Wednesday, March 23, 2016

AZ's Election Day Disaster

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Donald Trump poses for a supporting with a "Latinos Support D. Trump" sign in the middle of the rally. - J.D. FITZGERALD
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Arizona is in the national spotlight again because Election Day turned into a total shitshow, particularly in Maricopa County.

Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell has taken the blame and apologized for shutting down so many polling locations that people ended up waiting in line for hours. You can read about in the Arizona Republic, but here's tl;dr version: Purcell thought that most people in Maricopa County would vote by mail so she thought she'd save some money and reduce the number of polling place. A huge mistake, to be sure, but likely more one of incompetence than malice. You're free to believe there was a plot to disenfranchise voters, but you'll have to explain to me who benefited from any of it.

Other factors at play:

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Head to PACC This Month If You Want to Adopt a Pet

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 2:33 PM

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Spring has sprung, which means the world will soon be filled with new kittens and puppies—many of whom will, one way or another, find their way to an animal shelter. 

To make room for these impending new arrivals, Pima Animal Care Center is waiving adoption fees for the last six days of March on animals 6 months and older. 

From the press release: 

“We’re approaching the time of year when we can take in more than 60 pets a day,” said Justin Gallick, executive director of community engagement at PACC.

Free adoptions will be honored at PACC’s shelter, 4000 N. Silverbell Road, and its four offsite PetSmart adoption centers, where they have cats and kittens available for adoption seven days a week. While this special only applies to pets ages 6 months and up, folks can still get half-off puppies and kittens if they sport UA gear. Their normal adoption fee is $50 without the discount.

As always, all adopted pets will come spayed or neutered, with age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip and a free vet visit, too. A standard $16 license fee applies to all adult dogs.

See the list of adoptable dogs and cats on PACC’s webpage. 
Fees are waived starting Friday, March 24 so spend Thursday talking your spouse/landlord/mom into the idea, and then go find someone to love. 

UPDATED: What the Hell Happened in the Arizona Primary Yesterday?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 11:26 AM

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won the Arizona Presidential Preference Election Tuesday. Both races were called by 11 p.m. This morning, with the great majority of precincts counted, Trump got 47 percent of votes, or 249,842, and Clinton had 57.6 percent, or 235,667 votes. 

In the GOP race, Cruz got 24.9 percent, or 131,972 votes, and Kasich only 10 percent, which is a little more than 53,000 votes. 

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders got 39.9 percent, or 163,368 votes.

Here in Pima County, Trump got 44 percent of the votes, and Clinton 57 percent vs. Sanders' 41 percent.

It was a messy damn primary election in the Grand Canyon state, and it's very hard to accept these results. Someone I know called it "Florida 2000 type shit."

I showed up to my polling place at the Armory Park Center and waited in line two minutes. There was one person in front of me and two behind me. Thankfully, the political party I have been registered in since I became a U.S. citizen four years ago hadn't been changed to "independent" overnight. Within five minutes, I voted, got my "I voted" sticker and went back to work.

But then I saw people's "updates" on Facebook—thousands of voters in the Phoenix area waited in line up to five hours. Some left, some stayed and ordered pizza, others were still in line way after polls closed at 7 p.m.

A friend of mine showed up to his polling place in Tucson only to find out a mysterious force had deleted his switch from independent to Democrat. He was sent home. It turns out numerous voters, who switched from independent to Democrat (or Republican. But most complaints appear to be coming from voters switching to Democrat, according to several reports) could not vote. In Arizona, independents are only allowed to vote in the general election. Many who thought had switched were turned away and given provisional ballots.

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