Montgomery’s conflict of interest undergirds legal filing

July 29, 2014

The Arizona Daily Independent reports on the blatant conflict of interest exhibited by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery as he engages in campaigning for Attorney General Tom Horne’s challenger, Mark Brnovich  —- even as he uses the vast power of his office to personally target Horne.

According to the news account, sources are reporting that based on Montgomery’s relationship with Brnovich, a request for a restraining order will be filed by attorneys for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Although a video featuring a sincerely enthusiastic Montgomery has been removed from Brnovich’s campaign website, a statement of support remains on the candidate’s homepage.  

Given that Montgomery, who has become a close McCain and Kyl ally, was instrumental in recruiting Brnovich to challenge conservative Attorney General Tom Horne, his actions rise past the level of unseemliness.

Read more about the perspective temporary restraining order, permanent injunction pleading here.

Visit Tom Horne’s campaign website. Be sure to check out his impressive achievements while in office. Arizonans need this good man to continue his work on our behalf.


Ch. 3 debate producer disputes Brnovich’s claim

July 26, 2014

“Integrity” Mark Brnovich claims to possess takes a hike in favor of desperation, campaign expediency

From MCRC Briefs July 24:  AG Candidate Mark Brnovich’s July 21 Promo Statement ‘untrue’ that, “…Mr. Horne would not appear in the same room as us for the debate” for the Sunday night Attorney General candidate debate, according to the show producer.  

Sybil Hoffman, executive producer of the Channel 3 Sunday evening debate, said, “That is not true.”  Hoffman said that the station put the candidates in different rooms to video the debate. “Neither candidate asked for a separate room. The decision was entirely that of the station,” Hoffman said.  

Incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne also said that it was the station’s decision to video the candidates in separate rooms.

Included in Brnovich’s July 21 fundraising promo were these words he knew to be untrue: “We were disappointed that Mr. Horne would not appear in the same room as us for the debate, but we look forward to future opportunities to demonstrate to voters who is best suited to represent voters this November in the general election. Please take some time to watch the debate and decide who you want fighting for you and your conservative values in the Attorney General’s office.”

Engaging in outright deception when campaigning on “conservative values” is risky business.

Seeing Red AZ covered the debate highlights here.  Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is the conservative in this race. Mark Brnovich is the inept McEstablishment recruit.

 


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.


SRAZ’s first round of endorsements

July 21, 2014

Endorsements for statewide offices 

The crazy season is upon us again. Snail mail and email boxes are filled with messages either extolling the virtues of candidates or raking them over the coals  Some proudly declare the senders, others go to great lengths to conceal their Identities. Robocalls “reveal” disreputable candidates. Sometimes the candidates themselves plead with the call recipients not to believe the negatives being hurled at them. Scandal, real or manufactured, to coincide with the election, takes center stage. Regardless, early voting begins on schedule —- July 31, 2014.

Under the Words, IMPORTANT NOTICE, the Secretary of State’s Office provides three detailed lists of acceptable valid forms of identification required at the polls. Voting at your kitchen table? Rest assured no one will ask you to produce anything to ensure the ballot is being cast by an authorized voter.

The date of the Primary Election is August 26, 2014, seemingly contrived to keep late vacationers —- Republicans? —- away from the polls in the scorching Arizona summer. 

With this backdrop, we have prepared this statewide endorsement list for your perusal. Few will come as a shock to those who regularly read this site.  The overriding factors we considered revolve around adherence to Constitutional principles and protecting our great nation against invasion. As conservatives, we have previously expressed disappointment in the amnesty-leaning positions publicly taken by Republican incumbent members of the go-along-to-get-along congress, causing trust in them to wither.  A link is provided to each candidate’s website.

CONGRESS:

Dist 1: Adam Kwasman

Dist 2:  Chuck Wooten

Dist 3: Gabby Saucedo Mercer

Dist 4:  Paul Gosar

Dist 5:  Matt Salmon

Dist 6:  David Schweikert (no campaign site, no issues page)

Dist 7: No Republicans running

Dist 8: Trent Franks (no mention of illegal immigration on issues page)

Dist 9:

GOVERNOR:

Frank Riggs

SECRETARY Of STATE:

Wil Cardon

ATTORNEY GENERAL:

Tom Horne

STATE TREASURER:

Randy Pullen

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION:

Diane Douglas

STATE MINE INSPECTOR:

Joe Hart

CORPORATION COMMISSION:

Tom Forese

Doug Little


Must see TV: AZ AG debate Sun. July 20, 5:30 pm

July 20, 2014

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This brief preview of “Politics Unplugged” gives a hint of the tone of the debate between conservative Attorney General Tom Horne and challenger, Mark Brnovich, recruited by establishment power brokers.  Sticking to his script, Brnovich talks about “allegations,” and continually talks over Attorney General Tom Horne.

In this TV 3 clip, Horne asks Brnovich, who has referred to himself as a “principled conservative,” why he “contributed to Pete Rios, the leading left-wing champion of illegal immigration, who actually had a bill to give licenses to illegals.” Brnovich refused to answer, saying “Tom doesn’t have anything else,“ and calling the charge “a red herring,” but never denying it. In fact, Brnovich was listed as a “top contributor” on this Project Vote Smart list.

Clumsily misgauging his audience, Brnovich touts the endorsement he received from Republicrat Gov. Jan Brewer —- which most conservatives would run from given her Medicaid Expansion —- falling in line with Obamacare, her veto of the mischaracterized SB 1062 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and push for a statewide sales tax hike in the worst economy in decades.

Watch the entire program this evening, Sunday, July 20, at 5:30 p.m. on 3TV (or 1003 HD Cable). Mobile users click here

If you missed it, Channel 3 has you covered.  The entire Attorney General debate can be seen here.

 

 


Riggs mocked for staying fit, silence on Flake’s ego trip

July 19, 2014

“A tough guy for a tough job”

Gubernatorial candidate Frank Riggs’ latest campaign ad juxtaposes a few seconds of shots of the 62-year-old former U.S. Congressman working out as it lists his numerous credentials qualifying him for Arizona’s top office.

Leave it to the leftist Arizona Republic newspaper to use the ad to ridicule Riggs, in a bit of tripe titled, “I’m too sexy for my shirt.”

Riggs, also an army vet, a former police officer and a deputy sheriff, begins the pitch with “Arizona needs a strong governor,” and tags his commercial with “Sure it’s a tough job, and I’m just the guy to do it.”

Speaking himself rather than using a paid voice-over announcer, he says, “Big changes take hard work. As governor I’ll protect public safety….Finally secure our border….I’ll fight federal overreach and the Obamatization of Arizona ….by repealing Common Core on Day One and stopping Medicaid Expansion. And I’ll fix the state budget and get our economy growing again.  Sure it’s a tough job….and I’m just the guy to do it.

The same newspaper went silent in 2009 when then-congressman Jeff Flake, in his 40’s at the time, took a solo vacation on a deserted Pacific island with only his tripod and camera to keep him company. He sent shirtless photos of himself to the immediate world and got a pass.

We covered the preening Flake, when he didn’t cover himself —-  and the local newspaper looked the other way. The egocentric Flake even sent his pics to the liberal Washington Post. His shirtless adventure was covered in a Reason magazine piece cleverly titled, Rep. Jeff Flake goes on island vacation, catches crabs, and he milked his beefcaking on in this televised interview.

Hypocritical double standards exist at the amnesty pushing Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic). Republicrat Jeff Flake is solidly onboard with their leftwing agenda, so don’t look for objective reporting.


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.

 


Bolick exposes “Shameless self-promotion?”

July 14, 2014

In a “My Turn” column in the daily newspaper, the Goldwater Institute’s Clint Bolick engages in a virtuous-sounding charade, expressing outrage over mailers sent to constituents by members of congress using the franking privilege. (History and background of the practice dating to 1775 can be read in this Congressional Research Service report.)

Hypocrisy reigns in Bolick’s commentary, which aptly contains the words “Shameless self-promotion” in the title.  His wife, Shawnna Bolick, just happens to be running for a state House seat in Legislative District 28, and the publicly generated by his 2-page outrage is as good as a mailer without the costs incurred by postage —- the very issue he rails about.

The sub-header reads, “Fiscal conservatives should eliminate practice.”  In taking on the franking system, Bolick lobs a few shots at members of the Arizona Congressional delegation, naming GOP U.S. Reps. Matt Salmon and David Schweikert as offenders. He gratuitously throws radical leftist Kyrsten Sinema into the mix for an appearance of balance.

And what a surprise. The white-horsed rider in Bolick’s exemplar is none other than McCain doppelganger Jeff Flake, who coincidentally served as executive director of the Goldwater Institute from 1992 to 2000.  This is how Tracy Thomas former Goldwater Institute Chairman described Flake as he endorsed his senate opponent in 2012. It is Flake, alone, Bolick notes, who has repeatedly sponsored bills to rein in franking.

Can we expect Flake to sponsor a bill to rein in columnists with unique surnames from gaining free exposure for their candidate spouses? Not likely.  especially in the far-left Arizona Republic that cheerfully published two separate reports castigating Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio—- and written by none other than Clint Bolick. Both were printed simultaneously on the Goldwater site and have since been removed.

Clint Bolick and presidential aspirant Jeb Bush have co-authored a book which is founded on the notion of work-based visas “vastly expanded beyond the current numbers,” and a path to citizenship for guest workers and the so-called DREAMers. These unpopular models disregard the unchecked illegal invasion taking place in the United States and the massive unemployment among our own citizens.  Regardless of her campaign rhetoric, Shawnna Bolick’s agenda will surely mirror her husband’s. Watch him and listen closely.

Additional background is contained in these posts:

Dec. 3, 2008:  The Goldwater Institute did not issue biased report in a vacuum

Dec. 12, 2008:  A tale of two mavericks

May 22, 2009:  Clint and the Daily: Cozying it up in left field

March 6, 2010:  Shawnna Bolick and her friends

March 31, 2010:  Goldwater Institute, AZ Republic: A match made in heaven?


Campy Ken Bennett: Making all the wrong moves

July 12, 2014

Term limited Secretary of State Ken Bennett is one of the pack of six running in the Republican primary for governor. He’s generally regarded as a low-key guy better known for strumming his guitar and making budget presentations using Kleenex boxes, than for the time he served in the state senate from 1998 – 2007.

He also gained attention for incidents surrounding verification of Obama’s birth certificate. Not nearly as much for the inquiry itself as for his inane follow-up apology as reported here on KTAR News.

Now, as if he isn’t busy enough running a statewide campaign financed by public money, he has jumped on the McBandwagon against Arizona’s conservative Attorney General Tom Horne, declaring the state should launch a probe into whether Horne violated state election laws —- allegations denied by Horne.

In another bizarre move earlier this year, seemingly calculated to lose conservative voters, Bennett had this to say about SB 1062 —- the Religious Freedom Restoration Act which strengthened protections in Arizona law to defend against religious discrimination. Bennett described the bill as “an unnecessary….divisive measure.” The bill was disappointingly vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer after she caved to pressure from the homosexual lobby.

Even more curious is his odd invitation to supporters to “Join the Ken Bennett Camp.”

The word association is not the best for Bennett, whose camp counselor son was sentenced to jail time for sodomizing (the press called the brutal acts “brooming”) 18 middle school age campers with broomsticks, a flashlight and a cane. This is the report from the Arizona Daily Sun. This article details the civil lawsuits filed by the families of the young campers, who claim Bennett’s son got a sweetheart deal because of his father’s prominence.

“Camp” is a word Bennett should steer clear of. Ditto the governor’s race, which he is unlikely to win.


AZ Political feeding frenzies — past is prologue

July 11, 2014

Even the far-left AZ Republic realizes and exposes Bill Montgomery’s arrogant conflict of interest in conducting an investigation into AG  Horne while Montgomery is campaigning for his opponent

The current feeding frenzy encompassing Arizona’s Attorney General Tom Horne being whipped into a lather by the media and the GOP establishment brings to mind the obscene removal of Gov. Evan Mecham in 1988.

The two men stand unified in a single aspect —– being conservative Republicans, of the stripe the liberal media love to hate.

From the day he was sworn in as governor there was a multi-pronged campaign to bring Mecham down. The issue that grew legs? The trusty fallback of allegations of campaign finance law violations. A simultaneous recall, impeachment and criminal trial were hurled at the governor by the political elite, who saw it as an imperative that at least one of the efforts would stick.  He was indicted by a state grand jury on six felony charges of fraud, perjury, and filing false documents alleging he concealed a $350,000 campaign loan.

Ultimately he was impeached after only 15 months in office and replaced by a Democrat. The jubilation from the left was unrestrained. Two months after his impeachment, Mecham was acquitted in criminal court of all six felony counts of violating campaign finance laws. But such facts or any others supporting his denials of wrongdoing were inconsequential.  The damage had been done and the conservative was gone. The recall never came to fruition.

Fast forward to 2014, and only the cast of characters has changed. The daily reports that Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is launching an investigation into alleged campaign violations by Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. This action is reminiscent of a previous County Attorney targeting political opponents. That County Attorney has since been disbarred.

The fact that Montgomery not only has endorsed Horne’s challenger —- a kindred McCain ally —- but helped recruit him, marginalizes Montgomery’s credibility even further. Although an endorsement quote remains on the challenger’s campaign website, the video featuring Montgomery praising him has been mysteriously removed. 

Horne addressed Montgomery’s investigation in this statement:

“It is no secret that Bill Montgomery has been a political enemy for a long time. If an investigation is taking place, there is a serious conflict with his involvement. Having his subordinates do the investigation, rather than conflicting it out, is no solution because they know what their boss wants — as does all of Arizona. Any involvement that MCAO has is a serious ethical violation and abuse of power by Bill Montgomery and his subordinates.”

In an editorial today, Montgomery is strongly chastised for his duplicity by none other than the leftwing Arizona Republic —- no friend of conservative Tom Horne.

Columnist Robert Robb has referred to Bill Montgomery as a statewide “Kingmaker,” endorsing candidates far and wide. It doesn’t take a clairvoyant to realize he will be calling in his chips when that much grander political perch he covets finally opens.

In clearing Horne earlier this year, independent law judge Tammy Eigenheer made note of the fact that the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office acknowledged it had no knowledge or evidence as to the content of phone conversations or the circumstances surrounding e-mails, and instead drew inferences that Horne illegally coordinated with an independent expenditure committee during his 2010 campaign.

Horne is also in the sights of the so-called Clean Elections Commission, intent on joining in the foray although he is not a publicly funded candidate. In fact even in the face of the outrageous assaults, Attorney General Horne has significantly out raised his establishment-backed challenger, who is lagging behind many legislative district candidates in fundraising.

A ray of sunshine brightened Tom Horne’s horizon on Thursday as Gov.Jan Brewer anointed his challenger Mark Brnovich with her endorsement. Given her unpopularity on issues ranging from her orchestration of the legislative coup d’etat on Medicaid Expansion and support for Obama’s Common Core agenda to her caving to the radical homosexual lobby on religious liberty protections, it would be a rare conservative seeking her endorsement.

The same day the newspaper’s editorial condescendingly patronized its few remaining readers, opining that it may fall on the voters to decide the fate of conservative Tom Horne.

Let’s hope so!


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