There’s crazy, and then there’s Kansas crazy

If drafted, I will not run; if nominated, I will not accept; if elected, I will not serve.” – abbreviated Sherman Pledge, William Tecumseh Sherman

DorothyThe Tea-Publicans in Kansas are desperate to try to save Sen. Pat Roberts from almost certain defeat. Today’s hyper-partisan act of desperation makes it all the more certain that Kansans will punish Tea-Publicans this November.

David Orel, a registered Democrat whose son, Alexander Orel, works as a regional field director in the Kansas City area for Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign, filed a new lawsuit directly with the Supreme Court of Kansas requesting the court to compel the Democratic Party of Kansas to nominate a candidate for U.S. Senate, after the court approved the withdrawal of its nominee Chad Taylor from the ballot this week.

Stop to savor this for a moment. The Tea-Publican Party of Kansas is asking the Supreme Court of Kansas to compel the Democratic Party of Kansas to nominate a replacement candidate. One political party dictating to another political party what they must do, because authoritarian Tea-Publicans believe they are possessed of a divine right to do so.

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Doug Ducey Disses Tucson with 3 Debate Cancellations

DD-chicken-NL ICYMI, there was a gubernatorial debate between Democrat Fred DuVal, Tea Party Republican Doug Ducey, and Libertatian Barry Hess last night in Tucson.

What? You tried to find the debate on TV, radio, and the Internet, and it wasn’t there? That’s because 99% of Tucson– and the state– was cut out of the process last night. The first DuVal-Ducey debate, held in Phoenix, was broadcast on Phoenix television and streamed live over the Internet, but the Tucson debate was pushed back to an prime time 8 p.m. start by the Ducey campaign, according to DuVal Press Secratary Geoff Vetter. As a result only the 400 people who attended the debate got to see it live.

It’s obvious that the Ducey campaign wants to tightly control communication at all levels, particularly on social media and in the streets. (Why else would you have a debate on the outskirts of town, away from the bus line, on private property, after dark?) He wants voters to base their decisions not on real information from debates and public forums but on the dark money TV commercials bankrolled by his corporate benefactors.

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“Peacemakers” free showing at the Loft

“Peacemakers: Jeremy Gilley in Conversation with Prem Rawat”

Celebrate United Nations International Day of Peace
on Sunday, September 21 at 3:00pm (one time showing only)

Free Admission! at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson

Presented by local volunteers with Words of Peace Global as a community rental.

This free screening will be held on the United Nations International Day of Peace.

Peacemakers presents a dynamic discussion between Prem Rawat, respected and internationally recognized speaker on the subject of peace, and Jeremy Gilley, filmmaker and founder of Peace One Day. Peacemakers is the synergy between a man whose vision is to bring peace into everyday lives, and the man who wants to highlight and focus the world’s attention on a single day of cease-fire, non-violence and peace. Peace One Day’s theme for 2014 is: Who will you make peace with? “This isn’t just a day of cease-fire, it’s also a day of non-violence” says Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley, “and we hope that three billion people will be aware of Peace Day by 2016.” Prem Rawat presents his vision of ‘people power’: “We need to just remind people. This is good news. I just want to say ‘Peace is Possible’. And I want to include everyone in that message.”

In response to Jeremy’s and Prem’s call to peaceful action, viewers are encouraged to consider who they want to make peace with, and be peacemakers for at least one day, and then take actions which help peace become possible around the world. (Produced by WOPG, 66 mins., NR) Digital


Why has Shawnna Bolick removed her previous employment with Rick Santorum from her campaign website?

rick santorum sadY u no wanna namecheck me anymore Shawnna?

AZ Representative Dr. Eric Meyer (D-28) sent out a statement calling on his Republican opponent Shawnna Bolick to denounce Russell Pearce for his recent comments extolling forced sterilization of poor women. Pearce had proudly endorsed Bolick, even going so far as to recommend single-shotting her. Bolick responded to Meyer thusly: Continue reading

It’s a twister! Kansas Senate race upended

Good news out of Kansas. Secretary of State Kris Kobach lost his bid to keep Democrat Chad Taylor on the ballot after he withdrew last week to save the pathetic Sen. Pat Roberts from almost certain defeat. The Supreme Court of Kansas would not be a party to his partisan abuse of power.Buh-bye Pat Roberts.

The Wichita Eagle reports Supreme Court: Democrat Chad Taylor’s name can be taken off ballot for U.S. Senate:

DorothyDemocrat Chad Taylor is off the ballot for the U.S. Senate in Kansas.

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled (.pdf) late Thursday afternoon that Taylor’s letter to the Secretary of State’s Office met the requirements for him to withdraw.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach had said Taylor had failed to declare that he was incapable of serving as required by Kansas statute and had ruled that his name would remain on the ballot.

Taylor took the unprecedented step of suing to have his name removed, filing an emergency petition with the Kansas Supreme Court. The court heard the case Tuesday and several justices voiced skepticism of Kobach’s application of the law.

In response to the ruling, Kobach said a separate statute protects the “rights of Kansas Democrats” to have a replacement candidate. He said he would move the mailing date for absentee ballots to Sept. 27 and that the chair of the Democratic Party has been informed she has eight days to select a replacement candidate.

Not going to happen.

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Tucson People’s Climate March


Workshops at Sam Lena Library, 1607 S. 6th Ave. on September 20:

9:00 – Resilient Communities – Margo Newhouse and Grace Rich
10:00 – Citizen’s Climate Lobby – Ron Proctor
11:00 – Moving from Protest to Action – Dave Ewoldt
12:00 – Climate Change and Citizens United – Lee Stanfield
12:45 – 1:30 – Lunch Break
2:00 – Leave Your Car – Take the Bus – Maria Cadaxa
2:00 – Coal, Oil, Nuclear & Gas vs Solar and Energy Efficiency – Russell Lowes
3:00 – About Electric Vehicles – Dave Gebert
After the workshops, at the Global Justice Center, 225 E. 26th St.:
4:00 – Sign Making – Some markers, paint, brushes, poster board, cardboard will be available, or bring your own.

March to bring awareness about climate change.