Sunday, September 21, 2014

ICYMI:Ducey, DuVal, Hess Talk AZ Gov Race Issues at Their Sole Southern AZ Debate-VIDEO

Republican Doug Ducey, Democrat Fred DuVal and Libertarian Barry Hess took the stage Thursday night in Tucson to discuss issues in the Arizona gubernatorial race.


WATCH VIDEO FROM Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and YWCA.Event Location: Tucson Jewish Community Center On Thursday September 18,2014
DuVal, Hess and Americans Elect Candidate John Mealer will face off in a debate Sunday at the University of Arizona campus. Ducey declined that invitation.

John Kavanagh AZ Senate Candidate LD23 May Have Committed A Felony

John Kavanagh "cops" to quid pro quo aka Something for Something

Cross posted from the Arizona Eagletarian 
During Tuesday night's Tea Party forum in Fountain Hills, the question came from the audience. Somebody wanted to know about each candidate's major campaign donors. It was a showdown between LD23 candidates for the Arizona Senate, Rep. John Kavanagh (R-Private Prison Industry), and his challenger Paula Pennypacker D-Scottsdale.

Kavanagh answered first and was apparently quite animated, proud of what he had done for a (NON LD23) citizen intervening with the Arizona Department of Revenue so that a "cigarette distributor" would no longer be required to pay for tax stamps up front.

Well the grateful "cigarette distributor" was really an online firearms dealer, Brad DeSaye, owner of J&G Sales in Prescott.

While writing last night's blog post, I discovered that Kavanagh told the forum audience on Tuesday night that he had intervened with the Arizona Department of Revenue on behalf of "the cigarette distributor" whose small business would have failed if Kavanagh had not intervened.

Kavanagh did not name names but did say he had only received ONE donation of $2,000 from an individual. That made it easy to determine that he must have been referring to DeSaye. But in his campaign finance report, Kavanagh failed to fully identify DeSaye.

16-924 A. Unless another penalty is specifically prescribed in this title, if the filing officer for campaign finance reports designated pursuant to section 16-916, subsection A has reasonable cause to believe that a person is violating any provision of this title, except for violations of chapter 6, article 2, the secretary of state shall notify the attorney general for a violation regarding a statewide office or the legislature, the county officer in charge of elections shall notify the county attorney for that county for a violation regarding a county office or the city or town clerk shall notify the city or town attorney for a violation regarding a city or town office. The attorney general, county attorney or city or town attorney, as appropriate, may serve on the person an order requiring compliance with that provision. The order shall state with reasonable particularity the nature of the violation and shall require compliance within twenty days from the date of issuance of the order. (emphasis mine)
16-915Contents of campaign finance reportsA. Each campaign finance report required by section 16-913 shall set forth all of the following: ...
3. The identification of each:
(a) Individual who makes any contribution during the period covered by the report and whose total contribution or contributions for that election have an aggregate amount exceeding fifty dollars together with the date and amount of the contributions, except as provided in subsection E of this section. Contributions of fifty dollars or less may be aggregated. ...
"Identification" is defined in 16-901.
12. "Identification" means:
(a) For an individual, his name and mailing address, his occupation and the name of his employer.
So from June 30, 2014 until now (so far), despite him having claimed that he updated his report, John Kavanagh was in violation of disclosure requirements on his campaign finance reports. He will, of course, claim it was just a clerical error. But when he is in apparent violation of ARS 13-2602 A. (a Class 4 felony) also, it hardly seems insignificant that he would fail to disclose the identification of the source of his $2,000.00 donation. Read More

Hair on Fire News Talk Radio/Cory Gardner (R-CO) Talks About Job Bills-Audio/Text


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Cory Gardner of Colorado takes President Obama and Senate Democrats to task for standing in the way of numerous jobs and energy development bills, including construction of the shovel-ready Keystone XL Pipeline, that have already passed the House of Representatives. “ And who is hurt most by the obstruction?” asks Gardner, Colorado’s Republican Senate nominee. “It’s not the big corporations. It’s not the rich. It’s people looking for work – people in need of a good paying job. It’s disappointing that the President and his allies have chosen divisive politics rather than facts and common sense.” 

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Hello – I’m Cory Gardner – Representative for Colorado’s 4th Congressional district.

“Growing up in a small town on Colorado’s eastern plains, I learned that communities work best when people of different backgrounds, who may sometimes disagree, pull together and look out for each other.  That’s what my parents and grandparents were about, and that’s what I strive to do for Coloradans.  I believe Americans are at their best when they are giving each other a hand and looking out for those who need help, regardless of race, color, gender or creed.

“I know many of you would agree with me that Congress and the President could learn a thing or two from places like my home town and the extraordinary people across this nation, who work together each and every day to build a better life for themselves, their families and their neighbors.

“We face enormous challenges today, challenges that if left unresolved will undermine our ability to hand our children and grandchildren the nation that we know we are and the better life that we want them all to have.

“Our families, friends, and neighbors are working harder every day only to see opportunity slip further from their reach – higher gas prices, food prices, college tuition - conditions made worse by the failed policies of the President and the Senate Majority.  President Obama continues to rely on policies of overreaching economic regulation based on European models of status quo instead of American ideals of growth and exceptionalism.

“And to be clear, it isn’t that I think President Obama or the Democrats in the Senate are trying to hurt the economy, but their policies have certainly done damage.  And those wrong policies are taking a terrible toll and hurting a lot of people who voted against the President and a lot of people who voted for him, especially those who are struggling to make ends meet.  We care about the victims of these misguided policies because they are our families, our friends, our neighbors, those who agree with us politically and those who disagree with us.  They are Americans.

“President Obama and his allies in Congress have forgotten that they were elected to represent all Americans.  They have lost their way and lined up with special interest actions that have blocked jobs, hurt the poor, sold out the most vulnerable amongst us, and have left too many behind.

“For too long, this Administration and Democrats in the Senate have obstructed policies that will get Americans back to work. They would have us believe that high unemployment and declining salaries are the new normal.  That we should just get used to the disappointment of low expectations.  That is not good enough for my community, and I know it is not good enough for yours.

“Just yesterday, the Keystone Pipeline delay turned six years old.  Thanks to the President’s inaction, we are no closer to building the pipeline today than we were six years ago.

“As a result, thousands of Americans are missing out on the good paying jobs the pipeline would create.

“Americans know that purely political failures like this are one of the main reasons Washington is broken. Republicans agree and that’s why we’ve repeatedly called for President Obama and the Senate to take action.  Pass our jobs bills and get America working again.

“And who is hurt most by the obstruction? It’s not the big corporations.  It’s not the rich.  It’s people looking for work – people in need of a good paying job.

“It’s disappointing that the President and his allies have chosen divisive politics rather than facts and common sense.

“We have a duty to put politics aside and Americans first. Congress, the House and Senate, and the President, have a patriotic duty to fight for all Americans.

“In my home state of Colorado, the responsible development of all types of energy resources has helped fuel a national energy revolution.

“And it isn't just traditional energy either -- new wind farms on the Eastern Plains and hydropower on the Western Slope provides a model of success for the nation.

“If the President would stop blocking responsible energy development on public lands, this nation could benefit even more.  Putting an end to the regulatory overreach would help areas of Colorado and our country that continue to struggle.

“This new energy economy means more jobs, more money for parents to send their kids to college, and more Coloradans feeling certain that the next generation will be left with greater opportunities than their own.  A better starting point that we can pass on to our children than the one we inherited from our parents.

“President Obama could learn a thing or two from Colorado when it comes to energy development.

“In fact, constituents regularly tell me we need more Colorado in Washington and less Washington in Colorado.

“And I agree.

“Colorado supports building the Keystone Pipeline because we know its benefits don’t end with its ability to create new jobs.

“The pipeline would be a major step forward in making us North American energy secure.

“At a time when the Middle East is becoming increasingly unstable, a prudent President would embrace a true all-of-the-above energy strategy.

“We've tried this approach in the House of Representatives, passing my legislation to expedite the approval of liquefied natural gas exports. This bipartisan bill would lift 45,000 people off of the unemployment rolls.

“Many of our allies are tethered by aggressive regional powers like Russia, which dominates the Eastern European energy market. Energy development here at home and boosting our allies abroad would make America safer - all while creating thousands of sorely needed jobs at home.

“Energy independence improves the stability of our families, the safety of our families, and provides economic security from the threat of terrorism by organizations that pose imminent threats to our nation like ISIL and others. 

“The President and congressional Democrats don’t understand that this isn’t about oil companies or billionaire donors – this is about the American people who are hurt by their decision to block jobs at the behest of their special interests.

“This is about putting Americans back to work and making our nation more secure.

This is about taking away that fear about your children’s future, knowing that they won’t have less opportunity to build a fulfilling life, but more. This is about sending a message to the world that the United States still believes in what made this country great--an unyielding belief that a brighter horizon is always within reach.  And this is about taking care of our neighbors, no matter which side of town they live in and which political party they belong to.

“We don’t have to live in an economy whose rationale seems to be one of managed decline instead of inspiration and innovation.

“We have the power to change the course of our nation by getting government out of the way and letting America work. We are the United States.  We are liberty and opportunity.  Optimism and resilience.  We are together - an America on the rise.

“I’m Congressman Cory Gardner from Colorado – let’s get to work.”

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Unseeming Male Violent Behavior

Testosterone in OverDrive

by Dr Ada M Fisher
Though Ray Rice is dominating the headlines for domestic battery, he hasn’t been alone and the rush to trial by press shouldn’t neglect some equally heinous actions of others allowed to keep their positions and go on to fame and glory.  Michael Strahan was accused by ex-wife Jean Muggli of hitting her with a balled fist yet he was just inducted into the Hall of Fame and has gone on to riches through football as well as seen daily on the Kelly and Michael morning television show adored by too many female fans.  Steve Harvey who likes to fix women up was accused by his ex-wife Mary Harvey of physical and mental abuse; yet he too has made it big time while keeping a lot of cookies for himself.  And don’t forget Rice’s Baltimore Ravens teammate Ray Lewis, accused of murder, whose bloody white suit was never found while he copped a plea in exchange for testimony against his coconspirators who were both later acquitted.  In the face of questionable justice, Lewis was allowed to continue his career in football, be inducted into the Hall of Fame and have his statue placed in front of the M&T Bank Stadium.

In Ferguson, Missouri or Miami Gardens, Florida the case of unarmed black young men dying at the hands of those unlike them with a gun receives publicity while the rampaant black on black crime goes neglected by those leaders seeking the headlines without yelling—Enough, Stop the Madness!!  Many male on male homicides can be interpreted as suicidal actions.  In despair and hopelessness too many males are showing misplaced anger through rioting.  But they are not alone on either side of the gun or weapons of mass destruction.
 
Terrorist known as ISIS, which as an acronym, is an insult to the greatest of the Egyptian Goddesses or Queens—Isis.  These young men, as are the ranks of other revolutionaries against the status quo, too often field unemployed young males with too much time on their hands, skills unmatched for a changing labor force, pent-up frustrations with women who no longer believe in submission or their dominance and a zeal to do something, anything.  They just act often without deeper rational thought involved.

Looking at the employment statistics regardless of the category, watching the numbers rise among the underclass swell with young males and understanding that the number of young males in prison waiting to be recruited for ill-gotten gains whether religion, drugs or lifestyles counter to those of the traditional societies in which they find themselves, the Testosterone Surge behind so much unrest isn’t being discussed.  This can be seen at a lower level in the number of males in the special education classes where folks don’t know what to do with boys or thpse with often different learning styles as well as their bottled up energy.  
Justice for men demands such a discussion and changes of laws and public policy geared mainly to women and child welfare. 
Justice also asks whether it is constitutional to take away jobs for personal actions before a trial not related to the work people do. 
If boys are to be saved and the nature of men truly appreciated, it is up to women to help positively define civilized standards of behavior at all levels and quit making heroes of those who have wronged us.  It is also incumbent on women to quit jerking men’s chains and sending out mixed messages of wanting equality and demanding that men share the load while we hold back on our own potential and contributions to society other than through fashion, media talk or other inane venues.
If black men in particular are to be saved and rescued it requires of black women even more than we have given as their mothers, their lovers, their teachers and hopefully their friends.
There is a war on women of sorts and Republicans aren't the culprits.  After it is all said and done, most women want virile, passionate men who will adore us, protect us and work in our best interest and that of society.  So ladies what are we doing about it? We must lead the charge in the War for Women as well as a saner society!!!
Dr. Ada M. Fisher is a physician who was a medical director in a fortune 500 company, previous member of a county board of education, licensed secondary education teacher, Author, Poet, gifted public speaker and is the NC Republican national CommitteeWoman.  Her book Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Solutions Good For What Ails Us, Book I is available through Amazon.com    Contact her at P. O. Box 777; Salisbury, NC 28145;  DrFisher@DrAdaMFisher.org.

Doug Ducey AZ Candidate For Governor Agrees on Appealing Funding for Education

Questions for Doug Ducey on Education:
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper has issued a judgment in the long-standing lawsuit challenging school funding, requiring the state to boost funding to public and charter K-12 schools by $317 million this fiscal year. First payment is $317 million; bill will total $1.6 billion over five years. AZ Central Video
Why are you advocating continuing an appeal spending taxpayer dollars on
a ruling that has already been handed down,depriving schools of needed funding?
From Doug Ducey’s Road Map For Arizona on Education
More choices for parents.
Parents need to make the choices that are best
for their children, and should have the option to get their kids out of failing
schools with consistently-poor track records.
1. Arizona leads the nation in charter school excellence and they can be a great alternative.
2. Unfortunately, many of them also have daunting waiting lists. As governor, I will submit legislation to eliminate waiting lists for excelling schools, while advancing
broad and bipartisan reforms to apply the best practices of high-performing
charter and district schools.
Why are you touting Charter Schools over Public?
Why do you support funneling money from public schools to Charter schools, which are independently owned and are for profit?
How do plan on eliminating a waiting list in schools?
State control,  not federal.
I will resist overreach from the federal government,including Common Core, and protect our schools from federal intrusion into the state and local responsibility of public education.
Why are resisting common core standards in public schools, when you send your children to an expensive private school that uses common core. If it’s good for your children, why isn’t it good for Arizona’s children?
Info on Common Core from The Catholic Diocese
Common Core Standards OK For Ducey's Children Not Arizona's by Barbara Espinosa

Fred DuVal AZ Candidate for Governor Doesn't Care If It's Democrat or Republican Solution-Video

On Jul 28, 2014 Fred Duval sat down with John Hook
He had no competition in the Democratic primary for Arizona Governor on August 26th, but Democrat Fred DuVal says he is ready for any challenger the Republicans nominate. Raised in Tucson, DuVal is an Arizona business and education leader. 

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Fred worked for Babbitt back when Arizona was managing a wave of enormous growth; he served in a senior role in Bill Clinton’s White House when we turned our economy around and balanced our budget. More recently, Fred worked in the renewable energy business with Republican oilman T. Boone Pickens when it became clear that we couldn’t remain dependent on foreign oil; and he helped to lead Arizona’s public university system just as our national economy was collapsing, which almost put higher education out of reach for millions of Arizonans.
As a member of the Arizona Board of Regents, Fred found ways to keep those opportunities alive for the next generation. When some in positions of power called for closing down campuses, literally shutting the doors of opportunity, Fred fought back. He designed and led the initiative that resulted in Universities and Community Colleges offering co-enrollment and seamless transfer of credits – an innovative approach that helped keep Arizona post-secondary education affordable. He assured that financial aid increased faster than the rate of inflation for those in need. As Chairman of the Board, Fred pioneered a new funding model that holds the Universities more accountable and that received national acclaim. Fred also proposed—and delivered—the first zero tuition increase in modern Arizona history.
Throughout his life, Fred has demonstrated that he can think big, set goals, and accomplish great things in education and business—the keys to our prosperity. Fred doesn't care if it's a Democratic answer or a Republican answer, as long as it's the right answer for Arizona.

1973 "battle of the sexes" on the tennis court, Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs at the Houston Astrodome.

On Sept. 20, 1973, Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in a $100,000 winner-take-all tennis match.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Doug Ducey AZ Candidate For Governor Disses U of A Student Forum-They Are Ticked

Republican candidate Doug Ducey not attending forum, students upset
 
Cross Posted By Adriana Espinosa
With the election of a new Arizona governor rapidly approaching this November, Republican candidate Doug Ducey has confirmed he will not attend the Gubernatorial Forum, and students are upset.
The Associated Students of the University of Arizona is hosting a gubernatorial forum on Sunday as part of its “Your Voice, Your Vote” campaign and has invited all four candidates running for the governor’s seat of Arizona; only three of the four have confirmed.
After sending out formal invitations this past July, confirmed candidates attending are Libertarian Barry Hess, John Mealer for Americans Elect and Democrat Fred DuVal.
Doug Ducey declined the invitation in July due to “scheduling conflicts,” according to Issac Ortega, ASUA president.
His decline has left UA students frustrated and upset that he is not attending.
Sara Mattio, a regional development senior, questioned whether Ducey’s absence at the forum is a way for him to ignore issues of higher education after using higher education issues as a platform for his campaign.
“It’s a good time for him to step up and bring up these issues that surround higher education,” Mattio said. “His absence from this debate says that he doesn’t want to do that.”
Students have tried multiple times to reach Ducey by calling his offices in attempts to get him to attend the forum, but have been unsuccessful.
“Ducey is running his campaign on funding higher education and putting it as a priority,” said Jose Guadalupe Conchas, a political science senior. “Commitment without currency is counterfeit.”
Conchas said that without a Republican party nominee in attendance, the atmosphere of the debate will not be the same.
“If gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey expects young voters to take his educational plans seriously, then he needs to come to the [UA] and stand in front of students directly to talk about his higher education goals,” said Zachary Brooks, president of the Graduate and Professional Student Council, in an email statement.
With recent tuition increases and university budget cuts, Mattio believes the situation is steadily worsening. Students are eager to ask the candidates questions regarding higher education and have their issues addressed, and the lack of his presence hurts his party.
“This debate is supposed to be a space for all parties to be represented and to create a non-biased environment for the UA, Tucson and Arizona community overall to be informed on the [gubernatorial] candidates,” Conchas said. More at the: The Daily Wildcat

Fred DuVal Supports Education Opponent Ducey Says he Would Appeal Judge Ruling To Pay $317 Million in Restitution To Schools-Video

Business and education leader Fred DuVal is the only candidate we can trust to work across the aisle and move Arizona forward.

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Governor Jan Brewer said she would appeal the decision on school inflationary funding by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper to avoid payment of restitution of $317 million to Arizona’s school districts. Ducey has said that he would continue the appeal if elected. “I wouldn’t comply with it.  I would appeal it.” [Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission Debate, 7/21/14].
So Ducey is on the record as opposing paying restitution to Arizona’s school districts already ordered by the Arizona Supreme Court. Dicey Ducey would continue the tradition of our Tea-Publican lawless legislature and governor pissing away your tax dollars on attorneys fees and costs defending their unlawful and unconstitutional actions in court — while shortchanging our public schools.

260 Year Old St Andrews Golf Club Votes to Admit Female Members


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland —The Royal and Ancient Golf Club voted overwhelmingly to admit its first female members.
When my Texas family and I visited Scotland, Joe and I played golf at St Andrews it was windy and cold but we preservered so we could say we had been there done that.
We were not aware that women were not allowed as members, we roamed around the grounds and club house at leisure. We made it a stop on our driving tour of Scotland because of the golf course and found a quaint town with winding streets and shops. We weren't aware that St. Andrews was a college town and is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, founded in 1413. The town has a lot of history and was well worth our side trip. be