Archives for November 2008

KJZZ on Robo Calls

Rio Salado’s KJZZ ran an interesting story on the recent election “robo-calls.”

These calls attempt to reach voters en masse using the latest technology and least cost.

Here is the sound clip that ran this morning:

Obama’s Choose Sidwell Friends

Once again, elite liberals show their hypocrisy by sending their children to a private religious based school while they tell other Americans, “No Vouchers for You!”

The Obama’s have decided to send their daughters to the elite Sidwell Friends Quaker-based private school. Meanwhile millions of inner-city African American children will have to continue attending failing public schools.

Confusion in GOP LD-4

Sonoran Alliance received this message from Lyle Tuttle detailing problems in the recent GOP organizational meeting in LD-4. There are also two YouTube videos following the proceedings.

Maybe some of the LD-4 participants may want to comment.

Please bear with me on this — I will show you how 180 Elected PC’s in LD-4 have been robbed of their vote.

1.  FACT:  The organizational meeting for LD-4 was held on Monday, November 17, 2008.

2.  FACT:  LD-4 Chairman Burges hired a Certified Parliamentarian for $100 per hour to assist in any procedural ruling that might come up during the meeting.

3.  FACT:  There were 151 votes represented at that meeting.  73 in person, 76 by ‘accepted’ proxy and there were 7 proxies in question at the time of the credentials report.

4.  FACT:  Prior to the credentials report, a question was raised by a PC, stating that she had brought two notarized proxies with her to the meeting from elected PC’s who knew they would be out of state on the date of the Nov 17 meeting.  They filled out our usual proxy, and inserted the proper meeting date, had it notarized and gave it to the PC to carry for them.  Because the location of the meeting had changed after the date the proxy was given, the location was wrong.  They denied her proxies on the basis of the wrong location.

5.  FACT:  When the credentials report was given — after committee deliberation over those proxies, they upheld their original ruling, thus denying the proxies based on ‘special rules’ for the meeting that had yet to even be voted on — they were not in force.

6.  FACT:  When the motion for a vote on the credentials report was proffered, confusion reigned, as there was little direction or control by the chairman.  After some confusion, the chairman repeated the motion, stating that we would be voting on the “RULES”…..then credentials, and some debate followed.

7. FACT:  A vote was held, and the motion (which motion??) was defeated handily.

8.  FACT:  More confusion, as it was announced that the motion to pass the rules failed.  (At least the vote outcome was correct)

9.  FACT:  After more confusion, it was determined that the actual vote had been on the motion to accept the credentials report.  (Even the Parliamentarian misstated the motion after the vote, and was corrected.)  He then asked that since we had voted down the credentials report (many voters, myself included, thought we were voting on the rules), what did we want to do?  Confusion, but one Elected PC moved that we vote again as there had been so much confusion over what we were voting for.  The chair failed to recognize her motion.

10.  FACT:  The Chairman announced that the meeting was adjourned.

At that point, most in the room said “NO!”, but to no avail.

Here are my thoughts on what happened In LD-4 at our organizational meeting, and what I feel is still happening:

1.  FACT:  There are two opposing factions within LD-4, each looking for officer and delegate positions.  (That is called competition — good for business and for leadership)

2.  FACT:  The faction currently “looking for positions” suddenly became very visible at the October LD-4 meeting by running a slate of people for the nominations committee, which they won by a large margin.

3.  FACT:  When the current leadership saw that, they recognized that they might not be able to win the November election.  PC’s were appointed to other committees who were favorable to the current leadership — certainly no crime if no shenanigans are attempted…..

4.  FACT:  When the call was sent out, it contained proposed “special rules” for the November meeting, and also had a “special’ proxy, with some small changes contained thereon.  (The rules were in conflict with our bylaws, and therefore not in order, as per Robert’s Rules.  They would be voted down by the majority — it would take a 2/3 majority to approve them, anyway.)

5.  FACT: Now, after the meeting was closed down (umm, an “error”?), the LD-4 Chairman seems now to be in ‘hiding’ — will not answer the phone nor emails — at least not for those who opposed his slates’ election

6.  Conjecture on my part:  I feel our Chairman is stonewalling — he knows that he and his team can’t win a fair election, and he also knows that if he waits long enough, it will be impossible for LD-4 to hold another meeting under the bylaws, and at that point, the officer and delegates are APPOINTED by the State Chairman, the County Chairman and the District Chairman.

7.  This afternoon, I ran into our Chairman at a local store.  I asked him what was happening, and he told me that they were “negotiating”.  I asked who with, and he said the State.  I asked who on the “other side” were they talking to, as I was in close contact with them, and no one had stepped up yet…..  I also want to know WHY you would even WANT to negotiate Elected PC’s votes away from them?  Why not just hold a meeting, and allow the PC’s to vote — that is what they were elected to do.  I also told him I thought he was “stonewalling”, and asked him to stop it, and do the job he was elected to do.  In response, he walked away.

8.  We have looked the bylaws over high and low, and we cannot see any way to FORCE him to call another meeting, nor for our 1st vice-chair to take over in his place in a timely fashion.  Without some action and assistance from YOU, 180 Elected Precinct Committeemen and Women are going to be denied their right to vote on this issue, simply because someone wants to take their ball and go home.  Please call or email Bob, and ask him to stop being so childish, and do his job!

Elected PC’s in other Districts need to be aware of this, and make sure it does NOT happen in YOUR District.  In a meeting such as this, Robert’s Rules says that it requires a motion and a vote to adjourn such a meeting…..but…….if he says the words without a motion or vote, too bad for you…….IF you hire a certified Parliamentarian, make sure he has the integrity to step in without being asked if needed — after all, that is what you pay them for.

Just so you all know, the meeting was taped, and DVD’s of the proceedings are being produced.  I suggest that if you want a real-life lesson in how to NOT run a meeting, take a look at the DVD.  If you have any questions about what I have said above, watch the DVD.  I will also tell you that there is much more on the DVD than I have talked about here.  For example, I did not tell you about the proxy that was presented for a DEAD person……yes, is was disallowed, as it should have been.

There is a LOT more on the DVD’s, and I must say, it is a pathetic sight.

Shame on you Mr. Chairman, Shame on you!!!!

Lyle Tuttle
Surprise, AZ

Is someone jealous?

     Pima County Supervisor Ann Day had some pretty harsh words regarding the news that Jan Brewer may soon be the Governor of Arizona. The tone of Day’s remarks was nasty even to use on someone of the opposite political party, never mind that they are both Republicans. Day summed up:

     “She does not have a positive attitude toward Pima County”

     We are not sure that is true but with comments like those from Ann Day who could blame Brewer for having a less than stellar impression of Southern Arizona. The questions arises – what was Ann Day trying to accomplish with her strident remarks. When and if Brewer becomes governor it is not likely that she will have much reason to meet with or listen to any concerns that Day has. Day did not really serve her constituents very well by lessoning her chances of working with Brewer. My guess is that the elderly and apparently spiteful Day let some old rivalry from her legislative days get in the way of her current mission – to work with all parties in representing the people of NW Tucson.

The Rose Supremacy

Congratulations to Jason Rose for making the center of the conspiracy chart put together by the libs over at Phoenix New Times.

At the center of Arizona’s vast right wing conspiracy is the “big-haired, biggermouthed, Republican 30-something king of AZ P.R., Jason Rose.” According to the chart,  Rose is so well-connected he holds the market on a who’s who list of celebrities, organizations and elected officials.

There is one group of conspirators that PNT did leave off the chart and that’s “the mostly anonymous hacks at the right-wing blog” Sonoran Alliance. (Yes, that’s us – SA sitting behind a 386 blogging out our next political pontificating posting.

Congratulations Jason on your coup de PR! We’re waiting by the hotline awaiting your next directive.

Legislature Democrats Already Responding to a Brewer Administration

The Arizona Republic is attempting to paint a picture of what Arizona politics will look like when Republicans take control of the Executive branch along with the Legislature. Here are two quotes from two Democratic lawmakers:

“If (Napolitano) leaves, we’ll have a very different landscape than we did yesterday,” said incoming House Assistant Minority Leader Kyrsten Sinema, a Phoenix Democrat girding for Life After Janet. “It’s going to be very different.”

More blunt was state Sen. Ken Cheuvront, a Phoenix Democrat: “It’s going to be a travesty. We will have no one to stop the extremist legislation that inevitably will be put forward by the Republican majority.”

Sound familiar? Democrats are now starting to sound like Republicans who tried to warn the American people what Washington DC would like with Democrats in charge of the White House and both chambers of Congress. There’s one exception though. While Republicans actually do govern from a center right position, the Democrats in Washington are much more likely to govern from the far left.

Alleged gay basher Slade Mead accuses Jan Brewer of “striving to lead us back into the ’50’s”

On his blog, The Dry Heat, former State Senator Slade Mead expresses his dismay that Secretary of State Jan Brewer might become Governor should Janet Napolitano resign to head the Department of Homeland Security.

Mead writes:

“We are going to see a stream of legislative garbage flow over her desk and happily get signed into law because Brewer, in my opinion, is striving to lead us back into the ’50’s.”

This is an interesting assertion coming from Mead, given his own efforts to ‘turn back the clock.’

During his 2006 race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, Mead was accused of using the sexual orientation of his opponent, Jason Williams, as a campaign issue.

This what the Tucson Citizen reported at the time:

“During a recent television interview in Tucson, [Jason] Williams announced he is gay. Then he accused Mead of engineering a whispering campaign about his homosexuality.

It was an extraordinary exchange when the two candidates appeared on “Arizona Illustrated,” the nightly local news program on KUAT-TV, Channel 6.

After a friendly, 15-minute discussion in which Mead and Williams agreed on most everything, it was time for each to make a closing statement.

Mead went first, stressing he has long been active in Arizona public schools “as a father, as a site council member, as a PTA volunteer.”

The comment about being a father touched a nerve with Williams.

“With all due respect, Slade, I have to say one comment that you made, too, about being a parent, I feel there is something that I do need to address here tonight in light of just basic fairness,” Williams said.

” … We agreed that we were going to run a clean and honest campaign, and frankly, I’m deeply concerned over comments some of his supporters have made to some of my supporters in recent weeks insinuating that because I am a single gay man, that they should be afraid to vote for me to become the nominee of this party,” he said.

…Williams said that when he made campaign appearances, Mead supporters infiltrated the audience. “They said, ‘You know how Slade is a parent and Jason is a single gay man and we don’t think he should be school superintendent,’ ” Williams said.”


 If bashing the sexual orientation of a political opponent isn’t 1950’s type behavior, what is?


Will the Next Secretary of State Please Stand Up?

The list of names for Arizona Secretary of State continues to grow. Sonoran Alliance began speculating some time ago who would be the likely successor to Secretary of State as Jan Brewer ascends to the Ninth Floor.

Included on that list are:

Former State Representative Laura Knaperek: Probably the most suited for the position given her legislative record, personality, energy and high name identification. Knaperek is coming off a recent congressional race and has been popular among conservatives.

Current State Senator Jack Harper: Also a good choice given his record although somewhat politically vulnerable in a 2010 election bid. Harper has already filed an exploratory committee for the seat in 2010. He is also popular among some conservatives.

Current State Senator Barbara Leff: Would also make a good choice given her thoughtful and deliberative legislative skills.

Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell: This would be familiar territory for Purcell but she is much older than the other candidates and her energy level for the job would likely be an issue. Purcell would also be the next in line should anything happen to Brewer.

Former GOP Chairman John Munger: This former Arizona Republican Party Chairman is redirecting his sights on the Secretary of State seat now that Brewer will be moving to the Governor’s Office. Munger was originally rumored to be seeking the Governor’s post in 2010 but will not likely challenger her in a Primary. Munger is an attorney who helped McCain in the recent election.

Whoever Brewer appoints will need to be ready for a 2010 challenge by Democrats. This factor will likely figure into Brewer’s decision given Arizona’s history of Secretary of States who have become Governor.

Carolyn Allen to Head Senate Health Committee

Pro-life advocates have to be pretty upset with the recent assignment of Senator Carolyn Allen as Chairman of the Senate Health Committee.

President of the Senate, Bob Burns, appointed the long-time pro-abortion advocate to the committee as part of the rearrangement of committees.

Allen has stood in the way of many pro-life bills including even reasonable legislation as Parental Consent and Informed Consent.

With Napolitano to depart the 9th Floor and Jan Brewer readying to step in as Governor, pro-life legislation should find little resistance in passing during the next legislative session.

The only person standing in the way will be Senator Carolyn Allen.

Jeff Flake Seeks Position on Appropriations Committee

This is great news although Congressmen Flake will still be in the minority. We need a voice on this committee to stop the rampant runaway earmarks.

Congressman Flake to Seek Seat on House Appropriations Committee
Committee Needs Member Who Does Not Seek Earmarks

Washington, D.C. – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today announced that he would seek a seat on the House Appropriations Committee in the 111th Congress.

Congressman Flake believes that, in order to regain credibility on fiscal issues, Republicans need to demonstrate their commitment to reining in runaway spending.

“It is difficult for Republicans to convince voters that we have turned a corner on spending if we continue to use the House Appropriations Committee as little more than a vehicle for securing earmarks,” said Flake in a letter to House Republican Leader John Boehner.  “Wouldn’t it make sense to have at least one member on the Committee who doesn’t seek earmarks?”

Congressman Flake sought a seat on the House Appropriations Committee in January 2008 but was passed over for the position.