McPolitics as usual? Robert Graham eyes state legislature

October 14, 2019

Over a year and three funerals later, it was natural to assume we had heard the last of John McCain.

Nope.

Last week, the local Hillary-endorsing newspaper contained an insert with a smirking John McCain in full color gracing the cover page. It was headlined, “2nd shot for McCain vision,” describing an “ideas competition,” though sounding more like a threat than a promise. The failing newspaper still worships at the McCain altar, routinely covering him and his family.

Now we’re hearing that McCain sycophant Robert Graham, a former AZ GOP chairman, and the CEO of ROI Global Partners, a lobbying and public relations group promising “World Class Results,” is weighing the idea of running for a state House seat in Legislative District 15. Both House seats will be open due to the current members going head-to-head competing for the single senate seat. No doubt it will be a cakewalk for slickster McCain protégé Graham.

He has now reconfigured himself as a solid Trump supporter though he boycotted Trump’s initial Phoenix campaign rally that had to be moved twice to larger venues to accommodate the enormous crowd. Graham was conveniently “out of town.”  John McCain and Jeff Flake made no such excuses. They refused to support Donald Trump even as he was the Republican nominee. Both stated neither they nor their families would vote for Trump — who became president without them.

Was it a coincidence or gratitude that Robert Graham’s namesake son, Rob, was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy by John McCain?


Gov. Ducey, McRINOs, Dems, reward Kate McGee for turning LD 28 blue

August 31, 2019

To call this invitation to a toney fundraising reception at the Phoenix Country Club preposterous would be the height of understatement. Gov. Doug Ducey is listed as the “Honored Guest.”

The no-attendance-price specified invitation hosted by a load of McCain allies, lobbyists, RINOs, Democrats, and few scattered surprises, states individual donors are limited to $5,200 and couples can only donate $10,400. Those are top limits, but sends a clear message: Pikers are not who LD 28 candidate Kate Brophy McGee hopes to attract.

There’s a back story to this swank soiree that needs to be told. State Senator Kate Brophy McGee was so busy attempting to manipulate the 2018 election in Legislative District 28 that she barely squeaked back into the state senate, winning by a razor-thin margin of 50.1% over an emboldened newcomer educrat who captured 49.9% — separating them by only 267 votes. This was beyond shocking in the formerly longtime Republican stronghold where decades once passed without a single Democrat being elected.

This near loss was not a fluke. Brophy McGee was the recipient of Republican wrath for pulling strings to influence the election in an effort to bring her RINOcrat buddy Kathy Petsas on-board for one of the two House seats.  Petsas — who targeted conservatives and aided Democrats as far back as 2012 — lost.

McGee’s 2018 machinations were responsible for two Democrats winning both district House seats while bumping highly qualified Republican incumbent Maria Syms, the sole pro-life candidate. Syms’ exceptional career includes having served as an Assistant Attorney General, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Paradise Valley Town Councilwoman, and a State Representative. She has a proven track record advocating for education, law enforcement, public safety and border security.

During that election Brophy McGee, described by the Hillary-endorsing Arizona Republic as a “moderate,” actively courted Democrats, declaring  her gratitude for their endorsements. Ducey, in a major miscalculation, endorsed Brophy McGee and Petsas, even recording a robocall urging Republicans to support Petsas.

Now the Democrat unionist teacher who almost routed Brophy McGee is emboldened and running again — recently hosting a Saturday night kickoff event. Despite being outspent by almost two-to-one, Leftist Christine Porter Marsh came within spitting distance of Brophy McGee. The Dems are banking on turning the entire district blue. With the two House seats now in the left’s column and scheming Brophy McGee in the Senate, Conservatives think it already is.  If Republican Ducey is supporting McGee out of fear of losing Legislative District 28 entirely, he needs to put some conditions on his endorsement. It’s unlikely that he has.

Another version of this invitation was originally posted two weeks ago, Aug. 18, previous to the addition of the host committee. In an effort to provide our well-informed readers with the most accurate information, this updated invitation, including the committee makes for interesting reading.


Ducey glibly deflects counting illegals with ice cream 

April 3, 2019

Diversity reigns supreme as 2020 census revs up

While Gov. Doug Ducey, the former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery ice cream stores, makes the news with his signing of ‘Ice Cream Freedom Day’ legislation, (H. B. 2178), a much more consequential  executive order flew under the radar.

April Fools’ Day brought a news release informing Arizonans that Ducey, via an executive order, created the Arizona Complete Count Committee (AZCCC).

Full of puffery and numerous whereas(es), his order, complete with a gold seal, forms a 19 person committee — 2 Chairs and 17 government and “outreach” liaisons — who serve at his pleasure, and will be “subject to change at any time.”

 “All members of the AZCCC, except for members one through five, shall each form a subcommittee to work on matters related to the census count that correspond to their specific liaison role. They are encouraged to select subcommittee members [a maximum of 25 each] that represent different geographical areas of the state, have a diverse set of experiences and qualifications, and can represent the perspectives and needs of traditionally hard to count populations.”

Apparently, their overarching duty will be to ensure an accurate head count for the 2020 Census, since it will affect $millions in federal allocations. The Executive Order states, “Each Arizonan who is not counted is estimated to represent an $887 loss to the State in federal funding allocation, meaning that even a one-percent undercount would represent a loss to the State of $62 million per year for a decade, for a total loss of $620 million.”

The Constitutional reason for the census is not money. Its purpose is to determine how many congressional seats are apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives. Redistricting of Arizona’s state and local legislative representatives is also impacted by the count.

These facts make it mystifying that Gov. Ducey  places an extraordinary premium on “ensuring a complete and accurate count of all those residing here, including those who have historically been hard to count, such as young children, multi-family housing residents, military families, non-native English speakers, low-income residents, minorities, and rural residents.”

Military, minorities, farmers, low income Americans and family groups have always been counted. The non-native English speakers are highly likely to be illegal aliens. Are they now the go-to population in determining our congressional representation and state legislative redistricting? As of the 2018 election, 5 of our 9 congressional seats are held by Democrats and the Republican majority in the state legislature is no longer assured.  Isn’t that enough to suit Republicrat Doug Ducey? 


Harsh truths underscore internecine AZ GOP battles

December 18, 2018

RINO proxies more prized by establishment cronies than voting conservative committeemen

The Arizona Daily Independent runs another topical comic —- this one channeling Frosty Taylor’s well respected Republican Briefs.

In the tradition of Thomas Nast, imparting harsh truths via political cartoon,Lines Up Proxies” (link) underscores the trickery leading up to the Republican intra-party elections where new county and state leadership will be chosen by elected precinct committeemen and state committeemen at their respective January meetings.

AZ GOP Chairman Jonathan Lines who oversaw unparalleled Republican losses in the November 6, 2018 General Election, is arrogantly running for reelection rather than the nearest door. Lines, selected by his predecessor Robert (Mc)Graham, was rarely seen in AZ GOP headquarters. He lives 200 miles away in Yuma and has 11 children and a roofing business to keep him busy.

Be sure to read first two paragraphs following the cartoon. They are anything but funny, as the establishment proxy high jinks are exposed and best summed up in this single sentence: “It’s as though John McCain is still pulling the strings from his grave.”

Dr. Kelli Ward, a former two-term state senator, is the conservative running for Arizona Republican Chairman. SRAZ supports her candidacy. Read about her and her unifying vision for the Arizona Republican Party moving forward to the 2020 elections.


AZ GOP chairman’s race, rehab of RINO Brophy McGee linked

December 3, 2018

AZ GOP in desperate need of new leadership

The Hillary Clinton endorsing Arizona Republic is going to great lengths to give a warm and fuzzy embrace to Kate Brophy McGee, the type of Republican the left-wing newspaper can tolerate. She was recently given prominent coverage including an oversized photo, on Page One of the Valley and State section, proclaimed as a leading advocate for abused children.

The architect of a Machiavellian scheme to replace incumbent conservative House member Maria Syms with fellow RINOcrat, Kathy Pappas Petsas in Legislative District 28, Brophy McGee barely squeaked into office, with a mere 267 vote lead over far left Democrat Christine Porter Marsh. The final tally was 50.1% to 49.9% in the once bright red district.

Shenanigans in the district were given a boost by mailings such as this one, sent out under the auspices of the AZ GOP and shamefully green lighted by chairman Jonathan Lines.

As a result of the malicious machinations, eminently well qualified incumbent Syms lost. Her career includes serving as an Assistant Attorney General, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Paradise Valley Town Councilwoman, and state Representative — in addition to being the only pro-life conservative of the pack.  The subversive tactics had further devastating ramifications for Republican residents of the district. Both House seats were won by Democrats. Fittingly, Brophy McGee’s recruit, agitator Kathy Pappas Petsas, who gained notoriety for wanting todekookifyor purge, conservatives from the party ranks, came in dead last.

Not satisfied with the damage he’s overseen, Lines who lives in Yuma and is rarely spotted at AZ GOP headquarters, is gearing up for another term as party chairman when the state statutory reorganization meeting takes place January 26, 2019. Besides being a party to the despicable mailers, he was in charge as unprecedented statewide Republican losses took place —- resulting in the GOP now being the minority in the state‘s congressional delegation. The Yuma roofing contractor needs to stay at home tending to leaky roofs and parenting his 11 children. If the Arizona Republican Party is going to be resuscitated, we need someone who can breathe life into its now flailing carcass rather than give a second chance to the one who rang its death knell.


Farcical Dist. 28 race: Follow the money

November 8, 2018

Do lobbyist’s $$ speak Republicanese?

After interminable negative ads, Arizona’s 2018 mid-term elections have mercifully ended, except for a couple of too-close-to-call races that should have already been resolved. In this post, however, the focus is on who the state legislators actually answer to. These are the elected officials closest to the people, representing the 30 statewide legislative districts. Each district elects a state senator and two state representatives who serve two year terms and are term-limited to eight consecutive years in office, with novel ways of skirting those restrictions. They work on Washington Street in Phoenix, not D.C.

SRAZ has described the unsavory machinations in Legislative District 28, where district voters were barraged with campaign flyers emanating from the Arizona Republican Party — omitting the photo of conservative incumbent Maria Syms.  Highlighted were former state Rep. Kate Brophy McGee, running for the state senate and her recruited rabble rouser Kathy Pappas Petsas. One of the mailers is included in this post, “AZ GOP ignores conservative Syms, endorses LD 28 RINOs.”

For their efforts, the AZ GOP and Brophy McGee got double payback.  Not only did they score what they foolishly considered a win in replacing the highly qualified Rep. Maria Syms, but their schemes shamefully worked to elect two Democrats to the state House, in what was once known as a solid red district. Kathy Pappas Petsas went down in flames, coming in dead last of the four running for the LD 28 two House seats.

Today’s post provides a literal wealth of information that few voters bother to check. It’s all public information available on the Secretary of State‘s website, and is a primo primer of who our legislators actually answer to — those who fund them. Congressional candidates funding sources are easily available on the Federal Elections Commission website.

Since Kathy Pappas Petsas lost, we’ll direct you to her funding sources, who would have done equally well throwing their money down a rat hole. All statewide candidates can be found here. Chances are you might not recognize the lobbyists, but they are rife in her reporting. Which leads us to wonder how a political newcomer develops these insider moneyed connections and what did they expect in return?

Scroll through to her name, and then click on the “Individual Contributions” list and “Contributions from Political Committees.”

It’s a given that candidates need money to finance increasingly expensive campaigns. There’s nothing wrong with fundraising which is integral to campaigning. The question is how did fresh out of the political chute Kathy Pappas Petsas establish these contacts and what were their expectations?


AZ 2018 General election: Wed. morning musings

November 7, 2018

In a tight race U. S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-CD 2) with 99% of the precincts reporting, has been victorious over radical leftist Kyrsten Sinema as the two battled for the U.S. Senate seat left open when Jeff Flake polled too low to realistically campaign for reelection.

 Gov. Doug Ducey trounced Democrat David Garcia, who ran on the preposterous issues of raising taxes, doing away with ICE agents and not completing the border wall.

The race for AZ Secretary of State, next in line of succession to the governor, has Republican Steve Gaynor comfortably leading Democrat Katie Hobbs.

GOP incumbent Attorney General Mark Brnovich maintained an easy edge over January Contreras. 

Republican Kimberly Yee, a former state senator, leads the Democrat in the state treasurer’s race by over 10 points. She’s a shining star who was tapped to speak at the Republican National Convention in 2016.

Frank Riggs, the Republican candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, holds a 6,720 vote lead over his Democrat opponent.

Although the Hillary-endorsing newspaper advised its remaining readers to split the Corporation Commission ticket between one Democrat and one Republican, the advice was disregarded, and both Republicans Justin Olson and Rodney Glassman took the two spots on the utility rate regulating commission.

Being behind a smear campaign didn’t help Kate Brophy McGee (R-LD 28). Her devious scheme backfired. She barely squeaked into the state senate, running neck-in-neck with the Democrat. Too slick by half, Brophy McGee’s unconscionable actions, aided and abetted by the AZ GOP hierarchy, resulted in a Democrat win over Maria Syms, the well-qualified conservative House incumbent. McGee’s cohort Kathy Pappas Petsas came in dead last.

Arizona now has nine Congressional Districts and the breakdown favors the well-funded Democrats who were boosted by out-of-state financiers, such as liberal activist Tom Steyer, shoveling mega $millions into liberal campaigns.

Districts 1, 2, 3, 7 and 9 are now blue, while Rep. Paul Gosar (CD-4), Rep. Andy Biggs (CD-5), Rep. David Schweikert, (CD-6), and Debbie Lesko, (CD-8) held their Republican seats. This election should prove that we can take nothing for granted. The Dems are angry and energized. We can no longer think putting a yard sign in our lawn three weeks before an election is enough.

Nationally, with the tireless aid of Pres. Trump, Republicans won Senate seats in Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota to maintain an advantage. The House, however, picked up Dem seats, which will be problematic. Trump’s campaigning on their behalf helped Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis win. Republicans also won the governors’ races in Iowa and the key state of Ohio — a state that is crucial in presidential elections.