AZ legislator Anthony Kern’s bio lacks kernel of truth

March 13, 2015

First term state House member Anthony Kern (R-LD 20) has neither a bio nor photo accompanying his legislative member page.  Those omissions make it easier for the newcomer to misrepresent himself.

According to this report in the Arizona Capitol Times and this posting titled, “No, badge, no gun, no cop representing Glendale,” on the Rose Law Group Reporter, Kern, 53, isn’t quite on the up and up when it comes to his credentials.

His campaign website cagily skirts any mention of being a police officer, instead saying he owns a private investigation business. He says he graduated from the Glendale Law Enforcement Training Academy and is active in crime prevention as a member of Crime Free Multi-Housing and the National Institute of Crime Prevention. He notes he has been involved in the Block Watch program.

Open enrollment recruits —- those who are not sponsored by police departments —- must await sponsorship or employment before receiving full police certification. If his hasn’t arrived by age 53, Anthony Kern shouldn’t hold his breath waiting.


Common Core: Making news for all the right reasons

February 20, 2015

The Arizona House Education Committee voted 5-2 approving a proposal that would scrap the state’s imposition of Common Core “standards” and strip the Board of Education’s ability to adopt new ones. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mark Finchem, (R-LD 11), now moves to the House floor.

Read the amended version of H.B.2190, which was approved after testimony from those on both sides of this contentious issue. A video of the hearing can be viewed here.

Seeing Red AZ has frequently covered the various incarnations of the Common Core back story and deceptive name change —- once it became too toxic. In the end, it comes down to the GOP establishment, with John McCain yet again playing the manipulator behind the curtain vs. the grassroots conservatives who put the underestimated Diane Douglas in office.

When Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas acted within the purview of her office, she was hammered by a Hamer. The establishment view is summed up by this obnoxious comment by obliging tool Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce. “It’s bizarre and outrageous and offensive and she should apologize to all she’s offended,” Hamer is quoted in the New York Times. “Her comments and behavior aren’t necessarily following a linear pattern at this point.”

In other words, for having the temerity to disagree with the elites, Diane Douglas can deliberately be deemed nuts by the diminutive, insult-hurling Hamer.

The superintendent’s remarks were “intense even for Diane Douglas,” blasted Lisa Graham Keegan, who had previously called Superintendent Douglas “erratic.” Name calling has become commonplace among Common Core proponents. John Huppenthal, the troubled man replaced by Douglas referred to opponents as “barbarians.”  Like newly elected Gov. Doug Ducey, Keegan is closely tied to the McCain faction.  A RINO-turned-Independent who supported Douglas’ radical leftwing educrat opponent, Keegan served as McCain’s education policy advisor during his failed presidential campaign.

The conservative base of the Republican Party supported Diane Douglas. As the establishment choice, Doug Ducey had the backing and financial network of the GOP hierarchy.  He was also the beneficiary of scattered votes in a 6-way Republican primary field. A Libertarian and Americans Elect candidate further diluted the pool. 

Ducey needs to reassess his victory and realize he is the governor. He owes John McCain and his political kneecapping cronies nothing more than a courteous greeting when they meet at public functions. They don’t belong in his office and when they call, his secretary can honestly tell them he’s busy.  After all, he’s got a cash-strapped state to run. By virtue of her election, Diane Douglas is already in charge of the Arizona Department of Education.


AZ House Republican majority release 2015 agenda

February 10, 2015

Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives, led by House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro, released an ambitious seven-part policy agenda and accompanying video. “We want to make sure we are doing the business of the people,” Montenegro explained. “The House Majority Agenda helps us to stay on track. We want to conduct our work in a way that makes Arizona proud.”

“These seven guideposts give us a roadmap to prioritize the work of the House,” added House Speaker David Gowan.

We’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope for conservative victories among the budget battles.


Sens. McCain, Flake rate boo-vation at AZ GOP meeting

January 24, 2015

Inauspicious beginning of Robert Graham’s second term at helm of AZ GOP

The annual Statutory Meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party was the site of another in the continued rejections of John McCain, as nearly 800 elected statewide delegates, carrying 435 proxies, expressed their displeasure with Arizona’s U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake. The duo made a grossly miscalculated judgment call by even turning onto the property where the Saturday meeting was held.

McCain was introduced by Rev. C. T. Wright, a man of the cloth obviously selected to keep the crowd in check. But even the emotive pastor wasn’t enough to tame the ire of the crowd at seeing the man they censured just last year for a litany of grievances, including a “record [which] has been disastrous and harmful to Arizona and the United States.”

Of interest to seasoned politicos was the set-up involved in springing the duplicitous pair on the delegates who were sent out to lunch wagons on the grounds as the hall was cleared to spirit the unpopular senators in.  Among the supporting cast was a Vietnamese entourage, some dressed in fatigues, waving their native flags. There was even a Vietnamese beauty queen resplendent in a long white gown with a shoulder-to-waist ribbon sash.

Judging by the boos, backs turned to the speaker, and people leaving the auditorium during his address, McCain’s choreographed purge of conservatives from the party ranks wasn’t as successful as he had envisioned.

Robert Graham’s pedantic lecture on civility fell on deaf ears as he chastised the McCain-weary delegates. This appalling ruse was put in place by AZ GOP Chairman Graham, who can no longer deny his close association with Team McCain. Had he foisted the “surprise” of McCain and Flake on the delegates before the ballots were voted, his slate likely would have failed.

Graham’s wily timing saved his Chairmanship and the 1st Vice Chairman post for Paralee Schneider; Secretary, Linda White; and Treasurer, Jonathan LinesConservatives held the 2nd Vice Chairmanship with the election of Gabby Saucedo Mercer.

These anti-McCain buttons, badges and lapel stickers were in high demand at the state GOP convention. The badges with “Deport McCain 2 Manchuria,” refer to the 1959 novel and followup movie, “The Manchurian Candidate,” about a former POW from a prominent family who was brainwashed by his Communist captors.

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Montini spew: More bile from AZ Republic’s stable

January 2, 2015

Arizona Republic columnist EJ Montini is in full meltdown mode over the fact the Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that three dozen Republican legislators have legal standing to challenge the hospital tax that is being used to fund the state’s controversial Medicaid Expansion program —- popularly known as OBrewerCare.

In 2013, Gov. Jan Brewer was aided in her efforts by six Senate RINOs who joined with a unified bloc of 13 Democrats in supporting the costly scheme. Throwing tantrums until she got her way, Brewer petulantly welded her veto pen as punishment. (Her May 23, 2013 letter to Senate President Andy Biggs justifying her reckless actions is in the preceding link.)

Montini, a far left ideologue, uses his column to goad incoming Republican governor Doug Ducey on the subject prior to his Jan. 5 inauguration. Hurling invectives and taunts is the marginal Montini’s stock in trade. He inquires if Ducey “will be benevolent or a blowhard,” and calls the Republican lawmakers who filed the lawsuit, “zealots” claiming they “have no philosophical opposition to human suffering.” The column questions whether Ducey will be “just anther border-security, immigration-fixated windbag.”

In the surreal terrain of Liberal land, being desirous of protecting the rights of citizens and securing our sovereign border from invasion qualifies as worthy of being nothing more than a loud and cranky eccentric.

When the issue is massive and unsustainable spending, the newspaper suddenly defends Brewer, the soon to be out-the-door governor, the newspaper has loved to hate. Throughout her 6-year tenure, in which she succeeded the leftist Janet Napolitano who took a midterm powder to join Obama’s cabinet, Brewer was the object of contemptuous ridicule. Barbs and hate-filled editorials and columns, along with unflattering photos and grotesque cartoons were her daily portion.  The newspaper gave her accolades when she vetoed SB1062, a religious liberty bill, falsely characterized as “anti-gay” and supported her 2010 imposition of a sales tax increase. 

For her part, the disappointingly Machiavellian Brewer not only endorsed all of the Medicaid expansion supporters, she loosened the purse strings of her Jan PAC*, spending nearly a half million dollars in support of accommodating candidates or supporting the opponents of those who defied her.

In the world according to Montini, Arizona is “spiteful and philosophically extreme.”  We’d have say,”back at ya, EJ.”

* H/T Center for Responsive Politics


AZ Supreme Court allows OBrewerCare challenge to proceed

January 1, 2015

Lobbing a parting shot in Gov. Jan Brewer’s direction as she leaves office, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that state lawmakers have legal standing to challenge the hospital bed tax that is being used to fund a Medicaid eligibility expansion. Read the Supreme Court’s 14-page Opinion here. All of the three dozen legislators are named on page one.

At stake in the lawsuit is a critical voter-enacted state constitutional protection that requires two-thirds of the legislature to approve tax or fee increases. Arizona’s Medicaid expansion was funded by a new provider tax on hospitals, and it was not approved by the required super-majority of the legislature.

Brewer has argued that the assessment is not subject to the super-majority requirement because it is an “administrative fee” that will be set by the director of Arizona’s Health Care Cost Containment System, not lawmakers per se. Three-dozen lawmakers —- all named in the opening page of the suit —- are represented by the Goldwater Institute, which argues that the super-majority voting requirement should, in fact, apply because the legislature must authorize all new taxes or fees before they can be adjusted by an agency administrator.

The Goldwater Institute, representing the petitioners, has more here.

This is the second legal challenge Brewer’s Medicaid scheme has faced. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge dismissed the lawmakers’ first attempt. Later an appeals court ruled that the lawsuit could go forward and the Arizona  Supreme Court agreed. The case will now proceed to trial.

Seeing Red AZ has covered this issue extensively: 

Aug. 22, 2013:  Are you with OBrewerCare or an extreme fringe group?

July 20, 2013:  Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” exposed as costly charade

June 11, 2013: Petulant Brewer holds legislators hostage

June 1, 2013:  National Review explains “Brewer’s Tantrum”

May 17, 2013:  AZ Senate RINOs cave on OBrewerCare expansion

Apr: 12, 2013: GOP lawmakers tank supporting OBrewerCare

Apr. 9, 2013:   New poll: Brewer’s AZ Medicaid expansion on shaky ground

Jan. 21, 2013: Nat’l Review slams Brewer’s ObamaCare $urrender


Back to the future with Heather Carter & Kate McGee

December 4, 2014

First the disclosure —- unnecessary to our readers, who know the scoop —-  since Heather Carter (LD-15) and Kate Brophy McGee (LD-28) have made a habit of jumping ship from the Republican caucus to repeatedly vote with the Democrats: Due to their close ties to the McCain cabal, we did not endorse either of them in the recent election.

That being said, we have to congratulate ourselves on our wisdom, just as the duo congratulate themselves by hosting an event at which they are the honorees.

No kidding. Who could make that up?

Our good judgment exercised in withholding endorsements is highlighted by the fact that these two —- who are entrusted to craft laws under which the citizens of the state have to abide —- don’t even know what year their self-congratulatory gala is to take place. Their email including the “Save the Date!” announcement was dated Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.

View the invitation here.

Ladies, January 2014 has come and gone. If you can’t get something as simple as the date right, how can you be trusted with law making?

The answer is obvious.


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