Rep. Andres Cano Demands a Justice Department Investigation of the Fraudit

Andres Cano called for a US Department of Justice Investigation of the Republican Fraudit in Maricopa County. The recount of Maricopa ballots by the Cyber Ninjas/State Senate, "Is a huge travesty of the biggest proportions we've ever seen." He spoke at the July 12, 2021 meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. The Senate GOP audit just announced that their bungled efforts have forced them to recount their own recount. Maricopa County voters cast 2,089,563 ballots, but the partisan audit failed to match that number.   BREAKING NEWS: House Committee on Oversight and Reform Launches an Investigation into Arizona Senate’s GQP Sham [...]

By |2021-07-15T19:14:40-07:00July 14th, 2021|Elections|

Four Campaigns for Democrats to Increase Our Majorities

An opinion piece in the Washington Post by Katrina Vanden Heuvel jolted me into a gnawing fear. Our Party is failing to face up to the hardening Republican opposition to any action to address such as infrastructure needs, the economic position of middle-class families, and protecting the integrity of our election systems (in the face of Republican-led state legislatures to torque them in favor of Republicans). I have seen this play before. In 2009, the Obama Administration and the feckless leadership in the Senate failed to portray the Affordable Care Act as an essential step toward better health care. I [...]

By |2021-07-15T19:16:11-07:00July 14th, 2021|Elections|

LD10 Chair Diane Nevill: How to Organize to Elect Democrats Edited by Anne Simmons. Talking to Democrats with a sporadic voting history in an effective way to turn out the vote, according to Diane Neville, Chair of the LD10 Democrats. "We're convinced," she said. This is the way to go." She spoke at the June 29, 2021, meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. LD10 volunteers and precinct committee persons targeted 6,479 sporadic voters in 2019, and of those they spoke to, 88% voted Democratic. When a caller had to leave a message, 82% voted. Among voters who could not be reached, only 76% voted. "We are trying to encourage [...]

By |2021-07-01T19:00:13-07:00June 30th, 2021|Elections, Local Activism|

Arizona Voter Suppression Unleashed by 2013 Supreme Court Ruling A notorious 2013 US Supreme Court ruling gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and unleashed the onslaught of voter suppression laws by Republicans that continue to this day, according to Robert J. McWhirter, who addressed the June 22, 2021, meeting of the LD9 Democrats. The Court in Shelby County v. Holder ruled that Arizona -- which has a dark history of suppressing Black, Latino, and Native votes -- no longer had to get pre-clearance of voting laws from the US Department of Justice. "The 15th amendment says Congress shall have the power to enforce appropriate with appropriate legislation. [...]

By |2021-07-01T11:34:01-07:00June 25th, 2021|Elections, Racism|

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|

Video: Andres Portela, Tucson Council Candidate, Ward 6

Our Voice, Our Vote–Arizona advocates for progressive public policies and mobilizing voters. Andrés Portela is an Afro-Latino activist running in the August 3 Democratic primary for the Tucson City Council to represent Ward 6. If elected, he would be the first African-American on the City Council since 1980 Andrés spoke about building community through prioritizing our H.O.M.E. Housing: helping families avoid evictions, placing the homeless in housing and installing a public advocate to fight predatory landlords. At one time Andres had to live in his car, but today he is married and owns a house. Opportunity: Using the [...]

By |2021-06-09T13:12:07-07:00June 7th, 2021|Economics, Elections, Tucson|

The Big Lie Persists and Threatens Our Voting Rights

The veteran columnist and commentator, Elizabeth Drew, wrote an essay entitled The Big Lie and Its Consequences. She says that the Republican Party has taken the Big Lie about the 2020 presidential election to new lengths to suppress voting and to manipulate voting results to benefit their candidates up and down ballots. She goes on to conclude: "Republicans at the state level are rushing out legislation designed to make it harder for Blacks to vote," says Elizabeth Drew. "By questioning the very integrity of America's electoral system [the Republican Party] now represents an open threat to the US [...]

By |2021-06-03T16:33:04-07:00June 3rd, 2021|Elections|

The 4 Priorities of Congressional Candidate Kirsten Engel

State Senator Kirsten Engel outlined her four priorities for US Congress at the May 31, 2021 meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. "What do I see as my priorities? What am I going to work on in Congress? I would say there are four top priorities. "My top priority is building an economy that works for everyone through investments in hard and social infrastructure. And I think that this will enable us to expand our economy, safeguard our natural resources, fight climate change, and put people to work. And I would say that that investment in hard infrastructure is important. [...]

By |2021-06-02T16:29:21-07:00June 1st, 2021|Arizona, Criminal Justice, Economics, Elections, Environment|

Attorney Bob McWhirter Set to Run for Attorney General

Attorney and Constitutional scholar Bob McWhirter is days away from announcing a run for Arizona Attorney General in 2022. A Democrat and Trump critic, he has spoken twice at Democrats of Greater Tucson. See Robert McWhirter: the Constitution and Donald Trump and Donald Trump vs. the Constitution.  Democrat January Contreras, who ran for Attorney General in 2018, said she will not run again. One Democrat running for A.G. is state Rep. Diego Rodriguez, of LD27 in Phoenix, but he is considered a weak fundraiser.  There is a possibility that US Rep. Greg Stanton, a Congressman in CD9, Ex-Phoenix Mayor, and [...]

By |2021-05-29T18:43:35-07:00May 27th, 2021|Elections|

Running a Successful Campaign When You Have a Disability

After the shooting, Jennifer Longdon began to raise awareness and improve the lives of people with disabilities. She also devoted significant time to gun violence prevention. Are you looking to make a positive impact on your community? Are you ready to take your activism to the next level? Running for office could be a path worth exploring. Political campaigns can be challenging, whether at the federal, state, or local level. And when you live with a disability, those challenges can be amplified and greater in number. But that doesn’t mean that your dream of being an inspiring, problem-solving community leader [...]

By |2021-05-26T12:55:04-07:00May 26th, 2021|Elections|
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