The President and his devout counsel must think we are a Banana Republic. Despite his, and the zealots in his party, best efforts to facilitate this development, we are fortunately not there yet.
It was revealed today in the New York Times that some of the Presidents lawyers (including those no longer serving him) argued that obstruction of justice charges against the President cannot be pursued because, as head of the Executive Branch, he has the power to supervise investigations.
This is the zenith of chutzpah because if the President had such power, former Presidents Nixon and Clinton would have had their Justice Departments strangle the Watergate, and Whitewater Investigations in their infancies.
We are a Republic Mr. President, not an Absolute Monarchy or a Banana Republic. Being a Republic, you are not above the law and your people have to wonder if you are so innocent, why are you acting so guilty and making pronouncements and gestures that show culpability.
Sooner or Later the truth will come out. It always does. Just ask those who served Presidents Nixon and Clinton. It is inevitable.
“Downtown’R American Grill (is) inside the hotel. Bring friends & family and watch our POTUS candidate accept the nomination.” Hosted by Pima County Democrats CD 3.
Carolyn’s note: Here’s an event for those of us not in Philadelphia, PA this week. The Democratic National Convention is likely to nominate the Democratic team of Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine for U.S. President/Vice President for the Nov. 2016 general election, to face Donald Trump/Mike Pence on the Republican ticket (selected last week at the Republican National Convention). Clinton, the former First Lady under former President Bill Clinton, and formerly a U.S. Senator and Secretary of State, will be the first woman nominated by any major party for POTUS (President of the United States).
PHOENIX (AP) — Facing a $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona’s Republican-led Legislature has reduced the lifetime limit for welfare recipients to the shortest window in the nation.
Low-income families on welfare will now have their benefits cut off after just 12 months.
Oh, yes, it’s all about the deficit. Sure it is.
The cuts of at least $4 million reflect a prevailing mood among the lawmakers in control in Arizona that welfare, Medicaid and other public assistance programs are crutches that keep the poor from getting back on their feet and achieving their potential.
“I tell my kids all the time that the decisions we make have rewards or consequences, and if I don’t ever let them face those consequences, they can’t get back on the path to rewards,” Republican Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City, said during debate on the budget. “As a society, we are encouraging people at times to make poor decisions and then we reward them.”
I saw several people on social media wondering how Arizona could enact such limits to TANF when these are federal dollars in question. Understanding that requires historical context that the AP report touches on briefly in the very last paragraph: Continue reading →
Do the Democrats smell blood in the purple waters of Arizona? Given our Tea Party Legislature’s current assault on the citizens of Arizona. Let’s hope so.
Democratic Party superstars–Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton and Nancy Pelosi– are coming to Arizona this spring for separate events.
The Clinton Global Initiative University is sponsoring a university-based event at ASU on March 21-23. Details in our Calendar here and background here. Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea are all attending.
As we look forward to the 2016 presidential race, you’ll remember that Hillary took Arizona in 2008. My theory has always been that she won Arizona (over Barack Obama and John Edwards) because she didn’t send the “second string” to Pima County (where the Democrats live!). She and Chelsea rocked the house in Bear Down Gym and to the overflow crowd that filled the mall and watched her on remote TV. It was one of the most exciting political speeches I ever heard.
Nancy Pelosi talking with reporters at the Democratic National Convention, 2012.
In April, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi will a special guest at the Arizona Democratic Party’s State Committee Meeting. This is obviously a “rally the troupes” moment. This meeting was scheduled originally for April 12 in Tucson but has been changed to Phoenix. (As one BfAZ author remarked, “Didn’t they think Pelosi could find Tucosn?) Stay tuned for more information on both of these events and, most likely, related campaigning while the stars are in the state.
Despite Arizona’s reputation as a stalwartly red state, with
a capital R, Democrats are hoping to take back one of the state’s US Senate in November.
Although Democrats have held a percentage of the state’s
Congressional seats for years, the Republican Party has controlled both Arizona
US Senate seats since 1994, when embattled Senator Dennis
Deconcini retired, and Arizona Congressman Jon Kyl won it.
early 2012, former Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona has been
crisscrossing the state, campaigning
tirelessly to move that Senate seat to the D column. Over the summer,
Carmona climbed steadily in the polls against Kyl’s heir apparent and
six-term, conservative Congressman Jeff Flake. A recently released poll shows
leading Flake by four percentage points—a statistical dead heat.
Wednesday night, Carmona and Clinton addressed an estimated
5500 Arizonans at an outdoor rally on the Arizona State University (ASU)
More details and a videos after the jump.
Following a rousing musical set by Jimmy Eat World and a glowing
introduction by former Phoenix Suns basketball player and current Mayor of
Sacramento Kevin Johnson,
Carmona was obviously pumped up as he took the stage.
“My government made an investment in me, and I’m paying it
off,” Carmona said, alluding to the GI Bill and the community college open
enrollment policy that allowed the Puerto Rican street kid to become surgeon
general and perhaps a US Senator. Carmona explained that one of the reasons he’s
running for the Senate is that he wants to protect our country’s “infrastructure
of opportunity”—veterans’ benefits, Pell Grants, Social Security, Medicare, and
other social safety net programs.
Feeding off of the enthusiasm of the overflow crowd that
spilled out onto the sidewalks, Clinton continued the themes of working
together and investing in the American people.
“Shared prosperity is better than trickledown economics,”
Clinton said repeatedly. “A philosophy that says ‘we’re all in this together’—that’s
what the GI Bill is all about—is better than ‘you’re on your own.’ The more we
expand opportunities for everybody,
the more we build a great middle class.
“In every successful country on Earth today, there is the
realization that we face a blithering array of complex challenges, and in an
environment like that, creative cooperation beats constant conflict every, single time,” he emphasized.
“We’re in this boat together, and we’ve got to row.”
Although Clinton was scheduled to speak only 15 minutes, the
folksy elder statesman was on a roll for 30 minutes, as Carmona stood by
chuckling at Clinton’s jokes and nodding in agreement. Clinton never mentioned
President Barack Obama, but he touched on a multitude of subjects that are
important to the President’s campaign—from the DREAM Act and the importance of
our diverse society to education, student loans, veterans, healthcare reform, job
creation, solar energy, and, of course, the importance of electing Carmona to
Earlier in the evening, Carmona and Flake
finished his first
debate. Flake, who had refused to debate Carmona, more than one time in a Phoenix PBS studio
with no audience, recently acquiesced and agreed to three
debates in Phoenix, Tucson, and Yuma. The coming weeks will be crowded with
dueling campaign ads, debates, and public appearances.
Congressman Jeff Flake– formerly thought to be the heir apparent to retiring Jon Kyl's US Senate seat– is now in a dead heat for that seat with Independent-turned-Democrat, former Surgeon General, Green Baret, Pima County Sheriff's Deputy, ER doc Richard Carmona.
Carmona has been stumping tirelessly statewide for almost a year, steadily rising in the polls and raising millions of dollars to beat the lobbyist-turned-Tepublican. Carmona's increasing popularity and public pressure recently persuaded Flake to agree to multiple debates statewide. Flake had previously declined all debates, beyond a simple forum at a Phoenix PBS station with no audience. Another sign that Flake is in trouble; he is coming under fire on social media for twisting the facts about Carmona's past. (OK, politicians twist facts for a living, but Carmona has such a distinguished record of service that the super-PAC-funded trash talk is backfiring on Flake.)
A sure sign the Dems think they can win this, they recently announced that the big fundraising gun of the party– former President Bill Clinton– will stump for Carmona this week, October 10 in Tempe. Go here to register for this event. Woot!
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Three Democrats running for 2 seats on Arizona Corporation Commission in the 8/28/18 primary: former Commissioners Bill Mundell and Sandra Kennedy (running as a team), and political newcomer Kiana Sears. 2 of the 5 seats on the AZ Corporation Commission … Continue reading →
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