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Re: “Our 2014 Endorsements

Actually with few exceptions, if you vote opposite of the weaklys recommendations you will be finer.

21 likes, 50 dislikes
Posted by Harlan Thomas on 10/09/2014 at 4:33 AM

Re: “Our 2014 Endorsements

25 PLUS REASONS TO SUPPORT ETHAN ORR IN THE LD 9 RACE- Please post resume of opponents.

Ethan Orr, born here in Tucson and an AMPHI/ U of A grad, has been a community partner, a friend, a family man but most importantly one of the most effective legislators Southern Arizona has known in decades. His advocacy pursuit of an economic oriented agenda and commitment to representing us through bipartisan, logical, pragmatic solutions as well as common sense has earned him our respect and gratitude. Tucson's relevance as a region is at stake, more so in this election than anyone we have seen in the last 25 years. If Ethan loses you might as well put a big bulls eye on Tucson's back as the Maricopa dominated legislators are not Wildcat fans and definitely have it out for Tucson! Bear Down Ethan!

I have known Ethan since student council in 1990, he is a good seed! Do your own research and then post in comment section, open the floor for discussion! This is how intelligent people make decisions about who represents them not in empty platitudes or rhetoric, or false promises of future achievement beware those people on EITHER side of the political fence!


Bills signed into law: (this means any legislation, amending, reforming, altering creating laws-try to remember just creating new legislation is not necessarily a good thing)
1. HB 2543 – (2013) Pima College Non-Resident Tuition
2. HB 2163 – Commercial Space Flight
3. HB 2164 – Laser pointer, aircraft violation
4. HB 2166 – Pima County Retirement System
5. HB 2167 – Pima County Sports Authority Election
6. HB 2332 – Veterans Burial Provision
7. HB 2076 (2013 With Sonny Borrelli) Veterans Employment

Bills Stopped on floor
8. HB 2379 (Olson) Secondary Property Tax Limit (Library Bill)

Bills Amended
9. SB 1282 Racing Omnibus (Pierce) – added reporting requirements, gave communities the ability to prohibit on track gambling

10. $300,000 for police – IGA with Department of Health Services
11. About $750,000 - Disabled Bus riders
12. $250,000 - Air conditioning for Hendricks Elementary
13. Drafting Governors Student Success Formula ($40 Million)
14. Contract for DD providers (Beacon Group)

15. Mental Health First aide and Mental Health Block Grants
16. $250,000 for Mental health First Aid (2013)
17. $500,000 for Mental Health Block Grants (2014)

Pima County JTED
18. $1,500,000 – Changed JTED funding formula (2014)

University of Arizona
19. $2,000,000 – Mission Critical Research (2014)
(Used to help start Veterinarian program)
20. $3,500,000 – Cooperative Extension (2014)
21. $4,000,000 for hospital funding (2013) in addition to 22. $4,000,000 in Governor budget
23. $1,500,000 main campus performance funding (2013)

Pima College
24. $2,000,000 for urban community colleges ($700,000 went to Pima) (2014)

Efforts with other Republicans
25. Medicaid Expansion
26. Stopping the ESA bills based on geography
27. Judicial Hold for Mental health
28. Charter Conversion for public schools
29. Oh shoot, I forgot his work against SB 1062, a potential economic disaster for Arizona

Wait that is more than 25! There are still more, the point is clear, in Ethan Orr 's two years he passed more legislation that the entire Democratic caucus combined. Can someone please list his opponents accomplishments on behalf of Tucson?

Friends, do not let either party rob you of your common sense, your relevance, and your influence, to serve their own agenda!

VOTE ONLY ONCE, Starting October 11!


"There is no monopoly of common sense on either side of the political fence." Sting-1980's

10 likes, 28 dislikes
Posted by Demitri Yegolas Downing on 10/08/2014 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Return of the Messenger

NYTimes story on this topic:…

Posted by SonoranWinds on 10/07/2014 at 3:31 PM

Re: “The Saga of Three Points

Here's a good news story for three points residents that proves that not everyone there is bad or unfriendly. Whilst on vacation in Arizona from the UK we traveled from North to south and East to West and we could not fault the hospitality shown to us by anyone. Regardless of whether the towns we stayed in or passed through were wealthy or impoverished we found that the residents there had a genuine pride in their town. Robles residents included.
So much so that I decided to base my Western Novel Wooden star in Three Points / Robles junction to put it on the map again in a positive way.
Be proud people !

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Tony Gavin on 10/06/2014 at 5:45 AM

Re: “The Big Spank!

Lets bring in REALITY ...

I worked in the airline industry for may years and traveled around the country going to different airports all over the nation (and three times abroad). Each time I would arrive at a new city, I had to have an extensive background check already done going back 10 to 20 years each time. If someone has ever been accused (not even convicted) of even a misdemeanor, they do not pass and they are not allowed access onto the airfield. I had nothing in my past on any occasion and passed ever single time.

I then went on to work in the Healthcare Industry. Just to get into the program at school I had to go through several background checks. The first of which was with the legal area here in the state, the Department of Public Safety. It is so extensive it takes several months to complete and they go through every part of your life with a fine tooth comb... and of course I passed. Then after school I had to go through many background checks. I passed every single one every single time.

I have never even been accused of anything felonious in any way shape or form in my entire life. How idiotic does the poster from above think everyone reading here is.... a "convicted felon" would be in prison for something like 20 or 25 years right? lol
Since starting A Domestic Discipline Society in 2005, I have always maintained that DD info should be open minded, non-judgmental and always FREE of charge. Because of that, I have rubbed a few people the wrong way who are now trying to cash in on the growing awareness and popularity of the DD lifestyle.
This isn't the first time I have been falsely attacked, although the heinous accusations make me feel sorry for the poster and the anger they are capable of over online DD stuff. I hope they find something more meaningful in their life and I hope everyone will keep them in their prayers or positive thoughts.

70 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by MrBB on 10/04/2014 at 12:56 AM

Re: “Mysteries in the Mountains

I grew up in Carmen/Tubac back in the fifties and sixties. This would be on the opposite side of the Tumacacori mountains from the area I think he's talking about. Arivaca is northwest of Tubac. One night I was standing on our front porch looking out at the sky and I saw an orange/green light slowly descend down into the mountains in the direction of where I think Arivaca would be. I've wondered about that light my whole life, so reading this gives me verification that I did see an unexplained oddity.

A friend of mine lived in Sierra Vista AZ back in the early seventies and his father claims to have seen three civil war soldiers riding down a dry riverbed that ran between Sierra Vista and Tombstone. He said they rode a distance down the riverbed, then slowly vanished into thin air. There was a time when I would have been more skeptical about such a story, but I've had the unsettling experience of watching a transparent man briskly walk across my back yard and vanish as he walked into a stand of trees. This was in Tacoma Washington, so it's not related to the occurrences in Arizona.

Posted by Charles Gould on 09/25/2014 at 11:46 PM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

If you go to the first links above, you get to Soros Funded stuff and radical left Dems. The ones that got us to the Pelosi/Reid reigns 0g 2008-10. Failed Policies, decreased Medicare Funding, narrow network Obamacare and massive increase in dependency and deficits. Barber was their stooge. Has anyone seen what the wave of children has cost the state with an already pressed TUSD?

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Fooled by Obama on 09/24/2014 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

Ms McSally "held a roundtable with various local education officials to discuss the issues. The press was not allowed to observe the roundtable conversation to "encourage an open and engaging discussion."
That's encouraging. I wonder what 47% comments came out of that discussion.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Pima Mujer on 09/22/2014 at 6:37 AM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

McSally is scary, she is being funded by some radicals and she must believe in their ads they run for her. Barber seems to be telling it straight and truthful, unlike McSally. Voters really need to evaluate who they elect. McSally says she can fix DC , Really, The Tea Party has done nothing in Congress, Vote smart people in and around Tucson. Barber is the most honest and straight forward.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Sam Smith on 09/21/2014 at 5:58 AM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

They (both parties) think we are stupid. No one in congress is going to do anything about the border. The political ads claiming that candidate X will "defend" / "enforce" / "save us" are all BS. Like I said, they think we are stupid. Write snarky notes to the TV stations regarding false advertising.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Gandalf the White on 09/20/2014 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

So AZ ranchers are uniting against Barber for his lack of enforcement at the border. How quickly you forget that we are a nation of laws.

Not just marijuana laws.

5 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Rat T on 09/19/2014 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

McSally is not only a fighter pilot (retired) but also a bicyclist; she soft pedals and she back pedals. I'd prefer to be represented in the Congress by someone who knows Tucson and southern Arizona. Ron Barber has lived, gone to school, married and raised a family, and worked here since he was 10. Martha McSally came here on USAF assignment, retired and went to Germany to work; came back here in a nano-second when the opportunity to run for Congress occurred. I'd prefer to be represented by someone who knows the issues and knows how government works. Ron worked for a Member of Congress, ran her district office, provided excellent constituent service, has now had experience working in the Congress, has done a competent job and retained his independence. Martha begs off answering questions because she doesn't have a staff to tell her what she thinks.

13 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by franklymydears on 09/18/2014 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

It means, Henry, that McSally will be very good at following the talking points and voting orders passed down from Republican leadership.

9 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Ldonyo on 09/18/2014 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

and Barber?

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Posted by Rat T on 09/18/2014 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

As in the case of the sainted John McCain, maybe it is worth looking at the assessment of their superiors in the military-neither left their careers with the stars of flag rank on their uniforms. That seems to be a pretty good indication that they didn't have the leadership ability to make the decisions expected from the upper echelons of the military. Why expect them to be any more capable in the U.S. Congress?

13 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Henry J. on 09/18/2014 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

McSally needs to gain some experience in government. At least before Barber ran for Congress he worked in the field gaining knowledge as a staff member in Congresswoman Gifford's office.

Why do all these people think we should vote for them when they have absolutely no experience or record of government service, nothing to judge them by?
If McSally uses her military experience and "qualifications" in the state legislature or other public office for a couple years maybe we could see what she would be like in office. Right now all we can judge her on is who supports her election, that's a negative, we don't even know who is putting up the money for her campaign.

Who and where does all that money come for the TV ads, and huge campaign McSally is running for Congress? When do we get an accounting of the money?
We want to follow the money, McSally has no record except someone some where likes her enough to spend money to try to buy our votes.

What she says she supports, is different from what her campaign said two years ago. We can look at who she lines herself up with in Congress now, and that's a massive negative for regular folks, seniors, veterans, and working people in Southern Arizona.

The proof is we need to see the real McSally, not just she supports the A-10, not just negative ads about Congressman Barber. We need to see the real McSally stand up and tell us, does she really support doing away with Social Security, is she really in favor of vouchers for medicare?

What else haven't we found out about McSally except she wants to be in Congress, what's in it for us?

22 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by hakeson on 09/18/2014 at 7:03 AM

Re: “Who Wants to Be a Teacher?

There are plenty of teachers out there, empirically. We've just left the classroom, and we read the news--there's nothing enticing about the idea of going back. I beat the odds and made it 7 years before I quit. I got a 25% raise when I went into the private sector, and 10 years later, I made money working in ed tech that I couldn't have gotten with 25 years and a doctorate in the classroom. We've all got our stories about the problems, and what made us leave finally. But I suppose they can all be covered by the idea that if you're not going to be rewarded financially for your work, you have to be rewarded psychologically. And there is very little of that left to be had in the profession, either. When business owners, and legislators, and parents, and even your own administrators, are actively working against you and attacking you, it makes it hard to keep at it.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Kristie Cunningham on 09/17/2014 at 11:10 PM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

It doesn't matter who wins.

That's how bad it's gotten.

You want choice? Move to Scotland.

8 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by Rat T on 09/17/2014 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

McSally is a one-issue candidate: Save the A-10.

13 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by SonoranWinds on 09/17/2014 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

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Posted by Albert V. Turk on 09/17/2014 at 6:11 PM

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