Leftist AZ newspaper works to purge elected Republicans

May 23, 2016

Routinely calls on elected Republicans to resign

The newspaper of record in the state of Arizona is auditioning for a new gig as its readership is dwindling to non-existence.  The remaining crew — few can legitimately be called journalists — have found their niche in despotism.

Its latest trick is an attempt to seize power by demanding office holders not of their liking step down.  The newspaper has even advocated for appointment rather than elections to political posts.

The folks at the newspaper recoil from Republican voters having their say, opting instead for open primaries, where the top two vote getters — which they hope are both Democrats — vie against one another.  Recently columnist Robert Robb pondered why the state treasurer was an elective office. Maricopa Country Sheriff Joe Arpaio has long been in their stand-down sights, marginalized at every turn. Longtime Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell “must resign” due to long lines on Election Day. Secretary of State Michele Reagan is ridiculed as “inept” by left-wing  partisan E.J. Montini. His fellow traveler, columnist Laurie Roberts mocked Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich for not postponing the May 17 election due to a snafu with the publicity pamphlets getting mailed out in a timely manner. The state legislature is continually accused of nefarious schemes. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas has been the subject of ongoing insidious insults and a failed recall attempt.

The list of those unworthy of staying in office is long and decidedly partisan, since the elected officers they love to hate are invariably Republicans — most often conservatives.

An editorial preceding Arizona’s March 22, 2016 presidential preference primary bared the newspaper‘s agenda clearly with the headline urging voters to “Reject Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Vote John Kasich instead.” Trump and Cruz are anti-GOP establishment.  Kasich would be better suited running as a Democrat. The skewed view was sounded rejected by voters who gave the majority — 47% — to Trump.

Film critic Bill Goodykoontz was pulled in on the double duty task to write, “Covering Trump’s lies no simple task.”  Neither subtlety nor honesty rank as top considerations at the unabashedly liberal Arizona Republic.

Here are the facts: Arizona holds the distinction of having Republican majorities in both the state House and Senate. The Senate President and Speaker of the House are Republicans. The Governor is a Republican, as is the Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, the state Mine Inspector and the five members of the Corporation Commission. Arizona has nine congressional districts, with Republicans holding five of the seats and those misappropriating the GOP brand holding the two U.S. Senate seats.

Maricopa County, which includes the capitol of Phoenix and numerous other cities and towns, has Republicans holding 4 of the 5 Board of Supervisor posts, a Republican Sheriff, County Attorney, Treasurer, Assessor, Recorder, Clerk of the Superior Court and County School Superintendent.

This is untenable to the left and they strive to change it on a daily basis.


Leftwing AZ Republic goes to bat for John McCain

April 25, 2016

Republic’s parent company Gannett pushing hostile takeover of Tribune Publishing

The front page of the left -of-center Arizona Republic was ablaze with an above-the-fold article and photo featuring an intense looking John McCain. He’s very concerned, donc’ha know, about what the newspaper refers to as “tales of suffering caused to Navajos by the Gold King Mine toxic spill.” McCain is also distressed about veterans. It’s election season and after decades in D.C. Arizona’s senior senator — who will be 80 by Election Day and is running for yet another 6-year term — knows how to gin up votes. With his overly long career on the line, he can’t afford to dismiss any potential constituencies these days.

McCain, who was literally chased off the Navajo Nation by tribal members, and told to “Get off our land,” less than a year ago, has recently developed an epiphany regarding Navajo issues. He needs tribal votes in a race that resembles a disastrous career ender for him.  His reception was similar to the one CD-1 Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick received from constituents assembled at a local grocery store for a town hall meeting that went very much awry. She wanted no part of a question and answer session and high tailed it out within minutes to hoots and hollers.  A man in the crowd reminded her, “You’re our employee!” Her abrupt exit was cheered, along with the shout, “Don’t come back!”

Expect John McCain to take another border stroll and make promises to “secure the border“ he has no intention of keeping. This deceitful behavior wins him prime space and accolades at the pro-illegal alien, pro-amnesty, Gannett-owned  Arizona Republic.

If the news conglomerate is successful in its unsolicited bid to buy out the majority of publishing entities for $815 Million, it will control the nation’s news as it does Arizona’s.

 According to it’s own press release, Gannett Co. Inc.,  which recently completed the $280 million acquisition of Journal Media Group. is “disappointed” that Tribune Publishing has refused its “highly compelling” offer. Gannett currently owns 108 newspapers and their affiliated digital properties which now comprise the newly created USA TODAY NETWORK.

If successful in its  takeover, George Orwell’s best seller “1984 ”will have come to pass. Read our April 3, 2013 account of Winston Smith. It will fill in the blanks.


Unbiased press? Not at the AZ Republic

April 17, 2016

Fishy_Arizona_Republic

Uber liberal editorial writer Linda Valdez, given two pages to celebrate her “love story” of  marrying an illegal alien who stealthily crept into the United States, writes, “Why GOP isn’t fit to govern.” The Republican crime?  Rejecting a hearing for Obama’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court in his last months in office.

Valdez’ biased selective memory ignores the fact that in January 2006, then-Sen. Barack Obama advocated filibustering (video) President George W. Bush’s choice of Samuel Alito to the high court in the same set of circumstances.

“How many kids are Republicans adopting?” was the absurd headline of editorial columnist Elvia Diaz’ incoherent rambling advocating for same-sex couples to adopt.  Diaz managed to squeeze the word Republican three times in a four sentence Quick Hit.

The left leaning newspaper, using the label “unfair” in a recent headline on the topic — in reference to the adults not the children — honed it’s skills under the  tutelage of “openly homo-journo” Randy Lovely who made the celebration of homosexuality a focal point of his tenure at the Arizona Republic. Lovely recently moved within the Gannett operation to VP of community news at USA Today.

Valdez and Diaz are not alone in their visceral loathing of Republicans. GOP hatred is a mainstay of the editorial board and columnists E.J. Montini, Laurie Roberts and cartoonist Steve Benson

The few remaining readers (Pew Research Center) of this hate-filled fish wrap should consider that their subscriptions keep this garbage flowing.  Cancel. It’s liberating and a guaranteed money saver.


Are you inclined to vote away your right to vote?

April 12, 2016

 The Arizona Republic would like nothing better than to relieve you of the burden

Fishy_Arizona_RepublicRobert Robb, the libertarian-leaning columnist at the daily newspaper has often been the stand alone voice of reason at the increasingly leftist publication. Recently, however, he’s been veering into uncharted territory, pulling a complete switcheroo on issues of importance. In February we exposed the scheme being pushed by the Arizona Republic, calling him out for his disappointing change of mind from his previous stance on the “Top Two Primary,” titling the piece, “Robert Robb: Forgetful, schizophrenic or seeking job security?” The post includes Robb’s original logical assessment of the overreach in the second paragraph.

Now with State Treasurer Jeff DeWit announcing his intention not to seek reelection when his term ends in 2018, we get another odd dose of Robert Robb. This time he’s devoted a column to asking, “Why do we elect a state treasurer?”

We’ve been down this road before. In this May 2015 post “AZ Republic wants to mute your voice, muzzle your vote,” we reminded our readers about the deception that has previously come packaged as a component of the benign-sounding “Home Rule.” We characterized the contemptible plan to separate citizens from their votes with these words:

“There have been other such schemes over the years. The warm and fuzzy sounding “Home Rule,” included provisions to appoint all county “line officers” as they were dismissively called, including the County Attorney, Sheriff, Treasurer and School Superintendent. Though its intent was to eliminate citizen’s ability to vote for these and other county officials —-  turning the immense appointment power over to the Board of Supervisors —- it was promoted as merely a “housekeeping” budgetary provision. Arizona voters caught on quickly as did the elected office holders, both successfully pushing back against this ruse.”

The slippery tricksters at the Fish Wrap even went editorial to advocate for appointing the five members of the Arizona Corporation Commission. In July 2012 we wrote, “Left promotes schemes to separate you from your vote.”

In fact the intended mission was to get citizens to the ballot box to….vote away their right to vote. Under the guise of simplifying the process, we would cede to the Board of Supervisors our ability to vote for what were contemptuously termed “line officers.” 

The argument always began with the office of the mine inspector — a state official.  “Who knows who the mine inspector is or what he does? Why should that be an elective office?” From there it went down the line of county officers from assessor to  recorder and every office in between.  When the Sheriff was the topic, the incessant liberal echo was “The police chief is appointed, why not the sheriff?”

The plan is to encourage voters to vote to give their votes away. Think of it as a deliberate attempt to separate you from your vote by telling you others can vote on your behalf more efficiently and effectively.

What each of these offices have in common is the fact that they are all held by elected Republicans. No wonder the newspaper wants them appointed.


“Court packing” double talk from the devious left

April 11, 2016

Linda Valdez, the far-left editorial writer at the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) is having anxiety attacks over what she repeatedly refers to as “packing the court.” A piece of legislation (HB 2537) winding its way through the chambers allows for the addition of two new Supreme Court justices on the Arizona high court, expanding the number from the current five to seven members. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey would make the appointments filling the two vacancies if the bill wins approval.

The court building and bench were constructed to accommodate the increased number of justices.

SRAZ currently takes no position on the plan. But it’s interesting to ponder if Valdez would be so indignant if the date were 1937 and it was the U.S. Supreme Court that was under consideration for expansion to as many as 15 justices.

That was the Machiavellian scheme of Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt who planned to expand the U.S. Supreme Court, allegedly to make it more efficient. Critics charged that Roosevelt was trying to “pack” the court and neutralize Supreme Court justices hostile to his radically liberal “New Deal” of overreaching  federal programs. During the previous two years, the high court struck down several key pieces of New Deal legislation on the grounds that the laws delegated an unconstitutional amount of authority to the executive branch and the federal government.

In an obsessive power grab, Roosevelt then attempted to mandate retirement at full pay for all members of the court over age 70. If a justice refused to retire, an “assistant” with full voting rights was to be appointed, ensuring Roosevelt a liberal majority. Most Republicans and many Democrats in Congress opposed the so-called “court-packing” plan — with the Senate striking it down by a vote of 70 to 22. Ultimately, Roosevelt nominated his first Supreme Court justice, and by 1942 all but two of the justices were his appointees.

Our bet is Linda Valdez would have been all too happy to see such liberal activism from the executive branch in reconfiguring the federal judiciary.

After Franklin Roosevelt was elected to an unprecedented fourth term, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was passed, officially limiting presidential tenure in office to two terms of four years each.

Valdez doubtless would have opposed that curtailment of the “president for life” measure, as long as the president was a like-minded liberal.

Smithsonian.com has a wealth of information on FDR and his audacious court packing scheme.


Calls for Helen Purcell’s head hides far different agenda

March 31, 2016

The few remaining readers of the Arizona Republic can be forgiven for having the misconception that there is a clamor for Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell’s head on a platter.

Whenever its target is a Republican, the liberal newspaper shifts into high gear, engaging in the multi-pronged, gang-like, drive-by it has honed to an art form. Biased articles passing as news, are followed by more skew at the hands of the two looney left columnists Roberts and Montini and inky deceit by cartoonist Steve Benson.  At issue are the long lines and inadequate number of polling places available for voters, some of whom waited for hours to participate in Arizona’s presidential preference election. Statewide, Republican and Democrat voters ultimately supported Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Most used mail in ballots.

Purcell has held the office that maintains voter registration for nearly 2,000,000 registered voters and administers the Elections Department for 28 years. When the snafu occurred, she faced angry mobs calling for her resignation. Purcell apologized and took “full responsibility,“ but that wasn’t nearly good enough.  They wanted far more.

“We certainly made bad decisions, and having only 60 polling places, didn’t anticipate there would be that many people going to the polling places,” she said. “We were obviously wrong — that’s my fault.” 

The left was not placated. The identity throng began its racket, claiming Purcell purposely engaged in minority voter suppression — and as if on cue in today’s hooligan environment, began calling for her resignation or recall. In Soros-like fashion, angry mobs sprung up in legislative chambers and on valley streets.

Purcell rightly dug in her heels as protesters congregated outside her Phoenix office. “I’m not going to resign,” she stated. “The electorate is free to do whatever they want to do.”

Phoenix’ leftist Mayor Greg Stanton, hopped onboard this political gravy train, issuing a request for a  U.S. Department of Justice investigation, alleging Anglo communities had more polling sites per resident.

On the heels of that absurdity, a bizarre rumor erupted, claiming Republican Purcell was secretly working for Hillary Clinton since her late husband Joe Purcell was Bill Clinton’s former Arkansas Lt. Governor. The entire story turned out to be preposterous fabrication.

The woman who has won numerous awards for her professionalism is now facing challengers, including one with no experience in the field who calls her an “epic failure.”

The actual issue that drives the rabble is they see this as the opportunity to seize the primary elections from the parties that actually field candidates.  This was Robert Robb, showing some spine on the open primary in July 2012. He called it “another disappointing attempt to change election outcomes by changing the rules,” adding, “The purpose …should be stated plainly and bluntly: It is to reduce the influence of conservative Republicans in Arizona.”  By Feb. 2016, Robb had developed job security linked amnesia.

 


AZ Republic leftists dispense election advice to GOP voters

March 21, 2016

A recent post Medved schemes to obstruct 2016 GOP prez nominee took Republicrat radio talk show host Michael Medved to task for scheming to throw the GOP presidential nomination into chaos — by angling for a brokered convention resulting in a compromise candidate who has not been a player in the primaries and caucuses. Medved has repeatedly counseled his listeners to shun both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz and vote for John Kasich, a man who has only won a single primary — in his home state of Ohio. Kasich drags bottom in GOP polling.

As if on cue, the Friday edition of the far left Arizona Republic newspaper does exactly the same thing with a full-page editorial written in unison by the collectivists on the editorial board. The 4-inch high headline blasts: “Reject Trump. Reject Cruz. Vote Kasich.”

The hypocrisy of a left-wing outlet righteously interjecting itself into Tuesday’s GOP primary in Arizona is unrivaled. But with readership tanking and subscriptions hemorrhaging, being outlandish isn’t risky for the failing newspaper.

Using fantastic metaphors in a vain attempt to explain the emergence of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, the newspaper demeans Trump supporters as “a goon squad.”

Yet in the end, it’s all about the illegal invasion, which the newspaper supports and the majority of Arizonans disdain. Telecommuting editorialist Linda Valdez , we should remember, is married to a Mexican national. The editorial derides the idea of a border fence claiming it “will incite our neighbor and strategic partner” Mexico.

“Incite?” Americans who shoulder the burden of the invasion at a  cost of nearly $900 billion a year, are the ones who are rightfully incited.

Bloomberg News reports today on the latest shocking revelation from our “strategic partner” Mexico, which  is mounting an unprecedented effort to turn its permanent residents in the U.S. into citizens, a status that would enable them to vote  —- presumably against Donald Trump.

Grossly underestimating the actual number of illegals — referred to as “undocumented immigrants” in the U.S., — the Arizona Republic uses the fallback fallacy about “separating families’ when the parents are free to take their American-born children with them when they return home.

They don’t like the brilliant and accomplished Sen. Ted Cruz any better. The  editorial board gets down in the dirt, calling him “unlikable,” and “despised by fellow senators.”  Obviously the reference is to John McCain who, after calling Cruz and other conservatives “wacko birds” for standing up for core principles,  finally apologized when he was taking brick bats for his indefensible words.

The daily calls Trump’s motives sinister and demeans his supporters frustration as a desire “to level the Washington establishment.“

It’s a good bet thoughtful Arizonans casting their ballots in the Republican primary tomorrow will not be supporting Kasich in droves. Cruz was correct in calling him a “spoiler.” That’s the only reason he’s rated a blip on the Republic’s radar.

On the facing page, the newspaper’s Democrat endorsement goes to the distrusted Hillary, who deserves to be in prison. The headline: “Clinton’s experience makes her a clear choice.”


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