Watch Out: The Arizona Legislature Is Back In Session

The Legislature reconvenes this week with legislators eager to take action that could have far-reaching effects on the people of Arizona – for good or ill. Coconino Democrats are happy to host political scientists Anne Schneider and Harriet Young for our Democratic Political Action! meeting this Thursday. Dr. Young will provide an introduction explaining how […]

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Can We Carry Early Ballots?

In the past election, the only people permitted to assist voters in returning their mail ballots were family members and caregivers. This was the result of 2016 law passed by the Republican-controlled legislature. Previously, canvassers were allowed to take ballots from voters and return them to voting sites or drop them in the mail. A […]

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Can We Get a Message, Please?

Ann Heitland, Communications Chair, Coconino County Democratic Party. Republican President Lincoln is famous for speaking the line, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” A few decades earlier Abigail Adams was more specific, writing  “… A house divided upon itself – and upon that foundation do our enemies build their hopes of subduing us.” These […]

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Democratic National Committee Updates

The Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee met on Saturday, December 1 in San Juan, Puerto Rico — a site chosen to call attention to the continuing needs as Puerto Rico continues rebuilding from its hurricane disaster. The Committee issued this statement: “We stand with Puerto Ricans and will always help in the fight […]

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DNC Announces Framework for the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debates

To some of us, it seems way to early to be talking Presidential primaries, but the reality is that it’s not. The party is stepping up to make plans for debates. Here’s a press release from just before Christmas issued by the Democratic National Committee. Washington, D.C. 12/20/18 — Since his campaign for chair of […]

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538 Features Arizona’s Redistricting Commission

The December 31 538 podcast series features Arizona with a podcast entitled The Gerrymandering Project: Arizona. In 2018, more states decided to put independent commissions in charge of redistricting. Arizona serves as an example of some of the challenges those commissions can face. Download and listen to the podcast for free here.

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Voting, Ethics Kick Off Dems’ Congressional Agenda

House Democrats are about to show the nation how to walk and chew gum while governing. After 8 years of Republican-controlled Congressional stalemate, Nancy Pelosi will lead a forward assault on the nation’s problems. Whether the Senate will continue to stonewall progress is up to Mitch McConnell; regardless of what he does, the country is […]

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Quotations of the Week

Here’s our challenge these next two years: We must scrub the stains of Trump’s corruption from our democracy. BUT we must not be so jaded by that duty that we stop believing our future can be brighter than our past. It still is. ~ Rep. Eric Swalwell Richard Nixon obstructed justice to cover up a […]

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Judge’s Ruling on ACA Lands Like a “Stink Bomb”

The Associated Press reports:  “A federal judge’s ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who’ve seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul’s core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions and Medicaid for more low-income people.” Last Friday’s decision by a […]

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Fee or Tax? Either Shows Failure

The vehicle registration fee enacted last April by Governor Ducey and the Republican Legislature is showing up on registration renewal notices and causing an internal firefight among Republicans.  The underlying problem for all Arizona Republicans is their failure to recognize that governing costs money and someone has got to pay for it. In this case, […]

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