An Arrest has been made in the Arizona State and Maricopa County Democratic Party Office Fire

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An arrest has been made in the Arizona State and Maricopa County Democratic Party Office Fire.

According to the Arizona Republic, Phoenix Police have arrested an apparently mentally disturbed Democratic activist who did had been “banned from volunteering” for questionable behavior.

The suspect tweeting his confession that he did it and other social media posts helped lead law enforcement towards his direction.

Commenting on the arrest, Maricopa County Democratic Chair Steve Slugocki wrote:

“Myself and Arizona Democratic Party Chair Felecia Rotellini received news recently that the suspect of the open arson investigation against our headquarters office was apprehended.”

“We are deeply saddened and shocked by today’s news but appreciate the swift action by law enforcement to ensure that the suspect is in custody. This is a time for all Arizona Democrats to come together as friends and family. This unfortunate incident will not distract or deter us from achieving the goals we set in 2016. We remain committed to our mission to elect Democrats in November.”

“Today, Arizona Democrats remain focused on fighting for affordable, quality health care, a robust public education system, keeping Arizonans safe from COVID-19, and rebuilding an economy that works for every Arizonan.”

“As we work to navigate the process of finding a new home, we want to express our humble thanks and deep appreciation to all those who have reached out during this challenging time and have made generous donations. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

“At this time, we will await further information from law enforcement as this situation develops.”

In Solidarity,”

The Arizona Democratic Party issued an abridged joint version of the above statement.

Let the legal process run its course.

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.


  1. “Phoenix Police have arrested an apparently mentally disturbed Democratic activist who did had been “banned from volunteering” for questionable behavior.”

    Upon reading that the thought crossed my mind that the suspect was our old friend Captain Arizona. Apparently it’s not him/her as the Captain has as recently as yesterday been commenting on Tucson Weekly’s The Range.

    • I know he annoyed folks here, but Captain Arizona had some street cred.

      The Captain tried to build a memorial for people who were killed protesting the Vietnam “war” back in the mid 80’s when he was mid/late 30’s.

      So he’d be an older gentleman now, late 60’s/early 70’s I would guess.

      He made the papers a few times back then, had (has?) a business, ran for office, had a radio show.

      Quite a character.

      I have quotation marks around “war” because we don’t declare “war” anymore, Congress is cowardly and ceded the power to wage massive organized violence to POTUS.

      I’ll dedicate that last line to the Captain. 🙂

      • Being a DC area raised transplant to Tucson from the ’80s I had no idea.

        Seems whatever street cred he had he’s blown by claiming to be far left while constantly criticizing Biden and trafficking Clinton conspiracy theories, while sanctimoniously proclaiming his past support for Jill Stein, an attitude that helped deliver the presidency to the POS we have now.

        And while severely criticizing the presumptive Democratic nominee he has inexplicably remained mum on Trump. Judging from likes/dislikes on his comments, even when he’s right, Captain has alienated those who would join him on the barricades.

        Visit The Range sometime. Sometimes yours truly makes an appearance:

        Being a purist for purity’s sake inevitably leads to electoral defeat, see Bros, Bernie. But I only get broadcast over the air TV so what do I know? :O)

        • Hmmmm. He’s anti-war, constantly criticizes Biden, traffics Clinton conspiracy theories…

          My kind of guy except that his grammar and spelling is atrocious.

          Anyhow, who needs to traffic Clinton conspiracy theories? Aren’t the facts bad enough?

          Sorry, WB, I’m a hater, for sure.

          • “Anyhow, who needs to traffic Clinton conspiracy theories? Aren’t the facts bad enough?”

            That’s the dirty low down right there.

            This year the GOP gave us all the grift that keeps on grifting, and I have no bad feelings voting for Biden.

            I know who he is, and I know that when you stop hitting your head against the wall you feel better, even if that relief is artificial.

          • Sharpie, I’m really just exhausted. These days I’m mostly trying not to get COVID and die from it.

            I’ll vote for Biden, but I have no enthusiasm for a Biden presidency. I can imagine him being surrounded by sycophants telling him he’s going to be the next FDR.

            He isn’t Trump and apparently that has to be enough.

          • Liza, the point is once the primary is over and a nominee is settled upon, it behooves all of us to support, not attack, the nominee in the general election. Case in point – in 2016 I supported Bernie but when Hilary won the nomination I switched my support to her.

            Also, let me point out that much to his credit Bernie has been working with Biden, and doing so a lot earlier in the cycle than in 2016 which has been moving his platform in our direction.

            I’m with For Sure Sharpie on this one. Wishing you the best of luck in overcoming your professed hatred.

            Side Note: Wish one could post graphics here. I saved a great meme showing a cow dining in a field of marijuana. The caption: “The steaks have never been higher”.

          • C’mon, WB, Bernie and his supporters got screwed. Again. Bernie wins three early states and the Corp Dems are trembling, laying low, waiting for SC. So Joe wins his first primary ever, Pete and Amy succumb, and it’s effectively over. The biggest news story ever.

            It was either that or the superdelegates. The Corporates were NEVER going to allow Bernie to get the nomination. Medicare for All? Oh, NO!!! Free college? God help us, NO!!! And so on…

            I’m voting for Biden so, arguably, that is supporting the presumptive nominee who is not Trump. Since Hillary and Bill aren’t running, I can assume it’s okay to “attack”?

            Bill Clinton gave a eulogy for John Lewis last week and took a swipe at Bernie Sanders, his supporters, AND Stokely Carmichael. A eulogy, for crying out loud.

            So f*** the Clintons, I’ll “attack” whenever I happen to think about it.

          • Well Liza, You can attack the Clintons to your hearts desire as they’re becoming increasingly irrelevant, as they should. Though keep the attacks honest instead of regurgitating right wing propaganda as you did with equating Clinton conspiracy theories with facts.

            I’m glad at least you’re supporting the presumptive nominee.

          • I said,

            “Anyhow, who needs to traffic Clinton conspiracy theories? Aren’t the facts bad enough?”

            Meaning that making up conspiracy theories are not necessary when simply telling the truth is damaging enough (to the Clintons).

            Lost in translation, I guess.

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