GOP lures AZ Navajos: Dems take state senate hit

November 24, 2015

The newest Republican on the Arizona political scene is state Senator Carlyle Begay, (LD7)  a Democrat who officially switched affiliations and joined the GOP Monday. Begay, a Navajo from Ganado represents a rural district which encompasses Navajo and Hopi reservations. Gov. Doug Ducey welcomed Sen. Begay with this statement.

In announcing his decision, Begay released this powerful explanatory video, “Change Must Happen Now,” in which he states the Republican Party is the party of progress and opportunity. Troubled by the failing education system, high dropout rates, crumbling infrastructure and staggeringly high unemployment rates in Arizona’s tribal communities, Begay says he’s found it is the Republican Party which has been willing to work with him to address these issues of concern.

Shawn Redd, a Republican businessman, is running for  the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona’s massive First Congressional District. Redd is also a member of the Navajo Nation making him somewhat of an anomaly in his community, where tribal members lean Democrat. 

Other announced GOP CD1 candidates include Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, AZ House Speaker David Gowan, and rancher/businessman Gary Kiehne. 

Unlike on-again, off-again Democrat U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick — elected in 2008, losing in 2010 and reelected in 2012 — now stepping down from the House seat to run for the senate, Shawn Redd doesn’t have to learn to speak the Navajo language. He describes himself as both a conservative traditionalist and a realist who examines the issues and keeps an open mind when developing workable solutions. Shawn Redd’s website can be viewed here.

Austin Hill: RIP

November 16, 2015

Former Valley KFYI talk show host, Austin Hill has died suddenly in Boise, Idaho the local KTVB-7 reports.

To say that life is fragile is an understatement. Austin Hill appeared on a Post Debate Special with J.D. Hayworth this past Tuesday Night on Newsmax TV.

Though the multi-talented Hill was a nationally syndicated conservative talk radio host, many Arizona listeners will recall him as a co-host of the popular ‘Liddy & Hill Show’ broadcast on KFYI 550-AM radio in Phoenix 2003 – 2005 where he shared the mic with Tom Liddy.

Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

Dole endorses Jeb! Establishment keeps on truckin’

November 12, 2015

There’s a strong sense of irony as Bob Dole — who lost as the 1996 Republican presidential candidate — now endorses single-digit Jeb Bush, who will not secure the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

Former U.S.Sen. Dole, a severely wounded World War II vet, used Veterans Day to announce he had joined Jeb Bush’s campaign as its National Veterans’ Chairman. Jeb Bush never served in the military. 

“I will do all I can to be helpful to Jeb’s campaign,” Dole, now 93, pledged. His proven leadership skills “will fix the country.”

“I think he’s the most qualified, and we need somebody with experience and there are a lot of good candidates — I like nearly all of them,” Dole said of Jeb Bush and the rest of the field. He then added, “Except Cruz.”

Last year, at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference, Ted Cruz offended Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney, all members of the GOP establishment, when he challenged their moderate political postures that didn’t resonate with conservative voters.

“All of us remember President Dole, and President McCain and President Romney,” Cruz told the CPAC crowd. “Those are good men, they’re all decent men but when you don’t stand and draw a clear distinction, when you don’t stand for principle, Democrats celebrate.”

At the time, Cruz noted the “heroic” military service of Sens. Dole and McCain, which he said he greatly respected, but made clear he would not hesitate to talk about substantive matters of conservative principle that are important to bringing Republicans to victory — even if others may disagree.

That fragrant scent is ripe truth.

4th GOP debate tonight: Main event 7 PM (AZ time)

November 10, 2015

Undercard event begins at 5 pm (AZ time)

The prime-time debate which will last two hours begins tonight at 7:00 pm AZ Time, (9 pm ET) and includes candidates who earned 2.5 percent or higher in the four most recent national polls conducted through Nov. 4.

This top-tier event features Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich and Rand Paul. Moderators are Fox Business Managing Editor Neil Cavuto and Global Markets editor Maria Bartiromo, along with Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker.

To qualify for the single hour second-rung debate, the bar is low. Candidates need only score at least 1 percent in the polls. This event will start at 5:00 pm AZ time, (7 pm ET). Relegated to second stage this time around are Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie. They will appear with Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum.

This event will be hosted by Fox Business’ Sandra Smith and Trish Regan and Wall Street Journal Washington bureau chief Gerald Seib.

Neither Lindsey Graham nor George Pataki qualified for the debate stage, having failed to meet the 1 percent minimum requirement.

Both debates promise to focus on jobs, taxes and the economy, as well as domestic and international policy issues. They will be broadcast from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Locate Fox Business Channel here. Cox Channel 68 and Radio KFYI 550-AM will also be among outlets carrying the debates.

2015 Phoenix Veterans Day Parade

November 9, 2015


 Date: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

Time: 11:00 a.m.

This year’s theme: “No Longer Forgotten, Remembering Korean War Veterans.”

Presented by Honoring Arizona’s Veterans this family friendly event is an impressive tribute to our true heroes — our Veterans. Included are numerous floats, marching bands, color guards, equestrian units, military flyovers, large helium balloons, Veterans Service Organizations and ROTC entries. A 30×60 foot American flag will be carried along the route.

The Phoenix Veterans Day Parade Committee is an all-volunteer, non-profit group of dedicated Veterans, Military, and community leaders who support the mission to ensure our Veterans are recognized on their special day through this parade. Ongoing since 1997, this parade features 45,000 attendees, 100 parade entries, and seven announcers’ booths along the route for attendees to learn more about our Veterans.

The parade route begins at North Phoenix Baptist Church (5757 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012). Starting on Montebello Ave, it will continue South on Central and turn East onto Camelback Road. The parade then turns South on 7th St. It will conclude at Indian School Rd — a distance of 2.4 miles.

Take time to read the inspiring bios of the 2015 Grand Marshals.

McCain and McSally: Tied at the McHip

November 8, 2015

“We report, you decide”

Within short order of each other these nearly identically worded  press releases went out from the offices of Sen. John McCain and U.S. Rep. Martha McSally:

Received Friday, November 6, 2015, 11:30 AM:

U.S. Rep. McSally Statement on Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline

TUCSON — U.S. Representative Martha McSally today issued the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline:

“It’s disappointing, but not surprising, to see the President reject what would be a plus for American workers and our economy. The President’s own State Department reported the Keystone Pipeline would add over 40,000 jobs and $3.4 billion to our economy, while having no significant climate effect. The President is not just turning down a good jobs project; he’s again throwing his political agenda ahead of doing what’s best for our country-as he did recently with our national defense authorization bill-and it’s everyday Americans who continue to suffer.”

Received Friday, November 6, 2015, 10:09 AM:


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on President Obama’s rejection of the proposal to construct the Keystone XL pipeline:

“It is extremely disappointing but not surprising to see President Obama favor his liberal environmentalist allies over jobs for hardworking Americans by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline. This pipeline would have immediately put Americans to work, enabled our nation to increase its domestic energy supply, and invested billions into an economy that is still recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression. President Obama’s latest decision underscores the vital need to elect a Republican to the White House who will roll-back this Administration’s extreme regulatory agenda and move the Keystone XL pipeline forward.”

MC School bond and override election results

November 3, 2015

The Nov. 2, 2015 election results for the bonds and overrides being sought by the Maricopa County school districts will be available after 8:00 pm.

CLICK HERE for the continually updated vote tabulation, provided by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office. Mail-in ballots that were hand-carried to polling places today will not be included in this count.

Nearly thirty school districts across the Valley are asking taxpayers to once again approve school bonds and overrides.

We recently wrote this post, “But, but….it’s for the children,” regarding the never ending tax increases. The rest of us have to live within our means, but somehow schools remain exempt.

The state legislature just passed a bill that puts $3.5 billion into education to significantly impact Arizona schools — without raising taxes, while maintaining a balanced budget. This is being accomplished by utilizing the State Land Trust and drawing what Gov. Doug Ducey refers to as “a modest amount as a shrewd investment in our kids.”

Stay tuned.



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