Rich Crandall loses Wyoming Ed Supe post

April 24, 2014

Even if they lived across the Valley or in the far reaches of the state from Mesa’s Legislative District 16, many Arizonans remember former state lawmaker Rich Crandall.  During one regular session Crandall was notorious for missing 254 out of 382 floor votes. He was one of the first RINOs to join with the unified Democrats in supporting OBrewerCare, the costly and unsustainable Medicaid expansion.  Crandall also made the infamous Benedict Arnold list after joining with the unified Dems on five major bills in 2011 

On August 13, 2013, the Republicrat lawmaker, with little commitment to his constituents, was removed from office by Senate president Andy Biggs for misrepresenting facts to angry constituents. He took off for Wyoming after his friend Gov. Matt Mead appointed him to run the state Education Department.

Now the Wyoming Star Tribune reports that former state Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill has been reinstated to overseeing operations of the Wyoming Department of Education after Laramie County District Judge Thomas Campbell issued an order Friday supporting an earlier finding by the Wyoming Supreme Court. The high court had ruled that the bulk of a state law that passed last year stripping most duties from the state superintendent of public instruction was unconstitutional. 

The back story to this saga? Mead and Hill are both seeking the Republican Party nomination for governor this year.

With Tea Party supported Cindy Hill back at her post, Crandall should be out of work. But Gov. Mead is quoted as saying,  “I have asked him to work in my office for an indefinite period of time in the transition process, so if there’s questions about where a particular project is, or challenges on it, that he would be readily available.”

Crandall is salaried at $205,000 a year —- just a tad over his $24,000/year + per diem salary as an Arizona state legislator.

Wyoming state government is not our concern.  We just hope they figure out a way to keep Rich Crandall. Arizonans don’t want him back.


Why Jeb Bush will never be President

April 23, 2014

Illegal invasion of U.S. given green light by Jeb Bush and his cohorts Flake and Bolick 

Education Week makes no bones about the Scottsdale summit where “deal making” and “money moving through the education market“ featured Jeb Bush. The former Florida governor amorously eyeing a 2016 presidential run, called for more guest worker programs and a path to amnesty for all of the country’s illegal aliens. 

Speaking at the sold-out, three-day event known as “Davos in the Desert at the Phoenician Resort on Monday evening, Bush stuck to his one-note tune that the United States needed “robust guest worker programs” and an expansion of H1-B visas for the high-tech industry,” even though the notion that there is a shortage of American high-tech workers has been outed as a myth. He also disingenuously called for a “tough but fair path to legalized status” for all of the country’s illegal foreign nationals and an end to immigration quotas. 

Breitbart reports that Bush declared that it was not an “American value to have 12-13 million people living in the shadows.”  Count on the fact that no one called Bush out on the shopworn estimate in use for the better part of a decade. Immigration Counters has a number at least twice that figure based on multiple data sources.

This third Bush aspirant has called the illegal invasion “an act of love and actually said the issue “shouldn’t rile people up.”  As if on cue, John McCain’s doppelganger Jeff Flake agreed with Bush, praising him for having “the guts to say it.” 

Even establishment Republicrat Karl Rove, who has taken his losing battle of bashing conservatives on the roadconceded that Jeb Bush was not artful (sly enough) in those remarks. At the conference, which was co-hosted by Arizona State University and GSV Advisors, Bush made no reference to those prior comments, though he has previously defended them.

John Ellis “Jeb,” is a Bush too far.  Strongly influenced by his Mexican-born and reared wife Columba whose father was a “migrant worker,” his border positions raise even greater concern than the pro-amnesty Bushes who have occupied the Oval Office.

Watch the two disturbing videos of Jeb Bush and his co-author Clint Bolick in this post, “Another Bush? Thanks, Jeb, but we’ve had enough,” for an idea of his stance. They actually call for amnesty before  giving any thought to closing down America’s dangerously porous border.  The duo recently wrote “Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution,” the hardcover of which can now be purchased on Amazon for exactly what it’s worth: $2.78.

It’s not much of a surprise the liberal Washington Post has written about Republicrat Jeb being “drafted” for a presidential run. 


GOP Legislators win appeal on Medicaid expansion

April 23, 2014

The lawsuit filed against Arizona’s Medicaid Expansion —- an issue which caused mammoth legislative rifts last year —- has been given new life as Division One of the state Court of Appeals ruled that thirty-six Republican legislators,* two constituents whose representatives voted against the bill, and taxpayer Tom Jenney, have a constitutional right to challenge the law and the tax levy it imposes.

The Arizona court rejected Gov. Jan Brewer’s assertion that a simple majority of lawmakers have the constitutional authority to decide when a measure needs a two-thirds vote. In the court’s 11-page ruling, Appellate Judge John Gemmill wrote that ignores the actual language of the Arizona Constitution.

A petulant Brewer, who disingenuously called the tax levy an “assessment,” has promised to take the issue to the AZ Supreme Court. All new taxes are subject to a two-thirds legislative vote in the state of Arizona. Brewer pushed this tax through during a special session. The late night ‘debate’ did not allow those in opposition to  speak.

Read the opinion delivered by the three judge panel.

* Andy Biggs,  Andy Tobin; Nancy Barto; Judy  Burges; Chester Crandell; Gail Griffin; Al Melvin; Kelli Ward; Steve Yarbrough; Kimberly Yee; John Allen; Brenda Barton; Sonny Borrelli; Paul Boyer; Karen Fann; Eddie Farnsworth; Thomas Forese; David Gowan; Rick Gray; John Kavanagh; Adam Kwasman; Debbie Lesko; David Livingston; Phil Lovas; J.D. Mesnard; Darin Mitchell; Steve Montenegro; Justin Olson; Warren Peterson; Justin Pierce; Carl Seel; Steve Smith; David Stevens; Bob Thorpe; Kelly Townsend; Michelle Ugenti.


AZ higher education: As nearly free as possible? & Update

April 22, 2014

MCCCD tuition has skyrocketed nearly 60 percent in 10 years

These are the words contained in Article 11 Section 6 of the Constitution of the state of Arizona: Section 6. Admission of students of both sexes to state educational institutions; tuition; common school system:

The university and all other state educational institutions shall be open to students of both sexes, and the instruction furnished shall be as nearly free as possible. The legislature shall provide for a system of common schools by which a free school shall be established and maintained in every school district for at least six months in each year, which school shall be open to all pupils between the ages of six and twenty-one years.

Tennessee’s Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is actually putting this concept into action. His proposal to provide free community college to every high school graduate starting in fall 2015, passed the House of Representatives with an overwhelming endorsement of 87 – 8 votes this past week. The state Senate had previously passed the measure known as “The Tennessee Promise.”

The plan, funded by $300 million from the state’s lottery fund, will defray the estimated annual $34 million cost. The aim of the program is boosting college graduation rates to build a more educated and skilled workforce.

Locally, the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board will vote this evening on the second tuition increase in two years —- the seventh hike in 10 years. The latest proposal is an increase of $5 per credit, or 6 percent increase to $86 per credit next year. Last year, tuition increased in the system’s 10 colleges from $76 to $81 per credit.

But the district isn’t simply content with tuition increases. It is also proposing an increase in the county property tax for the second time in two years, to be voted on in May. If approved, the dual increases would generate an additional $25.6 million for the district. Since only about 28 percent of students who began in 2007 earned a degree or occupational certificate within six years, they might consider concentrating on doing a better job retaining and actually educating students.

For the first time in memory, the Arizona Board of Regents has recently offered undergraduate students attending U of A and NAU a guaranteed tuition rate for four years.  This rate does not include fees which could still escalate costs of attendance.

According to the daily, although ASU tuition for in-state, undergraduates won’t officially go up, the university will add a $150-per-student fee to fund athletics, bringing annual tuition and fees to $10,157 a year. ASU is not participating in the guaranteed tuition plan. Graduate and out-of-state students will face higher increases at ASU. Graduate students at the school will pay 4.3 percent more, an increase to $11,283 a year, in tuition and fees.

Last March we wrote ASU’s Crow backs lower tuition for illegals — again. If you’re interested in how the astronomically paid ASU President Michael Crow dismisses Arizona students, who are being squeezed to benefit foreign nationals here illegally, it’s worth reading. 

Update-tag

The board approved a $3 per credit increase, which will raise $7.8 million in new revenue. The vote was 4 – 1, with board member Dana Saar voting against the imposition of an increase for the second year in a row.


Leftist Linda Valdez: Longs for LBJ, skews facts

April 21, 2014

As the dedicated far-left radical she is, Linda Valdez, editorialist at the Arizona Republic, looks back longingly over five decades at Democrat President B. Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. His failed “war” was integral to his blurred vision of a “Great Society.”

Through LBJ’s efforts to establish programs that compensated single mothers, fathers were rendered unnecessary as they were replaced by welfare checks. In this column, “Race and Rhetoric,” economist and syndicated columnist Thomas Sowell analyzes the disintegration of the black family —- which he notes has survived centuries of slavery and generations of government-imposed discrimination in the Jim Crow era, but began coming apart in the wake of the expansion of the liberal welfare state and its accompanying social dogmas.

The very government expansion acclaimed by Linda Valdez.

The poverty rate among blacks was nearly cut in half in the 20 years prior to the 1960s, a record unmatched since then, despite the expansion of welfare state policies in the 1960s.

Unemployment among black 16 and 17-year-old males was 12 percent back in 1950. Yet unemployment rates among black 16 and 17-year-old males has not been less than 30 percent for any year since 1970 —- and has been over 40 percent in some of those years.

Not only was unemployment among blacks in general lower before the liberal welfare state policies expanded in the 1960s, rates of imprisonment of blacks were also lower then, and most black children were raised in two-parent families. At one time, a higher percentage of blacks than whites were married and working.

None of these facts fits liberal social dogmas, writes Sowell.

Valdez’ column exposes her fringe mentality, worship of the nanny state, and  includes fervent fawning over Arizona’s liberal extremist Congressman Raul Grijalva (AZ CD-3), as well as a venomous diatribe against Republicans. This is her pie-eyed description: “Meanwhile, the GOP continued its relentless push to undermine unions and worker rights, keep wages low, sabotage public schools, cut college grants, roll back federal protections for consumers and the environment, stonewall immigration reform, limit women’s reproductive rights, stiff infrastructure and endlessly try to convince the American people that the country can’t afford beloved programs that reflect our shared sense of national responsibility: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.”

How much clearer could it be that facts take a back seat to leftist spew in the pages of the Arizona Republic? You know what to do. (Video: 22 second mark.)


Sending best wishes for a joyous Easter

April 20, 2014

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Boehner “Hellbent” on passing amnesty

April 19, 2014

GOP crafting plan to alter country, guarantee its own irrelevancy

The Wall Street Journal reports John Boehner and other senior House Republicans are telling donors and industry groups that they intend to pass amnesty legislation this year, despite the disinclination of many Republicans to tackle the divisive issue prior to the November elections.  

Most of us have assumed the irrational idea of gifting citizenship —- even in a deceptive “piecemeal” fashion —- to our invaders would be back-burnered in an election year. But Boehner,who has hired McCain’s senior amnesty advisor, appeared at a Las Vegas fundraiser last month, stridently declaring he was “hellbent on getting this done this year.”

Don’t be fooled by what we are being told by the Republican House members. Their chief issue is the timing of the vote, not the vote itself. The last thing they want is angry constituents in advance of the upcoming midterm elections, although none in Arizona are facing tough primaries. They are also banking on the fact after they are reelected, our focus will be on the  2016 presidential election. They have already made their intentions to cave on amnesty clear.

This is the double-talk from AZ’s Republican U.S. Reps. Paul Gosar, Matt Salmon and David Schweikert. Trent Franks not only allowed amnesty proponents and their supporters to camp out overnight in his front yard, he went outside to pray with them.

On the senate side, McCain has vowed to keep fighting for amnesty as long as he’s “alive and breathing.” His sycophantic underling Jeff Flake has never made a secret of his support of amnesty.

After the widespread disillusionment with ObamaCare and Obama’s poll numbers continuing to plummet —- as his disapproval numbers exceed approval —-Republicans are poised to win control the Senate. But to borrow a term from Boehner, they appear to be “hellbent” to deep-six their chances by becoming embroiled in forwarding the divisive amnesty issue.

This Congressional Budget Office estimate indicates that ObamaCare has the potential to decrease the number of full-time American workers by 2.5 million over the next decade. That grim prediction by the non-partisan CBO should be an area where Republicans focus their attention.

Those who believe support from grateful Hispanics would be important to the Republican nominee need to bone up on history. Immigrants —- all immigrants —- have been bonded to the Democrat Party and generations after their first arrivals, their descendants have remained so. Recent arrivals tend to be poor and dependent on government assistance. They often come from societies that are far left-wing. History shows that rather than fleeing those policies, they bring their cultures with them. For at least a century, there’s never been a period when a majority of immigrants weren’t Democrats. At the current accelerated rate of immigration — 1.1 million new immigrants every year, without amnesty — Republicans will be a fringe party in a decade.

Rush Limbaugh has long warned that Republicans are signing onto political suicide in conspiring with Democrats in their attempt to legalize illegal aliens. Limbaugh contends it is ultimately a push for citizenship intended to grant voting rights to a new Democrat demographic.

Ann Coulter has written extensively on the same theme, with Hispanicked GOP Elite and GOP Crafts Plan to Wreck the Country, Lose Voters. In this column Phyllis Schlafly correctly concluded Amnesty Is Republican Party Suicide.

If Republicans are to remain viable, there are critical issues such as massive debt, the unsustainability of Social Security, federal overreaches and a seriously declining economy for us to be “hellbent” on exposing.