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Robb Response

Robb’s column “Socialism a political fashion statement” is a labored effort to lecture readership on economic/political theory, giving us a 1950’s vision of 1930’s socialism. The reality is, the Right has a pejorative term for every effort to intervene in the economy––all tantamount to heresy. Our current reality is capitalism is shredding the “social contract,” concentrating wealth at the top, neglecting infrastructure, shifting educational debt, engaging in unending war and gutting, medical care, income and retirement for everyone else. 

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Letter to the Editor

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To the Editor:

Jon Gabriel, a libertarian Republican, has some heartfelt advice for Democrats (8/19/18); ixsnay the "Socialism." He claims it has never worked anywhere and name drops Venezuela. 

We Democrats always take suggestions from concerned Republicans with a giant grain of salt. No prominent Democrat and hardly any anonymous Democrats support "Socialism" in the sense of the government owning the means of production,  and nobody holds up Venezuela as a model. We do admire the accomplishments of many other countries that Republicans regularly call "Socialist" including most of Western Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, Japan, Australia... who maintain vigorous democracies in spite of universal health coverage (with better outcomes than ours), strong worker rights including unions and unemployment insurance, close to free public education from preschool to graduate, and effective protection of voting rights, minority rights and women's rights.

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To the Editor:

Your endorsement of Kimberly Yee in the Republican primary for State Treasurer (8/7/18) reminded me of the old line "Where's the beef?" It was 50% ragging on her opponent, Jo Ann Sabbagh's "sharp elbow" style and alternately promoting and downplaying Yee's "rising star" image, with a dollop of identity politics. 

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Democrats are regularly attacked, including by the Arizona Republic, for engaging in "identity politics." In contrast to the Republican Party, Democrats are made up of a diverse coalition including majorities (in some cases overwhelming majorities) of African Americans, Latinos, LGBT, Native Americans, immigrants and WOMEN.

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Watch the Debates!

Participate in our democracy by coming out and watching our legislative candidates debate the issues.  They will be held in different locations for the next two months, with LD 28 candidates debating Wednesday, September 5th.  Details about this as well as the statewide office debate television schedule can be found here: https://www.azcleanelections.gov/debates

Lawmakers Press for State Investigation of MVM Facilities Holding Separated Children in Phoenix Office Buildings

July 18, 2018

Lawmakers Press for State Investigation of MVM Facilities Holding Separated Children in Phoenix Office Buildings
PHOENIX – Reps. Kelli Butler and Kirsten Engel are pressing for a state investigation after legislators learned this week that MVM -- the federal contractor that recently admitted secretly holding children overnight in an office building in Phoenix -- is continuing to hold children overnight while transporting them in Arizona.

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Voting Info

Be sure to VOTE! If you need to register to vote or update your existing registration, you can get more information here: https://recorder.maricopa.gov/elections/registrationform.aspx

The deadline to register to vote in the August 28th primary is JULY 30th

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Arizona House Democrats Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2018

Contact: Robbie Sherwood

480-246-7944

rsherwood@azleg.gov

 

Engel and Navarrete: Criminal Justice Reform Committee Should Continue

PHOENIX-- The two House Democratic members of the recently-appointed Ad Hoc Committee on Criminal Justice Reform, Reps. Kirsten Engel and Tony Navarrete, strongly criticized the decision of Speaker J.D. Mesnard to disband the committee in the wake of Republican Chairman David Stringer’s offensive remarks made at a recent luncheon. Mesnard appointed the five-member bipartisan committee earlier this month and members held a highly successful first meeting last Wednesday at which they unanimously agreed to an ambitious scope of work designed to tackle Arizona’s fourth-highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate and its high recidivism rate.

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Arizona News MyLocalNews Discusses Prop 305

Dive into the details about why we should vote "NO" on Prop 305

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Aaron Lieberman Launches Campaign for LD 28 Arizona State House

Aaron Lieberman filed paperwork on Friday, May 11th, to run for the Arizona State House representing Legislative District 28.

“I am honored to join the LD28 team, running alongside Rep. Kelli Butler and Senate Candidate Christine Marsh, to finally bring much-needed change to our state,” said Lieberman

Lieberman grew up in LD28 right in front of Piestewa Peak, and attended Madison Heights in elementary school.

“It was a different time. Democrats and Republicans worked together to solve problems – and that pragmatic attitude allowed Arizona to flourish.”

But the state he returned to with his family three years ago looked quite different.

“Our public schools were decimated by funding cuts – with funding at lower levels than in 2009. It’s past time to end the partisanship. I want to listen to ideas from all sides, find common ground and figure out how to get Arizona’s public education system back on track. That’s where 92% of all our children are educated.”

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