Tag Archives: Arizona politics

New England Proud…Arizona not as much

It’s 11 days after the election and Arizona’s Second Congressional District race has finally been called for Ron Barber. It was a close race between Barber and Republican Martha McSally, but that’s not why it took so long to count … Continue reading

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Election night was just right

Most Americans are sensible, decent folks, that’s what I think. So here’s my prediction: with all the yelling and nastiness, do-nothing obstructionist Republicans in Congress, and overreach of social conservatives trying to snatch people’s rights, President Obama will win re-eclection … Continue reading

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Books or guns?

Here’s your choice: Attend the Tucson Festival of Books on the UA campus the weekend of March 12-13, or the gun show at the Pima County Fairgrounds. Remember the saying, guns or butter? Fight or eat. Anger or compassion. Dominance … Continue reading

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A swath of blue

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords thanked her volunteers this morning after declaring victory in her congressional race — no, the delusional contest — with Tea Party incompetent Jesse Kelly. “You all set an example for the entire country, you really did,” Gabby … Continue reading

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Another pseudo political debate

Phew, I’m sure glad that I didn’t stroll over to the University of Arizona student union last night to watch the Congressional “debate” with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), Jesse Kelly, her loudmouth challenger and Steve the libertarian, who had no … Continue reading

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Journalism, the essential fourth branch of government

At least that’s what I used to teach. I drew a tree with three gnarly branches on the blackboard (remember those?), making a big deal as I added the fourth implied branch: Respected Journalism, gathered by people who were knowledgeable … Continue reading

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What, not Arizona?

Why do I live in a state that’s last in per capita spending on education, second only to Mississippi in poverty, against ethnic studies and supposedly¬† pro-refugee (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/09/us/09refugees.html ) but passed the loathsome SB 1070? There are plenty of loony … Continue reading

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