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Welcome to the Blog Home of the Legislative District 26 Democrats and all of Northwest Tucson! This is the place to keep up to date on the issues important to voters in LD 26, Pima County and Arizona.
But there's a gaping hole in their logic: Republicans are the ones in power here in Arizona. We have a Republican governor and a Republican-controlled Legislature. In fact, the state Legislature has been in Republican hands for most of the past 40 years.
Frankly, the Republican slate has done nothing to earn the tidal wave of support that it's predicting. Gov. Jan Brewer is managed by powerful lobbyists, and her "leadership" entails hiding from local media, fearmongering about Arizona, and passing off stimulus jobs as her own creation.
- Education: Arizona Democrats repeatedly fought against drastic, unnecessary school cuts that hurt our children's future and Arizona's economic recovery. But the Republicans in power approved more than $1 billion in cuts to our kids' classrooms.
- Jobs: Arizona Democrats want to create good jobs that can't be shipped across the border or to China or India. We demand accountability. If you're a corporation that gets a tax giveaway but you fail to create good Arizona jobs, you lose the tax break, and that money goes to our schools. But the Republicans in power have handed out millions in tax loopholes for big corporations without any accountability to create jobs.
- Public safety: Arizona Democrats oppose giving more control of state prisons to unregulated private corporations. But the Republicans in power continue to protect the private-prison lobbyists and their industry, which put our families at risk, as seen in the Kingman prison tragedy.
Message from Gabrielle Giffords
Yesterday Salon.com named my opponent as the #1 Most Terrifying Would-Be Congressman of the 2010 election cycle. Trust me...it's not because of what he's planning to wear on Halloween.
Here's what we know about Jesse Kelly: he has repeatedly called for privatizing and eliminating Social Security; he promises that if elected he will eliminate the Department of Education, cutting over $1 billion from Arizona public schools; and now he states that "it's our job to protect ourselves" from food contamination like the recent salmonella outbreak. These are serious times for our country and we need leaders with logical solutions to the problems that we face. The dangerous rhetoric presented by my opponent is truly scary.
Can you give $250, $100 or $50 now to ensure that the nightmare of an extreme right-wing agenda representing us doesn’t become a reality?
There is less than one week left until Election Day and I need you today. This is our last chance to knock on doors, make phone calls, and remind our supporters to get out and vote. We need to give it our all and your help is more important than ever. Why? Because the alternative is too frightening to consider.
Thank you again!
“[T]he media now force interracial images into the public mind and a number of perfectly rational people react to these images with an altogether natural revulsion. The white person who does not mind transacting business with a black bank clerk may yet be averse to accepting the clerk as his sister-in-law, and THIS IS NOT RACISM, no matter what Madison Avenue, Hollywood and Washington tell us.”
“If rules were to be broken merely because they were work of white folks, then hasn’t Jackson gone a long way toward explaining the explosion of black criminality that began in the 1960s? This shows how the civil rights movement, to a great extent, represented a direct assault on tradition and law.”
The voter asked if Kelly, if elected, would he help pass a law that would allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other government agencies to shut down companies that have too many safety violations, such as the companies that allowed millions of eggs that sickened people to be sold to the public. Kelly responded that he doesn't "believe what we're lacking right now is more regulations on companies," complaining that "you could probably spit on the grass and get arrested by the federal government by now." When the voter followed up by asking, "Who's protecting us?" Kelly responded, "It's our job to protect ourselves." The exasperated voter asked once more, "Am I supposed to go to a chicken farmer and say I'd like you to close down because all of your birds are half dead?" Kelly once more answered, "There's a new thing that comes along every day. But I know this: Every part of our economy that is regulated by the government doesn't have fewer disasters, it has more."
Johnston writes that while the number of Americans earning more than $50 million fell from 131 in 2008 to 74 in 2009, those that remained at the top increased their income from an average of $91.2 million in 2008 to almost $519 million.
It is the latest, and in this case quite dramatic, evidence that our economic policies in Washington are undermining the nation as a whole.We have created a tax system that changes continually as politicians manipulate it to extract campaign donations. We have enabled ''free trade'' that is nothing of the sort, but rather tax-subsidized mechanisms that encourage American manufacturers to close their domestic factories, fire workers, and then use cheap labor in China for products they send right back to the United States. This has created enormous downward pressure on wages, and not just for factory workers.
In September, Senate Republicans along with a handful of Democrats, partnered to defeat the Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act, a bill that would have raised taxes on companies that send jobs abroad and benefited companies that bring jobs back to American soil.
The notion that it's good business for American corporations to send jobs overseas has been championed by U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation's biggest and most powerful business lobby.
A high-profile Republican budget plan would slash Social Security benefits in the long-run -- perhaps even by up to half of what they are now, the program's actuary concluded in a new study.
Stacia is right. Some 64 percent of America’s retirees rely on Social Security for 50 percent or more of their income.
By now there should be no question that if Boehner becomes speaker, corporations will call the shots—and the insurance companies, drug manufacturers and Wall Street firms have been busy paying big time for the privilege. Boehner’s campaign to date has collected nearly $7.1 million. Putting that sum in perspective, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has received $2.9 million. Meanwhile, the “Boehner for Speaker” fundraising committee has racked up another $2 million.
"The current budget shortfall is $825 million," said Goddard. "Brewer's failure to balance the budget has put our state in crisis. She doesn't want to talk about it, but she intends to make additional massive cuts to education. The evidence is there in the budget she signed last Spring."
• $428 million to the Department of Education
• $100 million from the School Facilities Board
• $107 million from Universities
• $13 million from Community Colleges
• $2 million from the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind.
"This is a huge difference between Jan Brewer and me. She has made massive cuts to public schools and intends to make far more. I believe Arizona schools have already been harmed too much. We must draw the line against further destruction. We must stop trying balancing the budget on the backs of our school children. We must start restoring our public schools. I will never be satisfied with Arizona schools at the bottom nationally."
At issue is the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Fund, which should have been one of the most popular programs in Congress. A key component of the Recovery Act, the fund subsidizes jobs with private companies, nonprofits, and government agencies, and has single handedly put more than 240,000 unemployed people back to work in 32 states and the District of Columbia.
"The majority has known this program was going to expire at the end of this month all year and has taken no steps to reauthorize this important social safety net program," said Enzi, who blocked Durbin’s request for "unanimous consent" for a reauthorization.
State elections officials say workers tell voters who show up at the wrong precinct on Election Day that their ballots may not be counted, but allow them to vote there anyway. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and other voter-advocacy groups say they want the state Legislature to change what are some of the toughest laws in the nation so the votes of these wayward thousands can be counted.
The ACLU analyzed data from the November 2008 presidential general election and found that of 131,476 provisional ballots cast in the five counties, 13,467 were discarded because the voter cast the ballot at the wrong precinct.