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Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

In response to omadrid: just your language alone is a good reason to vote 'no' on prop 205. I guess there are idiots on both sides of the issue, so despite your disgusting language, I'm voting yes anyway.

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Posted by S Roberta Kurtz on 10/23/2016 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Chuck Huckelberry Is Getting Tired of Ally Miller's Fishing Expedition

We have been very fortunate in having CHH as county administrator along with the finance team to manage our county during a downturn and difficult economic times. Readers can access budgetary spending ( and minutes online ( With this information, most citizens can see what is being done on our behalf. There are various avenues to follow to actually figure out what is happening --uninformed naysaying is just goofy. Most of the supervisors, regardless of party, work together and in a bipartisan manner to solve the needs of the county. By the way, the budget is balanced; reporting has received GAAP approval each year for the last 15 or so years. My opinion is that Supv Miller is off base and does not play well with the others, choosing instead to use media and people in meetings to support her. In most cases, if you do the job well, as Ray Carroll and others have, the results of those efforts show.

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Posted by MaryE2 on 10/23/2016 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Right on, Carrie. One wonders which of the two TUSD board incumbents put MJ up to this. Both Cam Juarez and Kristel Foster have already distinguished themselves by running the sleaziest reelection campaigns in the history of the district.

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Posted by Off Ox on 10/23/2016 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Editor's Note


Such utter crap. Grijalva, Jaurez, Foster crowd taking you out to lunch? Literally and figuratively?

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Posted by Carrie on 10/23/2016 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Will Hispanics Help Elect Hillary in Arizona? 'Nah,' Said Jan Brewer, 'They don’t get out and vote.’

"Hispanics don't vote" Yet, in 2015 we seen more Hispanic Political Science majors graduate than ever before in the History of America.

Thanks to ppl like her and Trump, Arizona turned Blue lol

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Re: “Cannabis and cancer

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Posted by Tara Gordon on 10/23/2016 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Will Hispanics Help Elect Hillary in Arizona? 'Nah,' Said Jan Brewer, 'They don’t get out and vote.’

Doncha just luv'er??? Nnnnnnnnot ***pyoooooookkk***

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Posted by Grant Izmirlian on 10/23/2016 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Will Hispanics Help Elect Hillary in Arizona? 'Nah,' Said Jan Brewer, 'They don’t get out and vote.’

So embarrassed this woman was the governor of my state! She is no voice of authority and never was. Trump is NOT the answer! STAND for what's right, vote Independent

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Posted by Barbara Wanlass on 10/23/2016 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Will Hispanics Help Elect Hillary in Arizona? 'Nah,' Said Jan Brewer, 'They don’t get out and vote.’

This is what happens when people get behind Trump. They are emboldened to release their own prejudices and it reveals who they really are. This election has really been a sifting for the Republican party. I am able to see who are truly compassionate conservatives and who are really just elitists with a racist agenda. Trump is sifting the wheat from the tares and the tares are filling his basket.
For true conservatives that respect all people and our individual liberties, our choice is the write-in candidate, Evan McMullin. He is wise, honest, compassionate and very strong on national security. He has a servant's heart and deeply cares about all people. Go to his website and learn more about his vision for America at It's never too late to do the right thing.

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Posted by Dana Rawlinson Hardy on 10/23/2016 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Puff or Pass

Pros and cons and details don't matter. If this MJ thing passes, then the "public servants" in Phoenix will do what they want anyway: delay, drag out processes, create red tape, somehow make it unworkable, find a way to penalize anyway, and then blame someone else. Don't worry about the citizens, it is Money that will get wasted.

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Posted by Reality Checklist on 10/23/2016 at 6:29 AM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

@Trump for President:

You actually believe that Trump is LESS shady than HRC? You're not paying enough attention.

Although I do agree that this country does need a change...but not a change for the worse by electing an egotistical, narcissistic, xenophobic, racist, elitist, misogynistic, accused child raping, politically inexperienced "pussy grabbing" entitlist hothead. Sure, HRC definitely has flaws, but she's a saint compared to this blockhead.

P.S.~ Who is this AMY Schiller which you speak of? I've never heard of her. The name definitely reminds me of Amy Schumer though.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 10/23/2016 at 6:03 AM

Re: “Will Hispanics Help Elect Hillary in Arizona? 'Nah,' Said Jan Brewer, 'They don’t get out and vote.’

Not everyone with snow on the roof is a Jan Brewer-type. Don't judge a book by its cover. I was pro-Bernie over 2 years ago and calling for him to run for POTUS. Let's vote McCain out! Term limits in Congress!

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Posted by Brickhorse on 10/23/2016 at 3:54 AM

Re: “Will Hispanics Help Elect Hillary in Arizona? 'Nah,' Said Jan Brewer, 'They don’t get out and vote.’

Benema - wouldn't need to. The gringos are already self-deporting from Tucson and Maricopa County would just do the same.

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Posted by What, Again on 10/23/2016 at 12:19 AM

Re: “Will Hispanics Help Elect Hillary in Arizona? 'Nah,' Said Jan Brewer, 'They don’t get out and vote.’

Hmm. If we made Arizona Mexico again, would Arpaio profile gringos?

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Posted by Benema on 10/22/2016 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Editor's Note


Your wild-eyed conspiracy theories--complete, of course, with the requisite links to multitudinous crackpot sources--is all a bit much. It certainly has no place in this board race. I'm sorry that you apparently have some axe to grind, or suffer from a bit too much free time. But I think you should give it a rest. And offer an apology to Betts Putnam-Hidalgo.

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Posted by Bob on 10/22/2016 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Puff or Pass

Does anyone understand that the Arizona supreme court recently ruled that a Attorney in Arizona with good standing can not counsel anyone in the state on Marijuana Laws.

Yes that is right >> Do you get what this means mindless minions???
If an Attorney counseled a client on how to legally obtain Marijuana in any fashion even legal bought . Then is guilty of facilitation to commit a federal crime and can be disbarred.

What that really means any attorney won't be able to challenge any of the rules or standards concerning the consumer as it would be in the aspect of obtaining a federally controlled substance. You just sold the farm Grandma.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 10/22/2016 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Puff or Pass

All things considered Arizona's proposal 205 is not even close to equating with other states. A complete and utter misunderstanding of this ridiculous proposal.

I call into question the writer's integrity to even imply that Arizona's proposal a comparison to Colorado's Department of Revenue running the marijuana program. It is overseen by the legislature in Arizona there will be no oversight just court challenges till parameters worked out. Which is a shit way to govern build a police and court system then apply or reduce depending by need of what Money, Market, Counseling, Policing, so who gains and who loses in the midterm and the long run the consumer? Education really what a ship of fools.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 10/22/2016 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

You must be insane endorsing Foster and Juarez for re-election to the TUSD Board. They need to be thrown out, if only for their complete indifference to the needs of the students, teachers and employees of TUSD. I don't know how TUSD can survive another 4 years of their destructive indifference. On the last three years of their watch TUSD has lost over 400 teachers a year. That's over 1200 teachers out of 2,500 TUSD teachers. Since the start of school this year, 17 TUSD teachers have already resigned.

The chief HR officer doesn't do exit surveys, because she "knows" why teachers leave. None of the surrounding districts have anything like TUSD's rate of teacher vacancies, Adjusted for the relative size of the districts, neither the other local school districts, nor any of Arizona's other 9 large school districts have anything like TUSD's number of teacher vacancies! TUSD currently has 151 teacher vacancies. For each vacancy listed, its necessary to read to the end of the job description. Something listed as "elementary school teacher" may actually be for 4 elementary school teachers at the same school--1 1st grade, 2 2nd grade, 1 3rd grade. These positions are unlikely to be filled this year.

Talk to the Utterback parents--no textbooks for kids to take home, 8 unfilled teaching positions, discipline and bullying problems, gates left unlocked during school hours allowing free access to the campus by anyone and allowing students to leave campus any time they please. Some of the teachers Utterback does have aren't even certified! Once upon a time, Utterback was an award winning, outstanding school, recognized for performing arts. Today, few of those classes are offered. No dance classes, because there's no dance teacher and TUSD isn't even advertising for a dance teacher.

Oh, at Utterback and nearly all TUSD schools, if parents want textbooks for their students to use at home, the parents better plan on buying them. Students at University High and students in the IB program, but only the students in the IB program, at Cholla do have textbooks to take home. The TUSD school libraries haven't been funded in years--no new books no periodicals. Superintendent Sanchez has a $3,000 allowance to buy periodicals for his office. That's in addition to the $480,000 compensation package that Foster and Juarez approved, making him the highest paid superintendent in Arizona and one of the highest paid superintendents in the United States..

TUSD carried over from last year, two years of 301 teacher performance money that was not paid out to teachers. It turns out TUSD is using millions of dollars of the teachers' performance money to cover up the enormous deficit Superintendent Sanchez has run up during his tenure in TUSD. In FY 2013, 2014, 2015, TUSD used $6 million, $10 million and $12.2 million, respectively, of unspent 301 money to cover TUSD's increasing deficit. We won't know until December when the external auditors annual report is published, just how much more money Sanchez has borrowed from teachers' 301 money. Sanchez says he has been a CFO and has taught finance, so he can't claim he didn't know he was running up these huge deficits. The increasing size of the surplus of 301 money not paid to teachers is well documented in the annual AFR reports, Sanchez and CFO Soto have had the Board approve every October. The annual CAFR reports prepared by the external auditor documents the use of the surplus 301 money to cover overspending of the rest of the budget.

The CAFR and AFR reports are all on TUSD's website under Information, Financial. In the reports just look for Classroom Site Fund. That's the official name for 301 money. The CAFR's balance sheets document the loaning of 301 money. The CAFR's footnotes have the details about the 301 money being used to cover deficits in other accounts. The AFR reports show the amount of unspent 301 money rolled over each year. Last year, TUSD only paid out 25% of the total 301 teacher performance money it had.

Under the current Board majority, TUSD is run solely for the benefit of the Superintendent and his senior administrators. The Superintendent will make about $480,000. For last year, he collected $32,634 for his unused vacation days. Last year, his cabinet collected $80,000 for their unused vacation days. They get 25 vacation days a year, 5 sick days, 6 personal days and 22 holidays every year. The cabinet automatically is paid for their unused vacation days every year! The cabinet members do such outstanding work that every one of them collected 100% of their $10,000 performance bonuses. TUSD has no details of exactly what goals each of them accomplished.

On the other hand, a TUSD teacher is not getting a dime for her unused sick days after 30 years. She didn't notify TUSD by February that she would be retiring at the end of the school year! And, remember, TUSD only paid out 25% of the $21.1 million in teacher performance money it had last year.

And, TUSD has moved all its nurses, counselors, and social workers to a new pay scale that will pay them $800 less per year than their current pay scale. Even with its 151 teacher vacancies, TUSD is only paying its returning retired teachers 70% of what other teachers make. And, TUSD has reneged on the benefits Sanchez told the Board and what HR told the retired teachers in writing. They're getting docked for taking the personal days they were told they had. When confronted about the discrepancy, Chief HR Officer Maiden told the retired teachers, they weren't entitled to the days. When shown the document that defined their benefits, her response was to dismiss it as a "mistake."

Finally, lets not forget the $5,000 donations both Foster and Juarez took from ESI's Vice President of Marketing. They each gave different explanations for how they happened to get their largest donations from a woman in Phoenix. This summer they both voted to approve a $21 million contract with ESI. Foster returned hers only after she was caught. Juarez said he would return his $5,000 donation, but he has not.

Really, you think these two should be re-elected and they've only made a few little mistakes!

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Posted by Lillian Fox on 10/22/2016 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Bob -

My connection of Betts with Holocaust Deniers, Anti-Semites and Anti-Zionists is clearly documented in my sources.

I am not questioning her other qualifications. Betts has many great qualities, and could be a great board member for a district with no Jews, Israelis or Zionist Christians.

I am saying, these ties have EVERYTHING to do with TUSD, because Jewish students attend TUSD.

As we have gotten rid of the anti-black, and anti-Hispanic board members, we cannot replace them with people who will not treat Jewish, Zionist and Israeli students equally.

Your allegation "we've heard it all before" instead of an appeal to actual facts is exactly what the Trump supporters say.

As I say to the Trump supporters, "Hatred is hatred, facts are facts, past associations matter. Words matter."

Trump and Betts have been seen Jew-baiting and aligned with Holocaust-Deniers, anti-semites and liars.

Trumps' Jewish son-in-law doesn't mitigate that. Nor do Betts' good qualities.

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Posted by MJ on 10/22/2016 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Dear "Try Using Google".

Reading past the first few lines of his wikipedia entry one will find that Finkelstein (who Betts has aligned with) does indeed have parents who survived the Holocaust. He talks about them in his book "The Holocaust Industry", which led the Anti-Defamation league called him a "holocaust denier".

The debate in academia and the Jewish community is whether he denied the Holocaust outright, denied aspects of it, trivialized it, or minimized it.

Whether Finkelstein is a Holocaust Denier, or a "Holocaust Minimizer", "Holocaust Revisionist" or "Holocaust Trivializer." as is the position of the ADL, American Jewish Congress, Alan Dershowitz, and the Jewish Virtual Library, which writes:

"Whereas hard-core deniers posit that the Holocaust is fiction...Finkelstein accepts that the mass murders did occur, but then joins the deniers in claims that Jews are collectively abusing this history for evil purposes."


For more defenses of Finkelstein, you can visit David Dukes' website, which contains 10 articles that defend Finkelstein.

David Duke or 100 Jewish Organizations?


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Posted by MJ on 10/22/2016 at 7:27 PM

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