You know you’re in real trouble when the Blue Dog Democrat Caucus invites you into its midst in an effort to give you political protection.
That’s what just happened to Arizona Representatives Ron Barber and Kyrsten Sinema (Why not Ann Kirkpatrick?) as the mid-term election cycle kicks off.
According to the Washington Post, “In danger of losing even more clout, the leading Blue Dogs are regrouping and rebuilding. They are adding four members to their ranks this week — Reps. Ron Barber (Ariz.), Cheri Bustos (Ill.), Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) and Nick J. Rahall II (W.Va.).”
Ron Barber can’t be called a moderate by any stretch of the political definition. He supports Obamacare, voted for Nancy Pelosi and even a plan to balance the federal budget.
This is nothing more than political duck and cover as the midterm elections approach.
Ron Barber is not a Blue Dog Democrat. If anything, he’s one of Nancy Pelosi’s loyal lap dogs.
The US House voted this evening on the Ryan- Murray budget compromise passing it by a vote of 332-94-7.
Conservatives across the country lit up the phones and email servers with urges to oppose the budget deal. Here in Arizona, the calls made an impact on our House members.
The official roll call is in and the Arizona Congressional delegation voted as follows:
- Ann Kirkpatrick (D) CD-1: YES to budget deal
- Ron Barber (D) CD-2: YES to budget deal
- Raul Grijalva (D) CD-3: NO to budget deal because he didn’t like the Republican proposals
- Paul Gosar (R) CD-4: NO to the budget deal
- Matt Salmon (R) CD-5: NO to the budget deal
- David Schweikert (R) CD-6: NO to the budget deal
- Ed Pastor (D) CD-7: YES to the budget deal
- Trent Franks (R) CD-8: NO to the budget deal
- Kyrsten Sinema (D) CD-9: YES to the budget deal
Be sure to contact your Republican congressman and thank him for voting NO against this budget which raised spending with no promise of future cuts.
And we thought the rollout of ObamaCare was bad…
This is probably the worst headline we’ve ever seen for a candidate’s campaign rollout.
Here’s the headline from the Arizona Daily Star:
And here’s the accompanying article:
Barber says he’s running in 2014 after hesitation
Congressman Ron Barber says he will run for a second term representing Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District after saying last week that he was still uncertain.
Barber released a statement Wednesday saying he’s been focused on representing his district and not on seeking another term. But Barber says he wants to make it clear he’s running and is “putting everything in place to win.”
Barber told the Arizona Capital Times on Saturday that he needed to speak with his family before making a formal decision on a re-election bid. He has already filed paperwork with federal officials and is raising campaign cash.
Barber is one of three freshmen Arizona Democrats targeted by Republicans next year. His district includes much of Tucson as well as other parts of southeastern Arizona.
Clearly, Congressman Barber is worried about his reelection and has reluctantly agreed to stay in the race.
NRCC Spokesman Daniel Scarpinato commented, “This is not leadership. Congressman Barber had second thoughts about running for reelection because he knows that Southern Arizonans see him as part of the problem in Washington and are upset about his support for ObamaCare. Congressman Barber’s reluctance to stay in this race is just more evidence that Southern Arizonans aren’t getting the representation they deserve.”
Once in a rare moment, does this blog break ranks from the traditional conservative line and go public with an endorsement of someone who really needs to win an election. This happens when the alternative is so unacceptable to the greater good that it necessitates a break in the silence. This is the case in the race for Phoenix City Council, District 4.
On this rare occasion, it is imperative that we break endorsement silence by asking that the voters of district 4 cast their vote for Justin Johnson.
There’s no other way to state it other than Johnson’s political opponent, Laura Pastor, would be devastating to the City of Phoenix.
Pastor opposes immediate repeal of the food tax – which impacts low and fixed income residents of Phoenix and exacerbates the cycle of poverty in a district that so desperately needs relief from government taxation.
Pastor also fails to understand the devastating long-term impact of pension spiking and the need to overhaul the system. Unlike Justin Johnson, Laura Pastor has refused to sign the pledge to end pension spiking.
We even question Pastor’s desire to serve on the council given her commitment to attend board and committee meetings to which she was appointed. Since her last run for office, Pastor has barely shown up 50% of the time. That speaks volumes to her commitment to district 4 residents.
That leaves a far more acceptable, committed and solution-driven candidate in Justin Johnson.
And while we disagree with him on several social policies, we believe he will best represent and look out for the best interest of the residents of Phoenix’s district 4.
Next Tuesday, when you head to the polls in Phoenix District 4, we ask that you adjust your focus to a long-term view for the future of Phoenix. The current council needs one additional critical vote to pass reforms that will benefit all residents of Phoenix and restore economic common sense to Phoenix government.
Please cast your vote for Justin Johnson.
Visit his website at: JohnsonforPhoenix.com
The National Republican Congressional Committee is running ads throughout Arizona’s first congressional district exposing the hypocrisy and special treatment by congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick. Here is that ad explaining Kirkpatrick’s seeking of special subsidies to pay for her health care. This should be nothing new considering Kirkpatrick’s record in the Arizona legislature was that of a big government liberal and she voted for Obamacare. Call Ann Kirkpatrick today and tell her it’s time to put Arizona families first and stop the sweetheart deals for Congress!
Here’s a great example of the civility of the left in Arizona. These are photos taken of the front of Congressman David Schweikert’s office in which MoveOn members, the Arizona Democrat Party and Obama supporters left graffiti messages all over the congressman’s office.
SHAME ON THE LEFT AND DEMOCRAT PARTY OF ARIZONA. YOUR LACK OF CIVILITY AND TOLERANCE OF DIFFERING POLITICAL OPINIONS IS REVEALING AND DESPICABLE.
CLASSY DEMOCRATS, REAL CLASSY DEMOCRATS.
Reservations at Tempe’s dining landmark Monti’s?
That’s right, because it may be a little harder now.
Monti’s, the famed Tempe restaurant, is now cutting hours for employees because of ObamaCare.
When she supports laws that actively hurt those in the 9th district, Kyrsten Sinema proves that she’s just too big a risk for Arizona families.
According to Matt Gorman, spokesman for the NRCC, “The disastrous law that Kyrsten Sinema helped craft and campaign for is hurting workers right in her district. How can workers and families trust her to dismantle ObamaCare when she was its biggest cheerleader in the first place?”
Just another example of the unintended consequences of a devastatingly bad public policy.
A Maricopa County delegation from Arizona’s first legislative district recently voted to condemn their state senator for his vote on Medicaid expansion.
In a unanimous vote, the LD-1 Republicans precinct committeemen issued the following strong rebuke:
On June 17th, Republican Precinct Committeemen at Legislative District 1 MC voted unanimously to condemn Senator Pierce’s actions regarding the Medicaid Expansion, a vote of “No Confidence” as follows:
We move that LD1 express a vote of no confidence in our LD1 Senator Steve Pierce who overwhelmingly and completely voted with Democrats regarding the Medicaid expansion and amendments (some are saying up to 50 times) in opposition to his fellow Republican senators, constituents, and party platform.
In total, five state senators and nine state representatives aligned with big government Democrats to vote for the Obamacare provision of Medicaid expansion.
Don’t be surprised if more Republican grassroots officials and organizations issue condemnations of these 14 legislators and the governor.
At the same time Sonoran Alliance encourages these same organizations to issue praise and appreciation to those legislators who voted against the Obamacare provision of Medicaid expansion.
American Commitment released the following video showing footage of the true conservatives in the Arizona House of Representatives standing up to a Machiavellian move by Governor Brewer, the entire Democrat delegation and nine rogue Republicans.
Sonoran Alliance also thanks the conservatives in the House who understand the horrific long-term fiscal impact that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion will have on the State of Arizona, long after Governor Brewer makes her exit from public service. These men and women cannot be held responsible for the damage that this bad law will have on Arizona citizens. They stood their ground and for that, we are grateful.
Was Gov. Brewer’s decision to call a special session to deal with the budget and Medicaid the right thing to do?
TUSK (Tell Utilities Solar Won’t Be Killed) released a new ad Thursday against the APS monopoly by placing ads across the banner of the Drudge Report - one of the internet’s most visited political news sites.
Here’s a screenshot of the ad across Drudge:
In the latest ad, TUSK portrays APS as the “800 Lb. utility gorilla” beating up on independent solar businesses in Arizona. Former congressman, Barry Goldwater, Jr. then explains why conservative Republicans should be leading the charge for energy choice in Arizona.
Here is a copy of the ad:
The message: Don’t let APS monopolize Solar Energy in Arizona. To learn more about TUSK visit www.DontKillSolar.com.
A special message from Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio:
Due to my efforts fighting for the elimination of the food tax, pension reform and other government reforms, a liberal group with a secret donor list, is attacking me and the accomplishments we’ve made over the past few years. Unfortunately, this group has chosen to attack me with mailers and emails full of half-truths and some outright lies. Sadly, but not surprisingly, the members of this liberal group tie directly to Mayor Greg Stanton. View the infographic below to learn more about their operation. It’s time to blow their cover!
Arizona Corporation Commission reference link: http://starpas.azcc.gov/scripts/cgiip.exe/WService=wsbroker1/corp-detail.p?name-id=18291457