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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. Also, consult our Action Alerts for news of current activity in the nation and state, recent issues of our e-Newsletter, and Talking Points for articles with more in-depth analysis of issues.

  • H.R. 610 Proposes Radically Reactionary Changes to Education

    Here is more example of the axiom that Elections Have Real Life Consequences. Republicans in the U.S. House propose to eliminate the 1965 law requiring equal access to education and the school lunch standards set in 2012. DeVos proposes to expand school vouchers, undermining public education. If the Republican Senate …Read More »
  • Update on Statewide Ballot Initiatives

    You can follow the progress of signature verification for all ballot initiatives here. Also, arguments for and against — to be included in the official Secretary of State Voter Guide were due July 11 and are available online at the same link (below the signature count charts).Read More »
  • Brace for 2019 Premium Increases Due to GOP Sabotage of the Affordable Care Act

    The average marketplace enrollee will pay about $1,000 more for health insurance than they should due to mandate repeal and the short-term plan rule. For those living in Arizona’s Congressional District 1 the increase will be higher. Depending on our age and family situation, our health insurance premium will go …Read More »
  • GOP Administration Protects Profiteers over College Students

    In another example of this GOP Administration dismantling’s of the federal government as we know it, the Education Department, led by GOP hero Betsey DeVos, is revoking regulations that forced for-profit colleges to prove that they provide gainful employment to the students they enroll. This is the most drastic in a …Read More »
  • Orwell Warned Us About This

    Outraged by Helsinki? Please be equally outraged by what has happened this weekend with the Carter Page FISA warrants. And spread the word. Here’s the threat: “If you repeat a falsehood enough times, many people will believe it. Especially if you have 53.2 million Twitter followers, the bully pulpit of …Read More »
  • Preview Your Primary Election Ballot

    Here’s a neat tool to preview your primary election ballot:  Enter your address and it generates the races you’ll be voting on. Or, you can see all the races in the state. Click here to get started. Deadline to register to vote in the primary is July 30. Primary election …Read More »
  • Have a Question About a Call You Received from “The Democratic Party?”

    We understand there are calls going out to Democrats throughout the state from people identifying themselves as calling “from the Democratic Party.” We have received numerous complaints about these calls, which name one of the two candidates for U.S. Senate. Please be aware that these calls do not originate with …Read More »
  • We’re in a National Security Crisis — What is Congress Going to Do About It?

    Editorial boards across the country are running lists of things Congress COULD do if our elected Senators and Congressmen were serious about the national security crisis we face.  Make no mistake, according to Republican and Trump appointee Dan Coats — the nation’s chief intelligence officer, we are facing the greatest …Read More »
  • LD-6 Campaign Update: 800 Doors Knocked in One Day

    White Mountain Democrats knocked on more than 800 doors in Payson on Saturday to help win the Legislative District 6 race, which is critical to winning control of the Arizona Legislature.   Helping Wade Carlisle defeat State Sen. Sylvia Allen while also to defeating (Where’s Bob) Thorpe and McDaniel by …Read More »
  • Trump Takes Major Swipes at the Affordable Care Act

    Even with majorities in both houses of Congress, Republicans were unable to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act in 2017 even though they had made “Repeal Obamacare” a campaign cry ever since it came into being in 2010. When Republicans finally controlled Congress and the Presidency in 2017,  …Read More »
  • More “Witches” Indicted Today

    While Republicans and our President continue to harangue the Mueller investigation, our loyal law enforcement officials continue to plug away.  Today, the United States of American indicted more Russian citizens — specifically, officials of the Russian government under the command of Putin — on the grounds of conspiracy to interfere …Read More »
  • Inflation-Adjusted Wages Down From Last Year

    “Worker pay in the second quarter dropped nearly one percent below its first-quarter level, according to the PayScale Index, one measure of worker pay. When accounting for inflation, the drop is even steeper. Year-over-year, rising prices have eaten up still-modest pay gains for many workers, with the result that real wages …Read More »
  • How’s that Economy Working for You?

    If you are fortunate enough to have stock market investments, you are enjoying an unprecedented streak of continual wealth growth — a streak that began in 2012 by the way. But only about 50% of Americans own a piece of the stock market and most of them own a very …Read More »
  • Celebrate Independence Day with Us!

        Watch for the Big Blue Wave in the parade.   Then join us for the Ice Cream Social at Headquarters — 201 E. Birch.           The Blue Wave is going to help win November’s election, but we need lots of hard work to really …Read More »
  • Never More Important

    If there was ever any question whether the November elections would be the most important of our lifetime, Justice Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court should remove all doubt. In 2017, Mitch McConnell held up President Obama’s nomination of moderate, yet brilliant, Jurist Merrick Garland for over 8 months on …Read More »
  • Hypocrisy

    We’re about to hear a lot of it as Trump rolls out his next Supreme Court nominee. As Coconino County Democrats, there is one vital thing we need to do to try to save our country:  Find 7000 more votes in this County. Apart from that, we can only hope …Read More »
  • Trump’s Narrowing of “Angel Families” Is an Insult to Victims

    In our continuing quest for truth as a weapon against divisive propaganda, we dug up this 2016 article about “angel moms” — the origin of Trump’s false reality show today. No one can doubt the painful loss of the family members he put on display. They are entitled to seek …Read More »
  • Keeping Families Together: Update

    There is much confusing news today about the migrant/refugee situation. What we do know is that Trump’s Executive Order solves nothing for the families already separated and may not hold up in the courts for keeping new refugees together. We know that the Trump administration is not allowing asylum claims …Read More »
  • Speaking Out for Our Values: Abusing Asylum Seekers Is Wrong

    Thank you, Congressman O’Halleran, for speaking out against the despicable border policy of the Trump Administration. June 15, 2018 Press Release WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) released the following statement regarding the Department of Justice’s decision to separate children from parents at the border and deny asylum to victims of domestic …Read More »
  • 18-month long Inspector General Investigation Finds Clinton Was Rightly Cleared by FBI

    Today’s top news: The inspector general found “no evidence that the conclusions by Justice Department prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations.” The report acknowledged that certain emails appeared to contain classified information, but investigators determined the FBI’s conclusion that Clinton did not intend to expose classified information …Read More »
  • Creeping Authoritarianism Can Be Stopped — if people vote

    The Trump Administration is quickly moving to consolidate power without regard to the rule of law. This is why Jeff Sessions remains as Attorney General in spite of the misstep of recusing himself from the Mueller Investigation. Thursday night, in the face of objections by three career Justice Department attorneys, …Read More »
  • Facts Not Slogans Support Invest in Ed Initiative

    A letter written by Ann Heitland and published in today’s Arizona Daily Sun lays out the arguments on both sides of the Invest in Education initiative, for which petitions are circulating now. On the one side, there are fiscal facts; on the other are tired old slogans: The opponents of the …Read More »
  • Statement on the Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision

    From the Arizona Democratic Party’s LGBTQ Caucus: The Supreme Court Of The United States ruling in the MASTERPIECE CAKESHOP, LTD. v. COLORADO CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION case did NOT give any person or business the right to discriminate based on their deeply held religious beliefs.  The court held that the process …Read More »
  • Significant Policy Statements from Arizona Democrats in the Legislature

    We need more Democrats in the Arizona legislature to work on policies like these: “Nothing this administration hopes to gain from this draconian policy is worth the cost to a child who now must live in fear of never seeing his or her parents again.” Excerpt from AZ House Democrats’ letter …Read More »
  • Keep Track of Candidate Filings Here!

    The deadline for filing candidate nominating petitions is tomorrow, May 30, at 5 p.m.  This is for everyone from U.S. Senator to precinct committeeman, with the exception of Special District candidates (like fire and school boards). For federal, statewide, and state legislative races, you can watch the nominating petitions roll …Read More »
  • Trump’s “America First” Policy Is Putting America Last

    Trump’s foreign policy is a reckless, unfolding disaster. It’s isolating the United States and hurting our economy. Long-time allies are remaking their alliances without us. Trump killed his Korea summit with rushed negotiations,  lack of message discipline, conflict among his senior aides, and the general absence of the meticulous planning …Read More »
  • Republicans Can’t Even Pass A Farm Bill

    “The farm bill itself became practically a sideshow, despite its importance to agriculture and the significant changes it would institute to food stamp programs.” WAPO, 5/18/18. The first job of the majority party in Congress is to govern and Paul Ryan’s House of Representatives has repeatedly failed — this morning’s vote …Read More »
  • Update on Ballot Initiatives: Supporting Democratic Values

    Newcomers to Arizona from eastern states often wonder what all the fuss about ballot initiatives is. Arizona became a state at the height of the Progressive Era in American history so the populist principle that citizens could initiate their own laws was enshrined in our State Constitution. Republicans in the …Read More »
  • Reneging on Campaign Promises, Trump Hails His New Drug Pricing Plan

    The elephant in the room on Republicans’ drug pricing plans remains the failure to allow the biggest consumer of prescription drugs to negotiate prices with drug companies. Trump railed against other Republicans for refusing to get this done during the presidential primary. This week Trump held a Rose Garden photo …Read More »
  • North Korea Summit???

    Will Trump be so busy preparing for the June 12 Summit with notorious Kim Jong Un to sit down for an interview with Mueller? If so, the only one who may be surprised is Rudy Guiliani, who come into his job as Trump’s newest personal lawyer promising to wrap of the …Read More »
  • Profiles of Our County Party Leaders — Mostly in their Own Words

    During the months of April and May, the Coconino County Party has been actively engaged in recruiting precinct committee people.  Furthermore, the Arizona Democratic Party is partnering with all county parties in a statewide effort to expand participation in party work. Being a PC means one has a voice in …Read More »
  • LD-6 Is Key to Changing Arizona

    As we’re focusing on how to change our legislature, it seems timely to revisit some facts about LD-6. Our district is one of the eight most competitive in the state. If we can flip all three seats from Republican to Democratic in LD-6, it will make a huge difference for …Read More »
  • House Democrats Support Educators, Vote to Reject Inadequate and Unsustainable GOP Budget

    The Arizona House and Senate Democrats fought hard last night for education in this state. They lost every vote. Ducey calls what came out “bipartisan” — which would be laughable if the lie didn’t fall off his lips so easily.  What really happened is that Republicans in the Arizona Legislature …Read More »
  • Listen to Some of Our Flagstaff PCs Talk About Their Work

    Then, come join us! #BeAPC Meet us and Join us: May 9, 5:15-6:45 at Headquarters!Read More »
  • Democrats Don’t Need New Ideas

    After all, Republicans have had the same three bad ideas for three decades: “tax cuts for the rich, slashed benefits for the poor, and more pollution. Paul Ryan 2010 was basically Newt Gingrich 1995 with a lower BMI, yet he got praised endlessly as an innovative thinker,” writes Paul Krugman, …Read More »
  • What Is the “Invest in Education” Ballot Initiative?

    It’s a gamble on a tight deadline. An advocacy group has filed an initiative with the Secretary of State called the “Invest in Education Act” that would go on the ballot in November if 150,642 signatures are raised between now and July 5.  That’s a lot of signatures! The Dark …Read More »
  • Ben Carson: Let’s Triple Rents for the Poor

    Republicans gotta pay for the tax cut somehow. The proposal by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to at least triple the minimum rent that the poorest Americans pay for federally subsidized housing is part of the plan. This has to be approved by Congress, so maybe it won’t …Read More »
  • “We Don’t Need No Education”

    Thanks to Nobel-Prize-Winning Economist Paul Krugman for writing yesterday’s column in the New York Times explaining why Republicans ended up at war with America’s schoolteachers. Here are some excerpts: “At the state and local levels, the conservative obsession with tax cuts has forced the G.O.P. into what amounts to a …Read More »
  • Choose Medicare: A new route to better healthcare for all Americans

    “We have here in America a system right now called Medicare in which we have a popular, affordable, high-quality health-care option,” Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said. “Shouldn’t every American deserve the opportunity to participate in such a plan? Why reserve such a plan to individuals who are 65 or older?” …Read More »
  • Republicans Cut Funds for Rural Infrastructure and Forest Protection

    The 2018 Farm Bill, which passed the Agriculture Committee on party lines, cuts nearly $800 million from conservation programs, $500 million from rural development programs over the next ten years, and includes no mandatory funding for infrastructure projects, such as broadband deployment and water and wastewater systems. Additionally, the bill …Read More »
  • Jeff Flake Shows His True Colors in A Pinch

    For those softening on Jeff Flake, here’s a stern reminder that he is a party-line, hard-right Republican: – Trump nominates a grossly unqualified NASA administrator. – Jeff Flake thinks this is a good opportunity to show how independent of Trump he is. And he’s right; in the scheme of things, …Read More »
  • Ducey Runs from #RedforEd on the Backs of the Neediest

    Ducey’s story about how he plans to pay for a 20% raise for teachers will probably change, but on April 16 this was it: “Sweep” $2 million in funding from the developmentally disabled, $1 million from healthcare in prisons, $8 million in funding for universities, and $37 million in funds …Read More »
  • More Data on the #TaxScam

    Data continues to roll in proving that the Republican Tax Scam pushes money to the wealthy.  Previously, we reported on the Morgan Stanley study. Now, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch has released data showing that fewer than 45 of the Standard & Poor’s 500 companies have paid out cash bonuses to …Read More »
  • Navajo Generating Station Poses Stark Contrast in How to Govern

    The Navajo Generating Station went online in 1974 and has been an essential element of the Navajo economy ever since.  NGS provides power that drives the pumps of the Central Arizona Project, which supplies water to much of the state. But CAP, the largest consumer of power from NGS, announced last year …Read More »
  • Will Republicans nullify Prop 305 before voters can have their say? 

    There are still persistent reports that the Legislature will again try to make an end run around the voters and repeal the bill (SB1431) they passed last year, which is scheduled to be voted on by the citizens of this state in November because Save Our Schools gained enough signatures to put …Read More »
  • Do You Believe in Miracles? Ducey would like us to when it comes to education funding.

    Facing the threat of a politically damaging teacher’s strike, Governor Ducey suddenly found (or says he found) money in the state budget to give teacher’s a 20% hike, bringing them into the middle of the pack of states on teacher pay. But wait, this year he says he can only …Read More »
  • Hear Us Roar Event Is Great Success!

    Coconino Dems continue to roll out greatly successful events. “Hear Us Roar” was co-sponsored by the NAU Young Dems, Together We Will-Northern Arizona, American Association of University Women-Flagstaff Branch, and Arizona List.  About 70 people packed the Weatherford Hotel to listen to eight of our Democratic Women Candidates on April …Read More »
  • Native Americans Reassignments by Trump’s Interior Department Out of Line

    Native American employees of the Department of the Interior were reassigned at a much higher rate than other ethnic groups when Secretary Zinke took over the Department. In June 2017, when Zinke reassigned 33 career employees, almost have of them were minorities. Thirty percent were Native Americans. The reassignment of …Read More »
  • #BeAPC Campaign Launched! Join Us!

    The Coconino County Democratic Party has launched its #BeAPC Campaign! This is a drive to expand and strengthen the party by making it more inclusive. So far, three major events are planned, but we’ve reached out to chapter houses and at flea markets on the Navajo Reservation already. Did you …Read More »
  • Barton Enters LD-6 Senate Race

    LD6 Representative Brenda Barton(R) has said she plans to file paperwork to challenge LD6 Senator Sylvia Allen(R). Assuming both candidates get their signatures, this would create a contested primary in the LD6 Senate race. We can hardly wait for a primary debate because it will be really hard to find any daylight …Read More »
  • Coconino Voices: Gov. Ducey already knows how to subtract

    Local teacher and progressive, Derek Born, has this almost right. What he says about Ducey’s fake support for education is spot on. But, it’s not enough to just subtract our votes from Ducey’s column. We have to add votes for the Democrat who opposes him — or Ducey will win …Read More »
  • Senate: Campaign funds, dark money sources to stay anonymous

     Saying they’re protecting people from harassment, the state Senate  voted to block cities and counties from requiring “dark money” groups from disclosing their donors.  The Arizona legislature needs to change. When rich people and corporations participate in politics, the rest of us have the right to know it. Senator Sylvia …Read More »
  • Swamp Spending: Your Tax Dollars NOT at Work

    Trump  He’s set the tone for this wasteful spending by spending tens of millions in taxpayer money on his weekly excursions to his golf clubs and resorts. His Mar-a-Lago trips cost an estimated $3 million each – he has been there 16 times since becoming president. Scott Pruitt Reporting shows …Read More »
  • Trump Plan to Privatize the VA Disclosed

    Parting words from the fired VA Director reveal the Trump plan to privatize (and thus reduce funding for) Veterans’ Healthcare: “I believe differences in philosophy deserve robust debate, and solutions should be determined based on the merits of the arguments. The advocates within the administration for privatizing V.A. health services, …Read More »
  • Census Citizenship Question

     Trump’s Commerce Department is reinstating a citizenship question to the 2020 Census for the first time in 70 years.   This is a craven attack on our democracy and a transparent attempt to intimidate immigrant communities and reduce representation in blue states. The census is a constitutionally-mandated count of all U.S. …Read More »
  • AZ Ed Funding “a Burning, Heaping Mess”

    Arizona funding for education is “a burning, heaping mess.” And, that’s the description applied by a Republican. State Treasurer (soon to be Trump’s head of NASA) Steve DeWit “compared the status of Prop. 123 to telling a person who was hand-building an airplane that the plane will crash, and then watching …Read More »
  • Don’t Delete Facebook!

    Please do not close your Facebook accounts because Facebook, according to news reports, is complicit in the information warfare conducted during the 2016 election. And, PLEASE SHARE this post. Why? (1) Facebook is a major utility in use by the good guys, including us, to get important messages out not …Read More »
  • Republicans Are About To Waste Taxpayer Money on Unconstitutional Abortion Bills — Again

    We wish we could find reliable numbers for how much the Arizona Attorney General’s office has spent on legal fees trying to defend the ridiculously obviously unconstitutional abortion bills that the Arizona legislature has passed in the last decade and which Governors Brewer and Ducey signed (sometimes — occasionally, they …Read More »
  • Another Test for Sylvia Allen

    A bill making its way through the Arizona legislature threatens to disrupt college and university campuses. HB2563 supposedly protects free speech on college campuses, but actually, it’s something else entirely. The legislation is written by the Goldwater Institute and is being introduced in statehouses around the US (with Koch money more …Read More »
  • 18th Annual RK Dinner a Huge Success!

    Our 18th Roosevelt-Kennedy fundraising dinner sold out! Nearly 300 people attended, including statewide and local candidates. We sold all of our wonderful auction items using an amazing new text-messaging auction format. We are thankful for the generosity of all who bought tickets and attended, for our auction donors, for the …Read More »
  • “Outlaw Dirty Money” Needs Help with Petitions!

    Arizona deserves transparency in politics– and former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is leading an effort to achieve that.  The work is called Outlaw Dirty Money. The movement seeks a an amendment to the Arizona Constitution that gets rid of anonymity in large campaign donations. Outlaw Dirty Money needs 300,000 signatures to …Read More »
  • Lori Polini-Staudinger Wins 2018 Eleanor Roosevelt Award

    We’re not saying that Professor Lori Polini-Staudinger isn’t “well-behaved” but she surely has stirred things up in Flagstaff since the 2016 election. For that, the Coconino County Democratic Party awarded her its 2018 Eleanor Roosevelt recognition. Each year, the Coconino County Democratic Party searches for a community member who lives up …Read More »
  • Democrats Propose Funding for Infrastructure with a Better Tax Plan

    #Ever since Republican’s crammed their tax bill down Americans’ throats at the end of 2017, they have been looking for ways to pay for the $1.5-$2.1 trillion dollar deficit that their new law is projected to create. House Speaker Paul Ryan has his eye on cutting Medicare, Social Security, and …Read More »
  • Tariffs, Trade Pacts, and Trade Wars

    This week Trump announced huge new tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. He lost his chief economic advisor, Gary Cohn, as a result. More than 100 Republicans in Congress have asked him to reconsider.  And, the Republican head of the Senate  Senate’s Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee announced …Read More »
  • Republicans Throw Transportation Safety Out the Window

    Rules that transportation safety experts have spent years designing are being tossed out in the Republican Administration’s wholesale deconstruction of our federal government.  A dozen transportation safety rules under development or already adopted have been repealed, withdrawn, delayed, or put on the back burner since Republicans took over the Executive …Read More »
  • Sylvia Allen Claims to be for Education: This Bill is a Big Test

    On Monday, the Arizona Senate is planning to consider SB1392, another permanent tax cut. This cut would leave our already anemic state budget with another $120 million loss that will grow exponentially over time, according to projections from the Arizona League of Cities and Towns. The cut will also slash …Read More »
  • Gunsense, the NRA, and Russia

    The Democratic Party is committed to sensible gun laws. We respect the 2d Amendment as we do all parts of the U.S. Constitution. We believe there must be some solution to the slaughter that takes over 30,000 American lives per year and yet does not afflict other advanced nations. We are …Read More »
  • Land Swap: Forest Service Land Surrounding Flagstaff

    As reported in the Daily Sun on February 18 and again on the 24th, Senator McCain’s office has been negotiating a land trade deal with the Hopi Tribe and the State of Arizona Land Department. This proposal has not been finalized. Congressman O’Halleran is interested in receiving comments from his constituents …Read More »
  • Local Young Democrats Address Gun Violence

    We are pleased to assist the NAU Young Democrats and local Flagstaff high school students who are part of the High School Democrats movement. These young people are the future of the country and the Democratic Party. It’s inspiring for members of our Executive and Outreach Committees to hear from …Read More »
  • Pelosi Visits Arizona – Delivers Message on Taxes and Deficit

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi visited Arizona this week to deliver this message: The GOP plan couldn’t be clearer: Explode the deficit by passing a Tax Scam that puts the wealthiest first Pretend to panic about the massive deficit fueled by the Tax Scam Use deficit caused by tax scam …Read More »
  • Eleanor Roosevelt Nominees Announced

    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. On February 10, the Executive Committee approved the nominations received for 2018. The award winner will be announced at the Roosevelt/Kennedy Dinner …Read More »
  • A Gentle Reminder to the Middle Class About the Cost of Health Insurance

    We’re reading that some hard-working people are building up resentment because their health insurance premiums have sky-rocketed this year while those who qualify for Medicaid or ACA subsidies don’t have to pay these increased premiums.  Here’s our message: You should be mad about this; but please direct your anger toward …Read More »
  • Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner: We Need You There!

    It’s going to be fun.  The theme of the evening is “Ready to Win.” The money raised will fuel our ground game through the Midterm Election — we need your help! Buy Tickets! The Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner is the largest fund-raising effort of the year for the Coconino County Democratic Party.  Proceeds …Read More »
  • We Can Beat Ducey — Even Republicans Think So

    From today’s Daily Kos: • AZ-Gov: The Republican Governors Association has made its first television ad reservations of the cycle, booking $20 million in four states. (The DGA has yet to make any.) Three of them are in exactly the sort of states you’d expect: Florida ($9.4 million), Nevada ($3.3 million), and …Read More »
  • Republicans’ Half-Baked Food Box Proposal Would Hurt the Poor, our State Budget, and Local Economies

    Republicans backing Trump’s new food stamps plan have failed to do their research. (SNAP — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — is the official name for the food stamp programs.) The plan cuts more than $200 billion from the program over the next decade by replacing debit-like cards that can …Read More »
  • Our Independent Redistricting Commission Under Attack

    Thanks to Arizona voters, we are among the minority of states who have wrested control of redistricting from the legislature. The Republicans, of course, hate that. Here’s some a report on their latest attack on the voters’ 2000 amendment to the Arizona Constitution: Excerpt from The Daily Kos Elections Voting Rights …Read More »
  • Shooting at Florida School

    There are no words to describe what happened in Parkland, Florida yesterday except these: “Thoughts and Prayers” are not enough.Read More »
  • Budgeting Gone Wild: Midterm Elections Matter

    This is how the federal government’s budgeting and spending is supposed to work Federal Budget Process, National Priorities Project: In November, December, and early January, the Executive Branch creates a proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which begins October 1 of each year. The President presents that budget to Congress …Read More »
  • Update on Sylvia Allen’s View of Morality

    State Senator Sylvia Allen (R) says its “immoral” to give workers 3 paid days of sick leave and a minimum wage, but it’s A-Okay to take money from public schools for private charters like the one she runs. Yesterday, a Republican-controlled Senate panel agreed with her and advanced a proposal …Read More »
  • Coconino Democrats hold full kickoff event for 2018 election

    Here’s the Arizona Daily Sun’s coverage of our highly successfully 2018 Kickoff Event. And, here are the photos we took. Flagstaff residents got a chance Saturday to check out and speak to a number of Democratic Party candidates and organizations at the Coconino County Democratic Party’s Community Action Kickoff at Coconino High School. …Read More »
  • Charter schools bilk you, dump kids and … Republican lawmakers don’t care

    Even though they get your tax dollars, Charter Schools don’t have to share financial information or be monitored by the state like regular public schools. They don’t have to disclose how much they pay their administrators, or anyone else. There is no competitive bid process; nepotism runs rampant. Democrats have introduced a series of …Read More »
  • Secretary Tillerson Admits Russia Already Interfering in 2018 Midterms

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that Russia is already trying to influence the U.S. midterm election. This echoes the recent warning from CIA Director Pompeo. Yet, last month Trump refused to impose the sanctions mandated by Congress last September to discourage such attacks. Yesterday, Democratic Representative Maxine Waters grilled Treasury …Read More »
  • Nancy Pelosi’s filibuster-style speech tops eight hours in bid to force immigration votes

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took the rare step Wednesday of giving a marathon speech supporting Democrats’ attempts to legalize the status of young immigrant “dreamers,” in a bid to pressure Republicans to act. Her more than eight-hour speech ranked as the longest given by a member of the House …Read More »
  • Wild & Crazy Things in the Legislature

    It’s always nuts when the legislature is in session, especially with Sylvia Allen and Bob Thorpe and now term-limited Brenda Barton– unfortunately our legislators in LD 6 — on the loose. Thanks to our friends at Unitarian Universalist and Together We Will for following events closely. Now is the time …Read More »
  • What We Did in January: Lots!

    We reported in our mid-month Newsletter how our precinct committee people hit the ground running at  the first monthly PC meeting of the year. Since then, we’ve gotten reports on many meetings and canvassing events within the precincts. PCs attended Governor Ducey’s budget PR event at the Flagstaff Chamber. Regional Captain Aubrey …Read More »
  • New State Party Chair

    The state quarterly meeting was held January 27 in Casa Grande. Due to the resignation of the party chair elected in January (she moved and became ineligible to serve), the main item of business was the election of a new chair. Felecia Rotellini defeated Scott Prior 359-25 and 7 blank ballots …Read More »
  • Sylvia Allen Strikes Again

    LD-6 State Senator Sylvia Allen wants to give Arizona voters a chance to decide if the current $10.50 an hour minimum wage is as high as it should ever go. This, in spite of the fact that voters just last year approved a statewide referendum to raise the minimum to $12 …Read More »
  • Call for Eleanor Roosevelt Nominations

    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. The Executive Committee is now accepting nominations for this award to be presented at our annual dinner on March 10. These nominations …Read More »
  • Action Is the Antidote to Despair: March to the Polls!

    One of our precinct committee persons was asked to speak at the Flagstaff Women’s March 2.0 this past Saturday. Standing in the falling snow, before 1000-1200 supporters, these are the words of Aubrey Sonderegger: Hello 2018! I’m glad you’re finally here because, I don’t know about all of you, but …Read More »
  • Ducey’s Budget Disaster

    Gov. Doug Ducey unveiled a $10.1 billion spending plan funded by projected to be paid for by selling more lottery tickets and hiring back many of the auditors who ensure that people are paying the state what they owe — auditors the governor previously laid off.   According to the Joint Legislative …Read More »
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.

    While jailed for engaging in peaceful protest, King wrote what has become one of his greatest essays, “Letter from the Birmingham Jail.” Here is a small excerpt, followed by some questions for today: .. over the past few years, I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have …Read More »
  • CC Dems Support City Border Wall Resolution

    The Executive Committee of the Coconino County Democratic Party voted this week to support a resolution by the Flagstaff City Council denouncing the border wall with Mexico. The City Council will have this on its agenda next Tuesday, January 16. The following is the position statement of the county party: …Read More »
  • December Job Growth Worst in Four Years

    Job growth has slowed since Trump took office. Jobs created in 2016: 2.24 million Jobs created in 2017: 2.06 million 2016: 187,00 jobs/month 2017: 171,000 jobs/month December 2017 job numbers are lowest in four years. #JobsReporthttps://t.co/kVDu6AQb4n pic.twitter.com/Z9riMIFPfn — Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 5, 2018 Keith Boykin is a CNN reporter.Read More »
  • Another Republican Attack on Arizona Populism

    Here’s another example of why we need to change the legislature in 2018. Arizona has a long and proud populist history, but Republicans nowadays try to cut back the peoples’ voices and consolidate power in a small click of oligarchs and their lackeys in the legislature. “Anytime the Legislature is …Read More »
  • Republican Corruption Coming to an End in Arizona?

    PHOENIX — Senate President Steve Yarbrough, the architect of an ever-increasing siphoning off of state tax revenues to help send students to private and parochial schools, says he’s now willing to consider a cap. What’s the change? He will no longer be the executive director and general counsel of the …Read More »
  • Achieve60AZ Is Another Ducey Empty Promise

    Regarding the “Achieve60AZ Alliance” touted in the Coconino Voices column (lead author Julie Pastrick, president of the Flagstaff Chamber): The column fails to mention that this “initiative” was launched over a year ago by Gov. Ducey. Recently, they launched a new website, cited in the column, which makes Achieve60AZ appear …Read More »
  • Net Neutrality = Open Road (not a toll road)

    On Tuesday, December 12, the Trump-packed Federal Communications Commission is set to repeal Obama-era rules that provide free and equal access to information through the internet. Without these safeguards, companies like Suddenlink, CenturyLink, and Verizon will be able to slow down your internet speed on your favorite channels in order …Read More »
  • AZ Voucher Program Ridden By Waste and Abuse

    A new  Arizona Republic investigation reveals the scandal regarding Ducey’s school voucher program. Separately, we know that our State Senator Sylvia Allen supports and profits from this Ducey/DeVos/Goldwater Institute scheme. She must go in 2018. Here’s some of what the AZ Republic report says: About 4,147 students are currently enrolled …Read More »
  • Call for a Clean Dream Act

    While we remain under threat from the tax bill, the FCC’s net neutrality proposal, incursions on our public lands, and so much more, this week Congress’ attention shifts to the government spending bill. The government will shut down this Friday, December 8 unless a “continuing resolution” is passed. Such a resolution allows Congress to …Read More »
  • Tax Scam Fight Continues

    Yesterday, resistance groups across the country opened the day thinking we had a fight to get the Tax Bill into conference (to avoid having the House simply pass the Senate bill and send it to Trump for signature). It turns out that the Senate passed their bill in such haste …Read More »