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Re: “One-Term Wonder?

A word or three about Mr. Clodfelter: It is one thing to forgive and understand. It is quite another to forget that a man who has run in umpteen elections and finally won a seat in our legislature has shown very poor judgment putting his personal life on the internet where it might -- and has -- become public knowledge. And poor judgment tends not to be compartmentalized, as is perhaps demonstrated by the screen saver caper. A son of old Texas chooses not the Lone Star flag to display on his laptop but the battle flag of a cabal of states which sought to defend chattel slavery by armed rebellion against the sovereign United States of America, whose constitution many of their leaders had sworn to uphold.

I'd like to suggest freeing Mr. Clodfelter up to work full-time at his printing business, including the production of yard signs for other people's campaigns. If his clients purchase as many as he has displayed of his own around LD 10 he should never miss his legislative salary.

There is a reason neither of the Republicans elected in recent years to Tucson area legislative seats has survived a re-election campaign. They have been seen to be rubber stamps for their Maricopa-centric caucus rather than supporters of the preferences of their own constituents.

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Posted by franklymydears on 10/18/2018 at 9:23 PM

Re: “One-Term Wonder?

And just when was the last time Democrats redrew district lines? In this state we've had an independent redistricting commission following the 2000 and 2010 censuses. Both commissions were criticized by the dissatisfied. Both gave the state congressional and legislative districts that pretty much favored Republicans. There has not been a Democratic majority in either house of our legislature in decades. As to Congress, we have two majority-minority districts that are fairly safe for Democrats, four very Republican districts and three that are up for grabs.

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Posted by franklymydears on 10/18/2018 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Zona Politics: Talking Congressional and Legislative Races with Journalists Dylan Smith and Hank Stephenson

I live outside TUSD so I don't have a vote but if I did I can't imagine any circumstances in which I would vote for a fifth term for any candidate unless I saw proof positive that the district was in substantially, verifiably better shape now than it was when that candidate ran for the first time. And when trying to decide which non-incumbents to support I'd be looking to see their grades on the old reliable 'Works Well With Others' scale. Nobody who's just aching fora fight or who has a hair trigger temper ought to get any consideration. And party affiliation is no qualification for service on a school board. Please folks, it should be all about the kids,

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Posted by franklymydears on 09/24/2018 at 11:12 AM

Re: “The Skinny

I find an interesting comparison between D 10 candidates DeGrazia and Ripley. From lifelong Domingo we get the somewhat limp but straightforward answer that he didn't vote because he just wasn't interested/involved. And globe-trotting Catherine thinks she always voted but the cat must've eaten her absentee ballots or she filled one out then forgot to mail it or whatever. Having voted from afar and arranging for ballots to get to the States via diplomatic pouch, I know it can be done but one has to make the effort.

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Posted by franklymydears on 08/23/2018 at 10:44 PM

Re: “Danehy

When I bother to read Hoffman I seldom find anything with which I agree but I think I understand why the Star publishes his columns. Local conservative writers are perhaps few and far between and Hoffman may well be among the more articulate. And if you have read the countless comments in the letters pages, you'll recall that lots of local folks beg for the alternative views of conservatives in the Star's op ed pages. And last time I looked there was no local ordinance, state or national law, constitutional provision or divine command that anyone actually read Hoffman's columns if they prefer not to.

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Posted by franklymydears on 08/16/2018 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Democratic CD2 Candidates Exchange Blows Over Gun Legislation Support

Whoops, I really botched my analysis of the bills for which Kirkpatrick has excoriated Heinz in yet another mailer arriving in our mail today (Monday July 23). SB 1241 of 2012, short-titled forfeiture of weapons and explosives, passed with 43 votes in the House. Had all five who did not vote had voted nay it would have made no difference. And HB2640 of 2012, titled hunting; firearm magazine capacity, was so non-controversial that it passed the House 42-15-2.

If have any credibility left after my egregious errors above, Id urge folks voting in the Democratic primary to choose from among the four contenders who have had no part in the Heinz-Kirkpatrick nastiness.

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Posted by franklymydears on 07/23/2018 at 7:45 PM

Re: “Democratic CD2 Candidates Exchange Blows Over Gun Legislation Support

A mailer came to our house Tuesday from the Kirkpatrick campaign, which can only be described as a hit piece vs. Matt Heinz. A key point it makes is that Matt Heinz voted against gun safety. It lists two votes, and I think I have the following information regarding the bills and votes factually accurate. If so, Kirkpatrick definitely does not.

The first was referred to as HB 2640, supposedly cutting regulations on high capacity magazines. The bill was actually SB 1241of 2012, which was sufficiently non-controversial that it got 43 votes in the House. As I read it, it was a hunting-related bill that prohibited the Fish and Game Commission from putting limits on the size of magazines usually used by hunters.

The second, the real House Bill that prohibited municipalities from destroying firearms, was listed in the mailer as HB 2640. Its correct number was HB 2455; it was passed in the House on March7, 2013 by vote of 36 to 23 with one not voting. In the Senate on April 16 the vote was18 to 12. The votes were along party lines. And in the 2013 session LD 9 was represented by Senator Steve Farley and Representatives Victoria Steele and Ethan Orr. Kirkpatrick is right that Heinz failed to show up to vote on a bill that would have allowed local governments to destroy illegal guns seized from criminals. Perhaps because he might have been charged with impersonating a legislator?

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Posted by franklymydears on 07/23/2018 at 4:33 PM

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