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Re: “We Look Smaller in Boston

HumanBean, I usually don't add comments, but I want to correct an assumption you seem to have made. Your comment implies that the Boston schools replaced the Mercatur maps with the Peters projection. If you read the pull-out quote from the article, it states, "Teachers put contrasting maps of the world side by side and let the students study them."

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Posted by David Safier on 03/25/2017 at 7:52 AM

Re: “Is Arizona Wasting Taxpayer Money When Drug Testing Welfare Recipients?

U Does anyone know the number that did not apply for welfare because they may of smoked weed , knew they would be tested so they didn't apply at all so these kids that already was poor an wondered where they would get their next meal from went hungry another day because the parents was scared to be tested .. Try using this money your wasting on testing an use it on treatment if for one reason or another drugs have pulled these families down to a point where they need help , Then offer them real help a treatment program while they get public assistance, not hand them drugs type of treatment , a Cold turkey stop counseling support an some real treatment with assistance. Only then can you say you helped these people kicking people to the curb because they use drugs don't help know one an eventually ends up costing in medical bills , jail an probation programs ,,

Posted by momo.o on 03/25/2017 at 7:27 AM

Re: “No Healthcare Vote Today After All

That's not going to happen, just like a bunch of other things The Orange Ding-Dong promised.

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Posted by Orange Ding-Dong For Prison Now on 03/25/2017 at 7:13 AM

Re: “"Martha McSally Is Not Answering"

Since we live within her district, I have sent a couple emails to Rep. McSally and it seems as though they have fallen off the side of a cold, distant cliff. Hard to reach.

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Posted by Constant Voter on 03/25/2017 at 7:05 AM

Re: “Streets of This Town: Faces of Tucson

One of her eybrows has a burned out bulb ' is that the reason ?

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Posted by James McHugh on 03/24/2017 at 10:53 PM

Re: “"Martha McSally Is Not Answering"

The dog caught the car. Now that they are in power, republicans have no idea what to do with healthcare.
Problem is, however, Obama Care does need major repair. Republicans and democrats need to find some affordable way forward. Won't see it soon. Sad.

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Posted by Gandalf on 03/24/2017 at 9:58 PM

Re: “No Healthcare Vote Today After All

I am so glad the healthcare bill will be revamped. Now can we get back to jailing Hillary.

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Posted by Hillary For Prison Now on 03/24/2017 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Ermanos Might Be a Beer and Wine Bar First, But You Should Definitely Eat There Too

Not that good, a bit dry: zip burger. Other foods, very expensive,hype is a good adjective to use.

Posted by realista1 on 03/24/2017 at 7:46 PM

Re: “"Martha McSally Is Not Answering"

Patrick,

Actually, the state of Arizona has an independent commission to redraw Congressional boundaries.

I do think you are missing my point, though. McSally WON her district, but it is a decidedly diverse district and not one that in recent history has been deep red OR deep blue. If you use the recent election as a poll (and probably the most comprehensive one you will find), then the majority of her constituents do not support Donald Trump. I think it is pretty clear that we didn't vote for her so she could rubber stamp Donald Trump, else he would have won in this district.

Now, obviously things aren't so simple. But I do think that anyone looking into a reelection committee ought to take this into account. Is it fair? Is it right? It doesn't matter. The NUMBERS say that she leads a district that is skeptical AT BEST about Trump and his policies. And with Trump's national trendline pointing downward, I doubt the trend differs here in CD2.

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Posted by Indivisible on 03/24/2017 at 5:11 PM

Re: “"Martha McSally Is Not Answering"

But voters also didn't cross party lines to elect the time of them. I was referencing the fact that Grijalva represented voters that did not support Obama. But this is now being brought about by gerrymandering and redrawing of lines. Something the framers also could not have seen coming.

Gerrymandering - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerrymandering
In the process of setting electoral districts, gerrymandering is a practice intended to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating district boundaries.

So we are left with this. But it's a lot like those that say, Trump didn't win the popular vote so we should throw out the electoral college.

Those, are too desperate for an outcome. I trust the nation will survive.

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Posted by Patrick D on 03/24/2017 at 4:46 PM

Re: “"Martha McSally Is Not Answering"

Patrick D, except that in your analogy between Obama and Grijalva, voters didn't cross party lines to elect both of them. In civics classes, we are taught that the three branches of government are "co-equal," but there is a strong indication that the framers did not intend even THIS. The argument goes, that the framers actually mean the Legislative Branch to be the strongest of the three, with Executive then Judiciary after it.

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Posted by Indivisible on 03/24/2017 at 4:25 PM

Re: “"Martha McSally Is Not Answering"

Like most Repunblican Representatives, McSally has know suffered all of the negatives of talking up a bogus healthcare bill with none of the benefits of passing it. What a dumb strategic move.

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Posted by Jimmy Zuma on 03/24/2017 at 3:58 PM

Re: “"Martha McSally Is Not Answering"

Are you familiar with the term, "you can not serve two masters?" Using your analogy, Grijalva should have kept a check on Obama. Does that make any sense to you? Civics lessons are not always reality.

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Posted by Patrick D on 03/24/2017 at 3:56 PM

Re: “No Healthcare Vote Today After All

I tend to look at it a little different Francis. Trump didn't draft it. Maybe he should have, but we would not have gotten to this precipice without him. So that means he is the catalyst.

I am for whatever it takes, because what we are doing is not sustainable. Only a fool would deny that.

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Posted by David W on 03/24/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “No Healthcare Vote Today After All

To the credit of moderate Republicans in Congress, they rejected Trump's "Health Care" proposal designed to enrich Insurance Companies at the expense of millions of low/moderate income Americans, the Elderly, and Veterans. Their message: they answer /are responsible to their constituents NOT Donald Trump!!

It can only be hoped that this will act as a catalyst for Democrats and Republicans to cooperate and essentially marginalize Donald Trump making his position Ceremonial at best!

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 03/24/2017 at 3:26 PM

Re: “No Healthcare Vote Today After All

You may have fallen off of Medicaid, but here is a startling headline:

Medicaid Babies: NM 72%, Nev 64%, NY 51%, Calif 50%..

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/24-states-50-babies-born-medicaid

So now the taxpayer is left with the choice of paying to deliver and support it, or paying to abort it. Is our citizenry being rewarded for exterminating children? Yeah you betcha'. And who will the government try to blame? Us.

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Posted by David W on 03/24/2017 at 3:15 PM

Re: “We Look Smaller in Boston

David,

You have a real opportunity to educate people with some of these posts but you seem to prefer copying from a source article and adding opinion instead of context. I know you used to be a teacher and I would think you are capable of adding more than your opinion to these sorts of things. Nuance and context really do matter and things like geography are important. This is a great platform for communication and I think you can do a better job!

Instead of telling people what to think, give them new information and context to try and help them think for themselves. Often it feels like you are doing only the bare minimum to collect your check and I know you are capable of more. I give you a C- for this blog post.

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Posted by HumanBean on 03/24/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “No Healthcare Vote Today After All

I feel that the best possible outcome for healthcare for Americans would be if the two parties got over themselves and tried to repair the system that is currently in place together, flawed as it is. We all know that this isn't going to happen anytime soon. But the moderate Dems and moderate Republicans probably have more in common than the extremes on either side.

Now, keeping in mind that it does need some work, the ACA DID succeed in bringing the uninsured rate to its lowest point in history, and allowed rural community health centers to open their doors to people who had long been denied care. Even within our own community, you can see centers such as UCHC expanding care in some of its most rural reaches in Amado, Arivaca and Three Points.

What is the difference between repeal/replace and a repair? Well, it could be nothing at all. I don't care what you call it, but whatever it is named it ought to keep provisions like the 10 essential benefits, protections for seniors and adult children, protections for people with pre-existing conditions and many of the other provisions outlined in the ACA. MOST importantly, it should NOT result in a decrease in the amount of people covered.

The AHCA bill would've dropped ~24 million people by 2026 (the CBO maintained this number throughout all the different iterations of the AHCA, btw). This is unacceptable, especially as these people are mostly those who gained care through the Medicaid expansion: working people, WORKING people, who made "too much" to be able to get Medicaid before, and not enough to be able to afford care.

As a person who once fell just outside of the Medicaid cutoff pre-ACA, I can tell you that even had the GOP ensured healthcare costs would drop down to $50 a month for my family of three, I never would've been able to afford it.

It remains to be seen if this whole debacle will help or harm McSally, but I am leaning towards harm. Whatever your views of our Representative are, we can't exist in an echo chamber. This failure to reconcile the far Right and the moderate Right is the same shananigans that we ruthlessly mocked the Democrats and the Blue Dog Democrats with seven years ago. And although their legislation ultimately passed, it made them walk away from it hurting and losing the mid-term election.

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Posted by Indivisible on 03/24/2017 at 2:44 PM

Re: “No Healthcare Vote Today After All

Make it stop! Ever since the Republicans rolled out their version of health care -- and they use the word "care" loosely -- with all the political theater and changes and modifications and mansplaining and on and on, it feels like this is some inside the beltway Game of Thrones Red Wedding episode where the only thing left alive will be the angry old vindictive white guy laughing at the carnage and grabbing the crotch of his underage daughter-bride.

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Posted by sgsmith on 03/24/2017 at 2:34 PM

Re: “"Martha McSally Is Not Answering"

Rep. McSally is OUR representative for the next two-ish years, this is a fact that constituents who DID or DID NOT vote with her must reconcile with. The caveat is that Trump LOST the same district by 5 points, a fact that our Representative ought to remember. Summed up, the mandate for her in her district is to be a CHECK on executive powers, on Donald Trump.

While we might think that we only get a voice every two years during the elections, this is not true. It is high time that we remind Rep. McSally that she represents a district that likes her moderate rhetoric and her "maverick" ideals. We can do this by engaging with her office: call them up at (520)881-3588 and either lodge a comment OR set up a meeting with staff to discuss issues. This is a little known think that we, as constituents, can do. Gather up in a small group of like minded people, and call to schedule a meeting with Constantine or Nancy and come prepared for a good discussion about a single issue (since effective meetings start with a focused topic).

Engagement with your Congressional offices is intensely rewarding and is the next step in citizen engagement.

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Posted by Indivisible on 03/24/2017 at 2:21 PM

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