AZ Gov poll: Unreliable data given nod by leftist AZ Republic

September 6, 2018

This sample of the skewed polls conducted by the left-of-center Public Policy Polling (PPP) should give anyone paying attention a solid basis for doubting the veracity of the company’s conclusions. The liberal, Hillary-endorsing Arizona Republic newspaper, however, engaging in wishful thinking, runs with the survey’s findings.

 The newspaper headlines its report, “Doug Ducey, David Garcia neck-and-neck in governor’s race, according to post-primary poll.” Omitted is the fact that it editorially endorsed Democrat David Garcia in the primary election — though admitting PPP did not clarify whether those surveyed were “likely voters,” which is a defining element of such polls.

Seeing Red AZ has not always been on-board with Gov. Ducey. His pandering to Arizona striking teachers demanding a 20% pay hike as they abandoned over 800,000 students in a week-long #RedsForEd*protest and in violation of their contractual agreements, was infuriating. Ducey likely thought his acquiesce would pull the satisfied teachers into his corner.

In fact, just the opposite was true.  They were emboldened by the pay raise, rather than satisfied. Their next effort was #InvestInEd, an extortionist Marxist redistribution of wealth initiative— an irrevocable constitutional amendment — recently removed from the November ballot by the Arizona Supreme Court, for not accurately representing key elements of the “increased tax burden on the affected classes of taxpayers.” It was slated to appear as Prop. 207. The unionist teachers, who obviously confuse the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government, are misdirecting their ire on Ducey.

 The permanent funding stream would have been in addition to other subsidies already in place. Passage of ballot propositions — 301 in 2000 increasing the state sales tax and 123 in 2016 a grab from the state land trust — guaranteed more money for education, which apparently is never enough for the teachers who work 8½ months a year. School districts routinely hold budget overrides and bond elections to “get more money into the classroom” —- eduspeak for bolstering teacher’s salaries. A major premise of passing the Arizona Lottery in 1980 was that money from ticket sales would fund schools.

Despite our differences with Gov. Doug Ducey, he is a far superior November General Election candidate than reckless, radical open border supporting David Garcia, who has made getting rid of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) a top priority of his campaign. He’s a liberal DACA proponent, who also opposes construction of a border wall. Garcia is a single issue candidate whose focus is not Arizona citizens.

 *SRAZ added the “s” on Red since the teachers are led by a 24-year-old hip-hop music teacher and self identified socialist — acclaimed by the Socialist Worker publication, who coordinated Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in Arizona.

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Marxist InvestInEd Prop 207 off Nov. ballot

August 31, 2018

Arizona’s Supreme Court has acted in the interest of the state’s taxpaying citizens by rejecting the latest curare arrow in the quiver of the educrat unionists. The Invest in Education Act, was a redistribution of wealth measure, that would have made Karl Marx proud.  It was crafted specifically to “tax the rich” — who already pay the highest tax rates. In its sights were job creators, often small business owners, dual-earner families, and even some retirees who made smart investments while living slim during their working years.

This is the order, reversing a trial court’s judgment, and signed by Chief Justice Scott Bales.  He wrote, “The description did not accurately represent the increased tax burden on the affected classes of taxpayers” and “failed to reference the elimination of bracket inflation indexing.”  All of the previous actions going back to the trial court case can be seen here.

This extortionist measure was endorsed by the same RedsforEd* public school teachers who abandoned their students for a week in April, violating their contractual agreements, while striking for a 20% pay increase. They marched in lockstep following pied piper Noah Karvelis, 24, a hip-hop music teacher and self described socialist, who was Bernie Sanders 2016 Arizona presidential campaign organizer.

Gov. Ducey, initially asserting he would not meet their demands,  rashly acquiesced to the teachers, providing the launching pad for the newly titled, Prop. 207. As a constitutional amendment, its tax penalties amounting to around $700 million annually would have been unalterable. But that wasn’t enough for the teachers. They are now protesting against Ducey.

The permanent funding stream would have been in addition to other subsidies already in place. Passage of ballot propositions — 301 in 2000 increasing the state sales tax and 123 in 2016 a grab from the state land trust — guaranteed more money for education, which apparently is never enough for the teachers who work 8½ months a year. School districts routinely hold budget overrides and bond elections to “get more money into the classroom” —- eduspeak for bolstering teacher’s salaries. A major premise of passing the Arizona Lottery in 1980 was that money from ticket sales would fund schools.

Arizona’s Supreme Court Justices deserve accolades for seeing through this deceptive con and acting in the interest of taxpayers.

* SRAZ added the “s” on Red for a more accurate description.


19 charged in crime we’ve been told never occurs

August 25, 2018

Voter fraud is a figment of overly fertile imaginations. It never occurs, we’ve been told. Evidence we’ve seen here, here and here, (videos) to the contrary is fantasy.  Democrats preposterously claim any talk about routing out fraud by requiring photo ID is actually engaging in “voter suppression,” and “disenfranchisement” of poor, minority, and elderly voters.

Federal prosecutors in North Carolina see things differently.

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, on Friday announced the grand jury indictments of 19 non-citizens, ranging in age from 26 to 71, on charges of illegal voting in the 2016 election. The press release, charging multiple defendants voted in more than one election, can be read here.

Democrats who prefer to focus on nonexistent Trump-Russian collusion in the last presidential election need look no further than North Carolina to see evidence of actual fraud. These crimes are undoubtedly replicated across the nation.

Those charged with illegal voting face up to a $100,000 fine and up to a year in prison. Those accused of falsely obtaining citizenship face up to a $350,000 fine and up to six years in prison.

“Up to” indicates a wide range. And what happens when the fines are beyond the ability of the criminals to pay?  Extending their prison time sounds like a decent deterrent.


Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by Flake’s son, ex-wife

August 12, 2018

Flaky Austin Flake and Logan Brown try and fail in another attempt to get rich on the backs of Maricopa County taxpayers

Federal Judge Neil Wake has dismissed the lawsuit brought by Austin Flake and his now ex-wife Logan, who has reclaimed her maiden name of Brown.

The case stemmed from dismissed animal cruelty charges the duo faced in the June 2014 heat related suffocation deaths of nearly two dozen dogs they supposedly were caring for at Green Acre Kennel in Gilbert. The facility was owned by Logan’s mother and step-father, MaLeisa and Jesse “Todd” Hughes, who were vacationing in Florida when the gruesome deaths occurred.

When the Flakes’ checked the kennel on the hot June 20th morning and witnessed the horrific scene, they did not call for veterinary assistance, opting to hose down the dying dogs, then callously piled their dead carcasses in a shed.

The pets sweltered to death, packed together in a steamy utility room, lacking air-conditioning. They had neither food nor water in their stomachs, according to the veterinarian who performed necropsies on the dogs.

On October 14, 2014, a Grand Jury indicted both couples with 21 felony counts and 7 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals. Ultimately Logan’s parents served short sentences on fraud charges involving lying to the owners of the pets, telling them their dogs ran away. The Hughes’ took plea deals 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 included 23 days in jail without the possibility of work release, work furlough, home detention or compliance monitoring.  The days they served equaled one day per dead dog.

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 the investigation. A few $million each could go a long way to soothe their hurt feelings. Fortunately that effort went nowhere.

With their eyes still on the money prize, they angled for another civil trial, this time against the sheriff’s investigative detective.

But Judge Wake has now dismissed that lawsuit, ruling their attorney Stephen Montoya hadn’t provided evidence the detective intended to deprive the Flakes’ of their rights. Read the judge’s order.

SRAZ has written extensively about this tragic set of circumstances and the appalling flakes. Let’s hope this is the last we hear of these grifters. 


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.


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.