Archives for April 2008

Nevada Republican Convention suspended

Update: See detailed minute by minute coverage of the convention at Reno Gazette-Journal.

The amazing news to the north of us is that the Nevada State Republican Convention was suspended. The party chairwoman stated that their time for the room had expired. One of our sources indicated the delay was because those in control were counting and re-counting the votes. We have to admit when things do not go as scripted that ballot counting can be a painstaking process.

This despite reports that pre-screening calls were taking place before the event.

Acknowledgement goes to Seeing Red AZ for picking up the story before us.

Tribune bends definition of self funding

Paul Giblin of the East Valley Tribune has a new threshold for when a campaign is “largely self-funded.” If you raise over $400,000 from outside sources or you contribute under 40% of your own funds you meet Giblin’s definition of “largely self-funded.”

He goes on to compare David Schweikert to Developer Jim Pederson. He left out the fact that David has won several elections and served in both the legislature and as Maricopa County Treasurer. Pederson was a developer all his life and then tried to go straight to the U.S. Senate against a long time incumbent. Slight difference there. Pederson also kept funding his race himself up to the end. David loaned money to his campaign in the 4th quarter of 2007 and has done well raising outside funds since then.

I guess Giblin doesn’t want to talk about who’s donating to Mitchell. All the PAC money and tribal donations don’t rate in a story slanted to make Republicans look bad.

Showdown in Oro Valley.


     The Oro Valley Town Council general election ends on May 20th. I say ends because it is a vote by mail process and ballots have already been received. The two remaining candidates, Barry Gillaspie and Terry Parish, are both incumbents.

     On Friday evening Barry Gillaspie held a very successful campaign forum at the Oro Valley Library. There were so many council members there that several people mentioned to leave the doors wide open in order to avoid any trouble with the state open meeting law. Barry will hold another forum this Saturday at 2:00 pm, also at the Oro Valley Library.

     If you would like to help out Terry Parish his campaign will be walking this Saturday. They will meet at the Oro Valley Town Hall at 8:30 am and the walk begins at 9:00 am sharp.

     Conservatives have been struggling with this election. Gillaspie is a fiscally responsible, environmentally conscious Democrat and Parish in a free spending, developer friendly Republican. The turnout may be even lighter than the low showing during the primary. We are not making a formal endorsement. The locally run Let Oro Valley Excel blog has not formally endorsed either but seems more open to Gillaspie. The Northern Pima Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Parish. The Explorer Newspaper has a question and answer story posted on their site.

Personal rant

If you are not using Microsoft Office 2007 I have one word of advice – DON’T

I am (used to be) a big fan of Microsoft. I remember the days of Windows 2.0 and 3.1. My first application program was Microsoft Excel 2.0. It included a runtime version of Windows if you were still on a DOS machine. The software came in a suitcase sized box and included instruction manuals. What I liked (past tense) about the programs is each upgrade of Excel and later Office took just a few minutes of transition time. No more. Word is a mess. Try finding the Edit, Find option.

If you must upgrade research your options. You might find another word processor that does everything you need for less money. It certainly will not take you any less time to learn a new program since Microsoft Word and Office have been so drastically altered.

You have been warned.

(This post was written in Adobe Dreamwaever.)

He (or she) is too conservative

How often have we heard that sorry line. A decent story on PolitickerAZ about CD 1 got me thinking about what the pundits were saying about Reagan in 1980. Well I found it. A Time article from April 1980. Here is the money quote:

More than half of all voters think that Reagan is too conservative to attract enough independent and Democratic votes to win the presidency

My view is that winning is not about being conservative or moderate. It is about strong candidates with well run campaigns. Bob Dole was moderate enough. He ran a lackluster campaign and lost. Same for George Bush 41 in 1992. Senator Kyl is very conservative and ran an excellent campaign in 2006. In the end Pederson was not even close. I could go on but the fact is that there is no substitute for winning and some candidates do and some don’t, liberals, moderates, and conservatives alike. Go Sydney!

Press Release: Maricopa GOP Plans Candidate Forums

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 24, 2008
Contact: Frosty Taylor, Communications/PR (623) 977-4532

Maricopa County Republicans Plan Combined Candidate Forums for LDs 4, 9, 10 and 12

Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) Chairman Tom Husband has announced that the MCRC will be hosting Republican Candidate Forums throughout the county to give voters a chance to get to know Republican candidates running for election to public office in the fall. 

Three Republican Candidate Forums for Supervisor District (SD) 4 representing combined Legislative Districts 4, 9, 10, and 12 will be held at the Legend Springs School, 21150 N. Arrowhead Loop Road, Glendale.

The first SD4 Forum will kick off at 6:30 p.m., May 14 featuring Arizona Corporation Commission Candidates John Allen, Rick Fowlkes, Joe Hobbs, Marian McClure, Bob Robson, Bob Stump, Keith Swapp, and Barry Wong. For further information, contact Ray Spitzer at (623) 334-2325 or 

The second SD4 Forum will be held at 6:30 p.m., June 18 for Maricopa County Board of Supervisor Candidates Max Wilson and William Lipscomb, Maricopa County Community College Board Candidate Paul Srch, and Maricopa County Health Board Candidates Elbert “Bick” Bicknell and Gerald Cuendet.   For further information, contact Mike Albertson at (602) 920-5308 or

The third SD4 Forum will be held at 6:30 p.m., July 16 for Maricopa County Sheriff Candidate Joe Arpaio, County Attorney Candidate Andrew Thomas, County Assessor Candidate Keith Russell, County Treasurer Candidate Hos Hoskins, Recorder Candidate Helen Purcell, and County School Superintendent Don Covey. For further information, contact Mike Albertson at (602) 920-5308 or

Dates and locations for Maricopa County Supervisor Districts 1, 2, 3, and 5 will be announced in the near future. For information contact Tom Husband at 602-952-1790 or

Franzi adds to the list.

     Two weekends ago Emil Franzi hosted a round table about the leadership vacuum in Pima County with Bruce Ash and John C. Scott. They discussed Tucson area events that are folding up and leaving town or are considering it. In his latest editorial in Explorer News adds two more items to the list, horse racing and the film industry. Hopefully the voters of Pima County will have a full choice of candidates in both the primary and general elections so they can select something better than what they have been getting.

Press Release: Pullen: Obama’s Plan Adds Fuel to the Fire

For Immediate Release: April 23, 2008
Contact: Tony Reinhard, (602) 957-7770
Pullen: Obama has the pump wide open

Phoenix, AZ – Although Democrats, including Barack Obama, Harry Mitchell and Gabrielle Giffords told Americans in 2006 they would lower gas prices, costs at the pump are at an all time high and continue to rise.
United States Senator John McCain has developed a plan to immediately help Americans with the rising cost of gas, said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen. Senator McCain’s plan would save American families 18.4 cents per gallon of gas and roughly $6.8 billion in taxes during the summer.
“When it comes to taxes, Barack Obama, Harry Mitchell and Gabrielle Giffords are holding the pump nozzle wide open,” said Pullen. “Rather than reduce the burden on American families, they keep pouring fuel on the fire.”
–          As Of April 22, 2008, The Average Price Of Regular Gasoline In Arizona Was Over $3.40 Per Gallon. (AAA Website,, Accessed 4/22/08)
–          Under Sen. John McCain’s plan, Arizona families would save 18.4 Cents on every gallon of gas.  (John McCain For President Website,, Accessed 4/22/08)
–          Barack Obama has rejected gas tax relief, calling it a “bad idea.” (Nick Timiraos, “Clinton Joins McCain On Gas-Tax Holiday,” The Wall Street Journal’s “Washington Wire” Blog,, 4/21/08)
–          In the Senate, Obama voted in favor of an amendment to add a $32 billion tax hike package to the CLEAN Energy Act of 2007 (H.R. 6)
o   A Heritage Foundation study found this vote alone would have caused gas prices to rise to over $6 per gallon by 2016 (S.A. Miller, “Senate Votes To Raise Auto Mileage Standards,” The Washington Times, 6/22/07)

CQ looks at CD 1

Congressional Quarterly writes about the CD 1 race. Everyone keeps saying that Sydney Hay may be too conservative. What was Rick Renzi? Hardly a liberal but he kept winning elections. If the moderates in the party succeed in getting someone to run against Hay in CD 1 should the conservatives recruit a candidate to run against Bee in CD 8?

Live on the internet

Update: The interview will be available on line for a few hours. Select the channel with the Leave Us Alone icon under it. Pullen comes on about 45 minutes after the hour.

Arizona Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen will be talking with Grover Norquist. To tune in go to The chairman should be on about 45 minutes into the show.