Category Archives: Best New Thing in Arizona

FDA clowns Center for AZ Policy, other anti-choicers, with new medication abortion labeling guideline

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Ha ha, losers.
The sex-obsessed theocrats at Center for Arizona Policy thought they had scored another big win on the harlot-punishing front by passing SB1324 and sending it to Governor Ducey’s desk on Monday. The bill would require doctors to use outdated FDA label recommendations when dispensing abortion medication. Here’s CAP pretending to care oh-so-much about women in a “fact” sheet about the bill:

Currently in Arizona, abortion providers do not dispense the dangerous and deadly abortion pill in compliance with the protocol approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The abortion pill, also known as RU-486, Mifeprex, or mifepristone, was approved under a special section of the FDA’s rules reserved for drugs that the FDA does not believe can be distributed safely without following certain restrictions.[i] Thus, the FDA approved mifepristone only if it is dispensed following specific guidelines, which are contained in the drug’s prescribing information and label.[ii] Continue reading

Blog for Arizona Goes to Netroots Nation!

Netroots Nation 2015 will be at the Phoenix Convention Center this weekend.

Netroots Nation 2015 will be at the Phoenix Convention Center this weekend.

Several Blog for Arizona authors will join 100s of progressive activists in Phoenix this weekend for Netroots Nation 2015– Donna Gratehouse, Steve Muratore, Bob Lord, Craig McDermott, and Pamela Powers Hannley.

Each year progressive activists meet in a city “with issues”. Last year Netroots met in Detroit. Remember when Detroit had its water crisis? NN14 was there– meeting, networking, learning– and marching. NN14 participants held a massive march in Detroit for water rights.

Phoenix was a controversial choice for NN15 because of Arizona’s crAZy political reputation. In the end, progressive activists chose Phoenix because it would give NN15 the opportunity to focus on immigration reform.

Senator Elizabeth Warren will address NN15 on Friday. Presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley will participate in a town hall on Saturday morning. (Sanders will speak at a seperate campaign event at the Phoenix Convention Center at 7 p.m. Saturday night.)

Watch for posts here and check out the Twitter feeds: @BlogForArizona, @P2Hannley, @AZProgressives, @DonnaDiva and others.

Center for Arizona Policy ignores the biggest threat to “moms and dads” in denouncing same sex marriage ruling.

Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com

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The Supreme Court voted to legalize marriage equality in the entire United States and the God-botherers at the Center for Arizona Policy reacted with the all the subtlety you would expect.

Historically Tragic: Supreme Court says moms and dads are unnecessary
Friday, June 26, 2015
Statement from Center for Arizona Policy Vice President of Policy and General Counsel, Josh Kredit

PHOENIX – “Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision is historically tragic. The High Court has disregarded the democratic process by stripping all Americans of their ability to debate and decide marriage policy.

What’s more, by throwing out the time-tested definition of marriage as only the union of one man and one woman, the Court has said that children don’t deserve the best opportunity to be raised by their mom and dad.

This isn’t the first time the Supreme Court has overstepped its role, and just like before, this will not be the final word on this issue. The U.S. Constitution is absolutely silent on the definition of marriage which makes it all the more egregious for five justices to brush aside the votes of tens of millions of voters throughout the country.

The U.S. Supreme Court can never change the fundamental truth that the lifelong union of one man and one woman is at the foundation of a strong state and nation. Center for Arizona Policy is committed to seeing this essential union strengthened and reaffirmed to secure a better future for generations to come.”

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Terrifying GOP Hypocrisy for Halloween

By Michael Bryan

For Halloween this year, my high-propensity voter wife, Lauren, got a creepy mailer about ‘scary’ Congressman Ron Barber. You might think that some ultra-left wing group had sent this message because the ‘scary’ thing noted about Barber was his alleged vote “for” the “terrifying Ryan budget”.

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But you would be wrong. This electoral trick was courtesy of the Arizona Republican Party.

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Now why would the AZGOP want to warn solid Democratic voters like my wife that Ron Barber voted for the Ryan budget? Is it because they opposed the Ryan budget? Not that I noticed. Could it be because they want Democrat to support their candidate Martha McSally, who simply refuses to say clearly whether she would have supported the Ryan budget, but almost certainly would have? They don’t say that.

Rather, they ask my wife to “Vote Against Ron Barber.” on election day. How can my wife do that, given that she sure as hell is not voting for Martha McSally? Well, stay home and don’t vote, of course. I guess they didn’t chase the early ballots very carefully, as we long ago voted early by mail and are on the PEVL.

Regardless of it’s political malpractice level of ineptness, this mailer is a blatant example of voter demotivation and bone-deep political hypocrisy. If you can’t get Democrats to vote for your terrible candidate, get them to be so disgusted with the Democrat that they stay home rather than vote. This mailer would be an excellent teaching tool for a Voter Suppression 101 case study on how to do it poorly.

Well, at least now the AZGOP is on record as saying the Ryan budget is “terrifying” and “bone-chilling” and that its effect would have been “hair-raising for Arizona.” That should be useful to any Arizona Democratic candidate worth the name in future debates. “Sir or Madame, do you agree with the AZ GOP [hold up the mailer] that the Ryan budget was terrifying for Arizona in that it would have cut veterans pensions, put food assistance to millions of Americans on the chopping block, jeopardized Medicare and Social Security benefits, and denied unemployment benefits for those who needed it most? Would you support those policies in future budgets?”

Thanks for denigrating your own party’ policies on the record AZGOP! I suppose that’s a Halloween treat.

 

Cathi Herrod had a very bad day but she’s not going anywhere

Crossposted at DemocraticDiva.com

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Woe is Cathi Herrod. Behold the President of Center for Arizona Policy’s statement on Friday’s huge marriage equality win for Arizona in all it’s schadenfreude-alicious glory:

Statement from Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod

Arizona’s marriage amendment which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman has been overturned by the courts.

PHOENIX – “I am heartbroken for a country and a state that has had the redefinition of marriage forced upon them by an out of control federal judiciary. Continue reading

Winos’ Guide to the Tucson Beer District

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The Coronet, a delightful new addition to 4th Ave.

Tucson has many new bars and restaurants along the modern street car route, but unfortunately, many of them are dedicated to beerI hate beer. I don’t care how trendy beer is these days. I still hate it. There I said it.

Both Zocalo and the Tucson Weekly recently published feature stories about “famous” Tucson bartenders who make fancy mixed drinks. Also not my thing.

What about my people? The wine drinkers. Where should we go for a decent pour at an affordable price in the downtown area? As a public service and in honor of the modern street car’s debut later this week, I have compiled a totally non-scientific review of 41 bars and restaurants along or near the modern street car route– from wine drinker’s point of view. Check out the rankings and photos after the jump.

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