With the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision to knock the Invest in Ed and Outlaw Dirty Money initiatives off the November ballot, the stakes in the election became much higher. Progressive and Centrist Democrats need to unite with Independents and disaffected Republicans on a forward-looking program that votes out the reactionary zealots in the Party of the KKK-endorsed candidate starting with the Governor, all the Republican state officeholders, and Republican legislators.
They do not even hide their contempt for democracy, clean elections, or people that are not white. It is time to rally and turn out in November and launch an Arizona Blue Wave.
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Tagged Bill Pierce, David Garcia, January Contreras, Kathy Hoffman, katie hobbs, Kiana Sears, Kyrsten Sinema, Mark Manoil, sandra kennedy
“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
Cross-posted from RestoreReason.com.
For those who may not have seen them, I had two letters to the editor (LOEs) published recently, one on Tucson.com and the other in the Arizona Republic. As you might have guessed, they were about education.
I don’t know that these LOEs moved the needle any, but if enough of us write them, they surely can begin to. Certainly, we are seeing much more in the news about education than ever before.
One such bit of “news” is the op-ed published by the AZ Republic’s Editorial Board this morning titled “The heavy lift is still ahead on education.” I applaud the headline for making it clear there is much more to be done, and for driving home “how far Arizona still has to go to restore our public-education system and make it secure and strong enough to face the challenges of a growing state.” I also appreciate their astute observation that “The recession taught Arizonans the hard lesson that their children and grandchildren will need solid skills to succeed in a fast-changing world. Our schools are trying to deliver on a starvation diet.” Continue reading
Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com
There’s something that feels very inevitable about the way this Arizona school funding “settlement” is playing out.
The plan ends a lawsuit filed by schools in 2010 after the Legislature stopped giving required yearly inflation increases to basic school funding. It would funnel $3.5 billion to K-12 schools over 10 years. About $2 billion comes from increasing land trust withdrawals, and the $1.4 billion from the state’s general fund. The deal also contained several triggers that would allow the Legislature to stop mandatory inflation boosts in tough economic times.
If passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor, voters would have to approve the changes in a May special election.
Posted in Arizona State Legislature, Ballot Referendas and Initiatives, Budgets, Civil Rights, Commentary, Courts, Donna Gratehouse, Education, Elections, GOP War On..., Immigration, K12/AZVA, Legislation, Propositions, Racism, Taxes
Tagged az legislature, bond and override elections arizona, Doug Ducey, eric meyer, katie hobbs, ld28, Steve Farley