Arizona Politics for Conservatives: Sonoran Alliance http://sonoranalliance.com Arizona Politics, News, Commentary and Information with a Blatantly Conservative Worldview Presented by an Alliance of Writers, Activists, Consultants and Government Insiders. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:18:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Senator David Schweikert? http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/11/20/senator-david-schweikert/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/11/20/senator-david-schweikert/#respond Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:16:37 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=35862 Rollcall is reporting that David Schweikert is mulling over the idea of launching a primary challenge against Pro-Muslim Brotherhood, pro-Amnesty, unpopular, liberal Republican John McCain.

If Schweikert runs, he will be a formidable challenger with a strong chance to unseat McCain.   David Schweikert, who has a stellar 97% rating from the grassroots organization Conservative Review, is well positioned to garner most Conservative activists who do the hard work of door-knocking in addition to establishment gadfly organizations such as Senate Conservatives Fund, FreedomWorks, and several others that can help fund a strong campaign against the liberal Republican Senator.

David Schweikert

With the grassroots up in arms after President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty power-grab tonight, Arizona is itching to back a fighter that would join the Constitutional Conservative Stable of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and newly-elected Senators Ben Sasse, and Joni Ernst in the Senate and Schweikert fits the mold.

“My wife and I made an agreement that we would wait until after the holidays, and then we would have a family meeting,” Schweikert told CQ Roll Call in between votes Tuesday, his wife by his side. “The whole thing: whether you’re gonna run at all over again, do you weigh options for other things.”

As this news breaks, several Conservative activists in Arizona have begun contacting one another to build a grassroots framework to offset the deep pockets of career politician John McCain. Conservative activists expect McCain to use his deep pockets in the Primary to carpet-bomb the airwaves with a negative ad campaign which he would never run against any Democrat.

 

David Schweikert speaking at FreedomWorks “Free the People” event in 2013:

Click here to view the embedded video.


We just had a moment imagining Schweikert making a similar speech about Individual Liberty, the Framers, and the Constitution in the Senate Chamber.    All we gotta say is — RUN DAVID, RUN!

 

ArizonaInformer.com is a new media site with the main purpose to call out bias and activism by the local media, monitor Arizona’s institutional left, and reclaim our rightful place in pop culture.  It’s our primary mission to call out local hacks who mask as ‘journalists’, inform Arizonans with the Truth, and amplify the voice of Arizona Citizen Journalists — all with a heavy dose of snark.    We are factually correct and politically incorrect.  #War

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Who’s the real dunce http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/11/11/whos-the-real-dunce/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/11/11/whos-the-real-dunce/#respond Wed, 12 Nov 2014 04:35:12 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=35856 In clear violation of the “let’s all be civil” mantra from the left, EJ Montini refers to a recently elected statewide official as a “dunce”. Greg at Espresso Pundit does a great job exposing Montini as the one who is not qualified.

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Republican PC’s Threaten to Sue Maricopa County Republican Executive Guidance Committee http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/11/06/republican-pcs-threaten-to-sue-maricopa-county-republican-executive-guidance-committee/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/11/06/republican-pcs-threaten-to-sue-maricopa-county-republican-executive-guidance-committee/#respond Fri, 07 Nov 2014 06:12:45 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=35849 I was not in attendance at tonight’s Maricopa County Republican Executive Guidance Committee meeting but it is being reported that the committee was threatened with a lawsuit if it stripped party voting privileges from 11 Republican precinct committeemen who publicly supported and advocated for the election of several Democrats during the General Election.

Who threatened to sue?

Barbara Espinosa Fred DuValNone other than the racist and loud-mouthed Barbara Espinosa.

Espinosa, a local loose-cannon, supported Fred DuVal over Doug Ducey in the General Election. She even referred to now Governor-elect Ducey as a member of a drug cartel.

She was joined by several other elected Republican precinct committeemen who also threatened to sue if their political party voting privileges were removed.

Many longstanding precinct committeeman believe that these politically traitorous precinct committeemen lost those privileges when they failed to perform their duties in accordance with Arizona Revised Statute 16-822 E and the 2014 Continuing Bylaws of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, Article VI, Section 5(B) – “Endorsement of Non-Republican Candidates (link).

Removing voting privileges applies only to party process and NOT to Constitutionally-protected voting rights. (They are not the same). In addition, only party officials have jurisdiction over how these privileges are defined and enforced. It is NOT a government matter and state law does not override a private party matter.

Unfortunately, with the bravado of a lawsuit threat on the table, the EGC quickly buckled and decided to take a pass on stripping these rogue PC’s of their voting privileges.

Now any elected Republican precinct committeeman can actively and publicly help a Democrat candidate to get elected without any ramification(s).

In other news from the EGC meeting, current Maricopa County Chairman AJ LaFaro decided not to seek another term. This means the seat will be open for any Maricopa County Republican Precinct Committeeman to seek in January, 2015.

 

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‘MAILER’ UPDATE: AZGOP Stands With Diane http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/31/update-azgop/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/31/update-azgop/#respond Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:53:07 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=35839 Yesterday roughly 30,000 Republicans in Arizona received  an AZGOP mailer promoting the GOP slate but many activists quickly noticed that the mailer did not include Jeff Dewit (who is running unopposed) and pro-local control of schools candidate Diane Douglas.  After the Chamber of Commerce’s declaration of war against the Tea Party plus the local chamber’s endorsement her pro-Common Core opponent, many interpreted this as an intentional slight of Diane Douglas by an AZGOP hijacked by ‘The Chamber’ — however we are happy to report that is not the case.

AZGOP Executive Director Chad Haywood tells ArizonaInformer that the AZGOP is 100% behind the Republican candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas.  In fact, AZGOP has sent out ‘slate’ mailers which feature Diane Douglas along with Tom Forese, and Doug Little (see below) and has consistently made calls promoting Diane’s candidacy since August’s Primary. Diane is also scheduled to appear alongside other candidates on the GOP slate, including Republican gubernatorial Doug Ducey in the run-up to Election Day.

A recent AZGOP featuring Diane Douglas for Superintendent

A recent AZGOP featuring Diane Douglas for Superintendent

The explanation for the sans Douglas mailer is that the AZGOP is one of logistic instead of opposition, corruption, or malice.  By law, the AZGOP must send out ‘slate’ mailers with a minimum of 3 candidates (Arizona has seven candidates on the slate)  and often there is not enough space due to pictures and text to place the entire slate fit onto one mailer.  Thus, the slate mailers is often broken up into two to make room for messaging and picture and the ‘splitting’ of the mailer allows for strategic targeting of certain voting districts.   This ‘splitting’ was the source of the confusion for yesterday’s mailer.

The AZGOP attempted to assist Diane’s campaign in addition to the mailers and robocalls but are hampered by ‘Clean elections’ regulations in what they can and cannot do but are putting their full weight behind every candidate.

“We would love to be able to respond by mail to attacks on Diane. She is a great candidate. Unfortunately we are not allowed to do a piece about 1 candidate because of slate laws and clean elections. Clean elections also prohibits us from donating directly to her campaign. She is at the top of our slate calls and will be included in all of our pieces disseminated to election day voters this weekend.” ~ AZGOP, Executive Director Chad Heywood

Heywood states the AZGOP is looking forward to a clean sweep on Tuesday and after a lengthy discussion with him, we at ArizonaInformer find him to be sincere and have no reason to doubt him or the AZGOP’s efforts to ensure Diane Douglas becomes our next Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Now that we’ve had this question asked and answered, there are only 2 more things that need to be done:
1. Defeat the Democrat Ticket Tuesday
2. Recharge for 2016
#War

 

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More Candidate Recommendations! http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/30/more-candidate-recommendations/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/30/more-candidate-recommendations/#respond Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:14:27 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=35833 Because I refuse to vote early (anything could happen between early ballot drop date and election day), I am posting my recommendations for several local races.

Maricopa County Community College At-Large

John B. Heep
Tracy N. Livingston
Johanna Haver
Jean McGrath
Augustine Bartning

Mesa Schools Governing Board Members

Dan B. Hink
Jenny Richardson

Gilbert Schools Governing Board Members

Ron Bellus
Dawn Brimhall

EVIT District 3

Robert Towe Covington

EVIT District 7

James Candland

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Arizona Democratic Party Dirty Halloween Trick Could Backfire on Kyrsten Sinema http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/30/arizona-democratic-party-dirty-halloween-trick-could-backfire-on-kyrsten-sinema/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/30/arizona-democratic-party-dirty-halloween-trick-could-backfire-on-kyrsten-sinema/#respond Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:23:25 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=35828 Arizona Democratic Party Dirty Trick Could Backfire On Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in 2014 After Libertarian Voters Wanted Her Recalled In 2013

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Recently, the Arizona Democratic Party (ADP) launched a dirty trick in time for Halloween that comes with no treat for Libertarian voters.  The ADP strategy could have worked a couple of cycles ago, but maybe not this time – particularly when Libertarian Mike Shipley filed recall papers against her last year.  Though the Secretary of State spokesman  said he would not order a recall election in Sinema’s case because the congresswoman is not bound by the state’s recall law, the Libertarian group still wants to invalidate her seat.  In light of the controversial mail out by the ADP, Shipley said: “Don’t underestimate Libertarians because we are here to stay.”

Political dirty tricks happen within both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, but the ADP has sunken to an all new low this time.  It appears ADP’s arrogance with regard to Congressional District 9 underscores their belief that CD9 voters are politically under educated.

According to AZ Central:

“Obviously we prefer Kyrsten Sinema,” said Quinlan. But “our calculation is there are probably a lot of conservative voters who realize (Gammill) is a far more consistent conservative than Wendy Rogers. … We’re pretty much taking (Gammill’s) positions directly from his website and sharing them.”

We implore key swing independent voters of Arizona (now largest voting bloc) to teach Rep. Kyrsten Sinema a lesson specifically in Congressional District 9.  We also implore Sinema’s Latino and Chicano Democratic voting constituents to vote anyone but Sinema and recall to their memory her flip flop on immigration Carlos Galindo exposes repeatedly on his national political talk radio program.  Galindo is a former liberal now registered independent voter of Arizona.

Galindo wrote:

It appears Andiola’s recent departure from Sinema’s employ may have been a forced departure, based on pressure that was placed on Sinema and her congressional office for hiring a staffer who is supportive of an Immigration “advocate” who spews anti-USA rhetoric. Just as important, according to sources, Andiola was a $50,000 a year congressional office staffer allegedly mooching for money to take a trip to Washington with her mom. See screenshot below. 

ADP’s DJ Quinlan is banking on his perception of naïve Republicans believing Powell Gammill is more “conservative” than Wendy Rogers when in fact, Libertarian candidate Powell Gammill is for open borders.  It is also well known how Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema flip flopped on the immigration issue; where she gets tough on immigration on one day — while reversing her view on another day.  Unfortunately and the problem we have with Sinema is voters will not know what they will get with her in light of her many reversals and stances to include criticism with regard to her  exploiting veterans and Latinos.

Make no mistake, our group to include independent registered women, Chicanos, and Latinos want legal immigration reform.  We do not want to be used as political footballs, and while the ADP gave Sinema a free pass to the SB1225 regard, our informed community will not give her one nor will we allow her to forget it.

Originally posted on Somos Independents.

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Kyrsten Sinema’s Chickens Come Home to Roost! http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/30/kyrsten-sinemas-chickens-come-home-to-roost/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/30/kyrsten-sinemas-chickens-come-home-to-roost/#respond Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:57:05 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=35825 Wendy Rogers

Sinema’s chickens come home to roost: Defense Officials Say 20 to 30 Former Gitmo Detainees Have Joined ISIS and Other
Syrian Terrorist Groups

(PHOENIX, AZ) – Today, Fox News reports that DoD officials suspect 20 to 30 individuals, who were formerly detained at the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay, now have joined ISIS and other groups fighting in Syria.

“Clearly, Kyrsten Sinema has put our country in danger. Congress must show strength and resolve to our enemies. When liberals began talking about closing Guantanamo Bay, our country rightly became worried about recidivism. Now it has come home to roost. Terrorists who were in our custody are now joining an organization that has been threatening our nation, once again putting them in a position to do harm to America. Kyrsten Sinema and her allies have created this harmful contingent, and they lack the courage to fix it,” said James Harris, spokesman for the Wendy Rogers campaign.“The facts are irrefutable. Kyrsten Sinema voted to allow terrorists to be transferred to American soil and tried in U.S. courts.  Sinema also voted against an amendment that would have eliminated funding for the release or transfer of individuals held in Guantanamo Bay.  Even in the face of mounting danger from ISIS, Sinema has stood by these votes. The question is – will Sinema stand by her whimsy now that former detainees have joined ISIS and are once again threatening our nation?  Kyrsten Sinema has weakened our nation. It’s time to send a military veteran to Congress who gets it – that would be Lieutenant Colonel Wendy Rogers.”

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CAIR-AZ Update: If You Can’t Beat Them, Fundraise! http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/30/cair-az-update-if-you-cant-beat-them-fundraise/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/30/cair-az-update-if-you-cant-beat-them-fundraise/#respond Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:37:06 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=35821 Earlier this week we at ArizonaInformer informed you on CAIR-AZ’s attempt to silence Free Speech by forcing the cancellation of Pamela Geller’s appearance at a Mesa Tea Party event.  The attempt turnout to be another Progressive Fail but that is not stopping the Organized Left.

CAIR-AZ President and Hamas apologist Imraan Sadiqqi sent out this email blast to fundraise for what looks to be an Anti-Semitism gala featuring members and fellow travelers from ISNA, the Muslim Student Association as featured speakers.

 

CAIR-AZ fundraiser

We have a feeling the event will largely promote the radical Islamist ideology this young woman promotes in this infamous UCSD video:

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

We will update you on this event as this situation warrants.

 

ArizonaInformer.com is a new media site with the main purpose to call out bias and activism by the local media, monitor Arizona’s institutional left, and reclaim our rightful place in pop culture.  It’s our primary mission to call out local hacks who mask as ‘journalists’, inform Arizonans with the Truth, and amplify the voice of Arizona Citizen Journalists — all with a heavy dose of snark.    We are factually correct and proud to be politically incorrect.  #War

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Mesa Activist: Vote NO on all Mesa Bond Issues http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/29/mesa-activist-vote-no-on-all-mesa-bond-issues/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/29/mesa-activist-vote-no-on-all-mesa-bond-issues/#respond Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:31:26 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=35819 Longtime City of Mesa activist and watchdog Gene Dufoe presented this excellent case why Mesa voters should vote NO on all the City of Mesa bond issues. It’s lengthy but well worth the read to become informed.

On Monday, Oct. 5, I spoke at the City of Mesa Council meeting for 3-minutes on why $580,000,000 Utility Revenue Bonds should not be approved at the election on November 4.  The earlier article, as well as this article, are available on the http://votesmartmesa.com/ website.  The earlier article also appeared in the Gilbert Watch on August 22, 2014.  The complete update follows:

A look at why the concentration on the City of Mesa’s Utility Bonds, we need to look at the City of Mesa Budget: FY2014-15 Auditor General Schedules A-G: Schedule A Summary of Estimated Revenues and Expenditures to find why. http://www.mesaaz.gov/budget/ Documents/FY_14_15/Schedule% 20A_Summary%20of%20Estimated% 20Revenues%20&%20Expenditures. pdf

Looking at Interfund Transfers In (Out), we discover Transfers (OUT) of $(173,606,136) for the ENTERPRISE FUND and Transfers (IN) of $85,429,615 to the GENERAL FUND AND $92,164,059 to the DEBT SERVICE FUNDS.  The ENTERPRISE FUND is the business portion of the City of Mesa operations, i.e., the various utility operations run by the city.  This withdrawal from the ENTERPRISE FUND is taking more than $173 million of the current profits of the various utility funds and using it mostly for the current operations of the GENERAL FUND and the DEBT SERVICE FUNDS.  Note that the Property Tax Revenues of $33,440,000 also boosts the DEBT SERVICE FUNDS.  The result is the City of Mesa is taking current funds from the Enterprise Fund to spend immediately.  They are not using that money to responsibly maintain the infrastructure required by Enterprise Fund operations.  Instead, they are asking the residents of Mesa to mortgage our future (and also having our children and grandchildren) to make many of these needed infrastructure improvements with revenue bonds that will last through the year 2044.

The earlier paper discusses how the Utility Revenue Bonds are paid from the revenues i.e., the monthly water, waste water, electric, natural gas, and solid waste (garbage) utility bills, so they do not effect the direct tax burden.  However, paying utility bills comes out of the same pocket as paying any other bill.  This year’s City of Mesa rate increases on July 1, 2014, over the prior year are as follows:

•  Electric rates increased by 2%,
•  Natural Gas rates increased by 3%,
•  Water rates increased by 7%,
•  Wastewater rates increased by 7%, and
•  Solid Waste rates increased by 6.9%.

The Secondary Property Tax also increased from $22,105,000 last year to $33,440,000 this fiscal year.  That is an average 51% increase per household.

The only other City of Mesa Interfund Transfers (OUT) is $(7,038,653) from the IMPACT FEE FUNDS and the only other Transfers (IN) is $3,051,115 to RESTRICTED FUNDS.  Impact fees are assessed for new construction and are intended to go toward building the infrastructure for that new construction; however, the City Council has voted to use impact fees to bolster the General Fund and satisfy Debt Service.

According to Ryan Wimmer of the Mesa’s Office of Management and Budget, on July 1, 2014, the authorized, but not yet sold, bonds total $219,668,000 of which $72,213,000 are Utility Revenue Bonds.  A total of $580,000,000 is on the November 4, 2014, ballot is divided as follows:

•  Water System Revenue Bonds-$315,700,000;
•  Wastewater System Revenue Bonds- $178,200,000;
•  Electrical System Revenue Bonds-$27,000,000; and
•  Gas System Revenue Bonds-$59,100,000.

The bonds shall be payable solely from the revenues of the City’s utility systems, bear interest not exceeding 10% per annum and pay principal over not more than 30 years from the date issued.  The last utility revenue bonds, Series 2014, were for only 24 years.  If these utility revenue bonds are funded in the same manner as those previously authorized and sold, these bonds will be repaid over the coming years with interest-only payments for the most of the years of the bonds with the principal be paid in the last year or two of the bond life.  This will mean that the total interest repaid will be significantly more than the initial bond principal.  All of this when the Enterprise Fund is currently making a profit of more than $173 million annually.

From the “Moody’s assigns Aa2 rating to City of Mesa, Arizona’s Utility Systems Revenue Bonds, Series 2011” dated 13 May 2011, the following is quoted, “In fiscal 2010, $84.4 million was transferred from the Utility (Enterprise) Fund to the General Fund revenues.  Near term transfer amounts are forecasted to remain stable at $83.6 million.”  However, that did not happen as will be discussed in the next paragraph.  Since that time:

The Secondary Property Tax has increased from $14.1 million in FY10/11 to over $33 million in FY2014/15,

The Enterprise Fund transfer to the General Fund and Debt Service has increased from $83.6 million to over $173 million in the current year,

The stated bond indebtedness has increased from $1,354,816,963 on July 1, 2011, to $1,710,800,000

That is an increase of nearly $356 million in debt in three years.  And the City of Mesa, still has $219,668,000 of taxpayer-approved bond authorization, not yet sold, and now the City of Mesa is requesting approval for an additional $580,000,000 in Utility Revenue Bonds.  If the four  Revenue Utility Bond issues pass and considering the already approved bonds, not yet sold, that will be an addition to the current debt of nearly an additional $800 million.

In summary, since July 1, 2011, the debt of the City of Mesa has ballooned from nearly $1,356 Million ($1.356 Billion) to nearly $1,932 Million ($1.932 Billion) and we are being asked to approve $580 Million in new revenue bonds for a total indebtedness of 2,512 million ($2.512 Billion) or nearly double that we owed in July 2011.

Not only will that be an a major increase of the debt, but combining the lengthening of the bond life with the current City of Mesa approach to the repaying of Utility Revenue Bonds with interest-only payments for the first twenty-nine or thirty years and then paying the BALLOON principal payment(s) in the last year or two of the now 30-year bonds, the utility rates will continue to dramatically increase.  Note that the life of the Revenue Utility Bonds have increased from 18 years in 2009 to 24 years in 2014 and now 30 years for the new bonds to be voted on in November 3, 2014.

In a economy growing better than three years ago, the City Council is not properly protecting the interests of the City of Mesa residents.  Now, the City Council and Mayor Giles, as the newly-elected mayor, needs a wakeup call.  Note that Mayor Giles, earlier served in the City of Mesa City Council from 1996 to 2000.

We strongly urge a NO VOTE on all four of the bond issues.  It is time for the City of Mesa to cut all but the absolutely essential services and for repayment schedules to be part of any future bond authorizations and get back to pay-as-we-go management.  We need to pay for the City’s needs without drastically increasing taxes or utilities.

Gene Dufoe, interested citizen of Mesa

Mr. Dufoe is a retired Boeing engineer/manager who possesses the following degrees:  BSAE, MSAE, and an MBA with an emphasis in Finance.

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How to Vote on Arizona Judges http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/29/how-to-vote-on-arizona-judges-4/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/29/how-to-vote-on-arizona-judges-4/#respond Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:23:03 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=35817 As Election Day draws near, many conservatives are seeking information on how to vote for the judges. We’ve compiled a brief list of resources that will help prepare you in this important vote.

The first place to start is the Center for Arizona Policy website “AZVoterGuide.com.” This is a compilation of lists of the various judges up for retention along with links to their surveys. You will find everything from the Arizona Supreme Court Justices to the Superior Court Judges in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal Couties. It is quite an extensive list so plan on spending a little time reviewing the judges’ surveys.

Here’s a link to the AZVoterGuide.com site: http://azvoterguide.com/candidates/2014/judges/az/

We also receive recommendations from fellow conservatives like Representative Warren Petersen. Here is his list also making the rounds: (Thanks Rep, Petersen!)

**** My exception to this list is Gerald Porter – PLEASE VOTE FOR GERALD PORTER! ****

Vote YES on these judges:

Bailey, Cynthia J.
Blomo, James T.
Brodman, Roger R.
Crawford, Janice K.
Dunn, Boyd W.
Herrod, Michael J.
Hyatt, Carey S.
Ishikawa, Brian K.
Sinclair, Joan M.
Svoboda, Pamela Hearn
Viola, Danielle J.

Vote NO on these judges:

Aceto, Mark F.
Anderson, Aimee L.
Anderson, Arthur T
Astrowsky, Bradley
Bales, Scott
Barton, Janet R.
Bassett, Edward
Bergin, Dawn M.
Brain, Mark H.
Brotherton, William L.
Brutinel, Robert
Cooper, Katherine M
Cunanan, David O.
Davis, Norman J.
Duncan, Sally S.
Fenzel, Alfred M.
Fink, Dean M.
Foster, Jr., George H.
Gama, J. Richard
Granville, Warren
Hegyl, Hugh E.
Hicks, Bethany G.
Howe, Randall M.
Johnsen, Diane M.
Kreamer, Joseph C.
Martin, David G.
Mroz, Rosa, P.
Myers, Samuel J.
Norris, Benjamin R.
O’Connor, Karen L.
Pineda, Suzanna C.
Polk, Jay
Porter, Gerald J.
Rea, John C.
Reinstein, Peter C.
Ronan, Emmet J.
Talamante, David M.
Thumma, Samuel A.
Warner, Randall H.
Welty, Joseph C.
Willet, Eileen S.

This list also matches a list being circulated by local conservative activist Sandi Bartlett. Thanks Sandi!

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AZ Judicial Commission recommends not retaining two judges – but are they right? http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/29/az-judicial-commission-recommends-not-retaining-two-judges-but-are-they-right/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/29/az-judicial-commission-recommends-not-retaining-two-judges-but-are-they-right/#respond Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:59:17 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=35815

A m e r i c a n  P o s t – G a z e t t e

Distributed by C O M M O N S E N S E , in Arizona

Wednesday,  October 29th, 2014

Two judges not recommended due to “temperament,” vague criteria

Disgruntled attorneys who lost cases in front of them likely big part of the reason for poor reviews

Contributed by a reader

 

In the past, the Arizona Judicial Commission has rarely recommended not retaining any judges – which is obviously greatly flawed, considering all the judicial activism and political targeting that goes on. The commission is run by leftist busybodies tied to the State Bar, so this is no surprise. It contains attorneys/judges like Robert Carter Olson, considered one of the crookedest judges in the state.

 

Note that virtually all of the judges receive a unanimous YES from all 29 members of the commission. What does that tell you? They’re not thinking independently; everyone is scared to death of voting against a judge because of the risk of retaliation.

 

Let’s look at the commission’s history. The last time the commission actually recommended not retaining one judge, it was the wrong decision.The full story behind their recommendation not to retain Judge Crane McClennan has been covered by the conservative website azjudgesreview here and here. What it came down to was left-wing criminal defense attorneys didn’t like him.

 

This year, the commission is recommending not retaining Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Benjamin Norris and Pima County Superior Court Judge Catherine Woods. Let’s look at the evidence. Both judges received poor marks for “temperament” and “communications.” Not even the vague word “ethics.” They are being accused of not having the right personality. Are you kidding??? What about factors like judicial activism, targeting or favoritism, the real things that matter?

 

Let’s look a little closer at their background and qualifications. Woods was appointed by Governor Brewer in 2011 – ok, probably a Republican, that makes sense why she’s on their hit list. She is a juvenile judge. Nothing in her bio jumps out to us as a problem, in fact it’s fairly impressive. The commission lists nothing other than that against her. Tellingly, their opinion is based on the fact that 21 out of 106 attorneys returned scores of 60 to 88% about her temperament, etc. Just TWENTY-ONE attorneys. What you’re not hearing is that of the 7 out of 89 litigant witnesses who returned surveys about her, ALL SEVEN gave her 100% scores. That’s right. Who do you believe, some attorneys who may have represented the losing party in a case in front of her, or witnesses who likely have nothing to gain financially or professionally?

 

It sounds to us like the good ole boys club looking out for the good ole boys club. The busybody attorneys on the commission are looking out for their buddies – Democrat attorneys – who lost their cases in front of this Republican judge.

 

Next, let’s examine the other attorney the commission recommended not to retain. Norris was appointed in 2008 by Napolitano and has been a family law judge. A quick google search reveals that he appears to be biased against fathers in custody cases. The votes against him are worse, 35 out of 93 attorneys returned surveys rating him from 59% to 84% in various areas. 42 out of 398 litigant witnesses returned surveys rating him from 86% to 96%. Four attorneys rated him as unsatisfactory when it came to fairness towards gender.

 

Based on a more objective analysis that takes into account a conservative political perspective, we’d recommend retaining Woods and not retaining Norris. More GOP recommendations on voting for judges can be found here. With such a lack of real information about judges, the system needs to be changed to electing judges, not appointing them with low-information retention elections.

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NRCC: Not Happy With Obamacare? Blame Kyrsten Sinema! http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/28/nrcc-not-happy-with-obamacare-blame-kyrsten-sinema/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/28/nrcc-not-happy-with-obamacare-blame-kyrsten-sinema/#respond Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:50:42 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=35813 Although released earlier this year by the NRCC, this ad is as relevant today as it was in March. As your premiums and deductibles increase while your coverage decreases, remember who Arizona’s biggest champion of Obamacare was – Kyrsten Sinema.

This election, there is a much better choice. Vote for Wendy Rogers on Election Day!

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CAIR Deploys Flying Monkeys Brahm Resnik, Stephen Lemons to Attack Pamela Geller Event in Mesa http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/27/cair-deploys-flying-monkeys-brahm-resnik-stephen-lemons-to-attack-pamela-geller-event-in-mesa/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/27/cair-deploys-flying-monkeys-brahm-resnik-stephen-lemons-to-attack-pamela-geller-event-in-mesa/#respond Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:00:24 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=35805 We received a tip by an astute social media observer that the anti-free-speech group CAIR launched another assault on free speech in Arizona and has enlisted the assistance of  local reporters (and Progressive activists) Brahm Resnik and ‘Feathered Bastard’ Stephen Lemons.

Below is a screenshot of the initial call to arms tweet sent out by Imraan Siddiqi, Chairman of CAIR’s AZ Chapter:

 

CAIR AZ Gellar Tweet

 

This tweet was followed up by unindicted co-conspirator CAIR’s main account calling for the harassment of the High School hosting tonight’s Red Mountain Tea party event.

CAIR AZ Gellar 2

 

As of 12:30pm local time, Pamela Geller’s speaking event is still scheduled to go on despite the AstroTurf ginned up by the American political wing of  The Muslim Brotherhood in collusion with Arizona’s Democratic Media Complex.  You can follow the story by going HERE  to Pamela’s Geller site, AtlasShrugs.com

 

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Huge breaking ethics scandal with Mary Rose Wilcox and APS http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/25/huge-breaking-ethics-scandal-with-mary-rose-wilcox-and-aps/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/25/huge-breaking-ethics-scandal-with-mary-rose-wilcox-and-aps/#respond Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:16:30 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=35802

A m e r i c a n  P o s t – G a z e t t e

Distributed by C O M M O N S E N S E , in Arizona

Friday,  October 24th, 2014

APS sold Mary Rose Wilcox a plot of land for nearly $100,000 below market value

She rents it back to APS for at least $5,000 a year; didn’t disclose when voting on APS projects as county supervisor

Retrieved from http://www.facebook.com/APSpayingoffMaryRoseWilcox

For the first time, we now know that APS gave Mary Rose Wilcox a shady, below-market land deal AND is paying her at least $5,000 a year for the right to rent back that property.

The Phoenix New Times reported yesterday that the land Mary Rose Wilcox bought from APS for $152,750 “should have gone for at least $675,000.”

But Wilcox never disclosed this business deal with APS while voting to give APS millions of dollars in county contracts. So what is Mary Rose Wilcox hiding?

But what is APS getting from Wilcox?

The Phoenix New Times reports: “Wilcox increased her net worth through land deals, with at least one in 2003 involving an acre purchased from Arizona Public Service for hundreds of thousands of dollars below market value. She didn’t disclose that transaction even as she voted as a county supervisor on APS-related projects.”

Mary Rose Wilcox bought a parking lot from APS for, according to the New Times, between 1/3rd and 1/5th of fair market value — and then rented the space back to APS for thousands of dollars a year.

Not a bad deal if you can get it, right?

When asked why she had received tens of thousands of dollars from APS without disclosing it, Mary Rose Wilcox’s only explanation was: “APS says, ‘We need to pay you.'”

Demand to know why APS is paying Mary Rose Wilcox.

Why is APS paying Mary Rose Wilcox while she votes on their projects such a big deal? This breaks it down pretty well:

“What is APS? The largest electric utility in Arizona and 27th largest coal energy producer in the United States has ownership interests in three huge coal-fired power plants: the Cholla Generating Station, the Four Corners Steam Plant, and the Navajo Generating Station. It’s a corporate funder of ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, and sits on its energy, environment, and agriculture task force. APS is notorious for its attack on net metering solar energy, pouring $9 million – or $9 per ratepayer – into an effort to convince regulators that Arizona’s precious sunshine is so rare that solar panel owners must pay to access it.”

Mary Rose Wilcox drives a North Star SLS Cadillac with a “MRSROSE” vanity plate. But it should read: “APSPAYSME”

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David Garcia’s Obama Connection http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/25/david-garcias-obama-connection/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2014/10/25/david-garcias-obama-connection/#respond Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:47:32 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=35791 This election cycle, every Republican is trying to link every Democrat to President Obama.

In David Garcia’s case, he made the link for himself. Yesterday, Friday, Oct 24, Garcia sent out the following tweet.

David Garcia is supported by Obama

The tweet links to this piece by Trevor Gervais, a former student in the Peoria School District. Innocent sounding enough. That is until someone posted this on Twitter and linked to this article.

Trevor Gervais Obama activist David Garcia

Turns out Gervais was a regional field director for the Obama campaign and even worked in the White House for a while.

David Garcia has struggled to cut through the barrage of campaign ads and message this year. He has wasted lots of time talking about how smart and educated his is and lots of time criticizing the Republican nominee. Finally, he turned to an Obama operative to bail him out.

Trevor should have disclosed his vast political involvement in his letter attacking Douglas. But he didn’t and Garcia was only too willing to link to his bias letter to the editor.

For the real record of Diane Douglas’ record of leadership on the Peoria School Board, read this letter in the Peoria Times.

Credit to DernDawn (@noprezzie2012 on Twitter) for discovering Garcia’s Obama connection.

 

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