In this blog, I've posted a lot about what I feel are the failures of Rep. Jeff Flake. Often I used over-the-top language, meant as kind of a parody of the attack ads seen in what passes for political discourse over the airways.
I as a congressman (as well as my occasional praise for some of his forward-thinking actions), but I am sorry if the words I used offended anyone, particularly Rep. Flake or his family. I think he's a decent guy and a very intelligent man who happens to have a view of government that is out of step with our times.
After it was clear that other candidates were in the race, I changed the name of the blog from one promoting my "candidacy" to "Defeat Jeff Flake." Now, with Chris Gramazio having filed his signatures to get on the September 2 AZ-06 Democratic primary ballot and Rebecca Schneider filing her petitions next Tuesday, it's time for me to step aside and let a real candidate take over. I'm leaving to spend the summer in Brooklyn. Thanks to everyone who came to the blog.
mostly concerned Mitt Romney's presidential campaign but went on to make more general remarks about the political situation we are facing in 2008:
As Walter Mondale was the last gasp of the fading New Deal coalition, Romney has turned himself into the last gasp of the Reagan coalition.
That coalition had its day, but it is shrinking now. The Republican Party is more unpopular than at any point in the past 40 years. Democrats have a 50 to 36 party identification advantage, the widest in a generation. The general public prefers Democratic approaches on health care, corruption, the economy and Iraq by double-digit margins. Republicans’ losses have come across the board, but the G.O.P. has been hemorrhaging support among independent voters. Surveys from the Pew Research Center and The Washington Post, Kaiser Foundation and Harvard University show that independents are moving away from the G.O.P. on social issues, globalization and the roles of religion and government.
According to Reid Wilson's post at Real Clear Politics, the just-published edition of The Almanac of American Politics notes that Arizona's Sixth Congressional District -- hey, that's us -- is the fastest-growing in the nation:
Arizona Reps. Jeff Flake and Trent Franks come in at numbers one and two, and new residents of the state have registered overwhelmingly Democratic, according to the East Valley Tribune. Neither Flake nor Franks are in immediate danger, but a generation from now, the districts will not look the same as they do today.
Between 2000 and 2005, AZ-06 grew 36.3%. We Democrats need to at least run someone in 2008 -- are there any Latina billionaire businesswomen abuelas with civic experience in Mesa? -- but I will represent the party next November if no politician with potential agrees to run.
I am sure that Arizona's Sixth Congressional District, or whatever district replaces it in parts of the Southeast Valley after the next decennial census -- will one day shift from Republican to Democratic control. The demographics and history are on our side.
Republican Incumbent Rep. Jeff Flake
Please support activist Democrat Rebecca Schneider for Congress in Arizona's Sixth Congressional District this November against the do-nothing extremist incumbent, Rep. Jeff Flake.
Check out earlier posts here for shocking examples of Rep. Flake's terrible record of ignoring the needs of the East Valley's middle class families and you will see that he should be replaced by someone who will fight for regular people - Rebecca Schneider.
Part 2 looks a lot harder then the original! Let me know what yall think about these instrumentals! The stronger the demand is for this tape, the quicker I'll get it done. This tracklist aint 100% official yet, however its going to be very close. Leave feedback if you feelin it!!! If you got a rare instrumental request leave it in the comments, if I got it, I'll prob include it on the tape.
01 Lakey The Kidd - Sumbody Got Shot
02 Nature - The Sermon
03 Mobb Deep - Temperatures Risin(Original)
04 Nas - Lifes Like A Dice Game
05 E-Money Baggs - Aint Got A Clue
06 Infamous Mobb - Mobb Niggaz(Original)
07 Ali Vegas - Gangsta Boogie
08 CNN/Kool G Rap - Sex, Money, Drugs
09 Hostyle/Cormega - Street Conflicted
10 Nas - Stay Chizzled(Original Uncleared Sample)
11 Tragedy/Littles/Capone - U Make Me
12 Crhyme Fam - Street Shit
13 PHD/Havoc/Kamakazee - Set It(R.I.P. KL)
14 Nas/Kool G Rap - Fast Life Remix
15 ACD/Nature - Kings Of NY
16 Noreaga - Chains Out
17 Mobb Deep - Legal Money(Original)
18 Screwball/Nature - The Blocks
19 Screwball - The Heat Is On(Original)
20 Lakey The Kidd - Gutter Block King
21 Prodigy - Trials Of Love
22 AZ - Gimme Yourz Remix
23 Cormega - Beautiful Mind
AZ Bruntsfield players returned from training today, having won the XFA Premier League and the XFA Youth Leauge A last season. The team were joined by some new faces and said goodbye to our oldest one.
Transfer In :
Javi Garcia (Bosman) - A young Spanish midfielder with great potential.
Alex Diaz (Bosman) - A Colombian left back, to act as cover for Thiago Carleto
Adrien (Bosman) - Portugese central midfielder to act as cover for the senior team.
Transfers Out :
Pity Altamirano (Undisclosed fee - thought to be around £1million) - Having lost his place to Gustavo Munoz, Pity has decided to move on. We wish him all the best.
Ryan McGowan (Loan)
Lucas Cardozo (Loan)
The manager confirmed today that they are in talks with a young French striker about a possible move to the XFA Premier League champions but that talks are still in the preliminary stage.
Talks of Zlatan Ibrahimovic moving to Montpelier Park seem to have stalled and Gonzalo Higuain looks set to stay at his current club.
AZ Bruntsfield today confirmed the stunning signing of Spanish playmaker Francesc Fabregas. He joins the Edinburgh club on a 2 season deal with a possibility of 2 further seasons.
However leaving the club as part of the deal are reserve team players Javi Garcia and Alex Teixera, who never really settled at the Montpelier Park stadium. Joining them are Caio, who was set to leave the team under the bosman ruling and young striker Jair Baylon, who has been at the club since the age of 12.
Fabregas met his teammates during his first training session this morning and will have been glad to see fimiliar faces Gerard Pique and Javi Martinez.