Archives for April 2006

Today we march, tomorrow we…

So much for the theme, “Today we march, tomorrow we vote!” That was the mass mantra at last week’s march in downtown Phoenix.

According to the Arizona Republic, only 121 marchers registered to vote!

What could be the reason for this?

Are Hispanics simply disinterested in the political process? Are Hispanics politically fickle except when they can all get togeteher? Or, could it be that many of them were not U.S. citizens?

Now don’t get me wrong, many Hispanics hold strong family values (oppose abortion, oppose gay marriage, support parental rights, etc.). What bothers me is that they are getting duped by the self-professed leaders who are anything but supportive of these values.

For conservatives, there is a huge opportunity to bring Hispanics into the American family. But it must start by obeying the rule of law just like any other immigrant who has made this country their home.

Len Munsil: A Genuine Opportunity for Republicans

April 19, 2006 

Len Munsil: A Genuine Opportunity for Republicans

By Carol Turoff

The next Governor of ArizonaArizonans are increasingly aware of the degree to which they are disregarded by liberal Governor Janet Napolitano. While talking tough on issues, this premier obstructionist now holds the dubious honor of having rejected more bills than any of her predecessors since Arizona’s statehood. Fortunately, an accomplished alternative, Len Munsil, is now available to voters. 

The gubernatorial campaign sweeping like a wildfire through Arizona’s political landscape is causing usually blasé heads to turn.

Len Munsil has, in record time, collected the necessary petition signatures and the $5 donations required by Arizona’s Clean Elections law. Speeding past his three active Republican opponents, he is the first to qualify, not only in this election cycle—but in Arizona history.

Munsil, a third-generation Arizonan, has accomplished this Herculean task without using the paid circulators or union operatives upon which other campaigns are dependent. The grassroots base of volunteer supporters he has amassed, know him not from the political realm, but from his years at the helm of The Center for Arizona Policy, a nationally recognized, influential public policy and pro-family organization he helped found. His email updates, numerous public appearances and daily statewide radio messages during his tenure as president and general counsel of the organization have given him a level of prominence other candidates could only hope for.

Although he has never previously served in public office, Munsil, 42, is no novice to the halls of government. As a lawyer, he has been licensed to practice for 17 years and has authored numerous amicus curiae briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court. Appointed by Gov. Fife Symington to the Arizona Juvenile Justice Advisory Council, he has lobbied successfully on behalf of issues directly impacting Arizona’s families.

Both Munsil and his wife, Tracy, were named Outstanding Journalism Graduates of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Tracy, a summa cum laude graduate of ASU, with a Master’s Degree in Political Science, later worked as a political media consultant. In addition to home schooling their eight children for numerous years, Tracy has served as Director of Research and Publications for the Center for Arizona Policy. This energetic and faith-based duo is a team to reckon with. Successfully reaching out across the broad landscape of Arizona, they have brought together those of divergent backgrounds.

The dissatisfaction with the lack of leadership exhibited by Gov. Janet Napolitano is at major proportions. Armed with her veto pen, she routinely slashes through legislation that has passed out of both chambers of the state legislature. Arizonans are increasingly aware of the degree to which they are disregarded. Napolitano talks tough on issues concerning the influx of illegal immigrants entering our country in a post-9/11 world, yet she vetoes legislative measures to address citizen’s concerns. Her explosive budget remains unrestrained. The judicial appointments she has made, reflecting her liberal political bent, will impact Arizonans for generations to come.

Over the years, The Center for Arizona Policy dinners became notable not only for the nationally recognized figures who keynote the events, but also for the enormous crowds representing various religions, races and political affiliations. It is a testament to Len Munsil’s organizational skills and innate abilities that he has generated such enthusiastic support from a wide variety of people. With such a foundation of long-time allies underpinning his campaign, Munsil becomes the man to watch.

Napolitano is beloved by the laissez-faire and politically left-leaning daily press. The trick is in informing Arizona’s voters of the fact that real leadership in the governor’s office is now within their grasp.

Carol Turoff is a former two-term member of the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments. During her eight years on the commission, she participated in the selection of four of the five current Arizona Supreme Court Justices as well as 17 judges on both Division I and II of the Arizona Court of Appeals. Appointed by two governors, Turoff served with three chairing Supreme Court Justices.

Our AZ Governor Race

Who are you supporting?  Are you really checking out the candidates?  I am.  I have personally interviewed two men who are running and hope to interview a third.  I am convinced that we often sign petitions too early without doing our due diligence of checking out the people running for office. We must support the best person for each position.  Our current (incompetent)governor must be beat in this next election.  We need to chose the best man and then join his campaign and help him win.  Are you a lazy voter?  I am not.  I am motivating others to get involved in politics…those who are not interested -shame on you.   If you are a citizen, you should be concerned about your neighborhood, city, state and nation!  If you are not, then you are invited to take over paying for those on welfare, those who are illegal, the criminals incarcerations and your taxes alone (without the help of ours) can support the socialist society that you select to be apart of.

Again, who are you supporting for Governor?  Have you done your homework and due diligence in checking out each candidate?  Will you throw away your vote or will your vote make a difference?  Do you even vote?  Are you a registered voter?

I admonish you to get informed, get educated and get involved!

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The Other Campaign: Mexican elections portend major concerns

 The “National Day of Action on Immigrant Rights” mobilizes a wide array of marchers in cities across the United States. Hoping the enormity of their numbers will strike a chord of fear, protestors brazenly demand citizen’s rights be granted to illegals. The media dance to their drumbeat while ignoring a precarious situation smoldering in Mexico.  


While focus continues on synchronized national marches and outrageous demands of those who have entered the United States illegally, scant attention is being paid to the potentially disastrous July 2, 2006 Mexican elections.

Vicente Fox, the current President of Mexico, is concluding his constitutionally limited 6-year term. Although relations with him have been rocky, as he provides instructional brochures for his countrymen to safely navigate the border into the United States in violation of our laws, there are significant reasons for anxiety regarding his successor.
Fox’s 2000 victory marked the first time in over 70 years that the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) suffered defeat. Fox, representing the National Action Party (PAN) won with 43 percent of the vote in an election which gained praise as the most open in Mexico’s history.

The leading contender to replace Fox is former Mexico City mayor, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, 53. Hailing from the desperately impoverished state of Tabasco, López Obrador, is a polarizing figure. Considered by some as heroic for instituting massive urban welfare programs in the capital city, others view him warily. Detractors describe him as a flamboyant demagogue, warning of worsening economic instability as his myriad socialist-style programs raise the city’s debt past sustainable levels. Charges of mishandling public funds and ignoring legalities abound. His carefully crafted image as the defender of the downtrodden belies his penchant for arrogant grandstanding. López Obrador’s leftist political emergence was greatly influenced by the then-ruling PRI until he broke with them in 1989 to form the rival Democratic Revolutionary Party.

Most alarming are López Obrador’s ties with Marxist Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan President. Chavez’s notorious anti-American diatribes have attracted a steady stream of left-leaning radicals to his side, condemning US policies. He has publicly denounced President Bush, using incendiary rhetoric in hours-long, profanity-laced speeches. Both López Obrador and Chavez have successfully marshaled street rallies of hundreds of thousands of menacing demonstrators of their largely poor and uneducated populace to attain desired goals.

(Similarly, marches taking place in cities across America under-gird massive and well orchestrated Democrat voter registration drives.)

But it is Chavez’s repeated threats to block US access to Venezuelan oil resources which potentially hold profound consequences. Venezuela is the United States fourth largest oil provider. If Chavez is able to expand his ties with Mexico, our second largest crude oil supplier, the results have the potential to devastate the US economy. López Obrador is increasingly seen as a Mexico’s counterpart to Chavez. This is significant in a country with a population fast approaching 108 million people.

Chavez, an admirer of Cuba’s Fidel Castro, has expressed his own desires to be “president for life.” In an impassioned two-and-a-half hour speech before his country’s assembly, he demanded a new constitution and an extension of the five-year single presidential term, including provisions for reelection of incumbents. Powers to dissolve the Supreme Court, Congress and even the presidency were also on the agenda. Chavez’s former personal pilot, Air Force Major Juan Diaz Castillo, has alleged the anti-American Chavez supplied al Qaeda substantial sums of money following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Chavez’s recent threats to expel US Ambassador to Caracas, William Brownfield, signal further deterioration of ties between the United States and Venezuela. Ambassador Brownfield was chased by demonstrators on motorbikes and pelted with eggs and tomatoes after Chavez ludicrously accused him of provoking protests. Erosions in that tenuous relationship have the potential to trigger instability with Mexico if López Obrador is the victor in July’s elections.

Assertions that virulent American-hater Chavez is attempting to influence the Mexican elections alarm those in that country’s business community. Although links between the two are denied by both sides, monitoring the upcoming election south of our border becomes central to our own security and economic stability.


Profile: Carol Turoff is a former two-term member of the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments. During her eight years on the commission, she participated in the selection of four of the five current Arizona Supreme Court Justices as well as 17 judges on both Division I and II of the Arizona Court of Appeals. Appointed by two governors, Turoff served with three chairing Supreme Court Justices.

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