Archives for October 2008

Vote to retain Judge Crane McClennen for Superior Court

Retain Judge Crane McClennen
We’ve been watching with curiousity the coverage of judges going on at AZ Judges Review, especially of Judge Crane McClennen, the only judge the Commission on Judicial Performance recommended not retaining. AZ Judges Review had the opposite opinion, and says the reason the Commission recommended not to retain him is because a few criminal defense attorneys wrote up bad reviews about him. Apparently Judge McClennen is an expert on trials, even wrote his own book that is used in law school to teach trial rules, and the criminal defense attorneys don’t like that. When all the trial rules are enforced, it’s more difficult for a judge to let their guilty clients off the hook. Court staff actually gave him high ratings, but the Commission didn’t bother to report that. So we’re giving Judge McClennen a THUMBS UP.

For another interesting post about AZ Judges Review, check out Liberty’s Apothecary.

Correcting the media (again)

     We had some fun with the Tucson Weekly’s math ability and the Arizona Republic. Mary Jo Pitzl was even nice enough to leave a comment on our blog and update her story. Last we checked the Tucson Weekly still cannot count, or else cannot update a web page.

     Now the Vail Sun indicates Jonathan Paton was appointed to the legislature. Not sure where that notion came from. Paton was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2004 with over 46,000 votes. Paton was reelected to the House in 2006. Wonder how long it will take the paper to correct the error, if they ever do.

     Paton is slated to crush Georgette Valle in the contest to replace Tim Bee in the State Senate from District 30.

Presidential election IS tightening

     Take a look at the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll. The October 29th poll showed McCain within 3 points of Obama. Just 3 days before Obama was up by 8 points. Not predicting a win or anything but this election is not over.

What The Arizona Newspapers Say about the “Solar Team” (Be warned… it’s pretty bad)

You’ve seen their TV ads. But what are Arizona’s newspapers saying about the candidates who make up the “Solar Team”?

“These three candidates just aren’t the right choice for Arizona” – Arizona Republic, October 15, 2008

“Might prove very costly to Arizona ratepayers” – Robert Robb, Arizona Republic, September 21, 2008

“Potentially divisive forces on the commission” – Arizona Republic, October 15, 2008

“Runs too much risk of overstepping legal bounds” – Arizona Republic, October 15, 2008

“We were unimpressed by the fourth candidate Sandra Kennedy…[she] showed a dearth of knowledge on ACC issues” – Tucson Citizen, August 18, 2008

Kennedy is “clearly out of her depth on energy issues” – Arizona Republic, October 15, 2008

“We’re troubled that [Sam George] changed his name in 2004 from Sam Vagenas…As Vagenas, he helped get two pro-marijuana ballot issues passed in Arizona, though the Legislature later gutted them. State investigators also linked him to fake ‘internal memos’ circulated during the 2002 gubernatorial race, falsely claiming Janet Napolitano, as attorney general, covered up the Colorado City polygamy crisis.” – Tucson Citizen, August 18, 2008

“Vagenas was linked to the forgeries that became the biggest scandal of the 2002 gubernatorial race” – Phoenix New Times, July 31, 2008

“Too many uncertainties surround Sam (Vagenas) George” – Tucson Citizen, August 18, 2008

George has “a history of shady dealings” – Phoenix New Times, July 31, 2008

George is “sleazy” – Tucson Weekly, August 29, 2008

“…ethically challenged Sam Vagenas [is] a former political consultant who remade himself this year into Arizona Corporation Commission candidate Sam George” – Phoenix New Times, Oct. 14, 2008

“[Vagenas’s ballot initiative] would have freed…marijuana users to deal drugs to kids — and actually required the Department of Public Safety to give out pot, for free” – Phoenix New Times, July 31, 2008

“We are thoroughly unimpressed with Democrat Sam George…name-changing, media-dodging…” – Tucson Weekly, Oct. 4, 2008

“George is ill-informed” – Kris Mayes, East Valley Tribune, October 26, 2008

“Despicable…cynical…shameful” – U.S. Drug Czar John P. Walters, October 10, 2002 (regarding Vagenas’s pro-pot ballot initiative)

“The folks at DPS are going to be the biggest drug dealers in Arizona” – Tucson Citizen, August 27, 2002 (regarding Vagenas’s pro-pot ballot initiative)

“The people of Arizona ought to be ticked off… it’s not a signal we need to be sending our children.” – William Bennett, U.S. Drug Czar, August 13, 1998 (regarding Vagenas’s pro-pot ballot initiative)

“Two years ago, when he lost election to the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board, Sam George sued election officials and fellow candidates to demand a recount. The election tally didn’t change.” – Tucson Citizen, August 18, 2008

“The report said that Paul Newman, a Cochise County supervisor, told Agent Joe Navarro ‘that he had smoked some marijuana in the [taxpayer-funded] vehicle,” Arizona Republic, October 16, 2008

“Newman’s fellow commissioners…voted to revoke his county car privileges… A movement to recall Newman began…” – Sierra Vista Herald, December 10, 2004

“This corporation commission election is shaping up to be a bonanza for pothead voters: Another democratic candidate for the commission, Sam George, helped promote two successful pro-marijuana ballot initiatives in Arizona in the late 1990s. Back then, he was known as Sam Vagenas, but he changed his name after being linked to a scandal in the 2002 governor’s race.” – Phoenix New Times, October 13, 2008

“George Spends Big Bucks in Bid for Seat on Commission” – Arizona Republic, October 26, 2008

“Democrat Sam George has spent more than half-million dollars of his own money to try to win a seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission” – Arizona Republic, October 26, 2008

“George said neither he nor the Sperlings stand to benefit financially by greater use of solar power and that he does not own any investments in solar energy” – Arizona Republic, October 26, 2008

I personally am voting for

Barry Wong

Marian McClure

Bob Stump

Here’s what the Arizona newspapers say about them:

Wong, Stump, McClure: “offer strong experience with public policymaking.
They demonstrate wise perspectives on energy use and utilities regulation.
And they clearly share a commitment to pursuing fairness for Arizona residents rather than kowtowing to corporate interests.”
– Tucson Citizen, 10/2/08

“The best choices for the three open seats” – Arizona Republic, Oct. 15, 2008

It sure doesn’t get any better than that.

Vote Smart Arizona!

Here is a great resource put together by our friends at the Center for Arizona Policy. This is a non-partisan voters guide of who and what is on your ballot.

For information on how to vote for Arizona Judges, please visit

Ouch! Republic & Tribune refute ACLU Tim Nelson’s biggest lies and expose hidden (illegal?) Democrat funding

Guess even the liberal print media has turned on its golden boy, coincidentally timed when (liberal) KAET/ASU’s poll came out showing Thomas 7 points ahead of ACLU Tim. Probably the biggest theme of ACLU Tim’s campaign has been that Thomas ordered the arrest of the New Times publishers, and subpoenaed internet browsing records of people visiting the New Times website. The latest radio ad for Nelson, probably illegally funded by the Democrat Party, accuses Thomas of trying to get the personal internet browing records of YOU, the public.

The Republic did a fair job of exposing this as completely false yesterday.
Dave Hendershott, Arpaio’s Chief Deputy, has admitted all along that he ordered the arrests without consulting with Thomas or Wilenchik, and even produced an affidavit for the Republic just to stop the Nelson campaign from continuing its lies. The Thomas campaign asked local radio stations to stop playing the false ad, which compares Thomas to the KGB, the secret police, and Castro’s Cuba!

Astonishingly, Nelson’s campaign manager Josh Kilroy did not denounce nor pull the ad, but defended it.

“We reviewed the ad and we’re fine with its content,” Kilroy said. “If the Thomas campaign wants to spend the final few days of this election reviewing the New Times fiasco, we’re more than willing to do it.”

The Tribune article also addressed the claims in the radio ad, and exposed the ad for failing to identify that the Democrat Party was funding it.
The ad names “Arizona Wins” and “Arizonans for Responsible Law Enforcement” as funding sources. According to the article, both groups are nothing more than shell organizations that the Democrat Party funneled $100,000 through to pay for the Nelson ad. The money first went to “Arizonans for Responsible Law Enforcement,” which appears to be a shell organization created by the Democrats to funnel money to the Nelson and Saban campaigns, and then to “Arizona Wins,” which appears to be nothing more than Nelson supporter and trial attorney Scott Palumbo, who paid for the radio ad. The Thomas campaign has filed a complaint with County Elections over it.

We suspect the newspapers have finally given up on trying to hide Nelson’s dishonesty because the KAET/ASU poll has him trailing. It wasn’t even a poll of likely registered voters, it was a poll of registered voters. Registered voters don’t vote as Republican as much as likely registered voters (voters who have actually bothered voting in the last election or two). So we predict Thomas will actually win by more than 7 points. We’re going to play it safe and estimate he will win by 9 points. Horizon never bothered to point that out in their analysis last night, which was a bit dishonest, but the pollsters lean liberal and their biases do come out. They also failed to mention that Maricopa County has an overwhelmingly Republican voter registration edge, so there’s little chance for a Democrat challenger like Nelson or Saban to beat a Republican incumbent. They referred to Thomas’s 7 point lead as a “statistical dead heat.” Can you imagine the liberal news media referring to Obama leading McCain by 7 points as a “statistical dead heat?” Of course not. It’s absurd. I’m sure even ACLU Tim is not dancing around with glee thinking he has a chance at this point.

Or what about noting that the same exact number of voters are supporting Nelson and Arpaio? The difference between Arpaio’s and Thomas’s race lies in the undecided voters – the voters who have never heard of Thomas. Where was the observation that gee, the public service announcements Thomas has supposedly wasted money on promoting himself really were a lot less significant than the media made them out to be, since so many people still don’t know who Thomas is?

We really wish KAET/ASU would be more objective in their coverage.

People get ready …

Top 10 Reasons NOT to Vote for Harry Mitchell this Election – #7

Here is the latest press release from the David Schweikert campaign.

Reason # 7 – Taxation

Reducing the burden that taxes place on you and your family will be one of my top priorities in Congress.  I believe that you and your family know better than the government how to spend your money.  As a conservative, let me be clear.  Cutting taxes is fundamental!  We have seen first hand time and again how broad based tax cuts help grow our economy and provide new jobs.

Our tax system is upside down.  It rewards spending and punishes saving.  In Congress, I will work to make all existing tax cuts permanent.  I will push to reduce capital gains taxes so that people are encouraged to save and invest.  I will work to eliminate the incredibly unfair alternative minimum tax that is hitting far too many middle class families in our district. In addition, I will vote to eliminate the death tax in order to save small family businesses, farms and ranches.

The optimal tax system would be one with a very low rate and broad based –  one in which the government doesn’t pick winners and losers by providing  all kinds of loopholes and gimmicks, as the current system does. A flat tax or a national consumption tax that replaces the current income tax could be viable proposal. While a transition to a different form of taxation will require careful study and thought, it is absolutely unbelievable that the average taxpayer works nearly half a year just to pay off their tax debt to various forms of government.

Unlike some politicians, I am proud to say that I am a firm believer in the virtue of reducing taxes.  As your next Congressman, you can count on me to be a committed advocate for lower taxes.

Democrat strategy may be a huge waste of money

The Arizona Democratic Party is pouring massive amounts of cash into legislative races at the last minute. Problem is almost 1/3 to 1/2 of voters may have already cast their ballot. Even if the Democrats are targeting Election Day voters, a certain portion of those have already made up their minds or will vote Republican despite the Democratic attack mailers and ads. Then there is a portion of the electorate that briefly glances at political mailers as they fall into the garbage can. Not an effective use of money. But the last minute attacks are not late enough to trigger matching funds to pay for final weekend Republican radio and TV ads. For their million dollars in last minute attacks the Arizona Democrats may pick up one or two seats at best. There is a good chance they will also lose a seat or two that they gained in 2006.

The DCCC is also spending massive amounts on the CD 3 election, where polls now show Shadegg ahead by double digest.

Maybe the Democrats should try something besides spend, spend, spend…

Stealing signs is a criminal offense

     A while back we covered the incident where two young individuals were caught stealing Frank Antenori signs in Cochise County. The Green Valley News has a story covering the matter. Read more by clicking here.