Questions for Martha McSally: Do you support a government shutdown over immigration?

McSally-KingCD 2 GOP candidate Martha McSally supported Rep. Steve King’s Tea Party non-compromise border bills in the House. Martha McSally is a ‘Deportation Republican.

Now Steve King is threatening to shut down the government in September if President Obama uses executive orders to deal with immigration.

McSally has steadfastly refused to give a straightforward yes or no answer to whether she would have supported the Tea-Publican government shutdown last October. If she wants to serve in Congress, the voters of CD 2 have the right to know her position on this latest Tea-Publican government shutdown threat.

Think Progress reports, Republicans Threaten To Shut Down The Government If Obama Extends Relief To Immigrants:

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) floated the possibility of shutting down the government on Wednesday if President Obama issues an executive action granting deportation relief to more undocumented immigrants.

“If the president wields his pen and commits that unconstitutional act to legalize millions, I think that becomes something that is nearly political nuclear,” King said in remarks before the Westside Conservative Breakfast Club in Urbandale, Iowa, adding that “all bets are off” on passing a measure to keep the government running past October.

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Hey, AZ “business leaders”, we need to talk about Doug Ducey.

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Doug Ducey

One of the (many) problems in a red state as economically polarized as Arizona is that the wealthier people are, the more insulated they are from the terrible right wing laws and policies that get passed. They have no fear of being stopped on the street by law enforcement because of how they look. Their children attend private schools or what good public schools remain. The indignities and deprivations visited upon vulnerable members of the population due to cuts to safety net programs are abstractions to them. They live mostly segregated lives in exclusive communities where they only interact with poor people when they’re being served by them. And these affluent Arizonans wield nearly all the political clout because they are the people who fund lobbyists and campaigns, including those of some of the most noxious right wingers. Continue reading

Top 10 Reasons Doug Ducey Is Too Extreme for Arizona Voters

The Koch Brothers support Doug Ducey for Arizona governor.

The Koch Brothers support Doug Ducey for Arizona governor.

After seven months of mud-slinging in a six-way primary race that looked like a remake of Lord of the Flies, multi-millionaire ice cream mogul Doug Ducey has won the Arizona Republican Party’s nomination for governor.

Ducey’s sugary sweet interview with AZCentral this morning made it sound as if he’s already been elected governor, but there’s another election in November, and Democrats statewide are pulling out all the stops to get their candidate, Fred DuVal, elected.

Unfortunately for Tea Partiers in the great state of Maricopa, polls show that: 1) the match-up between Ducey and DuVal is a dead heat and 2) Ducey’s anti-Medicaid-expansion, anti-Obamacare, anti-abortion, anti-woman, anti-worker, anti-immigrant, anti-gay-marriage, anti-common-core, pro-Koch-Brothers platform is not aligned with Arizona voters’ issues.

Don’t let Ducey’s charming aw-shucks, Leave-It-to-Beaver persona fool you. He runs with a tough crowd of right-wing ideologues. You can tell a lot about a person’s true character by looking at the company he keeps. Consequently, the company Ducey keeps weighs heavily in my Top 10 Reasons Why Doug Ducey Is Too Extreme for Arizona

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Arizona Supreme Court to decide standing issue in Medicaid expansion case

gavelThe Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required) reports that the Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal from Governor Jan Brewer’s Medicaid (AHCCS) expansion lawsuit challenging the legislature’s standing. Arizona Supreme Court accepts Medicaid case:

The Arizona Supreme Court will have the final word on whether a group of Republican lawmakers have the right to sue over last year’s Medicaid expansion vote.

The high court on Tuesday granted Gov. Jan Brewer’s request for a review of a Court of Appeals that granted standing to 36 legislators. The lawmakers alleged that the vote violated a provision of the Arizona Constitution requiring a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to raise taxes.

Brewer, who got her Medicaid plan passed over strenuous opposition from conservative Republicans, praised the Supreme Court for agreeing to take the case.

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Public Policy Polling: AZ Governor’s race a dead heat

Public Policy Polling released a poll on Tuesday that shows the Governor’s race is a dead heat. You can view the poll here (.pdf).

Press release from Progress Now Arizona:

New Poll Shows Democrat DuVal a Contender for Arizona Governor’s Seat

PHOENIX — The 2014 Arizona governor’s race is anybody’s ballgame.

In a head-to-head matchup, Democratic nominee Fred DuVal and Republican Doug Ducey (if he lives up to his presumptive frontrunner status and wins his primary tonight), are tied, according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling on behalf of ProgressNow Arizona.

Ducey has been badly wounded by opponents in his own party who raised numerous questions about his business ethics and background, and the poll shows Arizona voters are ready for a change of direction.

You can view the poll here (.pdf).

The text of polling memo is below:

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AZ exit polling: voters reject what the GOP is selling

The Arizona Republic had some exit polling this morning that made some important points. Education, economy concern voters:

  • Democrats, Republicans and independents voting in Arizona’s primaries on Tuesday largely said improving education and the state’s economy were the top concerns bringing them to the polls.
  • Voters interviewed outside polling places around Maricopa County were nearly unanimous in saying that the sources of “dark money” flowing into campaigns should be disclosed.
  • Voters also said they weren’t persuaded by candidate ads trying to drag the Obama Administration and border security into the political debate.

We just suffered through a GOP primary in which the GOP candidates did exactly the opposite. The GOP primary devolved into fear mongering over border security and demonizing refugee children from Central America, demonizing President Obama and Governor Brewer’s expansion of Medicaid (AHCCCS) under “ObamaCare,” and the adoption of Common Core Standards (which comes from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, not the federal government). The GOP candidates were awash in undisclosed “dark money,” and filing complaints against one another over it.

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