2014 General Election is all about APS; Republican voters should be very concerned

Crossposted from the Arizona Eagletarian

Yesterday afternoon, Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts asked the question, “Why is APS doling out cash to get Mark Brnovich elected?” It’s an excellent question.

Unfortunately, Roberts didn’t come up with an answer.

It’s not really a legitimate rhetorical question if the audience/readers cannot answer it for themselves. There is, however, a clear answer available. Voters — especially Republicans whose interests are being subverted — need to become aware of the background, reasons and the stakes involved. Continue reading

UA Presents: An evening with Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly

Special Event

Mark and Gabby

UA Presents hosts an evening with

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly.

for a discussion on transforming a personal tragedy into an endeavor to succeed.

7 p.m. Sunday, October 26 

UA Centennial Hall
1020 E. University Blvd. (on the University of Arizona campus)

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Religious Right plans massive resistance to same-sex marriage court rulings

Screenshot from 2014-07-12 13:53:22The Christian Reconstructionists and Dominionists of the Center for Arizona Policy and its legal arm, the Alliance Defending Freedom, who supported Arizona’s SB 1062 — the right to discriminate against gays and anyone else I hate because “religious liberty!” — are borrowing a page from the Southern Segregationists following the Brown v. Board of Education desegregation decision in 1954.  They are following a plan of massive resistance to the federal courts for striking down same-sex marriage bans.

In fact, they are not even subtle about it. Pastor Scott Lively and Brian Camenker have long had an organization called MassResistance(.org) and MassResistance(.net), a Waltham, Massachusetts-based group that promotes socially conservative positions on issues relating to homosexuality, abortion, anti-bullying, gun control, the transgender community and same-sex marriage.

The Arizona Republic reports today that, despite the national furor over SB 1062 this past Spring, the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom is encouraging court clerks in Arizona and elsewhere to engage in mass resistance against marriage equality. Memo to clerks: You can object to gay marriage:

The conservative group that handled the legal defense of Arizona’s overturned gay-marriage ban is advising court clerks they don’t have to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if the clerk has religious or moral objections.

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Two GOTV events this weekend

I will link to Craig at Random Musings for the first event on Saturday. Rally to Move AZ Forward!!:

This coming Saturday, October 25, from 4 – 7 p.m., join many of the great candidates for office this year at Mesa’s Riverview Park (2100 W 8th St, Mesa, Arizona 85201) -

In addition to Fred Duval, some of the other candidates expected to be there include Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, State Representative Juan Mendez, David Garcia, Democratic nominee for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Jim Holway, Democratic candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission.  Also expected to appear: many legislative candidates from districts in the area.

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Howard Fischer dissembles for Prop. 122

Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services purports to be an objective news reporter. But as everyone here at Blog for Arizona has pointed out on numerous occasions, Fischer is frequently a water carrier for GOP talking points. Today he crosses over into full advocacy on behalf of Prop. 122 in the Arizona Daily Star. Proposition might ease access to child-abuse files.

This is not at all what Prop. 122 is about.

Arizona’s most respected news reporter, Brahm Resnik of News 12, recently examined Prop. 122 in his “Insider” segment. Link to video: http://www.azcentral.com/videos/news/politics/2014/10/21/17676901/

Transcript:

It might be the most misleading campaign mailer you will see this election year. It is our “Prop Watch.” This Prop. 122 mailer wants you to believe it’s all about protecting this poor little girl from abuse. But the signs and the Voter Guide say it’s about “keeping Washington off of our backs.” So, which it? Let’s ask someone who tries to protect children like these.  (h/t image: The Arizona Republic).

YES122

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Arizona Daily Sun endorses David Garcia for Superintendent of Public Instruction

Flagstaff’s Arizona Daily Sun today endorsed Democrat David Garcia for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Garcia will be special leader for state schools:

GarciaIt’s rare in a state as politically polarized as Arizona for a candidate to win bipartisan support.

But David Garcia, who is running for state superintendent of public instruction, is one such candidate, and his talents are sorely needed. Arizona’s public schools have not kept pace financially or academically with the rest of the country, and they need a forceful and articulate champion to move them forward from the back of the pack.

Garcia, a Democrat, is a former associate state superintendent of schools under two Republicans and has won their endorsements. He is now an associate professor at Arizona State University and has won the endorsement of the Arizona Chamber of the Commerce.
He also has experience as a research analyst for the state Senate Education Committee and a consultant for the U.S. Department of Education.

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