Category Archives: Tucson

What Did the 53rd Arizona Legislature Accomplish? (video)

Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley with Handmaids

Handmaids visited the Arizona Legislature frequently in 2018. Here they are on opening day with Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley.

It has been a little more than a month since the 53rd Legislature ended with a 40-hour marathon, passing the budget in the middle of the night, under the watchful eye of Red for Ed teachers and supporters.

What did the Legislature do in the 53rd Session?

  • We passed the comprehensive Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act, to attack the opioid epidemic in Arizona.
  • We passed dental therapy, expanding access to affordable dental care for urban and rural residents and creating new healthcare jobs. (Video.)
  • We stopped several corporate tax giveaway bills that would have further drained the general fund and taken money from public education. (Video.)
  • We stopped an untested technology from being used on Arizona workers. After Uber and Theranos, hopefully we have learned our lesson on putting untested technologies into statute. (Video.)

What didn’t we do?

  • We failed to adequately fund k-12 public education, community colleges or the university system. In fact, the Republican response to the Red for Ed movement was to make 50 fund transfers to pay the teachers a bit more (but not as much as they deserve). It’s time to restore k-12 public education funds for personnel and infrastructure to pre-recession levels. Funding education is economic development. (Video.)

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Martha McShifty Pulls Ahead in a Race of the Mini-Trumps

Rep. Martha McSally just pulled ahead in the GOP race for US Senate in a poll of Arizona Republican voters. In a big shift since April, McSally now leads with 39.5 percent of the GOP vote, according to Phoenix-based OH Predictive Insights.

Splitting the right-wing vote are former state Sen. Kelli Ward with 24.5 percent of GOP voters and disgraced, convicted Joe Arpaio scraping the bottom at nearly 14 percent. Combined they have less support that McSally.

Evil Joe Arpaio has become an embarrassment to Republican voters. Arpaio got a question during a GOP candidate forum in Green Valley on June 7, where an audience member asked him to drop out of the race — but Arpaio refused.

About 22 percent of GOP voters have thrown up their hands and are undecided. Early voting is 40 days away for the August 28 primary vote.


Jump to: Sinema running on mainstream issues


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Summertime Border Studies Lecture Series starts June 22

Borderlands Brewing Company Announces a Summertime Border Studies Lecture Series: Living in the Borderlands

“Borderlands Brewing Company is hosting a monthly Border Studies lecture series organized by Watershed Management Group’s Cultural Ecologist Joaquin Murrieta, Ph.D., and Borderlands Brewing Company President Mike Mallozzi, Ph.D. The idea is to initiate, enhance and create a culture of collaboration, outreach, education, connecting and elevate the “character of place” of our great city of Tucson in a relaxed, fun, informative and respectful atmosphere at Borderlands Brewing Company, 119 E. Toole Ave.

The inaugural lecture is Friday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m. by Christopher Teal, U.S. consul in Nogales, Sonora, who is leaving his post at the end of July to take a year-long sabbatical at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Subsequent lectures may be found on the Borderlands Facebook events page: Facebook.com/ borderlandsbrewing/events.

Speakers will focus on a variety of important topics affecting the Borderlands from the economics of international trade, to our rich cultural heritage, to the delicate desert ecosystem we live in and will feature speakers from several important borderlands focused organizations including: the Border Community Alliance, Tucson Mexico Sister Cities Association, Watershed Management Group, The Sky Island Alliance, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF), The Northern Jaguar Project, Borderlands Sierra Club Campaign, The Centers for Biological Diversity, and others.”

2nd Annual Summer Soltice Ride

2nd Annual Summer Solstice Ride

Thursday, June 21st at 6:00pm
Group ride gathers at Technicians for Sustainability, 612 N 7th Avenue

“It’s the longest day of the year, so let’s celebrate the midway point of summer! Join Living Streets Alliance and our business member Technicians For Sustainability on a casual, friendly bike ride along mostly car-free paths to Dragoon Brewing Co. where we will enjoy cold brews, a food truck or two, some prize giveaways and more.”

www.livingstreetsalliance.org

CD2 Congress Candidate Yahya Yuksel Accelerating a Come-from-behind Campaign

In short order, Yahya Yuksel has assembled a 20-person campaign staff composed of enthusiastic interns and seasoned pros to win Tucson's CD2 Congressional seat.

In short order, Yahya Yuksel has assembled a 20-person campaign staff composed of enthusiastic interns and seasoned pros to win Tucson’s CD2 Congressional seat.

Yahyah Yuksel, a Democratic candidate for Tucson’s CD2 Congressional Seat, plans to capture votes by emphasizing universal health care, creating jobs that pay well and building a well-educated workforce.

“We know what is right for the people. It takes people with courage, integrity and experience to get that done, and that’s what we offer,” he said at a lively open house recently.

Charismatic, intelligent and energetic, Yuksel burst onto the campaign scene in March, stole the show at a candidate forum and promptly filed 2,400 signatures to get on the ballot (only 1,274 were required).

Offering a brunch of scrambled eggs, refried beans, tortillas, salsa, and coffee, he showed off his bustling campaign headquarters at 3776 N 1st Ave. (near Roger Road) in Tucson. He is the first in the field of 7 Democratic candidates to hold an open house where voters, staff, and the candidate could freely meet and mingle. He plans to hold more.

“We have a huge office, bigger than everyone else’s office,” he said. “It’s not that we’re raising a ton more money. We’re more efficient with our money.”

Building a campaign

Yuksel knows how to build a campaign. At age 14 he founded Teen Democrats in Tucson, and organized youth groups to campaign for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential bid.  At age 19, Yuksel worked for Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ successful congressional campaign. Afterward, he served as the Co-Chair for Vice Mayor Karin Uhlich’s successful 2009 re-election campaign.
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2018 Juneteenth Celebration in Tucson

“The 153rd anniversary of our country’s Juneteenth celebration happens in 2018. Celebrations in Tucson and around the USA aim to increase knowledge and appreciation of the roles, achievements and contributions of African Americans to our society and pay tribute to this important milestone in our nation’s history — the annual commemoration of the end of slavery, when our nation finally and truly became “the land of the free” (on June 19, 1865). Enjoy historical presentations and exhibits, music and dance, arts, crafts and food vendors, at Dunbar Cultural Center. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.”

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 16, at Dunbar Cultural Center, 225 W. 2nd St. Tucson

https://www.facebook.com/tusjuneteenth/

48th Annual Tucson Juneteenth Festival
Informational tables, historical presentations, mental health film, retail vendors, food vendors, kids zone and a variety of entertainment. Please come out and enjoy the festivities. This is a free indoor family friendly event.

https://www.facebook.com/events/246989672523034/