Intrigue follows Ben Toma, appointed to LD 22 AZ House

April 27, 2017

In the aftermath of state Representative Phil Lovas’ recent resignation from a Legislative District 22 House seat, the elected precinct committeemen of the district nominated three people to fill the vacancy.  The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors made the final pick, selecting Ben Toma. A warm congratulatory message was sent out by AZ GOP chairman Jonathan Lines.

Since the name Ben Toma was unfamiliar, we did a little research and found a litany of items in local newspapers.

In an August 31, 2016 election, Vice Mayor and Mesquite District Council member Bridget Binsbacher was victorious over Peoria City Council challenger Ben Toma, as reported in the Peoria Times.

Toma’s loss might have had something to do with this earlier Sept. 18, 2014 Arizona Republic report that he was being investigated. He was eventually cleared of the charges.  Ben Toma was previously appointed to the Peoria City Council.

The perennial appointee is obviously a man to watch.

 


Leftist Fed. Judge overrides Pres. Trump’s sanctuary city order

April 26, 2017

Why does Jeff Flake collude with Dems supporting liberal federal judges?

U.S. District Court Judge William H. Orrick on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities refusing to cooperation with immigration enforcement. Last night, the White House released a statement saying, “Once again, a single district judge — this time in San Francisco — has ignored federal immigration law to set a new immigration policy for the entire country.”

During Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign for president, lawyer William H. Orrick III, was a bundler, raising approximately $200,000 for him as well as donating $30,000 of his own money to support Obama’s candidacy.

In a grandiose quid pro quo, Obama nominated William Orrick to a federal judgeship in June 2012, although he was not confirmed until the following February due to a party line vote. Arizona Republicrat Jeff Flake solved Obama’s quandary as he broke with the GOP and voted to confirm liberal Democrat Orrick.

Orrick was not unknown to Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake. He worked at the Department of Justice when the agency filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona and was involved in coordinating the Obama administration’s argument against SB 1070.

A guy right up amnesty supporting Jeff Flake’s alley. 

In 2015, Judge William Orrick issued a temporary restraining order against The Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life group that released undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood. officials and abortionists haggling over lunch for dollar amounts in the sale of aborted  human body parts —- as their wine glasses clinked in the background. One abortionist laughed as she announced her desire  to buy a Lamborghini.

 During his Senate confirmation hearing for a seat on the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, William Orrick promised if confirmed he would never let his political views influence the way he rules on cases.

“My varied legal background is evidence that I will treat all litigants fairly and with respect, and that I will not let my personal views interfere with the administration of justice,” he said. “I have great respect for every type of client I have represented. I have never let my political beliefs affect my legal judgment, and believe that politics have no place in the courtroom.”

When asked what his policy on immigration-related cases would be, Orrick vowed he would recuse himself “from any case that was pending in the Office of Immigration Litigation while I was Deputy Assistant Attorney General and from any other case as required by the Code of Conduct for United States Judges as well as other relevant Canons and statutory provisions.”

With his background, Judge Orrick needs to recuse himself now.

Is Jeff Flake incredibly naive, a fool or a committed Democrat supporter? Flake, it should be remembered, pushed for fast  tracking the confirmation of Obama’s lame duck Democrat nominee Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the seat of Justice Antonin Scalia. Fortunately, more rational minds prevailed and President Trump’s nominee 10th Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed.

In this instance, Jeff Flake either believed William Orrick‘s slick pledges or agreed with expanding the liberal footprint on the federal bench or decades to come.

Remember in 2016, Jeff Flake took his pre-election show on the network blitheringroad telling anyone who would listen that he had no intention of voting for the Republican Party’s nominee, Donald J. Trump. That translated to voting for Hillary.

Liberal colluder Jeff Flake worked with John McCain, a pack of dedicated left-wingers, and a couple of RINOs in a repeated effort to orchestrate the Gang of Eight amnesty scheme. Flake is up for reelection in 2018. U.S. Senate terms are six long years. Haven’t we had enough of Flake’s trickery? Support an actual  conservative —  Dr. Kelli Ward for U.S. Senate.  Arizona deserves better than the limp-wristed “representation” we’ve been getting.


AZ GOP’s Jonathan Lines exposed as establishment trickster

April 18, 2017

Establishment syndicate’s building blocks carefully being put in place to aid Flake

We are happy to redirect our conservative readers to The Arizona Daily Independent’s Sunday cartoon and accompanying article, AZGOP Rules Of Order: Sunday’s Comic.

The folks at ADI not only got it right, but very right!  Be sure to read the linked article, Lines Picks Kenney For AZGOP Executive Director, Sparks Outrage. Duplicitous Robert Graham, Jonathan Lines immediate predecessor continues to pull the strings on his compliant, hand selected marionette.

Matthew Kenney’s new position as GOP Executive Director has but one goal in mind: Keeping Jeff Flake in the U.S. Senate.

Let’s review who Jeff Flake actually is:

Jeff Flake’s refusal to endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was followed by his repeated declaration that he would not vote for Trump. In fact, he haughtily declared Trump “can’t and shouldn’t win.  Not voting for Trump put Flake firmly in Hillary Clinton’s column.

Flake has colluded with liberals on gun control

After meeting with Democrat Merrick Garland, Obama’s lame duck Supreme Court nominee, Jeff Flake tried to fast track him to the High Court.

Jeff Flake is a committed amnesty supporter who aligned with John McCain and a host of Democrats to orchestrate the Gang of Eight amnesty bill, which fortunately failed. As a member of the U.S. House, Flake labored tirelessly alongside Illinois radical leftist Luis Gutierrez promoting amnesty to “turn more red states blue.“  Then his staunch amnesty position wobbled so dramatically approaching a tough Primary, the Arizona Republic declared he was no longer a statesman, but a mere “politician.” They needn’t have worried. He did a switcheroo immediately after the votes were counted and was back on his amnesty perch.

Flake has no core. Prior to his political career, Flake worked as a lobbyist and registered foreign agent for Rossing Uranium — one of the world’s largest suppliers of nuclear fuel —. which operates a mine in the African country of Namibia where Flake did his LDS mission. Flake earned a substantial salary opening doors in D.C. and promoting the firm which had deep financial ties to Iran.

In 2012 exhibiting pretzel-like repositioning on Iran, Flake was running to replace the retiring Jon Kyl. The League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund and Majority PAC launched an $800,000 television ad campaign outlining the risks of sending former uranium mining lobbyist Jeff Flake to the Senate.

Facts are stubborn things. Even the slippery Jeff Flake can’t hide from them. Arizona voters can’t risk returning Jeff Flake to the U.S. Senate. Fortunately, we have an excellent candidate in Dr. Kelli Ward, a physician, military wife, and former two-term state senator who spent 4 years burnishing her conservative credentials in the Arizona legislature.

Check out Jeff Flake‘s bottom dragging Liberty Score on Conservative Review. He has also been ranked as themost unpopular senator in the nation,” as reported by AZFamily.com, Channel 3.

 


Dem state Rep. Jesus Rubalcava exhibits penchant for violence

April 14, 2017

This man does not belong in the state legislature

State Rep. Jesus Rubalcava, a Democrat representing Legislative District 4, is a guy you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley.  You wouldn’t even want to meet him in broad daylight at the state legislature. Not if you hold views that differ from his.

To say he has anger management problems coupled with limited ability to express himself, is putting it mildly. On his member page, the first term representative lists his occupation as a special education educator in the Buckeye Elementary School District.

These positions of authority didn’t keep him from issuing threats to state Senator Debbie Leskopresident pro tempore of the Arizona senate.

Angry over SB 1431 Sen. Lesko’s voucher expansion bill, Jesus Rubalcava posted his ire on Facebook, stating that “wanted to punch her in the throat.”

Think that through. Strikes to the throat have the potential to be deadly.

State Rep. Jesus Rubalcava, who reportedly saw nothing wrong with his threat, needs to be removed from his legislative and teaching positions. His inappropriate behavior shows he is unfit to serve as either a legislator or a teacher.

The bill that so riled Rubalcava was signed into law by Gov. Ducey on April 6.

According to this undated campaign website, Sen. Lesko left an abusive ex-husband many years ago and is now happily married with three children. She not only survived, but has thrived and serves on an advisory council for Faith House, a domestic violence shelter. Because of her past experience she is in a unique position to understand the needs of women and families in need of help.

In 2008, another Democrat legislator, Mark DeSimone representing LD 11 was arrested on a charge of domestic violence. He resigned the House seat. Eight years later, in an unrelated case in Alaska, DeSimone was charged with first degree murder.


Good luck trying to gain access to Jeff Flake’s town hall tonight

April 13, 2017

Prediction: East Valley folks will circle the wagons around Flake

After newly elected conservative U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ CD-5) had his first town hall meeting invaded by boorish Democrats on Tuesday, Republicrat Jeff Flake will be holding another of his tightly controlled meetings this evening.

It’s not Democrats Flake needs to concern himself with.  Arizona’s junior senator, who will be standing for reelection next year, has nothing to fear from the left. His hard lined stance in opposition to Republican nominee Donald Trump — who carried Arizona and all of the state‘s 11 electoral votes — mirrored that of Hillary Clinton most strident supporters.

Flake needs to figure a way to infect Arizona Republicans with pre-election amnesia. We need to forget his repeated declaration that he would not vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. In fact, he haughtily declared Trump “can‘t and shouldn‘t win, Flake’s indefensible  positions have left him with weak support, that even his oddly inappropriate smirk can’t reverse. He has been quoted as saying, “that’s the beauty of a six-year term” meaning he hopes our memories are short. Due to his leftward lurch, Flake forgets the symbol of the Republican Party is the long memoried elephant.

AZ’s Channel 3 covered first term senator Flake’s unpopularity, revealing him as the most unpopular U.S. Senator in the nation.

Besides blasting GOP nominee Trump, Flake also urged support of Barack Obama’s lame duck appointee, Democrat Merrick Garland, to the U.S. Supreme Court. Saner heads prevailed since Garland would have pitched the high court irreversibly to the left in the near future and influenced decisions for decades to come. Once elected, President Trump appointed Judge Neil Gorsuch. Though he was unanimously confirmed to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Democrats pulled out all stops to derail him. The Republican president Flake refused to vote for was ultimately victorious in changing the face of the most powerful court in the land.

Flake’s event this evening is slated for 7 p.m. at the Mesa Convention Center. It’s advertised as having attendance based on a first come, first served basis. Count on Flake’s core East Valley base dutifully standing in line for hours before the doors open to ensure they get those “first come, first served” seats, in an effort to save him from embarrassing questions.

Unwilling to face Republican voters, John McCain, Flake‘s equally unpopular mentor recently took questions via the safe Facebook Live route.

Flake and McCain have experience with such contrivances. Their tightly controlled  “Conversation on Immigration,” when they were leaders of the Gang of Eight amnesty scheme with Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, a host of liberals and a couple of other RINOs is just one example of their duplicity.

They want our votes, but have no interest in hearing our voices.


Mail-in ballots should be a choice not a mandate

April 3, 2017

Ease of voting lessens safeguards and ballot integrity

Do you like the feeling of dropping your ballot in a secure ballot box at your polling place?  Many of us do. We can almost hear “God Bless America” playing in our heads as push the ballot through the slot.

That long-standing tradition will become as passé as glove compartment maps and White Out in Maricopa County as soon as next year if the newly elected Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes has his way. Fontes has announced his intention to mandate mail-in ballots in time for the 2018 statewide elections — eliminating polling places, poll workers and security.

Democrat Fontes, who won the office by 1 percentage point, describes the issue as a cost and time saving mechanism. Others view the grand scheme differently, expressing concerns about ballot security, including ballot harvesting, and coercion. There is also the real problem of non-citizen participation in our elections.

The guarantee of secure elections is a fundamental expectation of each and every voting citizen. We should accept nothing less

March 2016, Seeing Red AZ posted How secure is your mail-in ballot? It included several links that expose the very real crimes associate with voter fraud — including ballot harvesting.

Last November, just days before the presidential election, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated Arizona’s ban on “ballot harvesting.” Read more in SCOTUS blog. Previously, the County Recorders and Secretary of State refused to stop the fraudulent practice.

How much easier and more open to fraud could voting be?  Fontes indicates that any voter who is eligible to vote in local elections — though they’ve never previously requested or received a mail-in ballot need not do anything to participate. All registered voters will automatically receive a ballot. Voters can register online. 

Fontes is quoted as saying, “The old system, (it) is time, in my mind, to move to the side,” I don’t know anybody that uses a horse and buggy today either.”

Fortunately Fontes is not the sole determiner of how the election system plays out. The state legislature will need to amend state law and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has the responsibility to authorize such a major shakeup of our elections. Then there are those pesky voters who prefer to cast their ballot in person, and have reason to distrust a system that lacks oversight.

Following the retirement of longtime Elections Director Karen Osborne, Fontes is conducting a nationwide search for a replacement, rather than promoting from within the office that functions in tandem with the Recorder’s Office.


We read the AZ Republic so you don’t have to

April 2, 2017

Hammering Republican state legislators is latest gig

The Arizona Republic made much ado of the fact that its endorsement of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race was an aberration.  After all, it claims to be a conservative newspaper. Still it said “Hillary Clinton was the only choice to move America ahead” despite her “flaws.”

“Flaws?” The newspaper has obviously mastered the art of understatement.

Arizonans, too smart to believe such absurdities, voted for Donald Trump — who won the state by 91,234 votes, carrying 11 of the 15 counties. Trump took all 11 electoral votes.

On his powerful coattails, Republicans increased their force in state legislatures across the country, controlling both chambers in 32 states,  leaving Democrats at their lowest level since the Civil War. The GOP increased its majority of governorships. The U.S. House and Senate are both majority Republican.

Yet read the daily newspaper and you’d think Democrats were the people’s choice. A case in point is columnist Laurie Roberts, who veered away from her tales-of-woe specialty to hammer state legislators. This was not a wholesale bashing, as a former columnist routinely engaged in, calling the entire assemblage by the politically incorrect term, “dwarves.”

No. Roberts selected her targets very carefully, never referring to their stature. It was her perception of their lack of gray matter she focused on — naming seven whom she promised “will make your jaw drop.”

What a surprise to find that each of the “standouts in the theater of the absurd” are Republicans. 

The newspaper is a contemptible farce, mercifully fading fast. It has shrunken in size and uses oversized — oftentimes, half page photos or illustrations — to take up space. Content consists in large part of pre-written pap that bears no resemblance to news. Entertainment and dining are given prominence. More than occasionally the same article will appear a day apart, or even in the same issue, with a few pages separating them, earning it our nickname of The Daily Regurgitation. We also refer to it as The Periódico de la República de Arizona for its unswerving  open borders stance.

The editorial cartoonist is unable to depict anything other than gross mischaracterizations of the President of the United States. With nothing else to draw but wild orange hair, his cartoonist wife has filled in for him.

Newspaper ads are overwhelmingly for retirement homes and hearing aids, which indicates the demographic who still subscribe. The newspaper’s front page often runs a box urging readers to “Go Deeper With Digital,” since the costs of printing and distributing a daily dings the already savaged bottom line. After layoffs and buyouts of longtime employees, ASU Cronkite journalism students have become the unseasoned glue that holds the disheveled mess together. Their commitment to the First Amendment is questionable.  In 2009, after inviting Sheriff Joe Arpaio to participate in a forum, the students in the audience began loudly chanting Bohemian Rhapsody, drowning him out as he attempted to respond.

Do those in charge at the Republic actually expect anyone to take seriously the views of the skewed editorial board, the toady columnists and rude student reporters who disrespect the First Amendment?