Arizona Political Candidates Hobnob with Cliven Bundy at GOP Picnic

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PHOENIX – Outlaw Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his armed posse hobnobbed with numerous Arizona Republican political candidates last weekend at the70th annual Mohave County Republican Party Picnic. Stumping politicians who attended the Aug. 16 picnic along with Bundy included: Gubernatorial candidates Treasurer Doug Ducey, Christine Jones and Secretary of State Ken Bennett; Secretary of State candidate Michelle Reagan; Attorney … Read More

Arizona Lawmakers See the Country, ALEC Picks Up the Tab

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PHOENIX — The American Legislative Exchange Council has spent at least $41,000 over the past three years hosting Arizona legislators on lavish out-of-state policy retreats – including $3,800 for House Speaker Andy Tobin alone — according to records obtained by ProgressNow Arizona. An analysis of public financial disclosure statements found 36 Arizona lawmakers – all Republicans — took 82 separate … Read More

Arizona Progressives Stood Tall in 2014 Legislative Session

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It’s over! While progressives, working families and supporters of public education, voting rights and equality were under constant attack during this legislative session, we should be very pleased with the results. The 2014 Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die early this morning with minimal damage done. Working and standing together, Arizona’s growing progressive community stood up and – with a few … Read More

Who Does Huppenthal Serve?

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Who Does Huppenthal Serve? The American Federation for Children, a right-wing anti-public education organization promoting private school vouchers, made a heavy investment in John Huppenthal back in 2010 when he was the Republican candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction. That investment appears to be paying off. Huppenthal ran as a publicly funded “Clean Elections” candidate to lead Arizona’s public school … Read More

ProgressNow Selection Committee Releases Brackets of Most Radical Right-Wingers for 2014 March Badness

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 27, 2014 CONTACT: Robbie Sherwood 480.246.7944 ProgressNow Selection Committee Releases Brackets of Most Radical Right-Wingers for 2014 March Badness Paring down the list wasn’t easy, but the twenty wackiest, most out of touch right-wingers of the past year are set to square off for the right to be named this year’s champ WASHINGTON, D.C. and PHOENIX … Read More

Hidden-Camera Investigation Shows ALEC Wining & Dining Arizona Politicians

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March 26, 2014 For Immediate Release Media contact: Robbie Sherwood, 480.246.7944 Hidden-Camera Investigation Shows ALEC Wining & Dining Arizona Politicians PHOENIX – With a tip and assistance from ProgressNow Arizona, KPHO-TV 5 News aired an eye-opening hidden-camera investigation Tuesday night that reveals how the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) wines and dines Arizona politicians to advance its right-wing corporate agenda. … Read More

Emails Reveal Huppenthal Robo-Calls for Vouchers More Extensive Than Reported

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March 10, 2014 Contact: Robbie Sherwood, ProgressNow Arizona executive director, at (480) 246-7944 For Immediate Release: Emails Reveal Huppenthal Robo-Calls for Vouchers More Extensive Than Reported PHOENIX— The Arizona Legislature is scheduled to vote today on a massive taxpayer-funded expansion of private school vouchers, a move that could deliver a devastating blow to under-funded public schools in every community in … Read More

Protect Your Right to Vote Committee Statement on Repeal of HB2305

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February 27, 2014 Press Contact: Robbie Sherwood 480-246-7944 or email: robbie@progressnowarizona.org   Protect Your Right to Vote Committee Statement on Repeal of HB2305 PHOENIX – Julie Erfle, chairwoman of the Protect Your Right to Vote Committee, today released the following statement regarding Governor Brewer signing a repeal of House Bill 2305. “When the Legislature passed its assault on voting rights … Read More

ALEC Wines & Dines Arizona Lawmakers With Lavish Recruitment Dinner

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February 26, 2014 For Immediate Release Media contact: Robbie Sherwood, 480.246.7944 ALEC Wines & Dines Arizona Lawmakers With Lavish Recruitment Dinner PHOENIX – At least 17 Arizona state legislators attended a lavish recruitment dinner on Tuesday for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an out-of-state right-wing corporate bill mill that wields a heavy influence in Arizona and at state capitols … Read More

The Actual State of the State: Brewer Has Made Case That Her Team Can’t Govern

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January 13, 2014 Press Contact: Robbie Sherwood 480-246-7944 The Actual State of the State: Brewer Has Made Case That Her Team Can’t Govern PHOENIX – Near-worst-in-the-nation rankings for early childhood education, poverty, hunger and school funding cuts. State agencies out of control and unable to protect the most vulnerable Arizonans. Discriminatory state laws that continue to divide Arizonans even as … Read More