Posted on 11/25/2013 @ 07:15 PM
If you're like me, you've known for a long time that Jan Brewer has failed Arizona time and again, but this latest revelation, that 6,000 cases of child abuse were never investigated, is the worst we've seen.
We Democrats need to speak out and demand accountability. And one Democrat, Fred DuVal, our candidate for Governor, is doing just that.
Please take a moment to hear what Fred has to say. We'll be hearing a lot more from him in the coming months, and you're going to like what you hear.
Arizona Democratic Party
Pinal Counties 'Women Who Rock' fundraiser
Posted on 10/29/2013 @ 03:22 PM
DORR & DOVV Picnic!
Posted on 10/03/2013 @ 03:00 PM
Countdown To Shutdown: Mere Hours Away
Posted on 09/30/2013 @ 07:26 PM
What is happening in congress is a travesty engineered by right wing radicals following the tenets of a narrow, rigid agenda. The current crisis has nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act. It has everything to do with the hatred of Barrack Obama by tea party extremists. Here is a clip of John Bohener from two years ago discussing the republican stance on a possible government shutdown. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_3a9c4Ionw&feature=youtu.be
The major difference between then and now is that the Tea Party has won the civil war within the Republican Party. As a result, there is no place for logic in the actions of House Republicans.
Instead of showing leadership, Boehner is enabling his dysfunctional caucus by caving in to their ridiculous demands to shutdown the government regardless of the consequences.
In other words the Republicans are willing to jeopardize America’s, and the worlds, economic recovery if they don't get their way.
They are also jeopardizing health care for millions of American families. Here is one example right here in Arizona. http://www.thisisobamacare.com/#AZ
Pure and simple, this is a crisis manufactured by a small cabal of well funded, narrow minded zealots. Of that there is little doubt.
I have attached information from the Democratic National Committee on what the shutdown means for Arizona. Please share this information with your networks, friends and families. Click here to view and download the PDF.
Arizona Democratic Party
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Posted on 08/28/2013 @ 08:30 PM
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: To the King family, who have sacrificed and inspired so much, to President Clinton, President Carter, Vice President Biden, Jill, fellow Americans, five decades ago today, Americans came to this honored place to lay claim to a promise made at our founding.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
In 1963, almost 200 years after those words were set to paper, a full century after a great war was fought and emancipation proclaimed, that promise, those truths remained unmet. And so they came by the thousands, from every corner of our country -- men and women, young and old, blacks who longed for freedom and whites who could no longer accept freedom for themselves while witnessing the subjugation of others. Across the land, congregations sent them off with food and with prayer. In the middle of the night, entire blocks of Harlem came out to wish them well.
With the few dollars they scrimped from their labor, some bought tickets and boarded buses, even if they couldn't always sit where they wanted to sit. Those with less money hitchhiked, or walked. They were seamstresses, and steelworkers, and students, and teachers, maids and pullman porters. They shared simple meals and bunked together on floors.
And then, on a hot summer day, they assembled here, in our nation's capital, under the shadow of the great emancipator, to offer testimony of injustice, to petition their government for redress and to awaken America's long-slumbering conscience.
We rightly and best remember Dr. King's soaring oratory that day, how he gave mighty voice to the quiet hopes of millions, how he offered a salvation path for oppressed and oppressors alike. His words belong to the ages, possessing a power and prophecy unmatched in our time.
But we would do well to recall that day itself also belonged to those ordinary people whose names never appeared in the history books, never got on TV.
Many had gone to segregated schools and sat at segregated lunch counters, had lived in towns where they couldn't vote, in cities where their votes didn't matter. There were couples in love who couldn't marry, soldiers who fought for freedom abroad that they found denied to them at home. They had seen loved ones beaten and children fire- hosed. And they had every reason to lash out in anger or resign themselves to a bitter fate.
And yet they chose a different path. In the face of hatred, they prayed for their tormentors. In the face of violence, they stood up and sat in with the moral force of nonviolence. Willingly, they went to jail to protest unjust laws, their cells swelling with the sound of freedom songs. A lifetime of indignities had taught them that no man can take away the dignity and grace that God grants us. They had learned through hard experience what Frederick Douglas once taught: that freedom is not given; it must be won through struggle and discipline, persistence and faith.
That was the spirit they brought here that day.
That was the spirit young people like John Lewis brought that day. That was the spirit that they carried with them like a torch back to their cities and their neighborhoods, that steady flame of conscience and courage that would sustain them through the campaigns to come, through boycotts and voter registration drives and smaller marches, far from the spotlight, through the loss of four little girls in Birmingham, the carnage of Edmund Pettus Bridge and the agony of Dallas, California, Memphis. Through setbacks and heartbreaks and gnawing doubt, that flame of justice flickered and never died.
And because they kept marching, America changed. Because they marched, the civil rights law was passed. Because they marched, the voting rights law was signed. Because they marched, doors of opportunity and education swung open so their daughters and sons could finally imagine a life for themselves beyond washing somebody else's laundry or shining somebody else's shoes. (Applause.) Because they marched, city councils changed and state legislatures changed and Congress changed and, yes, eventually the White House changed. (Cheers, applause.)
Because they marched, America became more free and more fair, not just for African-Americans but for women and Latinos, Asians and Native Americans, for Catholics, Jews and Muslims, for gays, for Americans with disabilities.
America changed for you and for me.
And the entire world drew strength from that example, whether it be young people who watched from the other side of an Iron Curtain and would eventually tear down that wall, or the young people inside South Africa who would eventually end the scourge of apartheid. (Applause.) Those are the victories they won, with iron wills and hope in their hearts. That is the transformation that they wrought with each step of their well-worn shoes. That's the depth that I and millions of Americans owe those maids, those laborers, those porters, those secretaries -- folks who could have run a company, maybe, if they had ever had a chance; those white students who put themselves in harm's way even though they didn't have to -- (applause) -- those Japanese- Americans who recalled their own interment, those Jewish Americans who had survived the Holocaust, people who could have given up and given in but kept on keeping on, knowing that weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning -- (cheers, applause) -- on the battlefield of justice, men and women without rank or wealth or title or fame would liberate us all, in ways that our children now take for granted as people of all colors and creeds live together and learn together and walk together, and fight alongside one another and love one another, and judge one another by the content of our character in this greatest nation on Earth.
To dismiss the magnitude of this progress, to suggest, as some sometimes do, that little has changed -- that dishonors the courage and the sacrifice of those who paid the price to march in those years. (Applause.) Medgar Evers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, Martin Luther King Jr., they did not die in vain. (Applause.) Their victory was great.
But we would dishonor those heroes as well to suggest that the work of this nation is somehow complete. The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn't bend on its own. To secure the gains this country has made requires constant vigilance, not complacency. Whether it's by challenging those who erect new barriers to the vote or ensuring that the scales of justice work equally for all in the criminal justice system and not simply a pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails -- (applause) -- it requires vigilance.
And we'll suffer the occasional setback. But we will win these fights. This country has changed too much. (Applause.) People of good will, regardless of party, are too plentiful for those with ill will to change history's currents. (Applause.)
In some ways, though, the securing of civil rights, voting rights, the eradication of legalized discrimination -- the very significance of these victories may have obscured a second goal of the march, for the men and women who gathered 50 years ago were not there in search of some abstract idea. They were there seeking jobs as well as justice -- (applause) -- not just the absence of oppression but the presence of economic opportunity. For what does it profit a man, Dr. King would ask, to sit at an integrated lunch counter if he can't afford the meal?
This idea that -- that one's liberty is linked to one's livelihood, that the pursuit of happiness requires the dignity of work, the skills to find work, decent pay, some measure of material security -- this idea was not new.
Lincoln himself understood the Declaration of Independence in such terms, as a promise that in due time, the weights should be lifted from the shoulders of all men and that all should have an equal chance.
Dr. King explained that the goals of African-Americans were identical to working people of all races: decent wages, fair working conditions, livable housing, old age security, health and welfare measures -- conditions in which families can grow, have education for their children and respect in the community.
What King was describing has been the dream of every American. It's what's lured for centuries new arrivals to our shores. And it's along this second dimension of economic opportunity, the chance through honest toil to advance one's station in life, that the goals of 50 years ago have fallen most short.
Yes, there have been examples of success within black America that would have been unimaginable a half-century ago. But as has already been noted, black unemployment has remained almost twice as high as white employment (sic), Latino unemployment close behind. The gap in wealth between races has not lessened, it's grown.
As President Clinton indicated, the position of all working Americans, regardless of color, has eroded, making the dream Dr. King described even more elusive.
For over a decade, working Americans of all races have seen their wages and incomes stagnate. Even as corporate profits soar, even as the pay of a fortunate few explodes, inequality has steadily risen over the decades. Upward mobility has become harder. In too many communities across this country in cities and suburbs and rural hamlets, the shadow of poverty casts a pall over our youth, their lives a fortress of substandard schools and diminished prospects, inadequate health care and perennial violence.
And so as we mark this anniversary, we must remind ourselves that the measure of progress for those who marched 50 years ago was not merely how many blacks had joined the ranks of millionaires; it was whether this country would admit all people who were willing to work hard, regardless of race, into the ranks of a middle-class life. (Applause.) The test was not and never has been whether the doors of opportunity are cracked a bit wider for a few. It was whether our economic system provides a fair shot for the many, for the black custodian and the white steelworker, the immigrant dishwasher and the Native American veteran. To win that battle, to answer that call -- this remains our great unfinished business.
We shouldn't fool ourselves. The task will not be easy. Since 1963 the economy's changed.
The twin forces of technology and global competition have subtracted those jobs that once provided a foothold into the middle class, reduced the bargaining power of American workers.
And our politics has suffered. Entrenched interests -- those who benefit from an unjust status quo resisted any government efforts to give working families a fair deal, marshaling an army of lobbyists and opinion makers to argue that minimum wage increases or stronger labor laws or taxes on the wealthy who could afford it just to fund crumbling schools -- that all these things violated sound economic principles.
We'd be told that growing inequality was the price for a growing economy, a measure of the free market -- that greed was good and compassion ineffective, and those without jobs or health care had only themselves to blame.
And then there were those elected officials who found it useful to practice the old politics of division, doing their best to convince middle-class Americans of a great untruth, that government was somehow itself to blame for their growing economic insecurity -- that distant bureaucrats were taking their hard-earned dollars to benefit the welfare cheat or the illegal immigrant.
And then, if we're honest with ourselves, we'll admit that during the course of 50 years, there were times when some of us, claiming to push for change, lost our way. The anguish of assassinations set off self-defeating riots.
Legitimate grievances against police brutality tipped into excuse- making for criminal behavior. Racial politics could cut both ways as the transformative message of unity and brotherhood was drowned out by the language of recrimination. And what had once been a call for equality of opportunity, the chance for all Americans to work hard and get ahead was too often framed as a mere desire for government support, as if we had no agency in our own liberation, as if poverty was an excuse for not raising your child and the bigotry of others was reason to give up on yourself. All of that history is how progress stalled. That's how hope was diverted. It's how our country remained divided.
But the good news is, just as was true in 1963, we now have a choice. We can continue down our current path in which the gears of this great democracy grind to a halt and our children accept a life of lower expectations, where politics is a zero-sum game, where a few do very well while struggling families of every race fight over a shrinking economic pie. That's one path. Or we can have the courage to change.
The March on Washington teaches us that we are not trapped by the mistakes of history, that we are masters of our fate.
But it also teaches us that the promise of this nation will only be kept when we work together. We'll have to reignite the embers of empathy and fellow feeling, the coalition of conscience that found expression in this place 50 years ago.
And I believe that spirit is there, that true force inside each of us. I see it when a white mother recognizes her own daughter in the face of a poor black child. I see it when the black youth thinks of his own grandfather in the dignified steps of an elderly white man. It's there when the native born recognizing that striving spirit of a new immigrant, when the interracial couple connects the pain of a gay couple who were discriminated against and understands it as their own. That's where courage comes from, when we turn not from each other or on each other but towards one another, and we find that we do not walk alone. That's where courage comes from. (Applause.)
And with that courage, we can stand together for good jobs and just wages. With that courage, we can stand together for the right to health care in the richest nation on earth for every person. (Applause.) With that courage, we can stand together for the right of every child, from the corners of Anacostia to the hills of Appalachia, to get an education that stirs the mind and captures the spirit and prepares them for the world that awaits them. (Applause.) With that courage, we can feed the hungry and house the homeless and transform bleak wastelands of poverty into fields of commerce and promise.
America, I know the road will be long, but I know we can get there. Yes, we will stumble, but I know we'll get back up. That's how a movement happens. That's how history bends. That's how, when somebody is faint of heart, somebody else brings them along and says, come on, we're marching. (Cheers, applause.)
There's a reason why so many who marched that day and in the days to come were young, for the young are unconstrained by habits of fear, unconstrained by the conventions of what is. They dared to dream different and to imagine something better. And I am convinced that same imagination, the same hunger of purpose serves in this generation.
We might not face the same dangers as 1963, but the fierce urgency of now remains. We may never duplicate the swelling crowds and dazzling processions of that day so long ago, no one can match King's brilliance, but the same flames that lit the heart of all who are willing to take a first step for justice, I know that flame remains. (Applause.)
That tireless teacher who gets to class early and stays late and dips into her own pocket to buy supplies because she believes that every child is her charge -- she's marching. (Applause.) That successful businessman who doesn't have to, but pays his workers a fair wage and then offers a shot to a man, maybe an ex-con, who's down on his luck -- he's marching.
(Cheers, applause.) The mother who pours her love into her daughter so that she grows up with the confidence to walk through the same doors as anybody's son -- she's marching. (Cheers, applause.) The father who realizes the most important job he'll ever have is raising his boy right, even if he didn't have a father, especially if he didn't have a father at home -- he's marching. (Applause.) The battle-scarred veterans who devote themselves not only to helping their fellow warriors stand again and walk again and run again, but to keep serving their country when they come home -- they are marching. (Applause.) Everyone who realizes what those glorious patriots knew on that day, that change does not come from Washington but to Washington, that change has always been built on our willingness, we, the people, to take on the mantle of citizenship -- you are marching. (Applause.)
And that's the lesson of our past, that's the promise of tomorrow, that in the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it. And when millions of Americans of every race and every region, every faith and every station can join together in a spirit of brotherhood, then those mountains will be made low, and those rough places will be made plain, and those crooked places, they straighten out towards grace, and we will vindicate the faith of those who sacrificed so much and live up to the true meaning of our creed as one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
50th Anniversary of MLK "I Have a Dream" Speech
Posted on 08/28/2013 @ 08:06 PM
Today, we rejoice as we remember that sweltering day, 50 years ago when the world was moved by the exhilarating words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He shared his dream of equality for all and challenged America to rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed that all people are created equal.
America, 50 years ago was stumbling along straining under the heavy burden of hate and bigotry. There would be many martyrs created before the Civil Rights Act became the law of the land.
We have made tremendous strides as a nation but the rift created among Americans because of racism has proven difficult to bridge. Here in Arizona, we recently experienced the pain of polarization caused by the broken immigration system. SB1070 was fueled by fear born of intolerance, which targeted a specific group of people solely because of the color of their skin.
Today we are involved in fending off an attack on the right to vote which is the foundation of our democracy. HB2305 turns back the clock to a time where people of color where denied the right to exercise the greatest and basic of all freedoms.
As always we find hope and encouragement in the words of Dr. King. He reminds us that we ought not to wallow in the valley of despair by satisfying our “thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” We must, he implored, carry on with dignity and courage knowing that we must walk together as one.
50 years ago, Dr. King described Mississippi as a “desert state sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression.” He had a dream that one day that state would be transformed into an “oasis of freedom and justice.”
Our dream today is that Arizona will become that oasis. Dr. King’s words and life provide us with the inspiration that one day soon that dream will become a reality.
Pinal County Democrats Launch HB2305 Referendum Support
Posted on 07/17/2013 @ 06:44 PM
HB2305 was sold by Tea Party legislators as a reform bill to insure the voting process is not corrupted. What it is actually, is a veiled attempt to suppress voter's rights. Fortunately, there has been a viral reaction to the passing of this Bill which is crossing party lines. Most Americans uphold the belief that their vote is theirs and that anyone or anything that stands in the way of that vote in both unconstitutional and irresponsible. Please join me and the thousand of Arizonans who will sign petitions over the next month to still this legislation and put it forth on the 2014 ballot. Regardless of your party affiliation, you are entitled to expect that your vote and the voting process will not be tampered with under any circumstances. Please sign the petition, let your voice be heard and rest accured that You Are Not Alone! Thank you very much in advance, Henry Wade, Chair
Pinal County Democratic Party
Fortunately, there has been a viral reaction to the passing of this Bill which is crossing party lines. Most Americans uphold the belief that their vote is theirs and that anyone or anything that stands in the way of that vote in both unconstitutional and irresponsible.
Please join me and the thousand of Arizonans who will sign petitions over the next month to still this legislation and put it forth on the 2014 ballot. Regardless of your party affiliation, you are entitled to expect that your vote and the voting process will not be tampered with under any circumstances. Please sign the petition, let your voice be heard and rest accured that You Are Not Alone!
Thank you very much in advance,
Henry Wade, Chair
Democrats Will Take The Lead On Issues Voters Care About
Posted on 06/04/2013 @ 02:39 PM
May 16 was an eventful day at the State Capitol. It was one of those rare occasions when some members of the State Legislature put aside petty bickering, ideological pandering and self-aggrandizement to simply do what was right for Arizona by passing Medicaid restoration in the State Senate This could not have been accomplished without the steadfast support of the 13 Democratic Senators, who unlike Gov. Jan Brewer, were on the right side of the issue from day one. Like the majority of Arizonans, Democrats in the Legislature saw the positive benefit of ensuring that hundreds of low-income Arizonans have health care Democrats in the Legislature did not need to wait until it became a crisis, nor did they have to be heavily lobbied by industries that rely on a fix to this problem. They did not have to be promised campaign contributions, nor did they have to have their political careers threatened. Democrats in the Legislature supported Medicaid restoration for one reason -- it was the right thing for Arizona Unfortunately, this reason is not the prevailing intent behind the majority of the legislation that has passed through the Legislature this year. When you look at the issues that matter the most to Arizonans, they will not find much relief from the bills that have passed the 51st Arizona Legislature. Many may lament the lack of leadership displayed in the Legislature. But Democrats maintain it's not the lack of leadership but rather the absence of the right kind of leadership that results in the public's understandable frustration at the Legislature's unwillingness to tackle the issues which are important to voters -- issues such as funding for public education, attracting high-paying jobs to our state, meaningful gun safety legislation and comprehensive ethics reform to avoid another Fiesta Bowl scandal. Medicaid restoration was headed down the same legislative dead end that nearly all these important issues fell casualty to until May 16, 2013. For that one day, 13 Democrats joined with a handful of Republicans to do what they were elected to do -- their jobs. They put the public ahead of politics and in some cases, they risked their jobs. This does not have to be a rare event, and we do not have to relinquish hope of passing other meaningful legislation. It is simply time to realize that the Republican Party in Arizona has been hijacked by those with an extreme ideology. This ideology prioritizes blind allegiance over compromise, conspiracy over science and it seems to place a high premium on making Arizona the laughing stock of America It is hard to explain how else we have turned Medicaid expansion into the single most controversial topic of 2013. The Republican Party in Arizona has rendered itself essentially incapable of governing the state. While Republicans continue to argue about Agenda 21 and the location of President Obama's birth, Democrats will continue to focus on a solutions-oriented approach to the problems that Arizonans care about. --D.J. Quinlan is Executive Director of the Arizona Democratic Party.
This could not have been accomplished without the steadfast support of the 13 Democratic Senators, who unlike Gov. Jan Brewer, were on the right side of the issue from day one. Like the majority of Arizonans, Democrats in the Legislature saw the positive benefit of ensuring that hundreds of low-income Arizonans have health care
Democrats in the Legislature did not need to wait until it became a crisis, nor did they have to be heavily lobbied by industries that rely on a fix to this problem. They did not have to be promised campaign contributions, nor did they have to have their political careers threatened. Democrats in the Legislature supported Medicaid restoration for one reason -- it was the right thing for Arizona
Unfortunately, this reason is not the prevailing intent behind the majority of the legislation that has passed through the Legislature this year. When you look at the issues that matter the most to Arizonans, they will not find much relief from the bills that have passed the 51st Arizona Legislature.
Many may lament the lack of leadership displayed in the Legislature.
But Democrats maintain it's not the lack of leadership but rather the absence of the right kind of leadership that results in the public's understandable frustration at the Legislature's unwillingness to tackle the issues which are important to voters -- issues such as funding for public education, attracting high-paying jobs to our state, meaningful gun safety legislation and comprehensive ethics reform to avoid another Fiesta Bowl scandal.
Medicaid restoration was headed down the same legislative dead end that nearly all these important issues fell casualty to until May 16, 2013. For that one day, 13 Democrats joined with a handful of Republicans to do what they were elected to do -- their jobs. They put the public ahead of politics and in some cases, they risked their jobs.
This does not have to be a rare event, and we do not have to relinquish hope of passing other meaningful legislation. It is simply time to realize that the Republican Party in Arizona has been hijacked by those with an extreme ideology. This ideology prioritizes blind allegiance over compromise, conspiracy over science and it seems to place a high premium on making Arizona the laughing stock of America
It is hard to explain how else we have turned Medicaid expansion into the single most controversial topic of 2013. The Republican Party in Arizona has rendered itself essentially incapable of governing the state. While Republicans continue to argue about Agenda 21 and the location of President Obama's birth, Democrats will continue to focus on a solutions-oriented approach to the problems that Arizonans care about.
--D.J. Quinlan is Executive Director of the Arizona Democratic Party.
“50 Years: Civil Rights in Arizona from 1963 to Today”
Posted on 06/03/2013 @ 03:21 PM
Visit the new exhibition that reflects on 50 years of Civil Rights in Tucson CommunitiesDates: January 3, 2013 - August 30, 2013
Location: University of Arizona in Tucson, "Special Collections" Library
Contact: Bob Diaz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Times: 10 a.m. to 5 a.m. Monday-Friday, closed on Weekends
Website: Click Here
Goldwater Institute Exposed
Posted on 03/14/2013 @ 09:32 PM
In-depth report details out-of-state corporate funds, murky financial dealings & big staff bonuses after taxpayer-funded court awards
PHOENIX – The tax-exempt Goldwater Institute routinely attacks state and local government employee salaries as too high. But a new joint investigation by Arizona Working Families and the Center for Media and Democracy showed that, since the crippling recession of 2007, Goldwater executive staff salaries have soared while pay for the average Arizonan has shrunk. The investigation, made public today, also revealed that the charity paid one of its employees a $50,000 bonus -- and another a $35,000 bonus --on top of their six-figure salaries in the same year Goldwater was awarded over $1 million in attorney fees paid by Arizona taxpayers.
And that was not all that the Center’s investigation revealed about one of the country’s most well-known libertarian think tanks, said Lisa Graves, the Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy and the publisher of ALECexposed.org.
"Our joint investigation revealed other questionable financial decisions,” Graves said. “We also documented the out-of-state money flowing into and out of Goldwater to help advance an extreme agenda to mold Arizona law in ways sought by huge multinational corporate executives like the Koch brothers. Although Goldwater is one of the older libertarian-styled think tanks, this type of tango is being danced in other states as well by similar groups claiming they are independent."The full report is attached or can be viewed here. Other findings include:
- Tax Forms Reveal Murky Internal Financial Dealings: up to $1.9 million in Cash Was Loaned to a Board Member’s Company: The Goldwater Institute’s internal finances as a nonprofit include a loan of up to $1.9 million to a private company led by a Goldwater board member.
- Funded by Special Interests and Out-of-State Right-Wing Ideologues: The Institute claims to be funded “solely” by “individual donations,” but a review of IRS filings and other documents from foundations shows that many of Goldwater's largest donors are out-of-state foundations tied to special interests and ideological agendas, including the Koch-connected Donors Capital Fund, the Bradley Foundation, the Roe Foundation, the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation.
- Goldwater & ALEC’s Shared Agenda: The Goldwater Institute is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a corporate-funded bill mill. Over the years, Goldwater staffers have proposed numerous bills at ALEC task force meetings, where elected officials and private sector m embers (like corporate lobbyists and special interest groups) vote as equals behind closed doors on templates to change the law. The coordinated agenda that ALEC and the Goldwater Institute press for would:
- Block Arizonans from receiving healthcare benefits made possible by federal health insurance reforms by attempting to stop implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
- Redirect funds from Arizona’s public schools via private school vouchers to other private or for-profit businesses.
- Attack Arizona workers’ collective bargaining rights.
“It’s outrageous that an organization that bears Barry Goldwater’s name has consistently led the attack on working Arizonans, on our teachers and on our first responders, while its executives enrich themselves at our expense,” said Frank Piccioli, President of AFSCME Local 2960 in Phoenix and a member of Arizona Working Families. “This comprehensive report should be helpful to Arizona’s media. Reporters can now place the Goldwater Institute’s extreme agenda in the proper context and understand its dangerous consequences for our state.”
Media members interested in speaking to Lisa Graves can contact Nikolina Lazic, at 608-260-9713 or email@example.com.
Arizona Working Families is a broad coalition of community members, taxpayers and parents demanding that politicians focus on the economy instead of extreme policies that will hurt all Arizonans.