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Democrats Can Beat the Party of the Big Lie in the 2022 Mid-Terms

With local, state, congressional, and gubernatorial candidates declaring their intentions to run and raise money for the 2022 midterm elections (even while final district lines have not been drawn yet,) it is not too early to start speculating if the Democratic Party can turn back the historical trend that the incumbent Presidents party mostly loses seats in off-year electoral contests. Historically, the party that occupies the White House generally fares poorly in off-year mid-term elections. It does not matter if the President is popular or liked (Dwight Eisenhower, or Ronald Reagan in both their terms) or unpopular at the time [...]

By |2021-05-05T11:09:58-07:00May 4th, 2021|Arizona, Elections|

Running for Congress in CD2, Kirsten Engel Seeks a Thriving Economy and Infrastructure Development

Arizona State Senator Kirsten Engel (D-LD10) has an impressive resume that checks all boxes as a Democratic Congressional Candidate looking to succeed the retiring Ann Kirkpatrick in 2022. Senator Engel has been: A staff attorney for the Environmental Protection Agency. A staff attorney for the Sierra Club. The acting chief of the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Division. Visiting Associate Law Professor at Vanderbilt, University of California, and Harvard. Professor of Law/Environmental Law at the University of Arizona (a position she still holds.) Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Arizona from 2012 to 2015 A member of the Arizona State [...]

Dr. Randy Friese Aims to Succeed Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in Congress

With Ann Kirkpatrick announcing her retirement from Congress after the 2022 elections, Democratic candidates from the Tucson area and Arizona State Legislature have emerged to succeed her. One of these Democratic Candidates is Dr. Randy Friese. Dr. Randy Friese has been a consistent supporter of gun violence prevention. A member of the Arizona House of Representatives since 2015, Dr. Friese has served Legislative District Nine in Tucson. He is currently a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the House Health Committee. He has also been a member of the House Judiciary, and Government and Higher Education Committees. [...]

By |2021-04-21T08:06:48-07:00April 20th, 2021|Arizona, Gun Safety, Local Candidates and Electeds|

Tucson Native and Arizona Senator Dennis DeConcini Helped Launch the 1990s Economic Boom

If it were not for Tucson native and Arizona Democratic Senator Dennis DeConcini, the economic expansion during the Clinton/Gore Administration would likely not have happened. Back in 1993, Republicans started their nearly 30-year trend of obstructing virtually every major Democratic Presidential initiative. They were screaming that Clintonomics would destroy the economy. That’s when Arizona Senator Dennis DeConcini cast a pivotal yes vote that allowed Vice President Al Gore to break a Senate tie and launch the Clinton/Gore economic boom, including budget surpluses in the late 1990s. Dennis DeConcini was born in Tucson on May 8, 1937. His father, Evo, was [...]

By |2021-04-18T18:42:23-07:00April 17th, 2021|Arizona Democratic Party|

“Not Again” — Ad Denounces Republican Attempts to Defund Invest in Ed

Starting with the words "Not Again," the pro-public school organization Stand for Children released an ad late last week decrying the Republican attempts to gut Invest in Ed-Proposition 208. The JD Mesnard bill, Senate Bill (SB) 1783, will cut more than $377 million from the proposition, which was just passed 5 months ago. Calling SB 1783 a continuing "illegal scheme to cut education by hundreds of millions more" after years of budget cuts to schools and the voter passage of Proposition 208-Invest in Ed last November, the narrator in the 30-second ad stated this was a "dishonest power grab" that [...]

By |2021-04-05T10:23:01-07:00April 5th, 2021|Ballot Referenda and Initiatives|

Democrat Mo Udall was Tucson’s Progressive Light in Congress for 30 Years

Mo Udall represented Congressional District 2 for 30 years Congressman Mo Udall (CD2-D) led an All-American life. He is a beloved legislator, lawyer, banker, soldier who fought for his country, people’s champion, environmental advocate and steward, presidential candidate, writer, and athlete. Among his legislative accomplishments were sponsoring and endorsing bills that: Created new national monuments, wildlife refuges, and parks in Arizona and across the county. Set standards for the mining industry. Established the Central Arizona Water Project. Reformed the seniority system in the House of Representatives. Made the Post Office a semiprivate organization. Elevated the socio-economic conditions and [...]

By |2021-04-07T10:57:17-07:00April 3rd, 2021|Arizona, Local Candidates and Electeds|

Democratic Legislator Mariano Samaniego Helped Build Early Tucson

This article first appeared on the LD9 Democrats website. In this third installment of Democratic Heroes of Tucson, we focus on pioneer and Tucson developer Mariano Samaniego. He was a proponent of higher education and served as a member of the Board of Regents for the University of Arizona. An active Democrat, he also participated in politics, becoming the first Pima County Assessor and serving in the Territorial Legislature from 1877 to 1899. He was also a member of the Tucson City Council in 1891. From 1890 to 1901, he was a Pima County Supervisor, serving as Board [...]

By |2021-03-30T19:03:33-07:00March 30th, 2021|Arizona|

Democratic Hero Ethel Maynard Blazed a Trail for All Women to Follow

Ethel Maynard's most far-reaching legislative achievement is writing the education bill that led to state-supported kindergarten. Ethel Maynard, the first Black woman elected to the Arizona legislature, is a Tucson public servant people should remember for her trailblazing achievements. Born in Connecticut, Maynard became a nurse in Harlem, New York, before moving to Tucson in 1946 and working at the Tucson Medical Center. A Vice President of the Arizona NAACP and member of the board of Planned Parenthood, Maynard, a Democrat, became the first Black woman to serve in the Arizona House of Representatives. She held office from 1967 [...]

By |2021-03-23T08:41:24-07:00March 19th, 2021|Arizona Democratic Party|

Democratic Heroes of Tucson: Selim Franklin

Democrat Selim Franklin supported womens' right to vote, and helped found the UofA and the Corporation Commission. This article is the first in a continuing series about Democratic Heroes of Tucson. While people are focused on public servants who strive to move communities forward, it is important to remember Democrats who came before and paved the road for all of us to walk on. Selim Franklin, an early Democrat in Tucson, is one person that citizens of Tucson should honor for his contributions to Arizona before it became a state. Born in San Bernardino, California on October 19, 1859, Franklin [...]

By |2021-03-16T13:03:39-07:00March 16th, 2021|Tucson|

Arizonans Still Must Demonstrate for Public Schools to be Fully Funded

This photo was not taken during the Invest in Ed rallies last year. ► Neither was this one.▼ Or this one. ▼ These photos and the featured one were all taken on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, as Arizona citizens chanted "Red for Ed" and circled around the State Capitol numerous times protesting Republican Legislators' attempts to "undermine the will of the voters," as Arizona Education Association (A.E.A.) President Joe Thomas put it. GOP legislators have passed bills that would circumvent Invest in Ed/Proposition 208 funding (SB1783) and expand school vouchers (SB1485) which the voters rejected two years ago. Only last [...]

By |2021-03-11T16:32:15-07:00March 11th, 2021|Arizona, Education|
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