Mesa Mayor’s Race – By the Monies II

The race for Mayor of Mesa reveals some interesting information on the candidates’ contributions and expenditures. Here are the latest campaign finance reports:

Rex Griswold

Scott Smith

Claudia Walters


Sonoran Alliance has best month ever

Here is the graph from our sitemeter traffic counter. We are not claiming that these are unique visits, only that the trend is excellent. Compare this with Espresso Pundit’s graph on how the newspapers are doing.

A big thank you to our readers and contributors!

And here’s yet another instance of Napolitano promoting herself

When we had our first child 2 years ago, we received a letter in the mail from Governor Napolitano congratulating us on our new baby. What does the governor have to do with us having a baby? I wonder how much it cost to send those letters out to every parent in the state who has a baby. We were disgusted with the obvious self-promotional purpose of the letter. There was no need to send it, we didn’t get anything out of it.

When we had our second child a year later, we received another letter from Napolitano, this time inserted into a packet from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust about how to raise children. The letter is below, and it’s on the governor’s official state stationery. I would hope that Piper Trust paid for the mailing and copies of the official letterhead, not us state taxpayers. Regardless, it’s still inappropriate for the governor to be using her stationery to send out frivolous letters to new parents. And it’s insulting. Napolitano doesn’t know more about raising children than we do, especially since she doesn’t have children.

This is more free campaign advertising for Napolitano skirting the law in preparation for her future Senate run, more of the wasteful self-promotion that our friends at Red State Arizona pointed out yesterday.

Unfortunately, as Red State points out, the mainstream media won’t cover this, they’re so blinded by their love for Democrats they will only write fawning articles about Napolitano. Meanwhile, our tax dollars continue paying for her to skirt campaign laws and promote herself. I’m getting sick of reading blog post after blog post about this puffery on the public dole continuing to occur, is there anybody home at the Arizona Republic or are they too busy packing up to go out of business?

Sinema true to form

 Partial Birth Abortion

The legislature is moving toward passage of a ban on late term abortions. Representative Kyrsten Sinema is preparing to oppose the law. The procedure, which Sinema wants to keep legal, involves delivering a baby feet first (breach) and then dispatching the child while it’s skull is still in the birth canal. Sinema defends her action by saying the law impinges on a “woman’s rights.” What about the pre-born females who don’t survive the event? So much for feminism extending to the whole sisterhood.

Back when conventions mattered

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Humphries picking up the pace.

The Trent Humphries campaign official kick off will be on Saturday, March 8th. Instead of the usually announce- ment meeting Trent has structured the event around a service project. They will be cleaning up trash along Oracle Road in NW Tucson. Their approach is a little different but it is refreshing to see some innovative thinking in a campaign. Details of the event are on their press release (PDF format.)

See you on Saturday!

Press Release: Susan Bitter-Smith Announces

Susan Bitter-Smith 

For Immediate Release: February 28, 2008
Contact: Brian Hummell, (602) 339-9203

Susan Bitter Smith Announces Exploratory for Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District

Susan Bitter Smith released the following statement today:

Dear Friends:

After much thought, and encouragement from fellow residents and community leaders I am excited to announce the formation of an official exploratory committee for my potential candidacy for Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District.

It has become increasingly clear that the “change” of 2006 quickly became “business as usual” in 2007. And 2008? Well, it’s an election year – nothing will get done. What will the Washington DC talking points be this year?

We were told last year and will be told again, that immigration reform, balancing the budget and ending our dependence on foreign oil were and are the top priorities of our current Congressman. Predictably, nothing has happened on those fronts, except an increase in deficit spending.

We don’t need any more rehashed talking points from Washington DC – we need action points. The challenges facing the Fifth District require action, and leadership.

As a second-generation Arizonan, I can remember when we were a “small” state. It took great leaders to fight for Arizona’s interests on the national stage. We are fortunate that our small state was blessed with true, larger-than-life leaders like Barry Goldwater, Carl Hayden and John J. Rhodes. My introduction to Washington politics came as an intern for Republican Minority Leader Rhodes. It was a different time in Washington and in our country, but leadership is timeless.

As a tax-cutting member of the Scottsdale City Council; a consolidation advocate on a local school board; and a steward of our most precious Arizona resource as the President of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board, my record of leadership on vital Arizona issues is clear.

Over the next month I will explore within the framework allowed to determine if my brand of leadership and action are right for the Fifth District. I invite voters to share with me their ideas about how to make sure our interests are best represented in Washington DC.

About Susan:
Susan Bitter Smith, is the Executive Director of the Arizona – New Mexico Cable Communications Association. Susan is currently serving her second term as an elected member of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board of Directors. She was elected President last year – the first woman to serve as President of the CAWCD Board. As a member of the CAWCD Board, Susan was instrumental in working with Arizona’s Congressional Delegation in the settlement of the CAWCD Repayment Settlement dispute with the United States Department of the Interior and the federal finalization of the Gila Indian Water Rights dispute. She is a former Vice-Mayor and City Council member in the City of Scottsdale, Arizona, and was active as a Councilman in the areas of economic development, planning and zoning reform, water delivery issues, and budgetary reform. She is a Past Chairman of the Walter Cronkite Foundation, a Past President of the ASU Alumni Association, and the Honorary Chairman of the ASU MBA Alumni Council. She is a Past Chairman of the American Society of Association Executives, is the Past President of the Arizona Society of Association Executives, and received ASAE’s highest award, the Key Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2001.

Susan chaired the Arizonans for Bush campaign in 1988 and 1992 and was Chairman of the Steve Forbes for President campaign in Arizona in 1996. Susan is the co-host of the “Arizona Almanac” radio show, and was a Republican candidate for Congress in Arizona’s First District in 2000.

Susan and her husband Paul have two children.

The exploritory web site can be found here.

Saturday – Maricopa County Republican Committee Lincoln Day Luncheon

Please join us for the

Maricopa County Republican Committee

Lincoln Day Luncheon

Honoring Our Precinct Committeemen

MCRC Chairman Tom Husband – Master of Ceremonies

Saturday, March 1, 2008

12 pm to 1:30 pm

Registration begins at 11 am

Elks Club Ballroom

14424 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ
The luncheon costs $25 per person. Reservation checks made payable to Maricopa County Republican Committee can be mailed to MCRC Sun City Office, 10050 W. Bell Road, Suite 49, Sun City, AZ  85351-1291.

For further information call the MCRC office at 623-977-4532.

Is There An Eligibility Issue?

The New York Times is poised to hit again by running a story on the eligibility of Senator John McCain to run for the Office of President.

According to the U.S. Constitution, Article II, Clause 5, “No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”

The perceived problem is that Senator John McCain was not born in the United States but rather at Coco Solo Air Base located in the once controlled U.S. Panama Canal Zone.

If this is the case, does this pose a problem for the electorate? Will this face a challenge with the US Supreme Court? Could this be a reason why Mike Huckabee remains in the race and why Mitt Romney only suspended his campaign?

William F. Buckley, Jr. (1925-2008)


The Conservative Movement lost a Founding Father today. William F. Buckley Jr. passed away at his home in Stamford, Connecticut at the age of 82.

Buckley was best known as the founder and editor of the conservative journal, The National Review but he was also multi-talented as a pro-lific author, novelist, editor, columnist, debater, talk-show host, concert-level harpsichordist and trans-oceanic sailor.

William F. Buckley, Jr. can also be credited for influencing and inspiring such conservative leaders as President Ronald Reagan and radio-talk show giant, Rush Limbaugh.

Conservatives mourn the passing of Mr. Buckley and join together in prayer for his family.


Pappas Going to Supreme Court

It appears that the Arizona State Supreme Court may be taking up the case of the Pappas Schools. According to a source close to the schools, the high court may have accepted jurisdiction of the appeal. The case is scheduled to be heard on March 18th at 9 am.

Most Arizona’s will vote for McCain but think Obama will win

We do not understand it either but you can read the latest KAET/Cronkite poll for yourself.

CD5 Update: David Schweikert Fundraiser

David Schweikert Fireside Chat

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Contact: Michael Juel, (602) 481-8962

Schweikert Fundraiser A Huge Success!

(Scottsdale, AZ) – In yet another fundraising success, Congressional House candidate, David Schweikert, announced today that his campaign continues to gain financial momentum.  In a fundraising event sponsored last Friday by Chad Kirkpatrick, Chairman of the Arizona Taxpayer’s Action Committee,  over 125 guests packed the home of Chris and Susan Savittieri.

“I am deeply humbled by the support I have received for my candidacy,” Schweikert said in a statement issued by the campaign.  Money raised from this event has now gives the campaign a cumulative of over $600,000 in Schweikert’s bid to unseat Harry Mitchell.

“David’s message of fiscal responsibility and securing our borders is undeniably inline with the voters of this district,” said Adam Kipnes an attendee of the event.

Speaking to his guest Friday night, Schweikert said, “Last quarter our campaign outraised Congressman Mitchell.” He continued, “With your help tonight and your continued support throughout this campaign we will continue to remind Harry that his days in office are numbered.”

Running on a platform of Congressional reform, lower taxes, healthcare reform, and securing the border, former Maricopa County Treasurer David Schweikert continues to out raise every candidate in this race.  “With so many problems in Washington I am humbled that so many people believe I am the guy to change the way things are done in Washington,” Said Schweikert.

The David Schweikert for Congress Campaign would like to thank the host committee and all those who attended the event:  The Hon. Nancy Barto, Hon. Doug Clark, Hon. Sam Crump, Hon. Pamela Gorman, Hon. John Kavanagh, Hon. John McComish, Hon. Michele Reagan, Hon. Bob Robson, The Arizona Taxpayer’s Action Committee Chairman, Chad Kirkpatrick, and Hosts, Chris and Susan Savittieri who were extremely gracious in opening their home for the evening.


Press Release: Special Upcoming Republican Professionals Event

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Contact: Ryan Ducharme, (480) 643-0910

9/11 WTC Survivor Mark Finelli and AZ State Rep. Jonathan Paton to Speak About Their Iraq War Experiences

SCOTTSDALE, AZ –Republican Professionals (RP) announced today that they will be hosting Mark Finelli, a 9/11 World Trade Center survivor who gave up a 6-figure job with Morgan Stanley to enlist in the Marines and fight in Iraq and AZ State Representative Jonathan Paton, a ”rising star” in the Republican Party and Iraq war veteran. Both speakers will appear at the organization’s upcoming March 6, 2008 free networking event at 6 Lounge in Scottsdale.

“We are pleased to have Mark Finelli speak at our event. He is a true American hero and the only 9/11 World Trade Center survivor to enlist in the marines and fight in Iraq. His story is an inspiring tale of honor, courage and steely leadership. It will be insightful to learn about his ‘in the trenches’ account of his experiences in Iraq and his assessment of the current situation,” said RP President Charles A. Jensen.  

Mark Finelli has been a featured guest on Fox, CNN and “Hardball with Chris Mathews” on MSNBC. He’s also appeared on popular radio programs, such as “The Sean Hannity Show” and been written about in major publications like Newsweek and National Review. Finelli will also be appearing in a documentary by two-time Oscar winner and trooper supporter John Voight.

Jensen also expressed his enthusiasm for hosting Jonathan Paton, a popular member of the Arizona House of Representatives and Iraq war veteran: “Representative Paton is a gifted public speaker and admired public servant. We look forward to hearing about his background and recent experience in Iraq.” (Paton volunteered for active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from September of ‘06 until February ‘07.)

Doors open at 6:00 P.M. at 6 Lounge, a chic and atmospheric Scottsdale nightclub. Given the popularity of past events and limited space available, Republican Professionals highly encourages all interested in attending the March 6th event to RSVP at 

Republican Professionals hosts its free networking events the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 P.M. at the Six Lounge in Scottsdale. Between 150 and 270 professionals consistently attend RP events. For more information about Republican Professionals, please contact Charles Jensen at 602-403-5535 or  

The purpose of Republican Professionals is to link like-minded professionals together in a monthly happy hour where they can network, socialize, and hear directly from prominent politicians and successful business leaders. Founded in the fall of 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona, Republican Professionals has already branched off to other cities across the nation.

Renzi Remaining

Embattled Congressman Rick Renzi has pledged to remain in office despite a 35-count indictment against him. In a statement issued by his press spokesman, Renzi asserted, “I will not resign and take on the cloak of guilt because I am innocent.”

An arraignment is scheduled for March 6th in which the congressman will face the 26-page indictment.

Renzi appears confident that he will overcome the charges and clear his name.

From my perspective, it doesn’t look all that positive which makes me wonder if the Congressman is not revealing his hand against the federal government. Is this another case of a federal prosecutor with political motives?

Given Renzi’s confidence that he will prevail, we’d like to know if this will all be washed out in the courts. Renzi’s legal team consists of Reid Weingarten and Kelly Kramer.

McCain McCalling.

     Multiple NW Tucson Republican PCs got a call this weekend with one simple question. Will you support Senator McCain for President, yes or no? The questioner did not go much into detail after the callers answered the survey. One person wondered what it says about the campaign that they need to call PCs and ask them if they will support the apparent nominee. It is not exactly clear how the information from the poll will be used. Anyone in other LDs getting called about McCain?

It’s wrong for illegal immigration sympathizers to tell illegal immigrants not to cooperate with the police

We want you to break the lawThe Arizona Republic has a front-page story today on the latest tactics illegal immigration defenders are using to thwart law enforcement deportation efforts. Led by activists like Salvador Reza, these fringe organizations – including some religious organizations, sadly enough – are training illegal immigrants on how to avoid cooperating with the police by refusing to answer questions about their immigration status. Although it may be within your right not to tell the police anything except your name, it is still a violation of the law to be in the country illegally and encouraging illegal immigrants to mislead the police is just one step away from encouraging someone to ignore our laws. Our tough laws against illegal immigration may seem unfair, but they’ve been passed by the majority and represent the views of most – and Arizona voters in particular overwhelmingly support tough illegal immigration laws, having voted with 70%+ margins in favor of four anti-illegal immigration measures in 2006. Encouraging illegal immigrants to make the job of the police tougher is going to waste more tax dollars as the police have to figure out their citizenship status some other way – because if they don’t, and that illegal immigrant is released and kills someone, there will be hell to pay and it will be all over the news, likely resulting in disciplinary action against that officer. it’s unfair to put our law enforcement officers in the middle of this. Proponents of amnesty should work on getting the laws changed, not violating the law. Encouraging lawbreakers not to cooperate with police starts down the slippery slope to anarchy. Why have police if citizens are taught to do their best to thwart them? Illegal immigrants shouldn’t receive the full panoply of rights as U.S. citizens; if the police require their citizenship status, they should be permitted to determine it without wasting massive resources trying to get around someone who refuses to speak.