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LinkedIn Event [Tucson, Ariz.]: ‘The Power of Networking’

Jennifer Philips invites you to this event.

Date: 7/18/2012

Subject: Your Invited

Please see above link to register for the upcoming event, “The Power of Networking.”

Professional Speaker and Master Networker, Bill Nordbrock, will be presenting “The Power of Networking’

Bill Nordbrock is the founder of Referral Tree and Tucson Business Club, two of the fastest growing referral groups in Southern Arizona. Combing traditional and social media networking, he has found a model that fits all business types and individuals.

Some of the topics that will be covered:
– The Foundation of a Strong Network
– Building the Right Relationships
– Identifying Strategic Partners
– Accelerating Trust and Loyalty
– Overcoming the Fear of Networking
– Developing an Effective Elevator Speech
– Networking Event Tips and Tricks

Come learn how to maximize on every opportunity in networking!

Cost is $20, covers lunch, beverage, tax and tip. Register now, seating is limited!

Feel free to call with questions,
Jennifer Philips

Op-Ed: Obama Hits Home-Run W/ New TV Ad

By Derek Evans

There is still a lot of time until Election Day, plenty of time for more attack ads and changes in the polls. To me the election doesn’t really start until the parties have their conventions. Needless to say I think Obama did very well with his latest ad. In the ad it shows Romney singing America the Beautiful, while showing all the jobs he shipped overseas, during his business career and his term as a Governor. So far Romney has been trying to make the point that President Obama is the cause for America’s problems, while President Obama is making the case Governor Romney doesn’t have any answers and things would be much worse under him. I think President Obama so far is winning the argument so far. To me Romney looks like a Republican version of John Kerry. In 2004 John Kerry had a chance to beat George W Bush , but ran a very bad campaign, even worse than the one McCain ran in 2008, in 2008 the only really bad campaign decision McCain made was picking Palin. The odds were just very much stacked against McCain because Americans were so tired of having a Republican in the white house. Still a long way until the election but I think Obama is winning now and this ad is a perfect example of why.

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Op-Ed: Phoenix Fans May Like ‘Whiter’ Suns Better

By Derek Evans

Recently the Suns lost Josh Childress and picked up Luis Scola making the team appear more “whiter.” Actually Luis Scola isn’t even white he’s from Argentina, but he has a light skin tone. Suns fans may like this, before losing Steve Nash, who is Canadian they were one of the few teams whose’ best player was white. As much as we don’t think race should be a factor in sports and society for that matter the fact is it’s 2012 and race is still a huge factor in American society. The NBA has largely been a professional sports league dominated by African Americans. While Arizona hasn’t been as bad as the south, it hasn’t been that most racially friendly state ever. It was the last state to accept Martin Luther King Jr day has a holiday and the only reason why the state did was so the NFL would let it host the Super Bowl. Two years ago Senate Bill 1070 was passed and as much as its’ supporters claim it isn’t racist, I don’t buy it. I remember shortly after the bill was past the Suns wore their jerseys that said “Los Suns” on them to show their Hispanic support. I’m not saying that all Phoenix Suns fans are racist, but a “whiter” team, at least in the short term might be more appealing to some people.

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Op-Ed: Healthcare – It Just Isn’t Worth It

By Ray Ceo, Jr.
Guest Opinion

During the 2010 election, I remember driving around the streets of Tempe, a fairly liberal area in Arizona, and seeing giant signs with “Repeal Obamacare.” The Arizona Republican Party did a great job that year at making the mid-term election a mandate for President Obama. They won that election, taking some 65 seats, and sent a message: they want to take President Obama down. And above all else, they wanted to use his healthcare bill as the means to do so. Looking back on that election, I have to wonder what those folks are thinking now.

Especially about the Affordable Care Act. For the past two years, the Republican led House of Representatives has voted, more than two dozen times to repeal Obamacare. They are attempting to make it a wedge issue for this Presidential election. And President Obama has taken a huge beating for Obamacare. Politically, his approval rating on health care alone was at a mere forty-two percent just after it passed. While it’s overall approval has risen steadily since, the GOP has done all they can to get rid of this controversial bill. Including taking it all the way to the Supreme Court, where they lost. And then they voted, again, to repeal it. To no avail. Certainly, I think that the President has done a pretty good job in how he has handled healthcare. Yes, he cool demeanor helps. Not to mention that it was passed so long ago that now it seems like yesterday’s news. I believe he will weather this wedge issue well. However, I do not believe it was worth it. The President I voted for spoke to me of an America dream. One that I believed in. I wanted something similar to what Canada has. Call me a socialist, but something about not giving any member of our community the best care we can, for free, just doesn’t sit well with me. It shouldn’t be about money. It should be about living. It should be about compassion towards each other. I never get what I want though. Instead, I am left with a healthcare system that does nothing to help me, instead, it has risen premiums on all work-related insurances I could be on to exceed anything I can afford. Being a twenty-five year old guy shouldn’t be so expensive. I should not have to choose between groceries and health expenses. Having been in and out of the hospital several times, from illnesses to surgeries, I have endless medical debt. Yet still, I do not have health insurance and in just two years, if I still cannot afford health insurance, the government will fine me for it. This is not okay with me and above all else it certainly doesn’t help me. Nor does it help millions of other Americans in a similar position as I. There are elements in the Affordable Care Act that I do like. Providing women with access to better healthcare, including reproductive treatment is something the United States should be doing. Allowing students to stay on their parents health insurance while they are in college, is also something the United States should be doing. However, this so-called Obamacare does not help everyone. And it should. I have to wonder if a health care bill that doesn’t ensure that every member of our community is taken care of is worth it. Considering the backdrop of political hostility in Washington and the great debate over healthcare in our political dialogue, it doesn’t seem like it worth it. Maybe it was to the branding-genius Republicans who put up those Obamacare signs all over my college town. But here in the United States we can simply do better than Obamacare.

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