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

ICYMI: ProgressNow Arizona hits for the cycle in January

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PHOENIX — ProgressNow Arizona has hit for the cycle in January, establishing the year-old organization as the go-to progressive voice holding elected leaders accountable in several television, print and radio interviews on the state’s biggest political stories. Executive Director Robbie Sherwood has provided commentary in response to Gov. Doug Ducey’s inaugural speech, led a massive press conference and rally pushing … Read More

Happy Holidays! Westboro Wackadoodles Bringing Hate Parade to Arizona

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A small posse of hate-peddlers from the odious “God Hates Fags” Westboro Baptist Church will roll through Northern Arizona this weekend to denounce – oddly enough — another Christian church. For garbled reasons perhaps only they truly understand, the Westboro gang will protest Christ’s Church in Flagstaff at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The unlovable hatriots from Kansas seem … Read More

Arizona Gripped by the Kochtapus as New Gov. Ducey Installs Koch Dark Money Bag Man as Chief of Staff

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PHOENIX – Arizona Governor-elect Doug Ducey is repaying his out-of-state dark-money backers today by hiring controversial Koch Brothers bag man Kirk Adams as his new chief of staff. Former House Speaker Adams, who helped orchestrate a campaign-style war on Arizona’s emerging rooftop solar energy industry on behalf of mega-utility Arizona Public Service, has been a top Koch operative since his … Read More

PHOENIX WALMART WORKERS TO STRIKE ON BLACK FRIDAY TO PROTEST RETALIATION, LOW PAY

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Contact: Joe Murphy, UFCW 602-291-2419 or Robbie Sherwood, ProgressNow Arizona 480-246-7944 ***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Workers, Faith Leaders, Immigrant Rights Activists, Elected Officials and Students Join Largest Black Friday Mobilization Ever, Intensify Calls for Walmart Owners to Commit to Paying $15 and Providing Full-Time Work  PHOENIX — Up to 100 Walmart workers and community members in Phoenix will join the biggest strikes … Read More

Civic Engagement Groups respond to viral video of volunteer dropping off ballots

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Oct. 22, 2014 For immediate release Press contact: Robbie Sherwood, 480-246-7944 Civic Engagement Groups respond to viral video of volunteer dropping off ballots   PHOENIX – The One Arizona Coalition, Arizona Advocacy Network and The League of Women Voters released the following statements today regarding a viral video of a volunteer dropping off ballots. From Sam Wercinski, executive director of … Read More