Today is Election Day. Just because it’s not a presidential election, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t vote. It’s an important process of being an American citizen. In the mid term elections, all 435 House of Representative seats are up for grabs, there are 33 Senate seats open, and there will also be 36 states electing new governors, including Arizona. Honestly, we don’t care who you align with politically. We just want you to vote. The U.S. never has the greatest voting turn-out, especially in a non-presidential election year. Just how bad is the mid term voting turn out? Look at this graph. It’s important to participate in the democratic process. It’s what makes this country different than others. If you’re one of those people who constantly complain about the government but never vote, you’re part of the problem. If you’re registered to vote and don’t where to do it, click this link and enter your address, that is your polling place. Now get out there and be an American, dammit.
You’ve seen the commercials on TV. You’ve heard the mudslinging and attack ads. That must mean it’s election season. In fact, in case some of you were unaware, the general election is just a few weeks away, on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Now, it isn’t a presidential election this year, but that doesn’t mean your voice shouldn’t be heard. There are many hot-ticket issues on the ballot this year. For instance, how are special interest groups and big money affecting the Arizona judicial system? It’s important to be informed on the issues happening in this state. So, why not grab a free drink and some grub and learn about these issues. Tomorrow, Oct. 22, the Arizona Advocacy Network will be hosting their 4th Annual Arizona Advocates Taking Charge Netmixer. The mixer will feature special guest retired Montana Supreme Court Justice James Nelson who will be speaking on Citizen’s United. Taking place at Old Main on ASU’s Tempe campus, the event is free. To RSVP, click here. Being informed about the issues happening in Arizona is every citizens right and duty.
It’s official: Sen. John McCain will put Arizona on the map, again. This time it will be in the form of a half hour comedy spot on prime-time television.
No, seriously, the senator has reportedly wrapped filming on the set of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” for the upcoming season 5. Just in case we had any doubt about the former presidential candidate’s acting career, he confirmed via Twitter last week: “Had a great time shooting @ParksandRecNBC today w/ Amy Poehler – I think it’s an Emmy!”
McCain was joined by Sen. Barbara Boxer (California) and Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine) as guest stars on the show.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the bipartisan episode – titled “Ms. Knope Goes to Washington” – is expected to debut on September 27, and will center around Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope visiting D.C. to see her boyfriend Ben Wyatt, played by Adam Scott. More on season 5 here.
Shocking. The media beatings continue for our poor state as national outlets such as Gawker report “Arizona Now Charging $25 for Prison Visits” to help cover the maintenance costs of prisons and what-nots. Prison rights groups and family members are furious at the possible one-time fee. More commentary from TIME’s “Cashing in on Crime.”
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Back in March, The Arrogant Butcher in Downtown Phoenix ran a straw poll asking guests to make their choice in Phoenix’s mayoral race. It turns out the Butcher’s boozers nailed the top two vote-getters, Greg Stanton and Wes Gullett.
As Stanton and Gullett continue their battle for mayor, The Arrogant Butcher is once again running a straw poll before the November 8th run-off election. The straw poll will run for two weeks starting Tuesday, September 6, so make sure to grab a vodka then vote and see if the Butcher’s soothsayers can accurately predict the outcome once again.
While you’re there, be sure to chow down on the DLT-favorite appetizer house soft pretzels with provolone fondue.
President Obama has made the most epic gaffe in United States presidential history, just a little while ago. During his visit to Westminster Abbey today, he signed the guest book along with the date “24 May 2008.” Not only did he not write “May 24″ like a Real American would’ve, but he was also off by a year or two — at least. (click on image to enlarge)
Meghan McCain, the famously outspoken daughter of Cindy and Senator John McCain is making headlines again, this time for appearing ‘topless’ in a TV commercial. Of course, it’s nowhere near as racy as it sounds, as she’s actually one of several minor celebs who (tastefully) flash some skin to promote skin cancer awareness. Click here to see the 100% safe for work video yourself.
The issue is a personal one for Meghan, as both her parents have suffered from outbreaks of skin cancer, with Senator McCain still sporting a scar on his face from a melanoma cancer that had to be surgically removed. But that hasn’t stopped the talking heads in the media from freaking the F out, including the walking-talking windbag that is Glenn “buy gold coins” Beck, who made vomit sounds while watching the clip on his show and suggested Meghan needed to wear more clothing, maybe even a ‘burka,’ or a head-to-toe Muslim robe.
Look, we can all agree that AZ’s politicians are about as bad as it gets. Let’s run down the list: morally corrupt, drunk driving, machine gun loving, mustache wearing, soft porn scribing, hooligan son raising, girlfriend brawling? Check, check, check, check, check, check and check! But hey, that’s no reason to go all Frankenstein-mob-style and break out the torches and pitchforks, right?
Well, not if this Kingman, AZ resident has his way. Meet the (awesomely-named) Mervin Fried, who was just cleared of trespassing charges after trying to pitchfork his way into a Mojave County administration building.
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If there’s a grain of truth in every stereotype, then this one’s more like a mountain. Tempe’s A-Mountain that is. Yes, the trendy gossip/news site, Gawker just posted another story poking fun of AZ’s latest political fiasco. Something about guns and circumcisions. We so wish we kidding.
All of which was catnip for the site’s famously-snarky commenters. But for once, they weren’t focused on making fun of us desert dwellers. Instead they were too busy chiding the writer for confusing UofA with ASU, when he said …
Get ready to boo, Sandra Bullock fans. Yes, the celebrity we all love to hate, Jesse James, is crash-landing into the Valley this weekend. It seems the infamous Reality TV star/ex-Hollywood househusband, who was last seen skulking out of the spotlight after he was busted cheating on America’s Sweetheart with a variety of tattooed freakjobs, has a new gig. Yes, James has joined Scottsdale-based Potts Racing and will be driving in this weekend’s big race at Firebird International Raceway.
According to the press release, James says, “I’m at a point in life where all I want to do is race. … I am thankful Potts Racing has given me the opportunity to be part of their team.”
We say racing should be left to the true professionals unqualified hacks, like our editor or local food blogger, Eric Eats Out (who will be taking the same 4×4 bad boys that James is going to drive for a spin tomorrow morning. Pray for them.)
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