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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Currents Feature

Re: “Running on Empty

Lea is not the Chairperson of the Small, Minority, and Women owned Business Commission. Marion Hook is the Chair. I think Lea was Chair in the past. As a current Commissioner, I can tell you she has not been involved in years.

Posted by karen on 09/13/2014 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Dead Heat

A Democrat from Tucson that is pro growth economy? I don't believe that one exists.

This goes to Ducey as once again Phoenicians will save us from the stupid Tucson voters.

Tesla battery factory lands in Reno, NV. See ya Tucson! You guys down there never learn do you?

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Posted by Rat T on 09/05/2014 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Dead Heat

Despite a focus on the top office, as long as the Republican super-majority "law makers" are in office, we may just remain the "Alabama of the Southwest." Stop trying to legislate strange right-wing social moral issues, and then let's get healthy again with long-term future planning for schools and infrastructure and incentives for business without giveaways. It would be nice to have Arizona out of the news that makes us all look bad.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by ay te wacho on 09/05/2014 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Dead Heat me - it's about new business in the state. Who can do it?

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Posted by frank McLaury on 09/04/2014 at 2:51 PM

Re: “RIP, Chuck

I'm floored. There has been so much monumental death, so much great loss in the news lately, and now Charles Bowden. I knew him, but only slightly. I brushed up against him when I was writing stories for the Citizen and his magazine. Such a wonderful writer!! He and the late Jeff Smith could make a typewriter sing. I once asked Smith to write a book, cut he said he didn't have the patience. Thank God, Chuck did, several times. Such a master at word smithing. I think he worked at the Star for a while with Tom Beal who now writes environmental stories in Chuck Bowden's footsteps. I will miss his stories which were wonderful.

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Posted by frank McLaury on 09/04/2014 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Dead Heat

I don't think 2101 is a gubernatorial election year. Nonetheless, this independent right leaning voter favors DuVal this time and will pledge his support to see him elected.

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Posted by Edge Harvey on 09/04/2014 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Dead Heat

Your polls and break down provide interesting reading inside the political scene for us political junkies but proves nothing. Who is liked and viewed unfavorable make little sense when so few people are looking only at the political labels of the candidates to express their judgement.
The start of the political "outside" money is hitting the airwaves to discredit Fred DuVal and paint an unfavorable picture of his public service. A little bit of that negative attack should be directed at the Legislature for refusing funding for the University System of Education, not one person on the Board of Regents.
The time will come when we will examine the issues and vision of where the state is headed and each candidate's views. Then the question is who is still standing after the attacks have done their job will be question. Arizona voters need to do some comparison shopping of the people seeking office and go to the polls armed with solid information, not attack ads.
It wasn't easy for Ducey to ward off the other Republicans on the ballot with their negative day after day assaults on Ducey and his business dealing. Looking at the polls it is easy to see DuVal hasn't made that much of an impression and Ducey has some serious explaining to do about his past business ethics.
So Mr. Nintzel while we can enjoy your analysis of the polls why not give us a little insight how this guy running for State Treasurer is going to "Balance Arizona's Budget"? Did someone change the State Constitution while we weren't looking and designate the State Treasurer the job of taxing and spending the state revenue?
While you're at it, ask the Democrat State Committee if they really had no qualified candidate to seek the Constitutional Office of State Treasurer. Something is wrong when a state political party, or parties, Democrat or Republican can't find candidates qualified within their ranks to run for the legislature or statewide office. It is no wonder so many voters in Arizona choose no political party when they register to vote.
Reminds us of that famous quote of Will Rogers. "I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat."
Democrats you want to change things at the Legislature, get back to providing for education, environment, guard our precious natural resources, safety nets for disabled, elderly, protect consumers, build and maintain our infrastructure then act like an organized political party and stop playing giveaway with our elective offices.

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Posted by hakeson on 09/04/2014 at 6:58 AM

Re: “RIP, Chuck

He and Dick Vonier are planning their next endeavor now. RIP Chuck.

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 09/03/2014 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Pay to Play

You might look into other pay for play procurement schemes like the "strategic alliances" programs UA uses to select computer, cell phone and printer/copier vendors. Also ask, by the time all the true costs ("value adds") of the vendor's strategic alliance proposal are considered, would less expensive pricing be available from smaller regional and local vendors. These fixed outcome programs have been going on for well over 5 years.

Posted by Rick Spanier on 08/30/2014 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Judgment Day

Look what the Republicans are doing to AZ. They are making it very difficult to use solar power in the state. The KOCH BROS. are pushing nation wide to tax solar power and take all incentives away from the users. These people want to use coal and gas, the stuff that pollute the water, soil and air. We don't have to look far to see what oil spills, mine slides of mud are doing to the waterways and lands. Republicans don't want any regulations on businesses. They want them to control themselves. Beware of Republicans, they are out to destroy this state and the nation with there support of pollution.

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Posted by Sam Smith on 08/23/2014 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Judgment Day

People it is JUDGEMENT day when you vote in November. If you want a clean, honest, government, do NOT elect a Tea Party member or a Republican. These candidates are taking away your rights. They speak well, LIE REAL GOOD, but we can see what is happening under Boehner in the HOUSE. NOTHING is being done. These group may be the ISIS of the USA. They will destroy you. Vote smart people.

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Posted by Sam Smith on 08/23/2014 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Judgment Day

Republican supporters in the Chamber of Commerce love the fact that illegal immigrants can be exploited, paid sub minimum wage, and will never complain or join a union out of fear of deportation. Tea Party Republicans want to deport virtually all illegal immigrants. There are a lot of Tea Party votes in CD1. The compromise all three of these candidates have come up with would allow employers who hire illegal immigrants to continue to exploit them. Without citizenship the residency status of these immigrants will always be tenuous enough to make them fearful of organizing or even complaining.

If illegal immigrants are going to be given legal residency status there needs to be a path to citizenship or everyone's standard of living will be driven even lower. If it becomes legal to hire those who were illegal immigrants, but the former illegal immigrants are fearful of joining unions or otherwise demanding better wages, I see us moving to third world status here in Southern Arizona. The real irony is that the ones who will be hammered the most by this situation are the low-wage white workers who are the backbone of the Tea Party in Arizona. They have no real advocate among these three candidates. If they knew how to figure out their own self-interest they might be persuaded to vote for Ann Kirkpatrick.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Marty on 08/22/2014 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Judgment Day

Judgment Day! I venture come judgment day many republicans will be arguing with Jesus when he says I know you not, when Jesus did I see you poor, hungry, naked or sick and in prison? When you saw the least of these you saw me, I know you not! God will not even look upon them and the whining, crying, gnashing of the teeth and claw will be eternal!

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Posted by Ralph Hill on 08/22/2014 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Judgment Day

Are voters in Arizona really too stupid to tell the difference between Central American and western Africa? Looking at most of your Congressional representatives, I guess I've answered my own question. Never mind.

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Posted by Gregory M. Miller on 08/22/2014 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Judgment Day

Oh my God Tobin's statement mixing Ebola, the border and Middle Eastern folks is a brilliant republican word salad trifecta. EVERYONE, BE AFRAID! That is freaking hilarious, sad and disturbing all at once.

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Posted by someguy on 08/22/2014 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Judgment Day

"Tobin says he's hearing about worries from constituents that the recent wave of undocumented youth from Central America could cause an Ebola outbreak in the United States."

- So naturally, instead of reassuring these alleged constituents concerns that is highly unlikely, if not impossible, Tobin plays up to their fears by telling them "anything's now possible". Ebola has occurred in a very small area in west central Africa, thousands of miles away from central America, with no direct flights or sea travel between the two areas, and Ebola can be transmitted only by direct contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected person or animal. Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, meaning that, despite the near impossibility of those kids having Ebola, the symptoms would be revealed in those temporary detention facilities that right wingers so vehemently opposed.

Andy Tobin - I'm not a doctor in real life, but I play one on the campaign trail.

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Posted by Dave in Cochise on 08/22/2014 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Judgment Day

"That's because they're in Saudi Arabia. What a moron."

I'm not a fan of Mr. Kiehne, but -

U.S. may be inching toward oil independence - USA Today, February 9, 2014:

"U.S. oil imports fell sharply again in 2013 while petroleum exports rose, leading some analysts to proclaim that a new era of energy independence is just a few years away. Experts largely credit new drilling techniques that have unearthed vast troves of previously inaccessible oil embedded in shale deposits in states such as North Dakota and Texas. Crude oil imports declined 9% last year to 2.8 billion barrels, lowest since 1995, and are down 17% since 2010, according to the Census Bureau."

- "lowest since 1995" - The Saudis are no longer kings, and that's a good thing.

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Posted by Dave in Cochise on 08/22/2014 at 6:21 AM

Re: “Judgment Day

"If you liked $3.50 a gallon gas and you want all the illegals kicked out, you're gonna love $7 a gallon gas, because I can guarantee you that if you go to a drilling rig anywhere in the oil fields and you'll be lucky to find a guy who speaks Engish,"

That's because they're in Saudi Arabia. What a moron. You want American workers, you pay American wages. Otherwise, adios to your cheap-labor business model.

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Posted by bslap on 08/21/2014 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Pay to Play

Keep this kind of reporting going...
Great Job!

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Posted by Ken on 08/21/2014 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Isn't It a Wonderful Life

I met him at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser years ago. I spent a good half hour with him and was impressed by his love of life and outgoing personality. His artwork was vibrant and mirrored his personality. He made a big impression on me and and my husband. Sadly, we learned that he lost his daughter in a car accident. RIP Howie. You will be missed.

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Posted by Tatiana Hladky on 08/18/2014 at 8:41 PM

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