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Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

I was a strong supporter of Sharon Bronson for the dozen-plus years I have lived in Picture Rocks. I supported her because without her active support we probably would not have the pool, BMX/Skate Park, various grants, and other amenities that have enhanced our community. But that was then.

Now she has lined up with forces that see the Avra Valley as a dumping ground for their money-making schemes. Look at:
-Her support of County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry and silence about his proposed Interstate 11 route through the Avra Valley that will hurt our communities, including the Tohono Oodham Nation, impede wildlife, and destroy ancient archaeological sites, while enriching millionaire real estate speculators like Wil Cardon and Don Diamond;
-Tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from fat cat developers and corporate PACs;
-Her continued vocal support for the Sonoran Corridor leg of I-11 despite its rejection by the voters in the bond election; whatever happened to respecting the will of the people?
-With transportation logistics essential to connection with Mexico she ignores the job losses that Interstate 11 planners of integrative manufacturing expect with R&D in the US and manufacture and assembly in Mexico where ADOT expects wages to be lower than China; with stealing good American shipping jobs from the West Coast to the expanding Port of Guaymas; to crippling tourism at Saguaro Park, Desert Museum, Kitt Peak, etc.; to destroying existing jobs that serve the I-10 corridor;
-Her support for doubling a regressive county sales tax on us and increasing the state gas tax while lavishing tens of millions in tax breaks and subsidies on crony corporations.

Twenty years is long enough; its time for a change.

Posted by AVL on 10/26/2016 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

I support Cyndi Tuell for county attorney, she demonstrates a strong ethic to our community and important issues. I appreciate her dedication to environmental concerns pertaining to Pima county and the state of Arizona. Take a moment to learn about her campaign at

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Posted by azriverguide on 10/26/2016 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

In the year 2016, no one under the age of 75 should oppose marijuana legalization. Baby boomers, Generation X-ers, and the Millennials have no excuse to believe in the reefer madness propaganda used to keep marijuana illegal, in part of a war on drugs that is authoritarian, racist, and waged unevenly against poor and working class Americans. It is overdue to end!

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Posted by Joseph Benjamin on 10/25/2016 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

If any of you would like to ask me a question directly, please email me through my website ( I will respond as promptly as possible. Thanks

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Posted by markdnapier on 10/25/2016 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Pride 2016

Note: SAGA's TRANS*FORM Employment Expo takes place on November 8th and not in October. Thank you.

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Posted by Samantha Gardner on 10/23/2016 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements


As you might imagine I have taken a lot of flak from republican circles for getting the endorsement of The Weekly. However, I am very proud of this endorsement and do not shy away from it at all. Of all candidates, the Sheriff should work to bridge all divides and be open to all people. I will always be open to all of you as your Sheriff. Working together we can make Pima County a better place.


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Posted by markdnapier on 10/23/2016 at 6:59 PM

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: “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: “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: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

I'm not voting for either of the 2 candidates shoved down our throats by the media for President, there are other choices. All other info I've gathered here I'll research myself with my perspective a little more attuned. Thanks for the 411. God Bless America... That's the only change that will work anymore.

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Posted by Him on 10/22/2016 at 5:14 AM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

Smoking pot affects different people in different ways. It can cause some people to feel invincible:

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Posted by Hillary For Prison 2016 on 10/21/2016 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

Only if you thought socialism had finalized a total takeover. But then you would confuse it with communism.

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Posted by Daniel S on 10/21/2016 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

You can thank Republican obstructionism for the lack of change . doesn't the whole concept of conservatism not loan itself to change anyway.

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Posted by Palisades on 10/21/2016 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

Would you read science daily?

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Posted by David W on 10/21/2016 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

hadley: "...a plant that never killed anyone." Remove your head from the sand! Marijuana of today is a Very Potent and Dangerous Drug!!!

"Marijuana pipe found in car of driver charged in crash that killed Ann Day"…

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 10/21/2016 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

well till he pulled an AMY Schiller , when she made a comment about Trump the audience got up and walked out .. I did the same soon as you put your political spin against Trump .. meaning your voting for Hillary? the most crooked politician I can think of.. corrupt to the core.
and the fact that you would support someone who is so shady and after 30 years in office . the status quote is still the same.. we really DO NEED A CHANGE.. and this country needs to be PROUD again. I don't see that with Hillary, she's been there long enough even 8 years in the white house with Her husband. .

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Posted by Trump for President on 10/21/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

Shit they should legalize weed after I get out of my only college class I have today I'm going to go smoke some weed fuck whoever is against it dude it's a fuckin plant it's logic dumb fucks

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Posted by omadrid2 on 10/21/2016 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

Hey Francis, it's your responsibility as a voter to do your own research on who supports prop. 205 and who does not, use the internet!

Kettle, meet pot. Pun intended :-)

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Posted by HumanBean on 10/21/2016 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

Legalizing marijuana will destroy the "fabric/future of our democracy"? Money in politics is destroying the fabric of our democracy-- just look at the big bucks big pharma is putting up against a plant that never killed anyone.

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Posted by hadley on 10/21/2016 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

Hey Wrong, Again:

Did you get your Triple K buddies to give you upvotes?

I'm pretty sure you've never received that many likes...ever. Whether it be online or IRL.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 10/21/2016 at 8:29 AM

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