“Anyone but McCain” resolution passes easily at GOP meeting

January 17, 2016

John McCain walloped in advance of quest for a sixth six-year senate term

Although John McCain’s sycophants tried their best to ward off another embarrassment — this one before his final senate campaign — elected precinct committeemen of the Maricopa County Republican Committee handed the senior senator his head in his hands again. By a vote of 921 to 582, they voted to pass the “Anyone But McCain” resolution. 

Amid the routine items such as election of members-at-large* at the statutory meeting Saturday, was a vote to remove McCain-aligned officers. Maricopa County GOP chairman Tyler Bowyer, a conservative, was retained by 1,074 votes. But First Vice Chair Jenni White was recalled by 1,083 votes as was Second Vice Chair Aaron Borders — recalled by 1,070 votes. White and Borders represent the McCain establishment wing of the party. There was no vote on the by-laws because the full content had not been sent in the call letter to committeemen.

Tucked in among the fiery speeches, patriotic video and a routine by the Buffalo Soldier re-enactors, was the effort to rescue John McCain from another censure-like vote such as the embarrassment he suffered in 2014. Using delaying tactics, ‘points of order,’ quorum calls and parliamentary ‘calls for division,’ his operatives worked diligently to table votes counter to McCain — even calling for suspension of the vote.  They were unsuccessful. He was trounced by 61 percent of ballots cast. Due to their shenanigans, the meeting needlessly continued on until nearly 8:00 pm.

Committeemen were required to register before the 9:00 am. deadline — with most elected GOP PCs arriving long before, in order to get credentialed and receive ballots. The packed parking lot attested to the 1,006 attendees, carrying 989 proxies.

Highlights included speeches by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Kelli Ward, both punctuated by standing crowds and thunderous applause. Numerous county officials were in attendance and addressed the PCs, along with U.S. Reps. Trent Franks, Matt Salmon and David Schweikert who all sensed the ire in the air. Though they touted their conservative credentials, all were silent on the subject of the ‘Anyone but McCain’ resolution. Salmon made a point of referring to himself as a founding member of the Freedom Caucus. Franks reminded the assemblage that he “has attended every county meeting for the last 20 years.” Salmon, stated, “I’m proud to stand before you today and say I’m not part of the establishment,” and said it’s time for the Republican Party to stop being seen as the party of the Chamber of Commerce.

Former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh, now the host of the “Joe Walsh show,” was anything but mute as he addressed the growing calls for Republicans to stifle their anger.  He boldly announced, “I’m here to deliver a message: Stay angry!” Walsh added, “The stupid Republican establishment tells us, don’t be angry.  Let me tell you something, stay angry and never apologize for your anger. It makes me angry that 234-year-old John McCain is still in the U.S. Senate.” Walsh noted, “It’s not just Republicans who are angry, most of the country is angry — this is not the country we grew up in.”

McCain, who will be 80 by Election Day, is running for yet another  six-year term.

* Members at large who won election are Linda Brickman, Mark Spencer, Wes Harris, Tom Morrissey, and Joshua Askey.


“Anybody BUT Sen. John McCain” resolution

January 15, 2016

Grassroots Precinct Committeemen will bring an “Anybody BUT Senator John McCain” resolution from the floor on Saturday, Jan 16 at the Maricopa County Republican Committee’s Mandatory meeting.  The resolution reads:

We precinct committeemen of the Maricopa County Republican Committee (“MCRC”) fully support our Party, platform, and candidates in the general elections. In the primary elections we each are free to choose which Republican candidates to endorse and support. Since the MCRC members censured Senator John McCain in January 2014, we have hoped Senator McCain would return to our Party’s values. He has not. With sadness and humility we rise and declare our beliefs:

  • Whereas, Senator McCain was censured by the Arizona Republican State Committeemen on January 25, 2014; and
  • voted for DHS funding that included money for Obama’s illegal amnesty for illegal aliens; and
  • as a “Campaign Conservative,” campaigned on securing the border but cosponsored legislation giving “pathway to citizenship” to millions of illegal aliens; and
  • actively worked to purge the party of grassroots conservatives using out-of-state funding via the Arizona Grassroots Action PAC; and
  • voted to kill an amendment requiring certification that Iran has not directly supported or carried out an act of terrorism against the United States before sanctions can be lifted; and
  • demeaned Republicans who stand for the Constitution, calling them “crazies” and “wacko birds”; and
  • voted to support funding for the Iran Nuclear Deal, Obamacare, Executive Amnesty and Planned Parenthood’s selling of body parts;

 RESOLVED that the Maricopa County Republican Committee precinct committeemen endorse anybody BUT incumbent Senator John McCain in the 2016 Republican primary election for the United States Senate.

More information regarding agenda issues HERE on Republican Briefs.


Problem-plagued Tony Bouie out as AZ Lottery Director

January 15, 2016

An obviously embarrassed Gov. Doug Ducey, intent on keeping his ethically challenged Lottery Director Tony Bouie in place despite escalating evidence against him, stiltedly confirmed his resignation Thursday via a spokesman: “In discussing these recent issues with Director Bouie, the director and the administration agreed this would be a distraction, so in the best interest of the state, Director Bouie has stepped down.”

“Distraction,” indeed.

The Arizona Republic covers Tony Bouie’s resignation, saying he resigned amid “controversy.” The newspaper can’t be too shocked by the revelations. It was aware of his ethical lapses when it endorsed him for a legislative seat in 2008, after first exposing his lies.

Arizona Capitol Times reports Doug Ducey’s hand-picked chief of the Arizona Lottery has been forced out of office, following numerous allegations — including that he’d improperly used state vehicles for personal reasons and fired several employees, replacing them with friends.

Bouie was paid $115,700. 

The Phoenix New Times opened the door Monday with this reveal of Bouie’s admission that he had violated the law in his misuse of a state vehicle. The report included a link to this Seeing Red AZ Jan. 2015 post “Tony Bouie scores cushy post: Establishment takes care of its own“—- which, in turn carries links to numerous other exposés regarding the cagey Tony Bouie — dating back to 2008.

Politics is not for the faint of heart. It is also not for those who cannot withstand public scrutiny. As we noted at the time of Bouie’s appointment as lottery director, Arizona’s governor was taking a pointless gamble with Tony Bouie.


Irrelevancy personified: exposed in a box of collectibles

January 13, 2016

Arizona’s shrunken and failing daily newspaper is a topic we’ve covered from time to time. Its favored themes are steeped in unabashed liberalism and the in-tandem editorials, columnists’ blather  and vicious cartoons are calculated to propagandize those few who still rely on the left-wing medium for information.

Examples are numerous. The recent editorial taking conservative state Sen. John Kavanagh to task for SB 1044, actually exposes a sensible bill he has introduced to exclude illegal aliens from Census population counts. Fiscal appropriations are tied to the head count. Population numbers also determine apportionment of congressional districts, making his proposal even more rational. Monday’s rank editorial refers to him as “Arizona’s immigration bad boy” in a headline.

Sen. Kavanagh didn’t just fall off the turnip truck. His impressive bio would be the envy of the newspaper’s top brass were it not for his political bent. 

This attempt at degradation of a popular Republican is nothing new. The list of conservative office holders — local, statewide and national — who have been routinely disparaged in the newspaper’s pages is lengthy.  With the world in turmoil, the newspaper did, however, devote the entire front page to a mega pic of the crowd at the College Football Playoff National Championship and the death of celebrity rocker/pervert David Bowie. His former wife revealed she and bi-Bowie were late for their own nuptials due to the fact that they were engaged in a ménage a trois. 

Of corollary interest is the box a neighbor bought at a garage sale. The unopened container was sold as a grab bag item for $15. Examining the assorted contents, obviously worth far more than his purchase price was entertaining.  But what was even more eye catching were headlines in the newspapers wrapping the treasures, proof positive that nothing changes at the irrelevant daily:

Fri. Aug. 26, 2005: Arizona gets tough on teacher licensing  (Sexual predators are still teaching.)

Sun. Oct. 23, 2005: An entire Viewpoints section devoted to “immigration,” filled with the words “migration,” “undocumented” and “migrants.”  The report by Richard deUriarte, then on the editorial board, is  titled, “Border fight forgets migrants’ humanity.” Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl each expounded (blah, blah, blahing) on the need to update laws and for additional resources ($$$) and reform. The favored amnesty term  ‘comprehensive,’ too long for the headline, was tucked inside the report.

Sat. Nov. 12, 2005:  Homeless get their own court. (The article explains that charges will be cleared as an incentive for rehabilitation.)

The one certainty at the daily newspaper? Everything old is new again.


Robert Graham attempts to protect low level McCain operatives

January 11, 2016

If you’re an elected Republican precinct committeemen who will be attending the Mandatory Meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) this coming Saturday,  Jan. 16, 2016, you no doubt received this baffling letter emailed Sunday, Jan. 10, from Arizona GOP chairman Robert Graham.

Read it carefully. For all of his smooth word play touting party unity, it’s actually Graham who is engaging in attempts to sabotage the leadership of Maricopa County Chairman Tyler Bowyer.

This is not the first rodeo for cowboy Graham. A July 30, 2015 post titled, AZ GOP Graham misleads, blames; ignites war with LaFaro, includes a similar letter which he emailed under the heading, “Dispelling Rumors.” As we noted at the time, it should have been titled, “Fancy Footwork by a Clumsy Dancer.” Graham, closely linked to John McCain, obviously has a problem with Maricopa County chairmen, who represent the conservative wing of the party.

In the recent Jan. 10, letter Robert Graham attempts to protect low-level McCain operatives Jeni White and Aaron Borders as he undercuts the leadership of Maricopa County Chair Tyler Bowyer.  The split between the two grew to monumental proportions when Graham employed spiteful retribution aimed at Bowyer for having the audacity to buck Graham and his McCain-led establishment allies, when Bowyer hosted and appeared onstage at the July 11, 2015 Phoenix event featuring presidential candidate Donald Trump. That kind of independence doesn’t play well with those who want to dominate the party and, like John McCain, consider the conservative base “crazies.”

Graham was one of the few Republican precinct committeeman who did not attend the Trump event. Neither did he have anything positive to say about it afterwards. Many will recall that Borders clumsily angled to become the chair of Trump’s Arizona campaign. A poor working relationship with Trump’s national staff caused him to be rejected. Borders overplayed his hand, alluding to greater abilities than he possessed. Jeni White has a reputation for undercutting conservative leadership at every turn.

The question to ask is why is state chair Robert Graham even involving himself in these issues?

He has shown a propensity for interfering in MCRC affairs. Contrary to his claims of simply wanting to get Republicans elected, his purpose is actually to elect McCain aligned officials and ensure protection of low-level McCain operatives as he has done in LD 30 and in his letter advising precinct committeemen not to vote in Saturday’s MCRC election.

Robert Graham has also failed to fulfill his responsibility as state chairman by refusing to assemble bylaws and resolutions committees in advance of the upcoming meeting.

At Saturday’s meeting, Maricopa County GOP PCs will have the opportunity to determine the leadership they desire in the crucial coming year. There is a clear choice between the saboteur tactics of First Vice Chair Jeni White and Second Vice Chair Aaron Borders or the conservative leadership of chairman Tyler Bowyer.

You know what to do.


McCain’s secret new constituency

January 9, 2016

It’s no secret Arizona’s conservative Republicans are not enamored with John McCain. After he was embarrassingly censured by elected state delegates at the 2014 GOP Statutory meeting, he retaliated by using his operatives and a megabucks San Francisco Obama donor to oust them from their elected positions.

Adding to his intra-party woes, the aged senator has been having a tough time ginning up a crowd as evidenced by his recent flop appearance featuring Mitt Romney in Mesa — which was miscalculated to be a crowd pleaser. And no, we’re not referring to this one.

Where Donald Trump and Ben Carson drew local crowds of thousands, McCain’s highly advertised Romney event pulled in a puny crowd estimated at under 300.

So today he’s opting for a new constituency. At 3:00 PM this afternoon, McCain is appearing at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in downtown Phoenix where he will hold a Town Hall  meeting. His press release notes there will be media availability following the event.

No doubt RSVPs are flooding the email and phone lines are tied up.

It’s difficult not to summon up a degree of pity for the man who will be 80 by Election Day and is egotistically running for yet another six-year term. When you’re listed as Number Six on Roll Call’s roster of the 10 most vulnerable U.S. senators as McCain is, the Daily Caller reports that he and Jeff Flake are in a race for the nation‘s “least popular senator prize,” and the Senate Conservatives Fund dedicated a page titled, Replace John McCain to you, it‘s a good guess the constituencies you need are rapidly evaporating.

The previously overlooked Ukrainian American population might hold the key for Johnny Mac, but it’s doubtful. Their statewide population isn’t high enough to counter the others who wouldn’t vote for him if they were promised a free pony and freshly baled hay for a year.


Ducey’s doozies: Top AZ posts filled by odd picks

January 7, 2016

There’s no denying Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is singing the establishment tune, as evidenced by his appointment selections.  They are so out of sync with Republican values, even the leftwing Arizona Republic has taken note — enthusiastically naming him one of 16 Arizonans to watch in 2016 — though not for threatening to return the AZ GOP to its conservative roots.

A few cases in point: Ducey inexplicably picked consummate charlatan Tony Bouie to head the Arizona Lottery, a job that requires the utmost integrity. Bowie, a lifelong Democrat, opportunistically re-registered as a Republican in a GOP heavy district a mere five days before running for a legislative seat, lying to various sources in a failed effort to cover his deceit. 

Ducey appears unable to find enough jobs to appoint censured, pro-amnesty politico Andy Tobin to. On Oct. 8, 2015 Ducey appointed Tobin director of the Arizona Department of Insurance.

Dec. 16, found Ducey also naming Tobin as interim superintendent of the Department of Financial Institutions in addition to the Insurance director post.

Then Dec. 30, Tobin was selected by Ducey to fill the vacancy on the Corporation Commission, replacing embattled Susan Bitter Smith who resigned under pressure.

Now, proving that the so-called “Merit Selection’ System of selecting judges is as political as we all suspect it to be,  Ducey picked Goldwater Institute (GI) lawyer Clint Bolick to fill a vacancy on the state’s highest court. GI is a libertarian think tank, far separated from conservative views on a wide range of key issues. Most importantly, Bolick, a member of Ducey’s gubernatorial transition team, has never served as a superior court or appellate level judge, though the other applicants possessed that crucial background.

A Jeb Bush advisor and amnesty-bent co-author of “Immigration Wars,” Bolick has morphed into a registered Independent on his unusual route to the judiciary. His wife, a perennial candidate, has retained her squish Republican cloak.

This March 2013 link includes two disturbing videos featuring Clint Bolick and Jeb Bush being interviewed by Sean Hannity.

Who’s advising Ducey?


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