Friday, January 31, 2014

Parisi to Launch Power Talk on KEVT

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 12:00 PM

KEVT AM 1210 has dabbled with a number of Spanish language formats since it turned on the transmitter in 1985. That changed today (Friday, Jan. 31). Talk show host Jim Parisi, who over the summer told the Tucson Weekly he was pursuing efforts to operate a station, has made good on that promise.

Parisi is launching Power Talk 1210 beginning Feb. 17.

“We looked at three stations, two of them very seriously,” said Parisi. “We were talking with money folks for awhile, but it was tough to get it going and get everybody to shake hands and get it done. A lot of people don’t get the business done because they’ll haggle over what I think is a relatively small amount of money in the big picture, so I think the reason we finally got something done is maybe we’ll pay a couple grand more than the last group that tried to get it done. I would rather drive the car than not, and we’re in a situation where we can have some success.”

Parisi will act as station manager as part of a local marketing agreement. The 10,000-watt signal, which reduces power to 1,000 watts at night, will remain under the ownership of Armando Zamora, but Parisi has total control over content.

“I’ve come to a point that the only way to be happy is what I believe in. I’m not doing anything that doesn’t reflect how I truly feel, so it will be the most genuine station I can be a part of,” said Parisi, who announced the deal in front of a group of faithful supporters at a local Pizza Hut. “I’m going to have to thicken my skin and not worry if people say I don’t yell enough or if I’m open minded to something on the left. I’m at peace with that. I’m a strong, hard-hitting journalist when need be, but if I want to do comedy for 15 minutes, I’m doing it. There’s a market for that. I think the average person is deeper than just politics. I don’t want it to be just politics.”

It won’t be. KEVT will run mostly local newstalk programming weekdays from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., but then play Fox Sports syndicated programming overnight and for the most part on weekends.

“That’s one of the reason I went with sports as opposed to unknown national hosts overnight that only people who are political addicts would enjoy. I want to have all kinds of topics,” Parisi said. “The only rule I’m going to have is be open minded. I don’t care if you lean left or right. Be open minded. Listen to the callers, engage with them, you can be funny and give them grief, but be open minded. Some may see it as weakness. I see it as legit. If you really like the far right mandate right down the line, you’ll find fault in what we do. But we’ll have more women listening, we’ll have more well-rounded people listening. I’m the only political reporter out of all these (local talk show hosts) on the air, but I’m just not a guy who thinks and talks politics his whole life. That’s just a waste of people’s time. You don’t have to fight your fight every single second. If someone is some kind of activist, I respect what you’re doing but you don’t define yourself by it.”

Parisi will host his show weekdays from 7 to 10 a.m. The rest of the schedule has yet to be solidified, but he’s working on final details on a local afternoon host and expects to nail down the specifics on a lead-in program from 5 to 7 a.m. in the next few days. In the short term, a syndicated political talk show will likely hold down the fort mid-days.

“We should have more local programming than most anyone in town,” Parisi said. “We want to be as local, but as budget conscious as we can so that we don’t go away.”

And always with a focus on other perspectives.

“Our catch phrase is the power to think for yourself,” said Parisi. “I like coming in without taking over for something that talk radio listeners were already listening to. We’re bringing an alternative in.”

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Market on The Move and Farmers' Market Locations for Feb. 1

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM

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Start February fresh and buy locally produced food.

Here's all the Farmers Markets and Market locations for Feb. 1:

Loft Cinema Farmers' Market
3233 E. Speedway Boulevard
Saturdays, 8am-Noon

Plaza Palomino Saturday Market
2960 N. Swan Road
Saturdays, 9am-1pm

Rincon Valley Farmers' Market
12500 E. Old Spanish Trail
Saturdays, 9am-2pm

St. Philip's Farmers' Market
4280 N. Campbell Avenue
Saturdays & Sundays
Winter Hours (Oct.-April): 9am-1pm

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Is This The Biggest Reason Republicans Don’t Want An Anti-Voter Suppression Referendum?

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Republicans want to make sure pesky voters don’t get in the way of their plans to cut down on the number of pesky voters. That’s the long term reason they’re voting to overturn HB 2305, the voter suppression law they passed last year, and why they’re patting LD-9 Republican Ethan Orr on the back for casting the deciding vote to get it out of the House Judiciary Committee. They can’t wait to kill their own bill so they can block the state-wide referendum to overturn it. Then, of course, they plan to reinstate it piece by voter suppression piece, making it referendum-proof.

But they have a short term agenda as well. This November, the referendum would be a magnet for exactly the kind of voters Republicans fear: Democratic-leaning voters. People who otherwise might sit on their hands and their ballots could come out in thousands, or tens of thousands, to vote down the voter suppression measures, which could give Democratic candidates the edge they need to beat out Republicans. With so many state offices on the line, that could spell Republican disaster. Kill the referendum, and Democrats lose a rallying cry.

Both parties love propositions that give their bases an extra incentive to vote. Arizona’s Republican legislators can use their majority to put hot-button propositions onto the ballot any time they want, but the Democratic minority doesn’t have that luxury. For Democrats, it takes money and shoe leather to gather the necessary signatures. Well, they managed to gather 146,000 signatures for the "Protect Your Right to Vote Referendum." If it’s on the ballot, Democrats can tell voters, “Republicans want to take away your right to vote. You can stop them by opposing the new law. And while you’ve got your ballot in hand, don't forget to support all those Democrats who support your right to vote."

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Helmet Cam Captures Heroic Skydiving Rescue

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Warning: Don't watch this video if you want to go skydiving but you're afraid to make the jump.

The Telegraph posted a video of a skydiver free falling to his death after colliding with another parachute jumper 12,500ft in the air.

James Lee, 25 was taking part in a jump in Wiltshire when just seconds after leaping from the plane he was hit on the back of the head by another skydiver.

Lee's helmet cam captured the other skydivers storming in to save his life in a matter of seconds. Two divers position Lee and deployed his parachute for a safe landing. The video says that Lee had no recollection of what happen.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

State Pol to Arizona: You Oughta Be in Pictures (Once More)

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 6:34 PM

PHOENIX — Sen. Carlyle Begay (D-7) stood up at the Senate Committee on Commerce, Energy and Military this week and defended his bill, SB 1098. He listed 10 reasons why Arizona needs a state film office.

The reasons must have been persuasive because after he spoke, the committee unanimously passed the bill.

That’s just the first of many battles for Begay as he tries to get his film office bill passed. The bill would create a Governors Office of Film and Media as an agency that would promote filmmaking in Arizona, and coordinate with other agencies to assist in production. The bill was triple-assigned to committee, meaning that Begay will have to repeat his speech at least twice more. But if the bill makes it into the budget, then Arizona will have a state film office again after six years without one.

Speaking of movies made in Arizona, Begay knows the scene. He grew up on the Navajo reservation, the site of Monument Valley at the northeast corner of Arizona and southeastern Utah, the vast sweep of desert, mesa and buttes that was a spectacular setting for many great Western films, including “The Searchers,” a 1956 movie that depicts John Wayne as a Civil War veteran attempting to find his niece, who is with an Indian tribe.

“My grandparents, my parents would always watch a lot of westerns, and were very proud of that being something that was filmed in our backyard,” Begay said.

All over the world, Arizona is known for western movies that used the state’s magnificent scenery as their locales. Many people who have never set foot in Arizona know what the state looks like, thanks to movies like “Fort Apache,” (1948) and “Stagecoach” (1939), and the famous cowboy actors like Clint Eastwood and John Wayne, and directors like John Ford.

“We were the location for the western when it was in its heyday, from the 1930s through the 70s, I would say,” said Sherri Hall, the director of the Tucson Film Office, which would work with a state office if one is reestablished. “We had actors walking the streets of Tucson, staying at the Arizona Inn, and working down in Santa Cruz County.”

Cities and tribes throughout Arizona have film offices, but there is no central entity to handle the calls when filmmakers aren’t sure where in Arizona they might want to shoot. Without a central agency, many filmmakers assume that Arizona isn’t serious about moviemaking.

“Without a film office, production companies looking to shoot in Arizona do not see us as being open for business,” Hall said, “They don’t think we have the resources that they need. If we’re not professional enough to have a film office, why should they waste their time in Arizona?”

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The Loft Is Bringing You All of the Wes Anderson Films

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 5:00 PM

In what will be wonderful news for those who spend a lot of time thinking about fonts and/or collecting vintage jackets made out of earthily colored tweed, the Loft Cinema has announced a Wes Anderson retrospective, conveniently timed nearish the release of his latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Here's the schedule:

Bottle Rocket: March 12
Moonrise Kingdom: March 15
Darjeeling Limited: March 19
The Fantastic Mr. Fox: March 22 & 23
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou: March 26
The Royal Tenebaums: March 29
Rushmore: April 3

For tickets and details, head to

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AZ Republican Legislators Vote To Suppress Public Vote On Voter Suppression

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM

In a stunning but not unexpected move, Arizona Republicans created a cynical end run around Arizona voters. And the top stunner, also not entirely unexpected, is that LD-9 Republican Ethan Orr is the one who allowed it to happen.

Here's the short version — you can read the long version in the Republic and elsewhere. Last year, Republicans passed a voter suppression bill in the AZ Lege. People who objected to it managed to gather 146,000 signatures to put an referendum on the ballot that would let Arizona voters decide if they wanted to keep the new law or repeal it. In a "To hell with the voters" move, Republicans wrote another bill to repeal their own bill. If the new bill passes, they plan to vote the suppression measures back in piece my piece, making them referendum-proof.

The new bill made it through the House Judiciary Committee on a party line 4-2 vote. The only vote in question was Ethan Orr's. Last week, Orr scratched his chin, looking serious and thoughtful, and said he didn't know how he was going to vote. If he decided to vote No, it would have been a 3-3 tie, killing the bill. Because he voted Yes, the bill will go to the full House where it's likely to pass. Orr held the fate of the bill in his hands, and he decided to side with his fellow Republicans and against the voters.

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House Republicans Reveal Immigration Principles

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Talking Points Memo is among the news outlets that has obtained a draft of the immigration principles that House Republicans have been promising for a few weeks.

Most of it is pretty much what you'd expect, but the key portion has always been what the GOP would do about a path to citizenship for undocumented people who are now in the country. It appears that they are endorsing a type of DREAM Act for kids and opposing a "special path to citizenship" for adults:


One of the great founding principles of our country was that children would not be punished for the mistakes of their parents. It is time to provide an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who were brought to this country as children through no fault of their own, those who know no other place as home. For those who meet certain eligibility standards, and serve honorably in our military or attain a college degree, we will do just that.

Individuals Living Outside the Rule of Law

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