An important and instructive message
The shameful snub of conservative Gabriela Saucedo Mercer
This swell party invitation for high dollar swells willing to shell out up to $7,800 a head, raises more than a few questions. Three brand new Republican congressional candidates are hosting a swanky reception for House Speaker John Boehner at an undisclosed Paradise Valley address. In the style of a suspense-filled whodunit, once the price is paid, the site will be revealed.
A closer look shows Republicans Martha McSally, Wendy Rogers and Andy Tobin as co-hosts.
McSally is challenging Democrat Ron Barber in Congressional District 2. Wendy Rogers in CD 9 is mounting a campaign against radical leftist Kyrsten Sinema, and Andy Tobin is poised to take out Ann Kirkpatrick in CD 1.
Oddly missing from the lineup is the lone Latina, Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, running in Congressional District 3. Gabby is challenging the disreputable Raul Grijalva, whose roots are firmly planted in the most extreme factions of the Democrat party and is the willing recipient of Hamas-linked donations.
With her impeccable resume, knowledge of the issues and love for her adopted country as a naturalized American citizen since 1991, this eloquent and elegant woman should be the headliner. Instead she is mysteriously missing from the lineup.
Given that the Arizona GOP and the Republican National Committee go to great lengths to tout their Hispanic Outreach, even making sure diverse faces are in the mix at the National convention, omitting Gabby Saucedo Mercer is beyond blunderous.
The only plausible answer to this Sphinx-like riddle is that Gabby Saucedo Mercer is an unapologetic conservative. Take a look at her “Issues” page to see where she stands on the topics that matter. There is no equivocation.
In the world of Republican politics, Gabby Saucedo Mercer is pure gold. But the AZ GOP hierarchy is in the tight grasp of the McCain-led establishment, RINOs all. A conservative candidate such as Gabby Saucedo Mercer gives them heartburn, so they ignore her. Since she won’t be splitting the jackpot after the Paradise Valley soiree, please help this outstanding woman as much as you can. Time is short. There are ads to buy and mailers to send in order to get her message out. You can make a donation here without leaving home. Do it. It matters.
Diane Douglas’ victory proof of widespread opposition to fed ed scheme
It appears Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, may have been keeping a watchful eye on Arizona’s primary election results. Conservative Diane Douglas scored an unprecedented victory against the incumbent state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Her 58 to 41 stunning upset stands as a testament to the unpopularity of the federally imposed education mandate known as Common Core —- which Douglas unwaveringly opposes. Here in Arizona, the toxic name was even changed in an effort to dupe wary voters.
Instead of protecting Arizona’s Constitutional requirement for local control of our district schools, Common Core cedes control of every facet of the state’s education system to federal bureaucrats.
Rand Paul approaches the issue this way: He has said, “I don’t see Common Core being — if you’re for Common Core and you’re for a national curriculum, I don’t see it being a winning message in a Republican primary.” Paul said, “If there’s a Republican candidate out there — let’s just say there’s a hypothetical one who’s for Common Core. I’m saying that that hypothetical candidate who’s for Common Core probably doesn’t have much chance of winning in a Republican primary.”
In his scenario, the primary is the national one, deciding the 2016 candidate in the race for the White House. It was a none too subtle jab at Jeb Bush, who has made no secret of his desire to be a dynastic Bush III —- an idea even most Republicans consider a bridge too far.
Getting early national face-time, the pro-amnesty, bilingual Bush released Spanish language ads Monday for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on behalf of three GOP candidates, among them Arizonan Martha McSally, (video link) who is trying to unseat CD 2 Democrat Rep. Ron Barber.
Paul’s forceful opposition to the fed ed Common Core sets the stage for what’s likely to come as 2016 approaches, and he also gears up for an expected presidential bid — while Bush and other Republicans who have expressed support for the wildly unpopular Common Core do the same.
Syndicated columnist Michelle 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.
Parents and grandparents vote. They are not fooled by deceptive rebranding of federal overreaches. No voters should be.
We often express our disappointment in the far left rulings emanating from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which has appellate jurisdiction over legal issues in Arizona and eight other states plus two territorial courts. This court is not only the nation’s largest, but also the most overturned.
But today we applaud the ruling of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court —- with an entirely different makeup —- allowing Texas to immediately begin enforcing new abortion restrictions that will close all but seven abortion facilities in America’s second most-populous state.
Republican Gov. Rick Perry has noted Texas’ 2013 law HB 2, was designed to protect women’s health.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican who is consistently polling high in the race for governor, has led the defense of the law. Abbott released a statement saying, “This decision is a vindication of the careful deliberation by the Texas Legislature to craft a law to protect the health and safety of Texas women.”
Abbot’s gubernatorial opponent is Democrat Wendy Davis, who launched her campaign riding the notoriety she achieved during a nearly 13-hour filibuster last June that temporarily blocked the law in the state Senate. Not only did she don running shoes and a back brace during her marathon performance, she was also equipped with a catheter, allowing her to stay on the floor since trips to the restroom were disallowed.
A decision by Judge Jennifer Elrod in the case Whole Woman’s Health, et al v. David Lakey, et al in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has lifted the district court’s injunction, allowing HB 2 to immediately go into effect.
Maricopa County Republican Chairman A J LaFaro has filed a campaign finance complaint against ‘Arizona Grassroots Action’ with the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission, Arizona Secretary of State’s Office and Maricopa County Elections Office.
Here is the complaint:
I wish to file a campaign finance complaint against Arizona Grassroots Action (AGA), which lists its address at 300 West Clarendon, Suite 460, Phoenix, AZ, 85013. We encourage anyone who reads this complaint to “Google” the address to see who is really located there.*
AGA conducted independent expenditures in multiple Legislative Districts (LD) in multiple counties to effect the outcome of Precinct Committeemen (PC) races. However, AGA never registered as a political committee, nor has it disclosed its donors or its expenditures. We went to a great deal of effort to verify that AGA was not filed with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office and with the various counties in which it campaigned, etc.
AGA is also not registered with the Arizona Corporation Commission. It appears that AGA is a name selected to mimic an old campaign committee that was called Arizona Grassroots PAC and was closed in March of 2014. It is also the precise name of a federal PAC formed to benefit GOP Congressional candidates Martha McSally and Andy Tobin. However, the federal PAC uses a Virginia address and appears to be quite separate. So the selection of the name seems to be purposefully for the sake of creating confusion.
At this time we do not have a firm idea on exactly how many expenditures were made, however we have proof that AGA used a series of up to three mailers per precinct that was targeted in their Graham County efforts, two to three mailers per targeted precinct along with robo calls here in Maricopa County. PCs have reported receiving and seeing AGA’s campaign literature in LD23, LD25, LD28, and LD29.
We have put the word out asking people to report if AGA’s campaign literature was used in their LDs and will update our list as we get more responses.
While races for Precinct Committeemen do not attract the media attention that larger offices do, they are very important to the candidates who participate in them. The outcome of those races determine the makeup of party leadership both at the county and state level, and control of that leadership includes the ability to speak for the party as well as control over the party’s purse strings. These races can be very high-stakes. As such, the strategic advantage that accrues to a group that knowingly violates election law in order to gain a stealth advantage is tremendous. You do not have time to gather an effort to counter something that you have no idea is coming.
The penalties for failing to file a committee and failing to file reports that detail contributions and expenditures are substantial and are laid out in ARS 16-904 for example. The failure to file and report are both violations of ARS 16-902, 16-902.01, 16-904, 16-912, 16-913 and potentially 16-913.01 and 16-914.02 depending on the source and nature of the funds used to pay for this electioneering and expressed advocacy.
Furthermore, AGA failed to notify the candidates who were listed on their mailers of their independent expenditures in a timely manner as prescribed by ARS 16-917. The penalties for failing to do this shall be three times the cost of the literature.
Lastly, AGA would be required to list any individuals, corporations, LLCs and labor organizations paying for these expenditures should the source of any of this money come from any of these individuals, corporations, LLCs and labor organizations. There is no such disclosure save for “Paid for by Arizona Grassroots Action” and the penalties for failing to properly disclose are up to three times the cost of the literature.
It is too late to undo the damage done to the candidates who were disadvantaged by these unannounced and unreported mailings. However, your office can and should send a strong message to this group and those groups who would mimic this technique in the future that their actions carry severe financial penalties.
People and organizations that feel they are above the law by not registering with the appropriate state and county agencies so they can use their dirty money to fund their egregious acts of misleading and confusing the voters is totally unacceptable.
It is quite obvious AGA has violated election laws by not registering as a political committee or filing campaign finance reports, and I am requesting a full and thorough investigation into this heinous matter. Please consider this complaint a “class action complaint” on behalf of the thousands of individuals that have been wronged.
– A. J. LaFaro, Chairman, Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) Office: 480-752-9164, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Under “Our Team” you’ll find the names Wes Gullett, Kurt Davis, Marcus Dell’Artino, Barry Dill, Crystal Bradley, Bettina Nava, and Steve Roman. Five of the six highlighted names share a common thread: They have all worked for John McCain. At least a couple of those McCain cohorts show up on this 2006 Republicans for Janet (Napolitano) list.
Seeing Red AZ has previously provided additional background on such shenanigans:
Another example of Republicrat duplicity also took place in District 28, where conservatives were targeted for removal on a slate pushing RINOs for election as state committeemen.
Integrity is in short supply these days. Here is a list of RINOs supporting liberal Democrat Felecia Rotellini. “Republican” is a convenient label for these turncoats to keep as they show their true colors while ripping fellow Republicans. If they reregistered as Democrats, their traitorous acts would lose their potency.
English competency tests in Spanish, waiver of health & immunization requirements for illegal students
Just when you think you’ve heard it all, comes this report from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, detailing the gutless response to the Obama administration depositing over 1,200 illegal Central American minors in Louisiana. The state has authorized the federally imposed Common Core test for English Language Arts and Literacy to be administered in….Spanish.
State schools Superintendent John White ordered the controversial test —- called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) to be given in Spanish to newly arrived illegal foreign nationals.
To his credit, Gov. Bobby Jindal tried to block White and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education from purchasing the PARCC test for Louisiana schools this summer, but was unsuccessful.
Judge Todd Hernandez ruled against the governor, saying Jindal had acted inappropriately in blocking the test purchase. Jindal is appealing the ruling, but White and the state school board, mostly Common Core supporters, have moved forward with implementing PARCC testing, scheduled to be administered in March.
That’s not all. Breitbart Big Government reports the Virginia Department of Education recently issued a memo to its 132 divisions outlining how schools should handle the influx of about 3,000 foreign national children now in that state. In addition to giving them “homeless” status, which includes benefits under the Homeless Assistance Act, the state is also ordering schools to “immediately enroll” the students and waive their health and immunization requirements.
Apparently, it’s unfair that people who illegally invade our country should be subject to the same rules as ordinary American citizens. And, if your children come down with a mysterious Central American virus, there’s always the fallback of Obamacare.
This is the three page fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Education regarding policies, rights and services to be afforded to the illegal minors under the Homeless Assistance Act.
Since October, approximately 63,000 unaccompanied minors have illegally entered the United States through our southern border. The vast majority are from Central America.
Arizonans have a clear choice in the upcoming election for state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Conservative Diane Douglas, the runaway primary winner handily clobbered incumbent John Huppenthal in a 58 to 41 percent stunning upset. She 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.
Diane Douglas’ success is due to her unwavering opposition to the fed’s heavy handedness in promoting the increasingly unpopular Common Core. Her liberal opponent David Garcia supports the controversial fed ed program.
Election Day is Nov. 4, but early voting begins Oct. 9. Vote early and ensure the demise of the federal overreach of Common Core, deceptively renamed “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards,” by Gov. Brewer and her colluder Huppenthal.
Arizona needs Diane Douglas in this important office.
It’s been a while since we gifted our readers with a “Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter” offering.
Today we make up for the lull with a blockbuster by Media Research Center’s Founder and President Brent Bozell, III, and Tim Graham, MRC’s Director of Media Analysis. Bozell is an acclaimed national leader within the conservative movement.
The duo present a superb collaborative exposé with “Journalists In Screech Advocacy Mode,” a powerfully informative commentary you won’t soon forget. The fact-filled report delves into the liberal bias that permeates network programming and what attempts to pass as print journalism.
Read the column and consider forwarding it to conservatives and liberals alike. Some will immediately agree and others will be enlightened —- which is never a bad thing.