Pres. Trump filling federal judicial vacancies

August 15, 2017

Jeff Flake’s failed efforts to decimate Donald Trump and push through Obama’s appointee to US Supreme Court have left him vulnerable in 2018

In a fact-filled report, Ballotpedia covers the vacancies and the opportunities for President Trump to impact the federal bench, which was among the top reasons Americans, weary of the rulings emanating from the leftist appellate courts, voted for him. To date, the president  has submitted nominations to fill more than 20% of federal judicial vacancies during his first six months in office —  a near record.

Partisan politics plays a key role in the senate confirmation of judges and Democrats are still smarting over Trump’s appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, filling the vacancy created by the Feb. 13, 2016 unexpected death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

Lame duck Barack Obama tried to shove through Democrat Merrick Garland to fill the post in the waning days of his presidency. Obama was aided in his attempt by Arizona Republicrat Sen. Jeff Flake, who shepherded Garland through the senate making instructions and publicly stating, “ It was time to start thinking about confirming him.” Flake, who denounced Donald Trump throughout the Primary, was banking on cozying up to Hillary Clinton, whom he regarded as the front-runner.

But American voters spoke loud and clear on Nov. 8, 2016, stunning the Democrats and Jeff Flake, who repeatedly said “Donald Trump can’t win and shouldn’t win.”

Worried that Republicans would in turn reject him and his amnesty shemes, the Internet is now filled with ads of the inanely grinning Flake, in which he is farcically described as a “principled conservative.”  Flake appears to have forgotten that the GOP is represented by an elephant, known for possessing an excellent memory. Polling shows Flake with the lowest approval rating of the entire 100-member U.S. Senate. The dismal numbers are no doubt aided by his  recently published 140-page pamphlet — generously described as a book— with the title stolen from an iconic 1960 Barry Goldwater publication,  in which he takes the Republican Party to task.

This past week Jeff Flake was taken to the political woodshed by none other than RNC chair Ronna Romney McDaniel, who is concerned that his anti-Republican antics could result in the party losing the senate majority.

President Donald Trump wins with conservatives. First term senator Flake, running for reelection in 2018, currently has an 18% approval rating.


Sheriff Arpaio guilty of contempt, foes want mug shot

August 1, 2017

Humiliation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio is ultimate goal as newspaper runs massive front page photo of sheriff,  emblazoned with the single, all caps word: “GUILTY”

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been found guilty of criminal contempt for defying a federal judge’s 2013 order to end patrols targeting “immigrants,” more properly termed illegal aliens. Actual immigrants have followed the legal procedure to enter the United States and become citizens. The terms are not interchangeable.

The popular sheriff was elected to an unprecedented six four-year terms by Maricopa County voters grateful that he stepped up to do the job the federal authorities failed to do.

Arpaio’s defense team argued that Arpaio did not intend to defy the court order. He admitted to continuing patrols, but said his former attorney did not fully explain the intricacies of the  legal document. In 2016, after being relentlessly hammered by the amnesty/open border local newspaper, Arpaio was defeated by George Soros supported Democrat Paul Penzone, who refers to illegals as “guests.” Multi-billionaire Socialist Soros desires a borderless world,  and was described by Politico as attempting to overhaul the U.S. justice system.

An Army veteran, Arpaio was a Washington D.C and later a Las Vegas police officer before joining the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, where he served with distinction in numerous foreign counties over his 25-year career with the agency. Ultimately he headed the Arizona DEA office before winning election as sheriff in 1992.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, aware of his popularity, denied Arpaio’s request for a jury trial.

Arpaio’s lawyers said they would appeal the verdict, contending their client’s legal fate should have been decided by a jury, not a judge. They also contend Judge Bolton violated Arpaio’s rights by not reading the decision in court.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for October 5. The 85-year-old sheriff faces up to six months in jail on the civil charge, which it is unlikely he will serve. The ultimate goal of the federal prosecutors is to humiliate the career lawman. The failing left-wing Arizona Republic newspaper will happily fold if able to run a large front page mug shot of the sheriff it loves to hate.


Seeing Red AZ risks being labeled crass to tell the truth

July 24, 2017

There’s no way to win the etiquette award going after a desperately ill man. But the integrity of Seeing Red AZ requires that we speak the truth and remain faithful to the Constitution and Republican platform.

So it is we expose the Sunday, July 23, 2017 edition of the Arizona Republic and its obsessive recrafting of John McCain. The dramatic headline, “An arena without its fighter,” sits above a  photo of a hallway view of McCain’s Washington D.C. U.S. Senate office with the mahogany door ajar, showing an elegant interior including an exquisite marble fireplace and velvet upholstered chair.  The outer view features an American flag flanking a black and gold gleaming wall plaque identifying the office as that of Senator John McCain.

Above the headline is a deceptive quote from McCain’s protégé Jeff Flake:

“One of the most important roles he has played, obviously, over the past six months is as one who reassured the world that America is still gong to lead. He was a calming, consistent voice when we needed it.”

Think about that message. Jeff Flake, who broadcast his refusal to vote for Republican nominee — now U.S. President Donald Trump, as did John McCain and his family — is actually saying that since Trump’s election the world needed McCain’s assurance that it would still rotate on its axis. The same McCain who hand carried to the FBI director, the phony Russian dossier intended to destroy President Trump within short order after his inauguration. Flake, who remains a close associate of Barack Obama, even promoted Obama’s lame duck Democrat nominee, Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court, saying it was ‘time to act’ on his nomination.  President Trump actually nominated conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch who now sits on the high court.

Let’s be clear. Sick or well, intemperate McCain, who has spent his career colluding with Democrats, is a rabidly jealous man who has never gotten over his own presidential defeat and begrudges President Trump  his spectacular 2016 victory. Arizona’s two Republicrat senators are determined to bring him down even if it requires a last breath, losing the next election or ultimately destroying the Republican Party.


La Raza by any other name smells just as foul

July 12, 2017

The National Council of La Raza, the far left Hispanic organization whose name translates to “The Race” and whose motto is “Por la raza todo, fuera de la raza nada” — “For the race, everything, outside the race, nothing,” — met in Phoenix this week for its 2017 national conference

On the agenda was a name change for the clearly racist group, which will now call itself “Unidos U.S.,” or “United U.S.”  according to Janet Murguia, President and CEO,

In 2008, Murguia acknowledged the difficulty the name posed to reporter Ruben Navarrette, Jr., who criticized the name as “a musty throwback to the 1960s.””We take a lot of heat for our name,” Murguia said at the time. She acknowledged that there had been discussions about changing it. “But historically I think it’s something that our community feels wedded to.” Murguia prefers to use its initials, calling it simply, “NCLR.” Yet there’s no escaping the fact that militant Latinos express their advocacy for illegal immigration by shouting, “Viva la Raza!”

Now she admits that though the name change was being considered before Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, the new name “fits the strategy of collective resistance.”

Conference attendees had sharply differing views on the name change, some saying it was “selling out” and expressing pride in the unquestionably racist name.

Randy Parraz, a local open-borders extremist, described benignly as a “community organizer” by the daily newspaper, opposed the name change as giving in to pressure. “We have to own our identity because it makes us powerful,” he said.

Janet Murguia, deeply rooted in liberalism, is not one who speaks impetuously. Her twin sister Mary, is a judge on the left-leaning Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — nominated by Barack Obama.  AZ  Sens. McCain and Kyl voted for her confirmation. Her brother Carlos is a federal judge for the U.S. District Court in Kansas. Prior to being nominated to the federal bench by Bill Clinton, he was the Coordinator for the Immigration Amnesty Program of El Centro, Inc.

Nine years ago this week, Michelle Malkin, nationally syndicated columnist, author and senior editor at Conservative Review, wrote15 things you should know about “The Race.” It remains relevant. At the time the column was written, presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama were each featured speakers at the annual La Raza conference in San Diego. Malkin is a proud American of Philippine heritage.

The late Congressman Dr. Charlie Norwood (R-GA.) warned about La Raza.

*William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, she says, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Juliet makes the case that it doesn’t matter to her that Romeo is from her family’s longstanding foe, the house of Montague. The reference is often used to imply that the names of things have no affect on what they actually are — as in the case of La Raza.


Ex AZ AG Horne vindicated: “Overzealous prosecutor” mum

July 7, 2017

It took seven long years — during which Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne was relentlessly hammered in the press and ultimately lost his reelection bid — to finally have his name cleared.

The convoluted case has garnered press far outside of Arizona. The Telegraph, a Macon, Georgia based newspaper, carries one of the better reports, written by AP reporter Bob Christie.

The decision by Cochise County Attorney Brian McIntyre concluded there was not sufficient evidence to uphold a decision made in 2013 by Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk. At the time, Polk concluded Horne and a former associate broke campaign laws during the 2010 election cycle.

McIntyre’s decision likely puts to rest a long-running case -– in Horne’s attorney’s words, an “oppressive cloud” ––. that effectively ended the Republican Attorney General’s re-election bid. This decision follows one issued by the Arizona Supreme Court in May, which found Horne was denied due process in the manner in which the allegations were handled, denying him a fair trial.  Justice Clint Bolick, writing for the court, said Horne’s due process rights were violated because Polk assisted in the civil prosecution and made the final decision against Horne.

This vindication of the conservative Horne, who had previously served as Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, ends the possibility that he would be required to repay $400,000 to donors and up to $1.2 million in fines.

The best summation of this ongoing legal nightmare is this quote from Horn’s attorney Dennis Wilenchik, as he refers to Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk:

Noting that he was pleased that Horne has “finally been cleared, and that this oppressive cloud that has been hanging over him since before the last election has gone away. This case was brought by an overzealous prosecutor who chose to act as ‘judge, jury and executioner’ and to overrule a judge.”

The local newspaper, which led the charge against Horne, provides the link to the Final Decision and Order.

Administrative Law Judge Tammy L. Eigenheer issued the order April 14, 2014. At that time she concluded Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk had failed to establish by a preponderance of evidence that the October 27, 2010 email from then-Attorney General Tom Horne to his then-aide Kathleen Winn “constituted improper coordination in violation of Title 16 Chapter 6 of the Arizona Revised Statutes. No evidence was presented to show that the email has a material effect on BLA’s (Business Leaders for Arizona) expenditures.”

Horne, who has an outstanding legal background successfully arguing cases on behalf of the state of Arizona before the U. S. Supreme Court, is currently an attorney in private practice.


SCOTUS vacancies loom: Dems question Trump’s ability to serve

July 6, 2017

Today we pass along another reason to delight in having President Trump making executive decisions. As you readPower Move: Gorsuch Opts Out Of High Court Labor Pool.” by Kevin Daley, Legal Affairs Reporter for the Daily Caller you’ll be provided insight into the independence and work ethic of Trump’s newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. He has decided to reject the practice of granting overreaching authority to the justice’s shared law clerks in what is referred to as a “labor pool,” to analyze and make recommendations regarding which cases the justices will hear. With this move, Gorsuch joins Justice Samuel Alito, who opted out of the system in 2008.

The U.S. Supreme Court is the primary reason the still shell-shocked Democrats remain unable to accept the fact that their scandal plagued candidate, Hillary Clinton, lost the presidential election. Barack Obama provided her with assistance as did Socialist billionaire George Soros and the far left celebrity crowd. She was poised to be Obama’s third term. It was a certainty she would follow his leftward court lurches. Her husband Bill was so moved when he announced his nomination of ACLU lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg, he had to wipe away tears.

Then on election night Americans spoke as stunning vote totals came in from unlikely blue states. Liberals cried and conservatives cheered. The Hillary supporting Washington Post had to admit “we were wrong,“ when it became clear their assessment of Donald Trump was far from accurate. Their mea culpa wasDonald Trump just blew up the electoral map.

 The angst was far greater than Hillary’s defeat. There were the now crucial repercussions of Donald Trump’s massive victory.  First and foremost is the Supreme Court and Trump’s ability to reconfigure the court for the next thirty years.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, a Reagan appointee who has delighted in being the unreliable “swing vote” reportedly is considering retirement. He turns 81 later this month. Stephen Breyer, a Bill Clinton appointee celebrates his 79th birthday in August. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 84, has been in ill health for years.

The prospect of President Trump filling those vacancies has sent shock waves through Congressional Democrats. Their latest scheme is to question the president’s mental fitness to serve out his term.

Though the president has served less than 6 full months in office, over two dozen Democrat lawmakers have signed on to a bill that would create an Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity. Their goal is to declare the President of the United States mentally incompetent under Section IV of the 25th Amendment and remove him from office. Never forget, it’s all about the Supreme Court.

Another item to add to your ‘never forget list’ is just prior to the end of Obama’s term, AZ Sen. Jeff Flake, saying, “It’s time,” urged his fellow senators to confirm Democrat Merrick Garland, Obama’s lame duck Supreme Court nominee. RINO Flake, who repeatedly announced his refusal to vote for Donald Trump was featured in Hillary Clinton’s campaign ad.

Actual Republicans are grateful Donald Trump was elected President of the United States and cheer his appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the high court. We should all remember the words and actions of Republican pretender Jeff Flake on Election Day.


SCOTUS: Missouri  engaged in religious discrimination

June 26, 2017

Trinity Lutheran wins!

Alliance Defending Freedom, a Scottsdale-based legal organization that stands in defense of religious liberty defended this case before the US Supreme Court. ADF Lawyer David Cortman argued the case.

Excerpted from the ADF site:

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 7-2 that it is unconstitutional for the state to treat churches and other religious organizations worse than everyone else simply because they are religious.

This is great news! And it sets an important precedent to protect religious freedom. The government should never treat people of faith like second-class citizens.

Yet, that’s how the State of Missouri treated Trinity Lutheran Church when it disqualified them from receiving a non-profit playground reimbursement grant. In order to provide a safer environment for the children who attend its preschool and play on its playground, Trinity Lutheran applied for the grant, which was open to all nonprofits. And they were an ideal candidate, having been ranked fifth by the State out of 44 applicants, based on the criteria.

The State awarded 14 grants that year, but Trinity Lutheran was not among them.

Why? Because Trinity Lutheran preschool is operated by a church. Besides the fact that this was blatant religious discrimination, a majority of the children at the preschool are not members at Trinity Lutheran. On top of that, Trinity Lutheran leaves the playground open outside of school hours for children in the community to use.

Is their safety less important because they are playing on a “religious” playground? Of course not.

The Supreme Court recognized this in its decision today.  Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were the two dissenting votes. Sotomayor wrote the dissenting opinion, which follows the linked decision.