The trend continues: the conservative Cincinnati Enquirer endorses Hillary Clinton

First it was the Dallas Morning News, then the New Hampshire Union Leader. Now another conservative newspaper that has for a century  endorsed the Republican nominee for president has abandoned the GOP and endorsed the Democratic nominee.

The Cincinnati Enquirer, a conservative bastion, has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. (I am starting to believe that I may live to see a Chicago Cubs v. Boston Red Sox world series this year!) Why we’re endorsing for president:

HillaryThe decision to endorse Hillary Clinton for president, eloquently written by Associate Opinion Editor Kevin Aldridge, is the unanimous opinion of the five members of the editorial board.

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Our endorsement of Clinton is notable in that it is the first of a Democrat in roughly a century since The Enquirer began what we would consider endorsements in today’s context. Our archives show that the last Democrat The Enquirer editorial board liked was Woodrow Wilson, who won re-election in 1916.

“How does a newspaper with such a staunch conservative and Republican tradition in the hometown of William Howard Taft come to endorse a Democrat? As the editorial notes, much of it has to do with the Republican candidate.” Enquirer: It has to be Hillary Clinton:

Presidential elections should be about who’s the best candidate, not who’s the least flawed. Unfortunately, that’s not the case this year.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, the most unpopular pair of presidential candidates in American history, both have troubled relationships with truth and transparency. Trump, despite all of his bluster about wanting to “make America great again,” has exploited and expanded our internal divisions. Clinton’s arrogance and unwillingness to admit wrongdoing have made her a divisive and distrusted figure as well.

The Enquirer has supported Republicans for president for almost a century – a tradition this editorial board doesn’t take lightly. But this is not a traditional race, and these are not traditional times. Our country needs calm, thoughtful leadership to deal with the challenges we face at home and abroad. We need a leader who will bring out the best in all Americans, not the worst.

That’s why there is only one choice when we elect a president in November: Hillary Clinton.

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Ann Day Community Park dedication (photos)

Fitting re-naming of the 34 acre Northwest Community Park yesterday in memory of the late District 1 Supervisor Ann Day, who was killed tragically in a head-on car accident on May 7, 2016. MC District 3 Supervisor Sharon Bronson spoke of her colleague Ann as a “cowgirl and can do person”, who loved parks, and had even helped a Maui couple donate a Make a Wish mesquite tree there at the park. She also said that Ann was “a true problem solver across party lines”. Day served on the Pima County Board of  Supervisors for 12 years(3 terms) , had retired in 2012.

This park is located at 7601 N. Mona Lisa Road (southwest corner of Magee and Mona Lisa Roads).

Ann Day’s daughter Jill Watters, son in law Justice of the Peace Adam Watters (Precinct 1), and their 3 children (Caitlin, Courtland, Cassandra) were in attendance.  The grandchildren led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

photo courtesy of Pima County

photo courtesy of Pima County

photo courtesy of Pima County

photo courtesy of Pima County

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Political Calendar: Week of September 25, 2016

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Political Calendar for the Week of September 25, 2016:

Continuing Event: Oktoberfest on Mount Lemmon, 10300 Ski Run Road, Mt. Lemmon (Tucson). Free admission. $5 parking and highway fees. Enjoy a festival of German food and music in the forest at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley during the last two weekends in September and first two weekends in October: Sept. 17-18, Sept. 24-25, Oct. 1-2 and Oct. 8-9, 2015. No dogs admitted, please. For more information please call (520) 576-1400 or (520) 576-1321.

Sunday, September 25, 3:00 p.m.: Marana Democrats meeting, at the Continental Reserve Plaza, 8333 N. Silverbell Road, Tucson. For more information please contact Buddy Gill at or (408) 806-2036.

Sunday, September 25, 6:00 p.m.: Chino Valley Democrats and congressional candidate Mikel Weisser host a showing of The Big Short, a movie based on Michael Lewis’ book about the 2009 crash, at 1050 S. Reed Road, Chino Valley. For more information please contact Mike Vogel (928) 713-5469.

Monday, September 26, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson luncheon, Dragon’s View Restaurant (400 N. Bonita, South of St. Mary’s Road between the Freeway and Grande Avenue, turn South at Furr’s Cafeteria). New price: buffet lunch is $10.00 cash, $12 credit; just a drink is $3.50. Featured speaker is Tom Robles, Executive Director for Living United For Change (LUCHA), speaking in favor of the minimum wage initiative, Prop. 206.  Next Week: Laura Hogan from Arizona List.
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View AZPM interviews online – candidates for Pima County Supervisors in Districts 1 and 3

Arizona Public Media (AZPM, Channel 6 PBS) interviewed  District 3 Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson (a Democrat who has served since Jan. 1997, currently the Chair) and her Republican challenger Kim DeMarco.  These interviews were conducted separately.

Also interviewed this week was District 1 Democratic candidate Brian Bickel.  One term District 1 Republican Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller “did not respond to repeated requests” to be interviewed by AZPM.

View this Metro Week show here:

District 2 Supervisor Ramon Valadez, a Democrat, is running unopposed.

AZPM will be hosting interviews for District 4 and 5 candidates and Supervisors on September 30.

Vote wisely on or before Nov. 8, 2016.

GOP plan takes away health care from 25 million Americans who now have it thanks to ObamaCare

The 2016 Republican Party Platform (.pdf) at page 31 declares:

Restoring Patient Control and Preserving Quality in Health Care

ObamacareAny honest agenda for improving healthcare must start with repeal of the dishonestly named Affordable Care Act of 2010: Obamacare.

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We agree with the four dissenting justices of the Supreme Court: “In our view, the entire act before us is invalid in its entirety.” It must be removed and replaced . . .”

Well,  Tea-Publicans have been saying “repeal and replace” for six years now and have yet to produce any actual “replacement” plan that is anything more than reverting to the failed system that everyone hated before the Affordable Care Act. Their only true objective is repeal, period.

Donald Trump’s healthcare “plan” (it’s a list of platitudes) retains some of the most popular provisions of ObamaCare, but nevertheless proposes to replace ObamaCare with the worn out GOP standards of health savings accounts and interstate sales of health insurance policies (a race to the bottom in coverage, and it creates a legal morass for consumers with “choice of venue” provisions where to sue your insurer when denied coverage).

The Rand Corp. and the nonpartisan Commonwealth Fund published an analysis of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s health agenda on Friday, along with a second analysis examining the proposals from her Republican rival, Donald Trump.

The big takeaway: 25 million people could lose health insurance under Donald Trump’s plan, analysis shows:

Trump’s proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s health-care law, would result in as many as 25 million Americans giving up coverage, depending on how the repeal is implemented.

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