Arizonans are Striking Back with Ballot Referenda

With the Arizona Legislative Session over, citizen activists, stunned by the regressive taxation and voter suppressing measures passed over the last several months, are readying referendum petitions for Arizonans to sign that will appear on the 2022 ballot. This article first appeared on the Blog for Arizona. Organizations like Stand for Children,  Arizona Deserves Better, and Invest in Arizona (which includes groups involved in the Invest in Education movement, the Children’s Action Alliance, the Arizona Center for Economic Progress, the Arizona Education Association, the Arizona Interfaith Network, and Save Our Schools Arizona) are working to undo: SB1485: The purge of the Permanent [...]

By |2021-07-04T14:05:36-07:00July 4th, 2021|Ballot Referenda and Initiatives, Uncategorized|

Mark Finchem Has a Lot of Explaining to Do About January 6

Do you know where your Arizona state representative was on January 6, 2021, when Trumpist domestic terrorists attempted an insurrection and stormed the Nation’s Capitol? The people who reside in LD 11 may be surprised to know that one of their state representatives, Mark Finchem apparently was closer to the attack than he professed to be at the time. Recent reporting by Jerold MacDonald-Evoy of the Arizona Mirror has relayed that footage obtained on social media showed the LD 11 State Representative and aspiring Secretary of State Candidate (God help us all) was steps away from the East Capitol pathway leading up to [...]

Why Republicans Attacked the Early Voting List: 70,000 New Democratic Voters

By Mathew Grodsky Nearly 30 years ago Arizona began offering the ability for citizens to vote via an absentee ballot. In the decades since, the state has refined election laws to make voting easier for Arizonans. The majority of the state votes by mail. In the 2012 general election, 61% of Arizona voters cast an early ballot. By 2018, that number jumped to 79%. By 2020 that number was 88%. This means Arizonans by and large leverage the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL). The program will now be dubbed the Active Early Voting List (AEVL)  since Governor Ducey’s signing of SB1485, [...]

By |2021-06-02T18:18:34-07:00June 2nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

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. [...]

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 [...]

It’s Not Over ‘Til It’s Over!

As of October 22, almost 53% of the registered Democrats in Pima County have voted, thanks to Democratic PCs and volunteers to educate and motivate voters to vote. But it would be folly if we assumed that this election is all but over. We must remain vigilant in our efforts to ensure that every voter is able to vote here in Pima County. Things you can do to Get Out The Vote (GOTV): Contact cevans54@email.arizona.edu to make LD9 targeted virtual phone calls for our candidates. Mission for Arizona/coordinated campaign to elect Biden/Harris, Mark Kelly, Ann Kirkpatrick, and all Democrats on the ballot. [...]

By |2020-10-23T13:19:05-07:00October 23rd, 2020|Elections, Uncategorized|

Shot down: Freedom Center’s Bid to Make Pro-Republican Course a General Education Course

UA’s University-wide General Education Committee voted not to approve the course PPEL 101 for general education status after presentations on Sept. 16 by David Schmidtz, Director of UA’s Center for the Philosophy of Freedom, and David Gibbs, UA Professor of History. UA Professor David Gibbs PPEL101 is the same course as the high school course “Ethics, Economy, and Entrepreneurship,” which Kochs Off Campus successfully got removed from Tucson’s public high schools in 2018 and 2019. "The Freedom Center receives a dedicated line item grant of $2.5 million or more each year from the Arizona State Legislature.  Republican legislators [...]

By |2020-09-21T10:58:56-07:00September 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Replace Postmaster Louis Dejoy Immediately

Millions of Americans are counting on the USPS Governing Board to use their authority to replace Louis Dejoy as Postmaster General.  In the military, no one rises to the rank of general without deep knowledge and understanding of the job—and the wisdom to anticipate the consequences of actions being considered.  It is this wisdom that minimizes the likelihood of unintended consequences.  We cannot eliminate the possibility of unintended consequences totally, but we should do whatever we can to minimize them, especially in cases where the consequences have the potential to do so much harm. One arena where we continue to [...]

By |2020-08-17T19:07:13-07:00August 16th, 2020|Arizona, Commentary, Economics, Local Activism, Uncategorized|

On This Day 55 Years Ago, the Voting Rights Act Was Signed Into Law

In our lifetime Americans have been beaten, bloodied, and murdered because they wanted to vote. For Black Americans, their fundamental right was denied by white supremacy hiding behind white hoods and in plain sight in legislatures, police stations, and courtrooms. But those torches and burning crosses, the batons, fire hoses, attack dogs, and unfair laws and trials could deny that right for only so long. On March 7, 1965, John Lewis and hundreds of brave and righteous souls risked their lives to cross a bridge in Selma named after a Klansman to reach the other side of justice. The blood [...]

By |2020-08-07T11:49:14-07:00August 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|
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