John McCain: To Be or not to be, A Maverick

John McCain was a maverick when it was cool to be a maverick

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In the April 3rd edition of Newsweek, David Margolick writes:

Many of the GOP’s most faithful, the kind who vote in primaries despite 115-degree heat, tired long ago of McCain the Maverick, the man who had crossed the aisle to work with Democrats on issues like immigration reform, global warming, and restricting campaign contributions. “Maverick” is a mantle McCain no longer claims; in fact, he now denies he ever was one. “I never considered myself a maverick,” he told me. “I consider myself a person who serves the people of Arizona to the best of his abilities.” Yet here was Palin, urging her fans four times in 15 minutes to send McCain the Maverick back to Washington.

Now John McCain finds himself if the fight of his political life and he runs from being a maverick. As much as I don’t like giving a voice to liberals even they’ve caught on.

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If John McCain’s new persona is not a “maverick” that means that he is now selling himself as just another good ol boy in the Senate.

All this leads the average voter to ask, “Does anyone really know who John McCain is anymore?”

You Lie!

Damn It Feels Good to be a Victicrat!

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Take Your Medicine Amerika!

Obama to Amerika: Take your medicine and like it!

ObamaPills

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Deja Vu all over again?

Obama Healthcare Shills in Phoenix Tomorrow Night

Sonoran Alliance received the following heads up on a special Obama Administration event being sponsored here in Phoenix tomorrow evening. Apparently, Obama supporters will be trying to comfort and pep each other as the Obama Administration attempts to force the legislation on America.

If you plan on attending and representing those who are not infatuated with the administration, be sure to ask the hard questions unlike ABC News and other “mainstream” media outlets.

MegaForum on Health Care Reform (Health Care Organizing Event)

This will be the largest meeting to support President Obama’s health care reform in Arizona. It will bring together all local and national groups that support true health care reform. Attendees will come from a wide range of backgrounds including citizens from around the state, doctors, nurses, patients, business leaders, hospital administrators and others who want to express their desires and reasons for support of health care reform.

Congressman Conyers, Donna Smith and other key supporters of health care reform will address the forum. Presentations will be made about what single payer is and what a viable public health plan option is, and why other approaches will not resolve the inherent problems in the health insurance system today.

Time: Tuesday, June 30 from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Host: Joe Otto
Location:
Wyndham Phoenix Hotel (Phoenix, AZ)
50 East Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

To sign up to attend, click here.

Gascón & Berman Departing Shots

Having grown up and educated on the cinema of Clint Eastwood aka, Harry Callahan, aka, “Dirty Harry” of San Francisco fame, I can properly say to outgoing Mesa Chief of Police, George Gascón, “I knew Dirty Harry. Chief Gascón, you’re no Dirty Harry.” Maybe now, the chief can pack up his things including his slick glamour shots taken by local photographer, Jamie Peachey,  and head to the City by the Bay to impress the liberal establishment there – A perfect match. (Photo of Gascon credited and hyperlinked to the Phoenix New Times in this post.)

Just south of Mesa, the Town of Gilbert swore in a new mayor and council last night. During part of the “inauguration ceremony” outgoing Mayor Steve Berman decided to present a slide show of his fond memories of service on the council. When it came time to talk about Council woman Linda Abbott, Berman showed a slide of a woman with a gun to her head. He claimed it was symbolic of the pressure Abbott would get for supporting a tax increase. However, given the audible gasp that arose from some in the audience, many probably took it to mean something else. For those of you who may have forgotten, among the many things Berman was accused of doing by his then wife during their acrimonious marriage was plotting to kill Abbott. (Link to the Town of Gilbert meeting online about 42 minutes into the video.)

Gaming On the Budget

Sonoran Alliance has learned that a poll conducted earlier this year (February, 2009) by Arizona Opinion (Margaret Kenski), also included questions about voter attitude toward using gaming as a source of revenue to solve Arizona’s budget crisis.

According to a source close to details on the polling data, public opinion toward gaming has improved markedly since a poll was taken a year ago by another reputable pollster, Public Opinion Strategies. Both pollsters surveyed 600 likely voters.

Sonoran Alliance was able to obtain a summary of the results for each of these polls. Kenski’s poll further drilled down into specific legislative districts where gaming was prevalent and active. Districts with horse and dog track gaming operations were more supportive and comfortable with the gaming proposal because of their familiarity with gaming.

Here are several of the questions asked in the May 2008 Poll:

“As you may know, Arizona is facing budget deficits. In general, which of the following options do you support most to eliminate the deficit…”

10% – Raise taxes
43% – Decrease spending   …or…
37% – Find a new source of revenue for state government?

“As you may know, Arizona will have a budget deficit of two billion dollars or more next year. State economists are forecasting additional deficits in succeeding years too. Rather than raise taxes or cut existing programs, some people suggest that part of the solution would include allowing casinos at the six existing horse and greyhound tracks in Arizona. This is projected to raise between $500 million to one billion dollars in tax revenue annually for the state and help close the state’s budget deficit and allow for tax cuts or spending for key state programs in future years. In general, would you say you support or oppose allowing casinos at six existing horse and greyhound racing tracks in Arizona to address the budget deficit?”

The levels of support were 61% in favor, 36% opposed and 3% undecided.

Arizona Opinion’s poll included the following questions:

“In general, which of the following options do you support most to help eliminate the deficit?”
(1. Raise taxes, 2. Decrease spending; or 3. Find a new source of revenue for State government.)

15.3% – Raise taxes
33.3% – Decrease spending
30.3% – Find new source of revenue
19.7% – Mix, other
1.3% – Don’t know, refused

“There is another proposal that is intended to help fix the State budget deficit rather than raising taxes or cutting important programs. Allowing casino gaming at the six existing horse and greyhound racetracks in Arizona would raise between $300 million and $500 million in tax revenue each year for the State. This money could be dedicated to closing the State’s $3 billion budget deficit, cutting taxes or providing additional funding for state programs. In general, would you say that you support or oppose allowing casino gaming at Arizona’s six existing horse and greyhound racetracks to help Arizona taxpayers solve the State budget deficit?”

38.8% – Definitely support
24% – Probably support
8.7% – Probably oppose
24.3% – Definitely oppose
4.2% – Don’t know/undecided/refused

The levels of support were 62.8% in favor, 33% opposed and 4.2% undecided.

Both polls tested arguments for and against the proposals, using language most likely used by opponents and advocates.

After hearing all sides of the issue, the levels of support and opposition varied only slightly.

Of all the arguments tested pro and con, the one people most agreed with was the following:

“One of the Indian tribes plans to spend $550 million to build Arizona’s largest casino in Glendale right next to the University of Phoenix football stadium and 200 miles from its main reservation. If a tribe can build casinos away from their main reservation, it seems only fair to allow the horse and greyhound racetracks to have casino gaming at their six locations, making the playing field a bit more level and helping both the racing industry and state revenues.”

So as you can see the big question is will the Governor and Legislature place another option on the table? Rather than resort to a “temporary” sales tax increase, will the Governor advocate for sources of revenue in order to make up lost revenue?

Tea Party 2.0

Here’s something you won’t see in Arizona given that our Republican governor is pushing for a tax hike as part of her 5-point plan.

Hoping to recapture the grassroots energy of last month’s “tea parties,” Republican Govs. Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Rick Perry of Texas will host a tele-town hall Thursday that’s being dubbed “Tea Party 2.0.”

The Republican Governors Association said it is expecting 30,000 people to participate in the town hall, which will take place roughly one month after the much-publicized anti-tax tea party rallies held in hundreds of locations across the country on April 15, the tax filing deadline.

Sanford and Perry will each speak for several minutes before opening up the town hall to up to an hour-long question and answer session.

(Politico – “GOP govs plan Tea Party sequel” - May 12, 2009)

No Respect

This video says it all and no, it does not mean the White House special ordered a shipment of drugs.