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Re: “McSally Declines To Take a Stand on Zombie Trumpcare

McSally is a wimpy, spineless, lemming. She has lost touch with her constituency and we will vote her out of office!

16 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by David on 05/03/2017 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Do Arizona Republicans Want to (a) Dismantle; (b) Damage; (c) Degrade; and/or (d) Devalue Public Education?

Republican have cut public education funding over a billion dollars since 2009 so I would say they are trying to degarde public education. Spending education monies on charter schools which many are independently owned and are for profit. Also more than several elected public officals own or on the borad of directors for charter schools. Since Symington was governor Republicans have warred against public education.

23 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Barbara Espinosa on 05/03/2017 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Do Arizona Republicans Want to (a) Dismantle; (b) Damage; (c) Degrade; and/or (d) Devalue Public Education?

Ducey Math:

(Public Education - Funding) x (Teachers - Certification) = Gullible Voters

(Private Education + Funding) x (Charter Schools - Oversight) = Gullible Voters

20 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by sgsmith on 05/03/2017 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Lindy’s New Location is Open and Awaiting its Food Network Debut

Bum's Rush, Bumsteads and Bumsteer all in the same week?

Bummer.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by All Bummed Out on 05/03/2017 at 3:22 PM

Re: “McSally Declines To Take a Stand on Zombie Trumpcare

The pollsters have told McCain for 30 years, just keep doing what you're doing and they will vote you back in. I hear a few noise makers but lately the liberals just can't win an election. They are morally bankrupt. Sit back and see what happens. It may be better than you think.

4 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by A. Lopez on 05/03/2017 at 3:21 PM

Re: “McSally Declines To Take a Stand on Zombie Trumpcare

I look forward to 2018. McSally does not represent her constituency. She falls in line behind Ryan like a dutiful minion. We are district of moderates (from both parties) and independents, yet she leans toward the freedom caucus. Why? Certainly not because we mandate her to do so. The way she dodges constituents most definitely makes her a coward, not a respected and fearless USAF pilot.

22 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Dawn Redfield on 05/03/2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “McSally Declines To Take a Stand on Zombie Trumpcare

As sgsmith said above, the military saying of "no guts, no glory" is a common one. Unfortunately, COL McSally has apparently forgotten or lost a great deal of the principles of her military years. She's also forgotten that officers take care of their troops & how that applies to how she needs to apply the principle to ALL of her constituents. She doesn't want to talk to us, doesn't want to hold open forums, doesn't want anything that isn't filtered through multiple layers to make the questions "safe" for her to deal with.
Oh, she's going to be taking bows for proposing that Congressmen & women should lose their Congressional insurance......does this affect her? To some extent, but let's not forget she's also eligible for TRICARE, a pretty decent insurance for retired military, which most of her colleagues will not qualify for. So, bottom line, she'll take the bows while still having her own insurance needs met. No bows, Martha, no bows for you or for your unwillingness to be a REAL Congresswoman for ALL of your people!

23 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by tiredofpc on 05/03/2017 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Lindy’s New Location is Open and Awaiting its Food Network Debut

Giving Bumstead's the bum's rush does seem pretty harsh.

9 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Firsttimecaller on 05/03/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Do Arizona Republicans Want to (a) Dismantle; (b) Damage; (c) Degrade; and/or (d) Devalue Public Education?

Look in the mirror David!

Invoices for TUSDs outside desegregation law firm, Steptoe & Johnson, total approximately $772,000 for 11 months and 5 days in 2016. This includes charges for driving to and from Phoenix, meals, and hotel rooms.

The fees for driving, meals & hotel rooms were for $4,390 out of the $772,000 billed by Steptoe & Johnson.

The amount TUSD paid its outside desegregation legal firm under Dr. H.T. Sanchez far exceed anything paid to the Districts outside desegregation legal firms in recent years.

TUSD has incurred far more legal bills fighting the desegregation order than the plaintiffs have billed to protect it and have it fully implemented.-ADI

9 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by TUSD should be ashamed on 05/03/2017 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Hell Yes!

That's like telling me Houghton Road is going to be widened. They told me that in 1967, and it still isn't done. Don't trust, verify. These liars have a horrific track record and I am not giving them more money. Borrow it from the County!

No on 101!!!

3 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by What is this town thinking? on 05/03/2017 at 11:34 AM

Re: “The Skinny

The wall will never be built. Anyone who doesn't know that is not paying attention. You could start with the budget that was just released.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Vietnam Vet on 05/03/2017 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Do Arizona Republicans Want to (a) Dismantle; (b) Damage; (c) Degrade; and/or (d) Devalue Public Education?

Everyone seems to be forgetting somethig. There are accreditation standards for public schools. If a high school loses its accreditation, graduates will not be accepted into college. Hiring non-teachers to teach is a quick way for a school to lose its accreditation. These standards are not controlled by the states.

22 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Vietnam vet on 05/03/2017 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Do Arizona Republicans Want to (a) Dismantle; (b) Damage; (c) Degrade; and/or (d) Devalue Public Education?

Your post assumes an alternative reality. Look at national results for the last 4 years. Parent grading of their child's school down from 36% A in 2011 to 24% in 2015 (Gallup). Teacher job satisfaction down from 62% very satisfied to 39% very satisfied (Met Life). Math scores down for the first time ever, reading scores - no improvement, education productivity down 15% since 2000 (NAEP).

Now look at Arizona. African American 8th grades first in the nation in math, Hispanics 11th up from 35th in 2011, white 8th graders 6th. Urban Institute ranks Arizona schools 11th in the nation considering all test scores reading and math. Vail, Chandler, Mesa all have internal, longitudinal measures showing parent "A" grades above 65%. If you can't get to those numbers, you can't survive in Arizona's school choice environment. Just look at Tucson Unified - less than 40% of their parents grade their child's school an "A" and they are being peeled like a banana, losing 14,000 students in the last decade and a half.

You can only get away with your nonsense by focusing on cost. How expensive are Arizona schools? A metric without any meaning in education science, except that we know that more expensive states produce fewer jobs for their high school and college graduates (Tax foundation and StLouis Federal Reserve data).

You also contort the meaning of the word public to support an institution with absolute bigotry and racism in its roots - the district school. Designed to keep out Catholics, minorities and the poor.

In the so called public schools across the nation, 99.5% of the public is excluded from district schools. They are doing exactly what their racist and bigoted designers intended - keep out the public. That's the heritage you are laying claim to.

Arizona is the only state in the nation with a claim to a public education system, one in which all schools, every one of them, is open to the public.

You are advocating for a system in which the worst teacher in the worst school in the worst school district in the nation is guaranteed a full class room.

We are advocating for a system in which every parent has so many choices that every full classroom is evidence that the teacher is among the best in the nation.

We will see who the voters believe.

4 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 05/03/2017 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Do Arizona Republicans Want to (a) Dismantle; (b) Damage; (c) Degrade; and/or (d) Devalue Public Education?

I heard this morning that Ducey has signed a bill to degrade the certification that a teacher needs to teach in Arizona, an idea shared by Dr. Sanchez and Lisa Graham Keegan (http://tucson.com/news/opinion/column/gues…) a while ago. Where in this would you place that initiative, David? I put it into yet another way to degrade Arizona schooling, and it makes me happy that my son is almost out of K-12. Soon we will have the old buildings that have received no capital improvements, teachers staffing them that have received little to no teacher training.....what a mirage public education in Arizona will be. And he has the unmitigated GALL to call himself the education governor? He ought to go get some before he talks about it.

22 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 05/03/2017 at 8:17 AM

Re: “McSally Declines To Take a Stand on Zombie Trumpcare

There is a saying we had in the military: No guts, no glory.

I have said it before and I will say it again, voters need to stop paying attention to what politicians say in the post-fact era we are now in and hold them accountable for their actions, or in this case inactions.

43 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by sgsmith on 05/02/2017 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Southwest East Coast

Best pizza in Tucson!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by kel4ravens on 05/02/2017 at 8:28 PM

Re: “McSally Declines To Take a Stand on Zombie Trumpcare

Just finished watching the video of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" where Jimmy made one of the most intelligent and heartfelt appeals to "public servants" in Washington DC. His newborn son was born with a heart defect, which even for an innocent little neonate would be a "preexisting" condition. Compared to most, Kimmel is a very rich man, so he did not really have to say what he did. http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/02/entertainmen… Of course, asking to consider compassion has already fallen on some cold, deaf ears in the land of career politicians: http://people.com/babies/jimmy-kimmel-joe-…

43 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Constant Voter on 05/02/2017 at 6:19 PM

Re: “McSally Declines To Take a Stand on Zombie Trumpcare

Why does anyone want to hold a public office if they do not want to express a public position on important public issues that form public policies that directly affect the public?

57 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Constant Voter on 05/02/2017 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Back When Arizonans Cared About Public Education, and Were Willing to Fight For Their Initiative Rights

If Huppster really believes there is no correlation between the cost of education and its quality then why is tuition at the top private high schools way over $10, 000 and why do private schools need state taxpayer money? If they have love in their hearts they should teach children without government assistance.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Frances Perkins on 05/02/2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Back When Arizonans Cared About Public Education, and Were Willing to Fight For Their Initiative Rights

Amen John. That is where the problem began. Money does not improve outcome. In fact in many areas it makes it worse.

3 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by D Huerta on 05/02/2017 at 1:41 PM

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