SA Live Blogging from the RNC Convention

Sonoran Alliance is here in St. Paul for the RNC Convention and we will be posting convention updates as the week progresses.  Outside of the Hurricane threatening the Gulf Coast, there is no hard news to be reporting.  The delegates and alternates have been arriving since Saturday and kudos go to the AZGOP staff for what has so far been a seamless operation.  Check-in was a breeze, we got giftbags aplenty, the rooms are nice (although technically an air mattress is NOT a rollaway), and the location is very central.  Pity the delegates whose home state candidates didn’t win, because this is definitely the way to live.  Spotted at dinner on Saturday night?  FoxNews’ Chris Wallace and Al Franken.  No they were NOT sitting together and Al Franken IS actually shorter than you think he is.  Amazing, but true.  Spotted in our hotel?  Tom Brokaw and Jon Stewart.  No, they weren’t together either, but Stewart looks exactly the same in person as he does on TV.

Sunday’s program started in the afternoon and it featured a choice between a movie premiere or a cocktail reception.  Given the plethora of cocktail receptions on the schedule, quite a few Arizona delegates ended up at the movie.  It was preceded by a live concert performance by Lee Greenwood, so we’ve now heard “God Bless the U.S.A.” live and it was great.  Called “An American Carol”, the movie is a David Zucker (Airplane!, Naked Gun) production that pokes a whole lot of fun at Michael Moore.  It comes out in October and you should take your friends to see it!  Jon Voight, Robert Davi, and Kevin Farley star and all were in attendance.

In the evening, all of the delegates from around the country gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center for a welcoming reception.  Food, folks and fun!  Great exhibits and it was fun to see familiar faces and meet new ones from various states.  However, during the evening we got news of a schedule change for Monday which canceled Monday evening’s program and altered the hours in the afternoon.  With Hurricane Gustav rolling ashore, the entire program is in a state of flux.  We know that we have to perform certain tasks to meet our legal obligations and give our party a nominee, but beyond that the rest of the program is subject to change or even cancellation.  For now, everyone is being patient and praying for the people living on the Gulf Coast.  Unlike some prominent Democrats, folks here do not think Gustav is a laughing matter, and there is a lot of talk about converting events to fundraisers to help the victims as a group.

Kudos are also in order for Hayden Pruitt and the RNC folks who are taking care of the media/bloggers.  When you wear your media credential and get asked by newspaper folks who you are with, you get a real eye roll when you tell them that you’re covering the event for a blog.  Apparently we’re not “media” enough for them.  No worries.  They’ll be asking us for jobs in another few years!

More tomorrow…

Pawlenty vs. Brokaw

Watch the YouTube and read more from an Ohio blogger.

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Dems: “God’s on our side” – Some sense of humor

Dems joke about Hurricane Gustav hitting New Orleans. More details at Red State.

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Press Release: Bouie Endorsed by Arizona Republic

For Immediate Release: August 30, 2008
Contact: Tony Bouie, (623) 551-7557

Arizona Republic Endorses Bouie

(Anthem, AZ) – The Arizona Republic, Arizona’s leading and most influential newspaper, has endorsed Tony Bouie for State Representative in District 6.

“The Republic recommends…Tony Bouie…as…most in tune with District 6 and traditional Republican values in the GOP primary on Tuesday.” (The Arizona Republic 8‐30‐08).

“The Arizona Republic is the newspaper everyone turns to for information,” said Bouie. “It is an honor to receive their endorsement. I am sure this will make a difference in the minds of voters in LD 6.”

Bouie is the Chairman and CEO of Halo Cups, Inc. He holds a MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, a bachelor’s in media arts and masters in Language Reading and Culture from the University of Arizona. He played football and baseball at the University of Arizona before he went on to play in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for four seasons. He is married to a former school teacher, Allison, and they have two daughters, Natalie, 3 and Eboni, 1.

More information about Tony Bouie can be found at 

Corruption at Dept. of Corrections under Napolitano exposed publicly tonight!

Dr. John Kent TaylorDr. John Taylor Kent, a former psychologist at the Department of Corrections, will air his final episode of the Dr. Kent Show tonight from 6-7pm on 960 KKNT, where he will expose the corruption that has taken place at the Arizona Department of Corrections under Governor Napolitano and her DOC political appointee and tennis partner Dora Schriro. You will hear about the coverups that took place to prevent embarrassing mistakes from being publicly revealed – mistakes which resulted in the deaths of inmates. You won’t want to miss this, this information has never been revealed to the public before and has been kept hush-hush among state agencies. You can listen online on KKNT’s website. (If you miss the show, it should be available online archived at KKNT for at least a week afterwards). Contact Dr. Kent at

Introducing Sarah Palin!

Thank you Senator McCain for picking Governor Sarah Palin. I don’t know about anyone else but I am very excited about Governor Palin being on the ticket! She is a solid pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-family conservative. Here is her bio. Here is her Wikipedia page.

Birds of a feather.

Thank you to one of our readers for sending in this self-explanatory photo.

Sarah Palin a home run for John McCain

John McCain swung hard and connected solidly in his first presidential decision, selecting Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Barack Obama’s campaign wasted no time in dismissing the selection of a “small town mayor” (What IS his problem with small towns?). This is a discussion we should welcome.

Palin has more executive experience than the entire Democratic ticket put together.

The Federal Government is the world’s largest and most complex organization, with 1.8 million civilian employees (not including the Postal Service), nearly 3 million active duty and reserve military personnel and a budget in excess of three trillion dollars. In America, governors typically have the most relevant training to be President. Voters recognize this (With the exception of George H.W. Bush, who had significant executive experience as Vice President, Director of Central Intelligence, and head of the U.S. Liason Office in Beijing, all United States Presidents elected since Watergate have been governors or former governors). A governor develops budgets, works with legislatures, and oversees the management of large agencies and departments. In Alaska, the state budget is almost 7 billion dollars (which for those keeping track, is more than double Delaware). And no matter how much abuse the Obama campaign tries to heap on Wasilia, Alaska, the fact of the matter is that running this small town gives Palin significantly more executive experience than he has had during any period of his career.

Barack Obama has run a state senate office, a U.S. Senate office, and a legal periodical. For his part, John McCain has lead the largest squadron in the United States Navy.

Barack Obama has been a Senator for 3 1/2 years, where he has missed roughly 50% of the votes. Why was vice presidential finalist Tim Kaine, governor for 2 years (Respected Prof. Larry Sabato places his administration in “the bottom quartile” of all Virginia governors), a former Lt. Governor and Richmond Mayor, considered qualified by the campaign who now suggests that Sarah Palin is not?

Strong credentials on energy

Palin served from 2003-2004 on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which “oversees oil and gas drilling, development and production, reservoir depletion and metering operations on all lands subject to the state’s police powers.”

For two years, she has presided as governor over one of the largest energy producing economies in the world.

Personal courage and a record of fighting corruption

Barack Obama believes that his opposition to the Iraq War was the toughest decision he ever made. This “tough call,” which he contends might have cost him an election in my bluer than blue home state of Illinois, is, to hear Obama tell it, proof that he has the judgment and courage to be President.

While on the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Palin blew the whistle on corrupt practices at the risk of her own career and reputation.  If being against a war in a Democratic primary in Illinois is presidential caliber bravery, what do you call that?

As governor, she successfully championed an ethics bill to root out Alaska’s longstanding culture of corruption.

Palin was elected governor in 2006 after defeating an ethically challenged incumbent, Frank Murkowski, in the primary, and easily dispatching former two term governor Tony Knowles in the general.

Palin’s personal characteristics and biographical details are nothing but plusses:

  • Mother of five, ranging from an enlisted soldier in the United States Army, headed for Iraq to a four month old with Down’s syndrome.
  • Her husband of 20 years and high school sweetheart works on the North Slope of Alaska, and is a member of the United Steelworker’s Union.
  • Would wake up at 3am with her father during High School to hunt Moose.
  • Champion high school basketball player.
  • Worked as a commercial fisherwoman.

This is a fantastic choice, and one we should be proud to defend. For one, I cannot wait to see Sarah Palin accept the nomination live in St. Paul next week.

Sonoran Alliance Aced Palin McCain VP Pick


-Gayle Plato-Besley, M. Ed.


As a Sonoran Alliance writer, I recall my blog post -a predictive recommendation of Sarah Palin,  June 4, 2008. I posted exactly 88 years after the Women’s Right to Vote was officially proposed, ultimately becoming the Nineteenth Amendment on August 26, 1920:


Let me take a moment to highlight the relevance of the history of this choice of Governor Sarah Palin-

Women’s right to vote was fundamentally organized by Elizabeth Cady Staton.  Abortion, though illegal, was a reality in 1920 as it is today.  Women have been forced and brainwashed to believe that children are a burden, and Stanton fought brilliantly to defend women, mothers, and children.

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 is the TRUE history of the women’s movement of nearly 90 years ago.  These leading feminists of the original devotion were complete supporters of life:

Elizabeth Cady Stanton celebrated her seven children and praised motherhood in a time when being a mother was not often honored nor recognized as a special calling. 

Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote:

“When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading  to women that we should treat our children as property and dispose of them as we see fit (Stanton letter to Julia Ward Howe,1873)”

Both Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were vehemently against abortion; they advocated for social acceptance of women, mothers, families and children as full beings.  It is sad that the concept of feminism has shifted to such an anti-family, negative association of motherhood and success.  It is a tragedy that women have allowed the evolution of such a fringe, anti-family view of women’s rights.  Women, in general, have accepted the con that having a baby is an impediment, a trap, keeping us from growth.  Just ask Barack and Michelle Obama about the fear of a daughter being burdened by motherhood. 

 All of this changes today with the selection of Sarah Palin as the Vice Presidential Republican Candidate, 88 years after the Women’s Right to Vote became reality.  

“Peace Begins in the Womb” and “Women Deserve Better than Abortion”.  Sarah Palin is the Elizabeth Cady Stanton of the 21st Century.



Senator McCain hits it out of the park. Excellent pick. Can’t wait for her to debate Biden.

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Blogging on 12

Thanks to the NBC affiliate, 12 News, for sponsoring a special election blogger perspective tonight. Both Greg Patterson and I had an opportunity to share our conservetarian viewpoints on the Obama speech alongside two other bloggers representing the independent and Democratic perspective.

If 12 News continues the series with the Republican Conventions, we’ll be back next Thursday.

Sonoran Alliance Live on 12 News Tonight!

Tune in to Channel 12 News tonight between 8 and 9 to see both Sonoran Alliance and Espresso Pundit working hard to represent the conservative viewpoint on Barack Obama’s speech.

Sonoran Alliance in the News

Tucson Citizen city editor, Mark Evans, has an interesting perspective today crediting blogs like Espresso Pundit and Sonoran Alliance for its unique role in the politico-jounalism arena.

Evans writes:

On the state level, I’m ashamed to say that a handful of political bloggers are doing a better job of covering the state legislative races this year than any of the state newspapers.

Evans then explains the symbiotic relationship between bloggers and newspapers. He suggests that perhaps a more formal or business relationship may be the solution toward saving newspapers and providing good reporting:

One is to add more political reporters at state newspapers. Since more layoffs loom, that’s unlikely.

The other is to bring the bloggers into the fold. Newspapers will get political news they wouldn’t otherwise have and more readers, which leads to more advertising.

Bloggers will get more readers and paid for the rock throwing.

Sounds like a win-win to me.

Hey, if Evans is suggesting we bloggers get paid for reporting political news – especially from a conservative perspective – I’m all for that.

Then again, maybe we (Sonoran Alliance) ought to offer advertising.

AZ Civil Rights Initiative to have press conference about lawsuit at 11:00am

What: The Arizona Civil Rights Initiative (AzCRI) will discuss our injunction and lawsuit against the Arizona Secretary of State filed in the Maricopa County Superior Court.

Max McPhail, Executive Director of the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative, will provide examples of valid petition signatures that have been deemed invalid by the County Recorders.

When: Thursday, August 28th at 11:00 am

Where: Outside the Maricopa County Elections Office
510 South 3rd Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85003

The Arizona Civil Rights Initiative is dedicated to giving the people of Arizona the opportunity to end preferential treatment based on race, sex, ethnicity or national origin by state or local governments. AzCRI will make Arizona a place of equal opportunity for all, not a state that uses discrimination as a tool to create “diversity.” Achieving “diversity” should never be an excuse to discriminate.

GOP VP Predictions

Last Tuesday, we started a discussion on who Obama would pick for his running mate. I predicted he would pick the strongest candidate to take on McCain – Hillary Clinton. Well, I was wrong although there are quite a few Democrats who agree with me that she should have been the choice. Never mind. That’s history.

Now it’s time to predict who Senator John McCain will choose as his Vice President.

I’ll go out on a safe limb and say that if it isn’t Mitt Romney, I’ll be shocked. Other possibilities include Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, former Governor Mike Huckabee, former Ohio Congressman, John Kasich, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, and former Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Ridge.

Now it’s your turn. What say ye?

Take America Back?

The last few days, I’ve been hearing the Democrats in Denver proclaim, “It’s time to take the country back!”


Who are we taking the country back from? The Assyrians? the Philistines? the Normans? the Mongols? I didn’t realize that Americans didn’t have their country!

The last time I checked we weren’t under any siege – military, religious or political. So what’s up with the constant harping about marauding armies and lands under siege?

The Democrats have been in charge of Congress for 602 days and as far as I can tell, they’ve been in charge of the agenda and have accomplished NOTHING they said they would. If there is any truth to the Democrats statement it’s that we’ve been under seige to an APATHETIC, DO-NOTHING, Democratic Congress.

And another thing that really got under my skin tonight from Joe Biden’s speech. (And this is my little tirade for the night.) Biden went through some fictitious illustrations of families across America having conversations about their financial situations:

Like millions of Americans, they’re asking questions as profound as they are ordinary. Questions they never thought they would have to ask:

Should mom move in with us now that dad is gone?

Fifty, sixty, seventy dollars to fill up the car?

Winter’s coming. How we gonna pay the heating bills?

Another year and no raise?

Did you hear the company may be cutting our health care?

Now, we owe more on the house than it’s worth. How are we going to send the kids to college?

How are we gonna be able to retire?

Then he said this:

That’s the America that George Bush has left us, and that’s the future John McCain will give us.

I’ve got news for the Senator. My family is having those conversations and I know other families who are too. And yes, things are tough around the country. But it’s not because of President Bush. It’s everyone’s fault. We are all to blame. Our culture sends the message that it’s ok to spend and live beyond our means and buy stuff we can’t afford and go into debt.

So Senator Biden, stop blaming The President and start looking at yourself and your fellow Congressmen and our culture that sends the message that its OK to go into debt and live beyond our means. It’s time to sacrifice and burst the bubble and it doesn’t matter who’s living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

AFT-AFP Scorecard for ACC Candidates

Arizona Federation of Taxpayers and Americans for Prosperity has released a scorecard on the Arizona Corporation Commission Candidates.

Topping the list as Champion of the Taxpayer are candidates John Allen and Bob Stump. At the bottom of the list with the titles of Champion of Big Government and Friend of Big Government are candidates, Kara Kelty and Paul Newman, respectively.

Here is a link to the full listing: