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Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

When I was running for Assessor in the primary against Bill Staples, the Tucson Weekly interviewed me and we discussed many of the issues of what was going wrong in that office - the needless and costly litigation, the inadequate systems for valuing commercial property and mostly the horrible treatment of taxpayers who exercise their right to appeal. Since the primary I have even uncovered evidence that Bill Staples fraudulently issued notices of proposed corrections so he could avail himself of another opportunity to discriminate against a commercial taxpayer in court. If he is re-lected I seriously doubt he'll complete another term for all the wrong doing in his office.

Posted by Brian Johnson 1 on 10/20/2016 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

While Betts has done many good things, she has also:

1. Publically endorsed a campaign with Holocaust-denier [ADL] Norman Finkelstein.

2. Participated in an event using the IPMN "Steadfast Hope" curriculum. Dexter Van Zile from Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) reported extensively on the "Steadfast Hope Curriculum" as full of lies, and supportive of terror. The JCPA (nationwide umbrella organization for bi-partisan Jewish Community Relations Councils) condemned the IPMN as antisemitic. The JCPA's Ethan Felson conducted a training in Tucson showing the IPMN to regularly invoke racist, antisemitic, tropes.

3. Publically expressed solidarity with John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, authors who allege that the US government is controlled by pro-Israel lobbyists.

4. Picketed The Jewish Festival at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, demonizing Jews and Israel and frightening preschool children. (I was the staff photographer who took photos of her picketing.)

5. Self-identified as a member of Women In Black, an organization that is viewed by many as crossing the line between being anti-occupation and demonizing Israel and holding Israel disproportionately responsible for the conflict.


Posted by MJ on 10/20/2016 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

Does the County School Superintendent have any authority to try to correct the wrongs at TUSD?

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Posted by Janna Thore on 10/20/2016 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

You endorsed for Assessor, but not for County School Superintendent? What gives?

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Posted by AZWildcat on 10/20/2016 at 1:12 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Unfortunately he has an insurmountable lead.

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Posted by Rat T on 10/20/2016 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Puff or Pass

That's fine if that were all this ballot proposition covered. Put down the pipe and read it.

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Posted by The Glad Reaper on 10/20/2016 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Puff or Pass

We need to quit locking people up for getting high. Period. It's got my vote.

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Posted by desertrat on 10/20/2016 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

The majority on the TUSD Board must be broken up and replaced with independent thinkers. There are several qualified candidates. None of the incumbents should be re-elected.

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 10/20/2016 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

What, no endorsement for the only candidate for County Attorney who supports the legalization of marijuana, a living minimum wage, and supports Mark Napier for Sheriff? (that'd be me) Maybe next time...?

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Posted by Cyndi Tuell on 10/20/2016 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

WRONG on 2 of 3 TUSD recommendations.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 10/20/2016 at 10:51 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Time to send Angry John McCain to the pumpkin patch.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 10/20/2016 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Happy Anni-BEER-sary

I would love to write for the Swill section...lets make that happen!

Posted by Mark Whittaker on 10/20/2016 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Our Spoiled State Firing and Hiring System

You are right, Rick Spanier, Safier is not that kind of animal (the non-partisan kind). However, he often tries to frame his blog posts as though he is. In this one, for example, he pretends the issue is patronage hiring and firing. For the benefit of the occasional new reader who may at first be led to believe that what they see in these blogs is noble discourse produced by a reliable defender of sound practices in the management of public institutions, it's good when the comment streams call Safier out on his partisan hackery, so thank you for being one of those who has done so repeatedly and effectively. (Nice image of the manatee and the four minute mile.)

Safier's real motives are a mystery. It's clear what he can be expected to do: defend Pima Democratic Party candidates and the lines of argument being used to promote their continuing ability to manage Tucson's beleaguered public institutions, no matter how grave and obvious their misuse of public office has been. And the flip side: attack Republican office holders for doing the same things he pulls punches on when Democratic office holders do them.

But why? Commenters joke that he is motivated by getting dinner invitations to the Grijalvas' or appearances on Anne-Eve Pedersen's now defunct television program, but what's the real reason? I suspect it may be something similar to the argument made in a book I came across recently which defended the legacy of the Tammany Hall machine in NYC: "Tammany's corruption was real, but so was its heretofore forgotten role in protecting marginalized and maligned immigrants in desperate need of a political voice." (Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics).

How about it, David? Care to fill us in? Maybe you could do an article on the legitimate role that lies, patronage, and graft can and should play in protecting the oppressed -- when it's people belonging to the right political party who practice them. Or you could write a review of the above-mentioned book saying just where you agree and disagree. At least then what you write in these blogs would be an HONEST representation of what you ACTUALLY believe, which is clearly NOT that lies, patronage and graft and those who practice them have no legitimate role in our public institutions, since you just endorsed two candidates for the Board of a public school district who were involved in this:

and who work in concert with a fellow Board member who did this:

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Posted by More partisan hackery won't help matters. on 10/20/2016 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

George S that begs the question, can Hillary be more disappointing than Barack Obama?

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Posted by The Russians Hacked My Email Again on 10/20/2016 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

I am going to respectfully disagree with your Assessor endorsement. Appeals skyrocketed durring the recessive period because he did NOT do a great job. Having your value "close"to your neighbor? Excuse me? And are we completely going to ignore the fact that he has been in court with Raytheon 5 times? Took the Tucson Botanical Gardens all the way to the Arizona Supreme Court over their exemption because of a gift shop (and lost)and just last month cost the tax payer $94,000 over an $15,800 exemption wrongfully denied to Primavera Foundation?
Why would you endorse that behavior?
Suzanne Droubie is the right choice for Assessor.

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Posted by SuzanneForAssessor on 10/20/2016 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

Readers of the Weekly are too smart to support a Government-mandated minimum wage (MW). Think about it: The MW always costs jobs and raises prices for the poorest among us.
Businesses have a break even point; they must make a profit or why bother. Knowing that fact, ask yourself who will pay for the wage increases? Higher prices and/or fewer workers will make up the difference for many Tucson businesses' bottom line.
Setting aside the canard of "greedy business" any Government mandated minimum wage will cost Tucson jobs and/or raise prices. Also, these lost jobs are from the lowest end of the economy and the men and women affected are those most in need or just starting out.
Government should butt the Hell out of the private sector economy.

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Posted by William Heuisler on 10/20/2016 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

How truly disappointing da coach.

Why not settle the Russian controversy? Podesta could turn his computer and all emails over to Congress, or even Comey's FBI. Let's see if the Russians actually changed or forged them. I would bet they are verbatim. The DNC tried to lie their way out of it last night.

Try lying to the IRS on YOUR taxes.

I also watched Hillary last night and I lost even more respect for her. Either way we are going to be greatly troubled with the outcome.

Do we deserve this?

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Posted by George S on 10/20/2016 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

Wrong, Again's bullshit, not so nice.

And then he has to post it twice!

About as welcome as head lice.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 10/20/2016 at 8:57 AM

Re: “The Skinny

McCain is supposedly 16 points ahead in the latest AZ polls and his betrayal has already begun. Can you believe it? Read the latest on The Hill:…

Donald Trump asked Black voters, “What have you all got to lose?”

Someone else asked, “Why do Republicans allow these debates to be run by Liberals who never ask Hillary about her lies and emails?” Republicans??? Right. And McCain says he is a Republican.
My family are Republican since before the Civil War. My first vote was for Goldwater. I am a Rabid Republican, but my Republican Party is gone – US and Arizona – my “Party” hates Conservatives.

What must we do? We must win the War against our enemies…
And our only chance to win the War is Trump in the White House.
So November 8th I am voting for Trump… and for Kirkpatrick.
“WHAAT? What do you mean!!!”, you ask quietly. (We know how quiet you are.)

Kirkpatrick will be a weak first termer we can defeat in 6 years. Moreover she is by far the lesser evil. McCain ALWAYS betrays Conservatives; to believe McCain will oppose any Hillary SCOTUS appointment is as foolish as believing he will care about those dozens of our fellow Veterans dying every year in waiting lines at the Veterans Hospital a few blocks away from Senator McCain’s very comfortable house in Phoenix.

Trump is heading for a Brexit-style victory; I believe it, you must.
When Trump wins, McCain’s SCOTUS vote becomes irrelevant because Trump will only nominate Conservatives to the Court. When Trump wins McCain will probably pretend to support him.

But, if, God Forbid, Hillary wins, McCain will join his “Rock Star” buddy Hillary and will stab Conservative Arizonans in the back as he always does.
So Conservatives, just this one time read the Hill article and vote for the Damned Democrat.
What in God’s name have you got to lose?…
Bill Heuisler

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Posted by William Heuisler on 10/20/2016 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

Re: Francis Saitta,
"The younger generation" has had no problem getting marijuana on the street for a couple of generations now. The destigmatization of the drug that will come with decriminalization will have the effect of removing some of the allure with time, and it will absolutely remove a lot of the risk associated with buying illegal drugs.
I'm not sure why the current potency of the drug is used as an argument against decriminalization; there is still no danger of overdose death or injury, or physical dependence.

Relative to alcohol and opiod painkillers, marijuana is very safe.

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Posted by T.k. Morgan on 10/20/2016 at 8:49 AM

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