Daily Archives: November 14, 2018

The Department of Justice bows before the madness of King Donald

It appears that Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel is willing to sacrifice his integrity and his career in service to King Donald and undermining the independence of the Department of Justice. His Justice Department memorandum, dated Wednesday, attempts to argue that Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker (right) as acting Attorney General — who has never been confirmed as a principal officer by the U.S. Senate in his previous position as chief of staff to Jeff Sessions — does not violate the Constitution.

This runs counter to the overwhelming weight of expert legal opinion from lawyers on both the left and right, as I have previously posted. Obstruction of justice in plain sight: appointment of Whitaker is unconstitutional and illegal.

The state of Maryland is taking the lead in filing a lawsuit to challenge Whitaker’s unconstitutional and illegal appointment. Whitaker’s Appointment as Acting Attorney General Faces Court Challenge:

Now, Mr. Whitaker’s appointment is facing a court challenge. The State of Maryland asked a federal judge on Tuesday for an injunction declaring that Mr. Whitaker is not the legitimate acting attorney general as a matter of law, and that the position — and all its powers — instead rightfully belongs to the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein.

Mr. Trump may not “bypass the constitutional and statutory requirements for appointing someone to that office,” the state said in a court filing.

[Read Maryland’s court filings.]

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Alison Jones will Include Community Groups as Pima Democrats Chair

Alison Jones, a Democratic precinct committee person and activist, promises to reach out to progressive community and labor groups that have been shut out the Democratic party, if she is elected Pima County Democratic Party Chairperson.

“If we can collaborate all these groups, we will be a force to be reckoned with,” she said. “We have got to reach out to these marvelous organizations that share our values and want the same things we want,” naming Arizona Ground Game, Labor, Mi Familia Vota, Justice Alliance, Planned Parenthood, YWCA, and AZ Blue 2020. We need to be working with these groups and using the best ideas.”

She announced at the LD9 Democrats meeting on October 23 that she is challenging current Chair Jo Holt, who has held the position since November 2015. The new chair will be elected by precinct committee persons at a mandatory meeting on Saturday, Dec. 15.

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Jerome Beillard Festival for Life

The Jerome Beillard Festival for Life celebrates 30 years on Saturday, November 17, 2018!

The 30th Anniversary of the Jermone Beillard Festival for Life will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at the Tucson Convention Center, Crystal Ballroom.

Event Schedule

  • 5:30 pm Registration open
  • 6:00 pm Main Doors Open
  • 7:15 pm-8:00 pm Live Auction  – TBD
  • 8:45 pm- Section 1 Closes
  • 9:15 pm- Section 2 Closes


“December 8, 1989, was the first Festival of the Trees, a fundraiser for the People with AIDS Coalition of Tucson (P.A.C.T). The event auctioned off nearly 200 decorated trees and wreathes for the holiday season. Over the years, the event grew and in 1992, Festival of the Trees became Festival for Life adding artwork, menorahs, and celebrity items. That year also had a special appearance by Miss Mary Wilson, formerly of the Supremes. In 1995, P.A.C.T.’s co-founder and Executive Director, Jerome Beillard, passed away from AIDS complications and Festival for Life was renamed to the JerA?me Beillard Festival for Life – honoring the work and spirit of a great man. Each year added amazing artwork, designer Christmas trees, gift baskets, celebrity items, and sculptures. Each year also added local sponsors and community members all supporting the same cause.

In 1997, when the three AIDS Service Organizations merged to create the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) – the Paper Prayer Benefit from the Shanti Foundation was added to Festival for Life. Local artists, students, and others create strips of art that represent an ancient Japanese tradition of giving a person who is ill a Paper Prayer as a gift to bring good health. Each year, Festival for Life continues to sell hundreds of Papers to Prayers to be used as cards and tokens of good health.”

Eight Reasons McSally Lost

I have been a Republican my entire adult life, I was an active duty military officer and am a combat veteran and I, like many were fooled into believing that the GOP cared about veterans, fiscal stewardship of our military and, yes, I was even fooled into thinking they cared about women and minorities. Fox News and Right-Wing Talk Radio is quite the strong narcotic. But on the night Trump was nominated by the GOP, I had enough, I left the Republican Party the next day, and I never looked back, and I never will. I am a Democrat now, and while this political party is not perfect, it is not the toxic brew of hate bigotry and misogyny that the GOP has morphed into – with zero pushback from virtually all of its members.

When Democrat, Kyrsten Sinema announced she was going to run for Jeff Flake’s Senate seat, I was all in. I immediately volunteered in any way I could. I texted thousands of Arizonans, wrote articles, and helped tell her story to Arizona veterans. As a Tucson native, combat veteran and the spouse of an active duty military member – I wanted the voice of vets like me to be heard. I wanted to help Sinema win this seat and make sure that Martha McSally and her Trumpist rhetoric lost not only her Congressional seat in Tucson, but this coveted Arizona Senate seat as well. Continue reading

Latest Vote Count

Today is targeted to be the last day for completion of tabulating ballots, however it could take days for Maricopa and Pima Counties to verify and tabulate all of the remaining early and provisional ballots.

According to the AZ Data Guru, there are still 147,000 ballots left to be counted statewide, 126,000 of those in Maricopa County and 19,400 in Pima County.

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Only one race remains too close to call: Secretary of State. However, Democrat Katie Hobbs maintains a lead greater than the statutory trigger for an automatic recount (less than or equal to the lesser amount of one-tenth of 1 percent, or 200 votes).

Here are the latest numbers:

U.S. Senate (open)

Kyrsten Sinema (R)        1,110,045
Martha McSally  (D)       1,071,970
Angela Green (GRN)           52,905

Sinema leads by 38,075; declared the winner

Secretary of State

Katie Hobbs (D)             1,095,843
Steve Gaynor (R)           1,090,886

Hobbs leads by   4,957

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Kathy Hoffman (D)        1,104,481
Frank Riggs (R)              1,050,701

Hoffman leads by 53,780; declared the winner

Corporation Commission (2 seats)

Sandra Kennedy (D)     1,004,281
Justin Olson (R)               994,155
Rodney Glassman (R)    989,820
Kiana Sears (D)                937,318

Kennedy leads by 10,126 for the first seat; she has declared victory

UPDATE: Despite GOP claims, there is no evidence of voter fraud in Arizona. “They’ve offered no proof of their claims, other than pointing to the slow vote-counting process — which is still ongoing.” Steller column: Slow Arizona vote-counting doesn’t show fraud.

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