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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.

  • 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. #JobsReport — 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 »
  • Tax Scam Fight Is Not Over | Take Action

    The fight is not over. The Senate bill is different from what passed the House and those differences must be reconciled. Some of what’s different is better in the later bill1 — thanks to pressure from people like you!  So, let’s keep it up. The tax bill goes back to …Read More »
  • Take Action | Trump Is Vandalizing Our Wild Heritage

    Former Governor and Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt implores us to take action to save our precious public lands. Trump is traveling to Utah on Monday, where he will be greeted by protestors in Salt Lake City. Trump will not even visit the monuments he intends to scale back:  Bears Ear …Read More »
  • King Trump Takes Step to Deconstruct the Consumer Protection Bureau

    President Trump named his budget director as the agency’s acting leader, moving to take control just hours after its departing leader had taken steps to install his own choice for acting chief. The statute creating the C.F.P.B. says that the agency’s deputy director serves as acting director until a new …Read More »
  • Taxpayers pay legal bill to protect Trump business profits

    As President Trump faces Constitutional challenges over his private businesses, taxpayers get the bill for government lawyers to protect his profits. Source: Taxpayers pay legal bill to protect Trump business profitsRead More »
  • Economy Not Working For Arizonans

    Arizona’s year-over-year employment rate went up slightly but is far below projections made by the state’s Office of Economic Opportunity a year ago. Governor Doug Ducey continued to cling to the notion that it’s a nice place to live in his remarks following the release of the new economic figures. …Read More »
  • Two Institutions — and You — Are Saving America

    The President is unfit for office and Congress is failing to use its oversight abilities to check him. We are living in a worst-case scenario. What happens when two branches of our government are missing in action? Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, from California’s 28th Congressional District, said on October 14 …Read More »
  • Take Action: Stop the Tax Bill

    (This article has been updated with additional information and references.) Republicans plan to ram a tax bill through Congress before Thanksgiving. We need to give this as much protest as we gave to their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Call, write, and fax every day between now and …Read More »
  • Ballots Mailed for the Town of Tusayan, Tusayan Fire District and Williams Unified School District November 7 Special Election

    Ballots for the November 7 Town of Tusayan, Tusayan Fire District and Williams Unified School District Special Election have been mailed to all registered voters residing within the boundaries of those jurisdictions.  This is a ballot-by-mail election so there will not be any polling places on Election Day. Tusayan Town and Fire District and …Read More »
  • Demand Congress Protect the Mueller Investigation

    “The Trump political and legal strategy is about to get very radical.”1 While we have been celebrating the revelations from the Papadopoulos guilty plea and the hints of Mueller’s strategy contained in the Manafort/Gates indictment, Fox News listeners and Wall Street Journal readers have been hearing a very different perspective.  …Read More »
  • Giant Wet Kiss to Wall Street

    While the media were falling all over Jeff Flake for his harsh words toward Trump, Senate Republicans voted to reverse a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule that would have made it harder for large financial institutions to block class-action lawsuits from Americans who use credit cards, auto loans, student loans, …Read More »
  • GOP Tax Plan: Just Another Scam

    Trump tapped two former Wall Street executives, Steven Mnuchin and Gary Cohn, to secretly craft a tax plan and force a partisan vote without the American people knowing how much they’ll be harmed. This plan was written by Wall Street, for Wall Street. Trump is blatantly lying about his tax …Read More »
  • Arizona Heads the Way of Kansas Thanks to Republican Corporate Tax Cuts

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature’s budget analysts on Thursday predicted a budget shortfall that could top $100 million in the current and coming year as the impact of corporate Source: Arizona Legislature’s budget analysts predict 2018 shortfall | State and Regional | azdailysun.comRead More »
  • Sylvia Allen’s Charter School Gets F Rating in 2017 School Letter Grades Report

    Phoenix­–The 2017Arizona school letter grades have been released and LD-6’s Senator Sylvia Allen’s charter school, the George Washington Academy, received an F grade. Senator Allen is the co-founder of the George Washington Academy, a kinder-6th grade school in Snowflake, Arizona, as well as the head of the Senate’s Education Committee. …Read More »
  • Position Available: Operations Manager

    The Democratic Party of Coconino County is looking for an Operations Manager to assist the Executive Committee in executing the Mission of the Party. Applicants should be self-motived and organized. Excellent interpersonal skills a must. This salaried position requires an average of 25 hours per week. The Operations Manager assists …Read More »
  • Trump’s Tax Plan: Net Nothing for Middle Class, Big Cuts for the Rich, Adds to Debt

    Trump released a nine-page tax plan today. That’s like doing the architectural drawings for your house on a napkin. A small napkin. What we do know: The plan will likely add to America’s $20 trillion debt. There are lots of tax cuts spelled out. There are almost no loopholes eliminated. The …Read More »
  • Don’t Be Distracted by Trump’s Noisy Nationalism

    We may or may not agree with the conclusion by The Atlantic writer about #TakeAKnee, but we should note the summary of this week’s current issues and be inspired to continue our resistance and work to win in 2018: Trump had another of his bad weeks last week. His secretary of health …Read More »
  • Staff Change

    The Executive Committee of the Coconino County Democratic Party has accepted Charlie Burgin’s resignation. Charlie has accepted a position with one of our candidate’s campaigns. This is a promotion for her and we are pleased for her. We are grateful for all the hard work Charlie has put in during her …Read More »
  • Update on Graham-Cassidy: Looming Threat to Healthcare

    Mitch McConnell says he won’t go through the embarrassment of another floor vote unless he can count 50 votes. Good news is that Rand Paul has declared he won’t vote for this one. If McCain, Murkowski, and Collins hold firm — or if we only lose one — we’ll be …Read More »
  • Action Alert: Another Run at Repeal and Replace

    Republicans are taking another run at “repeal and replace.” It must be stopped just like their attacks this summer on the ACA were stopped. The “Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson” bill would radically change our health care system and cause millions to lose their health care coverage. The bill will hurt low and middle-income Americans.  The …Read More »
  • Rename the Jefferson Davis Highway, Arizona Segment

    UPDATE 9/21/17:  The board meeting is now set for next Monday at 10:00 a.m. If you have not emailed per this Action Alert, please do so today or Friday: Your message can be short: “Please remove the name “Jefferson Davis Highway.” Give reasons if you have time. Here is …Read More »
  • Arpaio Pardon an Insult to Our Constitution

    Statement from the Coconino County Democratic Party: We condemn Trump’s pardon of Arpaio. It is an unprecedented abuse of executive power that signals Trump’s support of white supremacy and will encourage unlawful behavior by the minority of deplorable elements in law enforcement and our society. It furthermore demonstrates that Trump has …Read More »
  • Monsoon Picnic Report

    About 80 Democrats turned up for the first Monsoon Picnic in memory that wasn’t rained on! After conducting our quarterly business meeting, Party Chair Nathan Jones introduced January Contreras, who is running for Attorney General of the State of Arizona. We also heard from Superior Court Judicial Candidate Ted Reed …Read More »
  • Study: Trump actions trigger health premium hikes for 2018 | Business |

    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s own actions are triggering double-digit premium increases on individual health insurance policies purchased by many consumers, a nonpartisan study has found. Source: Study: Trump actions trigger health premium hikes for 2018 | Business | azdailysun.comRead More »
  • Sinclair = Trump News

    In April, Sinclair hired former White House aide Boris Epshteyn, who had organized Trump’s TV surrogates, as an on-air political analyst. Now, the FCC is set to bend the rules to allow Sinclair to buy 42 Tribune-owned TV stations, vastly expanding its audience. Sinclair is known for requiring local stations …Read More »
  • Perez: Trump is breaking the federal government’s promises to Native Americans

    When Trump threatens the health and prosperity of Native Americans, he drags us all backward. Read Tom Perez’s Op-Ed in the LA Times: Trump is breaking the federal government’s promises to Native Americans – LA TimesRead More »
  • Arizona Democratic Party Says Defending Choice is Non-Negotiable – We agree.

    In reaction to a statement from the leadership of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), today the Arizona Democratic Party issued the following statement reiterating our commitment to defending women’s right to make their own reproductive decisions: Arizona Democrats, Yesterday, the leadership at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) indicated …Read More »
  • The Battle for the ACA and Universal Coverage Is Far from Over

    While we celebrate the defeat of repeal and replace last week, we must recognize the battles for affordable, universal coverage are far from over and demand our continued attention and activism. Thank you to all who showed up at the Our Lines on the Line Rally on Saturday! Thank you …Read More »
  • DNC Statement on Senator Flake’s Vote to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

    In response to Senator Flake voting for the Republican health care repeal that would have stripped health care from thousands of Arizonians, DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement: “Last night, when he thought no one was watching, Senator Flake broke his promise to improve health care for his …Read More »
  • O’Halleran Votes to Fund Military, VA, and Critical Arizona Water Projects After Voting Twice to Amend the Bill to Eliminate Funding for Border Wall

    WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018, a bipartisan spending bill that funds military operations, veterans programs, and water projects. “Congress took bipartisan action today to invest in our troops and ensure our military has the resources they need to …Read More »
  • Bigoted Executive Order By Tweet

    President DJT issued another executive order – this one banning transgender folks from serving in the military, “in any capacity.” According to the Washington Post,  “Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was supposed to be examining whether to continue former President Barack Obama’s policy of allowing transgender service, and Mattis’s review was due …Read More »
  • ACA Repeal Is a Jobs Killer (as well as a people killer)

    A third of all jobs created in the United States in the past decade have been in health care. America could lose more than a million jobs if the Senate votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That’s according to a report from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and the Commonwealth …Read More »
  • A Better Deal Is Launched

    Congressional Democratic leaders launched their “Better Deal” for 2018 this week. It’s designed to be a rolling set of legislative proposals and “Contract with America”-style plans to explain to the American people what they would do if they gain control of Congress in 2018. In an Op-Ed for the New York …Read More »
  • Free Community College – Not a Radical Idea

    Here’s an op-ed from Gubernatorial Candidate David Garcia. He points out how state-supported free community college is an economic booster. Other states, including Republican dominated states, do it. Arizona should not be left behind: My Turn: Free community college in Arizona if I’m elected governor via @azcentralRead More »
  • Trump, The Great Negotiator, Fails Again

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