The “Arizona two-step” is becoming a line dance: Ducey joins the lege’s Rs in “going dark”

By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings

Earlier this week, the Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives voted to close their caucus meetings to the public.

Now, new governor Doug “Dark Money” Ducey has joined them in the effort to impair the ability of Arizonans to keep an eye on activities at the Capitol – he’s removed the visitor logs from the governor’s office.

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Gov. Doug Ducey, who surfed a wave of anonymous dark money into office in November, does not want the public to know who is coming up to the ninth floor to meet with him. Earlier this week, the visitor’s log that had been on the 8th floor of the Executive Tower through multiple governors quietly disappeared. In the Capitol Times Yellowsheet, where the story broke, a Ducey spokesman defended the lack of transparency. Ducey’s flack said ditching the visitors log would make the office “more efficient” because the logs weren’t always accurate.

Like his fellow travelers at the lege, Ducey doesn’t want the public (or the working media) to know what is going on at the Capitol and he is doing whatever he can to impede scrutiny.

If the anti-transparency efforts get any more widespread, the “line dance” will become an “orgy”. Continue reading

Senate approves Keystone XL Pipeline, President will veto

vetoThe Carbon Monopoly got what they paid for today when the U.S. Senate they purchased gave final approval to the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The bill now goes to President Obama who has promised to veto this congressional interference in the established regulatory approval process, for purely ideological reasons long since detached from any reason or rationality (the regulatory process is scheduled to be completed this year anyway, so what’s the rush?)

Steve Benen reports, Senate approves Keystone XL project, veto awaits:

Three weeks ago, the Republican-led House easily approved legislation to move forward with construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. This afternoon, the Republican-led Senate did the same.

The Senate voted Thursday to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, despite a long-standing veto threat from the White House.

Nine Democrats joined a unanimous Republican caucus to support the bill.

The final outcome, which was never in doubt, was 62 to 36.

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2016 is no longer an election, it is an auction

President Theodore Roosevelt in a speech at Provincetown, Massachusetts,  accused the malefactors of great wealth, the Robber Barons of the corporate “Trusts” of his day of causing the financial “panic” of 1907. He said:

“. . . [these men] combine to bring about as much financial stress as possible, in order to discredit the policy of the government and thereby secure a reversal of that policy, so that they may enjoy unmolested the fruits of their own evil-doing. . . I regard this contest as one to determine who shall rule this free country—the people through their governmental agents, or a few ruthless and domineering men whose wealth makes them peculiarly formidable because they hide behind the breastworks of corporate organization.”

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A century later we are still engaged in this epic contest. The Washington Post reports Koch-backed network aims to spend nearly $1 billion on 2016 elections:

A network of conservative advocacy groups backed by Charles and David Koch aims to spend a staggering $889 million in advance of the next White House election, part of an expansive strategy to build on its 2014 victories that may involve jumping into the Republican primaries.

The massive financial goal was revealed to donors here Monday during an annual winter meeting hosted by Freedom Partners, the tax-exempt business lobby that serves as the hub of the Koch-backed political operation, according to an attendee. The amount is more than double the $407 million that 17 allied groups in the network raised during the 2012 campaign.

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Arizona Sci-Tech Festival

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It’s that time again for the spring Arizona Sci-Tech Festival, at numerous locales all over the state.  This is a family friendly festival in February and March, exposing adults and children to the wonders of science and technology (and engineering & math too).

For Pima County events, go to this link:  http://azscitech.com/events/. And look for their brochures at the Pima County public libraries, with event listings.

The Arizona SciTech Festival is a state-wide celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM or STEAM when you include the arts) held annually in February and March.

Through a series of over 400 expos, workshops, conversations, exhibitions and tours held in diverse neighborhoods throughout the state, the Arizona SciTech Festival excites and informs Arizonans from ages 3 to 103 about how STEM will drive our state for next 100 years.

Republicans in the AZ lege doing the Arizona two-step over transparency

By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings

I chose “two-step” after consideration other possibilities like ” ‘do as we say, not as we do’ do-si-do” (too long for a post title), “bullshit boogie” (I try not to swear in post titles), “hypocrite shuffle” (not enough “ooomph”), and the like

On Tuesday, the Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives voted to change the rules of their chamber to allow them to close their caucus meeting to the public.

From the Casa Grande Dispatch, written by Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services -

Saying they sometimes need some privacy, House Republicans voted Tuesday to let themselves — and Democrats if they want — have closed-door discussions about pending issues.

House rules have required party caucuses to be open except for certain executive sessions for specified reasons. Historically, that has included the election of party leaders and advice from legal counsel about pending lawsuits.

The new rule, however, allows party leaders to shut the doors any time they want.

While the House Rs were doing their level best to reduce government transparency, Senate Rs were demanding more transparency of others.

On Tuesday, Senators Gail Griffin, Sylvia Allen, Barbara McGuire (a D, but don’t let that fool you – she’s a conservaDem of long standing), David Farnsworth, and John Kavanagh introduced SCM1012.

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Huckabee’s vapors over women cussing tell you everything you need to know about conservatives

Crossposted at DemocraticDiva.com

HuckabeeThose Fox ladies and their dirty mouths got me in my manfeels!

Shockingly, GOP Presidential candidate Mike Huckable continues to be a gross, embarrassing buffoon. In his latest bid for attention, he expressed his shock(!) over those New York City hoydens he worked with at Fox and their unladylike profanity. Of course such a blatant invitation to mockery has earned Huck many scathing responses in the liberal blogosphere but, honestly, my favorite reaction to it is this hilariously sincere one by the right wing site World Net Daily. It reads like a breathless Dateline exposé.

Huckabee complains of ‘trashy’ women at Fox News
‘Throw the F-bomb or use gratuitous profanity in a professional setting’

The women of Fox News might be very fair in the attractive sense, but their language is actually very foul, according to Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who stepped down from the popular cable channel recently to consider a run for the White House.

While promoting his book, “God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy,” Huckabee told Des Moines radio host Jan Mickelson last Friday he personally experienced severe culture shock listening to “trashy” female women spew frequent obscenities. Continue reading