Matt Salmon’s backbone takes a hike

January 9, 2015

Spineless actions earn AZ U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon sarcastic “Profile in Courage” award as AZ GOP delegation — except for Paul Gosar — disappointments 

Conservative Review’s Steve Deace takes us back to Tuesday and the vote for Speaker of the House of Representatives. He appropriately titles his commentary on disappointment, “The Day the Music Died,” saying it was the worst column he’s ever had to write. Describing brand new Congressman Jody Hice (GA-CD 10), Deace minces no words:

A man I thought I knew. A man I had high hopes for. A man of God. An actual Southern Baptist pastor who graduated from the same seminary as my wife–Luther Rice Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia.

See, he’s only been a congressman for about 15 minutes, but it appears we’ve already lost him to the system. And on his first official vote, no less. That sure didn’t take long. Maybe that’s a record or something. Sadly, he’s going to share it with several others.

Hice was one of several freshmen Republicans who despite pledging not to do so, voted to re-elect John Boehner, perhaps the best Speaker of the House the Democrats have ever had. The same John Boehner who has gone out of his way to punish conservatives and push through the Obama agenda, even to the point of repeatedly passing legislation through his chamber a majority of the majority Republicans oppose. The same John Boehner a super majority of Republicans nationwide just said in a recent poll they opposed as Speaker.

In writing about betrayal and a “treachery that still stings,” Deace mentions numerous Republican members of congress who filled the bill with their votes for Boehner. Save for Paul Gosar, (CD-4) the entire Arizona GOP House delegation caved on this vote. But he specifically mentions Matt Salmon, with this barbed comment:

Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t hand Matt Salmon a profile in courage award for waiting until the second time through the roll call to finally vote for Boehner as Speaker, once it was clear he had the votes. The people of Arizona haven’t seen such bravery since Pat Tillman.

Writing of his dashed hopes in Jody Hice, Deace offers, “If men of his caliber succumb to the corruption and cronyism within the beltway the first time they are tempted with it, then I truly don’t know where we go from here as a movement.”

Don’t be tempted to disregard this masterful piece as old news. It is as fresh as the new dawn and provides a bright line indicator of what we can expect from those go-along-to-get-along Republicans we have supported, worked for and voted for: Martha McSally (CD 2), Matt Salmon (CD 5), David Schweikert (CD 6), and Trent Franks, (CD 8).

With this crucial vote, only Paul Gosar (CD 4), put principles above political considerations. Remember that in 2016.

 


GOP poised to cave on Obama USAG nominee, Loretta Lynch

December 27, 2014

So-called “Charm Offensive” is offensive

Politico reports on the one-on-one private sessions Loretta Lynch, Obama’s choice for U.S. Attorney General, is having with members of the U.S. Senate. Lynch, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York is the hand-picked successor to Eric Holder, who is resigning from the administration’s top law enforcement post after a tumultuous term. 

Reports of the preliminary meetings sound like an effusive gush-o-ramas with smitten senators pledging their support.

Although Republicans vowed to use the nomination process to take on Obama over his executive actions nomalizing million of illegal aliens, in which he flagrantly bypassed congress, Lynch’s success serves as an early indicator she will sail through the confirmation hearings. This comes despite revelations of her controversial background which includes membership in a radical, anti-Semitic and pro-terrorist group while at Harvard Law School. The activities of the Black Law Students Association were condemned by the Harvard Crimson.

“I want to see what happens in the hearings,” Sen. John McCain unconvincingly droned. His following words were more honest, as he said, “But certainly I’m supportive.“  McCain and his senate doppelganger Jeff Flake said they have met with Lynch privately and are inclined to vote in favor of her nomination.

What a surprise. Don’t expect any tough questions from the always eager to acquiesce to the Left Arizona senators.

This Aug. 2012 post is a reliable remainder of the numerous liberals whose nominations John McCain and senate seatmate, Jon Kyl previously supported. They were solidly onboard voting to confirm leftist federal judges, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (senate roll call vote) and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (senate roll call vote). The duo was likely in the tank for Janet Napolitano as Secretary of Homeland Security, although there was a sly omission of an on-the-record roll call vote for that contentious vote.

After the November shakeup in which Democrats were soundly defeated, Senate Republicans pledged to make their mark when they take control of the chamber in January. Making good on their pre-election promises appears unlikely given the current warm climate surrounding Loretta Lynch.

When immigration issues surfaced during her meeting with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Lynch told him she agreed with an opinion from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel that found Obama’s executive action on immigration was legally sound, telling the senator the opinion was “well-reasoned.”

“We didn’t get into the details, but she’ll have to explain what that means,” Graham said. But “I’m not going to just say that anyone who disagrees with me about a particular legal issue is not qualified to serve.”

Get it?


Good news for Kyrsten Sinema! Her Green Party is back

December 26, 2014

The Arizona Green Party (AZGP) announces it’s back on the ballot for the 2016 and 2018 elections, regaining status after a two-year decertification hiatus due to too few registered Greenies and not enough of their claimed 5600 statewide members voting for the party’s candidate in the last presidential election. According to its website the far leftist group, founded in 1990, has achieved ballot status five times —- in 1992, 2000, 2008, 2010 and 2012. 

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ CD 9) made her first foray onto the political scene in 2002, when she ran for the state House of Representatives in LD 15 as an “independent” candidate linked to the Green Party. She came in dead last —-grabbing only 8 percent of the vote —- in a field of five candidates vying for two seats.

By 2004 Sinema, a radical leftist with communist ties, had wised up and ran as a Democrat in the same district. She swept into office with the highest vote margin. As a newly burnished Dem, she was subsequently re-elected three times. Unlike conservative Republicans who determinedly expect candidate commitment to constitutional values, Democrats are willing to give their votes to anyone sporting a “D’ after their name.

As a 2012 candidate for congress in the newly created CD 9 Kyrsten Sinema faced no incumbent, veered right and magically characterized herself as a moderate. She stopped bashing our military and using vulgarities to describe stay-at-home moms, while vigorously courting registered Independents and unaffiliated voters —- groups that outnumber the two major parties in that district. Her radical fans were unfazed by her transformation. The liberal Arizona Republic endorsed her, despite (or perhaps due to) her yearly “Cinco de Mayo greeting” in the Communist People’s Weekly World.

Although Sinema made a point of declaring herself as the first openly bisexual member of the U.S. Congress and refused to be sworn into office with a bible, the only member to officially describe her religious affiliation as “none,” those brazen career killing moves were overlooked by the voters as quirky eccentricities.

Facing reelection, she transformed herself yet again in Nov. 2013, breaking ranks with the majority of Dems as she tried to separate herself from the Obamacare debacle by voting with the GOP on H R 3350 (roll call vote) Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013.

The good news is that Sinema can finally be an honest broker. With the Green Party recertified and ready for the ballot, her political contortions can come to an end and she can replace that “D” with a “G.”

 Go for it, Kyrsten!


Cuccinelli-led SCF holds Republicans accountable

December 14, 2014

Conservative group runs ads against amnesty schemers who run under GOP banner

Ken Cuccinelli, the former Attorney General of Virginia, is a bright light on the conservative horizon. He is also the new president of Senate Conservatives Fund, (SCF) the Number One conservative PAC in America.

The group pulls no punches, going after elected Republican imposters. who often collude with Democrats to the detriment of our country. We are on to the deceptively acclaimed term “bi-partisanship” the Dems and RINOs cheer, understanding all too well that we are being sold out —- before the new Republican Senate and House majorities take their oaths in January.

This is what SCF had to say about Arizona Senators Jeff Flake (whom it previously supported) and John McCain. When clicking on the link to McCain, pay particular attention to the descriptive paragraph above the video showing him dispensing his arrogant rudeness toward another senator. Note that McCain’s political designation is referred to as (RINO-Arizona)

On Friday the Senate Conservatives Action (SCA), the super PAC arm of the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), released three new radio ads holding GOP House leaders accountable for voting to fund Barack Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty. These ads will air for one week in the home districts of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA). Click on each link to hear the powerful ads.

Over the past week, freedom-loving Americans from across the country pledged to donate over $117,000 to hold these leaders accountable if they voted to fund the president’s amnesty. The three radio ads carry out those pledges.

SCF President Ken Cuccinelli made the following statement:

“Americans asked Republican leaders to defund the president’s unlawful amnesty and pledged to run ads against them if they didn’t. Unfortunately, these leaders didn’t listen so now the grassroots are taking action to hold them accountable. These ads tell their voters what they’ve done and urge them to keep their promises.”

The bold actions of this organization deserve our support.


What’s the point of electing Republicans when the GOP majority caves?

December 8, 2014

It’s a rare occasion when we direct our readers straight to another blog, but this Breitbart ExclusiveHouse GOP Leaders Trick 216 House Republicans Into Accidentally Supporting Obama’s Executive Amnesty,” is deserving of such a distinction.

Seeing Red AZ takes exception with the notion they were tricked.  For them to vote on the revised H.R. 5759 without reading it doesn’t qualify as trickery. There are two choices, collusion or ignorance. Take your pick.

From Breitbart: ‘In a lengthy interview on Friday afternoon, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) exposed how House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise strengthened President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty with procedural trickery former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber would envy—and they did it all in the name of pushing a bill that they told Republicans would block Obama’s executive amnesty. 

What’s more is that a series of interviews and recent developments indicate that Boehner’s gambit here is placing several of his top lieutenants—including at least two committee chairmen—at political risk of serious primary challenges just a few months after newly elected Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) beat now former House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) in a Republican primary.

Gohmert said most members had no idea what they were actually voting for when 219 members—216 of which were Republicans—approved a measure, H.R. 5759, first put forward by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), but subsequently dramatically altered by leadership officials in the Rules Committee process.”

The entire article can be read here.


Illegal Immigration: Dick Morris admits JD Hayworth was “right all along”

December 6, 2014

Morris says he’s come around to Hayworth’s way of thinking

Appearing on America’s Forum, politico, columnist and best-selling author Dick Morris acknowledged what Arizona conservatives have known for years: Former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) now host of Newsmax TV America’s Forum “had it right all along,” on the subject of illegal immigration.

This informative clip features Miranda Khan, J.D. Hayworth and Dick Morris.

Morris’ quote:

 “For about the last hundred years J.D. has been warning about the immigration issue, and he’s been saying that this is going to be the central issue of our debate…and that it ultimately will be what drives downscale Democrats away from the Democratic Party when they realize that it’s causing unemployment and wage stagnation.  I didn’t necessarily buy his point of view. I agreed with his overall view on immigration, but not about its centrality. And now it’s becoming increasingly clear that he’s exactly right and he’s been right for many, many years. This is the guy who had it right all along.”

Watch the entire segment. The discussion centers on Obama’s executive order granting amnesty to millions of foreign nationals, the negative economic impact on our citizen labor force,  and the options congressional Republicans are considering to address this unconstitutional power grab.


TX, OK AGs sue Obama over amnesty executive order

December 2, 2014

Any chance AZ’s incoming AG Mark Brnovich will hop onboard this righteous effort?

Texas governor-elect Greg Abbott is making good on his vow to take legal action against Barack Obama, who he says “crossed a serious legal line” with his recent amnesty executive order. As Texas’ attorney general, Abbott has joined with neighboring Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt in suing the Obama administration over this unlawful power grab (video).

“The President’s action violates his constitutional duty to faithfully enforce immigration laws that were duly enacted by Congress, circumvents the will of the American people and is an affront to the families and individuals who follow our laws to legally immigrate to the United States,” Abbott said in this statement, citing violations to the “Take Care Clause” of the Constitution as well as the Administrative Procedure Act. “The State of Texas will assert a legal action against President Obama’s unconstitutional abuse of power.”

Abbott said he expects to finalize his decision in the next two weeks, during which time he will speak with other attorneys general and state officials. 

In Oklahoma, Attorney General Pruitt said, “We believe that not only the state of Oklahoma, but states across the country have, in fact, been injured as a result of the president’s action. As the impact of the order becomes clear, states will be able to determine its monetary effects on areas such as education, health-care, and public safety among others.” Pruitt called Obama’s actions ‘brazenly political.’ 

AG Greg Abbott made his case, saying, “President Obama has circumvented Congress and deliberately bypassed the will of the American people, eroding the very foundation of our nation’s Constitution and bestowing a legacy of lawlessness. Texans have witnessed firsthand the costs and consequences caused by President Obama’s dictatorial immigration policy. I am prepared to immediately challenge President Obama in court, securing our state’s sovereignty and guaranteeing the rule of law as it is intended under the Constitution.

These two Republican attorneys general evidence strong determination as they boldly stand for the rule of law and the Constitution of the United States. They should have no trouble assembling a coalition of others to follow their lead in filing suit to overturn this flagrant amnesty action, regally imposed by executive order, while illegitimately snubbing congress.


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