A well-known name in the UofA game

August 26, 2009

The Arizona Daily Wildcat reports that Luke Murray — the son of actor Bill Murray — has joined the University of Arizona men’s basketball staff as a graduate assistant.  Murray formerly served as a Post University assistant coach

More here on FanHouse.


An idea whose time has returned

August 26, 2009

GOP USA carries a thought-provoking report by Arizona editor Howard Levine. The topic? Bringing back closed primaries.

Primary elections are where the voters in each major political party traditionally select their strongest candidate to vie against the opposition in the general election. The general affords voters the opportunity to be as “Independent” as they like, with endless options available in elective offices, judicial retention and ballot propositions.

But allowing open access in the primaries is much like allowing the Lakers to select the Suns players. It made little sense when then-Attorney General Grant Woods, an iffy Republican with strong McCain ties, joined with Democrat Paul Johnson to make it a centerpiece issue in 1997.

Woods, who served as John McCain’s first Congressional Chief of Staff,  became known for issuing threats to reregister as a Democrat. Woods and Johnson convinced voters that registered Independents were “disenfranchised,” in the primary and should be able to pull a ballot of either party.

Although he lost, Johnson was banking on the additional votes to put him over the top in his gubernatorial bid. Woods and Johnson co-chaired the Open Primary Elections Now (OPEN) coalition.

The legislature referred the proposed constitutional amendment to the voters as Proposition 103 — which allowed persons registered as “no party preference,” an “Independent” or as a member of a political party that did not qualify for representation on the ballot —  to vote in primary elections, allowing for the lawful skewing of elections.

Primaries should be the purview of each party, as they elect their candidates for the general election. And only members of each party should be allowed to participate in the selection of their own candidates.


Sen. Ted Kennedy, 1932 – 2009

August 26, 2009

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Venerated as the “Lion of the Senate” by the left and his buddy John McCain, Ted Kennedy, renown for serious drinking problems and womanizing, was most notorious for having abandoned the inconvenient young campaign staffer Mary Jo Kopechne — still alive — in his car, which he had driven off a bridge leaving a party on Chappaquiddick Island. It sank and she drowned while he ran for cover until he sobered up and concocted a story.  He lived 40 years longer.

ABC News engages in a whitewash report here.


Special session ends

August 25, 2009

The Arizona legislature has adjourned.  The budget — minus her much desired sales-tax referral — is now with Gov. Jan Brewer. GOP leaders are said to be urging the governor to sign the budget bills, then call the legislature back for a revenue session.   Another ‘wait and see’ moment in time.


Pullen pulls a fast one: AZ GOP Chairman rips legislators in their own district

August 25, 2009

It is being reported that sparks were flying at the LD 6 meeting last night. After Sen. Pamela Gorman, Rep. Sam Crump and Rep. Carl Seel gave their usual updates to the packed house of elected precinct committeemen and guests, it was Randy Pullen’s turn. The Chairman of the State Republican Party then berated Gorman and Crump for their “No” votes on the recent budget package, which included a referral of a sales tax hike to the ballot.

There were only a few Republicans who voted against this excellent budget package, Pullen reportedly said, and two of them are from right here in your district. So, he continued, are we supposed to believe that all the other good Republicans in the Legislature who voted “Yes” were wrong? I don’t think so, said Pullen.

And when Gorman and Crump tell you that the proposed tax cuts could have been repealed by a simple majority in the 2010 Legislature, “don’t believe them” said Pullen. There is no way that a Republican will vote to repeal tax cuts, he said.

So, in front of a crowd of conservative PCs who work hard to elect conservatives like Gorman and Crump, the AZ GOP Chairman took it upon himself to rake them over the coals for their principled disagreement on the budget.

Which begs the question: Who exactly asked Randy Pullen, anyway? Isn’t the main job of the State Chairman to increase Republican registration and raise money to get Republicans elected?

All of this drama comes on the heels of last week’s untoward email sent out by the LD 6 Secretary Horst Kraus, at the direction of Chairman Dave Braswell, urging all PCs to contact Sen. Gorman and pressure her to vote “Yes” on the budget package. It is no wonder, then, that Braswell and Kraus sat in silence while Chairman Pullen ripped into their own legislators.


There ought to be a law

August 25, 2009

 Returning schoolchildren need to beware of more than crossing zones

Can’t the Arizona Education Association do something about the epidemic of their child-molesting members?

The latest incident is in the East Valley Tribune The newspaper reports that Jeffery Schenck, 35, a former Carson Junior High School eighth-grade math teacher has been sentenced in Maricopa County Superior Court to 12 years in prison for sexual-related offenses involving a 14-year-old female student.

The Trib is running a Special Report titled Reading, Writing and Wrongdoing, detailing the revocation of licenses of educators found guilty of sexual misconduct. They report that under Arizona records laws, local school districts are not required to disclose to the public why a teacher resigns or is terminated — resulting in incidents of sexual misconduct by educators going unreported to the press and parents.

The article states that one of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne’s first initiatives upon taking office in 2003 was to travel to districts across the state and encourage vigilant reporting of educator sexual misconduct.

“Sexual misconduct in our schools is a tragedy,” Horne said. “It’s a bigger tragedy when someone knows it’s going on and doesn’t report it.”

Seeing Red AZ has reported on the  burgeoning number of cases of this betrayal of trust by these so-called educators. These are but a few of our previous posts on the topic. Read them here, here and here.

This issue cries out for a legislative remedy.


The rumor mill

August 25, 2009

We’ve heard it too many times in recent days to ignore. Rumors are rife that U.S. Rep. John Shadegg (R-CD3) has once again decided to forgo his weekly excursions to the banks of the Potomac.

Word is that state Sen. Jim Waring (R-LD7) is standing in the wings, waiting to announce for that seat. Before being elected to the Arizona legislature, Waring, 42, served as a staffer to Sen. John McCain.

Stay tuned.


Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away

August 24, 2009

The Sierra Vista Herald reports that the U.S. government has once again begun flying illegal aliens caught in the Arizona desert back to Mexico under a voluntary repatriation program.

Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department said the twice-daily Tucson-to-Mexico City chartered flights began Friday. The annual summer program will run through September 28th. The recipients of the flights will also receive free bus tickets to their own hometowns once they land in Mexico City.

The U.S. government launched the program in summer 2004.

Authorities said the goal is to save lives and discourage repeat crossings by transporting those in the United States illegally closer to their homes in Mexico, instead of simply deporting them across the border.

In the past, federal agencies in Cochise County have routinely returned numerous illegal aliens to the international ports at Douglas-Agua Prieta and Naco.

There was no information available regarding the number of illegals being flown to Mexico.


Getting outta town while the getting is good

August 24, 2009

The magic between the Obama administration and the people of the United States is definitely on the wane. Today’s Rasmussen Reports shows massive slippage, with a mere 28% of the nation’s voters strongly approving of the way Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) strongly disapprove, giving him a record third straight day with his approval index rating in negative double digits.

As he and his family take off for their luxury vacation in the toney resort of Martha’s Vineyard, it was with the caveat that the press corps he has curried throughout his campaign and since his January inaugural are to keep a distance — or be banished from the press pool. He says it’s to give his young daughters some privacy.

But Obama knows he needs some “dry-out” time with the American people, and the restricted coverage is obviously calculated to that end.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs’ clarification of Obama’s comment that “everybody in Washington gets all wee-weed up,” didn’t help. Gibbs explained to reporters that what the president meant was that they were a bunch of bed-wetters who made too much out of the implosion of the White House health care strategy.

Bring on the Nighttime Depends.  A lot of us could fit that category.


Illegal immigration: If one notion doesn’t grab you, there’s always another to try on for size

August 24, 2009

Today’s editorial in the daily comes complete with a glowering photo of Janet Napolitano. The newspaper implores her to “achieve reform.”

The issue? Well, since they gave full throttle to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio yesterday, it only stands to reason today’s rotation would be legalization of the illegal aliens now in our country, through amnesty. These words are eye-catching standouts:

But there is widespread agreement that the status quo serves no one. There is also agreement that the current undocumented population needs a chance to gain legal status.

That “widespread agreement” is no doubt in the head-nodding concurrence around the editoral board conference table.

The initial reason put forth by the amnesty proponents was that the United States was in need of “guest workers.” The current economic situation, with citizen unemployment numbers skyrocketing and millions of homes in foreclosure, quelled that.

Next came the “breaking up families was heartless” approach. No blame was assigned to those who come here in violation of the law, and are ultimately complicit in breaking up their own families.

Today we are given yet another choice for granting legal status to lawbreakers. Reason number three? Deaths in the desert. Those who chose to cross the desert in the summer heat are opting to do so, but now we are told it is the fault of American citizens “mugging” the illegals with “extremist rhetoric”

Don’t be fooled.

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