AZGOP Chair Graham facing demand for resignation

April 8, 2016

Friday’s edition of the Arizona Daily Independent reports on the organized effort by grassroots conservative stalwarts of the Arizona Republican Party to offer a resolution calling for Party Chairman Robert Graham’s resignation at the AZGOP 2016 State Convention scheduled for April 30. The effort is being lead by immediate past Maricopa County Republican chairman, A.J. LaFaro.

The ADI writes, “Graham and his cohorts had used numerous maneuvers to prevent a vote on the resolution at the at the Arizona Republican Party’s Annual Meeting that was held on January 23, 2016.” The report concludes: “Unfortunately for Graham, he may have run out of maneuvers.”

Seeing Red AZ posted Former MC Chair AJ LaFaro’s resolution demands Robert Graham resign on March 15, which includes a copy of the resolution. We also posted AZ GOP chair Graham imposes “poll tax” on delegates.

The unpopular Graham — a John McCain surrogate committed to the 80-year-old senator’s sixth, six year reelection — is reportedly seeking the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee (RNC).after current chairman Reince Priebus steps down in January 2017.

Imagine. The duplicity and havoc Robert Graham has wrought in Arizona he can magnify by 50 as national chairman.


Wisconsin 2016 Prez primary results: We’ve got what you’re looking for

April 5, 2016

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Wisconsin polls close at 8 PM Central Time — 6 PM AZ Time this evening. Look for results to begin coming in after 7 PM AZ time. Winning this delegate rich state is crucial.

Republican candidates: Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and John Kasich.

Real Clear Politics has the most recent 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination Polling Data

Facts: Wisconsin is an open primary state. Voters can choose whether to participate in either the Republican or Democrat primary regardless of party affiliation, setting the stage for intentional crossover mischief.

In the winner-take-all primary, there are there are 42 delegates at stake.

Click here for WISCONSIN PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY RESULTS courtesy of Politico.


AZ GOP scuttles Trump supporters

April 5, 2016

On the heels of our post Arizona: The epicenter of 2016 GOP delegate upheaval, which linked to a revealing Washington Examiner report on Arizona’s intra-party presidential primary shenanigans, comes disturbing information from immediate past Maricopa County Republican chairman A.J. LaFaro. 

LaFaro was contacted before noon on Sunday to attend a 2:00 pm meeting of outraged Donald Trump supporters, elected PCs all, who got conned at their caucus. Not one of them won election as a state convention delegate.

Yet people who weren’t even precinct committeemen — dispatched by AZ GOP chairman Robert Graham and the RINO establishment — were elected as delegates. The entire delegation from one legislative district are Cruz supporters even though Donald Trump won by a landslide. 

LaFaro cynically notes that “the 285,839 (46%) Arizonans who voted for Donald Trump on March 22, 2016 didn’t mean anything. Robert Graham and the RINO establishment know what’s best for Arizona,” he rightly mocked. “Talk about voter fraud and voter disenfranchisement,” LaFaro continued. To substantiate his comments, he includes the link to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Unofficial 2016 Presidential Preference Election Results, which clearly proves his point.

Regardless of whom you support this election cycle, this trickery should never be tolerated. It leaves us all vulnerable and at risk of having our votes become meaningless.


Arizona: The epicenter of 2016 GOP delegate upheaval

April 4, 2016

This morning’s Drudge Report leads with a Washington Examiner article: “Cruz snaring Trump’s Arizona delegates.”

Drudge was less subdued, opting for the banner headline, “Hell’s Dels Cruz Moves To Snatch Trump AZ.”

 We urge you to read the article. Knowledge is power.


Calls for Helen Purcell’s head hides far different agenda

March 31, 2016

The few remaining readers of the Arizona Republic can be forgiven for having the misconception that there is a clamor for Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell’s head on a platter.

Whenever its target is a Republican, the liberal newspaper shifts into high gear, engaging in the multi-pronged, gang-like, drive-by it has honed to an art form. Biased articles passing as news, are followed by more skew at the hands of the two looney left columnists Roberts and Montini and inky deceit by cartoonist Steve Benson.  At issue are the long lines and inadequate number of polling places available for voters, some of whom waited for hours to participate in Arizona’s presidential preference election. Statewide, Republican and Democrat voters ultimately supported Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Most used mail in ballots.

Purcell has held the office that maintains voter registration for nearly 2,000,000 registered voters and administers the Elections Department for 28 years. When the snafu occurred, she faced angry mobs calling for her resignation. Purcell apologized and took “full responsibility,“ but that wasn’t nearly good enough.  They wanted far more.

“We certainly made bad decisions, and having only 60 polling places, didn’t anticipate there would be that many people going to the polling places,” she said. “We were obviously wrong — that’s my fault.” 

The left was not placated. The identity throng began its racket, claiming Purcell purposely engaged in minority voter suppression — and as if on cue in today’s hooligan environment, began calling for her resignation or recall. In Soros-like fashion, angry mobs sprung up in legislative chambers and on valley streets.

Purcell rightly dug in her heels as protesters congregated outside her Phoenix office. “I’m not going to resign,” she stated. “The electorate is free to do whatever they want to do.”

Phoenix’ leftist Mayor Greg Stanton, hopped onboard this political gravy train, issuing a request for a  U.S. Department of Justice investigation, alleging Anglo communities had more polling sites per resident.

On the heels of that absurdity, a bizarre rumor erupted, claiming Republican Purcell was secretly working for Hillary Clinton since her late husband Joe Purcell was Bill Clinton’s former Arkansas Lt. Governor. The entire story turned out to be preposterous fabrication.

The woman who has won numerous awards for her professionalism is now facing challengers, including one with no experience in the field who calls her an “epic failure.”

The actual issue that drives the rabble is they see this as the opportunity to seize the primary elections from the parties that actually field candidates.  This was Robert Robb, showing some spine on the open primary in July 2012. He called it “another disappointing attempt to change election outcomes by changing the rules,” adding, “The purpose …should be stated plainly and bluntly: It is to reduce the influence of conservative Republicans in Arizona.”  By Feb. 2016, Robb had developed job security linked amnesia.

 


John McCain’s liberal friend turns on him

March 30, 2016

Leftist Harry Reid and RINO John McCain have been longtime senate associates, even working in concert on deals including pushing amnesty and restricting Second Amendment rights. McCain became the Republican Reid trusts more than any other according to Politico, which headlined this 2013 articleReid’s favorite Republican: McCain.”

“We have a long history,” McCain was quoted as saying of his relationship with Reid. “We have had our clashes and our words that we wish we hadn’t [said] about each other. But there’s a bond that’s very deep and long between us.”

Now it appears that “bond” has been irretrievably broken. In a desperate plea for campaign contributions, McCain, calls us “friends,” and claims his good buddy Harry Reid, whom he now refers to as “Nevada’s least favorite son,” and “his liberal cronies” are working to support McCain’s Democrat opponent. McCain, who conveniently forgets to mention his exceptional primary challenger Dr. Kelli Ward, whines, “I need your immediate help to fight back.”

“But,” McCain wheedles, “he doesn’t know that I have a secret weapon: YOU.” It is with our support McCain claims he will win reelection and stay fighting for our “shared conservative values in Washington.”

Few Arizona Republicans share values with John McCain.  In fact, he has spent his decades in Washington working against conservative values, which is why he was censured by elected Arizona Republican leaders. Senate terms are six long years. John McCain will be 80 by Election Day. You do the math.

Arizonans can do better.


Why Justice Scalia mattered

March 30, 2016

On Tuesday we witnessed the full impact of the unexpected loss of Justice Antonin Scalia who died February 13. The U.S. Supreme Court rendered a 4-4 decision on a challenge to organized labor, giving unions a major victory in a case they had previously seemed certain to lose.

The deadlocked decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association upheld a lower court ruling dealing with union fees and is a substantial setback for union foes. Lyle Denniston writing for SCOTUS blog provides an opinion analysis.

A decision in favor of the petitioners would have eliminated what’s known as agency fees –– money paid to unions by non-union members.

Plaintiffs in the case argued that agency fees presented a “significant impingement” on their First Amendment rights of free speech and free association, since collective bargaining is unarguably political. In negotiating with school boards, for example, unions can take positions on issues such as tenure that nonmembers may not support, so teachers who decide not to join the local union should not have to contribute to those costs.

The California Teachers Association and its parent union, the NEA, argued that the fees are not a violation of First Amendment rights because a portion is reimbursed annually, claiming the money covers things that benefit non-union members.

In 1977, the Supreme Court’s decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, held that no one can be forced to join a union or contribute to its political activities, but that teachers unions can charge nonmembers a fee to cover the costs of nonpolitical activities, oddly including collective bargaining.

In recent years, public sector unions have experienced numerous setbacks, with Republican governors and state legislatures successfully challenging collective bargaining — even in Michigan and Wisconsin, regarded as longtime labor strongholds.

The Friedrichs case was not the first to challenge union fees. Last year, in Harris v. Quinn, the justices ruled 5-4, that Medicaid home health workers were not full public employees and therefore could not be compelled to pay collective bargaining union fees –– a  decision that many Supreme Court watchers viewed as a sign the court seemed poised to overturn the precedent set by Abood.

Open Secrets (Center for Responsive Politics) reveals the $19.2 million the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, teachers unions contributed in the 2012 elections and their continuing donations in 2016. Democrats and liberal groups are their favored beneficiaries. Since 1989, the NEA has been the fourth biggest donor out of all organizations tracked by CRP.


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