MAS director Sean Arce’s last day; Pedicone’s stooge takes over watered-down Multicultural Program

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Two TUSD employees fighting the racist attack on Mexican American Studies have been fired by John Pedicone, former Vice-President of SALC. The co-founder and director of MAS Sean Arce cleaned out his office at 1010 today, and beloved MAS teacher Rene Martinez, who also happens to be the son of attorney Richard Martinez leading the Save Ethnic Studies lawsuit, was also fired by Pedicone… yeah, no retaliation involved here! Next year MAS will be back and John Pedicone will be gone. We always win in the end. Buy Three Sonorans a coffee! Become a sustaining member for just $5/month! (Google […]

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Mark Stegeman launches website built by the top right-wing anti-MAS pro-Michael Hicks group

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The first hint should have been seeing Mark Stegeman with a smiling Michael Hicks on the front page of stegeman4tusd.com. Of course, the 4tusd variant of anti-MAS group tu4sd was a hint also… But the following reveals the right-wing anti-MAS group that is pushing Mark Stegeman for re-election. You may remember Tagline Media in the news lately after the Rio Nuevo ouster of Bain and Grinnell. Maybe it’s also coincidence that two people protesting the loudest over the ouster of Bain and Grinnell have direct connections to an outfit named TagLine Media, which the board hired to do its public […]

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The Fast and Furious backfiring against the GOP

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The Fortune exposé, which reporter Katherine Eban says took her six months to assemble, is exhaustive and tough to summarize, but its highlights are these: Contrary to the narrative advanced by conservative bloggers and politicians, the federal government did not intentionally allow the sale of any guns to Mexican bandits. Seven ATF agents based in Phoenix were tasked with trying to stop the “river of iron”—2,000 American guns crossing into Mexico every day. (Those sales represent millions of dollars a week to gun manufacturers—who are major donors to the NRA’s lobbying efforts.) Their job was hard, because there’s no federal law against gun trafficking, there’s […]

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Ron Barber, Democrat successor to Giffords, votes to hold Eric Holder in civil contempt

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Joining with the Republicans once again, Ron Barber splits with the Democratic Party on an issue involving immigration and Border Patrol in Southern Arizona to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in civil contempt after the vote to find him in contempt of Congress. The final vote on Roll Call 442 was 258-95, with Ron Barber voting in favor with the rest of the Republican delegation from Arizona, with Raul Grijalva and Ed Pastor voting against the measure to hold the nation’s first black Attorney General in civil contempt for an ATF “gunwalking” operation that began under Bush. Democrats are charging […]

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SCOTUS: Obama-RomneyCare constitutional

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WASHINGTON — The individual health insurance mandate is constitutional, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, upholding the central provision of President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act. The controlling opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, upheld the mandate as a tax, although concluded it was not valid as an exercise of Congress’ commerce clause power. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined in the outcome. The decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius comes as something of a surprise after the generally hostile reception the law received during the six hours of oral […]

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Justin Bieber vs Selena Gomez: Which one is ‘reasonably suspicious’ in Arizona?

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“Arizona politicians will tell you with a straight face, no less, that they can apply this law without using racial profiling,” [US Congressman Luis] Gutierrez said, “without assuming that someone named Gutierrez isn’t less likely to be in this country legally than someone named Smith. That’s an amazing skill.” And to prove the point, Gutierrez issued a challenge for C-SPAN viewers, which we’ve recreated below: For our non-belieber readership, Bieber is Canadian. via Who Is The Immigrant: Justin Bieber Or Selena Gomez? | ThinkProgress. Buy Three Sonorans a coffee! Become a sustaining member for just $5/month! (Google ad below)

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