Thompson to launch presidential campaign

August 30, 2007

Official announcement is scheduled for September 6

With so much pre-announcement ballyhoo, it will be interesting to see how this campaign actually shapes up.

Who would have thought we’d be siding with the Teamsters Union?

August 30, 2007

Bush gives Mexican truckers access to American highways

Is this a by-product of the recent Montebello Summit where the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America and the North American Union, were top-of-the-agenda topics for Bush and his Canadian and Mexican counterparts?

Associated Press covers this important story:

The Teamsters Union said it will seek an emergency injunction from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to block the Bush administration’s plan to begin allowing Mexican trucks to carry cargo anywhere in the United States. Saturday will mark the beginning of the authorization of expansion of Mexican truckers beyond border areas. Mexican trucks are required to stop within a buffer border zone and transfer their loads to U.S. trucks.

 “What a slap in the face to American workers, opening the highways to dangerous trucks on Labor Day weekend, one of the busiest driving weekends of the year,” said Teamsters President Jim Hoffa.

Hillary has a Hsu problem

August 30, 2007

Tight pinch of suspect donor

Norman Hsu, a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, is described as a devoted admirer of the presidential candidate and New York senator. The problem is, the Democrat money-man is also a  fugitive from justice, wanted in California for failing to appear for sentencing on a 1991 grand theft charge.

Federal Election Commission records show that Hsu has donated $260,000 to the Democratic Party and candidates since 2004. His campaign contributions have been directed to Sens. Clinton, Boxer, Feinstein, Obama and comedian-turned-leftist-senatorial-candidate, Al Franken.

How does one remain in the political spotlight, function as a high-dollar fundraiser and donor, yet remain on the lam for 16 years?

Then, there is the remarkable Paw family, consisting of six adults living in a 1,280 square foot home. Now, these folks know how to stretch a buck, donating more than they make, to help their favorite left-wing candidate.  A truly inspirational saga.

Sonoran Alliance had it first

August 30, 2007

Federal judge rules that requiring voters to show proof of citizenship is legal.

Redux of 2002 Laura Knaperek vs. Harry Mitchell?

August 29, 2007

The list of potential candidates grows

Laura Knaperek is making the rounds, telling folks she is definitely in the Congressional District 5 race, mounting a challenge to Harry Mitchell.—again. Mitchell was the incumbent state senator in the old Legislative District 27 when Knaperek lost to him in 2002.. Now she is on his scent again, this time with much bigger stakes.

The most interesting news accompanying her message is that she has the endorsement of U.S. Rep. John Shadegg. Political operative, Nathan Sproul will be “involved” in her campaign.The list of those expressing interest in a Mitchell challenge is growing::

State Rep. (LD 18) Mark Anderson

Term limited Corporation Commissioner, Jeff Hatch-Miller

Laura Knaperek

Maricopa County Treasurer, David Schweikert

Lobbyist Jim Ogsbury

Knaperek’s strong support for Lisa James in the January 2007 race for GOP state chairman, moved her to write an inflammatory letter against Randy Pullen—the eventual winner in the chairmanship race.  It could cost her support. Republicans have long memories.

McCain on Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID)

August 29, 2007

“It was disgraceful”

“He pled guilty and he had the opportunity to plead innocent.  So I think he should resign,” McCain said. “My opinion is that when you plead guilty to a crime you shouldn’t serve.”

Poll findings: Strong statewide support for Employer Sanctions

August 29, 2007

Arizona voters approve of immigration hotline

The Republic gave scant coverage today to the findings of a new Cronkite-Eight Poll conducted by Bruce Merrill, the pollster with an unfailingly liberal bent.

The coverage, contained in a small, one column by 3-inch gray box, is titled Majority in poll support immigration hotline.  The real story is that a significant majority of 53 percent of Arizonans, surveyed statewide, approve of the hotline set up by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to report illegals. Thirty-five percent opposed the hotline, with 12 percent of the 738 voters sampled, “undecided.”

Arpaio’s hotline number is (602) 876-4154.

The East Valley Tribune covers the poll results with a an actual article, although the headline, Most Arizonans favor Bush administration’s immigration plan is misleading. It was Bush’s ill-conceived “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” that ended up biting the dust and kicking sand in the face of both Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl.

Illegal immigration was found to be a factor for many in deciding whom to vote for in the upcoming presidential contests.

“It’s a manifestation of how concerned people are about illegal immigration in Arizona,” Merrill said. “ They tend to be on a much tougher position in terms of closing the border.”  He said two-thirds of Arizonans are supportive of measures perceived as holding a hard line on illegal immigration.

The Tribune article includes graphics.