Newly licensed illegals to be driving AZ streets

December 19, 2014

Under the heading “IMMIGRATION” —- slyly omitting the key word, “illegal” —- the pro-amnesty/open borders local newspaper illustrates how it has earned its name: The Periódico de la República de Arizona. The report by Daniel Gonzalez is titled in bold-faced caps, ”ROAD CLEARS FOR ‘DREAMER’ DRIVERS.

The legislative acronym D.R.E.A.M.E.R., representing Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors has been consigned to the political trash heap by the leftist, agenda-driven newspaper in favor of the softer version, implying one who is simply enjoying a deep sleep. In fact, it represents a nightmare.

The first two sentences of Gonzalez’ report deceptively uses the word “immigrant” twice when referring to illegal aliens, who have done nothing to facilitate applying for legal citizenship as true immigrants do.

“Young immigrants known as dreamers will be able to begin applying for driver’s licenses on Monday, according to a court ruling handed down Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge David G. Campbell. Campbell issued a preliminary injunction ordering Arizona to stop denying driver’s licenses to young immigrants known as dreamers.”

It will be impossible to ascertain whether these illegals arrived as infants brought by their law-breaking parents or yesterday, alone. Many already have black market licenses, as do their parents. The sale of counterfeit and stolen documents such as licenses, birth certificates and social security cards constitute a thriving business in Hispanic communities. The questions to ask are, will insurance be required prior to processing the licenses and how will such a provision be enforced?

State-issued driver’s licenses open doors of opportunity in the United States. Not only does a  license grant the privilege to operate a vehicle, it also is widely accepted as an identification card that enables the bearer to access countless services and taxpayer-funded benefits. Driver’s licenses are used to rent apartments and cars, open bank accounts, cash checks, enter secure buildings, buy guns, and board commercial aircraft.

In a statement released Thursday, Gov. Jan Brewer correctly said, “The right to determine who is issued a driver license is reserved for the states –– not the federal government or an unelected judiciary. It is outrageous that Arizona is being forced to ignore longstanding state law and comply with a flawed federal court mandate that requires the state, at least temporarily, to issue driver licenses to individuals whose presence is in violation of federal law, as established by the United States Congress.”

“At stake in this case are the fundamental issues of constitutional law and state sovereignty. Arizona has the constitutional right and authority to enforce state statute. This right must be protected. It must be defended.”

Read Brewer’s complete statement here.


Challenging Obama’s amnesty order, Brewer exits on high note

December 5, 2014

Nearly out the door of her ninth floor office, term-limited Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has taken the bold step of joining a growing coalition of states assembled by Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott suing to overturn Barack Obama’s executive order on amnesty.

In issuing her terse statement, Brewer adds Arizona to the list of states that are challenging Obama’s authority to unilaterally give rights and benefits to millions of foreign nationals who have illegally invaded our nation —- allowing them to compete with American citizens for scarce jobs and qualify for protection from deportation.  Some of the provisions of Obama’s action such as identifying those who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years, ensuring they pay fees, back taxes and learn English are clearly unenforceable.

Arizona is proud to join a coalition of states fighting to overturn President Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional executive action,” said Gov. Brewer. “As a border state bearing the brunt of our nation’s broken immigration system – a crisis exacerbated by the President’s reckless immigration policies and refusal to enforce the law – our state and our citizens have had enough.

President Obama has exceeded his power as clearly defined in the United States Constitution and federal law and deliberately ignored the will of the American people. Such federal overreach cannot stand. I believe that the courts should strike down this presidential fiat and uphold the fundamental principles upon which this country was built.”

Obama’s order, endorsing a culture of lawlessness was announced Nov. 20.

The federal lawsuit (view it here) was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas, and names the heads of the top immigration enforcement agencies as defendants. At the time of filing, the action involved the following 17 states: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. 


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.


How dare anyone call liberal Fred DuVal a liberal?

August 29, 2014

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

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

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

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

Valdez is an unrepentant liberal, after all.

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

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


Lame duck Gov. Jan Brewer seeks vengeance

August 25, 2014

Her hoped for legacy? A RINO legislature

Arizona’s Republican governor Jan Brewer is sliding none too gracefully out the door of the ninth floor office she has occupied in the state Executive Tower. That’s the same office she was so warmly welcomed to in January 2009, when Democrat Janet Napolitano took an early hike to sign on with the Obama administration. Republicans greeted the change with jubilation.

Lacking a Lieutenant Governor, Arizona’s line of succession is through the Secretary of State’s Office, and many governors besides Brewer have found that to be the slickly greased route. Jane Hull, Rose Mofford, and Wesley Bolin also ascended to the state’s top job by virtue of their predecessor’s good or bad fortunes.

Jan Brewer, a woman with over three decades of political experience under her belt, has chosen a destructive path as she wraps up her final term. Rather than remaining neutral in statewide and legislative races, or endorsing GOP incumbents, she has chosen to spew bile on her way out, by working hard to topple conservative state legislators who voted against her wildly ill-conceived and costly Medicaid expansion —- which became the focal point of her left-wing platform. 

Brewer has been doling out endorsements like candy to those who voted in support of her outrageous scheme, while spitefully cold-shouldering conservatives, many of them incumbents with solid records. 

Though claiming pro-life credentials, Brewer endorsed abortion supporter Michele Reagan for Secretary of State. 

The spectacle of this petulant woman who has spent her entire career in elective office, now acting like a spoiled child is appalling to watch. One would hope for a less ignoble way to take leave.

Uncomfortably aware of her own limitations early on, Brewer was all too eager to cede her authority over to the McEstablishment and they enthusiastically took the reins, as she was relegated to a figurehead doing their bidding.

She leaves as a second-rate disappointment to those who once celebrated her arrival. Tomorrow evening’s election returns will show if her now sullied name holds clout or hampers those RINOs she sought to help. We’re betting on a noxious taint following her endorsements.


Brewer’s unseemly primary endorsement aims to remove Montenegro

August 4, 2014

The Arizona Daily Independent substantiates the foul rumors that have become increasing rife concerning Gov. Jan Brewer’s plunge into the roiling waters of the Legislative District 13 Republican primary.

Following the template set by her mentor John McCain and his endorsement-happy buddy Bill Montgomery, Brewer is immersing herself in an unseemly pre-primary endorsement that reeks of retribution against conservative incumbent state Representative Steve Montenegro.

When Brewer ramrodded the late-night Medicaid Expansion (H.B. 2010) in June 2013, Montenegro criticized the maneuver, calling the governor’s move “disrespectful.

The Independent reports “Brewer has secured donations from the healthcare providers who stand to gain economically from her expansion. Through her PAC, she is directing money to be spent against fellow Republicans like Montenegro.”

It’s more than an odd coincidence that lame-duck Brewer is enamored with first-time candidate Diane Landis, declaring she “understands the needs of this very diverse district.” As she throws her “enthusiastic support” Landis’ way, it’s well to remember that Landis approaches the illegal invasion that has reached crisis proportions in our state, with these words: “Arizona needs a well-defined, manageable, and appropriate legal guest worker program, that has nothing to do with citizenship or a pathway to citizenship.”

With this statement Landis displays her abysmal disconnect regarding the fact that those who disregard our laws will be disinclined to be “guest workers” who will then placidly return home when the job is completed.

Rep. Steve Montenegro is a legal immigrant from El Salvador. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University with a B.S. in Political Science. He also had the temerity to call out Brewer on her unconscionable and unsustainable Medicaid Expansion, the passage of which was aided by nine House and six Senate Republicrats* who traitorously voted with the Arizona Democrats to pass this key element of Barack Obama’s signature health care scheme.  For Montenegro’s outspoken opposition to OBrewercare, Brewer shamefully spends her final days in office throwing political missiles his way.

Check out SRAZ’s state legislative endorsements which also provides a link to our statewide selections  We stand in solid support of conservative state Rep. Steve Montenegro.

*Senate: Adam Driggs, John McComish, Steve Pierce, Michele Reagan, Bob Worsley and Rich Crandall.

  House: Kate Brophy McGee, Heather Carter, Ethan Orr, Bob Robson, Doug Coleman, Jeff Dial, T.J. Shope, Doris Goodale and Frank Pratt.


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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