Dr. Randy Friese Aims to Succeed Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in Congress

With Ann Kirkpatrick announcing her retirement from Congress after the 2022 elections, Democratic candidates from the Tucson area and Arizona State Legislature have emerged to succeed her. One of these Democratic Candidates is Dr. Randy Friese. Dr. Randy Friese has been a consistent supporter of gun violence prevention. A member of the Arizona House of Representatives since 2015, Dr. Friese has served Legislative District Nine in Tucson. He is currently a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the House Health Committee. He has also been a member of the House Judiciary, and Government and Higher Education Committees. [...]

By |2021-04-21T08:06:48-07:00April 20th, 2021|Arizona, Gun Safety, Local Candidates and Electeds|

Rural Dems ‘Outnumbered’ But Undaunted, says LD11 Chair Catalina Hall

Democrats have long dominated political races in Tucson, but that isn’t the case in surrounding areas. “Once you leave the city limits of Tucson, we’re outnumbered,” said Catalina Hall, a longtime Picture Rocks resident and chair of LD11 Democrats. Hall described the struggles of living in a legislative district that includes Marana, Oro Valley, Saddlebrooke, and Casa Grande in Pinal County and Maricopa City outside of Phoenix. “What we’re working on is growing as much as we can during the pandemic,” Hall told members of Democrats of Greater Tucson on April 5. Even without a pandemic, canvassing in rural areas [...]

By |2021-04-07T11:29:47-07:00April 6th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds|

Democrat Mo Udall was Tucson’s Progressive Light in Congress for 30 Years

Mo Udall represented Congressional District 2 for 30 years Congressman Mo Udall (CD2-D) led an All-American life. He is a beloved legislator, lawyer, banker, soldier who fought for his country, people’s champion, environmental advocate and steward, presidential candidate, writer, and athlete. Among his legislative accomplishments were sponsoring and endorsing bills that: Created new national monuments, wildlife refuges, and parks in Arizona and across the county. Set standards for the mining industry. Established the Central Arizona Water Project. Reformed the seniority system in the House of Representatives. Made the Post Office a semiprivate organization. Elevated the socio-economic conditions and [...]

By |2021-04-07T10:57:17-07:00April 3rd, 2021|Arizona, Local Candidates and Electeds|

WATCH: Billy Kovacs, Outreach Director, Drives Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s Priorities

Since 2019 Billy Kovacs had served as Outreach Director to disseminate crucial information about Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick's work (D-CD2. He spoke at the Democrats of Greater Tucson Meeting on March 22, 2021. Previously, Billy was a candidate for US Congress and the Political Director for David Garcia for Governor. In his current position, Billy reviews opinions, monitors feedback, and relays any concerns voiced by his network. Billy makes recommendations for legislation and policy working with the Congressional staff in Washington DC. Billy headed the weekly COVID-19 task force, and influenced issues including the environment, energy, water, business, infrastructure, and rural [...]

By |2021-03-24T17:40:27-07:00March 23rd, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds, Tucson|

VIDEO: Lane Santa Cruz, Tucson Council Member, Announces 2021 Plans

Lane Santa Cruz has represented the Westside, Southside, and Downtown of Tucson in Ward 1 since 2019. She is a second-generation Tucsonan, born and raised in the Southside. As a council member, Lane’s mission is to serve as the bridge between working families and city hall. She has a Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies from the University of Arizona. Lane continues to teach courses at the U of A’s Department of Mexican American Studies and College of Education. Before running for office, Lane worked as a council aide for Ward 1 and spent more than a decade working [...]

By |2021-03-05T08:52:16-07:00March 2nd, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds, Tucson|

Melinda Iyer Targets Republican Zombie Bills to Kill

Melinda Iyer, Editor of the AZ Legislature Weekly Update newsletter, discussed the raw power of the Request to Speak system for voters to kill bad legislation and upvote progressive bills. She spoke at the February 23, 2021 meeting of the LD9 Democrats. Iyer reads the short title and sponsor name of bills introduced in the Arizona legislature, including the 40 voter suppression bills introduced by Republicans. She also notes the bill sponsor -- so if it's rightwing Sen. Michelle Ugenti Rita (R-LD23), Iyer knows "it's up to no good at all." She closely tracks "striker" bills, where a [...]

By |2021-02-28T12:43:24-07:00February 28th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds, Voter Suppression|

Three Strikes This Week for Rep. Mark Finchem

This is not Mark Rep. Finchem's (R-LD11) week. First, the ethics committees of the Arizona State House and Senate Republican Chairpersons dismissed his complaint aimed at the whole Democratic delegation to the Legislature. The State House Chair, Becky Nutt, who erred in not following through with the over 80 complaints against the LD 11 Representative, issued a statement on Finchem's complaint: This article first appeared on the Blog for Arizona. “The ethics committee is not an arena for waging political contests. That is true whether the subject of a complaint are individuals Republicans (as before) or nearly the [...]

By |2021-02-24T10:50:46-07:00February 23rd, 2021|Elections, Local Candidates and Electeds|

Trump Actually Did Paid Someone — It was Election Denier Mark Finchem

All around the world are individuals and business vendors who have been stiffed by perennial deadbeat Donald Trump. However, State Representative Mark Finchem (R-LD11) got his payoff. What did Finchem do to get such favorable treatment? This article first appeared on the Blog for Arizona. According to Andrew Oxford at AZ Central, the Trump Campaign: "...reported in its latest financial disclosure that it made a payment on Dec. 18 to “Mrk Finchem PLLC” and the address provided for the company is the lawmaker’s home. The campaign labeled the expense as “recount: legal consulting.” There are two problems with this [...]

By |2021-02-06T17:54:31-07:00February 6th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds|

Tell the Legislature What You Want: Sign Up for Request to Speak

Sign up for Request to Speak at http://bit.ly/3oWYH4n By filling out this form, you allow Civic Engagement Beyond Voting to create an account for you at the Arizona Legislature to use the Request to Speak (RTS) system. This will allow you to make your voice heard by supporting or opposing legislation while it's being heard in committees. We will add your name to our newsletter to receive tips and recommendations for RTS positions, and invaluable information about legislative activities. Thank you for using democracy! The Arizona Legislature convened on Jan 11, 2021. Please follow our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/azCEBVus) for alerts [...]

By |2021-02-19T17:42:12-07:00February 6th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds|

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|
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