"Republican candidate Jonathan Paton lost last year to Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick by about 9,100 votes in Congressional District 1, while Libertarian Kim Allen captured 15,227 votes. While Paton didn't contend that he would have won without Allen in the race, he suggested that third-party candidates are used by Democrats and Republicans as spoilers who pull votes from other candidates."
I guess Jonathan Paton, who was in Iraq like me, never read the news before he left. Remember the 2000 presidential race? Remember a fellow named Ralph Nader? Well, Jonathan, I never heard many Republicans complain about him being in the race! That includes you, sir. What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. I hope you moved on and learned a lesson.
Jim, a good article. But, while you write at some length about the Democrats’ work with Permanent Early Voters, I was surprised you said nothing about the more productive effort by Republicans whose Permanent Early Voter List (PEVL) exceeds the Democrat's by over 110,000. The PEVL turnout in the 2012 general election was 88-90% for both parties. It’s clear the Republican’s new omnibus law HB2305 is narrowly focused at reducing the Democrat’s highly successful democratic performance with the PEVL turnout.
Sam, the Libertarians are in there, too (as I pointed out) and they are not exactly walking lockstep with Democrats.
If you have lived in Saddlebrooke and successfully escaped then you know the joy of being able to once again function as an adult, not as a perceived minion that receives directives from the HOA board functioning behind closed doors on their personal agendas.
This place is an expensive joke on the residents who choose to stay there and put up with it.
"the Arizona Democratic Party, Mi Familia Vota, the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood Arizona, and more than half a dozen union groups".....Jim, these groups come from across the political spectrum? Better headline: "AZ Democrats and Progressive organizations join forces to block.."
"They can't point to a single instance of fraud that HB 2305 would have stopped," Quinlan said.
Yet, they deceptively use names like "Save Our Secret Vote" and "Stop Voter Fraud" for their committees. Because the ballot affidavit located inside the outer envelope is signed, sealed and then verified by the County Recorder's Office, it is virtually impossible to fraudulently vote the ballot. Unless you can get a spot on forgery on the affidavit, you simply can't commit the voter fraud that the GOP claims to be fighting. You know, that fraud that has occurred ZERO times.
I organized the ballot campaign that outlawed co*kfighting, a practice that most states ended in the 1800's, but the AZ Legislature did nothing about, as if taking your kids to watch armed and drugged birds cut each other up for your gambling amusement was just good, family fun. As a courtesy, we sorted our 12,000 petition sheets by county. Just how anyone could have also done so by circulator and notary is beyond me, for I myself gathered signatures from all 15 counties and used several notaries. The real question is why that's necessary, and the answer seems to be to make it harder to qualify. And if a few sheets are out of order, would this new "strict compliance" disqualify the effort? In contrast, the Legislature can and does simply put measures on the ballot with a simple vote. Something stinks up in Phoenix!
If voters can manage to open the mailbox to extract their "early" or "vote by mail" ballot, I am reasonably certain they can also put their completed ballot back in the mailbox by themselves.
I fully support keeping a program in place for those unable to physically travel to a polling place have the ballot filled in and turned in WHILE REPRESENTATIVES FROM POLITICAL PARTIES present. Not just one party, but at least both major parties. This gurarantees the right to vote to infirm voters, and avoids some of the chances of party-biased "losses" of ballots. It is better than just making it easier to vote for those too lazy to get up and go fill the ballot box on their own.
The Legislature needs to address a better way to check that persons wishing to vote are actually registered to vote. The rules about IDs are complicated now. Simply requiring a voter to show their county-issued registration card would assure they are, indeed, entitled to vote.
I don't like the idea of party operatives showing up at people's houses "collecting ballots". There's too much opportunity for abuse. Either bribery, veiled threats, or simply dropping a ballot in the trash if the voter won't say they voted for the right candidate:
"Good morning! Got your ballot? Here, have some donuts. You voted for, right? You didn't? That's OK." Leaving, drops ballot in trash, whoops.
Someone incapable of filling out a ballot and putting in the mailbox will also be someone easily manipulated.
Jim, tell me something I don't already know.
In Europe, poppy pods for decorative use are soaked in chemicals to make the resulting tea terribly bitter. Only the most desperate heroin addicts will use it for those few times when their methadone prescriptions are expired.
Is there any more recent info on this? Is the Vail/Tucson area safe? My husbands job is transferring us to Sierra Vista but we have 3 little girls......
"Old West claptrap..." Tim Hull, you better hope fifty Old Tucson Gunfighters don't show up on your doorstep.
I was born (1969) and raised in Tucson. That's why we are raising our son in Oro Valley.
tucson is just a place for old people to come and die(i've figured out what that awful smell is after it rains) plain and simple....you could open the most bad ass club and have the best dj's(seen it done before when borgore rolled through town....pretty sure i saw tubmle weed where the crowd was supposed to be) but no one would come...welcome to isolation
@cole powers: You, amigo, are the pissed off individual in this exchange. David Mendez has been totally cool the whole time. I love seeing downtown come back to life. Jobs, restaurants, the whole scene is getting better.
I love seeing money spent in my city, I don't care where it comes from, it's going into our economy and I love that.
I'd just like to point out re the Austin comparisons that 1) TX is flush with oil money for improvement projects, etc. 2) That money is allocated in Austin, where it stays, while the AZ funding decisions are made elsewhere. 3) SB 1070 cost us millions of $$ in tax $ from Sonoran shoppers. 4) I get the shitty thing. Actually the "Keep Portland Weird" campaign may have come before the Austin one, but that doesn't matter. We need a grocery store downtown. Austin doesn't seem all that weird anymore. Just hip. And Portland benefits from a state population that actually thinks planning for the future might be a good idea. Speaking of the future: does anyone really believe we have one? Tucson should not be here. Maybe a town of 50,000 tops. PXH? Wow. We have no water. P-town has water. And locally grown food options are way more expansive. No caliche or 115 degree days. This climate is not meant for large cities. Someday soon, the Upper Basin Colorado River states will shut us off. Things'll get real shitty then.
"Keep Tucson Shitty" invites inevitable comparisons to Austin, and such comparisons have merit. Not too long ago, the two cities were comparable in size, culture, and potential.
The difference between Austin and Tucson is that Austin has made the right choices over the past 20 or 30 years. They have encouraged local business and maintained just the right balance of growth, change, and preservation of the "weird" Austin Vibe. Good transportation and development choices have allowed the city to double in size while preserving fantastic green space, and easy navigation by car, bike, or even on foot.
Meanwhile Tucson has made all the wrong decisions... big box stores, parking lots, sprawling cookie-cutter suburbs, and fighting transportation improvements at all cost. The proof is in the pudding... Austin has become a vibrant center of innovation, jobs and yes, music, culture, and fantastic local food. My beloved home town of Tucson? Well, I just call it "The Detroit of the South West". Some of the suburbs are nice in a soulless generic sort of way, but central Tucson with it's crumbling roads, rows and rows of vacant businesses, and memories of a once vibrant local culture, reminds me more and more of a 3rd world country.
The Grille (when records stopped spinning but the world continued to spin)
80's night 80 cent drinks at CC (I think that was Thursday)
Techno night w/ Spider Roads DJing (I think that was Saturday)
3 or 4 other bars who's names escape me.
Guess what Congress is still there and you can still get a drink and dance. There are all these other vibrant places for you to spend some coin at now that we're adults and can't get hammered every night prowling for the next coitus. My wife and I went down town on a date night not long ago and thought the place was fabulous. Of course we ended up dancing at Club Congress but we got to try The Playground and few others and were really impressed. Unlike all the poopoo crowd downtown Tucson has grown up a little and become slightly more sophisticated. Get over it.
Also strange to be siding with the gents at The Weekly :) but maybe I've grown up a little as well. I had to change party affiliation because the Republicans are just bat shit crazy right now!
Side note: It seems to me "The Dirty T" is a derogatory term used to refer to Tucson by many of my students from up the I 19. Is this the origin of that term? Anyone?
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