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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.

  • Cutting Through the Spin – Mueller Volume I, p. 1

    We’re not going to attempt to summarize all 448 pages (some of which are still not public). But we’ll post a few key takeaways, starting with this: “The Russian government interfered in the 2016 Presidential election in a sweeping and systemic fashion.” Mueller Report, Vol. 1, p. 1. The Russian …Read More »
  • For Real Life, Voting Does Matter

    We’ve had two dramatic examples of elected officials doing good things for Arizona — because we worked hard in 2018 to get them into office. In the last few days, the Arizona Republic published articles about accomplishments by Kathy Hoffman and Sandra Kennedy. These women and their effectiveness give us …Read More »
  • Legislative Alerts ~ Week of April 15, 2019

    Criminal Justice Bill Alerts The following are bills related to Criminal Justice in Arizona.  They are out of committee so it is not possible to use the RTS system.  Contact your Senators about these bills this week. CONTACT Senators  – LD6 & LD7 Sylvia Allen (R) LD6     SAllen@azleg.gov               602-926-5409 …Read More »
  • Not-Permanent Early Voting

    SB 1188 is worth a special call to your legislator this week. We’ve had permanent early voting in Arizona — a ballot-by-mail system that’s a model for the nation — and SB 1188 would take that away. It’s one more voter suppression attempt, plain and simple. SB 1188 would drop …Read More »
  • Purge at DHS “Deeply Alarming”

    As Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen oversaw the implementation of the Trump Admin’s increasingly toxic anti-immigrant policies. That she is reportedly resigning because she is not extreme enough for the White House’s liking is deeply alarming. “The President’s dangerous and cruel anti-immigrant policies have only worsened the humanitarian suffering at …Read More »
  • Legislative Alerts ~ Week of April 7, 2019

    USE RTS: (Most of the RTS input needs to be done no later than noon on Monday, 4/8) SB 1173 – SUPPORT – Bill would continue to provide supplemental child care assistance to parents who go back to school to further their employment goals. SB 1291 – OPPOSE – Incredibly …Read More »
  • Why Support the County Party Now?

    The following is an excerpt from County Chair Shannah Redmon’s speech at the 2019 Roosevelt Kennedy Dinner on March 30: Good Evening everyone, I’m Shannah Redmon and I am the Chair of the Coconino County Democratic Party.  We are grateful for your being here and sharing this evening with us! …Read More »
  • Notes on the March Jobs Numbers

    A few notes on the March job numbers, which the GOP has been touting for the last 24 hours. This is a continuation of the Obama era recovery. Furthermore, the biggest growth sector was the healthcare industry, with strong hiring in ambulatory care, hospitals, and nursing and residential care facilities. …Read More »
  • Patty Hansen Embodies the Ideals of Eleanor Roosevelt

    We are pleased to report that Patty Hansen received the Eleanor Roosevelt Award at the Coconino County Party’s annual dinner on March 30. Patty was chosen from among three nominees for the annual award which is given to the community member whose work and service to the people of Coconino …Read More »
  • Harriet Young Awarded Chair Emeritus at RK Dinner

    The Coconino County Democratic Party honored Harriet Young on March 30 with the recognition “Chair Emeritus.” Harriet served as Chair of our county party from 2001-2008, and Vice Chair thereafter until this year. She has also served as First Vice Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party (ADP) from 2008 to …Read More »
  • Legislative Alerts ~ Week of April 1, 2019

    Unfortunately, these are not April Fool’s jokes. Some bad bills this week! We are beyond the RTS process, so contact our legislators the old-fashioned way: Sylvia Allen (R) LD 6             SAllen@azleg.gov                               602-926-5409 Bob Thorpe  (R) LD 6            BThorpe@azleg.gov                           602-926-5219 Walt Blackman (R) LD 6          WBlackman@azleg.gov              602-926-3043 …Read More »
  • Democrats’ Plan for Healthcare

    In 2018 Democrats won by promising to protect Obamacare. On Tuesday, the Democratic-controlled House of Representative moved to make good on that promise. The Democrats’ bill aims to lower health insurance premiums, strengthen protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions, and ban the sale of “junk insurance,” which the Trump …Read More »
  • DNC Announces CEO of 2020 Democratic National Convention

    Today, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez announced the appointment of Joe Solmonese to be Chief Executive Officer of the 2020 Democratic National Convention Committee. Solmonese just recently served as the Transition Chair of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), and previously served as the President of the Human Rights …Read More »
  • LEGISLATIVE ALERTS ~ Week of March 25, 2019

    Things are heating up in Phoenix and it’s not just the temperature. This is a long list, but it’s filled with important stuff from top to bottom. Use Request to Speak (RTS): SB 1149 – SUPPORT – Slow down the use of Tax Credits by requiring a review by a …Read More »
  • Our Congressional Leaders on Mueller Report

    March 24: Washington, D.C. – Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement regarding Attorney General Barr’s summary of the Mueller report: Attorney General Barr’s letter raises as many questions as it answers.  The fact that Special Counsel Mueller’s report does not exonerate …Read More »
  • It Really, Really Is Time…

    It’s time to buy your tickets for the Annual Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner. After this week, Little America raises our price per head and so we need to raise the ticket prices! Buy your tickets on line or call our office 928-214-0393Read More »
  • Blocking H.R. 1 Proves the GOP Is Afraid of Democracy

    For anyone who doubts that Americans are fighting a war today over the future of democracy, take a look at what’s happening in the U.S. Congress and Arizona Legislature. On March 8, the House of Representatives voted for the Democrats’ major reform bill, 234-193 — an important blow against the …Read More »
  • Legislative Alerts ~ Week of March 18, 2019

    RTS OPPORTUNITIES: SB1485 – Support – Puts a cap on tax credits for STO (Student Tuition Organization) tax credits. SB1099 – Support – “Patriotic” students bill – allows group access to schools HB2026 – Oppose – Muzzles Teachers SB1300 – Support – Low income housing program SB 1088 – Support …Read More »
  • Week In Review

    Trump’s budget Donald Trump unveiled his budget that includes drastic cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — the same programs that Arizonans told elected leaders to protect. The budget also greatly increases the deficit, forcing future generations to pay for tax cuts that benefit corporations and the super wealthy. …Read More »
  • Sylvia Allen Says She Won’t Run!

    Jeremy Duda, Arizona Mirror reporter, tweeted this morning that LD-6 State Senator Sylvia Allen says she won’t run for another term, even though she’s not termed out in until 2022. This is good news for Democrat Felicia French, who has announced she’ll run for the seat after losing her AZ …Read More »
  • We Need Net Neutrality!

    The FCC ignored overwhelming public demands and rescinded the protections we need to keep the Internet free and fair. Finally, we have the National Net Neutrality legislation we’ve been waiting for! Tell your Representative and Senators to cosponsor the Save the Internet Act. We need this common sense bipartisan legislation The Save …Read More »
  • LEGISLATIVE ALERT ~ Week of March 11, 2019

    It’s a busy week in the legislature. Lots of bills will be on the floor of each House and there are important committee hearings, too. Make your voice heard by using Request to Speak or call or write your representatives whose contact info we provide below. USE RTS:          HB 2125 …Read More »
  • It’s Milwaukee!

    Democrats chose Milwaukee on Monday to host Democrats’ 2020 national convention. We will nominate the next president of the United States in a city of working people, labor unions, and communities of color, all of whom play a critical role in who we are as Democrats.  This is the first …Read More »
  • We’re Proud to Announce the 2019 Eleanor Roosevelt Award Nominees

    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 award winner will be announced at the Roosevelt/Kennedy Dinner on March 30. In her day, Mrs. Roosevelt was told to “attend …Read More »
  • Environmental/Water Alerts – Week of March 3, 2019

    CONTACT AZ HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES:             Bob Thorpe  –              BThorpe@azleg.gov               602-926-5219             Walt Blackman –          WBlackman@azleg.gov          602-926-3043 HB 2609 – OPPOSE – Harquahala Non-Expansion Area: Groundwater Transfer.  It allows landowners (private water investment companies) to extract water to a depth of 1500’ rather than the current limit of 1000’ and …Read More »
  • The Power of Presidential Primaries

    Ann Heitland, First Vice-Chair, Coconino County Democratic Party Less than one year from today, voters in nine states will cast their ballots in one of the biggest single days of the 2020 Presidential primary season. Two weeks later — on St. Patrick’s Day — we in Arizona will cast our …Read More »
  • Legislative Alerts -Week of March 3, 2019

    USE RTS (Request to Speak): HB 2186 – SUPPORT – Would outlaw actions that bring attention to students who are unable to pay for a school meal. HCR2005 – OPPOSE – Would ask voters to restrict initiative and referendum processes by requiring ballot measures to collect signatures from a percentage …Read More »
  • Key Voter Suppression Bill Scheduled for Hearing March 5

    Republicans are chipping away at our right to vote. This week the AZ House Elections Committee will consider a bill to make it more difficult to early vote in person. SB 1072 is on the agenda for Tuesday’s House Elections committee. The bill would require identification at early voting centers. …Read More »
  • Saving Chaco Canyon

    Louise Hublitz, former Executive Committee Member of the Coconino County Democratic Party More than three hundred feet above the floor of Chaco Canyon National Historic Park in New Mexico, the landscape radiates out in the 4 directions. It is a breathtaking site that still shows the signs of ancient roads …Read More »
  • Update From MOMS

    Marisa Scionti, Flagstaff chapter lead for Moms Demand Action How do we know that America needs gun reform? Every day, 100 Americans die by a gun. Other developed countries have a fraction of our rate of gun violence. On Valentine’s Day this year, we remembered the 17 victims of the …Read More »
  • News from the Environmental Front

    Christa Sadler, 2nd vice chair of the ADP Environmental Caucus This week the last week to hear bills in committee in the house of origin, is referred to as “hell week,” due to the super long agendas with long lists of bills and strike-everything amendments and the meetings that drag …Read More »
  • What Democrats Tried to Do in the Legislature

    With the deadline to move bills from their assigned committee gone, we thought we’d share a sample of what Republicans refused to hear in committee so far this year. A repeal of the “no promo homo” law, which would have allowed health education to be taught appropriately and stopped shaming …Read More »
  • Allen-Sponsored Bill to Send Another $1.7 Million to Vouchers Advances

    Republicans insisted that Senator Sylvia Allen’s bill to expand vouchers wouldn’t cost money. But when the Joint Legislative Budget Committee conducted a fiscal analysis of a bill, it found what was obvious to every honest person — the bill expands enrollment ant thus will cost the state more money. $1.7 …Read More »
  • LEGISLATIVE ALERT – WEEK OF 2/18/19

    by Darrell Boomgaarden, Legislative Chair Lots going on so this will have to be brief.   Use RTS (Request To Speak) Updates: SB 1320 – Oppose – transfer of ESA oversight to Treasury from Education – sponsored by D Livingston who’s wife ran unsuccessfully for superintendent of schools  – a …Read More »
  • Changing Minds

    by Ann Heitland, First Vice Chair An interesting article by a former rocket scientist dropped into my inbox and since it pursues a theme we’ve been discussing, I wanted to share it with you along with some highlights that I took from reading it. The article is “Facts Don’t Change People’s …Read More »
  • Why This Week Was A Win

    The bill Trump signed Friday (no doubt without reading) would have been quite different had the Democrats not won the House in November. Elections do matter. Without the need to compromise with Democrats to pass a funding bill, the Republicans in the Senate would never have defied Trump as much …Read More »
  • LD-7 Democrats Sponsor Anti-Fracking Bill

    Take note that while all three LD-7 members of the legislature– Myron Tsosie (D), Arlando Teller (D) and Jamescita Peshlakai are co-sponsors of the fracking ban legislation, it is no longer a bi-partisan bill. Walt Blackman (R) from LD-6 apparently buckled to his party leadership and corporate interests and is …Read More »
  • Democrats Act in AZ Legislature

    Last week, 18 Democratic-led bills were heard and fifteen passed out of committee, a majority with unanimous support. (That’s an 83% success rate.) These bills highlight how Democrats continue to fight for all Arizonans: Medical treatment for veterans (Rep. Espinoza HCM2001: deported veterans; medical treatment) Financial relief for college students …Read More »
  • Voter Suppression: Republicans’ Favorite Thing

    This week a new voter suppression bill reared up in the Arizona Legislature. This week Republican Rep. Townsend introduced a bill (HB2616), which would prohibit anyone employee of any organization (except political parties) from registering people to vote. This would include some of Arizona’s leading voter registration organizations and is …Read More »
  • Presidential Debate News

    The Democratic National Committee, which oversees the debates among Democratic Candidates prior to the DNC Convention in July 2020, announced qualification requirements for the presidential debates that include metrics related to grass-roots support. There will be 12 debates held over the course of the 2020 election cycle. The first debate …Read More »
  • Voucher Expansion Insults Voters’ Will

    Yesterday, in the Senate Finance Committee on a strictly partisan vote (6-4), GOP senators approved a bill that expands so-called “Empowerment Scholarships” and a separate bill to strip Superintendent Hoffman of ESA oversight. Barely three months ago voters overwhelmingly rejected Prop 305 — the legislature’s last attempt at ESA expansion — and elected Superintendent Hoffman to …Read More »
  • Felicia French Challenges Sylvia Allen #2020

    2018 State House candidate Colonel (Ret.) Felicia French, a nurse, sustainability scientist, educator and former MedEvac helicopter pilot, announces her 2020 candidacy for LD 6 State Senate. French came within 577 votes of winning the 2018 State House race, and she is ready to run again. She is determined to continue …Read More »
  • AZ Legislature About to Waste Tax Dollars on Indefensible Legislation – Again

    It seems ridiculous, but the Republicans in the Arizona legislature do it every year: Consider and often pass legislation that is clearly unconstitutional. It’s not just a waste of their time; if Governor Ducey signs these frivolous bills, the State is stuck defending the indefensible laws in court. And that …Read More »
  • 2020 Senate Race Blasts Off

    Mark Kelly became the first Democrat to throw his hat into the 2020 U.S. Senate race. On February 12 — Lincoln’s Birthday — Mark Kelly became the first Democrat to run against Martha McSally in the 2020 U.S. Senate race. Lincoln faced a country divided much like what we have …Read More »
  • Legislative Alert!

    USE Request to Speak or Contact Your Legislators by Email or Phone:             SB1320 – Senate Finance Committee – Moves responsibility for Audits of ESA’s (Educations Scholarship Accounts) to the State Treasurer from the Department Of Education.  Would significantly reduce the effectiveness of any audits done. OPPOSE             SB1395 – …Read More »
  • Coconino Voices: Driscoll again under fire for ICE detainers

    For the second time in a year, Sheriff Jim Driscoll is being sued over his policy of holding inmates suspected of being undocumented for an additional 48 hours after they have paid bail or served their sentences so that ICE agents have time to drive up from Phoenix and place …Read More »
  • AZ Legislature: Voting Rights Update

    A Republican-backed voter suppression measure appears to be dead after key GOP legislators came out against it in the state Senate, where the GOP holds just a 17-13 majority. This bill would have bannedvoters who receive a mail ballot from turning in that ballot in person, forcing them to return it via mail …Read More »
  • Voting Rights Call to Action

    Urgent Call to Action (h/t Indivisible) Two bad bills are headed to the Senate Floor today:  SB1046: prohibits early voters from turning their mail-in ballots any other way than by mail. SB1072: Extends Voter ID to in-person early voters. What You Can Do Make Calls to Your State Senators TODAY, Feb. …Read More »
  • Environmental News and Action Alerts

    by Christa Sadler, 2d Vice Chair of ADP Environmental Caucus Drought Contingency Plan Arizona finally got realistic and signed the Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) on the very last day they could do so, January 31. Doing so avoided the need to have the feds step in and decide for us …Read More »
  • Republican Bill to Ban Dropping Off Mail-In Ballots in Arizona will Significantly Impact Coconino County.

    Voters turned out in record numbers to exercise their rights as citizens to vote in the 2018 election in Arizona.  Some races were not decided until the last ballot was counted.  In some cases this took additional time after the election since many ballots were dropped off at polling places …Read More »
  • Action Alert: Federal Minimum Wage

    Last week, Democratic leadership in Congress reintroduced the Raise the Wage Act (H. R. 582) in the House with 181 cosponsors and companion bill (S. 150) in the Senate with 31 cosponsors. This legislation, if enacted into law, would raise the federal minimum wage to $8.55 this year and increase the federal wage floor over the …Read More »
  • Report from the ADP Environmental Caucus

    by Christa Sadler, 2d Vice Chair Greetings from the second vice-chair of the ADP Environmental Caucus. Of the five officers elected at the January 26, 2019 meeting, Coconino County at least has one voice! The mission of the ADP Environmental Caucus is to strive toward educating and engaging its members …Read More »
  • Action Alert: This Week in the Arizona Legislature

    Use Request to Speak to make your voice heard on the following bills that are up for hearing in the Legislature this week. And/or, call or email your legislators. Use RTS to speak against HB2474 – This bill would expand the empowerment scholarship accounts.  It is a continuing effort by …Read More »
  • Guest Column: Shutdown is disrupting the park experience

    While the government shutdown may seem abstract to many, it has very real and devastating consequences for national parks and the people who care for them. National parks protect our nation’s culture, wildlife, history, and natural beauty, and we need to protect them in return. During this government shutdown, it …Read More »
  • Action Alert: Open the Government

    It’s not funny anymore. People have been suffering. Public safety is in question at airports, coastlines, and federal courthouses. The FBI can’t do its job for lack of supplies. Our leaders are calling for a nationwide action to put pressure on Republican Senators to reopen the government. Message from Speaker …Read More »
  • Watch Out: The Arizona Legislature Is Back In Session

    The Legislature reconvenes this week with legislators eager to take action that could have far-reaching effects on the people of Arizona – for good or ill. Coconino Democrats are happy to host political scientists Anne Schneider and Harriet Young for our Democratic Political Action! meeting this Thursday. Dr. Young will …Read More »
  • Can We Carry Early Ballots?

    In the past election, the only people permitted to assist voters in returning their mail ballots were family members and caregivers. This was the result of 2016 law passed by the Republican-controlled legislature. Previously, canvassers were allowed to take ballots from voters and return them to voting sites or drop …Read More »
  • Can We Get a Message, Please?

    Ann Heitland, Communications Chair, Coconino County Democratic Party. Republican President Lincoln is famous for speaking the line, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” A few decades earlier Abigail Adams was more specific, writing  “… A house divided upon itself – and upon that foundation do our enemies build their …Read More »
  • Democratic National Committee Updates

    The Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee met on Saturday, December 1 in San Juan, Puerto Rico — a site chosen to call attention to the continuing needs as Puerto Rico continues rebuilding from its hurricane disaster. The Committee issued this statement: “We stand with Puerto Ricans and will …Read More »
  • DNC Announces Framework for the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debates

    To some of us, it seems way to early to be talking Presidential primaries, but the reality is that it’s not. The party is stepping up to make plans for debates. Here’s a press release from just before Christmas issued by the Democratic National Committee. Washington, D.C. 12/20/18 — Since …Read More »
  • 538 Features Arizona’s Redistricting Commission

    The December 31 538 podcast series features Arizona with a podcast entitled The Gerrymandering Project: Arizona. In 2018, more states decided to put independent commissions in charge of redistricting. Arizona serves as an example of some of the challenges those commissions can face. Download and listen to the podcast for …Read More »
  • Voting, Ethics Kick Off Dems’ Congressional Agenda

    House Democrats are about to show the nation how to walk and chew gum while governing. After 8 years of Republican-controlled Congressional stalemate, Nancy Pelosi will lead a forward assault on the nation’s problems. Whether the Senate will continue to stonewall progress is up to Mitch McConnell; regardless of what …Read More »
  • Quotations of the Week

    Here’s our challenge these next two years: We must scrub the stains of Trump’s corruption from our democracy. BUT we must not be so jaded by that duty that we stop believing our future can be brighter than our past. It still is. ~ Rep. Eric Swalwell Richard Nixon obstructed …Read More »
  • Judge’s Ruling on ACA Lands Like a “Stink Bomb”

    The Associated Press reports:  “A federal judge’s ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who’ve seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul’s core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions and Medicaid for more low-income people.” …Read More »
  • Fee or Tax? Either Shows Failure

    The vehicle registration fee enacted last April by Governor Ducey and the Republican Legislature is showing up on registration renewal notices and causing an internal firefight among Republicans.  The underlying problem for all Arizona Republicans is their failure to recognize that governing costs money and someone has got to pay …Read More »
  • “Individual 1” is POTUS

    Read today’s news in its original form — no slant or analysis. These are the actual court documents filed today by prosecutors: The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Sentencing Memo for Cohen Special Counsel Mueller’s sentencing memo on Michael Cohen Special Counsel Mueller’s memo on Paul …Read More »
  • Pearl Harbor Day

    On this day 77 years ago, the era of the United States living in isolation from the world ended. Today, we honor the men and women who lost their lives in the Pearl Harbor attack and thank those who spent the next 4 years avenging them by defending democracy against …Read More »
  • Reorg at Campaign Committees Yields Four Female Leaders

    Democrats elected women across the top as leaders of the Senate, House, Gubernatorial, and Legislative Campaign Committees (while Republicans not surprisingly elected for 4). The Washington Post 202 gives a nice summary of each new leader. Cheri Bustos of Illinois, the new chair of the DCCC, is one to watch. She …Read More »
  • Promises Made. Promises Not Kept

    Plant closures underscore Trump’s unfulfilled promises, from tariffs to tax cuts.  Important facts call out POTUS in the lead article from  Analysis | The Daily 202: GM layoffs show why there’s a crisis of confidence in American capitalism, Washington Post, 11/27/2018. The piece also includes a spotlight on Congressman Joe Kennedy.Read More »
  • Implications of Katie Hobbs’ Victory

    From the Daily Kos Morning Digest today: Hobb’s victory is critical for voting rights in what’s likely to be a pivotal 2020 swing state because of her firm advocacy for pro-voting policies such as automatic voter registration and making sure eligible voters stay on the voter rolls. By contrast, Gaynor had called …Read More »
  • Congressman O’Halleran joins in sponsoring legislation to protect Native American Voting Rights

    Without mentioning the debacle in North Dakota, Congressman O’Halleran joined other Democrats in sponsoring legislation to protect Native American voting rights. This bill will need to be reintroduced when the new Congress convenes in January. Read more.Read More »
  • Ballot Count Update: Sinema Wins; Potentially 4 Statewide Winners

    Katie Hobbs is now leading by 5,667 votes. This includes updates today from Coconino, Pinal, Maricopa, and Pima. Sinema is a clear winner. She’s leading McSally by 1.72% with too few ballots out in McSally strongholds to make a difference. Sinema will go live at 6:30 tonight to declare victory. …Read More »
  • Thank you. Now, we move forward.

    Thank you to the folks of Coconino County who came out to help our party move our City, our State, and our Nation in the direction of justice, fairness, and opportunity. To everyone who served as a precinct committee person or outreach volunteer or financial donor over the last 2 …Read More »
  • Voting Made Easy!

    We’re trying to make voting as easy as possible. Here are a few helpful things to know: If you still have your mail-in ballot, don’t put it in the mail. There are options for depositing it in official elections drop boxes instead of mailboxes, or you can take it to …Read More »
  • Need A Ride to the Polls?

    If you need a ride to the polls during Early Voting or on Election Day, we’d like to help. In the Flagstaff area, give us a call at 928-421-3439 to schedule a time. Please call at least a day in advance of when you need your ride. Same-day rides cannot …Read More »
  • The Caravan

    An Editorial in last week’s Daily Sun challenges Democrats to talk about “the caravan.” I will. The Editorial concedes “The country’s strength is derived from the fact that it has been home to those in peril,” adding, “[t]his does not mean open borders but a smart and lawful methodology for …Read More »
  • What You Need to Know About Early Voting

    Dateline: 10/26 — there was more you may have needed to know before today. Now, we’re down to the essence. Early in-person voting is encouraged for all who do not have mail-in ballots. This reduces lines on Election Day and makes sure that your voice will be heard even if …Read More »
  • Federal Only Ballot Deadline!

    Arizona law requires specified identification at the time of voter registration to prove citizenship. Federal law does not. Nearly 2000 voters have registered in Coconino County who will be eligible to vote only for Krysten Sinema and Tom O’Halleran and nothing else on that long ballot. Most of these are …Read More »
  • Is Bannon Interfering in Our LD-6 Race?

    Steve Bannon — the Master of Chaos and Trump champion in the 2016 Election — seems to be messing with our very own LD-6 Legislative Race. He appeared in Flagstaff last night with Republican Candidate for LD-6 House, Walt Blackman. Blackman is running with Incumbent “Where’s Bob” Thorpe and against our …Read More »
  • YIKES! There’s a LOT on My Ballot

    We’ve been hearing from people that it’s taking a long time to vote because the ballot is long. Make it easy, provide your friends with the Sample Ballot.  Stop into our office to pick up a supply — we’re open from 10-6 every day from now through November 6 — …Read More »
  • Coconino County’s Voter Registration Reaches All Time High

    The total number of registered voters in Coconino County for the upcoming November 6, 2018, General Election has reached a record high of 83,239 registrants, according to information released by the County Recorder’s Office last night.  This surpasses the County’s previous record of 81,461 registered voters set at the Nov. …Read More »
  • Prop 306 a NO brainer

    Voting No on Proposition 306 is a No Vote Brainer By David Gordon, LD18 Democrat Do you want the tentacles of Dark Money special interests regulating our Clean Elections Campaigns in Arizona? That is what could happen if Proposition 306 passes this November. Currently, the administration of Clean Election Campaigns is …Read More »
  • Help Us Win: Vote Early

    Early voting begins Wednesday, October 10.  Early voting by Democrats is a key element in our plan to win in Arizona. Early voting is a right and privilege given to Arizonans by law — let’s exercise it! This blog post explains why and how. At first blush, it may not …Read More »
  • “Mob Rule” or Rule by “The Mob?”

    Midterm elections offer citizens the opportunity to correct the course set by the President by rejecting those in Congress who support him. Sometimes these elections are about the economy or about foreign wars. In the 1970 Election — held in the midst of protests against the Vietnam War and Republican …Read More »
  • Ballot Chase Weekends of Action!

    Our Get-Out-The-Vote effort gets into full swing this weekend and we need your help. We’re targeting Democrats who need a little nudge to vote in the Midterm Elections (turnout is much greater in Presidential years).  Please give 2-3 hours on one of the next two weekends to help win this election. …Read More »
  • Prop 418 supporters shameful in misinformation

    The “Yes on 418” campaign gets smarmier and more disingenuous by the minute. Recall, this is the new initiative – intentionally misleading in its representations – to strip the voter approved minimum wage from hard working people, many of whom are simply struggling to get by. Yes on 418’s “Keep …Read More »
  • Vote Yes on Prop 127 to advance clean energy

    Proposition 127 is on the ballot in Arizona. The proposition is simple: AZ non-governmental energy sold to consumers will be generated by 50 percent renewable sources by 2030. This cannot possibly be viewed as an onerous goal for our state, which has the high number of sunshine days in the …Read More »
  • Where Do We Go from Here?

    Four thoughts now that Kavanaugh is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court: 1) We knew we would lose the Supreme Court when we lost the Election in 2016. 2) Susan Collins just lost all claim to be a Pro-Choice Republican. 3) We are discouraged and angry. Acknowledge that and …Read More »
  • Kavanaugh Part of Larger Attack on US 

    There is ample evidence that Kavanaugh knowingly lied under oath to senators, and his temperament in doing so is not fit for the Supreme Court. An unprecedented number of institutions have come out against his nomination including the National Council of Churches, Yale Law School, the American Bar Association, over …Read More »
  • Not Normal

    Earlier this week, after an 18-month investigation, the New York Times revealed that the President of the United States committed hundreds of millions of dollars of tax fraud – possibly one of the biggest scandals in the history of the Presidency – and a few days later we’re no longer …Read More »
  • DEADLINE TUESDAY!

    You can’t vote if you’re not registered to vote.  Coconino County is making it easy for you by keeping their Elections Offices open on Saturday: 110 E. Cherry in Flagstaff (there is a free parking lot!) Flagstaff Mall – next to J.C. Penny’s Tuba City Library (in the basement) Or, …Read More »
  • Important Statewide Races

    Need to light a fire to get excited about working on this election? Consider these statewide races: Our Secretary of State is the #2 Executive Branch official — he or she steps up to be Governor if the Governor leaves for any reason (and that’s happened a few times in recent …Read More »
  • How Many Signs Can I Have in My Front Yard? Can My HOA Stop Me from Having Signs?

    We’re getting these questions.  Let’s deal with the HOA statement first:  They can’t do that. Arizona Revised Statutes 33-1808 (C) prohibits any HOA from preventing you from putting out a political sign in the last 71 days before an election — we’re well within that time now! (You do have …Read More »
  • Vote No on Proposition 305

    Proposition 305 is a bit confusing so let me try to break it down for you. 1. Basically there are a number of school tax credits and there are also Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESAs). Both of these, in essence, funnel tax dollars to private schools. Prop 305 is about ESAs. …Read More »
  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Fail to Vote

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  • Only 11 Days Until Voting Begins: GOTV Opportunities This Week

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  • WE, the People, are Responsible for OUR Nation

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  • With the Country’s Focus on Kavanaugh, HR Passes Another Budget-busting Tax Cut for the Wealthy

    While all eyes were focused on the Kavanaugh hearings this week, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives delivered another gift to their donors by passing a bill to cut income taxes AGAIN. The House’s new bill takes effect starting in 2025 and would add $600 billion to the national debt …Read More »
  • Social Security Positions Crucial in Congressional District 1

    Is your calendar circled for the day your Social Security check is deposited into your bank account? Do you plan your bill paying – and retired life in general —  and retired life in general — around that all-important date every month? If you answered yes, you should take a …Read More »
  • Voter Suppression Update – Voter Registration Deadline Nears

    In a setback for voting rights, a federal judge has rejected a lawsuit aimed at forcing GOP Secretary of State Michele Reagan to send out notification letters to 380,000 voters whose registrations she refused to automatically update when they updated their address with the state Department of Transportation. The plaintiffs had argued this …Read More »