Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) continues to be the frontrunner and may soon represent a new Congressional District. She was an Obama delegate, served on the White House Health Reform Task Force, and was with the President when Obamacare was signed. She has visited the White House at least 25 times.
The GOP has plenty of ammunition against her, but this is a tough district. Sinema led a war protest while wearing a pink tutu in her role of spokesperson for the Green Party. In 2003, she recalled “singing and spiraling” in a “pagan” dance pit in Miami during another anti-war rally.
In discussing women who do not have outside jobs 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 bullshit. I mean, what the f–k are we really talking about here?”
After the 9/11 attack she organized the Arizona Alliance for Peace and Justice (AAPJ), which denounces U.S. military aid to Israel. In accordance with AAPJ’s commitment to “world disarmament,” Sinema wrote that US military and political leaders have “blood on their hands,” and stated her opposition to using any military force to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. She has also accused the police of “repression and brutality.”
Congratulations to State Rep. Michelle Ugenti (R-AZ) who won her primary last night. This seat was changed by redistricting and the Arizona Republic described the primary as “one of the hottest contests of the year.” However, Ugenti won easily.
Redistricting ended the career of Rep. Ben Quayle and former State Senate President Russell Pearce last night. Pearce was the author of Arizona’s tough anti-immigration bill, and left office after losing a recall election last November.
Ugenti is married and the mother of three children. When asked why she has been so politically active, Ugenti responded “I just don’t want to be part of an entitlement nation. I don’t like the ‘nanny state’-style managing of government that is being pushed on us by the Obama administration. I am a clear voice against that.” . .
“Without a balanced budget, without matching our revenue to our expenditures, there’s just no way Arizona can function as a thriving, productive state.”
She is proud of Arizona’s balanced budget and was the author of a bill that passed and became law. It was recognized as the one of the top ten pro-business bills by the National Federation of Independent of Business. The Ugenti bill stipulated that the state cannot accept federal funds if, as a condition, preference is given to hiring union labor.
She is Chairman of the important Government Committee, and also serves as Chairman of the Sub-Appropriations Committee. In both posts she spends countless hours helping draft the framework for the current budget, and future budgets.
You can read more about the contest rules and background at: The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45
Former State Senator Pamela Gorman of Arizona was first elected to the Arizona House in 2004. She advanced to the Senate in 2006 where she became the Majority Whip. She was best known for her efforts to pass one of the largest tax cuts in state history. She was an original co-sponsor of Arizona’s famous anti-illegal immigration bill. Gorman, 42, also insisted on greater transparency and regular audits of state agencies.
She led the fight to overturn former Governor Janet Napolitano’s payback to SEIU union bosses. With an executive order, Napolitano sought to force Arizona workers to accept Big Labor “representation.” In response, Senator Gorman helped to mobilize opposition to the initiative.
The president of the National Taxpayers Union said: “Pamela is a great fiscal conservative, hard worker, and not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. She is a champion of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. ”
She was narrowly defeated in the 2010 Congressional primary by Rep. Ben Quayle, the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle.
Gorman did not win the primary but NBC named her TV spots as among the top ten political ads of the year.
She says “Being an elected official is not my heart’s desire, affecting public policy is. And, there are a myriad of good ways to do that besides being elected. My plan is to go forward in one of those ‘other’ ways now. I want to make a difference and have my life on this earth be one of purpose. In the realm of politics, that goal is to see the conservative ideals of limited government and personal freedoms win out over the collectivist and socialist movement that is tearing away at our nation’s foundation. But, the mode of elected office was always just a tool for accomplishing my goal of making a difference. It gave me a vote on public policy as an Arizona legislator and a voice to inform citizens and to hopefully be a thought leader for the conservative cause. . .
“Voters didn’t say “no” to me because of my solid voting record or my remarks at debates. All of that was well received. Rather, the voters chose a well-funded candidate who they heard from frequently throughout the race because that candidate had a war chest of campaign cash with which to communicate regularly with voters. Pure and simple. Voters wanted what I represented, but they just didn’t know I existed because the money wasn’t there to reach out and tell them. . .
“It was a great experience being elected to my state legislature. I like to believe I made a difference and set the standard a little higher . . . But unlike many candidates out there who recently lost their elections, I am not gearing up for another run.”
You can read more about the contest rules and background at: The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45
Lisa Artgal is in the middle of this photo.
My friend of the day is Lisa Artgal of Tuscon. We did not agree earlier this year on the Arizona Senate primary. I believe Sen. John McCain (AZ) is the GOP’s best spokesman on defense and foreign policy issues, and after the 2008 campaign, he has been an outstanding conservative leader. Lisa is an anti-abortion activist and I would never accuse her of not being a conservative. Continue reading
One of the top GOP challengers this year is former Arizona House Majority Whip David Schweikert. He is intelligent, articulate and effective, and would instantly assume a leadership role on Capitol Hill. In 2008 he was defeated by Congressman Harry Mitchell (D) by a 53% to 44% margin. He is running again and in a poll out today he is trailing the incumbent by just 1% (45 to 44 percent). This is J.D. Hayworth’s old Congressional seat. Continue reading
Two prominent GOP Senators today called for a new Contract With America. They want a document similar to what was advocated by Newt Gingrich and House Republicans in 1994 that helped the party catapult to victory. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) was a guest on Fox News Sunday while Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared on Meet The Press. Both Senators are optimistic about GOP prospects in November, but they believe it is not sufficient to emphasize opposition to the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats. The original Contract With America described an initial legislative agenda for the Republican Party, and it committed the GOP to specific promises if they were allowed to become the majority party for the first time in 40 years. Continue reading
I am disappointed in State Senator Pamela Gorman (R-AZ). She was endorsed by Red State and several conservative groups in Tuesday’s primary for an open House seat. Her TV ads showed her firing a machine gun. Pam received a lot of publicity but came in 5th place in the primary. All of the other GOP candidates are now endorsing the nominee, Ben Quayle, 33, the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle. Pam is the exception and she is refusing to back Quayle. One of Quayle’s TV ads described Obama as “the worst president ever.” Continue reading
This morning Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released their third report on Stimulus spending, and it took the White House only two hours to respond. The McCain/Coburn report is entitled Summertime Blues: 100 Stimulus Projects that Give Taxpayers the Blues. It highlights “questionable Stimulus projects that are wasteful, mismanaged, and overall unsuccessful in creating jobs.” Continue reading
How do you get back at a woman who dumped you? You could take her job away! Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) is being challenged by her ex-boyfriend, former State Sen. Jonathan Paton (R), and he is ahead in the most recent poll. They have known each other for half their lives and he worked for her father's company. Neither of them held office when they were dating, and both are married now.
Another national star of the Democratic Party has fallen narrowly behind. A Tarrance Group survey released today has Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) losing to former State Sen. Jonathan Paton by a 45% to 44% margin. She is the Payday loan heiress and captured what was a GOP seat in 2006. Obama’s disapproval rating in this Tucson district is 56%. If Giffords is re-elected she could challenge the Senate GOP Whip Jon Kyl in 2012. The Arizona media frequently mentions her as the top potential Democratic candidate. Continue reading
Both the 2010 campaign and 2012 presidential race will be decided by independent voters in the industrial Midwest. In 2008, Republicans failed to carry even one state in the Big 10 conference. The gubernatorial races now show GOP leads in IL 6%, OH 5%, WI 8%, MI 7%, PA 15% and IA 17%.
The GOP has no vulnerable Senators, while 7 Democratic incumbents are now under 50%. The highest tier battleground is for blue collar independents in the Big 10. They voted decisively for Obama, and Wal-Mart has today released a survey of its shoppers that was jointly conducted by a prominent GOP and Democratic firm. The GOP has gained 20% among these voters, and only 14% of them approve of Obamacare while 61% are in opposition to the Democratic Congress. It is difficult to imagine how Obama could be re-elected if he is unable to carry PA and OH.
Wisconsin Governor’s Race
We all know 2010 is a good year for the GOP, but some of the survey results we are now seeing from the heart of Blue America are shocking. The Wisconsin GOP has not run a successful statewide campaign since 1998, and liberal Democrats have been in firm control for almost a decade. Wisconsin has voted for Democrats in the last six presidential elections and hasn’t elected a Republican senator since 1986. State GOP Chairman Reince Priebus says “We have been absolutely clobbered in recent elections.”
Now the liberals are losing by large margins, and unlike the past, the GOP has not nominated a moderate. Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker is a solid conservative who has vetoed every spending increase and is committed to rolling back taxes. Walker continues to have a significant lead in the gubernatorial race over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
Illinois is Now Number One.
They have beaten California, which has passed the baton. Thanks to its Democratic legislature and Governor, Illinois is now the worst credit risk in America. They have not balanced a budget in a decade and the state debt is close to the borderline between junk and investment grade.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ)
The Arizona GOP Senate primary is not until August 24th, but Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) renomination now appears to be secure. The race was close but many conservative activists are now dumping former Rep. J.D. Hayworth. A 2007 TV infomercial has surfaced (see below link) in which Hayworth tells viewers they can rake in big bucks from the government by applying for federal grants that do not have to be paid back. Tabitha Hale of Freedom Works is one of many Hayworth supporters who abandoned him today:
He is a total fraud. He’s a sell out, period. . . He will be a huge liability for the conservative movement. I have no interest in seeing him elected. . . The conservative movement is not responsible for McCain. We would be responsible for Hayworth. I’m not willing to be responsible for someone who is a) crazy and b) not conservative.