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Re: “My Picks For The TUSD School Board: Adelita Grijalva And Jen Darland

Adelita Grijalva will in no way EVER get my vote, based in how she and her father, Raul, have done all they can to undermine the will of the people of Arizona and Tucson! For Adelita to even consider herself adequate for TUSD yet again, is one more hard and loud slap in the face of our community!

She continues to insist on her militant La Raza politics, and thereby a third world country education for TUSD's students! It would be a major disservice to the people of New Orleans to equate Adelita Grijalva with the Katrina disaster, however she comes in a close second when it comes to TUSD and the citizens of Tucson!

Get a clue, David... Tucson deserves so much better!

Posted by Colt Cassidy on 10/30/2014 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Papa John's Fritos Chili Pizza a Sure Sign of Our Impending Doom

FedEx it to Fritos lovers in third world countries... or South Tucson!

Posted by Colt Cassidy on 10/30/2014 at 9:34 AM

Re: “An Ethan Orr Supporter Sticks Up for His Candidate

Although Demitri's lesson on politics is accurate, this from a guy who did jail time for election fraud. Go figure, perhaps Orr could get Even Mecham to endorse him too if he were still alive.

Posted by WHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED on 10/30/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Tonight: Red Medicine and Our Sacred Maiz is Our Mother

Good old Dr. Cintli doing his Aztec mysticism schtick. Everyone knows you believe in Hispanics being exempt from immigration laws, so don't pretend it's not about land.

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Posted by bslap on 10/30/2014 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Papa John's Fritos Chili Pizza a Sure Sign of Our Impending Doom

Thanks for responding Dan!
While The combinations on the papa johns pizza don't sound good, you never know unless you try it.
P.S. The carls jr commercials make me cringe the burgers sound so nasty.

Posted by Hungry in Vail on 10/30/2014 at 8:38 AM

Re: “An Ethan Orr Supporter Sticks Up for His Candidate

Demitri got the story wrong; it's a frog carrying a scorpion across the river -- the Tigris, if I remember correctly -- and the punch line is: "This is the Middle East." Just as he bowdlerizes his scorpion story, so with his defense of Ethan Orr, a truly conservative Republican. Yes, Ethan voted for Medicaid (AHCCCS) expansion in 2013 and then in this year's session he supported an effort to limit eligibility to 5 years. I suspect the rationale for that vote was that anyone worth helping would be able to grow her income beyond the level of poverty in 5 years. And if gun safety and women's rights weren't important issues, why would Republicans work so hard so long to keep from placing restrictions on gun ownership, much less to restrict women from making decisions that are absolutely not in the proper purview of the state? And from where is the money by the wheelbarrow full coming in support of Ethan's moderate Tucson Republican candidacy? From our moderate Tucson Republican governor and from others north of the Gila who have interests he will represent in Phoenix. I'm afraid Demitri has stepped into a cow flop and can't shake it off his shoe.

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Posted by franklymydears on 10/30/2014 at 8:25 AM

Re: “9 Things for Last Minute Voters to Know

Thank you, TW, for doing the hard work and making a pick for the PCC Governing Board seat. Our community college has a lot of catching up to do and your interest will help that to happen.
I do agree with you that the election of either candidate will represent a big improvement and that Mark Hanna is the best of two good choices.

Posted by Dave Gallagher on 10/30/2014 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Danehy

Jan Brewer as the good old days? God help us.
You say there are 3 types of people in this world. Really there are 4, and that fourth category includes the Koch brothers who intend to own every elected politician in this country in order to dictate this country's direction. We need to vote with our eyes wide open.

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Posted by ronko on 10/30/2014 at 8:06 AM

Re: “9 Things for Last Minute Voters to Know

Your comments on the TUSD board election contain so many proofing and punctuation errors it is hard for someone who takes education seriously to acknowledge that your recommendations should even be considered, much less followed. (I refuse to take the time needed to list all the problems, but here is one, in your statement about Jen Darland: "She an amazing researcher....")

However, I will take the time to address some of the problems with the quality of your thinking about who should serve on the governing board of this very troubled school district that serves somewhere in the neighborhood of 49,000 students. There is a current majority (Grijalva - Foster - Juarez) that has failed to ensure that the district observes proper processes with procurement, hiring, and financial transparency. During the second year the district suffered under their leadership, Awwad resigned and revealed serious problems with the quality of the district's fiscal planning under the new superintendent this board majority brought into town using an inadvisable hiring process. So you would like us to elect Jen Darland, a Grijalva-endorsed candidate and another member of the same Ann-Eve Pedersen-connected network that has been behind the current board majority? You believe that someone who has been a resolute cheerleader for what has gone on during the past year under Sanchez's superintendency should be installed as the third person of a new majority (Darland - Foster - Juarez)?

You say "Darland is savvy about our problems with public education funding and the state legislature." So let her run for the legislature. What is needed on the TUSD board is someone who is savvy about the institutional culture in the district and the many process and policy failures that need to be addressed before the district can begin to function properly and put students' needs first. Putnam-Hidalgo stands head and shoulders above the rest of the candidates in her knowledge of the district and her readiness to properly address its many problems. Congratulations to you for finally being willing to admit, at the last minute, that she may have some merit as a candidate.

Another thing that is needed on the board, considering the district's egregious and inexcusable problems with financial transparency and accountability, is someone with sound business and non-profit board experience. You can dismiss Campos-Fleenor as much as you like, for the transparently weak reasons you provide in every article and blog post where you have discussed her, but as someone who saw what happened on one of the TUSD sites after the $17 million deficit fell between '12-'13 and '13-'14, I want another individual who knows how to read a spreadsheet, budget appropriately, and hold staff accountable for observing proper financial processes on that board. I've listened to Campos-Fleenor discuss her priorities in public forums and I've spoken with people who have worked with her. She would be a very constructive contributor to a board committed to accomplishing what is needed in this district: REFORM.

As for your attitude towards Stegeman, which has been revealed in various articles and posts in the weeks leading up to the election: you show childishness and a complete lack of discernment. It is possible to disagree with him strongly on some issues (e.g. MAS), while acknowledging the importance of having a board member who does his homework and brings a properly professional perspective to process and policy issues. If you are incapable of discriminating in this way, you don't deserve to have a public forum in which to air your views about electoral politics.

Posted by TUSD Needs REFORM on 10/30/2014 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Politico Names Barber-McSally Race One of The "Most Suspenseful House Races" of 2014

I attended the Tanque Verde Valley Association's annual meeting Wednesday evening. With no association business to conduct, the event was really a candidate forum for CD 2. Barber was unavailable but sent Ann-Eve Pedersen to pinch hit. She did a marvelous job; I especially liked her quoting -- twice -- Gabby Giffords' pithy endorsement of Congressman Barber.

Colonel (retired) McSally was her usual strident self-serving self. I really wanted to tell her and the audience that Mark Kelly once -- in a 2010 educators' event for Gabby -- told an audience that Gabby voted with John Boehner about 89% of the time, because most recorded votes are on non-substantive, non-controversial stuff, so Ron voting with Nancy 88% of the time is hardly a sign that he's her yes man. Instead I asked a simple question: "Do you support background checks for all gun sales?" She said lots about what she does support and started dragging in the 2nd amendment. I said: "Then you don't support ...", and she rewound the tape and started replaying it, to which I said again: "Your answer is no", and let it go at that.

I think everyone should go online and read the SV Herald's endorsement.

I hope never again to sit through a McSally event, which is the way the meeting was labeled in signs outside the church. I was met in the parking lot by a helpful gentleman, showing me where I could park and asking if I were there for 'the McSally event'. I said I was there for the TVVA annual meeting.

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Posted by franklymydears on 10/30/2014 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

Harold: It's certainly possible.

Posted by Dan Gibson on 10/30/2014 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Soundbites

I feel Dan's pain! As a huge fan of alt-country, Americana, and all it's various sub-sub genres the Mumford and Son's, Lumineers wave has been a trainwreck. Still, O' Death is badass! Been rocking out to them for years now! Thanks for covering this show.

Posted by Bryan Parker on 10/30/2014 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

Or you could be wrong ;-}

Posted by Harold R. Simpson on 10/30/2014 at 7:23 AM

Re: “Danehy

Could you be more specific?

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Posted by Harold R. Simpson on 10/30/2014 at 7:17 AM

Re: “An Ethan Orr Supporter Sticks Up for His Candidate

Sorry, as a woman, I couldn't possibly vote for this guy given that he continues to relegate my sex to second class citizenry :(

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Posted by Mickie Harris on 10/30/2014 at 7:16 AM

Re: “An Ethan Orr Supporter Sticks Up for His Candidate

The voters of LD 9 speak next Tuesday. The results we live by for the next two years. Actions we may have to live with for years. Slight improvement or no improvement, that is the question. Putting the three candidates up for sharp comparison, Representative Victoria Steele, moderate, experienced legislator with a reasonable fiscal and social agenda certainly deserves our vote.

Representative Victoria Steele is a proven effective legislator who has earned
re- election. So that leaves our other choice.

Alright two choices standing. Ethan Orr certainly not the same as some in the Republican Party. Not a unrealistic right-wing ideologue, insanely voting to ruin state government functions to remold them at some future date along some different unknown course.

Ethan Orr has to be given credit for joining with the Democrats and Governor Brewer to expand healthcare for thousands of needy Arizonans. Not so good on protection of our citizens from gun violence or allowing women to make their own decisions in health matters. Overriding religious belief, sound medical background, or he just doesn't think women know their own bodies or trust their intellect?

We can't fault Ethan Orr for actions of the small group of tea party activist in control of the Republican legislative agenda, but lets face it, some things better left undone with no Governor's veto pen out what did Orr's presence as a Republican legislator accomplish for us?

What is this wait until 2020 for revamping the legislature? Why not start next Tuesday and build from there?

The other choice, Dr. Randy Friese. A total newcomer to the political scene, what does he bring to the table for us to compare and award our vote. A solid member of the community, well-educated University of Arizona trauma surgeon and Professor of Surgery, Navy Veteran from a humble background.

Dr. Friese raised by a single parent with limited financial means, product of a public education, a person with dedication to pull himself along that trail to adulthood. A person who has answered that call of conservatives, pull yourself up by your boot-straps make your way in the world, show us your stuff.

Well even the harshed conservative inclined would have to agree Dr. Friese has matched the qualification and his stuff is totally worth our vote. With no handicap of alliances within the ruling tea party GOP Legislature just that fresh freedom warrants our vote. Elect Dr. Randy Friese our second state representative.

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Posted by hakeson on 10/30/2014 at 6:28 AM

Re: “Politico Names Barber-McSally Race One of The "Most Suspenseful House Races" of 2014

Pima Mujer, I'll bet you voted for that Illegal Alien POS Obama didn't you?

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Posted by Rick Jason on 10/30/2014 at 6:23 AM

Re: “Politico Names Barber-McSally Race One of The "Most Suspenseful House Races" of 2014

There really is a difference between the two parties. Republicans want to stick their noses in women's private places, end Social Security as we know it, end Obamacare, build pipelines through populated areas, give tax breaks to big business, and allow the American workforce to languish. Ms. McSally may be likeable, but as an R, the agenda she supports, is not one that is favorable to Arizonans or Americans.

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 10/30/2014 at 6:20 AM

Re: “An Ethan Orr Supporter Sticks Up for His Candidate

"Start the process of building a new Arizona where the tea party is no longer the dominant force"?

Do you still believe in the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and Peter Pan?

Remove Ethan and the Tea Party is stronger because the moderate wing of the Republicans is weakened. The Arizona legislature is Republican. Period. No amount of hoping and wishing will change it this election. You can go close your eyes and clap your hands in fairy land while wiser voters protect Tucson's voice and actually walk the walk of weakening the Tea Party - and defending Tucson.

Hopefully I'm not the only Democrat who won't be a lemming.

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Posted by SmarterSasha on 10/30/2014 at 5:59 AM

Re: “Politico Names Barber-McSally Race One of The "Most Suspenseful House Races" of 2014

Rat T is your typical liberal welfare addict that would rather sit around playing video games while hitt'n his bong. No job, no brains and no integrity. It's the millions like him, most of which are in the big cities, that put the POSER POTUS in ofc. and now want to keep all of the other POSERS in ofc. so that they can keep gettn' those welfare checks. BUT THAT'S ALL ABOUT TO COME TO AN END, isn't it rat turd!

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Posted by Rick Jason on 10/30/2014 at 5:56 AM

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