Remember that time a bunch of mostly white people rioted near Penn State?

Nick Baumann did and he tweeted this as the protest and unrest after the announcement that the grand jury would not indict Ferguson police officer for shooting and killing Michael Brown unfolded.

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9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejects Gov. Jan Brewer’s hatred for the DREAMers

Back in July, a three judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Governor Jan Brewer’s executive order denying driver’s licences to DACA eligible DREAMers.

The executive order by President Barack Obama, for which he has broad and sweeping powers of prosecutorial discretion under the federal immigration laws, see Office of Legal Counsel to the President  The Department of Homeland Security’s Authority to Prioritize Removal of Certain Aliens Unlawfully Present in the United States and to Defer Removal of Others (.pdf), trumps the executive order of a Neo-Confederate governor squawking “states rights!” like some deranged parrot, trying to stick her boney finger in the eye of that Black man in the White House again. Ninth Circuit rules for the DREAMers: ‘animus toward DACA recipients … is not a legitimate state interest’:

Our lawless Tea-Publican state legislature and governor just keep racking up losses in court, pissing away your tax dollars on attorneys fees and costs trying to defend their unconstitutional and unlawful acts motivated by their extremist ideology.

brewer_hate[T]he Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals smacked down Governor Jan Brewer for her executive order denying drivers licenses to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) aka DREAMers because her executive order as motivated out of “animus toward DACA recipients themselves, in part because of the federal government’s policy toward them” . . . “Such animus, however, is not a legitimate state interest.” Read the unanimous opinion of the three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Here (.pdf).

George Wallace in a dress then appealed to the full 9th Circuit Court of Appeals seeking en banc review. Such review is rarely granted.

On Monday, the full 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected our Neo-Confederate governor’s request. Order denying Petition for Rehearing and for Rehearing En Banc (.pdf).

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Sun Link should offer one-way tickets

Sun Link modern streetcar, courtesy of Donovan Dean Durband

Sun Link modern streetcar, courtesy of Donovan Dean Durband

Now that the Sun Link modern streetcar has been operating for almost 4 months, I’m suggesting that some change is needed.  Operations started on July 25, 2014, with the first 3 days of riding for free.

People have been complaining of no one-way passes/tickets.  Not everyone who rides the 4 mile route needs a round trip one day (24 hour) pass, which costs $4 at the kiosks.

Offering one way passes at the Sun Link station kiosks would encourage ridership by people who would use it one way to get somewhere. Currently people who want a one way trip realize it costs $4, so they are opting out.  There is no option to buy a one-way pass at the kiosks.

A one-way ticket for $1.50 or $2 would be highly beneficial for students (who don’t usually have a lot of extra money), new riders, families.  I’ve ridden Sun Link a number of times and have encountered frustrated riders who desire one-way tickets. Even walkers in the All Souls Procession on Nov. 9 needed one-way tickets back to the 6th Avenue/6th Street start-up point, where many had left their cars/trucks/bikes.

Offering one-way passes may help families save some money. For example, a family of four on a day trip in town would have to pay $16 to ride both ways under the current system,  but with one-way passes would pay only $6 – $8,  then could choose to walk back to save some $.  AZ Daily Star columnist Tim Steller and his family encountered this problem just recently: http://tucson.com/news/local/column/steller-streetcar-ticketing-discourages-spontaneous-trips/article_9a4d9b0c-3eb5-54fa-a98b-a4b8a19532e9.html?id=201408

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The overlooked impact of remittances

The movement of people across national borders is a worldwide phenomenon. Mex CA MapAccording to UN data, there are 232 million international migrants in the world, a little over 3% of the world’s population. A sizeable number of Americans reside or work outside of the United States. An estimated 6.2 million Americans (excluding military) live abroad. Over 1.5 million reside in Europe, another 2.5 million live in Western Hemisphere countries other than the United States.

Due to the flow of undocumented migrants coming across the border with Mexico, immigration policy has become a hotly disputed political issue in the United States. Other than agreeing that undocumented migrants should not be shot, American politicians can’t agree on immigration policy priorities or how to deal with the estimated 11.7 million undocumented people residing in the country. In an attempt to resolve the matter, the U.S. Senate passed a massive immigration bill that greatly enhanced border security, changed visa requirements and regularized the status of many migrants.

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Phoenix dropped from the list for 2016 DNC National Convention

I never understood why anyone thought that Phoenix had a realistic chance of being the site of the 2016 DNC National Convention in the first place. The Los Angeles Times reports, The 2016 Democratic convention will be in one of these three cities:

DNCThe Democratic National Committee on Monday winnowed its list of potential 2016 convention sites from five cities to three: Columbus, Ohio; New York and Philadelphia were selected as the finalists.

“We are fortunate to have such a diverse and vibrant group of cities interested in hosting this special event,” DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement.

The DNC dropped Birmingham, Ala., and Phoenix from its list of possible cities. A final decision is expected early next year.

In July, the Republican National Committee selected Cleveland to host its 2016 presidential convention.

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Team Barber files federal lawsuit for #Countmyvote

barber mcsallyThe Ron Barber for Congress campaign filed a federal lawsuit this morning seeking to have 133 “wrongfully rejected” ballots counted from voters who did everything right on election day.

These distraught voters have had their stories posted on Facebook and Twitter by the Ron Barber campaign under the heading #Countymyvote. Yes, valid ballots are wrongfully rejected in every election for a variety of reasons, but typically the public never learns about it because there is not a recount or a legal challenge to ballots. Elections are not perfect.

The press release from the Ron Barber for Congress campaign:

BREAKING: Barber Campaign & Arizona Voters Go to Court to Make Sure Lawful Votes Are Counted

Tucson, AZ – This morning attorneys for Ron Barber for Congress and Southern Arizonans whose votes have not been counted went to Federal Court to seek relief, asking the Federal Court to order Pima and Cochise Counties to count 133 wrongfully rejected votes.

Three Arizona voters, Josh Cohen, Lauren Breckenridge, and Lea Goodwine-Cesarac, have joined with Ron Barber for Congress to file suit in Federal District Court in the State of Arizona, asking the judge to consider 133 declarations signed by individual Arizona voters, asking for their vote to be counted.

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