Emil Franzi: Random Thoughts: 3-8-17

By Emil Franzi

Millennium voters

Once again, we’re getting spooked by the data people. Mix in some liberal determinism and you get the following crapola.

Millenniums supported Clinton, Boomers Trump. OK, but from where and by how much? The difference in spread between the two groups is in single digits. Add that to the inability of pollsters to get more than a small percentage of the population to answer an interview, and the data is close to meaningless.

The determinism comes from those who imagine they can predict a trend from this flimsy evidence. No, they can’t. A slight change as voters age and change their views is ignored along with geographic distribution.

When the split is less than 10%, think maybe millenniums in some places Voted more from Trump? Like maybe in Wyoming or rural Pennsylvania?

MORAL – do not let the data gatherers spook you.

How Peggie Noonan gets it wrong

Peggie Noonan is one of the brighter old style conservatives writing today. In a recent WSJ piece, she warns the Republicans not to do what the Dems and Obama did with ObamaCare and to make sure that they had a measure of bi-partisan support which she believes not getting is what caused the measure to fail.

Wrong, Peggy. It failed because it sucked and was bad public policy. Had it been a GOOD idea, the Dems would’ve made out and the GOP would’ve looked bad.

The thought that legislation should be “bi-partisan” is why so much of it consists of shit sandwiches. Good ideas should be passed on, bad ones killed. Sometimes compromise is need but it’s the LAST option, not the first.

The Case for Keeping Huckelberry

Full disclosure – I’ve known Chuck Huckelberry for almost 40 years and consider him a friend. We both went to work for Pima County in the ‘70’s. I as an Admin Asst in what was then called Physical Plant and he as junior engineer. Bottom line is I got riffed as a captain and he made Commandant of the Corps.

Part of Chuck’s ability to help us govern locally is that he IS local. It is not co-incidental that the two most competent and successful local government CEO’s have been he and his near contemporary, former Tucson City Manager Joel Valdez. Whenever you hear the frightening term “national search” you’re listening to somebody who drank the Technocrat Kool-Aid. See how well that worked for the City of Tucson, TUSD and Pima College – the three worst governed entities in Pima County. Can you even NAME any of the gypsies who wandered through here in the last 20 years?

Chuck has been made a target by the know-nothing wing of the current GOP and its bottom feeding talk show hosts. DiSImone at KVOI is on a vengeance trip because Chuck hired someone who once fired him and if he had any personal integrity he’d admit to it. Blazing Saddles over on 104.1 promotes the sleazy Arizona Daily Independent as his chief local source which has been caught lying and plagiarizing on numerous occasions. Both give local talk radio a bad name and conservatives bad information.

Many forget that we once had a GOP majority on the Pima Board, from 1992 to 1996. It was disaster, known as the “Board from Hell” that ended paying a multi-million dollar settlement to a group of illegally fired employees…for which I shared an Arizona Press Club Award with Jim Nintzel for a cover story in the Tucson Weekly, back when it was a real newspaper.

Chuck became PC CEO after the business community got tired of it and peeled Mike Boyd away and got he and the two Dems, Dan Eckstrom and Raul Grijalva to hire him. This story has been warped to claim Chuck was Grijalva’s boy. Wrong again.

Too often we confuse Pima County Government with the City of Tucson’s dorky all Dem City Council. They are poles apart.

  • The BOS abolished their phony Redlite cameras without needing a vote of the people.
  • The BOS welcomes Gunshows at the Pima Fairgrounds while the kneejerk anti-gun Tucson Council has all but abolished them within the corporate city limits. Those shows bring the County hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. Watching Steve K trying to make an issue by destroying a few hundred seized guns annually in a county with over a million of them is like watching a religious fanatic digging the equivalent of the Panama Canal with a teaspoon.
    Pima County also supported and lobbied out county Dems to vote for a change in state tax laws allowing the major expansion of the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club, once more indicating a friendly attitude towards the shooting sports community. That club also brings in millions for economic development.
  • The biggest one of all, the privatization of Kino Hospital where 900 employees now work for Banner Medical, off the county payroll AND the state pension system. Some ignorant fools including one GOP Supe still don’t grasp that we pay UMC $15 million a year for transferring the responsibility for this constitutional mandate.
    Compare that to Maricopa County’s recent bonding almost a BILLION for a new County owned hospital.
  • Pima County’s debt is higher than Maricopa’s, which many whine about. But they neglect to mention Maricopa’s debt is spread between all the cities, towns and special districts they have we don’t, and that Maricopa’s many tax pockets are sales, not property which are NOT deductible on federal and state tax returns AND which are not decided by voters but pols and bureaucrats.
  • Pima County is neutral on the annexation and incorporation issue (again, except for one GOP Supe who supports everybody being in an incorporated area – Agenda 21 anybody?) allowing we who don’t want to be in a town the option.
  • Pima County has saved the lives of thousands of dogs, cats, and assorted other pets each year with a major and popular bond proposal to finally finish changing ANIMAL CONTROL to ANIMAL CARE. If, like one clueless editor who asked me why we were pitching pets in the last Supe election, then you simply don’t get it. There were two things I warned Huck to never screw around with when he got the job – compulsory annexation and guns. Add one more – pets.

The 2016 election tested the popularity of Huckelberry who was viciously misrepresented by the talk show turd throwers. Didn’t work. He basically got a mandate from Pima County voters to carry on.

In an interview with Michael Caine a few years back about his classic flick The Man Who Would be King in which he shared the starring role with Sean Connery, Caine was asked what it was like to work with the great director John Huston. Caine replied with the observation Huston made about his directing style.

“Cast well and get out of the way”.

Would that more local governments would.



Emil Franzi is the Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of the Southern Arizona News-Examiner.



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