McCain toadies endorse ship-jumping Kate McGee

June 25, 2014

Just when it appears we’ve seen it all, raw political machinations continue to amaze. Kate Brophy McGee has sent out this announcement heralding what she terms her “key Phoenix City Council endorsements.”

The incumbent council members ooze with compliments for the Republicrat Legislative District 28 incumbent House member —- despite the fact that during her tenure McGee has made a habit of jumping ship from the Republican caucus to repeatedly vote with the Democrats.

If you’re wondering why council members Sal DiCiccio, Bill Gates, Jim Waring and Thelda Williams have all joined in slobbering effusive praise on McGee although there are three Republicans running in the district, look no further than the connective “Mc” before her surname.

 Pull back the curtain to reveal master puppeteer John McCain. His aides lobbied on behalf of Bill Gates initially getting appointed to his city council post, although the team was not so chummy back in 2009, when Thelda Williams voted against Gates’ appointment.

Waring served McCain as a former staffer, and in this Arizona Republic election questionnaire refers to one of McCain’s quotes as the best piece of political advice Waring says he’s ever received: “Use your judgment,” McCain told Waring. “If it’s no good, you won’t be in office very long, anyway.”

Not to be outdone, last November, councilman Sal DiCiccio, another former McCain staffer, followed his mentor’s lead, as seen here, Waring, getting the message, dutifully hopped on the endorsement bandwagon as well —- although none of the endorsements helped perennial candidate Martin Sepulveda, then running for state treasurer.

The cunning DiCiccio credits his teacher and mentor, liberal former U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell, who required his students to attend Tempe City Council meetings, with originally planting the seeds of interest in politics.

Joining in these McCain approved united endorsements of McGee indicate obediently falling in (Mc)line overrides the conservative Republican ideology these council members purported to represent on the Phoenix City Council.

The knotty conundrum facing conservatives voters in LD 28 is that none of the three Republicrats running are worthy of support. 


‘Sunday Square Off‘: Timothy Schwartz justifies McCain censure

February 2, 2014

Although ‘Square Off’ moderator Brahm Resnik derisively titled the segment, “Republican behind McCain censure claims large group backs effort,” Timothy Schwartz “claims” nothing. He cited facts regarding the overwhelming vote for censure of John McCain at the Jan. 25, 2014 annual Statutory Meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party. 

Two weeks earlier a similar censure of McCain was passed by the Maricopa County Republican elected precinct committeemen who voted to censure John McCain by 1,150 – 351.

Statewide, elected members of County Republican Committees representing Maricopa, Apache, Cochise, Gila, Mohave and Santa Cruz counties have passed Censure Resolutions against Arizona‘s senior senator. Regardless of Resnik’s contemptuous portrayal of precinct committeemen, the fact is these party officials run for office on primary election ballots and are elected to their posts by voters in their legislative districts. State Committeemen are elected to represent their districts by other committeemen.

Brahm Resnik, the host of the Channel 12 program, is part of the Gannett mega media family which includes television stations such as KPNX 12 and newspapers including the left-leaning Arizona Republic. The daily has been a reliable shill for John McCain in the form of editorials and even assigning reporter Dan Nowicki to cover his every move. Linda Valdez leads the large hate-conservatives pack of the rapidly deteriorating Arizona Republicall openly cohabitating in the same building since January 2011 — enabling easier collusion in misreporting facts.

Watch the program here.


John McCain: Unfavorite son censured by home state GOP

January 25, 2014

We’re “mad as Hell, and we’re not going to take this anymore” — Peter Finch in the classic film “Network”

Saturday was another bleak day for Sen. John McCain, as he was again the object of growing internal Republican fury exhibited in the overwhelming voice vote in favor of censuring the longtime politician for a litany of grievances, including a “record [which] has been disastrous and harmful to Arizona and the United States.”  He has been in Washington since 1982.

From the onset the air was thick with anticipation as the specter of John McCain dominated the annual Statutory Meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party — as yet another resolution to censure him grabbed the attention of the 1,210 state committeemen, who were called to elect Party officers* and consider a group of resolutions. The statewide total of elected state committeemen is 1,688.

Most Arizona GOP grassroots activists only know the haughty McCain as an image on their flat screen, since he is disinterested in attending gatherings over which he has no control. Junior Sen. Jeff Flake was also noticably absent.  Other state elected officers including the Republican Governor, Attorney General, U.S. Representatives, AZ House and Senate leaders, GOP intra-party leaders and popular Mariopca County Sheriff Joe Arpaio  appreciate the meetings as an opportunity to engage with the committeemen — who are the only party officials directly elected by Republican voters. 

Just two weeks ago today, Maricopa County Republican elected precinct committeemen gathered in Phoenix and voted to censure John McCain. That resolution, expressing deep dissatisfaction with Arizona’s senior senator passed overwhelmingly — 1,150 in support with only 351 opposed.

State committeemen are elected from among precinct committeemen within legislative districts statewide. Their names initially appear on primary election ballots.

Supporters of the resolution had to collect 200 signatures of state committee members before the resolution could be debated or voted on today as they bypassed the usual procedure required for resolutions to be heard.

Members of the Santa Cruz County Republican Committee recently voted to censure Sen. John McCain. They joined Maricopa, Apache, Cochise, Gila, and Mohave counties — all of which have passed Censure Resolutions.

Similar action has been taken by Republicans in South Carolina against Sen. Lindsey Graham, John McCain’s longtime doppelganger.  That censure resolution, which passed by 78%, cites 30 examples of Graham violating the Republican Party platform.

This film clip from the Hollywood classic “Network” describes the frustration of Arizona Republicans. Peter Finch won a posthumous Academy Award for his performance portraying television anchorman Howard Beale who had also had his fill.

*In the staggered term elections, former AZ Senate President Russell Pearce was easily reelected as First Vice Chair of the State Party. Second Vice Chair is Parralee Schneider. Assistant Secretary is Deborrah Miller and Assistant Treasurer is John Stevens. Alberto Gutier won reelection as Sergeant-At-Arms by 100 votes after an endorsement by Sheriff Arpaio.


AZ Republic shills for McCain

January 17, 2014

Daily mocks aggrieved GOP PCs as “zealots” and “griping GOP faction”

When well over a thousand elected precinct committeemen of a political party assemble for a yearly county-wide mandatory meeting, it’s noteworthy. When the gathering of the officials are Republicans from Arizona’s most populous county — Maricopa — which includes Phoenix within its borders, that would ordinarily insure news coverage. But when the assemblage voted by a hefty 1,150 – 351 on a formal resolution to censure Arizona’s Republican senior senator John McCain, the state’s reliably liberal newspaper was uncharacteristically silent.

 The censure resolution began with these words:

As leaders in the Republican Party, we are obligated to fully support our Party, platform, and its candidates,” the formal censure resolution reads. “Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Senator McCain would return to our Party’s values on his own. That has not happened.”

The meeting which included the extraordinary reproach of McCain was held on Saturday, Jan. 11. At long last, on Thursday Jan. 16, the newspaper’s editors were finally able to pull their jaws from the ground and address this stunning rebuke of their favorite “maverick.” Since far too much time had elapsed for the issue to be addressed as a news item, they resorted to the editorial page in an attempt to wallop the elected committeemen, identified by the newspaper as “zealots,” and a  “griping GOP faction.” The editorialist goes to the mat with the term “practitioners of blasphemy politics,” in an attempt to give cover to McCain, described as “put to the stake” by [his] own.

Such a verbal assault of dedicated party activists, who put their values to work on behalf of countless candidates and issues, is contemptible. However, it irrefutably identifies who the adamant McCain supporters are.

Know this. They are not mainstream conservative Republicans.


Sen. John McCain censured by AZ GOP elected officials

January 11, 2014

McCain subject of unprecedented embarrassment

At the annual mandatory meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Committee Saturday, a resolution censuring Sen. John McCain was overwhelmingly passed by the elected precinct committeemen (PCs) representing the county seat of Phoenix, and including numerous surrounding cities. See this complete listing of all the cities and map for a full picture of the size of the area encompassed by Maricopa County.

Committeemen representing the Republican voters are elected on primary ballots from the precincts within state legislative districts.

Other business included the election of County GOP officers and the passage of 14 resolutions by the assembled body.  There were 935 precinct committeemen in attendance and 711 by proxy. All of the resolutions passed by wide margins.*  The officers elected are Andrew Costanzo, Joseph Hobbs, Gary Johnson, Mike Richardson, and Ray Sweeney.

The vote to censure McCain passed overwhelmingly — 1,150 in support with only 351 opposed. Read the complete Resolution to Censure John McCain, including a list of grievances

Arizona’s entire Republican Congressional delegation attended the meeting. U.S. Reps. Paul Gosar, (CD-4); Matt Salmon, (CD-5); David Schweikert, (CD-6) and Trent Franks (CD-8) were warmly received by the committeemen. The Representatives gave rousing speeches that resonated with the PCs. As always, popular Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was greeted with loud cheers.

Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake did not attend.

*  Correction: Resolution #14 failed by 703 to 650.


Prayer controversy escalates in LD 28 & UPDATES

January 10, 2014

Oafish O’Connor orders obedience or ouster

Disputes over the propriety of God being removed from Invocations at Legislative District 28 meetings was first reported in this post in early December. The matter has now escalated, with a petty letter sent by Chairman Scott O’Connor to Precinct Committeeman Rob Haney. A popular former two-term Maricopa County Republican Chairman, Haney also previously served as the district’s chairman.

Scott O’Connor’s January 8, 2014 threatening letter to Haney:

Rob,

I appreciate your right to disagree, and I gave you plenty of opportunities to do so last night.

However, your tendency to interrupt and play games with the chair and the agenda is a pattern that must end. If you do it again, you will be removed.

Adding vocal God Bless and Amens during a moment of silence clearly vocalized your opposition to the suspension of formal prayer at the meeting, but not in a respectful way or time. Do it again and you will be removed.

Personally, I don’t really care if we have the prayers or not, but the executive committee and I are respecting the wishes of those who are offended by the practice.

I will respect you when you start showing some respect. If you want to change a policy, request it formally and it will be considered, but do not disrupt the meeting again with your antics. Maybe you should attend the classes at the Center for Self Governance on how to be more effective in your engagement with political officials.

Sincerely,
Scott H. O’Connor

Rob Haney’s January 9, 2014 response to O‘Connor:

Dear Scott,

I am taking the liberty of publishing our exchange of emails in an open forum because I view removal of the Invocation from our LD 28 meetings at the sole discretion of the executive board as a continuance of the attack on religion in our country. Other districts need to be made aware of how easily they can lose the rights they took for granted through the actions of a few anonymous complaints brought to a receptive executive board.  To have a universally accepted, decades long  practice within the Republican Party ended by fiat of the executive board without even debate or a vote of the body, is the height of arrogance and is reminiscent of Obama’s executive orders.

I would suggest to other LDs that they take preventative action, possibly through a bylaw addition which states that the Invocation and Pledge cannot be remove from the opening proceedings of a district meeting without a vote of the LD precinct committeemen.

And, although it should not be necessary to tell you in advance of a motion to be offered in the next meeting to rescind the executive board’s edict to do away with the invocation, please add that motion to your agenda.

Now to your other points:

1)  I find it disingenuous that after the meeting you took the time to compliment me on adding to the debate, but now you are critical of my doing so.

2) You state that I have a tendency to interrupt and play games with the chair and the agenda and if I do so again, I will be removed. Responsible citizenship requires objections to unilateral dictates. Also, when you began the meeting with an uncalled for ad hominem attack on Russell Pearce,  I felt it necessary to call you on it since you had called this unscheduled meeting to discuss the resolutions, not to attack the sponsors of the resolutions.  This action was uncalled for and unprofessional.  In your call letter you stated that we were going to discuss “no less than 11 resolutions put forth by Russell Pearce.” That statement alone was denigrating and you proceeded to expound upon it at the meeting. To those of us who admire and respect Russell Pearce for his long record of unselfish service to our state and country, the attack was a “red flag,” warranting immediate rebuttal.

3)  You state that you do not care if we have the prayer or not but you and the executive committee were respecting the wishes of those who were offended by the practice.  You appear to have been biased in favor of removal to begin with or you would have brought the matter before the body of PCs for open discussion and a vote. My guess is that you have offended far more by removing the Invocation without a discussion than were offended by its inclusion.

4)  The Preamble to the Republican Platform ends with the sentence, “May God continue to shed his grace on the United States of America.”  Do you and the executive committee of LD 28 now place yourselves above the Republican Platform?

5)  Your last attack paragraph is too immature to warrant a response.

Sincerely,

Rob Haney

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More from O’Connor:

I chastise you in private, for a legitimate reason, and you go off on a crusade with a list of secret trolls. And you want me to favor your requests? Seriously? You represent everything that is wrong with the Arizona GOP.

So how about sending me your list so that I can defend myself and the LD?

The letter I sent you was shared only with the executive committee, who was involved in the policy discussion. I decided not to call you out during the meeting, as that would have veered off the agenda and caused too much of a distraction. Your other input during the meeting, when you were called on, was as welcome as anyone else’s. It was that input I referred to at the end of the meeting.

Scott H. O’Connor

Haney’s response:

You want my email roster? Lots of luck.

It has been sent to hundreds of email addresses but I would not post email addresses to be picked up by a junk mail gatherer.

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From: Precinct Committeeman Florence Smith
To: Rob Haney
Sent: Sunday, January 12, 2014 8:29 PM
Subject: Re: Disruption of LD 28 meetings

This is Florence here.

Thank you for your stand and your letter to Scott. I wrote him also. I am attaching the letters below in case any of it can add to your case.

Part of my first email said:

Both this meeting and the last one were started without prayer. (I wasn’t at the June meeting, since my husband was in the hospital; so I am not sure about that meeting.) I know some people just see it as a formality, but as a Christian I feel we presently need more prayer not less. I have always seen it as a good way to open the meetings asking for God’s guidance. If we make efforts to do things in a way pleasing to God, the results should be better than promoting our own agendas. I sincerely hope that we can have the prayer back in future meetings.

Scott O’Connor replied:

Thanks, Florence. We have several pc’s who have requested we do not offer prayers at the LD meetings since we are doing government work and not religious work, separating the two as per the Constitution. I respect their requests. Several other pc’s have asked, and been upset with my answer. My suggestion is that those who wish to pray do so in silence or before coming to the meeting. This issue has been discussed with our executive committee and we are in agreement on the matter.
On Nov 4, 2013, Florence Smith wrote the following to Scott O‘Connor:
Actually if you read the Constitution there is nothing stating the separation of church and state. That was a quote taken from a letter of Thomas Jefferson’s to the Danbury Baptist association. His letter used the term the separation of church and state to show that it protected the church from the state (not the other way around).

During the Constitutional Convention of 1787 when delegates had failed to reach an agreement, Ben Franklin stated, “I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business.”

Both the Senate and the House are opened each day with prayer. Both bodies have chaplains. The Founding Fathers prayed publicly while drafting our Constitution and its Bill of Rights. Prayer is included as part of the presidential inauguration. Each session of the Supreme Court opens with “God save the United Sates and this honorable court.”

As a Judeo-Christian country we have offered a lot of tolerance in our country. There is no one in our country that will be put in jail or be told they can’t have a job because they are Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, etc. Yet in atheistic, Muslim, and socialist countries as a Christian you can be jailed, banned from working, or even killed. We need to see the value of what the faith of our founders has made this country into. Noah Webster said, “No truth is more evident than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”

Ronald Reagan said, “…prayer is one of the few things in this world that hurts no one and sustains the spirit of millions.”

George Washington stated, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness.”

He also stated, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”

The Supreme Court ruling of 1983 clearly affirmed the right of legislative bodies to open sessions with prayer. The justices said that such prayer was in keeping with the history and tradition of this country.

I would hope that you would take these facts into consideration.

Florence Smith

Scott O’Connor replied:

Florence, the issue is in the federal and state courts again, and is not settled. I will forward an article on the subject. For me, religion is intensely personal, and I do not appreciate those who must demonstrate theirs while I am attending and event for another purpose. Sorry I do not agree with you on this.

Florence Smith responded:

Pat and I plan to attend the next meeting, and if there is a motion to keep prayer in the meetings we will vote for it.

Florence

 


John McCain subject of censure vote by GOP leadership & Update

January 8, 2014

Among the 13 Resolutions to be voted on at the at the Jan. 11, 2014 Mandatory Meeting of Maricopa County Republican Precinct Committeemen in Phoenix is the following Resolution To Censure Sen. John McCain.

“As leaders in the Republican Party, we are obligated to fully support our Party, platform, and its candidates. Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Senator McCain would return to our Party’s values on his own. That has not happened. So with sadness and humility we rise and declare…”

RESOLUTION #8:   Senator John McCain Censured by Arizona’s Republican Leadership — As leaders in the Republican Party, we are obligated to fully support our Party, platform, and its candidates. Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Senator McCain would return to our Party’s values on his own. That has not happened. So with sadness and humility we rise and declare:

Whereas Senator McCain has amassed a long and terrible record of drafting, co-sponsoring and voting for legislation best associated with liberal Democrats, such as Amnesty, funding for ObamaCare, the debt ceiling, liberal nominees, assaults on the Constitution and 2nd amendment; and

Whereas this record has been disastrous and harmful to Arizona and the United States; and

Whereas Senator McCain has campaigned as a conservative and made promises during his re-election campaigns, such as the needed and welcomed promise to secure our borders and finish the border fence, only to quickly flip-flop on those promises; and

Whereas McCain has abandoned our values and has been eerily silent against Liberals, yet publicly reprimands Conservatives in his own Party, therefore

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the Maricopa County Republican Committee censures Senator McCain for his continued disservice to our State and Nation, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that until he consistently champions our Party’s Platform, we, the Republican leadership in Arizona will no longer support, campaign for or endorse John McCain as our U.S. Senator.

The other Resolutions can be viewed here on the Maricopa County Republican Committee News Briefs and Updates. Two proposed by-law changes are also up for consideration. They can be viewed on the same link.

Six Maricopa County Republican Committeemen have announced their candidacy for five member-at-large positions to be elected at the Jan. 11 meeting.  A five-member team consisting of Dan Schultz (LD18), Joe Hobbs (LD19), Andy Costanzo (LD27), Gary Johnson (LD18) and Ray Sweeney (LD2) are running as a slate. Candidate Mike Richardson (LD18) is running separatelyThe candidates pledge, statements and bios can be read here.

If you are an elected precinct committeeman in MaricopaCounty, make sure you attend this important meeting.  Information including location, time, agenda and map here.

Update-tag

This censure also made the Daily Caller’s ‘most read list’ this morning. Read Group of Arizona Republicans to censure John McCain for siding with ‘liberal Democrats


Sen. Kelli Ward acts to ban unconstitutional NSA spying in AZ

December 12, 2013

Conservative values first honed listening to Rush Limbaugh

Republican State Sen. Kelli Ward (Dist.5) is making national news. The Washington Times reports that the Lake Havasu physician/legislator will introduce legislation in the upcoming session to ban the National Security Agency from unconstitutional operations in Arizona. Ward describes her nullification legislation, the Fourth Amendment Protection Act, as a pre-emptive strike against the federal agency’s overreaches.

“While media attention is focused on a possible effort to shut off water to the NSA data center in Utah, I’m introducing the Arizona Fourth Amendment Protection Act to back our neighbors up,” Ward said, referencing actions by Utah’s privacy advocates to drive the agency from its borders.

“Just in case the NSA gets any ideas about moving south, I want them to know the NSA isn’t welcome in Arizona unless it follows the Constitution. There is no question that the NSA program, as it is now being run, violates the Fourth Amendment. This is a way to stop it.”

Arizona would be the first state to take such action against the NSA, though Ward’s legislation could well serve as a template for other states.

Critics claim the move has no teeth, that the Supremacy Clause binds all states to every federal mandate, regardless of its constitutionality. Advocates for constitutional protections against federal power abuse disagree, citing* both Supreme Court precedents and the philosophical roots of the Constitution itself. As more states move to assert their constitutional rights, the debate over state’s rights will surely continue.

Ward’s legislation would ban state and local officials from providing material support to the NSA — including water and electricity —  make data collected by the NSA without a warrant inadmissible in state court, forbid public colleges from working with the NSA and levy sanctions against companies working with the electronic spy agency.

Read the complete news article here. And while you’re at it, take some additional time to read Dr./Sen. Ward’s impressive bio, linked under her name in the first paragraph of this post. Arizonans are electing some impressive conservatives

*H/T Heritage Foundation


Dissing God creates problems in LD 28

December 7, 2013

God was the clear winner over mere mortals at the Executive Guidance Committee of the Maricopa County Republican Committee (EGC) meeting Thursday night.

When County Republican Chairman A. J. LaFaro asked the members to introduce themselves, former two-term County Chairman Rob Haney did so in no uncertain terms.  Haney, also a former district chairman, identified himself as a member of LD 28, “Where they’ve taken God out of the meetings.”

The Legislative District meetings no longer begin with both a Pledge of Allegiance and invocation. The invocation has been deemed nonessential and side-railed in favor of a moment of silence.

Clearly riled at the disclosure, District 28 Chairman Scott O’Connor pointed to Haney’s comment as an example of the divisiveness within the party, saying there were members of the district who objected to Christian prayer and the 9-member board decided no prayer was a satisfactory substitute.

The Rev. Clyde Bowen, Chairman of the Arizona American African Republican Committee, invited to give the prayer preceding the EGC meeting was diametrically opposed to O’Connor’s position. Before leading the group in prayer Rev. Bowen reinforced the concept that our rights are derived from God and that fact should be acknowledged in our political lives.

Our nation’s founding documents repeatedly credit our Creator and honor God. Since 1789 the U.S. Congress and Senate have had Offices of the Chaplin and a prayer opens each session, led by guest chaplains of various denominations. Every argument before the U.S. Supreme Court and every opinion the justices render are within the presence of the frieze depicting lawgivers, including Moses carrying the Ten Commandments — God’s law — carved on the high court structure.

Scott O’Connor, the son of former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, should be well acquainted with that depiction.


AZ AG Tom Horne requests SCOTUS abortion review

November 21, 2013

Arizona’s Attorney General Tom Horne is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the ruling issued by the liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that an Arizona law passed as HB 2800 — stripping Medicaid funding from abortion providers — is unconstitutional.

Horne argues that Arizona has a right to deny Medicaid funding to abortion providers.

Planned Parenthood, Arizona’s largest abortion provider, will receive more than $1.5 billion in Medicaid subsidies, enabling abortion funding in direct contravention of the will of Arizona taxpayers, through the actions of their elected legislative representatives.

The same circuit court ruled that the Arizona law and another challenge brought by Attorney General Horne and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery (Isaacson v. Horne) banning most abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy (HB 2036) is also unconstitutional. In that case, the court reversed the ruling of then-Presiding U.S. (AZ) District Court Judge James Teilborg.

Horne, whose job it is to defend these laws, wants clarity in these fundamental life issues.

This March 27 post provides background regarding the expansion of funding for abortion providers. No wonder statewide GOP Legislative Districts have passed resolutions in opposition to Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid Expansion in support of Obamacare.


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