Kolbe unplugged.

Koble and Giffords.jpg Jim Kolbe spoke with the Tucson Citizen recently. Kolbe is reported as saying that the Republican Party has been focusing too much on abortion. To quote “It takes us away from our core element and our core values.” That is an interesting view. Respect for human life takes the Republican Party away from its core values. 

I guess Kolbe was so busy with his duties as a congressman that he missed the huge success that the party had with pro-life Ronald Reagan at the helm. Or that both George H. W. Bush and his son won the presidency on a pro-life platform. Since 1981 a Republican has been president for 18 of the past 26 years, all of them pro-life. The very pro-life Senator Jon Kyl just defeated a well funded challenge in which he was directly attacked for his position on abortion. 

One policy that really did cost us in the last election was allowing a gay Republican congressman to chase after young men in the page program. I guess Kolbe would rather attack pro-lifers than an adult who cultivates young men just before they reach the age of consent. 

I have a very simple question for Kolbe. Where do committed pro-lifers go politically? Since we see the protection of innocent human life as a fundamental good we cannot in clear conscience be part of a group that believes the opposite. Does Kolbe want us to form a third party? Does he prefer that we just stay home on election day? These are important questions because the Republican Party, since Reagan became president, has done quite well with the pro-life vote. Is Jim suggesting that the party now toss us overboard? I hope the party enjoys life in the minority if that is the plan. 

Saturday 12-30-06, 7:15 am

President Gerald Ford (1913-2006)

President Gerald Ford 

Former President Gerald Ford died yesterday at the age of 93. He was the only President I’ve ever met personally.

I was 11 years old and my family had taken a vacation over Christmas break. My stepfather drove us from Tucson to Long Island in December of 1975. On our cross country drive back to Tucson we stopped in Washington, D.C. A visit to the White House was definitely in order. At the time, I barely had an idea who the President was and no clue of a definition of politics. But I did know that the country had gone through this thing called “Watergate.” All I remember was how boring all this political stuff was.

 I was quite excited that winter day as a guide shepherded us through the various rooms of the White House. At one point during the tour, we came to a long hallway off the West Wing. The hallway was roped off and the guide told us that if we waited a moment we might see the President come out of a meeting. All the children were told to come to the head of the line. Suddenly, people began coming out of a room down the hallway and there he was, the President of the United States, Gerald Ford. There was a hush over the tour that caught the President’s attention as he was about to walk away. He turned and faced the crowd and smiled. The next thing I remember he was standing in front of all us children shaking our hands and asking where we were all from. I yelled out Tucson and he acknowledged, “Tucson?” It was a short meet and greet but it was my intersection with the Presidency and I never forgot it.

President Ford was not a strong conservative but he was a Republican who tried to get the country back on track after a terrible war and national scandal. He also gave us Jimmy Carter which ultimately set the future for one of the greatest Presidents, Ronald Reagan.

President Gerald Ford’s legacy will not be great and I cannot see him as a great President. He was simply a Republican leader seeking to fix a mess and heal public confidence. I think he started us down that path but it would not come to fruition until 1981. At this time, my prayers are with his family.

Merry Christmas!

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Arizona Bumps Nevada in Population Growth

Immigrants

The Tucson Citizen is reporting that Arizona is now the fastest growing state in the country – officially knocking Nevada out of first place.

This might help explain part of the last election cycle in which Arizona went from six Republican Congressmen to four Republicans and four Democrats. Perhaps California and the midwest is now having an effect on election results?

As a resident of the East Valley (Mesa), I have been telling my LDS Republican friends that the East Valley will not be an LDS political haven too much longer. Tons of new houses being bought up by Californians and Midwesterners are bringing with them Democratic and liberal values. Many of the Midwestern new residents are Catholic which typically trends Democratic.

Can the East Valley expect a change to the congressional seat currently held by a conservative Republican Mormon? I don’t expect it immediately but if the influx of new residents continues, the LDS community will lose political control of key seats in the legislature, city councils and county posts.

Maricopa GOP to address disloyal PC’s.

Republican PC’s who cross over to publicly support Democrat candidates are the subject of proposed changes to the Maricopa County Republican Committee by-laws. The amendments were proposed at the recent Executive Committee meeting for a vote at the county wide election to be held on January 13 th, 2007 at Sunnyslope High School.

Party loyalists were concerned with recent actions by some PC’s whose names were publicly listed as Republicans for Janet on the Janet 2006 web site. One of the crossover PC’s, Wes Gullett, is now heading up the McCain for President Exploratory Committee.

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The Long and Winding Road to GOP State Chairman.

road sign.jpgHere is a guest article on the saga of Lisa James’ attempt to be a deligate to the GOP state convention.

Amidst the din of mariachi music at District 8’s Christmas party at the Scottsdale Los Olivos Mexican Restaurant last Thursday; a barely audible announcement was made to the 156 people in attendance. As the attendees were chowing down on their buffet selections, chairman Royce Flora gave the assemblage the news that Lisa James had become a resurrected state committeeman.

James embarrassingly did not win election at her District 8 meeting where state delegates were selected, and was spirited miles across town to District 20 where she was mysteriously elected. After cries of “Foul!” from those who viewed these actions with suspicion, she quietly resigned. Amazingly, she has reappeared as a brand, spanking, new state committeeman back home. The pace is dizzying!

Seems Keith DeGreen, off yachting in the warm, blue waters of San Diego, chivalrously gave up his elected seat. DeGreen was not in attendance at the holiday festivities of the unquestionably accommodating district. Lisa joined the gathering about 8:30.

When District 8 balloting was originally conducted, the final list included 72 nominees through election, and 10 alternates, in sequence of their individual votes. James was far down the list at number 82. The next alternate is Maxine Decker, followed by Lynn Pajerski. There are eight other alternates lined up behind them. Those elected within their own districts are not technically state committeemen until the county chairman asks for a motion of certification. It is ethically appropriate that the person with the next highest number of votes would fill the position vacated by DeGreen.

Running afoul of proper procedure is becoming the name of the game as it relates to Lisa James and her quest for normalization while reaching for the pinnacle of GOP State Chairman. Since she was unable to affect a win in her home district, why are the state party heavies pinning their hopes on her for state chairmanship? The name John Sydney McCain III comes to mind. She is most definitely the establishment pick.

It will be a surprise if these devious moves don’t solicit a challenge at the January 13, 2007 Maricopa County Republican meeting. The party regulars are serious about the task before them. They are mostly tired of game-playing and uninspiring candidates who don’t represent the platform of the GOP. Lisa James has gotten off on the wrong foot several times, and the tough stuff hasn’t even begun.

Sonoran Alliance Reader.

Rio Nuevo update.

Here is a recent conversation that took place in Arizona between a persistent child and a parent.

Child: But I want it.

Parent: What exactly are you going to do with $600,000,000?

Child: I told you, it is for a science project. I am going to revitalize downtown Tucson.

Parent: I remember. But how are you going to revitalize it? On what will the money be spent?

Child: You are so unfair. You always give money to my big brother but never to me.

Parent: I did not say I would not give you the money. I just asked how it would be spent.

Child: I told you. The University needs it for a science center and Tucson is going to revitalize downtown. You have to support the University!

Parent: OK, if you cannot tell me how the money will be spent then tell me when you will start all of these wonderful projects.

Child: Sometime between when the University raises the cost of tuition and Tucson can get around to deciding the specifics of the plan.

Parent: Are you sure you need this money even if you don’t know how it will be spend.

Child: Of course. It is so important the future of Southern Arizona depends on it. And it’s for science!

The parent acquiesced and now we have … well I am not sure what we have because before securing the funding no one decided exactly what Rio Nuevo entailed. The whole project has now become a joke even among the left. Read the sarcasm laced comments of Nintzel in the Tucson Weekly and see the cartoon from Fitzsimmons of the Arizona Daily Star.

The Tucson Citizen has a well-written article about Rio Nuevo. It will be great if they ever build the Convento and Gardens. Several other things have been loaded onto Rio Nuevo but these two items would do the most to preserve the character of Tucson. The schedule calls for the Gardens and Mission to be finished in 2008 and 2009. We’ll see.

Life after Kolbe.

Progress marches on. I wonder if Gabby will take credit for this?

District 26 news.

There is a good update of LD 26 on Arizona 8th.