Hypocrite of the month: State Sen. Sylvia Allen on morality

By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings

It can be tough to single out a solitary Arizona legislator whose hypocrisy is greater than that of his/her colleagues, but the infamous Sen. Sylvia Allen served this one up like a BP fastball.

She’s infamous for things like pronouncing that mining uranium on the Navajo reservation and elsewhere in Arizona is OK because the Earth is 6000 years old and is doing just fine and for opining that American society doesn’t do enough to benefit the wealthy.

Recently, she added to her dubious legend by running a bill to help her son-in-law out of trouble of his own making (he was working as a detention officer at the Navajo County jail and was accused engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior by multiple female inmates).

Which is all bad enough, but with the likes of Allen, “enough” never is.

As can be seen in the video here, at Tuesday’s meeting of the Senate Appropriations Committee, she offered her idea that the lege consider (and presumably pass) a bill to mandate church attendance for everybody, in the interest of combating what she perceives as America’s moral decline.

As someone who tries to use her elected position to benefit a family member yet uses that the platform afforded to her by that elected position to bemoan everybody else’s moral decline, she easily earns distinction as the lege’s biggest hypocrite.

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Mad Max gets his budget in the House, the Senate attempts to follow suit

maxThe TanMan’s “Mad Max” strategy of staging a Thunderdome fight in the House actually worked for him on Wednesday.

Unbelievable.

The Washington Post reports, How Boehner got a much-needed victory on the budget:

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) racked up a much-needed political victory Wednesday[.]

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The GOP budget plan, which appealed to defense hawks, narrowly passed 219-208. GOP leaders used an unconventional voting process they hoped would allow Republicans with differing viewpoints to express their positions in votes on the House floor.

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Action Alert: Tell Governor Ducey to veto SB 1318 today

What Donna Gratehouse refers to as the “Lady Money Is Not Real Money” bill, SB 1318 (.pdf), passed the Senate on Wednesday and has been transmitted to the governor. Affordable Care Act abortion bill goes to the governor:

uterus-stateOn an 18-11 margin the Arizona Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to legislation barring Arizonans who purchase health insurance through the Affordable Care Act from getting coverage for elective abortions, even if they pay a separate premium out of their own pocket.

Putative Democrats Carlyle Begay ad Catherine Miranda, of course, joined with the Republicans in voting for this punitive bill.

The legislation has exceptions for coverage designed to save a woman’s life or in cases of rape and incest.

A woman would have to prove this to the satisfaction of her insurer. Nothing like an inquisition from an insurance adjuster. And given the time constraints imposed by the state of Arizona in obtaining an early abortion, this process could unduly burden a woman’s constitutional right of privacy to manage her own health care and to obtain an abortion.

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Broadway Widening Redux: March 26 Meeting on ‘Community Alignment’

The First Assembly of God Church, erected in 1950, is on Broadway Blvd.

The First Assembly of God Church, erected in 1950, is on Broadway Blvd., within the boundaries of the widening project.

The beleaguered Citizens Task Force (CTF) of the Broadway Widening Project revolted at last week’s meeting and didn’t approve the city staff plan for widening Broadway Blvd. because it didn’t match the CTF’s recommendation from December 2014.

Consequently, the CTF will meet again tonight, March 26 at 5:30 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church Activity Building, 1200 N. Campbell. Here is the background from Sustainable Tucson. Read about last week’s meeting here and here.

Alternative ‘community alignment’ tonight!

After a revolt by the Broadway Citizens Task Force at their meeting March 19th, an alternative “community-supported” version by respected transportation engineer and transit historian, Gene Caywood will be presented tonight so the City of Tucson can decide the best solution for improving Historic Broadway and the Sunshine Mile.

Come tonight to support the Citizens Task Force complete their three years of work. More background after the jump.

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Moctoberfest at the Mercado

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Schedule below for Moctoberfest, 4 to 12 midnight at Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento (west of I-10) — on March 28. Presented by Flam Chen, more at: www.moctoberfest.com.

A Spring Carnival & Fundraiser for Many Mouths One Stomach…

MoctoberFest is an April Fool’s Carnival, Beer festival, and Community Arts Fundraiser for All Souls Procession curators-Many Mouths One Stomach.  This is the FIRST year the funds generated from Moctober Fest will go to this years All Souls Procession!  Thank YOU for your attendance & support!

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Majority of Democrats Vote for Progressive Caucus People’s Budget (video)

People's BudgetEach year, during the Congressional budgeting process, multiple budgets are proposed in the US House of Representatives. If you’re lucky, you might hear about the Republican budget from the mainstream media (since they hold the majority of seats in the House and since that budget usually contains some weird shit like converting Medicare to a voucher program). The Democrats and the Progressives also put forth budgets for consideration and voting. (Representatives can vote for any or all of the plans; they are not mutually exclusive.)

This year– for the first time — the majority of Democrats (96 out of 188) actually voted for the Congressional Progressive Caucus People’s Budget. Of Arizona Democrats in the House, Representatives Raul Grijalva and Ruben Gallego voted for it; Representatives Ann Kirkpatrick and Kyrsten Sinema voted “no” with the majority of Republicans.

From the Congressional Progressive Caucus…

The People’s Budget: A Raise for America

8.4 million good paying jobs by 2018

$1.9 trillion investment in America’s future

$820 billion infrastructure and transportation improvements

The People’s Budget fixes an economy that, for too long, has failed to provide the opportunities American families need to get ahead. Despite their skills and work ethic, most American workers and families are so financially strapped from increasing income inequality that their paychecks barely cover basic necessities. They earn less and less as corporations and the wealthy continue amassing record profits. It has become clear to American workers that the system is rigged.

The People’s Budget levels the playing field and creates economic opportunity by increasing the pay of middle- and low-income Americans. More customers and higher consumer spending advance American businesses, not tax cuts and relaxed regulations. The People’s Budget drives a full economic recovery by creating high-quality jobs and reducing family expenses, restoring the buying power of working Americans.
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