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McCain registers a steep drop in South Carolina.

If Lieberman were a Republican, this would be news

Greg at EspressoPundit correctly summed up the media creation that was John McCain — he was a Republican who would blast Bush and agree with the New York Times editorial board back when no one else would.

Contrast the media’s fawning and non-stop coverage of McCain with Joe Lieberman.  If ever there was a story that deserves big headlines, this is it — a Democrat who was expelled from his party because he chose U.S. national security over Bush hatred.

“I think either [Democrats] are, in my opinion, respectfully, naïve in thinking we can somehow defeat this enemy with talk, or they’re simply hesitant to use American power, including military power,” Lieberman said in a wide-ranging interview with The Hill.

“There is a very strong group within the party that I think doesn’t take the threat of Islamist terrorism seriously enough.”

…“I fear that some people take this position also because anything President Bush is for, they’ll be against, and that’s wrong,” said Lieberman, a staunch advocate of the war. “There’s a great tradition in our history of partisanship generally receding when it comes to foreign policy. But for the moment we’ve lost that.”

Lieberman was the only non-Republican in June to vote against Democratic efforts to pass a resolution expressing no confidence on embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. He has no plans to endorse a Democrat for president, including the senior senator from his home state, Christopher Dodd, and is open to backing a Republican candidate for president. Lieberman also startled Democrats when he lent his support to the re-election bid of Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a top target of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

More on the Passing of Scott Stewart

Scott was a kind person with a mild manner and a keen sense of duty and political instinct. He worked hard and loved the Republican Party. I knew him for many years, but got to know him well about 5 years ago after I was elected the County Treasurer. At the time, the County was in transition and I was determined to update the financial system and keep the books and filings on track. For consistency and continuity, I kept all the records at the headquarters. There were many times when Scott held my hand through long hours of an FEC nightmare or some computer glitch that only he could fix. When I was convinced it could not get worse – Scott calmly told me otherwise and helped me sift through the world of federal, state and local fiscal accountability – and he always did it with a smile on his face.
I am grateful for Scott – for all he knew, for all he did and for all he was. May God bless you, my friend.
The following is the obituary that will be in tomorrow’s paper:

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Scott Stewart joined his Lord on July 28, 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona. Scott
was born in 1963 and was a graduate of Cactus High School in 1983 and
Northern Arizona University in 1989. Scott was preceded in death by his
father Wally Stewart.

Scott was active with the Arizona and California Republican parties and
served both over the past twenty years. He is survived by his mother,
Marlee J. Stewart of Peoria, Az. and his brother Randy, niece, Hannah,
nephews David and Jonathan of Roslyn, New York.

A memorial service will be at Sovereign Grace Church, 1280 N. Cooper Rd.,
Gilbert, AZ. 85233 at 11:00 a.m. on August 2, 2007.

The Family has requested donations in lieu of flowers be made to Sovereign
Grace Church (1280 N. Cooper Rd., Gilbert, AZ. 85233) or Kids Chance of
Arizona Organization (P.O. Box 36753, Phoenix, AZ 85067-6753).

Scott Stewart – A Farewell Tribute

GOP activist, Scott Stewart, passed away yesterday. Not much is known at this time but apparently he died from a heart attack.

The Arizona Republican Party issued this statement today:

A FAREWELL TO SCOTT STEWART

“The Arizona Republican Party pays tribute today to Scott Stewart who passed away yesterday.

“For those who had the honor to know and work with Scott during his distinguished career, we will remember a gentleman and patriot who loved his family, his party and his country.  Scott Stewart served the Republican Party in both Arizona and California with tremendous dedication and brought to the party an energy and enthusiasm that will not be forgotten.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Stewart family and friends.”

Randy Pullen

NO! On Phoenix Prop One!

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Why we must vote “NO” on Prop One, the new sales tax.

By Roy Miller, taxpayer activist, Phoenix

Inasmuch as public safety is the primary responsibility of government, why is it necessary to secure its funding via a supplemental tax increase? Shouldn’t this essential function of government have first call on the existing revenue sources? Of course it should. Why, then, is it placed before the voters as a special need?
  
The answer is simple. The City already spends millions of our tax dollars on a bloated bureaucracy and frivolous expenditures. These peripheral items are what ought to be put to a public vote. They aren’t, though, because the City well knows we wouldn’t approve them. That is why they cynically bury this waste in the core budget and offer the critical public safety needs as an optional expenditure needing voter authorization.

City politicians must be rebuked for this cynical use of the ballot aimed at allowing them to keep funding their numerous pet projects. They think that all they need to do is hold citizens hostage by insisting on added taxes for those functions that all agree are proper and then they can continue spending the millions we already pay in taxes on functions that are either less important or that should not be performed by government at all. If we continue to let them get away with this tactic there will be no stopping the growth of city government expenditures.
  
The City’s politicians are making fools out of the voters. It is the council’s duty to take no more money from the people than the minimum amount that is needed to perform the proper functions of government. Under the current crop of politicians, Phoenix government spending has been exploding faster than any reasonable measure of the people’s ability to pay. Very few citizens are getting the kind of increases in compensation that Phoenix is getting in its budget.

Furthermore, there isn’t any problem facing the City of Phoenix for which a tax increase is necessary. The tax revenue currently coming in to the City of Phoenix totals far more than is needed to fund the proper functions of city government. The city’s bureaucrats need to spend the money they are already getting in a responsible manner to ensure that public safety is taken care of before any other uses of tax money are considered. They need to learn to prioritize, just like citizens of Phoenix have to do with the money they earn.
 
And, to rub salt in our wounds, there is another item on this ballot (Prop 3) that would allow the same politicians to circumvent the Arizona Constitution’s spending limits. These spending limits quite generously allow the City’s budget to increase along with the growth of Phoenix. Generous as this automatic increase is, the City routinely demands even more.
 
We need to put a stop to this cynical pillaging of the taxpayers. We can get a start on doing this by voting NO on Proposition One.

Gingrich Speaks

As Oscar the cat waits outside the political hospice room of Senator John McCain, Newt Gingrich has gone out on a limb with a prediction for the Dems. The only thing I disagree with in his assessment, is the order of the nominations.

Giffords is sweet.

     Gabrielle performed right on queue after the sugar industry invested in her. She voted for the farm bill, which raises price supports for the sugar lobby as well as wheat and soybeans. These artificial pricing schemes lead not only to higher prices for consumers but also to overproduction. The excess sugar will be sold at below market prices for a cost to taxpayers of $1.4 billion. No wonder Giffords is raising so much money for her next campaign. She performs very well for those able to buy tickets to the show.

“Compassion Mongers” let down AZ’s children.

     State Superior Court Judge Edward Burke has ordered the release of CPS case files relating to three Tucson area children, two of whom are deceased and one who is assumed deceased.

     The judge sided with the Arizona Daily Star, which sued for release of the reports, and State Representative Jonathan Paton, who has schedule hearings regarding the CPS penchant for keeping secret the files of children who die while their situations are under investigation by the agency. A story in Sunday’s Star reveals that hearings might be a very good idea at this time. Paton, quite correctly, plans “on asking CPS directly what it needs to do to improve.”

     State Representative Steve Farley was on the John C. Scott show whining about hiding the files from the public eye in order to protect the safety of children. Of course Scott (Mr. Wiffleball) did not ask the obvious follow-up question of how do you protect the safety and welfare of a dead child. Farley likes to point out that he is eminently qualified on matters relating to CPS because he went on a ride-along. (I will let the absurdity of that comment stand on its own.)

     Farley also moaned that any hearings regarding CPS should be held by Pete Hershberger and the Human Services Committee. Maybe house leadership decided that after SEVEN years in the legislature working on children’s issues a fresh perspective was called for. To say nothing of Hershberger’s obvious conflict of interest overseeing an agency to which he so closely linked. When you build your campaign around the message “I care about children” you invite people to measure the actual outcome of your performance. (I personally sat through a Republican LD-26 meeting a few years ago where Hershberger droned on about how proud he was of a bill he worked on that would fix the problems at CPS. The children in question died well after Hershberger’s “fix.”)

     Thank you to the legislators who believe that a life lost is worth investigating instead of quietly sweeping the CPS file under the rug.

Rio nowhere.

     A private foundation and free enterprise achieve what an act of the legislature and the city council fail to create. The Tucson Citizen has an article about the success in creating an “urban pedestrian experience for shopping, dining, and services.”

     Maybe Rio Nuevo could spend a fortune to have a fancy consultant study why Main Gate Square has been a success.

Settling in.

McCain consolidates his solid 4th place showing in Iowa.