Yes, evidently American's coastal waters are being invaded by giant cannibal shrimp, or just really large Asian tiger shrimp that like to eat smaller shrimp. And yes, there are some issues that only scientist really understand, just know this — you can eat them.
Pima County Democratic Party chairman Jeff Rogers and Tucson Tea Party organizer Trent Humphries talk about the Supreme Court hearing on SB1070, Obama's chances against Mitt in Arizona, the Republicans' challenge in capturing the Latino vote, the Democrats' challenges in getting out the Latino vote, the special congressional election between Democrat Ron Barber and Republican Jesse Kelly, this year's U.S. Senate race, and the latest news from the Arizona Legislature, including efforts to block Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal health-care or family-planning funding and a bill that would thwart an United Nations takeover of Arizona through local energy-efficiency and sustainability programs.
Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and the Tucson Taco Festival, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, is the perfect place to build up taco-eating and tequila-drinking endurance before the big day.
The Taco Festival is at Rillito Downs, 4502 N. 1st Ave., and costs $10 per person, kids under 12 are free, plus $2 for every taco sample. Twenty-five taco teams comprised of professionals and amateurs will battle it out to make the winning taco and receive a $5,000 prize. The competition categories are: chicken, beef, pork, and fish plus best salsa, guacamole, anything goes taco, and best booth design.
If stuffing your face with tasty tacos isn’t enough fun, there’s Lucha Libre wrestling to enjoy, and plenty to drink. Besides a main bar, bartenders will compete in a Margarita Challenge, and a Boutique Tequila Expo tent will feature over 30 premium tequilas.
For more information visit http://www.tucsontacofestival.com/
Gov. Jan Brewer, House Speaker Andy Tobin and Senate President Steve Peirce say they've reached a budget deal at the state Capitol. Their joint statement:
Today, we can proudly announce that we have reached agreement on an FY 2013 state budget plan that enjoys our full support.
This agreement adheres to our conservative principles by restraining unnecessary spending, paying down debt and setting aside funding for Arizona’s future fiscal challenges. This is a prudent budget that leaves us well-prepared for global and national economic uncertainties, as well as the financial fallout that may come with the outcome of lawsuits regarding ObamaCare and other issues. We have kept the State on a path that helps ensure Arizona’s financial solvency into FY 2015.
Just as important, this budget addresses those services that are vital to citizens and central to Arizona’s ability to compete around the world for jobs and investment: Education, Public Safety and Health and Human Services. By way of this agreement, the State will spend nearly $200 million more for K-12 and higher education, hire additional Public Safety and Correctional officers and create a special investigative unit to target the highest-priority cases of potential child abuse and neglect. Likewise, State funding will be increased for critical safety net programs, including adoption services and assistance for the seriously mentally ill.
We haven't seen the actual document, but earlier today, the Children's Action Alliance fired off a bulletin about the organization's takeaways of the draft in handy graph form:
Sure, it's another ad from the guys responsible for the fame of Chuck Testa, so this is essentially the product of a meme-generating machine, but I'm always going to support the roller-skating industry. They've given so much to me, so it's all I can do to be a little supportive in return.
BONUS ROLLER SKATING MATERIAL FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE: I wrote an article for the now-totally-sucky music blog Idolator about my night as a roller rink DJ (sorta) back in 2007.
The Butterfly Magic exhibit at the Tucson Botanical Gardens is open through Monday, April 30. Don't miss the last chance to be enveloped in a greenhouse kept at tropical temperatures while vibrant butterflies fly around you. Check out the video above for a sneak peek of what you'll see.
For more information visit the Botanical Garden's website here.
On Arizona Illustrated's Political Roundtable tonight: We'll talk about the Supreme Court hearing on SB1070, examine whether the case will affect Latino politics in the 2012 election, look at how the presidential and U.S. Senate races are shaping up and check in on the latest between Republican Jesse Kelly and Democrat Ron Barber in the race to complete Gabrielle Giffords' congressional term. Tune in at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Channel 6 to see Pima County Democratic Party chairman Jeff Rogers and Tucson Tea Party founder Trent Humphries talk about all of this with Arizona Public Media political correspondent Christopher Conover and your moderator, Jim Nintzel.
I had previously assumed that Albuquerque "crunkcore" act Brokencyde would hold the title of "worst band in the world" for some time, but now there's Skip the Foreplay (sigh), a Montreal band working with the magical formula of "metal + screamo + dubstep" (triple sigh). If you want to frighten rats out of your home or something, their debut album is available to stream now!
From the press release:
SKIP THE FOREPLAY STREAM NIGHTLIFE
Debut Album Out 5/1
Band To Spend Summer on Warped Tour
The ground-breaking new band Skip The Foreplay are streaming their debut album, Nightlife in its entirety, starting today. The new album contains thirteen high energy tracks that alternate between technically jaw dropping metalcore, brutal Earth shaking breakdowns, hip-hop and techno instrumentation and will hit streets on May 1st through Epitaph Records.
Fans can see what the buzz is about and stream the album by going to Alternative Press’s website: http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/premiere_skip_the_foreplay_nightlife
The band burst on to the scene, devastating audiences with their original and thoroughly brutal cover of the song “Champagne Showers” by the popular electro pop duo LMFAO.
Butterfly Magic is a fully immersive experience that surrounds you with rare butterflies, tropical plants and orchids… More