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Re: “Remind Me Again, Why Does Arizona Have a Teacher Shortage?

Come on teach. What they were talking about was his vote to defund it.

Barber touts that he has voted against repealing ObamaCare six times. Barber has also voted against defunding or delaying ObamaCare. This should come as no surprise because in 2009 Barber expressed his support for a public option, which would have given the federal government even greater control over the health care system.

You can't always trust fact check or snopes as they have serious political leanings.

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Posted by True Squirts on 09/29/2016 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Harvest Rising

Great article and, by the way, your album is fantastic. Every song's a keeper. I urge everyone to get Billy's cd.

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Posted by Mike McClellan on 09/29/2016 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Remembering Wendy

I wish to say so many things, but I don't know what to say. Well, I do, yet it is too much - this comment box will not allow for all of it. You are amazing Wendy! We (society) failed you, and I am still trying to determine the big picture lesson with all of this, yet in the 'minutia' - I miss and adore you.

Posted by Aliaa Abdel-Gawad on 09/29/2016 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Remind Me Again, Why Does Arizona Have a Teacher Shortage?

Fact Check on the Truth Hurts: In May 2013, Barber voted against repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[21]

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Posted by MaryE2 on 09/29/2016 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Remind Me Again, Why Does Arizona Have a Teacher Shortage?

When Return on Investment for money spent on getting the education to be certified is good for the job you can get, then you will see more teachers. When the job itself is doable, with supplies and infrastructure available, you will see more teachers. When the teacher is given the lead on what happens in the classroom then you will see more teachers because those who are teaching won't be saying, "I love my job and the kids, but..."

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Posted by MaryE2 on 09/29/2016 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Honky Tonk Girl

Great job, Kaylor! Keep up the hard work! Dream~Believe~Achieve!

Posted by Charlotte Higdon on 09/29/2016 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Prop 205: Let’s Make a Deal

Chelsea Clinton speaks on marijuana:

During a speech at the Youngstown State University in Ohio last weekend, Chelsea Clinton said that there is new evidence to suggest that marijuana could be fatally interacting with other drugs.

"But we also have anecdotal evidence now from Colorado, where some of the people who were taking marijuana for those purposes, the coroner believes, after they died, there was drug interactions with other things they were taking," she said when asked about Hillary Clinton's position on marijuana research.

Chelsea Clinton's spokeswoman added that the Democratic nominee "has said we should allow states that have reformed their marijuana laws to act as laboratories...

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Posted by Mary Jane on 09/29/2016 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Police Dispatch

Grab and run in the City of Tucson is not illegal. And, special rewards if you are here illegally.

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Posted by Dennis, Tucson on 09/29/2016 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Police Dispatch

Autographed napkins? Did he spell Clinton correctly?

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Posted by Trust Me I Was Your President on 09/29/2016 at 2:52 PM

Re: “The Weekly List: 27 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 days

Jackson Browne show is sold out.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 09/29/2016 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Prop 205: Let’s Make a Deal

No on 205. This bill has been crafted for specific rea$on$ that don't benefit the public.

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Posted by Big Money or Drugs? on 09/29/2016 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Marijuana World

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Posted by Jessica Morgan on 09/29/2016 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Prop 205: Let’s Make a Deal

Here is the Debate Between Maricopa County attorney Bill Montgomery and MPP & Holyoak on prop 205.

I will have to give some considerations to Bill as when he speaks he represents on how authority acts and represents itself. Bill words can reflect in current ongoing litigation on hundreds of avenues.

Holyoak does not have that burden and is not responsible for anything really but let's get this going to so how it looks.

This debate has been broken up and editorialized to just a few sound bites this is it in the entirety. If you are really concerned watch it. You will see the stories 90% of the marijuana convictions are for posession simply just not true. Just what liability does Arizona Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project, Carlos Alfaro have to lose ? nothing he gets paid either way he is a political hack.

The debate;

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 09/29/2016 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Prop 205: Let’s Make a Deal

And just what are dark money factors could you please elaborate?

I bet if this passes and the departments & employees will be civil servants. That is the staff that would go to makeup the department and all of it's divisions. these people are represented in the work force by Civil Service and labor union agreements. We already have these agencies.

Right now we have a right to work state. But does not include government workers as they are in both labor represented with employment. I propose all workers in the dispensaries, growers, processors, caregivers, bud tenders, be union represented.

If all workers were represented and limited as the amount of outlets and licenses given. Why can't they pay start at living wage of $20.00 to start with retirement and 401k contributions ? Yea I bet the colors on the camillian change quickly. It would be money the patient paying out the "hmmmm" progressive owner's pocket would this be considered then DARK MONEY going against representation?

I bet we will hear that they can't do it and afford to keep the prices they are. But the truth is, it is a limited price fixed market commodity that dark money has 2 sets on the board. And 4 community activist that are clamoring for hand outs how's that for DARK money.

Let's tie legislative pay to Marijuana tax and pay every legislature $100.000 annually and a staff and office cost to cap @$ 250.000. that would be 31,500,000. That's the achilles heel to dark money people what they represent dont need income. It is directed through Government contracts and departments. It is there in the back side.

With estimated tax revenue @$123 million at current prices and burden leaving 91 million for schools operating costs. Just think this would give Guadalupe, Gila Bend, Willcox, Havasupai, Sierra Vista, Page, San Luis, Douglas, all equal representation not just the rich PHX dark money center. That keep the money in PHX.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 09/29/2016 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Danehy

Yet blacks suffer most under democrats. Even black ones. Why is that?

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Posted by Dave Nelson on 09/29/2016 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Prop 205: Let’s Make a Deal

I was ready to vote Yes, but now I'm conflicted!

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Posted by Judy Camello Kuhel on 09/29/2016 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Remind Me Again, Why Does Arizona Have a Teacher Shortage?

Three Sonorans-3 years ago

In next year’s election, I will be reminding people that voting for a third-party candidate is NOT a vote for the Republican. It is a vote for a third-party!

You know what REALLY IS a vote for the Republicans? People like Ron Barber and Kyrsten Sinema voting Republican and against our President!

This is getting real confusing folks. Is there a shadow democrat party, now going third party?

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Posted by I need a score sheet to keep track on 09/29/2016 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Katy Perry: Back At It Again With The Tucson Reference

That's some pretty weak tea you got there, Dennis.

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Posted by Peabo on 09/29/2016 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Remind Me Again, Why Does Arizona Have a Teacher Shortage?

Relative to TUSD- the following stories that are posted on the Arizona Daily Independent and Three Sonorans today give just one hint of how desperate Kristel Foster, Cam Juarez and their "Grijalva machine" are right now. Those of us who have watched our Democrats (Cam, Kristel, and Adelita) nearly destroy TUSD now refer to it as the "Demolition Democrats." The two posts also gives the public an idea of the depth of hypocrisy that the so called supporters of public education swim in every day of the lives. David Safier has evolved into a small grinding part of the "machine" and he has no business covering TUSD in any way shape or form.

I am a highly qualified teacher who has recently left TUSD because of their absolute failure to support the magnet school in which I taught. The school still has too many vacancies and a revolving door of substitutes. The magnet program has not received the basic material to support the program. Sanchez, Juarez and Foster blame the court order for everything. Here is the bottom line truth: they have not implemented the court order; they have not implemented the magnet school improvement plans; and it is their failures that the public should vote on this election by electing new and honest school board members. I will go back to teach for TUSD once its Governing Board has changed!

Charter School Directors Elias, Verdugo To Host Fundraiser For Juarez

By: Loretta Hunnicutt September 29, 2016
Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias and his fellow charter school director Magdalena Verdugo are hosting a party for Tucson Unified School District Governing Board member Cam Juarez. The event is the second event Elias has sponsored for the embattled Juarez.
Juarez and his fellow Governing Board member Kristel Foster are under fire and investigation for allegedly illegal campaign contributions they received from a Phoenix-based vendor for the District. The vendor, ESI, provides non-union teachers to the District in its effort to avoid the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
The fact that Elias is a director for a charter school organization raised eyebrows. The fact that he would partner with a charter school operative to raise money for Juarez has shocked many public school advocates.
The charters are operated by CPLC Community Schools, an affiliate of Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., according to its website. Elias became a director for the corporation in 2008, according to the Arizona Corporation Commission website. Along with serving as a director with Elias, Verdugo is also the “Southeast AZ Area Manager/Vice President, School Readiness at Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.,” according to her LinkedIn profile.
A mere 5 percent of students enrolled in its Toltecalli High School (formerly Calli Ollin Academy), who took the AZMerit test, passed the English Language portion and a mere 6 percent passed the Math portion in 2015.
While Elias and Juarez have been vocal critics of charter schools, during Elias’s tenure on the Pima County Board of Supervisors has approved tens of millions of bond monies for their development.
When not being a hypocrite about charter schools, Elias also misleads invitees to Juarez’s fundraiser when he claims: “Cam and Kristel are true public education champions. They’ve voted for teacher raises three years in a row, they’ve approved significant multi-million dollar investments for student textbooks and technology, and they’ve passed balanced budgets that put more dollars into our classrooms.”
In fact, under the leadership of TUSD Board president Adelita Grijalva, Juarez, and Foster, the District allocates less than 50 percent of its funding to the classrooms. While touting a surplus, at Tuesday night’s Governing Board meeting, District CFO Karla Soto admitted that the District had been hoarding Prop 301 monies rather than paying them out to teachers over the past three years. During those years, teachers have fled the District in frustration, leaving the District with one of the highest teacher vacancy rates in Arizona.
TUSD Board member Michael Hicks stated, “If it weren’t for double standards, Cam would have no standards at all. This is the same guy who complains about charters from the dais? Unbelievable.”
Verdugo’s palatial home is nestled in the suburban foothills overlooking the mostly inner-city District. Attendees are advised to watch for mule deer crossing the winding roads.

Double standards for Cam Juarez? The G-Crew scrambles to save their sinking ship

Three Sonorans 
The former superintendent and current Vice President of a charter school district will be hosting a fundraiser for TUSD board member Cam Juarez this Sunday. This seems hypocritical since these charter schools have been in direct competition with TUSD, picking up students that should have been in TUSD schools.
TUSD Board member Michael Hicks stated, “If it weren’t for double standards, Cam would have no standards at all. This is the same guy who complains about charters from the dais? Unbelievable.”
Perhaps the charter school executive is supporting Cam Juarez since she knows that Juarez is bad for TUSD which leads to more students that can fill her charter schools?
After being caught with their hands in the cookie jar, crumbs on their shirts and melted chocolate on their mouths, Kristel Foster and Cam Juarez were forced to return $10,000 to a donor who was the wife of the Vice President of a company that just got a $21 million contract from TUSD just a few weeks before.
TUSD board member Mark Stegeman who is also running for re-election along with Foster and Juarez, received no donation from this donor after he voted no on the contract, which made this look even more like a pay-to-play donation from a Republicans “housewife” from Paradise Valley.
Democrats love that money, so they were livid after being forced to return this donation. It took over a week, and they defended and justified why they should keep that money, but in the end even their own Democratic endorsers threatened to pull their support if that money was not returned asap.
These same Democrats were also silent when Kristel and Cam voted to outsource substitute teachers to ESI at a cost of $21,000,000, blaming Obamacare as the excuse. But then again, Ron Barber also voted to defund Obamacare as a Democrat, which may explain why he hosted a fundraiser for both Foster and Juarez last week.
In response, these two rubber-stamps for HT Sanchez got their boy David Safier from the Tucson Weakly to write a supposed expose of TUSD Kids First, an independent expenditure committee that has endorsed three candidates who are not Kristel and Cam. Some of their criticisms have been that some of the donors live just outside TUSD, despite the fact that many of them own property within TUSD and pay ever-increasing property taxes to the district. There was nothing from the Weakly about the pay-to-play donations.
Kristel Foster is now going directly after Jim Click for his contributions to TUSD elections, including TKF, suggesting that perhaps the entire Catholic Diocese is also evil for gladly accepting $1 million in donations from Mr. Click each year which help pay for the churches in which HT Sanchez confesses his sins and prays.
It seems that only Foster and Juarez can accept huge donations from rich Republican donors that live outside the district or from the Vice Presidents of organizations being used to outsource teachers or that run charter schools.

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Posted by The Truth Hurts on 09/29/2016 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Katy Perry: Back At It Again With The Tucson Reference

Hillary Clinton has an amazing memory for Donald Trump's past, as far back as 1968.

Now if only she could remember anything about her own emails....or where the Rose Law Firm billing records were lost...or the FBI files she took when her husband was dating staffers.

Maybe Lester Holt could give her some help. He still owes Jesse Jackson for the job.

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Posted by Dennis, Tucson on 09/29/2016 at 10:32 AM

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