We read the AZ Republic so you don’t have to

April 2, 2017

Hammering Republican state legislators is latest gig

The Arizona Republic made much ado of the fact that its endorsement of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race was an aberration.  After all, it claims to be a conservative newspaper. Still it said “Hillary Clinton was the only choice to move America ahead” despite her “flaws.”

“Flaws?” The newspaper has obviously mastered the art of understatement.

Arizonans, too smart to believe such absurdities, voted for Donald Trump — who won the state by 91,234 votes, carrying 11 of the 15 counties. Trump took all 11 electoral votes.

On his powerful coattails, Republicans increased their force in state legislatures across the country, controlling both chambers in 32 states,  leaving Democrats at their lowest level since the Civil War. The GOP increased its majority of governorships. The U.S. House and Senate are both majority Republican.

Yet read the daily newspaper and you’d think Democrats were the people’s choice. A case in point is columnist Laurie Roberts, who veered away from her tales-of-woe specialty to hammer state legislators. This was not a wholesale bashing, as a former columnist routinely engaged in, calling the entire assemblage by the politically incorrect term, “dwarves.”

No. Roberts selected her targets very carefully, never referring to their stature. It was her perception of their lack of gray matter she focused on — naming seven whom she promised “will make your jaw drop.”

What a surprise to find that each of the “standouts in the theater of the absurd” are Republicans. 

The newspaper is a contemptible farce, mercifully fading fast. It has shrunken in size and uses oversized — oftentimes, half page photos or illustrations — to take up space. Content consists in large part of pre-written pap that bears no resemblance to news. Entertainment and dining are given prominence. More than occasionally the same article will appear a day apart, or even in the same issue, with a few pages separating them, earning it our nickname of The Daily Regurgitation. We also refer to it as The Periódico de la República de Arizona for its unswerving  open borders stance.

The editorial cartoonist is unable to depict anything other than gross mischaracterizations of the President of the United States. With nothing else to draw but wild orange hair, his cartoonist wife has filled in for him.

Newspaper ads are overwhelmingly for retirement homes and hearing aids, which indicates the demographic who still subscribe. The newspaper’s front page often runs a box urging readers to “Go Deeper With Digital,” since the costs of printing and distributing a daily dings the already savaged bottom line. After layoffs and buyouts of longtime employees, ASU Cronkite journalism students have become the unseasoned glue that holds the disheveled mess together. Their commitment to the First Amendment is questionable.  In 2009, after inviting Sheriff Joe Arpaio to participate in a forum, the students in the audience began loudly chanting Bohemian Rhapsody, drowning him out as he attempted to respond.

Do those in charge at the Republic actually expect anyone to take seriously the views of the skewed editorial board, the toady columnists and rude student reporters who disrespect the First Amendment?


Refurbishing of RINO Flake begins

March 31, 2017

Jeff Flake’s liberal image: The facts speak for themselves

Jeff Flake is running for reelection in 2018, but first he needs to figure a way to infect Arizona Republicans with pre-election amnesia. We need to forget his repeated declaration that he would not vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. In fact, he haughtily declared Trump “can’t and shouldn’t win.  Flake’s positions have left him with weak support, that even his often inappropriate grin can’t undo.

Now the AZGOP Daily Update, a creation of GOP state chair Jonathan Lines — billing itself as “The Only Official Newsletter of the Arizona Republican Party!” (Italics and exclamation point theirs) — which many regard as a slam at the popular Republican Briefs —- exhibits not only a chronic case of memory loss, but an acceptance of Flake’s marginal Republicanism.

Know this: There is not an iota of difference between Flake and McCain. They both relentlessly push amnesty for illegals, and maintained close relationships with then-President Barack Obama. Flake has colluded with liberals on gun controlMcCain advised Obama on forging his legacy. Flake met with Democrat Merrick Garland, Obama’s Supreme Court pick and actually opined that it was time to start thinking about confirming him.

The AZGOP Daily Update has taken up the whitewash, posturing with this redundant headline, “McCain and Flake Look To Help Law Enforcement Against Criminal Illegal Aliens,” obviously forgetting that ALL illegals are criminals — entering our country by stealth. Imagine that a group broke into your home while you were at work, helped themselves to everything you’ve worked to obtain— demanded you educate their kids and provide them health care and other benefits. When you returned home they wanted your car keys to pick up some friends to join the festivities. That’s what we’re dealing with as a nation.

Arizona’s devious senate duo tout their introduction of a bill “to continue the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) providing reimbursements for state, local, and tribal governments to offset the costs of incarceration for certain undocumented criminal aliens.”  Such a swindle should be renamed to form the acronym SCAM, which more honestly describes the conveniently timed bill.

Jeff Flake is a Libertarian who initially ran as a Republican to get elected.  He’s definitely not a conservative. His progressively close ties with Democrats are only scuttled when elections roll around.

And octogenarian John McCain? His amnesia is indistinguishable from senility (video). An economic wizard, he’s pushing for the elimination of dollar bills, replacing them with dollar equivalent coins claiming such a move will save nearly $14 billion in taxpayer money and generate at least $4.4 billion. He doesn’t explain how.  He’s already forgotten the dollar coins that were costly flops. One named for Lewis and Clark’s Shoshone Indian guide Sacagawea, was minted in 2000 and its predecessor the Susan B. Anthony coin, minted from 1979 to 1981, were impracticable and unpopularexactly like Jeff Flake, as reported by .AZ Family Channel 3 TV.


Joe Arpaio has been there for us: Let’s return the favor

March 30, 2017

AZ Republic endorsed Soros-funded candidates Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Paul Penzone & Diego Rodriguez

There’s never enough bile for the insatiable Arizona Republic to hurl.  After daily spews of rancor aimed at Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the career lawman who was elected to an unprecedented 6 four-year terms, lost to Paul Penzone, a George Soros funded batterer.  Democrat Penzone refers to illegal aliens as “guests” — not of the jails he now oversees, but of Maricopa County.  Soros, a multi-billionaire Socialist and open borders devotee, spent over $2 million to defeat Arpaio.

Arpaio gets hammered by the daily for legal costs he incurred while doing the job he was elected to do. He is currently scheduled for an April 4 trial in Federal Court, charged with criminal contempt stemming from accusations of violating judicial orders against profiling Hispanics, a charge he refutes.  Arpaio’s mounting legal fees are now his personal responsibility.

Consider making a donation to Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s legal defense fund. He has been there for the citizens of Maricopa County doing the job we elected him to do for 24 years. It’s time to return the favor.

The end game for the extremist left is to see the 84-year-old former sheriff in jail.  Joe Arpaio, the son of Italian legal immigrants was appropriately born on Flag Day, June 14. He is a patriot who served in the military, as a police officer and worked for the federal government in the Drug Enforcement Administration serving in diverse locals such as Turkey and Mexico City. Eventually Arpaio headed the Arizona DEA office prior to running for sheriff.

Soros’ entry into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s race is by no means a stand alone aberration. His Safety and Justice national PAC and Maricopa Strong PAC are part of a  syndicate with long tentacles reaching into law enforcement races, including county (district) attorneys, in numerous states, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, New Mexico and Texas, among them. Soros funded unknown Democrat Diego Rodriguez challenging Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. Soros is funneling multi-millions into the expansion of Europe’s “refugee” crisis, declaringnational borders are the obstacle.”

Like his associates and benefactors of his largess John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Paul Penzone and Diego Rodriguez, Soros is an open borders agent, who refers to illegal aliens as “migrants.” That’s why they and their advocates get his money and Sheriff Joe Arpaio was slated for removal.

We’ve been fortunate to have a man of Arpaio’s caliber heading up the Sheriff’s Office and working to keep Arizona citizens safe. Show your appreciation by helping to defray his legal expenses.


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