Friday, August 31, 2018

Primary Vote Numbers Don't Look Good For Arizona Democrats

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Depending on the day, the hour, the minute, I'm either riding a political merry-go-round or a roller coaster. Sometimes it's the regular emotional ups, downs, around and arounds of a horsey ride with insipid calliope music playing in the background. Other times it's a slow ascent to exhilarating heights followed by a stomach-dropping plummet into the depths of despair.

At this moment I'm riding the post-Arizona primary merry-go-round.

The winning Democratic candidates look promising, even if they aren't all my first choice. Analysts are coloring the state purplish. It's well within the realm of possibility that we'll see Democrats win statewide races — Governor Garcia, anyone? — not to mention the chance we could witness a no-McSally twofer, where she loses her Senate race to Kyrsten Sinema and her old congressional seat goes to Ann Kirkpatrick. Thoughts like that boost my hopes that we'll see some change for the better in this Republican-run state.

Then I take a look at the primary voting numbers on the Secretary of State website, and my hopes drop into a slough of despond. In the governor's race, Republican candidates pulled in a total of 553,000 votes. The Democratic total was 430,000. That's a 123,000 gap in Republicans' favor, more than a 12 percent difference. The U.S. Senate numbers are similar: 551,000 votes for Republicans, 433,000 for Democrats.

The numbers are a bit less dire in the Education Superintendent's race: 486,000 for Republican candidates versus 414,000 for Democrats, an 8 percent difference. Democrats held more of their voters down ballot than Republicans. But an 8 percent gap is still daunting.

Congressional District 2, a tossup district where Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick will face off against Republican Lea Marquez Peterson, raises my hopes a bit. Democrats cast 76,700 votes, Republicans 66,400. That's 7 percent in the Democrats' favor.

When I climb off the merry-go-round, plant my feet on solid ground and take a more objective look at the political landscape, my takeaway is, Arizona isn't a purple state, not yet. At best, from a Democratic standpoint, it's reddish-purple. Democrats can still come up winners if the predicted blue wave breaks just right and candidates have a favorable wind at their backs, but no question, Democrats are the underdogs. To win, they have to out-campaign and out-hustle their opponents, probably with a fraction of the money available to Republicans, and put together a sensational voter registration and Get Out The Vote effort.

Time for me to climb back on my Arizona merry-go-round. After some MSNBC and a little Bill Maher tonight, it'll probably be back to the thrills and chills of the national political roller coaster.

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Humane Society of Southern Arizona Aims to Adopt Out 25 Pets on Friday

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On Friday, Aug. 31, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona aims to adopt out 25 pets. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 635 West Roger Road, Tucson.

The prices will lower by 50 percent for every pet during this event. The adoption fees for senior pets will be $25, $57.50 for puppies and kittens and $40 for adult dogs and cats.

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Next week we’ll share all the fun things happening around Unscrewed Theatre’s grand opening at 4500 E Speedway Blvd, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 and 8. Here are other highlights of Tucson comedy through September 15.

Summer Camp Talent Show

Tucson comics break out hidden talents for the Farewell to Summer Camp Talent Show comedy show at 8:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 3 at The Hut.

Organizer and host Steena Salido says, “Summer comedy in Tucson was feeling like a sleep-away camp with everyone gathered around the mic every night, so I got the idea to do a talent show like at camp.”

Salido shares what’s left of her high school flag-twirling skills; Eli WT juggles; Bethany Evans does magic and April Walterscheid twirls batons. Tucson Improv Movement’s Daniel Kirby and Amanda Tennyson provide the obligatory skit. Nikki Riot performs burlesque and Randal Aguirre plays piano accompaniment throughout.

The event also includes a rap battle emceed by Pauly Casillas. Rappers are comedians Danyella Renae, Ali Musa, Jesus Otamendi, Joel Martin, Eden Nault, Paul Fox, Darryl Graves, Tony Kanani Bruhn and John Hernandez.

Ladies Laugh Clean

Vail Laughs Clean Comedy Shows presents Lovely Ladies of Laughter at 7 pm, Saturday, Sept. 8, at The Vail Theatre of the Arts, 10701 E Mary Ann Cleveland Way. Admission is $10; $30 per family, refundable.

One of Tucson’s favorite Phoenix comedians, Leslie Barton, opens for headliner Jessica Abrams, a nationally known stand-up comedian who also writes plays, acts and produces videos. Abrams’ award-winning Knocking on Doors web series is now in its third season. More information is at

The Estrogen Hour: Virgin Sacrifice

Tucson’s birthplace of women’s comedy, The Estrogen Hour, returns to Laff’s Comedy Caffe at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Advance tickets are $15 at Laff’s doesn’t sell advance tickets, but they are $20 at the show, if available.

Hosted by Nancy Stanley, this benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society features Amy Beson, Bethany Evans, Carol Avila, Cathy Sproul, Corrina Eklund, Esther Brilliant, Laura Hunter, Linda Ray (me), Mary Frichtl Schepelmann, Mel Blumenthal, Nicci Radhe and Vene Aguirre. Eli Turner provides the Guestosterone.

The show is for age 21 and older, and Laff’s has a two-item minimum.

Ronny Chieng will sell out.

Tickets are $20 to $25 for this show at 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14 at 191 Toole. Chieng has sold out shows on four continents, so don’t dally.

Most recently seen in Crazy Rich Asians, Chinese, Australian and New Yorker Chien made his US TV debut in 2015 on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Later he became a correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and opened for Dave Chappelle and Bill Burr on their comedy tours of Australia. Find much more at

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Claytoon of the Day: Puerto Rico Death Toll

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26 Great Things to Do This Weekend: Friday Aug. 31 - Sunday Sept. 2

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Friday, Aug. 31

JOGS Gem and Jewelry Show. Got a minute this weekend? Why not check out one of the leading jewelry events in North America and one of the world’s key jewelry markets? Exhibitors and buyers all over the world are converging to look for new products, exciting artist, unique resources and innovative ideas. Take a look at Amberman, an amber jewelry supplier based in L.A. Or how about Another Time and Place, which makes handmade sterling silver Turkish jewelry? Swiss watches! Antique sculptures! Turquoise and opals! Precious gems! They’ve got all sorts of stuff going on, which means you’re sure to see something you like. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 3. Tucson Expo Center, 3750 E. Irvington Road. $12. Details here.

Bear Down Fridays. Welcome back, Wildcats! Get down to Main Gate Square to celebrate the kickoff of the 13th season of Bear Down Fridays, where local restaurants and stores offer food specials, happy hour pricing, discounts, giveaways and themed activities. Every Pep Rally begins at 6 p.m. with the Pride of Arizona Marching Band, UA Pom, Twirlers and Flags, plus plenty of other UA guests. It’s Tucson’s way of begrudgingly saying, “school’s back in session.” 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. 814 E. University Blvd. Details here.

The Brew Van Cometh. The Brew Van, Tucson’s first brewery shuttle service, is set to launch on Aug. 31 at Borderlands Brewing. The drivers will use four large vans to shuttle patrons from Dragoon Brewing through Fourth Ave to downtown. The riders will have access to 15 breweries along the route. The Brew Van has four payment packages, although the nightly all-you-can-ride $20 option is expected to garner the most attention. Borderlands will host the kickoff party. 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. 119 E. Toole Ave. Details here.

MSA Annex Summer Night Market. Birds fly south for the winter, but with an event like this one, Tucsons should be flying west for the summer, or at least driving to western Tucson. All the new MSA Annex shops will be open, and there will be tons of vendors selling vintage and handmade goods as well. Have a drink at Westbound’s outdoor bar if you need something to keep you going, and then you can get right back to shopping for all those upcoming fall birthdays. (Or you could just treat yourself!) Don’t miss your last chance of the summer to make it to this event. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. MSA Annex, 267 S. Avenida del Convento. Details here.

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Every Brilliant Thing. When the 6-year-old protagonist of this story learns his mom is in the hospital because she tried to hurt herself, he leaves a note on her bed to remind her of all the things that make life worth living. “Ice cream” and “Kung Fu” movies, for example. “Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose,” is an excellent one, and “me” is perhaps the saddest. This look at mental illness through a child’s eyes is somehow poignant and funny all at once, and it breaks your heart and stitches it back together in exactly the way theatre is supposed to. Runs Thursday, Aug. 30, through Saturday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. Fridays through Sundays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. $18 to $20. Details here.

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda. Founding member of the Yellow Magic Orchestra, Oscar-winning film composer of The Last Emperor, and one of the most influential living pianists, Ryuichi Sakamoto is a master of music. So much so that one of his songs was the first instrumental track to ever hit the No. 1 spot in Japan’s music chart history. This new documentary examines the personal life of the man who speaks through piano keys. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. The Screening Room. 127 E. Congress St. Details here.

Mexican Institute of Sound. Political, whip smart, ironic. Any one of these three adjectives is hard to pull off with pure musicality, but Mexico City’s Mexican Institute of Sound ganó the triple crown. Whether directly addressing the problems in “Mexico,” where violence and corruption has citizens “saber que el tuyo no es tuyo,” (knowing what is yours is not yours) or playing against Latin-lover stereotypes, “Escribeme Pronto. Soy pasionante, pero yo no soy tanto” (Write me soon. I am passionate but I am not stupid), the sing-along/rapped lyrics are always on point—witty and aware of U.S. and Mexican cultural shortcomings. But it’s not just the lyrics in this post-Beck hip-hop outfit that succeed. On “Mexico,” traditional, heroic-sounding horns are slowed down to be clownish; turning a cultural touchstone on its head. This is parody at its finest—razor sharp, danceable, fun. Like Ozomatli, this banda just gets better live. All hail group leader Camilo Lara! Not to be missed. Friday, Sept. 31, HOCO Fest, Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress. $20. 16+. Details here.

Orkesta Mendoza may be the perfect frontera band. Sergio Mendoza and his five badass multi-instrumentalists perform a strident mix of Latin genres, including cumbia, mambo and ranchera, combined with persona blanca indie, psych and straight-up rockandrolla. The result is dust-kicking celebration of life, in English and Spanish, where primal Latin rhythms mix with Yankee slide guitars, cajon keeping ritmo for beautiful soaring horns. Cuban, Mexican and Arizona sounds artfully woven together in a buen bien mezcla—these gents always don their finest, be it fetching Blues Brothers suits, Guayaberas or Folklorico chaquetas. Equally at home with all the countries and customs they represent, Orkesta Mendoza have been known to bring the walls down. Friday, Aug. 31, HOCO Fest, Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress. $20. 16+. Details here.

Saturday, Sept. 1

St Philip’s Plaza Artisan Market. School being back in session means the summer heat slowly waning and the rise of local crafts and farmers’ markets! Stop by to get your hands on some of the wonderful foods and crafts made by Tucson auteurs. St Philip’s Plaza Artisan Market takes place every Saturday until the end of September. 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 1. 4280 N. Campbell Ave. Details here.

Bilingual Living Lab and Learning Center Tour. The Watershed Management Group is back at it again, educating Tucsonans about water harvesting and sustainable living practices for arid landscape living like there’s no tomorrow. They’ll be giving a tour of their site, where they meet almost all of their water needs with rainwater, greywater and storm water, including having rainwater on tap. Bring the kids so they can enjoy the Raindrop retreat—a children’s playhouse with a rain tank, a play kitchen with greywater and a sandbox. Dress prepared for the heat, as this tour takes place outside. And yes, the whole thing will be conducted in both Spanish and English. 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. Watershed Management Group, 1137 N. Dodge Blvd. Free. Details here.

Brodie’s Bacon Bloody Mary. Brodie’s Tavern is partying on through September with daytime deals on food and drinks. They’ve got a $3 Bloody Mary with bacon, $3 micheladas, $2 mimosas, $1 off craft beers and free menudo on Sundays. So pretty much whatever time or day you wander into Brodie’s, they’ll have some wacky drink on sale. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 1 to Sept. 30. 2449 N. Stone Ave. 21+. Details here.

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Say Goodbye to the Dog Days of Summer. Goodbyes can be hard. But saying goodbye to the summer in Tucson? Not the hardest one. To make the transition to fall even more joyful, Old Tucson is throwing this event where kids 11 and under get in free, and DockDogs will be presenting dog diving competitions. You can even bring your own dog to see how they do at diving and to give them a chance to cool down. (After all, the dog days of summer aren’t over quite yet). Register your dog for the competition online in advance if you’re interested. Otherwise, just come prepared to watch and to enjoy games and prizes, vendors and nonprofit exhibitors, and special canine demonstrations. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3. Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road. Normal admission is $19.95 for adults, with discounts for seniors, military and Pima County residents. Details here.

103rd Annual Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo. Billed as “the best little rodeo in Arizona,” this event has more than 700 entries and $40,000+ in cash and buckles awarded to the top contestants of the Southwest. There’s a junior rodeo at noon every day, the main performance at 2 p.m. and a steak fry and free rodeo dance Saturday and Sunday nights. Check out the merchandise and concessions, or, if you’re into that sort of thing, consider camping for $10 a day or $25 for the three-day weekend. Gates open at 10 a.m. every day. Saturday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 3. Sonoita Fairgrounds, 3142 S. Highway 83. $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for kids under 6. Details here.

Hiking with Dogs in the Desert. So how exactly does going on a hike with your dog work? Which trails are you allowed to bring your pet on? How can you teach your furry friend to stay safe on the trail? This talk at REI, led by Arizona’s only certified canine and equine behavior consultant, Sandy McPadden, will answer all of your questions. McPadden has a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis, worked as an elephant keeper at the Reid Park Zoo and worked with a whole lot of dogs on the national tour of the 101 Dalmatians musical, so she knows what she’s talking about. Feel free to bring suggestions for your favorite places to hike with your dog, but please do not actually bring your dog to this class. 10 to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at Tucson REI, 160 W. Wetomore Rd. Details here.

Modern Mexican Brunch. Beyond the obligatory bottomless mimosas, Reforma Modern Mexican is serving up some imaginative creations for their neo-brunch: Carnitas benedict, breakfast tacos, horchata French toast and plenty of cocktails to accompany them. Plus, there will be a rotating cast of DJs to spice up your morning even more. Hosted by Reforma Modern Mexican and Union Public House. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. 4340 N. Campbell Ave. Details here.

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Borderlands Brewery Fitness. If drinking a nice, rich craft beer makes you feel guilty and/or bloated, head over to Borderlands Brewery to have your cake and eat it too (or something like that). Borderlands invites you to come work out and then relax after with a well-deserved beer. Only $10 for the class plus a pint or $5 for just the class if you’re feeling extra healthy. 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 1. 119 E. Toole Ave. $5-$10. Details here.

Meditation for Modern Times. It’s funny: Sometimes we tend to think of meditation as a practice that was most popular a long time ago, when, with the pace of today’s world, it’s something we ought to practice now more than ever. In fact, modern studies show that meditation is a fantastic way to regain a sense of calmness, happiness and optimism. The Core at La Encantada offers a monthly guided meditation with Amanda Freed, a certified meditation coach. All levels are welcome! When you leave, you might just feel a little more ready to take on the week. 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. The Core at La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive. $5. Details here. Details here.

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Moana Sing-Along. Cool off from these summer days with a special screening from The Loft Jr. If you just can’t get enough of Moana, this sing-along is the place to be. And don’t forget to dress up in your best Moana costume so you can join the pre-show costume parade on The Loft stage. And better yet, it’s screening three days in a row. 2 p.m. Sept. 1 through Sept. 3. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $12. Details here. 

Science Saturday: Milk and Wool. The Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library’s first-Saturday science program is extra fuzzy this month. Guests ages 6 and up will learn all about how wool is made and about how it’s not just cows who make milk—goats do it too. The Tucson Petting Zoo is presenting the event, and they’re bringing a real sheep and goat for everyone to learn about and pet to their heart’s content. It’s always nice when opportunities to learn more about science and opportunities to pet soft animals overlap. 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive. Free, but registration required. Details here.

JourneyDance First Saturdays.  JourneyDance is back! If you haven’t had a chance to check out this monthly dance class with Joanna Carichner at Tucson Yoga Studio, why not try it this week? With both freestyle and structured movement and a whole lotta breath, sweat and expression, you’ll (hopefully) come out the other side feeling like you’re in your mind and out of your body. It’s the sort of dance class that might make you hate the idea of taking a dance class a little less. For example, you get to be barefoot, you don’t have to have any dance training and there are no mirrors, so it really, really doesn’t matter what you look like. 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. Tucson Yoga Studio, 150 S. Fourth Ave. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Details here. 

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Cool Summer Nights at the Desert Museum. Happy birthday to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum! To celebrate, they’re keeping things nice and low key for the final “Cool Summer Nights” of the summer. Stroll through the grounds as the sun sets, and bring a blacklight if you have one—you’ll be fascinated (and maybe horrified) by how many scorpions there are wandering around. Museum docents will be on hand to talk about live animals, fluorescent minerals, kissing bugs, the desert skies and more. And, as usual, the stingray touch exhibit is open. Be sure to make reservations for the kids to check out the Packrat Playhouse, or just be ready to wait in line. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for the museum over the next year. 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. $22 GA, $20 seniors 65 and up, $9 kids 2 to 12, $18 military, $17 Arizona/Sonora resident. Details here.

The Dating Scene + TBD. The Tucson Improv Movement has exactly the same attitude toward dating that you’d probably expect them to: “Bad date, good story.” And isn’t that the truth? If your bad date was long enough ago, or just outrageous enough, for you to be ready to share it, you can share your story with the improv team, and they’ll use it as inspiration to create a completely made-up-on-the-spot comedy show. Finally, that guy who offered to order an appetizer and refused to share it or that girl who left in the middle of the date because she got a call from her ex will make themselves useful by providing a roomful of people with entertainment. And you’ll have the last laugh! 9 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. Tucson Improv Movement, 414 E. Ninth St. $5. Details here.

Star Party and Live Music at Oracle State Park. Let’s get this party star-ted! It’s bring-your-own-picnic to Oracle State Park for this event, but the Tucson Amateur Astronomer’s Association and the Saddlebrooke SkyGazers Club are donating the use of their telescopes. Live music goes from 5 to 7 p.m., and the star party is from 7 to 9 p.m. And fun will be had all night long! Especially because it’s slightly cooler up in Oracle. 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. Kannally Ranch House at Oracle State Park. Event is free with entry to the park, which is $7 per vehicle. Details here.

Robyn Hitchcock. This onetime Tucsonan has made a miraculous career of being himself, born of penning smart pop about emotional grey areas. Well into his fourth songwriterly decade, Hitchcock’s psych-folk singsong—with The Soft Boys, the Egyptians, Venus 3 and solo—has long enjoyed blowjobian critical accolades, but his romantic, surreal and atheist musings have guaranteed nothing more than worldwide cult following. In a Hitchcock love song “nothing lasts forever, but I love her anyway.” He long-ago mastered the empathic ballad for outcasts (listen again to “Queen Elvis”) and tunes that willfully embrace surrealism to escape modern life (“I often dream of trains when I’m alone/I ride them into another zone…heading for paradise.”) For Hitchcock, the only things that really matter are the connections between people and the fruits of one’s own imagination. Ideas that couldn’t be driven inward better than with his sweet Syd Barrett-meets-George Harrison vocals, fitful, percussive guitar and harmonica. The London-born Hitchcock is as quirksome and vibrantly authentic as the Old Pueblo itself. Saturday, Sept. 1, HOCO Fest, Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress. $20. 16+. Details here.

Sunday, Sept. 2

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Tanque Verde Ranch Breakfast Ride. Sometimes you just need to take a step back from the real world and reset. And what better way to do it than get up early and take a horse ride through the gorgeous, cacti-ridden Sonoran desert to Destination: Blueberry Pancakes? Seriously, this is a thing at the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch. You can either do an all-skills-welcome walking ride or try the more challenging loping ride over to the Old Homestead, and then feast on ranch eggs, potatoes, bacon and the ranch’s famous blueberry pancakes, all made right before your eyes. Then you can remount your horse and walk on back to the corral. Wear close-toed shoes and long pants, turn off cell phones, don’t feed the horses, only wear hats if they have stampede strings and don’t bring loose cameras or backpacks. Ages 12 and up. Sundays and Thursdays. Loping ride begins at 7 a.m. and walking ride begins at 7:15 a.m., and rides last about two-and-a-half hours. Tanque Verde Guest Ranch, 14301 E. Speedway. $75. Details here.

Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge. Over 50 vendors will converge in Tucson to battle it out for nearly 20 culinary awards. Both professional judges and the general public get to choose the winners. General admission tickets get you menu samplings from over 50 local restaurants and chefs, with custom salsa and tequila cocktails, plus plenty of beer and tacos. VIP tickets are also available and come with a special tequila toast and commemorative shot glass. 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2. La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive. $60 pre-sale or $70 day-of-event. 21+. Details here.

Events compiled by Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Don't Get Sad. Get Mad!

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Supporters of education should be seeing Red right now.

We need to be Red-hot angry over the decision by Ducey's Supreme Court, backed by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, to take the Invest in Education initiative off the ballot.

We need to be more #RedforEd than ever.

We need to rid Arizona of Red/Republican politicians who vote in lockstep with their rich backers, ignoring the needs of our children. Throw The Sons Of Bitches Out! To paraphrase a slogan Republicans loved in the 60s: "Arizona: Love its children or Leave office." Don't let the Capitol door hit your asses on the way out.

If we can't campaign for Invest in Ed, then we campaign hard for candidates who promote a progressive education agenda: David Garcia for Governor, Kathy Hoffman for Superintendent of Public Instruction and all the other state and local Democrats who are facing uphill electoral battles. It doesn't matter if they were your first choice in the primary. They're your first choice now. The future of Arizona education — hell, the future of Arizona — is hanging in the balance.

Don't get sad. Get mad! And do something about it.

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Which Luis Gonzales Is Running for the Pima Community College Board?

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Luis Gonzales is running for the Pima Community College Board of Governors District 5. But contrary to what some voters might think, this is not a re-election campaign.

Although that seat is currently held by a Luis Gonzales, he's the former state lawmaker who handily won his 2016 campaign over the establishment-favorite attorney Martha Durkin.

The Luis Gonzales running in the November elections is the former Pascua Yaqui tribal councilman and husband of Sally Ann Gonzalez, the Legislative District 3 Representative who just won her primary for the state Senate and goes into the general unopposed.

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PCC-Board-Member Luis Gonzales is a longtime political ally of Sally Ann Gonzales, publicly criticizing U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva after he threw his support behind Sally Ann's primary opponent, Betty Villegas.

PCC-Luis said he’s been telling people he knows that he’s not running, but hasn’t made a public statement about it. He said voters are pretty intelligent, and he believes they’ll research their candidate as well as read about it in the news and go to forums.

“In so far as voters being confused, I don’t know if that’s good or bad,” he said. “Like any elected official out there, you may have your retractors.”

He said he encouraged former-tribal-council-member Luis to run for the seat. This Luis couldn’t be reached for comment on whether he thinks voters might be confused about which Luis Gonzales they're voting for or whether he has any plan to make it crystal clear.

Sally-Ann-husband Luis Gonzales' opponent for the PCC District 5 seat, Debi Chess Mabie, said she thinks voters might be confused, but she understands people can't help having the same name.

This article was updated to include comment from PCC Board Member Luis Gonzales.

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