In an historical first, The Arizona Republic endorses the Democratic nominee for president

Earlier this month, The Arizona Republic fna The Arizona Republican, reported, Arizona Republic presidential endorsements: 120 years, no Democrats: “The Arizona Republic has never endorsed a Democrat for president from 1892 to 2012.”

In an historical first today, The Arizona Republic did what it has never done before in its history, endorse the Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton. Endorsement: Hillary Clinton is the only choice to move America ahead:

Since The Arizona Republic began publication in 1890,we have never endorsed a Democrat over a Republican for president. Never. This reflects a deep philosophical appreciation for conservative ideals and Republican principles.

This year is different.

Hillary-300x300The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified.

That’s why, for the first time in our history, The Arizona Republic will support a Democrat for president.

What Clinton has (and Trump doesn’t)

The challenges the United States faces domestically and internationally demand a steady hand, a cool head and the ability to think carefully before acting.

Hillary Clinton understands this. Donald Trump does not.

Clinton has the temperament and experience to be president. Donald Trump does not.

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The ‘Trump Train’ derails in the first debate

Remember that we live in a world with two alternative realities: the fact-free world of FAUX News and the conservative media entertainment complex, and everyone else in the reality-based community of “discernible reality.”

trainwreckDonald Trump is going around telling anyone who will listen that he “won” last night’s debate based upon unscientific and not credible online polls, because FAUX News said so. Online votes declare Trump debate winner, despite media consensus for Clinton.

As Phillip Bump notes at the Washington Post, No matter how garbage the poll, if it shows that Donald Trump won the debate, he’ll endorse it:

These online polls are, again, garbage, no more representative of the population as a whole than is the crowd at a Trump rally.

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A poll you can organize people to participate in is not a poll that is worth citing as fact. Enthusiastic Trump backers will, and no doubt are, pressing people to go vote in these polls to show he won, in the same way they might fill a car with friends to fill a convention hall at a Trump rally. But casting your vote more loudly doesn’t make it worth more, and while enthusiasm may flood an online poll or fill a camera’s viewscreen, it doesn’t tell us much about who will actually win.

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Martha McSally is hiding in the chicken bunker again, afraid to debate Matt Heinz

Former state legislator Dr. Matt Heinz, the Democratic candidate running for Congress in CD 2 against Rep. Martha McSally, showed up at the Democratic debate watch party I attended last night.

I had a chance to speak to Dr. Heinz about when he would be debating Rep. McSally.  He told me that the two campaigns have been discussing venues, but they not have come to an agreement.

chickenbunkerMcSally wants a debate in Sierra Vista/Fort Huachuca at a venue where Tea-Publicans would likely outnumber Democrats 3-1 (and the only news overage would likely be in the Sierra Vista Herald).

The other debate under discussion is for Vail (presumably the Vail High School), which also draws a decidedly GOP friendly crowd.

Dr. Heinz said he wants a debate at the University of Arizona sponsored by the College Republicans and Young Democrats. But Rep. McSally has not agreed to any debates in Tucson proper, where the vast majority of her constituents live in CD 2.

There is also no agreement as yet for a studio debate at Arizona Public Media (KUAT) PBS 6,  at the University of Arizona.

Throughout her brief political career, Martha McSally has sought to select only friendly venues, and to limit her exposure to the public with as few debates as possible. In 2014, she only debated Congressman Ron Barber twice, as I recall.

Why is Martha McSally so afraid to take questions from her constituents and the media? Why is she so afraid to debate her Democratic opponent? Why is she so afraid of a college student audience at the University of Arizona?

Why is Martha McSally, once again, hiding in the chicken bunker?

LD 2 House Race: Gabaldón and Hernandez v. Ackerley

Tea-Publicans in “blue” Pima County have a simple strategy for picking off House seats in Democratic voter registration districts: single-shot voting. If all Tea-Publicans vote for only their candidate out of GOP tribalism, and Democratic voters fail to do the same with their candidates — as they frequently do — it is statistically possible for a Tea-Publican to steal a seat.

ld2-houseThis is what happened in 2014 when John Christopher “Chris” Ackerley, in his second run for office, managed to defeat Demion Clinco, who had been appointed to the House seat earlier in the year to fill a vacancy. There were a number of reasons for Clinco’s loss, but better name ID and favorable reporting in the Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun certainly were factors.

Ackerley is a math and physics teacher who runs on education issues. He is frequently cast by the media as a “moderate” because he is sane and occasionally departs from his party’s ideological leadership, e.g., referring to Governor Ducey’s and the GOP leadership’s budget for K-12 education funding and Prop. 123  as the “robbing Peter to pay Paul plan”; he was a sponsor of the bill to restore JTED funding slashed by the previous Tea-Publican legislature; he voted to restore KidsCare funding over the GOP leadership’s objection; and he voted against SB 1516, the GOP’s “dark money on steroids” bill, which was enacted into law.

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League of Women Voters online Voter Guide to Propositions 205 & 206


lwv_logoIf you’re uninformed and/or undecided about how to vote for/against Prop. 205, Regulation & Taxation of Marijuana Act, and Prop. 206, the Fair Wages & Healthy Families Act, go online to read more:

I attended the recent LWVGT  forum on September 17 at the Joel D. Valdez main library on these 2 state-wide ballot measures.  Read the League’s research information, then what the supporters and opponents are saying.

These voter guides are also available in print format at the public library branches.

Vote wisely on or before Nov. 8, 2016.  Early ballots go out on October 12.

LD 2 Senate Race: Dalessandro v. Kais

dalessandro-kaisThe Legislative District 2 Senate seat is currently held by Democrat Andrea Dalessandro, who previously served in the Arizona House.

(Dalessandro is the one in glasses).

Her Tea-Publican opponent, Shelley Kais, is a business woman who served as a campaign volunteer for Martha McSally during her 2012 run for Congress. Kais challenged McSally for the GOP nomination in 2014, finishing in a distant third place with less than eight percent of the vote, behind McSally and Chuck Wooten. You may recall that the local Tea Party raised a stink about McSally and Kais pulling out of a scheduled debate with Chuck Wooten in 2014.

Kais is now running for the LD 2 Senate seat as a Clean Elections candidate against Senator Dalessandro, also a Clean Elections candidate. LD 2 is a Democratic voter registration district.

Kais is backed by the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), which lists her in its “16 in ’16: Races to Watch,” Comprised of the RSLC’s Future Majority Project (FMP) and Right Women, Right Now (RWRN) candidates running for state-level office.

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