Standing up for the minimum wage increase at the 2016 Labor Day Picnic.
Come and join Jim and I at the Powers For The People booth at the Pima Area Labor Federation’s Annual Labor Day Picnic on Monday, September 4 at Reid Park.
The Labor Day Picnic is like homecoming for Jim and me. We have had a booth or attended the Labor Day Picnic nearly every year since we met– first with Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), then with Arizonans for a New Economy, for the past two years as a candidate for Arizona House, and this year as an elected representative. Two years ago, I collected my first signatures and $5 Clean Elections Qualifying Contributions at the Labor Day Picnic.
There are five ways you can support my 2018 re-election campaign at the picnic.
1- Sign my petition
If you live in LD9, I will have nominating petitions for you to sign at my booth. Please help me get on the ballot in 2018.
2- Give Me $5 for Clean Elections
Yes, I am running clean again and looking for $5s. Running clean is part of my value system. I believe that elected officials should answer to the voters– not to big money donors, lobbyists, political action committees, or dark money. Clean candidates have no strings attached because we accept only modest donations from real people. I will have $5 Clean Elections Qualifying Contribution forms at the booth on Monday. To qualify for Clean Elections funds and avoid trap of big money politics, I have to collect at least 200 $5 donations from LD9 voters . Please help me out, and bring a $5 to the picnic.
John Nichols of “The Nation” speaking in Tucson in March 2015
One issue that unites millions of voters is their disgust for big-money politics and their hatred of misleading, negative political advertising.
When I go door-to-door with my campaign flier, I introduce myself as a progressive Democrat (which usually gets a smile and a nod) and a Clean Elections candidate (which brightens their eyes and widens their smiles). Voters are fed up with big-money politics and lies.
Earlier today, I was looking for a video on my Tucson Progressive YouTube Channel and found this clip from a speech that John Nichols of “The Nation” gave in Tucson in March 2015 at a Progressive Democrats of America event.
In this clip (below), Nichols theorizes that the negative advertising itself suppresses voter turnout. He reports that $10 billion was spent on political advertising in 2012 and 90% of it was negative advertising to disparage candidates. In 2014, with continued negative advertising, the US had the lowest voter turnout since 1942– during World War II.
If $10 billion was wasted on political advertising in 2012, what will be spent in 2016? If we want to save our democracy, we must get money out of politics.
Well, the Pima County Democratic Party didn’t exactly say that tomorrow night’s LD9 debate is the “debate of the century.” but they did say this…
Don’t miss two of the most highly anticipated debates this primary season!
LD 9: Rep. Randy Friese, Rep. Matt Kopec, Pamela Powers Hannley
June 28 – 6-8pm
Pima Community College NW Campus
7600 N. Shannon Rd, Tucson, AZ
LD 10: Rep. Stefanie Mach, Kirsten Engel, Courtney Frogge
July 28 – 6-8pm (Please note new date!)
Pima Community College District Office
4905 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ
Unlike other years, when the Dems didn’t have much choice in the primary, this year there are several Democratic Party primaries coming up on August 30.
Posted in Announcement, Arizona State Legislature, Baja Arizona, Campaigns, Economics, Education, Elections, Ethics, Labor, Pamela Powers Hannley, Party Politics, Pima, Political Events, Primaries, Tucson
Tagged Clean Elections, LD9
Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com
Remember how we’ve been told, lo these many years, that the reason for all the “extremism” in Congress and in state governments is that unwashed yokels wrested democracy from the capable hands of Serious Business People™ and were somehow able to put their petty culture war concerns ahead of The Very Important Things That Serious Business People™ Care About. Thus we are told we must eliminate public campaign financing (at least from states, e.g. Arizona, whose benighted voters are deemed unable to handle it by NYT columnists). We are told that primary elections must be changed because the conventional wisdom (which is never wrong) holds that yokels voting in closed primaries are ruining everything. Above all, we simply must impress upon these truculent yokels the need for civility in our public discourse! These things, surely, will lead to a glorious era of temperance where country club Republicans politely sip tea with centrist Democrats!
Sure they will. Continue reading
Posted in Activism, Campaigns, Civil Rights, Congress, Corruption, Donna Gratehouse, Elections, Endorsements, GOP War On..., McCain, Party Politics, Primaries, Racism, Scandals
Tagged Clean Elections, Congress, david duke, jungle primaries, louisiana, Open Primaries, steve scalise, top two primaries
Cranky old AZ Republic columnist Doug MacEachern started off his Monday column with some tantalizing clickbait for the crowd that hates Clean Elections and blames it for everything wrong in the state.
Seen our state Legislature lately? Somewhere, a Democratic political strategist is wincing. But he was hardly alone. Promoters of publicly financed campaigns both in Arizona and nationally sincerely believed it would make elections more egalitarian, more open to regular citizens. Continue reading
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Tagged Clean Elections, doug maceachern, obama, pelosi, tom collins, Tom Horne