Know more about your candidates — follow the money

August 13, 2016

Today we’re providing our readers with a few interesting sites to peruse. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) enables us to see who’s funding our U.S. House and Senate candidates. John McCain is sitting atop $ millions, much of it  donated by the special interest lobbyists, who have curried his favor over the decades he‘s been in Washington. DC

Open Secrets — The Center for Responsive Politics— is intriguing enough to hold your attention longer than you’d planned. Use the pull down box on the top bar to access what interests you. There will be plenty.

Political Party Time even provides the invitations, describes the type of event and location where it’s being held.  This week shows three pages of upcoming events, with Hillary Clinton as the major recipient. Magic Johnson and Leonardo DiCaprio are hosting fundraisers on her behalf. Think of that when you buy your entertainment tickets. You’re helping to fund candidates you would never vote for.

Statewide candidates? The Secretary of State’s Office has the info. County candidates? Check out your county recorders office. The Maricopa County Recorder’s Office enables campaign finance searches.

It’s the weekend. Knock yourself out with an information overload!


Americans becoming more wary

June 14, 2016

Confidence in many established institutions dropping like a rock

Trust in banks, organized religion, news media, and congress fell significantly during the past decade, according to this recent Gallup survey.

The report reveals Americans clearly lack confidence in the institutions that affect their daily lives: the schools responsible for educating the nation’s children; the houses of worship that are expected to provide spiritual guidance; the banks that are supposed to protect Americans’ earnings; the U.S. Congress elected to represent the nation’s interests; the news media that claims it exists to keep them informed and the judiciary which is supposed to render unbiased decisions. The U.S. military remains held in high regard as does law enforcement and big business.

 The nearly across-the-board decline in trustworthiness of these previously solidly respected institutions has given rise to an increasingly jaundiced view, culminating in higher levels of distrust.

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Seeing Red AZ is conducting our own poll, with this two-pronged question: Where has your level of confidence fallen most significantly, and why? We’re also interested in our reader’s solutions.


GOP Senate RINOs aid Obama’s social engineering

May 20, 2016

McCain’s arrogance once again places him squarely with the liberal Democrats  

We usually reserve insightful columns for the occasional “Weekend Reading Guaranteed to Make you Smarter” post, but this article, “GOP Leaders Toss Loin Cloth to Democrats on Obama’s War on Suburbs” by Daniel Horowitz is too important to delay even a day.  After reading it, the questions to ask are, “Where is the news coverage on this major issue, and why the silence?”

John McCain’s shameful vote, cast with the Democrats and 15 other squish Republicrats to kill Sen.Mike Lee’s rational amendment should be a front and center election issue for his Primary opponent

[Thursday’s] votes on Obama’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) “war on the suburbs” program, writes Horowitz,  “demonstrates, once again, that having a GOP conference full of liberals is actually worse than having a smaller conference full of conservatives.  Much like an interception is worse than an incomplete pass in football or a ground out into a double play is worse than a strike out in baseball, electing liberal Republicans helps Democrats more in the long run than working with a minority of conservatives to combat the Left and strive to win future elections with an unvarnished message to voters.” 

Those we send to Washington D.C. to represent us, end up with only one goal in mind: staying in their lofty posts at any cost. Once they are elected, we are insignificant. Our concerns? Irrelevant. It’s time to get the hook and bring them back. After over three decades of giving us the shaft, 80-year-old John McCain is running for another 6-year term. Arizona voters have a chance to make a difference.  Vote for Dr. Kelli Ward.

 


Anonymous campaign mudslinging hits new low in AZ Senate race

May 17, 2016

Signifies raw fear permeating  AZ U.S. Senate race

The slick, double-sided hit piece recently arrived in the mail. As campaign mailers go, it’s a costly full color, 8 1/2 x 11 flyer — that had fear written all over it.

Someone — or some PAC, working double time to conceal their true identity, with no “paid for by” tag on the flyer, went to the trouble of securing a Las Vegas mailing permit, while using a Phoenix P. O. Box number — making it impossible to fact check the wild assertions and contemptible conclusions.

If your message is one you’re proud to send, why obscure your identity?

Running against John McCain is not for the faint of heart.  Although his nearly daily mass emailings begging for donations bypass the Primary and pitch the fallacy that his challenge is from Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick in the General Election, Team McCain is worried that the 80-year-old senator running for another six-year-term, has worn out his welcome since first elected in 1982. That’s a long time to be colluding with the most liberal members of congress and lying to the folks back home who oppose the amnesty McCain‘s been peddling for years, beginning with his 2005 collusion with Ted Kennedy.

His surrogates and also-rans are keenly aware of the censures by elected state committeemen that clearly defined the Grand Canyon sized rift between the very senior senator and the conservative grassroots of the AZ GOP.

In this case, it’s obvious the message is intended to deceive. The putrid piece accuses former two-term state senator and physician Kelli Ward of “taking chances with our national security” claiming her “record on defeating Islamic terrorism is dangerous and weak.”

Going so far as to suggest that a principled and conservative state senator played a role in aiding and abetting “Islamic terrorism” would be laughable if not so egregious. Whoever put together the hit piece, is confusing Washington, D.C. with the state legislature on Washington Street.

Dr. Ward’s husband Colonel Michael Ward, has an impressive military bio, serving as the Arizona National Guard Flight Surgeon, deployed world-wide including voluntary tours to Kuwait, Iraq and Turkey. He is an emergency physician and President of Arizona’s Emergency Medicine Specialists. As parents of three children the Ward’s have worked to make their community, state and nation safer.

This is Dr. Kelli Ward. She has been endorsed by Mark Levin, nationally syndicated talk show host and editor-in-chief of Conservative Review. Breitbart News has given her glowing coverage. The influential Second Amendment group, Gun Owners of America, has endorsed her.

Whoever is behind the deplorable hit pieces needs to be exposed. Arizona voters deserve honesty not deception in this most crucial election.


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.


McCain signs onto bill releasing thousands of criminal aliens

April 16, 2016

In an April 15, 2016 Action Alert, Numbers USA headlines that Arizona Sen.John McCain has signed onto a bill that would release thousands of criminal aliens into the U.S. with no deportations.

 Dear Arizona activists,

We have just learned that Sen. John McCain has become a cosponsor of S. 2123 — the Criminal Justice reform bill that could release tens of thousands of illegal aliens onto the streets.

Even as a member of the Senate Gang of 8, Sen. McCain has always been supportive for the rule of law and spoken against sanctuary cities. But S. 2123 would disproportionately favor non-citizens. According to government data, 77% of federal drug possession convictions and more than 25% of federal drug trafficking convictions in FY 2015 were non-citizens. It’s these criminal aliens that would be released from federal prisons and into our local communities if this bill becomes law. And unfortunately, the Obama Administration has shown little willingness to remove non-violent criminal aliens from the country.

You can read more on the bill here and here.

Numbers USA’s Chris Chmielenski, with the best of intentions though obviously not an Arizonan, urges calls to John McCain’s D.C. office  (202) 224-2235, advising us to tell the senate staffer to let McCain know that we’re disappointed in his support for S.2123 — the Criminal Justice Reform bill that would disproportionately benefit criminal illegals, and urge him to change his position on the bill. 

This is the John McCain — contemptuous of conservative opinions — Arizonans know all too well, which is why elected state delegates at the annual Statutory GOP Meeting overwhelmingly voted to censure him in 2014. The following year, John McCain and Jeff Flake were both greeted by the delegates with boos and turned backs.  Some attendees walked out.

Of “jump off the page” interest is the fact that the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary chaired by S. 2123 sponsor Sen. Chuck Grassley, is a veritable Who’s Who of John McCain and Jeff Flake’s notorious, amnesty pushing Gang of Eight cohorts, including Charles Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D -IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — along with the two Arizona Sens. McCain and Flake. Marco Rubio (R-FL) found his involvement in the amnesty scheme derailed his presidential aspirations.


Paul Ryan: Ambition trumps honor

March 26, 2016

Trust Paul Ryan at your own peril

With a contested Republican convention appearing ever more likely, and the specter of House speaker Paul Ryan ominously beginning to suck the air out of the room, today is as good a time as any to review exactly what Ryan brings to the political table.

Let’s begin with the premise that Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan says he’s not interested in running for president. He was equally adamant about being disinterested in the position of House speaker, stating unequivocally in Sept. 2015, “I don’t want to be speaker,” after John Boehner’s unexpected resignation.  The Oct. edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel covers Ryan being sworn in as speaker.

Then the man touted as a fiscal and budget issues wonk, with a spending plan that would overhaul entitlement programs — when selected as Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012 — ended up giving away the store as he shepherded through Barack Obama’s massive $1.149 trillion omnibus funding bill that Rush Limbaugh exposed as funding sanctuary cities and “all Middle East immigration programs” including the ones that have been “exploited by terrorists.” The much ballyhooed defunding of Planned Parenthood never happened.

In secretive negations, the text of the 2,009-page spending bill was released at 2 a.m. while the separate 233-page tax-extension bill was released just before midnight, ensuring no one read them. Ryan whitewashed his despicable deed by saying “Congress can now move into 2016 with a fresh start.” 

If you’re interested in more on what could be the brokered fill-in GOP candidate and his lawyer and former lobbyist wife with roots in a prominent liberal family? Here ‘tiz.

Then thank John Kasich who has purposely stayed in the race with no chance of winning any state other than his native Ohio. And congratulate the manipulative Mitt Romney who made robo calls for both Kasich and Marco Rubio, despite which the Florida senator suffered a decisive defeat. Romney engineered  the schemes to subvert the votes of the American people who were voting for Trump.