Ted Downing 
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Re: “Political Galaxy Makes for Easy Voting

I love Project Vote Smart, but this time, they got it wrong.

Low voter participation is not the result of people not being able to connect politicians with issues.

Voters really don't have any choice. Would you shop at a store with only one item on the shelve? Particularly if you don't like it (him/her)?

The structure causes the low participation. One party dominated districts leave voters with meaningless ballots. Big money drowns out most voices. And government subsidizes private organizations (political parties) by picking up the costs of the election of their candidates. People are participating when they become independent, rejecting through their re-registration, structurally corruption.

Ted Downing, independent

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Posted by Ted Downing on 09/25/2014 at 6:13 AM

Re: “AZ Rep. Adam Kwasman Mistakes YMCA Campers for Migrants

Kwasman and his friends are paying good campaign contributions to look like clowns and join the other clowns in Congress.

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Posted by Ted Downing on 07/16/2014 at 6:10 AM

Re: “Get to Know Some Potential TUSD School Board Candidates

Is it helpful for education to have partisanship spead into traditional nonpartisan elections when both political parties are losing membership?

Ted Downing. Independent

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Posted by Ted Downing on 06/20/2014 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Dems File Suit To Knock Ethan Orr From Ballot

The 61 signatures who are not registered as Republicans might well be independents. Those without a party preference can sign either Republican or Democratic or no-party preference petitions. Over 40% of the Arizona voters are neither Republicans nor Democrats, a percentage that is growing. Watching this kind of cat fight probably will swing a few more into re-registering as having no party preference. Just go on line, change your registration, and send a message to both parties.

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Posted by Ted Downing on 06/10/2014 at 5:47 PM

Re: “City Manager Richard Miranda to Resign July 31

Let's start a list. The challenges for his successor. Fourth worst roads in the nation. And?

Posted by Ted Downing on 05/26/2014 at 6:15 AM

Re: “A Few Local Options to Replace the Lost Kennedy Bust of El Presidio Park

There are many who merit being "busted." I often wondered why anyone would wish to have their effigy on which pigeons will freely defaecate?

Ted Downing

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Posted by Ted Downing on 12/19/2013 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Campaign Group Turns in Pension Initiative Signatures

The Range.

As an independent, I am undecided.

Sustainable retirement benefits for whom? Many voters have no retirement plan whatsoever. Living on social security in Tucson is next to impossible. I have no idea, at this point, how these voters will view this proposal and doubt most understand it. All are aware of cities flipping upside down based on an overcommitment, however.

Please publish a chart showing the past and project future status of the City's debt load (as % of tax revenue) and the past and anticipated future obligations of the taxpayers to the proposed plan + old plan and the current system.

Thanks,

Ted Downing

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Posted by Ted Downing on 07/03/2013 at 8:28 AM

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