McCain, Flake and Obama’s judicial confirmations

January 23, 2016

Aided by Republicans, Obama is remaking the federal bench

While they thought you weren’t paying attention, Arizona’s slippery and lowest regarded U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, were busying themselves on the banks of the Potomac with the confirmation of Obama’s liberal picks for federal judges.

On Jan. 11, the Arizona duo voted with the Democrats to confirm Luis Felipe Restrepo, of Pennsylvania as U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit. The Columbian-born Restrepo became a citizen in 1993. Obama is fast tracking the former ACLU prisoners’ rights lawyer up from a district court post to which he was confirmed in 2013.

Then on Jan. 19, Wilhelmina Marie Wright, was confirmed as U.S. District Judge for the District of Minnesota. Running for his sixth six-year term, candidate McCain who will be 80 by Election Day, shrewdly backed off of that confirmation, though Jeff Flake once again abandoned the Republicans to approve her nomination. The vote can be seen here. Wright’s confirmation brings the total of appellate judges appointed by Obama to 56.

In his Conservative Review commentary, Senior Editor Daniel Horowitz writes “Senate GOP Must Not Confirm Any More Obama Judges.”

“The notion that Republicans would vote to confirm more Obama judges defies logic on so many levels.  This is one of the few areas where they have no excuse or lack of power to actually use their control of the Senate for good purposes.  Moreover, by confirming more Obama judges, they will not only further exacerbate the growing judicial time bomb of anti-constitutional case-law, but will also prevent the next Republican president from filling those vacancies.” 

Horowitz‘ piece on Wilhelmina Marie Wright refers to her as the Property Rights are White and Racist’ Judge, explaining the derivation of the fitting title.

This history of Arizona’s Republican senators endorsing or confirming Democrats is a long and twisted one.

Ask yourself…if the Democrats controlled the senate, would they be voting to confirm conservative federal court nominees the way liberals get a pass from Republican senators? You know the answer.  It’s time to clean house…er…senate.


Ducey’s doozies: Top AZ posts filled by odd picks

January 7, 2016

There’s no denying Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is singing the establishment tune, as evidenced by his appointment selections.  They are so out of sync with Republican values, even the leftwing Arizona Republic has taken note — enthusiastically naming him one of 16 Arizonans to watch in 2016 — though not for threatening to return the AZ GOP to its conservative roots.

A few cases in point: Ducey inexplicably picked consummate charlatan Tony Bouie to head the Arizona Lottery, a job that requires the utmost integrity. Bowie, a lifelong Democrat, opportunistically re-registered as a Republican in a GOP heavy district a mere five days before running for a legislative seat, lying to various sources in a failed effort to cover his deceit. 

Ducey appears unable to find enough jobs to appoint censured, pro-amnesty politico Andy Tobin to. On Oct. 8, 2015 Ducey appointed Tobin director of the Arizona Department of Insurance.

Dec. 16, found Ducey also naming Tobin as interim superintendent of the Department of Financial Institutions in addition to the Insurance director post.

Then Dec. 30, Tobin was selected by Ducey to fill the vacancy on the Corporation Commission, replacing embattled Susan Bitter Smith who resigned under pressure.

Now, proving that the so-called “Merit Selection’ System of selecting judges is as political as we all suspect it to be,  Ducey picked Goldwater Institute (GI) lawyer Clint Bolick to fill a vacancy on the state’s highest court. GI is a libertarian think tank, far separated from conservative views on a wide range of key issues. Most importantly, Bolick, a member of Ducey’s gubernatorial transition team, has never served as a superior court or appellate level judge, though the other applicants possessed that crucial background.

A Jeb Bush advisor and amnesty-bent co-author of “Immigration Wars,” Bolick has morphed into a registered Independent on his unusual route to the judiciary. His wife, a perennial candidate, has retained her squish Republican cloak.

This March 2013 link includes two disturbing videos featuring Clint Bolick and Jeb Bush being interviewed by Sean Hannity.

Who’s advising Ducey?


Guess who needs a pay raise?

December 23, 2015

These appointed members* of the Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers would like Arizona taxpayers to pony up a $15,000 raise for those whose salaries have stagnated. That’s not an amount to be divided. That’s eachYearly.

No, these benevolent commissioners are not talking about Arizona’s underpaid state legislators who earn $24,000 a year and haven’t had a raise in nearly 20 years. The last time the voters saw fit to give a modest pay increase to the people they entrust to write our laws was 1998.

The commission’s generosity, by way of their hands in our pockets and in a unanimous vote, is aimed at Arizona’s judiciary and is constructed to conveniently skirt voter approval. The recommendation has been sent to Gov. Ducey’s office for inclusion in his Jan. 15, 2016 budget proposal.

Don’t waste sympathy on the judges and justices whose last pay increase was in 2008. The daily reports that Arizona Supreme Court justices currently earn $155,000 a year. The chief justice makes $160,000 yearly. Court of Appeals judges currently make $150,000, and statewide Superior Court judges $145,000.

The judicial pay hike proposal carries an estimated price tag of $1.4 million. The cash strapped state would pick up half the cost of the increase for 14 counties, while Maricopa County taxpayers would be required to cover the full amount for its judges.

Though the judiciary claim to be outside of the political process, they are on the ballot for retention, and are included in the Elected Officials’ Retirement Plan. Their compensation, retirement and benefits package is enviable.

Judges are not unwittingly plucked from the legal community and forced to serve in these posts.  They apply for the positions, preparing lengthy applications and going through an interview process before an appointment commission and — if they’re lucky — with the governor, who makes the final selection.

Check out the Survey of Judicial Salaries compiled by the National Center for State Courts. There are two charts included. Rest assured none of the children of judges are eating gruel or going shoe-less.

 * John Bouma, Dennis Mitchem, Karen S. Johnson, Joe Kanefield, Brian Kaufman.


Calif. approves “state sanctioned voter fraud”

October 14, 2015

Jerry Brown continues to expand right for illegals

California’s far left  Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the New Motor Voter Act — Bill 1461 — into law, effectively assuring illegals will be able to cast ballots in future elections.

The legislation automatically registers to vote all California residents when they obtain or renew their driver’s licenses at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Breitbart News quotes True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht saying, “This bill is terrible. It makes an already bad situation much, much worse,” adding that California’s registration databases “lack the necessary safeguards to keep non-citizens off the voter rolls.” She had urged Gov. Brown to veto the bill— to no avail.

Election Integrity Project of California President Linda Paine echoed that Assembly Bill 1461 “will effectively change the form of governance in California from a Republic whose elected officials are determined by United States citizens and will now guarantee that non-citizens will participate in all California elections going forward.” The Election Integrity Project of California had joined True the Vote to demand that Brown veto the bill, calling it a path to “‘state sanctioned’ voter fraud.”

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, a co-sponsor of the legislation, issued this media release in support of the law saying, “The New Motor Voter Act will make our democracy stronger.” Padilla gushed, the newly signed law will “potentially add millions to California’s voter rolls.” 

“The New Motor Voter Act will make our democracy stronger by removing a key barrier to voting for millions of California citizens,” Padilla said in the statement. Referring to “residents” as “citizens,” Padilla said, “Citizens should not be required to opt in to their fundamental right to vote. We do not have to opt in to other rights, such as free speech or due process.”

In 2013, Brown signed Assembly Bill 60 which made illegal aliens living in California eligible to apply for driver’s licenses. It was the latest action to expand privileges for non-citizens in the nation’s most populous state. California already provides in-state tuition to illegals at all public colleges and universities. Brown also signed an inconceivable law allowing illegals to practice law in the state. In 2014, the San Jose Mercury News reports it was approved in a unanimous ruling by the California Supreme Court

The law allowing California residents to automatically register  to vote when obtaining a driver’s license, goes into effect Jan. 1, 2016, making millions of illegals eligible to vote in the presidential election.

Last year ago we posted ‘Have you heard? The USA is “the other Mexico.”  It’s filled with information well worth reviewing. This video clip of California Gov. Jerry Brown greeting Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is instructive. In response, Pena Nieto brassily called on other states to “evolve” like California so the United States can be more like his home country….. impoverished and crime ridden.

Jerry Brown stands as a monument of the insanity that undergirds liberalism.


Jeff Flake’s progressively close Democrat ties

August 9, 2015

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Gilbert Watch blog* has posted a fact-filled report titled, “Jeff Flake: The Only Republican to Vote for the Judge Who Blocked Release of Fetal Body Sales Videos.”

Flake, like his mentors, John McCain and Jon Kyl, has toiled at burnishing a Republican veneer, even as he gives an award-winning impersonation of a liberal Democrat.   

Just days ago, Seeing Red AZ ran a post titled, “A question for Jeff Flake,” in which we exposed not only his amnesty commitment and the abhorrent actions of his ‘fellow traveler’ liberal Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez, but Flake’s increasing associations with Congressional Democrats — recently as the sole Republican accompanying Barack Obama and nearly two dozen Democrats on a trip to Kenya.

Despite his unquestioned dedication to amnesty, he nearly fooled the like-thinkers at Arizona Republic with a brief pre-election turnaround. But he’s been quoted as saying, “that’s the beauty of a six-year term.” Flake counts on the electorate having a short memory. 

Jeff Flake’s untrustworthiness rivals Hillary Clinton’s. It’s not a surprise he’s ranked the most unpopular Senator in the nation.

*Kudos to the reliably conservative Gilbert Watch blog


“Marriage equality”: The ongoing saga

July 2, 2015

SCOTUS’ redefinition of marriage: The can of worms has been opened

The Billings Gazette reports that a Montana man and his two wives have applied for a marriage license.

Claiming the Supreme Court’s decision redefining marriage allows for polygamy, Nathan Collier and his wives Victoria and Christine applied at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings on Tuesday in an attempt to legitimize their polygamous marriage.

Collier, 46, said last week’s landmark ruling on same-sex unions inspired him to legitimize his marriage to his second wife. The trio has seven children of their own and from previous relationships

Montana, like all 50 states, outlaws bigamy. Collier said he plans to sue if the application is denied. “It’s about marriage equality,” Collier said. “You can’t have this without polygamy.

Yellowstone County clerk officials initially denied his application, and then said they would consult with the county attorney’s office before giving him a final answer, Collier said.

The county attorney’s civil division chief, Kevin Gillen, said he is reviewing Montana’s bigamy laws and expects to send a formal response to Collier by next week. “I think he deserves an answer,” Gillen said, but added his review is finding that “the law simply doesn’t provide for that yet.”

“Yet”?

The Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday made same-sex marriages legal nationwide. In his dissent Chief Justice John Roberts said people in polygamous relationships could make the same legal argument that not having the opportunity to marry disrespects and subordinates them.

In this instance, Roberts was right.


Faith-based tax exempt status in jeopardy

July 1, 2015

Churches under assault for support of traditional marriage

On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26th decision to redefine marriage, the tax-exempt status of religious institutions is now in jeopardy.

Mark Oppenheimer, who writes the “Beliefs” column for the New York Times, leaves no room for doubt where his own beliefs are, as he opines, “The Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage makes it clearer than ever that the government shouldn’t be subsidizing religion and non-profits.”

His Time.com article, ”Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions,” is appalling in its flagrant dismissal of faith-based institutions.

A self-described” gay-rights supporter,” Oppenheimer was “elated by Friday’s Supreme Court decision.” The rest of us should prepare for what appears to be on the horizon as the two issues are mow brazenly linked.

In case you had any doubts, the assault on churches —- along with the schools, hospitals and various services they administer —- is in full bloom and comes in rapid succession to the court’s same-sex marriage ruling.

Katie Pavlich, in her Townhall column says it best: “Religious liberty is under attack in America and the next five years will serve as a battleground to protect or destroy it. If religious liberty is in fact destroyed, America will no longer hold onto one of the most important principles that makes it an exceptional nation more tolerant than the rest in the world. We are at a tipping point.” 


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