Why is a leftist billionaire targeting Arizona?

February 17, 2018

The troubling answer is inept AZ GOP leadership

It’s campaign season and fundraising is an integral part of the equation. It takes money for candidates to get their messages to the voters. We get that.

What is perplexing is the latest missive from AZ GOP chairman Jonathan Lines. You know the one we mean. It’s the AZ GOP Daily Update! The salutation of which he inexplicably opens with an ill-placed exclamation point and then goes on to declare it, “The Only Official Newsletter of the Arizona Republican Party!” (There’s that pesky misplaced exclamation point again.) Wonder who he’s taking pot-shots at? Could be the actual daily, fact-filled Maricopa County GOP  newsletter most conservative precinct committeemen read, that includes otherwise not seen insider information including calendared meetings and events?

Lines obliviously asks, “Have you seen the news about California billionaire Tom Steyer? (He inventively spells the guy’s name two different ways in the same “official” newsletter.) “Steyer has decided that ARIZONA is the perfect target for his out-of-touch liberal agenda.”

“He’s already pumping money into a left-wing ballot initative (Oops. Another misspelling.) focused on solar energy that would devastate rural Arizona and send the cost of electricity SKYROCKING. An ASU professor has even called it “folly” and “totally divorced from physics reality,” Lines writes.

“Styer has also promised to spend $30 million to elect Democrats in states he thinks liberals can win, including Arizona.” “We can’t let this happen. It’s our grassroots supporters that make a difference,” Lines somberly intones.

No right thinking Republican disagrees with that.  But the elephant-in-the-room unasked question is, “What has suddenly made Arizona vulnerable to such an incursion?”

The  incomprehensible answer is Arizona Republican leadership that remained mute in the face of Arizona’s two Obama colluding U.S. Senators — John McCain and Jeff Flake — repeatedly denigrating Donald Trump, who was victorious over 16 other Republican Primary candidates, sweeping the entire United States with his “Make America Great Again” message and talking about securing and protecting our national border? Did Lines or Robert Graham before him, ever attempt to rein them in? The answer is a resounding “NO!” The Flakey McMachine has hastened the susceptibility to such an attempted coup with their own vicious attacks, sanctimonious declarations of never voting for Trump, and  denouncing him from the senate floor. McCain even hand carried the Hillary-generated and now discredited so-called “dossier’ intended to discredit President Trump, to the FBI director.

Rather than sounding the alarm about Steyer (or is it Styer?) long after the fact, Jonathan Lines should have reined in Arizona’s substandard Republicrats, emulating RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel as she took Jeff Flake to the political woodshed. Leadership is shown by comporting one’s self as a leader when the need arises, not by cowering and whining after the fact.

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AZ legislators deserve a pay increase after 20 years

January 25, 2018

Several states have tied legislative salaries to median household income, allowing for automatic, gradual increases

Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts blandly describes herself as “a wife and mother…who loves all things Arizona….” What she neglects to mention is her contempt for Arizona’s state legislators who are among the lowest paid in the nation. She writes three columns a week and presumably gets paid for a full week‘s work. Legislators work full time during the session and serve constituents throughout the year. They also have to be ready to be called back into special session at the whim of the governor. They have not had a pay increase since 1998. It’s a good bet Roberts has.

Roberts, who thinks $24,000 a year is adequate compensation for those we elect and entrust with writing Arizona’s laws, is now hammering state Rep. Bob Thorpe (R-LD 6) for sponsoring two salary related bills — bringing them into the realm of reality in a state where increases of their paltry wages have been denied by voters for the last twenty years. Thorpe realistically proposes to tie future raises to the salaries of supervisors from counties of 500,000+ residents.

Rep. Thorpe also hopes to tie per diem to  the federal reimbursement rate –– raising the daily expense rate for out of Maricopa County legislators from $60 a day to $130. Those who are elected within Maricopa County would see a modest $7 increase per diem

Although today’s rampant political correctness constrains Laurie Roberts from referring to state lawmakers as “90 dwarfs” as former Arizona Republic columnist David Leibowitz frequently did, Roberts disparages the Flagstaff representative as “The Thorpedo,” for running the two bills: HCR 2016 and HB 2275.

Low pay restricts who can realistically serve  in the legislature, since a family could not subsist on $24,000. Few employers can or will allow citizen legislators to take months off work every year and travel to the state capital, which is why retirees, housewives or those with ample financial resources dominate the chambers. Juxtaposed against the rate of inflation, the current salary has decreased.

In Feb. 2013, we wrote AZ legislature: It’s not a part-time job. Responding to the demands of the job has become increasingly complex. Arizona is a large state with diverse issues.

The Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, covering first responders, correctional officers and elected officials has expanded its use of outside consultants by hiring a media relations and crisis communications contractor. And what a surprise to read that legislative basher David Leibowitz was awarded the lucrative $72,000 contact. How often will the word “dwarf” slip out of his mouth now that this state retirement system is paying him? We’re betting it’s been excised from his venomous vocabulary.

Laurie Roberts’ own employer ran this 2017 news report citing a national study finding the state’s retirement system ranks as one of the worst performing in the country, but pays the highest management fees. Perhaps that’s where she should direct her misplaced wrath.


Amnesty advocate Kate Gallego wants to be Phoenix mayor

January 19, 2018

No straight answers to simple question: *What’s the ideal number we should give citizenship to?”

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson asks a simple question of unprepared liberal extremist Phoenix mayoral candidate Kate Gallego and repeatedly gets a scripted talking point extolling “immigrants” that doesn’t answer his question as a response.

Her mindset is not surprising since she’s hired illegal aliens as staffers in her District 8 City Council office, brought on-board through Barack Obama‘s self-admitted unlawful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program.

That’s the  flawed  program pushed by Democrats and Republicrats such as Arizona’s two disastrous U.S. Senators requiring the United States to accept unverifiable claims of illegals under age 36, that they were brought here as young children by their illegally invading parents. The end game for their fraud is being rewarded with amnesty that morphs into citizenship. In other words, a program that removes consequences for  their deceit and serves only to encourage more unskilled and often illiterate illegals to flood into our homeland ultimately swelling the ranks of the Democrat Party.

What’s not to like?

Kate Gallego is a first-term member of the Phoenix City Council, not even prepared to speak without a script, but she wants to be the mayor of the nation’s sixth largest city.

According to a newly released study by John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center, in Arizona, illegals of all ages are 142 percent more likely to be convicted of a crime than other residents, but that figure soars to 250 percent among the 18-35 age cohort, those most likely to fall within the DACA parameters.

Will Racke, writing for the Daily Caller, provides the complete story, including a link to Lott’s study.


Disproportionate number of non-citizens far more likely to commit crime

December 22, 2017

Criminality becomes routine when the first act of entering the USA is illegal, though Arizona Republic reaches far different conclusion

On Thursday, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security released data on incarcerated aliens. The appalling statistics reveal that 94% of all confirmed aliens in DOJ custody are here illegally. Read the facts contained in the shocking DOJ news release. Second and Third Quarter FY 2017 reports can be accessed at the bottom of the news release page.

President Trump’s Executive Order on Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to collect relevant data and provide quarterly reports on data collection efforts. The newly released Alien Incarceration Report Fiscal Year 2017, Quarter 4 can be read here, The stats clearly illustrate we are importing an unskilled, uneducated criminal class, including murderers, those engaged in drug trafficking and fraud.

Barack Obama didn’t see the relevancy in such reports. After all, these are “just good people coming to do the work Americans refuse to do.” It’s a certainty providing such information to American citizens wouldn’t have topped Hillary Clinton’s list either.  Pres. Trump has authorized their collection and public reporting.

Out of the 185,507 inmates in Bureau of Prisons (BOP) custody, 39,455 (21 percent) were reported by BOP as foreign-born. 

The United States Marshals Service identified 19,311 aliens and foreign-born inmates under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation detained at USMS facilities.

You won’t find any of the statistics linked in these reports in the Arizona Republic newspaper. In fact this morning’s Page One, above-the-fold headline cites a poll that concludes, “Two-thirds of all Arizonans now oppose border barrier.”

“The big takeaway is that Arizona seems to be moving away from the national conversation on the border wall. And that’s very interesting as a border state,” said Erik Lee, executive director of the North American Research Partnership. “In many ways, this is a return to a kind of traditional Arizona thinking about Mexico,” he said. “The state historically has had a very close relationship to Mexico, it’s complex to be sure.”

This biased polling company that works to facilitate cross-border trade, claims it commissioned the telephone poll of nearly 600 Arizona residents last month jointly with Mexico’s Food and Development Research Center. The Republic concludes the poll “appears to show a noteworthy shift from attitudes seven years ago that led to passage by the Arizona Legislature of the nation’s toughest anti-immigrant law, Senate Bill 1070.”

Once again, the open border, amnesty supporting newspaper gets it wrong. Actual immigrants come here through legal channels and gratefully become Americans. Illegal aliens are not immigrants.

The survey claims, “Two-thirds of Arizonans said immigrants did not increase crime rates. Three-quarters said they don’t take jobs from citizens. Eighty two percent said they were good for the U.S. economy. And an equal number said immigrants improve American society.”

Were you surveyed? Neither were we.


Fed. Judge dismisses charges against former sheriff Joe Arpaio

October 5, 2017

Following the presidential pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton has dismissed a guilty verdict against him.

U.S. Department of Justice lawyers and Arpaio’s defense team requested the dismissal. Arpaio had been found guilty in July of misdemeanor criminal contempt for “flagrant disregard” of a judge’s order. He faced up to 6-month’s incarceration.

Bolton had denied Arpaio the jury trial he requested, opting to sit as both judge and jury herself. Joe Arpaio was an immensely popular sheriff, having been elected to an unprecedented 6-four-year terms.

Relentless, in-tandem, daily attacks by the local newspaper’s editorial board, columnists, reporters and cartoonist, coupled with the infusion of $ 2 million pumped into the campaign of Arpaio’s Democrat challenger Paul Penzone by Socialist billionaire George Soros, proved too much for the respected sheriff to overcome. Politico reports Soros is on a mission to overhaul the U.S. criminal justice system to fit his radically left-wing ideal. In a display of gratitude to his benefactor, Penzone entered office by referring to illegal invaders as “guests.”

The charges against Arpaio, which many viewed as the culmination of a witch hunt, stemmed from his office’s enforcement of the law relating to illegal immigration. Arpaio had not yet been sentenced when the president issued the pardon in August.

Denied the perp walk and mug shot that was always the newspaper’s end game, it greeted the news of the dismissal with a small two sentence front page report, continuing with a jump to a page 10. The Diamondbacks victory over the Rockies dominated Page One, complete with an oversize photo of the game’s relief pitcher. The Arizona Republic’s despair is palpable.

Arpaio is quoted as saying, “I’m happy the conviction was dismissed, especially since I am not guilty.” He also praised President Trump, saying, “It took me 85 years to find my hero and it’s the president of the United States.”

Classic Joe.

We join Arizona’s law-abiding citizens in wishing him well.


Trump-hating AZ Republic focuses on “The Wall”

September 25, 2017

Many of us remember a John Hershey novel as required college reading. ‘The Wall,’ set in the WWII era was not a new publication, but the chilling account of the monstrous, dehumanizing evil of the Warsaw ghetto and the valiant efforts to escape the Nazi’s “final solution,” captured our attention.

The same title has been co-opted for an ongoing series in the Periódico de la República (Arizona Republic), long committed to amnesty for illegals and an open southern border.  Gannet, the parent company of the Republic and USA Today — which also owns  myriad other left-leaning publications — has  given this continuing, collaborative report daily Page One status.

The driving force behind the series is, of course, President Trump and his focus on border security, stemming from his campaign promise to build a wall. That issue resonated with American voters who ultimately put him in office. The Hillary Clinton-endorsing leftwing media, (scorecard under link) including the Arizona Republic, was stunned as the numbers came in on election night. This account by Dan Gainor details the shock, which he correctly assesses as the media’s ‘primal scream.’

The series offers a litany of reasons why the wall is a terrible idea. If one doesn’t appeal, there are plenty of others to choose from. Reader alert: Be aware the newspaper uses the terms “migrant,” “undocumented” and “immigrant” when referring to illegal aliens.

Although the report assures that illegal border crossings are down, it oddly claims deaths of “migrants” are on the rise invading  what it refers to as our “imaginary border.”

Fencing, we are told, may inhibit drug trafficking, but won’t stop it. Using that convoluted logic, an open border is the way to go. These are definitely the spirited entrepreneurs we should welcome into the United States.

Tribal members whose land abuts the border in some locations, are opposed to the wall because it may encroach on sacred ground. Since sacred land takes a back seat to tribal casino operations, opening secure gambling establishments in these spots should solve the problem.

Scare tactics include the claim that tomatoes may cost more — a problem easily remedied by growing your own.

An even more novel opposition to the wall centers on biologists’ concerns that jaguars (cats, not cars) may “become extinct in the U.S. without a connection to Mexico.”

A Coyote, the well-paid transporters of illegal aliens flooding the United States. says the price he charges illegals to cross the border fence from Mexicali, Mexico, to the U.S. has gone up as border security has increased, The ridiculous article’s conclusion? He’s “not worried about the border wall, the border wall will make him rich.”

The latest segment is titled, “Who will really pay for President Trump’s wall?” What the República fails to grasp is that the wall is not Trump’s. He was elected by Americans who desire the security provided by an impenetrable barrier.

In the Sunday edition of the newspaper — as though there is no other news affecting Arizona — the entire 12-page Valley and State section of the newspaper is devoted to coverage of “The Wall.”

A recent article was headlined, “Phoenix composting program is suffering from low participation.’ Help it get on its feet.  If you still subscribe, drop your newspapers in a collection bin.  Then call to cancel. Think of the exhilaration of starting your day without having your intelligence insulted.


All time first: AZ Republic runs an aditorial praising McCain

September 24, 2017

No, that is not a misspelling.  It’s our description of what we found looking for Sunday’s editorial in the Arizona Republic.

There it was, a full page topped by the all capitalized words in bold type:

P R I N C I P L E D

L E A D E R S H I P

The princely accolade is following by a  seven-and-a -half-inch square photo of pre-brain surgery scarred John McCain.  Directly below that is a paragraph from “Arizona’s health care  and business leaders” heaping praise on  Arizona’s senior senator (ASS)  for his  desire to work with the Democrats on health care reform in what these “leaders” call a bipartisan manner in “adopting lasting and meaningful health care reform.”

You know, exactly as Barack Obama and the Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did when they shoved Obamacare down America’s throat. In the intervening years since the massive government overtaking of healthcare was passed, Arizonans have seen a dramatic 116 percent rise in premiums — which the “leaders” have either overlooked or actually don’t care about.

Following the praiseful paragraph is a Sept. 22, 2017 quote from McCain which the “leaders” say they couldn’t agree with more. It was taken from his speech following his second vote against President Donald Trump’s efforts to follow through on his campaign promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.

McCain, who was embarrassingly trounced 52.1 to 44.5 when he ran for the presidency in 2008, is still smarting over President Trump’s overwhelming victory over Hillary Clinton. Both McCain and Jeff Flake voted for the scandal plagued liberal Democrat, saying they could not support Donald Trump — though he emerged victorious from a Republican primary field of 17 contestants.

The besotted signers on the aditorial must have short memories. Just last year, running for another 6-year senate term at age 80, McCain campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare. Were they happy with him then or did they vote for Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick who supported Obamacare?