Daily Archives: October 17, 2018

Martha McSally keeps lying about her healthcare votes

I pointed out in a post last week that Health care is the top issue, and GOP candidates campaign on the ‘Big Lie’ (snippet):

Polling shows that health care is the top priority for Americans, and that Democrats are winning among the segment of the electorate most worried about health care.

POLITICO reported this week about how Republican candidates are actually running ads saying that they support the pre-existing conditions provisions of the Affordable Care Act aka“Obamacare” even after every Republican incumbent in Congress has voted multiple times over a period of several years to repeal Obamacare and voted for House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan to convert Medicare into a private system with vouchers (coupon care). They are running away from their Obamacare repeal votes by simply lying about it (looking at you Martha McSally). ‘Just ridiculous lies’: Dems incensed over misleading GOP ads on Medicare for All.

The Huffington Post reports Now it’s Senate candidate Martha McSally telling whoppers about her record on health care:

Health care keeps coming up in the approach to the 2018 midterms. And Republicans keep deceiving the public about it, because they are desperate to show that they didn’t try to strip away protections for people with pre-existing conditions when, in fact, they did.

On Monday evening, it was Martha McSally’s turn. McSally, GOP nominee for Arizona’s open Senate seat, currently serves in the House. Last year, she voted for her party’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, including regulations that block insurers from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions.

In a closed-door meeting on the day of the vote, McSally reportedly stood up and told colleagues that it was time to get this “f**king thing” done.

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Arizona Daily Star endorses Democrats Senator David Bradley, Rep. Kirsten Engel and Domingo DeGrazia for LD 10

The Editorial Board of the Arizona Daily Star has endorsed online all three Democrats running in LD 10 — incumbent Senator David Bradley, incumbent Rep. Kirsten Engel and political newcomer Domingo DeGrazia, attorney son of the late Tucson artist Ted DeGrazia.

Article appeared online  on 10/17/18, and then on 10/19/18 on page A 16 of the Star:

https://tucson.com/opinion/local/star-opinion-endorsements-in-arizona-legislative-district/article_34a6b1ea-90d9-51c4-8470-67bb808ff860.html

The other incumbent House rep. is Todd Clodfelter, a Republican serving his first term. Political newcomer Republican Marilyn Wiles is challenging Senator Bradley.

LD 10 State Senator David Bradley

LD 10 House Rep. Kirsten Engel

Domingo DeGrazia

 

 

 

 

 

Vote wisely or or before Nov. 6, 2018.

Voter registration totals in LD 10:

Democrats 47,339; Republicans 39,166; Other 37,057.




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The constitutional crisis coming after Election Day

This is really information voters should have available before Election Day in order to make an informed decision, but due to long-standing Justice Department custom, prosecutors are generally advised to avoid public disclosure of investigative steps involving a candidate for office or related to election matters within 60 days of an election.

The Justice Department’s Inspector General recently noted in a report about the 2016 election: “The 60-Day Rule is not written or described in any Department policy or regulation. Nevertheless, high-ranking Department and FBI officials acknowledged the existence of a general practice that informs Department decisions.” So here we are.

Bloomberg News reports today, Mueller Ready to Deliver Key Findings in His Trump Probe, Sources Say:

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russia probe soon after the November midterm elections as he faces intensifying pressure to produce more indictments or shut down his investigation, according to two U.S. officials.

Specifically, Mueller is close to rendering judgment on two of the most explosive aspects of his inquiry: whether there were clear incidents of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, and whether the president took any actions that constitute obstruction of justice, according to one of the officials, who asked not to be identified speaking about the investigation.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Mueller’s findings would be made public if he doesn’t secure unsealed indictments. The regulations governing Mueller’s probe stipulate that he can present his findings only to his boss, who is currently Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The regulations give a special counsel’s supervisor some discretion in deciding what is relayed to Congress and what is publicly released.

The question of timing is critical. Mueller’s work won’t be concluded ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections, when Democrats hope to take control of the House and end Trump’s one-party hold on Washington.

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Arizona Daily Star endorses Democrats Victoria Steele, Representatives Randy Friese and Pam Powers Hannley in LD 9

The Arizona Daily Star editorial board has  endorsed all Democrats running in LD 9:  former 2 term House Rep.  Victoria Steele, incumbents House Reps. Dr. Randy Friese and Pamela Powers Hannley.

Steele is being challenged by political newcomer Republican Randall Fleenor, and Ana Henderson (R) is again running for House. She lost the same House race in Nov. 2016 to Friese and Powers Hannley.

Here’s the online link for this article, on page A10 of today’s Star print edition:

https://tucson.com/opinion/local/star-endorsements-victoria-steele-randy-friese-pamela-powers-hannley-in/article_30d6ea5f-91e9-5e8b-9df3-8b5b6bd626bf.html

Victoria Steele

LD 9 House Rep. Dr. Randy Friese

Pamela Powers Hannley

LD 9 House Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley

 

 

 

 

 

Vote wisely on or before Nov. 6, 2018.

Voter registration totals for LD 9:

Democrats 50,125; Republicans 37,965; Other 37,980.




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Wear Purple Day on October 18th

Hosted by Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse

“Show your support for survivors and help spread awareness by wearing purple this October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

On October 18th, put on your favorite purple outfit, take a pic & send it to communications@emergecenter.org OR upload it to social media & tag @EmergeTucson!

Make sure to use a hashtag!
#DVAM2018
#PaintPimaPurple
#EndDVTogether

Thank you for helping to paint Pima purple!!”

https://www.facebook.com/events/2274260599472689/

Carolyn’s note:  I have my purple long sleeved tshirt ready to wear for Wear Purple Day. For the DV Awareness month, I’ve already been to a candidate forum on this issue, plus a victims/survivors’ play called “23 Bruises” at the Loft.   For other activities this month, here’s my previous post:

 




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