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Re: “The Skinny

I find an interesting comparison between D 10 candidates DeGrazia and Ripley. From lifelong Domingo we get the somewhat limp but straightforward answer that he didn't vote because he just wasn't interested/involved. And globe-trotting Catherine thinks she always voted but the cat must've eaten her absentee ballots or she filled one out then forgot to mail it or whatever. Having voted from afar and arranging for ballots to get to the States via diplomatic pouch, I know it can be done but one has to make the effort.

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Posted by franklymydears on 08/23/2018 at 10:44 PM

Re: “Danehy

When I bother to read Hoffman I seldom find anything with which I agree but I think I understand why the Star publishes his columns. Local conservative writers are perhaps few and far between and Hoffman may well be among the more articulate. And if you have read the countless comments in the letters pages, you'll recall that lots of local folks beg for the alternative views of conservatives in the Star's op ed pages. And last time I looked there was no local ordinance, state or national law, constitutional provision or divine command that anyone actually read Hoffman's columns if they prefer not to.

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Posted by franklymydears on 08/16/2018 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Democratic CD2 Candidates Exchange Blows Over Gun Legislation Support

Whoops, I really botched my analysis of the bills for which Kirkpatrick has excoriated Heinz in yet another mailer arriving in our mail today (Monday July 23). SB 1241 of 2012, short-titled forfeiture of weapons and explosives, passed with 43 votes in the House. Had all five who did not vote had voted nay it would have made no difference. And HB2640 of 2012, titled hunting; firearm magazine capacity, was so non-controversial that it passed the House 42-15-2.

If have any credibility left after my egregious errors above, Id urge folks voting in the Democratic primary to choose from among the four contenders who have had no part in the Heinz-Kirkpatrick nastiness.

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Posted by franklymydears on 07/23/2018 at 7:45 PM

Re: “Democratic CD2 Candidates Exchange Blows Over Gun Legislation Support

A mailer came to our house Tuesday from the Kirkpatrick campaign, which can only be described as a hit piece vs. Matt Heinz. A key point it makes is that Matt Heinz voted against gun safety. It lists two votes, and I think I have the following information regarding the bills and votes factually accurate. If so, Kirkpatrick definitely does not.

The first was referred to as HB 2640, supposedly cutting regulations on high capacity magazines. The bill was actually SB 1241of 2012, which was sufficiently non-controversial that it got 43 votes in the House. As I read it, it was a hunting-related bill that prohibited the Fish and Game Commission from putting limits on the size of magazines usually used by hunters.

The second, the real House Bill that prohibited municipalities from destroying firearms, was listed in the mailer as HB 2640. Its correct number was HB 2455; it was passed in the House on March7, 2013 by vote of 36 to 23 with one not voting. In the Senate on April 16 the vote was18 to 12. The votes were along party lines. And in the 2013 session LD 9 was represented by Senator Steve Farley and Representatives Victoria Steele and Ethan Orr. Kirkpatrick is right that Heinz failed to show up to vote on a bill that would have allowed local governments to destroy illegal guns seized from criminals. Perhaps because he might have been charged with impersonating a legislator?

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Posted by franklymydears on 07/23/2018 at 4:33 PM

Re: “A Homegrown Candidate with an International Mindset

If I take Welch seriously and literally, I can't help but agree completely with HumanBean. However, I have heard a lot of folks say they'll only run once or twice or three times and then quit. How many have stuck with their 'resolve'? The only one-and-done people I can think of are the guys who spend a year playing NCAA basketball and then go off to the NBA. Sorry, Mr. Welch, but I just can't take you seriously.

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Posted by franklymydears on 06/26/2018 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Open Season

Perhaps Marquez-Peterson is the best candidate the Republicans are likely to have but she is a good bit more conservative than the district and has too extensive a record to be able to pull a McSally and avoid substantive discussion of the issues.

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Posted by franklymydears on 12/21/2017 at 6:35 PM

Re: “The Power of Positivity

I was on TIHAN's Board of Directors when the idea of the Poz Cafe was brought to us. I was skeptical, not at all confident it would succeed. Sometimes it's marvelous to be proved wrong! Congratulations and thanks to all who have contributed to the 25,000 meal success of Poz Cafe.

Posted by franklymydears on 10/05/2017 at 8:47 AM

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