figures don’t lie, but liars figure

image…Reading this article I was reminded of comment attributed to Mark Twain … “figures don’t lie, but liars figure” … it appears the author conveniently leaves out the legal action taken about 30 years ago by Tim Hogan for the Arizona Center for Law in the public interest wherein the courts decreed that indeed our state legislature had deliberately underfunded education to the tune approaching a billion dollars…

…Yes … thanks to Arizona endorsement of “dark$$$” we have consistently permitted our state legislature to play games with all forms of education in Arizona to the point where Arizona is neck and neck with Mississippi on the quality of education we provide…

Politicians many cries for $$$$…

imagePoliticians many cries for $$$$

…There is not even one day that passes that our email is not packed with requests from ALL politicians begging us to send them a $1 for this or $5 dollars for that or $25 for something else…

…A cause or political campaign they feel you should support…

…Yes they ask questions designed to motivate you and me to write that check or submit that credit card favoring them with your $$$…

…What I find interesting is almost always their solicitation requires you to declare you support them because you are Red or Blue and NEVER do they ask or suggest you elect ONLY  those individuals who have clearly demonstrated they are NOT currently “dark$$$” owned…

…Here’s my reply to all requests … I do not care what the political affiliation of any individual campaigning for office is

…Provide me with understandable evidence clearly demonstrating that how you live and work is not in any manner “dark$$$” controlled … that you are not racially prejudice … support a woman’s absolute right to choose … are opposed to WAR … opposed to the unrestricted use of drones to KILL for corporate America … an you authentically extend common courtesy to everyone, everywhere, under all circumstances…

IS THIS ASKING TOO MUCH…???

Common courtesy … ethical justice … treating others as we want to be treated are all anathema for all those in the Trump administration … And moreover WE silently permit it…

…Common courtesy … ethical justice … treating others as we want to be treated are all anathema for all those in the Trump administration … And moreover WE silently permit it…

The Trump Administration Will Withdraw From the United Nations Human Rights Council

The announcement is expected to come one day after the U.N.’s high commissioner for human rights railed against Trump’s immigration policies.

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We want to forget … bury … that separating children from their parents and family is NOT a new policy for America

…We want to forget … bury … that separating children from their parents and family is NOT a new policy for America…

Gov’t’s separation of immigrant children from their parents revives deep pain among American Indians

Makes perfect sense for America to withdraw from any program or policy ethically linked to human rights…

…Makes perfect sense for America to withdraw from any program or policy ethically linked to human rights…

Trump voters are one of the few groups to support the White House "zero tolerance" family separation policy, according to a new poll.

SEPARATED CHILDREN BEING HELD IN ‘TENDER AGE SHELTERS’ The Associated Press reported Tuesday night that infants and toddlers separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border as a result of the White House "zero tolerance" immigration policy are being held at "tender age shelters." The AP reports that the shelters are filled with distraught children who are “hysterical, crying and acting out.” [HuffPost] [Tweet | Share on Facebook]

CONGRESS GRIDLOCKED ON FAMILY SEPARATIONS Despite widespread condemnation of the border family separations, Congress appears no closer to a legislative response. While Republicans are mulling several proposals, Democrats are weary of pursuing a legislative fix, saying the Trump administration should simply reserve its policy. [HuffPost]

TRUMP MEETS WITH CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS The meeting occurred Tuesday night with the president’s congressional counterparts reportedly looking to Trump for direction as to how to remedy the effects of the "zero tolerance" family separation policy. Members told HuffPost the president seemed “agnostic” about a solution. [HuffPost]

THE MICHAEL COHEN LEGAL FUND? Trump’s former personal attorney is reportedly frustrated that the president isn’t covering his mounting legal bills related to the ongoing investigation into a payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels in the lead-up to the 2016 election. [WSJ]

CONSERVATIVE GROUPS SILENT ON FORCED REMOVALS Despite purporting to advocate for vulnerable Americans, namely the young, many prominent conservative organizations have remained silent on the "zero tolerance" policy. Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, called the situation “tragic,” but defended the Trump administration, saying the "burden lies with their parents who knowingly put them in this position." [HuffPost]

YES, A MEXICAN RESTAURANT Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was confronted by activists over the border family separations while dining at a Mexican restaurant Tuesday night. [HuffPost]

U.S. LEAVES UN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION Top U.S. diplomats said Tuesday that the panel exhibits a “chronic bias against Israel,” and lambasted Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt for allegedly undermining efforts to reform it. Critics say the U.S. decision will hurt international efforts to advance human rights. [Reuters]

Too early to make such a prediction

…Too early to make such a prediction, don’t count chickens before the eggs catch…

 

Arizona Democratic Legislative Campaign Sees a Blue Wave Sweeping the State House

 

Posted on  by David Gordon

Communications and Research Coordinator Murphy Bannerman and Executive Director Charlie Fisher of the Arizona Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (ADLCC) are both optimistic that Democrats will take over one or both of the State Houses in this November’s elections, based on four reasons:

§  There is a record number of 114 Democratic candidates (just over half of whom are women and 51 are people of color).

§  There is a groundswell of progressive enthusiasm after the election of Donald Trump.

§  The Red for Ed movements has galvanized educators and school employees to support Democratic candidates.

§  District snapshots, conducted by the ADLCC, that shows targeted districts that are “likely to flip from red to blue.”

The ADLCC, an arm of the Arizona state Democratic Party that coördinates with the county and local district offices, was designed to help recruit, throughout the year, Democratic Candidates to run for every Legislative District (LD) State Representative and State Senate seat. They are also tasked with providing training on how to run and budget a political campaign. Their only focus is on state legislative seats.

(They are not involved with statewide offices like Governor, Attorney General, or US Senator. They do not aid in National Congressional races either. They also are not involved in promoting ballot initiatives, leaving that to the candidates to endorse if they want.)

While there is no litmus test for the ADLCC in recruiting Democratic candidates, it is understood that the recruits are expected to support Democratic issues like funding public education, increasing good paying jobs, quality and affordable health care, and a woman’s right to choose. They want candidates who will work hard, fit in with the temperament of their district and will offer solutions to issues in that legislative area. They do not endorse any candidates during the primary contests, and they wait for those election results before choosing who they will support.

After the primaries, the ADLCC conducts polling and analyzes the districts, looking for which candidates need assistance and where the electoral map can be expanded. They acknowledge that with finite resources, they can only focus on the races with a chance of turning blue.

Building toward the November elections, the ADLCC will keep up an aggressive get-out-the-vote campaign geared towards a potential “reverse coattails” effect where strong legislative candidates build margins that help the Democratic gubernatorial and other statewide, and national congressional contestants emerge victoriously. With Democratic enthusiasm at record levels and with the local and national Republican brand now in disfavor, the leaders of the ADLCC are confident that 2018 will be a breakout year for Democratic legislative candidates in Arizona.