Thursday, September 18, 2014

Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake Vote to Arm and Train Sryian Rebels

The House passed the bill to arm Syrian rebels and sent it the Senate, the wasting no time in passing the bill today and it's on the way to the President's desk.
The US Senate on Thursday easily approved a $1 trillion government-funding bill H.J.RES.124
hat gives President Obama new authority to battle the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).President Obama’s controversial proposal to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels in effort to defeat the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Senators passed the legislation with a 78-to-22 vote. It now goes to Obama to sign into law.The 22 senators who voted against using American tax dollars to arm the Syrian rebels. Below is a comprehensive list of the naysayers:
  1. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)
  2. Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska)
  3. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
  4. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
  5. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
  6. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.)
  7. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.)
  8. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)
  9. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
  10. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
  11. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
  12. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
  13. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
  14. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
  15. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.)
  16. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.)
  17. Sen. MIke Lee (R-Utah)
  18. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)
  19. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
  20. Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho)
  21. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)
  22. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)

John Kavanagh AZ Senate Candidate LD23 Makes Sexist Comment to Opponent Paula Pennypacker-Audio

At the Fountain Hills Tea Party debate  on 9-18-14  John Kavanagh Arizona LD23 senate candidate a member of the audience reported Kavanagh said: he has been a consistent conservative since he was 16 and didn't go through a mid life crisis and become a liberal.

Listen to 49 minutes of debate
Comment was aimed at his opponent former Republican Paula Pennypacker who changed her registration last year to Democrat .. the women gasped, the men looked nervous and somewhere Russell Pearce smiled. Source
From the audio the "tea party audience was anything but polite or cordial, asking off the wall questions and basically being argumentarive toward Paula.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Do They Think We Are Idiots?

The title of this article is apropos when one considers the false accusations and attacks being utilized by “Big Labor” as the Unions Flex Muscles as Midterms Approach. Such tactics were inevitable based on those used in recent elections and the fact control of the U.S. Senate is at stake, which is imperative for the President and Big Labor to maintain majority if there is any hope to achieve Big Labor’s goal of eliminating the secret ballot election and replacing it with the forced unionization method of Card Check. Even at a casual glance, however, the new tactics would cause even the most gullible to take pause and say, “Really?”
In recent weeks, Big Labor’s campaigns of intimidation and misinformation have risen to new heights. This is highlighted by the recent headline “Unions say they'll get even with Scott Walker,” for passing popular laws restricting collective bargaining agreements and dues collection in Wisconsin (see Collective Bargaining is a Privilege, Not a Right). Such tactics are typical big labor strategy, as chronicled in The Devil at Our Doorstep, which clearly exposes the SEIU’s Death by a Thousand Cuts Corporate Campaign to use intimidation and misinformation to achieve its goals!
Unions accuse corporations of have an unfair advantage, stating that they have more money to spend on election candidates. The truth, however, is that Unions are Outspending Corporations on Campaign Ads Despite Court Ruling.
Once again, Big Labor is relying on the fact that a large percentage of the population that is naïve to their cause, and is therefore easily misled and too busy to investigate the facts. However, based on big labor’s latest tactic it appears the Gasping Dinosaurs may be carrying these assumptions a bit too far. Despite the fact Union Members are Not Happy with Their Leader’s Political Spending -- and it has been well documented ( see IRS turns a blind eye to unions’ political expenditures) that approximately 90% of union donations go to democrats while they outspend corporate donors significantly -- big labor is now attempting to humiliate (see The New Union Organizing Tool, Embarrassment) those who disagree with their agenda and their politics. An example can be seen with the Koch Brothers, whom Big Labor is attacking by discourage people from doing business with their companies. Believe it or not, a new AFL-CIO Ad Introduces the 'Koch Sisters' to Counter the Billionaire Brothers.
Perhaps most unbelievable is how Big Labor not just misuses its members’ dues for its own political agenda but believes it can continue to exploit its own power and its membership’s naiveté. The following e-mail was sent to members of the SEIU and was forwarded to me by one of its disgruntled members:
Would you throw away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you weren’t getting wet?
No, you wouldn’t. But that’s exactly what the Supreme Court did a year ago when they gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), the most important and successful civil rights law ever enacted by the U.S. Congress.
 
The right to vote is at stake. SIGN THE PETITION and tell Congress to restore strength to the Voting Rights Act

Rick Romley Former GOP Maricopa County Attorney Endorses Felecia Rotellini for Arizona Attorney General

Former GOP Maricopa County Attorney calls Rotellini “uniquely qualified”

Press Release
PHOENIX—Former Maricopa County Attorney Richard M. Romley, a Republican, has joined a growing list of supporters to endorse Felecia Rotellini for Attorney General.  Romley issued a statement saying he is proud to support Rotellini and enthusiastically endorses her candidacy:
“Her extensive experience as an Assistant Attorney General prosecuting complex criminal cases has proven that she is a dedicated, experienced, tough and ethical prosecutor.  She is uniquely qualified and will protect the interests of all citizens from those that would prey upon us. She has shown that she is an advocate on behalf of victims of crime and the most vulnerable in our community, our children and seniors.
Additionally, as an Assistant Attorney General handling civil matters and as the Director of the Department of Financial Institutions, Felecia has proven that she will defend Arizona and its citizens and will not be influenced by special interest groups.
One may ask, “Why is Richard Romley, a lifelong Republican and officeholder, supporting Felecia Rotellini?”  It is because I believe that partisanship has no place in law enforcement. What is important is that we elect an Attorney General we can be proud of and who will not allow a personal or political agenda to impact decision making.  I also believe that it is time to end ideological saber rattling, mudslinging and empty rhetoric and to think of what is good for our State.  Felecia Rotellini is good for our State and whom we need during these difficult times.
I urge all Arizonians to join with me and Vote for Felecia Rotellini. She will restore dignity to the Attorney General’s Office, which it so richly deserves, and will serve our State well.”
 Romley served as Maricopa County Attorney from 1989-2004 and again in 2010.  During his distinguished career, Romley received more than 100 awards and honors.
“I’m grateful to have the support of such an outstanding public servant and prosecutor like Rick Romley,” said Felecia Rotellini.  “He is one of the most respected members of the legal community and I am humbled and honored by his support and endorsement."

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Arizona Conference of Police and Sheriffs and Arizona Correctional Peace Officers Association Endorse Fred DuVal for Arizona Governor’s Race

Jim Parks, AZCOPS Exec. Dir., Fred DuVal, Ed Neidkowski, AZCOPS Pres.
PHOENIX, ARIZONA, September 16, 2014 – Arizona Conference of Police and Sheriffs (AZCOPS) with input from their more than one hundred local member associations, and Arizona Correctional Peace Officers Association (AZCPOA) representing thousands of state law enforcement employees, announce today their dual endorsement of Fred Duval for Governor of Arizona.

“Fred DuVal is committed to helping rebuild and fill the many vacancies in law enforcement and corrections left by the recession and massive budget cuts to these state law enforcement agencies and local governments. He has vowed to help us protect our hard-earned pensions and stop privatizing our state prisons and education. We believe he is the best candidate for the job.” said Ed Neidkowski, AZCOPS President.

“We need a Governor who will be looking out for the best interests of our state employees.” adds Tixoc Munoz, AZCPOA Executive Director. “Our members care about quality of life; including healthcare, education and job security. Our members, and the people of Arizona, deserve representation that benefits the majority, not a select few.”

Both organizations will be working together to inform and educate their members about the importance of voting for pro public employee candidates like Fred DuVal in the upcoming November general election.

“I am honored to receive the endorsements of these well-respected organizations.” says DuVal. “I look forward to working closely with AZCOPS and AZCPOA to improve public safety, law enforcement issues, and making sure our state’s sheriff's deputies and public employees are able to live comfortably after retirement. As governor, I will do my best to make sure their voices are heard.”

About AZCOPS: AZCOPS believes that all Arizona public safety employees (sworn or civilian) should be provided with fair wages and benefits, consistent with their professional status and the important public safety service they provide to their communities. AZCOPS will work aggressively toward making this goal a reality through dialogue with political leaders at the local, state and national level; and the pursuit of collective bargaining rights for Arizona public safety employees.


About AZCPOA: AZCPOA was formed in 1999 by Correctional Staff who believe all State employees deserve equal and fair representation. Unless you belong to a Union, DOC will always have the last word on what is best for you.  In 2011 ASEA joined our organization and we now proudly represent the State Hospital, DES, Health Services, School for the Deaf & Blind & Industrial Commission. We have grown to represent Thousands of State employees.

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113th Congress The Leader's Daily Schedule - 9/18/14

Kevin McCarthy - Majority Leader
Leader's Daily Schedule
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH
On Thursday, the House will convene at 9:00 a.m. and recess immediately. The House will meet at approximately 9:45 a.m. for the purpose of receiving, in a joint meeting with the Senate, the Honorable Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine. The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:00-2:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

H.R 2 - American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act (Closed Rule, Two Hours of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Lee Terry / Natural Resources Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee / Judiciary Committee / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
Special Order Speeches
COMMITTEE ACTIVITY OF THE DAY
House Armed Services Committee hearing on “The Administration’s Strategy for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)” (Thursday, September 18th, at 11:15 a.m.)

Foreign Affairs Committee “The ISIS Threat: Weighing the Obama Administration’s Response” (Thursday, September 18th, at 11:30 a.m.)

Republicans Outnumber Democrats on Voting For to Aid Syrian Rebels

The Syria measure, adopted 273-156, is a compromise between Republicans who wanted a debate over a broader war authorization and Democrats who worry it will draw the U.S. into a ground war similar to those in Iraq and Afghanistan. How your representative voted HERE

H.J.RES.124 
Latest Title: Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015 
Sponsor: Rep Rogers, Harold [KY-5] (introduced 9/9/2014)      Cosponsors (None) 
Related Bills: H.RES.722 
Latest Major Action: 9/16/2014 House floor actions. Status: Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 722 . 
Latest Action: 9/16/2014 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - Pursuant to clause 1(c) of Rule 19, further consideration of H.J.Res. 124 is postponed.
HJ Res 124 was voted on 9-17-14 and now goes ro the Seante

AZ Rep. Paul Gosar Votes against Business as Usual, Arming Syrian Rebels

"I could not support this panicked reaction to "do something" that is not thought out and lacks a winnable strategy"
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after voting against H.J.Res.124, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, which included the McKeon Amendment, also known as Authorizing Assisting, Training and Supplying Syrian Opposition. H.J.Res.124 ultimately passed the House with a vote of 319-108 despite Congressman Gosar’s opposition:
"The Continuing Resolution (CR) is another admission that the Senate has again failed to pass a budget. I voted against it because of the inappropriate time line that punts the budgeting issue to a lame duck Congress. I also opposed this stopgap measure because it contains no spending reforms. Additionally, this flawed legislation reauthorizes the Ex-IM Bank, a form of crony capitalism we need to phase out. I was not sent to DC to continue business as usual, and I will continue to fight against it.
"The House has made an honest effort to return to a normal order of creating and appropriating a budget in an open manner that encourages a dialogue with the American people. In fact, the House passed 7 different appropriations bills in 2014. Shamefully, the Senate did not pass a signal appropriations bill. For my part, I introduced 27 amendments, with 21 of them successfully passing the House and positively affected almost one billion dollars in federal spending. This short term punt of the CR undermines the work done to root out federal waste, fraud and abuse in federal spending.
"Furthermore, the McKeon Amendment which approved of the President’s plan for dealing with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a poor strategy. I voted against arming violent death squads that have no loyalty to the United States or our values. We have no allies in Syria. We should not be spending precious taxpayer money and jeopardizing the lives of our soldiers to help one terrorist group fight another terrorist group. Further, Congress has not declared war, as is required under the Constitution. We cannot fund a war that we have not officially declared. Several generals and foreign policy experts have stated that it will take American boots on the ground to finish the job and dismantle ISIS. The President continues to make clear this is not an option, even contradicting military advisors within his own administration. I have serious concerns about the President’s plan or lack thereof. As such, I could not support this panicked reaction to "do something" that is not thought out and lacks a winnable strategy."
Background:
The Senate did not pass a budget resolution, as required by law, for the fourth time in the last five years and the Senate did not pass a single appropriations bill for the third year in a row.
A list of Rep. Gosar’s amendments for the FY 15 Appropriations bill can be found HERE.
The current authorization for Ex-Im Bank expires on September 30, 2014. The last reauthorization, H.R. 2072, passed the House by a vote of 330-93 on May 9, 2012 without Rep. Gosar’s support. 

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Fred Duval Endorsed By Former President Clinton for AZ Governor

Fred Duval gets endorsement from the highest office holder in the USA
And Polls show Bill Clinton Most Admired President Over Past 25 Years and he has endorsed Tucson native Fred Duval for AZ Governor.

Phoenix, AZ -- President Bill Clinton endorsed business and education leader Fred DuVal for Arizona governor today.
“Fred DuVal has always been a problem solver,” said President Bill Clinton. “I've known Fred for a long time. He is a good man; he is an able man; he's got his head on straight; he's proved his devotion to working for every sector of society and the economy; and he ought to be your governor.”
William Jefferson Clinton was the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice – first in 1992 and then in 1996. Under his leadership, the country enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs.
After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote health and wellness, and protect the environment.
In addition to his Foundation work, President Clinton has served as the top United Nations envoy for the Indian Ocean tsunami recovery effort and as the UN Special Envoy to Haiti. Today, the Clinton Foundation is supporting economic growth, capacity building, and education in Haiti.
“President Clinton knows how to create jobs, grow our economy, and improve our children’s education,” said Fred DuVal. “It is an honor to have President Bill Clinton join us today to help move Arizona forward.”
Fred DuVal has held leadership positions in the Arizona Governor’s Office, the White House, Arizona’s public university system, and in the private sector, where he was credited with solving big problems for working families. Fred DuVal graduated from Tucson High School. He received a B.A. from Occidental College and received a degree in law from Arizona State University. He is married to Jennifer Hecker DuVal and has two sons. Learn more at www.fred2014.com.

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The Wall Street Journal noted that the poll results were a reflection of how much Clinton had done to polish his image since leaving the White House in 2000. 
The survey is part of a series of polls done as a collaboration between the news organizations and the Annenberg Public Policy Center, based at the University of Pennsylvania. 
The poll is the latest evidence that the Clinton's are America's most popular political figures.

AZGOP Chair Robert Graham Appoints Parralee Schneider of Tucson To Vacated 1st Vice Chair Position

Parralee Schneider, pictured in 2010 when she ran for Arizona House of Representatives in District 30.
Parralee Schneider to First Vice Chair, Jeni White to Second Vice Chair
PHOENIX – Today Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, announced the appointment of longtime party activists Parralee Schneider of Tucson and Jeni White of Phoenix to leadership positions in the party.
Parralee Schneider is currently Second Vice Chairwoman of the state party, a position she was elected to in January this year at a regular meeting of the Republican Party state committeemen. Jeni White is an elected officer of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, winning her leadership position in the county party meeting also held in January this year.
“Both Parralee and Jeni have an extraordinary amount of talent, experience, dedication to our cause — and they are both held in high regard by a great many of our longstanding Republican grassroots leaders.” said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. “With a strong party leadership team supporting our Republican nominees, we are fighting for victory in November and are excited about our prospects for success.”

The Executive Committee of the party must approve the appointments, and a meeting is scheduled for September 26th. The appointees will serve until the January 2015 meeting of the state committeemen, when an election will be held to fill the remainder of the two-year terms of the offices, both of which expire in January of 2016.