GOP lures AZ Navajos: Dems take state senate hit

November 24, 2015

The newest Republican on the Arizona political scene is state Senator Carlyle Begay, (LD7)  a Democrat who officially switched affiliations and joined the GOP Monday. Begay, a Navajo from Ganado represents a rural district which encompasses Navajo and Hopi reservations. Gov. Doug Ducey welcomed Sen. Begay with this statement.

In announcing his decision, Begay released this powerful explanatory video, “Change Must Happen Now,” in which he states the Republican Party is the party of progress and opportunity. Troubled by the failing education system, high dropout rates, crumbling infrastructure and staggeringly high unemployment rates in Arizona’s tribal communities, Begay says he’s found it is the Republican Party which has been willing to work with him to address these issues of concern.

Shawn Redd, a Republican businessman, is running for  the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona’s massive First Congressional District. Redd is also a member of the Navajo Nation making him somewhat of an anomaly in his community, where tribal members lean Democrat. 

Other announced GOP CD1 candidates include Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, AZ House Speaker David Gowan, and rancher/businessman Gary Kiehne. 

Unlike on-again, off-again Democrat U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick — elected in 2008, losing in 2010 and reelected in 2012 — now stepping down from the House seat to run for the senate, Shawn Redd doesn’t have to learn to speak the Navajo language. He describes himself as both a conservative traditionalist and a realist who examines the issues and keeps an open mind when developing workable solutions. Shawn Redd’s website can be viewed here.

Govs: Public safety trumps political correctness

November 17, 2015

AZ Gov. Doug Ducey makes proper decision regarding “refugee” resettlement

In the aftermath of the ISIS-led synchronized slaughter of innocents at numerous sites in Paris on Friday, and the recent downing of a Russian commercial airliner, Gov. Doug Ducey has issued this prudent statement regarding the resettlement of unvetted Muslims claiming refugee status in Arizona:

“Given the horrifying events in Paris last week, I am calling for an immediate halt in the placement of any new refugees in Arizona. As governor, I am invoking our state’s right under 8 USC, Section 1522 (a), to receive immediate consultation by federal authorities per the United States Refugee Act, and that the federal government take into account the concerns and recommendations of the state of Arizona as they are required to under federal law, in our efforts to keep our homeland safe. I also call on Congress and the President to immediately amend federal law to provide states greater oversight and authority in the administration of the placement of refugees. These acts serve as a reminder that the world remains at war with radical Islamic terrorists. Our national leaders must react with the urgency and leadership that every American expects to protect our citizens.”

With Ducey’s announcement, Arizona joins a growing list of states that have rejected the relocation of middle easterners claiming refugee status: Alabama  Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin have all announced their intentions to opt out.

Despite a  new  ISIS released video vowing an attack on Washington, D.C,  Barack Obama, speaking in Turkey, said that “the United States has to step up and do its part.”  Obama plans to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees now, with thousands more to come.

Some Democrat governors also voiced support for the “refugees.”  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said his state ‘“will continue to welcome those seeking refuge from persecution, regardless of where they come from or the religion they practice.” Democrat Govs. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania and Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut also said their states will have open door policies. New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, joined her Republican colleagues.

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, (R-Penn), appealed to Gov. Wolf in a letter urging him to reconsider his position. “’I write to urge you in the strongest terms possible to reconsider your plans to accept the so-called ‘refugees’ fleeing Syria and welcome them to Pennsylvania,” Barletta wrote, noting his position on the House Committee on Homeland Security and suggesting it’s best to wait to accept refugees “until a security apparatus is in place.”

In June, U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) sent this prophetic letter to Barack Obama and ranking members of the administration, expressing his concerns regarding resettlement of thousands of potential Islamic extremists.  

Foolishness is one thing.  Democrats appear to revel in needlessly imperiling American lives.

Ken Bennett, Paul Babeu relocate to run in CD 1

November 6, 2015

Ken Bennett the guitar strumming politico resigned his position as chairman of Republican Legislative District 24 in Phoenix earlier this week to devote more time to his candidacy for the U.S. House in Congressional District 1. Bennett, a former Secretary of State and failed 2014 gubernatorial candidate has recently worked as a lobbyist for the state court system followed by a stint with SDB Contracting Services — but its the political arena that he craves.

The longtime Prescott resident has moved frequently of late as he sought various political posts. Most recently, he has  taken up residency in Maricopa, AZ as he readies for his latest adventure.

Though he announced his intent to seek the congressional seat in July, Bennett’s congressman website remains oddly devoid of any information, though it does have the all-important donation page.

In addition to House Speaker David Gowan, other Republicans in the race are Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who strolled the Arizona/Mexican border with John McCain in 2010, aiding McCain’s deceitful ‘complete the danged fence” reelection charade. Immediately after the ballots were counted, McCain and Jeff Flake formed the “Gang of Eight” pro-amnesty cabal in which they colluded with the most liberal of Democrats. Marco Rubio, now a presidential candidate, was an eager participant.

Now Babeu has also moved to facilitate his CD 1 race. Only rancher and business owner Gary Kiehne actually has generational roots in the district.

The First Congressional District seat is open since incumbent Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick is running for the U.S. Senate, challenging McCain. Seeing Red AZ strongly supports conservative Dr. Kelli Ward in that crucial senate race.

No news to print? Non-announcements work

November 3, 2015

Christine Jones, who lost the six-way Arizona GOP gubernatorial Primary Election to Doug Ducey by over 20 percent, tells the increasingly devoid of news daily she will not campaign for the 9th Congressional District in 2016. The Congressional seat is currently held by uber-liberal Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, warmly endorsed by the Arizona Republic in 2012.

Referencing CD 9, Jones said, “Although [it] appears eminently winnable, pursuing a seat in Congress at this time is not the highest and best use of my time.”

While she indicated she’d be open to looking at the race again in the future, Jones neglected to say how she’s currently making the “highest and best use” of her time.

We have to hand it to Christine Jones for contriving such a clever political strategy. Few would-be contenders would wait until a vulnerable congressional newcomer is more deeply entrenched before mounting a challenge. Ms. Jones obviously has a plan, as evidenced by her too-late-to-be-a-viable-contender, non-announcement braggadocio. She’s just holding it close to her vest.

GOP leadership collude with Obama, Dems on budget

October 28, 2015

This is why “political outsiders” Donald Trump and Ben Carson are surging

Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) released this statement Tuesday. It came in response to Senate Majority Leader McConnell and lame duck House Speaker Boehner’s budget deal with lame duck President Obama and Congressional Democrats to extend Washington’s failed spending policies another two years.  Cruz called the grand bargain a slap in the face for conservatives and a victory for the Washington Cartel:

“For anyone wondering about the source of the American people’s volcanic frustration with Washington, one need look no further than so-called ‘Republican’ majorities in both houses of Congress increasing the budget and our debt by more than $400 billion. It’s ridiculous, deceitful, and a disgrace.

Make no mistake: the Speaker’s golden parachute is a victory for the Washington Cartel, for the politically connected elite, and for big business and lobbyists who get in bed with career politicians to grow government. Unfortunately, it is a loss for single moms, for Hispanics and African Americans, for small businesses, and for all of those hardworking Americans who can’t afford expensive lobbyists and are hurting the most under the Obama Administration’s failed policies.

No one in Congress who campaigned on stopping President Obama’s runaway spending and debt should vote to advance or pass this golden parachute that gives Obama and Boehner nearly everything they want. This budget completely annihilates the 2011 budget caps, the one successful attempt at spending restraint in the Obama era. We should never default on our debt, but this deal suspends the debt ceiling, saddling future generations with the bill for our reckless spending, while making no meaningful reforms to the programs driving our runaway spending.

President Obama and Speaker Boehner are heading into retirement. Some people get a gold watch. Obama and Boehner are settling for at least $80 billion in additional spending and debt above the budget caps. Unfortunately, our children and grandchildren will be left to foot the bill long after they are gone.”

Hillary: “Bordering” on McBehavior

October 9, 2015

Babeu, Clinton and McCain all shameless reruns

Almost six years ago, Arizona’s very senior U.S. Senator and the Pinal County Sheriff took a stroll along the Arizona-Sonora border. They were, of course, accompanied by TV cameras and campaign consultants.

Sheriff Paul Babeu and Señor Juan McAmnesty were unified in embracing the popular posture of border security, including the senatorial utterance, “Complete the danged fence!

The deceptive duo and Hillary Clinton have a lot in common; doing or saying whatever is politically expedient. As a member of Obama’s administration, Hillary continually praised the flawed Pacific Trade deal. CNN actually counted 45 times she pushed the scheme. But as a desperate candidate lagging in the polls, Hillary now opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) she previously supported, prompting mocking responses from several of her Democrat presidential rivals.

All three of these hypocrites are once again candidates. McCain, who immediately after getting reelected, developed a case of amnesia regarding the fence and instead with his junior senator Jeff Flake, Marco Rubio and contingent of liberals McCain characterizes as “bi-partisans,” put together the amnesty pushing Gang of Eight. Though he will be 80 by Election Day, he’s running for yet another 6-year term.

Babeu shelved his previous congressional campaign when news of his gay romance with an illegal alien and photos he wished he never took, hit the news.  But Babeu is back in the First Congressional District race again, no doubt feeling “sophisticated” voters have become blasé to homosexual exploits since Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner has made such issues trendy.

Babeu’s border buddy McCain abandoned him last cycle after his house playing with now former beau Jose Orozco became too hot for the dodging codger. As he dithers in his dotage, McCain’s  mission is clear: to turn “the world’s greatest deliberative body” into “the nation’s most exclusive Senior Day Care Center,” to give him a place to wile away his time, no matter the consequence to Arizona or our nation. Babeu doubtless aims to one day play house while in the U.S. House.

Despite McCain’s notorious lapses in memory, his sense of political survival never leaves him, The only thing that exceeds that sense of survival is his own shameless hypocrisy. It was on display during that TV commercial in 2010, as he lied about legislation, lied about completing the fence, and established a non-border sheriff with a checkered past as a “border authority.”

A tough primary campaign and $30 million later, once safely re-elected McCain returned to his old ways as we had been warned, sponsoring amnesty for illegals with his infamous Gang of Eight. 

And Hillary? She’s now dancing to the two-step used by McCain in 2010. How else to explain her reversal on TPP? Regardless of her switchbacks on numerous  issues, there is one policy position that Hillary will never abandon— she is all in for amnesty. In fact, recent reports predict that illegal aliens who are illegally registered to vote in the U.S. may give her the margin of votes she needs to win the presidency. They will be joined by John McCain, who has called Hillary Clinton a “rock star” he could support.

Newcomers to Arizona’s political scene need this dose of truth. They won’t get it  in the local media.

Mount McKinley gets Squaw Peaked

September 1, 2015

Obama purges American history to conform to political correctness

Although it’s being configured as restoring the original native Alaskan name, Obama’s politically motivated name change of Mount McKinley to Denali has taken a questionable route all too familiar to Arizonans.

As the story goes, North America’s tallest mountain got its officially recognized name in 1896, when a prospector, William Dickey, was exploring in central Alaska. When he heard the news that William McKinley, a Republican and Spanish-American war hero, had received his party’s presidential nomination, Dickey named the mountain in his honor. The name was formally recognized in 1917. It should be noted that numerous native peoples of the area had their own names for the massive peak.

In unilaterally switching the name, Obama is effectively thumbing his nose at McKinley, the 25th president, who was born in Ohio and assassinated early in his second term. Ohioans have long pointed with pride at the towering Alaskan mountain named for their native son. Ohio’s congressional delegation, both Republicans and Democrats, have reacted angrily, calling Obama’s actions “deeply disappointing” as well as an “insulting political stunt.“ 

Squaw Peak, a popular hiking site and focal point of central Phoenix, received similar treatment in 2003, when New York-born Democrat Gov. Janet Napolitano determined the word “Squaw” was derogatory.  Using ham-handed tactics not previously seen, she ramrodded  through the name change to Piestewa Peak, honoring Army Pfc. Lori Piestewa — a Hopi tribal member killed in the Iraq War. Napolitano waived the five-year waiting period required for posthumous naming to effect the change and her henchman bullied the chairman of the state geographic names board.

Napolitano later abandoned the governorship to join the Obama regime as the ineffectual chieftain of Homeland Security, noted for her blasé retort when frustrated Arizonans pleaded for actual border security: “Show me a 50-foot fence, and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder.”

Political correctness is a hallmark of the left. Common sense?  Not so much.


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