Category Archives: Endorsements

AZ’s Worst Legislator: Vince Leach, not a Servant of the People in LD 11

State Representative Leach

State Representative Vincent Leach of Legislative District 11 and other reactionary zealots like him sure act like big government promoters when it comes to their reactionary and anti-democratic agenda.

Leach has sponsored ideas such as:

  • Protecting Dark Money contributors.
  • Overruling local election results and ballot initiatives, such as whether local towns can prohibit plastic bags in stores.
  • Opposing a woman’s right to choose.
  • Allowing taxpayer money to help students choose private religious schools.

LD11 spans from Maricopa in the north to the tip of Tucson in the south.

A self-described conservative, Leach has an A rating from both the Oliver North led National Rifle Association and the American Conservative Union, yet poor marks with the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, and the Children’s Action Alliance. A SaddleBrooke resident, Representative Leach has been in the Arizona State House since 2015. He is now the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety, Infrastructure, and Resources and Vice Chairman of the House and Ways Committee.

He is planning to run against Democrat Ralph Atchue for the State Senate Seat in LD 11 being vacated by Steve Smith. The main issues he plans to run on are border security, the Second Amendment, job creation, healthcare, and “life.”

Favoring the privileged
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Pima County Republicans Cheer Kelli Ward, who Jeers McSally

This is part one of a two-part article on what the Republicans say behind closed doors. Part two is  GOP Legislative Candidate Marilyn Wiles has an Anti-Tucson Agenda

GOP Senate Candidate Kelli Ward

GOP Senate Candidate Kelli Ward

Republicans at this month’s Pima County GOP meeting gave rousing rounds of applause to tea party darling Kelli Ward, a primary candidate for US Senate, who gloated over her lead in recent polls, fawned over Ted Cruz and ripped into fellow Republicans Martha McSally and John McCain.

Republicans packed the meeting last Tuesday at the Murphy-Wilmot Library in Tucson, with a crowd of 75 to 100 people. Ward was repeated greeting with loud applause.

Asked how she differentiates herself from her rival, Congressman Martha McSally, Ward said:

“You all live in Martha’s district. You all know how she’s been as a congresswoman. In language that she can understand: she’s failed the check ride [a pilot’s exam — because McSally was a pilot].  We certainly don’t promote the people who failed the check ride, we promote people who get the job done. I have a 98 rating with the American Conservative Union, tied with Mike Pence.”

“Passion Points”

She called her platform “passion points” including the following:

  • Ejecting the UN from the United States. “I don’t think that they should be on United States soil. I don’t we should be investing so much money in the UN,” she said.

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Pamela Powers Hannley: Voice of the People (video)

Pamela Powers Hannley

For more than a year now, I have been running for the Legislature to serve Legislative District 9 in the Arizona House.

Along the campaign trail, I have met 1000s of you at community events, like the Hunger Walk, Cyclovia, the Garden District Porch Fest, the Labor Day picnic, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march, the Peace Fair, Poetry Center activities, and other events.

I’ve met you at dozens of house parties and coffees with the candidate events.

I’ve met you at meetings like Democrats of Greater Tucson, the Nucleus Club, the Democratic Party State Committee meetings, and the LD9 meetings.

I’ve seen your creativity when I stopped at your doorsteps, and I’ve heard your passion at rallies.

I understand you because I am one of you. I’m a Mom and a Grandma. I worked in a factory, in a laundry, on a landscape crew, and as a waitress. I have climbed the corporate career ladder, and I’ve been laid off.

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Legislative District 10 races

bradley-phelpsLegislative District 10 is represented by Democratic state Senator David Bradley, a longtime Democratic party leader and well-regarded advocate for children.

His Republican opponent is a political newcomer, Randall Phelps, a retired Army helicopter pilot and aviation trainer.

Bradley is running traditional and has raised $46,179. His expenditures are $22,214 according to the financial statement on the Secretary of State web site, leaving a war chest of $23,965.

Phelps has raised $8,679, more than half that amount, $4,514 from his own funds. What I find odd is his expenditures, which are only $2,104, half of that amount, $1,320, to the Citizens Clean Elections Commission. He apparently started out as a Clean Elections candidate, but did not have enough supporters to meet the qualifying amount. There do not appear to be any expenditures for signs or literature on the financial statement on the Secretary of State web site.

The Arizona Daily Star candidate summary reported:

Democrat David Bradley is seeking a third term as state senator, and Republican Randall Phelps is running for the first time.

Bradley’s political career has included serving as chairman of the Pima County Democratic Party, four terms as a state representative, a lost race for Corporation Commission, and two terms as a state senator.

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Department of Justice to charge Crazy Uncle Joe Arpaio with criminal-contempt of court

The wheels of justice turn slowly, but they turn. Crazy Uncle Joe Arpaio may finally face justice for years of abuse of power and abuse of civil rights. The Department of Justice is to charge Crazy Uncle Joe Arpaio with contempt of court today. Federal government to pursue criminal-contempt charge against Sheriff Joe Arpaio:

Arpaio CartoonFederal prosecutors said Tuesday they will pursue a criminal-contempt charge against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for defying orders to halt the immigration-enforcement operations that made him a national lightning rod.

If convicted, Arpaio could spend up to six months in jail.

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Arpaio has not yet officially been charged. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton asked the federal government to write an order to show cause for her to sign by Wednesday. That will serve as a charging document for the case to go forward against Arpaio.

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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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