Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Arizona Governor’s Office Was Warned About State Vendor Who Allowed Woman in Vegetative State to Be Raped and Get Pregnant

Hacienda Healthcare of Arizona is under local and national fire after a San Carlos Apache womanin a vegetative state gave birth to a child a couple of days after Christmas. Hacienda Healthcare CEO Bill Timmons resigned a week ago after the major scandal was unveiled due to a frantic 911 call and a healthcare whistleblower. The nonprofit corporation, which was founded in 1967, possesses a lucrative state contract with the State of Arizona and receives over $20 million annually in taxpayer funding to take 24x7 care of its severely developmentally disabled citizens.

The State of Arizona has had a problem since the last century with corrupt vendors on contract and the enabling swamp politicians that enable and run interference for them. New state agency directors rarely challenge the status quo due to the influence and power of special interests. Numerous state vendors contribute directly and indirectly to the very Republican and Democrat elected officials that should oversee them on behalf of hardworking taxpayers. The few state agency directors who actually embark on reform and house cleaning are forced out one way or another, typically at great cost to their respective reputations. In Arizona, as is the case with other states plagued with endemic corruption, long-time vendors have developed a cozy relationship with the elected state officials and appointed bureaucrats, which ensures the vendors' multi-million dollar contracts are seamlessly renewed, accountability is spartan, scandals are buried and the reformed are destroyed.

The state government officials and social services bureaucrats in Arizona have known for years that Hacienda Healthcare had various issues. In the first month of his directorship of the Arizona Department of Economic Security in early 2015, based on input from the management of the Division of Development Disabilities, AZDES Director Tim Jeffries identified Hacienda Healthcare as a “threat” in his first DES SWOT analysis. Throughout 2015, Jeffries, a prolific communicator, consistently noted to the Governor’s office that Hacienda was a problem. More specifically, Jeffries and his restructured leadership team were completely dissatisfied with and increasingly alarmed by the interactions with the combative and often belligerent CEO Bill Timmons. As state-to-vendor relationship deteriorated, primarily as it pertains to financial transparency, Jeffries made the decision to plan the termination of the vendor contract and transfer of the client patients, some of Arizona’s most vulnerable and defenseless, to other facilities.

Jeffries communicated his intentions to the Governor’s office and strongly recommended to the State Attorney General’s Office that Hacienda should be investigated for millions of dollars of suspect billings. Jeffries’ audit team in his inspector general’s office found that the nonprofit corporation overbilledstate government, therefore Arizona taxpayers, approximately $4.3 million in one just one year alone. Arizona DES audits accused Hacienda of overbilling the state in 2014 for wages, transportation, housekeeping, maintenance and supplies. The cost of treating a patient was nearly three times (3x) the national average. Haciendacharged$386,000 as compared to $134,000 per patient in similar developmentally disabled care facilities. The fact that Timmons and his team would not provide 2015 financial data to DES as required by law was another giant red flag to Jeffries.

In March and April of 2015, DES executives briefed Jeffries on Timmons and Hacienda, and warned Jeffries not to cross Timmons due to his vast political connections. Timmons frequently boasted about his connections to Governor Doug Ducey, who he brashly referred to as “my good friend Doug” and the key members of the Governor’s Office like Kirk Adams, the Governor’s Chief of Staff and former Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives. Timmons also consistently threatened to use his “extensive political connections” with top Republican and Democrat politicians in the Arizona Legislature to get his way, protect his business, shut up anyone who crossed him and have them fired.

Public records show that Timmons donated $4,000 to Governor Ducey’s campaign in 2014 and 2016. Timmons also gave thousands to other elected officials. What is not known, perhaps will never be known, is how much Timmons, his businesses, his associates, his friends and family gave to 501c4 “dark money” groups where contributors and contributions are not legally required to be reported. Jeffries’ chief law enforcement officer Charles Loftus, a former top special investigator for the Arizona Attorney General, observed in a written statement, “...there was an extraordinary level of anxiety by the DES staff that Mr. Timmons was a friend and donor of Governor Ducey. I personally confirmed Mr. Timmons made several donations to the Governor’s campaign using several variations of his name and different addresses.” If the total amount exceeded campaign finance limits, it is a violation of law. Jeffries recently toldABC 15 in Phoenix, "Timmons was intemperate, he was belligerent, he was abusive, he was a terror to our staff and God only knows how to his staff."

Tragically, the recent horrific sexual assault and pregnancy of a vulnerable and defenseless 29-year-old Apache woman isn’t the first time Timmons tried to cover up abuse of a patient. According to a former Hacienda manager, Timmons didthe same thing with another patient scandal in 1988.

Jeffries and Loftus believe their investigation of Hacienda contributed to their ousters the day before Thanksgiving in 2016. Not long after Jeffries and Loftus were fired, the Arizona Attorney General criminal investigation they pushed for was halted. "I was ousted as a result of a manufactured crisis, to shut me up and make me go away. Well, I'm not gonna shut up and I'm not gonna go away," Jeffries saysnow. Those who know his life story and work for crime victims know how serious and formidable he is.

Jeffries and Loftus have a joint lawsuit pending against the State of Arizona. In their joint lawsuit, they specifically site their work to root out state government corruption with multimillion dollar vendors like Hacienda as a major reason for their political deaths. During his 21 months of service, Jeffries and his inspector general team took down several public officials for fraud, most notablya member of the Arizona Legislature. As a result, the Governor’s Ooffice became increasingly uncomfortable with Jeffries’ crusader approach to public fraud, waste and abuse. Even the Arizona Attorney General’s Office became weary of Jeffries and his team’s passionate commitment to investigate and prosecute fraudsters. When Jeffries and Loftus were ousted, the criminal investigation was turned over to government healthcare bureaucrats for a civil investigation — and all discussions regarding terminating Hacienda as a state vendor ceased in late 2016.

Due to their support in the Arizona Legislature, Jeffries and Loftus were scheduled to testify about another major corruption issue in February 2017 and the Governor and his team blocked their testimony despite Arizona’s State Constitution clearly outlining separate but equal branches of government.” Jeffries and Loftus mentionthis scandalous act in their lawsuit.

Police have obtained a warrant allowing them to collect DNA from the male caregivers working at Hacienda and will surely expand the search warrant to former male caregivers if a match is not found. In the meantime, the Governor Office announced the Hacienda facility will no longer be assigned new client patients, a directive that Jeffries issued over two years ago that was irresponsibly rescinded shortly after Jeffries departed. The Governor says it is exploring all options regarding Hacienda, including appointing a third party to run the facility.

It’s unfortunate it took the rape of an innocent and defenseless woman with profound developmental disabilities to bring to light the problem of crooked vendors and the political swamp where they flourish. Powerful interests like Hacienda should not be above the law nor should the very politicians who fund and protect them. Jeffries believes if the Ducey Administration had followed through with his direction to terminate Hacienda's state contracts and pursue criminal charges, the rape never would have occurred. In the meantime, Governor’s Office stated late last week, “We have and will continue to take a very aggressive approach when it comes to Hacienda.”

Thursday, January 10, 2019

AZGOP raised less in 2017-18 cycle from individual donors than any cycle in almost a decade

This is a sign Republicans have lost trust in the Arizona Republican Party's leadership. It can be directly traced to why Arizona Republicans lost a U.S. Senate seat, secretary of state and superintendent of schools. The state is turning purple under current leadership. It is time for new blood. The numbers don't lie. Kelli Ward has the brains and the ability to mobilize the base and get individual contributions moving again.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Fifth Graders at Arizona School Provided Shocking Adult Transgender and Gay Curriculum

By RACHEL ALEXANDER Published on December 19, 2018 • 28 Comments

You spend $20,000 annually on tuition for your child to ensure he receives a top education. You choose a private school to escape the indoctrination and political correctness the public schools foist on students. Now, you’re sure, things are great.
Then your expensive private school pushes the exact kind of agenda you thought you were avoiding. You weren’t told about it in advance. Worse, because it’s a private school, state legal protections don’t apply. Your child cannot opt out.
Parents whose children attend Phoenix Country Day School in Arizona recently discovered that the middle school has been grooming their children with curriculum promoting a transgender and gay agenda.

An Endless Array of Genders

The campaign features a “genderbread” character who supposedly represents all the possible “genders.” Although the character seems geared to children, it comes from a website that is clearly meant for adults, or at least older youth. PCDS takes this curriculum from ItsPronouncedMetrosexual.com, a site run by the comedian Sam Killermann. He describes himself as a “dedicated ally and advocate for social justice.”
The genderbread curriculum teaches that gender is different from biological sex. There are not two genders, male and female, but rather an endless array of genders. The possibilities include genderqueer, non-binary, pangender, androgyne, neutrois, gender-variant, AG, cyborg, two-spirit, glitterbutch, genderfluid, trigender, stud. It even includes agender and genderless.
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The genderbread character is prominently featured in a large bulletin board display in the halls at the middle school. Children as young as 10 years old—- the school includes fifth graders — walk by it every day.
The website discusses sex toys, a** play and links to a gay hookup app, GROWLr, for men to meet hairy men. On GROWLr’s website it is described as “an app for gay bears.” Killmann writes, “There are even some mobile dating apps for particular subcultures. Are you into bears (heavy-set men, usually hairy-bodied and -faced)? Download Growlr.”
The curriculum promotes “gender fluidity,” but there is no reference to it. “You and Others” is the name of the curriculum. It’s no longer even called sex ed. This may be to disguise the content so it’s not readily apparent.
The curriculum picks out its enemies. Those who disagree with the LBGT agenda are labeled — you guessed it — “oppressive.” The site features an article entitled “30+ Examples of Christian Privilege.” They include such things as “Positive references to your faith are seen dozens of times a day by everyone, regardless of their faith.” 

Adult Education

Clearly, the curriculum is not meant for 10-year-old children. The bulletin board has been up for a year at the middle school, but parents only recently found out about it. Many of the parents were horrified, and expressed their disapproval with the curriculum. But the school refused to acknowledge their concerns.
Then suddenly, within the past couple of weeks, the bulletin board disappeared. Parents were not notified. They have no idea whether or not the curriculum has been permanently removed or not. They do not know how much of it is being taught to their children within the classroom.
This controversy may not be over. It has hurt the reputation of the school as word has circulated. Some parents may pull their children out of the school. On the other hand, this may be a sign of where private schools are going.

Genderbread - Phoenix Country Day School
The Sexualitree
The school did not respond to my questions.
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Monday, December 10, 2018

Piling on Racism Accusations to Take Down a Conservative State Legislator

The left has a bad habit of labeling conservatives racist merely for being politically incorrect. Whereas when someone on the left actuallyisracist, they get a free pass. Hillary Clinton recently joked about how a woman interviewing her confused the two black men Eric Holder and Cory Booker. “Yeah, I know they all look alike," Clinton laughed. Most of the left-leaning media didn’t even bother covering the incident.

Contrast this to what is happening with conservative Arizona State Rep. David Stringer (R-Prescott). Stringer is a culture warrior, who is concerned about illegal immigrants and radical Islamists entering the country and changing the culture. This is a fairly common view, popularized by conservative author and commentator Pat Buchanan.

Once the left realized Stringer had an awkward way of discussing cultural issues, they laid a trap for him. Some Arizona State University students followed Stringer into an elevator with a hidden microphone and asked him gotcha questions. Prescott eNews(disclaimer: Stringer is an investor with the news outlet’s parent company) posted the full transcript the conversation, since other news outlets writing about the incident unfairly cherry picked what to print.

The students tried to goad him into talking about race. At one point, Stringer said, “A lot of problems within our military. Talk to our soldiers. Huge racial conflicts and tensions in our military. Costs a fortune to run our military. Soldiers cost a lot…” One of the students responded, “Because we have black people in our military.” Stringer objected, “No, I didn’t say that. Sir, don’t put words in my mouth now.” But the student kept going, “Well, you implied that.” Stringer strenuously objected, “No, I didn’t imply that.”

The conversation continued like that a little longer. The students finally cajoled him into saying that blacks and certain other racial groups don’t blend in to the U.S. after a couple of generations because they “look different.”

Insensitive? Sure. But racist? Doubtful. Stringer is from Prescott, which has very few minorities. If Stringer was around minorities all the time, he probably would notice skin color a lot less. Regardless, noticing skin color is not racist. It’s treating people differently on account of their skin color that is racist. And that’s what the Democrats do, not Republicans.

During the rest of the secretly taped interview, Stringer made it quite clear he is not racist and treats everyone equally. But news accounts selectively quoted him and took his comments out of context to portray him as offensively as possible.

Smelling blood, his enemies started digging and discovered an article Stringer had written for Prescott eNewslast year entitled “The Third Rail.” He discusses what President Trump calls the “third rail” in politics, immigration and border security. He talks about how the demographics of the U.S. are changing as the country becomes more multicultural. He discusses racial strife and divisions. The Phoenix New Timesrefersto it as a “white nationalist column.” Maybe it was “insensitive” to note that the white population is shrinking and the culture is changing. But to go so far as to call it racist?

The mainstream news articles didn’t bother to tell the story of how Stringer, an attorney, helped a black woman in Prescott with a hate crime — pro bono. She came to him asking for help since a neighbor was harassing her. At first he told her to try and find another attorney, since he wasn’t very qualified in this area of the law. When she was unable to find anyone, he took on her case. He was able to determine that this neighbor had a previous pattern of harassing minority neighbors and obtained a restraining order for her. She was so grateful, she took out a life insurance policy (she was dying of cancer) and named him as the recipient. Does that sound like a racist?

Don’t expect the Phoenix New Timesto report this, because it goes against their untrue stereotype of an old, white racist Republican public official. Instead, due to the Phoenix New Timesarticle, Stringer was removed from two House committees he served on. Sadly, even his own party turned against him. Several elected officials, including, but not limited to, Governor Doug Ducey, State Senate President-Elect Karen Fann, Arizona State Republican Chairman Jonathan Lines, as well as governing boards, including the City of Prescott Council, denounced Stringer’s words and/or called for his resignation. The NAACP called forces resignation or expulsion.

Stringer refuses to resign. House Speaker-elect Rusty Bowers (R) said he will not expel him, saying it would be unconstitutional. Due to the nature of a recall election, it will be very difficultto recall Stringer. So expect the efforts to smear him to continue, in order to try and force him to resign. His House seatmate, Noel Campbell, is standing by Stringer. He said, “...Rep. Stringer retains his constitutional right to express his opinions on immigration, taxes and education.”

Even if you don’t agree with Stringer’s statements, everyone should be concerned about where this is going. If not stopped, pretty soon anyone who comments on racial differences will be labeled a racist. There is a herd mentality that is terrified of being labeled racist, so they pile on others as much as possible in order to appear self-righteous. What used to be merely considered politically incorrect is now becoming career-ending racism, homophobia, xenophobia, etc. And it’s even more troubling that our own side is leading the charges.  

Monday, December 3, 2018

Maricopa County Treasurer calls to dismantle the mandatory Arizona State Bar

Royce T. Flora – Treasurer
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December 3, 2018

After a disappointing, but not surprising, response from the State Bar of Arizona regarding a formal complaint against an Arizona attorney, Maricopa County Treasurer Royce T. Flora has announced his support of legislation to eliminate mandatory Bar membership.

In mid-November, Mr. Flora received a letter from an attorney threatening to publicly humiliate the Treasurer’s Office and the Treasurer if Mr. Flora didn’t remove a legally sanctioned fine against his client. Mr. Flora filed a formal ethics complaint with the State Bar of Arizona against the attorney for the threat and for practicing law in an area in which the attorney was unfamiliar.

The response from the Bar was delay and then dismissal.

Mr. Flora passed his concerns regarding the Bar’s lack of action on to the Arizona Supreme Court, which has jurisdiction over the Bar. 

It has become all too obvious that the State Bar of Arizona is being choosey who they decide to discipline and who they do not. It appears that politics is part of that decision. Several years ago, the Bar brought harsh formal charges against former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and several members of his staff. In particular, one of his staff was disciplined despite the fact she was working under the direction of an experienced supervisor. Her license was suspended.

The Bar has a set of Ethics Rules that seem to be applied to some attorneys but not to all. I’m calling on the Legislature to eliminate mandatory membership in the State Bar of Arizona. Clearly they can’t be trusted to apply their rules fairly to all. 

Monday, November 26, 2018

Dr. Kelli Ward announces run for Chairman of Arizona Republican Party

Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 press@kelliward.com 

Ward: “It’s time to unite the Arizona Republican Party to win big in 2020” 
Lake Havasu City, AZ – Dr. Kelli Ward, an osteopathic physician and former state senator from Lake Havasu, today announced her candidacy for chairman of the Arizona Republican Party: 
“The Party of Lincoln and Goldwater should be one that is led by the grassroots; unfortunately, over the last four years, the grassroots within the Republican Party have been silenced and disenfranchised both nationally and at the state level in Arizona. 
Therefore, after much prayer and careful consideration, I have decided to run for chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. In this new era of Arizona Republican politics, it is time to finally unite our party. 
The hard work begins today, and it starts with new leadership at the top that will work tirelessly to bring together all Republicans and usher in an overwhelming 2020 victory for our candidates at every level of government.” 
The election of a new AZGOP Chairman will take place on January 26 and will be voted on by newly elected State Committeemen from every district or county committee. 

Dr. Kelli Ward is an osteopathic physician and former Arizona State Senator from Lake Havasu City, AZ. During her tenure in the state legislature, Ward established a proven track record of working hand in hand with her colleagues to pass legislation that increased freedom, opportunity, and prosperity for all Arizonans. Furthering her reputation as a unifying figure in Arizona Republican Party politics, Ward stepped up to campaign on behalf of Republican U.S. Senate nominee Martha McSally following the 2018 GOP primary. Ward cares deeply about the people of the great state of Arizona and looks forward to serving them as the next Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

How My Case Almost Made It to the Supreme Court

Sometimes life is not fair. My nine-plus years of legal wrangling over my license to practice law has finally ended. The Supreme Court declined to hear my case. It’s been a long haul, entailing doing most of the legal work myself, along with my co-plaintiff.
My health and finances may never recover.

A Casualty

I was a casualty in the effort to take down former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He joined forces with my boss at the time, former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, to combat illegal immigration. They had a lot of success. The pair figured out how to prosecute illegal immigrants with felonies — for conspiring to smuggle themselves over the border.
They lobbied and got four laws passed against illegal immigration in 2006. The four propositions all passed by more than 70 percent. Thomas conducted a groundbreaking study which found that illegal immigrants commit more crimes per person than the general population.
Together, Thomas and Arpaio became a team of very proactive conservatives on illegal immigration and crime. But that made them a target. Me too.
Thomas brought me on as a Special Assistant and Deputy County Attorney in 2005 when he started as Maricopa County Attorney. I left Go Daddy, where I was legal counsel. My former boss there says I would be a millionaire if I had stayed there a few more years. I started some local blogs, where I would post press releases and other things from the office. But I was being watched.

The County Feud Begins

Thomas began butting heads with the Maricopa County Supervisors and a few Maricopa County Superior Court judges. The judges weren’t enforcing illegal immigration laws that Thomas was trying to prosecute. The supervisors were building a $340 million dollar court tower that taxpayers couldn’t afford. They were paying for it in cash, not even bonds, in the midst of the recession. It included travertine and marble, private robing rooms for the judges, and more lavish items.
Since the judges wanted the luxurious building, they were not inclined to rule against the supervisors. Thomas brought charges against two corrupt county supervisors, Don Stapley and Mary Rose Wilcox.
Stapley spent $86,000 raised for a political campaign where he had no opponent on luxury items. He paid for three vacations for his family, expensive stereo equipment, boutique clothing for his wife and more. Wilcox left off key details on her financial disclosure reports.
But no judge would rule against them. Thomas had Stapley indicted twice — didn’t matter. The court found a technicality to let him off the hook. He later sued the county for wrongful prosecution and his fellow supervisors awarded him $3.5 million in taxpayers’ money. Wilcox received a $900,000 settlement.

The RICO Suit

Frustrated, Thomas and Sheriff Arpaio filed a racketeering (RICO) lawsuit against the supervisors, judges and their attorneys, alleging that they were conspiring against the duo’s efforts. One of his senior prosecutors, Lisa Aubuchon, helped draft it. After it was filed, Thomas realized since Aubuchon was also handling the criminal prosecutions, someone else should handle the civil RICO suit. He asked me to take it over — but with assurances that he would find outside counsel to replace me.
The well-known D.C. lawyers Joseph DiGenova and Victoria Toensing agreed to take it over. They held a press conference announcing it. But the law required Thomas to get the supervisors’ approval to hire outside counsel — and they refused.
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So my name was placed on the suit for a couple of months. I was instructed to work under the supervision of the RICO expert in the office, Pete Spaw. He came up with a new charge, mail fraud, and did most of the work on an amended complaint. I did some research but it was mostly all his work.
Another D.C. lawyer who had connections to the Department of Justice told us he could get the DOJ to take over the case. So we withdrew it. The DOJ never did anything.
But it was too late. The supervisors filed bar complaints against us.

Too Late

Although my role was small, they didn’t like my blogging. Some retired judges went to the State Bar and said they better do something about Thomas. So the Bar, which is run by lawyers on the left who despise Arpaio and Thomas, ran with the complaints. The State Bar’s disciplinary judge, who has his own history of corruption, ruled against us. Thomas and Aubuchon were disbarred, and I was suspended for six months.
The Bar put on a huge show trial against us, broadcast on video every day for about two months. They brought in prosecutors from out of state. We were told in an email that we would not be responsible for all the extra travel costs, hotels, etc. Overall, more than $500,000 was spent on the trial. The Bar assessed those costs against us.
We were confident the county would pay for the costs. They paid for the costs of previous attorneys disciplined by the Bar — including my supervisor Spaw. The Bar agreed to reduce the amount owed to $101,500, that would be jointly owed by the three of us.
I would not be able to practice law again until I paid for the cost of the show trial against my two disbarred superiors too. Normally, the Bar assesses $2,000 or $4,000 or so in costs against an attorney who is suspended for six months. My superiors did not have the money to pay it.
But when it came time to get the county to pay, the supervisors fought it. A senior, well-experienced attorney advised me to email a Notice of Claim to the supervisors, kind of a heads up that I would be filing a lawsuit. They discussed it, refused to pay, and emailed me their decision.
We filed a lawsuit shortly afterward. The supervisors then came up with the argument that I didn’t properly give them the notice of claim so it was too late to sue them; the statute says to give it to them in person. But the case law is clear, if a recipient treats a Notice of Claim as legitimate, e.g. engages in litigation, then the deficiency is waived.

Years of Litigation

At first we had an attorney helping us on a contingency fee, but the Bar soon went after him, suspending his license. We were on our own. The judge agreed with the supervisors that my Notice of Claim was invalid, and ruled against Aubuchon too on other grounds. We appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. No luck, they rubber stamped the lower court’s decision. The county spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ money to avoid paying the $101,500.
Finally, we filed a petition for cert with the U.S. Supreme Court. That is a request to have the court consider the case. It cost us over $900 to make 44 copies of the petition in the manner required and mail them to the court. Last month, SCOTUS declined to take our case. They only accept about 130 cases out of 7,000 petitions a year, so we knew it was a long shot.
Fortunately, I have switched careers to journalism. But I have huge law school loans and credit card debt from when no one would hire me due to the bad publicity. Thomas’s enemies regularly leave insulting comments under my articles bringing up my suspension, trolling me around the web.
I now write about others who have been abused through the legal system. I don’t know how to solve this problem in our justice system. But sunlight is a good disinfectant.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

This Democrat running for AZ guv makes $82,000/yr for teaching ONE CLASS at ASU

That's disgusting. Your tax dollars are paying an exorbitant amount for him to teach one piddly class! I bet most of my friends don't even make that much money for their FULLTIME jobs. My late brother taught four classes in college and didn't make anywhere near that.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

How to vote on the judges

Thanks to friends of Kelli Ward's for compiling this. I do not agree with the recommendation on Cooper, I have appeared in front of her and she is outstanding. Also, a trusted prosecutor disagrees with two of these - he says Pineda is fair and Svboda is a yes. I previously posted a list in 2014 - http://www.icarizona.com/2014/10/more-gop-recommendations-on-voting-for.html

Friday, September 28, 2018

Arizona May End up With a Former Communist as Senator

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) is running for the U.S. Senate in Arizona — a state that hasn’t sent a Democrat to the Senate since 1988. Elected in 2012 and the first open bisexual in Congress, she is running as a moderate. But she’s not one. Let’s look at her record.
Back in 2002 and 2003, Sinema signed her name to a “May Day and Cinco de Mayo greetings” ad in a Communist Party newspaper. Several other communists signed it with her. She switched to the Green Party next. She became the party’s spokesperson. When she registered as a Democrat, those in the party called her “too extreme” and “radical.”
She became a state legislator in 2005. Around 2008, she was awarded the Vladimir I. Lenin award by the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers for being the furthest left member of the Arizona State Legislature.

A Felony to Report Illegal Immigrants

In 2006 and again in 2007, she sponsored a bill that would make an average Arizona citizen a felon if they were to report an illegal immigrant. She helped found the Arizona State House Progressive Caucus in 2008. In 2010, she served on the Board of Directors for the Progressive States Network. It is funded by George Soros‘ Open Society Institute.
Sinema participated in and organized protest rallies against the military, against enforcing immigration laws and against Israel.
Sinema participated in and organized protest rallies against the military, against enforcing immigration laws and against Israel. In 2003, she led a far-left activist group that passed out flyers portraying American soldiers as skeletons committing “U.S. terror.” Another flyer referred to President George W. Bush as a “fascist” and “imperialist” and claimed the U.S. government was the enemy.
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Also in 2003, she wrote about “singing and spiraling” in a pagan circle at a protest. She defended Black Bloc, and said the police were the aggressors. In the early 2000s she organized for the Arizona Alliance for Peace and Justice (AAPJ), a group whose members have denounced Israel’s “disproportionate” use of “violence and oppression.”
Kyrsten-Sinema-in-Pink-Tutu-at-Anti-War-ProtestThree times she supported legislation to create a federal “Department of Peace and Nonviolence.” She advocated for shutting down Arizona’s military bases — until she started running for Senate. She voted against a bill that would penalize sanctuary states and localities.

Despises Women Who Stay at Home

Sinema despises women who stay at home. During a 2006 interview with a nightlife magazine, she said, “These women who act like staying at home, leeching off their husbands or boyfriends, and just cashing the checks is some sort of feminism because they’re choosing to live that life. … That’s b*******.”
Sinema was caught lying about being homeless as a child growing up. She told The New Y0rk Times “she spent three years as a child living in a former gas station without running water or electricity.” However, her parents were actually paying electricity, gas and phone bills at the time.
Sinema has a lifetime score of only 13 out of 100 from the American Conservative Union.
She has a lifetime score of only 13 out of 100 from the American Conservative Union. Her claims of moving to the center in recent years aren’t true. Her rating from the ACU has actually gone down in the past couple of years. In 2016 it was eight and in 2017 it was four. Planned Parenthood gives her a lifetime rating of 100. They awarded her their Legislative CHOICE Award. The Sierra Club designated her Most Valuable Player.
She helped Obama craft Obamacare. In January 2017, she voted against a bill to repeal Obamacare. She supports background checks on private parties selling guns at gun shows. Sinema believes a license should be required to own a gun. She voted against a bill that would make concealed-carry firearm permits valid across state lines.

Kyrsten Sinema beforeA ‘Prada Socialist’

She describes herself as a “Prada socialist,” meaning she can be a socialist “and still have fabulous accessories.” In a fawning profile, Elle magazine calls her “the proud owner of more than 100 pairs of shoes.”
Sinema supports the Dream Act for illegal immigrants. She’s talking tough on border security now that she’s running for Senate in a red state. But just like the late John McCain, everyone knows it’s only for show. Once she gets into office she’ll revert to her liberal positions.
Unfortunately, the Republican alternative is only slightly better. Martha McSally, whose GOP establishment supporters spent nearly $1 million to defeat her conservative opponent Kelli Ward in the primary, is a liberal Republican. She says the late John McCain was her mentor. The American Conservative Union gives her a lifetime rating of 71 while in the House, worse than McCain’s 80.
Republicans furious at the way her supporters treated Ward are threatening to stay at home on election day. Sinema is leading McSally by a few points in most recent polls. Sinema is charismatic, bright and a tireless worker. Unless voters know about her past record, they may not see her as much different than McSally.

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