Print this out for future reference. Mail-in ballots will arrive on Oct. 10
Faced with a corrupt State Legislature and Supreme Court, Arizona voters will have the chance to fight back on 8 public initiatives.
Teachers, elected representatives, and a transportation official explained the merits of the ballot initiatives at the recent
Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club meeting.
Arrayed against voters are dark money interests and self-dealing corporations that are already spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to sabotage ballot initiatives to fund public schools, renewable energy, and clean elections.
“I said that this Legislature is owned by dirty money on the state House floor, and I was gaveled down,” says state Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley. “We still have corruption in the state government.”
Echoing these remarks, Luci Messing, the chair of the Tanque Verde Democrats, says, “We have a very corrupt majority in the Legislature who are not looking out for us. We need to take them out. That’s why it’s so important we vote for people who are pro-education, pro-family and will do best for Arizona and not for their pockets or personal gains. It’s definitely one of those issues where we can make a difference. The power is in our hands.” Continue reading
Posted in Arizona State Legislature, Ballot Referendas and Initiatives, Budgets, Counties, Economics, Education, Elections, Energy, Initiatives, Larry Bodine, Pamela Powers Hannley, Propositions, Transportation, Tucson, Voting Rights
Tagged APS, Arizona Public Service Electric Company, Brian Bickel, Jonathan Rothschild, Luci Messing, Marie Kidder, pamela powers hannley, Save Our Schools, Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club, TEP, Tom Chabin, Tucson Electric Power, Yves Khawan
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
Reprinted from Save Our Schools Arizona PAC.
In November, voters will have the chance to VOTE NO on Prop 305, the universal expansion of Arizona’s ESA voucher program.
So, what is an ESA? ESA stands for Empowerment Scholarship Account, which is a deceptive word for voucher. Vouchers were ruled unconstitutional in Arizona in 2006 because they divert public money to private schools. So ESAs were created as a loophole.
Here’s a short video showing why we want a NO vote on Prop 305.
Tea-Publican state lawmakers are plotting with outside groups (read “Kochtopus” and Betsy DeVos) on a plan that could knock Proposition 305 off the November ballot before voters can decide the fate of Arizona’s expanded school-voucher program (vouchers on steroids bill). Will Arizona Republicans ‘repeal and replace’ voucher expansion to thwart referendum?
The goal is to repeal last year’s legislation that expanded the ESA program to all 1.1 million public-school students and replace it with legislation intended to address criticisms of the expansion, according to more than a half-dozen people familiar with the wide-ranging discussions.
Sen. Bob Worsley, a Republican from Mesa (a mythical moderate Republican), has talked in broad terms over the past week with lawmakers and outside groups about new Empowerment Scholarship Account legislation but did not offer specific details to The Arizona Republic.
The “repeal and replace” idea would circumvent Arizona’s referendum process, which allows voters to try to veto a law if they gather sufficient signatures to place it on the ballot.
Posted in Arizona State Legislature, AZBlueMeanie, Ballot Referendas and Initiatives, Budgets, Campaigns, Corruption, Education, Elections, Ethics, GOP War On..., Governor, Legislation, Party Politics, Propositions, Scandals, Taxes
Tagged Proposition 305, Save Our Schools
Jan 6, 9 to 12 noon, AZ State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St.Phoenix
“Save Our Schools is calling parents, teachers, and concerned citizens! On January 6 we will be kicking off 2018 as the Year to Save Our Schools with an event at the Arizona State Capitol. Bring all of your family and friends – we will march, make posters, hear from keynote speakers, listen to live music, play on bounce houses, and send the state a loud and clear message: We are here to support our public schools!
Please spread the word, check out carpool options, recruit friends and coworkers, and plan on joining us!
** Co-Sponsors include AZ PTA and AZ Schools Now **
9-10am: Coffee/hot chocolate, sign-making stations, expo booths
10-10:30am: Remarks from guest speakers
10:30-11:30: March to Save Our Schools
11:45: Call to Action by SOSAZ”