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These posts provide information about activities of the Coconino County Democratic Party, Democratic candidates, and other newsworthy items related to our mission.

  • Just Say “No” to Lori Matthews for City Council

    There is a saying, “tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you what you are.”  City Council Candidate Lori Matthews’ financial disclosure tells us who she is. Lori Matthews just broke fundraising records for City Council candidates thanks to two couples who don’t live here, each of …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – 01/23/2022

    Produced by the Legislative Committee of the Coconino County Democratic Party and Democrats of the Red Rocks LET’S THANK SEN. KELLY FOR HIS COURAGEOUS STAND ON THE FILIBUSTER AND VOTING RIGHTS.   We are all disappointed with Sen. Sinema.  When she cast her vote against any modification of the filibuster on …Read More »
  • Arizona Legislative Alert – 01/23/2022

    Here is the contact information for our Legislators: AZ SENATE: LD 6 – Wendy Rogers 602-926-3042 LD 7 – Theresa Hatathlie 602-926-5160 President Karen Fann 602-926-5874 Majority Ldr Rick Gray 602-926-5413 AZ HOUSE: LD 6 – Walt Blackman 602-926-3043 LD 6 – Brenda Barton 602-926-3421 …Read More »
  • Wendy Rogers Watch

    This week the Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee passed these bills: SCR1008 labeling Antifa a terrorist organization S1123 allowing college students to carry concealed guns on campus S1165 banning trans girls from playing on K-12 girls teams (an act of terrorism directed toward children) State Senator Wendy Rogers is a radical …Read More »
  • Voting Rights Failed. What’s Next?

    by Ann Heitland, Coconino County Democratic Party Chair Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema got their way. The filibuster lived. Voting rights legislation died. (Senator Sheldon Whitehouse thinks otherwise and it would be nice if Leader Schumer could pull off that plan. But don’t hold your breath. It’s not in our …Read More »
  • Year One Was Great

    Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Biden Administration. Remember where you were one year ago today. The pandemic was one year old. Unemployment was disastrous. Schools and businesses were closed. Only a few healthcare workers had gotten COVID vaccines. What a difference a year makes! Here’s some of what …Read More »
  • Two Constituents Discuss Sinema’s Hypocrisy on the Filibuster

    Did you know that Senator Kyrsten Sinema supports federal legislation to abolish the filibuster? No Way! Why just the other day, Senator Sinema was saying in connection with federal voting rights legislation that there was no need for her to restate her “long-standing support for the 60-vote threshold to pass …Read More »
  • URGENT ARIZONA LEGISLATIVE ALERT

    January 14, 2022 PRODUCED BY THE COCONINO COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE While we continue to urge you to take action in support of the federal Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act before Tuesday, January 18, 2022, when the U.S. Senate is scheduled to …Read More »
  • The Right to Vote Is Fundamental. The Filibuster is NOT.

    In a speech on the Senate floor today, Senator Sinema said she listens to Arizonans and will not alter her position and vote to end the filibuster. Our precinct committee people and volunteers have listened to more Arizonans than the Senator has in years. We support the Freedom to Vote …Read More »
  • Rogers Raises $2.5M. Spends With Her Nephew.

    Dillon Rosenblatt, a journalist with KJAZZ, reports that State Senator Wendy Rogers broke another record for Arizona legislative fundraising. In 2021, she garnered $2,500,000 to support her effort to keep her $24,000 per year job in the Legislature, raising more than any AZ GOP Gubernatorial candidate. Not surprising since she …Read More »
  • EMERGENCY FEDERAL ACTION ALERT – Jan 12, 2022

    Produced by the Legislative Committee of the Coconino County Democratic Party and the Democrats of the Red Rocks ALL HANDS ON DECK! – LET’S DO THIS BEFORE MONDAY!  FILIBUSTER DEBATE JAN 17 AND  VOTING RIGHTS.  THIS IS SO IMPORTANT THAT WE SEND IT OUT OF OUR USUAL SCHEDULE AS A …Read More »
  • ARIZONA LEGISLATIVE ALERT – Jan. 8, 2022

    Produced by the Legislative Committee of the Coconino County Democratic Party and Democrats of the Red Rocks A. OPTIONS FOR ACTION TO SUPPORT DEMOCRACY:  Did you participate in any of the public vigils or other demonstrations for democracy on January 6th, the anniversary of the insurrection at the US Capitol …Read More »
  • FEDERAL ACTION ALERT – January 8, 2022

    Produced by the Legislative Committee of the Coconino County Democratic Party and Democrats of the Red Rocks “I know these are challenging times but we are better than this! This is the time for each of us to show up and speak out.”….. “Do not make excuses that your Senator …Read More »
  • New Senator for LD7

    The Coconino County Board of Supervisors has selected a new Senator for Legislative District 7 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Senator Jamescita Peshlakai. After interviewing the three nominees of our LD7 precinct committeepersons today, the Board selected Theresa Hatathlie. We congratulate Senator Hatahlie and look forward …Read More »
  • Results of the LD7 Meeting to Nominate Candidates for Appointment to State Senate

    The resignation of State Senator Jamescita Peshlakai triggered a statutory process by which the Coconino County Board of Supervisors appoints someone to fill the vacancy. The first step in the process was for our LD7 Precinct Committee Members to nominate three qualified candidates to the Board of Supervisors. This was completed Tuesday, …Read More »
  • Now Hiring: Executive Director

    The Coconino County Democratic Party will hire its first Executive Director this winter. This move will allow us to continue the tremendous expansion of party work that we have achieved over the last 4 years and lay the foundation for new leadership at the officer level beginning in 2023. Our …Read More »
  • Arizona Will Pay for It

    Arizona Agenda reports that Sen. Wendy Rogers wants Arizona instead of Mexico to pay for the border wall —at least a few expensive miles of it. After failing last year to get the legislature to spend $300 million of state funds to build a border wall, she’s upping the ante this year with her SB …Read More »
  • 2022 Must Be Different

    Our 2018 theme was “Midterms Matter.” This year the midterm election may determine whether we have democratic elections in 2024. So, in 2022, the Midterm Election really matters. We must and we can win our statewide offices: U.S. Senate, Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer. The Republican candidates, whoever …Read More »
  • Lerner Explains “No” Vote on IRC Maps

    Final redistricting maps are out. After making huge compromises on the Congressional map, the Democratic Commissioners had finally had enough when it came to the legislative map. Nonetheless, Legislative Map was approved by a 3-2 vote over Democratic objections. Here, Commissioner Lerner explains her “no” vote on the Republican gerrymander …Read More »
  • Senator Peshlakai Resigns

    Senator Jamescita Peshlakai has served our County and the State in the legislature as a Representative and the Senator from Legislative District 7 since 2013. In the 2018 session, she was co-Minority Whip in the Senate. She is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War and a graduate of Northern …Read More »
  • FEDERAL ACTION ALERT – Dec. 18, 2021

    Produced by the Legislative Committee of the Coconino County Democratic Party and the Democrats of the Red Rocks FOR BOTH SENATOR SINEMA AND SENATOR KELLY:             Sample script: “I’m astounded and extremely disappointed that the Senate has recessed for the holiday break without first addressing the two most urgent issues …Read More »
  • Consider Running for Flagstaff City Council

    We just received this excellent advice from Friends of Flagstaff’s Future! If you are willing to step up and serve your community (and you live in the City of Flagstaff), please read it. If you decide to take the plunge, we’re here to help.Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – Dec. 11, 2021

    Produced by the Legislative Committee of the Coconino County Democratic Party and Democrats of the Red Rocks. THIS WEEK’S ALERTS:   Protect Reproductive Health Care;  Oppose a Massive Increase in the Defense budget; Vote Before Holiday Recess on Voting Rights; Yes on Build Back Better; Get Ready for the Arizona …Read More »
  • Community of Interest Hypocrisy at Independent Redistricting Commission

    by Ann Heitland As I observe the final deliberations of the Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC), I revisited the Communities of Interest Report on the IRC website. The “overlap count” puts any connection between Eastern Arizona towns (like Snowflake and Eagar) and Coconino County (Williams, Parks, Kachina Village, Bellemont) at the …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – Dec. 4, 2021

    Produced by Democrats of the Red Rocks and Coconino County Democratic Party THIS WEEK’S ALERTS:   Take action against Rep. Lauren Boebert for violence-promoting Islamophobic comments;  Vote Before Holiday Recess on Voting Rights; Yes on Build Back Better; Get Ready for the Arizona Legislative Session!  A.  For Rep. O’Halleran – …Read More »
  • IRC: Stop Packing and Cracking

    By Ann Heitland, Coconino County Party Chair This is a longer version of an Op-Ed published on December 5 on AZCentral.com The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) was established by the voters in 2000 to take redistricting out of the backrooms of the Legislature and place it in the hands …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – Nov. 25, 2021

    Produced by Democrats of the Red Rocks and Coconino County Democratic Party THIS WEEK’S ALERTS TO OUR SENATORS:   Voting Rights – Don’t Adjourn the Senate for Holiday Break until Addressed; Yes on Build Back Better; Ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on dangerous greenhouse gases. A.  Voting …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – Nov. 20, 2021

    Produced by Democrats of the Red Rocks and Coconino County Democratic Party THIS WEEK’S ALERTS:   Tell Kelly and Sinema to vote yes on Build Back Better; To O’Halleran – We’re watching the Jan 6th investigation for accountability; To our Senators: ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on …Read More »
  • On Competitive vs. Safe Districts and Balancing

    Op-Ed by William John Bowlus-Root, Yuma The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) is busy redrawing the congressional and legislative districts under the changes to our constitution that resulted from the passage of Proposition 106 in 2000.  Before then, the legislatures drew those boundaries to create ‘safe’ districts, districts that virtually …Read More »
  • FEDERAL ACTION ALERT – Nov. 13, 2021

    Produced by the Legislative Committee of the Coconino County Democratic Party and Democrats of the Red Rocks THIS WEEK’S ALERTS:   Filibuster Reform after Fourth Filibuster on Voting Rights; Tell O’Halleran to vote yes on Build Back Better without trying to change it at this late date; To O’Halleran and our …Read More »
  • Draft Legislative District Map for Northern Arizona a Slap in Voters’ Faces

    Comment submitted to IRC by Ann Heitland on behalf of herself as a resident on Coconino County The Arizona Constitution requires the Independent Redistricting Commission to accommodate the competitiveness goal while taking into account whether greater competitiveness would cause significant detriment to the other goals. There is no reasonable basis …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – Nov. 5, 2021

    Produced by Legislative Committee of the Coconino County Democratic Party and Democrats of the Red Rocks THIS WEEK’S ALERTS:   Filibuster Reform after Fourth Filibuster on Voting Rights; Tell O’Halleran to vote yes on Build Back Better without trying to change it at this late date; ALL IN ON SINEMA; …Read More »
  • Comment Period Ticking on Draft Maps for the Next Decade

    Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission was created by a voter-initiated amendment to the Arizona Constitution in 2000. We are smack in the weeds on the work of the third Commission. The Commissioners unanimously approved Draft Maps last Thursday triggering a mandatory 30-day public comment period. After that, the Commissioners retreat to …Read More »
  • Ducey’s Own Judges Go “Rogue”

    When the lower court struck down Ducey’s anti-mask mandate, Ducey said this was just one rogue judge. Today, the Arizona Supreme Court, packed with Ducey appointees, affirmed that judge’s ruling. Also included were several very bad election laws that had been stuck into the budget bill (unconstitutionally). The budget bills …Read More »
  • FEDERAL ACTION ALERT – Oct. 30, 2021

    Produced by the Legislative Committee of the Coconino County Democratic Party and Democrats of the Red Rocks THIS WEEK’S ALERTS:   Filibuster Reform after defeat of Voting Rights bill; Support for Build Back Better!!:  ALL IN ON SINEMA:  NOW THAT REPUBLICANS HAVE TORPEDOED THE “FREEDOM TO VOTE ACT” IT’S TIME TO …Read More »
  • Williams School District Special Election – DEADLINE TO RETURN BALLOTS

    The Coconino County Elections Office would like to remind voters residing in the Williams Unified School District #2 that they have until 7:00 p.m. on Election Day — Tuesday, November 2 — to return their voted ballots.  As of Thursday, October 28, the Elections Office had received 1,003 voted ballots.  A total of 4,069 ballots …Read More »
  • FEDERAL and AZ ACTION ALERTS – Oct. 23, 2021

    Produced by the Legislative Committee of the Coconino County Democratic Party and Democrats of the Red Rocks THIS WEEK’S ALERTS:    Arizona Redistricting – Time to Step Up  Filibuster Reform after defeat of Voting Rights bill ALL IN ON SINEMA:  Aggressive Messaging for Sen. Sinema to stop sabotaging President Biden’s …Read More »
  • GOP Commissioners Prioritize Partisanship over Independence

    As the Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) deliberates the next ten years of political representation in Arizona, this week’s meetings have shown that the Republican commissioners are prioritizing the input of land developer association Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC) over the voices of citizens of the Navajo Nation and Latinos in …Read More »
  • Rogers and Blackman Unfit for Office

    The following letter was published in the Arizona Daily Sun this week. We agree. Arizona has gained a worldwide reputation for having the nuttiest state Legislature in the U.S. We in LD6 have two of the wackiest legislators of all: Sen. Wendy Rogers and Rep. Walt Blackman. They are cartoonish …Read More »
  • FEDERAL ACTION ALERT – Oct. 16, 2021

    Produced by Democrats of the Red Rocks and Coconino County Democratic Party THIS WEEK’S ALERTS:   Push the compromise Freedom to Vote Act finally supported by Sen. Manchin, the Native American Voting Rights Act; ALL IN ON SINEMA:  Aggressive Messaging for Sen. Sinema to stop sabotaging President Biden’s agenda; Pass the …Read More »
  • Broad Support for Build Back Better Continues

    The agenda President Biden ran and won on in 2020 continues to be broadly popular but only 35% of Americans are “hearing a lot about it,” including only 13% of Independents. That’s a problem. Coconino Democrats are going to do their part to overcome the communication gap by holding a …Read More »
  • Bears Ear and Grand Staircase-Escalante Restored!

    In proclamations signed Friday, President Biden reestablished the original boundaries of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. Elections do matter. “We are here today…bending the arc of the moral universe toward justice,” Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland said at Friday’s signing ceremony. Secretary Haaland thanked President Biden for his profound action to restore Bears Ears and “permanently protect …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – Oct. 10, 2021

    Produced by Democrats of the Red Rocks and Coconino County Democratic Party THIS WEEK’S ALERTS: The focus is on Senator Sinema, who has become central to progress on the Build Back Better/reconciliation bill and other popular proposals currently held in checkmate by the threat of Senate filibuster. Choose one of the …Read More »
  • Jobs Report

    Employers added 194,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent, from 5.2 percent in August. It fell for good reasons, not bad — the number of people unemployed dropped by a whopping 710,000 while the number of people working rose by a robust 526,000. This represents a remarkably …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – Oct 2, 2021

    Produced by Democrats of the Red Rocks and Coconino County Democratic Party THIS WEEK’S ALERTS:   Aggressive Message for Sen Sinema objecting to her working against President Biden’s agenda; Pull out the stops on the social and climate provisions in the Reconciliation Bill; Push the compromise Freedom to Vote Act …Read More »
  • Strong Majorities Favor Passing the Build Back Better Agenda

    By a 30-point margin, most Americans continue to support President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. 61 percent of Americans, including nine in ten Democrats (89 percent), three in five Independents (60 percent), and nearly a third of Republicans (30 percent) support Biden and Democrats’ new economic plan that will “provide paid family and …Read More »
  • Referenda Update

    Tax and Education Education groups delivered two moving vans of petitions to the Secretary of State’s Office yesterday to force a public vote on Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican lawmakers’ $1 billion income tax cut plan.  The so-called “flat tax” proposal (SB1829) was Ducey’s crowning achievement seven years after he first ran for governor …Read More »
  • Arizona Democrats threaten no confidence vote against Sinema

    The Arizona Democratic Party on Saturday passed a resolution threatening a no-confidence vote against Sen. Kyrsten Sinema if she does not support President Biden’s agenda and the elimination of the filibuster to accomplish that agenda. Eighty-one percent of the State Committee Members present voted in favor of the resolution, which …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – Sept. 24, 2021

    Produced by Democrats of the Red Rocks and Coconino County Democratic Party THIS WEEK’S ALERTS:   Push the compromise Freedom to Vote Act finally supported by Sen. Manchin, and the Native American Voting Rights Act; pull out the stops on the social and climate provisions in the Reconciliation Bill; use …Read More »
  • Fraudit Ending?

    The grifters and conspiracy theorists running the so-called “Arizona Audit” will have a press conference tomorrow (Friday) at 4 p.m. to announce their findings. (But not to release a written report.) As Arizona Mirror journalist Jeremy Duda tweeted today, quoting David Becker of The Center for Election Innovation and Research: …Read More »
  • Federal Alert – September 17, 2021

    Produced by Democrats of the Red Rocks and Coconino County Democratic Party Important Note: SIGN THE PETITIONS – ONE WEEK LEFT! While the struggle for voting rights at the federal level is critical, there is something you can do right now here in Arizona:  Sign the petitions to reverse the …Read More »
  • Remember September 11

    Today marks 20 years since the attacks on September 11, 2001. The adrenaline shock of that morning has long worn off, leaving behind only the horror, the loss, and two decades’ worth of grief. All Americans’ lives changed forever on that day, but for those who lost a loved one, …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – Sept. 10, 2021

    Produced by Democrats of the Red Rocks and Coconino County Democratic Party Important Note: While the struggle for voting rights at the federal level is critical, there is something you can do right now here in Arizona:  Sign the petitions to reverse the voter suppression legislation passed by the Arizona …Read More »
  • Time to Build Back Better

    Seven in ten Americans support President Biden’s Build Back Better plan. 70 percent of Americans are in favor of “new legislation to provide paid family and medical leave, establish a universal Pre-K program, expand Medicare coverage for seniors to include dental, vision, and hearing coverage, lower health care costs by allowing …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – Sept. 3, 2021

    Produced by The Coconino County Democratic Party & Democrats of the Red Rocks Important Note: While the struggle for voting rights at the federal level is critical, there is something you can do right now here in Arizona:  Sign the petitions to reverse the voter suppression legislation passed by the …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert– August 27, 2021

    Produced by The Coconino County Democratic Party & Democrats of the Red Rocks This week Afghanistan for Pres. Biden, Infrastructure linkage in the House for O’Halleran, and John Lewis Voting Rights Act carve-out to the filibuster rule for Sinema. TO PRESIDENT BIDEN ON AFGHANISTAN:   Urge President Biden to cut the …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – August 20, 2021

    Produced by The Coconino County Democratic Party & Democrats of the Red Rocks This week: S1 and John Lewis Act and modified filibuster; passing the bipartisan bill with $3.5 billion social and climate/environment infrastructure;  Modify the War Powers Act  Modify the filibuster – pass voter protection bills.   Congress is …Read More »
  • Time to Deliver on “Build Back Better”

    On Monday, the U.S. House returns (early) from its August recess to take up President Biden’s campaign promise to “Build Back Better” as well as historic voting rights legislation. In recalling the House, Speaker Pelosi told her caucus, “this is no time for amateur hour” and we know that Pelosi …Read More »
  • Afghan Withdrawal

    “95% of American’s who just heard President Biden’s speech will agree with him. 95% of the media will not.” Nicole Wallace The United States went to Afghanistan 20 years ago for one reason: to defeat the forces that attacked this country on September 11. We succeeded in doing that. That …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – August 13, 2021

    Produced by The Coconino County Democratic Party & Democrats of the Red Rocks This week: S1 and John Lewis Act and modified filibuster; passing a bipartisan bill with $3.5 billion social and climate/environment infrastructure  Modify the filibuster – pass voter protection bills.   Congress is in recess and its first …Read More »
  • Biden’s Border Policy

    Migrants who cross the border are immediately required to wear masks. Although they are not tested at Customs and Border Patrol unless they show symptoms, all are tested if they move into the system, and those who test positive for coronavirus are quarantined. Due to the pandemic, most are simply …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – August 6, 2021

    Produced by The Coconino County Democratic Party & Democrats of the Red Rocks This week: Senator Sinema and Rep. O’Halleran on the $3.5 billion social infrastructure; reform the War Powers Act returning essential war powers to Congress  Social Infrastructure:  While we can commend Sen. Sinema for her role in the …Read More »
  • Is It Finally Infrastructure Week?

    Update August 2: Weekend negotiations eliminated user fees that were troublesome to Democrats, according to AP, leaving the bill in precarious straights with deficit hawks. This will be an exciting week for infrastructure priorities — and probably will not be the end of the story. Original Post Published July 29: …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – July 31, 2021

    Produced by The Coconino County Democratic Party & Democrats of the Red Rocks SUPPORT THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT!! Republicans know they can’t win on their bigoted, unpopular platform alone. It’s why they’ve returned to Jim Crow tactics — gerrymandering election maps, rewriting voting rules, denying voters access to the ballot, …Read More »
  • AMR Did Come To the Rescue

    A new study released this week shows the tremendous impact of the American Rescue Plan, which was passed earlier this year with not a single Republican vote in favor. That $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package was projected to reduce the annual poverty rate to 8.7% for 2021—it had been 13.9% …Read More »
  • The Coconino County Democratic Party Welcomes the Independent Redistricting Commission to Flagstaff, Tuba City, and Page

    On Thursday, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is scheduled to hold its first public hearing in Coconino County. The Coconino County Democratic Party is excited to welcome the Commission to our County and encourages all residents to take part in this exciting, once-in-a-decade democratic process. NAU High Country Conference Center …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – July 23, 2021

    Produced by The Coconino County Democratic Party & Democrats of the Red Rocks This week: Lobby Sinema on not caving in on bipartisan infrastructure bill; Monday march on Sinema’s office with Rev. Jesse Jackson; support legislation eliminating racially discriminatory sentencing for crack vs powder cocaine and support federal legalization of …Read More »
  • Six Months of Building Back Better

    Today marks the six-month anniversary of President Biden taking office and, thanks to his historic agenda, Democrats are delivering for American families and building back better than ever.  With checks in pockets, shots in arms, and huge middle-class tax cuts, hardworking American families are optimistic about the future and overwhelmingly …Read More »
  • Our Petition Drive: Voting Rights and Tax Referenda

    We are fortunate in Arizona that our State Constitution allows Arizona voters to veto bad legislation through a process called referendum.  Volunteers with the Coconino County Democratic Party are joining with citizens across the state to exercise this constitutional right. We are collecting signatures to reverse some of the damage the …Read More »
  • Regulatory Alert – Canyon Uranium Mine (now called Pinyon Plain Mine)

    The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is in the process of renewing air and groundwater quality permits for the Pinyon Plain Mine (formerly the Canyon Mine), a uranium mine located south of the Grand Canyon National Park, 6.5 miles south of Tusayan. URGENT ACTION REQUIRED!! PROPOSED AIR QUALITY PERMIT RENEWAL …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – July 18, 2021

    Produced by The Coconino County Democratic Party & Democrats of the Red Rocks RE: Demand our Senators to Publicly Support the $3.5 Trillion Budget Blueprint Plan via Reconciliation.  This is the first step to getting to the social infrastructure and environmental legislation.  President Biden and Senate Democrats have just announced a …Read More »
  • American Rescue Plan Delivers Tax Relief for Families with Children

    The Child Tax Credit, part of the American Rescue Plan, is here to help families raising children make ends meet. Experts estimate the new Child Tax Credit has the potential to cut child poverty in half. Not a single Republican voted for this law. Democrats deliver. The Child Tax Credit …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – July 11, 2021

    Coconino County Democrats and Democrats of the Red Rocks RE: THANKS JOE FOR ISSUING THE EXECUTIVE ORDER OF JULY 9, 2021 PROMOTING ACCESS TO LOWER-PRICED CANADIAN DRUGS.  On July 9, 2021, Pres. Biden signed a large executive order which, among other things, directs the federal government to work with states …Read More »
  • 2021 AZ Legislative Session Summary

    The First General Session of Arizona’s 55th Legislature is OVER – for now – these same awful Legislators will get another chance in the Second General Session that begins in January 2022. Here’s a summary of what this Legislature actually did: Some GOOD: Allowing excused student absences for mental health …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – Week of July 4, 2021

    FOR OUR SENATORS: SUPREME COURT ATTACK ON VOTING RIGHTS/END FILIBUSTER/PASS S1 AND S4.   On Thursday, July 1, 2021 the US Supreme Court gutted one of the only remaining provisions of the Civil Rights Voting Act of 1965.  It upheld an Arizona law criminalizing the act of a non-family member or …Read More »
  • Voting Rights Slammed by High Court

    The Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee is not conservative – it destroys rather than preserves. It rips power from Congress instead of limiting court intervention. This is the work of an activist court, hell-bent on making America an authoritarian state ruled by a white, wealthy …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – June 27, 2021

    Produced by Democrats of the Red Rocks For Both Senators:  Announce Support for the Human Infrastructure Now, not Later The bipartisan infrastructure deal, negotiated in part by Sen. Sinema, is only half the battle.  President Biden’s social infrastructure plan needs to be passed by all 50 Democratic Senators through the …Read More »
  • State Legislative Alert – June 27, 2021

    Unfortunately, both the Arizona House and Senate have passed a budget that includes the 2.5% flat tax along with a number of other reprehensible provisions.  There are some slight differences and the legislature will reconvene on Monday, June 28 at 11:00 AM to work on establishing a reconciled common budget …Read More »
  • That lasted a hot minute

    After the announcement on the White House driveway Thursday, this weekend the bipartisan infrastructure deal seems to be on the rocks. Meanwhile, Biden’s American Jobs Plan is advancing in the Senate with the introduction of the Better Care Better Jobs Act This bill is one of several that will become …Read More »
  • Forward Movement on Biden Agenda

    The bipartisan infrastructure deal made at the White House today moves a piece of the Biden agenda forward on what will be a long road ahead. Hopefully, the speed will pick up now that a start has been made. President Biden supports the bill but says he will not sign …Read More »
  • URGENT! Arizona Legislative mid-week update 6/23/2021

    URGENT! URGENT! URGENT!  Need people to call/text/fax/email Legislators to tell them to vote NO on the current budget package!  They will be voting tomorrow (Thursday).  Democrats walked out yesterday to block the budget bill that includes a massive tax cut, inadequate funding for education and other public services, and also …Read More »
  • Legislative Alert for June 20th, 2021

    Happy Father’s Day! Friends, the legislative session is still ongoing but there hasn’t been much activity due to a Special Session to deal with Wildland Fire issues.  In this alert we won’t list the multiple bills that are DEAD, that is bills that have died in the legislative session.  There …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – June 18, 2021

    For Sen. Sinema:  John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.   While Sen. Sinema and Manchin have to date blocked reform of the filibuster, this week we prod Sen. Sinema to prove herself by corralling 10 Republicans to support the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4).   In fact, all …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – June 13, 2021

    For Sen. Sinema:  John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.   While Sen. Sinema and Manchin have to date blocked reform of the filibuster, this week we prod Sen. Sinema to prove herself by corralling 10 Republican’s to support the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4).   In fact, all …Read More »
  • Flagstaff City Government – Legislative Alert 06/13/2021

    COCONINO COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY JUNE 13, 2021 The Flagstaff City Council will consider the Flagstaff Carbon Neutrality Plan at the City Council meeting this Tuesday, June 15.  The proposal includes a commitment by the city to achieve carbon neutral status by 2030.  It is an ambitious and challenging goal.  Citizen …Read More »
  • Arizona Legislative Alert 06/13/2021

    Once again, the big issue with the AZ Legislature is the budget.  Governor Ducey and the Legislative leadership are firmly advocating the 2.5% flat tax to be in the budget.  This week, the temporary focus will be on legislation to support the effort to fight wildfires in the state but …Read More »
  • Senator Sinema’s Twisted Logic

    Senator Sinema continues to staunchly defend the Senate filibuster, most recently claiming the filibuster is the key to “comity” in the Senate. We wonder if she looked up the meaning of that word. Courtesy and considerate behavior is the last thing Senate Republicans seem interested in, and the filibuster — …Read More »
  • Arizona Legislative Alert – 6/06/2021

    AZ House is scheduled to reconvene Monday, 6/7 to further attempt to get the budget with the 2.5% flat tax included passed.  It does not look likely but we need to keep up our resistance. FLAT TAX IMPACT Here is a partial summary of what the 2.5% flat tax would …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – June 6, 2021

    JANUARY 6 COMMISSION FAILURE – END FILIBUSTER.  Important to use the successful Republican filibuster of the bipartisan Jan. 6 Commission to urge Sinema in particular to end her refusal to reform the filibuster.  Even Sen. Manchin was disgusted by the successful filibuster tweeting last Thursday that the commission met all …Read More »
  • COVID Relief Successful

    Early reviews suggest that the policy of trying to help people in crisis has been a success. A study from the University of Michigan reveals that the December 2020 Covid-19 relief bill and the March 2021 American Rescue Plan dramatically improved American lives. Food insufficiency fell by more than 40%, …Read More »
  • Arizona Legislative Alert – June 01, 2021

    The Budget is the sole focus of the AZ Legislature lately.  The House and the Senate have adjourned until June 10 (could resume with 24 hours-notice if something changes).  Passage of the budget that includes the 2.5% flat tax seems problematic.  The Legislature is temporarily adjourned and the President of …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – June 01, 2021

    JANUARY 6 COMMISSION FAILURE – END FILIBUSTER.  Important to use the successful Republican filibuster of the bipartisan Jan. 6 Commission to urge Sinema in particular to end her refusal to reform the filibuster.  Even Sen. Machin was disgusted by the successful filibuster, tweeting last Thursday that the commission met all …Read More »
  • Legislative Alert – Supplemental (STATE BUDGET!!)

    MAY 25, 2021 SORRY FOR THE LATE NOTICE BUT THESE THINGS MOVE FAST AT THIS POINT IN THE LEGISLATIVE CYCLE!! We oppose all of these budget bills listed below. Basically, they’re creating a 2.5% flat tax over 3 years, which will cut state revenue by $1.9B in the first year, more …Read More »
  • Flagstaff City Council Climate Action!

    Flagstaff City Council will have a work session on May 25, beginning at 3 pm, to have a community conversation about the Carbon Neutrality Plan. The agenda will be posted here in the week prior to the meeting.This is our opportunity to reignite the energy and support we showed in January 2020, when we had 300 …Read More »
  • Arizona Legislative Alert 3/23/2021

    Monday, 5/24, budget bills will be released.  These are likely led by a massive tax cut of $1.9 billion in the form of a “flat tax” which slashes income tax on higher-income earners in direct defiance of voters’ clearly expressed will via Prop 208. We will issue another Legislative Alert …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – May 23rd, 2021

    President Biden – Leadership role in Middle East conflict Script: “Thank you to you and your administration for all you did to bring about a ceasefire in the Middle East conflict. I continue to be concerned about renewed attacks that may cause further loss of life. As our President, I …Read More »
  • State GOP Offers Welfare for the Wealthy

    Ducey and Republicans in the legislature struck a budget deal this week which proposes a radical flat tax proposal that includes $3 billion in tax cuts that would cost the state nearly $2.6 billion in only three years. Even former GOP Governor Jan Brewer thinks this is nuts. Yet, this …Read More »
  • Congressional Republican Negotiations

    Senators Sinema and Manchin have made repeated calls for bipartisanship. Meanwhile Republican Leader McConnell in the Senate says not a single Republican will support the Biden agenda. This week we’ve seen a how Republicans negotiate in the House. Republican Leader McCarthy authorized one of his members to negotiate the formation …Read More »
  • Legislative Alert for May 16, 2021

    Friends, the legislative session is typically over by this time each year but there are a large number of bills that are still alive because of party-line votes in which just one vote pushes forward bills that we do not support as Democrats. It’s important to contact Governor Ducey to …Read More »
  • Federal Action Alert – May 16, 2021

    FOR PRESIDENT BIDEN on Middle East Peace: email to https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ or leave a message on the comment line at (202) 456-1111. Re: Time to Take a Leadership Role in Middle East Peace.  Proposed script/email:  “I am a solid Democrat living in XXXX, Arizona.  I am very concerned about the seemingly …Read More »