AZ GOP Chair Robert Graham’s ballot harvesting amnesia

February 9, 2016

More self aggrandizing bravado from Robert Graham while efforts of former Maricopa County GOP chairman A.J. LaFaro get kicked to the curb

In a Monday email blast titled “Encouraging Support for Elections Integrity Legislation,” AZ GOP chairman Robert Graham made a point of thanking everyone but the actual “Man of Integrity” — former Maricopa County Chairman A.J. LaFaro, who has relentlessly worked to expose the ballot harvesting issue for the last year and a half.

What justification could there be for neglecting to mention LaFaro? HB 2023 came about as a direct result of LaFaro’s exposure of  the practice of ballot harvesting in Arizona’s elections. Ballot harvesters worked in the 2012 and the 2014 elections canvassing precincts, collecting ballots, and arranging opportunities for fraud, intimidation, and even the denial of voting rights if they were not turned in prior to the voting deadline.

At legislative hearings, voters in Arizona elections voiced objections to strangers coming to their doors requesting their ballots. Some of these “good Samaritans” even offered to pick up unvoted ballots.

In the height of hypocrisy, Robert Graham commented on the legislators “selfless dedication” which he said reminded him of “what Presidents Truman and Reagan used to say: that you can accomplish a lot when you don’t care too much about who gets the credit.” Unfortunately Graham, was all too eager to neglect to give credit to A. J. LaFaro.

This Oct. 2014 Newsmax “America’s Forum” coverage shows J.D. Hayworth interviewing then-Maricopa County GOP chairman La Faro. Truth Report also exposed the fraud of ballot harvesting in this report revealing the practice engaged in by left-wing activists — complete with a surveillance video featuring dialogue between LaFaro and a vulgar activist.

And Robert Graham? He conveniently purged A.J. LaFaro from the history books. Where have we seen that before?


Green McCain workers whipped into frenzy over slight?

February 7, 2016

In numerous ways, John McCain is AZ’s Bernie Sanders

Dan Nowicki, John McCain’s personal assigned reporter at the daily newspaper, attempts to marginalize Dr. Kelli Ward for her description of some of John McCain’s young campaign workers. He writes that her remarks during a Tucson radio interview have so outraged the young  “millennial Republicans,” that they are demanding an apology from the former two-term state senator, now mounting a credible challenge to McCain.

Nowicki refers to the aged senator who will be 80 by Election Day and is seeking his sixth 6-year term as “having nothing to do” with the contrived outrage. He never leaves fingerprints, since his surrogates take care of business.

Ward, a  Lake Havasu physician referred to “McCain kids” who “have no idea” about his record but who are “enticed by the glimmer of celebrity.”

Long-in-the-tooth Socialist Bernie Sanders is generating widespread support from young voters, consistently and strikingly outpolling liberal Hillary Clinton, as he promises to make college education free and retire student loan debt. Like McCain, Sanders vows to provide a pathway to citizenship for the approximately 30 million illegal aliens in the U.S., who will be competing for jobs and college placement with young American citizens. Obama-like, Sanders promises to take executive action, bypassing congress, to accomplish his goals.

On two consecutive Saturdays in January, Arizona elected precinct and state committeemen assembled for the Maricopa County and state GOP daylong meetings. As they entered each of the meetings, they were approached by fresh-faced young workers wearing T-shirts with John McCain’s name emblazoned on them —carrying clip boards with nominating petitions to qualify McCain for the ballot.  Approaching the arriving committeemen in the cold, still dark early morning hours, most of the workers were greeted with “No thank you” or “McCain? Are you kidding?” It was clear from the surprised looks followed by giggles as the scenario repeated that they were under the erroneous impression that Sen. John McCain has some cache among Republican voters. They were likely unaware that he has repeatedly been censured by those same committeemen in his own party, or of his retaliatory measures to purge them from their elective posts.  Dr. Kelli Ward was not off the mark in her assessment.

As to the McCain workers being described as “volunteers” a state delegate asked a couple of them standing outside the McCain booth if they were paid or volunteers. They nervously exchanged looks before the boldest replied, “We’d rather not say.” That’s not the response expected from enthusiastic volunteers.

Among the letter signers demanding Dr. Kelli Ward apologize were the former Arizona Teenage Republican  chairman, Students for Rubio Chair, along with ASU and UofA GOP activists. 

Since Rubio was integral to the McCain-Flake-Schumer-Durbin, et al amnesty Gang of Eight scheme and is endorsed by McCain’s alter-ego Jon Kyl, it’s not much of a leap to assume there’s a connection. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…you know the rest…..


Robert Robb: Forgetful, schizophrenic or seeking job security?

February 3, 2016

Back in July 2012, Seeing Red AZ congratulated Arizona Republic columnist Robert Robb for what we termed “a masterful job of explaining the deception behind the ballot initiative” known as “Top Two Primary.” A link to his entire column is contained in our post “Top 2 Primary” exposed as anti-conservative ruse.

This wisdom was excerpted from his column:

“A little honesty and sobriety is in order about the top-two primary system initiative that apparently will be on the November ballot. The purpose of the initiative should be stated plainly and bluntly: It is to reduce the influence of conservative Republicans in Arizona. The rhetoric used to sell it will be more lofty. There will be a pretense of deploring extremism on both sides of the political divide. But what’s driving the initiative isn’t a concern that the Democrats who get elected in Arizona are too liberal. It’s a call-to-arms reaction to a bone-deep belief that the Republicans who run Arizona are too conservative.”

Regarding his assessment, we noted, “It’s not what you’d expect to see in the pages of the left-wing Arizona Republic, which has made pushing this agenda a unified effort engaged in by reporters, editorialists and columnists — who must receive marching orders pumped into their ears through nocturnal subliminal messaging between 2:00 and 4:00 a.m.”

The ballot farce allows all candidates — regardless of party affiliation or even opting out of identifying themselves — to compete against one another on the primary ballot, with the “top two” moving on to the General Election. The desire of the left leaning newspaper would be to have two Democrats rise to the top, restricting our ballot choices to liberal and liberal. In an outrageous  column by a now retired political reporter the deception was cunningly referred to as a “multipartisan  effort to counter Arizona party extremists.” Know this. At the Arizona Republic, leftists are never considered extreme.

Fast forward to 2016. What a difference four years make. The newspaper lingers in dire straits, suffering from subscription losses and declining ad revenues. Layoffs and buyouts have left the newsroom in the hands of ASU Cronkite slave labor students and a few remaining hard-core agenda pushers. Robert Robb wears a new title, Editorial Columnist, and now falls in line, with an editorial bearing this headline: Top-two primary would better fit political landscape, but probably not change much. This is the same Robert Robb who previously called out the election farce as “…another disappointing attempt to change election outcomes by changing the rules.”

Dissent is gone. Integrity is an abstract memory. The remaining employees march in lockstep. The anorexic Arizona Republic has pathetically been reduced to decimating entertainment, sports and dishonest drivel passing for news. Identical “reports” are often regurgitated in follow-up issues. Don’t let the charlatans deceive you.

The deceitful “Top Two” election manipulation has seen many incarnations, and like a vampire with a stake in its heart, keeps returning. Here are some of our previous posts:

March 26, 2010: Liberal Linda Valdez promotes guise for deceiving voters

Aug. 5, 2011: AZ leftwingers promote neutered political sham

Dec. 4, 2011: Valdez hopes to gut political parties, blur core lines

Feb. 15, 2012:  Daily’s promotion of political sham revs up

July 6, 2012: Dist. 28 (formerly 11) recertifies its RINO status Update: O’Connor responds

Aug. 7, 2012: “Top-2 Primary” initiative declared unconstitutional; off ballot

Aug. 18, 2012: AZ Supreme Ct. contortionists overturn lower court on “top 2”


AZ Republic’s tacky message to subscribers

February 2, 2016

The shiny white postcard arrived with a terse message oddly bunched in the upper left quadrant. Besides the stiff salutation addressing the recipient by first and last name, were four sentences and the closing, including a replicated signature.

On its reverse side the return address indicated The Arizona Republic as the sender, with the now ubiquitous azcentral.com logo on the next line. That’s the newspaper’s techie moniker letting readers know that the days of publishing a hard copy newspaper are closing in. The front page usually carries a vaguely proctological sounding “go deeper with digital” message.  The communiqué?

 “We want to let you know about a change to your subscription effective March 2016. There will be a change to our subscription cancellation policy. Refunds will only be made to positive account balances of $10 or more. We appreciate your loyalty and thank you for your subscription. 

Sincerely,

Barbara Smith, VP Customer Service” 

Barbara, Barbara, Barbara. How smart is this? We all know the newspaper is in the proverbial toilet. But to admit that so many subscribers are ditching its increasingly lightweight and leftwing content that you affix a monetary punishment as they exit, is not exactly an exhibition of business savvy. This reeks of larceny. There is no restocking fee, as if an electronic product is returned, requiring repackaging and a discounted price. What you are alerting the few remaining readers to is the fact that you intend to keep their money if they have the audacity to leave and still have a balance of…let‘s say, $9.52. That’s indefensible, Barbara.  It’s beyond cheesy. Rational subscribers are leaving because they are tired of being insulted by the editorial policy, reporting slant and the ASU sweatshop student reporting crew that replaced the reporters who took the early buy-out packages the newspaper offered to stay afloat.

So you intend to add further insult to that effrontery by clipping us as we take a hike? It sounds an awful lot like the antiquated concept of alimony — the old pay-up-for-walking-out proposition.

We‘ve never even held hands, Barbara. Don’t even think of grabbing any additional money.


Eden-like wisdom dispensed by John McCharlatan

January 29, 2016

There it was, hanging like juicy, ripe fruit on the tree of Breitbart. Missing was the beguiling temptress to provide the enticement, but the forked-tongue serpent was fittingly portrayed by Arizona’s senior Sen. John McCain. And his message encompassing all political wisdom? John McCain, who spectacularly lost the White House to Barack Obama in 2008 — barely carrying Arizona by 8+ percent — now has the audacity to opine on why Republicans lose elections.

John Nolte, writing for Breitbart makes no bones about the fact that McCain knows a thing or two about losing big. Editor-at-large Nolte correctly noted that McCain lost the 2008 presidential election even before it began. Additionally as we have pointed out, he has few friends outside of the Republicrat establishment and the Democrats he regularly colludes with. For his career-long transgressions, he’s been repudiated by elected Republican state and county committeemen who have repeatedly censured him. Both John McCain and his doppelganger Jeff Flake have been the object of their jeers and backs turned to them in disgust.

Embarrassingly unable to generate a crowd, even with a cringe-worthy suspenseful build up, John McCain chafes at Donald Trump’s ability to draw thousands as he has done during his Phoenix and Mesa visits. When the Arizona senators do hold “town halls” the meetings are frequently closed-door events with hand selected attendees.

In the Breitbart article, McCain absurdly expounds on the integrity of journalists, as if they have that rare commodity in abundance — or that he would even recognize integrity if it looked him squarely in the eye.

SRAZ recommends you take a few minutes to read, Why We Lose: John McCain Blasts Trump For ‘Destruction of the Press.’ It’s definitely worth your time — and reassuring for Arizona conservatives, who are fed up with the decades of John McCain’s arrogant deceit, to know we are not alone.


GOP debate tonight Jan. 28, 2016: 5 to 8 (AZ)

January 28, 2016

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Unpredictable, petulant Trump, ignores voters, grabs headlines,  risks alienating base

Parents have long known it’s the agitating kid demanding attention, who challenges the adults to react. Now the presidential candidate tantrum thrower is not even going to show after pitching a fit and engaging in derisive name calling.  Donald Trump has referred to close rival Ted Cruz as a “liar,” mockingly declaring, “Nobody likes him.”  Accusing Fox News of “playing games” with him, GOP frontrunner Trump is boycotting tonight’s Fox News/Google debate after referring to moderator Megyn Kelly as a “lightweight and third-rate reporter.”

Here we go again. Either by widely publicized inaction or roaring bravado, Trump becomes the news as the seriousness of the prime time debate is pushed to the back burner.

The Fox News/Google main event is set for 6 P.M. (9 p.m. ET) tonight, Thursday, Jan. 28,  in Des Moines, Iowa and marks the first GOP presidential primary debate that is Trumpless. Instead he’ll host an event in Iowa to raise money for Veterans and Wounded Warriors — a noble gesture indeed, but one he could do on any other night. Americans want to hear from the candidates tonight.

Participants include Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, John Kasich, and Rand Paul.

Those qualifying for the earlier, 5 p.m. (AZ time) second tier debate are: Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and Jim Gilmore.

Both debates will be moderated by Fox News anchors. The earlier one will feature Martha MacCallum and Bill Hemmer.  Prime time honors go to Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier and Chris Wallace.

The candidate lineup was decided based on the results of national, New Hampshire and Iowa polling  To qualify for the prime-time debate, candidates had to place in the top six in an average of recent national polls, or in the top five in an average of recent Iowa or New Hampshire polls. The earlier  debate features candidates who received a minimum 1 percent in at least one recent national poll.

This debate will be the candidates’ last before the Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 Iowa caucuses – which kick off the Republican presidential nominating process.

Access the debate on Fox News Channel (cable TV). Streaming at FoxNews.com and Fox News mobile apps. Live stream at KFYI-AM 550 radiol.


Jon Kyl gives Rubio what he wouldn’t want from McCain

January 27, 2016

Since Marco Rubio has entered the presidential sweepstakes, he’s spent an inordinate amount of time running from his job in the senate and attempting to disavow his collusion with John McCain, Chuck Schumer, Jeff Flake, Dick Durbin and the throng of leftists and RINOs who comprised the infamous Gang of Eight amnesty pushers. Fortunately, their efforts failed — again.

Supportive words regarding Rubio’s candidacy emanating from the lyin’ lips of John McCain would amount to a political kiss of death for the amnesty proponent. Enter former Arizona senator Jon Kyl — now toiling as a DC lobbyist.  He was brought in to lavish praise on the obedient establishment clone Marco Rubio.

Rubio exemplifies the same duplicity Kyl and McCain perfected (deceitful campaign ads under links) —  talk tough about the border, win re-election — then immediately reverse course and advocate for amnesty. 

Rubio has taken hits trying to explain away his senate absences by arguing that the votes he would have cast are meaningless. “A lot of these votes don’t mean anything. They’re not going to pass, and even if they did, the President would veto them.”  It’s the old “dog ate my homework” ruse and works about as well.

Florida’s junior senator not showing up for work doesn’t phase Kyl. Politico carries Kyl‘s compliment:

“He didn’t shy away from the [amnesty] issue. People looked to him for leadership, and he provided it,” Kyl said. “Not everybody was happy with the proposals that he actually supported, but there’s an old saying in politics: ‘You can’t get something without giving something.’ If you want to just have it your way all the time, you’re never going to get anything done.”

There’s also an old saying among principled conservatives that Marco Rubio and Kyl obviously missed: “If you stand for anything, you stand for nothing.” 


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