March 2021

Pima Health Director: Tucson is a Vaccine Success Story

By |2021-03-28T13:34:04-07:00March 28th, 2021|Healthcare|

Dr. Theresa Cullen, the Director of the Pima County Health Department said that, despite obstacles, Tucson is a vaccine success story.  Speaking at the March 23, 2021 meeting of LD9 Democrats, she said that 81% of all people over 70 have been vaccinated in Pima County. Cullen said 500,000 vaccinations have been given out. Some people have doubts about the vaccine. On the contrary, Cullen said the Covid vaccines have minimal or weak side effects, and that there was plenty of time to test them for safety. This article first appeared on the LD9 Democrats website. AGE – Anyone [...]

Appeals Court: No 2nd Amendment Right to Carry a Gun in Public

By |2021-03-28T13:22:08-07:00March 28th, 2021|Gun Safety|

Striking a blow for gun safety, the 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled that the Second Amendment does not provide a right to carry a gun, concealed or openly, in public. The court reviewed more than 700 years of English and American legal history that gives the government the power to regulate arms in public. "The Second Amendment does not guarantee an unfettered, general right to openly carry arms in public for individual self-defense," the 9th Circuit ruled. "Accordingly, Hawai‘i’s firearms-carry scheme is lawful." The 11-judge court upheld a Hawaii state law that requires a license to carry a [...]

America’s National Menace Kills 18 More Innocent Lives

By |2021-03-24T11:32:08-07:00March 24th, 2021|Gun Safety|

How many of us were surprised about the recent killings of 18 people in Colorado and Georgia? How many thought, “well another mass shooting, but what can I do about it?” How many Arizona citizens remember that this March, the Arizona Senate panel gave the go-ahead for more people to bring loaded weapons into more places.   "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is not to sell the bad guy a gun." One measure approved by the Judiciary Committee would allow more than 390,000 Arizonans with permits to carry a concealed weapon into most public [...]

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

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

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 [...]

You’re Coming to the Voter Suppression Horror Show, Whether you Like it or Not

By |2021-03-23T12:53:43-07:00March 23rd, 2021|Voter Suppression|

Halloween is over, but you wouldn't know it from the gore that’s coming out of the Arizona Legislature. Each one of these modern-day “Jim Crow” bills is their own horror movie scene. Such ridiculous and obvious voter suppression moves belong only in comic books, NOT in our legislature. The AZGOP will stop at nothing to make voting more difficult than it already is.Help us fight back. Pima County is the second-largest county in Arizona, and as such Democratic candidates rely on our ability to operate professionally, with all the most modern techniques. PCDP is the firewall that the state and national [...]

Democratic Hero Ethel Maynard Blazed a Trail for All Women to Follow

By |2021-03-23T08:41:24-07:00March 19th, 2021|Arizona Democratic Party|

Ethel Maynard's most far-reaching legislative achievement is writing the education bill that led to state-supported kindergarten. Ethel Maynard, the first Black woman elected to the Arizona legislature, is a Tucson public servant people should remember for her trailblazing achievements. Born in Connecticut, Maynard became a nurse in Harlem, New York, before moving to Tucson in 1946 and working at the Tucson Medical Center. A Vice President of the Arizona NAACP and member of the board of Planned Parenthood, Maynard, a Democrat, became the first Black woman to serve in the Arizona House of Representatives. She held office from 1967 [...]

VIDEO: ‘Rebel Constable’ Kristen Randall Helps Tenants Facing Eviction

By |2021-03-22T18:09:00-07:00March 17th, 2021|Housing|

By A.J. Flick Even before the pandemic, there was a quiet revolution brewing among some Pima County constables, particularly how eviction notices are handled, which inspired former hydrologist Kristen Randall to run for constable. Constable Bennett Bernal led the revolution of “rebel constables.” “He told me there was a different way to do the job. He laid it out: ‘There’s the old way, a very law enforcement way to serve papers, but that’s not the way I do it,’ ” Randall told DGT members during the March 15 meeting. State law guides constables in their duties, Randall said, but within [...]

Democratic Heroes of Tucson: Selim Franklin

By |2021-03-16T13:03:39-07:00March 16th, 2021|Tucson|

Democrat Selim Franklin supported womens' right to vote, and helped found the UofA and the Corporation Commission. This article is the first in a continuing series about Democratic Heroes of Tucson. While people are focused on public servants who strive to move communities forward, it is important to remember Democrats who came before and paved the road for all of us to walk on. Selim Franklin, an early Democrat in Tucson, is one person that citizens of Tucson should honor for his contributions to Arizona before it became a state. Born in San Bernardino, California on October 19, 1859, Franklin [...]

Demanding a Budget for our Total Community Town Hall

By |2021-03-16T12:56:51-07:00March 16th, 2021|Economics|

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Protecting Voting Rights and the Democratic Agenda

By |2021-03-15T15:29:03-07:00March 15th, 2021|Voter Suppression|

Only Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is standing strong against voter suppression. As a nation, we have committed ourselves through our President and the Democratic majority in Congress, who in concert enacted legislation that sets Americans on a path to control and end the COVID-19. The American Recovery Act gives the federal, state, and local governments the resources to do both jobs quickly and responsibly. However, the work of government is never over. Among the many issues left in the pile of wreckage that greeted President Biden and the Democratic leadership of Congress, one issue looms large. That [...]

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