Great endorsements, and I agree with most of them. A couple of corrections, however:
1) Ann Kirkpatrick may lie about it now, just like she lies about everything else, but she supports balancing our national budget on the backs of seniors and the middle-class. During her one term in Congress, she voted Yes to extend the Bush tax cuts for corporations and the very wealthy.
2) Cam Juarez is the furthest thing from an "independent-thinker." He will do absolutely whatever the Grijalva Mafia tell him to do. He is a yes-man, of the highest order, and Betts Putnam-Hidalgo is a much better choice.
I agree with Alonzo Morado, is it possible to get some recommendations for Pima Community College Governing Board?
Mr. Interested, all you can say is "Republicans are worse." That does not address or (more importantly) negate anything I said.
The fact is, Obama has shown that he is more than willing to start new (unjust and immoral) wars. What he did in Libya is impeachable, not mention mass murder. He has shown that he is more than willing to attack Iran. The sanction have no credible pretext and are morally indefensible. They are meant to starve the people of Iran. Drones are murder; he is a lawless war criminal. Democrats are war mongers as well -- all for oil, empire, and the corporate state. They are just as responsible as the Republicans for wasting our money and creating a huge debt.
The Tea Party hasn't taken over the Republican Party. It's are a fringe movement. Liberals have created this hysteria over the Tea Party in order to coerce and scare people into voting Democrat. The fact is most Republicans are like Romney -- which is not much different from Obama. They agree on 98% of policy. They are funded and controlled by the same banks and corporations.
In order to make real, positive change, we need to get out of the duopoly. If liberals really were what they claim to be about, they would have abandoned the Democratic party a long time ago, and helped to build an alternative.
Thank goodness for Beth Ford. Otherwise one could make a case for "liberal bias" in the Weekly.
Prop:204 is a"NO" vote.... If you are gullible enough to believe that this was a temporary tax .....Well here is your chance to vote it down....The Governor has Lied to you again and will keep on lying to us, so she can balance her budget.
I see the typical Arizona right-wing morons are commenting here. Be glad you live in Tucson where there are not so many of them. I am running as the Americans Elect Party candidate in the Fourth Congressional District featuring the most backward rural parts of the state, where even the supposed Democratic candidate never mentions the words "Democrat," "Obama" or "Carmona" on his hilariously illiterate website; where the Libertarian candidate is a bigot fixated on what he calls "Illegal Aliens"; and where the incumbent (sort of -- he moved hundreds of miles to avoid being beaten by Ann Kirkpatrick) is the fanatic do-nothing fathead Rep. Paul Gosar spreads crazy nutjob conspiracy theories about the late Libyan ambassador's private life and death before the Payson Tea Party creeps.
Thanks for the information, especially all the props. Why no recommendations for Pima Community College Governing Board. The college is very important to Pima County for economic development, and education for people not able to afford the U of A. once again thanks for your help on the props.
No surpise here! I guess the Tucson Weekly wants the "status quo" on what we are dealing with in this town! Vote all of these encumbents back in and Tucson we get what we deserve....bad roads, high debt,more Rio Nuevo and the list goes on. No accountablility and just more finger pointing - wow sounds like a city to be proud of.
I am surprised in the Weekly -it used to be a good investigative paper - not sure who has "bought" them at this point - but it sure appears that they have been "bought".
Good job, TW! Thank you for the info.
How liberal can this paper be! No wonder not many read it. Such bias towards Democrats is a sign that you might want to change the name of this paper to the "Tucson Weekly Democratic Gazette" or "Tucson Weekly Socialist Gazette". How about calling this paper what it is.
I am voting no on Prop 409, The Republicans in Phoenix have highjacked the Federal road tax monies for the general fund. The people should force the Republicans, one way or another to swift those funds to the cities and use those funds for the purchase it was created for. It was to make our roads safe to drive on.
Why would any educated voter turn our voting rights over to our Senile Governor to pick the Judges. This is just outright being a dictator.
As if the Republicans don't love war Francicso, Romney would start 2 new wars in Syria and Iran. Republicans are war mongers, wasting our money and creating huge debt. Look at the Republicans records before you blast Obama and the Democrats. They are the new Taliban of the USA, Tea Party and the conservatives.
Thank you Tucson Weekly. I love the 'Maverick' only 1. Sen. McCain. Widely known apologized for being the only state to not to include MLK. In retrospect. Monday morning quarterback. It will be so again...
Very bad choices, at least the ones I know of.
The decision not to endorse in CD 1 will be a help to Mr. Paton (who oh by the way worked for us in Phoenix on political matters). Not pretty.
First of all, you start form a very manipulated and cynical premise. Who promoted the fantasy that Obama "would transform our country into a progressive paradise."? It was liberals, millions of you. And now you say, "What did you expect? He's a politician." You can't make that shift without admitting that you were either fooled or that you were willfully playing along with the charade. My politics are on the far left and I never bought into the fantasy, but your manipulations are still distrubing.
When Obama became president there were 32,000 troops in Afghanistan. He increased the number several times, up to 98,000, and now he's lowered it to 65,000 and claims he's winding down the war. Plus, there are thousands of U.S. Paid private mercineries, and he's signed an accord with the puppets who run Afghanistan to allow the U.S. to be there for at least another 10 years.
The troops are leaving Iraq, but there are still 100,000 U.S. paid private mercineries and 40,000 NATO troops that aren't leaving. That war is also far from over.
Obama is bombing six countries, imposing brutal sanctions on and threatening to bomb another, trampling on international law, carrying out mass murder, has a secret kill list, and claims that he can kill anyone, including U.S. citizens, without due-process -- all for oil, empire, and the corporate state.
Obama has boosted the military budget. He has turned his back on the poor and middle class and facilitated the biggest theft of public funds ever -- trillions to Wall St.
Health care reform was written by and for the big insurance companies. They bribed congress with 425 million dollars, and these horrible insurance companies are now going to get billions and billions to continue their massive corruption, fraud, and thuggery. It further entrenches their power and most likely kills any possibility for universal health care. And since I don't want to buy insurance from these companies, I will be criminalized and fined.
These are the very things that you claim to be against and the very reasons you claim fear Republicans.
If Kelly were to get elected, go to Washington, and, as he would be required to do by the Republican leadership, sign the Devil Norquist pledge and support the Ryan budget, when he returned to Arizona, "grandpa" might just beat the Hell out of him.
Ron Barber says we need to balance the budget, but not how to accomplish that laudable objective. I believe that the reason is that he has absolutely no idea how to balance a budget. Mr. Barber is a 30+ year bureaucrat at the State and Federal level. I'm sure that he did a good job helping the disabled in Arizona and I believe that he did a good job as Gabby's district director. However, he has never been a leader, an inovater or a producer. He has been a consumer of tax revenue for more than 30 years. Did he ever give money back out of his budget...no. Did he ever argue for less money in his budget...no. His objective was to give away (spend) more and more tax dollars for what, I'm sure, he believed to be, good causes. He has sucked on the public teat for more than 30 years, that is enough. We need fresh ideas in the congress not re-runs of Obama or Bush. We are at the precipice of financial ruin in this country and need to address the issues of debt, deficit and entitlements, not new and expanded government programs, which is what Ron Barber's history is all about. Sorry guys...you got it wrong on this one.
Residents of the correct portion of 85743! I am in the other portion of 85743 and to my utter dismay cannot vote in this election.
Please, I beg of you, vote for Ron Barber and not send another
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