Watch AZ GOP debates: AZ Corp Comm & Ed Supe

July 22, 2018

Foremost among its many duties, the Arizona Corporation Commission regulates utility rates. Integrity, which has been lacking in this key commission, is the paramount consideration. Candidates Rodney Glassman, Justin Olson, Jim O’Connor, and Eric Sloan join in the debate.

The Republican Corporation Commission candidates debate can be viewed HERE.

Olson is a former state legislator who lost a 2016 primary challenge to Congressman Andy Biggs. In 2017, he was appointed to the ACC by Gov. Ducey to fill a vacancy, and is currently running for a complete term.

Be sure to read the revealing link under duplicitous party switcher Glassman’s name. Glassman is an opportunistic chameleon, who will quickly slip into whatever political affiliation he thinks will benefit him. Jim O’Connor is the knowledgeable and reliable conservative in the race.

The debate involving Republican candidates running for Superintendent of Public Instruction debate can be viewed HERE.

Incumbent Diane Douglas squares off with Republican challengers Robert Branch, Jonathan Gelbart, Tracy Livingston and Frank Riggs. Douglas strongly asserts Common Core has been eradicated in Arizona Schools, though others say it’s merely been renamed.

The candidates were asked if they supported the recent week-long teachers’ strike in which 840,000 Arizona students were abandoned in violation of contractual agreements. Although each candidate said they did not support the walk out, Livingston, who touts her credentials as a teacher, was the sole equivocator, adding the strike was “the teachers’ voice.” Her voice spoke loud and clear.

Branch asserted “dollars should follow the student,” regardless of which school their parents choose — a concept few taxpaying parents would disagree with.

Gelbart has made an interesting selection of former Congressman Jim Kolbe heading up his list of endorsements. But then again, he has no historical memory. The congressional page scandal occurred when Gelbart was just 8-years-old.

SRAZ calls it a toss-up between Branch and Riggs — leaning Branch.

 The debates, hosted by Ted Simons, are sponsored by the Citizens Clean Elections.

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Watch AZ GOP debates: Sec. of State & AZ Treasurer

July 21, 2018

Clear winners: Steve Gaynor and Sen. Kimberly Yee

AZ GOP Sec. of State debate: Reagan vs. Gaynor:

The first Square Off is between problem-plagued incumbent Secretary of State Michele Reagan and challenger Steve Gaynor, a longtime Arizona business owner.

Under pressure, Reagan admits there were massive errors made under her administration. “That was my first election,” she says. “Everything went haywire. Yes, we’ve made mistakes in 2016, but it is now 2018.

Gaynor: “Elections are the foundation of our democracy. If they’re not well run, if people don’t have confidence and trust in the process, it tears at the fabric of our society.”

Click HERE to view the GOP Secretary of State debate.

The adult in the room: Steve Gaynor

AZ GOP State Treasurer debate:: Sen. Kimberly Yee vs. Jo Ann Sabbagh

Yee, an Arizona native and former state senator, has previously worked at the Treasurer’s Office, is knowledgeable and handles herself with the confidence that comes with experience. Five former state treasurers have endorsed her.  Sabbagh, clearly out of her league, resorts to childish name calling.

Click HERE to view the Treasurer debate.

The adult in the room: Sen. Kimberly Yee

The debates, hosted by Ted Simons, are sponsored by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.

Emulating his mentor, John McCain, Gov. Doug Ducey has refused to debate conservative challenger Ken Bennett. Ducey has lost support for acquiescing to the colossal 20% pay hike demands of the striking teachers who abandoned 840,000 Arizona students for a week as they followed a self-identified Socialist Pied Piper. Now, in true Marxist fashion, they are supporting a class warfare ballot initiative which will be an irrevocable Constitutional Amendment that will permanently “tax the rich,” putting untold burdens on Arizona’s small business owners who are job creators.  

Bennett, an Arizona native and businessman, is a former Secretary of State and previously served in the Arizona Senate, where his colleagues elected him senate president.

Ken Bennett is the conservative to support for AZ Governor.


Egomaniacal Jeff Flake stages anti-Trump tantrum

July 20, 2018

Trump Derangement Syndrome afflicts AZ’s embarrassing Republicrat

Jeff Flake, unable to run for reelection due to staggeringly low polling numbers among his home state Republicans, has instead set his sights on becoming Arizona’s embarrassment. He began his descent with a 140-page pamphlet masquerading as a book, sticky-fingering the title directly from that of Barry Goldwater’s 1960 iconic book, ‘Conscience of a Conservative,’ which described the fundamentals of conservatism. Though Flake pilfered the title, he never actually comprehended conservatism.  He knew the word started with the letter “C” and was multi-syllabic, but confused ‘conservatism’ with ‘contrariness.‘

Showboating is the not too bright Flake’s stock in trade.  Emboldened by the attention he’s generated, McCain’s doppelganger Jeff Flake plows ahead. The left-wing networks — notably ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN and their ilk, are ready repositories for his hateful spews directed at President Donald Trump. Having an “R” after his name, no matter how misplaced the designation is, makes him a valuable tool in their ongoing scheme to denigrate and destabilize the president.

Flake is noted for flashing his inappropriately placed grin, ever mindful of giving his capped teeth a workout. His bleach-streaked hair is receding, but stiffly coiffed. Lies flow out of his mouth with the same intensity as a spewing, fiery, lava eruption.

His latest assault follows President Trump’s comments at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Flake took to the senate floor declaring Trump’s remarks verged on treason. “The president let down the free world by giving aid and comfort to an enemy of democracy,” he said. “In so doing, he dimmed the light of freedom ever so slightly in our own country.” Though not explicitly calling the president a traitor, his intent was clear, since Article III, Sec. 3 of the U.S. Constitution says treason consists of giving “aid and comfort” to America’s enemies.’

Was it traitorous when Flake accompanied then-President Barack Obama to grovel at the feet of Raul Castro, Cuba’s communist dictator? Where were the aggrieved pundits then?

Flake, whose most significant job before feeding at the public trough was in the 1990s when he and his wife lived in the African nation of Namibia, as he worked as a registered foreign agent, opening D.C. doors for Rossing Uranium, a mining company that is among the world’s largest suppliers of nuclear fuel —- and partially owned by Iran. National Journal’s exposé during his initial congressional campaign stated, “Flake’s little-known time in the influence industry stands in contrast to his carefully cultivated image as a Washington outsider.”

Now as his congressional career screeches to a halt, he devotes his time to joining with the Trump-hating Democrats. The latest Rasmussen polling shows Congress holds a 15% approval rating. President Trump polls at 44%, with 31% strongly approving of his performance.

Those crickets you hear chirping? That’s the sound emanating from AZ GOP chairman Jonathan Lines, refusing once again to rein in the party’s embarrassment. Flake’s despicable antics are particularly damaging to Republican candidates approaching the upcoming elections. They also insult Republican voters —  nationwide. Lines apparently doesn’t care.


AZ SOS race: Gaynor poised to defeat incumbent Reagan

July 19, 2018

According to the latest Data Orbital voter survey, Arizona’s incumbent Secretary of State Michele Reagan is not faring well against political newcomer Steve GaynorIn fact, they are in a virtual tie with Reagan polling at 26.37% and Gaynor at 26.40%. The uncertain factor hinges on the 45.5% who remained undecided at the time the poling was conducted.  Gaynor is boldly challenging Reagan with a televised ad campaign depicting her as a flawed public official, responsible for the past election day chaos that had voters standing in line for hours to cast their ballots.

Reagan previously took heat for failing to send informative publicity pamphlets to an estimated 200,000 households in advance of the May 17, 2016 special election, as required by law. The Secretary of State’s website has experienced numerous problems since she took office.

Election day snafus were effective arguments in removing longtime Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell from office during the 2016 election cycle. She had won accolades for her administration of county elections for 28 years. Reagan’s tenure has been rocky from the start.

A longtime Arizona businessman, Gaynor is self funding his campaign. Never previously active in Republican politics, he is a clean slate candidate, with no track record to examine, as he seeks what sounds like a paper shuffling office, but is actually next in line of succession to the governor.

Reagan, a squish Republican, previously represented Legislative District 8 in the state legislature. During 2011, she made SRAZ’s notorious list of Arizona’s Benedict Arnolds for voting in opposition to five bills that addressed the continued invasion of our state by illegal aliens.

Her current reelection campaign donor list is rife with lobbyists and establishment contributors. As of the July 12, 2018 filing period, a worried Reagan has put $73,600 of her own money into the race.

Steve Gaynor is unknown politically, but has been a successful Arizona businessman for nearly four decades. SRAZ supports his candidacy. The status quo is unacceptable.


Farcical magician Kwok tries to make Kelli Ward vanish

July 18, 2018

Leftist newspaper’s not so subtle political attempt to eliminate stellar conservative, Dr. Kelli Ward

We’ve previously stated that we read the local newspaper so you don’t have to. In addition to being overcharged for having your intelligence insulted, it‘s guaranteed to raise the blood pressure of any rational reader. The leftward lurch is no longer subtle. Columnists admit to being liberals and reporters — journalists, have vanished — are not at all reluctant to interject liberal bias into news reports. Whether they do so on their own or under marching orders from above, the end game is the same. Conservative candidates are given the boot in the Hillary-endorsing newspaper, which still prints endorsement lists prior to elections for its remaining readers they consider easily influenced sheep.

Case in point is an article by reporter Abe Kwok. On the surface he appears to be covering a Democrat, Muslim, female immigration lawyer, running for the U.S. Senate in Arizona. He notes that she is “barely registering a blip on the media radar,” and her ability to fund raise is nearly nonexistent. He lays that off to the fact that Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is sucking all of the money out of the Dem donor base.

The actual purpose of the entire hit piece masquerading as a news report — ostensibly about the little tractioned Democrat candidate follows:

“[She] has the lowest name recognition in a field that includes Republican U.S. Rep. Martha McSally and former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. It also hasn’t helped that this has been an election cycle with an unusually high number of candidates, each competing for voter attention.”

Notice Kwok names only two other candidates, in a primary field he admits has numerous competitors. He identifies Martha McSally (frequently referred to on this site as “Sally McCain“) and 86-year-old Joe Arpaio, a respected career lawman, who should not be running for a six-year U.S. Senate term. Siphoning conservative votes in a race he can’t win serves only to help the opposition.

Conspicuously and intentionally missing is principled conservative senate candidate Dr. Kelli Ward. A physician and former two-term state senator, she has earned the endorsements of a growing list of high profile conservatives, many nationally prominent. Arizona Congressman, Paul Gosar, (R-CD 4) a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, has enthusiastically endorsed Ward’s candidacy as noted by Breitbart News —- a bold move since he serves with McSally in the U.S. House. 

We urge you to watch THIS fact-filled video ad drawing the clear distinction between Dr. Kelli Ward and her deceptive McOpponent.


AZ Republic’s selective memory, hypocrisy, misplaced outrage

July 17, 2018

The headline in this morning’s edition of Arizona’s leftist newspaper, still apoplectic over the fact that Donald Trump was overwhelmingly elected President of the United States, blasts a single word, all caps, headline: ‘DISGRACEFUL.’

It refers to President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland and Trump’s reputed recognition of Putin’s denials of meddling in U.S. elections. President Trump has since amended his comment saying he used the words, “would not” when he in fact intended to say “would” when describing whether he thought the Russians were possibly hacking our elections.

Trump-hater John McCain, suffering from what his Mayo neurosurgeons described as an aggressive brain malignancy, has not been seen in public since last year. Yet we are led to believe he is still sending out tweets and press releases. His staff is hard at work, but it’s a good bet the seriously ill senator is not.  His wife recently sent out messages of thanks to his devoted caregivers. This is supposedly McCain’s latest missive, in which the failed presidential candidate accused the president of “disgraceful behavior” and “defending a tyrant.” Not a negative word was heard from McCain when his underling Jeff Flake traveled to Communist Cuba with Obama and made deals with the murderous Castro dictators

 The hypocrisy is rampant.

When Barack Obama, attending a global nuclear security summit in South Korea — oblivious to his open mic — and conspiratorially leaned over asking for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for “space,” the Arizona Republic  took it in stride.

“This is my last election,” Obama said. “After my election I’ll have more flexibility,” (brief video) assuring the Russian leader he would have the “flexibility” required to deal with Russia on missile defense issues after the 2012 presidential election.

There was no widespread media outrage regarding Obama’s collusion on a massive uranium deal selling Russia large U.S. reserves and the benefits that accrued to the Clinton Foundation in the wake of the transfers, as reported by the NY Times. Obama’s payoff of $1.7 billion in ransom to tyrannical, America-hating Iran for hostages was met with deafening silence.

Obama went on a worldwide apology tour, listing what he considered America’s transgressions and calling the United States “arrogant.” He bowed before the Muslim Saudi King and other tyrants and dictators. Where was the Arizona Republic‘s outrage then?  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed evidence that Obama operatives were deeply involved in trying to oust him from office.

Neither did Arizona’s Hillary-endorsing newspaper, blast headlines of her years of deceit and attempts to obscure the truth throughout her time as Obama’s Secretary of State or as a presidential candidate. The newspaper was enamored with the substandard known liar, described as engaging in a “staggering dereliction of duty and deception,” in the deaths — including the U.S. ambassador — at our government compound in Benghazi, Libya. Her compromising of national security by using a private server located in the bathroom closet of her home was given short shrift. Her lies were more than outrageous, they were dangerous and ongoing, but she was given a pass and endorsed.

The double standard is beyond rational, but it thrives at the local newspaper.


Arizona is Politico’s blue “Pick State” in mid-terms

July 16, 2018

Politico, the DC journal that should more accurately be named “LeftLurchio,” is almost as ecstatic as the AZ Repugnant newspaper over what they view as 2018 Democrat prospects here in Arizona.

Instead of cataloging the obvious bias, it’s fair to ask, “What brought our red state to this sorry situation?” It doesn’t take much mental wrangling to lasso the simple answer: The rank “stewardship” of McCain, McFlake, McDucey and McKyl.

SRAZ’s Sunday post,Obvious cracks in AZ Corp. Com. Candidate Glassman,” detailed the candidacy of slickster Rodney Glassman, a Democrat more adept at switching political parties than accruing accomplishments. Glassman is now an opportunistically newly minted Republican, running as a conservative for the AZ Corporation Commission, which sets rates on Arizona‘s public utilities. He has inexplicably been able to secure the endorsements of GOP office holders when, Jim O’Connor, a far better qualified, actual conservative candidate is in the race.

Even though pro-illegal invasion author Ethan Epstein was so eager to get this written, he errs on pertinent facts,* our best advice is to read,Is THIS the year Arizona finally turns blue? on an empty stomach.

* Overwhelmed by his duties as governor, Raul Castro left office mid-term to accept an ambassadorship to Argentina offered by President Jimmy Carter. The actual facts are available in,,Gov. Ducey overstates short-termer Castro’s impact on Arizona.

Epstein praises single-term Sen. Jeff Flake, neglecting to mention that he won the senate seat by a slim 3% margin, and opted not to run for reelection due to abysmal 18 percent approval ratings for his incessant bashing of President Trump in a state that carried the president to victory, awarding him all of its electoral votes.

Skewing “facts” might make an interesting story, but it doesn’t obscure the truth.