Kwasman first to file in District 1

State Representative Adam Kwasman is the first Republican in the Congressional District 1 primary to file his signatures. According to the Arizona Secretary of State website, Kwasman turned in 1,249 signatures on May 5th. The minimum is 1,117 but Kwasman indicated in an email to supporters that it was just his first batch. A final submission of signatures right before the deadline is common with early filers.

Kwasman files signatures for Congress

It is not a big shock that Kwasman filed first, he has been running for the longest time, but it is a little bit of a surprise that a seasoned candidate like Andy Tobin was not the first to file. Tobin, as the Speaker of the House, has been gaining some big name support, John Boehner, Jon Kyl, and Mitt Romney, but it looks like his ground game could use a little more attention.

Of course, if Tobin and Gary Kiehne turn in enough signatures before the deadline to qualify, it won’t matter come Election Day. It is just one small indicator of how the race is going.

Video of Nevada BLM/Bundy Ranch standoff

The standoff yesterday between Federal BLM ranges and a local rancher, backed up by an assortment of civilians, was a historic event. There have been encounters between federal forces and citizens in the past, the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 comes to mind, but nothing on the scale of what took place yesterday in Nevada has happened in recent memory. See below for two good videos of what actually transpired. (Disclosure: Linking to an video does not imply agreement with all of their positions.)

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Mark Kelly for Dog Catcher

Sub headline: A Boy and His Dog

Politicos in Southern Arizona have been speculating for a few months that Mark Kelly might run for his wife’s former congressional seat in 2014.

(Warning: Profanity and disturbing images of Mark Kelly’s adventures.)
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Mark and Gabby have been in front of the cameras promoting gun control through their newly formed Americans for Responsible Solutions. Shortly after rolling out the new initiative, Kelly was spotted actually buying an AR-15 for himself – or not. The transaction was actually cancelled by the gun store because it appeared Kelly was not purchasing the rifle for his personal use, a violation of federal law.

The AR-15 story was still going strong when this video pops up on the internet. The news report claims the dog belongs to his daughter. She does not have anywhere near the control over the animal that Kelly has.

The hypocrisy of liberals is that they want women to pee and puke while being raped while members of the left get to go around buying the very gun they seek to ban and they can own dogs that kill furry little animals that the rest of us are suppose to protect.

Antenori files exploratory for Congress

State Senator Frank Antenori (LD-30) has filed an exploratory committee for AZ-08, according to the Morning Digest from Daily Kos. A search of the IRS site confirmed that Senator Antenori did file form 8871 dated August 15th. Filing an exploratory committee avoids problems with Arizona’s resign to run law and does not require the candidate to specify a district number.

Great Support our Troops video

A U.S. Marine serving in Afghanistan thanked her mom, Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, for sending lots of great care packages and mentioned that some Marines were not receiving any packages from home. A bunch of patriots from the Tucson area stepped forward and adopted her unit serving in Afghanistan and sent lots of packages to the troops fighting overseas. Here is video of the Tucson homecoming for Gabriela’s daughter and another fellow Marine as they arrive in the Tucson Airport.

Thank you to all of our brave Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines for your service to this nation and to the cause of freedom.

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Video about the Christmas Packages for the Troops.
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DCCC steps back from AZ

The DCCC is dialing down their commitment to Arizona and to the 3 Amigos who are in very vulnerable districts in the state. Read more about their retreat in this Hotline story by Reid Wilson. The explanation given by the DCCC is strangely suspicious, mostly because it is false. They are pulling out of AZ 5 because the strength of Harry Mitchell’s campaign? The situation on the ground is the opposite. The most recent poll showed Mitchell down 6 points. The article also said the Democrats feel good about Giffords because she is ahead in the polling. Since when is 46-46 ahead?

The Republicans struck back today. The NRCC put up an ad in CD 1 and Schweikert and Kelly also went on the air with their own ads. Take a look at all 3 right here.

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Fear and loathing in CD 8

On Tuesday, another Sonoran Alliance contributor linked to video of Jesse Kelly commenting on Sarah Palin. Since then the story has really taken off and was covered by Hot Air and Politico.

The video is really not that surprising and the fact that Palin has not always endorsed the most conservative person in the primary is a simple fact.

One item from the end of the Politico story was quite interesting,

In the past 10 days, Paton has hired the Lincoln Strategy Group


That’s right, Paton has hired Nathan Sproul’s firm to try and rescue Jonathan’s campaign by trashing fellow Republican Jesse Kelly. Nathan has a mixed record of wining and losing, mostly losing. He gained a lot of attention for waging a vicious smear campaign against now State Senator Russell Pearce. Read one of several Sonoran Alliance stories on that race at this link.

Can Nathan Sproul save Jonathan Paton? There are only 4 days left and Kelly seems to be taking the high road. There was a time when Paton had the money and the momentum to bury Kelly but Jonathan chose to ignore Jesse. Nathan’s last minute, over the top attacks will probably not be enough to change the final outcome of the CD 8 primary.

Anti Prop 200 alumni, where are they now?

Everyone is acting tough on illegal immigration now. Lots of people running for office are singing the praises of SB 1070 and some candidate are saying they would have voted for the new law.

Back in 2004, there was a voter initiative to prevent those living in Arizona illegally from receiving taxpayer funded public benefits. Senators Kyl and McCain both opposed the citizen’s initiative; known as Protect Arizona Now or Prop 200 (2004). Less well know are some of the members of the legislature who were OK with illegal aliens receiving public benefits. Read this document for a list of some of those opposed to Prop 200. Some of them are seeking promotions, want to return to the legislature, or are backing candidates running for the legislature. Here is a partial list.

Bill Konopnicki opposed Prop 200. He is trying to unseat Senator Sylvia Allen in LD 5. Sen. Allen is a strong conservative with an excellent record in the legislature.

John Nelson opposed Prop 200. He is trying to retain his LD 12 senate seat in the face of a strong challenge from the more conservative Clark Silver.

Pete Hershberger opposed Prop 200. He is not on the ballot this year but he is backing Wade McLean in the LD 26 house race. McLean thinks he might have voted for SB 1070 but quickly adds Arizona should have talked more with the federal government before passing 1070.

Marian McClure opposed Prop 200. She is challenging current LD 30 Senator Frank Antenori. Sen. Antenori has a strong conservative record from his first term, split between the house and senate.

Will the voters care about politicians who supported benefits for illegals? They should at least know the facts.

Kelly launches ad in support of 1070

The Kelly for Congress campaign is touting their new ad in support of Arizona’s tough illegal immigration bill. Here is a copy they posted on their YouTube page.

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It’s my name on the show

The national media is going into overdrive on SB 1070, the Safe Neighborhoods bill just signed by Gov. Brewer.

For some reason, Arizona Senator Frank Antenori ended up as the point person to defend the law on liberal cable shows. Below is video of Frank and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez discussing SB 1070 with Dylan Ratigan of MSNBC. Frank is also scheduled to be on with CNN with Wolf Blitzer tonight.

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Here is the link to the MSNBC segment with Antenori and Sanchez.

Brewer to sign SB1070 this morning

Our sources indicate Governor Jan Brewer will sign SB 1070 this morning and release a statement around noon. Stay tuned.

Arizona Education Network anything but non-partisan

Recently, several new outlets were tricked into running stories about the slanted ratings of the front-group Arizona Education Network (AEN.)


The spokes person for the group, Ann Eve Pedersen, is a former reporter with the Arizona Daily Star and now defunct Tucson Citizen. She has donated to Democratic candidates, $825 to Grijalva in 2009, $500 to President Obama in ’08, plus donations to Reps. Giffords and Pastor. She is so involved with the Democratic Party, the Tucson Weekly statedshe is inextricably linked with Tucson’s Democratic politics.” She is married to Peter Eckerstrom, brother of Paul Eckerstrom (former chair of the Pima County Democratic Party, a position once help by Ann’s own father.) This is not your average PTO mom concerned about education funding. Ann Eve Pedersen is a highly connected Democrat activist who is the spokesperson for a group set up for the sole purpose of slamming Republican candidates right as election season gets under way. It is disappointing that more media outlets did not investigate the people behind AEN before publishing their obviously biased report.

Protesters! Quick someone call the cops

McCain was in Tucson over the weekend with fellow Senator Scott Brown. There were about a dozen or so protesters outside the event at the Manning House. The easy political move is to ignore them, or better yet go out and shake their hands and talk with them. Instead, someone called the Tucson Police and reported that there was a fight. One of our readers in Tucson who was there sent this news report to us (thanks for the first-hand account.)


I’m not really sure who called the cops at the JOHN MCCAIN PROTEST: ROUND 2 organized by THE GOP PRECINCT COMMITTEEMEN AGAINST MCCAIN that was held on Saturday. I guess they thought a handful of peaceful protesters, including grandmothers and children, who were respectfully exercising their 1st Amendments rights posed such a danger that they had to call in backup. In fact, we were so respectful of Senator McCain’s rally, that even though I had been personally invited by FRIENDS OF JOHN MCCAIN via email to enter the rally, we chose to stand outside on the public sidewalk rather than entering the property. Here’s the invite:

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McCain 2010 Tucson Rally with
Senator Scott Brown!

There is no cost to attend this event!

The Manning House
450 West Paseo Redondo
Tucson, AZ 85701
Saturday, March 6, 2010
4:15 PM and goes until approximately 5:30 PM

Or maybe they felt the only way to level the playing field was to call in TPD since we were receiving more attention than McCain and Brown combined. Perhaps they didn’t like that we were interviewed by 3 out of the 4 local news channels. Or maybe it was because the JOHN MCCAIN PROTEST: ROUND2 was a statewide event that focused on protesting all three of Senator McCain’s campaign stops with fellow Senator Scott Brown – first at Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, then the Arizona Inn in Tucson, and finally ending at the Manning House, also in Tucson. Perhaps it had something to do with McCain’s paid staff worker, Anthony Miller, also Chairman of LD20, who has recently been battling with a couple of the leaders of THE GOP PRECINCT COMMITTEEMEN AGAINST MCCAIN, who’s probably grouchy about these two recent stories:

And let’s not forget the original TUCSON PROTEST OF JOHN MCCAIN, when this story was written:

Maybe the McCain camp has finally reached the breaking point. The fact is that whoever called the police completely falsified their report. When the police came zipping around the corner and pulled up and asked me if we had seen a guy on a bicycle in a striped shirt fighting and yelling with people, we were shocked to say the least. Yes, one of us was on a quadcycle, but he wasn’t wearing a striped shirt or doing anything other than circling the Manning House loop with a sign that read: NO MORE MCCAIN. Hardly a reason to call the already understaffed TPD away from more important duties. In fact, 3 squad cars were called the first time. The second time, after the event had ended and McCain was outside being interviewed by the media, another squad car showed up within seconds after some of us were verbally voicing our 1st Amendment rights. Although this officer was very respectful and understanding of our rights, we were not able to continue exercising our rights because of this interference.

Was someone playing dirty politics here?

Paper reports Giffords’ conflict of interest

The Orlando Sentinel has an expose about Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ conflict of interest with the Constellation program and it’s Ares I rocket. The article raises troubling questions about her influence over NASA decisions while her husband is with the same agency. Worse than the charges of a conflict is the disclosure that her husband, Mark Kelly, used his access to Air Force jets to rendezvous with Giffords while they were dating. One trip cost the taxpayers almost $10,000. Here is more from the Sentinel story,

They managed to maintain their long-distance relationship thanks in part to NASA; Kelly used its fleet of T-38 training jets to visit Giffords in Arizona and elsewhere.

On Memorial Day weekend in 2007, Kelly flew to Indiana to watch the Indy 500 with Giffords, his then-fiancée. Kelly listed the purpose of the trip as “Space Flight Readiness Training.” NASA later said the flight may have violated the agency rules requiring astronauts “to avoid any appearance of inappropriate use of NASA T-38′s” when logging their required monthly flight hours. The trip cost taxpayers almost $9,000.

On top of a possible conflict, the system Giffords is favoring is over budget. The article phrases it this way “Constellation — especially the Ares I rocket — was behind schedule and billions over budget.”

Giffords’ subcommittee held hearing about the Constellation and she went after one of the witnesses with whom she disagreed. The witness “expressed his “disappointment” that she said the recommendations of his 10-member panel were responsible for America “losing ground” in space — and pointedly rebutted her support of Ares I.” An observer remarked “This wasn’t a hearing, this was an ambush.” Don’t hold your breath for any of the newspapers to call her a “bully.”

Is that a T-38 in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Here is another story with more background on the troubled Ares rocket program.

Who does Jason Rose work for?

Jason RoseLately, Jason Rose’s name has been popping up everywhere.

He’s deeply involved with gubernatorial candidate and Mayor of Paradise Valley, Vernon Parker. Simultaneously, he’s handled various aspects of Sheriff Joe’s political campaigns.

Most recently, he hosted a fundraising event at his posh Paradise Valley home to benefit conservative radio host and former congressman, J.D. Hayworth.

Elissa MullanySuddenly, he pops up as the public relations guru to handle controversial Mayor of Phoenix, Phil Gordon, who is now under the microscope of government watchdogs and the press over his relationship and potential conflict of interest girlfriend, Elissa Mullany.

Gordon, who began dating Mullany March, 2008, two months after separating from his wife of 15 years, appointed Mullany to three city commissions over the period of 2004-2007. Now the Mayor has hired Jason Rose to help him get out of hot water over the relationship and potential conflicts of interest.

All this brings into question why would a public relations guru like Rose go to work for a Democrat like Gordon? Given Rose’s longstanding relationship with Sheriff Joe Arpaio and JD Hayworth, how does he manage to juggle his professional relationships between two diametrically opposed camps? One thing is clear, he is a master of political maneuverings and machinations and only he knows how to maneuver through them without becoming the target.

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.

Janet, say hello to your new legislature

Frank Antenori and David Gowan

     It may be days or weeks before Pima County has finished counting all the ballots but early indicators point to a victory by both Frank Antenori and David Gowan for the State House from District 30. The Arizona Democratic Party and their allies spend more than $175,000 in that race alone and look to have come up empty. That’s a crAZy amount of money.