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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  • Despite Trump’s crackdown, immigrants continue to flow over Arizona’s Yuma-sector border with Mexico, constituting a 120% year over year spike in traffic: TPM.
  • New polling indicates that moderate voters in Arizona say that liberal issues are more important than conservative ones, boding well for state-wide Democratic office seekers: ABC15.
  • The ramblings, digressions, and non-sequiturs of an old and broken-down man – it’s frankly hard to watch; “Sheriff” Joe Arpaio tries to string a complete sentence together for a half hour:
  • Contrast Arpaio’s vague ramblings with the sharp and focused polish of Rep. Kirsten Sinema:
  • Democratic LD24 AZ House candidate John Glenn was so incensed by criticism on Facebook that he tattled to a poster’s employer; John, that’s not how an elected official should deal with public criticism – EVER: Phoenix New Times.
  • Jim Nintzel shrewdly profiles the CD2 congressional race: The Skinny.
  • U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs introduces a border wall bill that will never pass in Congress; good job grabbing a headline, though, Andy: ADI.


  • America’s rate of prosecution for white collar crimes, including tax crimes and official corruption, has plummeted, and it’s certainly not because people have stopped committing those crimes; here’s an example right here in Arizona (AZCentral): WaPo.
  • Missouri voters made history by being the first in the nation to overturn a “right to work” law with a voter initiative; is the tide turning on anti-union politics?: Vox.
  • Another close call (50.1% to 49.3%) in a heavily Republican district in OH portends trouble for the GOP in the mid-terms: TPM.
  • U.S. Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), one of Trump’s earliest supporters (Daily Kos), was arrested and indicted on rather idiotic (TPM) insider trading and fraud charges this week, despite having lost some $16 million personally; in a particular twist of stupidity, he made is alleged to have made his illegal tip-off over a White House phone: WaPo.
  • Are three Trump cronies from Mar-a-Lago secretly running the Veterans Affairs department? All signs (TPM) point to yes; Dems vow to investigate: ProPublica.
  • Almost half (43%) of Trump’s terrifying hard-core supporters would support him being allowed to shut down media outlets he doesn’t like; fascist much?: USA Today.
  • Millennial-aged doctors are pushing the AMA to embrace single-payer healthcare for the first time: Kaiser Health News.
  • Meet Rashida Tlaib who is set to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress; she wants universal Medicare, a $15 minimum wage, sustainable environmental policies, public school funding and fair immigration policies: Bloomberg.


  • The White House continues to fail in deterring Russian attacks on our democracy and our critical infrastructure according to a panel of 100 cybersecurity experts: WaPo.
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Michael founded as the Howard Dean presidential campaign blog for Arizona in 2003, and has been blogging ever since. Michael is an attorney living in Tucson with his wife Lauren. In 2008, Michael remade BlogForArizona into a collaborative project. Michael now is but one of the contributors to the blog and provides editorial and publishing direction in consultation with the Board of Directors and the other authors. If you want to keep up with the latest Arizona and National political news in an entertaining quick hit of news and opinion, check out the BlogForArizona twitter feed, which Mike curates under the hashtag #MB.