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Re: “The Skinny

In all truthfulness if you searched your heart of hearts can you actually say that the Republicans in congress have ever done anything for "the people". On the other had the Democrats (LIBERALS) (Progressives)fought to stop child labor, helped to establish the hours of the work day and the work week, demanded a minimum wage, started Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as well as many more benefits to the population of this country. Everything I have mentioned has become targets for the Republicans to try to eliminate when they are elected to public office. Republicans run on a ticket of hate , destroy, and fake promises that never materialize. They are too insensitive to the needs of the citizen, too cheap to help the common man , and too intent on being re-elected to do anything constructive. The current administration in Washington is the epitome of the best that the Republicans will ever offer. Once they have dismantled our Affordable Health Care Act, weakened Medicare and Medicaid to the point of collapse, given their revered 2% of the population the MILLIONS and BILLIONS that they rightfully deserve, then you will see them go after Social Security. They chose their leader well because he is as similar to Satan as you will ever find in another human here on earth and his compassion for other beings other than his progeny could be measured with a nano-meter. For all of you dim-witted nit-wits who continue to vote for the Republican scourge you can thank yourself when the minimum wage is what you will work for, health care is whatever you can afford to pay , retirement is when you fall over dead at your work station regardless of your age, and "the pursuit of happiness" has been removed from the Constitution.

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Posted by Beneal Good on 10/22/2017 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Think of the Children

The zoo tax is corporate welfare. It boggles my mind how one could think its a progressive change. This publication has endorsed three sales tax increases this year. When will they say enough is enough?

Posted by Palisades on 10/21/2017 at 7:57 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Dearest Commenters, this is what redistricting does. We need two representatives for two different sets of voters (rural and urban), not one split in half. It's time to be fair to voters, instead of to the parties responsible for this.

Posted by christopher.francis.az on 10/21/2017 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Ousting Opioids

I know Ray from when I worked for the County. Phony as a 3 dollar bill.

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Posted by CW13 on 10/21/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “The Ward 6 Pack

Who is paying for those signs? I don't see the required paid for by on his signs like others have.

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Posted by davidb on 10/20/2017 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Ousting Opioids

We don't have to worry about the opioid epidemic in Pima County. Ray Carroll mailed me a letter saying that said he has committed his life to ending that problem. Then he took an appointed position, by Huckleberry Hound, as Justice of the Peace in Green Valley. Commitment over?

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/20/2017 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Board of Supes Set To Discuss Christy Proposal for Countywide Sales Tax for Roads

Steve, why did you vote against chickens?

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 10/20/2017 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Guest Opinion

Is this the worst thing that could be dug about about what kids are being taught? More of this in business, please. "[He] understands that, ultimately, successful businesses in a free economy are virtuous at their coremeeting people's needs and doing so through ethical and mutually beneficial practices. In the end, [he] says, businesses that lack either virtuous purpose or ethical practices won'tand shouldn'tsucceed."

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

Re: “Ousting Opioids

That is the same structure of profits marketing. With removal of community responsibility by removing medical mandates. Building pill mills with some state standards different from others ? Quazi community front people that are dependent on monies from the market and restricted access. HMM sound like prop 205?

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 10/20/2017 at 7:30 AM

Re: “Libraries Trump Hate

Pima County is funding the Pima County Public Library system to the tune of $29,000,000 a year which is very generous of the property tax owners of Pima County. The city of Tucson contributes not a dime to the running of the county libraries and the State Library federal funding function is just a fraction of money spent on public libraries in this country. Funding is not the problem here folks and I should know I worked for the Tucson Public Library - Pima County Public Library system for 25 years and this is not an argument ever used by the library when run by the City!

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Posted by Speaking Truth to Power on 10/20/2017 at 12:14 AM

Re: “Think of the Children

Why not use the underutilized and overfunded TUSD Pre-Ks that were established under HT? The former disgraced Director fled to Patagonia to get out of a no-win position. We're already paying for these schools in our property taxes. Curious that no one from TUSD has weighed in on this prop....

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Posted by Disgusted TUSD Taxpayer on 10/19/2017 at 6:27 PM

Re: “The Skinny

McSally or Kirkpatrick? Would you like a shit sandwich or a shit sandwich with extra mayo? Decisions...

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Posted by Kash Minbar on 10/19/2017 at 6:09 PM

Re: “The Ward 6 Pack

"Cease's Green New Deal starts with a realignment of budget priorities, to move money away from corporation incentives..." An anti-corporate welfare candidate, imagine that. Here's hoping the #DemExit vote turns out for him. Good luck, Mike.

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Posted by Kash Minbar on 10/19/2017 at 5:21 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Political races are so much easier now.

Used to, we had to pay attention to the candidates and the party platforms and a myriad of other factors in making our decisions.

Now, it is all boiled down to who can raise the most money, which is appropriate since nothing -- absolutely nothing -- matters anymore, not the candidates, not the issues, not ethics, not the future, just the money.

Too bad there is not the same level of outrage over what our so-called representative government has become as there is about the latest news out of Hollywood; After all, they both concern someone with wealth and power f-ing over anyone they want with impunity.

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Posted by sgsmith on 10/19/2017 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Think of the Children

Anytime props come out with kids in the heading it means more money.the sad part is the money raised never goes where it was intended. Look at the tobacco tax,to date so much money has been collected and where has it gone? Whoever came up with this isn't looking at children only seeing dollar signs. Pima county don't pass any of these propositions. Vote no on props,please!

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Posted by ahampton on 10/19/2017 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Think of the Children

God knows I want educated kids but I agree on the props, too much to saddle the poor and middle class families with when they are struggling with minimum wage and poor pension or low social security checks. All told, with the Pima County tax, they are asking for 2 percent more on the dollar and this appears to be a private operation which is a horror, and only effective inside the city limits. As far as I'm concerned this is another Ducey selling state trust lands to bring wealth to the schools fairy tale. Those living in Pima County will pay all of the increase plus an increase in property taxes AGAIN, while Ducey gives our money to the Kochs for their program at the UofA. If the state doesn't step up and stop starving the counties, another way will have to be found to force them to cough up the fair share for the rest of the state.

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Posted by soundcloud on 10/19/2017 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Police Dispatch

Could you imagine a woman being ejected for erect nipples! The feminists would be flipping out.

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Posted by bslap on 10/19/2017 at 2:00 PM

Re: “The Skinny

McSally's main vulnerability is that she is an open borders Republican. Otherwise, Ann is a good campaigner but will be considered an outsider. As for the rest, none of the liberals above have much of a chance in that district with the same old "free stuff" campaign.

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Posted by bslap on 10/19/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Next time someone asks you what President Trumps accomplished let them watch this.
https://www.facebook.com/USViralNews.Online/videos/403820736682509/

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/watch-90s-donald-trump-vs-90s-bill-clinton-on-north-korea?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=080917crcontentemail&utm_campaign=newslettertraffic
Obama did the same thing with Iran & created A MONSTER http://www.nationalreview.com/article/423845/how-obama-swindled-americans-iran-charles-krauthammer




Subject: FW: Vaughn & benghazi DNC question Trumps sincereity????? http://thepoliticalinsider.com/gold-star-mother-obama/?utm_content=fc200ec5ddc4ce83a6473c7b9fa19141&source=CI&utm_campaign=TPI_Morning_Newsletter_10_19_2017&utm_source=TPI-Newsletter-10-19-17-morning&utm_medium=email


DNC swamp desperately pushing sedition against POTUS because they dont want their pocket lining routine disrupted
http://www.bizpacreview.com/2017/10/18/gold-star-father-president-disrespecting-soldiers-widow-trumps-words-misconstrued-550256 http://www.nationalreview.com/article/423845/how-obama-swindled-americans-iran-charles-krauthammer

http://www.bizpacreview.com/2017/10/19/gold-star-dad-lights-media-blistering-rebuke-son-knew-signed-550355 http://www.bizpacreview.com/2017/10/19/gold-star-mom-reminds-media-obama-never-called-received-melania-no-words-550333
I wonder how much the DNC paid her to twist that story. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=hannity+karen+vaughn&view=detail&mid=3DD889DCC0DCCBDB335A3DD889DCC0DCCBDB335A&FORM=VIRE
I understand mourning makes you lash out inappropriately but this farce is not excusable. The President of the United States called you to offer condolences that in itself is an honor with sincerity. Most folks receive a letter hand delivered by a military person you got both. Remember what Hillary did to that Benghazi victim she told the mother she couldn't give her information because she wasn't next of kin AGAIN told the mother she wasn't next of kin can you imagine that. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/two-benghazi-parents-sue-hillary-clinton-for-wrongful-death/ar-BBvp0gR?ocid=spartandhp

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Posted by Marty on 10/19/2017 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Results-Based Funding: The Transition From Test Scores To School Grades

Response to Nathan K:

The ceiling effect you describe likely does not exist, in fact, the actual effect may be the reverse of the way you describe.

There are two systems for calculating growth in the letter grade system. The student growth percentiles which are calculated using quantile regression of batches of students with similar score histories. Quantile regression is just a fancy way of creating a distribution table of outcomes for these similar students. In a theoretical world, you would expect no correlation between student growth percentiles and academic achievement. However, that is not what you observe. There is a significant correlation, meaning, no growth ceiling, in fact, reverse growth scoring effect.

These complex technical issues have never been discussed because policymakers and, even to a degree, the statistical wizards who analyze school results have been unable to grasp the complexity of the whole picture.

There are at least 50,000 of our tested students above the 90th percentile. If as a school, you are fortunate enough to have 1,000 of them sign up for your school, how would their test scores compare at the end of the year with the other 49,000 students distributed across all of the other schools in the state?

Do you still feel entitled to an A grade even if your results were below the average of the other 50,000 students? Would you feel entitled to an A even if your results exceed just 60% of these other 50,000? What if you look and find out that the average grade of the schools where those 20,000 top ten percent students whose results exceed yours was a B?

Nathan K- if a ceiling effect exists, it exists for all 50,000 students. It doesn't. The vast majority of these students are well below the upper end of the measured spectrum, even at the most elite schools.

The second system, the progress towards standards, is based on a yardstick known as scale scores, scores just like SAT and ACT for measuring and comparing the test outcomes.

Every standard at every grade level was turned into a scale score by a mumbo-jumbo committee of really smart people. However, only God knows what principles they used. Year to year, some of the standards are 18 points apart, other years, they are 3 points apart. There is very little relationship between the average (standard?) growth of all students in a year and difference between standards across that same divide.

This has profound implications for teachers. A major part of the challenge for a teacher is defined by the scale score difference between that year's standards and the starting point for each student in their class. Some teachers have to move their typical students a Mount Everest 100 points, others can put it in cruise control - all of their students are already above the standard on the first day of school. They just need to refresh their students occasionally.

The growth measures, both the quantile regression which calculates the student growth percentile and progress towards standards give full credit to a student who is at the upper end of the spectrum for quantile regression or who just maintains if they are above the standard in the progress towards standards system.

Consider this, there are 100,000+ tested students already above the standard on the first day of school. All they have to do is to not regress to be in the money, for them, no growth is considered to be above average performance.

If you specialize in collecting these students, life is different for you.

By comparison, other teachers walk into a classroom with their typical student, in fact, every student four years below the standard. Even if they are a wonder woman and Superman, they are guaranteed to be slapped in the face by evaluation systems at the end of the year. The speed of light in education is two academic years in a school year and less than 3% of all teachers keep that pace year after year.

So, even if they achieve that spectacular two academic years in a calendar year for their average student, every student will still be below standard at the end of the year. What's worse, you can be sure that they will lose the two students who perform best in their class, have the highest gains. So the gains they do achieve will be counted on some other schools and some other teacher's scorecard.

That's why spectacular teachers migrate away from highly at-risk schools. They are smart, intelligent people and the systems victimize them. They want to be in systems that reinforce them and make them stronger over time, not tear them down.

You can see this phenomenon by carefully comparing all of the students of a school with their identical academic twins across the state. Quantile regression is supposed to do this but it fails miserably as you get to the ends of the spectrum that David talks about.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 10/19/2017 at 1:26 PM

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