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|

Act Now: Say No to Culture Wars, PEVL Purge & Anti Sex-Ed Bills

As the session drags on, things are getting weirder at our state legislature. A few examples:  1) On the same day, in what felt like the biggest "I'm not a racist" flex ever, Michelle Udall (R-25) sponsored a surprise amendment to fine teachers $5,000 for discussing "controversial" issues like racism in the classroom, and also bucked her party's leadership to advance in-state tuition for "Dreamers" (undocumented youth).  2) When the PEVL purge bill failed the Senate last month, Kelly Townsend (R-16) said she voted against it because she wouldn't support any voting rights attacks until the Senate's so-called "audit" concluded. [...]

Tim Steller: Too Many People Believe in Alternate Realities

Tim Steller, a widely-read columnist at the Arizona Daily Star, warned that too many people believe in false alternate realities, which is undermining legitimate journalism.  Tim spoke at the May 3, 2021, meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. "People of all ages can't distinguish between what's on social media and what is a researched news story," Tim Steller said. "Not everything done in the media is journalism," he warned. "The world is unrecognizable from even 10 years ago because of social media. A YouTuber who builds up to 100,000 followers has a bigger reach than I do." Decades [...]

By |2021-05-05T15:15:44-07:00May 4th, 2021|Elections|

4 Ways to Fight For Voting Rights and Fair Elections

The Republican opera bouffe “audit” of Maricopa County ballots is attracting national attention now that Georgia and the major players there have gone silent. The issues raised in Georgia’s legislation are surely going to the courts there. Arizona’s situation is absolutely nuts. In the Legislature, the most damaging legislation that would torque a perfectly good election system into a Republican-run set of Lego blocks has been blocked—not by the Democratic Senate minority—but by a single Republican member who thinks the bill doesn’t go far enough. In the meantime, the “auditors” handpicked by Senate President Karen Fann appear to be wholly [...]

By |2021-05-05T11:15:45-07:00May 4th, 2021|Elections|

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 [...]

America Needs National Election Reform to Protect Voting Rights

The most consequential legislation that the national Democratic leadership must pass this year is the two voting rights and election policy bills: HR.1/S.1 and HR.4. These two measures will stop state legislation in Arizona and 41 other states from blocking access to the ballot box and restrict how elections are run. Georgia's Republican legislative and executive leadership has already enacted a menu of election-limiting outrages designed to limit citizens' voting rights. They affect minority voters in the Atlanta area and communities of color throughout Georgia. I will remind you, dear readers, that the governor of Georgia was the Secretary of [...]

By |2021-04-09T14:02:14-07:00April 8th, 2021|Arizona, Elections|

Supreme Court Tosses Trump’s Sanctuary City and Election Challenges

Tossing out the last of the election challenges and sanctuary city claims, the US Supreme Court proved that Chief Justice John Roberts’ statement “that there are no Trump Justices, no Obama justices” to be true. Last week, Biden’s Justice Department and New York and San Francisco asked Scott Harris, the Court clerk, to dismiss the three sanctuary city cases in New York City, New York State, and San Francisco. Their Attorneys General refused to cooperate with Federal ICE authorities. The Trump administration had retaliated against the Blue states and cities by blocking approximately $385 million in justice assistance grants. Trump’s ICE [...]

By |2021-03-09T19:41:54-07:00March 9th, 2021|Elections, Immigration/Refugees|

Republicans Ignore Constituents and Hate Voters

Recently we saw a series of bad-faith efforts by Republican leaders to undermine majority rule across our democratic republic. Then the self-styled Dowager President from Mar-a-Lago emerged at the annual Conservative Political Action Committee meeting in Florida. Along with him were two of his handmaids cleverly disguised as U.S. Senators. Once more, they amplified The Big Lie and vowed to fight on. The CPAC performances made this cautionary essay even more germane. Let's start in our Nation's Capital It appears that Republicans in Congress have decided to turn their backs on their constituents and ignore their needs, which are meet [...]

By |2021-03-03T16:03:17-07:00March 3rd, 2021|Elections, Voter Suppression|
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