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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: The Skinny

Re: “The Skinny

To call Mary Matiella an accountant for the Federal Government does her a huge disservice. If you go to her Wikipedia page you will see that the person you call a Federal Government Accountant oversaw a $4 billion annual budget for the National Forest Service as our NFS Chief Financial Officer. She then was the Assistant Secretary of the Army and retired from that position with the civilian equivalent of a 4 star general. A Tucsonan from the age of 6 weeks I think you need to give credit where credit is due.
Meet Mary and you will see she is the one we need to represent CD2

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Posted by Jane Evans on 10/17/2017 at 9:04 PM

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I do want to see McSally move back to wherever she came from, but really, is McSally Lite the best we can do?

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Posted by Cascabel on 10/13/2017 at 12:25 PM

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EMILY's list is so off base. Kirkpatrick is not running to represent 'Arizona'; she lost that race to McCain last year. She is running the represent CD2 which includes most of Tucson and other parts of Southern Arizona. She moved here to run for this seat because she thinks it is something she can win, she did not move here because she cares about Tucson or the interests of our diverse region. She is a carpetbagger coming to Tucson with Washington D.C. PAC money and outside national interests and ambitions... sounds a lot like McSally. Let's give the other candidates, including Matiella a fair shake Tucson! They deserve to be heard and considered, even if they are being ignored by the party and D.C. money.

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Posted by HumanBean on 10/12/2017 at 9:20 AM

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Making it easier for the BP hiring meant dropping the lie detector test, if I recall correctly... letting those who couldn't pass some psych checks get in easier... much needed since we had already started scraping the bottom of the barrel under Clinton. The article could well have started off with the last two paragraphs... recapping some of the batshit laws she tried to get passed...

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Posted by Cascabel on 10/07/2017 at 6:02 PM

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I was struck by the comment that she performed better than expected during her first term. Were their expectations low because she was a woman? But better than whomever? Not currently impressed by her general performance over all in the interests of the non-military middle class community in her district. What exactly has she done to make our lives better?

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Posted by gcb1 on 10/05/2017 at 5:03 PM

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When it comes to doing awful things to her constituents, Martha is A number 1.

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Posted by Tweek on 10/05/2017 at 4:34 PM

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Thank you Martha. Job well done.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/05/2017 at 12:03 PM

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" One loosened hiring requirements for veterans who wanted to work for the Border Patrol, while another allowed WWII-era servicewomen to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery." Wowee! And consequently the quality-of-life of McSally's constituents has improved immeasurably. Let's hear it from the family's of the WWII-era sevicewomen [great grandmothers] that live in McSally's district. I'm a veteran and only 82, maybe I should consider applying for a job with the Border Patrol. And we pay her salary?

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Posted by DennyG on 10/05/2017 at 8:27 AM

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Imma maroon!

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Posted by CW13KnowNothing on 10/02/2017 at 8:59 AM

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Sounds just like Obama.

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Posted by CW13 on 09/22/2017 at 9:14 PM

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"Does John McCain still have it in him to drive the final stake through the undead heart of this vampiric legislation?"

What do you know? It appears that he does.

With reference to who knows what is in which law or which bill, it is clear that not only does our loser POTUS not have any idea (a) what is in Graham-Cassidy or any of the other so-called "repeal and replace" bills or (b) what is in the Affordable Care Act, he also (c) has no idea what health insurance is. Here are two descriptions he has given of his understanding of health insurance:

"So pre-existing conditions are a tough deal. Because you are basically saying from the moment the insurance, youre 21 years old, you start working and youre paying $12 a year for insurance, and by the time youre 70, you get a nice plan.

Insurance is, youre 20 years old, you just graduated from college, and you start paying $15 a month for the rest of your life and by the time youre 70, and you really need it, youre still paying the same amount and thats really insurance."

It is obvious that our loser POTUS thinks health insurance works like life insurance. It is apparent that he has never had to worry about whether the doctor he wanted to see was included in his insurance company's network. He has never had to worry about a deductible or a copay. He has absolutely no idea how ANYTHING within this general subject works.

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Posted by Jeffrey Patten on 09/22/2017 at 5:13 PM

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I received this letter from McCain dated 9-19:

Thank you for contacting me to share your views about health reform. I appreciate knowing your thoughts on this very important topic.

Since the enactment of Obamacare more than seven years ago, Americans across the country continue to see the consequences of this disastrous law. In Arizona alone, the cost of midlevel health insurance plans on Obamacares marketplace increased by 116 percent on average last year. Worse still, before Obamacare, Arizona had 24 insurance companies selling plans on the individual market. Today, there are just two companies and 14 of Arizonas 15 counties have just one insurer. That is not what President Obama promised when this bill was signed into law, and why the status quo is simply unacceptable.

As you may know, earlier this year I voted against the so-called skinny repeal amendment because it would not have accomplished what I have been promising Arizonans for seven years, and that is to repeal and replace Obamacare. While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacares most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens.

As we move forward, it is critical that Congress not make the mistakes of the past that has led to Obamacares collapse, including in my home state of Arizona where premiums are skyrocketing and health care providers are fleeing the marketplace. We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of our nations governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people. Ultimately, the final product must be based around the fundamental value of freedom, and Obamacare is not.

Thank you again for writing to me. Please feel free to contact me if you have any other comments or questions.


John McCain
United States Senator

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Posted by franklymydears on 09/21/2017 at 3:42 PM

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They have a history of "passing the bill so they can read it." Many of our elected officials are not serving American citizens. Why would that be?

At least Donald Trump is.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 09/21/2017 at 2:18 PM

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Just like Lady Botox had no idea what was in Obama Care. Just sayn'.

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Posted by CW13 on 09/21/2017 at 1:33 PM

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And Il Duchebag doesn't even know what's in the "replacement" bill:…

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 09/21/2017 at 11:40 AM

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Contrary to this papers belief it was antifa fault at this rally they incited the violence on what would have been a peaceful march, just because she does not blame the white power people does not mean she supports them. So please quit this, your either with me or against me crap out, we are not in grade school.

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Posted by PaulAZ on 09/06/2017 at 10:35 AM

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If you need to take time to assess the public's response before speaking out against Nazis and White Supremacists, then we need to find a better representative.

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Posted by Chris Wiegand on 08/24/2017 at 10:07 AM

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I agree with Steve Diamond. Her statement is appropriate for someone who is NOT in a position to actually do anything about the rise of Neo Nazi violence and a President who is supporting those groups. But McSally is in a position to do something about it. But as is her usual response, she is all talk and no action on issues of civil liberties that don't involve taxation and gun rights.

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Posted by azlover on 08/24/2017 at 9:49 AM

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Kirkpatrick's tepid and equivocal statement regarding Tucson's hateful monument to Mexican terrorist Pancho Villa disqualifies her from high office (even if her carpet bagging didn't). We need to "figure this out"? What's there to figure out? What's stopping her from unequivocally calling on the City of Tucson to remove the thing? Pancho Villa mass murdered American civilians both in Mexico and in Columbus, New Mexico. There are no sides here.

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Posted by Nathan K on 08/24/2017 at 9:45 AM

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McSally was waiting to see what the general consensus was before she committed to supporting either side of the dispute. If the white supremacists were supported by most of Arizona , McSally would have been on that side. When you are just a shill for the Republican party you don't have to be a real person with a soul who lashes out at inhumane behavior all you need to do is watch the way the wind blows and following it.

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Posted by Beneal Good on 08/24/2017 at 8:44 AM

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