Leftist AZ Republic hammers conservative U.S. Rep. Biggs

February 21, 2018

In campaign mode, liberal agenda moves front and center

 When the Arizona Republic, an undeniably left-wing newspaper endorsed ethically challenged Hillary Clinton for President of the United States in 2016, the editorial board went to great lengths to characterize the endorsement of the scandal-plagued Democrat as an anomaly. The board collectively claimed it was the first time in the newspaper’s history they veered into liberal land. “Despite her flaws,” the ‘Never Trumpers’ wrote, “Clinton is the superior choice.”

The Hill reported that in the final national newspaper endorsement count, Clinton led by 57, to Trump’s 2 — proof that endorsements mean nothing. The only endorsement that matters is that of the voters on Election Day. In a decisive vote against the Jeb! Bush supporting GOP establishment, Trump swept the Electoral College. He also won formerly solid Democrat states. Hillary’s declaration that she was going to shut down coal mining in West Virginia, badly backfired. Traditionally blue states Michigan and Wisconsin joined a host of others that went for Trump.

The Republic’s decidedly leftward lurch is evident with the in-tandem efforts of columnists EJ Montini and Laurie Roberts engaging in unconcealed cronyism with cartoonist Steve Benson, as all ferociously rip the president.

The latest tactic is to undermine Arizona’s strong congressional conservatives with incendiary language in a concerted effort to destroy them. 

SRAZ recently bared the vile effort to undermine U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ CD-4).  The editorial was headlined, “Paul Gosar is a disgrace to Arizona.”  It began with these words, “ Republicans in Congressional District 4 need to find somebody to defeat U.S. Rep Paul Gosar in the primary. His smash mouth style brings serial embarrassment to our state.”

Who are they kidding? The dentist turned congressman makes Republicans who are paying attention proud. Conservatives usually pay extra close attention, and they have no reason to peel away from the popular representative of the people. . 

Now the target is U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ CD-5), former state senate president. Marginal Montini shovels what he views as the first load of escremento, calling Congressman Biggs a “Trump toady,” and maligning him for winning the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes. That prize allowed Biggs to retire from the practice of law and enter the political arena, a move which has greatly benefited Arizonans. Leftist ideologue Montini, a dependable lap dog for the radical mindset of those who pay his salary, has accomplished nothing to which he can point with pride since he was first hired in 1979.

Count on the fact that the newspaper known as the Arizona Repulsive is just warming up. Election season is approaching. But as the failing newspaper is gasping its last breaths it has been rejected by those who were touted as keeping it on course. We recently wrote, “AZ Republic becomes an orphan as both mommies split,” detailing its abandonment.

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Conservatives under siege from both ends of the spectrum

February 18, 2018

AZ Republic hammers whites, senior citizens and evangelicals

In yet another brash surge of leftism, the Trump-hating, illegal alien adoring, Hillary Clinton-endorsing local newspaper has ventured into full thrust spew mode today.

In April 2017 SRAZ posted, “We read the AZ Republic so you don’t have to.” Today’s despicably insulting edition presents the embodiment of that assessment.

Open borders hack Linda Valdez regurgitates her usual blather about how we need “immigrant” workers, never distinguishing between actual immigrants who arrive in the U. S. through our generous legal process, while acclimating to our culture —- and “illegal aliens,two words that are anathema to the radical left.(watch the brief news clip contained in the link.)

Phil Boas, the vicious editorial page editor who devoted years and countless words to taking down his own father-in-law, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is back to trashing President Trump, oddly comparing him to John Wayne’s 1969 movie character Rooster Cogburn.

The method replicates the one recently employed as he oversaw the editorial board’s attempted mutilation of conservative U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R- AZ CD-4) referring to the reputable congressman as a “disgrace to Arizona.“ Roll Call exposed the shockingly shameful antics being used by the GOP establishment in an attempt to oust conservatives in general and Dr. Paul Gosar, in particular. This is not news to Arizona conservatives who have long served as a punching bag for Jeff Flake and Arizona’s Senior Senator {ASS} John McCain.

Boas’ vitriol is not limited to Trump. His hate-bound, small mind also blames “evangelicals and senior citizens” whom he claims turned to a “greasy vagabond lacking character to fight on their behalf.”  That’s his description of the President of the United States. Self loathing Boas, who is white, bizarrely alleges, “Trump is how white people riot,” and asserts “Trump made white people their own tribe.”

The failing newspaper, originally known as the Arizona Republican, long ago abandoned its roots. It is contemptuous of all but the extremist left.


AZ Republic becomes an orphan as both mommies split

February 16, 2018

As if anyone needed further evidence that the local newspaper is on borrowed time, the latest report is that Nicole Carroll, a senior newsroom executive at the Arizona Republic for over a decade, is leaving to take the post of Editor-in-Chief of USATODAY, “the nation’s largest circulation newspaper,’ according to the Republic’s own front page coverage of the abandonment.

The reason behind the large circulation claim is the garish, magazine-like publication is given away “free” at hotels across the USA. Or so we thought. The Gannett publication actually reaps mega millions yearly with the distribution, by colluding with hotels to tack the charges onto your bill.

Just a couple of months ago, Arizona State University bragged it had snagged the Arizona Republic’s Publisher Mi-Ai Parrish. She was willing to ditch the newspaper for what is reported to be a much lower salary to take the post of Professor in Media Innovation and Leadership at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Think of that as inculcating leftwingism to the J students.

Parrish left her post as president and publisher of Republic Media, which operates the Arizona Republic, azcentral.com and La Voz as part of the USA Today Network — to join the Cronkite School on Jan. 1. She will “teach, write, speak and collaborate on how to preserve and grow a robust free press in the digital age.”  With those abilities, Parrish should have stayed at the newspaper and tried to keep it afloat —- although she was probably all too aware of the futility of that ginormous task.

Firings, buy-outs of long term employees and general mayhem have been the order of the day at the increasingly anorexic newspaper. Cronkite students, using colloquialisms and writing in Charles Schultz’ Snoopy “It was a dark and stormy night” style, are ineffectively filling the gaps.

The Hillary-endorsing newspaper is a contemptible farce, mercifully fading fast. It has shrunken in actual size but 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 and desire to gift American citizenship to those who disregard our laws and sovereignty.

Most egregious of all is its propensity to routinely insult the aging demographic readers, who overwhelming voted for President Trump, a man the newspaper despises. Disreputable RINOs McCain and Flake, both on their way out, are its poster “boys” of Republicanism.

ASU’s journalism students have become the unseasoned glue that holds the disheveled mess together, though 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?

Thursday’s edition of the Wall Street Journal carried a cogent editorial, “Peter Thiel’s Warning to the Valley.” The Valley in question was Silicon Valley but the Valley of the Sun would be an apt substitute. The thrust is contained in these few words: “Hostility to half of America isn’t good business—or politics.”


AZ U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar is a man of impeccable integrity

February 12, 2018

The Hillary-endorsing Arizona Republic newspaper isn’t known as the Arizona Repulsive without cause. On Sunday, the “Editorial Board,” a rabid pack of far-left extremists outdid itself with an editorial preposterously titled, “Paul Gosar is a disgrace to Arizona.

With subscriptions in free-fall, the president and publisher taking a hike and Gannett stock plunging, the frantic gang is dedicated to finding a tactic to purge conservatives in the wake of the congressional exit of solid U.S. Rep. Trent Franks. They are also banking on the newly revamped Kyrsten Sinema winning the senate seat being vacated by unable to win re-election, Jeff Flake —  an open borders McCain clone whose polling was so low, he abandoned his quest for reelection. After the publication of his anti-Trump booklet with a stolen title, his approval rating toppled to 18%. SRAZ supports conservative Dr. Kelli Ward for senate.

With its last gasps, the newspaper is taking shots at Congressman Gosar for his reliable honesty. In Arizona Republicese, the words “illegal aliens” are anathema. When he calls for truth in the investigations of the partisan FBI and Justice Department, he is castigated by the liberal newspaper. The editorial even lays out its pathway to replacing him. Don’t be fooled by the agenda driven leftists taking their last gasps.

Gosar rightly linked liberal billionaire George Soros to the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia last August. Calling out the shared Obama and Soros agenda is over-the-top to the radicals at the newspaper. Bringing up the undeniable fact that as a young man in Hungary, Soros turned fellow Jews over to the Nazis, is tantamount to “blowing an anti-Semitic wolf whistle.”

David Horowitz’ expertly researched Discoverthenetworks.org makes the connections crystal clear —- absent the liberally biased lens of the myopic local newspaper.

Heritage Action for America ranks Arizona District 4 Congressman Paul Gosar with a strong 97% approval rating.  Conservative Review gives Gosar a Liberty Score of “A.

Read Rep. Gosar’s bio, filled with remarkable facts about the dentist turned congressman and see all of the other current and career ratings he has amassed.

Without a doubt, Rep. Gosar is deserving of retaining the seat he has ably held since 2013.


AZ Republic’s prelude to Sinema endorsement

February 5, 2018

‘Sally McCain’ gets axed by her former chums at the AZ Republic

The hot-to-trot Arizona Republic is already making endorsements in the Aug, 28, primary election. Seven months in advance is an unusual jump start, but the left-wing newspaper wants to leave no stone unturned in its ultimate endorsement of CD-9 U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema for the U.S. Senate. The seat is prudently being vacated by one-termer Jeff Flake whose 18% approval numbers are lower than dirt.  This is extremist Kyrsten Sinema, before she altered her appearance and softened her tone.

Last Oct. Flake acknowledged he would not be able to win the Republican primary admitting, “That’s the bottom line.” Not quick on the uptake, he oddly thought he could increase his popularity by referring to Trump-supporting Republican primary voters as “a subset of a subset.”

The first clue that the Hillary endorsing newspaper was no longer standing with Martha McSally — often referred to on this site as Sally McCain, for obvious reasons — was the column by Linda Valdez’ protégé Elvia Diaz.

Diaz’ piece titled,Will the real candidate Martha McSally stand up? (hard copy headline) slams McSally into a no-win spot, exposed for refusing to endorse presidential candidate Donald Trump as she now engages in “kissing up” to President Trump. Reading the article the bigger picture becomes clear:  Beat up on McSally, then take the hatchet to Dr. Kelli Ward and former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, both of whom Diaz eviscerates. Here’s her dire prediction:

’”I’m not impressed with the new McSally. But I would – in a heartbeat – take the former female fighter pilot over Arpaio or Ward. Arizonans must reject the extreme views of the former Maricopa County sheriff and the former state legislator who promotes isolationism in trade and global politics. That kind of philosophy hurts America; we must wake up before it’s too late.”

The article, filled with arrogant bluster foolishly assumes whatever newspaper readers remain are all compliant Republicrats in lock-step with Diaz’ far leftist views and will vote according to instructions in the primary election.

The predictable tag team columns follow, with E. J. Montini, declaring McSally suddenly McSkittish about criticizing the president. Sap queen Laurie Roberts also weighs in.

In 2016 McSally won this warm newspaper endorsement. How times have changed in Liberal Land. Conservatives are supporting Dr. Kelli Ward, a straight talking, principled two-term state senator and physician. Check out her website, see where she stands on the issues of importance and send her a donation.  This is a critically important election with far-reaching national implications.

Arizonans have a rare opportunity to replace deceitful Jeff the Flake. Señor Juan McAmnesty is seriously ill and has not returned to D.C. in weeks while undergoing treatment for brain cancer. Expect another senate seat to open soon.

 


AZ legislators deserve a pay increase after 20 years

January 25, 2018

Several states have tied legislative salaries to median household income, allowing for automatic, gradual increases

Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts blandly describes herself as “a wife and mother…who loves all things Arizona….” What she neglects to mention is her contempt for Arizona’s state legislators who are among the lowest paid in the nation. She writes three columns a week and presumably gets paid for a full week‘s work. Legislators work full time during the session and serve constituents throughout the year. They also have to be ready to be called back into special session at the whim of the governor. They have not had a pay increase since 1998. It’s a good bet Roberts has.

Roberts, who thinks $24,000 a year is adequate compensation for those we elect and entrust with writing Arizona’s laws, is now hammering state Rep. Bob Thorpe (R-LD 6) for sponsoring two salary related bills — bringing them into the realm of reality in a state where increases of their paltry wages have been denied by voters for the last twenty years. Thorpe realistically proposes to tie future raises to the salaries of supervisors from counties of 500,000+ residents.

Rep. Thorpe also hopes to tie per diem to  the federal reimbursement rate –– raising the daily expense rate for out of Maricopa County legislators from $60 a day to $130. Those who are elected within Maricopa County would see a modest $7 increase per diem

Although today’s rampant political correctness constrains Laurie Roberts from referring to state lawmakers as “90 dwarfs” as former Arizona Republic columnist David Leibowitz frequently did, Roberts disparages the Flagstaff representative as “The Thorpedo,” for running the two bills: HCR 2016 and HB 2275.

Low pay restricts who can realistically serve  in the legislature, since a family could not subsist on $24,000. Few employers can or will allow citizen legislators to take months off work every year and travel to the state capital, which is why retirees, housewives or those with ample financial resources dominate the chambers. Juxtaposed against the rate of inflation, the current salary has decreased.

In Feb. 2013, we wrote AZ legislature: It’s not a part-time job. Responding to the demands of the job has become increasingly complex. Arizona is a large state with diverse issues.

The Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, covering first responders, correctional officers and elected officials has expanded its use of outside consultants by hiring a media relations and crisis communications contractor. And what a surprise to read that legislative basher David Leibowitz was awarded the lucrative $72,000 contact. How often will the word “dwarf” slip out of his mouth now that this state retirement system is paying him? We’re betting it’s been excised from his venomous vocabulary.

Laurie Roberts’ own employer ran this 2017 news report citing a national study finding the state’s retirement system ranks as one of the worst performing in the country, but pays the highest management fees. Perhaps that’s where she should direct her misplaced wrath.


MLK Day icon Calvin Goode isn’t so iconic

January 16, 2018

Double standard exists: Calvin Goode made a mockery of MLK’s words when attempting to defeat a “white” woman based solely on her race

Reporting on Martin Luther King Day observances, the Arizona Republic gave front page coverage to notable black community activists and the winner of the Calvin C. Goode Lifetime Achievement Award.

What is omitted in the coverage is Goode’s own not so subtle bigotry. As we noted back in 2013, Goode threw the inspirationalI have a Dream” sentiments of Martin Luther King to the wind as he vigorously opposed a fellow Democrat woman running for a city council seat based solely on….her race. Take a couple of minutes to read Calvin Goode: Former councilman proposes racial gerrymandering, which includes his confounding letter to the newspaper’s editor explaining why “white” Kate Gallego should not be elected to the District 8 Council seat.

 Goode, who served on the Phoenix City Council for over two decades, elected by people of all races, shamefully opposed Kate Gallego not on the content of her character, but on the color of her skin — turning Martin Luther King‘s words on their ear. Regardless of Goode’s embarrassing protestations against her, she was elected. As an update, we note that in the intervening years her marriage to Ruben Gallego abruptly ended before the birth of their child.  Ruben Gallego is now the far-left, Trump-bashing congressman representing AZ CD 7.

This post, Council candidate Kate Gallego subject of incendiary race baiting, relates the vicious verbal abuse aimed her way by disreputable anti-white bigot Jarrett Maupin, II, a one-time Al Sharpton protégé. It exposes the appalling silence of the duplicitous Arizona Republic when she was called “white sham candidate in brown face,” “an interloping political puppet,” (albeit with a degree from Harvard and an MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania) and “a white political patsy.”  He also referred to her as “a power-hungry white…who not is openly campaigning as white. Liberal Kate Gallego apparently has learned nothing from the racial political grinder she was put through. She is now a declared candidate for Mayor of Phoenix, and an open apologist for illegals, who she says, “benefit our city” by making it more “diverse.”

As we stated in 2013, “Seeing Red AZ is a politically conservative site, not in the business of giving aid and comfort to leftist Dems such as Kate Gallego.  However, the vicious assaults on this woman are reprehensible, and standing by in silence would be condoning this despicable behavior. We would be remiss not acknowledging that fact, regardless of race or party affiliation.”

Prejudice can flow in both directions and is equally abhorrent regardless of its origins. Oddly, the newspaper refuses to acknowledge this truth. And deserving recipients are gifted with a Lifetime Achievement Award named in honor of bigoted Calvin Goode.