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 … Read more

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

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 … Read more

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 running for office in Arizona. The organization works to recruit, train and elect qualified candidates at all levels of state and local elections. In 2018, half of all Democrats elected to the State Legislature were Arizona List candidates.

Arizona List celebrated 75 wins in the November 2020 elections, sending 37 pro-choice Democratic women to Arizona elected positions.

The organization is working now to turn Arizona blue, by focusing on fundraising for 2022 candidates now. “We really need to flip the state legislature, and then we will able to get things done,” she said. “When Republicans run it, Democratic bills never get heard.”

Claire was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from the University of Arizona. She first became involved in politics when she started a Young Democrats chapter at her high school and started volunteering at Pima Dems and has been involved ever since.

Closing in on GQP territory

She said the increased voter turnout was good for Democratic candidates, including in LD14, LD8 and LD16. As for Republican-held LD11, where GQP extremists Rep. Mark Finchem and Sen. Vince Leach are in office, “we are getting closer and closer every year” to ousting them. She said the trick is to run candidates who are closely connected to the community.

She said women need to be asked to run for office an average of seven times before she proceeds. Three traits make for a good candidate:

  • Being active in many community groups so that the candidate has many connections.
  • Candidates who have won a local office before.
  • Candidates who are passionate about a specific issue.

For new candidates, Arizona List provides training workshops. Effective tactics include attending meetings involving the elected position and finding a community that the candidate wants to represent.

Claire said the top issues for voters are education and healthcare.

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 … Read more

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

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

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

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HEAR: Key Points of the Democratic Convention with DGT President

 John C. Scott, host of the Political Forum on KVOI 1030 AM, interviewed me as a Delegate to the National Democratic Convention to discuss the key points of the 4-day program. Among the highlights: Overall, it was a terrific miniseries — put together in 8 weeks from scratch, like building an airplane in flight. Joe … Read more

Senator Sinema’s 6 Arizona Priorities

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy during this difficult time. ​​​​​​​ While we all stay home as much as possible, my team and I continue to work around the clock to ensure Arizonans get the critical resources needed to stay healthy and economically secure. We’ve called on Senate leaders to … Read more

We Cannot Let Terrorism Stop Our Work As Democrats

The Maricopa County Democratic Party (MCDP) Headquarters in Phoenix was set on fire around 1:00 a.m. Friday morning, according to Steven Slugocki, Chair. The Phoenix Fire Investigation Task Force and ATF have officially labeled this an arson investigation. “Our team is still in shock. Knowing that this fire was set deliberately is disturbing news, but … Read more

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