Friday, April 30, 2010

Former New Times Reporter Wants In On U.S. Senate Race: "Enough of this Bullshit"

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Phoenix New Times reports that their former staff writer, John Dougherty, wants to run for Congress:

In the we-really-aren't-making-this-up department, our ex-colleague John Dougherty tells us that he's filed documents today with the Federal Elections Commission as a first step to run in the upcoming Democratic primary for a U.S. Senate seat.

Dougherty, who now lives in Yavapai County, has been working for a think-tank in Las Vegas, as well as doing freelance work for the New York Times and other publications since he left Phoenix New Times in August 2006.

"This will be a great exercise in the regular folks standing up and saying, `Enough of this bullshit,'" Dougherty says. "We're going to try to make the debate more than just about rounding up people and tossing them back across the border and thinking that will solve everything, including our economic crisis."

As a reporter, Dougherty rocks! This could be fun.

Munger Asks Mills To Drop out of Gov Race; Mills Says No

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Republican gubernatorial candidate Buz Mills got some bad press this week with the revelation that he had been sued by a former business partner for fraud.

You can find more details here.

Tucson attorney John Munger, who is also seeking the GOP nomination, has asked Mills to drop out of the race.

“Frankly, the Republican Party cannot have a candidate who is standing for nomination who can’t win the general,” Munger says. “I can’t see any way he can win the general with this kind of thing on his record. (Democrat) Terry Goddard, as a law-enforcement officer, would just tear him apart.”

In response to Munger’s comments, Mills said wasn't going anywhere.

"As a lawyer, John Munger should know the difference between accusations made in depositions and testimony, and a decision that was vacated by a judge, but since his flailing campaign needs attention, I guess this is his attempt at getting some,” Mills said in a statement. “As the only candidate for governor who will

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Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Seafood Sushi Bar

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 2:55 PM

The owner of Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Seafood Sushi Bar at 6091 N. Oracle Road says the restaurant will be open for business starting Monday, May 3.

Kwang C. An, who also owns Great Wall China at 2445 S. Craycroft Road, says he spent about $1 million revamping the building, which now boasts a fresh interior and an updated patio area outfitted with couches and fireplaces. The restaurant will host a benefit this Saturday, but won’t be open to the public until Monday.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday; 5 to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 5 to 11 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday. The bar is open from 11 a.m. until close every day, with happy-hour specials from 3 to 6 p.m. Call 797-0888 for more information.

An’s other project, An Congress, is currently under construction on the southwest corner of Congress Street and Fifth Avenue. He says the 15,000-square-foot sports bar and restaurant will serve American and Pacific-rim fare, and will have outdoor and rooftop dining areas. It’s expected to open by November.

South Tucson Responds to Immigration Bill

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Written by Nathan Mitchell/El Independiente

  • Isabel Garcia, the leader of Derechos Humanos, protests against SB 1070 at Raul Grijalva's headquarters.
With the global spotlight on Arizona's new immigration law, South Tucson has begun preparations to enforce the aggressive and contentious "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act," better known as SB 1070.

The new legislation, which Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law April 23, makes it a crime to be in Arizona without proper immigration documentation and requires police to check for legal status. Without legal documentation, a person can be fined up to $2,500, jailed and deported. The law also makes it illegal to knowingly transport illegal migrants or hire day laborers off the street.

The South Tucson Police Department has begun discussing the training necessary to properly enforce the law.

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New Poll: Brewer Out Ahead of GOP Opponents in AZ Gov Race

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Public Policy Polling wraps up Arizona week with an examination of the GOP nomination for governor. Gov. Jan Brewer is looking good, as long as Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio doesn't decide to run:

Six months ago it looked like Jan Brewer would have a very difficult time winning nomination to a full term as Governor of Arizona. Now in the wake of signing a controversial immigration measure popular with conservatives she looks like a strong favorite.

Brewer leads the Republican pack with 38% to 19% for Buz Mills, 16% for Dean Martin, and 3% for John Munger. Her approval rating with primary voters stands at a positive 52/30 spread, a 34 point improvement on the margin since September when it was a negative 28/40. The improvement in her standing with conservatives has been particularly dramatic, going up 52 points from 30/42 in the fall to now 60/20.

38% in the primary still isn't a particularly impressive standing for a sitting Governor but she is being helped quite a bit by the fact that she has so many opponents, effectively splitting the still sizable anti-Brewer vote.

Brewer's opponents are pretty much an unknown to

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It's Over: Sine Die!

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 12:04 AM

The legislative session has come to an end—and before the birther bill could get passed. On the plus side, lawmakers did ban human-animal hybrids.

More analysis in the days to come.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Calexico: Over Your Shoulder

Posted By on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Arizona Public Media has posted several new videos of Calexico performing at downtown's Eric Firestone Gallery that were shot for a recent episode of In Tune. Here's an instrumental that shows off the amazing John Convertino's drum skills.

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Immigration Reform in the U.S. Senate

Posted By on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 7:16 PM

The American Prospect has a rundown of the immigration reform plan emerging in the U.S. Senate:

Today, Sens. Lindsey Graham and Chuck Schumer released their extended plan for immigration reform. I still need to read over the document more carefully, but just a glance gives you an idea of what they have in mind: Their proposal is 26 pages long, and 17 of those pages detail ways of improving enforcement.

First, the good news. The last three pages include the Holy Grail of immigration-reform advocates: a "path to citizenship" for undocumented immigrants. The proposal would also forbid individual states and municipalities from enacting their own rules on immigration — say goodbye to Arizona's SB 1070.

But these provisions come at a high cost. First, the framework specifies that the enforcement provisions must take place before the legalization process begins. Broadly, the enforcement plan calls for hiring thousands of new border patrol agents, building more Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities, and installing "high-tech ground sensors throughout the southern border." (A Bush-era plan to use satellite technology to build a "virtual fence" is abandoned.)

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