Cruz: Quick on his feet on Obamacare, conservatism

March 25, 2015

Since Ted Cruz’ Monday announcement of his candidacy for President of the United States, the MSM has been posed to discredit him or cause him to stumble.  His appearance on “CBS This Morning” Tuesday was proof positive.

But the Texas Senator was more than ready for the bombardment when network correspondent Vladimir Duthiers pounced, asking Cruz if he would “take away” the health care of 16 millions of Americans insured under Obamacare if he was elected president

“Well, you know, those numbers don’t tell the whole picture,” Cruz calmly responded. “For one thing, the bulk of those numbers are coming from expanded Medicaid. And Medicaid is a program where a lot of people who are on Medicaid are not getting health care. Medicaid is a system that is already overburdened and more and more people are just getting waiting lists and not actually getting health care.”

Cruz added, “Beyond that, remember six million people had their health insurance canceled because of Obamacare. You are not doing someone a favor if you cancel the health insurance they like, and then force them to buy new health insurance at higher premiums that covers less.

The newly declared Republican candidate also noted that Obamacare is the “single largest job killer” in the United States.

And try as they might to elicit a misstep, Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King also found him unflappable. 

Nice start.

Click here to watch him. You’ll be impressed.


McCain vulnerable in 2016: All eyes on Sen. Kelli Ward

March 14, 2015

Breitbart News runs this “Exclusive” report titled, “GOP Primary campaign against weakened John McCain by AZ Republicans increasingly likely.”  Conservative Republicans living in Arizona have grown ever more dissatisfied with the liberal antics of this over-the-hill self-anointed “maverick” who has not represented us for decades. The ire has erupted into censure resolutions at various county meetings and at the annual state Republican Statutory meeting of elected delegates —- who clearly have had their fill of John McCain.

Matthew Boyle, writing for Breitbart, muses that U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ CD-5) is eyeing a challenge to McCain. When Salmon considered such a run in 2010, the word in political circles was he had gotten the horse’s-head-in-the-bed message and prudently left his aspirations unfulfilled. McCain is nothing if not ruthless when confronted and has no compunctions about lying to briefly configure himself as a conservative when election season rolls around.  It would be a major stunner if Salmon throws caution to the winds this time around.

McCain wins with the votes of the state’s senior population and newcomers who recognize his ubiquitous name and have little other information. His key advantage is the disengaged, apathetic voter.

Sen. Kelli Ward is another story. An accomplished woman —- a physician —- serving her second term in the Arizona senate, she has been traveling the state, sizing up her support. Unlike McCain, who receives jeers, boos and turned backs, she has been met with enthusiastic crowds who see her conservative perspective as manna from political heaven.

Ward told Breitbart News she thinks Congress needs more doctors like her, “people in the trenches who actually want to fight Obamacare not ‘yes men’ who want to keep socializing our medical system and leading to single-payer, that’s no good for patients, no good for doctors, no good for anybody.”

Kelli Ward’s husband Mike is a surgeon as well as a Colonel in the AZ Air National Guard where he serves as Arizona’s State Air Surgeon. The couple have three children and reside in Lake Havasu City, where Sen. Ward  represents Legislative District 5.

Over two weeks ago we posted “AZ 2016 U.S. Senate race takes bright, right turn,” detailing the emergence of KelliPAC, an  Independent Expenditure Committee put together by supporters of Kelly Ward, hoping to coax her into taking on McCain.

Seeing Red AZ shares their enthusiasm. It’s time to move forward with a conservative winner.


Fed. Judge stalls Obama’s amnesty executive order

February 18, 2015

Obama unable to suspend deportations

U.S. District Court Judge Andrew S. Hanen’s opinion and order cuts to the chase from page one of the 123-page document as he delivers a blow to Barack Obama‘s executive order on illegals, defining the issue in these terms:

This is a case in which twenty-six states or their representatives are seeking injunctive relief against the United States and several officials of the Department of Homeland Security to prevent them from implementing a program titled “Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents.” This program is designed to provide legal presence to over four million individuals who are currently in the country illegally, and would enable these individuals to obtain a variety of both state and federal benefits. It continues here.

Judge Hanen noted that the Department of Homeland Security “legislated a substantial rule without complying with the procedural requirements under the Administrative Procedure Act” because the executive amnesty provisions did not undergo “notice-and-comment rule making procedure.” He concluded that the Department of Homeland Security is “not rewriting laws,” but actually “creating them from scratch.” He also determined that Obama’s executive amnesty is a “complete abdication” of immigration enforcement.

Hanen said that if the program were allowed to proceed at this point, “The genie would be impossible to put back into the bottle.”  This video montage of Obama mocking the very executive orders he has been working to implement leaves no doubt he knew he was acting outside the framework of the law.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is no stranger to suing the Obama administration, having filed more than 30 lawsuits while serving as Texas‘ Attorney General. In this case, he filed the lawsuit challenging Barack Obama‘s executive order and was  joined by numerous other states. The collective Plaintiffs include the States of Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin., Michigan, Mississippi, Maine, North Carolina, Tennessee and Nevada.

The Obama administration is expected to appeal the ruling to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.


Dr/Sen. Kelli Ward: Will she challenge John McCain?

February 12, 2015

Havasu News reports on a single question poll:  Should State Senator Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City run against Arizona’s U.S. Senator John McCain if he seeks re-election in 2016? The support for her entering the 2016 race is impressive.

Sen. Kelli Ward, a District 5 Republican, has a stellar résumé making her an exceptionally strong contender against the unpopular and often censured McCain. In addition to serving in the Arizona senate, Kelli Ward is a medical doctor. Her perspective on health care would be invaluable as Obamacare’s negative impact grows.

The Lake Havasu City-based newspaper illustrates the enthusiastic response to the poll with a colorful graph. Keep the momentum going.


Loser Eric Cantor offers odd advice to GOP winners

January 6, 2015

Voters gave Republicans a mandate, not a license for capitulation 

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor doles out advice to the new GOP-led House and Senate in this CNBC commentary in which he arrogantly offers guidance on how to lead.

“Republicans want to repeal the president’s health-care law and oppose his efforts to regulate climate change and his unilateral moves on immigration. The president opposes the Republican plans for entitlement reform and tax reform,” wrote Cantor. “It would be a disservice to the American people if the next two years are spent simply relitigating these differences.”

Instead, he says, Republicans and President Obama must come together to “focus on areas where they agree and where progress can be made.” Specifically, Cantor recommends the GOP avoid hot button, controversial issues like illegal immigration and repealing Obamacare and instead focus on such pressing issues as “moving swiftly on trade promotion authority and finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and a new agreement with Europe (TTIP).

Sure thing, Mr. Cantor.

In a historic and unprecedented election —- no majority leader has ever suffered such a primary defeat —- stunning Washington insiders and the GOP establishment, Eric Cantor was soundly flattened last June in the Virginia (CD-7) Republican primary by conservative economics professor and first-time candidate Dave Brat. The 56-44 percent trouncing came despite Cantor outspending his novice rival by nearly 40-to-1.

Dave Brat piqued voter interest as he exposed Cantor’s support of granting legal status for illegals who ostensibly entered the U.S. as children —- although there is no reliable manner of verifying such age claims. Brat rightly called it “amnesty” and accused Cantor of being in “cahoots” with Democrats to push through an immigration plan this year.

This memory refresher explains why Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) are leading the charge to challenge House Speaker John Boehner. Freshman Rep. Brat (R-Va.), previously said he would back Boehner, but reversed course Sunday night. “While I like Speaker Boehner personally, he will not have my support for Speaker,” Brat wrote in an op-ed on Breitbart. Garth Kant, writing for WND names those brave souls who are lining up against the powerful Speaker. Arizona Republican Paul Gosar (CD-4) is the lone Arizona Republican on the list.

The election for Speaker takes place at noon (ET) today, Tuesday, January 6, 2015.


AZ driver’s license clash centers on “non-citizen” designation

January 5, 2015

Newly elected state Rep. Jay Lawrence (R-LD 23) is not reluctant to enter the illegal alien fray, exhibiting the boldness that got him elected this past November.

Lawrence is drafting legislation that includes a “non-citizen” designation on driver’s licenses issued to so-called DREAMers, given a pass —- along with their families —- by Barack Obama’s executive amnesty actions which enable them to avoid deportation.

Since driver’s licenses are one of the accepted forms of documentation when showing identification at statewide polling places, Lawrence views his legislation as a means of protecting the integrity of the voting process.

A press conference called Friday afternoon by Democrat Hispanic lawmakers and other activists warned the Republican caucus that they will be organizing against any efforts  to draft legislation to add a “non-citizen” designation on driver’s licenses. They offensively compared Rep. Lawrence’s proposal to Nazi Germany’s requirement forcing Jewish citizens to wear yellow badges and armbands emblazoned with the identifying Star of David, apparently unaware that Lawrence is Jewish.

Yet even in California where radically leftist Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown sees no distinctions between illegal aliens and American citizens, (shocking 1-min. video) their licenses will carry a special designation on the front and a notice stating that the document is not official federal identification and cannot be used to prove eligibility for employment or public benefits. Colorado and Oregon are among states, including California, that require such designations.

Arizona House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro (R- LD 13), a naturalized citizen born in El Salvador, called  the Democrats’ press conference “a publicity stunt that serves no purpose other than to divide lawmakers and the public,” adding it appeared “more like political grandstanding than true concern for the people of Arizona.” Conservative Montenegro is a staunch supporter of securing our sovereign border.

The Governors Highway Safety Association points out that all 50 states have enacted graduated, (often three-stage) laws governing driver’s licenses for all novice American citizen drivers, who have higher than average accident rates. Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programs allow new drivers to safely gain driving experience before obtaining full driving privileges. No one has ever claimed such restrictions are offensive.

Former California lawmaker and current Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo, a Democrat who repeatedly and unsuccessfully introduced a license bill for illegal aliens over 15 years, is not disturbed by the “non-citizen” designation. Cedillo says it won’t impede those eager to drive legally from applying for it.


A.J. LaFaro: Rogue GOP PCs got what they had coming

January 3, 2015

Cross-party, renegade endorsements are in conflict with specific duties of precinct committeemen

 A. J. LaFaro, chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, has written a commentary explaining that Republicans elected as precinct committeemen (PC) who endorse Democrats proved that their egregious actions have consequences. His “AZ I See It” column, printed in the Arizona Republic and can be read here.

He explains the duties of a PC, including the state laws and party bylaws at the state, county and legislative district level under which elected or appointed committeemen function.

For the uninitiated, LaFaro provides an education into the roles and responsibilities of this important political position —- one that exists in both Republican and Democrat parties.  

A. J. LaFaro’s cogent response to the noise that has stifled rational thought on this key issue is definitely worth your time. He has served the Maricopa County Republican Party with distinction. 


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