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Re: “10 Terrible Bills at the Arizona Legislature

SB 1487 is now the law: The perfect hypocrisy. By prohibiting local control by the people, they can now eliminate any protections or regulations that we want for our communities. Minimum wage, local sourcing of government bids, restrictions on firearms carried by students in our schools, plastic bag bans, voting rights---there is no limit to their overreach and brutal control of our affairs. If they pass any law at the state level, we must rescind our local statutes. One friend called them "The Arizona Taliban": if they pass a religious discrimination bill, as they tried to do recently, all political subdivisions ( read towns, cities and countys) must enforce it. King George Ducey cannot tolerate voters electing representatives that will express the free will of the people. Well, we threw the kings out of America a long time ago---let's throw them out again this fall.

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Posted by Paul Stapleton-Smith on 03/17/2016 at 10:41 PM

Re: “10 Terrible Bills at the Arizona Legislature

Issuing new SNAP ID cards will cost the state $6 million the first year and $4 million each year afterward. (as reported in the AZ Republic). So our state leaders have no qualm on spending that money for fraud that does not exist anywhere near that level. But our state leaders won't expand healthcare coverage for 30,000 kids of working poor families. KidsCare is fully funded by the federal government. There is a provision in the bill that would roll back this agreement should the federal government stop funding it 100%. Why provide a service at no cost to the state for our most vulnerable citizens when we can spend several million for a virtually non-existent problem?

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Posted by Sandy Eliscu Kravetz on 03/17/2016 at 10:03 PM

Re: “10 Terrible Bills at the Arizona Legislature

Old Pueblo Veteran, you keep confessing to have purchased food stamps illegally, here in the forum. Have you yet confessed your crimes to the State? Have you paid a criminal penalty or restitution?
If not, then your hypocrisy seems to know no bounds.

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Posted by Gonzo Sorcrachi on 03/17/2016 at 7:51 PM

Re: “10 Terrible Bills at the Arizona Legislature

Sorry OPV but there are some so in love with government confiscation that they don't want to be seen as taking someone elses earnings. They also refer to it as social justice for some unknown reason.

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Posted by Rat T on 03/17/2016 at 3:12 PM

Re: “10 Terrible Bills at the Arizona Legislature

10. The Humiliate the Poor Act.

A picture on a SNAP card is humiliating? This is actually a good law. These are bought and sold on the "black market" all the time. I know, because when I was poor I used to buy them.

But, since I actually looked up the Bill: 7. "Requires each EBT card issued by DES to have the recipient’s color photograph and name on the card, unless the recipient declines to have the photograph included."

That is some pretty poor reporting.

I see many things I like about this bill, but, there are some aspects that do seem overly bureaucratic and borderline data-mining affecting privacy rights involving 3rd party vendors and potential vendor abuse with this data collection.

Here's the link for those who care about facts, not feelings or made up "news"

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Posted by Old Pueblo Veteran on 03/17/2016 at 3:04 PM

Re: “10 Terrible Bills at the Arizona Legislature

That's what happened when there's a Republican governor and a republican majority in the State House and State Senate. Thank goodness for federal laws that are meant to protect the general public. States' rights? B.S.!!!!

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Posted by Sharon on 03/17/2016 at 1:17 PM

Re: “10 Terrible Bills at the Arizona Legislature

You can thank TUSD for that destroy public education act and as the commonsense guns in government buildings except colleges I find worthless until they quit exempting them. The citizens of AZ might have to step up and fix it themselves and the tequiring of reporting a gun stolen to TPD is against state law so that shows just how stupid the town clowncial is.

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Posted by PaulAZ on 03/17/2016 at 9:56 AM

Re: “10 Terrible Bills at the Arizona Legislature

It's funny that the state legislature is so for home rule at the state level, but so against it at the local level. Oh, and just about every bill for the last 10 years could be classified as a "Keep the lawyers employed" bill. This state would be rolling in surplus funds if they weren't spending 10% - 20% of the general fund on lawyers to defend clearly unconstitutional laws.

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Posted by Ldonyo on 03/17/2016 at 8:21 AM

Re: “10 Terrible Bills at the Arizona Legislature

"Arizona gets D grade in 2015 State Integrity Investigation. Scandals spur little change."
Political access to Information Grade F
Executive Accountability Grade F
State Civil Service Management Grade F
Lobbying Disclosure Grade F
Ethics Enforcement Agency Grade F
State Pension Fund Management Grade F…

What Arizonans have created with their apathy, is truly shameful.

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 03/17/2016 at 7:50 AM

Re: “10 Terrible Bills at the Arizona Legislature

Steve M. - it is obvious we NEED the state legislature, to protect us from all those unfair federal laws, and to stop counties and cities from passing any laws. Unless they agree with a federal law, and then they pass a law that we must obey all those. Doncha see?

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Posted by W Corvi on 03/17/2016 at 7:32 AM

Re: “10 Terrible Bills at the Arizona Legislature

Why do we even still HAVE a state legislature anyway? It appears to be becoming anachronistic. Could it be time to restructure lawmaking in Arizona by way of direct democracy?

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Posted by Steve M on 03/17/2016 at 4:35 AM

Re: “Poetry of Resistance

Your lede, which uses both Chicano and Latino in the same sentence, helped me learn what a Chicano is today. Simply: Chicano = A Mexican-born person (and only Mexican born) living in America. Latino, I guess, would be an American-born person of Mexican heritage.……

I previously had assumed the two words were interchangeable, with no birth identity attached -- because I never looked.

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Posted by IPH on 03/10/2016 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Justice Delayed

I just finished watching the crime investigation show and this is my opinion: Frank Jarvis Atwoon is truley a waste of air.....he should pay with his life. An eye for an eye and die in the same manner as little Vikky did. I am disgusted in the mother and the woman that married this scumbag. How can they sleep at night. Kudos to Atwoods father for turning him in!!

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Posted by Cathie-Kevin Martindale on 03/10/2016 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Poetry of Resistance

Illegal Mexican immigrant kills 5 - more blood on open border liberals hands

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in a statement late Tuesday that Serrano-Vitorino was a Mexican national who was held at the Overland Park, Kan. Municipal Court on Sept. 14. The fingerprinting generated an ICE detainer, but the agency was “erroneously issued…to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, instead of the Overland Park Municipal Court.”

The Department of Homeland Security said that Serrano-Vitorino was released from custody without ICE being notified, though they did not elaborate on why. ICE also confirmed that Serrano-Vitorino had been deported back to Mexico in 2004, but had since returned illegally.

American lives don't matter.

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Posted by What, Again on 03/10/2016 at 6:46 AM

Re: “You Say You Want a Revolution

Well then you birkenstock bolshevik trash might want to flee back to the California sewers you came from! If it all upsets you so. Guess not since the Exodus of Blue States who have screwed their own states up seems never ending. Just remember who is offsides when cultural Marxists start getting burned out. Reality is a real bitch you know. Just like votes consequences to actions eventally come.

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Posted by Hard Corps on 03/09/2016 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Security 360°

"absurd fear of immigrants"

You spelled illegal criminal aliens incorrectly.

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Posted by Old Pueblo Veteran on 03/07/2016 at 10:21 PM

Re: “South Tucson: The Pueblo Within the Problems

The City of South Tucson believes it's driving towards progress, but they have not noticed their vehicle is going in reverse. They say they fear gentrification, but they are on the side of low-income housing and more drug rehabs. City Planner Mick Jensen has been in Favor of Pasadera drug rehab locating across the street from our school since May 2014, even though they are not entitled to be at that location. As a City Planner, he should have known that from the beginning,

I believed Jensen worked for Pasadera, I recently found out he is a City of South Tucson Employee. In this case, he is largely responsible for the lawsuit we are currently facing. We are tired of City employees costing the city millions of dollars without there being consequences. This has to change.

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Posted by South Tucson Primero on 03/05/2016 at 9:10 AM

Re: “South Tucson: The Pueblo Within the Problems

To prevent gentrification in Cost,
subsequently in trying to prevent replacing the poor........... for
Well to do rich people, the Feds...
Should continue to funnel millions
Of dollars constantly in the hands of
all these nonprofit Corporations,in COST.

Mind you, COST is only one square
Mile. Honestly, who would have thought
So, with such an easy formula?

There shall never be, no gentrification
In COST.....Send us your tire, and your pooor..............

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Posted by Raymond Beltran on 03/05/2016 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Security 360°

SO writes "This absurd fear of immigrants..."

Illegal Alien Crime Accounts for over 30% of Murders in Many States

Between 2008 and 2014, 40% of all murder convictions in Florida were criminal aliens. In New York it was 34% and Arizona 17.8%.

During those years, criminal aliens accounted for 38% of all murder convictions in the five states of California, Texas, Arizona, Florida and New York, while illegal aliens constitute only 5.6% of the total population in those states.

That 38% represents 7,085 murders out of the total of 18,643.

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Posted by What, Again on 03/03/2016 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Security 360°

Isn't NPR liberal?

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Posted by Dan Hyde on 03/03/2016 at 11:37 AM

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