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GOP Council slate looks like the real deal

Mayor candidate could be a week away from announcing

After five years of half starts and fits, the Republicans have put together a field of Tucson City Council candidates that could give Democrats fits all their own.
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Apr 16, 2015, 12:24 pm
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I know it may be impossible, but I really wish there was a way to awake this brain-dead electorate out of their party-drone stupor, and just have them completely disregard who is what party and judge the individual candidate based on what they’ve done in the past and what they may do in the future, both good and bad.

To me, the sitting council has abundantly and clearly demonstrated that they just aren’t capable of governing. Therefore, they should be removed from those jobs that they have almost shouted from the rooftops that they just can’t handle. I mean, how much more incompetence does a city need to see before they’ll finally provide some accountability and consequences?

I believe the single best change we can make for this country is to remove mention of party affiliation from all ballots. That would force the people to start thinking for themselves.

This lunacy is why I specifically shopped for my new home outside the Tucson City Limits. I want no part of this.

Apr 16, 2015, 4:40 pm
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Beard is locked on what could be the lethal message: “Things are broken in Tucson. There has been one party in charge of Tucson for over 40 years,” he said in an interview Wednesday.

That’s nonsense, and Morlock should know better than to let Beard mislead voters about the facts. As Morlock himself pointed out last month, Republicans controlled the Tucson City Council as recently as 2005. Here’s what he wrote in The Sentinel on March 26:

In fact, Republicans can win in Tucson. They did have a governing majority from 2001 to 2005 when Republicans Fred Ronstadt, Kathleen Dunbar and Bob Walkup were joined by independent Carol West to form a governing coalition.

It’s true. And while Democrats indeed controlled the Tucson City Council during the 1980s and 1990s, Republicans held a controlling majority on the Pima County Board of Supervisors for most of these years.

It’s simply not the case that, as Beard stated, “There has been one party in charge of Tucson for over 40 years.”

Control of greater Tucson’s governing bodies has changed hands many times over the course of history. It’s stayed in the hands of Dems for most of it, because that’s mostly who lives here. When the GOP does well in a local election,  it’s usually because voters are upset about over something specific—like a big increase in the garbage fee, or a surcharge on water customers who live in the foothills—not a vague malaise about the overall condition of Tucson.

One thing that doesn’t seem to serve the Pima GOP well in any election year: a loose grip on the facts.

Apr 16, 2015, 6:10 pm
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I have always been amused and surprised when pundits say Shirley Scott is so beatable.  During her multiple terms in office, the Ward 4 area has been provided with community centers, a Library, Police substations, Parks, improved roads out Houghton way, and many, many, neighborhood improvements.  None of this happened before she got in office.  She has always been attentive to the needs of her constituents and neighborhoods, and has put together multiple community events to benefit the citizens, not limited to the 14 years of Back to School Bashes, etc.  I love Margaret personally, but I thought Calvin Baker did all the heavy lifting in Vail District.  I would like to know what specifically Margaret can take credit for in improving the district, other than retaining Baker as superintendent.  It will be hard for her to run as an R given what her party has just done to decimate education in every school district, including Vail.  School Board seats are a way different thing than being responsible for a City.

Apr 16, 2015, 6:38 pm
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@Dick Tater,

The city’s trash pick-up fee was instituted in 2004, passing the Council on a near-party-line vote. The GOP’s governing majority at the time (including soon-to-be ex-Democrat Carol West) had four votes in favor, while the three in the Democratic minority voted against it.

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