In today’s debate, January 20, 2018, put on by the Chamber for CD 8, Steve Montenegro left several of us scratching our heads about the National Popular Vote, or HB2456.
First, he said “I never voted for this” even though if you look at house vote record there is a “Y” vote next to his name in the third reading. Then he says “It is constitutional under Article 2 section 2 of the constitution”. Now, he was getting cut off by the moderator, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt on referencing section 2, which grants power to the president to be “Commander in Chief to the Army, Navy of the United States and Militia of the several states, when called into action” …. (Nothing near how to elect the president)
We need someone who can communicate well, by listening to others.
CLAIR IS NOT THAT GUY
Means Well, but 'unable to play with others'
Although Claire hasn’t held public office, he is running for one and is asking us to give him our vote. This allows us to evaluate his character and personality as well as his skill set since he will have to work with others to move the country along in a favorable direction.
Clair is knowledgeable of the constitution and many issues. I may not agree with him all the time, on occasion believing him to be reading into an issue something I don’t see, but it fits his need at the time. Finally, no one can have a civil discussion with him. Clair is a verbal porcupine. Nobody can talk to him without getting poked. We need someone who can communicate with people by listening to others. I have tried talking with him. With Clair, your cup overflows with his thoughts while his cup remains empty of yours.
I asked her where the money went. She couldn’t answer even though she sat on the Appropriations Committee and had every right and duty to inquire.
I attended the debate and listened to all candidates. You hear the usual cookie cutter claims of “small government”, “balancing the budget” etc. Debbie Lesko is proud of her purported reputation. Although she touts her awards from various organizations as “champion” for tax payers by various special interest groups, she has to address a major glaring concern that isn’t brought up:
In 2015-16 Debbie announced to our LD21 that Greg McKay admits to “misspending” $40 million. This money was mixed state funds and federal grants to lower their staggering backlog of un-investigated cases. The group was appalled and I asked her where the money went. She couldn’t answer even though she sat on the appropriations committee and had every right and duty to enquire. I strongly suggested a forensic audit since the agency is also struggling with low morale and a high turnover. She said “I don’t think we can do that”. Really? The state mandates by statute that every year cities conduct an audit so why can’t our legislators do one on an agency they control?
Some Issues Need to be Pointed Out BY RANDY MILLER, LD 21 Part of a series of articles covering the entire field of candidates running to replace Trent Franks in the House of Representatives in Metro Phoenix's CD8 congressional district.
The CD 8 seat recently vacated by Trent Franks is a serious position. With everything we face in terms of corruption and crimes in Washington, we need an independent thinking, un-beholding, knowledgeable person with strength and determination to honestly represent our values while there. Voters need to check out all of these candidates, then decide which one they prefer.
Steve Montenegro is a candidate for Congress. He continually boasts he is of “Constitutional” mindset and knowledge. I like Steve and believe he is a good man. However, I believe his understanding of the Constitution, and his position as a legislator with political integrity is seriously lacking. I have had several conversations with him while visiting his LD 13. He stood up in front of the group, trying to explain why he co-sponsored the Popular Vote for President and stumbled over questions. I stood and asked why he supports destroying the Republic and our sovereignty and he told us that wasn’t happening. I asked him who was superior, the federal government or the states? He said the federal government. I informed him how he was wrong with constitution references and he then said “Well, we are equal”. Really? Once again, I stood in front of the group and challenged his take on this. Is this who we want to send to Washington?
She's Smart. She Tries to Dominate the Conservative. She Fails.
The ignorance even among highly intelligent leftists was clearly on display in this unforgettable video.. BBC TV interviewer Cathy Newman, of Channel 4, did her level best to destroy Jordan B. Peterson, a Canadian Clinical Psychologist, and a conservative who came to prominence for his unapologetic and cogent defense of conservative ideas.
Newman finally found herself at a loss for words, and Peterson finally said, "Gotcha" Utterly surprised by her predicament, Newman said, "You have got me. You have got me. I'm trying to work it out in my head..."
Try as she might--and the woman is intelligent as hell--Newman was unable to out-reason Peterson. She never ruffled or riled him, whereas she could not help turning to visible sarcasm, when all else failed. Even that didn't work. Peterson often laughed--always in a friendly way. She never put a glove on this guy.
And Peterson's arguments always stayed right on target. He answered cogently and completely, in clear and unmistakable language. Newman, on the other hand, kept trying to turn what Peterson said into generalizations that made no sense.
The best example of Newman's absurdity comes in the following exchange, but it is not by any means the only whopper contained in this video, which I found captivating:
Peterson: "There's this "idea that hierarchical structures are a sociological construct of the western patriarchy. And that is so untrue that it's almost unbelievable. And I use the lobster as an example, because we diverged from lobsters...about 350 million years ago. Common ancestor. And lobsters exist in hierarchies, and have a nervous system attuned to the hierarchy, and that nervous system runs on serotonin, just like our nervous systems do. The nervous system of the lobster and the human being are so similar that antidepressants work on lobsters. And it's part of my attempt to demonstrate that the idea of hierarchy has absolutely nothing to do with socio-cultural construction."
Newman's ridiculous, oversimplistic response: Let me just get this straight. You're saying that we should organize our societies along the lines of the lobsters." [Yes, you read that right. You just can't make this stuff up!]
Peterson: "I'm saying that it's inevitable that there will be continuity in the way that animals and human beings organize their structures. It's absolutely inevitable. And there is 1/3 of a billion years of evolutionary history behind that."
Will Proxy Holders Win Again, by Sheer force of Numbers at the coming Annual AZGOP meeting in Phoenix?
GUEST BLOG BY RUSSELL SIAS If the AZGOP represents you, answer this question: Are you pleased with the leadership, policies and actions of the elected officers of the AZGOP, today? Have you ever been? I am not pleased, and I know that to remain silent is to endorse what is going on.
In my view, the AZGOP bylaws should uphold and promote the Republican platform AND give precinct committeemen, state committeemen, AND voters a feeling of trust in the integrity of the state party.
Unfortunately, that is not happening. Widespread outrage among the state committee, over apparent irregularities in money handling, the vote for the chairmanship,and others, caused an effort to remove AZGOP Chairman Lines, in the summer of 2017. It almost succeeded. It's failure was caused by something that Jim Ehl has been talking about for many years--apathy among the membership!
On Saturday, 1/6/2018 the AZGOP Resolution Committee meeting was completely disgusting, All but 3 of 20 reso- lutions were rejected, thus will not even be presented for a vote to the State committee, at its annual Mandatory meeting, January 27, 2018. The resolutions committee meeting lasted 2 hours. The first 30 minutes was a discussion on the merits or demerits of honest integrity and trust inducing elections. Three paper ballot election resolutions were rejected with only 2 yes votes out of 18. Reasons - Paper ballots take too long to count. That ignored my point about the Cochise county new system of voters using a touch screen PC to vote and then print a paper ballot to insert into the tally machine. Other points were dismissed as the elites and McCainites' desires were in conflict with them. The four resolutions that would limit proxy votes also were rejected, with only 2 votes to accept. The best idea presented would remove anyone guilty of proxy abuse from the party. Oh, but the Lines-appointed Chair of the bylaws committee doesn't like the word abuse - too negative.
Or maybe it is the fact the biggest proxy abuser has been Matthew Kenney, the current AZGOP executive director, hired by Lines, a hiring Kenny told AZGOP Secretary Gabby Mercer was insisted upon by the donors who provide the major funding for the state party--the donors who have more control over what the state party does than anyone who is actually IN the state party.
I was not surprised by the proxy resolutions defeat, as the bylaw committee chair also sits on the resolutions committee.
The future of the state AZGOP depends entirely on what happens at the January 27th annual meeting. Will there be enough people present who are fed up with the status quo and willing to vote against it? Or will the proxy holders win again, by sheer force of superior numbers?