Tuesday, March 5, 2013

It's Election Day and ... No Vote for You!

Jerry Seinfeld's original Soup Nazi
Hueso is now below 50%!
Hueso 660  49.6%
Hampton  488  36.7%

Phelps 2,001 61.5%
Ayala  1,252  38.4%
Dreier     0%

 My fellow Sierra Madre residents, you now live in a very special place. You pay taxes to a government agency called the PUSD, and you can also watch as a noticeable portion of your personal equity goes to cover $350 million dollars worth of Measure TT bond debt. But for whatever reason, and thanks to Measure A, today our entire city has now been prohibited from having any influence on how that money is to be spent. There is a new Board of Education being born, one supposedly dedicated to community representation. But it has no place at the table for our community to sit. Taxation without representation, just like they taught it when you went to school.

Today we become the one entire city in the Pasadena Unified School District not allowed to vote for its own Board of Education representative. Taxed? Most certainly. But after today we will have no elected official we can call our own to look after our interests once that money is taken. At least for the next two years, anyway.

So, and after much thought and some very careful deliberation, I have decided to call this new thing the Pasadena Soup Nazi Board of Education. And anyone living in Sierra Madre is most definitely not going to be served any soup today. No vote for you.

It is all being done at a very questionable moment, too. Out of the original sum of $350 million in Measure TT bond money there is now about $240 million left. And with Sierra Madre's Middle School in virtual ruins, certainly some portion of that money should by right be coming our way. After all, we do pay our taxes, and we've been promised by the current Board of Education that it would be built. Twice, actually.

But will any of this matter here? When the newly elected seven member Pasadena Soup Nazi Board of Education is seated in May, there will be no Sierra Madre representative in sight. Nobody that we elected will be allowed to join with the rest, and therefore nobody will be there to represent our interests. As far as the public school system goes, we will have no say. Orphaned by a corrupt and ideologically batty Pasadena-run political machine that just doesn't care to have us around this time.

In other words, only people elected by other towns will decide what the future holds for our kids. You, however, can go and take a long hike off a short pier.

This means that we will be in the hands of people who have no reason to feel any concern for the interests and needs of our community. And as large as $240 million may sound today, in the hands of the SN-PUSD it is not likely to go very far. This money will certainly be allocated and spent over the next two years, and in all likelihood cuts in facilities programs will also have to be made as it inevitably runs short. Cuts that will be decided by representatives who are tied to the other subdistricts. People who are only beholden to the taxpayers whose votes put them on the Pasadena Soup Nazi Board of Education in the first place. No vote for you.

And since we have no vote, why should anyone have to care about what we want? Have you seen any of their candidates campaigning around here lately?

Ask yourself this: Are you really certain that this new Pasadena Soup Nazi Board of Education will approve the funds necessary to rebuild Sierra Madre's Middle School? Or will they instead decide that it makes better economic sense to sell the property and put all of that scarce money into their own districts, and then bus whatever Sierra Madre kids are still stuck in the PUSD system out to some other places. They can do that, you know. Based on recent behavior, I'd say there is a pretty good shot that they will.

All because we will be the only entire city in this school district with no elected representative of our own to defend our interests.

Now ask yourself this: Would you be all that concerned about Northeast Pasadena if the shoe was on the other foot? Or (Sage, forgive me) Altadena? What if Measure A had been rigged to rob minority population districts of their representation instead, setting up a situation where money that should have been allocated to them could be taken away by those having a vote?

What would they call that at the Pasadena Weekly? Social equity? A leveling of the racial playing field? The rectification of 100 years of wrongs? I rather doubt it. So what makes the practice so politically correct here?

Today there is an election, but you are not allowed to play any role in it. You have been disenfranchised. For the next two years you will continue to be taxed, and a portion of that money will go to the Pasadena Unified School District. But don't go thinking that this means anybody there will care about what your opinions might be. You have now become a voteless second class citizen, one with no right to decide what the future might hold for our public schools. Instead others will now be allowed to spend your taxes, and do so with absolutely no regard for you or the educational needs of your kids.

Personally I cannot believe PUSD Soup Nazi government is even legal. We really do need to go and talk to the District Attorney. And by we I mean us. Do you think that he might notice if 20 of us were to show up with a list of grievances?

Oh, but don't expect City Hall to lift a finger. Judging by their profound silence on the topic most of them must think this Pasadena Soup Nazi Board of Education stuff is pretty darn cool.

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92 comments:

  1. no soup for you!

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  2. Hi Friends,

    Hoping this note finds you well. Today is election day in the City of Pasadena. I did read the PSN this morning in which Figueroa indicated that the race for the PUSD District 3 is between Hampton and Hueso but I may still have chance. I am however a pragmatist and I know what the odds are of making it to the run off. I am praying for an upset.

    I want to thank you for the support you have given me and apologize for not being a good candidate due to my lack of human and financial resources. I don't know how to play this game of politics to well since I am not a politician and don't know and don't care to know how to lie, cheat and misrepresent myself. I am just to straight for that. I cannot hide who I am. I have been honest to you that my intent in the running was in the belief that I could be a catalyst for change. Nonetheless, that opportunity may or may not be denied to me by the voters of District 3.

    I do feel very sorry about all the kids that maybe denied an opportunity for a decent education especially those in our Special Education programs. I am hoping that when the need to come to do something meaningful to improve our special education offerings, besides talk and commissions, that they will tap my knowledge in the subject to improve our special education offerings and establish high school level vocational programs. I have a lot of ideas that are doable and would greatly benefits what we have to offer nowadays.

    That's all for now, much luck to Scott and Kim. I am rooting for your guys and I know you'll do well.

    Cheers!
    Guillermo

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    1. Our hearts are with you today, Guillermo. Best of luck!

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    2. Not even close! Well, at least I denied Hueso the opportunity to win this hands down. I am supporting Hampton on a run off.

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  3. Stella Murga will be a positive force in PUSD District 5.Be part of the change elect Stella Murga.

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    1. Sadly. Ms. Murga is the hand picked creature of Ken Chawkins, one of the chief architects of anti-Sierra Madre Measure A. No puppets, please.

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    2. Did they think we'd forget?

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  4. Great Article: Soup Nazi......fabulous John. Nothing like the joy of comedy/tragedy and how our society survives through satire.
    Ya gotta laugh at the stupidity of it all, 'cept once again it is about our children...
    Plan two?

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    1. District Attorney. We need to get together a group of folks, pack picnic lunches, and take a Gold Line ride downtown.

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  5. thanks for share.

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  6. Does this make any taxes taken from Sierra Madre residents for the PUSD illegal? Should we be talking to the Howard Jarvis people?

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  7. Hmmm, let's see. They plowed the Middle School into the ground, then didn't rebuild it. Told us wonderful things would happen if we voted for Measure TT, they reneged. They took away our 2013 Board of Education vote, and instituted some cockamamie "Community Schools" program without even telling us. Anyone detect a pattern here? Am I being uncivil?

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  8. So sorry, Sierra Madreans -- all of us, really. Measure A just insured a school board that can be controlled by special interests and can establish dynasties. At-large representation means, if you're on the board, you have to work for everybody. With a board divided into districts, it means you only need to please the people in your neighborhood to be re-elected. So if they ignore Sierra Madre for a couple of years, who cares? If we let the middle school lie fallow and become a wildlife preserve, so what? Nobody to complain to. When the time comes, you gotta elect somebody, right? In the meantime, thanks for your money.

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    1. Thanks Sage, I think. Can you do me a big and include a link to this article in your Crime Blotter?

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    2. Well Sage, I don't think the PUSD have plans for a SM wildlife preserve, but I have heard jokes about Muir Ranch East...

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    3. Would Altadena entertain the idea of forming a new district with Sierra Madre?

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    4. We have an ineffective and now-dormant movement to form an Altadena school district, so there might be some folks interested. Altadena is PUSD's go-to place for downsizing, as they've shut down five schools here in the past five or six years.

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  9. It is highly likely that. Kim Kenne will win her district seat. when she does, she will "resign" her current 2 year seat (she has two years of 4 left on her current "at large" seat). this means there will be a vacancy on the board. All of us dis enfranchised voters in Sierra Madre need to go to the March 12 school board meeting and ask that they hold a special election to fill the vacancy and not just fill it by a board appointment. This is an "at large" seat, but we can run someone from Sierra Madre for this seat. they will say it is too expensive to have an election and I say we have the election by mail-in ballot. that is cost effective.

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    1. They're going to pick Chris Chahanian. This fix is in. Why do you think they'd stop at just today's election?

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    2. Maybe. But you can't just roll over and accept it. You have to put the squeeze on. It is possible that incumbents Phelps, Pomeroy and Kenne will be returned to the board. 2 of thes folks voted yes on the resolution to build the middle school. Let's continue to hold their feet to the fire. Remember, if you fight, you might lose, but if you don't fight, you've lost already.

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  10. Thanks Joe! Thanks Bart!

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  11. Half of the tax payers and voters in PUSD can't vote.

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    1. How can this be legal?

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    2. Sounds all too familiar. There's something seriously not legal, but no one in power gives a straight answer. They play clueless and stall while at the same time gathering all the ammo and support. By the time there's enough of the public alerted where some real noise can be made- the stalling will have exceeded statutes of limitations. PUSD did it to us.... Well kind of. There's always a new violation to add to support the original complaint.
      ~Mary

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    3. Ok, interested Tattlers, start here and look into filing complaints.
      http://da.co.la.ca.us/pid.htm
      I'm sure we can make some noise....

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  12. You mean THIS Stella Murga?March 5, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    http://www.smartvoter.org/2012/06/05/ca/la/meas/A/

    The one who benefits fro Measure A?

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    1. Yes, the same Stella that Ken "Measure A" Chawkins is funding/endorsing. Of course, it wouldn't have gone over as easily if Chawkins had run for Board himself.

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    2. Move along folks, there's nothing to see here.
      ~ John Buchanan, Joe Mosca, Nancy Walsh, Josh Moran

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    3. Thanks 9:33 - I called and spoke with someone at length. I have been told I will be called back for a further conversation.

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    4. No vote for YOU!!!!

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    5. build build buildMarch 5, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-caltech-build-20130305,0,4563.story

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    6. 10:19, did you call the DA's office?

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    7. Yes, and the news is not good. This is something that they would not deal with. We would have to take the dirtbags to court.

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    8. I have been in contact with the ACLU. I will let you know what I find out.

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    9. Or are we to contact the DOJ?

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    10. Spoke with some very nice folks there. Nothing they can do. This is an injustice with some powerful friends. The one lesson I am taking away from this? Never ever vote for a PUSD bond.

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    11. Somebody suggested the State attorney general....Might have to go before our City Council so they'd push it?

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    12. I spoke with them as well. No dice. I do have two bites, however. I'd say the odds of either panning out are about 1 in 5, but I am giving it the old collge try. Wouldn't it be nice if "those people in Sierra Madre" could pay back "those people in Pasadena" in a way that is meaningful?

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  13. Here is the faulty logic you hear espoused by the school board. When they hear complaints about board members being elected from sub-districts they always reassure the complainer that when they are on the board, they are required to represent ALL the folks in the district. Which begs the question, if you are to represent all the people in the district when you are on the board, then why don't ALL the people in the district get to vote for you? Instead they are elected by a small group of people. Talk about taxation without representation! This sub-districting has disenfranchised more than just the folks in Sierra Madre.

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  14. One of the reasons that the school board does not like Sierra Madre is because we are competent. We have good students with good scores and involved parents. What this means is that we are capable and thus the school board cannot exert as much control over us as they would like. I mean really, what is this new community/school compact all about if it's not about more control and intrusion into private citizens' lives?

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    1. If your argument is valid, 10:59 am, how do you account for the travesty visited upon the Brandenburgs? It is Sierra Madre's elementary school and the PUSD that brought us Tattlers to where we are today. Where is the competency you talk about?

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    2. Sierra Madre School is run not exclusively by Pusd, but in cahoots with the parent elite. There's a figurehead principal who is their puppet.

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    3. And that's not to say all SM parents are the same. There's a hierarchy and you can definitely feel it when you're not with the chosen ones.

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    4. I agree, I have met a great number of fine people at SME, but there are a bunch of bad apples.

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    5. And the bad apples are rotten to the core.

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  15. I agree. Smart together people are bad for the self-esteem of those lacking in those abilities. And since Pasadena now wants to turn PUSD schools into an extension of the welfare system rather than teaching kids anything, we certainly can't have any of that now, can we?

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  16. http://www.edsource.org/today/2013/districts-switching-to-at-large-elections-to-comply-with-voting-rights-law/27801#.UTZgTUnTnmR

    Article last week from "EdSource" also links to CA voting laws.

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  17. We are not going to get anywhere until someone hits us with a "brickbat" and we form our own district. The state funding will come by law to pay for it once voted on by the people.

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  18. I forming of our own district will never happen and we wouldn't and couldn't pay for it

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  19. Anybody know the best place to get election results tonight?

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    1. According to the Star News turnouts are among the lowest ever. All over LA County.

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    2. I am in my home waiting for the results if someone wants to drop by.

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    3. http://cityofpasadena.net/CityClerk/Election/electionResults.aspx


      Kpas if you want to listen to some talking heads....Girardot and Co.
      http://pasadena.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=9

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  20. What about a K-12 charter school? Buy back an empty lot for $1.00. Give the new charter school the fair share of the Bond for the building of the mIddle school on Canon. K-6 at the Primary school site and and 7-12 at the new Canon stie. What a nice dream!

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  21. BTW Tattlers. If you get the PSN yesterday's paper was the last Monday print edition that you will receive. good news for this blog. Can't read the paper on Monday, read the Tattler.

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  22. I let my PSN subscription expire. Except a few months later I got a collection agency dunning me for one month's charge. Paid it and told PSN to go to hell

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  23. Charter schools never work and are very ineffective.

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  24. First results are in Phelps is killing Ayala 1,584 to 751.

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    1. Buh bye ICE Man!

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    2. I think Petey and Honoweasel are crying on each other's shoulders.

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    3. The calls from Pyongyang cannot be complimentary.

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  25. Murga is losing badly to Pomeroy. Bone is fatting it up, but only at 53%.

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  26. Arce - 45, Hueso - 414
    Kenne - 769, Cooper - 274

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  27. Is anyone listening to the KPAS talking heads? They're saying that Sierra Madre may feel left out, but that we'll see that Sierra Madre will be included in the general plan....??

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    1. Great. Maybe they'll be handing out vegetables and condoms at City Hall.

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    2. Bogaard is a little bummed about Scott Phelps......he looks like he rolled out of bed to join the talking heads.

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    3. Bogaard says Sierra Madre's "problem" will be "cured" in 2015, but will be represented by district 1....really? How's that?

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    4. Is that the same Bogey from the Ayala flyer? That mayor looked 30 years younger.

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    5. I think Bogaard was at the group weeping fest with Honoweenie and Dreier

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    6. We get 1/7 of a Selinske. Which is just about enough for a ham sandwich.

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    7. Hueso is on. He is not wearing his Boy Scout pants, though. Dumb as a post this guy.

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  28. KPAS talkers are giving it to Phelps. The ICEman has defrosted.

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    1. Thurston Bogus the IV is on now. Maybe he's going to call Ayala and ask for his and Lovey's money back.

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    2. Bogus just said he hopes the people in Sierra Madre will feel better in two years. Yeah, after all the Measure TT money is gone they'll let us in.

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    3. All those "community leaders" on Ayala's postcard really brought home the bacon.

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    4. The Rusnak crowd isn't quite as impressive as they think they are.

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  29. Mayor Bogaard. No parking, no shopping. I ain't going there no more.

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  30. Maybe Hueso will be taking Sierra Madre under his wing? He seems a bit like a bird brain, maybe he'll forget the fun we made of him on the Tattler?

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    1. It's like the UTP situation. Nobody told him.

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  31. Looks like Chris Holden is going to be alone in the Trone Zone.

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  32. Hueso down to 51.2%! Run off?

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  33. Hueso still doesn't understand how he didn't know about the UTP pulling their endorsement.....duh....

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    1. He is full of crap. I can't see the UTP getting on board with a guy who is lying about them. The man is an idiot.

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  34. Looks like if you get endorsed by the Pasadena Weekly you need to resign your campaign.

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  35. The Iceman Cometh! He's going to give his last few digs, I'm sure. He's not concerned with the numbers for some reason....

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    1. Sounds like a cross between Michael Jackson and Joe Mosca.

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  36. Hueso is under 50%!!!!! Run off!!!!!

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    1. The establishment just laid a collective egg.

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    2. Last 2 precincts for District 3 are very slow to report. Is Hueso busy digging up some extra votes?

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    3. Hueso better dig and fast. This young man Hampton could kick his butt in a run off.

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    4. He will kick his butt. Wait and see!

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  37. Did any ACT candidates win? Kennedy?

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