Legislative Update for November 1st, 2017

 

WethePeople.jpgTicket sales for the We the People summit end on November 1st. Don't miss out!

Part two of the three-part series is this Saturday November 4th at the Phoenix Renaissance Downtown. We will deliver a whole new list of workshop topics and national-level speakers. 

For those of you who missed the first conference, we have some repeat workshops. For those of you who went to the first conference, we have some next-level conversations. 

Please purchase your tickets today at the new We the People website, where you can also find videos and materials from the first summit. 

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Legislative Update for October 10th, 2017

 

WTP_Initial_Panels.jpgWe are less than a month away from the second We the People summit. 

Part two of the three-part series, on Saturday November 4th at the Phoenix Renaissance Downtown will deliver a whole new list of workshop topics and national-level speakers. 

For those of you who missed the first conference, we have some repeat workshops. For those of you who went to the first conference, we have some next-level conversations. 

Please purchase your tickets today at the new We the People website, where you can also find videos and materials from the first summit. 

Prices will go up on October 16th, so don't miss out!

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Legislative Update for September 18th, 2017

 

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At the risk of repeating myself, I want to make certain you get the invite to the LD24 Team Campaign Kickoff Party.

The celebration will include a live mural painting from a famous downtown artist, a celebration of our local restaurants, a silent auction --and we've even set aside a special viewing of the new Will and Grace for those of you who don't want to miss it.

I'm proud to support Lela Alston for Senate. And, I'm proud to support John Glenn. He has been working selflessly in LD24 for years.

Please mark your calendars for our team kickoff on Sept. 28th, and please help me gear up by contributing here. Every dollar helps!

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Legislative Update for August 28th, 2017

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You may have seen this announcement of our LD24 team for the 2018 campaign. 

It's always been an honor to serve with Lela Alston, and I know she will continue the fight in the Senate. I'm proud to support John Glenn. He has been working selflessly in LD24 for years and I know the he will be a positive addition in our fight for families, education, civil rights and much more.

I chose John because I know him to be a true work horse. He puts in the hours and he has done so for years, quite unselfishly.

That is what we need when it comes to our legislature and what we are up against in Arizona. I know that John will take the time to read, study, communicate and negotiate. 

Please mark your calendars for our team kickoff on Sept. 28th, and stand by for details about this coming celebration, and please help me gear up by contributing here. Every dollar helps.

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Legislative Update for August 8th, 2017

 

SOS_AZ.jpgToday is not only a big day, but also the beginning of a long battle over the future of public education funding in Arizona.

The Save Our Schools AZ coalition of parents, teachers and other concerned citizens just submitted 111,540 signatures to repeal the voucher bill --many more than the 75,000 or so required to compel a vote next November, 2018.

Their dedication, skill and tenacity has impressed everybody. With over 2,500 dedicated volunteers, they have sent a signal that they are not to be trifled with.

So, here is what you can expect next.

First, the super-wealthy anti-public school forces will throw much cash-ola from their deep pockets at lawyers to attempt to throw the referral off the ballot.

 

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Legislative Update for July 24th, 2017

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I spent most of last week at the Clean Energy Legislative Academy, put on by the Center for the New Energy Economy. Unlike the ALEC conference in Denver last week, the Academy is not sponsored by companies that have an interest in lobbying legislators. It is funded by foundations with an eye toward bi-partisan dialogue and learning.

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The take-away: there is an incredible amount of development around the country on the new energy economy and Arizona is behind. With prices on battery technology coming down, energy customers are going to have a great deal of choice in how they combine solar energy, energy efficiency products and energy storage in order to save money. 

Other utilities, such as ComEd from Illinois are publicly changing course away from very business model that they have been operating under for a century. ComEd President Anne Pramaggiore came to the conference to say that her industry must adapt to the disruptive technology of the new energy economy, or be prepared to lose customers and revenue. She said that she wants to "meet the customers where they are, rather than force them in to an out-dated model."

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Legislative Update for June 30, 2017

I was sickened this week by a political ad in a way that I've not ever been. I need to get something off my chest.

NRA_Ad_Main.pngThe NRA launched an ad that comes as close to calling for violent civil war as I've ever seen in America. One conservative columnist, Anne Applebaum, denounced the ad. See that quote and the full text of the ad here

As you watch, it will be painfully apparent not only that the spokeswoman is setting up a false boogeyman on the left, but that she is laying out an argument that there are two Americas --one which is fair and righteous and one that is somehow controlled by the left.

Here are some straw men from the ad:

"They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse the resistance."

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Legislative Update for June 21, 2017

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If you don't already know about the We the People Summit on June 24th, well, I hope you enjoyed your rafting trip down the Amazon. Welcome back to this world. 

This is kinda a big deal. Please follow this link to make your reservation. 

CRITICAL NOTE: Registration cuts off Thursday night, the 22nd. There is NO same-day registration.

See this link for the schedule and list of panels. This entire conference will be digital. So, bring your laptop, tablet or smart phone and you will be able to download conference materials on the go.

In other news, if you like the work that I've done to organize for change, please contribute to my re-election campaign at this link on my website.

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Legislative Update for June 1, 2017

 

Ywethepeople-flyer_new.jpgou may know that I've been doing the big push for the We the People Summit on June 24th. Please follow this link to make your reservation. It is only 23 days away. I can't encourage you strongly enough to attend, and invite your friends. 


It comes down to this: thousands of people have been getting involved since the last election. But if we are going to affect change, we simply must organize, train, network and plan. That is what the We the People Summit is about. 

Some folks have been asking about the workshops and panels before they commit to going. Please follow this link for that. The list of panelists and bios is coming next week. We have some great people for this conference. 

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Legislative Update for May 15th, 2017

We've had about a week to decompress after the legislative session, which ended last Wednesday. Usually, we finish about the same time that the budget is done, but the GOP leadership wanted to pass out another tax credit give-away to out-of-state companies.

You know. Priorities.

I did notice a shift in tone at the end of session, at least among the press that covered the legislature. For the first time that I can remember, the press is starting to question whether perhaps we've gone too far in the "tax cut in perpetuity" mantra. Here's an article on the topic from Howie Fischer, a reporter that I've never seen report critically on the GOP "drown government in the bathtub" mentality.

 

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