Mike Duncan bows out of RNC leadership race

January 30, 2009

Mike Duncan, former President George W. Bush’s hand-picked national party chairman, abandoned his re-election bid today after his support steadily erode over three rounds of balloting, ensuring a fresh face at the GOP’s helm.

“Obviously the winds of change are blowing,” Duncan said as he withdrew from the race and got a standing ovation. The Kentucky Republican thanked Bush and said of his two-year tenure: “It truly has been the highlight of my life.”

The move scrambled a field now down to four as the Republican National Committee moved ahead with a fourth round of balloting, with candidates seeking to reach the 85-vote majority threshold to become the new chairman. Whoever wins will inherit a party trying to recover after crushing defeats in back-to-back elections that saw Democrats take control of Congress and the White House.

The complete Yahoo report is here.

Potential silver lining for a gray stimulus plan

January 30, 2009

In a co-authored letter sent yesterday, Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ben Nelson (D-NE) urged the Senate leadership to include provisions in the economic stimulus package that would require businesses using stimulus money to use E-Verify to ensure the jobs are going to American citizens. The House version of the bill, which has passed, included an amendment requiring the use of E-Verify, but the current Senate version does not include it.

The so-called stimulus plan is not beloved by Republicans who voted unanimously in opposition to it yesterday. However, as the minority party we have less than full impact on the provisions of the bill. If it passes the senate, inclusion of the E-Verify program will be a must to show the Democrats care about keeping American jobs with American workers.

The letter written by Sens. Sessions and Nelson is available here. We urge you to read it.

Whada’ya know? Napolitano’s getting tough on “criminal aliens”

January 30, 2009

 “More bang for the buck”

Former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano is ramping up her Homeland Security gig by declaring she wants “criminal aliens” off American streets. Suddenly she is scrutinizing existing immigration enforcement programs to see if taxpayers are getting the most “bang for their buck.”

“That sounds very simple, but it’s historically not been done,” Napolitano said, speaking out of both sides of her mouth to reporters and senior Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials yesterday. An estimated 113,000 criminals, in the U.S. illegally, were deported last year, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The agency speculates there are now as many as 450,000 criminals in federal, state and local detention centers who are illegal aliens.

Napolitano said she wants to improve data-sharing among local, state and federal facilities. So far, there are jails in 26 counties across the country with computer systems that can interact instantly with immigration systems, according to Napolitano.

To put that in perspective, Arizona alone has 15 counties.

The goal is for federal immigration officials to ascertain whether an inmate is an illegal immediately after being processed into a detention facility. Upon release, immigration officials can begin deportation procedures.

ICE spokesman Richard Rocha said the agency plans to expand this plan to all state and local detention centers over the next four years, according to a report in the San Diego Union Tribune.

Napolitano is renown for her comment illustrating her lack of commitment to constructing a security fence along our southern border: “Show me a 50-foot fence, and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder,” was her blasé retort when questioned about the lack of progress being made.

In these perilous times Americans should hope she has a stronger dedication to implementing actual security for the nation than she did for the state of Arizona.

Don Meyers Named MCRC Legal Counsel

January 30, 2009

Maricopa County Republican Chairman Rob Haney has appointed Don Meyers as the Legal Counsel to the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC).

Meyers has a BS from North Dakota State University and a JD from the University of Michigan. He completed post graduate research in international and comparative law at Cambridge University.

Meyers has served the community in many professional and business capacities and was one of the seven founders of the Fiesta Bowl. His local civic involvement runs deep. A former 1st Lieutenant in the US Air Force, Meyers has served on the board of directors of numerous insurance and banking corporations.

Meyers is active in Republican politics and is a past GOP finance chairman for the State Party. Additionally, he was member of the Executive Committee of the Governor’s Regional Airport Advisory Committee for the State of Arizona and in May 1995, the President of the Arizona Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, selected Mr. Meyers as one of the four community leaders to serve on a joint select committee on the establishment of a regional Airport for Arizona

The Maricopa County Republican Committee is fortunate to have this Valley leader onboard.

A memoir sure to fly off the shelves

January 29, 2009

Remember one-time Tempe mayor, Neil Giuliano? The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Giuliano will soon be stepping down as president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) — a post he’s held since September 2005.

Although he had just extended his contract for another three years in October, he recently decided that he wanted to “move on.”

Giuliano says he wants to complete his memoir and pursue other personal interests.

GLAAD, which has offices in Los Angeles and New York, says its mission is to promote “inclusive portrayals of homosexual men and lesbians in the media.” The group honors the publishing and entertainment industries each year with mega awards shows modeled after the Academy Awards.

The former mayor ‘came out’ in 1996 and in 2001 survived a recall election that grew out of his protesting an employee fundraising drive that benefited the Boy Scouts, a group that disallows homosexual troop leaders.

The Chronicle article is available here.

Life….Imagine the potential

January 29, 2009

This compelling video begins with these words:  This child’s future is a broken home. He will be abandoned by his father. His single mother will struggle to raise him. Despite the hardships, he will endure……

Just a few more good people coming to do the work Americans refuse to do

January 29, 2009

Odd declaration on company website

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant on a Scottsdale furniture business Wednesday as part of an employer sanctions-ID theft investigation.

The business, Scottsdale Art Factory, is located in the Scottsdale Airpark, at 74th Street and Greenway Road.

Eight people were arrested and identified as suspects in an ID theft investigation, the sheriff’s office said. An additional four were arrested for violating immigration laws. One of those was also charged with drug possession.

The investigation began after a tip came into the sheriff’s illegal immigration hotline in March from a source who advised the sheriff’s office that the business owner was knowingly hiring illegal aliens, according to a report on KTAR.

On the extensive company website under Compare Pricing Now, was this bewildering note: “Purchase American Made. Since we produce products in our industry that are comparable to a Ferrari this offer does not include off brands made in China, and other cheap labor force foreign land manufacturers.”

Apparently, the company prefers to import  the “cheap labor force” rather than  the product, from “foreign lands.”