Humphries files signatures.

     The Trent Humphries campaign is reporting that on Tuesday they filed 710 signatures with the Secretary of State. The minimum number for LD 26 is 470 so the campaign is confident with their numbers. The people at the Secretary of State’s office did remark that signatures were coming in much slower than two years ago. Look for a rush at the last minute or possibly for some candidates to miss the mark.

     The Al Melvin campaign was the first to file in the state. Marilyn Zerull turned in her signatures in early May. The Democrat candidates only need 375 signatures and Don Jorgensen has already submitted his.


  1. GOP Boomer Gal says

    Congratulations to Trent. But I don’t understand why people from this area have to file in Phoenix when there is an SOS office in Tucson.

  2. Anonymity says

    That’s a great question for Betsy Bayless. How would you like to drive from Yuma? It seems ludicrous.

  3. You can file just your signatures at the local office, however this being my first time, I wanted to go to the people who do it all of the time, just to make sure that all my questions were answered.

    I will return shortly after the filing date deadline (after all the last minute filer traffic goes away) to file my five dollar contributions which are not dependant on next Wednesday’s deadline and MUST be filed at the Phoenix location.

    And, indeed, the staff voiced the concern to me that things are much too quiet at the office for this point in the game and that, unless the number of candidates filing goes way down, they expect next week to be a madhouse, making me glad that I didn’t wait a few more days to finish organizing my clean election forms.

  4. Anonymity says

    Oops! Jan Brewer. Freudian slip, I suppose.

  5. Trent, what is your position on mining?

  6. Trent,

    according to this website, we have an 18 cent gas tax. Do you favor its repeal? If not, how can you justify taxing a good that mulitplies the cost of all other goods?

  7. GOP Boomer Gal says

    How can Trent repeal a federal tax at the state level?

  8. Anonymity says


    I think you’re confusing Trent Humphries with Trent Franks. Trent Humphries is the district 26 candidate for state house of reps.


    “The State tax is $.18 per gallon for gasoline, and either $.18 or $.26 per gallon for diesel, depending on whether a diesel vehicle is light class/exempt or use class. The tax rate is required to be posted on each pump using decals issued by the Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). MVD enforces fuel tax laws, and violations involving tax rate decals may be reported to MVD online.”

  10. Still waiting (and wanting) on a gas tax repeal

  11. I say, yes, let’s kill the gas tax.

    And also, yes, let’s let our roads, bridges, and tunnels crumble until our roads are the pride of Afghanistan.

  12. Why is the guy who does standup joking about how bad our roads are advocating for the elimination of the funding source for our roads?

  13. Who’s doing what now?

    I assumed the “pride of Afghanistan” comment would kick in the sarcasm generators, but…

    Oh, and I am emphatically NOT a stand-up comedian.

  14. We can get the money from savings from cutting bureaucrat jobs in the education budget.

    We do have terrible roads.

    Why are we taxing a product that multiplies the price of all goods?

    Anymore cheap shots? Where is Josh V, when you need him?

  15. Not you Klute. James has got a YouTube at a comedy club where he jokes about our roads sucking worse than in Iraq/Afghanistan. Comes across as a really nice guy on the video, but if the roads are that bad, how are we going to fix them while eliminating the funding source?

  16. John,

    Thank you for the compliment and you can see the video on my blog by clicking my hyperlinked name.

    The roads in Tucson are terrible. The roads outside the Phoenix areas are for the most part a bit inadequate compared to the state of the art transportation system most Phoenicians enjoy.

    In my view, Tucsonans themselves are to blame for the terrible state of affairs. We keep electing democrats more interested in alienating themselves from state transportation dollars. The folks at the County level aren’t that great either. The city is worse and Tucson is ruled by NIMBYs who block any serious development unless it is underwritten by the U of A who is as you know the biggest employer here in Tucson.

    I agree with you that roads need to come from public monies. I am not a theoretical economist who postulates that roads will spontaneously emerge, that private toll roads is the profit center of the future, although the Von Mises institute (Hillsdale College) made a pretty good case of 19 century private railroads.

    Can you tell me that gasoline tax money is earmarked to road construction and it does not go into a general fund much like Social Security is? I myself do not know.

    I believe that we should build roads with public monies but that food and gasoline should not be taxed. Gasoline multiples the costs of all goods as most goods are trucked in or flown in from somewhere else. Thus the cost of gasoline factors in the price.

    If we accept these premises, then we should find alternate sources of funding. We could tax new car sales or raise the licensing fees and registration fees or even raising driver’s licensing fees. I don’t really support these measures as much as I do support finding the monies from cuts in our state government by increasing privatization and job cuts especially in state health care programs and education.

    I hope I have been through in my explanation as finding alternate sources of road funding and my support for a permanent ban on gas taxes. I still would like to know what all the candidates positions are. Thank you.

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