Are you upset that the Outlaw Dirty Money and Invest In Ed Citizens Initiatives were tossed off of the November ballot by right-wing, activist judges? Many constituents have asked me what they can do about it. Here are three suggestions: vote NO on Prop 126, Prop 305 and Prop 306, and here’s why.
Along with hundreds of Arizonans, my volunteers and I carried petitions through the summer heat to get the Outlaw Dirty Money and Invest In Ed on the ballot. I’m upset that the Arizona Supreme Court tossed both of these initiatives off the ballot– despite their obvious popularity with the voters and despite the gargantuan signature drives that were mounted by the people. The only people who declined to sign these two petitions when I asked them were people who had already signed.
Outlaw Dirty Money was an attempt to bring more transparency to campaign finance laws. Invest In Ed would have raised the income tax on Arizona’s richest residents to pay for stable funding for public education. If you believe in these ideas– campaign finance transparency, getting big money out of politics, sustainable funding for public education, stopping the tax giveaways, and stopping school vouchers– there are three important “no” votes you can make on Nov. 6– No on Prop 126, No on Prop 305 and No on Prop 306.
Posted in Arizona State Legislature, Courts, Economics, Education, Elections, Initiatives, Justice, Pamela Powers Hannley, Propositions, Taxes
Tagged #RedForEd, Citizens Clean Elections Commission, Clean Elections, corporate sales tax loopholes, Empowerment Scholarship Account, ESAs, Invest in Ed, InvestInEd, Outlaw Dirty Money, pamela powers hannley, public education, Red for Ed, taxes, teachers, video
The eastern stop of the SunLink modern streetcar.
Four years ago, on a ridiculously hot July day, thousands of Tucsonans showed up to welcome the Modern Streetcar (AKA SunLink or affectionately “the trolley”) to downtown Tucson.
Tomorrow, July 28, Tucson will celebrate the streetcar’s steamy birthday with music and air-conditioned rides.
I won’t be downtown for the birthday party because I am giving a talk on the Equal Rights Amendment on Saturday night in Tubac, but I hope you all will check out the festivities and the live music on the streetcar and along the route. Below the fold are a few photos and a video from opening day.
Posted in Community, Economics, Energy, environment, Pamela Powers Hannley, Transportation, Tucson
Tagged downtown, infrastructure, mass transportation, pamela powers hannley, SunLink, Tucson, video
LD9 House incumbent Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley
The Citizens Clean Elections Commission (CCEC) organizes and hosts debates for all elections in which at least one Clean Elections candidate is running. In Legislative District 9, three of the five people running for office are Clean candidates: Jim Love, Victoria Steele and me. The other two people who are running for house– Rep. Randy Friese and J.P. Martin– are running traditional.
Since early ballots for the August 28 primary election will be mailed on August 1, the CCEC has been hosting many debates in the past month. On July 19, the LD9 candidates had their debate. (The LD9 video link is here and the embedded video is below. To watch other CCEC debates go here.)
CCEC debates include some questions that are asked of all candidates and other questions that are asked of specific people. I have annotated the debate with time stamps– in case you want to focus on particular topics. Since there were several audience questions about guns in schools, the environment and prison reform, I have grouped those questions and answers.
Posted in Arizona State Legislature, Budgets, Campaigns, Debates, Drug Policy, Economics, Education, Elections, environment, Gun Policies, Healthcare, Labor, Legislation, Pamela Powers Hannley, Party Politics, Political Events, Poverty, Primaries, Taxes
Tagged 2018 election, Arizona Legislature, Citizens Clean Elections Debates, Clean Elections, Dr. Randy Friese, J.P. Martin, Jim Love, pamela powers hannley, Victoria Steele, video
Remote-controlled drone delivery delivery devices were approved for use in Arizona by the Legislature.
On a lighter note, today’s video focuses on drone delivery devices. These are not flying taco copters. These are fancy ice chests on all-terrain baby buggy tires. Soon they will be making remote-controlled deliveries using our sidewalks, bike paths, intersections, and side streets with speed limits of 25 or less. Watch where you’re walking!
Watch the video below the fold.
Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley introduced a budget amendment to use $55 million in federal funds for childcare subsidies. This would have cost the state $0.
What was the most disgusting part of budget night? When 100% of the Republicans voted down my amendment to use $55 million in federal block grant money earmarked for child care assistance.
This would have cost the state nothing, and it would have dove-tailed perfectly with the tiered reimbursement for childcare payments, which would give low-income parents extra funds for high-quality childcare. But, no.
The Republicans have taken $80 million out of childcare assistance since the Tea Party Revolution started giving money away. This $55 million would have helped restore some of those cuts.
If you think you are represented by a moderate Republican, think again. The “moderates” vote with the hardliners 95% of the time. Watch the video below the fold.
Posted in Arizona State Legislature, Budgets, Economics, Education, Ethics, GOP War On..., Justice, Labor, Pamela Powers Hannley, Poverty
Tagged childcare, high-quality childcare, pamela powers hannley, video
The very last bill of the 53rd Session was a blatant attack on the Citizens Clean Elections Commission by the Republican majority.
The bill attacking a system that was created by the voters was rammed through after midnight. They want to protect big-money-based elections. Speaker Mesnard said this bill was necessary because Clean Elections needs “more oversight”, so what better place to put CLEAN Elections than under the control of Gov. Ditry-Money Ducey.
Clean Elections are governed by the Clean Elections Commission (as outlined in the law passed by the voters). What the Republicans aren’t telling you is that they really don’t like Clean Elections’ watchdog function over everybody’s campaign finance reporting, including the Republicans who run on dirty money.
Arizona needs a stronger campaign finance watchdog function not a weaker one. The GOP also is specifically targeting Progressive Clean Elections candidates with this bill because it says Clean candidates can’t make any payments to political parties— even to buy services like the VAN database.
Luckily, since Clean Elections was created through Citizens Initiative, any change that is not in the spirit of the original bill as passed by the voters must go back to the voters for approval. As the 2018 election approaches, expect heavy spin from the Republicans regarding Clean Elections because they have a vested interested in keeping the dirty money status quo.
Posted in Arizona State Legislature, Ballot Referendas and Initiatives, Civil Rights, Elections, Ethics, GOP War On..., Justice, Legislation, Pamela Powers Hannley
Tagged Clean Elections, dirty money, pamela powers hannley, video