12/31/2005 10:35:00 AM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|Another list! This is a list of the top people who have been mentioned on my blog since May. There have been a total of 194 posts, with 523 people mentioned over that time. As you see, the champeen is Kathleen Dunbar. With all that, you'd think she would have at least tried to sue me. I have looked back and thought of all the fun local political characters that are long gone so I missed writing about them. People like Evan Mecham, Paul Marsh, Alan Lang and Rosalie Lopez passed from the scene before I started blogging. I guess I should thank Dunbar for providing me with decent material. I'm glad she's out of office though.|W|P|113605347884303977|W|P|More Year in Review|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/31/2005 11:52:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Mexilina|W|P|Ted... you had way too much time on your hands, to be able to count the number of mentions!

At any rate, this was a great year for your blog, and I expect next year to get even hotter!12/31/2005 11:18:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|So that's the key, huh? Blog enough about somebody and they lose?

Look for me to start blogging a lot about my State Senator (Jake Flake) in that case.12/30/2005 09:51:00 AM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|It's New Years Eve Eve...which means I should do a year-end wrap of some sort. But, rather than carefully thought out, long-view analysis, instead, I'll just do a top 10 list. I figure that's what all of the credentialed "journalists" are doing these days anyway. These are my top 10 posts, judged by the number of responses that they generated. I've been posting since May, but the first post to break into double digits was in September. So, most of these are skewed toward November, right around the time of Jim Kolbe's announcement and the attention that generated for the blog. All but three of these have to do with the Congressional District 8 race. Funny, none of the posts about the presidential race in Liberia made it on here.|W|P|113596270870957804|W|P|Year In Review|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/30/2005 11:03:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/31/2005 11:20:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|Hey, that just means you're getting popular.

I set my newest record (27) this week, but partly that was because of two posters who got into it, so I think you are still ahead of me.12/29/2005 02:13:00 PM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|
We beseech thee, Master, to be our helper and protector. Save the afflicted among us; have mercy on the lowly; raise up the fallen; appear to the needy; heal the ungodly; restore the wanderers of thy people; feed the hungry; ransom our prisoners; raise up the sick; comfort the faint-hearted. St. Clement of Rome

Monsignor Edward Ryle died last night after a month long hospital stay. He was called the "conscience of the legislature." Shortly after my brother was appointed to the state house, Ryle noticed that he had an image of St. Jude on his desk. For some rather strange historical reasons, St. Jude is the patron of hopeless causes. Ryle turned to my brother and said, "At least you know what you are up against." I worked with Ryle once. Many years ago, I travelled to Phoenix with a group called the Catholic Legislative Network. I barely remember what particular bill we were lobbying on, but I remember Ryle to be extremely friendly and engaged with the issues. Ryle subscribed to a political vision that some in the Catholic social justice movement subscribe to called the "Seamless Garment." This is also sometimes called the "Culture of Life," a phrase that unfortunately too many of us Catholics have allowed the right to co-opt. Yes, Ryle was against abortion, but he was also against the death penalty and wanted society's priorities rearanged in favor of the downtrodden and forgotten. It is a Christian vision that is a far cry from people who seem to parse scripture to look for excuses to hate people that they aren't inclined to like in the first place. See, there I go again: being all bitter the way Monsignor Ryle never was.|W|P|113589278946990782|W|P|Monsignor Edward Ryle|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/31/2005 11:29:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|I'm not a Catholic myself, but I've always admired priests like this (and for that matter like Pope John Paul II) who really seemed to be standing up for what Christ taught. There always has been a lot of bad press about faulty behavior in priests (i.e. Bishop O'Brien) but I've known enough good Catholic priests (even in my Jewish-turned-to-Mormon life) that I really believe that the ones who get all that bad press are only a rare few.12/29/2005 09:38:00 AM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|Today's Tucson Weekly has an article on Chris Simcox, leader of the so-called "Minuteman" militia movement. It is worth a read, and if you have time, it is also worth reading the longer report on Simcox's past that has been published by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The report raises a number of questions about Simcox's credibility. Maybe now, other media outlets will start looking at these guys with something other than abject, fawning, worship. The last two years of coverage of the border has been marked by the most bizarre claims from the leaders of the movement, hapilly swallowed and regurgitated by the local (and supposedly more sophisticated national) reporters. Anyone remember the so-called "Al-Quaeda Prayer Rug" that was reportedly found? (East coast reporters love the Minutemen, because it contributes to their view that all of us out here are a bunch of Yosemite Sam-style slope-headed neanderthals.) There is also the larger question of racism within the movement. I'll give Simcox the benefit of the doubt and say that he does not think of himself as a racist. Also, he may genuinely believe that his movement is not racist. This makes him very cynical, or a moron. The reason why I say this, is that he either doesn't care that he is lining up with racists, or he is just too dumb to see them. He gives speeches to groups closely aligned with hate organizations, such as the California Coalition for Immigration Reform, whose leader refers to Mexicans as "savages." He claims not to want white supremacists in the movement, but apparently doesn't do very much to keep them from joining the group or from speaking to the press. Given all of this, it is particularly disturbing that mainstream politicians such as Don Goldwater and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger continue to proudly stand with these guys. NB - Mr. Goldwater appears to still have no supporters.|W|P|113587758099005091|W|P|He's Not Racist, Just an Accused Child Molester and a Paranoid Egomaniac|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/29/2005 11:59:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Michael|W|P|That's one of the more pernicious qualities of racism today: most people don't recognize their own racist tendencies. Others minimize, sublimate or dismiss them.

I have no doubt that Simcox doesn't see himself as a racist. But his own opinion in the matter doesn't really matter. Your words and deeds tend to determine that. More importantly, it has to do with how you use your own privilege and power to help or harm those who are oppressed or have less access to opportunities.12/31/2005 11:15:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|Well, Schwarzenegger's an Austrian. And, gosh, there has never been a history of racism in Austria, right? Jurg Haider (sp?) and Kurt Waldheim, who dey?12/26/2005 11:33:00 AM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|Some gophers told me that Christine Toretti-Olson will not be running for congress in CD 8. Her husband, Lute Olson, apparently put the kibosh on it. If this is true, it makes sense given his past preferences. Olson is at heart, a Republican, but he is registered as an independent. He tries to stay out of politics, since the crowds at Wildcat games tend to be more Democratic than Republican. His one forray into politics was when he lent his name to a local education initiative, and that was more than a decade and a half ago. One wonders if Lute's apprehension about his wife involving herself in local politics will keep her from further campaigning for Sen. Jon Kyl. The story goes that the White House wanted her in the race, so I suppose there are persuasive powers that can still be brought to bear. I mean, they can wire tap now, right? If she still decides to run, there is no end of material for smart alecky bloggers like me. And not just because of the fun I can poke at her for not actually living here (thus the above illustration). She is one of the top Republican contributors in the country, and, suprise suprise, she is the CEO of a company involved in oil and natural gas drilling. She is the CEO of SW Jack Drilling, and was one of the top contributors to the presidential campaign of then Gov. George W. Bush. She gave an interview to the Los Angeles Times back in 2000 regarding her contributions:
We need to be opening up Alaska and the North Carolina coast. Obviously, it's not Gore's priority. If you haven¹t done it by now, the heck with you.
Nice. Not exactly the sorts of attitude you want publicized when you are running for Congress in Tucson. So, where do the Country Club Republicans go now? The scramble to find a decent moderate that actually wants to run has been almost as futile (but not nearly as comical) as the Republicans' search for a candidate for governor that someone besides the candidate's mother might vote for. Two names have been floated. One is Bruce Ash, who is prominently involved in real estate, chairman of the Jewish Federation and Jewish Community center, as well as a member of countless local boards. He definitely has a rolodex that would enable him to put together a serious campaign. Ash headed up Independent People Like You, a so-called "independent campaign" that blasted Tom Volgy and José Ibarra in the 2003 City Council race. I know, you all are saying: you mean Independent People Like You were actually Republicans? Shocking, absolutely shocking. Next, I'll tell you about the Tooth Fairy. After that election, there was some grousing that the "independent campaign" was too negative, and may have driven down Mayor Bob Walkup's numbers, who won the election but did not get a majority. I haven't heard Ash's name as much lately. Let's face it though, how many Republican insiders are going to tell me anything these days? The other name that has gained more currency lately is Dave Sitton. Sitton is, of all things, the Coach of the U of A's Rugby team. But believe it or not, that isn't what he is most famous for. He is also the broadcaster for the Wildcat basketball games (if you happen to catch any USA Rugby events on Fox Sports Net, he's usually the commentator on those too) as well as the publicity flack for Clear Channel Outdoor. Working for the billboard company puts you only a few steps above the oil and natural gas folks with the environmental community here. It is in his capacity for Clear Channel that I have dealt with him. When Clear Channel purchased Eller Media, Sitton came to one of the meetings of the Sign Code Committee and addressed us in a very friendly way. This was a far cry from Eller's representative, Don Dybus, who showed up to two meetings, didn't introduce himself (even to me, and we'd worked together before) and then wrote op-ed pieces talking about what closeminded nitwits we were. Can either of them beat Rep. Randy Graf? Graf has been running since 2004, so these guys better get started. NB - Sitton takes checks from Fox and Clear Channel? We lefties should have a field day with that.|W|P|113562533346985396|W|P|And to You Too, Lady|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/26/2005 03:02:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/27/2005 09:46:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|I remember when Sitton came in as a guest lecturer in one of old Conrad Joyner's political science classes, and I don't think anyone would call him a moderate, in fact, his views were pretty much in lock step with Graf's. Now he may run hiding those views, but chances are if Kolbe and/or the white house want someone to appeal in the general against Weiss or whoever, they'll need to keep looking. As for the anonymous person who didn't know who Weiss is, they probably really don't know who Sitton is since they must not own a TV!12/28/2005 12:12:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|Anonymous:

Partly, that is what the national Republican party wants.

Their first priority is to win the seat so they can hold their majority. So any Republican who can win becomes viable from this point of view.

But their second priority is to elect a Republican who will in the end be a reliable conservative vote. If they can find someone who will be able to 'claim' to be a moderate, but will in fact vote with them whenever there is a close vote, then that would be their ideal candidate.

That said, we don't want to stare too much at the other side of the bracket in the playoffs. I said a few weeks ago, and I'm still saying it, I hope the Democrats down there don't make the mistake we all made up here in 2002 and fail to coalesce around a single candidate early (a now well-entrenched Rick Renzi is the penalty we paid for that).12/25/2005 07:10:00 AM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|
¡Feliz navidad y prospero año nuevo! Na szczescie, na zdrowie z Wigilia! And, of course, to Bill O'Reilly, Season's Greetings.
|W|P|113552066962518231|W|P|Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Weselych Swiat|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/23/2005 09:46:00 AM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|Lorraine Frank, appointed to the State Board of Regents last year by her protege Janet Napolitano, died yesterday at the age of 82. Frank had been an important figure in the civic and political life of this state, working to get arts programs into many rural schools as well as serving as Democratic National Committeewoman for twenty years. One of Frank's first political endeavor's was working as a young activist at the 1944 Democratic Comvention. She was part of the forces working to keep the very progressive Vice-President Henry A. Wallace on the ticket. She was married to John P. Frank, who died a few years ago. John Frank should be remembered by any fans of Law and Order everytime they read a suspect their rights. I ended up on the opposite side of Lorraine Frank in a lot of fights within the State Party, but I don't think she harbored any ill will for me. I think this says a great deal about her character.|W|P|113535705138602782|W|P|Lorraine Frank|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/24/2005 12:30:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Amen to that, Ted! Lorraine was a great political fixture in our state, and a great mentor to many women. Mrs. F will be sorely missed, but knowing that she is hanging out with John up in big blue is a comforting thought.12/22/2005 11:48:00 AM|W|P|Tedski|W|P| Just for grins, scroll down and check out the "Supporters" entry on the front page of Don Goldwater's campaign site. Here I thought that setting up Christmas decorations and deciding on napkin colors for the Department of Administration would result in a much stronger political base. Shows how I was wrong.|W|P|113527809944230679|W|P|Not Much of a Base, Izzit?|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/22/2005 07:27:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|In the picture he kinda looks like Dick Gephart.12/22/2005 07:52:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Zelph|W|P|Separated at birth?

http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/jpeg/gephardt.jpg12/22/2005 10:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|Naw, he just used Gephardt's photo because it's free, just download it off the internet. And with all the big contributers Don Goldwater has lined up, he can't afford a real photo shoot.12/21/2005 02:06:00 PM|W|P|Tedski|W|P| Emil Franzi has an article in the Northwest Explorer which crowns Jeff Latas as the probable Democratic nominee in Congressional District 8. He complains about the "shallow commentary" that the local media has given the Democratic field. Yeah, I agree on that one. Trouble is, he then rates Latas's abilities as a candidate entirely on his laudable record as a Air Force veteran. Franzi is an ex-US Marine (well, retired marine, no such thing as an ex-marine, really) and he believes that more people with military experience should be in public office, but he should understand better than anyone that experience in other fields, no matter how noble, do not necessarilly translate into political ability or even political support. Franzi has been, and I think still is, a political consultant for many Republican candidates in town and has probably worked for more than one buisinessman or veteran that thinks he knows how to campaign based on that experience. Sometimes, these candidates turn out to be disasters because they don't understand that politics operates differently. If he still believes that military records translate into automatic political success, two words for Franzi: Bill Heuisler. One of the first campaigns I worked on was for a fella named Truman Spangrud, a retired three star general who flew several missions over Vietnam and was comptroller of the Air Force. His experience would have made him an excellent Senator, maybe it might even have earned him mention as a Presidential candidate. We lost the primary after a lethargic campaign. Oops. Franzi's article also butchers the name of Alex Rodriguez. He calls him Alex Martinez. Funny, Franzi got Rodriguez's name right a few years ago when he was lauding his military record during his attempt to get appointed to the Pima County Board of Supervisors. How soon we forget. Frankly, I hope that neither Latas nor any other candidate on our side takes their cues from Franzi. I'll have a good chuckle when I hear a Latas supporter try to point this out as somehow an indication that Latas is the man. Franzi's opinion is a poor indicator of the feelings of Democratic primary voters.|W|P|113520172604745721|W|P|And in Other News, ASU Fans Have Some Great Ideas About Lute's Starting Lineup|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/21/2005 04:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/21/2005 06:46:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous cc burro|W|P|Given the negligible coverage of politics/government by the local newspapers, I knew nothing about any of the Democratic CD 8 candidates until recently when I went to their websites.

Gabrielle Giffords has a very impressive resume. However, her website at this point doesn't have any issue stances or voting history, whereas Jeff Latas' website DOES discuss issues.

Have you gone to Latas' website yet to check him out?12/21/2005 10:37:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous lata love|W|P|Hey Teddy Bear, your link on Franzi's article didn't work.. try this

FRANZI's ARTICLE12/21/2005 11:28:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|I do appreciate how Latas continues to run his campaign by blogging on Ted's website, but the order of finish in the D primary if the crop of candidates stays the same will end up:
1. Weiss
2. Giffords
3. Rodriguez
4. Bacal
5. Latas
6. Schacter
7. Downing (as a write-in)12/22/2005 01:04:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|To reply to the previous post:

I believe that the two top vote getters will be:

1. Giffords - on actual voting records AND grasp of the issues
2. Weiss - on name id only, but I do hope SHE DOES continue to make a commitment to the party and run for another office

but then, what do I know ... all a guessing name until we get official names into the race, besides Schacter, Latas and A-Rod ...12/22/2005 10:14:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/22/2005 11:53:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Who the hell is Patty Weiss?

/no I haven't been living under a rock, either12/22/2005 06:41:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous cc burro|W|P|To ANONYMOUS--

Does your primary finish line-up assume that all of these candidates will actually indicate their proposals/stances on dealing with Iraq, the federal debt and deficit, the continuing HUGE U.S. trade imbalance [along with the reduction of middle-class-income-paying jobs], energy and the environment, social security, Medicare, abortion, etc. etc.???12/22/2005 08:17:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous JaneAZ|W|P|Would Weiss and Giffords attract the same type of voter, and split the vote?12/22/2005 09:36:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Tom|W|P|"Anonymous" may not have been living under a rock, but he (or she) obviously has not been living in Tucson.12/22/2005 10:42:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|On the original post,

We will know for sure that Lute's wife is reconsidering if he starts her at shooting guard in the first game of the season in order to get her some exposure.12/23/2005 01:48:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|I disagree that Franzi is only giving credit to Latas' military record. I have heard Latas speak and was very impressed with his grasp of the issues. He actually has solutions that are achievable. One only has to compare web sites to see that Latas is way ahead of the pack in thinking through our national problems.

There is no doubt that his life experience as a “hard working blue color kid done well” speaks volumes of his character. Maybe some of you can’t quite relate to that.12/23/2005 06:21:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tedski|W|P|Hey, I'm not besmiching Latas's background...I'm only commenting on Franzi's column. He has a tendency to overrate candidates with military records, if you look back at things he's written for both the Weekly and the Explorer you'll see that. Also, the fact that he can't even get the name of one of the candidates right makes me wonder if he has really taken the time to look at the race.

So, what exactly do you mean by the "blue colar" comment? I haven't worked in coal mines or driven a bus, but I barely lead a priveleged life.12/23/2005 12:23:00 PM|W|P|Blogger T. Stephen Cody|W|P|So, Tedski, am I to assume you're supporting Gabby since hers is the only AZ CD8 Dem candidate link on your blog?
Jeff Latas and his wife Salette both attended the recent Wellstone training in Tucson and know how to run a progressive campaign focused on both issues and long-term base-building for the movement.
Have you taken a pulse by talking to LD organizations and Democratic Clubs? Our campaign has already attracted quite a few progressive leaders who are quite impressed when they get to know Jeff Latas and how he intends to represent CD8.12/23/2005 02:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tedski|W|P|Yeah, I'm supporting Gabby, I've known her since I was 11 years old.

Jeff is an impressive candidate, and I think he will do a lot better in the primary than a lot of the wannabees that are running.12/21/2005 09:50:00 AM|W|P|Tedski|W|P| Some of my myriad fans tell me they are waiting with baited breath for my opinions and or predictions on the "race" to replace Sen. Gabrielle Giffords. Truth to tell: I have no idea what the heck is going on. I know this much, if the supes thought there were three solid votes for any of these candidates, there would have already been a meeting and a successor named. What I am hearing is mostly contradictory. One story says that Rep. Dave Bradley already has the votes of all five supervisors sewn up, but another story says that one supervisor isn't going to vote for him because of a previous political beef (I'm not including the name because I doubt the story). I hear that the women that pushed for Leslie Nixon are now pushing for Paula Aboud, then five minutes later, I hear that they aren't pushing for Aboud. Rep. Ted Downing will not get appointed because he has already said he'll run if he doesn't get appointed, but the supes may appoint him since he will run anyway if he doesn't. Yeah, none of this makes any sense to me either. I have no idea where the truth actually is on this. Quit asking me. Call the supervisors and pester them. They like that. UPDATE: Jim Nintzel has his own take on the appointment race, including bonus nightmare scenarios!|W|P|113518513113910269|W|P|Blatant Localism|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/21/2005 11:36:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|That's shocking that a member of the Downing family is breaking the law - but then it's the Weekly where Renee works that claims he'd beat Bradley handily. If Dave is the incumbent senator fading a Downing challenge, he should say in words that even he would understand - "bring it on." Oh sorry, bad memory for all.12/21/2005 11:49:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tedski|W|P|I'm not sure if you are trying to imply that Renee Downing is related to Ted Downing, but I don't think she is.12/27/2005 09:37:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|You never let me have any fun!12/19/2005 04:13:00 PM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|Rep. Rick Murphy (R-Glendale) is circulating a proposed House Concurrent Resolution to abolish the Clean Elections program. He believes that this would survive the constitutional challenges that scuttled the anti-Clean Elections initiative that was attempted in 2004. Hmm...let's just savor the memory of that one. Jim Click and the other big money types spent thousands hiring lawyers who apparently did not know how to write an initiative. It's funny every time I think about it. In addition to really loving the flag, Murphy is a hypocrite. Murphy gladly signed up to participate in the program in the 2004 election (probably while supporting the anti-Clean Elections initiative), and hapilly took $28,415.45 in taxpayer money for that election. Oh, sorry. If a Republican takes it, it is "public matching funds." If a Democrat takes it, it's taxpayer money stolen from hard working people, and probably being given to illegal aliens and lesbians. I haven't seen the language of the HCR that Murphy proposes. I'm assuming that it calls for a referendum on the Clean Elections system. An HCR cannot be vetoed by the governor. I volunteered for a time for the group that was fighting the anti-Clean Elections initiative last time, and I saw some of their polling numbers. I think that the Republicans that are pushing against Clean Elections would be shocked to see how much support there actually is in the state for the system. If they want to go out there and tell people that more lobbyist money should be spent on campaigns, then let them campaign on that message. NB - Murphy's campaign site features the legend: "WARNING! THE IDEAS CONTAINED IN THIS WEBSITE WILL BE HAZARDOUS TO THE STATUS-QUO!" It amazes me how these bozos can spew the same silliness that has ruled this state for the last 20 years and play marionette for every big money interest yet they still consider themselves "rebels." Bizarre.|W|P|113503557374581697|W|P|Do As I Say, Not As I Do|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/19/2005 08:28:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous cc burro|W|P|Someone should compile a book of Arizona Politics 1986-2006: Twenty Years of the Weird, Surreal,and Petty. Examples abound.12/19/2005 11:38:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Elizabeth Rogers|W|P|I think we have Ted's first book. I would shell out $26 for the hardcover.12/20/2005 02:14:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|Well, he's telling the truth-- if enough people actually paid attention to what the nutbag right was really saying, it WOULD upset the status-quo; we'd elect more Democrats to the legislature.12/20/2005 02:17:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|cc burro:

Well, Arizona politics has to be that way. We have to outdo the Texans in SOMETHING they take perverse pride in. (and it's obvious after this weekend, it ain't football).12/20/2005 06:10:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous cc burro|W|P|Particularly amazing are Hayworth's concern about the "invasion" from down south and Renzi's outrage over U.S. Border Guards wearing uniforms imported from Mexico.

It is comments such as these that reveal the true nature of these Congressional representatives. Does this represent the best of Arizona (or in Renzi's case, via Virginia)? Either these guys are totally racist OR they are pandering to racists--both bad.

These quotes should be included in the Democratic challengers' television and radio ads.12/21/2005 07:18:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/21/2005 10:34:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|krajmajales:

The key is getting 'moderate Republicans' to realize that their party has been hijacked by a cabal of reactionary anti-government fanatics, and that there is more hope for them in the Democratic party. Slade Mead already has come to this conclusion, what we need to do is nominate him (and perhaps some other former Republicans) and if it were possible maybe hold a public event in which we got some ordinary Republicans who have gotten fed up with this group to change their party registration publically. We can send a message that unlike the Republican leadership, we are inclusive and we don't hold someone's past partisanship (or lack thereof) against them (reminding people that Wesley Clark was a serious candidate in the primary and finished second in Arizona helps there too).

And the truth is, that the position of moderate Republicans (supporting education and other programs, with an eye to preventing fraud and abuse) is not at all different from what most Democrats are for. A lot of them have just bought into the propaganda that if we had our way we'd raise taxes through the roof, throw scads of money into every program with no oversight, and pay people to stay home. Once we make the case that we are for responsibility as much as they are, there could be an opportunity here-- more and more moderates are fed up with the GOP (if it weren't for McCain, I suspect more of them would already have left).12/21/2005 11:11:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/19/2005 06:59:00 AM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|The nattering in the transom is that Christine Toretti-Olson will run in Congressional District 8 after prodding from national Repubican leaders. The only trouble with this is that she doesn't even live in Arizona. Near as I can tell, she hasn't even been here more than half a dozen times. In fact, the Republican National Committee still lists her as a Republican National Committee Woman from Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Republican Party features a page with Toretti-Olson encouraging women to get involved and run for office. Maybe she means that she wants them to run for office in other states, who knows? At least Rep. Rick Renzi and Sen. John McCain bothered to set up shop here for a few months before they ran for office. I have said before that I would be totally insulted by this if I were a local Republican. "Sorry, you guys just can't cut it..." The White House is worried about the strength of Randy Graf, but can't they throw their weight behind a local candidate? If the idea is that they want to beat Graf, then they fail to understand Graf's appeal. He tells people that national Republican leaders are out of touch with the border issue and don't understand the needs of local folks. Since that is his message, who could be a worse candidate to put up against him than someone that has never lived here? Voters ought to wonder if Toretti-Olson were to be elected, if she would she be more loyal to the Republican leadership (or heck, Pennyslvania!) or the needs of her actual constituents. Heck, it's unlikely that she would know very many actual constituents. I have some doubts about whether Toretti-Olson is really as much of a "star" as the national Republicans think she is. Bobbi Olson, Lute Olson's now deceased first wife, was a well loved figure in Tucson. He married Christine Toretti shortly after Bobbi's tragic death. Few people in the community knew anything about her, and in the intervening time she hasn't been nearly the local fixture Bobbi was. This is because, well, she hasn't actually been living here. There are also Wildcat fans who loved Bobbi that resent the fact that Lute married so quickly after Bobbi's death. All of this adds to Toretti-Olson not really having a great deal of celebrity appeal. Frankly, if the voters of Baja Arizona don't see this whole thing as insulting and vote for her anyway, I may just ditch this whole "faith in the democratic process" thing, move to Three Points and take up beekeeping. On a related note: I have recieved some missives (well, maybe comuniqués) from various people who were eager to tell me that Alex Rodriguez and Patty Weiss don't live in CD 8. If they were nominated against Toretti-Olson, I suppose that they could at least say that they are lifelong southern Arizona residents and know the area. One of the things that people would find suprising about running for congress is that the only requirement is that you reside in the state. There are no other residency requirements. Mo Udall, for example, did not live in the old Congressional District 2 that he represented (of course, he was Mo Udall, and he was drawn out of the district after representing it for nearly two decades). Nothing would prevent me, at least legally, from running against, say, Rick Renzi or J. D. Hayworth. It would just be silly, that's all. The trouble with Rodriguez or Weiss being the candidate may be that they would be less able to use the "carpetbagger" issue against Toretti-Olson. Although, I think that Weiss living only a half mile outside the district is a bit different than what Toretti-Olson is doing. Still, it may muddy the message. One may remember the 2002 race in CD 1, when it became ridiculous for George Cordova to call out Rick Renzi for not living in the district, when he himself had lived in Phoenix up until he wanted to run for congress. And don't even get me started on Randy Camacho wanting to run too.|W|P|113500205490347702|W|P|Pack Your Carpetbags! (Part Two)|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/19/2005 09:25:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous DM3|W|P|Christine and Lute are on the cover of Tucson Lifestyles magazine with the headline saying something about continuing Bobbi's legacy of cancer research. Definitely making the connections.12/19/2005 10:41:00 AM|W|P|Blogger DRP|W|P|Good reporting here. What a scam. If she runs, she won't win. Lute should just coach, and not aid these disgraceful politics.12/19/2005 04:27:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Patty has a residence in Sierra Vista.12/19/2005 11:40:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Elizabeth Rogers|W|P|I think it would be very funny if Ted ran against JD if no one else was.12/20/2005 02:11:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|Hey, Renzi's kids still go to school in Virginia, and he only stays in that home in Flagstaff on rare occasions when he is in town.

I think if she does run, though, the local Democrats should make sure they have and have copies of her PA RNC listing, so they can run it in local papers. What worked for Renzi was that he made so much noise that the whole 'carpetbagger' thing got drowned out.12/20/2005 12:22:00 PM|W|P|Blogger New American Rebel|W|P|If I lived in SE Arizona and my choices for the Republican nominee for Congress were my alma mater's basketball coach's wife, or a conservative who has spent time in the State legislature...I'd be dumb to vote for Olson's wife. SHe'd have to come out to the right of Graf and be TERRIBLY well spoken in defending her beliefs to get me to vote for her.12/20/2005 07:58:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Chrip|W|P|Christine is Not running. I just heard Lute is against it (even though she was interested). At least, that's what a little bird told me.12/20/2005 08:00:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/21/2005 11:23:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Graf knows local issues? Why does he get all of his talking points from the congressman from Colorado. He is our Clarence Thomas to Tancredo's Antonin Scalia!12/22/2005 10:20:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/18/2005 08:43:00 PM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|Maybe the conservatives are right, there is a liberal media conspiracy. The WB network showed The Wizard of Oz opposite Pres. Bush's speech. The Scarecrow had that all too prescient line:
But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't they?
L. Frank Baum, the author of the Wizard of Oz, was a hardcore Democrat. In the original story, Dorothy had silver slippers and the Wizard had a strange resemblance to William Jennings Bryan. She could only get home after all of the Democratic constituencies, represented by the Tin Woodsman, the Scarecrow and the Lion, realized how much power they had inside themselves. It's all a big liberal media conspiracy, really.|W|P|113496460739239658|W|P|He Does Have a Point There Though|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/20/2005 02:45:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|Love it. And I love your quote from Bryan under your tagline. Democrats today would be well served to consider it.

Of course, you leave out how when the wizard was exposed as a little old man behind a curtain, running a big media machine, he reminds one of Karl Rove.

Now, I wonder why your post gives me an almost uncontrollable urge to throw a bucket of water on Ann Coulter and see what happens ;)12/20/2005 06:20:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous cc burro|W|P|Too bad that pie didn't hits its mark. But perhaps there wouldn't have been a high enough moisture content to do the job.

Still though, people like Coulter who are full of hatred need more pie--sugar/starch--raise serotonin levels--return internal chemical balance.12/17/2005 05:59:00 AM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|I noticed that the "LeftyBlogs" news roll on the side bar here has been carrying a notice for a petition to have a "Western Super Tuesday" set of primaries and caucuses, hopefully to give more of a voice to Western States and thus, somehow, produce a candidate more pallatable to the Western States. I signed the petition, but even if this were to be adopted by the Democratic National Committee (which is highly unlikely), I doubt it would have the effect that that they want. For one thing, the press and the political class are so wedded to the Iowa and New Hampshire results, that primaries that come afterward are starting not to matter at all. Take a look at our experiences in Arizona. We pushed to have an early Presidential Primary here in the 2004 election. We got it. We were in the first group of states after Iowa and New Hampshire. I remember the Arizona Democratic Party's then Executive Director, Paul Hegarty, said "We will not have a fly-over primary." It was quite nice in some ways. Both Gov. Howard Dean and Gen. Wesley Clark considered Arizona a "must win" made several appearances here, and had serious grassroots campaigns. On the other hand, Sen. John Kerry's campaign largely abandoned the state to concentrate on Iowa, and only made one appearance here in the week before the primary. And what happened? Kerry won, merely ratifying the Iowa and New Hampshire results. There is so much emphasis on Iowa and New Hampshire that it has become impossible for other states to have any infulence whatsoever. The press amplifies the results from these two states (while at the same time complaining about their influence) and party leadership starts pressuring losing candidates to drop out the moment the polls close in Nashua and Manchester. I don't think that their presence so early on the calendar makes for more conservative or liberal candidates, but it does make for a process that is certainly less democratic and inclusive. The fact that it is these two states is problematic. The Iowa Caucuses, for example, are often noted for their byzantine nature. The reason for this is simple, they are designed to elect convention delegates, not necessarilly to create a definite winner. Unlike a standard primary (or even the way many other caucuses are run) there is no reported "hard count" of early candidate support on election night. The percentages you hear are from exit polling, those of us that were checking the results on the afternoon on election day 2004 know how well that works. For example, journalists that went back to look over the 1988 Iowa contest found that the winner may not have been Rep. Richard Gephardt after all, but Sen. Paul Simon. This probably did not change human history, but it shows how problematic using Iowa as anything approaching a definitive way to gauge support is. (Before any Deaniac writes to me and says "See, we probably won after all..." you guys lost Iowa fair and square due to a problematic campaign there.) Proponents of keeping the Iowa and New Hampshire contests first in line say that somehow Iowa and New Hampshire voters are better informed voters than folks in other states. First of all, this is highly insulting to the voters in the other 48 states. "You pedestrians just let us pick the candidate, it's for your own good, really." If presidential candidates parked themselves in another smaller state like Delaware, North Dakota or New Mexico for a year before a primary, I bet those state's voters would be "well informed" as well. The attention paid to these state's contests is just ridiculous. Sen. Joe Lieberman, for example, went so far as to rent an apartment in New Hampshire and move his family there temporarily. Every town that has a fish fry one weekend will be innundated with presidential candidates. Not only that, it skews our politics as the contests often turn on local issues. Someone looking to run for president better not vote against ethanol subsidies or for closing the Portsmouth Naval Station. I spoke to a guy that worked at the White House once, he said that it was really funny: if a state official called needing something it would get directed to a lower level staffer, but a request from a New Hampshire official would be handled at higher levels, and often quicker. For me, the most ludicrous moment of Pres. George Bush's 1992 campaign (a campaign that was full of ludicrous moments) was watching him campaign in the New Hampshire primary. He was telling people that he knew all about their little league teams and high schools and that these other guys didn't. His argument boiled down to, "I should be president because I know New Hampshire." He was campaigning like a local candidate for congress, rather than a guy that was running for leader of the most powerful nation on the planet. Before anyone points out to me that Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton lost New Hampshire let me make two points. Republican primaries work very differently, in fact most don't even select delegates. In Clinton's case, his folks were able to spin his second place finish into a victory. The folks at the Democratic National Committee will not be able to really reform the primary process unless they are willing to attack the privileged satus of these two states.|W|P|113482922020698861|W|P|Primary Education|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/17/2005 04:10:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/17/2005 07:27:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Elizabeth Rogers|W|P|Can we try having them all on the same day? If you want to be President you should campaign in ALL fifty states, not just the ones that are usually for your side.

As little as Bush has shown this, when you are President, you are president of the entire country and that means knowing what both sides want.

And our candidates should campaign like Truman did, just hop a train and go around the country that way.12/16/2005 10:19:00 PM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|One local político, who I will mercifully not name, was going through a voter file and voters were marked with different color highlighters. "So, what do the colors mean?" "Yellow are my firm supporters. Orange are soft supporters." "What about the blue?" "Those are the ones we hope don't vote." My fellow blogger Greg Patterson over at Espresso Pundit seems to have a similar attitude towards the upcoming race between Sen. Jon "Not that John" Kyl and Jim Pedersen. In a recent entry, he criticizes oft quoted numbers that show Kyl's approval rating in that dangerous sub-50 range. He takes a look at the cross tabs and sees that Kyl, unsuprisingly, does better among self-identified conservatives, and poorly among Hispanics and moderates. Then Patterson says:
Of the aforementioned adults, who do you think is more likely to vote--the conservatives and fellow Republicans, or the Hispanics and political moderates?
So, I am hoping that Patterson isn't saying that the Republicans are counting on low turnout among Hispanics and moderates. Yes, moderates tend not to show up in great numbers in primaries, but they do vote in general elections. If he is saying that there are enough hard core conservatives to elect a state wide candidate without significant amounts of moderate voters, fine, let the Republicans think that. They can ask Governor Matt Salmon how well that has worked in recent elections. Here is the Republican spin that I just love: Kyl is supposedly hugely popular and invincible at 46% , but Governor Janet Napolitano is unpopular (naturally due to her Bolshevik policies) and will be taken apart by any Republcan at 65%. Someone will have to explain this one to me. By the way, even the outlier Zogby poll that Espresso Pundit loves say "proves" that the Governor is beatable still shows Napolitano with slightly higher numbers than Kyl has.|W|P|113479845814445761|W|P|Golly, I Hope That Those People Don't Vote|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/16/2005 11:59:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Greetings from another blue city in a red state....

That's because Kyl is beatable, unfortunately it's against an unnamed Democrat, the same kind that currently would beat Tom Delay in his home district in Texas (layover at DFW, ick - we really should never have allowed that Republic to have joined the union, then they could have invaded Iraq). As a party, we just need to start translating the power of the unnamed D into victories in spite of the onslaught of Republican negative campaigning. Go Pederson!12/17/2005 09:56:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous JaneAZ|W|P|One thing I wonder -- there are plenty of people who don't have a real opinion of a candidate, who vote for him or her anyway (I grit my teeth every time I knock on a door to hand out info and a woman tells me that she just votes for who her husband votes for.) So we know that some of the undecideds will vote, just as much as those who have a firm opinion won't vote. How does that balance out?12/20/2005 04:14:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|I got a phone call the other day from a 'survey' organization. They asked me a bunch of questions about the Pederson-Kyl race, and by the end of the conversation, the last thing they asked is 'would knowing the following make you more or less likely to vote for the candidate?' followed by a bunch of positive things about Kyl and uniformly negative smears against Pederson. Obviously, they were calling in behalf of the Kyl campaign and trying out some negative campaigning.

So, Kyl is planning to run the way Republicans always run-- with personal attacks, smears and distortions.12/15/2005 10:32:00 AM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|Somebody named Annie Mous or something posted a couple of days ago that I missed the Alex Rodriguez story. Yeah, I did. Keep in mind, I'm not paid for this, guys. I spoke to Rodriguez last weekend, and it never came up. Part of the reason may have been that I was standing next to Spencer Giffords when Rodriguez started talking to me. At first, I thought that his running for Congress was a boneheaded maneuver. Rodriguez's first stab at public office was an attempt to get appointed for Raúl Grijalva's west side County Supervisor's seat when he stepped down to run for Congress. Rodriguez ended up getting used by various people, many of whom had no actual interest in helping him, as a way of showing Grijalva up. He himself admits that this incident probably damaged him with people who would otherwise be more than happy to help him. He has been gaining more respect as of late, with his service on the TUSD board, even working with Adelita Grijalva on desegregation issues. I thought that a congressional race before he has "paid his dues" has a chance of getting rid of any goodwill that he has built up over the last couple of years. I've talked to a couple of people though, and they have changed my mind a wee bit. Not that I am supporting Rodriguez's run, but I don't think it is as much boneheaded hubris as I thought it was before. Since the TUSD board is unpaid, he can remain a board member while running for congress. Technically, he can actually even be on the board if he gets elected to congress, but he would probably lose his seat after missing a few meetings. So, as far as his current office goes, he loses nothing. Plus, he's basically spending his contributors' money. He's got very few downsides here. If he runs a decent race, even in losing he will make himself into a serious political player. I think he provides some decent competition for Sen. Gabrielle Giffords, who may benefit from stronger primary challengers than those that she got before Rodriguez got into the race. She beats inexperienced competition like Francine Schachter, no one will pay attention, but beating an energetic and experienced challenger like Rodriguez will give her a decent primary bounce. It's like the AYSO, everybody wins! Something funny might happen when the first poll comes out. In the 2002 congressional race, former Sen. Luis Gonzales bandied a poll about that showed him within striking distance of Grijalva. Turns out that the poll was on name ID, and the pollsters admitted that the respondents may have thought that Luis Gonzales was, well, Luis Gonzalez. Compounding the trouble is that there is a Yaqui Tribal Council member named Luis Gonzales that sort of looks like Luis Gonzales. Not the ball player, but...well...never mind. Look for Rodriguez to have high name ID until they find out that they don't mean A-Rod, or Andy Roddick for that matter.|W|P|113466887557946109|W|P|No, Not that Alex Rodriguez|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/15/2005 07:09:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|It was nice that Tim Sultan actually announced he was not a candidate, at least someone in town isn't running. The 6 D candidates will most likely grow and then shrink before we get anywhere near September due to the $2 million entry fee for legitimate candidates suggested on DataPort.

Giffords now has legitimate competition for the conservative DLC-type funding from A-Rod and from Weiss among the more traditional Democratic funding sources, like Emily's List (which has not endorsed anybody yet, in spite of an earlier suggestion on this blog). She also has competition now on the family fortune front from Patty Weiss and I'm sure Weiss leads among all of them in actual voter recognition followed by Bacal, due to her recent primary thumping of Sultan and Chimene.

Speaking of traditional Democrats, they almost all still seem to be endorsing Eva Bacal according to her website - what is the etiquette there? Do you have to call to have your name removed, talk about awkward? Maybe the author can ask the Prezelski on the list what she is going to do?12/15/2005 08:28:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Naima|W|P|Quoting you:
"Plus, he's basically spending his contributor's money."

Are you saying there is a major contribuTOR behind A-RO's run?? Inquiring minds need to know!!!12/15/2005 08:33:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tedski|W|P|I mislaid the apostrophe...I'm sorry.12/15/2005 10:01:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|More breaking news from the anonymous crowd: Patty Weiss bought the domain pattyweissforcongress.com on December 5 - so please Ted, will you finally believe us that an actual celebrity is running in District 8?12/16/2005 11:04:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Tom|W|P|What? Celebrity? You mean that Al Perry is running for Congress?12/16/2005 11:32:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tedski|W|P|That would rock!12/16/2005 12:12:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous KSGIN|W|P|The first thing A.Rod needs to learn is how to keep his hands to his own damn self. Also, Bacal did not run a great race in the rest of the district. The reason she won is the fact that there were two dudes who split the vote.

Also, don't worry about the "List", yes they have endoresed another Dem woman over another. Case in point a race in Minn.

Giffords In 2006.12/16/2005 12:14:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|$2 million at least to run a campaign. That's sad. I remember the days of former Sen. William Proxmire, the Wisconsin Democrat who died Thursday at 90. In 1982 he registered only $145.10 in campaign costs, yet gleaned 64 percent of the vote.
::sighs::12/16/2005 11:32:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Elizabeth Rogers|W|P|Well in CD5 you can run on $4,000 but you will not win.

One probably needs at least $6,000.12/17/2005 12:29:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Good luck with that Liz - perhaps you should try $8 or $9 K - shoot high!12/19/2005 10:56:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Patty is in.12/15/2005 08:49:00 AM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|A friend of mine in DC just called me up to ask me if Patty Weiss announced for congress this morning. I have no idea yet. It's nice that people think I'd know, though. I checked the Arizona Daily Star to see if they did an update that would tell me. Then I remembered that they don't actually have a political reporter anymore.|W|P|113466226442980464|W|P|Could Mean Nothing|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/15/2005 09:49:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|So the announced Democratic candidates for Kolbe's seat are now Eva Bacal, Gabrielle Giffords, Jeff Latas, Alex Rodriguez, Francine Schacter, and Patty Weiss - that seems like more than ran for Grijalva's seat, which actually was in a Democratic district!12/15/2005 10:07:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|"I’m a potential candidate in for Congressional District 8 seat being vacated by Jim Kolbe."
-Patty Weiss

A little bird told me that she is trying to court some big-name Dems. from way Southern AZ for her exploratory committee, but they are unofficially supporting someone else.

And by the way, what's with ARod going negative already? He knows damn well that Jeff Latas is one hell of a military man!12/15/2005 10:59:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Grijalva - he had over 8 opponents in the Primary ...

I had not heard of Weiss as "officially" announced candidate - only Schacter, Latas, ARod, and Gabby ...12/15/2005 10:59:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Now that Weiss is in, the others should just stop wasting their time and drop out so we don't have the bloody primary previously spoke of. I didn't see the attack against you that you mentioned Jeff, all Alex's website says is "For Love of Country, For Love of People, For Love of American Ideals" - whatever that means.12/15/2005 11:03:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Who's going to run in the GOP Primary? WIll democrats get to face Mike Jenkins or Randy Graff?12/15/2005 08:40:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Syal|W|P|They summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and virtue. -- Gen. James A. Garfield

Wait--now I am more confused about A-rod's quote--12/15/2005 10:16:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Go Patty-Cake|W|P|This is a continuation from a "misplaced" anonymous comment from th e post about A-Ro:

She also bought the domain name PattyWeiss.com -- smart woman. Of course, this is not to be confused with PattiWeiss.com... :P12/14/2005 05:38:00 AM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|I hadn't seen C. J. Karmargin's Political Notebook column in the Arizona Daily Star for two weeks. Given how much has been going on in local politics, I found this really odd. I asked around about this. Turns out that the Star thinks that a regular political column, even a regular political reporter, is a luxury that they can't afford. Their hope is that their city council reporter can report on city politics, their county reporter can report on county politics. They will be moving Karmargin over to covering the legislature. So, there is going to be no one covering day to day politics. Columns like Political Notebook (as well as Political Insider up in the Valley of the Yakes) can be useless at times; with their coverage of birthdays and baseball games they can amount to gossip columns about rather unglamorous people. However, having a political column still meant that they had a reporter like Karamargin who was keeping up with politics full time. If a political story broke, he knew who to call. Covering politics is not the same as covering a governmental body. One has to wonder if someone who has been covering the city council will be able to be fair to challengers who plan to get the very people they have been making connections with out of office. A political reporter can be biased, but for the most part, they also love a good fight, and generally give adequate coverage to a challenger (not always fair, but at least they will know who they are). The only upside of this is that the Star will have a full time reporter covering the legislature. They have been relying on Howard Fischer's Capitol Media Service. Fischer is a good reporter, but since he was writing for a state wide audience, his pieces lacked any Southern Arizona perspective and often were free of any mention of Southern Arizona legislators. Karmargin will at least bring some "Baja" perspective to legislative reporting, which is a plus. Sometimes, I found Karmargin to be a bit full of himself, but what reporter isn't? Yeah, we bloggers are too. I remember a column published about the Wesley Clark campaign the day after we lost the primary. He just wrote about how the staff wouldn't do an interview with him. We pointed out that had a room full of volunteers that he could talk to. Our policy was that reporters could talk to volunteers, but not to staff. This policy existed for two reasons: most of the paid staff was from out of state, and we wanted to highlight the vounteers. Karmargin's column asking if we had something to hide. Maybe he was kidding, but it left a bad taste in my mouth. None the less, I will miss his coverage of politics. The Star wouldn't foot the bill to send him to the Democratic Convention, so he was left to call a few of us for our input on what was going on. I was one of the delegates that made it into his stories. Hopefully, he'll be as nice to my brother as he was to me. This whole thing also brings up another question. Why doesn't either paper take local politics seriously enough that they think they need a reporter on it? Somehow, high school football gets coverage, but there was no reporter at the meeting last night that decided who will replace one of our State Senators. I worry that when big political stories come up, they will task some recent J-school grad who isn't interested in local politics on it. I suppose that covering local elections so we can have an informed public takes too many column inches that would be better used for, I don't know, the astrology column. By the way, this leaves the Tucson Weekly's Jim Nintzel as the only reporter left who is assigned to local politics. I only mention that because Nintzel is a regular reader. Actually, I heard that Karamargin is too.|W|P|113456692881177862|W|P|Democracy is a Luxury|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/14/2005 09:02:00 AM|W|P|Blogger TucsonMark|W|P|Karamargin a political columnist?! HA! L'est we forget he was hired from the Tucson Citizen and his claim to fame there was as their restaurant critic, up through 2001?! Knowledgeable, always on the beat, oh, puhleeze!12/14/2005 02:11:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Tom|W|P|Let us consider the following:

1) The Star's portrayal of the mean-spirited and petulant Kathleen Dunbar as the innocent victim of a smear campaign.

2) The Star's recent unprecedented two-page spread about Jon Kyl.

Do we really trust these guys to cover local politics fairly? Perhaps it is best that they are out of the business.12/13/2005 11:05:00 PM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|Didn't make it this time, sorry guys. So many people were voting for Rep. David Bradley and Rep. Ted Downing, it really left them with only one vote left to choose between me and other candidates that they may have had other reasons to vote for, such as Steve Farley and Leslie Nixon. Don't worry though, I won't be going away. I'm amazed at the amount of support I have gotten from "the blogosphere" on this one. I guess Leslie Nixon found out how difficult it is for Democratic activists to cast a vote for someone named Nixon. Nixon was painted to be the choice of those who wanted to replace Sen. Gabrielle Giffords with a woman. People spoke of a "lock" that she had on the race. The trouble is, that lock was on the Board of Supervisors. That doesn't help much when you can't get the votes to be on the list in the first place. There may have also been some resentment on the part of the precinct committeepersons who felt that the choice of Nixon was being forced on them. It's too bad, Nixon would have made an extremely capable Senator. She is one of the few among the candidates who would have been ready to go the moment she took the oath. I have to admit, I would have needed some growing time, but so would many of the others. Paula Aboud, a local activist, got the third slot. Aboud has been active in all sorts of progressive politics, but does not run with the crowd that pushed Nixon. The people pushing Nixon, including Supervisor Sharon Bronson, said that they wanted a woman in the seat. It will be interesting to see if their enthusiasm extends to women that are not part of their crowd. If the board decides to turn to the two house members, the smart money is on David Bradley. Ted Downing's style has rubbed many local political figures the wrong way. Downing has already announced that he will run against whoever gets appointed if he is not put in. I had to leave early, I had a physics final (phinal?), but I understand that I polled ahead of Paul Lindsey, a local businessman. I have known Lindsey for years, and I served on a committee with his business partner. But, most strikingly, Lindsey and I were both candidates for the Pima County Charter Committee back in 1996. Lindsey beat me pretty bad back then. Nice to see I had a wee bit of a victory this time.|W|P|113454157999503730|W|P|Sigh|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/14/2005 01:14:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Leslie made it to the 5th Round!12/14/2005 01:20:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Better luck next time around, Ted.
Blog on, brother!

James12/14/2005 07:56:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/14/2005 10:17:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous a pc person|W|P|I am pulling out my wet noodle...

I would have gladly voted for you, I think you are practical and have been around long enough to have a clue. Not only that, but it would be endlessly amusing to see the press and uninformed voters try to decide which Prezelski boy is who...but.... you did not clearly state here or anywhere else that I researched that you were seeking a position. I asked other informed Democrats, and I could not get a clear answer. Beating around the bush does not cut it. If you are genuinely seeking a position, because you REALLY want to do some good, then please be clear about your intentions. You know that your blog has a real readership so why not declare here? If what you were looking for is buzz, then smile and be happy with what you got! Either way, for the future, remember not everyone runs in insular little groups, and pays heed to meaningless gossip. Don't be coy man!

I'll put the wet noodle back now...12/13/2005 11:16:00 AM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|Dennis Quinlan, Ed Ableser's campaign manager, read my previous entry on Ableser's troubles and wanted to point out to me that he never actually violated the spending limits, and that the questions that arose were because of an error in the filing. He also pointed out that Ableser has reached a settlement with the Clean Elections Commission, effective today. It reads, in part:

8. Respondent agrees to pay to the Commission, within 30 days of the date of this Settlement Agreement, a civil penalty in the amount of $1,566.03, which is the sum of the reimbursements for expenditures that were not reported on the same day the expenditures were made. 9. Respondent acknowledges that the Commission has the authority to fine Respondent ten times the amount by which expenditures exceeded the applicable limits pursuant to A.R.S. §16-942(B), which is $15,660.30. 10. The Commission declines to impose the maximum penalty based on the following reasons: • Respondent cooperated fully with the audit, investigation and resolution of this matter; • Absence of prior enforcement action before the Commission • Respondent made a good faith effort to comply with the Act and attended a Commission-sponsored training class on November 12, 2003; and • Respondent did not seek or gain an advantage from the violations outlined above because at all relevant times his campaign had adequate funds to make the payments directly from his campaign account.

Funny. Nothing in there blaming some conspiracy of Planned Parenthood or the Governor. Nothing claiming that the bipartisan commission is biased. Nothing in there claiming that no one has the authority to tell him how to use public funds Wow, he's taking full responsibility for his mistakes. In other words, nothing like David Burnell Smith.|W|P|113449887031011869|W|P|Ableser Settlement|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/13/2005 12:16:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|The aforementioned A-Rod announced for Congress today in CD - 8. Sorry to beat you to the punch yet again - but keep trying champ....12/13/2005 12:25:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Also, to keep beating you to the punch Downing has decided not to run for Congress and is instead lobbying the sups. to get the State Senate seat.12/13/2005 07:13:00 AM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|Some of you may have read about the attempts by the White House to recruit Surgeon General Richard Carmona and Lute Olson's wife, Christine Toretti Olson, to run in the now-open Congressional District 8. Let's think about these choices for a minute. Carmona has been an important member of the local community, but his previous political experience has been on behalf of Democrats. He was appointed by a Democratic Board of Supervisors to run various parts of the health care system, and he has been a supporter of Democratic Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. He is currently registered as an independent. Olson's connection to the district is tenuous. She had raised money for the Pennsylvania Republican Party, where she still resides. Her only connection to the district is her marriage to Lute Olson two and a half years ago. At the time she said that she wasn't interested in moving to Tucson. That may have changed, but it still makes her, at best, a newcomer. So, the White House either wants a guy who isn't a Republican to run, or they want a woman who is a Republican but doesn't really live here to run. All you local Republican elected officials and politicos, who have been loyal to your party and your community, none of you are good enough for your national party. Consider yourselves dissed.|W|P|113448399779871192|W|P|So Much for Loyalty|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/13/2005 08:15:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/13/2005 07:38:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous JaneAZ|W|P|I heard that Carmona didn't vote in the last election, but that's just hearsay.

BTW, are you really running for Gabby's seat?12/13/2005 05:35:00 AM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|Greg Patterson at Espresso Pundit says nice things about me at times, which worries me. Over the last couple of weeks, he has gone after two Democrats, it seems in an attempt to deflect criticism away from the Republicans. For example, yesterday, he went after Rep. Ted Downing for being a university professor. Patterson's trouble is that he has been opposing a bill giving community colleges the ability to give four year degrees. The bill itself is deeply flawed, and even opposed by some community colleges. I was actually going to write a bit about this bill way back in October; the motives and conflicts involved are bizarre. Then Kathleen Dunbar started suing people, and let's face it, that was more of a fun story. In this case, a Republican staffer named Kim Sheane was working on the committee handling the bill, while at the same time being on the payroll for the Arizona Community College Association. The leadership was embarassed by this, since she wrote the bill and helped guide it through committee. There is a huge problem with the power of unelected staff and the power they have over legislation. I worked as a citizen's lobbyist at one point, and I was shocked to find how many bills were written by staff or lobbyists and then introduced by legislators who did not bother reading the bills. So, to counter this, Patterson brings up Rep. Ted Downing. Downing works for the University of Arizona. Now, Patterson brings up a state law that may actually prohibit Downing from serving because of his position. If this is true, which would be odd given how many university employees have served, then he should step aside. But Patterson seems to suggest that his conflict of interest is somehow worse. There is a huge difference. The people of District 28 knew where he worked, and voted for him. Sheane served at the pleasure of the Republican leadership, her conflict of interest could never be evaluated by the voters. Patterson also does something that conservatives have been guilty of lately: whining that they are oppressed. He ends his post with:
Ted Downing is untouchable. Kim Sheane is expendable.
Oh, puh-leeze. Sheane, as an unelected staffer and lobbyist, has probably gotten her way on more bills than Downing. Downing, like many members of the Democratic caucus (or moderate Republican members, for that matter), has a tough time getting his bills scheduled by a committee. There was even an attempt to prevent him and other members from asking questions on the floor. But, we are supposed to pity the poor Republicans. Next, we'll find out that a Democrat said "Season's Greetings." By the way, Sheane, near as I can tell, did not lose her job. I have been writing an awful lot about Rep. David Burnell Smith, who is STILL THERE. Many Republicans in response to this have been bringing up Democratic candidates, mostly losing Democratic candidates and claiming that they have been going unpunished. Patterson has been harping on the case of Edward Ableser, who was a candidate in Tempe. I met Ableser at a Young Democrats meeting and he is a decent guy, but he obviously messed up here. I think he was a quality candidate, this whole incident will make it more difficult for him to run again. Like Smith, he also overspent, and he will be fined. This is where the differences with Smith start. Ableser has not challenged the commission's power, as far as I know. He may see if he can get the fine reduced, but he hasn't said that the commission, who he signed a contract with and was created by a public vote, is illegal and that he is somehow beyond campaign finance laws. He isn't dragging his case through the courts to render any punishment moot. I have read various letters to the editor and comments from Republicans who say that people like Ableser are not being punished as severely as Smith. Well, you are right. Ableser is not being asked to vacate his office, because, well, he lost. There is also this implication that somehow Ableser through his actions denied Rep. Mark Thompson his office, as if Thompson was somehow entitled. Thompson came in fourth. An incumbent comes in fourth, there are other problems with his candidacy. I have to give Patterson props for breaking the story though, he did a wee bit of investigation, and it popped up. Golly, think about it. Maybe our papers should hire people who are specially trained to do this sort of research, you know, they study it in college, and then they can write about it. Hmm...what a concept. NB - Looking back through Espresso Pundit's posts, I found an item there about the dangers of predicting a race this far ahead:
Remember that the last time Arizona had open congressional seats NO ONE picked Grijalva, Franks and Renzi. The conventional wisdom was Richardson, Atkins and flip a coin for the Mormon up north.
Um...no one picked Grijalva? Observers who took the time to examine the race thought that the best Richardson could do was have a really close race with Grijalva. Two candidates ditched the race entirely because of the strength of Grijalva (both tried to run in CD1). National organizations, such as the Sierra Club, lined up behind Grijalva as a sure winner. I worked for the State Party at the time, and they were betting on Grijalva too (quietly, of course) because of his organizational aptitude. The only people who thought that the race belonged to Richardson were the Phoenix media who seem to think that the only serious candidates are those that work in Phoenix. Patterson, however, did quote me though when I "skewered" the Buisiness Journal of Phoenix for this same attitude in this year's CD 7 race.|W|P|113448143286449573|W|P|Parity: Not Just for NFL Teams Anymore|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/13/2005 08:09:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/13/2005 08:12:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/12/2005 05:23:00 AM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|One of the odd features of our politics is that the best way to show that you are "doing something" is to engage in some meaningless gesture that attacks a problem that doesn't exist. I remember several years ago when Rep. Jim Kolbe, who at the time had already served more than half a dozen terms in congress, introduced a bill requiring a four-term limit for US House members. Never mind that he didn't seem to think that he was part of the problem, or that such a bill would never seriously be considered. The local media all dutifully reported Kolbe's "actions." I remember watching the morning news on KVOA, and seeing weatherman Jimmy Stewart say, "About time someone does something..." In 1994, Rep. Jon Kyl, who was then a Senate candidate, declared that he would introduce a bill to make election day the same as tax filing day. He claimed it would be so people would think about their taxes when they vote. He got a good press release out of it, but the bill has still remained unintroduced*. I know, he's working on it, these things take time. Our latest example is Rep. J. D. Hayworth's Hayworth Enforcement First Act (I always make sure to enforce my Hayworths first, especially Rita). Buried in this bill is a provision to punish activities such as voting in a foreign election or serving in a foreign army with a $10,000 fine. I say buried, but Hayworth seems to be mighty proud of this provision. He's put out a press release on this topic. The only trouble is, how in the world is this supposed to stop the tide of illegal immigration? If someone is a dual citizen, that means that they are, well, a citizen. That means that they are legally here, J. D. Like many half baked pieces of "I'm doing something" legislation, this one has all sorts of unintended consequences. The population that I'm assuming it is supposed to go after is Mexican-Americans. I have been unable to find any statistics on the number of dual citizens, only a single right wing editorial that said that there are "millions" of Mexican-American dual citizens. I find this unlikely, since Mexican dual citizenship has only been possible since 1998. There may be immigrants who have arrived since then who have not renounced their citizenship, but this can be a complicated process. Countries have been reluctant to easilly give up their citizens to another country. So, which dual-citizens are going to be gone after? As I said before, statistics on this are hard to come by, so I have to go anecdotal on you. Among the people I've met, the most common "dual citizenships" have been Irish and Israeli. Ireland has some very liberal rules on dual citizenship, and many Irish-Americans go for dual citizenship out of pride and to make travel a bit easier. Israeli dual citizenship is a smiliar matter. Because of the "right of return" in the Israeli constitution, just about anyone of Jewish extraction is a possible "dual citizen." This became a problem a few years ago in the "Crazy Eddie" case, where a man wanted for tax evasion was able to claim asylum as an Israeli citizen. There are important historical reasons for both of these countries' policies. Of course, many of the people I know that are Irish or Israeli dual citizens do not vote in those countries' elections, but is Hayworth willing to go after those who do? Naw, that's not what he meant. Those people are whiter. In the last round of Iraqi elections, there were significant numbers of Iraqi-Americans that voted. NPR's Weekend Edition featured an interview with one Assyrian-American that was born here, and that had never set foot anywhere near Mesopatamia. She gladly voted in the Iraqi election, most likely encouraged and aided by our own State Department. So, Hayworth would be willing to punish people like her? Our history is full of American adventurers fighting for foreign armies. World War II featured many such as the Flying Tigers, who flew for the Republic of China before we declared war on Japan, volunteers for the Commonwealth forces against Germany, even the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. These guys are now considered to be heroes that fought imperialism and fascism before the rest of the American public, including such "great Americans" such as Henry Ford and Charles Lindberg, thought these things were problems. Hayworth would have slapped fines on them. This provision would probably be difficult to enforce, and probably not enforced at all. It is exactly this sort of "all for show" legislation that leaves people cynical about the whole political process. NB - Apparently, some on the right do want to go after Iraqi-Americans that vote in Iraq. Check out this article from the conservative FrontPage Magazine. There are some problems with Hayworth's website (I know, tragedy). The above links to his website may not work. CORRECTION - Who knew that Senator Kyl's DC staff reads my humble blog? Scot Montrey, who works for the Senator, informed me that the bill has been introduced not once, but four times. Once, when he was a house member, and three times as a senator. The bill never has made it out of committee. R Cubed regrets the error.|W|P|113439425799785822|W|P|Why Do Anything When You Can Get a Good Press Release|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/12/2005 09:33:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Tom|W|P|Two things worth mentioning, one is pedantic:

1) You forgot to list the American Legion of Honor, which was composed of Union Army veterans who went to Mexico to fight for Juarez after the Civil War. I always thought it strange that our popular culture (books, TV and movies) makes so much of the handful of Confederate veterans who went south to fight for the despotic Emperor Maximilian, but completely ignores the far more numerous and historically significant brave Americans who fought for democratic ideals in Mexico.

2) It is worth pointing out that the Arizona Republic and the Tucson Citizen have both reported that our Tucson congressmen, Grijalva and Kolbe, are the only members from Arizona that have actually passed legislation. It must be giving the Republic fits to admit that their Maricopa favorites are largely ineffective.12/12/2005 02:02:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|The third thing is that only one 'r' is needed in the word 'buried', Senator Ted.12/12/2005 04:00:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|He better think something else through: Thousands of American Jews serve in the Israeli army. And that makes it less likely that the U.S. army will someday be called on to go defend Israel (which still has fewer Jewish citizens than New York state).12/12/2005 04:02:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|Tom:

It is true, of course that it is easy to propose legislation and excruciatingly hard to pass it-- especially if you are in the minority party (of course, you already know that).12/12/2005 11:41:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Elizabeth Rogers|W|P|Ted, how could you forget the incredible Frederick Townsend Ward of Salem, MA who did not just serve in a foriegn but actually LEAD the Chinese-Western army against the Taiping Rebellion in 1860-1862.

Or William Walker "the Grey Eyed Man of Destiny" who was not only pro-slavery to the point of raising an army to invade Mexico and ask for annextion of the new state to the Union as a slave state.

Tsk tsk.12/12/2005 11:42:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Elizabeth Rogers|W|P|Sorry I meant to say "who also raised armies for whatever nation wanted him to."

*blush*12/13/2005 05:33:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tedski|W|P|I figured that William Walker he of "I had to introduce slavery to promote social democracy..." would be a poor example, you agree?12/13/2005 06:02:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/13/2005 08:10:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Tom|W|P|Yes, William Walker and his band of misfits did invade Mexico (they were hardly unique in this regard, "filibustering" was a sort of hobby among frustrated California politicians back then), but they got their butts kicked back across the line at Tijuana. He later did the same in Nicaragua and even took over the country for a while. The Honduran Army and the British Navy captured and executed him, eventually.

How could you forget that part?

He's hardly in the same category as the Abraham Lincoln Brigade or the Legion of Honor, however.12/13/2005 07:50:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous JaneAZ|W|P|Kyl's people found my link to the TIME story within an hour of my posting it. They read.12/13/2005 11:27:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Elizabeth Rogers|W|P|Noticed you two ignored the first guy I mentioned Ted and Tom. :p12/11/2005 06:04:00 AM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|Corporation Commissioner Kris Mayes is concerned because three of the state's largest utilities are in danger of being unable to meet their pension obligations to the tune of $585,000,000. By far the largest share of the shortfall is Arizona Public Service's $472,000,000. This has been a big problem nationwide. Many corporations see their pension obligations not as a responsibility to the people that made them rich, but rather as another bothersome creditor. The other related trend seems to be to use bankruptcy as another competitive tool. Ironic, given the business community's support for gutting bankruptcy laws that protect normal citizens. What many large employers have done is declared bankruptcy, then they depend on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation to take over their pension plans. To be fair, the PBGC is funded by many of those same employers. Although it is government administered, no taxpayer money goes into the fund. That could change soon, with so many companies jettisoning their pension plans. There may not be enough money in the fund to pay all of the pension obligations that these companies decided they aren't responsible for. Guess who would then be turned to to take up the slack? Yep, the taxpayers. One has to wonder how any Arizona utility can end up in this sort of situation. The Arizona Corporation Commission is known as the most powerful elected regulatory body in the country, much to the consternation of many in the business community who seem to have their way in most other levels of government in this state. There is very little that a utility can do without going to the Corporation Commission for permission. With as much hang wringing we see from Kris Mayes now, one has to wonder why she wasn't watching for the last few years. Of course, this could be yet another example of a utility crying poor to get a rate hike. This news out of APS is accompanied by a request to hike their tariff by 20%. The pattern in the 1980's was that the utilities would claim that they couldn't pay their employees without some huge hike in the rates. For some reason, these rate hikes never quite translated into money for their employees. This ended when commissioners like Renz Jennings and Marcia Weeks held sway over the commission. It is very possible that this is just a ruse to increase their profit margins. I have to give Mayes some credit here though. It sounds as though she isn't totally buying APS's story. I'm eager to see what her work uncovers. All of us should remember what a Corporation Commissioner does next election, and make sure that someone consumer minded gets elected. This is one place where government action directly effects the pocketbook of regular folks in an immediate way.|W|P|113430882043416832|W|P|That's What We Have a Corporation Commission for|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/11/2005 01:42:00 PM|W|P|Blogger kralmajales|W|P|BRAVO for bringing up this issue. This issue is among the most disgusting of examples of corporate malfeasance that I can think of. I can't see a reason why Republicans would support this behavior. I think many who favor this behavior are just hoping that few will notice and that it won't be enough people to hold them accountable.

The ironies are everywhere. It is a contract between an employee and an employer. It is a promise. It is one that most anyone who takes a job looks at when they consider a job. If companies really go broke...screw them for running a crappy business and we should dare them to rely on government (another irony) to help them.

Sorry..makes me hotter than fire.12/11/2005 01:45:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/11/2005 04:21:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Elizabeth Rogers|W|P|Actually the issue I can see here is we Dems have few state wide appeal candidates. Or few people known all over the state. How do we fix that?12/12/2005 08:14:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/12/2005 07:59:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|It would be wonderful to have a Democrat (even one) on the commission. Unfortunately, let me relate a true story to you to let you know what we're up against.

it was on the day when the headline in the paper was about the $60 million verdict against the state because of Jim Irvin's misconduct. Of course, Irvin was long before that known as slimy and corrupt.

I was talking to a lady I know in the library, with the newspaper displayed right there. I asked her what she thought about it. She said it was terrible. I asked her if she had voted for him. She said she didn't know, and she asked, "Is he a Democrat or a Republican?"

"He's a Republican," I answered.

"Then I guess I did vote for him," she said, "I only pay attention for the important races like the President and the Governor. After that I just vote for all the Republicans."


And I'm sure that there are thousands more like her.12/12/2005 08:04:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|kralmajales:

It sounds good, except that it seems that every time a new board or commission is announced, it's membership has already been determined (and it's usually a lot of the same people who were on the last commission to study something similar).12/12/2005 09:32:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/12/2005 11:24:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Elizabeth Rogers|W|P|Kral, that is a great idea and of course will only be implemented never. :p

I have made the suggestion that some newbies run in the never win elections (where the incumbent is superglued to the seat) and let the person get some campaign experience where it could only help rather then hurt the candidate.12/13/2005 05:54:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/07/2005 08:28:00 PM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|The gnomes that live in my walls are telling me that Supervisor Ray Carroll has decided not to run for congress, and will announce this in the next few days. Carroll was probably the strongest possible Republican candidate if he got nominated. Pima County Supervisors are political rock stars (okay, maybe not rock stars, but very successful alt-country songsters?), they are on TV at least once a week and are in the papers constantly. His name ID and would make him hard to beat. Of course, the things that make him popular across the political spectrum would probably have made him radioactive in a Republican primary. He was friendly with people in the environmentalist community; he even has been known to hang out with Green Party leader Carolyn Campbell. Who had him appointed to the board of supervisors? A man who was then on the Board of Supervisors named Raúl Grijalva, public enemy number one among a sizeable chunk of Republican primary voters. All of this would have been used by a smart Republican running against him. Maybe even Rep. Randy Graf. Of course, Ray and Raúl get along like the Bickersons. But when has anyone let a fact get in the way of a juicy attack piece? This may mean that Rep. Steve Huffman could have the moderate side of the primary all to himself, since the other moderates that have been mentioned (Sen. Toni Hellon, Rep. Jonathan Paton, Mayor Bob Walkup) don't seem to have expressed an interest in actually running. Does Huffman win one-on-one versus Graf?|W|P|113401426539939884|W|P|Sugar Ray Out?|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/07/2005 10:27:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Tedski-

Heard the same thing about Sugar Ray ... keep inquiring why doesnt he come out of the box and fight - what is he or Scott Egan afraid of?12/07/2005 10:55:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Isn't Huffman, Kolbe's ex?

Oh and to answer your question - I will bet you any amount of money that there will be more than two Republicans in that primary next year (and I'd even spot you one Joe Sweeney).12/08/2005 12:04:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|anonymous:

If there are more than two Republicans in the primary, it 1) could be good for Democrats because maybe they will brain each other, and 2) probably helps Graf because his almost cult-like supporters are less likely to leave him and wander into someone else's camp. I don't think they are a majority, even of the Republican electorate, but a large enough plurality, they probably are.12/08/2005 08:21:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Tom Prezelski|W|P|I liked the left-handed Neko Case reference. Did anybody else notice that one?12/08/2005 08:40:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tedski|W|P|Naw...I was talking about Jeff Tweedy.12/08/2005 09:12:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/08/2005 09:22:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Watch out for Ann Day.12/08/2005 01:44:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Ted -

You da man, once again!12/08/2005 10:48:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|A. Carmona (with the possible exception of Mayor Walkup) is the only candidate who should have no problem with Graf due to his superstar status - although it would be interesting to see how his failures are presented by primary and general election opponents, i.e.. TMC, Kino, and killing that guy with his full-clip of bullets - two would have proabably done the trick, but he's the doctor!

B. We are lucky to have a superstar of our own considering a run in Patty Weiss - who better than the most popular television personality of the last 25 years (Bud Foster has had too many hair styles to beat her out) and if she is willing to put that name ID and all of her family's money on the line, I'd say welcome aboard and thank you for giving us the best shot of getting this seat back since Kolbe took it away from the great Jim McNulty 20 years ago.12/09/2005 12:29:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous DM3|W|P|What is your read on LD25 Rep. Jennifer Burns as a possible Republican candidate?12/09/2005 06:58:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tedski|W|P|As talented as Jennifer Burns has been as a legislator, she has won largely because of the weakness of the democratic campaigns against her. Her seat would be a pickup for the Democrats, which would kibosh Republican plans for a veto proof majority.12/09/2005 02:25:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|Tedski:

Any possibility that Democrats can find a competitive candidate to run against her if she DOESN'T run for Congress?12/09/2005 02:41:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tedski|W|P|There already is one, Pat Flemming of Sierra Vista.12/09/2005 03:37:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|so quick to assume tedski, leaking rumors and such. Such a shame, such a shame.12/09/2005 09:57:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Demmy|W|P|To 'anonymous'

Pat-- is that you? are you saying you've decided not to run?12/10/2005 12:07:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous cc burro|W|P|What about LD 26? Who's going to run for Steve Huffman's open seat in LD 26????12/10/2005 10:16:00 AM|W|P|Blogger TucsonMark|W|P|Carol Somers yet again! She's filed the papers according to the Arizona Secretary of State's office.12/11/2005 07:37:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Another monkey on the wrench - how about a guy, Hispanic, with celebrity name ID - sounds like a baseball player, that is now a current, local low level official? Where would that take the Democratic race for CD 8 against Patty and Gabby?12/11/2005 10:30:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tedski|W|P|Oh...you must be talking about Alex Rodriguez (I hope you don't mean Luis Gonzales, who isn't even in town right now for all sorts of fun reasons...)

I spoke to him last week, as a matter of fact. I don't think he's interested. He's got a fight ahead of him on deseg money, and I think he's interested in some local offices.12/11/2005 01:51:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous cc burro|W|P|Know of any Democrats thinking about running for the Huffman's LD 26 state rep seat, soon to be open?12/20/2005 04:40:00 PM|W|P|Blogger egan|W|P|"Anonymous" asks what Ray Carroll and Scott Egan are "afraid of"...

Well, Ray is "afraid" (if you like to use that term) of not being around to see his three children grow up if he spends half his time in Congress. I would be glad to post his full statement as to why he is not running for Kolbe's seat, if desired.

As for me, I am just mildly amused at the irony of someone who challenges others peoples courage while cowardly hiding behind an "anonymous" post.

Scott D. Egan12/07/2005 03:39:00 PM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|Maricopa Superior Court Judge Mark F. Aceto has upheld a ruling by the state's Clean Election Commission that Rep. David Burnell Smith violated campaign finance rules and that the commission had the power to remove him from office. The ruling stated:
The court finds that Representative Smith has usurped, intruded into and unlawfully holds or exercises the office of District 7 state representative.
Sounds pretty unequivocal to me. Before we hear about some judicial anti-conservative bias, Aceto was appointed to the Superior Court in 1995, during the administration of J. Fife Symington III, and served as an assistant Attorney General to Bob Corbin. Another point that people should keep in mind that I harp on constantly is that Smith voluntarily signed on to the Clean Elections system. Not only that, he is a lawyer admitted to the bar in three states and even brags on his legislative site that he has been a law instructor as well. It is safe to assume the man knew how to read the Clean Elections contract and knew the rules and the consequences of violating them. I don't know why Smith is so concerned about being forced to vacate his seat, since he hasn't shown much interest in being there. He has the worst attendance record in the house. Given that the session was mostly over by the time his legal struggles were in full flower, it would be difficult for him to argue it is because of his having to go to court.|W|P|113399698575662810|W|P|Yet Another Ruling Against Smith|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/07/2005 10:12:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|Ted, with the ammunition of his attendance record, it can be argued that he ran only to test this law.

I think Democrats in Phoenix should seriously consider a putting a resolution on the floor to expel Smith based on

1. Upholding the judge's order and the rule of law,


2. His attendance record.

The second gives them cover for Republicans using the first to claim it is a partisan witchhunt.

Then, any Republican who opposes the resolution can then be targetted in the election as 'refusing to fulfill their sworn duties to uphold the law by failing to enforce a judicial order'

But I don't know if the Democrats in the legislature are willing to be so bold.

One can only pray.12/08/2005 09:09:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Tom Prezelski|W|P|Yeah, you're right. We're a buncha cowards. That's why we won't pass the "Free Mumia" resolution.12/08/2005 11:49:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|Tom:

OK, then the balls in your court. You don't want to introduce that kind of resolution (and I know it would lose a floor vote, but the point is to get the Republicans in swing districts like mine on record as being unwilling to uphold the law), then what do you propose to do about this?

I do have one other idea (don't know if it is a legitmate legal avenue): If there is ever a close enough vote on a bill (obviously one with bipartisan support, or conceivably a veto override) where Rep. Smith's vote makes the dfference, find someone who might be willing to challenge the legality of the law on the basis that the vote was decided by someone who is not, according to the judge's order, in the legislature. Make his presence a burden to his party.12/08/2005 01:40:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous slim|W|P|Careful about the gratuitous pot-shots at lefty activists there Representative Ponytail. Don't forget, we're a sensitive bunch and we're YOUR BASE.12/10/2005 05:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Elizabeth Rogers|W|P|Eli has some good points Tom, why not try it?12/07/2005 09:51:00 AM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|Reports are that "top national Republicans," including some at the White House, are urging Surgeon General Richard Carmona to run for congress. Why do I keep thinking of the last few lines of Raiders of the Lost Ark? I don't think Carmona is going to do it. He's got the best gig in DC. He also is one of the few people associated with homeland security that came out looking good after Hurricane Katrina. Why on earth would he want to give that up to risk losing a primary to some wingnut like Randy Graf? Carmona may be looking at Jerry Kilgore and wonder if White House support really means what it used to. Besides, as far as anyone knows, he isn't even a Republican. He is registered as an independent, and taken stands on things such as stem-cell research that run counter to the feelings of many Republican base voters that are going to vote in this primary. As recently as 2002, he toyed with running for the then-open CD 7 seat as a Democrat. It does indicate that the White House is worried about this seat. Not just for the most obvious reason that it is a possible Democratic pick up. There are currently several moderates, Rep. Steve Huffman and Supervisor Ray Carroll among them, that will split the vote against conservative Graf. Without a high profile moderate, like Carmona, there really is no one who could clear the moderate field to have a one on one shot against Graf. The anti-immigrant right has been ascendant as of late, with Jim Gilchrist capturing 25% of the vote in yesterday's special election in California. This worries the some national Republicans, since it not only ruins their plans for a better showing among hispanics, but also because the anti-immgirant crowd's positions run counter to many of their buisness and foreign policy goals. Something interesting I noticed about the special election yesterday was that Rep. Tomás Tancredo felt free to endorse a candidate against the Republican nominee. The national party must be really happy with that one. Another thing: this above linked article from the Business Journal of Phoenix is the second article I've read from them on the CD 8 race. In both articles, they talked to Phoenix based political consultants who have never worked a campaign in the district (although Stan Barnes lobbies for SAHBA). Do their phones have a block against the 520 area code? This time, they talked to Republican operative Jason Rose about what the Democrats are going to do. Other than the fact that his wife was a delegate at the 1992 Democratic Convention (she doesn't mention that one anymore!), what special insight would he have?|W|P|113397525274106655|W|P|Could We Be Due for a Rhythm Heritage Reunion?|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/07/2005 11:08:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous bread n beans|W|P|Carmona would keep it interesting at least. I read a reader's digest article on him ten or so years ago, and with all that he has done in his life, growing up working class back east, high school dropout, doctor, cop, surgeon general- I keep waiting for a tnt to make a movie of the week on him.12/07/2005 11:44:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|A. Carmona (with the possible exception of Mayor Walkup) is the only candidate who should have no problem with Graf due to his superstar status - although it would be interesting to see how his failures are presented by primary and general election opponents, i.e.. TMC, Kino, and killing that guy with his full-clip of bullets - two would have proabably done the trick, but he's the doctor!

B. We are lucky to have a superstar of our own considering a run in Patty Weiss - who better than the most popular television personality of the last 25 years (Guy Atchley has had too many haircuts to beat her out) and if she is willing to put that name ID and all of her family's money on the line, I'd say welcome aboard and thank you for giving us the best shot of getting this seat back since Kolbe took it away from the great Jim McNulty 20 years ago.12/06/2005 08:09:00 AM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|I didn't make it to the swearing in ceremony for Nina Trasoff and Karin Uhlich, I'm a blogger that works for a living. I heard about it though, and that is almost as good, right? Kathleen Dunbar showed up after all, but her behavior was reported as "ungracious" by those that were there. Another interesting attendee: Clear Channel Communications bought a table. There has been an ongoing lawsuit between the city and Clear Channel. Despite the city continuing to win in court, Dunbar and Fred Ronstadt kept trying to pass settlement agreements that amounted to give aways to Clear Channel. A couple of times, even Mayor Bob Walkup had to talk Ronstadt down and explain to him what a bad deal some of them were. Clear Channel has been divesting itself of its billboard properties in many communities. They haven't found them to be as useful to its business model as they thought they would be, and they are political problems in many communities. They and their predecessors, Whiteco and Eller, complained constantly about the "poor environment" for them in Tucson. "Worst in Arizona," they would say, despite the fact that there are communities that don't allow them at all. Look for them to try to find a way to sell off their Tucson billboards. There have already been a couple of changes in the way city government has been run. For example, two weeks ago, the mayor announced a change in the "stategic plan." It may not seem like much, but it says a lot about what direction the city is going to go. Mayor Walkup, in response to the election, announced that the city's priorities will now include programs for youth and the elderly, and that economic development will be expanded into being a city wide endeavor. The other is one that seems even more minor. The phalanx of security people that citizens would have to go through to visit city hall will be reduced. Some of you may remember a few years back when there was even a list of people who were not to be let in, the list included a couple of community activists and no one could say why they were on the list, or even who wrote the darned thing. There was supposed to be an investigation of this, but I don't think I even heard a resolution on it. Maybe TucsonMark can tell us? To me, it was emblematic of the way Walkup, Ronstadt and Dunbar carried themselves. If you disagreed, your opinions weren't welcome. The change in security is a welcome sign that things will be different for the next few years. NB - I never knew Trasoff's husband's last name. It's "Jilg." I now know why she kept her other name. And hey, maybe Patty Weiss has talked about running for congress to outshine Trasoff? I mean, the early 80's newscaster scene was cutthroat...bitter, bitter life long rivalries...Al Fogleman and Burt Sass with pistols at dawn.|W|P|113388374389500962|W|P|Swearing In But No Swearing At|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/06/2005 10:10:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/06/2005 10:59:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Elizabeth Rogers|W|P|no12/06/2005 12:08:00 PM|W|P|Blogger TucsonMark|W|P|What I know is the list was dropped due to a supposed law suit.

Gee Tedski, this came from City Hall and do you think I would be in "the loop?!"

Also, you just can resist the 1980's references to infamous television news himbettes and bimbettes don't ya! I wonder how many people who peruse this blog (which is a hoot) know, other than you Tedski and myself?! Can you say "dating yourself?"

Keep up the good work but think!!!12/06/2005 11:54:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous stiletto|W|P|Its sad I remember the huge stink with Al Fogelman Jr. and his onscreen beauty, Kathy Randall. Once when I was young, my parents happended to see them canoodling outisde a TGI Fridays or some such thing... what drama of the day!12/07/2005 06:38:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tedski|W|P|Ah see...your memories must be failing you...TGI Fridays didn't get here until much later...must have been Farrell's.12/07/2005 08:10:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/07/2005 12:46:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Elizabeth Rogers|W|P|Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour! I used to go there when I was a kid!12/07/2005 10:59:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Stiletto|W|P|Oh... senior moments must be setting in early. It was Goog's or something like that.

I remember Farrell's at El Con and Park Mall. To this day anytime I hear Dixieland Jazz I think of icecream, and anytime I think of Ragtime music, I think of Shakeys on Drachman.12/10/2005 05:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Elizabeth Rogers|W|P|I want ice cream now.12/05/2005 10:15:00 PM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|One of the drawbacks to now being a rich and famous blogger, okay, a broke and mildly infamous blogger, is that people tell you things and then tell you, "You can't put this on your blog." Well, what fun is that? Someone told me something the other day. Now I have heard it from three people, which takes it over the threshhold of "secret" to "rumor." A "rumor" I can put in here. Former KVOA anchorwoman Patty Weiss is thinking about running for congress. Weiss is a well liked figure among long time Tucsonans, and she earned a great deal of sympathy from the community when she was unceremoniously dumped from the newscast. Under most circumstances, she'd be an intriguing candidate. However, in this year she's got a lot of things working against her. There is already a high profile woman in the race, and EMILY's List has probably already picked Sen. Gabrielle Giffords as their candidate. EMILY's list doesn't take kindly to women who declare against women that they have already chosen. Ask Lisa Otondo about that one. Weiss also has decent connections to both the local business community, as well as the arts community. Guess who else does? I doubt she will do it in the end. It does go to show what an open seat will bring out though. There is one Republican's name I haven't heard. A few years ago, a conspiracy loving friend of mine insisted that Jim Kolbe was waiting to step down until, get this, Steve Kerr retired from basketball. The theory went that although Kerr's father was a liberal internationalist, his assasination turned Steve into some sort of Arab hating right wing freak. I don't know that any of this even approaches the truth, but it was the crazy story that this guy, who is otherwise level headed, put forward. I haven't heard Kerr's name mentioned lately, but he has hung out in the past with Kolbe. Who knows?|W|P|113384849233252130|W|P|Another Name?|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/06/2005 11:54:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|More proof that it's too early to anoint Giffords, sunshine. There are a lot of other more popular candidates out there....12/06/2005 03:42:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|I just hope that you Democrats down there don't make the same mistake us Democrats up here made in 2002. We had a free for all primary, the winner (with something like 25% of the primary vote) was George Cordova, a seriously flawed candidate who had no connection to the district and finished the primary deep in debt, and we ended up with Rick Rent-a-congressman, a Republican from Virginia (who still lives there, hence the nickname).

Get together among party leaders down there, hash it out, and decide on one person you will all work for.


(a sadder but wiser blogger)

TEAM, guys, TEAM!12/06/2005 07:12:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Cindy|W|P|Wow! Lisa Otondo, blast from the past! But she was virtually uknown (ok, completely unknown, but for a few traveling businessmen).

In this case, we are talking about two women who have lots of name recognition (actually, Weiss has more, thanks to the tube).12/06/2005 07:45:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous cc burro|W|P|To TEDSKI--

I noticed that Gabrielle's Gallery no longer has the picture of her and Robert Reich [whom I like]. The photo selection/ordering is smart [but pretty transparent].12/06/2005 08:06:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous cc burro|W|P|TO eli blake--

Request for confirmation--Are you indicating that Renzi was not living in Arizona when he ran for Congress???12/07/2005 08:05:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/07/2005 10:27:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|cc burro:

He still lives in the same Burke, Virginia house that he has for years. His wife and kids still live there and go to school there.

Renzi (a staffer for Jon Kyl) hadn't had any connection to the district since 1986 when it became apparent that there would be a Northern Arizona congressional district. He quickly bought a house in Kingman (for residency purposes) and opened a front business there. Then when district lines were announced and Mohave county was (contrary to expectations) not in the district, he sold the house in Kingman and bought one in Flagstaff. In 2002, it served as an unofficial campaign headquarters, housing a bunch of Renzi staffers, but rarely Renzi. He has been back since mostly for photo ops. But the house is pretty empty most of the time (especially in odd numbered years), as he still lives in Burke.12/07/2005 10:31:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|kralmajales:

A well fought primary can be a boon, but what we had was a primary among about six people in which they all spent every buck they had (I think Steve Udall, who finished second still had a few dollars left in the bank with an eye towards the general, but then again, maybe that's why he finished second). And because of the crowded field, the winner, Cordova, was an unknown who had once had a business failure that was ruthlessly exploited by the Renzi campaign.12/07/2005 11:39:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous cc burro|W|P|TO--Eli Blake

Thanks for the info re Renzi.

According to his Congressional and re-election campaign website bios, he has Arizona roots--graduated from high school in Sierra Vista and NAU, married his wife in Flagstaff in 1980 and then started 1st of 3 Arizona-based businesses. But I haven't yet been able to find on his website an indication that he and his family resided in Arizona after 1980. He lists his "hometown" as Flagstaff. He doesn't list his "residence".

A check of Project VoteSmart's interest group ratings of Renzi indicates that he is VERY conservative.

Any viable Democratic candidates to challenge this apparent out-of-state Senator?12/08/2005 08:49:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/09/2005 12:19:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|ccburro:

Well, the candidate I am backing is former state rep. Jack Jackson, Jr.

Unfortunately, Renzi is not dumb. He has a ton of money from his eastern connections that he will certainly use, as he has in the past, to smear his opponents unmercifully. He also has brought in millions of dollars for the reservation (normally the Democratic core of the district) and became the first Republican in history to actually win it (51-49% over Paul Babbitt last year). So any fight against him is uphill, but I believe that Jackson (who represented the res for one term in the legislature, and his father did so for many years before that) is our best chance. The other announced candidates are unknown and have no clue what it will take to win.12/02/2005 06:12:00 PM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|Former Tucson Mayor Lew Murphy died of a heart attack yesterday. Murphy, a Republican, was the longest serving Mayor in Tucson's history. He was first elected by defeating Democrat Jim Corbett (he liked the ladies) in 1971 and managed to serve until 1987. He was one of the few on the council that survived the mass recall that occurred in 1977, but was nearly always in the minority in a council dominated by Democrats, often very liberal ones at that. Murphy presided over the tail end of the unfortunate "urban renewal" that ripped the heart out of the city. He also believed that Tucson would not control its own destiny unless we annexed from "mountain to mountain." No one listened to that one and we are still dealing with the consequences. Murphy continued his public service after leaving the Mayor's office. He served as the head of the local chapter of the League of Women Voters.|W|P|113357319899576085|W|P|Lew Murphy|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/04/2005 10:46:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous bashful wunderkind|W|P|many moons ago i met ol' lew. he was kind and larger than life. he had a charisma and sense of position that our dear Mr. Walkup just doesn't approach. even with all of his quirks, murphy was an asset to our community.12/02/2005 06:11:00 AM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|Len Munsil is throwing his hat into the ring to get the chance to get flattened by Governor Napolitano. Munsil is the head of the Center for Arizona Policy, an organization for people that are angry that someone, somewhere, is sleeping with the wrong person. I checked out their home page. It, of course, features two prominent pictures of Mr. Munsil. It also features a sort of "open letter" of Mr. Munsil announcing his imminent departure from the organization.
I never planned to leave; this has been the most difficult decision of my life. But God has a way of interrupting our plans and moving us out of our comfort zone when we least expect it. All I can say is that we serve an amazing and challenging God who leads us on marvelous adventures!
Yes, God told him to resign. The Lord works in mysterious ways; funny how His plans always coincide with the political aspirations of right wingers. He also has a "prayer center." He has a call for fasting to battle the materialism of our culture, I have to give him props for that. But, he also has a call for "intercessory prayer," strange since I thought that was one of the things that we Catholics get criticized by Bible thumpers for. Munsil says:
CAP often stands alone publicly, taking on the multi-million dollar goliaths of the abortion, pornography and gambling industries, along with homosexual and liberal media groups. Public “persecution” and threats are common.
Yeah, those conservative evangelicals are so put down upon, with control of the presidency, congress and so many other institutions. They are the new Blacks. There have been at least two stabbing incidents that I know of on Fourth Avenue in recent years directed at gays. I think this sort of "Public persecution" would rank a bit higher than whatever Munsil suffers from. I checked out Jan Smith-Florez's page. Once again, a Republican is talking about restoring "traditional values" to Arizona. I'm confused about how a party can claim to advocate for small government but...ah never mind. On her "issues" page she says:
Unlike Napolitano, Jan Smith Florez will not hide from the challenges that Arizona faces. She will not allow future generations to be burdened with today's problems. She will not routinely ignore the will of the people of Arizona. Jan Smith Florez is Right for Arizona.
"Right" there is not a synonym for "correct." When has Napolitano "ignored the will" of Arizonans? There are lots of things that the Governor has done that can be criticized by conservatives, but are they going to argue that her policies are unpopular? Please. Recent polling shows that the Governor is still very popular, which is why the Republicans have been having trouble recruiting a higher profile candidate. The Republicans, particularly those in the legislature, are living in some sort of bizarro world where their most neanderthal policies are supported by the vast majority of Arizonans, but a sensible moderate is a dangerous bolshevik. I guess they can keep convincing themselves of this, but they shouldn't be suprised when they lose, again, next year.|W|P|113353123953682047|W|P|Delusions of Piety and Delusions of Popularity|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/02/2005 08:27:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous JaneAZ|W|P|They are the new Blacks.

Totally! The Ninth Circuit is keeping us all in chains, as well as expediting the Apocalypse. And professors! Practically grinding conservative students into the floor beneath their Birkenstocked heels!12/02/2005 12:47:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|That Munsil guy looks a little swishy to me. Not that there's anything wrong with that.12/02/2005 05:21:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Desert Rat|W|P|A couple of Len Munsil anecdotes for you.

When I was going to Arizona State in the mid 1980's, Len was editor of the State Press, which sucked as bad then as it does now (New Times was started by ASU Students disgruntled with the rag).

Len would do things like send reporters into the few left-wing poli-sci professors on campus and use tactics that would have made Tail-Gunner Joe McCarthy proud (quoting them inaccurately, out of context, and even incorrectly citing the details of the story (like what class they were in), which then made it the following day on the front page of his useless little birdcage liner of a newspaper.

The best man at my wedding was a distant cousin of his (won't say the name for the sake of my friend's privacy). He perpetually referred to Len's site of the family as the crazy ones. Born again in the worst sense of the word (and my friend's parents were pretty devout Christians at the time, so that's saying something), rabidly anti-choice, and misogynistic (as was also evidenced by his watch as editor).

As to his sexual preferences, nothing would surprise me. My friend's description always painted him and his immediate family as pretty creepy.12/02/2005 05:25:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Desert Rat|W|P|One other thing I forgot. If he's anything like he was 20 years ago as editor, his campaign will be entertaining.

The gaffes alone should provide great fodder for the Republic's snarky, if basically useless Political Insider columns.12/02/2005 09:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger TucsonMark|W|P|What gaffes? Start with his name, which is really Lynden Lee Munsil, not "Len" for starters. Next is his proposed marriage amendment to make sure same-sex marriages aren't recognized in Arizona (PMAA), despite the state law (ARS 25-101 & ARS 25-112) which he drafted and was passed by the AZ Leg. and signed into law in 1996 and upheld by the courts in 2004. Next the countless statements Lynden has made this year to the idiot mainstream press, on exactly this proposed measure would do, with the more recent that it would prohibit bigamy, for which there is a state law dealing with that too! Then there is the group supposedly spearheading this, the Protect Marriage Arizona association, which is really a front for the chirsto-fascist organization Lynden fronts. How's that for starters!12/03/2005 09:30:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kralmajales|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.12/03/2005 09:14:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Judge Florez's website says "Thank you for your help in restoring leadership, honesty, and traditional American values to our wonderful state." Since you jumped only on the traditional American values I guess you are conceeding leadership and honesty?

I think most people believe that choice is a traditional American value and the fact that Napolitano opposes all school choice plans is just one of a number of examples. With the drop-out rate where it is we need real reform yet what has she done?

Surely you agree that limited government is a tradtional American value?

When has Napolitano "ignored the will" of Arizonans? How about Prop 200. Need I say more?

Napolitano is the veto governor. Her numerous vetoes are clearly not representative of the will of Arizona.

And lets hold off on using polls as the only defense of Napolitano. So far, the numbers have been all over the map with some polls showing her about tied with Goldwater. The truth is that polls are completely irrelevant until September of 2006 - and I promise you her poll numbers will not be what you think they are.

By the way, you say Napolitano's policies are popular with Arizonans. Which policy? Can you name one?12/04/2005 02:52:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Elizabeth Rogers|W|P|Hey Anonymous:

The policy I know that a lot of people like outside of all day kindergarten would be the fairly easy, simple and major money saver CopperRx card.

Compared to the wasteful behemouth of the new Medicare drug act, it is simple, ease to use and it helps Arizona's seniors.

What more could a person want?

Plus those vetos are to prevent Arizona from becoming worse as well as preventing a LOT of harm to the citizens. If you are in favor of making Arizona worse then by all means support her opponents.

She is a sensible, thoughtful and careful leader of Arizona and to say otherwise is to show that you have no interest in good policies but in power for power's sake.12/04/2005 05:54:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|What utter nonsense. You are welcome to your beliefs and to support whomever you desire. But, where do you get off thinking that only your policies are good for AZ and all others are bad? Such arrogance!

The truth is that she is a lying, backstabing politician who has her eyes set on a VP slot or to be a Senator. She has lied to the Legislature so many times that there is not a soul up there that trusts her. Call up the Secretary of State's office or the Speaker of the House's office if you don't believe me. Talk about power for power's sake!

Those vetoes didnt prevent harm, they caused harm. They prevented real reform that is needed now like reforming our education system, which currently harms too many young students.

And after three years all you could come up with is all day kindergarten (which was already widely available) and the CopperRx card, LMAO. Hey our borders have 4000 illegals crossing a day and our schools are at the bottom of most ranking systems but she's fantastic because of the Rx card.

And you really support her because of those two issues regardless of all the problems we now face? Maybe you just prefer a democrat and will ignore serious policy issues as long as your 'guy' is in power. How sad!12/04/2005 10:41:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous frequent reader|W|P|so.. I'm curious anonymous... is there more than one of you? and... you seem to hold such strong convictions...why go as anonymous? are you a political insider? at times you come off as sounding a bit more in the know than your average marginalized joe/jane? i find it interesting the timing of which your comments have began to appear. did you just discover this blog...or is there more to it? i think difference voices of opinion is healthy, and is good to keep eveeryone one on their toes, just wondering where you are coming from...12/04/2005 11:57:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|I went anonymous cuz it was easier than creating an account. I really don't see how knowing more about my personal life affects anything but to help your curiosity: I am a Precinct Committeeman, have degrees in political science and history and am fairly knowledgeable regarding the current group of contenders. I found this blog about 2 weeks ago. Hope this helps. I'll use the handle McTex from now on....12/05/2005 10:16:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Elizabeth Rogers|W|P|So apparently s/he has a couple degrees, is a PC and claims to be fairly knowledgable...yet unlike me or many of the other people who can post their names on here (like a certain state rep) even without an account only goes by anonymous.

Plus I pointed out two programs (and when was All Day Kindergarten "widely availible"? Otherwise why would she have to demand it? Tempe and Ahwatukee is NOT widely availible) that she has helped create yet this Anonymous person only can say that her vetos and programs hurt people.
Prop. 200 was opposed by every Republican congressman in this state so saying that she was bad for opposing it also says that about them.

As for my "only two programs." You wanted specific, I gave you specific. You want more, go elsewhere, I am sure you have heard of google and maybe you might learn a little more then "she hurts people!!! I know because my talking points say so!"12/05/2005 11:37:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|JaneAZ

Birkenstocks have heels?

What gets me is about how people on the right are always talking about being persecuted for their religion. Now, I am not aware of any Christian in America (outside of some black congregations in the South during the ugliest days of the civil rights movement and segregation, or Mormons during the 1800's) who have actually been persecuted for their religion (and at that, the persecutors in both cases were Christian fundamentalists).

I mean, Pat Robertson said a few years ago that there were gangs of gay people going around beating up Christians. But he couldn't even name one single documented example (examples of the reverse, sad to say, are all too numerous).

But I think some of these people look for anyone who looks at them cross eyed so they can jump up and yell, 'I'm being persecuted, I'm being persecuted!' They wouldn't know what real persecution is if it hit them in the face (which is generally where real persecution starts).12/05/2005 12:33:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|I have never posted to any blog or BBS using my own name nor will I. I think to do so is foolish and could lead to some kook trying to find out where I live etc. If you want to post using your own name then go for it and good luck!

BTW, I am not the first anonymous - I don't think Munsil looks swishy, lol.

Re: Napolitano's policies, you made my point - you have nothing to rally behind, she has no legislative success on anything of substance. All the real reform bills she killed because she is beholden to her base. Otherwise, she would have promoted real education reform.

And Prop 200 was not opposed by every rep. congressman, where did you learn that? Your talking points? And even if it had been, your point is moot. Once it was approved by the people it became law and it was after it became law that Napolitano UNCONSTITUTIONALLY prevented its application. Had she not backtracked at the last second she could have found herself in deep legal trouble, according to the Sec. of State that is.

-McTex12/05/2005 11:33:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Elizabeth Rogers|W|P|"I have never posted to any blog or BBS using my own name nor will I. I think to do so is foolish and could lead to some kook trying to find out where I live etc. If you want to post using your own name then go for it and good luck!"

Well run along now, you have proven to be nothing more then a troll. Have a nice day.12/06/2005 02:12:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|"Well run along now, you have proven to be nothing more then a troll. Have a nice day."

Such an incentive to stay!!!

Why dont you just cover your eyes so you wont see my posts?

Troll: An electronic mail message, Usenet posting or othe (electronic) communication which is intentionally incorrect, but not overtly controversial (compare flame bait), or the act of sending such a message. Trolling aims to elicit an emotional reaction from those with a hair-trigger on the reply key. A really subtle troll makes some people lose their

Is this me or you? lol Nah I doubt that you were intentionally incorrect - just dizzyingly confused!12/06/2005 07:07:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tedski|W|P|Hey guys and gals...could we keep this from being personal, please?

I keep the "anonymous" option open precisely because I want people to be able to post here without being members. I want the biggest group of people possible posting. I welcome comments from Republicans, even if they are full of it.12/06/2005 07:35:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous cc burro|W|P|Yes to TEDSKI's comment.

Throwing names at each other does NOTHING to promote any communication/understanding, something which is desperately needed if we're to solve the real problems that we're facing now.

All that name-calling does is promote HATRED and WILLFUL CLOSURE to another person's point of view.

We have a $7-$8 trillion federal debt right now; we have jobs being outsourced and plants (GM--30,000 jobs) shutting down; we're in a quagmire of a [civil] war in Iraq that is costing us in $$$$ and lives and the Iraqis in MANY MORE lives; we have an immigration problem that the politicians do not really want to deal with; etc.....

Why not stick to providing specific [I hope documentable]facts when stating your position or concern???? Why not state something that appeals to the reader's reason???

Obviously part of the goal with the messaging is to have fun--but if you wish to influence someone else's opinion--there must be transmission of facts and open, well-reasoned debate.12/30/2005 12:57:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Anywhoo.....

I checked out the link to Smith-Florez's site. It says she teaches Sunday school in Spanish at her Nogales church. I wonder if she checks the citizenship of her students???

Inquiring minds want to know.

A new anonymous12/01/2005 09:26:00 PM|W|P|Tedski|W|P|Senator Gabrielle Giffords resigned her state senate seat today, although she did not officially announce a run for the congressional seat being vacated by Jim Kolbe. That cat is still inside a rather tanslucent bag. Interesting factoid that I touched on before: both of the previous two occupants of the southeast Arizona seat, Kolbe and Jim McNulty, were State Senators. Both were out of office before they ran and won. Giffords probably feels that it would be impossible to serve her constituents and run a successful campaign in a district the size of Massachusetts. Looking back on who has actually been elected to congress from Arizona, she's probably right. Arizona has eight congressmen, and only one is a former member of the legislature, Trent Franks. Franks was out of the legislature for years before he ran and won. Another little note: I have never claimed to be unbiased, but I hope I'm fair. I have known Gabby since we were eleven years old, and we even went to a Mexico-Yugoslavia game once. I will be supporting her in this primary.|W|P|113349846909948114|W|P|Shows What I Know|W|P|prezelski@aol.com12/01/2005 10:51:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Is that a picture of you with her? You have changed a lot since I've last seen you!12/01/2005 10:55:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Zelph|W|P|Yeah, but she's a Scrippsee. Eww!12/01/2005 11:29:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|It was pretty clear you were not being unbiased from the get-go, but your honesty is refreshing. You should get your candidate to stop making silly comments, like "hardest decision of her life" when everyone in town knew she was going to run. Clearly the person who called you a sycophant was on to something - has she offered you the job as her campaign manager? If nothing else, she would have the best website.12/02/2005 04:08:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Michael|W|P|How about some dirt on her choice to resign instead of waiting out the exploratory period and announcing in January?12/02/2005 11:15:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|The only reason could be that she wants the board of sups. to pick her replacement instead of the voters - maybe our host, Ted will be picked for that spot instead of the campaign manager job as earlier speculated. - Anonymous Gal12/05/2005 11:41:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Eli Blake|W|P|You contradict yourself, Ted.

First you say that Kolbe (and McNulty) were state Senators before they ran and won.

Then you say that of Arizona's eight congressmen (thereby still including Kolbe), only Trent Franks was a former member of the legislature.

Somewhere, there is a fallacy.12/05/2005 11:54:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Yeah, you might want to watch such malaprops in your interview with the supervisors.