Judging the judges on your 2018 ballot

October 21, 2018

Judges are once again on the ballot. They are not challenged by adversaries as others are, since they are not candidates.  Having been vetted by judicial selection commissions and ultimately selected by a governor, their names appear for retention.

Merit Selection is in effect in Arizona counties reaching a 250,000 population threshold. Currently those counties include Maricopa, Pima and Pinal. The other twelve counties have elections of judges. 

There are pros and cons with each system, which is moot since Arizona voters authorized Merit Selection as Proposition 108, in 1974 (last page of the quaint, typed list) by a margin of 35,432 votes. It was later expanded, again by a vote of the people, to include more public members on the commission and give the chairing justice a vote.

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.

Those putting the Arizona lists together have no knowledge of the capabilities of the judges. Most wouldn’t know a judge they denigrate if they were face to face. The lists are typically based on whether the specific judges were appointed by a Republican or Democrat governor. This is an erroneous assumption since prior to submitting their applications. judicial aspirants of both parties often change their political affiliations to correspond to that of the appointing governor. Governors also make cross-party appointments. Republican Gov. Jane Hull set heads spinning when she named her longtime friend Democrat Ruth McGregor as her first appointment to the Arizona Supreme Court.

The most reliable means of assessing judges is by taking the time to study the ratings put out by the Commission on Judicial Performance Review (JPR).

It’s hardly an “inside job,” worthy of suspicion. Survey forms are distributed to people who have contact with the judges. Survey recipients include attorneys, jurors, litigants, witnesses, people who represent themselves in court, court staff, other judges, and those who have contact with presiding judges. The Commission holds public hearings every election year and accepts written comments from the public at any time.

Judges are also required to complete self-evaluations to rate their own performance. Additionally each judge is assigned to a Conference Team composed of one public volunteer, one attorney volunteer, and one judge volunteer. The Conference Team meets with the judge to review the Data Report.

Ousting judges is rare, but happens. In 1978 Court of Appeals Judge Gary Nelson was not retained. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Fred Hyder was bounced. Other judges have not been recommended for retention by JPR, but were still retained by voters.

Your best guide is to check out the ratings for all of the judges on the retention ballot. Judges ratings and bios are all available. You’ll be far more informed than by giving any credibility to the lists appearing in your email.

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   

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Tired of wuss candidates? Steve Ferrara is anything but…

October 19, 2018

A serious candidate with humorous friends

Dr. Steve Ferrara is the conservative running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Congressional District 9. The seat in Arizona’s newest district, created in 2012, has been held by far leftist Kyrsten Sinema, who is now seeking a U.S. Senate post. Seeing Red AZ supports Martha McSally in that race that holds enormous national Implications. A Democrat majority senate would effectively shut down further Federal and Supreme Court appointments made by President Trump, holding him hostage to their political machinations.

Republican Ferrara, new to the political arena, has led a life of remarkable accomplishments. He is facing far left, union-supported former Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, after handily beating his two GOP primary challengers. 

Democrat Stanton, a known tyrant who callously disregards the voices of city residents, pulled a costly fast one as he exited the mayor’s office, ensuring votes from the La Raza open borders crowd, by gifting them $2.4 million in taxpayer funds.

Known for supporting unpopular issues, Stanton even lied about lifting the oppressive food tax as he gave large “retention bonuses” to city employees. When first elected in 2011, he received a congratulatory call from the overjoyed duo, Barack Obama and his Homeland Security chieftain Janet Napolitano.

Despite Dr. Ferrara’s stellar background, a supportive group, “Americans for Badasses in Congress,” are not without a sense of humor as evidenced by this hilarious video declaring him a “badass.” You’ll like him even better after viewing it.  A sense of humor is a saving grace for those who enter the political minefield. This man, a decorated navy veteran and medical doctor, is definitely up to the task. The rest of us are fortunate to have him step forward to tackle issues of importance on our behalf.

Congressional District 9 cuts a swath through central Phoenix making its way through Tempe and south Scottsdale, west Mesa, northwestern Chandler and areas of southeast Phoenix including Ahwatukee. (Map)

Message to Congressional District 9 voters: Remember to vote for Steve Ferrara. It matters.


Pres. Trump reacts as swarms of illegals flood our border — again

October 18, 2018

Illegals who hold our national sovereignty in contempt as they invade our country are not vying to be exemplary citizens. They are uneducated in their home countries and contribute nothing of value, though they cost American taxpayers $billions in benefits they readily and easily access

In response to the continued invasion of our sovereign nation, most recently by a caravan of illegal aliens from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador — once again aided and abetted by Mexico — President Trump has warned the United States will cut off aid to the offending countries:

President Donald Trump issued a series of tweets early this morning, Oct. 18, 2018:

@realDonaldTrump

….The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA. Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border. All Democrats fault for weak laws!

….In addition to stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have almost no control over their population, I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught – and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!..

….I am watching the Democrat Party led (because they want Open Borders and existing weak laws) assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, whose leaders are doing little to stop this large flow of people, INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS, from entering Mexico to U.S…..

These are the words on the White House website regarding the USA’s immigration policy. They are clear and specific and must be enforced:

The United States must adopt an immigration system that serves the national interest. To restore the rule of law and secure our border, President Trump is committed to constructing a border wall and ensuring the swift removal of unlawful entrants. To protect American workers, the President supports ending chain migration, eliminating the Visa Lottery, and moving the country to a merit-based entry system. These reforms will advance the safety and prosperity of all Americans while helping new citizens assimilate and flourish.

As stated in the opening paragraph and cannot be overemphasized: Illegals who hold our national sovereignty in contempt as they invade our country are not vying to be exemplary citizens. They are uneducated in their home countries and contribute nothing of value, though they cost American taxpayers $billions in benefits they readily access.


Bias mars AZ U.S. Senate McSally, Sinema debate

October 16, 2018

Debate “moderator” Ted Simons was clearly unable to be impartial as he gave unjustified leeway to Kyrsten Sinema, while restricting Martha McSally

Arizona’s sole U.S. Senate debate was broadcast Monday evening, Oct. 15, co-hosted by the less than objective Arizona PBS/KAET Channel 8 and the Arizona Republic newspaper. 

U.S. Representatives — Republican Martha McSally (CD-2) and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema (CD-9) — are running for Arizona’s U.S. Senate seat vacated by anti-Trumper Jeff Flake, who chose not to wage a reelection campaign based on 18 percent approval ratings. 

The newspaper’s political reporter Maria Polletta and Ted Simons, host of Channel 8’s “Arizona Horizon,” supposedly moderated the debate, though Simon’s partiality toward Sinema was clearly apparent. 

Using her soft, cultivated campaign voice, chameleon Sinema refused to respond to questions deserving of answers, saying, “Martha is trying to make this about me, making ridiculous attacks and what we know is that this campaign is about every day Arizonans and I’ll fight for them.”

When McSally, who identified herself as “pro-life,” pushed for a response Sinema finally admitted she would have voted against the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

But when Martha McSally, (read her full bio) the first female pilot to fly a fighter jet in a war zone and command a fighter squadron in combat, retiring in 2010 as a full Colonel, noted that CNN reported last week that in 2003 Sinema said it was okay for Americans to join the Taliban to fight our military, demanded an apology, Ted Simons rushed to Sinema’s defense — quickly shutting down McSally and ending the contrivance posing as a debate. This can be viewed in the concluding minutes of “the debate.”*

Conservative SRAZ doesn’t claim to be impartial. Because we support Republican U.S. Rep. Martha McSally in this crucial senate race that is being watched nationwide for its impact on the continuation of President Trump‘s winning agenda, we invite our readers to get the rest of the story, by watching TheRealSinema.com for the straight scoop about Sinema.

*Video provided courtesy of ABC 15

 


Pres. Trump in Mesa Fri. Oct.19, – Ticket info here

October 15, 2018

Rally supports U.S. Rep. Martha  McSally’s senate bid

The rally will take place this Friday evening October 19, 2018 at:

International Air Response

6250 S. Taxiway Circle

Mesa, AZ 85212

This location is adjacent to the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

Tickets to the event are limited to two per person. Register HERE.

Winning this key senate race is crucial to retaining a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate. The Dems are desperate to pull an upset and stall any further judicial and cabinet appointments while restricting President Trump’s ability to continue fulfilling his promises to the American people. (Click the arrow on each link for a list of his stellar accomplishments.)

 Martha McSally was first elected to Congress in 2014 representing Arizona’s CD 2. Her impressive biography is one of exemplary service to our country. 


Scheming leftist Kyrsten Sinema mocks AZ voters in video

October 12, 2018

Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft exposes chameleon Kyrsten Sinema in this revealing video where she refers to Arizona voters as “crazies.”  This is what Sinema actually thinks of the Arizonans whose votes she is courting, as she currently portrays herself as a soft-soften “Independent” who “just wants to get things done.”

What she in fact “wants done” is the Republican Party’s presence in Arizona and in the U.S. Senate, as she runs to replace Jeff Flake.

Watch as she contemptuously scorns us as “crazy,” and calls Arizona the “crazy state.” Speaking to an LGBT group in Texas, where she elicited roars of laughter in response to her scathing comments, she recites the five “Cs” she learned in a song about Arizona in first grade, naming, cattle, copper, citrus, cotton, and climate. Sinema then adds, there are actually six C’s, when you include “crazies.”  That’s us, folks…the ones she wants to vote for her.

SRAZ has written about Kyrsten Sinema’s deceit and radical stances numerous times. Read about Sinema’s devious metamorphosis and the crude words she uses to describe women who choose to stay home to nurture their families. Recently her heart-wrenching story about her childhood living in an abandoned gas station without running water or electricity was exposed as a lie.

Vote smart. Put AZ Congresswoman Martha McSally in the U.S. Senate. Republican McSally is the first woman in U.S. history to fly a fighter jet in combat and command a fighter squadron.  You won’t find her wearing a pink tutu and eliciting support from Code Pink radicals.

Read Martha McSally’s impressive bio.

This is Kyrsten Sinema with former AZ Gov. Janet Napolitano, a far left liberal — when the two were widely regarded as an item:


Crucial Ballot Propositions require scrutiny

October 11, 2018

Pay attention: Ignoring these important issues gives the ability to alter our future to others who view politics through a deep blue lens

There are five Propositions on the November 2018 ballot. Those who have signed up for early ballots will be receiving them today or tomorrow.  Propositions are tricky, often leading voters to think a ‘yes’ supports and a ‘no’ vote opposes the individual issues, when the opposite can be true.

It’s important to be aware that the first three Propositions 125, 126,  and 127 are Constitutional Amendments that are effectively irrevocable.  Consider them carefully, since your vote will affect generations of future Arizonans.

The Secretary of State’s Office sent out a 210-page publicity pamphlet including the pro and con arguments written by proponents and opponents of the measures. Since few people are going to take the time to read through the cumbersome verbiage, we are turning to the conservative, family values based Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) for its concise three-page summaries, which are available here.

CAP made recommendations on two of the five Propositions, including a ‘NO’ vote on Prop. 127 and a ‘YES’ on 306.

Seeing Red AZ agrees with those and further recommends a ‘YES’ vote on all the measures except 127.

CAP has done a first-rate job of summarizing the ballot measures.  The website is a treasure trove of information including a 2018 General Election Voter Guide allowing voters to see where the candidates stand on specific issues.

Your vote matters. Make it an informed choice — and you’ll support our Republican candidates.