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

AZ Central: Remember Brewer v. Burns?

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Here we go again?…Remember the Battle of the Budget? That struggle back in 2009 when Gov. Jan Brewer, so incensed that lawmakers would not send her the state budget, that she went to court? The upshot of that legal battle before the Arizona Supreme Court was that, in the future, the Legislature must send bills to the governor promptly and “without further … Read More

Statue of Liberty Sunset

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Daily Caller: The night I fed Donald Trump’s monster-sized ego

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I honestly didn’t know it would be that easy. But last night I fed perennial presidential aspirant Donald Trump‘s monster-sized ego and I feel zero shame about it. My purpose was two-fold. To see how others would react – would they believe I was serious? But primarily, what I really wanted was to see was if the tornado-coiffed blonde would retweet … Read More

The Raw Story: Conservative AZ lawmakers caught on camera shmoozing with shadowy lobbying group ALEC

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A steak and cocktails confab between conservative Arizona lawmakers and the shadowy lobbying group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was caught on tape by an investigative team headed by reporter Morgan Leow. Phoenix CBS News affiliate KPHO recorded lawmakers entering and leaving the wine and dine session, which was held in a back room at upscale steakhouse Donovan’s, which features … 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