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Re: “Four on the Floor

Hi all, this is Tirion with the Tucson Weekly. The voting record is available to the public at the Pima County Recorder's Office. We reviewed the voting history of the other candidates in the race and they had solid voting records, so there was no reason to highlight them. Thanks!

Posted by Tirion Rose on 08/17/2018 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Four on the Floor

I find the voting history very relevant and thank you for including it. Laddderflappy, some might also wonder why it's pertinent to include reference to one candidate's famous parent. I actually find it interesting and enlightening, however, to know that said candidate has Cherokee roots and has worked on a reservation. Whomever you support, I'm glad you take advantage of the right to vote for your candidate of choice.

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Posted by Julie M on 08/16/2018 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Four on the Floor


who decided that including a candidate's (Domingo Degrazia) past voting history is relevant?
Why include voting information from 25 years ago in an article about Mr. Degrazia's current political positions or suitability to represent constituents.

I thought when or how many times someone votes to be confidential data.
Where did you get such information and does the public have access to it?

Why not include the same voting history of the other 3 candidates?

Otherwise, I liked the article, may you continue to improve your writing and journalistic chops

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Posted by laddderflappy on 08/16/2018 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Problematic Partnership

Well, actually, it turns out that the Supes were playing to the audience and have been spending that Stonegarden money for months. The story was broken by the Weakly editor's favorite news source, the Arizona Daily Independent:…

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Posted by AVL on 08/16/2018 at 6:26 AM

Re: “Problematic Partnership

Like most things with any level of government -- federal, state, county and city -- it is all about the money.

Politicians will do and say what ever is necessary to keep the revenue streams flowing, no matter the human cost. They will twist themselves into knots and jump through hoops to keep the cash coming in and justify their actions by claiming they are doing it for safety, security, public welfare, to save lives and on, and on, and on. Yet the problems never get solved and the only solutions they can come up with require more and more money.

Right now, there are a lot of politicians who are not sure what is going to happen in Washington but based on recent actions they do not want to end up on the wrong side, especially if it means losing out on "free" money from the federal government.

All we can do is pay attention to actions over words and follow the money to see where and to whom the politicians owe their loyalties.

On a side note, when the government names an operation or program they like to be clever and coy, often hiding the real purpose of an operation or program in the name, such as "Operation Fast and Furious", which in hindsight should have been more careful and cautious. I can not help thinking that the "Operation Stonegarden Program" is more about burying all immigration than managing it.

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Posted by sgsmith on 08/16/2018 at 2:33 AM

Re: “Forced Submission

So Madonna and other public figures can talk about bombing the White House, and killing the president....crickets chirruping in the background, yet one of the little people curses one of the sacred federal buildings and employees and goes to prison.

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Posted by chronicrelavism on 08/13/2018 at 11:37 PM

Re: “Stealth Campaign

Oops! Guy Keenan 1, did you forget that Taylor is supposed to be a"Typical Republican?" You forgot to maintain the facade. :)

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Posted by Richard Price on 08/13/2018 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Stealth Campaign

Maybe instead of going to the Pima County Republican Party's webpage which is notoriously irrelevant and unmaintained, or the opponent, for information on a candidate, you should do some research such as go to the candidates webpage. Why, here it is now:
You would see that he does indeed have an applicable college degree as well as other jurisprudence training even at the age of twenty-one. You would find a photo that clearly does not portray his father, as well as, an absolutely clear statement that he is Keith Bee II (not his dad.)

As for Mr. Taylor and his new found zeal for being a Republican, here is my response (and no, I am not a relative):
Anymore, our court systems are Of the lawyers, by the lawyers and for the lawyers! Most of the judges in the court system are appointed by lawyers and reviewed by lawyers.

The Justice of the Peace office is different. It is the common persons opportunity to choose their own people of character to sit in judgement over them to decide what is right or wrong and what is fair. That is why the requirements do not include expensive schooling or long court careers. It is more about character than credentials to us little people. Yes, vote for a young man who has spent his twenty-one years growing up in a hardworking family under the teaching of his father who has been an outstanding Justice of the Peace. Why is that a bad thing to a criminal defense attorney?

Stand up for real people instead of high priced attorneys. Read Douglass own description of what he has been doing, taken from the webpage listed here:
I focus and specialize in representing clients in primarily misdemeanor and felony DUIs, felony and misdemeanor Domestic Violence cases, drug cases, theft, shoplifting, burglary, and robbery, assault and aggravated assault, criminal driving on suspended license, minor in possession of alcohol, white collar crimes, fraud, fraudulent schemes and artifices, disorderly conduct, prohibited possessor and other gun offenses, dangerous crimes against children (DCAC) cases (e.g., child abuse, child neglect, sexual misconduct, etc.), homicide (1st and 2nd degree murder, negligent homicide), kidnapping, sex offenses, prostitution, trespass, criminal damage, arson, theft of means of transportation (auto theft), forgery, credit card fraud, false statements, false reporting and perjury, organized crime and terrorism, computer tampering, money laundering, postal offenses, alien smuggling, illegal re-entry, drug smuggling, bribery, interference with judicial proceedings (violations of protective orders and injunctions), witness tampering, animal offenses (animal cruelty, animal neglect, no food/water cases, etc.), harassment and stalking, explosives and illegal weapons, concealed carry cases, gambling, excessive medical marijuana growth, sale, transfer, possession and sales of marijuana, meth, heroin, other narcotics, cocaine, drug paraphernalia cases, obscenity, contributing to dependency/delinquency of a minor, to name just a handful of the types of cases that I am competent, skilled and experienced at handling.

Now ask yourself, if this is what he has been doing and making a lot of money at, why is he wanting to take a big drop in pay to take on a job that doesn't even require his law degree from a Washington state college? I have had enough of Doug Taylor's campaign of insults and diminutive terminology. If Mr. Taylor has character to run on for a judge position, then let's see some of it instead of constantly demeaning someone that he doesn't think of as being as important as a human being as himself. Run on your own merit Mr. Taylor instead of playing the bully.

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Posted by Richard Price on 08/13/2018 at 11:00 PM

Re: “Three to Nine

Thanks to the Dems for giving us such good candidates this year.

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Posted by John Warnock on 08/09/2018 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Negative Zone

Good to know the truth of those ads which are coming from both sides.

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Posted by AzPerson on 08/07/2018 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Three to Nine

Dr. Friese is a great asset to the community and I believe hell work well with anybody - Pam or JP or even a Republican if needed. Evidence based decisions are important, but where is the evidence that Ms. Powers Hannley is able to work well with others and pass legislation? We need to move forward, not backwards. And if this team isnt effectively passing the legislation that we need, then maybe its time to change teammates.

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Posted by Crepeau on 08/04/2018 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Three to Nine

Pam's heart is in the right place but her approach to solving problems is toxic!!!!

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Posted by HUNNIBUTT on 08/03/2018 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Three to Nine

Powers Hannley and Friese are medical professionals; their decisions always have been evidence based. Ask them about the proposed eye movement software that was defeated last year in the House. A majority planned to vote for it with no data until Powers Hannley reviewed the studies and found no evidence for this application of the software.

I'd like to hear more about Martin's applied experience, such as his software company. What was his role in the company; where was the software developed; how many employees did the company retain?

Full disclosure - I'm a voter in LD3, not LD9.

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Posted by zarooni on 08/02/2018 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Preservation Pact

The neighborhoods opposition to the developers plan precipitated Steve's involvement. Without it, the neighborhood would've ended up with zero public access and student housing because of their null approach. His 'opposition' was carefully crafted but at the end of the day he was working on behalf of everyone involved and saved the neighborhood from itself and it seems like the city will get a nice and dense infill project. Let's hope this is a sign of things to come and the beginning of a rebirth and economic revitalization for midtown Tucson.

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Posted by HumanBean on 08/02/2018 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Three to Nine

Also, I want to add, this is a very well written piece. Thank you Danyelle!

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Posted by HumanBean on 08/02/2018 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Three to Nine

I am super impressed by Mr. Martin's pragmatic and sensible approach to governance. He seems moderate and his opinions are evidence based, rather than emotional and progressive for the sake of being progressive. It's the kind of leadership from an elected official we need!

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Posted by HumanBean on 08/02/2018 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Preservation Pact

This seems like a reasonable compromise.
Many thanks to Steve's tenacious ability to negotiate.

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Posted by ronko on 08/02/2018 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Three to Nine

LD 9 could never be better served than by the current team. Dr. Friese is a gift to the community and he works well with Pamela. Why change something that has a great history of results? They MUST be re-elected by a huge margin.

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Posted by LOLASMOM1 on 08/02/2018 at 6:13 AM

Re: “Lefty Appeal

There's lots of money on that stage and poverty is still an ongoing issue, dr king stated that poverty is a crime in the 21st century. Many voters will never have the funds to get a campaign going and its nearly impossible for a poor person, an orphan or a foster child to hold office or lead a political office that raised them. This says alot where the Arizona corporation commission fights alternative energy and minimum wage efforts. The governors office profits off of mines, old energy ,military industrial investments , and for profit prisons while privatizing education for profit. 85% of the state legislature is in bed with special interests. Were not even getting into Monsanto or the increasing lack of clean water. If money is speech the money less are silent in a free country. prisons have walls not countries ones that did eroded from existing on the world stage. The Judicial Branch believes its above the law and free of public spotlight. Potter4Az I am not on a ballot. I support the us Constitution, i believe the the power of the people. Find me in a courthouse.

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Posted by Anthony Potter on 07/30/2018 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Lefty Appeal

HumanBean: "The US is a net exporter of copper, new and recycled"

- You might consider a bit of research:…

"Imports of Copper in the United States increased to 484.70 USD Million in January 2017 from 387.22 USD Million in December of 2016"

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Posted by CochiseCitizen on 07/28/2018 at 6:47 AM

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