Judging Arizona judges in 2016

October 21, 2016

Judging by searches coming into this site, Arizona voters are interested in how to ‘judge the judges.” Unfortunately, many of the lists floating around the internet are undependable, using politics as the sole determiner.  We all know how unreliable that can be. The U.S. Supreme Court stands as a stunning example. Ronald Reagan appointed Sandra Day O’Connor, who then reveled in being the swing vote on the court and as often as not, swung left. When George W. Bush named John Roberts as Chief Justice, conservatives cheered. We rued the day when he was the deciding vote in upholding ObamaCare. Such examples stand as stark reminders that there is no simple barometer to gauge those in black robes.

The Judicial Performance Review Commission — composed of members of the public, attorneys and judges — collects information from everyone who has contact with a judge including litigants, witnesses, jurors and lawyers. This data is used to rate key aspects of each judge’s performance including whether they can apply the law fairly, treat people with respect and manage a courtroom efficiently. Information on the process can be accessed here.

The much heralded “Merit Selection of Judges” enacted in 1974 by voters who were fed skewed information, and which is expanding throughout Arizona as county populations increase, is far from flawless.  We prefer the system that works well in the majority of counties, where the judges stand for election, rather than retention — but like putting toothpaste back in the tube, it’s not going to happen.

The following is the list of courts where judges and justices are up for retention. There is a wealth of information available by clicking on the judges‘ names. Then go a step further to read the “Detailed Report.” It takes some time to sift through, but if you want to vote smart, do it. Your specific ballot will indicate which judges are up for retention.

Arizona Supreme Court 

Court of Appeals Division I 
Court of Appeals Division II 
Superior Court in Maricopa County
Superior Court in Pima County
Superior Court in Pinal County

Leftist billionaire George Soros targets AZ races

October 17, 2016

Soros’ focus on electing lenient prosecutors and law enforcement

This site has not always seen eye-to-eye with Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. His coziness with the establishment wing of the Republican Party is often repellent. His desire to be a kingmaker via his incessant endorsements is unbecoming his position.

But Montgomery is absolutely on target as he — teaming here with Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk and DPS Director Frank Milstead — exposes the disastrous recreational marijuana debacle on the ballot as Proposition 205.

And for his efforts to get the truth out about the catastrophic damage attached to this nightmarish issue and its far-reaching consequences, he is being targeted by radically leftwing billionaire George Soros.  So, for that matter, is Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Soros, who abhors sovereign borders, is funding rough ‘er up Democrat Paul Penzone, who was put on administrative leave for his violence against his then-estranged wife and was unable to possess firearms — making it difficult to carry out his duties as a police officer. 

A generous Hillary Clinton and John McCain supporter, George Soros is also dropping $ millions successfully supporting liberals in prosecutor races throughout the United States, with all but one of his liberal candidates winning.  Politico reports on George Soros’ quiet overhaul of the U.S. justice system

His focus on Arizona law enforcement officials has been flying under the radar.

John McCain has been a recipient of Soros’ tainted, strings-attached money since 2001. In Jan. 2014, Seeing Red AZ posted John McCain cavorts with pal George $oros, exposing the deep ties McCain has cultivated with the extremist, America-hating, anti-capitalist. Hillary Clinton is another sell-out in exchange for bag loads of cash. Our fact-filled post, By George! McCain & Hillary have a lot in common connects all the dots

Find out more about George Soros at DiscoverTheNetworks.org: A Guide to the Political Left.

Yes. This is a lot of reading for a Monday morning, but do it. Our future depends on making informed choices.

AZ Senate debate tonight: Kirkpatrick vs. McCain

October 10, 2016

Difficult choice is the only rational choice in AZ Senate race featuring renegade McCain

This evening, Monday, Oct. 10, at 7:00 p.m. Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick will debate Republicrat John McCain. The hour-long event will air on AZ PBS Channel 8.

Growing numbers of conservative Republicans, many of whom as elected state delegates voted overwhelmingly to censure the very senior senator, are weary of his career long deceits.  He has taken his wrath out on them by purging them from their elected precinct committeeman posts, via an expensive campaign utilizing deceptive mailers. Though now in his 80’s, and scoring an F rating by Conservative Review, McCain is running for yet another six-year term.

Conservatives  have had their fill of the radically leftwing McCain and many are doing the previously unthinkable — planning to cast their ballots for the Congressional District One U.S. Representative Ann Kirkpatrick. Former twice elected Maricopa County Republican chairman Rob Haney has launched theNever McCaincampaign.

Kirkpatrick is far from perfect, but McCain, who runs as a Republican and then repeatedly colludes with Democrats, is worse.  Republicans have legitimate expectations that voting for someone who claims the GOP mantel will be with us the majority of the time. Actually, the man who configures himself as a “maverick” has voted to confirm many of Barack Obama’s far left cabinet nominees and his nominees to the federal judiciary. As McCain’s close associate Hillary Clinton and actual presidential choice famously asked, “What difference does it make?”

As a freshman senator, Kirkpatrick will not have the clout to do the same damage.  She has also campaigned on term limiting herself. Decades of the disastrous Reign of McCain has made that an appealing option.

The debate will hosted by Arizona PBS and the Arizona Republic. Count on “Horizon” moderator Ted Simons and Republic reporter Yvonne Wingett Sanchez to lob softballs in McCain’s direction. Cunning liberals running as Republicans are nearer to their hearts than actual Democrats.

Reminder: Be sure to view the sixth briefing in the Never McCain series, titled “Betrayal.” Like those that have preceded it, this segment is well worth your time.


The 2nd debate night belonged to Donald Trump

October 10, 2016

Which is more vulgar? Trump’s locker room type braggadocio — just words — or Hillary’s actions as a defense attorney, as she laughed about getting a child rapist off on a legal technicality and attacked the young victim as “emotionally unstable”?

The naysayers who predicted the demise of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign after the first debate with Hillary Clinton, were wrong.  Pollsters were giving him last rites. But much to their dismay, Trump continued traveling the country, generating ever larger crowds. Then a nearly dozen-year-old audio tapemysteriously surfaced in which he engaged in coarse descriptive language regarding women.  Now, the pundits were predicting the end had finally come.  Republicrats were falling over one another in an effort to withdraw their lukewarm support for the nominee. Even his VP nominee chastised him.

Then came Round Two, the second debate with Hillary Sunday night. Those of you who watched it saw what only can be described in terms of the memorably triumphant scene fromRocky.” Trump was measured in his responses, but let Hillary get away with nothing.  Her vacuous and inappropriately timed smirks gave her the aura of a sarcastically reproaching schoolmarm in a bizarre penguin-like costume. 

Prior to the debate, Trump readied himself for the onslaught by introducing a panel of women who reiterated their years-long assertions that Bill Clinton physically forced himself on them — actions which far outstripped the racy words on the old tape — for which Trump has apologized. They have also alleged that Hillary threatened them as she continued to enable Bill’s sexual exploits.   The Clinton’s paid accuser Paula Jones approximately $850,000 as settlement in a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Hillary, who configures herself as a defender of woman and children was also caught on tape, laughingly gloating over successfully defending a 41-year-old admitted child rapist, getting him off on a technicality and trashing his 12-year-old victim. Hillary is not only NOT a defender of women and children, she is has demeaned them while in the courtroom and throughout her 41-year marriage to chronic sexual predator Bill.

These are Donald Trump’s top 5 moments from the 2nd presidential debate. Whether enjoying them as a rerun or for the first time, be sure to watch the clips.

Newt solicits for McCain, omits key facts & Update

October 7, 2016

McCain finally out of the closet, seeking Democrat support as fed up Republicans abandon him

John McCain hardly qualifies as needy. Married to a major beer distributorship heiress he’s number 29 on  Roll Call’s Wealth of Congress Index. But that doesn’t keep Newt Gingrich from emerging from relative obscurity to beg on McCain’s behalf. “Send what you can,” we are told. Even $25 will help him in his fight to defeat U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick.

As an inducement, Newt says, “I have worked with John and watched him chair the Senate Armed Services Committee.”  Many will remember how chairman McCain insulted Delores Alfond who spent decades until her death seeking information about her MIA brother, records McCain has inexplicably kept “classified” and inaccessible.

Newt writes, “You may know Ann Kirkpatrick as a faithful servant of Barack Obama.” No doubt it slipped his mind that John McCain has been a frequent visitor to the Obama White House, assisting him in crafting his legacy. McCain’s senate protégé Jeff Flake is so tight with Obama that he traveled with him to Kenya and Cuba and regularly joins in a game of “hoops” with the Prez, but refuses to endorse the GOP presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

Newt again: “I know how hard John works for veterans, for the military, for our national security-and I know that John McCain is a national treasure.”

Few will forget the deplorable Veterans Administration scandal resulting in needless deaths of hundreds of vets erupted in Phoenix, under McCain‘s nose, within a short distance from “national treasure” McCain’s penthouse — one of the 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, or 11 homes he and Cindy ownHe’s not sure.

As to our nation’s security, McCain and Jeff Flake were the architects of the notorious Gang of Eight amnesty bill, crafted with a coalition of senate leftists and a couple of other RINOs — the aim of which was to normalize millions of illegal invaders.

Newt says: “We cannot afford to lose John McCain’s voice in the Senate. We need to fight back against the Democrats’ millions in Arizona and stand strong with John.”

Let’s not forget that “the voice we can’t afford to lose,” is the same one that lied with impunity, preposterously accusing his primary election challenger, physician and former state senator Dr. Kelli Ward, of having a “weak and dangerous record regarding Islamic terrorism.”  Even one as marginal as John McCain should comprehend that state legislators do not deal in matters of national security.  That’s McCain’s own purview in the U.S. Senate, where he has failed miserably.

“McCain’s voice,” so adored by Newt Gingrich, is also the one that has been integral to confirming Obama’s far left cabinet members and the most liberal federal judges. Republicans have every right to expect those of our own party elected to represent us in Congress will not collude with Democrats.  What good is electing someone who conveniently hauls out a Republican cloak when it’s beneficial, only to toss it aside and return to his mavericky ways after the ballots are counted?

McCain so disdains conservatives that he has worked overtime to have them purged from their elected precinct committeeman positions, using out-of-state Obama donors to accomplish the deed. PCs are unpaid party workers, dedicated to getting Republicans elected   McCain’s operatives, on his behalf, even tried working with the IRS to target conservatives for IRS scrutiny.

We can’t get worse from Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick and she is running on a term limits pledge.  McCain, now in his 80s is arrogantly running for another 6-year senate term. Haven’t you had enough?


Finally, John McCain has come out of the closet — launching Democrats for McCain. Back in 2006, the Republicans for Janet (Napolitano) website was rife with McCain surrogates and staffers. His border stroll with Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, declaring he was going tocomplete the dang fenceto keep out illegal criminals from Mexico doesn’t reach his intended audience this election. 

Trump energizes supporters in Prescott Valley

October 5, 2016

Endless line of supporters not dissuaded, as they wait hours to hear Donald Trump

If you weren’t fortunate enough to have been at the Prescott Valley Event Center for the Trump rally Tuesday, scroll through this Daily Courier photo gallery to get a sense of the excitement generated by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during his appearance in Prescott Valley. People waited in line for hours to hear Trump.

A large screen jumbotron, typically used for sporting events, was provided for the outdoor crowd unable to enter the Prescott Valley Event Center, which was filled to its 7,500 standing area capacity.  As a seated concert venue, the auditorium holds a capacity crowd of 6,200. It was a balmy 70 ° making the wait and time outside pleasurable, with strangers in line, united in a cause, amiably chatting.

Arizona elected officials, current and former, were on hand to greet Donald Trump. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio who has appeared with the GOP presidential nominee at numerous national events, was on stage, as was former Gov. Jan Brewer. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu,  now seeking a U.S. House seat in CD 1, was among the throng who were onstage with Arizona  State Treasurer Jeff DeWit, who is the Trump campaign’s national chairman and state Rep. Phil Lovas, Trump’s state chairman.

This event marks Donald Trump’s sixth appearance in Arizona, where he continually draws massive crowds of ardent supporters.

The Daily Courier reporter Scott Orr covered the event under the headline Trump whips Prescott Valley crowd into a frenzy.”

To watch the event* click this link.

* Video courtesy of Right Side Broadcasting

AZ Conservatives launch “Never McCain” campaign

September 22, 2016

Check back for additional briefings. They will be posted on this page.

Rob Haney, twice elected Maricopa County Republican chairman, takes to the mic as spokesman for the “ Never McCain” campaign. Inspired to action by Jeff Flake and other “Never Trumpers,” Haney is committed to doing a series of informative briefings, laying bare the deceitful record of John McCain. The “Never Trumpers” would prefer Democrat Hillary Clinton in the White House to Republican Donald Trump — whom they despise — even with the knowledge that a third Obama term, led by Clinton would, in all likelihood, finalize the loss of America as founded.

On the other hand, a successful “Never McCain” campaign, removing a Republican who acts as a Democrat, will serve to remind Republicans that the support of the grassroots requires that they oppose, rather than collude with, liberals.

Conservative Rob Haney won the Maricopa County chairmanship overwhelmingly 1,281 to 575 despite massive efforts by McCain operatives to defeat him. Maricopa County is the most populous county in the state of Arizona, and the fourth-most populous county in the United States, with 2,375,787 registered voters. The fourteen other Arizona counties combined have a total potential voting base of 1,438,075.

Conservative team efforts will concentrate on removing John McCain, betrayer of Republican Platform principles in the U.S. Senate.

There will be a series of briefings during the remainder of the campaign. We will post them here.  Bookmark this “Never McCain Campaign” post. The latest briefings will appear in order.

Second Briefing: McCain NOT Pro-Life

Third Briefing: McCain Not Pro-Life II

Fourth Briefing: McCain’s voting record:

Fifth briefing:: Senate and Unity Concerns

Sixth briefing: Betrayal

Seventh briefing: Betrayal 2

Eighth briefing: Patton’s Prayer

Ninth briefing: McCain’s Poor Leadership