Analysis of the TUSD board race: At least 2 people need to drop out to change board majority

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Since school board races are non-partisan, meaning you don’t run as a “D” or a “R” and thus have no primaries either, there will be no primary or votes cast for TUSD today. However, it is clear that at least 2 candidates should leave the race this week. In an ideal world, those two people would be Kristel Foster and Cam Juarez, two members of the current board majority that are up for re-election this year. In 2012, Kristel won with 12.9% of the vote while Cam won with 10.6% of the vote. None of these two candidates will drop […]

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It’s time to take a stand; join the effort to stop TUSD’s cover-ups of assaults on child victims

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Dear Three Sonorans, Several parents, educators, and community members have come together to start a petition to improve children safety in Arizona schools. It calls for an investigation by the State of TUSD and the creation of a Student Injury Reporting System so that there is accountability for the injuries our children incur in K-12. Furthermore, so that data trends can be studied to help greatly reduce the frequency and severity of student injuries. We ask for your support in sending this to your members. If you can please ask them to read, sign, and send the petition on through […]

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Is the Pima Sheriff Dept covering up a drug trafficking operation from one of their own?

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Shaun McClusky, a good friend of many police officers in town, lets us know the rest of the story as Paul Harvey might say, regarding recent scandals and possible coverups inside the Pima Sheriff’s Department. Recently this story includes an FBI investigation, a suicide of a top-ranking deputy inside the PCSD, and now a possible ecstasy-import from Germany ring that includes a recently promoted officer. The audio excerpt above is from WakeUp Tucson on KVOI-1030AM, when they interviewed McClusky during their August 29th, 2016 show. They begin, as we will, with a recent story from the Arizona Daily Star: The […]

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Auggie Romero’s shenanigans escalate at Pueblo with politicking and petition

Will TUSD leadership doing anything about the problems at Pueblo, or continue to ignore them during this election season?

The “Auggie Romero shenanigans” never quits. He is now using Pueblo Magnet High School to play out his trickeries, which includes shrinking numbers which would otherwise make us look bad (discipline violations, including attendance and tardiness) and inflating grades to make us look good (dumbing down the curriculum by inflating the weight of a simple assignment in configuring the overall grade). It is all cheating. A massive investigation should be conducted in these areas. He has recruited a few of his most favorite staff to circulate a letter throughout the school to support him during the most recent scandal involving […]

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My radio interview discussing TUSD censorship and their chilling effect on Free Speech

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I was interviewed on the JT Harris Show yesterday, which is on from 2-6pm on 104.1-FM. The discussion was on what happened the previous evening at the TUSD board meeting. In July, TUSD board President Adelita Grijalva had me sit down and did not allow me to speak until the new TUSD attorney had to tell her publicly that she was wrong. That pissed her off so much that as soon as I started speaking she got up and left the room, with HT Sanchez and Cam Juarez following loyally behind her. At the August 9th board meeting Adelita did […]

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Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio Live Northwest Delegation Aug. 31, 2016

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Photo Michelle Cook

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Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio Live on Wednesday evening, Aug. 31, 2016. (7 p.m.)
Lummi speaking now on bringing the Totem Pole to Standing Rock Camp, and surviving boarding s…

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Arizona Democrats wary of Trump’s Phoenix immigration speech

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Brian Fore

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

Arizona Democrats wary of Trump’s Phoenix immigration speech

PHOENIX – Ramon Chavez worries that if Donald Trump becomes president, his family, including his autistic brother, will be deported to Mexico. Regardless of what Trump may say Wednesday night about his immigration policy, Chavez is not convinced that the Republican presidential candidate will soften his original plan to implement mass deportation policies.

“I am scared,” said the 23-year-old Phoenix College student, an undocumented immigrant and DREAMer who received temporary relief from deportation in 2012 under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive action.

Chavez spoke along with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Arizona Rep. Rebecca Rios at a press conference held by Arizona Democratic leaders on Wednesday several hours before Trump’s immigration speech. He said, “[Trump] has promised that if he does become president, he will deport me, he will deport my brother and he will deport my parents.”

Chavez said his family came to the United States before he was a teenager, in order to support him and his autistic brother. After Chavez graduated from high school, he said, his friends went to college but he was not able to attend himself. At the time, undocumented students were required to pay out-of-state-tuition at the state’s universities.

“I wanted to go to school, I wanted to better myself and I wanted to make a difference, but there was a huge barrier in my way,” he said.

He earned money in landscaping and food service jobs he found on Craigslist, he said.

Hope came when he received his deferred action, he said, which gave him the opportunity to legally work and study in the United States. He said he hopes to eventually obtain a business degree from Arizona State University.

However, he said he feels his dreams are under threat of “being shattered” under a Trump administration.

Trump’s Arizona campaign spokesman, Coalter Baker, was not immediately available for comment. However, the candidate’s website on Wednesday did not mention deporting all of the nation’s undocumented immigrants, but suggested tripling the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.

Stanton said Trump’s deportation plan would be an “instant disaster” for the national and state economies.

According to Stanton, 40 percent of Arizona’s exports are going to Mexico. He said the city of Phoenix accounts for two-thirds of the state’s total exports.

“No city in America would benefit more from comprehensive immigration reform than Phoenix,” Stanton said.

He also said he supports Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying that she has a plan to fix a “broken” immigration system and build a “21st century export-driven economy” for Phoenix.

Rios said the Trump campaign is built on “stoking racial fear and division.”

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Concussion reporting on the rise in Arizona

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Jonathan Saxon

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

Concussion reporting on the rise in Arizona

PHOENIX – At first blush, the statement from Dr. Javier Cardenas might have troubled some parents of young athletes.

“I’m happy to tell you that more athletes are reporting concussions,” said Cardenas, a sports neurologist at the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center.

What could possibly be good about an increase in athletes who reported concussions?

It could be a sign that athletes and coaches are getting smarter when it comes to head trauma.

While concussions are still a concern for student-athletes, there is evidence that efforts to educate teens about brain injuries is raising concussion awareness and reporting, according to a survey of more than Arizona 300 high school students, athletes and non-athletes both.

Cardenas, who was joined by student-athletes Andrew Wachtel and Bianca Feix, announced the results of the survey during a press conference Friday at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.

In the survey, 75 percent of respondents said they have received concussion education and 79 percent of respondents would immediately tell their coach if they suspected they suffered a concussion.

Cardenas attributed the rise in concussion awareness to the Barrow Brainbook, a web-based learning tool developed specifically for high school athletes to educate them about signs and causes of brain injuries.

“The message to coaches is that your athletes trust you,” he said. “We want to ensure that our coaches are the ones who are well-educated about this program.”

Cardenas launched the Barrow Brainbook in 2011 and he said more than 300,000 Arizona high school athletes have completed the concussion education program since then. It is currently mandated for all AIA student-athletes, and is also used by school districts in the San Francisco area and by Arizona State athletics.

According to the survey, almost one in three Arizona high school senior athletes reported suffering a concussion at some point during their high school career. One in four boys decided not to play high school football because of concussion concerns. One in 10 girls decided not to play high school soccer because of concussion concerns.

Wachtel, a Chaparral High School freshman, is currently sitting out from football after he sustained a concussion during practice. He said it happened during a blocking drill, when he was involved in a head-to-head collision with a teammate.

“I started feeling nauseous and had problems with my vision,” he said. “I couldn’t think clearly.”

Eighth grader Bianca Feix suffered a concussion while playing volleyball for Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic School in Phoenix in August 2015. Bianca said she suffered the injury when she was hit in the head with the ball, but at the time she did not think too about it, since it had happened before.

She didn’t begin experiencing symptoms until later when she was at home.

“Headaches, nausea, sensitivity to light,” Bianca said, ticking off the symptoms. “Then I went to the (emergency room) and found out I had a concussion.”

It took Bianca three months to recover from the concussion and get back to playing sports.

But, there is still more work to be done. Only 30 percent of students said they would tell their parents about a concussion. And 42 percent of athletes who have had a concussion say they are not afraid of the long-term impact of suffering one or multiple concussions.

Of the teens surveyed, 61 percent said they are more aware of the symptoms and dangers of concussions than they were a few years ago. And 89 percent of teens say they would report it if a teammate or friend has had a concussion playing a school sport.

Cardenas believes the rise in concussion education also has lowered the threshold for what is diagnosed as a concussion. Historically, it was believed that a concussion was only sustained if the athlete lost consciousness, when actually less than 10 percent of all concussions occur from hits that lead to knockouts.

“Ninety-percent of concussions occur without a loss of consciousness.” he said.

Cardenas hopes to expand the Brainbook program into other school districts in Arizona and across the nation.

“We will continue our initiatives,” he said. “We will continue our programs to make sure that all of our Arizona athletes can have healthy and safe lives.”

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Protest Action at Trump Rally in Phoenix Today

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Comites del Barrio Press Release
Contact: Salvador Reza (602) 446-9928

President Pena Nieto’s Capitulates to Donald Trump

Protest and Repudiation to Donald Trump and Enrique Pena Nieto

Date: Wednesday August 31, 2016 Time: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Phoenix, Civic Center on 2nd Ave
Re: As part of Donald Trump’s visit to Phoenix after joining forces with President Pena Nieto to build a Border Fence. TONATIERRA Barrio Defense Committees will protest Donald Trump and now Pena Nieto’s proposed policy to deport 11 million people.
Mexican people and the Barrio Defense Committees view President Pena Nieto as a traitor to the millions of Mexican Residents in the U.S. and their families in Mexico.
Donald Trump, Joe Arpaio and now President Pena Nieto have become the triumvirate of hate against Mexican people whose only crime is to work to feed their families.
A Donald Trump piñata will be broken as part of the protest.
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Presidential campaign giving lags in Arizona, elsewhere in U.S.

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Sabella Scalise

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

Presidential campaign giving lags in Arizona, elsewhere in U.S.

WASHINGTON – Arizonans have been relatively stingy with their presidential donations this year, contributing $8.4 million as of August, well off the 2012 pace when residents forked over $21.9 million by the end of the presidential campaign.

Despite the gap, experts said there is still time for the numbers to rebound with just 10 weeks until Election Day. But they said the drop also reflects a national trend, with donors seemingly reluctant to fund presidential nominees with low appeal.

“Both major-party candidates have high negatives associated with them,” said Fred Solop, a political science professor at Northern Arizona University.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton reported receiving $2.2 million in contributions from Arizona in her July 31 filing with the Federal Election Commission. Republican nominee Donald Trump, who only recently started fundraising in earnest, reported getting $1.2 million from the state in the same period.

Most of the presidential donations from the state went to candidates in the primary, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, who reported raising $1.6 million, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, whose $959,616 topped the crowded field of 16 Republican hopefuls.

In contrast, 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had raised more than $13 million from Arizona by the end of his unsuccessful campaign.

But Rodolfo Espino, an Arizona State University political science professor, said Romney and Sen. John McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, enjoyed ties to Arizona the the current nominees don’t have. Those ties helped the earlier candidates with their fundraising in the state.

“To Arizona in particular, you would have the native son effect,” Espino said. McCain has decades of history as an elected official from Arizona while Romney had strong support from the state’s Mormon community.

Compared to that, Espino asked, “How can we connect with Donald Trump?”

Solop also said there has been a “significant difference between candidate fundraising styles” in this election and prior years.

“We are also engaged in a Senate campaign with McCain, and he has shown no support for Trump,” Solop said.

But the money does not seem to be flowing down to smaller races – at least not yet.

The National Institute on Money in State Politics reported on its website, FollowTheMoney.org, that Arizona had contributed $36.4 million to all political campaigns except the presidential race so far this year, compared to $42.5 million at this time in the 2012 election cycle. By the end of the 2012 elections, Arizonans had contributed $66.2 million to those down-ticket races, the site said.

But with 10 weeks left to Election Day, and months left in the reporting cycle, there’s still time for campaign donations to catch up to previous years, experts said.

“The money isn’t vanishing,” said Josh Stewart, a spokesman for the Sunlight Foundation. “You never know what is going to happen.”

Espino said that even though we are in new territory with this election, he wouldn’t be surprised to see a spike in spending in fourth-quarter FEC reports.

“I don’t have a crystal ball,” he said. “But I anticipate a lot of last-minute donors.”

Stewart said he expects more contributions, but not necessarily across all races.

“I certainly think at the congressional level, the Senate level and the Democratic level, but not as a total,” he said.

Besides donors turning to down-ticket campaigns, Stewart some donors may also decide to invest more in political action committees than individual candidate campaigns. But he echoed Espino’s statement that campaigns are in new territory.

“In a system where one donor can write a check in seven figures, that can happen overnight,” Stewart said.

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