VIDEO: How to Win Over Rural Voters with Susan Bickel, LD9 Chair

The path to turning rural counties blue runs through local parades, county fairs, and community affairs, according to LD9 Democrats Chair Susan Bickel. She spoke at the Democrats of Greater Tucson meeting on February 8, 2021. LD9 had a 90.4% Democratic turnout in the 2020 elections, so Susan knows what she’s talking about. Susan Bickel lived in Douglas, AZ, from 2000-2013 and successfully motivated rural voters. In contrast, the turnout in nearby rural counties was less: Cochise County: 78.6% of Democrats voted. Greenlee County: 77.5% of Democrats voted. Graham County: 73.2% of Democrats voted. It wasn’t always [...]

By |2021-02-11T12:51:36-07:00February 10th, 2021|Arizona, Elections|

Barbara Warren on Why Tucson is Not Prepared for a Heat Emergency

The Tucson power grid is vulnerable in the event of a climate disaster, according to Barbara Warren, speaking at the Democrats of Greater Tucson on February 1, 2021. At risk are Native Americans and Arizonians housed in trailer parks, as are older Americans in nursing homes who have no place to go, should the power grid crash. Warren spoke about how to prepare for power outages and how to develop extreme heat awareness. An internal medicine physician and community health organizer, Warren is trying to prevent the people in the fastest-warming cities -- Tucson and Phoenix -- from experiencing extreme [...]

By |2021-02-20T21:37:02-07:00February 10th, 2021|Arizona, Environment/Climate Change|

8 Reasons to Pay Attention to State Politics

Melinda Merkel Iyer created the AZ Legislature Weekly Update. State laws directly affect our daily lives. From firearm regulations to DUI, from tax code to community property, the vast majority of laws that affect our daily lives are not federal, but state laws. The feds may get more media attention, but our state lawmakers have the money and influence to decide our state’s priorities — and they are directly responsible for serving us.  Our state leads the way when the feds don’t. For four years, with Trump and DeVos in Washington, federal education reform was stalled — but [...]

By |2021-02-09T13:50:10-07:00February 9th, 2021|Arizona, Ballot Referenda and Initiatives, Elections|

Dear Senator Sinema: About the Filibuster and Impeachment

At this point, I believe it is important once more to let you know my concerns about your vote on two more important issues as the new Congress gets down to important business. Filibuster Rule The first issue is adopting a Senate Rule concerning voting practices, commonly known as the Filibuster Rule. News reports in Arizona suggest that you and perhaps your colleague from West Virginia, Senator Manchin, will vote to sustain the Filibuster Rule that would require the Senate to pass most legislation with a 60-vote majority. In former times this was a time-honored rule. In those former times [...]

By |2021-02-02T15:13:08-07:00February 2nd, 2021|Arizona, Local Candidates and Electeds, US Senate|

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|

GOP Attorney General Indicts Two Democrats for Ballot Collection

The Republican attorney general, Mark Brnovich, indicted two Democratic Latinas for collecting ballots, using a law that has been declared unconstitutional. Most people missed the blatantly political indictment because it was surreptitiously announced the day before Christmas Eve. Arizona state Rep. Charlene Fernandez The indictment is a direct attack on the Latino tradition of taking ballots to the polls for disabled people, the elderly, and rural voters with no mail delivery. In 2016 the legislature made the longstanding practice illegal, continuing a racist history in Arizona of suppressing Latino votes. This is the first use of the “ballot [...]

By |2021-01-14T09:22:54-07:00January 14th, 2021|Arizona, Criminal Justice|

11 Seditious Arizona Legislators Who Should Be Removed

Editorial by Paul Waugaman and Larry Bodine. It is time to get specific about seditious acts by Republican members of Arizona’s delegation in Congress and the Arizona Legislature. Definition of sedition: incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority. U.S. Representative Andy Biggs U.S. Representative Paul Gosar U.S. Representative Debbie Lesko U.S. Representative David Schweikert This also includes Arizona state legislators: Top left to right, Arizona Sen. Wendy Rogers, AZ Rep. Mark Finchem, Sen. Kelly Townsend Sen. Sonny Borrelli, Sen. David Livingston, Rep. David Cook, and Rep. Walt Blackman. AZ Rep. Mark Finchem AZ Rep. David [...]

By |2021-01-12T19:26:26-07:00January 12th, 2021|Arizona, Local Candidates and Electeds|

Ward and Finchem Disgrace Themselves With Reactions to the Trump Coup Attempt

It is time for members of the Arizona Republican Party to decide what people they want to lead them. This article first appeared on the Blog for Arizona. In their reactions to the attempted insurrection by Trumpist mobs at the nation's capital, current Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward and Legislative District 11 State Representative Mark Finchem disgraced themselves and clearly showed that they should not be entrusted with any leadership positions. Check out Ms. Ward's social media posts on Twitter yesterday (January 6, 2021.) These examples especially stand out. https://twitter.com/kelliwardaz/status/1346917946170306563 This is simply horsesh*t. What could have prevented [...]

By |2021-01-07T14:18:45-07:00January 7th, 2021|Arizona, Felecia Rotellini, President, State Representative|

Mark Finchem Spreads Scary Claims while Bonding with Indicted Steve Bannon

The video below from the Trump Zone is scary. It is a seven-minute exchange between the indicted white nationalist-fascist and Trump confidant Steve Bannon and fringe reactionary state representative Mark Finchem (R-LD11). During this exchange on December 28, 2020, Finchem went after the Republican-dominated Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for using the courts to stop enforcement of a subpoena issued by the Arizona State Senate (specifically Senators Karen Fann and Eddie Farnsworth) seeking county voting records, machines, and software from the November 3, 2020 elections. It should be noted that a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge, Randall Warner, sided with [...]

By |2020-12-30T14:29:53-07:00December 30th, 2020|Arizona, State Representative|

GOP Lawyers Screw Up Again in Election Subpoena Lawsuit

In a continuously failing GOP conspiracy to overturn the November 3 election, Republican state legislators subpoenaed the Maricopa Supervisors' election records. Bungling GOP lawyers Kory Langhofer and Thomas Basile sued to enforce the subpoenas -- but their frivolous case was just dismissed. This article first appeared on the Blog for Arizona. Superior Court Judge Randall Warner ruled that the lawyers cited the wrong state law and asked for an improper remedy. State laws have lots of numbers and letters, and it's hard for these GOP lawyers to get them straight. Lucky for lawyers Kory Langhofer and Thomas Basile, [...]

By |2020-12-26T10:04:43-07:00December 26th, 2020|Arizona, Slider|
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