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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.

  • Medicare for All?

    “Medicare for All” is a bill pending in Congress. It’s never had a hearing. The “Consumer Health Insurance Protection Act,” introduced last year, also has never had a hearing. Nor have ” Medicare-X Choice Act of 2019,” ” Choose Medicare Act,” “Medicare buy-in for 50+.” Other plans with fancy names …Read More »
  • “The Report” ~ Episodes 4 & 5

    The writers at the Lawfare Blog are publishing a podcast series to make the Mueller Report more available to a wide audience. Told like a great trial lawyer would sum up a case — a careful, but dramatic — statement of the facts. Episodes 4 & 5 are now available. …Read More »
  • Wealth Tax?

    Adapted from The Arizona Legislative Alert UUJAZ / VUU, July 18, 2019. What is a Wealth Tax? A wealth tax is simply a tax on your accumulated assets – the net value of your house (appraised value minus what you owe), the net value of other property including a farm or business, …Read More »
  • Thankful for Sinema’s measured approach to policy

    I wanted to write a brief note to say that I believe Senator Sinema’s tenure in the Senate has been measured and focused. It’s something that is rare these days of partisan rhetoric and finger-pointing. Her demeanor has shown that she is the perfect person to fill Senator McCain’s centrist …Read More »
  • New DNC Website

    The Democratic National Committee has released a new website for 2020. It’s still at the old address: It’s worth a look. The site explains who the Democratic Party is and what it does, gives a tiny bit (of slanted) history, does a nice enough job of laying our our …Read More »
  • Quotation of the Week

    “This is not a referendum on one guy in one office,” Cory Booker said at the Iowa State Fair. “This is a referendum on us and who are we going to be to each other. This is one of those moral moments in our nation that’s going to define the character of …Read More »
  • The Report ~ Episode 3

    The third episode in the Law Fare series of podcasts that bring the Mueller Report to life is available now. It’s called The Campaign and the Leaks. From the producers: It’s July 27, 2016. Donald Trump has just given a press conference during which he suggests that Russia hack Hillary …Read More »
  • Sylvia Allen Can’t Hide Her Backward Views

    During a rambling, 25-minute speech peppered with religious and autobiographical references, Allen expressed a worldview that the founding principles of the United States are under attack by feminists, secularists, and immigrants. That happened on July 15, according to reporting by the Phoenix New Times. Then it got worse. Having experienced …Read More »
  • “The Report” ~ Episode 2

    Last week, the writers at Lawfare Blog released the first episode of a narrative audio documentary, The Report, which tells the story Robert S. Mueller lays out in his famous 448-page document. Now we have Episode 2. This new episode focuses on the Russian hacking operation, the stealing of documents and …Read More »
  • “What’s Really Hurting Society is the Decline of Patriarchy,” ~ Senator Sylvia Allen

    Yes, she really said that. Along with several other “unbelievable” statements. This is the Senator in the Arizona Legislature representing LD-6, including Flagstaff and Sedona and surrounding areas in Coconino County. It’s definitely time for a change. Speaking during a July 15 event at Republican Party Headquarters in Phoenix, Allen …Read More »
  • McSally Insults Our Intelligence

    For any city, one natural disaster is a nightmare. Right now, Flagstaff is dealing with two at once.  The Museum Fire, which is currently only 12% contained, continues to threaten homes, with thousands of people on alert for a possible evacuation order. At the same time, monsoon thunderstorms combined with …Read More »
  • Highlights of Mueller Testimony

    Here are the six most significant quotations from former Special Counsel Mueller’s testimony yesterday as compiled by the Washington Post 202: 1) On Russian interference in domestic politics: “They’re doing it as we sit here, and they expect to do it in the next campaign.” Mueller said he wrote the …Read More »
  • Pro-Life, Until Birth

    This week, the Trump Administration is again proving that it’s “pro-life” until after the person is out of the womb. The Trump administration is proposing bumping 3.1 million people off of food stamps (about 8 percent of the total program) through the federal rule-making process. In other words, by Presidential fiat instead …Read More »
  • “The Report”: A Podcast Series from Lawfare

    The writers at the Lawfare Blog are publishing a podcast series to make the Mueller Report more available to a wide audience. Told like a great trial lawyer would sum up a case — a careful, but dramatic — statement of the facts. The first episode is available now. Download …Read More »
  • Presidential Debate – July

    Nineteen of the candidates participating in July will be the same as in June. Rep. Eric Swalwell with from the race, leaving one spot open on stage which has been filled by Montana Governor Steve Bullock based on his success in the polls compared with the remaining candidates who didn’t …Read More »
  • LD-6: Statement of Candidate Non-Support

    The Coconino County Democratic Party has a long-standing policy of remaining neutral in contested primary races “absent extraordinary circumstances.” The Executive Committee has found it necessary to invoke that exception in the case of the candidacy of Greg DeCross, who has filed to run for one of the two seats …Read More »
  • No thanks, David Brooks

    by Ann Heitland — the opinions here may not reflect the view of all members of the County Party. We invite an alternative submission. I’m starting to hear that self-defeating refrain, “I will not under any circumstances vote for X.” Embarrassing himself, David Brooks of the New York Times wrote …Read More »
  • Timely Reads

    Today, Trump launches his re-election campaign (we thought that started a while back — seems it’s all he’s been doing). Rally in Orlando where the Orlando Sentinel greeted him this morning with this Editorial: Our Endorsement for President: Not Donald Trump. Meanwhile, a freshman representative from a purple district became …Read More »
  • Arizona’s Budget Signals the Parties’ Differing Values

    On Thursday, June 13, we were honored to host Arizona Democratic House Leader Charlene Fernandez, House Co-Whip Athena Salman, and Senator Jamescita Peshlakai (LD-7) for a public town hall at Coconino High School. The group explained the 2020 budget as passed by the Arizona Legislature in the session which just …Read More »
  • Climate Debate Ruckus

    The demand for a Presidential Debate focused exclusively on climate change is turning into another test of grassroots power in the Democratic Party. The Democratic National Committee set up a series of 12 debates for the 2020 cycle, none with a single focus. In the face of pressure to hold …Read More »
  • Presidential Debate Update

    Five NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo stars will put questions to 20 Democratic presidential hopefuls later this month at the first 2020 primary debate. This week the network announced that “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt, “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd, MSNBC prime-time host Rachel Maddow, …Read More »
  • 2019 Legislative Wrap up — the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

    We believe that your advocacy through Request to Speak and with phone calls, emails, letters, and in person meetings with legislators made a difference in the 2019 session — mostly in stopping some very bad bills. Let’s keep it up next year! POSITIVE RESULTS: Delivered on the promise of a …Read More »
  • The Danger of Trump’s Mexican Tariff Stunt

    There are lessons for China, the European Union and Japan. This column appeared in the Washington Post. Leaders in foreign capitals are likely updating their trade war strategies after watching how President Trump handled his confrontation with Mexico.  The episode provides a couple of important lessons for governments (think: China, …Read More »
  • Coral Evans Jumps into LD-6 House Race

    Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans announced today that she will run for Arizona House from Legislative District 6. She’s the first Democratic candidate to announce for the House race. Felicia French is running for the Arizona Senate seat, having made her announcement in February before hitting the Arizona Trail. In making …Read More »
  • New Evidence Reveals Republican Mendacity on Census Question

    Back in March we wrote that Trump’s Commerce Department plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census is “craven attack on our democracy and a transparent attempt to intimidate immigrant communities,” and  laid out the reasons why. This week we learned that Trump Administration officials withheld evidence and …Read More »
  • How Arizona spent your tax dollars in the new state budget

    Now that the Republican legislature has passed its budget and Ducey has signed it into law, let’s take a look at some of the worst of it. If you’re interested in what alternative priorities the Democrats proposed, we’re sponsoring an event on June 13 with Democratic House Minority Leader Charlene …Read More »
  • Presidential Primary Debate Update

    Because of the large field, the first Presidential Primary debate will be held over two nights on June 26 and 27, broadcast from Miami, Florida. Which candidates appear which night will be determined by random drawing. The debate will be hosted by NBC, in partnership with MSNBC and Telemundo. The debate will …Read More »
  • Climate Change Not A Myth to Arizonans

    PHOENIX (May 21st, 2019) – More than two-thirds of Arizona voters say climate change is occurring, according to the latest OHPI Arizona Public Opinion Poll (AZPOP). “The existence of global warming has been hotly debated in the last decade but climate change deniers appear to be losing the battle in Arizona,” …Read More »
  • Legislature About to Make the 2006 Mistake Again?

    From David Lujan of the Arizona Center for Economic Progress. While Arizona’s public schools are once again being asked to wait for the funding just to get back to 2008 levels, some lawmakers are using the need to conform to the federal tax changes as an excuse to push forward $386 …Read More »
  • Legislative Alerts: The Crucial Week

    We are in week 19 of the current session. The State Budget will be introduced this week.  Word is that Ducey and the Republican leaders have an agreement, but whether the rank and file will fall in line is uncertain. Be sure to call your representatives to insist that education, …Read More »
  • 1st Republican Breaks from the Party-Line: Calls Trump’s Conduct Impeachable

    Rep. Justin Amash, Michigan, became the first Republican congressman to say the president “engaged in impeachable conduct.” Amash is an attorney and styles himself as a Libertarian. He made his announcement on Twitter: Here are my principal conclusions: 1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report. 2. President Trump …Read More »
  • Legislative Alerts ~ Week of May 13, 2019

    We are in day 120 of the legislature session – it is nominally supposed to last 100 days.  The delay is due to disagreements over the budget.  Remember to send your ideas on budget priorities to your representatives. SB 1451 – SCR 1023 – HCR 2005 – OPPOSE STRONGLY – …Read More »
  • Pay Attention to State Politics!

    The Arizona Legislature will be in the red zone of its session this coming week — this is the time that critical budget decisions are made and “strike-everything” amendments rear up without notice. “Strike everything” means bills that don’t really matter to the Republican majority get amended to strike all …Read More »
  • 2020 Democrats Unite

    DNC Chair Tom Perez published this post on Medium on May 9. His post is reproduced below. With a historic number of Democratic presidential candidates competing for the nomination and a deeply troubling Republican presidency threatening our democracy, Democratic unity has never been more important. That’s why we committed to …Read More »
  • Convention Delegate Selection Plan – Comments?

    The Arizona Democratic Party has published a first draft of the “Arizona Delegate Selection Plan for the 2020 Democratic National Convention.” The forty-three page document is currently on the ADP website and the ADP is accepting public comment until June 1. The Arizona Plan is subject to rules of the …Read More »

    SB 1451 – SCR 1023 – HCR 2005 – OPPOSE – These bills & continuing resolutions would make it almost impossible to get ballot initiatives onto the ballot by making the petition process very complex and difficult.  These measures would require 10% of signatures on a citizen’s initiative be collected …Read More »
  • Legislative Alerts ~ Week of May 6

    All the bills listed below could be submitted for floor votes at anytime.  Be prompt with your contacts with our representatives. Education bills appear in a separate list at the end after the general list. The budget is being worked on now in the Legislature.  Contact your representatives and let …Read More »
  • It’s Healthcare…

    Two years ago today, the GOP and Trump tried to repeal Obamacare. The House passed a full repeal bill that was later stopped in the Senate by one vote — John McCain’s. Now Senator McSally sits in McCain’s seat but then she was a Congresswoman in the House who said, …Read More »
  • Democratic AGs Stop Trump’s Title X Gag Rule

    Democratic AGs across the country fought back and filed lawsuits against Trump’s extremist Title X “gag rule”, which restricts access to women’s health care and undermines funding for family planning programs. First, a federal judge in Washington state issued a NATIONWIDE preliminary injunction that blocked this rule from going into …Read More »
  • Legislative Alerts ~ Week of April 29, 2019

    SB 1188 – OPPOSE – Allows purging of Permanent Early Voting List, taking the “Permanent” out of what voters anticipate in their voter registration.  Would decrease voter participation. SB 1485 – SUPPORT – Puts a cap the School Tuition Credits from Corporations.  These credits take money out of the general …Read More »
  • National Minimum Wage Bill ~ Take Action!

    House Democrats need 11 more votes to pass a $15 federal minimum wage as called for in the 2016 DNC platform. The bill would phase in the increase over 5 years. An alternative bill would allow lower wages in low cost-of-living regions. “Arizona Rep. Tom O’Halleran supports raising the federal …Read More »
  • Trump Can’t Discuss Russian Attacks

    This morning, we’re hit with further evidence that the President is not faithfully executing his office — as he swore he would do when he was inaugurated. Furthermore, his unelected aides are running the country because Trump cannot. Even though the Department of Homeland Security has primary responsibility for civilian …Read More »
  • Keep Talking About the Republican Tax Law

    The one piece of Republican legislation that sticks in voters’ minds is the Tax Law. And, for the most part, they don’t like it. In fact, the dislike keeps getting worse according to an April Navigator Research survey. More from the survey: The share who say their personal finances have improved …Read More »
  • Lawlessness Continues

    We don’t need to rely only on the indictable instances of Obstruction of Justice set out in the Mueller Report. (Mueller Report, Vol. II) The Trump Administration’s obstruction and corruption continues unabated. Over just the last 24 hours, this happened: The Trump administration refused to comply, for a second time, …Read More »
  • Americans Aren’t Buying “Total Exoneration”

    Here’s what’s behind Trump’s tweet storm: Americans aren’t buying that the Mueller Report “totally exonerated” him. We need to keep up pushing back against the Trump/GOP storyline of exoneration, which Attorney-General Barr launched with his four-page misleading summary of the Mueller Report on March 24. The Barr Summary has not …Read More »
  • How to Talk About Political Reform

    Earlier this year, House Democrats recently passed HR1, a sweeping bill to improve both oversight in American government and the way elections are run in the United States. Unfortunately, it was dead-on-arrival in Mitch McConnell’s Senate. There is even more that can be done to reform our political system and …Read More »
  • Legislative Alerts ~ Week of April 22, 2019

    Please contact your legislators regarding these bills. The legislature is behind — which should mean a busy week. And, they have yet to seriously start of the big enchilada — The Budget. Education Bills SB 1485 – SUPPORT – Bill would end the 20% annual automatic growth of corporate private …Read More »
  • Progressive Capitalism

    We want to provide some important excerpts from a truly great Op-Ed entitled “Progressive Capitalism Is Not an Oxymoron” with the subtitle “We can save our broken system from itself.” The piece, written by Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, was published in the New York Times. Despite the lowest unemployment …Read More »
  • Violence Against Women Act Languishes in the Senate

    by Louise Hublitz The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) expired in December. and still has not been renewed. Originally, passed into law in 1994 the VAWA recognized the severity of the crimes associated with domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, and that individual states were not doing enough to protect …Read More »
  • 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               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                                  602-926-5409 Bob Thorpe  (R) LD 6                             602-926-5219 Walt Blackman (R) LD 6              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  –                   602-926-5219             Walt Blackman –          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 »

    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

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  • 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

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  • 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 »