Why the Minimum Wage Hike Belongs in the COVID Relief Bill

Let’s start with an important statement laid out by Paul Krugman over a month ago: “There is indeed a radical party in America, one that, aside from hating democracy, has crazy ideas about how the world works and is at odds with the views of most voters. And it’s not the Democrats.” In fact, it’s […]

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American Rescue Plan

Here’s a quick summary of what’s in Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan — and what shouldn’t be added. What’s in the American Rescue Plan Get $1,400 direct relief checks to Americans, on top of $600 checks previously approved for a total of $2,000 in direct aid Enhance unemployment benefits and extend pandemic unemployment programs Increase the minimum […]

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Democrats Battle for Democracy

An Arizona perspective on the filibuster: It need not be all or nothing, but Congress needs to do big things. Eric Levitz published an intriguing article in The New Yorker this week. He opens with this: For the Democratic Party as an institution, the stakes of enacting major reforms over the next two years are […]

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50 Things That Are Better Already

Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist President Biden has not completed his first week in office, but already there is much to celebrate. Let’s count the ways: 1. You can ignore Twitter 2. The White House briefing room is not an Orwellian nightmare of lies 3. We are now confronting white domestic terrorism 4. We are not paying for golf trips […]

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Blackman and Barton Clueless About the Constitution

Our LD-6 State Representative Walt Blackman, R-Snowflake, jumped right into the new legislative session pushing his number one priority — which is no one else’s as people die, lose their jobs and homes, and suffer in isolation in a once-in-a-century pandemic. Blackman has introduced a plainly unconstitutional bill that would require prosecutors to charge women […]

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Open Letter to Senators Sinema and Kelly

January 17, 2021 Senator Kyrsten SinemaSenator Mark KellyUnited States SenateWashington, D.C. Dear Senators: On January 6th, our nation’s Capitol was attacked by a mob of armed insurrectionists. This was a horrible moment for us all.  Both of you quickly condemned the violence. Senator Sinema went so far as to acknowledge that the violent insurrection was […]

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Firm Response to Attack Needed

CCDP Chair Calls for Firm Response to Wednesday’s Attack at U.S. Capitol Ann Heitland, Chair of the Coconino County Democratic Party, issued the following statement on Friday, January 8, 2021: The January 6 attack on our Nation’s Capital and assault on Members of Congress is the culmination of decades of desperate verbal attacks by a […]

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#WendyRogersTales

“Brace Yourselves. It is going to be a bumpy flight and the pilot, Colonel Rogers, looks like she is flying high altitudes without her oxygen mask.” That’s our LD-6 Senator-Elect whom David Gordon is blogging about. We’ve been tweeting #WendyRogersTales to highlight the far-right extremism – frankly craziness — that’s she’s been spouting the last […]

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Fear Itself

By Ann Heitland I often see quoted out of context President Franklin Roosevelt’s statement “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” The full statement is: “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes […]

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