Defining moment of AZ GOP debate

February 23, 2012

 Romney takes on Santorum with some pointed reminders

H/T to commenter Stanford

Phil Lovas appointed to AZ House

February 22, 2012

In a unanimous 5 – 0 vote, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has appointed Peoria resident Phil Lovas, 43, to the open House seat in Legislative District 4 formerly occupied by state Rep. Judy Burges.  Burges replaced former state Sen. Scott Bundgaard last month.

Lovas says he intends to run for the House this fall in the newly reconfigured District 22, which covers Peoria, Glendale, Sun City West and Surprise. He is employed as a regional director of development in the hospitality industry developing hotels throughout the western U.S.

On his campaign issues page he declares himself “pro-life,” supporting “full enforcement of our immigration laws.”  Lovas adds, “I am pro-second amendment and support gun rights.”

His goal is “to make Arizona the number one place in America to do business.” He says he will focus on job creation by trying to cut the size and scope of government and protect conservative values at the Legislature.

AZ hosts GOP debate tonight: Wed. Feb. 22, 2012

February 22, 2012


Time: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 6:00 pm AZ time — 8:00 pm ET

Where: Mesa Arts Center — Mesa, Arizona, 

Live Stream: CNN

Sponsors: Republican Party of Arizona in conjunction with CNN

Moderator: John King
Participants: Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

For real-time debate coverage of the Arizona primary, go to or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.

Check out the latest results in the national presidential tracking polls, courtesy of Real Clear Politics.

The fluctuations since the beginning of the GOP challenge to Barack Obama have been roller coaster-like, with one, then another, candidate rising and sinking in the polls.  Expect tonight’s debate to be defining. The stakes are high with the candidate’s presentations this evening being pivotal as they shake out positions on fundamental issues in this final debate before Super Tuesday — when 10 states will hold voting contests on March 6. Up for grabs are 518 delegates, more than three times the number awarded so far in this variable competition,

Candy Crowley, CNN Chief Political Correspondent has an overview worth reading.

Check out the delegate calculator here.

UPDATEThe AZ GOP debate video can be viewed in its entirety here.

Taking the gloves off: Sen. candidate Wil Cardon’s ad

February 22, 2012

Stunning straw poll results

Watch Republican Cardon’s powerful video as he takes on Jeff Flake.

The extraordinary straw poll results from yesterday’s GOP Lincoln Day Awards luncheon can be viewed here. Keynote speaker, presidential candidate Rick Santorum was the runaway First Choice winner with 64.2% of the vote.

And in the Arizona race for U.S. Senate, Wil Cardon carried 50.9% as compared to Jeff Flake’s 38.2%. However, Flake was the winner in the Least Acceptable category, with 46.3% of the attendees registering their disapproval of the senate aspirant.

SCOTUS to hear affirmative action challenge

February 21, 2012

“The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race”

The U.S. Supreme Court announced today (scroll down to page 6) its intention to hear a challenge to the University of Texas’ affirmative action program. The program  has been used in categorizing applications after the automatic admission of all in-state applicants who graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

Texas’ “top 10 percent” law was passed with the intent of facilitating diversity on campus after a federal appeals court in 1996 banned affirmative action in Texas’ public universities. In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court — in a majority opinion written by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor for herself and the Court’s four liberals — approved of certain types of race-conscious admissions practices in higher education for the purpose of achieving a diverse student body. In response, the University of Texas reinstated affirmative action, this time to assess applicants who would not be automatically admitted under the top 10 percent law.

Texas student Abigail Noel Fisher was one such student. In Fisher v. University of Texas, she argued that she was unconstitutionally denied admission based on her skin color — which is white.

In the intervening years since the previous decision, the makeup of the court has changed. Justice Samuel Alito has replaced O’Connor, who reveled in her well-honed “swing vote“ position. In 2007, Alito joined with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas to strike down affirmative action programs in public high schools in an opinion that wisely concluded, “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”

Once again, Obama’s former U.S. Solicitor General and current Justice Elena Kagan has recused herself, due to her participation in the early stages of the case in her previous post.

Continued bank failures: Another sobering reality

February 21, 2012

Staggering and underreported losses of Obama economy

From time to time we examine the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) list of bank closures. This list includes banks which have failed since October 1, 2000.

Two Arizona banks are among the 52 institutions which have failed since the beginning of the year. The three branches of Western National Bank, in Phoenix, Arizona have been acquired by Washington Federal, of Seattle, Washington.

Summit Bank in Prescott, Arizona has been acquired by The Foothills Bank, in Yuma, Arizona.

Click here to view the FDIC “Failed Bank List,” showing all closures since October 1, 2000. Note that the vast majority of bank failures have taken place since Barack Obama assumed office, January 2008.

PPP Poll shows AZ primary race close

February 20, 2012

A Public Policy Polling survey released today shows Arizona’s presidential primary race to be close.

Mitt Romney maintains a slight lead over Rick Santorum, 36 – 33 percent, while Newt Gingrich trails at third, holding a mere 16 percent of GOP primary voters. Ron Paul is at 9 percent.

Also included were questions regarding Republican candidates in Arizona’s U.S. Senate race.

The Democrat-leaning pollsters performed the survey February 17 and 19, and has a higher than usual 4.8 percent margin of error. Those are both factors to consider in viewing the data.

Read the survey here.

The full report, including the questions asked of respondents, can be seen here.