Tag Archives: John Huppenthal

It’s Complicated

Cross-posted from RestoreReason.com.

To my post on Blog for Arizona yesterday, former AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Huppenthal posted the following comment:

“The 170,000 charter school students save taxpayers over 290 million dollars per year. The Peoria school district is projected to grow substantially over the next decade. With charter schools, they will not grow as much. They have enormous advantages, both financially and organizationally, over charter schools and if they can keep improving, they will actually be able [to] suck these students back into their school system from charter schools. I actually see this effect in the Chandler Unified school system. As Chandler has improved from 38% excellent rating to 75% excellent rating you can see certain charter school[s] dying on the vine. Meanwhile, public schools nationally have dropped from 36% excellent rating to 24%. Wrong direction. Competition and great leadership were both necessary for Chandler to get to where it is. We will see if Peoria is also the racehorse that responds to the challenge.”

As far as Huppenthal’s blog comments go, this is one of the more coherent ones and the statistics he cites made me want to dig in. Let’s look at a few:  Continue reading

Phoenix New Times names Blog for Arizona the “Best Democratic Blog” for 2015

From Phoenix New Times: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/best-of/2015/megalopolitan-life/best-democratic-blog-7677833


Blog for Arizona

“Unapologetically lefty, Blog for Arizona proudly wears its Democratic donkey on its banner, sings the praises of Obamacare, and incessantly is critical of Arizona’s Republican overlords. In other words, for this redder-than-red GOP state, Blog for Arizona is an outlier. That doesn’t make its team of progressive opinionators any less fierce. In fact, they regularly draw blood, whether it’s erstwhile Democratic Congressional candidate Bob Lord’s exposing former Republican schools’ superintendent John Huppenthal as anonymous blog commenter “Falcon 9,” or “Democratic Diva” Donna Gratehouse skewering the Rs over their attempts to restrict abortion rights for women. Like Gratehouse, some of these scribblers have their own blogs, but together they form a left-wing Wu Tang Clan, fighting a guerrilla war against a better-funded and far more populous enemy. They dream of a day when Arizona goes blue, or perhaps purple, though a lighter shade of pink may be the best they ever can hope for.


Carolyn’s note: Kudos to fellow bloggers Bob Lord and Donna Gratehouse for this mention.  Prolific writer/blogger Az Blue Meanie should have been mentioned too, but he’s probably still too anonymous.   We at Blog for Arizona proudly acknowledge this award  from the Phoenix New Times.

2010 Arizona Tea Party Dream Team: 4 Down, 1 to Go

Tea Party

Oh, boo, hoo. The Blog for Arizona commenters think I am being too tough on poor millionaire GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey.

Let’s not forget that Ducey– along with fellow Teapublicans Governor Jan “Papers Please” Brewer, Department of Education Superintendent John “Thucydides” Huppenthal, Ken “Birther” Bennett, and Tom “Banned for Life by the SEC” Horne— were all elected during the Tea Party Astroturf Revolution of 2010. Since then, this group + the Teapublican Arizona Legislature have wreaked havoc on our state, passing, signing and otherwise enabling bad legislation.

After the recent Republican primary, Ducey is the only one left standing. In November, it’s time to dump Ducey. (Or #DumpADucey, as they are encouraging on Twitter.)

It’s time to clean house. It’s time to end this six-year nightmare that worked up the nativist fringe, while catering to the Koch Brothers, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Goldwater Institute. Ducey– along with the others– are too extreme for Arizona.

Recently, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal suggested that Arizona should establish a political ethics commission. Looking at this disgraced group, I think it sounds like a great idea.

Thucky: One More Lie for Old Time’s Sake

I promised myself (and my wife) that I’d written my last Thucky post.

Oh well, you know what they say promises were made to be.

This one was too much to pass up.

I’ve written before about Thucky’s lies, but now he’s broken all his own records. In a “post-mortem” interview with Greg Patterson, the EspressoPundit, ole Thuckarooskie let this whopper fly:

Only that I made an admission that I had written some blog post, but I never admitted that I posted a particular blog post….and the blog post that talks about lazy pigs, that blog post is a fabrication. It is not a blog post that was authored by me.

That statement was not your run of the mill truth shading, or half-truth, or technically true but calculated to mislead, or walking the line between lying and reckless disregard for the truth, or parsing what the definition of “is” is.

Nope, that statement was full-blown, balls to the wall, Nixonesque lying.

Back in June, when the Thuckster first was unmasked, he actually explained what he meant by his reference to “lazy pigs.” It was kind of memorable, at least for me. You see, he was merely alluding to the fat lazy pig from the nursery fable, The Little Red Hen. I actually wrote about that explanation when he gave it.

How can you possibly explain what you meant by a comment, then claim you didn’t make it? If he didn’t make the comment, as he now says, how did he know he was alluding to The Little Red Hen?

Well, hats off to you, Thucky, for unmatched chutzpah. You truly have outdone yourself.

Okay, no more Thucky posts. I promise.

Thucky Goes Down ….. Fighting(?)

Well, it looks to be all over for my buddy Thuck.

I wanted to say he went down fighting, but I don’t know. I was hoping for a closer race. Heck, I don’t even know who I was rooting for.

He tried the flip-flop on Common Core. He executed an exquisite flip-flop-flip when he threw the immigrant kids under the school bus. But he went entirely dark on  social media over the last few months. What was that about? What candidate does that? And it’s not like he’s new to social media, ya know?

I did see a tweet that he had arrived at the Republican gathering downtown. If that’s true, I have to hand it to him. That would take some chutzpah.

Oh well. Time to expose Diane Douglas, I guess. Or has she already done that on her own?