AZ Republic boorishly calls Phx election a month early

Mayor, City Council Districts 1, 4, 5 and 7, and four Propositions will be on the ballot

If you’re one of the few remaining readers of the Arizona Republic, you might have felt a bit like Rip Van Winkle Sunday morning. Although the Phoenix City Election is scheduled for Aug. 25, the newspaper has already called the mayoral race in a presumptuous editorial titled, “Stanton’s second act.”  When he was elected in 2011, Greg Stanton received a joint congratulatory call from Barack Obama and Janet Napolitano.

The newspaper dismisses 2016 challengers as “unknown,” finding them not worthy of mention in the lengthy opinion piece. We support Anna Brennan, who clearly has an uphill battle —-  as did conservative Prof. David Brat who toppled House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, after being outspent $5.7 million to $231,000.

Although the mayor and council purport to be politically unaffiliated, it’s a foolish guise. Even the leftwing newspaper referred to Greg Stanton as a “progressive,“ the preferred terminology of liberals trying to sound forward thinking. The editorial was notable for admitting  “he was lifted to office on the shoulders of public sector labor unions, especially police and fire.” The editorial bemoans what it references in these words, “Stanton has been afforded few opportunities to reward his political benefactors.”

There are countless problems that affect Phoenix. First and foremost, Stanton presides over a Sanctuary City. The Republic gives him accolades in this bizarre manner, “If this mayor is famous for nothing else, it is his efforts to refashion Phoenix as a walkable town.” Seriously.

It’s not by accident that liberals like Greg Stanton get elected in the nation’s sixth largest city in a red state. Voter turnout is notoriously low during August in Phoenix. Many residents have not yet returned from their summer vacations, contributing to the often 20+ percent participation. The solid voting blocs are those reliable unions who “lifted him on their shoulders“: police, fire fighters and unionized teachers. Stir into that mix other City of Phoenix employees, and the outcome becomes obvious as special interest groups disproportionately influence the vote to the left.

General participation would be greater and the costs lowered if city elections were consolidated with state and federal elections rather than off-year stand-alones. Keeping them as they are is doubtless part of the status quo strategy.

Americans for Prosperity answers the questions and exposes the fallacies about Arizona ballot Proposition 104. SRAZ urges a NO vote against doubling the city transit tax over 35 years and spending over $31 billion on the unaccountable light rail expansion. Notice all of the campaign signs in support and none in opposition?  That alone tells who has the money and benefits from the expansion. The Arizona Free Enterprise Club recently released its study on the Phoenix Transit Plan Tax Hike.

Take time to arm yourself with the facts. Prop. 104 deserves a NO vote. Find your City Council District here.

There are four Propositions on the ballot, 100, 102, 103 and 104 which is discussed in this post. Watch for those related to union pension spiking and reforms in future reports. 

8 Responses to AZ Republic boorishly calls Phx election a month early

  1. Sparky Smith says:

    Well there are a few signs out there in opposition put up by 104 Wrong for Phoenix–NO 104

    • LD 23 PC says:

      Yes. I’ve seen them. They appear to be handmade and can’t possibly compete with the onslaught from the moneyed proponents who are waging a campaign FOR the monstrously expensive boondoggle that is Prop. 104.

  2. Braveheart says:

    Phoenix hasn’t had a Republican mayor in years, because the fix is in. The leftist unions control city politics and some council districts are constructed to be racially based to favor one race over another. Last election cycle Jarrett Maupin, a bogus Al Sharpton-like “reverend” with no congregation, called fellow democrat Kate Gallego a “white sham candidate in brown face.” There is no honor among dems.

  3. jon jensen says:

    Mass transit is good for business. It helps my workers who don’t drive get to work. Because the buses don’t run 24 hours it is difficult for some workers to get to work. I thought the republican party is for work. Also their is no sun city or east mesa in phoenix but many pro immigration voters as you will see on election day.

    • Maggie says:

      You’re kidding, right? How many of your workers don’t drive? Since you’re so willing to spend billions of other people’s money so they can get to work, why not cough up a few bucks of your own and provide driver’s instruction for them? Which raises another question…are they underage or illegal? Have you thought of directing them to Uber? Those cars are available day and night and they are far less expensive than taxis.

      The Republican party stands for individual’s taking responsibility, not for forcing others to pay for what you might need/want.

      Earth to jon jensen: Immigration refers to LEGAL immigration. Those you appear to be describing are ILLEGALS. They are foreign nationals in this country without authorization. They are lawbreakers. What is their education level? Why are you hiring them?

    • azgary says:

      Morning Plum: Big majority of GOP voters favors mass deportation, poll finds


      but you just keep choosing foreign invaders over American citizens

  4. azgary says:

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    “Does Trump trump?

    By Angelo M. Codevilla

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  5. ZOO says:

    I’ve never set foot on the light rail, but a neighbor who rides it occasionally told me most of those who do have free passes handed out by the city. He said the unemployed and welfare dregs ride it all day for lack of anything to do, or just to enjoy the air conditioning. Those without the free passes simply jilt the fare because there is nothing to prevent them from doing so.

    Stanton is horrendous at his best. The light rail has been an expensive disaster and is poised to become an albatross for another generation of taxpayers. Let’s hope the voters break rank, turnout in droves, and dump them both.