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Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Huh. All along I've been under the impression that Mark Stegeman belonged to the Mark Stegeman Party.

I would love to see the talents and energy of Mr. Stegeman and the TUSD board members to be channeled more directly into the serious and complex business of building a world-class school district. There seem to be a lot of good intentions to build upon, but I wish that people would resist the temptation to keep kicking up political dust and engaging in 'us vs. them' conversations. I have yet to see where the current political sideshow has resulted in any positive, sustainable improvement for kids, teachers, or taxpayers.

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Posted by Parent X on 09/11/2014 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Deli Dilemma

I called mine nana and one of them only spoke Italian. What can I say?

As far as the lasagna goes, that wasn't lasagna in any place on the planet.

Posted by rconnelly on 09/11/2014 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Police Dispatch

Re: Hospital Food

Reminds me of the times when I worked at St. Josephs Hospital when the patients would sneak out of the Alcohol Rehab Center to go across the parking lot to Hoolihans for a booster shot or two.

Someone once even figured out how to bypass the alarm switches on the doors so they could leave without setting off the alarm!

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Posted by gcohn on 09/11/2014 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Dear East Valley, We're Sorry in Advance for "The Cool Church"

You should been here in Michigan where old Dave got his start. Almost 50 years old, dressing and trying to talk like he's 25?

Ask him how he handled the death of his 1st wife and how he quit his church in Kalamazoo when the membership dared challenged him on his teachings, including the teaching of men to spank their wives when they wouldn't submit to the man's authority.

Posted by Bob Simonson on 09/11/2014 at 8:23 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Pima Mujer: I usually visit one school per week and spend 3+ hours there. I think that is more than most board members do.

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 09/11/2014 at 7:48 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Dear FedUp--some of us respond, despite our disgust with some aspects of it, with commitment to change TUSD from the inside, knowing that, with its flaws, its still a good education in academics, an important education in diversity, and a cause worth supporting. We don't ALL vote with our feet!

Re: the audit issue in TUSD. What an embarrassment to sit there listening (in hour 41/2 of a 5 hour meeting) to adults snipe at each other,have mini temper tantrums in public and growl over a policy that, as you say, is standard operating procedure in other parts of the country (as well as called for in multiple audits of TUSD.) It would not be surprising if there are those who think that the administration has something to hide for the fierce opposition such an idea seems to cause. Something else that doesn't happen in Arizona, or more accurately in TUSD? Passing tax overrides to actually try to fund our suffering public schools. An independent audit might well help build district credibility...

Meanwhile, our blogosphere, appreciated as it is by this reader, is full of one person's political peccadilloes instead of asking what the h#ll is the problem with an internal independent auditor for a district that struggles constantly with financial credibility...

Well might some people respond Does anyone care about the kids?!

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 09/11/2014 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Danehy

Got to agree. Some people will do anything to hide from religion.

Wasn't the original team name the "Redskins?"

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Posted by Rat T on 09/11/2014 at 6:46 AM

Re: “Those French Guys Are Seemingly Going to Get Away With Their Squirrel-Kicking Crimes

Because you don't. It's that simple.

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Posted by Rat T on 09/11/2014 at 6:43 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Obama is driving the honest democrats out. They can not support his flawed anti American thinking.

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Posted by Rat T on 09/11/2014 at 6:41 AM

Re: “UA Students Not That Happy About Daily Wildcat Rape Column

I don't think any women are claiming rape when they get drunk and have consensual sex. They're claiming rape when they get drunk or pass out and some bastard rapes them. See the difference?

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Posted by bslap on 09/11/2014 at 6:36 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

What would drive a life long democrat and supporter of the party to become independent? I give him a lot of credit for standing up for his convictions and putting TUSD and the kids ahead of an agenda.

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Posted by Doug Martin on 09/11/2014 at 6:01 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Good Discussion Should the Pima County Democrat Executive Board or a Precinct Committee person make recommendations or endorse candidates in the Primary? Should they act as guardians of the party and pick and choose between Democrat candidates? That is the question Dr. Stegeman asked the Pima County Democrat Executive Board a few years ago. The Board did make a choice between Democrat candidates, I think for good reason, the Board found several Democrats in disagreement on that action. Since the Precinct person is elected under State Law does the Democrat Committee have the authority to set up in their By-Laws rules to exercise any control over that publicly elected official? {Precinct Committeeman) Do we judge people running in a "non-partisan" race by their chosen party label or by other factors and considerations?

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Posted by hakeson on 09/11/2014 at 5:42 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Grigalva and obamantion are both traitors to the American public and should move to mexico.

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Posted by AZson52 on 09/11/2014 at 5:05 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

David, Your reply still begs the question, "What the heck does party affiliation have to do with what individuals choose do in a non-partisan election?" If the party name does not actually appear on the ballot next to the name of a candidate then the Democratic Party...or any other party...has no basis for injecting themselves into individual actions related solely to these elections. It is simply not their business, and Dr. Stegeman should not have been asked to resign his position.

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Posted by Marty on 09/11/2014 at 4:17 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Sure. I registered the same $1,200 in-kind contribution with Hicks's campaign that I registered with Campos-Fleenor's campaign. That represented partly money I spent and partly my own time (but that is in-kind, not billed to the campaigns). I think Hicks's failure to report it was inadvertent or possibly misunderstanding the reporting of in-kind contributions, and I assume he or his treasurer will correct it if they have not already. I have not made any cash contribution, or any other in-kind contribution, to Hicks's campaign. (Thanks for asking; this is the first time that anyone actually asked me about it.)

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 09/11/2014 at 3:56 AM

Re: “Deli Dilemma

weird that the tucson weekly's spellcheck missed 'nonna' so many times.

also, as a fellow italian, you must've forgotten lasagna is only supposed to be whatever is available to the italian region. in the north, it's meat & béchamel. in the south, it's vegetables and sometimes sweetbreads. at olive garden, it's whatever you're describing it's supposed to be.

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Posted by the ghost of marcella hazan on 09/10/2014 at 11:19 PM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Dr. Stegeman reads this blog and frequently posts on it. Why doesn't he just answer the question? Dr. Stegeman, did you make financial contributions to Mr. Hicks' campaign, and if so, how much?

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Posted by John Dewey on 09/10/2014 at 10:45 PM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Here are some quotes from Stegeman's resignation letter as precinct committeeman:

"Based on my grass roots organizing experience in Virginia, I have felt since moving to Pima County that the local Democratic Party has not effectively mastered those techniques. It was my intention, as I have shared with some, to use my new PC position to drive Democratic turnout in precinct 73 to the highest in the county and then to show the county party how to replicate that result. […] It may be worth noting, for the record, that I have given thousands ofdollars to national, statewide and local Democratic party candidates since coming to Arizona. I have made similar contributions to the county party organization."

What an achievement for Safier and the Pima County Democratic party that they successfully "disciplined" Dr. Stegeman. It may not have been "necessary" for Mark to change his registration to independent, but who can blame him?

I do not by any means agree with all the positions Dr. Stegeman has taken during his time on the board -- I am in fact vehemently opposed to some of them -- but increased transparency and accountability are most definitely needed in the district, and Dr. Stegeman has in many ways been an advocate for improvements in these areas.

RE the internal auditor debate at yesterday evening's board meeting: it is sad that there are people who think that because a fiscally sound practice "isn't done in Arizona" it shouldn't be done in TUSD, though it is recommended by those who understand how auditing practices should be structured for optimal validity. There are many things that are not done in Arizona that should be. To name a few: adequately funding public education, electing qualified and sufficiently educated representatives to the state legislature, providing sufficient support for social services (including mental health services), instituting reasonable policies regulating gun acquisition and ownership, properly overseeing the multiplying field of private contractors who use public funds to run prisons and "charter" schools that may or may not deliver humane services to their "clients," and the list could go on.

Recently I attended a function with a couple who had moved here from one of the states on the east coast that has an excellent public education system. They are both liberal, highly educated, public servants in the government and non-profit sector, and when the subject of TUSD came up, we discussed their experiences. They had tried to keep their students enrolled in TUSD out of their commitment to the public school system. After a series of bad experiences and deep investments in advocacy at one of the magnet schools, they gave up and became private school parents for the rest of their children's journey. It happens over and over and over again in this district with even the most devoted public school aficionados. As Hirschman noted in the still relevant "Exit, Voice, and Loyalty," the constituents who care the most about education and have the greatest potential as advocates for high standards are the first to leave public school systems in decline when higher quality options are available in the private sector.

What sentiment does the way TUSD is currently being managed inspire in those of us who've seen responsible, well-managed public education systems elsewhere in the country? In one word: disgust.

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Posted by FedUp on 09/10/2014 at 9:24 PM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Rat T: Whining? Who's whining? Is anyone saying, "Woe is me, Mark is not a Democrat anymore!" It's stating a fact that can help people understand where he's coming from. Same thing when Kozachic changed parties. It was announced in the media. It was a clarifying moment. This is too.

And what the hell does that statement in all caps, "DOES ANYBODY CARE ABOUT THE KIDS?" mean? What does talking about Stegeman's party affiliation have to do with anyone caring or not caring about the kids?

Mr. T, you should really try to make some sense now and then. I don't mean you should agree with me. That's not necessary. Just make some sense.

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Posted by David Safier on 09/10/2014 at 8:52 PM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

I don't remember you guys whining when Kozachic jumped parties. He had to fool voters to get elected.


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Posted by Rat T on 09/10/2014 at 8:27 PM

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