Monday, February 1, 2010

Artistic Range: Ted DeGrazia

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Mountain Scene No. 3

Station VII

"Mountain Scene No. 3" (top) and "Station VII" (bottom) by Ted DeGrazia are among the works on display through April 30 at the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, 6300 N. Swan. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Antenori Chases D30 State Senate Seat While McClure Resets Aim On August Primary

Posted By on Sun, Jan 31, 2010 at 3:22 PM

The morning daily's Rhonda Bodfield, in today's political notebook, picked up the story we broke last week in The Skinny about Rep. Frank Antenori's meetings with members of the Pima County Board of Supervisors in his pursuit of the state Senate seat now held by state Sen. Jonathan Paton. (Paton is stepping down later this year to challenge Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.)

Although the first-term Republican lawmaker said he wasn't "trying to threaten anybody," Antenori told us that the supervisors would be wise to select him for the Senate slot because he was sure to win it in November anyway: "I think the Board of Supervisors would much rather have a guy in the Senate that has been working with them than a guy who is working against them. I think they'd rather have a happy Frank Antenori rather than an angry Frank Antenori."

That story got picked up by the online Arizona Guardian. In an interview with reporter Dennis Welch, Antenori let the supes know that they'd be sorry if they didn't pick him for the job: “Why am I going to bust my ass for someone who screwed me over?” Antenori wondered.

Rhonda reports today that Republican Marian McClure, who held a House seat for eight years before geting termed out in 2008, is also interested in the Senate appointment, but she's a bit behind the times with that one. MClure told us on Friday that she won't seek the appointment, but will instead try to run for the seat in the August primary. That's probably smart politics, since she'll be able to sidestep what's sure to be a messy session with a lot of unpopular votes to solve the budget mess.

We also hear that among the names that may get forwarded by LD30 GOP precinct committeemen to the Pima County Board of Supervisors are two former lawmakers from the area: Rancher Bill McGibbon and golf pro Randy Graf.

Other dominoes are falling in Legislative District 30. With Antenori giving up his House seat, four Republicans are getting ready to run in the August primary for the two House seats: Rep. David Gowan, who now holds the second seat in LD30; Doug Sposito, who unsuccessfully ran for the LD30 House seat in 2008; Ted Vogt, who is now GOP chairman of LD30; and Kurt Knurr.

Democrat Andrea Dalessandro, who ran unsuccessfully for the LD30 House seat in 2008, is taking another shot this year.

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

'This Party Is a Fucking Joke'

Posted By on Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Funny or Die's Will Ferrell and gang are taking their Internet delights to the other system of wires and tubes with a new HBO series that starts next month on Fridays starting Feb. 19. Until then, keep going to for your fix. Below when Pee Wee gets his own iPad.

AZ Financial Freefall Continues

Posted By on Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 1:14 AM

More bad news on the state’s financial front: We still have not hit bottom.

For the 17th consecutive month, the amount of taxes collected has dropped by double digits compared to the same month one year earlier. In December 2009, the tax take was 12 percent below December 2008.

We’ll fill in more details as we crunch the Joint Legislative Budget Committee report, but here are some key takeaways:

• The total tax take for the month was $681 million, which was more than $90 million below forecast.

• In the first six months of the fiscal year, tax collections have shrunk 16.7 percent compared to the previous year.

• Sales taxes were off by 10 percent in December. Merchants can be happy that the retail sector was only off by 3 percent, but construction workers lost out as contracting taxes dropped by more than 36 percent. Sales tax collections, by the way, have been shrinking for 23 months.

JLBC now projects a $1.5 billion shortfall in the fiscal year that ends in June.

The staff also projects the state will bring in $6.9 billion next year and is on track to spend $9.5 billion, for a $2.6 billion shortfall.

Check out the report yourself: mfh-jan-10.pdf

Friday, January 29, 2010

OK, Death, That's Enough Now

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 11:26 AM

I wonder if Maurice, Howard and JD are having some interesting talks someplace? I'm also wondering who takes Maurice and Howard's place? Who's ready for a little civil disobedience?

iPad Saves Journalism and Much More

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Arizona Budget Coalition Reax To House Tax Cuts: Package Will "Cost Arizona Jobs"

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives, without the support of Democrats, have addressed the state budget deficit by passing a massive collection of future tax cuts.

Reaction from the Arizona Budget Coalition:

The Arizona Budget Coalition (ABC), representing more than 50 organizations around the state standing for jobs, education, and health and human services, decries the passage of HB 2250 out of the Arizona House of Representatives and asks the State Senate to kill the bill.

Scott Washburn, State Director of SEIU Arizona, explains that while the Coalition shares the goals stated in the bill to bring jobs to Arizona, it believes the sweeping tax cuts are not well targeted to economic development and will in fact cost Arizona jobs and economic growth. “Cutting general fund revenues at a time when basic services are already being slashed will make Arizona a less desirable place for business relocation and expansion,” Washburn said.

“Both voters and businesses expect our state to provide the assets we need for a strong economy — assets like roads, parks, health care, and a world-class education system,” said Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance. “Twenty years of tax cuts have left us short on these assets and contributed to

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Glitter Ball Tonight!

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Get your glam on at the Rialto Theatre tonight:

Glittter, glam and trash. T-Rex, Bowie, Gary Glitter, Sparks, Roxy Music, and much more of the excesses of the 70s. Gender expansion, space invasion, and rocking fucking music are all promised.

As usual with a Powhaus Production, there will be lots of music, lots of dancing, lots of outrageous people doing outrageous things.

We expect extraterrestrial visitation this night. We also expect trash and all who fall in between.

18+, ID required for alcohol. $3 cover. Cheap drinks.

Featuring DJ Dan Shapiro, and DJ T-Bag.

Video art by Heather Wodrich.

Live music by Silver Fox and Cadillac Steakhouse.

As usual, Filmed For Broadcast.

Come and look outrageous, dance outrageous and become a star. Not enough glam in your wardrobe? No problem. We will have a glitter booth to help you look fabulous.

Hosted by Kitty Katt McKinley and Desert Diamond Dallas.

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