Mostly good news from the U.S. Supreme Court

June 27, 2018

In this press release the Supreme Court of the United Stat4es confirmed the retirement plans of Justice Anthony Kennedy, the reliable swing vote, often siding with the liberal justices on matters of importance.

Kennedy, a pseudo conservative, was appointed to the high court by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, but relished his role in advancing the homosexual agenda and supporting abortion on demand.

Read Justice Kennedy’s letter to President Trump advising him of his plans to retire July 31, 2018. He turns 82 on July 23.

President Trump will not have an easy time getting his nominee to fill this vacancy through the highly partisan senate. No, it’s not only liberals we need to watch. Turncoat Republican Jeff Flake, a virulent Trump-hater,  will likely vote against any Trump nominee.

Today, the SCOTUS — in another 5-4 decision — gave a stinging rebuke to unions. In 22 states, workers have been compelled to pay fees to unions in order to work. Today the court struck down public-sector union fees.

Read the analysis of the case and decision by Amy Howe on the SCOTUSblog.

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SCOTUS hands Trump travel vindication, Flake fumes

June 27, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court handed a major victory to the Trump administration Tuesday. The justices rejected a challenge to President Trump’s September 2017 travel moratorium  –- referred to by the leftist media as a “travel ban” -– temporarily restricting immigration to the United States by citizens from the countries, of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and government officials from Venezuela — placing national security concerns ahead of political correctness.

Jeff Flake, who opted out of running for a second senate term due to his abysmal 18% approval rating, goes apoplectic whenever President Trump scores a victory.

Spinning the bogus rhetoric of the radical left, open borders supporter Flake would have us believe the High Court instituted a Muslim ban.

“It is constitutional, it’s just not very wise,” he said. “It was certainly targeted at Muslim countries. We don’t win the war on terrorism by making this a religious test. So I just don’t think it helps that way.”

Who knew Venezuela and North Korea were Muslim countries?

This case is among the court’s most important this term and the latest in a string of 5-4 decisions in which the conservative side of the court prevailed, bolstered by the addition of Justice Neil Gorsuch last year.

Despite Jeff Flake doing Barack Obama’s bidding in 2016, escorting liberal Democrat Merrick Garland to meetings with key senators attempting to garner votes for his confirmation, Obama’s attempt at a lame duck Supreme Court appointment was derailed. Newly elected President Donald Trump appointed Appellate Judge Gorsuch to fill the seat left vacant by the unexpected death of conservative icon Justice Antonin Scalia.

If Republicrat Jeff Flake had gotten his way, the dramatic leftward lurch of the Supreme Court, would have had irreversible, long range negative consequences.

Here is the non-too-bright, perpetually grinning Flake making a mockery (brief video) of the judicial nomination process.

We have the opportunity to replace inept RINO Flake by sending principled conservative Dr. Kelli Ward to the U.S. Senate. Your donations will help her stay competitive against the out-of-state and lobbyist money funding her Primary Election opponent Martha McSally — frequently referred to on this site as Sally McCain — and General Election opponent, radical Leftist Kyrsten Sinema.


FEC investigates McSally’s numerous campaign violations

June 18, 2018

A regulatory panel of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has unanimously approved an audit of U.S. Rep. Martha McSally’s 2014 congressional campaign. 

To say this is not good news for the current U.S. Senate candidate, often referred to as Sally McCain — for obvious reasons — is the height of understatement. 

The commissioners making up the investigatory panel includes two Republicans, one Democrat and one Independent. They found Martha McSally failed to properly disclose finances and omitted employment information from over 1,200 individual campaign contributors.

Following a recount, McSally, who was expected to fare better, won the 2014 race against Democrat Ron Barber by 161 votes, a mere 0.1%.

This FEC Memorandum is stunning in its scope. Scroll down to Part III ‘Summaries’ and Part IV ‘Findings and Recommendations,’ for the complete report which includes:

Finding 1. Misstatement of Financial Activity

Finding 2. Disclosure of Occupation/Name of Employer

Finding 3. Receipt of Contributions in Excess of the Limit

Finding 4. Failure to File 48-Hour Notices

Finding 5. Failure to Itemize Contributions from Political Committees

Last month the Hillary Clinton-endorsing Arizona Republic veered far off the reservation using the word “liberal” as a pejorative, with this headline, “Liberal group: Martha McSally improperly raising money for House, Senate at same time.”  Although the newspaper hasn’t yet touched this latest McSally fiasco, it’s clearly preparing to ditch her in favor of meticulously repackaged leftist Kyrsten Sinema, who no longer touts her bisexuality, allegiance to atheism, sends May Day messages to the Communist Worker news or crudely derides stay-at-home moms as “leeches.”

Fortunately Arizonans have a superior option. Principled conservative senate candidate Dr. Kelli Ward, who had a private medical practice and worked as an emergency room physician while serving as a two-term state senator, knows that attention to detail is necessary when patients’ lives hang in the balance. Sloppiness is not part of her mindset. The differences are clear. Kelli Ward has won the endorsements of leading conservatives. Join them by donating to and volunteering on her campaign. Senate terms are six years long, There won’t be a buyer’s remorse do-over.


Scottsdale schools ex-CFO could’ve used a 20% raise, too

May 15, 2018

Laura Smith indicted on 11 felony charges of fraud, conflicts of interest

It looks like there’s big trouble in the future for Laura Smith, Scottsdale Unified School District’s former chief financial officer. She faces 11 felony charges — two involving fraud and nine stemming from conflicts of interest — tied to a consulting company she previously co-owned and ran, according to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

A grand jury indicted Laura Smith on May 8. She is accused of facilitating the district’s employment of Professional Group Public Consulting, a Mesa-based company according to Maricopa County Superior Court documents.

Smith co-owned the consulting firm when she was hired as the district’s CFO in early 2017. Her sister, Caroline Brackley, then took over running the company. Smith failed to disclose the relationship and resigned in January after having been put on administrative leave due to an ongoing conflict of interest investigation.

In its well researched report, The Arizona Daily Independent cites the fact that Laura Smith was a member of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials whose Code of Ethics states, in part, that members should, “Avoid conflict of interest situations by not conducting business with a company or firm in which the official or any member of the official’s family has a vested interest.”

Read the 11 count indictment issued by the AZ Attorney General’s Office charging Smith.

With her yen for appropriated cash and Gov. Doug Ducey’s ability to magically produce $ millions out of thin air “without raising taxes,“ it seems there could have been a better deal in the works for this beleaguered school deceiver.


AG Jeff Sessions: “People are not going to stampede our border”

May 3, 2018

Trump administration “sending a message worldwide”

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Wednesday the Justice Department will send 35 prosecutors and 18 judges to the southern U.S. border to bolster efforts to prosecute foreign nationals entering the U.S. illegally. Some of these illegals have previously been deported and are reentering the U.S.

Among the assistant attorneys dispatched to the border, 15 will be allocated to Texas, eight to California, six to Arizona and six to New Mexico. Immigration judges will be deployed to adjudicate cases in courts along the U.S-Mexico border in parts of the same states.

Eloy and Florence Arizona will each have immigration courts.

“The American people made very clear their desire to secure our borders and prioritize the public safety and national security of our homeland,” Sessions said in this statement. “Promoting and enforcing the rule of law is essential to our republic. By deploying these additional resources to the Southwest border, the Justice Department and the Trump Administration take yet another step in protecting our nation, its borders, and its citizens. It must be clear that there is no right to demand entry without justification.”

Unveiling the measure at the DOJ, Sessions specifically pointed to a caravan of illegals from Central America — notably Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador — claiming to seek asylum. The caravan, which made its way through Mexico in recent months, was part of the impetus behind the decision to prosecute violators. They made no effort to stay in Mexico, where they speak the same language and have similar customs.

“We are not going to let this country be overwhelmed,” Sessions said. “People are not going caravan or otherwise stampede our border. We need legality and integrity in the system. People should wait their turn, ask to apply lawfully before they enter our country. So we’re sending a message worldwide.”

 In a welcome move, the Trump administration has cracked down on illegal border crossings, with Sessions unveiling charges against 11 caravan members on Monday as they arrived at the Tijuana/San Diego border. Exhibiting their desire to be good citizens, illegals were openly rebelling against the laws of the country they hoped to enter by defiantly scaling the border wall.


Lacey, Larkin homes raided by FBI. Sex site shut down

April 7, 2018

Although the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona has nothing on its website as yet, other sources are replete with information concerning an FBI raid on the Sedona home of former New Times publisher, Michael Lacey, and the Paradise Valley home of Jim Larkin. The duo co-founded Backpage.com.

Sedona Red Rock News carries the report by Christopher Fox Graham detailing that Backpage.com, ranks second behind craigslist for online classified advertising. But its main products aren’t lawnmowers or toaster ovens. Their stock in trade is prostitution and sex trafficking, often involving underage girls. This 2017 report released by a U.S. Senate subcommittee reveals that 73 percent of the child-trafficking reports are knowingly facilitated by Backpage.com.

This is the indictment.  (Click link to open.)

The website has been removed. It has been replaced with a screenshot overlayed with law enforcement insignias and a notice stating: “Backpage.com and affiliated websites have been seized as part of an enforcement action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, with analytical assistance from the Joint Regional Intelligence Center.”

Although the Department of Justice said it will issue a press release after the charges are unsealed, CBS News reports that an indictment had been unsealed against seven people allegedly involved in running Backpage, containing 93 criminal counts including money laundering and running a website to facilitate prostitution. The indictment, which was filed in Arizona where Backpage is maintained, reportedly names 17 victims who were trafficked, both adults and children. The site is alleged to have earned more than $500 million in revenue since it was founded in 2004. Law enforcement officials have called it “the world’s top online brothel.”

A year ago, before he departed to work for the hate-mongering Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Stephen Lemons, still writing his “Feathered Bastard” column for the free-of-charge, far left Phoenix New Times, opined that Lacey and Larkin — his former bosses —  were being treated unfairly for “donating to powerless Democrats.” Even a man of Lemons’ low caliber knew there was far more going on, but chose to try imitating Houdini and misdirect our attention.  It didn’t work then. It clearly doesn’t work now.

Focusing on Mike Lacey, co-founder and former owner of Phoenix New Times, Lemons characterized him as “still battling for freedom of speech despite being slimed by Backpage’s foes.”

With this critical thinking, Lemons couldn’t have found a more accommodating place to land than the equally dishonest SPLC.


Supremes give AZ supremely foolish silent treatment

March 20, 2018

Without even trying to rationalize its decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s efforts to uphold a 6-year old executive order issued by then-Gov. Jan Brewer, which denied driver’s licenses to those known as DACA recipients — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Though characterized as children brought to the United States by their illegal alien parents, there is no means of verifying the claims. Those who have signed up for DACA are shielded from deportation, allowed driver’s licenses and given work permits.

They need only affirm they were 16 years of age or younger when they initially entered the United States and are currently 35 years of age or younger. They have to declare that they have been persons of good moral character since initially being brought to the U.S. as children by their parents — illegally. Authenticating how many came as babes in arms or ably propelled themselves over the border last year at age 34 is impossible to substantiate. As we’ve previously pointed out many of these “kids” could actually be grandparents. 

“Our case has always been about more than just driver’s licenses,” Attorney General Brnovich said in a statement. “It’s about the separation of powers and whether the president, any president, can unilaterally act and bypass Congress to create new laws.”

This ongoing legal issue was precipitated by Barack Obama and was stopped dead in its tracks on Monday. Read the May 22, 2017 petition to the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which begins with the “Question Presented“ and ends with the “Conclusion” which authorized the denial, stating it did “not warrant the Court‘s consideration.”

That is exactly what occurred yesterday at the U.S. Supreme Court.

For the U.S. Supreme Court to remain silent on this crucial issue is shameful.