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.
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.
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.
Harold: It's certainly possible.
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.
Or you could be wrong ;-}
Could you be more specific?
Sorry, as a woman, I couldn't possibly vote for this guy given that he continues to relegate my sex to second class citizenry :(
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.
Pima Mujer, I'll bet you voted for that Illegal Alien POS Obama didn't you?
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.
"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.
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!
You have to be joking. You state,
"We're endorsing Democrats more or less across the board for the partisan races because we think the GOP's agenda for the state—more cuts to government, irresponsible fiscal strategies"... "doesn't bode well for the future."
The GOP (Republicans, right-wing ideologues) have an agenda? On every turn deliver government unable to function, starving to the point of havoc public agencies the funds they needed to operate. That was a plan?
Fighting the Legislative and Constitutional mandates approved by previous lawmakers and voters over many years with useless law suits resulting in a total waste of taxpayer funds. A fiscal strategy just irresponsible or totally insane?
Republicans, not the voters who happen to register in the party of fiscal conservatives, believers of laws and Constitutional protections of the rights of citizens. Not those Republicans, the few elected ones who join together to sell off our heritages, believe selling state property to give a few friends tax breaks, the ones who are silly enough to mortgage the free and clear State Capitol Buildings then renting the same buildings back is a fiscal strategy? How long a term fiscal strategy?
The people in state government who use the label Republican and think education is a play thing for speculators to fatten their bank accounts and who are willing to privatize government functions for a few greedy operators who can take advantage of stupid legislative policies or croneyism. There should be a way to chase them out of the Republican party except they are the Republican party in this state.
That was simply "irresponsible fiscal strategy" or stupidity? I don't take exception to your endorsements just the reasons. Bad judgement, wrong decisions, insane thought process, limited foresight, dumb actions, inept Republican leaders, simply,..."pushed under the rug, etc, etc".
Rebellion and common sense is coming to the Republican voters, two of the Republican incumbents holding state office were effectively kicked out in the Primary Election. Now close examination of some of the balance of Republican candidates before next Tuesday's election.
Tucson Weekly you didn't do bad there.
Papa Johns guy answers phone: Hi, Papa Johns, will this be for delivery?
Average modern American 30ish dad sitting on his farted out couch, next to his nalgas grande wife who is constantly texting her nalgas grande girlfriend: Ya, delivery.
PJG: Sorry sir I can't hear you-
Dad: Hey you goddam kids, shut up and turn that Justin Bieber off! OK, can I get one of those frito pizzas with three times the cheese sauce, 2 orders of wings and a quart of ranch dressing on the side?
PJG: Yessir, that will be $29.95, be there in about 30 minutes.
Dad: OK thanks, and tell the delivery guy to watch out for my pitbulls.
One way that electing Hicks and Campos-Fleenor would help me (as TW puts it) is that we could finally establish an internal auditor position that reports to the board, as many external experts have recommended for years. Recent events surely confirm that need, as district leadership still seems determined to underplay the size of the current operating deficit. (Incidentally, Putnam-Hidalgo and Cotton have also supported creating such an internal auditor, repeatedly and unambiguously.)
This year residents of the Metro Water District in Tucson have an alternative choice to the incumbents and their third rate increase in three years. Please make an effort to vote to lower OUR water bills through greater accountability. Support Donovan Hemway, Danny Sargent, and Helen Ireland.
BrianClymer: A republican rep shared with me at a dinner once the following quote, "WTF is wrong with Tucson, don't they know that when we Caucus he is the only one who stands up for Tucson." Would you rather have nothing than crumbs and lets not diminish what Orr has done. As I told him once, they might unseat you but you can hold your head up HIGH my friend for your leadership on shutting down SB 1062!
Is Ethan Orr doing a good job in representing us? Here are some facts to consider. He has procured funding for some projects & programs that help people, but the fundamental fact is the Tea Party GOP controlled legislature has engaged in such reckless tax-cutting over the years that vital programs across the state are starved for money, e.g. foster care, public education, job training. Ethan Orr is like a typical politician, placating some well-connected groups with some crumbs to win their support while the state as a whole starves.
Here's another fundamental truth: Ethan is a Republican and the Republicans in the state House are predominating Tea Partiers, and that fact won't change this year because the moderate Republicans, even with Gov. Brewer's support (e.g. Jo Grant in LD 11) couldn't unseat the Tea Partiers in the primary. Re-electing Ethan allows the Tea Party-dominated GOP to maintain their control of the legislature, and we all know the extreme measures the Tea Party Republicans favor. Re-electing Ethan Orr is simply enabling the Tea Party to dominate our state legislature.
In addition Ethan Orr's voting record has a dark side. First, his votes have left women vulnerable because he thinks a fertilized egg should have "person-hood", i.e. equal rights to a mature woman! Second, his votes have left our environment vulnerable because he has a "F" grade from the Sierra Club. Third his votes have left victims of gun violence vulnerable because he has an "A" rating from the NRA & the Arizona Citizens Defense League which believes people should be able to carry guns where ever they want. By these votes Ethan has lost any ability to claim he is a compassionate or moderate person.
Re-electing Ethan Orr doesn't solve our problem in Arizona: chronically under-funded programs. Yes, he might be able to obtain funding for a few projects to placate some well-connected interests & earn their support, but the state as a whole suffers because there's not enough money to go around. Furthermore, this funding comes at too high a price, paid by vulnerable women, the environment & victims of gun safety. Re-electing Ethan Orr will be a continuation of politics as usual in Phoenix. Re-electing Victoria Steele & electing Randy Friese in LD 9 will start the process of building a new Arizona where the Tea Party is no longer the dominant force in our state.
I will cast my vote for Ethan proudly. How can my fellow Democrats not see that if we are to really be more principled then we have to recognize when someone from the other party is doing his job in representing us.
Ethan is quite simply the better candidate. Don't be sheep. I won't be this Election Day. Thank you Ethan for standing up for Tucson, and standing up to your own party, for being a voice of reason. I apologize for those Tucsonans who can't see past their own party propaganda.
I pray we don't lose you.
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