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.
Arizona’s Citizens Clean Election Commission had a panel discussion on Arizona’s Independent Voter in Tempe a few nights ago, based on information from a Nov. 2015 report by ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy.
Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com
This is getting old. Tuesday was election day across the nation and Democrats performed poorly, yet again, as they have tended to do the past several elections that are not Presidential general ones. The reason for it is obvious: low turnout, averaging about 30% nationwide. The explanations behind that reason that liberals will come up with are akin to the game show “Wheel of Fortune”, where in the final round the common letters picked to guess the winning phrase had become so predictable that the show just started spotting them to the contestants years ago: R,S,T,L,N,E.
The R,S,T,L,N,E of Democratic losses are as follows, in no particular order of importance and with no judgment on my part on their veracity, as all are true to varying extents:
1. Democrats don’t have a message.
2. Democratic candidates run as Republican lite and run away from President Obama.
4. Voter suppression and other logistical impediments to voting.
5. Citizens United and the flooding of elections with huge amounts of money from well-heeled right wing ideologues.
Let’s take them one by one: Continue reading
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