Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doubts Trump will be able to salvage his administration

The New York Times reports tonight on the fissures that have opened up between President Trump and the GOP leadership over their agenda.

President Trump and the Septuagenarian Ninja Turtle Mitch McConnell “are locked in a political cold war” that could have serious consequences for the country when Congress returns to a  long “must do” list in September. McConnell, in Private, Doubts if Trump Can Save Presidency:

The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration after a series of summer crises.

What was once an uneasy governing alliance has curdled into a feud of mutual resentment and sometimes outright hostility, complicated by the position of Mr. McConnell’s wife, Elaine L. Chao, in Mr. Trump’s cabinet, according to more than a dozen people briefed on their imperiled partnership. Angry phone calls and private badmouthing have devolved into open conflict, with the president threatening to oppose Republican senators who cross him, and Mr. McConnell mobilizing to their defense.

The rupture between Mr. Trump and Mr. McConnell comes at a highly perilous moment for Republicans, who face a number of urgent deadlines when they return to Washington next month. Congress must approve new spending measures and raise the statutory limit on government borrowing within weeks of reconvening, and Republicans are hoping to push through an elaborate rewrite of the federal tax code. There is scant room for legislative error on any front.

A protracted government shutdown or a default on sovereign debt could be disastrous — for the economy and for the party that controls the White House and both chambers of Congress.

Yet Mr. Trump and Mr. McConnell are locked in a political cold war.

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Keep the protests peaceful, Arizona

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has asked the “Great White Hope” Donad Trump not to bring his racist circus act to Phoenix. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton: Now is not the time for Trump to visit my city. The Arizona Daily Star in Tucson has editorialized against Trump’s campaign rally as well. Star Opinion: President Trump, stay home.

And yet the darkness will descend on Phoenix like the shadow of  Monday’s total eclipse of the sun.

As Trump heads to Arizona, GOP leaders want him out of Jeff Flake’s Senate race. The Washington Post editorializes today that “If Trump pardons Joe Arpaio, America’s foremost racial profiler, it would further discredit his presidency.” This would be a travesty of justice.

The media is reporting on Trump’s visit as if they are anticipating, if not encouraging, violent protests like the one we saw in Charlottesville, Virgina. Oh, they will deny any such purpose, but a violent protest sells newspapers and fills hours of cable TV with chattering talking heads. Large Protests Are Planned Near Trump Rally in Arizona (New York Times). Our View: Donald Trump’s Phoenix rally will test him — and us (The Arizona Republic). The Republic also editorializes not to pardon Joe Arpaio. The Republic’s Elvia Diaz cautions, Be careful, Latinos. Trump is in Phoenix to provoke us.

UPDATE: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday said President Donald Trump will not discuss or act “today” on the possibility of pardoning former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. White House: Trump Won’t Pardon Arpaio At Arizona Rally Tuesday. “There will be no discussion of that today at any point, and no action will be taken on that front at any point today,” Sanders told pool reporters on Air Force One.

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Tucson Be Kind mosaic unveiling at Tucson City Council Chambers

“The speakers include Councilman Steve Kozachik and Jeanette Mare, someone from the Jewish History Museum, Black community, Muslim community, Bishop, Richard Elias (District 5 Pima County Supervisor), Sacred Space (contemplative), Mary DeCamp, Chief of Police Chris Magnus, LGBT community.” – per Steve K.  He is a 2 term Councilman representing Ward 6, and is up for re-election in Nov. 2017.

More from Steve’s 8/21/17 newsletter: “Through Jeanette Mare’s Ben’s Bells Project, Tucson is the epicenter of showing that we as a community are built on the ethos of kindness. M&C has demonstrated that through policy, such as adopting the Charter for Compassion.

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Farley Wins Debate with Garcia in Race for Governor

Prepared and articulate, Democratic candidate for governor Steven Farley won a friendly debate with David Garcia at the Maricopa County Democrats convention in Phoenix on Aug. 19.

You can disagree in the comments, but Farley was clearly the candidate who can beat Doug Ducey:

  • He had specific answers about funding education and where to get the money. Garcia gave general answers and anecdotes.
  • Farley has actually been elected to office 6 times over the last 11 years.
  • Garcia lost in the 2014 race for Superintendent of Public Instruction to Diane Douglas, who did not campaign publicly.
  • Farley is a sitting state senator and Garcia is an ASU professor.

Hundreds of precinct committeemen and officers attended the event, which was live-cast on the party’s Facebook page and moderated by Brahm Resnik of NBC channel 12 news.

.6% Education Sales Tax

Farley: opposed, because it’s a regressive tax that hurts the poor. “The Arizona chamber of commerce says every year that we need to fund education and we need more corporate tax breaks, guess which one the legislature has listened to. These business leaders are calling for a 1% increase in your sales tax, but they should start calling for a tax increase on themselves. If they are sincere about improving our education system, they should share some of the burdens and not just let middle-class people take it again.”

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Political Calendar: Week of August 20, 2017

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Political Calendar for the Week of August 20, 2017:

Monday, August 21, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson luncheon, Dragon’s View Restaurant (400 N. Bonita, South of St. Mary’s Road between the Freeway and Grande Avenue, turn South at Furr’s Cafeteria). New price: buffet lunch is $10.00 cash, $12 credit; just a drink is $3.50. Featured speaker is Domingo DeGrazia, candidate for LD 10 House. Next Week: Nancy Young Wright from Pima Animal Care Center.

Monday, August 21, 5:30 p.m.: The Presidio Museum and the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission invite you to celebrate the City of Tucson’s Official 242nd Birthday “with a bang”! This event is free and open to the public. El Presidio San Agustin is at 196 N. Court Avenue in downtown Tucson. For more info: http://tucsonpresidio.com/.

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