State Department’s inspector general criticizes Clinton for private emails, but does not allege any breach of national security

The media villagers were all in a lather yesterday over the Inspector General report regarding Hillary Clinton’s emails while she was Secretary of State. The New York Times reports, Hillary Clinton Is Criticized for Private Emails in State Dept. Review:

Hillary-Clinton-textingThe State Department’s inspector general on Wednesday sharply criticized Hillary Clinton’s exclusive use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, saying that she had not sought permission to use it and would not have received it if she had.

The report, delivered to members of Congress, undermined some of Mrs. Clinton’s previous statements defending her use of the server[.]

The inspector general found that Mrs. Clinton “had an obligation to discuss using her personal email account to conduct official business” with department officials but that, contrary to her claims that the department “allowed” the arrangement, there was “no evidence” she had requested or received approval for it.

And while other senior officials had used personal email accounts for official business, including Colin Powell when he was secretary, the rules made clear by the time she became the nation’s top diplomat that using a private server for official business was neither allowed nor encouraged because of “significant security risks.”

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Tucson Death Cafe on June 1


Carolyn’s note: I attended this Tucson Death Cafe on January, and found it very helpful to talk about the passing of my biological mother in August, 2015. Others talked about the grief of losing other family members (spouse, father, siblings, child, etc.), while others were curious about their own mortality. There were also people there who participate in the rituals of death, or at memorial services. I found it a safe and supportive place to discuss death.

RSVP via FB event page:

Tucson Death Cafe is on the 1st Wed. of every month, at Bookman’s on Grant.

Minimum wage initiative is half way to its goal — sign the petition

RaiseTheWageThe coalition for the minimum wage initiative in Arizona includes Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA), the California-based Fairness Project, and the New York-based Center for Popular Democracy.

The Arizonans for Fair Wages and Healthy Families committee is the official filer of the initiative:

Serial No     Title/Sponsor/Description                   Filer ID
I-24-2016        The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act     201600474

Arizonans for Fair Wages and Healthy Families
3120 North 19th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85015
Tomas Robles, Chairman & Applicant

Click here for full text of initiative: PDF

The Arizonans for Fair Wages and Healthy Families Campaign announced yesterday that they are about half way to their goal before the July 7 filing deadline. Supporters: Arizona halfway to $12 minimum wage:

The drive to raise Arizona’s minimum wage to $12 an hour is more than halfway toward its goal of qualifying for the November ballot, supporters announced Tuesday.

The Fair Wages and Healthy Families campaign proposes boosting the current $8.05 hourly minimum to $10 on Jan. 1, 2017, and gradually increasing it to hit $12 an hour by 2020. After that, it would be adjusted annually to reflect changes in the consumer-price index.

Tip workers would see a base hike to $9 an hour.

The initiative also would require employers to offer mandatory sick leave: five days a year for companies with 15 or more employees and three days a year for those with fewer than 15.

Tomas Robles, deputy campaign chairman, said the group has collected nearly 90,000 signatures toward the 150,642 required to qualify for the ballot.

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Pima County wins lawsuit against our lawless Tea-Publican legislature

A little less than a year ago, I posted about Pima County sues our lawless Tea-Publican Arizona legislature:

lastgreatactofdefiancePima County sued the state Monday, claiming its new budget illegally forces millions of dollars in education spending onto county taxpayers.

The county’s [lawsuit seeks] to undo the shift of more than $45 million in costs back to counties in Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget plan approved by the Legislature in March.

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In fiscal year 2016, Pima County officials estimate they’ll have to cover as much as $18.6 million in additional aid to TUSD that in past years would have been provided by the state.

Attorneys for Pima County argue that the cost shift amounts to an unconstitutional requirement for the county to raise taxes. The attorneys says it would unconstitutionally require Arizonans in one jurisdiction be taxed to pay for services in another because Pima County residents who don’t live in TUSD would be forced to subsidize the district.

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