Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rattlesnake Tacos Tonight

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

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Rattlesnake tacos anyone? Boca (828 E. Speedway Blvd.) will be serving them from 5 p.m. to close tonight for the first installment of Exotic Taco Wednesdays. Fried-oyster tacos will also be available.

I like Boca. The last time I ate there the server brought six kinds of salsa to the table, and the tacos—especially the vegetarian one—were killer.

My only concern was the abysmally small indoor dining area, which seems less important now that the outdoor seating area has been improved.

If you can't make it tonight, save your appetite for $1 10-ounce beers and $1 carne asada tacos from 5 to 10 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 30.

McClung Poll: Grijalva Ahead by Just 7 Points in CD7

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Republican Ruth McClung released a poll today showing that she trails Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva by just 7 percentage points in Congressional District 7.

Grijalva had the support of 42 percent of the voters in the poll, while McClung had the support of 35 percent. Another 23 percent were undecided.

“We’re very excited about it,” says Sam Stone, spokesman for the McClung campaign. “It clearly shows how much Raul Grijalva’s policies and his boycott have affected this race. Voters are definitely looking for an alternative of someone who is more interested in representing their constituents than making headlines.”

McClung, who works at Raytheon, is making her first run for political office.

Pat Burns of the Grijalva campaign had no immediate comment on the survey.

Grijalva, who was first elected to Congress in 2002, won his 2008 race against Republican Joe Sweeney with 63 percent of the vote. He defeated Republican Ron Drake with 61 percent of the vote in 2006.

The poll, which has a margin of 4.3 percent, was conducted on Sept. 25-26 by American Political Consulting, which notes that “other factors, such as refusal to be interviewed and weighting, may introduce additional error that is more difficult to quantify.”

The political world has been buzzing about whether Grijalva was in a close race for several weeks, but McClung's poll is the first survey to be publicly released.

The most recent registration count shows that 44 percent of District 7 voters are Democrats, while just 23 percent are Republicans. Another 32 percent identify as independents.

Voters in the poll self-identified their political leanings, with 32 percent saying they were Democrats, 21 percent saying they were Republicans, 34 percent saying they were independent and 13 percent saying they were undecided. Women made up 52 percent of the sample, while men made up 48 percent.

Rotellini Launches a Tom Horne Website

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Attorney General candidate Felecia Rotellini has a new website www.TomHorneLies.com, to get to the truth behind her rival candidate's insistence that it's really not that big of a deal he was banned for life by the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC); his criminal speeding charge; and how he forgot that he filed for bankruptcy.

You know, little things like that.

Candidate Forum Tonight

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Tonight's candidate forum on education, sponsored by the Family Faculty Organization for the Catalina Foothills School District, starts at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the Catalina Foothills High School Auditorium, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive.

The following candidates are expected to be there: Superintendent of Public Schools candidates Penny Kotterman (D) and John Huppenthal (R); Legislative District 26 candidates Al Melvin (R) and Cheryl Cage (D) for the Senate, and Vic Williams (R), Terri Proud (R), and Nancy Young Wright (D) for the House; and Legislative District 30 candidates Todd Camenisch (D) and Frank Antenori (R) for the Senate, Andrea Dalessandro (D), David Gowan (R), and Ted Vogt (R) for the House.

If you happen to go, I recommend you read a recent story from David Safier on Blog for Arizona regarding John Huppenthal's comments that Arizona is in the middle in terms of academic achievement. Safier took an extra look at one of the studies Huppenthal has used in the past as an example. Read Safier's story here.

What he leaves out are findings saying student achievement can be improved by increasing education funding, raising teacher salaries, lowering class size and increasing early childhood education — and that's especially true in states like Arizona with high rates of poverty and large minority populations.

Writer's Block: Stephen Campbell

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Local author Stephen Campbell's Stoned Messiah: The Revelation of Stephen has been published by Pennywyse Press ($10, 164 pages). Pennywyse Press is an imprint of Imago Press, a local publisher.

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Summary (from publisher):

Spanning a 16-year period that begins in a drug-induced vacuum of nothingness and ends with the author floating in a pool of spiritual radiance, Stoned Messiah tells of the journey of Stephen Campbell - a.k.a. Mr. Nobody. This book favors no specific religion and, at the same time, honors them all. It contains much knowledge, a bit of wisdom, some humor, and a few surprises.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

2010 "The Big Picture" Art Expo

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 5:29 PM

On Saturday, Oct. 2 the 10th annual "The Big Picture" art expo will take place downtown. Celebrating the beginning of the 2010-2011 season, "The Big Picture" is a free, family-friendly event that many galleries will be taking part in. There will be a wide range of media, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography, glass art and more.

For more information, call 629-9759, or go to the Central Tucson Gallery Association website.

And be sure to check out Margaret Regan's preview of "The Big Picture" in this week's issue.

Southern AZ Beagle Rescue Fundraising Raffle

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 4:32 PM

The Southern Arizona Beagle Rescue is holding a raffle for NASCAR race tickets. The races will be held in Phoenix Nov. 12 through 14 at Phoenix International Raceway.

The prize includes two pre-race pit passes (good for all three races), a parking pass for all three days, and two Budweiser Roll-Bar club passes for Sunday Nov. 14.

Raffle tickets cost $5 each and can be purchased by calling Tim Noblin at 393-8479. Visit the SOAZBR website for additional information.

Writer's Block: Pamela Keyes

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Tucson author Pamela Keyes' book The Jumbee has been published by Dial Books for Young Readers. (400 pages, $17.99)

Summary (from press release):

When Esti Legard starts theater school on Cariba, she's determined to step out of the shadow of her late father, a famous actor. But on an island rife with superstition, Esti can't escape the darkness. ln the black of the theater, an alluring phantom voice - known only as Alan - becomes her drama tutor, while in the light of day Esti struggles to resist her magnetic attraction to Rafe, the local bad boy. When shocking accidents begin on the set of Romeo and Juliet, the islanders are sure the theater is haunted by a jumbee. ls Esti's secret mentor a wicked ghost? And what will it cost her - and those she loves - to unmask the truth?

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