After the jump: AZ Central captures a shocking moment at the Arizona Capitol today: Gov. Jan Brewer hugs state Rep. Chad Campbell at the signing ceremony for the Medicaid expansion.
Hipsters and frat guys, rejoice! The end to your days of constantly retying the leather laces on your boat shoes is in sight.
Four University of Arizona grads have come together to create DockClips. Last year, while enrolled in UA's Eller College of Management, the creators got a grant from the University for research and development.
The clips, which are designed for use solely with leather laces, snap over a traditional knot and prevent the laces from untying. The campaign says it's been three months since they put the clips on their shoes and the laces are still tied. (Meanwhile, 5-year-olds everywhere are emptying their piggy banks and investing with dreams of playtime free from mom double knotting their laces).
The four founders were frat brothers and they plan to use Greek letters on the clips. The campaign video says they're excited to provide a solution to "a problem that people in Greek life have had for years."
They're looking to fund the project through a Kickstarter campaign.
The fundraising campaign ends July 14. For $100(!) you can get a pair of DockClips featuring the boat logo, but for a mere $250(?!) you can get a custom design. Now, the custom design is a Kickstarter-only perk. However, once the business is up and running for real, the product is expected to retail for $18-$25 (but go ahead and spend the extra $80-$230 to get them a few months early with a super snazzy sunglass strap). And, don't worry ladies, a smaller version for women's laces is in the works.
As the campaign says, life's too short to tie your shoes more than once.
Two Tucson chefs have been included in America's Best Chefs 2013.
Addam Buzzalini and Janos Wilder were voted by their peers for this well-deserved award.
Buzzalini is the Executive Chef at Maynards Market & Kitchen, one of my favorite places in Tucson.
Addam likes to take classical dishes and then adds his own modern flair. The pizzas are to die for and the entrees change with the season so you'll always be surprised.
Janos continues to make magic at his DOWNTOWN KITCHEN + COCKTAILS. We had the pleasure of dining there just this past Saturday and took advantage of the restaurant's World Tour. Every month throughout the summer, the kitchen visits cities around the world. Street food is prepared with finesse. This month is Seoul, Korea. We loved the bo saam and the pork belly/shrimp pancakes were outstanding.
Because fellow chefs vote on these choices this makes winning the honor quite a coup.
Check out www.bestchefsamerica.com web site for the complete list.
I understand the importance of self-promotion, and that sometimes you've gotta get a little cheesy and outside of the box to draw attention. This is especially true for an entity that might not have a built-in fan base, such as a college football program that — other than an odd placement on the cover of Sports Illustrated some 19 years ago — hasn't really amounted to much.
But a Western?
The University of Arizona released a promotional video on Monday that, for lack of a better description, tries to paint football head coach Rich Rodriguez and his assistants as a rough-and-tumble bunch of desperados, willing to do anything (even toss tight ends/special teams coach Charlie Ragle out of a saloon and down some stairs) to give the UA its first-ever trip to the Rose Bowl.
Filmed this spring at Old Tucson Studios — keeping it local!!! — the 2 1/2-minute film depicts RichRod and his 11 assistants and describes the head man as "on a quest for the rose" as he and his colleagues are shown in various stages of leaning on walls, smoking cigars and hootin' and hollerin' inside what appears to be a completely dry bar.
Take a gander at Hard Edge, which apparently was executive produced by RichRod's wife, Rita:
This film is chocked full of images that will either be fondly remembered (if the upcoming season goes well) or easily used as mocking material if it's a rough fall.
British indie-rock act (that seems to be a bit too limiting of a description for what the band does, but oh well) Foals are coming to the Rialto on August 7, in the midst of a summer that has them seemingly all the festivals, including Bonnaroo last weekend and Metallica's Orion Festival the week before. Here's the new video, which does include female nudity, if you work at a place that frowns on that sort of thing, for "Bad Habit," the fourth single (if that were really still a thing) from their most recent album Holy Fire.
The Washington Post Wonkblog's Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas look at the political angle of the push to block undocumented immigrants from getting any kind of Obamacare benefits as part of the Gang of Eight's comprehensive immigration reform:
But if Republicans are trying to make inroads with the Obamacare-loving Hispanic electorate, they’ve got a funny way of going about it. The latest flashpoint in the immigration debate is health benefits. Senate Republicans are insisting that immigrants be ineligible for federal health subsidies for five years after they become legal residents — and that’s after the decade-long path to becoming a legal resident, during which they’re also ineligible. House Republicans are considering legislation “that would deny publicly subsidized emergency care to illegal immigrants and force them to purchase private health insurance plans, without access to federal subsidies, as a requirement for earning permanent legal residency.”
And all this will come at the same time when Republican governors in states with huge Hispanic population are rejecting a Medicaid expansion that would hugely benefit many poorer Hispanics. In Texas, Democratic strategists already think this might be the push the state needs to turn blue.
So amidst an effort to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill meant to help the Republican Party appeal to Hispanic voters, Republicans are making a point of demanding that legalized immigrants can’t get Obamacare, and in some cases can’t even get emergency care. They’re also considering a crushingly punitive version of the individual mandate, in which undocumented immigrants need to purchase private health care on their own, without subsidies, or they can’t even become legal residents. And they’re refusing to agree to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in some of the states where it would do Hispanics the most good.
This is, to say the least, a mixed message.
The Weekly's look at the immigration bill here.
Not too many details about the new venture from Travis Reese and Nicole Flowers, other than the basics reported by Jim Nintzel in his story about the rise of downtown dining from May...
Saint House, which is scheduled to open in August, will feature food from across the Caribbean and anywhere else rum is produced. Reese and Flowers started out with the idea of Cuban food, but then thought they should expand their palate.
"Cuban food by itself is a little bit limiting, but there's diverse cuisine all throughout the Caribbean," Reese says. "You have French influences and African influences and Spanish influences."
...but we now know that it's opening August 15th, that there's a Facebook page, and that Karl Goranowski, who should get a lot of the credit for the drinks at 47 Scott and Scott and Co., will be moving over to be the beverage manager. So, more than we knew yesterday, right? We'll be surely bugging Reese and Flowers for more info, which we'll share as we get it.
The New York Times reports that Texas may be displacing Southern Arizona as the hot spot for illegal border crossings:
Now the Rio Grande Valley has displaced the Tucson enforcement zone as the hot spot, with makeshift rafts crossing the river in increasing numbers, high-speed car chases occurring along rural roads and a growing number of dead bodies turning up on ranchers’ land, according to local officials.
“There is just so much happening at the same time — it is overwhelming,” said Benny Martinez, the chief deputy in the Sheriff’s Department of Brooks County, Tex., 70 miles north of the border, where smugglers have been dropping off carloads of immigrants who have made it past Border Patrol checkpoints.
The increase in Texas is taking place even as the Obama administration says it has achieved unprecedented control over the border with Mexico. The administration, President Obama said last week, has “put border security in place,” with illegal crossings “near their lowest level in decades.”
Apprehensions at the Mexican border — the single best indicator of illegal traffic — are still far below their peak: there were 356,873 last year, compared with 1.6 million in 2000.
But after nearly a decade of steady declines, the count has started to rise again over the past year, driven by the rise in the southern tip of Texas, where the numbers so far this fiscal year are up 55 percent. Since October, 94,305 individuals have been apprehended in the Rio Grande Valley alone, topping the count in Tucson for the first time since 1993.
Sen. John McCain and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano weigh in:
You will see this video everywhere on the internet at some point in the near future, but you should watch it now, because it is beautiful and inspiring. Plus, those kids can really play.
Complete with a soundtrack of Starbuck's "Moonlight Feels Right," the sight of Kenny Stewart in particularly revealing undergarments, and ...Music Video?'s Paul Jenkins doing some excellent dancing with his hands, the promo video for Thursday's Yacht Rock 2013 party at La Cocina is now online for your enjoyment.
I don't know if it's quite as emotionally evocative as last year's tribute to the video for Michael McDonald's "Sweet Freedom," but it's still worth a view (or twelve).
Joe Garcia of the Morrison Institute presents "Dropped: Latino Education and Arizona's Economic Future," at a luncheon… More