Who’da guessed? AZ Republic editors watch Fox News

July 15, 2015

The reliably leftwing Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) has unexpectedly shown it has the ability to amuse. Tuesday’s editorial denigrating declared presidential candidate Donald Trump is a case in point.

Long known for its open border agenda, the liberal newspaper which refers to everyone and everything it abhors as “controversial,” has now taken its lead from — of all people — GOP establishment strategist, Karl Rove.

In conservative circles, Rove is more than simply controversial. He is an arrogant self-anointed king-maker, hoisting an ever-present slate full of his chicken scratched facts and figures to etch in the minds of those platform Republicans he considers doltish but coachable.

During his Monday appearance with Bill O’Reilly, Jeb! Bush promoting Rove, came prepared to denigrate Donald Trump. Rove’s staff must have been hard at work over the weekend Googling Trump’s past comments on sundry issues, attempting to expose him as being soft on illegals, supportive of Obamacare and cozy with Hillary.

Hilariously (pardon the pun) the newspaper used Rove’s talking points as the framework for its editorial barrage against Trump. Convoluted? You bet. But the fading República is desperate.  Its election recommendations are routinely kicked to the curb.  Statewide and Maricopa County elected offices are held by Republicans. The GOP holds a majority of the state legislative seats. McCain has a compelling challenger and the frustration level with Obama has resulted in an abundance of GOP presidential candidates.

Much to the dismay of the Republic, Trump filled large venues in both Las Vegas and Phoenix on Saturday, with lines snaking around several blocks to gain access to the Phoenix Convention Center, where he was met with rousing cheers, which continued to punctuate his speech. Trump was joined on stage by crowd pleasing Sheriff Joe Arpaio, further inflaming the editorialists. The newspaper clumsily dismissed the ticket carrying crowd of 5,000 as a “preposterous guesstimate” of “angry white people,”  “ripe for demagoguery.” Trump’s message was mocked as “obnoxious caterwauling.”

Let’s be clear. The demagogue is sitting in the Oval Office. Donald Trump is drawing massive crowds for boldly addressing the issue of illegal immigration, which has become a tipping point for many American voters who see their country slipping away. Trump is forcing the issue to prominence. The tin-eared newspaper appears even more foolish than usual as it takes the convoluted route of stealing talking points from the Republican other Republicans view with scorn.


It’s official! Dr. Kelli Ward announces for U.S. Senate

July 14, 2015

After decades of McCain, her fresh, new voice is compelling, as Kelli Ward invites Arizonans to join her:  “Let’s shake up Washington together.”


Dr. Kelli Ward: Poised to challenge McCain

July 14, 2015

Dr. Kelli Ward, a two-term state senator representing Legislative District 5, sent out this encouraging message, which includes a sentence Arizona Republicans can relate to: “ The status quo and the politics of the past aren’t working for Arizona or America.”

She’s referring to the U. S. Senate seat currently occupied by John McCain.

Ward opened a U.S. Senate Exploratory Committee in April and has been traveling the state, attending gatherings and district meetings, where she meets with and answers questions posed by Arizonans. She doesn’t insult questioners. There is no ducking and dodging or holding restrictive and contrived one way “conversations as the current senator and his seatmate do.

This evening, Kelli Ward is making an official “Future Plans Announcement.”
Tuesday, July 14,  5:00 pm
Shugrue’s Bridgeview Room
1425 McCulloch Blvd
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

The event is open to the public and all are welcome. She asks that you RSVP here.

Read Dr. Ward’s impressive bio. Her views on the issues of importance to Arizona citizens are clearly defined.  Attend her announcement if you are able.

John McCain has been entrenched in Washington, D.C. since he was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, well over three decades ago. He will be 80 years old by Election Day and is running for another six-year term. 

McCain’s polling numbers are abysmal. Townhall.com a leading conservative source reported that only 30% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing to 54% who disapprove. There isn’t much variability in his numbers by party —- he’s at 35/55 with Republicans, 29/53 with Democrats, and 25/55 with registered Independents. Conservative Review gives both Arizona’s U.S. Senators an “F” rating. John McCain’s can be viewed here.  Senate Conservatives Fund urges Arizonans to Replace McCain, saying, “There are few Republicans who have betrayed our conservative principles more than John McCain.”

A senate campaign is a major undertaking, If ever there was a time to step up and put our money where our mouths are in order to send John McCain into retirement — it’s now.

He doesn’t want to go.


Trump’s appeal? He gives voice to Americans

July 11, 2015

Phoenix appearance with Sheriff Arpaio dominates national news

Recently announced presidential candidate Donald Trump’s scheduled campaign stop in Phoenix today has been instructive. Initially dismissed as a mega-mogul with a penchant for speaking his mind, it turns out he has a massive following.

His appearance had to be moved from the upscale Biltmore Resort, which was unable to accommodate the growing crowd, to the Phoenix Convention Center, as thousands requested tickets.

Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on the man and his blunt illegal immigration message.

Amnesty proponents, Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake are appalled. Gov. Doug Ducey, who ran as a border hawk and did an abrupt post-election turnaround, is averting his eyes and keeping his head down. Phoenix’ far-left mayor and his bobble-headed contingent of Democrat City Council members are aghast. The Republicans pick at their collars and shift uncomfortably when Trump’s name is mentioned. Arizona’s GOP members of the congressional delegation have gone uncharacteristically mute.

With elections just around the bend and Balkan-like ethnic polarization becoming the norm, politicos are walking a tightrope, spittle-laden fingers to the wind, worrying which words they utter will offend which bloc the most or least. The group they appear less concerned about offending are American citizens. The open borders clique at the fading Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) is foaming-at-the-mouth apoplectic, spewing the type of rancid rhetoric the leftist newspaper prefers to attribute to conservatives who take issue with its extreme editorial policy.

The uncomfortable truth is that much of what Trump has to say on illegal immigration strikes a chord with Arizona residents who are weary of the steady flow of foreign nationals, taking jobs and making demands, sapping our resources, stretching our generosity and yes, committing crime. Lots of it. They are jailed, even deported and return to commit more. WND’s Aaron Klein substantiates the facts with his report, “FBI data backs up Trump claims on illegals and crime.”

Then ask yourself why Republicans shift embarrassingly when the unvarnished truth is boldly stated. By turning a blind eye and going tight-lipped, they are not representing American citizens of either party who deserve better. But even more to the point, since they ran as Republicans, they are complicit in ensuring the ultimate irrelevancy of the GOP. Immigrant groups —- even those who came legally through the front door —- have generally remained, generations later, in the Democrat camp.

Donald Trump’s surprising popularity shouldn’t be so surprising.  He is giving voice to the frustrations many Americans feel and are unable to articulate for fear of being slurred or unfairly labeled. 

Donald Trump has no such concerns. For that we should be grateful.


Donald Trump expected to draw thousands in Phoenix

July 10, 2015

Focus on illegal immigration resonates

Due to overwhelming demand for tickets to hear presidential candidate Donald Trump, his Saturday, July 11 event is moving from the Arizona Biltmore Resort to the much larger Phoenix Convention Center.*

Within hours after it was announced that Trump was scheduling a visit, organizers began scrambling to locate a larger crowd accommodating venue. At last count, over 3,500 people have signed up for the free tickets at www.standwithtrump.eventbrite.com.  Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will accompany Trump, who will be speaking on illegal immigration.

Trump’s poll numbers have surged, topping out the GOP candidate list, according to this just released national survey. Rasmussen reports that most Americans agree with Trump on the criminality associated with illegals.

The Washington Post reports that Jeff Flake — who has the lowest rating in the U.S. Senate, 3-points below bottom-dragger John McCain — attempted to pressure Maricopa County GOP chairman Tyler Bowyer not to sponsor the event.

But Bowyer would have none of it, instead issuing a statement in response to Flake’s comments saying the party is “thrilled” to welcome Trump. Bowyer accused the senator of violating former president Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment: “Thou shall not speak ill of any other Republican.”

“It is saddening that at a time when Republicans should be exposing the negligence and failed policies of Democrats — from sanctuary cities to DACA and catch-and-release to Obama’s refusal to secure the border — some Republicans choose to instead gossip about which GOP presidential candidate was invited to meet with voters in their home county,” the statement read.

Amnesty-supporting Flake declared Trump’s views as not reflective of the Republican Party.

“As an elected official and as a Republican, I’m not excited about this, to say the least,” Flake said. “I don’t think that [Trump’s] views are reflective of the party, particularly in Arizona, a border state.” 

Yet in a case of views being “reflective” much closer to home, when Flake’s then 15-year-old son, Tanner, was exposed for his online spew of vile racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic slurs, Jeff Flake actually apologized on behalf of his son, requiring nothing of him. Tanner, who used the name “ni**erkiller” as a game participant, was equally vicious in his insults of the very Hispanics his dad is working so hard to legalize, referring to Mexicans as “scum of the earth.”  Read our post “Generational Flakes.”

*Phoenix Convention Center, 100 North 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 — North Ballroom.  Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Illegal criminals repeatedly deported, commit new crimes

July 8, 2015

Jeb Bush refers to illegal entry as “an act of love,” Jeff Flake agrees

The senseless murder of Kate Steinle strolling on a San Francisco pier with her father, shocked us all. The vivacious young woman was killed by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, 45, an illegal alien with seven felony convictions. He had previously been deported from the United States five times. San Francisco adopted sanctuary city policies in 1989.

Closer to home in Pinal County, Sheriff’s detectives arrested Manuel Perez-Vasquez, 29, charging him with felony hit-and-run, after the drug impaired illegal alien fled the scene of the collision that hospitalized two children, 2 and 5 years of age.  Perez-Vasquez had previously been deported six times.

Apolinar Altamirano, 29, an illegal alien and previously convicted felon, inconceivably given a suspended sentence and granted probation, was released onto valley streets. He entered a Mesa QuikTrip convenience market from which he had been banned by a court order just two weeks earlier and became enraged when 21-year-old clerk Grant Ronnebeck told the man that he needed money before he could give him the cigarettes he demanded. When Altamirano pulled a gun, Ronnebeck attempted to hand him the cigarettes. The clerk’s efforts were in vain. The 5’6, 250 lb. Mexican national and self-proclaimed drug cartel member, shot young Grant Ronnebeck in the face, killing him.

On the heels of these reports comes this from Breitbart News detailing that hundreds of thousands of convicted criminal illegal aliens remain at large in the U.S. and many have gone on to commit additional crimes. Read the complete report here.

Presidential aspirant Jeb Bush has called the tenacity of illegal invaders “an act of love“ and actually said the issue “shouldn’t rile people up.”

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, like his mentor John McCain, has long pushed for amnesty for illegals.   Flake actually praised Bush for “having the guts to say it.”   

It’s no wonder why we’re seeing red in the border state of Arizona. Duplicitous fools claim to “represent us.”

 


Candidate McCain honors POW — 71 years late

July 7, 2015

Second Lieutenant John R. Pedevillano was a 22-year-old U.S. Army Air Corps bombardier who flew six combat missions before being shot down by Nazi fighter pilots behind enemy lines over Germany on April 24, 1944.  He and his crewmates were later held as prisoners in the notorious Nazi prison Stalag Luff 7, where they were eventually liberated by Gen. George Patton’s forces.

The young American bombardier’s recognition has been a long time coming. He‘s now 93.  But John McCain, joined by Gen. Larry Spencer, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force, is honoring him in a ceremony today —- presenting him with the Presidential Unit Citation with one Oak Leaf Cluster.

As the Arizona senator gears up for his sixth six-year senate reelection campaign, retired Army Air Corps 2nd Lt. Pedevillano provides the opportunity to showcase McCain’s own service and imprisonment during the Vietnam war as the unpopular politician faces 2016 challengers. 

Honoring the valiant wartime missions and ordeals of Lieutenant Pedevillano is laudable. The timing and political aspects are suspect.


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