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No, no, a thousand times, no!

January 31, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on No, no, a thousand times, no! | Filed in: Arizona, Kevin.

Sorry, Senator Tibshraeny, but I got to disagree with you here. Yes, in theory, toll roads would pay for themselves. But tolls have a nasty way of continuing on long after the roads are paid for. One of the wonderful things about living in the western U.S. is the almost complete lack of tollbooths, and • Read More »

My Decision.

January 31, 2007 | By admindude | 11 Comments | Filed in: Arizona, Jon, MSM and New Media, Politics.

Since the Rawles story broke, we at Exurban League (okay, mostly me), have been discussing a possible recall of Mesa’s non-responsive Councilmember. Yesterday, I even stopped by the City Clerk’s office to get the required paperwork for a recall campaign.After perusing the small mountain of bureacratic requirements and legal vagaries, I sought additional input from • Read More »

I’m a Gipper, you’re a Gipper,

January 30, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on I’m a Gipper, you’re a Gipper, | Filed in: Kevin, Politics.

we’re all Gippers… Wouldn’t you like to be a Gipper, too? (If you’re a young’un, click here to get that.) Personally, I think the GOP’s been missing Reagan since Inaguration Day, 1988. Men like him don’t come around that often.

Finally,

January 30, 2007 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Kevin, Music.

A reason to watch the Grammy Awards. I missed the Sychronicity tour by *one week* when I moved down here. I’ve been looking forward to this for twenty+ years.

Hooray for partisan bickering!

January 30, 2007 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Kevin, Politics.

No, really. “House Democratic leaders Monday abandoned attempts to revive an annual pay raise cherished by rank and file lawmakers, a decision prompted by lingering GOP anger over last year’s campaign. Lawmakers’ pay will be frozen at $165,200 for this year in a dispute fueled by the Democrats’ use of the issue in last year’s • Read More »

Rawles’ Town Meeting – Tuesday Night

January 30, 2007 | By admindude | 1 Comment | Filed in: Arizona, Jon, MSM and New Media, Politics.

From a City of Mesa press release: The Mesa City Council invites residents to attend their District Town Meeting to learn about the City’s valuable programs and services. Each meeting will kick-off at 6:00 p.m. with the City Manager and District Councilmember providing a brief overview of the City. The overview will provide information that • Read More »

I owe Mesa an apology

January 28, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on I owe Mesa an apology | Filed in: Arizona, Culture, Kevin.

One of my first posts here disparged downtown Mesa, and now that I’ve had a chance to spend an afternoon walking the streets of Main Street, I need to take back a lot of what I said. Mesa’s doing a lot of things right, relying on small local businesses and trying to get people out • Read More »

The way out.

January 27, 2007 | By admindude | 3 Comments | Filed in: Arizona, Jon, MSM and New Media, Politics, Sports.

Todd, we of course welcome your thoughtful comments. Even though you’re one of those, ahem, Tempe people. ::shudder:: Just kidding! I too had wondered if all the public pressure would simply cause Tom Rawles to reflect on his duties as the people’s representative and change his mind. But, as I expected, Mr. Rawles appears incapable • Read More »

More on the outside, looking in

January 27, 2007 | By admindude | 2 Comments | Filed in: Arizona, Politics.

First things first.  I am not a resident of Mesa, I live 2-3 miles away in the lovely City of Tempe.  As such, my involvement in any potential recall of the embattled Councilman Tom Rawles would be nil. Second.  I disagree with the methods Mr. Rawles has taken to express protest over American involvement in • Read More »

Calling all Lawyers.

January 26, 2007 | By admindude | 8 Comments | Filed in: Arizona, Jon, MSM and New Media, Politics.

Since I first opened my big mouth about Tom Rawles’ PledgeGate, a lot of people are looking to this blog to launch a recall effort. Based on the input of our readers, this looks like an very achievable pursuit.However, I have heard of many citizen-created propositions and recalls failing; not due to a lack of • Read More »

The First Rule of Holes: Stop Digging.

January 26, 2007 | By admindude | 2 Comments | Filed in: Arizona, Jon, MSM and New Media, Politics.

Reading through that interview of Councilmember Rawles, I was struck by its undergraduate-level political philosophy. The unthinking regurgitation of trite phrases and post-modern politibabble. Iraq has no history or tradition of the rule of law, religious tolerance, protection for the rights of the minority, freedom of speech, etc. Actually, Iraq has a rather robust history • Read More »

In his own words

January 26, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on In his own words | Filed in: Arizona, Kevin, MSM and New Media, Politics.

I’ll let others have fun picking over Councilman Rawle’s attempts at defendeing his cowardly act, both in posts by other members of this blog and the visitors with their comments here as well. I only offer this: “Q: Don’t you love our country? A: Of course I do. Dissent is the highest form of patriotism • Read More »

Rawles Take of the Day

January 26, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on Rawles Take of the Day | Filed in: Arizona, Jon, MSM and New Media, Politics.

“While it is possible to have opinions on both subjects, it makes me wonder where Rawles’ head is at these days. Maybe Rawles just had a ‘Janie Thom moment’ and will soon recant.”— Slim Smith, Columnist, East Valley Tribune

A superstar on the rise?

January 25, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on A superstar on the rise? | Filed in: Kevin, Military.

The more I hear about the new head of Coalition forces in Iraq, Gen. David Petreaus, the more I like him. He strikes me as a “Patton for our times”, and he’s definitely of the “Introspective” crowd at the Pentagon, where the concepts of “The Gap vs. The Core” and “The Three-Block War” have found • Read More »

Civility, please.

January 25, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on Civility, please. | Filed in: Arizona, Jon, MSM and New Media, Politics.

This is uncalled for: Mesa city councilman Tom Rawles is under 24-hour police protection after receiving threats in newspaper online chats, blogs and e-mails for refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. “We are providing him with security,” Trapani said. “It is unknown how long it will last. It is a day-by-day issue,” Mesa • Read More »

Silly me…

January 25, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Silly me… | Filed in: Arizona, Kevin.

…here I was, thinking that the purpose of school districts was, you know, building schools to educate the kids. Turns out I was wrong. Could be worse. They could be buying their own fleet of corporate aircraft.

Take the Pledge.

January 25, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on Take the Pledge. | Filed in: Military, MSM and New Media, Politics, War On Terror.

During his Armed Services confirmation hearing yesterday, Gen. David Petraeus was honest. Sen. Joe Lieberman asked Petraeus about the possible Senate resolution being promoted by a handful of weak-kneed Republican senators. The resolution would condemn Bush’s new “surge” strategy, although it would offer no way to prevent it. Lieberman asked Petreaus what impact such a • Read More »

Today Mesa, tomorrow the world.

January 25, 2007 | By admindude | 1 Comment | Filed in: Arizona, Jon, MSM and New Media, Politics.

More on L’affaire Rawles. Historic Preservation guru Vic Linoff offers a flawless take on his Quidnunc blog: I would feel more confident if I knew my city officials were concentrating on the plethora of local issues that we elect and pay them to resolve rather than using city time to make statements about matters directly • Read More »

On the outside, looking in

January 24, 2007 | By exurbankevin | 3 Comments | Filed in: Arizona, Kevin, MSM and New Media, Politics.

Dear Mr. Rawles, Currently, I am a legal immigrant to the United States living in the Phoenix area, and I have yet to take the Oath Of Citizenship to fully enjoy the privilege of living as a United States citizen. Unlike yourself, I’m in this country by choice, and I take actions such as pledging • Read More »

‘Recall Rawles’ makes it to the Trib.

January 24, 2007 | By admindude | 5 Comments | Filed in: Arizona, Jon, MSM and New Media, Politics.

The East Valley Tribune has a story on citizen outrage directed at Rawles that mentions Exurban League’s “Recall Rawles” post. On the good side, they spelled my name correctly and provided the blog’s addy (sweet!). However, there are errors. Jon Gabriel, who lives in Dobson Ranch in District 3, started an effort to recall Rawles • Read More »

And he thinks the war’s unpopular…

January 24, 2007 | By admindude | 1 Comment | Filed in: Arizona, Jon, MSM and New Media, Politics.

Ouch. Azcentral is running a story on Mesa residents’ reaction to Rawles anti-pledge protest. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a more uniform condemnation of a local politician. Richard Green, 44, an U.S. Army Reservist and Mesa resident said that since the Iraq troops are working hard in Iraq, the councilman should do his part • Read More »

Recall Rawles.

January 23, 2007 | By admindude | 22 Comments | Filed in: Arizona, Jon, Politics.

I’ve done some hunting around on recall law. According to the Arizona State Constitution (8-1-1) and Mesa City Code (1-11-1), Councilmember Rawles is subject to recall. The recall petition requires just 889 Mesa District 3 registered voters’ signatures. (This is 25% of the 3,555 who voted in Mr. Rawles in March 2004.) Any lawyers interested • Read More »

Why, oh why, do I still live in Mesa?

January 23, 2007 | By admindude | 4 Comments | Filed in: Arizona, Jon, MSM and New Media.

Reason #14,276 to leave the blighted ‘burb:  Mesa City Councilman Tom Rawles refused to join in saying the Pledge of Allegiance before Monday night’s council meeting to protest American involvement in what he calls an Iraqi civil war.“If you’re not willing to stand up for what you believe, you don’t belong in politics,” Rawles said • Read More »