You Tube Debate Links!

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If you missed the You Tube Debates like me, you may want to watch the instant replay one question at a time. Here is the list of questions and their links. We’d love to read your comments.

Question 1. Giuliani on New York City as a sanctuary city
Question 2. Amnesty to Illegal Immigrants
Question 3. Guest Workers
Question 4. Huckabee on College Tuition for Illegal Immigrants
Question 5. Ron Paul on Conspiracy Theories
Question 6. National Debt
Question 7. Discretionary Spending – 3 Programs to Eliminate
Question 8. Elimination of Income Tax / Isolation vs. Intervention
Question 9. Opposition to Tax Increases (Grover Norquist)
Question 10. Farm Subsidies
Question 11. Trade with China
Question 12. Gun Control
Question 13. Giuliani’s Gun Exam
Question 14. Candidate Gun Collections
Question 15. Black on Black Crime
Question 16. Abortion Penalty
Question 17 – Roe v Wade (Federal Abortion Ban)
Question 18 – Death Penalty
Question 19 – Bible
Question 20 – American Image with the Muslim World
Question 21 – Waterboarding/Interrogation/Torture
Question 22 – Iraq-Mideast Stability
Question 23 – Giuliani Using September 11
Question 24 – Vice Presidential Power and Influence
Question 25 – Homosexuality in Military
Question 26 – Log Cabin Republican Support
Question 27 – National Debt and Social Security
Question 28 – Mars Exploration
Question 29 – Conservative African Americans
Question 30 – Confederate Flag
Question 31 – Infrastructure Repair Cost
Question 32 – Ron Paul Independent Run
Question 33 – Giuliani Red Sox Fan

All Questions

Hitting it out of the park.

     Bruce Ash was the guest on this Friday’s Arizona Illustrated Roundtable. The video is posted on KUAT and should serve as a template on how to talk with the liberal media.

What NAFTA Superhighway?

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Jim Kolbe is resorting to threats of retaliation from Mexico to push the Canamex Corridor.

It is very sad to see such a fine publication as The Arizona Daily Star join Ron Paul in his belief that an ideology of globalism exists.

Henry Hyde, 1924-2007

Congressman Henry Hyde 

The Pro-Life Movement lost a great champion, hero, statesman and warrior today.

Congressman Henry Hyde passed away from complications from open heart surgery he underwent several months ago. He was 83.

Congressman Hyde will best be remembered as the author of the Hyde Amendment which prohibits taxpayer dollars being spent on abortions.

He was also an articulate spokesman for the movement having delivered thousands of speeches in defense of the unborn and their mothers.

One of my most favorite pro-life quotes came from Congressman Hyde when he said:

When the time comes as it surely will, when we face that awesome moment, the final judgment, I’ve often thought, as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible moment of loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there alone standing before God – and a terror will rip through your soul like nothing you can imagine. But I really think that those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. I think there will be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the next world – and they will plead for everyone who has been in this movement. They will say to God, ‘Spare him because he loved us,’ – and God will look at you and say not, ‘Did you succeed?’ but ‘Did you try?’

 National Right to Life has a beautiful tribute to Congressman Hyde at their website.

For many of us, Congressman Henry Hyde was a true hero and statesman.

Huckabee On The Move

Governor Mike Huckabee

Earlier this year, I speculated that Governor Mike Huckabee would eventually win the support of cultural conservatives and move up among the top tier of presidential candidates. Today’s Rasmussen poll is a small indicator that Huckabee will likely be the candidate of choice for evangelical conservatives. According to the poll, Governor Huckabee has now eclipsed Governor Romney in an Iowa poll 28% to 25%!

Everyone in the GOP knows that cultural conservatives, aka “the religious right,” make up a sizeable and crucial voting block of the Republican party. In just about every “red state,” you simply can’t win without them. So it should come as no surprise that evangelicals are finally starting to congeal in their support behind one candidate – Mike Huckabee.

Despite Governor Mitt Romney’s efforts to woo this same crowd, he will continue to have difficulty bridging a theological gap that exists between Mormons and conservative Protestants and Catholics. Many of the hard core denominations still consider Mormonism a cult and this will continue to follow Romney when he ventures into evangelical circles.

Romney also has a credibility gap from his prior experience as Governor of Massachusetts. He pushed for and passed a health care program that some have equated to the botched 1993 Clinton health care fiasco. National Right to Life failed to endorse Romney even after he presumed he reconciled with NRLC’s Massachusetts affiliate. His prior endorsements of abortion can be found on YouTube and this will continue to haunt him despite years between. Evangelicals tend to choose based on the longest standing pro-life candidate.

Giuliani will never win the vote of evangelicals unless it becomes a matter of taking a bullet to a limb rather than to the head. Giuliani’s support of taxpayer-funded abortion (even former Congressman Jim Kolbe opposed this early in his career) demonstrates both cultural and fiscal anathema to conservatives. Romney also scares the hell out of libertarians and has become known as “Bush on steroids” within independent circles. Pat Robertson’s recent endorsement of Giuliani places Robertson in the position of either being either purely expedient or off the farm.

Fred Thompson, well Thompson has been a major disappointment – a real dud. When Thompson mustered enough ego and interest to finally get into the race, America collectively yawned. Thompson has been a non-start from the beginning and National Right to Life’s PAC endorsement will do little to jump start the Thompson campaign among cultural conservatives. His record with the religious right is based only on his voting record.

That leaves Governor Mike Huckabee.

It has been my impression that cultural conservatives have been holding off comitting to anyone in the top tier because they’ve been waiting for someone better to come along. Huckabee has come along and their starting to feel relieved that they might actually have someone to vote for in 2008. Mike Huckabee also represents the most consistent cultural conservative candidate among the religious right. As an ordained Baptist minister, Huckabee represents someone rising out of the ranks. (Even minor things like his commitment to improving his personal lifestyle by losing weight reflects well with the body is your temple faithful.)

But fiscal conservative groups like the Club for Growth continue to hammer away on Huckabee over his fiscal record and statements on taxes. These are his YouTube moments and the fiscal wing of the GOP isn’t going to let him off easy. But even despite the Club’s daily rants against Huckabee, this isn’t the most important issue amongst cultural conservatives. They want a candidate who will appoint pro-life justices, treat their faith with respect and uphold traditional marriage. They are far more willing to give a presidential candidate forgiveness on prior fiscal missteps than on attacking marriage, religion and the unborn. These are akin to political blasphemy and grace runs pretty thin in political circles. So Huckabee will go much farther than wooing cultural conservatives than any of the other candidates.

For many evangelicals, Mike Huckabee also represents an opportunity for a national do-over and doing that something over right. Maybe electing someone conservative from Hope, Arkansas will be that opportunity.

 

Radicalization Act update.

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Matt at Sustainability, Equity, Development seems to share our concerns about HR 1955 and S 1959. He does admit that he expects this sort of thing from Republicans but that it was actually a Democratic bill. That being said he was not able to bring himself to discuss Gabby’s support for the bill.

All kidding aside about the congresswoman we greatly appreciate Matt’s interest in the issue.

more – Art at The Date Port is able to admit that Gabby voted for the bill.

Scary bill update.

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The U.S. House or Representatives has passed HR 1955: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007. Some people have speculated that this little more than Big Brother legislation that would enable the federal government to crack down on people for committing “thought crimes.” The Orange County Register had this to say about the bill.

Her bill threatens constitutional rights by creating an anti-terrorist commission with sweeping investigative power and a mandate to propose laws prohibiting whatever the commission deems homegrown terrorism.

Specifically, the commission is a menace through its power of hearings and subpoenas, a power expressly authorized for even a single member of the commission – little Joe McCarthy’s running around the country, holding their own private hearings. An aura of authority automatically accompanies its congressionally authorized mandate to suggest ways to stem homegrown terrorism, primarily through legislation the commission will propose.

Interesting all of Arizona’s congressmen voted for the bill with the exception of Jeff Flake (what next, an endorsement of Ron Paul?) Flake was joined by two other Republicans, Dana Rohrabacher (CA-46) and John Duncan (TN-2.) Among the few Democrats who joined Rohrabacher was Dennis Kucinich (OH-10.) The fact that Rohrabacher and Kucinich voted with only 4 others in the house against a bill should have been major news in itself. There has been very little news coverage of this bill. Interestingly the left leaning Arizona Blogs, who were all upset about the Patriot Act, seemed to have passed over the fact that all of the Arizona Democrats in the house voted for this bill.

The bill is now in the senate as S. 1959. If our readers have any insight into this piece of legislation we would appreciate comments. If there is a story here we may return with an update on this legislation.

Whip way the senate Republicans?

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The Arizona blogosphere tripped over itself today covering the news of Jon Kyl’s candidacy for the Senate Republican Whip. Even the left leaning Daniel’s News & Views backs Kyl (although for different reasons than most.) Our favorite coverage of today’s news comes from Seeing Red AZ (it was not so much the text of the story as the title that stood out.)

Much of the coverage has focused on what a great conservative is Kyl. We would beg to differ (his American Conservative Rating for 2006 was 92.) We would like to recommend some alternatives to the whip position who are actually stronger conservatives. Senator Inhofe of Oklahoma is well spoken and had an ACU rating of 100 for 2006 and 2005. He has been in the senate since 1994. DeMint of South Carolina also had a 2006 score of 100 and would be an excellent choice. One more good option might be John Thune of South Dakota, also 100 in 2006. Both he and DeMint were first elected to the senate in 2004 so the advantage might go the Inhofe for his length of service.

These other senators have the added attraction of not having worked directly to undermine the efforts of the state Republican Party in Arizona. Best of luck to all.

We have not done a thorough investigation but our current information indicates none of the people above like to hang out in public rest rooms tapping their feet or hire call girls while preaching about family values. See, the party is making progress.

Institute For Justice Rally at the Capital

Join IJ as they announce a legal challenge to ”Clean Elections.”  If you support a candidate who shares your values, the government can take your tax dollars and give it to a candidate whom you oppose.  By punishing you for exercising your first amendment rights, it is restricting your right to free speech.

The event is Tuesday, November 26th at 10:30 at lawn of the Arizona State Capital.

Is Pat Right?

Day of Reckoning 

Drudge is reporting that Pat Buchanan is about to launch a new book tour with the theme that, “America is coming apart, decomposing, and…the likelihood of her survival as one nation…is improbable — and impossible if America continues on her current course. For we are on a path to national suicide.”

Buchanan, the 1992 equivalent to 2008′s Ron Paul, releases his new book, Day of Reckoning: How Hubris, Ideology and Greed Are Tearing America Apart an addendum to his earlier release, The Death of the West.

In his latest, Buchanan asserts the following:

• Pax Americana, the era of U.S. global dominance, is over. A struggle for global hegemony has begun among the United States, China, a resurgent Russia and radical Islam

• Bush’s invasion of Iraq was a product of hubris and of ideology, a secular religion of “democratism,” to which Bush was converted in the days following 9/11

• Torn asunder by a culture war, America has now begun to break down along class, ethnic and racial lines.

• The greatest threat to U.S. sovereignty and independence is the scheme of a global elite to erase America’s borders and merge the USA, Mexico and Canada into a North American Union.

• Free trade is shipping jobs, factories and technology to China and plunging America into permanent dependency and unpayable debt. One of every six U.S. manufacturing jobs vanished under Bush

• “Sovereign Wealth Funds,” controlled by foreign regimes and stuffed with trillions of dollars from U.S. trade deficits, are buying up strategic corporate assets vital to America’s security

• As U.S. wages are stagnant, corporate CEOs are raking in rising pay and benefits 400 to 500 times that of their workers

• The Third World invasion through Mexico is a graver threat to our survival as one nation than anything happening in Afghanistan or Iraq

• European-Americans, 89% of the nation when JFK took the oath, are now 66% and sinking. Before 2050, America is a Third World nation

• By 2060, America will add 167 million people and 105 million immigrants will be here, triple the 37 million today.

• Hispanics will be over 100 million in 2050 and concentrated in a Southwest most Mexicans believe belongs to them

He then goes on to recommend the following:

• A new foreign-defense policy that closes most of the 1000 bases overseas, reviews all alliances, and brings home U.S. troops

• A purge of neoconservative ideology and the “Cakewalk crowd” from national power.

• To avert a second Cold War, the United States should “get out of Russia’s space and get out of Russia’s face,” and shut down all U.S. bases on the soil of the former Soviet Union

• To reach a cold peace in the culture war, Buchanan urges a return to federalism and the overthrow of our judicial dictatorship by Congressionally mandated restrictions on the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

• To end the trade deficits and save the dollar, Buchanan urges a Hamiltonian solution: a 20% Border Equity Tax on imports, with the $500 billion raised to be used to end taxation on American producers

• To prevent America becoming “a tangle of squabbling nationalities” Buchanan urges: No amnesty for the 12-20 million illegal aliens; a border fence from San Diego to Brownsville; Congressional declarations that children born to illegal aliens are not citizens and English is the language of the United States; and a “timeout” on all immigration.

Sonoran Alliance would like to know what Arizona conservatives are thinking. Is Pat right? Is he way off base? Is this tapping the same nerve as Ron Paul’s campaign? How does Arizona’s illegal immigration problem factor into this? What will Arizona look like in 5, 10, 20 years? Or is Pat out to make a buck on our illegal immigration woes? 

Ramos/Compean update

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The day before Thanksgiving Congressman Trent Franks, Congressional Candidate Sydney Hay, and Monica Ramos held a press conference seeking the release of Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. The comments of Sydney Hay are copied below. For further background read this article in the Houston Chronicle.

November 21, 2007
Statement by Sydney Hay regarding Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean delivered at the Federal Correctional Institution in Phoenix, Arizona

Border security is national security. Our border patrol agents are heroic in this fight to keep our nation secure from the very real threat of terrorism. They are heroic in the fight against human smuggling and drug smuggling. They are our front line of defense in the war on terror and the war on drugs. Recently, the Democrats in Congress stripped the funding that would have increased the number of full-time border patrol agents to 23,000.

No wonder Americans have lost faith in their government’s ability to secure our border. And, considering the grave injustice that has befallen two border patrol agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, is it any wonder that recruiting of border patrol agents has become difficult?

Today on the eve of Thanksgiving, we count our blessings. None is greater than being able to gather with family and friends tomorrow around the Thanksgiving table. Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean will not be at that table with family. Ignacio Ramos will be here behind me – in solitary confinement.

The drug dealer whose testimony sent this man to prison is finally being prosecuted for smuggling a load of narcotics into the US after he had been given immunity by the US attorney but be fore he testified against Ramos and Compean. The fact that the jury was not told that the prosecution’s star witness had just been apprehended with another 700 plus pounds of narcotics is an outrage. Just prior to holding up his hand and saying “trust me, I am going to tell you the truth”, he committed another felony and brought more drugs illegally into this country.

This information was withheld from the jury – who, if they had known, would have had major doubts when this man swore that he was unarmed – testimony that sent these two men to prison for a length of sentence that defies reason. There are murderers and rapists that have seen less time behind bars than these men will serve if something is not done.
This strikes at the very heart of our judicial system. Here in America you have a Constitutional right to confront your accuser, to cross-examine him, to bring out any fact that might have bearing on his credibility. Nothing is more effective in discrediting a witness than a felony indictment.

This case cries out for a Presidential pardon. The President has pardoned the Thanksgiving turkey and we all had fun with that light-hearted tradition. But a greater tradition in this country is justice. Ramos and Compean have been denied justice.

Ignacio Ramos is in prison here in Arizona. It is up to us Arizonans to let him know we will not leave him forgotten behind these concrete walls and barbed-wire fences. We must act. I’m asking every Arizonan to add Ignacio Ramos to your Christmas card list, and when you send him your card letting him know that your thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, send another card or an email or a fax or a phone call to the White House and urge President Bush to do the right thing. He pardoned Scooter Libby because the 30 month sentence was too harsh. Surely, a sentence of over 10 years for doing one’s job to protect our national security rises far above that level.
The address to send your Christmas card:

Ignacio Ramos 58079180
37901 N. 45th Ave.
Phoenix, Arizona 85046

Congressman Duncan Hunter has sponsored H.R. 563, the Congressional Pardon for Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean Act. He has been the foremost Congressional leader on this issue. Congressman Franks who joins us today is a co-sponsor of the legislation. Congressional pardon legislation has never been done before. Some say it cannot be done. It is worth trying. It will keep the light of day shining on this travesty. It may compel the President to act. If President Bush does not do the right thing before his term ends, Duncan Hunter, who is not running for reelection, knows of my commitment to this cause and has asked that I take up the mantle if elected to Congress. I have agreed. I pledge to you that as a member of Congress, I will not rest until these men are released from prison.

Going to the source.

Ron Paul

     Framer over at Arizona 8th has some insightful observations about the Ron Paul candidacy and its supporters. For his report he did some amazing research, he actually talked to some Ron Paul supporters.

     Some within the party have taken the easy way out and dismissed Ron Paul supporters as a fringe element. Framer correctly points out that such a simple analysis misses the bigger picture. Dismissing his supporters allows the party to avoid some serious soul searching. Since the end of the Gingrich era it could be argued that the Republicans have become the party of big government with the Democrats the party of even bigger government (nice range of options.) Lots of Republican candidates talk about lower taxes but few of them talk about reducing the size, in a meaningful way, of an increasingly intrusive and less effective federal government. To me that is still a core Republican principal that only one candidate is emphasizing.

McCain 5th in SC

At one time the story was that Senator McCain would make up for any early losses by doing well in South Carolina. The latest Rasmussen poll now has McCain at 9%, well behind Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney. Maybe the campaign will take solace in the fact he is at least 1 point ahead of Ron Paul.

South Carolina is reported as very socially conservative. The numbers bear that out with Giuliani in 3rd place. In a good sign for the Romney campaign he is tied for 1st place with Fred Thompson. It will be interesting to see where Romney’s numbers go after his expected wins in Iowa and Hew Hampshire.

At this time the South Carolina Republican Primary is scheduled to be held on January 19th (before the important Super Tuesday in February.)

The President’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

A great man wrote this for us to celebrate Thanksgiving.  It is something to read with family and friends.

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLIC THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the [TWENTYSECOND] DAY of NOVEMBER, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;– for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;– for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;– and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;– to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Vote for Your Favorite GOP Gents!

Editors note: It’s time to lighten it up a little bit here on Sonoran Alliance. Here’s a variation on a theme on our Pol-parazzi post. Have fun voting for your fave!

OK Republican ladies, we’d like you to vote for your favorite, conservative, Republican, elected, eligible, bachelor!

According to political pundits, these GOP gentleman are considered rising stars in their arena chomping on the bit of their next political career move. Who knows, they may even be one of our own future congressman or senator from Arizona.

Let’s quickly profile these chivalrous conservatives and no, this is not conservativematchmaker.com

Representative Jonathan Paton
Representative Jonathan Paton

Hailing from Legislative District 30 in Tucson, Representative and 1st Lieutenant, Jonathan Paton, is currently serving in his second term in the Arizona House of Representatives. Last summer, he donned his BDU’s and volunteered to serve a six month intelligence and reconstruction support mission in Iraq. He returned in February, just in time to join his fellow Republicans in pushing through critical legislation. Jonathan brings a strong international background to any conversation including a proficiency in Russian and German. According to his legislative bio, Jonathan’s “hobbies include reading, brewing beer (we are not sure if anyone has ever survived a taste-testing or not), working-out and writing.” Look for Jonathan’s State Senate campaign website to launch soon.

Representative Bob Stump
Representative Bob Stump

Straight from the westside (Legislative District 9), Representative Bob Stump is currently in his third term in the State House. Deemed by his colleagues as “one of Arizona’s most articulate and eloquent champions of conservative ideals,” Bob has obtained celebrity conservative status among such national networks as CNN, Fox News, C-SPAN and PBS. Bob has also distinguished himself as a legislative expert on bioethical issues such as cloning (if only we could clone more Bobs!) Representative Stump is also a graduate of Harvard University where he was in the brain trust of such scholars as George Will. He also ventured into the waters of Berkely where he studied philosophy and social thought and graduated with honors. According to his legislative website, Bob, “enjoys hiking, skiing and exploring our great state of Arizona.” 

Senator Jim Waring
Senator Jim Waring

North Phoenicians (Legislative District 7) can count on Senator Jim Waring as their conservative voice. Perhaps one of Arizona’s wittiest elected officials, Jim’s colleagues can always count on the good-humored Senator to deliver the right line at the right moment. Currently serving his second term in the State Senate, Jim is the likely successor to Congressman John Shadegg in Congressional District 3. Originally from the Land of Lincoln, Jim graduated from the University of Illinois before obtaining a Masters in Political Science, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Public Administration from Arizona State University. “Dr. Jim” is a popular toastmaster among GOP socialites, hosting occassional happy hour discussions at such fine establishments as Nixon’s at the Esplanade.

Now that we’ve profiled this cadre of conservatives, we’d like to have your votes. GOP gals, please take a moment and tell us what you adore in these patriotic pols and what you think their political careers hold.

Ramos and Campean press conference.

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Today, November 21st, Congressional Candidate Sydney Hay and Congressman Trent Franks will hold a press conference at the Federal Correctional Institute located north of the Carefree Highway in North Phoenix. The event begins at 3:00 pm and will appeal to President Bush to pardon the two imprisoned Border Patrol agents. Monica Ramos, wife of Ignacio Ramos will be at the event.

Money Talks, The Republic Walks

Arizona Republic

We’re not big on boycotts so in a sense, this post is really a reflection of the free market’s response to a product in decline and out of synch with its customers.

It’s no big surprise that the Arizona Republic has been leaning to the left for over a decade so when it seems that it can’t get any worse, the Republic proves it can further underwhelm us. (Although in all fairness, we do appreciate Amanda Crawford’s recent plug.)

Sadly, it no longer even makes a halfhearted attempt at providing fair coverage of the news; its news articles sound like editorials and its editorials are monolithically liberal. While Republicans hold a majority in voter registration in Arizona and Maricopa County, one would wonder why the state’s largest news source would lean so far to the left. It does not represent its residents and the market is reflecting just that.

Since the birth of his blog, EspressoPundit.com, Greg Patterson has done a great job illustrating and documenting the bias exibited by the Republic. Recently, Red State Arizona noted how many of its reporters go on to work for Democrat partisan politicians.

On Monday, Paul Giblin wrote on his East Valley Tribune blogsite how reporters are increasingly moving into the political world from the world of journalism. After covering the Arizona Legislature, reporter Robbie Sherwood left the Republic to work for Rose & Allyn for a year before finally settling with the Harry Mitchell campaign.

We’ve all come to expect The Arizona Republic to promote a liberal agenda on top of its sometimes sloppy and irrelevant news. The people are voting with their dollars and its showing as subscriptions are dropped and people take their news reporting online – the classic free rider problem – for the Republic, that is.

So our question is this, “Why spend a dime when you can read it free online?”