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Watch Tucson City Council primary election candidates on AZPM

AZPM PBS 6 Metro Week Show on Aug. 4, 2017 interviewed the 3 Democrats running for Ward 3,  and 2 Green Party candidates running for Ward 6 in the City of Tucson Council elections.  The 3 Democrats are Felicia Chew, Paul Durham, Tom Tronsdal. The 2 Greens are Mike Cease and Michael Oatman. More info on the candidates here: http://blogforarizona.net/council-candidates-for-city-of-tucson-primary-election/

The winner in the Ward 3 Dem primary faces off with Independent Gary Watson in the General Election on Nov. 7, 2017.

The winner in the Ward 6  GP primary faces off with incumbent 2 term Councilman Steve Kozachik, a Democrat and a Republican challenger Mariano Rodriguez.

View the 1/2 hour AZPM TV show here: https://tv.azpm.org/metroweek/. This show airs at 6:30 p.m. tonight on PBS Channel 6.  Early ballots go out on August 9, 2017.

Vote wisely on or before August 29, 2017.

What’s in Trump’s Tax Returns He Doesn’t Want Robert Mueller To See?

We know from his public outbursts that Donald Trump doesn’t want Robert Mueller looking at his tax returns, but what information does he not what want Mueller to see?

My guess is it’s not just the information on Trump’s personal returns that worrying him. From my own experience as a tax professional, those returns, on their face, are unlikely to contain damning information. The information on a personal tax return isn’t specific enough. Yes, Trump’s tax returns will have many more pages than those of the average taxpayer, but the pages themselves largely will be a lot of numbers. The returns are unlikely to show, for example, who Trump’s lenders are, who his business partners are, who purchased property from him, and other facts that would indicate shady financial dealings.

They will, however, contain the names of some of the business entities in which Trump owns an interest. By itself, that’s not much. But Trump’s tax returns are not where Mueller’s investigatory powers end. It’s barely where they start. Continue reading

Yuuuge Milestone for Yours Truly

…And when the radical priest
Come to get me released
We was all on the cover of Newsweek

Paul Simon, in Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard

Okay, okay, it’s not quite on the cover of Newsweek, but my opinion piece, which I think is my best product ever, just went up at Newsweek.com:

AUTOMATION KILLS JOBS AND BRINGS MASS POVERTY. CALL THAT PROGRESS?

I can’t re-post it here, but if you would click through and give it a read, I’d really appreciate it.

Are You Ready to Die Empty?

Cross-posted from RestoreReason.com.

This past weekend in Brooklyn, I had the opportunity to spend some time with Diane Ravitch and many other heroes of public education. We were gathered for a Network for Public Education (NPE) project that left me buoyed about the future of public education. For those who might not know, the NPE is a national grassroots public education advocacy group founded by Diane Ravitch and Anthony Cody. I won’t go into the details of the project, but here’s an NPE notice about it.

It was to say the least, an amazing experience! I heard Texas Superintendent John Kuhn speak eloquently about how “education malpractice doesn’t start in the schoolhouse, it starts in the statehouse.” I had first heard of John Kuhn when he gained national prominence by speaking at the Save Texas Schools Rally in 2011. I was excited to meet John and he didn’t disappoint. He is incredibly articulate and passionate and as a dedicated education professional, knows of what he speaks firsthand. During his session, he brilliantly made the point that “naming and shaming teachers, while shielding legislators” to fulfill their responsibility to our children is unconscionable. Or as he later asked in another way, why is it that we use a microscope to analyze outcomes of our public schools, but wear a blindfold to look at the input?” Of course this was a rhetorical question, John knows it’s because we can’t stand the answer. Continue reading

Winds of War

I stole the title from a friend’s Facebook post. I doubt he’ll mind.

He and I had the identical reaction to Trump’s speech to CPAC on Friday, in which Trump declared that America is about to undergo the greatest military buildup in history. Military buildups have one and only one purpose: going to war. That’s especially true when the nation embarking on the buildup already has the largest and most advanced military in the world, with most of the world’s other large fighting forces aligned with its own.

Worse yet, Trump, who expressed puzzlement at America’s no first strike policy regarding nuclear weapons, has promised a buildup in nuclear weaponry as well.

The only real questions are who and when. Iran? China? Mexico?

These are, as the saying goes, “interesting times.”

And we’re living in them.