This was an extremely bad vote. It is one of Marshall Law on the environment, within 100 miles of the Canadian and Mexican borders. This proposed law is not really about the border. It is planned to be one of the first steps in which to disable environmental laws in the U.S.
CD2 has a choice in the upcoming Democratic Primary on August 28. Dr. Matt Heinz, who disgreed with Barber's first vote, is a candidate for U.S. House of Representatives. Read Matt Heinz' press release at: http://www.heinzforcongress.com/node/63
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This article is dead on . . . and this is why I now enthusiastically support Matt Heinz in the primary this August. Matt actually has a legislative record after four years serving us in the AZ state house. Let's go with someone who has shown us what's he's truly about.
Barber, you are a disappointment and I can only blame myself for voting you into office...I will take great pleasure in voting differently this upcoming primary. BTW great article Randy!
Good use of "caterwauling," and a fine appraisal of Ron Barber's big misstep, Randy. It's been a strange couple of weeks. Chief Justice Roberts saves the individual mandate by crossing the aisle for only the third time in his entire career, and Ron Barber steps out and into a huge pile of paranoid, fear-fiat bullshit.
I don't think either will last, but I hope Barber wises up fast.
I can't believe everyone is so shocked by this. He voted the same way Gabby would have. Fear mongering generates big bucks in this state and the democrats are as guilty as anyone else. This place is so full of stupid it makes my brain hurt.
Retribution, thy name is Matt Heinz.
Look, he's been there how many days? Freshman do what the leadership tells them. It's not because they are squishes (though they may turn out to be so), it's because they don't know what is going on. In addition, as you recall, Rep. Giffords would vote with Pelosi when Pelosi needed the vote. When the vote was not needed, Rep. Giffords spent it on posing as a "Blue Dog" Democratic.
Perfect commentary on the situation. Ron made the wrong decision for the country, for AZ, AND for his re-election. He needs to represent the realities along the border to DC, not pander to tea-baggers who aren't voting for him anyways.
Mr. Barber, you represent of D8, not just the fanatic and fringe Tea Partiers and Minutemen type that you are so beholding to. Get into the contemporary thought and develop the gumption to vote for what is right for the greater good not that minority you have sided with in reacting to their fear and hate rhetoric mouthed so well by Brewer, Babeau, Arpaio, McCain, etc. I am voting to whomever opposes you in the primary which is an improvement over some wanna-be Democrat.
Thank you for stating what anybody who voted for Manolakis already knew-there isn't any difference between the major party candidates and anybody who voted for Barber deserves exactly what they're getting now.
Try voting Libertarian, folks-there's way less guilt on your soul and blood on your hands.
I am not surprised...
It's the same vote Gabby would have made...
And since Ron didn't say ANYTHING of substance during his campaign (speaking truth on substantive matters during the campaign was the province of Charlie Manolakus alone), Ron's adherence to the policies of the "best republican money can buy", Gabby Giffords, is not unexpected...
But that's the old game the Duopoly plays on us -- the Kabuki Theater of USAmerican Politics that pretends that there are substantial differences between the two-right-wings of the Corporate War Party when there aren't...
Good to know.....I'll be paying very close attention to Rep. Barber from now on.
Excellent piece, Randy. Thank you.
Thank you Tucson Weekly/Randy. You had me at Healthcare and Education. Can't please all the peeps all the time. Priorities aside. We rank 27 in this planet in education. Fact. Google it. The Patient Protection & Health Care Reform Act by two Chief, i.e. President Obama & Chief Justice John Roberts had resolved one prirority the 99% can agree on. p.s. I am a U.S. Veteran, hence, FREE Dental/Medical so no personal p.o.v. on this other than praise for Chief Justice John Roberts being his own man with a sound mind:) Peace out.
Right on. I think Mr. Barber has a lot of people wondering why we didn't think ahead and look for a real Democrat to run for Gabby's seat.
Ditto. Well put, Randy.
GREAT ARTICLE Another blatant betrayal by the Dems who campaign as rational constitutionalists who serve the public interest & vote like rabid extremists. This is a suckers game, good cop vs bad cop. The pentagon / corporations -- "the house" -- wins every time. There are no parties... When will people realize this? Its human survival vs a global surveillance state
This article is RIGHT. Your vote was WRONG. Even Janet Napolitano said that Homeland Security did not want this vote to go pass.
Ron, this article is right. Your vote was wrong. Even Janet Ñapolatano said to vote no on this issue.
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