Archives for September 2008

Schweikert to Mitchell: “Return The Money, Harry!”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2008
Contact: Lauren C. Barnett

Mitchell Called On To Return Charlie Rangel’s $28,000 – House Ethics Committee Forming Investigative Panel

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – In response to news that the House Ethics Committee is forming an investigative panel into Rep. Charles B. Rangel’s (D-NY) tax scandal, David Schweikert is calling on Rep. Harry Mitchell to return Rangel’s campaign donations.

 “Apparently, Charlie Rangel forgot to pay his taxes, but remembered to give Harry Mitchell $28,000” said spokeswoman Lauren C. Barnett. 

“If Harry Mitchell truly believes in ethical reform, he should return the money.  It’s never too late to do the right thing,” said David Schweikert

In 2006 and 2008, Rangel’s congressional committee[i] contributed a total of $8,000 to Harry Mitchell’s campaign. Rangel’s political action committee also contributed a sum of $20,000[ii] to the Mitchell campaign coffers.

Recently, Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) returned his campaign contributions to Rangel.

Barnett continued, “It is troubling that Harry Mitchell voted 1 week ago to block a House ethics investigation and against removing Rangel from the powerful Ways and Means Committee.”[iii]

“The fact that Mitchell refuses to return the tainted money is further evidence Mitchell is incapable of reforming Washington.  Money for his re-election is apparently more important than being an independent voice for the people of Arizona’s 5th Congressional District,” said Barnett.

Barnett concluded, “We need to elect true reformers, like David Schweikert, to Congress.”

As he did in the Arizona legislature, David Schweikert will push for real reform to restore integrity and honor to Congress.

RSVP now for first County Attorney debate – space is limited

ACLU Tim

The Men’s Anti-Violence Network (MAN), part of the Arizona Foundation for Women, is sponsoring an issue forum featuring Maricopa County Attorney candidates Andrew Thomas (R – incumbent), Tim Nelson (D), and Michael Kielsky (L).

Date: Wed., Oct. 1st

Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Place: Viad Building – Arizona Room
1850 N. Central Ave.

RSVP: space is limited, so RSVP to jliggett@azfoundationforwomen.org

Yea Coconino GOP!

Now for some good news.

Liberal Democratic stronghold, Flagstaff, has a new kid in town. Coconino County Republicans have opened up an office! Here is the press release from Diana Arendt, President of the Flagstaff Republican Women:

For years, the city of Flagstaff and surrounding communities have been without a Republican Headquarters.  Now, that has changed!  Opening Saturday, September 28th, we now have headquarters for the next two months.  It is located at 2101 N. 4th Street, just before you reach the ‘Lite Company’.  Our suite is #202 and is located on the second floor.  A sign is on the building, identifying us as the “Republican Headquarters”!
 
This has become possible with the hard work of Mary Ellen Hamilton, long time FRW member. Thank you, Mary Ellen!
 
We will need office supplies and financial donations to use this space until November 18th.  Volunteers to staff the office will be key to our success. 
 
A grand opening will be held on September 18th and you are invited!
 
Thank you for your support!

Diana Arendt, RN, MSN
President
Flagstaff Republican Women
 

How Bad Is It?

I watched the President’s speech tonight – all 12.5 minutes of it. It doesn’t sound good. I almost expected him to say that an asteroid was headed for planet earth and we are all doomed.

Nevertheless, scanning the headlines over the current economic crisis, I get this extreme sense that we’re not being told just how bad it really is. Here is a sample of those headlines:

Buffett Buys Goldman Stake in `Economic Pearl Harbor'” – Bloomberg.com
“People should be more scared than mad, Paulson says”Politico.com
“Jack Welch says U.S. faces ‘deep downturn'”Reuters.com
“Bush Urges Quick Passage of Bailout Plan to Avert Recession”FoxNews.com

The older I get, the more risk averse I get and that usually translates to my tendency to make pessimistic statements. It drives my wife crazy. So much to the point that she bought me one of those “Half-Full” T-shirts. Late last year I started using the term the coming “financial holocaust.” That really drove my wife crazy.

Now that the President has taken to the national airwaves and the Congress is basically heading into an emergency session and the headlines continue to pound out crisis headlines, you could say I’m more than a little pessimistic.

So I’m going to open this post up to our readers to see if anyone has anything positive to say or can at least give us another Y2K lesson on preparedness.

Sheriff Arpaio & Andrew Thomas fundraiser

PLEASE COME TO AN EVENING WITH

MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF
JOE ARPAIO

AND

MARICOPA COUNTY ATTORNEY
ANDREW THOMAS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2008
6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
At the Home of Jeff and Stephanie Rice
6133 SAGE DRIVE.
PARADISE VALLEY, AZ

DINNER AND BEVERAGES
MAXIMUM CONTRIBUTIONS ARE $390 PER PERSON TO EACH CANDIDATE PER ELECTION CYCLE

PAID FOR BY ANDREW THOMAS FOR COUNTY ATTORNEY AND RE-ELECT JOE ARPAIO 2008
ANDREW THOMAS FOR COUNTY ATTORNEY
4757 E. GREENWAY RD., #103-233, PHOENIX, AZ 85032
RE-ELECT JOE ARPAIO 2008
10632 N. 71ST PL., SCOTTSDALE, AZ 85254

PLEASE RSVP TO JASON ROSE OR JIM SHARPE AT 480.423.1414 or jimsharpe@roseandallynpr.com or jrose@roseandallynpr.com.

Harry Mitchell’s Ethical Lapses

Harry Mitchell Watch has an excellent post on Mitchell’s claims to bring ethics to Congress. One of the things we didn’t realize is that Mitchell voted to give Democrat Charlie Rangel $2 Million dollars of our money so he could embellish himself in the form of a library, archive (complete with archivist) and fully furnished library for you guessed it, Charlie Rangel.

Even CBS News had a damning video on it.

Harry Mitchell Watch also points out that Charlie Rangel’s PAC gave Harry Mitchell $2500 less than a month before Mitchell voted on Rangel’s taxpayer-funded fiasco.

CD-5 Debate: Schweikert vs. Mitchell on Taxes & Economy

Sonoran Alliance has learned that the stage may be set for what will likely be the most lively debate amongst the two candidates vying for the Congressional 5 seat. We have preliminary word that the Arizona Chamber of Commerce may host the event. A date is currently pending. Here is the text of a press release issued by the Schweikert campaign:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2008
Contact: Lauren C. Barnett

Schweikert Challenges Mitchell to Debate Tax and Fiscal Issues

Scottsdale, AZ – Today, candidate for Congress David Schweikert challenges Harry Mitchell to a debate on tax and fiscal policy. 

Instead of Harry Mitchell’s campaign staff sending hollow press releases twisting and grossly distorting David Schweikert’s tax policy, David knows the voters want real dialogue,” said Schweikert campaign spokeswoman Lauren C. Barnett.

David Schweikert stated, “America is facing incredibly serious financial challenges.  Families are worried about losing their home, struggling to pay their bills and witnessing unprecedented bailouts by the Federal government.  The voters deserve to have me and Rep. Mitchell debate the matters impacting America’s financial future. 

“I challenge Congressman Mitchell to a public debate on tax and fiscal policy,” concluded Schweikert.
  

Sheriff Arpaio & Andrew Thomas endorse Alice Lara for Healthcare District Board


Stan Barnes and the team at
Copper State Consulting Group
invite you to meet and support two candidates for
The Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board of Directors
Maricopa Integrated Health System

ALICE LARA (District 5)
GREG PATTERSON (District 2)

Friday, September 26, 2008
4:00 to 6:00

You’re invited to stay afterwards
to watch the first presidential debate.
Copper State Consulting Group
3033 North Central Avenue, Suite 900
Phoenix, AZ 85012
[SE corner of Central and Earll]

If you are unable to attend, contributions can be mailed to:
Committee to Elect Alice Lara
Committee to Elect Greg Patterson

8809 South 13th Way 13358 East Del Timbre
Phoenix, AZ 85042 Scottsdale, AZ 85259

www.alicelara.com
Maximum contribution:
$390 per individual / $780 per couple

As the only conservative with an Hispanic name running in this nonpartisan race in South Phoenix, she could really use our support. The fundraiser is early enough in the evening that it is possible to attend it before any other election-watching parties.

Mitchell’s Macaroni

There’s a post from Paul Giblin in the East Valley Tribune today in response to a press release issued by Harry Mitchell’s campaign. What’s strange about Giblin’s post is that he doesn’t really address the substance of the Mitchell campaign’s press release – probably because he knows that it’s false anyway.

Sonoran Alliance posted a press release by the Schweikert campaign earlier today in which the Schweikert campaign called Mitchell’s latest press release a desperate act of distortion of Schweikert’s tax policy. You can read the details of that press release in an earlier post.

Here’s where it gets strange as Paul Giblin rightly states.

Seth Scott, the campaign spokesman for Mitchell called David Schweikert a “perennial congressional candidate.” Politicos only use the word “perennial” when they’re talking about a candidate who has a perfect losing record when it comes to running for office. These types of candidates continue to run for office election after election but never seem to become an elected official. They are “perennial candidates.” The classic example is Joe Sweeney who runs for Congress every two years.

Giblin then points out the so-called “perennial” characteristics of both Mitchell and Schweikert. He lists each year and office they’ve been elected to. (Mitchell is a career politician if there ever was one.) The title “perennial” does not really apply to either Schweikert nor Mitchell since they have run for different offices and have won seats.

So I have to agree with Giblin’s post that the word “perennial” was improperly used to describe David Schweikert. The Mitchell campaign must be getting desperate and frantic if the only thing they can come up with is a false negative connotation.

Maybe if they put a feather in their hat, they could call it a macaroni.

The true story on Fannie Mae.

     Here is an excellent article on what happened at Fannie Mae and which party stood by as conditions for the current crisis were falling into place.