Mail-in ballots should be a choice not a mandate

April 3, 2017

Ease of voting lessens safeguards and ballot integrity

Do you like the feeling of dropping your ballot in a secure ballot box at your polling place?  Many of us do. We can almost hear “God Bless America” playing in our heads as push the ballot through the slot.

That long-standing tradition will become as passé as glove compartment maps and White Out in Maricopa County as soon as next year if the newly elected Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes has his way. Fontes has announced his intention to mandate mail-in ballots in time for the 2018 statewide elections — eliminating polling places, poll workers and security.

Democrat Fontes, who won the office by 1 percentage point, describes the issue as a cost and time saving mechanism. Others view the grand scheme differently, expressing concerns about ballot security, including ballot harvesting, and coercion. There is also the real problem of non-citizen participation in our elections.

The guarantee of secure elections is a fundamental expectation of each and every voting citizen. We should accept nothing less

March 2016, Seeing Red AZ posted How secure is your mail-in ballot? It included several links that expose the very real crimes associate with voter fraud — including ballot harvesting.

Last November, just days before the presidential election, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated Arizona’s ban on “ballot harvesting.” Read more in SCOTUS blog. Previously, the County Recorders and Secretary of State refused to stop the fraudulent practice.

How much easier and more open to fraud could voting be?  Fontes indicates that any voter who is eligible to vote in local elections — though they’ve never previously requested or received a mail-in ballot need not do anything to participate. All registered voters will automatically receive a ballot. Voters can register online. 

Fontes is quoted as saying, “The old system, (it) is time, in my mind, to move to the side,” I don’t know anybody that uses a horse and buggy today either.”

Fortunately Fontes is not the sole determiner of how the election system plays out. The state legislature will need to amend state law and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has the responsibility to authorize such a major shakeup of our elections. Then there are those pesky voters who prefer to cast their ballot in person, and have reason to distrust a system that lacks oversight.

Following the retirement of longtime Elections Director Karen Osborne, Fontes is conducting a nationwide search for a replacement, rather than promoting from within the office that functions in tandem with the Recorder’s Office.


Joe Arpaio has been there for us: Let’s return the favor

March 30, 2017

AZ Republic endorsed Soros-funded candidates Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Paul Penzone & Diego Rodriguez

There’s never enough bile for the insatiable Arizona Republic to hurl.  After daily spews of rancor aimed at Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the career lawman who was elected to an unprecedented 6 four-year terms, lost to Paul Penzone, a George Soros funded batterer.  Democrat Penzone refers to illegal aliens as “guests” — not of the jails he now oversees, but of Maricopa County.  Soros, a multi-billionaire Socialist and open borders devotee, spent over $2 million to defeat Arpaio.

Arpaio gets hammered by the daily for legal costs he incurred while doing the job he was elected to do. He is currently scheduled for an April 4 trial in Federal Court, charged with criminal contempt stemming from accusations of violating judicial orders against profiling Hispanics, a charge he refutes.  Arpaio’s mounting legal fees are now his personal responsibility.

Consider making a donation to Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s legal defense fund. He has been there for the citizens of Maricopa County doing the job we elected him to do for 24 years. It’s time to return the favor.

The end game for the extremist left is to see the 84-year-old former sheriff in jail.  Joe Arpaio, the son of Italian legal immigrants was appropriately born on Flag Day, June 14. He is a patriot who served in the military, as a police officer and worked for the federal government in the Drug Enforcement Administration serving in diverse locals such as Turkey and Mexico City. Eventually Arpaio headed the Arizona DEA office prior to running for sheriff.

Soros’ entry into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s race is by no means a stand alone aberration. His Safety and Justice national PAC and Maricopa Strong PAC are part of a  syndicate with long tentacles reaching into law enforcement races, including county (district) attorneys, in numerous states, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, New Mexico and Texas, among them. Soros funded unknown Democrat Diego Rodriguez challenging Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. Soros is funneling multi-millions into the expansion of Europe’s “refugee” crisis, declaringnational borders are the obstacle.”

Like his associates and benefactors of his largess John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Paul Penzone and Diego Rodriguez, Soros is an open borders agent, who refers to illegal aliens as “migrants.” That’s why they and their advocates get his money and Sheriff Joe Arpaio was slated for removal.

We’ve been fortunate to have a man of Arpaio’s caliber heading up the Sheriff’s Office and working to keep Arizona citizens safe. Show your appreciation by helping to defray his legal expenses.


Did Obama’s NSA illegally spy on Sheriff Arpaio’s prosecution?

March 20, 2017

Jerome Corsi, writing for INFOWARS details in this Bombshell report what he describes as clear parallels to Obama’s wiretapping of Trump.”

You won’t want to miss this report, which contains a timeline of the Arpaio civil rights case, “created with the assistance of the Operation Dragnet whistleblower and made public in a federal hearing that disseminated the timeline to the public. It was provided to Infowars.com, and is reproduced in full.”


Sheriff Joe remains focus of ethically challenged newspaper

March 13, 2017

Arizona’s statewide newspaper is known by various names. For its pro-amnesty/open borders stance it is sometimes referred to as the Periódico de la República de Arizona. Many call it the Arizona Repugnant or Repulsive. More recently, as the failing newspaper attempts to fill its smaller and devoid of news pages it repeats the  same articles — sometimes pages apart in the same edition of the newspaper — leading to the name the Daily Regurgitation.

But whatever name is most fitting on any particular day, know this: The newspaper was committed to taking down popular Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio who had been reelected to an unprecedented six 4-year terms

The chosen replacement was Democrat Paul Penzone, with zero background in the sheriff’s office. His connections are far more nefarious. His campaign was funded to the tune of $2 million by radical leftwing globalist George Soros, who disdains sovereign national borders and is working  tooverhaul the U.S. Justice Systemas reported by Politico. What will be the  quid pro quo for his generosity?

Now in one of the largest requests submitted to the budget office, Penzone wants an extra $4.1 million to buy laptops, radios, computer server storage and 300 Tasers — all “vital to the safety of the public and deputies.”  That would be a drop in the bucket to multi-billionaire Soros. Penzone ought to hit him up for the funding.

Sunday’s edition of the Periódico de la República de Arizona lavishes praise on Penzone with a two page article titled, A New Sheriff In Town, by ASU Cronkite reporter Jerod MacDonald-Evoy, who still puts his high school on his résumé. He focuses on the new sheriff’s newly forged relationship with the town of Guadalupe, where Arpaio conducted a workplace enforcement raid of illegals. Penzone is noted for referring to illegal aliens as “guests.”

But we’ve saved the best for last. Dominic Verstegen describes himself as a 40-year-old dad living in Phoenix and documenting his life in occasional columns for the local newspaper. A quick Google search identifies him as a local lawyer.  Throwing in gratuitous, non sequitur slams against Sheriff Arpaio is his hallmark.

Boasting about “the time I was on the best show on TV,” which he identifies as the local PBS’ Check Please! where a panel critique local restaurants, he describes getting flustered by the studio cameras with these words,” I was as awkward as Sheriff Joe at a quinceanera.”

Seriously.

Another column is on navigating Valley roads which the former Midwesterner describes as “quirky.” Displaying his coolness, he even managed to work the word transgendered into his description of wacky freeway signs. When he gets to complaining about major roads changing names, he inanely opines, “It seems like a deliberate attempt to mess with Valley residents. Like that time when Joe Arpaio was our sheriff for 24 years.”

Imagine this Johnny-One-Note mounting a defense in a criminal trial: “Your honor and members of the jury, I acknowledge that my client engaged in multiple bad acts, but they weren’t his fault.  He lived in Maricopa County where Joe Arpaio was the sheriff.”


Ken Bennett: No longer able to win elections, seeks appointment

March 7, 2017

Ken Bennett is finished running for political office. With a failed 2014 bid for governor followed by a 2016 congressional loss under his belt, the former secretary of state and state senator — not up for anymore campaigns — now wants to be appointed.

The lethargic guitar-strumming former Prescott resident has bounced around the state in recent years as he’s sought various political posts. The closest he’s come has been as chairman of Republican Legislative District 24 in Phoenix — which he resigned in short order.

In the interim he’s worked as a lobbyist for the state court system followed by a stint with SDB Contracting Services — but it’s the now out-of-reach political arena he still craves.

So how best to achieve his goal?  Bennett deserves an “A” for inventiveness.  He’s been busying himself calling members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, promoting himself as the answer to an unasked question.

In the unlikely event the supervisors separate the Maricopa County Elections Department from the Recorder’s Office he wants them to know he’d be interested in being appointed elections director.

Bennett is quoted as saying, “I would want to be the director of that (Elections) department and have the independence and report directly to the Board of Supervisors.”

 This all became an issue when longtime Recorder Helen Purcell, a Republican who has held the office nearly 30 years, lost the election in November..

In what turned out to be a monumental miscalculation, fewer polling places were made available for the March presidential preference election.  Purcell said low turnout in previous elections played a part in the decision to reduce polling sites. Donald Trump’s arrival on the political scene dramatically changed that dynamic. Voters who stood in line for several hours waiting to cast their ballots during that  election vented their fury in the November election. Purcell squeaked through the Primary by less than 1 percentage point, but was replaced in the General by political newcomer, Adrian Fontes, a Democrat.


Bill Montgomery’s change of heart on animal cruelty

March 2, 2017

The Editorial Board of the daily newspaper has opined in unison on House Bill 2242, which seeks to elevate the punishment for “cruel mistreatment” of a domestic animal to a type of felony that can’t be reduced to a misdemeanor.

Examples of such heinous abuse are detailed in the editorial. Few would disagree with the intent of such legislation.

What is odd, however, is that the bill is sponsored by a lone state Representative at the specific request of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

This is the same Bill Montgomery who punted on the deaths of 23 dogs who died agonizing deaths, suffocating in the small, steamy utility room in which they were crammed together without food, water or cool air in the scorching heat of June 21, 2014. The family pets were boarded at Green Acre kennel and left in the care of incompetents Austin Flake, son of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, and Austin’s then-wife Logan. The kennel was owned by Logan’s mother and step-father, who were vacationing out-of-state.

After a lengthy and intense investigation —- even consulting with out-of-state experts, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio recommended criminal prosecution on 23 felony animal neglect charges against Todd and MaLeisa Hughes and their daughter and son-n-law Logan and Austin Flake.

 When the Flake’s discovered the dead and dying dogs, they did not call a veterinarian. Instead they hosed them down in an effort to cool them and  then callously stacked the dead carcasses like cordwood in a storage shed on the property. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a champion of animals, had an Animal Crimes Investigations Unit as part of his office for over a decade. He forwarded  charges of animal neglect and cruelty to Montgomery, recommending numerous felony charges in connection with the horrific abuse.

As we wrote in this September 2014 postBill Montgomery: Between a Flake and a hard place,” bringing charges against Sen. Jeff Flake’s son, daughter-in-law and her parents, did not fit into Montgomery’s long-range career goals.

Montgomery went mute after his insulting press conference where he noted that the dead dogs “weren’t 23 children,” after all — enraging the pet owners and the community at large.

A Maricopa County Grand Jury indicted both couples. And whaddya know?  Montgomery dropped all felony charges against Austin and Logan, now divorced. That left them free to sue Maricopa County taxpayers and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, seeking $8 million to resurrect their formerly pristine reputations, claiming they were targeted by the Sheriff’s office and their characters were ruined by the investigation.

As onetime shirttail relatives of Sen. Jeff Flake, Todd and MaLeisa Hughes were more expendable. They spent 60 days in jail and will serve six years probation.

And HB2242? It appears to be headed to the bill graveyard after dairy, farm and cattle grower lobbyists have stepped up to oppose it. On Legislative site, click “RTS Current Bill Positions,” and plug in HB2242.


Sheriff Penzone puts ICE detainer for illegals on ice

February 18, 2017

Selling out to Soros equates to selling out the safety of Maricopa County citizens

If liberal Paul Penzone — shoehorned into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office via millions in cash infusions from billionaire Socialist George Soros — is so proud of his latest policy regarding illegal aliens, where is his press release heralding it?

In an Orwellian language manipulation, Penzone recently referred to these unlawful invaders as “guests.”

The most recent gambit of the Democrat Sheriff is that Maricopa County jails will no longer detain illegals identified by federal authorities for the U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“Individuals no longer will be detained beyond the time that they otherwise should be released for an offense.” Paul Penzone was quoted as saying. “We are following our legal obligation, to process that individual for release.”

Note the careful use of language. The word “individual” is used twice in two sentences. After blowback he’s veering away from referring to illegal aliens as “guests.”

Penzone declared the new policy will be effective immediately. The previous order was known as an ICE detainer.

During the 2016 election cycle Politico exposed George Soros’ efforts to overhaul the U.S. justice system by funding Democrat prosecutor and law enforcement candidates who evidenced a leftward lurch. It was an integral part of a concerted effort to reshape the American justice system. Soros was successful in several races, even using his $billions to oust Republican incumbents.  Paul Penzone stands as an example.

Penzone and unknown Democrat lawyer Diego Rodriguez, another Soros backed candidate, who mounted an unsuccessful challenge to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, had a lot in common: $oros’s money.

Oddly, Montgomery, a Republican recently sworn in to a third term, appears all too happy to assist Democrat Sheriff Penzone in his mission to release the detainees, making our streets less safe.

Globalist Soros’ entry into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s race was by no means a stand alone aberration. His Safety and Justice national PAC is a part of an intricate syndicate with long tentacles reaching into law enforcement races in various states, including Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas. He is even funding the expansion of Europe’s “refugee” crisis, declaring “national borders are the obstacle.”

YourNewsWire posted a compelling report titled, “Megalomaniac George Soros is at war with Western Democracy.” It’s a rainy Saturday. Take time to read it. There will be other elections and though Soros is 86 years old, his adult children are poised to take the reins of their father’s evil empire.