Wednesday, October 19, 2016

When Panhandlers = Pundits (and, Pundits = Panhandlers); Dog Smarter Than Rest of Us

If you hustle over to the Chandler Blvd overpass at I-10, you might still be able to give this guy either a couple of bucks or a piece of your mind. 

Even his dog opened his eyes for the picture!

Light turned green before I had chance to ask the guy how he was going to cast a ballot. (I may have to go by again tomorrow.)
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Monday, October 17, 2016


A group of contributors to Republican Paul Babeu's campaign for the tossup Congressional seat in Arizona's vast CD1 have (temporarily) thrown their support to Green Party candidate Ray Parrish. The Effective Leadership for America (ELA) Super PAC shelled out $2,400 for telephone robocalls made on Friday - likely to Democratic and independent early voters in the district.

(If you received this robocall, please let Arizona's Politics know. Especially if you have a digital copy that you can forward. As in past election years, Arizona's Politics will be having a prize drawing for readers who share robocalls, mailers, etc.)

ELA is funded by five individuals (below) who also contributed heavily to Babeu's official campaign committee (and a couple of corporations). In the primary race, ELA focused on radio ads supporting Babeu and ridiculing fellow GOP candidate Wendy Rogers.

Babeu is now locked into a dogfight with Democratic nominee Tom O'Halleran, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is advertising heavily against Babeu. Other national groups are likely to jump in, as well.

Parrish is the only other candidate on the general election ballot, and the Green Party nominee is likely to attract more Democrats than Republicans to his candidacy. He tells Arizona's Politics that he was not aware of the calls on his behalf.

ELA is following in a growing line of groups and parties that aim to help their preferred candidate by trying to siphon some votes from the chief rival to a lesser-known. Arizona Republicans recruited Green Party candidates and  Democrats "helped" Libertarians in 2010, former GOP Senate President Russell Pearce attempted to place a "sham" candidate on his recall ballot in 2011, and so on.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

LISTEN: Sheriff Arpaio Robocall, Unedited: Criminal Contempt Charges Are Payback, "Dangerous"

(How can he be ironic? Let us count the ways.)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio may have trouble reading a script, but he is certain that the criminal contempt charges against him are political payback because of his efforts to curb illegal immigration. The Sheriff has recorded a robocall (below) that is coming soon to a phone near you.

With pauses, in all of, the wrong, places, the octogenarian seeking election to a 7th 4-year term makes it clear that he does not understand the legal process that has led to him facing criminal contempt of court proceedings for undermining U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow's orders in the long-running racial profiling proceedings.

Here is the text of the painful-to-listen-to robocall:

Hi, this is Sheriff Joe Arpaio calling with a very important message. I'm sure by now, you have heard about the Obama Department of Justice filing charges against me. Let me tell you what this is all about, because I led the fight against illegal immigration, doing the job the federal government refuses to do. They filed criminal charges against me for contempt of court the same day early voting started. Thinks about that: your federal government is now filing criminal charges against their political opponents but will not file contempt of Congress charges against former Attorney General Eric Holder or criminal charges against Hillary Clinton. This is not only wrong, it is dangerous. I'm going to fight this because I've never backed down from a fight and I never will. I hope you will join me. I'm Sheriff Joe Arpaio and I ask for your vote. (Paid for by Elect Sheriff Joe Arpaio, 602-592-7629.)

As for counting the ironies in this robocall, released the same day that his favored Presidential nominee made an epic deflection speech, Arizona's Politics will leave that to the listener/reader.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Rep. McSally's GINORMOUS 3rd Quarter Money Haul!

From Politico's Morning Score column today, regarding Rep. Martha McSally (R-CD2):

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READ: Sheriff Arpaio's Re-election Fundraising Plea In Light of Criminal Contempt Proceedings

Copy of the solicitation email Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is sending out to his many thousands of contributors in wake of the hearing in U.S. District Court yesterday, at which criminal contempt of court proceedings were discussed:

MItch – 

This is breaking news that was just announced. I need you to read through it and take a moment torenew your support of me right away. 

In what is clearly pure politics at its worst, DOJ prosecutors have just announced that they will be charging me with criminal contempt of court! And this announcement comes just ONE DAY before early voting begins in my district. 

It is painfully obvious that the corrupt Obama Justice Department is trying to influence my re-election as Sheriff of Maricopa County. It is a blatant abuse of power and the American people should be as outraged as I am. 


Obama and Eric Holder started this garbage eight years ago. Now, with Obama on his way out of office, he and DOJ officials know this is their last shot at taking me down. This highly unusual charge of criminal contempt against an elected local official should be seen for what is really is: a political maneuver by a corrupt Administration to damage me politically and a continuation of its War on Cops. 

Think about this: Hillary Clinton can jeopardize national security and destroy evidence; Lois Lerner can violate the civil rights of thousands of citizens; Eric Holder can be held in contempt of Congress; and none of them faced any consequences. But someone like me who dares enforce the Rule of Law is held to a much different standard. 

I will fight this case tooth and nail because I know these charges are rubbish. I know that in the end, the TRUTH will prevail and my name will be cleared. That is why I am continuing my campaign for Sheriff. 

As someone who has built his life and career around upholding and honoring the law, this is a shocking and personally trying time. But I want to be clear: I have not been found guilty of ANYTHING and I am still running for Sheriff. 


And that is why I am asking for your URGENT support. This was clearly timed perfectly to upset my bid for re-election, with the announcement coming just ONE DAY before early voting begins. 

Despite the very best efforts of those on the left - who have proven themselves willing to sink to any low and use any method necessary to unseat me - I know that with YOUR SUPPORT I can still win in November. 

Honestly MItch, I am now more determined than ever to win this election. I refuse to be bullied into silence, and I will never back down from a fight where my reputation and more importantly our constitutional values are on the line. 

MItch, I never would have expected to be facing criminal charges. But I know that in the end the TRUTH will prevail. 

I need your support MItch now more than ever before. Please stand with me TODAY. 

Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Maricopa County, 

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

BREAKING: Rep. Franks Goes After McCain's Unendorsement of Trump: "Profound Mistake...Potentially Destroy the Constitution"

Arizona Rep. Trent Franks (R-CD2) blasted Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) decision to unendorse Donald Trump and write in friend Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) as a "profound mistake" that could "potentially destroy the Constitution".
(Mark Henle/Ariz Republic)

Franks was quoted in a New York Times article about the House Republican caucus conference call convened yesterday by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) as saying that no actions should be taken that could end up handing the White House to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, because that would put the Supreme Court at risk, which could end up allowing more fetuses to be destroyed.

On MSNBC this morning, Franks said the NY Times got the gist of his comments correct - I did say "little women" - but that he emphasized that while Trump's words were degrading towards women, Clinton's election would pave the way for many "little women" to be aborted.  Her election could "potentially destroy the Constitution."

When questioned about McCain's un-endorsement and his comments at last night's debate against Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-CD1) that he might write in fellow Sen. Lindsay Graham (one of the first to tangle with and be forced out by Trump's campaign), Franks briefly hesitated before saying it "would be a profound mistake" if McCain did that.

Arizona's Politics will add the video once it becomes available.

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

BREAKING: Trump Compares New Grab 'Em Furor To John "Not A War Hero" McCain Comment Uproar

Donald Trump, the GOP Presidential nominee, is coming out swinging this morning, less than 12 hours after his forced apology video, comparing the new uproar over the "Grab them by the p***y" tape to when he said that Arizona Senator John McCain was "a loser" and "not a war hero" because he was captured.

Trump told the Washington Post this morning that "I'm holding up well". Here is his analogy to the McCain comments furor in July 2015:
Trump pointed to his disparagement of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) during the early months of last year’s Republican primary campaign as an example of how he has weathered political storms.
“Everyone said, ‘It’s over, it’s over.’ The people didn’t say that but the reporters said that,” Trump said. When asked to explain his ability in the past to survive, Trump said it’s because “I’m change.”
Since last July, McCain has occasionally criticized Trump but has indicated clearly that he would support his party's nominee. He has also repeatedly stated that he would not answer questions about Trump.

However, the furor that reached the boiling point* yesterday prompted McCain to release a short statement:
“There are no excuses for Donald Trump’s offensive and demeaning comments. No woman should ever be victimized by this kind of inappropriate behavior. He alone bears the burden of his conduct and alone should suffer the consequences.”
Although not quite comparable, the influential MCRC Briefs (not affiliated with the Maricopa pointed out this morning that McCain has had his own flare-ups with what could be described as misogynistic language. McCain's 2008 Presidential campaign brought rehashes of both his "joke" about Chelsea Clinton's appearance (he apologized), and calling his wife a c**t to her face in front of three reporters.**
County Republican Committee)

* In the Washington Post article this morning, Trump said "I don’t know how that’s going to boil down but people have no idea the support." It would appear that the pot may soon be ruined.
**MCRC pointed out the latter incident, Arizona's Politics added the Clinton example.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

John McCain "Is One Of The Worst Politicians Of His Time, Held In Contempt By His Party" - From FBI's Clinton Email Recovery (READ)

Arizona Senator John McCain "is one of the worst politicians of his time, held in contempt by his party," Sidney Blumenthal told Bill and Hillary Clinton in a memo that was recovered by the FBI and released by the State Departmet this afternoon.

The prolific Blumenthal made the comment in 2010, in what might be seen as an otherwise-prescient memo describing the "mutation" and "long-term disintegration" of the Republican party.* Interestingly, it came while McCain was battling J.D. Hayworth in the GOP primary to hold onto his Senate seat.

Blumenthal initially sent the memo to former President Bill Clinton, but also forwarded it to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The latter asked aide Huma Abedin to print put the wide-range commentary.

Hillary Clinton and John McCain have had what appears to be a mostly-friendly relationship, despite political differences (and an inappropriate, scripted sexist/homophobic "joke"once about Chelsea, which McCain later apologized for); there is no evidence that either Clinton shared Bluenthal's opinion.

Blumenthal's memo was released today as part of a smallish batch of emails that had been recovered by FBI investigators from the recovered private server. No election-altering bombshells have been discovered (yet).

Wikileaks also utilized the art of the Friday afternoon before a long weekend document dump. They released the hacked Gmail account(s) of John Podesta, who is the Chairman of Hillary Clinton's Presidential campaign.

Arizona's Politics searched that release for Arizona-related emails, as well. Other than learning that Podesta has been getting the same Ann Kirkpatrick for Senate emails that we have been receiving, there was not much to capture attention. And, that might explain the Friday afternoon timing, after Wikileaks had been promising a bombshell earlier in the week.

*"In fact, the national Republican Party is not a mirror image of the national Democratic Party, its members just happening to hold different views concerning policy. Since Nixon, the transformation of the Republican Party has been a dominant, if not the dominant factor in American politics. Tuesday's election was another milestone in its mutation and, since Reagan, its long-term disintegration."

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

BREAKING, READ: California Issues Arrest Warrants For New Times' Founders Lacey and Larkin, For Backpage Prostitution

Four weeks before election day, California Attorney General Kamala Harris' office issued arrest warrants today for the two founders of the Phoenix New Times, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. They are charged with conspiracy to commit pimping because of their spinoff company, Backpage.

Backpage's CEO, Carl Ferrer, was arrested today on those charges plus nine additional counts related to pimping underage children and other alleged felonies in connection with the operation.

The criminal complaint (below, along with Declaration detailing the investigation) claims that Backpage was earning gross revenues of more than $2M per month in California alone, and supporting documentation states that one week in 2015 saw worldwide revenues of $3.1M. California claims that 99% of those revenues are attributable to adult services.

Larkin and Lacey split off Backpage from the Phoenix New Times and other weekly publications in 2012, and indicated that they were staying with the new Backpage entity. The California AG claims that they essentially took over the space vacated at around the same time when Craigslist decided to stop accepting similar ads.

To the best of our knowledge, the last time the pair had arrest warrants out for them - and, got arrested - was in 2007, when Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and then-County Attorney Andy Thomas worked together to cuff and book them for misdemeanor charges that were later proven to be false. Maricopa County ended up paying $3.75M to settle those false arrest charges.

California AG Kamala Harris is running for a U.S. Senate seat from California, and is favored to win.

(Three months ago, the Wall Street Journal published this interesting article: Is a Champion of Web Freedoms or a ‘Dystopian Hell’?)

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