Martha McSally Releases a Volley of Political Ads

US Senator Martha McSally released a volley of political ads on YouTube Friday. Here are those ads:

Senator Martha McSally explains Mark Kelly’s intimate relationship with China

Republican Martha McSally appeared on the Hugh Hewitt show earlier this week to discuss her race for the US Senate.

In the interview she discusses fundraising, national security and her opponents intimate entanglements with the Chinese government.

Here’s the video of the interview:

In the Primary race for Republican, Sonoran Alliance endorses Martha McSally.

Stephanie Grisham, the silent spokeswoman

Having been with the administration from the beginning and a significant portion of the campaign, one would expect that Arizonan Stephanie Grisham would have understood what she was getting her self into with Donald Trump and Company. But since relieving Sarah Huckabee Sanders of the post, the new White House Spokeswoman has been unusually quiet.

In a recent Politico article, Grisham is said to be mulling over changes to the White House communications team and, catching up on the huge array of policy positions and affixing her nameplate to her office door.

Why Grisham has chosen a strategic silence is political journalistic speculation. Since her arrival, the President has escalated his unconventional hands-on messaging to a new and offensive level. Grisham is wise enough to know its not in her best interest to try and control the messaging of someone who thrives on having their ego front and center.

Rep Bob Thorpe Deserves Better

The Republican Primary in Arizona’s LD-6 Senate race has taken some unconventional twists and turns. Turns, because State Senator Sylvia Allen, drawn to spend more time with her children and family in Snowflake, decided not to seek re-election earlier this year but then suddenly changed her mind, some say not by choice and under a lot of pressure by operatives. Twists, because GOP “leaders” and self-appointed kingmakers in the district are rumored to have issued primary support and endorsements to keep Allen in the race.

In the House, Representative Bob Thorpe is term-limited and planning to seek the Senate nomination and seat in 2020. The primary was already set between Thorpe and Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers until Allen did an about-face.

State Representative Bob Thorpe

According to reliable sources, Republican donors and activists met in Payson on June 15th behind closed doors where they decided to intervene in the primary against all Republican standards and practices. During the meeting led by Sedona Republicans Dwight and Andrea Kadar, Thorpe was asked to leave the room while Allen remained. Under tremendous pressure, Allen was told to get back in the race as she fought back tears.

What emerged was an endorsement of Sylvia Allen; a dictate not to support Thorpe through money and manpower; and likely, State Senate and House leadership support to help Allen win the primary (probably through a rare employed primary PAC committee). Thorpe’s political consultant even bailed on him and is probably expected to run (and benefit) from the leadership PAC against Thorpe.

Apparently, party leaders are trying to clear the field for Sylvia Allen in order to make it easier for her to keep the seat.

State Senator Sylvia Allen (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

What is ironic in all this is Sylvia Allen (who this blog is actually a fan of) and her promoters should remember how party leadership treated her back in 2010 when a handful of Eastern Arizona “kingmakers” tried to run her out of the Republican Primary in LD-5. At the time, Allen who had replaced the late Jake Flake and won the seat in 2008, was challenged by Bill Konopnicki. Party leadership wanted Allen out and Konopnicki in but the voters saw things differently. After her two-year term, Allen returned to local government as a county supervisor while rancher Chester Crandell ran and won the seat in 2012.

In August, 2014, State Senator Chester Crandell died suddenly in a horseback riding incident. Allen was chosen to replace Crandell on the ballot where she was once again elected to the Arizona State Senate.

But this post is not about Sylvia. It’s about Bob Thorpe and how he has every right to run for the seat without party leadership’s heavy-handedness. And while this blog has been critical of Thorpe’s legislation, the self-appointed LD-6 political kingmakers should back off, stop pressuring Sylvia to stick around and to let the race play out. Bob Thorpe deserves better and a shot at the nomination. We hope he stays in the race.

Vote NO Against Bob Thorpe’s Amendment to HB2269

Rep Bob Thorpe
Rep Bob Thorpe

Arizona State Representative Bob Thorpe has snuck in a bill that would limit who could serve in the Arizona Legislature. The Flagstaff Republican used a strike everything maneuver to scrap a bill that would have provided funding for DPS officers who live in remote areas.

Now the strike everything amendment, HB2269, will impose serious limitations on who can serve in the Arizona Legislature based on “physical domicile residency.”

Thorpe’s “striker” bill states that anyone seeking to serve in the Arizona Legislature must physically be domiciled in the jurisdiction for 75% of the year preceding the filing date to seek the office. In other words, 274 days before a candidate files for the legislature, he/she must be physically living in their address within the district.

This is bad public policy and anyone who holds a decent understanding of constitutional law knows physical domicile requirements are absurd and won’t hold up in court.

Imagine a teacher from Prescott who returns home to Legislative District 1 from an overseas mission trip where she taught English for a year and was able to vote as an overseas registered Prescott voter. Although she has been registered to vote for three plus years and meets the residency requirements to serve, Thorpe’s law would automatically disqualified her to serve in the Legislature.

This bad public policy would disqualify many good and qualified individuals. Here is a brief list of who could be affected:

  • Missionaries
  • Members of the military
  • International NGO Aid workers
  • Airline workers
  • Maritime workers
  • Long haul truckers
  • Border Patrol employees
  • Overseas contractors
  • Wildland Firefighters
  • Exchange students
  • Business travelers
  • Individuals who take extended vacations

The list goes on…

Several years ago, my friend Jonathan Paton ran for the legislature in southern Arizona’s LD-30. Jonathan had also volunteered for the Army Reserves in 1999. In 2006, Uncle Sam finally came calling activating 2nd Lt. Paton for duty to Iraq. He left in August for six months but still won re-election and returned to the Legislature in February, 2007. Leading up to his activation, Jonathan had to prepare and train and that took him outside of his district. The same is the case for many military reservists who balance serving in the military against serving in the legislature.

Last week, Thorpe’s amendment to HB2269 received a do pass recommendation from the Senate Appropriations Committee with a 6-3 vote. Unfortunately, the bill advanced and is scheduled for further action and more votes in the House and Senate.

There is still time to contact your state senator and representatives and tell them to vote against Thorpe’s amendment to HB2269. The legislation is bad policy and it disenfranchises and disqualifies highly qualified people from seeking a seat in the Arizona Legislature.

Call your legislators today and tell them vote NO on Thorpe’s striker amendment to HB2269.

Latest Arizona Political Videos

Wendy Rogers recently released this political ad:

ABC 15 reviews Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates, Kathy Hoffman (D) and Frank Riggs (R).

Martha McSally welcomes Iowa Senator Joni Ernst to Arizona GOP campaign event to talk global security.

Martha McSally welcomes South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham at Arizona GOP event.

How to Vote on Judges in Arizona for the 2018 General Election

Updated at 5:45 on Wednesday, October 24, 2018

We get a lot of requests about how to vote for the judges up for retention here in Arizona. We try to collect that information but it does take time and research.

In the past, we have posted lists and sometimes the names on those lists carry over to the current election.

The 2018 General Election is extremely important when voting for judges. Some of these judges have histories and some of them have futures. We try to get that information to you.

As of Sunday, October 21st, here is what we currently know.

As we gather more information, we will update this list.

You may also visit Center for Arizona’s voting guide at AZVoterGuide.com to find information on judges and other candidates.

ARIZONA SUPREME COURT

Vote to RETAIN both Clint Bolick and John Pelander.

The radical left has targeted both these men as an act of revenge for a decision on the Invest in Ed ballot measure that was removed from the ballot. WHILE A DECISION WAS ISSUED ON THE RULING, HOW EACH JUSTICE VOTED WAS NOT RELEASED; THEREFORE, NO ONE KNOWS HOW EITHER JUSTICE BOLICK OR JUSTICE PELANDER VOTED.

VOTE TO RETAIN CLINT BOLICK AND JOHN PELANDER to the Arizona Supreme Court.

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ARIZONA COURT OF APPEALS

Vote YES to retain the following judges:

Philip Espinosa
Christopher Staring

Vote NO to retain the following judges:

Peter Swann
Peter Eckerstrom

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MARICOPA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

Vote YES to retain the following judges:

Brad H. Astrowsky
Alison Bachus
Cynthia J Bailey
Roger E. Brodman
Gregory Como
Janice K. Crawford
Jennifer Green
Michael J. Herrod
Erin Otis
Susanna C. Pineda
Laura Reckart
Joan M. Sinclair
Howard Sukenic
Pamela Hearn Svoboda
Danielle J. Viola

Vote NO to retain the following judges:

Arthur T. Anderson
Janet E. Barton
Dawn Bergin
Mark H. Brain
Katherine “Kay” Cooper
David O. Cunanan
Sally Schneider Duncan
Dean M. Fink
George H. Foster
Warren J. Granville
Joseph C. Kreamer
Rosa Mroz
Sam J. Myers
Karen L. O’Connor
Jay M. Polk
John Christian Rea
Randall H. Warner
Joseph C. Welty

Wendy Rogers Discusses Campaign for AZ01 on Breitbart

In a recent Breitbart News Saturday interview, Republican Wendy Rogers shows herself highly focused in reclaiming Arizona’s first congressional district.

Wendy Rogers

Wendy Rogers meets with a crowd of supporters at Sammy’s Mexican Grill in Catalina, AZ

Rogers, who is a retired US Air Force lieutenant colonel, spoke with Matt Boyle from Breitbart for almost 20 minutes detailing her background, the success of the campaign, the failures of Democrat Tom O’Halleran and what’s at stake in this critical US House race.

The retired Colonel Rogers emphasized that Democrats are scrambling to hold the seat currently held by O’Halleran with over $1.5 million in campaign attacks. She also noted that she has had to take protection everywhere she goes on the campaign trail even taking out an order of protection against a belligerent Democrat stalker.

“Our entire nation is hanging by the slender thread that runs through the House of Representatives,” Rogers said. She stressed that if given the chance, a Democrat-controlled House of Representatives could push for impeachment of President Trump. She went on to state, “…the feeling in my district is that we are at a pivot point, that the future of the country rests on whether or not our president is going to remain president. I tell people, we have the Supreme Court, we have the Senate, we have the presidency, but if we don’t hold the House, we are in for a just—a complete devolution and degradation of due process because of exactly what was on display this past week.”

The interview aired Saturday, October 6 on SiriusXM Patriot 125 but you can listen to the full interview here.

For more information on Wendy Rogers’ campaign, visit her website at WendyRogers.org

(Special shout out to Alana Mastrangelo for her article on Breitbart.)

Poll Shows Republican Wendy Rogers Ahead of Democrat Tom O’Halleran in CD-1

A recently IVR telephone survey released by the Wendy Rogers campaign shows the Republican nominee pulling ahead of Democrat Tom O’Halleran in the battle for Arizona’s first congressional district.

Out of 738 landline responses, Rogers polled 39.44% compared to O’Halleran’s 36.23% with 24.33% undecided. The margin of error is +/-4% with calls being made between September 27-28.

These numbers came as a surprise to political insiders but especially the Democrat political machine which is spending millions of dollars attempting to defend congressional seats.

Republican activists are beginning to call polling results like this and across the country, the “Kavanaugh Effect” as Americans opinions shift in support of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. This shift began to occur when the Senate Judiciary Committee heard conflicting testimony from Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford that was later refuted by experts.

While this effect may be impacting Arizona’s CD-1 race, voters are also showing their support for President Trump’s supporters like Wendy Rogers who endorsed Trump early in the 2016 Presidential Primary.

President Trump is expected to visit Arizona in October in rallies supporting Republican candidates.

Rogers, who is known as one of the most persistent and hardest working candidates has a tough ad running against O’Halleran warning voters that Democrats like O’Halleran will move to impeach President Trump if they take the majority in Congress.

In a statement issued by the campaign, Rogers said, “I can tell you that despite millions of dollars spent against Wendy by the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee, Super PACs, and Invisible Tom’s campaign, nothing they are doing is working.”

The General Election is November 6th with early ballots being mailed on October 10th.

The Wall – An Arizona Republic / USA Today Special Screening Documentary Coming to Phoenix in July

The Wall, a documentary created and produced by the Arizona Republic and the USA Today Network, will provide a screening on July 16-18th in Scottsdale at the Harkins Theaters in Scottsdale.

This 80-minute documentary summary states:

“With rare footage from some of the most remote reaches of the U.S., “The Wall” explores the impact, reveals unknown issues and details the unintended consequences of President Trump’s $20 billion promise to build a wall from the Gulf to the Pacific.

Watch as journalists travel the length of the U.S.-Mexico border – by land and air – documenting the possible effects of a wall on security, life, commerce, the environment, smuggling and property rights.”

Here is the trailer.

You can obtain tickets here: https://tickets.usatoday.com/e/the-wall-a-usa-today-network-film