Monday, November 23, 2009

Gov. Joe?

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Rasmussen has a new poll today saying that Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio polls well in a gubernatorial match-up against Attorney General Terry Goddard:

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is the Republicans’ best shot at holding onto the Arizona governorship in 2010 against likely Democratic candidate Terry Goddard.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Arizona voters finds Arpaio, famed for his crackdowns on illegal immigrants, leading Goddard, the state’s current attorney general, by 12 points — 51% to 39%. Seven percent (7%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

Embattled incumbent Republican Jan Brewer, who stepped up to the governorship from secretary of state when Janet Napolitano became secretary of Homeland Security, trails Goddard by nine points — 44% to 35%. In that match-up, nine percent (9%) like another candidate. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure whom they’ll vote for.

More bad news for Brewer:

Arizona is one of the hardest hit states in the country budgetwise, and just 39% of voters now approve of Brewer’s performance as governor. Only four percent (4%) strongly approve. Fifty-seven percent (57%) disapprove of the job she is doing, with 24% who strongly disapprove.

Fifty-eight percent (58%) say economic conditions in Arizona are getting worse. Just 13% say they are getting better, while 22% think they’re staying about the same.

But again like voters around the country, most in Arizona don’t think tax increases are the way out. Fifty-one percent (51%) oppose increasing the state sales tax to solve budget issues, while 36% say an increase in the sales tax is a good idea. Thirteen percent (13%) aren’t sure.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Friday Roundtable: On the Road with Supervisor Ray Carroll

Posted By on Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Arizona Illustrated takes the Friday Roundtable on the road to Green Valley with special guest Ray Carroll, Pima County supervisor.

Watch it all after the jump.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Shadegg Back on Daily Show: Plotting Against America

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 5:37 PM

Jon Stewart talked about things we're not thankful for last night, and Arizona Congressman John Shadegg—who last week dangled a baby on the House floor as a prop—makes the list after he suggested that terrorists should consider kidnapping New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's kids. Shadegg has since apologized, sorta.

We think Stewart should be thankful for Shadegg, who has made so many recent appearances on The Daily Show that he's practically a correspondent.

And you have to love the shot of the empty House that Shadegg was addressing at the time.

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White Weiners

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 3:28 PM

White Hots cooking alongside their more commonly colored counterparts.
  • White Hots cooking alongside their more commonly colored counterparts.
Chuck Stopani dropped us an e-mail today to let us know that his restaurant, Daglio's Cheesesteaks and Hoagies (250 N. Pantano Road) is the only restaurant in the state that serves white weiners called Zweigle's White Hots.

I honestly thought someone was messing with me when I opened the e-mail at 4 a.m., but it must be noted that I was only on my third cup of coffee of the day, which is a vulnerable state for me. Within moments, I was embarking on a Google journey into white weinerdom that left me stunned and mystified.

Stopani says he flys the white hots—which are native to Rochester N.Y.—in about three times a year. Apparently the white color is a result of using meat that is neither smoked or cured. This made it the "poor man's hot dog" back in the 1920s, according to some accounts. Conversely, the pale sausage is considered an upscale tube steak in these modern times.

Check out the Wikipedia entry on these colorless hot dogs here.

Check out Zweigle's Web site here.

McCain's Primary Vulnerability

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Tedski scoops us on the Rasmussen poll showing that McCain is vulnerable in a GOP primary to J.D. Hayworth, the sportscaster-cum-congressman-cum-radio talk-show host.

An interesting tidbit that shows the growing split within the GOP:

Hayworth, a conservative former U.S. congressman who now is a popular radio talk show host in Phoenix, is reportedly interested in the race but has not formally declared for it. He captures 59% of the male GOP vote, while McCain wins 58% of female voters.

Younger GOP voters like Hayworth more than their elders. McCain has a solid lead among the relatively small number of moderate and liberal Republicans in the state while Hayworth picks up a plurality (48%) of conservatives.

If the ongoing purge within the GOP were to claim McCain—McCain!—and J.D. were to become the nominee, that puts Democrat Rodney's Glassman's hopes of claiming the Senate seat in a whole new light.

ETA: On the other hand, Rodney probably can't be too happy about this line from Rasmussen:

For McCain, the GOP Primary appears to be his biggest challenge since no major Democrats in the state have stepped forward yet to run against him.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

So Much For That Idea: Special Session Goes Bust

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 3:44 PM

So I wrote about what was supposed to be the simple special session that everyone—or at least a majority of lawmakers—could agree on this week.

Not so much: The plan to snip some spending has collapsed in the Senate. Rhonda has details.

If they can't even get it going with this (relatively) simple stuff, how are they ever going to be able to fill a $2 billion hole?

Art Gallery Celebrates 22 Years

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Enchanted Earthworks—A Designer Jewelry and Art Gallery at 2980 N. Swan Road, No. 140, celebrates its 22nd anniversary and a new show on Friday, Nov. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. Meet the artists, preview new works, nosh on refreshments and enjoy entertainment.

Here's part of a press release with more details:

Over the years, Enchanted Earthworks Gallery has changed its look and merchandise mix to adapt to the changing market and economy. Artist/owners, Val and Gordon Mustain, started the store as a metaphysical gallery featuring their own unique jewelry designs along with a variety of art and natural stones. Today, the gallery features an impressive variety of art from regionally and nationally recognized artists, as well as the Mustain’s hand-crafted jewelry designs including Gordon’s signature wire-wrapping and Val’s designer gem-stone-beaded creations.

A new gallery opening show of artists takes place on Friday, Nov. 20 with an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Twenty artists will be present including featured artist, Keith McRoberts (14K & 18K designer gem rings); Margaret Shirer (fused dicroic glass), Nancy Dimock (encaustic wax painting), Ron Karluski (wood carving), Marianne Hopkins (Seed bead jewelry), Robin White (fiber artist), Sherri Henderson (Bronze equestrian sculpture), Betty Dougherty (dimensional acrylic painting) and other nationally known artists and jewelry designers. The featured opening for these artists will continue through Thursday, Dec. 24.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Coronado Conundrum

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 9:58 PM

Dave Devine stopped by a press conference regarding downtown's Coronado Hotel and files this report:

Several speakers blasted the Downtown Tucson Partnership's efforts to sell the Coronado Hotel, which has provided 42 units of low-income housing since 1991.

The Tucson City Council is now scheduled to discuss the plan at its next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Almost 20 years ago, the building, located at Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street, was renovated, in part with local and federal tax dollars.

Glenn Lyons, who heads the Downtown Tucson Partnership, could not be reached for comment. But earlier press reports indicated Lyons thought the building could be turned into offices or even a hotel.

Ward 1 Councilwoman Regina Romero said today that the city needs to ensure that there are affordable housing options downtown.

"Slowly but surely we're losing them," Romero said.

Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias echoed that concern.

"We need to save the Coronado as affordable housing," Elias said.

Attorney Bill Risner said the Downtown Tucson Partnership was a "con game" and predicted the proceeds from the sale would go to help developers.

"We need to give the City Council a spine," Risner said. "They need to say no."

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