Thursday, June 7, 2018

LISTEN: New APS RoboCall - We're Still Hearing Media Reports Of Scary Circulators

Arizonans for Affordable Energy, a group bankrolled by APS to oppose the proposed Clean Energy initiative has begun a new round of robocalls "warning" people to beware the petition circulators.

Arizona's Politics received the call Thursday morning, and was able to record it.

Matthew Benson, the indefatigable spokesman for AAFE, told Arizona's Politics that asking for the reactions of people who received the call "fascinating....(Y)ou're fine w/ them using felons (in violation of state law) but have a real beef with us letting people know about it."

Here's the call:

Of course, both halves of that statement are incorrect assumptions

From the inevitable legal challenges to previous initiative petitions, we have learned that petition gathering firms screen the people they hire to circulate for criminal records. People who have not had their voting rights restored following a felony conviction are not hired because they are not eligible to vote or to circulate petitions. (They are not ineligible due to safety concerns or identity theft concerns.) We have also learned that a few people with felony convictions typically slip through the screening efforts due to incomplete databases and varying laws regarding restoration of rights .

But, pretending that AAFE is simply making the calls as an (Arizona) public service when the calls (and videos) are clearly trying to use over the top scare tactics is not typical.




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BREAKING (OR, IS THAT "FIXING"): Arizona's Politics RE-POSTS McSally's Missing DACA Video Plus Transcript

This afternoon, CNN broke the news that Arizona Rep. Martha McSally (R-CD2) has removed a year-old video in which she urges the White House to assure DACA recipients that they be "protected" until there is a legislative fix. The video was removed from her Congressional website (and from her official YouTube channel).

As a public service, Arizona's Politics is re-posting both the removed video and a transcript of McSally's comments - in which she also states that "uncertainty certainly brings fear to my constituents that are in this limbo."

CNN's KFile investigative unit published their article online*, explaining why it was the office of the Congresswoman-and-now-Senate-candidate who deleted the video. And, while the removal is certainly a newsworthy action - given McSally's drift to a hardline DACA position since Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced that he would not seek re-election - the continued presence of the video from other sources is also important to note.

McSally's comments came during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on President Trump's budget request for the Department of Homeland Security. McSally was questioning then-DHS Secretary (now Trump Chief of Staff) John Kelly.

The Committee still has the video from the hearing posted on its website. (Fortunately, there is no 2-minute gap.) The video below should start from the DACA discussion.


Here is the transcript (from Google, with light editing for clarity by Arizona's Politics) of their interaction about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals:

McSALLY: Thank you, and I want to
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follow up on the DACA issue. You know,
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while I don't agree with kind of how it
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was done from roles and responsibilities
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of the branches of government, the
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reality is that we're dealing
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with real people. These kids who were
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brought here into the country at no
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fault of their own as children as you
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know. In Arizona there's 57,000 of them,
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and because of the program they came
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forward to the government. They gave
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their personal information - where they
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live, they their biometric data, their
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fingerprints. They went through a
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background check, they've graduated from
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high school, they've served in the
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military. And I agree with you that we
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need to come up with a legislative
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solution here to address this issue and
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I'd urge our colleagues to do that. I
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think Carlos Curbelo’s bill is a good
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place to start and I really think we
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need to move that forward. But in the
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Meantime, uncertainty certainly brings
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fear to my constituents that are in this
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limbo. Can you assure my constituents who
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are in this place - until we solve this
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legislatively -  that they are going to be
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protected and that they're not having to
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worry about it.
KELLY: As I said many, many, many
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times on this topic we are not targeting
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DACA recipients. But that said and it's
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I'm not gonna let you off the hook you
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got to solve this problem. A different
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man in this job, a woman, might have a
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different view of it. I'm not going to
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let the Congress off the hook. You've got
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to solve it. A different person in this
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job might have a different view.
McSALLY: And, and
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I agree with you again I want to urge
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our colleagues on both side of the aisle
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to deal with reality. Forget about
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ideology or how we got here, but now
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we're dealing with reality and we got to
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solve this problem based on what's
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practical and what's compassionate and
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also upholding the rule of law and in
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the precedent. So I appreciate that, thank you.
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you mr. secretary

McSally is in a much-publicized three-way primary contest against immigration hardliners Joe Arpaio and Kelli Ward. (The current frontrunner for the Democratic nomination is Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.)

*CNN's headline indicates that McSally was "Praising DACA"; however, there are no real words of praise from either McSally or Kelly. Rather, she is acknowledging that the reality on the ground is that the DACA recipients came forward and gave the government lots of information.





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