Wednesday, May 2, 2012 4:00 am
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 4:00 am
The four GOP candidates running April 17 in Arizona Congressional District 8, and later in the new CD2, are solid people. Hopefully, Republicans elsewhere are fielding others as impressive.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 4:00 am
This November we’ll elect all five members of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, and six of the seven county line officers. Supervisors are chosen by district as are Justices of the Peace and Constables. All are partisan offices.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 4:00 am
I cribbed the above from Democrat pollster Pat Caddell whose
partisan bonafides go back to his work for Jimmy Carter.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 4:00 am
• All the Tea Party constitutionalists who opined on talk radio
that Gingrich and Cain would have made a great GOP ticket missing
the constitutional provision that the President and Vice President
must come from different states.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 3:00 am
Most reporting about the current redistricting plans for both
the Arizona legislature and the nine seats in the U.S. House put
forward by the Independent Redistricting Commission failed to cover
the system’s obvious flaws.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 3:00 am
Four years ago at this time, Rudy Giuliani looked like a shoe-in
for the GOP nod. Eight years ago, Howard Dean was riding high. I
ain’t making no calls this time.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 3:00 am
I’m tired of those who claim the cronyism and corruption of
Tucson’s city government are akin to Chicago’s. It insults Chicago.
Detroit, in all its squalor and incompetence, may be a better
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:00 am
R.I.N.O. - Republican In Name Only. Flaky on the issues. More
relevant, flaky on the obligation to support other members of the
coalition they have chosen, particularly when holding partisan or
party office. There may be examples elsewhere called DINOS.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 3:00 am
The recent outbursts – the proponents’ behavior was too thuggish
to call it a legitimate debate – over Ethnic Studies at TUSD
concerned making the program elective. The program as taught should
be completely scrapped for the fraud it is.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 3:00 am
Politics is a team sport. Democrats know that better than
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 4:00 am
Southern Arizona lost a lot more than a great, retired
journalist with the passage of Ace Bushnell. We lost one of our
truly great citizens when he died March 14 at the age of 85.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 6:00 am
The recent proposal by some Tucson Democrats to secede from the
rest of the state once again shows us how clueless most of them
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 6:00 am
Jan. 8th will never be the same again in Southern Arizona. While
the tragedy at Safeway had a national impact, it will always have a
special place in the hearts and souls of we who live here.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 12:00 am
The following all deal with Arizona, and all but one are by
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 12:00 am
The massive gains made nationally by Republicans in 2010
differed from those in 1994 in several ways.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 11:00 pm
Vote a straight Republican ticket. The GOP has some flakes, and
there are a few decent folks running against them. That pales next
to the combination of incoherence, sleaze and statism now
dominating the Democrats who deserve not only defeat but
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 11:00 pm
Americans are divided from those in charge. A great analogy was
used by my Salem Radio/KVOI colleague Hugh Hewitt when he described
India as about the most religious country in the world and Sweden
about the least. His analogy was that we are a nation of Indians
governed by Swedes.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 11:00 pm
Syndicated columnist Michael Barone tells us the Pentagon was
built in 18 months, while a small bridge project within view of it
is estimated for completion 42 months after the final decision to
Monday, August 23, 2010 11:00 pm
Like most campaign cycles, this one has produced its share of
disinformation, much of it sincere, which makes it worse. Here's
some examples from both left and right.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 11:00 pm
The first coalition was established when two cavemen teamed up
to take down a mastodon. Later they may have fought over the tusks,
but they both understood the primary goal.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 11:00 pm
Every election season brings complaints about "negative
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 11:00 pm
"Don't much care who does the electin' long as
I do the nominatin'"
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 11:00 pm
States acquire political reputations, mostly
justified. California is the home of the wingnut. Illinois is known
for the Fix. How bad is the economy? In New Jersey the Mob just
laid off 14 judges. That's from a Johnny Carson monologue dating
from the Carter era.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 11:00 pm
Assuming poll numbers stay where they have all
year and no major event overtakes them, Republicans will not gain
the 39 seats needed to take control of the U.S. House of
Representatives in 2010. They could. They won't.
Monday, May 31, 2010 11:00 pm
There has been a major re-awakening regarding
this nation's founding, of which the Tea Party rallies are only a
Monday, May 17, 2010 11:00 pm
While waiting for Tuesday's election results
here and elsewhere that will add more tea leaves for this November,
there are some things that became much clearer during the process.
Outcomes in Arizona, Kentucky and Pennsylvania will leave large
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 11:00 pm
I quit carrying a wallet years ago on a visit to Italy, where
the pickpockets are experts and profile Gringo Turistas. I keep
cash in my front pants pocket and other stuff in my shirt. No one
carries "papers" much anymore. We carry plastic.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 11:00 pm
Larry McMurtry created two immortal
characters, Gus and Woodrow, played superbly by Robert Duvall and
Tommy Lee Jones in the original "Lonesome Dove."
Tuesday, April 6, 2010 11:00 pm
American politics will have jelled for at
least the November election in the next six or so weeks. Primaries
occur in diverse states like Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Kentucky.
Obamacare is in its first stage of getting early reactions to
reality, not hype. National polling data will either solidify
around current trends favoring GOP candidates or move back to the
Democrats. Many states and localities, including Arizona, will vote
on tax and other measures.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 11:00 pm
I recently attended a performance at the
Tucson Convention Center Music Hall. The men's room had six of the
seven urinals blocked. I noticed former Mayor George Miller and
belted out "hey George, at least when you were mayor the toilets
flushed." He laughed and we had the friendliest conversation in the
40 years we've known each other. George is a proud lefty; those who
know me grasp quickly I'm not.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 12:00 am
Once again Oro Valley is conducting a mail-in
election. And once again I will tell you why the concept is
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 12:00 am
The Tea Party movement moves on. We who attend
its gatherings can attest to its spontaneity and ultimate political
influence. To the chagrin of clueless liberals and an inbred media,
its impact may help change the course of the nation.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 12:00 am
Now, Tucsonan Glenn Boyer is well known for
his historical research on the Earps, George Custer, and for a long
series of western novels. With the release of "Where The Heart
Was," he breaks new ground, not only for himself but for the
historical novel itself.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 12:00 am
Many conservatives and libertarians were so
turned off by recent sins of the GOP leadership in both the Bush
administration and the Congressional leadership that they either
became or stayed independent voters. A vocal handful drifted off to
other parties like Libertarian or Constitution, but the meager
voter returns those options garnered recently should illustrate
their current lack of general appeal. I sympathize with them and
was once an advocate of that approach.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 12:00 am
Sitting in Sen. Jon Kyl's office waiting for
my scheduled interview, I was struck at just how hard any senator
is expected to work and how much time is spent doing it by those
who, as most do, take their job seriously.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 12:00 am
I do not "blog," although I post on some. I dislike the format
because it allows for anonymity, which I don't hide behind on my
own posts. You want to run off at the pen, have the guts to tell me
who you really are like I tell you.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 12:00 am
There's a film clip circulating on the Internet featuring what
is obviously a legislative body in session.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 12:00 am
Measuring the relevance of important dates usually comes later.
Some, like 1941 and 9-11, are immediately obvious, others need time
to sink in. In October of 1929, nobody thought "wow, we're starting
the Great Depression."
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 12:00 am
The late GOP Congressman and 1972 American
Independent Party Presidential candidate John Schmitz always
claimed he was a member of the John Birch Society to appeal to the
moderates in his district. In 1968, I was elected chairman of the
Los Angeles County Young Republicans as the centrist candidate. I
was supported by both the Birchers and the Objectivists.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 12:00 am
Two great contributions to Southwestern
history and three great western novelists head my personal book
recommendation list this year.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 12:00 am
The "woe is me" wing of the GOP should note
those reports of their demise were a tad premature.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 12:00 am
Once upon a losing try for the GOP Presidential nomination, when
John McCain was taking heat over an angry response, I announced I
was chairing a new group — "Guys with a bad temper for McCain."
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 12:00 am
Sixty years ago, the late Barry Goldwater was part of a movement
in Phoenix called Charter Government that changed their elections
to non-partisan. Part of the motivation was the then-overwhelming
dominance of Arizona by the Democratic Party. Like a home-based
poker game, it's always the losers who want to change the
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 12:00 am
There are two false claims about our nation's Founders I find
annoyingly repeated, one each from left and right.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 12:00 am
Reading military history, you notice battles where both
sides bungled badly and the decision was resolved by something
other than great leadership.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 12:00 am
Waiting for Tuesday's results, I dropped in on an old friend
who's one of the leading Democrat political consultants to compare
generalizations. I won't embarrass him by name. One thing we both
note is the level of nastiness and intolerance is much higher than
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 11:00 pm
Nationally, there are three key elections on Nov. 3 — Virginia,
New Jersey and New York CD 23. The impact of the Tea Parties and
all the other opposition to leftward motion will finally get a real
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 11:00 pm
This week continues my alternative suggestions to the "reform
state government" group gathering around former U.S. Supreme Court
Justice Sandra O'Connor and the Morrison Institute at ASU.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 11:00 pm
"Ide-ol-o-gy n. Ideas characteristic of an individual, group or