Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Warhead Stout

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 11:21 AM

The first taste of a beer that’s been aged for six months in a Kentucky bourbon barrel will be available this Friday.

Jason Schneider, the general manager of Thunder Canyon Brewery, says the first of two kegs of bourbon-barrel-aged Warhead Stout will be tapped at 4 p.m., Friday, July 2. He said the specialty beer is hotly anticipated by local beer connoisseurs.

“The beer-drinking demographic has developed and grown to where they want to drink and experience different things,” said Schneider. “Actually, they demand it.”

The brew boasts an alcohol content of 12 percent and a rich flavor imparted by the wooden cask that has been its home for the past half-year. It will only be served in 10-ounce glasses, which will sell for $5.50 each.

Schneider says the beer will soon be available on a regular basis.

Buz Mills: $3 Million Man

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Republican gubernatorial candidate Buz Mills has reported spending $3,193,369 on his gubernatorial campaign through June 28.

That's certainly a stimulus for the TV stations that are running his ads, but it's not doing much for him, according to last week's polls.

Republican Bob Bennett: GOP Needs Ideas, Not Slogans

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Republican Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah, who was recently blocked from seeking a new term by by GOP conservatives, says the GOP needs ideas, not slogans:

Bennett told a Republican group the party could even take back the Senate soon but will lose both houses just as fast if the GOP continues to rely on slogans and not solutions.

“As I look out at the political landscape now, I find plenty of slogans on the Republican side, but not very many ideas,” Bennett told The Ripon Society.

Bennett, whose remarks were caught on video, said there was great momentum for Republicans to take back the House and, with the death of Sen. Robert Byrd, of West Virginia, there’s a chance a Republican could win that seat as well and join a landslide to bring the Senate into GOP control.

But, Bennett added, the Republican Party may find itself in the role played by Robert Redford in the film, “The Candidate,” who after winning office turns to his aides and says,“What do we do now?”

“The concern I have is that ideology and a demand for absolute party purity endangers our ability to govern once we get into office,” Bennett said.

He added that neither Democrats nor Republicans have good ideas and are just out to win elections.

“The fight is over who will win the game,” he said. “It’s like rooting for the 49ers or the Patriots in the Super Bowl but it really means nothing for the future of the country.”

Read the whole thing here.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Utah: Doing Immigration Right?

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 9:33 PM

The Salt Lake Tribune reported Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is working to create a Utah-specific guest-worker pilot program—so they don't have to take the Arizona route and be made fun of on Comedy Central:

“We’re talking about a comprehensive program that would allow highly educated workers from whatever country … people who may have overstayed their visas or however they got here, to find a way to allow them to continue to contribute to our economy,” said chamber spokesman Marty Carpenter.

Rep. John Dougall, R-Highland, said he has talked with Shurtleff twice about working on a different approach to immigration than many of his conservative legislative colleagues have taken that would focus on giving the state more authority over immigration issues.

“I hope to work with him and find what I call a meaningful free market approach to immigration,” Dougall said, one that relies more on state authority than relying on a broken federal system. “More reliance on the federal government is not the answer. We need a state solution and a uniquely Utah approach.”

Shurtleff said Dougall suggested that the state could issue its own visas.

Shurtleff opposes Arizona’s tough immigration law — which requires officers to verify the legal status of anyone stopped, detained or arrested by police — saying it leads to second-guessing of officers or, potentially, profiling of suspects.

“It puts cops in an absolutely untenable position, where they have to decide, ‘Do I ask this person for identification?’ … Even though the law says you can’t consider race, what else are you going to consider?”

Tucson's Everyday People: Talking Trains With Tom McCollum

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Tom McCollum, the director of the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, talks about the impact of the railroads onTucson and Southern Arizona. McCollum discusses fun, facts and history in this multimedia video and photo slideshow by UA School of Journalism student Takatoshi Kato.

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McCain Latest Salvo Against Hayworth

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 3:43 PM

The McCain campaign brings it all together with an ad that hammers J.D. Hayworth on the free-money informercial, man-horse marriage, the birther conspiracy and more. Bonus points for the space aliens and Planet of the Apes shout-out.

Declaration of Independents

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Independents are the fastest-growing sector of registered voters in Arizona: 14,716 people registered as something other than Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or Green since April 19—more than half of the 26,890 new voters.

Here's the bulletin from Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett:

The state of Arizona added nearly 27,000 additional registered voters between April 19 and June 1, according to new figures released Tuesday by Secretary of State Ken Bennett.

As of June 1, 2010, the state had 3,093,647 active, registered voters. That’s 26,890 more registered voters than the state had in April with a report issued just prior to the May 18 Special Election.

“I’m pleased to see our registration numbers begin to climb once more,” Secretary Bennett said. “This trend should continue as voter interest builds in anticipation of the upcoming primary and general elections.”

Each of the state’s four recognized political parties — Republican, Democratic, Libertarian and Green — reported a registration gain. The GOP added

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Stephen Colbert and United Farmworkers Union: There's Plenty of Farm Labor Available for America's Unemployed

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Stephen Colbert and the president of United Farmworkers of America are challenging unemployed Americans and anti-immigrant folks to take the jobs often done by undocumented immigrants.

Farmworkers are tired of being blamed by politicians and anti-immigrant activists for taking work that should go to Americans and dragging down the economy, said Arturo Rodriguez, the president of the United Farmworkers of America.

So the group is encouraging the unemployed — and any Washington pundits or anti-immigrant activists who want to join them — to apply for some of thousands of agricultural jobs being posted with state agencies as harvest season begins.

Read the whole story here.

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