Greg at Espresso Pundit has a nice little send off for the newspaper industry. See half way down The Definition of Irony under August 31st. Very concise. Could not have put it better myself.
I just read the below posting on a forum: (My comments are below it)
On July 13, 2006, the City of Hazleton made history.
City Council passed an ordinance that intends to make Hazleton one of
the toughest places in the country for illegal aliens by fining
landlords who rent to and companies who knowingly hire illegal aliens.
After suffering through several high-profile crimes involving illegal
aliens, we’ve sent a clear message that we’ve had enough. Hazleton is
working to take back our streets, our neighborhood, and our community.
But there are those who are trying to stop us.
Several groups have come forward to say Hazleton doesn’t have the right
to protect itself.
They’ve said that suing Hazleton will prevent other elected officials
across America from enacting similar laws in their own towns.
Some in those groups have also boasted they will take us to court and
bankrupt the City of Hazleton, both to punish us for enacting this
ordinance and to send a signal to other communities across the United
We’re not going to be bullied.
That is why we created the City of Hazleton’s Legal Defense Fund.
We believe our ordinance is legal. We believe it will stand up to
judicial scrutiny. And we are willing to take the fight to save our city to
the highest courts in America.
We need your help.
Your contribution will help us win this fight.
To help, send a check or money order to: City of Hazleton Legal Defense
Fund, c/o Mayor Lou Barletta, City Hall, 40 N. Church St., Hazleton, PA
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AZPG remarks: I believe that a city, a community, a family and especially this nation has a right to protect itself from illegal activities. Allowing illegals to enter and then to remain in our secure nation is crazy! Allowing people to aid in the illegal activities of another – NO! There are penalties to criminal actions! Conservatives should believe in accountability and consequences to their actions and lack of actions! Right?
Are we securing our borders -NOT! Only a small number of patriots are guarding and attempting to secure our borders. Think about this – we have hundreds, even thousands of our American troops over in other nations (securing their borders), while we can’t get our own borders secure. Many people argue about whether or not a Border Fence will help. If you speak to those who live on or near the border (ranchers who watch in horror as illegals cross over and through their private property) as they enter illegally, you will learn their views. While many of us live in communities that are walled or gated, some do not. A criminal can enter your home much easier if you leave your front, side or backdoor open. They can walk right onto your private property without a block wall or fence. Do you agree that a fence or wall around your private home helps in your security? Well, then think about the ranchers and home owners who live in border towns, think also about those who have property that is right up against the border. Minuteman Civil Defence Corp has begun to build a border fence on private property. If you visit their site, you can see the designs. If you want to be a part of an organization, or financially contribute towards a Border Fence, that is working toward securing our borders please visit the following websites: www.minutemanhq.com, www.borderfence.com, www.BorderFenceProject.com
There is another candidate also trying to buy a seat but in the U.S. House of Representatives. Figuring that the $500,000 that he has wasted so far is not enough the National Republican Congressional Committee has intervened in a Republican primary and is spending a significant amount to resuscitate the moribund Huffman campaign. I don’t know what their internal polls say but I guess they figured that a few more $100,000 might do the trick.
The problem is that if, and that is still an if, the NRCC can buy the primary for Steve he has a general election to win. Sure they will come into town with more money but they will face a tough Democratic opponent with a party more united that will be the case for Huffman. Quite simply the conservatives will not lift a finger for Huffman and Gabrielle Giffords will make short work of him. She is a better campaigner, speaker, and fund-raiser. The two will very so little on issues that the one who runs a better operation will win. That person will by Gabby.
Aside from the conservatives Huffman should not plan on much overtime from the Hellon / Carroll wing of the party either.
I am not a big supporter of NRCC but those that are might want to let them know that they are wasting their money.
Have you seen the www.youtube.com video of the Patriotic citizens having to witness the unimaginable actions of the “other” group. Visit www.youtube.com, search for the following videos amongst the many posted on that site: Lou Dobbs – Mexican flag raised in Maywood, California, Maywood 8-26-06 part 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, and 10 But -
To say that they were all “illegals” would be inaccurate since I am certain their group was a mixture of legal and illegal persons. To say that they were “unpatriotic” would be more accurate, in that they took the American flag pole under their control and put up the Mexican flag. Some acknowledge that California is now “Mexifornia”. Have you seen the amazing number of trucks and cars here in Arizona with CA license plates – they are flocking to Arizona from liberal California.
The actions of a few will bring about actions of many! Those who witnessed, in person, the Mexican flag being raised over our American post Office are furious! Those who view the pictures and the videos are angered.
I am furious and putting action to my views!
Here’s a shocker that I couldn’t help but post on.
But first a disclaimer: As of August 7th, I am no longer with Arizona Right to Life as the Executive Director nor as the Treasurer of its political action committee (AZLIFEPAC).
With that out of the way let me give you some background info: Earlier this year while I was serving on AZLIFEPAC, we voted to endorse only one candidate for Governor – Len Munsil. After all, Len has been more effective in the pro-life public policy arena than any other leader in Arizona. While he was the President/CEO for the Center for Arizona Policy, he sponsored and saw enacted more pro-life laws than any other pro-life organizational leader.
On February 13th, AZLIFEPAC made the only gubernatorial endorsement – Len Munsil (I actually wrote the endorsement). As a key member of the PAC, I was also directly responsible for the production and publication of the candidate tracker webpage. On that webpage, anyone could see information on the candidates for almost every office in Arizona (Yes, it was a lot of work keeping it up to date). If you look at the gubernatorial candidates, you will see the sole endorsement. Mike Harris was NOT endorsed. I know because I voted on the endorsement. I will also tell you that the Harris campaign asked for and received a candidate survey from AZLIFEPAC prior to the endorsement by the PAC. Harris’ campaign failed to return it to the committee.
So imagine my surprise when I received a forwarded email from a SonoranAlliance reader who received an announcement that Arizona Right to Life had endorsed Mike Harris. Here’s the text of that email:
Mike Harris Gaining More Support
Mike Harris Endorsed…
Aug 29, 2006 Mike Harris was recently endorsed by the Arizona Log Cabin Republicans, and Arizona Right to Life. This shows the incredibly wide bandwidth of support we continue to receive.
Now I have to laugh and cry at the combination of the endorsement – homosexual Republicans and right to lifers. But the more amazing thing in all this is that today, Mike Harris issued the following statment again via email and on his website:
Although my beliefs are pro-life, I truly don’t know when life begins. I do know that unwanted children are a tremendous burden on society.
This does not reconcile with his earlier statement nor does it reconcile with itself. First, there are no “unwanted children.” Over 1.5 million couples are waiting to adopt and that statement is simply overly subjective. But his later statement also demonstrates a serious and damaging lack of knowledge of the issue. How can someone say their beliefs are pro-life but cannot reconcile that with simple science that is taught beginning in Jr. High? In fact, the survey that was sent to him in January stated the obvious – that a new and unique individual life begins at conception.
So why would Mr. Harris post an endorsement via his email announcements? Either he or someone on his committee is terribly naive and did not read the AZLIFEPAC candidate tracker correctly or he is attempting to deceive the voters by claiming the endorsement. This is nothing new in the pro-life movement as candidates quickly realize how important a pro-life endorsement is because 3-5% of voters are single issue voters on the life issue.
I’m going to read the email statement as an act of ignorance and give him the benefit of the doubt that he misread the candidate tracker. I hope he sits down with his campaign committee and explains that he did not receive the endorsement and that he will provide a correction.
As for me, I am proud to endorse Len Munsil for Governor.
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Things are less positive for the Republicans in the Gubernatorial race. There Don Goldwater is the best of the field but still gets smashed by Janet, 27% to 62%.
The amazing part is that according to the poll Len Munsil and Mike Harris do exactly the same against Janet, 23% to 62%. Gary Tupper’s message of moderation performs the worst against Janet at 20% to 62%.
There is no poll question about a direct match up in the Republican primary for Governor.
The really tough part is that Napolitano is far above 50%. The one ray of hope for the Republicans is the answers about issues relating to illegal immigration. The final question for the poll is about the marriage amendment. Arizona is looking pretty tolerant of gay marriage at this point.
(Posted 8:30 pm on August 29th for those of you keeping track of which blog covered this story first.)
Hotazitgets.com covers the Prop 107 issue in more depth, including a part of the poll not posted on the web site.
Not giving in to Huffman’s hit-piece ads, Randy goes on the offensive with a positive high-impact spot. Wonder what weak attack-ad Steve will cook up next?
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Don is polling 11.9% behind Janet. Len is 13.7% down from Janet. The problem with touting that he is catching up to Don is that Goldwater is 12 points below the incumbent. In July Don was only down 7.7%. Munsil doesn’t need to catch up, he needs to surpass and that does not show up in the numbers.
There is no direct number for the Len vs. Don primary. We will have to wait for a different survey to cover the head-to-head race between them. We will have new numbers as they become available. If another poll doesn’t show up soon we will just find out on September 13th.
As a side note Harris does not seem to be doing very well. With all of his business acumen one would think that he could pay his rent on time.
Out of courtesy we are not going to pick on Gary.
Jim must also be reading from Hillary’s manual on the vast right-wing conspiracy. He came up with a new term for mainstream, platform Republicans; extreme-ultra-far-right. Nintzel goes on to talk about a campaign consultant from another part of the state as if there were no conservatives in Pima County. I have some shocking news for Jim, there are a lot of extreme-ultra-far-right people in the county and they have set up base camp in the Oro Valley / NW region. They are also bringing in massive reserves every day in the form of new residents. Something tells me Jim will not enjoy Pima County as much in 10 to 15 years when Marana closes in on Tucson’s population numbers. It ain’t wild eyed young liberal couples moving into those tract homes to raise their 2 year olds. Them’s true believers! (At least that has been my antidotal observation while walking for the primary.)
I have not yet seen a poll on any of the legislative races but the CD 8 results were heartening in that the conservative beat the combined numbers of both moderates. And another thing about that poll, if you don’t know for whom you are suporting by this time there is a good chance that you might not be that excited (or motivated) about voting in September.
Republicans may expect some political backlash from cultural conservatives in the upcoming elections as President Bush’s appointee to the FDA just gave approval to the “Morning After” Plan B pill. Now, this abortifacient will be available over the counter at your local drugstore, with the exception of minors who will require consent. (Read story here)
The political backlash may be felt as cultural conservatives lose trust and faith in President Bush and Republicans who pushed for the appointment of Andrew von Eschenbach, the new commissioner of the FDA. Von Eschenbach worked a deal with Barr Pharmaceuticals for the drug’s accessibility.
Human Life International immediately decried the decision by releasing a press release asserting “President Bush Files for Divorce with Catholic Base.” The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, who serves as President of Human Life International said, “President Bush’s implied support for the abortion-causing drug Plan B is completely inconsistent with his recent veto of the embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) funding bill. What the president apparently fails to realize is that Plan B kills the same innocent unborn children that the ESCR process does.” (read press release)
Even Concerned Women for America’s President, Wendy Wright, argued, “It is deplorable that the head of the FDA would put his career ambitions and a drug company’s interests above women’s health.” Wright continued, “CWA provided legal and regulatory evidence that the FDA does not have the authority to do what it is proposing and medical evidence that any dose of the drug requires medical oversight to protect women’s health. The drug is known to cause serious complications such as blood clots and stroke.” (read press release)
With President Bush’s credibility on the life issue in question, cultural conservatives may stay home on election day thus giving pro-abortion democrats a marginal edge they need to retake both houses of Congress. And sadly, this will take the pro-life movement back several steps in the battle to restore respect for the sanctity of life.
In the race for the open seat in CD 8 Steve Huffman was the anointed one from very early on. The money flowed as Jim Click, Don Diamond, and Bill Arnold did their thing. He received the blessing of an 11-term incumbent. Two months after entering the race he had already raised $239,659. The next quarter was even better at $268,079. No other Republican even came close to the numbers. Steve had an eight-year record serving in a Republican strong-hold crucial to victory in the primary. So he had it made right?
Not quite. What happened? It is hard to point to one exact event. First thing is Steve’s record. His is politely described as a moderate. With Al Melvin whipping up the conservatives in LD 26 the bounty on RINOs was set pretty high. Steve lost in his home district before he announced. He had no chance with the legions of social conservative volunteers walking door-to-door in the summer heat of NW Tucson. (I hope Steve was not planning on winning by taking Cochise County or Green Valley.)
Second, Steve apparently is a horrible campaigner. He does not warm up to people or make much effort to connect one-on-one with voters. He missed several candidate forums, including the well-attended event minutes from his home. Perhaps the years of running with little to no opposition in LD 26 caused him to go soft.
Third, he came out with some very poor TV ads. His first intro piece was fine. The now infamous flashlight border ad was a colossal waste of money. His third hit-piece on Graf did little more than motivate Randy’s people to work even harder. His mailings were equally pathetic. The problem is attack pieces have to hit effectively or they just ricochet off the intended target. The amazing part was that Huffman tried to sell himself as a conservative. He did not win over or fool the conservatives and did not motivate the moderates with this line. He seemed schizophrenic.
Fourth, it never helps when your campaign treasurer is running a peeping-tom web site against a well-connected sitting state senator.
There are other reasons. Maybe the most important is that Steve squandered his eight years in office by making more enemies than friends. This all adds up to a flawed candidate and some of the worst is yet to come for Steve. Poor Huffman, he has had a great fall and not even Kolbe, Click, Diamond, Arnold, Cox-Golder, or Judi can put him back together again.
As a footnote Steve never seemed to have a presence or supporters in the blogosphere. I do not want to seem self-serving by over stating the importance of blogs but hey it can’t hurt to have a few supporters sticking up for you once and a while. His one admitted fan in the blogosphere seemed happy to document the meltdown of the campaign.
Would someone please correct me on this if I’m wrong but isn’t there a Southern Arizona Legislative Office in downtown Tucson? I remember filing papers with this office in the past. If I recall, the address is 400 West Congress Street, Suite 201. If this is the case than why does Toni Hellon still need a home office? This doesn’t make sense and the argument about constituents having to drive up to Phoenix to meet with her is moot. It seems to me that any Southern Arizona legislator could reserve a room for meetings at this location or maybe they could even conduct a townhall meeting in their district. Setting up a home office using campaign money reflects poorly on Senator Hellon especially as a Republican. One expects this type of behaivior from Democrats who think that campaign money or taxpayer money can be spent on anything they want. I’d expect the constituents of legislative district 26 to express a vote of discontent in the upcoming primary election.
Yet again, another great editorial on what’s taking place demographically that is affecting the political arena. Essentially, the theory is that conservatives – primarily cultural conservatives – are having more children than liberals. Simply by the mere concept of math, conservatives will eventually outnumber liberals politically. Conservatives have a much deeper respect for the sanctity of human life and thus their inclination to reproduce is much higher than liberals. Nevertheless, read the following article and you’ll see the trends taking place. What I have to wonder is if liberals will change their tune motivated only by their desire to retain political power. I don’t think this will ever occur unless they join conservatives on the abortion issue. Their only hope may be to further relax immigration laws and try to convert immigrants to their ideology.
I cannot say it better than Espresso Pundit (see Meltdown in the Old Pueblo.)
I am not sure if it is the same William G. Arnold against which Toni filed the injunction but there is a William G. Arnold who is a member of the Tucson Association of REALTORS(R) and is on the Steering Committee of the Arizona REALTORS(R) for Huffman. Wow! I thought REALTORS(R) followed a strict code of ethics. I guess not when it comes to their time away from work.
Do you think RPAC will ever realize that they backed a flawed candidate?
Update. William G. (Bill) Arnold resigned as Steve Huffman’s treasurer. Huffman camp does not deny prior knowledge of the incident.