Who’d want to paint Phoenix purple?

October 5, 2014

Domestic violence has been in the news frequently of late, and always paints an ugly picture. The image of an unemployed beer-swigger in a  “wife-beater” tee shirt has too often given way to high paid celeb athletes who punch out their girlfriends —– who then marry them and defend the thuggish actions.

Here in Phoenix, there is a campaign to raise awareness of the issue as it impacts a broad spectrum of families. This report compiled by the Arizona Coalition to End Domestic Violence states that since March there have been 25 domestic-violence related deaths in Arizona.

Calling attention to this crime is admirable.  What rings the bell on the oddness meter is the method the City of Phoenix is using to promote it.  When the Mayor of Phoenix is a leftie with connections to nationally prominent like-thinking liberals—- including Barack Obama —-  the concept of naming the campaign “Painting Phoenix Purple” has even greater implications.

Stanton has been quoted as saying that Obama told him that red Arizona is an “important state” to the White House. It would be even more important as a purple-tending-blue state.

The radically left daily reports that to heighten awareness of the Paint Phoenix Purple program, purple lights have been placed on top of City Hall, Tovrea Castle and in trees along Washington Street downtown. Window clings and magnets are being distributed to businesses and affixed on city vehicles. The public can join in by putting purple ribbons on cars, changing outdoor light bulbs to purple and dressing in purple on Oct. 15, “Wear Purple Day.

Serendipitous choice of color? The odds are, this was a well thought out scheme, accompanied by more than a few cackles and maybe a retention bonus for the city employee who conceived the idea.


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. 


Phoenix City Council hides increa$e$ behind blather

June 20, 2014

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The illustrious Phoenix City Council has voted to give Phoenix residents a soaking of gigantic proportions. In a maneuver sure to harm businesses in the downtown area and cut into the pockets of cash strapped ASU students, the council raised parking rates from $1.50 an hour to an astounding $4.00! Along with the astronomical increase, free weekend and after 5:00 pm parking will be a thing of the past.

The City of Phoenix under the leadership of a leftist Napolitano crony and Obama canoodler, views us as reliable taxable and fee paying golden egg laying geese, so it makes sense they want us to stay healthy. The officials who have spent us into a $38 million deficit,  say the increases will encourage us to bike or walk. If the idea of a 10-mile hike to and from work in 110 degree heat doesn’t appeal to you, there’s always the aromatic option of riding mass transit such as the transient friendly light rail or the bus.

Not only don’t the council members avail themselves of public transportation, they cordially conceal their nearly party line votes to raise the parking rates.  Republican Thelda Williams voted with Democrats Daniel Valenzuela, Michael Nowakowski, Laura Pastor and Kate Gallego. These Republicans who voted against the measure,  Sal DiCiccio, Bill Gates and Jim Waring, clearly prefer congeniality to irate exposure.

Although they go mute on revealing this crucial information, those in opposition  are  eager to ply constituents with emailed advice on beating the heat, and newsy information about the Top City of Phoenix retirees. One even shares his hopes for a USA soccer team victory over Ghana at the World Cup. Another has the raw nerve to attempt to persuade residents to “Dump the Pump” and buy a $20 7-day transit pass since “gas is currently $3.52 a gallon.”

Always thinking of ways to accommodate us geese, the city has reconfigured many of its meters to accept credit cards and adjust rates upward for higher demand times and events.

Flap your wings and honk if you appreciate your council member. Then lay another golden egg.


Videos of gun sales: Coming soon to a store near you?

May 28, 2014

Will Greg Stanton attempt to emulate Rahm Emanuel?

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is promoting a troubling ordinance that will ban gun stores in “99.5 percent” of the city and require videotaping of all gun sales at the stores that are allowed to exist, according to Breitbart News.

The ordinance will also require the few gun stores that exist to perform “quarterly audits of their gun sales and allow police to inspect their records.”

This stringent ordinance comes in response to a “federal judge’s ruling in January that Chicago’s longtime ban on gun stores was unconstitutional.” Chicago was given “six months to approve store restrictions short of a ban,” reports CBS Chicago.

Emanuel’s ordinance would also “require gun stores to submit a safety plan outlining exterior lighting, surveillance cameras and alarm systems, as well as storage of guns and ammunition.” Store employees would “undergo fingerprinting, background checks and training on identifying potential gun traffickers.”

Emanuel and Second Amendment restrictionist Barack Obama have a longtime relationship. Prior to returning to Chicago to run for mayor in 2011, the radical liberal Emanuel served as Obama’s White House Chief of Staff.

Barack Obama also has a friend in the mayor’s office in Phoenix. Obama called his congratulations to Greg Stanton on the eve of his 2011 election.  They firmed up their friendship at the National Mayor’s Conference in Washington D.C. in 2012, as Democrats Greg Stanton, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Mesa’s Republican Mayor Scott Smith —- now a candidate for Arizona governor —- were among a handful of the over 250 mayors in attendance who “were pulled aside to meet with the president in a more intimate setting.”

Leftist Stanton has aspirations that far exceed a stint as Phoenix mayor. Keep a watchful eye on him. Arizona isn’t Illinois but Second Amendment supporters can’t afford to take anything for granted.

It was not that long ago that government bureaucrats in the City of Phoenix had attempted to censor firearms expert and author Alan Korwin’s ability to post bus signs for his gun training business —- after he had contracted for them with the city. Korwin, represented by the Goldwater Institute, took his case to the state Court of Appeals earlier this month, and was victorious.


City of Phx runoff election results: Districts 4, 8 & overrides

November 5, 2013

Diversity of thought non-existent in race where “diversity” rules

City of Phoenix runoff election results will be available HERE beginning at 8:00 p.m. this evening, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Results will be updated as they come in.

Candidates in City Council District 4 are Justin Johnson and Laura Pastor. District 8 candidates are Kate Gallego and Warren Stewart. All of the candidates are Democrats.

We most recently covered the sad state of the two races on Sunday.

The results of the School District overrides can be viewed HERE . More than 30 districts across Maricopa County will once again ask voters, who have to live within their budgets, to approve new bonds or budget overrides.


Phoenix and the awful politics of race

November 3, 2013

Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter

Once again, Dr. Thomas Sowell exposes truth — regardless of whom his wisdom might cause to squirm. Today we bring you “The race-hustlers among us.” Sowell’s commentary is especially relevant given the negative racial overtones of the two city of Phoenix Council runoff elections to be decided this coming Tuesday and the ouster from her leadership post of the lone black female in the state legislature.

Make no mistake. Race trumps the family business of political dynasties as a factor in both council districts. Plain ol’ white bread Justin Johnson, the son of former Mayor Paul Johnson, is running against Laura Pastor, the daughter of Hispanic U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, in District 4.  After losing in 2007, this is Laura Pastor’s second bite of the city council apple.

In minority majority District 8, the race baiting has become particularly malicious as civil-rights activist Rev. Warren Stewart was recruited to mount a challenge to Kate Gallego, an economic-development strategist and wife of Hispanic state Rep. Ruben Gallego. Again, all of the players are Democrats. Even back in January, the verbal volleys were deplorable. Gallego was actually called a “white sham candidate in brown face.” She was also referred to as “a power-hungry white…who not is openly campaigning as white.”

To her credit, “white interloper” Kate Gallego, with credentials galore, has been quoted as saying, “I don’t think there’s an African-American or Latino way to fill a pothole.”

In a letter to the editor of the daily newspaper, former City Councilman Calvin Goode, a Democrat,  actually advocated for racially gerrymandered districts to ensure black members on the city council. Read his shameful letter here.

This past week, in an 8 – 5 vote, the AZ Senate Democrat caucus ousted black Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor (LD-27) as Senate minority leader. She will be replaced by Hispanic Sen. Anna Tovar (LD-19). Landrum Taylor, now a candidate for Secretary of State, alluded to racial motivations, saying “It’s disgusting and degrading.” She is pondering a request for a revote, noting that members of “the community” are calling for the action. “The community is outraged,” she said. There’s that pesky “community” again. Whenever the term is used, it always refers to a narrow, ethnic slice of the city’s entire pie.

To think that in his “I Have a Dream “ speech in 1963, Martin Luther King actually said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” 

Also on ballots across the Valley, numerous school districts are asking for bond override authorizations from the same voters who are expected to live within their own budgets — something the districts appear either unable or unwilling to do.

Polling information and City Voting Centers for the Nov. 5, 2013 runoff election are listed here.


Forward looking DiCiccio already exploring mayor’s race?

August 29, 2013

Sal DiCiccio doesn’t appear to be letting any grass grow under his feet. Within hours of the final ballot count confirming that he had retained his District 6 City Council seat by 9.26 percentage points against a union-backed liberal, he’s looking ahead.

We’ve had reports of robo calls asking the single question: “If the race for Phoenix Mayor were held today and the candidates were Sal DiCiccio and Greg Stanton, which man would you support.  Press One for DiCiccio.  Press Two for Stanton.” 

Connected Democrat Stanton is currently Phoenix mayor.

The auto-dialer could win the award for posing the shortest survey. And DiCiccio could easily walk away with the eagerness trophy.


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