Latest Trump Scandal: ‘The Castro Connection’

Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald has another damning investigative report into Donald Trmp’s foreign business activities and conflicts of interest. This one is going to cost him with Cuban voters in must-win Florida. How Donald Trump’s Company Violated The United State Embargo Against Cuba:

NewsweekCoverA company controlled by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, secretly conducted business in Communist Cuba during Fidel Castro’s presidency despite strict American trade bans that made such undertakings illegal, according to interviews with former Trump executives, internal company records and court filings.

Documents show that the Trump company spent a minimum of $68,000 for its 1998 foray into Cuba at a time when the corporate expenditure of even a penny in the Caribbean country was prohibited without U.S. government approval. But the company did not spend the money directly.

Instead, with Trump’s knowledge, executives funneled the cash for the Cuba trip through an American consulting firm called Seven Arrows Investment and Development Corp. Once the business consultants traveled to the island and incurred the expenses for the venture, Seven Arrows instructed senior officers with Trump’s company—then called Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts—how to make it appear legal by linking it after the fact to a charitable effort.


On February 8, 1999, Seven Arrows billed Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, Inc. for the $68,551.88 it had incurred prior to and including a trip to Cuba on behalf of Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc.

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Oops! She did it again! Michele Reagan screws up voter publicity pamphlets

Secretary of State Michele Reagan, the queen of election screw-ups, has done it again.

The Green Valley News reports that thousands of voter publicity pamphlets mailed to homes in Southern Arizona are missing dozens of pages. Incomplete election pamphlets to be resent to voters:

MicheleReaganArizona Secretary of State’s office spokesman Matt Roberts said the office received several phone calls and emails Wednesday afternoon about missing pages and then heard from the company that printed them, acknowledging the error.

“The printer just reached out to us and it appears there are some missing pages, or in some cases the publicity pamphlets had some assembly problems,” Roberts said.
The printer, Trend Offset of California, said Thursday it appears a mix-up followed by a quality-control breakdown resulted in “no more than 14,000 pamphlets” with errors, according to the Secretary of State’s office. It said four of 600 sample checks contained errors.

The company traced the problem to one delivery truck carrying 68,108 pamphlets that serviced Tucson, Nogales, Sierra Vista, Green Valley and other Southern Arizona locations.

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‘Creepy Clown Sighting’ in Arizona — oh wait, it’s just Donald Trump

In recent weeks I have seen a number of odd headlines about Creepy Clown Sightings in the United States.

It turns out that it is just Donald Trump campaigning in battleground states. He is coming back to Arizona again next week. GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump to return to Arizona for sixth campaign stop:

trumpclownRepublican presidential nominee Donald Trump is scheduled to return to Arizona next week, his sixth swing through the traditionally red state.

Arizona has emerged as a battleground state in the presidential race.

Trump is expected to appear at a 2 p.m. rally Tuesday in Prescott Valley at the Prescott Valley Event Center. Doors will open at 11 am. Free tickets are available on Trump’s website.

Brian Seitchik, Trump’s state campaign director, said Trump will travel to Prescott Valley because “The campaign has already has a series of great rallies here in the Valley and in Tucson, and the campaign wanted to give another part of the state an opportunity to hear from Mr. Trump directly.”

Or maybe the Trump campaign has internal polling showing that it is in trouble here in Arizona and needs to shore up its GOP crazy base.

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Update on CD 2 Debates: McSally’s ‘Chicken Bunker Debates’

Jim Nintzel of the Tucson Weekly today follows up on an earlier post about the lack of debates between Rep. Martha McSally and Dr. Matt Heinz in CD 2, and has the latest in The Skinny:

gangsterMcSally passed on the opportunity to do a televised debate with local PBS affiliate KUAT-TV. In fact, McSally—in a total gangster moveannounced right after the primary election that she would participate in only two debates: One out in Vail, in the heart of McSally’s support in Pima County, and one in Sierra Vista, where she’s also popular. There was no negotiations with the Heinz campaign; McSally just announced these were the debates and Heinz could show up or not.

It’s a far cry from two years ago, when McSally repeatedly accused Barber of being scared to defend his record in debates even after he’d agreed to a televised debate with AZPM as well as a debate in Sierra Vista. Barber also agreed to participate in a debate with the League of Women Voters that would have been televised on local NBC affiliate KVOA-TV, but Team McSally dropped the ball and failed to agree to terms.

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Wall Street Journal: Beyond Wrong on Estate Tax

Hey, check out whose opinion piece made US News and World Report. The actual title of the piece is Hillary Clinton’s Very Reasonable Estate Tax Plan, but it’s really more about how ridiculous the Wall Street Journal’s criticism of her plan is. I’m not permitted to post the entire piece, but they did allow me to post the first paragraph, with a link at the end for those who want to read the whole piece.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton recently proposed to dramatically increase the inheritance tax on billionaires from 40 percent to 65 percent. Her announcement set off a series of enraged retorts from conservative and mainstream opinion writers, none more indignant than the Wall Street Journal’s, which marked the occasion with a scorn-filled editorial titled, “Clinton’s 65% Killer Death Tax”.

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Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce 2016 endorsements for General Election

From Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce website: Vote wisely on or before Nov. 8, 2016.

Arizona House District 2

  • Rep. Chris Ackerley (R), incumbent

Arizona House District 10

  • Todd Clodfelter (R)

Arizona House District 11

  • Rep. Vince Leach (R), incumbent
  • Rep. Mark Finchem (R),incumbent

Arizona House District 14

  • Drew John (R)
  • Mike Holmes (D)

Arizona Senate District 2

  • Shelley Kais (R)

Arizona Senate District 3

  • Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford (D), incumbent

Arizona Senate District 10

  • Sen. David Bradley (D), incumbent

Arizona Senate District 14

  • Sen. Gail Griffin (R), incumbent
 Arizona Corporation Commission (3 seats)
  • Commissioner Andy Tobin (R), incumbent
  • Boyd Dunn (R)
  • Bill Mundell (D)

Pima County Supervisor District 3

  • Supervisor Sharon Bronson (D), incumbent

Pima County Supervisor District 4 (open seat)

  • Steve Christy (R)

Pima County Attorney

  • Barbara LaWall (D), incumbent

Pima County Recorder

  • F. Ann Rodriguez (D), incumbent

Pima County School Superintendent

  • Margaret Burkholder (R)

TUSD School Board (3 seats, nonpartisan)

  • Brett Rustand