Reckless Schumer threatens Supreme Court Justices

March 5, 2020

Addressing a gathering of abortion supporters outside the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, an out-of-control Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) issued threats against the two most recently appointed justices. The court is hearing arguments in a challenge by a Louisiana abortion clinic to a state law passed in 2014 requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of their facilities.

Democrat Schumer’s wild rant began with these intimidating words: “I want to tell you, [Neil] Gorsuch, I want to tell you, [Brett] Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

In this unusual written comment, Chief Justice John Roberts responded, “Statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous.” Justice Roberts added, “All members of the Court will continue do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.”         

Schumer, a U.S. Senator with a Harvard law degree — though he never practiced law, opting instead for a political career — would be expected to have more decorum, but that attribute is in short supply among repressive* Democrats these days. They are tormented by the realization that their leading presidential candidates are Marxists or suffering from dementia. Immensely popular President Donald Trump, whom they failed to remove, is delivering on his promises including a growing economy, historically high employment, superb judicial appointments to the federal and Supreme Court benches. Acquaint yourself with his unparalleled list of accomplishments here.

Obviously lacking a sense of decorum and propriety, Schumer has long been described as an “incorrigible publicity hound.” Former Sen. Bob Dole once quipped that “the most dangerous place in Washington is between Charles Schumer and a television camera.” 

In the case of his despicable behavior at the Supreme Court, the least he deserves is censure.

* SRAZ is waging a campaign against the word “progressive,“ which liberals decided to use to make them appear forward thinking. They are not forward thinking, but are regressive on nearly every level. When conservatives use the word, “progressive,” they are playing directly into the hard left’s hands and doing their bidding. Regressive is a more appropriate description.


Joe Arpaio’s sentence vacated by reconfigured 9th Circuit

February 28, 2020

This ruling was issued Thursday by a three judge panel* of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case United States of America v. Joseph M. Arpaio.

In October 2019, the court heard arguments concerning whether U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton erred when she refused to vacate former Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio’s criminal conviction after President Donald Trump pardoned him.

Judges Jay Bybee, Randy Smith and Daniel Collins noted that although Judge Bolton didn’t technically err when she dismissed Arpaio’s case with prejudice and refused to vacate the verdict after his pardon, the appeals court also ruled that the verdict wasn’t a conviction, since conviction comes at sentencing and Arpaio was never sentenced. As a result there are no future legal consequences to Arpaio, who is currently running to regain his former post as sheriff — one he held for an unprecedented 6-four year terms.

The San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit, which previously held the dubious distinction of being the most overturned, is the largest federal appeals court in the nation encompassing nine states (map).

Though long dominated by repressive (there is nothing “progressive” about leftist ideologues) Democrat judges, President Trump has successfully flipped the court, shifting it to the right, ending decades of far-left domination.

In filling vacancies, Trump has named 10 judges to the 9th Circuit — more than one-third of its active judges — compared with seven appointed by Obama over eight years.

Rational Americans can be thanked for their vigorous effort to elect Donald Trump.  He is putting our nation back on track. The Heritage Foundation’s Judicial Appointment Tracker provides comparative information as of February 19 of each president’s fourth year detailing federal judicial appointments made by President Trump and his predecessors going back to Reagan.

*Jay S. Bybee (G.W. Bush nominee) (confirmed 74 -19, 7 not voting)

Randy Smith (G.W. Bush nominee) (confirmed 94 – 0, 6 not voting)

Daniel P. Collins (Trump nominee) (confirmed by a party line vote 53 – 46, 1 not voting)


Pres. Trump ignites enthusiastic Phoenix crowd

February 20, 2020

Reiterates his unequivocal endorsement of Sen. Martha McSally

President Donald Trump swooped in to the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix Wednesday evening to thunderous applause and cheers after speaking earlier in Nevada and California, with a return trip to Las Vegas that same might, where the Democrat debate was an internecine bloodbath — and in advance of Saturday’s Democrat caucus. Rather than being weary from the travel and speeches, he was energized, and that energy ignited the massive crowd inside and the overfill throng of thousands outside the Phoenix arena, some waiting for two days to ensure access to hear President Trump. The coliseum has a seating capacity of nearly 15,000.

He fittingly assessed the party of his strange lot of Democrat opponents, by calling it out as, “The party of high taxes, high crime, open borders, late-term abortion, socialism, blatant corruption, and the total destruction of your Second Amendment.” He contrasted the Republican Party as, “The party of the American worker, the American family, and the American dream!” 

Opening for President Trump were Donald Trump, Jr. and attorney and political analyst Kimberly Guilfoyle, who addressed the eager crowd. He was introduced by AZ GOP chairman Dr. Kelly Ward. When the president took to the stage, the coliseum rocked with roaring appreciation. Pres. Trump recounted some of his accomplishments, such as appointing a record 218 federal judges and nominating two new justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the continued construction of the border wall to appreciative cheers as he referred to the strong economy American have enjoyed and the historically highest employment figures.

Joining him at the onset of the event were Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona’s Republican U.S. Senator Martha McSally. He also introduced the GOP Congressional Delegation of U.S. Reps. Paul Gosar, (CD4); Andy Biggs, (CD 5); David Schweikert, (CD 6); and Debbie Lesko, (CD 8) who spoke to the crowd and named standout AZ state legislators, who joined him on stage.  Former sheriff Joe Arpaio, running for reelection, was greeted by thunderous cheers and applause as he made his way to his front row seat. The president warmly acknowledged our military including a 100-year-old World War II navy veteran, Ervin Julian, who had to be carried into the coliseum, so great was his desire to be on hand to greet President Trump.

Trump repeated, in the clearest of terms, his support for Sen. Martha McSally, saying, Martha McSally has my “complete and total support, and has my endorsement.”

Those words shoot holes through inexperienced and brash Daniel McCarthy’s contention that Trump’s endorsement of McSally was given prior to McCarthy entering the race. McCarthy uses the theme,Demand Daniel,” (interview video) though those who are making that demand must be so far down the rabbit’s hole they are impossible to hear.

President Trump closed his remarks by declaring, “Ladies and gentlemen of Arizona, the best is yet to come!” It’s a cinch to believe his second term will prove his prediction to be flawless.

 


AZ AG Brnovich wins stay on ballot harvesting law

February 12, 2020

Voter fraud at issue

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s motion to stay the Court’s mandate in the DNC v. Hobbs case. The Feb. 11, 2020 order ensures Arizona’s ban on ballot harvesting and the law regarding out-of-precinct voting will remain in place until the U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to hear the appeal of the case.

“Our job is to defend the law and we’re not going to let out-of-state special interests systematically dismantle our election integrity safeguards,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “Arizonans should determine what common sense voter fraud laws are appropriate for our state.”

The court order can be read here.

Democrats refer to curtailment of the nefarious scheme known as ballot harvesting as, “voter suppression.” Election integrity is not on the left’s radar.

The Federalist’s Eric Eggers addresses the issue in this illuminating commentary,How Ballot-Harvesting Became The New Way To Steal An Election,” which reveals the widespread and deceptive practices associated with ballot harvesting.

Seeing Red AZ has exposed this shady practice and the troubling ramifications, eroding citizen confidence in election integrity since 2012. This is a sampling:

Oct. 19, 2016: 2016 Election rigged? Of course it’s rigged

March 10, 2016: AZ Gov. Ducey signs ballot harvesting / felony bill

Feb. 9, 2016: AZ GOP Chair Robert Graham’s ballot harvesting amnesia (now former chair)

Aug. 28, 2015: Alarming! 100%+ voter registration rates

Oct. 28, 2014: Democrats engage in voter fraud, ‘ballot harvesting’

Aug. 4, 2014: Ballot harvesting alive and well in AZ despite law

March 13, 2012:  Voter fraud? “We’re not the police


Nefarious ballot harvesting OK’d by 9th Circus Court

January 28, 2020

This reasonable law §16-1005 maintaining the integrity of voter’s ballots was passed by the Arizona legislature in 2016 and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey. The law, protecting against voter fraud, makes the practice of knowingly collecting voted or unvoted ballots from another person a Class 6 Felony.

Specific exemptions are written into the law, allowing family members, a person residing in the same household as the voter, caregivers, postal workers or elections officials to collect early ballots from a voter.

Calling voting “a key pillar of our democracy,” the governor noted this law will ensure a chain of custody between the voter and the ballot box. “We join 18 other states in this common sense approach to maintaining the integrity of our elections.” SRAZ has written about ballot harvesting previously, beginning in 2012.

Arizona’s law ensuring election integrity has now been reversed by the far-left, overly large and frequently overturned Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on the flimsiest and most insulting of reasons: That it negatively and disproportionately impacted minority or impoverished voters.

“Arizona’s policy of wholly discarding, rather than counting or partially counting, out-of-precinct ballots, and criminalization of the collection of another person’s ballot, have a discriminatory impact on American Indian, Hispanic, and African American voters in Arizona,” Judge William Fletcher, a Bill Clinton appointee, wrote.

The decision was reported in the Arizona Republic, which makes no attempt to impartially deliver the news, using these inflammatory words: “Republicans who control the legislature enacted the policy with the intent of suppressing turnout from voters of minority groups.”

The state will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, said Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a defendant in the lawsuit along with the Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.

“It’s surprising the Ninth Circuit took the unusual step of overruling its own decision from 2018,” Brnovich said. “I have a duty to defend the law. Our office will appeal to the Supreme Court and continue to protect the integrity of our elections.”

The court’s ruling can be read here.

The judges on the en banc panel are:

Sidney R. Thomas, Chief Judge (appointed by Bill Clinton)

Diarmuid F.O’Scannlain (appointed by Ronald Reagan)

William A. Fletcher (appointed by Bill Clinton)

Marsha S. Berzon (appointed by Bill Clinton)

Johnnie B. Rawlinson (appointed by Bill Clinton)

Richard R. Clifton (appointed by George W. Bush)

Jay S. Bybee (appointed by George W. Bush)

Consuelo M. Callahan (appointed by George W. Bush)

Mary H. Murguia (appointed by Barack Obama)

Paul J. Watford (appointed by Barack Obama)

John B. Owens (appointed by Barack Obama)

Dissent by Judge O’Scannlain; Dissent by Judge Bybee


Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee teams with Dems against Trump

January 9, 2020

Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, threw a temper tantrum worthy of a three-year-old following a lengthy Wednesday White House briefing on Iran, in which the senators were requested to be circumspect in their discussions of the issue. The words he used to describe the request were, “Insulting, unacceptable, unconstitutional and un-American.” 

Lee bizarrely stated the Trump administration’s handling of the conflict so far has moved him to support a Democrat-led effort to rein in President Donald Trump’s authority to “take the nation to war.” Lee is partnering with Hillary Clinton’s former running mate Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat.

In fact, President Trump’s decisive actions in authorizing the airstrike targeting brutal murderer Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, had exactly the opposite effect, deescalating a war scenario. During his lifetime, the ruthless Soleimani was celebrated as a “living martyr” by the Ayatollah Khamenei.

Uncharacteristically, Utah’s other senator Mitt Romney, parted company with Lee saying, “The president took action, which I think was effective in removing a terrible person who has done terrible things,” Romney said, referring to Soleimani. “And there’s great upside from that action.”

It’s worth remembering Lee, like his doppelganger former single-term Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, said he voted for independent presidential candidate and co-religionist Evan McMullin in protest of Donald Trump in 2016.

Mistakenly regarded as a conservative, Lee was reportedly on a short list being considered to fill the U. S. Supreme Court vacancy that resulted with the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Federal appellate judge Brett Kavanaugh was ultimately nominated and confirmed for the position after enduring a despicable, though baseless character assassination by leftist extremists who wanted to stall the appointment and maintain the court’s Democrat majority.

If renegade Mike Lee ever wears a robe, it will be the one he dons after his shower.


Pres. Trump’s unrivaled imprint on federal judiciary

December 24, 2019

Rational judiciary will be Trump’s legacy long after his second term

With the Republican majority U.S. Senate confirming President Donald Trump’s judicial nominations, Americans are witnessing an end to leftist domination of the federal courts. In addition to putting two Republicans — Judges Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — on the Supreme Court, he has replaced liberals with conservative judges on the notoriously radical Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is nearing 90 and ailing. The court has issued no further updates to her condition since Nov. 23.

Completing his third year in office, the president is making significant revisions to the judiciary, so far replacing 187 judges on the federal bench, with his nominees accounting for 1 in 4 U.S. Circuit Court judges and hopefully ensuring a decisive move away from routinely left-wing decisions.

President Trump’s historic appointments have already tipped the balance of numerous federal courts to a Republican appointed majority. This includes flipping the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from a Democrat-appointed majority to an 8 to 6 Republican-appointed majority.

The Trump administration has kept its eye on the ball as numerous other federal courts have been tilted to a Republican-appointed majority. Check out the Heritage Foundation‘s federal judiciary appointment tracker as of December 20th of each president’s third year.

Though progress has been made in reshaping courts such as the Ninth Circuit that have long been dominated by Democrat-appointed majorities, this lopsided Dec.10, 2019 vote on Patrick J. Bumatay, as United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit exemplifies the partisan nature of the process. The following day, the same type of vote confirmed Lawrence VanDyke, to the Ninth Circuit.

In both instances, Arizona’s Republican Sen. Martha McSally voted “Yea” for confirmation, while Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema voted “Nay” in opposition. When Sinema was campaigning her slogan was, “I just want to get things done.”

This negative partisanship is the fulfillment of Sinema’s promise.