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Re: “The Skinny

"371 voters cast ballots at the wrong polling place"

How does someone cast a ballot at the wrong polling place? Don't poll workers verify that each voter is at the correct polling place before giving them a ballot?

"318 voters were not properly registered to vote"

What does "not properly registered" even mean? If you're registered you get a ballot, if you're not, you don't. Right? How does someone "not properly registered" even get a ballot?

Now that Barber appears done, I wonder if he regrets his vote for the farm bill that cut $8.7 billion from food stamps. The republic party filled my mailbox with giant postcards of scruffy children attacking Barber for that vote. Anyone who pays attention knows it's laughable to think the republic party is pro food stamps. But the low-info types probably took that message away from those mailers. And it was easy to verify that Barber did cast that vote. This race should send a message to every Blue Dog Dem out there - you will get attacked by the other side when you vote with them.

Anyway, good luck to you, Botox McSally. It looks like you won one for the Kochs.

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Posted by Kash Minbar on 11/20/2014 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Grijalva Lands Post of Ranking Member on House Natural Resources Committee

Thank god racists in America exist in only pockets, nationally GOP electorate registers 32% +/- that by no math spin is a majority! They win some state elections by hook and crook, but unless they regain control of Lincolns party from the Dixiecrat segregationists they adopted in the 1960's whom now call themselves tea partiers they will remain regional party power and eventually fade into a divided party as they did post FDR with a barely meaningful amount of power!

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Posted by Ralph Hill on 11/20/2014 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Opinion

Rick and Rat T, well said gents. As I type this I'm listening to Barry Obummer wipe his ass with the Constitution. How sad.

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Posted by CW13 on 11/20/2014 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Media Watch

This may be your best column ever. Like most others I have always wondered how these "ratings" are determined. Will we learn which stations you endorsed next week?

Posted by MrUltimate on 11/20/2014 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Noise Fight

The F-16 is called "The Lawn Dart" in Air Force circles because of it's high accident rate. Mostly attributed to it's single engine design which allows no chance of recovery in a major, catastrophic engine failure.

Luke AFB in Litchfield AZ, is an active-duty unit flying F-16s. They have lost 18 aircraft over the years.

The F-35's Pratt & Whitney engine has already suffered a catastrophic failure resulting in the loss of an F-35. Luckily, it didn't involve any casualties. But that could be a different story over a populated approach or departure zone.

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Posted by Jerry Barker on 11/20/2014 at 5:06 PM

Re: “How Ann Kirkpatrick Won Big on Election Day

Hola, Sr. Hakeson.

But I'm not sure I fully understand the points you made in your post.

As for accounting?

Well, as you wrote - "at the very least force full disclosure of every penny and dark dime spent in campaigns."

Which will never happen, as we both know.

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Posted by Magarv on 11/20/2014 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Noise Fight

@ Jerry Barker: "Remember what happened last time single-engine fighters, like the F-35, were stationed at D-M".

1) The F-16, currently flying out of TIA, is also a single-engine fighter.
2) The tragedy that you cite occurred in 1978. Thirty. Six. Years. Ago.

Apologies for pointing out these *facts*. Then again, I don't get all of my information on the topic from the professional NIMBYs at

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Posted by Bless Your Heart on 11/20/2014 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Noshing Around

"Or better yet for a sneak peak at the direct Jackson is going, make reservations for the next supper club at Poppy Kitchen on November 18, where much of the menu will preview Jackson's fare."

Um, this event was 2 days ago.

Posted by SonoranWinds on 11/20/2014 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Guest Commentary

Sounds like reduced regulation is the paid back for fossil fuel funded politics. Lets consider the next generation in our thinking NOT our portfolio.

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Posted by Bob Worc on 11/20/2014 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Arizona Is The 5th Worst State To Be Poor, Tax-Wise

They don't need to raise taxes...just close TUSD.

It sounds like you want a tax cut. Have the County start with property taxes so that homes can become "keepable." Our ratio of rate/service is pitiful.

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Posted by Rat T on 11/20/2014 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Grijalva Lands Post of Ranking Member on House Natural Resources Committee

Hoop-d-do. Raul will save us from those pesky Republican demons while serving in the minority on the Natural Resources committee. Those who dare to violate our lands and environment will be boycotted by society. Raul loves them boycotts.

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Posted by Hi Desert on 11/20/2014 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Grijalva Lands Post of Ranking Member on House Natural Resources Committee

What about the trash dumped by illegals on everybody's land Raul? You have denied them equal enforcement of laws.

Do Native Americans trust him? I thought they had their own country.

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Posted by Rat T on 11/20/2014 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Recount

If Barber had been fair to the citizens of Tucson and not backhandedly snuck through the resolution abdicating the future of Tucson's elected leaders to Davis Monthan's any and all future missions, I could and would have delivered him 300 votes. I talked with him a week before that city council meeting and "emergency measure" and he knew that was coming up. i told him my concerns about the jets and he nodded smilingly without advising me that I could have an opportunity to address the issues at his pre-arranged city council meeting the then upcoming week. he didn't. it was sneaky and a spit in the face of civilians and the well being of Tucson. So, i voted for him as the lesser of two evils but I could, seriously, have brought him 300 votes if he had been a candidate of integrity. So now, he'll just have to go get a regular job like the rest of us. no more big congressional perks, lifetime pension, lobbyist wining and dining, --- and hopefully live under the new - soon to be delivered to Tucson training roar of Iraqi F16s -- "sounds of freedom." just like the rest of us little breathing bleeding civilian people who don't stand a chance against the War=Jobs Machine God.

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Posted by desmondandmolly on 11/20/2014 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Tomorrow Is the Big Immigration Day

Like I keep saying crime pays. This Jack-Ass of a president to give a free pass to all the illegal aliens (criminals that broken the law) is ridicules, the criminals have more rights then the average citizen. Mark my word, after the president gives amnesty to the illegal aliens they will come out of the wood-work quitting there low paying jobs and start taking our high paying jobs away from us.

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Posted by Clifford Breidenfeld on 11/20/2014 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Opinion

I'm on board with you Daheny and also request that Terry Goddard stop running for offices.

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Posted by Edge Harvey on 11/20/2014 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Tomorrow Is the Big Immigration Day

How can anybody trust this President. His accomplishments are always based on lies:

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Posted by Rat T on 11/20/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

Good luck in the future Dan, rest assured the Weekly is in great hands going forward

Posted by NJYD on 11/20/2014 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Noshing Around

Being from Newport RI, we are anxiously awaiting the opening of Jackson Tavern. We grew up with anything and everything clams, lobsters, seafood and chourico (Portuguese sausage) and may prove to be tough critics!

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Posted by Jerry Barker on 11/20/2014 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Claim Jumper

Millers tactics do nothing for her. She reminds me of a teenager trying to break into the "POPULAR CROWD"

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Posted by Wanda Scott-armstrong on 11/20/2014 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Computers Grading Common Core Essay Questions? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Politico writes on the _grading_ of PARCC exams, "The following year, the plan calls for two-thirds to be scored by computer. The year after that, all the writing is scheduled to be robo-graded, with humans giving a small sampling a second read as quality control."
What else is new? When I took the bar exam on the west coast decades back, the typical bar grader, I understood, spent two minutes per blue book!
The bar exam committee assigned each test-taker an hour to read the question and respond--about 5 to 10 minutes to read and ponder the call of the question and the remaining 55 to 50 minutes to write an answer containing critical legal buzzwords and required phrases that displayed a working knowledge of concepts the bar considered essential.
At the time, urban legend had it that these bar exam essay graders, who reputedly got paid a dollar per blue book graded, would take a pile of these blue books to the local baseball stadium and grade between innings! After all, they had been told what phrases and words to look for in a particular essay. If all of these occurred, then the paper passed high, intermediate or low depending on how many made it on the pages. If enough of those words/phrases did not make it on the essay, the student did not pass the exam...
In my case at least the essay robo-readers were human. I can see where a machine can be programmed to scan for particular words, terms or phrases with a smattering of sheer nonsense in between, yet the paper may get an A--if the student has the savvy to throw them in!
Be well.

Posted by socrates2 on 11/20/2014 at 9:27 AM

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