Former California Congressman Frank Riggs has narrowly and officially won the Republican nomination to run for state superintendent of public instruction in the November general election. Riggs finished with a total of 124,666 votes and edged out Bob Branch (124,307) by just 359 votes. Incumbent Diane Douglas finished a close third.
I was going to hold my tongue about the death of John McCain, but after reading this AP story … well let’s just say the gloves are coming off!
WASHINGTON (AP) — John McCain’s daughter and two former presidents led a public rebuke of President Donald Trump’s divisive politics at the late senator’s memorial service Saturday in a call for a return to civility among the nation’s leaders.
The nearly three-hour service at the Washington National Cathedral was a remarkable show of defiance against a president McCain openly defied in life as the antithesis of the American spirit of service to something greater than any individual.
Standing near McCain’s flag-draped casket and with Trump’s daughter in the audience, Meghan McCain delivered a broadside against the uninvited president without mentioning his name.
“We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness — the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served,” she said, her voice first choking back tears. Then, it rose in anger.
“The America of John McCain,” she added, with a reference to Trump’s trademark phrase, “has no need to be made great again because America was always great.”
The audience of Washington power players erupted in applause.
“So much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse can seem small and mean and petty, trafficking in bombast and insult and phony controversies and manufactured outrage,” Obama said in a not-so-veiled nod to Trump. “It’s a politics that pretends to be brave and tough but in fact is born in fear. John called on us to be bigger than that. He called on us to be better than that.”
The passing of “greatness” remark is absolutely over the top, ridiculous, laughable and untrue. John McCain did not finish strong or valiantly. He was not the old soldier just fading away. He was petty, vindictive, nasty, insulting, just as he had been during his too many years in Congress. Many Arizonans attempted to recall McCain from office several years ago and for good reason. He was more civil to Democrats Tom Daschle and Barack Obama than to many hard-working, dedicated conservative base members of his own party. To many of his constituents his representation in Washington was invisible.
The Machiavellian McCain was so petty that he once spent nearly $20,000 just to get rid of a conservative chairman in his home legislative district. By God’s grace, he failed in that attempt! He was an inarticulate, ineffective senator who did little to endear himself to the many millions of Americans he regularly insulted. The last two times I saw McCain speak in person, he called loyal Republicans “idiots,” trashed the GOP’s pro-life platform and criticized a group that invited him to speak. McCain destroyed his in-party primary candidates with scorn, vicious mudslinging and disingenuous advertising. For him or his family to speak high and mighty words about civility and greatness is beyond hypocritical! It is insulting.
This past week saw the amazing end of the McCain machine and it’s our hope that the Arizona Republican Party recovers from the stranglehold he held over it and emerges with new, stronger, more respectful and more professional and inspiring leadership. We saw McCain pass from this earth and we saw Martha McSally given the nomination by Republicans to replace him in the Senate. Jeff Flake was a hand-picked puppet; his predecessor Jon Kyl was also controlled by McCain. At long last we are now free of the shackles of the McCain political machine and we pray for better, stronger Republican leadership from our emerging new representation in the U.S. Senate.
We demand that no one named “McCain” be named to finish out his term. We have had enough and it’s time to move on from the McCain Machine.
As of Saturday morning, 100 percent of the precincts have reported. More than 1 million votes have been counted, and turnout is up to 30 percent. In the ever-tightening State Supt. of Public Instruction race, Franks Riggs’ lead (21.9 percent) has dropped to 575 votes over Bob Branch (21.8 percent). Incumbent Diane Douglas is at 21.37 percent and trails Riggs by 2,771 votes.
In the Arizona Senate District 12 race, Eddie Farnsworth’s lead over Jimmy Lindblom is now 783 votes. Farnsworth leads by 3 percent.
Clear-cut Republican Primary winners include:
Doug Ducey, governor
Martha McSally, Senate
Steve Gaynor, Secretary of State
Kimberly Yee, State Treasurer
Wendy Rogers, Congressional District 1
Lea Marquez Peterson, Congressional District 2
Nick Pierson, Congressional District 3
Debbie Lesko, Congressional District 8
Stephen Ferrara, Congressional District 9
Incumbent Congressmen Andy Biggs, David Schweikert and Paul Gosar each ran unopposed in the primary.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich and State Mining Inspector Joe Hart both ran unopposed.
Justin Olson and Rodney Glassman won the GOP’s two spots for the general election for Arizona Corporation Commission.
Please check back in the days to follow as the vote-counting continues.
Preferred and Acceptable Candidates
Governor — Doug Ducey
Attorney General — Mark Brnovich
Secretary of State — Steve Gaynor
State Treasurer — Kimberly Yee
State Superintendent of Instruction — Dr. Bob Branch
Arizona Corporation Commission — Tom Forese, Justin Olson, Rodney Glassman, Jim O’Connor, Eric Sloan
State Mine Inspector — Joe Hart
U.S. Senate — Martha McSally, Dr. Kelli Ward
House of Representatives
District 1 — Wendy Rogers, Steve Smith
District 2 — TBD
District 3 — TBD
District 4 — Paul Gosar
District 5 — Andy Biggs
District 6 — David Schweikert
District 7 —
District 8 — Debbie Lesko
District 9 — Dave Giles
D11–Venden Vince Leach
D13–Brent Backus, Sine Kerr
D14–David Gowan, Drew John
D1–Noel Campbell, David Stringer
D5–Leo Biasucci, Paul Moseley
D6–Walter Blackman, Bob Thorpe
D12–Warren Peterson, Nick Myers
D13–Tim Dunn, Darin Mitchell
D14–Gail Griffin, Becky Nutt
D15–John Allen, Nancy Barto
D16–Lisa Godzich, Stephen Kridler
D17–Nora Ellen, Jeff Weninger
D18–Donald Hawker, Jill Norgaard
D23–John Kavanaugh, Jay Lawrence
Gov. Doug Ducey exposes Democrats on ICE in this Arizona Central opinion piece.
If you support Big Abortion then former doctor Hiral Tipirnini is your vote for Tuesday’s special election in Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District. Here’s her view on Big Abortion:
I fervently believe our elected representatives should support policies reflecting clearly established women’s reproductive health rights. In short, abortions should stay safe, legal, and rare. And, for the record, no one is “pro-abortion” – one is essentially either pro-choice or anti-choice.
Tipirnini is a firm supporter of Planned Parenthood, even though that corrupt organization has been:
- Sued in 10 states for refusing to report the rapes of underage girls and protecting their abusers;
- Found to have defrauded the government and you the taxpayer by unethical billing in more than half the states;
- Illegally profited off the sale of dead baby body parts;
- Lying about performing mammograms.
The former doctor’s TV commercials show her joyfully consulting with patients in a hospital, but this is a dishonest portrayal. She admitted to Channel 15 News that she has NOT treated a patient since 2007. Still the commercial is airing on TV, deceiving the voters.
She settled in a malpractice lawsuit brought against her leaving her medical practice.
The malpractice lawsuit was filed by a Phoenix woman, Belen Carrillo, before her death. Carrillo claimed that Tipirneni and a physicians employee group failed to give her a medically necessary tetanus immunization while treating her for a leg wound in 2001. According to the plaintiff’s lawyer and son, Carrillo, then 72, contracted tetanus, ended up in a coma for weeks, and suffered kidney failure. The lawsuit says Carrillo sustained “permanent injury and disability.”
During a debate, Tipirneni announced her agenda to push Medicare for All – a program that will bankrupt Social Security, leaving one in six Arizonans without benefits. As a former ER doctor, she should know better. Hiral Tipirneni’s disingenuous commitment to healthcare simply to win an election will end up harming thousands of Arizonans.
RNC Spokesperson Renae Eze said:
“Hiral Tipirneni has demonstrated a blatant disregard for the well-being of Arizonans, first hiding her malpractice lawsuits and now prioritizing Medicare for All to the detriment of Social Security. Medicare for All will completely bankrupt the Social Security program, and as a former ER doctor she should know that. You would think an ER doctor would fight to protect people’s benefits, but Tipirneni seems only concerned with winning an election.”The Democratic candidate for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, claimed to “not be about party lines,” but then said “the real fight is with the GOP agenda.”
- Tipirneni showed she was anti-border security when she called the idea of a border wall “not appropriate” and said she did not support spending “even a fraction” of the estimated costs associated with building it.
- Tipirneni called The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act “absolutely wrong” and claimed money “would not trickle down to anyone.”
- Yet, contrary to the doctor’s diagnosis, many Arizonans have received bonuses and other benefits thanks to the tax cuts, and at least one business in the 8th District has already given their employees a wage increase because of the tax cuts.
- Despite Obamacare premium increases of 116 percent statewide, Dr. Tipirneni said Obamacare has “helped” and she supports “strengthening and stabilizing [Obamacare].”
- Dr. Tipirneni has taken liberal, out-of-touch positions on abortion and gun control, among other issues.
This Big Government Democrat socialist supports free education for illegal aliens and opposes strong border protections and the wall.
This candidate is a fraud and her campaign is a complete charade portraying her as someone she is not. But now you who she really is.
It’s clear that Debbie Lesko is the deserving candidate for Congress.
Lori Klein Corbin Suspends Campaign For Secretary of State: As a conservative former state senator and as the current Republican National Committeewoman representing the state of Arizona, my commitment to the issues affecting Arizonans has never wavered. Personal issues have arisen that make it impossible for me to continue the campaign. I was in this important race because there are few concerns that face Arizona voters more vital than the integrity of their ballot and the election process. Additionally, we should not lose sight of the fact that the Secretary of State is next in line to ascend to the office of governor if the governor is unable to perform his or her duties. I sincerely thank all of you who have worked on my campaign for Secretary of State, donating time, support, and tireless effort on my behalf. Your friendship is invaluable. I am honored to continue to serve Arizona as your Republican National Committeewoman and will remain in this position to support Arizona, our President Donald J. Trump and the Republican National Committee.
Thank you for paying more than $1 million for the legal defense in the civil trial of the former University of Arizona track and field coach who’s already been convicted in a criminal trial of assaulting a female athlete. Craig Carter thanks you NOT!
Last week a Pima County jury convicted Craig Carter of choking former U of A thrower Baillie Gibson while threatening her with a box cutter. The state, taxpayers like you and me, has been paying for his defense in a civil lawsuit filed by Gibson against Carter and the UA.
Are you reading this, state lawmakers? State law requires the government to pay for the defense of an employee being sued for behavior that occurred while acting within in the scope of his or her job, according to The Arizona Daily Star. This law needs to be changed!!
Charlie Rose was a lousy, biased left-stream reporter and that made him a good candidate for ASU’s Walter Cronkite Award. Finally the Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication recognized what an embarrassment Rose is to journalism and it’s taking back the award it gave to Rose two years. Variety reports:
TV journalist and talk show host Rose has been accused of sexually harassing several women and was fired by CBS. He apologized for ” inappropriate behavior” but said “I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate.”
“The Cronkite School is rescinding the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism given to Charlie Rose in 2015,” the statement read.
“This unprecedented action is taken with the utmost seriousness and deliberation. We are not in the business of trying to rewrite history.
“When new information about a recipient surfaces, the question we ask is not whether the award would be given again with a new set of facts, but whether the transgressions are so egregious that they demand nothing less than a reversal of history.”
By Newsbusters Staff | August 1, 2017
On Tuesday, August 1, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell issued the following statement: On behalf of my late father and my family, I am denouncing Senator Jeff Flake and his new book, dishonestly titled, Conscience of a Conservative.
Since entering the Senate in 2013, Jeff Flake has, time and again, proven he is part of the indulgent hypocrisy in Washington. While he waxes poetically about conservative principles, his Conservative Review Liberty score is an abysmal 53%, also known as: “F”. In 2013, I watched first-hand as Flake refused to sign a letter pledging to defund ObamaCare, among his many betrayals to conservatism. Jeff Flake is neither a conservative nor does he have a conscience.
As every conservative leader knows, my father, L. Brent Bozell, Jr., ghost-wrote Conscience of a Conservative for Barry Goldwater. While the Goldwater Institute may own the rights to the book’s title, neither the organization nor Senator Flake have the right to unjustifiably trade on my father’s work. Conscience of a Conservative is the greatest selling polemic in history, and Senator Flake is trading on its reputation to shamelessly promote himself and disguise his own conservative deficiencies. My father would be appalled to see this fraud as the author of the so-called “sequel,” which it most certainly is not.
The media need to know, when reporting on Senator Flake and his “book,” that the author is a deceiver out for personal and financial gain. I also call on my conservative brethren to denounce this impostor, who dishonorably claims to speak for conservatism, in the strongest possible terms.