Mark Robert Gordon, an Arizona native, has 25 years of experience as a voting rights watchdog.
Mark Robert Gordon, a Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, vowed to end the voter suppression tactics and partisan politics that have infected the office that serves as the chief elections officer for Arizona.
He called Republican incumbent Secretary of State Michele Reagan “a Grinch who stole democracy,” at the recent Democrats of Greater Tucson meeting.
Reagan and GOP legislators “are supposed to promote democracy and protect the vote. They did just the opposite,” he said. “The people we have in Arizona running our election system are among the worst violators and offenders of voting rights in the country.”
Arizona was one of only seven states listed in federal court for intentionally restricting the opportunity to register and vote. Under the Voting Rights Act, the state was subject to pre-clearance by the Justice Department before making any voting changes.
But that went out the window with the 2013 US Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder that gutted the Voting Rights Act. Gordon said that since then, the following travesties have happened:
Posted in Campaigns, Election Integrity, Elections, Larry Bodine, Political Events, Tucson
Tagged mark robert gordon, Michele Reagan, Raul Grijalva, Ron Barber, Secretary of State, voter suppression, voting rights
This March/Rally for Science has been posted on our Calendar for weeks, evolving from a march from Himmel Park to the UA, then De Anza Park to this current rally-only event at El Presidio Park, with a growing list of speakers (see above) and participants, including bands and entertainers. Permitting problems (and expense) prevented the marches.
Celebrate Science and Earth Day tomorrow, April 22. El Presidio Park is at 175 W. Alameda by Tucson City Hall.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/249342168853909/
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Tucson
Tagged 500 Women Scientists, Citizens Climate Lobby, Earth Day, El Presidio Park, Geoffrey Notkin, Jonathan Rothschild, March for Science, Rally for Science, Raul Grijalva
“Welcome to the relaunch of the televised edition of Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel: U.S. Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ03) and Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ01) talk about Trump’s proposed border wall, Attorney General Jeff Sessions visit to Nogales to announce stiffer policies for the prosecution of undocumented immigrants, where healthcare reform goes after its collapse in the House last month and much more.
Tune in tonight (April 14) at 6:30 p.m. on the Creative Tucson network, Cox Channel 20 and Comcast Channel 74, or watch online.”
If you missed this new TV re-launch, watch it here:
More info on Creative Tucson: http://blogforarizona.net/what-is-creative-tucson/
” The radio edition of Zona Politics airs at 5 p.m. Sundays on community radio KXCI, 91.3 FM, and at 1 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. Sundays on KEVT, 1210 AM. Nintzel also talks politics on The John C. Scott show at 4 p.m. Thursday on KEVT, 1210 AM.”(from Jim Nintzel’s The Skinny column at Tucson Weekly)
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Tucson
Tagged Comcast Channel 74, Cox Channel 20, Creative Tucson, Jim Nintzel, KEVT, KXCI, Raul Grijalva, Tom O'Halleran, Zona Politics
The estimate of the huge Women’s March in Tucson crowd that gathered this morning at Armory Park on S. 6th Avenue and marched to Jacome Plaza (in front of the Joel D. Valdez library) was about 15,000. Lots of very creative signs went by, carried by people of all ages, children, elderly, even people with crutches and walkers…gay, straight, multi-racial, many with dogs, wagons, etc. Every few blocks people were chanting “This is what Democracy looks like”. Here’s some photos of today’s crowd.
Large crowd gathering at Armory Park, photo courtesy of George Girard
Crowd at Armory Park, courtesy of Kristel Foster
Women’s March proceeding west on Congress Street to Stone Avenue, photo courtesy of George Girard
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Civil Rights, Community, Tucson, Uncategorized
Tagged "This is what Democracy looks like", #Love Trumps Hate, Armory Park, donald trump, George Girard, Jacome Plaza, Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Kristel Foster, Raul Grijalva, Regina Romero, Richard Elias, Shannon Bronson, Tucson Solidarity Rally, Women's March - Tucson
In one of his first acts as Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan oversaw doling out $17 million in corporate welfare to Wall Street banks. How did he manage this? The usual sneaky way– by tacking this onto an unrelated piece of “must pass” legislation. (You’ll remember that’s how Republican lawmakers weakened Wall Street regulation last year.)
Yesterday, 354 members of the House of Representatives– all but two Republicans and 70 Democrats– voted to continue the ongoing bank welfare and which was attached a multi-million-dollar highway bill. (They also reauthorized the charter for the “controversial” Export Import Bank in the highway bill.) The primary holdouts were members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, co-chaired by Southern Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva.
Ironically, the GOP didn’t want to add a long-term funding mechanism to pay for highway construction and repair. (I guess funding provisions are “must-haves” only when legislation focuses on food stamps, school lunches, college loans, unemployment, healthcare, public education, and Social Security.) Historically highways have been funded by the users through gas taxes…