The biggest problem with the mess the partisan system has created is in cases such as Damien Alexander who wanted a relatively sane non partisan bill about bikes pushed. He went to Ethan Orr, where does he go to if Ethan is gone?? Someone answer this question about our individual right to work with someone who can get things done! Damien does not live in Phoenix, if Ethan was not there because of the partisan nonsense that is and will be Phoenix until 2020, it would have been twice as challenging for him!
Looking at the overall candidates, they are roughly even on the issues, with their relative goods and bads offsetting each other.
That being said, the deciding factor is the Democratic candidate's fetish with that bogus issue of gun control, which it their format, is nothing but a feel good issue that does absolutely nothing to address the alleged issue they have with gun violence, but has more to do with control and power.
So, given that, even though Victoria Steele has not made an ass of herself at the Legislature, and has tried to represent us well, I am only casting one vote, and that is for Ethan Orr.
I met her and I really liked her. She didn't come off as "canned" and she answered all of our questions. She was very intelligent, animated and personable and seems very passionate. She also has tenacity. Like us, she is tired of the "same ole same ole" BS. That's who I want representing me.
What is wrong with having a superior school that attracts superior students in Tucson? I know from having a daughter who attended UHS that it also has some dedicated professional teachers that do absolutely make a difference in the achievement of these students. In fact, from many of the graduates at UHS in years going back a few decades ago to present have said that UHS was superior to their experience in college classes! It is the combination of student, family and staff dedication that does a great school make.
BS, one needs to vote for the better/best candidate i.e. the one that best represents you. To vote for someone that does not reflect your values because they will get elected or may influence their party is to deny the strength of democracy. Given the strength of party discipline this is particularly true now. I have no problem voting for a candidate of either party if that person represents my value. But generally speaking I want democrates representing me because that is where my values are and I am reluctant to vote for even middle of the road republicans because when the party whip calls they will have to march with the party majority.
David, it's interesting that in your comments you mentioned the Koch brothers "made their fortune in oil." That's true, but you just didn't go back far enough in the family's history to point out that the actual family's empire was built on the work Daddy Fred Koch did for the Soviet Union under Stalin. Just do a Google search, and you will find out the reasons why Daddy Fred Koch went to Russia in the first place and how he made his fortune by establishing oil refineries in Russia from around 1929-1931.
Consider that Daddy Koch went to Russia not long after the first "red scare" that permeated the US consciousness. During that period of time, 1919-1920, "thousands of Russians were deported without a formal trial" (Russian Exiles, US Immigration, Library of Congress). So maybe Daddy Koch just wasn't a very good student of history or had a rather sort memory of world events at that time.
Bottom line, Daddy Koch's money that bankrolled an industrial empire, had its roots, very literally, in a communistic regime. The irony here is the very money that "seeded" the Koch empire was derived from a form of government that the brothers continually rail against.
No. And I don't want one. Do you?
Dimitri, I am sorry, but partisans such as David Safier are rarely pragmatic or thoughtful. I just hope the voters are on election day.
Stop, no personal attacks. Just honest discussion. Love to hear the other side, it firms up my own convictions. The light comes through so much better keeping the unnecessary personal referral out.
Someone hire Rat T! He's clearly in need of work! Rat, what are your qualifications, aside from being able to type nonsensically? I'll be your headhunter.
Thanks for writing this article, David. I have met Jen's husband and was considering voting for her on that basis alone until I saw your recommendation of her alongside Adelita Grijalva.
You have provided a valuable public service!
Hungry in Vail: Except they wouldn't. I guess I'd eat at Papa John's if they offered handmade pizzas with locally grown ingredients made by a James Beard award winner, but they don't. And they never will.
Italdo: If you don't think there's a difference between what the Heist offered and a cross-promoted nightmare pizza designed by two multinational corporations, I'm not sure I can help you.
Whatever the reason, maybe next time they'll spell Tucson correctly.
Rat T, do you have a job?
Nitzal you could write every week "i like all democrats". The weakly would still pay you.
McSally is starting to pull away. Once people got a chance to meet her it was no longer a contest.
I just love doing that. It's a lot like yelling fire in an empty theater.
Anybody need counseling?
Simply put: our legislature is a national laughingstock, enough already
It sure is around here. They really don't understand the Soros agenda.
I just traveled across town and every corner has a panhandler with a "homeless" sign. How is that trickle up poverty working?
What a great article Mr Downing. Very well thought out and highly descriptive.
It reads like English Major wrote it. It would be great if one elected official could do something good for ALL Tucsonans.
Given what the legislature has "accomplished" in the last six years, anything that can possibly them down (or prevent a veto override) at all is a good thing.
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