Congratulations To Our New Democratic Leg. Leaders
Posted on 11/06/2014 @ 08:05 PM
Arizona Democrats do have some good news from Tuesday’s election. While nationally Democrats lost approximately 350 seats in state legislatures, we anticipate that we will lose only one legislative seat when all ballots are counted.
This afternoon, the Democratic Caucuses in the State House and Senate elected their leadership teams.
In the Senate, Katie Hobbs from LD24 in Phoenix was elected Minority Leader. Hobbs was first elected to the Senate in 2012 and previously served one term in the House.
Steve Farley of LD9 who lives in Tucson will be the Assistant Minority Leader. Farley was just elected to his second term in the Senate and previously served in the House for six years.
In a non-traditional move, Martin Quezada from LD29 in Phoenix and Lupe Contreras from LD19 in Avondale were elected Minority Co-Whips. Both previously served one term in the House and will be serving their first terms in the Senate.
The Democrats elected David Bradley of LD10 in Tucson pro tem and Barbara McGuire LD8 of Kearny as rural liaison.
“Our caucus is strong, united and ready to make the voices of our constituents heard on the issues that are important to them. We will bring forward good ideas with the right priorities to help set Arizona on the path to recovery and success,” said Sen. Hobbs.
In the House, Dr. Eric Meyer from LD28 who lives in Paradise Valley was elected Minority Leader. He was just elected to his fourth term in the House and has served as Minority Whip last session after Ruben Gallego resigned from the legislature to run for Congress.
Bruce Wheeler who represents LD10 in Tucson, will continue to serve as the Minority Assistant Leader. Wheeler was first elected to the House in 2010. He previously served on the Tucson City Council for eight years and one term in the House in the mid-1970’s.
Rebecca Rios of LD27 in Phoenix was elected Minority Whip. While this is the first year Rios was elected from this district, she is a veteran legislator having served in the House and Senate for a combined 12 years and served as a caucus leader.
Dr. Meyer said “I am honored and humbled to have been chosen to serve as Minority Leader in the Arizona House of Representatives. It is well known that our state lags the rest of the nation in job recovery and school funding. I am determined this coming session to focus on crafting bipartisan solutions to the challenges of restoring schools and creating jobs.”
Barbara Lubin, Communications Director
Arizona Democratic Party
Thank You For Your Support
Posted on 11/06/2014 @ 05:40 PM
Dear Fellow Democrat,
There’s no way to sugar-coat it—Tuesday was a tough night for Democrats. Nationally, Democrats lost control of the U.S. Senate and Republicans gained seats in the House of Representatives. In spite of historically-low turnout, Arizona Democrats largely withstood the GOP-wave.
The Good news: Arizona bucked the national trend by re-electing Ann Kirkpatrick in CD-1 and Kyrsten Sinema in CD-9. We’re are also cautiously optimistic that Ron Barber will prevail when all the votes are counted in CD-2. We also expect the final counts in the state legislature to remain similar to their current totals.
The Bad news: We came up short in our statewide elections. We are extremely disappointed that our incredible team of Fred DuVal, Terry Goddard, Felecia Rotellini, Jim Holway and Sandra Kennedy were not successful.
What we will learn soon: David Garcia in the Superintendent of Public Instruction race is still too close to call. Congressman Ron Barber in CD-2 is also too close to call. We will be learning more about both of those races in the hours and days to come.
I am proud of our entire field of Democratic candidates, their families and campaign teams across Arizona. You have all done your part in moving Arizona forward, and there is much work remaining. I am grateful for all of the PC’s and volunteers who gave their time and energy to supporting Democrats. And a special thank you to everyone who voted. An off-year election does not draw the excitement and media attention that Presidential elections do, so your vote is even more important.
Nationally Democrats lost over 350 state legislative seats — an average of 7 per state. We may lose only one, far better than the national average. In 2012, we gained 4 seats in the State Senate and 4 in the State House. We were in the top five states for legislative gains in 2012. Thank you for making our legislative successes possible.
Now we take a couple of days to rest before beginning the hard work to turn Arizona blue in 2016. Go on a much needed getaway with your family and then we'll get back to work. We will learn very soon whether Phoenix will be awarded the 2016 Democratic Convention.
With being one of the few states in the Country to hold onto competitive Congressional seats, we have shown the nation that once again we continue to make steps in the right direction to turn Arizona blue.
Catch your breath, we start the groundwork for 2016 and will be in touch with you soon.
Thank you for your support and friendship,
Bill Roe, Chairman
Arizona Democratic Party
WATCH: moving our economy forward
Posted on 05/01/2014 @ 04:06 PM
Growing our economy and helping working people get back on their feet is going to be my number one priority as Arizona's next governor.
Please take a minute to watch this video and hear about how we’ll do it.
It’s not going to be easy, but I know that if we roll up our sleeves and work together, we’ll get Arizona’s economy moving forward again.
Fred DuVal, Democrat for governor
P.S. If you haven’t already, check out my op-ed in the Arizona Daily Star.
Advisory: Legislative vacancy and appointment of three-member citizens’ committee
Posted on 03/14/2014 @ 09:22 PM
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
Supervisors to appoint three-member citizens’ panel for legislative vacancy
Richard de Uriarte 602-506-7232
March 14, 2014
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to name a three-member citizens panel Monday to consider the legislative vacancy in the state House of Representatives created by the resignation of state Rep. Ruben Gallego.
The citizens’ panel, consisting of Rosie Lopez, Susan Avelar and Warren Stewart, will submit the names of three qualified persons to the Board of Supervisors for appointment. The nominees must be qualified electors, residents of Legislative District 27 and members of the Democratic Party. The board will hold a special meeting Monday, March 17 at 4 p.m. to appoint the citizens panel. After receiving the list of nominees from the panel, the board will appoint a replacement.
Those interested in being appointed to the vacant Legislative District 27 seat Arizona House of Representatives can apply to Fran McCarroll, Clerk of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. They should send a letter and a resume to Ms. Fran McCarroll, Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 301 West Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 85003. Ms. McCarroll’s e-mail address is email@example.com.
HB2305 Update. Let AZ Vote!
Posted on 02/14/2014 @ 09:02 PM
We need your help TODAY, Monday, Feb. 17
Now the same politicians who passed HB2305 are trying to repeal it in a desperate attempt to circumvent the referendum process. First they thought they could pass this harmful bill without the scrutiny of voters, now they think they can kill the referendum to avoid being held accountable by the voters.
We think HB2305 is bad because it will hurt voters. Republicans now are trying to repeal it because they think it will hurt them politically. The Legislature has no right to do an end-run around the referendum and the Arizona Constitution, which gives the citizens the right to veto any bill from the Legislature. Additionally, without a referendum, Republicans will be free to pass more harmful anti-voter bills in the future. The Republicans in the Legislature cannot be trusted.
Join us at the State Capitol as we let the Republicans in the Legislature know that we will hold them accountable for taking away the right of the voters to weigh in on this important issue.
Day of Action to demand that the voters are not silenced and allowed to vote on HB2305 in November
TODAY, Monday, February 17, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
Lawn of the Arizona State Capitol
Click Here to SHARE and JOIN our Facebook event for the HB2305 Day of Action
On Twitter, use #LetAZVote
Let's Punish the Cheaters!
Posted on 02/10/2014 @ 07:21 PM
We've all watched Tea Party Republicans in the legislature try to rewrite the rules that govern our elections to their benefit:
- They've tried to make it harder for everyone but Republicans to get on the ballot.
- They've tried to make it a crime to go door to door and collect vote by mail ballots.
- They've written rules to kick voters off the permanent early voter list.
When I was growing up, we called this "cheating," and cheating was punished.
Wanna punish these cheaters?
Then click here to go online and get our Democrats qualified for the ballot.
Help Fred DuVal get on your ballot to run for Governor. Help Felecia Rotellini qualify for the ballot for Attorney General. Help Democrats up and down the ticket, get on the ballot so we can go into the campaign season strong and ready to win.
This online system, called E-Qual, is quick and easy. All you need is your Arizona Drivers License or state-issued ID card and you're ready to sign.
For more information and detailed instructions, Click Here. We can punish the cheaters at the ballot box, but the first step is getting Democrats on the ballot.
Thank you for all that you do,
Arizona Democratic Party
Important Information for Filing Your Taxes!
Posted on 02/04/2014 @ 05:19 PM
As Treasurer of the Arizona Democratic Party, I want to share with you some important information regarding your upcoming tax return.
Did you know that your AZ State tax form offers you the opportunity to donate to the Arizona Democratic Party?
Line 43 on your AZ Form 140, provides you the opportunity to make a political gift to the Arizona Democratic Party. You can enter ANY amount into this box and mark 'Democratic' on line 49; the State will then send us a check for that amount. But if you're using the short form, Form 140A, you can enter in ANY donation amount you prefer on line 41 and then mark 'Democratic' on line 42.
Unfortunately, this option is not currently available if you file the using the 1040EZ form.
This is a GREAT way to donate to the Party because it eliminates most of our processing and bookkeeping costs! Plus, it saves you a stamp—and can make tax season a little less painful because you know you will be helping Arizona Democrats fight to improve our state.
Please take this easy step while you're filing out your taxes to support the Arizona Democratic Party. Also, please forward this information to your friends, relatives and coworkers.
Thank you for all you do.
Treasurer, Arizona Democratic Party
2014 Diamonds & Denim Event Flyer: Feb 1, 2014
Posted on 01/16/2014 @ 01:14 PM
The 2014 Arizona Progressive Candidate Training
Posted on 12/19/2013 @ 01:55 PM
This intensive three weekend-long training will give future candidates the opportunity to explore what it takes run for office.
Topics will include:
Exploring Your Vision for Change
Fundraising For Your Campaign
Developing and Delivering a Campaign Message
Analyzing your Strengths and Challenges as a Candidate
Understanding Your District and Constituent Issues
PLUS lots more!
Training Weekends are:
February 15 & 16
March 22 & 23
April 19 & 20
at the Arizona Education Association
345 East Palm Lane, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Workshops will run from 8:30 am—5:00 pm.
Participants MUST attend all six days.
Registration Fee: $300
For more information or to register contact:
Registration Deadline is February 8 and space is limited so apply today!
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We Were Lucky Enough to Call Fred von Blume Our Friend
Posted on 12/17/2013 @ 04:56 PM
Over the weekend, the wonderful heart of Fred von Blume that gave so much time, energy and love to the Arizona Democratic Party became still. His wife Diane lost her companion; The Party lost part of its soul.
We lovingly called Fred “our geek”, for he did so love computers and gadgets of all kind. He relied on that expertise and attention to detail in the many years he represented the party as an election observer at Maricopa County Election Headquarters. It was only fitting that Fred also served as party Parliamentarian since he virtually memorized Roberts Rules of Order. He kept many a state committee meeting on track with his quick, insightful answer to the most complicated of questions.
Fred was an amazing man. Most of us will remember Fred as that cheerful face behind the desk at the Arizona Democratic Party Headquarters where he volunteered. For more than 30 years, Fred proudly served the party well as a volunteer in a variety of tasks. The party was able to say Thank You last month by inducting Fred and Diane into the party’s Hall of Fame. Fred’s last major volunteer effort was helping coordinate the verification of thousands of petitions as part of the successful campaign to refer HB 2305 to the ballot.
Chances are every time you saw Fred, you also saw his wife, Diane. They were inseparable. Diane says that after living as a single woman for so long, she never thought someone new would come into her life. But then she met Fred. Diane says the 13 years they spent together, the last nine months as husband and wife, were the best part of her life. We know what she means.
We will miss Fred, but we are richer for knowing him. Details on a memorial are pending; we will keep you updated as more information is made available. If you would like to send your condolences to Diane, please address them to 7235 N. Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253.
Fred was our colleague and our friend. We love you Fred. Rest in Peace.
Arizona Democratic Party