JD Winteregg: Conservative challenges RINO Boehner

April 16, 2014

J.D. Winteregg is a sharp, young conservative mounting an effective primary challenge in Ohio’s CD 8 to Obama’s golfing buddy and amnesty promoter John Boehner. Though Winteregg is a serious contender, he’s kept his sense of humor, as evidenced by his satirical new ad spoofing the speaker’s “Electile Dysfunction.”

In the one-minute Cialis-like ad titled “When The Moment Is Right,” tea party-supported Winteregg takes some not-so-subtle jabs at Boehner for the Ohio Republican’s smoking, golfing with Obama and tanning obsession.

“Other signs of electile dysfunction may include extreme skin discoloration, the inability to punch oneself out of a wet paper bag, or maintain a spine in the face of liberal opposition,” according to J.D. Winteregg’s campaign ad

“Your electile dysfunction? It could be a question of blood flow. Sometimes when a politician has been in D.C. too long, it goes to his head and he just can’t seem to get the job done,” the narrator says as footage of Boehner shaking hands with Barack Obama plays. “If you have a Boehner lasting more than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention.”

“I’m J.D. Winteregg and I approve this message, but I don’t golf,” is Winteregg‘s tag-line..

You don’t have to live in Ohio to send Winteregg a donation.


Taxing problems for AZ CD1 candidate Gary Kiehne

April 10, 2014

Gary Kiehne, an honest to goodness ropin’ cowboy from rural Arizona, is running for Congress in Arizona’s First Congressional District.  At first glance he appears to be the real deal, but according to Wednesday’s Yellow Sheet (subscription only), Kiehne has a problem or two.

It seems Kiehne, a reputed multi-millionaire, has not paid his 2013 property tax on a Casa Grande mobile home. Also, this public document available from the Pinal County Assessor’s office indicates he is claiming more than one primary residence, defined in Arizona as Legal Class 3.

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Kiehne also lists a home in Eagar as his primary residence, according to the Apache County Assessor’s website.

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State law precludes claiming two separate properties as primary residences, unless a close relative is residing in one of the homes. Arizona gives a tax break on primary residences. Unlawfully claiming more than a single primary residence is gaming the system for an undeserved tax credit.


Pullen for state treasurer: Qualifications galore

April 8, 2014

Managing AZ’s $ multi billion investment portfolio requires a pro

No right thinking conservative would ever accuse former Tempe mayor Hugh Hallman —- a marginal Republican, at best —- of being a conservative. So it’s no surprise his list of endorsers is rife with similar Republicrats, with John McCain leading the charge of cohorts. There are a few head scratchers tucked in among the left-of-center brigade of lobbyists and political operatives, but in the main it’s a list no candidate seeking conservative support would proudly proclaim —- even given Hallman’s colossal egotistical disconnect. 

Associates of questionable stripes do not an elected official make. Actual experience related to the office being sought —- in this case the crucial office of state treasurer —- is where the rubber meets the road. Selecting the right person for the position of Arizona’s chief banker and investment officer has never been more important than in these shaky financial times.

Measure Hallman’s list of prominent McRINOs against Pullen’s list of prominent conservative endorsers —- among them Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, former Senate President Russell Pearce, and former Maricopa County Republican Chairmen Rob Haney and Tom Husband.

Randy Pullen is a CPA, a businessman with an MBA in finance, and former partner with the international accounting firm Deloitte & Touche. He served ably as the Treasurer of the Republican National Committee and currently is Treasurer of the Arizona Housing Finance Authority. Pullen is founder and President of WageWatch, Inc., a premier internet based compensation and benefit survey firm serving Fortune 1,000 companies. WageWatch has over 5,000 subscribing companies representing over 1.5 million employees nationwide.

Pullen’s credentials for the job are solid.

Under Pullen’s leadership during his two terms as Republican state chairman, Arizona made unprecedented strides, with election victories in 2010 resulting in super majorities in both the Senate and House and winning every statewide office.

There is no question Pullen is the most qualified candidate for state treasurer.

Last November we wrote about a would-be “Kingmaker” (be sure to read the link to Robert Robb’s excellent exposé) who was rumored to be busying himself reconfiguring Arizona’s Republican officeholders into a faint McShadow of themselves. Now as a headliner on Hallman’s list, the buzz about Bill Montgomery has grown legs.


Kwasman revs up Sedona

April 7, 2014

Congressional District One candidates Gary Kiehne, Adam Kwasman and Andy Tobin were the invited guests at a fundraising dinner Saturday evening.  The packed house event was held at the Sedona Hilton and jointly hosted by the Mingus Mountain Republican Club and Verde Valley Republican Women.

Two of the candidates, Gary Kiehne and state Rep. Adam Kwasman showed up. Tobin sent a half-baked surrogate to address the crowd on his behalf.

Watch this impressive short clip of Adam Kwasman’s presentation.

 


Reading between the amnesty lines

April 4, 2014

Bob Goodlatte is a U.S. Representative elected a dozen years ago to Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District. During that time the moderate Republican has become a glib disseminator of smarmy double talk.

The Daily Caller, in an article headlined “Goodlatte to Obama: Let’s make an immigration deal, but not yet,” reports that Goodlatte slammed the White House’s lax enforcement of immigration laws Thursday, but suggested that the Republican leadership wants a deal that would provide companies with more workers and would also allow younger illegals to stay in the country.

The GOP caucus doesn’t want to make a deal with President Barack Obama yet, he said, because of a “lot of mistrust of the president.”

Goodlatte can’t actually expect Republican voters to swallow that whole. Disgust with the imperial president —- who brazenly lies and uses executive orders with impunity —- is a given. But the clear intent of the “not yet” aspect of the amnesty deal remains the upcoming midterm elections.  None of the Congressional Republicans want to have the amnesty monkey on their backs until Election Day votes are counted. They know all too well that only 13% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing. Continued unemployment and under-employment among American citizens disputes the need to import more competition for fewer jobs.

House Speaker John Boehner used similar bogus language recently when he declared Obama “had sown distrust,” blaming his changes and postponements of Obamacare for the delays in implementing “immigration reforms.”

Goodlatte’s own views on “immigration reform” employ the trite terminology of the pro-amnesty cabal: “We are a nation of immigrants and our immigration system has contributed to the greatness of the United States. However, we can all agree that our nation’s immigration system is broken,” he says.

No, we don‘t “all agree.” The system is not broken, Mr. Goodlatte. Your will, and that of your colleagues to enforce our existing laws is obviously what is broken.

Though initially posted several years ago, “Lingo” retains its popularity.  Check it out.  It will assist you in deciphering both Goodlatte and Boehner’s amnesty jargon. The two men might live and work across the country from us, but Arizonans are border state residents and know double talk when it’s lobbed our way. The frequent doses we get from Sens. McCain and Flake keep us on our toes.


SCOTUS scores win for political free speech

April 3, 2014

Herman Cain correctly predicated a “left-wing hissy fit.” McCain doesn’t disappoint

In a major victory for the First Amendment, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a federal law limiting how much money a citizen may contribute to political campaigns during an election cycle. The limitation was initially imposed in 1971 and reworked several times before it was overhauled by the McCain/Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.    

Yes.  That McCain.

The Court’s five-to-four decision in McCutcheon v. FEC (read here) removes the 1971 limit on political speech.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “There is no right more basic in our democracy than the right to participate in electing our political leaders. Money in politics may at times seem repugnant to some, but so too does much of what the First Amendment protects. If the First Amendment protects flag burning, funeral protests, and Nazi parades —- despite the profound offense such spectacles cause —- it surely protects political campaign speech despite popular opposition.”

“This is especially true for elections,” he wrote. The Supreme Court in 1971 held that “the First Amendment has its fullest and most urgent application precisely to the conduct of campaigns for political office.”

Predictably, Democrat Nancy Pelosi whined, “I’m concerned about what it means for our democracy. Our founders, they sacrificed their lives, their liberty, their sacred honor for a democracy: a government of the many, not a government of the money. It’s totally ridiculous. But that is the path that this court is on.”

Once again, Pelosi is wrong.  Campaign finance laws have been an incumbent protection racket. Their survival is threatened when newcomers have the ability to become more viable candidates. Pelosi joins the other leftists who are throwing tantrums over this

And while Republicans overwhelmingly applauded the victory for free speech, it was no surprise that John McCain came out against the decision. McCain, who co-sponsored the campaign finance law that restricted corporate donations to campaigns —- largely struck down by the Citizens United ruling —- released this written statement in which he emulated his Democrat cohorts:

“I was disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision today. While I have advocated for increasing the aggregate limits on individual contributions to candidates and party committees, I am concerned that today’s ruling may represent the latest step in an effort by a majority of the court to dismantle entirely the longstanding structure of campaign finance law erected to limit the undue influence of special interests on American politics. I predict that as a result of recent court decisions, there will be scandals involving corrupt public officials and unlimited, anonymous campaign contributions that will force the system to be reformed once again.”

There’s no way to improve on this comment on Best of Cain:

“Look on the bright side, Democrats. When you lose in November, you’ll have a brand new, ready-made, excuse. It’s not your disastrous, unpopular, policies and your atrocious President that are causing your failure.  It’s evil Republican money.  It won’t be true, but you can put it on a t-shirt and sell it to the sheep. It’ll be a new way to raise all that money you despise!”

Bingo!


Bush family: Political dynasty ambitions resurge

March 30, 2014

Dynasties should remain relegated to Chinese historical studies 

When the leftist Washington Post writes that “influential Republicans” are promoting the draft candidacy of yet another Bush for president in 2016, that news should position conservative Republican’s antenna to high alert mode.

Papa — George Herbert Walker — Bush began the disappointing tradition as 41st president. He famously reneged on hisread my lips, no new taxespledge in a 1990 compromise with liberals that cost him a second term. Coming on the heels of two terms of Ronald Reagan, the actions of the former ambassador to China and the United Nations were viewed as a betrayal of Republican ideals.

Bush cut a deal with Democrats who promised —- but never delivered —- extensive budget cuts. The disastrous tax increase that followed led to increased spending, elevated taxes, and gave us the Clinton presidency, which further hiked both taxes and spending.

Then came his amnesty-promoting son, former Texas Governor George W. Bush. As president, “Dubya” rose to the occasion in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and implementing tax cuts, but was a mixed bag on other significant issues.

Former Florida Governor, John Ellis “Jeb,” is a Bush too far.  Strongly influenced by his Mexican-born and reared wife Columbia whose father was a “migrant worker,” his border positions raise even greater concern. Watch the two disturbing videos in this post, “Another Bush? Thanks, Jeb, but we’ve had enough,” for an idea of his stance. It’s not much of a surprise the liberal Washington Post is writing about him being “drafted” for a presidential run.

Waiting in the wings is Jeb’s 37-year-old lawyer son, George Prescott Bush (known as “P”). A lawyer married to a lawyer —- in the tradition of the Clinton’s and Obama’s —- “P” has already ignited his political career with his recent election as Commissioner of the Texas Land Office —-  and is a Bush even further.

The cry of “Uncle” has its roots in asking for deliverance or mercy, usually interpreted to mean “Enough!”

Hear the voices?


NRCC ‘Young Guns’ advance McSally, drop Tobin

March 27, 2014

Back in November, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) announced its first round of ‘On the Radar’ candidates in advance of the 2014 elections. ‘On the Radar’ is the first of three levels of the Committee’s ‘Young Guns’ program. The group provides candidates and their campaigns the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democrat opponents. At the time, the national list of 36 included four Arizona Congressional candidates.

The most recent roster was just released with the NRCC announcing that 17 of those on the original list have been promoted to ‘Contender’ status. Only one Arizona Congressional candidate —- Martha McSally —- has been advanced to the next tier.

The program requires its candidates to work towards specific goals and meet benchmarks throughout the year to ensure their continued participation. In the 2012 election cycle, the program impressively helped elect 35 new Republican members to the 113th Congress.

Andy Tobin’s predicament might be tied to the fact that the “specific goals” he’s been working on aren’t in the district he‘s campaigning from, or even the state of Arizona. Tobin is busy focusing his attention on Mexico. How many voters he intends to sway there is anyone’s guess, but after being dropped like a hot rock, it’s clear the RNCC isn’t buying his tactics.


Tobin makes friends in Mexico, forfeits them in CD 1

March 25, 2014

Viva Tobin!!

The left-of-center Christian Science Monitor tag teams with the even further left Associated Press on this report that does no favors for the candidacy of Andy Tobin, currently in a tough battle to win the CD 1 primary.

Tobin’s disregard of his constituency is reaching epic proportions. He’s so busy making regular expeditions to Mexico that he’s neglecting the very voters he needs to connect with and retain. As an example, Pinal County, with the most Republican voters in CD 1, held its annual county fair this weekend. The other two candidates for the Republican nomination, Rep. Adam Kwasman and Gary Kiehne were there gaining crucial support from voters.

Tobin, arrogantly misjudging the dynamics of this primary, was in Mexico City with a pro-amnesty contingent —- including liberal Democrat Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Glenn Hamer, president of the AZ Chamber of Commerce —- connecting with a different constituency at a “binational cocktail party,” according the article in the Monitor. Not only did Tobin personally skip the Pinal County opportunity, but he had no presence whatsoever. No staff. No booth, No table. No literature. He obviously doesn’t think those Pinal County Republicans are worth his time.

But in Mexico he was singing a more congenial tune, trying to distance himself from his vote for SB 1070. “We’re just like you are,” he was quoted as saying. “Mexicans and Arizonans want the same future for their children. We’ll be here a lot more frequently, and we’re here to continue to make friends.”

No wonder Sheriff Joe Arpaio has endorsed Adam Kwasman for Congress.

Since Andy Tobin continues to disregard Congressional District One Republicans, perhaps he’s counting on his new south-of-the-border friends to ensure his election. In the meantime, he’s got establishment elites such as John Boehner fundraising for him, while the other candidates are connecting with the locals.

As he partied through Mexico, Tobin also neglected his legislative duties —- allowing the budget negotiations to fracture in the House last night as the reliable RINO contingent once again joined Democrats to block the Republican budget recently passed by the Senate.

Political watchers are witnessing Tobin unravel at breakneck speed.


Join our future GOP leaders for a gala evening

March 24, 2014

Step up to assist the next generation and “Life of the Party”

We take great pleasure in sharing the news of an outstanding dinner event being hosted by the Teenage Republicans of Arizona (TARS). These terrific conservative teens can use our help.

The group’s mission statement says it all: “The purpose of this organization is to encourage young people to discuss, analyze and participate in the political process while fostering and encouraging the ideals of the Republican Party.”

The banquet will be held at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale 85253.  (Map)

DateSaturday, April 5, 2014

Time6:15 pm

Early bird registration: $55 per person, $100 per couple or $550 per table.

Regular pricing:  $65 per person, $115 per couple and $650 per table.  

Speakers include AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham, Constitutional expert Shane Krauser, and nationally syndicated columnist Katie Pavlich.

RSVP: Chairman Lilia Dashevsky: 602-918-3411.

Republican elected officials, Precinct Committeemen, District Chairs, GOP officers and those who care about the future of the Republican Party should all step up and ensure the success of this event.


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