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Monday, November 12, 2018

Defeated Dingbat Congressman Blames McCain for GOP Losing House of Reps

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2018 at 11:35 AM

JASON LEWIS: SUCH A NICE MAN! WHY DID THOSE SLUTS IN MINNESOTA VOTE AGAINST HIM?
  • Jason Lewis: Such a nice man! Why did those sluts in Minnesota vote against him?
CNN reports:

A Republican unseated in the midterm elections last week has come out with an op-ed blaming the late Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain for the party losing control of the House.

In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece, outgoing Minnesota GOP Rep. Jason Lewis pinned the wave of Democratic victories last week on McCain's vote in July 2017 to sink a GOP attempt to repeal Obamacare.

"McCain's last-minute decision prompted a 'green wave' of liberal special-interest money, which was used to propagate false claims that the House plan 'gutted coverage for people with pre-existing conditions,'" Lewis wrote.

The classic strategy of blaming the dead guy.

Of course, it could be that Republicans—over the last eight years—have failed to come up with a serious alternative to Obamacare that actually does protect people with pre-existing conditions. Or, as President Donald Trump observed during the 2017 health care debate: "Nobody knew health care could be so complicated."

McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, responds via Twitter:
A note on why women might not have favored the GOP this year, from the CNN story:

Lewis hails from Minnesota's second district and was defeated by Democrat Angie Craig. The race attracted some national attention after a CNN review of audio from a radio program Lewis hosted found that the congressman had a history of misogynistic comments, including complaining people could not call women "sluts."

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Updated Numbers: Sinema Now Leading by 32,000 Votes; Hobbs Trailing by 259 Votes in AZSOS Race; Glassman Still Trailing By 10K in Corp Com Race

Posted By on Sun, Nov 11, 2018 at 5:08 PM

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An update to our earlier post thanks to a new batch of ballots from Pinal County: Democrat Kyrsten Sinema's lead over Republican Martha McSally now stands at 32,292 votes. McSally has fallen further behind with each Maricopa County tabulation dump and only picked up 348 votes in Pinal County, which has an estimated 15K ballots left to count.

Sinema's campaign calls her lead "insurmountable":

With the latest ballot count, Kyrsten’s lead is insurmountable. McSally’s campaign said today’s results would be her ‘firewall’ but as we expected, no firewall emerged. McSally has lost every batch of votes from Maricopa County and today, Kyrsten won by 6.25 percent – nearly double her overall performance in the county to date. Kyrsten has now expanded her overall lead to 32,640 or 1.52 percent, meaning McSally would have to win the remainder of Maricopa County ballots by 22 percent to take the lead in this race. This is not plausible. Kyrsten will be declared the next U.S. Senator from Arizona.
 Team McSally is holding out hope:

Today our vote total grew at a greater rate than expected, and we expanded our vote margins in rural areas counting mail-in ballots dropped off on election day. The latest release provides compelling evidence that the remaining uncounted ballots are favorable to Martha. And we will continue our effort to make sure all lawful ballots are counted.

Team McSally's argument would be more persuasive if the rural counties had a significant number of ballots to count.
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In other races: Democrat Katie Hobbs, who had taken a 150-lead over Republican Steve Gaynor after Maricopa County reported its tally today, has fallen behind Republican Steve Gaynor by 259 votes in the race for Arizona Secretary of State. This looks to be a wild one.

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And Republican Rodney Glassman remains 10,000 votes behind the two leading candidates in the race for two seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission. If this trend holds, APS could be in for some real trouble, should current Corp Commissioner Bob Burns become chair of the ACC. Details to follow.

Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes estimates Maricopa County still has 162K ballots to process and a new batch will be counted and released at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12.

That's probably not good news for McSally, who is trailing in Maricopa County by more than 46K votes.

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Garrett Archer, aka AZ Data Guru, estimates there are now just under 220K ballots left to count.


This post has been updated and corrected to properly characterize Team Sinema's statement.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Sinema Now Leading McSally by 28,688 Votes in AZ Senate Race

Posted By on Sat, Nov 10, 2018 at 5:22 PM

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With Maricopa County delivering a number batch of ballot results, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is now leading Republican Martha McSally in the race for U.S. Senate. Hard to see how McSally comes back after this.

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Meanwhile, Democrat Sandra Kennedy has jumped into first place over Republicans Justin Olson and Rodney Glassman in the race for two seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission.
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And in the contest for Arizona Secretary of State, Democrat Katie Hobbs has closed within 3,158 votes. Stay tuned: Rumor has it there's rougly 250K ballots left to count out there.

Update: AZ Data Guru puts the estimate of outstanding ballots at 268K. With 198K of those in Maricopa County and 36K in Pima County (where Sinema has been beating McSally), it sure sounds like McSally is gonna have to count on getting appointed to the McCain/Kyl seat if she's going back to D.C.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Sinema Now Leads McSally by 21,185 Votes; Another Statewide Dem Takes a Lead

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 5:07 PM

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With the latest drop of ballots from Maricopa County, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema now has a 21,185-vote lead over Republican Martha McSally in Arizona's hotly contested race for U.S. Senate. That's gonna be hard for McSally to recover from, especially with 60,000 Pima County early ballots yet to count.

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In other AZ election news, Democrat Sandra Kennedy has moved narrowly ahead of wretched-excuse-for-a-human-being and Republican candidate Rodney Glassman in the race for Arizona Corporation Commission.

Garrett Archer, the data guru at the Arizona Secretary of State's Office, has deleted an earlier estimate of about 362K ballots left to count.

Marana, Tucson sue over water quality

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 2:57 PM

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As water utility officials in Marana and Tucson combat elevated chemical levels in the wells servicing their residential and commercial areas, the two municipalities have jointly filed a lawsuit against the five companies they deem responsible.

The lawsuit seeks to collect reparations for the cost of “treating and removing contamination from public drinking water supply wells,” according to a press release.

The Nov. 7 complaint was filed against 3M, Buckeye Fire Equipment, Chemguard, Inc., Tyco Fire Products L.P. and National Foam, Inc, companies that produced and sold aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), a firefighting product containing the chemicals PFOA and PFOS. Although these chemicals are present in everyday products such as non-stick pans, the lawsuit singles out AFFF because Davis-Monthan Air Force Base has used the product for decades.

That activity is believed to have contaminated three wells just north of the base, and seven in Marana’s residential areas. Officials have shut down these wells to treat existing water systems or establish new ones.

“The way they were disposing of it they were hosing it into the soil and dumping it into the sewer system,” said City of Tucson Councilmember Steve Kozachik. “It doesn’t take a genius to figure out the connection there if they are dumping into the sewer system there and we have a sewer treatment plant in Marana.”

The marketable qualities of PFOA and PFOS are also what make it hazardous; these chemicals are resistant not only to heat, water and stains but also to normal environmental degradation, which means they can accumulate in the soil, plants and air overtime to levels dangerous to humans and wildlife.

The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) stated the chemicals are a “confirmed animal carcinogen with unknown relevance to humans.” In addition, the EPA found there is “suggestive evidence” that PFOA and PFOS are cancerous to human bodies and can cause a variety of health complications.

There is currently no federal regulation on the amount of these chemicals in drinking water, but the EPA recommends the chemical levels should not exceed 70 parts per trillion.
When sampled in March, two of the three Tucson wells showed elevated PFOA and PFOS levels of 97 and 2,950 parts per trillion. Marana received sample results in January ranging from 68 to 101 parts per trillion.


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Ballot Counting Continues: If You Get a Call From Pima County, Don't Ignore It

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 12:45 PM

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The Pima County Recorder's Office will begin calling anyone whose early ballot signature is missing or unreadable, starting on Friday afternoon.

A total of 418,000 ballots in Pima County were mailed in, with an additional 7,800 votes cast at early voting sites across the county, according to the Recorder's Office.

The Recorder's Office has verified 311,644 of those ballots, though an estimated 18,300 ballots require verification by phone because signatures on the ballot envelope did not match the signature on file at the county.

The Recorder's Office will call anyone whose signature is required, starting at 5 p.m. today. (So, if you get a call from an unknown number in the 520 area code, don't ignore it.)

Voters will have until 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, to contact the Recorder's Office at 520-724-4330, should they miss the office's phone call.

Anyone who wants to reach out to the Recorder's Office should ask for the "Problem Ballot Team," and can check their ballot status by going to www.recorder.pima.gov.

The latest polling results from the Arizona Secretary of State's Office show that Democratic candidate Krysten Sinema leads Republican Martha McSally, 49.09 percent to 48.61 percent, with a 9,163 vote difference between the two.

You can check out the updated polls here to see who will be the next United States senator to call the Grand Canyon State home. 

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

MORE UPDATED NUMBERS: Sinema Now Leading McSally By 9,610 Votes in AZ Senate Race; Guess What Other Dem Might Win Statewide Office?

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 5:19 PM

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Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has taken a 2,106- 8,859- 9,610-vote lead over Republican Martha McSally in the U.S. Senate race after more ballots were tallied today. This one is remains in overtime.
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Meanwhile, Democrat Kathy Hoffman has taken a 20,348-vote lead over Republican Frank Riggs, which could make the rookie candidate and former public school speech pathologist the first Democrat to win a statewide state office in a decade.

Garrett Archer, aka Data Guru, crunches what he knows about where the ballots still are (note: Pima has since reported some of its ballots, leading to Sinema's 7K jump between counts tonight):

Unfortunately, we won't be getting much more out of Archer tonight as he has his priorities right:

Pinal County, where McSally should pick up votes, says it has roughly 25K early ballots and 6800 provisional ballots to process:

Barrett Marson, who worked the anti-Sinema Defend Arizona campaign, predicts McSally will make up some of her lost ground:

Sluts of Tucson Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 5:01 PM

The SlutWalk is a worldwide protest march that is all about reclaiming the word slut, combating rape culture and taking solidarity with survivors of sexual assault. Tucson's 2018 chapter of the walk hit the sidewalks of Downtown Tucson on the evening Nov. 5th.

According to The Guardian, The movement started in 2011 in Toronto, in response to a cop, Michael Sanguinetti, said: "I've been told I'm not supposed to say this – however, women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized."

This year's walk was organized by the UA's Women & Gender Resource Center (WGRC) and Feminists Organized to Resist, Create and Empower (FORCE). The march began from UA's Old Main and ended with a closing ceremony at the Rialto.

"We thought it was especially important this year with the #Metoo movement. Throughout every single march we have been tried to create a safe place and a place to speak out," said Lilly Cain, who helped organize the march. "We want it to be seen and known that we should be able to be safe in these streets, no matter how we dress. It shouldn't matter what time of day or night it is. We should not have to be surrounded by a crowd to feel safe in our own space, in our own bodies."

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