General Election Results: AZ & National — Nov. 8, 2016

November 8, 2016


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Arizona election results can be accessed HERE, via the Arizona Secretary of State.

Federal races, including the President of the United States, U.S. Senate, and U.S. Congressional Representatives in Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 can be seen HERE.

State Representatives and Senate candidates, listed by legislative district are available HERE.

Propositions 205 (recreational marijuana legalization) and 206 (raising the minimum wage). Results can be viewed HERE.

Maricopa County election results are available HERE.

Judicial retention votes can be viewed HERE.

Polls opened at 6:00 a.m. this morning and will close at 7:00 p.m. If you haven’t voted by early ballot, locate your polling place HERE. Returns should begin to be available starting around 8:00 p.m.

Fox News Live national election coverage HERE.

CBS News also has Live Presidential Updates: HERE.


AZ Primary Election: The numbers are a’changin’

September 4, 2016

Elected Precinct Committeemen are under siege again

The ponderous Primary Election count has continued long past Tuesday. Winners become losers and losers, winners as the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office processes thousands of mail-in and provisional ballots.

Congressional District 5 candidate Christine Jones, earlier considered the victor, appears to have lost by 9 votes — 29.47% to 29.48%  to former state Senate President Andy Biggs in the final tabulation early Saturday. Jones has already assembled a team of lawyers and election experts to mount a challenge to the updated numbers.

Even County Recorder Helen Purcell, who oversees elections, is not immune to the vagaries of ballot counting. She has also watched as her political light dimmed and brightened, first being declared the runner-up to challenger Aaron Flannery and then called as the winner by 185 votes— or 50.03% to his 49.97% — at the last count — Saturday 2:03 am.

All of the vote totals can be seen here.

Recounts, as spelled out in Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 16, Chapter 4, Article 12, are sure to be in the future.

If you ran for election as a precinct committeeman, your wait will be even longer. The final tabulation won’t be available until the proverbial cows come home — probably Wednesday Sept. 7. The elections take on larger significance since longtime PCs, the unpaid, grassroots workers of the political parties are once again having an elbow thrust in their gut, as the GOPe (establishment) is working with Team McCain to oust McCain disloyalists — real or imagined— from the party ranks. Concerted efforts include purposely overfilling the allotted number of committeemen allowed in each precinct and then either mailing out or hand delivering cards to households with the names comprising a “conservative slate.”  The maneuver is intended to aid the establishment by knocking actual conservatives off the roster. The fact that these are loyal Republican workers is of no consequence when it comes to the down in the weeds, devious schemes few would expect U.S. Senators to engage in.

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This is not a new phenomenon. Former Sen. Jon Kyl engaged in these underhanded tactics in 2012. As we pointed out at that time, the precinct committeemen elections are crucial since it is the elected precinct committeemen who elect the party leadership. Having conservatives in these posts hinders the efforts to have malleable stooges voted in to do the biding of the Republicrat honchos, who invariably push for amnesty immediately after they are reelected.

After McCain was censured by elected state committeemen at the 2014 annual Statutory Meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party, he undertook a mission to replace conservatives. His scheming with out-of-state Obama donors made the national news. Read about his tyrannical tactics in Front Page mag, Breitbart. and POLITICO.


Schmuck shrinks from exposure

June 1, 2016

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Candidate rolls out unusual LD 18 state senate campaign

 It’s unusual for a candidate to solicit funds by offering to personally “make a commitment” to match every donation “dollar for dollar.” It’s even more unusual to omit the party designation with which that candidate aligns. 

Within a week of launching his latest campaign — he ran and lost in 2008 — Frank Schmuck email blasts out:

“Today is the final day of the financial reporting period. That means I only have 24 hours left to build as big a war chest as possible before the next finance report. In other words, it is critical for me to show my opponent right now that I’m serious about this race and that I plan on winning.” (SRAZ omitted the screaming bold face type, excessive exclamation points and puerile underlining.)

The Republican and Democrat Parties have very different platforms which reflect conflicting positions on a wide range if issues. In order to detect where Frank Schmuck’s political comfort zone is, it took a search of his name at the Secretary of State’s campaign website to find out he’s registered as a Republican. Why he doesn’t want to tell potential voters that fundamental fact, one can only guess.  Unfortunately for Schmuck who obviously wants to appeal to anyone, none of the answers would be satisfactory. Arizona is a state where the top elective offices are solidly in the GOP column, as are the majority of legislators and Maricopa County elected officials. Many conservative Republican precinct committeemen have dedicated themselves to making those facts reality and have much to be proud of.  A search through the incumbent state senator’s donor records reveals an establishment crony, and a list heavy with lobbyists, McCain allies and PACs.

There’s a lot to run on, not from. But right out of the gate, Schmuck has oddly chosen the wrong path.


BREAKING: McCain’s fumbles take center stage at AZ Prez convention

April 30, 2016

A score of anti-John McCain activists distributed hundreds of “McCain Fumbles,” five-inch pressure relief foam footballs at the Arizona Republican Presidential Preference Convention held at the Mesa Convention Center Saturday morning.

The four panels imprinted on the footballs enumerated long-held complaints conservatives have against John McCain. The messages urge voters not to renew McCain’s contract and to make him a free agent.

Word has it that AZ GOP chairman Robert Graham was not pleased with the footballs. Some railbirds were overheard opining the footballs were payback for Graham’s tyrannical behavior at the state GOP January 2015 meeting and Graham’s siding with the Republican establishment against conservative elected precinct committeemen during his terms as state GOP chair.

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GOP lures AZ Navajos: Dems take state senate hit

November 24, 2015

The newest Republican on the Arizona political scene is state Senator Carlyle Begay, (LD7)  a Democrat who officially switched affiliations and joined the GOP Monday. Begay, a Navajo from Ganado represents a rural district which encompasses Navajo and Hopi reservations. Gov. Doug Ducey welcomed Sen. Begay with this statement.

In announcing his decision, Begay released this powerful explanatory video, “Change Must Happen Now,” in which he states the Republican Party is the party of progress and opportunity. Troubled by the failing education system, high dropout rates, crumbling infrastructure and staggeringly high unemployment rates in Arizona’s tribal communities, Begay says he’s found it is the Republican Party which has been willing to work with him to address these issues of concern.

Shawn Redd, a Republican businessman, is running for  the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona’s massive First Congressional District. Redd is also a member of the Navajo Nation making him somewhat of an anomaly in his community, where tribal members lean Democrat. 

Other announced GOP CD1 candidates include Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, AZ House Speaker David Gowan, and rancher/businessman Gary Kiehne. 

Unlike on-again, off-again Democrat U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick — elected in 2008, losing in 2010 and reelected in 2012 — now stepping down from the House seat to run for the senate, Shawn Redd doesn’t have to learn to speak the Navajo language. He describes himself as both a conservative traditionalist and a realist who examines the issues and keeps an open mind when developing workable solutions. Shawn Redd’s website can be viewed here.


LD 30 chair Gary Hirsch: I’m gonna win so I’m resigning

September 29, 2015

The LD 30 saga never ceases to amaze.  Frosty Taylor, editor of Republican Briefs, is the go-to source of the latest information — including the back story — regarding the special meeting called for Monday night in order to recall legislative district chairman Gary Hirsch.

Hirsch is viewed by many of the elected precinct committeemen as a John McCain operative and part of the very senior senator‘s bizarre payback scheme to cleanse the Arizona GOP of conservatives who supported McCain’s censure at the January 2014 state statutory meeting. That vote of censure passed 1,150 to 351.

On Sunday afternoon, in advance of his recall election, Hirsch submitted a letter of resignation to Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) Chairman Tyler Bowyer. In that letter, Hirsch oddly boasted that he had the votes to save his chairmanship. His exact words state he had “secured the votes to win handily on Monday.”

In view of Hirsch’s resignation, the special meeting was officially cancelled.


LD 30: What’s actually going on?

September 15, 2015

For an update on the continuing saga involving the attempts to remove current Legislative District 30 Chairman Gary Hirsch, we direct our readers to Republican Briefs, edited by Frosty Taylor. Frosty has covered the ongoing issues and disappointing conduct of party leadership with clarity and integrity.

This in-depth coverage is dated Monday, September 14, 2015. Briefs is the go-to place for factual information.

Complaints have been surfacing for several weeks that Tyler Bowyer, Maricopa County Republican Committee Chairman, is dragging his feet in taking action on the petition presented to him on July 21 requesting the recall of LD 30 Chairman Gary Hirsch. The petition carried signatures from more than half of the LD 30 precinct committeemen.

Former county officers, who carry the scars of years of political battles, scoff at Bowyer’s excuses, noting he opted to run for the chairmanship position, including all of the responsibilities that accompany the post.  As further information emerges, it will be posted here.