Yesterday was a good beginning toward building a progressive governing majority in Arizona. Democrats appear to have prevailed in some state house races :
- Jennifer Jermaine in LD 18
- Jennifer Pawlik in LD 17
- Aaron Lieberman in LD 28.
Democrats also prevailed in local contests (notably school board) laying the groundwork and foundation for future progressive advances.
Democrats should also take comfort in recruiting many capable and compelling local and congressional candidates who gave Republicans a run for their money and performed well against the odds. Hopefully, many of these candidates will decide to run again.
- It may take until March but Kate Gallego appears to be the odds-on favorite to be the next Mayor of Phoenix.
- Jennifer Longdon, a role model for people who can overcome great adversity, coasted to victory as a State Representative in LD 24.
- Anne Kirkpatrick came back into the political arena to win in Congressional District Two.
- Former Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, possibly on a career track to run for Governor in 2022, easily won Congressional District Nine.
- Kathy Hoffman, who went from political novice to perhaps becoming the next Superintendent of Public Instruction, may be a rising star.
- The races for Katie Hobbs and Kyrsten Sinema, as of Nov. 7, are still too close to call with up to 500,000 votes in Maricopa County still to be counted.
Youth turnout rose dramatically. Yes, yesterday was a good beginning.
Posted in Activism, Arizona Congressional Delegation, Arizona Congressional Races, Arizona State Legislature, Campaigns, Commentary, Community, David Gordon, Editorial, Education, Elections, Governor, Healthcare, Immigration, Infrastructure, Initiatives, Kyrsten Sinema, Law Enforcement, Mexico Border, Party Politics, Political Calendar, Political Events, Polling, Poverty, Racism, Senate
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According to a new survey by the Arizona List:
- Arizona Voters are strongly in favor of public initiatives to Stop Dirty Money and Invest in Ed.
- Voters are divided on ballot initiatives to stop school vouchers (known as “Empowerment Scholarship Accounts.”)
- There are three primary issues voters care about: comprehensive immigration reform including a pathway to citizenship, fully funding public education and affordable access to healthcare.
The Arizona List is a committee for pro-choice Democratic women in Arizona. The survey of 1,200 likely November 2018 voters in Arizona was conducted by veteran pollster Lisa Grove of Anzalone Liszt Grove research.
The results were shared exclusively with The Blog For Arizona. Subscribe to our blog at https://blogforarizona.net/subscribe-to-blog-for-arizona/
Stopping dirty money in politics is overwhelmingly popular with 78% of voters voting “yes.” Outlaw Dirty Money is an initiative that would change the Arizona constitution to say that any non-profit spending more than $10,000 on a political campaign would have to disclose donors who contribute at least $2,500.
Supporters say people should vote yes because it will increase transparency in our elections. It will require any front organization that gets money from the anti-consumer, anti-public school and anti-worker billionaires like the Koch brothers to disclose the original sources of the dark money.
65% of voters are in favor of the Invest In Ed initiative. It increases K-12 funding in the classroom, raises teacher and support staff salaries, and adds full-day kindergarten, by raising income taxes on individuals earning more than $250,000 and households earning more than $500,000.
Posted in Ballot Referendas and Initiatives, Charter Schools, Education, Healthcare, Immigration, Larry Bodine, Legislation, Polling, Propositions
Tagged affordable healthcare, david schapira, Governor Ducey, immigration reform, InvestInEd, Outlaw Dirty Money, Save Our Schools
“Announcing Arizona AFL-CIO and Pima Area Labor Federation candidate endorsements:
SOUTHERN ARIZONA ELECTIONS:
Legislative District 2:
Senate: Andrea Dalessandro
House: Rosanna Gabaldon
House: Daniel Hernandez
Legislative District 3:
Senate: Sally Ann Gonzales
Senate: Betty Villegas
House: Andres Cano
House: Olivia Cajero-Bedford
Legislative District 4:
Senate: Lisa Otondo
House: Charlene Fernandez
House: Gerae Peten
Legislative District 8
Senate: Sharon Girard
Legislative District 9:
Senate: Victoria Steele
House: Randy Friese
House: Pamela Powers-Hannley
Legislative District 10:
Senate: David Bradley
House: Kirsten Engel
Legislative District 11:
Senate: Ralph Atchue
House: Holly Lyon
Legislative District 14:
Senate: Mendy Gomez
House: Bob Karp
Governor: David Garcia
Secretary of State: Katie Hobbs
Attorney General: January Contreras
Super of Public Instruction: David Schapira
U.S. Senate: Kyrsten Sinema
Congressional District 1: Tom O’Halleran
Congressional District 2: Ann Kirkpatrick
Congressional District 3: Raul Grijalva”
From PALF’s July 9 posting on FB: https://www.facebook.com/PALFAZ/
Vote wisely on or before 8/28/18.
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Elections, Endorsements, Tucson
Tagged Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona AFL-CIO, Arizona primary, David Garcia, david schapira, endorsements, January Contreras, katie hobbs, Krysten Sinema, PALF, Pima Area Labor Federation, Raul Grijalva, Tom O'Halleran
from their website, www.alliance4action.org:
“Who We Are
We are an alliance of progressive individuals in southern Arizona working to ensure a caring and inclusive country. We will act together to protect and strengthen our values, human and civil rights.
The alliance4action (a4a) is a citizens activist group that has become a powerful agent for creating and transmitting responses to current and anticipated actions by our State and National governments.
Based in Green Valley, a4a was created by the leadership of changeishappening! (cih!) and the Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area (DCSRA) in November 2016. About 40 people, including leaders of several local organizations including faith based ones, attended the first meeting. By the end of January 2017, over 500 individuals had subscribed to the a4a email distribution list.
Recognizing that we will be more effective if we target our efforts, we formed action groups on the following immediate issues:
· Heathcare (including ACA, Medicare/Medicaid)
· LGBTQ Rights
· Election of Progressive Candidates”
Carolyn’s note: Uncontested Democratic races for the Primary: Sec. of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Mine Inspector and State Senate & House for LD 2. But there is Republican opposition in the General Election 2018.
Vote wisely on or before 8/28/18.
Posted in Activism, Carolyn Classen, Community, Elections, Endorsements, Tucson
Tagged Alliance 4 Action, Andrea Dalessandro, Arizona primary endorsements, Bill Mundell, Billy Kovacs, changeishappening, Daniel Hernandez Jr., david schapira, Deedra Abboud, Democratic Club of Santa Rita Area, January Contreras, katie hobbs, Mark Manoil, progressive candidates, Rosanna Galbaldon, sandra kennedy, Steve Farley, William Pierce