So it turns out voters want labels after all

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On Monday evening a Dem consultant and I got into a lengthy argument on Twitter with Chris Herstam, a former GOP legislator and current lobbyist, over the Top Two Primary proposal. Herstam was a big supporter of the measure that failed in 2012 and appears to be taking an active role in crafting and selling the “new and improved” one. Herstam is well known in Arizona political circles as a very nice guy and he has made it clear publicly that he is appalled by the hard right direction the Republicans have taken in the past several years. He seems to have a good faith belief that changing the primary system to give non-affiliated voters easier access to it will lead to more of the kind of centrists he prefers getting elected in Republican dominated districts.

After much back and forth on Twitter, it looked as though Herstam decided to delete all his tweets for some reason. I’m not sure why because he hadn’t said anything embarrassing or offensive and he was capably getting out the talking points. Herstam’s tweets were all saved in my phone, though, and one statement he made piqued my interest:

Chris Herstam (@chrisherstam) tweeted at 7:16 PM on Mon, Nov 23, 2015: @DonnaDiva @XXXXXX. Polling demonstrated that citizens preferred some guidance via registered status.Of course Sen Begay screws that up.

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Four apply for District 2 PCC Bd. of Governors

A while ago I reported on the process to apply for the vacant seat on the Pima Community College Board of Governors, since the resignation on 10/19/15 of long term member David Longoria.  Here’s my post:

Today, November 24 at 5 p.m. was the deadline to apply. Here’s the list of applicants seeking the position, all residents of District 2:

·         Rene Teyechea – Teacher, Desert View High School

·         Demion Clinco – Former AZ House Member – LD 2/ Current, President & Executive Director of Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation

·         Miguel Cuevas – Former TUSD Board Member – 4 years / Current, Operations Manager at AFNI Inc.

·         Georgia Brousseau – Retired TUSD School Principal & former PCC Governing Board member (District 3 and 2 for total of 9 years)

As in the recent past (appointment of Martha Durkin to the District 5 seat), Pima County School Superintendent Dr. Arzoumanian will impanel a Community Advisory Committee which will interview the eligible candidates and provide their recommendation(s) to her, who will then make the final decision on appointment.  So stay tuned.

Info on who else is currently on the five member PCC Board of Governors:




St. Francis UMC 2016 Sunday Night at the Movies schedule

St Francis United Methodist Church

4625 E River Rd 85718 (NW corner of River& Swan)

 Sunday Night at the Movies (Sponsored by the Adult Education Program) 

 2016 Schedule

We will begin with a potluck dinner at 5:30.  Bring enough to share with 6 people.  The movie will start approximately at 6:15, and we will have a discussion of the theme after the presentation.

 Jan. 10th


Starring Robin Williams in his remarkable final on-screen performance, BOULEVARD follows married but closeted 60 year-old bank employee Nolan (Williams) whose spontaneous turn down an unknown street upends his monotonous life and crumbling marriage. After forming an uncommon friendship with a young, charismatic hustler, Nolan finds himself on a journey of self-discovery and must confront the secrets he has kept hidden from his wife (Kathy Baker of SAVING MR. BANKS) and himself. Nolan’s dramatic decision to rethink his own identity holds with it the promise of happiness and salvation for both he and his wife in this touching and inspiring film. From acclaimed director Dito Montiel (A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS, THE SON OF NO ONE), and written by Douglas Soesbe, BOULEVARD shines with an ensemble cast that includes Bob Odenkirk (TV’s BETTER CALL SAUL) and Roberto Aguire (STRUCK BY LIGHTNING) in a breakout performance. [This film got only modest reviews at best.—sgm]



In a small, remote mountain top primary school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. One new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school. He is Maruge (Litondo), an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, who is desperate to learn to read at this late stage of his life. He fought for the liberation of his country and now feels he must have the chance of an education so long denied-even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds. Moved by his passionate plea, head teacher Jane Obinchu (Harris) supports his struggle to gain admission and together they face fierce opposition from parents and officials who don’t want to waste a precious school place on such an old man. The First Grader is a heart-warming and inspiring true story of one man’s fight for what he believes is his right in order to overcome the burdens of his past. It is a triumphant testimony to the transforming force of education. The First Grader is supported by national TV, online, print, and social media campaigns reaching more than 100 million and it stars Pirates of the Caribbean actress Naomie Harris.

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I’d Like to Wind Up Wrong Here, But…

Two years ago, I wrote in Wake Up Progressives about the danger of weak, centrist leadership from the Democratic Party enabling a right-wing fascist in his rise to power. I quoted Chris Hedges from Wall Street and Corporations are Pulling the Strings: Continue reading