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New Sanders Video Featuring Yours Truly

For those interested, Bernie Sanders’ team has a new video out, which includes a few clips from an obscure Arizona tax attorney. Were I not so technologically challenged, I’d have the video embedded here, but I’m afraid the best I can do is paste in a link.

Bernie Sanders’ Facebook page

Enjoy.

Meet the Next Congressman to Replace Motormouth McSally

Find out which Democratic congressional candidate has the best skills to beat Martha McSally at the CD2 Candidate Forum on Oct. 26 at Rincon High School, 421 N Arcadia Ave, Tucson, AZ 85711.

Candidates include:

Matt Heinz –Chastened, a Data-Driven Matt Heinz Wants Another Shot at McSally

Ann Kirkpatrick – Kirkpatrick joins the list of Democrats running for McSally’s congressional seat

Billy Kovacs –Billy Kovacs Congressional Kickoff 

Mary Matiella – Mary Matiella, retired assistant secretary of Army, enters CD2 race (Blog for Arizona article coming soon!)

Bruce Wheeler – 7 Reasons Why Bruce Wheeler Can Beat McSally

Constitution Applies to All

I was honored to do the coin toss for Military Appreciation Night at a high school football game recently. Thankfully, the loss of the toss didn’t determine the outcome of the game for the home team. They went on to win the game and I enjoyed the opportunity to talk to many of the other veterans who had attended the game.

One Air Force vet thanked me for my service and after some small talk, he told me how horrible he thought it was for NFL players to “take a knee” during the National Anthem. I told him I had a different take that I’d like to share with him.

I said my perspective was that I had served to ensure those players had the freedom to exercise their First Amendment rights. He hesitated a second and then said “well, I just don’t think it’s right”. I told him that I didn’t think the Ku Klux Klan’s views are “right” nor do I like how they express them. But, to paraphrase what Michael Douglas’ character said in The American President, “I may hate to the core what you say, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it”.

I believe those football players who “take a knee” have as much right to make a statement in any legal way they see fit, as the Neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville had to express their displeasure with the statute removal. But…when such expressions turn dangerous and deadly, that’s another matter entirely.

To all those who claim they love our country and support our Constitution, I say you can’t pick and choose who gets to enjoy the rights bestowed on citizens of these United States. Millions of servicemembers paid the ultimate price because they believed in our ideals. We best honor their sacrifice by continuing to live by, and protecting, those ideals.

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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