Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Robert Redford Endorses Carmona, While Romney Cuts Ad For Flake

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Mitt Romney makes an appeal for Jeff Flake in the latest campaign commercial from Team Flake.

Meanwhile, Team Carmona brings out Robert Redford to help raise money in the final week. The message from Redford:

There are only a few days left before Election Day and key races are still locked in a tie — control of the U.S. Senate hangs in the balance.

One of the races that can determine whether or not we can continue moving the country forward, or go back to extremist policies is the race for Arizona’s U.S. Senate seat.

Winning a seat in Arizona would send a powerful signal across the country. Dr. Richard Carmona remains locked in a heated battle with his GOP opponent in this race — experts say Rich can win it with a strong ground game and an energized Native American and Latino community.

Just recently, Rich’s opponent called for opening the Grand Canyon and its watershed to uranium mining — he called the watershed “prime mining lands.”

This dangerous move could pose a risk to the Colorado River — a drinking water source of more than 25 million people in western states and could have long-term negative effects on the park and other natural resources.

Before spending 12 years in Congress, Rich’s opponent was a former lobbyist and registered foreign agent for an African uranium mining company — a company that is among the world’s largest suppliers of nuclear fuel.

CD1 Air War: House Majority PAC Targets Paton on Women's Health Issues

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 4:35 PM

The House Majority PAC announced a final round of ads before the election Tuesday, including one aimed at Congressional District 1 candidate Jonathan Paton.

In previous ads, the Democratic group targeted Paton’s work with the payday loan industry, but in this 30-second TV slot, the House Majority PAC teamed up with Emily’s List (also known as Women Vote!) to target Paton’s views on women’s healthcare.

“The whole effort in the district was intended to demonstrate to voters that Jonathan Paton has values that are just way out of touch,” said Andy Stone, the House Majority PAC Communications Director.

“Why” features photos of sad-eyed women and monochromatic hospital rooms paired with examples of Paton’s voting record and website quotes.

“Paton even voted to let doctors and hospital’s deny women emergency contraception in cases of sexual assault,” the ad states, with a reference to House Bill 2541, which passed through the Arizona House of Representatives, but was vetoed by then-governor Janet Napolitano.

“"With Ann Kirkpatrick's campaign in a downward spiral, this is one last act of desperation by Nancy Pelosi to try to bail her out,” said Paton spokesman Barrett Marson, who did not address the specific claims in the ad. “Arizonans are looking for solutions to our economy, not divisive and dishonest ads like this one."

The ad will run in Phoenix until Election Day, at a cost of $120,000.

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You Can Drink at Umi Star Now

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Umi Star, the new restaurant down at 2502 N. Campbell Ave., is now serving drinks, and we hear they're a tad on the potent side.

The owners brought in a cocktail expert from famed San Diego cocktail hotspot Craft and Commerce to create the drink menu. It's a good one, and all the fans of well-made nouveau cocktails will definitely want to check it out.

I think the only criticism I've heard about this place thus far is that they weren't serving drinks. When we ate there a few weeks back the table next to us was literally freaking out about the food, in a very good way. I was, too, but not audibly.

You can take a look at the restaurant's food and drink menus right here. Enjoy!

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Outlawing Shakespeare: 'We Were the Ones Who Needed Protection From the Board'

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Forget about Precious Knowledge. The newly released documentary Outlawing Shakespeare: The Battle for the Tucson Mind is controversy-free and gets to where the other documentary left off — from how the Tucson Unified School District's governing board failed to fight for the program and protect its students to why we're in this mess to begin with lovely interviews and quotes from Tom "Carmen Chenal" Horne.

So reschedule that documentary screening — with Outlawing Shakespeare.

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Flake-Carmona: What Are The Odds?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 1:00 PM

So what do the polls say about the U.S. Senate race between Democrat Richard Carmona and Republican Jeff Flake? Very different stories, depending on who's doing the polling.

Nate Silver still gives Flake a 73 percent chance of victory.

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Talking Comics: Ghosts #1

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Pop some extra batteries into your night light and check the settings on your pacemaker, 'cause this week Cynthia and Eric review Ghosts #1!

SpooOOooky!

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Written by:
Geoff Johns
Joe Kubert
Gilbert Hernandez
Paul Pope
Cecil Castellucci
Mary H.K. Choi
Al Ewing
Neil Kleid

Art by:
Rufus Dayglo
Gilbert Hernandez
Phil Jimenez
Joe Kubert
Jeff Lemire
John McCrea
Amy Reeder Hadley

Cover by:
Dave Johnson

Variant Cover by:
Brendan McCarthy

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CD 1 Air War: Mo' Money, Mo' Ads

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 11:00 AM


The Congressional District One race has become a money magnent in the weeks leading up to the election. A slew of new political ads has accompanied the spending.

The National Republican Congressional Committee debuted "Shameful," on Sunday, Oct. 28. The ad claims that Kirkpatrick "wasted our money on 'Obamacare,' the failed stimulus, and then she spent thousands on taxpayer funded bonuses for her staff."

In the last week, the NRCC has funneled $831,280 into media opposing Democratic opponent Ann Kirkpatrick. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee filed $279,391 in the same period. On Friday, Oct. 26, they released an ad that targeted Paton's work as a lobbyist. The characterization builds on the "Payday Paton," moniker that has persisted throughout the campaign.

Other big spenders in the last week of October were Women Vote!, a PAC that supports Pro-Choice Democratic women that spent about $102,000 in mailhouse buys opposing Paton. In September, the group, also known as Emily's List, announced an eight-part mailing campaign on Paton's views of women's healthcare.

"Republican Jonathan Paton’s extreme position on women’s health care is the single highest testing negative among women voters," the group wrote in their blog. In the past they've said Paton was dishonest about his position on abortion.

The Arizona Pipe Trades PAC, a group of Plumbers and Pipefitters, also spent almost $57,000 on radio buys in support of Kirkpatrick.

In all, more than $5 million dollars has been designated to the huge Arizona district that encompasses much of Coconino Country as well as Marana and Oro Valley. Though Democrats hold an 8 percentage point lead in voter registration and the race status has been deemed a "Toss-up," in recent weeks.

On Sunday, Flagstaff publication The Arizona Daily Sun published their endorsement of Kirkpatrick, who has spent much of her adult life working as a Northern Arizona attorney.

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Anthony's in the Catalinas Kicks Off an Affordable Lunch Menu

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Anthony's in the Catalinas at 6440 N. Campbell Ave., one of the last remaining fine-dining spots in the city, has started offering a lunch menu that's so affordable it's sort of hard to believe.

There are, of course, sandwiches, but they're loaded with delectable fillings like chicken-and-pesto, short ribs and other things. If you're looking for something a tad nicer, and perhaps a bit more substantial, they have salmon, shrimp, scallops, chicken Milianese and a slew of salads topped with all sorts of delicious things.

This is the first time the restaurant has offered lunch service in 15 years and it's a great opportunity to check out a top-notch dining establishment for a fraction of the usual bill. Prices for lunch are in the $6 to $15 range, which means you get to eat in one of the fanciest places in town for the same amount of money you'd shell out for a combo deal at Subway.

Lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. They don't appear to have a lunch menu up yet, but you can take a look at their other offerings here in the meantime.

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