2016 election: Referendum on Gang of 8 amnesty bill

February 29, 2016

Sen. Jeff Sessions endorses (video) Donald Trump before a crowd of over 30,000 on Sunday, saying ‘This election is the people’s chance to put a stake’ in the ‘heart’ of the Gang of Eight Bill.”

Listen to Sen. Sessions’ interview with SiriusXM host and Breitbart Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon. The conservative Alabama Senator — who possesses a stellar bio — has stood alongside Ted Cruz, but has grown increasingly close to Donald Trump. The most obvious lead-up to Sessions’ endorsement of Trump came as Stephen Miller, a longtime top aide to Sessions, signed on with Trump’s campaign as a senior policy adviser last month and has been traveling with the candidate to recent debates. Previously, Miller had been a stalwart presence at Sessions’ side.


iPhone-banning Bill Montgomery inconsistent on terror threat

February 28, 2016

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, released a Feb. 24, 2016 statement advising that his office would stop issuing iPhones to its employees as a result of the company’s current legal dispute with the FBI. Montgomery attempted to defend his decision in an interview on Fox News

Fox and Friends (video under link) weekend anchor Clayton Morris asked Montgomery which phone operating system he would use, since both Google and Microsoft have also come out publicly in support of Apple’s decision not to create a way to circumvent the iPhone’s security for the FBI. Montgomery oddly responded by saying if that is the case, it should give the U.S. Congress the motivation to “reset everything back to where it was.”

After Morris made the point that many iPhone owners don’t want the federal government to have access to their iPhone, Montgomery responded by saying he has more faith in the U.S. Constitution to protect a person’s privacy rather than “some benevolent corporate CEO who thinks he’s the privacy messiah.”

Although Montgomery made news by boycotting iPhones, saying that “Apple is on the side of the terrorists,” he neglects to make the connection that his political associates John McCain and Jeff Flake were instrumental in forming the pro-amnesty Gang of Eight. Along with Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Marco Rubio and a host of other liberals and RINOs — they have worked to keep our border open to illegal invaders including terrorists.

A 2015 Washington Post report details the apprehensions of terrorists at the Texas border. In 2011 Seeing Red AZ posted Hezbollah on our doorstep: Radical Muslims in border towns. This is not a new phenomenon as evidenced by this San Diego ABC 10 News report detailing the Shi’a Muslim terrorist group Hezbollah’s long established foothold in the city. As far back as 2001 WND reported that Middle Eastern illegals find easy entrance into U.S. from Mexico.

Montgomery, his employees, the citizens of Maricopa County and the state of Arizona would be better served if he showed some backbone and called out Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake for their overt efforts in leaving us all vulnerable to terrorism. iPhones are the least of it.


What caused Chris Christie’s change of heart on Trump?

February 27, 2016

New Jersey Gov. and former presidential candidate, Chris Christie endorsed real estate mogul Donald Trump Friday.

Bloomberg reports the united Republican establishment front against Donald Trump started to crumble in a potentially profound way when with the enthusiastic endorsement, writing “The move, combined with the endorsement of Maine Governor Paul LePage later Friday, adds the establishment bona fides of two sitting U.S. governors to a devoutly outsider campaign. It also comes just days after Trump’s first two congressional endorsements in Representatives Chris Collins of New York and Duncan Hunter of California.” 

Watch this Fox video clip from last August, as Gov. Christy tells Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, “Donald’s a great guy and a good person. But I just don’t think he’s suited to be president of the United States,” adding, “I don’t think his temperament is suited for that and I don’t think his experience is.”

In accepting Christie’s accolade, Trump said, “Generally speaking, I’m not big on endorsements, but this is an endorsement that really means a lot.”

As an unprecedented finger in the eye of both conservative and establishment political pundits, it should.


Jeff Flake learns conservative elephants despise RINOs

February 26, 2016

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Proof that elephants, the symbol of the Republican Party, have a natural distaste for RINOs

Inside Edition has the video of Sen. Jeff Flake being charged by a herd of wild elephants in Mozambique while ostensibly investigating the poaching of elephants for their prized ivory tusks. The trip took the delegation and their spouses to Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Flake’s former hangout, Namibia.  Flake, who found a House niche of opposing wasteful spending,  is partnering with Delaware Democrat Sen. Chris Coons on a bill that would provide taxpayer dollars to analyze the impact of poaching and recommend ways to halt the practice. Senate Bill 2385 is a companion piece of legislation to the Global Anti-Poaching Act being pushed by the lobbyists of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Flake has spent considerable time in Africa. In the early 1990’s Jeff Flake worked as a Washington lobbyist for Rossing Uranium — one of the world’s largest suppliers of the nuclear fuel. He was registered as a foreign agent representing the company which operates a mine in Namibia.  Flake earned between $5,000 and $7,000 per month opening doors in the nation’s capital and promoting the firm with financial ties to Iran. Now Obama has inconceivably concocted a nuclear deal with Iran that imperils the free world

Last July, Flake was the sole Republican invited by Obama to accompany him and an entourage of mostly Black Congressional Caucus members to Kenya.

Regarding the angry, stampeding elephants, Flake said, “It was pure terror. They started charging it wasn’t just one, it was several of them. We had to turn the jeep around really quickly and get out of there.”

His description of the anger sounds strikingly similar to the reception he and his mentor John McCain received from elected state delegates at the annual Statutory Meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party.


Matt Salmon leaves Congress — again

February 26, 2016

As Matt Salmon announces his retirement from Congress, the “I want to spend more time with the family,” line raises the curiosity factor a notch or two. Previously, Arizona’s CD 5 U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, who served in the U.S. House from 1995 to 2001, honored his term limit pledge and did not seek re-election to a fourth term in 2000. He returned after being reelected in 2012, and is now leaving after two terms.

A former chairman of the state Republican Party and founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, Salmon disappoints with his out-the-door endorsement of the far less than conservative Marco Rubio for President. 

Salmon is the 23rd House member to announce retirement at the end of this Congressional term.

His statement, “Why I’m leaving Congress,”  can be read here.

In this interview with The Arizona Republic the East Valley Republican revealed his plans to endorse Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs to replace him and will chair Biggs’ campaign for the 5th Congressional District seat.


GOP debate tonight Feb. 25, 2016: 6:30 PM (AZ)

February 25, 2016

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Tonight’s GOP debate will take place in Houston and be moderated by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer. Salem talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash and Telemundo News anchor Maria Celeste Arras, will join Blitzer in questioning the candidates.

Participants will be business mogul Donald Trump, Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, and Gov. John Kasich.

This is the final debate before numerous states will be voting in the upcoming March 1, 2016 Super Tuesday primaries.

Included in the primaries and caucuses are: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. Republican only caucuses will take place in Alaska, North Dakota and Wyoming. Real Clear Politics has the inside scoop with the most recent polling trends.

Wondering how to watch or hear the debate tonight? All of the information is here.


Trent Franks takes indecision to soaring new heights

February 25, 2016

U.S. Rep. Trent Franks doubles down on Cuban candidates endorsing them both

This is the body of the odd press release many Arizonans recently found in their inbox:

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In a Novel and Unique Kind of Endorsement, Congressman Trent Franks Officially Endorses Both Senator Cruz and Senator Rubio

WASHINGTON, D.C.- As the field for the 2016 GOP Presidential Nominee continues to narrow, Congressman Trent Franks, suggesting that a combined Presidential ticket of Senators Cruz and Rubio may be the only way to win in November, released the following endorsement:

“Senators Cruz and Rubio* both have proven full spectrum conservative records and I call upon them to join forces and establish a joint ticket in pursuit of the Presidency and Vice Presidency of the United States and I whole heartedly endorse them both to that end.

“Under the feckless and dangerous leadership of President Barack Obama, both America and the world truly seem to be on fire. Voters trapped in the midst of those flames are running panicked in every direction. Even conservatives within the Republican Party whose history has been one of reasoned and logical determination seem fundamentally disoriented.

“Donald Trump in recent years has been a pointed critic of President Barack Obama; and I embrace his strong words in support of American sovereignty and a secure border. However, Mr. Trump’s inconsistencies and shifts on national security, the free market, and protecting the unborn and the traditional family are indications of dissimulation.

“Rivalry, disunity, and baseless hatred in our ranks, have now put conservatives in danger of splintering our voice and nominating the weakest General Election candidate in the Republican field with the strongest probability of allowing Hillary Clinton to become President.

“The laws of mathematics will not be repealed in this election cycle. The mathematics in this equation are clear to the reasoned mind: Senator Rubio and Senator Cruz can unite and win together or remain apart and each fail separately. There are fleeting moments in history when critical opportunities are clear enough for statesmen to see and still close enough for them to seize. For the sake of our country, the conservative cause, and future generations, I adjure both Senator Cruz and Senator Rubio to unite.”

*candidates are referenced in alphabetical order, not by preference

Congressman Franks is serving his seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a member of the Judiciary Committee, where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and a member of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. He is also a member of the Armed Services Committee, where he serves as Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, and Capabilities and a member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee.