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In Friday morning remarks to the British Broadcasting Corporation, Arizona Congressman Trent Franks, the chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, criticized President’s Barack Hussein Obama for bypassing Congress and taking executive action on immigration.
“One of my greatest concerns here is that this president has demonstrated, not just tonight, but on many other occasions that he holds himself unconstrained by the constitution he swore to preserve and protect,” Congressman Franks said. “And if other presidents take that tack then the Constitution will essentially be vitiated and I suppose, we, as Americans will owe England an apology for that little unpleasantness back in Revolutionary War.”
Franks added that Obama has gone beyond the Constitution …
“on a regular basis, on a mass scale, when it was very easy for him to have simply allowed the new Congress to come into power. We’ve already passed in the Republican House Judiciary Committee, upon which I sit, five bills related to immigration. And there is no question in my mind that there would be a Republican immigration bill.”
Asked about fears that Republicans, by insisting on upholding the law, would lose Latino votes, Franks said,
“Well, you know, in this last election, we got over 40%, which is a higher percentage than they’ve gotten in a long time. It’s kind of a false narrative; a lot of people who came to this country, my wife speaks a good part of Spanish, she’s from the Philippines, I’m married to an immigrant, she came here legally,” adding that immigrants, “who came here legally and who have relatives that are trying to come here legally resent the notion that we would simply allow those who come here illegally to get in front of them. And to have first place in being able to take their place in American society. I would like very much to do what’s necessary to fix our immigration system. It does have significant problems. But the reality is, if we are unable to control our borders then we simply, as Ronald Reagan mentioned, we cease to be a country at all. The bigger issue here is that this issue was playing out in Congress, there would have been legislation, and now I believe this President, sincerely, I believe that he has set back a real solution to this problem to this problem and divided Americans at each end, and this only demagogues the issue, which I’m afraid, genuinely, was his original intent.”
Attorney General-Elect Criticizes Obama
Today attorneys general and AG-elects in 17 states ripped Obama for his lawlessness. Among them was newly elected Arizona AG Mark Brnovich, who issued this statement:
Along with many of our fellow Americans, Republican Attorneys General listened carefully to President Obama’s remarks about his intended, unilateral actions regarding immigration. We agree with the President, “people who live in this country should play by the rules.” The American people also believe the President should play by the rules and respect the rule of law. The President cannot ignore the American people, the states or an entire branch of government.
Our country’s unique strength derives from its history of immigration. The values of immigrants are the values of our Republican Party, those of freedom, optimism, self-reliance, family and respect for the rule of law. We want our immigration laws to be enforced and our borders to be secure. We also want our country to be welcoming to those who want to join us on this American journey in the manner established by our laws.As our states’ lead attorneys, however, we are committed to the rule of law and ensuring that we remain a nation of laws, enacted as prescribed by our Constitution. Each president takes an oath to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and … to the best of [his] Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” We expect President Obama to fulfill this oath. As attorneys general we will uphold our constitutional oath to take whatever actions may be appropriate to uphold the rule of law.
“Not so long ago, President Obama rightly acknowledged that his role as president under the Constitution is to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed.’ Publically and repeatedly he has rejected the suggestion of bypassing Congress to impose a de facto amnesty via executive order.
“Now, rather than work with Congress on a bipartisan solution to fix our immigration system and secure the border, he is once again taking brazen, unilateral action that will only further exacerbate the border problem – just as he did in 2012 when he signed an executive order to provide an amnesty to almost two million illegal aliens through his ‘Deferred Action’ plan.
“This is not a partisan issue. When the bluest of blue states – like Oregon, for example – vote overwhelmingly to prohibit illegal aliens from obtaining drivers licenses, it speaks volumes about the widespread lack of support for President Obama’s immigration policies. The American people have spoken, and time and again they have been ignored.
“That President Obama refuses to visit our border, refuses to enforce our existing immigration laws and refuses to come to the table on an issue of such critical national safety and economic importance is a disgrace. We are a nation of laws, the most significant of which are written to ensure cooperation and balance among our branches of government. Separation of powers is what has distinguished us from other forms of government for 225 years. Over the past six years, this President has sought at every turn to move us toward a concentration of power which, as President Reagan opined, ‘has always been the enemy of liberty.’ With controversial executive actions like that announced today, President Obama undermines our Constitution and erodes the fundamental principles upon which America was built.
“Clearly, the president is not interested in executing our laws, and even when he and his party had control of Congress and the White House, they did absolutely nothing to reform immigration. His new executive action sends a disturbing message about the way this president perceives his role as leader. When a president constantly refuses to enforce existing laws, disregards the will of the people and creates his own policies based on personal preferences, we shift from a nation of democracy to one of tyranny. In 1838, a profound man, Abraham Lincoln, prophetically warned the American people that a tyrant could overtake our political system from within, and that, ‘when such a one does, it will require the people to be united with each other, attached to the government and laws, and generally intelligent, to successfully frustrate his designs.’
“Evidently this president must be reminded that we, the American people, elected a president that serves beneath the law – we did not anoint a tyrannical king that is above the law.”
In the never-ending saga of Congressional District 2 vote counting, Freedom’s candidate Martha McSally stubbornly clings to the lead. She is now 133 votes ahead of CONTROL party incumbent Rob Barber, and that appears to be enough after the first vote count.
Pima County election officials counted 4.700 votes today, and just 200 provisional ballots remain uncounted. That makes it highly unlikely Barber could gain the needed 134 votes to pass McSally. And not all of the 200 ballots may even be from citizens residing within Congressional District 2.
So it appears McSally wins the original election. And now the recount will begin, since the election was so close.
CONTROL candidates now know how many votes they need to manipulate to steal this election. They’ve done it before — many times — and they’ll try every trick in the book. Pray that McSally has good lawyers!
McSally just released this statement:
“No doubt this has been a long process for everyone involved and we are grateful for all the support and encouragement we’ve seen. There are still ballots left to count, but we are confident that when all ballots are in, our lead will hold. We will continue to provide oversight of the process until then. ”
If McSally’s lead withstands the recount, she would give the party of Freedom a 5-4 lead over the CONTROL your life party among Congressmen in Arizona.
Freedom candidate Martha McSally still leads in the ongoing vote counting for Arizona’s second congressional district, but her lead is shrinking by the day.
The conservative now leads incumbent Ron Barber, representing the party that wants to CONTROL as much of our lives as possible, by just 179 votes. That represents a net loss of 162 votes for McSally in today’s counting.
And this is pretty much the scenario of the 2012 election between the same two candidates, when McSally led the leftist Barber on election night and then he edged ahead and emerged victorious in the days following the end of the voting season.
This district has not been in conservative hands in a long, long time — decades in fact.
Earlier today, McSally’s campaign asked a court to stop the counting of provisional ballots that were not correctly filed These are provisional ballots submitted with a missing election official signature. A judge denied the request, even though the McSally campaign said Pima County election officials are not properly following state law. Who would imagine that? Wow, shocking! Democrats almost always seem to prevail in these post-election circuses.
Douglas Officially Wins State Superintendent of Public Instruction Race; Counting Continues in McSally’s Race
In her quest to remove Common Core curriculum, Freedom party candidate for state superintendent of public instruction Diane Douglas has officially defeated CONTROL candidate David Garcia. The final margin was just under 18,000 votes.
Freedom party congressional candidate Martha McSally is still leading CONTROL party incumbent Ron Barber — by 341 votes.
The Arizona Daily Star, a left-stream newspaper in Tucson, just filed a story about controversy in this ongoing Congressional District 2 election.
The attorney representing Republican Congressional candidate Martha McSally is threatening legal action to stop Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez from processing some provisional ballots.
Rodriguez has already refused, saying her office will continue to process the ballots so they may be counted by the County Elections Department as early as Monday.
An attorney representing the McSally campaign and the Republican Party, Eric Spencer, objects to the verification of any provisional ballot that lacks a signature from an election official on the provisional ballot form.
In his letter to county officials, Spencer demanded that the recorder’s office “cease transmitting any previously-verified provisional ballots to the elections department, pending a review of the provisional ballot forms for missing election official signatures.”
Spencer cites the Arizona Secretary of State’s Election Procedures Manual, noting it states the election official must sign the provisional ballot form when a voter turns in a sealed envelope.
He said the campaign is formally challenging the validity of all provisional ballots that have a provisional ballot form with a missing election official signature. There is no indication how many ballots could be involved.
Two hours ago, the McSally campaign posted this message on her Facebook page:
We estimate another 6000 or so Pima County provisional ballots are left to verify and count in CD2 (10,000 for all of Pima County). This will be very very close!
Freedom candidate Martha McSally continues to lead incumbent Ron Barber (CONTROL) in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona’s 2nd district. Her lead is currently 509 votes.
In the race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Freedom candidate Diane Douglas leads CONTROL candidate David Garcia by just under 19,000 votes.
Thursday night update …
With all precincts reporting in in Arizona’s second congressional district, conservative Martha McSally leads CONTROL-your-entire-life candidate and incumbent Ron Barber by 563 votes. At the end of the day yesterday, Pima County still had 46,000-plus votes to count, so this tight race will continue for a few more days yet.
With all the precincts reporting and additional votes to be counted, GOP Doug Ducey owns 53.63 percent of the vote for governor. CONTROL’s Comrade Fred DuVal owns 41.35 percent.
Diane Douglas (GOP) leads David Garcia (CONTROL) by just over 20,000 votes in the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction.
In the Legislative District 6 (Heber-Overgaard area) race for state senator, Sylvia Allen holds a lead of 1,790 votes over Independent Thomas O’Halleran. All the precincts are in.
In the closely contested Proposition 122, the yes vote has a lead of just under 28,000 votes. Though ballot counting continues, it should be a done deal.
As of the end of Wednesday, the secretary of state’s office reported the following on votes still needing to be counted:
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As of Wednesday morning, here’s where things stand in key and closely contested races:
STATEWIDE OFFICES (1,517 of 1,566 precincts reporting in)
Republican Doug Ducey has a lead of 144,000 votes over *CONTROL’s Comrade Fred DuVal. Ducey has nearly 54 percent of the vote, to DuVal’s 41 percent.
In his acceptance speech, Ducey focused on the economy and fiscal issues: “If anyone needs to cut back, it will be government and not the hardworking taxpayers of this state.” He wants to create opportunities for citizens.
Ducey raised $10 million, and DuVal said he raised $4 million.
DuVal said he campaigned on women’s rights. But Planned Parenthood, one of his key supporters, places quotas on clinics to generate revenue off women’s crisis pregnancies, placing profit before women’s well-being. Post-abortive women suffer heightened risks of breast cancer, though Planned Parenthood and other leftists deny this scientific fact.
Attorney General: Republican Mark Brnovich is leading CONTROL’s Felicia Rotellini by 6+ percentage points.
Secretary of State: Michele Reagan, a liberal Republican, leads CONTROL’s Terry Goddard by 4+ percentage points.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction: Diane Douglas (GOP) increased her lead to 2.3 percentage points over David Garcia (CONTROL). That’s the tightest of the statewide races.
CONGRESSIONAL RACES (With one exception, all precincts have reported in)
In a Southern Arizona district, conservative Martha McSally is 26 votes ahead of incumbent Ron Barber (CONTROL). The same thing happened two years ago, when McSally led on election night, but in the days of vote counting then she eventually lost to Barber.145 of the 194 precincts are in for this District 2 race.
Former legislator Andy Tobin did lose to CONTROL incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick, a notoriously poor lawmaker, 53-46 percent.
STATE LEGISLATURE (89 of 89 precincts in)
Conservative champion Sylvia Allen has forged ahead of Independent Thomas O’Halleran, by more than 1,600 votes. Allen has 51.48 percent of the votes, to her opponent’s 48.32. If her lead holds up, Republicans will have a 17-13 majority in the Arizona State Senate. Republicans will command a 37-23 majority in the state House of Representatives.
JUDGE NORRIS FIRED
We recommended that Superior Court (Maricopa County) Judge Benjamin Norris be defeated by voters. He became the first judge in Arizona to be voted out in 36 years.
PROPOSITIONS (1,517 OF 1,566)
The only prop still to be decided is 122, which has a slim lead of 51.3 percent to 48.7 percent. This is the proposition that will allow Arizona lawmakers to over-ride radical, unconstitutional federal laws. Though these laws are not as likely to succeed with the congressional Democrats’ complete collapse in the mid-term elections.
Prop 487 lost in the City of Phoenix — allowing unfunded pensions and pension spiking to continue unabated. This places Phoenix on the same trajectory as bankrupt cities like Detroit. Socialist control of Phoenix will eventually come home to its natural, failing roost.
NOT SO MYSTERIOUS “DARK MONEY”
Page 1 of the Democrats’ playbook is: accuse your opponents of what you, yourself, are doing. Then: act shocked that this activity is going on!
In election night TV interviews in Phoenxi, Goddard, Rotellini and Congressman-elect Ruben Gallego focused on mysterious “dark money” and complained about negative ads. But the party of CONTROL sets the standard for negative, truth-defying advertising and campaigning, the politics of personal destruction and identity. No one is shocked at CONTROL hypocrisy. The darling of Planned Parenthood, Michele Reagan, agrees with the CONTROL candidates on “dark money.” Goddard accused all the candidates “who are leading” of receiving “dark money.” Yet Barack Obama is the all-time champion of receiving illegal campaign contributions, especially bundled money from illegal international sources and stimulus money for unions funneled back into his and other Democrats’ campaign coffers. Goddard also called corporate contributions to candidates “unprecedented,” leading to the questions: where has he been? And does he really think he is believable? Gallego complained about the Koch brothers supporting candidates seeking freedom for their constituents. CONTROL candidates have the low moral ground on the issue of campaign contributions; they just aren’t willing to admit it.
And incidentally, MSNBC — television’s home for socialism — reports that Democrats are the champions of dark money. The Washington Post, a leader of the left stream media, reported on Democrats’ love affair with dark money groups like the Democracy Alliance.
*CONTROL is our moniker for socialists and other candidates whose political party seeks ultimate — and unnecessary — control of your life.
Republicans will maintain control of the Arizona Legislature. Republicans are on their way to victory in 16 state Senate races, the party of CONTROL* has won 13 seats. The only issue in doubt is in District 6.
Former lawmakers Sylvia Allen (Republican) and Thomas O’Halleran (Independent) are locked in a very close race. With just over half the precincts reporting, O’Halleran leads by about 600 votes. Allen got into the race very late when the conservative incumbent, Chester Crandall, died in a horseback riding accident near Heber just days before the August primary. The late Crandall won unopposed, but Allen was able to replace him on the GOP ticket.
If Allen wins the seat, the GOP will have a 17-13 Senate majority. If O’Halleran wins the seat, the GOP will hold 16 seats, the party of CONTROL 13 and there would be one Independent seat.
Republicans are claiming 37 Arizona House of Representative seats, CONTROL 23 seats.
So Governor-elect Ducey will have a Republican majority to work with for the first two years of his first term.
Doug Ducey appears on his way to becoming Arizona’s next governor. Fellow Republicans are leading Democrats in all of the other statewide office elections with 1,103 of 1,566 precincts reporting in these state office contests.
Ducey, former state treasurer, leads Comrade Fred DuVal of the party of CONTROL 53-41 percent. The good news is that Arizona will avoid the record spending binges and budget deficits that DuVal would have accrued had he been elected. It would have been a repeat of the Napolitano years when the former governor spent money far faster that the state could generate revenues. But under Governor Ducey, fiscal sanity is a certainty.
We also believe — and certainly hope — Ducey’s administration will be friendly to life, liberty and family. He gave every intention to the Center for Arizona Policy that this would be the case, and we urge him to hold true.
In the race for attorney general, GOP Mark Brnovich has a lead of 66,000 votes over CONTROL candidate Felicia Rotellini, 53.4 percent to 46.6 percent.
Secretary of state race is a little closer. Liberal Republican Michele Reagan has 52 percent of the vote, surprising frequent CONTROL candidate and former attorney general, Terry Goddard, 48 percent.
Closer still is the race between Republican Diane Douglas and CONTROL’s David Garcia. Douglas leads by about 1,500 votes, with 50.87 percent of the vote to Garcia’s 49.08. Douglas wants to get rid of the Big Socialism education curriculum, Common Core. Garcia would be a disaster for Arizona’s children.
Jeff DeWit, another Republican, is running unopposed for state treasurer.
The party of CONTROL refused to allow its members to select candidates for governor or attorney general. No one other than Comrade DuVal, who wants to move Arizona forward communist style, or Rottelini, were allowed to compete for those nominations in the August primary election.
Conservative Congressmen Matt Salmon, Trent Franks, Paul Gosar and David Schweikert are all sailing to victory.
Salmon said: “Tonight’s election results make one thing exceedingly clear: Arizonans want their elected officials to get government out of the way and support policies that will let the private sector thrive and create jobs.”
CONTROL incumbents Kyrsten Sinema, Ron Barber, and Raul Grijalva are all on their way to re-election as well.
Ann Kirkpatrick, another CONTROL incumbent, is pulling away from Andy Tobin in a congressional race, and now leads by 5 percentage points with 177 of 327 precincts in.
Ruben Gallego (CONTROL) has sewn up election in the congressional seat held for many years by the retired Ed Pastor.
The top vote-getters, in order, for Arizona Corporation Commission are Republicans Doug Little and Tom Forese and then CONTROL’s Sandra Kennedy a distant third.
Among judges up for retention, Scott Bales is winning handily. He was appointed by former Gov. Janet Napolitano (CONTROL).
Prop 122, which will stem out of control federal government interference with Arizona, is barely ahead, by just one percent.
The Right to Try prop, 303, is winning big.
And as it has done numerous times, the attempt to raise state legislator pay (Prop 304) is losing bigtime.
In Phoenix, the unfunded/pension spiking madness is likely to continue. Prop 487 is up 55 to 45 percent.
All in all, it’s a good night for America and Arizona (on the 11th anniversary of The Arizona Conservative, No. 1 cultural commentator in the state). Though politics is downstream from culture, tonight’s results are a good sign that people have had enough of Big Government Socialism, the Obama Administration, and the do-nothing U.S. Senate under Harry Reid’s abdication of responsibility and leadership. This is also a great day for the sanctity of life, for families, and especially for free speech and religious liberty.
We remember the wisdom of President Reagan, one of the five truly great presidents in this nation, who said during his first inaugural address:
“We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government, which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.”
Thank you for coming here to consult our election recommendations and coverage.
May God bless America.
* The reason we refer to Democrats as the party of CONTROL is because their radical philosophy is to try to control every aspect of your lives — to your detriment.
Since losing the presidential election in 2008, Senator John McCain has labored long and hard to undermine conservatives. Now the tables are turning, and the Tea Party is after McCain’s Senate seat. McCain is all for amnesty, the radical homosexual centerpiece ENDA, destructive embryonic stem cell research, and his bad temper indicates he needs to be fired by the voters. We have previously stated that Congressman David Schweikert is well suited to take McCain’s seat, and now a Washington Times story suggests the same:
Sen. John McCain, 78, is starting to make moves that he’s interested in a sixth term — but tea party types are saying not so fast, that if he runs he can expect some stiff competition from the limited government crowd.
“I’m leaning toward it,” Mr. McCain said, when asked about his thoughts for a re-election, The Hill reported. That’s a notable switch from a month ago when he told The Wrap that he wasn’t sure about another Senate term — that he didn’t “want to be one of these old guys that should’ve shoved off.”
Nowadays, the Arizona senator says he’s “doing all the things necessary” for another political campaign, including raising money, attending meetings and “talking to a lot of people in the state,” The Hill reported.
But the tea party is mobilizing.
Rep. David Schweikert, backed by the tea party crowd, said he’s mulling a run against Mr. McCain. And a couple of different polls — one from the Citizens United Political Victory Fund and another from Public Policy Polling — taken in recent months show a less-than-satisfactory rating for Mr. McCain among Republican voters.
“Speaking for myself and every other Republican I know and every other tea party person I know, we’re sick to death of him and we will move,” Wes Harris, founder of the Original North Phoenix Tea Party, said in The Hill.
Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08), chair of the House Judiciary Committee’s Constitution Subcommittee, released the following statement in recognition of Constitution Day:
“On this Constitution Day, our nation finds itself consumed with a discussion of how we will confront an enemy that stands in stark contrast to every principle we hold dear. May the debate serve as a reminder of why the United States Constitution has, for 226 years, endured as such a unique and shining beacon to the rest of the world.
“The very process of drafting the Constitution was spectacular evidence of the truths the document itself would come to enshrine. Far from being a monolithic, single-minded entity – the Founding Fathers nonetheless managing to find common ground in the name of this unprecedented experiment in human liberty. James Madison would later remark, ‘The real wonder is that so many difficulties should have been surmounted, and surmounted with a unanimity almost as unprecedented as it must have been unexpected. It is impossible for any man of candor to reflect on this circumstance without partaking of the astonishment. It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it a finger of that Almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution.’
“Based on the fundamental recognition that rights came not from the hand of some transient tyrant, but from the hand of God, the Constitution shook the foundations of human history and continues to do so today. Today, may those of us who have ‘solemnly sworn to support and defend the Constitution’ reflect on what a high and weighty calling that truly is. For ‘miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again.’”