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. 

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

STATEMENT: Indigenous Peoples Caucus stands with Dreamers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 6, 2017
Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval
602-926-5848
jsandoval@azleg.gov


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Today members of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus released the following statements in solidarity with Dreamers regarding the Trump Administration’s announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA:

Rep. Sally Ann Gonzales, D- Tucson (District 3)

“President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program is a failure on every level, weakening Arizona’s economy, hurting our communities and separating our families.  Now is the time for Congress to fight back against Trump’s hateful decision.”.






Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai, D-Cameron (District 7) “The termination of DACA not only immediately hurts our DACA recipients, but negatively impacts our state and national economy. These are people who have volunteered and even given their lives to protect our country in the military. This is also another blow to indigenous people in the United States because many recipients are of indigenous descent, whose forebears inhabited these lands before international borders were ever drawn. This move further tarnishes the spirit of the nation and is contrary to everything our country stands for. I support DACA and stand in solidarity with our Arizona recipients.”


Rep. Wenona Benally, D-Window Rock (LD7)
“The Indigenous Peoples of the Americas have long been displaced by territorial boundaries that have separated us from one another. Today, we stand with DACA recipients in calling on Congress to protect our migrant communities. Pass the DREAM Act now.”





Rep. Eric Descheenie, D-Chinle (District 7)
“Today, as a person indigenous to these lands whose ancestors since time immemorial occupied and loved, I stand with our Dreamers. Now, they risk being deported from the land they call home, which for many DACA recipients is the only home they’ve ever known.”

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