John McCain’s latest border security deceit

January 14, 2017

McCain’s entire career has been marked by partnering with the most liberal Democrats — along with Jon Kyl and now Jeff Flake — to promote amnesty for illegals. The most recent charade was the infamous Gang of Eight, orchestrated by the AZ duo and their leftist Senate cohorts Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Robert Menendez and Michael Bennet. They were joined by by Republicrats Lindsey Grahamnesty and double talker Marco Rubio.

A recent press release from John McCain’s senate office contains a joint self-congratulatory I’ll-slap-your-back-if-you-slap-mine routine with AZ CD 2 Rep. Martha McSally.

Since the issue is about the duo’s Border Security Technology Accountability Act, conservative’s antenna should be rising, since we know McCain has long been in the forefront of amnesty proposals  — not implementing security to stop illegal invaders. The deceptive press release is up on his website, which we have no reason to link to. The bill can be read here.

John McCain is working to deflect his now admitted involvement in the effort to dismantle President-elect Donald Trump before he is even inaugurated, by delivering vile and unverified allegations with shady origins against Trump to FBI director James Comey.  McCain still hasn’t gotten over his colossal loss to Barack Obama and his visceral hatred/jealousy of Donald Trump capturing the American imagination has consumed him. McCain withdrew his iffy endorsement of the Republican nominee. Jeff Flake appeared wherever a camera would train on him, to declare he wasn’t voting for Trump. That means both of Arizona’s marginal senators, either by acts of omission or commission,  voted for Hillary Clinton.

Returning to the Border Security Technology Accountability Act, we’ve been down this path before. McSally introduced a bill with the same title July 27, 2015. And technology has been tried and failed since the days of the first Homeland Security chief, Judge Michael Chertoff’s efforts to get a 28-mile  “virtual fence” that pledged to use radar and surveillance cameras. That was during  the George W. Bush administration, which also gave a wink and a nod to illegals crossing into the U.S.

It was a costly farce then and it will be a costly farce now.  Donald Trump is committed to a border wall and so are most Americans who were moved to support him on that compelling issue. SRAZ wrote,” Virtual fence is a virtual flop,” in April 2008. Earlier, in Feb. 2008, we covered,Virtual fence “looks good” to Homeland Insecurity Chief Chertoff,” regarding the technical malfunctions, glitches and postponements carrying $ multimillion price tags. This postand we’ve got a bridge to sell you,” which includes a list of just some of the terror sponsoring nations breaching our border plainly illustrates nothing has changed.

Believe these practiced liars at your own peril.


Taking down Trump: Like father, like daughter – it’s in their McBlood

January 11, 2017

Report regarding John McCain being responsible for passing the intending to damage, falsified dossier on Trump to the FBI was relegated to the back page of the McCain endorsing Arizona Republic

Meghan McCain, who like her father John, declared she would not vote for Donald Trump, is now attempting to make him a one-termer days before he’s even inaugurated as President of the United States. She picks up her tactics from the dear, old dad.

Referring to left-wing Hillary supporter Meryl Streep’s wasted opportunity to thank her peers for the honor of bestowing the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes, she used her allotted time to blast Donald Trump. Previously, on July 26, 2016, Streep endorsed Clinton at the Democrat’s National Convention.

Vacuous Meghan’s twitter response: “This Meryl Streep speech is why Trump won. And if people in Hollywood don’t start recognizing why and how – you will help him get re-elected.”

Meanwhile her dad, who resides in a luxury penthouse, fully staffed with 24-hour guard gate, doorman, concierge, valet parking, plus a rooftop swimming pool, gymnasium, sauna, dog walk, conference and club rooms has been but a short distance from the VA debacle resulting in countless deaths from overly long wait times.

The scandal-plagued Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center is about 4 miles from McCain’s 7,000 sq. ft. penthouse condo. For a blowhard like John McCain, that’s spitting distance from his mountain-view balcony. For all of his lip service regarding being an advocate for veterans, the problems continue.

In fact of the 146 VA medical centers across the United States, Phoenix gets the worst rating.  Hospitals run by the VA are graded on a 5-point “star rating” system. Up until now, those grades have been hidden from the public.

As noted in this Dec. 2016 post, “Phx VA hospital scandal occurred under McCain’s nose,” the self-proclaimed veteran’s pal, John McCain has never ventured onto the hospital complex demanding answers from administrators. 

McCain would rather showboat at senate hearings delving into Russian cyber threats to our national security, as he implies that our elections might have been hijacked. That’s already been discredited by James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence. What was exposed was the embarrassing communications between high-ranking members of Hillary Clinton’s staff and the media.

 The Guardian, a prominent U.K. newspaper now reports that John McCain passed documents to FBI director, James Comey, last month alleging secret contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow and that Russian intelligence had personally compromising material on the president-elect himself. The documents are said to be “unverified “and potentially “unverifiable.” BuzzFeed, which provides a link to the documents notes the report contains errors.

In his 80’s John McCain ran for reelection to another 6-year term as though his life depended on it. He was not above accusing his able opponent, a physician and conservative two term state senator, of aiding ISIS, though he knew that was a complete fabrication. The question to ask is why?


Hypocrite McCain holds hearings on cyber security

January 7, 2017

Yes, THIS John McCain. Who could forget his admission as the 2008 ultimately failed GOP presidential candidate that he was “an illiterate” who has to rely on his wife for all the computer assistance he can get.

Fast forward three years, and we find McCain tweeting with pseudo-celeb Snooki and chatting with leftist open borders advocate and multi-billionaire Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The suddenly tech-savvy McCain now opines no one watches television anymore. Why then did he dump $ millions into deceptive TV ads trashing his able opponent this past election cycle?

The daily newspaper, which has long assigned a Johnny-McOne-Note reporter to cover the out-of-touch octogenarian, runs a Page One article and oversized photo of McCain at a senate committee hearing with the headline, “McCain talks tough on election hacking.”

Suddenly the self proclaimed computer “illiterate” is advocating “serious consequences for cyber attacks.” Yet  James Clapper, director of national intelligence unequivocally asserted in response to a leading question, “They did not change any vote tallies or anything of that sort.”

The fact is, the much covered hacks were not only damaging to Democrats but deeply embarrassing as they revealed themselves to be everything they claim to oppose. Donna Brazile, the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee even refused to apologize for giving the questions to Hillary Clinton in advance of a presidential debate.

Let’s be clear.  Cyber attacks are not new or unique to rogue nations. But the issue here is that the damning material released shows high ranking Democrat advisers at their worst in their efforts to ride Hillary’s coattails to the White House.  The fact that she didn’t win not only rankles Democrats, but also John McCain, who previously called her a rock star “he could support for president.” Ultimaley he withdrew his lukewarm support from Republican nominee Donald Trump. Sharyl Attkisson’s informative exposé  Eight Facts on the “Russian Hacks” is definitely worth your time.

McCain’s hearings couldn’t be more partisan if his liberal pal Chuck Schumer was conducting them. The thrust of the effort is to call Donald Trump’s election into dispute and delegitimize him prior to his Jan. 20, 2017 inauguration.

Where was McCain when Barack Obama tried to sway the Israeli elections to undermine the reelection of conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? Obama even had operatives working within Israel. Not a peep from McCain about election insecurity and taxpayer dollars being directed by a sitting U.S. President to try to influence Israeli voters to vote against their Prime Minister. Despite Obama’s actions to intrude on an international election and McCain’s hypocritical inaction, Netanyahu won.


Silliness Trying To Trump Common Sense

January 6, 2017

Much longer than our usual posts, this guest commentary is being given space due to the relevancy of the issues presented here prior to our Republican Maricopa County and state statutory organizational meetings coming up later this month. We hope all elected precinct committeemen and state committeemen are alert to the slick attempts by AZ GOP Chair Robert Graham to deliver the party to the Republicrat syndicate led by McCain and Flake. Jim O’Connor is the conservative choice for state chairman. We’ve been in the wilderness long enough.

How many mail angels can dance on the head of the word “mail” in a statute involving giving notice of a meeting of a purely private political organization?  An anonymous writer at Sonoran Alliance posted a silly article.  It contains some choice SILLINESS.

But, before getting to that, I saw reported on the MCRC Briefs a nice summation of the “mail” issue in the context of the Solicitor General’s “informal opinion”

Attorney Ted Naeckel Responds To AG Opinion: I saw the “opinion” from Bronovich. He clearly acknowledges that his “opinion” is hasty and not well researched. The only authority for USPS mail that he sites only is in the   rules of court and rules of civil procedure for serving documents another party and is inapplicable in terms of a call letter to PC’s because court procedure is a specialized circumstance and the sole purview of the courts.   It has no binding application to “normal” areas of the law.  The definitions section of the Arizona Revised Statutes does not define “mail” as being only Snail mail.  Nor does Title 16, which deals expressly with the political structure set up by the state, define “mail.”  Further, depending on the dictionary, I can find the term “mail” to include e-mail. Because the definition of “mail” is not established anywhere other than the court rules of civil procedure, e-mail is not precluded under title 16. With the new “e-filing” system, everything but the initial service of a complaint is done by e-mail now. And, the initial service can also be done by the agreement of the parties.Back to the silliness contained in the silly anonymous article at Sonoran Alliance:

“Just issued, a legal opinion by the Arizona Solicitor General office of the Arizona Attorney General, resolves a dispute regarding notification in Republican Party elections.”

“In the opinion posted by Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Solicitor General Draye

clarifies and establishes the correct definition of “by mail” . . . .”

“Given this official legal opinion, the Maricopa County Republican Party Bylaws are out of compliance with the law.”

“The Solicitor General’s opinion affirms AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham’s assertion was correct, that districts such as LD23 that improperly noticed their precinct committeemen by email, were in violation of party bylaws and state statute all along.”

“With the State Republican Party Meeting and Election rapidly approaching, there is not enough time now for a ‘do-over’ election leaving LD23’s illegally elected state committeemen potentially ineligible to vote.”

Um, no.  These statements are all non sequiturs – inferences that do not follow from the premises.  When a non sequitur is stated by someone who knows it is an inference that does not follow from the premises, then the non sequitur may be called something else:  a lie.

Saying something that is not based on fact and untrue over and over and over does not make it so.

Who is this person who writes such unsupported assertions?  He remains anonymous.  Turnabout is fair play.  So shall I.

“Resolves a dispute?” What dispute?  Between whom?  In what court of competent jurisdiction?  Blank out.

“Illegally?” What are criminal penalties?  Under what statute?  And who has jurisdiction to rule on the “illegality” and impose criminal penalties?  Blank out.

“The opinion issued by Dominic Draye to incoming Speaker of the House JD Mesnard, settles the legal question of whether or not precinct committeemen were properly noticed regarding the upcoming Maricopa County Republican Party election and ultimately the election of State Committeemen in LD23 including an announced candidate for State Party Chairman.”  Again, a non sequitur.  Or lie, depending upon the intention of the writer.

“Settles the legal question of whether or not [sic] . . . .”  Really?

This is what an “advisory opinion” of the Arizona Attorney General constitutes:

From the 2016 archive page of the AG’s web site explaining what force and effect AG opinions have (and, mind, you this “informal opinion” that concludes “notice by email appears insufficient” is not signed by Brnovich, and has no signature by the alleged signatory, the Solicitor General, and is based on a single federal court decision interpreting a statute, an Arizona Rule of Civil Procedure in a completely different context involving legal rights of parties involved in litigation.  The other analogies are based on, again, court rules involving legal rights in the context of protective orders, civil appellate rules, another rule of civil procedure, and a rule in the Code of Judicial Admin.; in the situation involving the notice of a meeting “by mail” by a political party, we are talking about how a private organization that can have no mandatory dues for precinct committeemen (because they are all elected volunteers and mandatory dues would potentially disenfranchise the voters in the precinct who elected the PC(s)) gives a notice of a private meeting of a private organization, a political party meeting, for which the PC is under no legal compulsion to attend:

The following opinions were issued from 1999 to the present time. The first two digits of each opinion indicate the year it was issued (I99 indicates it was issued in 1999), and the next three digits sequentially number the order in which the opinions were issued. For example, I99-003 would be the third opinion issued in 1999. The number in parentheses (R98-025) references the request for an opinion file number. Opinions of the Attorney General are advisory, and do not have the same effect as decisions of a court of law.

https://www.azag.gov/ag-opinions (Click on the link to the 2016 archived opinions if you do not see this at this link.)

NOTE THAT THE REAL QUESTION IS AVOIDED.   

The real question is:  If the notice requirement of A.R.S. Section 16-824 B. was not met (for whatever reason), and the elected precinct committeemen of a county committee nevertheless appear for their statutory organizational meeting, and are credentialed, who, if anyone, has the right to declare the meeting invalid?

Some party “leaders” stamp their feet and pronounce that a non-snail mail notice somehow makes the meeting invalid.

SAYS WHAT STATUTE?  They can provide none.  Because no statute says so.

Who has authority to determine the meeting to be invalid?  No court or state chairman has any authority to prevent the members of the county committee from conducting their meeting.  The meeting “belongs to” the members of the county committee, not to any law court’ and not to the political party’s state chairman.

The precinct committeemen who show up on January 14 to be credentialed can be credentialed whether they received an email notice, a snail mail notice, or no notice at all.  Having received a snail mail or other notice is not a prerequisite for being credentialed.  If a snail mail notice got “lost in the mail,” and the PC never received it, does that mean he can’t be credentialed?  No.  The PCs who show up on January 14 will be credentialed and conduct the meeting, as they see fit, as no statute gives any court or anyone else any power or jurisdiction to “intervene” and prevent the meeting of the private, voluntary organization from taking place.

As a wise man once wrote, the power to resolve any question any political party committee might need to resolve resides entirely with the members of the party committee itself.  Political parties and their state, county, and legislative district committees are private associations of volunteer individuals. Giving government any role in determining rights in any private association, especially a political party, would be entirely inappropriate and likely unconstitutional.  Political party committees, being wholly private, voluntary associations of volunteer members, have the right and power to adjudicate disputes over the affairs of the committees.

The precinct committeemen members of the political parties have no constitutional, civil, or statutory right to be a precinct committeeman – they can only become an elected precinct committeeman if enough of the registered voters of their political party in their precinct elect them (or, as in the overwhelming majority of cases, the number of candidates in their precinct is equal to or less than quota of slots for their precinct and they win by default).  Likewise, elected precinct committeemen are not public officials – they have been elected by the voters in their respective precincts (or have won by default) to represent them in a purely private organization – a political party.  No statute compels precinct committeemen to do anything; they cannot be compelled to participate at all in the meetings of their legislative district committee or their county committee unless they volunteer to do so.  For example, the chairman of the state committee cannot order any other elected member of the party to do anything, as all members are volunteers.

Some people have trouble grasping these fundamental concepts and facts relating to our private political parties.  None are difficult to learn and know.  Perhaps the stumbling block is most never had Basic American Civics in middle school or have never taken the time to read and study the statutes relating to political parties and the bylaws of the state committee and county committee.

POLITICAL POWER FLOWS FROM THE VOTER TO THE PRECINCT COMMITTEEMEN ON “UP” TO THE STATE CHAIRMAN; THE STATE CHAIRMAN DOES NOT HAVE THE POWER TO CHOOSE THE ELECTORS

The political representation flows from the voters to the precinct committeemen (who directly elect their legislative district committee officers and county committee officers and state committeemen) and to the state committee, who represent the precinct committeemen and elect the state committee officers.  We currently have a state chairman who appears to want to bluff his way into HIM electing the state committeemen electors.

Once the precinct committeemen are elected in Maricopa County, they come together at an organizational meeting to form the new county committee.  A simple notice of the meeting needs to be sent out “by mail” by the county chairman, and the Maricopa County Republican Committee (“MCRC”) Bylaws define the undefined-in-the-statute word “mail” as email or postal service mail.  Perfectly reasonable. From the Republican National Committee’s “autopsy” report which over and over recognized the need for the Republican Party to leverage digital technology to make its operations more efficient:

Campaigns and Elections magazine reported that an “active email list is a gift that keeps on giving.” We agree. Email continues to generate significant revenues and, importantly, can provide hard dollars in the fall when the major donors are maxed out. State parties and campaigns must invest in the data to continue to grow their working email lists and harvest them for fundraising and political benefit. It is worth noting that in 2012 email raised more than twice the percentage of total funds it raised in 2008.

Google it.  So now we have a county chairman who wants to use email to more efficiently (in terms of money, in terms of time, and in terms of sweat equity) send out a simple notice about the date, time, and location of a meeting – which many, many legislative district chairmen welcomed along with many, many precinct committeemen, because of the savings in time and money, yet some adamantly pronounce:  “If I don’t get my snail mail, the meeting is ‘invalid’ and ‘null and void!’”  Or something.

Again, we are talking about the notice of a meeting at which the only business to be conducted is the election of five officers and any other possible business, such as amending of the county committee’s bylaws or resolutions proposed by the members.  The procedures for accomplishing these things are covered in the MCRC bylaws.

The precinct committeemen wear another hat, that of member of the county committee.  Later, by statute, they are to be given ten day notice by the chairman of that meeting.  “By mail.”  Which can be email.  Per the statute and the bylaws.  Again, we are talking about a mere notice of a meeting telling the precinct committeemen the date, the time, and the location of a meeting.  That’s it.

What if, somehow, the ten-day notice is not given.  Are there any penalties for anyone?  No.  Search the statutes – none will be found.  Why?  Because precinct committeemen and the officers they elect ARE NOT PUBLIC OFFICIALS.  They are volunteers who happened to be elected first as precinct committeemen and then, perhaps, as a committee chairman or other officer.  The courts have NO jurisdiction over the internal workings of the political parties because no civil or constitutional rights are involved.  The organizational meetings are governed by statute only insofar as the windows of time for them are stated and the notice requirements are set forth.  But, even if a deadline were to be blown, the meeting can still take place and late notice can be given – and if a precinct committeeman thinks otherwise, and decides not to attend, and complain about late notice, so be it.  Because it would take a majority vote of all the PCs present to make that decision.  And why would they invalidate their own meeting?  So they could force themselves to come back some other Saturday and have the county committee, which runs on donations, not mandatory dues, spend money a second time for a second meeting?

Let’s see if that happens on January 14.  And let’s see what happens on January 28. 

The anonymous non sequitur-writer provides this legal advice for the state chairman and the readers:

“The legal remedy is for Chairman Graham to disregard the illegally called meeting results, seat an appointed contingent of committeemen from LD23, and hold the State Meeting according to statute and bylaw.”

BY WHAT AUTHORITY?  UNDER WHAT STATUTE OR STATUTES? PER WHAT BYLAW OR BYLAWS?

Blank out.  The reader is left to wonder.  Perhaps no statutes or bylaws are stated, and no explanation of this “legal remedy” is given because none exist.

Precinct committeemen and only precinct committeemen in a precinct have the power to elect a captain.  If they choose not to do so, the legislative district (“LD”) chairman is required by the MCRC Bylaws to appoint one.  How many of the LD committee chairmen in Maricopa County have complied with the MCRC Bylaws to ensure the election of precinct captains at their organizational meetings, or, if the precinct committeeman have failed to elect a captain, have appointed one?  As far as I know, zilch.

The county bylaws require the district chairs and all PCs to cooperate with the county chair and to help reach the goals of the county committee.  Instead, some choose to be thorns in the sides of the volunteers who are trying their best to bring the county committee and its members, the PCs, from a pen, paper and phone world into a world of email and databases that has been used by every other type of organization for going on almost three decades.  But it’s so much more fun demanding, “I want my snail mail letter, damn it.  Because, ‘mail.’  Or something.”

Gee, it’s almost as if the state chairman and others DO NOT WANT precinct committeemen to use digital technology to communicate with one another.  I recall our current state chairman promising when he ran for state chairman, and then ran for reelection for state chairman, to provide a digital tool to all of the state’s precinct committeemen so that every precinct committeeman in the state could communicate digitally with every other precinct committeeman to accomplish the goals of the Republican Party:  to effectively and efficiently get out the vote for the best Republican candidates in the all-important, traditionally-very-low-turnout primary elections and then again in the general elections for the winners of the primary.  Four years later?  Still waiting.

The Democrats have been doing this with their Voter Activation Network software, which is the original, Democrat, version of rVotes, for about eight years.  What software do we, as Republicans, have, provided by the RNC and the state party, that allows each precinct committeeman to communicate and organize GOTV efforts like this with their fellow precinct committeemen?  Zilch.

The precinct committeemen in each legislative district nominate state committeemen, who are then deemed elected by the county chairman.  ONLY the precinct committeemen can select these state committeemen.  A legislative district committee organizational meeting at which the elected PCs in attendance, by majority, approve of the conduct of the meeting, cannot be undone or “invalidated” by a county chairman or a state chairman or anyone else.  Despite what some huffing and puffing state committee or county committee “leader” might say.

The precinct committeemen elect their state committeemen, who in turn elect the state officers, including the state chairman.  The state chairman has NO authority for picking and choosing which state committeemen were “properly” elected.  ONLY the precinct committeemen may do that.

Some in our Party try to get away with, and often succeed in getting away with, a lot of I-am-making-up-the-rules-as-I-see-fit usurpations through bluff and bluster mostly because too many of the county chairmen and legislative district chairmen and precinct committeemen have failed to spend the time and expend the effort to learn and be fully aware of who can do what per the statutes and the bylaws, whether it’s the state bylaws or the county bylaws.

The funniest part of the anonymous author’s article arrives in the last paragraph, where he states:

“Party activists and officials must be aware of these important bylaws and statutes especially when they conduct the process of elections and seek higher leadership. Pushing a personal agenda by skirting the rules or making them up as you go is the not the upholding manner in which GOP leaders should conduct themselves.”

Was the writer deliberately stating such ironic hypocrisy?

TOO FUNNY. ;-)

Some background on all the silliness.


Petulant Dems play risky, calculated political games

January 4, 2017

Obama sends American troops to Russian border

The newly sworn-in Republican-majority Congress is in unchartered waters with Donald Trump just two weeks from his Jan. 20 inauguration. They are faced with an unconventional leader whose much used Twitter account has 18.5 million followers. Members of the 115th Congress have to come to terms that Trump is far more popular in their districts than they are. Overall confidence in Congress has fallen sharply as this Gallop polling going back to 1977 illustrates.

But such facts are of little consequence to Senate Democrats still reeling over their massive losses — not only having their hopes of Obama’s third term played out by Hillary Clinton, dashed —- but losing governorships and U. S. House and Senate seats.

Writing for National Review Kevin D. Williamson assesses the scorched earth facts, adding a bit of whimsy to the Dems harsh reality:

There are 25 states in which the state legislatures and governorships are controlled by Republicans, and two states with executive/legislative divides in which there are Republican legislative majorities large enough to override a veto from the Democratic governor. Sixty-eight of the country’s 98 partisan state legislative chambers are Republican-run. There are only four states with Democratic governors and legislatures; it is true that these include one of our most populous states (California), but the majority of Americans live in states in which there are Republican trifectas or veto-proof legislative majorities. Two-thirds of the nation’s governors are Republicans; more than two-thirds of our state legislative houses are under Republican control. Republicans control both houses of Congress and have just won the presidency.

Democrats control the dean of students’ office at Oberlin.

Yet in typical fashion, Democrats react by turning out John McCain’s favorite leftist Chuck Schumer to announce that they will do whatever it takes to scuttle the nominations of at least eight of President-elect Donald Trump’s “rigged Cabinet” selections, as reported by the Washington Post. Their scheme, calculated to cause a fissure in the new administration, is to stretch confirmation votes into March — an unprecedented break with Senate tradition.

So much for Obama’s shallow words pledging a “smooth and efficient” transition for his successor. Obviously, he ditched his promise before the words left his mouth.

President-elect Trump’s popularity has soared in the days since his election, according to a new, not known to favor conservatives, POLITICO/Morning Consult poll of registered voters.

And soon-to-be-out-the-door Barack Obama? Back from his final taxpayer-funded, Hawaiian Christmas/golf vacation, he’s now busying himself deploying American special forces troops to join NATO at the Russian border to rein in “aggressor” Vladimir Putin.


What’s going on with the AZ GOP?

January 3, 2017

It’s time to take back the AZ Republican Party

Frosty Taylor, editor & publisher of Republican Briefs, is a reliable conservative source who has unfailingly gotten essential information out to Maricopa County Republican activists. A former newspaper reporter, her commitment to integrity was honed when that was a career goal of people once known as journalists.

Monday’s Jan. 2, 2017 Briefs is loaded with crucial facts regarding the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) Statutory Organizational Meeting to be held Jan 14, 2017 at El Zaribah Shriner’s Auditorium, 552 N 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85008. The state GOP Statutory meeting (time and location not yet announced) will follow the Maricopa County meeting on Jan. 28. There are three candidates for AZ GOP Chairman: Briefs has sent identical questions to each of the candidates and will print their responses each day. Jonathan Lines, Frank Thorwald and Jim O’Connor’s replies are available under the Briefs link.

Candidates running for AZ GOP office and Maricopa County Republican Committee office during the January 2017 Mandatory meetings have been asked to submit their bios and positions to help PCs get acquainted with them and their views.

Worthy of note are the shenanigans current State Chairman Robert Graham has been engaging in. SRAZ has written about his deception on numerous occasions. Here is but one example. He is not only establishment, but self-serving and obviously angry that his aspirations to head the Republican National Committee have evaporated before his eyes. Opposing Donald Trump, he takes his marching orders from the McCain/Flake cabal, who both opposed Trump. Additionally, Graham was well aware and likely even complicit in the most recent McCain orchestrated ousting of conservative, elected precinct committeemen.

This upper echelon party effort to systematically remove conservatives from the Arizona party ranks previously made the national news. In 2012, former Sen. Jon Kyl also engaged in these despicable actions against dedicated PCs. 

Be sure to check out  the Jan. 1, 2017 cartoon published by The Arizona Daily Independent, depicting how the Republican Establishment continues to wage war on the party Grassroots, as the GOP syndicate lines up against Jim O’Connor.  The conclusion drawn is, “that means he must be good….”  He is.  Of the three on the list, O’Connor is the one to support.

MCRC candidates announced for the Jan 14 Mandatory meeting election of officers, according to MCRC Nominating Committee Chairman Raymond Jones:

Chairman: Chris Herring and Tristan Manos 

1st Vice Chairman:  Aaron Flannery 

2nd Vice Chairman:  Yvonne Cahill 

Secretary: Cindy Casaus

Treasurer:  Wesley W. Harris 


Has Meghan McCain already become a liability for Fox?

December 31, 2016

Regurgitating father’s odd, self-serving views doesn’t match conservative format

Just weeks ago to much fanfare and hoopla, Meghan McCain was named a permanent co-host of Fox network’s weekday news program “Outnumbered.” Tattoos hidden, nostrils sculpted, a couple of enhancements added and newly slimmed — Meghan is clearly not the brightest bulb in the all-fem chandelier — the format of which features a lone male guest. The day her father, then in a tough senate reelection race, showed up on the set as that guest, awkwardly epitomized bungled thinking.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my unique perspective with viewers on a now daily basis,” Meghan solemnly stated as she began her new job. Her “unique perspective“?  In this interview with People magazine after the Republican National Convention, Meghan McCain, 32, admitted she cried when the Republican Party made Trump its presidential nominee. “This is a garbage election with two garbage candidates and America deserves a lot better than this,” she said at the time. As a testament to her impeccable judgment, Megan registered as an Independent when she was 18 and bragged that she voted for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.

Ms. McCain’s Republican credentials have always been suspect. She became a Republican as a Father’s Day surprise, in a display of “commitment” to her Dad. It’s worth noting that at the time, he was the GOP nominee for the U.S. Presidency.

As John McCain, who withdrew his lukewarm support from GOP candidate — now President-elect Donald Trump — showboats, things have gotten even dicier.  McCain and his omnipresent traveling buddy and senate colluder Lindsey Graham have announced they will hold hearings on what they regard as Russia’s interference with our presidential elections. The aim is to cast doubt on Trump, delegitimizing the breadth of his popularity and neutralizing him on the world stage before he assumes office. Even the hard-left Rolling Stone writes the Russian hack story of the Democrat National Committee emails “stinks.

And Meghan?  Unable to continually spew her daddy’s talking points, she has been absent from the “Outnumbered” set for several days. She’s too new at the job to be given holiday vacation time that long timers have earned. It would be a wise corporate move to say she’s unable to continue her gig due to other pressing considerations.