AZ Republic boorishly calls Phx election a month early

July 27, 2015

Mayor, City Council Districts 1, 4, 5 and 7, and four Propositions will be on the ballot

If you’re one of the few remaining readers of the Arizona Republic, you might have felt a bit like Rip Van Winkle Sunday morning. Although the Phoenix City Election is scheduled for Aug. 25, the newspaper has already called the mayoral race in a presumptuous editorial titled, “Stanton’s second act.”  When he was elected in 2011, Greg Stanton received a joint congratulatory call from Barack Obama and Janet Napolitano.

The newspaper dismisses 2016 challengers as “unknown,” finding them not worthy of mention in the lengthy opinion piece. We support Anna Brennan, who clearly has an uphill battle —-  as did conservative Prof. David Brat who toppled House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, after being outspent $5.7 million to $231,000.

Although the mayor and council purport to be politically unaffiliated, it’s a foolish guise. Even the leftwing newspaper referred to Greg Stanton as a “progressive,“ the preferred terminology of liberals trying to sound forward thinking. The editorial was notable for admitting  “he was lifted to office on the shoulders of public sector labor unions, especially police and fire.” The editorial bemoans what it references in these words, “Stanton has been afforded few opportunities to reward his political benefactors.”

There are countless problems that affect Phoenix. First and foremost, Stanton presides over a Sanctuary City. The Republic gives him accolades in this bizarre manner, “If this mayor is famous for nothing else, it is his efforts to refashion Phoenix as a walkable town.” Seriously.

It’s not by accident that liberals like Greg Stanton get elected in the nation’s sixth largest city in a red state. Voter turnout is notoriously low during August in Phoenix. Many residents have not yet returned from their summer vacations, contributing to the often 20+ percent participation. The solid voting blocs are those reliable unions who “lifted him on their shoulders“: police, fire fighters and unionized teachers. Stir into that mix other City of Phoenix employees, and the outcome becomes obvious as special interest groups disproportionately influence the vote to the left.

General participation would be greater and the costs lowered if city elections were consolidated with state and federal elections rather than off-year stand-alones. Keeping them as they are is doubtless part of the status quo strategy.

Americans for Prosperity answers the questions and exposes the fallacies about Arizona ballot Proposition 104. SRAZ urges a NO vote against doubling the city transit tax over 35 years and spending over $31 billion on the unaccountable light rail expansion. Notice all of the campaign signs in support and none in opposition?  That alone tells who has the money and benefits from the expansion. The Arizona Free Enterprise Club recently released its study on the Phoenix Transit Plan Tax Hike.

Take time to arm yourself with the facts. Prop. 104 deserves a NO vote. Find your City Council District here.

There are four Propositions on the ballot, 100, 102, 103 and 104 which is discussed in this post. Watch for those related to union pension spiking and reforms in future reports. 


Janet Na­politano still coarse, boorish as UC Prez

March 20, 2015

CBS San Francisco does a hot open mic reveal of the woman Arizonans got to know all too well as loutish and arrogant. Never accused of exercising decorum or restraint as governor, Janet Na­politano brazenly puts her classlessness on display as University of California President.

Smacking gum like a long-hauler and clearly irritated as students protested the fifth 5% annual tuition increase —- during a Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco —- Napolitano turned to a fellow regent and said, “Let’s just break. Let’s go, let’s go. We don’t have to listen to this crap.” Her open mic caught the comment. After that, the regents and Napolitano filed out.

Her attitude was markedly different from her earlier, conciliatory tone at the very same meeting where she said of the students, “They want to be sure that their voices are being heard and I want to commit to them that their voices are being heard.”

To make their point loud and clear, a frustrated group of the tuition-hike weary student protesters pulled off their outer clothing down to their underwear or exercise clothes revealing the words “Student Debt,” to symbolize what they likened to having to give the shirt off their backs for continually escalating tuition rates.

Protesters said they suspected the regent’s meetings were scheduled during a busy week of midterms, but they say they vowed not to stop protesting until their message is heard.


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


Phoenix City Council hides increa$e$ behind blather

June 20, 2014

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The illustrious Phoenix City Council has voted to give Phoenix residents a soaking of gigantic proportions. In a maneuver sure to harm businesses in the downtown area and cut into the pockets of cash strapped ASU students, the council raised parking rates from $1.50 an hour to an astounding $4.00! Along with the astronomical increase, free weekend and after 5:00 pm parking will be a thing of the past.

The City of Phoenix under the leadership of a leftist Napolitano crony and Obama canoodler, views us as reliable taxable and fee paying golden egg laying geese, so it makes sense they want us to stay healthy. The officials who have spent us into a $38 million deficit,  say the increases will encourage us to bike or walk. If the idea of a 10-mile hike to and from work in 110 degree heat doesn’t appeal to you, there’s always the aromatic option of riding mass transit such as the transient friendly light rail or the bus.

Not only don’t the council members avail themselves of public transportation, they cordially conceal their nearly party line votes to raise the parking rates.  Republican Thelda Williams voted with Democrats Daniel Valenzuela, Michael Nowakowski, Laura Pastor and Kate Gallego. These Republicans who voted against the measure,  Sal DiCiccio, Bill Gates and Jim Waring, clearly prefer congeniality to irate exposure.

Although they go mute on revealing this crucial information, those in opposition  are  eager to ply constituents with emailed advice on beating the heat, and newsy information about the Top City of Phoenix retirees. One even shares his hopes for a USA soccer team victory over Ghana at the World Cup. Another has the raw nerve to attempt to persuade residents to “Dump the Pump” and buy a $20 7-day transit pass since “gas is currently $3.52 a gallon.”

Always thinking of ways to accommodate us geese, the city has reconfigured many of its meters to accept credit cards and adjust rates upward for higher demand times and events.

Flap your wings and honk if you appreciate your council member. Then lay another golden egg.


Sex trumps sports: Napolitano’s pride in gay athletes

February 9, 2014

As outstanding Americans athletes compete with others from around the globe in the Winter Olympics, Janet Napolitano turns her focus to homosexuality.

What a surprise!

Obama appointed uber-liberal Napolitano, his one-time Homeland INsecurity chieftain, to lead the U.S. Olympic delegation to Sochi, Russia.

The inclusion of three openly gay previous Olympic medalists in the U.S. delegation is regarded as a symbolic protest against Russia’s recent law banning recruitment “propaganda” aimed at minors. For the first time since 2000, the U.S. delegation to an Olympics competition will not include a president, vice president or first lady.

In a hard-hitting speech prior to the opening ceremonies, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach accused “world leaders” of using the Sochi Olympics as a political platform “on the backs of the athletes,” and making an “ostentatious gesture” serving their own agendas. “Have the courage to address your disagreements in a peaceful direct political dialogue and not on the backs of the athletes,” Bach challenged.

Napolitano, Arizona’s former governor, now president of the University of California system, received glowing coverage for her recent endorsement of same sex marriage in On Top, a “gay” publication — a position on which she claims to have “evolved,” sayingthe arc of history has clearly arrived.”

If you’re interested in the competition instead of the agenda, the sporting events are live streamed here.


JD Hayworth: Continues to speak for Conservatives

October 20, 2013

Our thanks to SRAZ reader Saguaro Sam for the following comment regarding former 6-term Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth’s appearance on “Geraldo” Saturday evening:

“J.D. Hayworth was just on the Geraldo show tonight (10/19; FOX news channel) talking about the protective curtain that Obama has put around all the Fast and Furious players. J.D. called out Dennis Burke, Janet Napolitano, Eric Holder, and Obama. FACTS, FACTS, FACTS, delivered in the masterfully succinct style that we have come to know and appreciate. Thanks, J.D. You are a patriot and a gentleman.”

Of course, we agree, Sam.

Although we missed that important appearance, We are happy to bring our readers J.D. Hayworth‘s “Tea Party Address,” which he delivered in his role as “Senior Contributor” to TPNN.com — the Tea Party News Network. This rebuttal is in response to Obama’s weekly radio address, more correctly identified as his weakly dose of deception.


Janet Napolitano’s new bungalow rates zero local press

September 20, 2013

If you’re looking for news about Janet Napolitano’s opulent new living style in California, don’t expect to find it in the pages of the Arizona República.  Stories abound of the onetime Arizona governor and Obama’s former Homeland Security chieftain being hired on as the University of California president. But nary a word about her lavish new digs — a mansion being restored by the nearly bankrupt state of California at a cost estimated up to $6 million. In 2008 the costly renovation was ditched when the estimates came in at $8 to $9 million. The historic Blake House has been home to university presidents for decades and the now vacant property — which sits on 10 acres of Mediterranean gardens —  is in need of updating.  In UC lingo, the showplace is needed to “accommodate essential entertainment functions.”

The deluxe residence overlooking the bay, is quite a leap from the more humble walk-up condo at Renaissance Square in downtown Phoenix where Napolitano previously hung her hat. The never married Napolitano will presumably be rattling around the grand expanses solo.

While the renovation is underway, she will reside in a 3,500 square foot rental in Oakland with a mere $10,000 monthly price tag — thoughtfully provided by the university system.

Since Napolitano’s base annual salary is reportedly $570,000, plus an additional $142,500 in moving expenses. It seems she could kick in a buck or two toward the rental.

The University of California is hardly in a position to gush such generosity since budget cuts have caused student tuition fees to double and teachers to be sacked. Yet despite the reductions, The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the UC regents’ buildings and grounds committee voted unanimously Tuesday to begin the renovations to the three-bedroom, seven-bath residence. Plans include adding a laundry, kitchen and upgraded bathrooms, along with roof repairs to the 4,300-square-foot private living quarters in the 13,269-square-foot mansion. 

Even the UK’s Daily Mail’ has a complete report including photos, which can be read here. The República’s report? Don’t hold your breath.

H/T to SRAZ reader and commenter Saguaro Sam


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