Diane Douglas scores huge win opposing Common Core

September 2, 2014

AZ voters overwhelmingly reject federal education takeover

Arizona’s runaway winner in last Tuesday’s Primary Election was state Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate, Diane Douglas. The Republican’s landslide victory was one of the first races called on election night as she handily trounced incumbent John Huppenthal in a 58 to 41 stunning upset.

We all watched as Huppenthal imploded after first denying, then in the face of irrefutable evidence, being forced to admit, his bizarre postings on Arizona blogs —- including Seeing Red AZ. (KPHO-TV 5 video link). He lost decisively —- in the face of cozying up to Obama’s educrat point man Arne Duncan, oddly trumpeting the fact that he was escorting the liberal Duncan on a statewide tour.

The key point is that Diane Douglas won due to her unwavering opposition to the fed’s heavy handedness in promoting the increasingly unpopular Common Core. Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin has devoted the past two years to exposing the excesses of the federal mandates and the gutting of local control of education.

Last May, Malkin was an early endorser of Diane Douglas. This enthusiastic congratulatory post celebrates Douglas’ decisive Primary victory. In an unparalleled show of grassroots support, Douglas garnered the highest number of votes of any contested election, and beat all unopposed Democrats securing 16½ percent more votes than Dem gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal.

Breitbart News’ Big Government has a thorough report detailing the plummeting support for Common Core, noting that three states, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Indiana have officially repealed the federal program. Thirty-four states, Arizona among them, have introduced anti-Common Core legislation. An additional 16 states have  either withdrawn or are in the process of withdrawing from the Common Core test consortia. Further, 27 states have introduced legislation that bans the use of PARCC or SBAC assessments:

Read the complete article for a full listing of the states that are retreating from the controversial education scheme. It has becoming increasingly clear that this Fed Ed program is a threat to parental educational choices including parochial, charter and home schooling alternatives, since the “standards” are a de facto measurement for college admission.

Republican Diane Douglas is definitely on the right side of this wrongheaded issue.


How dare anyone call liberal Fred DuVal a liberal?

August 29, 2014

It’s no secret Gov. Jan Brewer has been a major disappointment to Arizona conservatives. She has unleashed venomous attacks making political foes of fellow Republicans who refused to surrender to her astronomically costly Medicaid expansion demands, and supported recruited challengers. Her defense of Common Core, Obama’s federal overreach into America’s education delivery system, usurping local control, has won her few fans, even as she renamed the scheme in an effort to dupe anxious parents. Her push for a sales tax increase in a dismal economy and her veto of a religious freedom bill caused many to question their jubilation when Brewer initially assumed the office after then-governor Janet Napolitano left mid-term to join the Obama administration.

In myriad ways Brewer was the Republican tailor-made for Democrats to embrace. That is, until she breached the line no Democrat wants to cross. Brewer has now incurred the wrath of the left by using the L-word, “liberal,” to describe lobbyist Fred DuVal, a career-long  leftist, now the Democrat nominee for governor.

Liberals despise being called liberal. In fact, they coined the word “progressive” to hide their liberalism behind. It sounds so Teddy Roosevelt-ish and forward thinking, don’cha know?

In this bizarre piece, Linda Valdez, editorial writer at the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) slams Brewer “for making things up about Fred Duval.” Zeroing in on a quote from Brewer in which she stated, “Fred is a liberal. He’s always been a liberal. He’s been brought up as a liberal,” Valdez did more than simply take exception. In typical liberal fashion, she contorts herself  into a pretzel twist, declaring DuVal’s father spent some time as a Republican before seeing what Valdez would view as ‘the light.’ She rants, hisses and harangues. One can almost see her stomping her feet.

Valdez is an unrepentant liberal, after all.

And who is liberal lobbyist Fred DuVal? He began his liberal career at age 24, managing liberal Bruce Babbitt‘s gubernatorial campaign, later working as Babbit’s senior aide. He did two stints with the Democrat National Committee concluding his final one as recently as 2011.  Liberal DuVal worked in the liberal Clinton White House, and was a reliable liberal Napolitano appointee on the AZ Board of Regents, where he never saw a tuition increase he didn’t support. As treasurer for the Democrat Governors Association he was fundraiser-in-chief for national liberal candidates.

It’s plain to see why Valdez, banking on crossover votes, wants to run from the L-word.


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.


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.


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.


Huppenthal’s tearful apology at news conference

June 26, 2014

“My actions need to bring honor…….”

John Huppenthal, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, broke down in tears as he apologized Wednesday for what he called “hurtful” comments posted anonymously on various blogs —- including Seeing Red AZ. Huppenthal, who has called parents who oppose the federally mandated Common Core education schemebarbarians,” was moved to tears as he repeated his earlier statement that his words didn’t reflect what he felt in his heart about either minorities or those who receive public assistance. This current situation is not the first time Huppenthal’s lack of judgment has attracted negative attention. Back in 2008, Chandler police recommended city prosecutors charge then-state Sen. Huppenthal (R Dist.20) with two misdemeanor counts of theft and cutting down a campaign sign critical of him. His actions included pulling out a sign and his confrontation with a 78-year-old Democrat activist on Election Day. She alleged Huppenthal grappled with her and snatched signs out of her hands.  The East Valley Tribune carried the entire story.


Amnesty sinks Obama, Cantor, McCain & Flake

June 21, 2014

Gallup Poll: Lack of commitment to US on illegal invasion plunges Obama to 31%

A  newly released Gallup Poll shows two in three Americans (65%) disapprove of Barack Obama’s handling of issues related to illegal immigration.

The poll finds his approval rating has plummeted to 31%, one of the lowest readings since 2010, when Gallup began polling on his handling of this unpopular issue. Disapproval of the president’s lack of management of the illegal invasion has climbed 10 points since August 2013, when more than half of Americans (55%) disapproved.

Despite protestations to the contrary by amnesty advocates, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor felt the sting of amnesty blowback when he lost his Virginia Congressional seat. Victor Davis Hanson writing for National Review’s The Corner gives an incisive post-mortem opining, “Cantor’s luck ran out when his long insistence of pushing immigration-reform legislation finally coincided with a massive and sudden rush of thousands to the U.S. border from Central America. That lining up of the planets explains why a good but obscure candidate beat a supposedly invincible insider.” 

In January we noted that even the amnesty-supporting AZ Republic admitted that Jeff Flake, McCain’s protégé, was losing support over this issue.

The Daily Caller reported that Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, who worked diligently with Democrats in an effort to pass an amnesty bill, have managed to sink their poll ratings to record lows. In fact, the duo was reported to be in a head-to-head race for capturing the least popular U.S. Senator prize. Though McCain dipped to a 30 percent approval rating from Arizona voters, Jeff Flake managed to reach even further down to 27 percent approval. 

The complete article, including a link to the embarrassing poll, can be read here. Today’s fact-filled linked reviews are definitely worth your time and provide answers to those who falsely claim amnesty —– or whatever name they choose to call it on any particular day —-  is not a defining issue. For an increasing number of Americans, it has moved to the forefront of their ballot considerations.


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