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|

VIDEO: Former Mayor Rothschild Talks Politics, Law and Economic Development

Many thanks to DGT's Video Producer Ann Simmons! Former Tucson mayor Jonathan Rothschild highlighted several of his upcoming activities during his talk at Democrats of Greater Tucson on January 25, 2021: Professor Eddie Glaude Jr. He is leading a discussion on January 26 with Eddie Glaude Jr. who is a Princeton professor and author. They'll be discussing Democracy and Race as the kickoff for the Arizona Law Speaker Series at the University of Arizona law school. Upcoming speakers include Janet Napolitano, Lawrence Lessig, and Ezra Klein. Register below for: Eddie Glaude, Jr - Tuesday, Jan. 26, 5:30 p.m.  [...]

By |2021-01-28T13:04:54-07:00January 25th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds|

Bonnie Heidler’s Plans for the Pima Democratic Party

Newly-elected Pima County Democratic Party Chair Bonnie Heidler is already planning for elections in 2022 and 2024. This includes helping other districts like LD 4 and counties like Maricopa, and promoting Democratic candidates face-to-face, on social media, and using data to determine whom to reach out to. A successful chair of Legislative District 10, Chairperson, Heidler’s career has centered on both managing high technology projects and owning a small business bead establishment. This article first appeared on the Blog for Arizona. When running to become the next Pima County Democratic Chair, Ms. Heidler said, "“I’m a champion of [...]

By |2021-01-21T09:45:48-07:00January 21st, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds|

Pima Dems Chair Bonnie Heidler on Removing Finchem, Ballot Harvesting and Redistricting

Many thanks to video producer Anne Simmons for editing this recording. Elected as Pima Country's Chair in December, Bonnie Heidler spoke before the Democrats of Greater Tucson on January 11. At Monday's meeting, she discussed: The indictment by the Republican attorney general of two Democratic Latinas for so-called "ballot harvesting." This is a case of voter suppression that the US Supreme Court will hear on March 3 and rule on in June. Efforts to penalize AZ Rep. Mark Finchem, member of a right-wing fringe militia, for attending the January 6 domestic terror takeover of the US capitol. Developing [...]

By |2021-01-14T09:22:14-07:00January 14th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds, Tucson|

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|

Historic Swearing-In of Gabriella Cazares-Kelly as First Native Elected to Pima Countywide Office

Gabriella Cázares-Kelly, the first Native elected to Pima Countywide office, was sworn in on December 30, 2020, as the new County Recorder. In November 2019, Cázares-Kelly filed her candidacy as a Democrat and in November 2020, she won with a convincing 60% of the vote. Cázares-Kelly drew 289,932 votes, defeating her Republican opponent, who received 203,631 votes. Her platform included: Ballot Text Message Receipts Utilizing text message technology will enable the Recorder’s Office to share information directly with voters such as when ballots are mailed out, when they are received by the Recorder’s office, and approaching mailing deadlines. [...]

By |2020-12-30T19:24:33-07:00December 30th, 2020|Local Candidates and Electeds, Tucson|

Bonnie Heidler Heads New Leadership Team for Pima Dems

Bonnie Heidler Hundreds of Pima County Democratic Party (PDCP) committee persons decisively elected Bonnie Heidler as the new county party Chair. She is the former chair of LD10 Democrats, a successful fundraiser and organization builder. The vote affirmed the groundbreaking work of outgoing PCDP chair Alison Jones, who nominated Heidler. With Jones’ leadership, Democrats won a resounding victory in Pima County in 2020, winning 5 of 6 countywide offices and 4 of 5 county supervisor positions. Heidler said, “I have a team to lead PCDP into the future. It is young, experienced, and skilled. I am honored to [...]

By |2020-12-19T17:08:19-07:00December 19th, 2020|Elections, Local Activism, Local Candidates and Electeds|

Trump Gangs Accost and Threaten State Legislators

Trump gangs including the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers, the Three Percenters, and other right-wing militias are accosting and menacing elected state legislators, causing them to fear for their safety. Here, State Senator Victoria Steele, D-LD9, recounts several incidents. Speaking at the Democrats of Greater Tucson meeting on Dec. 14, 2020, Sen. Steele reported that she: Was accosted in the statehouse parking lot by a raving Trumper in a nurse's outfit. Received 700 threatening emails, demanding that she overturn the election. Got threatening phone calls and emails from the self-proclaimed "Patriots" gang. As a result, Steele had [...]

By |2020-12-17T14:04:09-07:00December 17th, 2020|Arizona, Local Candidates and Electeds|

State Senator Victoria Steele Addresses 12-14-20 DGT Meeting

State Senator Victoria Steele, who has represented LD9 for eight years, spoke at a full house at the Democrats of Greater Tucson meeting on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020.

By |2020-12-17T14:55:46-07:00December 16th, 2020|Arizona, Local Candidates and Electeds|

Gary Harrison, Pima County Clerk of the Superior Court

Gary Harrison, the Pima County Clerk of the Superior Court, spoke at the Democrats of Greater Tucson on meeting November 23, 2020. Gary has served as clerk for 34 years and was most recently re-elected in 2018. He attended the University of Arizona on a basketball scholarship from 1973 through 1977 under Fred Snowden With a staff of almost 200 people, the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court provides quality, accessibility, and streamlined court-related services to the judicial system and the public. The environment is accomplished through the development of strong, competent, open, and trusting partnerships, [...]

By |2020-11-24T19:12:51-07:00November 24th, 2020|Local Candidates and Electeds|
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