MC Recorder’s race: Vote for Aaron Flannery

August 9, 2016

Law intended to provide voters with a sense of confidence in the integrity of the voting system will not be enforced by Helen Purcell who instead declares, “We’re not the police”

In the race for Maricopa County Recorder, political newcomer Aaron Flannery would appear to be a long-shot as he challenges Helen Purcell, currently running for her 8th term. Purcell has been a diligent elected official, overseeing the meticulous recording of all permanent public records and maintenance of the voter registration rolls for Maricopa County’s nearly 2,000,000 registered voters.  She is responsible for administering the Elections Department which conducts all national, state and countywide elections and has won awards for her efforts.

Then came the March 23, 2016 presidential preference election, where long lines created havoc and outraged voters accused her of intentionally authorizing too few polling places, a cost saving measure that had been approved by the Board of Supervisors.  She acknowledged her error in not properly anticipating the large turnout and refused to submit  to demands that she step down. The snafu was not deliberate or intended to suppress minority votes, a fallacious charge hurled at her by the left. As might be expected in managing an office that delivers so many services to so many citizens, there have been other lapses from time to time.

But Helen Purcell’s refusal to enforce the state law banning the nefarious practice known as ‘ballot harvesting (video) in the August Primary Election currently underway is a bridge too far. The Arizona legislature passed HB 2023 this past session in response to concerns regarding the fraudulent practice. Ballot harvesting is now a Class 6 Felony. Violators face up to a year in jail and $150,000 in fines.

In signing the bill into law March 9, Gov. Doug Ducey said:

“Voting is a key pillar of our democracy. This bill ensures a secure 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.”

Of all people, Helen Purcell should realize the importance of providing  confidence in the trustworthiness of our voting system. No more passes for Ms. Purcell.  She has forfeited the trust placed in her since first taking office in 1988.

Aaron Flannery, a Phoenix native, family man and active Republican, introduces himself with these refreshing words:

“I am a small business consultant and independent contractor. I hold a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s of Public Administration and the only government job I have held is with the US Army.”

Pay a visit to his website. You’ll be impressed.


Ballot harvesting alive and well in AZ despite law

August 4, 2016

New law intended to provide voters with a sense of confidence in the integrity of the voting system not being enforced by county or state election officials

The Arizona legislature passed HB 2023 this last session. It came in response to the practice of election fraud known as ‘ballot harvesting.’ Passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey March 9, 2016, it makes the practice of knowingly collecting voted or unvoted ballots from another person a Class 6 Felony. Specific exceptions are written into the bill. In signing the bill into law, Ducey said:

“Voting is a key pillar of our democracy. This bill ensures a secure 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.”

Now we learn that Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell has declared that neither elections officials nor poll workers will enforce the ballot harvesting ban lawmakers approved earlier this year. Secretary of State Michele Reagan is also taking a pass on ensuring ballot integrity, an issue on which she based her campaign (video) as she ran for Secretary of State. Both women have chosen to flagrantly ignore the law. 

 Read more in the Arizona Daily Independent.

Republican Aaron Flannery is challenging incumbent Maricopa County Reorder Helen Purcell in the Primary Election currently underway with early balloting. Election Day is Aug. 30. Purcell has held the office for nearly three decades.  Take time to look over his impressive bio.

Seeing Red AZ has previously covered this crucial issue in these posts:

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

Feb. 9, 2016:   AZ GOP Chair Robert Graham’s ballot harvesting amnesia

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

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


GOP Senator aids Obama’s ‘far left’ pick to head Library of Congress

July 14, 2016

Jeff Flake supports confirmation of Obama’s questionable selection; candidate McCain can’t afford to follow suit

The Daily Signal, the Heritage Foundation’s investigative reporting arm, provides an important insight into the recent vote to confirm Carla D. Hayden, 63, as the 14th librarian of Congress.

Conservative critics of Barack Obama’s nominee were blindsided Wednesday when Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt a key Republican, engineered her lopsided confirmation by the Senate despite concerns she is, in the words of one opponent, “an unqualified, far-left progressive.”

Critics say Hayden falls short of the scholarly credentials traditionally expected of the nation’s librarian of Congress.

Despite recommendations to the contrary, Blunt, chairman of the Rules and Administration Committee, scheduled a June 9 committee vote recommending Hayden’s confirmation to the full Senate. Wednesday, the Senate voted 74-18 to confirm Hayden.

“Hayden has made a name for herself in the far-left community as a radical activist,” the conservative group Concerned Women for America wrote Blunt and the committee before that vote. “This position is not one for radical activism, but for academic honesty and integrity.”

The group made these points in a series of letters to Blunt and other members of the Rules Committee in opposition to Hayden’s nomination. In a letter dated June 7, the group wrote:

“Dr. Hayden does not possess the credentials necessary to act as the librarian of Congress, as shown by President Obama’s decision to highlight her race and gender in his nomination speech, not her academic accomplishments. Additionally, Dr. Hayden has made a name for herself in the far-left community as a radical activist.”

Prior to  the Senate vote, Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, called Hayden “an unqualified, far-left progressive,” declaring “Republicans should be very concerned about what her confirmation could mean for the Congressional Research Service, which is the research arm from which they get unbiased, nonpartisan research.”  

“This is someone so far to the left that The Nation magazine ran a headline when she was nominated about how a ‘radical librarian’ may soon run the Library of Congress,” von Spakovsky said in an interview just hours before Blunt’s unexpected move to bring the nomination to the Senate floor.

Hayden succeeds Dr. James Billington, a Reagan appointee who served 28 years before retiring last fall.

The Library of Congress — the world’s largest library — with an annual budget of $630 million and about 3,200 employees, controls the nation’s Copyright Office as well as the Congressional Research Service. The library also provides members of Congress with legal advice.

Although Hayden may be qualified to serve in the public library system, the librarian of Congress is a unique, distinct position that should be occupied by well-credentialed scholars and authors, Heritage’s von Spakovsky told The Daily Signal.

When they think we aren’t looking, Republicrats reveal their actual left wing bent. They campaign as conservatives in their home states and turn blue on the banks of the Potomac without ever touching as much as a toe in the icy water. That’s what earned Jeff Flake and John McCain an “F” rating from Conservative Review.


Jeff Flake’s ex-kin accept plea deal, jail time

July 1, 2016

Son and former daughter-in-law skip prosecution, sue for $8 million

Todd and MaLeisa Hughes, the former in-laws of Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s son Austin, have accepted a plea deal in conjunction with the June 2014 gruesome heat related suffocation deaths of  23  dogs at their Green Acre dog boarding facility in Gilbert.

On Thursday, the couple took the pleas in lieu of going to trial. As defendants, each pleaded guilty to one count of facilitation to commit fraudulent schemes and artifices, and one count of cruelty to animals, both Class 6 felonies. Their sentences will each include 23 days in jail without the possibility of work release, work furlough, home detention or compliance monitoring.  The days to be served equal one day per dead dog.

This raw video of the court proceedings is available from KMOV TV 4, St. Louis. In addition to the jail terms, the Hughes’ must complete 230 hours of community service and serve three years of probation. They are prohibited from posting about the case on social media or resume running a pet boarding facility . Additionally, they are to write letters of apology to all who lost their family pets.

Missing from the news reports is the fact that the Hughes’ were vacationing out-of-state when the deaths occurred, leaving Austin Flake and his-then wife, Logan, who is the daughter of MaLeisa Hughes, responsible for the care of the pets. When the Flakes’ returned to the kennel the next day and witnessed the horrific scene, they callously hosed down the dying dogs in a crude attempt to cool them. The carcasses of the dogs were then piled in a storage shed. No veterinarians were ever called.

The dogs sweltered to death, packed together in a steamy utility room, lacking air-conditioning, and without food or water provided for them.

Todd Hughes lied about the number of dogs involved and claimed they merely ran away. The story was later changed to cast blame on the dogs themselves by alleging one or more of the pets chewed through the air conditioning wiring, which was never the case.

After Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery dropped the 21 felony charges and 7 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals against Austin and Logan Flake, the actual responsible parties, they filed a lawsuit against the taxpayers of Maricopa County and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, seeking $8 million to resurrect their formerly pristine reputations. They claim they were targeted by the Sheriff’s office and their characters were ruined by this investigation. Though now divorced, a few $million each could go a long way to soothe their hurt feelings.

These are some of the posts SRAZ has written about the case that was Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s worst nightmare — since charging Jeff Flake’s son and daughter-in-law and her parents never quite fit into his long rage career plans:

Oct. 13, 2014: Bill Montgomery: Focus of daily’s sarcastic jab remains inert

Sept. 29, 2014: Still awaiting Montgomery’s Flake decision

Sept. 19, 2014: Bill Montgomery: Between a Flake and a hard place

July 17, 2014: 21 dead dogs inconsequential as Flake connection gets cover-up

June 27, 2014: AZ Republic uses dead dogs to bash Arpaio, give pass to Flake & Update

Dec. 24, 2014:  Bill Montgomery, dead dogs & the Flakes: We got it right the first time

Dec. 13, 2014: Flake kin beg for cash to aid in dead dog defense

Nov. 14, 2014: Austin, Logan Flake plead not guilty in dog deaths

Oct. 16, 2014Indicted! Austin & Logan Flake, Todd & MaLeisa Hughes


SCOTUS blocks Obama’s amnesty proposals

June 24, 2016

In a split decision, the Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of United States. v. Texas, a challenge to Obama’s 2014 amnesty executive actions. The 4-4 decision sends the case back to Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen.. Meanwhile, DAPA and DACA, both Obama constructs, granting legal status to America’s illegal invaders, remain blocked

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released this statement Thursday, following the Supreme Court’s equally divided decision affirming the 26-state* lawsuit against Barack Obama’s amnesty decrees:

“The action taken by the President was an unauthorized abuse of presidential power that trampled the Constitution, and the Supreme Court rightly denied the President the ability to grant amnesty contrary to immigration laws,” said Governor Abbott. “As the President himself said, he is not a king who can unilaterally change and write immigration laws. Today’s ruling is also a victory for all law-abiding Americans — including the millions of immigrants who came to America following the rule of law.”

Here’s Barack Obama repeatedly stating (video) that he was the President of the United States, not an emperor and was unable to bypass congress and unilaterally impose laws, specifically saying:

“Such an indiscriminate approach would be both unwise and unfair. It would suggest to those thinking about coming here illegally that there would be no repercussions for such a decision, and this could lead to a surge in more illegal immigration. It would also ignore the millions of people around the world who are waiting in line to come here legally. Ultimately, our nation, like all nations, has the right and obligation to control its borders and set laws for residency and citizenship.” 

That was prior to him doing exactly the opposite.

Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of Center for Immigration Studies, does a fine job of analyzing the action in his cogent commentary: “SCOTUS Doesn’t Abolish Separation of Powers – Yet.”

This 2016 Rasmussen Report survey shows over half of American voters believe providing a pathway to citizenship for those in this country illegally will just encourage more illegal immigration. Seventy percent of Republicans — and 51% of all voters — support GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S./Mexican border to help stop illegal immigration. Gallup polling indicates nearly one-quarter of American Hispanics do not favor a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

* The 25 other states joining Texas in the lawsuit with Obama over his executive amnesty are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

 


Legal lynching: The deliberate destruction of America’s Sheriff

June 5, 2016

Larry Klayman is a man not short on credentials. A former Justice Department prosecutor and the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, his legal expertise is impeccable.  For that reason, we are happy to bring you his WND commentary “ll Duce’ judge out to destroy Sheriff Joe,” as our Weekend Reading Guaranteed to Make You Smarter.

After reading this exposé, we ask that you send the link out to your email list.  It’s that important. 

If this can happen to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a career lawman who worked for the feds within the DEA — ultimately heading the agency in Arizona, none of us are safe.


AZ joins states fighting Obama bathroom directives

May 26, 2016

Obama’s transgender bathroom mandate meets with resistance

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas have announced that they have joined ten other states in a federal lawsuit to challenge Barack Obama’s mandate requiring all public K-12 schools to open up boys’ and girls’ locker rooms and restrooms to students of the opposite sex, based on student perceptions of their “gender identity.”

Since the President has threatened to deny federal funding to all schools that object to this outrageous decree,  Arizona has joined Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, Maine, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Georgia, West Virginia and Wisconsin in a lawsuit filed in the United States Court for the Northern District of Texas. The lawsuit is focused on who should set these sensitive policies —- the federal government via executive order or states and local school districts. The challenge seeks declaratory relief against a number of federal agencies in order to block the implementation of the administration’s unconstitutional interpretation of the law. The Heber-Overgaard Unified School District has also joined the state’s lawsuit as a plaintiff.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas in response the Obama administration’s issuance of a broad directive advising every public school district in the country they must allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity rather than their biological sex.

The implicit threat is that schools that do not abide by the Obama administration’s interpretation of the law could face lawsuits or a loss of federal aid.

Read the formal filing of the complaint which states in part these truths regarding the overt attempts at social engineering by the radically left-wing lame duck president:

“Defendants have conspired to turn workplaces and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights. Defendants’ rewriting of Title VII and Title IX is wholly incompatible with Congressional text. Absent action in Congress, the States, or local communities, Defendants cannot foist these radical changes on the nation.”


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