Watch AZ GOP debates: AZ Corp Comm & Ed Supe

July 22, 2018

Foremost among its many duties, the Arizona Corporation Commission regulates utility rates. Integrity, which has been lacking in this key commission, is the paramount consideration. Candidates Rodney Glassman, Justin Olson, Jim O’Connor, and Eric Sloan join in the debate.

The Republican Corporation Commission candidates debate can be viewed HERE.

Olson is a former state legislator who lost a 2016 primary challenge to Congressman Andy Biggs. In 2017, he was appointed to the ACC by Gov. Ducey to fill a vacancy, and is currently running for a complete term.

Be sure to read the revealing link under duplicitous party switcher Glassman’s name. Glassman is an opportunistic chameleon, who will quickly slip into whatever political affiliation he thinks will benefit him. Jim O’Connor is the knowledgeable and reliable conservative in the race.

The debate involving Republican candidates running for Superintendent of Public Instruction debate can be viewed HERE.

Incumbent Diane Douglas squares off with Republican challengers Robert Branch, Jonathan Gelbart, Tracy Livingston and Frank Riggs. Douglas strongly asserts Common Core has been eradicated in Arizona Schools, though others say it’s merely been renamed.

The candidates were asked if they supported the recent week-long teachers’ strike in which 840,000 Arizona students were abandoned in violation of contractual agreements. Although each candidate said they did not support the walk out, Livingston, who touts her credentials as a teacher, was the sole equivocator, adding the strike was “the teachers’ voice.” Her voice spoke loud and clear.

Branch asserted “dollars should follow the student,” regardless of which school their parents choose — a concept few taxpaying parents would disagree with.

Gelbart has made an interesting selection of former Congressman Jim Kolbe heading up his list of endorsements. But then again, he has no historical memory. The congressional page scandal occurred when Gelbart was just 8-years-old.

SRAZ calls it a toss-up between Branch and Riggs — leaning Branch.

 The debates, hosted by Ted Simons, are sponsored by the Citizens Clean Elections.

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Watch AZ GOP debates: Sec. of State & AZ Treasurer

July 21, 2018

Clear winners: Steve Gaynor and Sen. Kimberly Yee

AZ GOP Sec. of State debate: Reagan vs. Gaynor:

The first Square Off is between problem-plagued incumbent Secretary of State Michele Reagan and challenger Steve Gaynor, a longtime Arizona business owner.

Under pressure, Reagan admits there were massive errors made under her administration. “That was my first election,” she says. “Everything went haywire. Yes, we’ve made mistakes in 2016, but it is now 2018.

Gaynor: “Elections are the foundation of our democracy. If they’re not well run, if people don’t have confidence and trust in the process, it tears at the fabric of our society.”

Click HERE to view the GOP Secretary of State debate.

The adult in the room: Steve Gaynor

AZ GOP State Treasurer debate:: Sen. Kimberly Yee vs. Jo Ann Sabbagh

Yee, an Arizona native and former state senator, has previously worked at the Treasurer’s Office, is knowledgeable and handles herself with the confidence that comes with experience. Five former state treasurers have endorsed her.  Sabbagh, clearly out of her league, resorts to childish name calling.

Click HERE to view the Treasurer debate.

The adult in the room: Sen. Kimberly Yee

The debates, hosted by Ted Simons, are sponsored by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.

Emulating his mentor, John McCain, Gov. Doug Ducey has refused to debate conservative challenger Ken Bennett. Ducey has lost support for acquiescing to the colossal 20% pay hike demands of the striking teachers who abandoned 840,000 Arizona students for a week as they followed a self-identified Socialist Pied Piper. Now, in true Marxist fashion, they are supporting a class warfare ballot initiative which will be an irrevocable Constitutional Amendment that will permanently “tax the rich,” putting untold burdens on Arizona’s small business owners who are job creators.  

Bennett, an Arizona native and businessman, is a former Secretary of State and previously served in the Arizona Senate, where his colleagues elected him senate president.

Ken Bennett is the conservative to support for AZ Governor.


AZ SOS race: Gaynor poised to defeat incumbent Reagan

July 19, 2018

According to the latest Data Orbital voter survey, Arizona’s incumbent Secretary of State Michele Reagan is not faring well against political newcomer Steve GaynorIn fact, they are in a virtual tie with Reagan polling at 26.37% and Gaynor at 26.40%. The uncertain factor hinges on the 45.5% who remained undecided at the time the poling was conducted.  Gaynor is boldly challenging Reagan with a televised ad campaign depicting her as a flawed public official, responsible for the past election day chaos that had voters standing in line for hours to cast their ballots.

Reagan previously took heat for failing to send informative publicity pamphlets to an estimated 200,000 households in advance of the May 17, 2016 special election, as required by law. The Secretary of State’s website has experienced numerous problems since she took office.

Election day snafus were effective arguments in removing longtime Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell from office during the 2016 election cycle. She had won accolades for her administration of county elections for 28 years. Reagan’s tenure has been rocky from the start.

A longtime Arizona businessman, Gaynor is self funding his campaign. Never previously active in Republican politics, he is a clean slate candidate, with no track record to examine, as he seeks what sounds like a paper shuffling office, but is actually next in line of succession to the governor.

Reagan, a squish Republican, previously represented Legislative District 8 in the state legislature. During 2011, she made SRAZ’s notorious list of Arizona’s Benedict Arnolds for voting in opposition to five bills that addressed the continued invasion of our state by illegal aliens.

Her current reelection campaign donor list is rife with lobbyists and establishment contributors. As of the July 12, 2018 filing period, a worried Reagan has put $73,600 of her own money into the race.

Steve Gaynor is unknown politically, but has been a successful Arizona businessman for nearly four decades. SRAZ supports his candidacy. The status quo is unacceptable.


Farcical magician Kwok tries to make Kelli Ward vanish

July 18, 2018

Leftist newspaper’s not so subtle political attempt to eliminate stellar conservative, Dr. Kelli Ward

We’ve previously stated that we read the local newspaper so you don’t have to. In addition to being overcharged for having your intelligence insulted, it‘s guaranteed to raise the blood pressure of any rational reader. The leftward lurch is no longer subtle. Columnists admit to being liberals and reporters — journalists, have vanished — are not at all reluctant to interject liberal bias into news reports. Whether they do so on their own or under marching orders from above, the end game is the same. Conservative candidates are given the boot in the Hillary-endorsing newspaper, which still prints endorsement lists prior to elections for its remaining readers they consider easily influenced sheep.

Case in point is an article by reporter Abe Kwok. On the surface he appears to be covering a Democrat, Muslim, female immigration lawyer, running for the U.S. Senate in Arizona. He notes that she is “barely registering a blip on the media radar,” and her ability to fund raise is nearly nonexistent. He lays that off to the fact that Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is sucking all of the money out of the Dem donor base.

The actual purpose of the entire hit piece masquerading as a news report — ostensibly about the little tractioned Democrat candidate follows:

“[She] has the lowest name recognition in a field that includes Republican U.S. Rep. Martha McSally and former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. It also hasn’t helped that this has been an election cycle with an unusually high number of candidates, each competing for voter attention.”

Notice Kwok names only two other candidates, in a primary field he admits has numerous competitors. He identifies Martha McSally (frequently referred to on this site as “Sally McCain“) and 86-year-old Joe Arpaio, a respected career lawman, who should not be running for a six-year U.S. Senate term. Siphoning conservative votes in a race he can’t win serves only to help the opposition.

Conspicuously and intentionally missing is principled conservative senate candidate Dr. Kelli Ward. A physician and former two-term state senator, she has earned the endorsements of a growing list of high profile conservatives, many nationally prominent. Arizona Congressman, Paul Gosar, (R-CD 4) a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, has enthusiastically endorsed Ward’s candidacy as noted by Breitbart News —- a bold move since he serves with McSally in the U.S. House. 

We urge you to watch THIS fact-filled video ad drawing the clear distinction between Dr. Kelli Ward and her deceptive McOpponent.


Arizona is Politico’s blue “Pick State” in mid-terms

July 16, 2018

Politico, the DC journal that should more accurately be named “LeftLurchio,” is almost as ecstatic as the AZ Repugnant newspaper over what they view as 2018 Democrat prospects here in Arizona.

Instead of cataloging the obvious bias, it’s fair to ask, “What brought our red state to this sorry situation?” It doesn’t take much mental wrangling to lasso the simple answer: The rank “stewardship” of McCain, McFlake, McDucey and McKyl.

SRAZ’s Sunday post,Obvious cracks in AZ Corp. Com. Candidate Glassman,” detailed the candidacy of slickster Rodney Glassman, a Democrat more adept at switching political parties than accruing accomplishments. Glassman is now an opportunistically newly minted Republican, running as a conservative for the AZ Corporation Commission, which sets rates on Arizona‘s public utilities. He has inexplicably been able to secure the endorsements of GOP office holders when, Jim O’Connor, a far better qualified, actual conservative candidate is in the race.

Even though pro-illegal invasion author Ethan Epstein was so eager to get this written, he errs on pertinent facts,* our best advice is to read,Is THIS the year Arizona finally turns blue? on an empty stomach.

* Overwhelmed by his duties as governor, Raul Castro left office mid-term to accept an ambassadorship to Argentina offered by President Jimmy Carter. The actual facts are available in,,Gov. Ducey overstates short-termer Castro’s impact on Arizona.

Epstein praises single-term Sen. Jeff Flake, neglecting to mention that he won the senate seat by a slim 3% margin, and opted not to run for reelection due to abysmal 18 percent approval ratings for his incessant bashing of President Trump in a state that carried the president to victory, awarding him all of its electoral votes.

Skewing “facts” might make an interesting story, but it doesn’t obscure the truth.


Obvious cracks in AZ Corp. Com. candidate Glassman

July 15, 2018

Rodney Glassman is a ‘Class A’ phony who should not be trusted with a seat on the Corporation Commission which sets rates on AZ’s public utilities 

Rodney Glassman is determined to tell to Arizona voters he’s the “conservative” running for a seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission. His signs are emblazoned with the word and his auto dialers blithely toss it around as an identifier. But the Democrat who opportunistically switches political parties with the same ease the rest of us change our underwear, has shown himself as a facile master of chicanery, who blithely places expediency above principle.

With chutzpah oozing from every pore, Glassman submitted a commentary to the Scottsdale Independent, in which he grandly announces,  “There’s a crisis of integrity at the Arizona Corporation Commission…”  That this man, who doesn’t know the meaning of the word, uses it glibly to define others is preposterous.

SRAZ wrote this revealing post about Glassman, March 16, 2918, titled, “Opportunist ex-Dem Glassman now GOP Corp. Com. Candidate.” It includes a link to the stellar expose of Glassman by investigative reporter Linda Bentley writing for the conservative Sonoran News. She exposed Glassman in this June 2017 report:Recycled Democrat Rodney Glassman running as Republican for ACC.

Bentley wrote, “Hailing as a progressive Democrat at the time, Glassman was a former legislative aide for U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, a far-left Democrat and advocate of open borders with Mexico.” Seeing Red AZ posted about Grijalva settling a $48,395 “severance package” in 2015 with one of his top staffers who threatened a lawsuit claiming he was frequently drunk and created a hostile workplace environment.

Perennial candidate Glassman has previously declared, that if elected, he would model his service after Grijalva, who called for an economic boycott of Arizona in protest of SB1070, which passed in 2010 and required police to determine the immigration status of someone arrested or detained when there is reasonable suspicion they are illegally present in the country. That most hotly contested provision of the law was subsequently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Adding to the collection of Glassman exposes is this latest one, “Rodney the Ungood,” by Joel Feinman, a Tucson criminal defense attorney who teaches justice studies at the UofA. Feinman’s article appeared in the June 10, edition of the Pima Liberator. Each of the reports are chock full of information about the smarmy Rodney Glassman.

Most shocking is the con he has pulled on elected Republicans— all of whom should know better — yet have endorsed this political opportunist, who has shown himself to be totally devoid of principles.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, a Republican, whose name is now missing from the endorsement list, is inexplicably still listed on filing documents as Glassman’s campaign chairman.

The actual conservative candidate in the race is Jim O’Connor. Check out his website by clicking on his name.


Is this a rational McQuestion?

July 14, 2018

AZ Republic reporters engage in foolishness, misuse of English language

Our Friday post was titled, “AZ Republic engages in more liberal lunacy.” We have to admit our timing was off with that posting. The same day online edition of the newspaper, which we missed, headlines this inane question:

“It has been one year since Sen. John McCain’s brain cancer was discovered. What’s next?” The sub-header reads, “Observers unsure on McCain prognosis, his return to D.C.

The accompanying article, calling the July 2017 dire diagnosis “a mysterious — and complicated — milestone,” required the combined efforts of two reporters.

A separate report marking the year the Republic irrationally and repeatedly refers to as a “milestone,” details Cindy McCain expressing gratitude to her husband’s caregivers. He has not been seen in public since last December.

The term milestone marks an achievement. Having Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons give the life-altering diagnosis of glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, is a ridiculous misuse of the word. McCain, who will be 82 in August, has been diagnosed with the same horrendous disease that took the lives of his friend Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden’s son, Beau.

SRAZ’s policy has advanced to not including direct links to items in the failing disseminator of foolishness. But our readers are a knowledgeable group, continually demonstrating common sense with cogent comments. For that reason, we’re giving you the opportunity to answer the question. “What’s next?”