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Re: “Fight for GMO Labeling Makes a Comeback in the AZ Legislature

Unless and until you are acquainted in the reality of GMO's it may appear this type of HB is silly, or "stupid stuff;" however, it is imperative that labeling of GMO's become required practice in order to protect one another from health compromise. Please consider reading the information and legal case rulings to learn the reality we are being faced with, as the information is enlightenly!

Posted by Rebecca on 01/25/2015 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Sneak Peek: "Zona Politics" Talks Civics Bill, State Budget, Downtown Homeless DreamPods

The downtown will not grow up until those children are forced to leave. Occupy Tucson is really hurting Rio Nuevo.

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Posted by Rat T on 01/24/2015 at 10:48 PM

Re: “Hoopleville's David Kish Doing MLK Event Tomorrow

Actually, the art posts are on our Happy U page 😊

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Posted by Anita Fonte on 01/24/2015 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Hoopleville's David Kish Doing MLK Event Tomorrow

We are adding two of your pieces to our Happy Wall at

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Posted by Anita Fonte on 01/24/2015 at 3:22 PM

Re: “It's Official: AZ Can't Block DREAMers from Getting Driver's Licenses

Why do losers always paint a rosy picture on things. The rightful name is schemers. There will be no need for them to follow the law or become good citizens because leftists will give them what they want free. No work, no responsibility, just free stuff.

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Posted by Harlan Thomas on 01/24/2015 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Sneak Peek: "Zona Politics" Talks Civics Bill, State Budget, Downtown Homeless DreamPods

"Dream pod" homeless advocates using downtown park. What a joke. Fancy names for bums, and I could add some more descriptive facts but the leftists would, well you know what leftists do.

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Posted by Harlan Thomas on 01/24/2015 at 10:00 AM

Re: “OSIRIS-REx Space Mission Gets a Super-Cool Mural

That time lapse is cool.

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Posted by Bennu on 01/23/2015 at 9:48 PM

Re: “It's Official: AZ Can't Block DREAMers from Getting Driver's Licenses

I, think this is some serious information that needs to be spread throughout American public, is that we need to be apprehensive that what the GOP establishment has/is proposing is not the reality of this volatile subject of illegal alien amnesty. The Conservative HG editor George Rasley drafted this article and every citizen and legal resident should be committed to blast every state and federal politician through the main Washington switchboard at 1-866-220-0044, that they are being WATCHED, as the mainstream of the people, especially the taxpayers don’t trust either party. The majority of the US population offered Senate and House Republicans the chance to prove that they were FOR the will of the people and not Wall Street lobbyists and any special interest by overthrowing the pinnacle of Democratic power in the midterms.

A couple of weeks ago we said that the Capitol Hill Republican “leadership” plan to stop President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty was merely a ruse and that they would never actually fight to defund it in the Department of Homeland Security, let alone the rest of the federal government, where much of its implementation is already underway thanks to the “CRomnibus.”

That prediction was confirmed to us when Senator Mitch McConnell failed to quickly bring-up the House-passed bill to defund DHS amnesty-related operations.

At the Republican retreat in Hershey, Pennsylvania, McConnell told the members that he was committed totrying to get the legislation passed in the Senate but cautioned that "if we're unable to do that, then we'll let you know what comes next," according to Reuters.

“Trying” to pass a major bill, like defunding Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, is a little like “trying” to win the Super Bowl – the team that comes and “tries” loses and the team that comes to win, wins.

And “What comes next” was already in the works before the defund bill ever went to the House Floor, and that is the McCaul Border “Security” bill.

We put “Security” in quotes because it is a bill that provides no real border security and its only function appears to be attaching House Homeland Security Committee chairman Rep. Michael McCaul’s (TX-10) name to a piece of legacy legislation.

“A border security bill should do what its name suggests and this thing– the McCaul bill– still leaves enforcement in President Obama’s hands,” principled limited government constitutional conservative Rep. Dave Brat said in a radio interview on The John Fredericks Show— a local Virginia radio program—on Thursday. “So is that where you want to leave authority? If you read through the bill, there’s no enforcement that really draws a stark line and does anything with folks crossing the border.”

Brat joined Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the newly appointed chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on immigration, in explaining that McCaul’s bill fails to secure the border.

According to Breitbart’s Matt Boyle, Brat says that McCaul’s measure is actually part of a bigger plan by some in the Republican Party who want to use it as a fig leaf that then allows them to push amnesty through Congress.

“The most troubling aspect is this Trojan horse thing,” Brat added according to Boyle’s reporting. “If you pass a bill called ‘border security,’ then the other side is going to say, ‘Hey, look, we already did it, we passed border security, so now it’s time for step two, which is amnesty– let everyone in, legalize them, because we now have a secure border.”

Brat has read the legislation—many members of Congress don’t read bills before voting on them either way—and specifically points out holes in the language that allow President Obama to continue his open borders immigration policy.

Brat said that the money McCaul wants to throw at the border without actually securing it—or stopping illegal immigration with real interior enforcement—is a “slush fund” for Obama’s open borders policies.

“If you read the bill carefully, there’s $10 billion in a slush fund to help the status quo do what it’s doing now,” Brat said.

“Just another simple thing: there is no mandatory E-Verify,” Brat told Matt Boyle. “That’s the key piece. It doesn’t shut down the spigot. All the incentives are still in place for folks to come here.”

Brat specifically nailed the Chamber of Commerce for backing such phony plans.

“Call up the Chamber of Commerce,” he implored listeners of the radio program according to Boyle. “They’re in favor of a lot of this cheap labor stuff going forward so have people call them to hold their feet to the fire a little bit to make sure that [the Chamber] understand[s] that they represent business, but they also represent the American people who own those businesses.”

“My job is to represent the American people, not special interests,” Brat added.

Rep. Brat is right of course.

What’s more there’s strong evidence that the Republican establishment’s Capitol Hill “leadership” never had any intention of fighting executive amnesty beyond Obama’s expected veto of a bill like the House-passed Department of Homeland Security funding bill.

In our article “Alabama Rep. Martha Roby’s Fake Bill To Defund Amnesty,” we quoted a December 26, 2014 article by The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler who quotes an anonymous “GOP committee aide” as saying that “a rollback of the executive action might initially be attached to the border bill but would have to eventually be stripped.”

“If the intent is to pass a bill I’d want this decoupled. Otherwise, it will be vetoed,” Meckler reported the staffer saying.

Here was our prediction for the ultimate outcome of Martha’s Roby’s HR 31 and the House Republican DHS defund bills.

Obama will veto the bill; Congress will pass another bill that does not have Roby’s language to defund the Department of Homeland Security amnesty plan, but has some border security measures in it -- that will be the McCaul bill.
Obama will sign the bill, but never implement the border security measures and America’s workers will get another poke in the eye from Martha Roby and Washington DC’s Republican establishment.

Rep. Dave Brat and Senator Jeff Sessions are right, the Trojan Horse is being built around the McCaul border “security” bill, and on orders from their US Chamber of Commerce puppetmasters, establishment Republicans like Mike McCaul, Martha Roby, Lynn Jenkins and Markwayne Mullin are getting ready to roll it inside the city walls to swamp America’s hard-pressed working families with millions of newly amnestied illegal alien workers.

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Posted by Dave Francis 1 on 01/23/2015 at 8:42 PM

Re: “Reading Diane Douglas' "State of Education" Tea Leaves

When is The Weekly/Range going to correct this website to show, once again, the number of "likes" a comment receives? Only the "dislikes" get counted.

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Posted by Kaycee on 01/23/2015 at 4:49 PM

Re: “It's Official: AZ Can't Block DREAMers from Getting Driver's Licenses

If they are licensed they should be forced to show their insurance. Otherwise I may be struck by one of these law breakers.

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Posted by David W on 01/23/2015 at 4:33 PM
Posted by Rat T on 01/23/2015 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Make This Soft Pretzel Food Truck a Reality

save my IRA and contribute to this campaign please!

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Posted by eastsidepug on 01/23/2015 at 3:26 PM

Re: “It's Official: AZ Can't Block DREAMers from Getting Driver's Licenses

It will. Trust me, it will.

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Posted by CW13 on 01/23/2015 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Reading Diane Douglas' "State of Education" Tea Leaves

I suppose that depends on one's definition of "real life".

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Posted by Da Coach on 01/23/2015 at 12:33 PM

Re: “It's Official: AZ Can't Block DREAMers from Getting Driver's Licenses

I hope the dream doesn't turn into a nightmare.

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Posted by Jim Kelly on 01/23/2015 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Tucson Unified Has to Re-Draft Its Desegregation Plans for Magnet Schools

I have an idea move out of the district.

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Posted by blight happens on 01/23/2015 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Reading Diane Douglas' "State of Education" Tea Leaves

There is a disconnect between K-12 education and real life. So good to hear from someone other than tax payor paid employees.

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Posted by Grandma Suzy on 01/23/2015 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Diane Douglas: Arizona's Poor Education Isn't News To Me

Don't ya' just love republican hypocrites like this...

She HATES that nasty old federal "top down" so she wants to replace it with her STATE top down dictatorship...

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Posted by ChetDude on 01/23/2015 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Make This Soft Pretzel Food Truck a Reality

Best pretzels ever! I grab one every weekend!

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Posted by cnovamacias on 01/23/2015 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Make This Soft Pretzel Food Truck a Reality

We guarantee the authentic taste of our pretzels. We're proud to say that friends and family are having them shipped back east! Yep, they're that good!

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Posted by Jody Rush on 01/23/2015 at 8:36 AM

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