The law does not include the requirement that Ken Bennett put his election procedures manual. The law prevails over an administrative rule written by a bureaucrat. Look at A.R. S. Section 16-548. There is no such requirement. So, the County is following the law.
The money quote: "Ray Carroll is the asymptotic inverse of Will Rogers—he never met a person who didn't like him. If you can't get along with Ray Carroll on some level, you're flunking Humanity." As the former chair of the County Democratic Party & someone who frequently disagrees with Ray, I really like him personally and respect him. But hell, I said the same thing about Frank Antenori a few weeks back. Maybe I'm slipping. There are plenty of people that I disagree with politically, but personally like and respect. Ally Miller isn't one of them. She's just batshit crazy and no help to her constituents.
First, let me admit that I was a frequent guest on Arizona Illustrated and really enjoyed it both while I was the Democratic Party Chair for four years and even in the past year after my second term ended, so I certainly have my biases. I do want to thank both Jim Nintzel and Bill Buckmaster for having me on the show.
I've been here since 1979 so I saw both the birth and death of Arizona Illustrated and, being a total news and information geek, I watched it faithfully for over 30 years. When Bill was the host, it was excellent every night of the week. It was just amazing how he could interview an author and you knew that he had read the book that was being discussed. Or a scientist, and he was completely up to speed. It was one of the best public broadcasting television shows I've ever seen. It rivaled the national PBS news shows. And I loved the local focus on news, arts and entertainment. It was truly one of a kind and many of us will miss it dearly.
After the piss poor stupid management ran Bill Buckmaster off, the program foundered and the only watchable night was Friday when Jim Nintzel took it over. Jim's knowledge of the politics of this town is remarkable. He's a Tucson icon.
I remember when Jim told me, that if Frank Antenori lost his House race, he would start having him on as a regular guest. I told Jim he was nuts and I was completely wrong. Frank was a delight to do the show with. He's smart, funny, well informed, and deeply believes in his brand of conservatism. I think he's completely wrong and crazy, but I really do like Frank personally. I think he's a great father, husband and man - even if his political views are completely crazy. Yeah, there are people out there that we can almost completely disagree with, but can like and respect - and yes even work together for the common good of our community and state on some issues. I would have never got to know Frank if it weren't for appearing on that show and for that I'm thankful.
I think Jim was a great host and the Friday program was an excellent source of news, opinion and entertainment.
After the first of the year when Michael Chihak took over as news director, that was pretty much the end of me appearing on the show. He kind of black balled me and some other guests that Jim would have on the show. It also appeared to me that he was jealous of the Friday Roundtable's success, particularly because that show he did at 8:30 pm was so poorly received and no one ever watched it because he and it was boring. It also appeared to me that he began to interfere with Jim's running of the program.
Once I was banished, I knew the end was in sight for Jim Nintzel. I ran into the President of the KUAT Community Advisory Board at a political fundraiser and I told him and his wife that I believed Chihak was going to destroy the show and get rid of Nintzel. He said "no way that is going to happen." Well it did happen. A 30 year old iconic television show was run into the ground and killed by GM
Gibson and Michael Chihak, the same man who drove the Tucson Citizen into the ground.
In my opinion, there needs to be a house cleaning and a lot of heads need to roll, including Gibson and Chihak. They are absolutely incompetent. But, the production staff are all excellent and so are Andrea Kelly and Chris Conover. This is OUR KUAT and people need to speak out about this outrage. Bring back Bill and Jim and fire the ones who destroyed this television show.
Jeffrey J. Rogers, former Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party
I'm guessing Mr. Pederson hasn't been in Tucson very long. Otherwise, it would be hard to explain such a fundamental lack of understanding of Tucson's culture and history.
Petitions for review to the Supreme Court are rarely granted. The proponents of the ballot proposition filed one in the Court of Appeals on 9/12/2013. There is no record on it yet at the Supreme Court. They usually rule on whether to accept briefing on a Petition for Review within about 90 days or less of filing of the petition. As of now the case is moot. Even more rarely do they accept moot cases for review. When they do, it is because the legal questions are "capable of repetition, yet evading review." So, it would have to be an extraordinary legal issue that is very likely to arise again in the future and seriously needs to be addressed for future guidance. Like I said before, this is quite rare and highly unlikely in this circumstance. And even if they did grant review of this moot case, it would not put it back on the ballot at a future date. They would have to get signatures all over again.
Let me be the first to welcome you back. Beers with Rothschild animation still my favorite.
I've said for a long time that this guy was a bargain and will probably turn out to be the best pro QB from AZ in the NFL. Too bad we didn't have more of a team to surround him.
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