Rep. Martha McSally demonstrates that she is just another partisan hack

McSallyIt received little notice in the local Tucson media last week, but Rep. Martha McSally (R-Tucson) delivered the Republican response to President Obama’s regular radio address on Saturday. The topic was fighting ISIS.

Currently there are 80 Members in the U.S. House of Representatives who are Veterans. Veterans in Congress (114th). Somehow, Rep. McSally deems herself a “national security expert” based upon her service as an A-10 pilot in the Air Force. If previous military service is all it takes to be deemed a “national security expert,” then the other 79 members of Congress who are veterans, and millions of veterans who are not members of Congress, are equally “national security experts.” This notion is absurd.

Let’s break down what Rep. McSally had to say. Rep. Martha McSally Urges Obama Administration to ‘Step Up’ in Fight Against ISIS in Weekly Republican Address:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Paris as they recover from last week’s horrific terrorist attacks. While we mourn this tragedy, let us be reminded those attacks could have happened here. This is not to instill fear, but to remind us to be vigilant. That’s why we’re calling on the administration to step up, provide global leadership, and put together a coherent and aggressive strategy to defeat ISIS.

“I need no reminders about the threats we face. Before being elected to Congress, I served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a full colonel. I was the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat and the first to command a fighter squadron in combat in U.S. history. In my career, I flew 2,600 flight hours, including over 325 combat hours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. I deployed to the Middle East and Afghanistan six times, serving in leadership positions for the initial air campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan and counter-terrorism ops in Africa.

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Free rides all day on Sun Link streetcar on Nov. 28


Shop all day on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, courtesy of Tucson Medical Center. Here’s your chance to ride for free.

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So it turns out voters want labels after all

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On Monday evening a Dem consultant and I got into a lengthy argument on Twitter with Chris Herstam, a former GOP legislator and current lobbyist, over the Top Two Primary proposal. Herstam was a big supporter of the measure that failed in 2012 and appears to be taking an active role in crafting and selling the “new and improved” one. Herstam is well known in Arizona political circles as a very nice guy and he has made it clear publicly that he is appalled by the hard right direction the Republicans have taken in the past several years. He seems to have a good faith belief that changing the primary system to give non-affiliated voters easier access to it will lead to more of the kind of centrists he prefers getting elected in Republican dominated districts.

After much back and forth on Twitter, it looked as though Herstam decided to delete all his tweets for some reason. I’m not sure why because he hadn’t said anything embarrassing or offensive and he was capably getting out the talking points. Herstam’s tweets were all saved in my phone, though, and one statement he made piqued my interest:

Chris Herstam (@chrisherstam) tweeted at 7:16 PM on Mon, Nov 23, 2015: @DonnaDiva @XXXXXX. Polling demonstrated that citizens preferred some guidance via registered status.Of course Sen Begay screws that up.

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Four apply for District 2 PCC Bd. of Governors

A while ago I reported on the process to apply for the vacant seat on the Pima Community College Board of Governors, since the resignation on 10/19/15 of long term member David Longoria.  Here’s my post:

Today, November 24 at 5 p.m. was the deadline to apply. Here’s the list of applicants seeking the position, all residents of District 2:

·         Rene Teyechea – Teacher, Desert View High School

·         Demion Clinco – Former AZ House Member – LD 2/ Current, President & Executive Director of Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation

·         Miguel Cuevas – Former TUSD Board Member – 4 years / Current, Operations Manager at AFNI Inc.

·         Georgia Brousseau – Retired TUSD School Principal & former PCC Governing Board member (District 3 and 2 for total of 9 years)

As in the recent past (appointment of Martha Durkin to the District 5 seat), Pima County School Superintendent Dr. Arzoumanian will impanel a Community Advisory Committee which will interview the eligible candidates and provide their recommendation(s) to her, who will then make the final decision on appointment.  So stay tuned.

Info on who else is currently on the five member PCC Board of Governors: