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Re: “Never Mind Donald Trump!

They don't have to check their faith, but they sure as hell have to put it 2nd to the duties of their office. Of course it would have been nice if Obama and Clinton came around to gay marriage support earlier. But they did come around.
As for showing mercy and compassion for immigrants and refugees, and framing it in a faith-based context, that's fine with me. It's not like you have to adhere to any faith to feel the same way. Being decent to people may be part of most religions, but it's certainly not like belief in a higher power or dogma is required for that. You base public policy on the constitution, on treating people fairly, and short and long-term well being of the citizenry of the country.

And Trump talks out of his ass all the time, it's what he does.

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Posted by someguy on 06/18/2016 at 10:33 PM

Re: “Guest Commentary

TEP Bills and all other utilities will continue to rise as a subsidy to unsustainable and uneconomic alternatives. Next the Dems/Libs will propose carbon offset taxes, these along with national policy will further take $$ from your pockets for energy in the range of 45-70% over the next 5-7 years. This will help the standard of living in Tucson how?
Of course Lawyer/Liars like the Mayor will not feel this cost at all in their rarefied neighborhoods behind security gates! Just compare our current costs to other countries that have adopted these policies in Europe and the Commonwealth.

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Posted by Joe Bloom on 06/18/2016 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Never Mind Donald Trump!

Someguy- All kinds of laws are rooted in religion. What do you base public policy on? The latest public opinion polls? Folks don't have to check their faith at the door when entering the political arena.
Four short years ago Obama and Clinton both claimed to be opposed to gay marriage. Were they "haters" then? Obama appeals to religious ideals when he pushes for illegal immigration or middle eastern refugee acceptance or government health care or whenever it is convenient for pushing his agenda.
As for "cheap shots", your "ass/mouth" comment sounded pretty cheap.
Clinton is not infinitely preferable to anyone in my book. May she finally go to jail where she belongs.

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Posted by The Vince of darkness on 06/18/2016 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Death By Misadventure

Hi Linda. I'm Nehmo.
I knew (not in a relationship sense) one of Palacios's daughters after the killing. At the time, I had long hair, and I was the only male in Amphi High to have it. I've been to the Palacios house a few times. Yes, I'd say he murdered those 2 guys. However, after meeting the guy, I must say that it's true. He's the nicest person in the world. If there can be a "temporary insanity", it's possible he had it.

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Posted by Nehmo Sergheyev on 06/18/2016 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Never Mind Donald Trump!

Vince - agree one important thing at least. If Trump is removed from being the nominee, that's a problem, as much as I despise him and wish I would never hear his voice again. That would create a dangerous precedent and make a whole lot of angry people angrier and they would have good reason to be.
As for religious zealotry, I mean actually making domestic policy based on it. Things like gay marriage (aka giving everyone their constitutional rights). The only argument against it is religious, which has no place in public policy. I have my reservations about Hillary, but trust her on these issues. She is not hostage to a base that is yes, extremely conservative Christian and demands that their interpretation of their religion be made into law. Sharia law happening in the US is just not a thing that's worth worrying about.
And cheap shots about wardrobe and whether you approve of her laugh aside, let's suppose all of the worst right wing fears about Hillary were true. That still leaves her as infinitely preferable to Donald Trump.

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Posted by someguy on 06/18/2016 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Never Mind Donald Trump!

Someguy, I don't believe that nominating Trump or ( Cruz for that matter ) will hurt the Republicans long term. Remember Goldwater was crushed in 64 and the Dems had screwed it up again by 68.
McGovern lost big in 72 and the Dems were back in the White House by 1976.
However, the rumblings that I hear about an impending coup at the Republican convention by the establishment elites who plan to steal the nomination from Trump, are genuinely scary.
Whether you love the guy or hate him, he won fair and square and people will leave the party in huge numbers if they pull try to pull this off.
Hillary a moderate who rejects religious zealotry? C'mon man, the Clinton foundation sure loves the money from religious zealots. Several countries who abuse woman and want homosexuals executed
have given massive amounts of money and she seems to be very quiet about Sharia law. Oh, but you were only concerned about Christian fundamentalists, right?
The Dems are nominating a lying, foul creature with a fake laugh and horrible pant suits. If the FBI indicts her and the Justice department whitewashes everything, you just may see the tide turn against the Dems.
Maybe that's why Bernie is hanging tough.

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Posted by The Vince of darkness on 06/18/2016 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Never Mind Donald Trump!

Vince - maybe demise was not entirely correct. But with Trump as the presidential nominee, another wing being the Cruz faith-based social issues type, they only way they hang on to House seats is through crazily drawn districts. In some ways (economic, and especially foreign policy) Hillary is the moderate republican candidate, but at least she rejects the idea that religious orthodoxy makes for good social policy.
The tide is going against 2 of the 3 types of Republicans. But your point about state legislators seems valid.

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Posted by someguy on 06/18/2016 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Never Mind Donald Trump!

The Caricature looks more like the screaming crone Hillary, err, Liary! Good job in capturing her essence Jim!

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Posted by Joe Bloom on 06/18/2016 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Never Mind Donald Trump!

Hey someguy.
No need to worry about the Republicans and their "demise".
Last time that I checked the GOP controlled thirty-one of the state governor positions,
the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate. I known that living in Tucson gives one a different perspective about who is in power, considering that we have a one party thing going on.
It is true that they may never see the White House again what with New York and Cali
being totally blue and the electoral map set up like it is.
Not very happy with either major party these days, but I know that they both will continually overplay
their hands and the pendulum will continue to swing back and forth like it has for the sixty years that
I have been on this planet.

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Posted by The Vince of darkness on 06/17/2016 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Never Mind Donald Trump!

Well said someguy.

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Posted by AZ/DC on 06/17/2016 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Never Mind Donald Trump!

Thinking aloud I generally agree - but I would make it 1 out of 20 things trump says for me. I am a very left leaning human but am taking very joy in the Republican party's demise. It's bad for the country. Somewhere deep within the racial resentment, bigotry and unforgivable misogyny , Trump (and Sanders minus most of the bad stuff) have tapped into some very real problems in our country. Giant companies do indeed have way to much sway, and the economic impact on people's lives is really bad, across racial lines. Many problems facing poor black, white and immigrant communities have similar root causes and solutions. And yet the Republican party has picked the WORST POSSIBLE choice to address these things, one who with every word out of his ass/mouth compounds the problems we face.

As for the actual point of this article, it is a crucial point. Vote in these elections, for goodness sake, and do some research.

The bastardized Reagan quote that "government is not the solution, it's the problem" is toxic. Government is only the problem if you elect a-holes, religious zealots, and self-serving dogmatic people who pander to the worst instincts of people. It needs to be better and it starts with electing local politicians who care about making our society better, not privatizing every service we have and leaving poor people with no options other than 'hey, work harder you lazy bums!'. Private companies aims are inherently not the same as those of a healthy society. I'm not naive, or full-on socialist, but you need competent government to look at the long view (not just the next months earnings report).

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Posted by someguy on 06/17/2016 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Never Mind Donald Trump!

The problem with nihilism is that it leads to anarchy and wild, unrestrained violence, and (even a little) anarchy leads to serious repression and controlled, sustained violence. We came close to that path back in the late 60s but now the memory has faded and the threat is renewed. A big difference now is that little people can pop off their little opinions with rapid and stunning stupidity. As for Trump, every 5th time he opens his mouth he says something I can vaguely agree with - and then he goes back to very strange, crazy, demented talk. Trust him at your peril. He will do little good.

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Posted by Thinking_Aloud on 06/16/2016 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Never Mind Donald Trump!

The best part of this whole mess is that the republicans that Trump turns off, will be replaced by democrats that he turns on. Either way Hillary can not win. She must conger up more attacks against him.

But how clean is she? Uh oh. This is going to get nasty. It's all she has left. having Bill on the campaign trail has turned into a liability.

Maybe she should pick McCain as her running mate and DESTROY both parties.

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Posted by Rat T on 06/16/2016 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Never Mind Donald Trump!

Mr. Nintzel,
You missed a relatively big story in John McCain's Republican primary. McCain's chosen Republican primary "Judas Goat" this time around (remember Deakins in 2010) is a one-man-print-shop owner from New Jersey named Alex Meluskey who defrauded 2 Precinct Committeemen (Edward and Christine Toschik) out of their seats in 2014 with a phony "ballot slate" he printed and distributed in Precinct 59 (LD 23) with a Republican logo on top. He then hired a known felon, Paul Thomas Burton as his Campaign Chair. PT Burton defrauded Republican Tea Party groups out of $50,000 (promising a Convention w/ national speakers at the Scottsdale Resort and fleeing with the money) from July to October 2015. Meluskey says he fired Burton, but cannot explain why he did not notify police when he "fired" Burton and why he will not refund the stolen money.

Most voters are becoming aware many Senate Primary campaigns are exercises in casual contempt for voters. Old timers like McCain know they can win reelection by diluting their primary opposition.
For instance, McCain allies like Senator Lindsey Graham “invest” millions to weaken State Primary opposition. Graham is a Director of McCain’s “Reform Institute Super PAC”. Graham’s “West Main Street Values PAC” and McCain’s “Reform Institute” have been exchanging secret campaign money for decades. And the generally unpopular Graham spent over two million to arrange 6 (SIX!) Republican decoys in his (2014) South Carolina Primary.
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archiv…

Senate Frauds like McCain and Graham pay frauds like Alex Meluskey to deceive their own voters every 6 years. Meluskey has no money of his own according to Corporation Commission records in New Jersey and Arizona. But Meluskey has spent a half million on advertising according to his latest Federal Election Commission reports. No real source for the money is listed.
Tee shirts, signs, TV ads and resort conventions do not hurt McCain or Graham, but if they convince enough Republican voters that decoys like Meluskey are real candidates, the frauds will always win. McCain knows all he has to do is spend a few million smearing opponent (military wife) Kelli Ward and he will win the August Primary. So his Super PAC, AZ Grassroots Action PAC, buys millions of ads that accuse Ward (remember - she's a military wife) of voting to harm our military.
How stupid does McCain think Republican voters are? That might be a story in itself.

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Posted by William Heuisler on 06/16/2016 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Never Mind Donald Trump!

Being relatively new to Tucson and state politics, this article offers no information re: candidate platforms. Perhaps a little more research on how these candidates intend to approach the job they're applying for...and any history of their follow through? Nice to see a mix of right/left readers here. I agree...decisions on local candidates and issues are very important. These are also the ones most of us know the least about. So, Mr Nintzel, help us out a little.

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Posted by connwilliam on 06/16/2016 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Stop the Presses!

Darn, the FBI will probably drop Supervisor Miller's request for investigation and that of her former boy-assistant and we will never know the real part she played in the fairyland tale of the Arizona Daily Herald now that editor in chief Timothy Desjarlais has quit his county job.

Love it, I looked for wagers in my note here on May 30th about how long Desjarlais would last, and the answer is: he quit his job at Miller's office; last Friday, June 10.

In over his head and with no adult supervision he can go forward with his campaign for the Marana School Board and if he is not successful there follow the current Republican County Chairman another unsuccessful GOP office seeker to glory leading the Republican County Party to Donald Trump's ground breaking for the "tall wall" paid for with the donated Mexican Peso.

Think about, "One flew over the cuckoos nest", where the insane inmates took over the insane asylum, Donald Trump, the original birther and his latest theory on President Obama's role in helping terrorist groups, Ally Miller's filling pot-holes with golden bricks and Timothy Desjarlais writing a new movie script for the Ally in Wonderland series.

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Posted by hakeson on 06/16/2016 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Never Mind Donald Trump!

How did a political story expressly not about Donald Trump launch a comment thread that is entirely about Donald Trump and his opponent? For Dems, the Trump campaign might be hard to turn away from. But for many of us Republicans, it's hard to watch.

Most of this year's state and local elections aren't all that interesting, but at least they offer a diversion from the disaster that is our presidential race,

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Posted by Skeptic on 06/16/2016 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Never Mind Donald Trump!

Wow, you obviously must be a democrat or liberal beings your mocking of Mr Trump, and others! Why don't you write something that could inspire Americans to pull together for the good of our Country, World! It's articles like this that keep fueling the fire in our Country, what we need is more people with open minds!

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Posted by Bkoz on 06/16/2016 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Never Mind Donald Trump!

During a Sept. 20 appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation, Clinton was asked if President Barack Obama’s plan to increase the number allowed into the United States to 10,000 was enough. (The United States had accepted about 2,000 in 2015.)

“Look, we’re facing the worst refugee crisis since the end of World War II, and I think the United States has to do more, and I would like to see us move from what is a good start with 10,000 to 65,000 and begin immediately to put into place the mechanisms for vetting the people that we would take in,” Clinton said.

“A jump to 65,000 would be a 550 percent increase,” Politifact says.

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Posted by Lynn Anderson on 06/16/2016 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Never Mind Donald Trump!

Good Morning, Laurence -

Just wondering why you don't also detail Trump's involvement with Saudi Arabia and other mid-Eastern countries.

Here's some information you seem to have missed:

“some of (Trump's) more prominent deals and partnerships with Muslim individuals, governments, and companies that have buoyed the Trump brand over the years.” These business ventures involve Qatar Airways, which has had a “‘corporate campus’ in the Trump Tower … since at least 2008;” two Saudi princes who live in Trump Tower; Saudi Prince Alwaleed, who took “majority control of New York’s Plaza hotel, [which gave] Trump ‘more breathing room with bank creditors’” and purchased Trump’s $18 million yacht; the Trump International Golf Club in Dubai; and Trump Home partnerships in “Kuwait, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.” (From Media Matters)

And, by the way, the Republican-led committee that was investigating Benghazi has found no substance to the claim you made. They just gave up after spending $7 million of our taxpayer dollars.

You also post that "Hillary wants to bring in 500% more Syrian refugees..." First time I've read this. Do you have a source, other than Fox News, for this claim?

I'd appreciate it if you can provide a bit more substance to your outlandish claims.

Thanks...

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Posted by Larry on 06/16/2016 at 7:24 AM

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