Monday, August 07, 2006

Anywhere but where she can be held accountable

I dug deep into my reserves of discipline Saturday to attend the Arizona Breakfast Club. There I learned from Ernest Hancock that the current holder of the office of Arizona Secretary of State (Jan Brewer) was absent from a candidate forum that she was invited to and confirmed that she would attend. In my mind this clearly shows that Jan Brewer is ashamed of something.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Manual recount

I look forward to more candidates endorsing manual validation. To make it easy here is are three searches for "manual validation"

1. Ernest Hancock
2. Israel Torres
3. Jan Brewer

Do you think there is a reason only one of the above links has results..?

Hancock, Torres or Brewer - which can be trusted?

As it looks like the wikipedia article is going to be an article rather than a reference, I would like to encourage people to visit Ernest Hancock's site, Israel Torres' site and yes, even Jan Brewer's site. The question in my mind is whether there are three choices for Secretary of State or really two. It is evident from Torres' pamphlet that election integrity is a side issue of little interest in his mind (the same can be said about Brewer as is evident from the pitiful committment her office has in improving election integrity rather than the same old-same old).

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Rizma takes one for the gipper - quits

In an AP article dated 6/28/2006 the Tucson Citizen reports that Skip Rimza withdrew his candidacy for Secretary of State. Being that other backroom shenanigans will result in one more election that won't be conducted properly, one wonders why people bother voting at all.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

And will people take advantage of the choices offered?

I recently went to the Thursday meeting of Drinking Liberally (Phoenix Chapter) at The Florists Cafe in Phoenix and had a good time talking with Stuart Dollar and the other folks that showed up. Stuart, as usual, tries to convince me that "government isn't all bad" and I give my customary response, bad government is bad enough. Several present seem to be able to sleep nights with the idea of voting for a yellow dog for United States Senator from Arizona. I will be voting for a candidate I have confidence in - Richard Mack. He believes in less government, not more. I hope that those people searching for an alternative come November will notice that there is more than one alternative to Jon Kyl.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Newspapers or blogs - is it an either or decision?

I went to the Arizona Breakfast Club yesterday and had a fervent gun rights advocate ask my opinion on, Should he spend time writing letters to the editor or blogging? I think he should spend time on both. While it has been several weeks since I have read a newspaper, I still do read them from time to time. In the same time frame I have read several hundred posts from the 15 or so blogs I follow. I think that newspapers are an effective way to connect with people who might never have heard of you. Blogs and the internet are great but blog readers are self selecting which limits the audience for a particular message. From what I see Google AdWords are slowly but surely gaining percentages of advertising budgets as well as banking money that would never have made it to a newspaper advertising department due to transaction costs. Luckily I don't worry much about either the internet or the newspaper business, I have faith the market will provide.

I was also able to hear John Verkamp, a candidate for United States Senate (and Democrat primary opposition to Jim Pederson), speak about his reasoned and deeply felt opposition to continued US government involvement in Iraq. It is hard to make a rational case made for staying in Iraq that couldn't be restated as "stay the course". When the Iraqi opposition is lobbing bombs at you as fervently as well I don't see that "more of the same" is any more likely to get different results that it did the first year of the invasion or the second year of the invasion or the third year of the invasion. I sincerely hope the enough people can break free of this mindset by November 7, 2006 because I for one don't want the US to be the doe in the headlights when a car plows into it.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Report that Bruce Wheeler is no longer running

I was saddened to read that Bruce Wheeler won't be a choice for Secretary of State. I think the voters need more choices and having met Mr. Wheeler in person he seemed committed to establishing a voting system everybody could be proud of. I hope the remaining Democratic candidate will maintain his positions should he be elected.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Vote for Skip Rimza for Arizona Secretary of State - I don't think so

I was driving south from 44th Street and Thomas Road and saw a Skip Rimza sign which said to "google Skip Rimza". The results you get certainly are informative. I believe Ernest Hancock is a better candidate.