Take a wild guess who is part of this "bipartisan" group and which Arizona delegation members approve.
We know that the Arizona Farm Bureau is one of the partners in the coalition. We discovered the connection while researching Paul Brierley, candidate for the upcoming Maricopa County Republican Committee election on Lisa Gray's slate. Brierley is a Director at the Farm Bureau.
Yes, Jeff Flake has signed on to the amnesty proposal.
Here is a link to Flake's comments at the Immigration Reform Now breakfast in 2007. We weren't fooled over Flake's sudden change of heart on Comprehensive Immigration Reform last year.
Todd Landfried from the Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform posted recently on Facebook:
When Kyl, Flake and Ed Pastor agree, you have something. If you haven't read it (like our legislative leaders apparently haven't), go to azeir.org and get a copy.
Landfried and his ilk are pimping their "SANE" plan to groups like Flake's former employer, the Cato Institute. He posted the Cato article on Facebook and made the following comments:
Todd LandfriedDid you see the AZ Republic article from today? Sen. Kyl, Senator-elect Flake and Rep. Pastor are supportive of the approach and the platform. This is pretty significant, don't you think?
Todd LandfriedI didn't draft the plan, although I had a big hand in it. About 60 business, faith, legal, Latino, community and others helped draft it. We began in 2/12 and finished it 12/12.
Todd LandfriedTo my knowledge, all members of the delegation have been briefed. The ones I have spoken to have been very receptive and I'll point to the comments in Thursday's paper from Kyl, Flake and Pastor as the proof. Friday's AZ Republic editorial is also indicative of the response we're getting. Arizona is finally leading, in a good way.
The AZ Central article linked above states:
As Congress gears up to once again tackle the long-simmering issue of comprehensive immigration reform next year, a bipartisan Arizona group of prominent community leaders is hoping to lead the way with a four-point blueprint for fixing the nation’s broken borders and rehabilitating the state’s battered national image.
The coalition of elected officials, business leaders and civic activists wants to end Arizona’s reputation as a leader of enforcement-only measures such as the controversial Senate Bill 1070by offering a broader solution that acknowledges the contributions of illegal immigrants and the role immigrants play in the economy.
The immigration-reform framework, unveiled Wednesday, already has been received favorably by several members of Arizona’s Capitol Hill delegation, including Republican U.S. Sen.-elect Jeff Flake, a six-term congressman poised to become a player in the coming debate, and the retiring GOP U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl....
Supporters of the plan say the state’s enforcement-only approach has created the impression outside the state that Arizona is hostile toward immigrants and Latinos and, as a result, has hurt the state’s economy by driving away tourists, conventions and business development.
“What we hope to do through leadership organizations, through individuals throughout the state and through our own elected leaders is to mitigate the damage that has been done to our state,” said Denise Resnik, co-founder of the Real Arizona Coalition, which is made up of 40 businesses groups, religious organizations, and minority- and immigrant-advocacy groups.
Flake applauded the work of the coalition, which he described as broader-based than groups that offered proposals in the past. He said he appreciated the inclusion of language calling for operational control of the U.S.-Mexico border.
“I looked at that a while ago, and it looks very good, frankly,” Flake told The Arizona Republic on Wednesday. “I think we have recognition everywhere that we need to have operational control at the border. Those that I’ve been talking to here in Washington, on all sides, recognize that needs to take place. That’s a change — that hasn’t been the case in years prior.”
He looked at it "a while ago?" Why didn't Flake ever bring up his approval of the plan before...I don't know...the ELECTION?
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It is an attempt to "change the tone of the immigration
debate." According to the co-founder, James E Garcia,
“We can’t create an
environment that (portrays) immigrants as the enemy or somehow a net drain on
our economy. We should understand them for what they overwhelmingly are:
people, families and individuals who come to this country with the intent of
helping build up this country. And if you look at the facts, that has ultimately
been borne out...We certainly offer a moderate voice to the debate, but it is a
voice that is motivated by the idea that immigrants should be treated with
respect and they are a necessary part of our economy and
On December 7th, the LA Times reported:
"As soon as the confrontation over fiscal policy winds down, the Obama administration will begin an all-out drive for comprehensive immigration reform, including seeking a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants, according to officials briefed on the plans....
Senior White House advisors plan to launch a social media blitz in January, and expect to tap the same organizations and unions that helped get a record number of Latino voters to reelect the president. Cabinet secretaries are preparing to make the case for how changes in immigration laws could benefit businesses, education, healthcare and public safety...
'The president can't guarantee us the outcome but he can guarantee us the fight,' said Eliseo Medina, secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union...'We expect a strong fight.' "
With the fiasco surrounding the Republican Victory Fund still fresh in our minds, we couldn't help but raise an eyebrow when we learned that two candidates on a slate running for the Maricopa County Republican Committee voted against a resolution to censure Senate President Steve Pierce, and House Speaker Andy Tobin for their involvement.
Why would Lisa Gray and Rene Lopez vote against the resolution? Were they not concerned about the underhanded actions taken by Pierce when he allowed Rich Crandall to benefit financially using the RVF money during a primary campaign? Did they not care that Tobin tabled union bills after receiving money from unions during his campaign? Or, just maybe it was because Tobin contributed a glowing endorsement for her husband, Rick Gray? Is there a potential conflict of interest if a County Chairman is married to a member of the legislature?
This made us begin to wonder if there were other irregularities about their vague campaign promises and shiny façade. Especially when we read that Lisa Gray has the support of "Kook" Queen Laurie Roberts. In fact, Roberts hopes that Lisa Gray wins the MCRC election. She said,
Next up: getting Lisa Gray elected as Haney's successor. 'Change is coming finally, Laurie …,' one Republican committeeman told me. 'We are weeding out these ‘Kooks’. They are self destructing too! The good, reasonable & thoughtful Republicans who want to do what is best for our state are finally making progress. We just need to make sure Haney's hand-picked AJ LaFaro does not become the County Chairman!'
LaFaro's the guy who pushed hard behind the scenes earlier this month to oust Senate President Steve Pierce and House Speaker Andy Tobin from their leadership spots, saying they weren't conservative enough. Really.
The terms "reasonable", "thoughtful" and "progress" used by the "Republican Committeeman" sound familiar. We hear them often from the liberal wing of the Republican/Democrat parties when they attempt to shut down the opposition by making them appear intolerant and freakishly behind the times.
An endorsement from Roberts alone would be enough for anyone to question the true motives of this slate. But, we wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt, so we decided to look in to their claims for ourselves. Trust but verify.
- For starters, the "Party Builders" as they call themselves, claim that if elected, they will use "Technology and Social media."
Gray lists one of her top achievements as having designed and donated the AZGOP logo to the State Party. Don't we already have an MCRC website, an AZGOP website, an AZ Republicans twitter account and numerous district Facebook groups? Do we really need to spend time focusing on reinventing the wheel? Is that what the "Party Builders" are offering? Is a glitzy website and a party logo supposed to say "vote for me....I'm Conservative?" Is it an odd coincidence that Lisa Gray just happens to have a business in web design and who was paid by her husband's campaign for his campaign website?
Meh. Not sold.
- Another statement the "Party Builders" have made is that they have "worked to unify factions within the party" and "encourage all factions of our party to be involved."
"Gray promised to work toward bringing the party together so it can focus on the “90% of the Party ideals we all agree on and end the infighting over the other 10%.”
What exactly is the "other 10%?"
The article continues:
“We need to really fix our infrastructure, and when I say ‘fix,’ I just mean that we need to make it stronger,” she told our reporter this afternoon. A lobbyist who knows Gray said her chances look very good. The source said Gray is a good organizer, isn’t a lightning rod and is promising to focus on the basics – propping up the party organization and increasing participation. “I don’t see her getting bogged down in a lot of those petty politics that the party has been kind of stuck in the mud on,” the lobbyist said..."
Wonder who her "lobbyist" friend might be who doesn't see her "getting bogged down in a lot of those petty politics."
Which reminds us, we have been hard pressed to find anything on their website which mentions where the slate actually stands on Constitutional and Republican principles. For comparison, take Rob Haney's campaign statement about UNITY when he ran for Chairman in 2010:
"Unity in the Republican Party must be based upon support of Constitutional and Republican Platform principles of limited government or we become but a wing of the Democrat Party. As precinct committeemen (PCs), we do not lose our first amendment right to free speech in advocating for or against political policies. This is especially true when a policy proposed by a Republican Representative is clearly in opposition to the Constitution and is opposed by the majority of Republicans."
See a difference?
- Lisa Gray also claims that her team will not use the term "RINO."
Why? Because RINOs don't like to be called out when they sell out? Well, if they don't want to distinguish between a "RINO" and a "Republican" then why do they throw around other descriptive terms like "conservative" and "grassroots?" Why not just say "we are Republicans?" While there is a time and place in politics for compromise, it is critical to know when to stand firm for your core beliefs. The term RINO is used to describe those who make vague, lukewarm statements designed to placate certain people. RINOs offer little for those who passionately believe in traditional conservative values and the core principles of our party platform.
Why would someone who claims to be a member of the TEA Party be so averse to the term RINO? Wouldn't a self-proclaimed TEA "party builder" WANT to help rid the party of the squishy elected officials who refuse to stand on conservative principles? Perhaps they might prefer a more politically correct term like "Progressives?" (We prefer "leftist")
Makes one begin to wonder what kind of "party" they want to "build."
- Another interesting statement the "Party Builders" have made is thatthey have stayed neutral in primary elections.
Well, except for Lisa Gray and Colleen Lombard's endorsement of Jeanette Dubreil who ran for the state House in 2012 but lost in the primary. Oh, and of course, Gray would support her husband, Rick Gray, and even served as his campaign treasurer. She was also paid by the Gray campaign for website design services.
Ms. Lombard also made a "neutral" primary election donation to J.D. Hayworth in July 2010. While we supported J.D. in the primaries against RINO Progressive John McCain, we aren't the ones claiming to be "neutral" in primary elections.
Then there is Mr. Paul Brierley, candidate for 1st Vice-chairman. Brierley supported Jeff Flake during the primary election campaign in 2010 when Flake ran against Jeff Smith. These pictures posted on Facebook on July 3, 2010 shows Brierley attending a Flake campaign event. The primary election was held on August 24th.
(Brierley is seen in the red shirt.)
Here is a recent photo of Brierley with fellow members of their slate.
Brierley also endorsed Warren Petersen during a three-man primary race for two state House seats this last year. There was no Democrat opposition in the general election.
For the record, we at SHIELD supported Warren Petersen as well. However, we find it dishonest and misleading when at least three members of the "party builders" slate who are campaigning on being "neutral" in primary races, are found to have very clearly endorsed and financially supported candidates during their primary elections.
Brierley has had some questionable endorsements as well which include former State Vice-Chairman candidate, Stephen Viramontes in 2011 whose outrageous statements were highlighted last year on SHIELD.
He also endorsed John McCain's puppet, Ron Carmichael for AZ State Chairman in 2011.
Brierley is also the Director of Organization at the Arizona Farm Bureau. You may recall that it was the Arizona Farm Bureau who was a party in a lawsuit against the state of Arizona in 2008 over E-verify legislation. Fellow parties in the lawsuit included the Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform (Todd Landfried), Chambers of Commerce, Chicanos por la Causa, Arizona Restaurant and Hospitality Association, Wake Up Arizona! (Carl's Jr. and McDonald's franchise owners who have ties to Jeff Flake) and several other cheap labor contractors and businesses.
How much money did that lawsuit cost Arizona taxpayers?
The Arizona Farm Bureau has endorsed candidates such as Steve Pierce, Andy Tobin, Rich Crandall, Amanda Aguirre, Heather Carter, Debbie Lesko, and Russ Jones. The Farm Bureau's AG PAC has also made numerous primary election donationsand endorsements. As usual, only a handful of actual conservatives made their list.
The Arizona Farm Bureau joined other organizations such as the IAF, Chicanos por la Causa, Valle del Sol, Friendly House and Border Action Network by signing off on the "Arizona Accord" (a so-called "REASONABLE IMMIGRATION REFORM" plan)paraded around by radical leftist, Randy Parraz.
Just this week we learned that the Arizona Farm Bureau has partnered with Todd Landfried's Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as part of a coalition pushing the new S.A.N.E. immigration policy (amnesty).
"Landfried emphasized that the negative effects of SB 1070 on the economy of Arizona propelled the conversation."
Something else we found interesting about Paul Brierley is that he was an inaugural Fellow at the "Arizona Civic Leadership Academy"program sponsored by the Flinn-Brown Foundations and the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership. It is a collaboration with other town and city "leadership" programs throughout the valley. We've discussed their brainwashing leadership training courses before. The Foundation is dedicated to: "raising the quality of life for present and future generations through expanded understanding and application of economic principles in private and public decision making." Fellows learn to gain a better understanding of major state issues, the connections among them, and leading-edge thinking. They explore many of the major drivers of change and their impacts on state public policy—such as rural and urban differences, aging and demographics, shifting societal attitudes, the effects of the Great Recession, globalization, sustainability, and competitiveness."
(Lisa Urias can be seen 5th from the left, at a Promise Arizona canvassing event to support Jerry Lewis during the Russell Pearce recall election)
In fact, Brierley teamed up with Urias to praise the program by saying,
“This class was made up of registered independents, Republicans, and Democrats. Yet we were able to remove the political jerseys, listen to the facts and work together to consider sensible alternative solutions to the problems we face. We did not agree on everything. However, we understood quite clearly that public service requires leadership to work together for the good of the people—not for our own personal political careers. If we do not work together for the people in this great state, we are wasting precious time when there is so little time to waste.”
~Lisa Urias and Paul Brierley
Now why would ANYONE who claimed to be "Conservative" even entertain the thought of teaming up with leftists who want to promote Agenda 21 goals in our cities and towns?
Again, exactly what kind of "party" are they wanting to build?
Finally, there were a few other bullet points on Ms. Gray's resume which stood out to us. Mostly because many of the items she listed as accomplishments were things that other District Chairmen around the County have done as well, because, that was their JOB as Chairman. Like increase district finances and reporting them to PCs, increase voter registrations, implement PC training, create a website or social media outlets like Twitter or Facebook, implement fundraising events, organize community service donations, and plan GOTV activities.
What we found worthy of researching, however, was Ms. Gray's claim that she increased the PCs in her district by 48%. We quickly discovered that context matters. Here's what we found:
In January 2011, Lisa Gray's district (LD9) had just over 100 elected PCs. This equated to a 72% vacancy rate which included her own precinct! By May of 2012, another 50 or so PCs were appointed (not all that hard to do when you start out with such a large number of spaces to fill). So, by the end of her Chairmanship, she STILL had a 60% vacancy rate.
Paul Brierley and Rene Lopez served as Chairman and 1st Vice Chair in LD21. In January 2011 the district also had a 72% vacancy rate. By May 2012, the vacancy rate was still high at 62%.
By comparison, AJ LaFaro's district (LD 17) in Tempe started out with a 57% vacancy rate and lowered it to 54% by May 2012.
Jeni White's district (LD20) during the same time period went from a 69% vacancy rate to 55%.
Most impressive is David Ludwig's district (LD11) who STARTED with only an 8% vacancy rate! Now THAT is how it is done!
Overall, adding up the vacancy rates for the two slates, it breaks down to this:
LaFaro's slate: districts went from an overall vacancy rate of 49% to 45.8%.
Gray's slate: districts went from an overall vacancy rate of 65% to 58.6%. Still higher than where LaFaro's slate even started.
Based on our findings, it seems clear that our county party deserves better than vague promises and unclear positions. We need strong, genuine leaders who have proven themselves to be willing to get involved and be proactive not because they are climbing a ladder or checking a box for future political aspirations, but because they truly believe in the cause. Above all, we need leaders who will stand firm on their constitutional principles and not willingly cozy up to those who are trying to destroy them.
Drawing on the latest research, calls on developing and developed countries, international organizations and civil society to:
Radically increase financial support and political commitmentto ensuring that rights-based family planning is available to all who want it, when they want it, and that services, supplies and information are of high quality.
Promote family planning as a right, the exercise of which enables the attainment of a whole range of other rights.
Integrate voluntary family planninginto broader economic and social development because family planning enhances both.
Eliminate economic, social, logistical and financial obstaclesto voluntary family planning so that everyone who chooses to use it has access to it.
Reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and abortionsby increasing availability, reliability and quality of family planning supplies and services.
"Fighting Poverty Without Population Growth: Bangladesh Shows How It's Done."
By Laura Mortara Bangladesh is living proof that empowering and assisting the poor can sharply cut poverty even without rapid growth. Family planning:Realizing it did not have the coercive power to enforce either a one-child policy (like China in the 1970s) or mass sterilization (as was the case with India) the Bangladeshi government made birth control free.Government workers were dispatched all over the country to distribute birth control and dispense family planning counseling. As a result, Bangladesh’s fertility rate has fallen from 6.3 births per woman in 1975 to 2.3 in 2012.
Free government mandated birth control took place recently in the Philippines and Kenya. Of course, we now have the policy here in the U.S. as well.
So, Sandra Fluke's feigned concern about not being able to afford $4000 for birth control while trying to study at the affluent $50,000/year Georgetown University is now deemed just as concerning as a woman in a hut in a third world country.
Remember, it was Obama's Science Czar, John Holdren, who said forced abortions and mass sterilization were needed to save the planet. What a good, little water boy for the United Nations agenda.
Dr. Sam Keen, New Age writer and philosopher, speaking at Gorbachev's State of the World Forum in San Francisco in 1996 said:
"We must speak far more clearly about sexuality, contraception, about
abortion, about values that control the population, because the ecological
crisis, in short, is the population crisis. Cut the population by 90% and there aren't
enough people left to do a great deal of ecological damage."
Back in 1990, the LA Times reported:
"WASHINGTON — The link between childbearing and the future of the environment is more critical than ever, a population control group said today in urging couples to have smaller families. "The only lasting remedy to our national and global environmental woes is a combination of more efficient consumption and a stable, and perhaps smaller, U.S. population," Zero Population Group said in a new report, "Planning the Ideal Family: The Small Family Option."
Although, one wouldn't need to only push legislation that offers free birth control in order to manage population. One might attempt to simply create a different kind of "environment" like, maybe one that is so financially and economically in debt that couples will choose to have smaller families simply because they can't afford more than one or two children.To see what the economic impact will be on countries who have already implemented population control, look at China's graying population compared to the upcoming "millennials" who will be financially responsible for taking care of them.
If I were the Devil.... I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies; I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are valued more than human beings. - Paul Harvey 1965
Jonathan Soros is the son of Hungarian born billionaire currency manipulator, George Soros. Soros funds such progressive organizations as the Center for American Progress, Moveon.org, America Coming Together and Open Society.
Jonathan has been actively following in his father's footsteps. In 2004, he served on the board of America Coming Together. This is one of five other progressive groups in 2004 who joined together to help Democrats in get-out-the-vote efforts. They were also fined $775,000 by the FEC for violating election law. One of the other five groups was called America Votes. You might remember America Votes from our recent elections here in Arizona where they spent over $100,000 opposing Republican candidates.
We won't even go in to the ties between Jonathan Soros and ACORN. You can read about the connections here.
Jonathan is the President and Deputy Chairman of the Soros Fund Management LLC. Mr. Soros served as a staff member on the Clinton/Gore ’92 campaign and inaugural committees.
Mr. Soros is also a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute where he "explores the roles of corporations in society." He also "examines the reach and consequences of corporate 'personhood' after the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United. In addition, he is exploring the emerging field of social investment and the ways in which it mobilizes for-profit organziations for the production of public goods."
What is the Roosevelt Institute?
The Roosevelt Institute is a "nonprofit organization devoted to carrying forward the legacy and values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by developing progressive ideas and bold leadership in the service of restoring America’s promise of opportunity for all."
Because, FDR's progressive "New Deal" agenda is such a great example of "sustainability."
The Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, a national student initiative, engages young people in a unique form of progressive activism that empowers them as leaders and promotes their ideas for change. Through communication and coordination with political actors and community members, students identify pressing issues facing their towns, counties and states. Taking advantage of the unique resources on their college campuses, they engage in policy research and writing and then connect the fruits of that research to the political process, delivering sound, progressive proposals to policymakers and advocacy groups. We call our unique model of policy activism Think Impact.
Here is a copy of a facilitator guide used to teach students about their project "Think 2040" which is just a new term for Agenda 21. This is a plan to essentially encourage students to get involved to nudge their state and local leaders to take on the Agenda 21 platform. Parts of the guide state:
As members of the nation’s largest student policy organiziation, the state is waiting to hear our vision for the future and our recommendations for achieving it.
Explain the order or operations to the audience. Explain what is the end result of the conversation: an action plan for implementing our vision for 2040, beginning at the local level. "As Millennials, we have been faced with near impossible challenges. Get a job in the most challenging employment climate since the 1930s; deal with the world's rising environmental problems; face up to the threat of terrorism. In the face of these challenges, we have to be clear about what we stand for. That's why we launched Think 2040. In the last 9 months, students from across America came together and produced a set of goals for America that represents our generation. In this event, we will take the next step and put those goals into action with a specific focus on [YOUR STATE].”
The renaissance of bold millennial progressivism will not be realized in the federal offices of Washington, but on America’s sidewalks and street corners...Obama for America led a national dialogue throughout the election on what values shape our nation, but constructive exchangement must continue in the context of community action. In order to do this, we need to create spaces to facilitate the exchange of ideas on the local level, engaging all demographics of the progressive coalition.
Hands-on opportunities to connect constituencies and build a progressive community are also sprouting up across the nation. Organizations such as the Future Project are creating innovative ways to connect young people with students and inspire brighter futures. (develop the next generation of community organizers using our public school system) At Groundswell, organizers are helping community members leverage their collective buying power to bolster the local clean energy sector.
Groundswell partners with the Clinton Global Initiative which is pushing Agenda 21. They deal with everything from purchasing clean energy credits to advocating loan forgiveness for low income neighborhoods.
One of the Board members for Groundswell is Bracken Hendricks from Soros' Center for American Progress and boasts he was an "architect of clean-energy portions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act."
One of Groundswell's partners is a group called Washington Interfaith Network.
Washington Interfaith Network is an affiliate of the Saul Alinsky Industrial Areas Foundation and whose motto is "we organize for power to transform communities."
There is a list of numerous "religious" institutions of Groundswell.
“It's in that convergence of spiritual people becoming active and active people becoming spiritual that the hope of humanity now rests.”
"There should be a moral principle there that says, let's green the ghetto first. Let's go to those communities where they have the least abililty to pay for that retrofit and make sure they get that help, make sure they get that support. And give the young people standing on those corners the opportunity to put down those handguns and pick up some caulking guns and be a part of the solution."