Archives for November 2007

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?”

Senator Waring calls for cell user’s Bill of Rights

I’m not going to waste your time blogging about why we need this bill. If you are a user of that cutting edge communications device known as a cell phone, then you are probably familiar with your provider’s modus operandi of lousy (or suddenly dead) connections, dropped calls, inexplicable charges, rude and inattentive customer service, phones that break for no reason (and always for that one cause not covered by your warranty or insurance), and my personal favorite, contract extension blackmail.

If not, can you please give me the name of your provider?

Susan Bitter-Smith, the telecommunications lobbyist and perennial Congressional candidate, was successful in defeating protections for cell phone user’s in the previous session. Waring has a track record of getting major legislation through, from reigning in uninsured drivers, protecting the public against intoxicated ones, and GPS monitoring of sex offenders, to name just a few, often over the objections of industry mercenaries.

This one has a real chance. Email Senator Waring at Jamesfwaring@yahoo.com with your support or cell phone nightmare story, and get in touch with your legislators.

McCain in 3rd place in AZ

Senator John McCain is in third place in the latest Rocky Mountain Poll. He not only trails Rudy Giuliani but is way behind None of these.

A Day At The Races LD-12

From time to time, Sonoran Alliance will be previewing the 2008 legislative contests, looking at the candidates and issues involved in the top districts in the state.

A Day At The Races LD 12

Senate: There may or may not be a race here in this Glendale/Surprise based district. The incumbent is Republican Robert Blendu, a relatively conservative State Senator with his eyes on the Senate Presidency. If he faces a challenge at all it will come from term-limited fellow-GOPer, State Representative John Nelson. Nelson is equally conservative and has had a longer political career than Blendu that includes some time on the Phoenix City Council. If this primary occurs it will be an interesting race featuring two very similar candidates. Both are good fundraisers and both begin the contest with plenty of money in the bank. There is still some question whether or not Nelson will run or if he will simply wait two years for Blendu to hit his own term limits and vacate the office. As far as the general election goes, the Democrats have tried to beat Blendu in the past and were very unsuccessful. Additionally, the district has grown increasingly Republican over the last several years, so much so that the Democrats failed to field any candidates in the House or Senate races in 2006.

House: With John Nelson reaching the end of his term, Republicans in the district had been looking for someone to team up with State Representative Jerry Weiers. Weiers is the brother of the Speaker of the House Jim Weiers and he is reliably conservative on every issue. Local GOPers believe they have their man and they are very excited about their recruited candidate, Steve Montenegro. Montenegro has already earned the endorsements of Weiers and, more importantly, U.S. Congressman Trent Franks, for whom he works. The Franks endorsement is huge in this district and the manner in which Montenegro has secured the backing of the PCs and leaders in the district suggests that he has been paying attention to his boss’ political skills. GOP officials are excited about Montenegro’s profile as well as his solid conservative positions. Montenegro was brought to the United States (legally!) by his parents when he was an infant and he has “made the most of the American dream” as one Republican politico describes it. In addition to his work with Congressman Franks, the bilingual Montenegro also works as a youth pastor. At this time there are no Democrats filed for these seats and, with an almost 8,000 vote advantage, it remains to be seen what effort the Democrats will make to challenge here.