Legislative District 3 races

Legislative District 3 in Pima County is a heavily Democratic voter registration minority-majority district. As a result, Tea-Publicans did not even qualify a candidate for the ballot in this district. A lone Green Party candidate, Edward J. “Trey” Cizek III, did manage to qualify for the ballot in the House.

A Southern Arizona institution, Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford was effectively reelected to the Senate with her primary election win. From her voter guide statement in the primary:

oliviacajerobedfordAs ranking Democratic member of the powerful Appropriations Committee, I’ve challenged budget cuts made to education, cities and counties for needs such as transportation funding and I fought against the financial harm done by the Republican majority. I serve on the Commerce and Workforce Development; Joint Legislative Budget Committee, Joint Committee on Capitol Review and Rules. My qualifications as a hard-working advocate for issues of importance to my constituents are demonstrated by the many endorsements, awards and high-ratings I have earned from groups over the years: Sierra Club, Arizona Education Association, Arizona List, Fraternal Order of Police, Combined Law Enforcement Association of Arizona,Unions and others. Experience is vital to navigating the legislative process. It is a privilege to serve and I’m glad to be a part of the fight for what is right!

State representatives Sally Ann Gonzales and Macario Saldate are both running for reelection.

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Donald Trump fails the ‘3 a.m. test’ and invites new doubts about his temperament

trumptrollAfter the Trump Foundation scandal (below) was breaking news all over the cable networks Thursday night, Twitter troll Trump decided to do what he always does, distract the feckless media villagers with the bright shiny object of one of his patented “Tweetstorms.”

As the Washington Post’s conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin explains, Donald Trump failed the “3 a.m. test.” Donald Trump’s 3 a.m. moment:

Hillary Clinton might want to dig out of the vault her “3 a.m. phone call” ad from 2008, wherein she argued that the then-freshman senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, wasn’t prepared to deal with international emergencies.

The question now may be: Do you want Donald Trump up at 3 a.m. tweeting crazy stuff? That’s precisely what he did (starting with a 3:20 a.m. tweet):

“Anytime you see a story about me or my campaign saying ‘sources said,’ DO NOT believe it. There are no sources, they are just made up lies!”

“Wow, Crooked Hillary was duped and used by my worst Miss U. Hillary floated her as an ‘angel’ without checking her past, which is terrible!”

“Using Alicia M in the debate as a paragon of virtue just shows that Crooked Hillary suffers from BAD JUDGEMENT! Hillary was set up by a con.”

“Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?”

His invitation for Americans to go look at a “sex tape” is beyond bizarre and may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back of his campaign. This is plainly a man unhinged, unable to accept his defeat in the debate and — tweeting in the middle of the night — lacking any impulse control.

It’s impossible to imagine that this won’t dominate the news for at least a few days and come up in the next debate. The Clinton camp’s best course here is to be very, very quiet as Trump self-destructs.

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Latest on the Trump Foundation scandal: foundation lacked certification to solicit money

David Farenthold of the Washington Post has the latest installment into his investigative reporting into the Trump Foundation. Trump Foundation lacks the certification required for charities that solicit money:

scandalDonald Trump’s charitable foundation — which has been sustained for years by donors outside the Trump family — has never obtained the certification that New York requires before charities can solicit money from the public, according to the state attorney general’s office.

Under the laws in New York, where the Donald J. Trump Foundation is based, any charity that solicits more than $25,000 a year from the public must obtain a special kind of registration beforehand. Charities as large as Trump’s must also submit to a rigorous annual audit that asks — among other things — whether the charity spent any money for the personal benefit of its officers.

If New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) finds that Trump’s foundation raised money in violation of the law, he could order the charity to stop raising money immediately. With a court’s permission, Schneiderman could also force Trump to return money that his foundation has already raised.

The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.

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“Animal Farm” dance performance at MOCA

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ANIMAL FARM
MOCA (Museum of Modern Art), 265 S. Church Ave. (west of Stone Ave.) Tucson

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 7:30pm

Friday, October 7, 2016, 7:30pm

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 7:30pm  — extremely limited seating

Sunday, October 9, 2016, 2:00pm

$27.00 Reserved Seating

Artifact Dance Project opens the season with an innovative and unique adaptation of George Orwell’s famous short novel, Animal Farm. Performed inside MOCA (Tucson’s Museum of Contemporary Art), Animal Farm is an art installation of movement and music portraying one of society’s most famous and controversial narratives.

Buy tickets $27 reserved seating at http://artifactdanceproject.tix.com/schedule.aspx?orgnum=5286

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Latest Trump Scandal: ‘The Castro Connection’

Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald has another damning investigative report into Donald Trmp’s foreign business activities and conflicts of interest. This one is going to cost him with Cuban voters in must-win Florida. How Donald Trump’s Company Violated The United State Embargo Against Cuba:

NewsweekCoverA company controlled by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, secretly conducted business in Communist Cuba during Fidel Castro’s presidency despite strict American trade bans that made such undertakings illegal, according to interviews with former Trump executives, internal company records and court filings.

Documents show that the Trump company spent a minimum of $68,000 for its 1998 foray into Cuba at a time when the corporate expenditure of even a penny in the Caribbean country was prohibited without U.S. government approval. But the company did not spend the money directly.

Instead, with Trump’s knowledge, executives funneled the cash for the Cuba trip through an American consulting firm called Seven Arrows Investment and Development Corp. Once the business consultants traveled to the island and incurred the expenses for the venture, Seven Arrows instructed senior officers with Trump’s company—then called Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts—how to make it appear legal by linking it after the fact to a charitable effort.

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On February 8, 1999, Seven Arrows billed Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, Inc. for the $68,551.88 it had incurred prior to and including a trip to Cuba on behalf of Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc.

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Oops! She did it again! Michele Reagan screws up voter publicity pamphlets

Secretary of State Michele Reagan, the queen of election screw-ups, has done it again.

The Green Valley News reports that thousands of voter publicity pamphlets mailed to homes in Southern Arizona are missing dozens of pages. Incomplete election pamphlets to be resent to voters:

MicheleReaganArizona Secretary of State’s office spokesman Matt Roberts said the office received several phone calls and emails Wednesday afternoon about missing pages and then heard from the company that printed them, acknowledging the error.

“The printer just reached out to us and it appears there are some missing pages, or in some cases the publicity pamphlets had some assembly problems,” Roberts said.
The printer, Trend Offset of California, said Thursday it appears a mix-up followed by a quality-control breakdown resulted in “no more than 14,000 pamphlets” with errors, according to the Secretary of State’s office. It said four of 600 sample checks contained errors.

The company traced the problem to one delivery truck carrying 68,108 pamphlets that serviced Tucson, Nogales, Sierra Vista, Green Valley and other Southern Arizona locations.

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