Yesterday afternoon House Majority Leader John Allen (LD15) said Arizona teachers should have two jobs. While on the House Floor debating SB1042, the teacher de-certification bill, Representative Allen said of teachers working two jobs,“Most of us in this room have a second job. Good for them…That’s America. The idea that we are somehow torturing somebody if they have a second job is just ridiculous. And they have a long summer. What a great opportunity for people like us and teachers to go out and get a second job. Let’s all get a second job this summer.” More
About the Position
The Executive Director of PNAZ will lead the organization and it’s allied organizations and coalitions in developing a strategy to change the landscape of Arizona Politics through strategic communications. This should entail developing a narrative that is visible to voters statewide about progressive policy solutions. This narrative should support the work of coalition organizations by engaging voters around the issues and campaigns they work on, but should also be clearly it’s own set of work.
This individual must be a dynamic, strong leader who has proven experience in strategy implementation, fundraising, organizational and program development, coalition building, and organizational oversight. The Executive Director will successfully mobilize people and resources around organizational goals, demonstrate skill and finesse in dealing with a wide range of personalities, and create a culture of quality and excellence.
With Trump’s inauguration day looming closer, what are some ways you can #Resist here in Arizona? If you can’t make it to the Women’s march in D.C. (We’re sad we can’t make it either) check out these sister marches happening all around our beautiful state! Get more info: http://www.arizonawomensmarch.com/
January 21, 2017 1:00 PM
Ajo Plaza• Hwy 85, Ajo, AZ 85321
January 21, 2017 2:00 PM
Flagstaff City Hall• 211 W Aspen Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
January 21, 2017 10:00 AM
Montesa Community lot 248
7373 Hwy 60 , Gold Canyon, AZ 85118
Green Valley Rally
January 21, 2017 9:30 AM
Esperanza and La Canada
Intersection in Green Valley, Green Valley, AZ 85614
Jerome Stands in Solidarity
January 21, 2017 12:00 PM
The Parade Steps and Upper Park
P.O. Box 24, Jerome, AZ 86331
January 21, 2017 10:00 AM
Arizona State Capitol
1700 W Washington St, Phoenix, AZ
January 21, 2017 12:00 PM
120 S Cortez Street, Prescott, AZ
Sedona Peaceful Unity March
January 21, 2017 1:00 PM
45 Birch Blvd., Sedona, AZ 86336
January 21, 2017 10:00 AM
221 S 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
February 05, 2017 12:00 PM
TBD, Yuma, AZ 85364
A look back on the worst of the worst….
Arizona’s Republican legislators seem to be competing for worst legislature in the country. These were the people who created SB1070, and SB1062, which legalized LGBTQ discrimination. This year they refused to follow the law and a court order requiring they fully fund K-12 education. After the city of Tempe banned plastic bags, they passed a law banning the ban. They passed a budget that completely defunded Arizona universities and community colleges, and other social safety nets like TANF or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. They limited it to one year, making it the harshest in the country. With the 2017 Legislative Session starting on January 9th we have no doubt they’ll have worse ideas for Arizona.
We hoped the governor who signed SB1070 into law would disappear after leaving office but she couldn’t resist embarrassing Arizona one more time. She appeared on CNN to say she was, “fed up with being treated like a ‘bigot’ for backing Trump.” She said the women accusing Trump of sexual assualt were waterboarding him. Seriously. Not to be outdone by herself, She insulted the entire Latino population when she cavalierly said, “Nah…They don’t get out and vote.’’ We’re hoping now that Trump passed her over for a position in his administration she’ll fade away for good.
Cathi Herrod is obsessed with controlling women’s bodies and giving the government more influence over their medical decisions. This year she crafted three new, unnecessary and restrictive abortion laws: banning research on aborted fetuses, restricting state employee donations to Planned Parenthood and regulating medication abortions. The last bill was based on old FDA regulations and Abortion providers widely considered that protocol outdated. Anti-abortion advocates argued the off-label use of the medication was endangering women. Her endless crusade to attack women’s choices for their bodies is why she’s on out list.
Flake might not have made this list if hadn’t started praising Trump the minute he became President-elect. During the campaign Flake was an outspoken critic of Trump. But that all changed when he started praising Trump’s most egregious picks for his cabinet and cautioned against judging known Neo-Nazi Steve Bannon. On Twitter he said he was impressed that Exxon Mobile’s Rex Tillerson was recommended by Condoleezza Rice, without acknowledging she’s on Exxon’s payroll. He’s also supporting Trump’s pick for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, a man with a long history of racism and critic of the Civil Rights movement.
The Arizona Chamber seems to exist to file lawsuits. They claim to fight for Arizona businesses, but more often are attacking worker’s rights. This year they led an unsuccessful smear campaign against the minimum wage and paid sick ballot measure. They failed to stop it from passing and so they decided to sue along with several other chambers of commerce. That just goes to show that the Chamber doesn’t care abut helping working Arizonans. Their bid to crush the minimum wage measure failed when the Supreme Court wouldn’t hear the case. Thankfully thousands of hard working Arizonans will still earn a higher pay and earned time off despite the Chamber’s efforts.
Purcell was in office for 30 years, but it took one year of constant election problems to undo all of it. It all began when Purcell reduced the number of polling places by 70 percent for the presidential primary. Voters were stuck in lines for up 6 hours. She then had the gall to blame the voters for getting in line to vote. It was downhill from there. Purcell’s office printed 2 million ballots with the wrong Spanish-language description for Prop 123. Fixing that mistake cost taxpayers $400,000. Purcell was ultimately defeated by Adrian Fontes.
Arizona Treasurer Dewitt started off the year with a feud with Governor Ducey over the Prop 123 education funding plan. He moved on to being Trump’s Arizona campaign manager, then the Trump national campaign’s chief operating officer.He’s said he’s been offered jobs in the new administration, but won;t say if he’s accepted. His full out support of Trump is why he made the list.
Ducey was a mostly unknown State Treasurer until the Koch Brothers decided he’d make a great puppet and installed him in the governor’s office. He supported taking local control away form cities and towns and even blatantly threatened any city that raised the minimum wage. He signed a bill that let him stack the Arizona Supreme Court with two more seats. He’s been trying to paint himself as the education governor, but just like Fetch, it’s not gonna happen. His Classrooms First Initiative came away from a year of “working” with literally nothing accomplished. Arizona’s education is still shamefully underfunded and Ducey doesn’t seem to have any real interest in fixing it.
This year John McCain shockingly supported Trump even as the president-elect continued to insult him. He only distanced himself after the Access Hollywood tape of Trump bragging about sexual assault was released. He led the obstruction of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland; saying he would continue to block any SCOTUS nominee if a Democrat got into office. He was filmed on tape literally running away from a reporter asking him why he was refusing to allow a hearing for Merrick Garland. His endless cowardice at a time when political courage is necessary is why he’s number two
Where to begin with the worst sheriff in America? He’s racked up over 20 years of incidents that range from embarrassing stunts to human rights violations. He’s led hundreds of illegal workplace raids and exploited those he arrested for media attention. He happily carried out SB1070 and when a federal judge ordered his office to stop enforcing the racial profiling law, he ignored it. He ignored hundreds of sexual assault cases due to his obsession with finding and detaining immigrants. He also wasted taxpayer dollars on “investigating” President Obama’s birth certificate. He was finally kicked out of office thanks to the work of the Adios Arpaio campaign and years of organizing by Latino activists. Before he left office he held another bogus press conference claiming he had new proof that Obama wasn’t an American citizen. All these reasons are why we have him at the top of the list, and we’re glad to finally say Adios, Arpaio.
It can be hard to find neutral information about elections and research each and every race. The goal of Arizonans for Responsible Voting is to provide voters with all the information they need to vote, and to vote informed. This guide is designed to provide short, clear, independent summaries of the most critical races and propositions so voters can inform themselves and make their own decisions about the important issues facing Arizona. Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions about how to vote, and information about key, competitive local elections including endorsements and our recommendations to help voters make informed decisions.
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Maricopa County is having trouble administering an election. Again. This time county officials sent two early ballots to some voters who recently changed their registration. Our elections shouldn’t be this complicated. Tell Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell to modernize our elections. Click the image below to sign the petition
August 5, 2016- Arizona Senator John McCain gave a tumultuous interview on Phoenix’s NPR station, KJZZ today. Interviewer Phil Latzman even called the interview “feisty.”
Listen to the full KJZZ Interview here.
Progress Now Arizona tweeted at KJZZ Phoenix to ask Senator McCain about why he continues to block Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
When asked, “why is he committed to holding a Supreme Court seat for Trump when a well qualified and able judge has already been appointed by the president?”
“I don’t think this is a well-qualified judge. In fact, I think he’s very left of center. But again, I believe this is an issue for the next president of the United States, whoever that president is. And I can assure you this that I believe that Trump would make one heck of a lot better selection than Hillary Clinton would. We know who Hillary Clinton would select, another far left individual on the lines of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and other on the left.
It’s dissapointing that Senator John McCain would rather have Donald Trump appoint a Supreme Court judge, someone who would surely share Trump’s extremist anti-woman, anti-labor views.
Especially when a majority of Americans support nominating Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. It’s time McCain listen to the American people, not Donald Trump, and #Doyourjob.
Listen to the full KJZZ Interview here
Politicians at every level are taking a death-by-a-million-cuts approach to voting in Arizona
Published in the Arizona Republic on March 29. The entire article can be viewed here
On Monday, the Arizona House Elections Committee held a 3-hour-long hearing on the Arizona primary-election fiasco. Testimony was heard from Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell, Secretary of State Michele Reagan and a number of citizens enraged about the election. A majority of those who testified blamed Helen Purcell as the sole person responsible for the problems on Election Day, but these issues go deeper and farther than a single person. More