Severe storms keep Congress out of D.C.

January 25, 2016

Weather or not we want them, they’ll be baaack

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has put out the following Important Schedule Announcement, making us think there’s at least a small upside to the blizzards affecting Washington, D.C.

“Members are advised that due to the severity of the winter storm in the D.C. area, and its adverse impact on travel, we no longer expect votes in the House on Tuesday, January 26 and Wednesday, January 27.

Next votes in the House are scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 1. This is a change from the previously announced calendar.

Members are further advised that we expect to postpone consideration of two items originally planned for this week – H.R. 3662, Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act and the Veto Message on H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Act. These two items will now be considered the week of February 1st.”

American confidence in Congress has been in steady free fall mode for several years. According to this 2010 Gallup Poll, Congress came in lower than organized labor, newspapers and television news, HMOs and banks. By June 2014, the news was even more dismal, with Gallup reporting “historic lows,” as only 7 percent of Americans said they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress.

In July, 2015, Rasmussen Reports found most voters believe their own representatives have sold their vote and think congressional elections are rigged to benefit the incumbent. Just 14% think members of Congress almost always get reelected because they do a good job representing their constituents. Sixty-five percent (65%) think it’s because the election rules are rigged to benefit incumbents.

It wasn’t much better when Rasmussen Reports conducted another survey in Dec. 2015. Only nine percent (9%) of all voters think the average member of Congress listens to the voters he or she represents. Seventy-seven percent (77%) think the average member listens mostly to party leaders in Congress. It seems that pesky term “representative” is open to question.

The severe weather conditions have made life miserable for Americans across large swathes of the U.S.  We are not making light of the dire circumstances many in the affected areas face. It is, however, worth noting that less damage is done when congressional members are furloughed.


AZ GOP poised to pass censures of McCain, Graham

January 24, 2016

Graham’s parliamentarian rules censures out-of-order

The Arizona Republican Party Mandatory meeting took place Saturday. Elected delegates from around the wide expanse of the state traveled to Tempe to vote for party officers. For many of the 1187 attending in person or by proxy, the meeting also presented the opportunity to vote on resolutions censuring Sen. John McCain and state chairman Robert Graham.

Instead the delegates were greeted with platitude-filled, campaign-styled speeches, that mostly insulted the intelligence of those in attendance. Gov. Doug Ducey, slated to give the opening remarks was otherwise occupado, as were John McCain and Jeff Flake. But U.S. Reps. Matt Salmon, Paul Gosar, David Schweikert and Trent Franks didn’t disappoint. Salmon told us he returned to Congress, not just to be against Obama, “but to get congress back on track.” He also congratulated Graham on the bang up job he’s been doing. Franks called Graham’s efforts “amazing.” Though they touted their own conservative credentials, none of them addressed the fact they voted to gift Barack Obama his every desire in the bloated budget they passed, blaming it all on the senate when they had the power of the purse to defund. Franks said he opposed shutting down the government — which never would have happened.

Chairman Graham, who boasts about his communication skills, failed to communicate critical information to the state committeeman — as required by AZ GOP bylaws — as to when the nominations committee, bylaws committee and resolutions committee would meet prior to the state meeting. As a consequence, those attending had no idea who was running for the offices nor did they have an opportunity to run themselves.

It was obvious to everyone that Robert Graham’s intent was to allow only candidates, resolutions and bylaws that he  favored to be presented at the meeting

To insure the outcome of any points of order raised, Graham brought in his own Parliamentarian straight from the RNC to replace the previously selected Parliamentarian who, at recent meetings, ruled against Graham’s wishes. The only incumbent officer who had opposition was Second Vice Chair Gabby Saucedo Mercer, who was the sole anti-establishment name on the ballot — clearly indicating she had been targeted for elimination. They also cut her mic when she began to talk about RINOs within the party. No other person suffered that indignity. Fortunately, she won.

This was a strong indication how the censure resolutions would have fared, had Graham’s Parliamentarian allowed them to be heard. Graham abdicated his chairmanship to the imported RNC honcho during the presentation of the floor resolutions, never reclaiming his authority  even to the point of adjournment.  Breitbart Big Government also covered the meeting.

Last Saturday, elected precinct committeemen attending the Maricopa County Republican statutory meeting in Phoenix voted 921 to 582, easily passing the “Anyone But McCain” resolution. 

The AZ Congressmen regaled the delegates with their conservative credentials by reminding them that they had formed the Freedom Caucus to oppose the establishment Republicans who were leading us in the wrong direction. John McCain is universally recognized as the Number One Villain in the GOP hierarchy, yet not a word was mentioned about him.  Amnesty, the issue that has propelled Donald Trump to the forefront of the presidential pack nationally, is still their hallmark.

From the onset, the fix was in. Chicago politics now reigns in Arizona.


McCain, Flake and Obama’s judicial confirmations

January 23, 2016

Aided by Republicans, Obama is remaking the federal bench

While they thought you weren’t paying attention, Arizona’s slippery and lowest regarded U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, were busying themselves on the banks of the Potomac with the confirmation of Obama’s liberal picks for federal judges.

On Jan. 11, the Arizona duo voted with the Democrats to confirm Luis Felipe Restrepo, of Pennsylvania as U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit. The Columbian-born Restrepo became a citizen in 1993. Obama is fast tracking the former ACLU prisoners’ rights lawyer up from a district court post to which he was confirmed in 2013.

Then on Jan. 19, Wilhelmina Marie Wright, was confirmed as U.S. District Judge for the District of Minnesota. Running for his sixth six-year term, candidate McCain who will be 80 by Election Day, shrewdly backed off of that confirmation, though Jeff Flake once again abandoned the Republicans to approve her nomination. The vote can be seen here. Wright’s confirmation brings the total of appellate judges appointed by Obama to 56.

In his Conservative Review commentary, Senior Editor Daniel Horowitz writes “Senate GOP Must Not Confirm Any More Obama Judges.”

“The notion that Republicans would vote to confirm more Obama judges defies logic on so many levels.  This is one of the few areas where they have no excuse or lack of power to actually use their control of the Senate for good purposes.  Moreover, by confirming more Obama judges, they will not only further exacerbate the growing judicial time bomb of anti-constitutional case-law, but will also prevent the next Republican president from filling those vacancies.” 

Horowitz‘ piece on Wilhelmina Marie Wright refers to her as the Property Rights are White and Racist’ Judge, explaining the derivation of the fitting title.

This history of Arizona’s Republican senators endorsing or confirming Democrats is a long and twisted one.

Ask yourself…if the Democrats controlled the senate, would they be voting to confirm conservative federal court nominees the way liberals get a pass from Republican senators? You know the answer.  It’s time to clean house…er…senate.


2 anti-establishment censures at AZ GOP meeting: McCain & Graham

January 22, 2016

Sat. Jan. 23 elected state committeemen poised to vote on anti-establishment resolutions

You may have received this email from A.J. LaFaro:

There has been a lot of discussion and debate as to why Robert Graham should be or shouldn’t be censured.

It’s my understanding Robert Graham is using AZ GOP staff members, resources and hired a telemarketing firm using AZ GOP monies to call you for the purpose of finding out how you feel about the resolution to censure and possibly providing you with misinformation to influence your feelings and decision.

The censure doesn’t remove Robert Graham from office.

It wasn’t an easy decision to author the resolution to censure that will be introduced from the floor on Saturday, but it had to be done. With the AZ GOP Bylaws restriction of 250 words, it is extremely difficult to write one with any degree of detail or specifics. That’s why I penned the attached “Factual Reasons for Censuring AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham.”

Please let me say again, the censure doesn’t remove Robert Graham from office. However, it does provide all of the AZ GOP State Committeemen the opportunity to come together to honestly and passionately discuss Robert Graham and his term in office. Every elected official should be reviewed and held accountable to the people they are suppose to serve.

Please join me in signing the signature petitions and voting this Saturday for the resolutions to “Censure Robert Graham” and “Endorse Anyone BUT McCain.”
Respectfully yours,
A. J. LaFaro
LD18 Precinct and State Committeeman
Immediate Past Chairman, Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC)
A FEW REASONS FOR CENSURING AZGOP CHAIRMAN ROBERT GRAHAM:

 1. Robert Graham and the AZGOP are under investigation by the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) for alleged campaign finance violations.

2. Violation the Arizona Revised Statutes –

A. Several County and LD Chairmen have expressed concern that Robert Graham and the AZGOP have been filling vacant state committeemen positions without their advice and consent. This is a violation of ARS 16-825.01.

ARS 16-825.01. State committee; vacancy; filling of vacancy

In the event of a vacancy in the office of state committeeman, in counties with populations of less than five hundred thousand persons, such vacancy shall be filled by appointment made by the state chairman with the advice and consent of the county chairman of the county in which the vacancy occurred. In counties with populations of five hundred thousand or more persons, such vacancy shall be filled by appointment made by the state chairman with the advice and consent of the county chairman of the county in which the vacancy occurred and the district chairman of the district in which the vacancy occurred, and shall be filled by a person who resides in the same district in which the vacancy occurred.

3. Violation of AZGOP Bylaws –

Robert Graham and the AZGOP have repeatedly violated the AZGOP Bylaws concerning the 2015 Statutory Meeting and this year’s 2016 Mandatory Meeting.

The AZGOP Bylaws demand a nominations and a resolutions committee be created using specific bylaw requirements that provide for open transparency, honest communications with and input by all the State Committeemen if they so desire.

Article III, Section H, Paragraphs 1 and 2, Page 4, resolutions committee and resolutions

Article IV, Section C, Paragraph 2, Page 5, nominating committee meeting and call letter report

4. Reckless interference and meddling in County and Legislative District (LD) Republican Committees –

Robert Graham and the AZGOP have continued to recklessly interfere and meddle in the business of several County and Legislative District (LD) Republican Committees. Maricopa County and LD30 to name a couple. Defunding the Maricopa County GOP East Valley Office and having a cease and desist letter sent to Maricopa County and it’s LD Committees from using the elephant logo directly after the first Trump rally. Robert Graham has allegedly called the County and LD Chairmen and threatened to limit their state delegates to the April 30th State Convention as retribution.

5. Elimination of access to voter data systems –

Robert Graham and the AZGOP has taken away access to the voter data systems he once said he was providing to PCs for their direct use. He now has a person in charge who has very little experience and availability to support the amount of work needed to help the PCs and taken away all data/walk book access from the Counties and Districts.

6. Serious conflicts of interest –

Many of the AZGOP staff members and their family members have worked for or are working for John McCain’s PAC and Sean Noble’s Political Consulting Firm.

7. Refusal to close our primaries even after an overwhelming number of Precinct and State Committeemen demanded he do so.


Illegal alien just doing the work Americans refuse to do

January 22, 2016

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Personification of evil: Mother allowed pervert babysitter to offer three-year-old for sex

We’ve heard the mantra incessantly over the years. The open-borders/amnesty influence peddlers have been phenomenally successful at getting the Beltway elite in both parties and the media to embrace their blanket overgeneralizations and platitudes about illegal alien invaders.

“They just come here to work.” “They’re all Americans, too.” “Illegals aren’t criminals.”

A favorite cliché is “they’re just coming to do the jobs Americans refuse to do.”

Today we present Francisco Javier Rios-Covarrubias, 30, a sterling example to graphically illustrate that old saw.

The Arizona Republic unconscionably chose to headline the report of this monster, “Immigration hold placed on suspect accused of duct-taping Mesa girl.” If only duct tape had been the worst of it.

The 3-year-old toddler, whose panhandling mother had shaved her head to give her credibility as a cancer victim in order to raise funds from sympathetic passersby —  was left in the care of Rios-Covarrubias, who busied himself on the Internet soliciting sex from other men. On various  occasions, the child was left alone in the apartment.

Court documents provided the following information:

Mesa police received a tip from a man who had been at the apartment after he’d connected with Rios-Covarrubias over  the Internet about having sex. After the man arrived, he smelled a foul odor in the apartment. After a sexual encounter, he turned and saw Rios-Covarrubias, wearing a pink dress and blonde wig, standing next to the bound toddler. Rios-Covarrubias then asked the man if he wanted to have sex with the child. The man said he declined and left.

Police said the man returned later that evening to have consensual sex with the suspect, who told him the child was no longer there. The man contacted police after leaving the apartment for a second time. Officers performing a welfare check found the girl in a closet, with a black trash bag covering her body, leaving only her shaved head exposed. She was wearing a diaper and tee-shirt,  was covered with feces, and had multiple injuries including bruises, scratches and blisters. Her mouth, arms, hands and legs were duct taped.

Rios-Covarrubias and the child’s mother, Mayra Yomali Solis, 22, were arrested and the child was admitted to a Phoenix hospital. Mesa police said the girl’s condition was improving, although she did not speak. Solis admitted leaving the child with Rios-Covarrubias for extended periods, seeing her about one day a week.

Rios-Covarrubias faces charges of sex trafficking, kidnapping, sexual conduct with a minor and child abuse. Solis is facing child abuse charges.


AZ GOP 2016 Chairman’s Awards Dinner?

January 21, 2016

Though offering a $ billion prize as the lottery recently did is outside the realm of our limited resources, we are taking predictions on how THIS soiree will turn out.

We’ll start the ball rolling with our predictions:

Man of the year: McCain

Volunteer of the year: McRobot

Party Officer of the year: McClone

Conservatives will be RSVPing: NO McThank you.


Shocking: Liberal PC politics imperil US citizens

January 21, 2016

Democrats play dangerous political games with national security

As Obama vows to accept 10,000 additional Syrian refugees this year, on Wednesday Senate Democrats —- by a vote of 55 to 43 —- rejected a bill to require vetting of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, an attempt to verify they posed no security risk before entering the US.

Obama threatened to veto the bill.

The American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015 or the American SAFE Act of 2015 should have passed with overwhelming support of both parties.