Captain Arizona Takes on the Lawyers, AND WINS!

Captain Arizona is perhaps our most frequent commenter here. He often infuriates me. Even though I tend to agree with him more often than not, he has the unlimited capacity to annoy.

His most common theme I believe is that Democrats should stop wasting resources and strategy on white centrists and instead go out and bring more black and brown people into the process.

Neither I nor any reader here needed him to repeat the message 100 times, but I do agree with him. I suspect many readers agree with him on this fundamental point, except the “it’s a tough district crowd.”

Now, enter my lawyer friends, Scot and Rich, who decided to weigh in on this subject in their comments to my last post. They both “lawyer-splained” to me how politics works. I actually know both Scot and Rich. They both are scary smart and truly brilliant lawyers. Which perhaps is why I found this interesting.  Continue reading

LD 10 Town Hall on Saturday



When: Saturday, February 13, from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Miller-Golf Links Library, 9640 E Golf links Rd, Tucson, Arizona 85730

What: Join Senator David Bradley, Representative Stefanie Mach and Representative Bruce Wheeler for a Legislative update including budget discussions. Your thoughts and concerns will be heard.

The GOP war on public education in the state courts

education_appleLike Arizona’s lawless Tea-Publican legislature, several state legislatures have been in court for their failure to adequately fund public education as required by their state constitutions.

For example, last August the Washington state Supreme Court held the state legislature in contempt for failure to adequately fund public education, and imposed a $100,000 per day fine to compel the legislature to comply with the law and the Court’s order. The Washington Post reported, A perfect education storm in Washington state:

The state legislature is racking up fines of $100,000 a day since the Washington State Supreme Court ruled on Aug. 13, 2015, that lawmakers have not been adequately funding public schools. Lawmakers were ordered in 2012 to fully fund education but have failed to do so, and the justices got tired of it, ordering up the hefty fines.  As the The Seattle Times reported:

Despite a record-setting 176-day session and a two-year budget agreement that pushed substantial new money into the K-12 system, the court said lawmakers had again failed to live up to what the state constitution calls the state’s “paramount” duty — amply funding schools.

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Former car dealer Steve Christy announces for District 4 Pima County Supervisor – updated

Last Friday Feb. 5, 2016 long term  Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll (served since May, 1997), a Republican,  announced that he would not be running for re-election.  He already was facing opposition in the August 30, 2016 Republican primary from Navy veteran Marla Closen who announced last summer.
Steve Christy

Steve Christy

Press release  (below) from Republican businessman Steve Christy. There is no Democrat yet in the race in District 4, but stay tuned. Other Republicans may jump in as well since this is now an open seat.
“Long time Tucson businessman and community leader, Stephen W. “Steve” Christy today announced his candidacy for the District 4 seat on the Pima County Board of Supervisors. Christy, a Republican, seeks to succeed current District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll who announced last week that he would not run for re-election to the board when his term ends this year.
Familiar to Tucsonans as the owner and president of Galloway Motors, renamed Steve Christy Chrysler-Jeep, Christy sold the dealership in 2007. He has a long history of business and community involvement; and served in a variety of leadership capacities including president of the Arizona Automobile Dealers; president (twice) of the Tucson New Car Dealers; board member and chairman of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce; as a member and chairman of the Arizona State Transportation Board; and as member of the Tucson Airport Authority,  the Pima County Regional Transportation Authority, and the Pima Association of Governments.
“I’ve considered running for the Board of Supervisors for some time as I believe that my experience could help provide three things this Board needs,” Christy said.
“The first is to accent and enhance the important goal of economic development which includes more than attracting new companies and new jobs, but also making sure that we aren’t losing any of those we already have.”
“The second is to bring real leadership to replace the current practice of allowing major policy decisions to come from staff and the bureaucracy. The Democrat majority needs to take responsibility and begin initiating solutions. We conservatives and Republicans need to do more than just oppose, but to offer real alternatives. The third is to address our infrastructure problems, the biggest one being roads.
“I’ve been looking at more direct ways to serve Southern Arizona residents at the county level, where I believe one can have the most impact,” Christy said. “When it became clear that this would be an open race, I determined it would be the best place for me to put my business skills and public policy experience to work for the residents of District Four.”
“And, let’s face it, I do know roads,” Christy added.
“It’s high time the Pima County Board of Supervisors charted a course to put Pima County on the map, instead of just being the Board of Spectators,” Christy said.
Christy attended Sam Hughes, Mansfeld, and Green Fields Schools. He received a B.S. in Political Science from the American University in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Susan, have been married for 35 years, and have three grown daughters and two grandchildren.
District Four is the southeastern district in Pima County, containing much of Tucson’s far east side, areas in the unincorporated foothills, eastward to the Cochise County line, and then south to the Santa Cruz County line, and west to include Green Valley and a portion of Sahuarita.”
For more information call: 520 609 5495.
Stay tuned for campaign website.
Carolyn’s note:  been waiting for Steve’s photo in jpg format, so will update it later when I get the photo.  Updated with photo Friday,  4 p.m. courtesy of the candidate.