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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.

  • 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 »

    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

    Five Facts To Help You in this Quest (And One to Motivate You) We need every Democrat to do something if we are going to win this election — even if it is as small a thing as answering a question about voting put to you by a neighbor or co-worker. …Read More »
  • Only 11 Days Until Voting Begins: GOTV Opportunities This Week

    We’re only 11 days out from the start of Early Voting. Vote-by-Mail ballots will be mailed October 10 and voters can also vote in person starting October 10.  FYI:  Early Voting Locations and Hours The voter registration deadline is 10 days away — October 9. Feeling a sense of urgency …Read More »
  • WE, the People, are Responsible for OUR Nation

    Op-Ed by Bryan Bates, Doney Park, September 2018 Once upon a time, Republicans and Democrats talked and worked with each as was demonstrated daily by John McCain. Enter large monetary contributions hidden from public view per the “Citizens United” Supreme Court and other legal rulings, and political efforts become entrenched …Read More »
  • 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 »
  • Canvassing & PB Opportunities This Week

    Face-to-Face contact is the most effective way to persuade people to vote. Here’s what we know about opportunities this week. Also see our events calendar for repeating canvassing and phone-banking events organized by the Arizona Democratic Party’s Coordinated Campaign. Organizers who want their canvasses included in this notice, please fill out this form.  …Read More »
  • New Office Hours

    Our office at 201 E. Birch Ave. Suite 6 will be open for extended hours starting Monday. Thanks to the volunteers who have stepped up (and those who will) to make this happen.  If you need notary services, it is still necessary to be there between 10-2 p.m. when our Office Manager …Read More »
  • House Republicans Are Gaslighting Their Constituents

    House Republicans proposed an additional $646 billion in tax cuts this week — a number that could grow to roughly $2 trillion over a decade. Background: The tax cuts for individuals under the original Republican tax law pushed through in December 2017 are mostly set to expire by 2025. Only the law’s tax …Read More »
  • Fact Check: Ducey and Public Education Funding

    By David Boyles, ASU English Instructor Now that Doug Ducey’s minions on the state Supreme Court have knocked the Invest in Ed initiative off the ballot, and Ducey is up against a pro-public education opponent in David Garcia, we are probably going to hear a lot from Ducey about how …Read More »
  • 33 Days To Go Until Ballots Drop

    While there are sixty days until November 6 — Election Day — there are only 33 days to go until people start voting in this important midterm election. Procrastination time is over. Voters have chosen our candidates and they are all eminently more qualified to represent our values than their Republican …Read More »
  • Arizona Democratic Party Voter Protection

    Are you interested in volunteering to watch for voter suppression or other issues at the polls on Election Day? The Arizona Democratic Party is recruiting NOW for training. While this is a minor issue for Coconino County, we still need a few good volunteers to be at the ready. Contact: Easha …Read More »
  • Steve Gaynor Could Be Your Governor Someday If We Don’t Work Hard

    We all know Doug Ducey, but the guy who would succeed him if he leaves office before finishing his next term as Governor (should he win) could be even worse. The Republicans just nominated businessman Steve Gaynor to be Secretary of State — the 2d highest executive office in the …Read More »
  • Introducing Our New LD-6 Opponent — Walt Blackman

    Walt Blackman is running with our old nemesis Bob Thorpe for the two AZ House seats in LD-6. Walt is another radical Tea Party conservative just like Thorpe and incumbent LD-6 Senator Sylvia Allen, who is also running for re-election. Walt Blackman’s campaign slogan is “freedom.” Among other things, he wants …Read More »
  • What Democrats Still Don’t Get About Winning Elections

    Wonk Alert! An article published in the Washington Monthly bears the unfortunate title, “What Democrats Still Don’t Get About Winning Back the White Working Class.” Your editor, Ann Heitland, has modified that to the title you see above this post because the article is well worth reading for it’s broader point: The debate over …Read More »
  • ICYMI: North Carolina’s gerrymandered map is unconstitutional; judges’ ruling may affect control of the House

    Update September 1: While the district court had said it might consider implementing new districts this year, that’s unlikely, as the plaintiffs told the court in a Friday filing that doing so would be too disruptive. Original Report: A panel of three federal judges held Monday that North Carolina’s congressional districts were unconstitutionally …Read More »
  • Primary Election Day Tuesday: What You Need to Know

    Who is eligible to vote:  All registered voters.  This is an open partisan primary election for the Democratic, Green and Republican Parties.  Unaffiliated (Independent, no party designated or Other) registered voters are cordially invited to help pick the next Democratic nominees. Deadline to return voted early ballots:  Election Day, August 28, 2018, …Read More »
  • Democrats Smash GOP in Arizona Voter Registrations

    We told you we’ve been working hard! A new report from the Secretary of State’s Office shows that for every person who registered with the GOP since March, the Democrats registered more than three. These numbers correlate with our sense on the ground: Arizona Democrats are more energized this year …Read More »
  • Gubernatorial Debate

    Nearly 500 people filled Sinagua Middle School Auditorium on August 7 for a debate among the three candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Arizona Governor. Voters will choose the nominee in the primary election which is now underway and concludes on the final Election Day of August 28. Candidates Steve …Read More »
  • What Gets the Votes

    The campaign season is already on fire and we’re blazing a trail to win. This is, therefore, a good time to review the work that has to be done. Republicans in this state, and in Legislative District 6, had a significant voter registration advantage going into this campaign cycle. That’s …Read More »
  • It Can Get Worse Than Michele Reagan, truly

    At a recent debate ahead of Arizona’s Aug. 28 Republican primary for Secretary of State, businessman Steve Gaynor advocated for banning the printing of ballots and other election materials in Spanish, arguing that they should only be in English. Furthermore, Gaynor called for repealing the 1975 amendment to the federal Voting Rights Act that, …Read More »
  • H.R. 610 Proposes Radically Reactionary Changes to Education

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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