Hecklers have been harrassing volunteers collecting signatures for the Stop Voucher Expansion petitions at libraries & business locations. They carry signs that say “Decline to Sign.”
“I never in all the years that we have been working on initiative campaigns have we ever seen a coordinated effort like this. We usually see it in lawsuits after being successful,” said Tamar Rala Kreiswirth of The AZ Ground Game (TAGG).
So, who is behind the opposition to the Stop Universal Vouchers initiative?
The Goldwater Institute (pays for the DeclineToSign.com website) and Betsy Devos’ group, American Federation for Children pays for Power2Parents.org. Their harassers are:
Disrupting signature sites.
Calling local businesses that have historically welcomed our petition circulators.
Contacting them to provide the location of the signature gatherer if they see one.
Taking a photo if a petition is left unattended. You must be present to witness each signature!
Taking photos of the petitions and checking to see that the petitions have the dates correct, have been checked volunteer and have the county names written on the page.
Larry Bodine is the page President of Democrats of Greater Tucson and is currently the Chair of Legislative District 18 Democrats.
A journalist and attorney, Larry Bodine attends live political events and reports on them for the Blog for Arizona, which features politics from a liberal viewpoint. See http://blogforarizona.net/
He has been an elected Democratic precinct committeeman in Illinois and Arizona, starting with the 2006 Tammy Duckworth campaign (she is now a US Senator). As an elected Democratic precinct committeeman in LD9 in Tucson, he works to get Democrats elected. Since 2017 he has taught “Getting Active in Local Politics” at OLLI-UA (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
His 45-year career includes reporting for the New York Daily News, when it was the largest-circulation US newspaper at the time. He has won 7 awards for investigative journalism.