AZ Teachers want 20% raise — Great. Earn it

October 24, 2017

Good teachers are worth their weight in gold and their pay should reflect that, but facts are part of the equation 

After it was reported that Gov. Doug Ducey gave promotions and accompanying raises to numerous staffers, Arizona’s teachers are now demanding salary increases.

Speaking for the teachers was their Arizona Education Association union boss, Joe Thomas, who said, “Everybody deserves a healthy pay raise and  I think our teachers were counting on that.”  Thomas described  the teachers, whose emotions ran the entire gamut, as “disappointed, angry and outraged,” that their pay bump was only one percent compared to the governor’s staff who received larger increases.

 The pay issue raised some questions. Randomly picking a central Phoenix school district, we downloaded its Aug. 7, beginning and May 23, ending school days for the current 180 day calendar year. There were eleven days that were listed as “Half Day Schedules” and “Early Release Days.” Ten holidays were listed, totaling 29 days. Easter and Christmas have gone by the wayside, replaced by Spring (6 days) and Winter(12 days) Breaks. A 5 day Fall Break is in addition to a 2 day Thanksgiving Break. Teachers Planning Days are half days for students and no teaching is done on state testing days. “Teacher Collaboration Time” factors in as an Early Release Day.

State employees in Arizona have ten holidays off. They work full days and have no time set aside for collaboration with their co-workers. Unlike teachers, they don’t get the summer off. State workers are not members of a union. Employees can be fired at will since they have no guaranteed employment protection as do tenured teachers. State workers have to show they are performing to standard, turning out a quality work product. Teachers’ pay based performance standards should be high achieving students, but such sensible markers are vigorously opposed by the unions.

Without teaching to a specific test, teachers should have student achievement markers tied to salary increases, just like the rest of us.  There is a reason many parents are choosing alternatives to public schools.

And how is it that “underpaid” teachers are able to send dues specifically earmarked to fund mostly liberal politicians?  These are the people who spend more time influencing American students than their parents do. Consider why Leftist Barack Obama and Socialist Bernie Sanders cornered the youth vote.

Open Secrets/The Center for Responsive Politics shows the $ millions the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) lobbying arms give to leftist elected officials. The AFT gave not one thin dime to Republicans.

We’ve all seen the intended to be humorous video clips of students strolling their university campuses, who are unable to answer the most basic questions regarding American history, geography or politics but know the latest celebrity trivia. They are pathetic rather than funny. Yet they spent years in classrooms, graduating with enough on their educational resume to gain admittance to a university.

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Flake’s a loser: Time to diminish conservative Ward

October 23, 2017

Fish wrap back to trying to slay conservative candidates

The Arizona Republic is in the throes of political agony. Its two venerated RINOcrat senators are in trouble. “Thumbs down” McCain, 81, who deliberately sabotaged President Trump’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, is seriously ill. Jeff Flake is reaping what he has sown in denigrating President Trump, and is failing in the polls.

Flake, running for a second 6-year senate term in 2018, is struggling to  keep his head above water. Writing an ill-timed, anti-Trump booklet has not endeared him to Republicans in a state that gave Trump all 11 of its electoral votes.

 Enter Dan Nowicki, McCain’s sycophantic reporter employed by the Hillary-endorsing  newspaper.  Rather than reporting accurately about  conservative challenger Dr. Kelli Ward, who just this past week had a thunderous campaign kickoff featuring conservative icon Laura Ingraham and executive chairman of Breitbart News, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Nowicki compares Ward, a family practice physician and two-term state senator, to two women he identifies as “tea party” candidates from Nevada and Delaware, both  of whom won their 2010 primaries only to lose in the general election.  He gets a pass from the left-of-center newspaper which would be the first to call this sexist coverage if the topic was Democrat women.

This iffy language, lacking specifics, is typical of the style Nowicki employs to make his foolish point regarding Dr. Ward:

Many Republicans consider her a weak candidate.”

Some political observers say she could help deliver the senate seat to the Democrats in the general election.”

He repeats the fallacious McCain hype calling her “Chemtrail Kelli” for responding to a question at a candidate forum during her challenge to McCain. Nowicki batters Ward for her commitment to building a wall along our southern border, conveniently overlooking the fact that John McCain and Jeff Flake, both court globalist, billionaire George Soros — a committed Socialist —-  and  open borders proponent — except when McCain and Flake are candidates.

Following Nowicki’s Sunday article, the Republic’s columnist Laurie Roberts jumped in today, with a heading, “Kelli Ward’s run is Democrats’ dream come true.” Echo queen Roberts reaches into the newspaper’s reliable reiteration barrel to absurdly link Dr. Ward to “chemtrials,” and those considered unsavory enough to sully Ward.  But Roberts tosses what she hopes is credibility by going to defamed political operative Nathan Sproul for substantiation of her anti-Ward thesis.

Describing Dr. Kelli Ward’s 2016 loss to John McCain, Nowicki fails to note that McCain outspent her 10 to 1, and brazenly lied about her.  As is his modus operandi McCain has a third candidate enter the race  to split the vote, ensuring  his victory. 

Jeff Flake has been at the public trough for the majority of his adult life, except for a stint as a lobbyist and  registered foreign agent in the African nation of Namibia, where he worked for Rossing Uranium — one of the world’s largest suppliers of nuclear fuel. Flake earned a substantial salary opening doors in D.C. and promoting the firm which had deep financial ties to Iran.

Take time to read about Dr. Kelli Ward and review her principled positions on the issues facing Arizonans and all Americans. Donate what you can. This is a crucial race and she isn’t sitting atop a pile of lobbyist money as Flake is.


Kelli Ward draws huge, enthusiastic crowd for Senate kickoff

October 18, 2017

Vulnerable incumbent Jeff Flake plunges in polls, as he continues to bash Pres. Trump

Dr. Kelli Ward’s senate race supporters who arrived at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort Tuesday evening quickly realized that it would be a packed house as they searched for parking spots. The frustration dissipated as soon as the attendees walked through the doors to a crowded, chair-less, cavernous room full of like minded conservatives.

It was a politically rare “Wow!” moment.

Media turned out in full force to cover Ward’s kickoff event for a campaign that is generating national attention. The crowd was reminded of the races featuring establishment Republican incumbents such as House majority leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Senator Luther Strange (R-AL), who each suffered devastating primary election upsets at the hands of a rising conservative voter base, weary of arrogant elitist politicians who renege on campaign promises made solely to win votes.

Conservative heavyweights didn’t disappoint the wall-to-wall enthusiastic crowd that cheered them on. Former Arizona Congressman and NewsMax TV host J.D. Hayworth stepped out to cheers. The featured guest, syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham, was recently tapped to join the Fox News lineup with “The Ingraham Angle.” Steve Bannon, former chief strategist to President Trump and executive  chairman of Breitbart News, was a rumored, but to many, a surprise addition to the lineup. He went right for the GOP establishment jugular telling the crowd, “These people hold you in complete contempt. When they attack a Donald Trump and a Dr. Kelli Ward, it’s not Donald Trump and Kelli Ward that they’re trying to shut up. It’s you they’re trying to shut up. They think you’re a group of morons.”

Dr. Kelli Ward, a family practice physician and former two-term state senator, described herself as a “Liberty loving, Constitutional conservative,” declaring, “I’m ready to go to D.C. and drain the swamp!”

Jeff Flake, a first term U.S. Senator up for reelection in 2018, has been fading fast after denigrating candidate Donald Trump and then writing a President Trump bashing pamphlet masquerading as a book with a title stolen directly from Barry Goldwater’s 1960 iconic “Conscience of a Conservative.” Title theft aside, this move illustrates Flakes disconnect with the conservative Arizona base that supported Trump by nearly 20 points. Flake was unable to draw even a small audience last year.

Numerous statewide polls show the unpopular Flake significantly trailing Ward. He barely squeaked into the senate seat left vacant by the 2013 retirement of Jon Kyl, winning by only 3 points.

Since his election, the marginal Flake has shown himself a little more than an open borders supporting self-described “globalist— not wise positions to stake out for a charlatan trying to pass himself off as a “conservative.”

When the Ward event concluded, attendees stood in long lines to receive a copy of Laura Ingraham’s newly released book, “Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump.”

The consequences of the Aug. 28, 2018 Primary Election are not lost on Arizona conservatives.


New York Times slobbers over “Mr. Flake”

October 16, 2017

The leftward lurching New York Times revels in preserving its stuffy demeanor, using titles preceding last names as a standard. In writing a puff piece about Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake The Times likely came close to wearing out the M and F on the keyboard extolling the virtues of “Mr. Flake.”

“Mr. Flake” received quite a reception and where better than in the pages of the liberal Times which goes to great lengths to blame President Trump for Jeff Flake’s dismal polling numbers. The article headlined, Jeff Flake’s Lesson for Republicans: Cross Trump at Your Own Risk is preposterous on its face. 

The marginal Mr. Flake is the man who picked the fight, not the other way around. He began needling Donald Trump preceding the election that resulted in a sweeping victory for the New York entrepreneur. This predilection for elevating Arizona Republicrats, who skate on thin ice back in their home state, showed its face when then-Congressman John Shadegg was covered in the New York Times referring to Arizonans — who prefer not to be invaded by illegal aliens reaping benefits, undercutting wages, and yes, engaging in crime — as “intolerant and xenophobic.”  (A link to the NYT’s original article is boldfaced.) The article includes a photo of Shadegg chortling uproariously as the two senior ladies he’s conversing with look bewildered.

This latest Times piece refers to “Mr. Flake, a Mormon known more for his decency than his independent streak, said he had no regrets“ trashing President Trump.

Decency must be in the eye of the beholder, the vapid or ill-informed. Is it decent to pledge to term limit yourself to three two-year terms as Jeff Flake did when first elected to the U.S. House and then snicker and say, “I lied?” The YouTube video of his arrogant dismissal of his vow to voters vanished quite some time ago. Examples of Flake’s indecency are too numerous to enumerate. He did give fits to the Hillary-endorsing local newspaper in 2011 when he engaged a pre-election about face on his pet amnesty scheme, causing the editorialist to sputter in amazement. It was a charade he learned from both John McCain and Jon Kyl that worked like a charm, until the votes were counted and they resumed their amnesty collusion with Democrats.

The publication of Flake’s 140-page mini-book conceived solely to bash President Trump titled, “Conscience of a Conservative,” — blatantly stolen from Barry Goldwater’s 1960 book —  was enough for the Times to compare the deceptive Flake to Goldwater.

Flake’s dissociation from reality is palpable enough to cause radical Green Party chameleon Kyrsten Sinema now recast as a Democrat CD 9 U. S. Representative to announce her intention to resign to challenge the weak Jeff Flake. The Times refers to her as a “moderate.”

Flake’s poll numbers continue to plummet. Cunning but not considered sharp, he relentlessly alienates Arizona’s conservative base. Donald Trump swept the state and captured all 11 electoral votes. How does Flake think his continual hammering of the president will win him intra-party friends? The majority of conservatives will not forgive this monumental transgression.

Meanwhile the AZ GOP has lost its ability to speak. The inept establishment leadership appears to be content to allow a Republican senate seat to be lost. Despite their silence, conservatives have an ideal alternative to the unacceptable scenario on the horizon. Dr. Kelli Ward is the actual conservative in Arizona’s U.S. Senate race.  Acquaint yourself with her principled positions on the issues. Send her a donation. Unlike Jeff Flake, she is not beholden to D.C. amnesty lobbyists. Arizona deserves better than the status quo or Sinema.

 


Trump haters failing & the dire consequences of Dem govt control

October 15, 2017

Today’s headline might seem disjointed, but stay with the post to its conclusion. There’s a message here.

Americans are tiring of Trump bashers and letting them know it. The New York Post’s Page Six reports that George Lopez was booed off the stage at a gala benefiting juvenile diabetes in Denver, over an anti-Donald Trump routine that riled the crowd.

Marshall Bruce Mathers III, a high school dropout, rising from a troubled background to a mega star white rapper in a hoodie renaming himself after small candy coated chocolates, tells his fans in the crudest of terms, (Video) that they need to chose between him and President Trump. He stages his performance in a Detroit parking garage backed by a contingent of actual blacks, for the BET Hip Hop Awards.

Where better than the crime infested and devastated city of Detroit, run into ruin for years by liberals? Detroit — once an industrial titan known as “Motor City,” and famous for Motown music — now has one of the highest murder rates in the nation.

The degradation of Detroit is explained in DiscoverTheNetworks.org which has done extensive research on the city, culminating with,How the Democrats Destroyed Detroit,” written by Arnold Ahlert.

What is noteworthy is that Detroit has been under the control of Democrat mayors and city councils since 1962 — over half a century. Like Detroit, the City of Phoenix operates under the political contrivance of “nonpartisan” municipal elections — an ideal way for Democrats to hide their identity. And like Detroit, Blue Phoenix sits within the Red State of Arizona. Donald Trump carried Michigan in the 2016 presidential race, masterfully flipping 12 counties that previously supported Obama.

A Trump-like candidate is desperately needed to run for Phoenix mayor. We need more than a McCain operative like losing Wes Gullet to rescue Arizona’s union controlled capitol city. As of the recent Special Election held after Republican Councilman Bill Gates resigned to run for the Board of Supervisors and was succeeded by liberal Debra Stark, the Phoenix City Council is now locked in a Democrat stronghold.

Phoenix’ leftist Mayor Greg Stanton is resigning to pursue the CD 9 U.S. House seat, being vacated by liberal U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema as she challenges vulnerable RINO Jeff Flake.  

It might seem we need a scorecard to keep up with the political musical chairs. We don’t. Just remember Conservative Dr. Kelli Ward is the one to support in the 2018 Arizona Senate race.


Concerns mount over McCain’s defection on tax cuts

October 13, 2017

Conservatives in the Grand Canyon state, exposed to Arizona’s senior senator (ASS) John McCain for three-and-a-half decades, know he  loves nothing more than the face he sees reflected in the mirror each morning. A marginal man who attained stature via his family connections — both his father and grandfather were Navy Admirals, ASS was able to gain admittance to the U.S. Naval Academy, though graduating at the bottom of his class. It didn’t hurt that he ultimately married a well-connected Phoenix heiress, whose father opened what would have been unattainable doors for him.

His image as a returned Vietnam POW aided the reluctant Republican when he was the ringleader of a pack of Democrats in the Keating Five scandal that rocked the U.S. financial world and  ended other’s senate careers. He’s made his mark as a political contrarian, which he refers to as being a “maverick.”  In essence, his pretense amounts to sticking his finger in the eye of the very Republicans he claims to represent.

Surprisingly, the liberal Washington Post tentatively appears to be on to him. In an analysis headlined, “The Finance 202 McCain could give the same thumbs-down to a tax overhaul as he did to health care,” reporter Tory Newmyer is on the right track, but veers into giving McCain credit for values he doesn’t possess.

McCain’s vacillation is a worthy concern, since he delights in sucker punching Republican colleagues and has repeatedly-duped Arizona voters, many newcomers and residents of retirement communities, with his massive pre-election TV ad buys and campaign mailers dishonestly touting himself as a conservative as he blatantly lies about his challengers. Truth is not on ASS’s agenda on any topic, tax reform being no exception. But the report wholly misjudges the ailing and elderly McCain‘s motives with these words:

“Yet over his decades in public life, McCain has traced a zigzagging line on the subject, leaving little clear indication of how he’ll approach a potentially decisive vote. A look at the senator’s record on taxes shows that three things seem most important to him: public debate, some help for the middle class, and not exploding the deficit.”  

Let’s be clear. McCain is a lot of things. Altruistic is not one of them. The three things that are actually most important to him are the ability to relentlessly jab President Donald Trump, who attained the job McCain spent a career in D.C. coveting. McCain has problems articulating rationally about the economy, (brief, but great, video). He has a vacillating record on tax cuts. Public debate? The McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill was filled with free speech restrictions. Nice try, but the man who doesn’t even know how many homes he owns is not a bleeding heart for the middle class.

Trusting ASS is akin to trusting a snake.


Jeff Flake loses his smirk as harsh reality sinks in

October 11, 2017

You couldn’t miss the ads if you tried.  Jeff Flake, sitting atop a mountain of lobbyist money,  has seemingly taken over the Internet touting himself as a “committed conservative.“ His reelection is right around the corner causing him to take a dive on his previously stated desire to be called,A Globalist.”  He was grinning broadly back at the beginning of August, his peroxide enhanced locks gleaming  to match his capped toothed grin. 

That was when he was trying to milk his miniscule anti-Trump pamphlet masquerading as a book. It carries a title blatantly stolen straight from Barry Goldwater’s iconic 1960 book, “Conscience of a Conservative.”  No one has ever accused McCain clone Flake of having an original thought.

Flake isn’t flying so high these days.  Numerous polls show him in bad shape. Even the Hillary- endorsing Arizona Republic had to admit he was in deep trouble. Prior to the 2016 election that put Donald Trump in the White House, Jeff Flake joined John McCain in publicly declaring they would not vote for the GOP nominee, effectively aiding scandal plagued Hillary. That’s who Arizona’s Republicrat U.S. Senators are. They run as Republicans and then vote  as Democrats while promoting open borders, which ultimately benefit the Democrat Party. This is classic McCain duplicity on display.

Jeff Flake is a practiced liar. When first elected to the U.S. House, he pledged to term-limit himself to three two-year terms. When he decided to mimic the Energizer Rabbit and keep on running, his odd grin accompanied his admission, “I lied.”

His turnaround on his commitment to open borders and amnesty for illegals is legend. But as the election neared and he got an earful from statewide voters, he quickly shifted position, causing editorialist Doug MacEachern to spin dervish-like into a panic, calling him a politician, no longer a statesman.” He needn’t have worried. Flake wasted no time reverting to his original amnesty position immediately following the counting of the ballots. The opportunist Flake — a former registered foreign agent, lobbying for an African uranium mining company with ties to Iran — has no core. This article from 2012 details the shady past he tries to obscure.

The left-of-center newspaper has been diligently trying to massage Flake’s image, attempting to make him sound like a leader. It will ultimately endorse him over principled conservative Dr. Kelli Ward, which is to her benefit.

We’re on to the newspaper’s tactics. Keeping Republicrats in office allows it to mischaracterize itself as “conservative.” Don’t believe it. Flake needs to be shown the door.