Federal/County Legislative Alert 2/14/2021

Provided with the help of the Democrats of the Red Rocks

PENDING FEDERAL LEGISLATION

For Senators Sinema and Kelly:

End the Filibuster:  Senator’s Sinema and Kelley’s support for S1 (For the People Act) and for the John Lewis Voting Right Advancement Act is meaningless  without ending the Filibuster.  These bills, which would restore the Voting Rights Act with its federal anti -discrimination supervision (which would likely defeat dozens of anti voter laws pending in the AZ legislature) will not garner 60 votes in the Senate.  Sinema has clearly stated she is against removing the filibuster making her support of voter protections rather meaningless.  

Contact both Sen. Sinema and Sen. Kelly and ask that they end the support S1 and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancaement Act and end the filibuster.

For Sen. Sinema – Expression of Concern.   Express your concern that Sen. Sinema is taking positions in opposition to your values and the Democratic Party.  

  • Sinema against raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour over time in spite of the national party platform support.  See her statement in Politico, Feb. 12, 2021.
  • Has not joined 39 senators in co sponsoring legislation to make Washington DC a state (part of the national platform).  Has taken contrary positions in the past. 
  • Sinema and Kelly voted against extending Covid stimulous payments to undocumented persons including Dreamers.  
  • Sinema against doing away with the filibuster which opens the path to a gutting of Arizona’s voter protections in our state legislature. 

Sen. Sinema:  Call (202) 224-4521 (DC) or (602) 598-7327.  Email via her website at “http://www.sinema.senate.gov”  Tag the Senator at @senatorsinema,

Sen. Mark Kelley: Call (202) 224-2235 (DC),  Email via his website at http://www.kelly.senate.gov Tag the Senator at @senmarkkelly

For Representative O’Halleran:

Thank him for recently joining his four other AZ democrats in the house in co-sponsoring H.R. 1  “For the People Act” and his continued support of H.R. 4 the John Lewis Voter Protection Act. 

Support:  H.R.262 and H.R. 97 Prohibiting the imposition of the death penalty for any violation of Federal law, and for other purposes.

Rep. O’Halleran: Call (202) 225-3361 or send an email via his website at http://www.ohalleran.house.gov

PLEASE CALL THE FOLLOWING REPUBLICAN SENATORS WHO VOTED TO CONVICT DONALD TRUMP ON FEBRUARY 13, 2021 TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR INTEGRITY AND HOLDING TO THEIR OATH TO SUPPORT AND PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION.

Richard Burr (NC) 202-224-3154

Bill Cassidy (LA) 202-224-5824

Susan Collins (ME) 202-224-2523

Lisa Murkowski (AK) 202-224-6665

Mitt Romney (UT) 202-224-5251

Ben Sasse (NE) 202-224-4224

Pat Toomey (PA) 202-224-4254

INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING COMMISSION UPDATE

Here’s a link to the agenda for Tuesday’s IRC meeting.  It will start at 8:00 am and public comments should be available from shortly after the start of the meeting until the meeting is adjourned.   

https://publicmeetings.az.gov/sites/default/files/IRC%20Agenda%202.16.21%20%281%29.pdf

Here’s the link to make public comments:

https://forms.gle/QyYVrAWPxtg9eVhg9.

Key agenda items are:

  • Process for hiring Executive Director
  • Interview questions for upcoming Executive Director interviews
  • Discussion about securing legal counsel
  • Discussion regarding a mapping consultant
  • Support services from Dept of Admin Support (including website updates)
  • Public comments prior to 2/16/21
  • Status of Howard Open Meeting Law complaint  (discussion of when Commission should go into Exec Session)

Coconino County Update 2-14-21

Two very fast-moving developments from the Coconino County Board of Supervisors (BOS) 

1. Selection of new BOS for District 2 took place in a very transparent manner in a matter of 3 days from receipt of applications, to review by BOS for eligibility (residence in District 2 and a Democrat), to public viewing of letters of app plus resumes from 12 applicants, to public 30 minute interviews of these applicants, to public comment, to choice: Jeronimo Vasquez, a lifelong resident of District 2 and currently Coordinator of the 21st Century Community Learning Center at Killips elementary as well as past Chair of the Board of North Country. Given what the BOS is faced with, the filling of this position was so necessary for them to be at full strength. 

2. Announcement that there will be 5,000 more vaccine doses available for the week of February 14th at Fort Tuthill as well as availability at the Elks Club from FMC, North Country, Frys, and Safeway. The communities of Williams, Grand Canyon, Tuba City, Tusayan, and Fredonia are also receiving new doses. Again, for those needing assistance because of lack of internet access or other issues, call 928-679-7300 for assistance. Note that the transmission rate in the County is still very high, so continue to wear double masks and keep social distance. The end might be in sight but NOT YET! 

On a very positive note, the Covid19 response effort for the county has been a team effort and Kim Musselman has been elevated from interim to permanent Director of Health and Human Services. She has been a driving and very competent force in the County effort. We are in good hands with her at the helm.

Posted in Action Alerts, Latest News.