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Delays in Opening Polling Locations Disrupts Arizona Primary

Some polls not open until lunchtime, many forced to cast provisional votes or no vote at all, this is what we may face again in November. I vote by mail.

BY ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) Voters faced more problems at Phoenix-area polling places during Arizona's primary election, with several locations opening hours behind schedule Tuesday because voting machines had not been set up on time.

It comes after voters waited in long lines for hours during the 2016 presidential primary because of drastically reduced voting centers, which have since been restored.
Phoenix voter Brent Kleinman said he went to his local polling place twice at 7 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. but was turned away both times. He ended up at a library having to cast a provisional ballot, which are given out when a person's eligibility to vote is unknown.

Posted by saidsimplesimon | Wed Aug 29, 2018, 09:04 AM (3 replies)

Farewell, Senator McCain

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Posted by saidsimplesimon | Fri Aug 24, 2018, 11:34 AM (3 replies)

Cyclone Lane On Course to Hawaii

I am putting this in general discussion for those who may have friends or relatives living on or visiting the islands. The best outcome would be weakening and a change in course. Prepare for the worst if you are riding out a direct hit.

You can follow the progress at the link provided to NOAA.


Situation overview
Hurricane Lane remains a major category 4 storm this evening, with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph. As of 11 PM, Hurricane Lane was located around 235 miles south-southwest of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and 350 miles south-southeast of Honolulu, Hawaii. Lane is moving northwestward at around 7 mph. This general motion is expected to continue tonight, with a turn more towards the north expected Thursday through Friday. A turn back toward the west is then expected on Saturday. The latest forecast track from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center brings the center of Lane dangerously close to the Hawaiian Islands during the Thursday through Saturday time frame. Regardless of the exact track of the storm, life threatening impacts are likely over many areas as this strong hurricane makes its closest approach. All individuals in Hawaii are urged not to focus on the exact forecast track or intensity of Lane, and be prepared for adjustments in future forecast updates. Although the official forecast does not explicitly indicate Lane's center making landfall over any of the islands, this could still occur.

The onset of damaging tropical storm-force winds on the Big Island could occur by early Thursday morning, with dangerous hurricane force winds expected in some areas Thursday afternoon or Thursday night. In Maui County, damaging tropical storm-force winds could begin late Thursday, with dangerous hurricane force winds expected Thursday night into Friday. On Oahu, damaging tropical storm force winds could begin as early as late Thursday night, with dangerous hurricane force winds expected Friday into Friday night. Hurricane Warnings may need to be expanded to Kauai County as Lane draws closer.

Outer rain bands and embedded thunderstorms associated with Hurricane Lane, are already producing heavy rainfall and flash flooding on the Big Island. Bands of intense showers and thunderstorms will continue to spread across the other islands from south-southeast to north-northwest tonight through Friday. Excessive rainfall is likely which could result in life threatening flash flooding, as well as landslides and mudslides. Flooding from these heavy rains will also be possible in areas that are typically not prone to flooding. Storm total rainfall amounts greater than 30 inches are possible.

Swells generated by Lane will produce very large and rough surf, with dangerous rip currents along south, southeast and southwest facing shores. Large surf is already occurring along southeast facing shores of the Big Island. Surf is expected to increase later tonight and Thursday along southwest facing shores of the Big Island as well as along south and southeast facing shores from Maui County to Kauai County.

Tornadoes and large waterspouts will be possible with Lane, mainly along and to the right of the track of the hurricane.

Posted by saidsimplesimon | Thu Aug 23, 2018, 09:36 AM (0 replies)

Ducey in Central Phoenix, no hello, goodbye Gov?

My daughter invited me to lunch today. She works in central Phoenix. We often dine at a Chinese American restaurant near her office, China Chili. As I tuck into the best fried, jumbo shrimp, with hot mustard and sweet and sour on the side, in walks a security crew, dressed in business attire, followed by Governor Ducey and his personal body guard, six more followed later, parking is limited.

I waved as they (I counted 7) passed by, without any acknowledgement. It served my guilty pleasure to recognize their visit, hey, I live here. The governor, like many celebrities surprised me with their vertical challenges. He was about 57 and dressed in a suit that would not impress an Armani snob.

What is with these politicians who make US buy lunch for a gang of security thugs who do not even acknowledge our presence?
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Thu Aug 16, 2018, 04:21 PM (6 replies)

Aretha Franklin Kennedy Center 2015

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Posted by saidsimplesimon | Thu Aug 16, 2018, 10:55 AM (12 replies)
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