Luke Knipe 
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A mild mannered public servant.

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Re: “Democrats Luckier Than Education in 2017 City-Wide Elections

On the zoo propositions, Khmara incorrectly reports: "One passed by 52 percent and the other by 50 percent. It sounds like a win, but well have to see what happens as ballots continue to get counted today."

Here are the election night totals for those propositions, according to the City Clerk's website:

PROP 202

Yes: 35,959 (52.31%)
No: 32,777 (47.69%)

PROP 203

Yes: 35,866 (49.76%)
No: 36,216 (50.24)

While it's true that we'll have to wait until the rest of the votes are counted to know the final result, it is certainly not the case that "one passed by 52 percent and the other by 50 percent," as Khmara states. It's also misleading for a reporter to say "it sounds like a win" in reference to a proposition that got more "no" votes than "yes" ones.

Facts are important. It's always a good idea to check them before reporting.

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Posted by Luke Knipe on 11/08/2017 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Rugrat Referendum

It's disappointing to see the Weekly assert this campaign's talking points without attribution, as though they were facts.

Khmara writes: "It's important to note that the Strong Start program would focus dollars on schools rated three to five stars through First Things First's Quality First rating system. Child-care programs currently funded through DES that don't rank as high-quality or haven't been assessed for quality wouldn't be eligible."

These are not facts. Prop. 204 actually doesn't say a thing about how quality would be measured or on what criteria providers would be selected. These decisions would be up to a commission, and nobody knows what this commission would decide, or even who would be on it

Khmara also writes: "Preschool would be paid for on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the amount families receive would be determined on a sliding scale, based on income and family size.

Actually, the initiative doesn't say anything about who would be served first, nor does it say anything about family size.

It's important to read the text of these ballot measures. Not all voters do, which is understandable. But reporters should when writing about them. In this story Khmara appears to have invented details of the initiative that don't actually exist, like the one about using First Things First's Quality First rating system. Who knows where she got that. (I'm guessing probably from the campaign, which has repeated this claim elsewhere.) It's not part of the initiative, nor are a number of other details Khmara has unfortunately reported here as facts.

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Posted by Luke Knipe on 10/12/2017 at 11:45 PM

Re: “Oyama: 'He Was a Hero and Example to Me and Many Others'

Right on, Mari.

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Posted by Luke Knipe on 03/22/2013 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Guest Commentary

Is Mr. Ortega employed by a community organization that involves itself in local politics? Also, is he affiliated with any of the current local political campaigns, TUSD or otherwise? It's fine if he is, but things like this should be disclosed.

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Posted by Luke Knipe on 09/12/2012 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Rio Nuevo Shakeup: Bain and Grinnell Removed From Downtown Board

I'm not sure any mix of legislative appointees is going to lead to a more confident public, or more satisfactory outcomes. Remember, the district's current governance configuration isn't what the voters approved. As for McCusker, his Rio Nuevo related actions thus far haven't demonstrated much regard for the city's fiscal well-being as a whole. In particular, his recent support for legislation to give away certain sales tax revenues generated within the district is wrongheaded: we're already planning property tax revenue giveaways through the city's new Central Business District GPLET, and may well find ourselves giving away some of our state shared revenue against our will, if the next legislature decides—as some have feared—to use a little-known provision in Rio Nuevo's enabling legislation authorizing it to withhold monies owed to Tucson if it deems the district isn't properly performing.

Bottom line: we can't afford to give away any more of our revenue, or any more of our land, or any more of our anything... and the community won't be well-served by a Phoenix-appointed, right-wing Rio Nuevo board, invariably determined to use Tucson's public treasure to feather the nests of their business associates. That's what we had with Jodi Bain, and that's what we'll get with Fletcher McCusker. It's not what voters want, and it's not what they voted for.

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Posted by Luke Knipe on 06/05/2012 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Running Against Grijalva? No Voter Database for You!

It's cool. We're all about civility around here. :)

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Posted by Luke Knipe on 05/16/2012 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Running Against Grijalva? No Voter Database for You!


Thanks replying to my comment. As to your remark "one would hope the head of a state party would have a bit more integrity than that," keep in mind that Mr. Heredia is not the head of of Arizona's (or anyone else's) state party. He's simply its lead operational staffer, and he serves at the pleasure of the party's officers.

The "head" of the Arizona Democratic Party is Chairman Bill Roe. You can learn more about the ADP's leadership here:…

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Posted by Luke Knipe on 05/16/2012 at 3:58 PM

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