Ableser is NOT going to run for the Senate seat he is keeping warm for Meg Burton-Cahill. He absolutely is running for the House again.Hmm...sounds strangely like something I heard too... I like Ableser, but I wonder about why he got appointed over Cahill. I can't imagine that the Republicans on the Board of Supervisors would have made a similar pick in a Republican seat. Of course, some bozos are going to complain about his age; I know this because they already have been. Heck, they complained that he even put his name on the list, even though I think it was to bring his name out for the possible House opening. I did that back in January. It didn't work for me either, but I much would have rather it didn't work for me the way it didn't work for Ed. They complained about age when my brother got appointed too. It's funny, no matter how old us "younger" activists get within the party, we are never old enough...and they just keep getting older.|W|P|114368336803577719|W|P|Senator Ed Ableser|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org
"Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan or Al Sharpton on the left, or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right." - As quoted in 2000 in National Review, Seattle Post-Intelligencer and several other publications in February of 2000.Now:
"While Sen. McCain and Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell have had their share of political differences through the years, the two men share a common respect for each other and have become good friends in their efforts to preserve what they see as common values." - Quote from Liberty University press release, March 28, announcing McCain's commencement speech this year.|W|P|114364067909782193|W|P|Because Some of You Still Think He's One of Us|W|Pemail@example.com
Dear Sisters and Brothers: In the following weeks, the U.S. Senate will be debating immigration legislation that could impact our nation greatly. This Sunday's César Chávez March for Justice and Peace, in unity with the previous mobilizations around the country (Phoenix, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Georgia, Washington, DC, and others) attempts to educate, mobilize and wake up the "sleeping giant" so that the Senate can pass a comprehensive and just legislation. Special Guest: Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farmworkers Union.|W|P|114358583136353875|W|P|Chávez March This Weekend|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.orgWHO César Chávez Holiday Coalition, with over 35 community organizations WHAT César Chávez March "FOR JUSTICE, FOR PEACE" WHEN Sunday, April 2nd, at 11:30 a.m. WHERE The march will commence at Pueblo High School, 3500 S. 12th Ave (12th Ave. and Ajo Wy) then east on 44th, down on S. 6th Ave, to Rudy Garcia Park (Irvington and 6th Ave.) WHY "Because we want Justice for All" "Because we want an Immigration Reform" "Because a People United, will Never Be Divided" "Because the Time is Now to Unite our Voices as a People" "Because, in Tucson... SI SE PUEDE!"Queridos Hermanos: En las siguientes semanas, el Senado Estadounidense estará tratando de producir legislación migratoria que podría tener un gran impacto hacia nuestra nación. La marcha César Chávez "POR LA JUSTICIA, POR LA PAZ" del domingo, junto con las previas movilizaciones por toda la nación (Phoenix, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Georgia, y Washington DC, y demás) intenta educar, movilizar, y despertar al "gigante dormido" de nuestro pueblo y simpatizantes para que el Senado apruebe una legislación comprensiva y justa. Invitada especial, Dolores Huerta, co-fundadora de la Unión de Campesinos, directo desde California.QUIEN La Coalición de César Chávez, junto con 35 organizaciones comunitarias QUÉ Marcha César Chávez "POR LA JUSTICIA, POR LA PAZ" CUANDO Domingo, 2 de abril de 2006 a las 11:30 de la mañana DONDE 3500 S. 12th Ave La Marcha empezará en la Pueblo High School (avenida 12 y Ajo) hacia el parque del rodeo "Rudy Garcia" (Irvington y Avenida 6ta) PORQUÉ "Porque Queremos Justicia Para Todos" "Porque Queremos Una Reforma Migratoria" "Porque el Pueblo Unido, Jamás Será Vencido" "Porque Ahora es Cuando Debemos Unir Nuestras Voces por Nuestra Gente" "Porque, en Tucson... SI SE PUEDE!"
The Southern Arizona Hispanic Leadership Council was formed in 2005 by a group of active community leaders. Partipants are recruited individually with a focus on hispanic Republicans and Independents. The goal of the organization is to educate the hispanic community about the shared values of the Republican party and to encourage hispanic Republican leaders to run for office.So, um, the group is a Republican organization. Not just an organization that happens to have a lot of Republicans, but one that wants to elect Republicans. They even have those little flag draped elephants on their brochure. A Republican party organization endorsed a Republican Senator who has a pretty strong lead in the polls. Stop the presses. Anyone who thinks that the formation of this organization is some sort of "sea change" hasn't been too observant of our local politics. There has always been a significant number of Hispanics in the Republican party here. Tucson's only Hispanic mayor was a fellow named Esteban Ochoa, a Republican. The folks that formed the Republican party in Arizona Territory were, hard as it is to believe now, Hispanic Republicans in Tucson. Many of those families, such as the Jacome and Laos families, are still Republican and form a significant part of what is sometimes refered to as la crema, a sort of unofficial Hispanic gentry in Tucson. Every Hispanic family, even the most politically minded liberal ones, has at least one Republican. This would only indicate a major change in politics if it was something new, but it has been going on for generations. The interesting thing is that in the past, Republican arguments about Hispanics changing parties have centered around social issues. The SAHLC makes no mention of social issues on their site, and their pro-Kyl press release made only a cursory mention of "common sense values," whatever the heck that means. Their board consists mostly of business people who "values voters" in the Republican party would regard as part of the problem in their party. One of the people on their board is a supporter of Raúl Grijalva. I guess this wouldn't be such a big deal, except for the fact that she's the chairperson of the organization, Lea Márquez Peterson. I'm not sure what that says, either that the Republicans have such total schlubs running in CD 7 that not even their own activists support them, or that maybe this "earthquake" won't happen for a long time. By the way, Márquez Peterson's family, despite being in that "bullet proof" Republican group: small buisinesspeople, are Democrats. (Full disclosure: Márquez Peterson was active with SUAB when I was with that organization at the U of A, and I've played soccer with her brother, Edmund Márquez. I'm a bit of a hack, so I probably tripped him more than once.) Another person on the board is Lillian Lopez-Grant. Lopez-Grant has been involved in Republican politics for years in this town, so she isn't exacly an indicator of anything "new." However, she is probably the only person on that board that has anything approaching organizational muscle. But, even she has been dissed by the local Republican establishment, most recently by Councilmember Kathleen Dunbar in the last election. As much as the Republicans like to talk about inclusion, things like this are also noticed by the community. Even though you have candidates like Dunbar who refuse to campaign in Hispanic neighborhoods, the biggest impediment for organizations like the SAHLC is their own Republican primary voters. Take the 2004 primary in CD 7 for example. You had Lou Muñoz, a local businessman, against Joe Sweeney, a racist and certifiable moron. So, instead of voting for the level headed candidate, CD 7 Republicans chose, by a two-to-one margin, the race baiting Sweeney. What can one do but ask if people wanted to vote for Sweeney because he was a racist, or against Muñoz because of his race? One can also look at the Republican primary for Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2002, where Tom Horne ran a campaign that asked if Latino Republican incumbent Jaime Molera could be trusted to make sure that kids learned English. He was rewarded with a victory. But, keep up the wishful thinking.|W|P|114340832645073594|W|P|Wow, A Republican Group Endorsed Kyl. Golly, I Guess We Should Just Quit Now.|W|Pemail@example.com
He discussed the issue with Democratic state Rep. Tom Prezelski at a Knockout Pills show, in what is likely a rare instance of a politician meeting up with a constituent at a punk-rock concert.See, you just don't get that sort of grass roots activity at a Toby Keith or Billy Joel concert. It also means constituent contact is short, loud, and in simple declarative sentences.|W|P|114329540064736425|W|P|You Start Electing Those Gen Xers, and This Is What Happens|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org
I know you referenced responding to my e-mail but, unfortunately, I did not receive it. I actually wrote you because I believe that the blogosphere is just as valid a communication medium as “old media” used to be and I enjoyed reading your blog. As for prosecuting employers for hiring illegal immigrants, there’s no safe harbor in my candidacy or service as Attorney General. My reference to partnering with employers is to insure that the majority who follow the law are not saddled with undue regulatory burdens that drive up the cost of doing business which, ultimately, is borne by consumers. Right now, we do pay $3 for a head of lettuce – the difference shows up in increased costs for our healthcare, education, and criminal justice systems. I’d like to see use of a biometric card for more reliable verification of employment eligibility and, once we eliminate excuses for employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens, they will be just as much in my sights as the coyotes (with or without lobbyists). As far as experience, I’ll gladly match my time as a prosecutor with my opponent’s and leadership lessons learned in and out of the Army, let alone actual time spent working as a lawyer. I prosecuted several hundred felony matters and appeared in nearly 1,000 cases for the citizens of Maricopa County in the nearly four years I had the pleasure of working at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. Also, unlike some prosecutors who are just looking for trial experience before moving off to practice criminal defense, I begrudgingly left so my wife could stay home with our kids. Unfortunately, that was short lived since my Mom was then diagnosed with lung cancer. I set up my own firm to give me the flexibility to care for her and still bring in some income. Since then, though, my practice has been overwhelmingly in litigating on behalf of crime victims and safeguarding their rights under Arizona’s Victim’s Bill of rights. Last point: “tweety bird” – that’s bit pejorative. Nonetheless, if you love the representation we’re getting from the incumbent AG, we’ll just have to agree to disagree. Take care, Bill MontgomeryI'm glad he made it clear that he wants to prosecute coyotes. However, I am always amazed that small government Republicans, who seem to think that a simple background check to make sure that a felon can't buy firearm is tantamount to fascism, would support a system of "identity cards" similar to something you'd find in Czechoslovakia circa 1972 or Vichy France. Every job I have ever had to apply for involved me filling out an I-9. The employer had to verify my eligibility with already available paperwork. This is why I don't buy the excuse that employers can't check their employees, and also why I don't think we need to take that system and add yet another layer of bureaucracy and government control. Interestingly, he says that he doesn't want to burden employers with more responsibilities. His plan sounds, at best, a transfer of those responsibilities to employees, who probably don't have office managers and assistants to handle such things. Montgomery, from what I understand, ably served in the Army and ought to be commended for that. I am not sure that his experience there necesarilly translates into being a good Attorney General. Since he would be replacing Terry Goddard, he needs to tell us why he wouldn't only be adequate, but what would make him a better Attorney General. What decisions has Goddard made that he doesn't agree with? Who has Goddard gone after that he wouldn't have? Payday lenders? Polluters? People who scam the elderly? Warren Jeffs? I didn't make the "Tweety Bird" comment. This wouldn't be the first time I got blamed for something that one of my readers posted.|W|P|114294993350302710|W|P|A Reply from Bill Montgomery|W|Pemail@example.com
We are proud to see the first Hispanic run for Congress. This is a big stride for the Hispanic population, and will hopefully be the beginning of great hope and accomplishments for our children, grandchildren and our future politicians.Yes, isn't it about time that this country put a Hispanic in congress? Arizona ought to take a lead in this endeavor. Just so Rodriguez's folks know, the first Hispanic to successfully run for congress was Joseph Marion Hernández, who was a Whig elected as the territorial Delegate from Florida in 1822. The first voting Hispanic member was Ramualdo Pacheco, a Republican from California who served several non-consecutive terms in the 1870's and even served as Governor for a short time. A quick look at our current delegation should tell his folks that he isn't even the first Hispanic to run in Arizona, but, if my memory serves, he would be the first to run in CD 8 (or the old CD5). This is nearly as silly as when Rodriguez claimed to be the only veteran to run, which led to some pointed words from the supporters of Air Force veteran Jeff Latas. Come on, how could y'all not know that Latas is a veteran? Both candidates came to their senses on this one before it became an amusing enough "whose is bigger?" contest for folks like me to comment on. Of course, that didn't stop one supporter of Frank Antenori from trumping both of them on Arizona Congress Watch by claiming that his man has actually killed more terrorists. Okay, you have them beat there, I guess.|W|P|114286377687378744|W|P|...And He Also Invented the Internet|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org
I understand that for many, a better quality of life comes from working in a good job. I want to help Arizona retain quality jobs and I’ll work to attract new businesses to our cities, towns and counties at a rate that is compatible with our environment and fair to the construction indsutry.-Yawn- Sorry, dozed off there. Did I miss something? Anyway, the thing that our corresponent found funny on the site was this picture, entitled "Ron Drake - Casual." Notice the logo on the polo shirt? Yeah, it's a U of A logo. So, when is he a U of A fan? Was it when he attended and graduated from Northern Illinois University? Far be it from me to think that hs is all of a sudden "going native" for a mostly Southern Arizona district. Next he'll be telling us how much he loves Eegee's and bragging about his collection of Al Perry singles. Maybe it's not all political. Round about this time of year, thousands of our brothers and sisters from the Valley of the Yakes who can't stand us and can't imagine driving anywhere south of Baseline road suddenly become Wildcat fans. Que sera sera. NB - Somebody will write and tell me, "See, you Dummycrats can't even come up with anything to criticize him on except his shirt..." Well, if the guy would actually say something interesting, I'll find a more interesting criticism.|W|P|114252094483504853|W|P|No, I'm a Wildcat Fan All the Way, I Love that Tubby Smith...I Mean Merlin Olson|W|Pemail@example.com
I support Senator Russ Feingold's resolution to censure the President of the United States. Today's resolution reflects the mood of the American people who are demanding accountability from the President. This situation demands that the Democratic leadership speak strongly and clearly to protect the constitutional rights of the American people. This censure is not solely about wiretapping, it is the culmination of many negative impacts this Administration has had on our nation. Over the last five years, the American people's mistrust in our government has increased due to the failures in this Administration. President Bush has failed to be a leader in many areas. He lied about Iraq, was negligent before and after Hurricane Katrina, has hurt our seniors with a flawed Medicare drug benefit, and violated our privacy with illegal wiretapping. It is time that the President be held accountable and respond to the American people.|W|P|114230249806996557|W|P|Grijalva Supports Feingold Resolution|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org
Retired IBM manager Rob Haney, a parishioner at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Phoenix, also is strongly opposed to the bishops' stance on immigration. He feels the bishops are supporting "open borders" that would turn the United States into a "Third World Country."First of all, Mr. Haney seems to totally misunderstand why the immigrants are coming here. Few, if any, are signing up for welfare. This is because they are basically fugitives, and fugitives don't tend to willingly put their names and addresses on government sponsored lists. But Haney also doesn't stop with simple policy differences with Church leaders. He's angry because these aliens might become citizens and vote the wrong way. Evidently, in his copy of the Gospels, the Beatitudes have a codicil that says "none of this applies if you have political differences." Disgusting. Yes, I'll admit that church officials often have petty political motives behind what they do. I, for one, will be anxious to see if those three bishops that wanted to deny communion to John Kerry will be nearly as ready to deny it to Rudy Giuliani when he runs for president. Haney seems to think that the Church should only preach charity to people who support it politically (and at that, only political stances he personally supports). Charity is not supposed to be done for political reasons, or only given for people that we like. If it was, it wouldn't be charity, wouldn't it? Another thing I heard this weekend was an interview with Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. He was criticizing Cardinal Mahony's statements. First he claimed that the Church shouldn't be practicing charity with "their parishioner's jobs." As if there are millions of Amreicans who would love to pick strawberries or wash dishes. He also said that the Church is free to give communion to illegal immigrants (gee, thanks), but he doesn't support "harboring" and "smuggling." Who is harboring and smuggling? I figured out that his definition of harboring and smuggling is rather broad when he talked about two "Arizona church workers" who are on trial for "smuggling." He didn't name them, but he is probably refering to the case of Daniel Strauss and Shanti Sellz. Calling them "church workers" is probably a bit much. The group that Sellz and Strauss are with, No More Deaths, is an eccumenical organization tangentially affiliated with St. Mark's Presbyterian Church(a Protestant congregation that a Catholic Arch-Bishop from Los Angeles has no sway over), and the two of them are non-practicing Jews. To imply that the two of them were "directed" to do so by the Catholic Church or any other religious institution is silly. But aside from that, how is what the two of them did smuggling? They saw some people in trouble and tried to take them to someplace where they could get medical care. I don't call that smuggling, I call that being a decent human being. In the twisted universe of the anti-immigrant community, this makes them worse than coyotes. I mean, they must think it is worse because I don't see them getting nearly as angry about actual paid smugglers.|W|P|114226157645414693|W|P|We Are All For Charity and Stuff, Just Not for People We Don't Like|W|Pemail@example.com
"They (bishops) have no respect for the sovereignty of the country," Haney said. "They want more welfare from the federal government to aid illegal immigration."
By supporting immigration reform that would legalize millions of Latino immigrants, the bishops are undercutting their own stance against abortion, because Latinos tend to vote Democratic, Haney added.
"It makes no sense, " Haney said.