AZ Supreme Court: Pals in high places can hinder

March 2, 2019

Despite objections by Chief Justice Scott Bales, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey used the power of his office to unnecessarily expand the state Supreme Court from five to seven justices in May 2016. The high court’s director of government affairs testified against expansion, saying, “We just do not believe it’s needed. The court is current in its cases. There’s nothing that we are seeing that’s going to lead to a greatly increased caseload.”

One of the newly robed justices — Clint Bolick — former chief litigator at the libertarian Goldwater Institute and open borders advocate who co-authored a book on the topic with Jeb Bush, is a friend of Ducey’s. So close are the two men, they routinely text one another.

People holding top jobs erroneously think they are above scrutiny. The Phoenix New Times, through a Freedom of Information Act request was able to secure the two men’s electronic correspondence.

The justice lobbied the governor providing his opinion regarding the best choice for the vacancy on Arizona’s highest court. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery was among the 11 applicants for the post which the governor will fill from a vetted and pared down list of applicants sent to him by the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments.  (Two of the original 13 appear to have withdrawn their applications.)

The commission met Friday and forwarded a list of five names to Ducey.  Montgomery, who would have made an excellent justice, was not among them.

Three judges from the Arizona Court of Appeals Division One, James Beene, (Republican); Kent Cattani, (Republican); and Maria Elena Cruz, (unregistered prior to September 24, 2002 when she became a Democrat); along with Pima County Superior Court Judge Richard Gordon, (Republican); and private practice attorney Andrew Jacobs, (Democrat); made the cut. On their applications, two of the applicants state they are of mixed ethnicity.

Predictably, the local newspaper’s take is exemplified by this front page headline: “Arizona’s Supreme Court short on diversity — Disparity under scrutiny with justice’s retirement.”

Diversity is never about ideas, only ethnicity. We’ve had female justices for years with several serving as chief justice, so it’s not even about plumbing. This 2012 post provides the stellar history of Arizona’s female justices. The first was Lorna Lockwood — born in 1903 in the Arizona territory. Lockwood is notable for being the first woman in the nation to become Chief Justice of a state Supreme Court. President Ronald Reagan appointed Sandra Day O’Connor as the first woman on U.S. Supreme Court in 1981.

Justice John Pelander’s retirement was effective March 1, 2019.

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Amazing! AZ Republic reverses stance

March 1, 2019

Will wonders never cease?

On the heels of Thursday’s post,Skewing & spinning news to fit anti-Trump agendain which we pointed out that the agenda driven Arizona Republic chose to eliminate any coverage of President Trump’s second historic summit with unpredictable North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the newspaper has done an about face. The meeting was again focused on denuclearization.  Kim waffled from his previous acquiescence and President Trump concluded the meeting early.

Friday’s edition features a large, full-color photo of the two men, with this above-the-fold headline: SUPPORTERS, CRITICS AGREE WITH TRUMP’S DECISION TO WALK AWAY WHEN PROGRESS WITH KIM IS ELUSIVE.

No doubt the left-wing newspaper heard from its dwindling reader base following their choice to ignore positive actions by the Republican president and instead give prime coverage to convicted perjurer Michael Cohen whose appearance before congress — on his way to serve a three years sentence for previously lying to them — was timed to embarrass the president as he met with Kim in Hanoi.

Let’s be clear. To the goons at the newspaper, unprecedented efforts at denuclearization of a global hot spot run by an unstable despot take a back seat to advancing the agenda of taking down President Trump.

When the newspaper endorsed scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton for President in 2016, it was forced to admit that countless furious readers called dropping subscriptions. There’s a good chance that has recurred, when the failing newspaper is too weak to withstand further loses, which is likely what drove today’s more rational headline.

Donald Trump did not just carry Arizona; he scored decisive victories (map) across the entire country.


ERA 2019: A solution seeking non-existent problem

February 27, 2019

Competency has long trumped gender as qualifier for women achievers, rendering Equal Rights Amendment irrelevant

As the ERA resurfaces in the Arizona Legislature, and marches on the state capitol are planned, it’s worth examining the facts regarding the need for a constitutional amendment to enshrine equal rights for women.

For the third year in a row, women outnumbered men in law school classrooms across the country in 2018. Ditto medical schools, with higher female enrollment. Women serve in record numbers in congress. In a historic first, Arizona is represented in Washington D.C. by two female U.S. Senators Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema.  Ironically, it was Democrat Sinema who viciously slurred women.

Four of Arizona’s last six governors have been women, dating back to 1988. We were also one of the first states to send a woman to Congress, when Isabella Selmes Greenway won office in 1932. Not only was Sandra Day O’Connor — appointed by President Ronald Reagan — the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, but the trailblazing state of Arizona had the first female state Supreme Court Justice, when Lorna Lockwood — born in 1903, in the Arizona territory — ascended to the Arizona Supreme Court.

Justice Lockwood is notable for being the first woman in the nation to become Chief Justice of a state Supreme Court serving in that capacity twice — from 1965 through 1966 and from 1970 through 1971. She passed the bar in 1925 and was a state legislator and Superior Court Judge before ascending to the Arizona Supreme Court in 1960 — paving the nearly identical career path Sandra O’Connor eventually took to the U.S. Supreme Court. O’Connor was elected to both the state legislature and as a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge (prior to the 1974 advent of “merit selection”) before being named to the Supreme Court.

Women are also entrepreneurial. According to these 2017 figures, which have no doubt grown since they were released, more than 11.6 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 9 million people, and generating $1.7 trillion in sales.

So why is the political left reviving efforts to pass the obviously unnecessary Equal Rights Amendment? Women have served in Presidential Cabinets, as spokespersons and advisers. Female Democrat 2020 presidential aspirants are already outnumbering their male counterparts.

Women obviously are not in need of amendment to ensure equal rights. The rights have been in place for decades as Arizonans are well aware, exemplified by Justice Lockwood, who passed the bar 93 years ago, beginning her stellar career path.

In 1998, five Arizona women known as the ‘Fab Five’ were simultaneously elected to the state’s top government positions. Governor Jane Dee Hull; Secretary of State Betsey Bayless; Attorney General Janet Napolitano; Treasurer Carol Springer; and Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham-Keegan.

Soon after statehood in 1912, Arizona amended the state constitution to grant women’s voting rights and ensure their ability to hold public office. That occurred a full eight years before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women’s rights.

What exactly would the ratification of the obviously antiquated notion of an Equal Rights Amendment accomplish in 2019?


Trashing Trump: A venomous end-of-life political family business

February 9, 2019

In a classless funeral fad, faith and reverence take a back seat to bile spewing and settling scores

The scenario is not one most people choose to contemplate, but it would seem reasonable that the last hours of our lives could be better spent in loving reflection with those we hold dear than in bitter recriminations.

U.S. Rep. John Dingell, Jr. died Thursday at age 92. Prior to drawing his last breath, we are told the liberal Democrat dictated parting remarks to his wife, which included denigrating President Trump —- though not mentioning him by name:

“In our modern political age, the presidential bully pulpit seems dedicated to sowing division and denigrating, often in the most irrelevant and infantile personal terms, the political opposition.”

In 1932, his father John Dingell Sr. was elected the first representative of Michigan’s newly created 15th District. In 1955, John Sr. died and John Jr. won a special election to succeed him. He was ultimately reelected 29 times, serving nearly 60 years and acknowledged as the longest serving congressman in U.S. history. Between them, he and his father represented the southeastern Michigan area for 80 years.

But the Dingell Democrat dynasty doesn’t end there. When his health declined and he finally retired, he ensured the Dingell name would continue to dangle over the state. His wife Debbie Dingell — 28 years his junior — won the election to succeed him in November 2014, as the first non-widowed woman to immediately follow her husband in Congress.

Debbie, a former Republican strategically turned Democrat, is the one who took the dictated anti-Trump message before her husband closed his eyes for the final time — making sure it reached an audience.

In a similar rendition, before John McCain died, he gave instructions specifying who would be invited to his funerals — he had three.  President Trump and First Lady Melania didn’t make the A-List.  They were specifically uninvited by the still resentful man who never attained the presidency.  Although Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner came to show their respects in Washington, D.C., they are now being blasted by mega Meghan McCain, who says she’ll never forgive them for attending. She added, she hopes she made them uncomfortable as she gave her eulogy at her father’s funeral stating, “We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly.”

“I really wanted made very clear that the Trumps have beef with me then and in the words of Cardi B, they’re gonna have beef with me forever and I’m not gonna forget,” McCain added, sounding like a street thug.


Jeff Flake: A shameless spectacle finds leftist perch

January 30, 2019

Just as Pinocchio’s nose grew longer as he told ever more preposterous lies, former Sen. Jeff Flake’s has grown further leftward as he has curried the favor with the anti-Trump media. Breitbart carries the report.

For a man who was unable to run for reelection after a single senate term due to bottom-dragging 18 percent approval ratings in his home state, it’s absurd, though typically Flakey, that he would announce that he’s not going to mount a 2020 challenge to President Trump. Even his kinfolk in his rural Arizona birthplace of Snowflake — named in part for his great-great-grandfather, are no fans of Flake’s vile rhetoric. Most support the president.

Flake is taking his rabid vitriol on the road as a new hire of the left-wing CBS News network. There’s nothing quite as compelling as a defector, ready to turn on the party under whose banner he ran and the Republican President of the United States for the proverbial few pieces of silver.

While trying to give himself cover, he groused that the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee “are so melded” that they are “trying to do everything they can to squelch any opposition.”

Flake, who has bragged he still stays in touch with Barack Obama, says he prefers BO’s tone to President Trump’s. He’s not referring to volume; it’s the liberal content that grabs the Flake.

Flake’s ego outweighs his conscience to the point he’s back to hitting the bottle —- of peroxide, as he returns to tinting his locks golden again, while moving to get camera ready.

His time-off time could have been better spent with a good surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty. An added benefit beyond the obvious?  Flake would get more oxygen to his brain, something he could definitely use.


$$ sweetens the pot: Adams returns to Ducey

January 24, 2019

Kirk Adams, who resigned as Gov. Doug Ducey’s chief of staff last month, has mysteriously returned before Ducey’s sweet tweet welcoming replacement Daniel Scarpinato, the Guv’s former spokesperson, was fully digested.

Adams, previously a state legislator earning $24,000, was paid just fifty bucks short of $170,000 a year at the time of his abrupt departure from the ninth floor perch. His latest salary hasn’t been fully disclosed, other than the report from Ducey’s current spokesman Patrick Ptak that Adams will be compensated an additional $1500 a month to “cover expenses.” When he resigned Adams, a failed 2012 congressional candidate, said he was “looking forward to new opportunities outside of state government.”

Obviously those “opportunities” never materialized.

The local newspaper’s none-too-bright Elvia Diaz opined that “it was no coincidence that Gov. Doug Ducey’s loyal chief of staff resigned just after Ducey handily won re-election.” In her convoluted thinking, Ducey would appoint Adams to replace Jon Kyl, who agreed to temporarily fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant after John McCain‘s numerous funerals. Then the dutiful Adams would subserviently act as a placeholder until Ducey completed his final term and compliantly step down.  Diaz actually called Adams “Ducey’s golden ticket.”

She clearly has no sense. No one is that loyal…especially Kirk Adams.


Trump Derangement Syndrome, personified

December 30, 2018

 Customer’s MAGA cap and pro-Trump T-shirt send nutcase clerk into frenzied rant

If you haven’t seen this video, know this: They walk among us.  If you’ve seen it previously, watch it again to remind yourself that the only rational way to deal with radical leftists is to vote for the conservatives on the ballot and send President Trump back for a second term in 2020.