Flake, Hughes, dog deaths case back to Grand Jury?

November 13, 2015

With the weather cooling to the point of making Arizonans remember why we’re grateful to live here, most of us prefer not to dredge up recollections of the merciless summer heat in the Valley.

But the sweltering 106 degree scorcher of June 20, 2014 is exactly where we need to focus our attention. It is being reported that a Maricopa County Superior Court judge is considering whether another grand jury should take another look at the case of the gruesome heat related deaths of nearly two dozen dogs crammed in a steamy utility room at the Green Acre boarding kennel in Gilbert. County Attorney Bill Montgomery sat on this case for an unconscionably long time.

If a new indictment is issued against vacationing kennel owners Todd and MaLeisa Hughes, what about the actual caretakers Logan and Austin Flake who were entrusted with running the facility and tending the family pets left in their care while Logan’s parents were in Florida?

The foursome was indicted October 16, 2014. From there, a scorecard is needed to keep up with who was charged and who was dropped.

Then as a grandiose 2014 Christmas Eve gesture, Montgomery dropped charges of animal cruelty against all four defendants, leaving a single fraud charge against the Hughes.

A Maricopa County Grand Jury reinstated charges against the Hughes May 6. The Flakes were mysteriously excluded. Politics abounds. Did we mention Austin Flake is the son of Sen. Jeff Flake?

When they returned from their vacation, Todd Hughes initially told the pet owners their dogs had all run away.  Later he and his wife MaLeisa claimed the deaths were the result of an accident when a dog chewed through an air-conditioning electrical cord, disabling the unit. The dogs died agonizing deaths, suffocating in the small room where they were left overnight without cooling, food or water. When the dead and dying dogs were discovered the following morning, the Flakes did not call for veterinary assistance, opting instead to hose down the dogs and then callously pile their carcasses in a shed.

The indictments caused Brigham Young University to expel Austin Flake, which allowed him to recast himself and his wife Logan as victims and sue the taxpayers of Maricopa County for $8 million dollars. If this obscene settlement is awarded, it will ease the reentry into the single world for the now divorcing Jr. Flakes. 

Dole endorses Jeb! Establishment keeps on truckin’

November 12, 2015

There’s a strong sense of irony as Bob Dole — who lost as the 1996 Republican presidential candidate — now endorses single-digit Jeb Bush, who will not secure the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

Former U.S.Sen. Dole, a severely wounded World War II vet, used Veterans Day to announce he had joined Jeb Bush’s campaign as its National Veterans’ Chairman. Jeb Bush never served in the military. 

“I will do all I can to be helpful to Jeb’s campaign,” Dole, now 93, pledged. His proven leadership skills “will fix the country.”

“I think he’s the most qualified, and we need somebody with experience and there are a lot of good candidates — I like nearly all of them,” Dole said of Jeb Bush and the rest of the field. He then added, “Except Cruz.”

Last year, at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference, Ted Cruz offended Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney, all members of the GOP establishment, when he challenged their moderate political postures that didn’t resonate with conservative voters.

“All of us remember President Dole, and President McCain and President Romney,” Cruz told the CPAC crowd. “Those are good men, they’re all decent men but when you don’t stand and draw a clear distinction, when you don’t stand for principle, Democrats celebrate.”

At the time, Cruz noted the “heroic” military service of Sens. Dole and McCain, which he said he greatly respected, but made clear he would not hesitate to talk about substantive matters of conservative principle that are important to bringing Republicans to victory — even if others may disagree.

That fragrant scent is ripe truth.

John McCain makes “most vulnerable senators” list

November 10, 2015

Roll Call lists John McCain number six on the roster of the ten most vulnerable U.S. Senators on the 2016 ballot. Also on the list is Colorado Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet who threw in with McCain, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio, all elected as Republicans who teamed with liberal Dems on the infamous Gang of Eight — pushing amnesty for illegal aliens.

Snuggling up to McCain hasn’t helped Graham, now a long-shot presidential candidate. He’s so unpopular that he couldn’t rise high enough in polls to even make it on tonight’s second tier debate stage. Like McCain, Graham has been has been censured numerous times by local Republican Party officials in his home state of South Carolina for his collusion with Democrats. Both McCain and Flake were booed and met with turned backs and walkouts by elected state delegates at the Statutory Meeting of the Arizona Republican Party earlier this year.

Political canoodling with the toxic John McCain is clearly a sure-fire recipe for disaster.

Sham candidates aid McCain

November 9, 2015

Can’t win candidates flood the field, assist McCain

Why would an unknown and self-acknowledged “long shot” 74-year-old who believes in cryonics — the freezing of dead humans until a cure might be found for what killed them — be entering the AZ  U.S. Senate race to challenge John McCain?

And why would John McCain’s sycophantic reporter at the daily newspaper eagerly cover David Pizer’s late and unlikely entry into this race? Candidate Pizer has yet to find a campaign manager.

If Pizer sounds like a Jimmie Lee Deakin ringer to you, you’re not alone. Deakin, no economics wizard, was facing foreclosure on his home, only to mysteriously regain his financial footing at the conclusion of the election cycle. Known for his crassness, he also fumbled his FEC campaign filing. Deakin’s sole purpose was splitting the vote to help assure a McCain victory. It didn’t hurt that moneybags McCain outspent his conservative challenger former Congressman  J.D. Hayworth roughly ten to one — aided by 2008 taxpayer matching funds.

The more people with no chance to win take on McCain, the better it is for McCain. Siphoning off votes from an actual reputable challenger is madness at best. You can fill in what it is at worst.

Perennial candidate Clair Van Steenwyk, who calls himself Van the Radio Man, though he‘s nowhere on your radio dial, and Alex Meluskey, who wants to “streamline” our “flawed “ immigration system are cut from the same cloth.

Dr. Kelli Ward, a two term state senator and physician, who understands the complexities of the increasingly costly monstrosity known as Obamacare, has the credentials that give her a real chance to take out the senior senator who will be 80 by Election Day.

This election is too important to leave to egocentrics, bozos and a treacherous snake who has been censured by his home state Republican Party.

U.S. Senate terms are six long years. After more than three decades of McCain working to promote amnesty for illegals, collusion with the left to purge conservative elected precinct committeemen from the state GOP and targeting conservatives for IRS scrutiny, Arizonans deserve real representation.

In 2008, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay summed John McCain up very well with these words. He was right then. His words still resonate today.

McCain and McSally: Tied at the McHip

November 8, 2015

“We report, you decide”

Within short order of each other these nearly identically worded  press releases went out from the offices of Sen. John McCain and U.S. Rep. Martha McSally:

Received Friday, November 6, 2015, 11:30 AM:

U.S. Rep. McSally Statement on Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline

TUCSON — U.S. Representative Martha McSally today issued the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline:

“It’s disappointing, but not surprising, to see the President reject what would be a plus for American workers and our economy. The President’s own State Department reported the Keystone Pipeline would add over 40,000 jobs and $3.4 billion to our economy, while having no significant climate effect. The President is not just turning down a good jobs project; he’s again throwing his political agenda ahead of doing what’s best for our country-as he did recently with our national defense authorization bill-and it’s everyday Americans who continue to suffer.”

Received Friday, November 6, 2015, 10:09 AM:


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on President Obama’s rejection of the proposal to construct the Keystone XL pipeline:

“It is extremely disappointing but not surprising to see President Obama favor his liberal environmentalist allies over jobs for hardworking Americans by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline. This pipeline would have immediately put Americans to work, enabled our nation to increase its domestic energy supply, and invested billions into an economy that is still recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression. President Obama’s latest decision underscores the vital need to elect a Republican to the White House who will roll-back this Administration’s extreme regulatory agenda and move the Keystone XL pipeline forward.”

AZ and MC GOP: Grownups in short supply

November 7, 2015

In what appears to be a badly timed ongoing saga as crucial 2016 elections approach, the competing egos and general disarray within the AZ and Maricopa County Republican Party leadership is setting party activist’s teeth on edge.

Briefs Editor Frosty Taylor rightly refers to this past Wednesday night’s Maricopa County Republican Committee’s Executive Guidance Committee meeting (MCRC EGC) as a “Donnybrook.”

Just prior, she posed a series of pertinent questions, asking, “What is really going on behind the scenes? Many of us would like to know, but the answers have been less than forthcoming.

Meanwhile defining political battles that will determine the future of our state and its most populous county fall prey to arrogance and pettiness.

We’ve written extensively about the overreaches of state chair Robert Graham, whose close ties to John McCain-have riled many Arizona Republican activists. A few examples are here, here, here, and here.

Maricopa County GOP has also been in turmoil under the iffy leadership of chairman Tyler Bowyer. After less than a year in office, and being secretive on issues ranging from financial disclosures to where the EGC meetings will even be held, he survived a no-confidence resolution Wednesday by a single vote. The document titled “Resolution for Vote of No-Confidence with Call for Independent Audit,” charged Bowyer with “chronic deceptiveness and duplicity in word and deed.”

Party officers ran on their leadership abilities. Honesty was assumed. We’re ready to see some integrity displayed.

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.


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