Friday, November 17, 2017

STATEMENT: Democrats Applaud Arizona Supreme Court Upholding Medicaid Expansion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 17, 2017
Contact: Robbie Sherwood
480-246-7944
rsherwood@azleg.gov


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Randall Friese, D-Tucson (District 9), who is also a trauma surgeon, released the following statement regarding the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision on Medicaid:


“Today the Arizona Supreme Court upheld what we have known all along -- that Medicaid expansion is a legal, affordable and effective means to provide healthcare for hundreds of thousands of low-income working Arizonans. The bi-partisan effort to expand Medicaid in Arizona has saved lives and strengthened our economy. Medicaid is still under attack in Washington, D.C., but our members will continue to defend it with all we have because it’s smart policy that works for Arizona families.”


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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

STATEMENT: House Democratic Statement on Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Appropriations Chair Don Shooter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 8, 2017
Contact: Robbie Sherwood
602-926-5848


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- House Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix (District 27), released the following statement this morning in response to recent reported allegations by Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita of sexual harassment against House Appropriations Chairman Don Shooter:

“These allegations are very serious. We are calling on the Speaker and House Leadership to convene a bi-partisan investigation team that will thoroughly investigate these allegations, as well as hear the concerns of other people about their own experiences with Rep. Shooter. The investigation must allow everyone impacted to feel comfortable and safe in coming forward with information without fear of reprisal. We look forward to participating in that process and in working with the speaker on continuing to create a safe and productive workplace.”
  

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hiring: House Democratic Caucus Policy Advisor

The House Democratic Staff is hiring an experienced and motivated individual to join our team as a Policy Advisor.

Please share the job announcement with your networks.  The full job posting is attached or can be viewed at https://www.azhouse.gov/career-opportunities/. Specific policy experience in the areas of environment, water and natural resources is preferred but not required. Resumes must be submitted to Cynthia Aragon at caragon@azleg.gov by November 1, 2017. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Butler urges Congress to support kids’ health care


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 19, 2017
Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval            
602-926-5848

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Today, Rep. Kelli Butler, D-Paradise Valley (District 28), delivered a letter to the Arizona congressional delegation, with bipartisan support, urging it to support the reauthorization of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Here is an expert from the letter:

“During last year's legislative session, we saw the broad and intense support of Arizonans across the state for KidsCare coverage for children. Arizonans will be paying attention to see if our congressional delegation will stand up for children in our state by renewing federal funding. Without reauthorization prior to September 30, 2017, the healthcare of over 23,000 children in Arizona will at risk. We are counting on you and your colleagues in Congress to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program and continue to prioritize the health of children over partisan politics.”





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Monday, September 18, 2017

We're Hiring: Communications Director

Our current Communications Director C. Murphy Hebert has accepted a new position with the Maricopa County Recorder's Office.



Make-believe

Our state hosted a “practice” constitutional convention this month. Activists from different states came to the Capitol to pretend to solve a problem with our Constitution.

It took days of pomp and circumstance. And what did it accomplish? Nothing at all.
The goal of the five-day convention was to “lay the groundwork for a future gathering….” But the truth is, the rules the delegates set are not binding on any future convention.

While participants from 22 states rehearsed for a make-believe constitutional convention, there are some very real issues in our state that remain unresolved. Vouchers are still draining money away from our public schools. Dreamers are still under attack. And working families are still struggling as health care coverage continues to be threatened.

Democrats are looking for real solutions for Arizona. We want a state where generations can thrive in opportunity, equity and fairness. That means investing in policies that will improve our quality of life now, while promoting a stronger, more sustainable future.


We hope that the time, energy and resources Republicans committed to this convention dress rehearsal will be given to the major issues that Arizonans are grappling with daily.  Regardless, Democrats remain committed to standing with the community to build a state that represents our values and helps families cope with their everyday struggles.