Routinely calls on elected Republicans to resign
The newspaper of record in the state of Arizona is auditioning for a new gig as its readership is dwindling to non-existence. The remaining crew — few can legitimately be called journalists — have found their niche in despotism.
Its latest trick is an attempt to seize power by demanding office holders not of their liking step down. The newspaper has even advocated for appointment rather than elections to political posts.
The folks at the newspaper recoil from Republican voters having their say, opting instead for open primaries, where the top two vote getters — which they hope are both Democrats — vie against one another. Recently columnist Robert Robb pondered why the state treasurer was an elective office. Maricopa Country Sheriff Joe Arpaio has long been in their stand-down sights, marginalized at every turn. Longtime Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell “must resign” due to long lines on Election Day. Secretary of State Michele Reagan is ridiculed as “inept” by left-wing partisan E.J. Montini. His fellow traveler, columnist Laurie Roberts mocked Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich for not postponing the May 17 election due to a snafu with the publicity pamphlets getting mailed out in a timely manner. The state legislature is continually accused of nefarious schemes. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas has been the subject of ongoing insidious insults and a failed recall attempt.
The list of those unworthy of staying in office is long and decidedly partisan, since the elected officers they love to hate are invariably Republicans — most often conservatives.
An editorial preceding Arizona’s March 22, 2016 presidential preference primary bared the newspaper‘s agenda clearly with the headline urging voters to “Reject Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Vote John Kasich instead.” Trump and Cruz are anti-GOP establishment. Kasich would be better suited running as a Democrat. The skewed view was sounded rejected by voters who gave the majority — 47% — to Trump.
Film critic Bill Goodykoontz was pulled in on the double duty task to write, “Covering Trump’s lies no simple task.” Neither subtlety nor honesty rank as top considerations at the unabashedly liberal Arizona Republic.
Here are the facts: Arizona holds the distinction of having Republican majorities in both the state House and Senate. The Senate President and Speaker of the House are Republicans. The Governor is a Republican, as is the Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, the state Mine Inspector and the five members of the Corporation Commission. Arizona has nine congressional districts, with Republicans holding five of the seats and those misappropriating the GOP brand holding the two U.S. Senate seats.
Maricopa County, which includes the capitol of Phoenix and numerous other cities and towns, has Republicans holding 4 of the 5 Board of Supervisor posts, a Republican Sheriff, County Attorney, Treasurer, Assessor, Recorder, Clerk of the Superior Court and County School Superintendent.
This is untenable to the left and they strive to change it on a daily basis.