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?


Refurbishing of RINO Flake begins

March 31, 2017

Jeff Flake’s liberal image: The facts speak for themselves

Jeff Flake is running for reelection in 2018, but first he 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 positions have left him with weak support, that even his often inappropriate grin can’t undo.

Now the AZGOP Daily Update, a creation of GOP state chair Jonathan Lines — billing itself as “The Only Official Newsletter of the Arizona Republican Party!” (Italics and exclamation point theirs) — which many regard as a slam at the popular Republican Briefs —- exhibits not only a chronic case of memory loss, but an acceptance of Flake’s marginal Republicanism.

Know this: There is not an iota of difference between Flake and McCain. They both relentlessly push amnesty for illegals, and maintained close relationships with then-President Barack Obama. Flake has colluded with liberals on gun controlMcCain advised Obama on forging his legacy. Flake met with Democrat Merrick Garland, Obama’s Supreme Court pick and actually opined that it was time to start thinking about confirming him.

The AZGOP Daily Update has taken up the whitewash, posturing with this redundant headline, “McCain and Flake Look To Help Law Enforcement Against Criminal Illegal Aliens,” obviously forgetting that ALL illegals are criminals — entering our country by stealth. Imagine that a group broke into your home while you were at work, helped themselves to everything you’ve worked to obtain— demanded you educate their kids and provide them health care and other benefits. When you returned home they wanted your car keys to pick up some friends to join the festivities. That’s what we’re dealing with as a nation.

Arizona’s devious senate duo tout their introduction of a bill “to continue the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) providing reimbursements for state, local, and tribal governments to offset the costs of incarceration for certain undocumented criminal aliens.”  Such a swindle should be renamed to form the acronym SCAM, which more honestly describes the conveniently timed bill.

Jeff Flake is a Libertarian who initially ran as a Republican to get elected.  He’s definitely not a conservative. His progressively close ties with Democrats are only scuttled when elections roll around.

And octogenarian John McCain? His amnesia is indistinguishable from senility (video). An economic wizard, he’s pushing for the elimination of dollar bills, replacing them with dollar equivalent coins claiming such a move will save nearly $14 billion in taxpayer money and generate at least $4.4 billion. He doesn’t explain how.  He’s already forgotten the dollar coins that were costly flops. One named for Lewis and Clark’s Shoshone Indian guide Sacagawea, was minted in 2000 and its predecessor the Susan B. Anthony coin, minted from 1979 to 1981, were impracticable and unpopularexactly like Jeff Flake, as reported by .AZ Family Channel 3 TV.


“Repeal and replace”: Conservative critics hang tight & UPDATE

March 23, 2017

After a late session and heavy lobbying by the White House and GOP leaders, there is still no consensus on the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare.

Fox News reports Speaker Paul Ryan’s fast tracked replacement plan was in peril early this morning after lengthy leadership and committee meetings failed to produce an agreement that would bolster support among conservative members, who say it doesn’t go far enough to undo ObamaCare.

While the House Rules Committee was in session Wednesday Ryan was meeting with more prone to acquiesce  Republicans from Pennsylvania, Illinois, Maine and New York as well as members of leadership, trying to gin up support for what is widely considered to be his plan.

The conservative Freedom Caucus is not on board with the plan. “I’m confident that we have still enough concerns that a vote of 216 votes in the House would not happen today,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, (R-N.C.) the Freedom Caucus chairman. Current (2017) members of the group can be seen here. Three Arizonans are on the list — U.S. Reps. Trent Franks (CD-8), Paul Gosar (CD-4) and David Schweikert (CD-6).

The latest news in advance of the vote indicates President Trump wants unwavering support for the replacement health care bill which was scheduled for a vote today. The deadline could be pushed back since Pres. Trump has scheduled an 11:30 a.m. (ET) — 8:30 a.m. AZ Time, meeting with members of the House Freedom Caucus at the White House.

Thursday evening, March 23, 2017:

Testy Trump issues ultimatum on health care vote

Wants vote Friday or else…..

With conservative Republicans not falling in line behind House Speaker Paul Ryan’s supposed “Repeal and Replacement” of Obamacare, Pres. Trump has issued an ultimatum: If he doesn’t get the vote to authorize what many referred to as “Obamacare Lite” — now dubbed “RyanCare,“ he will move on to other issues, such as border security, tax reform and trade. leaving in place the mess he promised to make a priory.

“For seven and a half years, we have been promising to repeal and replace this broken law because it is collapsing and failing families,” Ryan told reporters Thursday evening. “And tomorrow (Friday) we are proceeding.”

Arizona’s CD 8 Rep. Trent Franks, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus is not supportive of the plan in its current form. He gave this reasoned opinion:

“I always think if there’s any change whatsoever that we can make the bill better than we should never stop negotiations,” he said. “Now there is a time that those negotiations should stop, but let that not be arbitrary let that be on the timetable itself.”

This ad, urging rejection of “RyanCare,“ is an example of a series underwritten by Club For Growth urging several House members who are willing to yield on this crucial matter to rethink their positions.


Jeff Flake tried to fast track liberal on US Supreme Court

March 17, 2017

Taking an awkward stab at affability, Jeff Flake recently sent out this tweet referencing the upcoming hearings for Supreme Court nominee, federal appellate judge Neil Gorsuch. Most of Flake’s followers don’t appear to be fans, which makes sense when you’re ranked as the least popular U.S. Senator in the nation. Slippery and self-serving, he’s equally distrusted by Democrats and Republicans.

Don’t be taken in by Flake’s weather-related cordiality toward President Trump’s high court nominee.  When Flake‘s basketball and traveling chum Barack Obama nominated Democrat Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy created by the unexpected death of conservative icon Antonin Scalia, Flake was eager to promote hearings. He was also willing to presume Hillary Clinton would be elected president.

Remember Flake’s comment regarding Republican nominee Donald Trump as he made the rounds of the liberal network programs to bash Trump? Flake’s refusal to endorse 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.

Flake, configuring himself as a soothsayer, prophet, and presidential diviner was quoted in October 2016, by Politico:

“I said if we were in a position like we were in in (not a typo) ‘96 and we pretty much knew the outcome, that we ought to move forward. But I think we passed that awhile ago.”  Jeff Flake concluded his wishful thinking with these words, “If Hillary Clinton is president-elect then we should move forward with hearings in the lame duck. That’s what I’m encouraging my colleagues to do.”

Regardless of how Flake, his political operatives and lobbyist PACs attempt to reconfigure his image prior to the 2018 election cycle, remember that he was  an enthusiastic supporter of having a lame duck session, including lame duck Democrats who were not reelected, rush through another Democrat on the current U.S. Supreme Court, dramatically altering the balance in favor of the left for years to come.

To deflect his  from this contemptible position, Flake has raised the issue of Arizona withdrawing from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. This southern adage addresses his deceit best: “That dog don‘t hunt.”

Check out Jeff Flake‘s bottom dragging Liberty Score on Conservative Review. Then acquaint yourself with Dr. Kelli Ward, the conservative alternative to the deplorable status quo.


Dubya Bush odd choice to save Flake’s political ass

March 16, 2017

Anti-Trump Bush stumps for anti-Trump Flake

Bush fatigue is a chronic malady afflicting many Republicans, reaching epidemic proportions in the border state of Arizona where the illegal invasion is not a back burner issue. After the presidencies of Poppy (Bush 41)  and Dubya  (Bush 43), brother Jeb, the establishment pick, who had no chance of winning the 2016 presidential primary, spent a staggering $150 million before he withdrew. 

Donald Trump was elected as an anti-establishment populist, who responded to the concerns of average Americans. In his short time in office, he has made excellent cabinet appointments, nominated an originalist in the mode of former Justice Antonin Scalia to the U.S. Supreme Court, is keeping jobs in America, working to repeal and replace Obamacare, and build a border wall. According to this morning’s Rasmussen Presidential Tracking poll, 80% of Republicans agree with the job he’s doing. 

Arizona’s two U.S. Senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake were vocal opponents of candidate Trump. McCain withdrew his momentary support after Trump was the Republican nominee. Flake never gave an endorsement, opting instead to make the rounds of broadcast networks telling interviewers he would not only not endorse Trump — he would also not vote for him. McCain took the same approach and has continued to be a leading antagonist.

Flake, reported by AZ’s Channel 3  to be the most unpopular senator in the nation, faces the voters in 2018. His arrogance is only exceeded by his lack of trustworthiness. Even the daily newspaper which has forgiven him his politically expedient transgressions, had to acknowledge he’s in trouble.

Under the circumstances and with an election around the corner, it would seem reasonable that Jeff Flake would go to the mat finding someone who could bring voters to his shaky campaign. But the closed-to-the-public exclusive dinner soiree April 11, at a Paradise Valley mansion headlines George W. Bush — another Republicrat who refused to vote for President Trump.

Great strategy, Jeff.  We hope you keep it up. We support principled conservative  Dr. Kelli Ward.


Boots on the Border Act is just that…an act

March 14, 2017

Monday slipped by so quickly, we forgot to recognize “National Napping Day.” What better way to commemorate the occasion, albeit a tad late, than with the contorted political dreams of the McFlake Duo?

Their 2013 amnesty promoting Gang of Eight scheme failed. That was the one where John McCain and Jeff Flake colluded with a couple of other RINOs and four committed liberals, who were all to happy to have such useful co-conspirators promoting their vision of a permanently inflated Democrat voter base.

McCain and Flake’s  latest bit of trickery, still lacking a bill number, is known asBoots on the “Border Act of 2017.” It even comes with its own glossary on Page 6, in the event English isn’t your primary language.

It’s an “Act,” to be sure. The only reason Arizona’s dysfunctional senate duo needs “boots on the border” is to avoid stepping in the BS they spread around about “border security” each election cycle when they fear their own job security is threatened.  Since Jeff Flake and his mentor John McCain refused to endorse the Republican presidential nominee and flatly stated they would not vote for Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton, they are now scurrying to repair their self inflicted damage.

Who can forget Jeff Flake throwing the AZ Republic for a loop, when he changed his mind on amnesty?  The newspaper went apoplectic, calling Flake‘s comments “jarring“and saying he was “ no longer a statesman,” but had morphed into a “politician.“ The rest of us knew it was just politics speaking and he’d do a switcheroo right after the ballots were counted.

John McCain strolled the border with Pima County Sheriff Paul Babeu in 2010, and called for completing the “danged fence.” That was also a pre-election hoax.

Then there was Mr. Comprehensive Immigration Reform himself, then-Sen. Jon Kyl magically transforming into a border security hawk, just preceding the 2006 election. Once elected, it was back to funny business as usual.

National Napping Day is a reminder that we better not be caught napping as Jeff Flake and  his deep-pocketed lobbyist PACs begin their assault on reality. Ads are already running telling us to call Jeff Flake’s office and thank him for his commitment. He refuses to hold face to face town hall meetings with constituents, opting for sanitized telephone meetings with call screeners instead. We’ve witnessed Arizona senators and their “Act” long enough. The opportunity to act will be in our hands in 2018. We’ve been skunked by political frauds for years. Arizonans deserve better. Help elect conservative Dr. Kelli Ward.