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.


Election goal? Informed voters or larger turnout

August 17, 2014

LA considers lottery-style incentives

As we are all too aware by the flyers flooding our mailboxes, candidate’s pleas in our email, robocalls filling our answering machines or interrupting meals and the increasingly vitriolic commercials assaulting us when we switch on the TV, election season is upon us.

Most of us have a love/hate relationship with the flood of information and all too often, misinformation that pummels us. We want to be informed as we cast our ballots. Most importantly, we want truth upon which to base our decisions. Those we elect affect our future and those of our children, in countless ways. It takes commitment to plow through the rhetoric to make an informed decision.

Too many citizens complain they have busy lives and haven’t the time to inspect each candidate’s website and filter through the talking points, often written by a consultant. But how fortunate we Americans are to be able to arm ourselves with information and cast our ballots, when so few around the globe have that grand option.

Yet apathy reigns. Voter turnout is notoriously low. According to the AZ Secretary of State, the 2012 Primary Election the total voter turnout was a mere 28.09 percent.

To address the problem, the misnamed Los Angeles “Ethics Commission” voted 3-0 on Thursday to recommend that the City Council look at offering cash prizes to lure a greater number of people to the polls. The panel wants the City Council’s Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee to seriously consider the use of financial incentives and a random drawing during its elections, possibly as soon as next year. And they are not considering chump change to get the voters motivated.  “Maybe it’s $25,000, maybe it’s $50,000,” according to the Commission President. “That’s where the pilot program comes in —- to figure out what … number and amount of prizes would actually get people to the voting box,” he said.

The concept of encouraging the uninformed to cast ballots based on the potential for a cash prize, would have horrified our nation’s founders. It should equally horrify us.

The Los Angeles Times carries the disturbing report


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.


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.


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.


Brewer’s unseemly primary endorsement aims to remove Montenegro

August 4, 2014

The Arizona Daily Independent substantiates the foul rumors that have become increasing rife concerning Gov. Jan Brewer’s plunge into the roiling waters of the Legislative District 13 Republican primary.

Following the template set by her mentor John McCain and his endorsement-happy buddy Bill Montgomery, Brewer is immersing herself in an unseemly pre-primary endorsement that reeks of retribution against conservative incumbent state Representative Steve Montenegro.

When Brewer ramrodded the late-night Medicaid Expansion (H.B. 2010) in June 2013, Montenegro criticized the maneuver, calling the governor’s move “disrespectful.

The Independent reports “Brewer has secured donations from the healthcare providers who stand to gain economically from her expansion. Through her PAC, she is directing money to be spent against fellow Republicans like Montenegro.”

It’s more than an odd coincidence that lame-duck Brewer is enamored with first-time candidate Diane Landis, declaring she “understands the needs of this very diverse district.” As she throws her “enthusiastic support” Landis’ way, it’s well to remember that Landis approaches the illegal invasion that has reached crisis proportions in our state, with these words: “Arizona needs a well-defined, manageable, and appropriate legal guest worker program, that has nothing to do with citizenship or a pathway to citizenship.”

With this statement Landis displays her abysmal disconnect regarding the fact that those who disregard our laws will be disinclined to be “guest workers” who will then placidly return home when the job is completed.

Rep. Steve Montenegro is a legal immigrant from El Salvador. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University with a B.S. in Political Science. He also had the temerity to call out Brewer on her unconscionable and unsustainable Medicaid Expansion, the passage of which was aided by nine House and six Senate Republicrats* who traitorously voted with the Arizona Democrats to pass this key element of Barack Obama’s signature health care scheme.  For Montenegro’s outspoken opposition to OBrewercare, Brewer shamefully spends her final days in office throwing political missiles his way.

Check out SRAZ’s state legislative endorsements which also provides a link to our statewide selections  We stand in solid support of conservative state Rep. Steve Montenegro.

*Senate: Adam Driggs, John McComish, Steve Pierce, Michele Reagan, Bob Worsley and Rich Crandall.

  House: Kate Brophy McGee, Heather Carter, Ethan Orr, Bob Robson, Doug Coleman, Jeff Dial, T.J. Shope, Doris Goodale and Frank Pratt.


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.


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.

 


Obama destabilizes America by colluding with, bankrolling churches

July 13, 2014

Catholic and Baptist churches being bankrolled by HHS

Liberty News reports on the alarming findings that the Obama administration was bankrolling America’s churches back in 2010. The tens of millions were flowing in to prepare for the invasion currently underway.

We urge you to make time to read the shocking report titled, EXCLUSIVE: HHS Bankrolled Catholic and Baptist Church from 2010 to 2013 to Prepare for Obama’s 2014 Invasion!

The following information is lifted in its entirety from the report:

Between Dec. 2010 and Nov. 2013, the Catholic Charities Diocese of Galveston received $15,549,078 in federal grants from Health & Human Services for “Unaccompanied Alien Children Project” with a program description of “Refugee and Entry Assistance.”

Last year, the Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth received $350,000 from Department of Homeland Security for “citizenship and education training” with a program description of “citizenship and immigration services.”

Between September 2010 and September 2013, the Catholic Charities of Dallas received $823,658 from the Department of Homeland Security for “Citizenship Education Training” for “refugee and entrant assistance.”

From Decrmber 2012 to January 2014, Baptist Child & Family Services received $62,111,126 in federal grants from Health & Human Services for “Unaccompanied Alien Children Program.”

Documentation regarding the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) Project, compiled by the University of Texas at El Paso, can be read here. And, yes, Phoenix is mentioned. Along with the Rio Grande Valley. Texas, we are noted on page 15 as having “the most shelter beds based on DHS request.”


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