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Sylvia Allen, president pro tem of the Arizona Senate, has introduced legislation that would have shielded jail guards from taking lie detector tests after her son-in-law was fired from a county jail following administrative charges of having sex with inmates and violating contraband policy.
Allen, a leading Republican/TEA Party nut in the Arizona legislature, is widely known for her claim that the world is 6,000 years old, and her desire to take public land from the federal government.

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Cook, Rothenburg and other pundits had labeled Arizona Congressional District 1 as one of the most competitive in America, and the Koch Brothers and others poured in nearly $10 million to affect the outcome.

But when the dust settled early Wednesday morning, Ann Kirkpatrick had comfortably retained her seat, trouncing state House Speaker Andy Tobin by nearly 9,000 votes.

This story is told from the perspective of Navajo County. Though it is almost exactly the size of Massachusetts, it is a relatively small part of the district -- which is actually the largest district in the U.S. that is not an entire state. The county takes in portions of the Apache reservations in the south (the size of Connecticut) and stretches into the Navajo Nation (the size of West Virginia) in the north. Between them are off-Reservation towns, with some infused with Mormon TEA Party craziness. Surrounded by the Navajo Nation is the Hopi Reservation, the size of Delaware.

One of our county supervisors, Dawnafe Whitesinger, suggested we start the campaign with a Native American issues conference. Since things are so close to a subsistence level for many people on the reservations, she felt we could only get Natives involved in the campaign if we spoke directly to issues that were most important to them. We held the conference in Winslow at La Posada, a magnificently restored historic hotel owned by one of our supporters. A hundred people showed up, including the Democratic statewide candidates, and everyone helped to identify a list of issues in the area of public safety, jobs, education, transportation and other areas.

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Mon May 13, 2013 at 03:55 PM PDT

The Soul of a Republican

by EricAZ

When you live in Keyport, NJ, you do not think of yourself as white trash. Certainly there are other neighborhoods along the southern shore of Lower New York Bay that have higher poverty rates among the white population.

But in the wider world of New Jersey, Exit 117 off the Garden State Parkway is truly suspect, and in the really prosperous communities nearer to Exit 114, Keyport is a place to live if circumstances, genetics or sloth prevent you from living decently.

I recently shared a cab to Newark Airport with a woman from keyport and got some insight into the soul of a Republican.

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Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 02:08 PM PST

Census Doesn't Count Slaves

by EricAZ

The recently completed census, unlike the one done in 1860, does not count slaves.
While there is increasing awareness of the horrors of human traficking in the U.S. and globally, the problem still gets short shrift, partly because it is ignored in key government reports.
With greater awareness, we can make progress on this problem.

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We have all heard a thousand times that this is going to be a wave election, but what we haven't heard is that this election will wipe away the remnants of credibility of the mainstream media.

The Internet has eaten away the revenue of American journalism, leaving newspapers and other traditional media mere shells without the ability or drive to do any real reporting.

So, the news media has become a shallow circle of talking heads repeating the same baseless hypothesis.

Let's look at the elections for U.S. House members in Arizona to understand how bad this has become.

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Republican/Tea Party candidates who take money from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce should be prosecuted for failing to register as foreign agents.

While the Scalia court in the Citizens United case has established the free speech rights of Asian companies to participate in U.S. elections, nothing has taken away the obligation under the U.S. Code for foreign agents to register.

While getting the Justice Department to file charges could take some time, demanding that the recipients of foreign campaign support register as foreign agents could put their campaigns on the defensive.

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I hope the Democrats can run a national ad that makes the Republicans across the board pay for their lock step voting record and their embrace of the Tea Party kooks.

Here is a modest suggestion.

Updated to emphasize 'Dabbling Witches', per commenter request

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Sat May 29, 2010 at 04:29 PM PDT

Let's Tea Party Like It's 1899

by EricAZ

The Republico-Tea Party has been suffering recently from a series of meltdowns of unprecedented racism, ignorance, stupidity and farce.

Video

Perhaps the narrative that they are soon to take over the country will begin to fade.

Poll

Who is the most outrageous example of a candidate or concept from the rightwing Republico-Tea party.

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| 64 votes | Vote | Results

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Sun Apr 25, 2010 at 09:14 PM PDT

What's A Matter With AZ -- Why We Suck

by EricAZ

This brief video shows the essential problem with the Arizona Legislature, which shocked the nation and the world by coming up with horrible anti-Hispanic legislation.

I apologize for the horrible graphics and the watermark, but thank the vendor for allowing me to make my first movie free of charge.

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Sat Apr 24, 2010 at 09:49 PM PDT

AZ Dems To Fight Anti-Hispanic Law

by EricAZ

The state committee of the Arizona Democratic Party vowed today to "take every responsible action" to oppose a law they said amounted to "government-sponsored discrimination, racial profiling and harassment of Hispanics and others."

The resolution was adopted unanimously by the 200 plus delegates meeting in Tucson.

It noted that Hispanics had been in the American Southwest for more than 400 years.

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The post office has responded to the digital age by continually pushing up the price of stamps. A new study finds that business model is no longer viable. The post office needs to see the digitization of information as an opportunity and act accordingly.

Along with most threats, there is also an opportunity. The post office can respond by being more environmentally responsible, more fiscally responsible and by finding better ways to meet customer needs.

Three areas where the post office can make dramatic improvements deal with mail delivery, junk mail and spam.

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Of all the lies the conservatives love to tell, the most basic to their existence is that they are strong on national defense.

This is, of course, completely false. Let's run down the list.

--Revolutionary War: They fought on the British side, against America, end of story.

--The War of 1812: The conservatives found the war bad for business and held a treasonous convention at Hartford, trying to make a separate peace with the enemy.

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