Trump nominates AZ Treasurer DeWit as NASA finance chief

November 30, 2017

Will this open the door for Gov. Doug Ducey to appoint Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee to fill out Jeff DeWit’s term?

Arizona Treasurer Jeff DeWit, who was a Donald Trump loyalist from the onset of the 2016 presidential campaign is being repaid for his staunch allegiance and diligent work as Chairman and Chief Operating Officer by being nominated to oversee the finances of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The new post requires senate confirmation and a move to Washington, D.C.  DeWit previously announced he would not run for reelection.

Tuesday’s newspaper reported that Arizona Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee (R-LD20) has announced her intention to run for state treasurer. In July 2016, Sen. Yee represented Arizona as a featured speaker at the Republican National Convention. SRAZ predicted then that “she was going places.” Read her impressive bio here.

At a September press conference, DeWitt, clearly a fan of conservative Sen. Yee,  presented her with an award, saying she “truly understands the role the State Treasurer of Arizona serves in protecting taxpayers.” Yee previously worked at the Treasure’s office during the Dean Martin administration.

At the same event, DeWit also pulled no punches, as he called Arizona Corporation Commissioner Tom Forese, “Sleazy Foresey” and said he,“Wouldn’t trust him with a dollar of my own, certainly not $15 billion of taxpayer money.”

DeWit was referring to the fact that Forese, who has opened a campaign for state treasurer has become a political hot potato over allegations that more than $3 million in anonymous money was spent to elect him and fellow commissioner Doug Little to the commission. The Phoenix Business Journal reported on speculation that Pinnacle West Capital Corp, the parent company of ACC regulated utility Arizona Public Service Co., was the source of the “dark money” contributions to a PAC run by political operative Sean Noble.

Following a successful term, Republican Jeff DeWit should be easily confirmed for the NASA post. It would then be up to Gov. Doug Ducey to appoint a replacement from the same political party. DeWit’s successor would have to run in the next primary election. 

This is Arizona Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee speaking at the Republican National Convention:

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Reagan Forum featuring McCain abruptly cancelled

November 21, 2017

We posted Reagan Foundation’s big blunder this past Thursday. Apparently Seeing Red AZ wasn’t the only voice raised in opposition to the ill-advised scheduled appearance of John McCain — the antithesis to everything President Reagan stood for.

The promoters of the forum have now posted this cancellation notice, with no explanation:

“We regret to inform you that the Reagan Forum with Senator John McCain has been cancelled.  If you purchased tickets, your credit card will be refunded. Thank you for your understanding.” 

 

H/T to commenter azgo


Flying into McCain?

November 17, 2017

Mayor Stanton employs odd tactic to aid his next political pursuit — naming airport terminal after pilot who crashed 3 planes*

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has political aspirations that far exceed the job he’s held since 2012. Although he  filed to run for Secretary of State earlier this year, the liberal Democrat now has his eye on congress. With U. S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, a fellow leftist, abandoning the 9th Congressional District post to run for the U.S. Senate, Stanton has decided to try his luck for the open CD 9 seat in 2018.

His vote-getting scheme calculated to bring RINOs into the Democrat fold is the renaming of Terminal 3 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Stanton’s fawning words showcase Arizona’s Senior Senator’s (ASS) appeal to the left:

“Senator McCain has given so much of himself to our country, to Arizona and to Phoenix. Giving something back to an American hero, a former naval aviator and a 30-year member of the U.S. Senate is the least we can do,” Stanton announced Thursday.

Stanton also took to twitter where the majority of tweets were anti-McCain, until word went out to give him some accolades, which appear grouped together.

Councilman Jim Waring, who began his political career as an aide to ASS — with whom he still maintains a strong relationship — said:

“This is a fitting tribute to a man who personifies courage and perseverance.” Waring added, “Sky Harbor Airport is one of America’s busiest airports and is a point of pride for Phoenicians.  As such, there is no greater honor the city can bestow than to name one of its terminals after a community leader. Tens of millions of visitors and residents will see Senator McCain’s name and be reminded of his long service and personal sacrifice on behalf of Arizona and our country.” 

Perseverance? Does that include running for another six-year term at age 81? Being the dramatic ‘thumb’s down’ vote against replacing Obamacare? Digging in his heels after a brain cancer diagnosis in order to continue hammering President Trump — including passing a bogus dossier intending to implicate Trump to the FBI director? ASS is a bitter and vengeful man.

Waring’s apple-polishing foolishness requires approval of the Democrat majority City Council members who will consider the proposal Nov. 29. It will then be forwarded to ASS’s office for “full consideration.”  Bet on a quick ‘thumb’s up.’

Terminal 3  is in the midst of a nearly $600 million renovation, scheduled to be completed in 2020. 

* Read the LA Times report on McCain’s botched flying record resulting in three costly crashes.


Reagan Foundation’s big blunder

November 16, 2017

Who are the decision makers?

Receiving an invitation to the Reagan Foundation and Institute to hear a speech on “Returning to the principles and purposes of a great national political party,” would certainly strike the right chord with conservatives. The event includes dinner in the Air Force One Pavilion following the program. Tickets are reasonably priced at $75 for the Nov. 27th soirée.

So what’s the catch?

The guest of honor.

He’s someone Arizonans know well as a crude, hot-tempered, erratic, scheming, ethically challenged individual, who has made a career of colluding with liberals, worked to purge conservative elected precinct committeemen from the AZ Republican Party and relentlessly hammers President Donald Trump. What he knows about principles would fit in a thimble.

President Ronald Reagan was a man of integrity, good humor and grace. He possessed a spirit of optimism with which he infused the nation. When giving his Jan. 11, 1989 farewell address, he spoke of the Shining City On A Hill.” It was impossible not to feel the pride in our country that he so richly articulated.

In this Oct. 27, 1964 speech, A Time for Choosing,” prior to Reagan’s own political career, he spoke on behalf of Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign. It’s been viewed by nearly 2 million people.

This montage shows the good-humored Reagan at his best. What a contrast to the Nov. 27th guest!


Phx Veterans Day Parade today, Sat. Nov.11, 11:00 (route included)

November 11, 2017

The Phoenix Veterans Day Parade, celebrating its 21st year, will be presented by “Honoring Arizona’s Veterans” today, Saturday, November 11th, 2017 at 11AM.

The parade route begins at Montebello and Central heading South. It then turns East on Camelback Road, and heads South on 7th Street, concluding at Indian School Road.

Today’s parade will feature 2500 participants with floats, bands and marching units. An estimated 45,000 spectators will be on hand along Parade route. Featured will be eight Veteran Grand Marshals, representing each era of military service from World War II to present day

“M*A*S*H” TV Star Loretta Swit will serve as Celebrity Grand Marshal.

More information is available here.


Establishment candidate Jeff Flake folds senate tent

October 24, 2017

There is nothing noble about this out of touch RINO leaving the senate. He takes his leave by continuing to bash Republican Pres. Donald Trump

The Arizona Republic calls Jeff Flake’s decision not to run for reelection to the U/S. Senate “a bombshell.” We call it prudent.  As we have repeatedly written in a sidebar topic titled, Jeff the Flake, Jeff Flake is disconnected to Arizona conservatives, winning the senate by only 3 percentage points in 2012. Open borders supporting Flake has been losing to conservative Dr. Kelli Ward in poll after poll.

The question is, where does the squish elite of the AZ GOP throw its support? Conservatives will support Ward. The RINO hacks in charge of the party apparatus, will blame her for Flake’s decision and likely look elsewhere — conceivably handing a victory to radical chameleon CD 9 U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.  A first term member of congress, she recently announced for the U.S. Senate. This soft campaign ad about a young military vet who committed suicide, shows her ability to facilely switch positions.

McCain clone Flake told the newspaper, “Here’s the bottom line — The path that I would have to travel to get the Republican nomination is a path I’m not willing to take, and that I can’t in good conscience take. It would require me to believe in positions I don’t hold on such issues as trade and immigration and it would require me to condone behavior that I cannot condone.”

Jeff Flake was not averse tocompromising his positionsin 2011, when facing Arizona voters, he backtracked on his amnesty bent, terrifying the open border newspaper — but only until the ballots were counted.

This is how Breitbart News characterized the Flake exit.

Last month, Jeff the Flake was continuing to raise money while already having nearly $3 and a half million in his campaign coffers. Where will that cash go?


America First “unpatriotic, half-baked nationalism,” says McCain

October 17, 2017

Ailing award recipient can’t resist taking potshots at President Trump

The National Constitution Center reports Arizona’s Senior Senator (ASS) was awarded its Liberty Medal on Monday. Barack Obama’s former Vice President Joe Biden presented the award to his “longtime friend” McCain. The medal, awarded annually since 2006, is “given to men and women of courage and conviction who have strived to secure the blessings of liberty to people the world over.”

That description would certainly fit the contemptible and jealous ASS. He even deprecates and works to purge conservative elected Republicans from the party under whose banner he has chosen run.

During the ceremony McCain, who is suffering from an aggressive form of brain cancer, stated:

“To fear the world we’ve organized and led for 3/4s of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain the last, best hope of earth, for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism, cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”

This is classic McCain, using any occasion, even one intended to honor him, to underhandedly jab President Donald Trump — who won the presidency that will forever elude 81-year-old ASS — with the slogan “Make America Great Again.”

On its website the Center states that seven recipients of the medal have subsequently won the Nobel Peace Prize. Proving the Peace Prize is purely political, within months of being elected Barack Obama was a questionable recipient, having accomplished nothing of significance other than being the first black American president. He joined Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat, who won the Peace Prize in 1994. Arafat was better known for orchestrating the PLO bombing of Israeli school buses, instituting an ongoing reign of terror and colluding in directing the brutal massacres of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany.

In 2015, Geir Lundestad the former Nobel Secretary related that he regretted Obama’s award, which he said raised questions, even among Obama’s supporters. ASS was an Obama supporter even as he was the Republican nominee challenging Obama.