Calls for Helen Purcell’s head hides far different agenda

March 31, 2016

The few remaining readers of the Arizona Republic can be forgiven for having the misconception that there is a clamor for Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell’s head on a platter.

Whenever its target is a Republican, the liberal newspaper shifts into high gear, engaging in the multi-pronged, gang-like, drive-by it has honed to an art form. Biased articles passing as news, are followed by more skew at the hands of the two looney left columnists Roberts and Montini and inky deceit by cartoonist Steve Benson.  At issue are the long lines and inadequate number of polling places available for voters, some of whom waited for hours to participate in Arizona’s presidential preference election. Statewide, Republican and Democrat voters ultimately supported Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Most used mail in ballots.

Purcell has held the office that maintains voter registration for nearly 2,000,000 registered voters and administers the Elections Department for 28 years. When the snafu occurred, she faced angry mobs calling for her resignation. Purcell apologized and took “full responsibility,“ but that wasn’t nearly good enough.  They wanted far more.

“We certainly made bad decisions, and having only 60 polling places, didn’t anticipate there would be that many people going to the polling places,” she said. “We were obviously wrong — that’s my fault.” 

The left was not placated. The identity throng began its racket, claiming Purcell purposely engaged in minority voter suppression — and as if on cue in today’s hooligan environment, began calling for her resignation or recall. In Soros-like fashion, angry mobs sprung up in legislative chambers and on valley streets.

Purcell rightly dug in her heels as protesters congregated outside her Phoenix office. “I’m not going to resign,” she stated. “The electorate is free to do whatever they want to do.”

Phoenix’ leftist Mayor Greg Stanton, hopped onboard this political gravy train, issuing a request for a  U.S. Department of Justice investigation, alleging Anglo communities had more polling sites per resident.

On the heels of that absurdity, a bizarre rumor erupted, claiming Republican Purcell was secretly working for Hillary Clinton since her late husband Joe Purcell was Bill Clinton’s former Arkansas Lt. Governor. The entire story turned out to be preposterous fabrication.

The woman who has won numerous awards for her professionalism is now facing challengers, including one with no experience in the field who calls her an “epic failure.”

The actual issue that drives the rabble is they see this as the opportunity to seize the primary elections from the parties that actually field candidates.  This was Robert Robb, showing some spine on the open primary in July 2012. He called it “another disappointing attempt to change election outcomes by changing the rules,” adding, “The purpose …should be stated plainly and bluntly: It is to reduce the influence of conservative Republicans in Arizona.”  By Feb. 2016, Robb had developed job security linked amnesia.

 


John McCain’s liberal friend turns on him

March 30, 2016

Leftist Harry Reid and RINO John McCain have been longtime senate associates, even working in concert on deals including pushing amnesty and restricting Second Amendment rights. McCain became the Republican Reid trusts more than any other according to Politico, which headlined this 2013 articleReid’s favorite Republican: McCain.”

“We have a long history,” McCain was quoted as saying of his relationship with Reid. “We have had our clashes and our words that we wish we hadn’t [said] about each other. But there’s a bond that’s very deep and long between us.”

Now it appears that “bond” has been irretrievably broken. In a desperate plea for campaign contributions, McCain, calls us “friends,” and claims his good buddy Harry Reid, whom he now refers to as “Nevada’s least favorite son,” and “his liberal cronies” are working to support McCain’s Democrat opponent. McCain, who conveniently forgets to mention his exceptional primary challenger Dr. Kelli Ward, whines, “I need your immediate help to fight back.”

“But,” McCain wheedles, “he doesn’t know that I have a secret weapon: YOU.” It is with our support McCain claims he will win reelection and stay fighting for our “shared conservative values in Washington.”

Few Arizona Republicans share values with John McCain.  In fact, he has spent his decades in Washington working against conservative values, which is why he was censured by elected Arizona Republican leaders. Senate terms are six long years. John McCain will be 80 by Election Day. You do the math.

Arizonans can do better.


Why Justice Scalia mattered

March 30, 2016

On Tuesday we witnessed the full impact of the unexpected loss of Justice Antonin Scalia who died February 13. The U.S. Supreme Court rendered a 4-4 decision on a challenge to organized labor, giving unions a major victory in a case they had previously seemed certain to lose.

The deadlocked decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association upheld a lower court ruling dealing with union fees and is a substantial setback for union foes. Lyle Denniston writing for SCOTUS blog provides an opinion analysis.

A decision in favor of the petitioners would have eliminated what’s known as agency fees –– money paid to unions by non-union members.

Plaintiffs in the case argued that agency fees presented a “significant impingement” on their First Amendment rights of free speech and free association, since collective bargaining is unarguably political. In negotiating with school boards, for example, unions can take positions on issues such as tenure that nonmembers may not support, so teachers who decide not to join the local union should not have to contribute to those costs.

The California Teachers Association and its parent union, the NEA, argued that the fees are not a violation of First Amendment rights because a portion is reimbursed annually, claiming the money covers things that benefit non-union members.

In 1977, the Supreme Court’s decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, held that no one can be forced to join a union or contribute to its political activities, but that teachers unions can charge nonmembers a fee to cover the costs of nonpolitical activities, oddly including collective bargaining.

In recent years, public sector unions have experienced numerous setbacks, with Republican governors and state legislatures successfully challenging collective bargaining — even in Michigan and Wisconsin, regarded as longtime labor strongholds.

The Friedrichs case was not the first to challenge union fees. Last year, in Harris v. Quinn, the justices ruled 5-4, that Medicaid home health workers were not full public employees and therefore could not be compelled to pay collective bargaining union fees –– a  decision that many Supreme Court watchers viewed as a sign the court seemed poised to overturn the precedent set by Abood.

Open Secrets (Center for Responsive Politics) reveals the $19.2 million the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, teachers unions contributed in the 2012 elections and their continuing donations in 2016. Democrats and liberal groups are their favored beneficiaries. Since 1989, the NEA has been the fourth biggest donor out of all organizations tracked by CRP.


McCain: Cutting edge on technology

March 29, 2016

John McCain: I don’t use email so I won’t write things I later regret

 Amidst the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s exclusive use of a personal email address and server during her time as secretary of state, Sen. John McCain, who will be 80 by Election Day, confirms that he has opted out of using email altogether:

“Well, you know that from time to time I get a little emotional. I’m afraid that if I was emailing, given my solid, always calm temperament that I might email something that I might regret,” he continued, adding that he prefers to use the phone and Twitter. “You could send out an email that you would regret later on and would be maybe taken out of context,” McCain said. “And frankly, I don’t have any trouble communicating with my constituents without it.”

Of course, it’s also possible to say things on Twitter that you later regret, like, perhaps this tweet McCain sent out back in 2012:”Good pic of my son Jimmy’s bulldog, Apollo — I’m sorry Mr. President, he’s not on the menu!” [@SenJohnMcCain 19 Apr 2012]

Source: Mediaite.com “Use Email,” on 2016 Arizona Senate race Mar 5, 2015

H/T On the Issues


The “Religion of Peace” has struck again

March 28, 2016

Unfathomable atrocity: Today we read that Islamic terrorists have crucified a Catholic priest in Yemen over Easter weekend

Former Republican Congressman and presidential candidate Tom Tancredo is among the few to credit with bringing the issue of illegal immigration to the forefront back when it was barely a blip on the national radar. Hearing him passionately address the invasion a couple of decades ago provided the prominence needed to thrust it into public consciousness and ultimately drive the 2016 presidential debate.

Placement of the word “former” is not in error. Last October the onetime Republican Congressman had his fill of the Grand Old Party under whose banner he had run and been elected from 1999 to 2009. His rationale for leaving was posted on Breitbart.  Tancredo summed up his decision with these thoughts although his complete commentary is exceedingly enlightening.

  1. The Republican establishment does not want to control spending.
  2. It does not want to secure the borders or enforce immigration laws.
  3. It does not care about American sovereignty.
  4. It has no interest in ending the unaccountable and corrupt culture that has become a hallmark of official Washington.

As a presidential candidate Tom Tancredo, who built his campaign on stopping illegal immigration, boycotted the Dec. 9, 2007 Univision televised debate at the University of Miami because it was being broadcast in Spanish. The rest of the pack attended, including John McCain.

Now Tom Tancredo has written a blunt commentary, which we highly recommend,  titled, The ISIS Barbarians Are Already Inside our Gates.  

Tancredo states:

“ It is Islam’s basic worldview that inspires hatred of the West, not grievances against U.S. foreign policy or lack of economic opportunity in Muslim societies. The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928, not 1988, decades before any American soldier set foot in Kuwait. Why then is it “Islamophobic” to speak the truth about Islam’s hostility to Western values?” Tancredo asks. “Self-censorship is the main obstacle to effective steps to halt ISIS in its tracks, and people who preach such nonsense — and the Quislings who tolerate it — are aiding ISIS and need to be called out for it.”

Tom Tancredo effectively calls them out  —  loud and clear.


Lunacy reigns supreme: Obama welcomes more “refugees”

March 27, 2016

Worldwide carnage doesn’t dissuade Obama from bringing more fanatical Islamists into US

Amid multiple reports that Jihadi-bent, radical Islamic terrorists have been thwarted in their plans to cause increasingly extreme havoc throughout Europe, including exploding the iconic Eiffel Tower, Barack Obama remains committed to allowing a continued flow of impossible-to-vet Muslim “refugees” into the United States.

In Belgium, where this past week cowardly ISIS attackers once again struck, killing at least 31, and wounding nearly 230 civilians — including Americans — organizers of a “March Against Fear” planned for today cancelled the event after a request by authorities citing continued security concerns.

Acknowledging these terrorists pose a threat to the entire civilized world, Obama vowed to decimate what is known as the Islamic State, but said the United States will do so by offering “an example of freedom, tolerance and open society” which in Obamaspeak translates to irrationally opening the floodgates to 100,000 more Syrian and Iraqi Muslims he portrays as “asylum seekers.”

The British Telegraph shows some of the victims of the vicious murderers in Belgium.


Joyous Easter wishes

March 27, 2016

We send our sincere best wishes for a joyful Easter…

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