AH: I told him that there were only two ways to leave, and only one involved his own power. I regret that. TP: Yeah, you probably shouldn't have threatened him like that. AH: No, I regret it because I wouldn't have let him walk out if I'd known what he'd be like on the Supreme Court.|W|P|114117726301151284|W|P|Just to Make It Complete, Let's Build It On a Deed Restricted Lot|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org
That Dorothy Finley is a Republican. And Basha? He's anti-Union and a party switcher! See, Giffords is a closet Republican!So, what claim have I been hearing over the last few days, from the some of the same people, by the way?
Giffords kicked Finley and Basha off of her committee because the Unions made her! See, this just proves that she'll sell out to special interests.First off, near as I can tell, Finley is still a co-chair of Giffords's campaign. Basha's name is no longer there. From what I know about Basha and Giffords, I have a feeling that he removed his own name. Basha is about to take a whole lot of grief from the UFCW (who has not yet endorsed); it is probably best that his name is off. He is also heading up an education initiative, and I'm pretty sure that he'll take his name off of that as well. Aside from that though, the knock against her before was that she was supported by people who were not liked by some liberal interest groups, now she is being taken to task for allegedly cowtowing to those same interest groups? Come on! Pick a criticism and stick with it. Besides, I thought we wanted our candidates to take direction from labor. Also, the evidence doesn't bear out what folks are claiming. Despite the rhetoric of solidarity, the labor movement is not a monolith. Some labor organizations have supported Giffords, but as I said, UFCW has not endorsed. Although they recently signed a solidarity agreement with the State AFL-CIO, they still have an independent streak. I find it unlikely that other unions would be taking direction from one that other AFL-CIO members were raking over the coals a few months ago for a bitter public split with the national organization. And, one union, UTU, has endorsed Patty Weiss. I have spoken to some Steelworkers who are at the very least unenthusiastic about Giffords's campaign, it is unlikely that they would take direction from a "rebel" union as well. Given Giffords's recent support of SEIU, AFSCME can't be too happy with her either. But, why be consistent? Take her apart for getting support from one of those dangerous special interests who wouldn't have been so dangerous if they were supporting your candidate. NB - Speaking of labor, any word yet on whether Latas or Weiss support the right of county workers to organize? Giffords does. I suppose that just makes her a sell out to liberal interests. Unless it makes her part of some DLC vanguard. I am so confused!|W|P|114113654656237127|W|P|She's Too Conservative, No Wait, She's Too Liberal...|W|Pemail@example.com
Larry King 37% Rep. J. D. Hayworth 44% Sen. Harry Mitchell 43% Hayworth 42% Sen. Chuck Blanchard 41% Hayworth 40%What the heck is that all about? King is an attorney and political activist that ran against Hayworth once before. I love the guy, but there has been some grousing from party higher-ups about his candidacy. Ironically, the fact that King's numbers show Hayworth to be so vulnerable will be what leads to the party recruiting another candidate. At the Democratic State Convention on Saturday, I heard some buzz about recruiting Mitchell to run. Mitchell is incredibly popular in Tempe, having the sort of connection with citizens that most politicians would envy. Mitchell is currently the chair of the State Democratic Party. This might create some temporary chaos while the deck chairs get reshuffled, but I think the party could handle that if it meant driving Hayworth into early retirement. Chuck Blanchard? He last ran for office in 1994, when he lost a race for Congress against Matt Salmon. Blanchard had also talked about running for Attorney General in 1994 and 2002. Given how long it has been since he has been in the public eye, it is interesting to see that even he beats Hayworth. I knew Blanchard even before he was first elected to office; he's a hell of a guy. He also would make a fantastic congressman, he had been clerk to Sandra Day O'Connor, counsel to the US Army, the state's first director of Homeland Security. The guy is incredibly intelligent, but even better, he's the sort of intelligent that is curious and likes to ask questions. Hayworth has been using immigration the way some ogre in a bad fantasy movie uses a club. Obviously, it doesn't get a politician as far as the conventional wisdom says it does. Hayworth has always been a blowhard, but he was a blowhard that painted himself as good for his constituency. That Hayworth hasn't been in political trouble for a long time. This new Mojado-hater mouthbreather persona doesn't seem to work for him. Don "Still No Supporters" Goldwater and Randy Graf ought to listen. Then again, I hope they don't. NB - I suppose it is possible that Chuck Blanchard has been confused with more recent candidate and giant killer Jay Blanchard. Then again, it is probably more possible that people are confusing Larry King with, uh, Larry King.|W|P|114110004834334619|W|P|Hayworth in Trouble? Gee, That's Too Bad.|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org
But hey, at least Attorney General Terry Goddard hasn't sent in a team of investigators yet. Has he?Well, right about the time that eager Tucsonans flipped by the Skinny on the way to Red Meat or those "Uncensored" ads that I wouldn't know anything about, sources disclosed that Attorney General Goddard was indeed investigating Petersen's office. Those weekly papers are so last century. I guess the Republicans shouldn't worry. They have a registration advantage, and they have a great candidate in Sen. Dean Martin who is exactly the sort of ethical person who can go in and clean up this mess. Hold on. As it turns out, Sen. Martin has some of his own problems. Ain't that a kick in the head? Martin owns a company called Digital Print Design, which his campaign paid $12,000 dollars to, and it paid his wife's firm $9,000 dollars. I realize that if you own a company that provides a service to your campaign, you must bill the campaign, it's the law. But suspicious bastards like me look at such large amounts essentially going to the candidate, and we have to complain that it smells a bit. Also, an additional $650 was paid to throw a birthday party with lobbyists. At least he wasn't, I dunno, using his marginally qualified, ethically impoverished, political crony staff to give fingerwagging speeches on ethics or something. NB - To be clear, I actually predicted that Petersen would resign. There is still plenty of time for that.|W|P|114083155170061886|W|P|Cut Off One Head, and Two Will Take Its Place|W|Pemail@example.com
I have a lot of trouble getting my students to avoid confusing possessive pronouns with contractions, but of course they are working on their GEDs and don't have editors with journalism degrees.|W|P|114082523720519551|W|P|To Which Mr. Bourn Responded, "My Testicles Are None of Your Business."|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org
"A lot of my development friends say 'your nuts,' " he said, although he stressed he is still committed to the project.
Then Pederson will get as much privacy as the Bush twin's got when they could not stop drinking in public.Um, I don't recall John Kerry making the twins an issue, although I do remember Rush Limbaugh making fun of Chelsea Clinton and the Gore daughters. That aside, think about what you said for a second: they deserve privacy when they are drunk in public.|W|P|114048120371042609|W|P|Wow, His Name Already Contains Most of "Jackass"|W|Pemail@example.com
A constituent contacted me at a Knockout Pills show...|W|P|114044601218197529|W|P|At Least It Wasn't F.A.N.S.S.|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org