April 2021

Marcos Ysmael: How to Find Help for Tenants Facing Eviction

By |2021-04-24T15:12:13-07:00April 21st, 2021|Economics, Housing|

Video editing by Anne Simmons. As the June 30 termination looms for the federal eviction moratorium, Marcos Ysmael, the Pima Country Housing Program manager, is acting to rescue Arizonians from eviction. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) might extend the moratorium on COVID-related evictions beyond June 30, he told Democrats of Greater Tucson at their April 19 meeting. Ysmael has 37 years of experience leading community development and housing programs. He is devoted to securing affordable homeownership and affordable rentals for Arizonans. Now, he's facing his biggest test yet: A pandemic-related recession that continues to force millions of [...]

Running for Congress in CD2, Kirsten Engel Seeks a Thriving Economy and Infrastructure Development

By |2021-04-20T16:56:53-07:00April 20th, 2021|Arizona Democratic Party, Criminal Justice, Economics, Elections, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

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

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

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. [...]

Tucson Native and Arizona Senator Dennis DeConcini Helped Launch the 1990s Economic Boom

By |2021-04-18T18:42:23-07:00April 17th, 2021|Arizona Democratic Party|

If it were not for Tucson native and Arizona Democratic Senator Dennis DeConcini, the economic expansion during the Clinton/Gore Administration would likely not have happened. Back in 1993, Republicans started their nearly 30-year trend of obstructing virtually every major Democratic Presidential initiative. They were screaming that Clintonomics would destroy the economy. That’s when Arizona Senator Dennis DeConcini cast a pivotal yes vote that allowed Vice President Al Gore to break a Senate tie and launch the Clinton/Gore economic boom, including budget surpluses in the late 1990s. Dennis DeConcini was born in Tucson on May 8, 1937. His father, Evo, was [...]

Migrant Families Need a Lawyer in Immigration Court, says Margo Cowan

By |2021-06-09T18:35:02-07:00April 15th, 2021|Arizona, Immigration/Refugees|

Did you know that last year in Pima County, 18,000 families went to deportation proceedings alone, without a lawyer? You can guess what happened: 98% of the families were deported. Margo Cowan, a Pima County Public Defender, would like to change that. Today, she is looking for your support of Pima County Justice for All. This is a 2022 county-wide ballot initiative that aims to appoint an attorney for indigent families in Pima County that are going through deportation proceedings. Margo specializes in criminal defense law, where indigent people are entitled to have a lawyer appointed to represent them. Margo also specialized immigration law, and [...]

Tucson Shouldn’t Charge Pima County Residents More for Water

By |2021-04-08T19:09:19-07:00April 8th, 2021|Tucson|

For decades, the city of Tucson and Pima County have partnered with each other in providing water and sewer services to our region, with the city taking the lead with water and the county with sewer. Both entities have charged their customers rates that are based solely on the “cost of service” model and that recognized no distinctions based on where customers lived. This fair partnership has served our region well, but it will become inequitable if the city government decides in April to impose differential water rates on Tucson Water customers who live in certain parts of Pima County. [...]

America Needs National Election Reform to Protect Voting Rights

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

“Not Again” — Ad Denounces Republican Attempts to Defund Invest in Ed

By |2021-04-05T10:23:01-07:00April 5th, 2021|Ballot Referenda and Initiatives|

Starting with the words "Not Again," the pro-public school organization Stand for Children released an ad late last week decrying the Republican attempts to gut Invest in Ed-Proposition 208. The JD Mesnard bill, Senate Bill (SB) 1783, will cut more than $377 million from the proposition, which was just passed 5 months ago. Calling SB 1783 a continuing "illegal scheme to cut education by hundreds of millions more" after years of budget cuts to schools and the voter passage of Proposition 208-Invest in Ed last November, the narrator in the 30-second ad stated this was a "dishonest power grab" that [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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