On TV Tonight: Sweeney Vs. Grijalva!

Sweeney!Tune into Arizona Illustrated this evening for the Great Grijalva-Sweeney Debate of ’08!

I joined Arizona Illustrated anchor Bill Buckmaster for the debate between Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva and Republican Joe Sweeney, who has been disowned by the Pima County Republican Party for his occasional loony racist and anti-Semitic mutterings.

The candidates tackle the economic crisis and, of course, illegal immigration. Also, Sweeney doesn’t have very nice things to say about Arizona Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash.

The show airs at 6:30 p.m. and repeats early tomorrow morning, at 12:30 and 5:30 a.m.

UPDATE: You can now watch the debate online.

Arizona PIRG: “Congrats! You’ve Now Spent Your Stimulus Check on Gas!”

Left: Nick Theisen of Arizona Public Interest Research Group with a big stimulus check made out to Big Oil.

Southern Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords yesterday voted in favor of Saving Energy through Public Transportation Act of 2008, or HR 6052, which provides $1.7 billion for public transit.

That was good news to Arizona Public Interest Research Group, which has launched a new campaign to push public support for mass transit. Earlier this week, Arizona PIRG released an analysis showing that thanks to recent gas hikes, the average American household has now spent its economic stimulus checks on gasoline.

“Families are signing their rebate checks over to the big oil companies,” says Nick Theisen of Arizona PIRG.

Theisen says that since February, the average cost Continue reading