Dear Blog for Arizona readers and friends,
The Arizona Eagletarian will be traveling to Washington, DC for the oral arguments on March 2nd this year in two challenges to Independent Redistricting in our state.
As you know, I have reported on the proceedings of the Independent Redistricting Commission and the lawsuits, from the beginning of the current
cycle in December 2010.
Because I do not get paid by anyone for this reporting, in order for me to do this,
I must raise funds to cover my travel and lodging expenses. To do so, I set up a
campaign on GoFundMe.com.
Please check out the campaign page and please contribute to enable me to
continue to provide this important service to the people of Arizona.
Thank you very much,
Steve Muratore, Publisher
I announced a while back that I would delete anti-choice comments or those dismissive of the idea that women’s reproductive rights are important and/or denying that those rights under constant attack by right wing politicians and “pro-life” bullies in the face of overwhelming evidence that that is exactly what is happening. I got one such comment yesterday and did delete it, as promised, and of course whining ensued by the commenter but fuck him because, as I said, I don’t have time to teach Pro-Choice 101 to people who clearly aren’t interested in understanding it.
I’m going to print part of his comment, though, because it is illustrative of a curious disparity in the response to my posting, which is admittedly (and proudly) focused on reproductive rights much of the time:
I have a hunch this issue took over your life a long time ago and it has now become, if not your life, then a major part of it. That’s sad. Especially when it leaves you so angry and bitter…
Posted in Abortion, Activism, Arizona State Legislature, Bob Lord, Civil Rights, Commentary, David Safier, Donna Gratehouse, Gender Equality, GOP War On..., Healthcare, Legislation, Redistricting, Steve Muratore, Taxes
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Cross posted from the Arizona Eagletarian
In a perfect world, our political processes would revolve entirely around polite discourse on the relative merits of public policy differences. And we could be assured that candidates emerging from primary elections would be the best possible options to choose from for any given public office.
Do we live in a perfect world?
While this year’s primary election did eliminate two very bad candidates (Horne and Huppenthal), the tragic reality is that we have had to pay the price of having those two dunderheads serving since 2010 in the offices they sought for reelection.
Arizona has had to endure, in the slightly more distant past, Evan Mecham and Fife Symington. One, a car dealer and myopic racist, the other having been tried, convicted and eventually pardoned for fraud in his business dealings. In all four cases, far too many voters initially either did not know or consciously chose to overlook relevant information about the candidate when it was available before they took the office and made fools of the voters who put them there. Continue reading