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  • Priest scales wall to enter U.S. -- and bring message to parishioners

    05/03/2013 5:08:19 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 29, 2013 | Jennifer Delgado
    Just days after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border by climbing a wall, a Chicago priest says what he did was wrong and urged parishioners in his Southwest Side church to apologize if they had done the same. "And by recognizing you did something wrong, you can't keep it doing it," said the Rev. Gary Graf of St. Gall Roman Catholic Church in Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood. "I'm begging the people to take a different tactic." --SNIP-- Graf paid for the trip but took about $3,000 from a church collection to pay coyotes, or people who smuggle others into the U.S. for...
  • Navy has fired 6 commanders since January, triple its usual monthly rate

    03/06/2010 8:20:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 61 replies · 1,851+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 3/06/2010 | Craig Whitlock
    The Navy has fired six commanding officers since the start of the year -- triple its usual monthly rate -- including a foul-mouthed captain who was dismissed for subjecting her crew to "cruelty and maltreatment" aboard a warship in the Pacific. Capt. Holly Graf, commander of the USS Cowpens, a guided-missile cruiser, was relieved of duty Jan. 13 after an investigation found she cursed so much at her 400-member crew that even the sailors -- no strangers to four-letter words -- were intimidated. According to the Navy inspector general's report released this week, officers complained that their captain humiliated them...
  • Sailors complain of abuse from their commander, captain relieved of her command

    03/05/2010 8:47:15 AM PST · by cajuncow · 112 replies · 2,528+ views
    Cox News ^ | 3-5-10 | PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (Associated Press) -- A Navy captain was demoted because she berated and assaulted her crew, not because she led her guided missile cruiser on a drag-race with another U.S. warship in the Pacific, an investigation shows. Capt. Holly Graf was relieved of her command of the cruiser USS Cowpens after an investigation substantiated crew allegations that she was abusive and used her position for personal gain, naval officials said Thursday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record.
  • A quick thought on Arizona 8th District and illegal immigration (Graf is dark horse)

    11/04/2006 7:58:00 AM PST · by axes_of_weezles · 20 replies · 792+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 3 Nov 2006 | Jim Geraghty
    A quick thought on Arizona 8th District and illegal immigration 11/03 01:43 PM The Corner has a good collection of links to news stories covering the House race in the Arizona 8th District — Democrat Gabrielle Giffords vs. Republican Randy Graf. It's Kolbe's old seat, one of the races every observer is chalking up as an automatic Democratic pickup. I've indicated that Republican Randy Graf is my Super Mega-Shocker Special What-The-Hell-Are-You-Smoking-Jim Upset Pick for 2006; I just figure the illegal immigration issue is huge, stirs passions, motivates voters, and that a lot of people may support a Minuteman, a hardline...
  • Bits and Pieces, Four Days Out

    11/03/2006 4:20:07 PM PST · by LS · 140 replies · 3,019+ views
    self | 11/3/06 | LS
    This is kind of a jumble---so many small pieces of information and/or thoughts, so let's get to it: 1. All the polls are off, part umpteen. Earlier this election season, I thought all the polls were off because they were oversampling Dems. Recently, I've been seeing some of the panic-meisters at NRO claim knowledge of GOP "nightlies" or "internals." I don't doubt they are getting information from somewhere, but I think one of two things is happening. A. Their sources either aren't as good as they should be, or are RINOs deliberately feeding them crapola. Before you dismiss the latter,...
  • Gabrielle Giffords won't reveal which guest worker plan she supports (AZ,Randy Graf)

    11/02/2006 4:00:29 PM PST · by lonewacko_dot_com · 7 replies · 380+ views
    lonewacko_dot_com ^ | 11/02/06 | lonewacko_dot_com
    Democrat Gabrielle Giffords is running for Congress against Randy Graf in Arizona, and I called her office a few times trying to find out exactly which of the various immigration plans she supports or where her support differs from those plans. All I managed to get out of one of her staff members is that she supports the Kennedy-McCain plan, which includes a "guest" worker plan. [1] However, that plan did not pass. I asked about the plan that did pass the Senate, the "Hagel-Martinez compromise", which also contains a "guest" worker plan similar to that from Kennedy-McCain. [2] I...
  • Mailer assails Graf, Kyl for stance on abortion rights

    10/24/2006 11:10:54 AM PDT · by libertylovinactivist · 12 replies · 480+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 10/22/06 | Daniel Scarpinato
    A mailer paid for by NARAL Pro-Choice America Political Action Committee. The message: The mailer has a photo of President Bush at a podium with the phrase "Fighting the war on women" behind him. "In this war, George W. Bush has lots of allies in Congress," it reads. Inside, above a fake picture of Kyl and Graf in army fatigues, the mailer says: "In Bush's assault on women's rights, Jon Kyl is a top general and Randy Graf wants a promotion."
  • Randy Graf vs. the Soros $$$ machine, a discredited RINO, and the open borders lobby

    10/23/2006 7:02:31 PM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 14 replies · 708+ views
    Renew America ^ | 23 October 2006 | Wes Vernon
    Randy Graf vs. the Soros $$$ machine, a discredited RINO, and the open borders lobby Wes Vernon Wes Vernon October 23, 2006 Voters in Arizona's 8th Congressional District have an opportunity to send someone to Congress who shares their pro-American values. These people — living right up against the border — have been on the front lines in the war against the invasion of this country by Mexico. Yes, invasion by Mexico, whose government (because of its corruption, incompetence, and Marxist-tinged economic policies) has millions of its people living in abject poverty. So Mexican authorities have a solution. Not a...
  • Giffords aims to follow Kolbe's footsteps

    10/23/2006 5:59:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 410+ views
    BISBEE — Being a congressional representative is not a job title, it’s a job description, Gabrielle Giffords told about 50 people Sunday afternoon. Saying retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe is the person who made that comment, Democrat Giffords promised she would more than carry a title by working hard to be a representative. She made her comments to an audience at Bob and Estellean Wick’s Bisbee home, outlining what she wants to achieve, not if, but when she is elected on Nov. 7. Saying her Republican opponent, Randy Graf, is out of touch of the needs facing the district...
  • GOP Shuns Immigration Hardliner in Ariz.

    10/23/2006 12:46:24 PM PDT · by VU4G10 · 59 replies · 1,530+ views
    ap ^ | October 23, 2006 | By JENNIFER TALHELM and ARTHUR H. ROTSTEIN
    TUCSON, Ariz. -- Randy Graf is a tough-on-immigration Republican in a district that is fed up with people pouring illegally across the border and hasn't elected a Democrat to the House in two decades. Yet Graf's national party is turning its back on him, the retiring Republican congressman he wants to succeed has disavowed his candidacy and he's finding trouble getting traction beyond the most secure GOP voters _ and a border militia that's backing him.
  • Giffords, Graf blast each other's pasts

    10/18/2006 6:03:38 AM PDT · by radar101 · 7 replies · 421+ views
    AZ STAR ^ | 18 Oct 2006 | Daniel Scarpinato
    Mr. Graf in one of his TV ads prominently displays a pregnant woman, but when a bill came forward in the Arizona Legislature to crack down on people who beat and abuse pregnant women, he voted against that bill," Giffords said at one point, referring to a bill Graf opposed that she said increased penalties for abusing pregnant women. Meanwhile, Graf criticized Giffords over government spending. "We have some differences of opinion. I'm for lowering taxes, Ms. Giffords is for increasing taxes. I'm for smaller government and less programs. She wants to increase government programs. It's a clear difference," Graf...
  • Giffords Lawyers Attempt to Pull Minutemen PAC Ads Off the Air

    10/17/2006 6:13:19 PM PDT · by libertylovinactivist · 14 replies · 936+ views
    Ms. Giffords is endorsed by every prominent liberal political action committee in the nation, including such radical groups such as Emily's List (, Las Adelitas, the National Women's Political Caucus (, and the pro-Gay Marriage Human Rights Campaign Fund ( She was described as a "feminist candidate" by the Feminist Daily News ( The liberal blog Daily Kos describes her as a "fantastic candidate" ( and her political patron, Rep. Raul Grijalva, is a member of the ultra-liberal House Progressive Caucus ( The Almanac of American Politics describes his voting record as "strongly liberal."
  • Randy Graf vs. Gabrielle Giffords

    10/15/2006 12:24:21 PM PDT · by libertylovinactivist · 5 replies · 686+ views
    Human Events ^ | 10/03/06 | John Gizzi
    To hear the liberal media, the Democratic Party and a few disgruntled liberal Republicans tell it, the seat of retiring Rep. Jim Kolbe (R.-Ariz.) is already lost to the Democrats. Republican nominee Randy Graf would save himself a month of aggravation by conceding now, they will tell you, and Democrat Gabrielle Giffords can start hiring staff and contacting real estate agents in Washington, D.C. To all that, conservatives throughout Arizona’s 8th District and nationwide should chorus in unison: “You’re dreaming!”
  • District 8 race offers challenge, rare opportunity (AZ CD8)

    10/15/2006 9:45:46 AM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 7 replies · 539+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 15 October 2006 | Daniel Scarpinato
    District 8 race offers challenge, rare opportunity By Daniel Scarpinato arizona daily star Tucson, Arizona | Published: 10.15.2006 As one of a select number of truly competitive congressional districts, the diversity of Southern Arizona's 8th cannot be overstated. Juxtaposing chi-chi Foothills neighborhoods with high-poverty border towns — swallowing in Bohemian artists enclaves and straight-laced family populated suburbs, the district presents a unique political challenge. And with the retirement of Rep. Jim Kolbe, a rare opportunity for the aspiring. That's precisely why the seat was supposed to be one of the most competitive races in the nation. But since the...
  • Illegal Immigration Shaping Congressional Elections in Key Border States (AZ CD8)

    10/13/2006 6:20:34 PM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 10 replies · 673+ views
    VOA ^ | 13 October 2006 | GREG FLAKUS
    Illegal Immigration Shaping Congressional Elections in Key Border States By Greg FlakusTucson, Arizona13 October 2006 Flakus report - Download 512k Listen to Flakus report The issue of illegal immigration has stirred passions around the nation in the past year and it is playing a role in some congressional races around the country. One place where it is a big issue is southern Arizona, where the majority of illegal entries from Mexico occur.  The candidates for Congress from one district on the Mexican border are competing over who has the best approach to the problem. Republican candiate for Congress Randy...
  • McCain backs Minuteman Graf; Giffords wants Hastert to resign

    10/09/2006 2:26:40 PM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 23 replies · 791+ views
    The Business Journal, Phoenix ^ | 8 October 2006 | Mike Sunnucks
    McCain backs Minuteman Graf; Giffords wants Hastert to resign The Business Journal of Phoenix - October 8, 2006 by Mike Sunnucks The Business Journal Arizona Sen. John McCain has endorsed conservative Tucson congressional candidate Randy Graf despite a split between the two on immigration and the Mexican border. Graf is also a member of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, a controversial group that patrols U.S. border and wants tougher immigration controls. The Minutemen have opposed McCain's approach to immigration, including a guest worker program. Graf faces an uphill climb against Democratic rival Gabrielle Giffords in a southeastern Arizona U.S. House...
  • McCain Supports Graf for House (Kyl too)

    10/09/2006 1:50:31 PM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 54 replies · 940+ views
    The Arizona (Red) Star ^ | 8 October 2006 | Daniel Scarpinato
    McCain supports Graf for House seat By Daniel Scarpinato arizona daily star Tucson, Arizona | Published: 10.08.2006 Republican congressional candidate Randy Graf has won the endorsement of political superstar John McCain — a significant step, the campaign says, toward unifying moderates and conservatives. "Randy Graf's record as a state representative has demonstrated his commitment to the values important to the people of Arizona," McCain said in a written statement provided to the Arizona Daily Star. "His voting record on issues such as supporting our military, reducing taxes and reining in election and welfare fraud bodes well for his future...
  • Rep. Kolbe saw Foley messages in 2000

    10/08/2006 7:37:23 PM PDT · by dogbyte12 · 125 replies · 3,085+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11-9-06 | Jonathon Weisman
    Another Republican congressman knew of disgraced former representative Mark Foley's inappropriate Internet exchanges as far back as 2000 and personally confronted Foley about his communications. A spokeswoman for Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) confirmed yesterday that a former page showed the congressman Internet messages that had made the youth feel uncomfortable with the direction Foley (R-Fla.) was taking their e-mail relationship. Last week, when the Foley matter erupted, a Kolbe staff member suggested to the former page that he take the matter to the clerk of the House, Karen Haas, said Kolbe's press secretary, Korenna Cline. source with direct knowledge of...
  • Tucson Chamber Backs Napolitano (And Randy Graf (R) in CD8

    10/06/2006 7:02:34 PM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 17 replies · 636+ views
    The Business Journal (Phoenix AZ) ^ | 5 October | Mike Sunnucks
    Tucson Chamber backs Napolitano An influential business group is endorsing Gov. Janet Napolitano's election effort. The Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is backing Napolitano, a Democrat, over Republican challenger Len Munsil in this year's governor's race. Napolitano has carved out a moderate, pro-business path since becoming governor in 2003. That includes approving business and Republican-backed tax cuts the past two legislative sessions. Napolitano is favored to win over Munsil, a social conservative and Scottsdale attorney. Munsil was head of the Center for Arizona Policy, a Scottsdale-based Christian conservative group, before entering the governor's race. The Tucson chamber and a number...
  • Randy Graf for Congress needs YOUR support!

    10/06/2006 10:58:34 AM PDT · by bstein80 · 93 replies · 1,394+ views
    10-6-2006 | Robert Morrow
    Call 520-887-2984!! And call it now! The #1 issue for Republican Randy Graf is stopping illegal immigration, defending our borders and protecting US national sovereignty. Randy is also a rock solid conservative on both economic and social issues and he is pro gun rights. Randy Graf needs your help! Randy Graf is just like Tom Tancredo and we need a lot more Tom Tancredos in Congress. The number one race for conservatives in the USA is the Randy Graf campaign for Congress in Arizona, district #8. Nationwide grassroots conservatives can help Randy win by 1) sending money and 2) making...
  • US Muslims Gear up for Nov. Elections (Registration booths in Mosques)

    10/02/2006 7:48:45 PM PDT · by xzins · 60 replies · 1,540+ views
    US Muslims Gear up for Nov. Elections DALLAS — American Muslims have set up voter registration booths in mosques across the United States to encourage fellow Muslim voters to sign up for the November mid-term elections. "We have set up booths in 150 mosques across the country in the past two weeks," Mukit Hossain, a political consultant to the Muslim American Society which is championing the drive, told Reuters Saturday, September 30. American Muslims have also established a website to enable Muslim voters to register online. Hossain said about 10,000 were estimated to have been registered to date, expecting "tens...
  • Karl Rove Offers Pep Talk to Arizona GOP

    10/02/2006 12:22:22 PM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 32 replies · 699+ views
    Human Events ^ | 2 October 2006 | Patrick Mcnamara
    Karl Rove Offers Pep Talk to Arizona GOP by Patrick McNamara Posted Oct 02, 2006 TUCSON, ARIZ.—In hopes of keeping Arizona’s 8th District in Republican hands, White House adviser Karl Rove came to town last Friday with this message: Democrats can’t be trusted to fight the War on Terror. At the fundraising event organized by the Arizona Republican Party, Rove—the man President Bush calls “the architect”—derided the Democratic congressional leadership for a “cut-and-run philosophy on terror.” “We’re kidding ourselves if we think we can walk out on Iraq—without having won—and not embolden the terrorists,” Rove told the crowd of Arizona...
  • NRCC,DCCC,Graf,Huffman,Giffords discussion thread

    10/01/2006 10:29:57 PM PDT · by staytrue · 16 replies · 566+ views
    Political Money Line ^ | 10-2-2006 | self
    I thought this link would be of value regarding the AZ district 8 election. If you go to the link You will find the following from about 8/22 to 9/22: 1. The NRCC spent about 100,000 dollars supporting Huffman. 2. The DCCC spent about 200,000 dollars opposing Huffman and about 0 dollars opposing Graf. 3. The Minutemen have spent about 45,000 supporting Graf 4. After the primary, the RNCC spent about 16,000 supporting Graf and about 70,000 opposing Giffords. From this I conclude that the Democrats wanted to run against Graf and not Huffman. The Republicans wanted Huffman to...
  • Giffords' TV ad addresses America's safety (NOT)

    10/01/2006 11:15:59 AM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 13 replies · 556+ views
    The Arizona (Red) Daily Star ^ | 1 October 2006 | Josh Brodesky
    Tucson Region AdWatch: The Star's ongoing evaluation of the record versus the rhetoric in campaign ads Giffords' TV ad addresses America's safety By Josh Brodesky arizona daily star Tucson, Arizona | Published: 10.01.2006 advertisement Today: We look at an ad for Democrat Gabrielle Giffords. The Race: Congress, District 8. Medium: A 30-second television ad. The Message: The ad begins with an image of cargo containers as a narrator says, "our ports uninspected." The message is re-emphasized by a graphic stating "one in 20 ports inspected." It then cuts to an image of a dirt road slicing across the desert as...
  • Despite Giffords' gripe, ad still on air (Graf opponent whining about truth)

    10/01/2006 11:08:25 AM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 8 replies · 922+ views
    The Arizona (Red) Daily Star ^ | 1 October 2006 | Daniel Scarpinato
    Tucson Region Political Notebook Despite Giffords' gripe, ad still on air By Daniel Scarpinato arizona daily star Tucson, Arizona | Published: 10.01.2006 Democrat Gabrielle Giffords wants a new television ad criticizing her taken off the air, but Cox Media has no plans to pull it. In a letter sent Wednesday from Giffords' attorney to Cox Media, the campaign urges the company to take an ad paid for by the Minuteman Political Action Committee off the air since the Minutemen haven't been able to clearly back up claims they make about Congressional District 8 candidate Giffords in the ad. In the...
  • DNC: Arizona Republicans Rely on the King of Fear and Smear (Rats In Moonbat Mode)

    09/29/2006 8:32:06 PM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 17 replies · 760+ views
    US Newswire (DNC Talking Points) ^ | Sept. 29 2006 | Luis Miranda
    Trip Comes Amid New Reports Linking Rove to Indicted Former Republican Lobbyist Jack Abramoff9/29/2006 6:14:00 PM To: State Desk Contact: Luis Miranda of the Democratic National Committee, 202-863-8148 WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The following release was issued today by the Democratic National Committee: Desperate times call for desperate measures, and the Arizona Republican Party has gone to desperate measures today by bringing GOP fear and smear king Karl Rove to Tucson and Scottsdale to raise campaign cash. But, Rove is lucky to be getting out of Washington and avoiding questions raised in a new a bipartisan Congressional report,...
  • Minutemen's Graf ads: Rival is 'way too liberal'(AZ CD8)

    09/27/2006 8:01:54 PM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 12 replies · 808+ views
    The Arizona (Red) Daily Star ^ | 27 Sep 2006 | Daniel Scarpinato
    Tucson Region Minutemen's Graf ads: Rival is 'way too liberal' TV spots say Giffords favors aid for entrants By Daniel Scarpinato arizona daily star Tucson, Arizona | Published: 09.27.2006 In an effort to boost support for Republican congressional candidate Randy Graf, the Minuteman Political Action Committee launched the first in a series of ads on Tuesday. The television advertising, appearing on cable stations, criticizes 8th District Democratic candidate Gabrielle Giffords as being "way too liberal for Arizona." The Giffords campaign calls statements in the ad lies, and campaign officials are working with lawyers to have the commercial removed from the...
  • Demos losing poor Hispanic voters who want effective border security

    09/25/2006 9:15:12 PM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 23 replies · 851+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 09.25.2006 | John Kromko
    Opinion Guest Opinion: John Kromko Demos losing poor Hispanic voters who want effective border security Tucson, Arizona | Published: 09.25.2006 In 2004, Arizona voters passed Proposition 200, which cut some social services for illegal aliens. While impacts of this proposition have been frequently debated, one profound aspect has been ignored: the poorer a voter was, the more they supported Prop. 200, regardless of ethnicity. In heavily Hispanic precincts, about 40 percent to 45 percent of voters voted for Prop. 200, about the same percentage that voted for Bush. If you're wealthy, an alien probably won't take your job or...
  • Giffords (D) leads Graf (R) in early polling (AZ-08, Giffords up 12)

    09/25/2006 11:34:45 AM PDT · by okstate · 102 replies · 1,602+ views
    KVOA TV ^ | 25 September 2006 | News 4 Tuscon
    It's set to be one of the most watched races in the November elections and it's rooted right here in Southern Arizona. It's a race guaranteed to capture the eyes of the nation. News 4 has partnered with the Arizona Daily Star to conduct a tracking poll in which we asked likely voters a number of questions related to the Congressional District 8 race and the candidates. 600 likely voters in Arizona Congressional District 8 took part in a survey, which was conducted from September 16 - 19, 2006 by 1 to 1 Direct and Marketing Intelligence. The poll has...
  • Governor works to rally party and locals (Arizon DemonRAT -- BARF!!!!)

    09/24/2006 11:40:15 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 435+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — Arizona Democratic candidates for state and national office say there is a change in the air that will lead to more candidates from their party being elected in November. But the state’s top Democrat, Gov. Janet Napolitano, added a sense of reality when she told nearly 200 people attending a brunch Saturday that nothing should be taken for granted. The party faithful, she said, will have to get out and vote to ensure Democratic victory in statewide and Legislative offices, as well in congressional elections. Napolitano said she, too, foresees a new direction for the state if...
  • Giffords leads Graf solidly in Dist. 8 poll ( AZ Rat Poll,Rat Author)

    09/24/2006 7:27:20 AM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 36 replies · 1,560+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 24 September 2006 | Daniel Scarpinato
    Poll results District 8, U.S. House Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat: 48.4% Randy Graf, Republican: 35.7% David Nolan, Libertarian: 1.4% Jay Quick, independent: 1.1% Undecided: 13.4% Margin of error of 3.9 percentage points. Survey of 600 likely voters in Congressional District 8 Sept. 16-19. Name the single most important issue when deciding whom to vote for: Border Control/Immigration: 45.8% War in Iraq: 10.7% Candidates' experience: 8.5% Party affiliation/Support for President Bush: 7.4% Health care: 7.2% Education: 5.8% Rate the importance of these issues when deciding whom to vote for: Important or very important Immigration: 82.3% War on terror: 82.2% War in...
  • National Demos pulling Dist. 8 ads (Graf-Giffords race AZCD8)

    09/23/2006 11:07:54 AM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 65 replies · 1,410+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 09.23.2006 | Daniel Scarpinato
    Tucson Region National Demos pulling Dist. 8 ads Republicans earlier did the same in Graf-Giffords race By Daniel Scarpinato arizona daily star Tucson, Arizona | Published: 09.23.2006 advertisement National Democrats, following the lead of their Republican counterparts, yanked money out of the District 8 congressional race Friday. The move indicates the diminished level of national influence and interest — at least for now — in what has long been considered a competitive race. On Thursday, the National Republican Congressional Committee made the first move by canceling plans to run nonstop advertising through the Nov. 7 election. Now, Democrat Gabrielle...
  • Primary School (Why did Randy Graf kick Steve Huffman's ass in the CD8 GOP primary?)

    09/23/2006 9:56:02 AM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 72 replies · 1,313+ views
    The Tucson Weekly ^ | 21 September 2006 | Jim Nintzel
      PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2006: Primary School Lessons from last week's election By JIM NINTZEL Why did Randy Graf kick Steve Huffman's ass in the Congressional District 8 GOP primary? Huffman had plenty of advantages in this race: The backing of the business community, a campaign war chest packed with more than $670,000 (we'll be really interested in seeing the final spending figures when he files his next Federal Election Commission report), six-figure support from the National Republican Congressional Committee, the endorsement of outgoing Congressman Jim Kolbe and the general perception that he was the moderate alternative to...
  • Tucson Columnist: Graf even Makes Republicans Uneasy

    09/22/2006 11:54:53 PM PDT · by NapkinUser · 14 replies · 11,108+ views
    There's something about Randy Graf that makes even his own party queasy...somewhere between seasick and wet-your-pants alarmed. He has this Howdy Doody happy face that doesn't seem to fade entirely, even when he talks about Mexicans. Mexicans are a subject about which Graf feels quite strongly. Serious. You might say angry READ MORE We are only linking this column to show what Graf is up against! This is a perfect example of the type of smears we can expect in the coming months. They call Graf "angry" and "anti-Mexican" without giving any examples or even attempting to rebut any of...
  • NRCC pulls Graf ads in Arizona

    09/22/2006 12:07:50 PM PDT · by VU4G10 · 91 replies · 1,219+ views ^ | September 22, 2006 | Aaron Blake
    National Republicans are pulling advertising in Arizona for 8th District GOP nominee Randy Graf, who last week won his party’s primary but is trailing by nineteen points in a general election poll released Tuesday by his Democratic challenger. A spokesman for the Tucson ABC affiliate, where ads were reserved, confirmed that the party committee was pulling them. The Arizona Democratic Party on Wednesday accused Graf of "associating himself" with former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, citing a posting on Duke’s website but offering no evidence of an actual relationship. On Thursday, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Rahm Emanuel...
  • Graf campaign says he has no ties to 'white nationalist'

    09/22/2006 5:49:35 PM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 85 replies · 1,161+ views
    arizona daily star ^ | Sep 21, 2006 | Daniel Scarpinato
    The Democratic party is upset that former Ku Klux Klan leader and Louisiana State Rep. David Duke put a link on his Web site to District 8 GOP congressional candidate Randy Graf's site. Graf's campaign swiftly denounced Duke after the Arizona Democratic Party sent out a press release Wednesday afternoon suggesting Graf is associated with the controversial figure. The link on Duke's Web site is the only evidence offered to support the allegation. "We have no ties nor have we ever had ties with David Duke or any of his racist crazies," said Graf campaign manager R.T. Gregg. The link...
  • Has the NRCC abandoned Randy Graf after all? (Dem propaganda?)

    09/21/2006 7:21:46 PM PDT · by ER Doc · 12 replies · 765+ views
    The Stakeholder ^ | 9/21/08 | ER Doc
    The source here is highly questionable, (the DCCC's weblog) but the allegation is troubling: "The NRCC, having gone out on a limb to get a more moderate candidate through the primary and failed, has just given up on ... nominee Randy Graf. We have just gotten word that they have cancelled everything on the air from October 3rd forward." If this is true, I'm ashamed of the NRCC
  • Kolbe refuses to support Graf in general election

    09/19/2006 10:11:51 AM PDT · by Shermy · 38 replies · 1,158+ views
    KVOA ^ | September 18, 2006
    KOLBE COMMENTS ON AZ 08 PRIMARY (Washington, DC) -- Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) released the following statement in response to Randy Graf's win in the Republican primary for the eighth Congressional district of Arizona: "I congratulate Mr. Graf on his victory in the Republican primary. However, there are such profound and fundamental differences between his views and mine on several key issues that I would not be true to my own principles were I to endorse him now for the General election in November."
  • 'Profound differences' keep Kolbe from endorsing Graf

    09/13/2006 11:14:11 AM PDT · by NapkinUser · 42 replies · 901+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 09/13/2006 | The Associated Press
    Republican Congressman Jim Kolbe, who is leaving office after eleven terms, will not be supporting the Republican candidate to succeed him. Today, Kolbe, who supported state Representative Steve Huffman in the primary for the eighth Congressional district, issued a statement saying he congratulates conservative Republican Randy Graf on his victory. However, he says "there are such profound and fundamental differences" between Graf and him on several key issues that he can't endorse Graf for the general election. Graf, a former golf pro, campaigned foremost on the need to secure the border with Mexico and put a halt to illegal immigration.
  • America Wins! Randy Graf Beats Huffman in AZ Primary

    09/13/2006 9:02:08 AM PDT · by NapkinUser · 128 replies · 2,565+ views
    Team America PAC ^ | 09/13/2006
    Thanks to your help, Team America endorsed candidate Randy Graf beat out establishment candidate Steve Huffman in Arizona's 8th congressional district 43% to 37%. Graf is as strong a candidate you can find, while Huffman is an amnesty supporter. Graf won even though the National Republican Congressional Committee pumped in hundreds of thousands of dollars into Huffman's campaign -- something unheard of in an open primary. If that wasn't bad enough, the ads portrayed pro-amnesty Huffman as tough on border security! Arizona voters were not fooled, and selected a candidate who will secure our borders and enforce our laws. We...
  • Graf leads GOP; 'Gabby wanted me, has me,' front-runner says

    09/13/2006 2:55:49 AM PDT · by Dane · 69 replies · 1,535+ views
    Arizona Star ^ | September 13, 2006 | BLAKE BLAKE MORLOCK and KOSTAS KALAITZIDIS
    Graf leads GOP; 'Gabby wanted me, has me,' front-runner says By Daniel Scarpinato arizona daily star Tucson, Arizona | Published: 09.13.2006 Randy Graf held a commanding lead for the Republican nomination in Congressional District 8 Tuesday night over Steve Huffman with the help of voters in rural areas. With nearly 95 percent of the vote counted, and leading by about 3,000 votes, Graf claimed victory. An undetermined number of early ballots that were turned in late remain uncounted and may not be counted until Friday. "Gabby Giffords wanted me. Gabby Giffords has me," he told supporters late last night. Graf...
  • Republican Establishment Against Graf

    09/11/2006 1:40:05 PM PDT · by NapkinUser · 29 replies · 640+ views
    The Republican National Congressional Committee has told Republicans to challenge Bush on amnesty. They know that Americans are fed up with the president’s refusal to enforce our laws and secure our borders. While they talk a good game to get the support of the grass roots, when push comes to shove, they side with the pro-illegal establishment. According to polls, Team America endorsed Candidate Randy Graf has support of 42% of Republican while the closest challenger, Steve Huffman has only 13%. Graf has also raised thirty thousand dollars more than Huffman. Randy is about as good a candidate as...
  • [AZ GOP Party Chair] Salmon Breaks the Silence [over CD8 Race] - Party Self-destructs

    09/11/2006 12:31:31 PM PDT · by Spiff · 29 replies · 909+ views
    Arizona 8th ^ | 11 September 2006 | The Committee
    Salmon Breaks the Silence-Party Self-destructs First the news from " I just received an automated call from Arizona Republican Party chairman Matt Salmon urging me to ignore the negative attack ads against Steve Huffman being run be the Democrats. Matt weakly claimed that he was not endorsing any candidate. Sorry Matt your pathetic attempt to help Huffman and say you are not favoring him is too transparent. For the record Matt Salmon did not call when Huffman was lying about and attacking the reputation of Randy Graf. Salmon was also absent when the NRCC intervened in a primary and...
  • House Race Hotline Update: Huff Over Huffman (AZ CD8-NRCC R Primary Meddling

    09/09/2006 11:36:07 AM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 5 replies · 502+ views
    The Hotline ^ | 8 September 2006 | Uncredited Holine Author
    --Advertisement-- --Advertisement-- Evolving wisdom and original reporting from the staff of the Hotline « WH 08: "Run, Tom, Run" | Main | The Big Number: 30 » September 08, 2006 House Race Hotline Update: Huff Over Huffman An unusual GOP primary is taking place 9/12 in AZ 08, where the NRCC is attacking front-runner Randy Graf while the DCCC is rooting for him. Graf has a loyal base of support because of his hard-line stance on immigration. But many GOPers fear he's unelectable in the general. Instead, they're spending over $100K to back state Rep. Steve Huffman, who fits...
  • National GOP has no business in local race (NRCC-AZ CD8 Huffman)

    09/09/2006 11:09:12 AM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 11 replies · 530+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 9 September 2006 | Editorial
    National GOP has no business in local race Our view: Its support of Huffman in the primary is a mistake that has backfired Tucson, Arizona | Published: 09.09.2006 The National Republican Congressional Committee should have stayed out of the GOP primary race in the 8th Congressional District. Its support of candidate Steve Huffman sends the wrong message that national party leaders know better than locals who would be the best candidate for Congress. The NRCC's move also has harmed local party unity and opened up Huffman to attacks within the Republican Party and from Democrats. If Huffman wins the...
  • Ariz. race splits GOP, Tancredo

    09/09/2006 9:47:31 AM PDT · by Tiger007 · 39 replies · 889+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 09/08/2006 | M.E. Sprengelmeyer
    WASHINGTON - An Arizona congressional race has sparked a rift between Rep. Tom Tancredo and the Colorado Republican Party. Tancredo, a Littleton Republican, is backing a fellow, hard-line opponent of illegal immigration, Randy Graf, in Tuesday's GOP primary in an open-seat race. Much of the national Republican establishment has lined up behind another candidate, Steve Huffman. This week, the Colorado Republican Committee sent Huffman a $5,000 contribution, Federal Election Commission records show. The Colorado contribution angers Tancredo, who has used his profile on immigration to boost state Republicans recently. "He's definitely not happy about it," spokesman Carlos Espinosa said Friday....
  • Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Endorses Randy Graf [Arizona 8th District]

    09/06/2006 11:46:15 PM PDT · by Spiff · 8 replies · 581+ views
    Randy Graf for Congress Website ^ | 6 September 2006 | Graf for Congress Press Release
    For Immediate Release September 6, 2006   Contact: R.T. Gregg (520) 887-2984    Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Endorses Randy Graf(Tucson, AZ) Randy Graf, the leading Republican candidate to replace retiring US Congressman Jim Kolbe, was proud to announce that his candidacy was endorsed today by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California. Congressman Rohrabacher is currently serving his ninth term in Congress and represents the 46th Congressional District of California, which includes the Pacific Coastline of Orange County and Los Angeles from Huntington Beach to the Palos Verdes Peninsula.Congressman Rohrabacher currently serves as Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the...
  • Arizona Congressional District 8 Republican Candidate -Interview Video

    08/19/2006 9:45:36 AM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 5 replies · 337+ views
    KUAT (PBS) ^ | 18 August 2006 | Bill Buckmaster
    A special one-hour edition of Arizona Illustrated's Friday Roundtable featuring 5 Republican candidates for Congress in District 8: * Frank Antenori * Randy Graf * Mike Hellon * Steve Huffman * Mike Jenkins. The candidates are questioned by Ann Brown of the Arizona Daily Star, Jim Nintzel of the Tucson Weekly and host Bill Buckmaster. High Speed Windows Media: mms:// Quicktime
  • Tancredo boosts Graf campaign

    08/15/2006 8:39:21 PM PDT · by NapkinUser · 16 replies · 3,308+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 08/15/2006 | Daniel Scarpinato
    Congressional candidate Randy Graf stood on a town square gazebo Monday to rally about 100 of his supporters and preach about the effects of illegal immigration. Then the clouds rolled in, the thunder crashed and the rain started pouring down, forcing the crowd inside. Perhaps it was a proper welcome for Congressman Tom Tancredo, who swept in several minutes later. The Colorado Republican is used to igniting storms — it's just that they're usually in Washington, D.C. Tancredo has placed himself at front-and-center in the conten- tious debate over U.S.-Mexico border policies. He has criticized the Bush administration for being...
  • PC(USA) Committee Moderator: '9/11 an act of faith and courage'

    04/11/2006 5:42:00 PM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 34 replies · 1,034+ views
    Solomonia ^ | Solomon
    Coming up in June, the Presbyterian Church (USA) will be holding its 217th General Assembly. On the agenda will of course be the highly contentious decision from the last General Assembly to explore divestment against corporations perceived to be aiding in Israel's "occupation." I'll let the Presbyterian News Service take it from here: Commissioners, GA business to be divided among 15 committees Committee leaders for the eight-day Assembly, which starts on June 15 in Birmingham, AL, also were named this week by OGA [Office of the General Assembly] and Moderator Rick Ufford-Chase. Each committee will have elected commissioners as moderator...