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Skyward – Community Commentary

Skyward – Community Commentary

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Skyward

By Carol Fiore

 

I have always looked up—at clouds, at birds, at airplanes. I climb to the tops of hills and hotels and relish the feeling of being high, embracing the world below. As a child, my most prized possession was a cheap, vinyl bag with the words Pan Am emblazoned on the side—a reminder of an adventure in the sky.

When I was 13, I saw a documentary about Amelia Earhart. While everyone else was enthralled with the mystery surrounding her disappearance, I was drawn to her freckles, and her quick smile, and her eyes that screamed, “Flying is the most amazing thing you could ever do.” That was the day I began my journey to the sky.

I was determined to become a pilot.

Along the way there were many obstacles—beginning with my parents. “Be a stewardess,” they advised. “That’s a proper career for a girl.” When I persisted in reading aviation books and “wasting” my money on airplane models, my mother became nasty. “Only rich kids fly airplanes.”

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Fact-check: McSally on the Tax Bill

Fact-check: McSally on the Tax Bill

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Fact-check: McSally on the Tax Bill

 

On the same day House Republicans unveiled their new tax cut proposal, Martha McSally indicated her enthusiastic support, both in an official statement and a flurry of tweets.

 

How enthusiastic? Unlike with the health care bill, she managed to refrain from using f-bombs. But it’s clear she’s all in.

 

That’s not a surprise. McSally is hugely dependent for her campaign financing on House Speaker Paul Ryan and his political ally, New York hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer; it was a given they’d have her support on this, their top legislative priority.

 

Why are they so eager? It’s no mystery; the bill was written to benefit the donor class. Here’s a partial list of the bill’s provisions which impact mainly the wealthy and corporations, and the amount each would cost the Treasury over the next decade:

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McSally in Cosmo Magazine – wait, WHAT?

McSally in Cosmo Magazine – wait, WHAT?

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We started this Change.org campaign to ask the Editors of “Cosmopolitan” Magazine to:

“Tell your readers the truth about Martha McSally

Helen Gurley Brown, the long-time editor of “Cosmopolitan,” famously transformed it from a staid family magazine to a frank (sometimes brazen) advice manual for the modern, single career woman.

In 2014, then-editor Joanna Coles expanded Cosmo’s scope to politics, “researching political candidates so you don’t have to.” She announced that only politicians who support the best interests of Cosmo readers (including equal pay, access to abortion, gun control and affordable health care) would receive the magazine’s endorsement.

Based on that criteria, the only way you’d expect to see Rep. Martha McSally featured on the Cosmo’s web site is in a big red warning to steer clear. McSally has a long track record of opposing the very policies that Cosmo says are deal-breakers:

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Candidate Forum Oct 26th 2017

Candidate Forum Oct 26th 2017

Events
October 26th 2017
Meet & Greet 6-6:30
Forum 6:30-8:00
8:00 – 8:30 speak with Candidates
Rincon High Auditorium
421 N. Arcadia Ave., Tucson, Arizona 85711
Come join us for a lively evening with the candidates seeking to replace Rep. McSally as the CD2 congressional representative.
 
There will be an informal meet and greet with the candidates starting at 6:00 pm, followed by the candidate forum beginning at 6:30 pm sharp. After the formal part of the evening feel free to engage with the candidates starting at 8:00 until 8:30.
Tucson Weekly editor Jim Nintzel will moderate the program for us.
 
No tickets are required for this event. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.  RSVP on Facebook on the Event Page to get updates. Or sign up for our email newsletter!
 
Paul Ryan and the Congressional Leadership Fund

Paul Ryan and the Congressional Leadership Fund

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THE CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP FUND

 

Who runs it?

 

Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, and his hand-picked team (Executive Director Cory Bliss and Finance Director Mason Fink).

 

If you’re asking yourself, how can Martha McSally be an independent voice representing Southern Arizona, when the Speaker of the House is a major contributor to her campaign? —  the answer is, she can’t. Ryan keeps her on a very short leash.

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Paul Ryan’s SuperPAC opens Field Office in Tucson

Paul Ryan’s SuperPAC opens Field Office in Tucson

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September 28, 2017

The Arizona Republic reported a bold move by the Congressional Leadership Fund, Paul Ryan’s SuperPAC, to open a field office in Tucson.  The strategy of the SuperPAC’s Executive Director, Cory Bliss, is to canvass in Tucson in order to help Martha McSally in the most populous city in her District. Cory Bliss has had a great deal of success in special elections in several states where empty seats were left by Trump’s cabinet, as reported by Forbes Magazine.  You can read about Cory Bliss here.

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Tucson Waiting for McSally Town Hall

Tucson Waiting for McSally Town Hall

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On June 30th, 2015 Martha McSally held her last advertised, open to the public event in Tucson at her office.

Then on February 7th, 2017, we delivered 1300 signatures to her office requesting that she attend a Town Hall, that was scheduled according to her available dates after consulting with her scheduler. She was invited in January the moment we set the date. She chose to “ambush” her Tucson constituents using “political theater” and announced a conflicting Town Hall in Sahuarita, AZ (20 miles away in the middle of the work day) for the same day, making it impossible for people to attend both. Following that Town Hall, she told reporters that it was positive, she could handle the rowdy crowd and that she would absolutely do it again. We are waiting.

Pay to Play with Martha McSally – Part 3 My $75 Question

Pay to Play with Martha McSally – Part 3 My $75 Question

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By Marion Chubon

Martha, you almost had me there when you explained why it took you 4 days to condemn a white supremacist terror attack.  Let me back up. As many people know Congress has been on recess for the entire month of August. Martha McSally has used the recess to rebrand herself as a voice of reason in the healthcare debate. The voice I clearly remember is the one that famously said “let’s get this Fucking thing done” shortly before voting for the AHCA. That bill was the very unpopular healthcare (tax cut for wealthy) bill that the majority of her constituents and stakeholders in the healthcare industry begged her to vote “no” on.  

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Pay to Play with Martha McSally – Part 2 Harassment by McSally & Chamber Thugs

Pay to Play with Martha McSally – Part 2 Harassment by McSally & Chamber Thugs

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By Kristen Randall

..and it felt like all eyes were on us.

No, this isn’t an excerpt from a fairy tale. This is what it felt like as Marion and I entered the large room where the Tucson Metro Chamber was hosting Rep. Martha McSally as their keynote speaker. Marion and I are both business owners, she is a business coach and wholesale artist and I am own and edit a community newspaper. But we are also the President and Vice President of Represent Me AZ Grassroots Super PAC.

I didn’t exactly expect a warm reception, but we were assigned some henchmen to watch us through the speech. Since we were seated in the very back of the cavernous room, henchman 1 had to stand against the wall to keep us two ladies in his sights the entire time.

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Pay to Play with Martha McSally – Part 1 What Martha Didn’t Say

Pay to Play with Martha McSally – Part 1 What Martha Didn’t Say

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August 25, 2017
Martha McSally delivers Campaign Speech to Metro Chamber of Commerce

By Bryna Koch

On August 25th I attended Issues Over Easy, an event billed as a legislative update sponsored by the Tucson Chamber of Commerce. Congresswoman Martha McSally, there to provide the legislative update, received the Spirit of Enterprise Award. According to Mr. Jennings Imel, executive director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Western Regional Office, the award is presented to legislators who voted at least 70% of the time with the U.S. Chamber’s interests. The Chamber adds stickers to a hard hat (part of the award) for those legislators who voted with them 100% of the time. Apparently the Congresswoman has earned one of these stickers every year she was eligible.

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