Confidential Koch Brothers Document Details Takeover of Public Universities

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Phoenix, AZ- When the first drafts of the proposed state budget came out there was something odd. Someone had inserted $5 million into the budget for universities, but the money, which would automatically be appropriated every year, is earmarked only for “economic freedom schools.” That’s code for Koch Brothers University. Although no one at the Capitol will say who inserted … Read More

New Poll: 70% Of Arizona Voters Oppose Dark Money, Citizen Referendum and Redistricting Bills

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PHOENIX- A new Public Policy Polling survey commissioned by Progress Now Arizona,  finds that a trio of bills under discussion in the Arizona legislature related to campaign finance, overriding citizen initiatives and changing Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission are supported by fewer than one in four voters, and large majorities of voters between 66 and 78 percent of voters say they oppose … Read More

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

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

What a Night! Progressives Score Big Wins as Arizona Legislature Lurches to Halt

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PHOENIX — Progressives scored a major victory early Friday morning when the Arizona Legislature descended into chaos and failed to pass its latest partisan assault on voting rights. Civic engagement volunteers who canvass low-income and Latino neighborhoods to turnout early voters won’t be in danger of becoming felons after all. In what may have been an Arizona legislative first, the … Read More

Shooter Can’t Shoot Straight on Debunked Vote Fraud Story

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  PHOENIX – When it comes to telling the truth about Arizona’s virtually non-existent voter fraud one powerful Arizona Senator just can’t shoot straight. Sen. Don Shooter continues to distort and exaggerate a 2010 early vote project in his Yuma district to scare Republicans into supporting his bill to make volunteer ballot collections a crime. Election officials, including then Secretary … Read More

Amateur Hour: Lawmaker Gets Earful After Not Blind Copying email Defending Education Cuts

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  *Post contains corrections to original emailed press release. PHOENIX – Arizona State Senator Steve Yarbrough now knows why U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham never uses email. On Tuesday Yarbrough, R-Chandler, sent a mass email to at least 300 constituents defending his late-night state budget vote to slash university and community college budgets, reduce per-pupil funding for public schools and pull … Read More