Daily Archives: February 1, 2018

Bob Stump is dead, this guy is a poseur playing low information GOP voters for fools

Bob Stump is the name of a longtime politician who represented Arizona’s 3rd district in Congress for 26 years and earned a reputation as one of the most conservative members of the House of Representatives. He died in 2003.

The “Bob” Stump running in the CD 8 special election primary race to fill the congressional seat vacated by disgraced Arizona Republican Trent Franks is NOT that Bob Stump. He is a poseur hoping to play low information GOP voters into thinking he is that Bob Stump, as he has done throughout his political career.

The Washington Post reports, ‘There is only one Bob Stump’: Arizona politicians’ families spar over same name:

“Bob” Stump happens to be the chosen name of Christopher Robert Stump, a 46-year-old politician who is no relation to the late Bob Stump. He is, however, running alongside 11 other Republicans to replace Franks, who resigned last year amid sexual misconduct allegations.

Christopher Robert Stump was, until 2002, known as Christopher Stump. He started calling himself Bob Stump shortly before his first bid for public office.

The use of the name Bob Stump by Christopher Robert Stump is causing some consternation.

The late congressman’s widow says candidate Stump’s decision to go by Bob is a cheap and deceitful attempt to trade on her late husband’s name. On Sunday, she released a sharply worded letter calling on him to make clear that the two men are not related.

“I want to set the record straight: There is only one Bob Stump and that was my late husband,” Nancy Stump wrote. “Christopher Robert Stump is not related to my late husband or to our family in any way, shape or form. I would ask that he publicly acknowledge that he is not related to our family and stop this charade. The voters deserve to know the truth.”

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Arizona House votes to expel Rep. Don ‘Tequila’ Shooter

I’m glad if I helped to advance this story to its proper conclusion, for what it’s worth. Arizona House expels Rep. Don Shooter, citing ‘dishonorable’ pattern of workplace harassment:

House Speaker J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, said earlier this week that he would hold a vote Thursday to censure Shooter, a reprimand that would be part of the chamber’s historical record.

But moments before the House session Thursday, Mesnard issued a statement saying he would push for Shooter’s expulsion instead. The change was due to a letter sent by Shooter to his House colleagues challenging portions of the investigation.

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The Arizona House of Representatives voted Thursday to expel Rep. Don Shooter from office over complaints that he that he sexually harassed women.

The vote comes after an investigation into sexual-harassment allegations against Shooter found “credible evidence” that he behaved inappropriately toward multiple women.

An explosive report from the investigation graphically details lewd language and actions from Shooter, a powerful Republican lawmaker from Yuma, who has openly behaved in a crass manner, but did so unchecked by his peers for years.

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Donald Trump and his congressional allies are a clear and present danger to American democracy

For those of you who have been distracted by other less important matters, as of today we are officially in a constitutional crisis.

The threat to our democracy is now at DEFCON 1. To paraphrase, “Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their country.” This is not a drill.

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee disregarded a Justice Department  letter last week to Rep. Devin Nunes, the committee’s Republican chairman, from Stephen E. Boyd, an assistant attorney general, advising him it would be “extraordinarily reckless” to release the “Nunes Memo” drawing on classified information without official review.

According to the ranking minority member on the committee Rep. Adam Schiff, and the Transcript of House Intelligence Committee Meeting Regarding the Nunes Memo, the committee chairman, Devin Nunes, despite meeting with FBI Director Wray on Sunday regarding the concerns of the FBI, refused to even hear from the FBI in the committee hearing regarding their concerns for national security sources and methods (pp.2-21):

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It should be noted that this committee hearing was the first time it was disclosed to Democrats on the committee that chairman Devin Nunes and several Republican members on his committee were conducting their own investigation into the FBI and Department of Justice, something that was not approved by a vote of the committee.

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“Groundhog Day” screening on Groundhog Day at the Loft

25th Anniversary!

Groundhog Day

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 AND SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 AT 10:00PM | GENERAL ADMISSION: $6 • LOFT MEMBERS: $5 at Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson

“Bill Murray, reunited with his Ghostbusters director Harold Ramis, is at his wisecracking best in this hilarious high concept romantic comedy about a self-absorbed TV weatherman caught in a personal time warp on the worst day of his life.

Teamed with a relentlessly cheerful producer (Andie MacDowell) and a blissfully clueless cameraman (the great Chris Elliott), weatherman Phil Connors (Murray) is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities. But on his way out of town, Phil is caught in a giant blizzard, which he failed to predict, and finds himself stuck in small-town hell. Just when things couldn’t get worse, they get worse; Phil wakes the next morning in a bizarre time warp in which it’s Groundhog Day all over again…and again…and again. No matter what he does, he’s stuck in February 2, 1992; neither imprisonment nor attempted suicide nor kidnapping the groundhog can get him out of the loop. But the more Phil relives the same day, the more he’s forced to look at other people’s lives, and something very unusual happens: he starts to become a better person.   Who would have guessed? (Dir. by Harold Ramis, 1993, 101 mins., Rated PG)”

Carolyn’s note: Has it been 25 years since this hilarious, clever movie came out?  After seeing this film, we all knew what happens with both Phils in Punxsutawney, PA on Groundhog Day —Feb. 2nd of each year.  Catch this showing on Feb. 2nd, then AGAIN on Feb. 3rd, 2018.  Relive the humor, laugh twice.

Happy Groundhog Day tomorrow. Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow?