Support of Common Core not a winning message

October 7, 2014

Diane Douglas’ victory proof of widespread opposition to fed ed scheme

It appears Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, may have been keeping a watchful eye on Arizona’s primary election results. Conservative Diane Douglas scored an unprecedented victory against the incumbent state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Her 58 to 41 stunning upset stands as a testament to the unpopularity of the federally imposed education mandate known as Common Core —- which Douglas unwaveringly opposes. Here in Arizona, the toxic name was even changed in an effort to dupe wary voters.

Instead of protecting Arizona’s Constitutional requirement for local control of our district schools, Common Core cedes control of every facet of the state’s education system to federal bureaucrats.

Rand Paul approaches the issue this way: He has said, “I don’t see Common Core being — if you’re for Common Core and you’re for a national curriculum, I don’t see it being a winning message in a Republican primary.” Paul said, “If there’s a Republican candidate out there — let’s just say there’s a hypothetical one who’s for Common Core. I’m saying that that hypothetical candidate who’s for Common Core probably doesn’t have much chance of winning in a Republican primary.”

In his scenario, the primary is the national one, deciding the 2016 candidate in the race for the White House. It was a none too subtle jab at Jeb Bush, who has made no secret of his desire to be a dynastic Bush III —- an idea even most Republicans consider a bridge too far.

Getting early national face-time, the pro-amnesty, bilingual Bush released Spanish language ads Monday for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on behalf of three GOP candidates, among them Arizonan Martha McSally, (video link) who is trying to unseat CD 2 Democrat Rep. Ron Barber.

Paul’s forceful opposition to the fed ed Common Core sets the stage for what’s likely to come as 2016 approaches, and he also gears up for an expected presidential bid — while Bush and other Republicans who have expressed support for the wildly unpopular Common Core do the same.

Syndicated columnist Michelle 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.

Parents and grandparents vote. They are not fooled by deceptive rebranding of federal overreaches. No voters should be.


Two timing McCain jilts Hillary

October 6, 2014

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Fickle McCain dumping Hillary for Lindsey

Was it just last year that the awestruck John McCain called Hillary Clinton a “rock star” and said he could support her presidential bid in 2016?

His deep affection for Clinton remained true, even in the face of the outrage he expressed over the four dead Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya —- left unprotected by the State Department Clinton oversaw and the barrage of lies told in the cover-up effort.

Now we see the old crooner either forgot he was already serenading his liberal honey Hillary, or he suddenly discovered she isn’t quite as alluring as his submissive South Carolinian buddy Lindsey Graham.  Either way, the daily reports that “if U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham decides to run for president in 2016, he can count on the whole-hearted support of the 2008 Republican nominee, U.S. Sen. John McCain, his longtime ally on national security, immigration reform and other matters.”

“Of course,” McCain, said, explaining his change of heart. “I mean, we’re the closest of friends.”

Then the ever-vacillating “Maverick” said this about the wife of the only Democrat to carry the state of Arizona since Harry Truman in 1948: “Sen. Clinton has earned great respect for her tenacity and courage. The media often overlooked how compassionately she spoke to the concerns and dreams of millions of Americans, and she deserves a lot more appreciation than she sometimes received.”

“As the father of three daughters, I owe her a debt for inspiring millions of women to believe there is no opportunity in this great country beyond their reach. I am proud to call her my friend.”

Read more of his previous praiseful remarks in Top of the Ticket, the L.A. Times’ political commentary.


Horrors! AZ Republic links Ducey to dreaded Koch brothers

October 3, 2014

In Wednesday’s post, “AZ Republic endorsements: “Close calls” favor known leftists,” exposing the fakery of the newspaper’s endorsements, we predicted the liberals on the editorial board would favor far left lobbyist Fred DuVal in the governor’s race.

Today, what’s left of the deteriorating newspaper, provides unequivocal evidence of what’s to come.

Given the political chicanery engaged in by the few adults still employed at the ailing newspaper, it was not much of a surprise to see today’s Page One,  above-of-the fold headline written by a duo of hatchet women, Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Mary Jo Pitzl, who view every issue through deep blue lenses.

Their pathetic effort, filled with enough suspenseful adjectives to qualify it for a mystery thriller, aims to expose Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey’s ties to the Koch brothers. The wealthy conservatives businessmen have reached public enemy status with liberals since they legally donate to Republican candidates.

Hold onto your hats! Take a seat.

The headline blasts, “Ducey’s ties to Koch brothers becomes issue in governor race.” To substantiate the shock of this “issue,” the article quotes the far left weekly news magazine The Nation, which has lost money in all but three or four years in over a century of operation, sustained by a large group of devoted leftist donors called ‘Nation Associates.’

As expected, there is silence from the daily on Democrat recipients of the big bucks doled out by billionaires such as Second Amendment hating Michael Bloomberg, Marxist George Soros and Climate Change fanatic Tom Steyer.

OpenSecrets.org, the nonpartisan and verifiable archive of political contributions fills in the gaps you‘ll never find in the liberal news. Here is the 2014 overview of the top organizational contributors, with a color guide along the left side indicating a range of liberal to conservative. Koch Industries is in 34th place, on a list rife with unions and numerous  other radically liberalgroups. Only six are listed as Solidly Republican/Conservative

On MSNBC, hardly a conservative network, Joe Scarborough, in a must watch video segment exposes Big money this year starts with Harry Reid. He ponders why Harry Reid has spent so much time talking about the conservative Koch brothers when Democratic superPACs have outspent all others in 2014.

In fact, the Senate Majority PAC, run by allies of Harry Reid, is the superPAC that spent the most in 2014 — leading Scarborough to wonder aloud why Reid has spent so much time talking (notice the change of ties in the linked video) about the conservative Koch brothers.

We join his bewilderment, questioning why the Arizona Republic is focused on Ducey and the Koch‘s, rather than exposing the longtime ties of career political insider and D.C. ‘K Street’ lobbyist, Democrat contender Fred DuVal.


AZ Republic endorsements: “Close calls” favor known leftists

October 1, 2014

Arizona Republicans find themselves in unfamiliar territory this election cycle. The GOP, which has held all statewide executive offices, now finds those slots up for grabs, except for a couple of primary winners who were unchallenged.

Gov. Jan Brewer, unable to run for a second term due to assuming office after her predecessor abandoned the state for DC, is finally gone from the political scene after three+ decades.

Secretary of State Ken Bennett took a weak stab at succeeding Brewer, but floundered among five other Republican candidates and a perennial Libertarian. Bennett’s also out the political door.

Attorney General Tom Horne, a top-flight, conservative lawyer who won major cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and Federal District Courts, lost to the former appointed state Gaming Director. Horne is also gone.

Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal tearfully imploded when he was revealed as the less than politically correct, multi-pseudonymed commenter, frequenting numerous blogs during work hours. His political career is kaput after a devastating 16-point defeat by a conservative former school board president.

The state Treasurer’s post opened due to incumbent Doug Ducey’s entry into the governor’s race. Jeff DeWit bested his two Republican challengers, not only moving forward, but actually winning the General Election with the primary count. Democrats, well aware of their lack of financial expertise, didn’t even bother to field a candidate for the office.

Two seats on the rate-setting and regulatory Corporation Commission opened and the conservatives who won in a four-way primary will face Dem challengers. Commissioners cannot hold office for more than two consecutive terms

The Mine Inspector’s office stays in Republican hands, as Democrats gave a pass to this office. Joe Hart, a former state House Speaker with a background in the mining industry, slides back into office, unchallenged.

The governor’s race pits Republican businessman and state treasurer Doug Ducey against lobbyist Fred DuVal. It’s a no-contest contest.

In the Secretary of State’s race, Republican Michele Reagan faces leftist retread Samuel Pearson “Terry” Goddard, III, the three-time, unsuccessful governor aspirant, who has longed to follow his single-term father to the governor’s office. This route is his desperation move. Arizona has had several governors who ascended to the post in this manner when the incumbents unexpectedly left or died.

The Attorney General’s race is a match-up between radical liberal Felecia Rotellini, who previously lost to Horne, and Republican Mark Brnovich.

In the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, the underlying issue is the controversial federal overreach into the American education system known as “Common Core.” Huppenthal and Brewer, aware of the toxicity of the program, deceptively renamed it. Bottom line: Conservative Diane Douglas has made the defeat of this problematic program the focal point of her campaign. Far leftist David Garcia is an educrat determined to foist this disastrous scheme on Arizona’s children.

So what recommendations does the daily newspaper make in these statewide offices?

The Arizona Republic editorials call both the Secretary of State and Attorney General races “close calls.” But to no one’s surprise they endorse the Democrats. Ditto the Superintendent of Public Instruction, a race in which the newspaper calls Common Core supporter David Garcia “a great choice.” The advice they dole out in the important Corporation Commission race? They advise voters to “split your ticket” as they recommend a liberal challenger to the Republican team of Tom Forese and Doug Little. The daily has not yet endorsed in the governor’s race, but we’re betting they’ll go with leftwing lobbyist DuVal —- calling it a “close call.”

Both Felecia Rotellini, touting her list of RINO supporters, and Fred Duval are engaged in a deceitful “party doesn’t matter” strategy, emulating the open borders proponent Janet Napolitano, by running lists of RINO endorsers.

But political Parties do matter. They have platforms that are world’s apart. Those elected to public office set policy, governors make judicial appointments.

Don’t be conned by the liberal newspaper. It wants nothing more than extreme leftwing control of the state. Coming together after bruising primaries is difficult. Few of us find joy in supporting the candidate who defeated the one we backed.  Others are frustrated that the less desirable candidate won the Primary. But someone is going to govern and we’ll all be better served if it’s not the strident leftist.


The Hill uses unreliable information in McCain report

September 26, 2014

Polling shows John McCain carrying increasingly negative numbers as well as the wrath of a large swathe of his home state Republicans —– evidenced by multiple state and county censures.  As The Hill speculates about the senior senator’s political future, major flaws in the article “McCain gets ready for the race of his life,” are revealed in the sourcing and less than accurate skew.

Reading the article, one outside of Arizona would likely come away thinking McCain was invincible and that his three-plus decades in DC, have imbued him with brilliance in matters of national security and accumulated wisdom simply by virtue of staring octogenarian status in the eye.

The facts belie such notions. His left-of-center alliances and preference for illegal invaders over Arizona’s citizens have earned him the ire of grassroots Republicans .

Yet The Hill anoints convicted felon Wes Harris as the ‘grassroots conservative expert’ to speak for all of Arizona. Although Harris’ observation of McCain’s unpopularity is correct, his assertion that McCain won reelection in 2010 because his conservative challenger —- former Congressman J.D. Hayworth —- was a flawed candidate laden with too much “baggage,” has no basis in reality.

Arrogant and divisive Wes Harris has alienated many conservatives. Few would say he speaks for them.

In fact, the popular Hayworth was formidable. After a year-end Rasmussen Reports survey showed McCain in a virtual dead heat with the still-undeclared Hayworth, McOperatives did the expected, launching into counterattack mode by running a disreputable push poll to inflate McCain’s numbers. Hayworth, who carried strong conservative support, was not hobbled by baggage, but rather by being outspent roughly 10 to 1.

The man with baggage galore is John McCain. Last January at the annual mandatory meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, elected precinct committeemen voted to censure McCain. The measure passed overwhelmingly — 1,150 in support with only 351 opposed. Read the complete Resolution to Censure John McCain, including a list of grievances 

Later the same month, McCain was censured again, this time by elected state committeemen at their statutory meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party.

The Hill article does include one telling segment worthy of a second glance:

Former Sen. Jon Kyl, a longtime Republican colleague, said McCain would likely draw a challenger but predicted he would prevail. Kyl is quoted as saying the state party make-up next year will be different from the one that censured McCain in January.

 “I think you’ll see a different party make-up after the primary election. There will be a new group of precinct committeemen. I don’t think you’ll see many of the same old faces,” Kyl said.

Kyl’s facile words tell a much more significant story.  The McCain/Kyl/Flake establishment has been hard at work attempting to remove  diligent, conservative elected Republican precinct committeemen and replace them with compliant moderates. This past Primary Election cycle, when committeemen are elected, there were numerous reports of recruiters being paid for enlisting new people to run against conservatives. McCain’s frequent censures were a national embarrassment the McCabal doesn’t want repeated. 

Thursday’s post MC GOP Chair LaFaro exposes Wes Gullett in complaint explains the efforts being taken to oust elected committeemen.

This post card is an example of those sent out by then-Sen. Jon Kyl in 2012, as he inserted himself into the LD 28 precinct committeemen races and attempted to facilitate the removal of conservatives.

In the end, it’s all about maintaining McCain and his ilk, even if it means destroying the Arizona Republican party by eliminating committed party stalwarts in the process.


MC GOP Chair LaFaro exposes Wes Gullett in complaint

September 25, 2014

Maricopa County Republican Chairman A J LaFaro has filed a campaign finance complaint against ‘Arizona Grassroots Action’ with the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission, Arizona Secretary of State’s Office and Maricopa County Elections Office.   

Here is the complaint:

I wish to file a campaign finance complaint against Arizona Grassroots Action (AGA), which lists its address at 300 West Clarendon, Suite 460, Phoenix, AZ, 85013.  We encourage anyone who reads this complaint to “Google” the address to see who is really located there.*

AGA conducted independent expenditures in multiple Legislative Districts (LD) in multiple counties to effect the outcome of Precinct Committeemen (PC) races.  However, AGA never registered as a political committee, nor has it disclosed its donors or its expenditures.  We went to a great deal of effort to verify that AGA was not filed with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office and with the various counties in which it campaigned, etc. 

AGA is also not registered with the Arizona Corporation Commission.  It appears that AGA is a name selected to mimic an old campaign committee that was called Arizona Grassroots PAC and was closed in March of 2014.  It is also the precise name of a federal PAC formed to benefit GOP Congressional candidates Martha McSally and Andy Tobin.  However, the federal PAC uses a Virginia address and appears to be quite separate.  So the selection of the name seems to be purposefully for the sake of creating confusion.

At this time we do not have a firm idea on exactly how many expenditures were made, however we have proof that AGA used a series of up to three mailers per precinct that was targeted in their Graham County efforts, two to three mailers per targeted precinct along with robo calls here in Maricopa County.  PCs have reported receiving and seeing AGA’s campaign literature in LD23, LD25, LD28, and LD29. 

We have put the word out asking people to report if AGA’s campaign literature was used in their LDs and will update our list as we get more responses.

While races for Precinct Committeemen do not attract the media attention that larger offices do, they are very important to the candidates who participate in them. The outcome of those races determine the makeup of party leadership both at the county and state level, and control of that leadership includes the ability to speak for the party as well as control over the party’s purse strings.  These races can be very high-stakes.  As such, the strategic advantage that accrues to a group that knowingly violates election law in order to gain a stealth advantage is tremendous. You do not have time to gather an effort to counter something that you have no idea is coming.

The penalties for failing to file a committee and failing to file reports that detail contributions and expenditures are substantial and are laid out in ARS 16-904 for example.  The failure to file and report are both violations of ARS 16-902, 16-902.01, 16-904, 16-912, 16-913 and potentially 16-913.01 and 16-914.02 depending on the source and nature of the funds used to pay for this electioneering and expressed advocacy.

Furthermore, AGA failed to notify the candidates who were listed on their mailers of their independent expenditures in a timely manner as prescribed by ARS 16-917.  The penalties for failing to do this shall be three times the cost of the literature.

Lastly, AGA would be required to list any individuals, corporations, LLCs and labor organizations paying for these expenditures should the source of any of this money come from any of these individuals, corporations, LLCs and labor organizations.  There is no such disclosure save for “Paid for by Arizona Grassroots Action” and the penalties for failing to properly disclose are up to three times the cost of the literature.

It is too late to undo the damage done to the candidates who were disadvantaged by these unannounced and unreported mailings.  However, your office can and should send a strong message to this group and those groups who would mimic this technique in the future that their actions carry severe financial penalties.

People and organizations that feel they are above the law by not registering with the appropriate state and county agencies so they can use their dirty money to fund their egregious acts of misleading and confusing the voters is totally unacceptable.

It is quite obvious AGA has violated election laws by not registering as a political committee or filing campaign finance reports, and I am requesting a full and thorough investigation into this heinous matter.  Please consider this complaint a “class action complaint” on behalf of the thousands of individuals that have been wronged.

– A. J. LaFaro, Chairman, Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) Office: 480-752-9164, E-mailaj_ml@hotmail.com

 * First Strategic Communications and Public Affairs

Under “Our Team” you’ll find the names Wes GullettKurt Davis, Marcus Dell’Artino, Barry Dill, Crystal Bradley, Bettina Nava, and Steve Roman. Five of the six highlighted names share a common thread: They have all worked for John McCain.  At least a couple of those McCain cohorts show up on this 2006 Republicans for Janet (Napolitano) list.

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Seeing Red AZ has previously provided additional background on such shenanigans:

This post card is an example of those sent out by then-Sen. Jon Kyl in 2012, as he intruded in the LD 28 precinct committeemen races and attempted to facilitate the removal of conservatives.

Another example of Republicrat duplicity also took place in District 28, where conservatives were targeted for removal on a slate pushing RINOs for election as state committeemen.

Integrity is in short supply these days. Here is a list of RINOs supporting liberal Democrat Felecia Rotellini. “Republican” is a convenient label for these turncoats to keep as they show their true colors while ripping fellow Republicans.  If they reregistered as Democrats, their traitorous acts would lose their potency.

 


2014 U.S. Senate races take center stage

September 23, 2014

The battle for the U.S. Senate looms as the national mega issue in the upcoming November midterm elections. The GOP needs 51 seats to wrest control from the Democrats and neutralize Obama. In the search for hard numbers and changes in status from previous polling, Real Clear Politics is a reliable go-to site. The current senate has 55 Democrats and 45 Republicans, with two so-called “Independents,” Sens. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and Angus King (I-Maine) who caucus with the Dems.

Watch Republicans in these key races:  Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota, and West Virginia. The last three listed are open seats previously held by Democrats and expected to flip to the GOP column.

Democrats who are running for senate seats are also running from Obama —- attempting to distance themselves from his increasingly abysmal ratings on issues ranging from the blunderous Obamacare and still sagging economy to his incredibly shaky foreign policy.

Thirty-six states are holding gubernatorial elections this year —- Arizona, among them. Currently, Republicans hold 29 governorships to the Democrats’ 21

Human Events did the congressional math months ago, summing up the situation this way:  “Today, there are 45 Republican Senators and the GOP needs a net gain of six seats to win control of the 114th Congress in January 2015. But winning a bare majority in 2014 is not enough. Republicans need to pick up enough seats in 2014 to ensure they have 51 or more Senators after the 2016 election where Republicans will defend potentially vulnerable Senate seats won in the GOP landslide year of 2010.

If Republicans win six seats they will control the House and Senate for two years but still face the Obama veto for both years. But if they capture the nine seats needed to be comfortable that GOP control of congress would continue in 2017 and 2018 then, if they are joined by a Republican President after the 2016 election, they can begin undoing much of the damage of the past eight years and enact the Ryan budget plan that begins the U-turn away from our present path to socialism. That is winning.”

 


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