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A Voter Guide to the Democratic Nominees Blog for Arizona Interviewed this year.

With early ballots arriving in the mail the next couple of days, we have included links to all the articles pertaining to profiles compiled on the federal, state, and local Democratic nominees running for office this year. Please review them so they can help you make the best decision when voting these next two and a half weeks.

Furthermore, please consider the following when deciding whether or not to vote this election:

  • If you think we can do better than one in four children in Arizona living in poverty, then vote in November.
  • If you think we can do better than being near the bottom in the nation in education funding, then vote in November.
  • If you agree with gubernatorial candidate David Garcia that “no one should be left behind,” then vote in November.
  • If you agree with Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Kathy Hoffman that the “future of Arizona is in our schools,” then vote in November.
  • If you agree with Attorney General candidate January Contreras that public service should be about the “little guy and democracy” and the people, especially the most vulnerable (like those with pre-existing health conditions), need to be protected, then vote in November.
  • If you agree with Treasurer candidate Mark Manoil that local and state Arizona economic development would be better served with local community banks than Wall Street banks, then vote in November.
  • If you agree with Mining Inspector candidate Bill Pierce that uranium should not be mined for in the Grand Canyon where any contamination into the Colorado River would make that water undrinkable for millions of citizens across several states, then vote in November.
  • If you want Arizona to be the solar capital of the country and greater utility investments steered towards solar, water, and wind like Corporation Commission candidate Kiana Sears, then vote in November.
  • If you want the stench of Dark Money removed from the public arena as most of the Democratic local and state candidates want, then vote in November.
  • If you want public servants like this year’s Democratic candidates that listen to their constituents and show up to public forums and debates, then vote in November.
  • If you want our borders secured, like our Democratic candidates want, with smart technology and smart policies geared towards capturing criminals, drug dealers, and human traffickers, then vote in November.
  • If you want all civil rights protected, including the right for women to choose and the newly recognized rights for members of the LGBTQ community, then vote this November.

All elections are important. The 2018 elections may be more so because if the forces of reaction, intolerance, and backwardness are allowed to prevail, it may be a long time before we recover.

Please Remember To Vote In November.

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Political Calendar: Week of October 21, 2018

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Political Calendar for the Week of October 21, 2018:

Sunday, October 21, 4:30 p.m.: Rally for Gun Safety with David Garcia, Ann Kirkpatrick, & Gabby Giffords at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress Street, Tucson.

Sunday, October 21 – 6:00 p.m.:David Garcia for Governor: Build Arizona Town Hall,” at Alliance for Global Justice, 225 E. 26th Street, Tucson. David Garcia will discuss his economic plan for Arizona.

Monday, October 22, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson luncheon, Dragon’s View Restaurant (400 N. Bonita, South of St. Mary’s Road between the Freeway and Grande Avenue, turn South at Furr’s Cafeteria). New price: buffet lunch is $10.00 cash, $12 credit; just a drink is $3.50. Featured speaker is Sam Almy, AZ Democratic Party Data Director. Next Week: Councilman Paul Cunningham on Preparing for GOTV.

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In Memoriam: Carolyn Warner (Updated)

It is with great sadness I have to post that a cherished member of the Democratic Party family has passed away. Carolyn Warner was one of the nicest, warmest and funniest people you would ever meet. She will be greatly missed.

The Arizona Republic reports, ‘She was a giant’: Education leader Carolyn Warner dies at 88:

Carolyn Warner, an education leader and advocate who nearly became Arizona’s first female governor, died of cancer Tuesday.

She was 88.

“Arizona has lost an icon,” Phoenix Mayor Thelda Williams said in a statement Wednesday. “A trailblazer in her own right — Carolyn Warner leaves a legacy of tireless dedication and advocacy for public education that will always be remembered.”

The chairwoman and founder of Corporate Education Consulting began her political career nearly 50 years ago as a Phoenix Union High School District board member. The mother of six said she was approached to run after moving to Phoenix from Oklahoma in 1953.

She became the first non-educator elected as state superintendent of public instruction, a post she held for 12 years. She ran for U.S. Senate in 1976 but lost the Democratic primary to Dennis DeConcini.

A decade later, Warner became the second woman in Arizona history to win her party’s nomination in the governor’s race, only to lose in the general election to Republican Evan Mecham.

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What some of our Arizona Democratic Nominees are saying about the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh

Below are some of the comments made by Arizona Democratic Nominees on the elevation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. These sentiments should serve as a warning to all future attempts to ram through any nomination along largely base partisan lines without care to the wishes of the majority that opposed this nominee.

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Schedule of events for John McCain memorial services

The Arizona Republic has the details for the memorial service for Senator John McCain, additional details from johnmccain.com and axios.com:

Wednesday viewing at Arizona Capitol

Where will McCain’s casket be displayed?

McCain’s body will rest under the copper-domed rotunda at the old state Capitol building, located at 1700 W. Washington St. It’s not yet known which entrance the public will use to enter the building.

How will the memorials begin?

A private ceremony is planned in the Capitol rotunda at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Speakers will include Gov. Doug Ducey and former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl. U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake will offer a benediction, and former U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe will present a wreath.

Can the public attend Wednesday’s events?

Yes. Members of the public are invited to pay their respects during a public viewing starting at 2 p.m. The Capitol will stay open until everyone in line has had a chance to participate.

The tribute will be livestreamed at johnmccain.com.

How long will the lines be?

Thousands of Arizonans are expected to attend. Be prepared to wait in line for an extended period of time. The line is likely to stretch outside, where there isn’t shade.

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