Is Ethan Orr doing a good job in representing us? Here are some facts to consider. He has procured funding for some projects & programs that help people, but the fundamental fact is the Tea Party GOP controlled legislature has engaged in such reckless tax-cutting over the years that vital programs across the state are starved for money, e.g. foster care, public education, job training. Ethan Orr is like a typical politician, placating some well-connected groups with some crumbs to win their support while the state as a whole starves.
Here's another fundamental truth: Ethan is a Republican and the Republicans in the state House are predominating Tea Partiers, and that fact won't change this year because the moderate Republicans, even with Gov. Brewer's support (e.g. Jo Grant in LD 11) couldn't unseat the Tea Partiers in the primary. Re-electing Ethan allows the Tea Party-dominated GOP to maintain their control of the legislature, and we all know the extreme measures the Tea Party Republicans favor. Re-electing Ethan Orr is simply enabling the Tea Party to dominate our state legislature.
In addition Ethan Orr's voting record has a dark side. First, his votes have left women vulnerable because he thinks a fertilized egg should have "person-hood", i.e. equal rights to a mature woman! Second, his votes have left our environment vulnerable because he has a "F" grade from the Sierra Club. Third his votes have left victims of gun violence vulnerable because he has an "A" rating from the NRA & the Arizona Citizens Defense League which believes people should be able to carry guns where ever they want. By these votes Ethan has lost any ability to claim he is a compassionate or moderate person.
Re-electing Ethan Orr doesn't solve our problem in Arizona: chronically under-funded programs. Yes, he might be able to obtain funding for a few projects to placate some well-connected interests & earn their support, but the state as a whole suffers because there's not enough money to go around. Furthermore, this funding comes at too high a price, paid by vulnerable women, the environment & victims of gun safety. Re-electing Ethan Orr will be a continuation of politics as usual in Phoenix. Re-electing Victoria Steele & electing Randy Friese in LD 9 will start the process of building a new Arizona where the Tea Party is no longer the dominant force in our state.
I will cast my vote for Ethan proudly. How can my fellow Democrats not see that if we are to really be more principled then we have to recognize when someone from the other party is doing his job in representing us.
Ethan is quite simply the better candidate. Don't be sheep. I won't be this Election Day. Thank you Ethan for standing up for Tucson, and standing up to your own party, for being a voice of reason. I apologize for those Tucsonans who can't see past their own party propaganda.
I pray we don't lose you.
The biggest problem with the mess the partisan system has created is in cases such as Damien Alexander who wanted a relatively sane non partisan bill about bikes pushed. He went to Ethan Orr, where does he go to if Ethan is gone?? Someone answer this question about our individual right to work with someone who can get things done! Damien does not live in Phoenix, if Ethan was not there because of the partisan nonsense that is and will be Phoenix until 2020, it would have been twice as challenging for him!
Looking at the overall candidates, they are roughly even on the issues, with their relative goods and bads offsetting each other.
That being said, the deciding factor is the Democratic candidate's fetish with that bogus issue of gun control, which it their format, is nothing but a feel good issue that does absolutely nothing to address the alleged issue they have with gun violence, but has more to do with control and power.
So, given that, even though Victoria Steele has not made an ass of herself at the Legislature, and has tried to represent us well, I am only casting one vote, and that is for Ethan Orr.
I met her and I really liked her. She didn't come off as "canned" and she answered all of our questions. She was very intelligent, animated and personable and seems very passionate. She also has tenacity. Like us, she is tired of the "same ole same ole" BS. That's who I want representing me.
What is wrong with having a superior school that attracts superior students in Tucson? I know from having a daughter who attended UHS that it also has some dedicated professional teachers that do absolutely make a difference in the achievement of these students. In fact, from many of the graduates at UHS in years going back a few decades ago to present have said that UHS was superior to their experience in college classes! It is the combination of student, family and staff dedication that does a great school make.
BS, one needs to vote for the better/best candidate i.e. the one that best represents you. To vote for someone that does not reflect your values because they will get elected or may influence their party is to deny the strength of democracy. Given the strength of party discipline this is particularly true now. I have no problem voting for a candidate of either party if that person represents my value. But generally speaking I want democrates representing me because that is where my values are and I am reluctant to vote for even middle of the road republicans because when the party whip calls they will have to march with the party majority.
David, it's interesting that in your comments you mentioned the Koch brothers "made their fortune in oil." That's true, but you just didn't go back far enough in the family's history to point out that the actual family's empire was built on the work Daddy Fred Koch did for the Soviet Union under Stalin. Just do a Google search, and you will find out the reasons why Daddy Fred Koch went to Russia in the first place and how he made his fortune by establishing oil refineries in Russia from around 1929-1931.
Consider that Daddy Koch went to Russia not long after the first "red scare" that permeated the US consciousness. During that period of time, 1919-1920, "thousands of Russians were deported without a formal trial" (Russian Exiles, US Immigration, Library of Congress). So maybe Daddy Koch just wasn't a very good student of history or had a rather sort memory of world events at that time.
Bottom line, Daddy Koch's money that bankrolled an industrial empire, had its roots, very literally, in a communistic regime. The irony here is the very money that "seeded" the Koch empire was derived from a form of government that the brothers continually rail against.
No. And I don't want one. Do you?
Dimitri, I am sorry, but partisans such as David Safier are rarely pragmatic or thoughtful. I just hope the voters are on election day.
Stop, no personal attacks. Just honest discussion. Love to hear the other side, it firms up my own convictions. The light comes through so much better keeping the unnecessary personal referral out.
Someone hire Rat T! He's clearly in need of work! Rat, what are your qualifications, aside from being able to type nonsensically? I'll be your headhunter.
Thanks for writing this article, David. I have met Jen's husband and was considering voting for her on that basis alone until I saw your recommendation of her alongside Adelita Grijalva.
You have provided a valuable public service!
Hungry in Vail: Except they wouldn't. I guess I'd eat at Papa John's if they offered handmade pizzas with locally grown ingredients made by a James Beard award winner, but they don't. And they never will.
Italdo: If you don't think there's a difference between what the Heist offered and a cross-promoted nightmare pizza designed by two multinational corporations, I'm not sure I can help you.
Whatever the reason, maybe next time they'll spell Tucson correctly.
Rat T, do you have a job?
Nitzal you could write every week "i like all democrats". The weakly would still pay you.
McSally is starting to pull away. Once people got a chance to meet her it was no longer a contest.
I just love doing that. It's a lot like yelling fire in an empty theater.
Anybody need counseling?
Simply put: our legislature is a national laughingstock, enough already
It sure is around here. They really don't understand the Soros agenda.
I just traveled across town and every corner has a panhandler with a "homeless" sign. How is that trickle up poverty working?
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