DeGrazia for Tucson! (LD10)

Start typing ‘Domingo DeGrazia’ into Google, and right underneath ‘DeGrazia for Arizona’ you may see ‘DeGrazia Spanish Guitar Band.’ Domingo is a multi-faceted, charismatic and passionate newcomer to politics who is taking on Todd Clodfelter in LD10.  He describes his life’s work in terms of helping kids and families as a child welfare advocate in the legal system. Frustrations with that system have finally driven him into politics, so he can try writing the laws instead of contending with them. He is also the son of artist Ted DeGrazia of the Gallery of the Sun – perhaps why he took up the guitar.

Domingo DeGrazia may be a first-time politician, but he is a dead serious one.

“I come from working for families against the state of Arizona, going up against the attorney general.  I know what its like to be in a fight against an opponent that has more resources, dug in harder. So tell me I’m walking into a fight where I’m in the minority working for the little guy, I’m completely ok with that.  That’s what I do.”

A good mindset for someone running for the Arizona legislature.  

DeGrazia has seen firsthand the pain caused by the budget cuts made in 2008 to the child welfare system.  He’s fought cases for years as a trial attorney, then moved into appellate law to try to find a bigger lever for change.  Then 2016 happened. And he decided the only thing to do now, was to run for the Arizona legislature.

He has a strong basic platform: fund public schools, support trade and technical colleges, access to health care, education as a driver for jobs, common sense gun laws with comprehensive background checks.  But DeGrazia’s particular area of expertise is in child welfare, where he has dealt on a daily basis with the impacts laws have on children. He has the expertise to know exactly what changes will make lives better, and to make the case for how important those changes – and budgets – are.  He points out that the state can actually save money by funding preventative support measures for families.

“In 2008 when the economy was crashing, the cuts to social support, mental health, those cuts had a huge impact as the years went on. You could see an increase in abuse and neglect because families were under a lot of pressure and the children would take the brunt of it,” DeGrazia explains. 

“It seems like these cuts in preventative measures have lasting outflow effects especially on the mental health side, because people start self-medicated, using illegal drugs, all kinds of negative effects.”

As many have pointed out, support of public education is also cost effective for the state in many ways – including building stable families.  “Kids that are going thru the public education system so when they become adults they can have stable work – so spending on public education now pays dividends later.”  Perhaps being able to make these arguments persuasively will convince some moderate allies to join forces and make some effective changes.

It won’t be easy — DeGrazia is “fully cognizant of the current composition of the legislature” – and knows a first-time race is a tough one.  But this is a guy who doesn’t do things in half-measures. His band performs internationally, he flies planes, and he defends vulnerable families tooth and nail.  

He has a real chance to win this November, and to help in the bigger fight along the way.

Let’s back him up.

http://degraziaforarizona.com to join his campaign or volunteer.  He is running for the Arizona House of Representatives, LD10.

http://www.degraziamusic.com/ if you need some music to keep you going.

SHOCKING, UNCOVERED Video Of McSally Calling On Herself/Others To “Look Within Our Hearts…Make Sure We’re Not Facilitators Or Bystanders” Fomenting Political Violence

Yes, Martha McSally is passionate when she speaks. The Republican Congresswoman’s passion came through in last night’s debate with fellow Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to help voters decide which should be Arizona’s next Senator. In the most memorable exchange – during and after the debate – McSally accused Sinema of committing treason against the United States.

However, it was 16 months ago this week that McSally (R-CD9) was just as passionately imploring herself and fellow elected officials (including the President) to “look within our hearts” to ensure that “we each need to do our part to ratchet this down.”

Arizona’s Politics wrote about her striking comments in the aftermath of the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise, and posted the video of her dual interviews on Continue reading

The clear choice in CD 8: vote for Dr. Hiral Tipirneni

Debbie Lesko has always been a few bricks short of a full load. She gets elected only because she has run from a “safe” Republican voter registration district where GOP tribalism means voters would vote for a cardboard cutout of a cartoon character if it had an “R” behind its name on the ballot.

This is why we cannot have nice things in Arizona.

Apparently the candidate interviews with the editorial board of The Arizona Republic did not go well for Debbie Lesko. Her opponent, Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, stood head and shoulders above her.

Laurie Roberts of The Republic writes, Debbie Lesko v. Hiral Tipirneni: The difference is shocking:

The difference between the two is, in fact, startling – from their outlook on who they represent to their work histories. (Tipirneni spent 10 years as an emergency room doctor, Lesko spent nine years as a state legislator).

One of them has actual ideas to fix some of our most vexing issues and the other? Not. A. Clue.

Did I say their differences were startling? Actually, more like shocking, which possibly explains Tipirneni’s better-than-expected showing in a special election earlier this year to fill the seat vacated by Trent Franks.

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LD9 Clean Elections Debate: Oct. 16 (video)

LD9 Reps. Pamela Powers Hannley and Dr. Randy Friese with former representative and current Senate candidate Victoria Steele.

LD9 Reps. Pamela Powers Hannley and Dr. Randy Friese with former representative and current Senate candidate Victoria Steele.

The three Democrats and two Republicans running for seats in Legislative District 9 will participate in a Clean Elections Debate on Tuesday, October 16, beginning at 6 p.m. at Pima College Northwest.

Running for the Arizona House are incumbent Reps. Randy Friese and Pamela Powers Hannley and Republican challenger Ana Henderson, who lost to the two Democrats in 2016. On the Senate side, Democrat and former House Rep. Victoria Steele and political newcomer Republican Randy Fleenor are vying for the seat vacated by Senator Steve Farley.

Come with your questions. Since this debate is being run by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission (CCEC), at least half of the questions come from the audience.

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Democratic women veterans running for Congress

If you listen to Rep. Martha McSally tell her story, she would have you believe that she is the only woman who has ever accomplished “firsts” in serving her country in the U.S. Armed Forces running for Congress. She holds a mighty high opinion of herself. Just ask her.

But she is not the only woman who has proudly served her country who is running for Congress in November. In an ad debuting exclusively on Cosmopolitan.com, first-time congressional candidates explain their desire to continue serving their country. 8 Female Veterans and Federal Agents Appear Together in a Powerful New Campaign Video:

The theory that the 2016 election might inspire women to run for all levels of political office proved true within moments of the presidential inauguration, when hundreds of women signed up for seminars on running successful campaigns. Now, less than a month before the 2018 midterm elections on November 6, women hold a record number of spots on ballots across the country.

Among the women inspired to run are eight whose work for the country started years ago, just in another form. In a new campaign video, debuting exclusively on Cosmopolitan.com, eight women who served in the U.S. Navy, Marines Corps, Air Force, and CIA–Abigail Spanberger and Elaine Luria from Virginia, Chrissy Houlahan from Pennsylvania, Gina Ortiz Jones and MJ Hegar from Texas, Amy McGrath from Kentucky, Mikie Sherrill from New Jersey, and Elissa Slotkin from Michigan–speak about how their service inspired them to run for office this year.

Women Rising (video link).

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Hillary Clinton Raising Money For AG Candidate January Contreras, Tonight In NYC

January Contreras, the Democratic candidate for Arizona Attorney General, is in New York tonight for a high dollar fundraiser headlined by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Contreras is one of four candidates being supported by the DAGA fundraiser, reportedly because she Democrats believe that current AG Mark Brnovich is vulnerable.

The ticket levels range from $1,000 to $25,000 for the event, and it presumably means that the Democratic Attorneys General Association will spend some money in Arizona in the closing weeks of the campaign.

A spokesperson for the Republican Attorneys General Association taunted Clinton, Contreras and the Democrats, suggesting that Contreras should ask the former Presidential candidate (etc) to campaign for her in Arizona.

DAGA and RAGA filed their 3rd quarter reports with the IRS yesterday, and the much better-funded GOP organization is greatly outspending their Democratic counterparts, $7.4M to $1.8M. (Arizona-based contributions to RAGA are well in six figures, while DAGA received a total $450 from two individuals. APS parent company Pinnacle West contributed another $100,000 to RAGA.)





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