Leave it to a Democratic county recorder to make democracy even better.
When constituents head to the polls to cast their ballots they’ll use a new ballot on demand system instituted by Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes. (Unfortunately, voters choosing the next District 6 Phoenix City Councilman won't get to use this system since the City of Phoenix runs their own elections. It's the only jurisdiction in Maricopa county that does).
It all begins at the Maricopa County Electronic Tabulation Center in downtown Phoenix, a studiously understated cinder block building that stands in the midst of Arizona’s fractious political landscape as an unperturbed example of democracy at its best.Read more
You’d think getting elected would be the hard part.
But if you’re a Democratic member of the Arizona state Legislature, where Republicans hold majorities in both the House and Senate, the end of the campaign marks the beginning of uphill battles, strategic decisions and some good old-fashioned politicking.Read more
At times even an active, enthusiastic civic participant such as myself can suffer a bout of cynicism. I begin to wonder if all my calls, emails and submitted contact forms are actually doing anything.
But it turns out the half hour I block out for civic activism before I start my work day matters after all, according to a recent report by the Congressional Management Foundation.
The report, one of the most comprehensive studies of civic engagement conducted in recent history, assesses the impact of constituent correspondence with Congress. One of its main findings is that the number of people who contact members of Congress has increased exponentially over the past decade. Researchers also found elected representatives value feedback and input from their constituents, although some forms of communication may have a greater impact than others.
That said, it’s also important to keep in mind that staffing shortages (Congressmen are only allowed to hire 18 staffers each) and outdated technology make responding to constituents challenging for congressional offices.
Before one can engage, however, one needs to know what to comment. That means tracking legislation, which can be a daunting prospect even for seasoned political junkies. Fortunately, technology is here to save us.Read more
by Kathy Coleman (Ruby Precinct)
We have a magnet on our refrigerator which reads, “When women vote, Democrats win.”
It’s not one hundred percent true, of course. There are plenty of Republican women. Still, it rings true when one considers the importance of basic human rights which are put in jeopardy for an individual simply because she happens to be of the female gender, and the truth that Republicans clearly see women as subhuman (no matter what they say, actions speak far louder than words).Read more
Can you believe it’s that time again? Our monthly meeting is this Thursday (March 9), at 7 pm at the Maricopa County Democratic Party headquarters (2914 N Central Ave, at Thomas). Here’s a sneak peek at what’s on the agenda:Read more
Members of the public can express an opinion on any bill on the Arizona legislative agenda, from the comfort and convenience of any internet connection... if they jump through a few hoops first. The purpose of this post is to walk you through the process of getting into the Request To Speak (RTS) system, so that you can be among those voices.Read more
Congratulations are in order for 3 PC's in LD24.
Find out which Democratic activists will be traveling to Philadelphia in July as a part of the Arizona Presidential Convention Delegation.Read more
Who Has Your Vote?
Today is Super Tuesday which means the Presidential race is going to look much clearer tomorrow than it does today. We know many Arizonans are getting their early ballots in the mail and are excited for our Presidential Preference Election in 3 weeks on Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016.
In #LD24 our excitement seams to be mostly split between Hillary and Bernie, but we are huge fans of democracy and are happy to have so many options on our ballot. “2 District leaders. 2 Different endorsements.” exclaimed a recent joint statement from our Chair, C.j. Carenza and 1st Vice Chair, Adrian Fontes “While we may not agree on the same candidate in the Primary, we can agree on one very important issue. Whoever the Democratic nominee for President ends up being, we WILL work together, to get Democrats elected in November. From the State House to the White House, every race is important.”