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- Why economics has a democratic deficit
- Justice Roberts used bad Data to end Voting Rights Act & other shoddy SCOTUS Mistakes
- Iran’s Khamenei: We’ll observe Deal if Europe does, despite “Charlatan,” Trump
- McCain Snaps At Fox News Reporter
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- Why Cities Shouldn't Bend Over Backwards for Corporations
- He Shouldn't Be President
- Puerto Rico's Environmental Catastrophe
- Twelve days of silence, then a swipe at Obama: How Trump handled four dead soldiers
- Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore says kneeling during the anthem is against the law
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Former District 4 Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll, who stepped down in Dec. 2016 just months short of 20 years at that job, was appointed today by his former fellow Supervisors to be Justice of the Peace in Precinct 7, serving Green Valley. Carroll applied for the seat, along with 7 others, after JP Lisa Royal quit in August, 2017 to become Administrator of the Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts in Tucson.
Prior to this Carroll has been employed (Community & Government Relations) with the Amity Foundation (http://blogforarizona.net/former-pima-county-supervisor-ray-carroll-joins-amity-foundation/)
Motion was made by District 4 Supervisor Steve Christy, 2nd by District 3 Supervisor Sharon Bronson.Vote was 4-1 with Supervisor Ally Miller against.
Carroll is a non attorney, as were most of the applicants (including Michael Acosta, Gary Halkowitz, Janie Stover) seeking this position. The only attorneys who applied were Ron Newman (also a JP pro tem) and Mathew Cannon. Two of the applicants (David Kryder and Barbara Blake) are Hearing Officers in Small Claims court, and non attorneys as well. Info on the 8 applicants here: link to AZ Daily Star article: http://tucson.com/news/local/candidates-seeking-vacant-green-valley-jp-appointment/article_c9b2f700-3fee-54a0-a728-88a6fc4248d0.html
Did You Know…
In recognition of Conflict Resolution Day (October 19th), the Center for Community Dialogue in collaboration with Pima County Public Library is offering a unique free opportunity for Tucsonans to learn more about handling such situations peacefully and effectively.
Join us on at Woods Memorial Library on
3455 N. 1st Avenue, Tucson
From Ward 3 Councilmember Karin Uhlich’s newsletter: “Join The Center for Community Dialog for free “Talk to a Mediator” events, which will be held the week of Oct. 15-23. As “drop-in” events, we invite you to come any time during the posted hours to hear a brief presentation on “The Neurobiology of Conflict,” or to sit down privately with Center for Community Dialogue mediators to discuss tense situations, disagreements, or tough conversations you need to have. For more information about Talk to a Mediator, contact Christina Medvescek, (520) 323-1708 ext. 122, or firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Monday, Oct. 16, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Ward 1 office, 940 W. Alameda
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 10 am – 1 pm, Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. First
Thursday, Oct. 19, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Ward 3 office, 1510 E. Grant Rd.
Friday, Oct. 20, 1 – 4 pm, Martha Cooper Library, 1377 N. Catalina Ave.
Monday, Oct. 23, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Ward 6 office, 3202 E. First St.
Having been a practicing attorney (and also a trained mediator) I encourage people to resolve their differences and disputes — peacefully and civilly. Listening to Small Claims cases for over 12 years now, has also taught me to realize the intensity and necessity of dispute resolution, especially before it turns to violence.
October is also D.V. Awareness month. See my previous post: http://blogforarizona.net/domestic-violence-awareness-month-paint-pima-purple/
AZ Daily Star endorses Democratic Councilman Steve Kozachik and Independent Gary Watson for City Council races
There are 2 contested races for Tucson City Council in Ward 3 and 6 on the General Election (Nov. 7, 2017) ballot. The Arizona Daily Star endorsed Ward 6 Democratic Councilman Steve Kozachik, seeking his 3rd term. And for Ward 3 the newspaper editorial board has endorsed political newcomer Gary Watson (I, former Republican) who is a Captain of a Northwest fire station and JTED instructor. Read the endorsements here (page A8 print edition) :
Ward 6 Councilman Kozachik is being challenged by Republican architect (political newcomer) Mariano Rodriguez and Green Party candidate Mike Cease (Chair of the Pima County Green Party) who ran unsuccessfully for Pima County Recorder in Nov. 2016.
In Ward 3 the current Councilmember Karin Uhlich (D) is stepping down after 3 terms and retired attorney Democrat Paul Durham is running for that seat as well. In the August 2017 3-way Democratic primary, the AZ Daily Star endorsed political newcomer Tom Tronsdal: http://blogforarizona.net/arizona-daily-star-endorses-businessman-tom-tronsdal-for-ward-3-council-seat/ (over Durham and Felicia Chew, also a political newcomer).
Ward 5 Councilman Richard Fimbres is also up for re-election to his 3rd term, but he is unopposed.
Vote wisely on or before Nov. 7, 2017. Mail-in-ballots went out on October 11, when early voting began. 3 polling places will be open on Nov. 7 (for drop off and provisional ballots).
On October 13, AZPM Metro Week host Vanessa Barchfield interviewed candidates running for the Tucson City Council in contested races in Wards 3 and 6. In Ward 3 Democrat Paul Durham and Independent Gary Watson face off for the open seat; and incumbent (2 term) Councilmember Steve Kozachik is being challenged in Ward 6 –by Green Party candidate Mike Cease and Republican Mariano Rodriguez. Both Ward 3 candidates and all 3 Ward 6 candidates met in studio with Ms. Barchfield.
View the Metro Week show here:
Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres is also running for re-election, is unopposed, and thus was not interviewed.
Early voting began this week on October 11, the same day mail in ballots went out for the Nov. 7, 2017 General Election.
Five propositions are also on the ballot in Tucson: Prop. 202 & 203 (proposed sales tax for Reid Park zoo), Prop. 204 (proposed sales tax for early childhood education), Prop. 406 (salary raises for the Mayor and 6 Councilmembers) and Prop. 458 (bonds for TUSD to be repaid by secondary property taxes).
Vote wisely on or before 11/7/17.
Do you have concerns about the Affordable Care Act and repeal attempts; about the future of Medicare and Medicaid; or about access to care or the cost of drugs?
Whether you are a patient or a provider, we want to hear your medical and health insurance stories. The LD9 and LD10 Legislators are holding an open mic forum in which we listen, you talk, and we all learn.
This is a free educational community event for residents of Pima County. It’s about listening and learning from each other. Senators David Bradley and Steve Farley and Representatives Kirsten Engel, Randy Friese, and Pamela Powers Hannley have confirmed their attendance. (Rep. Todd Clodfelter was invited but has a scheduling conflict.)
In the news, we hear what politicians and big corporations think should be done with our country’s overly complicated and extremely expensive health care system. At this event, the people of Southern Arizona will have an opportunity to tell us their stories and help shape future policy.
Mark your calendars for October 29, 2017. The event will be held 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, 4831 E. 22nd St.
Please take a few minutes to register with EventBrite by clicking here. We want to make sure we have enough seats.
Watch Facebook and other social media for updates.