A Recap of the Legislature’s Bad Bills

First let’s start with the just-plain-stupid category of proposed bills such as: a bill passed allowing higher speed limits and lowering the fines; a passed bill designating gun shops as essential; and one that didn’t pass that would remove the mandate to vaccinate pets. Why? Why? Why? Is there any evidence that Arizona roads and drivers can handle higher speeds safely? Guns are essential because the rise in murders and suicides is not yet high enough? And Senator Anti-vax Barto (R-LD15) obviously has not seen a rabid animal. The 11 awful voter suppression bills that passed are disturbing similar. All [...]

By |2021-06-13T17:13:51-07:00June 13th, 2021|Arizona Democratic Party, 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 [...]

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|

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|

Arizona List is Gearing Up for 2022, says Political Director Claire Knipe

Arizona is "trending Democratic" and a Democratic pro-choice woman is just waiting to announce that she'll run for Governor in 2022, according to Claire Knipe, Political Director for Arizona List. "The governor's race will be messy because there will be an open primary," she said at the February 22, 2021 meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. Katie Hobbs, the Democratic Secretary of State in Arizona is widely-presumed to be the candidate. She is popular with Arizona voters and became well known for defending the electoral system against bogus "voter fraud" conspiracies. Arizona List is an organization that supports pro-choice Democratic women [...]

By |2021-02-24T17:55:53-07:00February 24th, 2021|Arizona Democratic Party|

A great day for Democrats: Teran Leads AZDems, Ward to Guide GOP into a Ditch

Raquel Teran, a State Representative from Legislative District 30, became the new head of the Arizona Democratic Party with 75 percent of the vote on the first ballot. Trumpist Coup Plotter Kelli Ward barely won a second ballot victory to retain her position as head of the Arizona Republican Party. Arizona Democrats passed resolutions condemning Trump and the January 6 Insurrection, apologizing to Native Americans for the cultural and economic damage done to them by the Trump Border Wall, calling for the restoration of the integrity of the judicial system, and citing racism as a public health emergency. This [...]

By |2021-01-24T10:08:04-07:00January 24th, 2021|Arizona, Arizona Democratic Party|

Discover How Teresa Gerschutz is Turning Arizona Blue with Voter Cards, House Parties and New Volunteers

  In the latest episode of Larry Bodine Live, he interviews Teresa Gerschutz, a Precinct Committee Leader in Precinct #239 who recruits volunteers. She hands out info cards about voting when she registers new voters, so they can share the information with their friends. She met a couple of adult education teachers who offered to take piles of the cards. This video originally appeared on the LD9 Democrats website. One of her most successful ventures was starting a neighborhood association inviting candidates to her neighborhood house parties. "It was exciting for me. I love having people [...]

By |2020-09-24T09:12:47-07:00September 24th, 2020|Arizona Democratic Party, Webinar|

Gallup: Democrats Viewed as Party Better Able to Handle Top Problems

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Democrats have an edge at handling the most important problems, 47% to 39%. Typically, the party leading on this measure has won the election. The government, the coronavirus most often mentioned as the top problems in September. More Americans believe the Democratic Party (47%) than the Republican Party (39%) would do a better job of handling whatever issue they consider to be the most important problem facing the U.S. Americans' preferences on this question in presidential election years have generally corresponded with the party that ultimately won the election. In fact, in all but two presidential elections in [...]

By |2020-09-21T21:26:52-07:00September 21st, 2020|Arizona Democratic Party, Commentary|

VIDEO with Darsi Aldrich: You Too Can Get Great Results with Phone Banking

"Come with an open mind, don't think you can change the world in one day," says Darsi Aldrich. She is a precinct committeewoman in precinct 210 near Orange Grove Road and First Avenue. "Phone banking makes a big difference." Darsi has made hundreds, if not thousands of phone calls to voters. She makes 75 to 100 calls in a two-hour shift. "Campaigns are a lot like working for Nordstrom. The approach is all grass-roots: you call your customer," she says. "You're part of a team. You are one of hundreds of people calling that weekend making a difference." [...]

By |2020-09-17T08:47:39-07:00September 13th, 2020|Arizona Democratic Party|

Tucson’s Leo Gruenstein Registered 100 High School Students in a Week

  Leo Gruenstein, a senior at the Gregory School in Tucson, successfully registered 100 students in a week, as part of a Mission for Arizona project to get young voters to the polls. The latest episode of LD9's Larry Bodine Live video show interviews Leo about his project, the good response he is getting, and how he first became active in local politics. He is a varsity player on the tennis and basketball teams, the managing editor of the school newspaper, and President of High School Democrats TGS (short for The Gregory School). He is also an intern [...]

By |2020-09-03T12:18:04-07:00September 3rd, 2020|Arizona Democratic Party|
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