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. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:00:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.3 Arizona Freedom Fest – Next Weekend! http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/04/23/arizona-freedom-fest-next-weekend/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/04/23/arizona-freedom-fest-next-weekend/#respond Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:00:12 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36353 ArizonaFreedomFest2015

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Arizona Republican Party Rejects Bid to Close Primary http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/04/22/arizona-republican-party-rejects-bid-to-close-primary/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/04/22/arizona-republican-party-rejects-bid-to-close-primary/#respond Thu, 23 Apr 2015 04:30:22 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36351 By Christopher Herring

During a contentious debate, the Arizona Republican Party’s executive committee rejected a proposal to close future primaries to independents.

Although there are good faith arguments in favor of limiting participation to Republicans only, the perception, and most importantly, the financial cost, outweighed any potential benefits.

In 1998, voters approved a measure that allowed independents to vote in the primary of any recognized party. Now part of the Arizona Constitution, the law initially conceived by a Republican controlled legislature, would likely be defended by the Arizona’s Attorney General’s office, greatly increasing the financial cost and risk to an already budget strapped political cycle where every dollar counts.

A significant obstacle to the party is the notion that Republicans support the rule of law and the Arizona Constitution. Suing the state to not administer its constitution isn’t the best headline for the party. Another significant challenge would be that the state party would have to show a severe burden is caused by independents voting in Republican primaries. Specifically that independents voting changed the ideological outcomes of elections in a manner significant enough to overturn the will of the voters to keep the primary open. In the most recent elections, independents have not voted in high numbers in party primaries and the case can be made that Arizona Republicans are more conservative than they have ever been on fiscal and social issues. Proving a severe burden would be a large task for the party’s attorneys.

In fact, every scenario discussed to close the primaries were fraught with risk. Whether it was a lawsuit, assuming the financial obligation of administering the entire primary, or funding a lawsuit to close the primary, the cost would be shouldered by all Republicans with no guarantee of success and a likelihood of failure.

The singular criticism surrounding the partially open primary is the moderating effect it creates on Republican elections. Although independents are growing in America and in Arizona, Republicans continue to enjoy a significant voter registration advantage over the Democratic Party and continue to hold onto every major statewide elected office. Judging by the lack of moderate or liberal Republicans holding statewide offices, it is difficult to prove that the small number of independents are gaming the Republican primary.

If there is a real fear in closing the primary outside of costs, it is alienating Arizona’s right leaning independents. In fact, as independents continue to grow, the Republicans cannot simply ignore their growing influence but must be continually active in persuading them that their principles are aligned with traditional party beliefs. Many independents describe themselves as conservatives but simply don’t want the label of Republican.

The state executive committee made the right call to not divert resources away from the continued march of winning elections and enacting conservative policies by embarking on long and expensive lawsuits with no guarantee of success. Arizona’s Republican Party consists of a diverse group of voters, fighting for conservative principles that make our lives better every day. The Party, under the leadership of Robert Graham, should continue to focus on what it is doing well, winning short term victories and building long term relationships to enhance the Republican brand in Arizona.

Christopher Herring is the President of the Maricopa County Young Republican Professionals and member of the Arizona Republican Party Executive Committee.

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AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham’s Sacrifice Means Victory http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/04/18/azgop-chairman-robert-grahams-sacrifice-means-victory/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/04/18/azgop-chairman-robert-grahams-sacrifice-means-victory/#respond Sun, 19 Apr 2015 04:19:14 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36347 By Daniel Stefanski

A hearty thanks to AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham for working through another executive board meeting! Today, it sounds like the board voted against funding a lawsuit for closing Republican primaries. As it should have been, Robert allowed the motion to be voted on, and the representatives of the precinct and state committeemen did what they felt was in the best interest of the Arizona Republican Party and election victories in 2015 and 2016.

And for all the heartache by a select few over the closed meeting today, it was not closed to those who were duly elected in previous elections. Want to sit in and participate in future state party executive meetings that may be closed to observers? Run for election for one of those positions next time around. The process isn’t being obstructed. It’s being followed to the letter of the law.

Robert Graham voluntarily signed up for a non-paid job with round-the-clock hours, but he did not sign up for a job that featured lies, distortion and people from his own party working against future Republican victories to serve their own self interests. Before this meeting, Robert did not fight against the resolution to close our primary. Rather, he expressed his opinions and waited for the process to carry itself out. While false allegations that Robert was carrying out other interested party’s wishes swirled around prior to today’s meeting, it is now a fact that the AZGOP executive committee voted within their rights and responsibilities to table the closed primary funding proposal.

Though one will never come, I think Robert Graham is owed an apology for the way he has been treated and maligned by people who claim to be in the same party as him.

And to make up for an apology that will never come, I think Robert deserves thanks and encouragement by all those who appreciate the 2014 victories he was very instrumental in helping to achieve. We who were involved in the 2014 campaigns know how hard the State Party worked throughout the entire cycle.

Robert and the Arizona Republican Party have pledged to stay neutral in primaries, and they have remained faithful to that promise. The AZGOP has also always upheld the party platform during Robert’s tenure as chair. Those who claim that Robert is attempting to pave a path for any individual primary contender are doing so without any factual basis. Robert is not going to pull any favors for any candidate in a contested primary election, and he’s not going to lead the AZGOP towards an ideological potion that does not adhere to the entirety of our platform. Activists may “want” him to do their work for them in a contested primary election, but he’s just not going to do play favorites. So to save everyone’s time, let’s support our primary candidates and await the time when the AZGOP will be waiting for the Democrats with guns a-blazin’ after the winning Republicans make it past their primaries.

Thanks as well to everyone who sacrifices their time to serve at the AZGOP and on the executive committee!

Let’s work for some more GOP victories in 2015 and 2016! Who’s with me?!

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MEDIA BLACKOUT – 35% of AZDems, 47% of AZ Latinos Support Deportation http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/03/20/media-blackout-35-of-azdems-47-of-az-latinos-support-deportation/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/03/20/media-blackout-35-of-azdems-47-of-az-latinos-support-deportation/#respond Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:04:20 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36332 illegals

A recent poll conducted by ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy focused on several issues including the most important issue facing Arizona and our economy, illegal immigration.  The stunning results were intentionally muted by the local media in order to hide the fact that a large swath of Arizona Democrats agree with conservatives on the issue of deporting those in the country illegally.

Possibly more stunning than the fact that 35% of Democrats agree with conservatives on enforcing current immigration law is that Arizona Latinos agree with conservatives at a greater rate than Arizona Democrats — 47%.

What portion of the poll did the news editors choose to cover? Pot legalization.

Here are the main points from the poll:

  • 30% of AZ Dems & 51% of AZ Latinos disagree with the following statement – “Undocumented immigrants bolster Arizona’s workforce and we should do whatever’s necessary to make it easier for them to come to Arizona.”
  • 35% of AZ Dems, 47% of Latinos, & 53% of Independents agree with the following statement –  “Arizona should aggressively pursue the deportation of undocumented immigrants”

We at ArizonaInformer are waiting with baited breath for Phoenix New Slimes “Fat Bastard” Stephen Lemons, Laurie Roberts, and Brahm Resnik to label Arizona Democrats and Latinos as racist, nativists, who seek to ‘ethnically cleanse’ Arizona.

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Bar disciplinary judge’s appointee made anonymous website to target complainant http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/03/14/bar-disciplinary-judges-appointee-made-anonymous-website-to-target-complainant/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/03/14/bar-disciplinary-judges-appointee-made-anonymous-website-to-target-complainant/#respond Sat, 14 Mar 2015 19:44:58 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36329

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

Saturday,  March 14th, 2015

Evidence continues to mount against State Bar disciplinary judge O’Neil

O’Neil’s “ethics” buddy Mark Salem retaliated against Mark Dixon with a disgusting smear website for going public about O’Neil’s corruption 

Arizona Republic
Critic of Arizona courts claims libel, defamation in suit
by Dennis Wagner
March 10, 2015

A Pinal County man who lodged numerous ethics complaints against Arizona’s top disciplinary judge claims in court filings that an associate of the judge waged a libelous smear campaign against him on the Internet.

In a Maricopa County Superior Court lawsuit, and in a complaint submitted to the state Commission on Judicial Conduct, Mark Dixon of Casa Grande said he was branded as a liar and a cross-dresser on an Internet site operated by Mark Salem, a past member of an Arizona Supreme Court committee on judicial oversight.

Salem, as a Supreme Court appointee, has in the past helped adjudicate numerous State Bar complaints with Arizona Presiding Disciplinary Judge William “Bill” O’Neil, who oversees lawyer ethics and discipline for the Arizona Supreme Court. Salem resigned Aug. 12, 2014, as a disciplinary panelist, six weeks after Dixon’s lawsuit was filed.

Dixon contends Salem launched the website as retribution after Dixon publicly sought to have O’Neil disciplined or removed from power. In April, The Arizona Republic published a detailed account of that controversy.

Dixon and others have alleged in court papers and hearings that O’Neil engaged in unethical and unlawful behavior involving abuse of power, conflicts of interest and real-estate transactions.

Salem, a former Scottsdale police officer, is co-owner of Salem Boys Auto. He hosts talk-radio shows on auto repairs and for years has been a guest columnist for newspapers including The Republic. He and his attorney declined comment for this story.

To date, Dixon’s allegations regarding O’Neil have been dismissed, or discarded without publicly disclosed investigation, by the Supreme Court and other agencies. Nevertheless, Dixon contends his efforts to expose wrongdoing made him a target on Salem’s now-defunct website known as pinaljustice.com.

In a Dec. 23 disclosure, Salem attorney Matthew Kleifield denied all the defamation claims but acknowledged his client created an Internet site to rebut Dixon’s public allegations against O’Neil. Kleifield contended Salem’s criticisms were not libelous because they were true or drew reasonable inferences from Dixon’s own words. He also disputed whether Dixon suffered any damages.

In 2010, Salem, O’Neil and others were appointed by then-Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch to a state Supreme Court Committee on Improving Judicial Oversight and Processing of Probate Court Matters. In recent years, Salem also has served as a “public” member on at least eight panels convened by O’Neil to hear disciplinary cases against Arizona lawyers.

O’Neil did not respond to requests for comment.

Divorce dispute

Dixon began investigating O’Neil, a longtime acquaintance, in 2009 after being detained by Pinal County sheriff’s deputies in connection with a divorce dispute over ownership of a dog.

In a lawsuit and other public documents, Dixon alleged that O’Neil sided with Dixon’s ex-wife in the canine controversy, and used his power as a then-Pinal County Superior Court judge to influence deputies.

As the feud escalated, Dixon filed complaints against O’Neil with the Commission on Judicial Conduct, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the FBI and other agencies. All were dismissed.

O’Neil was appointed as the state’s first and only presiding disciplinary judge in 2010. Under a new Arizona system, he became the only judge in the state responsible for deciding whether Arizona lawyers have violated ethical rules, and meting out sanctions against those found culpable.

According to domain history records, Salem is the registrant, administrator and billing contact for pinaljustice.com.

Pinaljustice.com was shut down in late November, according to the records, but print-outs made before that date were submitted as exhibits in Dixon’s suit. Postings include Dixon’s phone number, home address and messages such as: “Mark is said to be (a) big, fat, stupid, ugly, recently divorced 52-yr-old a–hole.” Some postings attempt to refute Dixon’s allegations about O’Neil.

Dixon said he filed a new complaint against O’Neil with the Commission on Judicial Conduct. He provided The Republic a signed copy dated Sept. 30, 2014. It alleged the judge “directly or indirectly engaged in an act of retaliation by conspiring with Mark E. Salem,” but he offered no evidence to support that assertion. The commission does not comment on pending cases, but an agency dismissal published online Nov. 19 says the commission decided O’Neil did not violate ethics or the judicial code.

Last week, Dixon’s attorney in the civil complaint against Salem filed a request to withdraw from that case.

Earlier allegations

The prior complaints from Dixon, and motions filed by attorneys who had sought to remove O’Neil from disciplinary cases, alleged that the judge:

— Ghost-wrote court filings on behalf of Dixon before they became alienated, including a complaint lodged against another Superior Court judge in Pinal County.

— Took part in an allegedly unlawful short-sale of a Casa Grande house owned by O’Neil’s mother-in-law. Records show O’Neil’s close friend and business partner, Brian Brenfleck, purchased the residence for $75,000 at a time when records showed mortgages totaling over $600,000. After the short sale eliminated mortgage debts, records show, O’Neil paid $25,000 to Brenfleck for a half interest. O’Neil’s mother-in-law remained as the home’s occupant.

— Presided over Arizona lawyer discipline hearings with a co-panelist, the late Robert Gallo, who was a family friend, without informing defendants of the relationship.

During an interview with The Republic last year, O’Neil denied ghost-writing legal documents for Dixon. He said transactions involving his mother-in-law’s house were not fraudulent. He acknowledged serving on ethics panels alongside Gallo without advising defendants about the friendship, but said there was no impropriety.

Dixon and others also alleged that O’Neil engaged in conflicts and bias while playing multiple roles in the disbarment of Andrew Thomas, the former Maricopa County Attorney.

Thomas and assistant Lisa Aubuchon were accused of prosecutorial misconduct in the 2010 filing of criminal conspiracy charges against Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe and other county officials. Donahoe and the other county officials ultimately were exonerated.

O’Neil presided over the high-profile ethics trial of Thomas and Aubuchon in 2012. Aubuchon asked O’Neil to withdraw due to an alleged conflict of interest, but he refused and ultimately wrote the 247-page judgment against her and Thomas.

The Arizona Supreme Court rejected Aubuchon’s appeal.

Dixon, a former construction contractor with a 1997 conviction for fraud, contends the state’s legal establishment has repeatedly covered up wrongdoing while trying to discredit him. He said Salem’s Internet site was the latest and most vile example. Besides describing Dixon as a “habitual liar,” it refers to him as “a woman in drag,” a “turd” and other slurs.

Dixon said he e-mailed a copy of his latest Judicial Conduct complaint to Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales with a message that says, “You as the Chief Justice can shrug your responsibility of the Judicial Complaint but the responsibility for the Supreme Court appointee Mark Salem is definitely yours. It is beyond any level of acceptance that these events were ever allowed to occur. What is more disturbing though is that Mark Salem represents the level of integrity of the Supreme Court.”

Heather Murphy, a Supreme Court spokeswoman, said justices cannot comment on lawsuits or other pending legal matters that may come before them in the future.

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Costs and Tax Increase are a Train Wreck for Phoenix Transportation Plan http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/03/10/costs-and-tax-increase-are-a-train-wreck-for-phoenix-transportation-plan/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/03/10/costs-and-tax-increase-are-a-train-wreck-for-phoenix-transportation-plan/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2015 01:05:51 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36326 MBQF

Sticker Shock Drives Phoenicians Opinions Over Proposed Light Rail Expansion – Voters Favor Other Public Priorities

(Phoenix, AZ) — MBQF, a public opinion survey consulting firm, announced today the results of a recent public opinion survey conducted on March 5, 2015.  Although the results from the automated telephonic survey show likely Phoenix City voters give initial grudging support toward a light rail and transportation expansion plan – Phoenix voters quickly reverse course once educated about the potential costs and a tax increase.  Voters appear to remain skeptical over light rail for other priorities.

In the most recent automated telephonic survey of 580 likely Phoenix City voters, the survey calculates a 4.04% theoretical margin of error, plus or minus in percentage points, 95% of the time.  54.4% of respondents were women while 45.6% were men.

Almost two-thirds of respondents believe their tax-money should be prioritized elsewhere when asked,  “NOW, do you feel the city of Phoenix should prioritize transportation and spend $33 Billion dollars over the next 35 years that includes a proposed light rail expansion or do you believe the $33 billion dollars could be best spent in other areas such as education, public safety, police and fire, and health and disability services.”

Press 1 if you believe that the light rail and transportation is the best investment    34.83%

Press 2 if you believe that the money would be best used for other public needs      65.17%

Michael Noble concluded, “When 2/3 of voters agree on a spending issue, policy makers ought to take heed.  They are the type of numbers that are usually followed by a voter initiative.”
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 +/-4.04%.

Script

Hello, we are doing a brief survey on current issues within the City of Phoenix.  Some elected officials are considering spending tax dollars on transportation and we would like to ask your thoughts on these important issues.  Your name was selected at random and your responses are completely confidential.

1. Are you aware that the City of Phoenix has proposed spending $33 billion dollars over the next 35 years to triple the ridership of the current light rail and expand the transportation system?

Press 1 if you are aware     71.9%
Press 2 if you have never heard of it      22.24%
Press 3 if you are unsure    5.86%

2. Supporters of this potential light rail expansion argue that the plan would also expand bus services and improve or fix the city’s aging street system. Do you agree or disagree with these priorities?

Press 1 if you agree        53.79%
Press 2 if you disagree    46.21%

3. Are you aware that if the proposed light rail transportation expansion is approved it would increase Phoenix sales taxes by 15% and cost $161 Million per mile to build and operate? Would this information make you more likely or less likely to support the transportation expansion?

Press 1 for More Likely                  26.72%
Press 2 for Less Likely                   63.45%
Press 3 if it makes no difference     9.83%

4. NOW, do you feel the city of Phoenix should prioritize transportation and spend $33 Billion dollars over the next 35 years that includes a proposed light rail expansion or do you believe the $33 billion dollars could be best spent in other areas such as education, public safety, police and fire, and health and disability services.

Press 1 if you believe that the light rail and transportation is the best investment    34.83%
Press 2 if you believe that the money would be best used for other public needs    65.17%

5. If you were running the City of Phoenix, please tell me what you personally believe is the most important public priority as a taxpayer.   Would you invest tax dollars in Public Safety, Education, Disability services, expansion of the light rail or improvement of freeways/roads?

Press 1 for Public Safety   18.97%
Press 2 for Education        33.97%
Press 3 for Disability services   4.14%
Press 4 for expansion of the light rail    13.28%
Press 5 for repairing and improving current freeways and roads    19.48%
Press 6 if you are unsure   10.17%

6.  Leading the charge for the light rail transportation expansion is current Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, while the primary opponent of the light rail transportation expansion is Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio. Based on this, whose leadership do you most trust with your tax money?

Press 1 for Greg Stanton      35.17%
Press 2 for Sal DiCiccio        37.59%
Press 3 if you have no opinion at this time      27.24%

7.  Press 1 if you are Male          45.6%
Press 2 if you are Female      54.4%

Thank you for your time.

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DARTH FLAKE: Flake Joins Obama and Clinton in Attacking GOP Senators http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/03/10/darth-flake-flake-joins-obama-clinton-in-attacking-gop-senators/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/03/10/darth-flake-flake-joins-obama-clinton-in-attacking-gop-senators/#respond Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:12:03 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36314 emp

Yesterday, Senate Republicans, led by decorated war veteran Sen. Tom Cotton, penned an open letter to the Iranian government informing them that any agreement they reach with President Obama can be undone by future Presidents and Congresses.  The letter has Jeff Flake upset and joining the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton lashing out Senate Republicans.

In an interview with AZ Republic’s Dan Nowicki Flake stated, “I just didn’t think it was appropriate… I’m not very bullish on the chance of these negotiations resulting in a good agreement, or an agreement at all, but we ought to explore it…We ought to give it every opportunity to succeed.”

Per the norm, this attack on Senate Republicans has earned the praise from Cafeteria Catholic AZ Republic columnist Ed Montini who labeled Flake ‘more mature’ than liberal Senator John McCain who was among the 47 Senators that signed Sen Cotton’s letter.  Jeff Flake has officially crossed over to the ‘dark side’ and the fact that he’s now the media’s favorite Republican Senator is just confirmation of that.

2018 cannot come soon enough.

 

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Kelli? Alex? Liberal Senator John McCain? Vote Now In Our AZSen Primary Poll http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/03/06/kelli-alex-liberal-senator-john-mccain-vote-now-in-our-azsen-primary/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/03/06/kelli-alex-liberal-senator-john-mccain-vote-now-in-our-azsen-primary/#respond Sat, 07 Mar 2015 02:03:06 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36310 With the official launch of radio host Alex Meluskey’s campaign and last week’s launch of KelliPAC, we’ve decided to gauge the current level of support of each of the probable AZSen candidates.

Click HERE to vote!

Voting will close Sunday at 8pm.

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Reps Franks, Schweikert, Salmon, McSally Vote to Fund Obama’s Executive Amnesty http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/03/03/reps-franks-schweikert-salmon-mcsally-vote-to-fund-obamas-executive-amnesty/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/03/03/reps-franks-schweikert-salmon-mcsally-vote-to-fund-obamas-executive-amnesty/#respond Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:09:37 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36275 gop_surrender_monkey_1_400_pxlw The House has voted 257-167 to pass what the Leftist media is calling a ‘Clean’ DHS Funding Bill which fully funds Obama’s unconstitutional Executive Amnesty.   While the majority of the 257 Congressmen and women who passed the bill were Democrats, this falls on the feet of all those who voted to retain John Boehner as the Speaker of the House.

It was only a few months ago that hundreds of thousands of Americans jammed the US Capitol’s switchboard demanding a change in house leadership due to Boehner’s unwillingness to stop Obama’s move toward ‘fundamental transformation’. These calls and emails were ignored by establishment Republicans namely Rep Trent Franks, Rep Schweikert, Rep Matt Salmon, and Rep Martha McSally who chose Boehner’s PAC money over the American tax-payers.  For several years now these same politicians have told us at LD meetings or Tea Party rallies that ‘DC is broken’ and they need our support.  Well, to borrow a phrase from Pottery Barn, ‘you broke it, you bought it’.

By keeping the current leadership in place these Republicans are just as responsible for the passage of today’s Amnesty funding bill just as much those who actively lobbied for it. We’ll say it again for clarity; Mr Franks, Mr Schweikert, Mr Salmon, Mrs McSally, You. Own. This. Crap. Sandwich.

How do we make the claim these four voted for Obama’s Amnesty?  To know this, you must learn one of the procedural games the GOP Leadership play all too often:

    INSIDE BASEBALL: HOW DC PLAYS YOU

The House Leadership forwards whatever the Chamber of Commerce wants while simultaneously trying to pacify the base.  That’s where things like the pointless ACU ‘scores’ come in to play.  Let’s take today’s vote for example:

  • STAGE 1 – THE DISTRACTION: Boehner decides in mid Feb that this bill should be postponed until today during the fog of Netanyahu’s speech in order to mitigate the number of grassroots phone-calls to DC offices.  They are betting that we’d be too distracted fighting the Anti-Semites on the Left today.
  • STAGE 2 – THE BROKEN PROMISE: Knowing that he could not get the support of a majority of Republicans, he strikes a deal with Pelosi for a Clean Bill in violation of his Hastert Rule promise.
  • STAGE 3 – QUID PRO QUO: After a backroom deal is struck with the Dems, Boehner creates a strategy with Pelosi to use ‘regular order’ to ensure the bill gets passed in spite of the results of the 2014 elections.
  • STAGE 4 – WHIPPING UP SUPPORT: Pelosi then dispatches House Dem Whips to do a head count to ensure Boehner gets the votes to pass Obama’s Amnesty without GOP support.  Pelosi tells Boehner they have votes needed plus a little extra for padding
  • STAGE 5 - THE SHOW VOTE: GOP Leadership calls a closed-door conference to give border hawks the green light on voting ‘NO’ knowing it will pass anyway.  This way the Leadership/Chamber gets what they want and the faux-Conservatives keep their bona fides among the grassroots come election time.
  • STAGE 6 – RIGGING THE NUMBERS: The ‘Border Hawks’ vote NO knowing they can do so without jeopardizing Boehner’s plan.  It’s little more than a show vote done so representatives can be graded on a single vote as ‘SOLID’ and be able to tout their valued ACU/Club For Growth, FreedomWorks/Whatever org scores in campaign ads while screwing the American tax-payer under the radar. We now know that it is far worse to support a Speaker who does this than a faux-NO vote on a bill that has been predetermined by the donor class to pass.
  • STAGE 7 – THE BAIT & SWITCH: Come election time, they tell us that they voted AGAINST Amnesty and that we NEED them to stay in DC to ‘fight for us’, with the truth being that nothing will change while they remain in DC.  This is precisely how someone like John McCain can serve (themselves) in office for decades as things get worse.

The well-fed right will state “THIS HEADLINE IS DISHONEST! Schweikert, Franks, et al actually voted against this bill, blah.. blah.. blah…” but in reality, now that we know similar parliamentary tricks were practiced with regularity under Speaker Boehner before his reelection in January and since these representatives voted to retain GOP leadership, it’s reasonable to conclude those who backed Boehner for Speaker approve of these tactics and the results. Therefore, we at ArizonaInformer will now score EVERY unpopular bill that Speaker Boehner passes from the floor and will publicize them as a YES vote for the Representatives mentioned above.

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BREAKING: Jeff Flake Still Sucks! http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/02/26/breaking-jeff-flake-still-sucks/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/02/26/breaking-jeff-flake-still-sucks/#respond Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:16:38 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36258 flake

True to form, Arizona’s other liberal Senator has voted with Senate Democrats to clear the nomination of Eric Holder in a dress (aka Loretta Lynch) out of the Senate Judiciary committee.

Politico reports:

… The vote was 12-8. The three Republicans who backed her nomination, along with all committee Democrats, were Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona…

The latest capitulation by self-admitted liar Jeff Flake is sure to further depress the GOP base who now understand their efforts in 2014 are being squandered by the GOP establishment.

Chairman Robert Graham can boast all he wants about the ‘edge’ the AZGOP has over the Democrats in the state but its votes like this in addition to the GOP’s surrender on Amnesty, CROmnibus, Gun Control, Net Neutrality, and ObamaCare that motivated the over 17,000 registered Republicans to leave the AZGOP last year alone, and frankly we can’t blame them. In fact, thousands more are likely to join them.

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POLL DANCING! Vote Now in Arizona Informer’s Poll on John McCain http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/02/16/poll-dancing-vote-now-in-arizona-informers-john-mccain-poll/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/02/16/poll-dancing-vote-now-in-arizona-informers-john-mccain-poll/#respond Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:01:33 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36253 As rumors of possible primary opponents grow, ArizonaInformer has decided to gauge the job approval rating of liberal, pro-Muslim Brotherhood Arizona Senator John McCain among grassroots conservatives.

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Clarification on AG Mark Brnovich and rape lawsuit http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/02/10/clarification-on-ag-mark-brnovich-and-rape-lawsuit/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/02/10/clarification-on-ag-mark-brnovich-and-rape-lawsuit/#respond Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:40:15 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36249

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

Tuesday,  February 10th, 2015

New Attorney General did not file objection to victim suing prison over rape

An Assistant Attorney General under former AG Tom Horne filed the motion to dismiss before Brnovich even took office

Arizona’s new attorney General, Mark Brnovich, has been attacked in the media for supposedly objecting to a teacher’s lawsuit against a prison for being raped while visiting. The Phoenix New Times looked into it, and here is some of what they uncovered:

Note the names and the date

Roxana Bacon really should know better.

A former president of the Arizona State Bar, she recently penned an op-ed for the Arizona Republic, wherein she blasted state Attorney General Mark Brnovich for a blame-the-victim “you asked for it” opinion of rape.

“In Brnovich’s view,” she wrote, “prisons are places where guards and administrators have no responsibility to maintain safety or protect its citizens. If there is no duty to protect, we should not be surprised that there is no protection. Under Brnovich’s view of Arizona’s law, his only duty is to post signs that say `enter at your own risk.'”

That would be outrageous if it were true. But it’s not.

See, Bacon and other wrong-way opinionators are blasting the new Republican AG for an argument he didn’t make, in a case he inherited from the administration of Attorney General Tom Horne.

It involves a civilian worker for the Arizona Department of Corrections, who was brutally raped when left alone and unprotected as she administered pre-GED tests to inmates at the state prison in Eyman.

 

The woman is suing in federal court, and I hope she gets every penny coming to her.

The AG’s office is representing the ADC, as it is required to under state law.

In December, Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Weisbard, who has been with the AG’s office since 2011 (though he was admitted to the bar in 1988, and may have worked for the AG before), submitted a motion to dismiss the case, using an argument that I’m sure he regrets now.

In the filing, Weisbard writes:

Here, Plaintiff is an ADOC employee who routinely worked at the prison complex. By being placed in a classroom at the complex, the officers were not placing Plaintiff in any type of situation that she would not normally face. The risk of harm, including assault, always existed at a prison like Eyman.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton has since denied the motion, following oral arguments earlier this week.

Many rightly have been outraged by the language in Weisbard’s filing.

However, Bacon and various individuals on Twitter and Facebook wrongly have asserted that Brnovich himself made this argument or at the very least approves of it.

Indeed, to read Bacon’s op-ed, you’d think it was the policy of Brnovich’s office to blame victims of rape for their victimhood.

She also unfairly lumped Brnovich in with purveyors of “right-wing rhetoric” about rape, a clear attempt to “Todd Akin” the AG.

In another ridiculous passage, she writes:

So what would Brnovich’s response be to rape and assault of a visitor to our prisons, or to violence directed to guards (who surely know what to expect)? According to the remarks in his motion to dismiss, it would be “too bad. You showed up, so you asked for it.”

Actually, when I spoke to Brnovich on Friday about the case, he expressed his disapproval of the motion’s language.

“As a father of two girls, a husband, and a prosecutor who has dealt with a lot of victims over the course of my career, it was disheartening to read the language in the pleading,” he admitted.

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He observed what Bacon no doubt knows as well: That the original motion had been filed by Weisbard before he’d taken office. 

 

Here is a link to the full article. 

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MCCAIN COMES IN LAST IN FOUR-WAY RACE! Results of ArizonaInformer.com’s First AZ Senate Primary Poll http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/02/09/mccain-comes-in-last-arizonainformercoms-first-primary-poll/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/02/09/mccain-comes-in-last-arizonainformercoms-first-primary-poll/#respond Tue, 10 Feb 2015 03:01:52 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36232 MCCAIN EHLast Friday we launched our first unscientific AZ Senate Primary poll and the results were interesting to say the least.   The poll was open for 24 hours and was open to all online voters.  While many are dismissive of online polls as unscientific, the importance of the poll is to gauge a general interest among Arizona activists who make phone calls, knock on doors, and are the most engaged in Arizona politics.  The primary purpose of these poll is to measure the probability of prospective campaigns and distinguish what we would believe to end up as an ‘also-ran’ versus true viability.

First, there were 730 ‘respondents’ to our poll but upon review of IP addresses and locations we knew there was rampant Paulbotesque ballot stuffing.  While we cannot say with certainty that there are not over 200 American citizens who can vote in Liberia, Moldova, The Netherlands, Sweden, Luxembourg, and a host of other nations — all which voted for McCain, we are going on the assumption that there was some nefarious double-voting/IP masking going on. Therefore to get a clearer picture we scrubbed all foreign IPs and multiple votes out of the tally as we know that many supporters use websites and programs such as Tor Browser that mask IPs to allow a person to vote multiple times from foreign IP addresses.  Once we removed the double votes and international IPs, we were left with 198 American respondents.

 

 

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The breakdown was:

Rep. Salmon – 62 votes
Liberal Senator John McCain – 54 votes
Rep. Gosar – 51 votes
Rep Schweikert – 31 votes

 

 

We further narrowed down the results to include only Arizona voters (scrubbed down to 168 respondents) which paint a very bad picture for Team McCain if he is challenged with a viable primary candidate.  AZInformer poll AZ voters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While it shows that McCain and Rep Schweikert is ‘tied’ for last at 17% the hard numbers were as follows:

Rep. Salmon – 54 votes
Rep. Gosar – 53 votes
Rep Schweikert – 29 votes
Liberal Senator John McCain – 28 votes

Yes, the liberal pro-gun control, pro-Amnesty Senator has come in dead last in our 4-way online poll of the most politically active activists in Arizona.

Since last week’s poll, reports have come out that Arizona State Senator Kelli Ward is considering challenging McCain.  In our next poll, we will include Sen. Ward to gauge the grassroots support for the Conservative stalwart and keep an eye out for online ballot stuffing and scrub the results as we did here.

If the grassroots have a viable candidate to get behind, the 2016 Arizona Senate Primary may be more interesting and exciting than those of either the GOP’s or the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

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MILITARY BETRAYED BY MCCAIN! McCain Screwing Troops With More Cuts http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/02/06/military-betrayed-by-mccain/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/02/06/military-betrayed-by-mccain/#respond Fri, 06 Feb 2015 12:20:24 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36211 troopsThe Hill is reporting the Senate Armed Services Committee is considering measures that would cut military pensions, increasing out of pocket healthcare expenses and fees, lowering the ‘COLA’ (cost of living allowance), among other ways to reduce the military budget.

Similar measures have already been passed and signed into law during last December’s lame-duck session without any protest from McCain in spite of Conservative talk show hosts such as Hugh Hewitt’s effort to stop them.

Military Advocacy groups have lost the battle in the lame duck session but have regrouped and are lobbying hard to prevent further cuts to the military budget as many families state they cannot afford to bear any more of the burden.

“I think they’re good… It was a good performance by the commissioners…” Liberal Senator John McCain

As it stands, liberal Sen. McCain, the head of the Armed Services Committee, has indicated that he is more than willing to accept more cuts that would adversely affect the families of troops and will continue to hold hearing on the matter.  It will be interesting to see if McCain maintains this anti-troop position of if he recalibrates to a ‘pro-troop’ position ahead of next year’s Senate Primary.

ArizonaInformer.com will monitor the situation closely.

 

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WHO’S YOUR PICK? Our First AZSen Primary Poll http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/02/05/whos-your-pick-our-first-azsen-primary-poll/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/02/05/whos-your-pick-our-first-azsen-primary-poll/#respond Fri, 06 Feb 2015 04:18:01 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36225 As we enter the presidential primary season, we cannot overlook that we have a Senate Primary in just over 16 months.  This is the first of ArizonaInformer‘s monthly online polls to gauge the interest of Arizona’s grassroots activists as we get closer to election day.

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