jonralston 
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Re: “Danehy

This study doesn't surprise me. When consumption comprises 70% of the economy it's no surprise that the economy does better with the party that at least nominally pursues policies that are aimed at helping everyone as opposed to the party that pursues policies that extract money and protect the wealth of the rich.

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Posted by jonralston on 09/02/2014 at 7:20 AM

Re: “Shifty Proposal

How would eliminating the income tax effect shared revenue? What do the cities and counties think of this proposal? These types of proposals are madness. I'm disappointed that Bennett is championing such a proposal because as Republicans go in this state I think he's not entirely awful. It's no wonder that the party of blind faith believes that somehow tax cuts will magically increase revenue. smh

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Posted by jonralston on 07/06/2014 at 1:19 PM

Re: “The Six Pack

I've got my fingers crossed that Ken Bennett or Scott Smith win the primary as they come across as the most reasonable of the candidates, but since I think that it means they have no chance what so ever with the Republican base. Of the remaining candidates I sincerely hope that Doug Ducey does not get the nod. Doug formed a corporation to buy his home and then didn't pay property taxes on that home in 08 and 09. (http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsd…) Who does he think he is Tim Geithner? lol I don't understand why the media doesn't go after him more for this. He either willfully neglected to pay his taxes calling into question his ethics and integrity, or he simply forgot to pay his taxes calling in to question his financial prowess. Either way I don't like the guy. Also, I'd like to know why a multimillionaire wants to be a public official? Does he perhaps want to shape policy so that he and his buddies pay less in taxes and so he can utilize information that comes before him as the State Treasurer or Governor to bolster his investments and make himself richer and more powerful? This guy doesn't pass the smell test. We've already got two crooks in state office in Huppenthal and Horne. Hopefully the media will take Ducey to task for these things and we can get rid of all three this coming election.

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Posted by jonralston on 07/06/2014 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Serraglio

I am a cyclist, pedestrian, and a motorist. While I agree with the gist of Mr. Serraglio's article, I feel he neglects the responsibility pedestrians and cyclists have in this matter. It has long been my observation that Tucson is the jaywalking capital of the world, and if it's not number 1 it's in the top 10. From people dressed in black jaywalking across Oracle at night, to people with children jaywalking across Grant or Speedway, to wheelchair bound amputees jaywalking across Silverbell using their one good leg to slowly scoot themselves across several lanes of traffic instead of pushing themselves with their hands, I grow frustrated as a motorist at having to essentially do a vulcan mind meld with every person I see or can't see on the road to try and avoid hitting them. In terms of cyclists, they need to obey traffic laws. Going up A Mountain as I frequently do, I can't tell you how many times cyclists speed down the hill and veer into oncoming traffic to avoid slowing down and going over speed bumps. I've narrowly avoided several collisions in this scenario. I agree that infrastructure needs to improve to allow for safe transportation for cyclists and pedestrians, and I agree motorists need to focus on the road, slow down, and put away their devices. My point is it's not simply always the motorist's fault. Many times it is and more of the responsibility falls on the motorist because the physics of the situation favors them. It's just us cyclists and pedestrians need to do our part as well in order to ensure safe travels.

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Posted by jonralston on 06/08/2014 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Katie Bolger: "I Have Embarrassed Myself, Family, Friends and Co-Workers, and For That I Am Truly Sorry"

I think Katie is a good public servant. She made a mistake and will pay the consequences for it. If this turns into a pattern, then her position should be in question. Otherwise, I think we should move on. I do think it needs to be said, whoever else works in Paul Cunningham's office I think should pre-emptively check themselves into rehab. lol There seems to be a good deal of alcohol related misbehavior in that office.

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Posted by jonralston on 04/09/2013 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Kozachik Jumps To Democratic Party

My dad was a Republican until the day he died in 2005, god rest his soul. He lamented the demise of the Republican Party, and until Mr. Kozachik came on the scene I had yet to find a Republican in pubic office of my father's character, values, and integrity. I am both happy and sad that Mr. Kozachik is no longer a Republican. I'm happy that the extremist Republican Party in this state can not primary Mr. Kozachik and knock him out of office. I am happy that he will continue his work on the council now as a Democrat. But I'm sad that this appears, at least in my mind, to be the final nail in the coffin for any hope for a reasonable Republican Party that can be reasonably be expected to counterbalance the Democrats.

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Posted by jonralston on 01/12/2013 at 8:21 AM

Re: “So Who Runs For Grijalva's Seat?

Elias

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Posted by jonralston on 12/12/2012 at 7:48 AM

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