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Problem Solvers Hide Identity To Accuse #AZ02 Candidate Heinz Of Hiding His; James Rupert Murdoch Largest Contributor

FROM OUR OVER-WORKED IRONY DEPARTMENT: A centrist group that is apparently trying to hide its identity disclosed last night that it is spending $10,000 to accuse Democratic Congressional candidate Matt Heinz of hiding his positions. The group is likely supporting former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in this month’s primary, and its largest single donor is 21st Century Fox CEO James Rupert Murdoch.

Progress Tomorrow, Inc. filed its independent expenditure report with the Federal Election Commission last night. The spend is on digital advertising opposing Heinz. Progress Tomorrow has received all of its $1.3M in funding from two other new Super PACs – Forward Not Back and United Together.

And, they have received their funds from a variety of donors – the largest donation coming from 21st Century Fox owner James Rupert Murdoch*. (His was the only $500,000 check.) Sometime-Arizona residents Jerry Reinsdorf and Bud Selig are other large contributors.

Further, this network of Super PACs – while not dark money – seems to trace back to the No Labels group/movement. No Labels works to bring Democrats and Republicans together in Congress, and sponsors the Problem Solvers Caucus. Former Rep. Kirkpatrick was a member of the caucus during most of her time in the House representing CD1. Here is a link to the Chicago Sun Times investigation that made the connections between Progress Tomorrow & Co., and No Labels.

Their efforts to disguise the connection makes their digital ads against Heinz all the more ironic. (Bonus irony: Kirkpatrick has also been accused of being too NRA-friendly.)

* CLARIFICATION: James is actually one of Rupert’s sons. And, he has supported both R’s and D’s in the past.

Arizona Supreme Court Opinion Upholds Bush Death Sentence In Minutemen Murders

The Arizona Supreme Court today upheld the death sentence issued to Jason Eugene Bush on a 6-1 vote, for his role in the break-in and murders committed by a group of Minutemen militia members near the Arizona-Mexico border in 2009.

Benjie Sanders/Arizona Star

Judge Larry Winthrop* concurred that there were no reversible errors by the trial court, but that the death penalty itself is “unconstitutionally cruel” and “unconstitutionally unusual” and therefore should not be imposed.

Writing for the majority, Justice John Pelander called Winthrop’s dissent “odd” and spent the next five pages dissecting it before concluding that there was no basis in this case for determining whether the death penalty is constitutional. (Chief Justice Scott Bales wrote a one-paragraph concurrence echoing that last point.)

Bush was part of a group of Minutemen border militia members who decided to try to fund their organization by robbing and killing drug smugglers. They pretended to be immigration officials and entered the Arivaca home and killed 29-year old Raul Junior Flores and his 9-year old daughter Brisenia. Ringleader Shawna Forde is already on Arizona’s death row.


*Winthrop is a Court of Appeals judge who was sitting on the case due to the recusal by Justice John Lopez.

Donkey Feed, August 10, 2018

By Michael Bryan

The tow-headed toddler is back with some fresh news for you and yours. This week I have 7 Arizona stories, 8 National stories, and just 1 World story that you should see.

This week I have a great graph to share with you. The incredible drop off of support for GOP candidates in special elections continued in OH’s 12th this week; this continues to augur a blue wave election this November. Pretty miserable results for the GOP, especially considering Republican-aligned outside groups have spent more than $37 million to Democratic allies’ just over $11 million:

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Brahm Resnik: Blog for Arizona Post “Grossly Distorts” Garcia Book

Disclosure: I voted for David Garcia.

Further disclosure: I know Brahm Resnik better than I know my co-blogger, Larry Bodine. I put Brahm at the top of Arizona’s political media. When it was time to go public with the John Huppenthal’s racist comments on this site, it was a huge plus having him be the one to break the story.

Here’s what Brahm Resnik said when he learned of Bodine’s hit piece from Tim Steller on Twitter:

I read the book. The blogger and the professor grossly distort the content. It’s not even a close call. 

So, one of the most respected reporters in Arizona just said this blog grossly distorted the facts. If Brahm Resnik’s tweet is correct, we committed a fraud on our readers. Ugh.

The Farley campaign reportedly is broadcasting the Bodine post, which Brahm characterized as a gross distortion, far and wide. That’s how politics works. It’s a dirty business.

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Rep. Devin Nunes Admits Behind Closed Doors that the GOP Majority is Running Interference for Trump

By Michael Bryan

Rachel Maddow broke a recording of Devin Nunes at a private fundraiser making the case that the GOP has to keep the majority to protect the President from a full and fair investigation. This is the transcript of what he said:

Basically, Nunes is saying that the House Majority (and the Senate Majority) is protecting the President from the full force of Congressional investigative power. I suspect that by “all this goes away,” Nunes knows that President Trump is such a slimebag that he would dry up and blow away if exposed to the full force of an opposition party with subpoena power. There are also other implications of the full comments heard on the tape.

It’s both an honest and a stunningly cynical assessment of the stakes of the mid-term election. We would do well to keep this in mind as we work to turn out our voters this November.

Donkey Feed, August 8, 2018

By Michael Bryan

Welcome back to the Donkey Feed. Those who feel I’m too verbose will be glad to see I have just 7 Arizona stories, 8 national stories, and 5 world stories for you to enjoy today.

But first, I found some cool tools this episode: Native-Land.ca has fantastic interactive maps of the native peoples, territories, and languages of the native peoples of North America and Australia, which I found fascinating and informative; Also interesting is this illuminating (and infuriating) comparison of income inequality in the United States vs. western Europe (this is not “natural” market forces at work, these charts are the result of political choices we have made):

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