Melania Trump’s Communications Director’s deep AZ roots

March 28, 2017

This White House press release announces the appointment of Arizonan Stephanie Grisham to serve as Special Assistant to President Donald Trump and Director of Communications to First Lady, Melania Trump. In this role she will lead all communications efforts on behalf of the Office of the First Lady.

Quite a coup.

Grisham previously served as spokeswoman for former Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, and later in that capacity for the Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives.

Last November, Grisham and Arizona Treasurer Jeff DeWit were named to the Trump transition team. DeWit had chaired Trump’s Arizona campaign.

For more information, Heavy News features Stephanie Grisham: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know.


Jeff Flake tried to fast track liberal on US Supreme Court

March 17, 2017

Taking an awkward stab at affability, Jeff Flake recently sent out this tweet referencing the upcoming hearings for Supreme Court nominee, federal appellate judge Neil Gorsuch. Most of Flake’s followers don’t appear to be fans, which makes sense when you’re ranked as the least popular U.S. Senator in the nation. Slippery and self-serving, he’s equally distrusted by Democrats and Republicans.

Don’t be taken in by Flake’s weather-related cordiality toward President Trump’s high court nominee.  When Flake‘s basketball and traveling chum Barack Obama nominated Democrat Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy created by the unexpected death of conservative icon Antonin Scalia, Flake was eager to promote hearings. He was also willing to presume Hillary Clinton would be elected president.

Remember Flake’s comment regarding Republican nominee Donald Trump as he made the rounds of the liberal network programs to bash Trump? Flake’s refusal to endorse Donald Trump was followed by his repeated declaration that he would not vote for Trump. In fact, he haughtily declared Trump can’t and shouldn’t win.

Flake, configuring himself as a soothsayer, prophet, and presidential diviner was quoted in October 2016, by Politico:

“I said if we were in a position like we were in in (not a typo) ‘96 and we pretty much knew the outcome, that we ought to move forward. But I think we passed that awhile ago.”  Jeff Flake concluded his wishful thinking with these words, “If Hillary Clinton is president-elect then we should move forward with hearings in the lame duck. That’s what I’m encouraging my colleagues to do.”

Regardless of how Flake, his political operatives and lobbyist PACs attempt to reconfigure his image prior to the 2018 election cycle, remember that he was  an enthusiastic supporter of having a lame duck session, including lame duck Democrats who were not reelected, rush through another Democrat on the current U.S. Supreme Court, dramatically altering the balance in favor of the left for years to come.

To deflect his  from this contemptible position, Flake has raised the issue of Arizona withdrawing from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. This southern adage addresses his deceit best: “That dog don‘t hunt.”

Check out Jeff Flake‘s bottom dragging Liberty Score on Conservative Review. Then acquaint yourself with Dr. Kelli Ward, the conservative alternative to the deplorable status quo.


Dubya Bush odd choice to save Flake’s political ass

March 16, 2017

Anti-Trump Bush stumps for anti-Trump Flake

Bush fatigue is a chronic malady afflicting many Republicans, reaching epidemic proportions in the border state of Arizona where the illegal invasion is not a back burner issue. After the presidencies of Poppy (Bush 41)  and Dubya  (Bush 43), brother Jeb, the establishment pick, who had no chance of winning the 2016 presidential primary, spent a staggering $150 million before he withdrew. 

Donald Trump was elected as an anti-establishment populist, who responded to the concerns of average Americans. In his short time in office, he has made excellent cabinet appointments, nominated an originalist in the mode of former Justice Antonin Scalia to the U.S. Supreme Court, is keeping jobs in America, working to repeal and replace Obamacare, and build a border wall. According to this morning’s Rasmussen Presidential Tracking poll, 80% of Republicans agree with the job he’s doing. 

Arizona’s two U.S. Senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake were vocal opponents of candidate Trump. McCain withdrew his momentary support after Trump was the Republican nominee. Flake never gave an endorsement, opting instead to make the rounds of broadcast networks telling interviewers he would not only not endorse Trump — he would also not vote for him. McCain took the same approach and has continued to be a leading antagonist.

Flake, reported by AZ’s Channel 3  to be the most unpopular senator in the nation, faces the voters in 2018. His arrogance is only exceeded by his lack of trustworthiness. Even the daily newspaper which has forgiven him his politically expedient transgressions, had to acknowledge he’s in trouble.

Under the circumstances and with an election around the corner, it would seem reasonable that Jeff Flake would go to the mat finding someone who could bring voters to his shaky campaign. But the closed-to-the-public exclusive dinner soiree April 11, at a Paradise Valley mansion headlines George W. Bush — another Republicrat who refused to vote for President Trump.

Great strategy, Jeff.  We hope you keep it up. We support principled conservative  Dr. Kelli Ward.


Phx. Dist. 3 runoff election: Dirty tactics pay off for Stark

March 15, 2017

This is not just an election with consequences to those residing in District 3.  All Phoenix residents will be jeopardized by the votes that Debra Stark and the Democrat majority cast

Although the daily newspaper, clearly supportive of liberal Debra Stark, attributes her victory over Chris DeRose in Tuesday’s Phoenix City Council Dist. 3 runoff election to her focus on “quality-of-life issues such as repairing city infrastructure,” the facts speak for themselves.

Stark, the short-term interim appointee ran one of the dirtiest campaigns in memory, on par with John McCain’s blatant deception. Her numerous mailers repeatedly referred to author and former prosecuting attorney Chris DeRose as “a fraud” who “cannot be trusted.” One of the mailers posed as a legitimate tabloid size newspaper using the masthead, The Phoenix Press. It had sections labeled news, community, local, opinions and even a page devoted to entertainment, featuring an inane, self-serving crossword puzzle. The costly “newspaper” was a union effort on her behalf — the firefighter’s union — which has close ties to Democrat Mayor Greg Stanton.

Stark, also a Democrat,  was appointed to fill a vacancy on the council when Republican Bill Gates resigned to run for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. In his new perch, Gates remained silent during the campaign, not aiding his would-be successor in the north Phoenix district.  Councilmen Sal DiCiccio and Jim Waring both stepped up to endorse DeRose as did Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and Congressman David Schweikert. Corporation Commissioners Tom Forese and Bob Stump, and House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro all endorsed Chris DeRose.

DeRose, who ran a quality, issues oriented campaign, opposes sanctuary city status for the City of Phoenix. Debra Stark, who slickly voted to table the issue until after the election, has denied her affinity for this disastrous equivocation.

So what went wrong in this GOP majority district? Traditionally city elections are low turnout affairs. This one for a single district was destined not to generate much interest. Unions turn out the vote. Women often vote for women. Voters don’t pay close enough attention to the issues. The result? Republicans are now in the minority on the city council of the capitol city of red state Arizona.

The grand hoax is that the mayor and council represent non-partisan positions. Everyone knows that charade to be nothing more than a political pretense. Debra Stark presents a stark example of the sham.

Continually updating election results can be seen here.

Seeing Red AZ has previously written about this District 3 City Council race:

March 6, 2017: Mudslinger in Dist. 3 Council runoff has familiar fingerprint

Feb. 16, 2017: Phx City Council runoff: Why it’s crucial to elect Chris DeRose


Sheriff Joe remains focus of ethically challenged newspaper

March 13, 2017

Arizona’s statewide newspaper is known by various names. For its pro-amnesty/open borders stance it is sometimes referred to as the Periódico de la República de Arizona. Many call it the Arizona Repugnant or Repulsive. More recently, as the failing newspaper attempts to fill its smaller and devoid of news pages it repeats the  same articles — sometimes pages apart in the same edition of the newspaper — leading to the name the Daily Regurgitation.

But whatever name is most fitting on any particular day, know this: The newspaper was committed to taking down popular Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio who had been reelected to an unprecedented six 4-year terms

The chosen replacement was Democrat Paul Penzone, with zero background in the sheriff’s office. His connections are far more nefarious. His campaign was funded to the tune of $2 million by radical leftwing globalist George Soros, who disdains sovereign national borders and is working  tooverhaul the U.S. Justice Systemas reported by Politico. What will be the  quid pro quo for his generosity?

Now in one of the largest requests submitted to the budget office, Penzone wants an extra $4.1 million to buy laptops, radios, computer server storage and 300 Tasers — all “vital to the safety of the public and deputies.”  That would be a drop in the bucket to multi-billionaire Soros. Penzone ought to hit him up for the funding.

Sunday’s edition of the Periódico de la República de Arizona lavishes praise on Penzone with a two page article titled, A New Sheriff In Town, by ASU Cronkite reporter Jerod MacDonald-Evoy, who still puts his high school on his résumé. He focuses on the new sheriff’s newly forged relationship with the town of Guadalupe, where Arpaio conducted a workplace enforcement raid of illegals. Penzone is noted for referring to illegal aliens as “guests.”

But we’ve saved the best for last. Dominic Verstegen describes himself as a 40-year-old dad living in Phoenix and documenting his life in occasional columns for the local newspaper. A quick Google search identifies him as a local lawyer.  Throwing in gratuitous, non sequitur slams against Sheriff Arpaio is his hallmark.

Boasting about “the time I was on the best show on TV,” which he identifies as the local PBS’ Check Please! where a panel critique local restaurants, he describes getting flustered by the studio cameras with these words,” I was as awkward as Sheriff Joe at a quinceanera.”

Seriously.

Another column is on navigating Valley roads which the former Midwesterner describes as “quirky.” Displaying his coolness, he even managed to work the word transgendered into his description of wacky freeway signs. When he gets to complaining about major roads changing names, he inanely opines, “It seems like a deliberate attempt to mess with Valley residents. Like that time when Joe Arpaio was our sheriff for 24 years.”

Imagine this Johnny-One-Note mounting a defense in a criminal trial: “Your honor and members of the jury, I acknowledge that my client engaged in multiple bad acts, but they weren’t his fault.  He lived in Maricopa County where Joe Arpaio was the sheriff.”


Orrin Hatch afflicted with McCain contagion

March 12, 2017

U.S. Senate seats grasped by gnarled fingers

America’s founders envisioned a citizen legislature in which senators and representatives would serve their country for a short time and return to private life. Here in Arizona we’ve witnessed the obsessive lust for power that has rendered octogenarian John McCain unable to gracefully retire. Equally as troubling are his political enablers who fall prey to lobbyist financed campaign deceit and reelect him.

Now Utah’s Deseret News confirms that 83-year-old Sen. Orrin Hatch — certain that no one else is up to the task —  is planning to run for an eighth 6-year senate term. You do the math.

During the 2012 election Hatch vowed that his current term would be his last. But unable to relinquish power, he’s changed his mind. “I’m planning on running right now,” Hatch told CNN. “That’s what my current plans are.” Hatch has been quoted as saying, ”I’m tough and strong and I have the usual infirmities that anybody my age has, but nothing stops me. I don’t think I’m ready to give up the ghost yet.”

It’s chilling to realize that Hatch, the most senior Republican senator, is third in the line of succession after the Vice President and Speaker of the House to the President of the United States in his role as Senate President Pro Tempore.

Octogenarian-senator-in-training Jeff Flake also pledged to term-limit himself to three two-year terms during his first Congressional campaign in 2000, but later smirked while admitting, “I lied.” He stayed in the House until Sen. Jon Kyl retired in 2012, and then barely squeaked into the senate by 3 points. He’s running for a second six-year term in 2018.

A staunchly pro-amnesty McCain lackey Flake is known for saying “the beauty of six-year senate terms” is that the voters have short memories.  

Jeff Flake has been in Washington, D.C. so long he’s forgotten the symbol of the Republican Party is the elephant — noted for it’s long memory. 

Flake, an unwavering Trump antagonist, is being challenged by conservative Dr. Kelli Ward. She needs our help to counter the perks of incumbency. Get on-board. It’s time to stop enabling Republicrats and their decades-long terms.

In 2015, Channel 3 reported Jeff Flake was the most unpopular Senator in the nation. Arizonans deserve better.


Ken Bennett: No longer able to win elections, seeks appointment

March 7, 2017

Ken Bennett is finished running for political office. With a failed 2014 bid for governor followed by a 2016 congressional loss under his belt, the former secretary of state and state senator — not up for anymore campaigns — now wants to be appointed.

The lethargic guitar-strumming former Prescott resident has bounced around the state in recent years as he’s sought various political posts. The closest he’s come has been as chairman of Republican Legislative District 24 in Phoenix — which he resigned in short order.

In the interim he’s worked as a lobbyist for the state court system followed by a stint with SDB Contracting Services — but it’s the now out-of-reach political arena he still craves.

So how best to achieve his goal?  Bennett deserves an “A” for inventiveness.  He’s been busying himself calling members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, promoting himself as the answer to an unasked question.

In the unlikely event the supervisors separate the Maricopa County Elections Department from the Recorder’s Office he wants them to know he’d be interested in being appointed elections director.

Bennett is quoted as saying, “I would want to be the director of that (Elections) department and have the independence and report directly to the Board of Supervisors.”

 This all became an issue when longtime Recorder Helen Purcell, a Republican who has held the office nearly 30 years, lost the election in November..

In what turned out to be a monumental miscalculation, fewer polling places were made available for the March presidential preference election.  Purcell said low turnout in previous elections played a part in the decision to reduce polling sites. Donald Trump’s arrival on the political scene dramatically changed that dynamic. Voters who stood in line for several hours waiting to cast their ballots during that  election vented their fury in the November election. Purcell squeaked through the Primary by less than 1 percentage point, but was replaced in the General by political newcomer, Adrian Fontes, a Democrat.