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Re: “Best Marijuana Dispensary

GREEN HALO tue 10$g on everything and 20/40 on shatter on sat, best by far

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Posted by Bob Franklin on 07/20/2016 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: 2 Month Anniversary

Why don't you put your energy into working in support candidates up for election in November 2016 who, if they join the AZ legislature, will tip the balance and make it harder for Ducey to push his noxious plans through? I believe one of your commenters suggested that recently and it seemed a good idea to me. Definitely more productive than this inane, ongoing "Next Step Watch," which is never going to make a damn bit of difference with anyone.

RE the AEA, ASBA, etc.: do you really think they have credibility with the anti-ALEC crowd, after what they did with 123 ?

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Posted by Questions for the Author of Serial Next Step Watches on 07/20/2016 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Obama Administration Asks Supreme Court to Rehear Lawsuit On Immigration Relief Programs for Undocumented Parents, Youth

He's obviously worried that Trump has a chance of getting in and he wants to Legalize 5,000,000 Illegals to be promptly put on WELFARE. THIS IS AGAINST THRE LAW:
(INA § 235(b)(1)(B)(iii)): "The removal of an alien who is inadmissible because the individual does not possess valid entry documents or is inadmissible for fraud or misrepresentation of material fact. The alien may be removed without a hearing before an immigration court." pg 2, Box 1, right side.

On February 13th, 2013 Chris Crane, president of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council states under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee “Immigration agents are regularly prohibited from enforcing United States Immigration LAW. According to NEW POLICY, immigration agents can no longer arrest persons solely for entering the United States illegally. Officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement have exposed agents to danger from gang members in detention centers, and that -
they threatened to discipline agents for detaining illegal immigrants encountered on the street."

They already heard it!

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Posted by Postimpressionist on 07/20/2016 at 1:41 PM

Re: “New Findings in a 'Living River' says Recently Released Report

Ummmm.... 62 gallons of sanitary sewage per day??! I think that's supposed to read 62 MILLION gallons.

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Posted by Mark Doumas on 07/20/2016 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Another Look at TUSD Salary Hikes and Prop 123

There's really no point in responding to you, Frances, because you make the same tired (and in my view, invalid) arguments over and over again, no matter what any commenter writes.

Yes, public education should be better funded. No, most of us who write here don't agree with the legislative and funding priorities of our state level government. Yes, it's true that the court cases the legislature has lost -- like the one over the 301 funding that is owed -- should be enforced.

The fact remains that within the context our state level government establishes, local governing boards do better and worse jobs building the public confidence they need to deliver adequate services in a situation in which it cannot be argued that bonds and overrides are not desperately needed. TUSD's track record for the past three years has been poor in this department. I have served as a volunteer in several of the district's schools, I have been a parent with a child enrolled in one of the district's schools in recent years, I read just about everything published about the district in the local media, I watch many of the Board meetings, and I talk regularly with people who have known the district well for a long time, some of whom have been or are administrators, governing board members, and teachers in the district. I take seriously the need to be well informed and to weigh and consider the various arguments that are being made about the district's governance and administrative decisions, and I haven't seen any valid arguments made in defense of the list of governance decisions given in the comment in this stream entitled, "Supporting Public Ed Means Supporting Local Reform." Your argument seems to be, "they're underfunded, so they must be excused for every lie, every piece of malfeasance." Sorry, I don't buy that, and I don't think relating to local governing boards this way produces good results for the children enrolled in the schools these boards are supposed to oversee.

If you don't think that citizens who don't file petitions to run for the governing board have a right to comment in public discussions about the district, all I can say is, that's a ridiculous claim. You're not, to my knowledge, running for the TUSD board and you evidently feel it's valid for you to express your opinion -- repeatedly. So be civil and grant other citizens that right as well, even when you disagree with them.

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Posted by Reply to Frances on 07/20/2016 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Obama Administration Asks Supreme Court to Rehear Lawsuit On Immigration Relief Programs for Undocumented Parents, Youth

But isn't it Crooked Hillary and Lying Obama? Interchangable.

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Posted by Rat T on 07/20/2016 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt: The Charter School Connection

What a disgusting childish and provincial article. Perhaps the Arizona daily independent might be interested having you as a contributor. Next article from David Safier: Women who dress in black might be witches from Norway

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Posted by reality check on 07/20/2016 at 9:50 AM

Re: “The Democratic Party's Progressive Education Platform

Pick up the book "Government Waste From A-Z" If only concerned Americans had heeded the warning 30 years ago. Mr Gross was spot on. It would still work today. Sorry my snark has become usual, but after a lifetime of commenting, little progress has been made.

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Posted by Rat T on 07/20/2016 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt: The Charter School Connection

Aaron Johnson: Yes, precisely. If the U.S. had an appropriate level of commitment to education, and generally higher educational standards, then the need for foreign skilled workers would be reduced.

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 07/20/2016 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt: The Charter School Connection

How about readers on any side or wanting to be informed look at the sources mentioned in paragraph 3, then please come back and post comments; I remember reading about this. Also, my opinion is that the h-1b guest worker program, aside from serving as a bipartisan supported wage-cutting and corporate support measure, does truly help our economy, not least for making up the public's bipartisan commitment to avoid training K-12 and college kids in skills and trades.

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Posted by Aaron Johnson on 07/20/2016 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Another Look at TUSD Salary Hikes and Prop 123

Sorry Public Ed. If the State would fund schools properly you would not need the debate about overrides and bonds. We spend $20,000 per inmate in prisons a year and can't spend $5000 per student. The State government run by Republicans for 30 years, systematically defund education from Pre-K to universities every year, they have lost every lawsuit in inadequate funding, facilities, O&M, etc., and your never ending whining about TUSD is unproductive. You are arguing about whether the crew or the passengers broke the dishes in the dining room on the Titanic. And, yes I am a property tax payer in TUSD. I hope to sign your petition to run for the TUSD board soon. At least you can find out Sanchez's salary, try that with BASIS ceo and administrators.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 07/20/2016 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Pocketbook Politics

Absolutely support increasing the minimum wage. Taxpayers subsidize businesses that underpay workers. If you can't run a business paying decent wages, maybe you shouldn't be in business.

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Posted by Robin Steinberg 1 on 07/20/2016 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt: The Charter School Connection

Scott Wilson: The h-1b guest worker program brings a great number of technically skilled workers to the U.S. Without those workers augmenting the pool of highly skilled U.S. workers, many U.S. firms would have had a hard time preserving the U.S. position of technological leadership in IT and other areas. If increasing repression in Turkey causes more of those professionals to seek the safer haven of the U.S., then I hope we welcome them. It is Turkey's loss and our gain.

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 07/20/2016 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt: The Charter School Connection

I do not think that the ethnicity of the personnel of the Sonoran Science Academies is relevant to any discussion of those schools. They may be good or bad. Their curriculum may be strong or weak. But please leave the ethnic profiling out of it.

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 07/20/2016 at 9:01 AM
Posted by CW13 on 07/20/2016 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Sounds From Day One of the Republican National Convention

Six exclamation points in the first two sentences? Might be time to switch to decaff, Bisbee Boy.

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Posted by Peabo on 07/20/2016 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Sounds From Day One of the Republican National Convention

Thanks, Bryan, for this fascinating report. I was mesmerized listening to all the different voices and points of view expressed as you wandered through the crowds.

I'll be looking forward to reading and seeing your blog.

Keep up the great job you're doing.

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Posted by Manuel on 07/20/2016 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt: The Charter School Connection

Apparently, the people of Turkey have demonstrated their preference for an autocrat and a loss of personal freedom. Sad.

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Posted by Gandalf on 07/20/2016 at 7:33 AM

Re: “The Verdict is in and the Show Will Go On

Notable that metro Phoenix, with its 4+ million residents, had substantially fewer donors than Tucson.

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Posted by DRW on 07/20/2016 at 7:01 AM

Re: “Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt: The Charter School Connection

No one can deny the human toll caused by the recent events in Turkey; however, based on the previous action of Erdogan and the extremely anemic numbers of troops and equipment involved in the purported coup attempt, I question whether this was an actual attempt to overthrow the current Turkish president or an elaborate pretext to justify the mass arrests and reinstatement of the death penalty in Turkey to facilitate the elimination of Erdogan’s enemies. In addition, if taken at face value, these events make it very difficult for the United States to deny surrendering Gulen based on this country’s attempts to have suspects accused of terrorist attacks against the United States extradited.

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/20/2016 at 2:59 AM

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