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.


Pay more for gas? Radical U.S. Chamber thinks you should

August 13, 2014

U.S. Chamber is not a benign business group, but a massive liberal entity

If you think the price of a fill-up at the local service station is steep, Thomas J. Donohue will not be your favorite guy. Donohue, the President and CEO of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, is concerned about the nation’s infrastructure. So much so, in fact, he’s written a piece titled, “Let’s pave the way for infrastructure funding,” in which he opines that it’s time to “raise the gas tax.”

The U.S. Chamber believes, he writes, that the simplest, most straightforward way to fix the Highway Trust Fund is to raise the gas tax, which hasn’t been done in nearly 20 years. A modest, phased-in increase —- plus indexing to inflation —- would shore up the fund. This proposal has gained the support of labor and key industries, including trucking and shipping. We believe that motorists could get behind it as well if Congress were serious about ensuring that the money goes to the most essential projects.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, says Donohue, is calling on Congress to seriously consider a long-term revenue solution this fall, with the goal of creating —-  and seizing —- the opportunity to act before year-end. Time is short and the consequences of inaction are high.

GasBuddy.com compiles and updates the lowest and highest per gallon prices in the Valley. Options include Regular, Midgrade, Premium and Diesel. Tracking prices over the past nine months, with a few peaks and valleys, the rise in the cost of a fill-up is unmistakable.

Displaying an immense disregard for Americans still struggling in a severely depressed economy, the Chamber is, in a platitude-laced screed, supportive of a continued flood of illegals to compete with American citizens for fewer jobs, advocating for earned “lawful status for the undocumented with no future bar to citizenship.”

In plain English that means the illegal labor profiteers desire a continued flood of low-cost labor, regardless of the consequences to American workers. In May, Donohue issued a threat and ultimatum to the Republican Party: Either pass amnesty or don’t bother fielding a presidential candidate in 2016.  Rick Moran covered Donahue’s blatant, partisan extremism for PJ Media.

The U.S. Chamber is also supportive of Common Core, Obama’s federal overreach into America’s education system, driven by a mindset that educational control via federal bureaucrats is preferable to state and local oversight guided by input from parents, teachers and neighborhood school boards.

And who knew the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a International Affairs Division ‘headquartered near the White House,” which “leads the business community’s efforts to shape global policy”? The division is headed by a guy with the unlikely name of Myron Brilliant. But then again, it is the brilliant and all-powerful OZ-like Chamber.


Islamic terror: U.S. must be prepared despite lack of leadership

August 11, 2014

Barack Obama is not one to let world crises get in the way of his vacation plans. Despite Islamic militants overrunning Iraq, taking control of one of the area’s largest dams and forcing religious minorities out of the city of Mosul under threat of conversion or death, the Obama’s arrived in Martha’s Vineyard as scheduled, where they and their entourage are luxuriating at a 17-room, $12 million home. Obama wasted no time in getting out to the links to indulge in his favorite pastime of golf with his pals.

As the leader of the free world, Obama’s narcissism is appalling. Americans are also foolishly disconnected, fuming over a news break that interrupted an inane TV program to announce the beginning of U.S. air strikes in Iraq against ISIS which the terrorists now want to be known simply as the Islamic State.

The 7,000+ miles that separate us from this hotbed of terror should not lull us into complacency. Young children —- future perpetrators of genocide —- are being trained in the Mideast as we anxiously await the networks prime time lineup for the coming season.

Even the relentless liberal lunacy of the AZ República’s Linda Valdez as she pushes for what she dishonestly refers to as “nonpartisan” primaries —- actually a re-christened “Top 2,” rejected by voters just two years ago —- fades to dark when juxtaposed against the savagery that has the “religion of peace” in its grasp and is moving forward with its plans for world domination.

Children are being groomed to be hate-filled, jihadist murderers for the Caliphate, the means of worldwide enforcement of Islamic Sharia law.  A father coaches his 7-year-old son, raised in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia to hold the severed head of a mutilated Syrian soldier, proudly declaring, “That’s my boy!” The UK’s Daily Mail has a full report.

Pay attention. In addition to the domination of the Middle East, including the total annihilation of the region’s sole democracy Israel, they have Europe, Australia, Asia and North America, including the United States in their sights.

We can no longer afford distractions and complacency. This San Diego ABC 10 News report, “Terrorist Group Setting Up Operations Near Border,” is from May 2011. Watch it.  The 7,000+ mile expanse is suddenly much closer to home. Also, check out “Hezbollah on our doorstep: Radical Muslims in border towns.”


LD 25 Senate race’s clear choice: Vote Ralph Heap

August 6, 2014

Dr. Ralph Heap is the conservative choice —- Worsley’s history is colluding with liberals

Two candidates are running under the Republican banner for the single state senate seat in Mesa’s Legislative District 25. Although they both claim to be conservatives, the facts tell a different story.

The incumbent Bob Worsley has shown himself to be a Democrat collaborator who joined with five other AZ Senate Republicrats —- Adam Driggs, John McComish, Steve Pierce, Michele Reagan, and Rich Crandall —- and the unified Democrats.  Their betrayal resulted in passage  of the unconscionable and unsustainable Medicaid Expansion, a key element of Barack Obama’s signature health care scheme. 

In its endorsement of Worsley, the far-left Arizona Republic newspaper lavished praise on his deceit, calling him “one of six courageous lawmakers who bucked the party to do what was right for Arizona.” 

Challenging Worsley is Ralph Heap, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon.  His issues page tells the unequivocal story of where he stands on the matters of importance to the grassroots, Constitutional conservatives in the district. As a physician, he has a deep understanding of the myriad  problems connected with the multibillion expansion of Medicaid which his opponent recklessly and irresponsibly supported. Heap is pro-life, pro-Second Amendment and committed to limited government and lower taxes.

A tour of the Secretary of State’s public campaign finance reports tells where Worsley gets his support. His donor list is heavy with lobbyists, unionists, utility company, big pharma and health care execs. The pro-illegal labor Chamber of Commerce and immigration lawyers are contributors, along with a fair share of Democrats. It’s not much of a surprise to see  Cindy Hensley McCain’s Hensley/Anheuser-Busch Co. executives Robert Delgado and Doug Yonko among Worsley’s donors.

We first covered Bob Worsley in March 2012 with Worsley’s new pals at Periódico de la República de Arizona and then again in June 2012 with this post, Bob Worsley: Hypocrite-in-Chief.

Compare Dr. Ralph Heap’s informative website to the mumbo-jumbo dished by Worsley, who inanely declares, “We need to repair our image and heal the scars of divisive politics,” as he promotes his “vision” #ELEV8AZ which includes “more apples, more sunshine, more ethics, more music…less hatred and less government.” Considering that he irresponsibly supported massive government overreaches Worsley’s words are all the more shallow and glib.

Ralph Heap’s campaign is being out raised by the extremely wealthy and politically connected Worsley who founded Sky Mall. Heap’s donation site is here.

This election is crucial. Time is short.

H/T This post was written in response to an August 4th suggestion from commenter Barbara Parker. We wish to thank her for the nudge.


John McCain, Jeff Flake working to aid invasion

July 27, 2014

AZ senate duo’s legislation encourages more illegals

 According to this account posted on Liberty News, Arizona’s poor excuses for U.S. Senators John McCain and his doppelganger Jeff Flake are actually about to begin heavily pushing a disastrous $100,000,000 bill that not only does nothing to secure the border, but actually makes it easier for more illegal aliens to flood our nation. Known as the “CREST ACT,” (‘‘Children Returning an Expedited and Safe Timeline Act’’) key provisions of the bill provide for the following: 

1) Initially allocates $100 million of our tax dollars.

2) Asserts acts that are already illegal are now illegal.

3) Makes it a federal crime to prohibit a DHS, HHS or BP bus from moving from point A to point B. (Correction to this assertion posted by Sara Noble on The Independent Sentinel)

4) Does absolutely nothing to secure the border and stop the invasion in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. These southern borders will remain wide open and the bill doesn’t address this.

5) Creates a communication channel between HHS and states about newly recommended facilities for housing illegal aliens.

6) Opens up U.S. facilities in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador for the purpose of processing illegal aliens on foreign soil.

7) Calls for 15,000 “refugees” from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to be processed on foreign soil and transported into the U.S. this year alone.

Refugees will be increased to 15,000 from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador combined (5,000 from each country.) We will go to these countries, pick out the would-be illegals, and fly them into our country at taxpayer expense.

Further, the bill authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to hire 100 new asylum officers to be placed in the Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations Directorate of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Care to take a guess how the words “refugee” and “asylum seekers” will transform this equation? Those illegals designated  as refugees will get IDs, an income, food, housing and a pathway to citizenship.

The entire bill can be read here.

This is absolutely mind-numbing. Liberty News’ Eric Odom correctly assesses “Barack Obama doesn’t even need to abuse his executive powers. John McCain and Jeff Flake are doing all of his dirty work for him.”

According to a recent press release from McCain’s office, the act addresses a growing “humanitarian crisis.” Don’t buy it.  This is a crisis all right, but the correct descriptive words to describe it are “illegal invasion.”  “Humanitarian” is a contrivance and deluding misnomer.


Gov. Perry’s bold border action: Left v. Right views

July 22, 2014

After it was announced that Texas Gov. Rick Perry was deploying 1,000 National Guard troops to his state’s southern border to provide much-needed security, the liberal Dallas Morning News ran with this headline, “Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s border sheriffs pan Perry’s plan to send National Guardsmen.” 

Perry described his decision as an imperative response to help U.S. Border Patrol agents overwhelmed by an estimated flood of 60,000 unaccompanied children from Central America who have arrived since October. With border security spread thin and distracted, drug cartels and human traffickers might push into a state where their crimes already have taken a toll, he said. At the current rate, the illegal arrivals, mainly from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and, of course, Mexico, are expected to reach 90,000 by fall.

This was the Drudge Report’s top-of-the-page take on Perry’s action:

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The Dallas newspaper’s VP and editorial page editor is the same Keven Ann Willey who set the leftwing tone of the Arizona Republic before her move to Texas a dozen+ years ago.

The time has come to deduct the costs of this invasion from the foreign aid cash-strapped American taxpayers are ponying up to send to these countries that hold the United States, our sovereignty, rule of law and generosity in utter disdain. In 2013, El Salvador got $27 million, Guatemala received $84 million, Honduras took in $52 million and Mexico put its hooks in us to the tune of $265 million. Check it out on this U.S. government Foreign Assistance website. Make sure you haven’t eaten before you move the cursor over the map. There is also a drop-down box to facilitate your search.


40 years ago today: U.S. Senator prophetically warned America

July 19, 2014

Conservative writer Susan Harris has written a masterful and must read article about the unheeded warning of John Porter East, a professor of political science and later an elected Senator representing North Carolina from 1981-1986  Make time for this dose of Sen. East‘s wisdom as he uncovered the bastions of liberalism that American universities had become and the aggressive means used to shut down conservative thought.

H/T D.C. Clothesline


America speaks: illegal immigration top problem

July 18, 2014

Americans citing illegal immigration as the top problem surges to 17% this month, up from 5% just a month ago

Those who repeatedly refer to the invasion of the United States as a “humanitarian crisis,” need to rethink their misplaced compassion and place it in context with the facts.

Laura Ingraham got it right when she defined this as “an invasion facilitated by our own government”  —- which we refer to as the “Obama regime.”

Our cultures are world’s apart from Mexico, Central and South America. As an example, on Thursday the South American country of Bolivia passed legislation allowing 10-year-olds to be able to work, and sets 12 as the minimum age for a child to work under contract. 

It’s estimated that 1 million Bolivian children work regularly, accounting for 15 percent of the workforce. They toil in factories, on farms and as street vendors, coca leaf pickers and porters at markets. One in three don’t attend school. Bolivia’s previous labor code permitted no exceptions to a minimum age of 14. The new measure was approved by Bolivia’s leftist President Evo Morales, a former trade union activist.

Americans are finally beginning to take notice of the long-lasting and negative impact of the influx of uneducated, impoverished and often diseased populations. The most recent Gallup poll identifies the issue this way: “With thousands of undocumented immigrant minors crossing the nation’s southern border in recent months, the percentage of Americans citing immigration as the top problem has surged to 17% this month, up from 5% in June, and the highest seen since 2006. As a result, immigration now virtually ties “dissatisfaction with government,” at 16%, as the primary issue Americans think of when asked to name the country’s top problem.”

Gallup, hardly considered a conservative leaning pollster, still acknowledges that when respondents were asked to say which party can better handle the issue, “the results are relatively positive for the Republicans.” This is similar to the Republicans’ positioning on this question in 2010, shortly before voters gave the GOP a sweeping victory in the midterm House elections. Republicans were also practically tied with Democrats in 1994 and 2002 —- both years when the GOP fared well in the midterms, Gallup concludes.

Conservative Dave Brat’s stunning 56 – 44 percent victory over amnesty-pushing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor should signal continuing good news in the upcoming congressional elections. Voters must vigilantly discern that those with an “R” after their name are the real deal.

Arizona conservatives, who have Republicrat agents of deception John McCain and Jeff Flake as U.S. Senators, can attest to the fact that the con is turned to high pitch during campaign season, only to have the amnesty proponents revert to their long-held open borders agenda, and collude with Democrats immediately after the ballots are counted.

 


Americans join forces to push back against invasion

July 16, 2014

Amnesty politicians and dictatorial president need to hear America’s voice

Leo Hohmann of WND reports Hundreds of cities fight back against ‘invasion. His article includes a transcript clip from Tuesday’s Rush Limbaugh intro detailing stories about the successful pushback against the hordes of illegals taking place across America.

“Here’s what you do not know,” Limbaugh said.  “There are towns all over America standing up to this invasion, just like they did in Murrieta, California.  You’re not hearing about it, however, and I am here to tell you why you’re not hearing about it.  Westminster, Maryland, is a town standing up to it, just like Murrieta, California, did. Oracle, Arizona, is standing up to it.

“In Nebraska they’re going to stand up to it when they find out. The governor is fit to be tied,” Limbaugh continued.  “Upper Michigan, same thing. There are towns all over America standing up to this.  There are protests happening, but they’re not being covered.”

But the mother of all protests promises to be Friday and Saturday. It’s dubbed the National Day of Protesting Against Immigration Reform, Amnesty & Border Surge, and it’s gaining support by the hour, said William Gheen, president of the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC and one of 11 sponsors. The main organizers are ALIPAC, Overpasses For America and MakeThemListen.com, Gheen said.

“Right now it’s looking like we’ll have a little more than 300 protest rallies large and small across the country. Our goal is to unify Americans of all races, political parties and walks of life against the Obama-inspired illegal immigrant invasion,” Gheen said. “At last count we had 257 communities signed up, but that was two hours ago. We’re expecting more than 300 and updating the event list every two hours.”

Gheen said he’s hoping to send a message to “amnesty” politicians in both parties. He wants to counteract the recent surge of illegals at the southern border with a “surge” of his own.

“We’re hoping to get an American surge that will manifest in protests and the defeat of more Eric Cantor-type Republicans that still have GOP primaries and the Democrats in November that support Obama and his amnesty plans,” Gheen told WND.

ALIPAC includes a list of cities participating in the July 18 -19 national protest.

Get involved. Have you had enough of dictatorial governance by “a pen and a phone” bypassing the U.S. Constitution and congressional authority? Let your voice be heard. Our nation is eroding before our eyes. There won’t be an opportunity for a  “do-over.”


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