It's been a long day at Weekly World Central. We were just about to go home after getting the paper out to press, when we decided to do a little Facebook time-suck. According to a post from Adam Kinsey, Pima County Democratic Party executive director, no Republicans showed up to the NAACP candidate forum tonight at the Dunbar Community Center.
Well, I guess the Republicans didn't think that the candidate forum hosted by the NAACP, Urban League and Black Chamber of Commerce was worth attending tonight...
Kinsey followed up in a comment that 11 Democrats and 1 Green had the forum to themselves.
Sunday, Aug. 29 was the 40th anniversary of the death of Latino journalist Rubén Salazar. Salazar was killed on August 29th, 1970, when he was struck in the head by a tear gas projectile fired by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy into an East Los Angeles bar. Salazar was covering the National Chicano Moratorium Against the Vietnam War antiwar march.
During this anti-Mexican age of SB 1070 and HB 2281, now is the perfect time to honor Salazar and reflect on his work. The University of California Press has a fantastic archive of Salazar's work as a journalist that you can visit here. Democracy Now aired a report today on the anniversary that you should watch here.
Included in the report was Rodolfo Acuña, a California State University Northridge professor emeritus of Chicano studies, who happens to be the author of Occupied America, a book on Chicano history that's been used by Arizona's outgoing Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne to justify his attack on TUSD ethnic studies.
Here's what Acuña had to say about Salazar's legacy:
Well, I think it’s enormous. It would have been even enormous if he wouldn’t have been killed, because the articles that he wrote during the 1960s are monumentous. You start to read through them, and you really get the sense of the times. And I do think that he was right, that there was a revolution that took place among the youth at that time, especially. But I don’t think that there was any danger of overthrowing the government, the people that we should have been overthrowing.
There's a new Chicano movement rising up in response to the racist law Horne championed against ethnic studies and Sen. Russell Pearce's equally disgusting SB 1070. Horne, a Republican, now wants to be Arizona's attorney general. He said TUSD is teaching kids how to be revolutionaries in the ethnic studies classes. We know this isn't true, but the attack against Mexicans in Arizona is reminding those same kids and others that maybe a revolution is exactly what we need right now.
There's still time. Get home, gather the kids and/or dogs, put some tissue paper over the flashlight, grab some water and help end Tucson's birthday month at Noche de Luz.
The flashlight parade starts at 6:30 p.m. on Mission Road at the foot of "A" Mountain, and is an organized flashlight procession to honor "those who have gone before us."
More info from birthday organizers:
A $20 prize will be awarded for the flashlight decorated to best represent an individual's personal heritage and ancestors.
The official route will be approximately one mile, round trip. The parade begins on Mission Ro...ad at the foot of "A" Mountain's eastern face, south of the Mission Garden and north of 22nd Street. We will proceed along the Santa Cruz River Park and the DeAnza Trail, between 22nd Street and Mission Lane. Energetic paraders can extend the route another mile.
Mary Jo Pitzl of the Arizona Republic reports:
The state Democratic Party is alleging possible voter fraud in what it called a scheme to undermine its candidates by recruiting "sham" Green Party hopefuls.
In a complaint filed late Monday, the party seeks an investigation by federal, state and county law-enforcement officials.
The complaint names Rep. Jim Weiers, R-Phoenix; Steve May, a Republican candidate for the Legislature; and a House Republican staffer as complicit in an effort to register at least a half-dozen people as Green Party members so they could run as write-in candidates in last week's primary election.
Republicans accused of the ploy denied any wrongdoing.
An interesting detail:
Weiers, a former House speaker, called the complaint "cynical" and said people have a right to run under whatever political banner they choose. "If somebody wants to do it," he said of the last-minute registration change, "there's nothing illegal about it. There's nothing immoral."
He acknowledged that he talked to Chris Campbell about his bid to run on the Green Party ticket for state Senate in District 10 but said he did not recruit the recently re-registered Republican. Campbell is the roommate of one of Weiers' daughters.
District 10, which Weiers represents in the House, has a competitive Senate race, as Democratic challenger Justin Johnson seeks to unseat veteran Sen. Linda Gray, R-Phoenix.
Campbell on Monday said he was running at his own initiative and won't wage a campaign.
"I'd just like to get on the ballot," he said.
Read the whole thing here.
Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas conceded Tuesday to state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne in the Republican primary for Arizona attorney general.
Thomas said it was clear that Horne, who had a lead of 887 votes, had won the race. There are an estimated 900 ballots statewide that have yet to be processed.
"As I promised during the campaign, I hereby endorse him and wish him the best in the general election," Thomas said in a written statement.
Read the whole thing here
Andrew Thomas endorsing a man he dismissed just weeks ago as a known con artist who wants to allow babies to be aborted? Has he no principles?
The latest count in the Republican Arizona attorney general race shows that Tom Horne now has an 892-vote lead over Andrew Thomas.
Matt Benson of the Arizona Secretary of State's Office reports that as of Monday afternoon, there are roughly 900 provisional ballots statewide that are yet to be processed and counted in Gila and Apache counties.
Republican Tom Horne has declared victory over Andrew Thomas, who has yet to concede in the GOP primary for Arizona attorney general. At last count, Horne was leading Thomas by 853 votes.
Arizona Republic columnist Doug MacEachern on Republican Jesse Kelly:
I met Kelly in an Editorial Board meeting. Honorable fellow: war veteran, like all the district's GOP candidates. Indeed, he was a Marine combat platoon leader, the most dangerous job on earth. He is an honest conservative. And a really, really angry guy.
When asked about priorities, he gave an answer that, while perfectly suitable for a former Marine officer, it seemed a bit over the top for a prospective member of Congress: "We've got to kill all members of radical Islam."
And, when asked if he could work with Democrats in Congress: "I hope there's no Democrats left in Congress when I get there."
Look, I like shock theater, too. And I've been known to be a bit edgy at times. But Kelly is that rare conservative who takes politics so personally that he has morphed into his worst enemy. Like far-left liberals, he doesn't believe his political opponents are merely wrong; they're evil: "I think liberals are destroying the nation. We had better go fight them in Washington before they destroy our children's future."
No wonder Giffords is smiling these days. Kelly dissed candidates endorsed by Sarah Palin as people "who will sell our principles down the river."
Read the whole thing here.
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