Daily Archives: September 4, 2018

Grand Opening of Unscrewed Theater’s new location

September 7, 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Unscrewed Theater, 4500 E. Speedway Blvd. #39

“We’re kicking off our Grand Opening 2.0 Weekend in style! Join us for a ceremonial celebration with the Tucson Metro Chamber, its Ambassadors, and Mayor Jonathan Rothschild.

There will be scissors. There will be ribbons. There will be scissors cutting ribbons, making the #UnscrewedMove complete!

Unscrewed Theater is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching, performing, and producing all forms of live improvisational theater in Tucson, AZ.”


For tickets to Super-sized shows for the grand opening weekend — go to https://www.unscrewedtheater.org/.

There’s even an Open House on Saturday Sept. 8 (12 to 4 p.m.) with behind the scenes peeks: https://www.facebook.com/events/495414190972282/

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Ducey Fingers Kyl

By Michael Bryan

Governor Ducey has decided upon a caretaker, not a competitor, for the McCain seat, naming former Senator Jon Kyl to finish McCain’s term until the 2020 election. It may be a wise move, not giving a leg up to any potential contender wishing to permanently hold the seat, he avoids giving any faction offense that they could take out on his reelection bid.

Ducey gets an experienced hand in the Senate, who most recently acted as “sherpa” for USSC nominee Kavanaugh, but who has no interest in holding the seat for himself after 2020. Ducey may be in line for some criticism of his selection as a creature of McCain by those who backed candidates against McCain, like Kelli Ward. I guess he’s not as worried about that as he would be by promoting a fire-brand like Ward to a position as influential as a Senate seat, given that GOP voters just rejected her: again. Third time’s the charm, eh Kelli?

UPDATE: Now that I think about it, isn’t it a conflict of interest for Kyl to go from lobbying Senators in favor of the Kavanaugh appointment to voting in the Senate on his confirmation? Perhaps Kyl should have to recuse himself from voting on the Kavanaugh confirmation?

UPDATE: When asked about potential conflicts of interest from his lobbying, Kyl merely answered, “No,” he didn’t think he had to recuse himself for anything.

UPDATE: Kyl has only agreed to serve until the end of the current session of Congress, possibly retiring as early as January. Why so short a commitment?

UPDATE: Finally, Jon Kyl is no maverick. He’s about as close to a party-line voter as one can get:

Podcast: What You Don’t Know About the Primary Elections

John C. Scott

In this 9/1/18  interview on the John C. Scott Show  broadcast on KVOI 1030 AM, Blog for Arizona writer Larry Bodine reveals his insights about the August 28 Arizona primary races.

Topics include:

  • Who turned out to vote in the primary election? Was it Millennials and Latinos?
  • Astonishingly, 100,000 people voted for a convicted racist crook.
  • Did the GOP or the Democrats turn out in bigger numbers in the primaries?
  • Lea Marquez Peterson had an extremely weak showing against a political nobody. Tucson is a bright spot for Democrats.
  • Why Ann Kirkpatrick’s attack ads were more effective than Matt Heinz’s. And now her support from Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is kicking in.
  • How close will the Kyrsten Sinema vs. Martha McSally race be for US Senate? Guess where McSally’s base of support is, compared with Sinema’s. Who is Sinema’s $1.1 million supporter?
  • The nation is watching the Governor’s race: There was a “no” vote by Republicans against Gov. Ducey, who facing David Garcia’s 6,000 volunteers who knocked on 40,000 doors and contacted 400,000 voters.
  • The Trump effect: what Steve Bannon said.
  • Democrats can take comfort in three of the worst public officials who lost their primaries.

Authoritarian Tea-Publicans are hiding the ball on deeply unpopular Brett Kavanaugh

The New York Times is right, today’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a Supreme Court Confirmation Charade:

Republicans aren’t even pretending to do their constitutional duty. Senator Chuck Grassley, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, is refusing to let his colleagues or the American people see millions of documents from Judge Kavanaugh’s time as White House staff secretary to President George W. Bush — a job he has called the most influential of his career in terms of his approach to judging.

In fact, over the weekend the White House Withheld 100,000 Pages of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Records:

The Trump White House, citing executive privilege, is withholding from the Senate more than 100,000 pages of records from Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s time as a lawyer in the administration of former President George W. Bush.

The decision, disclosed in a letter that a lawyer for Mr. Bush sent on Friday to Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, comes just days before the start of Judge Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings on Tuesday. It drew condemnation from Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader.

“We’re witnessing a Friday night document massacre,” Mr. Schumer wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “President Trump’s decision to step in at the last moment and hide 100k pages of Judge Kavanaugh’s records from the American public is not only unprecedented in the history of SCOTUS noms, it has all the makings of a cover up.”

Then Monday evening, Hours before Kavanaugh nomination hearings, Bush lawyer releases 42,000 pages of documents to Judiciary Committee:

Hours before the start of hearings on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the lawyer for former president George W. Bush turned over 42,000 pages of documents from the nominee’s service in the Bush White House, angering Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, who issued what is certain to be a futile call to delay the proceedings.

“Not a single senator will be able to review these records before tomorrow,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) tweeted Monday evening.

Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), responded that “our review team will be able to complete its examination of this latest batch in short order, before tomorrow’s hearing begins.” A few hours later, a tweet from the committee said that the “Majority staff has now completed its review of each and every one of these pages.”

The hearings are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, with opening statements by committee members. No information was released on the subject matter of the documents, and Bush’s lawyer William A. Burck asked that they be kept from the public, made available only to committee members and staff.

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