is our Open Letter to AZ House GOP’ers who are poised to feed us amnesty in what has been termed “piecemeal” fashion.

 Dear Arizona Republican Members of Congress:

You may be tempted to play the old, tired “Washington Word Game” with your constituents when it comes to the so-called “Statement of Principles” on alleged “Immigration Reform.”

Here’s one word of advice: Don’t!

Don’t try to tell us that the “piecemeal Amnesty strategy” that former McCain aide Rebecca Tallent and House GOP Leadership are trying to promote isn’t really Amnesty — we’re smarter than that!

Don’t try to tell us that this is a “thoughtful approach” that will bring common-sense reform; we know better!

Don’t expect us to believe that the Obama Administration, which even Speaker Boehner has accused of ignoring the law, will somehow decide to enforce the sanctions found in any new immigration laws.

But if you should succumb to this misguided, “bite sized McFlake Open Borders” vision of the future, and still expect our support at the ballot box…Don’t!!!


Arizona Conservative Voters

Achieving conservative goals requires fundamental change

January 21, 2014

On the heels of the overwhelming 1,150 – 351 vote to censure John McCain passed at the annual mandatory Maricopa County Republican meeting recently, and the similar rebuke of Lindsey Graham in South Carolina — comes this attention-piquing article on the need to change the “incentive structure” in Washington.

Matthew Boyle covers the South Carolina Tea Party Convention, zeroing in on remarks by U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) who said foundational changes to D.C. politics will be needed to achieve a conservative agenda.

“We must change the incentive structure in Washington,” he told roughly 500 attendees.

“You’ve got collusion between Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C.  They’re coming together and they’re making deals. You guys have probably heard of the Ryan-Murray budget deal? It does nothing to stop the $6.4 trillion that will be added to the debt over the next 10 years. Nothing. But everybody wants you to come in and vote for it,” he told the enthusiastic crowd.

Take time to read the rest of this post, which addresses the aggressive use of “outside group” vote scorecards to punish wayward Republicans. He mentions Heritage Action, which scores Jeff Flake a low 58% (just a bit above his McMentor, faltering at 43%) the Club for Growth, and the Senate Conservatives Fund.

“There’s nothing that politicians like less than these scorecards,” Bridenstine said. “Why? Because they’re being exposed.”

Although we agree with Rep. Bridenstine’s conclusions, we part company on the issue of Club for Growth, which brutalized principled conservative Arizona businessman Wil Cardon as he challenged establishment fav, then-Rep. Jeff Flake in a 2012 senate match-up. NumbersUSA also has an Immigration Report Card, rating each state’s delegation on this critical issue. We’ve got Arizona’s scores up for you. Not a single Arizona Republican congressman rates an “A.”

The Senate Conservatives Fund, a former 2012 Flake high dollar supporterdid an about-faceas it ran ads criticizing GOP lawmakers who opposed using the appropriations process to cut funding for Obamacare.  Flake was hammered in the worst possible way — by being compared to McCain(Watch the linked ad.)

Practiced liar Jeff Flake is definitely losing popularity, dragging bottom with a 30% approval rating as he emulates John McCain. In a front page assessment of Jeff Flake’s first year in the U.S. Senate, the Arizona Republic was forced to acknowledge that Arizona’s junior senator’s “moderate path over the past 12 months, has enraged his supporters and surprised his critics but also left him in the middle of an uncomfortable crossfire between the right and the left.”

Mark this as a rare occasion we can’t take issue with the daily newspaper.

GOP prioritizes amnesty, ignores American citizens

January 20, 2014

Recent Gallup polling indicates an overwhelming majority of Americans do not think immigration reform/amnesty is even close to a top priority for 2014. Only three percent of Americans think the issue is a priority requiring attention.

Amnesty lags well behind other issues such as jobs, the economy, heath care, dissatisfaction with Washington politicians, the debt and deficit, lack of money, ethics and moral issues, poverty, education and foreign aid.

Yet despite the fact that the majority of Americans oppose Congress or Barack Obama prioritizing amnesty issues, House Speaker John Boehner and House GOP leadership are giving the issues precedence.

Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, and Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan, and others are currently drafting piecemeal immigration “principles” that will ultimately recommend granting legal status to upward of 30 million illegal aliens in America, and massively increasing U.S. levels of legal immigration. These competitors for fewer jobs in a still soured economy are exactly what American citizens do not need.

Immigration issues only fit into the priorities of voters when they are viewed through the lens of how economically devastating amnesty and a subsequent massive increase in legal immigration would be to American workers —- issues that negatively affect jobs and the economy, which Gallup lists as two top priorities. 

On January 8, 16 House Republicans — led by Congressman Mo Brooks (Ala.) sent a letter to Obama, regarding the displacement of American workers if amnesty proposals succeed. Read the scathing letter on The Blaze.

Signers included Reps. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI), Lou Barletta (R-PA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Walter Jones (R-NC), Phil Gingrey (R-GA), Michele Bachmann (R-MN), John Fleming (R-LA), Steve King (R-IA), Ted Yoho (R-FL), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Steve Stockman (R-TX), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Jeff Duncan (R-SC).

 Disappointingly, not a single Republican member from the border state of Arizona saw fit to sign on. Their contact information is here if you’d like to ask why.

“Rapidly expanding unskilled immigration – at a time when factory work and blue-collar jobs are disappearing – would represent the final economic blow for millions of workers who have been struggling to gain an economic foothold,” the members wrote. “Yet, despite this jobs crisis for American workers, the White House continues to advocate that CEOs and business executives seek lower cost labor. The White House has entertained a parade of high-powered business executives to discuss immigration policy, all while shutting out the concerns of everyday wage-earners who overwhelmingly oppose these measures. You even released an economic report saying that the ‘hospitality and leisure industry’ needs ‘legislation that would legalize workers in the U.S. and facilitate the lawful employment of future foreign-born workers.’”

Read this shocking report in the Washington Examiner written by Byron York, detailing how American workers are being laid off by companies demanding “immigration reform” and the importation of cheap labor.

NumbersUSA cites the immigration plan outlined outlined by the New York Times as a horrible deal for the American people. The proposal would hand out millions of lifetime work permits, completely ignoring the needs of 20 million unemployed and underemployed Americans, and the terrible social cost of their joblessness. There appears to be no offsetting in the scheme; meaning the huge amnesty is not counterbalanced by cuts to other categories of immigration.

Sen. John McCain censured by AZ GOP elected officials

January 11, 2014

McCain subject of unprecedented embarrassment

At the annual mandatory meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Committee Saturday, a resolution censuring Sen. John McCain was overwhelmingly passed by the elected precinct committeemen (PCs) representing the county seat of Phoenix, and including numerous surrounding cities. See this complete listing of all the cities and map for a full picture of the size of the area encompassed by Maricopa County.

Committeemen representing the Republican voters are elected on primary ballots from the precincts within state legislative districts.

Other business included the election of County GOP officers and the passage of 14 resolutions by the assembled body.  There were 935 precinct committeemen in attendance and 711 by proxy. All of the resolutions passed by wide margins.*  The officers elected are Andrew Costanzo, Joseph Hobbs, Gary Johnson, Mike Richardson, and Ray Sweeney.

The vote to censure McCain passed overwhelmingly — 1,150 in support with only 351 opposed. Read the complete Resolution to Censure John McCain, including a list of grievances

Arizona’s entire Republican Congressional delegation attended the meeting. U.S. Reps. Paul Gosar, (CD-4); Matt Salmon, (CD-5); David Schweikert, (CD-6) and Trent Franks (CD-8) were warmly received by the committeemen. The Representatives gave rousing speeches that resonated with the PCs. As always, popular Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was greeted with loud cheers.

Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake did not attend.

*  Correction: Resolution #14 failed by 703 to 650.

Illegals: The misuse of scripture for political gain

December 28, 2013

Biblical translations misinterpreted by some evangelical clergy to advance amnesty

James Robb, Operations VP for NumbersUSA writes: “This is the time of year when many pro-amnesty advocates in the pulpit and the press misuse the Bible to try to advance their cause. This year, churchgoers are fortunate to have access to a much different explanation of scripture, thanks to the emergence of a group called Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration and to a fascinating panel recently sponsored by the Heritage Foundation to inform congressional staffers and the media.”

Do yourself a favor. Take time to read this enlightening and well referenced blog post, “Leading Evangelicals Show that Bible Has Been Misinterpreted,” and watch the panel presentation.

Then check out the Immigration Report Card Locator to see the grades members of the Arizona delegation have so far received. Background on the grading system is available here.

US Rep. Sinema: Ex-Greenie-turned-Dem saved by party switch

November 24, 2013

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett reports that the Green Party has been decertified in Arizona because it doesn’t have enough registered party members.  The group was also hampered by the fact that too few Greenies voted in last year’s presidential election.

To qualify for recognized party status, new parties must file 23,041 valid signatures with the Secretary of State by February 27, 2014. The Green Party is attempting to get recertified.

In a bold stroke of political opportunism, Kyrsten Sinema concocted the reconfiguration of herself as a radical Democrat —- facilitating her election to Congress in AZ CD-9 in 2012.

But a decade earlier, in 2002, Sinema lost her initial state legislative race as a Green Party candidate.  She finished in last place, receiving only 8% of the vote.  By 2004, as a newly constructed Democrat — Sinema, a close associate of Janet Napolitano — won a state legislative House seat in the former LD 15, by 37%.  Now she’s a far-left member of Congress.

Although she revels in her unconventional roles as the first openly bisexual and acknowledged atheist elected to the U.S. Congress, Kyrsten Sinema nonetheless became mainstream enough to gain the endorsement of the liberal Arizona Republic and skunk the CD-9 voters.

Her yearly “Cinco de Mayo greeting” in the Communist People’s Weekly World and foul mouthed descriptions of stay-at-home mothers apparently didn’t phase the Dems who dutifully marked the ballot for her.  Recently, transforming herself yet again,  she tried to separate herself from the Obamacare debacle by voting with the GOP.

Sinema will be up for reelection in the upcoming congressional mid-terms. Will the Democrats continue to pay so little attention?

AZ Dems Barber, Sinema join GOP majority to stall Obamacare

November 16, 2013

Votes indicate strong fear of vulnerability in 2014 elections

Thirty-nine U.S. House Democrats undercut Barack Obama and his centerpiece healthcare legislation Friday, helping the Republican majority pass a bill that allows a one-year reprieve for Americans to keep health plans that do not comply with the flawed and error plagued Obamacare.

The defections from members of Obama’s party highlighted the pressure on Congress to assist those who lost coverage because of the president’s obviously troubled signature law.

Here in Arizona, Democrat defectors voting for Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013 (H R 3350) were Ron Barber (CD-2) and Kyrsten Sinema (CD-9). Both are up for reelection and were reading the tea leaves of their districts. Their Dem seatmates Ann Kirkpatrick (CD-1), Raul Grijalva (CD-3) and Ed Pastor (CD-7) in safer districts held fast to the liberal line.

Republicans Matt Salmon (CD-5), David Schweikert (CD-6), and Trent Franks (CD-8) voted with the majority.  Paul Gosar (CD-4) who previously called Obamacare “fundamentally flawed,“ was mysteriously missing.

Despite a veto threat from Obama and objections from his sycophantic minions, the House passed the bill, 261 to 157. Click on the link to view the final roll call votes.

The concise one-page bill can be read here. Obamacare contains nearly 20,000 pages. Here it is wrapped in a red ribbon. No wonder Nancy Pelosi advocated on behalf of passing the bill so we could then find out what was in it.

CAP’s Cathi Herrod fed up with liars McCain, Flake

November 11, 2013

Over many years family-centered and faith-based Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod has curried a strong relationship with the state’s Republican senators and congressional delegation. Suddenly, her ire has erupted in this message of “deep disappointment and shock.“ The object of her wrath is none other than Arizona’s two U.S. Senators.

Read Senators McCain and Flake Break Their Promise to Arizona Voters. It’s definitely worth your time.

Herrod substantiates her shock with both McCain’s and Flake’s answers to CAP’s voter guide questionnaire regarding the so-called Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).  Both men gave assurances they would not support this legislation that “compromises our first freedom – to practice our faith, free from government interference.”

Herrod’s blog correctly states, “ENDA is a false bill of goods: while it claims to end discrimination, this bill in fact fosters discrimination against business owners and employers with sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Here are the senator’s voter guide surveys:

Senator John McCain’s 2010 survey (See question 10)

Senator Jeff Flake’s 2012 survey (See question 8 and note on page 2)

Will her ire dissipate as election time rolls around?  Herrod is a smart woman, a lawyer running a massive business enterprise.  She’s been around the political track long enough not to be considered naive.  What would make her think these two acknowledged duplicitous RINOs would be dependable? Yet she seems stunned that their pre-election assurances meant nothing once they were safely ensconced in those cushy offices along the Potomac as part of the Club of 100 senate elites.  It’s long been their modus operandi.  She must not have been paying attention.

Here’s a pre-campaign memory refresher on amnesty-supporter John McCain. And Jeff Flake? He began by reneging on his term limits pledge, smirking as he admitted, “I lied.” Then the AZ Republic came editorially unglued when he backtracked his amnesty commitment —- until the votes were counted.

Those are six-year terms. They hope that by the time they need our votes again, we will forget this deception. Will you? Will Cathi Herrod?


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