The Few and the Brave.

     The above would make a great movie title for a film about Republicans still living inside the city limits of Tucson. Even fewer are those Republicans who dare run for the city council. Lori Oien is one of them. She is running for the seat in Ward 2. She may have a chance if she just had to win over the voters of Ward 2 but in the general election voters city-wide get to vote on the representative for Ward 2 (and the other wards in the city.)

     So Lori will have to do everything right to get out her message. Like have an effective web site up and running (Click on the Photos link to see all the pictures of Arizona’s favorite Republican Governor.) She might even want to have the local county party post a link on their web site. No, not there. Maybe the county party would send out an e-mail with a link. No, not that either. It took reading an article in a local blog that mostly supports Democrats to finally find the web page for the one Republican brave enough to try and win a seat on the Tucson City Council. We wish Lori all the best but offer one small piece of advice. A web site is not much use if it is kept a secret.

     We have it on good information that the Republican Party in the state’s second most populace county will at some point in the future have a functional web site. That would be nice. There are Republican Legislative Districts that have better web sites. There are Republican Clubs with more effective sites.

Rep. Reagan Shutters Congressional Campaign Office

Last Thursday’s vote on HB2641 (Parental Consent) was a nice victory for pro-life, pro-family forces at the Capitol.  During a session when increased numbers of liberal Democrats is making it difficult to pass common-sense reforms that protect families and the unborn, the 34-21 passage of a Parental Consent bill was a solid boost to pro-life groups.  3 Democrats supported the bill (Brown, McGwire and Rios) while 2 Republicans opposed it.  While the No vote of Rep. Pete Hershberger (R-LD26) was not a surprise, many folks expressed surprise that the only other Republican to oppose the measure was Rep. Michele Reagan (R-LD08).

Ever since her involvement in the coup attempt on former Speaker Jake Flake that ultimately passed Janet Napolitano’s bloated budget in 2004, Reagan has been attempting to cultivate an image as a reasonable moderate, voting with the Republican majority on most measures.  Yet Thursday’s vote served as a powerful reminder that Rep. Reagan remains little more than a Carolyn Allen clone.  Her desire to succeed Sen. Allen (R-LD08) when Allen retires seemingly obligates her to carry water for extreme causes such as this.

Denying parents the right to be involved in life and death decisions where their minor children are concerned places Reagan well outside the mainstream, not just of the Republican party, but the general public as well.  Folks at the Capitol say that this is confirmation that Reagan is not considering a congressional run for the CD05 seat and that she is content to wait for the Allen Senate seat.

Mom and Daughter.jpg  As experts often point out, many victims of rape and abuse who are impregnated by their abuser are often taken to the abortion clinic by that abuser, usually a much older man.  There the evidence of the crime is scrapped from the minor’s belly without her parents ever knowing about what was going on.  Fortunately, the bill passed over Reagan’s and Hershberger’s objections and parents may soon be able to look out for the health and well-being of their young daughters while protecting them from continued assault by those sexual predators.

The most popular political blogs in Arizona

Somebody asked me recently what were the top political blogs in Arizona, so I thought I’d take a stab at listing them. Finding a list of them primarily from BlogNetNews.com, an aggregate of political blogs, here’s what I’ve come up with, using the website rankings provided by alexa.com, which is considered the most reliable rankings available for websites (their rankings are provided based on users who have downloaded their alexa browser helper; this method of sampling is considered more reliable than any other website ranking system currently available on the internet). Every website in the world within approximately the top 5 million most popular or slightly more is ranked. So for example, Yahoo.com is ranked #1, MSN.com is ranked #2, and Google.com is ranked #3. I regret to inform you that hotazitgets.com beats out sonoranalliance.com, although we’re second after them. Most of the Arizona political blogs didn’t make the top 5 million cut so I am not bothering to list them. A few are only second level domains (like arizonagrowler.blogsome.com – blogsome is the domain tracked by alexa) so they cannot individually be tracked, however, based on what I can tell none of them are likely more popular than the top few listed below.

hotazitgets.com – 2,768,115

sonoranalliance.com – 3,350,095

azcongresswatch.com – 4,201,618 (liberal blog)

azconservative.org – 6,370,000

espressopundit.com (not listed – probably not within top 5 million)

politicomafioso.com (not listed – probably not within top 5 million)

wactivist.com (not listed – probably not within top 5 million – liberal blog)
The Arizona Republic’s combined website, azcentral.com, is ranked 2,313, which is fairly high, but if you look at a chart of their traffic over the last few months, it’s steadily decreasing. The percentage of visitors has gone down by 20% over the past 3 months. The East Valley Tribune’s numbers are also decreasing in similar numbers, it’s currently ranked 37,901 but it’s decreased by 3,896 over the past 3 months, 18% less visitors.

News of the Day – Thomson, Hagel, Romney and a CTU Agent Named Schroeder

Senator Fred Thompson is considering jumping into the GOP Presidential race. Considering Thompson’s consistent views and votes on the issues important to conservatives, he may draw a sizeable crowd among conservatives. Many GOP true and faithful are still not 100% commited to the handful of early entries. McCain is simply disliked, Giuliani is too liberal and Romney’s past continues to haunt him. A Thompson entry may spark some excitement but its still too early to speculate how much critical mass he can acquire.

The presidential announcement that wasn’t occurred today when Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel drew reporters only to to tell them he hadn’t decided to run, yet. But even stranger than the announcement was an insinuation that President Bush might be impeached before all is said and done. Hagel bagel, what’s up with this guy? Jim Jeffords, move over.

Meanwhile, Governor Mitt Romney, is reported to have made sizeable donations to Massachusetts affiliates of the National RIght to Life Committee and Family Reasearch Council. While he has certainly put his money where his mouth apparently is, will this be enough to persuade single-issue voters to jump on the Romney bandwagon?

But there’s nothing like a Vice President who’s not up for a presidential bid. In a speech to the American Israeli Political Action Committee today, Vice President Cheney let loose against the cut and run congress.

Finally, is that former Scottsdalian Ricky Schroeder on 24?

The Great Global Warming Swindle

Here’s a great little video on the nonsense being pushed by the control maniacs.

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An idea that is long overdue

HT to Redstate for posting on Congressman John Shadegg’s Enumerated Powers Act.  And they even have a podcast with the Congressman.  Well worth the visit to Redstate to read and hear.

The entire bill is below.  While there is not much chance of getting Democrat co-sponsors, Reps. Franks and Renzi should jump on board.

H.R.1359

Enumerated Powers Act (Introduced in House)
HR 1359 IH

110th CONGRESS, 1st Session

H. R. 1359

To require Congress to specify the source of authority under the United States Constitution for the enactment of laws, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 6, 2007

Mr. SHADEGG (for himself, Mr. WESTMORELAND, Mr. MILLER of Florida, Mr. GARRETT of New Jersey, Mr. LAMBORN, Mr. GINGREY, Mr. FLAKE, Mr. GOHMERT, Mr. MARCHANT, Ms. FOXX, Mr. BARTLETT of Maryland, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. HERGER, Mr. AKIN, Mr. CONAWAY, Mr. BISHOP of New York, Mr. PAUL, Mr. MCCOTTER, and Mrs. MYRICK) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL  

To require Congress to specify the source of authority under the United States Constitution for the enactment of laws, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Enumerated Powers Act’.

SEC. 2. SPECIFICATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY FOR ENACTMENT OF LAW.

(a) Constitutional Authority for This Act- This Act is enacted pursuant to the power granted Congress under article I, section 8, clause 18, of the United States Constitution and the power granted to each House of Congress under article I, section 5, clause 2, of the United States Constitution.

(b) Constitutional Authority Statement Required- Chapter 2 of title 1, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 102 the following new section:

`Sec. 102a. Constitutional authority clause

`Each Act of Congress shall contain a concise and definite statement of the constitutional authority relied upon for the enactment of each portion of that Act. The failure to comply with this section shall give rise to a point of order in either House of Congress. The availability of this point of order does not affect any other available relief.’

(c) Clerical Amendment- The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 2 of title 1, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 102 the following new item:`102a. Constitutional authority clause.’.

Rudy on Life.

Sure it’s from 1989 but Rudy seems like a pretty enthusiastic supporter of abortion in this video. He will at least have some explaining to do. (Click on the arrow twice to view the video.)

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