Sen. Kelli Ward: Conservative leadership AZ needs in DC

May 21, 2015

Appearing on ‘Fox and Friends” (video) Wednesday, state Sen. Kelli Ward discusses with host Steve Doocy Arizona’s push for more jobs and fewer handouts for the majority of Arizona’s welfare recipients.

Sen. Ward, a physician, is serving her second term in the state senate. Her impressive bio can be read here.

She says, “While career politicians in Washington, D.C. fight to fund welfare for illegal immigrants, we are working in Arizona to scale back entitlement programs and get people back to work with good jobs.”

If you are tired of the status quo and want to see real reform, it’s time to replace a smug, career politician and elect a true conservative pragmatist who will fight against — not for — welfare for illegal immigrants and extended entitlements that discourage capable people from finding decent jobs.

The encouraging news is Sen. Kelli Ward, a Lake Havasu Republican, has opened an exploratory campaign for the U.S. Senate.

If you share her belief that capable workers should be hunting for jobs instead of hunting for handouts, and if you want your elected representatives to fight for conservative values, Sen. Kelli Ward is the obvious choice.

She needs our help to level the political playing field against Arizona’s very senior senator, who has spent over three decades in Washington, D.C.  During his 2010 senate campaign, he outspent his conservative challenger roughly 10 to 1, using 2008 taxpayer matching funds in addition to the mega cash infusions from the lobbying interests with whom he has spent his career currying favor.

John McCain, who tries to conceal his liberal bent by characterizing himself as simply a “maverick,” actually urged the IRS to target conservatives.  Concerned about his reelection, he was behind the statewide purge of conservative elected precinct committeemen as he colluded with Obama donors in the effort, detailed in FrontPage magazine.

Sen. Kelly Ward is a lawmaker, family physician, a military wife and mom, as well as a small business owner. She is uniquely qualified to represent Arizona’s citizens. 

Read this message titled, “Replace John McCain” by Ken Cuccinelli II, President of the Senate Conservatives Fund. The group includes a petition on its website urging the defeat of John McCain. Arizona Republican elected precinct committeemen who have previously censured him, are ready to replace the unpopular McCain. Join the effort to return principled leadership to our state.

Contribute to Sen. Kelli Ward here. It’s important.


AZ Regents grant illegals in-state university tuition

May 8, 2015

ABOR and Superior Court judge reward illegality in Arizona

With this May 7 announcement, the Arizona Board of Regents reversed previous policy and will now allow illegal alien students to pay lower in-state tuition rates instead of  non-resident rates.

There was not a single voice raised in dissent. The Regents’ vote was unanimous.

This new policy, granting foreign nationals lower tuition than your Arizona-born niece who has grown up in California and wants to attend Arizona State University, is a farce.

On April 21 we posted AZ Board of Regents: Double talk on tuition, noting in-state tuition for illegals provided another costly incentive for the illegal hordes invading the U.S. Just days ago, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Arthur Anderson unilaterally ruled in direct contradiction of Arizona voters* that students in possession of work visas under Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order, are eligible for the lower in-state rate.

“Federal law, not state law, determines who is lawfully present in the U.S. The circumstance under which a person enters the U.S. does not determine that person’s lawful presence here,” Anderson haughtily opined. Judge Anderson’s decision will save the illegals thousands of dollars a year. ASU in-state basic tuition rates are $10,157 this year. Out-of-state students pay $24,503.  (Full cost schedule here).

By executive order in 2012, Barack Obama provided illegal aliens work authorization and other benefits if they qualified for “deferred action” as “childhood arrivals” (DACA) under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012. An additional executive order announced on Nov. 20, 2014, extended deferred action benefits to “childhood arrivals” regardless of age, and to illegal parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent resident children (DAPA). Implementation of the second executive order has been temporarily enjoined by Federal judge Andrew Hanen of the Southern District of Texas.

Obviously, there is no way to substantiate age at entry claims, which is why forged and counterfeit birth certificates constitute a big business.

According to a report in the daily, Regent’s Chairman Mark Killian was quoted as breezily saying, “Let’s move forward and get our kids educated in Arizona.” The “kids” Killian so warmly describes as “our(s)” are actually the responsibility of their foreign national parents. 

This decision comes on the heels of Killian‘s April 10, statement that included a condemnation of the “reality of $100 million in budget cuts that went far beyond expectations has made it considerably harder to balance university budgets. While we will focus on efficiency and realigning our strategic plan for long-term sustainability, these cuts have real impact on our students, and result in $1,000 less per student from the state. We must take into account the harsh reality of the magnitude of these cuts that may result in reductions in positions, programming and services as well as increased costs for students. “

Arizona taxpayers will ultimately be on the hook to ante up those increased costs, while our actual children will be forced to compete for college placement with those Mark Killian has foolishly concluded are also “ours.”

 

*In 2006, Arizona voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 300, 71 to 29 percent. Among its provisions was the prohibition of those without proof of legal residency being classified as in-state students and receiving state and federal financial aid or in-state tuition.


AZ Board of Regents: Double talk on tuition

April 21, 2015

In-state tuition for illegals another costly incentive for law breakers

The Arizona Board of Regents known for its propensity for ever-increasing tuition and fee hikes for state university students, is back to its old trickery.

On April 10, Regent Chairman Mark Killian, released this statement that included a condemnation of the “reality of $100 million in budget cuts that went far beyond expectations has made it considerably harder to balance university budgets. While we will focus on efficiency and realigning our strategic plan for long-term sustainability, these cuts have real impact on our students, and result in $1,000 less per student from the state. We must take into account the harsh reality of the magnitude of these cuts that may result in reductions in positions, programming and services as well as increased costs for students.”

The former Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, familiar with budget realities, paints a grim picture.

So if money is tight and educational calamity lurks behind the ivied walls, why is providing in-state tuition to illegal alien students a front burner issue? The so-called Dreamers —- brought to the United States illegally by their illegal parents must be between the age of 15 and 31 and have come to the U.S. before the age of 16. Obviously, there is no way to substantiate such claims, which is why forged and counterfeit birth certificates constitute a big business.

In 2006, Arizona voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 300, 71 to 29 percent. Among its provisions was the prohibition of those without proof of legal residency being classified as in-state students and receiving state and federal financial aid or in-state tuition.

This is the posted cost of attendance for all categories of ASU students.

Providing in-state tuition to illegals not only encourages more illegal immigration while enhancing our status as a magnet-state  —- it is fundamentally unfair to U.S. citizen out-of-state students. Such a policy also forces taxpayers to subsidize the education of illegal aliens while exposing the state to legitimate lawsuits on the part of out-of-state students required to pay the higher rates.

The Arizona Board of Regents is expected to release its final tuition and fee proposal for the 2015-2016 academic year on May 4, at 2 p.m.

ABOR is required by state statute to hold a public tuition hearing to provide notice of any proposed increased tuition or fees prior to setting rates for the upcoming academic year.


Weekend viewing: Arizona’s “Governor Duplicitous”

April 11, 2015

Mincing no words Don Cline of Freedom Fighter Net appears in the video “Governor Duplicitous.” 

In the brief video Cline compares Arizona Governor Doug Ducey with candidate Doug Ducey.  The highlight is a clip (beginning at 2:56) showing candidate Ducey campaigning at the Arizona Tea Party July 31, 2014 in Payson. Ducey tells the audience why he opposes the federally mandated Common Core educational overreach into local control. He repeats the words “I’m opposed to Common Core” four times, calling it “unacceptable.”

Where’d that guy go?


Brnovich flies under radar as he caves on illegal enforcement

April 6, 2015

It’s all about $aving taxpayer dollar$, doncha know?

Unless you’re an eagle-eyed reader, you might have missed the latest news from Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. It was tucked away and hugging the bottom of Page 3 in a travelogue sounding section called “Around Arizona.”.

The Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) couldn’t be more gleeful to report that Brnovich filed a motion on Friday asking a U.S. District Court to dismiss the Ninth U. S. Circuit appeal of a policy charging illegal aliens as co-conspirators with their well-paid coyote transporters as they smuggle themselves into Arizona.  By pulling the appeal, Brnovich will let stand an injunction against enforcing the statute.

In a statement to the newspaper, Brnovich says he is “committed to defending Arizona from federal overreach and enforcing our immigration laws.” Then comes the “but,” which in legalese morphs into “however.”

“However, I also have an obligation to be responsible with taxpayer dollars and defend the state where we are most likely to prevail. That is why I filed for the dismissal of the state’s legal challenge to the human-smuggling portion of SB 1070 today.”

Karen Tumlin, a lawyer with the far-leftist, pro-illegal invasion National Immigration Law Center in California, cheered, “The chapter of the smuggling law is now officially over.” But she noted that litigation continues on others, including the “Show me your papers” statute that requires law-enforcement officials to inquire about the citizenship of people they stop and statutes regarding day laborers and impounding the vehicles of people harboring illegal immigrants. “This is a sign that the state may move away from this litigation,” Tumlin hopefully added.

In an astonishing double standard, The Republic evidenced no reluctance to use scare tactics in editorials and news reports including declaring citizens would be unable to board an airplane without an intrusive national ID card as it promoted legislation on a “Show me your papers” law for American citizens.


Training to terrorize in AZ’s friendly skies? & Update

March 27, 2015

Andreas Lubitz, the homicidal co-pilot of the Germanwings Flight 9525 who by all accounts locked the pilot out of the cockpit before deliberately crashing into the French Alps, murdering all 149 aboard, had an Arizona connection. A spokesman for Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, acknowledged “Every Lufthansa pilot does part of their training in Phoenix, simply because the weather there is so good and conditions are good for flying.”

The flight school training program takes between a year and a half to two years to complete, and includes several months in Arizona flying small training aircraft, as well as simulator and classroom work. The Airline Training Center Arizona, an arm of Lufthansa, has trained the German airline’s pilots for 45 years,  according to its website, which proclaims “Students From Europe To Asia All Train Under The Sunny Skys (sic) Over Metropolitan Phoenix. Perfect Conditions For Learning To Fly.”

The Phoenix area is home to a large number of flight schools, which make good use of our usually clear skies.

The pilot who crashed a hijacked airliner into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, did his flight training in Arizona. The hijackers on American Airlines Flight 77 were led by Hani Hanjour who trained at the CRM Airline Training Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he received an FAA commercial pilot’s certificate. He had previously been rejected for pilot’s training in Saudi Arabia.

In all probability, they have more rigorous psychological testing.

Update-tag

Monday, March 30, 2015:

 It is now being revealed by Duesseldorf prosecutors that the mass murdering co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, had received treatment for suicidal tendencies for several years —- before becoming a pilot.

 “In the following period, and until recently, further doctor’s visits took place, resulting in sick notes without any suicidal tendencies or aggression against others being recorded.”

 Lubitz’ former girlfriend said he was planning a spectacular gesture so “everyone will know my name,” a German daily reported on Saturday. “I didn’t know what he meant by that at the time, but now it’s obvious,” she said. “He did it because he realized that, due to his health problems, his big dream of working at Lufthansa, of a having job as a pilot, and as a pilot on long-distance flights, was nearly impossible.”

 “He never talked much about his illness, only that he was in psychiatric treatment,” she told the paper, adding they finally broke up because she was afraid of him.

 German authorities have said they had found torn-up sick notes from his doctor showing he had been suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy. A chief French investigator raises other questions, after being quoted as saying it was too early to rule out other explanations for the crash.  “There is obviously a scenario that is well known to the media and which we are focusing on,” investigator General Jean-Pierre Michel told French media.


Nat’l ID card: Hypocrisy reigns at Arizona Republic

March 12, 2015

Illegal aliens accorded more leeway than American citizens

The few remaining readers of the Arizona Republic are well acquainted with the tactic. Like a nagging shrew, repetition is the name of the game. The Sunday March 8, edition took the editorial route, rife with insults and scare tactics, beginning with the headline: “Anti-ID law brings troubles for travelers.” The opening line? “Now they’ve done it.” The fear-mongering comes with the threat of not being able to board an airplane without complying with governmental data gathering. Arizona legislators are called “paranoid,“ and compared to ”knuckleheaded teenagers,” debating “their little fist-shaking bills” and identified as “dollar-store constitutionalists” passing “lunatic legislation.”

This embarrassing attempt at journalism was followed by a March 11, ‘My Turn’ column by the policy director of the Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License in Washington, DC. He is so enamored with pro-amnesty baloney-slinging con man and state Sen. Bob Worsley, (who claimed during his campaign to favor small government) that he mentions what he calls “Worsley’s bill”  four times in two abutting paragraphs. The bill would repeal Arizona’s 2008 legislation prohibiting implementation of this massive governmental overreach.

The idea of American citizens having to produce government authorized identification is repugnant by its very nature. One that unleashes biometric mechanisms for unwarranted surveillance is reprehensible.

The national identity scheme known as REAL ID mandates that each state create a standardized electronic database of all information from every driver’s license issued.  Further, it requires each state to link its electronic database to that of every other state in the nation, effectively creating a nationwide database containing the private information of every individual with a driver’s license in the entire country.

REAL ID would become the key component of a system of identity papers, databases, status and identity checks —- in effect, an “internal passport” with the capacity to track individuals’ movements and activities.

When the issue was illegal aliens, the Arizona Republic derogatorily referred to H.B.1070 as the “show me your papers law,” since a provision allowed law enforcement to check the legal status of persons detained during investigations or traffic stops. When a much more egregious law affecting American citizens is the issue, the hypocrites at the newspaper wholeheartedly support it.

Background on this disreputable issue is fascinating and even more evidence that REAL ID appeals to no one. Arizona banned implementation of the REAL ID Act on June 17, 2008 with passage of  H.B.2677. Although all but characterized by the newspaper as arising from right-wing spew fomenting in a cauldron in the basement of the state legislature, the bill actually had widespread —- or “bi-partisan” support in the newspaper’s favored jargon. It was sponsored by leftist former state Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, now representing AZ CD 9, and former Senate President Russell Pearce, an unwavering conservative.

Further, the ban was signed at the urging of the ACLU by then-Gov. Janet Na­politano, a far left Democrat, who later, as Barack Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, headed the department charged with implementing the legislation. Former Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, opted not to partic­ipate in REAL ID. Newly elected Gov. Doug Ducey, also a Republican, has yet to address the issue. His actions will be closely watched.


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