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Re: “Our 2014 Endorsements

I have to add my dismay to the many here about your nutty call on LD9. Reward Ethan Orr with your vote? What do you think my vote is? A carnival prize? Victoria Steele has been an outstanding freshman legislator in a difficult minority position. You seem to have also missed the fact that the GOP ran NO ONE against her, clearly considering her unbeatable. We need to keep the person that scares the pants off the right-wing extremists!

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Posted by Mark Murphy on 10/09/2014 at 7:10 PM

Re: “Our 2014 Endorsements

And the lockstep continues...

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Posted by Carlos Danger on 10/09/2014 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Our 2014 Endorsements

If Ethan Orr is a moderate, what must one do to deserve the name of conservative? If Orr is moderate, can one be a conservative without being named Russell Pearce? I suppose all these terms are relative, but I suspect that relatively few voters in Tucson and Pima County think support by and for the National Rifle Association and Cathi Herrod's Center for Arizona Policy qualify as moderate. Ethan Orr: right for Cathi Herrod and the NRA, wrong for LD 9.

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Posted by franklymydears on 10/09/2014 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Confessions of an eBay opium addict

You gained weight? I've lost six stone in two years by cutting out alcohol and red meat, walking a couple of miles a day, and using alternating codeine/ poppy too replace alcohol. At my last checkup my blood tests showed me to be pretty much the healthiest 45 year old my doc had ever seen, my ldl cholesterol was 1.2, , blood glucose 3.4, all lipids etc well at the bottom end of the scale. So I'm not recommending it for every one, but crazy as it sounds, moderated opiate use (every other day for about 3 years) have made me the healthiest I've been since my teens.

Posted by webein on 10/09/2014 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Our 2014 Endorsements

Randy Fiese AND Victoria Steele are the right people to represent LD9 in Phoenix. Their opponent is NOT a moderate republican. Sure he supported Jan Brewer by expanding Medicaid, great; so did Victoria Steele!
Victoria has an A rating for the Sierra Club, she believes that women have a right to control their own bodies and that local populations have the right to restrict access to guns. She has worked hard to put in place a program that will help educate people to identify mentally unstable people and help prevent gun violence by the mentally ill. She is a quick study and loves serving her constituents. Our representatives should reflect the values of Tucson - not right wing republican issues.

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Posted by Patsy Stewart on 10/09/2014 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Our 2014 Endorsements

Weak is the ‘moderate’ term that explains your lackluster endorsement of Steele and Friese. You must have been texting while writing to be so disconnected to say that our reason to vote them in is just that we want to “see more Democrats” in office. Really? These are 2 strong, accomplished candidates that are passionate about issues that represent the citizens of our district. We need them to get elected to raise the level of common sense to our legislature!
Your comment that Orr is a “relatively sensible Republican”…Where do I start? There was not 1 bill that he voted against when it came to rights for guns. At this rate, guns will have more rights than I do. Some of the bills were so nutty that Brewer vetoed them. Orr signed a pledge (!) stating personhood for an embryo & to fight to overturn Roe v Wade. So, as a grown woman, he thinks that I have less rights than an embryo? As far as our environment is concerned, he received an “F” from the local Sierra Club. Public Education?: You say he supports it? What he says and what he does are 2 different things. Six times Orr voted to take money out of our public schools to be used for private education. This dismantles AZ schools! Oh, and yes, he voted for the expansion of Medicaid. Well, he should have!
The reason that the citizens of LD9 should send Dr. Randy Friese and Victoria Steele to the Arizona House of Representatives is that they will be representing us and not the NRA or Cathi Herrod or any other outside group that has had a stranglehold on our state. Is there a reason that we are at the bottom of recovery from the recession? Is there a reason why our public schools are ranked at the bottom of the Nation? Yes, there is a reason and it is because the current leadership in our house has been focused on all the wrong issues. Let’s get legislators in office that will focus on jobs and the economy. Let’s have discussion over how to be the leader in research and technology regarding solar and water. Let's focus on the real issues facing our state. Friese and Steele together will make a difference.

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Posted by T. Montrose on 10/09/2014 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Our 2014 Endorsements

I'm voting for Fred for governor not because in support of Fred, but to vote against Satan's secretary, Cathi Herrod, and her puppet - the ice cream man. There is no way I would ever vote for Terry Goddard- my reasons are personal, but I refuse to vote for that Reagan family wanna-be either; I'm going to leave my vote for Secretary of State blank. I'm voting for Ron Jeremy because he supports marriage equality and also my tribe's West Valley Resort in PHX. I will vote no on all props except for 415.

I'm Edge and I approved this message.

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Posted by Edge Harvey on 10/09/2014 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Our 2014 Endorsements

The Weekly forgot about Proposition 420, which would authorize TUSD to sell nine schools which have been closed, two of which have been reopened as TUSD Infant and Early Child Learning Centers. Of all the candidates for the TUSD Board of Governors, only one: Betts Putnam-Hidalgo, weighed in on this important Proposition in the Voter Information Packet that has been mailed out to the electorate. For the Weekly to write there is "one candidate who stands above the rest: Jen Darland," is simply a false statement. Betts is clearly the best candidate for the TUSD Board of Governors: --Please Vote "NO" on Proposition 420, and please note that all TUSD Board candidates have been invited to a public forum that will be held at the YWCA, 525 N. Bonita, on Monday 10/20/14 from 6-8 p.m. Co-sponsors of the forum are: Voices for Education, a local, community-based non-profit organization, the Menlo Park Neighborhood Association, the Brichta Neighborhood Association, and the Legislative District 3 (LD 3) Democrats, who are geographically based on the west and south sides of town. (Although the LD 3 Republicans were asked to co-sponsor the event, that invitation was declined.)

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Posted by "All we are saying is give Betts a chance." on 10/09/2014 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Our 2014 Endorsements

Beyond the choices by Nintzel, oh doesn't look like there are any EXCEPT those by Nintzel.

I'll go with the one or two choices that DO show promise of getting this area back on a winning track. For the most part, I'll just toss the list of candidates who show on your "yes" list.

And for the record..I would vote NO on Props 415 and 418, and YES on the others.

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Posted by n7iqv on 10/09/2014 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Our 2014 Endorsements

Republican trolls. Weekly always has great recommendations for progressively-minded Arizonans.

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Posted by Steve on 10/09/2014 at 7:02 AM

Re: “Our 2014 Endorsements

How about the party thrown for Duval by Edward von Kloberg?…

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Posted by Sun Dried Curmudgeon on 10/09/2014 at 6:13 AM

Re: “Our 2014 Endorsements

"Campos Fleener would ally herself with TUSD board member Mark Stegeman. And we most definitely do not need that." Why? Because we might actually require a balanced and transparent budget, do something to cut administrative spending, and get a higher share of the district's funding into the schools? Scary!

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 10/09/2014 at 5:42 AM

Re: “Our 2014 Endorsements

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

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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

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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 !

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 09/22/2014 at 6:37 AM

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