Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Cry foul! Dirty trick! Crooked politics! Boy, am I p!ssed off -- and all the other voters in Arizona should be too.
As I've mentioned elsewhere, Arizona is not a "red" state but a weird state. We don't have a "racial majority"; the last census showed that (during the summer months, when all the snowbirds have flown) our population is just over 30% White, just under 30% Native (mostly Navaho), almost exactly 30% mixed White-and-Narive (which is exactly what a "Latino" is), just over 5% Black and just under 5% Asian. Our chief industries are mining and ranching, with a little farming (where possible), a small bit of manufacturing (usually for local markets), and legal gambling -- on the Reservations, those famous Indian Casinos. Our total population is about 6 million, spread out over one large city (Phoenix, the 6th largest in the US, but with a violent-crime rate that isn't even among the top 100), two small cities (Tucson and Flagstaff), and all the rest either suburbs of those three or small ranching/mining/farming towns with populations of 5000 or less. It's also a state under siege because of its long border with Mexico -- lands which are mostly held by the local Navaho tribes. The Navahos, and other Pueblo-nation tribes, have been fighting off invasions from Mexico for the last 800 years, and they actively hate the Illegals. Even the big bad drug cartels don't try crossing the border at the Native lands anymore because those Natives don't just catch the crossers and hold them for the ICE; they shoot them. Nobody complains much about this, because the Natives own outright one-sixth of the state (including some of the best silver mines), and are a major voting-bloc. Arizona is the only state in the union where the ballots are printed in English, Spanish, and Tohono O'odom.
So it's not really surprising that the voters registered as Libertarian, independent, and Green combined outnumber the voters registered as Democrat and Republican combined. It's also not surprising that the Libertarians got about 10% of the vote at the last election. The Big Two in Arizona are worried over that.
That's why the state election committee passed a bill raising the number of signatures needed to put a candidate on the ballot.
That cute trick neatly knocked the Libertarian Party candidates (to say nothing of the Greens) off the ballot for the upcoming primary election. Yes, you can get a Libertarian mail-in/early-voting ballot for the primary, but there are no names on it -- only space for write-in candidates. Needless to add, the Libs have been sending separate mailings around, explaining the problem and listing the names of their candidates, and asking the voters to write in the names -- also listed on the LP's website (azlp.org).
The problem is that the LP doesn't have the budget to tell the story, expose the scandal, and advertise to the general public.
So I'm doing it here. If you're an Arizonian, no matter what party you back, you've got to admit that this is a dirty trick and needs to be stomped on. Whatever ballot you get, write in the LP candidates, just to kick the crooked election committee in the keister, as it deserves.
For federal offices:
US Senator: Adam Kokesh
US Congress: Zhani Doko
For state offices:
Governor: Barry Hess
Secretary of State: Jenn Gray
Attorney General: Michael Kielsky
State Mining Inspector: Kim Ruff
State Senator: Jeff Daniels
State Representative: Robert Allen Pepton
Phoenix Mayor: Nick Sarwark
Central Arizona Water Conservation District: Jim Iannuzo and Ronald Sereny
For reminders, go the the azlp.org website and keep track.
Yes, dammitol, this is an unpaid but shameless political announcement, intended to "influence" the election. So sue me.