Gov. Ducey endorses his first boss’s husband

July 16, 2016

Gov. Doug Ducey has endorsed eighty-year-old John McCain, who is running for his sixth six-year U.S. Senate term. If the very senior, left-leaning “maverick” is reelected and serves out the term, he’ll be staring 90 in the eye. 

Can’t we do better than this, governor? (video) 

Arizona’s governor was still a teenager living in Ohio when McCain first ran for congress in what was then Congressional District One in the East Valley.

Could it be that Ducey is repaying this lukewarm endorsement McCain gave him on Primary Election night 2014 as McCain claimed Democrat “Fred DuVal will be a very formidable candidate”? In fact DuVal trailed in all fifteen Arizona counties.

But the larger point is Ducey owes his former boss Cindy Hensley McCain. Although Ducey back-burners it, after moving to Arizona in the 1980’s to attend Arizona State University he worked for Cindy’s Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship during his college years. 

Worthy of note is the fact that McCain rolled out the Ducey endorsement after Luis Gonzalez’. McCain is obviously going for the sports minded voter rather than the politically knowledgeable. He’s all too aware that those who are paying attention will be voting for proven conservative, Dr. Kelli Ward in the Republican Primary.


“Day of Rage” planned to disrupt 37 US cities, Fri. July 15

July 13, 2016

Phoenix’ Camelback/Biltmore area targeted at rush hour by faux Rev. Maupin

Reports of anti-police rallies scheduled in 37 U.S. cities for this Friday, July 15, are gaining traction. The internet is rife with information as the term “Day of Rage” is used interchangeably with  “National Call to Action”  —  against the fallacy of institutionalized police brutality. There are also denials of such coordinated chaos even taking place.

The local newspaper, giving too much credit to the practiced agitator and swindler Jarrett Maupin, repeatedly refers to him as “Reverend,” though he has neither a church nor congregation. The arrogant, onetime Al Sharpton protégé, now overweight and sporting a shaved head, is issuing a lengthy list of proposed “reforms” he developed, with the intent of pressuring the Phoenix Police Department to submit to his demands. Police Chief Joe Yahner should inform blatant racist Maupin that the department’s shipment of Charmin hasn’t arrived, so the list will be put to good use.

Self-proclaimed “civil rights leader” — otherwise jobless — Maupin told the newspaper, which foolishly hangs on his every word, the Black Lives Matters protest he is leading would close down the intersection of 24th St. and Camelback Rd. in Phoenix on Friday, refusing to give a specific time in order to retain “the element of surprise.” We hear the unemployed thespian who relishes the attention being given him, intends to close down the heavily trafficked Biltmore area during afternoon drive time.

The 37 cities on the list to be hit by race-baiters are:

  1. Phoenix, AZ
  2. Tucson, AZ
  3. Little Rock, AR
  4. San Francisco, CA
  5. Oakland, CA
  6. Los Angeles, CA
  7. Denver, CO
  8. Washington DC:
  9. Atlanta, GA
  10. Tampa, FL
  11. Orlando, FL
  12. Miami, FL
  13. Chicago, IL
  14. Des Moines, IA
  15. New Orleans, LA
  16. Baltimore, MD
  17. Boston, MA
  18. Detroit, MI
  19. Lansing, MI
  20.   Ann Arbor, MI
  21. Minneapolis, MN
  22. St. Louis, MO
  23. Carson City, NV
  24. NYC
  25. Newark, NJ
  26. Durham, NC
  27. Columbus, OH
  28. Cleveland, OH
  29. Portland, OR
  30. Philadelphia, PA
  31. Pittsburgh, PA
  32. Nashville, TN
  33. Memphis, TN
  34. Austin, TX
  35. Salt Lake City, UT
  36. Seattle, WA
  37. Milwaukee, WI

Americans for Prosperity: 2016 AZ Legislative “Heroes” MIA

June 25, 2016

Legislative Scorecard awards no “Hero of the Taxpayer” designation in latest report

On its website, the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity writes that it works to improve the well-being of Arizona citizens by passing legislative policy reforms that expand economic freedom. The 2016 Legislative Scorecard is the 33rd annual scorecard put out by AFP-Arizona and the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers. The Scorecard assigns weights to bills according to their projected dollar impact to Arizona taxpayers, consumers, and producers ($1 million equals one point). The Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget was scored according to how many millions of dollars the Legislature and Governor voted to spend above $9.4 billion — including supplemental spending increases to the FY 2015-2016 budget. Legislators are penalized on the Scorecard if key bills do not come to floor votes, but the Scorecard does allows for substitute bills that have similar policy impacts. The weighting of bills is adjusted for a probability factor and for a long-term policy value factor. AFP-Arizona traditionally assigns a triple weight to tax bills, using the Joint Legislative Budget Committee’s three-year Fiscal Notes when available.

All House and Senate members are listed and scored using these designations:

90-100% = Hero of the Taxpayer

70-79% = Friend of the Taxpayer

30-49% = Friend of Big Government

10-29% = Champion of Big Government

80-89% = Champion of the Taxpayer

60-69% = Not Bad

50-59% = Needs Improvement

0-9% = Hero of Big Government

There’s a lot to see here. The Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity Legislative Scorecard makes for interesting reading and provides a guide for tracking your legislators prior to marking your ballot. The site includes a brief description of each House and Senate bill as well as State Legislative Objectives for the 2016 Session. The Top Bills of the Session are also included.


Trump in Phoenix: Hotter than 117° temperature

June 19, 2016

Thousands of Donald Trump supporters braved Phoenix’ scorching midday temperatures as they waited outside the Veterans Memorial Coliseum for a chance to hear the Republican presidential candidate on Saturday. He began by addressing the Orlando massacre, making the point that it was about terrorism, not guns. Unlike Hillary, Donald Trump respects the Constitutionally protected Second Amendment.

There was a thunderous roar when he reiterated his promise to build a wall along our southern border. Trump made it clear that he welcomes legal immigration, but draws the line at allowing illegals to enter the U.S. or gifting them with amnesty.  Appearing with Trump were longtime supporter Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, state Treasurer Jeff DeWit — Trump’s Arizona campaign chairman — and former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who enthusiastically gave her support to the GOP candidate, noting he “will protect Second Amendment rights.”

McCain challenger Dr. Kelli Ward was on hand, though the two Arizona senators kept their distance — once again. The always inappropriately grinning Jeff Flake has stated he’s “under no obligation to support Donald Trump, presumably opting for Hillary Clinton or hoping for a brokered convention that will permanently disable the Republican Party, throwing the convention into chaos. John McCain‘s polling numbers have continued to sink, as Dr. Ward mounts an effective challenge to the 80-year-old senator running for yet another 6-year term.  This PPP poll illustrates McCain’s disconnect with Arizona Republican voters.  Who can forget his duplicity in 2012 as he strolled the border with Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, promising to “Complete the danged fence?” Immediately after the ballots were counted, McCain did an about-face as he and Jeff Flake, teamed up with the most liberal band of Democrats as they initiated and tried to push through the Gang of Eight amnesty scheme.

Trump’s declaration, “I think we’re going to win!” was met with cheers from the appreciative crowd.

Watch this short video as Dick Morris explains how $16 billion a year is paid out to those in our country illegally through just two programs: The ‘Earned Income Tax Credit,’ with average monthly payments of $3,000 — and the ‘Additional Child Tax Credit,’ which digs into American taxpayer’s pockets for a bonus of $1800 a month per illegal household.

In addition to addressing the crime and flow of drugs into the U.S. is it any wonder Donald Trump’s pledge to build a wall along our southern border resonates with so many Americans?

 


Border schizophrenia? BP Union opts for fence and amnesty

June 2, 2016

Arizonans are in the front line fight against illegals who swarm over, under and through the state’s porous southern border. Those other than Mexican are known as OTMs. Many come from nations designated by the U.S. State Department as sponsors of terrorism. The Blaze provides the details. In May 2011, SRAZ posted Hezbollah on our doorstep: Radical Muslims in border towns, which includes a shocking ABC News 10 (San Diego) video.

Juxtapose that information with the recent PPP poll of Arizona voters which clearly illustrates John McCain is in “deep trouble” with Republican primary voters. His bottom dragging approval ratings place him at serious risk of losing the nomination. At 80, the man who has made a career of colluding with Democrats is arrogantly running for yet another 6-year term.

Most recently John McCain and Jeff Flake led the Gang of Eight, rife with leftists and RINOs in another failed attempt to promote amnesty for those who enter the U.S. illegally. Previously Jon Kyl was McCain’s partner in the effort.

John McCain has been a consistent supporter of amnesty for illegals, going back to 2005 and his days of colluding with liberal icon Ted Kennedy on what was euphemistically referred to as “comprehensive immigration reform.” McCain has vowed to name such legislation in honor of Kennedy.

NumbersUSA provides this record and analysis of all of Sen. McCain’s illegal immigration related congressional votes, co-sponsorships and other actions during his career in Congress. 

On March 30, the National Border Patrol Council endorsed Donald Trump for President, breaking its longstanding practice of not endorsing presidential candidates in the primaries. Trump  has been steadfast in his stated intention to build a border wall.

Now try to square these facts in conjunction with this bizarre endorsement of McCain issued by Brandon Judd, President of the National Border Patrol union: 

“Senator McCain understands the challenges we face out in the field. He routinely meets with agents, and takes their concerns to Washington and gets things done. In the past session alone, Senator McCain stabilized wages, forced the GAO to review the poor sanitation and working conditions attributed to our bases of operation, and secured critical technology like towers and drones to provide better intelligence to agents in the field. We are proud to support John McCain.”

Really?


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.


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