WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02) released the following statement strongly criticizing the recent terrorist attacks against Israel by Hamas:
“I strongly and unwaveringly condemn the attacks that have so far claimed the lives of three innocent Israeli civilians earlier today.
“The citizens of Israel have for far too long been terrorized by rockets launched by a terrorist regime — Hamas operating in Gaza — with absolutely no regard for innocent life, whether it be the Israeli citizens who endure their cowardly and unprovoked attacks, or the Palestinian citizens behind whom they shamefully hide.
“Over 800 separate rockets have been launched at Israeli communities in the past 11 months. It is the sovereign right of Israel to defend herself against these acts of terror and to take decisive action in order to defend the lives of the citizens of Israel.”
(BREITBART) Defiant and reflective, 80-year-old Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio told Breitbart News after winning re-election that he has a message for President Barack Obama: granting amnesty to illegal immigrants is unfair to legal immigrants.
And Arpaio would like to discuss amnesty — along with border security issues — with Obama “man to man” directly at the White House. He would also like to reach out to Hispanic groups he said have misunderstood his intentions and bought into the negative “propaganda” about him.
“I wish the president would invite me to the White House,” Arpaio told Breitbart News. “We’ll have some wine and beer, and light up cigars.”
(Market Daily News) – Barack Obama received more than 99% of the vote in more than 100 precincts in Cuyahoga County, Ohio on election day. In fact, there were a substantial number of precincts where Mitt Romney got exactly zero votes. So how in the world did this happen? Third world dictators don’t even get 99% of the vote. Overall, Mitt Romney received 30.12%of the vote in Cuyahoga County. There were even a bunch of precincts in Cuyahoga County that Romney actually won. But everyone certainly expected that Cuyahoga County would be Obama territory. And in most of the precincts that is exactly what we saw – large numbers of votes for both candidates but a definite edge for Obama. However, there are more than 100 precincts in Cuyahoga County where the voting results can only be described as truly bizarre. Yes, we always knew that urban areas would lean very heavily toward Obama, but are we actually expected to believe that Obama got over 99% of the votes in those areas? In more than 50 different precincts, Romney received 2 votes or less. Considering how important the swing state of Ohio was to the national election, one would think that such improbable results would get the attention of somebody out there. Could we be looking at evidence of election fraud hidden in plain sight?
Conservative hopeful Martha McSally now trails socialist Ron Barber by 512 votes in the Southern Arizona race for the U.S. House of Representatives. McSally led by a small margin on election night last Tuesday, but as the state vote counting continues, she has lost her lead.
The difference is now 134,860 to 134, 348, Barber.
There are still 80,000 more votes to be counted in Pima County, the most populous portion of Congressional District 2.
Barber is a former aide to Gabby Giffords, the congresswoman who retired after being shot by Jared Loughner. In a special election in June to replace Cong. Giffords, Barber narrowly defeated Republican Jesse Kelly.
Stay tuned as we follow this race, hoping for a conservative victory.
Secretary Bennett has announced that as of Monday afternoon, there are an estimated 342,936 early andprovisional ballots statewide that are yet to be processed and counted.
A state canvass to certify official election results for federal, statewide and legislative races is scheduled for Dec. 3.
Voters who cast a “conditional provisional” ballot (individuals had insufficient identification when they went to vote at a polling place) have five business days, or until the end of Wednesday,Nov. 14, to return to their county elections office with proper ID.
Folks, there won’t be any states seceding from the Union. There are just too many federal entanglements in each state for any one state to break free. Nonetheless, the thought of Arizona breaking free from the judicial tyranny of the Ninth Circus in San Francisco is very appealing. Here’s the latest on secession from World Net Daily.
Since WND first reported that residents in the state of Louisiana were petitioning to secede from the U.S., residents in over 20 more states have filed requests with the White House to peaceably break from the union.
Furthermore, the Louisiana petition has topped 14,000 signatures, more than halfway to the threshold needed after which the White House has pledged to respond.
Joining Louisiana now are Arizona, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan, New York, Colorado, Oregon, New Jersey, North Dakota, Montana, Indiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama and Texas.
The Louisiana petition, which has served as a pattern for many of the new states, reads as follows: “We petition the Obama administration to: Peacefully grant the State of Louisiana to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.”
It continues, “As the Founding Fathers of the United States of America made clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776: ‘When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.’”
The petition concludes with a further quote from the Declaration of Independence: “‘Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government.’”
The Gilbert Unified School District governing board could have a more conservative majority come January if voting result trends stay in place.
As of Friday afternoon, conservative newcomers Julie Smith and Daryl Colvin were leading in votes, along with current board member Lily Tram, for three four-year seats on the board. Current board president EJ Anderson was less than 300 votes behind Colvin for that final spot.
Current school board member Staci Burk, another strong conservative who voted against the district’s call for an override renewal and the district’s current budget earlier this year, has two more years on her term.
Jill Humphreys, in unofficial results, won a two-year seat over Eric Johnson.
If the results stay the same with Smith and Colvin, the board’s majority philosophy will shift from what it is today. Smith is listed as a member of the Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots. Colvin was endorsed by the Conservative School Board Members Association in his bid for Gilbert’s board.
During governing board meetings the last few months, Smith, Colvin and Burk have expressed dismay over what they call a lack of financial transparency and district spending patterns.
With the loss of the override, one of the first major actions the new governing board will have to undertake is examination of the budget. The override provided about $17 million annually to the district. Beginning next fiscal year, the district will lose one-third of the override.
That means at least $5.8 million will have to be cut for the 2013-14 school year. That will come on top of more than $30 million in cuts the district has undergone since the state economic crisis began.
Smith pointed to the need to examine the district’s “spending habits” in light of the override loss and the failure of Proposition 204 — which would have made permanent a one-cent state sales tax for education funding.
“School districts really need to examine their spending habits and align their spending habits much more with what the rest of the community is experiencing where there’s been loss of income and loss of jobs,” Smith said in an interview Friday.
She said she wants to avoid cuts to the classroom, “the last thing on the list that I would consider as a cost-cutting measure.”
“We really need to examine the entire model of what’s going on in Gilbert schools and the structure. We need to become a leaner meaner machine that puts students first,” she said.
Colvin, who did not want to declare a victory given the closeness of the race, did talk about what the new governing board would face, no matter the make-up, and why he ran.
“Like a lot of people who end up on the board, I was recruited to run. There was a concern about moving the board in a conservative direction that more closely represents the values in the community. We’re a community that sent Andy Biggs to the Legislature … We felt we needed a school board that would more accurately reflect the community,” he said.
Colvin and Smith both noted a desire to move the district to a more “pro-American, pro-family” point of view. Smith said she is concerned about curriculum in place in the high schools. Colvin said the community needs to be given more information about spending before the board goes for another override.
Humphreys hopes to see changes in the district over the next two years on the board.
“A change in the district that I will work for is a more open, collaborative decision-making process where the community has opportunities for input while alternatives are on the table,” Humphreys said.
Superintendent Dave Allison said, “There’s always a learning curve” when new members are seated onto a board.
“It’s a complex job being a school board member, especially for the fifth largest in Arizona and one that excels in quality education and is an ‘A’ district,” he said. “I want to tell the governing board we want to strive to continue that educational quality that Gilbert is known for. I want to work with the board in regards to that.”
When asked about the philosophical differences between the new board members, Allison said: “I’m hoping the board members ran for the board with the idea of doing the very best for our students. Any ideology, I hope, is put aside in regards for that.”
It’s undeniable. The more extreme the Democrat, the higher they rise in politics. And now Kyrsten Sinema, the most radical politician in Arizona history, is going to Washington to represent nearly 200,000 Arizona citizens. This ain’t your grandpappy’s Democrat Party anymore.
At first blush: ouch!
At second … it only fits.
Sinema only fits in with the rest of the Democrats’ D.C. zoo. She’ll blend right in with the zany sit-com cast of VP Joe Biden, Dem chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Henry Waxman, Nancy Pelosi, Al Franken, Hank Johnson (he thought the presence of our military on Guam might cause the island to capsize), the retiring Barney Frank, and many others … without making a ripple.
Meanwhile, more normal American Democrats like Ben Nelson and Bart Stupak are gone.
So I’m driving to work on Wednesday and happened across KOY Radio 1230 news. The news director explains that State Senator Andy Biggs defeated State Senator Steve Pierce in the Republican caucus vote for state senate president. The news director referred to Biggs as “more of a hard-liner.”
To help KOY’s news director understand what a “hard-liner” is, I am making a list below. The real “hard-liners” in the Arizona Legislature are members who demand a bigger state government, a smaller citizen with less freedom, higher taxes, more government control over your life, and they refuse to protect pre-born children. They insist on the politics of identity and seek to use your money to elevate the agendas of radical special interest groups over your best interests. They believe you exist to feed the government’s voracious appetite and that they can intrude into your life to assure that. They are socialists who take a hard line against achievement, personal risk, and success. Here’s that list of hard-liners.