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!


9th Circus: AZ’s denial of illegals driver’s licenses based in “animosity”

July 8, 2014

Brewer calls DACA program “President Obama’s lawless directive”

In a unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals it has been ordered that “DREAMers allowed to work in the U.S. by virtue of one of Barack Obama’s infamous executive orders, also must be issued Arizona driver’s licenses.

The Ninth Circuit, often referred to as the Ninth Circus, is the most overturned court in the nation. The judges on the panel —- political appointees of Presidents Carter, Clinton and Obama —- rendered their ruling Monday.

The court rejected arguments by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer that she was entitled to deny licenses to those in the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The appeals court ordered U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell, to direct the state Department of Transportation to provide licenses to those who are in that program.

Among the completely unverifiable provisions referred to in the decision are the DACA eligibility factors —- including the claim that they were brought to the United States before the age of sixteen and were under thirty-one years old as of June 15, 2012. They must have been living in the United States when DACA was announced and have continuously resided in the United States for at least the previous five years; and they must have graduated from high school, or obtained a GED, or have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces, or be currently enrolled in school. Additionally, they must not pose any threat to public safety. Anyone who has been convicted of multiple misdemeanors, single significant misdemeanor, or any felony offense is supposedly ineligible for DACA.

Attempting to prove any of these ages, dates or status, is a fool’s errand. Names and other pertinent identifying information are routinely altered making proof of criminal offenses an enterprise with the incentives far greater than fear of discovery.

Arizona is dealing with an illegal community where forged, stolen or otherwise counterfeit documents to underwrite life in the United States is de rigueur.  Identity theft is a major criminal enterprise especially evident in border states. The intent is to provide documents to facilitate the lives of foreign nationals illegally entering the U.S.

The Ninth Circuit Court’s opinion can be read here.

Gov. Jan Brewer’s strongly worded, single page response to the ruling can be read here.


Illegal invaders supported by “activists”

June 5, 2014

Has a civilized nation ever survived by welcoming its invaders?

If you have any doubts where the AZ República’s core is, the massive photo which takes up a good portion of the front page and its accompanying caption should allay any doubts. The photo shows “migrants” (the words “illegal aliens“ never make it into print) exiting a federal bus as part of the Texas dump of the foreign invaders — these are from Central America — which Texas has been shipping to Arizona. The caption details “volunteers stepping up to offer [them] comfort.”

Are we to stand by silently as the non-military overthrow of our Constitutional government, bequeathed by America’s founders takes place? The effort is aided and abetted by the Obama administration and his cohorts in the Republican establishment.

Immediately after the 2012 election, John McCain and Jeff Flake, strutted their stuff as members of the amnesty promoting so-called bi-partisan “Gang of Eight.” Previously, and always after securing reelection, the McCain/Kyl duo pushed “Comprehensive Immigration Reform.” The Arizona 4 GOP House members, Trent Franks, Paul Gosar, Matt Salmon and David Schweikert are onboard this illegal train wreck. Franks alone didn’t sign this mealy-mouthed missive to the AZ República, chock full of poll tested bromides keeping the door open to “Immigration Reform.“ But Franks allowed illegals and their supporters to camp out in his front yard and joined them in prayer (video). McCain has vowed to keep fighting for amnesty as long as he is “alive and breathing.

Polishing up her legacy as she readies to leave her ninth floor office, Gov. Jan Brewer has registered her “deep concern” about the dumping of  women, children and unaccompanied juveniles in this letter to Obama. They have been abandoned by DHS at Arizona bus stations without food, water or basic necessities, she writes.

The governor need not fear for their well-being. Large numbers of ‘community activists’ have been showing up at the Phoenix bus station daily, cheering and greeting the illegals. They distribute food, bottles of water, clothing, shoes, and items such as toothbrushes, mouthwash, aspirin, deodorant and other personal supplies.

The question to ask is who are the actual victims — those who willingly subject themselves and their young children to extreme summer temperatures as they invade our sovereign nation, or us —- the citizens who are being overrun by a constant and costly flood of humanity. The newspaper’s recurring barrage of photos and lengthy tales of woe vary little.  The audacity of the illegals is what should receive coverage.

Yesterday illegals and their advocates gathered at U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon’s local office to protest —- what else? They want action on amnesty, and they want it now!

The Primary Election is right around the corner.  Early voting begins July 31. Election Day is August 26. Tell these representatives what you think. After they win reelection, it will be too late.


More funny (re-branding) business from Jan Brewer

May 17, 2014

Brewer’s back to her old tricks

The latest news from the governor’s office is that Jan Brewer is expected to call the state legislature into a special session to revamp Child Protective Services, the troubled child-welfare agency that shamefully neglected to investigate well over 6,000 reports of child abuse and neglect. Here is her press release on what is rightly termed an “inexcusable situation” and “unconscionable practices.”

But in re-crafting the agency, Brewer is doing what she does so well. She’s renaming it.

In this press release she announced her Obama-like “Executive Order” craftily renaming Common Core, Obama’s approved federal takeover of America’s education system. Note that the words “Common Core” are mysteriously missing as she re-dubs the objectionable program “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards.”  Brewer and Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal colluded on this deception. Huppenthal calls his name-con re-branding.

As Arizona’s child-welfare agency is finally turned into a functioning office with corrective oversight, substantive changes absolutely need to be made. A new moniker is not one of them.

We agree with Thomas Jacobs, who according to the daily, represented CPS as an assistant Arizona attorney general from the mid-1970s to 1985.  Jacobs wants to keep the Child Protective Services (CPS) designation, which he says is the best, most-widely recognized acronym and name.

“Everyone in the country knows what CPS is and stands for,” says Jacobs. “Why confuse the public on a subject of vital importance? Changing the name isn’t going to erase or correct the problems with this troubled agency.”

Tell that to Gov. Brewer, who thinks the best way to effect change is through obscuring the facts and re-christening the unacceptable. The best deodorant is sunlight.


GOP Legislators win appeal on Medicaid expansion

April 23, 2014

The lawsuit filed against Arizona’s Medicaid Expansion —- an issue which caused mammoth legislative rifts last year —- has been given new life as Division One of the state Court of Appeals ruled that thirty-six Republican legislators,* two constituents whose representatives voted against the bill, and taxpayer Tom Jenney, have a constitutional right to challenge the law and the tax levy it imposes.

The Arizona court rejected Gov. Jan Brewer’s assertion that a simple majority of lawmakers have the constitutional authority to decide when a measure needs a two-thirds vote. In the court’s 11-page ruling, Appellate Judge John Gemmill wrote that ignores the actual language of the Arizona Constitution.

A petulant Brewer, who disingenuously called the tax levy an “assessment,” has promised to take the issue to the AZ Supreme Court. All new taxes are subject to a two-thirds legislative vote in the state of Arizona. Brewer pushed this tax through during a special session. The late night ‘debate’ did not allow those in opposition to  speak.

Read the opinion delivered by the three judge panel.

* Andy Biggs,  Andy Tobin; Nancy Barto; Judy  Burges; Chester Crandell; Gail Griffin; Al Melvin; Kelli Ward; Steve Yarbrough; Kimberly Yee; John Allen; Brenda Barton; Sonny Borrelli; Paul Boyer; Karen Fann; Eddie Farnsworth; Thomas Forese; David Gowan; Rick Gray; John Kavanagh; Adam Kwasman; Debbie Lesko; David Livingston; Phil Lovas; J.D. Mesnard; Darin Mitchell; Steve Montenegro; Justin Olson; Warren Peterson; Justin Pierce; Carl Seel; Steve Smith; David Stevens; Bob Thorpe; Kelly Townsend; Michelle Ugenti.


John McCain’s religious freedom memory lapse

March 15, 2014

The Weekly Standard’s articleJohn McCain Not Sure How Arizona’s Religious Freedom Bill Differed from Law He Voted Forprovides a revealing insight into the mind of Arizona’s very senior senator.

Only the fearless are willing to take such an excursion. Go ahead. You read Seeing Red AZ. You’re up to it.


AZ Gov. Jan Brewer won’t seek reelection… because she can’t

March 12, 2014

Although she’s played the re-election game for all the juice she can squeeze out of it, even declaring that there is “ambiguity” in the state Constitution regarding her ability to run for another term, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, announced today that she would not seek re-election.

“There does come a time to pass the torch of leadership,“ she said, “and after completing this term in office, I will be doing just that.”

In 2012 with a surge of bravado, Brewer told the daily, “I haven’t ruled it out, and I’ve been encouraged by people —- legal scholars and other people —- that it’s probably something that I ought to pursue.”

Because the Arizona Constitution specifically limits governors to two terms, Brewer, 69, had talked about circumventing the perimeters, since her first term came by appointment after then-governor Janet Napolitano, left to join the Obama administration. Brewer tried to make the case that although she served two terms, one of them was not an elected term and shouldn’t count.

But such a bit of gimmickry would have required a legal challenge to the Arizona Constitution —- since state law clearly permits statewide-elected officials to serve only two consecutive terms. Article 5, Section 1 of the Arizona Constitution states, “No member of the executive department after serving the maximum number of terms, which shall include any part of a term served, may serve in the same office until out of office for no less than one full term.”

Wannabe governor Christine Jones immediately jumped on the announcement by congratulating Brewer for her service. But odds favor Brewer, whose office is stacked high with McCain advisers, endorsing state treasurer Doug Ducey, another McCain ally. Ducey’s campaign website even boasts of their longstanding connection, revealing that he worked his way through ASU toiling at Hensley & Co., the local Anheuser-Busch distributorship owned by Cindy Hensley McCain.

Kyl’s already onboard with him. We’re betting McCain and Flake won’t be far behind.


SB 1062 Veto: Brewer’s finger to the wind leadership

February 26, 2014

Caving to pressure exerted by loud special interest groups and mass demonstrations, Gov. Jan Brewer has exhibited her cowardly leadership skills by vetoing SB 1062, the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”

Brewer’s letter to Senate President Andy Biggs justifying her veto can be read here.

Though nearly a dozen prominent law professors from prestigious schools across the United States have urged Brewer to take a deeper look at a bill that has been “egregiously misrepresented by many of its critics,” she has bowed to threats from  a more vocal minority — homosexual activists and the leftwing media who have relentlessly pressed for a veto.

Read the letter signed by eleven legal scholars — Democrats and Republicanshere.

“As these legal scholars rightly point out, the misrepresentations about the bill have been egregious,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Douglas Napier. (Listen to his sound bite.) “It has nothing to do with refusing someone a sandwich. It has everything to do with making Arizona a safe place for people to freely live out their faith. The falsehoods need to be exposed for what they are.”


SB 1062 Discrimination? The left has a way with words

February 25, 2014

These past few days we in Arizona have been hearing a lot about discriminationfrom a single perspective. Just as SB 1070 spitefully transmogrified into the “show me your papers” lawSB 1062 is now gaining traction among liberals as the “OK-to-discriminate” bill. The fact that neither designation is factual means little to those spewing the falsehoods.

The issue to ponder as this bill has taken on a life of its own — fed by a frenzied media and fervent homosexual rights proponents — is who is actually oppressed? There is no question religion in under attack in America.

It’s important to understand that SB 1062 simply strengthens protections in Arizona law to defend against religious discrimination toward people of faith. Our country was founded upon the First Amendment and our right to freely exercise our religious beliefs. 

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. — The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The Free Exercise clause prohibits the government from interfering with a person’s practice of their religion. The significance of the Free Exercise of Religion Clause is its affirmation of the value of religion in American culture.

Organized pressure is mounting against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which is now on Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk. Clamoring demonstrators, armed with signs and loud voices, have parked themselves at the state capitol, playing for the willing media, while conservative supporters of the bill are at work.

Absurdities rule the day. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake have, of course, weighed in, imploring a veto. Bowing to pressure, state legislators who voted for the bill are peeling away and opportunistic gubernatorial candidates are preening to the cameras. Threats of relocating the 2015 Super Bowl are stirred into the bawdy brew by a previously unheard of Democrat governor from Delaware. The Drudge Report headlines with a photo of Arizona Gov. Brewer topping SHOWDOWN IN AZ.

Read The Christian Post’s in-depth analysis of the issue. Then sit back and wait for Brewer’s veto pen to scratch across SB 1062 — exactly  as she’s been advised to do by her left-leaning McAdvisors. 


SB 1062: Misinformation campaign in full swing

February 24, 2014

Here we go again

It’s no surprise that the Arizona Republic has embraced its usual technique of bold headlines, multi-page contrivances posing as news reports, and zealously oversized photos on the issue of SB 1062  — employing the irresponsible tactics the liberal newspaper blatantly uses to promote its myopic dual agenda. Columnists and editorialists have donned their jackboots to facilitate marching in lockstep with the attack strategy — irrespective of the facts

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act modifies the definition of exercise of religion and allows a person to assert a free exercise claim or defense in a judicial proceeding regardless of whether the government is a party to the proceeding. Read the legislative fact sheet here.

After reading the bill, it becomes clear that the effort to demonize people of faith is what the left is hard at work to accomplish.

The Center for Arizona Policy has done a masterful job of explaining all that is entailed in this legislation that strengthens protections in Arizona law to defend against religious discrimination. Included is a fact sheet, summary, background and talking points.

The bill is on Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk and action is expected early this week. Call her office today and let your voice be heard in support of religious liberty. This administrative staff list omits the names of her behind-the-scenes key advisors such as liberal extremist Grant Woods (formerly John McCain’s congressional chief of staff) and political strategist Chuck Coughlin (another McCain crony who also lobbied for Woods during his 1990′s stint as Attorney General) — both of whom have her ear. In this USA Today video, Brewer gives a clue to the advice she is receiving as she calls the billvery controversial.”

Faith-based conservatives see this bill not in the framework of “controversy,” but as an issue of religious liberty. Opponents have hijacked this discussion via deceit and reckless reporting. 

Grant Woods was quoted as saying, “Hopefully, from my perspective, she’ll see this will put Arizona in a national negative light, and it shows Arizona is really going in the opposite direction on important issues at a time when the country seems to be moving forward.” Woods, who frequently talks with Brewer about legislation and other matters, will urge her to not sign SB 1062.

Legal experts Joseph La Rue and Kerri Kupec with the Scottsdale-based Alliance Defending Freedom wrote this fact-based ‘Our Turn’ column demonstrating the need for this legislation by citing a disturbing case in New Mexico that, under current law, could be replicated in Arizona. Take time to read it.


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