Conservative Christians Scrambling?

The New York Times has an interesting article today portraying conservative Christians as scrambling for a presidential nominee. Apparently, Giuliani’s personal life and positions on abortion, gun rights and homosexuality has leaders in this important voting block strategizing how to propel someone like Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter or Sam Brownback to front runner status.

As this blogger has asserted many times before, if the party faithful has no where to cast a vote, they won’t cast at all. Principles like protecting innocent human life, are the impetus for showing up to vote.

GOPAC comes to Tucson.

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     This Saturday GOPAC, Pima County Republican Party, and the Arizona Republican Party held another very successful candidate school. State and local candidates packed the room to learn the nuts and bolts of how to win from GOPAC associates David Avella and Todd Schnick as well as some local Arizona campaign professionals.

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     Lunch featured an uplifting speech by Arizona RNC Committeeman Bruce Ash. State Representative Jonathan Paton followed Ash. He inspired the audience and impressed the national political consultants with his delivery and message.

     Saturday’s Southern Arizona GOPAC campaign school followed the June GOPAC campaign school held in Phoenix, the largest state sponsored GOPAC training held this year. Sources said that a candidate school of this quality has not been held in Tucson for many, many years.

     Congratulations to everyone from GOPAC, Judi White and staff at the county party, and Sean McCaffrey and staff at the state party for working so hard day-in and day-out on their mission of getting Republicans elected. If you are considering donating to a national Republican organization that has not sold out the grassroots of the party we wholeheartedly endorse the well run and focused GOPAC. A big thanks as well to Jim Click for his support of the event.

Even liberal journalists are distancing themselves from Goddard because of the corruption investigation

When you’re a Democrat politician and the liberal media is denouncing you, you’ve got problems. Usually the liberal so-called mainstream media goes out of its way to promote Democrat politicians and candidates and give them positive coverage. If the liberal media is jumping on the bandwagon with the Republican Party criticizing a Democrat, that Democrat must be in some serious trouble. This is the case with Attorney General Terry Goddard, the liberal media appears to have deserted him because the latest investigation by Sheriff Arpaio into allegations of political corruption and bribery by Goddard’s office has got liberals afraid of being tainted by association and going down with Goddard.

On Horizon’s Journalists’ Roundtable Friday night, the liberal journalists hung Goddard out to dry. Tribune Reporter Mark Flatten said that Goddard has put up some “odd roadblocks” by refusing to turn over documents requested by Sheriff Arpaio in the investigation, forcing the Sheriff to subpoena them. Flatten observed that when Arpaio and county attorney Thomas objected to Goddard having his attorney present when AG employees were interviewed, Goddard responded oddly again – he attempted to take the investigation out of the public light by claiming that it should be behind closed grand jury proceedings. A Superior Court judge ruled against him on that. Flatten said that Arpaio is probably right when he says that Goddard is acting like he is hiding something. Flatten then said it was interesting to see Arpaio (who has a reputation for fighting possibly dubious public records requests from adult entertainment magazine Phoenix New Times) becoming Arizona’s champion of public records law. What is Goddard hiding?
It will be interesting to continue watching this investigation unfold, and see whether the Valley’s papers subtly continue distancing themselves from Goddard.
Friday night’s Horizon should be available within a day or two here.

Victory over Environmental Extremists

In a little reported case, a rancher had sued and won a $600,000 defamation suit against the radical Center for Biological Diversity.

The People for the West Newsletter has an excellent review (no link available):

On September 25, 2007 the Arizona Supreme Court denied review of the verdict and $600,000 damages awarded in Chilton Ranch and Cattle Company v. Center for Biological Diversity (the Center). In January 2005, an impartial jury of ten found the Center had maliciously defamed the rancher. An appeals court upheld the jury’s findings.

Overthe previous seven years Jim Chilton had contracted, at considerable personal expense, Dr. Holechek along with world-class experts in hydrology and native fish biology. They conducted dozens of fullday hands-on management consultations. The scientists regularly monitored the natural resources and made recommendations, all of which Jim Chilton followed…

During the seven years preceding the trial, the Center launched four formal attempts to legally prohibit grazing on Jim Chilton’s allotment, arguably with no scientific foundation for their litigious and procedural attacks. By the end of 2005, however, the Center was able to pay the punitive damages, having received $500,000 that year from taxpayer-funded legal settlements.

The fact that Chilton went out of his way to safeguard the environment leads one to wonder if the Center’s objective is to protect nature or control private business.  I’ve sent an email to the editor of the PFW asking him to clarify the taxpayer-funded legal settlement.

None of the major papers are reporting this landmark decision.  But the Flagstaff-based Arizona Daily Sun has background on the appeal.

This is a typical tactic of the left: put out false facts and smear your opponent.  Two weeks ago, MoveOn.org’s “Gen. Betray-us” ad back-fired, forcing the party that MoveOn had “bought and paid for” to condemn them.  Last week, the Clinton backed “Media Matters” outfit was caught creating a phoney controversy over Rush Limbaugh’s criticism of phoney Ranger Jesse MacBeth.  Now the CBD is fined for faking photographs.

I hope this is the begining of a more aggressive campaign by the cente right against the radical left.

Mr. Quayle is Unavailable

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According the Arizona Republic Political Insider, the October 17th Trunk and Tusk Dinner has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict with former Vice-President, Dan Quayle.

The dinner was to feature the former Vice-President as the keynote speaker and chief draw to raise money for the party. Unfortunately, Mr. Quayle has been called away on business to Japan as part of his venture with Cerberus.

But the Political Insider seems to think there is more intra-party mechanics at work behind the scene:

But The Insider continued to hear talk that more than scheduling was involved in Quayle’s cancellation. It wasn’t hard to believe, frankly, considering some of the local GOP’s intra-party rancor of late, especially relating to immigration. Could it have been that a few prominent Republicans or members of the congressional delegation unhappy with Arizona GOP Chairman Randy Pullen pressured Quayle not to participate?

Could it be that the “anti-Pullen” wing of the GOP is making another attempt to financially starve the GOP leadership into submission? Political Insider seems to think so based on another GOP “insider:”

I’m sure there’s a legitimate scheduling conflict. But there’s no doubt that prominent Republicans gave the vice president an earful about his willingness to raise money for the state Republican Party.

Is Chandler unfairly labeled a sanctuary city?

Chandler is frequently labeled a sanctuary city along with Phoenix. But is it really? Phoenix has an ordinance in place stating that police officers may not report illegal immigrants to I.C.E. for small violations such as traffic offenses or cite-and-release misdemeanors. Chandler has no such written policy. The definition of a sanctuary city can include a city that has no written policy, but only if its actions reflect the behavior of a sanctuary city. Recently, I.C.E. increased its responses to calls from local police around the Valley, no longer ignoring illegal immigrants arrested for most crimes. More illegal immigrants are being turned over to I.C.E. in the Valley, even in Phoenix. Over 6,000 illegal immigrants were arrested in the Valley within the past year, twice as many as the year before. It might be time to take Chandler off the sanctuary list. I’d be curious to hear if others disagree.

Federalist Society panel discussion on ballot measure campaigns & campaign finance law applicability

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies Phoenix Lawyers Chapter presents a panel discussion:

Should Campaign Finance and Disclosure Laws Apply to Ballot Measure Campaigns?

When: Tuesday, October 16, 2007, 11:30am to 1:00pm
Registration and Buffet Will Open at 11:00am, the program will begin promptly at 11:30am.

    Up to 1.5 hours CLE may be available

 

Where: The Phoenician Resort

    Las Brisas Room
    6000 East Camelback Road

Scottsdale AZ 85251

Who:

    § Andy Gordon, Partner, Coppersmith, Gordon, Schermer, Owns & Nelson PLC
    § Professor Daniel Lowenstein, UCLA Law School
    § Bill Maurer, Executive Director Institute for Justice Washington Chapter
    § Steve Simpson, Senior Attorney Institute for Justice
    § Moderated by Professor James Weinstein, Amelia Lewis Professor of Constitutional Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Details: $35 registration fee, includes hot buffet lunch

    $15, additional fee for 1.5 hours CLE credit and materials
    $20, registration for students

Registration is available online, where you can pay by credit or debit card: www.fed-soc.org/events/eventID.195/event_detail.asp

You may also register by RSVPing to Kasey Higgins (khiggins@ij.org or 480-557-8300).
The registration deadline is Friday, October 12; your courtesy in registering online or contacting Ms. Higgins before October 12 is greatly appreciated.

Gingrich Out

Newt Gingrich

The Associated Press is reporting that former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, had decided against a run for Presidency.

Although many social conservatives applaud Newt’s brilliant ideas and strategies, they were finding it difficult to reconcile it with Newt’s personal life.

Gingrich probably took seriously the GOP’s efforts to “clean its own house” and how that translates into raising money for a national campaign.

Newt’s “departure” will no doubt remind social conservatives that they should also consider the personal lives of other candidates in the race before backing any one of them.

Pappas Out, Biomedical-Campus In

Bulldozing

Arizona Republic reporter, Yvonne Wingett, finally breaches the real issue over the whole fiasco of Pappas School in the downtown area. One can assume that the Republic finally started reading the comments on its stories and blogsites like Sonoran Alliance.

From the very beginning, its been all about the land that Pappas sits upon and how it could be incorporated into the expanding biomedical campus. There was only one problem standing in the way – Sandra Dowling.

Late last year, Dowling was pressured to resign from the Maricopa County Regional School District which turned the district over to a receivership. The receivership then hired a $700/day consultant and his wife to run the district to the edge of a decision by the board.

The school isn’t even dead and buried and the land is already the hot topic of speculation and development.

Say “Goodbye” to Pappas as the Board of Supervisors prepare to vote on its fate, Monday morning.

Pappas employees can expect pink slips over the next few weeks with the county at least trying to afford them preference and priority in rehiring.

Bee Our Candidate!

Here is a great video put out by the faithful faith-based community in Southern Arizona encouraging Tim Bee to stand in the gap for faith, family and freedom.

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Southern California Dreamin’

Will they also be eligible for the DREAM act?

Will there also be an Office of Heterosexual Affairs?

     Your tax dollars at work. The University of Arizona is creating a new position for director of gay and lesbian affairs on campus. Just when I finally understand what LGBT means they go and add questioning. So now the correct term is LGBTQ (that is a mouthful, sorry bad choice of words.)

     Maybe they could have a Director of Fornication to help inhibited straight people get past their antiquated views of human sexuality.

SA – Keeping you on the cutting edge of political correctness.

Journalism slips through the Republic’s filter.

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An Arizona Republic story dated September 26 actually reports on the issue of illegal immigration without being over slanted. The article does contain several apostasies though.

Apostasy 1. Illegal immigration is a federal issue. What are two U.S. governors and six governors from Mexico doing at the meeting? The matter does not involve them since it is only a federal issue.

Apostasy 2. “The burden that illegal immigrants place on schools and hospitals.” What burden? I thought illegal immigration was a huge benefit to the U.S. A burden? I cannot believe the Republic printed such lies.

Apostasy 3. “The governors joke and pat each other on the back, but it doesn’t represent anything important.” Lady Janet would not exit the state and leave SOS Jan Brewer in charge just to go down to the beach and accomplish nothing. I know we can trust her office not to use this as a photo-op about how concerned the Governor is about border issues.

Apostasy 4. “States rely heavily on migrant labor but are concerned about the burden that illegal immigrants.” Which is it? Are they migrants or illegals? They cannot even make up their minds in the same sentence. I am shocked that the editors did not catch this one. Here is a possible correction – “U.S. border states rely heavily on migrant labor but are concerned about the meeting the needs of these foreign born residents.”

There are also a few outrages in the story.

The first one is that the U.S. is looking at giving money to Mexico, “a proposed multibillion-dollar aid package.” We are running up a deficit so that we can give money to a corrupt government that is rich in oil money, has access to two oceans, vast reserves of increasingly valuable natural resources and easy economic access to the world’s largest economy.

The other outrage is this sentence “Congress abandoned an effort to change federal immigration rules.” The news reports are that congress is still working on giving legal residency to those who are illegally in the U.S. (what some so callously call Amnesty.)

Troubled Times Ahead

Arizona Capitol Times

Long-time Arizona Capitol Times editor, Karen Fullenwider, made an abrupt exit from the paper this week.  Word is staffers are disgruntled because the new ownership, Dolan Media, seems to prize party giving over journalism.

Case in point: The Cap Times is hosting its first Leaders of the Year in Public Policy lunch Sept. 26 at the Phoenix Convention enter.  Honors go to those who are “making Arizona a better place to live.”

Gov. Napolitano will give the keynote.

Staffers were asked to stuff invitation envelopes, call officials to encourage attendance and deliver flowers or balloons to the honorees.

Blogs in recent weeks have speculated that the paper and its other publications, like The Yellow Sheet Report, have made a turn to the left since Dolan took over the company. Dead wrong. The management has no direction whatsoever.

It apparently does know the way to Party City.

As we go to “post,” we receive this note from former editor, Karen Fullenwider:

These awards being given Weds are a sham. Ginger Lamb said they were picked by the Capitol Times Editorial Board — this board does not exist. People we nominated by various individuals, namely their subordinates.   The “editorial board” (me and a couple of managers were coerced into service) were asked to rate the nominees on a scale from 1-5. Then Ginger and a lobbyist just picked who they thought should win. They also changed the categories. For example, Rebekah Friend was nominated in the “law” category but was moved to Legislative for some pc reason. 
 
It’s like high school — worse in fact.
 
I told Ginger I came to the Capitol Times to be a journalist; I will leave for the same reason. Glad I am out.

- Karen Fullenwider

The national mood.

     After doing everything possible to undermine a border security candidate in 2006 (Graf) the NRCC and RNC have been calling and mailing asking for money based on, get this, doing something about illegal immigration. This is only one small issue that I believe has resulted in some strong skepticism within the ranks of the Republican Party.

     I believe Newt Gingrich’s article from last week honestly and correctly addressed this skepticism, not only among Republicans but among many within the overall electorate. Newt has not entered the race but I think this message would get the attention of the electorate, whoever delivers it. Whether he enters the race or not his intellect and vision would be helpful to the party.

     Mitt Romney came pretty close to Newt’s tact with this ad. He also released an open letter to Republicans hitting on the same theme. I do not think Romney addresses the issue as well as Newt but he is getting closer.

     Anyone running for Congress this year (seems like half of the legislature) would do well to reflect on Newt’s words.

     I guess the NRCC is having a little trouble connecting with the party faithful. I wonder if their betrayals in 2006 were worth it?

Verschoor and Burns on the AZ Budget Deficit

Since the East Valley Tribune does not post their commentaries online, we thought you might enjoy reading this:

East Valley Tribune
Sept. 23, 2007

Gov’s budget fixes would put state in a fix

By Sen. Thayer Verschoor and Sen. Bob Burns

Like the rest of the nation, the people of Arizona are trying to come to terms with the fact that recent years of economic expansion are being challenged by a downturn in the housing and financial markets. How long that downturn will last and the impact it will have on Arizona households and various business sectors is being debated by economists.

We were glad to see Gov. Janet Napolitano acknowledge Wednesday that current economic conditions are creating a projected budget shortfall of at least $600 million. We were also glad to see her put forward a proposal and begin a dialogue with the Legislature on how best to address this problem.

How the state responds to this shortfall is crucial. If our response creates a fiscally unsustainable budget, taxpayers will be in jeopardy. We want to be perfectly clear that, whatever we do, we cannot increase the burdens on taxpayers who are already struggling to keep up with their mortgage payments and other household expenses.

Being a good steward of the state’s fiscal system means recognizing problems associated with overburdening the revenue producers as well as needs of government. We will only worsen the economic situation by increasing taxes.

Recognizing the impact of skyrocketing property values and local government property tax increases, the Legislature enacted a $235 million property tax reduction that expires, by the governor’s insistence, in the tax year of 2009. The Democrats have opposed efforts to make that rate reduction permanent, meaning it will reappear on your property tax bills.

We are concerned that Napolitano’s proposed response to the budget shortfall could put the state’s finances in a precarious and unsustainable position. Most worrisome is her continued advocacy for the state budget to become addicted to a series of long-term, interest-bearing, debt obligations to finance costs for school construction we will face each and every year for decades into the future. At some point, the debt service payments for that accumulated debt will exceed the annual amount of cash needed. This is like taking out multiple mortgages to pay for utilities.

The governor also proposes using the state’s “rainy day fund,” a onetime cash source, to keep ongoing programs afloat. She apparently is counting on some yet-to-be determined revenue increase to occur at some yet-to-be determined time in the future. This is like taking out a payday loan to cover spending based on the hope that your boss will suddenly decide to double your salary.

These responses to a financial problem do not, in our view, represent wise fiscal management. We suspect that most families and businesses understand the dangers of going into debt for ongoing spending demands. That is why we were glad to see the governor include recognition that some degree of belt-tightening should be part of the solution.

The current revenue situation requires decisive action to examine the state’s financial management and look for areas where we might be able to improve. Much of our budgeted expenditures are driven by statutory formulas that basically run on automatic.

Budget shortfalls provide a good opportunity to retain, eliminate or modify government programs and the formulas that drive their funding. The executive and legislative branches and the people of Arizona are all in this together. We have a better chance of responding appropriately if we work cooperatively, as we have in the past.

Sen. Thayer Verschoor is the Arizona Senate majority leader from District 22 in Gilbert. Sen. Bob Burns is the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and represents District 9 in Peoria.

Schweikert site back online.

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The Exploratory Committee web site for David Schweikert is online.

Thanks to Arizona Politics for catching the news.