Cory Gardner. Joni Ernst. Thom Tillis. Lindsey Graham. What do they all have in common?

They are all former state legislators. They are far-right Republicans. They are all sitting United States Senators. While we have good hope of unseating at least some of them in November, let’s look to the future and see if we can learn something about how they got there. Today’s Daily Kos makes good points in […]

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One More Reason Not to Vote for Walt Blackman

We missed this embarrassment at the time, but now that we see it, it’s perfectly consistent with one-term Rep. Blackman’s attitude and treatment of others. As well as his lack of qualifications to serve. “I am talking, so that means that you are a radio, and you are receiving right now,” Republican State Representative Walt […]

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Barton Lying About Nurses Association Endorsement

Republican LD-6 House Candidate Brenda Barton has come under fire for misusing the endorsement logo of Arizona Nurses Association PAC on her campaign website. Barton was endorsed by them in 2016, when she last ran, but hasn’t earned their endorsement this time around because of her rejection of science related to COVID-19. (Barton termed out […]

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State Legislator Labels BLM Terrorist Group

Do you want to be represented by a man who falsely calls the Black Lives Matter Movement a terrorist organization? If you live in Legislative District 6, which includes Flagstaff, you are. His name is Walter (“Walt”) Blackman. He lives in Snowflake but thanks to gerrymandering, the largest city in his district is Flagstaff. Blackman […]

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Action in the Legislature Last Week and What’s Coming

The Arizona Legislature suspended the Fifty Fourth Legislature – Second Regular Session on March 23 as a result of the general shutdown caused by the Covid-19 virus.  The Senate returned on May 8 only to vote to end their 2020 session altogether for the year.  The House decided to remain in session.  It now appears […]

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Allen and Blackman Oppose Federal Help for Arizona

Coconino County is struggling in the face of plunging tax revenues and COVID-related expenses. The State of Arizona is facing severe revenue decreases due to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent economic downturn. The Arizona Legislature’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee is projecting a $1.1 billion budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year, give or take $500 million in […]

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Letter to the Editor: Local representatives ignore students at the State Capitol

The biggest highlight of Environmental Day at the Capitol on Jan. 5 was the number of students who attended. They were mostly high schoolers from Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff and other places as well. They were there because they have an interest in how our state government works, and because they have questions for our lawmakers […]

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Letter to the Editor: An open letter to Representative Blackman

As you well know, the argument about states’ rights versus federal authority is as old as the USA itself. It was one of the most contentious issues during the writing of The Constitution, and it has periodically reared its head in the years since. Your proposed HB2252 is among the latest attempts to assert a […]

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Sharp Contrast in LD-6 on Education Funding

The sharp contrast among LD-6 candidates was evident in their reactions to Ducey’s education budget: Republican incumbents Sylvia Allen, Walt Blackman, Brenda Barton refuse to talk with the press. Mayor Carol Evans — running for an open House seat — called the increases “a drop in the bucket,” that doesn’t come close to restoring years […]

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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 House bid by just a […]

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