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GOP Legislative Candidate Marilyn Wiles has an Anti-Tucson Agenda

This is part two of a two-part article on what the Republicans say behind closed doors. Part one is Pima County Republicans Cheer Kelli Ward, who Jeers McSally

Marilyn Wiles

Marilyn Wiles

Speaking at this week’s Pima County Republican Meeting, candidate Marilyn Wiles promised “to do something about Tucson and what’s going on locally.”

“I want to take a real hard at local government overreach. Why don’t we have a commission to look at local governments across the state, particularly here in Pima County, to see what we can do to make sure that our taxpayer dollars go to what best serves us as taxpayers.”

She did not explain what overreach she was talking about. Wiles spoke at a packed meeting on May 15 at the Murphy-Wilmot Library in Tucson, to a crowd of 75 to 100 Republicans. 

This office. No, that office!

At first, Wiles was running for Tucson’s CD2 congressional seat, but she abruptly changed her mind. She said she is now running for the state Legislature in District 10 (the East side of Tucson). “I will be running against Senator David Bradley. We need a very conservative person to get things done and get them right.”

She explained her fiscal policy this way: “I want a pot roast with potatoes, carrots and onions and beans and gravy. They put everything in one big blender and stirred it up, it no longer tastes like pot roast and carrots and potatoes. I want to maintain the integrity of the pot roast, you get money for carrots, we know we’re spending it on carrots. When we get money for potatoes, we’re spending it on potatoes.”

“You want transparency and accountability where our money goes. And not these surprises we seem to keep getting,” she said, without elaborating.

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One Big Ass Shell Game

Cross-posted from RestoreReason.com.

Governor Doug Ducey has pledged to reduce taxes every year he is in office and likes to tout he is doing just that. The GOP-led Legislature also seems to be totally on-board with doing less with less unless that is, they are handing out corporate welfare. At least that is, while they still need corporate donations to help fund their reelection campaigns.

Evidently though, once out of office, GOP “leaders” can see the error of their ways as with former Governor Jan Brewer who just told Capitol Media Services that, in hindsight, the tax cuts she approved were “a little bit too aggressive.” She went on to say that the result has been a reduction in revenues for necessary state services and that “sooner or later, you have to pay the fiddler.” Just like GOP leadership today though (who claim school boards, not they, are responsible for teacher salaries), she passes the buck by saying her approval of the cuts was a political compromise because “the boys at the Legislature…wanted more.” Continue reading

The bad smelling infiltration of Netroots Nation that few noticed.

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My Blog for AZ colleagues who attended Netroots Nation have done a great job describing Netroots Nation Phoenix and critiquing the shitstorm that followed a group of #BlackLivesMatter activists disrupting the town hall of Democratic Presidential candidates Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders. I feel no need to elaborate upon what Pamela Powers Hannley, Bob Lord, Craig McDermott, and Steve Muratore have done.

And I will get to the thing I want to say, but first I need to outline my favorite things in life in order of importance:

1. Mark

2. Corgis

3. Panel discussions

4. Walking around, gathering swag (t-shirts! coffee cups! bottle openers!), at the booths at the conventions where the panel discussions happen. Continue reading

Paul, honey, we pro-choicers could have told you this 30 years ago

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Paul Krugman’s Monday NYT column is a sharp observation of how the American Right is untethered from evidence on a wide variety of policy issues.

Of course not. Evidence doesn’t matter for the “debate” over climate policy, where I put scare quotes around “debate” because, given the obvious irrelevance of logic and evidence, it’s not really a debate in any normal sense. And this situation is by no means unique. Indeed, at this point it’s hard to think of a major policy dispute where facts actually do matter; it’s unshakable dogma, across the board. And the real question is why. Continue reading

Culture war issues FINALLY surface in Arizona Governor’s race

Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com

duval duceyPhoto: AZ Republic

I have to say there have been some encouraging developments in the AZ midterms the past few days. First Howie Fischer weighed in, and then the Arizona Republic (finally) ran a piece highlighting the significant differences on so-called “social issues”, that is, a host of things that affect a lot of people’s lives, rights, financial situation, ability to participate fully in society, etc., but do not necessarily fall within the confines of what rich white people consider important.

While Arizona’s most controversial social policies have generally originated in the state Legislature and the courts have had the final say, the governor is the gatekeeper. As the state’s chief executive, the governor holds the veto stamp and has historically used it to push back on legislation deemed too far outside the public interest.

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Budget Battle: Can the Rich Afford to Pay Higher Taxes?

Toprates_prog2by Pamela Powers Hannley

Since the Tea Party took over the House of Representatives after the disastrous 2010 election, you'd think the most pressing job facing the Congress was to lower taxes on the richest Americans. (Feather-bedding the 1% is right up there with squashing our civil liberties, suppressing voter turnout, grandstanding about cutting "entitlements" (AKA earned benefits), supporting Wall Street banksters, and protecting Citizens United and the obscene campaign finance system we have.

Just look how many marches, blog posts, letters to the editor, calls to representatives, and Occupations it took to overturn the Bush Era Tax Cuts on people who make more than $400,000 a few months ago. (And it still probably wouldn't have happened if it weren't for three percentages that changed public opinion– 99%, 1%, and 47%.) More on taxes and budgets after the jump.

In the latest budget fiasco playing out this week in Congress, there are three budget plans in play: the conservative Republican Paul Ryan budget, the Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget (which is an amendment to the Ryan plan), and the Senate Democrats plan, put forth by Patty Murray.

One piece of the Ryan plan and the CPC plan focuses on how much income tax the wealthiest Americans should pay. Ryan wants to lower the top tax rate to 25%– going back to the Coolidge years (yeah, that worked out well)– while the progressives want to raise the top bracket to 49% (on income over $1 billion). Bumping up the income tax rate on billionaires to 49% sounds like a big jump, but when you look at the historic data (provided above in a graphic from the Washington Post), you can see that that rate has jumped up and down wildly– depending upon who is President.

So, can billionaires afford to pay higher income taxes? Of course. They can afford to pay 49% on anything over $1 billion much more than the elderly and the disabled can afford chained CPI. For that matter, people making $250,000+ can afford to have their Bush Era Tax cuts rescinded.

The rich also can afford to pay more into Social Security; currently Americans don't pay FICA on any income over $113,700. (So, if you believe the right-wingers when they say that Social Security is in financial trouble, how come they never propose raising or eliminating the cap?)

And, finally, the rich Wall Street banksters can afford to pay a tiny Financial Transaction Tax (AKA Robin Hood Tax) on each stock market trade. 

So, what's the big deal with the debt and deficit? I've just offered a few trillion dollars worth of ideas– some of which are in the CPC budget plan. The vote is this week. Call your Congressional representative and tell him or her to vote for the Back to Work Budget. Here's a petition you can sign. Here's a link to send a letter.