Phoenix election: Vote NO on Props, YES for Brennan

August 3, 2015

Phoenix will officially hold its city election Aug. 25, 2015  The ballot includes the race for mayor, four of the eight city council seats and five propositions.

There is a pretence of the offices being non-partisan, which is a charade of major proportions — fooling no one. Greg Stanton, running for his second term as mayor received a congratulatory call on his 2011 victory from Barack Obama and Janet Napolitano. Last week, a month preceding  Election Day, the leftwing Arizona Republic blew him a fawning kiss in a presumptuous  editorial titled, “Stanton’s second act.”  Stanton is so sure of himself, as of this date, he has not bothered to put up campaign signs.

We support Republican Anna Brennan. She’s a long shot in a city that hasn’t elected a Republican mayor in two decades. But so was conservative David Brat who spectacularly toppled House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last year, after being outspent $5.7 million to $231,000.

The editorial was notable for admitting, Stanton “was lifted to office on the shoulders of public sector labor unions, especially police and fire.”  Therein lies a significant part of the puzzle as to why liberals like Greg Stanton get elected in the nation’s sixth largest city in a red state.

Voter turnout is notoriously low during August in Phoenix. Many residents have not yet returned from their summer vacations, contributing to the abysmally low voter participation. The solid voting blocs are those reliable unions who “lifted Stanton on their shoulders”: police, fire fighters and unionized teachers. Stir into that mix other City of Phoenix employees, and the outcome becomes obvious as special interest groups disproportionately skew the vote to the left.

General participation would be greater and the costs lowered if city elections were consolidated with state and federal elections rather than off-year stand-alones. Keeping them as they are is doubtless part of the status quo strategy.

Three of the four city council candidates, those in districts 1, 3, and 7 are unopposed incumbents. Only first-term council member Daniel Valenzuela, a Democrat and former firefighter union boss faces an opponent. Felix Garcia is the Republican in the District 5 race.

The five propositions are numbered 100, 101, 102, 103 and 104. In reading the 104-page yellow “publicity pamphlet,” issued by the City of Phoenix, we focused on the “arguments in support and opposition” to the measures.  With the exception of Prop. 104 which has arguments in opposition, the others are notable for their support by city insiders, unionists, Democrat state legislators, former mayors and Chamber of Commerce members.  We strongly urge a NO vote on them all, some of which are slickly worded in an effort to deceive. The city is not in favor of actual pension reform and desires unfettered control over its purse strings.

Americans for Prosperity answers the questions and exposes the fallacies about Arizona ballot Proposition 104. SRAZ urges a NO vote against doubling the city transit tax over 35 years and spending over $31 billion on the unaccountable light rail expansion. Notice all of the campaign signs in support and none in opposition?  That alone tells who has the money and benefits from the expansion. The Arizona Free Enterprise Club recently released its study on the Phoenix Transit Plan Tax Hike, which debunks many of the claims made by the tax increase proponents.


Robert Graham promises to leave you alone — for a price

July 26, 2015

A bribe from Bobby

That Robert Graham!  The McEstablishment toady never seems to run out of clever ideas in his quest to attract new people to the Arizona Republican Party.  

In a post titled, “AZ GOP’s Robert Graham’s spiteful retribution,” SRAZ recently reported on his slippery deeds against the Maricopa County GOP, stopping payment on the rent for the Tempe office, within days after the ribbon-cutting grand opening. So committed is he to winning elections, Graham engaged in this trickery as the 2016 campaign season gets underway, and the city early ballots are hitting Valley mailboxes. And in a display of exquisite propriety, Graham neglected to notify either Maricopa County Republican Chairman Tyler Bowyer or Treasurer David Ludwig of his dastardly deed.

Now comes another first-rate idea. Graham promises to leave Republican activists alone — for a price.  For an $8.25 monthly deduction from your credit card, or a one-time donation of $99 to the Redroots Club, members are promised “the perks” of not receiving fundraising letters or phone solicitations from the AZGOP. Additionally he throws in the hook of 50% off all AZGOP events

There is even a mechanism for supporting your county. Given the dirty trick Graham pulled on Maricopa County’s Republican office, officers, and conservative base, our suggestion is to fill up the coffers with donations for Maricopa County Republican Party. It’s a good bet Graham’s deep pocket pals at the Chamber of Commerce will keep the state party’s doors open and the air conditioning humming.  

There is a catch. If you sign up, you’ll still have to endure a quarterly conference call with Chairman Robert Graham and a “special guest.”  If that includes John McCain, Jeff Flake, or Jon Kyl, you might want to request a refund.


Ringside at AZ GOP: A.J. LaFaro takes on Robert Graham

July 24, 2015

LaFaro victorious, hoisting truth and fearlessness against McEstablishment

From the ICYMI Department:  Tucson’s conservative News & Talk 104.1 KQTH radio host James T. Harris interviewed former Maricopa County Chairman A.J. LaFaro regarding the boorish actions of Arizona Republican Chairman Robert Graham.

Unbelievably, Graham stopped payment on the rent check for the Maricopa County office that just opened July 13 in Tempe. County GOP officials were notified of Graham’s reprehensible action by the bank. The usually brash Graham went uncharacteristically mute, giving no prior notice of his inconceivable actions to either current Maricopa County Republican Chairman Tyler Bowyer or County GOP Treasurer David Ludwig.

Graham, a committed McCain and establishment ally was obviously engaging in political retribution against Bowyer, who hosted and appeared onstage with Donald Trump during his Phoenix appearance. The July 11, event drew 5,000 attendees, people later marginalized by John McCain as “crazies.”*

Seeing Red AZ covered Graham’s unconscionable behavior in “AZ GOP’s Robert Graham’s spiteful retribution,” using background information by Frosty Taylor, editor of MCRC Republican Briefs.

Opening his radio interview with A.J. LaFaro, James T. Harris read the Seeing Red AZ introduction and continued to discuss the matter with LaFaro, punctuated by the entire Briefs report.

Listen to the informative interview. You’ll quite possibly find out more than you ever knew about the ruthless hierarchy of the Arizona Republican Party. Conservative A.J. LaFaro does a fine job of exposing the unsavory McUnderbelly.

Here’s an example:

“Robert Graham is pathetic,” states LaFaro. “And his latest stunt is just one more reason he needs to resign immediately or be recalled   I’ve said all along that Robert Graham has sold his soul to the devil and to the RINO establishment here in AZ — John McCain, Jeff Flake and Jon Kyl to name a few….”

Our thanks to A.J. LaFaro for speaking the truth and continuing to give conservatives a voice.

* When interviewed by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Thursday evening, McCain was asked about his characterization of conservatives as “crazies.” The slippery McCain chuckled and said he was merely “joking.” Unfortunately, O’Reilly let the deceptive McCain off the hook without any further prodding. Arizonans are more attuned. McCain, known for brandishing insults and his salty tongue, brushed off his derogatory depiction of conservatives claiming it was made in jest while dismissing the term “crazies” as a warm tribute. “I have town hall meetings all over Arizona. A guy stands up and tells me I’m crazy, I view it as a term of endearment,” McCain said.


AZ GOP’s Robert Graham’s spiteful retribution

July 22, 2015

In a clear case of intra-party punishment aimed at Maricopa County Republican Chairman Tyler Bowyer for having the audacity to buck AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham and his McCain-led establishment allies, comes this inexcusable retaliation. Bowyer hosted and appeared onstage at the July 11, 2015 Phoenix event featuring presidential candidate Donald Trump. That kind of independence doesn’t play well with those who want to dominate the party and, like John McCain, consider the conservative base “crazies.”

Kudos to Frosty Taylor, editor of Maricopa County Republican Briefs for the following report:

Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham has stopped payment on the rental check for the Republicans of Maricopa County office that opened July 13 in Tempe.

MCRC Chairman Tyler Bowyer confirms reports that the MCRC received notification of the ‘stop payment’ from the bank last week. AZGOP never notified Bowyer, nor the MCRC Treasurer of the ‘stop payment.’  MCRC Treasurer David Ludwig messaged the AZGOP upon receiving notification from the bank, however, the AZGOP has not responded.

“We are still in shock that Robert (Graham) would commit to funding the office through 2016 and suddenly pull the funding,” said Bowyer.

When Briefs contacted Graham Monday afternoon (July 20), regarding reports of the ‘stopped payment’, Graham responded, “It appears that Maricopa County is doing well.  I thought it was appropriate and wise to hold back funds and allocate the resources based on need.  With 14 other counties we have some large battles potentially in CD 1 and CD 2 not to mention our goal to bring the state house and senate to a greater majority.  We are working to help all the counties in the state with the Redroots program.  It has been my pleasure to help Maricopa get off the ground and into an office and look forward to working with them on Redroots.”

Graham denies reports circulating among GOP leaders that the AZGOP is punishing Bowyer and the MCRC for hosting the Presidential Candidate Donald Trump event a week ago that drew thousands of Republicans in attendance. 

Graham also denied reports that the AZGOP is short on funds. Graham said, “Tyler has not publicly thanked the AZ GOP or its donors for paying the rent.” However, long time party members, who were around several decades ago when Jack London gave the current AZGOP headquarters to the Republican Party, recall that the Maricopa County Republican Party Committee was to have access to quarters within that facility.

“Since the AZGOP removed the MCGOP out a number of years ago out of the 24th street shared space, it has been up to the AZGOP to compensate for that. Robert seemed to agree, but the sudden move is very strange and unexpected on our end. We have made a serious effort to adopt a teamwork philosophy and this is very disappointing to see. We will continue to work hard on behalf of Precinct Committeemen and find resources to fund the Tempe office,” Bowyer said this evening.

Monday evening Briefs sent these additional questions to Graham:

  1. Why did you issue the Tempe rental check and then stop payment on it? Did you notify the county you were stopping payment?  If so, when? And to whom?
  2. Why would the county proceed with the ribbon cutting on the new facility last week if they knew AZGOP wasn’t going to pay the rent?
  3. Did you also stop payment on the county office in Sun City? 
  4. How many county offices (throughout the state) is the AZGOP paying the rent on?  Have they also been cut off?
  5. Were you directed to stop that Tempe facility check because Maricopa County hosted Trump? trump-shunned-arizona-gop-establishment-phoenix-visit 
  6. Why didn’t the AZGOP host Trump?
  7. Will the AZGOP be hosting any of the Republican presidential candidates when/if they come to AZ?
  8. Or is this something the county needs to be prepared to handle in the future?

Graham responded that he was on his way back East for a series of meeting and didn’t have time to answer the questions.


Be vigilant: Communists still waging war on America

July 18, 2015

Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter

If you thought Communists had faded from the American landscape, think again. They are alive and well and hoisting the flag of cultural Marxism high in America — in tandem with advancing a well-oiled propaganda machine.

Author Paul Kengor, PhD* has written an insightful commentary, “Communists Celebrate Lowering of Confederate Flag,” for American Thinker. He provides historical background on state’s rights, a notion loathed by the overarching, central government-worshipping Communists, and delves into the redefinition of marriage as celebrated by the same Godless Marxists.

Referring to the Communist red flag, Kengor writes, “…communist publications like People’s World hoist the rainbow flag and denounce the Confederate flag. They do so in the name of “tolerance” while, in truth, the flag they really salute is the worst symbol of intolerance.”

“The workers of this country and the workers of every country have only one flag and that is the red flag,” said William Z. Foster, chairman of Communist Party USA, to Congress in the 1930s. CPUSA members were loyal Soviet patriots. One of them was Frank Marshall Davis, mentor to Barack Obama, who, in his July 20, 1946 Party-Line Chicago Star, wrote: “I salute the Soviet Union…. I honor the Red nation.”

Kengor’s full column is a worthy read.

*Among other books, Paul Kengor authored, “The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, the Untold Story.”


It’s official! Dr. Kelli Ward announces for U.S. Senate

July 14, 2015

After decades of McCain, her fresh, new voice is compelling, as Kelli Ward invites Arizonans to join her:  “Let’s shake up Washington together.”


Dr. Kelli Ward: Poised to challenge McCain

July 14, 2015

Dr. Kelli Ward, a two-term state senator representing Legislative District 5, sent out this encouraging message, which includes a sentence Arizona Republicans can relate to: “ The status quo and the politics of the past aren’t working for Arizona or America.”

She’s referring to the U. S. Senate seat currently occupied by John McCain.

Ward opened a U.S. Senate Exploratory Committee in April and has been traveling the state, attending gatherings and district meetings, where she meets with and answers questions posed by Arizonans. She doesn’t insult questioners. There is no ducking and dodging or holding restrictive and contrived one way “conversations as the current senator and his seatmate do.

This evening, Kelli Ward is making an official “Future Plans Announcement.”
Tuesday, July 14,  5:00 pm
Shugrue’s Bridgeview Room
1425 McCulloch Blvd
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

The event is open to the public and all are welcome. She asks that you RSVP here.

Read Dr. Ward’s impressive bio. Her views on the issues of importance to Arizona citizens are clearly defined.  Attend her announcement if you are able.

John McCain has been entrenched in Washington, D.C. since he was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, well over three decades ago. He will be 80 years old by Election Day and is running for another six-year term. 

McCain’s polling numbers are abysmal. Townhall.com a leading conservative source reported that only 30% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing to 54% who disapprove. There isn’t much variability in his numbers by party —- he’s at 35/55 with Republicans, 29/53 with Democrats, and 25/55 with registered Independents. Conservative Review gives both Arizona’s U.S. Senators an “F” rating. John McCain’s can be viewed here.  Senate Conservatives Fund urges Arizonans to Replace McCain, saying, “There are few Republicans who have betrayed our conservative principles more than John McCain.”

A senate campaign is a major undertaking, If ever there was a time to step up and put our money where our mouths are in order to send John McCain into retirement — it’s now.

He doesn’t want to go.


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