2 November 2006

Arizona Election 2006 (Part 1)

Here is the full candidate slate but I am breaking this down into three separate pieces — federal office, state office, and the numerous ballot propositions, which make the Arizona ballot the weightiest in the nation, at least for the 2006 election campaign.

For the first installment, focus is on the federal offices in play.

U.S. Senator

A total no-brainer. Let's see, we can opt for the slick talking lawyer man who has served as the ultimate rubber stamp for a neoconservative administration embroiled in a culture of corruption and state of denial, but most notably, engaged in an illegal, immoral, unconstitutional invasion of a country that posed no threat to the United States. Jon Kyl (R) may not fit the standard profile of the predatory attorney type, but favorable illusion aside, fact is, he has served the role perfectly. Time after time, siding with corporate interests over the health of the working Arizonan — whether it be allying with insurance giants or throwing weight behind Wall Street predators seeking to siphon retiree money into their own coffers.

Jim Pederson (D) is the answer and will serve Arizona in admirable fashion. But in all honesty, even if Pederson was not the solid candidate he is, he'd have to be seducing underage Congressional pages for me not to vote for him over the vile Kyl.

U.S. Representative District No. 1

It's time to oust one of the most corrupt members of Congress, a carpetbagger who should be sent back to his Virginia home. Let's put in the honorable Ellen Simon (D) to restore dignity and respect to this Arizona congressional district.

U.S. Representative District No. 2

While Trent Franks (R) may waltz to victory, given the Democrats indifference to this race, it won't be counting a vote from yours truly. Franks represents the worse in contemporary Republican politics, with his vile hate mongering and extremist stances. John Thrasher (D) gets my vote.

U.S. Representative District No. 3

John Shadegg (R), just like John Kyl, has been one of President Bush's biggest rubber stamps. Time to alleviate him of his sycophantic duties. Herb Paine (D) will do the office justice, and if you don't like Paine, cast a vote for Libertarian Mark Yannone. Additonally, Shadegg swore to abide to a 6 year term limit when initially voted into office in 1994, but then broke that pledge.

U.S. Representative District No. 4

Ed Pastor (D) wins this gerrymandered district handily.

U.S. Representative District No. 5

Give 'em hell Harry. Hopefully incumbent J.D. Hayworth's (R) district will express their desire for honest government and dump J.D. and his infantile antics. Even the Arizona Republic, despite its endorsement of Bush lackeys Shadegg and Franks, calls out Hayworth and terms him "the Bully" and recommends voters cast their ballots for former Tempe mayor Harry Mitchell (D).

U.S. Representative District No. 6

Jeff Flake prevails here, and while I don't see eye to eye with Flake on his positions, it must be acknowledged that he represents his district ably, and I admire his steadfastness to his principles, even when they bump up against the neoconservative agenda.

U.S. Representative District No. 7

Raul Grijalva will continue to serve his constituency well.

U.S. Representative District No. 8

Hopefully, if polling bears true, Gabrielle Giffords (D) will emerge victorious over the hate monger Randy Graf (R), as Graf has hitched his chariot to a one issue, anti-immigration crusade. While many Arizonans are concerned over the rampant illegal immigration crisis, they in good conscience should not succumb to the eliminationist rhetoric forwarded by Graf and the white supremacist militia groups.


You may want to put a (D) or (R) next to the names of those politicians you name. Although you maybe following Arizona politics, the majority of people who read your blog--the vast majority, don't.

Ever thought of getting a bliki?

Or making this site a wiki?

Wiki is web 2.0. I am convinced. I have a new website up--a new wiki--and I have abandoned my livejournal page. If you want the web address, email me.
I suggest an article explaining what the next two years will look like with a republican controlled congress, as opposed to a democratic one.

From what little I know about history, I think Republicans are out of Congress. Although war presidents are safe from getting outstead (sp?), even in unpopular wars, Congressmen and Senators are not.

But this may be my hopes and desires speaking. I am reminded of Walter Lippman, who coined and wrote the term/book "public opinion" a classic. In a scientific study done around 1917, he found that New York Times articles discussing the overthrow of the new Russian government were based more on the authors own hopes, desires, and biases, then any objective reality.

Looking back at 2004, with 20/20 hindsight, I should have known better. No matter what attocities US presidents do in wars, the American people will reelect those presidents. I am reminded of the landslides of Reagan and the torture manual in 1984, Nixon in 1972, Roosevelt in 1944 (please correct me if I am wrong about this one), and TDR in 1902. Johnson is not an exception, because Johnson, if he would have "stayed the course" and not dropped out of the primaries, may have won (we will never know).

Simplistic conclusion: Presidents benefit from foreign wars, no matter how attrocious, no matter what war crime is committed. Congress and Senate, on the other hand, are more vulnerable.
Trav, this place, before it adopted a blog format, was a "wiki", using my own crafted wiki/bliki like software platform. Unfortunately, it didn't catch on, except for a few pages that literally drew thousands of responses -- in wake of the war.

I once was enamored with the Wiki concept, and still believe it has power in selected online venues (notably project/procedure documentation) but recently, I've begun to doubt the long term success of Wikipedia and other similar ventures.

As Wikipedia has evolved, they've had to deal with problems of spam, self aggrandizing, over zealous edits, self annointed experts, etc... and have responded by establishing a hierarchy of elites that in turn have enacted sets of new filters on top of eachother. The end result is now what I term the "wiki-nazi" effect, and it drives away real legitimate subject matter experts.

Also, it's markup goes well beyond the simple and even an uber-geek like me can't recall all the incantations.

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