New U.S. Senator speaks truth: It’s not “immigration” that’s the problem

November 17, 2014

Oklahomans have elected a thinking conservative senator in James Lankford

Oklahoma Republican U.S. Rep./Senator-elect James Lankford was among the guests appearing on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace yesterday. He is clearly a man to keep our eyes on. Oklahoma should be commended for sending this thinking conservative to the U.S. Senate.

Lankford responded to a baiting comment from Wallace harkening back to a “government shutdown” as the conversation turned to defunding Barack Obama’s unilateral decision to shove through amnesty for illegals via an executive order. 

LANKFORD: “But people are not pursuing some government shutdown, though. Let me take you back into the Clinton administration. President Clinton put out an executive order and the House voted against that to defund that executive order 417-2. That was in 1998, because it took over power from the legislative branch in the states. I would love to see that bipartisanship again where the Congress steps up and says to a president, you do not have executive authority to do this. You have to do your responsibility. We have to do ours.”

WALLACE: “But I guess what I’m trying to get at and, you know, I fully understand there are a lot of members who say, look, you’ve got to use the power of the purse. That’s your one advantage, your one piece of leverage over the president, to try to change policy. But are you willing to go to possibly shutting down the government to do that? Because it seems — let me — my point is, that regardless of who is responsible on the merits, it seems like Congress gets blamed and the president ends up winning. It certainly happened in October of 2013.”

LANKFORD: “Sure. But, Chris, your assumption is, is that that’s the only option that’s sitting out here, is to be able to shut down government. I just don’t believe that that’s true. I think there are ways to be able to fund everything, and I don’t think the president has the high ground. He has this perception that everyone in the country thinks like him, and that is not correct. I represent millions of people. Tom Cotton represents millions of people. There are millions of people scattered around the United States that think like us, and, though, the president thinks only these few crazy conservatives in Congress think this way and no one else does, he’s misjudged the American people.

Arizonans who don’t hear such cogent truth from their own senators might want to commit these words spoken by newly elected Sen. James Lankford to memory: “The American people really do believe in the rule of law. They don’t have a problem with immigration. They have a problem with illegal immigration. And for the president to step up and say, I’m just going to remove the word “illegal” and to be able to transition this and ignore the law, a lot of people have a problem with that, Republicans and Democrats alike.”

Lankford, who refreshingly campaigned as “a faithful, conservative leader” will fill the unexpired term of retiring Senator, Dr. Tom Coburn, who is sadly battling serious health problems.


AZ Republic’s schoolyard bully tactics disgraceful

November 12, 2014

AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction election has been decided by statewide voters

It’s difficult to imagine that the accomplished winner of a statewide race could elicit such negatively, but the far-left Arizona Republic is flinging all the venom it can muster in the direction of Diane Douglas. Newly elected as state schools chief, the Rutgers University business/marketing grad and former President of the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board brings a wealth of knowledge and fresh vision to the job. 

The petulant daily newspaper attempts to marginalize her by repeatedly declaring her a “one issue” candidate. Unlike her liberal opponent who supports the federal overreach into America’s education system, Diane Douglas ran on opposing the scheme, echoing the views of citizens far and wide. Because of these views she warrants the multi-pronged and incessant whammies of columnist battering and editorial potshots. To the lefties at the newspaper, she is fair game.

Bottom line? Her ideas resonated with Arizona voters  She won.

The real problem for the newspaper is that Douglas is a conservative. Republicans took all of the state offices in the Nov. 4 election, but they are mostly tolerable to the left.

Conservative Diane Douglas has principles and determination mingled with a fair share of grit. But she doesn’t pass the leftwing Republic’s muster, so she is deemed worthy of a daily negative barrage of schoolyard-style bullying.

These embarrassing sore-losers passing themselves off as journalists deserve a corner seat with a pointed hat —- at the very least.


That gagging sound? Dem endorsing AZ Republic choking

November 9, 2014

Diane Douglas wins AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction race as final votes are tallied

After decades of watching its influence continue to wane, the daily newspaper still crows about its relevance when the exact opposite is the case.  The editorial board’s political endorsements, and repeated rehashes or “recaps” fell flat, with Republicans winning all statewide offices —- once again.  This substantive victory can’t be reduced to a fluke or simply part of the national wave of discontent aimed at Obama and his ilk, it is an echo of previous elections. Yet that doesn’t keep the remaining leftists still drawing paychecks despite massive and ongoing cutbacks, from hammering victorious conservatives.

Currently, the keyboard-armed hooligans are reeling over the triumph of Diane Douglas in the state Superintendent of Public Instruction race. Glibly describing Douglas as the “tea party candidate” in an attempt to marginalize her, the goons would have us believe she was an anomaly with no support, ignoring the endorsements of U.S. Reps. Trent Franks, Paul Gosar, Matt Salmon and David Schweikert and state Senate President Andy Biggs. Nationally syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, who has written extensively exposing Common Core, was an early Douglas supporter who also congratulated her on her primary victory

The harsh reality for the failing newspaper is that perennial Democrat candidates, wannabe-governor Terry Goddard, running for Secretary of State and Felecia Rotellini, trying yet again to win Attorney General, both lost —- big time. Jim Holway, one of their choices for the two open Corporation Commission seats didn’t make a blip on the election night radar, coming in dead last in a field of four. Now their focus is on the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The newspaper’s liberal heartstrings were plucked by leftist David Garcia, a committed Common Core educrat.

In order to explain away his defeat, the Arizona Republic engages in what it has crafted into a repetitive whammy art form. The tactic consists of editorials purporting to be news reports, actual editorials which berate and mock, and finally turning their snarling liberal columnists loose to gnaw at the dominant conservative.

None of it works. Arizonans have long been on to the charade. The newspaper is a farce. Regardless of its grinding angst, Republicans won again.

Though the Arizona Republic attempts to blame Democrat losses on “dark money” and outside spending, grassroots conservative Diane Douglas was wildly outspent by her Democrat opponent.  David Garcia had outside interests dump $802,000 into his campaign to Douglas’ $1,100, proving it was her anti-Common Core message, not his money that carried the day.

This Gallup Poll found that Americans prefer local school boards over implementation of the federal government’s Common Core scheme by a wide margin, 56% to 15%. Among those familiar with the federal overreach nearly a third say state government should have the greatest say on curriculum, opposing the federal program which wrests control from parents and local communities.

In 2012 Obama reminded Republicans he had won. Click here to see the best way to remind the Arizona Republic.


Weekend viewing guaranteed to make you smarter

November 8, 2014

As baseball legend Yogi Berra so famously said, “It’s Déjà vu all over again”

Bill Whittle foretold what is clearly the truth in “Time to Go”

 

H/T PJTV


AZ election results, national embrace of GOP

November 5, 2014

Less than one-third —- 29.11% —- of Arizona voters managed to motivate themselves to vote, either by early mail-in ballots, or in person in Tuesday’s election. Despite the apathy in this decisive election, the votes were counted with the following results — Republicans are  shown in Red, Democrats in Blue, winners are in bold type. (I) indicates incumbent.

All statewide offices remain in the Republican column:

Governor: Doug Ducey

Secretary of State: Michele Reagan

Attorney General: Mark Brnovich

State Treasurer: Jeff DeWit

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Diane Douglas

State Mine Inspector: Joe Hart

Corporation Commissioners (2): Tom Forese, Doug Little

AZ Congressional races:

CD1:  Ann Kirkpatrick (I), Andy Tobin

CD2:  Martha McSally (R), Ron Barber (I) (McSally’s victory increases GOP delegation to 5)

CD3Raul Grijalva (I), Gabby Saucedo Mercer

CD4:  Paul Gosar (I), Mike Weisser

CD5:  Matt Salmon (I), James Woods

CD6:  David Schweikert (I), John Williamson

CD7:  Ruben Gallego, Other parties, no Republicans

CD8:  Trent Franks (I),

CD9:   Kyrsten Sinema (I),Wendy Rogers

 State House and Senate district results are available here.

Once again, Arizona voters have rejected liberal Terry Goddard’s efforts to emulate his single-term governor father, this time attempting to gain the office through the back door circuitous route often provided by the Secretary of State. 

Amid the statewide victories, comes the stellar news of Republicans picking up national governorships and taking control of the U.S. Senate, in a stunning repudiation of the failed Obama administration and its over-arching policies. In the House, the GOP won 246 seats, its largest majority since World War II.  Republicans have also swept state legislatures across the U.S.

Colorado, Iowa, Montana, South Dakota, Arkansas, West Virginia, and North Carolina have all moved from Democrat strongholds to the Republican column. Kansas and Georgia have held onto their contested seats. Still to be decided are Virginia, Alaska and Louisiana —- where a December runoff is scheduled.

As of Tuesday night, Obama had not issued a statement on this stinging snub. Unable to deal with the harsh reality of American voters venting their fury via the massive rejection of his disregard of the Constitution, Obama is off on another trip. He’s heading to China and Burma, with a side trip to Australia, where he’ll likely get in a few rounds of golf.


AZ 2014 General Election results: We’ve got what you’re looking for

November 4, 2014

For up-to-the-minute 2014 statewide General Election results CLICK HERE.*

 Arizona_flag We have it all!    

You’ll find results of Congressional races and those for the offices of Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer (decided in the Primary), Superintendent of Public Instruction, State Mine Inspector and the two open seats on the Corporation Commission. You’ll also be able to check out the winners of all 90 state legislative district seats, (60 Representatives and 30 Senators). Results of Judicial Retention and the Ballot Propositions are also available here.

Polls close at 7:00 p.m. Election results will be available after 8:00 p.m. tonight.

 Use the drop-down box for the various states and offices.

Follow nationwide House, Senate and Gubernatorial races on FOX News’ America’s Election HQ HERE.  Use the drop-down box for the various states and offices.

 

*Courtesy of AZ Secretary of State


“An Election About Everything”

November 4, 2014

Congressional, statewide and legislative district elections take place today. Propositions are on the ballot. Vote your values! There will not be a do-over

Today’s election is as important as most of us have encountered in our lifetimes. The national midterms will, without a doubt, determine the future of our country. Charles Krauthammer was on “The Kelly File” discussing the  impact of the midterm elections underway today. “This is a referendum on Obama’s hyper-liberalism,” he said. “This is liberalism on trial.”

Stephen Hayes, writing for the Weekly Standard, calls it “An Election About Everything.”

“It’s about the size and scope of government. It’s about the rule of law. It’s about the security of the citizenry. It’s about competence. It’s about integrity. It’s about honor.  It’s about an electorate determined to hold someone responsible for the policy failures that have defined this administration and the scandals that have consumed it—even if many in the fourth estate will not.

And it’s about time,” Hayes rightly concluded.

His single-page commentary is insightful and concise. His analysis is definitely worth your time.

Today of all days. 


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