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The four GOP candidates running April 17 in Arizona Congressional District 8, and later in the new CD2, are solid people. Hopefully, Republicans elsewhere are fielding others as impressive.
This November we’ll elect all five members of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, and six of the seven county line officers. Supervisors are chosen by district as are Justices of the Peace and Constables. All are partisan offices.
I cribbed the above from Democrat pollster Pat Caddell whose partisan bonafides go back to his work for Jimmy Carter.
• All the Tea Party constitutionalists who opined on talk radio that Gingrich and Cain would have made a great GOP ticket missing the constitutional provision that the President and Vice President must come from different states.
Most reporting about the current redistricting plans for both the Arizona legislature and the nine seats in the U.S. House put forward by the Independent Redistricting Commission failed to cover the system’s obvious flaws.
Four years ago at this time, Rudy Giuliani looked like a shoe-in for the GOP nod. Eight years ago, Howard Dean was riding high. I ain’t making no calls this time.
I’m tired of those who claim the cronyism and corruption of Tucson’s city government are akin to Chicago’s. It insults Chicago. Detroit, in all its squalor and incompetence, may be a better example.
R.I.N.O. - Republican In Name Only. Flaky on the issues. More relevant, flaky on the obligation to support other members of the coalition they have chosen, particularly when holding partisan or party office. There may be examples elsewhere called DINOS.
The recent outbursts – the proponents’ behavior was too thuggish to call it a legitimate debate – over Ethnic Studies at TUSD concerned making the program elective. The program as taught should be completely scrapped for the fraud it is.
Politics is a team sport. Democrats know that better than Republicans.
Southern Arizona lost a lot more than a great, retired journalist with the passage of Ace Bushnell. We lost one of our truly great citizens when he died March 14 at the age of 85.
The recent proposal by some Tucson Democrats to secede from the rest of the state once again shows us how clueless most of them are.
Jan. 8th will never be the same again in Southern Arizona. While the tragedy at Safeway had a national impact, it will always have a special place in the hearts and souls of we who live here.
The following all deal with Arizona, and all but one are by local authors.
The massive gains made nationally by Republicans in 2010 differed from those in 1994 in several ways.
Vote a straight Republican ticket. The GOP has some flakes, and there are a few decent folks running against them. That pales next to the combination of incoherence, sleaze and statism now dominating the Democrats who deserve not only defeat but humiliation.
Americans are divided from those in charge. A great analogy was used by my Salem Radio/KVOI colleague Hugh Hewitt when he described India as about the most religious country in the world and Sweden about the least. His analogy was that we are a nation of Indians governed by Swedes.
Syndicated columnist Michael Barone tells us the Pentagon was built in 18 months, while a small bridge project within view of it is estimated for completion 42 months after the final decision to build it.
Like most campaign cycles, this one has produced its share of disinformation, much of it sincere, which makes it worse. Here's some examples from both left and right.
The first coalition was established when two cavemen teamed up to take down a mastodon. Later they may have fought over the tusks, but they both understood the primary goal.
Every election season brings complaints about "negative campaigns."
"Don't much care who does the electin' long as I do the nominatin'"
States acquire political reputations, mostly justified. California is the home of the wingnut. Illinois is known for the Fix. How bad is the economy? In New Jersey the Mob just laid off 14 judges. That's from a Johnny Carson monologue dating from the Carter era.
Assuming poll numbers stay where they have all year and no major event overtakes them, Republicans will not gain the 39 seats needed to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. They could. They won't.
There has been a major re-awakening regarding this nation's founding, of which the Tea Party rallies are only a part.
While waiting for Tuesday's election results here and elsewhere that will add more tea leaves for this November, there are some things that became much clearer during the process. Outcomes in Arizona, Kentucky and Pennsylvania will leave large clues.
I quit carrying a wallet years ago on a visit to Italy, where the pickpockets are experts and profile Gringo Turistas. I keep cash in my front pants pocket and other stuff in my shirt. No one carries "papers" much anymore. We carry plastic.
Larry McMurtry created two immortal characters, Gus and Woodrow, played superbly by Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones in the original "Lonesome Dove."
American politics will have jelled for at least the November election in the next six or so weeks. Primaries occur in diverse states like Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Kentucky. Obamacare is in its first stage of getting early reactions to reality, not hype. National polling data will either solidify around current trends favoring GOP candidates or move back to the Democrats. Many states and localities, including Arizona, will vote on tax and other measures.
I recently attended a performance at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall. The men's room had six of the seven urinals blocked. I noticed former Mayor George Miller and belted out "hey George, at least when you were mayor the toilets flushed." He laughed and we had the friendliest conversation in the 40 years we've known each other. George is a proud lefty; those who know me grasp quickly I'm not.
Once again Oro Valley is conducting a mail-in election. And once again I will tell you why the concept is fundamentally wrong.
The Tea Party movement moves on. We who attend its gatherings can attest to its spontaneity and ultimate political influence. To the chagrin of clueless liberals and an inbred media, its impact may help change the course of the nation.
Now, Tucsonan Glenn Boyer is well known for his historical research on the Earps, George Custer, and for a long series of western novels. With the release of "Where The Heart Was," he breaks new ground, not only for himself but for the historical novel itself.
Many conservatives and libertarians were so turned off by recent sins of the GOP leadership in both the Bush administration and the Congressional leadership that they either became or stayed independent voters. A vocal handful drifted off to other parties like Libertarian or Constitution, but the meager voter returns those options garnered recently should illustrate their current lack of general appeal. I sympathize with them and was once an advocate of that approach.
Sitting in Sen. Jon Kyl's office waiting for my scheduled interview, I was struck at just how hard any senator is expected to work and how much time is spent doing it by those who, as most do, take their job seriously.
I do not "blog," although I post on some. I dislike the format because it allows for anonymity, which I don't hide behind on my own posts. You want to run off at the pen, have the guts to tell me who you really are like I tell you.
There's a film clip circulating on the Internet featuring what is obviously a legislative body in session.
Measuring the relevance of important dates usually comes later. Some, like 1941 and 9-11, are immediately obvious, others need time to sink in. In October of 1929, nobody thought "wow, we're starting the Great Depression."
The late GOP Congressman and 1972 American Independent Party Presidential candidate John Schmitz always claimed he was a member of the John Birch Society to appeal to the moderates in his district. In 1968, I was elected chairman of the Los Angeles County Young Republicans as the centrist candidate. I was supported by both the Birchers and the Objectivists.
Two great contributions to Southwestern history and three great western novelists head my personal book recommendation list this year.
The "woe is me" wing of the GOP should note those reports of their demise were a tad premature.
Once upon a losing try for the GOP Presidential nomination, when John McCain was taking heat over an angry response, I announced I was chairing a new group — "Guys with a bad temper for McCain."
Sixty years ago, the late Barry Goldwater was part of a movement in Phoenix called Charter Government that changed their elections to non-partisan. Part of the motivation was the then-overwhelming dominance of Arizona by the Democratic Party. Like a home-based poker game, it's always the losers who want to change the rules.
There are two false claims about our nation's Founders I find annoyingly repeated, one each from left and right.
Reading military history, you notice battles where both sides bungled badly and the decision was resolved by something other than great leadership.
Waiting for Tuesday's results, I dropped in on an old friend who's one of the leading Democrat political consultants to compare generalizations. I won't embarrass him by name. One thing we both note is the level of nastiness and intolerance is much higher than ever.
Nationally, there are three key elections on Nov. 3 — Virginia, New Jersey and New York CD 23. The impact of the Tea Parties and all the other opposition to leftward motion will finally get a real measurement.
This week continues my alternative suggestions to the "reform state government" group gathering around former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra O'Connor and the Morrison Institute at ASU.
"Ide-ol-o-gy n. Ideas characteristic of an individual, group or political party."