Saturday, September 1, 2012

Political Roundtable: Hot Races of 2012, Primary Post-Mortem & Downtown

Posted By on Sat, Sep 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

After the jump: Last night's Political Roundtable. Pima County Democratic Party chairman Jeff Rogers, Republican consultant Amilyn Gordon and Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik dig into whether Democrat Richard Carmona has a chance against Republican Congressman Jeff Flake in the U.S. Senate race; preview the race between Republican Jonathan Paton and Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick in Congressional District 1; give Republican Gabby Mercer low odds of unseating Congressman Raul Grijalva; unpack Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll's win over GOP challenger Sean Collins; look ahead at the upcoming supes race between Republican Ally Miller and Democrat Nancy Young Wright; explain why two of Ally's GOP opponents are complaining about campaign-finance mysteries related to her campaign; wonder about "dark money" in county races; check in on downtown revitalization; and touch on the Koz's proposal for humane greyhound treatment in the city limits.

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Making Our Day: Clint & Invisible Obama

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 9:00 PM

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Clint Eastwood has given us one more gift: A thousand LOLs in our Facebook feed. The Daily Dish rounds up tweets & whatnot and Funny or Die rounds up the memes.

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Department of Justice Drops Arpaio Case

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 8:31 PM

The U.S. Attorney's Office has dropped its investigation into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The Arizona Republic reports:


Scheel wrote that the agency declined to initiate any state criminal charges arising from its broader appointment to pursue state charges that may have come up in connection with the federal investigation. Several federal attorneys had been deputized to handle state crimes arising from the investigation.

"Law enforcement officials are rightfully afforded a wide swath of discretion in deciding how to conduct investigations and prosecutions," she wrote. "Unfortunately, such discretion can act as a double-edged sword: although it empowers fair-minded prosecutors and investigators to discharge their duties effectively, it also affords potential for abuse. Our limited role is to determine whether criminal charges are supportable. After careful review, we do not believe the allegations presented to us are prosecutable as crimes."

Ray Stern at Phoenix New Times is disappointed:


That's it.

Game over. No more wondering if the feds are going to haul Arpaio off for whatever crimes he may have committed.

Do we think a criminal case could have been made? You know it.

From arresting New Times executives at night under bogus pretenses to entering into an "unholy collaboration" with Andrew Thomas (who was disbarred for his unethical actions) to blatently targeting of political enemies to his "I was duped" remark about his former chief deputy's alleged crimes, Arpaio hasn't been held accountable by anyone.

Especially voters, who appear poised to re-elect him to a sixth term.

Nick R. Martin at Talking Points Memo notes:


Meanwhile, the Justice Department’s civil case against Arpaio continues. Earlier this year, the department’s Civil Rights Division sued the sheriff and his agency, alleging widespread abuse and profiling of Latinos. A department spokesperson told TPM late Friday that case was still ongoing.

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Pinal Sheriff Cleared in Abuse-of-Power Charges

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 4:00 PM

This just in out of Phoenix, from the Associated Press:

Paul Babeu has been cleared in an investigation into whether he abused his authority as sheriff of Pinal County.

State Solicitor General Dave Cole said Friday that Babeu has committed no criminal violations and will not be charged in the case.

Babeu had asked the Attorney General's Office earlier this year to look into claims made by his former boyfriend, Jose Orozco, that Babeu threatened him with deportation.

Babeu also had accused Orozco of property and identity theft in his handling of Babeu's Twitter account and other websites. Cole cleared Orozco as well.

Cole oversaw the investigation to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest on the part of Attorney General Tom Horne.

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Sheriff Joe Says He "Deserves a Medal"

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has said something, uh, "interesting" again.

From Fox News Latino:

The sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, said Wednesday in Tampa that the Obama administration should give him a "medal" for apprehending undocumented immigrants rather than investigating him for his methods.

"I should be getting a medal. The president should invite me to the White House ... and thank me for helping the government fight illegal immigration and the drug cartels," Arpaio told members of the foreign press covering the Republican National Convention.

Arpaio goes on to deride the Justice Department for investigating his office, and claims that Mexico should be making an effort to stem the tide of illegal immigration, saying, "It's a two-way street. It requires mutual cooperation."

But let's backtrack here. A medal for "fighting" drug cartels? Sure. Why not? While we're at it, we should give Arpaio medals for wasting his constituents' money in sending a deputy to Hawai'i to investigate the President's birth certificate.

Or perhaps one for ignoring sexual assault crimes within his jurisdiction? Maybe one for wasting and misusing $100 million in taxpayer money?

Arpaio may be making a name for himself worldwide for his antics (hey, remember the time he and Steven Seagal USED A TANK AND 40 DEPUTIES to knock down the wall of a suspected cockfighter?), but there's absolutely no way he should be celebrated by anyone—lord knows he does it enough on his own. More than that, there's no way he should have a job after this year.

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This Week in Tucson Bicycling

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 2:00 PM

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After three months, the city of Tucson has a replacement for the bicycle and pedestrian coordinator position. Check out who they hired.

Several passengers in a car sent their dog to attack a bicycle commuter. Find out what the police didn't do.

A national bike-commuting retailer is relocating to Tucson, and they also launched a way to help people ditch their cars.

A new safety class is targeting UA students to help them navigate campus and the new streetcar track. You'll also get some free gear.

Political Roundtable Tonight: Primary Post-Mortem, Key Races in 2012 & Downtown Revitalization

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Tonight on the Political Roundtable: Pima County Democratic Party chairman Jeff Rogers, Republican strategist Amilyn Gordon and Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik will talk about Flake vs. Carmona for U.S. Senate, Republican Jonathan Paton vs. Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick for U.S. Congress, Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll's big win over GOP challenger Sean Collins, Ally Miller's win in the crowded GOP primary to replace Pima County Supervisor Ann Day (and the campaign-finance complaints related to Miller that were filed by two of her GOP opponents), Russell Pearce's loss in Mesa, state Sen. Frank Antenori's tough race this November against Democrat David Bradley, the latest in downtown revitalization politics and more.

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Tucson's Fangamer Raises the Bar for Kickstarter Videos

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Fangamer, based out of Tucson, deals in video-game-inspired apparel and accessories. After being open for business for the past four years, they've decided to reprint a number of beloved old designs, getting the money for that through a Kickstarter that will send shirts to folks for exactly as much as it costs to buy a shirt through the website.

Basically, they want you to invest in their company to get some shirts. Makes sense to me. But the heart of the matter is, their Kickstarter mission video is hilarious—5 minutes of your time well spent.

If you're interested in getting in on their Kickstarter, or just feel like buying some of their awesome-looking shirts and accessories, check out the links below.

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[Kickstarter - Fangamer Retrowear]

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