Calling on Republican Women…We need you!

Republican Ladies, if you ever wanted to be more involved in the issues at your local level or state level,here is a great opportunity to learn more about the ins and outs of our great state. Grooming Republican women to take on leadership roles at all levels is what this program is all about. Arizona needs you! Consider applying today.

What is the Dodie Londen Series? When was it founded and why?

In 2007, Christine J. Toretti launched the Winning Women: Leadership for the New Century initiative in Arizona to engage more women in the party as voters, donors and leaders. A resident of Tucson, Arizona, Christine J. Olson, CEO of S.W. Jack Drilling Co. and Pennsylvania’s GOP National Committeewoman, accepted the challenge to spearhead this effort in Arizona and established the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series in January 2007.

The Dodie Londen Series is an annual training program for Republican women in Arizona that prepares women to be more effective leaders in government, politics, and in the community. Participants each have a goal to increase their level of involvement in public life as party leaders, elected or appointed officials, as grassroots activists, and/or as community leaders.

Each year a class of talented women representing all regions of Arizona will participate in intensive training sessions over the course of nine months to gain information, tools and skills to enhance their civic and political participation. This executive training program for Republican women is modeled after the successful Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series, which began in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2002 and the Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series founded in the state of Indiana in 1990.

How much time do class members spend with the Dodie Londen Series?

Class members participate in 9 required training sessions beginning in October and concluding in June of each year. Class members travel to different parts of Arizona to attend a training session each month. Each month, the Dodie Londen Class gathers in Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff and other parts of Arizona for a one-day training program. Class members typically arrive on Thursday evening for an optional networking dinner and spend Friday from 8am to 4pm participating in a training session. There are two exceptions to this type of schedule. The state government session is scheduled when the legislature is in session. Also, during the month of May, the Dodie Londen Class meets in Washington, DC for 2 ½ days from Tuesday evening through Thursday evening for a federal government session. This session is a national meeting of all state programs.

How much does the Dodie Londen Series cost a class member?

When accepted to the program, class members pay a one-time $150 participation fee. Some class members have paid this fee personally while others have had this fee paid by their employer or local Republican committee. Additionally, class members are responsible for travel costs to and from the monthly training sessions including parking. The Dodie Londen Series pays for hotel accommodations, meals and other program costs.

How are participants chosen each year for the Dodie Londen Series?

Class members are chosen through a two-tier selection process. First, applicants must submit a written application due May 1st. The selection committee comprised of advisory board members select finalists from a review of the written applications. Finalists are offered a personal interview with members of the selection committee. Interviews take place in late May of every year. For an application or more information, contact Bernadette S. Comfort, executive director at 520-609-6347.

Who was Dodie Londen?

One of Arizona’s grandest ladies and certainly the Grand Dame of the Arizona Republican Party, AZ-TV Chairman Dodie Londen was born May 31, 1930 on a farm near Holdredge, Nebraska. She graduated from Barnes Business School in Denver, Colorado and went to work in Denver as a secretary. In 1951, she married Jack Londen and in July of 1962 they moved their family of six to Arizona.

Through her selfless service to her church, charitable organizations and the Republican Party, Dodie will be remembered as a world-class leader, mentor and friend. Dodie’s political activities and accomplishments are legendary.

As the first woman ever to serve as Chairman of the Arizona Republican party, Dodie used her professional leadership, wisdom and kindness to lead the party to unprecedented prominence and national respect. Her legacy of financial stability and open door policy will serve the Republican Party for years to come. As one political reporter wrote, “She did more to unite the GOP than anyone else in decades…a tough act to follow.”

She served as the Treasurer and Program Chairman for the National Federation of Republican Women and President of the Arizona Federation of Republican Women. She was active in numerous political campaigns and counted President Ronald Reagan as a close friend. With all of her political achievements, she considered being a precinct committeeman one of her most important political positions.

Dodie once said, “I believe an individual should be judged by his or her record of commitment, performance and achievement.” Even by those high standards, Dodie truly achieved greatness!

You can count Chewie among the 40% who will be appealing a photo speeding ticket

I opened up my mail in shock recently to see a photo speeding ticket for driving 67 in a 55 mph zone on the 101 near Shea. (note – I’ve never received a photo speeding ticket since Janet Cams were implemented) Why was I in shock? That stretch of the freeway has been 65 mph for a long time, other than a few temporary drops to 55 mph for construction. In fact, I don’t remember seeing a 55 mph speed sign where I entered onto the freeway around Shea right before the speed van, so you can bet I will be taking photographs before the hearing. I was even madder considering I’d only sped up to the evil speed of 67 to get over a lane to the right since someone (clearly drunk the way they were weaving – but don’t expect the speed camera to stop them) was coming up behind me fast. No police officer would have ever pulled ME over.

Besides all the constitutional and fiscal arguments against photo speeding tickets, the fact that they are placed in temporary construction speed zones that are long-known for being set at higher speeds, in order to trick drivers, is appalling. Those speed vans don’t have the yellow-orange “photo enforcement zone” warnings ahead of them either. Everyone around me was going about the same speed – it was a clear evening with few drivers on the road and no construction going on.

Because of ridiculously located speed cameras like that, 40% of us are appealing these tickets. And the cost of handling our appeals negates the revenues that are brought in. What idiot decided to put speed camera vans in an area that was briefly under construction so most drivers pulling onto the freeway immediately before that location don’t realize the speed limit has dropped?

Thanks to, a ballot initiative is being circulated in Arizona to get rid of these cameras which the government has admitted are nothing more than revenue generators. The Newspaper has a great article exposing this racket, I urge everyone to read it to get the full scoop.

Really Lazy Posting: National Journal Liberal/Conservative Ratings

I only say that because Tedski first posted on this over at Rum, Romanism and Rebellion. So because our blog is geared for the conservative reader and the “experimenting” independent, I thought I’d also post the ratings for our Congressional delegation as just released by The National Journal.

Here are snapshots of the Arizona ratings with the exception of Senator John McCain and Rick Renzi:

Composite (from most liberal to most conservative):

  • Raul Grijalva (D-7): 93.2 L
  • Ed Pastor (D-4): 88.0 L
  • Harry Mitchell (D-5): 52.7 L
  • Gabrielle Giffords (D-8): 52.3 L
  • Jeff Flake (R-6): 90.2 C
  • John Shadegg (R-3): 95.7 C
  • Trent Frank (R-2): 97.3 C

Senator Jon Kyl ranked at 93.2 C

On Economic Issues:

  • Raul Grijalva: 85.0 L
  • Ed Pastor: 85.0 L
  • Gabrielle Giffords: 52.0 L
  • Harry Mitchell: 51.0 L
  • John Shadegg: 97.0 C
  • Jeff Flake: 98.0 C
  • Trent Franks: 98.0 C

Senator Jon Kyl ranked at 96.0 C

On Social Issues:

  • Raul Grijalva: 82.0 L
  • Ed Pastor: 82.0 L
  • Harry Mitchell: 48.0 L
  • Gabrielle Giffords: 48.0 L
  • Jeff Flake: 91.0 C
  • Trent Franks: 91.0 C
  • John Shadegg: 91.0 C

Senator Jon Kyl ranked at 79.0 C

On Foreign Issues:

  • Raul Grijalva: 92.0 L
  • Ed Pastor: 78.0 L
  • Harry Mitchell: 58.0 L
  • Gabrielle Giffords: 55.0 L
  • Jeff Flake: 74.0 C
  • John Shadegg: 93.0 C
  • Trent Franks: 95.0 C

Senator Jon Kyl rated at 84.0 C


200 show up for Tempe Tax Protest yesterday

Read the Capitol Times article here
(of course the Repugnant didn’t bother covering it, although they devoted plenty of space to left wingers protesting budget cuts at the Capitol – who were probably paid or received class credit to be there, and a Sheriff Arpaio protest, which will probably attract fewer than 20 protesters). No wonder no one reads the Repulsive anymore.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, February 27, 2009


Phoenix, AZ – Randy Pullen, chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, today announced that Colin Shipley has been named to the post of political director for the Arizona Republican Party.

“Colin has the right skill set, a great background, and lots of energy and enthusiasm to run our political shop through the 2010 elections,” said Pullen. “I think we’re building a very formidable team over here and we’ll be able to capitalize and expand upon our previous electoral gains in 2010.”

“When looking for a new political director, we wanted to bring on someone who is familiar with Arizona politics and would bring new and fresh ideas to the table. I believe that Colin is that person,” said Brett Mecum, executive director of the Arizona Republican Party. “Colin will be building an aggressive political program that will primarily focus on voter registration and candidate training across our fifteen growing counties.”

“I am thrilled at the opportunity that Chairman Pullen has afforded me,” said Shipley. “This is going to be a critical election cycle for Arizona and I look forward to making a positive difference at the Arizona Republican Party.”

Shipley will be responsible for the entire political operation of the Arizona Republican Party which includes voter registration, Get out the Vote efforts, candidate training, and grassroots development among others. A native of Chandler, AZ and a graduate of Arizona State University, Shipley most recently worked for then-Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters. Previously to that, he was an Account Executive for Highground, Inc., a premier political consulting and government relations firm headquartered in Phoenix. Shipley succeeds Brett Mecum who was named AZGOP executive director earlier this month.

Additional staff hires at the Arizona Republican Party are expected in the coming days.

Oh, How We Yearn for the Good Ol’ Days!

Now for something on the lighter side…

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A Boycott Vote Against Common Sense

When the Arizona House Health Committee passed a comprehensive bill to provide women critical health information about an important medical procedure, two State Representatives were conveniently absent.

As noted in an earlier post here on Sonoran Alliance, HB 2564 requires that the abortion industry provide women with important information prior to undergoing an abortion. The bill is pro-woman, pro-information, pro-patients’ rights and pro-choice (in the truest sense of the word).

Instead of showing up for the vote the two pro-abortion Democrats decided to “take their ball” and go hold a press conference. (David Bradley the other Democrat was excused.) I’d call that a legislative temper tantrum. Ed Ableser and Phil Lopes effectively shirked their duties and gave up their opportunity to vote as they always have – AGAINST this important bill.

By the way, did I mention that the bill does NOT prohibit one single abortion?

All the other legislators on the committee voted FOR the bill and after all, who wouldn’t? The bill makes complete sense and gives women everything that so-called “reproductive rights” activists have always demanded – MORE CHOICE!

If this makes you as angry as me, then you need to do something about it. Call your legislators and make sure they will vote on HB 2564 when it comes up for a vote. The bill is expected to receive a vote by the full House sometime in the next two weeks.

Finally, during the hearing, the committee heard powerful testimony from several pro-life, pro-woman advocates. Take a moment and visit the Center for Arizona Policy webblog to see their excellent post.

Teaparty protest tomorrow expanding, combined with #dontgo & #tcot movements

Chicago Tea Party
Americans for Prosperity has issued some more information about the rally tomorrow at noon at Tempe Town Park to protest the foreclosure baillout. The #dontgo rally at the Capitol has been moved to combine with the AFP protest. Check out the facebook page on the event here.
(note – the event originated in Chicago and has spread to other cities)

Noble @ CPAC

Conservatives are more energized than ever as activist gather at the annual CPAC conference in Washington, DC.

Fellow Conservative Blogger, Sean Noble, is covering the event through his blog Noble Thinking. We encourage you to follow his updates as he gives a uniquely Arizona perspective.

You can also follow the event live by clicking here.

Gallego Off the Hook

Ruben Gallego

Phoenix City Councilmen Michael Nowakowski’s chief aide is apparently off the hook after being accused of verbal harassment and creating a hostile work environment for a Phoenix College student. Nowakowski’s aide, Ruben Gallego, was accused of berating and intimidating 20-year-old intern, Maria Alaniz. (Arizona Republic article) Immediately after filing the complaint, Alaniz was laid off.

According to the Republic:

Gallego became upset, Alaniz said, when she failed to inform another councilman that Nowakowski was running late to a meeting.

According to Alaniz, Gallego called her into his office the morning of Feb. 4 and began yelling and pounding his desk so loud that it caught the attention of several aides working in other council offices on City Hall’s 11th floor.

Alaniz reported the incident that same day to the city’s Personnel Department, which referred her to the Equal Opportunity Department. She filed a formal complaint with EOD on Feb. 5.

“He (Gallego) was very unprofessional about it. He was aggressive towards me,” Alaniz, a political appointee, said of the meeting. “I filed two complaints against him, and right after that they let me go.”

EOD later dismissed Alaniz’s complaint, saying it did not constitute discrimination or harassment and therefore did not violate the city’s administrative policies.

Gallego, 29, said he regrets Alaniz felt uncomfortable and characterized the outburst as a “momentary lapse,” but he pointed out that Alaniz was not listening and interrupting him. He said he doesn’t recall pounding his hands on his desk.

“My aim was to make her realize what she did was a big mistake and that she understood what steps she should take to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future,” Gallego said.

Gallego said Alaniz’s position had been slated for elimination as early as December.

But less than an hour after the Feb. 4 incident, he sent an e-mail to council Chief of Staff Penny Parrella and another staffer regarding Alaniz.

“When you have a chance I would like to talk to you about Maria Alaniz,” Gallego wrote. “Her time as an intern is up.”

Alaniz had been employed with the city for nearly three years. She had been hired as an intern in 2006 by then-Councilman Doug Lingner, who recommended Alaniz for the full-time intern job when Nowakowski took over his council seat two years later.

Nowakowski said he was hurt by Alaniz’s allegations. He and his wife had paid tuition for Alaniz’s first semester of college, and Gallego had inquired earlier this year about finding her another position in the city.

If Gallego’s name sounds familiar, that’s because he is a liberal political activist. In fact, Gallego was featured in a sham advertisement put out by the Harry Mitchell campaign. I checked my sources and found that very ad at the website, Gallego was one of the only veterans who Mitchell could find to shill for him in the recent CD-5 elections.

3 City Council members vote to fight for $97 million corporate subsidy

Phoenix voters aren’t going to forget this. Thelda Williams, Michael Nowakowski, and Maria Baier all ran on a platform for Phoenix City Council saying they opposed the subsidy, but now that they’re in office, voted in favor of appealing the adverse decision against it.

City of Phoenix defying public trust, again

 Like most Arizona cities, Phoenix is in desperate financial shape, faced with severe cuts in essential public services. But somehow it found the money to pay tens of thousands of dollars to a private law firm to appeal the CityNorth decision to the Arizona Supreme Court–which, if it “wins,” will cost the taxpayers $97.4 million in subsidies to the developer. No wonder the City is in such a financial mess.

What’s worse, the voters had a referendum of sorts in the last City Council election, when every single candidate in a contested race opposed the CityNorth deal. But the three who won–Thelda Williams, Michael Nowakowski, and Maria Baier–all voted to appeal the decision to save the corporate welfare they opposed at election time. Only Council member Tom Simplot, who opposed the original deal, voted against an appeal. 

Mayor Phil Gordon, who used to oppose such subsidies before he embraced them, offered feeble justifications for the appeal. The ruling might affect the City’s support of Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, he said. Nonsense: the Arizona Supreme Court already has addressed such issues in the context of government support of nonprofit hospitals and K-12 scholarships. 

Nor does the Court of Appeals decision striking down CityNorth affect economic development agreements in which cities reimburse developers for public infrastructure or maintain ownership of the property. All it does is hold that subsidies that go into a developer’s pocket to build a project for the benefit of the developer violate the Arizona Constitution’s ban on gifts of taxpayer money.

It is a decision worth applauding, not appealing. In times when taxpayers and their governments are strapped for cash, the last thing we need is to lavish subsidies on a luxury shopping mall.


Clint Bolick is an attorney with the Goldwater Institute.

Arizona House Bill 2564 Advances Advocacy for Women

by Gayle Plato-Besley, M. Ed

Abortion is a medical procedure performed to terminate a pregnancy.  With that, there is a physical and psychological impact for each woman choosing abortion. As a vast majority of abortions are performed on young adults and teens, there is a significant need to look at potential rape and abuse against these women.  The abortion clinic or other medical facility may be the only professional help the abuse victim receives.  It is morally and legally critical that all abortion requests be considered and analyzed for potential abuse, and all seekers of the service studied for at-risk behaviors. The moment the girl or woman walks in she is, by definition of the act of abortion, at-risk. Arizona House Bill 2564 faces this controversy head on.

All therapists and counselors, and psychiatrists are trained, in-depth, about the Tarasoff case:  A college therapist had reason to believe that a patient might be violent as he’d threatened a woman friend.  While the therapist did contact campus police, it was found that the therapist had a legal obligation to go farther and warn the victim, following up with city officials.  Though the therapist had made some effort, it was deemed negligent in light of the fact that the patient did stab to death the woman after claiming he premeditated the act. Therapists and doctors have a legal obligation to notify authorities and any parent not suspected of the abuse itself of the risk to the minor. If the parent is the potential abuser, their is an obligation to contact authorities. Period. This is not debatable.

Tarasoff makes the Arizona HB 2564, of a 24-hour notification and further informative counsel to abortion seekers necessary.  If the client states potential abuse, a fear of violent reaction of the said father/partner, or notes a statutory rape situation, there is a precedent to report this immediately.  If the young woman is under 18 it is a no-brainer for anyone talking to her: you must inform the family.

This is a fact in any school, club, church youth group-why not at a medical facility?   As an experienced school counselor and high school teacher, I can personally attest to children telling me they suspect pregnancy.  I can give you sad stories, scary concerns, and girls pleading with me not to tell.  I can tell you of heated debates with teachers or staff-men and women, angry that I was breaking ‘a confidence’.

It is the law.  I’ve never regretted EVER telling a parent that their is a risk of abuse, that a child threatened suicide, that a girl might be pregnant.  I do not regret turning in suspected molestation to the police.  I lament the process, and I was doggedly annoying in making sure the parties did their jobs.  I talked very frankly with parents saying I will not tolerate any harm of the child and I would check.  Someone has to make a stand in these cases.

This issue may be a story for debate, but to me it’s personal.  You better know where you stand before you argue.  Checking in on the National Organization of Women, I wonder who they think they are helping:

According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, which includes crimes that were not reported to the police, 232,960 women in the U.S. were raped or sexually assaulted in 2006. That’s more than 600 women every day.6 Other estimates, such as those generated by the FBI, are much lower because they rely on data from law enforcement agencies. A significant number of crimes are never even reported for reasons that include the victim’s feeling that nothing can/will be done and the personal nature of the incident (

If NOW worries about abuse, then it cannot support groups that literally encourage their “counselors” to manipulate women and children.  Sonoran Alliance posted previously about the manipulative tactics of abortion clinicians.  Girls and women worried about abortion and the result need help.  Help may not feel as good as enabling might.  Hiding facts is a crime. Please read the entire investigation footnoted with an excerpt below:

Life Dynamics conducted a covert investigation in which we called over 800 Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation facilities across the country. Our caller portrayed a 13-year-old girl who was pregnant by her 22-year-old boyfriend. Her story was that she wanted an abortion because she and her boyfriend did not want her parents to find out about the sexual relationship. In every call the ages of the girl and her boyfriend were made perfectly clear. It was also unmistakable that the motivation for the abortion was to conceal this illicit sexual activity from the girl’s parents and the authorities…

Nevertheless, these clinic workers were willing – and in many cases eager – to help this child hide the fact that she was being sexually exploited from her parents and the authorities. Toward that end, they provided step-by-step instructions on how to circumvent state laws that were enacted specifically for the purpose of protecting children exactly like her, in situations just like this.  (

Political Arizona Takes Off!

It’s been almost two weeks since the debut of and needless to say, it has been a success!

According to the latest statistics, the site has had 24,250 page views and 2,000 visits!

Thanks to everyone who visits the site as their source of political news in Arizona. You may notice a certain “Drudgesque” feel to it.

I am also offering banner advertising through the site. Candidates and their committees are especially encouraged to contact me for further details.

Thanks to everyone – conservative, moderate and liberal – who is visiting and using the site as their source of political news.

Next Sat. – AZ Right to Life 5th Annual Benefit Banquet and Silent Auction

Can He Deliver?

Here is a snapshot of the Drudge Report listing the new promises as outlined in President Obama’s speech tonight.

The big question in all of this is can he deliver?

I was also under the impression that the new administration was going to de-militarize? Did I misunderstand or is this President attempting to duplicate what Ronald Reagan did with the 600-ship fleet?

Now I know that the finest researchers have been working on a cure for cancer for decades so what makes President believe that a cure can be found within the next few years?

More money for the banks? Who would have imagined!

Universal education through college? Maybe I’ll finally be able to go to law school?

Universal health care? Here comes 1993 all over again!

Arizona Taxpayer Tea Party – This Friday!

Tuesday, February 24th 2009

Dear Arizona Taxpayer:

Join the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP), allied pro-taxpayer organizations, and hundreds of taxpayer activists for an Arizona Taxpayer Tea Party, this Friday, February 27, at noon at the Tempe Beach Park to protest (and stop!) the tax increases proposed by big-spending politicians at the federal, state, and local levels. Wally the (Empty) Taxpayer Wallet will also be in attendance.

Wally the (Empty) Taxpayer WalletWally the (Empty) Taxpayer WalletTwo weeks ago, AFP delivered to Congress over 430,000 names of Americans who signed AFP’s petition. The liberals in Washington went ahead and passed the Spendulus package, but American taxpayers are now mobilized for the next fight.

And there are plenty of fights coming. Obama, Pelosi and Reed are continuing the Bush-Paulson tradition of using your tax dollars to bail out people who got themselves into bad mortgages.

Gov. Jan Brewer and the majority in the Arizona Legislature have held firm (so far) against raising taxes to fix the gigantic state deficit caused by over-spending. But they are taking heavy political flak from the spending lobbies and from newspaper editors, and will need our help during the budget battles in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, cash-hungry local politicians are raising property tax levies.

Join us in sending a powerful message to the politicians, special interests, and the mainstream media by taking part in the Arizona Taxpayer Tea Party.

Our initial meetup will be at 11:45 a.m. at the Tempe Beach Park, west of the Mill Avenue Bridge. A parking lot is available next to the park, on Rio Salado Parkway.


Please let us know you will attend by sending an email to

18th-century attire welcome. Tar and feathers optional.

Education vs. Capital

A few of the liberal blogs (Blog for Arizona / Random Musings) are all over a recent comment made by Representative Andy Biggs when he said,

“Education does not create jobs,” he said. “Entrepreneurs and businesses create jobs.”

Maybe this is a good time to chime in and remind our liberal bloggers that there are many highly educated Ph.D’s employed by our fine university system who could only find jobs within the university system. They have created no jobs.  Simply put, having an excellent education does not guarantee you a job.

There are many many unemployed individuals who possess graduate degrees and are having difficulty landing even blue-collar positions due to their over-qualification.

Yes, having a good education helps, but having access to liquid capital is critical to creating wealth and jobs.

I would love to hear their response regarding this correlation.