Andy Tobin: Obamacare Caused SB 1062

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Obamacare has been blamed for a lot of things, but blaming the health care law on the passage of a supposedly anti-gay law is one we haven't heard before.

Yet, that's what Republican Congressional Candidate Andy Tobin declared in a debate this week with Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, as the candidates were given the opportunity to question each other, and Kirkpatrick went after Tobin's support of Arizona's Senate Bill 1062.

"That bill wouldn't have been necessary if it wasn't for Obamacare, because it looked for protections of the First Amendment, and that was the reason, because you hadn't seen it before," Tobin said of the bill.

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Geoffrey Jacobs, Fired From DPS After Scandal With Director's Daughter, Running for JP

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Geoffrey Jacobs is running as a Democrat for Maricopa County Justice of the Peace in the Hassayampa district.
An ex-state trooper who was fired in 2009 after a rocky affair with the state Department of Public Safety director's daughter is running for Maricopa County Justice of the Peace.

Candidate Geoffrey Jacobs is seeking the position in the northwest Valley's Hassayampa district court, one of 26 county Justice Courts. But he has some serious obstacles to overcome: He's a Democrat running in a Republican-leaning district. He's running against two competitors for the November 4 election, a Republican and a Libertarian.

And he's got baggage -- lots of it.

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Does Doug Ducey Want to Eliminate the Income Tax or Not?

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In the fifth and final gubernatorial debate yesterday between Republican Doug Ducey and Democrat Fred DuVal, Ducey apparently walked back on his commitment to eliminating the state's income tax.

After DuVal attacked Ducey's plan to get rid of the income tax, Ducey replied that, "No one's talked about eliminating the income tax" -- as if it's something he has not actually proposed.

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Special Report: Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate Doug Ducey Hails From an Infamous Ohio Organized-Crime Family

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Andrew J. Nilsen
Most of Doug Ducey's professional life has been spent in sales of one kind or another.

So when the 50-year-old entrepreneur turned politician was given a chance to sell himself at an exclusive June retreat sponsored by billionaire siblings Charles and David Koch, naturally he emphasized the positive.

According to secret recordings of the event recently made public as part of a special report by The Nation magazine and the YouTube channel The Undercurrent, Arizona's state treasurer had attended these Koch brothers summits before and knew the audience consisted of potential big-money contributors.

Ducey spoke their language. He talked up the success of Cold Stone Creamery, which he and his partner sold in 2007, boasting that the company grew from a few stores to "1,440 in all 50 states" without any assistance from the public sector.

"We did it without government," he told the summit's attendees. "We did it without subsidies. We did it without tax incentives for chocolate-dipped waffle cones."

Ducey's audience chortled. Delivered with a touch of humor, this evocation of independent, can-do capitalism was the perfect pitch to the crowd of plutocrats, facts to the contrary notwithstanding.

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David Garcia, Superintendent Candidate, Endorsed by Scott Smith and Other Republicans

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Matthew Hendley
Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith
Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, the runner-up in this year's Republican primary for governor, announced his support of Democrat David Garcia for the state's schools superintendent.

"David Garcia isn't only the most qualified candidate -- he's the only qualified candidate, and that's why I'm supporting him," Smith said at a press conference today, joining several other Republicans in endorsing Garcia.

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Doug Ducey Up 10 Percentage Points on Fred DuVal in Latest Poll

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Fred DuVal (left) and Doug Ducey.
Despite three previous polls showing a virtual tie between gubernatorial candidates Fred DuVal and Doug Ducey, the latest poll puts Ducey up 10 percentage points on DuVal.

This latest poll from the New York Times, CBS News, and YouGov shows 47 percent of the voters picking the Republican Ducey, and 37 percent opting for the Democrat DuVal. The same polling outfit's results released just a month ago had Ducey up just 1 percentage point on DuVal.

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David Garcia, State Superintendent Candidate, Releases Two Television Campaign Ads

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David Garcia campaign ad
At a Valley Interfaith Project's fall gathering in east Phoenix on Tuesday night, more than 300 voters had a chance to hear from David Garcia, who is running to become the state's new school chief.

As usual, his opponent, Diane Douglas, was a no-show despite organizers placing half a dozen calls to her office asking for her participation. New Times has also been unsuccessful in reaching Douglas.

In one of his two television ads, Garcia -- using a description of Douglas in an editorial by the Arizona Republic -- says that Douglas has as much knowledge about education as a cardboard cutout.

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Wendy Rogers Changes Video Ad, Deletes Scene From James Foley Execution

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Arizona congressional candidate Wendy Rogers has deleted an excerpt of ISIL's James Foley beheading video from one of her campaign ads.

The Republican and retired Air Force lieutenant colonel caught flak from the Democratic Party, media pundits and probably some of her own supporters after airing the video this week on TV and YouTube. It features a clip from a brutal propaganda video by the Islamic States of Iraq of the Levant (a.k.a. ISIS) to make a point how Rogers' opponent, incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, is supposedly weak on terrorism.

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Former AZ Governor Raul Castro Endorses David Garcia, Candidate for School Chief

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Former Arizona Governor Raul Castro and David Garcia

Boasting political support from Arizona first -- and only -- Latino governor, David Garcia writes on Facebook that he is "humbled to receive the support of a man I have admired since I was a boy -- former Governor Raúl Castro.

Castro, who was elected governor in 1974 and served two years before answering a call from President Jimmy Carter to serve as ambassador to Argentina, says that it's "hard to believe" that since he was elected governor 40 years ago, "no other Latino has been elected to statewide office."

If Garcia wins his bid for Superintendent of Public Instruction against Diane Douglas, a Tea Party Republican, he will change that.

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Wendy Rogers' First TV Ad Features Footage from Beheading of James Foley

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A still from congressional candidate Wendy Rogers' first TV ad.
Republican Congressional candidate Wendy Rogers released her first TV campaign ad, which features video footage from the beheading of journalist James Foley.

The ad attempts to paint her opponent, Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, as weak on terrorism. It's likely only to cause controversy for showing footage of Foley's execution at the hands of the extremist group known as the Islamic State (or ISIS, or ISIL), even though the actual beheading isn't shown.

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