What, no endorsement for the only candidate for County Attorney who supports the legalization of marijuana, a living minimum wage, and supports Mark Napier for Sheriff? (that'd be me) Maybe next time...?
WRONG on 2 of 3 TUSD recommendations.
Time to send Angry John McCain to the pumpkin patch.
I would love to write for the Swill section...lets make that happen!
You are right, Rick Spanier, Safier is not that kind of animal (the non-partisan kind). However, he often tries to frame his blog posts as though he is. In this one, for example, he pretends the issue is patronage hiring and firing. For the benefit of the occasional new reader who may at first be led to believe that what they see in these blogs is noble discourse produced by a reliable defender of sound practices in the management of public institutions, it's good when the comment streams call Safier out on his partisan hackery, so thank you for being one of those who has done so repeatedly and effectively. (Nice image of the manatee and the four minute mile.)
Safier's real motives are a mystery. It's clear what he can be expected to do: defend Pima Democratic Party candidates and the lines of argument being used to promote their continuing ability to manage Tucson's beleaguered public institutions, no matter how grave and obvious their misuse of public office has been. And the flip side: attack Republican office holders for doing the same things he pulls punches on when Democratic office holders do them.
But why? Commenters joke that he is motivated by getting dinner invitations to the Grijalvas' or appearances on Anne-Eve Pedersen's now defunct television program, but what's the real reason? I suspect it may be something similar to the argument made in a book I came across recently which defended the legacy of the Tammany Hall machine in NYC: "Tammany's corruption was real, but so was its heretofore forgotten role in protecting marginalized and maligned immigrants in desperate need of a political voice." (Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics).
How about it, David? Care to fill us in? Maybe you could do an article on the legitimate role that lies, patronage, and graft can and should play in protecting the oppressed -- when it's people belonging to the right political party who practice them. Or you could write a review of the above-mentioned book saying just where you agree and disagree. At least then what you write in these blogs would be an HONEST representation of what you ACTUALLY believe, which is clearly NOT that lies, patronage and graft and those who practice them have no legitimate role in our public institutions, since you just endorsed two candidates for the Board of a public school district who were involved in this:
and who work in concert with a fellow Board member who did this:
George S that begs the question, can Hillary be more disappointing than Barack Obama?
I am going to respectfully disagree with your Assessor endorsement. Appeals skyrocketed durring the recessive period because he did NOT do a great job. Having your value "close"to your neighbor? Excuse me? And are we completely going to ignore the fact that he has been in court with Raytheon 5 times? Took the Tucson Botanical Gardens all the way to the Arizona Supreme Court over their exemption because of a gift shop (and lost)and just last month cost the tax payer $94,000 over an $15,800 exemption wrongfully denied to Primavera Foundation?
Why would you endorse that behavior?
Suzanne Droubie is the right choice for Assessor.
Readers of the Weekly are too smart to support a Government-mandated minimum wage (MW). Think about it: The MW always costs jobs and raises prices for the poorest among us.
Businesses have a break even point; they must make a profit or why bother. Knowing that fact, ask yourself who will pay for the wage increases? Higher prices and/or fewer workers will make up the difference for many Tucson businesses' bottom line.
Setting aside the canard of "greedy business" any Government mandated minimum wage will cost Tucson jobs and/or raise prices. Also, these lost jobs are from the lowest end of the economy and the men and women affected are those most in need or just starting out.
Government should butt the Hell out of the private sector economy.
How truly disappointing da coach.
Why not settle the Russian controversy? Podesta could turn his computer and all emails over to Congress, or even Comey's FBI. Let's see if the Russians actually changed or forged them. I would bet they are verbatim. The DNC tried to lie their way out of it last night.
Try lying to the IRS on YOUR taxes.
I also watched Hillary last night and I lost even more respect for her. Either way we are going to be greatly troubled with the outcome.
Do we deserve this?
Wrong, Again's bullshit, not so nice.
And then he has to post it twice!
About as welcome as head lice.
McCain is supposedly 16 points ahead in the latest AZ polls and his betrayal has already begun. Can you believe it? Read the latest on The Hill: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/sena…
Donald Trump asked Black voters, “What have you all got to lose?”
Someone else asked, “Why do Republicans allow these debates to be run by Liberals who never ask Hillary about her lies and emails?” Republicans??? Right. And McCain says he is a Republican.
My family are Republican since before the Civil War. My first vote was for Goldwater. I am a Rabid Republican, but my Republican Party is gone – US and Arizona – my “Party” hates Conservatives.
What must we do? We must win the War against our enemies…
And our only chance to win the War is Trump in the White House.
So November 8th I am voting for Trump… and for Kirkpatrick.
“WHAAT? What do you mean!!!”, you ask quietly. (We know how quiet you are.)
Kirkpatrick will be a weak first termer we can defeat in 6 years. Moreover she is by far the lesser evil. McCain ALWAYS betrays Conservatives; to believe McCain will oppose any Hillary SCOTUS appointment is as foolish as believing he will care about those dozens of our fellow Veterans dying every year in waiting lines at the Veterans Hospital a few blocks away from Senator McCain’s very comfortable house in Phoenix.
Trump is heading for a Brexit-style victory; I believe it, you must.
When Trump wins, McCain’s SCOTUS vote becomes irrelevant because Trump will only nominate Conservatives to the Court. When Trump wins McCain will probably pretend to support him.
But, if, God Forbid, Hillary wins, McCain will join his “Rock Star” buddy Hillary and will stab Conservative Arizonans in the back as he always does.
So Conservatives, just this one time read the Hill article and vote for the Damned Democrat.
What in God’s name have you got to lose?
Re: Francis Saitta,
"The younger generation" has had no problem getting marijuana on the street for a couple of generations now. The destigmatization of the drug that will come with decriminalization will have the effect of removing some of the allure with time, and it will absolutely remove a lot of the risk associated with buying illegal drugs.
I'm not sure why the current potency of the drug is used as an argument against decriminalization; there is still no danger of overdose death or injury, or physical dependence.
Relative to alcohol and opiod painkillers, marijuana is very safe.
You lost all credibility after your first endorsement of the Marijuana proposition.
Let's not be naïve. Politics is, by its very nature, corrupt. It always has been and always will be. The most effective President will be the one who can best game the system.
Nice to see Tony mentioned in the last paragraph. I live around Broadway and Craycroft and buy groceries at the Wal Mart there at 22nd. Tony has been a daily fixture at that shopping center for years. He never asks for money, never talks to anyone unless they talk first, but graciously accepts food whenever I offer. He is way too skinny; if you run into him, give him something to eat.
"Ex-Arizonan is a Troll hypocrite" is a maroon. (Thanks Bugs!)
I'm sure that he meant that I am the hypocrite and the troll, but, just like your average troll, this troll didn't bother to pay enough attention or read what was typed properly. Comments like this only back everything I have typed right up. Par for the course. Believe me, I'm not surprised.
I'd call this troll a fucking idiot, but TW just might remove my comment. Although, I have made several requests to have the "Ex-Arizonan is a Troll hypocrite" comment removed...and guess what? It is still there as I'm typing this. (Sad!)
It makes me think...is TW not paying attention or do they actually support this obvious misinformation? Sometimes I wonder. If the Webmaster is on vacation, you need someone to carry that weight when they're away.
I understand if this comment gets removed. What I will not understand is if this comment gets removed and the "Ex-Arizonan is a Troll hypocrite" comment doesn't get removed along with it.
P.S. Ex-Arizonan, you are definitely not a troll.
Fuck All Trolls!
Most sincerely, DC
Thanks for the eye opener about "wrong."I'll have to pay more attention to my thought process.
His first cry for help was walking around wearing only swimming trunks. His second cry for help was stealing a beer, but his SCREAM for help was taking a Budweiser!
Too bad the “Old West” we live in today doesn’t have that Hollywood standard for telling the good guys from the bad guys – white hats and black hats – because for the past few years finding a white hat-wearing guy or gal in Arizona politics is like finding Doug Douchy at a Mensa meeting.
Hillary must have been born under a lucky star. Handed the opportunity to run against the single most preposterous Republican candidate in our history, it looks as if she might scrape through to victory on the reality behind the reality star, Trump is Mencken's imbecile and a deviant to boot.
Watching the final debate last night I watched Clinton repeatedly freeze when questioned or attacked on her dismal performance as Secretary of State and on the family profiteering under the auspices of the Bonnie and Clyde Global Initiative. And no, I haven't forgotten about the "damn emails." With every new leak I realize exactly how corrupt she and her gang truly are but I guess that's what the meaning of "quid pro quo" is (sort of like what the meaning of "is" is).
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