AZ joins states fighting Obama bathroom directives

May 26, 2016

Obama’s transgender bathroom mandate meets with resistance

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas have announced that they have joined ten other states in a federal lawsuit to challenge Barack Obama’s mandate requiring all public K-12 schools to open up boys’ and girls’ locker rooms and restrooms to students of the opposite sex, based on student perceptions of their “gender identity.”

Since the President has threatened to deny federal funding to all schools that object to this outrageous decree,  Arizona has joined Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, Maine, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Georgia, West Virginia and Wisconsin in a lawsuit filed in the United States Court for the Northern District of Texas. The lawsuit is focused on who should set these sensitive policies —- the federal government via executive order or states and local school districts. The challenge seeks declaratory relief against a number of federal agencies in order to block the implementation of the administration’s unconstitutional interpretation of the law. The Heber-Overgaard Unified School District has also joined the state’s lawsuit as a plaintiff.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas in response the Obama administration’s issuance of a broad directive advising every public school district in the country they must allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity rather than their biological sex.

The implicit threat is that schools that do not abide by the Obama administration’s interpretation of the law could face lawsuits or a loss of federal aid.

Read the formal filing of the complaint which states in part these truths regarding the overt attempts at social engineering by the radically left-wing lame duck president:

“Defendants have conspired to turn workplaces and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights. Defendants’ rewriting of Title VII and Title IX is wholly incompatible with Congressional text. Absent action in Congress, the States, or local communities, Defendants cannot foist these radical changes on the nation.”


Ducey expands AZ Supreme Court in costly move

May 19, 2016

With the issuance of this letter, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey formally announces his signing of House Bill 2537, which expands the state Supreme Court from five justices to seven. Ducey assures that this action is not “court packing” and goes to great lengths to disabuse any notion that this action is a judicial power grab. He says implementation of the $1 million + plan is necessary to ensure “swift justice,” although Chief Justice Scott Bales contends the additional judges are not needed and expansion “is not warranted when other court-related needs are under funded.” Earlier this month Bales asked the governor to veto the legislation.

“Arizonans deserve swift justice from the judicial branch,” Ducey’s letter states. “Adding more voices will ensure that the court can increase efficiency, hear more cases and issue more opinions.”

In January, Ducey appointed Clint Bolick, a registered Independent and Goldwater Institute lawyer, to the high court.

Judicial appointments are among a governor’s most significant decisions, since jurists long tenures far exceed the term(s) of the appointing governor. Judge’s decisions impact issues ranging from the death penalty to issues of constitutionality. All death penalty cases are automatically reviewed by the Supreme Court. 

In the letter explaining his signing Wednesday morning, Ducey said the additional justices will put Arizona on par with states that have similar or smaller populations yet more Supreme Court justices. 

Ducey’s letter explained,  “Adding more voices will ensure that the court can increase efficiency, hear more cases and issue more opinions.”

Rep. J.D. Mesnard, (R-LD 17) who sponsored the bill is quoted as saying the expansion will result in a “greater opportunity for diversity on the court,…including diversity of opinion.”

The list from which Ducey selected currently registered Independent Clint Bolick to the Supreme Court, had just the man to ably meet those requirements. Maurice Portley, a former Maricopa County Superior Court judge was appointed to Div. I of the Court of Appeals in 2003. Well respected, Judge Portley has a wealth of experience on the bench and is black. If Ducey was looking for diversity, Judge Portly would have been the obvious choice,  If Ducey was seeking experience, selecting Portley would have provided that quality and then some. Several of the other applicants had similar judicial experience. which Ducey’s ultimate selection lacked — though he is politically connected.  If that constitutes the diversity the governor touts, we’ve set sail in needlessly choppy waters.


Spoiler Kasich out of 2016 Prez race: Does anyone care?

May 4, 2016

The New York Times reports that John Kasich, who never let us forget he was the son of a mailman, has decided to suspend what he called a presidential campaign. Though he carried only his home state of Ohio, the man who put a face to the acronym RINO, was angling for a contested GOP convention — which would blow a hole the size of a battleship through the Republican Party, relegating it to permanent obscurity.

Good riddance John.


“Boycott Target” gaining steam

April 26, 2016

Target’s radical activism turns bathrooms, dressing rooms into “gender-neutral” predator havens

The American Family Association is calling for a boycott of Target stores after the retail giant announced it would allow men to use the women’s restrooms and dressing rooms in their stores.

Last August, Seeing Red AZ wrote Target veers far off target, noting the corporate decision to  no longer label toys according to the sex of the child they are aimed at. Gender-neutral signs will also appear in the children’s bedding section. The only place gender labels will still remain is in the children’s clothing department — and who knows how much longer that will continue?

Arizona Target stores are listed here. When the neighborhood go-to store pays more attention to 1 percent of their shoppers over 99 percent, it’s time to reevaluate your priorities, and take your money elsewhere.

Sign the boycott pledge here and scroll down to read the posted examples of what Target’s policy can lead to. Call Target Guest Relations at 1-800-440-0680 and let them know you‘ve signed the pledge — and why.


Joyous Easter wishes

March 27, 2016

We send our sincere best wishes for a joyful Easter…

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Your friends at Seeing Red AZ


Cruz and Trump schedule appearances in AZ

March 18, 2016

Front-running Republican candidates for president are headed to Arizona, just days before Tuesday’s March 22 primary election.

Sen. Ted Cruz will be onstage this evening, Friday, March 18, 2016 at Arizona Christian University. He will be joined by supporters, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, conservative political commentator Glenn Beck and former 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.

The university is located at 2625 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032  Doors open at 6 pm with the event scheduled to begin at 7 pm. Order free tickets on Eventbrite.

Donald Trump will rally supporters at two events on Saturday. Trump will appear in Fountain Hills at 11 am at Fountain Park, 12925 N Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268. Seating will begin at 8 am, Saturday morning.  Free tickets are available at Eventbrite

The  2  pm campaign stop in Tucson Saturday afternoon will be at the Tucson Convention Center. No further information is currently available.

Preceding the Fountain Hills event, Trump will tape a televised segment with Fox News host Sean Hannity at the South Ballroom of the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004. The public is welcome. Doors will open at 6 a.m. and the taping will begin at 9 a.m. Free tickets are available here.

The most recent polling on the presidential hopefuls can be seen here.


Former MC Chair AJ LaFaro’s resolution demands Robert Graham resign

March 15, 2016

Resolution for AZGOP State Convention scheduled for April 30, 2016

Immediate past Maricopa County Republican Chairman A. J. LaFaro writes: In accordance with the Continuing Bylaws of the Arizona Republican Party Article VI Section F. Resolutions, I am submitting the attached resolution entitled, “AZGOP State Convention Delegates’ Resolution Demanding Chairman Robert Graham Resign.”

The resolution is 248 words and is being submitted at least 45 days before the Arizona Republican Party’s (AZGOP) 2016 State Convention being held on April 30, 2016.  I expect the resolution be immediately forwarded to the Resolutions Committee Chairman and Committee Members with an e-mail acknowledgement of receipt being sent to me at aj_ml@hotmail.com

I also expect the submitted resolution be sent to each delegate and alternate with the call of the state convention in accordance with the Continuing Bylaws of the Arizona Republican Party Article VI Section F(2) Procedures.

Given Robert Graham’s and the AZGOP’s repeated track record of deceit and obstructionism, I have blind copied several Republican leaders here in Arizona and at the RNC as “witnesses” in hopes this resolution isn’t sabotaged like resolutions were in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

I also encourage those individuals to volunteer to be the Chairman and Committee Members of the Resolutions Committee so the chicanery Robert Graham and Chad Heywood pulled in 2014 and 2015 doesn’t happen again. And let’s not forget the serious ethics violations and chicanery perpetrated by Al Gage, Robert Graham and the AZGOP at the Arizona Republican Party’s (AZGOP) Annual Meeting that was held on January 23, 2016.

Please note that Al Gage, Robert Graham and the AZGOP are currently under investigation for serious ethics violations of Robert’s Rules of Order and the AZGOP Bylaws based on an extensive complaint that was filed with the appropriate authorities
shortly after the January 23, 2016, meeting.

A. J. LaFaro
LD18 Precinct and State Committeeman

AZGOP State Convention Delegates’ Resolution  Demanding Chairman Robert Graham Resign

We, the 2016 State Convention Delegates of the Arizona Republican Party (AZGOP) are obligated to hold all of our leaders accountable for their actions.  Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both in as much Robert Graham is by far one of the worst Party Chairman the AZGOP has ever endured.  So with conviction we rise and declare:

WHEREAS, Chairman Robert Graham

has continued to violate the Arizona Revised Statutes, the Bylaws of the Arizona Republican Party, the bylaws of several of the County and Legislative District Republican Committees, and the latest Edition of Robert’s Rules of Order; and 

has repeatedly disregarded and disrespected the will of an overwhelming majority of the AZGOP State and Precinct Committeemen; and

has conducted dictatorial actions that have been calculated and an insidious conspiracy – including but not limited to the AZGOP 2016 State Convention – for his personal benefit, the benefit of his cronies and the Republican establishment cabal. 

BE IT RESOLVED that Robert Graham’s constant intimidation, bullying, overreach and unilateral policies will no longer be tolerated;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the AZGOP State Convention Delegates censure Robert Graham for his continued disservice to our Party, State and Nation;

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED the AZGOP State Convention Delegates have lost confidence in Robert Graham, will no longer support him or his actions and demand his immediate resignation.


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