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Reposted from Posh (and not so Posh) Thoughts by ThatPoshGirl

Richard Carmona's new ad hits opponent Jeff Flake on veterans' benefits. Carmona himself is a combat veteran who earned his G.E.D. while serving in the Army. He went on to become a Special Forces Medic.

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Reposted from Late Again by ThatPoshGirl

I always knew something would compel me to get off my lazy ass do the work it takes to publish a first diary. I just didn't expect that 'something' to be voting rights.

I cast my very first vote in the 1988 presidential election. While I found it exhilarating to be a fully participating citizen exercising a brand new right, I also approached it with a grave sense of responsibility.  I never have cast a vote alone; with me always in the voting booth were those whose voices were never heard. Sitting out an election has never been an option for me. To do so would be a slap in the face to every woman or minority who was beaten, maimed or killed simply for wanting a voice in their own governance.

Over the years the excitement of it has worn off but the sense of duty has not. I've voted in every election since 1988: local, county, state, recall, school board, you name it. It's become something I take for granted because the entire process - for me - has always been pretty straightforward and boring with a distinct lack of drama.

That all changed yesterday with im a frayed knot's diary:
Attention Colorado Voters

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I don't know if anyone has diaried about this, but I couldn't help but noticing this piece about a U.S. Supreme Court decision that was easily overshadowed by the actions on President Obama's Affordable Healthcare Act and Arizona's "Papers Please" law.
Here's what pr watch reported:

In a little-noticed ruling amidst clamor over the healthcare decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote, holding it was preempted by the National Voting Registration Act (NVRA). The law was adopted as a "model" bill by the American Legislative Exchange Council [ALEC] in 2008.
It may not have received the notice "papers please" and the Affordable Healthcare Act ruling got, but the significance of this ruling cannot be overrstated.
More.
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Reposted from tiponeill by ThatPoshGirl

I’ve lived in a lot of places (like Boston) where the power of the church causes corruption,

but I have never seen a more blatant scam than the recent vote by our City Council to

donate 1.1 Million dollars to the church for the “repair” of  Marist College.

The council voted 5-2 Tuesday night to allocate federal Community Development Block Grant funds to repair the historic building’s damaged support structure and veneer. The city’s hope is that a developer will eventually come forward and transform the one-time parochial school, built in 1915, into an economically viable property.
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Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 03:50 PM PDT

AZ-Sen: Flake and Carmona Tied

by ThatPoshGirl

Reposted from Posh (and not so Posh) Thoughts by ThatPoshGirl

While Jeff Flake fights a primary battle again Wil Cardon, Richard Carmona has been sitting unopposed, waiting. The battle is to replace Jon Kyl, who is retiring. The latest Public Policy Polling poll from the end of July shows that the battle between Flake and Cardon has really tightened the race... between Flake and Carmona.

If the candidates for Senate were Democrat
Richard Carmona and Republican Jeff Flake,
who would you vote for?

Richard Carmona 38%

Jeff Flake 38%

Undecided 25%

The two are tied, with a quarter of the electorate undecided. Last month, Flake led Carmona 43-41, with only 16% undecided. Showing that the highly negative campaign between Cardon and Flake has caused significant damage to Flake.

(More after the squiggle)

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Reposted from Posh (and not so Posh) Thoughts by ThatPoshGirl

A few days ago I wrote a brief biography of Arizona Senate candidate Dr. Richard Carmona. At the time, I cited a poll from PPP showing that Carmona was 13 points behind likely Republican candidate Jeff Flake. PPP also stated that:

The positive flip side to that is that voters who know both Carmona and Flake strongly favor Carmona, suggesting that as Carmona continues to campaign and become a known commodity to the rest of the electorate, he can close the gap.  The improvement in his name identification so far has been entirely with Democrats, however.
A new PPP poll (pdf) released yesterday seems to support their prediction.
If the November U.S. Senate election were
held today, and the candidates were Democrat
Richard Carmona and Republican Jeff Flake,
who would you vote for?
Richard Carmona 41%
Jeff Flake 43%
Undecided 16%
In the new poll, Carmona is only two points behind Flake in a hypothetical ballot. I think it is time for us to recognize this as a top tier race. The more people learn about Carmona, the more they like him. Likewise, the more people learn about Jeff Flake, the less they like him. Carmona is sure to come up against a lot of SuperPAC money. Let's make sure he has the support to fight back. You can donate here.
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Reposted from Posh (and not so Posh) Thoughts by ThatPoshGirl

While Wil Cardon and Jeff Flake duke it out in the AZ Senate GOP primary, Dr. Richard Carmona sits unopposed, waiting. Carmona had been set to face Dr. David Ruben in a primary battle, but Ruben was forced to withdraw after discovering that nearly half of the signatures he had collected to get on the ballot were invalid.

In April, Daily Kos Elections suggested that Carmona's race was "second tier, at best," but recent polling suggests otherwise. In May, Public Policy Polling (pdf) showed Carmona behind Cardon by only three points. While he trailed Flake by a much larger margin of 13 points, they also added this note:

The positive flip side to that is that voters who know both Carmona and Flake strongly favor Carmona, suggesting that as Carmona continues to campaign and become a known commodity to the rest of the electorate, he can close the gap.  The improvement in his name identification so far has been entirely with Democrats, however. [emphasis added]
So, who is Dr. Richard Carmona?
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Reposted from Baja Arizona Kossacks by ThatPoshGirl Editor's Note: Great article on Richard Carmona and out chances for electing a Democrat to the US Senate. -- ThatPoshGirl

Congressman Jeff Flake is the Republican establishment anointed candidate for the open U.S. Senate seat of retiring Jon Kyle. He's a blue blood descendent of the Mormon pioneer and colonizing families of Erastus Snow and William Jordan Flake, who founded the town of Snowflake, Arizona, in 1878, where Jeff was born. He was educated at Brigham Young University, and was first elected to Congress in 2000.

When Senator Kyle announced his retirement Flake quickly announced his candidacy. Endorsements quickly poured in and scared off prospective opponents, including fellow Congressman Trent Franks, who had long considered a run for Senate should Kyle or McCain retire. But he didn't scare off a very wealth businessman who had never run for political office before. His name is Wil Cardon, and he may be just the ticket for Arizona to have its very own Sharron Angle or Christine O'Donnell. Or that dude in Alaska whose name I've already forgotten.

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