Former Chair of AZ GOP and candidate for state treasurer wants to “take guns away from blacks”

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Phoenix, Ariz. – October 14, 2015 – Randy Pullen, former Chair of Arizona’s Republican party, sent out a tweet during last night’s debate in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. Pullen’s tweet received several responses from activists and local reporters. “You knew all this ‘Second Amendment’ posturing was always about white people only having guns, right?” tweeted local blogger … Read More

More bad news for education: Arizona ranks in the basement on list of worst states for teachers

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Phoenix, Ariz. – September 28, 2015 – In a new ranking of the nation’s best and worst states to be a public school teacher, Arizona ranks third from the bottom among all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The rankings by WalletHub, an online personal finance information clearinghouse, are based on public education investment and teacher salary statistics from … Read More

Arizona is AWESOME

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Governor Ducey put out an email recently—AZ Awesome–highlighting stories that show how awesome it is to live and work in Arizona. The Governor wants to rebrand our state and focus on good news, not bad. And while we’d love to jump on the bandwagon, we think it’s more important to fix our flaws through better policy-making rather than covering them … Read More

Poll shows Tempe residents overwhelmingly support earned paid sick time

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Tempe, Ariz. – September 16, 2015 – A citywide survey among likely voters in Tempe shows overwhelming support for earned paid sick time. The poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners, found 80% of likely voters support a measure that offers up to 5 days of earned paid sick time annually. Only 16% of voters opposed the measure, a rare feat … Read More

GOP’s “Pay to Play” Congressional Campaign Contract Condemned Across America

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September 15, 2015 WASHINGTON: As controversy continued to grow regarding a contract signed by numerous vulnerable Republican legislators with the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), promising to supply detailed information about their “legislative agenda” and “political justifications” to national Republican donors in exchange for financial support, numerous state affiliates of ProgressNow, one of the nation’s largest and most influential progressive … Read More

18 organizations urge Governor to call special session, pay debt to schools

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Phoenix, Ariz. – September 3, 2015 – More than a dozen organizations joined together this morning to urge Governor Doug Ducey to call a special session and settle the education funding lawsuit with schools. “The parents of 1.1 million children are watching this issue closely,” declared Dr. Jennifer Johnson, a former state Deputy Superintendent and current Executive Director of Support … Read More

BREAKING: School funding talks break down

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Education advocates end negotiations on the Prop 301 lawsuit. Proposition 301 was passed by us—the voters—to mandate the legislature fund schools for inflation every year. Since 2009, the legislature has refused to follow the law, even after the courts ruled in favor of schools. Enough is enough. With $785 million in reserves, our legislature has more than enough money to … Read More

Week In Review: Smells like 2010

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It’s like 2010 all over again Many thought Donald Trump’s highly offensive comments about undocumented immigrants as murderers and rapists would have been enough to end his presidential ambitions. Instead, it seems to have energized the base, leaving other candidates scrambling to find their inner racist. This week, Jeb Bush said it wasn’t at all wrong to call American citizens … Read More

Pay Your Bills

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We know what happens when everyday Americans don’t pay their bills. Late notices fill the mailbox. Collectors start calling. The matter ends up in court. When these individuals have the resources to pay but refuse to do so, they’re called “dead beats” or “scammers.” Arizona has a major problem with “dead beat scammers,” or as they are more commonly known, … Read More

Week in Review: A Sugardaddy Trumps the News

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Call him Senator #Sugardaddy State senator Steve #Sugardaddy Yarbrough is using his power as a legislator to fatten his wallet. As head of a lucrative private-school tuition organization, Yarbrough advanced policies that helped him rake in more than $100,000 in taxpayer money—YOUR money–to cover the “costs” of administrating scholarships. Numerous media outlets pointed out this blatant conflict of interest, but … Read More