2nd Annual Anza Day at Canoa Ranch

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Mark your calendars for Sunday, Oct. 26, to celebrate the second annual Anza Day at Canoa Ranch.

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Krugman: Plutocracy Versus Democracy

Great Krugman piece today: Plutocrats Against Democracy. This is not just an American challenge, but a global one:

So we should be grateful to Leung Chun-ying, the Beijing-backed leader of Hong Kong, for blurting out the real reason pro-democracy demonstrators can’t get what they want: With open voting, “You would be talking to half of the people in Hong Kong who earn less than $1,800 a month. Then you would end up with that kind of politics and policies” — policies, presumably, that would make the rich less rich and provide more aid to those with lower incomes.

Krugman nails it in his conclusion:

The truth is that a lot of what’s going on in American politics is, at root, a fight between democracy and plutocracy. And it’s by no means clear which side will win. [emphasis mine]

It’s been interesting to watch Krugman’s views evolve on this issue. Just a few years ago, he saw extreme inequality as wrong, but not a critical economic issue. Now, he considers it existential.

And note well: This is not a Democrat vs. Republican thing. Pretty much all Republicans are on the wrong side of this fight, but plenty of Democrats are as well. Often, they call themselves Blue Dogs, or New Democrats. To tolerate them is to tolerate plutocracy.

2014 General Election is all about APS; Republican voters should be very concerned

Crossposted from the Arizona Eagletarian

Yesterday afternoon, Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts asked the question, “Why is APS doling out cash to get Mark Brnovich elected?” It’s an excellent question.

Unfortunately, Roberts didn’t come up with an answer.

It’s not really a legitimate rhetorical question if the audience/readers cannot answer it for themselves. There is, however, a clear answer available. Voters — especially Republicans whose interests are being subverted — need to become aware of the background, reasons and the stakes involved. Continue reading

UA Presents: An evening with Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly

Special Event

Mark and Gabby

UA Presents hosts an evening with

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly.

for a discussion on transforming a personal tragedy into an endeavor to succeed.

7 p.m. Sunday, October 26 

UA Centennial Hall
1020 E. University Blvd. (on the University of Arizona campus)

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Religious Right plans massive resistance to same-sex marriage court rulings

Screenshot from 2014-07-12 13:53:22The Christian Reconstructionists and Dominionists of the Center for Arizona Policy and its legal arm, the Alliance Defending Freedom, who supported Arizona’s SB 1062 — the right to discriminate against gays and anyone else I hate because “religious liberty!” — are borrowing a page from the Southern Segregationists following the Brown v. Board of Education desegregation decision in 1954.  They are following a plan of massive resistance to the federal courts for striking down same-sex marriage bans.

In fact, they are not even subtle about it. Pastor Scott Lively and Brian Camenker have long had an organization called MassResistance(.org) and MassResistance(.net), a Waltham, Massachusetts-based group that promotes socially conservative positions on issues relating to homosexuality, abortion, anti-bullying, gun control, the transgender community and same-sex marriage.

The Arizona Republic reports today that, despite the national furor over SB 1062 this past Spring, the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom is encouraging court clerks in Arizona and elsewhere to engage in mass resistance against marriage equality. Memo to clerks: You can object to gay marriage:

The conservative group that handled the legal defense of Arizona’s overturned gay-marriage ban is advising court clerks they don’t have to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if the clerk has religious or moral objections.

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Two GOTV events this weekend

I will link to Craig at Random Musings for the first event on Saturday. Rally to Move AZ Forward!!:

This coming Saturday, October 25, from 4 – 7 p.m., join many of the great candidates for office this year at Mesa’s Riverview Park (2100 W 8th St, Mesa, Arizona 85201) -

In addition to Fred Duval, some of the other candidates expected to be there include Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, State Representative Juan Mendez, David Garcia, Democratic nominee for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Jim Holway, Democratic candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission.  Also expected to appear: many legislative candidates from districts in the area.

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