Here’s a curious and rather enlightening development.
The “dark money” groups that spent big bucks to get a Legislature willing to vote for a massive expansion of Arizona’s school-voucher program are not going to campaign to try to save their crowning achievement.
Are you upset that the Outlaw Dirty Money and Invest In Ed Citizens Initiatives were tossed off of the November ballot by right-wing, activist judges? Many constituents have asked me what they can do about it. Here are three suggestions: vote NO on Prop 126, Prop 305 and Prop 306, and here’s why.
Along with hundreds of Arizonans, my volunteers and I carried petitions through the summer heat to get the Outlaw Dirty Money and Invest In Ed on the ballot. I’m upset that the Arizona Supreme Court tossed both of these initiatives off the ballot– despite their obvious popularity with the voters and despite the gargantuan signature drives that were mounted by the people. The only people who declined to sign these two petitions when I asked them were people who had already signed.
Outlaw Dirty Money was an attempt to bring more transparency to campaign finance laws. Invest In Ed would have raised the income tax on Arizona’s richest residents to pay for stable funding for public education. If you believe in these ideas– campaign finance transparency, getting big money out of politics, sustainable funding for public education, stopping the tax giveaways, and stopping school vouchers– there are three important “no” votes you can make on Nov. 6– No on Prop 126, No on Prop 305 and No on Prop 306.
Now, some video fun: Ray Dalio, the billionaire founder of the world’s largest hedge fund takes some time out from counting his lucre to explain how the economy’s cycles work. Trust me, it’s worth a half-hour of your time:
While Arizona Republicans all bray like jackasses about the border wall in their campaign ads, Republican leadership in Congress today assured that Donald Trump will not get his border wall, nor will he be able to use the threat of a government shutdown later this month to extort his border wall from Congress.
In other words, “Dear Leader” just got rolled by his own Republican leadership on his border wall.
The House and Senate on Thursday reached a deal to prevent a shutdown by passing a large package of spending bills this month along with a continuing resolution that would fun the rest of the government through December 7.
The package would keep the government funded past Oct. 1, the deadline for Congress to act.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) on Thursday said that the two bodies had completed work on the Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services and Education bills, which represent a lion’s share of annual appropriations (a “minibus”).
The combined $786 billion in the two bills represents 65 percent of the annual appropriations allocated for 2019.
Including the continuing resolution (CR) in the package would make it difficult for President Trump to make good on threats to shut down the government over border wall funding.
Facebook Posting by Democratic Secretary of State Candidate Katie Hobbs showing Republican Governor Doug Ducey posing with White Supremacists.
Recently on YouTube, I happened by a scene from one of the all-time great comedies Monty Python’s “Life of Brian.” While not as good as “The Holy Grail,” there are many funny moments.
The scene which inspired this piece (link below) is when the Judean revolutionaries ask “What have the Romans Ever Done for Us?” The gathering then brought up the many contributions the Romans did make to the Judean Society. It is a very funny scene.
With that in mind, it came to mind to write down what have the Republicans done to us at the State and Federal Level over the last 30 years. They have: Continue reading →
That’s despite the fact nearly everyone else in his party disagrees.
Republicans control all of Washington, and if the government shuts down at the end of this month when the fiscal year ends, it would come just weeks before most members of Congress face voters. Republican leaders have a hard time imagining a more nightmarish scenario for their party: The government has already shut down briefly twice this year under their watch, and the Republicans’ majority is on the line this November in the House of Representatives and maybe even the Senate.
Yet Trump doesn’t seem to care much. Each time he appears to assuage Republican leaders’ concerns by moderating his position, he says something a day or two later more strongly in favor of a shutdown.
What Trump ultimately does will decide whether the government shuts down this month — and, potentially, Republicans’ fate in the midterms.
Congress should be doing its damn job and passing a budget to keep the government operating, especially this week when there is a catastrophic hurricane bearing down on the Carolina coast. Government rescue and relief efforts are going to be needed.
Instead, the geniuses (sic) in the GOP leadership, after passing its $1.5 trillion GOP tax cut scam bill earlier this year that has predictably led to an unprecedented round of stock buybacks (and not investment or raises for workers) and created a record deficit, “retreated to their policy war room, thought and debated and deliberated and analyzed, and came up with a bold new proposal for where to go next: “GOP tax cut scam 2.0.”
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Save the Date for the 2018 National Voter Registration Day! Hosted by Arizona Disability Coalition – ADC https://www.facebook.com/events/1644286075653151/Share this:FacebookTwitterMoreEmailTumblrPrintPocketRedditLinkedInGooglePinterestLike this:Like Loading...
“Resolve your active warrants! Justice Court Customer Service Windows: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Tucson City Court Customer Service Windows: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Available Services: – Quash your warrant – Create a payment plan – Reinstate your driver’s … Continue reading →
“Join us on Tuesday Sept. 25 for our second Gubernatorial watch party! Enjoy some food and brews! David Garcia will be stopping by afterwards to meet the Tucson Team! Stop by and say hi!” https://www.facebook.com/events/2284328031782447/ Dr. Garcia (D) will be … Continue reading →
Paper Tigers TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 at 6:00pm | FREE ADMISSION • DONATIONS ACCEPTED Donations RAISED WILL GO TOWARDS Youth on Their Own An opportunity to discuss your thoughts and reactions to the film will be offered by members of the AZTICN! Paper … Continue reading →
LD 10 clean elections debate for Senate between Democratic Senator David Bradley and Republican challenger Marilyn Wiles, political newcomer LD 10 debate between Democrats Rep. Kirsten Engel and Domingo DeGrazia, and Republican Rep. Todd … Continue reading →
Time: 7 p.m. Sept. 25 Incumbent Republican Gov. Doug Ducey will face Democratic challenger David Garcia for a live, televised debate from our studios in Tucson. Presented by AZPM in partnership with KJZZ and the Arizona Daily Star. … Continue reading →
Citizens Clean Elections debate for State Treasurer, televised live on “Arizona Horizon” (Arizona PBS Channel 8), moderated by Ted Simons. All Clean Elections debates will be posted online. The debates will be available on the Clean Elections websitewithin 72 hours after … Continue reading →
Citizens Clean Elections debate for Attorney General, televised live on “Arizona Horizon” (Arizona PBS Channel 8), moderated by Ted Simons. All Clean Elections debates will be posted online. The debates will be available on the Clean Elections websitewithin 72 hours after … Continue reading →
From Councilman Paul Durham: “Two subjects of conversation will be Propositions 407 and 463. 407 is, of course, Tucson’s parks bond. Pima County is proposing Proposition 463, a roadway improvement bond, on the same November election ballot. We’ll be talking … Continue reading →
“Do you have loved ones who are or have been incarcerated? How can the system change to improve the lives of the family members who bear so much of the burden of mass incarceration, both financially and emotionally? Please join … Continue reading →
“Please join us in celebrating our pride in a spiritually inclusive setting. We’re celebrating 10 years of affirmation, diversity, and love!” https://www.facebook.com/events/2017288798346374/Share this:FacebookTwitterMoreEmailTumblrPrintPocketRedditLinkedInGooglePinterestLike this:Like Loading...
“Please join us to hear from an amazing lineup of speakers addressing the Opioid Epidemic including: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Steven Defossez (Beverly Hospital, Beverly MA) Shana Malone (Trends and Trauma, AHCCCS) and more TBA… PLUS 3 incredible panels: Stages of … Continue reading →
Tucson Community Town Hall on Criminal Justice in Arizona When Friday, September 28, 2018 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Location YWCA Conference Center, 525 N Bonita Ave, Tucson, AZ 85635 Registration Attending – $25.00 Tucson Community Town Hall “What … Continue reading →
“Come meet Angel Torres our Green Party Candidate for Governor! Angel has worked tirelessly as a labor (Teamsters) and Green Party organizer for decades. He has provided strong leadership as co-chair of the Arizona Green Party (AZGP), and now has … Continue reading →
“It’s LGBTQA2 Pride season in Tucson! And that includes the fun, festive and symbolic annual sashay down the avenue known as “Pride on Parade”, aka: the Tucson Pride Parade! And for the past 9 years AIDS Ribbon Tucson, Southern Arizona’s … Continue reading →
“Tucson’s annual “Pride in the Desert” is back on September 29, 2018! The goal of this community event is to offer a fun and safe space for all facets of the LGBTQIA+ family to gather and be themselves. This … Continue reading →
“Legislative District 9 has a dynamic and experienced Legislative team up for election on Nov. 6– House incumbents Reps. Randy Friese and Pamela Powers Hannley and former representative and current Senate candidate Victoria Steele. Between now and Nov. 6, we … Continue reading →
“We will cover selected modules focused on how to tell your personal story, persuasion conversations, voter turnout best practices, and digital organizing. Sharing your personal story helps volunteers get grounded in why they come to this work and how to … Continue reading →
“This accountability session is a major public event for the U.S. Congress and state legislature where they are presented with questions about specific issues important to its member organizations; public education, health care, immigration, workforce development, food security, and ballot … Continue reading →
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will speak on the Parks + Connections 2018 bond on the General Election ballot (Proposition 407): “The City of Tucson is asking voters to consider a $225 million Parks + Connections Bond to fund capital improvements at 100 … Continue reading →
Presented by Indivisible Arizona and Tucson Jews for Justice Why a Free Press is Essential to Democracy MONDAY, OCTOBER 1 AT 6:00PM | FREE ADMISSION Doors will open at 5:30, and Professor Bambauer’s presentation will begin promptly at 6pm. … Continue reading →
Hosted by Tucson Education Association “Tucson Unified School District is the second-largest school district in Arizona, and as TUSD goes, so goes Tucson. With five candidates vying for two seats on the Board, this is your opportunity to find out … Continue reading →
Hosted by YWCA Arizona – STAT-Stand Together Arizona Training & Advocacy and Restore Your Vote Arizona “Join the YWCA STAT and Restore Your Vote for a workshop on felony disenfranchisement and voting rights restoration in Arizona. During the midterm election … Continue reading →
Citizens Clean Elections debate for Secretary of State, televised live on “Arizona Horizon” (Arizona PBS Channel 8), moderated by Ted Simons. All Clean Elections debates will be posted online. The debates will be available on the Clean Elections websitewithin 72 hours … Continue reading →
Citizens Clean Elections debate for State Mine Inspector, televised live on “Arizona Horizon” (Arizona PBS Channel 8), moderated by Ted Simons. All Clean Elections debates will be posted online. The debates will be available on the Clean Elections websitewithin 72 hours … Continue reading →
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