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24th June
written by Arizona Kid

Antenori and Farley were on Arizona Illustrated back in March (at 9:29) talking about the State Budget. Farley relayed a story about his young daughter coming home one day from school sad over a favorite teacher that had been let go due to budget layoffs. Antenori responded that state cuts to education to date have been minuscule and the real reason for TUSD’s layoffs were caused by 1600 less students choosing charter schools or moving away.  The drama was in full swing from the Farley camp.

It appears that Farley’s up to it the high drama again. This time Scarpinato took a swipe at him.

Better than the big summer blockbuster.

Dry eyes in the House…

06/24/2009 11:55 AM
Daniel Scarpinato

Early this week state House Democrats sought to put the Republican’s proposed budget cuts in context by highlighting a young Arizona woman’s emotional life story.

But one Tucson Democrat apparently thought the story needed a little early helium when recalling it to his constituents.

At the Democrat’s regular Monday morning press briefing this week, Capitol reporters heard from a 16-year-old Phoenix high school student named Becca. Becca has suffered from a congenital heart defect nearly since birth and said she is served through a state program called Children’s Rehabilitative Services.

Democrats suggested that the program and Becca’s care could be at risk if the Republican’s cuts are passed — although they admitted it’s unclear at this point what programs in the Department of Health Services would be cut.

Well, in Rep. Steve Farley‘s latest “Farley Report” that he emails to constituents and supporters, the Tucson Democrat recalls the incident. But most of the reporters saw one glaring fabrication in his retelling.

“As she told her story, even hardened Capitol reporters were brought to tears,” Farley wrote.

Farley is away in Ireland for a week and has not yet responded to an email asking for details. But no one — including this reporter — remember reporters turning on the waterworks, although Becca’s compelling story clearly did move many of the lawmakers in the room.

Both the “hardened” reporters — and those of us of softy sorts — stayed composed from what we remember.

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