Category Archives: Endorsements

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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The trend continues: the conservative Cincinnati Enquirer endorses Hillary Clinton

First it was the Dallas Morning News, then the New Hampshire Union Leader. Now another conservative newspaper that has for a century  endorsed the Republican nominee for president has abandoned the GOP and endorsed the Democratic nominee.

The Cincinnati Enquirer, a conservative bastion, has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. (I am starting to believe that I may live to see a Chicago Cubs v. Boston Red Sox world series this year!) Why we’re endorsing for president:

HillaryThe decision to endorse Hillary Clinton for president, eloquently written by Associate Opinion Editor Kevin Aldridge, is the unanimous opinion of the five members of the editorial board.

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Our endorsement of Clinton is notable in that it is the first of a Democrat in roughly a century since The Enquirer began what we would consider endorsements in today’s context. Our archives show that the last Democrat The Enquirer editorial board liked was Woodrow Wilson, who won re-election in 1916.

“How does a newspaper with such a staunch conservative and Republican tradition in the hometown of William Howard Taft come to endorse a Democrat? As the editorial notes, much of it has to do with the Republican candidate.” Enquirer: It has to be Hillary Clinton:

Presidential elections should be about who’s the best candidate, not who’s the least flawed. Unfortunately, that’s not the case this year.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, the most unpopular pair of presidential candidates in American history, both have troubled relationships with truth and transparency. Trump, despite all of his bluster about wanting to “make America great again,” has exploited and expanded our internal divisions. Clinton’s arrogance and unwillingness to admit wrongdoing have made her a divisive and distrusted figure as well.

The Enquirer has supported Republicans for president for almost a century – a tradition this editorial board doesn’t take lightly. But this is not a traditional race, and these are not traditional times. Our country needs calm, thoughtful leadership to deal with the challenges we face at home and abroad. We need a leader who will bring out the best in all Americans, not the worst.

That’s why there is only one choice when we elect a president in November: Hillary Clinton.

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New Hampshire Union Leader fails to endorse the Republican for the first time in a century

First it was the Dallas Morning News, a conservative newspaper that has endorsed only Republican candidates for president since before World War II. The paper endorsed Hillary Clinton over Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Now perhaps the most conservative newspaper in the nation, always a sure endorsement for any Republican candidate for president, the New Hampshire Union Leader, has also refused to endorse the Republican nominee Donald Trump, a first for the paper in a century. I’m sensing a trend here.

Editor Joe McQuaid couldn’t quite bring himself to endorse the Democrat — it is the ultra-right Union Leader after all, they have a conservative reputation to maintain to keep that sweet New Hampshire GOP primary money flowing in every four years — so the paper endorsed GOP-light Libertarian Gary Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico. An Editorial — Joseph W. McQuaid, Publisher: A better choice for President (No need to hold your nose):

Voters leaning toward Trump are understandably fed up with the status quo, of which Clinton is a prime example. But they kid themselves if they think Trump isn’t pretty much a part of that status quo as well, or that he is in any way qualified to competently lead this nation.

Screenshot-16The man is a liar, a bully, a buffoon. He denigrates any individual or group that displeases him. He has dishonored military veterans and their families, made fun of the physically frail, and changed political views almost as often as he has changed wives.

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