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2012-12-12 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
Human Rights Day
Chen Guangcheng: "Citizens of the world, let your voice be heard in support of justice...The nations of the world should shift their focus from trade to human rights"



Chen Guangcheng, the blind dissident who escaped arrest and now lives in the ... read more

2012-11-06 \Tucson\Politics & Government\
Election Results 2012
Pima County Election Results

CNN Election results 2012

2012-11-06 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Archives\
Know where to VOTE? http://www.recorder.pima.gov/
115 N. Church Avenue
(520) 740-4350
If you are unsure where to vote, want to make sure you are registered, or do not have the card that should have been sent to you with your voting location, you can check with the Pima County Recorder's Office at 740-4350 or visit their website at http ... read more

2012-11-06 \Tucson\Politics & Government\
The Most Important Election Of Them All
An Opinion Piece

by Ken Larsen

Every four years, the people and the punditry of this land piously
assert that that particular presidential polling is the big one, the ultimate
decider of our nation’s fate, the true history-maker, the most important ... read more

2012-11-05 \Tucson\Politics & Government\
Voter Cheat Sheets Arizona Election 2012
No more dithering, time to stand up and be counted.  Understanding Props 114 thru 204 (well, ok, there are only eleven of them) may seem confusing and time consuming, but at least a few of them are major power or money grabs, or are essential for funding ... read more

2012-10-21 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Candidates\
Dr Richard Carmona - opinion http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Car
Dr Carmona is not your typical Democratic party candidate.  He served under President Bush and was recruited by the republican party to run for office in 2006 (he declined).  He was also a deputy sheriff and was decorated with the Medal of Honor for shooting ... read more

2012-09-12 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Candidates\
Arizona US Senate Candidates 2012
Every Arizona voter can make a choice for our next US Senator, in a race which is now a statistical dead heat:

Dr Richard Carmona

Carmona announcing his candidacy from the Tucson Democratic Party headquarters

Campaign website: http://www.carmonaforarizona ... read more

2012-09-11 \Tucson\Politics & Government\
Remembering 9/11 : Firefighter audiotape, dispatcher interview


What is so impressive to me is how calm the firefighters sound on this tape from inside the burning tower.  This is hard to watch, though.  These guys were real heros.


The last call from Flight 93
Interview with Lisa Jefferson, who took one ... read more

2012-09-11 \Tucson\Politics & Government\
World Trade Center rising again - but not even memorial immune from dispute http://www.news-gazette.com/news/courts-
Maybe Tucson shouldn't feel so bad.  Even the 9/11 memorial museum beneath the World Trade Center is mired in dispute over dollars, between the memorial foundation and the Port Authority of NY/NJ.   Sentiment is fine, but money is money - and controlling ... read more

2012-08-31 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Issues\Prison Reform\
What Earned Release could Earn Arizona: cash for schools, pools and cops http://grandcanyoninstitute.org/sites/gr
Interview with Dr Dave Wells, author of the Reducing Incarceration Costs report at the Grand Canyon Institute for policy.

Q. What are the main points people should know about the prison system?

A.  There was a requirement, that they were supposed ... read more

2012-08-30 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Opinion\
Time to ask tough questions
Arizona's elephant in the living room is also eating everything in the kitchen.  Our governor's campaign manager is also a lobbyist for private prison corporations who are getting a bigger and bigger slice of the public pie.  Prison expenditures are now ... read more

2012-08-29 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Elections\
Primary Results 2012
The winners: Jeff Flake will face Richard Carmona for US Senate ; Ann Kirkpatrick will face Jonathan Paton for Congress in CD1 ; Ron Barber will be up against Martha McSally in CD2.  Raul Grijalva trounced both opponents and will face Gabriela Mercer ... read more

2012-08-28 \Tucson\Politics & Government\
Find your Polling Place, VOTE Today http://www.recorder.pima.gov/public/vote
The Pima County Recorder's office will tell you your precinct, legislative district, and polling place by address:

http://www.recorder.pima.gov/public/voter_info.aspx

Polls are open today from 6AM to 7PM

Here is a full listing of all Primary ... read more

2012-08-23 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Candidates\
Arizona candidates 2012
Detailed information about candidates in the upcoming 2012 Elections: http://votesmartaz.com/votesmart/
http://www.politics1.com/az.htm

"People get the government they deserve"

Research.

Vote."""""

2012-08-23 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Opinion\
What I wish McCaskill said to Akins: http://azstarnet.com/news/opinion/akin-m
Ruth Marcus wrote an excellent column about the disingenuous way both Republicans and Democrats responded to Todd Akins offensive remarks about rape victims.  In particular she points out that McCaskill is apparently trying to keep Akins candidacy alive ... read more

2012-08-20 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Political Blogs\
"Chen GuangCheng was very worried about He Peirong and others' situation". http://pearlher.org/
Translator's note:

Source of Chinese extraction: http://pearlher.org/

Article Title: "Chen GuangCheng was very worried about He Peirong and others' situation".    Originally published in Chinese, is given with English translation.

标题 ... read more

2012-08-20 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
'On days when a lot of people are killed, the government will just shut down the Internet' ; AccessNow accuses MTN of collaborating with Syrian government https://www.accessnow.org/mtn
"Our contacts on the ground in Syria have told us that phone and internet service is constantly being throttled, and sometimes it's completely cut off -- just as military tanks roll into a neighborhood. "

https://www.accessnow.org/mtn

Bloomberg ... read more

2012-08-20 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
'On days when a lot of people are killed, the government will just shut down the Internet' ; AccessNow accuses MTN of collaborating with Syrian government : mtn's ethics board http://www.mtn.com/Sustainability/Sustai
Apparently MTN has recently set up a "Board Social and Ethics Committee" that is supposed to address human rights issues.  I sent them an email asking what their policy was about Syria, if they had discussed it.  If anyone gets an answer out of them please ... read more

2012-08-09 \Tucson\Politics & Government\
is it just me or is tucsonaz.gov not working?
I'm able to get to other websites, but not http://tucsonaz.gov.  Is anyone else having this problem?

2012-08-07 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Local Issues\
"Rachel, I am so very sorry"
  transcribed from the youtube video:

Hi I'm Adam Smith, I have a few things to day, but I want first and foremost to say something to Rachel, that I've been wanting to say since the moment I spoke the words.

Rachel I am so very sorry for the way ... read more

2012-08-07 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Local Issues\
"Rachel, I am so very sorry" : what are people really reacting to?
Its true, Adam shouldn't have debated with Rachel - she was stuck doing her job - but is that interaction on the video really enough to justify threats and hate mail?  Not that very much of anything justifies threats and hate mail!  But the point is, ... read more

2012-07-25 \Tucson\Politics & Government\City Council\
Regina's blog on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/tucson.romero
Regina Romero, Ward 1 city council member, maintains a facebook page where she posts and responds to messages regularly:

https://www.facebook.com/tucson.romero

2012-07-20 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Candidates\
Betts for TUSD School Board http://betts4tusd.com
Betts Putnam-Hidalgo is running for TUSD school board in November - and here's why:

"I'm running because I have a child in the district and I think the school board could do a lot better in the aspect of public participation."

"The upcoming budget ... read more

2012-07-20 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Candidates\
Betts for TUSD School Board : I can vouch for Betts http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stand-with
Betts is indeed always at the schools. She volunteers, gardens, teaches English, and runs after school outdoor/gardening classes that my daughter loves.  She is really in the top tier of dedicated parents and truly cares about the kids and schools. ... read more

2012-07-13 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
Tucson Council on Foriegn Relations http://www.tcfr.org/
Discussion group capped at 150 members, with lunch and dinner presentations about international issues.

2012-06-12 \Tucson\Politics & Government\
VOTE today in CD8 : Ron Barber vs Jesse Kelly
Gabby Giffords picked longtime aide Ron Barber to succeed her in office when it became clear she could no longer serve.  Today voters decide who will hold the CD8 seat.

http://ronbarberforcongress.com/

http://www.votejessekelly.com/

Mail-in/early ... read more

2012-06-12 \Tucson\Politics & Government\
VOTE today in CD8 : Ron Barber vs Jesse Kelly : Gabby's choice
I attended a volunteer event at Democratic Headquarters and it was touching to see Gabby in person, smiling and nodding (but not talking) and surrounded by her supporters. Ron Barber seems like a competent, hardworking guy and promises to be nonpartisan ... read more

2012-06-07 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Local Issues\
Ethnic studies closure hurts teachers, kids http://saveethnicstudies.com
Just spoke to the teacher of ethnic studies who Dr Stegeman accused of using cult techniques.  He said that when Stegeman visited his class, he told him that he'd enjoyed the experience and was positive, not critical.   It was only 3 months later that ... read more

2012-06-07 \Tucson\Politics & Government\
Last day to mail in ballots for Ron Barber CD8 http://ronbarberforcongress.com
"Today is the last day to mail in your ballot and make sure that it gets in on time. Please be sure to mail it in, or take it to a polling location on Tuesday. And, if you don't vote by mail--definitely vote this Tuesday, June 12!"

2012-06-01 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Political Blogs\
“The bird has escaped its cage” http://pearlher.org/
Translator's note:

The following extraction from “鸟儿已经出笼”, originally published in Chinese, is given with English translation.

Source of Chinese extraction: http://pearlher.org/

标题: ... read more

2012-05-09 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
The bird has left the cage. What do we do?
This cryptic text (in Chinese, of course) is how He Peirong knew that Chen GuangCheng had escaped and needed help.  Rather than an organized group of dissidents, it seems more that it is just people who realize that each other can be trusted or care, ... read more

2012-05-09 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
Facebook page and Petition to free He Peirong : PearlHer released unharmed
He Peirong is back home, see

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20120505000044

or follow her (mostly in Chinese) at:

http://twitter.com/#pearlher

Since previously she had been beaten or abused (tied ... read more

2012-05-04 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
Facebook page and Petition to free He Peirong http://facebook.com/FreePearlHer
I haven't found an organization actively supporting the Chinese dissidents.  Most of those I've seen who write about He Peirong are primarily right-to-life activists who are opposed to forced abortion.  He Peirong isn't primarily an abortion activist ... read more

2012-05-02 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
(update: He Peirong is free) Chen Guangcheng's Rescuer Needs to be Rescued: He Peirong
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 2, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- He Peirong is a petite woman with a spine of steel. I know her because she spearheaded the movement to free Chen Guangcheng inside China, while I have played a similar role in the U.S. and Europe. ... read more

2012-05-02 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
Chen Guangchen walks out of US Embassy - due to threats? http://www.chinaaid.org/2012/05/chinaaid
ChinaAid Response to Chen Guangcheng “Walking Out of US Embassy"

(Beijing — May 2, 2012) /ChinaAid association/ ChinaAid has viewed relevant information released by Chinese government  regarding Chen Guangcheng's reportedly "walking out of US Embassy ... read more

2012-04-22 \Tucson\Politics & Government\
Redistricting commission: Its not just a legal question http://btucson.com/Tucson/Politics%20&%2

Thanks Howard Fischer.  I was looking for a reason we need independent reporting in Arizona, and your article "AZ court: Governor wrong on dismissal" just provided it.  

Sure, your facts are there, the what and when: four months later, the court ... read more

2011-11-19 \Tucson\Politics & Government\
Tell the Az Leg to cut it out http://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Co
Here are all the senators emails in a convenient format to send an email message to all Az State Senators.  Tell them we will not put up with more attempts to gerrymander Arizona's districts.  Voters pick representatives - representatives do NOT get to ... read more

2011-11-18 \Tucson\Politics & Government\
Power Grab still threatened
At the same time Gov. Jan Brewer was removing Mathis there was also an equal effort to ask the voters to reconsider using Proposition 106 as a means to draw the lines. Ultimately, the Governor and Legislature would like the voters to repeal Proposition ... read more

2011-11-04 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Elections\
Rick Grinnell in the running for Mayor : I know how to create Jobs for Tucson http://www.visitforestcity.com/EconomicD
Hey Rick ... here's an idea. Look up on line the little Iowa town called Forrest City. They invented the Winnebego / modern RV industry. They were a small 5,000 people farming town in the 60's who were about to loose their town because of Corporate farming ... read more

2011-11-01 \Tucson\Politics & Government\
Sister site bPhoenixAZ.com covers Cortes scandal http://bphoenixaz.com/2011/11/videos-rus
Russell Pearce claims he never talked to sham candidate Cortes' "campaign people" - apparently including Pearce's brother, Justice of the Peace Lester Pearce who worked for Cortes.

Read latest news about the Pearce recall at our new sister site, bPhoenixAZ ... read more

2011-10-24 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Elections\
Rick Grinnell in the running for Mayor : Bus and Trash reductions
At Sabino Canyon and Tanque Verde it is an hour and forty minutes by bus to Park Place, a distance of 2.8 miles.
Trash service has already been cut in half and the price raised. Now someone is indicating it should be cut to a fourth of what it was. Better ... read more

2011-10-22 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Rio Nuevo\
$300K a year in legal fees and board expenses
The Rio Nuevo board costs us more than a city manager.  However, they apparently spend $300K+ of our tax money every year deciding on how to sue the city.  In the last financial report, total positive project spending has shrunk to  $49,171.14.  

How ... read more

2011-10-18 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Rio Nuevo\
Speak out at Rio Nuevo Board Meeting
If you want your voice heard, one way is to attend a Rio Nuevo board meeting in person.

The next meetings are tentatively scheduled for Nov 2 and Nov 10:

http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/content/r%C3%ADo-nuevo-meeting-schedules-and-minutes

Tell the ... read more

2011-10-03 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Rio Nuevo\
Jonathan Rothschild's statement on the Rio Nuevo board lawsuit http://azstarnet.com/news/local/govt-and
"I’m not going to raise taxes on Tucsonans just to pay the Rio Nuevo Board.  That might be my opponent’s idea of “getting to the bottom of things,” but to me is seems more like hitting bottom.  The State Legislatures Board might not like how the money ... read more

2011-10-03 \Tucson\Politics & Government\
Grinnell wants to be mayor - but his board is suing the city
Rick Grinnell is running for mayor of Tucson.  He is also a member of the governor-appointed Rio Nuevo board, which has just decided to sue the City of Tucson for upwards of $40Million.

That means more cuts to police, more closed pools, more cuts to ... read more

2011-09-07 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Local Issues\
Comedy of Errors; Tragedy by Choice.
The following letter was sent to bTucson on Aug 23, however it seems particularly relevent today given Mike Letcher's ouster.  In particular, if you agree with LaFond's points, there may be more housecleaning in order than only the city manager.

This ... read more

2011-09-07 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Local Issues\
Letcher's resignation letter
The Tucson Weekly published the full text of Mike Letcher's resignation letter.

Most interesting may be these paragraphs, with Letcher telling Kozachik to back off and let him run his departments - which may be a point, but that's also why we have ... read more

2011-09-07 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Elections\
Rick Grinnell in the running for Mayor : What Letcher has to say about the Rio Nuevo board:
Grinnell is on the new Rio Nuevo board that took control out of the hands of the city council. In Letcher's resignation letter, he stated

"The only negative with the downtown’s comeback is the Governor appointed Rio Nuevo District Board. This board ... read more

2011-09-01 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Elections\
Rick Grinnell in the running for Mayor http://www.grinnell4mayor.com
Rick Grinell made it on the ballot with a strong write-in campaign, giving us a choice for mayor.  See http://www.grinnell4mayor.com to check out our options.

Interestingly, Grinell is on the current Rio Nuevo board.  Maybe as part of the campaign ... read more

2011-08-31 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
Change in Egypt - reporting on the ground from Spot.us http://spot.us/pitches/986-the-cloud-in-
From crowdmapping torture to problems of poverty and chaos, to the feasibility of drafting a constitution online, Spot.us journalist Tanja Aitamurto reports from the ground in Egypt.  

See http://spot.us/pitches/986-the-cloud-in-egypt-help-or-hype ... read more

2011-08-29 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Burma update - watchful optimism? http://www.dvb.no/news/suu-kyi-encourage
August is the anniversary month of the 8-8-88 uprisings and more recently the 8/2007 repression of the monks and other democracy protestors.

Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the democracy movement, has been free from house arrest since November. She ... read more

2011-08-18 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Local Issues\
911 Tucson
by Golda Velez
Michael LaFond knew there would be problems with the new 911 software system even before it was installed.  He knew, because back in 2006 when the Tucson Police Department started using the system called Meridian Vesta, calls from 911 ... read more

2011-08-16 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Political Blogs\
Arizona's Unapologetic Liberal http://tucsoncitizen.com/arizona-unapolo
"To watch your average American fighting for tax loopholes for the wealthy is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen." -Carlos Galindo

Listen to Carlos in English or en espańol  http://www.carlosgalindo.com

2011-08-16 \Tucson\Politics & Government\
Redistricting Moving Ahead http://www.azredistricting.org/Maps/defa
The first draft of the redistricting maps are done.  By law, the redistricting commission has to start from scratch every 10 years, drawing maps based on population and other factors without consideration for existing political boundaries.

According ... read more

2011-08-09 \Tucson\Politics & Government\
Arizona Divided
by Golda Velez
                                                                                      
"I have never been so active before in my life"

Elizabeth Savino is a small business owner from the midwest, not a political activist.  But the ... read more

2011-07-21 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
Global Voices http://globalvoicesonline.org
Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:36:12 +0000With Armenia ranking 123 out of 178 countries in a 2010 Transparency International report measuring corruption, Life in the Caucasus, a blog maintained by a Peace Corps volunteer in the country, notes that bribery take place ... read more

2011-07-21 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
World News http://nytimes.com
Thu, 21 Jul 2011 15:04:31 GMTJanet Nova, the News Corporation’s interim group general counsel, was the first to react to a protester wielding a pie at Rupert Murdoch. ... read more

2011-07-17 \Tucson\Politics & Government\
Being the balance point :
Chair Mathis states that ST had one Republican client-Bloomberg. ST' website used to state that they worked with Bloomberg only because he was a "progressive"

She states that ST (now) have a republican former Bush staffer but there is no such news ... read more

2011-07-14 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Local Issues\
911 issues predicted in 2010 http://azstarnet.com/news/local/govt-and
When the Arizona legislature passed its budget in 2010, it raided the Emergency Telecommunications Fund to the tune of $2.2M.

Alarm bells were sounded at the time: 911 officials fear budget cuts will endanger public safety

Now a 10 year old girl ... read more

2011-07-14 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Global Issues\
Syrian Human Rights Info http://www.shril-sy.info/enshril/modules
The battle for democracy in Syria is in part a war of information, a struggle to communicate the story to the world.  Attacks continue on activists, protesters, journalists and bloggers.  

On July 1st, blogger  Anas Al-Marawi was arrested, whereabouts ... read more

Archives

Arizona 'state of biggest concern' in voting rights report
Arizona is different
Beryl Baker, Ward I City Council Candidate
Bill Risner
Brewer - Goddard = 9%
Brewer's 'Child Health Day' hypocrisy
Democracy Quotes
Election Result Reference Nov 2010
Election Results
Emily Hilliard
Full Local Election Results
Honorable and Viable Candidate
Huge Problems with Diebold/GEMS Election Machines
Judy Nagle says
Ken Green, Ward I Democratic Primary candidate
Know where to VOTE?
League of Women Voters Tucson
Liberty quotes
Local contact for Edwards supporters
Moved? Turned 18? Register to Vote before Oct 4!
NO to McClusky : lies and distortions
NO to Payday Lenders = NO on Prop 200
Nov 2007 Election Results
Poverty Action Day
Regina Romero, Ward I City Council Candidate
Results: Sen probably stays Democratic, Grijalva wins, Giffords/Kelly is a toss-up.
Rodney Glassman for US Sentate
Rodney Glassman, Ward II Candidate
Rudy Garcia - Democrat for US Senate
Say NO to dirty politics, YES to Fimbres
Timeless quote
Tucson vs Phoenix : Dramatic divide
VOTE Today! Drop Off Vote-By-Mail Ballots by 7PM
Vote Early and avoid lines - up thru 10/29
Voter Protection Line
Was - Early Voting Locations
What direction?
Where's the precinct breakdown?
Who, me?
bTucson Voting Guide : Tucson Election 2010

Burma

"Freedom and democracy are dreams you never give up"
ARIZONA JOINS GLOBAL DAY OF SUPPORT :A CANDLELIGHT VIGILl FOR BURMA'S FREEDOM
Arizona Burma Friends: Can You Help Us in Congress
Ask them directly
Aung San Suu Kyi Released!
Board of Directors address
Burma update - watchful optimism?
Burmese Community?
Called on HR 3890, also try direct to subcommittee
Chevron and Burma
Found the house bill: support HR3890
Free Burma Report & Strategy
Grijalva will co-sponsor it!
McCain sponsors resolution to renew Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act
Next Steps on Burma - need your help!
Oil Thugs
Please Don't Forget Burma : 8-8-88 Anniversary
Powerful image to post on your blog to Free Burma
See also this 'Dirty list' of companies profitting by doing business with the oppressive govt of Burma
So what is Congress gonna do?
Support Democracy in Burma
Tabling UA Mall
Torture in Burma
Urgent: Stop US Congress From Sitting on Hands After Burma Crackdown
Waiting for answer; also investor relations
What do Barack Obama and Mitch McConnell agree on?
crackdown on satellite phones

Campaign Finance

Facts on McCain-Feingold
Headlinerr.

Candidates

Arizona US Senate Candidates 2012
Arizona candidates 2012
Betts for TUSD School Board
Dr Richard Carmona - opinion
From the Trail
Goddard Surges in Governor's Race
Goddard for Governor
I can vouch for Betts
Jan Brewer: come out, come out, wherever you are...
Raul on the right side
Vince Rabago for Attorney General

City Council

Regina's blog on Facebook


Democratic Party

Dems Community Cleanup Day Jul 28
is there a republican effort of voter intimidation?
politicians contribute to

DemocratsPlaygroup

Clint Curtis for Congress vs Feeney
Manual count may be needed.
Take action on Burma
Very Young Democrats of Pima County
Vote Integrity
Wikipedia article with details on Hagel and also the intimidation of whisteblowers
even the Economist says Diebold is a scandal...

Elections

Bus and Trash reductions
I know how to create Jobs for Tucson
Primary Results 2012
Rick Grinnell in the running for Mayor
What Letcher has to say about the Rio Nuevo board:

Events

Bill Clinton may appear at Young Democrats event in Phoenix
Election Day! 11/06/07
Haiti help and news
President-Elect Obama Calls So. Arizona to Day of Service
Treatment of Guantanamo Bay detainees - briefing Sun June 17

Global Issues

"hope is my breakfast, lunch and supper."
'On days when a lot of people are killed, the government will just shut down the Internet' ; AccessNow accuses MTN of collaborating with Syrian government
'They have run out of thread to stitch up wounds'
(update: He Peirong is free) Chen Guangcheng's Rescuer Needs to be Rescued: He Peirong
BeenaProject
Change in Egypt - reporting on the ground from Spot.us
Chen Guangchen walks out of US Embassy - due to threats?
Egyptian Innovation - Interview
El Baradei's page translated to English
Facebook page and Petition to free He Peirong
Global Voices
Human Rights Day
No-flight zone for Qaddafi
Obama gets Osama
PearlHer released unharmed
Syrian Human Rights Info
The bird has left the cage. What do we do?
Tucson Council on Foriegn Relations
We are all Khalid Said - a Facebook page for the Egyptian uprising
World News
best wikileaks response
mtn's ethics board

Groups

Democracy for America Tucson Blog


Immigration

"We Are Better Than a Fence"
"person" vs "citizen" in the US Constitution
A Win-Win Solution for Immigration
DREAM Act passed House, blocked in Senate
How to Stop Illegal Immigration
Immigration Clinic Director
Immigration: We Need Moral Leadership, NOT a Legal Underclass
Migration Policy Institute
True Patriot risks security for liberty
Udall Center for Immigration Policy
Understanding the 14th Amendment as it applies to citizenship

Iraq

Iraq 2007: what now?
Iraq Policy Group of the Pima County Democratic Party
Iraq: what now?

Issues

A Dialog on Israel/Palestinian issue
And the lighter side...
BP Whistleblowers
BP burning sea turtles: video and lobbying links
Discussion with Moshe at Israel Center
Fake BP Photos from 2001?
Humane Farming for School Lunches
Jobs lost under Bush vs Obama
The investigation of the BP spill
Tucson Whistle
US Chamber of Commerce big spender in elections
Update: Turtles to be rescued
Yikes! Gabby and Pastor undermining Net Neutrality

Local Issues

"Rachel, I am so very sorry"
"Spice Incense" actually a drug
"The philosophical inconsistency is striking."
18300 Signatures Turned In
911 Tucson
911 issues predicted in 2010
Additional information, efforts to regulate 'spice'
And now to finding a replacement...
And, you HAVE to see political signs now...
Comedy of Errors; Tragedy by Choice.
Ethnic studies closure hurts teachers, kids
Letcher's resignation letter
No one prosecuted for inmate death in sun
Opening Tucson Government
Recall Pearce campaign - no, campaigns!
Tell the Arizona Legislature to stop attacking babies
To say we were a bunch of outsiders is a bunch of crap
Vote Postponed
anonymous informant on use of caged cells for discipline
at least will discontinue the 'cages' now...
new title
what are people really reacting to?

Officeholders

Find your state representatives


Opinion


Barbara Straub
Do we care about Democracy in Burma?
Essay #1: How Doing Good is Bad
Found these links
Increasing importance of Citizen Journalism
Juan Williams - for once Fox is right
On Patriotism
Passive Graduations
Time to ask tough questions
Well written
What I wish McCaskill said to Akins:
on enforcing the law

Political Blogs

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“The bird has escaped its cage”

Poverty - Food

Food & Farm Bill


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Rio Nuevo

$300K a year in legal fees and board expenses
Anyone going to the meeting tonight?
Contact for Rio Nuevo board is their lawyer?
Jonathan Rothschild's statement on the Rio Nuevo board lawsuit
Moving forward without giving away the store
Not to Hotel.
Rio Nuevo now -
Speak out at Rio Nuevo Board Meeting
Successes and Stumbles : Rio Nuevo overview at the Star
The Hotel Feasibility Study
To hotel, or not to hotel?
What about Local, Open Micro-bids?

Vote Integrity

Action alert - Hearing on Election Integrity
Do you care about our Democracy? Please show up at this hearing:
Vote Integrity
Vote tampering (Star article)

2011-07-13 "I just didn't have my hand on the trigger" - Pointing a gun is a crime
http://www.arizonaguardian.com/azg/index.php?option=com_jcs&view=jcs&layout=form&Itemid=108
Az state senator Lori Klein pointed a gun at a reporter who was questioning her views on gun control.

This is aggravated assault under ARS 13-1203: "2. Intentionally placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury; " and ARS-12041

If a gunsight on one's chest doesn't cause " reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury.", I'm not sure what does.

Some states have specific laws regarding pointing guns.  In North Carolina: "If any person shall point any gun or pistol at any person, either in fun or otherwise, whether such gun or pistol be loaded or not loaded, he shall be guilty of a Class A1 misdemeanor."
http://law.onecle.com/north-carolina/14-criminal-law/14-34.html

The 9th circuit has ruled that " Pointing a gun at a person can ...read more...
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2011-06-29 Activists Calendar
Take part in your community - from political discussions to volunteer opportunities, these groups welcome you!



1/17/2011 changed search to 'Giffords Recovery'
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2011-08-16 Redistricting Moving Ahead
http://www.azredistricting.org/Maps/default.asp
The first draft of the redistricting maps are done.  By law, the redistricting commission has to start from scratch every 10 years, drawing maps based on population and other factors without consideration for existing political boundaries.

According to the commission website, these first draft maps take into account only equal population and compactness/contiguousness.

Next, the commission will modify them for four factors:
  •   Compliance with the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act;
        
  • Respect for communities of interest;
        
  • Incorporation of visible geographic features, including city, town and county boundaries, as well as undivided census tracts; and
        
  • Creation of competitive districts where there is no significant detriment to other goals.
...read more...
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2012-04-22 Redistricting commission: Its not just a legal question
http://btucson.com/Tucson/Politics%20&%20Government//194163#bajaaz

Thanks Howard Fischer.  I was looking for a reason we need independent reporting in Arizona, and your article "AZ court: Governor wrong on dismissal" just provided it.  

Sure, your facts are there, the what and when: four months later, the court explained their reasoning for not allowing Gov. Brewer to pop out Colleen Mathis, chairman of the independent redistricting commission.  But you skipped the big 'why?' - why does Brewer want so badly to remove Mathis?   Is it really because she believes Mathis has neglected her duties in some technical way?  Why is independent redistricting so important?

The cur ...read more...
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2012-09-11 Remembering 9/11 : Firefighter audiotape, dispatcher interview


What is so impressive to me is how calm the firefighters sound on this tape from inside the burning tower.  This is hard to watch, though.  These guys were real heros.


The last call from Flight 93
Interview with Lisa Jefferson, who took one of the final calls from Flight 93.  Todd Beamer, who she spoke to, helped organize the assault on the cockpit by the passengers.

She did not tell him about the WTC attack, but other passengers were told by friends and family.  He is the one that said "Are you ready" and then "Let's roll".  Lisa was stil ...read more...
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2010-06-30 Rio Nuevo Board
http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/rionuevo
Anyone attending the meetings of the Rio Nuevo Board is welcome to post comments here.  

This document has some expenditure details:
http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/docs/FY09_Inception_to_date_expenditures(1).pdf

Appears approx $11M operating expenses and $194M purchases/development expenses are reported.  I'm curious where the Science Center 7.7M went to?  Was this all for design, or do we have anything on the ground?
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2009-11-29 STOP corrupt bankers!!
Come out and voice your opposition to corrupt bankers who ruined our national economy and are ripping us off by enslaving Americans to perpetual debt.
No terrorists could have had such a devastating impact on our Nation as they have had. They are worse than terrorists and they are the real enemy!!
Bank of America is by far the worst of the bunch. Just google "Bank of America Complaints" and see how people have been treated by this pathetic corporate greed machine.
Bankers must be pressured to clean up their act and do honest business with people instead of being allowed to conduct themselves with unrestrained, unscrupulous, predatory schemes to rip off everyone to the fullest extent. They have screwed up the housing market and the entire American economy because of their endless need fo ...read more...
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2011-01-13 She opened her eyes
http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/01/13/how-gabrielle-giffords-opened-her-eyes/
"She knows we're out here, she knows we're rooting for her" Obama told the crowd at McKale.

The WSJ has a touching story with the details of how Gabrielle Giffords opened her eyes yesterday."
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2011-11-01 Sister site bPhoenixAZ.com covers Cortes scandal
http://bphoenixaz.com/2011/11/videos-russell-pearce-recall/
Russell Pearce claims he never talked to sham candidate Cortes' "campaign people" - apparently including Pearce's brother, Justice of the Peace Lester Pearce who worked for Cortes.

Read latest news about the Pearce recall at our new sister site, bPhoenixAZ.com"
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2010-06-30 Sparks yes, explosions no
http://www.kvoa.com/news/governor-signs-fireworks-bill-into-law/
Fireworks that explode or shoot up into the air are NOT legal to be sold or used by private individuals in Tucson; sparklers, or other devices that produce sparks but do not explode, are now legal to sell and use in Arizona.
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2011-11-19 Tell the Az Leg to cut it out
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Colleen-Mathis-and-Independent-Redistricting/287437761289982?sk=wall
Here are all the senators emails in a convenient format to send an email message to all Az State Senators.  Tell them we will not put up with more attempts to gerrymander Arizona's districts.  Voters pick representatives - representatives do NOT get to pick their voters!

The 21 Republican senators have been supporting Brewer's ploy to replace Colleen Mathis with a political puppet.  If just two of them bow out, they will have less than a 2/3 majority.  

Republican Arizona state senators:

sallen@azleg.gov
fantenori@azleg.gov
nbarto@azleg.gov
abiggs@azleg.gov
sbundgaard@azleg.gov
rcrandall@azleg.gov
adriggs@azleg.gov
rgould@azleg.gov
lgray@azleg.gov
ggriffin@azleg.gov
lklein@azleg.gov
jmccomish@azleg.gov
amelvin@azleg.gov
rmurphy@azleg.gov
jnelson@azleg.gov
rpearce@az ...read more...
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2012-11-06 The Most Important Election Of Them All
An Opinion Piece

by Ken Larsen

Every four years, the people and the punditry of this land piously
assert that that particular presidential polling is the big one, the ultimate
decider of our nation’s fate, the true history-maker, the most important
election of our time. An irony, to be sure, as typically each election fades in
our consciousness shortly after, replaced entirely in significance by the
upcoming one, the one that will really change and affect our lives forever.
As for myself, I have watched many presidential elections come and go;
some were painful, some uplifting, some more interesting than others. But
now we are on the cusp of yet another, and the nation is energized. Many
shout out that this is it—the big one, the Moment of Truth, the ultimate
determinant of ...read more...
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2011-01-12 Thoughts and Prayers for Rep. Giffords & Other Victims
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thoughts-and-Prayers-for-Rep-Giffords-Other-Victims/173859329317449?v=wall
MoveOn created a Facebook page for people to send their thoughts and good wishes for all of the victims.
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2010-12-31 Tom Horne makes me sick
He is sacrificing our children, schools and teachers to his political ambition.  He gets political points for his grandstanding on 'raza' classes and assertion that he can micromanage our teachers from the highest level at the state.  What do we get?  More teacher layoffs and incredibly hurtful cuts, more closures of neighborhood schools.  Our kids pay for his political crap.

And then he has the gall to say on his website: "The paradigm shift, since I took office is that the Department of Education will be primarily a service organization, helping school districts and charter schools achieve more academic success. The Department is also an organization that assures compliance, and we will have to be conscientious about that, but the compliance function will be secondary. The primary fun ...read more...
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2011-07-14 Try Balancing the Budget Yourself!
http://www.federalbudgetchallenge.org/budget_challenge/sim/budget_master.html
You can take the reins and see how to do it - take the Federal Budget Challenge: http://www.federalbudgetchallenge.org/budget_challenge/sim/budget_master.html

NextTen and the Concord Coalition have created an interactive budget simulation.  It takes only about 5 minutes but makes one think carefully about the choices we have in front of us.  When I did the simulation I wound up with a deficit of 12 Trillion  - and that was with raising taxes on the wealthy and significant cuts !  Without those choices, our current deficit outlook is 14.4 Trillion.   (5.6T of that is interest on the debt, which is part of what makes it hard to balance the budget - just like credit card borrowing)"
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2010-01-09 Tucson City Budget Notes
http://www.ci.tucson.az.us/budget/docs/09BOOK-V1.pdf
For reference, here is the adopted biannual 2009-2010 budget that the city is working from.  

Constructive ideas for how to help close the shortfall?
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2010-03-15 Tucson Coffee Party
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Join-the-Coffee-Party-Movement-Tucson/326934973466?ref=ts
seems to be off to an active start - check out their Facebook page for more info
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2012-06-12 VOTE today in CD8 : Ron Barber vs Jesse Kelly
Gabby Giffords picked longtime aide Ron Barber to succeed her in office when it became clear she could no longer serve.  Today voters decide who will hold the CD8 seat.

http://ronbarberforcongress.com/

http://www.votejessekelly.com/

Mail-in/early ballots can be walked to a polling place and dropped off in person.  Don't mail them!

If you don't know your polling location, you can call the Barber campaign at 520-207-0937, the Kelly campaign at 520-888-8683 or try the recorder's office: http://www.recorder.pima.gov/public/voter_info.aspx
However, the recorder's office website seems to fail with some addresses that are in CD8.
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2010-09-06 VOTERS 4 KIDS Celebration @ Ft Lowell Park
LABOR DAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2010, 10 AM - NOON

Ft. Lowell Park, 2900 N. Craycroft Road - Ramada #1

Curious George * Raffle Prizes

From Craycroft go east on Glenn.                                      
    Turn left (north) into the Ft. Lowell Park.

    Ramada #1 is the first one, by the playgrounds on the right.

   FUN FOR KIDS -  balloons, light refreshments, playground, children's entertainer Bruce Phillips performing

    SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR KIDS

    REGISTER TO VOTE - FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR KIDS"
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2012-11-05 Voter Cheat Sheets Arizona Election 2012
No more dithering, time to stand up and be counted.  Understanding Props 114 thru 204 (well, ok, there are only eleven of them) may seem confusing and time consuming, but at least a few of them are major power or money grabs, or are essential for funding struggling schools.  So its worth it to figure them out one way or another.

A quick way is to pick someone you trust and vote like they do:

Raul Grijalva's Proposition Recommendations

Arizona Daily Star's Endorsements and Recommendations

An in -depth look at the ballot propositions with both supporter and ...read more...
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2011-05-02 What Can a Mayor Do for Tucson?
Quite a bit, according to Jonathan Rothschild, the Democratic candidate apparent.  Rothschild, currently a $295/hr attorney, intends to drop out of his law practice and dedicate his 12-hour workdays to 'doing whatever it takes' to make Tucson thrive.

We interviewed Rothschild from broad strokes to brass tacks.  He's articulate, well-researched, and can think on his feet.  My kids also thought he was genuinely decent, and they are pretty tough on fakes.

bTucson: Let's start with some general background - you've done lots of work with nonprofits, had you some interaction with political figures during that time?  What triggered your run for mayor?

Rothschild: The work I've done for social service agencies, particularly Casa de los Ninos and operation deep freeze althoug ...read more...
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2012-09-11 World Trade Center rising again - but not even memorial immune from dispute
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/courts-police-and-fire/2012-09-11/status-world-trade-center-site-11-years-later.html
Maybe Tucson shouldn't feel so bad.  Even the 9/11 memorial museum beneath the World Trade Center is mired in dispute over dollars, between the memorial foundation and the Port Authority of NY/NJ.   Sentiment is fine, but money is money - and controlling it is not something anyone is going to give up lightly. Still, the new towers are up and close to complete, and the budget dispute has been resolved for now so that construction can resume.

Dispute puts 9/11 Museum in Limbo

Construction to resume on national 9/11 museum

Rio Nuevo Board and the City Council are perhaps doing the same, finally ...read more...
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2011-04-01 azleg: just kidding
http://azleg.gov
"All that stuff about a state firearm, guns in bars - we really had you going, didn't we?" a leading state republican said, asking to remain anonymous.  "Who wants to do April Fool's jokes on Apr 1?  There's no fun in that, because everyone knows.  So we kept this up for more than a year, and we really had the whole state fooled.  The state?  The whole country!"

"And now slashing money from schools when we already spend nearly the least of any state in the US.  Did you see that headline this morning?  I'll bet you believed it.  You really thought anyone would do that?  Tomorrow we'll expose all these hoaxes, and have a good laugh." --wishfool thinkur.
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2012-08-09 is it just me or is tucsonaz.gov not working?
I'm able to get to other websites, but not http://tucsonaz.gov.  Is anyone else having this problem?
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2010-09-06 re: 'beheadings'
http://www.wisepolitics.com/jan-brewer-beheadings-lie-in-new-terry-goddard-campaign-ad-1814.html
WisePolitics, a relative newcomer to the political blogscene, seems to have some on-point contributors.  Olivia O lets Brewer have it as 'one of the worst things to happen to Arizona in a long time'.
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