Diane Douglas scores huge win opposing Common Core

September 2, 2014

AZ voters overwhelmingly reject federal education takeover

Arizona’s runaway winner in last Tuesday’s Primary Election was state Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate, Diane Douglas. The Republican’s landslide victory was one of the first races called on election night as she handily trounced incumbent John Huppenthal in a 58 to 41 stunning upset.

We all watched as Huppenthal imploded after first denying, then in the face of irrefutable evidence, being forced to admit, his bizarre postings on Arizona blogs —- including Seeing Red AZ. (KPHO-TV 5 video link). He lost decisively —- in the face of cozying up to Obama’s educrat point man Arne Duncan, oddly trumpeting the fact that he was escorting the liberal Duncan on a statewide tour.

The key point is that Diane Douglas won due to her unwavering opposition to the fed’s heavy handedness in promoting the increasingly unpopular Common Core. Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin has devoted the past two years to exposing the excesses of the federal mandates and the gutting of local control of education.

Last May, 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.

Breitbart News’ Big Government has a thorough report detailing the plummeting support for Common Core, noting that three states, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Indiana have officially repealed the federal program. Thirty-four states, Arizona among them, have introduced anti-Common Core legislation. An additional 16 states have  either withdrawn or are in the process of withdrawing from the Common Core test consortia. Further, 27 states have introduced legislation that bans the use of PARCC or SBAC assessments:

Read the complete article for a full listing of the states that are retreating from the controversial education scheme. It has becoming increasingly clear that this Fed Ed program is a threat to parental educational choices including parochial, charter and home schooling alternatives, since the “standards” are a de facto measurement for college admission.

Republican Diane Douglas is definitely on the right side of this wrongheaded issue.


Pollster: AZ’s 2014 Guv race a squeaker

September 1, 2014

GOP state treasurer Doug Ducey, Leftist lobbyist Fred DuVal said to be in a 40% tie

Assessing the upcoming Arizona Governor’s race, Rasmussen Reports refers to the results of a new survey of 850 likely voters released Sunday, using the words “dead heat” and “toss-up.”

The Arizona Republic newspaper is engaging in similar whimsy. In a front page article the headline crows, “Dems see excellent chance to win state’s top offices.” The hard-left daily acknowledges Arizona Democrats lost every statewide race in 2010. With Obama’s own flagging numbers currently in free fall, savvy political watchers would not be likely to place large bets on a major leftward shift. 

The upcoming election offers voters a real choice of repudiating the Obama brand of liberalism exemplified by career liberal Fred DuVal or moving forward with a Republican at the helm of state. Although lame duck Gov. Jan Brewer jubilantly stood with Doug Ducey on election night, she endorsed his squish opponent Scott Smith. Popular conservative, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio supported Doug Ducey, which sends a strong message and hopefully will serve to hold Ducey’s feet to the fire on issues of importance to conservatives moving forward.

The Arizona Democrat primary ballot resembled that of the former USSR, with one candidate running for most top offices. The lack of choice resulted in a bottom-dragging voter turnout.  The increasingly left-lurching party didn’t even bother to field a candidate for state treasurer, guaranteeing the GOP primary victor, Jeff DeWit will hold that important office.

Rasmussen’s gubernatorial survey map can be seen here. The survey questions are interest piquing, even tossing in a four-step range of favorable to unfavorable rankings for John McCain and his doppelganger Jeff Flake. Just months ago, the Daily Caller noted that the two U.S. Senators from Arizona have managed to sink their poll ratings to record lows, showing McCain at a dismal 30 percent approval rating with the border state voters, and Flake falling even lower to 27 percent approval.

The duo has felt the stinging backlash of weary Republican voters who reject their colluding with Democrats on brazen amnesty schemes that disregard the rule of law and our right to a sovereign, enforceable  border —- while expanding Democrat registrations.

Arizona’s General Election will be held Nov. 4, 2014. Early voting begins Oct. 9. Registration closes Oct. 6 at midnight.

Make sure you’re eligible to vote and then make doing so a priority. Keep Arizona a vibrant red.


“Shining city on the hill” now presided over by incompetent Obama

August 30, 2014

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah warns the West will be jihadists’ next target unless “rapid” action is taken

Throughout his political career, President Ronald Reagan exuded optimism and his speeches invoked his recognition of America’s greatness. The message was consistent: America was “a shining city on a hill,” and its promise, as well as those of its citizens, remained limitless.

Barack Obama has a much different vision. He began his presidency by apologizing for America’s excellence. Where Reagan reveled in our greatness, Obama has recoiled from it. He has repeatedly and deferentially bowed to repressive dictators, Muslim royals and tyrants.

Rather than exemplifying national strength, he publicly conveys weakness. As radical Islamic extremists savagely behead an American journalist, Christian women and children and vow to decimate American cities, Obama has cut our defense budget to pre-World War II levels. And in the face of ISIS terrorist swagger, Obama admits we have no coherent strategy for dealing with these fanatical and murderous international thugs who follow the Quranic 47:4 imperative to “strike the necks” of unbelievers.

Within a day of delivering his “no strategy” message, Obama has returned to his second favorite activity after playing golf —- fundraising. He was out raising money among the elite of New York and Rhode Island willing to pay up to $32,400 for the pleasure of funding Democrats as they head into the November election.

Clearly the “shining city on the hill” is now presided over by a man the Beatles foresaw in 1967.

The citizens of the UK can be proud of their leader who uses unequivocal language in addressing the pressing problems facing the free world. British Prime Minister David Cameron recently gave a superb speech —- one Barack Obama should have given if he was less politically inept.

Fox News reports PM Cameron announced his government’s decision to raise the UK terrorism threat level to “severe,” and implement a series of measures to combat the Islamist threat within Britain itself, including tough new measures against British-born, self-styled “jihadists,” hundreds of whom have traveled to Iraq and Syria in recent months to fight with ISIS.

Cameron addressed the Islamist menace head-on, declaring that “the root cause of this threat to our security is clear: it is a poisonous ideology of Islamic extremism that is condemned by all states.”

In contrast, President Obama’s remarks to the White House press corps Thursday were weak-kneed, meandering and confused, sending mixed messages both to America’s enemies and the American people. Watch CBS News clip here.


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.


Have you heard? The USA is “the other Mexico”

August 28, 2014

In the lead-up to Tuesday’s Primary Election some of us have put national news on the back-burner. International news has been pushed even further to the rear. It often seems the news is so dire and happening in regions so remote that the inclination is to tune it out.

With Islamic terrorists warning that they have the destruction of American cities in their sights, apathy is a luxury we can no longer afford. When FEMA  promotes the website  Ready.gov urging preparedness plans and food storage for American families for cases ranging from natural disasters to various terrorist hazards, the alarm meter rises past a casual concern.

The invasion of the United States by hordes of illegals has reached crisis proportions, and living in the border state of Arizona, we are keenly aware of its ramifications.

Earlier this week in Los Angeles, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto called on other states to “evolve” like California so the United States can be more like his home country. Standing alongside LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and Gov. Jerry Brown, Pena Nieto called for amnesty legislation and open borders while criticizing governors who have taken strong positions against illegal immigration.

Speaking of the United States, the Los Angeles Times reports that Pena Nieto declared, “This is the other Mexico,” which “is property to an estimated [fallacious figure of] 11 million Mexican immigrants.” He pompously pledged to reduce wait times at border crossings and faster services at Mexican consulates across the United States, saying he has an obligation to serve all Mexicans, regardless of where they live. Brown joined in, saying “You’re all welcome in California.”

Pena Nieto thanked California officials for embracing Mexican nationals, citing measures that extend state benefits to illegals. He presented scholarships to several Mexican national students enrolled at state universities.

Since Obama enacted his executive order amnesty for illegals in 2012, the number of illegal juveniles —- nearly 90% of whom are teenagers, including gang members —- has dramatically spiked. Since October 2013, nearly 63,000 illegals have been detained, having been lured by the carrot of amnesty. Most of this newer crop are Central Americans who have easily slipped through Mexico, as Obama vows another round of executive amnesty along with work permits to five million more illegals —- as American citizens continue to struggle with staggering unemployment.

In the sanctuary state of California, radical leftist Brown has granted illegals driver’s licenses and signed the California DREAM Act. Pena Nieto thanked Brown for his generosity toward illegal immigrants and called on other governors to follow suit, criticizing those who oppose open borders as “unethical.”  Along with the Mexicans and Central Americans, “special-interest aliens” –— including those from Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Pakistan, Cuba, Brazil, Ecuador, China, Russia, Yemen, Albania, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan, have breached our sovereign border via Mexico, though the threat seems not to faze those in charge.

Prof. Victor Davis Hanson wrote his acclaimed book Mexifornia: A State of Becoming in 2003. In this City Journal article Mexifornia, Five Years Later he details the ill effects being even worse than he imagined in his book’s blunt assessment. Who could ever have envisioned the implausible occurrences that have followed?

This recent Pew survey indicates 34% of Mexico’s citizens hope to move to U.S. If this invasion is allowed to continue, will soon turn into the Third World country they are running from.


Pay more for gas? Radical U.S. Chamber thinks you should

August 13, 2014

U.S. Chamber is not a benign business group, but a massive liberal entity

If you think the price of a fill-up at the local service station is steep, Thomas J. Donohue will not be your favorite guy. Donohue, the President and CEO of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, is concerned about the nation’s infrastructure. So much so, in fact, he’s written a piece titled, “Let’s pave the way for infrastructure funding,” in which he opines that it’s time to “raise the gas tax.”

The U.S. Chamber believes, he writes, that the simplest, most straightforward way to fix the Highway Trust Fund is to raise the gas tax, which hasn’t been done in nearly 20 years. A modest, phased-in increase —- plus indexing to inflation —- would shore up the fund. This proposal has gained the support of labor and key industries, including trucking and shipping. We believe that motorists could get behind it as well if Congress were serious about ensuring that the money goes to the most essential projects.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, says Donohue, is calling on Congress to seriously consider a long-term revenue solution this fall, with the goal of creating —-  and seizing —- the opportunity to act before year-end. Time is short and the consequences of inaction are high.

GasBuddy.com compiles and updates the lowest and highest per gallon prices in the Valley. Options include Regular, Midgrade, Premium and Diesel. Tracking prices over the past nine months, with a few peaks and valleys, the rise in the cost of a fill-up is unmistakable.

Displaying an immense disregard for Americans still struggling in a severely depressed economy, the Chamber is, in a platitude-laced screed, supportive of a continued flood of illegals to compete with American citizens for fewer jobs, advocating for earned “lawful status for the undocumented with no future bar to citizenship.”

In plain English that means the illegal labor profiteers desire a continued flood of low-cost labor, regardless of the consequences to American workers. In May, Donohue issued a threat and ultimatum to the Republican Party: Either pass amnesty or don’t bother fielding a presidential candidate in 2016.  Rick Moran covered Donahue’s blatant, partisan extremism for PJ Media.

The U.S. Chamber is also supportive of Common Core, Obama’s federal overreach into America’s education system, driven by a mindset that educational control via federal bureaucrats is preferable to state and local oversight guided by input from parents, teachers and neighborhood school boards.

And who knew the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a International Affairs Division ‘headquartered near the White House,” which “leads the business community’s efforts to shape global policy”? The division is headed by a guy with the unlikely name of Myron Brilliant. But then again, it is the brilliant and all-powerful OZ-like Chamber.


AZ Court of Appeals upholds campaign finance disclosures

August 12, 2014

The leftist Arizona Republic newspaper shows no constraints when it comes to hammering political conservatives. The latest one in their sights is Arizona’s Attorney General Tom HorneIf there is a topic they can contort to include Horne, the daily’s multi-pronged gang springs into attack mode to unleash their liberal venom in unison, employing opinion crafted as news reports, editorials, columns and biting political cartoons.

When Horne wins major cases he personally argues, the news is met with clenched-jaw stoniness. His victories are marginalized when those cases are heard and won in the U.S. Supreme Court. When he is vindicated by virtue of a judge’s ruling, there is a deafening silence followed by derision of the decision.

His numerous achievements while serving the people of Arizona as Attorney General go unmentioned.

The Arizona Daily Independent provides the latest evidence of the blatant bias. A report titled “Lawsuit against Rotellini results in Court of Appeals ruling,” reveals that Attorney General Tom Horne has won a victory against a high-dollar, “dark money” supporter of his Democrat challenger Felicia Rotellini.

Just days before the 2010 General Election, the deceptively named Committee for Justice & Fairness (CJF) an independent expenditure group, spent approximately $1.5 million running attack ads against then-Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne as he ran for  State Attorney General.

On Thursday, the Arizona Court of Appeals decided in favor of full disclosure in the matter of Committee for Justice & Fairness (CJF) v. Arizona.

The Court of Appeals, Division One ruled that CJF qualified as a political committee that must comply with Arizona’s political committee registration and disclosure requirements. Judge Lawrence Winthrop wrote the opinion (read it here) for the three judge panel.


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