[Editor's Note - After several days of deliberation and discussion, we have determined that suspending Tedski over the weekend was an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy. We look are happy to have him back and thank you for your support during this difficult time.]
After the jump, little things I missed last week.
Dan Gibson of the Weekly had a take down of newly installed Democratic leader David Schapira. He called Schapira’s strategy “weak” based on a short quote in a press release. Dude, if you are looking for details of Democratic caucus strategy, you ain’t gonna find it in a quickie press release sent out in the moments after a leadership election. It must be noted that Gibson’s suggested statement may have been longer, but it didn’t exactly ammount to some sort of innovative and aggressive strategy either.
In Pima County there were 220 “conditional provisional” ballots. This happens when a voter shows up at a polling place without identification. Their vote would be counted when they bring valid identification to the elections office. Because of this, Jesse Kelly put out the word by e-mail, tweet and Facebook post that his supporters must make sure to bring their ID’s to the elections office to have those votes counted. Hey, you gotta do what you can to make sure your folks vote. But, remember in the debate over SB 1070 when the arguments about legal residents and citizens being caught out without ID were pooh-poohed by people like Jesse Kelly? Just wondering.
The Star’s headline on Friday read “Grijalva Apparently Has Beaten McClung.” This was after other media outlets conceded that the math was working against Ruth McClung in a serious way and declared Raúl Grijalva, with an ever widening lead, the winner. Although the Star wasn’t cheerleading for McClung the way some in the Phoenix media were, this seemed a bit too grudging an acknowledgement for a supposedly disintrested paper. Will this sort of hedging be applied to sports stories when things don’t go our way? “Sigh. It looks kind of like Stanford has beaten Arizona.”
Michelle Bachmann has bravely revealed that the President’s trip to Asia is costing taxpayers $200 million a day. When will the Arizona media do the same and reveal that Jan Brewer and Tom Horne cost our cash strapped state $4.27 trillion when they travelled to San Francisco? Where did I get that number? The internet. It’s posted here, right? The number is irrefutable, because I won’t believe anyone that tells me different.
Oh, one more thing: the Capitol Times ran their list of newly elected legislators, with returning legislators marked with an asterisk. One newly elected legislator was left off (Peggy Judd) and one returning legislator was unnoted (Sally Ann Gonzales). In addition, they failed to note that Bruce Wheeler, who served a single term in the 70′s as one of the infamous “Tucson Crazies” before being beaten by Larry Hawke, had served before. But, it was the 1970′s, which may as well be the Pleistocene Epoch as far as our state’s short-term memory political press is concerned.