Diane Douglas surging within days of early voting

July 23, 2014

Republic endorsement of Democrat a winner for GOP Douglas

Diane Douglas, conservative candidate for AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction is on a roll. First Douglas captured the attention and the endorsement of syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, who has devoted the past two years to exposing the massive education fraud known as Common Core. Malkin describes Diane Douglas as “principled, clear-thinking, and bold.”

As if on cue, this week’s edition of the Weekly Standard features a cover story by Andrew Ferguson detailing the “Rotten to the Common Core” scheme.

Arizonans have come to expect the leftwing radicals at the Arizona República newspaper to push their own agenda, which consists of itching to replace Republicans with liberal Democrats. The promotion of Obama’s favored takeover of local control, marginalizing parental involvement is right up their alley.

A case in point are the ridiculous side-by-side editorials which ran Tuesday. One, appropriately placed on the left, touts the “Dems’ No. 1 candidate for state schools chief.” The brass of the editorial board is so thick they even advise him to hire his primary opponent! Abutting that absurd spew is a mirror image editorial for the same office on the Republican side. This dog-bites-man endeavor actually declares the “GOP lacks a good choice.”   

To principled conservatives an endorsement from the leftist Arizona República would be a negative to run from.

We’ve been had by the now toxic Republicrat John Huppenthal, who is imploding before our very eyes. He ran as a conservative and ended up not only proudly announcing his statewide travels with Obama’s educrat czar Arne Duncan, but colluding with Gov. Brewer to flim -flam furious parents by deviously changing the name of the scheme, re-branding it “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards,” via this executive order.

Diane Douglas is a welcome face on the political horizon.  She is warmly received at appearances throughout the state. The Arizona Daily Independent titled its coverage, “Douglas takes Huppenthal to the mat during GOP AZ Superintendent of Instruction Debate.”

If you missed the recent debate, watch it here.

This new ad is inundating conservative talk radio in the days preceding the arrival of early ballots. Douglas is making tracks and clearly knows the issues.  She deserves our votes.


Huppenthal outed as anonymous commenter on blogs

June 19, 2014

After 31 years at the public trough, it’s time to retire the increasingly bizarre John Huppenthal: Vote Diane Douglas

CBS Channel 5 provides this coverage of what AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal does in his spare time.  Judging from various news reports, it appears Huppenthal has a lot of it. Seeing Red AZ has  made no bones about the fact we hope he has even more after the Primary Election votes are counted on August 26, 2014.

Conservative syndicated columnist, Michelle Malkin who has devoted the past two years to sounding the alarm on Common Core, supports Diane Douglas. Read her endorsement.

Huppenthal’s staff offered a statement explaining John Huppenthal’s proclivities which can be read in the Channel 5 link and this report in the daily newspaper, which includes Channel 12 video coverage. His comments —- sometimes posted late night/early morning —- but often during time when he should be tending to his duties and on the state computer —- use the monikers “Thucydides,” “Socrates1289,” and “Falcon9.”

The Arizona Daily Star has been following Huppenthal’s blog prowls, also.

Back in September, unaware we were dealing with the state’s top educrat —- in a post that garnered 35 comments —- SRAZ chastised Huppenthal’s alias “Socrates 1289” with these words:

You have tried dominating this section with over a dozen comments. Although some have been posted, don’t expect to see any others. Your wild accusations, name calling and warning to others that this is an untruthful site, will not fly here. This conservative, fact-based site obviously is not the place for you.

It is frenzied candidate John Huppenthal, meeting strong opposition to his bonding with Arne Duncan and Obama’s educare, who is untruthful. He deviously wants to change the name “Common Core” to “Arizona College and Career Ready Standards” hoping no one will notice. We all have and will not forget. Huppenthal is rightly sweating his upcoming election and has taken refuge in deceit.”

Huppenthal has commanded a lot of attention on this site:

Sept. 19, 2013: Huppenthal’s con job: Pushes renaming Common Core

Sept. 22, 2013:  Common Core deception: In AZ it starts with Huppenthal

Sept. 24, 2013: Gov. Brewer, AZ SPI Huppenthal, partner on education deceit

Sept. 27, 2013: Educrat trio: Huppenthal, Brewer, AZ Republic

Feb. 12, 2014:  Huppenthal urging parents to remove kids from Common Core?

Feb. 21, 2014:   Common Core gets hammered in AZ Senate

Apr. 29, 2014:  Veto of HB 2316 proves Huppenthal wrong on student privacy

May 12, 2014: AZ Education Superintendent race goes national

Check through these previous posts and it becomes apparent Huppenthal leaves a lot to be desired. Common Core is serious business. America‘s children are the pawns in the alarming game of federal overreach. As happens too frequently, those we trusted are attempting to hoodwink us with catchy jargon and glib name changes. Now as a worried candidate facing angry parents, Huppenthal has reconstructed the name, though keeping the rotten core of Common Core and spends hours defending his indefensible actions on blogs —- often on the taxpayer’s dime. 

Our education house is made of cards. It’s time to rebuild with a solid foundation. Conservative Diane Douglas deserves your vote and support.


Huppenthal calls Common Core opponents “barbarians”

May 14, 2014

The Arizona Capitol Times reports that Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal insulted concerned parents and other constituents when he bizarrely compared them to “barbarians” and vowed to fight them in his effort to preserve Obama’s federally imposed education scheme.

“I have put my career on the line to stave off the barbarians. I very likely could lose this election,” Huppenthal said. “I’m okay with that because I felt I did the right thing for this education system,” he added.

Huppenthal said Arizona cannot allow a repeat of what happened in Indiana, which pulled out of the association of states that adopted the standards.  Seeing Red AZ covered the victory of Common Core opponents in Indiana who successfully ousted two establishment endorsed House incumbents. The duo lost in a landslide.

An untrustworthy Republicrat, John Huppenthal actually welcomed and toured the state with Obama’s Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, bragging about his collusion in this media advisory.

In Arizona, Common Core standards were adopted by the state Board of Education in 2010.

As objections to the unpopular federal overreach become stronger, Huppenthal and Gov. Jan Brewer deceptively conspired in changing the name Common Core to “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards” —- fooling no one.

The Indiana victories clearly show that the same can happen in Arizona’s upcoming August 26, primary. John Huppenthal, feeding at the public trough for over three decades, has an able challenger in Diane Douglas.

Time is short to collect signatures and qualifying $5 contributions. She needs help to win. Join her campaign.

It matters.


Veto of HB 2316 proves Huppenthal wrong on student privacy

April 29, 2014

Diane Douglas, the conservative Republican challenging Common Core-pushing John Huppenthal for Superintendent of Public Instruction in the Republican Primary has come out with a bombshell saying Governor Brewer’s veto of HB 2316 proves that John Huppenthal cannot deliver on his promise to protect student privacy.

Douglas reminds voters that at a candidate forum in SaddleBrooke, Arizona held on April 9th,  Huppenthal assured the audience that the privacy of sensitive student information being gathered as part of Common Core would be protected through new legislation.

His claim is clearly false in the light of the Governor’s veto of HB 2316.

“John Huppenthal is either naive or disingenuous when he falsely claims that the Common Core dossiers being assembled on our children will be kept private. If there is one thing we have learned from the Obama Administration, it is that the government can no longer be trusted with private information,” stated Diane Douglas.

Douglas added, “I am disappointed that John Huppenthal is willing to collaborate with President Obama in building government files on our children. I am opposed to Common Core and I will not allow Arizona’s Public schools to be turned into data gathering agencies for the Obama Administration.”

Douglas’ bio can be read on her campaign website.

Seeing Red AZ has previously written about the huckstering Superintendent Huppenthal, a public education insider now on the campaign trail seeking reelection. He obviously knows what countless parents suspect. Why else would he angle to deceive them with a swift name change for this radical curriculum? In an instant, colluding with Gov. Jan Brewer to pull off the sleight-of-hand scam, “Common Core” magically morphed into “Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.” Oddly, Huppenthal sent out this media advisory acclaiming the fact that he escorted Obama’s radical Education Czar Arne Duncan around Arizona.

At 29 years of age John Huppenthal began an unbroken 30-year record of feeding at the public trough. During those years he has become a recognized establishment hack. It’s time to retire him.

Fortunately, Diane Douglas offers conservatives an outstanding choice. The status quo is not acceptable.


Parents onto Common Core oppose implementation

April 14, 2014

Gallup reports 56% of parents in the dark about fed-ed scheme affecting their own children

This latest Gallup poll concerning U.S. public school parents’ views of the Common Core standards finds that even in states that have implemented the centralized standards, 27% of parents surveyed said they know “only a little” about the standards, while 29% know “nothing” about them at all, leaving 56% of public school parents with little to no knowledge of how and what their children are currently being taught.

Relatively few parents feel strongly about Common Core. Even among parents familiar with the federal program, just 13% view them very positively, while slightly more — 19% — view them very negatively.

Critics of Common Core have argued that the standards were crafted without sufficient involvement from parents, teachers, and local school boards, thus taking the public by surprise. In fact, fewer than four in 10 parents (38%) appear to be knowledgeable about the standards, saying they have heard either a great deal or a fair amount about them. Nearly as many — 31% — have heard nothing, while another 30% have heard only a little.

Parents in states that have already implemented Common Core are only slightly more familiar with it than those in other states, and their overall views toward the standards are about the same.

In not much of a revelation, the Gallup survey reports opposition to Common Core runs deeper among Republican parents.

Last September we wrote, “Alarmed by the voices of angry voters, parents dedicated to protecting their children and facing Diane Douglas, a knowledgeable conservative challenger in the 2014 election, John Huppenthal, Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, has decided the most advantageous scheme is to try to dupe the public by slickly changing the name from ‘Common Core’ to ‘Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.’”

Parental vigilance is needed to protect America’s students from overreaching federal bureaucrats.


Indiana becomes first state to reject Common Core

March 26, 2014

Other states seek repeal as anti-Fed Ed movement takes hold

Less than four years after Indiana became an early adopter of the national Common Core education standards, Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation Monday making Indiana the first state to opt out of the controversial school guidelines, according to this report in the Indianapolis Star.

Republican Sen. Scott Schneider, the bill’s author said, “This voids Common Core, and we are starting the process of writing new standards. Eternal vigilance of parents is still needed, and I encourage you to do so.”

SB 91 is a strong statement that we are moving forward, moving away from Common Core, protecting Indiana sovereignty and student data,” said Schneider.

Even liberal New York has lost confidence in the scheme.

Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Kentucky —- the first state to adopt Common Core before the “standards” were even publicly released —- all have measures moving through their state legislators to at least halt, if not completely abolish the so-called standards.

But in Arizona the deception continues, as John Huppenthal, Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction has changed the highly charged name of his Obama-influenced vision for Arizona classrooms from “Common Core” to “Arizona College and Career Ready Standards” —- in the mistaken belief we won’t notice.

Fortunately, we have a choice. Diane Douglas is the undisputed conservative running for state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Check out the key words across the top of her website. They’re sure to brighten your day.


Huppenthal urging parents to remove kids from Common Core?

February 12, 2014

After receiving negative responses from Arizona parents concerned about Obama’s Common Core “standards” infiltrating their children’s schools and indoctrinating their young minds, Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal has responded.  In fact, the Republican who actually escorted Obama’s radical Education Czar Arne Duncan around the state, is now busying himself with auto-dialers, sending this confusing audio to parents. The 30-second messages in Huppenthal’s voice opens with these words:

This is John Huppenthal, Arizona Superintendent of Public instruction….and I have great news for you!

I want you to know about a state program that provides money for parents to offer alternate education choices for their children, including….private school.  That’s right, you may be able to send your child to private schools for free!

Huckstering Superintendent Huppenthal, a public education insider now on the campaign trail seeking reelection, obviously knows what countless parents suspect. Why else would he angle to deceive them with a swift name change for this radical curriculum? In an instant, colluding with Gov. Jan Brewer to pull off the sleight-of-hand scam, “Common Core” magically morphed into “Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.”

Nationally syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, a concerned mother and outstanding conservative thinker, devoted this past year to exposing the educational disaster and federal data-mining that is Common Core. Acquaint yourself with her treasure trove of informativeRotten to the Core” articles.

As he campaigns and is met with voices raised in opposition, flim-flamming Public Schools chief Huppenthal realizes the consequences of this fed-ed scheme and has begun pushing private education.  

Solid conservative Diane Douglas offers a first-class alternative. Arizona’s children deserve much better than what they are being offered by the vacillating and deceptive antics of John Huppenthal


Public school overreaches: Mandatory psych exams?

January 19, 2014

If Democrat Assemblywoman Margaret Markey has her way, all public school students in New York will be required to undergo repeated mandatory psychological evaluations. As proposed, Markey’s bill would require that families allow their children to be subjected to such testing twice in elementary school and twice in secondary grades. 

Introduced last October, the disturbing proposal was referred to the education committee on January 8, 2014. The bill, AO 8186, would amend current law requiring physical health examinations to include the following language:

EACH SUCH CERTIFICATE SHALL ALSO STATE THAT A PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION WAS PERFORMED AND THAT THE CHILD IS MENTALLY FIT TO PERMIT ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL.

Additionally, each student’s entire health history must be made available to the school district upon request. This news interview* (video) provides background.

Those who are paying attention are aware that the Obama administration’s implementation of the Common Core left-wing “standards” include propagandizing American students. The scheme also enables data mining of student information, including out-of-school activities and their parent’s political involvement and religious beliefs.

Since the name Common Core has become so incendiary, Arizona’s Gov. Jan Brewer and Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal have deceptively collaborated to re-christen it “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards,” in an effort to make it more palatable to the unsuspecting.

Many will remember this shocking video of a father merely questioning the implementation of Common Core getting hauled out of a meeting by security — and arrested!  The left is in this for the long haul and will not only go to any lengths to silence dissent — they want to control our children from the earliest ages. Obama has stated America needs to start enrolling 4-year-olds in all-day pre-K to ensure children are “better prepared for the demands of the global economy” and to help parents save on “child-care costs.”

 *H/T Video courtesy of RightSightings


Clinton’s embrace NYC’s uber liberal mayor de Blasio

January 3, 2014

“Plantation of NYC has systemic injustices”

Democrat Bill de Blasio has been sworn in as the mayor of New York City amid radical rhetoric and rancorous racial overtones that would be lethal if he was a Republican.  But the hypocritical liberal double standard is in full gear for New Yorkers.

Bill Clinton officiated as  de Blasio took the oath of office (Video link). The mayor has longstanding ties to both Bill and Hillary. He worked in the Clinton administration as a regional director of Housing and Urban Development and managed Hillary Clinton’s 2000 campaign for U.S. senator from New York.

The new mayor spent the first day on the job defending controversial comments made by many of his inauguration speakers, including one minister who described New York City as a “plantation.” Extremist Harry Belafonte also took the mic.

“I am very comfortable with everyone’s remarks….and I think the ceremony represented the positive aspiration of New Yorkers for a more just city,” de Blasio told reporters

Though de Blasio campaigned on the idea of  building an administration that mirrored the city, he laughed aloud when asked about hiring Republicans, saying “Let’s not get crazy about this diversity idea.”  He concluded by declaring any Republicans he’d consider “would have to share our values.”

Sounding like an anti-capitalist anarchistic Occupy Wall Streeter, his goal, he said, was that New Yorkers would come “to see our city not as the exclusive domain of the One Percent, but a place where everyday people can afford to live, work, and raise a family.”

“We are called to put an end to economic and social inequalities that threaten to unravel the city we love. And so today, we commit to a new progressive direction in New York. And that same progressive impulse has written our city’s history. It’s in our DNA. When I said we would take dead aim at the Tale of Two Cities, I meant it. And we will do it. I will honor the faith and trust you have placed in me. And we will give life to the hope of so many in our city. We will succeed as One City.”

High on de Blasio’s list of policy proposals is universal, full-day pre-kindergarten for the city’s four-year-olds, and the expansion of after-school programs. Think that concept through. Parents turn their toddlers over to government care. Then the tots and their siblings stay from morning to evening for full-blown liberal indoctrination — including taxpayer-provided meals — learning from an early age to rely on others to fulfill their basic needs, as the concept of family is further eroded.

And the new First Lady Chirlane McCray, is no slouch in the radical shock department. In 1979 she announced she was a proud lesbian in an essay in Essence magazine boldly titled, “I Am a Lesbian.” And after you’ve read the salacious, read the stomach turning in this Bloomberg coverage where de Blasio pledges to focus on NYC’s wealth gap.


Educrat trio: Huppenthal, Brewer, AZ Republic

September 27, 2013

Striving for a bold approach and strutting its leftward stuff, the Arizona Republic has outdone itself in editorially supporting Obama’s attempt to nationalize the American education system. Reacting to the ham-handed dual efforts of Gov. Jan Brewer and Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal to magically re-christen Common Core as “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards” — hoping no one will notice — the newspaper now advises them to “Go ahead, say Common Core.”

Although the Arizona Republic recently provided Huppenthal ample space for a “My Turn” column titled: “Why Common Core needs a new name,” — in which he actually acknowledges the deceptive rebranding — the editorial board has had a change of heart.

The latest editorial claims the name change is a mistaken effort to “pacify the far right,” showing the disconnect the paper has with concerned citizens and alarmed parents. With the back of its inky hand, the newspaper and its cohorts have clearly dismissed us as the tin foil hat brigade.

Brewer and Huppenthal have come to the conclusion that Arizonans and Americans across the nation (video) have figured out that Common Core, when fully implemented, will place control of our school system in the hands of unelected Washington bureaucrats. But deceptively attempting to alter the name of this federal overreach is the least of the problems AZ’s Common Core proponents have.

Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal is out of step with Arizona parents and teachers who are united in opposition to Common Core. The obvious dangers of the implementation of Common Core by Obama/Duncan Department of Education are just the tip of the iceberg. As with all federal programs, the full extent of the collateral damage will best be viewed in retrospect. Concerns about the demise of our nation from the pre-eminent leader of the world to second class status are not limited to the “far right.” Americans of every political persuasion care about their children and understand the basic concept of retaining local control of public schools.

Conservative political commentator and syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin has pledged to devote her energies to exposing the federal overreach that is Common Core. Some of her articles can be read here.


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