The Weekly Round-Up, Week 3

As of Friday, the Opioid Special Session has concluded sine die. During the week we saw Democrats working diligently to pass the Opioid Epidemic Act, which is an initial step to address an ongoing crisis in Arizona. Through strong leadership from House and Senate leaders, Rebecca Rios and Katie Hobbs the Opioid Epidemic Act passed unanimously through the[…]

THE ARIZONA WE DESERVE

The 2018 Legislative Session is off and running! Although this is a Campaign year with many Legislative District seats up for grabs, the Democratic Caucus is still focused on pushing forward progressive legislation that moves Arizona forward. At the start of the session, the Democratic Caucus announced their priorities for the session led by Minority Senate Leader, Sen. Katie Hobbs,[…]

Arizona Democrats are fighting for Women in 2018

We are only a few days away from the start of the 2018 Legislative Session. This session will be kicked off with several rallies and marches at the start of the session by grassroots groups and established non-profits, pushing for progress and change at the legislature. One of these rallies stands out in particular, as[…]

Ducey shows support for presidential pardon of Arpaio

Both conservatives and liberals are denouncing President Trump’s pardon, which spared Joe Arpaio a jail sentence in his conviction of criminal contempt. On Friday, the White House released a statement saying Arpaio “continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration.” Most people would disagree. In fact, the[…]

Republicans refuse to remove anti-LGBTQ laws even with pressure from Democrats

HB 2364, which gained national attention as it allowed employers to fire someone who was gay or transgender, was still not addressed by the Republican legislature in this legislative session. Democratic lawmakers have been fighting to include sexual orientation and gender identity in existing anti-discrimination laws, but state Republicans have once again chosen to keep[…]

Ducey allows looser standards for public school teachers

Governor Doug Ducey signed into law a controversial measure allowing more people who lack formal teacher training to teach in public schools. SB 1042 changes existing standards, which require tests of professional proficiency, and instead allows anyone with “expertise in a content area or subject matter” to teach. Ducey claims that the bill will allow[…]

Republican budgets completely ignore Democratic concerns

  The budget battle this year once again left Arizona Democrats behind as state Republicans gained almost everything that they wanted. Governor Doug Ducey, who faced criticism when he slashed education budgets in 2015, pushed for increased funding for universities, which could help him in his bid for reelection in 2018. The funding increased research[…]

LD6 Republicans named enemies of Public Education

In districts across the state, voters are concerned that the Republican Majority is not funding public education. Republicans recently took a vote to allow for expanded vouchers, allowing parents to utilize tax payer money to subsidize their child’s private education. But people are taking notice – particularly the press. In an article recently posted in[…]