“Enemies Domestic” openly operating in Arizona & Update

Treacherous Medicaid expansionists

Yesterday’s treachery at the legislature was totally predictable. Gov. Brewer’s creation of an alliance of Democrats and complicit Republicans betrayed the Republican Party and the state of Arizona. The signs of this Arizona Day of Infamy were clearer than the signs that foretold the actions on December 7, 1941.

Last night the Brewercrats in the Senate — Crandall, Pierce, McComish, Worsley and Driggs — who hold the bottom five rankings for senators in the Arizona Conservative Coalition (ACC) evaluations lived up to their dismal scores.

Michele Reagan, the sixth lowest ranked, now a candidate for Secretary of State, obviously listened to her political sense telling her she had no chance at higher office if she stayed with these long-time cohorts. She is now a politician without a base.

No surprise that on the House side their nine like-thinking comrades racked up the lowest ACC rankings. From the bottom up are: Brophy-McGee, Carter, Robson, Goodale, Shope, Coleman, Orr, Pratt, and Dial. Two of the lowest ranked eleven House members who did not join their session-long chums were Speaker Tobin, who harbors congressional aspirations — and like Reagan is now distrusted by both sides — and Paul Boyer, who put his ear to the political ground and shrewdly decided to abandon Brewer’s Medicaid expansion over the mandated taxpayer funding of abortions.

The question on many minds is what constitutes the appropriate response to these colluders as we look to the future? Should we fight for our Constitution and way of life as America did in the 1940s or implement the Neville Chamberlain/Barack Obama policies of appeasement and concession allowing our great state to devolve into a replica of New York or California?

Republican members in the Senate and House should exile the Brewercrats from Republican Caucus meetings. McComish and Driggs should immediately be removed from their Senate leadership posts. To allow them to remain in their current positions would be tantamount to placing Benedict Arnold in charge of the defenses of West Point and having Janet Napolitano as Director of Homeland Security.

Will there be “fallout” from such actions? Without a doubt. Taking the courageous path of valor requires determination. Appeasement paves the footpath of the coward. Brewercrats who bow to the Ninth Floor as a source of power should experience consequences for their indefensible actions as the 2014 election cycle approaches.


All one needs to do is follow the money. Chuck Coughlin and Peter Burns who worked together 2 decades ago have long had Brewer’s ear on health, budget and political issues. Coughlin, a trusted advisor, ran her gubernatorial campaign. Burns was Gov. Fife Symington’s state budget director. He now has a lucrative contract with Brewer’s office to provide an analysis of the federal heath-care overhaul’s impact on Arizona. Burns will be subcontracting through Coughlin’s business (High Ground) to fuse a coalition that will benefit them mightily. Meanwhile their efforts will be sending the rest of us to the poor house when the tax dollars that Brewer thinks are endless and coming from sources other than taxpayers, run out. This article in the daily is from August 2012, but it provides the backdrop to the current scenario.

26 Responses to “Enemies Domestic” openly operating in Arizona & Update

  1. BPaluch777@aol.com says:

    Great post! Am passing it along. Bernard Paluch AZ LD 22 GOP

  2. sgtflapjaw says:

    The remedy for these corrupt progressive legislators will be harder to do than just saying get rid of them. Don’t forget, if they get retaliated against by their leadership they will continue to kneel at the feet of the Democrats and “Cross the aisle” one more time to dump the leadership. I believe that the rancid McComish would kill to gain more power [and oust Biggs] to use to destroy the AZGOP. Same fate for Tobin in the House.
    We must remember who we are dealing with, the most untrustworthy, dishonest people that ever crawled out of a bingo ditch, including the not so bright Governor. With Brewer we know that with no consultants, there will be no ideas or action. We are California ten years ago.

  3. Ben F says:

    sgt – Oh that you were right. The problem is not that the governor has no consultants, the problem is that the consultants she has aligned herself with are self serving money grubbing liberals who oppose the tenets of our founding principles.

    As to getting rid of McComish and Driggs, their positions are elected ONLY by the Republican members. The Democrats have no voice in the Majority leaders as Republicans have no voice in Minority leaders.

    As the post alludes, there is the possibility that the Gang of Five and a half would vote to unseat President Biggs, but if President Biggs has to appease them on every issue in order to retain his office, he is merely enabling them.

    One needs to look no further than the ninth floor to see that having one of ours doing the work of the enemy is more destructive than having them holding the reins. Brewer has done more damage to the state than Napolitano because she is able to entice squishy Republicans to join her, while they would not be as susceptible to a Democrat governor.

  4. Richard Wayne says:

    I was sick last night watching the destruction of pillars of our government at the hands of the Brewercrats. The arrogance and perfidious treachery exhibited shown in the live proceedings on the legislative website was mind boggling. Brewer on West Washington Street has exceeded the destructive actions of Obama in Washington, D.C.

    I am so thankful for the work performed by the folks here at Seeing Red and the volunteers at the Arizona Conservative Coalition. Those two venues bring more useful and honest information to the rest of us than any other method. Thank You, Seeing Red.

    • Seeing Red AZ says:

      Thanks, Richard. And in turn, we very much appreciate our loyal readers and commenters. We’re all in this political quagmire together!

  5. LD 8 PC says:

    I see brilliant budget negotiator state Rep. Frank Pratt secured $2 million for his wife’s employer. Dr. Janice Pratt has a cushy post with Central Arizona College. That’s one way to spell J-o-b S-e-c-u-r-i-t-y!

  6. Jane says:

    Arizona Conservative—

    Do nothing at your own peril, but don’t muddy the meaning of the term patriot by calling yourself one. Haven’t we had enough of the wound licking? Our behinds are flogged, our treasury pillaged, and our values spit upon daily by people we elect—either by apathy or stupidity.

    There is no single action to be taken as this hive of bees deserve all forms of political anguish–not just for today’s treachery, but for the entire lot of cancers they have heaped on the people of Arizona. There is no better established statistic: Medicaid expansions have no effect on improved health–the only “aid” realized will benefit the pockets of a select few.

    Edmund Burke, Irish Statesman, offers sage advice:
    “No man, who is not inflamed by vain-glory into enthusiasm, can flatter himself that his single, unsupported, desultory, unsystematic endeavours are of power to defeat the subtle designs and united Cabals of ambitious citizens. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”

    The definition of ‘associate’ need not be one conglomerate tea party, rather one hundred, one thousand partnerships of two or three doing the very thing they were designed to do would suffice.

    • rj says:

      Who are you talking to and what is your issue????

      • Jane says:

        Forgive me. In my haste and anger about what happened today, I addressed this comment in a way that was misleading. I wasn’t addressing any particular comment; ‘Arizona Conservative’ was intended as a general reference.

        My issue? The post asks “what constitutes the appropriate response to these colluders as we look to the future? Should we fight for our Constitution and way of life…”

        My comment was meant for anyone imagining that it’s okay to leave it up to the officers of the Republican party or the state to challenge ongoing corruption and disinformation. In my observation, there are still a lot of Arizonans who are patriotic and moral, so it’s painful to watch voters being out-witted and out-maneuvered so brazenly, especially when it doesn’t have to be this way.

      • rj says:

        It should not be left up to the officers of the Republican Party to challenge corruption and disinformation, however, it is up to them to provide the leadership to ferret out such activity. This is the same as: it should not be left up to the Pentagon to protect us from invasion, but it is up to them to provide leadership in that effort.

        It is also up to the members of the Republican Caucus to show individual and collective leadership by taking the necessary action of removing the Senate Majority Leader and Whip from their leadership positions for betraying their Caucus. That is something only they can do.

      • Jane says:

        I think we’ll all be happier facing the truth. It wasn’t just one Republican caucus on this issue; there were two: the big-government Republicans vs. the less-government Republicans. As usual, the big-government Republicans out-maneuvered the less-government Republicans and left them in the dust. Jan Brewer’s tricks come from established Republican precedent. This isn’t the first time she took a page from John McCain’s guide to caucusing with Democrats. Our problem is the habit of expecting the other team to play fair, waiting around for Party bureaucracy to fight our battles, being polite to Democrats posing as Republicans. It’s time to stop running old plays and work smarter…time to start acting more like free citizens and less like Party apparatus.

  7. JAKE says:

    We, as a conservative base, can not work effectively to keep this country and state on a constitutional path if we have to continually fight people in our own party. We need to take stock and challenge those who would join forces with the democrats and others of the progressive persuasion. This coming election means we all need to stop talking and start acting to elect people who agree with our way of thinking. The other side uses the policy of throwing more and more proposals at us so that we are always in a defensive posture. We need to figure out the most important issues and concentrate on those points.

  8. SuzanneC says:

    “I serve as the elected Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, with over a million voters strong in our state.

    “I also stand with those hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who voted for Republican candidates, knowing that Republicans support fiscal responsibility. I understand that everyone is under a lot of pressure here today. Many of you have not slept in a few days. We all agree there’s a lot at stake. However, I cannot overstate how disappointed I am with the parliamentary maneuvers that have played out over the past few days. Last year, our Republican legislative majority elected a Senate President and Speaker of the House empowering them to provide leadership consistent with the Republican Party platform. Vested in them is a constitutional responsibility to originate and craft a budget for the legislature to send the Executive branch. To their credit, they have worked long and hard to that end for over 100 days.

    “I now call on all Republican legislators to restore the legitimate process that respects the authority that was given to the duly elected Republican House and Senate leadership. Let’s also make sure that, as we close out the First Regular Session of the 51st Legislature, we support the remaining conservative core pieces of legislation and amendments that define the contrast between our party and that of the left. I understand that each member of the legislature comes from a different district with different constituencies. But I also want to be very clear that each and every Republican who ran for office did so representing our party. As Republicans, we should stand united in the cause of promoting limited government, respect for life, defense of our Constitution, strict adherence to transparent governance and full support of legitimate parliamentary procedures that allow our leadership to do the job they were elected to do.”

    I work at headquarters, I missed yesterday because of illness, now I am upset. Robert spend the day at the Capitol standing with the grassroots activist. I am so proud of Chad, he held the Headquarters together while collaborating with Robert on this statement, he told me today, “We are Republican’s, enough is enough with the Republican elected Legislators who caucused with the democrats”. Gretchen worked and worked for Tort Reform, while at the Chamber, something all Republican’s have been fighting for and it passed. Please give them the credit they deserve for once. Also passed yesterday, all paid canvassers must pass a background check and they can n longer bundle and collect ballots to drop them off at the Recorders office.

    You can get mad at them at another date.

    • eubykdisop says:

      Sure, Suzanne C., we’ll give them the credit they deserve.

      Chad was Director of Outreach for Congressman Jeff Flake. Gretchen Conger Martinez was Director of Government Relations for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Two alumni of Open Borders University.

      Is that enough credit for you?

      • SuzanneC says:

        Euby, you and I are perfect. I have voted for people who turned out to be horrible, I am sure you have also. Lets hope no one ever running for office ever did anything you do not approve of. I will not let you know anything I have ever done or changed my mind about, even Wil Cardin used to support Jeff Flake. poor Wil. Gretchen worked on Tort Reform for the Chamber, I guess that is something you can no longer support..

      • eubykdisop says:

        ROFL! What a sorry bunch of bull, LOL! :-)

        You just can’t get around the hard, documented facts no matter how you try to rationalize things, LOL!

        Chad Heywood was Director of Outreach for Congressman Jeff Flake, the co-author, along with Democrat Congressman Luis Gutierrez of Chicago, of the STRIVE Act illegal alien amnesty legislation.

        Gretchen Conger Martinez was Director of Government Relations for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry which signed on to the lawsuit against SB 1070 and which opposed five pieces of immigration legislation in the Arizona State Legislature. She also attended high school in Santiago, Chile, which means that she is fluent in Spanish.

        You personify what is wrong with the Arizona Republican Party. Why don’t you go work at Democrat headquarters and take Heywood and Martinez along with you?

        Have a nice day, “Suzanne”! :-)

      • eubykdisop says:

        Oh yeah, and I find it fascinating that you are posting here when you should be working. I hope that you’re not being paid!

    • sgtflapjaw says:

      If you are Jewish, you don’t eat pork. If you are a pig, you don’t fly. If you are a Democrat, you don’t work, and if you are a Republican you could never vote for or help promote Socialized programs big governmemt solutions or stick future generations with your bills.
      If you ally with Social Justice panderers and whores, you are not a Republican and bad things should happen to your career.

    • Observer says:

      Ah, yes…tort reform. Sounds great unless you are the one who has no recourse in a court of law. Reform means different things to different people. Do you want your rights curtailed because someone thinks you have too many? As an example…as it stands, insurance companies put varying values on the loss of various limbs and factor out your worth depending on your age. So if your doctor mistakenly amputates your left leg when your right one was scheduled for removal leaving you legless, should your allegiance to tort reform limit your ability to collect damages? What if you are 68 and the guy in the hospital bed next to you had the same set of circumstances only he was 27? You must think that entitles him to more because the actuarial charts give him a longer time to live with his infirmary than you. Get a clue!

      • eubykdisop says:

        Right on, Observer! “Tort reform” is a vague term. The devil is in the details! Any time you hear the term “reform”, the warning bells should start ringing. “Comprehensive immigration REFORM”?

  9. eubykdisop says:

    The “logic” of perpetual propagandist Suzanne C. goes like this: “It doesn’t matter where the Executive Director and Chief of Staff of the Arizona Republican Party have come from or what the organizations they chose to work for promoted. The only thing that matters is that they follow the direction of the Chairman.”

    Using the “logic” of propagandist Suzanne C., it would be just fine to have Janet Napolitano as Executive Director and Eric Holder as Chief of Staff of the Arizona Republican Party because their past history doesn’t matter. If they follow Graham’s direction, they’re good.

    Sorry, Suzanne, you’re Liberal “logic” doesn’t cut it and it’s unfortunate for Republican voters that someone who thinks like you is actually employed at headquarters. Why don’t you see if you can get a job with Jeff Flake or the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry instead. Since it was fine for Heywood and Martinez to work at those places then it must be fine for you to work there as well.

    • Observer says:

      You got it right, eubykdisop.
      The vast majority of these wise guys have no idea what “tort reform” actually is, but they think it will somehow harm lawyers. In fact, it harms THEM. These fools don’t like lawyers, but hire the best ones available when their actions require someone better educated and more intelligent than they are to get them out of the mess they placed themselves in. Ask most tort reform proponents what it actually is, and I can guarantee you they have no clue. They are parrots mouthing something they think makes them sound like they know something. Suzanne ia a perfect example!

      • eubykdisop says:

        “Tort reform” is a creation of the tobacco industry, Observer. It’s well documented that that is where it got it’s start. Over the years it has morphed into all sorts of things, depending on who thinks they can benefit from it.

        It’s also worth mentioning that the tobacco industry was aware that they needed other groups to promote tort reform for them as it wouldn’t get very far if people knew that big tobacco was behind it.

        With tort reform it is necessary to look at the specifics being proposed to see if the average Joe ends up getting screwed by big business! The Chamber of Commerce isn’t known for being a champion of the little guy!

  10. SuzanneC says:

    LOL, Liberal me, poor liberal me. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL, wait I am still laughing. I got to be a Liberal. I guess I am to show you by bonifides. I think not.

    • eubykdisop says:

      You’re right when you say that you “…think not.” Unfortunately for you, the rest of us are thinking, LOL!

      Oh yeah, and when are you going to stop posing as a woman?

  11. eubykdisop says:

    Gretchen Conger Martinez, appointed by Robert Graham as Chief of Staff of the Arizona Republican Party, supported and endorsed Brewer’s expansion of Medicaid.

    Her name appears at the bottom of the “2013-2014 Budget Recommendations” of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry which explicitly endorses Brewer’s Medicaid expansion.

    Click to access 2013-14%20AZ%20Chamber%20Budget%20Recommendations.pdf