If I remember correctly, Steve first left the Republican party and then registered and ran for his second term as a Democrat because the Republican party, even here in Pima County, proved inhospitable to a centrist Republican council member. Republican or Democrat, Steve is the same intelligent, honest, hard-working council member for whom I wish I could vote.
If Clodfelter wins, Tucson and Pima County lose. Nice guy but doubtfully willing or strong enough to stand up to the Maricopa-centric GOP caucus in the House. His site quotes Bruce Wheeler as saying Dems are ineffective in the legislature. He doesn't add that Bruce says nobody has less clout than a Republican from Pima County. Todd will go along to get along and we'll have one fewer House member to represent us.
"We learned about our messaging and we absolutely need to improve how we message this to the community," Foster said.
First thing TUSD board and staff need to learn is to communicate honestly, factually and in plain English. Foster's statement quoted above would seem to illustrate the reluctance of the incumbents to do just that. 'Messaging'????? 'How we message to the community'????? C'mon, Kristel. Is this the way you talk in the classroom? Message us no messages. Just the facts, ma'am!
UA Law professor Engel is Kirsten, not Kristen but by any name she is one of the best equipped candidates to come along in years.
I like your rationale for endorsing Chris Ackerley but disagree with your decision. He's a Republican, will mostly vote with Republicans, is unlikely to be a force in their caucus and sending him back to the House makes it that much more difficult for Democrats to whittle away at the Republican majority. Southern Arizona Republicans in the Legislature are doubly negative because they can't or won't stop their caucus from interfering with local home rule of our city, towns and county. Please vote for Daniel Hernandez if you're an LD 2 voter. Loved your two lines on Andrea Dalessandro!!!
Why, Editorialismisnotjournalism, do you waste your time reading TW? And then commenting?
If you are really unhappy with McCain and you abstain from voting for a less than perfect alternative, the pretty good Ann Kirkpatrick, you're lowering the vote total McCain needs in order to win. Didn't someone once say: "The perfect is the enemy of the good"? Refusing to vote for Kirkpatrick will prove the adage true. Think about it. By the way, I have never voted for a candidate with whom I agreed 100%. There has never been such a candidate.
In the LD 10 House race local small business owner and twice unsuccessful candidate Todd Clodfelter has a web site that features some great pictures and a whole lot of words that fall short of offering much in the way of substantive ideas for improving the education and economy of our state. He's a nice guy who is unlikely to champion southern Arizona, Pima County and its municipalities against his party's leadership. We'll hear him tell us that the voices of Democrats aren't heard in Phoenix and a sure way to keep it that way would be to send more southern Arizona Republicans up there, where they'll only be heard saying 'aye' to the proposals of their leadership. Southern Arizona needs Gabaldon and Hernandez, Friese and Hanley, Mach and Engel in the House.
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