Political Calendar: Week of October 19, 2014

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Political Calendar for the Week of October 19, 2014:

Sunday, October 19, 2:00 p.m.: Foothills Forum presents Inequality For All (registration), at St. Phillips in The Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Road, Tucson, for a screening of this informative film, with a roundtable discussion to follow. Free of Charge. Please RSVP.

Monday, October 20, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson luncheon, Dragon’s View Restaurant (400 N. Bonita, South of St. Mary’s Road between the Freeway and Grande Avenue, turn South at Furr’s Cafeteria), buffet lunch costs $8.50. Featured speakers are Mark Hannah and Michael Duran, candidates Pima Community college Governing Board. Next Week: Warren Tenney and Sharon Megdal, candidates for reelection to the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board.

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Forum on Inclusion and Equality in Tucson

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Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik and his staff organized this event to talk about racism in Tucson (in response to the Michael Brown  shooting in Ferguson, Missouri). Turn out to share, listen and learn from community leaders and the Tucson Community as well.

Twelve Gen-X Republicans Who Will Have Some Explaining To Do Sometime Soon

By Tom Prezelski
Re-posted from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion

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The worst day of my six years in the legislature was also the last day of my last session: June 27, 2008.

This was the day that the Senate passed SCR 1042, which referred to the ballot a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The change was unnecessary and strictly political. Arizona law already forbade such marriages, so the referendum ultimately had little practical effect other than to poison the public dialogue to advance the agenda of some sick and cynical people.

I could go on for a while about the ugliness that led up to 1042′s passage, like the promises that leadership and rank-and-file Republicans broke with the legislation’s opponents so that the bill could advance, the bizarre glee of the measure’s supporters (this did not include lobbyist Cathi Herrod, who continually bore her permanently sour countenance as she watched from her command post in the gallery), and the overall bigotry behind the whole thing. Suffice it to say, supporters of the bill went through a lot of trouble to get this passed. One could admire the parliamentary skill at play here if only it was about something useful like fixing potholes or building a hospital. Continue reading

U.S. District Court for Wyoming strikes down state’s same-sex marriage ban

With all the excitement here in Arizona yesterday, it was almost overlooked that the U.S. District Court for the state of Wyoming struck down that state’s same-sex marriage ban on Friday. Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog reports, Same-sex marriage today: A round-up:

EqualIn Wyoming, U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl of Casper, relying on an earlier decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, ruled that state’s ban unconstitutional.  The judge gave the state six days (until next Thursday) to tell him whether officials planned to appeal.  However, the state’s governor, Matt Mead, had said during a election campaign debate on Thursday night that if the ban were nullified, he saw no need to appeal.  Wyoming thus seemed poised to become the thirty-second state where same-sex marriage would be legal.  (UPDATE 8:21 p.m.  The governor has now issued a public statement indicating that the state would not appeal.)

So Wyoming is following Arizona’s example in accepting that this is now settled law and is not filing an appeal.

U.S. Supreme Court allows Texas to enforce an intentionally discriminatory voter ID law in this election

A study by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin revealed that in 2010, the state of Texas ranked last in the nation in voter turnout. Study: Texas ranks last for voter turnout. A study by Nonprofit Vote in 2012 showed Texas only marginally improving to 48th in the nation. The states with the highest and lowest turnout in 2012.

Low voter turnout translates into Republicans win elections. This is how the Republican Party of the state of Texas wants things to remain, the lower the voter turnout the better.

Voting-RightsTexas has enacted one of the most restrictive voter ID laws in the nation. Last week, the U.S. District Court for the state of Texas struck down that law, finding the state engaged in intentional racial discrimination in violation of equal protection, and finding that the law works as an unconstitutional poll tax. Federal judge blocks Texas voter ID law; state promises a quick appeal.

Early this morning the U.S. Supreme Court told the state of Texas that it may enforce its strict voter ID law for this year’s general election, with early voting beginning on Monday.  Three Justices dissented from the ruling, which was released a few minutes after 5 a.m. (highly unusual).

Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog reports, The Court won’t interrupt Texas voter ID law:

This apparently was the first time since 1982 that the Court has allowed a law restricting voters’ rights to be enforced after a federal court had ruled it to be unconstitutional.  A U.S. District Court judge in Corpus Christi struck down the ID law last week after a nine-day trial, but it now awaits review by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which temporarily blocked the trial judge’s ruling.

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