Say It Isn’t So, Joe

If this story is even partially true, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has finally jumped the shark.  Many conservatives around the state—and country—have held him up both as a hero in his law enforcement ardency and in his refusal to bow to the surrounding left-liberal commentariat and activists.  Over the past couple of years, he has made that job more difficult with some poor decisions, but now he is making it impossible.

Just last month he announced a new effort to go after street dealers of drugs, a la Giuliani and Bratton, including marijuana.  That is a good idea and did wonders for the Big Apple.  Knowing how problematic and crime-driving drug sales are, and how everything from marijuana to heroin is increasingly ending up in too many of our teens’ hands and brains, it is an even better idea for Arizona.   Now, however, he is a featured speaker at a fundraiser for a group supporting legalizing marijuana.  While the event seems to be billed as an educational event on how seniors can benefit from medical marijuana, the group sponsoring it is all over and all about legalizing recreational use as well, that is, legalizing marijuana.  And their promotional material seems to confuse those issues to boot.

People can have their opinions on this—we tend to side with the position that legalizing a product that more and more science is showing to be more and more potent is actually a bad idea.  We also note how marijuana legalization will actually be bad for law enforcement, generally, and how we can read by the week about new illegal grows and law enforcement seizures in places like Colorado and Washington where the black market is still thriving.  And we think it as close to horrific as can be that, yes, it’s still getting into the hands of our teens.

With all that said, just what is Sheriff Joe doing, and, moreover, what is he communicating?  We know from the Arizona Department of Health Services that “medical marijuana” is simply not something most seniors are interested in, with about five percent of such “card holders” being over the age of 71 (and the vast plurality of “card holders” being under forty).  Is the point to get more of them to use?  Is it to fundraise for legalization as the sponsoring group wants to do and issues reports on?

Sheriff Joe has had a long and noble career with both the DEA and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office—he should not be, at once, putting the brakes and accelerator on an issue he has committed his life toward, all the while sending mixed signals to our community, and helping fundraise for the opposite of what his Department says it is doing.  If he’s being used as a dupe, he should stop.  If he’s caving in on an issue he’s dedicated his career to, that’s another matter—but he should tell us clearly so we can all know just what it is he is up to.  And, if he’s simply not sure anymore, and jumped the shark, then he should resign.

Monday Poll: The Race for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District

Arizona House Speaker David Gowan To Run For Congress

David Gowan

Conservative Republican with Proven Record will make D.C. “Respect the West”

Phoenix, AZ (October 5th, 2015) – Arizona Speaker of the House David Gowan today announced his candidacy for Arizona’s First Congressional District.

David Gowan“It has been my sincere honor to serve the people of Arizona in the House of Representatives for the past seven years.  Since first taking office in 2009, I have focused on the conservative values instilled in me by my father and refined through years of fighting for our shared Arizonan values.”

“While most candidates rely on promises of what they will do, I prefer to be judged on my conservative record and leadership.  As your Congressman, I will continue working to shrink the size and scope of government, I will fight to restore our Constitutional rights, I will make securing our borders the priority it ought to be, and I will work to ensure that our government’s focus is on getting out of the way of the private sector so that we can unleash our economy and create the millions of jobs we need to get our nation back on track.  I will also stand for our values, work to defund Planned Parenthood, protect innocent life, defend our family values, and stop Common Core.”

Speaker Gowan continued, “We’ve got a good field of nice candidates who will claim they are the greatest conservatives of all time.  Some have no record, some have small records, and some have mixed records – the biggest difference between us all is that with me, the voters know they can rely on my campaign promises to be kept, and my positions here in Arizona to be exactly the same once I get to Washington, D.C.”

David Gowan was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2008, where he took the lead in organizing the legislature’s conservatives into a meaningful and often decisive force.  He founded the Liberty Caucus which grew from five members into the success it is today.  In fact, the entire current elected House and Senate leadership are members of the Liberty Caucus.

Gowan has an extensive conservative record and boasts the best record of any candidate running, on issues like spending, taxes, protecting life, 2nd Amendment rights, state sovereignty, border security, school choice, fighting Common Core, and more.  He is also the only candidate running who has proven he knows how to shrink government.  In fact, the $11.2 Billion state budget he inherited is now $2 Billion smaller 7 years later.

David Gowan is Southern Arizona’s first Speaker in approximately 30 years.  He and his wife Jessica, and their two boys live in Cochise County.

Sheriff Paul Babeu Announces Campaign for Congress

Paul Babeu

Paul Babeu, the Pinal County lawman dedicated to lowering crime, fighting illegal immigration and challenging President Obama’s unconstitutional power grabs, announced Monday he is running for Congress.

The two-term sheriff will vie for the open 1st Congressional District.

“I’ve spent seven years fighting Washington’s inaction and now it’s time to bring the fight directly to our nation’s capital,” Babeu said. “I will work tirelessly to protect the residents of rural Arizona, shrink the federal government, overturn Obamacare and guard against attacks on the 2nd Amendment.”

The 1st Congressional District stretches from Flagstaff through the White Mountains and south to Pinal County and northern Pima County. The district is one of the largest in the country and encompasses rural and suburban areas plus several Native American tribes.

“The challenges facing CD1 stretch far beyond the district’s boundaries,” Babeu said. “Illegal immigration impacts us all. I’ve stood on the front lines against the drug cartels and human smuggling rings and I will bring this same tenacious work ethic to Washington, D.C.”

The issues facing CD1 are as diverse as its people and regions. Babeu said he plans to work to improve forest health, ensure that the U.S. Forest Service is acting responsibly, increase job opportunities and fight overreach by the U.S. EPA.

“I will work to ensure the EPA deals fairly with Arizona,” Babeu said. “Coal power plants provide much of the energy for rural Arizona and I will fight any misguided effort to shutter those plants and make it more expensive for residents and business to buy electricity.”

Babeu is a veteran of the Iraq War and spent 20 years in the Army National Guard, rising to the rank of major. In addition, Babeu commanded 700 troops on the Arizona-Mexico border as part of Operation Jump Start, which helped reduce illegal immigration and drug smuggling by 94 percent in the Yuma Sector.

Babeu began his law enforcement career as a City of Chandler police officer and eventually became the first Republican sheriff of Pinal County. Since taking office, Babeu’s deputies have seized more than 162,000 pounds of drugs, exposed an identity theft ring in the county recorders office and busted Superior Court personnel in a bribery scandal. Service has improved through regimented staff training and high performance standards evidenced in the national accreditation of the 1,100-inmate jail.

Babeu boasts the biggest drug bust against a Mexican drug cartel in Arizona history – nearly $3 billion worth. Recent efforts are targeting the Sinaloa Cartel scouts occupying mountaintops along the drug and human smuggling corridor in an effort to provide safe passage as they head to other parts of the country.

“Stopping the flow of drugs and smuggling rings must be a priority of law enforcement and is a defined responsibility of the federal government,” Babeu said. “Our politicians have failed us time and again when it comes to securing our southern border. I will not rest until the federal government does its job so it is not left to the local sheriffs and police departments in border states to fend for themselves.”

Tim Steller Verdict Is In: Billboards Are True


The facts are the facts. Shirley Scott, Regina Romero, and Paul Cunningham are tearing our city down. Due to the recent lawsuit filed by Liberal extremist Barbara Tellman, claiming the Revitalize billboards are ‘misleading’, Tim Stellar, reporter at the Arizona Daily Star decided to take a look at whether the Revitalize Tucson billboards are truthful or partisan.

TOO much Crime -TOO many families in Poverty – TOO many Potholes – TOO LONG IN OFFICE!

A recent survey of highly likely voters, mostly Democrats and Independents, has 60% saying Shirley Scott, Regina Romero, and Paul Cunningham are doing a poor job. Now the far left media can no longer ignore the facts and joins Revitalize Tucson to complete the bi-partisan consensus: it is bad and it is time to CHANGE TUCSON.

Revitalize Tucson hopes that Mr. Stellar shares his findings with Barbara Tellman and Vince Rabago.

ChangeTucson4From Tim Stellars article from October 4, 2015. (The article has been edited with the final opinion highlighted for purposes of this article. The complete article can be found here. )

So let’s go sign-by-sign and see if Revitalize Tucson is telling the truth or just being partisan …

Billboard 1: “Who made Tucson the 5th poorest city in the US? Ask Shirley Scott, Paul Cunningham and Regina Romero”
There’s no doubt Tucson is a poor city, so arguing over exactly how poor might be seen as pointless quibbling.

ChangeTucson3Steller Verdict: TRUE

Billboard 2: “Who let a few radicals hold downtown hostage? Ask Shirley Scott, Paul Cunningham and Regina Romero”
Tim Steller: ” … To that extent, you could say the council “let” them take over part of downtown… ”

Steller Verdict: TRUE

Billboard 3: “Who gets $1.36 billion and won’t fix the potholes? Ask Shirley Scott, Paul Cunningham and Regina Romero”
Tim Steller: ” … A study that came out this year showed Tucson’s road conditions were the worst among 11 western cities.
(Aside: I must comment on Steller’s comments: Steller joins the Tucson City Councilmen in blabbing on and on about all the work they are doing to fix the roads. You really need to be replaced in office if you are going to run on Tucson road conditions… ” )

ChangeTucson2Steller Verdict: TRUE

Billboard 4: “Why are we Arizona’s most dangerous city? Ask Shirley Scott, Paul Cunningham and Regina Romero”
Tim Steller: ” … Can’t argue with this one… ”

Steller Verdict: TRUE

Billboard 5: “Who raises water rates four years in a row? Ask Shirley Scott, Paul Cunningham and Regina Romero”
Tim Steller: ” … the City Council has … indeed repeatedly raised rates…”

Steller Verdict: TRUE

Billboard 6: “Who is paying $40 million for empty Sun Tran buses? Ask Shirley Scott, Paul Cunningham and Regina Romero”
Tim Steller: ” … So, to an extent, the “empty” buses are the council’s fault… ”

Steller Verdict: TRUE

( Note: In the original article Steller questions the $40.4 million dollar amount. This can be found as a subsidy for transit on page 76 of the most recent CAFR. . )

Billboard 7: “Who still can’t find the $230 million from Rio Nuevo? Ask Shirley Scott, Paul Cunningham and Regina Romero”
Stellar agrees (though it pains him greatly): ” … the fact is, nobody can “find the $230 million …”

Steller Verdict: TRUE

(Aside: Mr. Stellar tries to make the point that no one is looking for the money anymore. That fact does not take away from the fact that Shirley Scott, Regina Romero, and Paul Cunninghman lost $230 million.
Steller also points out that the State Legislature removed control of Rio Nuevo in 2010 from the Tucson City Council. What he does not point out is that Shirley Scott, Regina Romero, and Paul Cunninghman are now campaigning that they have restored the downtown. This is far more than a cheap tactic, this is an outright lie. )

Billboard 8: “Who lost jobs at McDonald’s and Grand Canyon U? Ask Shirley Scott, Paul Cunningham and Regina Romero”
Tim Steller: ” … The short answer to this would be: Nobody…”

Steller Verdict: NOT TRUE

(Aside: Steller’s comments miss the basis of the question. Unemployment is high in Tucson and the jobs that exist are low paying jobs. Like it or not the McDonalds on 22nd street/Alvernon has become a symbol of much that is wrong in Tucson. A man has a dream and works hard and spends money to realize the dream just to have it squashed by the Tucson City Council. Business owner after business owner relates and understands the frustration and aggravation of trying to do business in Tucson. The Councils treatment of this businessman is the proverbial straw that has broken the back of the Tucson business community. )

Gary Kiehne Speaks at Americans for Prosperity Event in Rural Arizona

October 3, 2015…Today, Gary Kiehne, the Republican and conservative, grassroots candidate for Congress in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District, is a featured speaker at the Americans for Prosperity “Help Stop the Clean Power Plan” Rally in Joseph City, AZ.

Kiehne, a cattleman and successful small business owner, released the following comments in advance of the AFP rally:

“Here in rural Arizona and across this state and nation, we continue to suffer as a result of the continuous overreach from the EPA.  The latest regulations released in the Clean Power Plan in August take things one step further by increasing the emissions regulations.  These expectations serve up three punches in a row to our state.  First, killing hundreds of jobs across Arizona’s rural 1st Congressional District, home to several coal fired plants.  Second, taking a sledgehammer to the natural resource that produces nearly 40% of our electricity in the state.  And third, these new regulations are going to hit Arizonans where it hurts the most, in our wallets.

With no plans at the ready to replace the jobs we’ll lose, the electricity we’ll miss and increase economic growth to help our citizens afford higher energy costs, we’ve got to stand up and fight back against this overreaching EPA.  As a small business owner in oil and gas exploration and production, ranching and the hotel industry, I know how hard it is to comply with the messy red tape regulations stemming from the federal government, and I’ve had enough.  That’s why I’m running for Congress, to rein in the continued overreach coming out of Washington, DC and return decision making to Arizonans and our local communities.”

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GROSS! Recall Douglas Giving Worn T-Shirts to Donors

The walking-talking punchline Recall Douglas continues to provide laughs.

We’ll just leave this screenshot right here:



Monday Poll: September 28, 2015

Arizona Republican LD-30 Chairman Resigns – No Special Meeting

Apparently, a special meeting was scheduled for tonight – Monday, September 30, 2015 – in order to conduct a recall election of Gary Hirsch.

That meeting has been cancelled.

Here is a statement released by Maricopa County Republican Committee Executive Director, April Higgins:

The Scheduled “Special Meeting” per the MCRC By Laws, for this evening for LD 30 Precinct Committeemen has been CANCELLED. Chairman Gary Hirsch has officially resigned as Chairman of LD 30. 

April Riggins, Executive Director MCRC

Even more telling about the machinations on LD-30 was a recent Facebook post by Lisa Gray on :

Precinct Committeemen following the saga in LD30…here’s a picture of the number of PCs that showed up for their LD meeting tonight [September 14, 2015]…even though roughly 98 PCs were recruited and appointed outside of the county bylaws (because some just don’t have to follow the rules). They recruited these 98 for ONE reason and ONE reason only and that is to recall the current Chairman that was elected fair and square. So what was on tonights agenda? PC Training. You’d think that more that 15 would show up out of all those newly appointed PCs with such a topic.

Let me say this…because you aren’t going to read this in the biased Briefs… Chairman Hirsch and the LD30 board have done a PHENOMENAL job getting that district up to basic standards that were long overlooked and overdue. It’s a darn shame that they’ve had to put up with the constant conflict and harassment by the former Chairman…all because he didn’t win reelection. I sure would like to see his fellow LD Chairmen rally behind Gary and support him…because what is going on in LD30 could happen to ANY LD Chairman and district.


Photo taken September 14, 2015 at LD-30 meeting.



It’s too bad when political egos and ambitions get in the way of moving political agendas [editor’s note].

Republican-Hating Lawyer Invited to Infiltrate Maricopa County Republican Party


Chronicle of a Leftist’s Battle Against Conservatives

You’ve seen the recent reports of the defamation lawsuits flying back and forth between Democrat activists and the MCRC, while reviewing the cast of characters we found a doozy and Chairman Tyler Bowyer has some explaining to do. Did you know the self-employed lawyer hired by MCRC Chairman Tyler Bowyer is actually a leftist criminal defense attorney with a long history of bashing Republicans? But there she is, listed right here on the website as “General Counsel.”



Karyl Krug is listed with Arizona State Bar with an area of focus listed as “None.” A quick look at her social media posts, however, shows a clear focus on hating Republicans. Her litany of insults against the GOP and our candidates and officeholders is long and personal. Her tirades will leave our readers wondering how or why Chairman Bowyer chose her to be the party’s legal counsel. Is she a Trojan horse? What better way to beat up Republicans than from within?

We took a look at some of her Facebook posts. While working as an attorney in Texas, she called Ted Cruz a “scary inhuman creep.” She said Sarah Palin was “dumb.”


Sure, not every Republican voter supports every Republican candidate. But what do you make of this: she definitely a Trump-hater:


And fellow Texan Rick Perry is a “dunce”


And she’s a lifelong Dem:


Krug’s a member of a Facebook group, with 254 members, called “Committee to Recall Gov. Doug Ducey.” She’s one of 50 members of a group asking ASU to stop investing in fossil fuels, and another called “Watchdog” where she posted this:


Her ridicule does not end with conservatives, the Republican party and conservative politicians. She’s ripped the “religious right” and now “Christians” and “fundamentalists” are to blame for child molestation:


Krug is a regular blogger at, where her articles fall under the category “Republican Watch.”

Her first article chronicles the events leading up to her being fired by a judge from her job as an attorney for refusing to work with a non-attorney. She blamed her career-ending event on Republicans:

“Every one of the people involved in what happened to me, except possibly Diane herself, is a Republican.”(

She blasted Sarah Palin’s book about Christmas, with Krug writing:

“The Puritans were just against Christmas, unlike Atheists or any other non-Christian, who could not care less about this topic, other than being weary of yet another foolish Republican fiction being nattered about endlessly. The only revisionists here are Sarah Palin and the current Christian right.” (

In writing about the judge who fired her, she also dumps on Sheriff Arpaio and Jan Brewer:

“Judges in Arizona are supposedly picked in a non-partisan process in which people from different parties are vetted and then nominated and, in the case of Governor Brewer, she picks her favorite person who just happens to be a loyal Republican. However, there was not a speck of evidence on this questionnaire that Judge Rayes, lifelong Republican, in any way, shape, or form identifies himself as a Republican. Lie of omission? Hair-splitting? Does not read with full comprehension? Sneaky? Any way you cut it, it is not good. But, it is so like a Republican from Maricopa County, Arizona. Sheriff Joe and his tank could not have done a better job of rolling over the question asked.” (

And we’re not quite sure what to make of this published statement, other than she seems to be narrowing down her hatred toward conservatives:

“Today’s Know Nothing Party (a.k.a. the Tea Party or conservative Republicans or political Evangelicals) seems insanely proud of the fact that they know almost nothing. They censured Senator John McCain despite his years of demeaning and cringe-worthy pandering to their blatant stupidity. Can the Tea Party last much longer?” (

This excerpt below confirms it, and really has us demanding to know how Bowyer could ever bring her in to help the MCRC, in any capacity, when she’s already completely ridiculed his committee:

“MCRC is the group that consistently throws its support behind Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a national Tea Party hero who has cost Maricopa County, Arizona, tens of millions of dollars in civil settlements and who was recently found by a federal court in Phoenix to have engaged in racial profiling and unreasonably lengthy detentions of Hispanics.” (

“When the Arizona GOP censures the U.S. Senator who served five plus brutal years in a prisoner of war camp in Hanoi, but praises a racist lawsuit magnet sheriff who starves jailed prisoners for a mild display of free speech, you know exactly which side of the Hanoi Hilton the Arizona GOP is on.” (

Lastly, publicly available voting records indicate since moving to Arizona Krug registered as an independent but voted a Democrat ballot in the 2012 primary. While in Texas, Krug ran for office on the same ticket with Hillary Clinton. Check out this 2008 photo and ask yourself if you think she’ll do a good job defending Republicans.


Regardless of what you think, or thought, of Chairman Bowyer, this is the not the kind of person the county party committee should entrust with any information about our committee or our plans, let alone our legal defense. In fact, it leads us to question his judgement in failing to spend even an hour, as we did, doing simple research into her background before putting the party’s fate in her hands. Let’s keep wolves in sheep’s clothing out of the Grand Old Party.