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Re: “'Give More Money to Schools in High-Rent Areas' Lisa Graham Keegan Says (Or Almost Says)

You get your history and actors wrong. The voucher bill went first and its failure created the political pressure necessary for the charter bill to be successful (it failed on a 14 to 16 Senate vote). The prime sponsor of the successful charter bill was Matt Salmon who was selected by Senate majority leader Tom Patterson to carry the bill) That bill allowed 50 total charter schools.

The following year, I successfully prime sponsored legislation Which changed the limit on charter schools from 50 totak to 50 per year. Effectively taking off any limits from charter school choice.

Several years later, Jeff Groscost sponsored legislation which took all limits off charters. As I predicted this caused chatering to collapse to much lower levels. The previous limit of 25 at the state charter board per year had become a minimum as well as a maximum. Without that target, chartering has been much lower.levels last I checked.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 03/15/2017 at 11:10 AM

Re: “So Are Your AZ Politicians Supporting Trumpcare?

Indivisible:

Maybe you don't understand the greedy mindset of the typical conservative RWNJ.

They couldn't give less of a shit if they actually had to watch you fall deep into poverty and then watch you die...as long as it helps fill their already ample pockets. As sad as that may seem, it has been proven over and over again that this is the truth.

Personally, I'm glad socialized medicine has helped you out of a tight spot. Don't expect much, or any, love from the know nothing trolls that infect these comment sections though.

Helping their fellow man doesn't mean Jack shit to them.

And the irony of it is...a lot of them consider themselves to be Christians!

It's a laugh.

A really pathetic laugh, but they laugh at you and then they laugh all the way to the bank.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 03/15/2017 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Do You Know This Idiot?

"In an effort to stop hate speech, liberals want to ban the Holy Bible from Amazon.com, which had previously banned the Confederate flag."

"Dice had no problem getting numerous leftists to agree the Bible was hate speech that should be eradicated from society."

https://www.infowars.com/video-liberals-want-bible-banned-from-amazon/

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Posted by What, Again on 03/15/2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Do You Know This Idiot?

Could it be that he was responding to something related to this?

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/03/46-imams-issue-fatwa-16-year-old-muslim-sings-isis-video/

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Posted by Mary G on 03/15/2017 at 9:56 AM

Re: “So Are Your AZ Politicians Supporting Trumpcare?

Martha McSally isn't "on the fence" about anything. fivethirtyeight.com reports that McSally is in the top 10 most partisan of House members by voting ONE HUNDRED PERCENT with Trump's agenda while coming from a congressional district that is split 50-50 and one of the most "purple" districts in the country.

Just one example from 538's report: McSally, who comes from a district where our former representative was shot in the head by a crazy person, just voted (with Trump) to take away federal screening of the mentally ill as a prerequisite for gun purchases.

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Posted by Josh Leonard on 03/15/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “So Are Your AZ Politicians Supporting Trumpcare?

Deborah, if you were to find out about these things instead of just read Twitter, you'd know that it is a tax on participating in the United States obligation to provide emergent care to EVERYone.
To simplify for you:
We have decided, as a country, that being poor shouldn't mean that you die at the ER door if you come into trouble. So, if you are indigent, we all pay for it. Everyone who has either a bank account that can afford care, or insurance to cover such a situation, gets out of paying the tax to cover the poor and the ion-covered. Those who work and have an income and do not have those things, are required to pay a tax for participation.
None of this is unreasonable, and it certainly is not unconstitutional. And until the Republican Party can stomach the idea of a single payer program, this is the best that we, as a country, will be able to do. If you have an office better suited to deal with a tax than the IRS, please, submit your ideas. I am sure that they will be reasonable and thoroughly researched.

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Posted by Psyd on 03/15/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “So Are Your AZ Politicians Supporting Trumpcare?

Will Ballton:

Longhand for ASS.

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Posted by Will Ballton, yet another one of Rat T's aliases. on 03/15/2017 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Do You Know This Idiot?

@What, Again

Have you no shame. Why would you make such an ignorant comment about such a serious issue.

Get psychiatric help, you really need it.

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Posted by What, Again has no shame...even near his microwave. on 03/15/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “So Are Your AZ Politicians Supporting Trumpcare?

As I supposed many here do not understand the definition of ...pulled out of poverty, working poor, comfortable middle class and "saved my life."

Too much drama and too few facts. Just what is poverty level in Pima County? And if you were pulled out of poverty, how much money is sent to you each month, to maintain your post poverty status?

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Posted by Will Ballton on 03/15/2017 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Removing TUSD Superintendent Prioritized Over Finding Replacement

Learn something before being a chode, choad, choda, choaty or however it is actually pronounced and/or said.

It seems as if you have nothing better to do than harass the writers (especially David and Danyelle) and the commenters that oppose your long-winded, self-centered and self-conscious commentary.

At least the 7 devices you own are serving you well.

Nobody else would ever give you that many thumbs up in such a short amount of time.

Especially since your ugly personality would never attract accuatances --- let alone good, legitimate and longtime friends.

Arrivederci, troll.

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Posted by Self-conscious chodes that own 7 devices need to be kind & chill on 03/15/2017 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Do You Know This Idiot?

Is there video footage or just this still shot? It would help us identify him if there is more.

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Posted by Dan Hyde on 03/15/2017 at 9:14 AM

Re: “So Are Your AZ Politicians Supporting Trumpcare?

If the Republicans wants to repeal something, how about the the constitutionality of mandating the purchase of health insurance, and the financial penalities being supervised by the IRS. That's scary.

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Posted by Deborah on 03/15/2017 at 8:52 AM

Re: “So Are Your AZ Politicians Supporting Trumpcare?

Socialized medicine saved my life, too. And I went from being "the working poor" to being comfortably middle class. I am not an anomaly, these programs HELP.

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Posted by Indivisible on 03/15/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “So Are Your AZ Politicians Supporting Trumpcare?

For months McSally has been saying she was working with leaders in Congress on this bill. Now she is "on the fence?"

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Posted by azlover on 03/15/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “So Are Your AZ Politicians Supporting Trumpcare?

Trumpcare keeps all the goodies (pre-existing coverage, etc.) with no way to pay for them. Then adds tax breaks for millionaires, and kicks 24 million people off insurance completely with no plan on how to pay for their care when they show up at the emergency room. It removes the subsidy for older people and throws them on the "mercies" of the market.
It does nothing to rein in costs. Nothing.
Expect healthcare costs to continue to rise.

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Posted by bslap on 03/15/2017 at 7:14 AM

Re: “So Are Your AZ Politicians Supporting Trumpcare?

Turk, ACA would work fine if we got everyone on the program. Right now, it was cheaper for the young to take the tax penalty instead of insurance. So, some insurers lost money and left the program.

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Posted by Dave Phillips on 03/15/2017 at 6:11 AM

Re: “So Are Your AZ Politicians Supporting Trumpcare?

The Federal government needs to get out of "gee, it would be nice" activities and stick to what is mandated in the constitution. ACA by any name will not work in the long run when its customer base is those with bad health. Single payer is the only way it will work, and that has not been made clear in selling this mess to the people.

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Posted by Albert V. Turk on 03/15/2017 at 5:36 AM

Re: “Talking Freedom of the Press with Journalists Maureen Dowd, Joe Conason and Evan Thomas

Broadway in Tucson is key conflict for Centennial hall

Posted by Thomas Meixner on 03/14/2017 at 9:31 PM

Re: “So Are Your AZ Politicians Supporting Trumpcare?

Socialized medicine saved my life and pulled me out of poverty.

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Posted by Thomas Meixner on 03/14/2017 at 9:23 PM

Re: “So Are Your AZ Politicians Supporting Trumpcare?

Even though the CBO has never been accurate, it's all we have right? How often should the government punish the rich for the plight of the poor?

Has it pulled anybody out of poverty, or just bought votes? Be honest.

And the "Eastside Bad Hombres?" Are they still sharing a Prius?

Please.

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Posted by Will Ballton on 03/14/2017 at 4:36 PM

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