AZ dem colludes with Republicrat in self-promotion scheme

November 30, 2022

Two former politicos interject themselves into area in which they have no influence

Being out of the spotlight poses a challenge for former office holders who were smitten by their own images and what they regarded as brilliance pouring out of their mouths. All they had to do to get publicity as elected officials was have their lackeys call the news media to hear their latest spews intended to keep them in the public eye prior to the next election.

Former Attorney General Samuel Pearson Goddard III, used the less stuffy name “Terry” a contraction of Trey or the Third to bring him down to the level of the common folks whose votes he needed to succeed his father who was governor. But the onetime Phoenix mayor found higher office eluded him. His fellow democrats thought him haughty and Republicans regarded him as a joke when he challenged Fife Symington for governor ridiculing the fact that he was also a “third” who attended a private eastern prep school, as did Goddard. Symington easily won that race.

Democrat Goddard has now aligned with what should be an unlikely new political partner…unless you take the time to follow his odd political meanderings since leaving office. Terry Goddard’s new team member is Richard Romley, also a believer in chummy nicknames. As “Rick” Romley, the man who won office as a Republican, has now been able to reveal himself as the democrat he has always been — excluding the expediency of garnering GOP votes to vault himself into the Maricopa County Attorney‘s Office.

Now the duo of Rick and Terry are pressuring Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Cochise County Attorney Brian McIntyre to consider criminal charges against the Cochise County supervisors who recently refused to certify the county’s election. Neither Romley nor Goddard have any standing in how other elected officials in other Arizona counties opt to handle a potential ballot recount, though they can bluster and whine to garner attention. Their emailed letter can be read here.

They each need a cup of hot cocoa and an early bedtime. They also should come to terms that neither they nor their views hold any rational consequences. Many Arizonans have no idea who these two has-beens are and care less about their views.

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AZ University presidents get massive salary increases, tribes get free tuition

November 20, 2022

The Arizona Board of Regents appears to go to great lengths to keep the public informed, but don’t be conned by a multitude of “pursuants.”  The key words are, “the board will call the meeting to order and immediately convene in executive session.” That translates to “cloak of darkness.”

According to a lengthy report in the local newspaper, Arizona’s university presidents at ASU, UA and NAU all will get steep pay increases granted by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR), who unanimously approved the salary increases and contract extensions based on their annual performance reviews. The report states, “Regents raised no questions or comments prior to their vote.” The term of a regent is eight years, twice as long as the governor who appointments them.

Arizona State University President Michael Crow’s base salary (excluding numerous perks and bonuses) is now $809,846, up 5% from $771,282 a year ago. University of Arizona President Robert Robbins will receive $792,241 in base salary, Northern Arizona University President Jose Luis Cruz Rivera will get a base salary of $576,800, up a hefty 12% from when he assumed the position just six months ago. Crow, who was appointed in 2002, is among the nation’s highest paid public university presidents. Arizona’s governor, who runs the entire state, is paid $95,000 — minus all of the perks paid to the university presidents. Governors are limited to two consecutive four-year terms in office.

In addition to their salaries, the university presidents also receive housing and vehicle allowances, numerous benefits, retirement contributions and the opportunity for hefty bonuses each year based on “achieving various goals for their universities.” All of their contracts were extended.

Regents “approved payouts for achieving some of those goals and set new goals for each of the presidents and the university system over the next year and next several years,” ensuring the money stream keeps flowing.

ABOR members previously discussed the contracts in closed-door executive session “because they are employment and salary issues.” The public, whose taxes fund these excessive salaries, and cash strapped students, often working multiple part-time jobs to make ends meet, as their tuition and fees rise yearly, are unable to be privy to the details of those conversations.

The latest absurdity comes in the form of NAU’s announcement that it will begin providing free tuition for members of any of Arizona’s 22 federally recognized tribes. The University of Arizona already has such a program in place as does Arizona State University. Guess whose tuition will be raised to cover this extremist separatism?


Mexico absurdly claims innocence in gun crimes, wants U.S. to pay $billions

October 11, 2022

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word “chutzpah” meaning raw nerve, is often exemplified by a man who kills his parents and then asks the court for mercy, on the grounds that he is an orphan.

The word, with roots in the Yiddish language, might seem an odd choice to define Mexico’s latest overreach, but it couldn’t be more fitting.

According to ABC News, The Mexican government — suing for unspecified monetary damages — filed another U.S. gun lawsuit Monday, this time against five U.S. gun shops and distributors it claims are responsible for the flow of illegal weapons into Mexico.

Mexico’s first lawsuit, which was recently dismissed, targeted U.S. gun manufacturers and was seeking at least $10 billion in compensation. The second, which Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said was filed in Arizona’s federal district court Monday, targets gun dealers. This is not a new tactic. This criminal complaint was filed in 2021 in Massachusetts. It’s all about money.

“We are suing them because clearly there is a pattern, we contend that it is obvious that there is weapons trafficking and that it is known that these guns are going to our country,” Ebrard said.

Last week, Ebrard threatened that the new lawsuit would target gun shops or dealers in U.S. border states that sell guns to “straw” purchasers passing them on to smugglers, who in turn transport the weapons into Mexico. Marcelo Ebrard, who is unable to acknowledge Mexico is plagued by crime, was affiliated with Mexico’s Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) until 2018.

This is the U.S. Department of State Mexico Travel Advisory, warning that Mexico is “high risk for violent crime – such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery – are widespread and common in Mexico. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico, as travel by U.S. government employees to certain areas is prohibited or restricted. In many states, local emergency services are limited outside the state capital or major cities.”


Deceptive tactics shroud newspaper‘s “new poll,” crucial omission in report

October 5, 2022

A front page news article titled, “New poll clarifies issues Arizonans care about ahead of the mid-terms,” typifies the skew the local newspaper puts on its so-called reports. Ask anyone who follows current events what they would classify as items of importance, topping the list would be the crisis-level inflation brought about by the Biden administration. On equal footing would be the chaotic open border that is a portal for illegal invaders, including frequently returning, violent criminals, who have previously been deported. Democrats view the invading hordes as future party voters.

The newspaper, however, prefers to offer up another vantage point, which it claims represents “the views of Arizona voters across the political spectrum.” These mythical respondents not only “trust the state’s election system,” they also “support investment in infrastructure to keep up with growth, workforce housing options for essential workers from teachers to firefighters, worry about water and want leaders who will compromise to get things done.”

To call this Kyrsten Sinema-type “getting things done” mantra pure lunacy would be understating the absurdity of the allegation. As Republican former presidential candidate Herman Cain told a Tea Party rally over a decade ago, “Singing Kumbaya is not a foreign policy strategy.”

Political principles differ greatly depending on party affiliation. While democrats often cloak their positions to attain greater appeal, they are not adept at concealing their true leftist bent for long. Republicans hold our founding documents in high esteem and protecting our national borders from invaders, both of which requires educated voters. Dems prefer easily manipulated voters.

The survey referred to in the opening paragraph emanates from the Center for the Future of Arizona and McCain aligned HighGround Public Affairs. The Center for the Future of Arizona’s website asks for donations. Interested parties have do a good deal of digging to find that the President and CEO of the organization is Sybil Francis, Ph.D. Nowhere in her grandiose bio is she identified as being the wife of ASU President Michael Crow. According to ASU’s State Press report by Piper Hansen, as of 2021, his salary including an 8% raise of $55,000 put his base salary over $771,000. This is 857 percent higher than average and 1,096 percent higher than the median salary at Arizona State University putting higher education out of the reach of many who desire to continue their schooling and in direct conflict with the Arizona Constitution Article 11, Section 6 — which states “education should be as nearly free as possible.”

Crow is one of the highest paid university administrators in the United States, making more than $1 million after taking into account his other pay sources, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. These figures do not include the $70,000 housing allowance for their $multi-million Paradise Valley home, automobile, other perks, benefits and additional bonuses. There is no separate allowance for a better quality toupee, which is probably why he doesn‘t spring for one himself.


AZ Republic ups its election deceit, hypes radical Mark Kelly

September 23, 2022

Read about the border disaster in Cochise County Arizona

The local newspaper has long been characterized on these pages as a failing entity, losing subscribers faster than a newly tick-bathed dog loses fleas and ticks. It also has less than a nodding acquaintance with facts, otherwise known as truth. As subscriptions have plummeted and longtime reporters and editors were given their walking papers — replaced by ASU Cronkite Journalism students working for a byline — even basic grammar frequently takes a back seat. Seeing Red AZ recently headlined, “AP report: Hard-copy newspapers dying at breakneck speed,” which detailed that  U.S. newspapers are continuing to die at a rate of 2 each week  Fabricating news to fit an agenda is likely a major contributing factor.

A recent pre-election report was topped by this deceitful headline, “Focusing on independence, Sen. Kelly helps Democratic efforts.” Longtime readers of SRAZ are aware that this site does not capitalize the word democrat and never uses the word “democratic” as a political party description, since Republicans, whose first elected president was Abraham Lincoln, are fervent believers in democracy. It’s an act of desperation for the newspaper to describe radical leftist, first-term senator Mark Kelly inaccurately using the word “independence,” since he is willing tool of the left and a Second Amendment restrictionist. The report quotes Kelly as blaming corporations for driving inflation, when corporations provide jobs and keep the economy rolling. It is Joe Biden who is responsible for what is known as “Bidenflation,” a national calamity made all the worse when juxtaposed against the soaring Trump economy.

Our sovereign national border has become a open pathway for illegal aliens to breach, bringing non-English speakers from numerous nations who need living accommodations, food, schooling for their children and bring crime to our neighborhoods. The astronomical costs of $20.4 billion since Biden took office — falling on American taxpayers — in addition to the $140 billion existing illegal aliens already cost, has been reported by Fox News.

The Center for Immigration Studies’ Andrew R. Arthur covers the disaster in Arizona’s Cochise County. Read his report, “Where ‘the Wall’ Ends in Cochise County, Ariz. — Of cartel spotters and the washed-out roads that you paid tens of millions for.”


Biden smears Border Patrol Agents

September 16, 2022

Promises: “Those people will pay. There will be consequences.”


Fraidy Katie Hobbs: AZ dem Gov candidate ignoring voters hits new low & UPDATE

September 12, 2022

Hobbs described as presiding over “emotionally abusive” environment by out-of-state newspaper

Primary elections are behind us. Looking ahead, for democrats, Arizona’s governor’s race is worthy of buying stock in Super Strength Tylenol. Although GOP candidate Kari Lake has been willing and able to debate, democrat Katie Hobbs has retreated, hiding behind whatever contrivances she can conjure up.

Katie Hobbs’ campaign manager, Nicole DeMont, attempted to give cover to her dodging client, who is terrified of a debate with Republican Kari Lake. DeMont posted, “For weeks, Arizona was ridiculed as clips of the GOP primary debate circulated on social media. As a candidate and as governor, Sec. Hobbs will never participate in something that will make Arizona the butt of late-night TV jokes and national ridicule. She has too much respect for the people of Arizona.”

“As a candidate and as a governor”? Nice try, Nicole, but no cigar.

The actual butt…of ridicule and myriad other adjectives…is, in fact, Katie Hobbs. As secretary of state now running for governor, she owed it to Arizona voters to make herself accessible and answer questions in the Citizen Clean Elections (CCE) debate forum that’s been used successfully for two decades. Hobbs even stacked the deck in her own favor by appointing CCE Commissioner Mark Kimble, ostensibly an “Independent,” whose bio shows him to have worked as a senior press advisor and communications director for two Arizona democrat members of congress.

Still, Fraidy Katie dashed in the opposite direction until the clock ran out and the debates incorporating her petulant demands never took place. Hobbs, who demeans the very voters she needs to cultivate, is not deserving of the votes of any Arizonans who are paying attention to the juvenile and insulting tactics she used to cover her inabilities and disconnect with Arizona voters. Trump-endorsed Republican Kari Lake doesn’t denigrate us. She makes herself readily accessible.  Don’t be conned by Fraidy Katie. She is the only statewide democrat candidate who refused to debate their Republican opponent. She even refused to debate her democrat Primary opponent.

News of Hobbs’ myriad problems have even reached the Tennessee Star newspaper, which reports Hobbs has faced high campaign staff turnover, and former employees have pointed to an “emotionally abusive” environment.

UPDATE Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022:

Despite its hard-line leftist stance, the local newspaper has apparently cultivated what could be called a sense of humor, giving front-page, above-the-fold placement, including a lengthy jump-page to a regurgitated headlined report, titled, “Hobbs decides against debate.” Quoting a statement, DeMont now adds, Hobbs “respectfully” declined. Hobbs’ so-called respect does not extend to Arizona’s voters who rightfully expect to hear from the candidates for Arizona’s top job.

Republican candidate Kari Lake, appropriately referred to Hobbs as a “coward.”

When Hobbs was Arizona Senate Minority Leader she admitted her guilt in a case of bigotry against Talonya Adams, a black female lawyer and AZ Senate policy advisor who sued and won a $multimillion judgment in a unanimous verdict. This damming report in the Arizona Republic appeared at the time. The facts have since been suppressed as it promotes this bigot for governor.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2021/12/08/katie-hobbs-apologizes-recognizes-discrimination-talonya-adams-firing/6426337001/


Fake news disseminator describes AZ GOP electors as fake

September 8, 2022

The local Hillary-endorsing newspaper is dying. Though subscriptions continue to plummet, it is so bonded to being a vocal tool of the democrat party it is unable to extract itself from spewing leftist propaganda.

A recent article is a vicious example. Ronald Hansen, described as a “political reporter” is of the slice-and-dice variety as long as the target is a conservative. He has previously written about the hateful antics of some of U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar’s malicious, leftwing and jealous, out-of-state siblings, who have attempted to have dental association PAC donors withdraw their support from Gosar, a popular retired dentist, who ably represents Arizona’s 4th Congressional District.

Hansen’s most recent effort is another attempt at political assassination of conservatives. This time he tries to sully the reputations of those he refers to as “fake electors,” including two doctors and a lawyer, all highly accomplished professionals. The doctors are GOP State Chairman Kelli Ward, D.O., and her husband Col. Michael Ward, D.O  who served as the Arizona Air National Guard flight surgeon. Dr. Kelli Ward, formerly a two-term state senator continued to practice medicine in emergency departments in Lake Havasu City and Kingman, Arizona, during her time in the senate. Phoenix lawyer Jack Wilenchik is described as having “helped convene the Trump electors for Arizona,” which, in the convoluted language of the lacking-in-integrity local newspaper, should make him a candidate for hard labor in an orange jumpsuit.

Gov. Doug Ducey signed SB1158 on May 9, 2021. The legislation requires the state bar to pay attorney fees and other costs associated with the case if the state bar seeks to discipline a lawyer and ends up losing.


Biden’s spokesmouth Karine Jean-Pierre’s warped reality on debt

September 3, 2022

“American Rescue Plan helped turn the economy back on,” she declares

”SpendingTracker.org estimates H.R. 1319 will add $1.8 trillion in new (taxpayer funded) spending through 2031. The bill is 232 pages in length.

H/T RNC


Biden refers to Pres. Trump as the “the former guy” in vitriolic speech

September 2, 2022

Colossal embarrassment not covered by Arizona’s far left newspaper

The slow witted occupant of the White House, primed by his handlers to disparage his predecessor, Pres. Donald Trump — and his legions of supporters — just two months before the November election, delivered an unprecedented speech. Joe Biden claimed the former president and his MAGA supporters “threaten the very foundation of our republic,” characterizing us as attempting “to subvert democracy.”

Biden’s strategists, concerned that the midterms will bring about a backlash to the free spending democrats who have overseen the unparalleled inflation that negatively affects every American, are now into invective hurling, likening the “MAGA philosophy” to “semi-fascism.” As a distraction, the words fall flat, since the abysmal realities under Biden are impossible to conceal. 

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy issued a rebuttal, stating it is, in fact, the democrat president, and his claque dividing Americans.

“In the past two years, Joe Biden has launched an assault on the soul of America, on its people, on its laws, on its most sacred values,” McCarthy said. “He has launched an assault on our democracy. His policies have severely wounded America’s soul, diminished America’s spirit and betrayed America’s trust.”

Ben Shapiro, conservative author and commentator, also succinctly sums up Biden: