3rd GOP debate tonight: Main event 5 PM (AZ time)

October 28, 2015

Second tier candidates at 3:00 pm (AZ time)

The much-anticipated third Republican presidential debate takes place later today, October 28. It will be broadcast live from the Coors Events Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

The two-hour top-tier candidate event will begin at 5:00 pm AZ time (8 pm ET). Under card candidates will take the stage for one hour at 3:00 pm (6 pm ET).

This was the criteria used for determining the top card candidate’s standing. The following candidates will be onstage at the main event: Donald Trump: (25.22), Ben Carson: (19.78), Marco Rubio: (9.67), Jeb Bush: (8.11), Carly Fiorina: (8.11), Ted Cruz: (6.89), Mike Huckabee: (3.56), Chris Christie: (3.00), John Kasich: (3.00), and Rand Paul: (3.00).

Their eligibility is based on aggregated national polls conducted by NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN and Bloomberg. 

In what should be their last stand, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki, and Lindsey Graham, the same four candidates who appeared in the previous second tier debate are back. They each have met the minimum threshold of one percent in any one of the specified group of national polls.

Hosted by CNBC, the three moderators are John Harwood, the network’s chief Washington correspondent, Becky Quick, co-anchor of the Wall Street-focused show “Squawk Box,” and Quick’s co-anchor, Carl Quintanilla.

Tune in and watch on Cox Channel 62, Dish Channel 208, or Direct TV Channel 355. KFYI Radio 550-AM will broadcast only the main debate. Listen Live here.

Mark your calendars. A fourth Republican debate is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It will be hosted by the Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal.

Valdez’ increasingly bizarre rants provide clues

October 13, 2015

Looking more likely to leave

In Monday’s post, “Does nutty column signal Linda Valdez’ swan song? we speculated that the local newspaper’s far left editorial writer Linda Valdez might be considering the early retirement package being offered to long-term employees. Her typical seething screeds have veered into hysterical rants, screeching at readers, and giving credence to the idea of her takin’ the money and gettin’ outta Dodge. 

It was easy to mistake her bizarre “zombie” column as the most solid evidence of her imminent departure. Who knew there’d be even more outrageousness with her name attached the very next day? Now she wants to “Repeal the Second Amendment.” Seriously.

We already knew of her desire to collapse the First Amendment on the heads of conservatives, so her liberal swerve into Constitution shredding shouldn’t come as a surprise.  It’s her blatant arrogance as she kicks sand in the face of readers that gives rise to the notion that her hand is outstretched. 

House Speaker: AZ conservatives endorse Webster over McCarthy & UPDATE

October 8, 2015

With the announced resignation of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner a welcome reality, a downside looms.

Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the House majority leader, is Boehner’s ‘right hand man,’ who frequently veers left. Still McCarthy has been regarded as the presumptive successor to Boehner.

Conservatives oppose promoting McCarthy to the leadership position in the wake of Boehner’s upcoming departure.  The prevailing thought is that such a move will leave in place a team that has failed to deliver on its promises or oppose Obama’s “executive” overreaches.

Reps. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) both announced their intentions to run in opposition to status-quo McCarthy.

Freedom Works which tracks key votes called on conservatives not to support McCarthy — calling him Boehner 2.0.

Today in a closed-door vote of the House Republican Conference for speaker, Webster received the conservative support.

The full chamber, in a public roll call vote, will vote on Boehner’s successor on Oct. 29. At that time, 218 votes are needed to secure the leadership post.

AZ U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon is a founding member of the invitation-only House Freedom Caucus, a group of approximately 40 Republicans devoted to limited-government principles. Reps. Trent Franks, Paul Gosar and David Schweikert are also members.

The later October date pushes the GOP leadership elections up against a major vote to raise the federal government’s nearly $19 trillion debt ceiling.

The Obama administration advised Boehner in a letter last week that the debt ceiling has to be raised by Nov. 5 or the U.S. will risk defaulting. During Boehner’s tenure, he relied on a group of squish Republicrats to join with Democrats to pass similar legislation.

Has a new day dawned?


FOX News is reporting McCarthy has dropped out, saying, ’It’s best that we have a new face.”

Tea Party Patriots host WH rally; conservatives shine

September 10, 2015

Appeasing Democrats mindlessly put party loyalty above security as they prepare to deliver $150 billion to Iranian terrorist regime to facilitate and accelerate securing nuclear weapons

The more the American people become aware of what is contained in the catastrophic nuclear deal with Iran being crafted by the Obama administration, the more support declines. As Congress prepares to vote on the nuclear agreement, rife with undisclosed side deals, public support for the sham has fallen sharply.

This latest Pew poll finds nearly half — 49% — are opposed to the deal, with only 21% in support. An astonishing 30% — or three in ten Americans had no opinion — presumably preferring to watch sports, drink beer and remain disengaged as this disastrous foreign policy moves closer to being approved. The numbers show a 12-point drop in support for the deal from Pew’s poll conducted in mid July, which found 33 percent supported the deal and 45 percent opposed it, with 22% expressing no opinion.

On Wednesday, opponents of the Iran deal, sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots, held this rally (video) at the U.S. Capitol. Among the many eloquent speakers were Republican presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz (1:08.25), and Donald J. Trump (1:23.55). Conservative Review editor-in-chief, radio host and prolific author Mark Levin (1:28.54) came out swinging. Each spoke with courage and candor, boldly taking on the acquiescent GOP was well as the Obamocrats. You can watch them all. We focus on non-candidate Levin.

He minced no words, declaring,

“We’re here to tell the world that we, the American people, reject the cowardice and surrender by our government to the genocidal terror regime in Iran. We are here to tell the world that we, the American people, are more resolute than ever… to destroy those who threaten to wage war against us, our society and our ally Israel. This enemy makes a grave error in confusing the appeasement of a president and a Democrat party and the capitulation of a Republican Congress with the strength and fortitude of the American people. Never before has a president of the United States, never before has a political party, consented to funding and arming the enemy. Never before has a president entered into agreements with a terrorist regime that holds Americans hostages, that has killed and maimed thousands of American soldiers and that seeks nuclear weapons and ICBMs to attack his own county. Barack Obama makes Neville Chamberlain look like George S. Patton. 

This phony deal allows the Iranian terrorist regime to inspect its own nuclear sites, to continue uranium enrichment, to build advanced centrifuges, to perfect their ICBMs, to spend $150 Billion on terrorism, and in the end to secure nuclear warheads.  As one Democrat after another, supports this surrender, it’s clear  the Democrats no longer represent the party of Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy. It’s now the Democrat party of Bill Ayers, Sol Alinsky and Barack Obama. The Democrat party will have blood on its hands as a result of this deal  for the rest of time.  And let me be clear, this deal sows the seeds of war. The enemy is emboldened. And the enemy will be well armed and seek regional and world domination. And how do we know?  They told us so.

And what of the Republicans? The Republican party (who control congress), particularly the leadership, has abandoned the Constitution and the treaty power of the United States Senate. It is recklessly and deliberately avoiding any serious confrontation with the disastrous imperial president. They can stop this. They can invoke the treaty clause right now. They can suspend the filibuster rule and vote against lifting sanctions right now. They can stand between Obama and the Iranian terrorist regime and protect our nation and our allies…but they won’t. Gone is the party of Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan. Instead we get the party of McConnell, Corker and Boehner. Tell the Republicans this is not about getting along with Obama, it’s about stopping Obama. It’s about Americans interests.  It’s about our children and the future generations…..”


Emperor Obama’s unilateral gun grab

July 21, 2015

Do you have difficulty balancing a checkbook? Obama wants your guns

In yet another massive intrusion on the rights of American citizens, Barack Obama is intent on unilaterally restricting the Second Amendment freedoms of certain gun owners who claim the Social Security benefits they paid for during their working years.

Currently about 4.2 million adults receiving monthly benefits have “representative payees” handle their banking and bill paying for them. Turning those duties over to a trusted family member or friend should not entail the loss of Constitutional rights.

Not only would this amount to the largest gun grab in American history, but according to this Fox News report, the governmental infringement would take place without any due process protections for recipients, amounting to a nullification of Second Amendment rights for millions of Americans who don’t pose a threat to themselves or anyone else.

The Social Security Administration (SSA), which has never taken part in the background check system, provides advice and a phone number for turning in people who raise “concerns.” The government site even provides a “webinar” to educate “payees who serve multiple beneficiaries.” 

The Veterans Administration has already implemented a similar program to designate veterans as “prohibited persons” when they have a fiduciary assigned to administer their VA benefits. Already, 177,000 vets have been swept into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System  through the overreach of bureaucratic tentacles.

Like the Social Security program, the VA procedures are also devoid of significant due process protections or any requirement that the beneficiary be found a danger to self or others

The National Rifle Association correctly assesses, “The implications of this policy are too far-reaching to fathom at present. Social Security is one of the more prolific and relied upon Federal programs in American history. That Obama’s directive could so easily be implemented within the SSA suggests that bureaucrats could effectively cloak such a program in any agency within the growing leviathan that is the federal government.”

Call your members of congress and demand that Obama’s unprecedented and unilateral attempt to implement the largest gun grab in American history be stopped. 

Obama’s new America

July 19, 2015

Administration amasses unprecedented racial data to aid in altering America

In an account of social engineering that could easily be considered Orwellian, the New York Post reports on the Obama administration’s obsessive data-collecting practices separating Americans by race, with the intent to document “inequalities” between minorities and whites.

Author Paul Sperry reveals, “Obama is presiding over the largest consolidation of personal data in U.S. history,” adding, “he is creating a diversity police state where government race cops and civil-rights lawyers will micromanage demographic outcomes in virtually every aspect of society. Punishment will be meted out to entities that don’t comply with reforms.

Barack Obama’s ultimate plan for destabilizing America along racial and ethnic lines is even more insidious.

We have already witnessed the flood of illegal, impoverished and uneducated Hispanics from Mexico and Central America Obama has relocated across the nation. He is also committed to ensuring chaos reigns in the United States and whites, Christians and Republicans become permanent minorities, as he opens the floodgates to more unassimilating fanatical Muslims who openly express hatred of our freedoms and way of life, and engage in murderous rampages. Army psychiatrist Maj.  Malik Hasan, the Tsarnaev brothers, and days ago, Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez who all massacred Americans in the name of Allah, are just a few examples. There are myriad others, including the September 11, 2001 terrorists who methodically planned and carried out the unimaginable slaughter of 3,000 people on American soil.

Pay attention. As evidenced in recent polling of U.S. Muslims, nearly a third of Muslim males under 45 believe that violence against America is justified in order to make Sharia the law of the land.

Truth Revolt carries the well-documented report that includes the shocking survey conducted by Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy. Ignore it at your own peril.

America’s first black president, twice-elected by Americans of all races, is doing more to divide us along ethnic lines and subvert Constitutional freedoms than any of us could possibly have envisioned in 2008.  As his second term is concluding, Barack Obama is fast-tracking his new American vision. It doesn’t include most of us.

Governmental jumble as SCOTUS Justices legislate

June 28, 2015

Speculation on opinions pointless since liberal justices vote as a bloc

Americans, as young students have been taught that the U.S. Constitution provides a separation of powers via three distinct branches of government. The Legislative branch makes laws, the Executive branch carries them out, and the Judicial branch evaluates them.

Our Founders created a Constitution with an ingenious and intricate system of checks and balances to guard the people’s liberty against combinations of government power. It structured the Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary separate and wholly independent, yet coordinated for proper operation, with safeguards to prevent usurpations of power.

The Tenth Amendment clearly delineates the separation of powers —- creating a federal government with enumerated and limited powers, designed to keep government as close to the people as possible. 

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

James Madison stressed the necessity to reserve all possible authority in the states and people saying, “The powers delegated by the Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”

With these thoughts as background, take time today to enlighten yourself by reading Andrew C. McCarthy’s heard-hitting assessment of the past week’s U.S. Supreme Court actions. Then brace yourself for those still to come on Monday.

McCarthy’s insightful article, printed in National Review, is titled: “Let’s Drop the Charade: The Supreme Court Is a Political Branch, Not a Judicial One.”

Background: Arizona Senator John McCain voted to confirm liberals Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer to the Supreme Court. McCain and Kyl joined the group of 36 GOP senators and one Democrat in opposing Elena Kagan’s nomination to the high court. The Huffington Post has the statements each of the senators gave as their reason.


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