Gov. Brewer praises fiscal “watchdog” Max Wilson

April 26, 2012

Calling Dist. 4 Maricopa County Supervisor Max Wilson “a proven watchdog for the taxpayer and dedicated public servant,” Gov. Jan Brewer has more than a few conservatives scratching their heads in bewilderment.

“Just as I have had to make the hard choices to right the state’s fiscal ship, Max has been a strong leader in managing Maricopa County’s budget and helping them do more with less. You can count on Max Wilson to speak the truth and do the right thing,” says Brewer.

Now that he has garnered this glowing endorsement of the Governor does this mean that Board of Supervisors Chairman Max Wilson will withhold support of massive payouts of taxpayer’s money to his cohort claimants and others alleging pain and suffering?


Jesse Kelly runs strong: NRCC views AZ CD 8 as winnable

April 26, 2012

National Journal’s Hotline On Call reports that the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) will begin airing TV ads in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District tomorrow. The $150,000 buy is scheduled to run for two weeks beginning April 27.

GOP nominee Jesse Kelly handily won the Republican Special Primary last week in the GOP-leaning district, where he captured nearly 36 percent of the vote in four-way race.

The General Election is June 12, 2012. Early voting begins May 17.

Kelly’s Democrat opponent is former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ ex-aide Ron Barber, 66, a lifelong government bureaucrat, who disingenuously claimed to be “putting politics aside.”   Previously Barber worked for AZ state government since 1976.

Liberal Barber is known for hastily backtracking on his now-hollow stated desire to do nothing more than temporarily complete the remainder of Giffords’ term.

Check out Jesse Kelly’s website here.


Is that radical Randy Parraz on the front page?

April 25, 2012

Republic goes mute on coverage of their open borders Fellow Traveler  Photo: Alexander S. Rosen 12 News

The Daily Endeavor runs an above-the-fold article on what it terms a “clash in Washington” over Arizona’s much copied law known as SB 1070.

Prior to today’s oral arguments in Arizona v. United States before the U.S. Supreme Court, there was a congressional hearing yesterday in which supporters of the continued flow of foreign nationals across our border were gifted with a showcase hearing by New York leftist Sen. Chuck Schumer. The actual purpose was providing a platform to vilify Arizona’s former Senate President Russell Pearce who was left to stand alone by soon retiring but never reticent Sen. Jon Kyl.  An iffy Republican, Kyl talked a good game when a well-heeled challenger mounted a senate bid as evidenced by this duplicitous campaign ad (video link). Kyl stands with Amnesty John McCain who was also momentarily morphed into a border hawk (video link) when confronted by a platform conservative.

Pearce, the architect of Arizona’s law testified along with three Democrats including disgraced former U.S. Sen. Dennis DeConcini, a Tucson lobbyist on behalf of for-profit prisons who retired in the wake of the Keating Five Savings and Loan scandal from which the equally tainted John McCain was able to rally. DeConcini oddly “apologized to the Latino community for Arizona’s actions.”  Lightweight State Sen. Steve Gallardo, never confused with an intellectual, opined “Regardless of what the Supreme Court does, Senate Bill 1070 is wrong and should be repealed.”

But nowhere is the name Randy Parraz mentioned in the daily’s lengthy coverage, although he peers out unmistakably from the massive full-color photo, just over Gallardo‘s shoulder. Parraz is the radical, pro-illegal, self-described “community activist” who has made a career of extremism rather than the practice of law in which he holds a degree.

Parraz’s propensity for the madcap is bared as he sends out a list of “hold the date” notices. Among them is an invitation for a June 7 fundraising event/forum fallaciously called Exposing the Abusive Policies and Practices of Sheriff Arpaio — featuring none other than George Gascon, ex-Mesa Police Chief, notable as a former Republican turned Independent turned Democrat. After moving to San Francisco for the top cop job, Gascon was elected District Attorney. Parraz and Gascon make a great team, both flaunt the laws they are sworn to uphold.

They will be doing so the day after June 6, D-Day, memorialized as the day the greatest generation rescued America, preserving freedom for the generations that followed.  It is tragic that the memories of those who sacrificed the last full measure of devotion for this country so many years ago will be sullied by a dastardly duo of alleged experts in the law.


AZ turns to U. S. Supreme Court for relief

April 25, 2012

Today marks a much awaited legal milestone. Arizonans will be paying close attention to the oral arguments made to the U.S. Supreme Court in Arizona v. United States. The case concerns Arizona’s attempt to aid the federal government in restricting the flow of illegal immigration and the Obama Administration’s problematic lawsuit against the State of Arizona brought by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (Video) within weeks of passage of SB 1070.

Eight  Justices — former Solicitor General Elena Kagan has recused herself due to prior involvement on the issue on behalf of the administration — will decide whether the federal government’s lack of enforcement — precludes Arizona’s efforts at cooperative law enforcement through the passage of the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act — more popularly known as SB 1070, which mirrors federal law.

Congress has acknowledged that federal, state, and local law enforcement must work together to combat the influx of foreign nationals into our country.

The Heritage Foundation’s Elizabeth Garvey provides an excellent overview of the case, titled  Supreme Court Immigration Showdown: Why States Can Enforce Immigration Laws.

Transcripts will he posted here on the same day an argument is heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The audio recordings of all oral arguments are available to the public at the end of each argument week. Listen here.

The Court generally hears two one-hour arguments a day, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. There is a three-hour time difference between Washington D.C. and Arizona.

Follow Live Blogging from the Court via WSJ’s Washington Wire.


Apr. 24 GOP Presidential primary election live results – UPDATE

April 24, 2012

“A better America begins tonight,” Romney tells crowd as he sweeps all five states

Voters in five states headed to the polls today to vote in Republican presidential primaries. Click on each state or link at bottom of page to see all:

ConnecticutClosed primary. 28 delegates: 25 delegates tied to April 24 primary; 3 Unpledged RNC delegates

Delaware: Closed primary. 17 delegates: All tied to April 24 primary

New York: Closed primary/ 95 delegates: 92 delegates tied to April 24 primary; 3 Unpledged RNC delegates

Pennsylvania: Closed primary. 72 delegates: 54 district delegates tied to April 24 primary; 15 statewide delegates selected by state party; 3 Unpledged RNC delegates

Rhode Island: Semi-open primary: Registered Republicans and independents participate. 19 delegates: 16 delegates tied to April 24 primary; 3 Unpledged RNC delegates

The states hold a combined total of 231 total delegates. Of that number, 204 delegates are at stake in the primaries.

CLICK THIS LINK FOR REAL-TIME, UPDATED VOTE TOTALS.

Check out the delegate calculator here. Then take a look at the scorecard by state.


More phony business from AZ’s leftist newspaper

April 24, 2012

Skewed facts, figures, calculated to make its case that SB1070 irrelevant

If you know nothing else related to Arizona’s SB 1070, know this: News is being created — yes, createddaily — to fulfill a specific intent. It’s no coincidence that front page opinion pieces masquerading as news reports from the local newspaper tells us that there has been a “sea change” in the past two years since the signing of SB 1070, and asserting that interest in such laws has “waned.” Yesterday’s edition even used this catchy phrase ‘Some say having fewer immigrants has hurt Arizona’s economy.” Who those “some” are who say it remains a mystery.

This is classic Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) styling as it attempts to manipulate public opinion and perhaps even the justices as the issue of Arizona’s law reaches the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow. The case is Arizona v. United States.

Although the contrivances and creative writing are relentless, nothing could be further from the truth. Similar laws have already been passed by Alabama (HB 56), Georgia (HB 87), Indiana (SB 590), South Carolina, Indiana and Utah (HB 497) — all using Arizona’s law as a model. Eight other states Florida, Kentucky (SB 6) (SB 118), Missouri (SB 590) (HB 1549) Mississippi (HB488) (HB 56), North Carolina, Tennessee (HB 2191), Oklahoma (HB 1804) and Virginia (HB 1060) are seriously considering enacting such laws. Sixteen other states are giving strong consideration to similar legislation.

The newspaper is unable to write about Arizona’s SB 1070 without referring to our law as controversial.” It is also called “anti-immigrant,” intentionally omitting the operative word “illegal.” Initially, it was referred to as the “Show me your papers” law — calculatedly and wrongly configured as Jim Crowish and anti-brown skinned people. For the past dozen or so years, we’ve been told  the number of illegal aliens hovered around 10 million although thousands have been observed crossing the border weekly and the birth rate among those here in violation of our national sovereignty surpasses that of citizens. Yet truth takes a back seat when the agenda is open borders and the newspaper is pushing amnesty. One of our most popular links, titled “Lingoprovides assistance in deciphering the deceptive jargon the newspaper employs.

AZ Sen. Jon Kyl arrogantly bowed out of taking part in today’s Judiciary Committee hearing on our state law, saying the whole exercise — coming a day before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments — smacks of another effort to pressure the justices. Republican Kyl called it “strictly political theater.”  He should know.  He preferred to thumb his nose at Russell Pearce when his support would have been appreciated.

This Washington Post report, reveals activist scheming of Senate Democrats, led by New York liberal Sen. Charles Schumer, that is calculated to impact the presidential campaigns.

And so is what passes for news relentlessly emanating from the pages of the Periódico de la República de Arizona. The law it refers to as “controversial” is never called by its actual name, leaving many Arizonans unaware SB 1070 is actually titled “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act.”


“If I wanted America to fail”

April 24, 2012

A powerful video that needs no introduction. Watch it, and then send the link on to your list. This is a “must see” as we enter the momentous 2012 campaign cycle.


PAChyderm Coalition: Latest legislative ratings

April 24, 2012

The PAChyderm Coalition, a Reagan Republican organization, has just released its latest cumulative evaluations of legislators.

This list reflects legislative actions as of 4/20/2012. It was last updated 4/23/2012. Scroll down to see the bills used in the evaluations and the summary of criteria used to weigh bills.

Howard Levine’s narrative follows: “As the session is getting wrapped up, we are watching for amendments to bills. Amendments are often used to insert the language of a previously defeated bill into another bill in order to sneak it through the legislature. Also, some bills get fundamentally changed which can result in significant changes in bill weights. We are always happy to have help from people watching the legislative process to let us know about amended bills that we have rated or that get language added to them that corresponds to a bill we have rated.

Regarding the budget, Governor Brewer is holding out for more spending than legislative Republicans want to agree to. She has trumpeted good economic news concerning the state which she undoubtedly is using to justify her rosy financial projections. Brewer is ignoring the adage to not count your chickens before they are hatched. Spending money the state might get has not worked well in the past, and there is no reason to think it will work well now. Is Jan Brewer trying to win the Janet Napolitano fiscal look-alike contest?

The legislators are being prudent and the governor is being financially reckless. The legislature has enough Republicans to override any veto without need of a Democrat. The question is whether all Republicans will stick together to pass a financially responsible budget. Past history shows that big spending governors can often peel away liberal Republican votes to work with Democrats to get their bills passed. This year, it would be difficult for the governor to actually force passage of a bill without significant Republican cooperation, but she can easily veto a bill if even just one House Republican or two Senate Republicans vote with her. Because of that, we will be watching budget votes very closely and will give very positive weights to fiscally prudent budget bills and very negative weights to bills enacting what Governor Brewer is currently holding out for. Any Republicans voting with Governor Brewer and the Democrats will see their scores decline significantly compared to their peers who vote for a financially prudent budget.

The Republican legislative leadership must also be politically prudent. There is absolutely no excuse for passing any spending bills that specify cuts which the governor can use her line item veto on. All spending bills MUST specify POSITIVE spending amounts as opposed to cuts. Brewer has already used in line item veto to eliminate spending reductions in past budgets, so allowing that to happen again would be a sign of political incompetence or a “clever” way to give in to the governor. Any budget specifying spending cuts instead of positive spending amounts will likely get rated very negatively.”

Grades can range from +100% (supports Republican principles) to -100% (opposes Republican principles).Ratings will be updated on a weekly basis. Please refer to our FAQs section located after the strike all bills. It responds to some of the questions we have been getting regarding the grades assigned.

Rank for legislators with the same Grade is determined by bill sponsorship and votes cast. For example, a legislator with 3 committee votes would get a better rank than one with 2 committee votes if they have the same Grade. See scores and full rating analysis here.


Dem Nicholas Fontana runs, wins appointment as Independent

April 23, 2012

Faker fills seat left open by arrogant, angry liar

Disgraced Democrat Daniel Patterson who resigned before being expelled from a District 29 House seat, made a small error in his final fit of pique as he left during an Ethics Committee hearing. Out the door and angry that his Dem cohorts were leading the charge for his ouster, he switched his registration from Democrat to Independent. Patterson was being investigated for repeated allegations of domestic violence, uncontrolled anger, intimidation of legislative colleagues and drug use.

The committee’s 33-page investigative report can be read here.

According to Arizona Revised Statutes 41-1202, (Section 1C), the vacancy was to be filled by a member of the same party. In Patterson’s odd case, that was a registered Independent.

Enter Nicholas Fontana, a 42-year-old native peoples lawyer and quick change artist. In the blink of an eye, the Democrat reregistered as an Independent in time to put his name in the hopper. His resume can be read here. The last page clearly shows he registered as an Independent April 14, 2012 — just over a week ago.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors, apparently as eager to conspire against the South Tucson voters as Patterson, selected Fontana over four other candidates.

With the recent rash of legislative vacancies, (Sens. Bundgaard, Pearce, Sinema and Reps. Adams, Burges, Miranda and Patterson) this flawed situation begs to be addressed.  There should be a minimum length of time one is registered with the party from which they chose to run.

It should not be a week.


Obundler$: Dem crooks, liars fine with Obama

April 23, 2012

DOJ investigation of Corzine no deterrent to Obama taking $$$

Obama calls them “2012 Volunteer Fundraisers,” but make no mistake: These are the Obama reelection campaign’s liberal bundling heavyweights. The first group listed are the pikers who only raised between $50,000 and $100,000 to keep the worst president in American history in office. Next come the more committed $100,000-$200,000 range bundlers. They are followed by the really earnest $200,000-$500,000 money raisers. But it’s the 117 final $500,000+ bundlers — including Jon Corzine — who are the ones whose hearts pump true Obama blue.

The crooked Democrat former New Jersey senator, governor and former head of Goldman Sachs was on the previous list of $500,000+ bundlers, released in January. His bundled money is green enough, even as he is being investigated by Obama’s Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The amnesia-plagued Corzine testified under oath to Congress that while serving as MF Global‘s CEO, he knew nothing about clients’ missing funds after his company filed for bankruptcy late last year. In November, Forbes reported at least $1.7 billion remained unaccounted for.

Watch as Barack Obama calls the underhanded Jon Corzine “an ally in helping the Obama administration develop a national recovery plan.”

ABC News reported, “President Obama once hailed Corzine as an ‘honorable man’ and one of his ‘best partners’ in the White House. Since that time, Obama has tried to distance himself from Corzine, who at one point was considered for the treasury secretary slot.”

Regardless of blantant corruption and evidence of massive theft, money is the great leveler. Obama is still willing to take campaign funds hustled by the disgraced Corzine.

Real Clear Politics’ Alexis Simendinger reports on the celebrity donors and liberals resurrected from the Clinton graveyard, who are eagerly giving the big bucks. They include Obamites from every corner of the USA and the far reaches of the globe. The donors come from the liberal Hollyweird crowd, China, France, England, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, and of course, Chicago, Illinois where even the dead vote.