Tuesday, September 25, 2018

LD-2 Candidates Debate on Education, Poverty, Environment and the Wall

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 4:14 PM

Candidates running for office in Legislative District Two laid out their plans for Arizona during last night’s Clean Elections debate at Sahuarita High School.

Senate candidate Andrea Dalessandro (D) and House candidates Anthony Sizer (R) and Rosanna Gabaldón (D) are Clean Elections candidates, so they were required to participate in this debate in order to receive campaign funding from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.

Joining them were House candidates Daniel Hernandez (D) and John Christopher Ackerley (R) and Senate candidate Shelley Kais (R), who are running traditionally-funded campaigns.

Unlike other races, these candidates are not new to the world of politics. Four out of the six have previously served in elected office on the state level.

The debate started off strong with the ever-present controversy over how Arizona’s government should tackle education funding. Republicans and Democrats responded with pro-education philosophies and expressed frustration with how this fight has been playing out.

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Stop Saying "Playing Politics" Like It Means Something

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 3:15 PM

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"The Democrats are playing politics." "The Republicans are playing politics." "Mitch McConnell is playing politics." "Chuck Schumer is playing politics."

And your point is?

Of course they're playing politics. It's what politicians do. Politician: practitioner of politics. It's in the name. It's in the job description. Politicians pick their causes, they pick their moments, they plot, they strategize, they use tricks of the trade to get what they want. Meanwhile, politicians on the other side of the aisle do the same. Politicians who don't play politics either aren't very good at their jobs or they're back benchers who sit quietly, vote aye or nay, then sit quietly again.

Politicians who accuse other politicians of "playing politics" are playing politics.

It's the word "play" that makes "playing politics" sound like it's something politicians shouldn't do, like they're playing games with something that should be taken seriously. If you say "practicing politics," or "strategizing," it doesn't sound nearly as petty. It's like when people talk about "throwing money at education." The word "throwing" makes funding education sound like it's foolish and wasteful.

Politicians should be called out when they practice dirty politics. Lying. Cheating. Ducking legitimate questions. Selling their souls and their votes to special interests. Call the political sins by their names. Saying politicians are "playing politics" is accusing them of plying their trade. 

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Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus Holding Auditions

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 3:05 PM

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  • Bruce Chamberlain rehearsing with the chorus before Beethoven's 9th

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, directed by Bruce Chamberlain, will hold auditions for new chorus members Monday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Symphony Center, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. All performances are with the TSO.

Now in its fifteenth season, the TSO Chorus will be featured on the annual holiday performances of Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Dr. Chamberlain. They will also be featured on Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, conducted by Michael Stern, to close the Classic Series. The TSO Chorus closed last season with two sold-out performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

In a recent season, the Green Valley News and Sun called their performance of Poulenc’s Gloria, “the epitome of phrasing, intonation and balance,” and added, “The four months Professor Chamberlain spent preparing the chorus rewarded the audience in many ways.”

Founding director of the TSO Chorus, Chamberlain has appeared with the symphony orchestras of St. Petersburg, Russia, San Antonio, Jackson, Tennessee, Imperial Symphony Orchestra in Florid), Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic, Czech Virtuosi Orchestra in Brno, Budapest Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, New England Symphonic Ensemble, Festival Orchestra of Iowa, New York City Chamber Orchestra and the SoliAll Philharmonic and Ryul Chamber Orchestra in Seoul, Korea. Chamberlain is a summa cum laude graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with bachelor’s, master’s and doctor of music degrees.

Singers should have basic musicianship and be able to adapt to various repertoire. They should prepare two choral excerpts downloaded from the website and a solo piece from the art song or oratorio repertoire. The two choral excerpts, which are to be prepared before coming to the audition, can be downloaded at tucsonsymphony.org/about-tso/orchestra/tso-chorus. An accompanist will be provided. Rehearsals are scheduled for the Symphony Center on Monday evenings throughout the season, beginning Oct. 8.

In addition to the opportunity to make high-level music with Tucson’s best choral and orchestral musicians, benefits of singing in the TSO Chorus include complimentary tickets to select Classics and TSO SuperPops! concerts. Chorus members also receive free parking when they are performing.

For more information and to schedule an audition email auditions@tucsonsymphony.org.

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Musician Highlight: The Sun is Out by Dave and Kara

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 1:52 PM

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Music artists Dave and Kara have released their debut album entitled The Sun is Out. This music duo crosses genres such as alt-country, contemporary folk and indie-rock.
Dave and Kara Stricker are a couple splitting their time between Portland, Oregon and Tucson. Their songs are inspired by the intimacy and playfulness of the Dave and Kara’s relationship.

Dave, an inductee of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, has a long history of musical performance with the Dave Sticker Band, the artists behind The Westin Song.

Kara found her voice jamming with Dave for the first time on their honeymoon.
With Kara’s pure tone and wide range, and Dave’s skill with multiple instruments and production, the couple is a match made in heaven.
For more information visit daveandkaramusic.com or check them out on instagram at @daveandkaramusic.

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Pac-12 Power Rankings: Stanford Stands Atop the Conference of Champions

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 12:30 PM

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Welcome to the sixth week of the college football season, where we finally have a full-slate of conference games.

We're going to be treated to several must-see games this Saturday, including Arizona-USC, Oregon-Cal and Washington-BYU (in the lone non-conference clash).

We've learned a lot about the Pac-12's dozen programs this season, especially given the clash in Eugene between Stanford and the Oregon Ducks (which was an instant classic).

Saturday's Washington State-Utah battle has the potential to be an underrated contest, given how well each squad has played so far.

No matter which contest you tune into, you'll likely be treated to a hell of a lot of scoring and a dizzying display of Capital-F Football.

Without further ado, here's how I see the Conference of Champions stacking up from top-to-bottom right now:

1. Stanford Cardinal (4-0, 2-0)

Last Week: Defeated Oregon, 38-31

The Cardinal won what might be the game of the year in the Conference of Champions last Saturday, storming back from a 24-7 deficit in the game's third quarter to defeat Oregon in Eugene. The craziest play of an absolutely crazy contest was the score that ignited Stanford's comeback. The play I'm referring to was the 80-yard fumble return touchdown by Cardinal defender Joey Alfieri, which brought the Cardinal within 10 points of the Ducks, 24-14, with 2:43 left in the third quarter. That score only happened because of a questionable review of an Oregon score the play before, which overturned said touchdown, giving the Cardinal a second chance. Lucky or not, the Cardinal dominated from there, scoring a touchdown and a field goal in the game's final stanza to draw even at 31 at the end of regulation. Stanford pounced in the game's lone overtime session, with quarterback K.J. Costello connecting with sophomore tight end Colby Parkinson for what would be the winning score. The Cardinal's defense closed out the night on the next drive, intercepting Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert in the end zone to close out a seven-point victory. The Cardinal's quest to make the College Football Playoff doesn't get any easier this week, however, as they head to South Bend on Saturday to face fellow unbeaten Notre Dame at 4:30 p.m. Arizona time.

2. Oregon Ducks (3-1, 0-1)

Last Week: Lost to Stanford, 38-31

I refuse to knock a team down for losing a hell of a game to the number-one team in the conference. The Ducks may have blown a 17-point second half lead to the Cardinal in Eugene, but they played a helluva ballgame against a great team. Junior quarterback Justin Herbert deserves to be a favorite in the Heisman Trophy race, after completing 26/33 passes for 346 yards and a touchdown, while earning 35 yards on the ground. Oregon showed itself a bona fide contender to make a New Years Six bowl game this year, which speaks to the talent of first-year coach Mario Cristobal and his staff. The Ducks' quest doesn't get any easier this week, however, with a daunting road game against a talent Cal team in Berkeley at 7:30 p.m., against a Bears team hungry to spring the upset.

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New Trump Plan Would Restrict Green Cards for Immigrants Who Use Public Funds

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 11:45 AM

New citizens attend a swearing-in ceremony in February 2017. - JOHANNA HUCKEBA, CRONKITE NEWS
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  • New citizens attend a swearing-in ceremony in February 2017.

Millions of immigrant families who use public federal assistance could find it harder to obtain permanent residence status under new rules being proposed by the Trump administration.

On Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security proposed to limit access to green cards for immigrants who use or qualify for public assistance. According to DHS, these changes would be a way to ensure legal immigrants can financially support themselves when they enter the U.S.

“This proposed rule will implement a law passed by Congress to promote immigrant self-sufficiency and protect finite resources by ensuring that they are not likely to become burdens on American taxpayers,” DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said.

The proposed new policy targets foreigners who use public benefits – also known as “public charges” – who may be processing their permanent residency. “Public charge” is a term used by the Trump administration to identify anyone who uses public benefits, including nutritional support commonly called food stamps, Medicaid and public housing.

This proposal is aimed at those who are in the process of applying for their green card, not those who already possess one.

Any person who received benefits of more than 15 percent of federal poverty guidelines for a one-person household during 12 consecutive months would be classified as “public charge.” In 2016, that amount equaled $1,821.

Abril Gallardo Cervera works closely with families who receive assistance through LUCHA, a pro-immigrant advocacy group in Phoenix. Despite the potential changes, Cervera said it’s important for those families to continue applying for residency, even if they are using public benefits and to consult an immigration attorney in case of doubts.

“They want people to be scared and not continue with that process,” she said.

According to a June study by the Migration Policy Institute, a Washington think tank, roughly 27 million people with at least one family member who receives public support from the government could be impacted by these new proposals. The report also says it can cause a chilling effect and defer immigrants from applying for green cards due to the risk of deportation or disqualification.

However, Phoenix immigration lawyer Rafael Tirado advises those seeking public benefits to refrain from applying, given the proposal released Saturday, until further notice.

“They are basically increasing the definition of public charge and those who are going to be most affected are those immigrant families who live under the poverty guidelines,” Tirado said.

As it stands, there will be a period of 60 days where the public has the opportunity to comment on the proposal. This leaves at least two months of uncertainty for an applicant regarding the safety of requesting assistance.

“Consult a lawyer to see if that’s good for you,” Tirado said about inquiries immigrants might have about the use of public benefits.

“This is a larger conversation about the immigrant community being attacked by this administration directly,” Cervera added. “We’re talking to people at their door’s about why it’s important to continue their processes.”

The administration is expected to formally publish the draft rule Monday in the federal register. That will open a 60 day period for public comment, which the administration will review and revise. The final version would come out in a matter of months and will go into effect 60 days after it’s published.

According to Cervera, these new rules put immigrant families at odds between choosing services they need or a pathway for legal residency and ultimately citizenship.

“They’re giving them an option to get something they need to survive and choosing a process that they need, also, to survive.”

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Ducey, Garcia Clash Over Education, Border Security in First Televised Debate

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 10:32 AM

From left to right: Democrat David Garcia, debate moderator Ted Simons of Arizona PBS, Green Party candidate Angel Torres and incumbent Republican Doug Ducey. - LAUREN INTRIERI/CRONKITE NEWS
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  • From left to right: Democrat David Garcia, debate moderator Ted Simons of Arizona PBS, Green Party candidate Angel Torres and incumbent Republican Doug Ducey.

Incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey and Democratic rival David Garcia clashed Monday night over education and border security during a live, televised debate on Arizona PBS.

The debate, sponsored by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission and moderated by “Horizon” host Ted Simons, featured frequent back and forth and the two candidates talking over one another. Green Party candidate Angel Torres also was part of the debate but often was overshadowed by the main-party candidates.

Garcia opened by saying Arizona’s education system is in crisis. The Arizona State University educator brought up the Red for Ed movement, blaming Ducey for the walkout of thousands of teachers last spring, highlighted by a large protest at the state Capitol in April. Garcia noted Arizona ranks near the last among states in education and said teachers still are not receiving what they demand.

“The key area that we need to develop is education, specifically,” Garcia said. “A change in education is Arizona’s number one issue. It is my strength, it is Ducey’s weakness, and it’s going to be the difference.”

Ducey was quick to respond, speaking before Simons finished his question.

“I will be held accountable for the last three plus years for Arizona education, not for the past 20 years,” Ducey said.

Following the six-day #RedForEd walkout, Ducey announced he would provide a 20 percent teacher pay increase by 2020 and $371 million in additional funding over the next five years.

Ducey mentioned his 20 by 20 plan but agreed there’s more to do. Ducey said Arizona teachers are already receiving a portion of the promised 20 percent.

Across the state, however, the pay raises have varied greatly by school district, according to azcentral.com.

Torres said K-12 teachers and staff members need raises and improved infrastructure and technology.

Ducey criticized Garcia, saying the Democrat didn’t want to talk about his plan to fund education, which he said would double income taxes.

In response, Garcia said that was his plan but it’s no longer on the ballot; the Invest in Education initiative was removed by the Arizona Supreme Court. Garcia said he intends to present a new plan to the Legislature. He accused Ducey of being a follower, not a leader.

Ducey responded by asking viewers to go to FactcheckGarcia.com because Garcia “is deceiving.”

Immigration and border control were other hot topics.

Garcia said we need an immigration system that works, one that includes border security, lawful entry for those eligible to enter the United States and provides a place of refuge. He also said Arizona highways need to be patrolled 24/7.

Ducey responded by saying that Garcia’s team has attacked efforts to control the border, and that the Democrat wants to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He also touted the Arizona Border Strike Force, which he said is keeping drugs out of Arizona.

Garcia said he wants ICE to be reformed.

Torres said it’s important that Mexican and Central American economies are strengthened and free of poverty to prevent illegal immigrants from entering Arizona.

In their finishing statements, Ducey and Garcia once again brought up education. Ducey said he hoped viewers could see the dramatic differences between him and his opponent. Garcia concluded saying there would never be another governor more devoted to public schools.

Ducey, Garcia and Torres will debate again Tuesday night in Tucson. The general election is Nov. 6.

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Mutton Busting and Cotton Candy Galore

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 9:55 AM

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Marana Heritage River Park is hosting the Marana Farm Festival on Sept. 29, 2018 from 4-9 p.m.

Admission is free and there are plenty of attractions to keep you and your family occupied all night long. From live music to the rodeo, it will be sure to be a night of fun and games (literally).

There will be carnival games and your typical carnival food. The best place to give your kids a sugar overload is at the carnival because by the time they're finally off of their sugar high, you'll be heading home while they're passed out in the back seat.

Disclaimer: Marana Film Festival is not responsible for all of the cotton candy and funnel cakes your children consume.

Beer will also be sold to the parents, get it while supplies last, we know many of you will be lining up for that booth.

Even better, you could go home with a dog! Talk about quite the carnival prize. Marana Animal Services and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona will be attending the carnival for on-site adoptions. If you're not looking to adopt a dog but want to get your kids their animal fix, there will also be a petting zoo.

The Rodeo is calling all future cowboys and cowgirls: they're providing three different activities to keep the energy up including Mutton Busting, Rodeo Demonstrations and activities for the children. If your son or daughter isn't in the next generation of bull riders, there will also be a pumpkin race all night long for $10.

As it is finally cooling down, this is the perfect event to get you and your family in the Fall spirit! For more information Click Here.

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