President Donald Trump responded on Thursday morning to reports of a caravan of migrants moving through Central America toward the U.S. border by blaming Democrats for their purported “assault on our country.” The president was mimicking the commentators he was likely watching on Fox News, who urged Republicans to weaponize the caravan as an election issue ahead of next month’s midterms.
A caravan of as many as 4,000 Honduran migrants has entered Guatemala, leading Fox hosts to spend much of the week trying to stoke fears that the migrants are “heading this way” with plans “to storm our border.” None of this makes much sense — the caravan would still need to make it through all of Guatemala and Mexico, and the Mexican government is currently deploying its own resources to stop the migrants. But because Trump’s worldview is shaped by the hours of Foxhe consumeseach day, that coverage is having an impact on U.S. policy — and now, the topics of discussion in the midterm elections.
Trump entered the fray on Tuesday morning, warning that the U.S. would cut off aid to Honduras if the caravan isn’t turned back:
To the best of my recollection, The Arizona Republic fka The Arizona Republican has endorsed a Democrat for governor only once – in my lifetime at least – Governor Janet Napolitano for reelection in 2006. And that was only because Republicans nominated Len Munsil from the Center for Arizona Policy for governor that year. A Dominionist who would impose a theocracy in Arizona was a bridge too far even for them.
So it comes as no surprise that The Republic endorses Governor Doug Ducey for reelection. But of course they do.
What I find curious is that there is no discussion of whether Ducey intends to complete another term as governor. There is speculation that he may run for Senator McCain’s senate seat in 2020, or take a position in the Trump administration, or if President Trump does not run for reelection in 2020, to become the next son of Arizona to be a failed candidate for president. “Arizona may be the only state in America where mothers don’t tell their children that someday they can grow up and be president.” – John McCain.
Republican Senate Nominee Martha McSally and Democratic Senate Nominee Kyrsten Sinema debated on Monday, October 15, 2018
Arizona Voters were able to see for the first time and only time this election season the two party nominees vying to succeed Senator Jeff Flake in the November elections. People watching were treated to two candidates, Representative Kyrsten Sinema, and Representative Martha McSally who both displayed contrasting visions and temperaments to the viewing public.
Democratic nominee Representative Kyrsten Sinema came across as poised, prepared, mature, approachable, bipartisan and wonky. On issue, after issue, be it healthcare, Brett Kavanagh, border security, climate change, or the economy, she skillfully laid out for the audience her positions and why she supported or opposed differing policy initiatives or nominees. She conducted herself professionally when attacked by her opponent, calmly refuting each assertion brought on by her.
In sharp contrast, Representative Martha McSally came across as unhinged, inflexible, bombastic, animated, and untruthful. On issue after issue, she continually parrotted Republican talking points on the border, health care, the economy. taxes, and Brett Kavanaugh. She brought up Nancy Pelosi (the Republican boogeyman of the last 12 years) at least twice and when it came time for her response to the topic of climate change, she immediately demanded to shift the topic to the military where she regurgitated all the proven misleading, inaccurate, and false accusations against Representative Sinema, even “slinging mud” by accusing her of treason for remarks made in 2003 (long before the Democratic Nominee ever held office).
Overall, it was a very good debate performance from Sinema this evening. She was poised, mature, and looked like a United States Senator. McSally looked like a person from a Trump rally who was about to come out in a rash and burst. The only potential real hiccup for the Democratic Nominee was Sinema not forcefully denouncing McSally for questioning her patriotism by saying she committed treason. Sinema maintained her composure but this may have been an instance where her supporters and those that are undecided would have understood if she had looked back at McSally and responded: “How dare you question my love for our country?”
Please click on the below links to see the debate and a fact check from supporters of the Sinema campaign.
The Center for Latina/os and American Politics Research released a poll showing the Garcia-Ducey race has dropped to a 4-point margin.
Two new polls show that Democratic candidate David Garcia is closing the gap with Doug Ducey in the race for Governor. The gap will narrow more as Garcia’s campaign knocks on the doors of 1.3 million voters this weekend.
On top of that, One Arizona — a coalition of progressive community groups — worked together to register a record 190,000 new voters statewide. Continue reading →
Sharon Girard supports Medicare for All and retaining the KidsCare Healthcare program.
The Democratic candidates running for the state Legislature put an emphasis on issues that are unique to rural Arizona such as failing schools, lack of access to quality healthcare, water rights, and immigration.
In our Trump nation, local elections matter more than ever. If you care about education, healthcare or equality, it is vital that each of us knows exactly who is running for our local legislative seats.
Legislative District 8 encompasses Eloy, Globe, Gila River Indian Reservation, Mammoth, Coolidge, Florence, Superior, parts of Oracle, and Casa Grande.
LD 8 can be considered a toss-up district. It is a District where the incumbent Republican state Senator Frank Pratt won less than 55 percent of the vote in 2016! Simply put: 55% is a percentage Democrats can chip away at. So, who are these Democrats on the ballot and what do they care about?
Arizona State Senate
Sharon Girard is running as a Democrat. She is a Physician’s Assistant and comes from a military family. Girard grew up in California but lives and works in Eloy, Arizona. She is a mother, wife and a fierce advocate for women’s reproductive rights and access to affordable healthcare for all. Her impressive medical background informs many of her positions. She is endorsed by Moms Demand Action, Naral Arizona, Teamsters Local 104, the Arizona AFL CIO, and various other organizations. Girard’s social media presence is strategic; she is active on both Facebook and Twitter.
Women’s equality and Reproductive freedom: Girard supports a woman’s right to choose, access to affordable contraception for men and women, equal pay, comprehensive sex education in all schools, and an end to Crisis Pregnancy Centers.
LD 17 Democratic State Senate Nominee Steve Weichert and State House Nominee Jennifer Pawlik
Arizona Local District 17, which includes all or parts of Gilbert, Chandler, and Sun Lakes, is becoming increasingly purple over the last two years. Some pundits and commentators like the organization Flippable, seeing a potential blue wave coming in November, feel that Democratic House Nominee Jennifer Pawlik and Democratic Senate Nominee Steve Weichert have a good chance of defeating their Republican counterparts in the next election.
On Tuesday, October 9, both Ms. Pawlik and Mr. Weichert attended the Clean Elections Debate in the second floor Copper Room of the Chandler Public Library. Republican and current Arizona Speaker of the House JD Mesnard, the Republican nominee for the State Senate seat also attended. The two House Republican candidates competing against Ms. Pawlik did not appear at this event, continuing a pattern across the county of the Party of Lincoln nominees being too busy to engage and discuss their views with the people.
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Hosted by Border Patrol Victims Network Red de Victimas de la Patrulla Fronteriza “We will gather on the sidewalk in front of Tucson Federal Court ( 405 W. Congress) on the first day of the retrial of Border Patrol agent … Continue reading →
University of Arizona GOTV Rally with Bernie Sanders and David Garcia, Hosted by UofA Young Democrats Other speakers include:CD 3 Congressman Raul Grijalva and Nina Turner, President of Our Revolution Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Time: Doors open: 10:00am Rally: 12:00pm … Continue reading →
Arizona State University GOTV Rally with Bernie Sanders and David Garcia, Hosted by ASU Young Democrats Other speakers include: Congressman Ruben Gallego and Nina Turner, President of Our Revolution Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Time: Doors open: 3:00pm Rally: 5:00pm Media … Continue reading →
“Come learn from the City of Tucson’s Environmental Services Department about the do’s and don’ts of recycling and how you can be part of the solution to make sure our recyclables actually make it to market. Bring your questions!” https://www.facebook.com/events/329200600990595/Share … Continue reading →
“This will be an 1.5 hour training hosted by the Pima County Tucson Women’s Commission meant to bring Tucson’s women together in a women only space to begin what role in Advocacy they can start playing after they cast their … Continue reading →
Hosted by YWCA Arizona – STAT-Stand Together Arizona Training & Advocacy and YWCA Southern Arizona “It’s General Election time, and once again the Pima County Recorder’s Office is joining us for a voting party to officially collect your ballots. Bring … Continue reading →
Hosted by Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce “You’re cordially invited to the 2018 State of the City Address to be delivered by Mayor John F. Doyle Thursday, October 25th at 6:00 p.m. Pierson High School Gymnasium 451 N. Arroyo … Continue reading →
“Join AFGE, The AZ AFL-CIO and other community groups to discuss privatization and union busting in the VA and other government workplaces.” https://www.facebook.com/events/1133141733506996/Share this:FacebookTwitterMoreEmailTumblrPrintPocketRedditLinkedInGooglePinterestLike this:Like Loading...
Hosted by Phoenix Democratic Socialists of Americaand 3 others “On Thursday, October 25 at 6:30pm, Michael Lighty, founding member of the Sanders Institute and leader in the Healthy California campaign, will be joining other labor leaders for a town hall … Continue reading →
“In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, Southwest Fair Housing Council and our community partners will be examining the impact of the Act on Arizona. 8:00 – Registration and continental breakfast 8:45 – Opening Remarks, welcome … Continue reading →
ELEGY FOR AMERICAN DIPLOMACY OCTOBER 26, 2018 Ambassador David Dunford “Over the past three decades, American diplomatic successes have become increasingly irregular and the perception of the US has become less positive. More and more we look to our military … Continue reading →
Ninth Annual Spirit of Service Scholars Luncheon 10/26/2018 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ASU Downtown Campus – AE England Auditorium 424 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, Arizona, 85004 “Arizona State University Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions is pleased … Continue reading →
“Join us at IBEW Local 570 for a discussion about Medicare For All. We’ll be joined by Michael Lighty, former policy director of National Nurses United, to talk about what universal healthcare for everyone in America will look like and … Continue reading →
Film and Discussion “Life of Chicana activist Dolores Huerta, who with Cesar Chavez, founded and led the United Farm Workers Union for half a century. Sister Dolores dedicated her life to building a coalition of the labor and Chicanx movements, … Continue reading →
Join us for a Film & Forum honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month. WHAT: An award-winning short film followed by a panel discussion with community leaders who deal with domestic violence. WHEN: Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 WHERE: Murphy-Wilmot … Continue reading →
October 27, 2018 4:00 pm – 11:30 pm Peace Center Event Celebrate Tucson Peace Center’s new office space in the Global Justice Center. We’re collaborating with other GJC tenants and our new neighbor The Gloo Factory to host a street … Continue reading →
Hosted by Social Roots, LLC and 3 others “Bring your ballots or vote early to this one-time, one day event and festival of culture! Show solidarity in your voting power! If you have a friend or two, bring them. All … Continue reading →
“Greetings, National Lawyers Guild members and supporters, The National Lawyers Guild is proud to be providing Legal Observers for the third annual School of Americas Watch Border Encuentro (www.soaw.org/border-encuentro). The Border Encuentro will be November 16-18 in Southern Arizona … Continue reading →
Ward 2 Councilman Paul Cunningham will be speaking about Get Out the Vote efforts for the General Election on Nov. 6, 2018. His 2nd wife Alisa is running for Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 against Republican attorney Doug Taylor … Continue reading →
“Resolve your active warrants! Justice Court Customer Service Windows: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Tucson City Court Customer Service Windows: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Available Services: – Quash your warrant – Create a payment plan – Reinstate your driver’s … Continue reading →
“Prepare for a spooky, adventure. Learn how our waste is safely entombed in the landfill while recyclables begin their journey to come back to life as new products. RSVP TO 791-3175.” https://www.facebook.com/events/2220747118159861/ Carolyn’s note: This is a Halloween “spooky” tour, … Continue reading →
“The Equal Rights Amendment has not been ratified in 13 states, and ARIZONA, is one of them. Join us for a night of music, dancing, drinks, food trucks, speakers and local vendors. Admission is FREE and everyone is welcome. Use … Continue reading →
“Comedy for Charity is proud to announce it is co-promoting and co-producing the hilarious Whose Live Anyway with The Fox Theatre on November 1st. Back by popular demand, this show sold out in 2016, so get your tickets early! … Continue reading →
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