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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.

  • Request to Speak Training!

    The Legislature is coming back in early January so NOW is the time to get prepared to make your voice heard. We’ll be offering three training sessions in December using the resources of the organization  Civic Engagement Beyond Voting. If you’ve never used the Arizona Legislature’s Request to Speak system, …Read More »
  • State Committee

    The State Committee is the governing body of the Arizona Democratic Party. Members of the state committee are elected by precinct committee persons throughout the state. Our County Party is entitled to elect 64 members to the State Committee. We’ll do this at our Reorganization Meeting on December 12. There …Read More »
  • Trump’s Legal Effort Slowly Bleeds Out

    With a hearing in Trump’s frivolous suit to force a new hand audit in Maricopa County set for hearing tomorrow, let’s look at how his legal team has fared so far. Trump has racked up  a pathetic record of 1 win and 24 losses, with recent defeats in Wisconsin, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.  Forfeits are better …Read More »
  • What’s Next?

    We hope you’ve been able to take a deep breath following the election. Joe Biden’s win was a necessary step in preserving our democracy, but not a sufficient one. There is much work to be done. Let’s all be patient — and work on Georgia for now. As Joyce Vance …Read More »
  • Expectations

    In Coconino County as of yesterday, 58.7% of registered voters had cast their ballots. Those are the returns that will show up at shortly after 8 pm tonight. Our County Elections officials have spent a record number of days counting in advance of Election Day under the close eyes of …Read More »
  • Emergency Voting Available Monday

    Opportunities to Vote Monday: Coconino County voters that may have health concerns or who worry about contracting the COVID 19 coronavirus may participate in emergency early voting at several locations across the county on Monday, November 2. (List of locations below.) Voters with non-health-related emergencies, such as having to go …Read More »
  • “I have to vote on judges, too?”

    For the judges on your ballot, you are voting as to whether or not to retain them. As a practical matter, since there has been no concerted campaign to oust any single judge, all the judges are likely to be retained. Nonetheless, a “no” vote expresses your opinion that the …Read More »
  • Signs

    We are doing sign pick up events Thursday 4-6, Friday 4-6, and Saturday 2-4 through at least October 17.  Signs for local candidates as well as Biden/Harris are available. A Biden/Harris outlet will open Sunday at 14 E. Birch. Due to COVID precautions, you need to complete this form to get …Read More »
  • Vote for All Three!!

    Reminder You can vote for ALL 3 of your Corporation Commission Candidates! Our #solarteam2020 is ready to bring back integrity to the AZ Corporation Commission! Happy Early Voting Learn more about this race from our September 22 blog post.Read More »
  • The Blue Ballot

    Voting begins tomorrow. Here’s your slate of Democratic Candidates. We endorse Prop 208 — Invest in Ed — Vote Yes! Here’s why: Vote Early If you are not expecting your ballot in the mail, you can vote in person starting Wednesday, October 7. If you get your ballot by …Read More »
  • Deadline: Oct 23!

    Since this press release, a federal court has extended the voter registration deadline to October 23. Official Press Release from County Recorder Patty Hansen The voter registration deadline for the November 3, 2020 General Election is Monday, October 5, 2020.  To register to vote, an individual must be a U.S. …Read More »
  • Wendy Rogers: Wrong for AZ Senate

    Legislative District 6 Deserves Better than This Republican Character and competence are on the ballot this year, a proposition applicable to all campaigns, including state and local races. However, as right-leaning Arizona Daily Independent News Network notes, Wendy Rogers, the Republican candidate for State Senate, cannot run on the issues …Read More »
  • Thorpe Is Wrong for District 4

    Bob Thorpe has spent the last 8 years in the Arizona House of Representatives opposing what the majority of his Flagstaff constituents want — good education for their children, affordable and accessible healthcare, and local solutions to local problems. Now that the law prevents him from running for a 5th …Read More »
  • LD-6 Candidates Get Seal of Approval from Clean Air/Water PAC

    Chispa AZ PAC Endorses EIGHT Candidates for State Legislature Chispa AZ PAC today announced plans to invest in state legislative races, and endorsed the first nine candidates who will be receiving their new Clean Air, Clean Politics seal (attached). These candidates are Chispa AZ PAC’s first round of endorsements because …Read More »
  • Prop 208 – Vote “Yes”

    “Prop 208 — Initiative Petition Relating to Education Funding” Here is Prop 208 as it will appear on our ballots: PROPOSITION 208 PROPOSED BY INITIATIVE PETITION RELATING TO EDUCATION FUNDING. A “yes” vote shall have the effect of imposing a 3.5% income tax surcharge, in addition to existing income tax …Read More »
  • Cory Gardner. Joni Ernst. Thom Tillis. Lindsey Graham. What do they all have in common?

    They are all former state legislators. They are far-right Republicans. They are all sitting United States Senators. While we have good hope of unseating at least some of them in November, let’s look to the future and see if we can learn something about how they got there. Today’s Daily …Read More »
  • Corporation Commission: Vote for ALL THREE Democrats: Mundell, Stanfield, and Tovar

    This year, we have the opportunity to elect three outstanding Democratic candidates to the Arizona Corporation Commission (AZCC): Bill Mundell, Shea Stanfield, and Anna Tovar, our intrepid Solar Team. Bill Mundell describes AZCC as “the most powerful entity in Arizona state government that no one knows about.” Since we have …Read More »
  • Joe Biden on the Passing of Justice Ginsberg

    For many of us, especially older women and many lawyers of both sexes, the passing of Justice Ginsberg feels like a very personal loss. In 1972, Ginsburg co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union and from there changed the way women fit into American society. In 1980, …Read More »
  • About that USPS Postcard

    You may have received this card in the mail from the US Postal Service. This is an official information card published by the USPS. However, some of the information may be vague or confusing because it wasn’t tailored to our Arizona voting system.  Arizona does not have an Absentee Ballot.  …Read More »
  • Trump’s Torrent of Lies on Coronavirus

    In last night’s ABC town hall, President Trump spewed so much disinformation on coronavirus that it was hard to keep up. LIE “There are nearly 200,000 people dead from covid. Asked if he can think of anything that he could have done better, Trump says no.” LIE Trump: “Yeah, well, …Read More »
  • One More Reason Not to Vote for Walt Blackman

    We missed this embarrassment at the time, but now that we see it, it’s perfectly consistent with one-term Rep. Blackman’s attitude and treatment of others. As well as his lack of qualifications to serve. “I am talking, so that means that you are a radio, and you are receiving right …Read More »
  • Biden’s Not Going to Raise Your Taxes! That’s a bunch of malarkey!

    Unless you make over $400,000 per year, Biden’s tax plan will not hurt you in spite of Republican distortions. “Nobody making under 400,000 bucks would have their taxes raised, period, bingo.” — Biden, interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” May 22 Biden has pledged to reverse much of Trump’s tax cuts for the …Read More »
  • Trump Economy Flailing Workers

    The Labor Department said Thursday that 884,000 Americans filed first-time claims for jobless benefits in the week ended Sept. 5—matching the upwardly revised figure for the prior week. This exceeded the number expected by most economists. For comparison, the weekly jobless claims during the Bush recession of the last decade …Read More »
  • When It Comes to the Environment, Trump Is Gaslighter-In-Chief

    James Hohmann, national political correspondent, for the Washington Post, justifiably reacted with vigor to Trump’s claim to be “the number one environmental president since Teddy Roosevelt.” The following is excerpted from his September 9 Daily 202 column: President Trump had the temerity on Tuesday to describe himself not just as …Read More »
  • The Race for Flagstaff City Council

    Like most cities in Arizona, Flagstaff’s election for City Council is non-partisan. Nonetheless, we get calls asking about candidates. For your information, all six candidates running for the three open seats are registered Democrats. In the Mayoral race, Paul Deasy is a Democratic and his opponent is a Republican. The …Read More »

    A Prescription for Death and Debilitating Illness While talk of coronavirus herd immunity has been floating around conservative talk shows and chat groups for some time, President Trump recently brought Scott Atlas, a proponent of herd immunity, on board as a White House coronavirus adviser. Atlas, a neuro-radiologist and fellow …Read More »
  • Suckers and Losers

    The Arizona Democratic Veterans and Military Families Caucus issued this statement: Late Thursday night, The Atlantic reported, and yesterday other news sources confirmed, that President Trump called American service members who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation “losers” and “suckers.” While this abject disrespect is reprehensible, it is not surprising. For years, President Trump …Read More »
  • Trump’s Plan to Bankrupt Social Security’s Dedicated Funding Streams

    On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, establishing a system of old-age benefits and unemployment insurance. A year earlier, in the depths of the Great Depression, Roosevelt had sent a special message to Congress promising a plan for social insurance to protect …Read More »
  • Trump COVID Insurance Just Another Failure

    Millions of people lost health coverage because of the pandemic, and Trump’s quick-fix “program” turned out to be a scam. His program has created chaos and confusion as sick Americans try to navigate the health system — leaving them unknowingly without coverage or with piles of surprise bills. “Trump Program …Read More »
  • The Republican Party Platform

    The Republican Party neglected to write a platform this year. Perhaps that’s because they didn’t really have a convention – it was only a stage show. Perhaps it’s because their Dear Leader doesn’t read long documents. Or, perhaps they couldn’t because it would show what they really are — what …Read More »
  • A Day in Three (Surreal) Parts

    August 24, 2020 by Historian Heather Cox Richardson In Contempt of Congress Postmaster General Louis DeJoy appeared before the House of Representatives today to explain recent changes to the United States Postal Service. Those changes—removal of sorting machines and postboxes, and an end to overtime hours, for example—have drastically slowed …Read More »
  • Don’t Be Perturbed By Jeff Flake

    Jeff Flake, John Kasich, Meg Whitman, Colin Powell, James Comey, and whatever Republicans may join their parade don’t agree with Biden’s policies. They are endorsing him because they believe that Trump is a clear and present danger to our Constitutional survival. They won’t be around when Democrats form up for …Read More »
  • The Pandemic Is The Economy Now

    Getting in control of this virus is the first step to getting Arizona’s economy back on track. Until then, our families will continue to shoulder the burden of Donald Trump’s failures. For the last three years, it’s been one crisis after another—with the livelihoods and lives of our families always …Read More »
  • Will Trump Succeed in Shortchanging the Count?

    Nope, not the votes. The Census. Article I, Section 2, of the US Constitution requires the federal government to enumerate the country’s population once every ten years. The census counts every person living in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five US territories, as well as military …Read More »
  • Sheesh. What a day.

    August 20, 2020 By Heather Cox Richardson, historian It began last night, while I was writing last night’s letter, when shortly after midnight we learned that Alexei Navalny, outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin’s government, has apparently been poisoned. He collapsed in pain on an airplane after drinking tea at Russia’s …Read More »
  • Ready for Night #2?

    Last night, Americans all across the country heard from some extraordinary speakers: Kristin Urquiza, who lost her father in Maryvale to COVID-19, as she blamed Trump for his death because of Trump’s failures to control the pandemic; Michelle Obama, who urged Americans to “vote for Joe Biden in numbers that …Read More »
  • The Draft 2020 Democratic Party Platform

    A Hard Look at Current Realities and Soaring Call to Restore Our Nation’s Soul As Democrats prepare to open the 2020 Democratic National Convention this coming Monday, August 17, the harsh realities of America’s state of affairs must inspire bold, creative solutions to the nation’s many problems. The preamble to …Read More »
  • Democratic National Convention

    Now that we know the VP pick is the extraordinary Kamala Harris, let’s turn to planning how to watch the Democratic National Convention next week. Here’s the schedule. And, because this is the 21st Century, there are many options available for watching the convention.Read More »
  • CC Dems Meet as General Election Deadlines Draw Closer

    Seventy-one enthusiastic Dems attended our monthly Democratic Action and Quarterly Business Meeting on Saturday, August 8, determined as ever to ensure the election in November of all of our outstanding Democratic candidates. Special thanks to Flagstaff mayoral candidate Paul Deasy and council candidates Anthony Garcia, Jim McCarthy, and Eric Senseman …Read More »
  • Bates Urges Supporters to Vote for Judy Begay and Get to Work to Win in November

    Democratic Primary Candidate Bryan Bates published the following concession letter today, urging his supporters to support his primary opponent, Judy Begay, and to engage in this critically important election. Bryan, you campaign was run with dignity and purpose and we will be forever grateful for your contribution to the discussion …Read More »
  • Three Statewide Ballot Initiatives Worthy Of Your Support

    The Coconino County Democratic Party recommends a “yes” vote on each of the following three statutory initiatives. All three are currently under court challenge, but if cleared to appear on the ballot, they are expected to have the proposition numbers indicated in parentheses. STOP SURPRISE BILLING AND PROTECT PATIENTS ACT …Read More »
  • August 4 Primary: Vote!

    Deadline to return voted early ballot:  August 4, 7:00 pm Locations to drop off voted early ballots:  Any ballot drop box – Any polling location in the county between 6 am to 7 pm (local time) on Election Day Hours the polling places will be open – 6:00 am to 7:00 pm …Read More »
  • Most Urgent Issue in Arizona: Back to School in the Era of COVID-19

    As parents, students, and educators, with all their unique circumstances, contemplate returning to school, COVID-19 presents major challenges for K-12 education. Other countries that have reopened schools successfully have much lower rates of community transmission than found in the United States, along with robust testing and contracting tracing programs. Even …Read More »
  • Vote Saturday or Monday for August 4 Primary

    Coconino County voters that may have health concerns or worry about contracting the COVID 19 coronavirus can participate in emergency early voting at several locations across the county on Saturday, August 1 and Monday, August 3. Voters taking advantage of emergency early voting will be required to complete a form …Read More »
  • Should We Open Our Schools?

    By Carrie Sampson First, let me position myself. I am a mother of two school-aged children, an incoming kindergarten and third grader. I am an educator. As a faculty member at Arizona State University, I teach and research educational equity, leadership, and policy. I am mixed-race, with Latinx and Black …Read More »
  • Where and When to Vote in the Arizona Primary!

    The August 4 Primary Election is next Tuesday.  All registered voters in Coconino County are eligible to vote in the Primary Election. Sample ballots were mailed to households with registered voters that are not on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) or have not requested an early ballot.  The sample …Read More »
  • Will COVID-19 Hospital Data Disappear?

    It Already Has. How the Trump Administration Is Denying Access to Critical COVID-19 Information. On July 10, 2020, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ordered hospitals, hospital laboratories, and acute care facilities as of July 15 to stop reporting COVID-19 data to the Centers for Disease Control …Read More »
  • World-Class Education in Every ZIP Code: The Biden-Sanders Unity Platform

    Highlights: It is the government’s responsibility to ensure that every child, everywhere, is able to receive a world-class education that enables them to lead meaningful lives, no matter their race, ZIP code, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or household income. Guaranteeing Universal High-Quality Early Childhood Education. Democrats support: working …Read More »
  • We’re Proud To Be Part of Northeast Arizona Native Democrats

    Apache, Coconino, and Navajo County Democratic Parties have formed a coalition to get out the Native vote and give voice to Dine and Hopi citizens. The coalition has hired Jaynie Parish, formerly of Emily’s List, as Executive Director. Follow Northeast Arizona Native Democrats on Facebook and watch and listen for …Read More »
  • Latinos for Black Lives Matter

    by Sarah Benatar Our separate struggles are really one – a struggle for freedom, for dignity and for humanity . . . You and your fellow workers have demonstrated your commitment to righting grievous wrongs forced upon exploited people. We are together with you in spirit and in determination that …Read More »
  • Happy Birthday, CFPB!

    Ten years ago today, President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Act into law, creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It had been a long, tough fight, in the wake of the financial crisis — and it’s important that we never forget what brought us to that fight. Like so many of …Read More »
  • A Stronger, Fairer Economy: The Biden-Sanders Unity Platform

    Highlights: Democrats stand ready to take immediate, decisive action to pull the economy out of President Trump’s recession by investing in infrastructure, care work, clean energy, and small businesses to put tens of millions of Americans to work in good-paying jobs, shoring up state and local budgets to save jobs …Read More »
  • Vote No on Prop 434/Learn More About 435

    Nothing against UNS, which is sponsoring this proposition on the Flagstaff City Ballot. The company has provided relatively cheap, reliable, and safe service for decades. But in 2020, an extension of a franchise for 25 years to a fossil fuel source seems out of line and out of touch to …Read More »
  • What’s Next for Arizona Renters and Landlords?

    Yesterday, the Governor extended the eviction moratorium in Arizona. That means, through October 31st, renters will not be forced from their homes. We are pleased that the Governor has taken this step in securing the housing future of Arizonans during an incredibly uncertain time. Arizona Democratic Legislators have been asking …Read More »
  • Trump Unhinged in the Rose Garden/Limbaugh Omits History

    Heather Cox Richardson ~ Historian Brackets and boldface added by Coconino County Democratic Party editor This afternoon [July 14], Trump held a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House to announce that he had signed into law the Hong Kong Autonomy Act, clearing the way for sanctions …Read More »
  • District 4 Supervisor Forum

    On July 12, the Coconino County Democratic Party hosted a forum featuring the two Democrats in the race for District 4 County Supervisor. Democrats, and Independents choosing the Democratic Primary Election Ballot, will vote for either Bryan Bates or Judy Begay in the August 4 primary. (If you are signed …Read More »
  • Another Ducey Disaster

    If thousands of renters don’t get help by next week, they could lose their homes after Gov. Doug Ducey’s eviction moratorium expires July 22. Arizona launched a $5 million rental assistance program in March designed to pay landlords up to $2,000 per month for each eligible renter who applied for help. There’s plenty …Read More »
  • Biden Events Now on this Site

    Want to learn more about our presumptive Presidential nominee? Or just join an enthusiastic group of Democrats to support him? You can now see all events on his campaign using the Events tab from the main menu on our site. Click on Events and a drop-down list will appear offering …Read More »
  • Combating the Climate Crisis: The Biden Sanders Unity Platform

    Highlights: “Climate change is a global emergency….Thousands of Americans have died. “Like so many crises facing the United States, the impacts of climate change are not evenly distributed…. “Democrats believe there is a better way. We can and must build a thriving, equitable, andglobally competitive clean energy economy that puts …Read More »
  • Protecting Our Communities: The Biden-Sanders Unity Platform

    From the Biden-Sanders Unity Platform, released today: “Democrats believe we need to overhaul the criminal justice system from top to bottom. Police brutality is a stain on the soul of our nation. It is unacceptable that millions of people in our country have good reason to fear they may lose …Read More »
  • Vote Now! The Primary Election Is Underway! Vote Early + Safely!

    We have a wonderful County Elections Office in Coconino County! Today is the first day you can vote early, in-person for the August 4 Primary Election. Here is a schedule of locations and hours were you can go to vote early. Better yet, for safety, request that your ballot be …Read More »
  • Corruption Reeks in Fed COVID Aid

    UNIMAGINABLE BUT TRUE FOR TRUMP >> Billionaire Kanye West and Jared Kushner’s family got PPP loans intended for small businesses. WORST OF THE WORST >> On top of Kanye and the Kushners, the Trump administration gave PPP money to Grover Norquist, Devin Nunes’ winery, companies owned by billionaire GOP WV …Read More »
  • Barton Lying About Nurses Association Endorsement

    Republican LD-6 House Candidate Brenda Barton has come under fire for misusing the endorsement logo of Arizona Nurses Association PAC on her campaign website. Barton was endorsed by them in 2016, when she last ran, but hasn’t earned their endorsement this time around because of her rejection of science related …Read More »
  • The Country as Pirate Ship

    Editor Note: The New York Times Editorial Board compared the country to a “pirate crew: In recent decades, the owners of the ship have gradually claimed a larger share of booty at the expense of the crew.” I’m not satisfied with the analogy because I believe we’re better than pirates …Read More »
  • Flagstaff Mayoral Forum

    On June 20, the Coconino County Democratic Party hosted a forum featuring the two Democrats in the race for Flagstaff Mayoral. For those who live in the City of Flagstaff, Paul Deasy and Jamie Whelen will be on the Primary Election ballot along with one Republican opponent. The top two …Read More »
  • Primary Ballots Drop July 8! Register Now to Participate!

    Democrats in Coconino County are facing some contested primaries. In Supervisor District 4, Bryan Bates and Judy Begay are vying for the Democratic slot on the General Election Ballot. In Supervisor District 5, Marie B. Acothley is challenging incumbent Lena Fowler For Congressional District 1, your choice is incumbent Tom …Read More »
  • June 27 in Our Dystopian USA

    Heather Cox Richardson (slightly adapted) The Trump administration did not respond until almost 5:00 this evening to last night’s astonishing news that Russian operatives had offered bounties on US soldiers during the Afghanistan peace talks, and that the administration had been briefed on this development back in March and had …Read More »
  • It’s the Economy – and Trump is stupid.

    Trump’s shocking admission that he pushed to slow down coronavirus testing also highlights his fundamental misunderstanding of the economy.  Trump is obsessed with the big numbers that give him simple ways of understanding if he’s winning or losing – like TV ratings, crowd sizes, testing numbers, and the stock market. That’s …Read More »
  • Juneteenth

    On June 19th, 1865, Galveston, Texas erupted in joy when news of emancipation finally arrived more than two years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. That day is known as Juneteenth: the annual and oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth is a …Read More »
  • Failure of Leadership

    1. TRUMP IS IGNORING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS AS HIS ACTIONS THREATEN TO MAKE THE OUTBREAK WORSE.  Americans isolated themselves for months to give Trump and his administration time to come up with a plan and prepare the country to defeat the pandemic, but Trump has failed to deliver and largely …Read More »
  • State Legislator Labels BLM Terrorist Group

    Do you want to be represented by a man who falsely calls the Black Lives Matter Movement a terrorist organization? If you live in Legislative District 6, which includes Flagstaff, you are. His name is Walter (“Walt”) Blackman. He lives in Snowflake but thanks to gerrymandering, the largest city in …Read More »
  • How to Balance Arizona’s Budget

    The Arizona Center for Economic Progress is out with a new report on how to address the billion-dollar AZ budget shortfall from the Trump recession and international pandemic. ^ Reverse the 2011 Corporate Tax Rate Cut^ Make Multi-State Corporations Pay Their Fair Share^ Repeal the 2014 Capital Gains Tax Cut …Read More »
  • BLM Protests Make Real Change

    In a short period of time, these demonstrations are already making real change. Below are just some highlights — but check out a more comprehensive list here. (All this from Navigator Research.) 5/26 – 4 officers were fired for murdering George Floyd. 5/28 – The University of Minneapolis canceled their contracts …Read More »
  • Launch of Another Newsletter!

    The first issue of our newsletter for Latinx constituents is arriving in mailboxes now! This is part of our continuing effort to reach out to the large number of Coconino County Democrats who are Latinx. The overall effort includes the LatinX Voter Committee Facebook Page and regular meetings of our Coconino LatinX …Read More »
  • A Snapshot of Our Days of Turmoil: June 4, 2020

    by historian Heather Cox Richardson (see supporting notes at the end) The large picture today is of a president increasingly isolated as protests increase and establishment figures turn against him and the politics he represents. That large picture is made up of many individual moments. Protests continued for a tenth …Read More »
  • Coral Evans: My Thoughts on the Way Forward

    I want to take a moment to acknowledge what’s going on here in Flagstaff and around the country.  I understand the anger and the fear, I am a black mother and my heart breaks for the families of Dion Johnson, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many more.  My twin …Read More »
  • Ducey’s Curfew

    by January Contreras, 2018 Democratic Candidate for AZ Attorney General The Governor has imposed a curfew for the entire State beginning at 8 p.m. today. It will be in place for a week. I share more about this curfew below, please be informed, and do not be caught off guard. …Read More »
  • Ducey’s Wrong-Headed Curfew

    by Kelly Fryer, 2018 Candidate for Governor Let’s be clear: From 2012-2019, local police in Arizona – including Tucson, Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale and Scottsdale – have killed people at a higher rate than the national average ( The victims have been disproportionately black, brown and indigenous. These are the facts. …Read More »
  • Poll Shows Trump’s Deception Not Working

    Americans see Trump as a failure who cares more about his image than the country. 52% describe Trump’s response to this crisis as a failure and 57% say Trump handled this crisis worse than other presidents would have, something even 22% of Republicans agree with. Americans believe Trump is trying …Read More »
  • Sylvia Allen Doubles Down On Opposition to Unemployment Benefits as Arizona’s Jobless Rate Skyrockets to 17%

    Arizona Daily Star: “600,000 unemployment claims filed in Arizona during coronavirus pandemic.” AZCentral: “Majority of Arizonans support increase in state unemployment benefits, Morrison Institute-Republic poll finds.”  Just over 600,000 Arizonans have filed for unemployment since the COVID-19 pandemic, Arizona’s joblessness rate has skyrocketed to 17%. Yet Sen. Sylvia Allen (R-LD6) has opposed increases to …Read More »
  • Flashback Quote of the Day

    “We are not prepared for a pandemic. Trump has rolled back progress President Obama and I made to strengthen global health security. We need leadership that builds public trust, focuses on real threats, and mobilizes the world to stop outbreaks before they reach our shores.” — Joe Biden, on Twitter, October …Read More »
  • Action in the Legislature Last Week and What’s Coming

    The Arizona Legislature suspended the Fifty Fourth Legislature – Second Regular Session on March 23 as a result of the general shutdown caused by the Covid-19 virus.  The Senate returned on May 8 only to vote to end their 2020 session altogether for the year.  The House decided to remain …Read More »
  • Memorial Day 2020

    Memorial Day (previously known as but now seldom called Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day to honor and mourn those who died in military …Read More »
  • Postal Service Is Fundamental to Democracy

    Trump  calls the U.S. Postal Service “a joke.” Washington and Jefferson would disagree. Like with most things, this president has his history wrong. Since the founding of our country, the Postal Service has been as serious and as fundamental to our democracy as it gets. A recent New York Times …Read More »
  • Action Alert: Say “No” to SCR 1018

    Update May 19 am: The Committee hearing on this bill was canceled. It is still available for RTS comment and we urge you to register your opposition through RTS or email. **This bill is up in the Arizona House Elections Committee on May 19. Take action now to protect the …Read More »
  • Bad Bills the Arizona House May Come Back to Pass

    The Arizona Legislature recessed in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  The Senate came back on May 8 to adjourn sine die (which means, they really wanted to adjourn for the year), but since the House did not adjourn, then legally the Senate really did not either.  Now, the House …Read More »
  • Allen and Blackman Oppose Federal Help for Arizona

    Coconino County is struggling in the face of plunging tax revenues and COVID-related expenses. The State of Arizona is facing severe revenue decreases due to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent economic downturn. The Arizona Legislature’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee is projecting a $1.1 billion budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year, give …Read More »
  • COVID-19 Has A Liberal Bias

    Paul Krugman has been an Opinion columnist since 2000 and is also a Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He won the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on international trade and economic geography.  His latest column in the NYTimes is …Read More »
  • Mayor Evans’ Response to Governor’s Latest Executive Order

    Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans issued these remarks at the May 12 City Council Meeting in response to Governor Ducey’s May 12 Executive Order: Governor Ducey’s existing Executive Order preempts Arizona mayors from further taking any actions related to COVID-19, the new order goes even further and expressly prohibits local government …Read More »
  • Helene Babbitt Awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Award!

    We’re proud to announce the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for 2020 goes to Helene Babbitt. The Eleanor Roosevelt Award is presented annually to members of our community whose work and service to the people of Coconino County embody the ideals of Eleanor Roosevelt.  In her day, Mrs. Roosevelt was told to …Read More »
  • Take Action: Call Gov. Ducey

    Time to call and write the Governor: 602.542.4331 Email Remind him that he said he would follow the science and that you agree! We need at least a 14 day downward trend of cases and deaths before lifting the stay-at-home order. When the order is lifted, reopening should be in …Read More »
  • Coconino County Elections Urges Voters to Request Early Ballots

    The Coconino County Elections Office urges voters to request an early ballot for the upcoming August 4 Primary and November 3 General Elections.  “Our office wants to make sure these two important elections are conducted in the safest manner possible for our voters, poll workers and staff,” stated County Recorder Patty …Read More »
  • Even the GOP Starts to See the Root of the Problem

    Trumps poll numbers have tanked, especially in important swing states. But – as much as he thinks so — the change is not all about him. The economic impacts of the pandemic have demonstrated fundamental flaws in our current system which leaves too many people unable to miss a single …Read More »
  • An Open Letter to the Arizona Legislature

    Today we sent the following letter to all 90 members of the Arizona Legislature, Democrats and Republicans alike. Republicans are in control. They may recess or adjourn at will and they set the agenda for bills to be heard in committees and on the floor. We hope that our legislators …Read More »
  • Take Action for Healthy Elections!

    State: Telephone or email our state legislators to reconvene and protect voters and election workers: Support SB1077, “Countywide Elections; Vote by Mail.”  This bill, introduced by Senator Sean Bowie, has not yet been heard in committee, but could be revived. It would allow counties to conduct a mail ballot election for …Read More »
  • COVID Facts for Coconino County

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