The Conservative's Corner
This week, the liberal media finally got what it was looking for: the scandalous story that’s going to stop Marco’s momentum.
It’s a 1,644 word bombshell from the Washington Post: When he was 18, Marco got caught in a public park after it closed.
I’m not going to go into the other embarrassing details (because there aren’t any).
The problem: Marco is getting an amazing reception on the trail, but many in the media would rather dig up fake “scandals” like this.
So we’re coming clean about Marco’s other offenses.
Marco’s survived $22 million in attacks from the Establishment already, but more is coming.Read more
“For All The Republican Talk…One Republican Presidential Hopeful Has Actually Done Something…”
WASHINGTON, DC – Conservative Solutions PAC, the Super PAC supporting Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign, today released a new television advertisement highlighting steps taken by Marco Rubio to end ObamaCare. Rubio has saved taxpayers $2.5 billion and threatened the law's long-term survival by ending a bailout of the insurance industry. The ad, entitled “Some Republicans,” will air in both Iowa and New Hampshire. To watch the video click here.
V/O: On ObamaCare, some Republicans gave up.
Some talked tough, but got nowhere.
“For all the Republican talk about dismantling the Affordable Care Act, one Republican presidential hopeful has actually done something…”
(Onscreen: The New York Times, Dec. 9, 2015: “For all the Republican talk about dismantling the Affordable Care Act, one Republican presidential hopeful has actually done something…”)
By Governor Doug Ducey
Who says you can't make government work?
We just did it here with the most far-reaching, high-impact education funding bill in our state's history. News like this is too good not to share, so spread the word by forwarding this message along!
We've just passed, signed, and are ready to go with a bill that:
• Puts $3.5 billion into education to dramatically improve our schools.
• Increases per-student funding to $3,600 each year and gives educators the resources they've been asking for.
• Doesn't raise taxes while maintaining our balanced budget.
• Provides relief from lawsuit abuse so funds go into classrooms, not attorneys' pockets.
• Maximizes the State Land Trust by drawing a modest amount as a shrewd investment in our kids.
I'll never forget the good friends and strong, loyal supporters who gave me this job and the accompanying charge to solve problems and get results. Your support was, is, and will always be a source of tremendous inspiration.
Thanks so much,
Governor Doug Ducey
P.S. Help me share our fast-breaking news. Tell your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues that we got something great done for Arizona's future. And we're not done by a long shot. In fact, we're just getting started!Read more
By Darcy Olsen
President, Goldwater Institute
If sharing the right ideas and principles with our fellow Americans were sufficient, the battle for liberty would have long ago been won. In today’s media age, however, we know that engaging storytelling and strong visual elements are essential to winning hearts and minds. To that end, we redesigned our magazine, Liberty in Action, to appeal to a national audience through storytelling, strong visual elements and narrative voice that inform and inspire readers. With these changes, we are proud to announce that today the Goldwater Institute has won a Gold "Ozzie" Award for Overall Design. The FOLIO: Awards honor the best in editorial (Eddie) and design work (Ozzie) in the magazine publishing industry. The sponsored event is considered the largest awards program of its kind.
This accomplishment is meaningful to us because it means we have successfully reached beyond the “choir” to capture the hearts and minds of Americans of all kinds. With your support, we will continue to send out engaging stories that advance the Freedom movement.Read more
On Monday, September 21, Coolidge, Ariz. voted on a highly controversial issue: whether or not to limit the prayer before a city council meeting to only Christian prayer. The proposal was unanimously shot down.
When Councilman Rob Hudelson, a pastor for a local Baptist church, brought the topic forth on September 14, the topic was passed into a proposal by a 4 – 2 vote. What happened in one week that a topic, which was once popular, would be unanimously rejected?
Many argued that it was a direct violation of First Amendment rights. The violation in question: If regulating the prayer before a city council meeting is preventing the residents of Coolidge from exercising their freedom of religion? It is quite the opposite.
It is the city council members exercising their own freedom of religion. There is no portion of the First Amendment that speaks specifically towards citizens and that only citizens can exercise this right.Read more
By Lee Templar
Director of Foundation Relations
The Goldwater Institute
California is poised to become the 25th state that adopts the Right To Try—a law that will help terminally ill patients try promising new medicines pending final approval from the Food and Drug Administration. But Governor Jerry Brown might veto the Right To Try. We need your help to persuade Governor Brown to do what’s best for terminally ill patients who should have the right to fight to save their own lives.
You can call Governor Brown’s office at (916) 445-2841. You can send him an email through this form: https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php. You can also send him a message on Twitter at @JerryBrownGov and through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jerrybrown.
More than 1 million Americans die from diseases each year. They deserve a chance to try the same medicines that a lucky few already are safely using in clinical trials.Read more
Welcome to the site’s new feature, holding politician’s accountable for double talk. And there’s no better place to launch Hypocrite Alert! than with Scottsdale’s Ultimate Politician, Bob Littlefield.
On the campaign trail he talks negatively about the proliferation of apartments in Scottsdale notwithstanding he’s the godfather of not one but the two largest apartment projects in the history of Scottsdale. But that’s not all . . . he then took away the rights of citizens opposing the project, preventing them from putting the project to a city-wide vote.
When confronted with such facts Littlefield tries to go Obi Wan-Kenobi instructing voters such matters may not be the droids they’re looking for.
He then discusses how he’s opposed numerous apartment projects in Scottsdale, except for those that contributed generously to his campaign coffers. But more on that another time.
This time Hypocrite Alert! would like to point out Littlefield cashing one of the most generous contributions of his political career: from none other than the special interest political action committee of who? The Arizona Multi-Housing Assocation. That’s right, the state’s leading defender and purveyor of apartments.
It’s hard to make this stuff up.
But at least Littlefield’s hypocrisies are good for something: laughter.Read more
If running for Mayor of Scottsdale at the same time your wife is Vice Mayor isn’t odd and craven enough for Bob Littlefield, we may have another example.
And, if circumstances are true, it’s disconcerting at best and disqualifying at worst.
According to various social media including that posted by the Catholic Sun, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane was apparently invited by Notre Dame Preparatory High School last month to address a group of students about how government works.
Elected officials get a lot of those requests, along with things like ribbon cuttings.
Apparently, candidate Bob Littlefield got wind of Mayor Lane’s appearance and demanded equal time of the school to speak, even raising the prospect of the school’s non-profit status being jeopardized.
When properly and ultimately denied his request Littlefield sent out an alert to supporters to attend the gathering bogusly claiming Lane was going to be discussing the Desert Discovery Center, a controversial north Scottsdale project that Littlefield has been on both sides of.
How sad.Read more
It’s like a zit on the Mona Lisa.
Anyone who hikes what is arguably the prettiest trail in the Valley, Tom’s Thumb in Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountains, wonders when they ascent. What is that house, albeit a very nice one, doing smack dab in the middle of Scottsdale’s landmark preserve?
Wouldn’t it be nice, most everyone surely thinks, to rid the preserve of the blemish?
And so it now shall be.
Every member of Scottsdale’s City Council ranging from Mayor Jim Lane to Councilman Guy Phillips saw fit to split the difference between the city’s appraisal and one produced by the private property owner.
It was a smart move – council Clearasil -- and a wise use of preserve funds.
There’s no greater defender of Scottsdale’s ultimate politician, mayoral candidate Bob Littlefield, than John Washington, the political gadfly who lost to current Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane by 30 points in 2012.
Like Littlefield, Washington thinks Scottsdale never does anything right despite public sentiment and evidence to the contrary.
And he, like Littlefield, love to dish it out but they sure have a hard time taking it when justifiable criticism arrives to refute his rhetorical incontinence.
Take a recent Washington missive where he pushes back after a Mayor Lane email broadside against Littlefield for being on all sides of just about every issue.
Washington takes his usual jabs at a Lane campaign consultant for owning a polo event and participating in a voter-approved marketing fund for the event for 3 years, seemingly oblivious to the fact that Littlefield himself voted for the funds all three 3 years he sat on the city council, even advantaging the event for complimentary VIP tickets.
Lane’s eblast also raised questions about Littlefield’s contributions and special interests he favors. The incumbent said something along the lines of Littlefield’s largest contributors over the years being “anti-business unions.”
So what does Washington do rather than review Littlefield’s campaign reports? He launches into la-la land suggesting Lane is referencing police unions because they crack down on bars and restaurants in downtown Scottsdale?!
Wow. Someone actually wrote that. Then again Washington was probably the first one in line at Harkins Theatres when Independence Day returned last month because he wanted to see on the big screen what his little head actually believes: aliens are coming to Earth.
It would have taken Washington all of two seconds, as it did us, to see Lane was likely referencing a PAC contribution from the United Food & Commercial Worker’s Union. Lane probably needs to spell that out more clearly next time but there’s little doubt that union is no friend to business, even at one time trying to sabotage Basha’s grocery stores with an insidiously bogus claim about baby formula.Read more
Art, at its best, makes us contemplate deeper. That's what good politics can do too. About issues, people and the direction of a community and country. So take a look at this interesting read in today's New York Times about how enterprising artists are attempting to do and fuse both during these most challenging political times.
Recently, Scottsdale Councilman David Smith lambasted SkySong and its purported voracious appetite for city favor. But in criticizing process and politic he seemed to ignore purpose and triumph.
Once upon a time Scottsdale and McDowell was the heartbeat of the southern city. There stood Los Arcos Mall. Then time passed it by. Scottsdale Fashion Square ascended.
Various plans from hockey arenas to power centers promised renewal. They didn’t materialize. So ASU took a chance on the area with an “innovation” focus. At a time when strip clubs and pawn shops were the most notable neighbors it was no small leap of faith.
Sure, SkySong took awhile to find its voice. But now the chorus of buildings is impressive, as is its design. It’s evolved over the years as any large project does and must. To not allow the private sector to call audibles is to be an archair municipal coach of the wishbone. That SkySong now includes housing is entirely understandable for students and employees that want to be near where they work. Indeed, the unrelated Mark/Taylor Residential multi-family project nearby on McDowell has been so successful it’s acquiring nearby properties for more parking.Read more
By Councilman David Smith
Scottsdale's fiscal year ended June 30, so it seems timely to share a report on some Council decisions over the past few months that will affect you and your city's livability.
Your Council adopted a Balanced Budget for next year...that's good! Unfortunately, the Budget isn't sustainable and hasn't been for several years. That's because the money we have for capital improvements is woefully short of the amount needed. The city was closely divided for/against the Bond Issue last November, so there's little new money for capital investments. For the third year in a row, your city's net depreciable assets declined, because we reinvested less than our assets depreciated. This problem will compound over time.
I tried to get rid of the city's sales tax on food, mindful that this most regressive tax costs every Scottsdale citizen about $50 a year ($200 every year for a family of four) and it hits hardest those citizens least able to pay. We managed a small step forward: over the next three years we'll pull food tax receipts out of the General Fund and put them into the capital program. Unfortunately, that won't give citizens the tax break they deserve. We'll try again next year.
Council took several actions that are going to increase density and congestion in your city:
More and more apartments were approved...sometimes with building plans; other times with only promises. Your Council seems determined to provide living quarters for newcomers, regardless of the effect on current citizens.
The ASU Foundation lease for SkySong was amended to increase the building height from 60 feet to 90 feet at the corner of Scottsdale and McDowell Roads. Citizens will see a massive structure...and a precedent has been created. I argued for the City's 1.5 acre at SkySong to be designated as a city park on the corner, forcing the building back further from curb; I wasn't successful.Read more
Flamboyant boxing promoter Don King used this phrase liberally to describe his rise and that of fighters in his sted who found fame and fortune.
But it can also be said about Javier Munoz. Son of a doorman. Raised in a "scary" housing project in Brooklyn. Openly gay. H.I.V. positive. Cancer survivor. And now playing founding father Alexander Hamilton on Broadway.
Today, Munoz replaces Lin-Manuel Miranda, founder of the uber-hit muscial "Hamilton" as the show's title character.
Only in America.
*There’s been a lot of talk (and evidence) of southern Scottsdale, specifically near and along McDowell Road, being the next hot Valley neighborhood. And here’s more evidence: Mark/Taylor Residential’s new apartment community on McDowell is so successful it’s started purchasing adjacent properties for additional parking. And up the street a respected developer is putting in for-sale, contemporary-style condominiums for upwards of $500,000 a pop . . . on Granite Reef.
*There’s a big disparity in cash on hand between the long-shot campaign of Bob Littlefield trying to unseat the popular current Mayor of Scottsdale, Jim Lane. Littlefield reports $24,000 whereas Lane has $140,000.
*The campaign to legalize marijuana is going to lose in November 53.5%-47.5%.
*After Lane defeats Littlefield for Mayor this year (and it will be his last term due to term limits) will Scottsdale’s 2020 race feature Virginia Korte vs Guy Phillips? Speaking of Phillips, is he going through a political transformation? Typically railing against any and all development proposals in the community he just voted to increase height and add 1,000 apartments to a well-connected developer in Scottsdale.Read more
We didn’t start this opinions courtyard years ago to belabor Bob Littlefield, a former Scottsdale City Councilman and failed Republican candidate for the Arizona State Legislature.
But his fodder has just become so rich, or rather so mendacious.
His hypocrisy knows no bounds.
He was for the Desert Discovery Center before he was against it.
He voted for the tallest and densest project in Scottsdale history before proclaiming he’s against such things.
He says he is for the people yet voted with powerful development interests to take away citizen’s rights when they wanted to challenge his support for them.
We could go on. And on. And on. Which is why it’s necessary to write about Littlefield so much. He’s the ultimate politician.
But his latest campaign deceit may be the most repulsive yet, even worthy of a new nickname: Lyin’ Bob Littlefield.
We hate to co-opt Donald Trump’s moniker for primary opponent Ted Cruz after his campaign was so dishonest about Ben Carson, but it’s justified.
Just take a look at this social media post from Littlefield on June 29th.
We get exaggeration in political campaigns. But Littlefield just flat out lied about Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane on light rail.
Lane has repeatedly voted against light rail plans and proposals his entire time on the Scottsdale City Council and as Mayor. He even did so just last month. Lane was in the majority quashing plans for Scottsdale light rail. So how can Littlefield claim otherwise? Only with a stunning lack of integrity that comes with a flailing campaign. Littlefield knows better. He should be better.
His claims about Lane on the proposed Desert Discovery Center are nearly as bad. Lane supports a public vote on the project. In fact, this is how he has laid out his position:
Public Needs Final Say On Desert Discovery Center
"The public should decide whether or not the Desert Discovery Center is built on McDowell Sonoran Preserve land and/or use Preserve funds. That’s my position. I want this process to be up front and transparent on this issue because that’s what our residents deserve before the city spends tens of millions of dollars on the project."
If Littlefield’s numerous flip-flops, hypocrisy and anti-business positions (which are almost autarkic) weren’t disqualifying enough, his latest antics surely do the trick.
Former 12-year Scottsdale Councilman and failed state legislative candidate Bob Littlefield sounds more like he’s running for Mayor of Detroit than Scottsdale.
Everything is wrong in our fair city, his wonting bemoans. And he alone is the guy to fix it. He, the campaign trailing, self-professing walking combination of Bernie Sanders AND Donald Trump.
We digress in noting the stunning political gymnastics required of someone calling himself cousin to both a redistributionist and repulser of Mexicans, all the while lacking the philosophical consistency of Sanders and the business acumen of Trump.
Yet, Littlefield waxes ineloquent to his audiences, trust him and utopia is just around the bend.
He’ll stop more development even though he approved the biggest one in Scottsdale’s history.
He’s anti-business now yet ran in 2002 as a pro-development substitute for George Zraket.
He stands for citizens yet took away their rights for a developer.
He’s for the taxpayer except when he’s voting for subsidies and spending on himself and financial backers.
For 12 long years Bob Littlefield sat on the Scottsdale City Council. From 2003-2015. Either he’s to blame for the purported problems, or he was wildly ineffective in being able to bring about the change he says is needed.
So, whether he was politically incoherent or a political invalid it certainly suggests he has little to no ability to actually do whatever it is he says he’ll do. After all, if a person can’t prove themselves after three Olympiads, there’s little sense in talking about them as captain of next year’s team.
Containment. Mutually Assured Destruction. The Domino Theory. Balance of Power. Trickle Down. Vouchers.
These are the words of famous philosophies, some more than others, thought to describe the best governance for our schools, economics and foreign affairs.
Here in Arizona a new philosophy by an unexpected voice is noteworthy. “Gradualism” as proffered by Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Doug Little, seeks to change state energy policy gradually, not in whole cloths as utility companies are demanding. They are doing so to both increase profits and deny customers a chance to save when rates rise via solar technology and other means.
Little’s is a voice unanticipated because heretofore he’d been thought to be a marionette of the Arizona Public Service monopoly. But we can’t think of a better name than Little to espouse a common sense, mature philosophy like Gradualism for the little steps it espouses.
Take the Chairman’s recent approach to a Canadian utility’s attempt to impose “demand charges” in the Arizona territories of Lake Havasu, Kingman and Nogales. Sure, Little’s rejection of the proposal was a reaction in part to the extraordinary public opposition to the idea that one’s utility bill should be based on the highest use in any one day. But his approach also seemed to be firmly rooted in the concept of gradualism. While it’s good to be first in the nation for some if not many things why is it necessary for Arizona consumers to be the laboratory rats for rate hikers, you could almost hear his thinking go.
The Little Doctrine runs contrary to this notion. It does not forego big ideas – and we would argue demand charges are a bad, big idea – but as the concept goes if major change is to be undertaken it should be phased in so as not to shock the ecosystem.Read more
By Let's Vote Yes for Arizona Schools
More than 20 school districts are waiting on approval of Prop 123
PHOENIX – For Arizona teachers, many of whom have not received a pay raise since before the Great Recession, passage of Proposition 123 means a needed and necessary pay raise this year.
So far, more than 20 Arizona school districts have released or passed provisional budgets that include pay raises for teachers. But those raises will evaporate in most communities without the guaranteed dollars that Proposition 123 provides.
“School boards across the state are struggling to attract and retain good, quality teachers,” said Tim Ogle, executive director of the Arizona School Boards Association. “School board members around Arizona have indicated that if Proposition 123 passes, teacher raises will be the first line item in their budgets and the first item on their agendas to pass. But, without the dollars that Proposition 123 brings, teachers will continue to receive unacceptably low pay for the work they’re doing to educate our kids and we will continue to see teachers flee Arizona for other states. At the end of the day, the only way to improve education in Arizona is with a high-quality teacher in the classroom.”
“Teacher pay in Arizona is embarrassingly low,” said Andrew Morrill, president of the Arizona Education Association. “Many, if not most, teachers in Arizona have gone six or seven years without even a nominal increase in their pay, hence our teacher shortage crisis. If Proposition 123 doesn’t pass, it’ll send a message to our teachers that we don’t appreciate or respect the work they’re doing to educate our kids, and they’ll continue leaving Arizona for higher paying teaching positions in other states or leaving the profession altogether. Prop 123 is the first step to get teachers in nearly all districts a raise this year, and keeping them in Arizona.”
“Arizona teachers have gone too long without getting the compensation they deserve,” said Sharon Harper, chairwoman of the Let’s Vote Yes for Arizona Schools, in support of Prop 123 campaign. “Let’s pass Proposition 123 so we can stem the tide of teachers leaving our schools and our state. The infusion of these dollars will get money in the classroom this year. If we do nothing, this will be the equivalent of a pay cut to teachers in Arizona.”Read more
By State Treasurer of Arizona Jeff DeWit
Proposition 123 is LESS money for schools and RAISES PROPERTY TAXES
I wish I could support Proposition 123. I wish it was in the best interest of our schools, teachers, and taxpayers. I wish it lived up to the claim of being “more money for schools without raising taxes.” Unfortunately it is none of these things.
Anytime politicians tell you they have found a way to spend money without raising taxes, they are either raising debt or raiding a trust fund. It is why our federal government owes $19 Trillion and our Social Security Trust Fund is depleted. Our federal government has made false promises, and Arizona is now following suit.
Proposition 123 is a raid on the Schools’ Permanent Endowment Trust Fund which was established by Congress at Arizona’s statehood. It is a pool of money intended to grow for the benefit of educating Arizona schoolchildren forever. We can spend interest, but we are never to spend principle, as this plan does in a BIG way. Proposition 123 violates this Congressional requirement, and if passed, a new multi-year lawsuit will likely begin, further delaying funding for our schools.
The politicians are saying that this Trust is “underperforming our schools.” This is incorrect. The amount we spend on schools from the Trust is now the highest in Arizona history, roughly $100 million a year, and should double about every seven years. Voting NO on Proposition 123 keeps this money for its intended purpose, benefiting our schools forever. Saying yes cuts the trust fund by over a third, costs our schools (and ultimately our taxpayers) Billions of dollars, keeps teacher pay at 50th in the country, raises property taxes, and creates a huge fiscal cliff in ten years that will hit hardworking taxpayers.
Let me say part of that again. Right now Arizona is 50th in the country in teacher pay. If Prop 123 passes, and the trust fund is raided, and when property taxes increase, we will still be 50th in the country in teacher pay! As the Arizona Republic has pointed out, this is merely a "scam" on the voters to make them think that this is free money, when in reality it comes at a very high price to our children, teachers, and taxpayers. Read here: http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/ej-montini/2016/04/18/montini-gov-doug-ducey-league-of-women-voters-proposition-123-arizona-legislature-state-land-trust/83157214/Read more
Fred DuVal, the 2014 Democratic nominee for Governor, just endorsed Proposition 123.
Read his statement, here.
He is standing shoulder to shoulder with Governor Ducey and thousands of parents and educators to put our kids and teachers first. And we've got an new TV ad to prove it. Watch the video here.
Mr. DuVal and Governor Ducey don't always agree but they agree Prop 123 is a necessary first step towards improving Arizona's public schools.
Prop 123 is a perfect example of what Arizonans can accomplish when we work together.
They recognize just how important it is for us to inject $3.5 billion into public K-12 schools over the next 10 years without raising taxes.
We are proud that Democrats and Republicans are putting partisan politics aside and working together to get our schools the resources they need.
Join us, Fred DuVal, Governor Doug Ducey and countless others in supporting Proposition 123, and lend a hand to ensure this passes on May 17.
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By Dan Schweiker
Transportation has always been near and dear to my heart. I first experienced the valley's roads in 1978 when I arrived in Arizona in my un-air conditioned 1976 Honda Civic. A lot has changed since then, but one thing remains the same – we need an interconnected transportation system that moves people, goods, and services.
There is no doubt that our valley has grown. The number of freeways, streets, and transit options have increased and improved over time as well. I remember when the I-10 tunnel was completed with much fanfare and when the Loop 101 finally came to Scottsdale.
It was my honor to serve on the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Transportation Committee in 2003 and 2004 as we worked on the Regional Transportation Plan and the extension of the 1985 half cent sales tax that built our transportation system. One of the things we realized early on is that we must take a multi-modal approach to transportation planning.
We realized that we must take into account the cost, available land, traffic patterns, growth, and interconnectivity into our planning. We learned that different areas had different needs and an interconnected plan could not be a "one size fits all" approach. We also adopted fundraising firewalls and audit measures to ensure fiscal responsibility. The result was the passage of Proposition 400 in 2004 which is still improving transportation across the region.
In Scottsdale, the Transportation Commission has released a draft of their Transportation Master Plan. It is a comprehensive proposal that will help strengthen our city's transportation policies and improve connectivity for our future. The Scottsdale City Council is meeting on April 12 in a study session to review the plan.Read more
PHOENIX — Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny today endorsed Proposition 123 citing the resources it will provide teachers and students throughout the next 10 years.
The Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) estimates that Chandler Unified School District will receive more than $9 million this year alone if Prop 123 passes.
"I'm supporting Prop 123 because it's going to provide our schools, teachers and students with stability and support for the next decade," Mayor Tibshraeny said. "It will put billions of dollars into Arizona’s K-12 public education system over the next decade without raising taxes. It's prudent, fiscally responsible, and will help our teachers and students succeed in the classroom. Join me and vote YES on May 17."Read more
by Paul Babeu
It has us up big in Arizona's 1st Congressional District.35% of voters have rallied behind me, and our campaign, which has given us a 27-point lead.
This is all great news, and wouldn't be possible without you and all of your help.
The liberals in Arizona want no part of facing me in November, and they'll be throwing money at this race to stop us.
We're not going to let that happen.Read more
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