Supremes give AZ supremely foolish silent treatment

March 20, 2018

Without even trying to rationalize its decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s efforts to uphold a 6-year old executive order issued by then-Gov. Jan Brewer, which denied driver’s licenses to those known as DACA recipients — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Though characterized as children brought to the United States by their illegal alien parents, there is no means of verifying the claims. Those who have signed up for DACA are shielded from deportation, allowed driver’s licenses and given work permits.

They need only affirm they were 16 years of age or younger when they initially entered the United States and are currently 35 years of age or younger. They have to declare that they have been persons of good moral character since initially being brought to the U.S. as children by their parents — illegally. Authenticating how many came as babes in arms or ably propelled themselves over the border last year at age 34 is impossible to substantiate. As we’ve previously pointed out many of these “kids” could actually be grandparents. 

“Our case has always been about more than just driver’s licenses,” Attorney General Brnovich said in a statement. “It’s about the separation of powers and whether the president, any president, can unilaterally act and bypass Congress to create new laws.”

This ongoing legal issue was precipitated by Barack Obama and was stopped dead in its tracks on Monday. Read the May 22, 2017 petition to the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which begins with the “Question Presented“ and ends with the “Conclusion” which authorized the denial, stating it did “not warrant the Court‘s consideration.”

That is exactly what occurred yesterday at the U.S. Supreme Court.

For the U.S. Supreme Court to remain silent on this crucial issue is shameful.

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SPI Douglas follows predecessors: rebrands Common Core

January 13, 2017

Breitbart News stuns with the headlined article, “Arizona State Board of Education ‘Rebrands’ Common Core.” Yes, the same Common Core that had parents throughout the state so riled, they elected unknown Diane Douglas as Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction based on her promise to repeal the so-called standards.

Seeing Red AZ celebrated Douglas’ huge win opposing Common Core as she trounced the incumbent in the Sept. 2, 2014 Primary Election. In the comment section of this post, she noted she was “honored to have our support and endorsement.” 

Conservative syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin was an early endorser. She also praised Douglas for calling out Arizona Common Core promoters for their devious rebranding scheme.

Arizona parents have previously been through this “rebranding” con. Gov. Jan Brewer and Douglas’ predecessor John Huppenthal already pulled a fast one as they magically re-christened Common Core as “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards” — hoping no one would notice. Malkin devoted countless columns to exposing the federal overreach that aims to place control of local schools in the hands of unelected Washington bureaucrats.

In Sept. 2013 SRAZ posted “Educrat trio: Huppenthal, Brewer, AZ Republic,” exposing the deceitful scheme to which Diane Douglas appeared to be the antidote. She wasn’t. 

Diane Douglas rode the anti-Common Core horse to the winner’s circle. Now she’s exposed as throwing the race.

H/T commenter azgary


Trump energizes supporters in Prescott Valley

October 5, 2016

Endless line of supporters not dissuaded, as they wait hours to hear Donald Trump

If you weren’t fortunate enough to have been at the Prescott Valley Event Center for the Trump rally Tuesday, scroll through this Daily Courier photo gallery to get a sense of the excitement generated by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during his appearance in Prescott Valley. People waited in line for hours to hear Trump.

A large screen jumbotron, typically used for sporting events, was provided for the outdoor crowd unable to enter the Prescott Valley Event Center, which was filled to its 7,500 standing area capacity.  As a seated concert venue, the auditorium holds a capacity crowd of 6,200. It was a balmy 70 ° making the wait and time outside pleasurable, with strangers in line, united in a cause, amiably chatting.

Arizona elected officials, current and former, were on hand to greet Donald Trump. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio who has appeared with the GOP presidential nominee at numerous national events, was on stage, as was former Gov. Jan Brewer. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu,  now seeking a U.S. House seat in CD 1, was among the throng who were onstage with Arizona  State Treasurer Jeff DeWit, who is the Trump campaign’s national chairman and state Rep. Phil Lovas, Trump’s state chairman.

This event marks Donald Trump’s sixth appearance in Arizona, where he continually draws massive crowds of ardent supporters.

The Daily Courier reporter Scott Orr covered the event under the headline Trump whips Prescott Valley crowd into a frenzy.”

To watch the event* click this link.

* Video courtesy of Right Side Broadcasting


Judge Katherine Cooper’s cringe-worthy lack of judgment

January 22, 2015

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Convicted sex offender & fugitive live-in boyfriend arrested at judge’s home

In a startling report of a judge —- entrusted with life or death decision-making in the lives of Maricopa County residents —- KPHO-TV 5 exposes the personal reality disconnect of Superior Court Judge Katherine “Kay” Cooper.

Living in the digital age and surrounded by nearly daily technological advances, it would be a reasonable assumption that a trial court judge would be astute enough to at least do a free public records search on the honey she’s moving into her home. Exercising that bit of savvy is known as being judicious —– at trait judges should have in abundance. Judge Cooper has been on the bench since being appointed by Gov. Jan Brewer in 2011.

In the case of romance-blinded Katherine Cooper, her live-in boyfriend of two years is a convicted sex offender under indictment for extortion in New York.

In this in-depth coverage, complete with photos of the couple, reporter Donna Rossi notes the judge’s boyfriend, Michael Kent Krause, 42, was indicted recently in New York on a felony charge of grand larceny due to extortion.

Detectives tracked Krause down at the central Phoenix home owned by Cooper after they could not locate him at a small, ramshackle trailer at a Mesa RV park where he rents a space. The Mesa location is the address the state has on record for Krause as part of his sex offender registration requirement.

Krause has quite a rap sheet. He’s a registered sex offender, a convicted felon out of California and was recently arrested at the judge’s home on a warrant for being a fugitive from justice.

It has also been reported that California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation records show that Krause has spent time in prison for burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and assault with intent to commit a sex offense.

Though she claimed to be “shocked” when news of the allegations against Michael Krause became public, and stated that he no longer resides with her, it appears she has hired a former law school classmate to defend him.

Judge Katherine Cooper (her first name was misspelled as Catherine in this voter guide) was just retained by Maricopa County voters in November.


AZ U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon slips on pick

January 21, 2015

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Imagine you’re an Arizona member of congress and could invite anyone in the entire state to travel to Washington, D.C. as your guest to attend Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last night.

With a wide array of worthy conservatives to choose from, U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon,* who gives lip-service to being anti-establishment, confounded many with his selection of KFYI’s marginal talk show host Mike Broomhead.

Broomhead devotes interminable time to sycophantically interviewing the repeatedly censured John McCain, and was a dependable fawning lackey to former Gov. Jan Brewer, who took her marching orders from McCain strategists. 

An A-Lister Salmon might have considered? Former Maricopa County Republican Chairman A. J. LaFaro, would have been an excellent conservative message-sending choice. The message Broomhead sends is one of subservience to the AZ GOP’s elites.

* Cartoon courtesy of Arizona Daily Independent


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