Crybaby Tea-Publicans threaten Tucson City Council over ward-only elections

cryingteabagbabyBill Beard, chairman of the Pima County GOP, has an op-ed in the Arizona Daily Star crying about Tucson’s hybrid election system again. Bill Beard: Tucson voting system must honor one-man-one-vote principle.

Last May, the U.S. District Court upheld Tucson’s electoral system. The Republican plaintiffs appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In November, a divided three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit ruled 2-1 in favor of the plaintiffs, the first time since voters enacted the electoral system in the Tucson City Charter in 1930 that someone has successfully challenged the electoral system in court. Here is the Ninth Circuit opinion (.pdf) in Public Integrity Alliance v City of Tucson, 15-16142.

Last week, the full Ninth Circuit granted an en banc rehearing of the three judge panel decision. En banc hearings are not favored, “and ordinarily will not be ordered unless: (1) en banc consideration is necessary to secure or maintain uniformity of the court’s decisions; or (2) the proceeding involves a question of exceptional importance.” Rule 35, Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.

More importantly, when an appellate court grants en banc review, the effect is to vacate the prior three judge panel decision and judgment. Rule 40(a)(4):

If a petition for panel rehearing is granted, the court may do any of the following:

(A) make a final disposition of the case without reargument;
(B) restore the case to the calendar for reargument or resubmission; or
(C) issue any other appropriate order.

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AZ GOP finds actual voter fraud — at AZ GOP state meeting!

It couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of social misfits. The Arizona GOP, which promotes the myth of widespread voter fraud at the polls despite the lack of any evidence — it could happen! — finally found an actual case of voter fraud this past weekend at their own Arizona GOP state meeting! Bwahahaha!

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Donald Trump was the overwhelmingly winner of the Arizona GOP Presidential Preference Election on March 22, but he was “the biggest loser” at the Arizona GOP state meeting on Saturday to select delegates to the RNC National Convention in Cleveland. The Arizona Republic reported,  Trump campaign irate over defeat in Arizona delegate vote:

Donald Trump’s Arizona supporters threatened Saturday to challenge the results of delegate voting at the state Republican convention, after Ted Cruz’s team locked up most of the delegates to the party’s national convention in Cleveland.

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Children’s Day celebration at Yume Japanese Gardens

Children’s Day Festival at Yume Japanese Gardens on May 7


Traditional celebration featuring Yukata for youngsters, Games, Origami, Craft, Children’ music concert, exhibitions and more!

Saturday, May 7 2016

11am to 3pm

Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson is a non –for-profit 501(c)(3)organization

Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson
2130 North Alvernon Way
Tucson, Arizona 85712

Also ongoing — a Childrens’ Day tiered doll display at the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 4455 E. Camp Lowell, until May 29.  Japanese Children’s Day is celebrated in Japan on May 5 (5/5) and on the same day in Hawaii, it is still called Boys’ Day, where families fly koinobori (koi fish kites) outside their homes (indicating the # of boys in the household).

“Tango no Sekku or Children’s Day is a Japanese national holiday celebrating the healthy growth and development of children, especially boys. The purpose of the holiday is to encourage children to grow to be strong leaders and powerful individuals. (From the Mini Time Museum website)




Public Banking & the Nonpartisan League: Is It Time for a Financial Revolution?

In early 1900s, progressives from both political parties joined forces to create the Non-Partisan League. This led to creation of North Dakata's public bank. (Cartoon published in the Non-Partisan Leader in 1912.)

In early 1900s, progressives from both political parties joined forces to create the Nonpartisan League and fight for progressive reform. (Cartoon published in the Nonpartisan Leader in 1912.)

During this political season, we have heard a lot about too-big-to-fail banks, corporate greed, politicians on the take, bad trade deals, inequality and … starting a revolution to save the middle class.

Just over 100 years ago, at the dawn of the first American Progressive Era, the same conditions sparked a revolution which spread from North Dakota throughout the prairie states.

In the early 1900s, family farms were under attack. Railroad robber barons charged farmers exorbitant prices to ship their grain, and if the farmers fell behind on loan payments, Wall Street banks stepped in—not to save the farmers but to foreclose on them.

As one farm family after another lost its land, politicians, who were in the pocket of big money interests, accepted the lobbyists’ cash and stood idly by.

Discontent grew among the farmers. In 1915, failed flax farmer A.C. Townley and his friend Fred Wood sat down at Fred’s kitchen table and drew up a progressive agenda to help the people of North Dakota. This blueprint for reform included regulating railroads and controlling fees, organizing farming cooperatives, and creating a state bank, which would make investments for the common good, instead of foreclosing on family farms. This was the birth of the Nonpartisan League (NPL).

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