I don't know Ms. Cox but her statement looks to me like it could be interpreted to support MAS. To say that Mark Stegeman "was instrumental in dismantling" the MAS program is very misleading, because it was the state legislature that was responsible for that. TUSD was given the choice of ending it or losing 10% of their state revenue. They didn't have a choice. It's because of the political hackery of people like Jorgensen that I am registered as an independent. I know Mark Stegeman from when I worked for TUSD as a teacher and he helped me and a group of parents out on an issue that we had with the 1010 administration. It appalls me to see the local politics become every bit as much a mudslinging contest as the national election.
Juarez and Foster just rubber stamp all of Grijalva's agenda. The superintendent has a higher salary than the President of the United States while 301 money, the .6% sales tax increase that voters approved and was supposed to go to teachers, is being used to balance TUSD's budget so that teachers are leaving in droves, the district's support for classroom discipline is non-existent and Grijalva hired her mother-in-law as a principal. Before I retired from TUSD I had an issue with the administration at 1010 that I and some parents took to Mark Stegeman. He helped us to get it resolved and I have since seen him in action enough to know that he sincerely cares about the quality of education at TUSD and is trying to improve it but is constantly blocked by the ruling triad. The board's decisions are made by three people and electing Betts Putnam-Hidalgo without replacing two of them will just mean subjecting her to an impossible task.
This is a very poorly written report on the Sanders speech and campaign. The writer's conclusion that the "voters are against him" is not supported by the article. It seems to be the opinion of the author but we are left to speculate on how it was arrived at.
The concept of a "regulated monopoly" is outmoded at best. Especially when the regulators are indebted to the companies they regulate for campaign contributions. Since we say we are capitalists and believe in competition we should follow the lead of Germany where electric power is now deregulated and consumers have the choice of several electricity providers, that they can switch to whenever they want. This could be part of the reason that a country that gets less than 10% of the sunlight that we do has a much higher rate of home solar power.
Gee whiz! Another Republican trying to suppress the vote. How is that news? The Republican Party has disenfranchised millions of Americans throughout the country with their various schemes to keep people that they don't like from voting. Those 40,000 missing registrations in Georgia come to mind but that's just a drop in the bucket compared to the numbers of people who have been kicked off the voting rolls in states like Florida especially.
Don't blame McSally though ... The Koch brothers aren't paying her to lose. Her only option is to win by hook or by crook.
Buh bye Frank. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. I think Mississippi or maybe Louisiana would suit your 18th century agenda.
If the president had agreed to negotiate with the hostage takers this time we would be doing this every couple of months. By calling their bluff he insured that they will think twice before they follow their lunatic fringe over the cliff again. He is to be commended for his resolute stance. BTW, in case the Republicans ever won the presidency again they would have been on the receiving end of the same tactic. The TEA Party extremists aren't smart enough to remember how badly the previous shutdown worked out for them but hopefully they have been taught a lesson that they won't soon forget.
If the had picked off the ACA this time they would have been going after Medicare in January and Social Security the next time until they had rolled back the entire New Deal which is what their corporate sponsors on Wall Street want.
The estimate from S&P is that this shutdown cost us $24 billion. How is that fiscally responsible? Anyone who believes that Republicans care about the deficit is just ignoring the facts. They are only using their feigned concern about the national debt to attack programs that they call "entitlements".
The only winner in this is Ted Cruz who now has a list of 2 million potential donors and has firmly established himself as the head of the wingnut faction of the Republican Party.
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