Arizona List endorsed candidates for 2018 Primary

Arizona List is a statewide network supporting pro-choice Democratic women running for office in Arizona.

Here’s their list of 2018 endorsed women candidates:

https://www.arizonalist.org/our-women/our-candidates/

(including statewide races for Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Corporation Commission), City/County, Arizona State & House, school boards).

And they also issue a list of recommended candidates. “Being a Recommended Candidate means that we are keeping a close eye on this candidate as her campaign shows promise.  She shares our Democratic values, she is well qualified and we are excited she is running for office.”

https://www.arizonalist.org/recommended/

Vote wisely on or before the Arizona Primary on  August 28, 2018.

Great News from the State Board of Education

Great News from the State Board of Education. The agenda item pertaining to possibly disciplining participants in the Red for Ed Walk Out has been pulled from Monday’s Board Agenda. This is a victory for the power of the people and all the advocates, led by the two Democratic Candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction (Kathy Hoffman and David Schapira)  and the Red for Ed Movement who spoke out against this potential travesty of justice.

https://twitter.com/dennis_welch/status/1010240006533742592/photo/1

https://www.facebook.com/electkathyhoffman/

https://www.facebook.com/davidforaz/

 

 

What comes next after Trump’s executive order

President Trump’s recent executive order allegedly ending his family-separation policy (illegal under the Flores Settlement Agreement), by ordering families to be detained together indefinitely (also illegal under the Flores Settlement Agreement), did NOT end his zero tolerance enforcement policy. It rather directed his Department of Justice to move the court for revisions to the Flores Settlement Agreement to allow the administration to do what is doing in order to make it legal ex post facto.

On Thursday, the DOJ went to court to do just that. Trump administration seeks approval from judge to detain immigrant families together:

The Trump administration asked a federal judge in California on Thursday to permit federal agents to detain together those families suspected of illegally entering the country, in the wake of an outcry over the government’s recent practice of separating children from their parents.

The Justice Department filed court papers Thursday seeking a modification to a judge’s order in a long-running court case about how immigrants are detained.

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We Shall Overcome.

The trends we are experiencing today in the United States has happened before in our country and past generations overcame them.

There have been earlier periods in our history when people in this country (from both political parties)  have had a maniacal fear and prejudice towards “the other” be it groups like the Irish, the Africans, the Chinese, the Japanese, the Italians, the Jews, or even the groups that have been on this land before us like the Hispanics and Native Americans.

Past Generations mostly overcame those fears and prejudices and this generation will do so again.

There have been earlier periods in our history when our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents had to deal with the rants and ravings of demagogues, opportunists, genuine witch hunters, racist predators, rabid isolationists, and reactionary fundamentalists from both political parties that looked to stifle progress, science, education, tolerance, enlightenment, and keep us in the Dark Ages of Ignorance.

Past Generations mostly overcame these fanatics and this generation will do so again.

There have been earlier periods in our history when our public servants cared more for the affluent than those in needs.

Past generations have overcome these tendencies before and this generation will do so again.

Everyone needs to take comfort in the fact that we have smelled the stench that President Trump and his supporters (in and outside the United States) exude and all they represent before in history. It has been fought with and defeated before and it will be again by working hard and vanquishing them at the ballot box this November and in 2020.

To borrow, like many before (including Lyndon Johnson). from the key phrase in the Civil Rights Anthem,

WE SHALL OVERCOME.

Arizona Fails Another Test

Cross-posted from RestoreReason.com.

Yesterday, the Network for Public Education and the Schott Foundation for Public Education, released a report titled “Grading the States” that serves as a report card on our nation’s commitment to public schools. At the onset, they challenge the belief in privatization as the solution and write,

Although the public school system is not perfect and has continual room for improvement, it is still the cornerstone of community empowerment and advancement in American society.

Therein, I believe, lies the rub. Those driving America’s economic engine, don’t want everyone aboard the train. Instead, those who most “have”, are working very hard to leave the “have nots” at the station. As Stephen Brill writes in his new book “Tailspin”,

Conservatives have always preached self-reliance while liberals favored an activist government that assures the common good. However, [what we are seeing now] is a new, wider, and more dangerous divide – between those at the top, who enjoy unprecendented power, and everyone else. For those at the top, the common good is no longer good for them.

Even though many Americans have become polarized into either the Conservative or Liberal camps, the real fight isn’t there. Increasingly, it is between the MEGA “haves” and the “have-nots”. Truth is, for these MEGA “haves”, political ideology and allegiance to our nation, are likely much less important than maintaining and improving their status. After all, in our global economy, our country’s borders are no barrier to their multi-national interests and in their gilded worlds, not only do they increasingly not care about the common good, they don’t even need it. And nothing, is more all about the “common good” than public education. It provides opportunity to all and is largely responsible for building the strongest middle class in the world, once making the American Dream a possibility for many. Continue reading

Epic GOP fail on House immigration bills

The far-right immigration bill from Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), H.R.4760 – Securing America’s Future Act of 2018, co-sponsored by Arizona Reps. Martha McSally, David Schweikert and Debbie Lesko, that the House GOP Freedom Caucus demanded a vote on by stomping their feet and threatening to hold their breath until they turned blue, as predicted went down to defeat today on a vote of 193-231.

Arizona Delegation: Yeas: Lesko, McSally, Schweikert; Nays: Biggs, Gallego, Gosar, Grijalva, O’Halleran, Sinema.

When you lose wingnuts like Biggs and Gosar on this vote, you know how “out there” supporter are (looking at you Lesko, McSally and Schweikert).

The Hill reports, Hardline immigration bill fails in the House:

Every Democrat and 41 Republicans voted against Goodlatte’s bill.

A second vote on the GOP compromise measure has been delayed until Friday as leaders seek to rally support for it.

There will also be a conference wide meeting on immigration at 4:30 p.m., which will give GOP leaders one last chance to rally the party around the legislation and convince the remaining holdouts to get on board with the plan.

The GOP compromise measure would provide a pathway to citizenship for up to 1.8 millions “Dreamers,” provide $25 billion for Trump’s border wall and other security measures, and prevent families from being separated at the border.

Good luck ever getting any of the House GOP Freedom Caucus to vote for a bill that provides a pathway to citizenship. AMNESTY! Never!

(Credit: This week’s cover of Time magazine)

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