Kirkpatrick challenges McCain: liberal v. RINO

May 27, 2015

Arizonans deserve better

In an article rife with omissions, misrepresentations and even misspellings, MSNBC reports that far left U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-CD 1) has announced her intention to challenge Republicrat Sen. John McCain. 

After initially winning a House seat in 2008, she was unceremoniously kicked to the curb by voters just two years later, as they replaced the lackluster Kirkpatrick with Republican Paul Gosar. After he and his family relocated to Congressional District 4, she ran again in 2012, besting Republican Jonathan Paton by a slim 3.6 percent. Gosar was elected in CD 4.

Kirkpatrick, an enthusiastic supporter of the disastrous Obamacare, is pro-amnesty and is a same-sex marriage advocate. Although identified as Catholic, she is pro-abortion. And though CD 1 is home to more tribal members than any other district in the United States, Kirkpatrick managed to insult the Apache tribe’s chairman Wendsler Nosie Sr. after he hosted a fundraiser for her on the San Carlos Reservation in 2010.

Uncomfortable when unscripted, she oddly fled from none-too-happy constituents assembled at a Holbrook grocery store for a town hall meeting with her.

McCain is indeed vulnerable. His own party’s elected officials overwhelmingly voted to censure him. He retaliated by colluding with Democrats as he attempted to purge the conservatives activists from elected precinct committeemen ranks.

Both John McCain and his senate doppelganger Jeff Flake are exceedingly unpopular among Arizona grassroots Republicans, and are embarrassingly ranked the lowest among U.S. Senators nationally, with McCain at a bottom-dragging 30 percent approval rating and Flake even lower at 27 percent.  The duo vote as liberals but reconstruct themselves prior to primary elections to assume a momentary aura of conservatism. Aware of the disdain with which he is held by conservatives, McCain is fighting to have open primaries since he needs crossover votes to win. Against the wishes of the majority of GOP activists, the AZ GOP establishment is giving him cover.

There is an actual conservative giving consideration to this race. Kelli Ward, a state senator, family physician, mom and military wife has opened an exploratory campaign. Arizonans don’t have to settle for a committed liberal or a RINO masquerading as a “maverick.”

This will be an expensive and critically important campaign. Sign up to help Sen. Ward. It matters.


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 Republic wants to mute your voice, muzzle your vote

May 11, 2015

It wasn’t that long ago, the daily newspaper was rife with editorials, columns, contrivances and a variety of other machinations passing themselves off as reports, pushing what it termed the “non-partisan,” or “Top Two” Primary. In a nutshell, the scheme does away with party aligned voters selecting their own candidates to run in the General Election. The ideal scenario of the leftists at the newspaper would have the “Top Two” both Democrats, restricting voter’s choices to liberal or liberal. Swell for the leftists at the newspaper, bad for the rest of us.  

There have been other such schemes over the years. The warm and fuzzy sounding “Home Rule,” included provisions to appoint all county “line officers” as they were dismissively called, including the County Attorney, Sheriff, Treasurer and School Superintendent. Though its intent was to eliminate citizen’s ability to vote for these and other county officials —-  turning the immense appointment power over to the Board of Supervisors —- it was promoted as merely a “housekeeping” budgetary provision. Arizona voters caught on quickly as did the elected office holders, both successfully pushing back against this ruse.

Now the slippery tricksters at the Fish Wrap have taken the editorial route again to advocate for appointing the five members of the Arizona Corporation Commission, charged among numerous other tasks, with regulating utility rates. Ambiguous language is its tool in trade and denials of hazy allegations are flippantly dismissed. Regardless of the specious reasons the newspaper puts forward for taking away the vote of the people —- this time —- the actual reason is purely political. Commissioners Tom Forese, Doug Little, Bob Stump, Bob Burns and Chairman Susan Bitter Smith have one thing in common that rankles the folks at the Arizona Republic: They are all Republican.  So are the Maricopa County elected officeholders with the exception of a single County Supervisor.

 In July 2012 columnist Robert Robb candidly exposed the Republic’s angst regarding the Top Two. His words apply to the latest crusade to remove our vote:

“A little honesty and sobriety is in order about the top-two primary system initiative that apparently will be on the November ballot. The purpose of the initiative should be stated plainly and bluntly: It is to reduce the influence of conservative Republicans in Arizona. The rhetoric used to sell it will be more lofty. There will be a pretense of deploring extremism on both sides of the political divide. But what’s driving the initiative isn’t a concern that the Democrats who get elected in Arizona are too liberal. It’s a call-to-arms reaction to a bone-deep belief that the Republicans who run Arizona are too conservative.”

No wonder the liberals get testy.


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.


Grand Jury reinstates charges in dog deaths: Flakes excluded

May 7, 2015

Did prosecutor present sculpted facts to new Grand Jury omitting the actual responsible parties?

Hear that prolonged “phew” resonating across the Valley? That’s Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery breathing a deep sigh of relief after a County Grand Jury reinstated animal cruelty charges against the owners of Green Acre Dog Boarding in Gilbert in connection with the agonizing heat related suffocation deaths of nearly two dozen dogs that occurred during the searing summer heat of June 2014.

Todd Hughes, 32, and MaLeisa Hughes, 45, owners of the kennel each face 21 Class 6 felony counts and 7 Class 1 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals. Both also face one Class 2 felony count of fraudulent schemes and artifices.

The couple was vacationing in Florida when the deaths occurred last June. They are the expendable mother and stepfather of Logan Flake —- wife of Sen. Jeff Flake’s son Austin —- who were actually in charge of the facility when the dogs were crammed into a small laundry room overnight without air-conditioning, food or water.

Charging the Flakes is what gave Montgomery heartburn. So just before Christmas 2014, when he thought few were paying attention, Montgomery dismissed all felony and misdemeanor charges against Jeff Flake’s son and daughter-in-law. A single fraud charge remained against Todd and MaLeisa Hughes.

It was clear from the June 20 onset, when the dead and dying dogs were found, Bill Montgomery was loath to touch this case. He dillied and dallied, even after Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s extensive three-month examination of facts which included veterinarian performed necropsies. The sheriff’s office recommended numerous felony charges of animal neglect and cruelty in connection with the horrific abuse of the pets. The dogs suffered excruciating pain before dying. When the Flakes found them the next morning, they neglected to even call a veterinarian to aid the not yet dead pets, which they callously hosed down in a vain attempt to cool them. The dead dogs were carted off to a shed where they were stacked like cordwood.

As we noted last September in the post, “Bill Montgomery: Between a Flake and a hard place,” the politically ambitious Montgomery, who endorsed Jeff Flake in his senate race, has career aspirations that are rumored to include the state’s second senate seat, when McCain finally moves on. Obviously how he chose to handle this widely scrutinized case could have had devastating consequences for his ambitions.

This is the latest news release announcing the reinstatement of charges against the Hugheses.  Notice the tempered wording of this May 6 announcement as Montgomery refers to the dead pets as “beloved animals.”  Previously at a Sept. 10, 2014  press conference Montgomery exhibited raw insensitivity to the grieving pet owners as he provided insight as to his bent. “This isn’t to cheapen or minimize the loss of the pets to the families,” Montgomery said. “But we’re not talking about the deaths of 23 children.”

Without the weight of an indictment, Austin and Logan Flake have moved on. Now that Montgomery has dropped all felony charges against them, they’re suing Maricopa County and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, seeking $8 million to resurrect their formerly pristine reputations, claiming they were targeted by the Sheriff’s office and their sterling characters were ruined by this investigation. 

Maricopa County taxpayers should prepare to dig deep for this legal escapade by two marginal Flakes. Since the lawsuit against the county specifically names Sheriff Arpaio, the daily fish wrap will serve as lead cheerleader as these lightweights attempt to get rich on our backs and the carcasses of the dogs they allowed to suffer and die.

This post, “Bill Montgomery sets Flakes loose on county taxpayers” includes additional background.


Would you buy a “danged fence” from this man?

May 5, 2015

Pre-election border policy reversals routine for deceptive McCain

As the 2016 election looms on the horizon, the deception begins anew. With his recent announcement that he will run for a sixth six-year senate term, John McCain told voters that he was spoiling for “a good fight.”

 The problem with John McCain’s good fights is that he views conservative Republicans as those he seeks to decimate.

After suffering an embarrassing 2014 censure by elected Republican state committeemen who passed a resolution chastising his left-leaning positions on a litany of significant issues, he retaliated by spending big bucks with an assist from out-of-state wealthy Democrat donors, to purge conservatives from the Arizona Republican Party precinct committeemen ranks.

His operatives flew into high gear recruiting McCain-friendly replacements to challenge those who sanctioned him. Precinct Committeemen are elected in Primary Elections. Though his capacity for vindictive revenge is boundless, McCain is not above briefly and fraudulently portraying himself in a more acceptable light in an effort to win votes.  That task is accomplished, as it has always been, by fabrication and misrepresenting his actual positions on key issues.

This past January 2015 John McCain and Jeff Flake were soundly rejected by a chorus of  boos and turned backs by elected state delegates attending the annual Statutory Meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party.

As a result the man who led the “Gang of Eight” liberal and RINO senate amnesty proponents with the acquiescing Flake in tow, is once again talking tough, calling for strict border enforcement and a stepped up removal of Central American illegals who have swarmed across the Mexican border into the U.S. He even voted against the confirmation of U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch citing her lax approach to illegal immigration, aware that his vote wasn’t crucial to her approval.  Flake covered him with his own “yea” vote.

After years of his pre-election lies, it’s clear that only left-leaners or the chronically uninformed would vote for McCain. This is why McCain, who needs the crossover votes to win, adamantly opposes closed Primary Elections. Prior to running for the U.S. Senate, he  was elected to the U.S. House in the old First Congressional District in 1982. In the intervening years, he has gotten bolder with his dishonesty. Remember this? It was just prior to his push for amnesty immediately after the votes were counted.

Haven’t you had enough?


AZ Ed Dept web weirdness: It’s déjà vu all over again

May 4, 2015

The body snatchers seem to have their flashing neon lasers focused on the inhabitants of the executive offices of the Arizona Department of Education.

It’s not as though State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, who disdains the media spotlight, doesn’t’ have enough to keep her hopping. A foolish recall against her by her liberal opponents was announced within nanoseconds of her election based in large part on her campaign opposition to Common Core. By law they have to wait six months to collect 367,000 signatures, making a daunting task even more difficult in the blazing Arizona summer.

But we digress. The daily recently reported that the online activity of Douglas’ chief of staff Michael Bradley is raising more than a few eyebrows. 

In his off hours, according to the newspaper report, Bradley “runs a website featuring items of general interest, including pictures of dogs and quirky news items, as well as thousands of photos of scantily clad women in costumes, and sexually suggestive images and humor.”

Since the news of his blog surfaced, he has removed some of the most vulgar content. On his website, scroll down past the unfortunate costumed dogs and futuristic ships for Bradley’s sarcastic response to the news coverage regarding his peculiar hobby known as “cosplay,” or costume role-playing —- where adult participants oddly dress as characters (examples not from his site) inspired by comic books, video games or movies.

Bradley provides contact information for his followers to respond to the media and education community which find his posting content inappropriate for someone in his position. The state agency is responsible for educating over a million Arizona K-12 students.

It seems just a blink ago that Douglas’ immediate predecessor John Huppenthal was ousted due to his inappropriate blog postings. The two term Huppenthal posted anonymously and at all hours, including during the day when he was on the taxpayer’s dime at the Superintendent’s office. Bradley is engaging in his pursuits on his own time.

Over the weekend, Diane Douglas asserted that she was “absolutely not” going to replace him. “He serves as the chief of staff during the day, and after that it’s his personal life,” she said.

Like too many others, Douglas has disappointingly fallen short of her campaign promises. This instance provides her a much-needed opportunity to prove she can be trusted to lead.  She ought to do so without the costly entanglement of Michael Bradley —- pulling down a $150,000 salary —- besides causing her needless grief.


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