John C. Scott and I analyzed whether ex-astronaut Mark Kelly will run for US Senate. A group called 314 Action is drafting him to run, and Kelly did speak to the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee about backing him. He favors gun safety measures and fighting climate change. He would run for the seat now occupied by Republican Marth McSally.
At 7:00: The Trump administration coming apart with the government shutdown, wrecking the government, damaging the economy, creating a historic deficit, starting trade wars and alienating allies. As with President Nixon, perhaps a group of Republican Senators will visit Trump and tell him he has no support.
At 10:46: At a recent meeting of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America members voiced support for H.R.8, a bill in Congress that will require background checks for anyone buying a firearm in-person or online. A twin bill has been introduced in the US Senate. Member Pat Miesch recounted the terror of being at the shooting on Jan. 8, 2011 that injured congresswoman Gabby Giffords, six people were killed and 12 others were wounded.
Moms Demand Action also backs “red flag laws” which permit a court to require an individual posing an immediate danger or threat to surrender their firearms and ammunition to law enforcement.
There are many things to be upset about in today’s world, especially in the political arena. What probably gets my blood boiling quickest though, is the unadulterated hypocrisy I see coming from the Right.
According to the Arizona Capitol Times, AZ House Speaker Mesnard recently criticized Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes for his opening of certain Emergency Early Voting Centers during the General Election. He accused Fontes of selectively choosing where to open these centers and said, “those type of ‘shenanigans’ foster doubt in the public about the integrity of our election system.” Mesnard added that “And I cannot think of a more dangerous reality than people questioning the integrity of an election system.”
Okay, maybe he really does believe this. It is of course, something that any patriotic American should be worried about. Even if he does believe it though, his party and foremost, its leader (President Trump), has been stoking this “dangerous reality” ad-nauseam. And, the Arizona Republican Party recently jumped on his bandwagon with unfounded claims of deliberate election fraud by the Democrats. Continue reading →
Ann Kirkpatrick, the Democratic candidate for Congress in Tucson’s CD2, opened her new headquarters at 4742 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705, and launched dozens of volunteers to knock on doors for her and US Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema.
She said the key issues in the race are: protecting choice in women’s health care, immigration reform including citizenship for the DACA recipients, and halting the separation of children from their parents at the border.
She has also called for creating a public option for Americans to buy into Medicare, protecting Medicare and Social Security from Republican attempts to cut earned benefits, and giving Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices to reduce costs for our seniors.
I canvassed 49 houses myself for four hours in the 101° heat and found that these issues resonated with voters I talked to. I met:
An independent voter who is Latino and who is upset by the US immigration policy.
A Republican who said he was upset with Trump and will vote for Kirkpatrick and Sinema to put a check on the president.
Historically, walls separating nations do not work as well as intended over the long term. Photo of Gaza/Israel boundary courtesy of the New York Times.
Walls delineating boundaries between nations or barriers for defense have stood since the dawn of human history. Wall Street in Manhattan, for example, received its name because Dutch settlers erected a walled defense against the Native American tribes they had wronged with unprovoked genocidal type raids.
If one wants to visit Christopher Columbus’s house in Genoa Italy, not far from it is the old city walls of Genoa, which is now surrounded by modern buildings. Everyone has heard of the Great Wall of China, the walls of Jericho and Troy, and the Berlin Wall. All of these barriers were created for either defense, to keep people out, or to keep people in. What does history tell us about these walls?
It tells us that while walls may be necessary to preserve boundaries and prevent invasion, they are not foolproof and eventually doomed, thanks to human ingenuity, to failure.
Gov. Doug Ducey is a stooge of the Koch Brothers, who fund him with dark money and instruct him on their anti-education agenda.
In a stunning new poll of Arizona voters, 59 percent of Republicans, Independents and Democrats combined said that they want someone else to lead the state besides incumbent Doug Ducey.
Only 26 percent of voters said Ducey should serve another term and 15 percent said they were unsure in the new June 26, 2018, NBC-Marist poll.
Confirming how fed up Arizonans are with Gov. Ducey, a June 25 Emerson College ePoll reports that Ducey has a lower approval rating (31%) than President Trump (43%) in Arizona and that a majority of voters (64%) think education funding is not enough.
Devastated public schools
Under Ducey, Arizona ranks 48th for public school funding and dead last in the nation for teacher pay. Arizona has cut more from education funding than any other state in the nation, a decline of more than 35%. Continue reading →
Voter Education Program. 2020 U.S. Census + Why Should You Care?O Speakers: Emily Verdugo, U.S. Census Bureau; Liane Hernandez, Community Outreach and Education Director, YWCA Southern Arizona; and Richard Elias, Pima County Supervisor. Location: Valencia Library, 202 W. Valencia Rd, … Continue reading →
“Greetings from your Women’s March: Phoenix organizers! We are excited to be back in action and to begin organizing the 2019 event. This event is in its infancy, and more details will become available in the coming months. As national … Continue reading →
Hosted by TEDxTucson “Join us on Saturday, January 19, 2019, to explore these “ideas worth spreading” at our day-long TEDxTucson Conference at the Berger Theater. Spend a day to explore the most profound scientific and psychological insights, the latest medical … Continue reading →
UPDATE: Note change in time to 11 a.m. (not able to change on event calendar above due to Word Press problems) Hosted by Chukson /Tucson Water Protectors andIndigenous Women for Equality “A platform for Indigenous People has been created at … Continue reading →
“The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Women’s March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues, and creating … Continue reading →
REE ADMISSION The Lavender Scare SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 AT 3:00pM | FREE ADMISSION Government persecution shattered lives but ignited a movement for LGBTQ rights. In person: Lavender Scare filmmaker Josh Howard The Lavender Scare documents the vicious “witch hunt” … Continue reading →
“Monday, January 21, 8:00 a.m.: Annual Martin Luther King Day March in Tucson. Begins at MLK Way at The Bridges in the UofA Tech Park (S. Kino Parkway and 36th Street), march to Reid Park, Demeester Outdoor Performance Center, 900 … Continue reading →
Jeremey Lasher, 2018 DNCC National Canvass Director will speak on his experiences in the Primary and General of 2018. He is the past President of DGT. UPDATE: This DGT event has been postponed to Jan. 28 due to MLK Day … Continue reading →
Hosted by Pima County School Superintendent’s Office and 2 others “Please join us for a FREE film screening of TEACHING IN ARIZONA and a panel discussion with the filmmaker, Lisa Molomot, and the three featured teachers from the film. Featured … Continue reading →
Hosted by YWCA Arizona – STAT-Stand Together Arizona Training & Advocacy “According to a recent UN report, we have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe. So what are we going to do? The Stand Together Arizona Training and Advocacy … Continue reading →
“Tucson Great Decisions Association announces its annual Kick-Off breakfast program, to be held on Friday, January 25th, 2019 at the Viscount Suites Hotel. Great Decisions is a nonpartisan program of group discussion about foreign affairs, sponsored nationally by the Foreign … Continue reading →
Who Will Write Our History? SUNDAY, JANUARY 27 AT NOON | FREE admission Who Will Write Our History is a 90-minute documentary film about Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive, the secret archive he created and led in the … Continue reading →
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