There were a lot of conversations going on in advance of the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act.
January 25, 2018 was one of the most dramatic days at the Arizona Legislature, since I was elected.
Not only did we have ~75 Luchadores visiting their Legislators and five extremely aggressive anti-immigrant, pro-Trump protesters heckling them, we also had the big vote on the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act (SB1001).
We have been working on SB1001/HB2001 for weeks. Unlike much of what we do in the Arizona Legislature, the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act was a truly bipartisan effort. The governor even gave the Democrats the bill language in advance and asked for our input. The Republicans included us in the bill development process because they needed our votes and because didn’t want us to blow it up on the floor with our speechifying, as we did with the stingy TANF and teacher raises in 2017.
As someone who worked in public health and nicotine addiction treatment for years, I was proud to serve on the Democratic Caucus team that reviewed the bill and offered suggestions for revision. It was very heartening that they included several Democratic ideas in this bill. Four of my suggestions were included: offering treatment instead of jail during an overdose situation, AKA the 911 Good Samaritan bill (HB2101), which has been proposed by Democrats for four years in a row; providing funds to counties for life-saving NARCAN kits (HB2201); providing a non-commercial treatment referral service; and offering treatment in a brief intervention after an overdose scare (when your doctor says, “You didn’t die this time. Maybe you should quit!”). The Democrats also suggested including the Angel Initiative (where addicts can drop off their drugs and ask for treatment, without fear of arrest) and $10 million for drug addiction treatment services for people not on AHCCCS (Medicaid) or private insurance.
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Only 2 contested primaries to report on tonight from City of Tucson Elections in Ward 3 (Democrats) and Ward 6 (Greens):
Ward 3 Council (Democrats). Open seat as Councilwoman Karin Uhlich is stepping down after 3 terms.
Felicia Chew 1703 32.09%
Paul Durham 2416 45.52%
Tom Tronsdal 1177 22.18%
(to face off with Independent Gary Watson in the General. No Republican or Green in this race).
Ward 5 Council (no primary, 2 term Councilman Democrat Richard Fimbres is unopposed, as well in the General)
Ward 6 Council (Green Party)
Mike Cease 51 63.75%
Michael Oatman 26 32.5%
(to face off with incumbent 2 term Councilman Democrat Steve Kozachik and Republican Mariano Rodriguez in the General Election on Nov. 7, 2017)
More info: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/elections
Congratulations to the winners, Paul Durham and Mike Cease.
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Tagged City of Tucson Elections, City of Tucson primary election, democrats, Felicia Chew, Gary Watson, Green Party, Karin Uhlich, Mariano Rodriguez, Michael Oatman, Mike Cease, Paul Durham, Republicans, Richard Fimbres, Steve Kozachik, Tom Tronsdal, Ward 3 Council, Ward 5 Council, Ward 6 Council
Taking our first votes of the 53rd Legislature
This has been an action-packed week in the Arizona Legislature. We returned to work on Monday– just a few days after immigration restrictions and the Muslim travel ban and related protests unfolded at airports (including Sky Harbor).
This week I was proud of the Democrats in the Legislature. I am particularly proud of my Sisters who are also first-time Legislators: Representatives Athena Salman, Isela Blanc, Kelli Butler, Winona Benally, Mitzi Epstein, and Kirsten Engel.
Yes, we’re the minority, but we’re a fiery bunch with a lot to say. Thirteen of the 25 Dems in the House are new, and several of the newbies are unabashedly Progressive (like me) or Progressive-leaning, depending upon the issue.
Often, the people who spoke truth to power this week included some or all of the women listed above. But don’t take my word for it. Watch the videos.
Jan 30: Democrats made statements about the Muslin travel ban.
Jan 31: Democrats spoke out against snake shot and rat shot in the city. (The vote broke along party lines, see below.)
Cross-posted from RestoreReason.com.
I could barely get through your post on educationnext.org before I began formulating my response. This is not the first time I’ve wanted to respond to a post on this blog, but I definitely couldn’t let this one go unanswered. I read your blog because I try to ensure I am informed about education from a variety of opinions and viewpoints. But, as Daniel Moynihan said, “You are entitled to your own opinions, but not to your own facts.”
In your post titled “Education Is So Far Left, It Can’t Really See the Right”, you condescendingly lay out the “blind spots” of those in “education.” Your interchange of “those in education” and “Democrats” as if there is no difference is your mistake #1. Although more teachers tend to be Democrats than Republicans, teachers are typically focused on their students in the classroom, not in setting education policy. I am a school board member and active in my state’s school board association. One thing I’ve learned in the past four years, is that those who serve with me are politically diverse and it is this diversity that ensures all viewpoints are represented. These governing board members are at the forefront of charting the course of education at the local level and they have many different ideas about how to do that. Its a great strength of the local control our system of district education offers. While I’m on the subject of ideas, I have a few others for you. Continue reading
Arizona Secretary of State voter registration totals as of Aug. 30, 2016:
7 of 15 Arizona Counties have more Democrats registered than Republicans in:Apache, Coconino, Greenlee, Navajo, Pima, Santa Cruz, Yuma Counties.
If you’re wondering where these counties are, here’s a map of the 15 counties. So most of the Democratic counties are in the Northeast and Southern areas of the state.
Pima County has only about 30,800 more Democrats registered than Republicans (179,043 to 148,215), with 159,929 Independents/Others.
Maricopa County has about 176,000 more Republicans than Democrats. Note that Pima County”s registered Democrats is 179,000, slightly more than that difference in voters (Ds and Rs) in Maricopa County/Phoenix alone.
More info at: http://apps.azsos.gov/election/voterreg/2016-08-01.pdf
State-wide voter totals show more Republicans than Democrats or Independents:
And who is Arizona’s independent voter? Read my previous post from last November, 2015:
Information flyers below from former ACLU Southern AZ board member Paul Barby, about the upcoming PPE on March 22, 2016 in Arizona. Take heed Independents (now listed at 1,201,030 registered voters on the Arizona Secretary of State’s website). You can vote in the Democratic, Green, or Republican primaries if you register for that party by Feb. 22, 2016 before midnight.
For a list of who is on the ballot in Arizona for U.S. President: http://www.azsos.gov/elections/voting-election/election-information (14 Republicans, 6 Democrats, 2 Greens). Stay tuned for the results tonight from the Iowa Caucuses on this Presidential race – the first of many (plus primaries) to determine who the nominees from each party will be.