“I am looking forward to being the voice for public education and elevating the voices of teachers and students,” says newly-elected Kathy Hoffman.
During the 2018 election campaign in Arizona, one person personified the Cinderella theme of coming from nowhere to win statewide office.
No, it was not Katie Hobbs. It was not Kyrsten Sinema. It was the incoming Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kathy Hoffman.
A speech therapist, Hoffman achieved the “Impossible Dream” of Arizona electoral politics this year by her meteoritic rise to become the state’s top educator. She bested seasoned political veterans David Schipara in the August primaries and Frank Riggs in the November general elections. After Senator-Elect Sinema, she was the top vote-getter among Democrats.
A new star in the Democratic Party, Ms. Hoffman sat down with the Blog for Arizona a third time to reflect on her victory, discuss her transition, and chart a course for her first year in office. The questions and responses are below.
Alison Jones addresses the precinct committee people of Pima County
In a surprise upset, precinct committee person and Democratic activist Alison Jones won election as the Pima County Democratic Chair, ousting Jo Holt.
Jones got 156 votes and Holt got 151.
A total of 307 of Pima County’s 427 Democratic precinct committeemen arrived at the ENR2 Building on the UA campus for the vote.
“I am ready to make the party more efficient, inclusive and more powerful,” Jones said. “We need to reach out the Arizona Ground Game, Indivisible, AZBlue2020, and organized labor. They are entitled to claim some credit for our election victories, and there are hundreds more who could be and should be in this room.” She is a precinct committee person from LD9.Continue reading →
The new Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Board. They are (from left to right): Treasurer: Tom Krepitch, 1st Vice Chair: Carol Maas, Secretary: Roberta Neil Miller, Chair: Steven Slugocki, Sergeant-at-Arms: Patrick Seifter, and 2nd Vice Chair: Lynsey Robinson
A jubilant crowd of Precinct Committeepersons and County Democratic superstars and candidates attended the Maricopa County Democratic Winter Convention at Central High School in Phoenix on December 8, 2018. Speaker after speaker vowed to work together with everyone in the audience and those who could not attend to continue the trend started in this year’s election of turning Arizona to a blue state. Delegates to the convention also voted for a new Maricopa County Democratic Executive Board to help pave the way to victory in 2020.
LD 1 Republican State Representative David Stringer
The outcry against Legislative District One Republican Representative David Stringer has grown since the publication of his racist remarks. This condemnation includes a group of local activists in LD 1 who will meet this weekend to discuss launching a recall drive of Mr. Stringer if he does not immediately resign from his elected office.
Posted onDecember 4, 2018byLarry Bodine|Comments Off on Listen: Racist Rep. Stringer and Zinke vs Grijalva on the Victoria Steele Report Radio Show
Click to hear the Dec. 1 Steele Report with newly-elected state Senator Victoria Steele and Blog for Arizona journalist and Precinct Committeeman Larry Bodine.
Victoria Steele, Senator-Elect from Tucson’s LD9.
Topics you’ll want to hear about:
Vile racist Rep. David Stringer of Prescott must resign now, says Victoria (see below). We’re sick of haters in government.
The Blue Wave just keeps getting bigger. Democrats picked up their 40th seat in the house (with Democrat TJ Cox in California’s 21st Congressional District). Democrats won the popular vote by 8 million votes (compared to Hillary Clinton winning by 3 million votes).
HR 1 – the top new priorities for Democrats in Congress, including
Cutting healthcare costs,
Increasing the minimum wage,
Ending dark money,
Passing the Dream Act for DACA recipients,
Preventing gun violence,
Automatic voting registration,
Passing the Equality Act protecting the LGBTQ community.
Blog for Arizona writer Larry Bodine
Corrupt Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke attacked US Congressman Raul Grijalva on Twitter. This was a really stupid move because Grijalva will be Zinke’s boss as the ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee.
Who will get the appointment for John McCains’ Senate seat? Losing candidate Marth McShifty? Koch Brothers paymaster Kirk Adams, a swamp creature who was Gov. Ducey’s chief of staff? Maricopa County prosecuting attorney Bill Montgomery?
Steele called for racist Rep. String toresignimmediately: “Diversity is what makes us strong and beautiful. How could you look at someone and say, ‘this person is less than me or less deserving’? This type of behavior should ever be tolerated by our leaders. Rep. Stringer’s behavior and his vulgar comments have brought dishonor to the to the entire Arizona Legislature. I do not want to serve with him when I start next month. He should be removed from his position as a lawmaker. I am calling for his immediate resignation. Should he refuse or hesitate to resign he should be publicly removed from office,” Steele said.
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Tucson Premiere! You Racist, Sexist Bigot THURSDAY, JANUARY 17 AT 7:30PM | GENERAL ADMISSION: $15 • LOFT MEMBERS & STUDENTS WITH VALID ID: $10 Don’t miss the Tucson Premiere of the award-winning, made-in-Arizona documentary, You Racist, Sexist Bigot, featuring a … Continue reading →
Hosted by Jewish History Museum “What do white nationalists phrases like “Jews will not replace us” mean? What are our responses to it or our tools to dismantle it? Join us for a Gallery Chat with Josie Shapiro, activist and … Continue reading →
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“Greetings from your Women’s March: Phoenix organizers! We are excited to be back in action and to begin organizing the 2019 event. This event is in its infancy, and more details will become available in the coming months. As national … Continue reading →
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Hosted by Chukson /Tucson Water Protectors andIndigenous Women for Equality “A platform for Indigenous People has been created at the 2019 Tucson Women’s March. As Native communities on traditional Tohono O’odam land, we will gather to utilize this platform to … Continue reading →
“The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Women’s March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues, and creating … Continue reading →
REE ADMISSION The Lavender Scare SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 AT 3:00pM | FREE ADMISSION Government persecution shattered lives but ignited a movement for LGBTQ rights. In person: Lavender Scare filmmaker Josh Howard The Lavender Scare documents the vicious “witch hunt” … Continue reading →
“Monday, January 21, 8:00 a.m.: Annual Martin Luther King Day March in Tucson. Begins at MLK Way at The Bridges in the UofA Tech Park (S. Kino Parkway and 36th Street), march to Reid Park, Demeester Outdoor Performance Center, 900 … Continue reading →
Jeremey Lasher, 2018 DNCC National Canvass Director will speak on his experiences in the Primary and General of 2018. He is the past President of DGT. UPDATE: This DGT event has been postponed to Jan. 28 due to MLK Day … Continue reading →
Hosted by Pima County School Superintendent’s Office and 2 others “Please join us for a FREE film screening of TEACHING IN ARIZONA and a panel discussion with the filmmaker, Lisa Molomot, and the three featured teachers from the film. Featured … Continue reading →
Hosted by YWCA Arizona – STAT-Stand Together Arizona Training & Advocacy “According to a recent UN report, we have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe. So what are we going to do? The Stand Together Arizona Training and Advocacy … Continue reading →
“Tucson Great Decisions Association announces its annual Kick-Off breakfast program, to be held on Friday, January 25th, 2019 at the Viscount Suites Hotel. Great Decisions is a nonpartisan program of group discussion about foreign affairs, sponsored nationally by the Foreign … Continue reading →
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