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Re: “Danehy

All she has to do is tell the truth...and she can't. At least republicans turned on their party. Dems had a chance with Bernie, but couldn't make a simple decision and think for themselves. Just wait until you see what an international joke they become.

10 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by David W on 10/13/2016 at 6:38 AM

Re: “The Skinny

RasmI seen reports Trump is back in lead. PA has had 100,000 democrats switch to Republican party. Here comes Hillary fatigue. How much more deception will her supporters tolerate?

Anything to avoid talking about solutions, because she has none.

11 likes, 19 dislikes
Posted by Debbi L on 10/13/2016 at 6:32 AM

Re: “Carmona Takes The Gloves Off

The Pima County Sheriff's office has a history of corruption. Way back, a Sheriff Martin was accused of participating in the operation of whore houses. Not so long ago, Sheriff Burr's management nearly led to a shoot out among deputies. Now this. Sounds like it's still the wild west with a bad sheriff in charge today. Given Dr. Carmona's information, it's clear that Mr. Napier is the choice for voters.

20 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Ricardo Small on 10/13/2016 at 6:21 AM

Re: “Carmona Takes The Gloves Off

I would ask that people not allow partisanship to taint their view of this in one direction or the other. The fact is that there is an FBI investigation into corruption at the highest levels of our Sheriffs Department. Dr. Carmona felt compelled to speak out on the corruption and mistreat of PCSD personnel before the indictment of Chief Deputy Radtke. The Deputy Sheriff Association and Correction Officer Association have conducted a vote of a lack of confidence in the current appointed Sheriff. This is not about Carmona or a single group of politically motivated people picking on Mr. Nanos. There are some systemic problems at our Sheriffs Department which should be concerning to all citizens of the County. Public safety should not know partisanship. It is not a partisan issue. It is a community issue, a quality of life issue, an issue we are all stakeholders in. I would hope that you might look at my candidacy and believe as I do that it is time for a change. Mark Napier (

24 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by markdnapier on 10/13/2016 at 5:13 AM

Re: “Danehy

Most fun article I have read since this election campaign began. That was this year, right??

13 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by larryd on 10/13/2016 at 3:34 AM

Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo

Sanchez is chronically dishonest, ignorant, arrogant, and self-serving and those are not characteristics that will serve TUSD (or any other school district) well. He's the Svengali here, not the supposedly "progressive" board majority which has been led astray by his reactionary agenda and his manipulations and lies.

A commenter going by "another TUSD principal" nailed it in Tucson Weekly comment streams in March of 2015: ""The tail is wagging the dog, which benefits ONLY the tail, has the dog in disarray and provides no accountability to the public."


Keeping a Superintendent in place is NOT more important that ensuring the district has COMPETENT management. Most savvy board watchers and district watchers in my acquaintance understand that the district could benefit from a complete reboot, dumping all three incumbent Board members and the sadly under-qualified, under-performing Superintendent the current majority selected through an improper process three years ago.

Another thing that would benefit Southern Arizona: no more bad advice from Ann-Eve Pedersen about what our education system needs and how best to defend our public schools. She doesn't know what the HELL she's talking about: not on what is best for TUSD, not on what kinds of funding propositions should be put forward in the legislature, not on how Ducey can best be countered, and not on any other topic where she tries to steer opinion in the local Democratic party. When it comes to implementing a constructive progressive agenda in education, she has done much, MUCH more harm than good.

21 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Reboot needed: Board, Sup, and Local Political Puppet Master on 10/12/2016 at 9:44 PM

Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo

Wise counsel on backing Betts as she is clearly the most savvy and prepared of all the candidates. She is also very engaged with the community and knows many of the campus sites well due to her outreach and voluntarism. I like that she described herself in one of the candidate forums as someone who asks questions, Her inquisitiveness and knowledge of TUSD will be an asset to a Board that too often seems to not do its homework.

I have also been impressed with Rustand and Sedgwick. Given that they are first time candidates, they already offer ample evidence that they know the appropriate roles of Board members and that they will do what it takes to learn as much as possible about this very large and amazingly diverse school district. They would be healthy skeptics like Betts, but not micromanaging bomb-throwers like Stegeman has been on so many occasions, especially during the Fagen and Pedicone years. It also appears that they wouldn't be rubber stamps who unquestioningly endorse everything Sanchez says or does, like the members currently in the majority have done.

You have Stegeman pegged well and I would toss in the fact that he has been on the Board longer than anyone except Grijalva. To me, the two of them bear most of the blame for the dysfunction and infighting that has gone on for far too long. The voters made a poor choice two years ago returning Grijalva (and Hicks!) to the dais, but they can partly redeem themselves by sending Stegeman packing, along with the other two incumbents. You note that you backed him eight years ago and so did many of the other Democratic officials who are now asking us to support Foster and Juarez. Let's hope the Democrats and other voters in TUSD don't listen to you or them this time!

Sanchez can prove himself worthy of your accolades if he can show he is able and willing to work under the direction of a Board that is not a collection of either bobbleheads or Svengalis. If he can deal honestly and openly with independent and discerning members who will put him on notice that school safety, student achievement and working to comply with the deseg order need to be the priorities in TUSD, he might be able to demonstrate that he is truly up to this job. His arrogance, paranoia and pettiness are traits he will have to overcome, but it is doubtful that a new Board will want to start over with a new superintendent right away, so he has a true chance to show that he is worthy of the trust of both the Board and the community.

9 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by One Out Of Three, David! on 10/12/2016 at 8:52 PM

Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo

However, I do agree with you on one point: Betts would make a fine board member.

21 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Mark Stegeman on 10/12/2016 at 8:39 PM

Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo

David, your indictment of me would be more convincing if you ever spoke to me or went to a board meeting. You have provided absolutely no specific evidence for any of your broad allegations and basically cut and pasted what you wrote four years ago. And, by the way, game theory is the foundation for most modern theoretical economics but not my primary specialization.

25 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by Mark Stegeman on 10/12/2016 at 8:27 PM

Re: “More on the Financial Backers of 'TUSD Kids First'

This article is ridiculous in so many ways. First, Brett Rustand is a man of principle a person who flew combat missions and put his life on the line in Iraq and Afghanistan, he is everything that is good about our country, a humble, kind, smart and generous person, a family man and an all around good guy. Brett is pragmatic, he would be excellent on the board, a person who can bring all groups together. I don't consider myself Brett's boss but his peer, if he serves on the school board that is one more person that i serve with that would be a proud public servant who is giving his vast experiences and wealth of knowledge as a service to the community .

As far as my giving I have never met the author of this article in my life but let me tell you a little about myself, I am a person who has never bid on ANY contracts, TUSD, city , county etc, my business is old fashioned we are givers, yes, we outfitted Pueblo High Schools football team a couple of years ago with brand new shoes, have given money to, Tucson, Rincon, Sahuaro, Sabino and other schools in TUSD. We gave $7500 for Sunnysde little league to go to the world series, paid for parents to see their hurt us military children at Walter Reed hospital, give to every charity imaginable in Tucson. We sponsor San Miguel High School which allows kids from lower economic backgrounds to get a college level education, heck this summer their was a basketball camp at Pueblo high School that was not funded and at the last minute a democratic city council member asked for our help to pay TUSD kids scholarship funds. Every single day we get asked for help, I am proud to say that it is done with "No quid pro Quo".

You see we do things because we are community oriented, take a drive down Tucson Boulevard and see the nice medians, we Crest paid $80,000 to help make the gateway to Tucson look nicer so we can attract companies with good paying jobs.

My two boys went to TUSD schools and I saw year by year the level of the schools falling, I live on the Eastside and will drive by Santa Rita and see a school in terrible decline. I live in TUSD and my home value has not improved on par with the surrounding districts. SO why did I get involved with this election? it is because I CARE..

I can promise you this, there is absolutely no financial incentive for me to be involved in this election. I find it so hypocritical that we get lumped in as business people with an innuendo that something is up when two of the current board members so obviously took a donation from a company in Scottsdale that does business with TUSD.

BTW, yeas I gave money to Trump (and Bush and Rubio), he wasn't my first, or second choice, however when you have worked as hard as I have my whole life and you give so much back to society and the alternative is even paying higher taxes than I already do then I/we cannot hire more people, offer excellent benefits, and give to so many needy charities, you see the narrative that all business people are bad is so patently false it get's old. Also, I have given plenty to some local democrats who I feel like are not so opposed to small business owners.

You see, like a an earlier comment said a lot of the people who can get involved in helping make our city better have moved to the suburbs, not me , I choose to try and help. My political contributions pale in comparison to our contributions to many non profits that help children, single moms, people of all races colors and creeds. It is easy to paint a broad brush on people but in this case it simply isn't the case.....

11 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by cr on 10/12/2016 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Carmona Takes The Gloves Off

Carmona is arrogant, uses his resume every time he makes a news statement, mis-represents his credentials, is malicious as are his statements :
"allegedly been blacklisted, threatened, harassed, had their wives harassed and who have been improperly reassigned and demoted by Sheriff Chris Nanos and his cronies"

Where is the proof, where is the paper trail for this alleged harassment?
If he knew about all this mis spending why is Carmona just now going public with it? He was there for many of Awards ceremonies and spending meetings, he is not innocent.

These people are hiding behind a crooked man.

7 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Nunya on 10/12/2016 at 6:38 PM

Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo

David Safier's recommendation is to screw the kids and intimidate the teachers. Make our schools political workshops and jumping pads for our political allies.

Rather than TUSD Kids First, David says TUSD Kids...Who Cares.

28 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by A Sad State of Affairs on 10/12/2016 at 6:36 PM

Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo

Juarez and Foster just rubber stamp all of Grijalva's agenda. The superintendent has a higher salary than the President of the United States while 301 money, the .6% sales tax increase that voters approved and was supposed to go to teachers, is being used to balance TUSD's budget so that teachers are leaving in droves, the district's support for classroom discipline is non-existent and Grijalva hired her mother-in-law as a principal. Before I retired from TUSD I had an issue with the administration at 1010 that I and some parents took to Mark Stegeman. He helped us to get it resolved and I have since seen him in action enough to know that he sincerely cares about the quality of education at TUSD and is trying to improve it but is constantly blocked by the ruling triad. The board's decisions are made by three people and electing Betts Putnam-Hidalgo without replacing two of them will just mean subjecting her to an impossible task.

32 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Dan R. Anderson on 10/12/2016 at 5:54 PM

Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo

I would imagine, Betts' idea of hell is to be on a Board controlled by the current block voting majority.

I can't imagine what would become of TUSD with the continuation of the current incompetence. The Board majority and Superintendent Sanchez respond to problems within the district, first with denials and then with attacks on the messengers.

I'm my experience, competent people don't deny and don't lie. When there's a problem, instead of denials. they talk about what is being done to correct the problem. Competent people are all about solutions and working to make things better.

30 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Lillian Fox on 10/12/2016 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Carmona Takes The Gloves Off

Carmona is a loud mouth, gramdstanding, self promoting fraud. He has been denied practice at one Tucson hospital because he was lousy doctor. I can tell he is lying becuase his lips are moving........

14 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by Danehick Sux on 10/12/2016 at 5:19 PM

Re: “McCain Dumps Trump Ahead of Tonight's TV Debate

And yet you haven't caught on to how these people are playing you for fools?

How sad.

4 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Elect A Liar Or A Fithy Liar? on 10/12/2016 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Carmona Takes The Gloves Off

Red Star:

FBI investigating Sheriff's Department over spending
By Caitlin Schmidt Arizona Daily Star Feb 11, 2016
The FBI is interviewing Pima County Sheriff’s Department employees in a probe of possible misuse of public funds and corruption.

That was 8 months ago. Could misuse of RICO funds be grounds for recovery from life insurance or retirement proceeds? This is just crazy enough of a scenario that the brass blames it on the deceased and points to the supposed suicide as evidence of his wrongdoing.

Who oversees the Sheriff and this lawlessness regarding the investigation of Gagnepains death? Could it have been murder?

12 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Big Money or Drugs? on 10/12/2016 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Carmona Takes The Gloves Off

"On Oct. 10, Chris Radtke was indicted by the FBI ..."

The FBI doesn't indict. A federal grant jury does.
And, there is talk that the indictment occurred Friday, Oct. 7, and Nanos was notified that day. Oct. 10 was a federal holiday, Columbus Day.

18 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by SonoranWinds on 10/12/2016 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Carmona Takes The Gloves Off

Carmona has some history in this town and it is not pretty. People in glass houses should not be throwing stones. I bet the officers spouses and partners have a different story. I trust that the sheriff is not corrupt and is following the letter of the law. If anyone has cronie issues it would be carmona

9 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by tawnie on 10/12/2016 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Carmona Takes The Gloves Off

Dupnik is involved of course this didnt just start. He had the previous Sheriff Boykin on the payroll with benefits and retirement for 20 years that nobody saw or heard of him even knew he was still employed. these Radtke & Gagnepain were the same watch commanders that were going around taking down opposite campaign of Dupnik years ago a felony. the Superior Court Judge that reduced the charges. Is the same judge that LasVegas Casino forgave $250,000 in gambling debts. Now at the Indian gaming such losses dont have to be reported. Just think if we had a representative judiciary then. Dupnik might not have been elected and we would of had a deputy at Safeway

13 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Nano's Relected on 10/12/2016 at 3:27 PM

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