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Published: Sun, 25 Mar 2018 03:50:02 +0000

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Screw your March for Our Lives coverage, Arizona Republic

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 00:51:21 +0000

The headline to today’s Arizona Republic coverage of the March for Our Lives in Phoenix says it all: Marchers, Protesters Clash at Phoenix March For Our Lives.

No, marchers and counter-protesters did not “clash.” An estimated 20,000 people, many of them families and students, marched to end gun violence today at the Arizona State Capitol. According to the Republic’s own article, a couple dozen gun huggers also attended, carrying AR-15s and waving Trump flags. This is Arizona, after all, a state whose legislature is owned by the NRA, so it’s no surprise the nutters showed up. 

Sure, there was debate in a small corner of the commons—most of it peaceful, some more raw. Mostly people just shook their heads at the gun jerks and took photos of their silly, lying signs. Beyond that, I’d bet most marchers didn’t even know the tiny, pathetic group of NRA boobs was there. Most people were focused on a peaceful message—like the fantastic Be Better Humans bus blasting Lennon’s “Imagine.” That drew many more people than the 2nd Amendment derps, yet the newspaper’s coverage makes it seem as if conflict was the order of the day.

The Republic’s article includes six videos, of which two give gun lovers a platform, two others show people debating, and only two highlight the youths’ message. The article itself interviews as many counter-protesters as it does marchers, even though marchers outnumbered the NRA peckerheads 20,000 to 20. And most of the interviews are of adults, not the amazing students who planned the Phoenix march—they should’ve been the headline.

This day was about peace (not one arrest) and responsible gun reform, which most Arizonans support. The click-bait media just can’t help itself, hell-bent on turning a popular nonviolent message into a violent “clash” of false equivalencies. The truth is, even in Arizona, reformers far outnumber NRA Trumpers, who deserved a sentence or two in the newspaper, not half the story and certainly not a headline.  

AZ-Sen: Sen. Cory Booker (D. NJ) Helps Kyrsten Sinema (D) Keep Joe Arpaio (R) Out Of The U.S. Senate

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:12:29 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D. NJ) in support of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign: My friend Kyrsten Sinema needs your help. Kyrsten is running to be Arizona’s next Senator. With Jeff Flake’s retirement, it’s an open seat – and a must-win if Democrats are going to take back the Senate in November. Kyrsten’s Republican opponent is Joe Arpaio. His cruel and bigoted actions and his hateful rants hurt so many and unfairly smeared Arizona and Arizonans. Now Kyrsten is taking Arpaio head-on. She’s fighting back against his extremism and bigotry. With the first FEC deadline for 2018 approaching, it’s critical Kyrsten show she has the grassroots strength to defeat Joe Arpaio. Will you rush a donation today to help? >> Arpaio has only been in the race two months, but he’s attracting a lot of attention – and support. As a close friend of President Trump, Arpaio is benefiting from massive amounts of cash coming from national contributors rushing to help him out. We’ll know just how much when Arpaio files his first FEC report at the end of March. We need to ensure Kyrsten reports the strongest numbers possible in her FEC filing. Kyrsten’s campaign is building an unparalleled grassroots movement across Arizona. Her FEC report must reflect that growing on-the-ground strength. Kyrsten’s tough – and she’s a fighter. All her life, she’s overcome serious obstacles. As Kyrsten runs to fight for hardworking Arizonans in the Senate, she needs our help to take on – and defeat – the cruelty of Joe Arpaio. Will you stand with Kyrsten right now? Thanks for supporting Kyrsten, Cory Click here to donate to Sinema’s campaign. [...]

AZ-Gov: David Garcia (D) Continues To Hammer Ducey (R) For Refusing To Give Teachers A Livable Wage

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:56:45 +0000

Received this e-mail from Arizona State University professor David Garcia’s (D. AZ) gubernatorial campaign:

David Garcia (D. AZ)

Teachers in Arizona are paid less than a livable wage -- leaving a HUGE hiring crisis for schools across Arizona.

Experienced educators are deterred from starting their career in Arizona schools simply because their wages are not sustainable -- ultimately hurting the quality of education our students are receiving.

Educators and students deserve so much better.

We’re standing with teachers in this fight for what they deserve. Sign your name to DEMAND Arizona teachers be paid MORE! »

As an educator himself, Democrat David Garcia is committed to improving the livelihood of Arizona educators across the state.

In fact, David was JUST endorsed by the Arizona Education Association -- the largest educators association in Arizona!

David knows how impactful a student’s educational experience is -- and it all starts with the teachers.

Our campaign is committed to ensuring teachers are paid and treated fairly.

Will you sign on with us and support educators everywhere in this fight for fair wages?

Thank you for investing in education.

-- Team Garcia

Click here to add your name.

CO-06, CA-10, PA-06 & AZ-02: Council For A Livable World Helps Bring In The 2018 Big Blue Wave

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:28:21 +0000

Received this e-mail today from the Council for a Livable World:

One of the most critical deadlines of the election cycle, the first FEC quarterly fundraising deadline of 2018, is just 10 days away. Right now is the perfect opportunity to send a signal to our endorsed candidates that we have their backs now and through November.

There are four House seats in particular I'd like to point out today. These are four seats currently held by hawks that I'm confident we have a shot at winning.

Local and national political observers are watching, and we need to help our candidates prove their competitiveness for November. Will you support our candidates before the deadline and help them win these crucial races?

Jason Crow (D-CO-06) is an Army veteran who has been an outspoken supporter of progressive national security policies since leaving the military. He's running against incumbent Rep. Mike Coffman (R), and the race is seen as extremely competitive.

Josh Harder (D-CA-10) is a businessman with strong feelings about the importance of diplomacy. He's running against incumbent Rep. Jeff Denham (R), and the race is seen as extremely competitive.

Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-06) is a former Air Force captain with a history of public service. She's running against incumbent Rep. Ryan Costello (R), and even before mandated redistricting, the race was seen as extremely competitive.

Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ-02) is a three-term representative with a history of supporting progressive national security issues. She's currently running for an open seat, and is seen as the favorite.

Will you help us send these candidates to the House? We can help propel them forward with strong fundraising numbers by the deadline. Please consider donating to one or all of these candidates.

Thank you for your continued support.


John Tierney
Executive Director

Council for a Livable World
Member of Congress (former) 01/03/1997

Click here to donate to these Democrats’ campaigns.

AZ-Sen: PPP Has Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) Beating Idiot Rep. Martha McSally (R) 46-41

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:20:10 +0000

More good news today out of Arizona courtesy of Public Policy Polling’s latest poll: In a hypothetical US Senate election matchup, voters prefer Democrat Kyrsten Sinema overRepublican Martha McSally 46-41. Among voters who say that health care is the most important issue, Sinema’s lead grows to 71-17 over McSally. Here’s the big issue in Arizona in this race: Health care is ranked as a top issue for 68% of voters (21% saying it is the most important issue and another 47% saying it is very important). Only 9% say it is not that important or not important at all. And here are two reasons why Republicans like McSally are in trouble: Arizona voters disapprove of the Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act by17 points (53% to 36%). Among independent voters, the disparity is even wider with only 24%supporting the GOP’s health care repeal efforts to 63% opposing them. Only 38% of voters think the best path forward on health care is to repeal the AffordableCare Act, to 56% who think it should be kept in place with fixes made to it as necessary. You’ll notice I’ve called Rep. McSally an idiot in my title. I’m not doing that to be mean, she really is an idiot because of this: xHey @RepMcSally, call your digital director and tell them to remember to switch accounts before posting fake compliments to your Facebook. #azsen— Joshua Karp (@JoshuaKarp) March 19, 2018 Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) was called out after it appeared she commented on a video on her Facebook page thanking herself for her service. McSally over the weekend posted a video to Facebook, with the caption reading: "58,318. That’s how many lives were taken between 1957 and 1975 due to wounds inflicted in the Vietnam war, and that’s how many names are inscribed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in DC." "619 of those names belong to Arizonans who were killed in the war. 107 of those names belong to individuals from Tucson. Today I’m LIVE from the #WallthatHeals, a replica that’s visiting Oro Valley," the caption said. McSally's Facebook page then commented on the video, saying: "Great video quality! Thank you for your service!" Law & Crime reported. And this: Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) proposed building a border wall between California and Arizona to protect the state. “As we look in Arizona, we often look into the dangers of the southern border,” McSally said during a round-table discussion about "sanctuary cities" Tuesday at the White House. Sanctuary cities are municipalities that do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement. “But if these dangerous policies continue out of California, we might need to build a wall between California and Arizona as well to keep these dangerous criminals out of our state," she said, smiling. Let’s flip this seat and win us a Democratic majority. Click here to donate and get involved with Sinema’s campaign. [...]

Republican Senate candidate busted writing fake positive comments on her social media account

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:30:50 +0000

Republican Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) has been on shaky ground of late. Her approval ratings are abysmal, she has been polling poorly and is most recently known for her unabashed support of repealing the Affordable Care Act—not popular amongst anyone not named “Insurance Company.” On top of it all, McSally announced a few weeks back that she would be running for the Republican primary Senate race. Feeling the pressure of disgraced Joe Arpaio, and taking a page out of our current Republican president’s sorry handbook, Rep. McSally was busted on Sunday for trying to pretend she was someone else while posting fake self-serving comments on her Facebook account. Shareblue has the story: On Sunday, Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) did a direct-to-camera Facebook Live webcast, and the video was such a hit that the very first comment was “Great video quality! Thank you for your service!” But as the congresswoman’s sharp-eyed Facebook viewers noticed, the compliment came from none other than “Rep. Martha McSally.” “(A)re you talking to yourself, or what(?)” asked one. “Maybe don’t forget to switch to your fake account next time,” wrote another. It took 24-hours from this tweet before Rep. McSally’s digital squad fixed their mistake. xHey @RepMcSally, call your digital director and tell them to remember to switch accounts before posting fake compliments to your Facebook. #azsen— Joshua Karp (@JoshuaKarp) March 19, 2018 Rep. McSally was busted this time, but considering the right wing in our country’s reliance on Russian bots and scam artists, we have to wonder what percentage of authentic positive comments are actually being posted to the social media accounts of these right-wing elected officials. [...]

AZ-Sen: Kyrsten Sinema (D) Fights Back Against The House GOP's Latest Attack On Planned Parenthood

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:33:05 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign: This is not good. A large block of House Republicans are insisting all federal funding for Planned Parenthood be cut off. Their demands couldn’t come at a worse time. Here’s why: Congress must pass a new long-term government spending bill by March 23. These Republicans are ready to shut down the federal government if they don’t get their way. It’s yet another attempt by Washington politicians to tell women what they can — and cannot — do. Urge Congress to protect Planned Parenthood. Women — not politicians — should make their own health care choices. I’m looking for 10,000 supporters to sign on and stand strong for Planned Parenthood and women’s health before Sunday, to make sure anti-choice extremists hear our voices before the vote. Sadly, we’ve been down this road before. Time and again, conservative members of Congress come after Planned Parenthood, attacking women’s health care. They don’t want women to have the freedom to make their own health care decisions. It’s time to let House Republicans know we’ve had enough of their continuing attempts to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict our access to the reproductive health care we need — and deserve. Click here to instantly add your name and tell Congress to support Planned Parenthood and stay out of our personal health care choices. Thanks for taking action. Kyrsten Click here to add your name. [...]

AZ teacher posts salary and asks 'I need a college degree to make this?'

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:30:38 +0000

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An Arizona teacher decided to post her “upgraded” salary stub on her Facebook page last week, and it is a very clear reminder that teachers are undervalued and disrespected. While the NRA and Republicans blather on about arming and training teachers to become the first line of defense against a culture of violence that they have manufactured and profited from, teachers are still not pulling in salaries for the work they already do. 

Whispering Winds Academy teacher Elisabeth Milich posted a photo of her salary on Facebook. Her salary is $35,490 per year.

She works for the Paradise Valley Unified School District.

Milich posted the photo after seeing her expected pay raise for taking professional-development courses.

"This is my new pay after taking a few professional development classes," stated Milich in the post. "I actually laughed when I saw the old salary vs. the new one. I mean really, I need a college degree to make this? I paid 80,000 for a college degree, I then paid several hundred more to transfer my certification to Az."

The Facebook post she put up has been taken down, but you can see a screen shot of it here or here. USA Today gives the Arizona median teacher salary breakdown:

The median salary for Arizona elementary school teachers in 2016, adjusted for cost of living, was $42,474, a 2017 analysis by Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy found. The median salary for high school teachers was $47,890.

And while Arizona legislators are under the impression that teachers who have two jobs are only interested in buying boats, the hard reality of change is now—as victories in West Virginia for striking teachers and Oklahoma’s legislators on notice from Oklahoma teachers illustrate.

Two awesome women are working to turn Arizona blue in a new special election

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 17:38:00 +0000

The next big congressional special election will take place in Arizona’s 8th district on April 24th, to fill the seat left by disgraced former GOP Rep. Trent Franks in the wake of several sexual harassment allegations. It’s normally considered a safely red seat, but as we’ve seen, this year, anything can happen.

In a closely contested primary, Democrats ultimately chose Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, an emergency room physician and cancer researcher who emigrated to the United States from India with her family when she was just three years old. As you might expect, she’s strong on issues like healthcare — she wants a public option for Medicare buy-in — and immigration, which is a hot point of contention in Arizona.

She overcame a strong grassroots campaign by local activist Brianna Westbrook, who was making a bid to become the first transgender member of Congress. Westbrook took in nearly 40% of the vote on a platform that included single-payer healthcare, and got a lot of traction both on the ground and on the internet during her campaign.

Instead of letting any lingering rivalry continue, Tipirneni and Westbrook are coming together in order to continue to build the Democratic momentum. Westbrook has endorsed Tipirneni and is working to get her elected. In turn, Westbrook has shifted her sights and is now running for State Senate in Legislative District 22, a campaign that Tipirneni has promised to back.

Here’s a nice, uplifting look at Tipirneni’s campaign:

We should note the Republican that Tipirneni is facing is… well, she doesn’t seem all that smart. In a recent debate, Debbie Lesko just regurgitated bad GOP talking points, suggesting “free healthcare” was fiscally irresponsible and backing the construction of Trump’s Wall. She’d be another far-right drone for the extremist Republican Party, a warm body with a cold heart.

Tipirneni and Westbrook’s alliance is more than just a nice story about two women coming together to help one another (though that’s a crucial element). Local Democrats are energized and actively working to build the party in Arizona, which has trended red but has the demographics to turn blue.

Want to help them? Donate to Brianna Westbrook’s campaign via CrowdPac, and to Tipirneni’s campaign via Progressives Everywhere’s page for her campaign. You can also give to Progressive Everywhere’s entire slate of great candidates on ActBlue!

AZ-Sen: Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D. MA) Continues To Help Kyrsten Sinema (D) Defeat Joe Arpaio (R)

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 16:57:12 +0000

Received this e-mail from Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D. MA-04) in support of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign: Joe Arpaio (R. AZ)   As Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, Joe Arpaio Oversaw "the worst pattern of racial profiling in U.S. history,” according to the US Department of Justice; Eagerly promotes the "birther” lie about President Barack Obama; Aggressively undermined our basic American values of equity, tolerance, and decency – which he's continued to do daily since voters rejected him in 2016. And now Joe Arpaio is running for U.S. Senate. Stand with me to stop Joe Arpaio! Chip in $3 now to support Kyrsten Sinema. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D. AZ)   Representing the best of our shared values and ambitions, Kyrsten Sinema Worked her way up from homeless youth to college graduate to U.S. Congresswoman; Advocates relentlessly for working families, children, and for everyone's shot at the American dream; Fights for a future where all Americans are respected and valued. Contribute now to support Kyrsten Sinema for U.S. Senate and to leave Joe Arpaio in the past. Congressman Joe Kennedy III Click here to donate to Sinema’s campaign. [...]

Trans activist and progressive hero Brianna Westbrook shifts to state senate race in Arizona

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 00:52:43 +0000

Earlier this month, Brianna Westbrook took 40% of the vote in the Democratic primary for the special election in Arizona’s 8th congressional district. It’s the seat the Trent Franks resigned after his bizarre sexual misconduct scandal, and Westbrook did a great job of rallying local progressives in a red district.  Now, she’s throwing her support behind the Democratic nominee for the April 24 election, Hiral Tipirneni, and setting her own sights on the state senate, running to represent Legislative District 22. From AZ Central: With little money and no political experience, Westbrook pulled in 15,000 votes — just under 40 percent — in last month's Democratic primary against Tipirneni. Now, Westbrook is helping register Democrats to vote and asking her supporters to get behind Tipirneni. Westbrook is a liberal activist who has made her experience as a transgender woman a part of her outreach to a broader Democratic base in the West Valley. ... Westbrook said her legislative race will feature many of the same core concerns as her congressional bid. "It's the same issues I've been talking about: protecting Medicaid, making sure that our schools are properly funded, our teachers are paid a living wage, fixing our roads. We need to invest in our state's infrastructure and balancing our budget," she said. Westbrook is an inspirational and popular candidate — she has over 16,000 Twitter followers — and she’s working to help build the Democratic Party in a state that needs to turn blue. She’s a bold progressive, and having her win a very red district would be both a symbolic and very real sea change.  Meanwhile, Hiral Tipirneni is another solid progressive, an ER doctor who is running a campaign based on rational thinking and compassion. Her opponent couldn’t be any different. Here’s what GOP nominee Debbie Lesko said in a recent debate. Try not to laugh/gag/cry: Lesko said Tipirneni “believes in free care basically for everyone. That’s just not fiscally responsible. I believe in free markets, individuals choosing whichever doctor they want. “The other thing that stood out, she wants to register all guns, which I totally disagree with. I’m a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights. So, she said she wanted to ban certain guns, register guns, a huge difference between us. “She’s against building a wall. We need more border agents, more technology. “Another thing, she talks about education a lot, as if she wants to federalize education. I think education decisions need to be made more at the local level, not at the federal level. It’s better kept here.” Donate to Brianna Westbrook’s campaign via CrowdPac, and to Tipirneni’s campaign via Progressive Everywhere’s ActBlue page! [...]

AZ-Sen: Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D. MA) Helps Kyrsten Sinema (D) Take Down Racist Joe Arpaio (R)

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 00:36:49 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D. MA-04) in support of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign:


As Sherriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, Joe Arpaio

  • Oversaw "the worst pattern of racial profiling in U.S. history,” according to the US Department of Justice;
  • Eagerly promotes the racist "birther” lie about President Barack Obama;
  • Aggressively undermined our basic American values of equity, tolerance, and decency – which he's continued to do daily since voters rejected him in 2016.

And now Joe Arpaio is running for U.S. Senate.

Stand with me to stop Joe Arpaio! Chip in $3 now to support Kyrsten Sinema.

Representing the best of our shared values and ambitions, Kyrsten Sinema

  • Worked her way up from homeless youth to college graduate to U.S. Congresswoman;
  • Advocates relentlessly for working families, children, and for everyone's shot at the American dream;
  • Fights for a future where all Americans are respected and valued.

Contribute now to support Kyrsten Sinema for U.S. Senate and to leave Joe Arpaio in the past.


Click here to donate to Sinema’s campaign.

Mary Matiella - Arizona CD2 Progressive Candidate

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:43:57 +0000

Arizona's CD2 has an excellent chance of being restored to Democrats in 2018. Of those running in the Democratic primary, Mary Matiella (pronounced maa-tee-EH-ya) is by far the best qualified and most experienced at navigating the ins and outs of federal government. But this is her first run for political office.

Matiella spent her career overseeing the management of money in the U.S. Armed Forces. She began as a budget analyst at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany in 1980. Matiella came home to Tucson after she capped her federal career as an Assistant Secretary of the Army. President Obama appointed her to handle the U.S. Army's $240 billion budget and checkbook and she did so from 2010 until she retired in 2014. Matiella has also held senior financial management positions in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Forest Service.

Matiella is the quintessential hometown girl who made good. Daughter of migrant farm workers, Matiella credits the "American Dream" with allowing her the opportunities she's had. After graduating from Tucson's Pueblo High School she got her B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Arizona. Matiella also has an Ed.D. from George Washington University. She's the wife of an retired U.S Air Force career officer and mother of two children.

She's the only real Progressive in the race. And she is most definitely not the establishment Democratic Party's darling here. Matiella has immediately steepened the uphill slope she must run to become the Arizona CD2 Democratic standard-bearer in 2018. She has sworn off accepting corporate money. But you've got to walk the talk if you want to get bad money out of good politics. She's endorsed by the Justice Democrats, but her no corporate dollars position means she has to pull a Bernie and get lots of individual campaign contributions.

Her positions on issues:

  • Health care is a right, not a privilege. Medicare-For-All would help the U.S. move from a "sick care" system to one where we expand medical care and save money through better outcomes.
  • Social Security needs to keep up with the cost of living. Lifting the cap on incomes subject to social security tax will go a long way to extend solvency.
  • Government efficiency ... "Career politicians talk about eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse because it sounds good on TV, but most of them have no idea how to do it or where to start. I've actually done it."
  • Debt free college and job training are "...ideas whose time has come."
  • Jobs: support policies that invest in people and reduce income inequality rather than giving tax breaks to companies that make empty promises and move jobs overseas.

A more comprehensive overview of Matiella's positions at at her web site:

You can also follow her on Facebook:

If you live in Arizona Congressional District 2 and are registered to vote as a Democrat or haven't declared a party affiliation, you can sign Matiella's qualifying petition online:

And of course, you can show her some Baja Arizona Kossack love with a campaign contribution.

Disclosure: I'm a volunteer in and a contributor to Matiella's campaign.

Arizona women mail legislator tampons after he kills bill providing hygiene products for inmates

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 05:35:26 +0000

Last week the national press picked up the story that Arizona does not provide an adequate supply of feminine hygiene products for inmates in state prisons. If an inmate requires more than 12 pads a month (no tampons are provided), she can buy more—or she can pay a doctor to request an extra supply of pads or tampons. All this while making less than 15 cents an hour. During last week’s committee hearing about this cruel and absurd policy, inmates and former inmates told legislators that they often wear several pads because the quality is so poor, other women said they were denied menstrual products only to be punished later for bleeding on their clothes, while another said she was given a roll of toilet paper instead. Too much blood after giving birth? Too bad, 12 pads. The testimony went on and on, to the point one Republican tool complained because he had to hear about “the problems of periods.”  This twilight zone story attracted enough attention, including a Rec List diary here at Kos, that you’d think Arizona’s lawmakers would be shamed into doing something. But then “shame” and “Arizona’s lawmakers” are seldom two phrases you’ll find together. Turns out, House Bill 2222, Tempe Democrat Athena Salman’s solution to the inhumane, unsafe and degrading policy, narrowly passed an all-male committee last week and was on track for a full House vote. That is until Rules Committee Chair, Republican Rep. T.J. Shope, decided not to hear the bill today, effectively killing it. One man did that. "To have women begging men for their feminine needs is just unconscionable," said Rebecca Olsen McHood, an activist who is running for the state senate. Rep. Shope said he believes the Department of Corrections will take care of the problem without any interference from lawmakers, which the agency emphasized in a statement today: “The agency is evaluating revisions to current policy relative to the quality and minimum quantity of feminine hygiene products provided free of charge to all of its female inmates. We are confident that concerns can be appropriately addressed administratively rather than through statute.”  Riiiiight …. this from the agency that was just fined $650,000 for not providing adequate healthcare for inmates. Heck, maybe all state agencies should try the same scheme: Don’t bother passing laws, legislators, we’ll fix the problem! It’s difficult to find a worse state agency in Arizona than Corrections, which has been hijacked by the private-prison corporate peckerheads. Anyone who believes their statement is delusional—or is looking for an excuse not to help women, especially when the population is majority minority. And even if Corrections passed a new policy tomorrow, without a state regulation they could undo it next week. Rep. Shope may want to check his mailbox tomorrow, because candidate McHood took to twitter and, using the hashtag #LetItFlow, asked women to mail Rep. Shope their pads, tampons, even cash—so he can send the products and money to the Arizona State Prison in Goodyear, which houses 4,000 female inmates. They have responded. xI’m sorry that @TJShopeforAZ had to hear about the biological processes involved in propagating our species. Now do the decent thing and give #HB2222 a hearing. Prohibitively expensive hygiene products for incarcerated women is absurd. #LetItFlow— Christy Love (@C_Dub_Love) February 11, 2018 Rep. Shope said he doesn’t know if the Department of Corrections can accept the donations, but the women’s protest hasn’t “changed my opinion that this should be an internal policy and not a state st[...]

Arizona is denying female inmates pads and tampons, then punishing them for blood-stained pants

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 19:16:47 +0000

Last year, the Federal Bureau of Prisons issued a memo making access to pads, tampons, and panty liners free of cost for federal female inmates. Problem is, most incarcerated women are in state prisons and local jails. Just 10 percent of female inmates were affected by the federal policy change.

State-level progress has been slow, in part because of lawmakers’—predominantly male lawmakers, it seems—reluctance to address issues surrounding menstruation. In Arizona, a state legislator, Rep. Athena Salman (D-Tempe) is trying to undo that taboo. Recognizing a crisis, she has introduced a bill to ensure the 4,000 women in prison in Arizona receive feminine hygiene products.

[I]ncarcerated women are currently only provided 12 free pads per month and are only allowed to possess 24 pads at a time. They aren’t provided any tampons. To get more pads or tampons, prisoners have to buy them. But buying these products is far from easy. Base pay for prisoners is about $0.15 per hour; local news outlet Arizona Central estimates that to pay for a set of pads, a woman would need to work about 21 hours, and for just one box of tampons, up to 27 hours.

Inmates in other states do not have to pay for tampons. These abstract figures are disturbing; what they mean in practice for inmates subjected to these conditions is shocking.

During the bill’s hearing at the reportedly all-male House Military, Veterans and Regulatory Affairs Committee, several women, Arizona Central reports, including some former inmates, testified about the dismal conditions in Perryville state prison, the only one in Arizona that houses women.

“Bloodstained pants, bartering, and begging for pads and tampons was a regular occurrence,” Adrienne Kitcheyan said of her time there.

Arizona GOP to Joe Arpaio: Drop out! Arpaio to GOP: 'I'm not going to bow out'

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:40:53 +0000

Fearing a repeat of Alabama’s senate race, in which a deep-red state elected a Democrat instead of racist, homophobic predator Roy Moore, Arizona’s Republican Party issued a resolution last week thanking former Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his years of bigotry and illegal shenanigans, but then encouraged him to drop out of the race for retiring Jeff Flake’s US Senate seat:

"WHEREAS two well qualified candidates, former state Senator Kelli Ward and U.S. Representative Martha McSally, are in the race for U.S. Senator for Arizona; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Arizona Republican Party expresses its gratitude to Sheriff Arpaio for his many years of service, and respectfully urges him to exit the race for U.S. Senator from Arizona."

In part, the GOP fears Arpaio will dilute the crazy vote that former state Sen. Kelli Ward is counting on. She’s as nuts as the sheriff, so Arizona’s wackos would have a real Sophie’s Choice on their hands. Beyond that, the GOP, reflecting on Alabama, thinks Arpaio would lose in the general election against supposed Dem candidate US Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema. The state’s GOP chairman, who issued the resolution,

described himself as an Arpaio supporter in the past and stressed that the resolution is not meant as "an anti-Arpaio thing." But he worries the former sheriff would lose to U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.

Kelli Ward would lose to Sinema too, perhaps the bluest dog in Congress. The GOP’s best chance in the race is current Congresswoman Martha McSally, who’s seen as the “moderate” in the Republican primary—so moderate she only votes with Trump 97 percent of the time. The only thing that makes McSally look halfway sane is standing next to Arpaio and Ward.

Joe Arpaio is having none of it

"I'm a fighter and I'm not going to bow out," Arpaio told The Republic. "I respect the nice words by whoever said this. They just made my case by including all my background. I want to thank them for giving my history. ... Why don't the other two drop out? Why me?"

Why you? Maybe because you lost the last county sheriff race by 10 points. Maybe because the entire state knows you’re a convicted criminal. Maybe because you still haven’t given up the racist birther BS. Maybe because you cost the people of Maricopa County tens of millions of dollars to cover your illegal arrests, jailhouse crimes and political vendettas. Popcorn?

WI, TN, OH, FL, NV, AZ, MI & MT-Sen: James Mackler Launches PAC To Win A Dem Majority

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:47:42 +0000

Veteran and Army Attorney James Mackler (D. TN) dropped out of the Democratic primary in the US. Senate race to succeed outgoing U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R. TN), clearing the path for former Governor Phil Bredesen (D. TN). While Mackler may not be a candidate, he is still playing a big role in this year’s midterm elections by launching a new Super PAC aimed to help Democrats win a Senate majority. Here’s the e-mail I received from Mackler on behalf of his new PC, Believe In Service: James Mackler (D. TN) I believe in service. Service builds character, allows young people to meet and work with a diverse group of people, gives us all a stake in our communities, and can help pay for higher education. Service to others has given me invaluable experiences all over the world, from search and rescue operations in the Colorado Rockies, to the courtroom fighting unfair sentencing guidelines for indigent clients as a public defender, to flying Blackhawks in Iraq in service to our country. And yet, public service is under attack. As someone who paid off my student loans with combat pay from Iraq, I cannot stand by while national service programs are attacked by anti-service extremists like Marsha Blackburn - who voted to end AmeriCorps - and her colleagues who are now targeting public service student loan forgiveness. Believe in Service, a political action committee built with the help of supporters like you, is donating directly to candidates running against anti-service extremists. Today, we endorsed and made maximum contributions to U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI), Governor Phil Bredesen (TN), U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (OH), U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (FL), U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen (NV), U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI), and U.S. Senator Jon Tester (MT). Unlike anti-service extremists, voters do not view national service as a partisan issue. 83% want Congress to maintain or increase federal spending on national service programs, including 78% of Republicans, 84% of Independents and 90% of Democrats. Economists have found that each dollar invested in national service generates $3.95 in terms of higher earnings, increased output and other community benefits. Please join me on this new and important mission and visit our website at Thank you, James Click here to donate to Believe In Service. [...]

NV & AZ-Sen: Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D) Wants To Get More Women Elected To The Senate

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:34:28 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D. NV) in support of Reps. Jacky Rosen (D. NV) and Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaigns:   We're just days away from the anniversary of the Women's March, marking one year of powerful resistance led by women across our country. There's no denying it: If we're going to build on this progress, we need to elect more women. And right now, two amazing women are running to join me in the Senate – Reps. Jacky Rosen from Nevada and Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona. Their two races could give Democrats the Senate majority, so we set a goal to raise $25,000 to support strong Democratic women – but we're falling way short. Can I count on you to step up and give their teams the resources to win? Click here to give $5 or more before the deadline – we are running out of time – to elect Jacky Rosen and Kyrsten Sinema and help Democrats take back the Senate this November! It's already clear that Jacky and Kyrsten have tough races ahead: A Mitch McConnell-backed group is already spending big to defeat Jacky, and just last week, Joe Arpaio, the bigoted former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, announced he will be running against Kyrsten. I'm so grateful for all who stood up to Donald Trump's anti-women agenda in 2017, and I know we can muster that same energy and support to help elect Jacky and Kyrsten – and take back the Senate, too. But they need your help now to win. Will you donate $5 right now to help take back the Senate by electing strong women like Jacky and Kyrsten? ¡La lucha sigue! The fight continues! Catherine Click here to donate to Rosen and Sinema’s campaigns. [...]

AZ-Sen: Kyrsten Sinema (D) Keeps Up The Fight To Fully Restore Funding For CHIP

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:31:40 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign:

It’s been more than 100 days since Congress allowed funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to expire, putting 9 million kids at risk of losing their health care coverage.

These kids count on CHIP for preventive care, medicine when they’re sick, and treatment for life-threatening conditions.

We can’t just cut off this essential lifeline, leaving low-income families to worry about how they’ll give their children the medical services they desperately need.

Please join me in calling on lawmakers to come up with a bipartisan solution to this serious problem. It’s unacceptable for Congress to put the health of our kids in jeopardy.

If we can give massive tax breaks to wealthy individuals and corporations, then surely we can find the time and funding to provide kids with critical health care.

Members of Congress need to get their priorities straight, and they need to do it as soon as possible, to ensure these kids have access to the coverage they count on.

We must unite and stand up for kids right now. Add your name to our petition and demand that Congress fully fund this popular, effective program that saves millions of lives every day.



Click here to add your name.

AZ-Sen: Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D. NV) Refuses To Let Convicted A Convicted Felon In The Senate

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 02:48:35 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D. NV) in support of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign: Earlier this week, truly terrifying news broke: Joe Arpaio entered the Arizona Senate race. Yes, that Joe Arpaio. The bigoted former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, who was found guilty of criminal contempt for violating a court order directing him to stop illegally detaining members of the Latino community. That same Joe Arpaio whom Donald Trump pardoned last summer. And now, that Joe Arpaio is running against my friend Kyrsten Sinema. You can be sure his top priority in the Senate will be pushing Trump's racist, anti-immigrant agenda. Just like Roy Moore in Alabama had no business coming near the Senate, we need to do whatever we can to ensure that Joe Arpaio stays put exactly where he is.We can beat Joe Arpaio. Kyrsten has won tough races in Arizona before. She has what it takes to get the job done, but she needs the help of this grassroots team to do it. Can I count on you to step up and donate $5 or more right now to help ensure we elect Kyrsten to the Senate in Arizona – someone who will stand up for equality and fight racism at every turn? I know many find it hard to fathom that a horrifyingly unfit person like Joe Arpaio could ever get elected to the U.S. Senate. But we must remember that Donald Trump won Arizona by just THREE points! We can't take a single thing for granted – every day and every dollar is going to count in this race. With the election year here, we need to do whatever we can to put Kyrsten on solid footing from the get-go. We have all seen and felt the impact that a racist, anti-immigrant agenda can have on our country, thanks to Donald Trump. And it's not pretty. This country has had enough. We already stopped Roy Moore in Alabama. Now we need to stop Joe Arpaio in Arizona. Will you join me and rush $5 or more right now to elect Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona and help ensure we have another fighter for working families in the Senate? We need a senator who will unite us, who will inspire us and who will fight for us. Thank you for doing whatever you can to ensure that senator is Kyrsten Sinema. ¡La lucha sigue! The fight continues! Catherine Click here to donate to Sinema’s campaign. [...]

Arpaio Entrance Thickens Arizona Senate Race

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 05:17:12 +0000

The Republican Primary The entrance of former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio has totally shifted the GOP Senate Primary Race to fill Jeff Flake’s seat, the incumbent senator who announced his intent to not run for reelection. Arpaio, most known for being pardoned by President Trump for his crimes of racist and egregious treatment of people of Mexican descent in the Phoenix area, is a hardliner on immigration, an important issue for Arizonian Republicans. He is loved by many (white racists), and is hated by many (Mexican-Americans). His entrance creates another divide between Steve Bannon and Trump and the alt-right, and brings more excitement to an already exciting Senate race: Arizona now has two extreme right-wing candidates. Kelli Ward is a Bannon-backed, alt-right state legislator that announced her intent to run for Flake’s seat well before Flake’s announcement of retirement. She has rallied behind her a large group of right wingers in Arizona with the help of huge donations from the Mercer family and the Koch Brothers, and the full support from alt-right ringleader Steve Bannon. But with Bannon’s sudden departure from his powerful position at Breitbart and the loss of support from the president, Bannon wields much less power in the Trumpist, alt-right world. This could cause big donors like the Mercers to pull funding for the Bannon-backed Ward’s campaign. There was already speculation of whether big, Republican donors would pull money from Bannonite candidates before his departure from Breitbart due to Bannon’s critical words of Trump in the new bestseller “Fire and Fury”, but his total removal from power all but confirms there’s worry for Ward. But all this may not even matter because Bannon may shift his support from Ward to Arpaio — we’ve seen crazier from Bannon. Arpaio is someone who is more known and — in my opinion — much more right wing than Ward is, therefore appealing to Bannon and Bannonites alike. In addition, Trump is likely to endorse Arpaio over Ward due to Arpaio’s past vocal support for the president and by the fact that Trump has already gone out of his way to help Arpaio. Just two weeks ago, before the release of “Fire and Fury”, a Ward victory seemed extremely likely. But now the two alt-right, anti-establishment candidates — Ward and Arpaio — seem to possibly be creating a divide within the divided Republican party. Thus paving the road for the Republican-establishment candidate frontrunner, US Rep. Martha McSally, to walk away with the nomination. Polls have shown this, too: the latest poll taken for the Republican Primary before Arpaio announced showed Ward with a 7% lead over McSally; the a very recent poll shows McSally in the lead with 31%; Arpaio 29%; Ward 25%; 15% undecided.  What does the mean for the final primary results? Depends if Arpaio picks up major support in the coming months, which seems likely due to his name recognition and popularity amongst white right wingers, which are plentiful in Arizona. A Trump endorsement would definitely boost Arpaio’s chances, so would Ward dropping out. There are four scenarios that could play out: Ward stays in, maintains energy, successfully divides the alt-right vote, and McSally walks away with the nomination. Ward stays in despite being hit hard when she loses Trump’s support to Arpaio, comes out with <10% on primary day, giving Arpaio a nail-biting victory. This one seems most likely. Ward drops out, Arpaio wins in a lands[...]

AZ-Sen: Jason Kander Refuses To Let Notorious Racist Joe Arpaio (R) Into Another Position Of Power

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:51:02 +0000

Received this e-mail today from former Secretary of State, Veteran and U.S. Senate candidate, Jason Kander (D. MO), and his group, Let America Vote, in support of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign:

Jason Kander (D. MO)
Notorious racist Joe Arpaio announced that he's running for U.S. Senate.
While thousands of formerly incarcerated Arizonans who have served their time can’t cast a ballot because of the state's strict laws, Joe Arpaio -- a convicted criminal who never paid his debt to society -- can be on the ballot.
Kyrsten has dedicated her life to making Arizona a place where all Americans can succeed regardless of where they grew up or how much money they have.
When you look at Joe Arpaio’s record, he’s done the exact opposite. Arpaio built his career on abusing power and taking advantage of those who have less. Just when Arpaio was set to pay his debt to society after being convicted of criminal contempt, Trump pardoned him and wiped his slate clean.
Joe Arpaio got a sweet deal when Trump pardoned him. Now it’s up to us to make sure he doesn’t get elected to the U.S. Senate.

Click here to donate to Sinema’s campaign.

AZ-Sen: Sen. Cory Booker (D. NJ) Helps Kyrsten Sinema (D) Defeat Convicted Felon Joe Arpaio (R)

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:25:25 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D. NJ) in support of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign: I never thought I would say these words, but Joe Arpaio just announced he’s running for Senate in Arizona.   Like Roy Moore in Alabama, Arpaio is completely unfit to serve in the Senate. His federal conviction of criminal contempt and subsequent pardon by President Trump is a stain on our criminal justice system and our country.   We have to keep Joe Arpaio out of the Senate and make sure Kyrsten Sinema has the resources it takes to win. Will you pitch in $10 now to help Kyrsten fight back against extreme right-wing candidates like Arpaio? Kyrsten’s race is one that could determine the Senate majority in November.   But we know that extremists like Arpaio will have the full support of the GOP campaign machine, and they will relentlessly attack Kyrsten to keep this seat in the GOP’s hands. That’s why we must give Kyrsten’s campaign a boost of grassroots support. Will you pitch in now and help fight back against right-wing candidates like Arpaio? Thanks,   Cory Click here to donate to Sinema’s campaign. [...]

AZ-Gov: PPP Shows This Race Is A Toss Up With David Garcia (D) Leading Doug Ducey (R) 43-42

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:07:41 +0000

Looking for the link for the full results but for now, here is the big Tweet of the day: x#AZGov: @dg4az circulating this new poll from @ppppolls showing him up on @dougducey 43%-42%.  Garcia leads 43%-22% in the Dem Primary.— Aaron Booth (@ActorAaronBooth) January 10, 2018 Garcia’s campaign is gaining more national press: David Garcia is a Latino Democrat running for Arizona governor in the hopes of being the next in a line of wake-up calls against Republicans, following the shocking win by Democrat Doug Jones for the Senate in very Republican Alabama. If Garcia wins the primary, it's clear he plans to take advantage of the waning popularity of the president and tie him closely to the incumbent, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. He made that clear when he held a news conference to respond to the positive picture Ducey painted for Arizona in his State of the State speech Monday. "By working together, with a spirit of service; with integrity, humility — by forgetting about who should get the credit — we can move Arizona forward, and in a way that will make our fellow citizens proud. So let’s get to work," Ducey said. Garcia was not convinced, saying, “This governor, like our president, would like us to believe that everything is going just great. We know that this isn’t true. We know that this system is broken.” Garcia is an educator and Army veteran, and used the governor's speech as an opportunity to refute what he called the "Republican agenda." A professor at Arizona State University, Garcia announced his bid for governor last year. He faces Democratic state Sen. Steve Farley during the primaries in August. Garcia is a fourth-generation Arizonan with a doctorate from the University of Chicago who has made education the centerpiece of his appeal to voters, promising, among other things, a plan to make college tuition free for all Arizona students.   Let’s pull off another major victory in a red state this year. Click here to donate and get involved with Garcia’s campaign. [...]

AZ-07, 02, Gov & AG: DFA Sticks It To Trump & Arpaio By Pushing For A Big Blue Wave In AZ

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 23:58:21 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Democracy for America: Joe Arpaio is running for U.S. Senate. That's right: the bigoted, white supremacist, Trump-loving former Sheriff of Maricopa County -- convicted of contempt of court for racial profiling -- has announced he wants to be elected as a U.S. Senator from Arizona this fall. Arpaio is going to run on an anti-immigrant platform at a time when Donald Trump is stepping up his war on every immigrant in this country. Trump is breaking up families, deporting innocent people, and even taking away citizenship from some immigrants. He keeps trying to ban Muslim immigrants from entering our country. He wants to limit legal migration to this country. And just this week, the Trump Administration announced they are going to kick more than 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants out of this country -- many who have been here for two decades. Those are the policies Arpaio is running to uphold. We must fight back. DFA members are supporting progressive candidates in Arizona and across America who have proven their commitment to fight for all immigrants. Stand up to Joe Arpaio: Chip in $3 or more to help DFA elect progressive candidates who will fight for all immigrants. DFA has endorsed progressive candidates for 2018 who have demonstrated they will fight to protect all immigrants. Several of them are running in Arizona this year -- a key election in a critical swing state: Rep. Ruben Gallego a leading anti-Trump, pro-choice progressive who just got a right-wing anti-abortion primary challenger in his Phoenix district Mary Matiella, running for Congress in a key swing district along the U.S.-Mexico border David Garcia, fighting for an Arizona that works for everyone. He's a veteran, a teacher and a fighter for Arizona families who would be the state's first Latino governor in decades. January Contreras, running to be the first Latina Attorney General of Arizona Joe Arpaio's worst nightmare would be to lose his election and watch these candidates win on a platform of standing with and fighting for all immigrants. You can make that come true right here in 2018. Show Joe Arpaio that we are going to fight him and everything he stands for: Chip in $3 or more to elect real progressives in 2018 who will stand up for all immigrants. Thank you for fighting Joe Arpaio and standing with immigrants. - Jim Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America Click here to donate to these Arizona Democrats’ campaigns. [...]

AZ-Sen: Sen. Kamala Harris (D. CA) Refuses To Let Convicted Felon Joe Arpaio (R) Become A Senator

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 18:44:28 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D. CA) in support of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign:

Hi, Team —

Disgraced sheriff Joe Arpaio is running for U.S. Senate in Arizona, after being convicted of violating a court order to stop illegally detaining and terrorizing the Latino community. We have to act now:

Rush an urgent donation of $3 to Kyrsten Sinema — a compassionate champion for working people and the poor — who’s running against Arpaio and has a real chance to win in November.


Remember, this is the same man Trump pardoned just a few months ago — and now Arpaio’s running (presumably) with his blessing.

I am sure many of you are thinking someone as awful as Joe Arpaio couldn’t win an election, even in Arizona, but that’s the same mentality that led to Trump’s victory just over a year ago.

Yes, we defeated Roy Moore in Alabama last month — but only because so many people stood up to say enough is enough to electing divisive politicians who will prey on the vulnerable. Including this community which raised over $400,000 for Doug Jones’ campaign.

We can do it again — and in the process put Democrats one step closer to winning back the Senate and sending an unmistakable message that the people of this country are fed up with politicians who want to divide us and target communities of color. Together let’s boost Kyrsten Sinema’s campaign to help ensure she has the resources it’ll take to win.

Donate $3 now to support Kyrsten Sinema — someone with the courage to stand up to Trump and be a fearless fighter on behalf of working people and the more vulnerable among us. 

Thanks for everything you do.

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

Click here to donate to Sinema’s campaign.

AZ-Sen: Sen. Chris Murphy (D. CT) Wastes No Time Helping Kyrsten Sinema (D) Defeat Joe Arpaio (R)

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:10:50 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D. CT) in support of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign:


Earlier today, Joe Arpaio declared he is running for the United States Senate in Arizona.

Like Roy Moore before him, Joe Arpaio is unfit to serve. The president's pardon of his illegal behavior was a national disgrace. This is a man who became a hero to the alt-right because he racially targeted immigrants and placed them in what he himself referred to as a "concentration camp."

We all have an obligation to keep Joe Arpaio out of the U.S. Senate. And if you are willing to chip in, we will win again... just like we did in Alabama.

Split a $5 donation between my re-election and Kyrsten Sinema's campaign to defeat Joe Arpaio in Arizona this year.

This is one of those seats that could help Democrats take back the U.S. Senate. If we can win here, we will not only have kept a disreputable candidate out of the chamber, but we will take one giant leap forward toward replacing Mitch McConnell as the Senate Majority Leader.

Chip in today.

Chris Murphy

Click here to donate to Sinema’s campaign.

Bannon's fall might screw Arizona's Kelli Ward, but don't overestimate his influence in other races

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 21:18:47 +0000

Steve Bannon instantly became persona non grata in Trumpworld on Wednesday after an excerpt from journalist Michael Wolff's new book captured Bannon dissing Trump and his family. However, while it remains to be seen how the Breitbart chief's rift with Trump will affect the candidates he's supporting, there's at least one person who has everything to lose and not much to gain from his fall. Bannon and billionaire Robert Mercer were prominent supporters of former Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward while she was running in the GOP primary against Sen. Jeff Flake, and they remained in her camp after Flake decided to retire in the fall. However, the Washington Post writes that, even before Wednesday, Bannon's alliance with the billionaire Mercer family was in real trouble. Robert Mercer's daughter, Rebekah Mercer, who had been Bannon's main financial backer, has reportedly been angry with Bannon for a while, especially over some of his moves to support Roy Moore's losing Senate bid in Alabama last month. But the final straw apparently came when Bannon allegedly bragged to other prominent conservative donors that the Mercers would help him if he ran for president. According to the Post, the Mercers have now decided to stop supporting any of Bannon's projects, which could be very bad news for Ward. The former state senator is a notoriously bad fundraiser, but the Mercers have been funding a super PAC to support her. If that money stops flowing in, she could be left without any outside help. But while Ward’s fortunes might genuinely suffer over this rift, too many national pundits have overestimated how much influence Bannon has in other GOP primaries. After Moore won the Alabama runoff in September against appointed Sen. Luther Strange, plenty of national observers were quick to credit Bannon for the outcome. Bannon certainly enjoyed portraying himself as a kingmaker, and after Moore's campaign general election campaign self-destructed, Bannon's enemies in the party were also glad to point to Moore as an example of what kind of candidates the GOP would get saddled with when Bannon gets his way. However, as plenty of frustrated Alabama journalists have explained, Moore's win over Strange had everything to do with Moore himself and the political climate in Alabama. Bannon, in fact, was a johnny-come-lately who only endorsed Moore when he was already about to win. And in other Senate primaries elsewhere, Bannon's involvement has been minimal to date. A few campaigns are engaged in slapfights with one another over his support (or lack thereof), but these skirmishes—mostly in Nevada, West Virginia, and Wisconsin—are only being fought with press releases and are unlikely to have any electoral impact. If anything, Ward is the outlier: Thanks to her particular weakness as a campaigner, she was unusually dependent on the Bannon-Mercer axis for its largesse. But stronger candidates in the Bannon orbit may survive just fine because Bannon's power was never a be-all, end-all for them.     [...]

Ruben Gallego, a top Trump critic, earns primary challenge from 'pro-life,' GOP-endorsing 'Democrat'

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 21:56:37 +0000

Oh nuts to this. Sophomore Rep. Ruben Gallego has not only been a rock-solid progressive during his tenure in Congress, he's also emerged as one of the fiercest and most outspoken critics of Donald Trump in the entire Democratic Party. So what has that earned him? A primary challenge from a state senator, Catherine Miranda, who claims to be a Democrat but is awfully cozy with the GOP—so cozy that she endorsed Republican Doug Ducey when he successfully ran for governor in 2014.

And that's not all—far from it. Gallego's campaign greeted Miranda's entry into the race by dubbing her "an anti-choice, corporate-sponsored politician," and she certainly is anti-choice. Among other things, she voted to ban abortion at 20 weeks, voted to defund Planned Parenthood, and even signed a "pro-life pledge." She also launched her campaign by promising to be "someone who will put partisan politics aside, and get things done," a message that couldn't be more out-of-step with our times. At least we can be confident that few Democratic primary voters will find that sort of talk appealing.

But Miranda still poses a deeply frustrating problem for progressives, particularly because the sort of wealthy Republican donors who remember her support for Ducey would likely be all too happy to help her kneecap a rising star like Gallego. Arizona's primary also isn't until the end of August, meaning this race could become a distraction even as we enter the stretch run ahead of the midterms. Fortunately, Democrats won't have to worry about the general election here, since the Phoenix-based 7th District went for Hillary Clinton by a heavy 72-23 margin, but the last thing we'd want is to see someone as awful as Miranda replace someone as awesome as Gallego.

TX, NV & AZ-Sen: Sen. Patty Murray (D. WA) Helps Democrats Make Big Gains In The West

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 03:58:48 +0000

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D. WA) in support of Reps. Beto O’Rourke (D. TX), Jacky Rosen (D. NV) and Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaigns: Winning back the Senate in 2018 has never been more urgent -- or more possible. After Doug Jones' victory in Alabama, we saw what happens when good Democrats compete everywhere: we WIN. That's why I'm so excited to be throwing my support behind three Democratic candidates who can help us flip the Senate and provide a necessary check on President Trump:Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona, Jacky Rosen in Nevada, and Beto O'Rourke in Texas. Join me today in support of these candidates for U.S. Senate in Arizona, Nevada, and Texas. Split a donation of $15 or more right now to give them a boost as we head into 2018. Kyrsten Sinema is running for U.S. Senate in Arizona for Jeff Flake's open Senate seat. For nearly three years, Kyrsten's family struggled with homelessness, living in an abandoned gas station without running water or electricity. Through hard work and determination, she made it -- and she wants to give back to the families of Arizona as their next Senator. Jacky Rosen is running for Senate in Nevada against Dean Heller. As the first in her family to graduate from college, and a computer programmer in a male-dominated industry, Jacky Rosen is a trailblazer for women -- and she's ready to hit the ground running as a champion for Nevada families in the Senate. And Beto O'Rourke is running against Ted Cruz in Texas to fight for access to health care and policies that would strengthen the middle class -- and he's doing it all with a campaign that relies entirely on grassroots support. The latest polls have shown Beto and Ted neck-and-neck. We have a major opportunity here to defeat Senators Dean Heller and Ted Cruz and elect three new Senators in Arizona, Nevada, and Texas who will vote for the interest of their constituents. Help us take back the Senate -- and our country -- in 2018. Make a donation of $15 or whatever you can afford right now to support these three Democrats in Nevada, Arizona, and Texas before the new year. Thanks, Patty Click here to donate to Sinema, Rosen and O’Rourke’s campaigns. [...]

AZ, TX & NV-Sen: Kyrsten Sinema (D) Helps Her Fellow Democrats Make Big Gains In The West

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 17:50:35 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign and in support of Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D. TX) & Rep. Jacky Rosen’s (D. NV) U.S. Senate campaigns: Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D. TX) Too many people in Washington are fighting to protect party interests instead of fighting to find solutions to our country’s greatest challenges. Special interest groups and extremists like Steve Bannon will do whatever it takes to protect their grip on Washington, no matter the cost.   That is why we’ve teamed up with Beto O’Rourke from Texas and Jacky Rosen from Nevada to ensure our three campaigns have the resources we need to win three key seats in the U.S. Senate.   With the Federal Election Commission deadline at the end of the month, Jacky, Beto, and I need your help to prove the strength of our campaigns. Can you click here to help us take back the Senate in 2018? Rep. Jacky Rosen (D. NV) Jacky and Beto are already proven fighters for the issues that matter most to hardworking Americans, and I know that together in the Senate we can find the solutions that our country desperately needs.   Whether it’s affordable, accessible healthcare or easing the burden of student debt, these issues deserve commonsense solutions that can come only from working together.   I’m looking forward to working with Jacky and Beto in the Senate to help everyone get their fair shot, but we can’t get there without widespread support from people like you.   Give what you can right away to help propel us to victory in 2018 >>   Thanks again,   Kyrsten Click here to donate to Sinema, O’Rourke and Rosen’s campaigns. [...]

AZ-Sen: PCCC Helps Spread Viral Video Of Jeff Flake (R) Lying To Dying Man About GOP Tax Scam

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:28:59 +0000

Received this e-mail today from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee: x YouTube Video My name is Ady Barkan. I'm 33 years old, I have an 18 month old son, and until last year I was healthy. Then I was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. I will likely need to be on a ventilator in order to live. I confronted Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on a plane recently with the fact that the Republican tax bill could kill me and leave my baby fatherless. Click here to see the video millions have seen on MSNBC and CNN of what he said -- and help fight back against this Republican tax disaster. Then, sign the petition demanding Not One Penny in tax giveaways to big corporations. It is being delivered at events across the country. The American people are waking up to the life-and-death impacts of the Republican tax bill. It pays for huge giveaways to big corporations by taking healthcare away from millions of families like mine and slashing Medicare. xPart 1 of the #flakesonaplane saga @AdyBarkan tells his story to @JeffFlake, the swing vote on the #GOPTaxScam.— Liz - We're doing it (@lizjaff) December 8, 2017   Congress will vote on a final bill within the next 2 weeks. We can still defeat the Republican tax scam, but we're running out of time. We need everyone in this fight. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment. Donate $3 toward the organizing the PCCC and the Center for Popular Democracy are doing to fight this Republican tax disaster, including pouring thousands of calls into congressional offices, building crowds at rallies across the nation and, now, pressing to get Doug Jones (newly elected Democratic Senator from Alabama) seated BEFORE the next tax vote. Then, sign the petition demanding Not One Penny in tax giveaways to big corporations. For me and tens of millions of others, this tax fight isn't about politics -- it's a matter of life and death.Make sure Republicans in Congress know that Americans won't stand by while they sacrifice our health and our lives to pay for giveaways to billionaires and big corporations. Thanks for fighting back. -- Ady Barkan Click here to add your name. [...]

AZ & NV-Sen: Sen. Jeff Merkley (D. OR) Helps These Two Women Take Back The U.S. Senate

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:28:57 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D. OR) in support of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D. AZ) & Rep. Jacky Rosen’s (D. NV) U.S. Senate campaigns:


HUGE news this morning.

Thanks to the the people of Alabama, with a big assist from grassroots activists like you, Doug Jones is coming to the Senate.

And that means control of the Senate is very much in play for 2018.

We need to flip two more seats to take the Senate. And we have two strong candidates, in Arizona and Nevada, to do it.


Please chip in today to help Kyrsten Sinema win in Arizona and Jacky Rosen win in Nevada and help take back the Senate!

We've been reminded lately how important it is to have strong women in the Senate. We started the comeback in Alabama last night. Let's finish it next November in the Southwest.

Please chip in today: let's send Kyrsten Sinema and Jacky Rosen to the Senate.

It's on!


Click here to donate to Sinema and Rosen’s campaigns.

AZ-Sen: Kyrsten Sinema (D) Keeps Up The Momentum To Kill Trump & GOP's Tax Scam

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:55:28 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign:

In the middle of the night, the Senate rushed through a 479-page tax bill that increases our national deficit, gives tax breaks to the ultra wealthy, and increases taxes for middle-class families.

This is not a fair deal for hardworking Americans. We need tax reform that actually helps the middle class and small businesses thrive.

Click here to add your name right now to stand with Kyrsten against this harmful bill.

It is cruel to our teachers, students, and veterans. If the GOP gets its way, millions of American families will be left paying more in taxes, while those making millions will reap the rewards.

We can find the commonsense tax reform our communities need — but only if we work together. This bill is not the answer. It’s bad for middle-class families and it’s bad for our country.

Sign your name right away to stand with Kyrsten and middle-class families.

Thanks for taking action,

Click here to add your name.

AZ-Sen: Sen. Patrick Leahy (D. VT) Helps Kyrsten Sinema (D) Punish The GOP For Their Tax Scam Bill

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:06:10 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D. VT) in support of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign: Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D. AZ) Last Frid‌ay, while most of the country slept, Republicans rammed through their tax scam to raise taxes and gut health care coverage for our nation's middle class. It was a shameful act of cowardice and greed, and we need to continue doing all we can to fight this deeply harmful legislation. Without a check from the American people, Republicans have proven -- yet again -- that they will continue to sell out hard-working families to cut a check to their billionaire donors. As part of our resistance, it's crucial we continue to lay the groundwork to take back the Senate next fall. With Senator Jeff Flake not running for re-election, Kyrsten Sinema's campaign in Arizona is one of our best opportunities to turn a Republican Senate seat blue in 2018. Will you join me in supporting Kyrsten's campaign for Senate by making a contribution of $10 or more today? I know that Kyrsten is a fighter -- she's been proving it her whole life. For almost three years while she was growing up, she lived in an abandoned gas station without running water or electricity. But she never let being homeless stop her from being who she wanted to be. Thanks to hard work and support from family, church, and the government, she made it to college and got her shot at the American dream. She's running for Senate to make sure every American gets that same shot, and I want her fighting alongside me on the issues that matter, including tax reform. Partisan extremists with big money -- the same ones who will benefit massively from the GOP tax scam -- are already lining up to defeat and silence her, so it's up to us to do everything we can to make sure she has the resources to fight back and win. Will you make a contribution of $10 or more to help elect Kyrsten Sinema to the U.S. Senate? Thanks for standing with Kyrsten and me to‌day. Sincerely, Patrick Leahy U.S. Senator Click here to donate to Sinema’s campaign. [...]

AZ-Gov: David Garcia (D) Leads The Fight To Stop Trump From Building His Stupid Border Wall

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 05:21:30 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Arizona State University professor, David Garcia’s (D. AZ) gubernatorial campaign:

Right now, the Trump Administration is accepting applications for Border Wall prototypes.
Let’s not beat around the bush here: this proposed wall is fueled by right-wing racism.

This wall will cost taxpayers BILLIONS, and will require the government to SEIZE thousands of miles of land in order to build it!

My campaign is taking action -- but I need 1O,OOO people standing with me. Will you sign this petition to STOP any construction of a Border Wall?

We can’t allow this Border Wall to move any further.

  • Spending BILLIONS on the wall is irresponsible and wasteful.
  • And SEIZING thousands of people’s private-property is an ABUSIVE overreach by Trump’s administration.

We need to be creating an inclusive country and welcoming immigrants who want to join our culture and communities -- NOT shutting them out!

I’m running for Governor to make sure that racist policies and projects like the Border Wall get nowhere near Arizona.

So please, take a second to sign your name to STOP construction of the Border Wall:

Thanks for taking action with us.

- David

Click here to add your name.

AZ-Sen: GOP Poll Gives Kyrsten Sinema (D) A Slight Lead Over Both Ward (R) & McSally (R)

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:23:37 +0000

GOP pollster, OH Predictive Insights, released their poll on the upcoming U.S. Senate race in Arizona. First, the GOP primary: Moving on, before we get into the head-to-head matchups for the Arizona U.S. Senate Primary and General election, let’s see where the main contenders sit regarding name ID and favorability. The key findings were among the two Republican challengers regarding party affiliation and geographic location. ·       Kelli Ward has 85% name ID among Republicans; with 59% favorable and 26% unfavorable. ·       Martha McSally has 60% name ID among Republicans; with 48% favorable and 13% unfavorable. ·       Among Independents Kelli Ward has 80% name ID; with 36% favorable and 44% unfavorable. ·       Martha McSally has 56% name ID among Independents with 29% favorable and 27% unfavorable. Based on geographic location Martha McSally has 97% name ID in Pima county where much of her current congressional district covers although she is far less known in Maricopa county (57%) and rural Arizona (44%). Arizona’s Maricopa county has almost 2/3rd’s of the 2018 General Election vote but that is also where Kelli Ward is underwater with a 34% favorable / 47% unfavorable rating. Although she performs much stronger in rural Arizona with 45% favorable / 31% unfavorable. Continuing with the subject of Kelli Ward and Martha McSally, if the election were held today, who would likely Republican primary voters vote for? Don’t worry, we have the answer. Currently, Ward has an advantage of +7-points over McSally where Ward’s most notable strength derives from males, high school or less education level, rural Arizona, and self-identified “very conservative” voters – basically, Trump’s base.  McSally’s strength lies in self-identified “somewhat conservative” and “moderate” voters and a +30-point advantage in Pima County. Now the general election: Republicans hold a +12 Republican likely voter advantage in the 2018 General Election, and that’s how we conducted this poll, with a +12 Republican advantage.  But in both matchups the Democrat is winning by a very slim margin. McSally has the best chance being 1-point behind Sinema with Ward close by trailing by 3-points, but they’re both in the margin of error. So, why is a Democrat leading when Republicans hold a +12 point advantage? The answer is slopes. Whether it was Ward or McSally against Sinema, support based on political ideology was almost identical for either potential GOP nominee. This chart probably looks familiar because it basically mirrors Trump’s numbers in this lens. This is going to be one tough race but it’s one seat we can flip blue. Click here to donate and get involved with Sinema’s campaign. [...]

AZ-Sen: Kyrsten Sinema (D) Goes After Trump & GOP's Constant Assault On Medicare

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:53:26 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign:

This year, we have seen attempt after attempt by extremists to take away healthcare from those who need it most.

Everyone deserves access to quality, affordable health care. That’s why we must stand together to protect Medicare and the services countless Americans rely on.

Add your name right away to stand with us in defense of Medicare and affordable healthcare >»

We are working towards a better future for all, and that means standing up to those who would pull the rug out from under millions of Americans.

Join us in the fight for Medicare, and stand up for quality, affordable health care >>>

Thanks for taking action,


Click here to add your name.

AZ-Sen: HighGround Public Affairs Poll Gives Kyrsten Sinema (D) A 7 Point Lead Over Kelli Ward (R)

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 21:31:31 +0000

Latest news today out of Arizona: A statewide Arizona survey of 500 likely Arizona 2018 General Election voters shows that just under a year out from Election Day, Democrat Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9) has extended her lead over GOP candidate Dr. Kelli Ward to a 7-point margin, 34-27. The survey, which was conducted immediately after U.S. Senator Jeff Flake announced he would not seek re-election, indicates both candidates have lots of work to do in both defining themselves and their opponent over the coming months.  Q.        If the General Election for United States Senate were held today, would you vote for [Rotate] Kelli Ward or Kyrsten Sinema?  34.4%  Kyrsten Sinema 26.8%  Kelli Ward 38.8%  Don't know, Refused In an August poll of 400 likely voters, HighGround tested a hypothetical match-up between the same two candidates with a much closer margin of 30.5% for Ward vs. 31.8% for Sinema. Despite Ward receiving an endorsement from former White House advisor Steve Bannon in the time since the August poll was conducted and Senator Flake withdrawing, Ward has not seen a bump and in fact, has lost ground.  In both surveys, the plurality of voters had not made their mind up in favor of either candidate. “Even with Senator Flake announcing his retirement and the whirlwind of media attention around Steve Bannon’s endorsement and visit, Kelli Ward has not seen any improvement in her support,” said Chuck Coughlin, President & CEO of HighGround Public Affairs, which conducted the poll. “The numbers continue to show that Ward is a flawed General Election candidate, and her nomination would likely result in a loss of the seat for Republicans.  With the apparent ceiling of support for Ward, there is clearly room for a different Republican candidate to emerge as a credible challenger with a path to victory, such as Congresswoman Martha McSally or Great Hearts founder Jay Heiler.” The latest survey data also showed that Congresswoman Sinema is still not known by 37% of the electorate in Arizona, whereas Ward is not known by more than 40% of the electorate despite challenging Senator John McCain in 2016. Coughlin continued, “While many have proclaimed Congresswoman Sinema to be a strong candidate, Arizonans are still unsure of her after a haphazard announcement of her Senate candidacy, with no subsequent statewide tour or messaging to support her campaign. We have yet to see the popularity she enjoys within the left leaning Congressional District 9 translate to rural areas such as Yuma and Yavapai counties – home to some of the larger cities outside Maricopa County, where she needs to be competitive.” General Election turnout in off-Presidential Cycle races in Arizona shows that Republicans historically have a twelve-point turnout advantage, which steepens the climb for any Democratic contender. Today, not a single Democrat holds statewide office in Arizona. “Quite frankly, Senator Flake stepping out completely opens up the race for a primary challenger to Ward a[...]

VA & AZ-Gov: David Garcia (D) Gives Fellow Veteran & Doctor Ralph Northam (D) A Boost

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 23:24:48 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Arizona State University professor, David Garcia (D. AZ), in support of Lt. Governor Ralph Northam’s (D. VA) gubernatorial campaign: Ralph Northam (D. VA) There is MUST-WIN governor’s race for Democrats in Virginia in just 5 days!   And if Democrat Ralph Northam WINS, it could spark a progressive wave everywhere! Winning this critical swing state wouldn’t just confirm Americans are rejecting Trump’s agenda -- it would prove Democrats like David Garcia can win in swing states like Arizona! Will you help us support Ralph Northam’s Democratic campaign for Governor of Virginia by donating $5 or $1O? » Governors are leading the fight to stop Trump’s agenda from sweeping into every state. Ralph Northam is a fellow Army veteran and a doctor. He’s a good Democrat who wants to make his state work for ALL its residents.   But Republicans are spending MASSIVE loads of cash and running racist fear-mongering ads to defeat this strong Democrat. This race will be as close as they come, so they need our support.   Can we count on you to help Democrats WIN in Virginia by chipping in a small amount to Ralph Northam’s campaign? We can’t afford to sit on the sidelines for this one.   -Garcia For Arizona Click here to donate to Northam’s campaign. [...]

TN & AZ-Sen: CREDO Action Mounts Pressure On These GOPers To Protect Mueller's Investigation

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:01:11 +0000

Received this e-mail today from CREDO Action: Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Donald Trump’s Russia ties has yielded its first indictments – which may put the investigation under threat. News recently broke that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, another former Trump staffer are under indictment. On top of the indictments, Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his communication with Russians.1 The threat to Mueller’s independence – and a constitutional crisis – is now very real. Trump has openly mused about firing Mueller in public interviews. His team has been digging up dirt on the special prosecutor. In the days before the indictments became public, Trump allies tried to deflect blame, pushed for phony investigations of Sec. Clinton to distract Americans, and advocated to strip Mueller of his powers. 2,3 What happens next is a huge test for the so-called moderate Republicans of conscience who have recently spoken out against Trump’s reckless abuse of power – they must now put words into action to protect the integrity of existing investigations into all of Trump and his associates’ illegal ties to Russia. Sens. John McCain, Bob Corker and Jeff Flake have made headlines and earned plaudits from the elite political and media establishment for saying that Trump is a threat to our democracy, but they have done precious little to back those words up with action. Tell Sens. Corker, Flake and McCain: The investigation into Trump’s Russia ties must be truly independent. Protect special counsel Mueller from Trump’s abuse of power. Click here to sign the petition. These Republicans must immediately use all their institutional and public leverage to ensure all current investigations concerning Trump’s Russia ties continue without interference from the Trump regime and its allies in Congress. They must help pass legislation to protect an independent counsel and prevent Donald Trump from triggering a constitutional crisis. Mueller’s methodical investigation is critical and it is still in its beginning stages. We still do not know if more indictments are to come or what Papadopoulos, Manafort, or Gates will share about other Trump associates in order to spare themselves time behind bars. Not long ago, a post-Watergate law was in place that protected investigations like Mueller’s from presidential overreach. The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 set up a system to ensure that special prosecutors would be totally independent officials that a group of judges could appoint and no president can fire. But in the 1990s, Republicans and Democrats teamed up to let the independent counsel statute expire.4 Mueller, instead, is a special prosecutor serving at the whim of Trump’s own Department of Justice.5 That means that Trump could order Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to fire Mueller, sparking a constitutional firestorm wi[...]

AZ-Sen: Kirsten Gillibrand (D. NY) Wastes No Time Helping Kyrsten Sinema (D) Flip This Seat Blue

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:45:25 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D. NY) in support of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign: x YouTube Video Arizona’s Senate race is our absolute best chance to turn a red seat blue and take back the Senate in 2018, and my friend Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema is exactly the woman for the job. The latest Cook Political Report is calling this race a “tossup” – and with Sen. Jeff Flake retiring, we have a real chance to pick up this seat. But some are desperate to keep Arizona red, and Kyrsten is counting on our help to make sure she has what it takes to win. Her first big end-of-month deadline is coming up fast, and she needs to raise $25,000 before midnight Tuesday to help her start her campaign strong. That’s why I’m asking personally: Will you give $5 now to help give Kyrsten the boost she needs to win? Click here to give $5 or more to help Kyrsten win in Arizona! Kyrsten’s a fighter for struggling families because she’s been there herself. Growing up, her family lived in an abandoned gas station without running water or electricity for nearly three years. Thanks to hard work and help from family, church and government, she made it to college, and then to Congress. Now, she’s running for Senate to make sure other kids have the same shot at the American dream. We need Kyrsten’s experience and perspective in the Senate. She has the grit and dedication to win this race, but she’s counting on us to stand with her. That’s why I’m asking for your help: Will you give $5 or more now, before midnight Tuesday, to help Kyrsten hit her $25,000 end-of-month goal and win in Arizona? Give $5 or more now to help Kyrsten win in Arizona and flip this red seat blue. Thanks, Kirsten Click here to donate to Sinema’s campaign. [...]

AZ-Sen: Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D. IL) Wastes No Time Helping Kyrsten Sinema (D) Flip This Seat Blue

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 20:31:33 +0000

Received this e-mail today from u.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D. IL) in support of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign:

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D. AZ)

Some big news came out of Arizona: Senator Jeff Flake will not seek reelection.

This news makes the race wide open -- and luckily, we have a strong, dedicated candidate ready to march into the gap. My friend Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema is running for this seat, and we should help her take advantage of this opportunity.

Can you give $5 or more to boost her campaign?

It's no mystery why Flake decided to leave this race. He got tired and frustrated of the very same thing that tires and frustrates all of us: The Republican Party under President Trump has lost its moral compass.

President Trump speaks and acts recklessly -- and poses a real threat to our country. Anyone willing to run on a Republican ticket and pledge their loyalty to President Trump is not the kind of leader we need in Washington. Even Senator Flake knows that.

Kyrsten is a fighter who spent three years of her childhood in an abandoned gas station without running water or electricity. She knows how important the American Dream is and is committed to making sure everyone has the opportunity to achieve it.

We need Kyrsten in the Senate. Winning in Arizona would be a key pick-up for Democrats. It could even help us secure a majority.

Help Kyrsten’s campaign gain momentum and fight back against special interests. Chip in $5 or $10.

Thank you,


Click here to donate to Sinema’s campaign.

With Jeff Flake out in Arizona, we're about to see one ugly senate race

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 15:38:06 +0000

In 2016, when batshit crazy former Arizona legislator Kelli Ward took on John McCain in the Republican senate primary, the media called it one of the ugliest races in the country. Ward was a horrible legislator and an equally horrible senate primary challenger, as I wrote the other day. During the contest with McCain she and her frothing supporters regularly called the former POW a “traitor,” even going so far as to say he should be “hung by the neck until dead.” During an interview on InfoWars, she suggested to Sandy Hook denying host Alex Jones that McCain’s team may plant a bomb in her car.   Ward and McCain are of the same party, of course, but still the 2016 primary was nastier than many GOP-Dem contests. McCain jabbed Kelli Ward for her conspiracy mongering and screwball statements, which any opponent would do—she’s looney Judge Roy Moore on steroids. But it was the dishonest ways Ward twisted McCain’s record to suggest he supports selling baby parts from Planned Parenthood clinics, that he’d grant amnesty to Mexicans, or that he helped to pass Obamacare, among other charges, that lent the race its ugly tone. And Donald Trump loves the ugly, which is one reason he, Steve Bannon and other white supremacist goobers are supporting Kelli Ward in this year’s primary. Another reason is that incumbent Republican Senator Jeff Flake, like Bob Corker and John McCain, challenged the big orange stain. No doubt with Breitbart Nation and the White House backing Ward, she would have leveled another round of ugly, untrue accusations against Sen. Flake, especially the amnesty charge. That’s moot now, with Flake dropping out—unwilling to get down in the sewer with nativists. He also knew he couldn’t win the primary without changing his Trump tune—something Flake wasn’t willing to do. Now consider: That’s how Kelli Ward and other antiestablishment shitbrains treated John McCain and Jeff Flake, members of their own party. Ward did lead Jeff Flake in the primary polls by a lot, and she seemed assured of the GOP nomination. That’s not so certain now, as other Trumpers, including several congressmen as scary as Ward (Gosar, Schweikert, or even Arpaio) may now decide to jump in the race. Needless to say, that primary will be one disgusting race to the bottom. And then there’s the 2018 election itself, where one of these knuckle-dragging, mean-spirited, Trump-loving Republicans, probably the worst of the lot, will face either a Muslim or an agnostic bisexual—both women. We can hardly wait.    On the one hand, if Muslim Phoenix attorney Deedra Abboud could somehow win the Democratic nomination, Kelli Ward’s team would shift into full scary terrorist mode. Expect to see ads full of smoking Twin Towers, orange-suited American prisoners with a sword at their neck, and Abboud in her hijab with “Sharia Law” captio[...]

AZ-Sen: Rep. Raul Grijalva (D) Makes The Case For Ann Kirkpatrick (D)

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:07:18 +0000

I’ve been out of town so I’m playing catch up with a few diaries. I received this e-mail from progressive Rep. Raul Grijalva (D. AZ) in support of Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign: Ann Kirkpatrick (D. AZ) This is who I am -- I’m an Arizonan, I’m a Latino, and I’m a proud Ann Kirkpatrick voter. Arizona families don’t need more of the same leadership. We don’t need more years of John McCain, fighting for special interests instead of our needs. Thirty-three years is long enough. We need a new, principled leader in the Senate. I’ve served with Ann in the House for years, and I can tell you for certain -- Ann is exactly what we need. And we only have 22 days to come together and make that happen. I’m emailing you today to ask personally -- can you rush in a contribution to help her campaign in the final days of this race? Let’s examine the choice that Arizonans face this year. Ann is a proven ally for the middle class, fighting to create good-paying jobs in every corner of our state and supporting raising the minimum wage. McCain has voted against raising the minimum wage over 20 times, turning his back on thousands of Arizonans who only want a pathway to the middle class. Ann called for Joe Arpaio to resign immediately after a criminal investigation into his practices was recommended. John McCain said nothing. Ann will stand up to Donald Trump who she has called racist, sexist and unqualified to be president. John McCain endorsed Donald Trump more than 60 times. Ann has been a steady voice in supporting the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform. McCain ran on “complete the danged fence” in 2010 to appease tea-party extremists and voted against the DREAM Act. Ann Kirkpatrick is focused on Arizona. John McCain has changed after 33 years in Washington and now puts his political career before doing what’s best for our state. If he wasn’t willing to stand up to Donald Trump for himself, how can we expect him to stand up to Washington insiders for Arizona? We need Ann Kirkpatrick in the Senate. And in these last 22 days, we all need to pitch in if she’s going to win. So please, if you can, make a contribution. Even if it’s just $5 or $10. Thank you. Rep. Raul Grijalva Click here to donate to Kirkpatrick’s campaign. [...]

AZ-Sen: LGBTQ Victory Fund Wastes No Time Helping Kyrsten Sinema (D) Defeat Chemtrail Kelli Ward (R)

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 01:40:33 +0000

Received this e-mail today from the LGBTQ PAC, Victory Fund, in support of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign: Big news. Unpopular Arizona U.S. Senator Jeff Flake just announced he will not seek reelection, upending the race where openly LGBTQ Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema is running. Anti-LGBTQ Trump strategist Steve Bannon and right-wing hate-monger Laura Ingraham are already lined up behind extremist candidate Kelli Ward – and Flake retiring makes it much more likely they will pour millions of dollars in hate-filled ads to defeat Kyrsten. While in the Arizona state Senate, Ward championed a bill allowing businesses to refuse service to LGBTQ people, and its defeat was “one of the biggest disappointments” of her career. It’s one in a long-line of attacks she has launched on our community. The people who hate us, love Kelli Ward. And they will stop at nothing to defeat an LGBTQ person in one of the most competitive U.S. Senate races of 2018. We must start now, friends. Contribute $100, $50 or $25 to our fund to elect Kyrsten Sinema and other LGBTQ Congressional candidates. This race will get ugly, and it is not going to be easy. So let’s show Kyrsten we have her back before the anti-LGBTQ personal attacks on her get rolling. Show Kyrsten her community is fighting for her by contributing to our efforts to elect LGBTQ Congressional candidates in 2018. It’s urgent. - Victory Fund Team Click here to donate to Sinema’s campaign. [...]

AZ-Sen: BREAKING! Jeff Flake (R) Will Not Seek Re-Election, Let's Flip This Seat Blue!

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 19:09:18 +0000

BREAKING!!! Condemning the nastiness of Republican politics in the era of President Donald Trump, Sen. Jeff Flake on Tuesday announced he will serve out the remainder of his term but will not seek re-election in 2018. The bombshell, which Flake, R-Ariz., intended to detail Tuesday afternoon on the Senate floor, will further roil Republican hopes of keeping the party's 52-seat Senate majority in the midterm elections of Trump's first term, when the president's party historically loses seats in Congress. It also likely will upend the race for Flake's seat. Flake, one of the Senate's more prominent critics of President Donald Trump, has been struggling in the polls. He told The Arizona Republic ahead of his announcement that he has become convinced "there may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party." That opens the door for this fringe lunatic to hand us this seat: With incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake struggling in the polls, Republican challenger Kelli Ward has emerged as a real contender for Arizona's 2018 GOP Senate nomination. Ward's standing with the right has been bolstered by Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's former political strategist who helped energize her supporters Tuesday at a fundraiser and rally at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas. Ward, a former state senator from Lake Havasu City, lost her 2016 primary bid against incumbent U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and many Republicans still consider her a weak candidate. If she manages to knock off Flake, who has been feuding with Trump, some political observers say she could help deliver the Senate seat to the Democrats in the general election. Because of that possible scenario, Ward is drawing comparisons to past conservative "tea party" challengers such as Sharron Angle of Nevada, Christine O'Donnell of Delaware, Todd Akin of Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana, who won Senate primaries but lost seats that more moderate Republicans might have been able to win. And to help Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D. AZ) win this race: Trump's former White House strategist Steve Bannon endorsed Ward at an Arizona campaign event on Tuesday. Ward has campaigned as a strong Trump supporter, attacking Flake's stances on president’s immigration policies. Both Sinema and Flake have supported the DREAM Act, following President Trump's decision to give Congress six months to find a legislative alternative to DACA. Sinema has marketed herself as a fiscally conservative Democrat and is currently a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a congressional coalition of conservative Democrats. “As someone who has a voting record of voting both Republican and Democrat and as the (chief deputy) Democratic whip, she can definitely appeal to Independent[...]

AZ-Sen: Kyrsten Sinema (D) Mounts Pressure On Congress To Fix Trump's Sabotage To The ACA

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:52:53 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Rep. Krysten Sinema’s (D.AZ) U.S. Senate campaign:

Your response to our mid-month fundraising push last week was amazing. I knew we could count on you to step up in this critical time.

Now we need you to step up again. The current administration’s decision to stop funding cost-sharing reduction payments under the Affordable Care Act is reckless. It will only hurt Arizonans, especially those who are already struggling with rising health care costs.

Arizona deserves better. It’s time for Congress to work together to find a solution that helps hardworking families across the country—sign on to join the fight for quality, affordable health care.

This careless action puts Arizonans’ access to health care at risk, and it could cause premiums to increase by up to 20 percent.

Partisan fights over health care have put the health and lives of Americans at risk. We must stand up to this.

We need a real fix for health care that allows all Arizona families to have access to affordable health care. Add your name to demand Congress and the administration work together for a solution >>>



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'She's Christine O'Donnell and Sharron Angle and Todd Akin all wrapped into one'

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 05:00:15 +0000

Popular vote loser Donald Trump has his mini-fingers all over Arizona’s 2018 Senate race, mostly because Republican incumbent Jeff Flake has not sufficiently genuflected before His Orangeness, even daring to write nasty things about Trumpism in his recent book. Even though Flake votes with Trump almost 100 percent of the time, after Donnie Tic Tac’s rally before a not “packed house” in Phoenix this August, he tweeted: xPhoenix crowd last night was amazing - a packed house. I love the Great State of Arizona. Not a fan of Jeff Flake, weak on crime & border!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2017 The house was so packed Trump fired the organizer. Bannon, Hannity and other GOP bomb tossers are backing former Arizona legislator Kelli Ward in the Republican senate primary, a move that’s likely to create a shitstorm in the party and, if Ward is the GOP candidate, hand the seat to her Democratic opponent. In 2016, Ward opposed Sen. McCain in the GOP primary, collecting endorsements from crazies like the Oath Keepers, whose founder said McCain should be “hung by the neck until dead.” Ward and goober nation were never reluctant to throw around the word “traitor” to describe McCain, a train wreck of a politician but a legitimate military hero, regardless of 5-Deferment Cheeto’s definition of hero.  There’s the modern Republican party for ya, Kelli Ward’s party—attacking former POWs and Gold Star families. Ward lost her primary against McCain by more than 15 points, then immediately said she’d take on Arizona’s unpopular junior senator in 2018, one of two senate races in 2018 (Nevada’s Dean Heller the other). Jeff Flake is no John McCain, but he hails from a well-known Mormon family that’s been active in Arizona politics for decades, and few of the LDS persuasion will be swayed by Ward's ugly, racist, mean-spirited conspiratorial BS. That being said, polls show Kelli Ward leading McConnell’s pick Jeff Flake by a lot, but with Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema entering the race, the seat is now considered a tossup if Ward is the GOP candidate. Kelli Ward is a despicable propellerhead—no doubt one reason Trump wants her in the US Senate. Exploiting a dying man’s illness, she recently said Sen. McCain should resign because he has brain cancer, and then Gov. Ducey should appoint her to the open seat—something McCain, who detests Ward, would never agree to. Even supporters thought Ward’s vile proposal smelled, but it’s of a piece.  As a state senator Ward opposed Gov. Brewer’s expansion of Medicaid coverage, eventually sponsoring a measure that would limit healthcare for hundreds of thousands of poor families—the most restrictive program [...]

AZ-Gov: David Garcia (D) Slams Doug Ducey (R) For Slashing Teachers' Pay To Reward His Cronies

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:39:34 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Arizona State University professor, David Garcia’s (D. AZ) gubernatorial campaign: David Garcia (D. AZ)   Arizona’s Republican Governor limited our teacher’s annual pay raises to LESS than 1%.   But he simultaneously doled out a 20% pay raise to his own staff!!   This cycle of corrupt behavior and attacks on working families is far too common under this Republican administration.   So we need 1O,OOO Democrats to CONDEMN Governor Ducey’s corrupt actions » Under Governor Ducey’s failing leadership, Arizona has consistently ranked one of the MOST corrupt state governments.   Democrat David Garcia is running to defeat him because he knows that Arizonans -- and its teachers -- deserve much better.   This petition is important. It will show Governor Ducey that our grassroots supporters will NOT tolerate a corrupt government.   So please, sign on TODAY and condemn his actions immediately:   We can only beat corruption if we stand united together, Samuel.   -Garcia For Arizona Click here to add your name. [...]