Adrian Fontes: Leftist MC Recorder invites Dems to vote

February 4, 2020

Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes is supposed to represent all of the voters in Arizona’s most populous county. That’s ALL, as in Republicans and Independents as well as the Democrats who boosted the problematic Fontes into office by a single percentage point. The initial elections he oversaw were unmitigated disasters, featuring widespread problems, long lines and infuriated voters, many of whom were turned away and advised to go to other polling places. Fontes blamed the chaos on “outside contractors” he hired to replace knowledgeable employees.

On the recorder’s website he claims, “We continue to provide the citizens of Maricopa County the finest service possible. To ensure that we stay on the leading edge in our field we continually make changes and we encourage your participation.” Fontes’ deception is mind boggling as he boasts of the pride he takes in the many awards and recognitions “we” have received and that “we are considered by many to be the premier recording office in the country.”

 In using the majestic plural known as the “royal we,” Fontes must occasionally dress in drag, since Helen Purcell was initially elected county recorder in 1989 and served nearly four decades, until 2017. The majority of those awards were presented before Fontes ever strolled into the office. Purcell, who knows a thing or two about the duties of overseeing elections, has endorsed eminently qualified Republican Stephen Richer.

Far from an impartial overseer of elections, Fontes recently ran an ad in the local newspaper which most of our readers would miss due to the fact that so few Arizonans continue to subscribe. The ad, which contemptibly oozes blatant partisanship, features a cartoon “ballot” (His cap identifies him as such) wearing glasses, a grin and waving jovially. The bright yellow capitalized words slickly say, “HEY VOTERS! I’m Phil the Ballot (get it?). Did you know only registered Democrats can vote in the Democratic Presidential Preference Election on March 17th?  Let’s meet up at BEBallotREADY.vote.” The tag line is, “brought to you by” …featuring official replicas of the seals of the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office and Maricopa County, followed by a phone number promising “voice info,” in Spanish and English. Callers are provided detailed instructions regarding how to register to vote in the Democrat primary election.

Arizona is among several states that have cancelled their GOP presidential primaries or caucuses, since incumbent President Donald Trump has no viable challengers. The plan was initiated by the state parties, as has been the case in both parties when an incumbent president is running for reelection.

The actions are not unprecedented. As examples, Arizona Democrats skipped the  presidential primary in 2012, when Barack Obama was running for a second term They did the same in 1996 when Bill Clinton was running for reelection.

The question to ask is, “Would leftward skewed partisan Adrian Fontes run ads inviting Republicans to vote in the presidential primary if the circumstances were reversed?”  We’d bet the farm that day would never come. His sole concern is registering Democrats.


Questionable decision by newly appointed MC Attorney Allister Adel

November 20, 2019

Resurrects McCainiac Grant Woods to lead Petersen probe

According to the State Bar of Arizona, there are approximately 18,500 active attorneys in the state. Many have credentials and temperament that make them standouts. Grant Woods, an arrogant showboater, is not one of them.

This September 2018 SRAZ post sums up Republicrat Woods who finally made the party switch after years of threatening to do so and continually endorsing Democrats. Read it to be brought up to speed on who this guy is.

On his own law firm website Grant Woods indulges in hyperbole about himself, claiming, he is “one of Arizona’s most acclaimed and successful lawyers,” while calling his own career “legendary.”  As we previously wrote. “Normally such glowing accolades are bestowed by fans, but Grant Woods has no fan that matches the guy he sees in the mirror each morning. “

A major case garnering attention in three states — Arizona, Utah and Arkansas — concerns Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen, who faces dozens of felony charges related to the fraudulent adoption scheme that consumed more of his time than the job to which he was elected in 2013. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has suspended him and he is fighting to regain the job which records indicate he rarely showed up to perform.

This is obviously a case that requires a steady hand and a commitment to more than self adulation. Which raises the question why newly appointed Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel would select Woods to lead the investigation into Petersen’s activities.

Disreputable Grant Woods (article contains numerous links) was John McCain’s first chief of staff when McCain was in the U.S. House nearly four decades ago before being elected to the Senate. Like McCain, Woods later used the Republican Party to which he had no allegiance, to win election as Arizona Attorney General.


AZ election integrity concerns are valid 

November 17, 2019

The question is ballot integrity…Stephen Richer is the answer

The old adage “everything old is new again,” is being proved right, though not in a way that inspires confidence. As far back as June 2011, when Tom Horne was Arizona Attorney General, there were concerns about voter integrity, as he accused the Obama administration of impeding the state voter ID laws in a blatant attempt to enable illegal aliens to vote in upcoming elections.

Two years later he personally argued Arizona’s Voting Rights case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Two months after, the SCOTUS tossed the law requiring proof of citizenship to vote — with a caveat — as seen in this press release. Notice the name of the contact person. Stephanie Grisham is now President Trump’s Press Secretary.

Now the daily reports that cyber security experts have advised AZ counties to adopt safety measures because election websites are not secure. The chief technology officer at McAfee is quoted as warning, a “two, three percent manipulation can swing an election.”

Tensions ran high as newly elected Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, the first Democrat to head the office in decades, oversaw an Election Day debacle in the 2018 midterms. Fewer polling places, resulting in long lines and waiting times to cast ballots, had voters in an uproar. Returns took days to process and in some cases, final results were weeks in coming. Republicans who were initially winning local and statewide offices — including U.S. Senate, secretary of state, superintendent of public instruction and corporation commission — were suddenly displaced by Democrats after election day, leading to suspicions regarding manipulation of the ballots. Fontes opened “emergency” voting centers in Democrat strongholds for those who claimed they were unable to get to the polls, though mail-in balloting extends for weeks. Frustrated citizens assembled outside Fontes’ office calling for his resignation.

Maricopa County voters have a far superior choice as Stephen Richer runs to unseat the problematic Fontes.  Richer, a Republican attorney who conducted a pro bono audit of the office at the request of the AZ GOP, has been making the rounds of district meetings and various organizations, with a superb power-point presentation explaining the duties and obligations of the Recorders Office, what can go wrong and the need for leadership integrity. Check out Richer’s Election Audit Report and his request for public records regarding what appear to be partisan “community relations” positions created by  Democrat Recorder Fontes.  Follow the link to Records Request.

Book Stephen Richer for your group. This office can no longer fly under the radar.  The integrity of our elections is paramount in maintaining a free society.


Inexperienced applicant to lead MC Attorney’s Office

October 4, 2019

Allister Adel selected over accomplished prosecutors

The front page headline declares: “1st woman named county attorney.”  A citizen’s committee doing the job that should have fallen to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, vetted the applicants to fill the top position left vacant when longtime elected County Attorney Bill Montgomery was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court. The supervisors then named Montgomery’s replacement.

The list was pared down to five applicants, three of whom were experienced prosecutors, with backgrounds as bureau or division chiefs in one of the nation’s largest prosecutorial agencies, serving over 4 million residents in the fourth largest and fasted growing county in the U.S.

According to the County Attorney’s website, there are over 900 full-time employees, including attorneys, investigators, paralegals, victim advocates and support staff.

One of the applicants, a former chief deputy, was currently serving as interim county attorney. Another applicant has experience as a criminal section chief at the United States Attorney’s Office. There was one male among the five applicants.

Selected to run the massive prosecutorial office was Allister Adel, who provides consulting services for nonprofits and small businesses. She worked for the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Arizona Department of Child Safety. Her bio lists her work with the City of Phoenix “to fund a fellowship space and butterfly garden at Starfish Place, a transitional housing facility for trafficking survivors and their families.” Adel previously served a short stint for the office she will now lead. She will have to run to retain the office in 2021.

Arizona has long been in the forefront of having capable women in high ranking positions. Lorna Lockwood — born in 1903 in the Arizona territory — is notable for being the first woman in the nation to become Chief Justice of a state Supreme Court serving in that capacity twice. She passed the bar in 1925 and was a state legislator and Superior Court Judge before ascending to the Arizona Supreme Court in 1960 — paving the nearly identical career path Sandra O’Connor eventually took to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Our state legislature and judicial branch are filled with women and Arizona has had four female governors. Women have been elected secretary of state, attorney general, state treasurer, and superintendent of public instruction. In 1998, Arizona women known as the ‘Fab Five,’ held all top offices simultaneously, a national first. In 1944, Jewel Jordan served as Maricopa County Sheriff.

Gender is no longer a groundbreaking issue. The people of Maricopa County deserved to have the County Attorney’s vacancy filled by an experienced prosecutor, rising from within the ranks of the office. That person is not Allister Adel.


Irrelevant Flake contributes to Dem Penzone

September 5, 2019

Most pesky flakes vanish with a couple of applications of Head & Shoulders shampoo. But the one named Jeff keeps returning leaving unsavory residue in his path.

In the case of Jeff Flake, there is the engorged ego that accompanies the affliction. His modus operanti places his inflated opinion of himself on full display. We were exposed to his shirtless selfies in 2011 when he brought a tripod and camera along on his solitary, week long trip to a deserted Pacific island, where he narcissistically preened, lit fire without matches, and caught crabs.

Hungering for the increasingly elusive limelight he so craves, Flake, who deceptively ran as a Republican, is once again contributing to a Democrat’s campaign and informing the immediate world. Enraged by former 6-term Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s reentry into the Maricopa County sheriff’s race, Flake cut Democrat Paul Penzone a $100 check — mere peanuts compared to the $3 Million Socialist billionaire George Soros, who disdains national borders, contributed to Penzone in 2016. In the memo line the single-term petulant former senator printed, “County Over Party.” Then, of course, he put it out on Twitter.

Immediately after Penzone was sworn in as sheriff, in an obvious nod to his benefactor, Soros, he referred to illegal alien invaders as, “guests,” which unfazed amnesty proponent Flake.

This is far from flaky Flake’s first foray into the frigid waters where soulless Democrats swim. In 2017, he contributed $100 —which the frustrated photog memorialized — to now-Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, a pro-abortion liberal. Jones won in the deep red state following the politically motivated, nearly 40-year-old, unsubstantiated and impossible to verify allegations, never previously raised in Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore’s judicial campaigns, that he made overtures to women while they were teens and he was a young adult. In that check’s memo, Flake wrote “Country Over Party.”

Few Arizona Republicans will forget that RINOcrat Flake and his mentor John McCain each stated neither they nor their families would vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump for President. Trump’s opponent was Hillary Clinton.


Joe Arpaio seeks 7th term as Maricopa County Sheriff

August 26, 2019

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is back in campaign mode. The Republican career law enforcement professional who rose from the ranks of police officer to director of the Arizona office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, made the Sunday announcement to coincide with the birthday of his wife, Ava.

Taking a well placed jab at Democrat Sheriff Paul Penzone, Arpaio’s primary mission in running for sheriff once more is to “Make Maricopa County safe again.”

Maricopa County voters will long remember that immediately after his election Penzone welcomed illegals, who have invaded our country by the hundreds of thousands, calling them “guests.”

According to this fact-filled press release, “Winning in next year’s election would give former Sheriff Arpaio an unprecedented seventh term in office. Arpaio has never lost a Republican primary for Sheriff and he is the only Republican Sheriff re-elected in the past 100 years in Maricopa County.”

Leftist Penzone won in 2016, thanks to his socialist multi-billionaire benefactor George Soros, who pumped over $3 Million into Penzone’s campaign as he prioritized overhauling the U.S. criminal justice system. Penzone was also the beneficiary of relentless hammering of Sheriff Arpaio by the failing, Hillary-endorsing Arizona Republic newspaper — which also endorsed Penzone — previously best known for roughing up his former wife.

While a Phoenix Police Sergeant, Penzone was put on administrative leave after a domestic violence incident that included the issuance of an order of protection against him by his then-estranged wife. Under the order, Penzone was unable to possess firearms — making it difficult to carry out his duties as a police officer. This type of background is rightly a career killer in today’s world, but Penzone was not only given a pass, but won the newspaper’s warm endorsement.

Back in 2011, Human Events listed the “Top 10 Reasons George Soros Is Dangerous,” referring to him asthe single most destructive leftist demagogue in the country.” Soros is a Globalist who abhors national borders.

Another excellent exposé of Penzone’s benefactor Soros can be read inDavid Horowitz Explains How George Soros and the ‘Shadow Party’ Rule Over Democrats.”

Republicans welcome Sheriff Arpaio’s entry into the 2020 race. He knows the difference between actual guests and those who have complete disregard for our laws and sovereign border.


Sheriff Penzone welcomes illegals, evicts disabled vet

July 18, 2019

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone is a man with little to recommend him. As a police officer separated from his first wife, he roughed her up when she didn’t have their son’s hockey gear beside the door when he arrived to pick the boy up. The redacted Glendale police report, previously available online, was removed when he took his second stab at running for sheriff after losing to popular six-term Sheriff Joe Arpaio in 2012. 

Democrat Penzone won in 2016, thanks to socialist multi-billionaire George Soros, who pumped nearly $3 Million into Penzone’s campaign as he made overhauling the U.S. criminal justice system a priority. Penzone was also the beneficiary of relentless hammering of Sheriff Arpaio by the failing daily newspaper where Arpaio’s anything-for-a-buck son-in-law Phil Boas, the editorial page editor, oversaw the daily assault on his wife’s father.

Back in 2011, Human Events listed the “Top 10 Reasons George Soros Is Dangerous,” referring to him as “the single most destructive leftist demagogue in the country.” Soros is also a globalist who despises national borders.

Soon after Penzone took office, he gave a nod to his open border supporting benefactor Soros, by referring to illegal invaders flooding Arizona as “guests.”

With these facts as background it’s not difficult to grasp the callousness of Penzone’s actions in seizing and auctioning off the mobile home belonging to a disabled military veteran — for “outstanding back taxes.” In fact, the $405.70 tax payment was made by owner Jim Boerner a full week before the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office sold his home.

Penzone claimed his officers who seized the property weren’t aware of the payment until after the home was put up for auction and sold to a buyer on June 20. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is currently reviewing the legality of the sale of the vet’s mobile home.

The Maricopa County Treasurer’s Office, which collects and administers taxes, says the payment was legally processed and the outstanding debt was paid on June 13, by Jim Boerner whether the sheriff knew about it or not.

Ignorance is no defense for acting reprehensively.  Most importantly, the buck stops with Penzone.


Socialist $oros, MC Sheriff Paul Penzone ties exposed

May 16, 2019

Multi-billionaire Soros, a dedicated Socialist, has long been behind organizations that fund leftwing candidates, causes and groups*

A disturbing article published in Law Enforcement Today inextricably links the election of Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone to his high dollar campaign funder, socialist multi-billionaire George Soros. Titled, “Is Maricopa County Controlled by George Soros?”  the must read report pulls no punches regarding Soros’ extreme agenda. Penzone’s Chief of Staff and Special Counsel, Stephanie Fleischman Cherny, who has direct ties to Soros, the ACLU and La Raza. wields extraordinary power in the office.      

During the 2016 election cycle, Soros’ radical tentacles extended over the entire country, as he attempted to exert his extremist influence liberalizing the criminal justice system in county attorney’s races (called district attorneys in some jurisdictions outside of Arizona) and law enforcement arenas. In 2016 SRAZ posted,“By George! McCain & Hillary have a lot in common,” detailing Soros’ disturbing relationships with John McCain and Hillary Clinton.

Soros’ presence was definitely felt in the high profile Maricopa County Sheriff’s race where he shoveled $millions into defeating 6-term Sheriff Joe Arpaio. His influence was also evident in the Maricopa County Attorney’s race as he targeted Bill Montgomery, who was reelected despite Soros‘ efforts. Working under the radar, through his numerous networks, he channeled $millions into national campaigns, an effort which is expected to intensify in the future due to determined planning and vigorous candidate recruitment.

Chicago’s Cook County top prosecutor Kim Foxx — who dropped 16 felony counts against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett following the revelation that he had staged an elaborate hoax hate-crime attack against himself to generate publicity — was elected with $408,000 donated by Soros. Foxx had little to recommend her for the position other than the fact that she was suitable for doing the billionaire’s bidding. She lacked trial experience and was hit with nearly $20,000 in fines for errors in campaign finance filings, but Soros’ money worked like a charm…as it did for Sheriff Paul Penzone.

Soros, who disdains national borders found another willing cohort in Paul Penzone. Shortly after being elected sheriff, Penzone referred to illegal alien invaders as “guests.”

 * Acquaint yourself with Discover the Networks


Smollett aided beating the rap by Obama, $oros connections

March 28, 2019

The Chicago Tribune details the double standard for celebrity Jussie Smollett in what turned out to be a hoax rather than the “hate crime” he reported to police. The headline from the local newspaper blasts, “Chicago police files on Jussie Smollett investigation show behind-the-scenes maneuvers.”

The back story is even more despicable than his fraudulent tale concocted to boost his salary for the televised series in which he participated.

By all accounts, the police work — including thousands of hours diverted from real crimes in the war zone of Chicago — was diligent and impeccably carried out.  Smollett, black and gay, alleged that he had been a crime victim carried out by two men who bound and poured bleach over him.  And what a surprise, the assailants who just happened to be wearing President Trump’s MAGA (Make America Great Again) hats yelled racial slurs at Smollett. It plays out like a script, right down to a threatening letter that was sent to Smollett after he wasn’t getting the reaction he desired. He was behind that, too. The men, Nigerian brothers, were found to have cashed a $3,500 partial payment check from Smollett. The incident supposedly occurred at 2 a.m. as Smollett was walking back to his apartment from a Subway sandwich shop —- assuring there would be no witnesses.

Problems arose when surveillance tapes showed a much different scenario than the one described by actor Smollett. In the end the 16-count indictment handed down by a Chicago Grand Jury meant nothing. He ultimately was sentenced to a couple of days of community service logging it in with Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition. That, and forfeiture of his $10,000 bond was bizarrely enough to satisfy prosecutors in Chicago.

The most riveting aspect of the contemptible saga is the chain of “angels” who shone their purifying light on this fake victim of a sham hate crime specifically constructed with a vicious anti-Trump angle. Former First Lady Michelle Obama had a hand in this legal debacle. Her onetime chief of staff, Tina Tchen, also a lawyer, personally contacted the Illinois State’s Attorney to put in a good word for Smollett, exchanging  text messages (here and here) with prosecutor Kim Foxx before charges were dropped. In one of the messages, Tchen urged Foxx to convince Chicago police to hand the investigation over to the FBI, where Obama still had sway. Replete with trendy liberal speak the exchanges are filled with “reaching out.” Liberals don’t contact one another. Neither do they have problems. Liberals have “issues.”

Messages on this level are compelling stuff if you’re a Democrat in Barack Obama’s hometown.

Foxx was a former chief aide to Cook County Board president before she caught the eye of Socialist billionaire George Soros  He’s also a player, funneling a reported* two $300,000 donations to a Super PAC to support Kim Foxx’ campaign, an additional $333,000 personal contribution, plus $75,000 after she won —- all in his quest to realign the criminal justice system in his skewed image. He’s also funded Secretary of State campaigns and others responsible for election oversight. Soros, who disdains national borders, dumped money into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s race ensuring leftist, wife-beater Paul Penzone had sufficient funding to take out popular, 6-term Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Immediately after being sworn in, and right on cue, Penzone referred to illegal invaders as “guests.”

When Kim Foxx was elected in 2016, she made this statement: “I ran for this office to make sure that we had a criminal justice system people can believe in. That’s my duty.”

Apparently her “duty” cap fell off as she raced to appease the Obama’s and fulfill her obligation to George Soros.

*H/T  Law Enforcement Today


AZ GOP needs oxygen not smoke

December 24, 2018

In the recent post, “Harsh truths underscore internecine AZ GOP battles,” we touched on the internal battle raging between the establishment and conservative wings for the heart and soul of Arizona’s Republican Party.

The battle has become a full-fledged war playing out in Republican Briefs, Frosty Taylor’s well respected political go-to site. Taylor is a retired newspaper reporter who worked in the profession when integrity mattered.

The escalation is epitomized by Bruce Ash, Arizona’s Republican National Committeeman since 2007 and conservatives, who are fed up with the weak GOP control that allowed our previously bright red state to veer purple under its less than watchful eye.

In District 28, the party actively participated in the takedown of a well-qualified conservative incumbent, who was replaced by a Democrat in the General Election after the irresponsible meddling. This past November also saw myriad previously Republican statewide offices won by Democrats and the loss of a U.S. Senate seat to a bonafide radical who magically transformed herself from a onetime Green party candidate to a Democrat, albeit one who never mentioned her affiliation during the race.

Jonathan Lines was chairman when we lost a U.S. Senate seat, Secretary of State, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and one of the two seats on the utility rate-setting Corporation Commission. Greg Stanton, the left-wing former mayor of Phoenix won in Congressional District 9. Dems now hold five of Arizona’s nine CD seats.

Two former Maricopa County Chairmen Lyle Tuttle and Rob Haneyboth conservatives, have addressed this debacle in letters to Ash. He has remained mute — never according either man the courtesy of a reply. Copies of their letters appear in Briefs and can be read by clicking on their names.

The Arizona Daily Independent weighed in with this Sunday comic and accompanying article, exposing the threats that typify the instability of Bruce Ash, who is not only inept but appears to be unhinged.

When the Arizona Republican Party is in dire need of resuscitation, we are receiving smoke rather than oxygen.

The intraparty reorganization county and state meetings are fast approaching.  The Maricopa County meeting takes place Jan. 12. The statutory state meeting is Jan. 26.  New officers to guide the party forward are desperately needed. Former state chairman Robert (Mc)Graham relishes his role as the puppeteer manipulating the strings of current chair Jonathan Lines, who is running for reelection despite having overseen an unprecedented statewide Republican fail.  But Graham has a backup plan. Frank Thorwald, who works for the puppet master is waiting in the wings as ascendant of the Plan B strategy.

Dr. Kelli Ward, a former two-term state senator, is the conservative running for Arizona Republican Chairman. SRAZ supports her candidacy. Read about her and her unifying vision for the Arizona Republican Party moving forward to the 2020 elections.