The walking-talking punchline Recall Douglas continues to provide laughs.
We’ll just leave this screenshot right here:
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The walking-talking punchline Recall Douglas continues to provide laughs.
We’ll just leave this screenshot right here:
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.
It’s too bad when political egos and ambitions get in the way of moving political agendas [editor’s note].
According to the Arizona Daily Independent, Attorney General Mark Brnovich gave a Mutumbo-esque ‘DENIED’ to political amateurs Max Goshert and ‘Founder’ Anthony Espinoza’s complaint that Diane Douglas’s Chief of Staff Michael Bradley was campaigning on official time and “violating their civil liberties” (what?). In what seems to be a trend for TeamRecall, they seem to be spending their time and ‘Dark Money’ funds on futile efforts while making a mockery of their own movement.
One move by the Recall camp that highlights their ineptitude is this screenshot of their Facebook page which states they accidentally gave out the incorrect address for their signature gathering campaign. THEY SCREWED UP ON THEIR ADDRESS PEOPLE.
In other Recall related news, Recall Douglas has been busy deleting posts going back to 2014 on their Facebook page as well as deleting their Twitter account soon after allegations that Recall Douglas’s founder Anthony Espinoza was posting disparaging comments about Christians, Tea Party members, and mocking people of faith as well as posting nude selfies on his social media sites.
The only reason this recall effort continues to ‘have legs’ in the local news cycle is that local media hacks like Yvonne Wing-nut Sanchez, Brahm Resnik, and Laurie Roberts are pushing this effort as hard as they can.
Unlike the local media, ArizonaInformer will report the facts and update our dear readers on the walking, talking punchline that is Recall Douglas.
The Arizona Republican Party just released a new video showing excitement for the diverse field of Republican presidential candidates. Moreover, the video shows new youth, energy and diversity among Republican voters.
If well-produced videos like this are any indication of the year ahead, Republicans have plenty of optimism and hope to look forward to as the presidential campaign kicks into full gear in 2016.
Congratulations to Chairman Robert Graham and crew and a special thanks to Seth Leibsohn and the staff at KKNT 960 for a well produced event!
Republicans Jazzed About Tomorrow’s Debate
(Phoenix, AZ) — MBQF, a public affairs consulting firm, announced the results of a recent survey concerning top tier GOP candidates for president of the United States of America participating in tomorrows live televised CNN debate.
The results from the survey show high efficacy primary Republican voters across Arizona represented by likely 2016 turnout models.
In the most recent automated telephonic survey of 643 high efficacy primary Republican voters, conducted on September 12, 2015, the survey calculates a 3.86% theoretical margin of error, plus or minus in percentage points, 95% of the time.
The exact question was phrased, “If the election were held today for the Republican primary for President of the United States, which of the following top 11 candidates, listed in alphabetical order by last name, would you be most likely to vote for?”
AZ GOP PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY 2016 – September 12, 2015
Donald Trump – 29.9%
Ben Carson – 21.3%
Jeb Bush – 10.9%
Carly Fiorina – 9.3%
Ted Cruz – 6.2%
Marco Rubio – 3.9%
John Kasich – 2.8%
Scott Walker – 2.5%
Chris Christie – 2.2%
Mike Huckabee – 1.6%
Rand Paul – 1.1%
Unsure/Undecided – 8.4%
MBQF principle Michael Noble, commented on the electorate and the parties, “It appears the conventional wisdom of the DC insiders has not found a home with any of the top candidates because the electorate ain’t buying the rhetoric. Nobody has flinched as political scare tactics and beltway bravado, lose ground to plain speak.”
“This seems to be a case where maybe the parties ought to take a page from president Reagan when asked why he left the Democratic Party, — he mused that he ‘didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me….’ – there is something Republicans might heed from that comment and this recent polling.” Noble said.
As 82.4% of Republicans surveyed indicate they will be tuning in, it is clear voters will be watching closely. Questions arise about the relevance of obsolete status quo party politics as emerging non-politicians take center stage.
Noble added, “Donald Trump still leads the field by a comfortable margin and his overall favorability is 49.2% — but he needs to watch his negatives as well, it’s not all champagne, roses and doughnuts.”
For more information about this survey, or a summary of topline data and wording, please contact MBQF Consulting. The margin of error for this survey is +/-3.86%.
In case you missed it…
“The East Valley, with the right leadership, can become the future economic engine of Arizona by possessing the best schools and the best opportunities for businesses; but, it will take pro-education and pro-growth policies to make it happen.”
Mesa – Arizona businessman Judah Nativio announced his run for Arizona House of Representative in Legislative District 16. In addition to Nativio’s ten years of business experience, he currently serves on the Queen Creek School District Board.
Mesa District 6 City Councilman Kevin Thompson is serving as Nativio’s Campaign Chair. In speaking on Nativio’s leadership experience, Thompson said, “I have known Judah for several years, and was extremely honored when he asked me to be part of his campaign. He is passionate about our communities, passionate about education, and passionate about being our voice at the legislature.”
On his school board service, Queen Creek High School Principal Dr. Joseph Farnsworth said, “As a member of the school board, and as a business conservative, Judah found new ways to measure our funding and success so the district can continually improve.”
Nativio, speaking on his campaign, said, “I believe the East Valley will become the future economic engine of Arizona as long as we establish pro-growth and pro-education policies, which I intend to fight for. I am committed to making Arizona a better place for not only my family but for the families and businesses that live in our great state.”
In addition to Thompson’s support, prominent local businessman Trevor Hansen also joined Nativio’s campaign. “Judah lives in my community and has done a great job serving the residents through his work on the local school board,” said Hansen. “Through his leadership, a brand new school is now serving southeast Mesa. Judah believes, as I do, in the importance of education in building a strong community where families and businesses can succeed.”
Nativo’s legislative focus is education, economic growth, and championing the elimination of burdensome regulation on Arizona’s small business community. Nativio is committed to making Arizona a better place for individuals, families, and businesses.
To learn more about Judah Nativio and his plan for Legislative District 16, please visit his website at www.judahnativio.com or his Facebook Page.
As we noted in a prior post, the young amateurs heading up the recall effort have no idea what they’re doing.
Yesterday, Max Goshert filed a complaint with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office claiming that Michael Bradley, Chief of Staff to Superintendent Diane Douglas, was engaging in political activities on taxpayer time and harassing members of the recall committee.
Recall Chairman Max Goshert alleges that Bradley sent an email to the Arizona Alliance of Black School Educators inquiring into Goshert and his involvment with the organization. (At least someone was doing their opposition research.) Goshert was tipped off by someone who obtained a copy of Bradley’s email that was sent on September 1 at 1:58 PM.
Bradley’s email states:
“Does he [Goshert] in fact work for your organization? Are you a nonprofit allowed to participate in recall elections? If not, then why do you have his recall efforts on your site? Do you support removing Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas from office?”
What Goshert and his entourage of recallers failed to realize is that Bradley had taken a sick day on September 1st. This was verified with Department of Education spokesman Charles Tack.
In effect, Michael Bradley was on his own time acting as himself inquiring into Max Goshert’s profile. This was not an act of harassment and the Attorney General’s Office will reach the same conclusion. No harassment, no foul.
Again, leaders of this recall effort have demonstrated their incompetence in heading up a statewide political campaign.
Taxpayers will now have to foot the bill for an investigation of a false accusation against Michael Bradley.
This is also an excuse for the anti-Douglas establishment (Democrat Party) to stay away from this effort (in addition to the nude photos of its founder Anthony Espinoza, an elementary school teacher who posted nude photos of himself on his Tumblr account.)
Read Arizona Republic education reporter Cathryn Creno’s article on this fiasco.
The Arizona Secretary of State provided notice today that a committee filed an application to recall Diane Douglas.
Who you won’t find on the official paperwork is Anthony Espinoza who originally beat his chest about starting the recall. That’s because Espinoza was discovered to be posting gay nude selfies across various websites which becomes a problem when you’re a technology teacher at a west valley elementary school trying to spearhead a major political campaign. Nevertheless, Espinoza remains associated with the recall effort as its “founder” which we find bizarre give political campaigns and their committees never use that title.
According to the application filing with the Secretary of State’s office, the grounds for the filing is:
“Since taking office in January 2015, Diane Douglas has demonstrated that she lacks the ability and expertise to serve professionally and politically in her elected position as the Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction. From a fiduciary standpoint, Superintendent Douglas has consistently and recklessly jeopardized valuable and vital education education funding due to her unwillingness to execute various federal and state education laws and State Board of Education policies. In regards to her leadership role, she has not upheld the virtue of the constitutional public office to which she was elected, refusing to fulfill not only her basic duties under A.R.S. 15-251 but also to adhere to the checks and balances of the Arizona state government system. Most importantly, she is not fulfilling her basic state duties superintending the schools of Arizona, focusing more on how to increase her power and position rather than how to increase student achievement, teacher effectiveness, school performance, stakeholder relations, and educational funding. Education is in a crisis fiscally, professionally, socially, and emotionally in Arizona. Education in Arizona needs a strong leader to lead its stakeholders and citizens during this time of crisis. Diane Douglas has proven she is not that leader.”
Whatever your opinion of Diane Douglas, these young naive liberal activists are amateurs.
Quick to respond to the filing, the Arizona Republican Party issued the following statement:
PHOENIX – This afternoon Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party brushed off the announcement from two voters in the Democratic Party that they would attempt to gather signatures to recall Diane Douglas, the Republican who was elected last year to serve as Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.
“It looks like these young Democrats are following the lead of their party elders and wasting time and money on useless complaining about the outcome of the election in which the Republicans clearly dominated the opposition,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “We have frequent elections at every level of government in this nation for a reason, and as a party we fight hard on behalf of our platform and our candidates. It’s disrespectful to the voters for these Democrats to suddenly wake up and decide they know better than voters.”
Douglas received 740,000 votes in the 2014 election, which was more than enough votes to defeat her opponent for that office. Her vote total also exceeded the vote total for each and every one of the Democrats on the ballot running for statewide office: Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Mine Inspector, and Corporation Commission.
“Their plan is to raise and spend at least a million dollars to get enough signatures before the end of the year and they haven’t raised a dime yet, so I think they’re going to have a very disappointing Christmas,” Graham added.
Watch for this recall effort to fail miserably.
The Democratic Party establishment is silent and most likely publicly shunning the effort. (Not a byte on its website or Twitter feed.)
Amateurs are running the show and won’t have the support to collect the signatures to place it on the ballot.
In one year, Diane Douglas will still be the Superintendent of Public Instruction and these young activist will be a little bit wiser. Ironically, they’ll be able to thank their target for teaching them a hard lesson in political science.