Posts Tagged ‘Giffords’

4th January
written by Sean Noble












While the rest of the nation focused on Iowa and the GOP nomination process, Arizona politics is running at warp speed.

State Legislator Kristen Sinema resigned her seat to seek the Democrat nomination for the newly drawn 9th Congressional district that encompasses parts of Phoenix, Tempe and Ahwatukee.  It is considered a “swing” district that most believe leans Democrat.

Sinema is probably one of the smartest politicians in Arizona.  She is witty, unorthodox and effective.  And she is incredibly liberal.

It appears that Arizona Democrat Party Chairman Andrei Cherny is likely to jump into the race, as is State Legislator David Schapira.  My money is on Sinema.  But because she is so liberal, it makes it more likely that Republicans can win that seat in the general election.

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Obama’s campaign has continued to push the meme that Arizona is winnable.  As you may know, I think they are smoking crack.

Here is a simple thought exercise: do you think that the Democrat nominee for the new 9th Congressional district would host a rally with President Obama in late October of 2012?  Me neither. Point made.

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In the newly created 4th Congressional district – also known as the “river district” that takes in half of Pinal county, wraps up and around the Valley and includes Yavapai, Mohave, La Paz and part of Yuma counties – is creating a hotbed of activity on the Republican side.  Congressman Paul Gosar is mulling whether to move to Yavapai County to run in this seat.  Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu announced he is running in that seat and Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce has expressed interest.  This could turn into a slugfest in the primary, but it will be a Republican seat.

The new Congressional District 6 is likely to see a showdown between Congressman Ben Quayle and Congressman David Schweikert.  That will be a race for the ages.

Speculation about what Representative Gabby Giffords does is just that: speculation.  That situation warrants it’s own post, which I’ll do later.

Congressmen Grijalva and Pastor will be safe in their respective districts, which leaves the newly drawn 1st Congressional district.  Former Rep. Anne Kirkpatrick is raising a ton of money there, but she will be in for an interesting primary against Wenona Benally Baldenegro, a smart (Harvard-trained lawyer) Native American who is running to Kirkpatrick’s left.

So the burning question is who will Republicans run in the new CD 1?

23rd February
written by Sean Noble

Representative Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) penned a “My Turn” for the Arizona Republic justifying her vote for the stimulus bill.  As I read it, I couldn’t help but think that her mentality about the role of government is one which must not be allowed to permeate younger generations or we will be destined to a permanent welfare state and a complete entitlement mentality.

She writes: 

The hard-working men and women I represent want action – they want their federal government to do what is necessary to create jobs, help small businesses and lay the groundwork for long-term prosperity.

Any right-thinking (not philosophically right, but correct) individual doesn’t want the federal government to “create jobs and help small business.”  It’s not the role of government to “create jobs” – that’s the role of free enterprise.  The best help the government could give small business is to get out of the way.

Yes, some of you are saying to yourselves, “Noble is just a throwback to the right-wing nuts who hate government.”  You’re entitled to your opinion, but just because people mock those of us who care about the proper role of government, doesn’t make government intervention any less destructive.

When it cost a restaurant owner a $90,000 fee just to get plans approved by a city, after spending a small fortune on designing it to comply with a multitude of federal regulations, it creates less and less incentive for businesses to expand, create more jobs, inject more capital into the economy and make our communities better places to live.

We can’t have economic growth unless we have businesses that produce something.  Government doesn’t produce anything that helps the economy. In fact, it largely produces things (laws and regulations) that hurt our economy.

Giffords goes on to write:

Standing by and doing nothing is not an option as retirement accounts dwindle, families lose health care and venerable American companies file for bankruptcy protection… This is not a time for partisan politics or sitting on the sidelines.

This is a cheap shot at Republicans who opposed the Democrat package.  No Republican in the House or the Senate argued that we should do nothing.  In fact, the only bi-partisan vote on a stimulus bill in the House was one submitted by Republicans that relied on tax reductions to help spur business investment.  That garnered some Democrat support.  Giffords tries to paint Republicans as do-nothing obstructionists who acted completely partisan, when it was the Democrats who refused to let Republicans in the room when the stimulus package was being negotiated.

Giffords may be using the typical Democrat talking points to justify her vote, but come 2010 she’s going to have to have answers to why this stimulus bill hasn’t worked.