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Coming Soon To A High School Near You

ARIZONA CIVICS TEST Instructions: Please choose the answer that best completes the sentence and fill the corresponding bubble on the answer sheet with a number two pencil. 1. The first Spanish-speaking residents of what is now Arizona… a.) …arrived by the middle of the 18th century and their descendants are still here. b.) …overwhelmed the […]

Today In Cognitive Dissonance: Adam Kwasman Edition

The audio tells us that that the candidate represents “a new generation of leadership.” The video shows him schmoozing with an octogenarian sheriff who owes his career to voters in Sun City.

KOLD Jumps the Shark

The last few weeks have been tough on anyone who still believes that the media should have a serious role in the public dialogue in Tucson. First, city staff proposed a budget that axed Access Tucson and left the city’s Channel 12 “restructured” and without a home, apparently so the building that houses both of […]

It Is Past Time To Look Beyond Tax Cuts As An Economic Development Strategy

It is actually an old story, but it has gained some currency due to the highly visible StartUpNY campaign out of the State of New York’s economic development office. We have all seen the ads. One of them features an outfit called Valutek, who recently  left Arizona for Upstate New York. Valutek, a firm that […]

Three Sonorans Might Actually Have A Point Here

So, anyway, last week, David “Three Sonorans” Morales posted this on his Facebook page: At first, I saw this and wanted to respond by pointing out that David’s memory seems to be too short for him to recall the Democratic opposition to SB1070 and HB2281. But then, I realized that, though his comments about Democrats […]

Help Britt Farbo Go To DC

Folks who have been active in Baja Arizona Democratic politics for a while probably remember Britt Farbo, the feisty badass from the Sulphur Springs Valley who made her mark on the Young Democrats back in the aughts. Since then, she has led a wandering life of adventure, including a stint in DC with EMILY’s List, […]

Yes Day: Vote Early and Often

Voting in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Online Fan Poll lasts only a few more days. For Tucsonans, two choices are obvious. First, we are going to vote for Linda Ronstadt. Second, we are going to vote for guitar demigod and one-time Tucsonan Link Wray. Wray had a special place in his heart […]

La Ironía Es Un Plato Que Se Sirve Frío

For a blogger, discussing foreign affairs is strictly an academic exercise, sort of like complaining about our summer heat in Tucson. Nonetheless, sometimes, the irony of a situation is so rich that one must indulge his inner nerd and comment. Last week, the news came that Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo y Marfil, using […]

Trolls on Auto-Pilot

Online comment sections are generally regarded as a miasma of ignorance, malice, and outright lies which makes one wonder why so many publications think it necessary to have them. They may have started as a noble experiment, but the forums quickly degenerated into a platform for socially inept malcontents whose rantings are too poorly sourced […]

Senator Jackson’s New Job is Actually a Very Big Deal

On Sunday, came the news that my former colleague, State Senator Jack Jackson Jr., a Democrat who has ably represented Tony Hillerman Country in the Arizona Legislature for a total of 6 years, will be resigning to accept a post in the State Department. A Presidential appointee, Jackson’s official title will be  Senior Advisor and […]