Phoenix election: Vote NO on Props, YES for Brennan

August 3, 2015

Phoenix will officially hold its city election Aug. 25, 2015  The ballot includes the race for mayor, four of the eight city council seats and five propositions.

There is a pretence of the offices being non-partisan, which is a charade of major proportions — fooling no one. Greg Stanton, running for his second term as mayor received a congratulatory call on his 2011 victory from Barack Obama and Janet Napolitano. Last week, a month preceding  Election Day, the leftwing Arizona Republic blew him a fawning kiss in a presumptuous  editorial titled, “Stanton’s second act.”  Stanton is so sure of himself, as of this date, he has not bothered to put up campaign signs.

We support Republican Anna Brennan. She’s a long shot in a city that hasn’t elected a Republican mayor in two decades. But so was conservative David Brat who spectacularly toppled House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last year, after being outspent $5.7 million to $231,000.

The editorial was notable for admitting, Stanton “was lifted to office on the shoulders of public sector labor unions, especially police and fire.”  Therein lies a significant part of the puzzle as to why liberals like Greg Stanton get elected in the nation’s sixth largest city in a red state.

Voter turnout is notoriously low during August in Phoenix. Many residents have not yet returned from their summer vacations, contributing to the abysmally low voter participation. The solid voting blocs are those reliable unions who “lifted Stanton on their shoulders”: police, fire fighters and unionized teachers. Stir into that mix other City of Phoenix employees, and the outcome becomes obvious as special interest groups disproportionately skew the vote to the left.

General participation would be greater and the costs lowered if city elections were consolidated with state and federal elections rather than off-year stand-alones. Keeping them as they are is doubtless part of the status quo strategy.

Three of the four city council candidates, those in districts 1, 3, and 7 are unopposed incumbents. Only first-term council member Daniel Valenzuela, a Democrat and former firefighter union boss faces an opponent. Felix Garcia is the Republican in the District 5 race.

The five propositions are numbered 100, 101, 102, 103 and 104. In reading the 104-page yellow “publicity pamphlet,” issued by the City of Phoenix, we focused on the “arguments in support and opposition” to the measures.  With the exception of Prop. 104 which has arguments in opposition, the others are notable for their support by city insiders, unionists, Democrat state legislators, former mayors and Chamber of Commerce members.  We strongly urge a NO vote on them all, some of which are slickly worded in an effort to deceive. The city is not in favor of actual pension reform and desires unfettered control over its purse strings.

Americans for Prosperity answers the questions and exposes the fallacies about Arizona ballot Proposition 104. SRAZ urges a NO vote against doubling the city transit tax over 35 years and spending over $31 billion on the unaccountable light rail expansion. Notice all of the campaign signs in support and none in opposition?  That alone tells who has the money and benefits from the expansion. The Arizona Free Enterprise Club recently released its study on the Phoenix Transit Plan Tax Hike, which debunks many of the claims made by the tax increase proponents.


Jerk or liar? Biden v. Hillary Dem heartburn producer

August 2, 2015

Commie wealth confiscator Sanders warming liberal cockles

American liberals are suffering from Clinton Fatigue, just as Republicans are afflicted with a similar malady known as Chronic Bush Syndrome. Republicans however have an abundance of candidates from which to evaluate and eventually nominate. Democrats have Hillary — with a favorability rating at the flushable level of 40% — according to a recent Quinnipiac survey.  She tanks among Democrat voters when gauged as “honest and trustworthy.” This could be why. Or this. Or perhaps this. Maybe this.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described “Democratic Socialist,” who was elected as an Independent and is now running for the presidency as a wealth redistributionist (a basic tenet of communism) Democrat — is pulling some stronger numbers than Hillary, shocking seasoned politicos. Demonizing achievers is his gig.

Meanwhile, Obama’s VP Joe Biden, known as the gaffe machine, has reportedly been meeting with advisors to explore the idea of taking on Hillary in Iowa and New Hampshire.

On the Republican side, Business Insider picks Who’s In and Who’s Out for the Aug. 6, first GOP debate. The best popcorn is Orville Redenbacher’s.


“Straight talking” McCain’s pro-life double talk

August 1, 2015

AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham should call out McCain’s hypocrisy

Most of us have seen at least portions of the videos produced by Center for Medical Progress clearly showing Planned Parenthood’s high level executives casually discussing the barbaric harvesting and selling of pre-born baby body parts, including brains, hearts, lungs and livers — sometimes intact bodies — resulting from abortions performed in their facilities. Haggling over specific prices, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Medical Directors’ Council President, Dr. Mary Gatter, brazenly stated, “I want a Lamborghini.”

Any reasonable person watching the undercover videos would be repulsed by the jovial and casual manner in which these unlawful negotiations were conducted — often over lunch.

In the latest reportable year, Planned Parenthood received subsidies of nearly $530 million — over half a billion dollars — in taxpayer funding, which many in Congress would like to see halted. A Senate bill aimed at defunding the abortion provider would redirect those millions of dollars to community health care centers and hospitals that actually provide women’s health care  services.

Pending legislation places the issue squarely in the political realm which is no doubt why AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham called on Arizona Democrats to donate to charity the Planned Parenthood contributions they’ve received to promote the abortion industry’s issues.

Senate Bill 1881 was introduced just days ago, July 28, 2015. It’s aim is to prohibit federal funding to Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Jeff Flake’s name is missing from the list of U.S. Senators who signed on to Sen. Joni Ernst’s bill, but candidate John McCain is onboard.

This presents the ideal opportunity for Robert Graham to ask Straight-talking John McCain to explain his vote in favor of embryonic stem cell research. In 2012, McCain advised Republicans to leave the issue (of abortion) alone” and declared, “I think we have to have a bigger tent, there’s no doubt about it.” Instead he cited the urgency of passing “immigration reform.”

In this 1999 clip McCain advocates returning to the days before the pro-life plank was included in the Republican Platform — blandly referring to abortion as an “unpleasant procedure.”

Now as he runs for yet another 6-year term, McCain who will be 80 by Election Day, says: “As a lifetime pro-life supporter, I have fought for decades to defend the rights of all human life, especially those who cannot defend themselves.”

 John McCain has an odd way of showing that deep commitment.


Trump retreats from his stance on illegal invasion

July 31, 2015

Inconsistent ramblings on key issue trouble conservatives

Donald Trump has opened a commanding lead in Republican national presidential polls, sprinting ahead of the crowded GOP field with a 20 percent lead in Thursday’s Quinnipiac survey. His numbers are also soaring in Arizona where the Phoenix-based MBQF Consulting survey reports he holds “a staggering 2 to 1 advantage over his closest opponent.”

Most political observers base Trump’s strong showing on the fact that he gives a voice to the frustrations of Americans who are primed to hear a candidate meaningfully address the deplorable and costly illegal invasion that is flooding  our country unabated. Here in the border state of Arizona, 5.000 people stood in line in searing July temperatures to hear and cheer his message at the packed Phoenix Convention Center.

Now Powerline, a reliably conservative site, runs a provocative post, titled “Trump goes soft on immigration.” In his column John Hinderaker uses Trump’s disturbing quotes from this bizarre CNN interview, which also rates coverage on Breitbart.

To refer to Trump’s views as inconsistent would be generous. In truth his incoherent ramblings appear to be indistinguishable from those of any Democrat as he calls for “legal status,” immediately after saying he would deport all in the United States illegally and then allow the “good ones” to reenter through an “expedited process” and live here legally, though not as citizens.

But, “later down the line, who knows what’s going to happen?” he muses. He clarified that this meant citizenship would be “something I would think about, but I would say right now no. I’m not open to it. I would say legal status.”

When asked what he would do with the so-called DREAMers, Trump responded, “We’re going to do something. I’ve been giving it so much thought, you know you have a….on a humanitarian basis, you have a lot of deep thought going into this, believe me. I actually have a big heart….I mean, a lot of people don’t understand that, but the DREAMers, it’s a tough situation, we’re going to do something, and one of the things we’re going to do is expedite — when somebody’s terrific, we want them back here, but they have to be legally….”

The words “flash in the pan” are beginning to take on new meaning.


AZ GOP Graham misleads, blames; ignites war with LaFaro

July 30, 2015

In this emailed letter addressed to Republican PCs, Chairmen and Executive Committee Members, AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham has removed the saber from its scabbard as he proceeds to slash at…. “a former party chairman” defined by Graham as “woefully unsuccessful…” while questioning his “true Republican” commitment.

The bizarre letter, received Wednesday is titled, “Dispelling Rumors.” It should have been titled, “Fancy Footwork by a Clumsy Dancer.”

The fact is Graham has received numerous questions — all of which have gone unanswered — regarding his recent disreputable actions toward the Maricopa County Republican Party which he characterizes as “rumors surrounding the temporary cash assistance we provided to MCRC.” He then makes embarrassingly inept attempts to “provide some insights.”

This is just another of many such shoddy misadventures in which Graham has engaged. Scratching the surface always reveals his links to the McEstablishment in general and John McCain, in particular. A few examples can be found here.

Acknowledging “mistakes” were made, Graham runs for cover behind the skirts of his aged grandmother’s out-of-state birthday celebration, his staffers and his need to be “in DC speaking at a Senate briefing against President Obama’s Iranian deal.” What Robert Graham’s foreign policy or nuclear enrichment expertise is, remains a mystery.

The “former party chairman” Robert Graham alludes to is not nameless — neither is he mute. Unlike Graham, he is a committed conservative named A.J. LaFaro — and he is more than willing to respond. His reply isn’t disjointed and doesn’t ramble, since he has nothing to conceal.

A.J. LaFaro’s succinct response:

Robert Graham appears to have serious problems. His continued lame attempts and Saul Alinsky tactics to promote himself while falsely attacking conservatives is irrational and divisive – but not unexpected.

The cheap shot he took at me is meaningless, frivolous, baseless and without merit just like the complaint filed by the progressive socialists.The AZGOP Precinct and State Committeemen should remove Robert Graham from office just like John McCain.

A. J. LaFaro
National Director, Arizona Republican Assembly (AZRA)
Immediate Past Chairman, Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC)


Another illegal alien on crime spree kills American

July 29, 2015

What’s the point of a GOP congressional majority if status quo continues?

Juan Emmanuel Razo, an admitted illegal alien from Mexico, who was detained but released July 7, after a “suspicious vehicle” incident, has repaid the Obama imposed generosity of the border patrol agents — under the direction of Immigration and Border Enforcement (ICE) — who advised the Ohio sheriff’s office not to take him into custody despite his status.

On Monday, Razo, 35, was charged with the murder of a 60-year-old woman in her home, the attempted rape of his 14-year-old niece, and attempted murder in the shooting of a 30-year-old woman who was walking along a bike path with her two children. The murdered woman lived directly behind the bike path. Razo capped off his spree by shooting at law enforcement officers as they attempted to apprehend him.

When taken into custody, he was unable to produce a driver’s license, a green card, a birth certificate or any type of identification.

Frustrated Judge Michael Cicconetti asked loudly, “How in the hell do I even know it’s him?” When Cicconetti heard the list of charges, he stated, “I can’t set a bond high enough” and set it at $10 million.

Prosecutors and sheriff’s deputies stated in court that Razo “gave a full confession to deputies.” A Spanish translator was needed to interpret Razo’s statement.

In 2013, the Center for Immigration Studies reported ICE freed 36,007 convicted criminal aliens from detention who were awaiting the outcome of deportation proceedings. This group included aliens convicted of hundreds of violent and serious crimes, including homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping, and aggravated assault. The list of crimes also includes more than 16,000 drunk or drugged driving convictions. In the intervening years, Obama’s policies have become even more lenient, and the serious problem has worsened.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Donald Trump, the only presidential candidate to focus on the criminal invasion, has surged in recent polls.

A new CNN survey shows a wide majority — 64% of Republicans prefer securing the border and deportation of illegals over legalization.

Newmax’ J.D. Hayworth exposes Jeb Bush’s slippery Spanish/English double-talk on illegal immigration. The Bush spin on Spanish language Telemundo provides English subtitles. Hayworth points out the differences in Bush’s comments depending on the language he uses.

Meanwhile we get this type of limp-wrested, unenforceable lip service from three Arizona Congressmen, adept at skewing the facts and slathering on a thick layer of what many of us know as horse pucky.


Robert Graham asks Republicans to work for…pancakes

July 28, 2015

After vindictively pulling the plug on the new Maricopa County Republican headquarters, AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham is sprucing up the state party digs. 

In a “Quick favor” email addressed to “Fellow Republicans,” comes this gem:

We need help with some early morning landscaping at the 24th St headquarters this Saturday (Aug 1). We’ve already painted the building and put up new signage but have a lot of gravel to spread and some holes to dig for new plants. We’ll get started at 6 am and have some pancakes when we’re done. We’ll have extra yard tools but if you have a rake or shovel please bring them.

The flyer can be seen here.

Given Graham’s recent underhanded dealings with the Maricopa County GOP, it’s doubtful many hardworking conservatives, who have felt the back of his hand far too often, will be volunteering their time.

Graham’s been spreading a lot more than gravel lately and digging holes in the party infrastructure big enough to drive John McCain’s infamous “Straight Talk” Express through.


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