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1/1/2013 6:01:00 AM
Reader Letter: Local Dems feeling good

The 2012 election season is now over. Here in Mohave County, we Democrats are not particularly happy on the state and local level but very happy and excited about the presidential race and the overall gains we made in the Senate and House.

We are so pleased that on Jan. 19 we are going to have a Presidential Inaugural Ball right here in Lake Havasu City. We expect a lot of folks.

Hopefully, this month both sides in the recent political battles can take a deep breath and begin to look for ways that they can reach common ground with their fellow Americans who just happen to belong to the other party.

We have both a lot of common opportunities and common problems that need to be addressed not so much in a manner that is good for our (or their) parties but that is good for our country.

I know there has been a lot of grumbling from some of my Republican acquaintances about what they perceive as faults in the presidential election. Let's address a couple.

President Obama won a majority of the popular vote, so doing away with the Electoral College would not have changed the outcome.

Mr. Romney ran a good race. I did not agree with much he had to say, but he was effective and persuasive in many instances.

A hard right guy or gal is not going to win the general election in the foreseeable future.

Finally, this is my last letter to the editor as the District 3 Chair of the Mohave County Democratic Party.

While I will continue to be active in the party, I believe it is an appropriate time to make this change. I am proud to be an American; proud to be Rosemary's husband; and proud to be a Democrat.

Dave Tunnell, Chair, District III

Mohave County Democratic Party

Lake Havasu City



Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Listen anson, LISTEN!!! … its because you believe in a hardcore, left-wing fascist state, and dont mind being herded around like cattle and sheep.”

Since you have never met me and do not know me how can you make such a ridiculous attack?


Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Article comment by: Tj Denton

Listen anson, LISTEN!!! Did i say im disgusted in my country because a democrat is in office? No, i didnt, i hope obama does well in the future and pray he makes better decisions than he has made. Im disgusted in my country because no one has common sense, we let fear rule us everyday, we let the govt control us and do nothing about it, we have surrendered most all of our freedoms and if you say we havent its because you believe in a hardcore, left-wing fascist state, and dont mind being herded around like cattle and sheep.

Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“… and another thing, just because i am disgusted and ashamed at what this country is becoming, doesnt mean i just tuck tail and run away....another thing liberals have mastered.”

Actually Liberals have always been known to “stick it out” (i.e. Reagan, Bush I and Bush II) knowing that we would once again take charge and as we have throughout history pull the nation back from the Republican Economic Abyss we face every time one of them is in the White House. And throughout those horrible years Liberals never said they detested our nation.

Liberals also were responsible for the founding of our nation while the “conservatives” of the period were perfectly content to remain under the control of the King.

“… liberals in this country try to paint themselves as this caring group, but when it actually comes down to it, they dont care what happens to others…”

Since Liberals are the ones pushing for and wanting the availability of health care for every American, desiring the recognition and respect for all ethnicities and religions, along with allowing women to make their own health care decisions, your meme makes no sense.


Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013
Article comment by: tj denton

just because something doesnt affect me directly doesnt mean that it isnt wrong anson and that is typical liberal mentality. "as long as it doesnt affect me then who cares about anyone else" the liberals in this country try to paint themselves as this caring group, but when it actually comes down to it, they dont care what happens to others, as long as it doesnt hurt them or their wallets and as long as that government assistance keeps on rolling in. and another thing, just because i am disgusted and ashamed at what this country is becoming, doesnt mean i just tuck tail and run away....another thing liberals have mastered

Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Anson, i have healthcare.”

So why are you so upset about something that is not going to affect you?

“i dont like this country … and its disgusting to me.”

So why do you stay here? Please, exercise your freedom and leave.


Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“I wonder if these bragging democrats care about the voter fraud that is now starting to show up?”

As has been pointed out the only fraud that showed up, or has shown up, was attempted by Republicans. Please feel free to prove otherwise.

“There is all kinds of fraud showing up and evidently the left approves, as nothing is said about changing things...”

Actually the president has said full investigations need to be launched into both voter fraud and voter suppression as attempted by the Republicans.

And as one of those “do nothing Democrats” you allude to I have suggested for months now that we need to take all voter requirements out of the hands of the states for federal elections and have a standardized set of federal laws that would specify voter registrations, voting days and times. With, in my opinion, there being federal voter ID that can be transferred from state to state with a simple change of address, standard federal registration specifications, early voting being standardized to four weeks prior to an election with standard hours and weekends set by federal statute, as many voting machines as necessary in each precinct to cut down on 8 and 9 hour waiting times (another Republican ploy to suppress the vote) and the final voting days being both the first second Saturday and Sunday in November to allow the greatest participation by all Americans. Care to address my thoughts?


Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

I wonder if these bragging democrats care about the voter fraud that is now starting to show up?
I know it will make no difference, but the one that got me was that there was no fraud where Id's were shown and a whole bunch where no Id's were necessary....kinda makes you think huh? There is all kinds of fraud showing up and evidently the left approves, as nothing is said about changing things....oh well, four more years and we get to see it again.
I know, sore loser you say....you darn right, I'm for playing the game fairly, win or loose.


Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2013
Article comment by: Tj Denton

Anson, i have healthcare. I know its crazy huh? I actually have a career and dont depend on the govt. to give me handouts. And you are right, i dont like this country as it is, it was once a great nation with morals and backbone. Now it has niether of those things and its disgusting to me.

Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“…hundreds of billions of dollars of TAX PAYERS money used to bail out PRIVATE companies,…”

So your take was to have the country totally collapse economically? Of course as a person who disdains our military and does not vote (one of the greatest things available to Americans) your anti-Americanism is well known. It is still a puzzle why you insist upon living in a nation you so dislike.

“…and government controlled and forced healthcare isnt liberal socialism then i dont know what is!”

1) The ACA is not “government controlled” healthcare, in fact, thanks to the Republicans, it is a massive hand-off to the insurance industry. The majority of Americans, and the president, would have much preferred a single-payer healthcare system. 2) No one is heaving healthcare “forced” upon them. You are more than welcome to not have healthcare, however you will be fined for not doing so in order to cover the costs of you and your kids going to hospital when injured or ill so the rest of us don’t have to pay for your healthcare.


Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

@Linda

"How are you feeling today about a really big Democrat and former VP of our country named Al Gore selling his failed TV Network to Al Jazeera"

What do you have against capitalism? Oh yeah, I forgot, it's not Mitt selling jobs to China.

I always forget IOKIYAR


Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

"isnt liberal socialism then i dont know what is!"

Finally a Republican that speaks the truth!


Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Mr. Tunnell:

How are you feeling today about a really big Democrat and former VP of our country named Al Gore selling his failed TV Network to Al Jazeera - biggest perveyor of terrorism and backer of the Muslim Brotherhood who has a plan to take our country over.

They will now have access to 40 million American homes. And they are enemies of America. But rather than sell to Glenn Beck, Al Gore sold to them. And he tried to push it through before the 31st for lower tax purposes.

This was the VP of the United States of America - now aligning himself with Al Jazeera? He will sit on the board of Al Jazeera America it will be called. Al Jazeera aligns itself with Al Quada. We are at war with them are we not? Wouldn't this be an act of treason for Gore to sell the network at this time to them.

Will you make a public statement representing the Democrat Party against this frightening and disgusting act?

We are losing our country fast Mr. Tunnell. When will you Democrats wake up to that fact? Please don't wait until every last thing in America is government owned and we have lost all rights altogether. Thank you.


Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“The fraud in this election was everywhere on the Democrat side.”

Although requested more than a dozen times you have yet to provide any empirical evidence of that charge. The ONLY fraud during the last election was done by the Republicans and everyone knows it.

“It should bother you the election was thrown.”

To “throw” an election means to insure a loss and that is Willard the Money Hider did according to his son, Tag, who said, “He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to run. If he could have found someone else to take his place he would have been ecstatic to step aside.” So if anyone “threw” the election it had to be Willard.

“Now, thanks to this socialist in the White House, he has convinced a lot of lemmings being rich is evil and to be condemned.”

Nope, he is not a socialist (or Marxist or fascist or communist or whatever “..ist” is the buzz word of the day) and he has never said the rich are evil – in fact you are the one that keeps posting that meme.

It can only be garnered from your post that you wanted to see taxes increased on every American instead of allowing 1% of the people in this nation to pay a little more – back to the Clinton Era rates (remember 22 million jobs created, biggest economic boom since the 1950s, a balanced budget and a surplus when he left off office) – in income taxes. And I feel they need to. Because they failed in the promise to “create jobs” if given those tax breaks.


Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013
Article comment by: Tj Denton

Well fox hound, i dont watch fox news or tv for that matter and as ive stated before i get my news from MSN. If trillions of dollars wasted, hundreds of billions of dollars of TAX PAYERS money used to bail out PRIVATE companies, and government controlled and forced healthcare isnt liberal socialism then i dont know what is!

Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

@Linda

"The fraud in this election was everywhere on the Democrat side. Why don't you do a little research as you should to find out the truth for yourself. It should bother you the election was thrown."

No, it wasn't...and you still have never proven this claim, even though you have been challenged to do so more than once. If you make the bogus claim, don't tell ME to prove it for you.

So, not raising taxes on millionaires is a bad thing, unless Obama does it, right?


Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Voter fraud accusations are amusing, in New Hamsphire two GOP operatives were arrested, charged and sent to prison for illegal jamming the phone lines of the democratic party get out the vote offices, after their release from prison they were interviewed on various televison shows wrote a book on how to steal a election in 2004, this last cycle a former GOP official running a voter registration company hired by GOP was caught committing voter fraud on video, audio, and documentation as well is now fighting the charges and some of these folks are headed to federal prison eventually, the funniest thing is the voter ID thing backfired on the GOP, them young, non-white voters got them IDs, stood in them long lines and them voters the GOP tradiionally get the elderly who do not drive anymore did not bother with ID or them long lines, to much stress on them I figure, its amusing to me!

Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

The democratic party is not torn with self doubt, cannablistic self destruction, the GOP has places within Arizona they seem to dominate but as with all political parties if they cannot satisfy their constituients they eventually get booted out of office whether they keep electing other republicans or one day start electing democrats is a who knows thing in a county with more registered republicans than democrats time is the only way to know the future and all one has to do is just wait and see!

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Chuckles:

The fraud in this election was everywhere on the Democrat side. Why don't you do a little research as you should to find out the truth for yourself. It should bother you the election was thrown.

There is no reason to raise taxes on any millionaires. They already pay most of it now. It is the spending, spending, spending killing us. Taxing the rich to the max keeps us going EIGHT DAYS!! Geez, what part of that don't you understand.

It's all theatrics. Can't you see that. Obama has the dumb bells believing our problem is not taxing the rich enough when our problem is out of control spending, MOSTLY BY HIM.

We used to be proud of people that "made" it. Now, thanks to this socialist in the White House, he has convinced a lot of lemmings being rich is evil and to be condemned. It is absolutely pathetic the theatrics he uses to dupe the already duped.


Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Well according to these numbers Anson, Fox News is still dominating the ratings. Or is this another ‘right-wing idiot fringe" website?’

Did I ever say that FAUX News was not still leading in the ratings (why anyone with half a brain would watch the only “news” network that won a court battle to lie about, distort and make up news stories is still beyond me)?

Again, for simple edification, I said, “After prophesying a landslide win for Willard the Money Hider, FAUX News has seen its ratings decline at an alarming rate since the election, with Sean Insannity’s viewers in particular disappearing,…”

Note the difference between ratings and loss of viewers. The two are mutually exclusive.


Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

@Linda

"The local Dems are feeling better? Until they get their first paycheck where they will find the latest theatrics includes tax increases for 80% of Americans including the middle class, is totally insignificant in the great scheme of things (meaning 16Trillion and rising in debt )and let's all of obama's asset wealthy friends off the hook while only hard working business owners, the income wealthy still working, receiving paychecks are paying thru the nose."

Wait a minute here....it was the Republicans that did not want to raise taxes on ANY millionaire. Oops....forgot that pesky little fact.

"It was a fraud from start to finish."

Yes, and all the documented fraud in the last election has still come from Republicans, no matter how much you try to claim otherwise.


Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

The local Dems are feeling better? Until they get their first paycheck where they will find the latest theatrics includes tax increases for 80% of Americans including the middle class, is totally insignificant in the great scheme of things (meaning 16Trillion and rising in debt )and let's all of obama's asset wealthy friends off the hook while only hard working business owners, the income wealthy still working, receiving paychecks are paying thru the nose.

The new American way. Screw hardworkers, often the job creators. Extend UE benefits while continuing the obama belief that the wealthy (except himself) are evil (and except his Wall Street bundler friends) and should be punished.

The new American way. Class warfare to the max. Kiss your country goodbye dopes!!

And uh Mr. Tunnell, do you read. Then surely you know obama threw this election. It was a fraud from start to finish. He needed to throw five states and he did it. All the evidence is there but the Low Information Voters of America could care less. That would be liberal Democrats. You going to let him take the entire country down or do something about it?


Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: janice palmer

i dont know what, if anything the new chairman did to help primary winners in their races. as far as i can see....nothing. so the party has a deadbeat for a chairman as far as im concerned.

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: Jonathan Walker

Anson wrote, "The final Nielsen ratings before year's end show Insannity’s viewership chopped in half after November 6, according to the New York Daily News's. Perhaps these vanishing viewers are disgruntled voters who can't stomach the news cycle anymore or could it be this decline is do to Insannity’s predictions?"

Well according to these numbers Anson, Fox News is still dominating the ratings. Or is this another "right-wing idiot fringe" website?
http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/01/03/cable-news-ratings-for-saturday-sunday-december-29-30-2012/163391/


Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

No joke tj I know you Tee Hee's hate the facts but have someone read them to you. Fact 1 liberals wanted single payer health care. We wanted people to be able to buy in to Medicare so there would be real competition for a change. We got Obama care.
Fact 2 a real liberals would have ended the ignorant wars started by the last "CONSERVATIVE" President and stated that the Bush Doctrine was immoral and illegal. We would not be in the fiscal crisis we are in today without those two wars.
Fact 3 Liberals own guns too and also serve in the military.
Fact 4. If you get your news from Rush and Fox you are more uninformed than someone who doesn't watch any tv at all. Not only is President Obama not a socialist he is not even a good liberal. But if you have been watching Fox for years you think the word liberal means DEMOCRAT.


Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: Patriot WES

Why anybody would be happy that our once great nation is going to go bankrupt and be destroyed by this president is beyond me.


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