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


Newly licensed illegals to be driving AZ streets

December 19, 2014

Under the heading “IMMIGRATION” —- slyly omitting the key word, “illegal” —- the pro-amnesty/open borders local newspaper illustrates how it has earned its name: The Periódico de la República de Arizona. The report by Daniel Gonzalez is titled in bold-faced caps, ”ROAD CLEARS FOR ‘DREAMER’ DRIVERS.

The legislative acronym D.R.E.A.M.E.R., representing Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors has been consigned to the political trash heap by the leftist, agenda-driven newspaper in favor of the softer version, implying one who is simply enjoying a deep sleep. In fact, it represents a nightmare.

The first two sentences of Gonzalez’ report deceptively uses the word “immigrant” twice when referring to illegal aliens, who have done nothing to facilitate applying for legal citizenship as true immigrants do.

“Young immigrants known as dreamers will be able to begin applying for driver’s licenses on Monday, according to a court ruling handed down Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge David G. Campbell. Campbell issued a preliminary injunction ordering Arizona to stop denying driver’s licenses to young immigrants known as dreamers.”

It will be impossible to ascertain whether these illegals arrived as infants brought by their law-breaking parents or yesterday, alone. Many already have black market licenses, as do their parents. The sale of counterfeit and stolen documents such as licenses, birth certificates and social security cards constitute a thriving business in Hispanic communities. The questions to ask are, will insurance be required prior to processing the licenses and how will such a provision be enforced?

State-issued driver’s licenses open doors of opportunity in the United States. Not only does a  license grant the privilege to operate a vehicle, it also is widely accepted as an identification card that enables the bearer to access countless services and taxpayer-funded benefits. Driver’s licenses are used to rent apartments and cars, open bank accounts, cash checks, enter secure buildings, buy guns, and board commercial aircraft.

In a statement released Thursday, Gov. Jan Brewer correctly said, “The right to determine who is issued a driver license is reserved for the states –– not the federal government or an unelected judiciary. It is outrageous that Arizona is being forced to ignore longstanding state law and comply with a flawed federal court mandate that requires the state, at least temporarily, to issue driver licenses to individuals whose presence is in violation of federal law, as established by the United States Congress.”

“At stake in this case are the fundamental issues of constitutional law and state sovereignty. Arizona has the constitutional right and authority to enforce state statute. This right must be protected. It must be defended.”

Read Brewer’s complete statement here.


Challenging Obama’s amnesty order, Brewer exits on high note

December 5, 2014

Nearly out the door of her ninth floor office, term-limited Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has taken the bold step of joining a growing coalition of states assembled by Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott suing to overturn Barack Obama’s executive order on amnesty.

In issuing her terse statement, Brewer adds Arizona to the list of states that are challenging Obama’s authority to unilaterally give rights and benefits to millions of foreign nationals who have illegally invaded our nation —- allowing them to compete with American citizens for scarce jobs and qualify for protection from deportation.  Some of the provisions of Obama’s action such as identifying those who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years, ensuring they pay fees, back taxes and learn English are clearly unenforceable.

Arizona is proud to join a coalition of states fighting to overturn President Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional executive action,” said Gov. Brewer. “As a border state bearing the brunt of our nation’s broken immigration system – a crisis exacerbated by the President’s reckless immigration policies and refusal to enforce the law – our state and our citizens have had enough.

President Obama has exceeded his power as clearly defined in the United States Constitution and federal law and deliberately ignored the will of the American people. Such federal overreach cannot stand. I believe that the courts should strike down this presidential fiat and uphold the fundamental principles upon which this country was built.”

Obama’s order, endorsing a culture of lawlessness was announced Nov. 20.

The federal lawsuit (view it here) was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas, and names the heads of the top immigration enforcement agencies as defendants. At the time of filing, the action involved the following 17 states: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. 


Support of Common Core not a winning message

October 7, 2014

Diane Douglas’ victory proof of widespread opposition to fed ed scheme

It appears Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, may have been keeping a watchful eye on Arizona’s primary election results. Conservative Diane Douglas scored an unprecedented victory against the incumbent state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Her 58 to 41 stunning upset stands as a testament to the unpopularity of the federally imposed education mandate known as Common Core —- which Douglas unwaveringly opposes. Here in Arizona, the toxic name was even changed in an effort to dupe wary voters.

Instead of protecting Arizona’s Constitutional requirement for local control of our district schools, Common Core cedes control of every facet of the state’s education system to federal bureaucrats.

Rand Paul approaches the issue this way: He has said, “I don’t see Common Core being — if you’re for Common Core and you’re for a national curriculum, I don’t see it being a winning message in a Republican primary.” Paul said, “If there’s a Republican candidate out there — let’s just say there’s a hypothetical one who’s for Common Core. I’m saying that that hypothetical candidate who’s for Common Core probably doesn’t have much chance of winning in a Republican primary.”

In his scenario, the primary is the national one, deciding the 2016 candidate in the race for the White House. It was a none too subtle jab at Jeb Bush, who has made no secret of his desire to be a dynastic Bush III —- an idea even most Republicans consider a bridge too far.

Getting early national face-time, the pro-amnesty, bilingual Bush released Spanish language ads Monday for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on behalf of three GOP candidates, among them Arizonan Martha McSally, (video link) who is trying to unseat CD 2 Democrat Rep. Ron Barber.

Paul’s forceful opposition to the fed ed Common Core sets the stage for what’s likely to come as 2016 approaches, and he also gears up for an expected presidential bid — while Bush and other Republicans who have expressed support for the wildly unpopular Common Core do the same.

Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin was an early endorser of Diane Douglas. This enthusiastic congratulatory post celebrates Douglas’ decisive Primary victory. In an unparalleled show of grassroots support, Douglas garnered the highest number of votes of any contested election, and beat all unopposed Democrats —- securing 16½ percent more votes than Dem gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal.

Parents and grandparents vote. They are not fooled by deceptive rebranding of federal overreaches. No voters should be.


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